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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae


People want a Sathpurusha who will behave like their servant and give them whatever they desire at once. A Sathpurusha, i.e. the man in the state of Sath, is an infinite storehouse of the unending Infinite Bliss that is the Siddhanta.

It is the incarnation that descended from Para Brahma (the Lord of the Universe or the creator in the form of Sathpurushas mentioned here, their original state), at whose hands many a miracle has happened.

With His Kripa, a Sathpurusha not only gives world happiness, but also gives them the Infinite Bliss. But then to receive either of them or both of them, one has to be properly qualified. Para Brahma (Lord of universe) is ever lasting, complete, without beginning or end. It is one, indivisible being.

    – Sutra 1. The Holy Science,
    by Sri Swami Yukteswar Giri Maharaj

    (In Tamil Saint Manickavasagar says,”Adhiyum Anthamum illatha Arunachala Easane” i.e. Lord Arunachala of Thiruvannamalai)

The Eternal Father, God, is the only Real Substance, Sath, and is all in all in the universe and therefore not comprehensive by man of this material world, unless he becomes divine by lifting his Self above this creation of Darkness or Maya.

    See Hebrews (Bible) 11.1 and John (Bible) 8:28:

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Then Jesus said unto them, when ye have lifted up the son of man, then shall ye know that I am He.”

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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Disciple:

If the body is just inert flesh and the soul is pure consciousness, what is that experiences pleasure and pain?

Master:

It would seem that the person who asked this question has experienced pleasure and pain. You should try to find the answer to this question yourself. When you are experiencing these feelings, but at the time you always forget to inquire who the experienced is and begin to question only afterward.

The body is completely inert. If it could experience pleasure and pain, even a dead body could feel these things. In India, corpses are burnt on pyres, but not even a single body has ever cried out in pain as the fire consumed it. So this proves that the body itself does not have feelings.

The Self, or the soul, is so pure, clean and clear that neither pleasure nor pain can reach it. So if the body- that is, the senses-or the Self experiences pleasure and pain, then who or what is experiencing these things?

Even though the body is inert, it is able to function because of the Self, which activates it through what we call the antahkarana, the four psychic instruments of ego, mind, intellect and subconscious. Through these four psychic instruments shines the light of the Self. In this way, the body becomes conscious, and pleasure and pain are experienced.

The antahkarana is like a lens or magnifying glass. If we keep such a lens inside our house, nothing will happen – the lens cannot cause us any harm. But if we place it on the roof where the light of the sun passes through it, can cause a fire that will consume the entire house. Who should we blame for causing this fire? The lens is blameless because it is completely inert. The sun, also, is free from blame. Only because the light of the sun falls upon this lens is fire created. In the same way, the antahkarana, when (illumined) illuminated by the light of the Self, creates and experiences pleasure and pain. Therefore that which is between body and the self is what enjoys and suffers. Yogis meditate to transcend this antahkarana and attain a state that is free of both pleasure and pain.

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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Disciple:

I do not mind giving up greed, lust, and anger, but the positive emotions still attract me.

Master:

To become centered in the Self does not mean that the positive things will be destroyed along with the negative. Love, faith, and happiness will remain in even greater measure than before.

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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Disciple:

My discipline seems to be changing. I am working in a mental hospital with people whose minds run amuck. It is very difficult for me to remain centered while helping those people because I am very susceptible to the wanderings of their minds.

Master:

You could do your work quietly easily if you would become firmly centered in witness – consciousness, which means, functioning with one’s awareness centered not in the mind, but in the witness beyond the mind. Once you become established in the inner witness, things outside you do not have much effect on you. The mind is subject to all kinds of thoughts, desires, and passions, such as anger, greed, lust, pride, vanity, conceit, delusion, and fear. Since the mind can be attacked by these passions at any given time, there is always bound to be agitation in the mind; but these mental agitation can never go anywhere near the witness. The witness remains untouched. Delusion and attachment cease to exist for one who has become centered in the witness, the Self.

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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Disciple:

How do we help the man who sees everything in a negative way?

Master:

By being friends with him, and by giving him your love and approaching him through heart. But first it is necessary for one to totally help oneself-to unfold all the strength there is inside. It is no use trying to help others if you have not helped yourself. What we need to do first is to become stronger ourselves and discover the power of the Self within. Then by means of good will and the inner power, we will be able to help others.

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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

The Fourth Plane is the greatest hurdle of the spiritual Path, the crucial stage of the aspirant or pilgrim’s journey where all is gained or lost. Great as are the powers at his command, greater are the temptations to use them for his own gratification, to exhibit these powers for the sake of exhibitionism, fame, power, and glory. For the ego, fearing complete defeat rises to its highest, prodding and luring the pilgrim on to make selfish use of the powers lent to him. This is known as “Black night of the soul”.

The pilgrim on the fourth plane is permitted, however, to make use of his powers for purely unselfish motives, with no thought whatsoever of self and only for the sake of others.

The senses are said to be superior (to the physical body); the mind is superior to the sense faculties; the intelligence is superior to the mind; but HE (the self) is superior to the intelligence”

(Avathar Sri Seshadri Swamigal)

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    Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

The kinds of Love:

Like every great virtue, love, the mainspring of all life, can also be misapplied. It may lead to the heights of God-intoxication or the depths of despair. No better example can be given of the two polarities of love and their effects than that of Mary Magdalene, before and after meeting JESUS.

Between the two extremes are many kinds of love. On the one hand, love does exist in all the phases of human life; but here it is latent or is limited and poisoned by personal ambitions, racial pride, narrow loyalties and rivalries and by attachment to gender, nationality, sect, caste, or religion. On the other hand, pure and real love has also its stages, the highest being the gift of God to love HIM.

When one truly loves God, one longs for union with HIM, and this supreme longing is based on the desire of giving up one’s whole being to the beloved.

Divine Love is qualitatively different from human Love.

Human Love is for the many in the One and the Divine Love is for the One in the many. Human love leads to innumerable complications and tangles; but Divine Love leads to integration and freedom.

To those whose hearts are pure and simple, true love comes as a gift through the activating grace of a Perfect Master, and this Divine Love will perform the supreme miracle of bringing God into the hearts of men.

God listens only to the language of the heart, which constitutes Love.

We can love God by surrendering to the Perfect Master who is God’s personal Manifestation. We can also love God by loving our fellow-beings, by giving them happiness at the cost of our own happiness, by rendering them service with the sacrifice of our interests and by dedicating our lives at the altar of selfless service.

When we love God intensely through any of these channels, we finally know HIM to be our own Self.

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