You must have all the power of assimilation by virtue of which all the impacts arising from interactions will be assimilated into a positive enrichment. Another is any kind of a challenging situation if you have to meet, your own mind and intelligence must be able to produce the necessary output, the necessary impetus, inspiration, commitment, drive, persuasion in order to do what is necessary. And with these two qualities, you must be able to go forward anywhere till the last breadth of the body.
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Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru.
Every day I am almost speaking about the same subject. The seeker of truth right from the beginning is so much enamored of the knowledge of the self that he is unmindful of anything else. “I want to have self-realization.”, as if self realization is like a concrete post and if he sees it once, understands it, he can take a picture of it and say that “I have realized the self.” My dear seekers, it is far different from this.
Self-realization is only a focused application of our mind and intelligence with a view to imbibe some qualities and excellences for the mind and intelligence themselves by virtue of which you will be able to live in this world with fulfillment on the one hand and with stability and poise on the other. If you have fulfillment alone, it will not work. You must have stability and poise. In that stability and poise there a lot of difference is there.
Sankara was very much after self-realization. He somehow managed to reach the feet of Govindapādā walking all the way from Kerala, from Pūrna nadi, river. We don’t have details of what transpired between Govindapādā - the teacher and Sankara - the disciple. But we know one thing – That Govindapādā had been very much hurt and concerned about the plight of fate of Vedanta which had been totally eclipsed for something like 1300 years in India.
Why I say 1300? Buddha’s advent was 2500 years back. Buddha was in his pūrvāshramā, a prince. When a prince turned an ascetic, it had a lot of widespread influence in the country and maybe many people took to Buddhism as a philosophy and this spell continued for 1300 years because Sankara’s advent was something like 1200 years back.
The influence of Buddhism was so much that Asoka, the emperor, after having fought and gained his position as an emperor perhaps after the Kalinga war, he felt so desperate and dejected that he decided “I will not fight any more war.” Buddhism apparently had spread from the borders of India to many adjacent countries. This was the situation in which Govindapādā felt very much afflicted. When he found a brilliant person like Sankara, he told him.. Sankara’s focus was on the self and its realization. That part being over, or at least satisfactorily gained, Govindapādā told him, “Just see? The entire Vedantic treasure is almost eaten up by white ants now. The country has lost this wonderful heritage and wisdom. I find that you are an intelligent and brilliant boy. Can you take up the task of disseminating this wisdom by your own personal efforts and see that Vedanta is restored to its own status? Not that we want to hoist a flag for Vedanta in India. This wonderful science is available to the people both in its devotional over-note and wisdom over-note.” He said “Yes.”
And then untiringly he started walking throughout the length and breadth of the country meeting scholars. That used to be the style those days and arguing with them, explaining and emphasizing the place and purpose and supremacy of Vedanta. Normally this does not come under an ascetic life or an ascetic role. One seeks the self and realizes it and keeps quiet. “I am satisfied and fulfilled.” Besides self-realization for oneself to do something for the sake of the society, especially as a redress or an ideal, a watchword for the people at large, this is something quite different. This comes under the societal extension of self-realization.
This self realizational knowledge was something which used to be held as a sacred and great treasure by rājarshīs in our country. The word rājarshī means rishi as well as rājā. That means they were primarily ruling the kingdom. In ruling the kingdom, it is the most hazardous and even painful task in human life. We will have to punish people left and right when necessary, we will have to reward also. The King’s punishment should not go wrong but sometimes it does. You can imagine the impact of it. Thinking like that he cannot keep quiet also. So the rājās needed the spiritual wisdom to remain unaffected under all conditions. They may make great mistakes sometimes. Even then he cannot get up from the throne and abandon it. There are instances where kings have abandoned the throne also.
Why I say this? Self-realization becomes a living pursuit, particularly an interactional science where as Bhagavad Gita puts it..
Two parts are there. One is, you feel you have attained the maximum and beyond which there is nothing. Another is seated in which you feel even the worst of calamities, miseries and afflictions will not destabilize you. This non-destabilizational means, this is completely applicable to the mind and intelligence. We have only two factors and constituents within the body. One is the emotional mind, another is the rational intelligence.
Yesterday I told you about a telephone conversation I had. There, that particular person is totally tormented by the feeling of guilt which arises by virtue of the intelligence we have. “I did something wrong. I cannot tolerate it.” That feeling of wrong, kartṛtva, bhotṛtva, it comes from the intelligence. That it produces misery etc. emotional problems, that is different.
So, to me it appears self-realization is concomitant with the mento-intellectual stability that we are able to achieve as a result of which anything that comes, we must be able to forbear without much of pangs and whatever is needed to be done, we must have the impetus, the drive, the fillip to do it.
I summarize it in this way. You must have all the power of assimilation by virtue of which all the impacts arising from interactions will be assimilated into a positive enrichment. Another is any kind of a challenging situation if you have to meet, your own mind and intelligence must be able to produce the necessary output, the necessary impetus, inspiration, commitment, drive, persuasion in order to do what is necessary. And with these two qualities, you must be able to go forward anywhere till the last breadth of the body.
So this mento-intellectual sublimation and enrichment are very, very important. Self realization will have to deliver these benefits and there comes personality differences. All our ascetics perhaps or even austere people but in the ability and the readiness, willingness to go ahead with some adventurous or creative task, there lies a lot of difference. Even Bhagavad Gita is something which Sri Krishna did in this kind of an extension. He interpreted Brahmavidya in such a manner that it was applicable to the notorious fight Pandavas had to take up against Duryodhanas in which their own adored grandfather and teacher were defending Duryodhana. This is something very, very unheard of. I would like you to think about it.
Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.