What you think as your goal, as the essence of your life, towards which you are moving in your life, you are worshiping that!


 

sambḥutiṁ ca vināśaṁ ca yastad vedobhayaṁ saha |

vināśena mṛtyuṁ tīrtvā sambhūtyāmṛtam aśnute || 14 ||

 Just recite. It’s the 14th verse of Isavasya Upanishad. I will give you the translation.

One who cognizes the pure essence of these both—the imperishable consciousness, the cause of manifestation and the destructible, the perishable, manifested entities, simultaneously—such a person completes with the fear of death and transcends death by worshipping or by knowledge of the perishable entities; and reaches the imperishable consciousness; celebrates the nectar of immortality and bliss, the eternal space of oneness.

Now listen. It’s the literal translation I have read out. The key word in this whole Upanishad, you need to understand. What Upanishad is trying to convey it to you. Listen.

Listen intensely what Upanishads are trying to convey through this to you. The first thing, the key word — what you are worshiping in you life. Please understand, here worshiping does not just mean in front of whom you bow down, in front of what you bow down. What you think as goal of your life. What you remember again and again. Please understand., you may be bowing down in front of Shiva deity for money, then you are worshiping money. Whether it is right or wrong, don’t bother now, first let us diagnose, understand –

what you are worshiping in your life?

You may bow down in front of any God, Goddess, Guru, but what you think as the essence of your life, what you think as the lakshya (goal) of your life, that is what you are worshiping.

I tell you, if you do not have any goal, just living, then be informed you are worshiping confusion and darkness.

No, there are many people, I am telling you. They think let us drag on the life, one day something will happen, everything will become alright. No. You are worshiping darkness and confusion. If you are not standing up for yourself, you are only worshiping darkness and confusion. The key concept in this Upanishad is – what are you worshiping.

Listen. When Upanishad say,

sambḥutiṁ ca vināśaṁ ca yastad vedobhayaṁ saha |

vināśena mṛtyuṁ tīrtvā sambhūtyāmṛtam aśnute || 14 ||

…what you think as your goal, what you think as the essence of your life, what you think towards which you are moving in your life – you are worshiping that. Remember, listen, understand. You are worshiping that.

Today I wanted Vakyartha Sadas on this subject – all the Gurukuls, Vakyartha Sadas groups all over the worlds, take up this subject — what are you worshipping in your life? What you think as goal of your life? For some people it may be money. For some people it may be pleasures. For some people it may be name and fame. For some people all of this part, part, little-little. For some people, just confusion. I tell you, there are people who worship confusion. How you bring any problem, I will find solution. There are some people you bring any solution, they will find a problem for it. No, I have some people.

Even in my own Sangha, I have some people. You bring any solution, they will find problem out of it. I call them confusion worshipers. Worshiping confusion. Worshipping the status-quo, worshipping the inaction. Worshipping the non-transforming stuck-up space. Understand, stuck up just stuck without moving in the life in any direction is hell. That is hell. Stuck without moving in any direction. Confusion worshipping.

First find out – what are you worshipping in life. Second – how much is consciousness and how much is materialistic, perishable. Look in, find out how much is imperishable and how much is perishable. What is imperishable which you are worshipping in you, what is the perishable which you are worshipping in you. For example, some part of you may feel – “I think I should have name and fame, recognition, money, all pleasures in the life”. And some part of you, “yes, but all this is not going to be the end. I need to be achieving something eternal, which does not move, which cannot be taken away.” Just see how much of you wants perishable, how much of you wants imperishable.

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About Sri Nithya Sadashivatmananda

Initiated disciple of His Holiness Sri Sri Paramahamsa Nithyananda Swamiji.