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Let there be peace and love among all beings of the universe. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.

"New discoveries are dragging people to hell!
The world is galloping towards hell!"

IDDHARAMESHWAR  Maharaj teaches that through understanding, all can attain eternal happiness in the most simplest way. Never think that this is impossible.


Temporal life or worldliness means an attempt to make oneself happy at the cost and sacrifice of others, being totally indifferent to others welfare and miseries. Your natural happiness is not acquired by any effort or means. Temporary things can only bring temporary happiness. Knowing the Self brings eternal happiness to all because It is eternal. In the temporal there is endless misery and in the Self there is boundless and unexcelled eternal joy.

Paramartha means [1] to realise the origin of the whole universe, [2] to enjoy one's own natural happiness without making any effort, [3] to make all people similarly and equally happy, and [4] the Perfection of Material Science. It is the highest attainment of absolute Reality.

Material research is always imperfect and imperfect things cannot bring happiness to anyone. Paramartha is nothing but bringing material research to Perfection. Perfection brings happiness to all. Raw food, or not properly cooked food, causes pain while ripe food is wholesome. Even the bitter nimb fruit gives a sweet taste when completely ripe. When material research is brought to Perfection, the stage of Paramartha or Reality is reached.

Both temporal material life and spiritual life have only one goal in view – to attain happiness. But material life, in which one constantly seeks material objects, only brings temporary happiness, whereas Paramartha brings perfect, unexcelled eternal happiness. Both have the same goal, but the results are quite the reverse. In one there is endless misery while in the other there is boundless, eternal joy.

Material science has determined that ether, the imperceptible matter which pervades all space, is at the origin of the universe, and beyond space there is nothing. The material scientists observe phenomena through the instrumentality of eyes, microscopes and glasses. These instruments, being objective and inanimate, can only perceive material objects and can never perceive the imperceptible Reality beyond ether, beyond space. That Reality can only be known by jnana, or Truth consciousness.

Objects which are near can be felt by the skin, objects further away can be seen by the eyes, and objects even further away can be heard by the ears. Inner properties, such as sweetness, pungency, sourness, etc... can be tasted by the tongue. Such inner properties cannot be known by the skin, eyes nor ears. Still, even more subtle and imperceptible substances can be perceived by the mind and intellect, but it is only jnana-consciousness which perceives and knows everything.

Jnana, or true knowledge of the origin, can never be perceived by any lifeless or inanimate instruments, like microscopes, which cannot even perceive sweetness or sourness. These material instruments only perceive the outward form of objects and cannot penetrate their inner properties. So, how is it possible for them to realise and perceive the Reality? How can they discover the origin of the universe? No wonder the scientist and agnostics are unable to realise Truth.

The ancient rishis in India first studied material science, but when they could not find real happiness therein, they progressed in the study of mental science. Here they made many wonderful discoveries, such as mind reading, knowing future events, invisibility, curing diseases and moving outside the body. They attained many supernatural powers, but ultimately they found that these powers could also not help them attain real, eternal happiness. So they directed all their attention within, towards their Self, where they attained supreme felicity. Realising Reality, they exclaimed, "Blessed am I! Blessed am I!" This sublime Truth is Final Reality and nothing lies beyond It. It is the origin of the whole universe and is realised only through jnana.

The Vedas were composed by those great ones who realised the real existence of the sublime Truth. Reality is the source of all knowledge and is the the enlightenment of everything. He is the origin of everything and the whole universe, His creation, is within Him. Jesus preached that "God is beyond the sky." Sky is complete ignorance, because nothing existing is known. What exists beyond the sky, beyond space, is the Final Reality which knows of even the sky.

