Worship - The Real Sadhana
All the religions in the world have prescribed one way or the other for the realization of God--the Immaterial Absolute. They have also given higher ideals of life and most of the people have begun to follow them. As the time went on, they began to peep into other sides as well, because the scythe of time brought about these changes in them. The environment of the living world began to attract them and the necessities of life compelled them to take the other course. Arts and crafts also developed and deities of different sorts were carved out by the artists under the name of different Gods and people worshiped them.
The wise men of the times, to start with, had to prescribe those modes of worship that may, ultimately, take them to Yoga--the sure-shot of Realisation. But, according to the laws of Nature, devolution follows evolution and vice versa. Their minds did not travel further to the real side with the result that the images became personified God. The way of worship is forgotten, the outcome of which we see even this day. Grossness has developed to the extent that it has become an impediment to the Divine Grace. The higher approaches are not possible if the accumulation of grossness continues. The beauty of the Sahaj Marg System is that it cleans the grossness for His Grace to descend. But, in case the accumulation of grossness is there, an abhyasi falters and lingers at each step.
Another difficulty that comes in the way is that the people of this age have begun to fear Yoga because, whenever, there is a talk of Yoga, their mind is diverted towards Hath Yoga, deep breathing and so on which might have harmed so many. There are several persons who did not want to test the efficacy of our Sahaj Marg System, the remodeled system of Raj Yoga, because they are satisfied with what they do. Due to their habits they feel satisfaction in the worship they do out of their avowed method. They take it to be the spiritual improvement which is really not there. They take satisfaction as peace. But satisfaction relates to the senses of grosser type while peace is close to the soul. If this worship is neglected for a day they feel restless. But if the peace be there, there is no question of restlessness. As we develop in Spirituality, the nature of peace also changes and, in the end, non-peace is the result. If we want to advance in Spirituality we should begin from Infinity to finiteness. In this way we establish relation with the Real Being.
Our next step will be that we may begin to absorb ourselves in Infinity as the idea of finiteness will be washed away. Now, the door is opened and we have come to the path. When finitenesss is dissipated from the mind, the way lies clear. We proceed in the Infinite and to the Infinite, with the result that even the idea of Infinite cannot pop up. Now Reality dawns. Further on, when we have jumped into Reality, the play ends and the scene begins. But this is not the end. Go on and on. Not only this, not only this--neti,neti
This is a collection from the messages delivered by Sri Ramchandraji Maharaj, founder of Sahajmarg.