How to know the Truth?-III

Preface

There are many kinds of knowledge available and obtainable in this world. We all have achieved some or the other type of knowledge or many types of knowledge and education to meet our expectations and needs. Out of all these so many kinds, about which we are not aware of, is one more education and knowledge that is veiled somewhere and is existing but not so common and easy to know, discover and achieve. That special knowledge when acquired leads us to a beautiful life of continuous joy, happiness, harmony, repose and freedom as well as enduring peace of mind.

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The knowledge of ‘Sanatan Dharma’ and the knowledge of ‘Eeshwar Yoga’ or God union in true sense is not a common thing and has been reserved for the selected very few because of its sacredness and sanctity. The yogis, rishis, munis, bhikshus, gyanis, sadhus and sages as well as the philosophers have kept their secretive knowledge with them unless they found the right candidate who was repeatedly tested severely; and then given the facts and information slowly with discretion and carefulness over a period of long time. That also after giving Guru dakshina or fees for the teacher. Out of so many, even then just a few could succeed in their ultimate goal in one life time.

The Sanatan Atma Gyan or Eternal Self ‘s knowledge is the mother of all knowledge. It is acquired with the help of intuition and not by any other formal classroom education or tools. If ever acquired by someone, the recipient has a source with which all sorts of worldly as well as personal problems can be solved because the knowledge of Self or God when acquired makes the recipient a source of infinite information and knowledge of Nature as well as God and therefore the recipient becomes free and liberated. That is why Lord Krishna tells Arjuna in Bhagwat Geeta that if even a fraction of this Sanatan Dharma or eternal knowledge is acquired by you, you shall become free from  fear of sickness, death and all other worries; you will become fearless- abhaya.  Knowing Truth  liberates the human soul from the suffering of many blunders and incarnations and frees the fetters of bondages of innumerable karmas or deeds.

There are three categories of disciples called shishyas or chelas- uttam, madhyam, kanishtha,  superior, medium and inferior respectively who enrol themselves in this mammoth undertaking and endeavour to know the Truth of God’s universal existence. Simultaneously, there are three stages and levels of human accomplishments- inferior, medium and superior.

The superior or best disciples are those who are always in sync with the will of their Masters and do not refuse to comply at all. They bring along with them more harmonious deeds than unscrupulous ones as their baggage and are in a hurry to discriminate the Truth from Untruth. They waste no time in taking the sacred knowledge in revealing the Truth because they understand that the gems and invaluable treasure securely tucked and carefully guarded by the Master cannot be attained from anywhere else. Such disciples are very scarce in number and they take minimum help from the Guru and work tremendously on themselves for quick progress and spiritual elevation. They come to the Divine Master with the sole purpose of knowing the Truth. The Master is most happy and relieved with this small band of chelas or disciples who later aid their Teachers in dispensing the Truth and the teachings of the great souls.

The medium type or madhyam disciples are slow to understand the value of the priceless, holy knowledge of Self the sacred Master grasps inside. They take a substantial time to realize the urgency of disclosing the Truth to them as they fail to understand the time limit and constraint that we humans have in every birth and most of the times miss the great opportunity. Or they leave their endeavour somewhere midway and attempt again in following lives because of which they take far longer than the superior ones in getting Self Realizations or Atmabodh. Nevertheless, in some life because of karmic beatings, they are forced into fast learning as circumstantial reasons and are heavily benefitted and at last begin to walk steadily on God’s path. They at last make it to their destination because the support of the Atma realized Guru is overwhelming and they get a huge push to move forward. It takes far more time for such disciples than the superiors in revealing the Truth to them as the sleep or ignorance is well embedded in the grooves of mind. They perform better in groups and with continuous encouragement and outside assistance, they are able to reach the shore of salvation.

