[July 14, 2007] A poor fellow was a disciple of Shri Akkalkot Maharaj. Shri Maharaj took that fellow to a forest and showed an abode1 of snakes. Shri Maharaj asked him to take two snakes and put them in to his bag. The disciple took two snakes with a lot of fear, put them in his bag and took them to his house. When he opened the bag, both the snakes were found to be two rods of gold. What is the message of this story? Shri Maharaj was the human incarnation of Lord Datta and was called as Samartha Sadguru, which means that He was the capable human form of the Lord appearing as the preacher. Hence, the message must be very capable. The message of Lord Datta in this story is that an excess of money indicated by the abode of snakes is very harmful like poisonous snakes. Nobody can escape the poisonous bite of a cluster of snakes. The poison is the ego that is injected in to the human brain due to excess money, which destroys one\u2019s life. Here life means the spiritual life. In the Sanatsujatiyam of Mahabharata, it is told that death does not mean leaving the human body but it means forgetting God. Leaving the old human body is like changing an old shirt, which should really be an occasion of happiness. But death means an occasion of a lot of unhappiness, which is only when God is forgotten. Therefore, the message of Maharaj is that the excess wealth is the real death of any soul. Only Lord Narayana lying on a big serpent and Lord Shiva wearing serpents as jewels are exceptional cases that are not affected by these poisonous serpents (excess wealth). This means that excess wealth is not poison, if it is linked to the spiritual line. The Lord advised the devotee to take only two serpents indicating limited wealth meant for materialistic life. Generally there is a possibility of escaping from the bite from just two snakes2.
Another human incarnation of Lord Datta was Manikya Prabhu, who as a boy excreted in the Vedic fire altar and His excretion was found to be a lump of gold. The Vedic fire altar is called Yajna, which represents the path to heaven. Heaven means luxurious life, which
involves excess wealth indicated by the lump of gold. But the lump of gold was treated to be the excretion, which is considered to waste material. This means that luxurious life is only a waste. Heaven, which is the fruit of doing social service, is temporary (Ksheene punye\u2026Gita) and is not like the permanent bliss of the Lord. The present politicians, who do social service without the name of the Lord, just to become wealthy and lead a luxurious heavenly life, should take the message from Lord Datta.
Saturn is considered to be the giver of spiritual knowledge (Jnana Karaka) and is said to be the husband of the deity of poverty (Jyestha Devi). This means that the best ground for spiritual knowledge is poverty and not wealth. Excess wealth will lead to ego and attraction to luxury. This is not congenial to spiritual knowledge. But a minimum amount of wealth is essential for the basic needs of a spiritual preacher. A spiritual preacher must have his own minimum arrangement for fulfilling the basic needs of himself and his family without depending on society. If a spiritual preacher shows that he depends on society for his basic maintenance, his preaching is misunderstood by the public. They think that the preacher is interested in the fulfillment of his basic needs through the preaching. This misunderstanding is natural for the human psychology.
Saturn3 is also famous for creating severe problems. The problems always direct the soul to God. Saturn being the eldest son of Sun4, received the spiritual knowledge from his father, who was taught by God in the beginning of this creation (Imam Vivasvate Yogam\u2026Gita). Sun is said to be the promoter of intelligence and logic, which is the essential basis for knowledge (Dhiyo yonah\u2026Veda). The brightness of the sun destroying the darkness, represents the removal of ignorance by knowledge. Saturn being the eldest son, got the spiritual knowledge from his father and then passed it on to his younger brother, Yama, who in turn passed on the same to Nachiketa. Nachiketa was the first human form to bring the spiritual knowledge that was transmitted by God through Sun and Saturn to Yama. God is unimaginable and Sun, Saturn and Yama are the three energetic forms. Nachiketa was the first human form, who brought the spiritual knowledge from the upper world to the
Yohan says that Jesus will sprinkle fire, which means that Jesus emit the sacred spiritual knowledge. Yama is the deity of death and here death does not mean leaving the body. Death means the ignorance by which, God is forgotten and this is the definition of death given by Sage Sanatsujata to King Dhritarashtra. Therefore, Yama does not cause death; instead, he removes death. Poverty, difficulties and death indicate the necessary atmosphere for the establishment of spiritual knowledge.
The treasure of God is infinite and will not exhaust by giving you some money. Similarly, if He cancels your sins, there is nobody to question Him. Then, why is He delaying in giving money to you and in removing your problems by canceling all your sins? The reason is that His single aim is to transform you into a divine soul. If He gives you money, what will be the change in your behavior? If He removes all your problems, what will be the change in the practical style of your life? If God is sure that there will be no change in your behavior, He will certainly make you wealthy and will remove all your problems. A doctor is careful in giving sweets to a diabetic patient. If the sugar-level of the patient rises, the problem of treating the patient is also the headache of the doctor alone. If you become wealthy and get rid of all problems, you may become an uncontrolled demon and disturb society. You may remain immersed in endless luxuries and fall down spiritually. In that case, to save society and to save your self, God has to act. Therefore, God is careful in granting boons. Except for this complication, God is not worried in any way because His power and wealth are infinite. If you can become a realized and liberated soul through the spiritual knowledge, then, there will be no change even if you become wealthy and happy. The spiritual knowledge is like the diabetes tablet5 given to the patient in advance. In the absence of this medicine in advance, the doctor will not give you more sweets since he is aware of the sugar (ego) level in your blood. Hence, you should not misunderstand the silence of God to your prayers in your problems. Shri Akkalkot Maharaj asked the poor fellow to take only two serpents (gold rods), which are like the limited amount of sweets allowed by the doctor
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