ISAVASYA UPANISHAD : Mantram : 14.
ISAVASYA UPANISHAD :
VAJASANEYI SAMHITA UPANISHAD
Discussion-2. "Bhakti and Jnanam" .....
The controversy between bhakti and jnanam is perfectly proved to be empty and hollow by suggestions contained in this mantram.
It is suggested here that these two are not contradictory, but they are complementary and are to be practised in a serial.
Devotion to a 'Personal God' ( Sri Rama, Sri Krishna, and many, Sri Bhuddha, Mahavir, Jesus, Allah and so on, as a person wish ) with a "form and name" ( images, statues, and so on ),
is as much important for the greater and higher meditation, as continuous and intense meditation upon the formless and nameless Reality is necessary for the greater realisation
of the Self ( Atma / Jivatma/ Paramatma ).
In this intelligent synthesis of bhakti and jnanam together, the result would be, in the Rishi's own words, that we will be able to get over the sorrows of death, meaning, the sorrows of finitude, because of our faith and devotion to the Lord with a form; while our evolution would be fulfilled completely as a result of our higher meditation upon formless Reality.
A mere meditation upon the Absolute in itself, though it can give a subjective experience of the Self, the "Jivan-Mukta" state cannot be peaceful and tranquil without the firm hold on the 'life-belt' of a staunch and unshakable love ( Premam ) and devotion ( Sraddha ) for the Lord of the Heart.
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