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RELIGION (from the book REALITY AT DAWN by RAMCHANDRA)

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  • subhash naik
    India has achieved political freedom but self-independence or the freedom of soul is still wanting.The main obstacle is the want of capacity for a broader
    Message 1 of 4 , May 19, 2005
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      India has achieved political freedom but self-independence or the
      freedom of
      soul is still wanting.The main obstacle is the want of capacity for a
      broader
      vision and free thinking.The whole atmosphere is surcharged with
      prejudice
      and rivalry.The entire structure of society and culture rests on the
      same
      foundation.Sectional jealousies are the main cause of the downfall of
      our
      civilisation.There are, at present,no less than 3000 castes in
      India,each
      forming a distinct unit.These castes were originally the different
      guilds of
      workers and artisans organised in order to solve the question of
      division of
      labour.But today each guild tries to cut itself off from the rest of
      the community
      forming a separate independent unit,harbourung feelings of hatred and
      jealousies towards the other.The whole society is thus proceeding
      towards
      disintegration.The time is now at hand when this evil shall soon
      cease to
      exist.Nature is at work to put an end to this evil.The scythe of the
      time is
      unsparing.Let this serve as a warning to the ardent supporters and
      advocates
      of the caste prejudice.They cannot escape the consequences unless
      they
      mend in time.The will of God must have its course.(CONT.)
    • subhash naik
      To my view those who stick to this sort of worship throughout their life,are wading deep through the mire ungodliness.It is extremely dificult to extricate
      Message 2 of 4 , Jun 6, 2005
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        To my view those who stick to this sort of worship throughout their life,are
        wading deep through the mire ungodliness.It is extremely dificult to
        extricate them out of it. In course of time after constant practice they become
        so firmly rooted to it that they cannot even think of getting away from it at any
        stage.They remain at a standstill.They do not want to get rid of the ideas they
        have already imbibed. Further they apply thier power or thought and make
        them stronger and more solid.Everything casts a reflection in a form similar to
        its own.If the thing is subtle its reflection will also be subtle in character and if
        it is gross the reflection will likewise be gross.If we concentrate on a solid
        thing we are sure to become ourselves inwardly solid.Great havoc has been
        wrought by teachers,who have presented to the ignorant masses everything
        they had learnt from the holy books in hard and solid form.It destroys the
        reflexive power of mind.If one develops such a horrible state he is gone for
        ever.He loses his approach to a broader vision and the capacity for further
        progress becomes extinct.Such person may be compared to frogs in the
        well,with a little field of activity which they consider all and enough.They
        remain whirling round in a closed sphere,hemmed in on all sides.They are
        hammering on the same thing all their life.Stories and illustrationjs of gods are
        all and enough for them.When the practice continues for long the cells of the
        brain are affected and they become saturated with the thoughts which grow
        stronger day by day.Finally the whole nervous system is affected.The external
        opacity gradually creeps inwards and completes the work.They are now
        completely impervious,both within and without,to the passage for the Divine
        Light.Their approach to innerself is completely barred.I shall prefer to call
        them living stones.The hardened crust which they thus developed keeps them
        aloof from slighest association with anything higher or finer.They are almost
        spell-bound by its effects which they consider to be a spiritual stage although
        in fact they are far away from it. My personal experience in the spiritual field
        has revealed to me that it is a pretty hard and tedious task to shatter the hard
        crust,created by such forms of practice,from the hearts of those coming to me
        for spiritual pursuit.If one wants to free himself from these bondages of soul
        he must necessarily clear off the layer of grossness and solidity settled over
        his mind as a result of these stultifying practices.(CONT.)
      • subhash naik
        Another form of worship commonly thought to be more advanced is to sing or recite in chorus,lines in praise of the god or goddess they worship.People assemble
        Message 3 of 4 , Jun 7, 2005
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          Another form of worship commonly thought to be more advanced is to
          sing or
          recite in chorus,lines in praise of the god or goddess they
          worship.People
          assemble together in parties and at late hours in night,sing in
          chorus at the
          top of their voice disturbing the calm atmosphere of the night.They
          think that
          they are thereby discharging a pious duty of injecting,as they
          say,into the ears
          of as they can,the sacred name of God.Not only this,they sometumes
          even
          make use of microphone to broadcast the sound. They are totally
          unmindful of
          the discomfort or inconvenience it might cause to persons who may
          possibly
          be in need of quiet repose after their day's tiring labour or
          illness. It may at the
          same time be offering serious disturbance to those who practise
          meditation in
          the calm hours of the night.Moreover,the practice as generally
          followed
          today,is of no great utility in our spiritual progress and
          consequently no
          substantial gain is derived therefrom. The chantings of the
          Sanskirtanists may
          be compared more appropriately to the groans of a sick man which only
          offer
          him a temporary consolation but do not actually relieve him of the
          pain. So
          these chantings are of no avail to them except that they are charmed
          by the
          effect of the sweet melody which helps to draw their thoughts for the
          time
          being to the ideal in view. Now what ever we think or
          contemplate,produces
          vibrations within.When these vibrations multiply,they create power
          which
          gushes out with a sound.The vibrations carry with them the effect of
          thoughts
          and feelings of individuals.So the pious effect of the pure minds in
          the
          company is likely to be spoiled by the evil effect of impious
          minds.The
          undesirable element must,therefore,be kept away if full advantage is
          to be
          derived from these performances.Such was the practice followed by
          Chaitanya Mahaprabhu who held Sankirtans (congregational chants) with
          the
          party consisting only of those thoroughly known to him for goodness
          and
          piety.The performance was, therefore,conducted behind closed doors
          and no
          outsider was allowed in.Sankirtan (congregational chant) in fact,does
          not offer
          means of preliminary advancement but is rather helpful only to some
          extent
          after sufficient advancement. (CONT.)
        • subhash naik
          It is most effective only when conducted in a congenial atmosphere overflowing with pious thoughts. It may also serve as a recreative change after serious
          Message 4 of 4 , Jun 8, 2005
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            It is most effective only when conducted in a congenial atmosphere
            overflowing with pious thoughts. It may also serve as a recreative
            change
            after serious mental practices.Moreover unfortunately today the ideal
            too kept
            in view during these practices is not the highest. In most cases they
            remain all
            along in close touch with the idea of gods in the physical form
            keeping in view
            their gross body and activities. The effect of this gross conception
            is nothing
            but internal grossness and opacity which they inhale all along during
            the
            practice.A gross conception will necessary keep you within bounds and
            limitations and final approach or absolute freedom can never be
            possible.This
            is the reason why in spite of years of practice they find themselves
            at the
            lowest level of attainment.They are,so to say,searching everything in
            a
            stagnant pool where even oxygen,necessary for the upkeep of life,is
            wanting.They have made such a pool their permanent abode.Proper light
            is
            needed to make pearls.What we must strive for in order to secure
            absolute
            freedom from bondage is to become the lighest and the finest,closely
            corresponding with the godly attributes and securing complete
            similarity with
            Him.The nectar of real life is for him and him alone who brings
            himself up to
            the standard required for the purpose.
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