Certain chairs are powerful. And because of the chair, the person sitting in the chair becomes powerful. Off the chair, he may be just a common man, and yet, from the chair, he is very powerful. It is not about the man, but it is about the chair that he occupies.
Irrespective of whether you personally like the man or not, he is the judge in your case, for he holds the chair. And, his verdict will make all the difference. For those who voted for him and even for those who didn’t vote for him, now that he occupies the Prime Minister’s chair, he is the Prime Minister. Even if you are the leader of the opposition, you are still a citizen of the country, and hence he is your Prime Minister.
It is not about the man, but it is about the chair that he represents. Whether she has passed your judgement or not, you have to pass her judgement to get promoted to the next class. This year she is your English teacher. Her name and form are incidental, but the chair cannot be ignored.
Chairman of the group is basically a chair – in it now he sits, earlier it was his father, and later it will be someone else. No matter who, the one who sits in that chair will sign as the Chairman of the group. Whether it is man-made systems or the nature’s law, you have to give certain chairs their prescribed status. That’s the rule. That’s the law. You ignore these chairs (positions) at your own peril. You respect these chairs (positions) for your own benefit.
Nature’s constitution is such that for every alignment there is a pay-off, and for every non-alignment there is a price-to-pay. And it is the law of the nature that Matha, Pitha, Guru and Deivam have been given these exalted chairs in life. Irrespective of their relationship with you, your relationship with them has to be right. It is not what you mean to them, but it is what they mean to you that make all the difference. Hence, you hold your feelings towards them right, irrespective of their feelings towards you.
The Master responded to a questioner:
If you see me as a Guru, you become a seeker.
If you see me as a Beloved, you become a lover.
If you see me as a Master, you become a disciple.
If you see me as a Teacher, you become a student.
If you see me as an Incarnate, you become a devotee.
The Master then clarified:
How you see me makes no difference to me,
but it makes all the difference to you.
In some rare cases, even assuming your mother was not an ideal mother to you, or your father has been a source of suffering to you, maybe you didn’t grow in an ideal marriage, maybe you had to grow single-parented… still forgive them for what you had to go through because of them and get your feelings towards them right.
The purpose of forgiveness is not to liberate the other, but to liberate yourself from the clutches of disturbances. It is sathyam that so much about your life will turn right by just getting your feelings towards Matha, Pitha, Guru and Deivam right. It is the law. It is the truth.
But then, why this exalted status to Matha, Pitha, Guru and Deivam?
The four are the creators of your life. Without that formless presence, Deivam, nothing exists. You owe your existence to that formless presence. The causes behind your form are Matha and Pitha. Your form is from them. You are your father’s sperm and your mother’s blood. And, the bridge between you – the form, and the formless cosmic presence, is the presence of a Guru. You owe your mental, intellectual, emotional and spiritual development to your Guru.
What’s not possible for those who have the vibrations and energy of their Guru?
Also understand, Matha is the first relationship you recognise. She shows you who your Pitha is. Pitha takes you to the Guru. And, the Guru leads you to god. And all the four together complete you.
Aum, known as praNava mantra, is considered a sacred sound in the Indian religions, including Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, and Buddhism. The syllable is taken to consist of three phonemes, a, u and m, symbolising the three Vedas or the three stages in life (birth, life and death) or the three states of consciousness (waking, dream and deep sleep) or the three – Bramha, Vishnu and Shiva. The sanctity of MathA, PithA, GurU and DeivaM is also that, if you assemble the last letters from them, you have AAUM.
Who is God? The one without a second is God.
You can have many motherly relationships in life, but there is only one Matha – the one who nurtured you in her womb. That’s not replaceable. Matha is, one without a second. You can have many godfathers in your life, but there is only one Pitha – the source of the sperm, from whom it all began. That’s not replaceable. Pitha is, one without a second.
There can be multiple teachers, but only one Guru. Guru is the beacon to a spiritually aligned life. Guru is the one who liberates you. It is a relationship of deep love, reverence, surrender, and faith. Through him one experiences the first glimpse of divinity.
A Guru is one with inexplicable gravitation. There is a constant pull. There is an irresistible invitation. There is something truly magnetic about a Guru. Guru is a presence, a presence that transforms the very chemistry of your being. The closer you feel with your Guru, the closer you feel with yourself and your God. The more attracted you feel towards the Guru, the more independent you become.
The more you become surrendered to the Guru, the more you feel your freedom. What you share with a Guru is not a relationship; it is connectivity. It is much beyond the physical realm. It is truly spiritual. The Upanishads elicit five signs of a satGuru (true Guru). It states, in the presence of the satGuru,
- Knowledge flourishes
- Sorrow diminishes
- Joy wells up without any reason
- Abundance dawns, and,
- All talents manifest.
If you have found such a presence in your life, then there could be no greater blessing than this. That one who enabled you to experience the first glimpse of divinity is not replaceable. Guru is, one without a second.
Whether you follow the faith of ‘See all in that one god’ or the faith of ‘See that one god in all’, all faiths agree that there is only one god. ‘All in one’ or ‘One in all’, god is the one without a second.
So, Matha, Pitha, Guru and Deivam are all ‘One without a Second’ – the four creators of your life.
Matha, Pitha, Guru and Deivam are all ‘One without a Second’ – the four creators of your life.
Though three of the four are embodied, they still enjoy the divine status, not for who they are, but for what they represent. That chair (position) of the ‘one without a second’ represents divinity.
In fact, if you cannot experience divinity in the three forms – Matha, Pitha, and Guru, you will not be able to experience divinity in that formless presence – the Deivam.
Begin and end your day with salutations to Matha, Pitha, Guru and Deivam. Simply express your gratitude to the four creators, and it is sathyam that you will see a sea change in your life.