Thursday, March 04, 2010

Nityanandam!

A powerful master with a great message: "I am not here to say that I am God. I am here to show that you are God", is obviously likely to sway the hearts and minds of seeking individuals. My heart goes out to those individuals who today feel like a lost child looking for his mother in a carnival (Translated : thiruvizhala tholanja kuzhandai madhiri). This shock is huge for them that walked away from their careers and families to get a glimpse of what the Swami talked about in every discourse. The grief must be only multifold for those young women that chose to spend time in the many ashrams worldwide in service.

To them I say;

If you are ashamed of the Swami's actions but are compelled to follow through with defending the Swami rather than admitting your own mistake of throwing away everything for a false master, please do not feel guilty. Today you may want to return to your normal life. That is absolutely fine. First of all, there is nothing to be ashamed of. If you liked the message, it still holds good. For the message does not get tarnished because of the Swami's actions. All the messages existed long before his prominence and will continue to hold good in the future long after we all depart. If you have lost respect for the Swami, consider him as merely a person who delivered them eloquently with illustrations just like your high school physics teacher who tried to convince you about Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity as if he had arrived at the same conclusion in the school labs. There is a sure difference between experience and understanding but it may not be evident for us ordinary people.

It is not to say that your master was not self-realized, as I found a lot of consistency in the spiritual message which is very difficult to maintain in volumes of discourses unless there is complete understanding or real first hand experience. I leave that debate for you and the Swami's skeptics to fight. I have not been in the vicinity of his physical realm to participate in that discussion.

That aside , many of you have been able to throw away the material life altogether for spirituality. All you have to do now is continue in the path wth another master or by yourselves under the guidance of the scriptures. Chin up! It is still better than folks like me who are afraid to take the initial plunge.


To finish up, a few lines from Vettaikaran song to bring back strength to all affected souls:

asatoma sat gamaya;
tamasoma jyotir gamaya;
mrityorma amritam gamaya;
om santhi santhi santhih.

5 comments:

Ajay said...

God is passable, godmen are not even that...

APAM NAPAT said...

Ajay,
that is your conclusion. You need to wonder why everybody can't come to the same conclusion in such issues. Are you missing something?

Ajay said...

I am myself under a cloud of confusion whether I am an agnostic or an atheist.That's a different matter though. I don't have anything against people who believe in god. It is a just a point of view. But godmen are different. I just can't believe that we as humans have reduced ourselves so small to hear another human from a raised platform (sitting preferably in a golden chair) showing us the supposed path to enlightenment. For one thing, I can't imagine someone, enlightened as he may be, who has not participated in a normal life, answer questions on normal people's problems.

Why everybody cannot come to the same conclusion as me? Either I am missing something as you said or just take things too literally (like what's meant by spirituality) Anyway, this is the 21st century and it is more cutthroat than ever. So we are forced to seek instant answers. Yes, praying to Muruga or Shiva still gives you answers, but who actually is Mr. Murugan. What is his address? Godmen got one step better. A live "god" in flesh and blood! An enlightened master! Wow, he must be it! There's my solution! Some naturally feel betrayed when the "swami" is found on tape. Like a good friend rubbishing your trust. And some are still pig-headed that I can only commend them for their loyalty.

Anyway, this whole thing prompted me to write a piece on my blog. Check it out and tell me your comments/censure!!

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