Query: How to know if one is not a self-proclaimed enlightened
person? Whom to trust? How do we differentiate Religion with
Your question is absolutely
valid ... I was giving a discourse in Pune, the cultural center of my country India. After the end of the discourse
the same question was put up by an aspirant of Spirituality ... in the meanwhile one of the seekers asked me for my
visiting card ... I kept quiet for some time ... I told the initial seeker of truth to give the reply on my behalf
... he kept mum!
I have my visiting cards so that people can approach me to clarify their
doubts ... is it wrong on my part to get the visiting cards printed? When I had no visiting cards ... I faced
such a big problem and comments from various people that, probably I consider myself too much of an egoist
not wanting to print my visiting cards. How and where was I to be contacted in need!
I always come across people about one in hundred who have the same
curiosity! Is it worthwhile to enquire as to why I was maintaining my identity when I had surrendered my ego
on the altar of God? The question is absolutely right but again think of the masses ... they need a contact
address in the times of necessity.
When a child goes to class one he is told that Ms Mary would be the class
teacher ... how come this child comes to rely upon whatever is stated by the teacher ... someone must have
told him ... his inner instincts would have guided him on the right path ... rather his parents would have
told him of the same ... or the class teacher herself would have introduced that she is the class teacher.
Now, a mere saying by the class teacher that she would function as the class teacher should not be sufficient
evidence for the student to start believing in her.
But, the student is so confident that she is not willing to hear anything
against her ... she is even willing to disobey her parents in this regard. How come the child comes to
believe the class teacher so much? What is it that has inculcated in the child a belief that Ms Mary is the
class teacher and that is final?
In the field of Spirituality one needs to develop faith in the system of
God to believe things and matters much beyond the limitations of senses. Either we are a theist or an
atheist! There is nothing in between the two. It is only the belief in the system of God that we believe in
the sacred doctrines ... none has ever seen God yet we all believe in him. Even all atheists even though they
do not believe in the existence of God have faith in the existence of a superpower, which runs the Cosmos.
You need to drink water ... call it whatever you may ... Hindus call it Jal ... the followers of Islamic
Dharma as Pani ... we all are drinking the same thing but the names are different.
Whether we call the Creator as God or a source of supernatural energy ... it is one and the same thing. It is only
a belief that after the death of a body one goes to either Heaven or hell ... none has ever been to or seen hell or
Heaven ... yet we all seem to believe in the theory. It is only a matter of faith that we believe in a system or
not. In the field of Spirituality the faith develops from within ... the sweet small inner voice ... the voice of
our soul the atman within ... always tells us the truth. It is this small inner voice, which tells the child that
Ms Mary is to be trusted as the class teacher.
Does it mean that the student when she grows up must continue to believe
that Ms Mary to be the class teacher. This student may one day become the president of the country ... yet,
the regards for the class teacher (the ex-class teacher) always remain the same. For the student knows when
she was a small child ... it was only Ms Mary who provided her that vital support which every child needs
when starting schooling.
Every belief stems from the fact that something unknown ... something we
all cannot see ... the hidden power of God ... the power of our soul the atman within is guiding us all the
time. As time passes by our beliefs become stronger based on our experiences in daily life. Every article on
my Website speaks of itself ... though all Articles are a direct dictation of God to me ... it has happened
many times that the editor of various magazines and newspapers were not able to edit even a single word from
the whole Essay.
Nothing in them speaks of untruth ... these Essays convey their own
meaning ... one has to interpret them and be able to understand the underlying truth. No one in the world
shall come and tell you with authority that so and so are always right and never wrong. Unless we Realize God
it is an inborn trait of character that a human being continues to make mistakes. Committing a mistake is not
bad ... we inherently do it ... repeating a mistake is bad! We must avoid it at all costs.
While going through my various Essays and the Glossary contained on the
Website ... you have to come to a conclusion of your own ... none will be able to guide you with an authority
as the sweet small inner voice of our atman the soul within ... it tells us right from the wrong. It supports
and develops our power of discrimination.
Proceed on the path of spirituality as a student of class one ... believe
in the facts only when you are convinced ... there shall come a stage when you shall get promoted to class
two ... and so on. It is only our experience in life, which makes us believe more and more on a particular
fundamental. Train yourself to hear the sweet small inner voice, which you must have experienced from time to
Nothing in the field of Religion and Spirituality is controversial ...
whatever was stated by Jesus Christ was not wrong... only the people of his era did not want to believe in
him. It was all a creation of the people with vested interests of their own. Galileo was crucified because he
stated that sun was the center of the solar system and earth rotated around the sun. Was that a wrong
statement ... only he was ahead of his times? Good people have to sometimes pay for the deeds committed by
There are many broad-minded people who believe in every faith and
Religion ... for them each and every Religion or faith is only a different path to achieve the same goal.
Controversy is but a creation of people who play dirty politics all the time. Rules are created for the
logistic flow of the system ... but some people come to interpret them according to their own interests. If
you need to believe in someone ... you need to proceed logistically in the arguments and counter arguments
within the frame of your mind ... and if you are truthful to yourself ... you shall never ever commit a
I would like you to go through most of the Essays and the words in the
Glossary on my Website to clear your doubts ... slowly you shall find your way towards the absolute
May God be with you all the time?
Always there to clarify your queries (send your query),
Vijay Kumar "Atma Jnani" ... The Man who Realized God in 1993!
Full text of query: how are we to know if you're only a
self-proclaimed enlightened person? in this time when everyone claims to know the ultimate reality, who can
we trust? many people speak with a sense of authority on the issue of Religion and the majority of people
cannot refute the statements because Religion/Spirituality is such a controversial, complicated and highly
misunderstood field. i hope you don't feel it's a waste of time trying to convince just another individual in
this world. perhaps at this time, i'm not ready to grasp truth as it is but at least tell me what i need to
know to speed up my journey for now.
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