IN THE WORLD OF MIND
TENDENCIES AND ITS
Grasshopper Habits of the Mind
Mind is ever restless, never
stays on a fixed point for a considerable period. It jumps hither and thither.
Mind is ever changing and oscillating. Its wandering habit manifests itself in
various ways. The mind in the vast majority of persons has been allowed to run
wild and follow its own sweet will, inclinations and desires. The mind of
worldly persons is gross: it is not fit for concentration, self-analysis and
introspection. Rajasic mind is restless and turbulent: it agitates the body and
the senses and makes them subject to foreign influences. An aspirant's mind is
calm, collected, sharp and subtle. A well-disciplined mind alone constitutes
the powerful process of reaching the highest state of liberation. Spiritual
enquiry must be set afloat in the mind.
Housefly Nature of the Mind
The tendency of the mind is
always to move downwards. It would rather revel in darkness and multiply and
die there, than come and live for a short time in the sunshine, like flowers. Man’s
mind is something like the housefly. Of course, sometimes, if some
sweet-smelling object is kept, it may perch upon it for a moment. But the next
moment it would prefer to alight upon a dungheap. Its nature is that. So,
perhaps, a nice tune might attract its attention for a while, but the next
moment if something is given to which it is always accustomed, this housefly of
the human mind at once goes and sits upon that. It is used to frivolities to
mere flippancies. It is used to taunt and give torment to others. When a very
delicious dish is put before it, it forgets the spiritual path and alights upon
Dog's Tail Human Nature
The workings of Maya through
the complex mechanism of the human mind, are so very extremely subtle, so very
difficult to overcome, and human nature is fundamentally so Asuric and
unregenerate that real spiritual development and progress in Sadhana are indeed
very hard to obtain. To achieve success in any measure in the spiritual life is
a very difficult and uphill task so much so that truly it is Divine Grace alone
that can raise the aspirant from darkness to Light. So vehement, self-assertive
and rebellious is the egoistic self of man that it refuses to be changed from
its vicious state to a state of virtue, goodness and saintliness. It is a great
blunder to think that the mere act of renunciation is a sufficient achievement
in spiritual life.
Its Machiavelian Movements
One of the vexing paradoxes
on the spiritual path is that your mind is both your best friend as also your
bitter enemy. Mind becomes a true friend only after being gradually trained to
be so. Until then it should be regarded as a troublesome and treacherous enemy
inside us. It is extremely diplomatic, cunning and crooked. It is an arch-deceiver.
One of the masterstrokes of the mind's artfulness is to make the aspirant feel
and smugly imagine that he knows his mind perfectly well and cannot be led away
by it and at the same time to delude him totally.
Surging Emotions and True Freedom
Physical freedom is no
freedom at all. If you are easily carried away by surging emotions and
impulses, if you are under the grip of moods, cravings and passions, how can
you be really happy? You laugh for five minutes and weep for five hours.
What can wife, sons,
friends, fame and power do for you, when you are under the sway of the impulses
of your mind? He is a true hero who has controlled his mind. Conquest of the
mind is the conquest of the entire world. True victory is over the mind: that
is real Freedom. Thorough rigorous discipline and self-imposed restrictions
will eventually eradicate all riotous thoughts, wild impulses, cravings and
passions. One should become a perfect Yogi
Devilry of the Human Mind
The mind has the knack of
making the unwary aspirant confidently think himself its master, while it makes
a hopeless fool of him. Its deceptions are subtle. You have heard the saying,
"The Devil can quote scriptures for its purpose." Similarly the mind
can use a virtue to indulge in a vice. It has an inborn inclination to
perversion. It can even take the support of a perfectly good principle
seemingly to justify the most unprincipled sort of action. Unless it is
scrutinised dispassionately its tricks are never fully discovered.
Havoc of Imaginary Fears
Mind works havoc through its
power of imagination. Imaginary fears of various sorts, exaggeration,
concoction, mental dramatisation, building castles in the air, are all due to
this power of imagination. Even a perfectly healthy man has some imaginary
disease or other, created by this juggling power of the mind. Imaginary fears
involve a tremendous loss of energy. Give up all forms of fear. Constantly
meditate upon the Immortal, Indestructible, Fearless Self within you.
of the Three Arch-Enemies
Lust, anger and pride are
the root of all human ills. They are the enemies of peace and are the parents
of all the hosts of evils. Get up in the morning and meditate on the havoc that
these three bring about in man's life. If you work yourself up to a feeling
that they drain out your vitality physical and mental and that for your own
good, you should eradicate them, then conquest of these three foes will be an
easy affair. Victory over these three arch-enemies of man, is the greatest
Mind and the Dubious Mastery
You can bore a diamond with
a bristle; you can tie an infatuated elephant with a slender silken thread. You
can bring the sun down for the play of your child; you can make the flame of
fire burn always downwards. But it is difficult to control the mind. For
gaining mastery over the mind you have to know what it is, how it works, how it
deceives you at every turn and by which methods it can be subdued. As long as
the mind restlessly wanders amidst objects, remains fluctuating, excited,
agitated, uncontrolled, the true joy of the Self cannot be realised and
enjoyed. To control the restless mind and still perfectly all thoughts and
cravings is the greatest problem of man. If he has subjugated the mind he is
the Emperor of emperors.
Method for Mind-Control
Do not allow the mind to
wander here and there like the strolling street dog. Keep it under your control
always. Then alone you can be happy. It must be ever ready to obey you. If the
mind says to you "Go eastward", then go westward. If the mind says to
you, "Go southward", then march northward. If the mind says to you,
"Take a hot cup of tea in winter", then take a cup of icy cold water.
Swim like fish against the mental current. You will control the mind quite
Exercise for Mental Relaxation
Here is a beautiful daily
exercise for mental relaxation. It will pour into you great inspiration and
strength. Close the eyes. Think of anything that is pleasant. This will relax
the mind in a wonderful manner. Think of the mighty Himalayas, the sacred
Ganga, the striking scenery in Kashmir, the Taj Mahal, the Victoria Memorial in
Calcutta, a lovely sunset, the vast expanse of ocean or the infinite blue sky.
Proceed also this way. Imagine that the whole world and your body are floating
like a straw in this vast ocean of the Spirit. Feel that you are in touch with
the Supreme Being. Feel that the life of the whole world is pulsating,
vibrating and throbbing through you. Feel that the Ocean of Life is gently
rocking you on Its[ vast bosom. Then open your eyes. You will experience
immense mental peace.
Analysis of the Mind
In introspection the mind itself
is the subject of study. A portion of the mind studies the remaining portion of
the mind. The higher mind studies the lower mind. Introspection is
apperception. Just as you watch the work done by a coolie, a portion of the
mind watches the movements of the rest of the mind. By a careful watch, many
defects are detected and removed, by suitable Sadhana. Enter a quiet room.
Enter into silence daily for about fifteen minutes, morning and evening.
Introspect. Watch the mind carefully. You will have to find out through
subjective introspection what the mind is exactly doing at a particular time.
Techniques of Self-transcendence
Deep introspection alone can
reveal a little of the mysterious workings of the mischievous mind. Probe and
probe into the mind. Do not be lenient to the mind. The mind will try to
compromise with you. Relentlessly hunt out its hidden motives. Subject yourself
to keen self-analysis everyday without fail. Oust all sentiments in this
process. Become an intelligent, serious and earnest self-C.I.D. Carry on a
ceaseless search and a vigorous enquiry inwardly. Pray for the Grace of God who
alone can vanquish the mind and enable you to master it. Thus alone, through
introspection, analysis, discrimination, vigilance and prayer can you
understand the subtle jugglery of this wonderful thing called 'mind' and
transcend its deceptions and its tricks.
