There appears nothing "vague" in the content..Nothing at all. However, I do believe it is intended for the very serious seeker only, and therefore the "timing" for the Dasbodh "read" may follow an order of assimilation..I will try to explain..Contradictions and confusions are (unintentionally) often prevalent in the teachings of the very valuable Master's writings.
This may be due to the limited value of "words" the Master's must use to communicate the full "message". Those confusions, however, are somehow seamlessly tied together in this descriptive Classic, and translation is perfected to make the seekers "understanding" that much greater. This great work may not be what you always "want to hear" but this Classic Masterpiece is fearlessly awesome!It may be helpful to begin with the work of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj "I Am That", and slowly follow through the natural course with the written work of Nisargadatta's Master, (Sri Sadguru Siddharameshwar Maharaj - along with the writings of Sri Ranjit Maharaj).
This path may very well end your search, as no stone is left unturned when read in combination with Dasbodh.In summation, Dasbodh is contemplative and often joyful - while frequently breathtaking with Realization. Highly recommended for the serious seeker as it is simply not a "quick" or a "lazy man's" read.
So, if you're both serious and ready, Enlightening and Beautiful is the Truth!
- ||श्रीरामप्रसन्न ॥.
- Note :- Some of the chapters in this Dashaka necessitate a preamble which helps in understanding the deeper thoughts.
- Thus the reader may find the summary some what too long.
- I have coloured these clarification indark blue colourand the actual summary text in .
- As per ourancient traditions, it is customary first to pray Lord Ganesha ,seeking His grace .
- for thedispersal of all the difficulties/ problems.
- HoweverSamartha Ramadas has deviated from this tradition and has written thefirst chapter of this Dashaka ( as well as the book too ) andpreface to the book itself.
- after thisintroduction he has prayed to Lord Ganesha, etc in the subsequentnine chapters.
- The concept ofPrayers has it's uniqueness in the assumption that the Prayer isdefinitely heard by the entity to whom the prayer is offered.
- It isalso assumed that one is always bestowed with whatever is prayedfor.
- This is not so in case of a “ Request” which may getaccepted or rejected.
- (My ownunderstanding is “ If the prayer is offered to God on any deitythen the prayer will be answered if it is suitable for the welfareof the one who is praying.”) .
- Reason forthe name of the Dashaka as “ Prayers “ :-.
- Total ninechapters offering prayers; and this is the reason for the name ofDashaka as “ PRAYERS”.
- Prayer is some times done topraise the entity.
- Chapterwise Summary chapters ( Samasas) is presented here.
- 1)SUMMARY OF CHAPTER 1 :- “ Beginning ofthe book “.
- Samarth Ramadas has written the whole book in the form of “ dialogue between the teacher and the listener( disciple) “.
- He has assumed the roles of a listener as well as the teacher and thus Samarth Ramdas has addressed a number of subjects and concepts, so as to remove various doubts, misunderstandings and questions rising in the mind .
- Further he has assured the reader that God is realized by following the path of devotion; in this very birth itself.
Note:-(The reader may note here that the concept of worship has many facets starting from Individual's worship of God to putting all the efforts for the welfare of the society. thought further extends to Welfare of a Nation and then the whole planet in Dasbodh.
The book addresses the below listed aspects in details. 1) What are Nine type of worships, 2 ) What is Pure knowledge, 3) What is Dispassion , 4) Main aspects of performing worship/practices, 5) Various forms of poetry, .6) Various kinds of shrewd discernment, 7) How Illusion comes in existence in life, .8) What are the details of Five elements( which form this world) ,9) Who is the real doer of all things.10) Essence of Devotion, 12) what is nature of pure knowledge,13) Meaning of remaining absorbed in the Self during living.
