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11/9/2013 5:12:24 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
(Message of Shri Datta Swami)
Contemporary Incarnation & Sacrifice of Fruit of Work
In the entire spiritual knowledge meant for humanity, the most essential and the most complicated concepts are only two. One is the contemporary human incarnation and the other is the sacrifice of fruit of the work (Karmaphala Tyaga). The Gita gives stress on these two points projecting Krishna as the contemporary human incarnation in that time.
The first concept brings the unimaginable God Himself before your eyes to see and talk to clarify your doubts in the spiritual knowledge. Spiritual knowledge is the most important field of knowledge because it deals with your faith beyond this world. Everybody is in utter confusion and in maximum fear regarding the unknowable future of the soul after death. Any extent of success, wealth, health, enjoyment, fame, etc., has no significance at all because the cremation after death equalizes all by the same common process of disposal of the five elements of this body into the five cosmic elements. Whether the dead body is disposed through water or fire or air or soil, the disposal of the five elements is one and the same. Whether the body is disposed with huge show or thrown away in a forest for birds, no difference can be seen here.
Regarding the life after death, some feel that it is unknowable. But, the Scripture says that the soul is born again by taking new birth. The cases of re-birth are several existing in this world as practical proof, which coincide with the Scripture. Hence, we should be always positive in our approach without doubting everywhere. The concept like re-birth stated in the Scripture appears practically valid. In such case, why not all the other scriptural concepts? There is more weightage for the positive sign and hence, we must adopt the positive side only. Even if the minor probability of negative side is possible, nothing is lost since everybody loses everything here itself after death.
The unimaginable God coming to you in alive human form is the best opportunity in the spiritual field. The guidance in the spiritual path is very important because you have to do everything on the practical side. God is limited to theoretical side only as Philosopher and guiding Preacher. Some people think that the practical side is also taken up by God for which He should be pleased through prayers. This is not correct. God will show only the right direction in which you have to walk with your own legs. This must be noted very clearly by every spiritual aspirant.
The practical journey to please God exists in proving your bond with God as strongest of all. Money, the fruit of work is the root of all your worldly bonds assembled as tree in the form of branches, leaves, flowers, fruits, etc. The root alone absorbs water and gives life to the entire tree. All the bonded souls will leave you if the money is absent. Even the life leaves this body if you cannot procure food due to lack of money. The Veda says that your bond to God will be tested at this root level (Dhanena Tyagena"). If you are detached from the root, you are detached from all the worldly bonds. If you have surrendered this root to God, God alone is the every bond for you. In the case of saints having no possibility of earning this money, the work (Karma Samnyasa) can be treated as money because the fruit of work is another final form of work only. If money is the matter, work is the energy. Matter and energy are inter-convertible forms.
The Bhagavatam is said to be the best guide for salvation. It contains mainly the life history of Krishna, the alive human incarnation. All the Gopikas were great sages passing through several stages of spiritual knowledge like knowledge, penance, theoretical worships, etc. Finally they were born as uneducated Gopikas. When the theory class is over, you will enter the laboratory to do practical experiments. Gopikas lived by selling the butter, curd and milk in the nearby city called Mathura.
There were three types of Gopikas. The first type did not have faith in the human incarnation and therefore, did not like the sacrifice of money in terms of butter, curd and milk and complained to the mother of Krishna. The second type had belief and disbelief in equal proportions. They allowed Krishna to steal these materials in excess existing in their houses. But, they did not sacrifice these, which were taken to the city to sell and purchase the livelihood. The third type of Gopikas sacrificed these to Krishna in the path also, which was their livelihood. The third type went to the abode of God and the second type was born on this earth again and again for further development. The first type went to the lower plane of birds and animals.
Thus, the Bhagavatam is the gist of the entire practical spiritual knowledge, which gave salvation to king Parikshith in seven days. The spiritual knowledge called Brahmavidya is often stated as the most difficult subject because of these two difficult concepts to be combined to reach the goal.