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The Human Goal

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The Aikunnu Bhagavathy Temple on Pandavagiri Hill

God is a concept of man, but man is not a concept of himself. You can say the whole creation is a ‘concept of God’ (a saṅkalpa), and hence man too is His concept. In his dialogue with Uddhava, Krishna says, on behalf of the Creator: “I created many a creature - with no legs, then with one, two, three, four and many legs. But I was not satisfied. When I created man, I was fulfilled. In the human body, endowed with discriminative intelligence, man can discover and realize Me and My Greatness, by enquiring into the Supreme Reality.” So, man is God’s concept. Thus the whole creation, with man in it, is a wonder for man.

In this light, what should be the right vision and attitude that man should have about himself, his personality and life around? Human personality has two counterparts: the outer physical or gross, and the inner spiritual or subtle. The physical, outer component can function only with the subtle inner counterpart, which consists of mind, intelligence and ego.

This knowledge that man is a ‘concept of God’ should instantly lead man to appreciate and evaluate the object of human life. With this perspective, he must assess the inner constituents (mind, intelligence and ego), their place and role, and how they link with the body and senses in their functions.

Mind thrives on thoughts, feelings, emotions and memory. A definite effort should be made to enrich, empower and refine mind’s functions.

Intelligence thrives on knowledge, ideas and its derivatives. Enquiry, examination and investigation are its expressions and wont. It develops the art of being rational. By taking up the right enquiries and investigations about life, world, mind, its role, etc., the individual human must enrich and enlighten his intelligence. Intelligence is the only effective tool to act on the mind.

It is mind that employs the senses. To ensure that senses are rightly utilized, mind should be enriched and empowered by intelligence. And intelligence itself should derive its enlightenment and direction from the source still beyond, the core of human personality, which is also the centre of the whole creation.

Employ the intelligence to gain abundant inner, spiritual knowledge. That is how spiritual pursuit becomes relevant to the human.
 

The Unique Soul Birth

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Parents give us birth. Educational institutions provide object-based knowledge. The Spiritual Guru is one who verily bestows the unique Soul-birth. With loving care and watchfulness, he takes the seeker to Wisdom and fulfillment. To have a Guru as Teacher and Guide, is thus the greatest fortune and blessing in one’s life. During Gurupoornima and Chaaturmaasya, the earnest seekers strive to seek closer association with the Guru, to be observed and guided by him closely, to sublimate their ego and dissolve the constrictions of likes, dislikes and selfishness. Holiness of Gurupoornima comes from its link with the immortal Vedas.

–– Swamiji

 

What is the object of wealth?

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Poojya Swamiji assisting a help seeker during the Anna-Vastra Daana Satram in Jamshedpur

Yajnadaana and tapas are the inseparable notes of dharma. Daana purifies and sanctifies one’s wealth however meager or huge it may be. It safeguards the wealth and their descendants from being spendthrifts and victims of decadence and destruction due to wrong ways of spending. It preserves wealth by fostering generosity. It begets a blessing that passes on to the ensuing generations.

It is the giver who should feel grateful that there are people to receive his charity. In fact, charity is a misnomer. It definitely carries the undercurrent of a sense of superiority. The concept of Daana has a far greater magnitude and nobility of purpose.

What is the object of wealth? Wealth is truly meant for acquiring righteousness (dharma), which alone has the power to lead man to right knowledge. By gaining right knowledge, man develops real fondness for the supreme truth. And this, in turn, gains for him peace and freedom. Instead of ensuring that the wealth is thus rightly employed, whereby peace and welfare are assured for oneself and others, if any one spends it solely on his house and bodily relations, alas, he remains utterly deluded. “Such a one fails to see the powerful hands of impending Death,” warns Sukadeva in Sreemad Bhaagavatam.

–– Swamiji 

 

All-fold attunement

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In the background: CIRD Delhi

We are born into this world, when our body was delivered by the mother. Ever since then, the body rests on the earth. Does the earth belong to any one? The air we breathe also has no claimant. So too, the water, sun, moon and the like, the other life-sources have no visible ownership. Wherefrom do all our actions originate? Who designed them? Whereto do all of them proceed? There cannot be a doubt or question about the answer. Whatever or whoever is the progenitor of our earth and whichever Power or Presence preserves it, to the same source alone is directed all our activities and movements.

Dedicate the whole of your activities to the Supreme, and nurse this feeling throughout. Let not the ego or any sense of possessiveness interfere. This is more an attitude-culture – an inner orientation, growing a sense of belonging and dedication. The wholesome allegiance that emerges from such an attitude, should survive, getting only strengthened every time. All the attention and focus must be towards this. If the devotee pursues this kind of all-action or all-fold attunement, that in itself will be a full-fold saadhana, and it will lead him to spiritual perfection and fulfillment.

-- Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

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The Nature of True Worship

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Poojya Swamiji at the Aikunnu Bhagavathy Temple - Dec 2013

What is the nature of true worship to be offered to God?

The first point to be kept in mind is that the singular Brahman is infinite sentience, and Consciousness is another term for sentience. The one to be worshipped is this supreme Consciousness. Do the seekers have the subtlety and comprehension to engage in such worship? Even the elderly people usually fail to reflect upon the subject properly. Religious practices seem to be more attractive than philosophical discussions and enlightening introspection to the majority of people. That is why, since ancient times, various forms of ritualistic worship have been in vogue. But all these practices, when closely examined, are meant to help the beginners alone. Everyone should be led to truthful introspection at the earliest; and the higher, inner form of worship should become his choice pursuit. In fact, this transition from ritualistic practices (achara) to distinct willful introspection (vichara) is a prerequisite for human growth and advancement. But the more alluring formalities and customs of religious practices usually overwhelm the mind, disallowing deeper understanding and refinement. Vedas and allied texts have foreseen this confusion and made it a point to incorporate introspection and evaluation in the midst of rituals and ceremonies.

Inability of the human mind to take to right practices does not the least allow indulgence in wrong habits. That is why the Upanishads are brought in the middle of ritualistic portion of the Vedas. The intention is to provide right spiritual insight, even while involved in desire-oriented rituals and ceremonies.
-- Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

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