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Module - A
Unit - A04
Lesson - A0412: "Who is the Criminal?" - Drama
By Raja Subramaniyan
We have seen that our real nature is Ever Witnessing Joy. We have also seen that the holy Scriptures say that the real nature of ONE is also Ever Witnessing Joy. In addition, the Scriptures declare that YOU are ONE.
Now the question is if we are Ever Witnessing Joy, why we do we suffer (at least occasionally). The answer that we arrived at is Delusion. Delusion makes us think that we are a limited mortal being in spite of our knowledge that we are immortal infinite happiness.
In order to remove the Delusion (so that we realize our true nature fully ... which is called enlightenment) we need to understand the origin and nature of the Delusion. Since Delusion is part of creation, we need to understand the process of creation.
Before describing the process of creation let us read this story.
Assume that you are talking to your friend who is involved in a crime. All evidences that are collected so far are against your friend. Now you get an opportunity to talk to your friend alone. Your friend describes the situation that had lead to the crime. You do not have any idea whether your friend is telling you the truth or not. Nor do you have the time and resources to verify the statements made by your friend independently.
The meeting place is the jail. Your friend is behind the bars.
Your friend does not have an impressive personality. He is not a close friend of yours, but just an acquaintance. However, for him, you are his best friend and he is very sincere to you. You are not particular about meeting him often but he is keen on being with you as long as possible and prefers to talk to you as frequently as possible.
What will be your attitude while listening to the various incidents preceding the crime that are being described by your friend in the following two situations?
You trust your friend.
Your friend has not committed the crime.
There is a bright chance that you can help your friend to prove his innocence.
What will be your attitude while listening?
You will be very attentive to what is being said.
You will not doubt the statements made by your friend.
You will not ask questions on any irrelevant details.
Suppose your friend makes few contradicting statements, you will then seek explanations so that you get the real picture.
You do not trust your friend.
You think your friend has committed the crime.
You are not bothered to prove his innocence or otherwise.
What will be your attitude while listening?
You will NOT be attentive to what is being said.
You will doubt the statements made by your friend.
You will ask questions on irrelevant details.
You might even ask for proof of some of the statements although you know very well that they can't be proved.
When your friend makes any contradicting statements, you will NOT seek explanations but will CONCLUDE that he is guilty.
Now you have to read again the example described above with the following additional information.
1. You are the one who is being punished for the crime.
2. Your friend is just a co-accused and his involvement in the crime is because of his association with you!
3. Your friend is not in the jail. You are in the jail. (From inside the prison your friend will appear to be behind the bars!)
4. Although in your heart you know that you are innocent, somehow (you have the habit of walking in the sleep) you are thinking that you may have really committed the crime. (One day when you woke up from your sleep-walking session, you find yourself with a warm gun in your hand and the victim on the floor in front of you!)
5. Your friend knows that you are innocent and is telling you much new information, which you did not know.
6. If you are able to understand the situation that had lead to the crime then you will be set free.
With this background you have to read the entire example again NOW.
If you have done that, you will find that even if you do not trust your friend you will dearly hope that he telling you the truth because the ultimate beneficiary is YOU.
However, in reality you do not pay attention and doubt your friend due to the following reasons.
1. You do not believe that you are in jail.
2. You are thinking that the jail is your home (since you are there for so long) and you have accepted that you are destined to live there forever.
3. When the friend visits you (and talk from behind the bar) you listen to his story uninterestingly.
4. What is more, you interrupt him and tell him how you enjoyed the Volley Ball match you played with your fellow inmates in the jail on the previous day.
5. The friend keeps visiting you occasionally with a fond hope that one day you will get bored of the jail, listen to the truth, prove your innocence and set yourself free!
This is hard to believe. Nevertheless, it is the fact.
The friend described so far is the Scriptures. You are a typical representative of the entire human kind. The jail life represents the life you are leading right now. The situation leading to the crime represents the story how the entire creation (of this universe) has happened. The evidences against you (and your friend) are the world around you.
In order to understand Delusion (That is the crime), firstly we should realize that all the evidences (what we see, what we hear etc) that we have collected so far are false, then we need to listen to the story of creation (Situation that has lead to the crime) which can be known only from Scriptures (Our friend). It is not possible to verify these statements. (Science will never be able to validate them).
Unless we have an attitude as described in Situation A, we will not be able to understand what is described.
Once we understand fully the story of creation, we will understand what Delusion means and we will then gain the freedom from the jail (Life that is oscillating between pain and pleasure, gain and loss, name and blame, poverty and prosperity) and can live joyfully ever after.
It is said that we cannot verify our friend's (Scripture's) statements. It is only partly true. We can verify them logically. Firstly, we can relate them to the evidences that we know (but not fully understood) and check if they are correct. Secondly, we can check if the entire narration is logical and coherent without any flaw. Finally, we can check the result ,,, whether we are set free or not. Once we are set free that is the conclusive proof that whatever our friend said is the truth!
To remove Delusion, we need to understand the process of creation. To listen to the story of creation we need to be convinced of the following statements.
Statement 31: Living in the world with Delusion is misery
Statement 32: The universe, which is perceived around us, is false.
Statement 33: We cannot depend on our five senses to understand creation
Statement 34: We need to trust the version given in the Scriptures
Statement 35: We can validate the creation story with our logic and experience.