All religions describe jnana as "God". The hindu's describe jnana as "the Seer of all"; "the moving Spirit of all"; "the Omnipresent witness of all"; "the Perfect One"; "the One without distance"; and "the One without end." He is known as Brahman [Reality]. The origin of the universe is He who has no distance. All things appear to the material eye at a distance, but in fact from the very beginning they are situated at no distance. If the objectiveness of the eye is removed by some means, then everything will appear within you and without any distance. Just see that the words you utter are not scattered away in the wind like parched rice, and that the sentences you speak are not broken away in some disorderly manner. All words are heard at the same time by people in all directions! On careful consideration of this point everything becomes intelligible. One must come to the conclusion that whatever is in existence today was in existence from the commencement. The rule is that what exists can only be experienced. Nothing else. Hence the modern scientists have not discovered anything new nor have they created any new things. What exists today always exists and what appears to be discovered today has always existed from the beginning. So, is this to be called a "discovery"? No. What never existed cannot be created or discovered by any instrument or any means whatsoever.

The Vedas are the repositories of many truths. The infiniteness of vedic knowledge can be imagined if even one of these truths is understood. Along with this knowledge one would be convinced of the hollowness and falsity of modern discoveries. The modern researchers ought not to get inflated by vanity for their so-called inventions and discoveries. Because truly speaking they have not yet known anything about Reality. They have not realised the true state of the universe and are still living in delusion. It will not therefore be improper if we make this subject clear by some further exposition.

A microscope makes a small object, as small as a tiny cell, appear to have a big volume. Without this glass instrument, a tiny cell appears much smaller to the eye. Then what is the real state of any object? Does the glass enlarge the volume of the object or does the eye make the object smaller? A thing appears larger at one time and smaller at another. Then what is the fact? Is that thing really small or really large? What is the true state of the thing? The tiny cell, which is in fact small, can never be made larger by any instrument. No instrument can make it bigger. And similarly, a large thing can never appear smaller to the eye. The reason is that neither the microscope nor the eye can make the thing larger or smaller. Then what is the cause for one thing appearing smaller or larger? Deeper thinking on this point would convince us that the glass does not make a thing bigger nor does the eye make it smaller. The power of cognisance coming out of the eye is weak, and so the thing appears smaller. The glass instrument intensifies the power of the eye that cognises the objects in the world and on account of this intensified power, the same thing appears larger. Thus, with the help of external instruments we increase the power of cognisance and as a result the thing appears to have a larger form. If we extend this process of increasing the cognising power, the object goes on assuming a larger and larger form until it becomes so large that it would become rarefied and invisible like the sky. In the end it would appear as if there is nothing at all. It is common experience that if the power of light is intensified to a very great degree, the light becomes invisible or blinding.

An object appearing at a distance would appear very near to the physical eye if seen through a telescope. Does the telescope drag the object closer or does the eye push it further away? It is neither of the two. The reason that it appears nearer through a telescope is that the telescope increases the cognising power of the eye. Similarly, if this cognising power is intensified further and further by more and more powerful means, then the very object would appear within us and, in the end, would become invisible and disappear altogether. If our eyes were as powerful as the telescope, would we have experienced the distance between things as we experience now? No. Following the same line of argument, one would be faced with the question of whether these things really exist at all? One must come to the conclusion that nothing appearing really exists and whatever appears as existing is only an illusion. Does it not therefore become evident that the whole fault lies with the cognising power of the eye and intellect which [1] gives existence to non-existing things, [2] creates a distance between non-existing things, and [3] also creates a difference in size and volume between non-existing things?

Then people who take their experience of what they see and feel as true on account of their weak eye and intellect must be convinced that the discoveries, such as flying in aeroplanes, travelling in trains, driving in motor cars or hearing sounds on a radio are nothing but an illusion. Seeing that distance doesn't exist, where can you go when you fly in an aeroplane? Is this not all due to the ignorance of the true state of all things? The sound on a radio is like the sound of someone speaking so near to you! The object that appears through a telescope is so near to you! There is no distance and no difference in size or volume between anything whatsoever because things which appear to exist have no existence at all! The conclusion which we have shown here is only a small fraction of the many principles contained in the Vedas. If this one principle is fully treated, then people will have altogether a different experience of the true state of things, and will at once perceive what a huge difference there is in the knowledge and experience of a realised being and of an ignorant being. But what is the use of explaining these principles in full to those who are solely after materialism?

The origin of all things in this infinite universe is known as Ishwara, the ultimate Reality, and can never be realised through fasts, bodily austerities or various forms of discipline enjoined by various sects or religions. By realising the Self with the instruction of a spiritual Preceptor, Reality is attained. It brings supreme, infinite joy and is present everywhere and at all times, then why shouldn't intelligent people make an attempt to know It? Without Self-realisation, the world will never have real happiness and peace. It is the only source of real happiness and peace and is the goal of all religions. Realising the origin of the whole universe is true religion.

Present followers or converts of each religion have not realised the origin, the true religion. A hindu may be asked, "What have you learnt by following hinduism? Have you realised God, Brahma, Rama, Krishna or Shiva?" No! Wearing a dhoti, or a turban and saying, "Don't touch me, don't touch me", are these the real principles? A mohammedan may be asked, "Have you known Khuda or Allah?" No! Growing a beard, getting circumcised and rejoicing in the slaughter of animals, are these the real principles? A christian may be asked, "Have you known the Father in heaven? No! Putting on a necktie, boots, pants, a cross around the neck and moving in society with a wife, hand in hand, are these the real principles? If change in dress and food implies you have changed or joined a religion, then one must admit that many people change and join religions everyday!

In short, no one has really known or realised any religion in its real sense, and therefore, no one belongs to any religion. It is the realisation of the root Principle of each religion, which is the Self [the Soul], that defines a true follower or devotee. Therefore, there can be no two religions and similarly, there can be no conversion. Nobody becomes a convert and nobody can convert another. It is also not correct to say that the body becomes a convert because there is no change in the body complexion of a convert, nor in his bones, flesh, or blood, nor have his mother, father, or brother changed. His dead relations do not return to him nor do the living die. It is only a change in mental belief, that's all. Whatever you believe, you become. It is only a belief at work.

Many people say that their religion is better than all other religions. Such people may be asked, "What makes any religion superior or inferior? Is it not confined to a certain kind of dress, accepting or rejection certain foods, eating many times during the day, or fasting?" If this is the meaning of religion, it can be observed in any religion and in any place. If however realisation of God is the criterion of real religion as stated above, then is there any true lover of any religion who can solemnly declare that immediately on accepting his religion, anybody would be able to realise God in no time? If any person makes such a declaration, then all the present followers of his religion must have realised God. But experience tells us that it is not so.

In a major conference in Chicago, Swami Vivekananda stated that many people propounding the cardinal principles on religion do not know themselves and neither do their followers. Such people only talk a lot, but when some point blank question is put to them about God, they become tongue-tied. The Vedas have boldly propounded that by following the path led by the Satguru, who alone is the guide and saviour, one can realise God in this very body. All religions and all scriptures propound the same thing.

It is stated in a Sanskrit verse that there is some trouble in withering a fully blossomed flower, but there is not the least trouble in the attainment of Paramartha. The seekers of Paramartha are therefore warned to be very careful not to allow themselves to be led astray by the pseudo-teachings of inexperienced impostors. In is on account of association with such people that Paramartha has become a difficult problem. It is however not difficult for those who come in touch with true guides who have realised the Self.

At present the Paramartha has become difficult because inexperienced impostors have thrust into the Paramartha path many false and misleading principles, and therefore various sorts of beliefs, superstitions, sentiments and usages are to be found which have caused great confusion in religion. For the removal of such superstitions and confusion, a follower should only seek to be free by realising the Self. Realisation frees you from life's miseries, anxieties, toils and labours, and brings eternal, perfect happiness. It is supreme bliss. You have come to this world only to realise you are That. Everything is That and every action is performed for That only, including spiritual salvation. Renunciation, rejection or acceptance of anything, including body, is for That and That alone. So, how is realisation secured? Only by the grace of the Satguru.

