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!

Jnana vs Yoga

Jnana vs Yoga - Repose vs Effort

 

A good analogy from the attitudinal perspective (Bhava) compares Jnana to one's relationship with mother while Yoga is similar  to relation with the spouse. 
In Jnana the one entity  apparently appears as two (many) by illusion. The child before birth is part of mother. When born, the  child and  mother appear as separate entities. But the child is always emotionally and spiritually connected to its mother.  The umbilical cord bears evidence to this oneness. To get her attention or love there is no effort nor any  price to pay.  The mother always takes care of her child with unconditional love! The child belongs to the mother, is her part and is her responsibility. 

Yoga assumes the existence of two entities as real and seeks  to unite them.  The soul is different (separate ) from God and after due efforts and austerities gets united with God.
In marriage two different individuals from different circumstances try to unite in adulthood wedlock!
But being two different individuals brought up in different circumstances they have to try to please each other;  do lots of adjustments and  pretensions to satisfy whims and fancies even against real wish  thus paying  the price of maintaining the relationship. 
Lot of careful conscious attention and efforts are called for. The  responsibilities multiply after marriage while child is care free as its mother provides for it . 

In Jnana,  the One appears to have become two;  though no slightest change has ever happened in the One. Only an illusion of two is seen.  Jnana is the Recognition of the ever- present Truth or sole Reality. It removes the veil of illusion  of ego- mind complex and reconnects to the ever existing substratum of  self effulgent Being or Existence! 

But in yoga which presupposes viyoga ( duality or separation) ... through conscious efforts and practice, attempts are made to unite the individual soul with the Supreme  (God).  It is the realization of a new state that is not,  at present. The concept of union may vary from faith to faith. All the different religions and their prophets - preachers are responsible for the extreme violence that the world has witnessed. The religions that promised  peace and prosperity here and union with God in paradise hereafter,  rather caused the most dreaded  genocides in human history!
Recognizing the One Entity -the sole Reality behind all apparent forms and worshipping It is Jnana.
While Yoga is assuming that multiplicity exists; exerting to dissolve the multiplicity in singular consciousness ... Exertion creates a new state and a feeling that 'I have attained the Truth! '. A sort of self deception! 


While in Jnana the recognition of the ever-present Truth by surrender  or enquiry completely eradicates the ego- mind complex freeing oneself from its clutches forever.  Only Peace is the residue. No ego survives the recognition of Truth. Mind completely loses its importance ! What the yogi misses is the Truth that the many (multiplicity ) that nature throws before us, is an illusion - a creation of the mind. This mind itself disappears in deep sleep leaving a residue of only peace. But the yogi is so enamoured of creation , action and his ego that he ignores his own profound state of Oneness in deep sleep. For this mistake he falls into the vortex of action ( doing) than being attentive to his own (being) existence in deep slumber

 

 

 

 

Worship

A human being has three states of experience in  his life. The state of waking, the state of dream and the state of sleep. Life consists of these three experiences. Only a person who is too much obsessed with success and achievements gives paramount importance to the waking state. Waking state is only a minutest aspect of life. It is just the tip of the iceberg. The other two states especially the deep sleep state is very profound. We experience the unlimited Infinite in that state. A person who is mature and pure,  naturally is inclined to unravel the deep mystery behind this blessed state of deep sleep.  Though our persona is felt in the waking and dream states, everyone of us experiences the loss of personality in deep sleep state. In that profound state we exist just as the  experience. We exist just as consciousness. Consciousness that is just  aware of itself. Self effulgent. From it sprouts the individual just as shadows arise at dusk. Worship of God really happens when we get interested in ourselves. When our energy,  our curiosity,  our interests shift from the world we experience to the experiencer, real worship of God as the antaryamin starts. Antaryamin is the witnessing consciousness in our heart. Thus when the HIDDEN BEING in us,  in our Heart Cavern calls us to its side real puja begins. We tend to forget our mundane personality and dream of our Beloved . Here the chit shakti or power of that inner Being (God) takes you by hand and guides you till your persona ....the individual is completely lost in that Infinite. When you see, come face to face with God and His self illuminating power,  there is an unstoppable urge in you to worship God, to do puja.... to chant His Name and sing His ineffable love for you. Here you actually find yourself doing puja.  A deep urge to unite with the beloved! The beloved plays the game of hide and seek with you. Just as the Sun and its reflection. Devotion arises and surges filling you with bliss and gratitude!

