Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Abhayam

|| योग: कर्मसु कौशलम् ||

Mananeeya Ekanthji harps upon another important quality of fearlessness to which Bhagavan Sri Krishna also has given first number while talking about Daivi Sampat : ABHAYAM. With this quality, our forefathers went across the oceans and conquered the world with their fearlessness. He therefore, says : Fearlessness is another superb quality which we have lost. Such enormous youth power we have, but it is wasted as our youths are chicken-hearted. They become homesick when they are away from home. There is no sense of adventure. We are terribly afraid of death. The Gita chanting and the Upanishadic recitations that we do are only a remnant of the past glory. We speak of high principle but live just the contrary. Our concepts, beliefs and faiths move in one direction and our stream of life flows just in the opposite direction.

Swami Vivekananda, the fearless lion monk of ours said : Advance, forward, O ye brave souls, to set free those that are in fetters, to lessen the burden of woe of the miserable, and to illumine the abysmal darkness of ignorant hearts! Look, how the Vedanta proclaims by beat of drums, "Be fearless!" May that solemn sound remove the heart's knot of all denizens of the earth.

Let us proclaim to every soul: Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached. Arise, awake! Awake from this hypnotism of weakness. None is really weak; the soul is infinite, omnipotent, and omniscient. Stand up, assert yourself, proclaim the God within you, do not deny Him! Too much of inactivity, too much of weakness, too much of hypnotism has been and is upon our race.

O ye modern Hindus, de-hypnotise yourselves. The way to do that is found in your own sacred books. Teach yourselves, teach everyone his real nature, call upon the sleeping soul and see how it awakes. Power will come, glory will come, goodness will come, purity will come, and everything that is excellent will come when this sleeping soul is roused to self-conscious activity.

Ekanthji concludes : It was a very brave and fearless philosophy of our ancients, but we have forgotten it, and live a pitiable life. We must remember the glorious past of our ancients and must make bold to revive all those ideal virtues and values of life which we have lost and forgotten.