Enjoy God’s play and remember him with love


By Amitabha Bhattacharya

“You are here to relish his rasa, to experience God’s love, to taste His Vraja Lila. This lila is symbolised by union, moving to and fro between the opposite poles like a pendulum, the characteristic of duality and mental function. It is a stage where we are to enact our respective roles for a stipulated period of time.”

Amiya Roy Chowdhury came to be revered as Dadaji, meaning ‘elder brother’, from the late 1960s. Despite attaining supreme yogic powers and realising God, he lived the life of a simple householder.

His teachings include both an extension of our core philosophical ideation and a departure from traditional mores that stress on rituals and perpetuate divisions within mankind through the establishment of orders and institutions. Dadaji had neither set up any Ashram nor designated any spiritual heir. He opposed the cult of ‘godman’, proclaiming that God alone, that is, His Name, the Mahanam, is the Guru. “Divine Name is the only path. You are free in your spiritual pursuit and need not depend on anyone. He and His Name are one.”

In Dadaji’s presence Mahanam was revealed to countless seekers in the languages of their choice. His message is clear: “God is within, in the deep recesses of our heart, in the form of the two sounds of Mahanam – Great Name. Mahanam is at the root of our respiration. One sound, Gopal, apprises you of the Supreme, the other sound, Govinda, of the beyond. This Mahanam is our real self, the Guru.” This is fundamental in nature, brooking no artificial divisions.

Unlike many other spiritual leaders, Dadaji emphasised the importance of ‘karma’ or action or duty. “Work is worship where the sole frame of reference is the Soul, the vibrant Mahanam, God’s name within your heart. Every bit of work is worship … An individual can at best put in effort, regardless of the result. Work is one’s own dharma. Work itself is sacrifice. Work is penance. God is there … So do not worry or be afraid. We are here to enjoy His play, remember Him with love and remain in the natural state.” Karma leads to jnana, which in turn leads to bhakti, leading to surrender to His will.

As one psychiatrist, Donald Maclean, records after meeting Dadaji, “My mental version of the universe, my splitting of my mind into two, the judgment I had expected, were all fantasies, perhaps based on my self-created images of the past, all the way back to the beginning of my present life, possibly from past lives … quite beyond my limited perception.”

Nani Lal Sen, former professor, Rabindrabharati University, explains, “Not through the arithmetic of counting of beads nor through multiform penance or yogic practices can one reach Him … What then, is the way out and who would guide us to the goal? In reality, in Dadaji’s philosophy, the means and the ends are one continuum; the way, the goal and the guide are but one identical integer. All else is a mental construct, a schematisation of the geometrising ego which is another name for Maya or nescience.”

We have to perform our duties to the best of our ability, remain natural, and brave destiny with patience, while lovingly remembering His Name.

Linkedin


Disclaimer

Views expressed above are the author’s own.



END OF ARTICLE



.



Source link

%d bloggers like this: