Vedas and Adi Sankara - Part 6 By Sri.Sri.Muralidhara Swamiji.
- Dear members,
" Bhakti is bhãva. Maha Periyava, Bhagavãn Ramana
Maharshi followed the Vedanta mãrga which is ananya
bhãva (feeling of oneness with the supreme). Jnana is
like a pond and Bhakti is like the waterfalls. In
Bhakti the person gets soaked in prema and it flows
like a falls. One who is in bhakti marga has to take
hold of something to remain in this world. Only then
will they be able to move about in this world. They
have been sent down to the earth by Bhagavãn for the
accomplishment of some task and if this has to be
carried out by them, they have to mix in this world.
To mix amongst and move amidst people the Mahans have
to hold on to something; otherwise they can never come
to the physical plane. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
used to slip into bhava samadhi quite frequently.
But just before he slipped into such a state he would
be seized with the fear that he may not be able to
return to this plane at all. So he would hold on to
the thought of smoking a hookah after coming out of
samadhi. It is this thought that he takes hold of
before he slips into the state of samadhi that helps
to bring him back to this plane. Without holding on to
such a thought Mahans will never be able to return to
this plane and do their work.
Vasudeva Thatha was a great Mahãn. This cannot be
refuted. But he could not perform any work in the
world, as he could not mix with people. His very
presence would help the world is a different thing
altogether. None could approach him as he could not
tolerate indiscipline and disorder. Thus, the Mahãns
cannot perform the work that they have been sent for
into this world unless they hold on to something of
this world. It was for this very reason that
Yogiramsuratkumar smoked cigarettes. He was also in
bhakti marga. Unless he held on to this habit of
smoking cigarettes he would never have been able to
stay and work in this physical plane. This is the
reason that they forcefully make a habit of some
worldly thing. Sri Sarada Devi showed deep affection
to her niece. Unless she held on to this she never
would have been able to stay and work in this world.
Now, one should not question, What did Periyava or
Ramana hold on to? because they were Vedantis.
Vedantis do not face this situation. It is only to
those who go in bhakti mãrga that such a situation
arises. It is Bhaktãs who face such a situation. So,
Bhakti is bhãva. It is like the waterfalls that gushes
forth. It is only in Bhakti that rasokti kirtans are
sung. So, why should one go to a Guru? One can do
tapas,dhyana, japa, etc. on his own.. But unless one
takes the dust of the Lotus Feet of the Guru on his
head his sadhana will prove futile. Mahat pãda
Ãchãrya (Adi Sankara) says,
Sariiram, swaroopam tatha vã kalatram
yashaschãru chitram dhanam merutulyam
Manaschenna lagnam Gurorungripadmam
tatah kim? tatah kim? tatah kim? tatah kim?
(you may) enjoy the most beautiful and healthy body
have the most beautiful wife (tatha vã kalatram)
possess as large a wealth as the Meru Mountain (dhanam
enjoy fame all over the world (yashaschãru chitram)
but, of what use are all these (tatah kim? tatah kim?)
if your mind does not settle at the Lotus Feet of the
Guru? (manachena lagnam Guruoungripadmam).
Ãchãrya Himself speaks on the glory of the Guru.
Therefore, Prabhãva is not unusual. It can be seen
to be possessed by many today. It is a difficult task
indeed to win Bhagavãns Maya. It is only with the
Grace (kripa) of the Guru that one can win this
Maya. So, when we take up Guru Parampara we find that
each one has had a Guru. A Guru now has had a Guru; He
has had a Guru and this Guru has had a Guru. The line
winds back this way. This is called Jnãna paramapara
(Lineage of Knowledge). This is how Mahãns have come.
!!! Will Continue !!!
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
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