14) What is nature of the Pure Teaching,15) Meaning of complete freedom , 16) Attaining complete Complete freedom in this very birth ,17) Nature of the reality with us, 18) Meaning of living beyond body consciousness, 19) Meaning of remaining Non-entangled in anything, 20) Who is The Supreme God ,21) Who is a Real Devotee,22) Meaning of Soul and Shiva-the universal spirit,23) Nature of Absolute Brahman and What different doctrines say ,24) Who am I ( what is my real nature)?
These are the major subjects addressed and the list is not exhaustive. However he lays more emphasis on “ Understanding gained thorough one's own individual's personal experience”. He further states that the benefit one will be get after listening / studying the Dasbodh are as given below. 1) Person gets transformed from the state of Ignorance and bondage to the state of Knowledge. 2) One discovers the path to be followed for the God realization. 4) One understands how to attain the state of Knowledge, while performing all the worldly duties. 5) There is immediate transformation in the behavior of the person , which will stop movements to lower levels.
HE HAS CAUTIONED THAT “ These benefits will be dependent on the individuals outlooks and attitude alone. Therefore if one who wants success in worldly affairs will get the same ; while one who wants to success-ed in getting Liberation will get the same. Samarth Ramdas has given a list of the books he has refereed to for writing the treatise. These include 11 types of Geetas, Bhagavatam, Upanishads, Sri. And many other books. He has advised that one should not criticize any book unless one has fully read the same. therefore the reader should read the book slowly till its end . PreambleFOR Summary ofChapters 2, 3, 4 :- “ Goddess Sharada, and The Spiritual Teacher.:- . Beforewe proceed further , it is necessary to understand about what thescriptures say about the Nature of Lord Ganesha, Goddess Sharadaand The divine Teacher mean. I request the readers to kindly excuse me for this rather longpreamble. Scripturessay that before the universe came into being; only the Parabrahmanthe Supreme Reality, is present. Parabrahman is not active,non-dual, and devoid of any attributes.
In this statethere was an inspiration “ Ekoham Bahusyaam “ which can bebroadly translated as “ I am alone – let me multiply”. ThisInspiration is called “ Adhi -Sankalpam” and is represented byAUM ( ॐ).Scriptures have given many other names such as “ Parameshavar,Maha-maayaa, Moola-Mayaa( Primal Energy), Adishakti etc.
Adishakti'sworship is prevalent in all the regions of India. However SHE isdifferently named in different regions. In Bengal by the name Kali,In Northern regions by the name Ambal, by the name Bhavani inMaharashtra, in south India as MeenakShi in Madurai, Bala inKanyaa-kumaarI, Akhilandeswari in Sri Rangam etc.
- One more name isGoddess Saraswathi.
- Welive in the world of duality; where Cause and Effect relationshipsgovern all the activities. Therefore ADIMAAYAA is the entity fromwhom the whole universe has emerged , SHE HERSELF became the causeand the material ( Five Elements )as well; for creating the Universe.
- Thus SHE is our Divine Mother. Withinthe above described Supreme Reality; are present the Power ofKnowledge and the Power of Creation, preservation and destruction.In principle, both are one but for the sake of convenience they aretreated as distinct.
- Thewhole Universe has emerged from this Supreme Reality and has twofacets .
- First is the facet of Knowledge ( We call this facet asLord Ganesha) and the other is the facet of Energy / Power .) Thusthese two are the origin and cause of the whole manifestation theUniverses.
- The aspect of Active power is Goddess Sharada.
- The Divine Spiritual Teacher is the Parameshvara who appears in Human form willingly . Iam sure that this preamble enables us to clarify the reason forpraying Lord Ganesha and why Lord Ganesha is always prayed beforestarting any undertakings.
- SUMMARYOF Chapter 2 : Prayers to and Praising Lord Ganesha.
- At the Beginning of the chapter Samantha has offered prayer by just saying AUM. prayer to the Formless ( Unmanifested) Lord Ganesha; Who is the Universal Consciousness .
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- The manifested form of Ganesha is also represented by AUM , which has four parts A,U,M are sounds while the last is soundless.