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Respect Your Understanding
There is one very fine point. Be kind and please pay attention to it. Whatever circumstances one has been placed in, if he regards them as the best and makes the most beneficial use of them, then his well-being “kalyaana” will take place. Whatever things you have are enough. Nothing more than that is necessary. There is no necessity of knowing more than the sum of education you have. No more strength is necessary than the strength already with you. Whatever power, intelligence, ability, circumstances, etc., you have received, with the proper utilization of that much only, God realization “will” be possible. This is the absolute Truth and is real.
There is no derth of knowledge with you, but you do not put it to right use. You do not attach importance to it – this is the deficiency. The situation that is before us now, will not remain the same forever. This knowledge in you is not less or incomplete, it is full to the brim. If you rightly utilize this knowledge, this knowledge will be sufficient for your good or upliftment. It is not an iota less than is necessary; its right use is this that you do not get caught up in the mesh of circumstances, be neither pleased nor displease with it.
Questioner: This knowledge we do have, but the extent we want to know, that much knowledge we do not have.
Swamiji: Do you make the proper or right use of the knowledge that you have? The things which you deem perishable, do you or do you not desire to obtain those things?
Questioner: Yes we do have this desire.
Swamiji: Then where have you understood the term "perishable"? In reality, if you truly regard them as "perishable", then there would have been no desire in you to have them! What is the gain in attaining that which is perishable? Just like a wealthy man has money. Without the money he would not be called wealthy, similarly this world has only perishables and perishing things. That which is perishable how can it benefit us, how can it do us any good?
You are not perishable or mortal, but the body is perishable. The thing that has come as your belonging is subject to decay, but you yourself are not. The thing was not even there before and will not be there even hereafter. Rather even in the present it is ceaselessly and continuously moving towards destruction. You were there initially and will remain even after. Your existence will remain at all times. A question was put forth to me, that in the present how to gain knowledge that we will live (exist) Its answer is that you are afraid to do bad work and are pleased while doing good work; because of your feeling that by doing evil deeds you will beget pain and suffering, and by doing good, you will gain happiness in the future. This is proof that you have recognized your future existence.
If we do not regard your future existence, then who will go to heaven? Who will go to hell? You will be reborn? Who will be free or liberated? After “kalyaan” – self-realization, who will be full of bliss - you or the world? By implication, the purport is you will remain and the body and other things will not.
If you ponder carefully as to how the Indestructible can be made happy by things perishable? The meaning of “perishable” is that it has everything which suffers decay or destruction; nothing else than the perishable is with it.
"Ant tohi tajainge paamar tu ne tajai abahi te." Meaning,
“O’ Fool! These things will all ultimately leave you. Why don’t you give them up right now?”
Trust not things that are perishable, but do make their best possible use. Do not depend on it as your support, having the notion that this thing will gratify me, that it will lead to my prosperity etc. Please pay a little heed to this – How will the things which are not with you at present, do you any good or make you happy when it becomes available to you in future? How will you prosper? That which is not there right now, will also not remain later on in the future. It will be separated from you; therefore how will it make you happy? Who knows with certainty whether you get it or not? And even if you get it, then too it will not remain for long, for that which is perishable is bound to perish.
The body etc. are