Mind wants repetition of the
pleasure once enjoyed. Memory of pleasure arises in the mind; memory induces
imagination and thinking. As a consequence attachment arises. Through
repetition a habit is formed; habit causes strong Trishna or craving; mind then
exercises its rule over the poor, helpless weak-willed worldlings. But as soon
as discrimination arises the power of the mind becomes weakened; the mind tries
to recede, to retrace its steps to its original home in the heart; the will
becomes stronger and stronger when discrimination is awakened. Thanks to Viveka
which enables us to get out of this miserable Samsara.
AND PSYCHOLOGY OF THOUGHT
Thought is a vital living
force--the most vital, subtle and irresistible force that exists in the
universe. Thoughts are living things; they move; they have form, shape, colour,
quality, substance, power and weight. You may cease to be, but thoughts can
never die. A thought is as much solid as a piece of stone. Thought is the real
action; it is a dynamic force. A thought of joy creates sympathetically a
thought of joy in others. A noble thought is a potent antidote to counteract an
evil thought. Through the instrumentality of thought, you acquire creative
power. There are nowadays numerous books on thought power, thought-dynamics and
thought-culture. Study them and possess a comprehensive understanding of
thought, its power, workings and usefulness.
Marvels of Thought
Every thought that you send
out is a vibration which never perishes. It goes on vibrating every particle of
the universe and if your thoughts are noble, holy and forcible, they set in
vibration in every sympathetic mind. Unconsciously all people who are like you
take the thought you have projected and in accordance with the capacity that
they have, they send out similar thoughts. The result is that, without your
knowledge of the consequences of your own work, you will be setting in motion
great forces which will work together and put down the lowly and mean thoughts
generated by the selfish and the wicked.
Flu and Thought: An Analogy
Thought is very contagious;
nay more contagious than the Spanish Flu. A sympathetic thought in you raises a
sympathetic thought in others with whom you come in contact. A thought of anger
produces similar vibrations in those who surround that angry man. It leaves the
brain of one person and enters that of the others who live at long distances
and excites them. A cheerful thought produces cheerful thought in others. A
smile on your face engenders a smile on those to whom you have directed it. You
find yourself filled with joy and intense delight when you see a batch of
hilarious children playing mirthfully and dancing in joy.
Its Pervasive Power
Thought moves: It actually
leaves the brain and hovers about. It enters the brains of others, too. Living
in a Himalayan cave, a sage can transmit a powerful thought to any corner of
America, And those that try to purify themselves in a cave really purify the
world and help it in diverse subtle ways. Nobody can prevent their pure
thoughts going and finding their entry into others that are receptive to them.
Thought-transference is technically known as telepathy. As mind is Vibhu or
all-pervading like ether, thought-transference is possible and is a fact incontroversible.
Its Form and Its Name
Suppose your mind is
rendered perfectly calm, entirely without thought. Nevertheless, as soon as
thought begins to rise, it will immediately take name and form. Every thought
has a certain name and a certain form. Thus you find that every idea that! man
has, or can have, must be connected with a certain word as its counterpart.
Form is the grosser and name the finer state of a single manifesting power
called thought. But these three are one: wherever there is one, the other two
also are there. Wherever name is, there is form and thought.
Drawing Power of the Mind
The mind has got a
"drawing power": like attracts like, is a great cosmic law. You are
continually attracting to yourself, from both seen and unseen side of
life-forces, thoughts and conditions most akin to those of your own. Every man
has a mental world of his own, his own ideas, his own views, his own sentiments
his own feelings, his own habitual thoughts, his own experiences and his own
modes of thinking and into these there constantly come similar ideas, similar
views, similar thoughts and experiences.
Every thought or emotion or
word produces a strong vibration in every cell of the body and leaves a strong
impression there. If you know the method of raising an opposite thought, then
you can lead a happy, harmonious life of peace and power. Thought of love will
at once neutralise a thought of hatred. A thought of courage will immediately
serve as a powerful antidote against a thought of fear. Every thought must
bring peace and solace to others. It should not bring even the least pain and
unhappiness to anyone. Then you are a blessed soul on earth. You can help many,
heal thousands, spiritualise and elevate a large number of persons as did Jesus
of Food and Thought
Mind is directly influenced
by the body. Chemical components of different articles vibrate at varying
rates. The intake of certain foods sets up discordant vibrations in the
physical body. This throws the mind-stuff into a state of oscillation and
disequilibrium. Concentration is disturbed. High thinking is rendered
difficult, because elevating thoughts imply fine vibrations. The appetites of
the physical are to be controlled, the nature of its food strictly regulated.
of Positive Thoughts
Thoughts of worry and
thoughts of fear are fearful forces within us. They poison the very sources of
life and destroy the harmony, the running efficiency, the vitality and vigour.
While the opposite thoughts of cheerfulness, joy and courage heal, soothe,
instead of irritating, and immensely augment efficiency and multiply the mental
powers. Be always cheerful. Smile. Laugh. A good and positive thought is thrice
blessed. First, it! benefits the thinker by improving his mental body.
Secondly, it benefits the person about whom it is entertained. Lastly, it
benefits all mankind by improving the general atmosphere,
Determining Role of the Last Thought
The last thoughts determine
the next birth. The last prominent thought of one's life occupies the mind at
the time of death. The predominant idea at the time of death is what in normal
life has occupied his attention most. The last thought determines the nature of
character of the body to be attained next. As a man thinketh, so shall he
become. The last thought of an inveterate drunkard will be that of his peg of
liquor. The last thought of a greedy moneylender will be that of his money. The
last thought of a mother who is intensely attached to her only son will be that
of her son only. The last thought of a man will be the thought of God only if
he has disciplined his mind all throughout his life and tried to fix it on God.
of the Mental Processes
It is an admitted
psychological fact that the mental processes by which you obtain knowledge are
not merely confined to the field of consciousness but also cover the field of
subconsciousness. If you know the technique of speaking to your subconscious
mind and the art or science of extracting work from knowledge will be yours. It
is a question of practice. All that you have inherited, all that you have
brought with you through innumerable crores of births in the past, all that you
have seen heard, enjoyed, tasted, read or known either in this life or in th
past lives are hidden in the regions of your inner mind. Why don't you master
the technique of concentration and the way of commanding your subconscious and
superconscious mind and make the full and free use of all latent powers and
in Indian Psychology
Prana proceeds from Mind.
Matter is below Prana. Prana is above Matter but below Mind. Intuition is above
reason and is the channel of communication between man and Spirit. Development
of the will-power by autosuggestion is the basic principle of Raja-Yoga or
Vedanta. Chitta is the subconscious mind. It has two layers: one layer for
emotion and the other for passive memory. The instinctive mind is the higher
Manas. By Manonasa or annihilation of the mind is meant the destruction or
dissolution of the lower nature, desire-mind. Mind occupies an intermediate
state between Prakriti and Purusha, Matter and Spirit
for a Thesis in Psychology
According to western medical
science, light vibrations from outside strike the retina and an inverted image
is formed there. These vibrations are carried through optic tract and optic
thalamus to the centre of vision in the occipital lobe of the brain in the back
part of the head. There, a positive image is formed. Only then does one see the
object in front of one. The Vedantic theory of perception is that the mind
comes out through the eye and assumes the shape of the object outside. It is
only the individual mind that sees objects outside. If you see the same objects
through a telescope, they appear different. If you can see with the mind
directly, you will have a different vision altogether. Hiranyagarbha or Karya
Brahman has a different vision. He sees everything as a vibration within
himself, as his own Sankalpa.
