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ASSUMING THE RESPONSIBILITY

by Swami Shankaratilaka

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Pujya Gurudeva Shri Swami Tilakji said that:

“There are two types of Wisdom, the transcendental and non-transcendental.  The first type of wisdom is about God and the Eternal Self; the second type is about the transitory Universe. OM includes both in itself. We must remember that Wisdom is one but it can be understood from two perspectives.”

With this teaching Gurudeva wanted to remind us that in order to train ourselves as yogis, we should not forget any time to teach ourselves as human beings responsible of all our actions, developing correctly our jobs and daily tasks, because spiritual reality cannot be separated from material reality, where our lives take place. Nobody with common sense, wishes to build himself as a yogi being an idler, careless, irresponsible, lying cheater, a bad worker, a proud smug, negative, competitive and resentful.

Gurudeva Swami Tilak liked to refer this anecdote in order to illustrate:

“Generally one needs a living Guru that can open the inner eyes. Nevertheless, we have to take care of false masters. A great saint, Tulsidas, said that in Kali Yuga the relationship between master and disciple is like between a blind and a deaf, “one cannot see and the other cannot listen”. The Guru that takes the money from his disciple but not his ignorance, falls into hell.”

It may happen that in some time, the seekers and the sadhkas are in danger of not finding an appropriate education in Dharma, divert or false; but times have changed and the vulgarization has contaminated the aspirations of seekers, and sadhakas already in the path. Very few sadhakas in our days know that they must learn yoga in Dharma and study the Dharma formally, studying as it is due, with the same accuracy as Christianism, Buddhism, Islam or Judaism are studied.

The toxic yoga and lacking of Dharma and the almost non-existent information about Dharma or Hinduism has generated a mutation in the “principle of the Guru” and in the fact of “who is a master” and “what is a master”, to such extend that Yoga is understood and learned as a “gymnasophy”, a mix of gymnastics with some mystical-phylosophical touch. In this way, the seekers, sadhakas, yogis, teachers, swamis or simply devotees are in  most cases “anythingelse” but what they should be, or better to say, what we should be, adapted to our times, but not in that way.

Sometimes people asked Gurudeva about the link of Christ and the yoga.

-“Swami, do you think that Christ was a yogi?”

-“Yes, Christ was a yogi. The history of his life from his baptism to the sermon on the mount, is the great preparation that invariably a yogi requires. Afterwards we see the manifestation of his powers. Only a great yogi that enters the waters of the Self and emerges from them with the spirit of God can defeat all mundane temptations and have the capacity of preaching the sermons of Divine life. His transfiguration into an extraordinary person with the face illuminated like the sun and the dress white like the Light, is positively the Cosmic Vision. In the Bhagavad Gita, when Lord Krishna manifests his cosmic form, Arjuna, his disciple, frightens; and in the Bible, the transfiguration of Christ makes his disciples fall on their faces. The Cosmic Vision is the goal of yoga. Actually the dissolution of the microcosmos into the macrocosmos is the yoga, and yoga is what helps us to realize this goal.

The devotees wanted to learn about the devotion to improve their advance and link with the Master.

-“And what is devotion?”

-“It is the Realization of the Individuality in the Universality and Universality in the Individuality. A true devotee definitely feels that God is in him, and he in God, Christ in him and he in Christ, Budha in him, and he in Budha, Rama or Krishna in him and he in Rama or Krishna. One should have this attitude to do his tasks as well. Without the Universal Vision one can confuse his tasks. If we save the caw, the lion dies of hunger, and if we try to satisfy the lion, the caw looses his life.

“Life is a never-ending fight. We don´t know what we have to do. Often confusion is so big that we wish to go out of the world. But where do we go? Everywhere the problem is the same. Adam and Eve had problems even in paradise. Peter and Judas had problems in the presence of Christ. Arjuna had problems next to Lord Krishna.

“Problems are our creation and will continue until we control our mind.”

OM TAT SAT

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