I have mentioned earlier that nature itself was worshipped as God. When the formation of different societies began to become complicated, each society had its own faith and ideas about their God. They began to express their ideas among one another. If you look at the history about different civilisations, which existed in different times, you may come to know that there had been spiritual people, who were able to know about the Super Power, God, which an ordinary human being couldn’t. For instance, spiritual people like Abraham and Joseph, who lived one thousand seven hundred years before Lord Jesus, themselves knew about the Divine Power. When there were different opinions about God and His deeds, these great men told the people that, God is One and it is His quality of being omnipresent, which is reflected in Nature.
In later years, it is this one and only God, who was referred to as Jehovah by Moses. I shall say that these spiritual people have really known about God. The path shown by Abraham and Moses, which leads to the knowledge about God, is said to be Judaism.
There might have lived people, who knew about the existence of God even before these men did. However, the histories of these people and the help, which they have done to other aspirants of God, have disappeared in course of time.
Similarly, in 6th century B.C., in Persia, there lived a spiritual person called Zoroaster, who had knowledge about the existence of God. He also talked about the One and Only God in this universe. He called this Universal God, Ahura Mazda. The path, which leads to the knowledge about this God, is called Zoroastrianism. The followers of this path, later on, came to be known as Parsis. While these were happening in the Middle East, there had been several spiritual leaders in India, who were travelling on the path of spiritual growth. These people spread their knowledge about the Divine orally and not through writings.
Two thousand years before Jesus Christ, there had been several citizens in India, in north and south, who had attained spiritual growth. These paths, which lead to the knowledge about God, have been known as Sanathana Dharma. It can also be called the path of our life, which leads us to God. This path has been, now and then, corrected by several great men. These paths, which help us know about God, came to be known as the Vedas. The word Veda means ‘knowledge’ (gnanam). If we look carefully at the Vedas, we can understand that they also advocate the worship of Nature as the worship of God. In ancient days, there had been the habit of worshipping nature.
The summary is that God lives within you; He exists around you as well!!!
Great men, who have known God, have been born in this world now and then. Such great men have taken birth both in the Middle East and in the Indian Peninsula, but people in those days were so ignorant that they couldn’t recognise those manifestations. Not only that, later on, people began to change the teachings of those great men, as per their wishes and added many newer ideas. For this, the social, political, and economical state of the country was also responsible.
What will happen, if a flower garland is given to a monkey? It will tear it into pieces. In the same manner, the teachings of the great saints were all changed and later on, became forgotten. Whenever a need comes for the spiritual awakening of the world, once again, great men are born. They show the right way to live. A few such great men were Abraham, Moses, and Lord Jesus Christ. Lord Jesus came to show the Jews the right path of life. It was the path that led to God Himself. Similarly, when people in India were steeped in superstitions and ignorance, great men were born to their rescue. These great men helped safeguard and perpetuate the Sanathana Dharma. Adi Sankara talked about the dharma that is written in the Vedas. He travelled the whole of India by foot. He had several debates with those Buddhist saints, who tried to spread atheism. He talked about the principles of Advaita. Sankara tried his best to find unity among diversity. Because of Sankara’s teachings, the number of saints, who believed in Advaita, increased. Adi Sankara said that, it is the Paramatma, which is also called Brahmam, which is seen in every life. After Jagadguru Sankara, once again, ignorance prevailed among people.
Although there were saints, who tried to spread the principles of Advaita, they couldn’t defend themselves against the kind of struggle, which was going on among people of different ideas.
Until Adi Sankara was born, people in India believed that there are thirty-three crore Gods (330,000,000). Some people in India followed the teachings of Sri Buddha and Mahavira. If I write the names of the philosophers, who tried to show people the path to reach God, I am afraid there won’t be any space left!
The main reason, for having many different ideas about religion, was the lack of knowledge among people. For this reason, one religion broke up into several religions. There were differences. Then again, a great saint would incarnate. This goes on happening even now. The food is the same. Only the style of eating differs. We can eat the food on the plate with our hand, or we can use a spoon. It is enough, if we satisfy hunger. Similarly, we do need God’s grace and blessings. There are several ways to reach God. Whichever we follow, ultimately, we can reach God.