Sleep

Sleep is a type of profound solitude.  We never get bored of sleeping. Do we?  What is that is so much interesting in sleep!  Why do we like it. Because we love our own company the most. We spontaneously love ourselves!  That blissful existence bereft of 'I' is that which makes us like sleep so much! Egoless existence is true bliss and peace.  Whatever is foreign and doesn't belong to us should be given up. Then alone we find true bliss and meaning in life!  Bliss is in that solitude where even our 'I' ness or the person is absent!  This true bliss,  happiness and peace is in real solitude!

Solitude is peace,  is bliss.  To be with oneself or ones with whom we strongly identify is solitude.  To be away from all that is foreign to us, or that we don't  know   or  dont love to know is solitude.  Solitude is life!

While in the waking state we engage in all sorts of activities and excitement . Thus we get exhausted.  Then we fall asleep.  Thereby our energy gets refreshed. That means power to recharge ourselves is harnessed from deep sleep.  Even doctors recommend sleep to patients as the best remedy and healing power.  All power lies in that 'I' less Existence we experience in profound sleep.  Power is not in aquisition or association but in true solitude.

 

 

 

Self Image

 

Dear brother

                  Human being consists of two components – the constant REALITY and the variable apparent PERSONA. That which is constant in us needs our attention for it is our real nature, our essential nature – the essential stuff with which we are made of. This Real Identity is constant, never waxes or wanes according to – say circumstances, situations, luck , evil or good company. Time  or Space cannot corrupt or erode this Identity, as it is Transcendental.  It is the only real entity, hence absolutely independent and self effulgent like the Sun shining by its own light resplendently in the horizon.  So you can always bank upon this identity as it is changeless.  That entity can be translated in language as simply- BEING or EXISTENCE.

                          But the other component of a human being, is his persona or personality (world plus mind) like the moon. An illusionary identity better said as a mask that can only masquerade your real Identity. Human weakness or ‘sin’ lies in falling into the enticing web of this false illusory PERSONA mistaking it for the Real. Persona in Latin means a mask.  It is a veil like thing that is dependent on so many variables. Like time, luck, situation, circumstances, people you associate, place of living, condition of your job, sector of work, the type of government  in your country and its policies, etc etc. It (Persona) is so interdependent on all these set of variables that you can never trust or depend on it. It itself being an illusion changes according to   even a small change in  any of these deciding variables. Once luck favours you , you enjoy success  and get elated.  If misfortune is your lot, you get failures and fall into depression. This is quite natural as long as you are in the illusion that the persona is the real You.

  Now my advice to you is, be careful when you form opinion of ‘ YOURSELF’. For it is the most crucial factor that can cast paramount influence in your life and  shape the aura that accompanies you all your life.  It is always wise to go by what your wisdom tells about you rather that what other people think about you or  the opinion that situations conjure up  for you.   In other words do not allow strangers (others) or situations dictate terms and conditions to you. When you image yourself take care that you get the correct image of your identity based on your REAL ESSENTIAL UNCHANGING CONSTANT NATURE. Do not believe in other’s opinion.  Every one is a stranger to you including your parents. No one can understand you, as you can. You can know a lot about yourself by probing deep inside. By knowing, understanding Vedanta (thoughtless Awareness – your real nature) you form correct opinion about yourself. The distorted opinion that VARIABLES including your mind, others around you , life situations present to you  ; in fact  force upon  you, need only be thrown away as trash. By having a real understanding about your true identity  you get the courage to shine like the Sun ,  not dependent on anything else- SVARAT- or SWAMI ‘One who rules himself- not ruled by anyone else’

 

 The hindus are ardent votaries of the Sun god. So they  chant Gayatri . Although all deities have their own Gayatri mantra the  original one belongs to Surya .

“May the Bhargas ( self illuminating potency or light) of the adorable Sun god ( Savita – the progenitor of universe)  guide my intelligence “

 

 The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad revealed by Sun god to Yajnavalkya Maharishi says

  “Esha Brahmanasya mahima na vardhate karmana no  kaniyan”

 The greatness of a Brahmana is That which neither waxes nor wanes with Karma.

 Meaning his greatness springs forth from the Constant, Changeless, Immutable Atman!

 The crux of this write up is that form opinions about yourself based only upon the right Identity of Self, not on the false image of self (ego or personality) conjured up by persons, situations, luck – mind and other external factors which are constantly changing. Your self -image accompanies your all through your life and even the next incarnation.  I can promise you this that if you change your self image for the good based on valid  real Identity seated in your heart, your life situations will  certainly change for the better. So take care!

                                                                                   


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