Have you noticed that people who usually teach ‘spiritual stuff’ are mostly dressed in a particular way, speak in a certain style, and pretend to know everything? They belittle others, create their own stories and concepts, have strange markings on their faces, wear flowing robes and move around in the company of wealthy people, and claim that theirs is the only way to salvation.
Such people thrive primarily due to the ignorance of the masses, which stems from their lack of exposure to the highest science of all sciences, namely, Vedanta.
The Upanishads of the Vedas are known as Vedanta. The term Vedanta means the peak, end or goal of the Vedas. The Srimad Bhagavad Gita is known as the nectar of the Upanishads because it takes a seeker through a systematic study of selfless and righteous action, and the realisation of the formless, timeless, eternal, and all-pervading non-dual SELF, Atma, Brahman, or Krishna.
It is ignorance of the Upanishads that leads people to take allegories in the literal sense and waste their lives in meaningless rites and rituals.
Never forget the following two crucial facts about performing any religious rite or ceremony.
- All rites and rituals are done with a goal in mind, or in other words, there is some expectation or other.
- Doing anything expecting results is not Nishkaama Karma and goes against SBG 2:47
कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन |
मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि || २ ४७ ||
karmaNye vaadhikaras te
maa phaleshu kadaachana
maa te sango ‘stva karmaNi (SBG 2:47)
You only have the right to work, but never to claim its results. The results of your actions should never be your motive but at the same time, you should not be attached to inaction.
When Shri Adi Shankara was hardly eight years of age, he gave the Nirvaana Shatakam which summarises the whole of Advaita Vedanta in merely six Shlokas. I find it truly disturbing to observe that even after over fifteen centuries have passed, most people are still far behind compared to the thoughts and philosophy of life of the great sage when he was just a young boy. To add to the misery, there are famous self-styled ‘gurus’ who have their own cult-like following, who concoct their own stories and sell them to the ignorant masses.
Knowing, understanding and internalising the basic Truth of non-duality can be achieved very easily.
This has been confirmed in Shloka SBG 9:02
राजविद्या राजगुह्यं पवित्रमिदमुत्तमम् |
प्रत्यक्षावगमं धर्म्यं सुसुखं कर्तुमव्ययम् || ९ २ ||
su-sukham kartu mavyayam (SBG 9:02)
This is the Royal science, the supremely holy and profound secret that can be experienced directly and with ease. It is easy to practise and is everlasting.
What is the point in complicating things, making life harder and wasting it on things that are of no use to anyone?
Just as there are certain undisputable facts, such as the one that a fish can never climb a tree or a dog can never fly along with birds, it also needs to be firmly understood that THERE IS NOT, and THERE CANNOT, be anything beyond the ultimate bodiless awareness of ‘I AM’. If you have watched my video titled: ‘Unlocking the Deepest Secrets of Your TRUE SELF: The “My Car and I” Analogy’, you would have come across the mental experiment that I did many years ago when I attained the experience of ‘Aham Asmi’ – or ‘I AM’. It takes just about ten to fifteen minutes to be the true attributeless awareness or the SELF.
Please follow the steps that I have suggested and know that I have successfully carried all of them out. Like I always say, first aim to complete reading the scriptures (PDFs) that I have suggested. You will anyway need to go back to them multiple times to study them in detail, so don’t waste time trying to understand each and every Shloka before proceeding forward.
It is due to the bizarre rites and rituals, and the inability of many so-called ‘religious leaders’ to give satisfactory answers to their questions, that children and youth feel disenchanted and disinterested about anything related to the Vedic Sanatana Dharma.
It starts with all the dramatic clothing that they wear! A couple of decades ago, I used to sport a beard and long hair. My friends and I once decided to carry out a simple social experiment. I wore an orange dhoti, and applied kumkum and vibhuti on my forehead. I also wore a thick Rudraksha garland and wore no footwear. My friends and I went to a certain temple. Once we completed the darshana, we came out, and I sat on a large block of stone placed just outside the temple square. My friends sat on the ground and pretended to be my followers and sat reverentially before me. In a matter of about thirty minutes, there were at least fifty people, including some elderly women seated before me. A few of them even prostrated before me!
A week later, I decided to shave. I went back to the same place with my friend but sans my beard, the orange clothes, kumkum and vibhuti, in place of which I wore a pair of jeans and a T-shirt. I repeated the same thing that I did earlier, but this time, not only did no one sit before me, but people hardly looked towards me where I was seated.
Such is the power of the typical ‘Babaji get-up’ adorned by ‘religious and holy’ people.
The principle I follow is pretty simple. Whatever I write on my website or talk about in my videos are about things that I have already tried out and well internalised. The other thing is that whatever I say or write needs to pass the test of being acceptable to my son, who was born and raised in Europe. His strength, however, is that I introduced him to Vedanta as early as when he was five or six. At eleven, he could give a precise synopsis of the entire Srimad Bhagavad Gita in a scientific and rational manner.
My work mainly involves nudging people to wake up from their slumber of spiritual ignorance, escape mentally enslaving cultist influences, start reading and studying on their own, and quickly find a way to ultimate bliss through mental peace that stems from knowledge and understanding.
न हि ज्ञानेन सदृशं पवित्रमिह विद्यते |
तत्स्वयं योगसंसिद्धः कालेनात्मनि विन्दति || ४ ३८ ||
na hi gnyaanena sadrisham
kaalenaath-mani vindati (SBG 4:38)
There is certainly nothing more purifying than knowledge. He who is perfect in Yoga finds it in the Self in due course of time.
Jai Shri Krishna