Today I am going to expand on just only one word: “ATMAHANA”.
Let us repeat the Upanishad. Third mantra, third sutra in Ishavasya Upanishad:
असुर्या नाम ते लोका अन्धेन तमसाऽऽवृताः । ताँस्ते प्रेत्याभिगच्छन्ति ये के चात्महनो जनाः ॥
Asurya naama they lokaa andhena thamasaavruthaah | Thaagumsthey prethyabhigachchanthi ye ke chaathmahano janaah ||
ATMAHANA! Even while you are alive, saying “YES” to death, is “Atmahana”, hell. Even during the so-called death, saying “YES” is liberation, enlightenment. Varanasi stands for that principle, principle of saying “YES” to life even when it presents death! Listen! Saying “YES” to life even when it presents death! Saying “NO” to life in any form is “Atmahana”, understand? If you feel, if you perceive life is doing something against you, life is not letting what you want happen, this feeling – ‘Life is not co-operating with me, supporting me, making what I want happen’ – this feeling is as universal as the universe itself.
Understand, this truth is from Akashic Records. Listen! Listen! I am colloquially presenting to you; means, in the user-friendly language I am presenting. May be I will read the original Akashic Records as it is, and then present it to all of you.
“By its own existence, it expands into possibilities. Because of its existence and saying “Thathaasthu” to life, “YES” to life, life shows you the possibilities which you declare as denied to you. If life is interested in denying, it will not even show its possibilities to you in the first place. Its possibilities, by being revealed to you itself, the “YES” is given to you, and your decision, expression to live is accepted, respected, encouraged. By you claiming life is not co-operating or supporting into what you want, you are denying the very revelations and expressions happened to your very consciousness.”
Listen! By its own light, moon shows the black patches inside it. By its own light, moon shows the black patches inside it. On New Moon Day (after Amavasya), you will never find black patches of the moon. Only on Full Moon Day (Poornima), you will find the black patches. It means, by its light only even the black patches are found. If you are finding the black patches of the moon, the moon is shining, reflecting light, understand? Because the possibilities are revealed to you, you even come to know about those possibilities! For example, you think flying is possible for you, and then complain life is not letting you achieve that; becoming a billionaire is possible for you, and then complain life is not letting you to achieve that. Understand, the very moment life informs you something is possible, it is saying “YES” to you. The very moment you come to know flying is possible, becoming billionaire is possible, life is supporting you. That is why it is even making you understand it is possible for you!
Try to listen to the Akashic Records which I read out just now, again and again, at least five times. Today, the Akashic Records I read out about this sutra is the subject for Vaakyaartha Sadhas.
Listen! You feeling life is not letting what you want to happen in your life…. For example: You always wanted health, but life is never letting that happen to you. You always wanted wealth, and just one day before you achieve it, everything collapses. Please listen, the very information being given to you, the hope being generated in you that health is possible, wealth is possible, is a solid proof life is supporting you. Otherwise, even that possibility will not be informed to you! You will not be informed even about that possibility! The moment the possibility is informed, life is supporting you; be informed, be very clear!
Reading out Akashic Records is much more easy than making all of you understand with the language you understand. Reading Akashic Records is just: open the screen and it will appear! Originally, the Akashic Records appear in Sanskrit, and then it gets translated into English during the process of Seer seeing the Seen and cognizing. That is why most of the English words which I use, those same words are getting repeated in the Akashic Records, because the Seer, during the process of seeing, translating the Seen. Because the Seer is the person who is talking to you regularly in English, he uses the same word to cognize and translate the Seen during the process of seeing itself.
Understand, this concept of “Life is not supporting me”, is like “My breathing is not letting me breathe”! It is like, “My eyes show some parts as dark”. Arrey, even you recognizing some parts are dark is because your eyes are functioning! That is enough proof that your eyes are functioning! So, if you feel you want to be a billionaire, and you are denied entry into the Billionaires’ Club, and it is not happening, be informed, the very concept revealed to you that you can become billionaire is enough proof life is supporting you! Only when you understand the tons and tons of ways life is supporting you, you will also decide to say “YES” to life. As long as you think life is denying you what you want, life is keeping you away from what you want, you will also start saying “NO” to life.
Listen! It is like this: Your office provides you a beautiful house, car, everything needed for you to live and work. One day morning, while you are trying to drink your cup of coffee, the coffee tumbler fell, and it was too hot, and your feet got a little burnt. Immediately you sue the office, you complain about the office! ‘See! They are responsible! They didn’t provide a carpet for me. Otherwise the coffee would have been absorbed; it would not have spread and reached my feet and burnt it!’ How illogical and adharmic this action is! That is exactly, that is exactly the way you need to be handled when you say ‘Life is denying its possibilities for me! Life is denying what I want from me!’
There was a lady that was a habitual grumbler and was constantly complaining about everything.
One day her preacher thought he had discovered something that she could be happy about, because her farm crop was the best one for miles around.
When he met her, he said with a big smile, ‘You must be very happy! Everyone is saying how healthy your potatoes look this year!’
She replied grimly, ‘True they’re pretty good, but what am I going to do when I need some bad ones to feed the pigs?’
You have a reason to grumble! I tell you, even you have a reason to grumble is the compassion of the Cosmos towards you! Really, I am telling you! Even for you to grumble, it finds some reason and gives you, so that you don’t feel too bad about yourself.
Understand, I am revealing the layer and layer meanings of this verse.
Hope happening in you is just because life has hope in you, understand? Hope happening in you is because life has hope in you!
If you are feeling some desire of hopefulness, hopefulness, be very clear, life is giving you that experience itself, because, it has still hope on you! It still has hope on you! Don’t think having hope is your birthright! Birth itself is not your right! This word is a stupid word! This “birthright” word is a most stupid word! Birth itself is not your right! Then how can you use the word “birthright” as if birth is your right? No!
Somebody asked Ramana Maharshi, ‘Bhagawan, how do I know I received God’s grace?’
He says, ‘The very effort you are putting to reach God is nothing but God’s grace!’
Listen! The disciple asks, ‘Should I try doing spiritual practices? Or should I depend on God’s grace? How do I know when I achieve God’s grace?
He says, ‘Even you thinking that you should try, or, you trying, itself is a solid proof you have His grace! Only if you have His grace, you can even think or work, plan to move towards Him! To move towards Him!’
Saying “YES” to life, not doing “Athmahana”. Understand, this word “Athmahana”, when it is translated into English, it is literally “Kill the Athma”! But how can you kill the Athma? Because Gita defines “Which cannot be killed is Athma”!
नैनं छिन्दन्ति शस्त्राणि नैनं दहति पावक:
“Nainam chindhanthi shashthraani, Nainam dhahathi paavakaha”
“Which cannot be made wet by water, and burnt by fire, and dried by air, and cut by the sword, is Athma”.
“Which cannot be killed” is Athma. Then how can you literally say, “Kill the Athma”? “Killing the Athma” means, saying “NO” to life! Don’t ever say “NO” to life!