‘Purushe:na ardhaha purushardhaha’. Purushardhaha is that which one seeks. Take a moment and think about what you want to seek… Wealth, knowledge, happiness? Depending on what it is, one falls into one of the three categories. Very interesting and a topic of great significance explained by Swamiji with analogies, Don’t miss to read and share!
First category consists of those who want to please their senses with the wealth of this visible world, their prayers include a wish list with all the worldly pleasures (termed as: Aishwarya:rdhi). Second category consists of people who are extremely curious and focused on realising their own permanent and true nature (termed as: Kaivalya:rdhi). Their prayers include only one goal, to become knowledgeable about themselves and relish that alone. Third category consists of people who desire to serve the supreme power, God. Their prayers have no desire other than serving God’s purpose, relishing His qualities and experiencing the oneness with God. (termed as: Kainkarya:rdhi)!
The goal of the second category of people is Self-Realisation. It’s a whirlpool, a dangerous state. Why? Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swami beautifully explains this as part of the 7th thiruvayamuji of Bhagavad Vishayam!
To give you an analogy, imagine a room with mirrors all around, up and down. A woman dresses up beautifully and enjoys looking at her own image in all angles and keeps relishing the look forever. She admires herself so much that she does not feel the need to even step out of the room. She is not interested in sharing any of her great moments with anyone, or anyone else’s moments with her! All she enjoys is her eternity! Because the knowledge of soul is eternal, her state is also eternal, but the joy experienced is limited and confined to only the extent of the soul’s vicinity.
Here’s another analogy to understand the state of self-realisation. Let’s take a person who was sick and undergone treatment. The treatment is now complete, and the person is free from sickness. But, he hasn’t gained his strength back. This is the state of a self-realised soul. He is no longer in the cycle of births and deaths (i.e. free from sickness) but is not strong (i.e. has not realised God). He is in a state of this solitude with no energy!
The summary of the 7th Thiruvayamuji of the 1st patthu in Bhagavad Vishayam is that the alwar (Nammalwar) feels sad for those who are seeking the joy of self-realisation instead of joy with God. The effort needed to reach a self-realised state is higher and the benefit is far lower compared to that of the bliss with God.
-From the discourse of Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swami, 27th August 2018