Friday, 11 November 2016

Are these paths mutually exclusive ?part 2

HARIH  OM 
Are  these paths  mutually  exclusive ?part2

                  A  seeker  starts  doing  karma  ,  to  get  rid  of his  tamasic  nature.  and  he  then  graduates  to  doing  selfless  actions  ,dedicating  them  to  the  Lord. And  this  helps  him  to  purify  his  mind  . In  the  first  stage  of  ethical  discipline  ,  he  does  his  obligatory  duties   and   then  in  the  second  stage  ,  he  stops  craving  for  the  fruits  of  his  actions.  and  hence  he  develops  the  most  important  quality  of  vairagya. . He  then  develops  bhakti  and  shraddha  in  the  Lord  of  his  worship.  He  at  first  prays  for  himself  and  his  family  members  and  then  graduates  to  a  stage  wherein  ,he  no  longer  worships  God  with  any  selfish  motives  . He  comes  to  pray  for  the  welfare  of  the  world.    He  works  and  prays  for  loka  kshema. 

            Adi  Sankara  maintains  that  it  is  gnanam  alone  that  can  give  moksha.  'Gnanam  eva  moksham '.. He  maintains  that  there  is  no  alternative  to   gnanam.  . He  gave  prime  importance  to  gnanam  ,while  keeping  the  other  disciplines  like  karma  and  bhakti  as  secondary  disciplines  meant  only  for  purification  of  the  mind  and  developing  citta  ekagrata. .  Just  as  darkness  can  be  removed  only  by  light  and  no  other  methods,  similarly  ,ignorance  of  the Self  can  be  removed  only  by  knowledge. . Samsara  is  due  to  ignorance  of  the  Self  .The non-  apprehension  of  the  Reality  has  given  place  to  mis-apprehension  of  the  Reality. .  So a  correct  apprehension  of  the  Reality can  take  place  only  through  gnanam. 

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