The inferior or kanishtha disciples are the ones who have a poor backing of their own and they carry lesser harmonious deeds in comparison to virtuous ones. Their unreleased ego, un-weeded shortcomings and heavy darkness does not allow them to walk fast on the sacred path. Although, they do begin on God’s path because of some random sacred deeds of their past lives, they are unable to see their own shortcomings and blame some other factors for their delay and own distractions and in not receiving the blessedness and Grace of the Divine Guru. They make many slipups and mistakes repeatedly and learn slowly from them.  They find it hard to admit to their mistakes and do not like disapprovals and corrections. Their path is restricted as they do not understand that a lot is required to achieve the sacred knowledge of Truth to free oneself and that which is attained with the mercy, love and earnest blessings of the sacred Guru. Their awareness is short lived and they are short sighted. They can be compared with a very dim flicker of a lamp which extinguishes with coming on of the slightest breeze.

Part A

What the Guru does?

The Guru first takes stock of all the deeds performed by the disciple in all previous lives. Accordingly will be decided the course of actions, the time to be taken to cover the entire journey and subsequently designate a mentor, a teacher who will constantly monitor, check, guide, help and correct the disciples. So, constant correction, learning, transforming and adapting is a prerequisite for the disciples to maximize the assistances from the sacred Masters and the mentor. Our sacred Guru Maharaj Shri Mahavatar Babaji does not care what kind of disciple you are because his mission on Earth is to help and assist all. It is up to us to decipher where we stand and what we must strive to achieve, and support and constant guidance will be given by all the Universal Forces to accomplish that.

From the disciple’s side, what must the disciple do?

  • Have tremendous and blind faith in the Guru. The Guru will help you in eradication of ego and other deep reserved tendencies called sanskaras which are seeds to new good and bad karmas and new meanderings in next lives.
  • Have exceptional patience and endurance to know the Truth
  • Unending, flawless determination to be able to stay on the sacred path of Truth, the path of knowing God directly with the help of the Divine Masters.
  • Advance ahead in spite of concurrent hurdles.
  • Detrimental forces like Maya or ignorance should be uncovered by doing tapasya or ghor tapasya-  penance and intense penance respectively. Self-seeking and egotistical goals should be replaced by selfless activities in which love flowers and blossoms and we live our lives in God’s pure love
  • Give up ego and rear up humility and softness. Modesty and unpretentiousness comes with purging of sense of self
  • Serve others with love and respect. It is the spiritual duty of the seeker to repay the Holy Master by serving others by encouraging even the atheists to believe and walk on the path of the Truth, non- violence, compassion and enduring peace.
  • We need constant energy. The mental energies get scattered by outside noises, pollution, distractions, continuous talking and other worthless activities. So learn to meditate with tremendous sincerity and devotion for your own good, well-being and happiness. Change the fidgety and restless mind to calmness and serenity.

 Part B

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Dear readers, this post is last in this segment as far as new content is concerned. After this post is delivered on this day, I wish to organize the blog in various groupings. There will be continuous entries of these groupings uptill 20th September’13 after which I will close.

The last 5 entries at a glance for the viewer’s convenience will be in this sequence –

  • All Meditation techniques
  • Mantras, shlokas from holy Bhagwad Geeta, prayers and poems
  • Question and Answers as conversations between me and Mahavatar Babaji as well as God
  • Sermons
  • All Photos and video links

I wish to inform the new as well as the old readers that as the blog gets older and comprehensive, it should not scatter your mind. Rather on the contrary, it should provide to the necessities of all the disciples who reach here with the wish of God. By the time I renew my energies and restart the blog after the pause, you shall have enough time to organize the text, substance and content in your own nervous system and in this way revive and revise your studies during this break. The groupings and organizing the blog shall serve this purpose for all of us.

As I was looking at the index to classify my complete work into 5 groupings on Saturday night, for the first time I was amazed at myself. It was like when someone is going on walking on a big hill focused only on reaching the peak and does not remember or think of looking back because the eyes are set on achieving something high and precious.  And once if the climber stops to look back, she may be wondering how and when did all this happen? That night when I looked back, I was astonished at myself and was thanking God with a deep sense of satisfaction. There have been regular posts from May 2008 and they have been advancing slowly and with strong conviction as time has passed. I am also surprised at myself for having visited the huge number of places of pilgrimages at the instruction and training of my spiritual teachers without having an iota of scepticism and now I am marvelling-it is all done!! This has been an incredible journey for sure!!

