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RELIGION (from the book REALITY AT DAWN by RAMCHANDRA)

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  • 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 1 of 4 , Jun 7, 2005
      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 2 of 4 , Jun 8, 2005
        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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