The most important purpose; and effect of
reading books of philosophy, biographies of saints
and scriptures is to get oriented to one’s true self.
Considering oneself as a mere and mortal body
(as is done by atheists) is a kind of illusion and
hence; such reading is very important for
freedom from such illusion.
However, such reading frequently leads to (inspite
of honest and good intention) fancying oneself or
actually assuming oneself as a guru or a spiritual
savior of a caste, creed, religion or even mankind!
This is sometimes associated with illusions and
hallucinations which are publicized (by the
followers) as miraculous powers. This can lead to
motivational effect in terms of urge to or even
obsession to; preach, persuade, coax, brainwash,
convert, or oppress, repress, persecute and even
kill others! The person concerned is pathetically
confused and/or in conflicts; and makes others
also miserable; under the illusion of bringing
about social revolution, reform etc.
It does not mean that one should not read. What
it means is that this risk has to be preempted, by a
simultaneous activity called NAMASADHANA
i.e. NAMASMARAN i.e. remembrance of NAMA
i.e. name of God. This helps an individual to
blossom from the state of inflated ego, or fancying
oneself as a guru, or feeling like being a savior; to
actually realizing the truth (perhaps also, actually
being a true guru or a savior)!
NAMASADHANA or practice of
NAMASMARAN is the key; to protect any good
intention from aberrations and transform or
culminate into universally benevolent activity.
One can tally one’s experiences and verify the
validity of this statement.