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Nivrutti is Sacrifice of Even Minimum Bonds .

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8/3/2015 3:28:10 PM
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Nivrutti is Sacrifice of Even Minimum Bonds for Sake of God "

(Excerpt from message of Shri Datta Swami)

If you examine the case of Rama, who could minimize his bond with his wife only, he was able to sacrifice even that minimum bond at a later stage by sending Sita to the forest. Similarly, Dharmaraja could minimize his bonds and reached the end of Pravrutti and hence finally could sacrifice all these bonds and went alone in the last journey (Mahaprasthana) in Himalaya Mountain. Even in the case of a student, the efficiency in the study of the main subject cannot be achieved without the discipline. In his case, the discipline means minimization of his bonds with other affairs like spending for luxuries (artha) and falling in love affairs (kama). Hence, you should not think that the concentration on the subject is totally different from the minimization of other worldly bonds.

You cannot expect an undisciplined student to be perfect in the subject. Sometimes, you may find a student getting more marks in the subject even though he is undisciplined due to his extra intelligence. Similarly, you may find a disciplined student to get lesser marks due to his lesser intelligence. But, both these cases will not continue in such states for a long time. In course of time, the intellectual and undisciplined student will go down in the number of marks and the disciplined and mild student will rise in the number of marks. This is due to the power of discipline. This difference can be understood from the story of fast running rabbit, which slept and the slow moving tortoise, which continued its motion regularly.

The discipline or dharma is dealt by the sage Jaimini in the Dharma Sutras. The main subject or Brahman is dealt by the sage Vyasa in the Brahma Sutras. Shankara and Ramanuja stressed that without passing through dharma, Brahman cannot be attained. The only difference between both these preachers is that Shankara told that after (Anantara) attaining the fruit of Pravrutti, the eligibility for Nivrutti comes. Ramanuja told that the dharma is essential prerequisite (Adhikara) before entering the subject on Brahman. There is no difference in the statements of both these preachers since the essence is one and the same. Only foolish people fight differentiating both these preachers whereas scholars find the same essence in the preaching of both these preachers.

If you get lesser number of marks, you are not punished. Similarly, if you fail in Nivrutti, you will not go to hell. In fact, the teacher should be punished if a student gets lesser number of marks because it is the inefficiency of his teaching for such state of the student. The main subject is very deep and hence failures can be understood and can be excused even from the point of deficiency of the student. But, the subject of discipline is very simple and can be understood very easily by any student or spiritual aspirant. Hence, if the student or the spiritual aspirant fails in the discipline, he should be punished by forcing him to the hell.

The disciplined student is also given award as the best student in discipline. Such award for a spiritual aspirant is the award of stay in heaven. For a spiritual aspirant, the basis is minimization of his desire to earn wealth and lead the sexual life. He should not earn unjust money and should confine to his wife only in the sexual life. Unless this is attained by seriously studying the Ramayanam and the Bharatam, you cannot enter into the study of the main subject of Nivrutti, which is the Bhagavatam. You should not misunderstand the Bhagavatam by seeing the dance of Krishna with Gopikas and His stealing of their wealth (Milk and curd). Krishna is God without even the trace of any desire and not an ordinary human being. Gopikas are the sages, who crossed Pravrutti and stand on the edge of Nivrutti.

posted by: surya (disciple of Swamiji)