Aathma Vichara Is Necessary
Scanning of maps or turning over a guide-book will give neither the thrill of the actual visit nor the fraction of the Joy and knowledge of the journey. Similarly, studying of Upanishaths and the Geetha are only maps and guide-books. One has to put into practise of what is read in the Scriptures. Aathma vichara is necessary for a sadhaka to understand that the basic substance is one i.e., Brahman.
A person once told Dr. Johnson, the famous English thinker, that he could seldom get time to recite the Name of God, what with the hundreds of things he had to do from morning till nightfall and even far into the night. Dr. Johnson replied with another question. He asked how millions of people found space to live upon the face of the earth, which is two-thirds water and the rest is too full of mountains, deserts, forests, icy regions, river beds, marshes and similar impossible areas. The questioner said that man somehow struggled to find living space. So too, said Dr. Johnson, man must somehow find a few minutes a day for prayer to the Lord. The Pure rain water falls equally everywhere but its taste gets changed according to the soil through which it flows. Similarly, The Lord is sweet to some and bitter to others.
There are four types of persons :
Dead – These people deny the Lord and declare that they alone exist, independent, free, self regulating and self-directing;
Sick – These people call upon the Lord when some calamity befalls them or when they feel temporarily deserted by the usual sources of succor;
Dull – These people know that God is eternal companion and watchman, but who remember it only off and on when the idea is potent and powerful;
Healthy – These people have steady faith in the Lord and in his comforting creative presence always;
So, One has to proceed from 'death' to 'life' and from 'illness' to 'health' by the experience of the sufferings in the World.
Saadhana is most required to control the mind and the desires after which it runs. Saadhana means inner cleanliness as well as external cleanliness. One has to start his sadhana with japa sahitha dhyaana. First, when you sit for meditation, recite a few shlokas on the glow of God, so that the thoughts that are scattered could be collected. Then gradually, while doing japam, draw before the mind's eye the form which that Name represents. When your mind wanders away from the recital of the Name, take it on to the picture of the Form. When it wanders away from the picture, lead it on to the Name. Over a period of time, The imaginary picture you have drawn will get transmuted into the Bhaava chithram (emotional picture) which is dear to the heart and fixed in the memory; gradually it will become the Saakshaathkaara chitram --- The Lord assumes that Form in order to fulfil your desire.
The Jnaani says, "Sarvam Brahma mayam:" In God is All"; A yogi says “all is energy”. But, a bhaktha says “all is the play of Bhagavaan (the Lord)”. Bhakthi (devotion) is the easiest way to win his Grace and also to realise that he is everything!
There are three types of devotion:
The vihanga method – In this method, the devotee is too impatient and behaves like a bird swooping down upon the ripe fruit on the tree. So, the devotee loses the fruit from his hold because of his impatience;
The markata method – In this method, the bhaktha behaves like a monkey where it pulls one fruit and another towards but not able to decide which fruit it wants. So, he too out of sheet unsteadiness hesitates and changes his aim much too often and thus loses all chances of success;
The pipeelika method – In this method, the bhaktha behaves like an ant. He moves slowly but steadily proceeds towards the sweetness. He also moves direct with undivided attention towards the Lord and wins His Grace!
The Lord is a Mountain of Prema (Love). So, any number of ants carrying away particles of sweetness cannot exhaust his Plenty. He is an Ocean of Mercy without a limiting shore. The Lord will draw you into his bosom once shine in your real nature by cleansing yourself through trials and tribulations.
One who leaves everything to the Lord’s Will i.e., Sharanaagathi will follow the highest form of Bhakthi. Finally, He attains :
From Ashaanthi (restlessness) to Prashaanthi (absolute peace);
From Prashaanthi to Prakaanthi (bright spiritual illumination); and
From Prakaanthi to Paramjyothi (Supreme Divine radiance).
- SATHYA SAI
Omsai Srisai Jaijaisai