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Self-Remembrance: Key to Realisation

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अपनी ना की तलाश, बड़ी चूक ये हुई
बरसों किये ख़राब, खुदा तलाश में हमने

These lines are recited by Gurudev shri Swami Vishvas Ji. Self-remembrance is a key to realisation. In the true and real sense, we are free, pure and all bliss. We must remember that we are not body, mind and intellect. They are ours but we are not they; we are beyond them.

The self behind mind and body is eternal – the ultimate, the indivisible and where there is no compound. The whole ocean is present at the back of each wave and all manifestations are waves - some big, some small. Yet all are the ocean in essence – the whole ocean; but as a wave, each is a part. When the waves are stilled, then all is one – “a spectator without a spectacle”, says Patanjali.

This is expressed in the Upanishads in a parable: two birds of golden plumage sat on the same tree – the one above, serene, calm, majestic, immersed in his own glory; the one below, restless and eating the fruits of the tree, now sweet, now bitter. Once, the bird that sat below ate an exceptionally bitter fruit; then he paused and looked up at the majestic bird above. But he soon forgot about the other bird and went on eating the fruits of the tree as before. Again he ate a bitter fruit and this time he hopped up a few branches nearer to the upper bird. This happened many times, till at last, the lower bird came to the place of the upper bird and lost himself in him. He found all at once that there had been never two birds but all the time he was that upper bird, serene, majestic and immersed in his own glory.

Ego is the lower bird and self is the upper bird. Ego has no existence of its own – it all gets its power from the real self which is the essence of all bliss but the ego overpowers us and we forget our true nature which is pure and knows no bondage.

Human soul is essentially pure and perfect. Its real nature is blessedness and power, not weakness and misery. Somehow or other misery has come. Inner voice of blessedness and freedom comes. “Come unto Me all ye that are heavy laden and labor”. As the children of the village were attracted by the music of the flute-player so we are all following that voice without knowing it.

The whole scene changes, as soon as you remember your real self. The ghastly battlefield of the world changes into something good and pleasant as you remember your real self of purity and freedom. You are the infinite depository of all the knowledge of the world. Until the inner teacher awakens, all our outside learning is in vain. It must lead to the opening the book of the heart to have any value.
When we remember our true self which is all bliss, we no longer curse nature or say that the world is horrible. We need no longer weep and wail. We realize that this struggle is for freedom. The saint is going towards that voice of freedom. So is the sinner. The miser is also going towards that destination.

The greatest worker of the good hears the same voice within and cannot resist it. He must go towards that voice. So is the most arrant idler. One stumbles more than another and he who stumbles more is called bad: he who stumbles less is called good. Good and bad are not two different things in kind. They are two sides of the same coin i.e. the apparent man.

Behind the apparent man is the real man, the remembrance of which leads to Self Realisation. The real man is one and infinite, the omnipresent Spirit. And the apparent man is only the dim reflection of the real man. The real man, the Spirit, being beyond time, space and causation must be free. He was never bound and could not be bound.

Remember that you are THAT, FREE, PURE & BLISSFUL. For that self-remembrance, Gurudev Shri Swami Vishvas Ji has granted us VISHVAS MEDITATION as His blessing. It is quite natural and easy process. It takes us on to the Inward Journey which leads to self-remembrance of All Existence, Knowledge and Bliss.It is not forcing the mind to be quiet. It is finding the quiet that is always there. It is not the concentration of the mind at all. When thought-current is interrupted, it is concentration: when the flow is un-interrupted it is meditation. Sit in a comfortable posture and close your eyes. Watch and watch whatever comes before you. There is thick darkness, stillness and a crowd of thoughts. Don’t get involved in any of these thoughts. Simply watch them wakefully and persistently. Just by watching, thoughts will diminish and you will go beyond mind. Through regular meditation, you will attain self-remembrance which is a key to Realisation.

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