Urgency helps in spiritual pursuits

Urgency helps in spiritual pursuits

By SWAMI SHANTATMANANDA | 21 November, 2015
Sri Ramakrishna had an extremely positive outlook to life. He had the highest faith, hope and praise for all beings. He recognised the innate divinity of man. But, many devotees puzzled by the problems of life and by the lack of spiritual progress would wish to know why is it that man is not realizing or manifesting his divine nature in spite of spiritual struggle. Sri Ramakrishna would answer them patiently with a beautiful analogy. He would ask the devotees whether they had been to Benaras, in particular to the Annapurna Temple. At this temple whosoever comes is fed, but some have their Prasad or sacred food in the morning, some at noon, some in the afternoon and some even late in the evening depending upon their hunger. If one is very hungry, one reaches the temple quickly and takes his place in the queue right in the morning. However, if one is lazy and not that hungry, one can have Prasad much later. In the same way, Sri Ramakrishna would say that although we are essentially of the nature of divine, the divinity within us remains dormant. One has to do intense Sadhana to awaken this divinity. Depending upon one’s awareness and understanding of the nature of life, one takes to spiritual life and begins a life of Sadhana. Those who are extremely fed up or have understood clearly the impermanent or vanishing nature of the life on earth, do intense Sadhana and have their dormant divinity awakened relatively quickly. The others, who are busy with the world and its enjoyments, don’t practise seriously or strive intensely. They keep on oscillating between happiness and misery and it takes a long time for them to awaken their dormant divinity. So, depending upon one’s need and urgency, one takes to a life of serious spiritual striving and accordingly gets the awakening. Of course, according to Hinduism all souls will ultimately get Mukti or liberation. 
 

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