Paramartha is the birth right of everybody. The world is hankering for happiness and everyone is striving for it. When you strive for It knowingly and willingly with determination and zeal, It will be attained permanently. But one who does not understand what It is and does not even know the path for Its attainment, makes useless and futile efforts day and night in order to secure happiness. Instead of finding happiness, he only becomes disappointed and miserable. Everyone is unhappy. On careful consideration of this point one must come to the conclusion that the methods adopted to gain happiness are wrong and defective and there is some serious blunder at the bottom of these methods.

In the civilised countries, nothing but misery is found. As new discoveries are being made by modern civilisation, miseries and terror also keep pace with them. By such discoveries there is a growing increase in the needs and desires of people, and to meet these needs people toil and labour more and more. In order to satisfy the new needs of the population, the demand upon the resources is growing everyday. Every new invention makes only the inventor rich, but at the same time the pockets of millions of other people are empty because of the new needs created by his invention. It is better to suffer from a serpent bite than to increase a single desire. A serpent's poison can be cured with one remedy, but needs and desires require satisfaction throughout one's entire life.

When a new invention is made, it is widely advertised and all sorts of tactics are used to create a demand for it. The goal is to only make money by exploiting the ignorant. Very often governments make use of their power in order to sell new inventions to other countries. Wars have been waged just to force such inventions upon other countries. Thus, with the progress of such inventions, people's needs have increased and tactics have been created to extort money. In such circumstances, how can anyone expect real fraternity or unity? This is nothing but open enmity. Such robbery and extortion is however described as the "great progress in civilisation" and as "increasing universal brotherhood in the world." Let those who say so rejoice in such fraternity, but it is certain that the world will not be made happier through new discoveries. These discoveries are dragging people to hell! The world is galloping towards hell! If the world will continue to advance in such a manner, the result will be cruelty, bloodshed and horrible warfare. Nobody can deny that these new manufacturers of modern science have only increased risks and dangers in life.

Why is it that in ancient times people could maintain strict morality and the virtues of truth, honesty and compassion? The reason is obvious. People's wants were few and they could secure their necessities with a slight labour. There was therefore no reason for people to get addicted to immorality. Today, the wants are so immensely increased that they cannot be satisfied even by hard work, hence rogueries, intrigues, immorality are rampant and people have gone to the length of committing thefts.

People are inclined to vices on account of wants. They satisfy their needs by any foul means. Need is the mother of all vices. It causes anxiety and worry. People have no trust in one another and they adopt unscrupulous and unlawful means. Therefore fear, unrest and violence prevail everywhere. Bravo! Such is the power of need. The whole universe is being dragged into a deep valley on account of need. In short, the immorality which is rampant in the whole world at present, is the result of the ever growing wants. It is on account of these wants that a man labours. A man having no need would flatly refuse to work. "What do I care for", is the expression used by unneedy persons. It is the need which compels one to labour and stoop so low to perform immoral acts. It is for the sake of sheer want that a man suffers humiliation and indignity. It is said that when times are adverse, even fools are adored. Necessity knows no law nor dignity and nobody can preserve self restraint or respect with their needs staring at them. In these days of modern civilisation, people are always in need and are surrounded by difficulties to satisfy their wants.

As for law! For the due observance of one principle of law people have to do several unlawful things secretly. The more the restraint, the more the immorality. When a straight path becomes impossible, a man has to resort to any crooked ways and means. This rule equally applies to all beings. To say that the world is being made happy by such reforms and inventions, which are generated by constant wants, is equivalent to saying that a house on fire can be extinguished by oil.

