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11/6/2013 1:02:12 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
Message of Shri Datta Swami
Shankara preached Advaita Philosophy to four disciples directly and those four disciples must have understood His philosophy to the best because they heard Shankara directly. Those four disciples must have become God (Brahman) and should not have served anybody as slaves because God will not serve anybody since He is served by all. But, the four disciples served Shankara like slaves.
When Shankara asked Padmapada (one of the four disciples) to bring the washed and dried saffron clothes from the other bank, Padmapada obeyed the order of Shankara more than a slave and walked across the river without fearing death by drowning ! The order from Shankara was treated as the order from God and Shankara was the contemporary human incarnation in the eyes of Padmapada.
Padmapada should have replied Shankara on hearing the order in the following way, if he was like the present Advaita scholar, "O Shankara! Both of us are Brahman. You cannot order me. Why should you worry about the clothes, which are unreal since the world is just illusion?" Therefore, the present Advaita philosopher must have understood Shankara in a better way than Padmapada and hence, does not recognize any contemporary human incarnation to serve Him as a slave. Even a slave does not walk across the river in this context. Imagine the intensity of slavery in the case of Padmapada, who was taught Advaita Philosophy directly by Shankara.
The present interpretation of Advaita Philosophy does not give any scope to devotion and service. The present misunderstood Advaita preaches that you should constantly memorize the concept that you are God. The result of this is only madness and not really becoming God. The Gita was told to Sun by the Lord in the beginning. Sun preached the same to Hanuman. Hanuman became a devotee and served Rama, the contemporary human incarnation. O Advaita Scholar! You have understood Advaita better than Sun, Shankara, Hanuman and Padmapada!