There are no shortcuts to attain enlightenment

To reach the exalted state, it is important to follow the traditions methodically and as prescribed

Published: 12th July 2014 07:19 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th July 2014 07:19 AM   |  A+A-


CHENNAI: As we begin this sadhana everyday, our soul or atman automatically releases our mind. Till now we were suffering because we were ignorant of these mystical techniques to liberate ourselves from our mind. It is the guru Charana Amrit — holy water that has washed the lotus feet of the guru that takes us to the source. It is indeed the  transporting vehicle that takes us from bhava sagara or mortality to daivatva sagara that is immortality, which is nothing but mrithyorma amrithangayamaya as stated in the Taitriya upanishad.

 As per the guru paramapara order, four years are given to a disciple to diligently follow the sacred prescriptions of lord Shiva through shloka 1 to 12.

This is because, if we don’t involve ourselves in contemplation and sadhana we cannot  evolve to be able to assimilate the next set of truths and directions revealed by lord Shiva through the remaining verses. Shloka 1 to 12 prepares us to be able to receive the wisdom imparted and take it to the experiential level. In fact, lord Shiva manifests and comes alive in Guru Gita.

We cannot merely read Guru Gita as a sheer text because each verse of lord Shiva is potent with his live energy. Just as our hand cannot hold 650 degree celsius of fire, likewise, without the preparation called sadhana we cannot carry the energy conveyed through these sacred verses of lord Shiva.

Further to this, lord Shiva tells mother Parvathi that there are no short cuts to enlightenment. To attain the exalted state it is important to follow the traditions methodically as prescribed.

Then, with experience we will realise who we really are. Our guru will reveal this to us. Lord Shiva has revealed 182 potent points. Although mere listening or reading them is extremely beneficial, it not enough to bring out the potent power latent in it for realization and enlightenment. We have to absolutely follow the Guru Gita.

By following Guru Gita through contemplation — manana, sadhana— spiritual techniques, we charge ourselves just like  the batteries are charged through a power source. Guru Gita is the power source from which we charge ourselves.

Manana or contemplation is the switch with which we can turn on the power source called as Guru Gita. Every minute is there for us to charge ourselves that is why we must not waste even a single minute. We have to be in this astute awareness. This is what is required now.

Be aware that it is the guru padodaka— sacred water that has washed the lotus feet of the guru that purifies you, energises and charges you. The guru padodaka turns your hard feelings into very soft and benign feelings. It also makes you subtle like a lotus flower.

Follow this sadhana and you will realise from your heart. Guru charana amrit — padodaka is as sacred as holy waters of all the rivers.

 It acts like a funnel for the grace to trickle into us and erase our karmas. You will also get the power to do more sadhana thereby making you  board the transporting vehicle to take you all the way to your soul.

Not just that, with consistent sadhana of partaking the guru charana amrit or padodaka with reverence, you get pivoted  and centered in the soul. This makes you precise and concise.

It absolves your sins, takes you away from the world of samsara and your bad karmas start reducing from  49 percent to zero, when your good karmas become 100 percent.

Lord Shiva gives you the wisdom to get liberated by offering all your good and bad karmas to the lotus feet of the guru to empty the garbage and fill yourself with a sense of discrimination —viveka, essence of wisdom — jnana, and quintessence of detachment — vairagya.

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