In this excerpt from the soon to be published Stava Cintamani, by Bhaṭṭanārāyaṇa, Swami Lakshmanjoo uses a unique analogy to explain ignorance and duality, and gives us the medicine to love everyone (in Kashmir Shaivism).
“If you feel that all the embodiment of this whole universe is my own Self, will you hate anybody? You won’t hate anybody. You will love everyone.” ~Swami Lakshmanjoo
St.Cin. CD 424 (17:15) 16:36
भव तत्तत्प्रदानेन प्रसादः क्रियतां मयि
ajñānatimirasyaikam-auṣadhaṁ saṁsmṛtistava /
bhava tattatpradānena prasādaḥ kriyatāṁ mayi //24//
O Lord Śiva, I have got timira,1 I have got a timira disease in my eyes. I can’t see in an actual way.
You know “timira”?
Timira is rekhā timira roga, it is a disease in the eyes [in which a] line comes just in the center of that pupil. In the pupil, one line comes–to some persons–and it is called “rekhā timira roga”. By that, you will see two; you’ll see two Vireshs, two Shannas.2 This is a kind of disease in the eyes.
Ajñāna, and this is of ignorance; this is a disease of ignorance to see that, “I am one, Denise is another”, “He is my enemy, he is my friend”, all these things. This is the disease. This is the disease in perception.
What is not the disease?
To see everyone as your own Self. If you feel that all the embodiment of this whole universe is my own Self, will you hate anybody? You won’t hate anybody. You will love everyone. Whenever hate comes, it comes from that disease, that disease in your eyes, because you see separate, two things.
And this disease has come in my perception, O Lord–ajñāna timirasyaikam. And there is only one medicine for this, one dose for the removal of this disease, which You have, which You could bestow to me. Otherwise, there is no hope for my cure, I will never get cured from this disease. That [dose] is saṁsmṛtistava, just Your memory. O Lord Śiva, give me that dose of remembering You. Do this favor to me, O Lord Śiva. I want this.3
This is auṣadha. Auṣadham astam is one dose of mixture by which this disease will get vanished. Really, this is a disease, and this disease has spread, you know, in a hundred and thousand and million ways [laughter], in all the one hundred and eighteen worlds.
DENISE: In all the worlds it’s like that?
1 Lit., dark, gloomy; a class of morbid affections of the coats of the eye.”
2 The son and daughter of John and Denise Hughes.
3 “The dose is the constant remembrance of Your being. This is the only medicine for this blindness of Your being. Please, from time to time, bestow on me that remembrance. If something bad happens in my life sometimes, like a relative dying, please bestow me the power to remember You, not that relative. Then I will feel You have blessed me from all sides.” Ibid.
Source: Stava Cintamani, by Bhaṭṭanārāyaṇa, revealed by Swami Lakshmanjoo.
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