Context is more important than God itself in Hindu Tradition!


अनेजदेकं मनसो जवीयो नैनधेवा आप्नुवन्पुर्वमर्षत् |

तद्धावतोऽन्यानत्येत तिष्ठत् तस्मिन्नपो मातरिश्वा दधाति ||

Anejadhekam Manaso Javeeyo Nainadhdheva Aapnuvanpurvamarshath |

ThadhDhaavathonyanathyetha Thishttath Thasminnapo Maatharishva dhadhDhaathi || 

All these qualities are described:  “Consciousness is unmoving, One, and swifter than the mind”.  I may not want to say “One”; “Oneness”!  The qualities of Consciousness are described here so that you won’t miss the context.

Listen!  If you go to a temple without having the right context, it may be just a nice art, kind of a museum, stone carved in beautiful shapes, sizes.  Nice; that’s all.  But, if you know the context and go, it is a place to connect with God, Consciousness.  It is a place to celebrate enlightenment, Living Advaitha.

Listen!  So, now, the Upanishads are setting the context.  In the first statement they declare the ultimate truth – Eeshaavaasyamidham Sarvam Yathkincha Jagathyaam Jagath (ईशावास्यमिदं सर्वं यक्तिञ्च जगत्यां जगत्) – ‘Everything is Consciousness’.  In the next verses they taught the important truth of saying “YES” to life.   And, if you decide to say “NO”, what happens, they describe.  Now they are describing the qualities of Consciousness – Eeshwara.  Why you know?  For various reasons!  First thing, for you to set a context, you should know what is Consciousness, and what all is not Consciousness.  And you should also know how to start practicing, how your practices can be done, how you can align yourself for the practices.  If you don’t know the context even and enter into the temple, it won’t be useful to you.  Sometimes you lose the respect for the temple.  Then, again gaining it back is very difficult.  Same way, when you start the practice itself, the context should be set.  Please listen!  That is why I said, Context is more important than God itself in Hindu Tradition!  Eesha is more important than Eeshwara itself!

“Setting the Context” means: Why, What, How, Where, When.  Clarity of the whole!  That is what I call “the context that is more important than God itself”.  Context is more important than God itself!

I will expand on why the context is more important.  Only if you know He is the Creator, Maintaining, Destroyer, you will even know you need to relate with Him.  So, all the qualities described here is to set the context why you should do what you should do.

He is unmoving in the world where everything is moving.  He is the Oneness.  He is swifter than the mind; means, anywhere your mind can reach, he is already there.  He is beyond your mind.  The word “Manaso Javeeyaha” (मनसो जवीयः) means: Any hope you have, the fulfillment of that hope is He.  Any fear you have, the space from which the fear comes is He.  So, instead of running behind your hope or fear, run behind Him! 

Nainadhdheva Aapnuvanpurvamarshath (नैनधेवा आप्नुवन्पुर्वमर्षत्) – ‘The gods of senses cannot overtake and go beyond It’.  Actually, each gods, each god associate themselves to one sense.  But the Super-Consciousness – Eesha – is beyond all these gods.  Meditating on these qualities, wherever these qualities exist, that is “Eeshwara”; where it is not, it is not Eeshwara.

Actually, here, the Upanishads declare more in the negative sense.  Means, if you see the whole thing, it is more a technique for you to use “nethi nethi”, “na ithi, na ithi” – “Not this!  Not this!”

“Unmoving”: Then anything moves, is not That.

“Oneness”: Then anything which is lower than that, not That.

“Swifter than the mind”: Then anything which you can assume by the mind, it is not That.

Here the qualities are described more for you to use as a technique to find the Consciousness.

Many times, people ask me, ‘What is Completion?’

The space where this question does not arise is “Completion”

It means, till then, you will have to go on be completing, completing, completing, completing, completing.  You cannot give a positive answer for this.  You can only give a technique with which they can be cleaning it up and get into that space.  Like the question – ‘Who am I?’ – never can have answer.  Because it is not a question; it is a quest!  It can have only experience as the response.  The question – ‘Who am I?’ – neither it is a question, nor it can have an answer.  It is only a quest.  It can only have experience as the response to it.

Here, two things you need to understand:

  • First, the qualities are described. 
  • Second, not in an affirmation way; it is described for you, to be used as a technique to do the process “Not this! Not this!”

You can see, all the descriptions are:

अनेजदेकं मनसो जवीयो नैनधेवा आप्नुवन्पुर्वमर्षत् |

Anejadhekam Manaso Javeeyo Nainadhdheva Aapnuvanpurvamarshath | 

‘It is Unmoving, Oneness, Swifter than the mind, gods of senses cannot overtake and go beyond It, as It moves swiftly ahead.  Remaining situated, It outruns all the other running ones.  See, It outruns everything that runs, and It does not move!’

Now what will you do?  So, naturally, this is used for the purpose of negation.

‘In it the life energy moves and expands’.  Means, whatever you are, you exist, you live, you expand, you become one with, everything happens in the Super-Consciousness described here as “Eesha”.  ‘In It everything happens.  In It everything dissolves.’

Eesha, when you try to relate with Him, becomes “Eeshwara”.  Eshwara, when you experience Him, becomes “Eesha”.

Every, every description here in this Upanishad, the fourth verse, is given for you to use as a technique to reach, technique to reach the truth as it is  The truth as it is!  So, meditate on these qualities.  When you try to meditate on these qualities, you will understand you cannot meditate on these qualities.  It is only to be used as a technique to find out: What you are perceiving or grasping as “Eeshwara”, is it Eeshwara or not?  Only to find out, these qualities can be used.

अनेजदेकं मनसो जवीयो नैनधेवा आप्नुवन्पुर्वमर्षत् |

तद्धावतोऽन्यानत्येत तिष्ठत् तस्मिन्नपो मातरिश्वा दधाति ||

Anejadhekam Manaso Javeeyo Nainadhdheva Aapnuvanpurvamarshath |

ThadhDhaavathonyanathyetha Thishttath Thasminnapo Maatharishva dhadhDhaathi || 

So, if you sit and find out:  What is “unmoving”?  So, anything you imagine, is not It.  What is “Oneness”?  Because, anything you imagine has “thriputi bhedha” – Imagine, Imaginer, Imagined – the being which imagines, the thing which is imagined, and the imagination, action.  The “thriputi bhedha” comes.  As long as there is three, it is not That.

And, “Swifter than the mind”: Then anything you do with your mind, it is not That.

Today’s subject for Vaakyaartha Sadhas is: Are all these qualities, qualities to be attributed?  Or, are they technique for us to discover the truth, discover the Consciousness?  On the qualities described here, I wanted Vaakyaartha Sadhas to be done today all over the world.

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About Sri Nithya Sadashivatmananda

Initiated disciple of His Holiness Sri Sri Paramahamsa Nithyananda Swamiji.