In the previous episode, we had witnessed an extended discussion on the significance of our “Akanda Bhaarata” and in the present day, how the most fancied terminology called “Secularism” has ruined our Bhaarata Desha to such an extent that it has started losing its ancient glory. However, with few reformative actions of the present-day government, we can firmly believe that we’ve got a bright chance to revive the lost glory of our “Bhaarata Desha”, and in the time to come, we can be confident that this would happen.
Moving on further with the accord that Sage Sukhaachaarya was narrating to King Parikshit, so far we’ve seen the length and breadth of Mother Earth in different dimensions. Also, we’ve witnessed the family lineage of Manu, until Aagneethra, who was instrumental in “segregating” the world into various segments according to what we’ve discussed so far. Now the narrative shifts from Aagneethra to his grandson, Rishaba Deva. We’ve witnessed already that Aagneethra had a son by name Naabi. Naabi in turn had a son by name Rishabha Deva. We’re now going to witness the narrative of this person. As Sage Sukhaachaarya continues his accord, he says how significant was this person by name Rishabha Deva. He was a renowned “Yogi” and had lot of disciples under him. Now we’re going to witness few excerpts of Rishabha Deva’s golden words of teachings to his disciples.
“Mahatsevaam dvaaramaahuhu vimuktesthamothvaaram yoshitaam sangi sangamam!
Mahaantaste samachittaaha prashaantaaha vimanyamaha suvrithaha saadhavaha!!”
Now we’re going to witness some important teachings of Rishaba Deva. It should be remembered by readers that we’ve witnessed the teachings of Sage Kapilaachaarya prior to this. What was the crux of Sage Kapilaachaarya’s teachings? There is a difference between “Prakriti” (Nature) and “Purusha” (The person who makes the nature function). Similarly there is a difference between the physical body (“Shareera”) and the “Aatman” (Soul). Once this difference is understood, we would be able to appreciate the significance of Bhagawan (“Paramaatman”) and we would get the interest to attain His feet at the end of this birth by orchestrating spiritual practices and “Saadhana”. This is the way through which we can attain Moksha, according to Sage Kapilaachaarya. Now we’re going to witness a slightly different narrative from Rishabha Deva. He exudes another important point here that if one devotes himself or herself to the service of a “Mahatma” in this world, this can pave the way to attain Moksha.
Thus if we compare and contrast the teachings of both Sage Kapilaachaarya and Rishabha Deva, we can witness two different “routes” to attain Moksha. While one says that we can attain Moksha by having absolute control over the mind, the other says that we can attain the same Moksha by being of ardent service to a “Mahatma” or a “Guru” (Spiritual Master). We might think that these are two different paths, however, if we do a careful in-depth analysis of both these teachings, we can see a link between the two. For instance, as Sage Kapilaachaarya says that we’ve to control our mind to such an extent that we wouldn’t think anything else other than Bhagawan and to attain him. Is it possible so easily? The answer is “No”! As readers read through this episode and if we make a resolution that from today we’re going to some how gain absolute control over our mind, will this resolution work? We might go and sit in one corner of our house, close our eyes and try to “control” our mind! But on the contrary, the mind’s wavering will increase more and more as we try to bring it under control! We can try this simple exercise for ourselves and check! Controlling the mind for even 5 to 10 minutes continuously is itself a mammoth task for normal people like us who lead a life amidst the Samsaara” and other worldly pleasures.
This is where the link comes here – It is only because of this difficulty in controlling our mind, Rishabha Deva explains that one can attain Moksha through the ardent service to a “Mahatma” or a Spiritual Master. The point that all readers should understand here is that, by offering ourselves to the service of a Spiritual Master, our mind automatically gets channelized and comes under control. We don’t need to undertake any special “Tapas” or any sort of “Spiritual Saadhana”. If we’re able to execute whatever the Spiritual Master asks us to do, this itself is a way through which our mind gets focused and through this focused mind, one can attain Moksha.
Now we’ve to combine the teachings of both Sage Kapilaachaarya and Rishabha Deva as discussed before. Sage Kapilaachaarya’s teaching forms “Part 1” of the story and Rishabha Deva’s teaching forms “Part 2 of the same story. In simple words, “Part 1” is possible only if “Part 2” is done properly! 😊 So for today, let us realize the significance of both Kapilaachaarya’s and Rishabha Deva’s teachings and let us learn a leaf out of the link between the two. We shall wait till the next episode to elaborate this important discussion further! Stay tuned! 😊