A great debate, doubts and concerns
are churning in the heart of devotees, particularly the sincere and determined
aspirants of Truth, Love and God. It is important to note that teachings are
vastly superior to teachers since the former is eternal and the latter noneternal.
Upanishadic or Gitaji's teachings reveal that their writers were
less concerned about their own identities than the principles they brought
forward, i.e. eternal teachings also known as Sanatan Dharma.
The word "Om," or eternal teaching as
its name signifies, is indivisible from Creation itself. We see Avadhut had twenty-four
gurus of in Uddhava Gita. They span from the natural elements to trees to
animals to water creatures to insects and even to a prostitute.
Obviously experience is the greatest teacher of all and the
teacher or event is of no special significance. On the other hand, teachers
like Mahavir, Buddha, Shankara, Mirabai, Nanak, Kabir, Ramakrishna, Surdas,
Tulsi, Jesus, Mahatma Gandhi, Rama and Krishna represent eternal teachings
themselves. They do not represent personalities, times, places or a particular religion.
Teachings can be more effective if
interpreted through the experience of someone like Raman Maharshi. He lived
like he preached. Great teachers who realize Truth or Love have no self-love,
ego or personality. Therefore, they are less inclined to propagate their
existence or agenda through a tradition of institutions, sampradayas, ashrams,
temples or even missions. By and large, their name and teachings are exploited
with commercial establishments by so-called followers. All religions by their
very nature are nothing but cults. Spirituality has nothing to do with any
Spirituality is Universal Love and has an understanding as rational
as a scientist's. Scientific knowledge is always rational and must be
recognized within the field of Prakriti, Maya or delusion. Only absolute knowledge is useful in leading us to the eternal love experienced by Gopies, Radha
Personality worship eventually
becomes a business no matter how appealing and useful it may appear in the
beginning. Only real saints can pass on wisdom without their fingerprints
and only a sincere disciple will be able to recognize it. The ever-existing, ever-loving, ever-teaching, ever-caring teacher is no other than God Himself.
Gita describes three types of egos that categorize most teachers, religions,
institutions and their proponents: Tamasic, Rajasic or
Satvic. Yet, real teaching is beyond any of these qualities. Even
Satvic nature, the highest of the three qualities, cannot liberate you from the
realms of maya or delusion because it itself is the product of ignorance or
"faith?" It can also be divided into the same three categories. We often hear some "worldly" wise proclaiming, "Don't
shake the faith of the masses." A genuine faith cannot be as fragile as
feared. If it exhibits any sign of weakness, it is not worthy of consideration to begin with. It may as well disappear, and it will. Only true faith is self-existent. Any worldly faith, even if Satvic, is within the field of
ignorance. It is therefore worthless to safe-guard, support or defend something
which is not supported even by nature or cannot support itself (Gita 2:16).
Then, what is
the message to a worldly person? Great teachings are available through holy
scriptures in all major religions, but they need to be isolated from the
original prophets and their so-called followers. They are beyond the effects of
time, place, and source. Let us worship the teachings practiced by these saints. They
are not teachers in a conventional sense but are "lovers" of creation
at large -- without any distinction of nationality, sex, place, time or
will come to us with divine grace when we purify our hearts. Good will and
a pure heart are the foundation for Self-Realization. Nothing more is required to
attain true spirituality.
Men or women, no
matter how great they may appear to be, should never be worshiped as a God.
This is simply ignorance. Real Lovers are too busy loving Truth or God. They
are too humble to call themselves God or Eternal. Their own
loving life, not words, are their real teachings. In the end, even teachings will
disappear and only LOVE will radiate from our hearts. Intelligence
or rationality is important in the early stages of the spiritual quest, but
ultimately, it is the heart and only the heart that should prevail as the focus of
our attention. The heart represents humility, satvic faith and pure love for all.
Truth or Love should never worry for proper guidance. The ever-alert, all-knowing, all-powerful, all-existing, all-joy and all-bliss God could never afford to be
careless toward seekers. This has been stressed over and over in the Upanishads
personalities of any kind have no place in spirituality. Facts are facts. They need no justification based on opinions, beliefs or traditions. Truth was,
is and will always remain Truth. Let,
therefore, your own experience be your guiding light. God comes to us more
through our own experiences and actions rather than mere talks, beliefs or
discussions. And experience does not require patronizing to any particular
belief. So like all genuine saints, concentrate on your own experiences.
manifesto is not new to Gitaji. These are some of the teachings of Gitaji. No
statement or point of view is presented here that contradicts either with any
holy scripture or any True Prophet. Water remains water regardless of where it
is found or by whom it is consumed. No one can change its characteristics.
Truth is same
way. It cannot be distorted, misrepresented or altered at any time. It
remains pure, no matter what. Narrow interpretations, beliefs and blind
traditions only create and attempt to solve the problems of mankind.
However, it's spirituality that can solve problems. If we have eyes of
wisdom or discrimination, we can see all around us in the world what is stated
Why is such simple knowledge not available in a simple form? If it is,
the self-lovers, religious businesses and gods will vanish. Spirituality is no
more different or difficult than principles of science, philosophy or art.
Let us now
examine various activities like dancing, singing, reading, etc. These can be
performed to enhance your own wealth and prestige or to fulfill your own lust. Or they can be offered to please God. They can lead to God only when
purity of heart and pure faith support them. Mira's singing and dancing was so
spiritual it differs vastly from Pingala's similar but lustful actions.
Similarly, emotions and knowledge can either be pure or very worldly. It is,
therefore, most important to learn how to discriminate between Truth and
untruth, Real and unreal.
Is it really
necessary to have worldly knowledge, wealth, etc.? They only nurture pride,
vanity and in the long term are more harmful than beneficial. No wonder all real
saints firmly forsake these temptations from their lives. None of these saints
attended the highly acclaimed institutions like Harvard, MIT, Berkeley, Yale,
Oxford or Stanford. Wisdom cannot be taught through establishments. It has
to be acquired through your own experiences, whether direct or indirect.
therefore strongly recommends genuine study of the teachings of the Gita,
the Upanishads or other similarly pure scriptures. Difficulty in mastering the
original language like Sanskrit should not be a hindrance. If youngsters can
master increasingly difficult tasks whether in art, science or technology,
Spirituality should be a piece of cake. It is so logical and so easy to learn
that its adoption is very simple. Compare it with the natural bond that exists
between a child and its mother.
Do not waste
anymore time after shallow discussions and worthless followings. Should you
insist on following a blind, you may as well prepare to end up in a ditch.
Unfortunately, the ignorant and naive do not accept their limitations, so they
cannot be helped.
Someone has predicted wisely, "Fools cannot be taught
and a wise man needs no teaching." Most of us are somewhere in the middle;
often we are so stupid that we don't even know that.
Let us resolve
to learn from the great Teachings and strive for perfect Wisdom.