Sri Ramakrishna’s whoreson, Hriday, formerly asked Sambhu Mallick for plutocrat. Sambhu told him that he'd have given him some if Hriday were eyeless or lame or extremely poor, but he was none of that. Hriday’s response? “ Please do n’t say that. I do n’t need your plutocrat. ” Hriday demanded the reproach from Sambhu to come apprehensive and thankful that he did n’t need to supplicate since he was healthy and strong.
occasionally we need gests like Hriday’s to come conscious of the numerous blessings that we simply take for granted and noway fete them assuch.However, it's easy to ignore it or fritter it down carelessly, If we do n’t fete the value of what we formerly have.
In Vivekacūḍāmaṇi( verse 3), Śrī Śaṅkarācārya refers to three blessings that are “ rare ”
दुर्लभं त्रयमेवैतद्देवानुग्रहहेतुकम् । मनुष्यत्वं मुमुक्षुत्वं महापुरुषसंश्रय ॥
Durlabhaṁ trayam eva etad devānugraha- hetukam,
Manuṣyatvaṁ mumukṣutvaṁ mahapuruṣa- saṁśrayaḥ.
“ The following three are rare and are acquired only through God’s grace( 1) a mortal birth,( 2) an violent desire to be free, and( 3) the guidance of a great soul. ”
The first blessing we formerly have. I do n’t imagine anyone other than humans reading this blog. Considering that we could have been born in any of the millions of species known to us( and presumably a whole lot further that are unknown), it's indeed a rare circumstance to have been born a mortal being.
Still, there's no guarantee that we will again have a mortal birth anytime soon, If we're revived. What’s wrong with being born as commodity differently, an beast for case? Nothing wrong really, except that in our mortal- centric view and understanding of life, we like to suppose that being born a human is better than being born as commodity differently. The superiority of a mortal birth feels true to us emotionally and is verified by different religious textbooks.
What's indeed more rare isn't only mortal birth but, along with it, also a deep craving to be free from all material fetters. Among the billions of mortal beings on the earth, a veritably small nonage is blessed with that kind of violentlonging.However, we may be suitable to detect that craving in our own hearts, If we identify ourselves as spiritual campaigners. The intensity of it may vary from one person to the coming, but to have this craving is another result of God’s grace. There can be no stopgap of attaining spiritual freedom( mokṣa) unless we truly long for it. Why would I want to eat food if I'm not empty for it?
Alongside a mortal birth and the violent desire for mokṣa, if I've the guidance of an illuminated soul, also I really have no reason for not using all of these blessings to attain the ultimate thing of life. We may not always realize how many people really have the honor of easy access to authentic spiritual help. The internet and books have made it a bit accessible in recent times to get help, but( as Swami Vivekananda refocused out) the quickening impulse to awaken us to spiritual life can come only “ from another soul, and from nothing additional ”( CW 3. 45)
These three also — a mortal birth, craving for spiritual freedom, and the guidance of an illuminated soul — are the rare blessings that come only through the grace ofGod.However, and yet do n’t make any serious trouble to use the gifts well, we're hurting ourselves further than someone who commits self-murder( Vivekacūḍāmaṇi, If we've these.
On the other hand, if we use the gifts well and to the stylish of our capability, no matter how amiss our sweats may be, we will find that an unseen power lifts us up and guides us to our spiritual fortune. That's grace. We do n’t know how it comes, when it comes, indeed why it comes. But grace does come when we're sincere and humorless about spiritual life and willing to give our stylish to reach the thing.