[Based on the Deivathin Kural by Kanchi Paramacharya]
The thiests standpoint is that the world which is functioning in such an organized manner must have been created and sustained by someone called God. There is an effect for every cause and therefore the almighty gives the effect based on our deeds, they claim. So what, why should we worship him? Did he ask us before he created us? Even so, we have a number of difficulties, why should we have devotion towards him?
He can dissolve your difficulties, why not therefore be devoted to him, the thiests ask. If he will solve our miseries only if we pray to him, then he is a mere trader, he is not an ocean of mercy and all. Also, you claim that he gives the effect based on our deeds, then why should we pray to solve our miseries which in fact are the effects he gives us for our deeds? Nilakanta Deekshidhar answers these questions in his ‘Ananda Sakara Sthava’ thus:
‘Amma Meenakshi, I don’t have to tell you anything for you know everything. But if I don’t say my difficulties to you out loud, my heart aches. If I say it out loud to you, the mind eases itself. Hence I mention all my difficulties to you in spite you knowing everything.’
It becomes difficult if one doesn’t say their difficulties out. Science proves us that when the pressing thoughts on difficulty is shared, the mind eases out. We cannot go about saying this to anybody, but whom we consider ourselves, whom we can trust, in the case of thiests, the God himself to whom we can be ourselves. He can either be an ocean of mercy and solve our miseries or be the granter of effects and punish us for our deeds, or gives us the strength to bear the difficulty without altering it, there is peace in saying things out loud to him.
But is this all God for? To create you, sustain you and give you merits and demerits based on your deeds? Are you that important in this vast universe or doesn’t he have nothing better to do The devotion is not for your difficulty to get over! It is neither to thank him who granted you this happy life. Had it been so, some may object that it is the duty of those who planted the sapling to water it. Why thank him?
Devotion is not for all these. The happiness and sorrow, both make the mind wander, dance. The true bliss lies in the mind standing still. All other happiness are transitory. When sleeping, we are motionless, at that time there isn’t any happiness or we are unaware if we are happy or at peace. But the mind should be without any waves. At the same time, we should be completely aware that we are at peace. This state does not have any comparison. Only when there is mind, it thinks that there is a paramatma, and we are jivatma, that very thought originates from the mind. When the mind dissolves, there is nothing that thinks and therefore this thought itself does not arise. We will be motionless and one among in that bi…g fulfilled state which is existence, knowledge and bliss absolute.
When the mind thinks of something continuously, it becomes that itself. As per this scientific fact, the mind’s search towards peace, its thinking of peace and bliss makes it peaceful and blissful itself. To attain peace, one trains the mind to remain at peace, without thoughts but to reach this, one has to think of any one, not many different thoughts. This one thought eventually becomes no thought. The appropriate ideal for this thought is to think of the Lord, God himself.
This is why this Lord in spite of creating, sustaining, governing this entire universe does not get affected by it. He the Ishwara is called as Sthanu aka ripen wood. It is full of life though motionless, and this wood has a creeper who is the Shakthi, who is called Aparna, the one without leaves. The creeper which is full of life but without any emotion is surrounding the ripen wood which appears to be motionless, but full of life as well. When we think of the Lord, both peace and wisdom appears. For us to be with this wisdom and peace, one should meditate and hence He is required.
Even if we go to the Lord to speak out loud about our difficulty or to thank him for the good life, the mind at the end thinks of him and just by this gets away from thinking this good and bad. There will be a state where the mind says ‘Let it happen as per His will’ and offload all the burden on him. Then happens a sense of peace and bliss within the mind. This initial state of mind will eventually lead us to the mindless state where only the bliss and peace will remain.
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~ to be continued…!