27. Will one have to Abandon the Worship of God Vishnu and God Shankar to Attain Complete Salvation
Question: - Will one have to abandon the worship of God Vishnu and God Shankar to attain complete salvation?
Answer: - One does not have to leave these gods; they will have to leave their worship.
Question: - I did not understand. I do not have to abandon these gods Vishnu and Shankar and I will have to abandon their worship? I have a low intellect. I am highly ignorant person. Please explain in detail and oblige.
Answer: You are worshipping them arbitrarily by abandoning the scripture-based way of worship. Due to which you are not getting any benefit. The mantras of worship to obtain benefits from these gods are with me. Like, if there is a bull; you may keep calling him – ‘Bull-Bull’; he won’t look at you. There is a special mantra of him – ‘Hurr-Hurr’. Listening to it, he immediately becomes attracted and goes towards the person calling him.
Similarly, all these respectable gods have their personal mantras by which they give immediate and complete benefit. Dear readers! The same mantras are with me (Saint Rampal Das) which Supreme God has granted me through my Guru ji. Come and obtain them.
Like, I had told you (in the decription of the answer to Question no. 36) that consider this world to be a tree. Consider Param Akshar Purush to be its root, Akshar Purush to be its trunk, Kshar Purush to be a big branch and consider the three gods (Rajgun Brahma, Satgun Vishnu and Tamgun Shiv) to be the branches of this world-like tree and the leaves to be the world.
If you have brought a mango plant from somewhere, you will have to dig a pit and plant its roots into the soil and irrigate the roots. Then it will grow into a mango tree and bear fruits on its branches. Therefore, the branches of the tree cannot be broken, but they cannot be irrigated by planting them in the soil instead of the roots. Similarly, the scripture-based worship is done by establishing the root of the world-like tree, that is, Param Akshar Brahm as the deity and worshipping Him. This scripture-based worship leads to utmost benefit.
The fruits of the religious acts done in this way are given by these three gods (branches of the world-like tree) only according to one’s deeds. Therefore, their worship has to be abandoned, but they cannot be abandoned. This same evidence is also in Shrimad Bhagavad Gita Chapter 3 Verse 8 to 15. It is stated that –
Oh Arjun! You may perform scripture-based action, that is, perform the act of (bhakti) worship that has been ordained in the scriptures. If you will abandon home and go to jungle, that is, if you will become a ‘Karm Sanyasi’ or if you will start worshipping by obstinately sitting in one place, then you will not be able to subsist yourself. Therefore, performing the act of worship while doing ones actions is superior to not doing any actions. (Gita Chapter 3 Verse 8)
Those worshippers, who relinquishing the way of worship mentioned in the scriptures, act arbitrarily, that is, the people who are engaged in acts other than the scripture-based acts of bhakti (worship), getting bound in the bondage of actions, always remain in the cycle of birth and death. Therefore, oh son of Kunti, Arjun! Getting detached from the scripture-opposed acts of bhakti that you are doing, perform scripture-based acts of bhakti (worship). (Gita Chapter 3 Verse 9)
After creating the world, the Prajapati (Master of the lineage), first of all creating the human beings, simultaneously giving the information about the yagyas, that is, religious rituals, had said to them that you may prosper from doing the scripture-based actions in the way described. In this way, the bhakti (worship) done according to the scriptures shall give you the desired pleasures. (Gita Chapter 3 Verse 10)
In this way, from scripture-based worship, that is, by irrigating the root of the world-like tree, that is, by worshipping the Param Akshar Brahm (root), prosper the gods, that is, the three gunas-like branches (Rajgun Brahma, Satgun Vishnu and Tamgun Shiv) of the world-like tree. Those gods (the three branches of the world-like tree, the three gods) may prosper you by giving fruits according to your deeds. In this way, by prospering each other, you will attain utmost wellbeing, that is, complete salvation. (Gita Chapter 3 Verse 11)
The gods prospered by the yagyas, that is, by the scripture-based acts of bhakti, meaning the branches (three gods) flourished by the acts of bhakti performed by establishing the root of the world-like tree, that is, the Original Master (Param Akshar Brahm) as the deity, will definitely keep giving you the desired pleasures according to your deeds without you even asking for them.
