If Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa or Maharishi Ramana were available, live today… then would it have mattered? Maharishi Ramana always had queues miles long before one encountered the enlightened one. And in a few minutes of interaction, how many questions or queries could we have resolved?
I started in search of God six years of age. No matter how best I tried, I could not get a Guru (spiritual master) to guide me in the spiritual journey of life. Someone suggested reading anything relating to Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharishi Ramana.
Gradually I realized that these two souls reached stage of enlightenment in their lifetime. What was the harm in duplicating their path? Both Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharishi Ramana initially started in search of God through path of bhakti yoga but finally switched to path of jnana yoga and karma yoga to reach God in their lifetime.
I started my indulgence in self enquiry, Neti (not this, not this) as practiced and advocated by Maharishi Ramana. Lying in shavasna pose of yoga and indulging in contemplation, pranayama was a sure shot method of reaching God in present life! I practically duplicated path taken by Maharishi Ramana. 31 years of yoga meditation, I finally reached God in the wee hours of third of August 1993.
Instead of searching for a Guru, we could indulge in vast literature relating to Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharishi Ramana. More than that we need contemplating on sacred texts contained in scriptures of different religions of world! In absence of contemplation, introspection… logical reasoning, we really reached nowhere. It was an absolute misnomer that help of a Guru can expedite our journey.
Journey of spirituality is always traveled all alone.
By: Vijay Kumar “Atma Jnani”… The Man who Realized God in 1993 – (Ref. 161022)
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