Sunday, June 24, 2012

Masters Can Give Self-Realization

When you take a spiritual path, you have a certain goal and a certain determination. Nothing should obstruct you on your way and you should not allow anything to take you away from your spiritual path.

You have the determination for God-Realization or to get Enlightenment, to become Self-Realized. It’s now that you have to work – not waiting for 2012 when God will just say, “OK, I love them so much that I will just give them all Self-Realization just like that". Know one thing: Whatever God gives, He gives according to its time and according to whether you can handle things or not. He will not give you something that you will make a big mess out of. He will not give you Realization until you can handle Realization… There is a big responsibility with that also, and you have to go through certain purification to attain that…

Krishna did it. For the Divine Personality it is possible to do that [give someone Self-Realization]. For the Master it’s possible to do that, yes, but it is also up to each individual to make the determination as strong as they want. Not only Krishna, many have given the Realization. In the Bible, Christ even says: “I will send My Spirit upon you.” For Pentecost the Spirit of God descended upon the Apostles. Of course, the Master can make it happen. The touch of the Master, when the disciple is sincerely ready, can give Realization just like that. We have to have the determination for it. If someone eats something, his stomach will not get full, but in the spiritual realm it is possible.

In the life of Krishna, when the Pandavas were in the forest in exile, there was a sage, a rishi. He came to the house of Draupadi and the five Pandavas and said to them, “I want to eat something, but first we will go and take our bath. Then when we come, we would like to have lunch at your place.” The Pandavas didn’t have anything in 

their house. The only solution for Draupadi was to turn to Krishna. So she closed her eyes and called Krishna.

At that moment Krishna came and said," My dear sister, what do you have to offer me to eat? I am so hungry.” Drupadi looked at Krishna and said, “I don’t have anything, My Lord. I don’t have anything to give you.” Then Krishna said, “Are you sure you don’t have anything? Show me the pot.” Draupadi showed the pot to Krishna. There was just one grain of rice at the bottom of the pot and Krishna took it and ate it. As He ate it, He said, “Oh, my stomach is full.” What happened? When the rishi finished bathing in the Ganges, his stomach was completely full. So he didn’t go to Draupadi. For Masters to give Realization, it is easy for them, but you have to be ready.

From your side, to make yourself ready, like I said, the goal is very important. It’s not about 2012 or whatever year. The same thing was said in 2000 when everybody was expecting something to happen, but nothing happened. What did happen is that people had to become more spiritual. People are searching for the Truth, which is very good. To know about one’s Self or to come to a point of realizing one’s Self
 is very important.

The determination has to be based on Love, not on fear. 

Taken from “Just Love 2” by Sri Swami Vishwananda

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