Following the dhaRMam passed on by our ancestors, can strengthens tradition and yields bliss
By and © Udayabhanu Panickar
Mark Twain, the great American writer, once wrote, “India is the cradle of the human race, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend and the great grandmother of tradition. The most valuable and the most instructive materials in the history of mankind are treasured up in India only.”
He was and is correct. The treasure of India has no limits. Even though the west looted the material treasure, we still have the Spiritual treasure, even though they corrupted and diluted it and now highjacking it. That treasure possesses everything man needs to know about Spirituality and the path to the realization of the Absolute. No other culture, country, scriptures or collection of them all can claim to have such a vast reservoir of divine knowledge.
Our spiritual heritage cannot be contained in a single cult or a creed. It is neither a cult nor a dogma, nor is it a one-way single path to moksham (salvation). It is not even a religion as such–nor is it just a way of life. It is the complete and comprehensive collection of divine knowledge of the Absolute Truth, which–when learned and practiced–can lead people to the experience of the Absolute and the Ultimate Bliss. It is a continuously evolving and absorbing science – The Science of the Absolute – a flexible body of Devine knowledge centered on the quest of the jeevAtman (soul) for Its birthright, the divine realization. In addition, it makes provisions for all (souls) in this quest. Yet, it remains immeasurable as it safeguards the very purpose of all life everywhere and in all things. We may call It Sanatana Dharma, but never a religion. The wise called it the “Science of the Absolute”, the “Science of the Self” or the “Science of the Soul”. It is braHMavidya.
Human suffering began when the practice of dhaRMam started to decline. If we do not personally enjoy peace, prosperity and happiness, which is a heritage made available to us by our ancestors, it is due to our neglect of dhaRMam as revealed in tradition. Some abandon this tradition to seek an “Ultimate Truth” through the hasty application of self-made methods erroneously assumed to provide quick and easy access to the goal.
Those with correct knowledge of the Absolute do not deviate from dhaRMam as taught by our ancestors. The rich may lose their luxuries. Servants may become the served or vice versa. Death may occur at any time. Regardless of circumstances or consequences, the wise–those with knowledge of “the Absolute “–will always adhere to the wisdom laid down by the great masters who have passed before us.
British historian Arnold Joseph Toynbee once said: “At this supremely dangerous moment in human history, the only way to salvation is the ancient Indian way. Here we have the attitude and spirit that can make it possible for the human race to grow together into a single family.”
This sentiment has never been as true as it is today. Man’s deepest foundation for spiritual progress is his perception of oneness. The existence of this oneness is the truth that assures all of us the eventual attainment of the Realization of The Absolute. The principles of this “Truth” were provided by “The Absolute” millions of years ago by our ancestors in the land of bhAratham, known now as India. From time to time, it was shaken and distorted. Yet it never fell, because it is the “Truth” based upon something invincible. All of the many challenges simply reinforced it.
So, let us dive into that vast ocean of divine knowing provided for us by our ancestors. Let us fill our minds with this knowledge, so that we are inclined to perform dharma and make ourselves ready for that experience of the ultimate bliss. Let us learn from our predecessors what we may not live long enough to learn from ourselves through our own mistakes. May we not waste time seeking something new when that which we need already exists? Let us adopt those established traditions, which have endured the test of time. In addition, finally, let us pass the light of the past to the future for the liberation of innumerable souls yet to come.
Shree Narayana Gurudevan gave us every tool to do it. Let us use them and enjoy the Ultimate Bliss, shivOham, shivOham, shivOham.