discourses by Shri Bramhachaitanya Gondavalekar maharaj


Religion: Blending of Morality and Spiritualism

Let us try to simplify this mystifying jargon about unity and duality. It is
from a single elemental entity that these diverse forms which we see and
sense have emanated. Duality appears real because we have lost sight of
the fundamental unity that pervades the diverse-looking creation. This is an
obvious illusion which pundits call maya. Living ever in the awareness of the
fundamental unity, the true Reality, is to overcome this illusion. Illusion is
the product of imagination, and can only be dispelled by correcting the
imagination, by living in the company of those who are ever aware of the
single Reality, God.
How can we belong to God? By giving up what made us part company with
Him: maya. After all, maya is the handmaid, the creature, of God; so submit
unreservedly to God, so that you will not get into the clutches of maya.
Maya works through desire and doubt; these fail in assailing one who is
ceaselessly in nama-smarana.
Nama, God’s name, is changeless, but His forms are changeful. Form does
not mean only the visible shape, it includes all that the mind and
imagination can envisage. Nama has no equivalent, it is immaculate, unique.
What is perfect is satisfying, that is, it gives peace, which means lack of
upsets and disturbances. That philosophy, that religion, alone is acceptable
which definitely yields contentment. Religion is true blending of right
behaviour or morality and spiritualism.
Man’s desire for more and more physical comfort leads to devising more and
more amenities. Experience shows that this is an insatiable search that
never yields contentment; on the contrary, it whets the desire for yet more
amenities, a dissatisfaction in life, and destroys peace of mind. Knowledge
which can only secure employment must be imperfect. It can only provide
means of sustenance; the study and knowledge which bring peace and
contentment are quite a different thing; so what is popularly known as
‘education’ need not be given paramount or undue importance.
Looking at the misery prevailing in this world, one may well doubt whether
happiness, contentment, joy, can ever be found. The doubt, however, is
baseless, for, on festive occasions we do assume, for the time being, utter
freedom for worry. The only thing to do is to continue the worry-free
attitude for all time.
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