Thursday, October 16, 2008

What is ANTARYAMIN Discover Yourself

ANTARYAMIN "Discover Your Own God Within Yourself"

A woman was leaning over the victim of a street accident and the crowd was looking on. Suddenly she was roughly pushed aside by a man who said, "Step back, please. I have had a course in first aid." The woman looked on for a few minutes while the man got busy with the victim. Then she said calmly, "When you come to the part where you have to send for the doctor, I am already here!" The solution to any problem is always there with in you. Be it physical, psychological or spiritual, the doctor for all these problems is within you in the form of your indweller. The Antaryamin. Do not waste your time in looking for first aid.

Consider the case of this simple farmer, Srinivasa Reddy, from a remote village in Andra Pradesh. For three consecutive years a severe drought had prevailed over those parts. The fourth year, supremely happy at having received heavy and timely rains, the entire village had borrowed money from banks and invested heavily on their paddy. Then to their horror, an unidentified pestilence struck, immune to all pesticides, eating away the plants by the hour. The rich among them tried new pesticides for they had money to experiment while the poor contemplated suicide.

This poor farmer an ardent devotee of Sri Bhagavan too was one among them. As a last resort, he went to the field, calling upon Sri Bhagavan within his heart he said, "you are my father, you are my mother, you are my family, my kinsman, my guru, my God. I beseech you protect me. Chanting his beloved Bhagavan's Japa he went around the field a number of times. The next day the entire village witnessed a miracle beyond everything. Lakhs of strange birds descended upon his 10 acres of land, pecked away all the insects in 2 hours and flew away. While thousands of acres were infected with the same pest, those birds were not found anywhere apart from his land; neither were they found anywhere after that day. His field harvested a triple bumper crop.

The awestruck villagers too, realizing the power of his God came to a ‘Vara Deeksha' of Sri Amma and sprinkled the Theertha (holy water) on their fields effectively ridding the village of the pests. Sri Bhagavan says, "Formless as I am, I the Antaryamin shall awaken formless within you or in the form you desire or the form I choose." A communion with the Divine or the Antaryamin is the surest way to be rid of suffering once and forever.

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Contemplative Questions

Here is a set of questions that would provoke you and put you through some soul searching. They are not about religion nor about ethics. They are merely about you.

They are not meant to serve as solutions nor are they meant to lead you anywhere. These questions are meant to serve as tools to discovering yourself.

1) Do you perceive the Presence of a benevolent force guiding, protecting and shaping your life? What name do you give that Presence? When did you best feel this Presence?

2) What is your opinion of God? Is your opinion drawn from religion, books, parents and or your personal experience of life?

3) Do you pray? Do they get answered? How often?

4) Do you think it is possible to relate to the Divine? What relationship would you opt?

5) Here is a story for you - Two fierce enemies once did a penance to placate god and receive boons vying with each other. God appeared to the first man and asked what he wanted. He said "give me twice of whatever you give my enemy". Then God appeared to the second one. Even before God could say anything he asked, "God, would you please tell me what my enemy asked for? On knowing his prayer request, he said, "then God, blind me in one eye."
Now what would you wish for yourself, your best friend and your worst enemy if God gave you a chance?

6) Have you ever experienced a coincidence or chance that seems to have involved so many people and factors that you can't stop wondering if a mastermind was behind this operation? If yes, do you savour the experience often and have you shared it with someone close to you?