People in different countries talk different languages. They follow different life styles and they have different customs and traditions. Different! Different! Still, we must strive to gain God’s blessings and lead a simple life. All of us want our sorrows to end. We need peace. Rivers are many; all of them flow into the ocean. In the same manner, there are different religions; all of them lead to God! It is the lack of understanding that results in communal riots. There is only one God. There are different ways to reach God! We forget God and waste time telling one another that, “Your path to God is not right. What I say is right!” We don’t walk along the path we have chosen and finish our journey. Instead of doing this, we indulge ourselves in unnecessary quarrels and disputes, because of our ignorance and ego.
Let us forget what has already happened. Now, there is our Adigalaar Amma in Mel Maruvathur, who is the incarnation of Divine Mother Adi Parasakthi. He is a great saint, who has experienced the Divinity.
Swami Paramahamsa Yogananda, an Indian saint, has written a book. Its name is “Autobiography of a Yogi”. In that book, Swami has written particularly about a few saints, who have lived in India. Swami has tried to project the unity (in thought) among these saints, who were totally different from one another. Thus, Swami talks about the unity that really exists among different religions.
Swami Paramahamsa Yogananda has written clearly, in his book, about how people fail to understand the Truth about Vedas and thus, how they indulge themselves in ignorance and problems and hence, suffer throughout their life. The saint has also described how, in India, the religious teachers influenced the people by misleading them with wrong ideas.
The path shown by our Mel Maruvathur Amma is very simple. It is common for all. Amma says, “Do selfless service with devotion to God! You can reach God! One and only Mother! One and only clan! That is the clan of humanity!” In this way, our Amma shows us the right path of spirituality. Amma says that, if we do selfless service to others, we can find happiness in life. Such acts of ours lead us to God.
IS THERE A SIMPLER WAY THAN WHAT AMMA SAYS?
Annai Adi Parasakthi, in Mel Maruvathur, is the Divine Mother of the whole Universe. There are several books about Divine Mother. Try to get them and read them. This Avatar of Divine Mother is mainly for the purpose of uplifting the poor and the women, along the path of spirituality! Divine Mother Herself has let the world know this fact through Her Oracle.
In this physical world, what can be the reason for such an Incarnation of Annai?
The answer is simple. It is to inculcate spiritual awareness and to uplift women! It is a well-known fact that from time immemorial, women have been denied an equal position to men in any field, or respect. Amma has never told anyone to leave his religion and follow Amma’s path on spirituality. Amma is a true Guru! Amma doesn’t force anyone to follow Amma’s teachings.
There is a girl in our family. She is a Roman Catholic Christian. Once, she asked our Amma, “Amma! Do I have to change my religion in order to get Your blessings?” Amma said to her, “There isn’t any need for you to change your religion. It is the mind of a person that should change. Religion need not change.”
Among our Adi Parasakthi group, there are Christians and Muslims, too. Mrs. Mumtaz Balakrishnan has been writing her experiences in Sakthi Olhi. This series has been named ‘Malarum Ninaivukal’. There is a book in Tamil called ‘Mel Maruvathur Annaiyin Arputhangal’. The English book is called ‘AMMA, Magnificent Miracles of Bangaaru Adigalaar’. Both these books help us know and understand a lot about Amma. Read and understand them.
In America, there are several Christians, who are devotees of Amma. These are typical examples for “One and Only Mother! One and Only Clan!” When we say Christianity, it doesn’t mean that those teachings are applicable to Christians only. Those ideas are meant for everyone. Like Christianity, each and every religion shows us the ways and the paths to reach God. These ways may be old, or they may be new. They might have been there in the past, or they are yet to come. However, an aspirant can reach God by accepting any religion.
Amma has said in Her Oracle, “Science is knowledge. Spirituality is Salvation (knowledge of the Supreme Being)! Knowledge without Salvation is false!” May all of us be blessed by Amma!