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REALITY OF RELIGION | 5.01 | PT001 TO PT005

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IN WOODS OF GOD REALIZATION | VOLUME V | RAMA राम

|| REALITY OF RELIGION | 5.01 | PT001 TO PT005 ||

|| 01 | REALITY OF RELIGION | ROR | PART 001 ||

QUESTION : What is meant by " Religion " ? What is its purpose , necessity , utility and final goal ?

RAMA : The term " Religion " has not been used in the same sense by everyone . Its connotation differs from age to age , country to country , even from person to person , according to one's evolution and requirements .

However , Religion is that advanced stage of mind , in which peace , felicity , spiritual bliss , Satya-guna ( Truth , equanimity and cheerfulness ) , large-heartedness , universal love , power and knowledge of Self become spontaneous and natural . These qualities will be obvious by following the path of Religion .

In other words , our thoughts , words and deeds will not remain tied to the limitations of our body , mind and intellect . These will be free in consonance with the unlimited universal Self .

Religion helps us directly to experience the true Reality behind all names and forms in the Universe .

Thus it is the final goal of creation and existence of the Universe .


IN WOODS OF GOD REALIZATION | VOLUME V | RAMA राम

|| 01 | REALITY OF RELIGION | ROR | PART 002 ||

|| GOAL ||

Religion itself is its own goal . It is the goal of all the goals . It is the final aim and object to be achieved and realized .

Vedanta is the end of knowledge and is the ultimate goal of the Vedas .

There can be nothing beyond it . Nothing can be higher than this ultimate goal .

|| NECESSITY ||

Religion is an absolute necessity for humankind . As it is natural for the rivers to flow towards the ocean , or for the flame to rise upwards , so is religion natural for human beings .

The plants and animals need food and nourishment to grow , the eyes need light to see and to discriminate , the sick need medicines to restore health to them .

Similarly , all human beings need religion for their continued evolution .

|| UTILITY ||

Without practising the righteousness of religion consciously or unconsciously , in our daily life , it is impossible for us to achieve any success , prosperity , progress , peace , power , health , knowledge , art , grace , or any blessing whatsoever .

One attains success only when one pursues , knowingly or unknowingly , the path of religion in one’s thoughts and actions .


IN WOODS OF GOD REALIZATION | VOLUME V | RAMA राम

|| 01 | REALITY OF RELIGION | ROR | PART 003 ||

QUESTION : What is the best form of religion and the best method of practising it ?

RAMA : The best form of religion is to do away with egoism and to merge in the Universal Self to such an extent as to be oblivious of the little self .

Not only the individual oneself or a particular country but the whole world , nay , the whole Universe , shall be benefited through one by one's absorption in the Real Self .

Springs of peace , power , bliss and cheerfulness shall burst forth and the pleasant aura of felicity and energy shall radiate from the religious one .


IN WOODS OF GOD REALIZATION | VOLUME V | RAMA राम

|| 01 | REALITY OF RELIGION | ROR | PART 004 ||

THE BEST WAY TO PRACTISE RELIGION IS TO —

( 1 ) Ponder over the elevated and sublime teachings of the Upanishads , Bhagwat Geeta and other religious books like Bible , Al-Quran and to practise their teachings in daily life .

( 2 ) Be in constant company of saints who are spiritually evolved persons and persons of wisdom and knowledge who can inspire peace and tranquility within you .

( 3 ) Make sincere efforts , at least five times a day , to remove ignorance and sinful ideas from our hearts .

In other words , we should realise ourselves to be above body , mind and intellect and shift our mental abode from the screen of worldly attachments and selfish desires to the flower garden of Reality .

We should live in Divinity and meditate on such Divine thoughts , such as —

" I am the Sun , the effulgent Sun . The particles of dust get colour and brilliance from Me . The source of celestial talk is My word . The spring of Divine Light is My sight . "


IN WOODS OF GOD REALIZATION | VOLUME V | RAMA राम

|| 01 | REALITY OF RELIGION | ROR | PART 005 ||

QUESTION : What is that special part in human existence with which the religion or its goal has special connections ? Also , what is that connection and under what circumstances does it exist ?

RAMA : There is , no doubt , something in human existence which is specially connected with religion and its goal . We feel it and are conscious of it .

It is " Reality " . But " Reality " is not confined to any part of human existence , it is the human existence which is a part of " Reality " . The " Reality " is an endless ocean in which human beings are like waves . That " Reality " is named " Atma " in the Hindu scriptures . It is All-pervading and Omnipresent .

As regards the connection between Atma , the Real Self , and the individual limited self , it can be stated , as is explained in the Hindu scriptures that to rise above names and forms and to give up the limitations of body , mind and intellect is the crux to become All Knowledge , All Bliss and All Energy . And that is the relationship .

For example , the bubbles and the waves of the river , on giving up their names and forms are , in reality , pure water which is sweet , crystal clear , all pervading and interpenetrating ( so far as the bubbles and the waves are concerned ) . In other words , bubbles and waves are nothing but aqua pura in reality .

You may have seen that various dolls , animals etc are made of sugar . These sugar-constituted images of dogs and the rats differ only in name and form . In reality , they are nothing but sweet , pure , white sugar . Whatever the name or form may be , the ruler , the lion , the deer and the deity , made of sugar , are all nothing else but sugar .

When you are absorbed in work or thought in solving some important problem , you get so much engrossed in it that you forget , for the time being , all about your body , mind , intellect and ego . During this period , howsoever short it may be , you are the embodiment of knowledge and greatness .

A warrior , in the battlefield , is concentrated entirely in war to destroy the enemy .

One is not conscious of anything else .

One is quite indifferent to other attachments . One is not in one's body . One leaves behind all one's thoughts of limitations , concerning one's mind and intellect and other feelings .

At such moments , one becomes the very source of Power , courage , bravery and heroism .


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