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Harih Om Tat Sat. Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.
Generally when I give deeksha to seekers of truth, the first day I talk to them about what is this deeksha, how it becomes singular and significant and what should be the manner in which the seeker should look at deeksha. I have been saying this to everyone who sat before me for taking deeksha. Then, I try to find out what is the level of understanding, what is the affinity that the incumbent, the seeker has with regard to the understanding of God.
I always explain that everyone is a devotee of God. We are not disbelievers, we believe in God. We generally worship him. The moment we start worshipping him orally with materials or otherwise, he has to be ‘The Worshipped’ and we have to be ‘The Worshipper’. So the worship is possible only when we consider God to be different from us and perhaps away from us.
This is the general understanding of people. God is somebody greatly distant from us and he is not in us, he is away from us. That is why our worship always becomes unilateral, it does not have a bilateral effect. This is the problem. But everybody will agree that God is all-pervading. In the matter of worshipping God and propitiating him or thinking about God, we can think and go upto a certain level. What is the level? That God is present everywhere, unbrokenly and equally so, he is present in us. The next proposition is whatever is present in me is God. I don’t know whether you follow what I say.
God is omnipresent, everybody agrees, all religions agree. But by worshipping, they make Him non-omnipresent. He is not in between the space. The space that separates the idol or picture or the worshipper, they don’t think that He is present there, He is present in the materials they offer, the flower they offer, He is present in the hands and fingers we use, so that thought doesn’t come to them. It will come to them only when the right initiation is given to think about God properly.
God is present everywhere. If so, ask the question, is He not present in me? And what is present in me, who is present in me is God, nobody else. So, the all-pervading God, omnipresent God, which is the best place closest to me where I can approach Him? Is temple, the right place? Pooja room, the right place? Holy pilgrim spots, the right place? Or the closest place will be within our own heart? The moment you start thinking in this manner from dvaita, we proceed to adhvaita.
Actually, I don’t have any specialized thoughts about dvaita, adhvaita, vishishta adhvaita and bhava-adhvaita and all that. I don’t find any difficulty in these matters or even differences. Whether you say dvaita or advaita, both of them are concepts arising from your mind. Your mind is as much in the dvaita as it is in advaita.
Mā was making a remark, “Swamiji when you were speaking on Srimad Bhagavatam, people used to come here. I was feeling that they were all the general run of devotees. Bhagavata is a book of devotion and you speak on it. Therefore, they like it. But now when you have started speaking about Bhagavad Gita..” , Mā feels that there is a classical difference in listening and listeners. Somehow, they have started understanding that within one’s own body is the best place to seek God. The search for God means an inner search into our own heart.
I repeatedly tell people that the self is the first and last factor. ‘I am a devotee. I am worshipping. I want God realization.’ All these propositions are set after ‘I’. And for this ‘I’ you don’t need any proof. Everybody says ‘I am, I am. I was. I shall be.’ So the ‘I’ is an already experienced fact. We don’t require any further proof. It is from this ‘I’ that you have to proceed to everything including God. So, God comes next, ‘I’ come first. And what do devotional texts and scriptures and revelations emphasize? They say uniformly that God is only a synonym, a paryāya shabdha for the self. When you understand the self in a full measure and magnitude, that becomes Godly.
What is the difference between dvaita and advaita? I only feel that the difference is in the level of introspection, the degree of introspection and the refinement you are able to gain by your introspection.
When our Mataji Sulabha Devi was going out, I told her, here this important point. Always tell people that the all-pervading God can be found and approached only in one’s own heart, only in your own heart. Your heart is the one place where you can approach and get God. Always emphasize this point. The moment you say that, all people are in trouble. They always want to run to a temple, run for a holy bath, because it is a one-time effort. They can complete it over a period of time. So they have a feeling that ‘I have done something’. Whereas to take to your own heart and realize, they are in trouble. I say you always say your heart is the one place where you can approach and realize God, your heart. There is no other place where you can tap him, approach Him.
How many things we offer to God? And after offering, is there any time when at least once he partakes them? It is all left there and we partake of it. So, the materials have to be mental and intellectual. Your mind products you have to offer the antaratma, the intellectual products you have to offer to the antaratma. People are to some extent afraid, “When I start seeking God in my own heart and consider that He is present everywhere, I will naturally refrain from going here and there. Will it be a pāpa?”
There was an old grandmother in a house. They had cows, calves etc. in the cowshed. Those days, timepieces, clocks etc. were not at all available. Somehow her son was working and earning well, he managed to get a timepiece. And the timepiece was put there in the house, tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick. The grandmother started saying “Why did you bring this ghost here? It always goes on saying tick-tick. I think all of us will be destroyed by it.”
After a few days, a calf died. Our grandmother said it is because of the timepiece. She would not believe that any other thing is the cause. You tell me, is there any relationship between the two? The timepiece is ticking because it has to run continuously, the hands have to move. And it is a mechanical arrangement that is made there. It has nothing to do with the calf, its life forces, prana or jiva. This is how people are. “Suppose I start thinking that God is in my heart, what about all the Gods I have been worshipping in the temples? Will they not be starved? And naturally, will they not get angry with me and curse me?
Yesterday I was asked about the entry of women in Sabarimalai. They also raised the point of dress. I said “Please tell me, is the dress going to the temple for worshipping or the person has who has put it on? Who is the worshipper here? The dress or the person who wears the dress?” In the ancient times, Kochi was one kingdom, Trivandrum was another kingdom. As a kingdom, the kings were sovereign, absolutely sovereign in their territory. Now, from 1947 all these kings have acceded themselves to the Indian dominion. They don’t have an independent status. India is one now. There is no passport like Trivandrum passport, Kochi passport and all that. Passport offices are there.
Who takes responsibility when we go to outside countries? It is India Government. There is only one passport. So, our temples and Gods have been open to the entire nation. We have our own styles in dressing. That is the Kerala pattern. But if Guruvayoorappan is not ‘Kerala Guruvayoorappan’, Padmanabha Swamy is not ‘Trivandrum Padmanabhaswamy’, but he is the whole India’s and even the world’s, India alone we have rights to control people. So, when the North Indians come with their salwar kameez etc. in what way is it a bar? I cannot understand it at all! Then our God is a ‘Kerala God’? What is this? And it is accepted in part of India.
So if the temple is in India and it is an Indian temple, all the people who wear their provincial or dress, they must be equally welcome. Now the mind refuses to think. According to the time, we have to think and act. So just see, these are all confusions and misunderstandings.
So I would like you to think about this concept of advaita, and concept of dvaita. Actually, they are not words which we should use at all. That is why I put it in a simple manner. God is all-pervading. Do you agree – Yes. Then is He not present everywhere – Yes. Is He not present in you – Yes. Who is present in you, is He not God? Then approach Him and realize Him there. You cannot get to touch a feel of God anywhere in the whole world other than in your own heart. I think it is very simple and straightforward when you think you understand it.
Srimad Bhagavatam repeatedly says that Bhagavan means Atma, Lord means Atma. They put the two words, one after the other, so that people will understand it better.
Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru.