On hearing the term
many times a commoner feels that he is too common a man to understand Spirituality and hence out of fear, he stays away from it. It is for this reason that Sadguru Shree Aniruddha Bapu through his discourses, writings, actions, etc. is working to remove the fear of spirituality from the minds of the common people, to clear the misconception about bhakti, to strengthen the faith that everyone can attain the ‘ultimate closeness’, the closeness to God by staying in His ‘Devotion Sentience’ (Bhaktibhav Chaitanya) and to provide guidance about bhakti in very lucid, simple words.
In his work, the ‘Shreemad Purushartha (Volume One) Satyapravesh’, Bapu says –
“An excessive and unreasonable inclination towards cessation of worldly engagements, as also a way of life that is primarily and essentially motivated by material, self-seeking activity, both classify as extremist thought and are largely responsible for the imbalance in individual human life as well as that in human society.
The path that, with the help of bhakti, teaches the Nishkam Karmayog is the only path that acquires for the human dharma, divine wealth and treasure.”
Spirituality in life
While talking about Spirituality in life, Sadguru Aniruddha in the ‘ShreemadPurushartha (Volume One) Satyapravesh, writes –
“Every deed of our life is eventually an offering unto the Almighty.
He is aware of every word, spoken or unspoken; every deed, every thought, at the very moment these occur.
In fact, every moment of our life is open to Him.
Spirituality consists in never losing sight of these facts. And so, walking this path leads to contentment, peace and everlasting joy.”
Sadguru Shree Aniruddha while explaining further about ‘Spirituality’, articulates –
“To live a virtuous worldly life and while doing so, allowing the mind to enter into and take over the subconscious mind is spirituality whereas to discharge virtuously, all necessary bodily deeds with spirituality as the ultimate objective is living a worldly life.
Truth, Love and Joy is the only trio of rules of Spirituality whereas Bhakti, Seva and purification of values are the only means of spirituality.
The first successful step towards a spiritual life is
living the Brahmacharyashram, the Grihasthashram and the Vanaprasthashram stages of worldly life, with utmost virtue, righteousness and not failing our duty; in other words, the Purushartha of financial pursuits and that of desire have to happen as per the prescriptions of dharma.”
Sadguru Aniruddha believes that it is essential to maintain spiritual and worldly awareness, both at the same time. To explain this, he sets down –
“The spirituality that does not have access to worldly life or in other words, spirituality that does not acknowledge worldly life, is to be considered pointless. Similarly, worldly conduct that does not concede spirituality, that prefers to forget the Supreme Being, is not only pointless but a source of misery.”
In his very first editorial for the ‘Dainik Pratyaksha’, Dr. Aniruddha D. Joshi states –
“In order that life progress on all fronts what everyone requires is to understand well the meaning of the following great saying and to imbibe and practice it as a norm: ‘Uddharet Atmana Atmanam’,which in simple words means, ‘I alone can bring about my upliftment and progress on all fronts’. Irrespective of whether I walk the path of progress as an ordinary family person or I walk the path to liberation where the ‘I’, i.e. my identity as separate from the Almighty dissolves completely and becomes one with Him. It is I and I alone who must do the effort.
However, on this journey, we need to be very clearly acquainted with what ‘Truth’ and ‘Love’ mean. So we very obviously conclude that that which gives rise to or safeguards purity and sanctity is alone the Truth.
Moreover, the journey of life void of ‘love’ leaves the truth crippled. Love here means ‘selfless, unconditional love – pure and sheer love – love not loaded with any motive whatsoever’. This kind of love is the greatest strength in the world. Pitched against the strength of love, any destructive, devastating and vicious power always has to beat a retreat. Our worldly life, our family life is the simplest and yet the greatest workshop that teaches this kind of love.
If dropping all crutches, real self-reliance is what we wish to achieve, holding on tight to the principles of Truth and Love we must imbibe in ourselves, the unshakable faith that the Almighty and the Almighty alone is my one and the only genuine and true support.
All rituals, all rites that do not arise from Truth and Purity as also all dramatics that are a pretense of bhakti are fragile go-carts. These only serve to make us increasingly insufficient and crippled whereas bhakti on the path of truth and love is what fetches us total self-reliance and so success as well.”