Tuesday, October 11, 2016

What makes them Great? Happy Vijaya Dashami

What makes them Great?

In the Prayer meeting at Ahmedabad, Pujya Mahant Swami (BAPS) was narrating the great human values acquired by Shri Pramukh Swami Maharaj. When asked to him, what do you want to be? Sevak (Servant) he replied with a bullet speed. Today, BAPS is one of the biggest religious organisations of Hinduism in the world. But can you imagine, 66 years ago, when Pramukh Swamiji was 28 years old, what he did on the day when he was nominated as President of BAPS? He had cleaned the utensils of the guests who were served food on the occasion. Visiting 250,000 houses, reading and replying 700,000 letters, building 1100 temples across the world, making a young cadre of 1000 Sadhus, etc, are giant works he did with his Nirmani (non egoless) nature. But what I noticed the most in him was his Sambhav, the Samyak Darshana in all. 

Human society is a society of relations. Each one of us interact with other humans as per our relation, custom, work and need. Over the years the teachings, leaning and experience make us indifferent in terms of behaviour pattern to each individual. We maintain the intimacy, distance or aloofness with other humans as per our beliefs and understandings developed through experiences and teachings. It is mostly linked with selfishness of motive in most cases. It is called Chaturai/wisdom.

But when a person or a Saint maintains Sambhav, equal and positive treatment to all, imagine the status of his/her mind. Rich or poor, kind or cruel, pious or cheater, big or small, powerful or powerless, healthy or sick, young or old, etc, he/she will maintain Sambhav with them irrespective of their position. His/her love, sympathy and blessings will be the same for all. 

For a Saint, every living being is equal. They identify each living being by their souls and since all souls are equal, they consider all living beings to be equal. The only difference being the quantity and quality of Karma attached to the soul. They look at the gold (Soul) whether it has come from the gold mine carrying impurities or a shiny yellow material. Therefore, they become a magnet of all. 
It is Samyak Darshan (truth Darshan) of Jin Shasan or a Samyak Dristi (Right View) of the eightfold path of Buddhism or a Sam Darshi (Vaishnav Jan of Narsinh Mehta). 
Let us develop such eyesight in us. 

Dash Hara is a Sanskrit word which means removal of ten bad qualities (Ravan) within us: These are Ahankara (Ego), Amanavta (Cruelty), Anyaaya (Injustice), Kama vasana (Lust), Krodha (Anger), Lobha (Greed), Mada (Over Pride), Matsara (Jealousy), Moha (Attachment), Swartha*(Selfishness). 'Vijaydashami' signifying victory over  these ten bad qualities, the Celebration of Victory of Rama the Soul over the Ravana the bad qualities. 

In Buddhism it is celebrated as "Dhammachakrapravartan Day". Great Ashoka and Dr Ambedkar embraced Buddhism on Dashhara day. It is also known as Ashoka Vijayadashmi Dashani. Till inequality and injustice prevails in the society, such events will record in the history. Let all become victorious in the battle of our fight against the evil forces.

Happy Vijaya Dashmi to all.

11 October 2016

NB: "हृदयहीन मस्तिष्क से रावण व कंस तैयार होते है जवकि हृदय और मस्तिष्क के समन्वय के परिणाम स्वरुप रामतत्व व कृष्णतत्व जन्म लेते है "दशहरा की शुभकामनाएँ" 

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