Definite Means for Salvation

God out of His grace has bestowed upon us this human body so that we may attain salvation. Besides attaining salvation, this human birth has no need, purpose, object, use or concern whatsoever. This body, wealth-possessions, property-house, wife-son etc. whatever worldly things that are there, they all-in-all are acquired and will go away. A man may become very rich, strong, scholarly, he may hold a high ranking position, may have a large family heritage, but without attaining salvation all these things will be of absolutely no use. They will be like a marriage procession without the bridegroom, i.e. all these worldly enjoyments and possessions will be useless. Therefore it is the main duty of a man to attain his salvation. In this connection there is a vital fact, an extraordinary point and that is – For attaining one’s salvation, all of mankind is entirely independent (swatantra), competent (samarth), worthy (yogya), and entitled (adhikaari).

When God bestows upon us this human body, then with it he also graces us with the freedom, the competence, the worthiness, and the rights to attain salvation. Now the question arises that for attaining one’s salvation what should a man do? The answer is that if man firmly accepts the following four points with a determinate intellect, he will attain salvation –

1. Nothing is mine at all

2. I need nothing at all

3. I have not the least relationship with anyone

4. Only God is my own.

The main flaw, which gives rise to all other flaws is to accept the things that are acquired and lost as our own. In fact, in the infinite universes (cosmos, Brahmaand) even the smallest particle of dust is not our own. Therefore “nothing is mine at all” – by accepting this fact, flawlessness ensues in life. On becoming flawless, man becomes righteous, he becomes devout, he becomes spiritual, he becomes a saint. When nothing at all is mine, then what thing should I need? Therefore “I need nothing” – by accepting this, man immediately attains a state of desirelessness in his life. When man becomes free from all desires, man becomes a yogi. In other words, he attains yog in the form of equanimity in all aspects in life. “Swamatvam yog ucchyate.” (Gita 2:48). When there is no desires, he also attains Yoga in the form of complete repose of mental disposition (stillness of the mind). “Yogaschittvruttinirodh.” (Yogadarshan 1:2) Man’s essential nature is naturally detached – “Asango hyuyam purushah.” (Brhadaa 4:3:15). By not accepting a relationship with any object or being that comes together and later separates, he experiences detachment from them. On realizing and experiencing this detachment, he becomes wise (jnani). Every being is an inseparable part of only God – “Mamaivaansh jeevaloke” (Gita 15:7). Being a part of God, only God is our very own. No one else besides God is ours. In this manner, accepting this intimacy, affinity “sense-of-mine” with God, a man becomes a devotee. On becoming righteous (dharmatma), a Yogi (equanimous), a wiseman (jnani) and a devotee (Bhakt), it implies his Salvation. It is not difficult for this to happen; because in reality, man’s essential nature is Divinity. In that Divinity – flawlessness, desire-lessness, and detachment are self evident. And that divinity is a part of Paramatma (God). Therefore it is the aspirant’s duty to accept these four facts with a firm resolve. Then his salvation is definite.

From “Salvation of Mankind” Chapter 5 – in English pg 66 and “Maanav Maatre ke Kalyaan ke Liye” in Hindi page 69 in by Swami Ramsukhdasji.