Until one becomes aware of spiritual knowledge, one had forgotten his/her goal in the stupor of (Maya) wealth. Like, it has been mentioned above that a drunken person was lying in the afternoon in the scorching heat of June, sweating and covered in sand, and still he was saying that he is enjoying himself. But on becoming sober, he realises that he is lying in a jungle and his home is far away.
Kabir Ji has stated that: -
Kabir, yeh maya atpati, sab ghat aan adi |
Kis-kis ko samjhaayun, ya kuyae bhang padi ||
By consuming the medicine of spiritual knowledge, a living being overcomes his/her intoxication. Then one walks on the path of bhakti because one has to reach God who is one’s Father, and that Satlok is one’s own home.
A person who sets forth on a journey cannot take all the objects. One only takes the necessary objects for the journey. Similarly, in the journey of bhakti, we will have to travel with bare minimum. Only then we will be able to reach our destination. To tread on the path of bhakti, it is mandatory for one to have mental peace. The causes of mental tensions are our customs, intoxication, pride and honour, ostentation. These are futile burdens e.g. big bungalows, expensive car, to do make-up, wear expensive jewellery (gold jewellery), collection of wealth, to give or take dowry in marriage, to play band or DJ, the entire family shamelessly dancing at the time of the bridegroom mounting a horse, to feed people after a family member’s death, to celebrate on the birth of a child, to burst crackers at the time of some celebration, to do extravagance etc. Because of being obstacles in the path of bhakti, one will have to relinquish these.
FAQs about "Journey on the Path of Bhakti"
Q.1 What are some common obstacles on the path of Bhakti?
On the path of Bhakti, several common obstacles can hinder one's progress. Achieving mental peace is essential for worshiping with a free mind. The burden of unnecessary traditions and the relentless pursuit of wealth accumulation can lead to stress in human lives. Overcoming these obstacles and embracing the path of salvation requires guidance from a true Guru. This involves eliminating hindrances such as the dowry system, harmful intoxications and unnecessary traditions.
Q.2 In what ways do humans waste their lives?
When individuals neglect attending SatSangs (spiritual gatherings) and fail to receive the enlightening spiritual knowledge from an authentic Guru, they lose sight of the primary purpose of human existence – attaining salvation. Consequently, they squander their invaluable human lives by solely focusing on amassing wealth, often leading to the accumulation of sins by harming others for self gain. Thus, without the practice of worshiping the Almighty God through initiation from a complete Saint, human lives can be wasted.
Q. 3 How can one achieve success on the path of Bhakti?
Success in the realm of Bhakti signifies attaining complete salvation. This accomplishment is realized by faithfully adhering to the teachings, rules, and guidelines set forth by a complete Guru. By unwaveringly following this path throughout one's lifetime, an individual can triumphantly navigate the path of Bhakti and ultimately attain both spiritual liberation and worldly blessings.
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