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Message of Amrita

by Swami Sivananda

EY AMRITA PUTRA! Are you always peaceful? Are you noble? Do you possess self-restraint? Are you endowed with divine virtues? Are you free from ignorance? Do you possess knowledge of the Self? Have you got illumination? Have you realised the immortal, pure Self? How do you stand before these questions? If you have not got these things, then come, sit down and listen? Here is the message of Amrita for you all! Even if you practise a little of this, you will go beyond death, sorrow and pain.

Meditate always I am pure consciousness. I am Sat-Chit-Ananda Brahman. I am the immutable, self-effulgent, immortal Self. I am the silent witness of the three states, viz., waking, dreaming and deep-sleep state. I am distinct from the body, mind, Prana and senses. I am distinct from the five sheaths. You will attain Self-realisation soon. You will attain knowledge of the Self (Brahma Jnana).

It is bondage when you are attached to your wife, property or body, when you take the body as the pure Self. It is liberation when you are not attached to any object of this world, when you identify yourself with the pure, immortal Atman.

Wherever there is Kama (desire), there is no Rama; wherever there is Rama there is no Kama. Wherever there is desire, there is the world. Therefore, go beyond desire by cultivating discrimination (Viveka), dispassion (Vairagya) and by meditating on Brahman or the Supreme Self and be happy.

Live without the feeling of 'I-ness', 'mine-ness' and attachment. Restrain the senses. Observe the rules of right conduct. Get purity of heart. Hear the Truth. Abide in the Self. Be happy.

As soon as you realise that you are not this body, you become free from matter and death, you are free from the bondage of Karma, from the fetters of desires, from the mirage of this mundane life and its concomitant evils and miseries.

Soul, Supreme Self, Atman or Brahman is that abiding, constantly existing and imperishable entity which is the basis for the world, indivisible, self-luminous, unchanging, all-pervading and the silent witness or Sakshi of the three states. The knower of this attains immortality and enters the abode of bliss and nectar.

Brahman is real and eternal. This body is unreal and perishable. From the knowledge of Self (Atman) and not-self (Anatma) springs the stream of immortality or the ancient wisdom of the seers of the Upanishads.

Atman is the immortal substance or essence in man. Atman is the origin of thoughts, desires and reasonings. Atman is spiritual because it is beyond matter and mind. It must be immortal because it is spiritual; it is beyond time, space and causation; it is beginningless and endless, causeless and infinite.

If you realise this immortal soul which is hidden in your heart and all these forms, if the knots of Avidya (ignorance), Kama (desire), and Karma (action) are rent asunder, if the chain of ignorance, viz., ignorance, non-discrimination, egoism, likes and dislikes, Karma, body, etc., is broken, you will be freed from the round of births and deaths, you will enter the city of deathlessness.

The ignorant man only runs after sensual objects and falls into the moral coils spread around him. He lives in the midst of darkness. He falls again and again under the sway of the Lord of Death. The way to Moksha is not apparent to him. He is deluded by the sensual pleasures of this world. But the patient, thoughtful man of discrimination and dispassion does not desire the illusory pleasures of this world. He meditates on the Supreme Self and attains Eternal Bliss and Immortality.

Moksha is the summum bonum of life. Moksha is the fulfilment of the life's purpose. Life ends in the earth plane when you attain Moksha, or liberation from births and deaths. The realisation of your real object in life is freedom or Moksha. Moksha bestows on you eternal life of undecaying bliss and perennial joy. Moksha is not annihilation. Moksha is the annihilation of the little self-arrogating ego only. Moksha is realisation of the identity of the individual soul with the Supreme Soul. by annihilating this little self, you possess the whole of true universality, you attain life eternal and a fuller life.

If you have purity of mind and concentration, you can make the mind assume any Bhava you like. If you think of mercy, your whole being will be saturated with mercy. If you think of peace, the whole being will be filled with peace.

The spiritual path is doubtless beset with various difficulties. It is the razor path. The walk in this path is like the walking on the edge of a sharp razor. You will fall down several times but you will have to rise up quickly and walk again with more zeal, boldness and cheerfulness. Every stumbling block will become a stepping stone to success or ascent in the hill of spiritual knowledge. Every fall will give you additional strength to rise up to a great height in the ladder of Yoga. Do not lose sight of the goal. Do not miss the ideal. Do not be discouraged. The Indweller will guide you and push you up. All saints and sages, all prophets and sees had to pass through tremendous struggles and severe ordeals before they reached the goal. March boldly, O fair youth! and reach the goal.

It is not true that only one attained Moksha or liberation. History bears evidence of many a Sankara having come into this world. If the past could produce Sankaras, why not the future also? What one has achieved can be achieved by others also. This is the immutable law of nature. Whosoever would attain the knowledge of the Self, like Yajnavalkya of the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, like Uddalaka of Chhandogya Upanishad, will also attain Moksha or Immortality.

The way to the enlightened sages is sinless. The way to liberation, freedom, perfect happiness and peace is through perfect purity of mind and heart of every act, character and life, through self-restraint, control of mind and regular meditation on the pure self-luminous, indivisible, all-pervading Self or Atma.

If you attain Self-realisation, all doubts will be rent asunder. Supreme contentment will ever dwell in your heart. You will be purged of Rajas and Tamas. You will be ever peaceful and happy. Therefore struggle hard to attain his rare state of Supreme blessedness in this very birth.

The flame of a lamp destroys immense darkness. Even so, knowledge of Self destroys ignorance or Avidya. The root cause for human sufferings and tribulations. Therefore attain the knowledge of the Self, get illumination and roam about happily.

What is that by knowing which everything else will be known, what is that by attaining which there will be no hankering for any other thing, what is that by realising which one becomes immortal, fearless and desireless and rests in everlasting peace and happiness? It is Brahman or Atman or the Ultimate Truth which is the summum bonum of life. It is Bhuma or the Highest or the Unconditioned. You can get real happiness only by attaining this Bhuma or the Highest Self.

May you all live in the spirit of this message of Amrita! May you all the equipped with the four means of salvation through the grace of the Lord! May you all rejoice in the Self within! May you all attain Self-realisation in this very birth!

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