"The vital (creative) flow that throbs the soul and sweeps through all objects, fine and gross, is called the world of spirituality." Says Sri Sri Thakur in Anusruti, Part 1, page 213 (5th edition), Chapter Sangya, stanza no 80. We will discuss this next week.
আত্মাতে যে সৃষ্টি-ধারা
আধ্যাত্মিক জগৎ তা’কেই
In Hindi with Bengali dialects
आत्माते जे सृष्टि-धारा
आध्यात्मिक जगत ता’केइ
In Odia with Bengali dialects
ଆତ୍ମାତେ ଜେ ସୃଷ୍ଟି-ଧାରା
ଆଧ୍ୟାତ୍ମିକ ଜଗତ ତା’କେଇ
In Gujarati with Bengali dialects——
આત્માતે જે સૃષ્ટિ-ધારા
આધ્યાત્મિક જગત તા’કેઇ
Adoration to the fulfiller the best.
Pranaam at His lotus feet! Jayguru to all dear mothers and brothers!
Today's topic is a wonderful piece where the Lord has defined spiritual world. The definition is crisp and clear, yet it carries meaning which is very deep and wide. The saying gives us an ideological sketch that relates spiritual world with the soul.
Soul is the cause of life. It carries that substance which manifests in the form of life for a specific period of time. Soul is said to be credited with such power that makes it indestructible and therefore soul is a permanent and perpetuating substance. Each person's soul is bestowed with unique features which provides each person with a distinct identity. Therefore soul is that invisible substance that is responsible for the shape and quality of each creation.
The topic in original Bengali language
Aatmaate je srushti-dhaaraa
sukshma sthule bay,
Adhyaatmika jagat taa’ke-i
(Anusruti, Vol.1: sanjnaa: 80:213)
Aatmaate(within soul) je(which) srushti(creation)-dhaaraa(stream)
Sukshma(fine) sthule( gross) bay(flows),
Adhyaatmika( spiritual) jagat (world) taa’ke-i( to it)
Sudheejanaa(wise people) kay (tell).
English meaning of key words:
Aatmaa: ever moving, soul, spirit, life
[at(satata gati)+man] : niyata chalatsila
srushti: creation, formation
Dhaaraa: shower, margin, border of anything, custom, habit, manner, system, a series, method, stream, shower
Sukshma: thin, fine, minute, delicate, subtle, sharp, atomic, minutely,
sthula: bulky, gross, coarse, dense, big
Adhyaatmika: supreme spirit, spiritual, metaphysical
Sudheejanaa: wise man, scholar, talented, possessor of good understanding
Being the core of our life and being the prime cause of all expressions of life and having ability to promote itself into superior status, soul is a key substance to deal with. That science, as Sri Sri Thakur says in this verse, is known as spirituality.
In The Message, Vol VIII, Sri Sri Thakur says, "The basic radiant unit from which radiation of life or existence emanates with consciousness in a contrast is soul."
The word 'soul' is perhaps synonymous with two other words in Sri Sri Thakur's literature which are 'being' and 'existence'. Sri Sri Thakur has outlined large sketches to draw life's focus on 'being' and 'existence'. The world of spirituality deals with those subjects.
In The Message, Vol. II, Sri Sri Thakur is saying, "Becoming is the cry of existence and existence enjoys the universe through it and feels it exists; do thou welcome becoming - the uphill move of being with every nurture of existence and every adjusting go of life; do enjoy - and help others too with the elixir of life and growth."
In a wonderful exposiion, Sri Sri Thakur is saying that soul enjoys the universe through an uphill move.
Going by Sri Sri Thakur's ideological framework, the world of 'dharma' and the world of spirituality are perhaps coterminous.
Pranaam to his lotus feet. Jaiguru to all.
In today's saying, Sri Sri Thakur is saying about fine and gross flows from soul. Sri Sri Thakur through his life and ideology brought out the finer aspects of soul for raising our consciousness and knowledge.
Thakur says everything in this world is living or has life. In a discussion with Sarat Da, it gets highlighted.
Sarat Da: What comes first—mind or matter?
Sri Sri Thakur: Energy comes first. When energy gets transformed into matter, a part of it takes the shape of consciousness. Note that matter is not discrete from consciousness. When vibration is created in the chit (conscious) form of the matter, we call it mind which can both transmit and receive impulses. In my understanding, matter is not devoid of sachhidananda. What is called matter is also energy and chit from another angle; and whatever you call as energy and chit, is again nothing but the finer matter. It is not impossible to demonstrate this through research. (Alochana Prasange Vol. 16:20-4-1949)
In the saying that follows, quoted from The Message, Vol II, Sri Sri Thakur is saying how to draw the best out of soul (existence). "Adherence to the Beloved, - the Lead, compassionate nurture and alert exalting behaviour with far sighted intelligence, activity, existential conduct and every friendly sympathy are the beverage of existence."
As quoted by Debeshda2 2.07:
Two points I want to highlight:
So, anything that exists has a scope of becoming. The process of becoming that gives enjoyment to being and also gives a feeling that one exists.
The science of spirituality can reveal what Thakur has expressed in the verse. But what we understand that the process of becoming ahs to be cultivated continuously if we want to enjoy our own existence.
"As you move away from fear and towards triumph, you will be brave and you will get support." Says Sri Sri Thakur in Anusruti, Part 1, page 180 (5th edition), Chapter Britti Niyantran, stanza no 9. We will discuss this next week.
Vande Purushottamam! Jayguru to all!
The creation is ever dynamic. The cry for existence leads to becoming. This dynamic process has to be carried on always in a Ideal-centric manner. That is what will make life beautiful and successful. And that is what will make one happy