Psychological Law and Spiritual Development
The nature of the mind is
such that it becomes that which it intensely thinks of. Thus, if you think of
the vices and defects of another man, your mind will be charged with these
vices and defects at least for the time being. He who knows this psychological law
will never indulge in censuring others or in finding fault in the conduct of
others, will see only the good in others, and will always praise others. This
practice enables one to grow in concentration, Yoga and spirituality.
Subject for Psychologist's Research
Eyes can only see; ears can
only hear; tongue can only taste; skin can only touch; nose can only smell. But
the mind can see, hear, taste, touch and smell. All the sense-faculties are
blended in the mind. You can see and hear directly through the mind by Yogic
practice (clairvoyance and clairaudience). This blows out the Western
psychological theory of perception. The five Indriyas are a prolongation of the
mind. Mind is a mass of Indriyas. Mind is a consolidated Indriya. Indriya is mind
in manifestation. Indriya represents backwaters. The desire in the mind to eat
has manifested as tongue, teeth and stomach. If you can control the mind you
can control the Indriyas. If you have controlled the Indriyas, you have already
controlled the mind.
and the Subconscious Operations
Even as the sacred Ganga
takes its origin in Gangotri, Himalayas, and runs perennially_towards Ganga
Sagar, the thought-currents take their origin from the bed of Samskaras
(impressions) in the inner layers of the mind, wherein are embedded the Vasanas
or latent subtle desires, and flow incessantly towards the objects both in
waking state and in dreaming state. Practice of telepathy, thought-reading,
hypnotism, mesmerism and psychic-healing clearly prove that the mind exists and
that a higher mind can influence and subjugate the lower mind. From the
automatic writing and the experiences of a hypnotised person, we can clearly
inter the existence of the subconscious mind which operates throughout the
twenty-four hours. Through spiritual Sadhana change the subconscious mind and
be a new being.
Telegraphy in Ancient India
Great Yogis like Jnanadev,
Bhartrihari and Patanjali used to send and receive messages to and from distant
persons through mind-telepathy (mental radio) and thought-transference. Indian
telepathy was the first wireless telegraph and telephone service ever known to
the World. Thought travels with tremendous velocity through space. Thought has
weight, shape, size, form and colour. It is a dynamic force. 'Psychic
transmission of messages by Indian Sages, was a common phenomenon.
We have boy-geniuses and
child-prodigies. A boy of five becomes an expert in playing piano or violin.
Sri Jnanadev wrote his commentary Jnanesvari on the Gita when he was fourteen
years old. There had been boy-mathematicians. There was a boy-Bhagavatar who
conducted Kathas when he was eight years old. How could you explain this
strange phenomenon?! This is not a freak of nature. The theory of
transmigration only could explain all these things. If a person gets deep
grooves in his mind by learning music and mathematics in this birth, he carries
these impressions to the next birth and becomes a prodigy in these sciences
even when he is a boy.
Wisdom and a Western Theory
The Western psychologists'
exposition of dream psych]ology, though having much to its credit in the shape
of research and some valuable information, yet leaves much unexplained. It lacks
much that can be supplied only from theories of the East. They can only be
explained by thoughtful inferences from the theories of rebirth, the Law of
Karma, the operation of external factors like the Akasic records and occult
factors like thought-transference and action of astral entities like Pretas of
deceased persons. Only a sincere attempt to make a deep study into the working
of these factors can form a full and more! adequate exposition of the
mysterious subject of dream. To the Yogi who has successfully transcended the
three states of waking, dream and deep sleep, the knowledge of all these comes
and the Eastern View
That the Western dream
theory is sex-ridden, is due to the fact that they start with a wrong notion of
what in reality constitutes Man. To them, man is mainly a physical creature
endowed with a mind and possessed of a soul. This is just the contrary of the
Oriental view that man in reality is a Spirit, expressing himself through the
medium of a mind, which has the physical body as its counterpart to function
upon the gross external plane. Thus, we see, to the Indian mind, the true Self
of man is entirely devoid of sex. It is the body that suffers under the tyranny
of a gender. This body is the least part of man as defined by the philosophic
mind of the East. Sex is therefore just but one aspect-though a dominant one
perhaps-of the individual soul that goes about as Man upon this earthly stage.
THERAPEUTICS AND THE EFFECTS OF NEGATIVE EMOTIONS
Sources of Diseases
Selfishness, egoism, worry,
hatred, contract the blood vessels, badly damage the nerve-fibres, obstruct the
inflow of the vital force or life-current, and lower the vitality and the power
of resistance to external forces and influences. Anger generates.
poison in the blood, in the
brain, liver and in the whole system: it produces fever and depression. Hatred
causes nervous weakness, uneasiness, restlessness, cough, fever, loss of blood,
indigestion, etc. Fear produces low blood pressure and weakness, destroys red
blood-cells, makes the face pale, affects the heart, liver and stomach, and
produces indigestion. diarrhoea or constipation and impotency. Jealousy will
create an inferiority complex, will disable your mind and ruin your health.
Jealousy is at the root of the nervous breakdown of millions of people all over
A man receives a telegram
that his only son died of Pneumonia. At once his face becomes pale; his mind is
agitated; he turns nervous; he has no appetite; his red corpuscles are
destroyed. If you reflect over this sequence of the whole trouble, you will
find that the mind was the first thing to be affected; he received a mental
shock and afterwards the entire mechanism of the body reacted to it. This is an
instance which should eloquently convince of the influence that the mind exerts
on the body. Psychologists are of the opinion that disease is not primarily of
the body or of the flesh but of the mind. It is true that disease is caused by
the effects on the human system caused by the poisons generated in the blood by
anger, revenge, hatred, lust and greed.
Parallelism: An Explanation
The body is internally
associated with the mind; rather the body is a counterpart of the mind; it is a
gross visible form of the subtle, invisible mind. If there is pain in the tooth
or in the stomach or in the ear, the mind is at once affected. It ceases to
think properly; it is agitated, disturbed and perturbed. If there is depression
in the mind, the body also cannot function properly. The pains which afflict
the body are called the secondary disease, Vyadhi, while the Vasanas or desires
that afflict the mind are termed mental or primary disease, Adhi. Mental health
is more important than physical health. If the mind is healthy, the body will
necessarily be healthy. If the mind is pure, if your thoughts are pure, you
will be free from all diseases. "A sound mind in a sound body."
Corroding Effects of Worry and Anger
Worry does great harm to the
astral body and mind. Energy is wasted by worry. It causes inflammation and
drains the vitality of man. Nothing is gained by the worry-habit. If you are
vigilant and keep the mind fully occupied, this worrying-habit will disappear.
During intense anger, the whole mind is suffused with black-hue of malice and
ill-will, which expresses itself in coils of thunderous blackness, from which
fiery arrows of anger dart forth, seeking to injure the one for whom the anger
is felt. There is no evil like the emotion of anger: from anger springs
delusion, from delusion confusion of memory, from confusion of memory loss of
reason! When reason is gone, man is destroyed. In difficult situations, under
pain and pleasure, keep the mind rooted in God; you will enjoy undying peace
and poise of mind.
Treatment and the Dangerous Effects of
The Great Mahavakya of the
Upanishads is "Aham Brahmasmi"_"This Self in me is the Absolute
Reality". If that is the Truth, if even the entire universe is only the
external manifestation of the potency of a single thought, it must be very simple
for an individual to project a thought which has got the potency to destroy the
evil effects of a malady and create a curative process by which a disease gets
removed. The Yogi knows this trick, and is therefore in a position to cure
himself of all diseases and cure others of their diseases. At any rate one can
very well think about the rationale behind such mental treatment of physical
ills. At the outset, let it be clearly stated that such a treatment is not of
the nature of the widely advertised hypnotic cures. In a hypnotic cure, where
it succeeds, the hypnotist effects permanent damage to the patient because he
gets undue control of the most delicate instrument, the patient's mind.
