Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals :Ch-3. Part - 22.
Chapter-3. Rama – The Apotheosis of Human Perfection ( Sri Ramanavami )
They respected God and so they were humiliated in the eyes of people, put down as 'no-ones' in the eyes of the world.
What torture and what suffering they underwent – it is something terrifying, if you think over it.
We have only to read the lives of a few saints of the past.
We can read even the life of such a recent personality as Swami Sivanandaji.
While it is easy to think that we believe in God, it is really difficult to be true to the salt.
Hence, may we take these auspicious occasions as occasions for honest Sadhana of our own conscience and spirit also, and not the Sadhana of the hands, the limbs and the feet alone.
We have the Sadhana of the limbs of the body, in the form of ritualistic worship with waving the lights in the temple, opening a scripture and reading it loudly through the vocal organ, and paying obeisance physically by Sashtanga Namaskara through the body.
All these are beautiful, wonderful and very necessary. But they become null and void if the conscience is set at naught and is opposed in its spirit to all our outer performances of rituals and religious observances.
God is within us, in the deepest root of our being, and to turn to Him would be to turn to ourselves, in our essence, finally.
To be continued ...