Exposing the blunders of Advaita philosophers Part-5

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Exposing the blunders of Advaita philosophers Part-5

The case of the atheist is worst because he does not accept the sweet even in theory. He eats mud accepting it as mud. For him there is no sweet. Only mud is the ultimate reality. The Advaita scholar and the blind devotee eating mud as sweet are better than the atheist because they have at least accepted the concept of sweet in theory. They are eating the mud as a representative of the sweet. But the Advaita philosopher does not accept that the mud represents the sweet. He says that the mud is the sweet. The atheist says that the mud is the mud and there is no sweet. Now what is the difference between the Advaita philosopher and the atheist? The Advaita philosopher calls the mud as sweet. The atheist calls the mud as mud. Except this theoretical difference, both are practically eating mud only. At least the blind devotee who is eating the mud as representative of the sweet is better than these two because he recognizes the sweet separately from the mud.

Since he is unable to get the sweet, he is eating the mud assuming it as sweet. Therefore in the representative worship (Pratika –Upasanam) the knowledge of the separate existence of the represented item and the representing item exists. Veda says that the inert sun in the sky can be worshipped as God (Adityam Brahma Iti Upasita). Veda says that you can worship the sun assuming the sun as God. This does not mean that sun is really the God. The same point is further clarified by Veda (Nedam tat yadida mupasate). The second statement clearly means that sun is not God because sun is worshipped as the representative of God. Such representative worship is the beginning stage of the correct path. Therefore if you worship a photo or a statue representing God, It shows only the beginning stage of the right path and it is not the wrong path at all. But if you believe the statue as the God directly, you have fallen even from the beginning of the right path and you have entered the wrong path. A photo or statue of Rama can represent the actual Rama but cannot be Rama directly. The photo or statue is good because it inspires you and develops your devotion.

But remember, that your inspiration or developed devotion is only theoretical and there is no trace of practical devotion in it. It is only the beginning stage of devotion. A better stage will be to practically worship any human being representing Rama. The photo has developed your theoretical devotion but if you worship the photo practically, it is foolishness. If you apply scent to the photo, it is waste, because the photo can not enjoy the applied scent. Instead of that, you select a devotee of Rama as the representative of Rama and apply scent to him. Even though he is not Rama, he is enjoying the scent.

Thus your practical devotion is at least fruitful and meaningful. Instead of rubbing the sweet on the mouth of the statue of Rama, give the sweet to a devotee of Rama and be satisfied that Rama has enjoyed the sweet through that devotee. In fact, God lives in the heart of the devotee and really receives your practical worship. Even if the human being is not a real devotee, at least the human being can be assumed as a representative of Rama. Thus service to human beings can be assumed as service to God. The humanity can be assumed as a representative item for God. But serving the devotees is far better than the social service. At least while serving the humanity, you should do the service in the name of God so that the society of human beings can be treated as a representative of God. Try to develop the devotion in the human beings while serving them. However, such a service cannot touch God directly or indirectly. It only develops the devotion in you. Therefore Sankara condemned the school of social service without relating it to God (Loka sevaka mata khandanam).

Sankara did not oppose the social service in the name of God. This school considers the society as God directly and pleads that service to society is the direct service to God. This point was refuted by Sankara. Therefore mere social service done by atheists is of no use. Such social service gives only heaven from which one has to return to Earth after enjoying the fruit of the service for a short time (Kshine punye –Gita). Thus serving any human being in the name of God or keeping him as a representative of God is better than serving the humanity without any mention of God. The direct worship to God is possible only if you can catch the present human incarnation. The God who lived in the body of Rama is present in the human body of the present human incarnation. Only blessed and liberated souls can get such rare divine fortune.

The human incarnation is the best and real address of God. The next best address is a devotee. When you eat the sweet, you are directly happy. When you hear that your son was given that sweet, then also you will feel happy because you have eaten the sweet indirectly through your son. In these two cases only, God is fully pleased. Since it is very rare to recognize and approach the human incarnation, the best convenient way for all is to worship the devotee. Devotees are available in plenty. Among the devotees, select the best one by doing analysis. Leaving the atheist, who prepares the sweet and eats himself saying that there is no God, all the other devotees are good, but their levels are different. If you are a beginner, you are not criticized. An LKG student should not be condemned. Only a boy who does not come to the school at all (Atheist) is condemned. But you will be also criticized if you sit in LKG class throughout your life. You should not be beginner only till your death. You know life is very rare.

Christianity and Islam say that there is no re-human birth. Even Hinduism says that human birth is very rare, which means almost impossible. In such a case, should you sit in the LKG class only throughout your life? You can worship the statues and improve your inspiration, which is the theoretical devotion only. The devotion should become practical. There is no fruit for the theoretical devotion. It becomes fruitful only when it is expressed as practical devotion, which is service or worship. You have to leave the statue when you start the practical devotion. If a devotee is not available, serve any human being and try to convert him as a devotee so that your worship can be continued with that person. If a human being, who has become a devotee already, is available, your effort becomes easy. When you are worshipping the devotees, in course of time, God in human form will approach you. You are almost an atheist if you try to use God for solving your personal problems.

