Understand yourself; Sanath Kumara to Narada
Bangalore, Brindavan (Summer Course )
Once Narada met Sanath kumara and asked for enlightenment. Sanath kumara asked Narada about the special power which Narada had acquired because of his learning. To this Narada replied that he knows all that is contained in the four Vedas and the six Shastras. Sanath kumara smiled at this reply and said that while it is a matter of great satisfaction that Narada had learnt the Vedas and the Shastras but he would like to ask whether he had learnt anything of the self and whether he had understood himself. Sanat kumara then told Narada that so long as one does not understand one’s self, the knowledge of all the Shastras, all the Vedas, of the Gita and the Upanishads becomes quite useless. Your knowledge will become useful only when you are able to realise the nature of the self. What is important is the Adwaitha darshana. You should be able to realise and understand the non-dual aspect that is pervading the entire universe. Today in the world, without making an effort to understand one’s own self, people are imagining that they are achieving many great things with the help of modern science, and in the process they are putting their feet into many difficult situations. By saying that they are able to travel far into the sky, see the stars, go to the moon and set up camps there, they are only building castles in the air. They may partially succeed in doing such things, but if in the process they do not understand the Self and if they do not have peace of mind for themselves, they are very foolish indeed.