ramvchandran at JUNO.COM
Mon May 15 08:59:14 CDT 2000
Respected Bhakar Prabhuji:
I have great respect for Prabhus who 'really surrender to Lord Krishna.'
Those who really surrender are free from arrogance and doubts. With real
surrendering to Lord Krishna, the question of 'duality' doesn't arise.
When Hari occupies our heart, we perceive Him in words and deeds. We no
more see "One God," and we perceive "Only God." This is Advaita
Philosophy in nutshell. Sri Sankara Bhagawan demonstrates this principle
through Bhaja Govindham.
My grandmother used to say in Tamil "Hariyum Sivanum Ondru, Ariyathavar
Vayile Mannu." This is a Tamil Idium in poetric form and the meaning is
simple: Those who do not understand the unity between Vishnu and Shiva are
likely to suffer. If we recollect the Narasimha Avatar of Maha Vishnu, we
will be able to appreciate the fundamental Vedic Truth that God is
everywhere and we can't find any matter where God is present. We also know
the moral behind this Avatar that arrogance has no place for spiritual
Your postings show that you are religious, quite intelligent and you
correctly identified that arrogance is your shortfall. Your observation is
quite accurate and now it is time for you to convert your words into deeds.
Sri Kulasekara Azwar who wrote the beautiful poem, "Mukunda Mala" is
greatly respected by the Prabhus of Hare Krishna Movement. I honestly
suggest that you read the verses of Mukunda Mala to clear your doubts about
Advaita Philosophy. These verses will definitely open your heart and fill
your heart with Love and Divinity. When the heart is filled with Love and
Divinity, the human attitude changes and the Atman (human soul) merges with
the Brahman. This is Advaita!
Sri Kulasekara Azwar didn't demand material goods from the Lord. His only
request to the Lord is to grant him a mind constantly thinking all the time
only about the Lord! When our heart is pure, there will be no more no
duality. If we demonstrate doubts on "Mahavakya" we demonstrate our
arrogance. This arrogance injects on our friends, relatives and everyone
Finally, learning is a life-long process. We don't know when we began our
process of learning and we will never know the end of this process.
Consequently, faith became necessary to make us to believe all that we don't
see. With strong convictions in our faith, we can see what we believe.
This is the Prasad that we are looking for. The Prasad is offered by the
Lord and it is not given if we ask for. The Prasad will certainly come
when He decides to give! None of us are capable to clear your doubts and
it is up to the Lord to clear your doubts. The best strategy for all of us
is to request the Lord to clear our doubts including the doubts on Advaita.
It is possible for you to establish your strong faith by adoring to
discipline, restraining your impulse to jump into conclusions and wait until
the Lord clears your doubts. When ignorance is present, we will have
doubts regarding everything including the philosophies (advaita, dwaita or
visitadwaita) of life. With His Grace, we will have wisdom and all doubts
will melt away! This is Shankara's Advaita Philosophy!
bhava shankara deshikame sharaNam
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