“Search for the self in the scriptures on the shelf “
Didi shared her wisdom to an audience of approximately 275 on the topic for the evening “search for the self in the scriptures on the shelf” in a very interesting and unique way. She started her talk with reference to a mirror, that to see our face we need a mirror. If a mirror is given to a blind person, he can’t see anything. The mirror is of use only when you have your own eyes.
And then she shared her childhood experience about the importance of the Gita, where people blindly follow, repeat, sing and at the end they used to throw water and pray that this is a drop of nectar and drink it. Now she can enjoy the nectar of godly knowledge, the realization, and the spirituality. She shared if we understand with the eye of our intellect, the value is more, there is respect otherwise we get confused.
As a child Didi said she would always question the way rituals was done, and what the priests and elders were relating from the Scriptures and was always told not to argue and that when she grows up she will understand. She said out of respect, “I kept quiet, I kept my mouth shut but mind was talking very much”.
She then shared the contrast of the teachings of Brahma Kumari Spiritual University, where you are encouraged to ask questions because study can’t be studied with blind faith or fear. And this method allowed Didi to deveop a greater understanding of the message relating to these stories of the Scriptures.
She shared the story of Ganesha, Shiva and Shankar and the Swastika. The Swastika is the story of soul, matter and God an our journey through the cycle. Swa means self and sthiti means state, which explains the four stages of civilization on this planet. It’s cycle of time and the state of the self, a child of God. The name of God are attributive, like Ishwar: One who fulfills our wishes; Shiva: Benevolent Being; Bhagwan: The bestower of fortune; Khuda: who comes on his own; GOD: generator, operator and destroyer; Ram: One who brings comfort, the names are attributed according to qualities.
Again there was an example of Parvati, Shiva and Ganesh story: which is a symbolic story about letting go of this body consciousness and recognizing my own inner beauty. First the soul has to become pure and then remember the supreme soul. By being a soul you come near to God.
Did then explained about the story of Adam and Eve and the contrast in the story. She asked the question, “who is your life partner”? You are a soul and your life partner is the body. How do we live with our life partner? The soul leaves the body but the body does not leave the body. The snake is an example of earthly consciousness, it changes its skin.
The Ramayana was written approximately 600 years ago. Scriptures are in the form of books but we have forgotten the qualities and memorials of the characters, we keep and respect only the scriptures and so they remain on the shelf and not in the self. In fact in our consciousness, divinity was in ourselves and we just became parrots. We are singing and that makes me corporeal, body conscious. We say that attachment is natural, ego, authority is natural and greed is natural. We are not taking the actual message behind it. Gita is a message for the state of present time where all are constantly worried, confused, fighting for a piece of land. With the power of spirituality divinity is created and then our intellects begin to explore matter more and more, it is story of exploring matter and mind.
Contemplate on how harmony is created by connecting with Supreme Soul and how He liberates us when we explore, when we become egocentric. It became only the power of reality. Spiritual aspect is lost. We are very much following the rituals but the spirit is not in aware. So no reality remains. I have a picture but no character, it does not work. It’s like cookbook, where we read the recipes no one will be satisfied. Things have become intellectual or we are reciting for others and not for self. It belongs to us and it is our memory, we need to bring this power again by practicing. Practice makes the human being perfect. And experience is the real thing. Let it in self, in heart and inaction. Then in value all of us become a mobile Gita, living Koran, living Bible because many aspects of these things are practical. It is value of life, but if we have not used them, we believe but we don’t live it. If we live it, we become praise worthy, worthy with values, knowledge and value of power.
There was a question and answer session and many took the opportunity to share and compliment Didi for taking up such a topic and giving clarity to what the Scriptures of any religion represents and the value of not only reading them but using it in our daily lives.