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In Search of Real Wealth - The Treasure Within. English translation of a Hindi Book by Pt. Shriram Sharma Aacharya Jee. Original title in Hindi has a meaning: Obtaining Nectar, Philosopher's Stone and Wish fulfilling Tree. Though these three the most coveted items are imaginary and mythological, Panditjee has shown the actual location of these three items, which are within an easy reach of all human being. How to obtain? Read in the book.
  • 1. (Source: Amrit, Pāras aur Kalpa Vṛakśa ki Prapti by Pt. Shriram Sharma Acharya) ACQUISITION OF NECTAR, PHILOSOPHER'S STONE & WISH-FULFILLING TREE
  • 2. Revised Edition: 2016 Publisher: Vedmata Gayatri Trust (TMD) Gayatrinagar, Shrirampuram, Shantikunj, Haridwar - 249 411 Uttarakhand (India) Phone: 91-1334-260602 / 261955 E-mail: Web: Price: Rs. xx.yy/-
  • 4. A pioneer of spiritual renaissance was born on th 20 September 1911, in Anwalkheda, Agra, India. He met his Guru, a great Himalayan Yogi, since he was only 15 years of age and scrupulously carried out his biddings throughout his life. He took part in the struggle for independence as a volunteer, went to jail a number of times and embarked upon the task of social and moral upliftment through spiritual means in 1935 with the blessings of Mahatma Gandhi. A sage, a visionary and a reformer, the Acharya initiated 100 points Yug Nirman Yojna, lived a disciplined life of devout austerity, visited the Himalayas several times and attained spiritual eminence. The Gayatri Pariwar fraternity; Shantikunj Ashram – an academy for moral and spiritual awakening; Brahmavarchas Research Institute – which strives to synthesize science with spirituality and over 4,000 social reform centres (Shakti-peeths) are his greatest contributions to the modern world. He translated the entire Vedic Vangmaya and accopmplished a feat of writing more than 3,000 books on all aspects of life. The Acharya, Great devotee of Gayatri lived an ideal life for 80 years and voluntarily shed his physical sheath on nd Gayatri Jayanti, 2 June 1990. ¦ PANDIT SHRIRAM SHARMA ACHARYA
  • 5. CONTENTS Foreword ........................................................7 1. Obtaining Nectar............................................9 2. Where Is a Philosopher’s stone? ...................21 3. Wish-Fulfilling Tree on The Earth ..............39 4. Strive to acquire these objects.......................53 5. Terrestrial Nectars........................................57 6. Location of Philosopher’s stone and Wish-fulfilling tree.......................................61 Translator’s Note ...........................................63
  • 6. ¦ To ensure the transformation of the present day chaos into an orderly and happy society, there is no other option than the reformation of character and the development of rational thinking. ~ Pt. Shriram Sharma Acharya ¦
  • 7. FOREWORD uman being has always craved for happiness. Anything it does or plans is Hwith an ultimate intention of increasing pleasure. This desire has remained expanding forever along with the mental growth. The human mind stretched its capacity to the extent possible and imagined three objects: (1) Nectar, (2) Philosopher's stone ('Paras') and (3) Wish- fulfilling tree ('Kalpa-Vriksha'). Man imagined Nectar, to live infinitely, escaping from death; Philosopher's stone, to convert cheap metals like iron into gold to amass unlimited wealth; and the Wish-fulfilling tree to satisfy all desires. Though none of these three objects is actually seen by anybody, they are vividly described in ancient books, legends and mythology.
