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A special piece of advice by Saint Eknath for aspirants about how to conduct their life. That way is being shown hereafter to the seekers, who may please pay attention. What do we mean by repentance? The seeker must be aware that he may meet death any time and he should not enjoy physical pleasures without this fear, without this apprehension.
How badly have I used it for enjoyment of objects of senses? In vain have I lost the great opportunity of leading the righteous life of spirituality! I shall now tell you what is this quality of desirelessness. He loves the company of saints but propagates his name indirectly so as to receive adulations and applause from public celebrities and society at large. He is having attachment to his disciples.
This should be quite well-understood by you. Please listen to how this is done. When there is popularity and when people give respect to him, he is likely to be detracted towards pleasures. Please listen about this. People call him to their house to perform his pooja, and worship him.
They say This is the incarnation of Lord Hari. He has come to uplift us, and lives among us, in human body for our welfare.
This man likes these sweet words. Now, I shall tell you about the sense of touch. This creates in his mind love for pleasant touch. People give him beautiful dresses, and ornaments, and many beautiful articles. Thus he becomes attached to beautiful body.
Now, the object of taste should be considered. People give him sweet and delicious food articles to eat, especially those for which he has natural liking. Now smell also catches his attention. Please listen to how this happens. Now, by the way of honouring him, people bind him to the objects which he likes. He is having partiality for those who praise him on his face. But he who says so personally likes to be applauded by people and it is his folly to make this statement. They quickly become very much disinterested.
First he avoids the place where he gets honour. He leaves such place as soon as possible and the second sign is that he chooses to live in the company of good righteous and saintly people.
The third sign is that he does not worry at all. That man has no anxiety state. He avoids pride. He talks sweet words but he does not flatter anybody. He has no fear of death.
He does not like to talk freely to anybody. He does not like to show off his authority or superiority and he does not hanker for rich and delicious food. He does not like rich clothes and any ornaments.
He does not like to eat food at others houses and he does not like to amass money. He does not like to be close with them nor their talk. I do not like to teach them or talk with them about spiritual matters.
Women are a source of disaster for men. He has his wife in his house. I will give you a satisfactory reply. He should not be attached to her continuously. He is unattached and fearless, living in seclusion at all times. When he lives in this way that should be termed as pure and austerity and desireless life. So, devotees of the Lord Shri Krishna should lead a life of this nature.
Really, I have told what the Lord Shri Krishna has advised while teaching Uddhava the real life of a devotee. I am not worried at all! I have done my duty of conveying the Lords message and finished my responsibility. Eka of Janardana says that in this human body only, it is possible to attain self-knowledge and desirelessness and people should try this wholeheartedly. There is no other way to reach Him the Lord Shri Krishna. End of instructions to Seekers.
Dedicated to Gopal-Krishna. This commentary is in Ovi Meter i. Bhagawata Purana Mythological book contains philosophy as well as stories of various devotees of Lord Vishnu and incarnations of the Lord which took place during the span of many centuries. It also contains the stories of various kings. The 10 th volume contains mainly the story of the life and exploits of Lord Shri Krishna and this 11 th volume contains mainly the dialogue between the Lord Shri Krishna and his loving disciple Uddhava, accompanied by some stories enhancing the morals of the ascetic life which dialogue took place before the end of the Lord Shri Krishnas incarnation.
As the purpose in the mind of Saint Eknath was to explain in Marathi the teachings given by the Lord Shri Krishna to Uddhava and various manners in which other earlier teachers had taught religious philosophy, he had chosen this 11 th volume.
This contains Sanskrit verses in the original text and about 18, Ovis in Marathi. Effort is made to bring out in English Prose the contents of Marathi text, Ovi by Ovi in simple language to suit all English knowing Readers. As is natural in the case of such translations certain terms in Sanskrit are required to be kept as they are, spelling, being adhered to in such cases, phonetically. Now a short life sketch of Saint Eknath is given here to acquaint the readers with the characteristic way in which the author led his life.
Eknath is believed to have lived about years before the advent of king Shivaji. Some records say that he was born at Paithan, a city famous even in those days for highly educated and learned citizens in the year A. Chakrapani was the son of Bhanudas, Suryanarayan was the son of Charkrapani and Eknath was the son of Suryanarayan. Thus Eknath was the great grandson of Bhanudas.
The name of the mother of Eknath was Rukmini. Thus Eknath was the son of Suryanarayana and Rukmini. He became later on a well-known saint. Ekaveera is the family Deity of Eknath. As the birth of Eknath took place in the period of Moola Star system the destiny proved to be bad, in that, his parents died soon after his birth. As a result, the burden of bringing up the child Eknath fell on the shoulders of his grandfather Chakrapani.
The Thread Ceremony of Eknath was performed when he was six years of age. He read Geeta, Upanishads, and the six Darshanas, books of philosophy and mythological books like Bhagawata etc. Writing, reading and arithmetic were learned by him at a very early age. He had early contact with philosophy of devotion. His mind took interest in spiritual path but he was not lucky enough to have any spiritual preceptor. He was eager to have the blessing of some Guru.
He asked his grandfather about it. The latter gave him guidance to go to Devgiri Town and meet the holy Janardana Swami who was a well-known scholar and saint.
Eknath went there; the young boy was very smart and had an easy flow of well-cultured speech. When he met Janardana swami he very humbly bowed before him and requested to accept him as a disciple and give regular initiation in the spiritual path.
Janardana Swami had an idea how brilliant this boy was. He asked him some questions about his personal life and knowing that he had taken permission of his grandfather and was already well- versed in some literature of the path; he gave him initiation and accepted him as a disciple. From that time Eknath began to live with his Guru. This is supported by some thinkers and it is generally believed that the Lord Dattatreya who is the son of the sage Atri is the grand teacher of Eknath.
In those days the system of tradition of keeping exact chronological record of events was not much practised. As a result there are many opinions about the names of gurus and disciples.
There is a mention in the biography of Saint Eknath that while he was living with his preceptor, he used to keep accounts very carefully.
On one occasion he remained awakened over-night just to find out an error of one pie. This was noticed by Shri Janardana Swami. Looking to the sincerity and concentration of the disciple, Janardana Swami began to love him like his own son. Janardana Swami used to sit quiet alone in the fort and go into trance. It is reported in his life-sketch that the Lord Dattatreya occasionally met him personally.
One day Janardana Swami thought it fit that Eknath should be taken to the Lord to see him. One Friday he took Eknath with him and went to a secluded place on the North side of the fort.
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