(BHAKTI AND ITS ATTAINMENT IN NINE PATHS OF KNOWLEDGE)
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OM TAT SAT........Shiv
Bhagvan was once asked by his shakti Parvati-devi about why she
should believe that Shree Ram was Para-Brhmah Himself becuase Shree
Ram behaved like a mortal throughout his entire life. Shree Ram's behaviour
showed attachment to father, mother, wife, brothers; feelings of joy, sorrow and
pain; longing for possession and endeavors of getting back what his lost
possession......all effects of maya, ahankaar and three guna.......Para-Brhmah
is not is never affected by his own maya, ahankaar or guna...........
Shiv Bhagvan tells Parvati-devi about the meeting between
Shree Ram and Sabri. Sabri was a woman of the caste of hunters.
Sabri was serving in the ashram of Matanga-rushi as a sevak
of Matanga-rushi and his disciples. Sabri performed seva to
all these rushio for several hundred years and also learned Ved from
them. Performing seva (service) is one of the part of performing bhakti.
Bhakti is devotion through adoration to someone with strong passions and
love emanating from one's anta-karan and entire mortal body.
Anta-karan is a processor organ in a human body consisting of aatma
(soul), mana (heart and mind), ahankaar, buddhi and chit..
Bhakti is the only way to attain mukti (freedom) from the cycles
of this sansar (worldly life of joy, sorrows and pain) and attain the
aanand (bliss) with Para-Brhmah. Para-Brhmah is un-manifested gnan
(knowledge) and shakti (energy) of the supreme creator and
sustainer of all the universes. What bhakti is and how to perform bhakti
is explained by Shree Ram to Sabri. Shree Ram also proves
to Sabri the phal (fruits) of bhakti. All of this is told
by Shiv Bhagvan to Parvati-devi as transcribed below. The
transcription of this dialogue between Shree Ram and Sabri is from Adhyatma
Ramayan (Chapter 10: slok 16 to 32) as translated from original Sanskrit
to English by Swami Tapasyananda.
Sabri asks Shree Ram:
" Even the rushio, who were my teachers, had not the good fortune
of seeing Thee. O Thou of immeasurable Being! I am an ignorant and low-born
woman. I have not the qualifications to be the sevak (one who serves) of
Thy sevako. What then to speak of my qualification to serve Thee. How
is it that I am able to see Thee with my eyes in your true form of Maha-Vishnu
(Para-Brhmah) - Thou, who are beyond the ken of mind and speech. O Ram,
Thou are the Lord of all devo. I am not capable of praising Thee with a
hymn. What am I to do? Bestow Thy grace on me."
Shree Ram replies to Sabri:
" The state of being a man or a woman or belonging to a particular
varna of brahman-kshtriya-vaishya-sudra-or mixture of all these varna or ashram
of life (brahmachari, gruhastha, vanaspara or sanyasi) or
bearing any special name is not the qualification for my performing my bhakti.
Performing bhakti is the only qualification. If a person has no bhakti
towards Me, neither yagna (sacrifice) nor daan (charities),
neither tapasya (penance) nor the study of Ved and performance
of vidhio (rituals prescribed in Ved) can help one to see Me. I am
attained by bhakti alone. Therefore O good lady, I shall now speak
to you about the means for the attainment of bhakti:
The 1st and
foremost of these is association with holy men who have and remembers
knowledge of Ved and practice Vedic way of life .
The 2nd is the recital of
accounts about Me.
The 3rd is the singing of
The 4th is the hearing and
exposition of My teachings.
The 5th is the sincere and
devoted service of the teacher, seeing Me in the teacher.
The 6th is the practice of
meritorious habits, the control of the inners senses, the observance of
external rules of purity and devoted ceremonial worship of Me .
The 7th is the devoted
repetition and contemplation of My mantra with all its parts.
The 8th is the worshipful
service of My devotee, seeing My presence in all beings and the cultivation
of non-attachment for all external objects combined with practice of
self-control and other inner virtues.
The 9th is the investigation of
My true nature with all passions.
Whoever has the above nav-vidya bhakti ( bhakti
of these nine types of learning of knowledge) is eligible to worship Me.
Whoever is endowed with these nav-vidya, whether it be a woman, man or
cruel and adharmic human, that person will have bhakti characterized by
intense prem (love). When such bhakti is generated, the truth
about My nature will dawn upon the bhakta. Realizing Me in that way one
will attain mukti in this very birth. Therefore it is firmly
established that bhakti is the cause of mukti. If a person has
succeeded in attaining the first of these above noted nav-vidya ,
namely, the association with holy men, then the others will follow one by one.
Therefore, it has been declared that bhakti is mukti. You
being thus endowed with bhakti towards Me, I have come before you. It
is certain that you will attain mukti, because you have bhakti.
I have Myself come before you."
............TO BE CONTINUED IN A SERIAL OF........... "NAV-VIDYA
BHAKTI" .......To understand more about BHAKTI......The only way
to attain MUKTI from this maya-jaal of sansar for sukh (joy)
and dukh (pain) cycles...........and have eternal aanand (bliss).................................
A Prayer from Champaklal Dajibhai
"I am blessed for the bhagya (good fortune) to
do my bhakti At Prajapati Vishva Ashram. My bhakti herein
is of transmitting to my fellow humans the above Ved teachings I have
been bestowed upon by the grace of Para-Brhmah. This Ved
teachings are as received, preserved and transmitted to this srushti
(universes) by devo and ruhsio-munio-sadhuo-santo who are
eternally serving this srushti through this maha-kalpa which
is a creation cycle of 311 trillion and 40 billion years. Therefore, we
pray to them to bestow their graces on us;..... for us to learn, understand
and practice Ved...... TO WALK WITH FULFILLMENT ON THE LIFE PATH WE
CHOOSE........ OM TAT SAT...........