Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
Samarta Ramadas attained lots of ‘shakti’ due to incessant japa of Sri Ram Jaya Ram Jaya Jaya Ram. While reading the charitra of Papa Ramadas in ‘In search of God’ I feel that it is verily the charitra of a true Mahan. Mahans’ charitraas are open book. He received upadesa of Rama Naama from his father and wandered all over the country. We find that he was never touched by anger. Who gets angry? Only one who has ‘ahankaara’ (pride/egotistic). One who thinks great of himself expects respect from others. One who has no ego does not expect respect for others. Mahatmas do not get angry. We may say that we do not expect respect. When we visit a home, the host receives us warmly and we tell him, “Why all these formality of welcoming me?” But, when there is no such welcome during our next visit we feel hurt or atleast wonder why the host has not come out to receive us. If these words of ours were true we would not bother the next time that we were not formally received. The moment such a thought arises it shows our inner desire for recognition. This is only because of holding the ego ‘I’. Therefore, we nurture the desire that others should worship us, respect and honour us.
In Papa Ramadas life we find that he visits Pandaripura. There is always Satsang in this keshtra. When Papa Ramadas visits the Satsangh, which is being conducted like a big mela, a Sadhu abuses him. The Sadhu says, “He knows nothing but has taken to ochre robe” and showers further abuses. How does Papa Ramadas react? He listens smilingly. Later, when he is asked to address the gathering, Ramadas tells, “All that was said about me by him is true, indeed! He has spoken the truth (about me).” This is the sign of having attained ‘anubhooti’ (Bhagavat saakshaatkaara).
Once while traveling in a crowded train, luggages were thrown on Papa Ramadas and he was kicked about. Just a little while earlier his devotees had honoured him with worship. He said that the body that had received ‘poorna kumbha’, sandal paste and garland should also take the kicks! This is the sign of a Mahatma. Honour and disrespect are accepted with equanimity. Gita speaks of treating heat and cold, joy and sorrow, honour and abuse with (‘seethoshnah’, ‘sukha-dukheeshu’, ‘maana-avamaanah’) equanimity of mind. This can be seen only in Mahatamas. They truly accept everything with equanimity. Their bhaava in accepting these, their maturity in accepting these is not found in us.
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If we put some ant-repellant around the sweets, the ants cannot get inside to the sweets. Similarly, lust, anger and fear would constantly pester our mind. We cannot avoid the attack of these on our mind by our intelligence.
Just as soap cleanses the cloth of its impurities, so also the mantra is a spiritual soap cleansing the mind. Just as fire cleanses gold of its impurities, so also mantra cleanses the mind of its impurities.