Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae
“Guhan steered a boat. Rama embraced him.
“Guhan fell into Ganga and died.”
Shri G. Venkatarama Iyer was a learned man. He was a great devotee of Lord Rama. One day he was asked to address a sangam in Thiruvannamalai on the subject, “Guhan’s friendship.”
He had a high regard for Swamigal. When he was on his way to deliver his discourse he came across Swami, who asked him where he was going. He said that he was to deliver a talk on “Guhan friendship” and that he could not muster his thoughts and was confused and requested Swami to give him guidance. Swami uttered the above in response and asked him to proceed with the talk. Accordingly he elaborated the above and completed his talk. The three sentences of Swami refer to Karma, Bhakthi and Gnanam.
Every one should perform the duty enjoined on him without any motive and that constitutes Karma. Guha was a boatman and he and he did his duty by rowing the boat. To worship God with a pure mind is Bhakthi. Guha thus worshiped Rama and Rama embraced him. This refers to Bhakthi yoga. Ridding one’s mind of differentiation is Gnana.
Mukthi means becoming one with the all pervading. “Guhan fell into the Ganga and died”, refers to Gnana yoga and its aim of attaining moksha. Thus Swami summed up the entire gamut of spirituality in the above pithy sentences.