Traits Of A Self-Knowing Man


In the epic Shri Yoga Vashishtha Maharamayana, Shri Rama asks Shri Vashishta, "Oh Lord! Please oblige me by explaining how the Self-Knowing people behave and what they become." Shri Vashishta says:

*The Self-Knowing people are both kind and indifferent towards all.
*They appear to be making efforts like a materialistic person, but in reality they are in a state of supreme mediatation.
*They take the world to be an illusion and know the Lord to be omni-present.

"Rama! they are friendly to all, even to a rock. They do not see any difference between friends of human world and the trees of the forests. They live with their wives and children as does the wild deer i.e., as the life of the wild deer is not centered around its children, similarly they do not selfishly dedicate their lives to their children. They are both kind and indifferent towards all. They are the symbol of ultimate bliss and satisfaction. They neither love anybody nor hate anything. They appear to be living in this world but actually they are always in a state of perfect bliss. They appear to be doing their daily routines but they do it in such a way that they are worshipped for their activities. They keep balance of mind at times of happiness and sadness. They do the natural activities as recommended in the holy books, but are never dithered from their original self. Instances of happiness and sadness is visible in the life of such people, but they are not ever moved from the state of true self. They appear to be making efforts like a materialistic person, but in reality they are in a state of supreme mediatation. No one gets irritated with them, also they do not feel anger for anyone. They are kind to all and they carry the happiness and sadness of day to day life willingly. They behave like an ignorant person but they take the world to be an illusion and know the Lord to be omni-present.

The Self-Knowing persons know of the inaction inherent in an action. They work diligently and still live like dead persons with no attachment to the fruits of the action. Day to day behaviour is evident in such persons, but the complete world comes to a rest in their pledge. They are always seated in the highest position and they are the source of kindness.They are the hearts and minds of all. Whoever is able to understand the silence of such persons feels internal happiness. The company of such persons generates a pleasent soothing effect. They experience the supreme bliss after realising the self, and they are never far away from this bliss because they know that all the materialistic pleasures have no value as compared to this bliss.

Oh Rama! Some of such persons sit in solitude, some stay in auspicious places, some live as house-holders, some sit in supreme meditation, some do not wear clothes, some become kings, some become learned and give discourses, some stay in supreme silence, some meditate in forests and caves, some renounce the world, some roam like ignorant persons, some appear to be behaving in mean ways, some fly in the sky and can do surprising magics, but all of them are always stationed in the form of the Real Self. The happiness and sadness of the world cannot affect the free persons because they have acquired the pure indiscriminate strength."
*The Self-Knowing persons know of the inaction inherent in an action.
*The company of such persons generates a pleasent soothing effect.
*No matter what they do, but all of them are always stationed in the form of the Real Self.

There after with the blessings and discourse of Shri Vashishtha, Shri Rama realized the true self and then he said:

"Oh Lord!" Now by your grace my mind is not disturbed. The world which is extending from Brahma, Vishnu & Rudra to a small twig appears to me like a limitless sky. In all ways and always I'm stationed in my real self and have realized my indiscriminate and indestructable form. There is no material disturbance in my mind. Due to the sensitivity of the mind, my real self appears to be present in this world of forms, but I don't feel distracted from this true self. I'm the unthinkable limitless form. I cannot see anything other than me."
-Shri Yoga Vashishtha Ramayana

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