Guru Dev - Shankaracharya Swami Brahmananda Saraswati

Guru Dev - Shankaracharya Swami Brahmananda Saraswati -
speaks on the 'Salt Statue in the Ocean’

Translated from a 'wire recording' of Guru Dev  ITRANS


‘And that thought…. What is mind?

Mind went in search of Paramatma (Supersoul,Transcendental Being) and it finished going there, and was caught - and certainly it will be caught.

Like an effigy made of salt, having made an image of salt and drop it into the ocean, it will go.

<Go, measure how deep this ocean is, how deep is the ocean?>

Then the effigy will proceed.

Then the salt figure gets wet.

There is no difficulty to go but there is difficulty to come back.There is difficulty returning, in returning from wherever it has gone. Wherever it entered the ocean, it is drowned.

Who can then speak of  <How deep is the ocean?>

Therefore, desiring mumukShu (salvation), when Paramatma is experienced, who then will come back when the seeker experiences what Paramatma is, or what aatmaa (individual soul) is?

The “guuDha taru” (‘the tree that is concealed’ – i.e. the root). He will become absorbed in That.

For this reason, to speak and to listen takes us only so far,
to talk and to explain, only so far, whilst one has not seen Paramatma.

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और मनन वह मन क्या है 

मन गया  परमात्मा को डूंढने के लि‍ए 

और वहीं चलो समाप्त हो गया पकड़ा गया 

और पकड़ा जायेगा अवश्य 

जैसे लवण के पुतली 

लवण का चित्र बना कर के समुद्र में छोड़ दिया जा‍एण् कि 

जा‍ओ - तुम इसका समुद्र - की पैमा‍इश करो इसका थाह लो कितना गहरा समुद्र है। 

तो पुतली चली तो जायेगी 

वोह् नम  नमक की जो प्रतिमा है 

वह चली जायेगी पर लौट कर चली आ सकती ही है 

वोह् लौट न जाने नहीं को‍ई सच कठिन‍ई नहीं 

वोह् लौट कर जाने न को‍ई कठिन‍ई है 

जहां समुद्र में ग‍ई गल ग‍ई लौट कर कौन कहे कि कितना गहरा समुद्र है 

इसलि‍ए मुमुक्षु जब परमात्मा का अनुभव करता है 

तो फिर लौट कर तब कह ही नहीं सकत है 

कैसा परमात्मा है 

कैसा आत्म है 

गूढ़ तरु वह उस में लीन ही हो जायेगा 

कहना सुनना तभी तक है 

बोलना बताना तभी तक है 

जब तक परमात्मा को देखा नहीं

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