All your love is only on the solution of your problem and not on the instrumental God. When your son gets fever, you are taking him to doctor. You are showing all the respect to the doctor. Your respect is not real because the reason for that is only your love to your son. You are serving your son without aspiring anything in return. Such love to God is the goal which you have to achieve. Arjuna is using Lord Krishna as his driver in the war meant for solving his personal problem. This state is the ground state on which almost all the human beings stand. Arjuna sitting on the ground at the feet of the Lord represents this state. Hanuman is on the flag which is on the top of the chariot, representing the goal. Hanuman served the Lord for the personal problem of Lord, which is not even related to the upliftment of humanity. Rama told Ravana on the first day of the war that if Ravana returns back Sita, He will go back. This means Rama is interested in getting back Sita only and not to kill Ravana for protecting the World. Service to society is not greater than the personal service to God because God is far above the society. Hanuman did not aspire for anything in return. When a garland of pearls was given to him, he rejected it. The whole Gita aims in the transformation of yourself who is present on the ground like Arjuna to the state of Hanuman who is flying on the flag. Your present state is represented by Mahabharata. Your goal is represented by Ramayana. Bhagavatam is an unimaginable state of devotion, which cannot be achieved by effort. Radha and Gopikas became mad about Krishna. Madness cannot be achieved by any effort. Especially madness of God is impossible. Only one in millions and that too in some birth out of millions of births, becomes mad about God. Madness is the ninth state and the final tenth state is only death (Unmado maranam tatah).

Only God is beautiful and anything related to God is beautiful. Thus among the human beings, the most beautiful is His devotee. Devotion is the beauty since it is related to God. Valmiki said that Hanuman is most beautiful. He named the part of Ramayana relating to Hanuman as Sundarakanda. Hanuman is a monkey. Normally a monkey stands for the climax of ugliness. We mock a person with ugly face calling him as a monkey. Therefore the beauty is not related to the external gross body. The beauty is also not related to the internal subtle body which is made of qualities. The king Bali was famous for his generosity, which is a good quality. He never broke his word given and this is also a very good quality. But Bali was pushed down to the lowermost world by the Lord. Therefore the good qualities like truth; generosity etc. also have no value when they are not associated with devotion. Anything which is not related to God is ugly. Anything which is related to God is only beautiful. Thus mere social service which exposes the good qualities is of no use without God. It is said in Gita that even a person with bad qualities is great and good if he is a devotee (Apichetsa duracharah). The hunter of animals, supposed to be the highest sinner, was blessed by Lord Shiva for his devotion and he reached the eternal abode of Lord Shiva.

Dharmaraja was the embodiment of all good qualities. The Lord asked him to tell a lie in the war. But he refused to tell the lie. He gave importance to the good qualities than the Lord. At the end Dharmaraja went to heaven only. He enjoyed the fruits of his good deeds for sometime. He did not go to the abode of God. Mahabharata says that he went up to heaven only (Swargarohana parvam). The angel cupid (Manmatha) was having very handsome external gross body but he went against God and all his gross body was turned to formless ash. Hanuman, having ugly face is praised as the most beautiful person in the creation by the sage Valmiki because He was dedicating all His life to the service of God. His God was a human being who did not exhibit any miracle. The required service for Rama was purely personal family work. Hanuman is having several supernatural powers. In these circumstances, even recognizing Rama as God is impossible. But Hanuman recognized with infinite faith and served practically. Therefore Hanuman is the most beautiful person. Lord Shiva is a very powerful energetic form with the third eye. Still the cupid could not recognize Lord Shiva and tried to disturb Him with egoism. The result is that the cupid is not having even a basic form. This concept of beauty should be understood by the present youth. A boy loves a girl or vice-versa based on the form of the external gross body. That love is disappearing when the girl or boy becomes old or deformed by some disease or accident in the life. Some youngsters are giving importance to the good qualities under the name of internal beauty.

The qualities are certainly more valuable than the form of gross body because the quality is more subtle than the form of gross body. The gross body is made of matter whereas quality is made of awareness. Awareness is more subtle than matter. But the good qualities are not having any relation to God. Of course the good qualities should be appreciated than the bad qualities in the context of keeping the balance of society. But by good qualities and good deeds, one can only get the temporary heaven and not the permanent place of God. The gross body and qualities are in the same phase of creation without any reference to God. Suppose in a dream you are presented with a gross object and somebody is presented with a subtle and more valuable object. Since both are unreal, there is no greatness in the subtle body. Similarly, when the forms of matter and qualities are not having any reference to God, there is no basic reality in them. Only God is the ultimate basic reality. That which is not based on God is unreal and it is meaningless to make any difference between two unreal items. If these are based on God, they become real. The quality of devotion can be more valid than the external appearance of a devotee. Here, both the quality and form are real since they are related to God. Therefore the most beautiful and valuable item is the quality of devotion.

You must search for a devotee in selecting your life partner because the sole aim of the human life is only to please the God. The life partner is expected to co-operate with you in your spiritual effort. The selection of life partner should be based on the devotion, which can alone help you in achieving the grace of the Lord in this human life which is the main goal.
At the Lotus Feet of His Holiness Sri Dattaswami

Anil Antony

Universal Spirituality for World Peace