Art of Listening to Satsang (Feb 1, 2013)
- || Shree Hari ||
Art of Listening to Satsang
(Satsang Sunneki Vidya)1st February 2013, FridayMaagh Krishna Panchami, Vikram Samvat 2069, Shukravaarcontinued ......
Satguru bhoothaa inda sam, kami na rakhe koi |
Waisa hi phal nipajai, jaisi bhoomika hoi ||
Just as the rain equally showers at all places. Even though there may be no difference in the rain, land, soil, sunshine, air, and water, there is a difference in the taste of a watermelon and a cantaloupe. The difference is due to the seed of each one being different. As is the seed, so is the fruit. However the talks about a man is even more exceptional than this ! Man's seed, i.e. his "bhaav" - sentiments and feelings can also be transformed and he can become from a sinner to a saint, he can become from a bad person to a great divine soul (Gita 9/30-9/31); because in essence he is a part (ansh) of Paramatma. However there should be two points in that - There is no pretense and deceit and man does what he has been instructed to do. "amaayayaanuvruttyaa" (Srimad Bhagwat 11/3/22).
Therefore a listener should not be deceitful and pretentious, it means there should not be any insistence of any sort within himself. There should be no holding on to any thought, idea, thing etc. If there is an insistence on ones own point of view, then he will not be able to listen to others, and if he hears then too he will not be able to grasp. The reason is that on having his own insistence, the listener's heart throws away the speaker's talks, he does not absorb them. With that, even the good points made by the speaker, do not get assimilated in his heart. Therefore having an insistence on your own opinion, principles, sectarian views is a great obstacle in realization of the essential Truths (Enlightenment).
If a listener has no insistence of his own, then the sentiments and feelings of a realized great soul will penetrate within him very quickly.
Paaras keraa gun kisaa, palatyaa nahin lohaa |
kai toh nij paaras nahin, kai bich rahaa bichohaa ||
By the touch of the philosopher's stone if iron does not turn to gold, then either that philosopher's stone is not genuine, or the iron is not genuine, or there was some obstruction in between.
In the same way, if the speaker has experiential knowledge, and the listener has a keen longing to know and he has no insistence of his own, then the speaker becomes a "paaras" (philosopher's stone). Not only that, even the "paaras" becomes exceptional -
Paaras mein aru sant mein, bahut antarou jaan |
Wah loha kanchan kare, wah karai aapu samaan ||
The gold that came about with the touch of a Paaras stone, cannot convert other metals to gold. Because Paaras converts iron to gold, Paaras does not make anything like itself. But a realized great soul makes a sincere, honest listener, who walks the path according to his instructions, also like him self, let us say as if a Paaras' mint has been opened. (to be continued)
From "Jit Dekhu Tit Tu" in Hindi by Swami Ramsukhdasji.
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