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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Apr 9, 2002
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      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!


      We have uploaded a memoriam of Sri Swami Dayanandaji Maharaj which
      appeared in the March issue of the Divine Life journal at:

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,



      ASPIRANTS, BEWARE! Sri R. Ramakrishna of Delhi had come with a harmonium
      for the Ashram. He narrated to the Master the gist of a thrilling lecture
      by an independent spiritual leader.

      "Swamiji, Sri X. stresses on the immediate individual transformation to be
      brought about by Self-awareness. And he asserts that the awakened
      individual will then be able to establish the right relationship with his
      environment. His theme begins with an intellectual analysis of one's own
      emotions which, through the mental process of naming them as such, become
      anger, lust, jealousy, etc. Then such feelings are recorded in memory.

      "This triple process of thus experiencing, naming and recording the
      emotions is the work of the mind, or self-projection. The separation of
      the thinker from his thought, which is a mental process, leads to the
      cessation of the thought-process. When the awakened individual is alive to
      the force behind his emotions, it is a state of being called love, in
      which the individual experiences an inward richness and creative joy. He
      is face to face with the Reality, which has no end and is never static
      and, viewed from the relative standpoint of time, is ever new, ever fresh
      from moment to moment.

      "When he says this, Swamiji, it is so convincing and inspiring. He does
      not have any organisation; he actually condemns organisations and also the
      institution of Guru and disciple. He does not believe in or quote from any
      scripture. He does not advocate any religion but says that he arrived at
      the Truth independently. He does not like Kirtanists and speaks of them
      derisively as the 'shouting-class'."

      "You should not attend such kinds of lectures," came the Master's
      immediate reply. "What a travesty of truth! Lord Krishna has clearly
      stated in the Gita that one should not unsettle another's faith. That is
      why the Shastras declare emphatically the need for a Guru. He alone will
      be able to understand the aspirant's state and prescribe the proper
      Sadhana. The same instructions do not suit all; and if you enunciate some
      general principles, they should not be antagonistic to anyone else's

      "These instructions are suitable only for the microscopic minority, for
      advanced spiritual aspirants who are well versed in psychology. Those who
      have faith in the Lord's Name, in Japa, Kirtan and the Yoga of synthesis,
      should not attend such lectures. Their faith in their own Sadhana will be
      shaken. They will not know exactly how to proceed on the new path and,
      torn between the two, will simply collapse midway.

      "Further, organisations are necessary if you want to do some real and
      substantial service to humanity. Everyone has his own organisation. Take
      the case of this Sri X. Is he not being looked after by the public? Does
      he not have a following? That is the organisation, though he may not call
      it so and register it. If you have no selfish motives, there is no harm in
      having an organisation."


      "To make the mind obey you is spiritual discipline." - Swami Sivananda

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