Chapter – 14

Swethāranyeswar asks, “O Perfect Being! I surrender myself at Your Golden Lotus Feet and beg You to help me. Please tell me how am I to offer thanks to the Supreme Self.”

Sri Shuka Paramarshi replies, “Dear child, as Aksharam or Imperishable is the seed for the self-luminous akshara or alphabet, and the self-luminous akshara or alphabet is the seed for all creation i.e more self-luminous aksharas and their expanded creation and differentials of light, sound, matter, time, movement, space, ego, mind, intellect, five-fold attributes, five-fold elements and other parameters and the myriad forms and shapes of created beingsall actions and inactions, words, thoughts, speech, fruits of actions and inactions are within this created universe and thereby owe its creation to the self-luminous akshara or alphabet.

Hence, it has been said that the Supreme Self is the Sole Doer, the Sole Witness, the Sole Enjoyer and the Sole Beneficiary. The real question is who is offering thanks to whom? And who is grateful to whom? Is the self-luminous akshara or alphabet which is the Self grateful to the Supreme Self? Or is the “body” which is the manifested or Vyakta state of the self-luminous akshara or alphabet grateful to the Supreme Self? Or is the unmanifest or Avyakta state of the self-luminous akshara or alphabet grateful to the Supreme Self?

The answer is that there is only one Supreme Self though its forms appear myriad. When the created being offers thanks and shows gratitude, in reality which is ambiguous in nature, it is the Supreme Self offering thanks to Itself. Isn’t this a paradox?

Child, Truth is an ambiguity and the Absolute is an ambiguity. It is difficult to express and hence, needs to be perceived, understood, realized, known and experienced. Hence, the premise of every action, inaction, word, thought, speech and fruits of the actions and the inactions is the natural and spontaneous feeling which comes from within and inherent in each and every created being of Self-Surrender. The natural and spontaneous perception and feeling of Self-Surrender will dictate the created being to show gratitude and offer thanks to the Supreme Self every second thus, leading him or it to become immersed and absorbed into the Supreme Self.”

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