Saturday, November 2, 2013

Salvation through Devotional Service

"A mortal human being who has no respect for Me as the Supersoul always situated in every living being, but nevertheless worships the deity, is just imitating. Someone who in worship of the deity disregards Me as the Supreme Ruler and Supersoul present in all beings, is in his ignorance only offering oblations into the ashes. He who offers Me his respects but is envious with others being present, lives in his campaigning against others in enmity and will never find peace of mind. Oh sinless one, I am certainly not pleased when they who manage to worship Me in My deity form with all paraphernalia, are not of respect for other living beings." ............Srimad Bhagavatam, 3:29:21-24

"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'  "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' ..............Matthew 25: 34-40

In today's world, the concept of spirituality comes with a very deep divide. There is spiritual practice at the ritual and worship level and then there is the daily life in action which is totally isolated from the spirit empowering dimension of worship. The two verses quoted in this article come from a deep philosophical and a very practical perspective. In Srimad Bhagavatam, Kapila explains the inseparability of recognizing the Supersoul or Paramatma in every creation as the primary requisite for worship of the deity or performance of any ritual.
In the Gospel of Matthew, Christ tells of the qualities of the individual soul for the inheritance of the kingdom of heaven as being directly linked to how in worldly life we have treated our fellow beings.

The concept of all creations being pervaded by the very element that constitutes the Divine Godhead is absent in our mind due to the duality induced by our conditioned consciousness. In the evolutionary timeline when man's consciousness was close to nature as hunter-gatherers, this separation from all creation was absent. Jean Gebser called it "Archaic Consciousness" and this was the consciousness of Homo Sapiens 200,000 years before It was a time where our hominid ancestors were entirely at home with the natural world.
Jungian psycho-historian Eric Neumann referred to this period in terms of the mythological serpent Oroboros, a symbol of enfolded consciousness. But as the rational mind started to develop through sensory inputs, perception moved from the subjective identity in all perceptions to an objective identity dominated by the Ego. This was further distorted through literal and devious interpretation of the scriptures. Clear examples are the Israelites being the chosen people of God and in Vedic interpretation of Manusmriti, the class system as being applicable to a person by his physical birth rather than being a classification of spiritual status as illuminated in the Upanishads and in Bhagavad-Gita.

As humanity now realizes the damage we have done to the ecosystem and to ourselves through this alienated approach, our "Integral Consciousness"  should be nurtured to recognize Divinity in all creations so that there is a responsibility and respect to all creations, starting from the least to that of our fellow beings.

This is the illumining light that this Diwali (festival of Light). we celebrate today. must bring to us.

Love to you all.

1 comment :

  1. A beautiful truth which we tend to forget very often!