Association with Truth removes all the filth -Swami Ramsukhdasji


|| Shree Hari ||
Ram Ram

4th May 2010, Tuesday, Vaishaka Krishna Saptami, Mangalvar
Vikram Samvat 2067, Sri Krishna Samvaat 5236

The Indispensability of Satsang – 3

Association with Truth removes all the filth; however only on continuing to remain in satsang. If man does not engage in any such associations with truth (satsang) than how can the impurities leave? When one gets a fever due to one of the doshas (pitta) being out-of-balance, than one has to take “mishri” that tastes extremely bitter. But one must continue to eat “mishri” as it has the strength to quieten the heat, and thereafter it begins to appear sweet. Similarly if there is no interest / inclications for spiritual discources, worship and reverence of God, then too continue one must remain engaged in it. By doing so as the sins are destroyed, the satsang will appear sweet and pleasing.

That sweet that we do not try to taste, how will we know its taste / sweetness at all? Similarly, those that have not engaged in associations with Truth (satsang) at all, they cannot know its greatness. Even then they will say, that we have heard a lot of satsang. Then we must understand that they have not heard any good “satsang,” or else their interest in satsang would certainly increase –

Ram charit je sunat aghaahin; ras vishesh jaana tinh naahin || (manas, uttar. 53/1)

Those men who listen to the divine stories of God and become satisfied, they have not truly known the great nectar filled in it. In other words –

“Jinh ke shravan samudra samaana. Katha fumhaari subhag sari nana || Barihin niranter hohin ne pure || (Manas, Ayodhya. 128/4-5)

Your divine tales are like the river, and those loving devotees’ ears are like the ocean; that even though being the river pouring constantly, uninterruptedly into it, it is never filled up. King Pruthun asked the Lord for 10,000 ears to listen to the divine legends of the Lord.

Like a mad person is not careful while speaking –similarly a worldly person says things out of place regarding “satsang”.

“Baatul bhoot bibas matvaare | Te nahin bolahin bachan bichaare || (Manas, Baal. 115/7)

For such people, fall at their feet. Say to them – “It is good that you are pure. Come to satsang. Come to these satsangs and purify others. “By saying so, call them for satsang. If they do not come, it is up to them. If they use abusive words, then bare it. Those who abuse us are destroying our sins.

How far does the greatness of satsang reach? Lord Shankar Himself asked Lord Rama for satsang.

“Baar baar bar maagu, harshi dehu Shrirang |

Pad saroj anapaayani bhagati sadaa satsang ||” (Manas, Utter. 14(1))

What sins did Lord Shankar have to get rid off? What spiritual disciplines did he need to learn, that He wants satsang at all times? When Lord Shankar found anyone that would tell Him the legends of Lord Rama, He would listen, and when He finds listeners like Parvatiji, then He relays these divine stories to them.

“Macchittaa madtapraanaa bodhyantah parasparam |

Kathayantsch maam nityam tushyanti cha ramanti cha || (Gita 10/9)

“Those devotees that surrender their inner faculties, their life breath to Me, they within themselves knowing My qualities, My glories etc. and sharing these glories, they are at all times, constantly contented and in loving devotion of Me.”

One person became a devotee – Jayadev, a poet. He composed “Geet-Govind,” a very beautiful book in Sanskrit. Lord Jagannaath, Himself would listen to “Geet-Govind”. Lord listens carefully to the devotees messages. One female gardener knew one verse of the Geet-Govind by heart. When she went to pluck egg-plants, the Lord would follow her to listen to the verse. A temple priest found that the Lord’s clothes were torn. He asked the Lord, that how your clothes are torn while living in this temple? To this, the Lord said – “Brother! The thorns of the egg-plant ripped my clothes.” The priest asked – “Why had You gone to the fields where there were egg-plants?” That is when the Lord said, that the gardener was singing Geet-Govind, therefore I followed to listen. While she walked, I was swinging with the melody of the sweet sounds of Geet-Govind, and my clothes were caught in the thorns and they ripped. God listens like this. Does God have to listen to get rid of any disease or sins? Then too He listens. Devotees have the rights to listen to God. Similarly God has the rights to listen to a devotee’s stories.

(to be continued )

From “Sadhan, Sudhaa, Sindhu” in Hindi by Swami Ramsukhdasji

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Physician who is providing free service to the needy since 1971. Rajendra M. Trivedi, M.D. who is Yoga East Medical Advisor Graduated in 1968 from B. J. Medical College, Amadavad, India. Post Graduate training in Neurological Surgery from Charles University in Czechoslovakia. 1969 - 71. and received Czechoslovakian Government Scholarship. Completed training at the Cambridge Hospital and Harvard University in Psychiatry. Rajendra M. trivedi is an Attending Psychiatrist at Baldpate Hospital. He is the Medical Director of CCA and Pain Center in Stoneham, MA where he has been serving the community since 1971 as a Physician. OTHER AFFILIATIONS: Lifer of APA - American Psychiatrist Association Senior Physician and Volunteer with Massachusetts Medical Society and a Deligate of the Middlesex District. Patron member of AAPI - American Association of PHYSICIANS OF INDIA. LIFE MEMBER OF IMANE - Indian Medical Association of New England. Member of the Board of Advisors "SAHELI, Boston,MA. Dr. Trivedi is working closely with the Perkin's School for the Blind. Dr. Trivedi is a Life member and Honorary Volunteer for the Fund Raising Contact for North America of BPA - Blind People Association of Amadavad, India. Dr.Trivedi is the Medical Advisor for Yoga East since 1993. He is a Physician who started Health Screening and Consultation At Shri Dwarkami Clinic in Billerica, MA.

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  1. Practice what they Learn, as much as they are Able; and they Understand that their Weaknesses are Given to them … Brahma satyaṃ jagat mithyā, jīvo brahmaiva nāparah — Brahman is the only truth, the world is illusion, and there is ultimately no difference between Brahman and individual self
    This widely quoted sentence of his is also widely misunderstood.[citation needed] In his metaphysics, there are three tiers of reality with each one more real than the previous. The category illusion in this system is unreal only from the viewpoint of the absolutely real and is different from the category of the Absolutely unreal. His system of vedanta introduced the method of scholarly exegesis on the accepted metaphysics of the Upanishads, and this style was adopted by all the later vedanta schools. Another distinctive feature of his work is his refusal to be literal about scriptural statements and adoption of symbolic interpretation where he considered it appropriate. In a famous passage in his commentary on the Brahmasutra’s of Badarayana, he says “For each means of knowledge {PramaNam} has a valid domain. The domain of the scriptures {Shabda PramaNam} is the knowledge of the Self. If the scriptures say something about another domain – like the world around us – which contradicts what perception {Pratyaksha PramaNam} and inference {Anumana PramaNam} (the appropriate methods of knowledge for this domain) tells us, then, the scriptural statements have to be symbolically interpreted..

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