Wednesday, February 9, 2011

SELF...REALIZATION..3


The life in this condition was like a child born into a King’s family . The King being the all - powerful Creator of this Universe who is our Heavenly Father, with immeasurable grace , mercy and power, and everything in His Kingdom was made available to man without asking . It is all the Royal inheritance of the rightful heir . So God provided man with everything including the host of angels at his service . This Kingdom is the everlasting Kingdom of God .
Uniqueness of Human Beings : It is because of the empowerment of the soul by God ’ s Spirit , humans have become unique with lots of extraordinary features namely , a ) Physical :-  with distinct individual capacity , power and identity . b ) Intellectual :-  bestowed with the wisdom and knowledge to analyze logically and be creative , and with necessary skills to rule over the other creatures . c ) Spiritual :- In addition to our soul being made immortal , it has been endowed with a free will . Only humans build altars and worship God .
This spirit and soul combination has become an inimitable dynamic system , and it is this indwelling of the Holy Spirit in every human soul , helps everyone to seek and search for God one day or the other , which the other creatures will never do .
LOSS OF SELF ( FALL OF MAN ) :
As a result of the above qualities , man became a self - sufficient , self - creative and self - willed complete individual being . It is because of this free will , not only can he think and choose , but also can be influenced by other forces as well . When the first man was to make a choice between God and devil as the guiding force for his soul , he willfully chooses the devil , as the present day world, because of the influence of the devil , who had already chosen evil for himself by trying to become like God or equal with God , who made man also to fall prey to his evil design .
It was not just a simple disobedience ,  but it was a deliberate choice of evil over good , and the evil spirit got embedded onto the human soul affecting the entire human race .  In this condition , the spirit , which is the life force for the soul , lost its sustenance from God and got suppressed , and the devil took almost full control and authority over the human soul . This has brought about a sea change in the attitude of man towards God and ultimately man became an enemy of God .

Thus humans have been stripped of that honor and glory ,  privileges and power they were vested with ; and having lost the image of God that was upon them , and that robe of purity , innocence and righteousness , the rectitude of their nature with which they were arrayed . Now they were unable to save themselves from the curse of the righteous law and the fury of vindictive justice .
Genesis 3:19 “ In the sweat of thy face shall thou eat bread , till thou return unto the ground, for from dust thou art taken , and dust shall thou return ” . Eze 18:4 “  Behold , all souls are mine; as the soul of the father , so also the soul of the son is mine : the soul that sinneth, it shall die ” .
As a result of these curses and also due to the corruption of the soul , not only our physical body suffers a simple death but also is afflicted by diseases and deformities , and there is always a constant struggle raging between the life forces (  immune system  ) which are trying to preserve the body on the one hand , and the disease forces which are trying to destroy the body on the other hand  . At times the disease forces dominate resulting in sickness with the life forces being suppressed and vice versa  .  Similarly , there is also a struggle going on in our soul , between the subdued spirit ( Self ) which is the life force for our soul and the evil spirit which is the destructive force trying to destroy the soul . This affects our thoughts and deeds, as it is written , “  for I know that nothing good lives in me , that is, in my flesh . For I have the desire to do what is right, but I cannot carry it out ” Romans 9:18.
The evil spirit makes man to do more evil than good , if not all the time , but most of the time . That is why God says , “  You belong to your father the devil , and you want to carry out the desires of your father . He was a murderer from the beginning and has never stood by the truth , since there is no truth in him . Whenever he tells a lie he speaks in character ,  for he is a liar and the father of lies ” John 8:44 .

All have become filled with every kind of wickedness , evil , greed  , and depravity . We are full of envy , murder , quarreling , deceit , and cruel . We are gossips , slanderers , God - haters , haughty , arrogant , boastful , inventors of evil , selfish , corrupt , lustful , lust for money , lust for food , lust for power , with contempt for God , no peace , revelry , strife among ourselves , and among nations .These are the fruits of the evil spirit , which are exactly opposite to that of the fruits of the Holy Spirit . Hence the word of God declares that , “ For there is not a just man upon earth , that doeth good , and sinneth not ”  Ecc 7:20 .
The effect of all these is the cause for the greatest battle which is now raging in this world between good and evil , i.e . between the forces of God and the forces of devil , and the victory of course is foreknown . But the big question is , on which side are you ? Everyone in this world , either knowingly or unknowingly is contributing his money ,  might , and time for the above cause . Mat 7:20 “ Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them ” .  But if we are indifferent to know or to find out , or even to spend a minute to think about it , we may have no excuse at all .
The atmosphere of the world today gives all of us without exception a perverted sense of value because of the influence of devil . We tend to get life’s priorities wrong , since that influence is immensely powerful . Faster than ever before in the history of mankind , the world is sinking into the gutter of moral decay and corruption . The darkness deepens until the night is black around us .
VEDIC REDEMPTION :
Now the soul which has lost its empowerment by the spirit ( self ) , if not redeemed will have to spend its eternity in Hell . The Vedas and Upanishads proclaim that the redemption can be obtained only through Purusha the Prajapathi .  In Rig Veda Purusha Sukta ends with the following words :
tameva vidvaanam amruta iha bhavati , nanyah panthaa ayanaaya vidyate
( thus one who knows this becomes able to reach the state of deathlessness . There is no other way ) . Bhruhat Aranyaka Upanishad ( 1.3.28 ) says , “ Asatoma sat gamaya , Tamasoma Jyothir gamaya , Mruthyoma amrutham gamaya ” which means , from untruth lead me to truth , from darkness lead me to light , from death lead me to eternal life .
Deliverance from untruth , darkness and death is the basic need of every person . The sages in the past testify that they were living in the shadow of vanity , darkness and death . They were seeking truth, light and eternal life , knowing fully well that they were mortals and these immortal gifts were beyond their reach ; but they were also aware , that the Prajapathi or the Creator will have to

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