|December 06, 2007 |
There are two parts or qualities of the soul that are described in scriptures. The lower part is involved in the activities of the body. Through the inner faculties of the mind, intellect, etc., this part of the soul permeates throughout the body and causes it to act. The other part of the soul is separate from the activities of the body. It is unshakeable, determined, and fixed. It is called the saakshee (witness) and it is very difficult to penetrate through or change that part. Just as the sun remains fixed while the planets revolve around it, the saakshee also remains fixed. This part of the soul is normally covered by attachment to the materialistic world, which forces it to undergo the cycle of birth and death. The process of changing and elevating this part of the soul is called "piercing" the witness or saaksheebhedana.
Bhedana is similar to an arrow piercing an apple. When it is "pierced" the saakshee undergoes a transformation and its course and destiny are altered. The soul acquires divine qualities and becomes a pure instrument of God. Gunatit Saints have tremendous energy and techniques to penetrate into this level. The Gunatit Saint "pierces" the saakshee and causes it to change its natural pattern. But the major obstacle in this process is the mind. The function of the mind is to continuously meditate upon something and raise desires. The presence of the mind keeps the saakshee trapped within the material world. However, when the aspirant truly surrenders to the Gunatit Saint, the hold of the mind is loosened.
In 1986, during his last speech to the entire Gunatit Samaj, Kakaji explained that, "If the saakshee has been pierced, then the mind does not remain. However, if the mind is still there, then the saakshee has not been pierced." Thus, until the mind is controlled, the process does not occur. Each soul has a purpose to fulfill in its purification and this is the reason for its birth. Until the appropriate maturity has been reached, the Saint patiently waits. But when the appropriate circumstances are created and the Saint feels, "Let us hit while the iron is hot," then the mind is no longer a factor. It becomes dissolved, submissive, cooperative and purified.
But, in order to create these circumstances, one must finally fight with the mind. Following the commands and being in harmony with the Saint are techniques of going beyond the mind.
At the beginning of the battle of the Mahabharat, Arjuna becomes confused and decides not to fight. At this point, Lord Krishna recites the Bhagvad Gita in order to explain to Arjuna the true purpose of his life. However, the beginning of the Gita is a logical discussion in which Arjuna is trying to prove his point at the intellectual level. But after the 11th chapter, in which Lord Krishna displays his universal form, the tone of Arjuna changes. Seeing that he was ready, Lord Krishna pierced his saakshee and everything that follows is purely spiritual communication between the soul and Supersoul.
Thus, total surrender to the Saint prepares the aspirant for this process. But Kakaji gave a shortcut to achieve this. By developing harmony with fellow devotees, one can overcome the mind easily. Within our own group, it is natural that we will not like or agree with every action of every devotee, but by seeing divinity working there, one naturally goes beyond the mind. By giving up with each other even 20% of the time, it becomes easy for one to make a 100% commitment to the Gunatit Saint.