|| Shree Hari ||
30th June 2010, Wednesday, Aashadha Krishna Chaturthi, Budhvar
Vikram Samvat 2067,Sri Krishna Samvaat 5236
Make your Spiritual Practices Free of Any Doubts
One must make their spiritual practices pure, in other words, regarding the subject of your spiritual discipline, there should be no doubts whatsoever. If there remains any doubt, then through books, through question-answers, one must remove them. If you are experiencing that the world is real, then remain firm on this point. If there is any doubt in this, then remove those doubts, continue to inquire on these. Do not keep any doubts. To keep doubts is a mistake. If you believe in the â€œAatmaâ€ (Individual Consciousnessâ€, Soul) and in Brahma (Universal Consciousness) then remain firm in that. If you believe in the existence of God, then remain firm on that point. Do not let any doubts remain in that. This point appeals to me greatly, therefore I am sharing with you. Do your spiritual disciplines in such a way that your heart is purified.
Whatever points you like, ask about that alone. I will tell you about those points only. I do not force my opinion on you, that whatever is my opinion that alone is proper. Whatever is your belief, that itself you must nourish and nurture, and in that itself I will tell you great points. And if you walk that path, then you will attain perfection. Just as someone calls the world as â€œrealâ€. The world is flowing, but it never perishes. In the world there is birth and death, but it is not permanent. Whoever believes so, must not want to do anything that is against his discrimination. Let the world be considered real, but lying, cheating, being dishonest etc., is not alright. Because if someone lies, cheats and is dishonest with you, then you do not like it. If someone cheats, you feel bad. If someone steals something of yours, then you feel bad. Therefore you must not do such things. Let the world be considered real, but that which you consider to be bad, that which you do not wish others to do to you, do not do those things. Leave those things completely, than you will have attained perfection.
Questioner – The flaws that we have, will they go away by practice?
Swamiji: Flaws do not leave by practice, they leave by proper thinking. Those flaws that have come in us, understand these properly through proper thinking over the scriptures, truth as spoken by holy company, words of saints, give them up. To give up evil, is not a practice. Renunciation takes place through proper thinking, not through practice. Through practice, a new state is created; just like we are unable to walk on a rope, but by constant practice, then just like those men in the circus, we too will be able to walk on the rope.
Questioner – If someone considers himself to be ignorant, then what is to be done?
Swamiji – If someone considers himself to be ignorant, then we must get rid of that ignorance. No one likes ignorance. If someone is told that they are ignorant, then will they like it? When even an ignorant person does not like it, then how will he consider himself to be ignorant? It could be pride of his knowledge, ignorance can remain in us, but we cannot consider ourselves to be totally ignorant, because we are a part (ansh) of God. (to be continued)
From book “Saadhan, Sudha, Sindhu” in Hindi 697 by Swami Ramsukhdasji.
The same message is available in HINDI titled “Apne Saadhan ko sandehrahit banaayiye – 1” at: