Thursday, December 2, 2010

Religion and yoga and scriptural knowledge does not free one from ignorance

In olden days men were primitive in their thought, so that a man having little knowledge was considered a genius. Now-a-days our knowledge is so advanced that the genius of those days would be an ordinary man of today. Therefore if one finds truth, free his -self from the tyranny of environment and tradition, not by condemning them but by examining and testing them by deeper inquiry, analysis and reasoning to find out  whether they be true or not. Accept nothing on the authority of a god men or genius of the past or present but only if it prove true after examination.

The people with the same  mindsets  is always willing to examine facts and judge them calmly whereas the religious scholars and intellectuals  will be immune to all facts and hold hard to their delusions. Such people do not want truth but only what pleases them. This is because the ego in them is so strong.  Their attitude is “What pleases them is truth, what they dislike is false.

The worship or glorifying gurus does not free one from ignorance. The rewards are none to them, the reward achieved in their lives are of consequence and not the result of worshiping and glorifying the gurus.

People always need some sort of hope when their minds are not yet enlightened. "Self is closer to man than his own veins." "With the Self- Knowledge, one will begin to know the ultimate truth, so as to finally realize the fact that, self is not physical and becomes conscious that the true self is the Spirit."

Most people lack the patience and perseverance in investigating and collecting all the data  before judging: hence they assume guru are god men  are great because other people  say so, or that he is wise because he himself says so, or that what he teaches is true because it attracts them. Such an   attitude and easy assumptions becomes obstacle to fold the truth and it requires some trouble to put into effect.

When Yogi comes out of Samadhi and immediately duality confronts him again. His peace goes, it was depended Samadhi-sleep. Hence no yogi attains true peace, but he imagines it. 

It is not possible know that a Yogi is self-realized because the yogic Samadhi is not self-realization.  One must first find out that what he has got is Samadhi or wisdom. Only through non-dual wisdom one gets Self-Realization.  The yogic Samadhi cannot be considered as non-dual wisdom. Therefore there is need to verify the facts. .
Religion and scholasticism is for general mass. Most of the scriptures propagated by pundits are from a religious standpoint to help those who cannot rise up to higher truth. Pundits hold scriptures as yard stick whereas scriptures itself declares:-
  This Atman cannot be attained by the study of the Vedas, or by intelligence, or by much hearing of sacred books. It is attained by him alone whom It chooses. To such a one Atman reveals Its own form. [Katha Upanishad Ch-II -23-P-20]
Mundaka Upanishad  :-
This Atman cannot be attained through study of the Vedas, nor through intelligence, nor through much learning. He who chooses Atman—by him alone is Atman attained. It is Atman that reveals to the seeker Its true nature. [    3 –page-70 Mundaka Upanishad  Upanishads by Nikilanada]

Mundaka Upanishad:- The rituals and the sacrifices described in the Vedas deal with lower knowledge. The sages ignored these rituals and went in search of higher knowledge. ... Such rituals are unsafe rafts for crossing The sea of samsara, of birth and death. Doomed to shipwreck are those who try to cross The sea of samsara on these poor rafts. Ignorant of their own ignorance, yet wise In their own esteem, these deluded men Proud of their vain learning go round and round Like the blind led by the blind.

For those who are incapable of inquiring and not yet ready for Self-Knowledge, the worship and glorifying of god and gurus is recommended.