Like, by irrigating the root of the mango plant, it grows into a tree and the branches flourish. Then those branches will automatically bear fruits. The fruits will automatically fall on the ground on ripening. The wealth which a person acquires based on one’s deeds is obtained by the abovementioned process. If a person does not do charity from the wealth given by those gods (branches), that is, if one does not again perform scripture-based religious acts, and only fills his/her stomach and only himself/herself uses it, he/she is a thief of God. (Gita Capter 3 Verse 12)
In the scripture-based way of worship, first of all, food is offered to God. A Bhandara (common meal) has to be served. First, the Param Akshar Brahm is worshipped as the deity, then food is offered to Him, and then the remaining food is distributed among the devotees. Virtuous souls present in the (satsang) spiritual congregation eat that remaining food because virtuous souls only take time out for God to participate in religious rituals. Therefore, it is said that the saints who eat the remaining food from that yagya become free from all sins. The sinful people, who do not go in the satsang (spiritual congregation) of Tatvdarshi saint, do not gain knowledge. Those sinful souls only cook food to nourish their body. They only eat sin because before having food, we all devotees and saints offer food to Param Akshar Brahm. As a result of which, the entire food becomes blessed food. Those who do not do this, they are thieves of God. The food that is not offered to God is sinful food. Therefore, it is said that those who do not perform religious actions according to the scriptures, they incur sin. (Gita Chapter 3 Verse 13)
All the living beings arise from food grain. Food grain arises from rain. Rain arises from Yagya, that is, from scripture-based religious rituals. Yagya, that is, religious rituals arise from scripture-based actions. (Gita Chapter 3 Verse 14)
Actions have arisen from Brahm, that is, Kshar Purush, because when all the living beings used to live in the eternal supreme abode, all the comforts and items there were available without doing any action. All the living beings of this place came with Kshar Purush due to their blunder. Now everybody only receives the fruit of their actions. Sustenance is only possible by performing actions. Therefore, it is said that consider actions to be arising from Brahm (Kshar Purush), and consider Brahm to have arisen from the Immortal God. For more information, read “Creation of Nature”
(Note: In this Verse, the meaning of word “Akshar” as Immortal God is correct. But where there is description of Kshar Purush, Akshar Purush and Param Akshar Purush, there both Akshar Purush and Kshar Purush have been said to be mortal. There, that meaning of Akshar is correct. This description is given in Gita Chapter 15 Verse 16-17. Here, the meaning of ‘Akshar’ is Immortal God because it is clear from the creation of nature that Satya Purush [Immortal God] had given rise to Brahm.) This proves that Sarvgatam Brahm, that is, the God whose control is over all the Brahmands (universes), who is the Master of all, that God is always situated in the yagyas, that is, in religious rituals. The purport is that by establishing the Param Akshar Brahm as the revered deity, and then doing (yagya) religious rituals, that is, by doing scripture-based actions, a worshipper gets the benefit of bhakti, which leads to salvation.
Please see the picture of the world-like tree. In this the branches of the tree have been shown to be planted in the ground. One who worships any of the three gods (Rajgun Brahma, Satgun Vishnu, Tamgun Shiv), abandoning the injunctions of scriptures, is behaving arbitrarily which has been described as inappropriate and useless in Gita Chapter 16 Verses 23-24. He/she did not worship Sarvgatam Brahm, that is, Param Akshar Brahm, as a deity, due to which that worshipper’s religious practice is useless. By irrigating the branches, a plant gets destroyed. The worship of other gods is forbidden in Gita Chapter 7 Verses 12 to 15, 20 to 23 and Gita Chapter 9 Verses 23-24. (Please read answer of Question 17).
See the picture of the upright planted plant which is scripture-based way of worship. This only leads to salvation. This very evidence is given in Holy Book Gita.
Therefore, You do not have to leave Shri Brahma, Shri Vishnu and Shri Shiv. You have to stop doing their worship as a deity. Only then complete salvation of a devotee is possible.