[Autobiography of Pujya Gurudev, continued from the previous issue]
The new era will dawn by refinement of thoughts and emotions. If there has to be any revolution it will not be through shedding blood but by eliminating the base instincts and thoughts embedded in the human psyche and their substitution by refined, noble and uplifting thoughts and feelings.
A man is elevated with the help of his inner power. It is true that the atmosphere purified by tapascarya and endurance, education, proximity and guidance of noble persons also play very important roles. It has been observed that even most ordinary and least competent persons act heroically and accomplish tasks which are otherwise impossible for them to do, if they identify themselves with the irresistible and allrconquering force of a great and noble ideal, inspired by the Time Spirit (Mahakal), which has fired the imagination, mind and the heart of society at a particular time. In the ancient times Manisis and Munis (spiritually evolved thinkers and saints) used to play this role. They used to remain absorbed in Yugrsadhana and through the effective medium of pen and speech they used to sublimate and inspire the thoughts of the people. Such sadhaks created several elevated persons, awakened their dormant powers, moulded them in the right direction and brought about salutary and revolutionary changes in the society. Although such persons were apparently like ordinary people, they were highly superior in terms of elevation of soul, illumined intelligence, refined emotions and dedication to higher ideals.
It is wellr known that Munis and risis have been regarded as two types of geniuses in the spiritual field. Risis were those who were engaged in tapascarya and conducted spiritual research and thereby guided the common masses. Those who focused on progressive refinement and sharpening of human mind and intellect by their thinking, contemplation and intensive study were known as Munis. One was a symbol of piety (risis) and the other of brilliance (Munis). Both of them had to do intensive tapascarya and sadhana
to become extremely refined so that by making themselves spiritually powerful and expansive they could completely change the trend of the minds and hearts of the people. While Munis are at liberty to use physical resources and means, the same is not necessary for risis who can also work in the astral form and exert their energies from there to surcharge the atmosphere with noble sanskars.
Ordinarily, by Manisis people understand a great man, Mahapragya r whose mind is under his control, who is not guided by the impulses of his mind but guides it. Such a person is known as Manisi and his pragya (divine intellect and intuition) as Manisa (spiritual wisdom). It is stated in the scriptures, manisa asti yesam te manisi na¡. But side by side it has also been stated, Manisi nastu bhavanti, pavnana na bhavanti, which means that there are so many Manisis who are very sharp of intellect but it is not necessary that they may be holy or pious also. One may be intelligent but it is a different thing to be not only intelligent but also have a pious and pure inner consciousness. Today a large number of editors, intellectuals, writers, investigators, and scientists are scattered throughout the country but they are not Manisis. Why? Because they have not performed tapascarya to acquire piety by inner purification.
There is no dearth of books, literature etc. these days. Looking to the plethora of newspapers, magazines, journals etc., which are being published these days, it would appear as if the number of Manisis and, their readers have increased manifold. Why then are these publications not having healthy impact on the minds of their readers? The reason can obviously be found in the aforesaid dictum pavnana na bhavanti. If literature of high standards had been written and published to uplift and refine thoughts and feelings one would not have found so much perversion and chaos in the society. The right solution to the dayrtorday problems lies in the hands of Yugr Manisis.
As I have stated earlier, the new era will dawn by refinement of thoughts and emotions. If there has to be any revolution it will not be through shedding blood but by eliminating the base instincts and thoughts embedded in the human psyche and their substitution by refined, noble and uplifting thoughts and feelings. If a new society of a nobler and higher order is to be formed it will be possible only by the implanting of righteous thoughts and feelings. The sorcalled intelligentsia is responsible for making the present society utterly debased. The intelligentsia has played a prominent role in creating hatred, riots, illrwill, racialism and extensive human bloodshed. Had they followed the righteous path, had their hearts been pure, had they been purified by tapascarya, they would have created a constructive flow of scientific achievements and had written highrquality inspiring literature. When Hitler intended to give material shape to Nietzsche's theory of dictatorship he, first of all, turned the minds of the people of the entire nation towards it. The teachers and scientists became fanatic supporters of Nazism and this negative ideology of 'Mein Kemph' was propagated through the curricula and newspapers of the country. The entire nation became a victim of this fanaticism and this frenzy of racial superiority resulted not only in widespread human destruction but ultimately ruined the country itself. If this Manisa had been turned in the right direction, it would have helped Germany in attaining unheard of prosperity and allrround progress.
