WHO IS A SAINT
God manifests Himself in the form of Saints. Those people (souls) who surrender to them, also become Divine through their Grace. There are two types of Saints:
- One, the Eternal associates, called nitya siddha, and
- The other, General associates, called sadhan siddha.
Eternal associates are those who are Saints since eternity. They were never afflicted souls. They are personal representatives of God Himself and are always one with Him. The personal aides of Radha, the playmates of Krishn and His mother as well as others who came from Golok to join the leelas (plays) and the activities of Krishn during His appearance period were all eternal associates.
Apart from the descension period, God Krishn sends His eternal associates from time to time to propagate the teachings of Divine love and to establish the true form of devotion on this earth planet.
The people of the world who faithfully associate with them and follow their teachings enter the path of God realization. Some of them, who remain fully faithful, enter into bhao bhakti, and after passing through the stage of bhao, they step into the Divine realm through the Grace of their Guru. Now the disciple has become a Saint and stands on equal footing with his Guru as far as the enjoyment of Divine love is concerned, but, constitutionally he stays as a disciple as long as he lives in this world. After leaving this world he joins the particular class (or group) of the eternal associates in the Divine abode to which his Guru or Master belongs. Such a Saint is called a general associate. He has attained the perfection in a regular way. First he was an ordinary soul attached to worldly enjoyments through countless lives. Then he surrendered to a true Saint and did his devotion- as a faithful devotee. Afterwards he became a Saint with the Grace of his Guru and attained the Divine association of God.
The Jagadgurus and many other Saints, such as Hit Hariv tridas, Roop, Sanatan etc. are known as eternal associates and those who achieved Sainthood through them are known as general associate. Further, there are three kinds of Saints
- Bhakt and
Those who attain the abstract absolute form of God as Divine knowledge are called Gyanis. Thosewho realize the Blissful form of God (other than Krishn) are calle Bhakt;and the Saints who attain the Divine love form of God as Krishn or Radha Krishn are called Rasik.
The word bhakt or Vaishnav is the common title of a worshipper or a Saint who adores any of the three forms of God: Vishnu, Ram and Krishn. So these two titles are also used for Krishn worshippers and the associates of Krishn, but Rasik is proper title for the Saints who attain Krishn love.
Among the rasik Saints, in accordance with their relationship with Krishn, there are four classes of Saints whose relationships are recognized as: dasya bhao, sakhya Bhao, vatsalya bhao and madhurya bhao. Thus, the gyani, the bhakt, and the rasik Saints hold their respective superiority.
The bhakt and the rasik Saints are of both types, eternal associate and general associate. A gyani Saint, as a rule, can neither be an eternal associate nor a general associate because he experiences only the non-dualistic state of Divine, while the association of the personal form of God is made possible through a special power of God on the Divine mono-dualistic plane. There are some eternal bhakt Saints, who, with the Divine will, act as Gyanis and establish the discipline of gyan in the world from time to time (like Janak and Shukdeo) and they hold both titles of Gyani and Bhakt.
In this ageit is very rare for a yogi to attain the stage of Divine gyan; in the age of piety, satyug, the attainment of gyan is comparatively easy. Anyhow, the Gyani, who has attained Divine knowledge (gyan) through the process of gyan yog, remains in the world as a Gyani, and after death his soul merges into the absolute Divinity.
As long as a gyani remains in the world, in some way he remains under the influence of maya. It so happens that after the attainment of Divine gyan, his accumulated sins (sanchit karm) of past lives are burnt up and his mind remains absorbed in the non-dual existence of the Divine. His present actions are not counted as actions. He becomes free from the bondage of present and past actions but his fate (bhagya) is not yet consummated. The science of actions and fate are described in the hub e heading, "Science of fate and sanskars"
- GOOD AND BAD ACTIONS
It should be clearly understood that it is not the actual action, but the motive behind it that matters.
- Science of fate and sanskars
Some people believe that God has listened to their prayers and has given them worldly benefits on some occasions, but such a belief is wrong.
- SCIENCE OF MEDITATION
People often are unaware of all the sciences about doing meditation. Which when done does not give desired results. This is very deeply made understood here in this article.
- HAPPINESS THE ULTIMATE GOAL
All of us aim to have some achievement in this world. But we never think why different things are aimed when we all need only happiness
- Bhavavesh (An expanded stage of DIVINE LOVE)
Bhavaveshis an expanded stage of Divine love when the lave of the Gopi's (associate) heart evolves into many interlaced ecstatic states.
Suppose a person is destined to live eighty years in the world and he receives Divine gyan at the age of sixty. As soon as he receives gyan, his past actions are cancelled, and from then on the effect of his present actions is also eliminated. But twenty years of his life are still left to him. Thus, the happenings which were destined to take place within those twenty years will occur and the Gyani is bound to live for twenty years in.the world and undergo the consequences of his fate despite his peaceful mind. The Gyani remains under the influence of leshavidya, a partial form of maya. His mind does not become Divine, but remains in its pure form, so it fully absorbs itself in the Divine reflection of the omnipresent absolute Divine power existing in his heart, like the crystal ball that adopts the color of the gem placed close to it.
At the time of death his soul merges in the omnipresent Divinity and thus he loses his identity forever.
This is not the case with a bhakt or rasik Saint. When a devotee receives the vision of Krishn, his mind and his senses are made Divine by His Grace instantly, because Divine experience is possible only through the Divine mind and the Divine senses. So along with his present and past actions, his fate (prarabdh) too is destroyed and in this way he becomes absolutely free from all bondage. Now if he so desires, he may stay in the world for the good of other souls (according to the Divine plan), or if he likes, he may leave this world and enter into the Divine abode.
The verse, of the Brihad Bhagwatamrit (3/169), reveals the truth that, at the time of realization, the remaining fate (prarabdh) of a selfless devotee is burnt up by the Grace of Krishn. There are instances of such devoties in Braj who entered into the Divine abode soon after receiving the vision ofKrishn.
Apart from the descended Divine personalities, there are many amazing examples of other Saints like Meera, etc., who entered the Divine abode with their physical bodies because their body, and senses were all Divine.
. These classes are not such as a human mind imagines. In the material world, all classes, stages and attainments are limited. So all these classes are forms ofdissatisfaction and imperfection. But the Divine realm by its nature is perfect. So every Divine class is perfect and every Divine realization is an experience ofultimate satisfaction.
The Saints, in themselves, do not experience the inferiority superiority of their attained stage, but from the point of view ofthe Divine love experience ofutmost sweetness, their attainments are thus classified. Furthermore, the knowledge ofthese classifications is useful and important for a devotee who is desiring to experience the highest stage of Divine love.
There are millions of people in the world who intend to follow the right path of devotion. There are millions of people in the world who are desiring to surrender to a true Master, but the devotional forum of the present age has become such a juggler's show that people are confused, and with the lack of proper knowledge about devotion, Divinity and the Spiritual Master, if some faithful people adopt certain paths of devotion or meditation their progress towards Divinity remains unsure. Thus, here is the full philosophical description about the status of a Saint to aid in his recognition and to facilitate the aspirants of the Divine path in finding a real Spiritual Master to whom they can surrender, because Divine experience is almost impossible without the help of a true Master.