Baffling Questions and Beautiful Answers in Spirituality Part III

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Post No.1805; Date: 17th April 2015

Written by S NAGARAJAN

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By Santhanam Nagarajan

Here is a new Question – Answer series for the benefit of all.

From time to time we have baffling questions.  But there is nobody to answer them.

But here is an effort to compile the answers from the great scholars, sages and saints of India. This is in continuation of the earlier article.

05) How is that our faith in him not enduring?

A devotee went and met M who has jotted down all the happenings of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa’s life. He put forth his question like this:

Well Sir!  Even knowing a man to be good, through reason, by his deeds, knowing that he always does good, never does any harm, how is that our faith in him is not enduring?   Why does doubt linger in the mind?

M (Mahendranath Gupta Birth: 14-7-1854 Death 4-6-1932) answers his question:

It is nature that does so.  Whatever Karma resides in a man’s nature makes him do it.  But one must pray to Him alone, secretly and longingly.  And one must keep company of the holy men.  Then alone all obstacles will vanish.

Devotee: If the prayer does not emanate from within, longingly, what then to do?

M – In the beginning, let one force oneself to pray verbally.  Practicing in this way, at last one achieves longing.

Source: M – The Apostle & the Evangelist, Page 60

06) How many kinds of Liberation are there?

Lord Rama put forth this question to Sage Vanish and he answers thus:

Sinless one! The state of liberation of two kinds occurs in the world.  One is with the body and the other, without the body.  This is their division.  Hear this:

Know that state as one of liberation while living here, (in which) there is no desire in the taking or the leaving of activities for one who has an unattached mind.

Rama! On the dissolution of the body, that (state of liberation while living) alone is described as the state of liberation without the body, destitute of rebirth.  Those existing in that state do not become visible.

There is not even a little difference between the one liberalized with the body and the one liberated without the body, as wind is only air whether it is with motion or without motion.

Source: The Vision and the Way of Vasistha by Samvid P 405

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Summary

Here is a new Question – Answer series for the benefit of all.

From time to time we have baffling questions.  But there is nobody to answer them.

But here is an effort to compile the answers from the great scholars, sages and saints of India. 05) How is that our faith in him not enduring? Mahendranath Gupta answers.

06) How many kinds of Liberation are there? Lord Rama put forth this question to Sage Vasistha and he answers.

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