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Opposing Aspects of Knowledge
O Learned And Devoted Servants of God, Sometimes we find a very young boy or girl to be outstanding in education. We appreciate for the exceptional God-given gift. On this point there are two angles of analysis. In one angle such exceptional caliber is appreciable because this present caliber in the Pravrutti (Materialism) will certainly continue in the Nivrutti (Spiritual effort) also in the future. A person who is active in worldly affairs is similar to a person, who is having exceptional speed in running. Unfortunately, he is running in the opposite direction. We have to simply turn him to the right direction. He will achieve the goal very fast in the right direction also. A lazy person in Pravrutti becomes lazy in Nivrutti also. Therefore, dynamism and alertness are the required qualities in Nivrutti also. The first five steps of Yoga, which develop physical and mental health with increased activity and alertness, are aimed towards Nivrutti. These five steps also happen to be the pre-requisite steps to lead a happy worldly life. Therefore, these five steps if directed towards Nivrutti become useful and serve the original purpose. If the same five steps are directed to Pravrutti as done by the present spiritual preachers, these are misused and become waste in long-range view. In this way an exceptionally talented child in the worldly education is to be appreciated. But there is second angle on this point. In this angle, the person who is very fast in the opposite direction is more attracted towards the opposite goal. It becomes very difficult to turn him towards the right goal. Suppose, a child is specially talented in the worldly education. As time proceeds, the child will grow more and more interest in the line of worldly education like Science, Medicine, Commerce, etc., and it becomes very difficult to turn him to spiritual side. Therefore, every point has both good and bad possibilities. Shankara was also an exceptional case in the education even in His childhood. But, all His exceptional talent was diverted to the right goal in the childhood itself. Shankara lived for thirty-two years only. Sometimes we find in newspapers the information about a person who lives more than one twenty years with great grand children. If you compare these two lives, one is a small bright lamp and the other is very wide intensive darkness. What is the use of life without realizing the 1
real and ultimate aim of the human birth? People are always concerned about illness and death only. It does not matter whether someone lived for a long time or someone lived for a short time. It is immaterial whether a person had a particular disease or other. The only point that stands at the end is the achievement of God’s grace in the human life. In one institution the academic year ended by March. In some other institution, the academic year ended by July. In the first institution some holidays were given and in the other holidays were not so many. All these are not big points. The point that is left over at the end is that which institution got good results. The life has to end today or tomorrow and it has to end due to some illness. Death is inevitable. It may be today or tomorrow or day after tomorrow. How does it matter? The success in the spiritual effort achieved during the human life is going to stand finally in the judgment of God. Similarly, the materialism up to the basic needs of yourself and your family is inevitable. A little more than the actually needed, is also not wrong. But some people concentrate all their time only on work, work and work only. Such work only has the worldly goals like earning wealth, fame, power etc., only. Your wealth, your fame and your power in this world are absolutely useless in the upper world. Everybody is always worried about the worldly matters only like wealth, welfare of family, fame, politics and power etc.
Punishment in Hell to reduce Materialism Madness
God loves every soul and is helping every soul in this world. He never hates any soul. The punishment in the hell is also to reduce madness of materialism of the soul. Suppose, one son becomes mad, the father will take him to the doctor and admits him in the mental hospital where shock treatment is given. Can you say that the father is angry with the son? Similarly, the hell is for the last sort of trial to transform the soul. The madness is never cured and the son has to be retained in the hospital only forever. Same is the concept of the permanent hell. These souls cannot be brought into this world because they will bring Chaos in this world, just like the mad son cannot be brought out of the hospital into the home. Some souls are born as birds, animals etc. Here also, the love of God only reflects. As a human being the soul was always interested in eating, drinking and sex only. The soul never turned to God. In such case there is no use of the intelligence of the human 2
category, which is meant for analysis of truth. Therefore, the soul is placed in the cycle of animals, which are also happy like the human beings in eating, drinking and sex only. The human being may think that he may loose his beautiful wife and may have to live with a she-buffalo if he is born as he-buffalo. But the point is that when the soul is born as he-buffalo, the she-buffalo is as beautiful as the present ‘Miss world’! The grass will be as tasty as the sweet dish in the meals today. The soul cannot estimate the happiness of the animal while remaining in the human body. The same happiness is received by the souls in all types of bodies from eating, drinking and sex. Whatever he desired, it is given to him by God without any decrease in the level and any disturbance. In the human life the spiritual knowledge is often disturbing him in achieving the continuous happiness from eating, drinking and sex. Therefore, God favored the soul by such animal-birth and this is not punishing the soul. This means God is helping even His enemies. A father will never harm his issue even if it opposes him. He wants always the happiness of the child continuously. The devoted souls want to be liberated and be with God and derive the divine bliss constantly. God provides opportunity for such devotees also to make them happy constantly by guiding them in achieving the real and highest devotion to Him. The final conclusion is that God is loving the animals and liberated souls equally and pleasing them in their own desired ways forever.
Lord Helps Both Devotees And Non-devotees
Therefore, you can see the same love of God on a devoted soul staying in His abode as an angel and also on a he-buffalo enjoying with the she-buffalo in a mud pond. Both are continuously happy in their own fields! At last God provided whatever the child desired. Ofcourse He tried to convert the soul in the he-buffalo into an angel. When He failed in all His efforts, He has sanctioned the firm desire of the soul. Therefore, God helped all the souls, whether those [souls] loved Him or not. In the case of devotees, God appears to be neutral or anti for their love. This is only the external action of God. He hides His true love on His devotees in the deep realms of His heart. Then, what is the purpose of this external neutral or negative behavior to devotees? Such behavior improves the intensity of the attraction to God. The human psychology is to run after that which is against. The intensity of love of a boy or a 3
girl on the other side increases more and more as the other side behaves more and more neutral or negative. Therefore, God adopts this technique according to the inherent human tendency. As the intensity of love [devotion] increases, the corresponding fruit will also be higher and higher. Only to give the highest fruit as desired by the devotees, God adopts this technology. Moreover the love is true, when it is one-way traffic. If the love is two-way traffic, it is only business and not real love. Therefore, to impart more and more reality to the love, God adopts such external negative or neutral behavior. Then only the love will be highest in intensity as well as in the reality. Then only the highest fruit can be achieved. When Gopikas loved Him so much in the dance at Brindavanam, the Lord disappeared for sometime. This indicates that He is going to leave them forever in the future to develop their devotion to the top most level. Gopikas asked Him three questions: “1) Do you love the soul which loves you? 2) Do you not love the soul, which loves you? 3) Do you love every soul whether it loves you or not?” The Lord replied that He belongs to the second category. He gave such answer only to increase the intensity and reality of their devotion. Otherwise, internally He belongs to first and even to third type also as you can understand from the above analysis.
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