ISAVASYA UPANISHAD : Mantram : 14.






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VAJASANEYI    SAMHITA    UPANISHAD



Mantram-14.



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.

Next : Discussion-3 "Vedic Perfection "..." Sri  Adi  Sankaracharya  ... Sri Ramakrishna " ...

To be continued  ...

        




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