Dhyana – Chapter – 17

Sri Shuka Paramarshi says, ” Child, for a created being to even begin to show gratitude or Kritagyata and practise acceptance or Anumodhana for Self-Surrender, first he or it must contemplate and introspect on the Supreme Self. For a created being to know, realize, understand, perceive and experience the Supreme Self, the “body” or the manifest or Vyakta state of the self-luminous akshara or alphabet is his or its greatest friend.

When a created being is steadfast in contemplation and introspection of the Supreme Self, renunciation of the fruits of actions and inactions, words, thoughts and speech or karma phala tyāgaḿ inevitably follows.

Why is the “body” or the manifest or Vyakta state of the self-luminous akshara or alphabet so imperative for a created being to realize the purpose of his or its own creation? As I said earlier, each and every being in this universe has been created in a shape and form of the self-luminous akshara or alphabet. The shape and form of the self-luminous akshara or alphabet of the created being is based on the various parameters and differentials of creation that is light, sound, matter, time, space, movement, ego, mind, intellect, five-fold attributes, five-fold elements and others. Hence, in each and every atom of a created being irrespective of the shape and form of the self-luminous akshara or alphabet that it is in, the same universe and same differentials of creation exist. That is each and every atom of every created being be it mantras, myriad forms of the Supreme Self, trees, plants, fruits, flowers as well as rituals, practices, sadhanas, anustanas, dhyana, yagnas, homas, yagas and everything in this universe including all actions and inactions and fruits of the actions and inactions, words, thoughts and speech possess the same inherent nature.

To know, realize, understand and perceive this equanimity or Samatā, this “body” or the manifest or Vyakta state of the self-luminous akshara or alphabet is necessary. How else can a created being experience the unmanifest or Avyakta state of the self-luminous akshara or alphabet leading to immersion and absorption into the Supreme Self without the manifest or Vyakta state of the self-luminous akshara or alphabet?

This is the fundamental principle of meditation or Dhyana.”

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