NARADHA BHAKTHI SUTHRAM – TAMIL UPANYASAM – DEC-13-2019 : Episode 13
Om Namasivaya Nama:
Narada Bakthi Suthram – Chapter 02 – Para Bhathi Mahathwam:
SA Thu Karma-GhnAna-YOgebhyO-ApyadhikatharA!SA Thu = Such type of Para Bakthi, Karma-GhnAna-YOgebhya =Better than Karma, GhnAna, Yoga sadhanAs, AdhikatharA = Superior.
Meaning: Para Bakthi is much more superior to all other important types of worships (SadhanAs). Because is harmless to practice and fewer efforts are needed to realize God compare to other practices.
Lord Sri Krishna said to his close devotee and minister Udhava that there are plenty of options available for aspirants to reach me, however, nothing is so easy to attract me other than Bakthi Upasana. Some of the other types are Yoga, Sankhya, Dharmic Sadhana, Sadhwayam, Thapass, ThyAg etc also can be practised to reach me but only innocent devotion alone makes the devotee very pure. Without Bakthi even if one has the possession of Dharma, Sathya-sElam, Dhaya, Vidhya and Thapass it can’t make the devotee purest.
PhalaroopathAwath = It is the highest reward for realizing God.
Meaning: Bakthi is the ultimate approach in spiritual practices because it is the Rewards given by God. The goal is most important than the approach to achieve the task. Bakthi is also the experience of NithyAnand (Everlasting joy). Praise the glories of God and get rewarded the benefits of doing all Sadhanaas of the spiritual world. In other words, Bakthi is the nature of the fruits of all other spiritual practices.
EaswarasyApi AbhimAna-dhweshithwAth DhainyapriyathwAth Cha!
EaswarasyApi = Even to God, AbhimAna-dhweshithwAth = Hates egotism, Cha = And, DhainyapriyathwAth = Loves humility.
Meaning: Though God does not discriminate people, yet he loves those who practice Para Bakthi and shows anger to who behave with egotism. It is difficult to practice all other spiritual practices without self-efforts and those who put self-efforts in achieving something will eventually fall into the pit of Ego because it is self depended. Only a true devotee can realize that God lives in his/her heart. Anything that is part of one’s own body he/she became the owner of that object, with this approach the devotee consumes the power of God in him/her and enjoy everlasting God-hood. Moreover, only through Bakthi sadhana one can do Aatma Samarpanam, whereas all other practices needed or dependent of self-ego and self-efforts.
Unless one completely eradicate the Ego, it is not possible to achieve God’s grace and compassion. For a devotee, getting God’s grace and compassion is ultimate and even greater than ascending to paradise!
ThasyAha GhnAnameva SAdhanamithyeke!
ThasyAha = For the pure devotion/Para Bakthi, GhnAnameva = Knowledge alone, SAdhanamithyeke =The only option available for the devotee.
Meaning: Some scholars are opinions that Ghyaan (true Knowledge) alone is the only option for the aspirant to realize God. Yes, maybe true in Vedanthik practices whereas, in the Bakthi Practice it has less importance because Bakthi is the easiest and more secure approach in the realization of God.
As we know Easwara and God are bit different. Easwara is Nirguna Prabrahman whereas Bhagawan/God is Saguna brahman who is derived from Nirguna Parabrahman itself, hence both of them have no difference in reality except in the deep subtle form. Therefore, the opinion of some AcharyAs could be correct but not an easy approach to all. On another occasion, God himself revealed to Udhava that what one can achieve (Sidhi) through the practice of GhnAna cannot be achieved through pilgrimage (Theerthadan), chanting (Japa), charity (DhAn) and other good conducts (Pavithra KarmAs).
Therefore, the argument of GhAna alone is the best practice have no supremacy over Bakthi because God loves Bakthi than other approaches in reaching him.
Sivoham…To be continued…