|| Shree Hari ||
31st May 2010, Monday, Jyeshth Krishna Chaturthi, Somvar
Vikram Samvat 2067, Sri Krishna Samvaat 5236
Discovery of Truth – 6 & 7
He who is proud of Yoga, can sometimes also get entangled in Bhoga (mundane enjoyments or pleasures); he who is proud of knowledge can also sometimes get entangled in ignorance; he who is proud of liberation (salvation) can also sometimes get entangled in bondage; he who is proud of love (devotion) can also sometimes get entangled in attachment.
When an aspirant no longer has pride (bhoga) of Yoga, knowledge and devotion (love), then he is liberated. Even on having attained liberation, a subtle impression of ego persists of the discipline (opinion) which an aspirant prescribes. This is called “Abimaanashoonya Aham” i.e. ego free from pride. Just as roasted (parched) grain are of no use in farming, but are used as an eatable, similarly the ego free from pride, does not lead to birth and death but (because of the impression of one’s opinion) causes differences of opinion with other philosophers.
It means that because of that subtle ego, a liberated soul gets satisfied with his opinion (discipline). So long as he is satisfied with his opinion (discipline) and recognizes and honors it only, there cannot be ideological unity with other philosophers. Spiritual practices are different, but Sadhan-tattva (spiritual discipline in essence) is one i.e. Karmayog, jnanayog, (discipline of action) and discipline of Knowledge) etc. – all combined constitute Sadhan-tattva. The opinion of a liberated soul is sadhan-tattva. But taking that sadhan-tattva as the aim, he becomes satisfied.
The soul is a part of God, therefore whatever opinion (spiritual discipline) an aspirant catches hold of i.e. insists on, that appears to be true to him. Therefore an aspirant should follow his opinion but should not catch hold of it, i.e. should not insist on it. He should insist neither on knowledge nor on devotion. He should not regard his opinion as superior to other opinions but respect (value) other opinions equally. According to the gospel of the Gita as the renunciation of the “mire of delusion” is necessary, so is the renunciation of the “confusion of mind by hearing conflicting spiritual doctrines” necessary (Gita 2/52-54), because both are stumbling blocks to the progress of an aspirant. Therefore so long as an aspirant perceives philosophical difference between his doctrine and others’ doctrines, and does not value them equally, he should not feel contented with his spiritual progress. Having ideological difference, he can have an access to Sadhan -tattva but he can’t attain the Supreme Goal (Salvation or God Realization). Having attained the Supreme Goal, he does not insist on any doctrine or opinion and all opinions appear alike to him –
The means to achieve an end are several, but the end is one and the same.
The founders or annotators of ideological doctrines don’t indulge in conflicts, but their followers do. The reason is that the followers have not attained a state of liberation, so they insist on their opinion, while the founders have already realized God (attained salvation). It is because of the difference in doctrines or opinions of the founders (annotators) that their followers have attachment to their doctrines (opinions) and aversion to the sects (doctrines of others). It is attachment and aversion which cause a very big stumbling block to the discovery of the truth. But being free from attachment and aversion, an aspirant discovers the truth that when the Real Entity (God) is one, then why are there differences in opinion? Therefore he is not content with salvation. In the discovery of the truth, he loses his own identity also and then only “Vasudeva Sarvam” i.e. “All is God” remains.
An aspirant that has the latent impression of devotion is not content with salvation. The relish of salvation becomes insipid to him and then he attains the Lord’s devotion. Devotion is a means as well as, an end. – “Bhaktyaa sajyaatayaa bhaktaa” (Srimadbha 11/3/31). In the discipline of Devotion, because the means (the spiritual discipline) and the end (aim) both are God, so the insistence of the aspirant on his opinion is easily given up and Sadhya-bhakti (devotion as an end) i.e. every moment enhancing (ever increasing) devotion is automatically attained. Having attained that love and devotion, “All is only God” – this entire – form of God is obviously realized and profound love for God is aroused. When such a profound love is aroused, then there remains no insistence on a particular opinion, and all difference of opinions come to an end, and only one Entity remains. In salvation there is constant (integral) bliss, which in devotion there is infinite and enhancing bliss, which increases every moment. Devotion (love) is the final fruit (aim) of all spiritual disciplines. Every aspirant has to attain this goal by practicing his spiritual discipline. Therefore this human life is indeed meant for spiritual practice or for devotion (love) to God, because the human life has been bestowed upon us so that we may attain God; and only attainment of loving devotion to God is the life achievement of human life.
“Man” and an “aspirant” – both are synonyms. He who is not an aspirant (sadhak), is in fact not a man. He who is an aspirant (sadhak) is indeed a man. A man’s main duty is – to accept the truth. God exists – this is true; and the world does not exist – this is also true. To accept true as true is acceptance of the truth; and to accept the untrue as untrue, is also acceptance of the truth. To accept our relationship with the Supreme Being, with Whom we have a relation is acceptance of the truth and to not accept our relationship with the inert i.e. a thing or a person with whom we don’t have a relationship, is also acceptance of the truth. At the root there is only one truth (reality) and that is that there is nothing else at all besides God in His entire form – “Vasudevah Sarvam” (All is God).
From book “Satya ki Khoj” in Hindi and “Discovery of Truth” pages 10-13 in English by Swami Ramsukhdasji
You can also read message in HINDI titled “Satya ki Khoj – 6 and 7 ” at : http://www.satcharcha.blogspot.com/