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8/3/2015 3:24:27 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Pravrutti is Minimization of Intensities of Worldly Bonds "

(Excerpt from message of Shri Datta Swami)

Guru Pournima indicates the full moon destroying the darkness-ignorance through full moonlight-knowledge. The knowledge involves two parts: 1) Pravrutti or teaching the discipline and 2) Nivrutti or teaching the main subject. The headmaster (or principal) of school (or college) concentrates more on the discipline than the subject. Of course, he clarifies the doubts of even the teachers in the subject also due to his vast experience in teaching field and gives a few lectures to students also now and then to refine the subject. God is like the headmaster or principal and spiritual preachers are like the teachers or lecturers.

The Ramayanam and the Bharatam preach the discipline and the Bhagavatam preaches the main subject. God concentrates more on Pravrutti (discipline) and hence the Gita says that God incarnates (like the headmaster or principal visiting classes now and then) to establish the discipline or Dharma or Pravrutti (Dharma samsthapanarthaaya" Gita) and not to establish knowledge (Jnana), devotion (Bhakti) and practical sacrifice (Seva), which (these three) constitute the main subject. The concentration of God on Pravrutti is for the smooth running of the world or institution, which is not related to His personal affair. Nivrutti is left to the preaching of the preachers or teachers so that others concentrate on the personal affair of God, which is to please the God. This looks more apt.

The main subject or Nivrutti involves total sacrifice of worldly bonds for the sake of bond with God. The discipline or Pravrutti involves minimization of these bonds to confine to single bond (minimum bond) in the three categories of bonds. Without Pravrutti (minimization), Nivrutti (total sacrifice) is not possible. The three categories of the worldly bonds (Eeshanas) are the bonds with money (dhaneshana), wife or husband (dareshana) and children (putreshana). Dhrutarashtra and Gandhari stand for the strongest intensity in the bond to children. Both went to the extent of cursing the God for killing their children. The same God killed the children of Pandavas and Draupadi also since He did not protect them. But Pandavas and Draupadi did not curse the Lord. This shows that the former case is in the bottom of Pravrutti and the latter case is in the end of Nivrutti. Duryodhana stands for the bond with money or kingdom (Artha). Ravana stands for the bond with illegal sex (kama). Both these cases exist in the bottom of Pravrutti since both could not minimize their intensities in these worldly bonds and reach the edge of even Pravrutti, not to speak of Nivrutti.

Had they reached the edge of Pravrutti, which means that both have crossed Pravrutti, minimization of intensities in these bonds could have resulted. If such success in Pravrutti is attained in both these cases, Duryodhana should have been satisfied with his own part of kingdom and Ravana should have been satisfied with the sexual life with his own wife. When the minimization of intensities in the worldly bonds (Pravrutti) is not attained, how can you expect the total sacrifice (Nivrutti), which is the sacrifice of even the minimum bonds for the sake of God?

Therefore, Duryodhana cannot sacrifice his own part of kingdom for the sake of God since he was unable to reach even the point of minimization (Pravrutti). Similarly, Ravana cannot sacrifice the bond with his wife also for the sake of God when he is unable to sacrifice his bond with other ladies for the sake of his wife. Therefore, if Pravrutti is not crossed, you cannot enter the Nivrutti.

posted by: surya (disciple of Swamiji)