In the previous episode, we had witnessed the importance of learning and understanding Sanskrit and Tamil languages. Why do we emphasize on this point at this stage? It is to be remembered that all our scriptural texts of the Sanaathana Dharma are mostly either in these two languages. If we take the main texts, starting from the Vedas, Upanishads, epics like Shrimad Ramayana, Mahabharata, Puraanas such as Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana, etc. all of these are authored by various Maharishis in Sanskrit language. Similarly, the famous Tevaram, Tiruvaasagam, Dhivya-Prabhandham, etc. are composed by the Aalwaars, Naayanmaars, etc. in Tamil. Hence, if we’ve to have an in-depth understanding of all of these scriptural texts, somewhere we would need the skill of comprehending Sanskrit and Tamil languages. It is to be noted that all of the essence from these texts cannot be derived through foreign languages like English. Of course, to an extent we can, and this is how we’re trying to reach out to many more readers everyday across the world through this blog. Of course, English can link the world under a one common language platform and thus we can reach out to many more people across the world. But somewhere down the line, we need to develop atleast the basic skills of understanding and comprehending these two important languages. I’m not asking ourselves to develop poetic skills, but we should atleast satisfy a bare minimum requirement of being able to understand things to a certain extent.
I understand that it is not easy for many of our readers who are not from India, but if we certainly make an effort in the right direction, geography and ethnicity can never be barriers. In my four-year stint in Europe, I’ve witnessed many European people being experts in Indian languages such as Tamil, Hindi, Sanskrit, etc. along with expertise in Indian classical art forms such as music and dance. Hence, the message from this important offshoot discussion is that, geography, ethnicity, culture and other factors should not become barriers for our spiritual development. All of us are an inclusive part of this great Mother Earth, and let us be proud of this fact.
Having said thus, for the moment even if many of us might not be able to understand and comprehend the slokas, as we move forward, it is better to read through the slokas and recite them. This is more important than the English content that would follow after every sloka, as we’ve witnessed in the earlier episodes that Bhagawan Krishna resides inside the Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana, which comprises ONLY of slokas from head to toe!
Moreover, in the modern day, we have a bad practice – As we move ahead with time and in today’s world of “urgency” in everything that we do, we’ve started to lack patience in general. Especially for spiritual gatherings like these, if a person tries to explain something from our Sanaathana Dharma, even though it might initially be complex for us to understand and comprehend, we should have the basic patience and courtesy to listen to that person for some time and see if we can really comprehend what he / she is trying to tell us. This is a very important virtue that all of us should possess, if we’ve to gain a better understanding of spirituality. If we start losing interest within just 2-3 minutes of a spiritual discourse or while reading spiritual content like what we’re trying to explain, there is no point in calling ourselves as ardent followers of Sanaathana Dharma. Let us for a moment relate this point with what we do every day – Most of us have done our education right from school till an under graduation in a college. Some of us might have even done a post-graduation and even a PhD! Thus in all these years of education, have we finished our degrees with 100% understanding of all what were taught to us in classrooms? It is highly impossible isn’t it? In due course of our degree completion, there might have been few or even many subjects that we’ve dreaded to just “pass” them out, isn’t it? 😊 If we’re still able to tolerate that dreaded feeling with utmost patience, why can’t we apply that same patience here also and try to understand atleast a little bit of what Sage Sukhaachaarya, Valmiki Maharishi, Sage Veda Vyaasa are trying to explain here? In such complex explanations given by these saints, it would definitely be a great achievement for us even if we understand a meagre 1-2 % of what they’ve said. It would be even more a greater achievement if we can put this 1-2 % of our understanding into practice in our daily lives! This is where our primary focus should be.
Thus the point here is that, it is not important as to how much understanding do we get out of these spiritual texts. The most important point here is that, whatever little we’ve understood – Have we understood it properly or not, and are we trying to follow whatever we’ve understood or not. Bhagawan has created us and this beautiful world for all of us to live in. For what has He done all this? It is only to make us realize that we’re loaded with our “Karma” (both good and bad) and this birth is an opportunity to wash all of our Karma, so as to finally attain His feet. But the real question here is that, are we realizing this purpose. If we’re not even having the patience to experience Bhagawan for 2-3 minutes continuously, then how are we going to achieve the underlying bigger cause of our birth? It is thus important for us to understand this very strongly, and try to develop our level of patience in experiencing Sanaathana Dharma.
Of course, I do understand that many things that are explained in our scriptures are complex in nature. This is why we are trying to break down the complex things into simpler ideas for our easier understanding. For this, we require some level of patience. Therefore through this point, I would like to request all our esteemed readers from all over the world to develop this important virtue called “patience”, so as to sit down and read through whatever we’re writing here. Even if we can spend 15-20 minutes a day in reading through, thinking over and understanding, we can go a long way towards Bhagawan.
So for today, let us realize this basic point and do the needful. We shall wait till the next episode to continue this discussion further and gradually move into the contents of this great text. Stay tuned! 😊