The End of Rituals

A group of Brahmins were performing their evening rituals on the banks of the river Ganga. One of them though was sitting still. On being asked he said, “I am under ‘ashoucha’ (a temporary defilement caused due to birth or death of a blood relative). My mother ‘ignorance’ died and my son ‘self knowledge’ has been born.”

यावानर्थ उदपाने सर्वतः संप्लुतोदके |

तावान्सर्वेषु वेदेषु ब्राह्मणस्य विजानतः || (भगवद गीता: २: ४६)

“To the Brahmana who has known the Self, all the Vedas are of as much use as is a reservoir of water in a place where there is flood everywhere”. (Bhagavad Gita: 2: 46)

In case of a sincere seeker (Brahmana), when he comes to experience the Self (vijanatah), the ritualistic portions of the Vedas that fulfill various delusory desires for limited sensuous satisfactions become useless. All those experiences – satisfactions are totally comprehended in the Infinite bliss of Self-experience.

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