Conversation 007: What is real recognition?

Everyone of us have our own perception of recognition. In this conversation, let’s see what is real recognition.

Seeker 1: When and how does one feel that he is really recognised for what he is doing?
Seeker 2: In this world, people are generally recognised only on the basis of the wealth they have and the wealth they are generating. In other words, we are living in a materialistic world. If an individual gets carried away with this concept, there is no peace for him since there is no definite way to find out if he is in the top position. Even if he thinks he is in the top position, there is always an anxiety to retain the position resulting in no peace of mind.

Seeker 1: So does it mean we should not be anxious towards recognition from the world for our efforts? What else should be aspire for?
Seeker 2: To a great extent, Yes! We are not going to live permanently in this world anyway! Just like the world which is in a constant state of flux, we are also in a constant state of flux constantly going the eight processes from conception, initiation, birth, childhood, youth, middle age, old age to death, We are totally unaware of how and why this takes place. Thus, we should be very happy with our present situation and accept things as they are. We should only aspire that we have a peaceful thinking faculty in the midst of any circumstances.

Seeker 1: If we are alone and away from the mass of people, this might be possible. But how can we develop this in the presence of people around us and the circumstances they impose?
Seeker 2: Yes, it is called surrounding effect and it does influences everyone. We should realise that after all everything is matter, including the mind. Even a saint gets irritated and curses people around him when his patience crosses a certain limit. We are after all ordinary people under the influence of so many factors. The only thing we can do is to engage into activities continuously that enriches us with real knowledge – the knowledge of the soul. We have to keep doing these activities and be constantly “busy” in the presence of materialistic people or “karmis” as they are called.

In this context, i quote a few excellent verses from Skanda Guru Kavacham, a famous Tamil hymn in praise of Lord Muruga or Lord Karthikeya, younger brother of Lord Ganesh or Lord Vinayaka and son of Lord Shiva and Devi Parvathi. in this hymn, Skanda or Lord Muruga in the form of our Guru grants the real recognition and what every seeker should aspire for!

“இடகலை பிங்கலை ஏதும் அறிந்திலேன் நான்
இந்திரிய மடக்கி இருந்து மறிகிலேன் நான்
மனதை அடக்க வழி ஒன்றும் அறிந்திலேன் நான்
ஸ்கந்தா உன் திருவடியைப் பற்றினேன் சிக்கெனவே
சிக்கெனப் பற்றினேன் செப்பிடுவீர் உபதேசம்
காமக் கசடுகள் யாவையும் களைந்திடுவாய்
சித்த சுத்தியும் ஜபமும் தந்திடுவாய்
நினைப்பெல்லாம் நின்னையே நினைத்திடச் செய்திடுவாய்
திருமுருகா வுன்னைத் திடமுற நினைத்திடவே

அத்வை தானந்தத்தில் இமைப்பொழுது ஆழ்த்திடுவாய்”

translated to

I do not know anything about ida and pingala nadis,
I do not know how to control my senses,
I do not know any methods to control the mind,
But I have caught hold of your holy feet firmly,
I have held tightly and swiftly, please teach me,
Please remove the dirt caused by passion,
Please give me purity of mind and medidation,
Please make me all thoughts to be pervaded with you,
Oh holy Muruga, Please make me think about you firmly.

Make me drown for a moment in the happiness of Advaita!

(http://www.skandagurunatha.org/works/skanda-guru-kavasam/skanda-guru-kavasam.pdf)

Surrendering to a spiritual guru to seek real knowledge is again stressed here.

Thus developing inner satisfaction – the satisfaction of the soul by the process of the mind seeking within. Seeking of the spiritual guidance from the Paratman or the supersoul that resides besides the individual soul in everyone’s heart is the real recognition. Nothing else just compares or come close to it!

Note:

i) The Ida and Pingala nadis are often seen as referring to the two hemispheres of the brain. Pingala is the extroverted (Active), solar nadi, and corresponds to the right hand side of the body and the left hand side of the brain. Ida is the introverted, lunar nadi, and corresponds to the left hand side of the body and the right hand side of the brain. (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nadi_(yoga))

ii) Advaita refers to its idea that the soul (true Self, Atman) is the same as the highest metaphysical Reality (Brahman). The followers of this school are known as Advaita Vedantins, or just Advaitins, (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advaita_Vedanta)


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