Saturday, October 24, 2009

Adi Shankaracharya Advaita Vedanta

Ādi Śhaṅkarchcārya, was an Indian philosopher and poet who consolidated the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta, a sub-school of Vedanta [non-duality]. His teachings are based on the unity of the soul, and Brahman, in which Brahman is viewed as without attributes. He hailed from Kalady of present day Kerala.

Swami Vishwananda: All desires have limits except the Desires of the Spirit, of God! When you desire something and you want to possess it, the moment that you get the thing that your feelings desired, your feelings are gone because your desire is not the ultimate. The only desire that will ultimately fulfill you is God, because he is unlimited in everything.

There was a great philosopher and poet, Adi Shankaracharya who said, Bhaja Govindam Bhajam Muramate.” This means, if mankind would realize how foolish mankind is… We do not realize that the ultimate of everything is God. If man would realize that everything comes from the Source, which is God, why not take the Source itself?

Lahiri Mahasaya, who was a great yogi, in one of his previous lives when he had lived with Mahavatar Babaji had the desire to have a golden palace. That desire for a golden palace caused him to be born again on Earth. Because of the grace of Mahavatar Babaji and his love and compassion, Babaji guided him and fulfilled his wish in his life as Lahiri Mahasaya.

Form of Babaji in Padhmasana with Sri Yantra at Heart
Swami Vishwananda’s Atma Kriya Institute symbol

When you fall at the feet of Mahavatar Babaji, think of Babaji and pray to him: “If you can create this big palace, if you are the source of everything, why would I have a desire for only a palace? Isn’t it better that I take you completely? You are the ultimate. You are the goal of all life. Let me have you.” In the same way, do not waste your time in wanting things you know have a limit. Desire the Ultimate and you shall have it. God loves you. He loves you more than the mind of man can think about love. —Swami Vishwananda

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dear Gurijis,

Grace is sometimes difficult to understand and to accept. Forgive me please that I am sometimes in trouble with You, Guriji