Eventually that mind is rendered incapable of functioning in a normal way even
afterwards and, thus, the patient is made a victim. Spiritual treatment on the
other hand, is the sending out or the projection of vibrant, forcible,
harmonising thought-waves which will take direct control of the patient's mind
apparatus, not for the purpose of subordinating it, but for the purpose of
charging it with those energies which alone will make that apparatus (the mind)
function effectively to do away with the discord-creating tendencies and
impulses which are the root-cause of the disease that the patient has been
of Counteracting Psychogenic Factors in Diseases
Very few people realise that
evil qualities like hatred, jealousy, anger, touchiness and impatience, are
harmful to themselves rather than to those towards whom they are directed. A
fit of anger that lasts ten minutes takes away more energy than would the
working at the plough for two days without food. Worry, etc., bring on grey
hairs scores of years earlier than they are due. Be serene. Look into the good
qualities of others, you will hate none. Learn to admire others' achievements,
jealousy will disappear. As hatred, doubt, depression generate discordant
vibrations in the physical body, counteract them by entertaining cheerfulness,
faith, serenity and love which produce good, harmonious, healthy vibrations in
the body. By reliance on God, eliminate fear, worry and anxiety.
Potentialities of Meditation
Meditation is a powerful
mental and nervine tonic. The holy vibrations penetrate all the cells of the
body and cure the diseases of the body. The powerful, soothing waves that arise
during meditation exercise a benign influence on the mind, nerves, organs and
cells of the body. The divine energy freely flows like the flow of oil from one
vessel to the other, from the feet of all-pervading Lord, to the different
parts of the body of the aspirant. Through regular practice of meditation build
around yourself a strong fortress of protection against the evil forces of the
ignorant world and robe yourself with a magnetic aura.
Cell-Theory and the States of Mind
A cell is a mass of
protoplasm with nucleus. It is endowed with intelligence. Some cells secrete,
while some cells excrete. The cells of the testes secrete semen; the cells of
the kidneys excrete urine. Some cells act the part of a soldier. They defend
the body from the inroads or attacks of foreign poisonous matter and germs.
They digest and throw them out. Some cells carry food materials to the tissues
and organs. The cells perform their work without your conscious volition. Their
activities are controlled by the sympathetic nervous system. They are in direct
communion with the mind in the brain. Every impulse of the mind is conveyed to
them. They are greatly influenced by the varying conditions or states of the
mind. If there are confusion, depression and other negative emotions in the
mind, they are telegraphically transmitted through the nerves to every cell in
the body. These soldier cells become panic-stricken. They are weakened. They
are not able to perform their functions properly. They become inefficient. Some
people are extremely body-conscious, and possess no idea of the Self; they live
irregular, indisciplined lives and fill their stomachs with sweets, pastries, and
so on. There is no rest for the digestive and the eliminating organs. They
suffer from physical weakness and diseases. The atoms, molecules and cells in
their bodies produce discordant or unharmonious vibration. They have no hope,
confidence, faith, serenity and cheerfulness. They are unhappy. Their
life-force is not operating properly. Their vitality is at a low web. Their
mind is filled with fear, despair, worry and anxiety. Man's true nature is
beyond all states of mind; it is God. By realising the Divine Spirit within
himself, man attains perfection, freedom, immortality, bliss eternal.
The best medicine or panacea
for all diseases and for keeping good health is Kirtan, Japa and regular meditation.
The Divine waves electrify, rejuvenate, vivify, energise the cells, tissues, nerves.
Another cheap but potent drug is to keep oneself always joyful and cheerful.
Study Gita, daily one or two chapters with meaning. Keep yourself fully
occupied, which is a remode to keep off thoughts of worldliness. Fill the mind
with Sattva and enjoy wonderful health and peace. Obtain an association with
the wise, cultivate faith, serenity, truthfulness, courage, mercy, devotion,
love, cheerfulness, confidence, divine thought and divine virtues. Allow the
mind to run in the spiritual direction, in divine grooves; your mind will be
peaceful and generate harmonious vibrations. You will enjoy mental and physical
a Preventive, a Germicide,
Tonic, Elixir Divine
There is no better potent
antiseptic and germicide in the world than meditation; it kills all sorts of
germs, microbes, bacilli, and therefore one may give up food but should never
give up one's daily meditation even when one is seriously ailing. What is more,
meditation is also a wonderful tonic which tones up the entire system,
renovates the cells, removes diseases and checks the development of diseases.
Those who meditate save doctor's bills. The fire of meditation annihilates all
foulness arising from vice, all miseries and evils emerging from ignorance.
Then suddenly comes knowledge or divine wisdom which directly leads to final
Emancipation. Meditation is the keeping up of an unceasing flow of
Value of Renunciation,
Renunciation removes a host
of ailments, such as dyspepsia, rheumatism, diabetes, diseases of liver and
intestines and blood pressure; strengthens the heart, brain and nerves. Pure
love produces joy, peace of mind, harmonious functioning of the bodily organs,
increases the blood qualitatively, and turns the mind towards God. Truth
strengthens the heart and mind, brings peace of mind, happiness, inner
calmness, spiritual strength and fearlessness.
to Mental Health
As diseases take their
origin in the mind, treat the mind first. The removal of hatred through cosmic
love, service, friendship mercy, sympathy and compassion; removal of greed
through disinterested service, generous acts, and charity: the removal of pride
through humility—these will help you a great deal in the achievement of good
mental health. If bad thoughts are destroyed, many bodily diseases will vanish.
God or the Self that resides in the chambers of your heart is the storehouse of
health, strength, vigour and vitality. It cannot be affected by germs,
microbes, bacilli, cholera, etc. Always think of God; realise the divine Self
GENESIS OF HUMAN BONDAGE
Metaphysical Origins of Human Evils
When man identifies himself
with his body, his senses, and his mind, he falls into the realm of relativity
and is subject to the experience of pleasure and pain, joy and sorrow, gain and
loss. It is only through the self-sense or Ahamkara or egoistic consciousness
that all the mental cares, dangers and the ever-increasing actions of life
arise. There is no greater enemy than Ahamkara or egoism; so long as this is
present, it continues to engender in man desires and desires are the wombs of
all suffering. In men of egoistic consciousness passion too takes a full hold
and makes impossible the birth of divine love.
Works of Ignorance
There are two forces in man,
one leading him upward and the other leading him downwards to impurity and
ignorance. Ignorant persons perform different Karmas with various motives or
desires and reap the respective results thereof. But the wise ones do not
perform egoistic actions which are never free from taint. The camel eats thorny
bushes; blood gushes from its mouth and vet it will never give them up. Even so
a worldly man undergoes sufferings and pain and yet he will not abandon his
worldliness. Ignorance destroys discrimination and man forgets his duty
attaining Self-knowledge or Brahma Jnana.
