By: C.S. Dinesh
Saibaba has stated “The whole universe is my home. I am myself Vasudeva and all-pervading God I myself am Para brahma” Sai satcharitra chap 9, Ovi 47,
Children play with masks. The more grotesque the mask, the greater is their amusement. The secret to their enjoyment is the fact that they know the mask is different from them. The word ‘personality’ comes from the Latin word ‘persona’, which means ‘mask’. If your body, mind and intellect are a mask, then who are you? You believe the mask is you. You are then limited by the mask. If you have a headache, you cannot think. You become incapacitated when you have an altercation with your spouse and get upset by an argument over politics. The body, mind and intellect that have been given for you to enjoy become a source of misery.
You are a mind-boggling combination of matter and Spirit. You have identified with the matter components and are oblivious of the Spirit. Hence, whatever happens to them happens to you. When the body feels cold, you are uncomfortable. When the mind is hurt by a nasty remark, you feel hurt. This is the most unintelligent way of living. The trick is to disconnect from the body, mind and intellect and connect with the Divine. Then you enjoy physical pleasures, emotional thrills and intellectual delights without the unnecessary sorrow. With the mask of matter, you are endearing and captivating. Without the mask you are awesome.
Look within. The world lures you outwards, tempts and distracts you. Sita was happy as long as her attention was on Ram. Her troubles began when her attention was drawn by the golden, fleeting deer. Sita represents you, the individual. Ram is Spirit. The deer symbolises worldly objects that are tantalising but passing. They are not what they appear to be. In the end, you get abducted by Ravan, your sense organs.
Remain focussed within. Understand your strengths and weaknesses. Leverage your assets to overcome the faults. Strive for excellence. Analyse, do not agonise. Fix a goal beyond yourselfish, self-centred interests. Step out of your comfort zone and go beyond your myopic vision. Then, long before you get to enlightenment, you will experience freedom from worldly pressures. You remain relatively unaffected by the roller coaster ride of life.
How did you get so entangled with matter? You have been incessantly thinking about the body, mind and intellect. You now have to think of the Spirit with the same intensity while you are interacting with your matter layers.
Chapter 13 of the Bhagwad Gita explains the clear distinction between matter and Spirit, knowledge and that which has to be known. Krishna details twenty fascinating traits of the wise and says, “This is knowledge. Anything apart from this is ignorance.” It is not academic knowledge of the scriptures that matters but going beyond the letter to the Spirit that confers wisdom. Ramakrishna Paramahans was illiterate by choice, but he taught the Upanishads to Swami Vivekanand.
Baba says” I am the mother of all beings. I am the equilibrium of the three gunas. I promote the activities of senses . I am creator, the preserver and the destroyer”, (Sai Satcharitra chapter 3, Ovi 143-8). As you shift your attention to Spirit, matter ceases to hold sway over you. You experience the power, freedom and bliss of Atman. Thereafter, there is no looking back. You become God!