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Isha Upanishad - Shloka 18
|by Dr. R. K. Lahri|
Gita says in X-4, “Whatever you see-beauty or glory- know that to be a bit of my glory.” The seeker wishes to enjoy that glory and remain stuck to it. For the seeker this wealth no more is a material object but as he sees God in it, he finds it something fit for his meditation and thus wants to reach a land of enlightenment and remain there. He now knows that “What God gives you, offer it to others and then partake it or else you are a thief.” (Ten Tyackten Bhunjitha)
The seeker invokes Lord Agni to grant him the Eternal Wealth. He has realized that this is Gods world. The divine is not isolated from the world. God loves those who love their fellowmen. The seeker now sees presence of divinity in all human forms and beings and all beings present in him. Like the Greek philosophers, he also understands that ‘all the world is his home and there is no saneness in those who dislike any part of creation.’
The seeker simply wishes to stay eternally in the spirit of devotion to the Supreme Divine (Iswar Bhava) and in the deep unremitted thought of the Supreme Spirit. He wants that no ailment or any evil spirit come in his way. He may remain pure through. word, thought and deed. He no more entertains any notion, false - identification or thought -waves.
The seeker in the sacrificial fire of Supreme Divine, while offering the oblation, utters the mantra, “Agne Idam na namah”. O Fire! I submit myself to Thee; surrender to Thee, no more I am the ego, no more I am the mind. It is the final act of a person whose ego sense has vanished away and in his state of totally dying ego who is getting himself absorbed in the Eternal Truth. He now understands that permanent Bliss is only within. All Beings thirst for Bliss but bliss in never to be found outside. It can come only from the heart. A silent mind, equipoise and balanced enters the spiritual heart of the devotee and then there manifests the Bliss. Humility and gratitude arise whenever a devotee feels Gods presence around and within him. He in full awareness becomes thankful to the Lord and this thankfulness becomes the prayer and he himself gets elevated into the spirit of the Lord.
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