Purpose of Spiritual Wisdom

11/12/2011 § Leave a comment

Enumerating the divine qualities, Krishna gives a complete picture (in the 16th Chapter of the Bhagavadgeeta) of human traits and tendencies. The description naturally covers the devilish or destructive traits also. Krishna’s list in this is longer and more detailed. Why should the evil tendencies be described at such length?

The saadhaka’s focus must always be on cultivating good and benevolent traits in himself. At the same time, he has to understand that the opposite qualities also go to constitute Nature and that in some, these traits and expressions may be more than in others. So, how to deal with evil and evilmongers becomes a very crucial question.

It is possible that some destructive traits are either present in the seeker or are likely to entrap him any time. Moreover the society he lives in is itself a blend of the two notes. He has to strive to safeguard against and win over the unwanted tendencies. So, he should be sufficiently poised to face the adverse notes and must go forward without getting unduly perturbed by them.

This means he has to make a provision in his mind for all kinds of individuals and groups around him. This is possible only through discretion and enlightenment, which alone have the power to contend and eliminate the aasuri (non-divine or evil) traits. The clarity and confidence instilled by this kind of spiritual enlightenment are ineffable. They alone help the seeker go forward without hesitation.

The purpose of spiritual wisdom or enlightenment is to imbue the seeker with right perception and strengthen his mind and intelligence to be effective in any situation. In wisdom alone lie innate power, resolve and skill.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru.

– Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

© Narayanashrama Tapovanam, 2011


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