Maharaja: No, I don’t think so…to really have a peace of mind, then one needs to become self-realized, and ultimately that means that one has to dedicate his life in service to the Supreme. Nothing else can really satisfy the heart!
Devotee: Do you agree that there are a thousand and more ways to achieve self-realization?
Maharaja: You see there are thousands of roads that lead to a mountain, but there is only one peak on a mountain. So I’m looking at the peak and I’m not looking at the roads. At the end you will see that all these other ways may lead up to the mountain, and you may go up to the mountain and come from the one side and from the other side, but there is only one peak to the mountain. So whether you come to the Japanese tradition or the African tradition or to an ancient Czech tradition, ultimately the essence of it all is that we come to the realization:
‘I am the eternal servant of God. Of all the things in this world, He is the most attractive, and therefore as His servant I serve Him out of love!’
That’s the peak of all self-realization! There maybe many roads but there is only one peak. All roads come to the mountain and you go up to the mountain and at the top we serve God out of love! That’s what I call self-realization!
By nature we are servants. We have to be the servant. Everyone is the servant. Who is not a servant? Everyone in this room is a servant. We all have to serve somebody: Serve the children, serve the boss, and serve someone. The president of the country is a servant. But who is the highest to serve? It’s God! The most wonderful, all attractive, Supreme!
So ultimately self-realization is there. So what other forms of self-realizations are there?
Devotee: Worshiping the nature of Shamanism.
Maharaja: Well worshiping nature is the path, because what is the origin of nature? We worship nature as a path, it’s not the goal. It’s not just about nature. What is behind nature? So if we go deeper in that path, you worship nature, and my next question is: Where is nature coming from? Then we look at nature in a deeper level, and we see it comes from spirit. We see nature inebriate, then we are worshiping the spirit, and when we look at the spirit in all its manifestation, and we see that spirit has an impersonal aspect, and a personal aspect.
If one focuses on the impersonal aspect, then one can become free from all suffering. But if one is focusing on the personal aspect of the Supreme spirit then one can experience love. So with the impersonal experience one can become free from the material suffering. But only on a personal aspect can one experience real love. So therefore it leads to the same ultimate realization, that we are the loving servants of the Personal Supreme Lord eternally!