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Pilgrimage to Self
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by Jinendra Swami

Copyright 1999 Jinendra Swami.

Jinendra Swami welcomes all queries from genuine seekers. His email address is jinendra@yahoo.com. His website is here.

 

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Rituals


All rituals are nothing
But the Ritual of our Mind

In our Daily Life
Some repeat Diligently and Punctiliously
   'mantras,' ' shlokas,' and sacred words 
That may sometimes bestow on them 
   a distinction among Fellow-men
But is it what we outwardly do that Matters
   and not How and Why we Do ?

Some seekers prefer and Seek
   not complete Liberation 
They only Seek Sensory 
   and Emotional satisfaction
Why do some seek God's Favour 
   and not God Himself ?

There are many ways  to experience
   pleasant emotional  feelings
Some drugs too provide 
   pleasant emotional responses
Can't Rites, Rituals, and Ceremonies 
Be just  another way, to provoke similar Responses?

A dip in holy waters may have it's own benefits  
But, have you ever taken a dip within 'Self '?

You will need no convincing
After even a momentary dip within 'Self '   
All 'Poojas', 'Yagnas', and 'Tirthas' 
   are not necessary to realize your 'Self '
The worth of charity or sacrifices
Will be Known, when Right Perception dawns 
You will then be self-assured
   of the benefit and merits of a dip within 'Self '

True worship requires flowers of Pure Awareness
    and devotion of Equanimity
'This Pooja' purifies your mind
     and reveal your True-Self

Of  all the Daily Rituals man invented
'Observing oneself 'is the greatest Ritual of all
Simply Be Aware and Be Equanimous each Moment
   to the sensations in your body
   to the content in your Mind
 
So now if you want to be in some ritual 
Start with the ritual of  'Silent observation'
Let this Ritual transcend into a Natural Way
Then a 'Conceptless mind' is born
That gives rise to 'Waking Meditation'
And bestow on you, the Supreme Gift of all 

Be aware and perceive rightly 
Then the words come alive and become meaningful
If not, they are like writings on water 
Soon to disappear into meaninglessness!!

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