ये यथा मां प्रपद्यन्ते तांस्तथैव भजाम्यहम् ।
मम वर्त्मानुवर्तन्ते मनुष्याः पार्थ सर्वशः ॥४-११॥
In Bhagavad Gita chapter 4 verse 11 Lord Krishna emphasizes on Arjuna the importance of law of karma on path of pure spirituality. As our karma… accordingly the results! We just could not expect mangoes to grow on a guava tree. As we sow so shall we reap… nothing less or more, says doctrine of karma! Everything in cosmic system was directly governed by inscrutable laws of karma. The cosmic precepts, cosmic laws remained same for each and every living being! As our prayers… accordingly the results! As our invocation of mantra… accordingly manifestation of spiritual results! Nothing in cosmic system happened all of a sudden. Chaos was not the order of cosmic life. Everything in cosmos moved with clockwork precision.
If Stephen Hawking in his famous book, “a brief history of time” assumes that the system of God was disordered at some stage… it can only be said that precepts of spirituality were beyond catch of science! Spirituality starts from the point where science ends. Science demands proofs that are not forthcoming in the field of pure spirituality. Everything in field of spirituality was directly governed by absolute faith in God Almighty. If we prayed to God Almighty for material manifestations… then results of prayers were directly proportional to our prayers. If our prayers were accepted by God Almighty then we enjoyed plentiful material possessions. All the material needs were fulfilled by respective attributes of God Almighty.
For seekers of God (mumukshu in Hinduism… those desirous of gaining moksha salvation) the path was different! Seekers of God never hankered after fruits of karma performed. By indulging in nishkama karma yoga such seekers of spirituality prayed to God for gaining enlightenment in present life. To seekers of spirituality, those indulging in invocation of various mantras, God Almighty answered in a different tone! By travelling path of absolute truthfulness all the time, such seekers of spirituality always heard the sweet small inner voice of their soul atman that seemed to come from within their heart. The voice of our soul atman… is voice of God Almighty speaking through us! To a true seeker of God, God Almighty blessed one with permanent liberation from cycle of birth and death forever.
Karma for a worldly man meant different than a seeker of God Almighty! Those desiring material possessions believed in fruits of karma performed. A mumukshu (seeker of moksha salvation) never hankered after fruits of karma performed. A mumukshu believed in negation of karma. The moment our karma negates to zero… one reached stage of enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) and finally moksha salvation forever. Preaching of Lord Krishna to Arjuna in the battlefield of Kurukshetra was not without reason. Behind every shloka verse of sermon of Bhagavad Gita lay hidden precepts of spirituality realizing which Arjuna could easily defeat opponents, surmised Lord Krishna! In his assumption, lord Krishna was not proved wrong in the end!
The Pandava army finally succeeds in defeating Kauravas in battle of Mahabharata!
Lord Krishna tells Arjuna in explicit terms that manifestation of prayer directly relates to prayer itself. If we pursued path of religion, were inclined towards material riches… then fulfillment of desires, wishes were related to prayers indulged by the individual. Some prayed to Lord Shiva (the destroyer), others to Lord Vishnu (the maintainer) and very limited to Lord Brahma (the creator). In Hinduism practically there was a God for every activity.
Those desiring wealth prayed to goddess Lakshmi. Others desiring rain prayed to God of rain… Indra Devta! Those desiring Sun prayed to Surya (Sun God). As the desire… accordingly the manifestation of celestial power! As per Hinduism scriptures… all these deities form part of God Almighty. As per Hinduism mythology… all deities were only attributes of God Almighty, having nothing to do with reality! Behind every manifestation was power of God Almighty.
Our prayers though addressed to goddess Lakshmi, Indra Devta or Surya… all were fulfilled by God Almighty himself! For this simple reason, a mumukshu (in search of God Almighty) always prayed to ultimate God… God Almighty himself (termed Brahman in Hinduism, the one and only one)! A seeker of spirituality never after fruits of karma performed always desired reaching God at the earliest. For a true seeker of spirituality, essence of life laid in reaching Brahman (the one and only God Almighty).
Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita chapter 4 verse 11 makes it explicitly clear that path of absolute truth… path of pure spirituality was always straight and clear! By indulging in nishkama karma yoga… following path of jnana yoga (absolute wisdom) human beings finally reached God in their lifetime. Indulge in karma… nishkama karma way was a sure shot method of reaching God in present life. As detailed in Bhagavad Gita… all forms of life in cosmos were simply an instrument in hands of God Almighty doing his bidding all the time.
When God Almighty was the only truth of life… why not pursue God Almighty (termed Brahman in Hinduism) to gain absolute purity!
As ordained by God Almighty, path to reach God in human form consisted of 1.1 million manifestations that roughly entailed an earthly journey of 12.4 million years. Gaining enlightenment after all was not that easy… prime reason why different paths were created by God Almighty. As many human beings… as many different paths to God Almighty can there be! Some desire reaching God in present life… others left it for future manifestations. When we find ourselves incapable of pursuing spiritual path in present life, why indulge in rhetoric?
Journey of life must always be lived sincerely and truthfully. Only then God Almighty heard our prayers. Not all prayers were answered by God Almighty. God Almighty answered our prayers only if we knew how to pray! We must never remain under an illusion. God Almighty could never be reached via path of religion (rituals). Religion promotes general well-being of entire mankind. But to reach God in present life, our undertaking spiritual journey was mandated by God Almighty. As we were primarily a spirit… path of spirituality was ordained for human beings only!
Lower forms of life know nothing about religion or spirituality! Only human beings were endowed with power of discrimination to distinguish right from wrong, exercise free will! It is our birthright to exercise this power of discrimination at will. When six years of age I started travelling path of absolute truthfulness always and ever! By 13 years of age I decided to go in search of God… come whatever may! My decisions in life regarding God Almighty were absolute. Nothing in world could ever sway me from my firm decisions… not even God Almighty himself!
25 years of yoga meditation… I finally landed in laps of God Almighty in the wee hours of third of August 1993! Since then I am in permanent communion with God Almighty every second of life. I have reached end goal of life… 8.4 millionth manifestation, last in cosmic life cycle! Nowhere else to go further… I shall but attain salvation moksha moment I leave my mortal frame. Travelling spiritual path was not a simple journey… I faced my share of pitfalls! Do not remember how many times I had to eat hell for breakfast, how many contemplations of suicide!
But my resolve to reach God in this very life was firm and absolute. With grace of God Almighty… at 37 years of age I finally reached God forever!
Commentary by: Vijay Kumar “Atma Jnani”… The Man who Realized God in 1993 – May 17, 2013
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