Dharma - the order or harmony that sustains the world

When the Lord created the world, along with His creation, He revealed the Vedas. The Vedas were to guide people regarding spiritual and mundane matters iwherever tangible solutions couldn't be found. The unseen laws that govern His creation and His (God's imperceptible nature) were revealed through the Vedas. They were received by Rishis who transcended their own personalities.  That is, the Vedas are truths enunciated by God Himself (God as the Antaryamin or Atman seated in the Heart) to seers who could by His grace transcend the limitations of human intellect and thinking. The Vedas were revealed in Samadhi    ( absorption in God). In simple words God spoke those mantras to God ( as Rishis ) to  reveal His Tatva to God ( as aspirants or seekers). Vedas are revelations which spontaneously occur in the minds of Rishis who have merged their identities in God. So they are called 'Apaurusheya' meaning not contaminated by human mind or thinking.(transcedental). Vedas are the ultimate proof of existence of God.Vedas are known as sabda pramana - the ultimate testimony regarding spiritual and mundane matters.

 

The order that creates,sustains nourishes and annihilates the world is known as Dharma.

 Vedas are twofold - Pravritti lakshna ( rules and lifestyles pertaining to house holders) and Nivritti Lakshana (rules and regulations pertaining to Sanyasa ashrama or mendicancy ). Pravritti Lakshana refers to rites and rituals to accomplish specific goals  while nivritti lakshana refers to Upanishads that describe the nature of God  enabling us to contemplate upon and recognize His Tatva ( nature)

 

  The Karma kanda of the  Vedas  consists of  exhortations  that order us to 'do'  prescribed actions and prohibitions that ask us to refrain from prohibited  actions. The Vedas deal with our desires and  show us the ways to satisfy our genuine desires and needs. Until we mature enough to go beyond the mind and its cravings, Vedas like a loving affectionate mother, caters to our needs .

 

 When we mature enough to go beyond the cravings of the mind the very same Vedas enunciate the Supreme Truth of the Upanishads to us.

 

 That dharma  was practised by the adherents of Vedas. But as time elapsed corruption started and the mind of the votaries became susceptible to desire and aversion,. Intelligence got clouded and they stopped following the principles of the Vedas. Several corrupt faiths and religions sprouted like mushrooms on a decaying branch ( of a tree). All the corrupt religions were founded to suit the illegitimate interests of those who chose to follow them. The world is sustained by an order (a harmony). But the mind of the people grew malicious like  stagnant water  that has stopped flowing. Various wicked desires popped up that couldn't be fulfilled through the Vedic system.

 

 To cite an example,  suppose  the much anticipated movie of a superstar is to be  released today.  All those desirous to watch the first show are patiently waiting for their turn to buy the ticket from the counter (in a movie theater). Some smart fellows break the line and collectively threaten the man in the counter. They make him issue tickets by force.

Such are those religions started by some person on some day at some place.  Such religions that don't have the backing of sound philosophy or God experience utilize the power of numbers (mob) to bargain (threaten) with the rulers to satisfy  illegitimate wants. They smartly utilize the power of association or a mob to get things done , to  suit their unethical desires.

 

People chose to believe in such faiths to fulfill their illegitimate greed which otherwise is never possible through dharma.  Same is the case with people who deceive themselves by blindly following God - men and occultists. They  want to avoid the effort needed to follow the dharmic principles enunciated by the Vedas. They want to avoid devotion to God. Literally they want to outsmart God      ( the controller of our destiny) and His benign Will . They don't realize  that resorting to such smart shortcuts will do severe harm to themselves in the long run. Wicked desires and succumbing to temptations  are born out of compulsions emanating from a confused mind. These compulsions drive their natives to their own destruction .

 

Dharma alone triumphs in the long run.

