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What is the correct concept of the term the 'Perception'?
Well, we can understand it by the hypothetical examples of the two hypothetical individuals X and Y.
X travels on foot all the way from New Delhi to Kathmandu and declares that the only way one can reach Kathmandu is on foot. When someone tells X that one can reach Kathmandu even by an airplane or bus, the X refuses to believe in it.
Y flies to Kathmandu from New Delhi, in an airplane and declares that the only way one can reach Kathmandu is only by an airplane. When someone tells Y that one can reach Kathmandu by a bus or even on foot, Y refuses to believe in it.
Both X and Y are correct in their own limited perceptions based on individual limited experiences. One can clearly see that their perceptions are limited and as such incorrect. Thus, it would be wrong for X to insist that the Y's perception is correct only if Y followed the X's perception and vice-versa.
The above quoted hypothetical example is applicable to the spiritual field, too. Different saadhakas have different perceptions based on their individual experiences and as such it would be totally wrong for any saadhaka to insist that those not following that saadhaka's perception are fully wrong or don't know what the truth is. The story of several blind men describing an elephant, by reverential Swami Ram Krishna Paramahansa in this regard is too well known to be repeated here.
But, yes, the „correct' remains the „correct' only. For example, the Moon shall remain the Mon and cannot be called the Sun. The one who perceives the Moon as the Sun is definitely having wrong perception! The „Daevas' shall continue to be correctly perceived as „Daevas' only and not incorrectly as the Asuras. The one who perceives the Daevas to be the Asuras is definitely having a total wrong perception.
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It would be useful and informative to add here that a person‟s certain perceptions having been found to be correct does not mean that all other perceptions held by that person are equally true, too!
For example, some perceptions held by Kabeera have been found to be totally correct, while some of his other perceptions have been found to be totally pure imagination having no truth in them as shown below clearly:
THE CORRECT PERCEPTION
“Kabeera, sumarana maaraga sahaja kaa, Satguruu deyaa bataaya I
Svaansa-Usvaansa jo sumerataa, aeka dena milasee Aaya II”
“Kabeera, the comfortable path of remembering the Almighty, the Master has shown you I
The one who remembers the Almighty with every Inhaling-Exhaling of the breath, shall one day meet the Almighty II”
The perception held by Kabeera in the above mentioned Hindi-verse has been found to be correct because when the spiritual-seeker focuses fully on one‟s own breath while chanting/remembering the Holy name/word within one‟s own heart then the mind becomes fully concentrated and cut off from any other distracting thoughts/phenomenon. This helps tremendously in progressing towards achieving the blissful state of the Samaadhe.
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THE INCORRECT PERCEPTIONS
However, Kabeera has given many wrong perceptions. The following are some glaring examples of the wrong perceptions held by Kabeera:
. He says that the Almighty created Aade-Maayaa called DURGAA who was given to the JYOTE-NERANJANA [KAALA] who in turn got infatuated by DURGAA‟s beauty, forcibly created the vagina in DURGAA‟s body by using his own super-natural powers and had sexual inter course with DURGAA, thereby producing three GODS – Brhmaa, Veshhnnu and Mahaesha!
. Bande-Chhoda Gareebadass has described in „Satagrnthha‟ [page number 782] that Kabeera while on way to mergence into the Almighty comes across MAAYAA [DURGAA] in the form of an APSARAA [NYMPHET] who pleads that she would wed Kabeera – the perfect bridegroom. She further asks Kabeera to have a look at her beautiful body and tells him that the gods enjoy sex with her in the heaven. Then Kabeer says, “Listen, O, MAAYAA, you have looked at me with KUTELA [dirty] NAJARE [looks]…..Whoever has enjoyed sex with you are the KALE ROGEE [patients/victims of the time] and have become ashes…..”. This conversation indicates Kabeera had treated AADE-MAAYA [DURGAA] as a woman of low virtue or someone like a female-prostitute!
Whoever has read the ancient Indian scriptures knows full well that DURGAA was created by the Divine Mother herself as one of her own numerous manifestations. DURGAA gives spiritual-liberation to her own true devotees.
She herself as an entity isn‟t a nymphet, a woman of low virtues or a female-prostitute. Kabeera has wrongly hinted that the Divine Mother was a Eunuch in the beginning, by describing the act of the KAALA making the VAGINA in her body! The low talk by Kabeer about Aadee-Maayaa [DURGAA] is only a reflection of the shallow and unrealistic understanding of the DIVINE MOTHER by Kabeera and his followers!
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. Kabeera says that the Almighty [Supreme Consciousness] was living alone secretly as ANAAMEE [Having no Name] in the NERAAKARA [Without Any Form] existence in the AKAHA [That which can‟t be Spoken About] LOKA [Abode] or the SATA [true] LOKA. The Almighty thought, “why not I become many from one!” So, he created the SHABDA-PRKAASHA [SOUND-LIGHT] and multiplied/diffused himself into three forms with three different names – (1) AGAMA [Out of Bound, Beyond the Reach] PURUUSHHA [Man] (2) ALAKHA [That which can‟t be Seen] PURUUSHHA (3) SATA [True, Truth, Basic Power] PURUUSHA.
