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Sunday, 15 July 2012

बापूंची (अनिरुध्दसिंह) तपश्‍चर्या - २




बापूंच्या (अनिरुद्धसिंह) तपश्‍चर्येचा दुसरा खंड म्हणजे ’उपासना खंड’. ही तपश्‍चर्या कशासाठी? याचं उत्तर उपासना शब्दातच आहे असं बापू (अनिरुद्धसिंह) म्हणतात. उप-आसन म्हणजे जवळ बसण्यासाठी. बापू (अनिरुद्धसिंह) पुढे सांगतात, " मला कामाला लागायचं आहे; तुमच्या अधिक जवळ यायचं आहे; आणि जेवढी ही दरी कमी होईल तेवढाच मी तुमच्या जवळ येऊ शकेन. तुम्ही माझ्या जवळ येऊ शकता". आता बापू  (अनिरुद्धसिंह) आमच्यातलाच एक आहे ह्या प्रेमाच्या भावनेने स्विकारायचं; इच्छा असेल तर.  पण मला तुमच्या बरोबर खेळायचं आहे. तुमच्या बरोबर धावायचं आहे आणि वेळ पडलीच तर तुमच्या पुढे उभे राहून जे काही करायचं असेल ते करीन".   

तो जवळ येऊ इच्छितो कशासाठी? माझ्यासाठी जे अशक्य आहे; माझी कुवत जिथे संपते; कमी पडते ते शक्य करण्यासाठी. 

"तू आणि मी मिळून पाही, अशक्य असे काहीही नाही, देतो मुक्त कंठे ग्वाही, राजाधिराज अनिरुध्द". पुढे जाऊन हे ही सांगतो की "मी तुला कधीच टाकणार नाही". पण आमचं मन मात्र संकल्प विकल्पात्मक असतं; चंचल असतं आणि मग आमचा विश्‍वास अढळ रहावा यासाठी हा कठीण परिस्थितीतही सुध्दा आधार देण्यासाठी प्रत्येक श्रध्दावान मित्राला विश्‍वास / ग्वाही देत राहतो की "आमचा बापू हळूहळू आमच्यासाठी सगळं काही नीट करत आहे!". थोडक्यात काय प्रत्येक श्रध्दानाव मित्राला सबुरी ही ठेवावीच लागते.


हे सद्‍गुरुतत्‍व कायम "आमच्यासाठी" जवळ येऊ इच्छीतं. पण आम्हीच त्याच्यापासून लांब जात राहतो, पळत राहतो. आम्ही त्याला विसरतो पण तो आम्हाला विसरत नाही. बापू (अनिरुद्धसिंह) म्हणून श्रीमद्‌पुरुषार्थ ग्रंथाराजात आम्हाला सांगतात, 

"सांगाती आहे मी तुमचा खचित 
तिनही काळी, तिनही लोकांत 
विसरलात तुम्ही मज जरी क्‍वचित; 
मी नाही विसरणार तुम्हास निश्‍चित"

Why the Human Birth



(Note: This is English translation of my earlier Marathi post titled नरजन्माचें काय कारण?)

It was really sad to learn about the demise of Darasinghji. Every Indian heart grieved. But then death does inevitably come to every jeeva does it not? Hemadpant discusses this very fact in the 43rd chapter of the Shreesaisachcharit.

Every birth is followed by death. The two are inseparable. Death is a state natural to the jeeva. Life is what is unnatural to it. - (chapter 43 verse 52)

Death is a state natural to the jeeva. Death is a state that is pleasurable for the jeeva. Life is the unnatural and altered state. – a fact the thinkers and the wise will confirm. - (chapter 43 verse 56)

But if that is how it is, 'what then is the purpose behind our birth in this world' is the question that could and does indeed come up for us. When it comes down to an appraisal of the life lived, 'what did I achieve?' is inevitably the issue. Hemadpant guides us to explain 'why at all the human birth?'

Where have we come from? Who are we? What is the reason behind our human birth? The one who knows the essence, the crux of this, is the wise one. The life of those who do not, ends up as pointless exercise.  - (chapter 8 verse 16)

If lasting happiness and contentment are the only objectives in the heart, if the Bhagwanta is the only one we see in all creation, we surely have values that lead us to the supreme, the ultimate fulfillment. - (chapter 8 verse 31)

Further, Hemadpant goes on to explain how we ought to put the human body to use and how we ought not.

If life is used up or spent merely over food, sleep, and other such sensory pleasures, how does the human being differ from the dog or any other beast for that matter? We must give this a thought, we must use the 'vivek' (our ability to discern the right from the wrong) and take the right decision. - (chapter 8 verse 12)

Do not allow the body and the sensory pleasures to rule over you. You have to be in command of the body and not the other way round. Do not indulge or give in to the undue demands of the body. Do not pamper it, for if that happens you will only end up throwing open the gates of hell for yourself. - (chapter 8 verse 33)

Hemadpant then goes on to voice his earnest concern: 
The Ishvar was very happy that He had created the human body. His main intention was that the human being would, committed to his ability to discern between the right and wrong along with His ability to turn his focus and attention inwards(towards the Bhagavanta), sing the glories of the bhagavanta, i.e. keep coming closer to the Bhagavanta. - (chapter 8 verse 52)

Though finite and mortal, man is the only being in the creation equipped with a body – a means so appropriate to offer and commit in sadhana and attain the infinite, the immortal Narayan. - (chapter 43 verse 53)

Hemadpant then makes an appeal to us:
Strive for and towards the knowledge of the True Self while your body is still able. Do not squander a single moment of this worthy and precious human birth. - (chapter 8 verse 78) 

And what did Hemadpant do in order that not a single moment of "his human birth" be squandered? He made the following request to Shree Sainath:
I am but a server of Your Feet O Sainath! Please do not dishearten me. (please grant me this request). As long as there is life in my body and until there is breath in it, please use it to serve the purpose of Your cause and mission. - (chapter 3 verse 40)  

Ordinary bhaktas that we are, we might wonder how Hemadpant could make this wonderful and actually supreme request. The answer comes from Hemadpant himself in the 40th chapter.

The heart, the mind ardently longed, craved for Sai and this was a willful and ceaseless exercise. Despite the intimacy of seven years that he shared with Sainath, Hemadpant did yearn (आस) for Sai to visit his home and have a meal with him and did not dismiss what he saw treating it as a mere dream or illusion (भास). For him, it was the truth, he trusted it. 

(ध्यानीं मनीं साईचा ध्यास l हा तो निरंतराचा अभ्यास l सात वर्षांचा जरी सहवास l आंस न भासभोजनाचा ll ) - (chapter 40 verse 119)

Hemadpant's longing for Sai was a ceaseless and constant activity – during this birth and even during his earlier ones and so forever. It was for Sai and Sai alone that he craved for every single moment. That Sainath come to his home for a meal was his intense desire and so his dream could never have been a mere illusion. It was the truth. Indeed the path paved by Hemadpant is the path that every Sai bhakta walks.

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