THE SUPREME PURPOSE OF HUMAN BIRTH
A father wanted to test the intelligence of his two sons. He allotted to each of them the task of looking after a mango tree, promising to reward the boy whose tree yielded the best fruit in abundance. The foolish boy discovered that the leaves were withering off and that flowers were coming up at the end of the branches. Promptly he went up the tree and carefully watered every leaf. The leaves withered still more and the tree eventually died. The wise boy, on the other hand, went on watering the root; the tree was green and healthy and yielded delicious fruits in abundance. Similarly, God gives human birth to man in order to test the evolution of his intelligence. The foolish man seeks to pay attention to the satisfaction of his sense-cravings and to the acquisition of worldly knowledge as he thinks that it is the right way. He dies the miserable death of an ignorant man. On the contrary, The wise man devotes himself to the contemplation of God who is the Root of all Creation and thus obtains all the wealth and knowledge of the universe. God is well pleased with him and bestows upon him the reward of Immortality and Eternal Bliss.
Constant prompting from the 'God within' is a great help to lead the good life which can be got only by reciting the Lord's Name and calling on the inner springs of Divinity. The 'Name of God' is a valuable instrument to win His Grace, to realise His Presence, to picture his Form and to remember His Glory. It will make the heart into griham(house) instead of guha(cave) even if it is repeated from the heart once in the morning and once in the evening. One cannot become Shiva simply by shouting Shivoham but you be entitled to asssert Shivoham by developing the qualities of divinity like universal love and absence of attachment etc.
A man was dragged to court. He asked three comrades of his to come and bear witness to his innocence. One friend said, "I shall not move out of the house"; the second said, "I shall come up to the doors of the court; but, I dare not get in"; the third said, "Come on! I am ever with you." The first is the wealth one has accumulated; the second is "his kith and kin" who will come as far as the cemetery; the third is the fame and the honour that he has won in his life time. So, one has to live in such a way that posterity will remember him with gratitude and joy. Allow all feelings and emotions to cross your mind but do not allow them to cause an impression. This can be done by inquiry, by quiet reasoning within oneself more than by listening to lectures or study of books.
The sky's blue is not affected either by the clouds of rainstorms or by lightning and thunder but remains the same inspite of those temporary disturbances. So too, the mind of man too must be clear and clean in spite of all the storms and stress of life. Every act has its consequence which cannot be escaped except by the Grace of the Lord. The Grace of the Lord can be won only by virtue and truth. So, develop sathya, dharma, shaanthi and prema and cultivate vairaagya i.e., non-attachment to things and persons. Take recourse to the ways of liberation before you are bound. The essential attitude that one should cultivate is, to engage in all activities that are one's duty without getting attached to the work.
The Lord is Nataraaja i.e., The King of dance-masters and he knows the agony of teaching you each step.
Bear all and do nothing;
Hear all and take nothing;
Serve all and be nothing.
Omsai Srisai Jaijaisai