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Swami Shantananda Puri
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The Ultimate Truth or The Final Reality
Who are you? The one who sees, who smells, who hears, who talks, who walks, etc cannot be the body. The legs cannot move unless impelled by an external energy. So also are the eyes, the ears etc. The one that functions has to be an energy. It is a living and loving energy and that is `you`. Where from the energy came? When the mother conceived you, you were only a meat gel (neither solid nor liquid). At that time it could not breathe and there was no energy which could activate it. Slowly, it descended into the womb and grew as a mass of flesh. There was no pranic energy (vital elan). According to my knowledge of medical science, the energy comes into the womb only in the 5th month of pregnancy. In other word, you may have to postpone the celebration of your birthday by 5 months! So thus, when the billions of people come into this world there cannot be a separate energy for each womb. Just as all the 40 bulbs in my home are lighted from the same source of electricity; say the generator, there has to be an immense energy
which goes into all the bulbs namely the bodies. In addition, in respect of so many other people in the process of birth or to be born later there has to be an immense reserve of energy too. Thus the origin of all of us is an immense energy which is infinite, boundless and wall less. The Creation Both the dream state and the sleeping state have been given to us not for rest or entertainment but as a vital clue. For solving the secret of waking state as also the secret of life. What lesson we get from dream state? Let us say that you are sleeping in your locked room alone and were seeing a dream. In the dream you are in the South African forest sitting regally as the chief of a tribe. Around you are sitting your wives, your relatives, your friends and warriors carrying spears. All these 100 people seem real to you in the dream. They are all joking, talking etc like you. When once your room is locked where from all these people come? They are the product of the imagination of your subconscious mind. Your thought force has taken several forms. This is because energy can be converted into matter and vice versa. Your thought energy is not different from you. It is you who has become the forest, the plants, and trees, the reptiles in the forest, the sand, the warriors and your relatives etc. Among your relatives, there are some who are your enemies. It is you
who took the form of your enemy. The entire dream drama is being directed by your own subconscious mind. Even though it looks that all those people in the dream are acting out at their own volition and will, a thought cannot act on its own and the entire drama script is written and directed by your own mind. They are only puppets without any will and an independent existence. A young village girl of bucolic upbringing was one night dreaming that a prince came on horse back, lifted her and placed her on the horse. The girl with fear in her eyes asked the prince “Where are you taking me?” The Prince replied, “Madam, it is your dream and you have to tell me where I should go.” This is the case of your dream also. In the same way as you become many out of one in your dream, the ultimate reality which alone is, is having its big dream which consists of the birth, death and life etc of the billions of individuals of this earth. Thus each individual in the dream and the entire world as well is nothing but the thoughts of the supreme reality. The script is written by the cosmic director, who himself acts as all the individuals. The appearance of individuals, their free will and actions are all illusions like your own dream and they never happened. These facts are all indirectly indicated in the 18th chapter of Bhagwad Gita:“Eswarah sarva bhootanaam hrid deserjuna tistati | Brahmayan sarva bhootani yantra roodhaani maayayaa ||
There are no individuals at all like you and I. The world and all its inhabitants are but the thought forces of the supreme reality whose will alone in supreme and runs the entire show of each individual to the last detail. If there are no individuals.. What are we expected to do? In order to get out of your false idea of individuality which has resulted in enmities and sufferings we have to come into contact with our origin that is the source from which we have sprung. All of our suffering are because we are considering each one of us a separate individual having forgotten the universal totality. Whether it knows or not, every bulb in my house is directly or indirectly in constant contact with it's origin, namely the generator. But they have forgotten it. The same is the case with us all. As we have forgotten the infinite inheritance which is our right and considering ourselves only as limited desires and thus sufferings arise. After all, while coming to the origin we must have been in contact with it and were definitely aware of it. It is after assuming the various forms we identified ourselves with the roles in the dream drama and forgot our origin. How do we remember a thing whose name we have forgotten? It is only by continuously trying to remember it back and it comes as a flash after hours. Similarly, constant remembrance of the supreme reality (we
