Goal Of Vedanta
April 6, 2013 Comments Off on Goal Of Vedanta
The goal or aim of life is self-realisation which confers immortality, highest bliss, knowledge and supreme peace. Fixing the mind on the source or inner Self and getting it absorbed there is the highest yajna (worship), the highest charity, the highest karma (action), the highest bhakti (devotion), the highest yoga or knowledge. Now the little self-arrogating `I’ vanishes. Just as the river joins the ocean, the little self becomes one with the ocean of bliss. With the disappearance of the little illusory `I’ comes the disappearance of `you’, `he’, `this’, `that’, time, space and causation, `mine’ and `thine’, the pairs of opposites, the ideas of jiva (soul), Isvara (God), prakrti (nature), etc. The whole world presents itself as Atman. This grand vision this magnanimous samadhi (super-consciousness) is atmadarsan (vision of the ultimate reality), which is beyond description. Many have attained this vision why not you also? Apply diligently right now in its achievement.
There is something dearer than wealth; there is something dearer than wife or son; there is something dearer than your life itself. That dearer something is thy own Self (Atman), inner ruler (antaryamin), immortal (amrtam). He who dwells in this eye, who is within this eye, whose body this eye is, whom the eye does not know, who rules the eye from within, is thy self, inner ruler, immortal.
The vedantic method of meditation on the formula `anomayoham’ (I am all-health) or the enquiry, “Who am I?” is the most efficient, patient and best method for eradication of all disease and ensuring perfect health and a high standard of vigour and vitality. This is the king of all physical cultures. For those aspirants who practise the “Who am I?” enquiry and who are not able to keep up good health by this method alone, I prescribe the practice of asana (posture) and pranayama (yoga breathing).
The aspirant who has got citta suddhi (pure mind) will only be able to hear the still, small voice of the soul or self. If there is no purity he will certainly mistake the voice of the self. He will be misguided he will blink and grope in darkness. The help of a realised guru is indispensably requisite in the beginning for the aspirant who treads the path of jnana yoga.
– Swami Sivananda