The words of Goswami Tulsidas reveals the nature of Love. In Love, there is no shift of opinions, the person who loves does so irrespective of the type of response from the object of love. Any expression which is not within the domain of love, changes as seasons change and depends on time, place and circumstances. Such expressions of convenience are shallow and are incapable of holding their worth before love.
After Sri Bhushundiji arrived at the holy place of Ujjain, he accepted a spiritual master to further his spiritual life. The spiritual master of Sri Bhushundiji was a great devotee of Lord Shiva and hence Sri Bhushundiji was initiated through the sacred Shiva mantra. After the ceremonious attainment of the Shiv mantra, Sri Bhushundiji started chanting the mantra with new vigor. However there remained certain impressions ingrained within him which were unsuitable for his spiritual growth. He had formed a firm opinion in his heart that Lord Shiva was superior to Lord Rama. His yardstick to measure greatness amongst the gods, remained as one of the greatest impediments in his spiritual journey and presented roadblocks on his spiritual path. However the spiritual master of Sri Bhushundi belonged to the category of the highest class of masters who was extremely humble and regarded no differences between Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
Owing to the shortcomings in the heart of Sri Bhushundiji in those times, he developed certain complexes within his heart and approach, as he continued chanting the Shiva mantra. There are two quotations in the Sri Rama Charitmanas which appear contradictory. At one place in the Manas, it is said that getting the association of elevated saints is easy. At another place in the Uttara Kand of the Manas, it is said that obtaining the association of saints is extremely rare. One may start wondering as to how the two statements appear in the very same scripture. The meaning to be extracted from these seemingly opposing statements is that, getting a saint for association is simple, yet, to benefit from the saint in the way it is intended to, is extremely rare. To explain this point, it can be understood in the following manner. There may exist a highly realized sage who stays in the nearby village. Daily, a number of people approach him and enter into a conversation with him. Most people are worried about their jobs or their son or daughter’s marriage or a disease in the household and so on. Can this qualify as satsanga (holy discussion)?
How many people go to the sage and enquire about the purpose of life and enquire with him about the possibilities open to attain God. Is he not the right person to whom these questions are to be put? Now the question is how many people are really interested in knowing the Truth about life? Are there any takers? There are certain other people who only go to validate their knowledge about God and Life with the sage. They are least interested in taking a humble position and enquiring from the sage or seer, his view about Life and God. One is not ready to become an open vessel to take the words of the seers as words of Grace. If the seer agrees with one’s opinions then he becomes a high quality saint and if otherwise the sage becomes a charlatan in the eyes of the questioner. This is their misfortune. This explains the context of the apparently contradictory statements about Satsanga.
The Ramcharita Manasa has the chronology set by the stories of the spiritual masters. The order of the Manas begins initially with the story of the Supreme Spiritual Master Lord Shiva and His better half Sri Sati Devi. It then proceeds to the story of Lord Shiva and the next incarnation of Devi Sati who is Sri Parvati. The story of Lord Shiva and His wife Sri Sati begins with the story of Maharaja Daksha, who is Sri Sati’s father. He was a king with exceptional qualities and also the son of Sri Brahma, the Creator. However it were these very qualities that pumped up his egoistic demeanor. Sri Sati had two associations, one was with her extremely pompous father, the kingly son of the Creator himself and the other was with her husband, Lord Shiva who is all auspiciousness, the Supreme Lord Himself. Although she was associated with the Lord, she had received Her body from Daksha who was full of himself and so, this quality she inherited from Her father.
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