Karl Marx, who was economically indigent throughout his life, propounded an economic theory that revolutionized the whole society. The castles of capitalism were demolished and death knell of imperialism was sounded in almost tworthirds of the entire world. His book Das Kapital inaugurated the beginning of a new era in which the rights of the workers were recognized and a new chapter of equitable distribution of money and materials was opened. Millions of people thus got an opportunity to lead a happy life of selfrreliance. Had the ideology of Rousseau not so widely influenced the masses, the philosophy of universal franchise and majority rule would not have gained ground and the rule of "might is right" would have continued unchecked. The supremacy of crude Jagirdars and rulers would have still continued according to the tradition of inheritance. Thus, it is due to the revolution inspired by Manisa that colonizers were swept away and colonial rule was abolished. In this context, I have always been referring to the name of Lady Hariot Stow, along with those of Lincoln and Luther King, whose writings helped the black people in freeing themselves from the clutches of slavery .Obviously this was the role played by Yugr Manisa.
The revolution brought about by the insights of Buddha was based on wisdom, farsightedness and morality .The hurricane of the movement for independence raised by Gandhi, Patel and Nehru was the indirect result of the Manisa which had by its tremendous force metamorphosed the era. Not all these great persons had written volumes of thoughtrprovoking literature. What they achieved was possible only when they played the role of Munis, awakened their dormant inner energies and created so much power in their thoughts and feelings that the whole atmosphere was surcharged with a great ideal.
Circumstances are also quite disconcerting these days. To save humanity, which is swinging, pendulumrlike, between prosperity and total destruction, it is necessary to undertake the Herculean labour to fathom the deepest depths of perennial values to rerestablish supremacy of human dignity and spiritual wisdom. It is erroneous to think that material resources will be able to accomplish this work. Spirituality
alone can flush out inner perversions. I have made Manisa alone the medium to instil piety and brilliance in human beings and have visualized the dream of a golden future.
To give proper direction to human thinking, I have given priority in my future programme to the creation of an irresistible current of noble thoughts that would instantly wash away all the impurities and evil tendencies entrenched in the collective human psyche. Viciousness has overpowered the minds of the people these days. To change this atmosphere such awakened persons are needed who could play the roles of Munis and risis like Vyas, Buddha, Gandhi, Karl Marx, Martin Luther, Aurobindo, Maharshi Raman; and fulfill the aim of Vicar Kranti (revolution in thought) through direct or indirect efforts. This is possible only by mighty inner tapascaryarsadhana whose visible manifestation will be the energy of Yugr Manisa which by its power would write literature of highest standard capable of transforming the present era. It is my moral duty to continue working towards the fulfillment of the pledge which I had taken forty seven years back (around 1938) to disseminate the insights revealed to me through the medium of Akhand Jyoti.
While indirectly playing the role of a Yugrrisi, it was in my mind to prepare facilities for authentic research in regard to integration of science and spirituality, which is convincing on the basis of logic, facts and scientifically verified results. How research work should be conducted in respect of investigations into deeper realms of SoulrSpirit? What is the scientific basis of sadhana
and upasana? How could mental faculties be trained and developed by sadhana? How could medical science of the ancient risis (Ayurveda) be revived for restoration and maintenance of physical and mental health? How does the power of sound produced by uttering Gayatri mantra
and the energy produced by the fire of yagya make a person pious and powerful and how is his body energized with liferforce to make him capable of struggling against adverse circumstances? How could humanity
be benefited in the present times by conducting fresh researches and experiments in matters relating to astronomical science? I have given new forms to such aspects of research, which are being conducted here according to the Atharva Vediya risi traditions. I have made a beginning and created a model as a guideline for the intelligentsia. I will go on encouraging and guiding all these efforts indirectly. It is my hope that the entire community of scientists would think and move ahead in this direction so that they may be able to apply their pragya in conducting research in the realm of spiritual science. My determination to be of benefit to mankind by my Manisa and research is taking a concrete shape during my ongoing suksmikarana sadhana, the results of which will be visible in future.