The Royal Path Print E-mail

Do you want to live life as a puppet, completely at the mercy of the world, or do you want to be free from the persecution of the world and become master of the universe? Live like a king by discovering the royal secret - knowledge of your own Power. The universe will then transform from a prison-house to a playground. You will enjoy every moment of your life and gain access to the transcendental as well.

 

We often think that material and spiritual ends are mutually exclusive. Krsna assures the sincere aspirant of both spiritual Enlightenment as well as worldly success. The Bhagavad Gita does not promise a vague, post mortem happiness. The benefits can be reaped here and now to gain material prosperity, happiness as well as spiritual growth. The accent is on consistency of purpose and depth of feeling. Pursue your goal constantly and devotedly and you will achieve it. Whatever action you perform, whatever you perceive, whatever you offer, give or strive for, do it as an offering to God. Thus every mundane action is converted to worship. You will be freed from the bondage of actions that yield good and bad results.

 

Ignorant of their potential the deluded ignore the Spirit and get caught up with the world. Living in vain hopes, performing futile actions and acquiring hollow, superficial knowledge, they are bereft of discrimination. They fritter away their lives in the pursuit of petty, insignificant playthings. The mahatmas, great souls, anchored in the higher Goal, worship the Spirit single-pointedly. They dedicate all actions to the ideal – Karma Yoga. They endeavour to root out hatred and instil love for all beings – Bhakti Yoga. They are firm in resolve, determined in their pursuit till the Goal is attained – Jnana Yoga. They align both the head and heart with the Truth. Such great souls constantly yearn for liberation. They attain total freedom from the pairs of opposites in the world. Thus worship is a constant effort at union with Atman, not a casual, occasional prayer or ritual.

 

Spiritual evolution is not the exclusive privilege of the chosen few. Krsna accepts even the most wicked people, those who are rajasika (passionate) and tamasika (lethargic) and offers them liberation. Nobody is disqualified provided they choose the right path. Everyone has access to the supreme Goal. The highly refined and spiritually evolved ones find it much easier to get there. With a serene mind and sharp intellect they understand the nature of the world as anitya impermanent and asukha joyless. They know they are heir to true and abiding Bliss. All they have to do is look for it in the right place – within.

 

Krsna ends by encapsulating the entire spiritual path in one verse. Fix your mind on Me – Jnana Yoga. The intellect fixes Realisation as the goal and constantly discriminates between the real and unreal, permanent and passing, eternal and ephemeral. Be My devotee – Bhakti Yoga. Feel for the ideal, pour your heart out to God. Be loyal to God. Surrender helps calm the mind. It empowers you to go through the ordeals the world has in store for you. Sacrifice to Me – Karma Yoga. Sweat, toil, work hard. Act in a spirit of sacrifice and service for the welfare of humanity. Dedicate your actions to the Goal. Prostrate to Me – dissolve your ego. Place your head and heart at the feet of the Lord. Thus, with Me as the supreme Goal you shall come to Me.

 

The law is – As you think so shall you be. Most people change their lifestyles, clothing, and food. They even re-locate to an Ashram or the Himalayas. But pay scant regard to their thoughts which are still on the world. The only thing you need to change is your thoughts. Nothing else. Elevate your thoughts to the Spirit and the world will be at your feet. The fringe benefit of spiritual life is material success.