Shri Datta Swami

Posted on: 01 Mar 2005

     

SPIRITUALITY IN TOTAL

[Divine discourse given by Swami via a teleconference, which was relayed in USA and Europe.]

My dear devoted souls,

A teacher has two students. The first one is good in theory and the second one is good in practical. The teacher wishes both the students to exchange their efficiencies so that both become efficient in both the fields. The teacher is strong in both the fields and is teaching the theory and demonstrating the practical in uniform way to both the students. The variation in the students came due to different psychologies of the two students.

Similarly, God is that one teacher. The religious scriptures in all the countries are uniform. Indians and foreigners are the students of the same God. Indians are good in deep theoretical knowledge. Foreigners are good in firm faith and sincere practical implementation. This difference is reflected not only in the spiritual field but also in the present education of science and technology. Any depth of theoretical knowledge is useless without practice. An Indian should learn this aspect from foreigner to achieve the real grace of God. A foreigner on the other hand has to learn from Indian about the logical analysis, which gives precise direction in the spiritual effort. The practical side of the spiritual path is dedication of atleast a part of the work and a part of the fruit of the work (money) towards the mission of the Lord. This alone brings down the practical grace of the God. The foreigner is excellent in this practical side and this is the reason for the foreign countries to be blessed with lot of materialistic wealth by God. Indians are very poor in this practical aspect. Of-course, they are very strong in this practical aspect when the work and fruit of work are diverted to themselves and their families. They fully concentrate in the work and sacrifice the fruits of all their works to the welfare of their families only.

Indians are experts in dedicating the words, which are freely given by God in the form of prayers. They dedicate their minds, which are freely given by God in the form of meditation. They dedicate their intelligence, which is freely given by God in the form of logical spiritual discussions. They dedicate the words, mind and intelligence to God in their leisure time only during which, there is no work. The Lord always reflects back in the same path. Therefore, the Lord gave good language, good mental devotion and good intellectual logic to Indians, which are the results of their own donations in the same phase. Lord Krishna says in the Gita that in whatever path He is approached by us, He approaches us in the same path.

Jesus also told the same in the Bible that one reaps the same seed, whichever he sows. The foreigner is firm in the sacrifice of work and fruit of work to the Lord, though he is weak in Meta Physics and analysis of the divine knowledge. But it will be better for him to achieve the deep divine knowledge also, which convinces the intelligence. Such intellectual realization maintains the constancy of such sacrifice. Thus the practice needs the support of such knowledge. Unfortunately, in the case of Indians such practice is not even germinated in spite of the deep realization. At this point there are two types of Indians. The first type [of people] are Scholars who have realized the true knowledge, but are unable to practice it and cover their inability by the mask of misinterpretation. There is no use of preaching this right knowledge to such Scholars because they can never change. The other types of Indians are those who are misled by these misinterpretations conveyed by such fraud preachers and for such people only this right knowledge is meant. Lord Jesus gave the essence in the form of final conclusions to the foreigners because there is no need of such deep analysis for foreigners who immediately implement the final conclusions of the Lord without any further analysis. But if the logical analysis is also given, it forms a permanent base than the emotion-based faith. Thus there is a need of exchange of the two separate fields in the case of Indians and foreigners who are only brothers and sisters because all are the children of the same Godfather.

Indians feel proud of their strong family bonds, which are really hindering the spiritual practice. Unless one is released from these worldly bonds, one cannot have a strong bond with the Lord. One cannot join a new institution unless he is released from the old institution. Jesus preached through the Bible that one should leave these family bonds with parents, wife, children etc., and one should be prepared to sacrifice even his life for the sake of the Lord. Only by such sacrifice one can become dear to Him. Such final conclusions of knowledge made the foreigners to implement such spiritual knowledge in practice and as a result their family bonds are weak. The Vedas in Hinduism also say that the children and family cannot protect the soul. The Vedas also say that one should get detached from the limited family as soon as the realization completes. The deep logical analysis of such statement is not necessary for foreigners and so Jesus did not give it. But, Shankaracharya in Hinduism gave a powerful analysis of this statement. Inspite of such acute analysis the Indian family bonds could not be broken. However, that deep analysis of Shankara states that these bonds are temporary since they are limited to the present human birth only. He establishes that which is temporary is always unreal. The temporary bonds neither exist in the previous birth nor will exist in the future birth. Any thing that does not exist before and afterwards is temporary and such a thing does not exist during the present also and therefore that is totally unreal. For example, the dramatic bond between two actors neither exists before the drama nor after the drama and therefore, does not exist even during the drama. The real thing is always permanent, existing in past, present and future. For example, the employer – employee relationship between the producer and the actors is always real during the drama, before the drama and after the drama. Thus the bond with God who is the producer of this world is always permanent and real. This logical analysis brings the permanent detachment and the realization is alive forever. Therefore, such analytical knowledge, which is very clear satisfies the intelligence and maintains the detachment forever. Such deep knowledge of scriptures is required for all the foreigners and for all the exploited part of the Indians, which is caught by some traditional misinterpretations of some selfish preachers. These selfish preachers spread the knowledge i.e., convenient to the human beings and attract them for fame and for earning the money. The right knowledge is always inconvenient. Jesus told that the path leading to God is very inconvenient and narrow. Lord Krishna said in the Gita that one in millions reaches Him after millions of births. Such true knowledge repels the human beings and the crucification of Jesus was the result of such repulsion. But Jesus, as a true preacher never cared for fame and preached the right knowledge only. Such a preacher is called as Satguru, meaning that He is the preacher of the reality.

Hinduism: A Miniature Representation of World Religions

The foreigners can take another precious gem from Hinduism, which is the unity in diversity. Hinduism is a mini-world representing various religions as branches of one main religion. The scholars of all these religions argue with each other by quoting their own scriptures. The unity in their scriptures can be realized at every step like the common tusk of the tree on which, the different branches are spread in different directions. Of-course these differences in Hinduism never resulted in fighting with the swords. The effort of Lord Dattatreya through this human body is to bring the unity in the various religions in India and also to bring the unity in the various religions in the world. Thus the effort of the present human incarnation is to achieve the universal religion at national as well as international level. The unity in the world religions will be a reflection of unity in the inner religions of Hinduism. This concept is aimed to stop all the communal wars in the world, which are based on different religions. Thus this theoretical concept, if interpreted properly, has lot of practical application to achieve the peace in the world. If the world-peace is disturbed, the peace of the individual is also spoiled. In such case the individual spiritual effort, which involves the sacrifice of work and fruit of work is also disturbed and one cannot achieve the grace of God. The secrecy of individual spiritual effort lies in the practice of the foreigners. The secrecy of peace in the world, which is basic stage of the individual spiritual effort lies with Indians. Both are essential and are mutual. Thus the exchange is very much helpful for all. The West must learn from the East regarding the world-peace. The East must learn from the West about the real practical spiritual effort of an individual. No one should be egoistic in claiming that he is perfect in all the aspects and that there is no need of learning anything from others. In such direction, egoism extends in insulting the other religions also. In such case, God is not pleased with those rigid followers with conservatism. In fact, God becomes very furious with them and will punish them seriously.

Wish of God

God, who is the Father of all the human beings in this world wishes that every human being should reach the ultimate spiritual goal because every human being is His child. All the human beings are brothers and sisters and must help each other by such mutual exchange in the spiritual field. They should exchange the gems with each other and should throw away the useless stones, which are the misinterpretations handed over to them by some of their ancestral selfish preachers.