The importance of focus in spiritual as well as in worldly life:
Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya.
“SBG 2:41 In this path, O descendant of the Kurus (Arjuna) there is a single point of focus and determination. The thoughts of the undecided are branched and are infinite.”
A lot of people have their minds confused due to conflicting ideas of worshipping babas, swamis, deities, tombs, ghosts, ghouls, etc.
Let us suppose you work for a large organisation and that you know the CEO very well. Would you ever waste your time trying to please the assistants of the CEO or other people holding lower positions in the company, so that they would recommend your case to the CEO and get him or her to shower favours on you? You wouldn’t, would you? Wouldn’t you go directly to the CEO and ask for whatever you want? Wouldn’t it make more sense to go to the ultimate Supreme Bhagavan than go to people who claim to be His agents?
Bhagavan Krishna said to Arjuna:
यान्ति देवव्रता देवान्पितॄन्यान्ति पितृव्रताः |
भूतानि यान्ति भूतेज्या यान्ति मद्याजिनोऽपि माम् || ९ २५ ||
yaanti deva-vrataa devaan
pitrun yaanti pitru-vrataaha
bhutaani yaanti bhutejyaa
yaanti madyaa-jino’pi maam (SBG 9:25)
Those who worship Deities, go to them; those who worship ancestors, go to their ancestors; people who worship ghosts and spirits, go to them; and those who worship Me, will surely come unto Me.
The Sanatana Dharma and other ways of life that sprung out of it are the only ones that believe in the Omnipotence and Omnipresence of God which is the entire system personified.
The Sanatana Dharma is not an organised religion with a set list of Dos and Don’ts or commandments. Understanding Sanatana Dharma takes a whole life time if not many more. However following the Sanatana Dharma is very simple. It is the greatest philosophy ever and each and every single truth is explained beautifully through metaphors and personification.
Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, who are different forms of the Supreme Brahman, are believed to be the Creator, Protector and Destroyer respectively. Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati or Shakti are the male and female powers which are equal. One is neither inferior nor superior to the other. Ardha Nareeshwara is the perfect balance of both the powers. All of us have male and female hormones. The ratio of each is different in men and in women and it is this difference that makes the two different genders. However souls have no gender. A man in this Janma could have been a woman in a previous one. Worshipping and meditating on Shiva and Shakti, help a devotee derive extreme power into his or her mind. Remember, the mind is everything. It is consciousness that tells a person that he or she is alive and what gender the person belongs to. Invoking Divine Power through meditation, through music, by working in the garden, serving the needy, teaching, through cooking or even playing with children, depends on each individual. There are no strict rules. The entire system is like an extremely large corporate organisation. Each one has his or her own work to do for the system, but nobody is indispensable! The ‘organisation’ can dump anyone who is not useful to it, any time.
In the Shloka 9:23 of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says, “Those who worship other deities with faith are also worshiping Me, but they do so without proper understanding.” In order to understand this Shloka better, it would be necessary to read the Ishavasya Upanishad which explains in a nutshell all about Universal Oneness. All deities and other anthropomorphisations of natural forces are manifestations of the Supreme Brahman personified as Krishna. It is this core understanding that is lacking in many people who worship deities and other beings thus causing fears, confusions, uncertainties and delusion in their minds.
The Sanatana Dharma is a deep philosophy which has been explained through the extensive use of metaphors. It was neither founded by someone nor named after anyone. You either believe the metaphors to be real in which case it will be your faith that will take you forward or, you simply treat them as metaphors, understand the truth and move ahead in which case it will be your knowledge that will guide you. As per Sanatana Dharma, Krishna is the entire system personified. The entire system means the whole universe with all its galaxies, stars etc. Earth happens to be just a tiny part of the system.
अर्जुन उवाच |
पश्यामि देवांस्तव देव देहे
सर्वांस्तथा भूतविशेषसङ्घान् |
ऋषींश्च सर्वानुरगांश्च दिव्यान् || ११ १५ ||
Arjuna uvaacha :
pashyaami devaamstava deva dehe
sarvaam stathaa bhoota vishesha sanghaan;
brahmaanam eesham kamalaa sanastha-
mrisheemshcha sarvaanu ragaamshcha divyaan. (Gita 11:15)
I see all Deities and various other living entities specifically assembled in Your Body O Bhagavan. I see Lord Brahma on the lotus flower as well as Lord Shiva, many great sages and divine serpents.”
When people start meditating or praying, their minds are so full of mixed thoughts most of which are simply trash. A cluttered mind is not at all suitable for meditation and therefore it is necessary to calm it down and improve its focus. This is done by beginning with a Ganesha Stotra such as the Sankat Nashaka Ganesha Stotra, followed by prayers to Bhagavan Shiva, Mata Parvati (Shakti), Aditya Bhagavan and then finally to the Supreme Bhagavan Krishna.
Others who work on cultivation of knowledge, worship Me the All-Inclusive Supreme Brahman in My universal form. Some see Me as the Universal Oneness not different from them while others worship Me in My infinite manifestations.
“SBG 18:57 Using the Yoga of your intellect, renounce all your actions into Me, have Me as your highest goal, devote yourself intensely to Me and you will always be under My protection. Be fully conscious of Me all the time.”
People who create new communities and other such groups, sects and sub-sects within the Dharmic society are the ones responsible for the lack of unity, oneness or cohesiveness among Dharmic people. It is necessary for all Dharmic people to respect cultural differences of each other and unite under the Supreme Bhagavan Krishna.
There is certainly no hell or eternal fire waiting for those who stray from the path of Dharma – the only thing is that it might take a few hundred Janmas more before their Karmic heading is corrected and the process of their Karmic evolution is on track again.
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare.
Jai Shri Krishna