As more and more truthful individuals are arriving on the blog, I feel pleased that my efforts and exertions have done well to others also. Going to so many pilgrimages over a time span of more than ten years has not only benefitted me and my family but has also provided me extra power to go on blogging non-stop. All the photos  barring a few, mirror the wonderful experiences and the rapid great learning that I have had in the last decade and how I have grown each day as far as mental and physical fitness, writing, photography, improving thinking powers, retention powers and in- depth analysis is concerned. Not only that, in these five years of constant blogging my stage of advancing shifted from fast to extra fast since I believed and wished that the maximum enhancement of my Spirit should take place now and here.

In the afternoon when the post was about eighty per cent done, I stopped to rest a while. I was delighting in the thin and sometimes thick raindrops pouring inside the house from the window. Cool water drops were so gentle and soothing.  I put my face little outside and drew pleasure in feeling the coolness in rains. At retrospection, I quickly went back in past and reminisced how once I was so thirsty for knowledge of Self many years ago when I happened to read the most memorable stories in my spiritual life of two young boys of Vedic times – of Satyakam and Nachiketa. They are from Upanishads, Chandogya and Kathopnishad respectively. They have had an indelible mark on my sensitive mind since then. I liked Satyakam’s truthfulness and honesty and his capacity to see Brahma in everything without the aid of a formal teacher or guru. I used to think as I read his story how can I know Universal Brahma in this unique way? How to know a method that involves my own Self to know the omnipresent Spirit?  I have craved and longed to get a Self-realised, Atmagyani Guru since a lot of years because after reading our holy texts it was clear to me that Brahma cannot be achieved and known personally without a Perfect Master.

Regarding Nachiketa, I have great regards for this personality. No other character is so adamant and persistent than him when quenching the thirst of knowing the Truth is concerned and therefore when one reads his story, the fire of one’s own thirst gets ignited and inflamed. I read these two stories in Swami Vivekananda’s book on Vedanta years ago and they have not faded or lost its sparkle ever since then. The stories are still extremely close to my heart and my two most favourite picks. They are examples of best disciples which I, while we’re on the subject recollected and therefore quoting. Surely, every Guru would love to have a student like them.  Nachiketa, son of a sage, who is cursed by his own father yet who leaves no stone unturned unless the Teacher Yama answers all his questions in Death and he who rests only after he is acquainted with what is Truth. Then, a  pure disciple like Satyakam, son of mother Jabala who comes from an impoverished background and whose father’s identity is lost in ambiguity is humbly and obediently following each and every instruction of his Guru, Gautam Rishi.  He is sent in the forests because he is considered a poor boy from a humble background and also as a test and pre-qualification.  Nevertheless, he returns after a year with a thousand cows not only pleasing his Guru but also experiencing, the omnipresent Brahma because of his obedience, purity, sincerity and truthfulness………

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With these exquisite thoughts, I would like to finish this post as well as this segment by once more offering everything that I have, or have done or will do in future at the sweet altar of our beloved God, His holiness Shri Mahavatar Babaji and all the endearing divine deities, seen and unseen formally yet who are all the time being so supportive, loving, caring and bestowing kindness on me and you all. It is because of their sweet and kind gestures that we have been and will be able to move forward on this sacred path of pure Truth.

The journey is not yet over. We shall meet again soon with more empowering, endowing and progressive ideas in forthcoming posts, until then please follow your discipline of regular meditation, study, contemplation, question and answer and absorption. Physical fitness, a healthy diet and enough sound sleep are equally important to grow in body, mind and Spirit. Those of you who are reading these posts regularly and have not yet put your name down in some way, please familiarise yourself for your own good, your recovery will be swift. I shall be in touch with you through your comments and mails and whenever counsel, guide, approval or support is required, I shall respond most happily.

