A small episode at the Yajur Mandir
“No! Atheists cannot attain liberation. But if the atheist is a good person who does noble deeds, then, he will be blessed with a next birth into a god-loving family. Then, he will be able to attain liberation/salvation.”
Swami smiled and replied,
Dehabhimanam - What is it?
A train of thoughts
"If everyone can get liberation, then does God not distinguish even between the ‘good’ people and the ‘bad’ people?”
A friend’s experience
|Ranganatha Raju's experience with Swami shows that God definitely encourages one to be good and have faith.|
“See how my condition is here. This (pointing at the broom) is the ghanakaryam that you have made me do.”
Then he rushed to classes.
“What do you want?”
Raju was pleasantly surprised. He got up on his knees. He did not know what to ask.
“Swami, give me vibhuti...”, he said.
“Why?” Swami asked, “is it your birthday? Is it your marriage?”
Raju got overawed with Swami’s physical proximity. He replied in a quivering voice,
“Swami... please give me vibhuti...please...”
“This is the reward for your ghanakaryam (great deed)!”
Why one should be good?
“Why does Swami encourage the good and discourage the bad if both are equally capable of achieving the ultimate; if both are equal in His eyes?”
Though both good and evil coexist, the way the ‘good’ perceives the ‘bad’ and vice versa is totally different. The ‘bad’ has no problem or qualms about the ‘good’. ‘Bad’ does not try to destroy the ‘good’ or transform it. It is not plagued by the question,
“Why is there good in the world?”
In fact, ‘bad’ needs the ‘good’. What would a cheat do without innocent prey to swindle? ‘Bad’ knows that if everyone is ‘bad’ it cannot thrive!
“Why is there evil in the world?”
‘Good’ does not need the ‘bad’ because the absence of ‘good’ is ‘bad’ just as the absence of ‘light’ is ‘dark’.
|"Duality" is the very nature of the world and it cannot be changed.|