|| Aum Sri Ramakrishna Sharanam||
||Aum Namo Narayanaya||
The great lesson learnt from this encounter is that many people who have read a little or gained some secular knowledge think that they have mastered the world. They would use any means... even deceit with the aim of soliciting fame, respect and fortune... but will soon realise all to be transient, as it is based on untruth. True knowledge and mastery of the world comes with realisation of the self alone. Saint Adi Sankarcharya - who had collapsed many weak arguments by various Pandits and scholars on Vedanta and a prolific commentator thinker raised to the point of adoration the following idea immune to any form of undermining purely on the merits of absolute truth. In the Atmastakam, He declares:
manobuddhyahaṃkāra chittāni nāhaṃna cha śrotrajihve na cha ghrāṇanetre
na cha vioma bhūmir na tejo na vāyuḥ
chidānandarūpaḥ śhivo'ham śhivo'ham
I am not mind, nor intellect, nor ego, nor the reflections of inner self (chitta). I am not the five senses. I am beyond that. I am not the ether, nor the earth, nor the fire, nor the wind (the five elements). I am indeed, that eternal knowing and bliss, the auspicious (Shivam), love and pure consciousness.
Like Shiva appeared as that form which had no beginning and no end, unfathomable, we are that - eternal, auspicious, pure, all-knowing consciousness, truth. This knowledge eludes us because we associate ourselves with the senses, world, body and mind.
Let us stand by truth in all our arguments and let all our points emanate from our inner truth (Shiva), is my sincere prayer. May all celebrating Karthigai Deepam have an enlightening celebration.
Affectionately YoursYogan Naidoo