Shri Datta Swami

Posted on: 10 Jun 2017


Inner essence of the worship of Lord Satya Narayana

Kishore Ram asked: Please explain the inner essence of the worship of Lord Satya Narayana, which is frequently done by several people in this country.

Swami Replied: A few days back, one person came to My house requesting Me to act as a priest for this worship saying that on that day priests were not available. I agreed to be the priest. Then, he asked Me “How much is Your fees?”. I replied “the fees is according to your capacity (Yathaa Shakti) and according to your impression on Me (Yathaa Bhakti). Between these two, whichever is lower, that must be followed by you. I will explain this point. You may have high capacity (100 rupees) but if you have a low impression about Me (10 rupees), you must give as per the low impression (10 rupees). If you have low capacity (10 rupees) and have high impression about Me (100 rupees), you must give Me as per the lower capacity (10 rupees). If the capacity and the impression are equal, there is no problem and you can give Me as per that capacity equal to impression. If your capacity is zero, you give Me one salutation (Namaskara) and I will bless you. This is the code of conduct of a priest that was followed by sages in our ancient India”. The person became very happy and took Me to his house and I performed the worship. At the end of the worship, stories present in five chapters are to be informed by the priests to the gathering. The stories are in the following manner:

a) First and Second Stories: A priest was very poor and was suffering with a severe poverty. God appeared in the form of an old priest and asked him to do this worship. The priest performed the worship and became very rich. One seller of sticks suffering with severe poverty came to the priest and heard about the worship from him. He also performed the worship in his home and became very rich.

b) Third Story: A king called Ulkaamukha also performed this worship on the banks of the river called Bhadrasheela and got his desires fulfilled.

c) Fourth Story: A business man called as Sadhu approached the above king and learnt about this worship. He came to his home and declared that he will do this worship if he gets issues. He got a daughter and his wife reminded him about the worship. The merchant declared that he will do this worship if his daughter is married with a good groom. His daughter was married with a good person. Even then, he did not perform the worship. God became furious and when this merchant went to another city for business along with his son-in-law, both were arrested and imprisoned by the king without enquiry. Then, his wife and daughter also became poor and somehow got reminded of the worship, which was performed by both subsequently. God entered the dream of the king and ordered him to relieve the merchant and son-in-law. Both were relieved and were returning with their ship containing lot of wealth. A saint appeared before them and enquired about the material present in the ship. The merchant told that some leaves and branches exist in the ship. When the merchant went inside the ship, he found all the wealth turned into branches and leaves. The merchant came out and fell on the feet of saint. The saint reminded about the worship, which was immediately performed by the merchant along with the family. The merchant was totally reformed by God.

d) Fifth Story: A king called Tungadhwaja went to forest and found some cowherds doing the worship. They brought some offering to God for the sake of the king. The king, due to ego of caste and wealth rejected it and went away. The king was surrounded by many tragedies, who returned to the forest and took the offering to God with apology.

I explained the essence of these stories in the following way:

a) The first two stories reveal that a poor man worshipping God even before receiving the fruit of the worship. The poor man is justified to worship God after receiving the fruit (wealth) since he can’t afford to do the worship due to poverty. Inspite of this, the worship was performed even before receiving the fruit. Imagine that if such poor person is not blessed with the fruit after worship, the heavy expenses in the worship will turn him to become more poor. But the poor person has full faith on God that God will certainly grant him the fruit. The faith was not let down by God.

A higher stage than this poor man is that in which a poor man performs this worship without aspiration for any fruit from God. The reason of such performance of worship is real love and real attraction towards the personality of God. Such stage of devotion is climax and a story of this highest stage was not revealed here because it is very very rare in this world. The human being performs such sacrifice only to his personal family and God is never equal to the level of family-bond. The human being is speaking lies in the prayers by saying that God is above everybody and everything!

b) The third story related to a rich king performing worship for the fruit is explained next which is a lower level than the first two stories. The reason is that those two persons performed worship in spite of their severe poverty even before obtaining their fruit. One is not sure about the fruit after worship. Inspite of this lack of assurance and inspite of their severe poverty to do the worship, the worship was performed by them due to their love and faith towards God. This king also performed worship before getting the fruit and this shows his immense faith in God. But performance of worship does not affect the king in any way since he is very rich. Hence, the level in this case is next to the level of above mentioned two poor people.

c) The merchant is very greedy. He doubts about the fruit after the worship. If the worship is done before getting the fruit, the expenses may become waste if the fruit is not received after the worship. Even in a shop, you get the item first and then only pay its rate. The merchant believes the consumer. This merchant kept God in a lower position than a business-man selling items in the shop! God blessed the merchant with a daughter. The merchant again declared that when his daughter gets a good groom in the marriage, he will perform the worship. This is against the ethics of even basic business. You want to get two items for the payment of rate of one item! God gave him a good son-in-law. Even then, the merchant did not perform worship and this shows the atheistic tendency. Due to this, the merchant suffered a lot. Finally, the merchant insulted the saint (devotee of God). For that, he was severely punished. He realized his greediness blended with atheism, got rectified himself and finally was blessed by God.

Upto this, the stories revealed the effect of greediness in the spiritual effort.

d) The final story deals with the ego of the king due to his upper caste and high wealth. The Gita says that the caste is to be decided by qualities and deeds only. The ego of birth and wealth are very dangerous and lead to immediate fall. This story deals with the effect of ego in the spiritual effort.

In this worship Lord Satya Narayana is explained to have white colour (Shukla varnam…) whereas Narayana is in blue colour. Satya Narayana means true Narayana. Does this mean that Satya Narayana is true God and Narayana is false God? No. Satya Narayana is the first energetic incarnation into which the unimaginable God entered and merged with it. This first energetic incarnation is called as ‘Datta’ and it is attributed by the word truth. This means that this incarnation will never end. This Satya Narayana (Datta) entered into another energetic form called as Vishnu (Narayana) and this second energetic incarnation will dissolve in the first energetic form in the final dissolution of creation. The same Datta entering into one energetic form called as Brahma is known as Hiranyagarbha. The same Datta entering another energetic form called Shiva is known as Sadaashiva. Thus, this Datta or Satya Narayana is the original eternal energetic incarnation of God appearing as the three subsequent energetic forms called as Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Hence, you will find this form of Satya Narayana in a holy place called as Annavaram as these three in one unit (Hari Hara Hiranyagarbhaatmaka). Datta is not the name since it means that through this first energetic form the unimaginable God is given (Datta) to the creation with a proper address. This Datta also enters certain human forms (devotees) to become human incarnation. The white colour of this Datta indicates the white energy including all the colours.

When I explained this essence to the gathering in this way, all the devotees felt very much enlightened and encouraged in these spiritual path. Every priest shall enlighten the spiritual knowledge while performing any worship or ritual. The human beings progress towards God only through spiritual knowledge. Any human being, who does the propagation of the spiritual knowledge to lead people towards God, is called as a true priest or Brahmana (Brahma nayati iti). The priest must not have even a trace of his view on the earnings through the performance of ritual. If the priest performs this duty in true sense, God will bless him with immense wealth and also with protection here as well as there. God will inspire the people to reward the priest in excellent manner. The omnipotent God can give anything anywhere at any time. The priest shall never be worried about the livelihood and required wealth. He shall never ask the Guru Dakshina as fees! Today, the ritual is performed in a mechanical way without the preaching of the inner sense, which is the essence or spiritual knowledge. This is the most unfortunate aspect of the Hindu religion because neither the priest nor the gathering understands anything from the blind recitation of the scripture from the mouth of the alive priestly tape recorder!


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