Many paths to bliss - Speaking Tree Article (30 - 05 - 10)

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Parama Pujya Shri Shri Nimishananda Guruji's article had been published in Times Of India.
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Sanatana Dharma, which means ‘eternal principles of wisdom’ can be approached and accessed in three ways: Through the Vedas, through the Upanishads and through the Puranas like Shrimad Bhagavatam and Devi Mahatmyam.

The fire rituals or havans that we perform today have come to us from the Vedic Age. Despite this, the pure, austere lifestyle of that age is impossible for most of us to practice in this hectic, demanding modern world.

The puranic approach of moulding our spiritual character through scriptural stories and anecdotes is more in vogue today. This path is generally for those of us who are more religious in the traditional sense as it establishes a culture or sanskar of rites and ritualistic worship. Though primordial, pure, cosmic consciousness is beyond time and space, it is easier for the average individual to relate to God through divine forms with specific attributes. So, with their own charged consciousness, they invoked this primordial energy to manifest through a form. Mantras came to be revealed in the process. Each mantra has the divine power to invoke a particular deity. It begins with ‘Om’, the seed syllable, concluding with salutations to that particular deity like a bridge that connects us to our own soul at one end and to Divinity at the other. So, whenever we chant that mantra with faith and devotion, we start vibrating to the frequency of that deity to receive Grace. The 18 major puranas of Sanatana Dharma describe the qualities, origin, mystical symbolism and power of these deities through vibrations.

In the Upanishadic approach we understand how to recognise and realise divinity in us in relation to the cosmic power. Our sages experimented in subtle inner realms by following a set of principles with complete awareness for long periods until they reached a state of bliss which was automatic and ecstatic. In this enlightened state, they found that they were permanently free of thoughts, desires, negativity, expectations and limitations of all kinds. So, they codified these principles in Upanishads and passed them on to their disciples. In Sanskrit ‘Upa-ni-shad’ means to ‘sit close to the Sadguru’, ie to sit at the lotus feet of the guru as a disciple and imbibe wisdom.

The sadguru triggers the notion of Self-enquiry in the disciple, thus activating his innermost core. The disciple’s life then follows a path of dynamic motion and evolution within. Satsangs are spiritual forums where inner exploration is done with fellow seekers and guidance of the sadguru. This is the true ‘gurukul’ where we are inspired to practice Self- enquiry. When the sadguru enters our lives and we imbibe His wisdom, it shatters our egoistic mindsets and attitudes, dissolving the karma which had prevented us from feeling the presence of our own soul. His energy ignites our awareness invoking divinity, inner faith and stability. So, as we evolve spiritually, our worldly life also becomes free from troubles, problems and worries because we start burning our karmas away. Each day is stable, joyous and fulfilling. The soul’s qualities of love, peace, patience, tolerance, compassion, care and share blossom in us, harmoniously integrating spiritual progress and material prosperity.

Sanatana Dharma gives us simple, effective and practical formulae to reorient our lives within the framework of satya, dharma, ahimsa and prema or truth, noble principles, non-violence and unconditional love. By walking in the footsteps of realized sages, we learn how to shed our limitations and live constantly in the blissful core of Self.

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