Its Central Cause
There is no other vessel on
this earth to wade the ocean of Samsara than the mastery of the lower
instinctive mind. The impure mind is no other than the subtle desires that
generate countless births. The tendency to think of sense-objects is indeed the
cause of bondage. Liberation means nothing but the destruction of the impure
mind. The mind becomes pure when the desires are annihilated. If you have
purity of mind, you will remember God; if you always remember God, the knots of
the heart, viz., ignorance, desire, and action, will be rent asunder. You will
Hot-Bed of All Aberrations
The erroneous imagination
that you are the body, is the root of all evils. Through wrong thinking you
identify yourself with the body. Dehaadhyasa arises; you are attached to the
body; this is Abhimana. Then Mamata (mineness) arises. You identify yourself
with your wife, children, house, and so on. It is identification or attachment
that brings about bondage, misery and pain. You never felt miserable when
millions of Germans died in the war. Why? Because there was no identification
and attachment. But you weep profusely when your son dies, on account of
attachment. The word 'my' produces wonderful influence on the mind. Note the
difference in effects produced in the mind when you hear the two sentences:
'Horse is dead' and 'My horse is dead'. Empty yourself of egoism. You will be
filled with God.
Threefold Root of Most Diseases
Most of the diseases take
their origin in overeating, sexual excesses and outbursts of anger and hatred.
If the mind is kept cool and calm at all times, you will have wonderful health,
strength and vitality. Energy is depleted by fits of anger. The cells and
tissues are filled with morbid, poisonous materials when one loses one's temper
and entertains deep hatred. Many kinds of physical ailments spring up. Various
kinds of nervous diseases are attributable to excessive loss of seminal energy
and frequent fits of explosive anger or wrath or undesirable emotions. The fire
of anger you kindle for your enemy burns yourself. Conquer anger by cultivating
serenity. Meditate daily on the ever-tranquil Self or the Eternal which is
peaceful, unchanging. You will attain the all-healing virtue of serenity.
Genealogy of Miseries
The following is the chain
of bondage. From ignorance comes indiscrimination; from indiscrimination,
egoism or Abhimana: from egoism, love and hatred; from love and hatred,
activities or Karma; from activities, embodiment or taking up of a physical
body; from embodiment, miseries. A man whose clothes are caught by fire will
immediately run towards water; he will never enquire, how his clothes caught
fire. Even so, when you are caught up in this terrible Samsaric wheel of births
and deaths with various kinds of miseries, afflictions, pains, you must try
your level best to get rid of Ignorance. Develop dispassion, discrimination and
enquire "Who am I?”
AND SNARES OF DELUSION
of Human Delusion
You go to the market in a
bright Cadillac, have a peep at the cabaret, visit the Capital, then you step
into a cafe with a smart gait, then on to a luxury store to buy a piece of
gabardine cloth for a suit-oh yes! you have made none in all these forty! days!
- and then on your way back to home you see a funeral procession. This creates
a sense of renunciation, a vague disgust for mundane things. But in a short
time this evaporates. How sad is one's plight when one loses one's property,
when one gets an incurable disease, when the bank has failed w one's son dies.
But, even then one does not relinquish on sinful conduct, one's leech-like
tenacity for the 'Venetian show'! Practise eternal vigilance and introspection.
Worship and meditate.
The musk-deer does not know
that the fragrance of musk is emanating from its own navel. It wanders about
here and there to find out the source of this smell. Even so, the deluded
ignorant man is not aware that the fountain of bliss is within himself. in his
own inner Self. He is running after external perishable objects to get
happiness. Each time you search for happiness outside yourself, you wander away
from its real source. Turn inwards. The highest happiness can be had through
Self-realisation. Pleasure depends on nerves, mind and objects; happiness is
independent and self-existent; it is in yourself.
Phantom of Reputation
Even noble minds run after
the shadowy toys of name and fame. Name and fame are illusory, mere vibrations
in the air. Nobody can earn an everlasting name in this Mayayic plane. Does
anybody remember Sri Vyasa, Vasishtha, Vikramaditya, Yajnavalkya, Vamadev,
Jada-Bharata, now, except remembering one or two political leaders? A few years
hence, the names of these political potentates will disappear. Treat earthly
reputation as paltry. Consecrate your life to selfless service, without a view
to cut a fine figure. Contact the everlasting Reality.
Treacherous Frankenstin's Monster
Man is plagued on by the
sense-pleasures he creates. Every type of sense-enjoyment has hidden beneath
its velvety cover, a ferocious tigress! Lust eats away man's intelligence;
wealth brings with it restlessness. Family means worry! Even if fortune smiles
on him, the inevitable Old Age creeps in. The plea sure-centres which sustained
him during his youth and manhood, haunt him now. Enjoyment cannot bring
satisfaction of desire. On the contrary, it aggravates and intensifies desires
and makes the mind more restless through sense-hankering. just as the pouring
of oil increases the fire. The fewer the wants, the greater the happiness.
Originating from Excessive Extroversion
The senses have been created
with a natural tendency to flow out towards the objective universe. The
externalisation dissipates the rays of the mind, weakens the intellect and
blinds the eye of intuitive perception: Unity is falsely represented as
diversity: the untrue appears to be true: pain appears to be pleasure. and
shadow holds out greater charms than the Substance Itself. This is the path of
"Preyas" (the pleasant) which the dull-witted ignorant man pursues.
A doctor thinks that the
Advocate is very happy. The Advocate thinks that a businessman is more happy.
The Judge thinks that the Professor is more happy. This is an illusion. This is
a trick of the mind. Verily, no one is really happy in this world, Real
happiness can only be had in one's own Atman. Therefore attain Self-realisation
and be happy.
Two Types of Fools
In this world there are two
types of fools: (i) those who imagine that their body is the pure Atman and
that there is nothing beyond the senses, and (ii) those who think that they are
Brahma-Jnanis after studying Brahma-Sutras, Upanishads or Panchadasi. If you
want to be wise, remember God; sing His Name; feel His Presence. Speak truth.
Learn to discriminate. Learn how to lead a divine life while remaining in the
world. Serve society with Atma-bhava, with the feeling that all persons are
manifestations of God. You will soon regain your Godhead.
Web of Man
The spider pours out of its
mouth long threads and weaves them into cobwebs and gets itself entangled in
the net of its own making. Even so, man makes a net of his own ideas,
conceptions and abstractions and gets entangled in it. The wise man should
therefore abandon all worldly thoughts, sophisticated ideas and know his own
and Its Beclouding Power
Suspicion is conjecture with
imperfect or with little or no evidences to support it, that something,
especially something wrong, exists or is about to happen. It is unreasonable
imagination or apprehension. Ignorance is the mother of suspicion. Suspicion
clouds the mind, creates rupture among friends. It is! mistrust and doubt.
Suspicion is the mark of a mean spirit and a base soul. It is a defect not in
the heart, but in the brain. Never suspect anyone. Make others truly happy as
you strive to make yourself happy. Speak a helpful word. Give a cheering smile.
Do a kind act. Serve a little. Render smooth a rough place in another's path.
You will feel great joy.
Let not appearances deceive
you. There goes the devotee, chanting the sacred Name of Narayana. He sings in
ecstasy and dances in rapture for an hour or two. He is vehement in asserting
that all indeed is Narayana. Here is a great monist who would not stop
repeating: 'I am God', 'I am God', 'I am God'. Profound is his learning, and
mighty his swordsmanship in argument. Tarry a while, friend. Watch them under
three conditions. When desperately hungry, when bitterly provoked and insulted,
and when another man is pathetically distressed. Now if they fulfil their
former assertions, all hail to them, veritable gods on earth are they; if they
do not keep yourself aloof from them lest you should be infected.
