- From: sai balu Who is a human being? Man is a combination of the body, mind and spirit. Body performs physical acts, mind enquires andMessage 1 of 2 , Dec 31, 2002View SourceFrom: sai balu <vbalu@...>Who is a human being?
Man is a combination of the body, mind and spirit. Body performs physical acts, mind enquires and and the spirit, Atma, is the witness. For every action, the body is necessary. Body performs actions, Mind differentiates good from evil, and the Atma is witness. A man in the true sense possesses all the three in a proper proportion and thereby qualifies himself to be called man. When the Atma and the mind are disregarded and only the bodily comforts are taken into consideration, it is bestial. When the body and the mind act together neglecting the Atma, it is demonic. When one is able to disregard the body and the mind and live purely in the Spirit (Atma), he is divine. Divinity means staying firmly in the Atmic principle unaffected by the other propensities. One should develop greater reliance on the Atma. Increase of body consciousness leads one to animality. One must eliminate the animal and demonic tendencies, develop attachment to the Atma and achieve illuminative effulgence. Therefore, man should make proper use of the instruments he is gifted with, and lead a balanced life.
Develop your own line of thinking, based on your conscience. Develop self-confidence. Where there is self-confidence, there will be self-satisfaction. Where there is self-satisfaction, there will be self-sacrifice. And , through self-sacrifice comes self-realisation. Self-confidence is the foundation for the building which remains below the surface of the earth. Self-satisfaction represents the walls; self-sacrifice, the roof and self-realisation, the life. Without the foundation of self-confi-dence, self-realisation cannot be achieved. Therefore, build up your self-confidence slowly. In this process, Start early, drive slowly and reach your goal of self-realisation safely.
Claim to be a Devotee of the Lord, a Votary of the Highest, can be admitted only if the passions and emotions are pure and the character virtuous. The tongue may utter the Name of the Lord, the ear may be open when the glory of the Lord is recited, the hand may scatter flowers on the image of God; but the tongue may not know or relish the taste, the ear may not yearn, the hand may not hanker. These can happen only when the heart is aware of the Supreme, when the mind is thrilled when the glory of God is recollected.
There is a basic difference between the attitude of the Gopikas to Krishna and that of Yadhavas in Dwaraka. The Gopikas felt: "Krishna ! We are yours" The Yadhavas felt: "Krishna! You are ours." Their attitude was based on Ahamkara (sense of possession). That was responsible for their ultimate destruction. You should all realize that God is present equally in all beings. The spiritual, oneness of all was taught to Shankara by Shiva in the form of an untouchable, when Shankara bade the "untouchable" not to approach him. Shankara immediately prostrated before the untouchable as a preceptor who had taught him Samathvam (spiritual equality). Bodies and temperaments may differ from individual to individual, but the Divine is one and the same in all.
Let your mind be filled with the radiance of divine love. Acquiring mere textual knowledge is of no avail. What you have studied is only a fraction of the total knowledge. Yet you feel proud about it. Your worldly education is insignificant compared to divine wisdom. You cannot attain God with your education, power and wealth. He is accessible by Love and Love alone. You can experience Him only when you develop Love. Devotion means to Love God wholeheartedly.
We should bid farewell to bad qualities and welcome good divine qualities. You may offer all your bad qualities to God. There is nothing wrong in this. It is only God who can take them and bestow His grace on you to foster good qualities. For example, suppose you have a soiled, torn and mutilated hundred rupee currency note, no one will accept it. But, if the number is intact, the Reserve Bank will accept it and give a good note of same value in return. Similarly God only will accept the bad qualities provided they are offered with sincere devotion and repentance and shower His Grace on you.
There are four kinds of tendencies in man: the animal, the demonic, the human and the divine. Of the three constituents of man - the body, the mind, and the Atma - when man ignores the mind and the Atma and identifies himself with the body, he manifests only his animal qualities. When the body and the Atma are forgotten and only mind alone is predominant, one becomes demonic. When the body and the mind are forgotten and one is immersed in Atmic consciousness, one becomes divine. If, in this manner, one explores the potentialities in man, it will be found that they include everything . Man, therefore, has to know himself. There he will find everything.
Divinity can be seen irrespective of place, time or condition. Why wait, right now you turn your attention inwards and concentrate on that Effulgent Being. Such vision is not confined to special locations; it is available everywhere for the deserving person. That is why it is said, Anoraneeyan Mahato Maheeyan (Brahman is subtler than the subtlest and vaster than the vastest), and is omnipresent.