  • 8. The author of this book has no idea of the existence of these - Nectar, Philosopher's stone and Wish-fulfilling tree - in the form as narrated in the legends, but based on his life long experience, he has certainly discovered existence of three objects which give mankind the same joy, wealth and satisfaction or even better than what can be expected from the former three mythological items. These better substitutes are: the knowledge of real self (atma-gyan), love (compassion for all) and penance (sacrifice and hard work) - which are considered to be the real nectar, philosopher's stone and wish-fulfilling tree of this world, respectively. 'Akhand Jyoti' (the uninterrupted flame of knowledge at 'Gayatri Tapobhoomi'), has always been propagating these three gems, which are now presented in the form of a book for the benefit of the mankind. - Shree Ram Sharma Aacharya
  • 9. 09 M an's dearest thing is his life, seeing its end near he is prepared to trade anything to save it. However poor he may be but tries to sacrifice his last possession when face to face with death. As the story goes, a woodcutter was once collecting wood in a forest. The poor fellow was very sick, hungry and weak, had blisters on the head, the stack of wood was very heavy, he had no choice but take it to nearby town for sale, to earn his bread. He tied the rope over the bundle and sighed in despair: "Instead of this life of drudgery, better if death comes to relieve me from this pain". To his great astonishment, before he completed the sentence, the Goddess of death - (Yamuna, sister of Yama, according to the Hindu mythology) appeared before him, and asked him why he called her and what help he needed. Being face to face with death, the woodcutter lost his senses, and ~1~ OBTAINING NECTAR
  • 10. 10 realized the graveness of his mistake, but soon collected his wits and replied: "in fact this bundle of woods is too heavy for me and nobody is around. Can you just help me to lift it up to my head?" Yamuna helped him accordingly and vanished with a laugh. This anecdote reveals a fact, that everybody loves one's own life more than anything else in the world. This attachment to the life induced a desire to live for an infinite period defying death, and to make this gross physical body immortal. This further led the mankind to imagine a liquid, which can make one immortal by drinking it. This was named as Nectar, Elixir, 'Water-of-Life' etc. in various myths and legends wherein Gods and great souls were described to have achieved immortality by drinking such liquids. However, practically so far not a single incidence of immortality is documented nor any trace of such liquids. The basic composition of this entire universe is dynamic, under the forces balanced by nature in such a way that right from a tiny electron to a massive galaxy - all are constantly moving and changing. Nothing can be permanently stable or stagnant. Growth and decay are the inevitable aspects of the world and human body is not an exception to that. Therefore, the gross physical body, as we see today, has to perish one day and its immortality is out of question. If there is no death of the old body, there cannot develop a new life too. Life is the name of action, mobility and flow; and what is active and ACQUISITION OF NECTAR, PHILOSOPHER'S STONE.....
  • 11. 11 flowing will also undergo wear and tear, fatigue and decay, and will perish one day. Now logically, to stop decay and to prolong the life span of this physical body means stopping all activities and making it stagnant so there is no wear and tear, no death. But then, by definition, it is not life! It is a deadwood! Therefore, the way human body is made to function, no one can be immortal. Rama, Krishna, Jesus, Buddha, Mohammad and many Yogis, Rishis, Saints and Prophets - all appeared on this earth in a specific gross physical body and vanished at the end of the life. None of them became immortal physically, though their thoughts and messages are alive today! It proves, beyond doubt that no human being can achieve immortality and so far nobody has traced the existence of so called elixir or nectar. So, really nectar does not exist? No. We wish to emphasize that 'Nectar' does exist - but in a different form. Our ancient Rishis discovered it after deep meditation and severe penance and have presented it before us; not only that, it can be easily obtained by anybody, and once its secret is understood, it immediately gives immortality! It puts you in a state where you find the same joy, satisfaction, peace and fulfillment that you assume to be associated with the achievement of immortality. This nectar, revealed by our Rishis, is 'Brahm-gyan' (self knowledge). In other words, it is the knowledge of the real self or self-realization (who am I). It helps one discriminate between mortal and OBTAINING NECTAR
  • 12. 12 immortal, transient and permanent (Nitya-Anitya- Vivek). This, also known as 'Brahm-vidya' is a spiritual accomplishment that lifts a man from gross physical level to a higher level of soul - which is a part of the supreme consciousness. Brahm-vidya (knowledge of Atman or Brahman) reveals that the real self of a human being actually is not the gross physical body, but it is the soul residing within the body. Bhagvad Geeta is a great treatise of Brahm-vidya. It compares the physical body with old clothes. It is required that old and worn out clothes be changed for new ones from time to time. No one should be unhappy to discard the old clothes. The soul residing within the physical body, similarly changes the body, discards the old and acquires a new one, such change need not be a subject of sorrow or sadness. A very common mistake being done by human beings is to identify the self or 'I' with the physical body and mind. The notion, that 'I' am the body with certain name and fame, is 'Avidya' or ignorance. Brahm-gyan removes this ignorance. The fact is, 'I' am the soul, supreme consciousness or 'chaitanya' residing in this physical body to perform certain duties as human being, and will change this body when time comes. Nobody cries or laments while changing old clothes, then why so much grief while changing the old worn out body? And why all these efforts to make this body permanent or immortal, which is bound to decay and ACQUISITION OF NECTAR, PHILOSOPHER'S STONE.....