Freedom and the Inextricable
Hindu and Buddhist thinkers,
with a singular unanimity declare that Avidya (ignorance) is the source of our
anguish and all our trouble. Man's nature of oneness with the living universe
is lost. He develops an egocentric view of life and puts his individual
preference above social welfare. He develops an acquisitive instinct and looks
upon every other being as his potential enemy. He clings to nature, to his neighbours,
in short, to everything, which is evanescent. He becomes a divided being,
tormented by doubt, fear, suffering. There is a split in his oneness. The world
lives in incessant fear. Religion is the conquest of fear, an antidote to
failure and death. We cannot dispel our doubts by drugging ourselves with
illusions. True freedom from fear is gained by Wisdom
Pairs of Opposites
Pleasure and pain, gain and
loss, life and death, good and evil are the obverse and reverse sides of the
same coin. Evil cannot exist without good; life, without death. They are
relative terms. Ignorant people want everlasting happiness in this world: this
is simply puerile. Pleasure and pain, life and death are inseparably linked
together. If you do not want pain and death, give up sensual pleasures and
existence in physical limitations.
Distinctions of caste,
creed, colour have absolutely no place in matters of faith. A true devotee
recognises the equality of all men. When the inner eye of wisdom is opened,
when the aspirant beholds oneness everywhere, when he feels the presence of the
Lord in every atom of the universe, where are the distinctions of caste, creed,
colour? It is the fleshy, dirty eye of a worldly-minded man, that perceives
these illusory distinctions.
See life as a whole. The
Lord breathes in all life. The world is one home. All are members of one human
family. Cultivate cosmic love. Include all. Recognise the worth of others.
Destroy all barriers that separate man from man.
of Sorrows Attendant Upon Each Sensuous
Sensual enjoyment is
attended with various defects. It is attended with various sorts of sins,
pains, weaknesses, attachments, slave mentality, weak will, severe exertion and
struggle, bad habits, cravings, aggravation of desires and mental restlessness.
Therefore shun all sorts of sensual enjoyments. Look! out for an unchangeable,
infinite and supreme happiness which must come from a Being in whom there is no
that constitute Evil Company
Reading of newspapers and
sensational novels kindles worldly Samskaras, causes crude movements in one's
being, engenders sensational excitement in the mind, makes the mind outgoing,
produces an impression that the world is a solid reality and makes one forget
the Truth that lies underneath these names and forms. Bad surroundings, obscene
pictures, obscene songs, plays that deal with love, cinemas, theatres, the
sight of pairing of animals, words which give rise to bad ideas in the mind, in
short, anything that causes evil thoughts and sentiments constitutes evil
company and therefore should be avoided and shunned by all aspirants. The
effects of evil company and association with undesirable persons and things,
are highly disastrous to one's upward progress and spiritual growth.
Effects of Evil Company
Just as a nursery is to be
well-fenced in the beginning, as a measure in the protection of it against
cows, and other animals, so also a neophyte should shield himself against all
foreign evil influences. Otherwise ruination will result. The company of those
who speak lies, commit adultery, cheat, indulge in double-dealing, are greedy,
love idle talks and backbiting, have no faith in God and in the scriptures,
should be strictly avoided. The effects of evil company are highly disastrous.
By contact with such a company, the mind gets filled with bad ideas. Undesirable
persons easily shake your faith and belief. Have full faith in your spiritual
teacher and continue your spiritual practice with zeal and enthusiasm.
Evils of Company
There are fifteen doshas or
evil effects that arise from company. An aspirant who is ardently pursuing his
spiritual Sadhana, should, therefore, preferably remain alone during the period
of his practice. The doshas are: (1) Misunderstanding: (2) III-feeling; (3)
Displeasure; (4) Raga-dvesha, likes and dislikes; (5) Jealousy: (6) Vampirism;
(7) Attachment; (8) Mental sharing of pain of another man; (9) Criticisms of
others; (10) Worldly topics; (11) Habit of talking: (12) Slavish mentality and
weak will; (13) Bahirmukha vritti (outgoing tendency of the mind); (14) Idea
and Samskara of duality: (15) Contempt.
of Talent Hinder Higher Aspirations
An exhibition of one's
abilities brings physical comforts through objective contact, invigorates the
ego and strengthens the sense of individuality. These comforts act as powerful
hindrance for the higher aspirations of the soul. Therefore one should use the
wisdom he possesses for the purpose of inner meditation and spiritual
attachment and never for external pursuits in the world. Fie upon that wisdom
which is used for bringing pleasures to the ego.
Torment of Tantalus
Craving is the
"will-to-live" of Schopenhauer, "tanha" of Lord Buddha,
"Abhinivesa" of Patanjali Maharshi. Craving is Trishna; it is intense
inner sense-hankering; it includes thought and desires. Craving is the germ of
personality. It is the flame of the life of appetites. It is the cause for
pain, sorrow, unhappiness and births and deaths. It builds the false ego. It
strengthens and fattens the ego. There is no end to craving in the life of a
worldly man; for this reason, he is, despite his wealth and comforts, ever
restless. Quench this flame through dispassion, renunciation and meditation and
attain the bliss of the Eternal.
Live for God. Boldly face
all the difficulties and tribulations of this petty, earthly life. Be a man.
With courage, struggle for the Great Attainment. Climbing a mountain, crossing
a channel, bombing a city, or blasting a fort-these are not the true acts of
heroism. Controlling your mind and senses, and overcoming anger, passion and
egoism by attaining self-mastery—these constitute the real heroism in man. How
long will you be a slave of passion and the senses? Assert your real divine
nature, and your mastery over your lower nature and lower self. This is your
most important duty.
THE PSYCHIC WORLD
AND THE PROCESS OF
Miraculous Powers of Mind
There was a blind saint in
Maharashtra, who could take any book and read well without any hesitation. This
is no marvel because he developed the inner psychic sight and could directly
see with the mind itself-clairvoyance-without the aid of the physical eye.
Every man can do this by practice of Sadhana. The mind can see, hear, taste,
smell and feel by itself without the help of the Indriyas. In the mind, all the
Indriyas are blended. Mind has immense powers. It derives these powers from the
inner Spiritual Being. If you can check the dissipation of its energies by
worry, evil thoughts, cares, anxieties and lack of Brahmacharya, and control
the immense amount of power which it possesses, through concentration, sublime
divine thoughts, you will acquire Siddhis or miraculous powers and the capacity
to do supernatural actions.
A man whose mind is filled
with passion and all sorts of fantastic desires can hardly concentrate on any
object even for a second. Celibacy, Pranayama, reduction of wants and
activities, renunciation of sensual objects, solitude, silence, discipline of
the senses, annihilation of lust, greed, anger, non-mixing with undesirable
persons, giving up of newspaper reading and visiting exciting cinemas-all these
increase the powers of concentration. Concentration is possible and most
successful only when you are free from all distractions. Concentrate on any.
thing that appeals to you as good or anything which the mind likes best.
Regularity in the practice is of paramount importance.
Techniques that Heighten
The observance of celibacy,
the practice of Pranayama, the curtailment of wants and desires, the reduction
of worldly activities, resort to silence, remaining in seclusion in a room for
one or two hours daily, the raising of prayers, the exercise of discrimination,
or Vichara, discipline of the senses, control of anger, non-mixing with
undesirable persons, annihilation of greed and selfishness, control over the
bodily posture through Yoga Asanas, freedom from disturbing sensations or
thoughts of work on hand, increase in the number of sitting in daily
meditation, repetition of inspiring scriptural hymns, expression of mercy and
love for all, development of the powers of attention, reflection on the
miraculous benefits of obtaining full concentration, a burning aspiration to
realise the Divine Being within the span of present life, the presence of past
spiritual tendencies,--are the twenty techniques or methods for increasing and
heightening the powers of concentration. One who has developed great powers of
concentration obtains intuition, evolves rapidly, acquires immense inner
spiritual strength, and gains unalloyed spiritual felicity and communion with
Through concentration one
gets penetrative insight-subtle esoteric meanings will flash out in the field
of mental consciousness. One will understand the inner depths of philosophical
significance when one reads Gita or Upanishads with concentration. Those who
practise concentration possess a very good health and very cheerful mental
vision and spiritually evolve quickly. Concentration purifies and calms the
surging emotions, strengthens the current of thought and clarifies the ideas.
