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Purification of Brahmin Priests
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6/25/2016 1:10:05 PM
Posted: 10 months ago
(Excerpt from message of Shri Datta Swami)
O, Brahmin priests! Even today you are the qualified agents for the propagation of divine knowledge of the Lord. Even today the public is inviting you alone to perform religious ceremonies, which are either auspicious or inauspicious. Every human being has to attend the ceremonies and spend some of his time, energy and money either willingly or unwillingly. Everybody is forced by tradition to attend these ceremonies. Even a human being who is busy with his business or profession and does not spend even a single minute for spiritual knowledge and God also has to attend these ceremonies and spend at least one full day for these functions. If these ceremonies had been done in the real spirit, every human being would have slowly turned towards God and attained some spiritual knowledge at least. But, unfortunately there is not even an iota of change in any human being after these ceremonies. If at all there is any change in people, it is not when they attend these ceremonies but when they attend spiritual meetings conducted by spiritual preachers.
In fact, in olden days all these religious ceremonies consisted of spiritual preaching and every priest was really a spiritual preacher. The priest conducting these ceremonies was called as Vashishta. Vashishta was a great spiritual preacher who preached Jnana Vashishtam (Divine Knowledge). Vashishta used to attend all the religious ceremonies like the ceremony of birth, thread ceremony, marriage of Rama. Vashishta conducted the ceremonies as rituals involving materials (Dravya Yajna) and chanting of prayers (Svadhyaya Yajna). When the Vedic hymns are chanted and some materials like sticks, fire etc., are used, the function becomes a mixture of these two types of Yajna [sacrifice]. In fact, today every ceremony performed by Hindus is only a mixture of these two sacrifices. Once the meaning of hymns is revealed, then the interest and quest for God starts. Such quest is called as Tapo Yajna. In this stage, the hymns are explained, discussed and analysed deeply. The final conclusion of such discussions is called as Jnana Yajna.
Today the spiritual functions or meetings, where the audience has interest and the preacher is giving the right knowledge through sharp discussions, is a mixture of Tapo Yajna and Jnana Yajna. Thus, the Yajna or the ceremony (function) has two sides. The external side is the mixture of Dravya Yajna and Svadhayaya Yajna and the internal side is the mixture of Tapo Yajna and Jnana Yajna. When Vashishta conducted a ceremony, both these sides were fulfilled. Vashishta was the priest externally and the spiritual preacher internally. Such a person who is both a priest as well as a spiritual preacher can only be called as Vashishta.
The M.B.B.S. degree [degree of medical doctor] trains the doctor both in medicine as well as in surgery. But now the doctor giving medicine and the doctor doing surgery are completely separated. A priest does not act as a spiritual preacher and a spiritual preacher does not act as a priest. Therefore, today every human being has to spend time separately for the priest and the spiritual preacher. But the time spent with the priest is inevitable because the ceremonies are compulsory. The spiritual functions are optional. A person attends religious ceremonies without failure but does not attend any discourses of spiritual knowledge. What is the result if he does not attend the spiritual function? He or she does not get any spiritual knowledge and lives and finally dies like an animal involved only in the welfare of his or her body and his or her family. Majority of people belong only to this category.
In the absence of spiritual knowledge, even justice (Dharma) is cracked. Simply preaching about not doing injustice and threatening about hell cannot control injustice. Suppose there is a corrupt person. If you say that corruption is not good, nobody will listen to you. If you say by corruption one will be arrested by police, he will find the ways to escape the police. If you say that the corrupt fellow will fall in hell, the corrupt fellow does not believe this and asks for the proof of hell. Even if some body believes in the existence of hell, priests are also becoming corrupt and they show corrupt methods to escape the hell. Therefore, mere telling a person, threatening him in the name of police, courts or hell are not effective in controlling injustice. Unless injustice is controlled, the society cannot be reformed, and will constantly be subject to disturbance and social evils.
posted by: surya (disciple of swamiji)