  • 13. 13 perish? Why not to focus on the soul, which is immortal and supreme reality residing in the body as a king ruling the kingdom? Let us see how the real self loses the identity and gets covered by 'Avidya' and takes up a wrong impression of identifying itself with the physical body. The soul, 'Atman' or 'chaitanya' (consciousness) while living in the physical body and playing a specific role, becomes so deeply engrossed in that role, gets so much smeared with the sensuous pleasures associated with the physical body, that it starts believing that it is itself the gross physical body. It is like a parrot living in a cage that starts believing it to be the cage! So, the soul, under a wrong notion, starts efforts to make the physical body immortal, and forgets its own pure state of immortality! Such illusion is aptly described in many of our ancient scriptures. The rope-snake example is very famous. In the darkness, we see a snake in the rope. The reality - a rope is not realized, but the superimposed image, - a snake is seen under ignorance. As soon as there is light, the reality of the rope is revealed. Our Rishis have called this phenomenon as 'Maya' or illusion. 'Brahm-Vidya', 'Brahm-gyan, Atma-gyan or self-realization - by whatever name you call, it is the real nectar, because it removes the illusion of mortality and assures the soul: "you are immortal, the supreme consciousness, chaitanya. You are not the physical body". The person who deeply assimilates this knowledge, and once realizes the true nature of his real OBTAINING NECTAR
  • 14. 14 self, soon identifies himself with the immortal soul, the 'Atman', and he does not need any other elixir or nectar to make the physical body immortal. Realizing this truth, man becomes free from all limitations of the gross physical body. As described in chapter-2 of Bhagvad Geeta, there is no birth or death for the soul, it has been changing physical bodies from time immemorial, fire can not burn it nor water can wet it, no weapon can hurt it, it is the only immortal occupier of this mortal physical body. The same is expressed in Kenopanishad this way: Rise above sense-life and live in the Atman. You will attain immortality and eternal bliss. You will become immortal while living in this body, if you attain knowledge of Brahman. You need not wait till you leave this body. Just as the water in a cup borrows its heat from the sun or the fire, so also the mind, Prana and senses borrow their light and power from the Atman. The ear hears through the light of the Atman, the tongue speaks through the power of the Atman, the mind thinks through the power of the Atman, and the Prana performs its functions through the power of the Atman only. The assurance and confidence that "I am the immortal Atman" comes by acquiring the 'knowledge of self' (Atma-Gyan, Brahm-vidya), therefore, it is the nectar on this earth. Man gets a divine vision through brahm-vidya and sees that he has passed through millions of lives of various creatures like insects, birds, reptiles, animals and also human. He used such ACQUISITION OF NECTAR, PHILOSOPHER'S STONE.....
