To recognize, realize and experience Supreme Self and SUPREME POWER- the truth
Baba has defined His teachings as Swadharma Sadhana, which he also calls as Right Life. Baba’s Teachings to realize GOD is simple. His teaching is Right Life (SWADHARMA) which means Devotion And Discrimination.
Right Life comprises following::
- Take care of the Body.
- Decide how much to eat, how much to drink, how much to sleep, how much sex and extra activity.
- Have a professional duty.
- Earn money to maintain Life and family. Look after your dependents.
Control of body and senses are a pre-requisite in spirituality.
The Sadhaka should fix the necessary needs for his body. He should assert how much food and sleep he needs. He should neither love his body too much nor hate it, but should keep it in a healthy condition. As we need petrol to run a car, similarly we need food for our body. To maintain the body and to run the family well one should do some profession or work to earn money. Without earning money, it is not possible to do peaceful Sadhana. Only when we are healthy we can perform our acts well. He should do all the works as scheduled, make a routine and run accordingly. One should also fix a specific and quality time to spend with his family.
He has even to decide how much time he needs for profession/work. One should also pay attention on his daily activities from the start of the day itself. If he come across any lapses in his progress, he should try to eliminate it the very next day. He should review all his activities of the day at bedtime. Only in unavoidable circumstances, one can change his routine. Thus, when he works rigorously, he gets success in life and can utilize the remaining time for practice of Moral Discipline and Spiritual Discipline. One should keep in mind that protection of the body alone would not lead to liberation.
One should have a strong mind. For this he should practice Moral Discipline. He should also practice 26 Divine Virtues as described in the first three verses of 16th Chapter of Bhagavad Gita. One should read the Mahabharata, Ramayana and Bhaagavata as well as other scriptures.
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 16
अभयं सत्त्वसंशुद्धिज्ञानयोगव्यवस्थितिः ।
दानं दमश्च यज्ञश्च स्वाध्यायस्तपआर्जवम् ।।
अहिंसा सत्यमक्रोधस्त्यागःशान्तिरपैशुनम् ।
दयाभूतेष्वलोलुप्त्वं मार्दवं ह्रीरचापलम् ।।
तेजःक्षमा धृतिःशौचमद्रोहो नामिमानिता ।
भवन्ति सम्पदं दैवीमभिजातस्यभारत ।।
The Supreme Personality of Godhead said:
Fearlessness, purification of one’s existence, cultivation of spiritual knowledge, charity, self-control, performance of sacrifice, study of the Vedas, austerity, simplicity, non-violence, truthfulness, freedom from anger, renunciation, tranquility, aversion to faultfinding, compassion for all living entities, freedom from covetousness, gentleness, modesty, steady determination, vigor, forgiveness, fortitude, cleanliness and freedom from envy and from the passion for honor— these transcendental qualities, Oh son of Bharata! Belong to Godly man endowed with divine nature. Pride, arrogance, conceit, anger, harshness and ignorance—these qualities belong to those of demonic nature, Oh son of Bharata! The transcendental qualities are conducive to liberation, whereas the demonic qualities for bondage. Do not worry, Oh son of Pandu, for you are born with the divine qualities.
When a man sets his life well then only he should take next step towards spirituality. At this stage one should contemplate about the Individual Soul Consciousness (atma) and practice meditation diligently and sincerely. If one is sincere in his Sadhana, with God’s grace he is sure to have the glimpse of God. When God is seen and known, all mysteries and miseries will vanish and nothing would be left to know. One will be omnipotent and can enjoy the glories of God. The given individual alone can enjoy this ocean of glimpse and charm, but ironically he cannot explain his experience to others. Just as God, you too will be omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient. This happens in the astral level and not in the gross. Just as we cannot determine the boundary of the sky, similarly, we cannot access the power and glories of God. God is bigger than the biggest, smaller than the smallest, weaker than the weakest, stronger than the strongest.
- Follow the 26 divine virtues mentioned in the first three verses of 16th Chapter of Bhagavad Gita.
- Do not harm people.
- Use discrimination and help people at the time of need.
- Contribute at least 10 percent of income to the needy people, educational institutions, students etc.
- Save 30 percent of your income to use that amount at the time of need.
- Begin charity from home and then neighbors.
- Make your mind strong. The strong mind is the link between two worlds which enables human being to face their duties with serenity and to enter upon his search for God.
- Read the Books like Bhagavad Gita, Bhagavata, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Books On Buddha, Christ, Mohammad and other spiritual personalities.
After fulfilling the duties of the body, one should also keep the mind in good condition. As mentioned above, he should thoroughly study and practice the Divine Virtues. If one goes on practicing these qualities, he can train his mind and implement it in his daily life, as a result of which his mind will not be distracted from its duties and will not confer to speculations. Without studying chemistry, we cannot study medicine. Without studying mathematics, one cannot be an engineer. Therefore, these virtues are the strength of the mind by the practice of which the mind does not get distracted and one will perform one’s own needful duty perfectly and contemplates only on his Higher Self and ultimately God.
- Devote maximum time in God worship.
- Meditate on him, in the beginning with form and try to go beyond form.
- If you go on passing your time meditating on God, God will come in a flash.
- If you see God or Truth, all your problems will be solved and no re-birth in the world.
- After God realization also the soul immediately will not leave this gross body.
- It stays in the body so long as one enjoys Prarabdha.
- Prarabdha is the accumulation of deeds in past life. When balance of deeds is not left, no rebirth.
This is the final stage, in which the Sadhaka, after practicing the above-mentioned duties and virtues, makes them part of his life and now he should utilize the remaining time in meditating upon his own Inner Self. By the continuous practice, he enters into deep Samadhi and can merge himself in God Consciousness. At this point of time, he realizes that he is not different from the supreme nature of God.
There are three obstacles in spirituality.
Mala: Impurity of the physical as well as mind. Through moral discipline this can be removed.
Vikshepa: Are the internal and external disturbances that plaque us. This can be removed by physical discipline.
Avarana: Is the veil of “not knowing Inner Self” that clouds our Consciousness. This can be removed by spiritual discipline.
The ignorant thinks cloth exists independently. They do not know that the cloth is dependent upon cotton. This is the law of empirical reality. Similarly, they think of trouble and happiness alone. They do not contemplate about the source of the cause. So one should not ask how happiness and troubles could be eliminated but you should have confidence through your Higher Self, which is free of all troubles and pain.
In course of his discussions, a follower, who had come to visit Baba from the far west Nepal, asked, “Baba, why don’t you write books on your life and teachings?” Baba replied, “You are here to meet me from the far. I have personally advised you to take required amount of food and also to be a vegetarian. But you are not following any of my guidance. My personal word did not had much impact on you. How can I expect my writings to help you? If you are thirsty, you should go to the spring and quench your thirst, the spring does not come to you. If you are hungry, you have to consume food. Storing grains will not fulfill your hunger. Similarly, the right teaching will not bear fruit without its constant practice.”