Saturday, August 2, 2014

Discovering One’s Identity – II

Srimate ramanujaya namaha

Priya arangan adiyar,

"Discovering One’s Identity" continues...

The sense of subordination to the Supreme Self comes naturally.  Though we might not realize it and deem ourselves independent, we are subordinate to something or the other every moment of our lives. We are subordinate to habit, to ritual, to customs, to desires, to near and dear ones. The mind invents excuses for such indulgence and creates motivation to engage in these activities.  This state of the mind creates the illusion of independence.

Driven by the forces of sattva, rajas and tamas, the mind and body work in tandem chalking their own course and convincing the deluded self that he is acting in independent interest.  It is only when these courses run awry that the person performs his “reality check”.  When the “reality check” leads one to give up one form of identity and seek another artificial one which is also unreal, history repeats itself.  It is this cycle of repetitive error that we can saṃsāra - evaṃ saṃsṛti chakrasthe svakarmabhiḥ bhṛamyamāṇo jīvaḥ!

It is through the grace of the Lord that one realizes the error and becomes removed from such artificial identities and directs his subordination towards Nārāyaṇa.  He is the aśaraṇya śaraṇyaḥ (the refuge of those who have realized that there is no other refuge), nityāśrayaḥ (the eternal point of submission) and muktānāṃ paramā gatiḥ (the final destination of the liberated).  It is the only place where subordination is natural and meaningful.  Attaining this state of subservience is the purpose of all scripture.


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