Anirudh Acharya Vs Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj | India is often referred to as the land of saints, where every individual is somehow connected to some religion, sect, temple, mosque, saint, etc., in pursuit of attaining the ultimate truth and God. Despite having numerous spiritual leaders, Saints, Sages and mahamandaleshwar, the devotees are still enveloped in darkness. The vast diversity in spiritual knowledge makes it extremely challenging to determine which knowledge is correct and which saint should be revered.
In this article, we aim to shed light on some crucial questions in the path of devotion, attempting to understand who is the true saint in the present era capable of connecting devotees with the Supreme God. The primary objective of this article is to compare the thoughts of Aniruddha Acharya and Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj to bring the truth to the devotee community about the correct spiritual path so that devotees can attain salvation.
Anirudh Acharya Vs Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj | What is Salvation?
The literal meaning of salvation is that after attaining it there is no rebirth. The cycle of birth and death should end forever after attaining salvation.
But Aniruddha Acharya ji does not believe so, he believes that salvation is of the mind and not of the soul. The soul is beyond birth, death and salvation. Aniruddha ji says that if the mind is controlled then that state is called salvation.
Whereas Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj has clarified from Gita Chapter 15 Verse 4 that the meaning of complete salvation is that after finding the Tatvadarshi Saint, slashing the ignorance with the weapon of Tatvagyan/ True Spiritual Knowledge that is, properly understanding the knowledge, searching for that supreme state (Satyalok) of Supreme God; having gone where, worshippers never return to this world, that is, they are never reborn. This is complete salvation which ends the cycle of birth and death.
Now, Salvation is a factor in our second query as well. Salvation is the ultimate goal of human existence. Therefore it’s vital to understand that What is the mantra that seekers should recite, and how can a seeker determine which mantra leads to salvation?
What is the Real Mantra of Salvation?
Let us start with the thoughts of Anirudh Acharya ji who believes that Hare Ram Hare Ram Ram Hare Hare, Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare is the Vedic mantra which is the best of all and gives complete salvation.
Whereas there is no mention of the above mantra in the four Vedas and in the Shrimad Bhagwat Gita. In this context, Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj has proved from Gita Chapter 16 Verse 23 24 that who, abandoning the ordinances of the scriptures, acts whimsically i.e. performs arbitrary way of worship, neither attains happiness, nor is his any task accomplished, and nor attains supreme salvation, therefore, Arjun, scriptures are the only evidence for the religious practices which should be done and which should not be done in the path of devotion. One should not accept the path of devotion, which is against the scriptures, directed by any other particular type of person or saint-sage.
Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj also explained in His discourses that In Gita Chapter 8 Verse 13, he has told the mantra of his worship that – ‘Om’ is the only one word for me Brahm. One, who leaves his body while remembering it by chanting, attains my supreme salvation. And It is clear in Bhagavad Gita Chapter 8 Verse 16 that a worshipper who has gone to Brahm Lok is also reborn. Therefore, in Gita Chapter 8 Verse 13, there is description of the supreme salvation obtained by chanting ‘Om’ mantra, but the Sachidanand Ghan Brahm whose worship has been advocated in Gita Chapter 8 Verses 8, 9, 10, His mantra is mentioned in Gita Chapter 17 Verse 23.
Om, Tat, Sat, iti nirdeshH BrahmnH trividhH smritH |
BrahmanaH ten vedaH ch yagyaH ch vihitaH pura || (17/23)
Translation: – The mantra of the worship of Sachidanand Ghan Brahm is “Om Tat Sat”. “Om” mantra is of Brahm, that is, Kshar Purush. “Tat” – this is coded and is of Akshar Purush. “Sat” mantra is also coded and is of Param Akshar Brahm. By chanting these three mantras, that supreme salvation will be obtained which has been mentioned in Gita Chapter 15 Verse 4. Having gone where, worshippers never return to this world.
Is God Corporeal or Formless?
Anirudh Acharya Vs Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj | Actually, idol worship is prevalent in Hindu society. Still, God is considered formless by Hindu devotees and saints. The same is the belief of Anirudh Acharya ji, who has said in his Discourses that although God appears in corporeal form for the satisfaction of the devotees, God is Formless. To prove his statement, he gave the example of water and said that water is formless in liquid form, but when it gets solidify, it takes the shape of ice which has defined shape. In this way God is formless but comes in corporeal form for the devotees.
