The greatest glory of the Master is that not only he becomes great by virtue of His Self Realisation but He makes His disciples also discover their True Being which is identical with His own Self and, thus, the disciples too get freed from the shackles of ignorance and its manifold binding effects.
Param Pujya Swami Chinmayananda is one such great Spiritual Teacher of rare eminence and it is indeed my great fortune to find in Him my teacher. His is a multi – faceted personality, unique in itself and I find myself incapable of describing Him fully and completely. Even though such a description is not possible, yet it would certainly be worthwhile my attempting to do it as best as I can.
A flute is an instrument which without any reservations or personal ambition makes itself available for the flute player to sing his melody through it. And when that flute player is Lord Krishna Himself, it is no wonder that the entire universe of sentient and insentient things and beings enchanted by His Divine Melody begins to dance in ecstasy and gets itself attuned to Him. Blessed indeed is the Flute which becomes a medium for the Lord to sing His song that enchants the whole Universe. We find this divine relationship between Krishna and His Flute beautifully depicted in our great epic, the Bhagvat Puran.
Let us reflect on the above said relationship between the Lord and His Flute from the standpoint of Vedanta. The Upanishads reveal the nature of God as Brahman — the Pure Consciousness wielding the power of Maya. With this Upadhi of Maya, God becomes the Creator and the Sustainer of this world.
He provides all the Jivas with the necessary fields for performing actions and enjoying their fruits. He presides over all actions and becomes the giver of fruits and that is the reason why all the Jivas look up to Him in adoration and reverence. To do all these functions, the Lord requires a befitting Upadhi, a medium to bless His Creation. Even though through His laws of nature He controls the total cosmos, but to lead the human beings to their life’s Goal of Self Realisation through the path of Dharma, He requires an Upadhi of a Saint who has merged his own little individuality with the Lord and, thus, has made Himself available for the Lord to express His will fully. The religious and spiritual history of the world shows that what these mighty Saints have achieved in their lifetimes is in no way less than the achievement of the Lord Himself for they express nothing but the will of the Lord alone.
Pujya Swamiji’s achievements are all round. Not only has he provided the spiritual leadership at the time when higher values of life are getting shattered in the nation but He has also worked in the fields of education, health and social welfare. His missionary organisation caters to all, from children to old men and women of various aptitudes and capabilities, to find their necessary fields to work and to discover the joy of selfless service which is the most essential step leading to the goal of Self Knowledge.
To work tirelessly and to inspire others to live the nobler values of life is possible only when one has merged one’s individuality with the Lord to become His Chosen Flute. Pujya Swamiji is one such person and thus viewed, He is undoubtedly that Chosen Flute in the Hands of Lord Krishna, the Great Enchanter of the Universe.