The Lesson and the Last word

Sadguru Sree Seshadri Swamigal, known as an ocean of kindness and a Sadguru in all the three worlds, has been only preaching this doctrine of wisdom and enlightenment, as our Brahmi-bhuta guru. There can be only one Bhagavad Gita! And, it is known to all as a unique one. However, those who have taken shelter under Sree Seshadri Swamigal as the Guru know very well that his interpretations of philosophy are full of tenets and principles of Bhagavad Gita with all its secret doctrine. This becomes absolutely obvious to those who read his Gita from beginning to end; he has enunciated his Gita doctrine based on the metaphysical disquisitions over the text of Bhagavad Gita.This identity is quite clear. If all the golden words from the silver tongue of Shree Seshadri Swamigal are encompassed into a compendious volume, it is equally identical in exercise to a condensation of Upanishadic passages. It should therefore be said that after “Bhagavad Gita”, a Gita which merits the appellation as such is the “Seshagita”.

The great repository of kindness, Sri Krishna, came down to this world of Kali to make it a prosperous one and has been serving us with the elixir of enlightenment. What is the significance? There is an element of surprise here! Sri Krishna chose only Arjuna for showing his awe- inspiring resplendent vivid form – the virat-swarupa – and brought to him the essence of philosophy enshrined in Bhagavad Gita. Sadguru Sree Seshadri Swamigal, on the other hand, blows a conch, similar to Krishna’s panchajanya, and makes a clarion call to all with its captivating sound! His call has its genesis in love and kindness. While the Kaurava sena was built around by Duryodhana and his entourage on a platform of pride and prejudice, we have also built one such sena with the entourage of desire, anger, niggardliness, attachment, pride and prejudice, or the inner enemies of mankind. Our ‘sena’ has mingled with the Kaurava sena in order to pursue a policy of endless rivalry, beyond redemption! Sree Seshadri Swamigal has come on this scene to put an end to this ‘sena” and preach all about the path of righteous  conduct and a high order of wisdom and truth; that has been his mission on this fortunate land. Akin to Sri Krishna’s teachings of paramount value, Swamigal has also been teaching and preaching higher aspects of the line and light of wisdom. He wants the lamp of enlightenment to radiate light. The kind of chariot he mounts is the chariot of Gods indistinguishable from the chariot of knowledge. The sarathi or the charioteer in place of Sri Krishna is verily our veritable Guru Sree Seshadri Swamigal. Our entourage consists of jeevatmas like Arjuna. The Sadguru brings in his initiation to all by blessing everyone with a balanced mind, the human mind being as wavering and impetuous as that of a horse! He brings in as part of his teaching and initiation the essence of bhakti yoga, karma yoga, jnana yoga,moksha yoga, moksha sanyasa yoga, kshetrajna yoga, dhyana yoga, Vibhuti yoga and a host of other yogas and their embellishments.

During discourse at length on bhakti yoga, he will cause several beads of gold from the yogic lore to drop! “Devotees!” he tells the bhaktas., “let the expression of bhakti glow on you! Bhakti-yoga is indeed the best! Do not give up devotion. On the other hand, try to strengthen your devotional frame. Offer prayers to the Paramatman. Keep on meditating upon him with the names of God. Keep on meditating without a break! Let the tongue be pure at all times. Purity in the vehicle of expression brings about mental purity. Mental purity will lead to jnana siddhi, that is, attainment of knowledge and enlightenment”.

“Bhakti yoga is the best in Kali Yuga. Bhakti engenders enthusiasm and an abiding interest in the spiritual process, engenders humility, a flood of kindness called love!” and the teaching goes on like this.

Similarly, when we analyse karma yoga, we should say that whoever follows the path of karma yoga must be upon as the best devotee. Even in karma yoga, there are two kinds of karma: one is kamya karma and the other is nishkamya karma. Kamya karma embraces all those activities and pursuits for fulfilment of one’s desires. As part of this, one follows and performs certain pujas stated in the vrata kalpa, indulging in dhana, dharma, homa etc., certain observances and austerities going with them. From the performance of such vratas, one gets some desired benefits and profits. Sadguru Sree Seshadri Swamigal has shown the way to many of these advantages to his devotees. One who pursues such a ritualistic path will have a certain elevation at the end – sadgathi. This path is possible of performance even by ordinary people. Anyone may take to this line. This is the line adopted by almost all the people of our land; it is still being adopted.

Nishkamya karma is of a  superior order. Those who follow this do have a disinterested approach for the sake of its intrinsic worth, with focus on the highest attainment, bereft of any material desires for themselves. “Do not have any aspiration for any tangible benefit”, is an oft-quoted advice, “proceed on your spiritual path without looking for any fruit whatsoever; that carries with it the adventitious advantage of giving you something exalted and unexpected at the end!” Indeed, it is this exalted outlook which brings a lofty benefit of an intangible nature! When we come to realize the benefit, we must proceed with the yoga as a jnana karma yoga.

Whoever merits the appellation of a jnana karma yogi will, by virtue of his enlightened vision, be an introvert and a level-headed person. His mind will glow from purity. He will see within himself the radiating light of wisdom and knowledge. From time to time, he will endeavour to consolidate the pursuit of thapas and thapas siddhi; he will proceed progressively in dhyana yoga and offer maanasika puja to the Guru who showed the path to the attainment of inner bliss through enthusiastic and disinterested approach.

If the Guru says, “stay in nishkamyabuddhi” (disinterested intellectual frame) it means that, “there is virtually nothing that I have to do. Everything will be worked out by him. He alone is the doer and everything is done at his behest. When I am doing something as an instrument, I cannot be called the doer . No one can say that one has done something or that one is going to do something. No one can stake claim in this respect. Reason? He alone is theLord of all actions. This is the analysis of a brain with a disinterested approach to actions”.

Such a devotee will have a proper identity; whatever may be the observations and opinions of others, he will not take credit for himself nor will he identify himself with the body. Giving up bodily consciousness, he will be steadfast in thinking that everything flows from the Lord’s kindness. As part of his outside relationship with the world, he sees his Guru the personification of knowledge and kindness – in every connection by virtue of his disinterested service and fervent devotion. Till the very end, he will spend his time in sanyasa yoga-i.e., in renunciation – so as to keep his mind at rest; he will be absolutely certain that the Guru’s form is the same as the form of the Paramatman. Having known that identity, he will join the Guru and merge in his form to attain a state of inner bliss. It is on this thought-provoking path that Sadguru Sree Seshadri Swamigal focuses his attention with a pointed finger. Whoever remembers him at least for a brief period of time every day, he will start his playful role with him and show all the games to him! That is as certain as it is true.

Let us all read “Seshagita” symbolic of Sesha-atmika and Sesha-atmaka principles of Gita, become residents of the great kingdom of universal love, fall at his Lotus Feet, earn the eligibility for his extraordinary grace, remember him every day at all times with the feeling that he is omnipresent to fill every corner of the universe, give up all worldly attachments without a residuum of interest in anything else, decide unanimously to find ourselves on the spiritual path, merge ourselves in the self-effulgence of Sesha-nama, take a dip in the nectarine lake called Sat-chit-ananda, catch hold of the Lotus Feet of the insuperable Sesha-brahman or Adi-sesha and merge with the Parabrahman!

Om Tat-sat



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