In the previous episode, we had witnessed an important discussion and a clarification on the aspect of “Dharma” called “Ijjya”, as narrated by Sage Sukhaachaarya to King Parikshit. We had discussed yesterday that “Ijjya” doesn’t stop with just performing “Homas” and “Yagnyas” on a larger scale for the sake of world peace and harmony. It also extends to our daily “Nitya-Anushtaanam” or regular spiritual practices that we do. The only difference here is that, rather than praying to Bhagawan for our selfish needs, if we pray for the benefit of the world, the effects multiply. Of course, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t pray for our needs to get fulfilled.
In fact, to go a bit further, the best way to pray to Bhagawan is to thank Him for giving all that He has given us – Proper food, shelter, peaceful life, good family, etc., which many in this world are still suffering for! Especially in critical times like these, there are many people who are suffering and succumbing to the global pandemic. It is shocking and scary to note that around 70,000 people around the world have succumbed to this disease till date and around 1.2 million people have been affected! We can imagine the scale of suffering that the world is currently going through. Inspite of all this, if we’re safe and secure at our homes, having proper food three times a day, it is really a blessing from Bhagawan, and we’ve to thank Him for this! There are countless families in this world who are mourning today for the loss of their near and dear ones. Inspite of all that, if our family members are safe and secure, wherever they are in this world, this itself is another big blessing from Bhagawan!
Hence, my suggestion at this critical hour of crisis is that, rather than praying for our selfish needs of our worldly life, let us spare a thought for all those people out there who are suffering and mourning today! Let us show to the world that we are epitomes of this important “Dharma” called “Ijjya”, by praying for world peace and harmony. Let us together pray to Bhagawan that this disease should automatically subside down on its own, and thereby reduce the number of causalities and the infection rate. If we are able to really do this for our fellow citizens and for the world, this is real “Ijjya” and this would really benefit the world in a great way!
One needn’t doubt whether the prayer that we do sitting at a corner of our house would have any effect or not! Even a small prayer done whole-heartedly has immense power to melt Bhagawan’s heart! Readers might remember the story of little Dhruva, which we witnessed few episodes back – How this little child was steadfast in his approach to obtain Bhagawan’s divine vision. His consistent approach, steadfast attitude and relentless effort made Bhagawan’s heart melt within just six months, isn’t it? Finally, Bhagawan had to answer the little child’s fervent calls and thus appeared in front of him directly. Similarly, if we’re also following the footsteps of little Dhruva, we can also obtain similar results. We should trust ourselves in this pursuit. Thousand people might mock at us if we pray and we shouldn’t lend out our ears to those thousand voices. Our steadfast attitude and relentless pursuit towards our goal is what is important here. If we do this, I’m sure the world would be able to tide over this crisis as quickly as possible. Hence, let us do it.
Moving on thus, Sage Sukhaachaarya explains the next important aspect of “Dharma” called “Aasyam”. This means that we should develop the attitude within us that we are servants of Bhagawan. This implies that we should shun our ego, attitude issues and pride and should be able to accept Bhagawan and Bhaagawathas as our Masters. Of course, it is not said that we should be servants to stray people who go on the streets. All what Sage Sukhaachaarya is explaining here is that we should be servants (divine servants) to Bhagawan and Bhaagawathas or Aachaaryas or Spiritual Masters. Only if we have this attitude within us, we would be able to develop the “Bhakti” or “Ardent devotion” towards Bhagawan, and would be able to progress the spiritual path forward.
So for today, let us understand the extended discussion of the “Dharma” called “Ijjya” and the introductory part of the “Dharma” called “Aasyam”. An important discussion pertaining to “Aasyam” is on the cards in the next episode! Stay tuned! 😊