Saturday, November 8, 2014

9 November

Abandon Body-Consciousness
The physical body appears only in the present. A thing which has neither past nor future must be considered as non-­existent in the present also. If you think over deeply, with pure intelligence, you will find atyanta abhava (complete non­-existence) for the world.
This body which is full of impurities, urine, pus and faecal matter etc., is perishable. It is like froth or bubble or mirage. It is despised by its enemies. It remains like a useless log of wood on the ground when prana (life) leaves it. It is the cause of pain and suffering. It is your enemy. You should treat this body with contempt, as dung. Why should you cling to it and worship it with scents, powders and flowers? Do not be silly and foolish in adorning it with fine silks and ornaments. It is dire ignorance only.
"Nothing on this earth belongs to me; this body is not mine" ­- this is wisdom. "He is my son; she is my daughter; she is my wife; that bungalow is mine; that garden is mine; I am a brahmana; I am lean; I am fat" ­ this is foolishness of a superior order. This physical body is the property of fishes, jackals and vultures. How can you call this yours?
Application of soap to the body, oil to the hair, powder to the face, looking in the mirror very often, wearing rings on the fingers ­- all these will intensify moha (attachment) for the body. Therefore give up these things ruthlessly.
Will your son or daughter or friend or relative help you when you are about to die? Have you got one sincere, unselfish friend in this world? All are selfish. There is no pure love. But that Lord, your real friend of friends, father of fathers, who dwells in your heart, will never forsake you though you forsake him. Adore in silence that God of gods, Divinity of divinities, Highest of the highest. May He bless us with His love, wisdom, power and peace. Om!
Narayana Upanishad says: "In the beginning these two roads were laid, the roads through karma (action) and sanyasa (renunciation). The latter consists in the renunciation of three­fold desire ­- of son, wealth and fame. Of these, the road through sanyasa is preferable." The Taittiriya Upanishad also says: "Renunciation, tyaga, is certainly to be preferred."