With loving gratitude, endless devotion and everlasting sincerity to my beloved God and all the Holy Masters……

Yours forever,

Sarika

17 Responses to How to know the Truth?-III

  1. siva says:

    EXCELLENT AND INSPIRING SPIRITUAL PIECE. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

  2. Mandira says:

    Fabulous article,ma.

  3. Stewart Benson says:

    Thank you sarika, inspiration wonderful.
    om na ma shivaya
    Stewart Benson

  4. Lata says:

    Truly inspiring. Hope you do come back with more of these beautiful outpourings

  5. Shahid says:

    Loved this para and it really resonates with me : “Have tremendous and blind faith in the Guru. The Guru will help you in eradication of ego and other deep reserved tendencies called sanskaras which are seeds to new good and bad karmas and new meanderings in next lives.”

    Sarika Mom, Please recommend some sacred books we can read specifically to be ideal disciples, where there are stories of disciples which would inspire us and motivate us to serve our Guru more and more.

    Thank you to all the great divine masters who are blessing us through this very sacred blog ❤

    • spiritinlife says:

      Dear Shahid, You have asked me a very vital question and my answer to it is what comes very naturally to me at this moment- Arjuna and Swami Vivekananda stand blazing tall in the line of shishya-guru parampara, they are best disciples I know of. Read works of Swami Vivekananda, Bhagwad Gita and Kathodopnishad synopsis. Mostly all the Upanishadas are Q and A between teacher and disciple. Read them also, your mind will open up vastly. In between if I remember more, I will inform.
      Sarika Mom

  6. Shahid says:

    OK shall read the ones you mentioned. Thank you Mom.

  7. manju says:

    Dear Shahid,

    Jai Guru,

    i am a reader of this blog and i came across of your query about a book on the devoted disciple . i suggest you read GOD ALONE.It is a book by sister Gyanamata.She was a direct disciple of Sri Paramahansa Yoganadaji.The book is all about perfecting our relationship with our Guru.It will be available at the YSS mumbai center at i at wadala.you can be a disciple of any guru but this book help you.

    manju

    • spiritinlife says:

      Thank you Manju for suggesting this book to Shahid on how to become a good disciple of a holy Guru. Undoubtedly, it is a very useful and profound book for any seeker on his path and journey towards Self Realization. I have read it several times and have been influenced by its content. Somehow, it did not come to my mind at the time of writing to Shahid.
      Sarika

  8. manju says:

    Jai Guru dear Sarikaji,

    i think that all the readers of this blog are being Guided by sri Mahavatar Babaji and it was his wish that Shahid read this book..what you have done through these teachings on this blog is going to change the lives of many spiritual seekers in the days to come. thank you and continue to guide us to be more spiritual in our thoughts and deedsThank you Babaji and thank you dear Sarikaji.

    jai guru,

    manju

  9. Shahid says:

    Dear Manjuji,

    Thank you so much for recommending the book GOD ALONE by sister Gyanamata. I shall try to get this book somehow and read it.
    Thank you again for taking the time to recommend this book to me.

  10. manju says:

    Jai Guru Shahid,

    As a reader of this blog may we all always remain in the holy vibrations of Mahavatar Babaji and recieve all guidance as coming as per his divine will and guidance alone.It was His will and I am only an instrument . to let you know about this book.God Alone.

    Jai Guru, to you as well as dear Sarikaji,

    manju

  11. Midhun Pk says:

    ohm namo bhagavade vasudevaya.

    pranam to sri babaji and ma..

    it was a sacred read ma, thanks a lot for this post…

    ” what must the disciple do ”

    was really helpful,

    i will come again here ma, to read and understand it again..

    may lord light upon everyone who wandering for the truth..seeking your blessing sri babaji for all..

    ma thanks a lot again..

    with love,
    Midhun Pk

  12. pandey2 says:

    Thank you Ma..This is wonderful post from many aspect..I get amazed how much you have achieved in a life by emulating someone like Satyakam and Nachiketa. Few Gems are:

    -The Sanatan Atma Gyan or Eternal Self ‘s knowledge is the mother of all knowledge and is acquired with the help of intuition.

