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Gnan (Ekantik Dharma)
Transcript of Gnan (Ekantik Dharma)
Gnan (Ekantik Dharma)
Socrates and the Orcale
* Socrates was a classical Greek Athenian philosopher.
Was told he was the wisest man in Athens by the Oracle.
-Instead of boasting, he tried to prove the Oracle wrong
* He would try to find anyone who knew what was truly worthwhile in life, because anyone who knew that would surely be wiser than him.
How to attain True Knowledge?
1) Cheif Judge (the meaning of justice): the judge gave an answer to the best of his ability, but Socrates was not satisfied.
2) Holy Men (how to please God): Socrates used the Socratic Method- he broke down the priest's response, until the priest's answer had no truth in it.
3) Great Actors (meaning of poems and plays): they too failed, leaving Socrates answerless
So, what is this knowledge?
* "Gnan" portion of the ekantik dharma
-which knowledge in particular?
How to Acquire this Knowledge
* to love the Satpurush
Shriji Maharaj has stated in Vachanamrut Vartal 11,
“satpurush maa dradh priti ej atma ane parmatma na darshan nu sadhan chhe.”
(“Deep love for the Satpurush is the medium for realizing God and the true self.”)
To help wrap it up...
1) What are the four pillars of ekantik dharma?
*He was the wisest man in Athens because he alone
was prepared to admit his own ignorance rather than pretend to
know something he did not.
To admit ignorance is a crucial part of true enlightment
What is true knowledge and what is ignorance?
Knowledge that does not become outdated
* Computer Technology gets outdated
* In the war of 1812
* Knowledge which is temporary
will become outdated
Knowledge that brings happiness
* another piece of knowledge -> language
* What satisfaction comes from knowing every language in the world?
* happiness comes from relationship
*Most Knowledge is instrumental
get good grades
knowledge itself is not the goal
*The knowledge we must seek will have to avoid being used as a way to get happiness, but instead being the source of happiness itself.
Knowledge that has practical benefits
the water bucket
*trying to acquire knowledge with no practical benefits is the same thing
* Who was Justin Beiber dating?
*What does the word
* Which song of Ke$ha was the best selling single world-wide in 2010?
* What does the word
*In Vachanamrut Sarangpur 4, Shriji Maharaj says,
‘I am the atma, and not a single one of my
characteristics can be found in the body. Moreover, not one of the
characteristics of the body – which is jad, full of misery and
perishable – can be found in me since I am chaitanya.’
such a distinction and becoming totally free of worldly desires, one should believe oneself to be chaitanya and contemplate upon
Purushottam Bhagwan. Discerning between that which is jad and
that which is chaitanya in this manner should be known as
** Jad=> non-living; inanimate (without concoiusness)
** Chaitanya=> living and has a soul
*Now, does this knowledge meet our previously established criteria that knowledge
cannot be outdated,
has practical benefits?
Never becomes outdated
* our soul is
- never a point at which it becomes outdated
-our bodies disappear
*pure awareness (consciousness) forms the soul
-thoughts change, so they cannot be part of the soul which is unchanging
-thoughts occur in the chit => mind
* this knowledge of the self must have some great value if it is what people have desired to know for so long
- Nachiketa wish to attain this knowledge when he could have gotten great riches instead
*Do people do things purposely to make themselves unhappy? Why not?
*More examples include Atmanand Swami, Muktanand Swami, etc. (haribhakto and paramhanso from Maharaj's time)
*Why am I not experiencing this happiness right now in satsang?
Practice makes perfect
Can't expect an A...
the more you practice, the greater the :)
After we realize we are atma, we are able to...
without this, we cannot attain Akshardham and become brahmrup
* Necessary to understand the
* To understand his mahima, we can do simple things like read satsang books, listening to kathas that speak of His true form, and attend sabha regularly
2) What is the gnan that we need to understand and imbibe?
3) How can we imbibe this gnan?
4) How can we develop deep love for the Satpurush?
5) What are the three factors that help us discern regular knowledge from ultimate knowledge?
* Gnan is knowledge of the true self, or the atma, in relation to Akshar and Purushottam –
Aksharup thai ne Purushottam ni bhakti karvi.
-their greatness and the understanding of who it is we have found