Shivohamm, Ma! Guide us to exact meaning of sacrifice as it we are not considering anything personal then how we can define it.. Is god has given us some predefined personal tasks and what they are? – LNS
I understand your question is on these two verses of Gita, chapter 3 –
After creating mankind, along with sacrifice, the creator said at the beginning of creation, “By this sacrifice you shall attain all things; let such sacrifice be your wish fulfilling cow of plenty. 3:11”
Your sacrifice will satisfy gods. The gods in turn will satisfy your needs. This mutual arrangement will get you the greatest goods. 3:11
Let me first explain what these verse means in terms of worldly sacrifice and worldly wish fulfillment. Yes! There is one God (Shiva-Shakti Tattva or Brahm) but then, within the Cosmic body of Brahm there are innumerable Gods (demigods). These demigods are assignee for different tasks within the frame-work of Maya. We can treat them as different power/action centers/aspects of the same Brahm however when Brahma (one of the Superior most trinity of Gods) created the world he also granted the freedom of choice to humans. Man is free to stay bewildered and worship/focus/communicate/invoke an action aspect/demigod or else he (with greater understanding of the Truth) denounce every aspect of it and only desire to get connected to ultimate source of this all – The Paramatma.
So what Brahma, the creator (once again you should note that creation is only one aspect of universe and thus Brahma is not ‘supreme’ – rather expression of Brahm – The ultimate source) is saying “By the sacrifice you shall attain all ‘things’.. There can not be any ‘things’ in the realm of ‘param’. There can not be millions of wishes (wishing entities too). So this refers to the realm of Maya where there is a doer, a desiring entity, the doer and also things which one can use in sacrifices. Hence in reality this verse is just telling us that if we wish to fulfill our needs there are methods of ‘sacrifices’ to please/connect to/invoke particular aspects/kriya-shakti to help us in manifestation/control etc. And that is where all karmakaanda and physical sacrifices, yajnas, siddhis, specific anushthaans to please different deities come in to picture. We don’t rule out that aspect of it because the real of Maya is the realm of ‘Cause and Effect’ so whatever we do has a result associated to with it. Physically putting specific things (pleasant to the deity) in fire with intention and proper invocation is an ‘action’ and as per laid principles of maya ‘result and siddhis’ shall also follow. But Gurumandala doesn’t encourage sadhakas and sadhikas to get involved in all this (leave those things to us for your good.. whenever unavoidable and appropriate we shall grant you methods and permission both to indulge in those kinds of sacrifices) and therefore we must see a higher meaning in the word ‘sacrifice’.
Every soul that enters the earthly plane is bound to the material existence by actions. Great souls who have seen the Truth and renounced the world in its totality say that every action good or bad leads to bondage. Does that mean no action should be performed? It is impossible to live in this world without doing any action. So Lord Krishna says when an action is performed as sacrifice for Lord without any desire it frees one self from the bondage.
Every moment of our lives should be a sacrifice towards higher attainment. Sacrifice is like summoning the higher self within us. It is done by surrendering the lower self to Supreme self within us. But what is this sacrifice and how do we differentiate between lower self and Supreme self.
The Supreme self is not distant from us, it is not something spatially located. The Supreme self is within us, pervasive of us – we are just that… Shivoham! Shivoham! Being Tattva Shakti Vigyaan practitioner yourself, you can understand very well, that we are the cosmos and cosmos is within us; Inseparable from the Panchtattvas prithvi, jal, agni, vayu and akasha and the Five Tanmatras, gandha, ras, rupa, sparsh and shabd. Although we know this as a fact, but still have a feeling of separateness. This feeling of separateness gives sense of ‘doing’. We see our ‘self’ as a separate entity, disconnected from everything else and hence ‘things’ exist for us. As we attach with our body or anything that we consider as our own, the separateness also increases because when body becomes ours everything else becomes other’s. It is difficult to be free from such attachment as we perceive the world by the senses. The sacrifices are attempt to overcome the attachments and increases the dimensions of self. Sacrifice is inner transformation of our consciousness by seamlessly connecting with Panchtattvas, Tanmatras, mind, intellect and ego. The sacrifice is ‘dissolution’ of separateness.
To begin with the first kind of sacrifice would be Self Control. Whatever we understand of our self is just the play of senses. When there is unrestrained movement of senses, there is an uncontrolled mind and thereafter a subdued intellect, which creates an urge to connect to the outer world externally; the outer world which does not exist there but is internal. Our thinking process is also given by our senses. So self control is in a way sense control, and it leads to mind control and reason control. It is only in our effort to exercise ‘self control’ we truly dissolve (sacrifice) our ‘self’ (false ego created due to interplay of sense inputs and interplay of mind and intellect) and come face to face with ‘Real Self’.
Sense control is not related to the physicality rather it is control of our attention (consciousness). Thoughts give rise to emotions and emotions arise due to stirring of energies due to movement of consciousness. The movement of consciousness has to be inwards away from the clutches of senses. Self control is that inner sacrifice which not only strengthens our inward connections but also enable us to experience and manifest things in the inner space (reality), and not as perceived by our senses in the outer world. The deeper we go more we know and experience the reality.. the replica of outer cosmos. Because knowledge of self is knowledge of universe and knowledge of universe is the knowledge of self. And all things which you yearn for ‘Sat-chit-Anand’ is available on the path. This is the true methodology of true sacrifice. And yes.. God has not given us predefined tasks.. He has given us predefined core desires -the great THREEs.