God Cannot be Realized, by a Particular Practice or Method (Jan 31, 2008)
- :Shree Hari:
31st January, 2008, Friday
Maagh Krishna Dashami, Vikram Samvat 2064, Shukravar
God cannot be realized, by a particular practice or method, (e.g. meditation etc.) because such methods and practices are dependent on the body, mind, senses and intellect etc., which being part of nature are insentient. God, who is sentient cannot be bought through objects which are insentient (inert), because all objects of the world cannot be equivalent or even come close to God (That Supreme Consciousness).
Worldly objects are acquired through performance of actions (effort), therefore a spiritual aspirant naturally thinks that God Realization is also like acquiring worldly things, suchas through actions and spiritual practices. The spiritual aspirant's beliefs are further confirmed when he studies the life stories of Manu-Satarupaa and Parvati etc., who realized God through penance. But in reality, it is not so. God is realized only when the assumed affinity with the insentient (matter) is totally renounced. This applies to those individuals who seemed to have realized God through penance, but in fact, it was due to renouncing affinity with the inert. In fact, God is ever realized to everyone, but the embodied soul is veiled when it accepts it's affinity with the insentient. As soon as he renounces this affinity, God is automatically revealed to him. Therefore those spiritual aspirants who hold that they can realize God through the strength of their spiritual
practices, are making a grave mistake. Spiritual practices only aid in renouncing the assumed affinity for the unreal i.e. insentient (matter).
When a spiritual aspirant does not understand this secret, and becomes attached to his spiritual practices and disciplines, and he depends on them, the affinity and relationship with the inert matter persists in him. As long as there is even the least bit of importance of the inert, till that time, God realization is difficult. Therefore a Spiritual Aspirant should not depend and remain attached to his spiritual practice, rather through his spiritual practice, renounce his affinity with the inert.
When a spiritual practice is done only with the aim of God Realization, the affinity with inert matter can be easily renounced.
From "The Bhagavad Gita - Sadhak Sanjivani " in English pg 1366, in Hindi pg 801by Swami Ramsukhdasji
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