Don’t allow desires to outsmart soul
It is also for the same reason that some people are attracted to teachings that are focused only on selfimprovement and not on Godrealisation So, we like ourselves the most Is it wrong No But, its just very important to know what we truly are, so that we are not settling down with anything less
Whom do you like the most? Parents, children, friends, cousins, or yourself? It is ‘yourself’ (aham). That is why we find it very hard to take any criticism, we find it hard to accept certain truths and limitations about us. When a close one passes away, we are sad because we miss the association with him/her. The suffering of a loved one is hard on us, that is why we try to alleviate our pain by helping him/her.
It is also for the same reason that some people are attracted to teachings that are focused only on self-improvement and not on God-realisation. So, we like ourselves the most. Is it wrong? No! But, it’s just very important to know what we truly are, so that we are not settling down with anything less.
We (the aham, soul) are by nature completely knowledgeable (gnana) and we are completely eligible for permanent ultimate joy (aanandam). But, that is possible only when we recognise that we are in the shade of God.
Currently, we are subservient (dasoham) to senses instead of to that God. The manas driven by the desires of these senses overtook the smart soul. It is ruling our direction. The result is that we are in a body that is bounded in many factors.
You may ask, “If I (the soul) am super smart, shouldn’t I know that the pleasures given by the senses are temporary and I may not attain a blissful permanent state just by continuing to only satisfy them?”
Sure, we do. But we made a choice in the past to try these pleasures. We cannot reverse that decision. We are experiencing the results of our decision and in the process, we have come far away from our true state. However, we can still go back to that state! How?
Nammalwar did exactly this. He did not let his manas shut down the door to true knowledge about himself! Therefore, He saw the true form of God filled with divine qualities, in the entire existence and within himself. One such supreme quality of God that Nammalwar experiences is aarjavam.
The general description of this quality talks about how one’s manas (thoughts from his heart), va:k (word), and kaya (action) are always in sync. This quality is in its best state within God. He made a promise to protect us.
But, we have been rejecting or ignoring His presence. Even then, He makes our path as His path so that He is ever-ready for all support as soon as we call out to Him. This is how aarjavam flourishes within Him! ---Sri Sri Sri Tridandi Chinna Jeeyar Swamy