Experience every little thing. Embrace every moment. It is good to experience everything given by god i.e. natural and learn from it.
The Secret of Serene ‘Sadhana’
Brazenness, boastfulness etc are aspects of behavior exceedingly difficult to put up with. Such conduct naturally begets situations of conflict. It is necessary to keep one’s balance, lest disequilibrium should aggravate the situation. As a glimpse, the situation that might obtain at such a time can be experienced.
The feeling one has towards any deviation from, or carelessness in, the observance of the rules is fine. But its sankleshya pravritti (pain-causing tendencies) may be worth enquiring into. The attitude of ‘sankleshya’ must remain unmanifest in the disposition. Keeping serene in every situation is the quintessence of his sadhana (spiritual discipline).
Exploration of Ego
We are unable to act as we think; impediments get in the way. There are obstructions. The situation in the shape of obstruction can, in a way, be given the appellation of ahankar (ego). It says you are on the side of justice; you must be steadfast on the ground of principle. Why should you bow? You stand firm.
Well, ego is made to put on the garb of self-respect too. Besides, it is christened to be a pure ‘sattvic’ state. But in reality, if its true form is sanklesh (pain), what would you make of it? This is a subject for the aspirants to explore into. And this is not possible with superficial thinking.
Arham (worthy of worship)—the Profundity of its Meaning
In the field of sadhana (spiritual discipline), ‘arham’ is of profound importance. The combination of letters that make up this word has deep significance. Firstly, ‘A’ is indicative of the entire physical reality composed of the five basic elements (sadbhoot).
‘Sadbhoot’ objects signify those that manifest the characteristics of creation, dissolution and preservation. ‘A’ marks the collectivity of all the three states. Among the several interpretations of ‘A’, Brahma-Vishnu Mahesh is also included.
‘Brahma’ denotes creation. Vishnu represents preservation, and Shankar is the symbol of dissolution. From this perspective, Brahma is the symbol of creation. Shankar of dissolution. And Vishnu symbolises the existence continuum. These three states are inherent in ‘A’. Besides, all the scriptures contained in ‘Akshara Shruti’ have the suggestion of ‘A’ implicit in them. In ‘Nandi Sutra’, ‘Dwadashangi’has been declared ‘akshay’ (or, imperishable) and ‘avyaya’ (or, unchanging).
‘A’ symbolises ‘akshay’ too. ‘A’ is deemed ‘avyaya’ too. Hence, the entire knowledge of the scriptures is integrated in ’A’. Panini’s grammar mentions eighteen forms of ‘A’. It also symbolises eighteen imperfections.
Secondly, ‘Ra’ is the seed form of the fire element. It represents ‘jyoti’ or that which manifests light. Upon the manifestation of light, ‘ha’ symbolizes the annihilation of imperfections. In conclusion, we can comprehend it as the extinction of ‘karma’ elements.
The sound of ‘ha’ indicates the expulsion of imperfections from within. Meaning thereby that the revelation of light by ‘Ra’. It enables the knowing of one’s imperfections.
To the ‘sadhak’ (or spiritual aspirant), the imperfections become apparent. It is these imperfections that get ejected by ’Ha’. And so by means of ’Ma’ these imperfections cannot find their way back thanks to ‘sanvar’ (the restraint element). The sound of ‘Ma’ shuts the mouth. This is a form of restraint.
Dharmaphal (Fruits of Piety) not in Future, Right Now
‘Dharma will pay in the next world’ is an illusory assumption. Among the dispositions of the human mind, worldly possessions is one that prompts a man to store wealth, money etc., and acquire fame, for the future.
Likewise, his piety will bear fruit in future he believes. As such, he accumulates piety also, for encashment in the future, with the same mental attitude. This is the reason, he cannot avail himself of its benefit in the present.
Although Bhagwan Mahavir has declared that it is in the present that the fruit of dharma lies. “Sohi ujjusya bhuyass”.
This is a pointer to the present. Firstly, ritualized confession of past desires.
Secondly, stoppage of the present ones, and abandonment of future ones is advised. It can be inferred that this counsel too an indicator of the present.
As such, one may dwell in the belief that ‘dharma’ is not a necessity for the future or the future world, but something that yields dividends very much in the present.
The experiences felt during the moments of ‘sadhana’ (spiritual discipline) are beyond interpretation. Firstly, the mass of light, the sun, descends. Secondly, a blue, intensely bright point of light, where from luminous rays are diffused. Finally, every pore of the body thrilled with joy.
A divine form emerges, and in a few moments more such forms rising. Moreover, a divine melody produced from within. The soul was journeying through an inaccessible land, a divine world. Also soul being distinct from body. Moreover, the bodily functions reduced to naught. Or complete unawareness of the business of the body. Experience makes you learn a lot.
Spiritual Discipline (Sadhana) Devoid of Aspiration is Glorious
While pursuing sadhana (spiritual discipline), we get many inklings in diverse ways from time to time.
While engaging in ‘sadhana’ today, if I aspire to visualize what I envisioned yesterday, I may not be able to do so. Actually, it was a mistake to link ‘sadhana’ to aspiration. As ‘sadhana’ ought to be aspiration-free, easy-going, and natural. If coupled to aspiration, ‘sadhana’ cannot have that glow, that vitality.
Hence, ‘sadhana’ and worship must not be tied in with any aspiration for achievement. Moreover, we have to let go of, distance ourselves from. Also abandon whatever has been combined therewith, whatever has been accumulated. This attitude would lend luster to ‘sadhana’.
I hope you glorified your experience in spirituality. You can now expirence everything that comes to your way. For previous learning please visit- Soul and our Duty: Sound of Silence Part-10