How will One know when their Spiritual Discipline has attained Perfection ? (August 1, 2007)
- :Shree Hari:
1st August, 2007, Wednesday
Shravana Krishna Dvitiya, Vikram Samvat 2064, Budhvar
When a person expects more happiness in something other than what he currently possesses, he abandons the current state for the new state. He conitnues to abandon one state for another, until he experiences the Supreme bliss. There is no greater bliss than Supreme Bliss, and on attaining this state, he has nothing else to seek, because there is no further gain greater than this. Similarly a Yogi being established in Supreme Bliss, cannot be shaken even by the greatest suffering. He is simply unshaken. The reason is that, he who is established in Supreme Bliss, has no body consciousness. So the harm inflicted on the body, does not affect him. He feels pain, only if he identifies himself with matter (Gita 13:21). But on breaking his affinity with matter, being established in Supreme Bliss, afflictions and suffering cannot have any access to him, and so he remains unshaken.
The verse Gita 6:22 is the touchstone for all disciplines. A spiritual aspirant following any discipline - Karmayoga (path of action), Jnanayoga (Path of Knowledge), Dhyanayoga (Meditation) and Bhaktiyoga (path of devotion) etc. should test himself on this touchstone. Every being has an aim to wipe out sufferings and to attain bliss. Therefore every spiritual aspirant should attain the state described in this verse. If this state is not attained, it means that his spiritual discipline has not attained perfection. A striver may not discontinue his practice or he may regard his imperfection as perfection, so this verse should be the criterion.
A man can attain such a rare state - in which there is endless gain and there is not an iota of suffering. He however by indulging in accumulation and enjoyment of temporary pleasures, brings about limitless harm to himself.
From "The Bhagavad Gita - Sadhak Sanjivani" Gita Shloka 6:22.
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