Laying the groundwork

“After many, many births and deaths one achieves the rare human form of life, which, although temporary, affords one the opportunity to attain the highest perfection. Thus, a sober human being should quickly endeavour for the ultimate perfection of life as long as his body, which is always subject to death, has not fallen down and died. After all, sense gratification is available even in the most abominable species of life, whereas Self-realization is possible only for a human being.”  –   Srimad Bhagavatam 11.9.29 (https://vedabase.io/en/library/sb/11/9/29/)

The soul has to pass through millions of life forms before it transmigrates to a human body. But what is a soul? – The soul is a spiritual particle dwelling in a material body. The material body is considered dead or lifeless as soon as the spiritual particle exits the material body.

Every yuga has its own positive and negative qualities. Kali is considered as the fallen age because it is full of negative qualities. The Symptoms of Kali-yuga explains this in great detail. Please read: (https://vedabase.io/en/library/sb/12/2/). Thus, the opportunities of achieving self-realization in Kali Yuga is very limited unless one makes a very sincere attempt.

Despite this, even the inhabitants of Satya-yuga and other ages are aspiring to take birth as human beings in the Kali age (Srimad Bhagavatam 11.5.38 – 40 – (https://vedabase.io/en/library/sb/11/5/38-40/). This is because in Kali Yuga, the means to achieve perfection it is comparatively very easy (simply by Hearing and chanting the names of the Lord) compared to the other three ages – Satya (prolonged meditation), Treta (performing great sacrifices) and Dvapara (Worship Lord in the temple).

The steps of manifesting the Lord in our heart for achieving self-realization is a gradual process:

  1. It starts with regular prayers and chanting of the names of the Lord.
  2. Then it proceeds towards pondering over the attributes of the Lord and its various meanings
  3. The inquisitive mind then starts looking for answers by reading our glorious scriptures to the questions that arises constantly.
  4. Then like-minded individuals gather for discussions and for further inquiry.
  5. An Acharya or a Guru who is already self-realised suddenly manifests to a true seeker.
  6. For the unlucky ones who cannot find such a suitable Guru, the realisation that the Supreme Lord is already in one’s heart happens, one starts looking at the inner self to seek guidance from the supreme self.
  7. Events in life happens automatically leads the seeker to find solutions through one’s own life experiences.
  8. If the aspiration is strong enough to seek a self-realised Guru that also gets fulfilled.

Thus, a pleasing process is set into motion and the seeker is on an upward process to realise the self. This is just like a minute spark that has the potential to light a huge forest.

This knowledge of self-enquiry that a person gains by constant inquiry and study together with constant prayers, chanting and meditation has an impact on the person’s overall attitude towards life.

This affects the following primary constituents being one’s material possessions, work, own body and self, family relations, relations with fellow human beings and other life forms in general.

Finally, it has to result in completely understanding the most confidential secret of Bhagavad Gita 18.66 – Seek Complete surrender to Lord Krishna and He will give protection no matter what. The ultimate perfection will be reached only then!

Author: Rajini

"Knowledge is the ultimate perfection of self-realization.". (Srimad Bhagavatham 3.26.2) Trying to seek that knowledge through life experiences that leads to compassion, dispassion and ultimately satisfaction.

6 thoughts on “Laying the groundwork”

  1. Events in life happens automatically leads the seeker to find solutions through one’s own life experiences. This is what leads us in the right direction. Profound writing. Enjoyed reading it. Also gained access to the veda.io through this. The origins of Kalki is very interesting Indeed. Thanks for the post.

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  2. Hey Rajini,

    Your quotes are appropriate for the discussion and the concluding sentence also leaves a thought on the way forward and final destination.

    As rightly pointed out, since we have been given this opportunity to be born as a human with intellect to analyse and discriminate between right and wrong (as guided in the Vedas and Sashtra), we should be steadfast in our endeavor not to be born in this Samsara again….and since this Samsara is like a quick sand, only redemption from this is from the Super Person who is outside this quick sand, which is Sriman Narayana….we trying to get ourselves will only fast track our being sucked into the sand…. chanting the name of Sriman Narayana is the starting point, which will lead us into the magnetic field of his influence, and automatically attract us to the final destination, which is Srivaikuntam…..

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    1. Very rightly said Srinath. There cannot be a better analogy than quick sand to describe our present situation. We have accumulated our Karma (the word Karma (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karma) itself has multiple meanings on multiple situations but here i mean the results of positive as well as negative actions that we have accumulated since time immemorial). It is not possible to exhaust the results of our past karma by our own efforts in this material world. The effects of karma will continue to accumulate due to activities in our present birth as well. In this illusory world, Saranagati or complete surrender to Lord Krishna – The Lord of Infinite names and forms – Lord Narayana the all encompassing, Lord Vasudeva, Lord Pradyumna, Lord Anirudha and Lord Sankharshan being the primary forms is the only option prescribed for this age. But our mind is so fickle that we look for solutions by trying to enhance our material comforts and get further entangled. The only solution is to look within us and realise that we are totally helpless to mitigate this situation. Lord Krishna has mentioned this most confidential truth at the very end of the Gita. He had to impart a wealth of knowledge to Arjuna – the various paths (gyana, karma, bhakti) of attaining liberation in detail as well as show his Universal form to reveal this most confidential truth. The Lord could have revealed it as soon as Arjuna dropped his bow and arrows in despondency and said…”Govinda, I shall not fight”! The Lord is very much aware of the inquisitive nature of the human mind and its inability to accept the truth unless it is substantiated with logic, reason and proof. Arjuna is already a realised soul being the “Nara” aspect of Lord Narayana (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nara-Narayana). But as a human being, he got entangled because of the situation that is imposed on him. Vedas and Shastras are our ultimate guide in realising this knowledge and we have to make full use of it to realise this most confidential truth.

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