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Sunday, October 19, 2014

GRACES OF GOD by Gopinadhan Pillai

Graces of GodGopinadhan Pillai

(New World is glad to publish another valuable and thought provoking essay from our Scholar and eminent Writer Mr. Gopinadhan Pillai. It is going to enlighten many of us, we are sure.)
Human life is a rare gift, endowed with the mental and intellectual capacities to reach the ultimate goal of self-perfection. In the lower level of creations evolution is an unconscious development. It is an involuntary thrust received by them in the course of their development. A positive attitude in living can grow the inner evolution in man to make use of this rare opportunity. The following verse lay down three rare qualities found in human lives and are received as God’s grace:
Durlabham trayamevaitadhevanugraha-hetukam Manushyatvam mumukshutvam mahapurusha-samsraya:
Humanity, desire for liberation, and, the capacity to surrender to a man of wisdom are three qualities for inner development. The enthusiasm for self redemption is found rare. A mundane life is futile. To find a right Master to guide to perfection is rarest. Only a right teacher can lead his disciple to enjoy the limitless bliss of everlasting joy.
Without the help of a learned teacher Self realization is not possible. Keno Upanishad says that understanding of this subject will not follow despite one’s keenest efforts, where the subject of learning is inconceivably more subtle than the subtle measure. Additionally, it requires steadfast renunciation and self meditation.
Grace of God in Vedanta is to be understood as the result of the sum total of one’s actions gained through many of his previous lives.
The practices of rituals and worships become meaningful when these are used as tools to reach the perfection of self redemption and self discovery. Without self realization there shall be no liberation and the cycle of birth and death will continue.
In the day to day life, this is not an easy task because we forget our real nature. Perceived through the prism of body, mind and intellect we get the vision of Truth through a distorted angle. The worldly objects give us a delusory enchantment to our senses and mind. Thus, we become victims of our own ignorance. Our religious practices should be for the sake of realizing the ultimate Truth.
We live in an age of science wherein we have a choice to inquire on anything. Modern science has brought to us empirical knowledge. However, it has another great role to play to give an answer to the nature of ‘Self’. Otherwise, it will be choking the intellectual evolution of those who not only inquire outside world, but also contemplate within themselves. For this, they must divert their field of inquiry from the world of ‘object’ to ‘subject’. This inquiry is not done in a laboratory but is to be pursued in one’s own inner self. If we do not use our intellectual capacity to break the rut of routine practice we may perhaps have another hundred thousand lives lived without achieving the real goal in life.
Adi Sankara, in one of the verses in Moha Mudgara, (popularly known as Bhaja Govindam) describes:
Punarapi Jananam Punarapi Maranam Punarapi Jananeejathare Sayanam Iha Samsaare Bahudustaare Kripayaa Pare Paahi Muraare
This means again birth, again death, and, again lying in mother’s womb. Life cycle is very difficult cross over; save me from this life cycle, O! God, through thy infinite kindness.
Thus one has to make use of the grace of the almighty to reach the eternal stage of purity and perfection. That is absolute bliss.

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