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the characteristic of the spiritual path is peace?

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  • dattapr2000
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 1, 2005
      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
      after awakening.

      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?

      at the lotus feet of shri datta swami
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