Select Excerpts from the
Personal Diary of Late Shri Shanker Nath
Fotedar, a life-long Devotee of
the Great Yogi, Shri Bhagawaan Gopinathji
- OM is the symbol of
God Ishwara and Braham.
- OM is your real name.
- OM covers the whole
three-fold experiences of man.
- OM stands for all
- OM represents the
physical, mental and astral planes.
- OM represents the
whole deep sleep-state and all that is unknown in your wakeful state, all
that is beyond the reach of intellect.
- OM represents all.
- OM is the basis of
your life, thought and intelligence.
- OM is everything.
- All words denoting
objects are centered in OM.
- Hence the whole world
has come from OM, rests on OM and dissolves in OM. Guru, Ishwara, Brahm,
truth and OM are one.
Bhakti is based on the strong
theism of the Bhagwata Cult. The Narayana or Vasudeva cult and Pashupati and
Shiva Cult are the twin covenants of that permeate, the devotional side of
Hinduism. The supreme person or god is thought by Vashnavites (worshippers of
Vaishnav) as Narayan who transcends the trinity of Brahmah, Vaishnav and Rudra.
The shavites (worshippers of Lord Shiva) consider Lord Shiva as the Supreme
Lord. The conception of personal God is the same though the name and form may
vary. We can appreciate the strong prediction of the votaries of Narayana as
Shiva to their respective chosen torms of Brahman better if we understand that
Bhakti is centered on emotional appeal. Phelgmatic people and men of cold logic
can never be moved to the ecstatic state of Bhakti.
A saint can help one to
attain a stage wherein the experience of knowledge is possible. But for this the
aspirant must get something like a shock (to awaken him from his dreams)...
The teaching of saints,
the intensity of their messages and the influence created by them directly or
indirectly on the atmosphere roundabout help the humanity, in general, to attain
True religion is not what we
get from outside, from books and teachers. It is not the religion of routine
which we adopt as a matter of habit. The saints pray without break. Their whole
life is "one single great continuing prayer." By it we not only ascend
to God but attain the revelation of God in the heart of man. When insight into
the truth is attained passions are subdued, ill-will subsides and inward
conflict ceases. When the spark in us is released it becomes fire which cleanses
the earth. It can be released only if we end our narrow egoism, greed, anger,
hatred, all the restricting appetites and passions which keep the individual
locked up inside his moral stuff. Every religion provides a ladder to perfection
which we have to climb by effort.
GURU AS HEALER
A Guru's work in this world
is to alleviate sufferings of people through spiritual or intellectual counsel
or will-power, escaping to super-consciousness whenever he so desires. A master
can become oblivious of his physical illness, sometimes to set up example to
disciples he bears the pain stoically. By putting on the ailment of others the
Yogi can, for them, satisfy the karmic law of cause and effect. The law is
mechanically or mathematically operative. Its working may scientifically be
manipulated by men of divine wisdom.