the characteristic of the spiritual path is peace?
- It is correct to certain extent till you reach the self (Jeevatma)
it is correct. But the spiritual journey does not stop there. When
you differentiate yourself from your body as pure awareness you will
attain peace but you have to go further to reach the ultimate goal,
which is the super self (Paramatma). When you are travelling in the
path to reach the super self after attaining the knowledge of self,
you will loose the peace because that path is full of sacrifice.
Sacrifice will disturb your mind because you have to cut all the
worldly bonds including the bond with your body and even life. While
reaching the self you are eating a sweet, which will give you
satisfaction. You cannot have fruit from the Lord again. You have
already eaten the sweet and you cannot charge money for eating the
sweet. Already you are given the fruit when you attain your self
but when you are reaching the Paramatma you are giving the sweet to
Him and you have to suffer with hunger. Therefore the Lord will pay
you for the sacrifice of the sweet. When you loose the peace the
Lord becomes peaceful. Therefore attaining the self by removing the
illusion that you are the body etc., is only a half journey. The
Lord is called as Atmeswara in Veda, which means that He is the
controller of even the self.
In Advaita philosophy you are reaching the self, which is only the
intermediate station. Of course you must attain the peace, which
gives, you lot of strength so that you will withstand the suffering
by sacrifice in the next half of the journey. Sankara stopped by
preaching this intermediate station to all the people. When a few
people reached this station, then He opened the further path to them
only. He swallowed the molten lead and preached to the disciples
that He alone is the Lord. They realized the self and reached the
intermediate station called Brahman by the path of `Aham Brahmasmi'
(I am Brahman). Brahman means simple awareness. The next half path
is to reach Lord who is Eeswara. Peace is not the final fruit.
Peace is only the intermediate fruit, which gives you the strength
in the journey. The fruit given by the Lord is the final fruit,
which are peace, bliss and all the eight super powers. If one takes
a sleeping tablet, he can get peace during the sleep as well as
Detachment from the world gives you the peace (Brahman) but the
fruit given by the Lord is to remain peaceful, blissful while living
in this world and helping the real devotees with the help of the
eight super powers (Asta Siddhis). The fruit given by the Lord will
give you the real bliss i.e., the entertainment in the life game
played by you in this world itself which is certainly far higher
than the peace. Sivoham (I am Eeswara) as told by Sankara is the
final goal and not 'Aham Brahmasmi'. Sankara lived in the world and
did lot of work. He never sat idle thinking Aham Brahmasmi like the
present Advaita Philosophers. Patanjali wrote Yoga Sutras and fixed
Eeswara as the final goal. We remember Sankara today as the divine
hero but not the other Advaita philosophers.
Sankara sacrificed His mother and earning of money for the sake of
the mission of the Lord. But the Advaita Philosophers sit in their
houses and roll with their family bonds and simply say Aham
Brahmasmi. One should become a divine hero like Sankara, Ramanuja,
Madhva, Swami Vivekananda etc.; they were dynamic doing the Karma
Yoga, which was without any selfishness. Their Karma Yoga was the
propagation of the divine knowledge, which is Jnana Yoga but today
the Advaita Philosopher is doing Karma Yoga with selfishness for his
family bonds only. What is the use of their Jnana Yoga?
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