have great reverence to the Sages and the Gurus who gave us the
messages and they are respected and worshipped as teachers for
their guidance and blessings. They are our guide to follow the
Dharma, worthy of our prayers but are not considered as the Supreme
God. Even with all the books and other learning media, everyone
still needs the help of a teacher, a Guru, as the proper guide
to take us in the right path.
is like the best car engine with fuel still needs the spark plugs
and sparks to make it run. While explaining the relationship of
the Paramãthma to the individual Ãtma, our sages
gave us three or more paths explaining the truth according to
our capacity to understand and digest in our faith. Thus we have
the Adhvaitha of Sri Sankara, and then, we have Visishtãdhvaitha
of Sri Rãmanuja. We also have Dvaitha of Sri
Mãdhva and also several combinations of these theories.
All these paths are complementary to each other to reach our goal
of seeking the truth.
Ramayana, Sri Ãnjaneya asks Sri Rãma that
if he can get full Realization about who Sri Rãma is. Sri
Rãma asks Hanuman if he has a realization of who he [Hanuman]
really is. Sri Ãnajanèya replies "when I consider
that "I" am this Body, I feel I am your dear servant
at your feet. When I consider that "I" am this Life
with my Consciousness, I am your dear friend embracing you and
when I consider that "I" am this Ãthma, then
I am you, yourself, all-in-one". This perfectly explains
the unity of the three major theories that run parallel and complementary
to each other. So, the three paths of Dharma explained by our
sages are for people with varying understanding for their way
Pujyasri Chandrasekhara Saraswathi of Kanchi Srimatam says: "Dharma
is the Root. Rituals and Prayers are its leaves and flowers".
Yes, with flowers and fruits, the trees regenerate with more roots.
Sri Paramacharya also says: "Rituals, prayers and mythology
are important vehicles to hold the faith strong, to support and
carry our thoughts, as fire, utensil and water are all needed
to cook rice suitable as food, though rice is the only essential
nutrient material". So, performances of the Nithya Karma
and Karma Yoga as also practicing Devotional paths of Bhakthi
become essential without looking for their fruits or benefits.
the holy texts to understand the inner meaning and philosophy
in the Vedanta and Dharma Shastras and practicing Raja Yoga become
essential part of this tradition. These need to be done as our
Dharma, just to preserve and protect this Dharma. When we preserve
and follow this Dharma, Dharma Itself will protect us all. But,
we should not rely on just getting the benefit from Dharma. Of
course, this is with the blessings of the Supreme God. We should
rather surrender to the Supreme. Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitah: