Today the whole concept of religion and religiousness has been destroyed by Teachers, Preachers and Guru’s who hold office of politics or office of religion. Teachers, Preachers and Guru’s keep asking people to beg, ask people to provide support to poor. But in reality all the Teachers, Preachers and Guru’s are doing is making sure that people keep begging from them and also make further more sure that poor don’t vanish. The moment poor vanishes, they will lose the power over people to ask them to beg. The true form of religion will never ask one to beg, or make support system for pseudo-poverty.
During one of the meetings Ācharyagüru Swami Shri Chidananda Bharati ji asked me to beg and take alms. I looked at him and went out. After few hours I came back and I had some food and money with me. Ācharyagüru Swami Shri Chidananda Bharati ji was quite happy. But his happiness turned into shock when I said “You asked me to beg alms. That implies you have sanctioned my heart’s desire to take to an ascetic’s life. But I cannot be the ascetic you want, for I will love to earn and live, rather than beg. No it is nothing do with Ego, but it is part of Consciousness that says divinity is all around and one. And each one of the awakened conscious state of spirit is all about being alive in every moment of time. Every single spark has a grand role of existence and being part of it I shouldn’t disrespect it. The food and money is part of my hardwork not from begging.”
Ācharyagüru Swami Shri Chidananda Bharati ji didn’t say anything but from then on he never asked me to beg for he could understand that I was not part of a religion which looked at Teachers, Preachers and Guru’s as survivors of begging. My faith was very clear that a Guru who begs, seeks support is of no good, looks for donation cannot help another for he in himself is a beggar. Such a Teachers, Preachers, Guru’s or spiritual teacher while he goes around begging dont ever touch his feet, for beggar survives on alms and he cannot give anything, for His spiritual powers are lost the moment He begs. One who believes and follows the spiritual path or even religious path is like a King on earth for they are bestowed with abundance of wealth in form of knowledge and wisdom, having such a huge wealth one should not beg for survival of body. The body is a matter and so one should utilise the matter with the knowledge and do work to earn for livelihood, while spreading the spiritual knowledge for welfare of others. Share the food earned with hardwork for those who are in a state of hunger.
This is not a way of righteousness and I don’t believe so for one who walks in the path of righteousness. Even at the mountains we used to travel I always looked for ways earning livelihood, working in teashops, putting loads, or even selling vegetables. Even though part of group lot of times the livelihood kept me apart from them, we used to cook, eat and sleep together as group. This I felt when I learned from other religions also. I am still humbled by what all these Teachers, Preachers and Guru’s who have taken pains to teach me but yes something was amiss.
My learning, my understanding and my meditation were quite different from the one’s normally people associated themselves with. We in groups also discussed on many aspects and more deepr I went I could understand, all the core religious methods were preparing the ground, taking out weeds, grass roots, wild growth as well as stones. The core of light one never worked upon for none were connecting for all conditioned phenomena’s are sufferings only. Only when one awakens to this truth can one break freee of the illusions and only then can one explain it, teach it, proclaim it, establishes it, discloses it, analyzes it, and elucidates it that the religions have lost it truly. Yes it was never part of any religion, for it might have been in the beginning of time and space but certainly it is lost now. The truth of righteousness makes the eye rise, knowledge rise, wisdom rise, understanding rise and heart opens to the dynamism of light holding the darkness within its own folds.
The way of the path of light allows one to sow the seeds in the cleared land, for it is the light that guides one to know the ways of clearing the ground too. The seekers of truth who are part of this flow, know the depth within and are able to share the same to others happens but what they can share is the clearing of the ground, making the path ready, the spark is the final touch I give. My ways of touch can be with words, eyes, silence, gestures and my presence for holding the spark of light it surpasses time and space. Having a cleared ground is of no use for the weeds will again come, pebbles and stones will the place and grasses will grow even with the bestest of the techniques one learns or follows. Without the spark all of it is futile, they will not help you grow.