Self Realization / Enlightenment

These quotes have been taken from Satsangs (discourses) given by our teacher Professor Ojaswi Sharma. He himself was never interested in writing anything but his students felt the need to preserve his wisdom. They taped his talks, transcribed them and sorted out into several Topics. Because the full discourses were very long, shorter passages were chosen on each Topic and presented here.


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After self- realisation there is no frustration. There cannot be. Energy may come to an end but that is a different matter. Physical energy is bound to diminish in everybody's case. The body will get old. Someday, for example, one may not be able to see or hear. But there will be no frustration either. A self-realised person is never frustrated.


No matter what difficulty you have had on your journey, all inconveniences are forgotten when you realise your goal! The real objective is to reach the destination. Inconveniences will be there on the spiritual journey in the inner world, just as they are on the journey in the outer world. After reaching the destination, one forgets the inconvenience. So, you have nothing to worry about.


It is not possible for all to be equal in material matters, but in the sphere of self-realisation - experiencing God - everyone can achieve the highest aim. There is only one element that is never in short supply. God is never in short supply. God is available to everybody the whole time.


The problem is that we wrongly identify ourselves with the non-self, with the body, the senses, the mind or the intellect. You are not these elements but something other than theses. What is this 'other'? You should find out what it is. Experience it.


As soon as one's inner vision changes, one's attitude towards life also changes. The very interpretation of the external world also changes. The external world, which is a place of anguish, frustration, dejection, and remorse, becomes a place for divine play, merriment and divine festival, when there is no ego anymore inside.


Considering that the self is perfect, everything is to be done for others. We exist for others. We should not expect anything from others, but we should be prepared to give everything. When everything is given, the self remains, and we have to find the self - experience the self only.


If for any reason that purpose is not realised in one life, do not worry. I say, forget about when it will happen. Fortunate are those who have started marching on this path. One day or another, someday, everybody has to start walking on this path. So, fortunate are those who are on the path, because, for permanent happiness, there is no other real path. Then this whole mystery around us and in us gets revealed.


The seers of the Upanishads have said: "Then is known that by knowing which everything becomes known." Then there remains nothing to be known. The three desires that exist in human beings are fulfilled and are satisfied: the desire to know; the desire to do; and the desire to achieve something. When that experience happens, one finds total fulfilment.


Previously all activity was centered on knowing the self. After the experience the rest of life continues happily in the service of others. Service is essential in the whole journey of spirituality. Before self-realisation serving others was for one's own purification. But, after experiencing the self, serving others is a matter of joy, because there are no others.


So who are we? What is all this drama going on? How interesting it is and, from one angle so foolish, that human beings are trying to know so many things with the exception of their own selves. What is the use of knowing so much? Not knowing your own self but knowing hundreds of other things! Is it not foolishness?


The fact is that, with enlightenment, with knowledge of ourselves, with self-realisation - all questions cease to exist. They disappear in the sense that when the real dimension of existence comes into our experience, then questions cease to exist.


When one reaches the highest state of evolution (self-realisation), one does not withdraw from the world but serves the world in one's own way.


When the mind becomes still and there are no waves, no modifications, then you discover yourself therein. Enlightenment happens.


He who really wants to experience this evolution, needs not research any particular path. He who gains knowledge of various paths is simply gathering information and becoming a learned man. He may write good books, he may give many discourses and he may become very famous but he will not find peace.


There are two "I's". One is the smaller "I" of Ego, which is disturbed by everything that goes against your desires or plans. It is disturbed by everything. Even this cat coming here will disturb it! Gradually this lower "I" of Ego starts melting away, and out of the ashes of the smaller "I" arises the real "I", the "I" of existence, the "I" of awareness, the "I" of Atman, the Spirit. In other words, you die and out of your ashes you are reborn. I mean to say you die in your worldly desires, your tendencies, your liking and disliking. All those things inside have to melt away. A death has to happen and out of the ashes of those elements, the real "I", which you really are, will arise. When meditation reaches the height that the meditator finds no division between himself and infinity - then it is samadhi or trance.


There are two ways to find enlightenment: either by finding your own true self or forgetting yourself completely. Through one path one finds one's true self, and on this path the ego remains till the end. But when one forgets one's self in the service of others, ego starts fading away from the very beginning.


On the spiritual path, this very reasoning mind forgets one basic principle: Here on the spiritual path knowing is not mental. It is not the accumulation of information. It is an inner experience and this inner experience never happens unless the ego fades away. When the ego fades away then the real knowing happens. When the experience of self-realisation takes place only then does a person achieve what is to be achieved.


Gradually, if one follows this path, a time definitely comes when life is completely fulfilled. There remains nothing to be desired and nothing is required from the world for personal happiness. Even though a person is in the world, he is not dependent on the world for his happiness. At that point one wants only to give and not to take. Such a person is so wealthy from within that he has to give and keep giving. For the world has no wealth greater than happiness, love and peace. This stage is not restricted to a few individuals but is for everybody.


Those who want this highest joy of God in life have the highest adventure because this is the highest journey in life. All have the potential but all cannot have this journey because only brave people can have it. This is the only thing worth trying to achieve. Nothing else is worthwhile. I would say that those who are on this path for this achievement are the only lucky people because no effort on this path goes to waste. Every effort is added to you permanently. If enlightenment does not happen to you this time, the next birth will start from the very stage at which this life is ended. The Yoga Sutra of Maharishi Patanjali is a perfect science given in words which lead the human being up to that edge from where a jump is taken into the last experience of realising the Self.