 

On the contrary even when assailed by unethical thoughts, those wise persons who surrender to the power of the Antaryamin  (God in the Heart) are rescued by God's Grace. God's grace  manifests tangibly and becomes their succour. THE DESCENT OF GOD'S GRACE IS TERMED AS AN AVATAR IN HINDU RELIGION.  God's grace descended on Moses  (episode of the fire in the bush and revelation of dictum 'I am that I am') and chose him as the rescuer of the Jews . Grace possessed him and enabled him to rescue the Jews from the tyranny of the Pharaohs.

 

To save people collectively and punish evil doers He incarnates  in human semblance To save an idividual who has surrendered to God's will, His grace descends  as SABDA or DIVINE NAME.  The Divine name  is God's power; His capability , His vast resource in the WORD form. .

 

The Bible too states " In the beginning was the Word; the Word was with God and  the Word was God".Christ is regarded by Christians as the ' Word' in flesh and blood.

 

The Divine name or the Word is a current of Grace, a living flow from the source, that eradicates difficulties and obstructions and takes life  forward smoothly.  It is the Divine power in the capsule form of the Word  (Sabda). This Sabda eradicates all compulsions, deprivations and bestows on its aspirant the capability to lead a fruitful peaceful life.  The divine name is like a seed. The seed has the potency to sprout and grow into a huge tree. Similarly the practice of divine name though very simple and needs only minimum effort contains in itself all thr power to manifest as resources, attitude and environment at the appropriate time. The divine only needs regular practice with due reverence.

It even has the power to bless its votaries with absolute freedom or Godhood (Salvation). It is the bridge between  God and man that levels (eradicates) their perceived difference. The divine name or Sabda is known in yogic terminology as Aham Spurana or pulsation of I. In Christian terminology the name of God and the intuition  it bestows is associated with the Holy Spirit.

 

The Advaitins like Bhartrihari speak about  the mysterious power of the Word or Sabda.

 

Sabda contains in itself sphota that reveals the meaning to the listener. This mysterious power of 'Sabda' is so potent that when uttered  by a Mahatma, Sabda makes an ardent seeker recognize God or Atman in himself.  Great Mahatmas are made up of Sabda and not the visible forms of  bone , marrows and flesh.

 

 However the GOD'S NAME is ever available  only to those who honestly accept their incapacity,  or  inability to follow dharma on their own merit. Divine name comes to our rescur  when  assailed by compulsions, temptations,  deprivations or  negativity. Their honesty and sensitivity to truth and dharma endear them to God. To see things as they are and not as you wish them to be, combined with intimacy with  God leads a man to Divine name.

 

 Devotion to God  makes us access 'Sabda' or Grace  and 'Sabda' manifests  tangibly as chanting of  His   (God's) name . His grace enables the otherwise incapacitated man to live a fruitful and rewarding life. In short practice of chanting divine name gives you access to God's will and the strength to  abide by His will. It enables man to discover his long forgotten divinity to retrace his steps to Godhood! What could be more rewarding than that!

Practical wisdom of the Vedas ​

Once upon a time long ago, a rich man   found it very difficult to travel on foot through the streets of his town. Those days slippers had not yet been discovered. Though they were paved with stones somewhere the stones and pebbles injured the sole of his feet. His intelligent servant hit upon an idea to ease his master's travel.  His master wanted to cover  the streets with soft carpets.  The servant took the measurements of his master's sole (of the feet) and  stiched leather covering for his foot. Thus was invented the first leather shoes.  The rich man was impractical.  He wanted the whole town to be covered with carpets. But his servant was wise to cover the rich man's feet with  slippers . 
Wisdom is practical knowledge.  It is time tested and easily verifiable.  Wisdom most probably has its roots in tradition.  It comes handed down from generation to generation through practices.  They may never be written down. Tradition keeps such wisdom alive. Some ideas may be intellectually appealing but fail on ground.
Intelligence  that is firmly  grounded....not an eccentric man's prattle, is wisdom. Wisdom is actually a pathway not an utopian concept. The pathway based on wisdom certainly takes you to your destination.  It doesn't leave you at the mercy of your fate. The ancient Vedas are a big storehouse of such practical wisdom. The Rishis saw it and didn't concoct it. They are seers of that wisdom.  