What is the present social life for people? It is nothing but dramatic and artificial! It is not that the ancient sages in India were incapable of making such reforms and inventions as are now made by the modern scientists which push the world down into a deep valley of misery. They were quite competent to make such discoveries, but the reason they didn't is that they fully knew it would lead to the total destruction of peace, happiness and tranquility. They were convinced that such discoveries would produce endless misery and worldwide anxiety. The natural peace and joy enjoyed by the world before the times of modern civilisation has now completely disappeared. People today cannot even imagine that peace and joy is even possible. In those days, supreme peace reigned and people lived simply with very few wants. A whole family was easily maintained by the slight labour of just one member, and people merrily enjoyed the natural resources provided by nature. But today can anyone say that these modern discoveries have installed happiness? Nowadays, the majority of people in the world are inwardly drowned in misery and have to struggle enormously just to maintain the bare necessities, so much so that one day without work means fasting. Many cannot afford to keep a house and lie in the streets like vagabonds on account of their incapacity to provide for their families. They can't even provide enough for themselves, let alone a whole family. Under these circumstances, how can there be true love, fraternity and universal brotherhood? This is all just hypocrisy!

God alone knows what is passing within! The revered great men have proclaimed that it is only that Paramartha which brings supreme bliss, natural happiness, mutual love and universal brotherhood. Without It the world will never be happy. Modern scientist are not interested in the origin, considering It as useless, and care only in producing more and more. The ancient sages realised the importance of Paramartha, knowing that the preservation of life depended on It. They renounced all material objects to the highest degree. If one is interested only in materialism, how can one find the time and energy to think of eternal happiness? The measure of happiness derived from worldly objects is out of proportion to the immense labour and trouble required for their attainment. From the point of view of happiness, this is not at all a profitable bargain! Happiness is like the size of an atom and misery is like a massive mountain.

Providence has arranged that what is required for real happiness can be had everywhere and at anytime without any cost or effort. He has also arranged for the automatic and natural production of all necessary food and drink. These natural products were enjoyed with great delight by the ancient sages and are still being enjoyed by the birds and animals which have no sense of discrimination. Only man, who is endowed with sense faculties and who believes that he is wiser and more superior to all, does not even enjoy the fruits of nature. His foolishness causes great suffering not only to himself but to many animals on which he inflicts unbearable hardships. His foolishness prevents all beings to independently enjoy their natural bliss. His foolishness keeps him otherwise occupied in hard labour trying to discover new things which only bring misery to all. They labour day and night like donkeys, full of anxiety and worries, without ever enjoying the bare necessities of life provided by nature.

There is a Marathi proverb which says that the wise eat cow dung while the fools eat sweet meats. Will you try to see the deeper meaning of this proverb? Are you not yet convinced that the natural products are more than sufficient for maintaining life? Are you still not disgusted with the constant drudgery? Has the time not yet come to know from the spiritual Preceptors the means of removing the burning worries of people? Be it so! It is for this reason that the ancient sages renounced materialism and realised the origin of the whole universe. This is what is meant by Paramartha.

All nations are therefore hereby warned that the path chosen by them for their progress will ultimately and surely bring them dreadful catastrophes. Therefore they should leave aside the idea of rejoicing in perishable material objects which are full of bitter poison and should rather follow the path laid down in the Vedas which alone will bring them natural and eternal happiness and create the feeling of universal brotherhood. They should immediately begin to enjoy, equally and independently, the natural assets of the creation and avail themselves of the benefits of endless powers which are hidden behind the curtain of the mind.

Is it not the real duty of men who have the best talents in the world to find out ways and means so that happiness and joy may be universal, so that the anxiety for work and the need for income and accumulation be ended, and that warfare, crooked policies, politics and intrigues may disappear so that peace may reign supreme all over the world? How long can people continue to live in increasing anxiety? Is the world not yet tired of it? In the present times, the anxiety and worry of "must work" like a ghost has taken over the grip of everyone. Now enough of this! Let all this be put an end to so that no one has to want anything from anyone. That will be the Golden Day when the origin of the whole universe is realised and one's own natural happiness can be enjoyed without any effort! Let eternal happiness and supreme peace reign!

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