    -There are three categories of disciples called shishyas or chelas- uttam, madhyam, kanishtha, superior, medium and inferior respectively.

    -The superior or best disciples are those who are always in sync with the will of their Masters, The medium type or madhyam disciples are slow to understand the value of the priceless, holy knowledge of Self, and the inferior or kanishtha disciples are the ones who have a poor backing of their own and they carry lesser harmonious deeds in comparison to virtuous ones.

    -The Guru first takes stock of all the deeds performed by the disciple in all previous lives and accordingly will be decided the course of action.

    -Disciple’s should have tremendous and blind faith in the Guru and have exceptional patience and endurance to know the Truth
    Unending, flawless determination to progress.

    thank you ma, Babaji and all the masters for your compassion and grace on us. May we all grow fast and become uttam disciples.

    with love and gratitude

  13. Shahid says:

    From the disciple’s side, what must the disciple do?

    – Have tremendous and blind faith in the Guru. The Guru will help you in eradication of ego and other deep reserved tendencies called sanskaras which are seeds to new good and bad karmas and new meanderings in next lives.

    – Have exceptional patience and endurance to know the Truth
    Unending, flawless determination to be able to stay on the sacred path of Truth, the path of knowing God directly with the help of the Divine Masters.

    – Advance ahead in spite of concurrent hurdles.

    – Detrimental forces like Maya or ignorance should be uncovered by doing tapasya or ghor tapasya- penance and intense penance respectively. Self-seeking and egotistical goals should be replaced by selfless activities in which love flowers and blossoms and we live our lives in God’s pure love

    – Give up ego and rear up humility and softness. Modesty and unpretentiousness comes with purging of sense of self

    – Serve others with love and respect. It is the spiritual duty of the seeker to repay the Holy Master by serving others by encouraging even the atheists to believe and walk on the path of the Truth, non- violence, compassion and enduring peace.

    – We need constant energy. The mental energies get scattered by outside noises, pollution, distractions, continuous talking and other worthless activities. So learn to meditate with tremendous sincerity and devotion for your own good, well-being and happiness. Change the fidgety and restless mind to calmness and serenity. ”

    Thank you dear mom. Reading How to know the truth 1,2 and 3
    fills me with a very deep sense of peace ❤

  14. midhunpk210 says:

    As always this post also read at the right time. Pranam all divine gurus.

  15. Pranaam dearest Maa and Gurus,

    Inspiration that flowed from Higher Sources after reading this wonderful article.

    If you were drowning in deep sea,
    and you hung onto heavy pots,
    thinking these contain all your
    permanent joy and happiness
    in the form of gold and diamonds,
    what would happen?

    Similarly, any attachment or desire
    for temporary happiness would
    take you lower and lower in the
    bottomless pit of this deceptive Maya.
    In running after worldly objects
    will you find only distress.

    Even on the spiritual path
    the desires of having
    various miraculous experiences or visions
    drag you down and hinder
    your rapid flight and progress.

    Make Him your only Desire,
    your only Attachment,
    your only Saviour and Sire.
    Let go, let go
    and fly higher and higher.
    In great tapas will you find real rest.

    One day,
    He shall build a Palace of Gold
    within your heart,
    where only He and you shall reside.
    He will give you Gems
    to reflect His Light from within.
    Then, my dear, you would
    have known True Joy and Happiness,
    Peace and Freedom.
    For He is the True
    and only Diamond
    with Its own Light.

    Till that day comes,
    be patient, humble,
    compassionate, and simple.
    Have endurance, and great determination.
    Fill your heart only with Love for Him.
    Be fearless,
    and march on, O brave one, march on!
    Your Guru is always by your side.

    With love and gratitude,
    Pranaam.

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