The purpose for a spiritual way of life is to have salvation. There are three dimensions
of the human element – the body, mind and soul. Body is made up of several living
cells. It can be perceived by the eyes. By an evaluation of the thought process,
we are able to learn about the mind; but soul is beyond physical comprehension.
We conclude soul is non-materialistic and spiritual. When we analyze different aspects
of functioning of body and mind, we can infer the characteristics of the soul. By
analyzing the thinking process and the different activities of the people, we can
learn whether they are good, bad, progressive or principled persons.
What is the power that can control the mind?
As a matter of fact, it is the mind that controls the body – ‘you do this’, ‘do
that’, ‘don’t do this’, ‘learn this way’ and the like. But the mind, in itself,
needs to be regulated from evil thoughts & actions and steered towards goodness
& good behaviour. To develop these attributes, we need to control the mind with
spiritual power(yogika sakthi).
This spiritual power is obtained by adopting a philosophical approach (Aadyatmika
Thathvam). This controls the mind and imparts discriminating power between good
& bad, nourishes character and sheds evil. It makes a person to redeem his human
existence which came about by an evolution of 84 lakh species. The sole aim of a
human being is to get salvation. Salvation is possible through divine knowledge.
This divine knowledge gives discriminating power to the mind and enlightens the
soul. This divine knowledge, passed on over generations by the sages, assimilates
worldly needs and spiritual requirements. It percolates through the mind into the
human behavioural pattern. There is no caste, creed or religion for the intellectual
power of the human mind. It is a physical manifestation of a great philosophical
thought process. While trying to reach God, it helps us to have a comfortable and
ideal way of life.
How does this philosophic and spiritual knowledge help us learn about Godliness?
The mahavakyas are “Tatvamasi”, “Ayamatma”, “Pragnanam Brahma” and lastly “Aham
‘Tatvamasi’ is the basic foundation for us. We are able to implant the seed of Tatvam
in our mind. When this spiritual knowledge reaches our soul, it becomes enlightened.
This enlightenment is ‘Brahma Swarupa’. Brahma swarupa, in turn, is ‘Aham Brahmasmi’.
Thus the human element ‘Aham’ transforms into ‘Brahma swarupa’. What is this ‘Aham’?
This ‘Aham’ is the life form within us. This life form or ‘Jeeva’ adopts the body.
The body gets a recognition, a value and respect as long as the life exists in it.
If the life ebbs down, the body has no existence. All the spiritual knowledge is
directed to unfold the mystery of ‘Jeeva’, which will result in an understanding
of the godly attributes. The spiritual knowledge transforms ‘Jeeva’ as ‘Brahman’.
‘Aham Brahmasmi’ means – ‘Aham’ transforming to ‘Brahma’. But before this transformation,
how did ‘Jeeva’ exist? It adopted a body with all the base instincts of ignorance
and helplessness, for its physical survival during its life span. When we are hungry,
we take food, become energetic and go about our routine. Similarly, when ‘Jeeva’
is imparted divine knowledge, he will be rid of the base instincts and transforms
How does Jeeva lose its base instincts?
Human behaviour is dominated by six base instincts called – Want, Anger, Greed,
Ego, Lust and Envy. They incite human nature, maneuvering Jeeva to go through darkness
& ignorance in executing our daily activities. With the divine knowledge, when
the base instincts are removed, the jeeva is transformed as Ishwara. As an example,
we cannot put a wick in milk and light it, but if the milk is transformed to curd,
then as butter and later as ghee, it accepts the wick and gives light. We know that
there is ghee in milk, but we cannot get light with milk and wick. We can get it,
by transforming milk as ghee. Similarly, the Jeeva, in our body, is to be reformed
as Ishwara, through the spiritual knowledge. Jeeva, in its base form, exists as
milk at ‘Tatvamasi’ level. Jeeva is transformed from milk to butter to ghee through
the process of Ayamatma, Pragnana Brahma and Aham Brahmasmi. The Jeeva transforms
into the enlightened form of Ishwara and loses its darkness and ignorance. The reason
why we are not aware of the godliness, that is masked within us, is due to the six
base instincts, diverting us towards the worldly allurements and making us go after
In every life form in the creation, there is an inner divine power. If we worship
and pray with total dedication & devotion, God will bestow on us, his superior
power, to over ride the six base instincts.
What should be our approach to the God, we trust? There should be total dedication
and trust. Only this can fix our focus. This focus helps us to receive Divine Grace
and Blessing. In this process, the six base instincts test us & divert us by
making us feel that ‘I am great; and my religion is great’. However knowledgeable,
we are, the egoism and the base instincts unite, to persuade us to yield to temptation.
The devotee, in the process of his transformation to godliness, encounters ‘Maya’,
‘Bhranthi’ or Satan as detailed by different religions. To overcome them, we need
divine assistance and that comes through ‘Satguru’. When we are under the shelter
of ‘Satguru’, the total trust, focus, prayers and dedication we show towards Satguru,
will help to insulate us from the six base instincts.
Is it not possible for us to renounce the six base instincts and become Godly?