Nothing is impossible for one who practises regular concentration.
Value of Meditation
The practice of meditation
itself is a potent clarifier of the memory and an inspirer of discriminative
thought. During meditation, when the mind is rendered more Sattvic and pure and
calm, you will feel highly inspired and your mind will be composing fine poems
and solving intricate problems of life. But then, you should stamp out these
Sattvic Vrittis, transcend this level of inspiration, go beyond the artistic
expression. For such activities too go to dissipate the inner spiritual energy
which should be conserved for soaring higher and higher in the realms of the
Results of Regular Meditation
Regular meditation opens the
avenues of intuitional knowledge, makes the mind calm and steady, awakens an
ecstatic feeling and brings the Yogic student in contact with the source of the
Supreme Purusha. If there are doubts, they are all cleared by themselves when
you march on the Path of Dhyana Yoga steadily. You will yourself feel the way
to place your footstep on the next rung of the spiritual ladder. A mysterious
inner voice will guide you. Hear this attentively.
Man of Meditation
The Mahatma who meditates in
a solitary cave in the Himalayas helps the world more through his spiritual
vibrations than the Sadhu who preaches on the platform. Just as sound
vibrations travel in the ethereal space, so also the spiritual vibrations! of
meditator travel a long distance and bring peace and strength to thousands.
When the meditator becomes mindless, he pervades and permeates the whole world.
Ignorant people bring a false charge that the Sadhus, who meditate in caves are
selfish. Just as the sweet fragrance of jasmine pervades the air, so also his
spiritual aura becomes infiltrated into the minds of others. People draw from
him, joy, peace and strength, and experience an elevation of mind by mere
contact with him.
Influence of a Developed Mind
Mark the influence of a
highly developed mind over a less developed mind! It is not possible to
describe what it is like to be in the presence of a Master or a developed
adept. To sit in his presence, though he hardly speaks a word, is to feel a
thrilling sensation so much as to feel new inspirations touching one mentally.
Mind has got aura (mental aura or psychic aura). Aura is Tejas, brilliance or
halo that emanates from the mind. The aura of those who have developed their
minds is extremely effulgent. It can travel long distance and affect in a
beneficial manner a large number of persons who come under its influence. The
spiritual aura is more powerful than either the psychic or Pranic aura. He who
has purified his mind becomes a centre of force. All the lesser minds are
unconsciously drawn towards him.
Diversity of Approach
super-consciousness. Samadhi is loss of one's personality in the Divine. It is
deliverance from delusion of personality. A Bhakta gets Bhava Samadhi through
lofty feelings; a Raja Yogi gets Nirodha Samadhi through restraint of
thought-waves; a Jnani gets Bhada Samadhi through negation of names and forms.
Deep meditation leads to Samadhi or oneness with God. The mind is filled with
God. Just as a toy made of salt melts in Brahman in Nirvikalpa Samadhi. A
sudden stroke of mystic illumination puts an end to all the empirical existence
and Certain Similar Mental States
For a short time, sometimes
the mind finds itself in quiescence. In this state of mind there is neither
Raga nor Dvesha: this Silent mental state is called Tushnim Avastha. It occurs
state, the Jagrat Avastha.
The aspirant mistakes this neutral state of mind, for Samadhi. This is an
obstacle on the path of God-realisation, and should, therefore, be overcome by
careful introspection and vigorous meditation. Through experience and acute
acumen, a Sadhaka can find out exactly the nature of the various states of
mind. He should adopt effective methods to control them.
An Issue of Long-continued
of Herculean Effort
Samadhi is difficult of
attainment. Do not mistake brooding, building castles in the air and
half-sleepy state for Samadhi. Great is the glory of a man of Samadhi; he can
move the whole world. Mere juvenile enthusiasm, emotional bubbling, will not
bring the desired results. Aspire to purify yourself first. Become an
embodiment of love, mercy and goodness. One has to apply oneself to Sadhana,
diligently, day and night. Like the man who anxiously seeks a means of escape
from the midst of a burning house, the aspirant should have a burning desire to
free himself from the fire of Samsara. Only then will he be able to enter into
deep meditation and Samadhi.
Nature of the Highest Spiritual Experience
Spiritual experiences cannot
be described in words. Language is imperfect. They are to be felt and realised
by the aspirants. Experiences vary. A devotee, a Yogi and a sage have different
spiritual experiences in the beginning. Ultimately, the highest experience is
one and invariable. The highest experience is that in which you become
identical with the Absolute.
There is neither darkness
nor void in this experience. It is! all-light. You become a Sarvavid or
all-knower. You know the mystery of creation. You get immortality, higher
knowledge, and eternal bliss.
In meditation, new grooves
are formed in the brain, and the mind moves upwards in the new spiritual
grooves. When the mind becomes steady in meditation, the eyeballs also become
steady. A Yogi whose mind is calm will have a steady eye.
There will be no winking at
all. The eyes will be lustrous, red or pure white.
When you enter into very
deep, silent meditation, the breath will not come out of the nostrils. There
may be occasional, slow movement of the lungs and the abdomen.
In profound and continued
meditation, thinking ceases. There is only one idea of "I am the
Infinite", "Aham Brahmasmi" When this idea also is given up,
Nirvikalpa Samadhi ensues. Just as salt melts in water, the Sattvic mind melts
in the Brahman, its Substratum.
NATURE AND THE PSYCHIC PITFALLS
for the Ascent of the Animal in Man
The whole mango tree with
branches, leaves and fruits is contained in a subtle form in the seed. It takes
time for manifestation. Even so the Vasana of lust lurks in the mind when you
are a boy, manifests at eighteen, fills the whole body at twenty-five. Mind
havocs from twenty-five to forty-five, and then it gradually declines. Various
forms of wrong-doing and mischief are done by human beings between 25 and 45.
This is the most critical period of life. There is no particular difference
between a boy and a girl in their characteristics when they are too young. After
attaining puberty they exhibit their characteristic qualities.
Pitfalls on the Path-I
Right from the very
beginning of one's spiritual life, one must understand clearly that in true
'humanity'-sincere desire to root out gradually pride, egoism and jealousy,
earnest and unceasing introspection to find out one's own defects and improve
oneself-lies one's hope of progress. Without this basis, any form of Sadhana
becomes a delusion and a waste. It makes the aspirant puffed up, more proud and
egoistic. When this happens, all good advice and instructions fall flat upon
him. Higher influences cease to have any effect as the aspirant becomes
deliberately and obstinately non-receptive to them. Eternal vigilance should be
exercised if he is to avoid falling into this dangerous state. Spiritual life
is not a light matter.!
Pitfalls on the Path-II
Sinning and evil has become
so much a habit with man that he never feels that he is committing them even
though day and night he is doing so constantly. And the greatest harm is done
by the fact that even while in this unregenerate state, the aspirant becomes
deluded by Maya into thinking that he has already progressed considerably in
spirituality. He deceives himself with the thought that as far as he is
concerned he is pretty advanced in Sadhana. He thinks that he has acquired that
Nirlipta (unattached) attitude where he can commit any form of act and yet
remain unaffected by it.
