Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Rising Above Dogmas, Rituals and Gurus

However mistaken we may be, as to the method, all our struggle is really for Freedom. We seek neither misery nor happiness, but Freedom. This one aim is the secret of the insatiable thirst of man.

 Do we love your fellowmen? Where else should you go to seek for God? Are not all the poor, the miserable, the weak-Gods? Why not worship them first? Why go to dig a well on the shores of the Ganges?....Have you love? You are omnipotent. Are you perfectly unselfish? You are irresistible....Your country requires heroes. Be heroes...My son, I believe in God and I believe in man. I believe in helping the miserable. I believe in going even to hell to serve others.

Let each one of us pray day and night for the downtrodden millions in India, who are held fast by poverty, priestcraft and tyranny. I do not care to preach religion to the high and the rich. I am no metaphysician, no philosopher, nay, no saint. But I am poor, I love the poor...They cannot come to light, to education. Who will bring the light to them-who will travel from door to door bringing education to them? Let these be your God-think of them, work for them, pray for them incessantly-the Lord will show you the way. Him I call a Mahatman, whose heart bleeds for the poor, otherwise he is a Duratman. Let us unite our wills in continued prayer for their good. We may die unknown, unpitied, unbewailed, without accomplishing anything; but not one thought will be lost. It will take effect sooner or later. My heart is too full to express my feeling. You know it, you can imagine it. So long as the millions live in hunger and ignorance, I hold every man as a traitor, who having been educated at their expense, pays not the least heed to them. I call those men-who strut about in their finery having got all their money by grinding the poor-wretches, so long as they do not do anything for those two hundred millions who are now no better than hungry savages! We are poor, my brothers, we are no-bodies, but such have been always the instruments of the Most High.

Swami Ranganathananda:The individual is his own guru, ; and in the case of an animal, nature is the guru. Sri Krishna has used a very strong language about human uniqueness here. Here the emphasis is on the human being adopting scientific methods for gaining knowledge of the external world. Whether it is technical efficiency or health and sanitation, in all things we study the world, understand it, have a grip on it, and use the knowledge to improve human life.

Sankhya-yoga:I am not this tiny organic system, i am not a creature of the world outside. I am free, I am free. the focus of that freedom is not in the genetic system, but in that infinite Atman. This is my true nature.

Strength, courage, fearlessness, and service, with the Lord as the magnet of all work, which characterise true Manhood and true Womanhood.

Swami Parthasarathy
Its truth is its authority.No master or messiah can claim it. No religion has a hold on it. It belongs to one and all without distinction of communities or geography. Its universal application appeals to all lovers of truth.

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