These instincts are with us when we were born and are part of our flesh and blood
& hence cannot be dropped by ourselves. They are there with us from birth to
death. As we cannot get rid of them, we have to control them. We can overcome them
by spiritual power. By this way, we realize our inner godliness and attain salvation.
This divine spiritual knowledge is ‘Pragnanam Brahma’. Just as we see the physical
world through our eyes, similarly, we see Ishwara through spiritual sight.
All the creation has godliness embedded in it. In this creation, the five elements
& the following 84 lakh species have evolved. The ‘Jeeva’ is ‘Brahma’. To know
this, we have to overcome our ignorance or ‘Maya’. As an example, if we have a costly
article with us, we cannot realize that it is costly, when it is in darkness. When
we shine a light on it, the darkness will disappear and in the light we perceive
the unique and priced article. Similarly, the Jeeva is surrounded by base instincts
& the darkness of maya. To remove this darkness, we have to light the candle
of divine knowledge. To light this candle, we require intellectual power. The enlightenment
that is imparted to us through our intellect, transforms into the ultimate spiritual
insight of divine knowledge. The spiritual insight enables us to see the hidden
Ishwara within us. We see Ishwara in different forms, names and religions. Yet,
in all the religions there is only one God. Vedas say ‘Ekamaiva Dvitiyam Brahma’.
Bible says ‘Lord is one’. Shirdi Saibaba said ‘Sab ka malik Ek hai’. Guru Nanak
in ‘Adi Granth’ said ‘Ekho Parak’. In this way incarnations, sages and messengers
of God, pronounced that God is one. ‘Anoraniyam Mahatomahiyan Eshonu ratma’. Entire
creation is filled with God’s power. At the time of creation there was no religion.
Then how did the religions come about? In each ‘Yuga’ an incarnation of God manifested,
bestowing Dharma and Gnana to all. In this way Sri Krishna, Jesus Christ, Pravaktas
and incarnations have brought to us God’s message and with this knowledge, following
these religions, we are going through our sojourn of life. All religions say that
Jeeva has taken human form to obtain salvation. But alas, we surrender to base instincts
to propagate that ‘My religion is great; and I am great’. If the divine wisdom of
God had not been made available, we would be under the influence of base instincts
and the life form in this creation would have been annihilated. Hence, God, as creator,
has imparted intellectual power to the statue He created, to enable it to receive
the Divine Spiritual knowledge. The creator, in the Godly form, propagated his divinely
utterances as an incarnation, messenger, sage and satguru. These preachings helped
remove the base instincts in man, to enable him to be nearer God and have
Mind incites the Jeeva for the control of the body. We have to regulate the mind
to enable it to receive the divine spiritual knowledge. The body takes food. The
mind takes the elixir of the divine spiritual knowledge. We get energy through the
food we get. We get divine knowledge to the soul through the intellectual processing
power of our mind. Both these things are to be understood and adopted by us. When
we implement both, the Jeeva within us becomes Atma and gets transformed as paramatma,
which in turn is Brahma Swarupam.
For this philosophic knowledge, religion, caste and creed do not exist. As an example,
when we split white light, it separates as the seven colours of a rainbow and when
we amalgamate them, we get back the white light. The white light is Brahma. The
seven colours are different Religions and Dharmas. All the seven colours and Dharmas
are the power of Almighty. When they are mixed, we are back to white light. This
is unity in diversity. God is there in every Religion and every Dharma. If we understand
God, we learn the uniqueness, if we follow the unifying factor among all Religions.
The Peetham that proposes this unifying factor is the Sri Viswa Vignana Vidya Aadhyatmica
Peetham. With the above divine knowledge in this materialistic world, we consider
entire humanity as one family. This human existence which was God’s gift to us is
to find the ultimate truth. Everyone in this human family should live comfortably,
peacefully and happily. With this intention, we have to optimally utilize this most
valuable life span. We all seek comfort, longevity and health. These are the basic
requisites of humanity. When we obtain these by evolutionary process and spiritual
knowledge, we will all be comfortable, peaceful and happy. Happiness is in our hands;
sorrow is also in our hands. This kind of an endeavour will bring to the community
comfort, peace, happiness, knowledge, longevity and health. This Peetham blossoms
the flowers of divine knowledge. The uniqueness of this peetham is – divine knowledge,
culture and spirituality. Godliness is not far off. In our social and worldly environment,
pursuing knowledge is a subtle phenomenon. If we follow that, we have the knowledge;
when we have knowledge, Jeeva will become Ishwara. Just as ghee is there in milk,
in the humans contaminated by ‘Maya’, Ishwara exists internally.
Human lifespan is very little. It consists of childhood, adolescence, youth and
old age. During this period we should strive to get this divine spiritual knowledge.
When the body is hungry, a handful of rice will bring happiness. When the thirst
is quenched, we are happy. Similarly, when the mind quenches its hunger for the
elixir of knowledge, it gets satisfied. Sri Viswa Vignana Vidya Aadhyatmica Peetham
brings you the elixir of eternal divine knowledge and I appeal to all those present
here, to attain salvation with the knowledge imparted by the Peetham.
Sarve Jana Sukhinobhavantu