Friday, May 20, 2016

How the Self (soul) which is sentient, becomes the onlooker of the insentient intellect etc?

Question:  Question arises as to how the Self (soul) which is sentient, becomes the onlooker of the insentient intellect etc., because the onlooker can see objects of its own class?

Swami Ramsukhdasji:  The answer is, that the soul identifies itself with the sentient matter and accepts its own separate entity as "I am". This "I" is neither insentient, nor sentient. By identifying itself with matter, it believes "I am rich or I am learned." By giving to consciousness (self), it says, "I am Brahma".

Thus this "I" is the soul seated in Nature, which is the cause of his birth, in good and bad wombs (Gita 13:21). Thus the embodied soul has both the sentient as well as, the insentient. The sentient portion attracts him towards the Lord, while the insentient portion, due to identity with matter; attracts him towards world, and thus he becomes the perceiver (onlooker) of intellect, mind, senses, sense objects and body etc.; This assumed identity or affinity is the root cause of all evils.
Source: "Maanav Jivan Maatre Kalyaan ke Liye Hai" in Hindi pg 80 by Swami Ramsukhdasji

Question:  We understand that this embodied Soul (Jeev) is a part of God, was always a part of God and will always be so, but how and why did it get caught in the birth and death cycle?

Swami Ramsukhdasji:  I can give you the answer to this, but truly, it is not necessary to get entangled in this type of conversation. In fact it is more harmful. How did I become dirty? From where did this dirt come? Who could be responsible for this dirt? How useful can such conversations be? It is not useful at all. When you become dirty, best is to immediately go and clean your self up. What is the point in getting caught up in the whys and hows?

In short, the reason for being entanglement and trapped in the birth and death cycle is attachment. Today, we like money and pleasures, and this is the root cause or main reason for being trapped in the birth and death cycle. The minute we stop liking money and pleasures, we will be released from this vicious cycle. It is that simple! It is because in our minds there is this desire for still wanting to trade.

Therefore, if someone complaints about you, do not worry, do not be concerned. From today, this moment onwards, release everyone. Give them complete freedom. Let them have free will to complaint about you. By releasing them all, you will be released. You will be released and you will benefit immensely. Let them go ahead, full swing complaining about you. You, be quiet. Be Silent. Do not try to explain yourself. Let them say that you are bad, remain unaffected and remain happy, be joyful at all times.

How you got entangled is not so relevant, just get detangled and be silent. By trying to explain this, it is paying disrespect to the Truth. Give up desires and wants. This desire for others to think well of you, wanting respect from them, wanting praise from them, all these are problematic.

Everyone may say he is an enemy of his parents, his teacher, his family etc. (Jaani Ram kutil ker mohi, log kahe guru saaheb drohi)

Whatever anyone wants to say, let them say. With Your grace, let my love for Sita-Ram continue to increase with each passing day. (Sita Ram charan rati more, ........ anugraha Manasa)

Source: "Saadhan, Sudha, Sindhu" in Hindi pg 715 by Swami Ramsukhdasji.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

We are sinners, what will happen to us?

Neighbour: "Thakur ji, we are sinners. What will happen to us?"

Sri Ramakrishna: "All the sins of the body fly away if one chants the name of God and sings His glories. The birds of sin dwell in the tree of the body. Singing the name of God is like clapping your hands. As, at a clap of the hands, the birds in the tree fly away, so do our sins disappear at the chanting of God's name and glories.

"Again, you find that the water of a reservoir dug in a meadow is evaporated by the heat of the sun. Likewise, the water of the reservoir of sin is dried up by the singing of the name and glories of God.

"You must practice it every day. The other day, at the circus, I saw a horse running at top speed, with an Englishwoman standing on one foot on its back. How much she must have practiced to acquire that skill!

"Weep at least once to see God".

"These, then, are the two means: practice and passionate attachment to God, that is to say, restlessness of the soul to see Him."

Sri Ramakrishna began his midday meal with the devotees. It was about one o'clock. A devotee sang in the courtyard below:

Awake, Mother! Awake! How long Thou hast been asleep
In the lotus of the Muladhara!
Fulfil Thy secret function. Mother:
Rise to the thousand-petalled lotus within the head,
Where mighty Siva has His dwelling;
Swiftly pierce the six lotuses
And take away my grief, O Essence of Consciousness!

Hearing the song, Sri Ramakrishna went into samadhi; his whole body became still, and his hand remained touching the plate of food. He could eat no more. After a long time his mind came down partially to the plane of the sense world, and he said, "I want to go downstairs." A devotee led him down very carefully. Still in an abstracted mood, he sat near the singer. The song had ended. The Master said to him very humbly, "Sir, I want to hear the chanting of the Mother's name again."

The musician sang:

Awake, Mother! Awake! How long Thou hast been asleep
In the lotus of the Muladhara! . . .

Sri Ramakrishna again went into ecstasy.

Source: Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Sri Ramakrishna says Bhakti suits better than Jnana in Kaliyuga

A Neighbour: "Thakur ji, what are the doctrines of Vedanta?"

Sri Ramakrishna: 'The Vedantist says, 'I am He.' Brahman is real and the world illusory. Even the 'I' is illusory. Only the Supreme Brahman exists.

"But the 'I' cannot be got rid of. Therefore it is good to have the feeling, 'I' am the servant of God, His son, His devotee.'

"For the Kaliyuga the path of bhakti is especially good. One can realize God through bhakti too. As long as one is conscious of the body, one is also conscious of objects. Form, taste, smell, sound, and touch — these are the objects. It is extremely difficult to get rid of the consciousness of objects. And one cannot realize 'I am He' as long as one is aware of objects.

"The sanyasi is very little conscious of worldly objects. But the house-holder is always engrossed in them. Therefore it is good for him to feel, 'I am the servant of God."

Source: Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

God manifests to different degree in different beings

Sri Ramakrishna arrived at Govinda Mukherji's house at Beldharia, near Calcutta. Besides Narendra, Ram, and other devotees, some of Govinda's neighbours were present. The Master first sang and danced with the devotees. After the kirtan they sat down. Many saluted the Master. Now and then he would say, "Bow before God."

"It is God alone", he said, "who has become all this. But in certain places — for instance, in a holy man — there is a greater manifestation than in others. You may say, there are wicked men also. That is true, even as there are tigers and lions; but one need not hug the 'tiger God'. One should keep away from him and salute him from a distance. Take water, for instance. Some water may be drunk, some may be used for worship, some for bathing, and some only for washing dishes."

Source: Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna