Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Holy company transmutes

The holy company is and was a necessity of spiritual life is indisputably accepted by one and all. There is a common saying in the Sartskrit language, which brings out this idea. Translated it means: 'With the benefit of holy company one attains to the state of non-attachment. With non-attachment one goes beyond infatuation ; and going beyond it one grasps the steadfast Truth, the Ultimate Reality; attaining it one is freed here while living; one becomes a Jivanmukta.' This was the living experience of hundreds of people. Even to this day instances occur when a touch of, or a glance from a holy man transforms a person. Swami Vivekananda used to say that spirituality is a thing that can be given like a flower or fruit, by those who have realized God.

A servant boy of a devotee of Sri Ramakrishna by association with the Master became one of the wonders of spiritual history. We mean, Swami Adbhutananda. What great heights of spiritual wisdom did he not scale! He had literally and truly no education, as it is generally considered at the present time. So he had no access to the Scriptures. Yet, as attested to by his brother disciples and people who visited him in later times, words of wisdom flowed from his lips. He had direct access to the Source of all knowledge. Such was the transmutation that was produced by the company of Sri Ramakrishna in Latu Maharaj.