Again these vidyas (that's how they are called in the Vedas ) are different life styles leading to the realization  (Sakshatkara) of their respective deities eventually leading you to complete union (identity ) with Brahman itself  .  As the de

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ties themselves are aspects of the Absolute  representing particular traits and values. They (Veda) ultimately make you recognize that you are God. The existence, the essence in you is God.  The Vedas thus are anaadi or sanatana -  eternal and beginning - less. They were not discovered by such a person on such and such a date in such and such a place.  The were revealed to those sages who lost their persona by identifying with God. That is to be short they ( Vedas) are apaurusheya

(transcendental revelations) They are revelations from God or Antaryamin -the Cosmic Intelligence to seers who transcended their individuality.  Such revelations are pure as they are uncorrupted by a human mind. So they are divine.  The Vedas were revealed for us to practice them not to believe in them. You are not needed to subscribe to those (beliefs). You are to practise them for your mundane and spiritual benefits. 

You are neither expected to worship those rishis to whom mantras and upanishad were revealed. But to practise the mantras and understand and realize those values in actual life. Above all you are required to recognize the truth Absolute Existence which you already are and live as That.

Anywhere above there is no question of any subscription to any belief or 'ism' . 
The rishis passed on this knowledge so that aspirants and seekers of truth could know them practise them adopt such life styles that lead to recognition of Truth here in this very life.
The Vedas were not meant to organize people into groups and put up organizations to clamour for power and rights,to challenge the rulers  to demolish governments etc. To trigger protest, organize revolts  , to stage coups were not the intention of the rishis and Maharshis; but to guide  seekers of truth in their sojourn to peace ( God seated in the Heart -the inner Being).

Instead of eliminating all sharp stones and thorns on the roads of his town the servant in the story advised his master to use footwear. We may find a lot of things, people , their beliefs and customs not suitable to us. Sometimes we may find them foolish or terrible. But the wise never try to correct others beyond a measure.  Customs, beliefs,practices are bound to  differ  from place to place, people to people ,race to race. 

We are here to discover our pathway to our source.  We are here to retrace our steps to peace inside us. We are not to meddle with other cultures and torture  their followers, to force on them our views and values.

Vedas ask us to give up our desires and aversions,  our vices to discover the ever present peace in us. It never exhorts  us to force our dear values on others.
Those religions that have  stern  , rigid,  sectarian beliefs and propound  to eradicate 'Evil' and bring 'the kingdom of God on this earth' are responsible for  most terrible wars and bloodshed.A discerning person can very well sense the insensiblity of those war- mongers who are fanatic towards their beliefs. 

A way of life  based on harmonious holistic attitude that makes us access the ever-present God - experience in us is alone fit to be called true religion . In sanatana dharma God is both immanent and transcendental. Immanent in the sense He pervades the whole creation and transcendental in the sense that He alone exists. His creation is only  a dream. When the dreamer is still  dreaming his dream appears to be real.

But once he wakes up he realizes its non existence!.

 

 

Freedom from Self-Created pain

Existence is non dual.  But we imagine  the many. We are synonymous with existence.  When our imaginations come to an end by attraction of existence. ...charm of existence our nightmare called the world stops. Bliss of devotion results.    Bliss is our nature. But our imaginative power  creates a dreadful dream. And we give our own existence to it.
So we make two mistakes. First using our power of imagination in the wrong way. Second lending our own existence to that imagination. If we recognize that our own existence is free and immaculate. ..can never get tainted by any movement  of the mind then we free ourselves from nightmare of duality.


Second after recognition of the  Truth, attraction  to It (God) happens spontaneously.  By getting attracted to   the Truth our power of imagination gets sublimated....gets consumed by It. 
So recognition  (Pratyabhijna) followed by bhakti or devotion completely eradicates all  misery. Misery is caused by wrong assumptions and misdirected pursuits!