Whereas Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj has proved through His Discourses that God is in form and has a human like body from Yajurved Chapter 5, Mantra 1
“Agne TanuH Asi | Vishnve Tva Somasya Tanur’ Asi ”
It has been stated twice in this Mantra that Parmeshwar has a body. That Eternal Purush has a body for nurturing everyone i.e. when God, comes as a guest in this world for some time to explain Tatvgyan to His devotees, He comes by bearing a body of lighter masses. Similar evidences are also present in Rigved Mandal 9 Sukt 86 Mantra 26-27, Rigved Mandal 9 Sukt 82 Mantra 1-2, Rigved Mandal 9 Sukt 96 Mantra 16-20, Rigved Mandal 9 Sukt 94 Mantra 1, Rigved Mandal 9 Sukt 95 Mantra 2, Rigved Mandal 9 Sukt 54 Mantra 3, Rigved Mandal 9 Sukt 20 Mantra 1 that God is in human-form. There is also evidence in Shrimad Bhagavad Gita Chapter 4 Verse 32 and 34.
The speaker of Gita has said that Oh Arjun! Param Akshar Brahm utters true spiritual knowledge (Tatvgyan) from His lotus-mouth. The information about Yagyas, that is, religious rituals has been delivered in detail in Sachidanand Ghan Brahm’s (True-happiness- giving God) speech. Knowing that, you will become free from all sins. Then in Gita Chapter 4 Verse 34, it is said that – You may understand that knowledge by going to Tatvdarshi saints. By prostrating before them and submissively asking questions, those Tatvdarshi saints will impart (Tatvgyan) true spiritual knowledge to you.
Anirudh Acharya Vs Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj | Are Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu the same?
It is absolutely true that the Almighty / God of all is one, but in the Hinduism, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiv are the three main deities and Aniruddha Acharya ji in his Discourses called Shri Vishnu ji and Shri Shiv ji as one. He said that Vishnu ji is Shiva and Vishnu ji is Brahma. He also believes that the real God is Shriman Narayan who is Vishnu ji and he takes the form of Shiv ji and Brahma ji.
While revealing the facts, Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj has proved from Markandeya Purana page 123 that Rajgun Brahma, Satgun Vishnu and Tamgun Shankar, these three are the main powers of Brahm; these three are the three gods. These three only are the Gunas. In the similar way In Shrimad Devi Bhagavata Mahapurana, Third Skand, Chapter 5 Verse 8, it is written that God Shankar said, “Oh Mother! If you are kind to us, then why did you endow me with Tamogun, Brahma with Rajogun and Vishnu with Satogun?
To completely eradicate darkness, Sant Rampal Ji Maharaj has also proved from Shiv Purana that Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are three different entities.
Evidence: Shri Shiv Mahapuran, Vidhveshwar Samhita Khand, Page 24 to 30: –
Once, Shri Brahma ji and Shri Vishnu ji started fighting on this subject that Brahma ji said that I am your father because this world has originated from me; I am the father of the people. Vishnu ji said that I am your father; you have originated from my navel-lotus. They both became ready to hit each other. At that very moment, Sadashiv, that is, Kaal Brahm placed a white radiant pillar in between those two. Then he himself, appearing in the form of Shankar, told them that none of you is the creator. Excerpt from Shiv Puran given below.
Oh sons! I have given you two tasks of creation and maintenance of the world. Likewise, I have given two tasks of destruction and death to Shankar and Rudra.
How to Attain Supreme God
Today we all want to attain God by performing spiritual activities like chanting some mantra or going to temple, mosque or church. Even the sages and saints performed rigorous penance and sacrificed their bodies to attain God. But Aniruddha Acharya ji believes that God can be attained only by destroying the ego and there is no need for any kind of mantra.
Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj says :
Ye maala daal huye hain mukta | shatdal uva-baai bakta ||
Even in our holy Gita ji Chapter 15 verse 1 to 4 it said that to attain Supreme God about whom there is description in Gita Chapter 15 verse 16- 17 take shelter of a Tatvadarshi Saint.
Supreme God Kabir ji also has stated that:
Kabir, maanush janm durlabh hai, mile na baaram-baar |
Tarvar se patta toot girey, bahur na laage daar ||
Meaning: – God Kabir has explained that O Human being! This human life (man/woman) is obtained with great difficulty after eras. It is not obtained repeatedly. Do True devotion of God and perform auspicious deeds while you are in this body; otherwise, once this body finishes, you will not be able to attain the same state again, that is, will not be able to attain the human body. Like a leaf after detaching from a tree does not get reattached to the same branch.
Kabir, maanush janm pay kar, nahin ratae Hari naam
Jaise Kuaan jal bina, banvaya kya kaam
Meaning: – If one does not do true devotion in human life, then that life is like a beautiful well with no qualities of a well i.e. a well without water in it.
As you have just read and understood the thoughts of both Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj and Aniruddha Acharya Ji and saw how Aniruddha Acharya Ji is advising to behave arbitrarily without showing any evidence from any scripture. Therefore, all of you are requested to take Free Initiation from Sant Rampal Ji Maharaj Ji to understand the profound mysteries of your religious scriptures and do scripture-based devotion and get yourself welfare done.