24. DIVINE DISCOURSE
Saint Kanwarram was not only a fine and skilled singer; he was also a
self- realized Soul, a Brahma Gyani - (Sea of spiritual knowledge). He
had realized God. As Tukaram says, if he who is born a human adores God
with a true devotion in his heart, he raises himself to the plane of
God, nay he becomes God. Tukaram cites him own instance.
- Went in search of God
And truly I found God in me.
Tukaram says, "I am a peasant a son of Peasant. How can I therefore know
the ways to offer prayers to God? I do not know the intricate ways of
worship. Following the advice of the Saints I took to the path of
Bhakti". (Deep devotion to the God). and remember. In addition, Tukaram
says he could not see God and became God himself. During the devotional
song programs and private talks, Kanwarram like Tukaram would lay stress
on deep devotion and undaunted faith in God. He would preach that to get
a human birth is greatest boon and man should try to achieve God hood by
Bhakti marg, Gyan Marg, Karam Marg or by any method. Human birth is
greatest and rarest opportunity. He would say human nature based on
three Gunas, Tamsic, Rajsik and Satvic. These depends upon the Sanskaras
(impressions of previous births) hence the behavior and nature of two
individuals is apart and dissimilar, hence we say 'nature is inborn'.
"Three fold is the Shraddha of the embodied, which is inherent in their
nature the Satvika, the Rajasika and the Tamasika. Do thou hear of it?
The Shraddha of each is according to his natural dispoition, O
descendent of Bharata. The Man consists of his Shraddha he verily is
what his Shraddha is."
- Gita XVII -2-3
Since that, a triple mode rules our nature. This is one Sattva (light
and good) two Rajas (Passion and desire) the Tamas (darkness and
Abjure the Rajas and Tamas develop the Sattava. Later on, this Sattva is
also to be converted into the triple divine equivalent of Sat (Supreme
repose and calm), chit (illumination and knowledge) and Ananda (Bliss
This comes with the mental being have replaced by the deeper psychic
Soul through divine grace.
There should be complete renunciation of our works to the Supreme will,
our limited human intelligence comes to be substituted by, an illumined
and spiritual mind'. Action now proceeds not from the instincts of flesh
emotions but the spiritualized self and divine sacramental truth,
consciousness and bliss force within us. Here dawns on the horizon an
'apocalyptic vision'. After face-to-face revelation of God, the evolved
being that has "become" operates as conscious instrument of the Supreme
Lord. His worker had followed his mandate and not doing work for
satisfying his emotional desires but revealing in the obedience of the
Gurunanak calls such realized Soul as "Sacha Sikka' or 'True Coin' and
the wealth he has gathered is 'True Wealth'. This self realized Soul
shares the omniscient knowledge, enjoys the fathomless love and
submerges in the limitless ocean of the Supreme bliss of existence.
"Take refuge in him with all thy heart, O Bharata, by his grace shall
thou attain Supreme peace (and) the eternal abode".
- Gita XVIII, 62
Saint Kanwarram would cite an example of Holy River, naming as Sindhu
and Ganga and would explain the inner, spiritual meaning 'A river went
out of the place of pleasure to water the earthly paradise and from
thence it separated into four heads. In man, there is a place of
pleasure from which God causes the river of reason and natural light and
natural light to take rise to water the entire Paradise of our heart.
This stream is divided into four heads that is, it makes four currents
according to four regions of the Soul.
(1) Over what is called the practical intellect, i.e. that which
distinguishes between actions we should perform or avoid, natural light,
spreads prudence this inclines our mind to make wise Judgments as to the
evil we must avoid and drive away and good we must perform and pursue.
- My Soul and flesh leap in ruptured strife,
To join that throng with you. O God of life.
- St. Martin
(2) It causes just to stream out over our will and justice is simply a
perpetual, firm will to every man what is due to him.
(3) Over the combustible appetite or anger, it causes temperance to
flow, which moderates the passions in that appetite.
(4) Over the irascible appetite or anger, it causes fortitude to flow,
which stops and controls all the movements of anger. These four rivers,
separated in this manner afterwards divide up into many others so that
all human acts may be properly formed according to natural virtue and
happiness. God causes to spring the very summit of their spirits
superior part a supernatural fountain that we call 'Divine grace'. It
purifies the Soul from all sings and then adorns and beautifies it with
the most delightful beauty. Finally, it spreads its water over all the
Souls faculties and operations, so as to give heavenly prudence to the
will, sacred temperance to the concupscible appetite, and devout
fortitude. All this is to the end that the completely human heart may
tend to supernatural virtue and felicity, which consists in union with
God, wishes full surrender. He would sing the song of deep devotion
"Nale alakh Je Bedo tar Muhinjo, Nidhar Ahyana Nimane Adhar Tuhinjo".
Meaning thereby, God my boat is at thy mercy reach it to the shore
safely; you are my support and citadel.
Arising from the tragic clash of life
The spirit rises mightier by defeat
It's God like wings grow wide
With each fall,
Its splendid failures sum to victory
Hush! Hark again,
Nothing is truly vain the one has made
In our defeated hearts God's strength survives
And Victory's star lights
Our desperate roads.
(Savitri - Aurobindo)
Kanwarram during his divine discourses will always quote the following
story. There were 10 friends who traveled in the boat and reached the
others side of shore, one of them started counting whether all of them
have reached safe he started one, two, three up to nine he cried we are
only nine, and the tenth one is last. He missed himself to count. The
other friend said you are wrong I will count properly. He also repeated
the likewise and missed himself. All did the same mistake of forgetting
once own head. So all became gloomy that we have last one of our friend
and they started crying! A sage who passed nearby saw this situation
very keenly and he asked what the matter is. The first one told the
story. The sage was wise so immediately grasped the central idea. He
said to them please be calm I will find out your tenth friend. Now he
asked one of them to count again. He counted up to ninth and here the
sage put his hand on the head of the person that you are tenth. They
became very happy! So here is the role of Guru. He comes and reminds the
disciple that art thou.
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