may call it by any name as Brahman, Self or Atman or Shiva, Rama, Krishana or God etc) will again bring us into contact with that infinite reality. This is called `Satata smaranam`, continued remembrance of Lord. This is only one of the numerous methods to end the dream of the Lord and also our individuality. Thus there is never a creation of the world or its individuals nor is there any dissolution. The entire thing was an imagination as a dream drama. When that is the case, the question of anybody being bound by maya or trying to do sadhana to get out of it does not arise. Obviously there is no liberation or mukti nor anybody longing to have it. When the same thought of the Lord subsides and again arises assuming different forms of individuals it is called rebirth. When a particular thought subsides for good in the thinker and never more arises it is called Moksha or Liberation. Obviously the various theories of Moksha in the various systems of philosophy say, living in the same colony as the Lord, to be by the side of the lord, to have the identical features as the Lord, to sitting in a stone descended from nowhere and be on perpetual motion forever (Jain Philosophy) are all meant perhaps to impel the lower rung of people to believe in a higher reality. What all is given above is scientific, logical, sensible and rational. They are all based on the Upanishadic
texts and the text on Advaita by Adi Shankaracharya (Known as Shankara). Shankara as also his grand guru namely Gowdapada have both repeated the same verse in the `Vivekachudamani` and the `Gowdapada Karika` in the Mandukya Upanishad respectively:“Na nirodho na chotpathhir na baddho na cha sadhakah na mukto na mumukshuscha ityesha paramarthata” The meaning of this verse has already been given above. Sri Ramana Maharshi had devised a direct path for renewing the contact with the supreme reality by contemplating on `Who am I ? which also will be very useful. Even though it looks simple, a lot of courage is required in order to persistently and perseveringly pursue the quest of who we are and to establish contact. `Purusha Sukta` , a part of our scriptures proclaims this fact as : “Tasya dheerah parijananthi yonim” “It is the courageous who can finally realize their origin”
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Release-2.14, 2 May 2013
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Sr. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Title of Book Autobiography in Malayalam Autobiography in English Autobiography in Hindi Updeshamrit Nectar of Spiritual Instructions A Peep into the Gita Gita ki ek Jhalak Adhyatma Varta Spiritual talks Guide to Spiritual Aspirants Souvenir (in Hindi and English) Souvenir (in Hindi and English) Year of Publication 1956 1994 2007 1979 1986 1990 2000 2000 1990 1986 2004 2011
2. Books authored by His Holiness Swami Shantananda Puri
Sr. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Title of Book Srimad Bhagavatam : Its message for the Modern Man Sadhanas in Bhagvad Gita Srimad Bhagvat - Adhunik Manav ke Liye Iska Sandesh Srimad Bhagvad Gita ki Adhyatmik Sadhanayein (In Hindi) Fragrant Flowers Jivan Mukti : Liberation- Here & Now Stories for Meditation Answers to basic spiritual questions of Sadhaks Sri Lalita Sahasranama Stotram : An Insight Instant Self- Awareness : Talks on Asthavakra Gita The Quantum Leap into the Absolute : Essence of Asthavakra Gita Golden guidelines to "Who am I" Sadhanas according to Yoga Vasishtha Infallible Vedic Remedies Musings of a Himalayan Monk Stories for Inspiration Year of Publication 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2002 2003 2003 2003 2004 2005 2005 2005 2005 2006 2006
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Srimad Bhagavatam : Its message ... (In Malayalam) 2006 Sadhanas according to Tripura Rahasyam 2007 Pearls of Wisdom Sublime 2007 Sadhanas from Adhyatma Ramayanam 2007 Gita's Sthita Pragna Darshan - A crash course for 2008 Moksha 22 Gita's Sthita Pragna Darshan (In Malayalam) 2006 23 A quintessence of Uddhava Gita 2008 24 The Ecstasy of Love Divine : Essence of Narada Bhakti 2009 Sutra 25 Living Happily Forever 2010 26 Sadhanas from Kaivalyopanishad 2010 27 The Spiritual Journey of a Himalayan Monk- Biography 2010 of Swamiji 28 Gita Sarah 2010 29 Sadhanas from Devi Kalottara 2010 30 Sadhanas from Kenopanishad 2011 31 Sri Shiva Sahasranama Stotram (As per Linga Purana) 2011 Revised 32 Selected Gems from Ashtavakra Gita 2011 33 Sadhanas from Vivekachudamani 2012 34 Sadhanas from Ribhu Gita 2012 35 A Treasure Trove of Prayers from Srimad Bhagavatam 2013 All above books except at Sr. 1, 17, 22 & 31 are published by Parvathamma C.P. Subbaraju Setty Charitable Trust, Bangalore, India for limited free distribution among the devotees of Poojya Swamiji.
3. Other documents authored by H.H. Swami Shantananda Puri ji
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Clarifications of doubts of a Sadhak What I Pray for Gems from Srimad Bhagvatam Gems from Guru Gita My experience of keeping Silence(Mowna) Mantra Pushpam Sri Suktam- an Exegesis Sri Ramana Suprabhatam An Open Letter to a Sadhak Boat Leela of Lord Krishna Message on 82nd Birthday of Revered Swamiji The 108 Names of Guru with their meanings in Hindi & English Introduction to Vasishtha Guha Introduction to Vasishtha Guha (In Hindi) Karma, sadhana, renunciation, grace & self realisation Is Guru necessary A unique Remedy for Today's Maladies The Ultimate truth or the Final reality
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