As I had noted in my previous post, the Vedic scriptures declare that “Everyone is Divine”.
When someone hears that, they may feel –
Thank you for telling me that I’m Divine. Seriously though, what does it mean to me? That knowledge didn’t end world hunger! I haven’t stopped feeling depressed about going to work or taking care of my home. And, COVID-19 is still eating up lives. So what’s the point of knowing that I’m Divine? Besides, I don’t feel anything Divine about myself.
Sometimes, they may even say –
I feel annoyed when you tell me that I’m Divine. Can you please stop saying that to me? Look at her; she is so beautiful… She is Devi. Look at him; he is so Divine… He is Hari-Hara. How can you even compare me to them? Have you gone insane?!
If we wish to succeed in anything, we need goals. The same applies to self-transformation and spiritual elevation. To get somewhere, we must know (at least vaguely) where we are headed. You can’t simply say, I want Divine Mother’s presence in my life, and then expect her to show up by chance! It doesn’t work that way.
Based on their experiences, the ancient sages have provided some targets to spiritual seekers. Knowing these will help us form a hypothesis. Like in science, the result or the endpoint may vary, but there’s no journey without a hypothesis.
Here’s the spiritual hypothesis/target as given in the Vedic literature:
- Intellectually know yourself as the Divine. Accept that as a possibility.
- Then, find a God or Goddess that you like to emulate. That’s your target.
As Swami taught me: We’ll benefit in the long run if we avoid making some alive person our target – no matter how Divine they are. That’ll cause attachments, and it won’t liberate us.
In that case, which God or Goddess should we choose? If you have that confusion, here are some suggestions:
- Sri Devi represents the Divine as feminine.
- Hari-Hara represents the Divine as masculine.
- Om represents the Divine as Formless or the Mantra form.
Swami has simplified this confusion for us. In Sri Badrika Ashram, the beloved Sri Hari represents Sri Devi, Hari-Hara, and Om. You can view that deity as feminine, masculine, or a representation of the Formless. So, if you don’t have a form that you look up to, let it be Sri Hari.
Only when we have a target are we ready to realize it. Till then, we haven’t even started on our spiritual journey! Have you begun your journey as yet?