Qualities of the Avadhoota

Published: 24th February 2013 12:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd February 2013 01:06 PM   |  A+A-

The Avadhoota Gita concludes with a song sung by the master about how the enlightened one reaches that place of truth which no rhyme, metre or words can ever describe. The being, who is immersed in that truth that is present everywhere, is so pure. The free Avadhoota who has realised it lisps of nothing else but the truth all the time.

The master says by making a pilgrimage to the truth, from one place to another, the all-pervasive nature of the Brahman is not realised. By meditating upon that truth as form or formless, the supreme transcendent presence is negated as dhyana means to focus the mind on something that is far away, with effort. The truth transcends all words, and alas with my praise and chanting, I have tried to thank and describe something which cannot be bound by any words. Please forgive me for these three errors is the fervent prayer.

That best among contemplators of the truth attains to it when his heart is not a creation centre for manifold desires, who has a sense of self control, who is soft of words and nature, who is pure within his mind and peaceful, who is moderate in his experience of objects through his five senses and who is steadfast in his focus on the truth and the truth alone.

The verses explain the different qualities that are needed for a seeker of this truth, and once the sought is found, the being remains an embodiment of these qualities. Such a person is always aware about not getting caught in the entangling web of name and form and he is brave with tremendous fortitude. He has conquered the six modifications of the mind—Kama (desire), Krodha (anger), Lobha (greed), Moha (delusion), Mada (Arrogance) and Matsarya (jealousy). All these qualities are born out of a Dwaita Buddhi or an attitude of the mind in believing that everyone else and everything else is different from me and I am different from them. He remains unassuming and has no idea of measuring his own personality. On the other hand, he lends a tremendous support to raise the self-esteem of all those who cross his path in life. He is strong of will and is a poet of great compassion.

He is grace personified and puts up with any kind of treachery caused by others, not for any other reason, except that he does not see a difference between himself and the other. He is the essence of truth and the self that is present in all. He just not exists, but even helps everyone equally.

These are the qualities of the Avadhoota or a man whose mind is free and is not holding to any particular name and thought, but has merged with the whole existence—the Brahman.

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