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People are engaged in various forms of cultivation but the most important of these is the cultivation of spiritual experiences. All cultivation is based on spiritual cultivation. It is the King of Cultures. The King makes laws but he is above and beyond them. So too, all rules and laws, all distinctions of right and wrong, of sin and virtue, of joy and sorrow, affect only the Jivi, which attaches importance to the inexperienced Manas and Buddhi and not to the Atma. So, cultivation of the Atmic experience is essential for all, the Atmic experience which is pure, convincing and self-transcending. It is also easy, for the Atma is as the mother to all and hearkening to the Atma is like the son hearkening to the mother. Every one is competent to have that experience; in fact, it is everyone's right to have it. This is why the Atma Sadhana is being treated by me as so important. The Atma is also known as Brahma; so the learning of the Atma Vidya or Brahma Vidya is to be considered as the objective by every student.

Such students have to earn some primary qualifications. Then only do they deserve the status of studentship. They are Viveka, Vairagya and the Six-fold Wealth; that is to say, Discrimination, Renunciation and the six qualities that constitute a good character. Aspirants who have these three can hope to attain the Atma, with confidence and without much difficulty.

Paramatma has six chief characteristics; completest Jnana, completest Vairagya, fullest Beauty, the fullest Splendour power, undiminished Fame, and inexhaustible Fortune. His Nature is Sat (Full existence), Chit (Full knowledge) and Ananda (Full bliss). These are also related to Man through the Atma in him. So all humanity has a right to realise and enjoy these characteristics and this nature. It is the ordained duty. The travail of the world today is due to Man not performing this ordained duty.

The common man is acting in daily life quite contrary to the dictates of the Dharma of the Grihastha, or householder. He does not follow the path laid down by the Sastras and by the Manusmrithi. He does not have an iota of truthfulness in him. Truth is the most holy virtue. So, leading a primitive type of life, he loses courage at the slightest upset and gives up the adventure of life. He develops a kind of pseudo-renunciation. If only he entered upon the house-holder's life with the attitude of performing one's duty, then he need not run away from it and seek caves and forests. Each one can realise the Lord through each one's assignment of duty, in each one's Dharmic life.

The contemplation of the Lord must proceed in union with the Dharmic life. This type of life has no need for status, scholarship or vanity. The latter only lead men astray. It is only through this life that the mind and the intellect can be controlled, the Atma Vidya cultivated, the Will sublimated. Next