Every human being has four birthdays.
The first is when he emerges from his mother's womb and, being neither holy nor unholy, craves only for food and shelter;
the second Is when he begins his spiritual study to lead him from darkness to light;
the third is when he has gained wisdom, having mastered the disciplines propounded by the rishis for achieving self-realisation;
the fourth and last is when he realises his true identity and merges with Brahman.
Every man is burdened with one body and four births!
He is born a Sudra; for, as a child he has no sense of cleanliness or definite ideas of right and wrong.
By the rite of initiation into spiritual life, that is to say, when he is taken as a pupil by a guru, who takes up the responsibility of leading him to the Goal of Human Life, he becomes dwija, twice-born, entering into the second chapter of his human career.
When he has finished the spiritual disciplines and studied the scriptures, he becomes a Vipra (the wise);
at last, when as a result of those practices and experiences, he visualises Brahman as immanent in all, he is a Brahmana. A Vipra attains Brahmajnanam and becomes a Brahmana. This is therefore the first step, but the most important step, in the process of self-realisation.
Vedaham etham Purusham MahanthamAdithyavarnam thamsah parasthath (Purusha Shuktham).
IN ANCIENT days the sages, who were doing Thapas and finally had a vision of the Reality, declared that they had realised the Divine, whose effulgence was that of the sun, beyond the darkness of ignorance. They also taught that God is the embodiment of Truth and had to be experienced as such. They declared that one who does not see this truth is akin to an animal. That is why there is the saying that one who is revelling in untruth is only an animal. Truth issues from Prema . In this world there is nothing greater than prema. The more you love, the more blissful you become. Divinity is the embodiment of love. Love shines as the eternal truth in every one's heart. However, it will be dormant in the heart of the selfish. Prema shines only in the heart of the person who is selfless. Love cannot co-exist with ego and pomp. Love is the royal path that can take you to the highest state of the Divine. This lo...