 

Activity and seeming inactivity are of Mother Nature.​ The SELF is beyond both

Once an elephant was walking from Mattancherry to Ernakulathappan temple for the annual festival. It so happened that an ant (urumbu) was busy creeping from the head of the elephant towards its tail. Will the ant  ever reach back mattancherry.?  Our activity and seeming inactivity are both of MOTHER NATURE. It is her active phase and inactive phase which we tend to superimpose on ourselves as our own . The causal body or aham (I ) the subtle body or mind and the gross body or physical belong to Nature. So we wake up , remain active exhaust ourselves then fall asleep.  All these,   whether waking dream or sleep belong to nature. Pair of opposites alternate in nature.  It is natural to think and dream and fall asleep.

 

While our  svaroopa or true identity is beyond our apparent nature.  It is neither activity nor inactivity.  It is what it is. A mass of consciousness aware of only its existence.  Self effulgent Consciousness.; which is peace and bliss. . 

 

When we recognize our true identity as self effulgent Consciousness  our apparent nature or mind knows to exhaust itself.  Maya or nature has inherent intelligence.  We need not and should not interfere in its working.  When we are in the train the train carries us. The train carries our burden.  We need not place our luggage on our head to claim that we are   carrying our burden.  In the same way MOTHER nature is carrying ourselves and our burden.  A wise man takes no responsibility of either himself or his burden.  Mother nature does everything.  She is the supporter . She nurtures us. She knows to carry our burden very well. We need not interfere and create problems.  Nature has its own intelligence.  She is all powerful.  She is all knowing. She is all pervading.   She is the power of the almighty God.

Only we have drop the idea of doing and enjoying.' I do I enjoy.'  'I am responsible are the wrong notions of asuras or demons.' It is the all powerful Nature which does and enjoys.  The cultured and the wise are fully aware of this truth.

 

Taking the name of God is a powerful aid to transcend duality. It is feeling the proximity of GOD, His Grace.  It is like the mother (Grace ) rocking the baby (devotee) to sleep on her lap

 

Proximity to Gauri or Shiva's power (Grace) makes you utter the name of Shiva.  In simple language when Gauri possesses you,  you by instinct chant name of Lord Shiva

Recognition of our true identity as consciousness makes us muse over His power or Grace. She or Sabda or God's power amuses the jnanis or men of recognition.

Divine Name is a Sanctuary

 

Those who lead a busy active life....of achievements of boasting their achievements to others...planning new achievements etc..they too while relating their stories may fall asleep. Or it may be  that the listener falls asleep.  We like to watch movies...are interested in the scandalous  life of actors and actresses.  Some are passionate after games..sports. Some fall in love , are interested in dating and mating. Some are interested in God and spirituality. In lectures on Vedanta.  If unable to grasp it they fall asleep.  Some are shopaholic; some workaholic . Thus the common urge in all is to forget oneself. ..one's worries anxieties.  The urge to sleep. .urge to mate  . Deep urge to forget the personality. For in forgetting our personality there is joy..elixir of life..personality is another name for change or death. And forgetting it is the way to immortality.  Ramana maharshi has said that ..Deep sleep is a source of impersonal pleasure. This is why we like it so much. Anything dear to our heart , any vision of extraordinary ineffable beauty may put our mind into trance.  This suggests to us that something we like the most...we love we admire    can make us forget ourselves. That which we like the most is our own self. When we begin to search for that bliss that blessed joy hidden in us...our inner Being our Self puts on a human semblance and initiates us into the divine name. The divine spanda the innermost core of our being. It is the path of devayana...path of light path of sabda. That initiation from the Divine happens by Grace of the divine. It frees us from the misery of remembering our persona .  DIVINE NAME CREATES A SANCTUARY IN US WHERE MISERY AND PERSONA CANNOT ENTER! It bears our burden of life and in turn introduces to the joy of life. The joy of life is not in  being this and that but  in the sheer joy of being; of just existence which is nothing but bliss and bliss alone!


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