To believe BLINDLY is to degenerate the human soul. Be an ATHIEST if you want, but do not believe in anything unquestioningly.” –Swami Vivekananda
The quote above sums up the theme carried through the 7-day Shrimad Bhagwat Katha program held in Shimla, HP, from June 20th to June 26th, 2015 orated by world-renowned katha vyas, daughter disciple of His Holiness Sarv Shri Ashutosh Maharaj Ji, Sadhvi Karanbhadra Bharti Ji.
Shri Suresh Bhardwaj (MLA Shimla) and Smt. Rani Pratibha Singh (Ex-MP) were among the chief guests who graced the occasion.
An eye-opener, the katha enabled its attendees to ponder on their beliefs. Sitting in the audience, listening to the oration, riveting the benign vibrations, one potently re-thinks the base of their belief system.
Imperatively, the world blindly and indiscriminately believes or disbelieves in God today. All our saints and Holy Scriptures always emphasize on questioning all the belief systems. The common man seems to have blind faith in the conventional beliefs, disregarding the eternal and practical knowledge of seeing and then believing in God.
Such were the teachings of Lord Krishna, the incarnation of the supreme energy in Dwapar Yuga. Through His divine plays, He shattered the blind belief systems of the time, breaking all societal rules that restrained individuals from Realization of God.
Sadhvi Karanbhadra Bharti Ji further gracefully explained the difference in believing blindly and having a firm belief after perception. She quoted many saints and scriptures and laid special emphasis on Swami Vivekananda’s following quote:
“What right has a man to say he has a soul if he does not feel it or that there is God if he does not see Him? If there is God we must see Him, if there is soul we must perceive it; otherwise it is better not to believe. It is better to be an outspoken atheist than a hypocrite”.
Just as a blind man is welcome to claim the non-existence of the sun; Scriptures and enunciations of saints also sympathize with the inexperienced, ignorant, oblivious individuals who lack the Eye that enables them to see God. Sequentially, they proclaim the need to attain such an Eye and become God-realized. Scriptures phrase the eye as the Divine Eye, the Divya Chakshu, the third eye, mind’s eye, the tenth door, and the like.
Throughout the week, Sadhvi Ji disclosed the unnoticed secret hidden in our scriptures of attaining the shelter of a perfect master in order to awaken the Divine Eye. Only a master who Himself is Self-Realized and is an embodiment of such scriptures, can guide His pupil in understanding and realizing the truth. The Master imparts the practical technique of seeing God within an individual, therefore affirming their belief in God. Such a belief can never be shattered thereafter nor can it be deterred by any aberrations.
Sarv Shri Ashutosh Maharaj Ji open-handedly continues to impart the Divine Knowledge-Brahm Gyan- to anyone that enters His shelter. Brahm Gyan is the eternal technique of God perception. The Divya Chakshu, as Lord Krishna explicitly proclaims, gets awakened with such a technique. With practice of this diligent skill, one is able to gain perennial peace and unremitting wisdom.
A series of melodious devotional bhajans accompanied the discourse. Compositions of classical tunes accompanied by modern melodies, kept the listening ears wanting for more.