The Almighty in the form of SATAPURUUSHA created several celestial continents [Dwepa] called Maanasarovara, etc in the SATALOKA by uttering the first word and produced 16 sons by uttering 16 more different words and gave each continent to each of these 16 sons. These 16 sons are as follows:
1. KUURMA [Tortoise, Perseverance like a Tortoise]
2. GYAANEE [Knowledgeable]
3. VEVAEKA [Wise Discretion]
4. TAEJA [Aura]
5. SAHAJA [Normal/Natural/Comfortable]
6. SANTOSHHA [Satisfaction]
7. SURATE [Ability to hear the inaudible Divine sound]
8. AANANDA [Enjoyment/Joy]
9. KSHMAA [Forgiveness]
10. NESHHKAAMA [Without expectance of any gain/returns]
11. JALARANGEE [Coloured Water,The one which colours the Water, of the colour of the Water, as pure and transparent as the Water]
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12. ACHENTA [Unthinkable, Beyond Thinking, Beyond Imagination]
13. PRAEMA [Love]
14. DAYAALA [Generous, Merciful, Compassionate]
15. DHAEERYA [Patience]
16. YOGA SANTAAYANA [The Yoga done by Saints, The Yoga which the Saints have]
Kabeera then goes on describing how the world was created. The description of the creation of the world given by Kabeera is full of POETIC-FICTION combined with FACTS. Those interested in reading the whole account of the world-creation given by Kabeera may read the book titled “GAHAREE NAJARA GEETAA MAIN” written by one Kabeera-Follower Rampal Das.
THE POINT TO NOTE HERE IS THAT the claim of Kabeera, that THERE ARE SUCH 16 PERSONS LIVING IN 16 DIFFERENT CELESTIAL CONTINENTS, IS WRONG.
One can easily see that these 16 names – KUURMA [Tortoise, Perseverance like a slow-but-steady going Tortoise], GYAANEE [Knowledgeable], VEVAEKA [Wise Discretion], TAEJA [Aura], SAHAJA [Normal/Natural/Comfortable], SANTOSHHA [Satisfaction], SURATE [Ability to hear the inaudible Divine sound], AANANDA [Enjoyment/Joy], KSHMAA [Forgiveness], NESHHKAAMA [Without expectance of any gain/returns], JALARANGEE [Coloured Water, The one which colours the Water, same as the colour of the Water, pure like the Water], ACHENTA [Unthinkable, Beyond Thinking, Beyond Imagination], PRAEMA [Love], DAYAALA [Generous, Merciful, Compassionate], DHAEERYA [Patience] and YOGA SANTAAYANA [The Yoga done by Saints, The Yoga which the Saints have] – actually are the ATTRIBUTES or the QUALITIES that MUST ideally be present in any True spiritual-seeker for the spiritual-seeker to be able to merge into the Ultimate Truth, the Divine Light! APRTEMAANANDA UPANESHHADA PART - II Page 64 of 108 Swaamee Aprtemaananda Jee
Let us know a few facts about Kabeera. Kabeera was a simple, hardworking, honest, illiterate and staunch devotee of the Almighty. He used to earn his living through weaving the clothes and composed poems based on his personal experiences. Since he was illiterate who did not know how to read and write, these poems were narrated by him to his disciples who in turn would pen them.
It seems that when Kabeera was in the initial slightly-deep meditation stage then Kabeera‟s mind played tricks with Kabeera and presented these 16 ATTRIBUTES or QUALITIES in the form of 16 sons of the Almighty! Kabeera‟s mind was prejudiced against the Divine Mother. So, his mind in this not-so-deep stage of the meditation created the wrong visuals about the Divine Mother [DURGAA] to satisfy subliminally the Kabeera‟s prejudice against the Divine Mother! Similarly one can find more examples of fiction-load in the description of the creation of the world given by Kabeera.
Psychologically speaking, a person speaks more with authority on a topic only in the light of one‟s own personal individual experiences with reference to that topic.
Kabeera, being illiterate, could not get an opportunity to read the ancient Indian spiritual texts. He had to rely on his own experiences in terms of the spiritual PRACTICE that he used to do. So, he vehemently found everything wrong regarding reading of the spiritual texts and instead naturally emphasized more on the PRACTICE rather than the READING. But, we would not have come to know about Kabeera‟s poems/work if we did not have books containing Kabeera‟s poems/work!
Likewise, a well-learned person is generally more likely to give more importance to the READING aspect than the PRACTICE aspect. But, the mere READING is USELESS if it were not put into the PRACTICE.
Thus, the CORRECT PERCEPTION is that both the READING and the PRACTICE are useful if done correctly.
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