  • 15. 15 uncountable number of bodies and discarded them at the end of that life. He is also able to visualize fresh and more efficient bodies he has to use in the future. This visualization confirms his faith that his present life is just a fraction of his entire eternal existence. This knowledge gives him the same joy and contentment as would be available by drinking a bowl of nectar, if it existed at all. Man almost reaches the state of immortality as soon as he accepts the great truth, "I am sacred, imperishable, all-pervading unalterable soul". His attitude and approach towards the life changes and he becomes like a sage or an angel. He does not remain a slave of the situation but starts creating surrounding situations according to his own plans. If you respect yourself and if you are confident of your own excellence and purity, then you really become the most excellent person. If you think you are "Shiva" (the divine, limitless, consciousness), then you are really 'Shiva', and if you consider yourself "Jeeva", a creature, bound by limits of gross physical body, then you are "Jeeva". It is said that the trend starts from within only. If a child is called by bad names in its own house, then expecting outsiders to call by any better name is useless. As evidenced by psychiatrists, a child treated as foolish by parents, teachers and friends can hardly achieve any important status when grown up. Usually the experiences of conscious mind leave a deep impression on the subconscious mind, which finally molds our OBTAINING NECTAR
  • 16. 16 personality. This is well understood by experts who perform hypnotism and mesmerism. The person, who continuously degrades himself and feels useless and neglected, will soon become so. All our thoughts - positive or negative - ultimately transform into our personality accordingly. To lead a respectful life in the society, you first have to respect your own self. Hence accept the greatness of your soul. Nourish and nurture your self-respect, because you are the 'atman', soul, which is part of the limitless universal consciousness. Self-respect does not mean arrogance or egoistic behavior towards others considering others as meager and worthless. No, self- respect does not allow you to insult others. Self-respect is just honoring our soul and listening to it as the almighty God within self. If you wish to establish a relation with God, first make yourself eligible for it, because relationship can exist between equals only. There is a well-known proverb, "First deserve and then desire". You are connected to God through the soul. You are part of 'Ishwara' - almighty God, accept this fact and believe in it. When almighty God himself is sitting in you, in the form of your soul, your behavior and activities should naturally be excellent, of the highest moral standard. This will also strengthen your self-respect and help in leading a meaningful honest life. The real humanity arises as soon as the lamp of self-respect lights up within our self. One feels the ACQUISITION OF NECTAR, PHILOSOPHER'S STONE.....
  • 17. 17 holy, divine grace within and reaches the greatness of an emperor. His vision becomes so noble that he never thinks of any mean or sinful deeds. He leads a life of high morals and aims to achieve greatness. The faith in immortality of the soul is itself nectar that helps conquering the fear of death. This nectar liberates one from the bondage of all space-time limitations of this perishable body. Experiencing sanctity within our self reflects self-respect, which enhances self-confidence by accepting our self as an imperishable soul. The life of this mortal physical body is limited and we have drawn unlimited ambitious plans. So the worry about completing them all within a short span of life leads to frustration and mental depression. The illusive notion that our existence is limited to the gross physical body only makes us clinging more closely to the body thinking that this is the last and only chance to enjoy sensuous pleasures. This attachment with gross physical body is the real cause of all sorts of sorrows, fears, worries and anxiety. The only remedy that can effectively save us from this catastrophe is the knowledge of the secret that I am the eternal soul, 'Brahman', the 'Atman' which never dies but keeps on changing the physical body. So detach yourself, though slowly and gradually, but completely from the physical body and remove the 'Avidya' (ignorance) that "I am the body". Be a man of courage and action, performing duty of benevolence and compassion to other living entities. Let the thought: "I OBTAINING NECTAR
  • 18. 18 am the imperishable soul, the eternal consciousness" prevail in your mind and you will accomplish any difficult task without fear. In addition to your immortality, you should also know that you are the unalterable soul. This is called permanence or 'nityatvam'. All other things in the universe - health, relatives, physical strength of the body and wealth - are transient, perishable and ever changing ('anitya', 'anatma'). Today you have wife, sons, daughters, a huge bank balance, gold, a big manor, caravan of vehicles and servants. But tomorrow nothing may exist and you can be a beggar on the road by mere a stroke of earthquake. Therefore these worldly objects are described as delusion, 'maya'. So, play your roles and happily carry out worldly transactions ('vyavahara') with them, but never get attached to them. Do not depend on them for your real bliss, as they are not permanent objects. Be self- sufficient and self-dependent by dwelling in the state of soul, constantly remembering that you are the ever- existing consciousness, imperishable Atman. Only then you will become immune to any disturbance generated due to destruction of the material wealth. On acquiring real inner wealth of supreme consciousness, you no more care for so called wealth of this material world and you will always be smiling under any adversity or calamity. Initially the imagination of nectar looks somewhat attractive, but its consequences are very harsh and ACQUISITION OF NECTAR, PHILOSOPHER'S STONE.....
  • 19. 19 tragic. As the story goes about the imaginary elixir, King Alexander got a pot of elixir as a favor from a Sufi saint, Khwaja Khizar. The king was just on the verge of drinking it when a crow warned him about the problems of making the body immortal. The crow said, "See, I tasted a few drops of that nectar and have become immortal. I am too weak to carry out my bodily functions. All my friends and relatives have died, I am lonely and crying day and ni
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