Renounce ignorance, not the world

Once a sincere seeker asked an enlightened master, Bhagawan Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam: “Dear master, is it necessary to renounce the world to realize the self?”

Bhagawan replied: “To realize the self, there is only one thing you must be willing to renounce, that is ignorance.”

He explained that self-realization has nothing to do with renouncing the world. To run away from the world is just as bad as clinging on to it, in both cases, it is evident that the world is controlling your actions. Aversion to the world is as much a product of ignorance as attachment to it. They are just two sides of the same coin.

A person can live in a cave, in the mountains, and be obsessed with sansar (worldliness), while another can live in the world and yet to be completely detached from its pull and push. To take sannyas (renunciation) is not to renounce the world, but to renounce both attachment and aversion to the world. The very same life, when it is seen through the mist of ignorance is sansar and when it is seen in the clear light of self-awareness, becomes sannyas.

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Subtle truth about attachment

Once a while I like to read light-hearted spiritual stories which teach us about the truth in life. Here are the three timeless stories which were taken from the book titled “108 New-clear bombs” by HDH Bhagawan Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam.

A small story #1:-

There were four fools in a village. They went to the village Guru and asked for a spiritual practice. The Guru said: “Practice gratitude. Be grateful for everything.”

The four fools decided to follow this practice very sincerely.

Once, they used a boat to cross a river. After crossing the river, they decided: “We should be grateful to this boat which helped us cross the river. We should not leave this boat like an orphan here and go away!”

So, all of them started carrying the boat on their heads and going around. Whenever people asked: ‘What are you doing?’, they would reply: “We are being grateful to the boast which helped us cross the river!”

Here is the truth – a good technique can take you a little further on the path. But if you cling on to the technique even after it has become useless for you, you are like the four fools carrying the boat! Knowing when to drop the technique is intelligence.

A small story#2:-

There is a story in the traditional literature of Hinduism, it is the story of Rishi Jadabharata. This rishi was staying on the banks of a river. He had renounced all worldly pleasures and was spending his life meditating for enlightenment.

One day he saw a mother deer gave birth to its baby on the riverbank. Soon after giving birthing, the mother deer died. Seeing the helpless orphaned fawn, the rishi was overwhelmed with pity. He started taking care of the fawn. Gradually, the rishi began to get attached to the fawn. Slowly and slowly, the attachment grew so much that even at the time of his death, Rishi Jadabharata was continuously thinking about the deer, worrying about the deer and wondering what would happen to the deer after his death. Due to his strong attachment, the rishi was reborn as a deer and came back to live with the deer.

Here’s the truth – the uninterrupted flow of mind towards one object had happened in Rishi Jadabharata, even at the time of death. But finally, what was the result?

See, the last thought we cherish before leaving the body determines the next body we assume. He had to take birth as a deer and come back to live with the deer. He missed enlightenment which was his life purpose due to attachment!

Dhyana, meditation happens when the mind which is meditating and the object of the meditation, both lose their boundaries. When the boundaries are lost, you experience Samadhi (falling in tune with the Source, Adi) where the extraordinary powers and realization happens. The proper experience of meditation leads one to Samadhi.

A small story#3:-

There was once a merchant who used to sell puffed rice (poha). He was a big miser. Once he was selling puffed rice during a temple festival in his village, many Bairagi Sadhus and wandering mendicants came to the festival. Many of them went to him for alms, but he did not even give a handful of puffed rice to them, instead he chased them away.

Even the temple priest asked him for a handful of puffed rice for the temple deity as naivedyam (sacred food), but the miserly merchant was not ready to give him anything!

Suddenly, there was a strong wind. The puffed rice that the merchant was selling was lifted into the air and started scattering everywhere on the floor. Now this guy couldn’t do anything. So, in his desperation, he looked at the puffed rice on the floor and his great renunciation and devotion was suddenly awakened, he started chanting “Narayanaarpanamastu! Narayanaarpanamastu! I offer all this to Narayana, to the Lord!”  

Here’s the truth – Renouncing because you don’t have anything left to renounce is not renunciation! Renouncing because you don’t have any other choice is also not renunciation. The real renunciation happens when you must first have it, then you can offer it to the Lord! Namaste 😀

 

Renunciation is Freedom!

Recently, a couple of students who came to me and expressed that they were not able to get out of their lower state of emotions such as insecurity and anxiety. They are stuck in the identities they had built up from the past conditioning. When I was planning for the concluding lesson of the current yoga module, the subject of discrimination and renunciation came out as a final reminder in our spiritual practice to attain the true end of Samadhi (being consciousness). Since then the topic “Renunciation” had been ringing in my inner space, somehow I was guided to check out the Akashic records on this subject by Kalabhairava (Lord of Time & Space), channelled by Paramaahamsa Nithyananda.

The reading gave me so much clarity and solutions to help people who are holding on to their disillusioned identities.

Here is the exact Akashic Reading:

“Renunciation is nothing but the rejuvenation of the self continuously by dropping the different identities you create for a certain purpose but unfortunately associate with it feel one with it.
Renunciation is of different levels.

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