The Third Eye!
After imparting yogic wisdom to Sage Anidra, Lord Narayana instructed him to travel and share the yogic wisdom with those who are ready and worthy of receiving this knowledge.
Lord Narayana blessed Anidra with two boons.
1: Anidra could instantly transport himself to any place with his intention.
2: The Lord gave Anidra one of His cows, Ma Bhagavati, who cherished selfless Sages and desired to serve and protect them like a mother. Ma was a blessed cow. She was ageless, wise, and a knower of the Scriptures. Her milk was heavenly; whosoever drank it lived disease free. She could speak and sing mentally, and only those she permitted could hear and communicate with her. She could transport herself to any place with her will. She could see people’s intentions behind their words and actions. The Lord told Anidra that there was so much more to know about Ma, which he would learn in due time.
Having received the blessings, Anidra felt gratefully humbled. He was tearful and speechless. The Lord continued,” Anidra, you will experience my presence for as long as you remain selfless. You must always observe your intentions. Selfish intentions delude one’s vision; if turned into actions, they ruin even the wisest. If your intentions become selfish, you will lose all that has been bestowed upon you, and Ma will return to me.” After saying so, the Lord retreated into formlessness. Anidra and Ma began their journey as instructed by the Lord.
After sharing wisdom selflessly for many years with deserving seekers in many places, Sage Anidra and Ma settled in their current location, a small village, Govind Gaon. The villagers recognized their holiness and built a small ashram for them. They considered themselves fortunate and blessed to have Sage Anidra and Ma reside in their village. Because of their holy presence, the villagers were now more helpful and kind to each other, and there was a feeling of oneness among villagers.
And now that their King Abhaya, whom they adored, also visited Sage Anidra frequently, they were overjoyed. Whenever the King came to the ashram, he and Ma would go for morning walks. Seeing them passing through their fields, the villagers felt dazed and blissful.
Today the King had come to the ashram. At the ashram, he was only a sincere student.
At the evening gathering, the King asked,” O Holy Master! Could you kindly speak about the Third Eye, what and where it is, and how one can utilize it?”
Sage Anidra spoke,” Abhaya, by engaging the five senses, the mind experiences the apparent world. But that which exists within and beyond the apparent cannot be grasped or experienced by the mind. It can only be experienced with the Third Eye. The Third Eye is the eye of the mind which remains closed and inactive until a seeker has overridden the unnecessary and fluctuating tendencies of the mind and God has become his highest priority.
Abhaya, there are three types of dispassion. First, that which arises out of ignorance (Mithya Vairagya). Second, that which is short-lived (Alpakallik Vairagya). Third, that which arises from the seeker’s inner being after living in proper knowledge and devotion toward God for a long period. Such dispassion is true and complete (Gyanapurna Vairagya).
With the rise of the Gyanapurna Vairagya, the five senses relax and retrieve within their source. The mind can no longer engage the senses and is not attracted outwardly. It calms down and remains unaffected by its tendencies, which also become weaker. This stage is the beginning of the opening of the Third Eye.
It is neither the yogic practices nor the cessation of senses through fasting, celibacy, being mute, etc., that relaxes the senses and mind. Only living with proper knowledge and devotion to God calms the senses and mind and brings them back to their source. Therefore, Abhaya, remain established in the knowledge, perform necessary actions, and devote yourself to God.”
Saying this, Anidra became silent. He looked at Ma and asked her to sing something.
Ma sang a song, which meant:
O noble man, you are wise,
Why do you live foolishly?
Should a drowning man
Think of gathering more?
Or should his heart be on
Why grip something,
That must go?
Life is like a river
It must flow.
The world looks rosy.
And it lures.
But, you know
Nothing here is yours.