Under this grave delusion he
allows himself to be unrestrained and runs wild, intolerant of criticism,
resentful of the least opposition, utterly disregardful of others' feelings and
absolutely unamenable to advice and correction. All sense of discrimination,
sane judgment and introspection vanish from him. Even the common courtesy and
culture possessed by an ordinary worldly man take leave of the aspirant on
account of his presumption of spiritual advancement and growth in wisdom. He
becomes disposed to attack even venerable and elderly persons and spiritually
superior souls. Fully realise the importance of becoming a changed man
ethically and morally, before you can claim to be a Sadhaka. The aspirant
should carefully avoid the dangers of self-deception by constant vigilance and
introspection. When his nature is changed, purified and prepared, the Divine
Grace will spontaneously flood his Heart and enlighten him.
Pitfalls on the Path-III
The wandering habit of the
mind is one of the big hurdles on the path. It manifests itself in various
ways. A householder's mind wanders to the cinema, theatre, circus, etc. A
Sadhu's or monk's mind wanders to Varanasi, Brindavan, and other places of
pilgrimage. Many Sadhus do not stick to one place during Sadhana. The wandering
habit of the mind must be controlled by rendering it chaste and constant by
Vichara. The mind must be trained to stick to one place for five years during
your meditative life, to one method of Sadhana, to one path of Yoga, to one
spiritual objective, and to one guide.
Realisation and Psychic Pitfalls
Various psychic Siddhis and
other powers come to the Yogi who has controlled his senses, Prana and mind.
But all these are hindrances to spiritual realisation. They are stumbling
blocks; they allure the Yogic students. Temptations of the astral, mental and
Gandharva worlds are more powerful than the earthly temptations. Unwary
students are overwhelmed by them. One is bound to get some psychic powers, as a
result of regular practice of meditation and concentration; but to use these
powers for base and selfish purposes, for gaining some material end, will be
Powers and Spiritual Experience
During the course of his
Sadhana, the aspirant acquires some experiences, sees wonderful vision of
Rishis, Mahatmas, astral entities of various description, hears various
melodious sounds, smells Divya Gandha, gets the powers of thoughtreading,
foretelling, etc. Now, the aspirant foolishly imagines that he has reached the
highest goal and stops his further Sadhana. He slips into false Tushti or false
contentment. This is a serious mistake. These visions, these experiences and
these powers are not in themselves the culminating point in the Sadhana.
Abandon the idea of these experiences and powers. The final experience,
intuitional and direct, of the Supreme alone is the true one.
Powers and Real Yoga
Do not think too much of
psychic Siddhis. Clairvoyance and clairaudience are not worth having when far
greater illumina tion and peace are possible without the Siddhis.
Desire for powers will act like puffs of air which may blow out the lamps of
Yoga that is being carefully tended. Any selfish desire for Siddhis will blow
out the little spiritual light that the Yogi has kindled after so much struggle
and will hurl the student down into the deep abyss of ignorance. He will not be
able to rise up again to the original height which he has ascended on the hill
THE PHENOMENON OF CONSCIENCE
First-Fruits of Prayer
Prayer generates good
spiritual currents and produces a rare tranquillity of the mind; it elevates
the whole emotional nature and is accompanied by the growth of inward grace,
inner strength, and a sense of atonement with the Supreme Being. The intensive
purified feelings raised in acts of prayer, bring about the most beneficial
inner change in the heart; the receptive attitude of the silenced praying mind
puts the soul of man in tune with the Infinite, links it with the cosmic powerhouse
of inexhaustible energy and surcharges it with strength, grace, energy, light.
When prayers are raised on foundations of absolute devotion, purity of motive,
detachment from all worldly concerns, and unyielding faith in the Divine, they
lead the inner being of man into highest spiritual Experience.
Consideration of Prayer
Psychologically, it should
be remembered that prayer is not merely uttering of words but an intense and
sincere feeling of and a longing for contact with a Power which is
all-pervading, which includes everything within itself, and which is the most
real of all beings. The nature of thinking and feeling is such that it is not
possible to think of or feel anything without transforming the psychological
organ into the mode of the object which is thought or felt. And because, in the
case of prayer, the object is infinite Power itself, the mind takes such a
powerful mode, that the devotee gets endowed with superhuman powers in addition
to his achieving the purpose for which the prayer is offered.
Its Force and Its Functions
As a result of repetition,
through the force of Samskaras, the Mantra gathers creative momentum. A Mantra
is a mass of radiant energy or Tejas. It transforms the mental substance by
producing a particular thought movement. The rhythmical vibrations produced by
its utterance regulate the unsteady vibrations of the five sheaths or the
Pancha-koshas. It checks the natural tendencies of the mind to run after
sensuous objects. It helps the Sadhana Sakti and reinforces it when it becomes
imperfect and meets with obstacles. Sadhana-Sakti is strengthened by
Mantra-Sakti and when the sleeping consciousness in a Mantra or the Mantra
Chaitanya is awakened, the Mantra awakens in the Sadhaka superhuman powers or
of the Mantra-Repetition
Mantra is Daivi Sakti,
Divine Power, manifesting in a sound-body. Constant repetition of the Mantra
with faith, devotion and purity augments the Sakti of the aspirant, purifies
and awakens the Mantra Chaitanya latent in the Mantra and bestows on the
Sadhaka Mantra Siddhi, illumination, freedom, peace and immortality. By
constant repetition of the Mantra the Sadhaka imbibes the virtues and powers of
the Deity that presides over the Mantra. Repetition of Surya Mantra bestows
health, vigour, vitality, 'brilliance,' removes bodily and eye diseases, and
wards off all danger and harm. The repetition of a Mantra has a mysterious
power of bringing about the manifestation of the Divinity, just as the
splitting of an atom manifests the tremendous forces latent in it.
Mantras for Particular Benefits
The repetition of the
Subrahmanya Mantra Om Saravanabhavaaya Namah' will give you success in any
undertaking and make you glorious. It will drive off the evil influences and
evil spirits. Repetition of Sri Hanuman Mantra 'Om Hanumanthaaya Namah', will
bestow victory and strength. Repetition of Panchadasakshara and Sodasakshara
(Sri Vidya) will give you wealth, power, freedom, etc. The Maha Mrityunjaya
Mantra will save you from accidents, incurable diseases, and calamities, and
bestow on you long life and immortality. It is a Moksha-mantra, too. Those who
do Japa of this Mantra daily will enjoy good health and long life, and attain
Moksha or Liberation in the end.
Uses of the Mantras
Chanting of Mantras
generates potent spiritual waves of divine vibrations. They penetrate the
physical and astral bodies of the patients and remove the root causes of
sufferings. They fill the cells with pure Sattva or divine energy. They destroy
the microbes and vivify the cells and tissues; they are the best, most potent
antiseptics and germicides. They are more potent than ultra-violet rays or
Rational Character of Miracles
The divine touch of sages
healing incurable diseases and at times even bestowing back life to the dead
are actually facts in the spiritual realm. These miracles baffle reason, no
doubt; but more often than not the miracle implies not merely the nullifying of
known law but rather the evoking and bringing into play of a higher law of
which the uninformed observer is quite unaware. Hence the latter's wonder and
astonishment at the occur When the cause is hidden from your ken and in the
absence of the connecting sequence the effect alone is beheld, you feel it as
Counsel of the Conscience
Conscience is a sensitive
balance to weigh actions; it is a guiding voice from within. When you do a
wrong action, the conscience pricks you. You experience pinpricks. It says to
you in a clear, small, shrill voice: "Do not do this wrong action my
friend. It will bring misery to you." A conscientious man at once ceases
to act wrongly and further and becomes wise. Cowardice asks: "Is it
safe?". Avarice asks: "Is there any gain in it?" Vanity asks:
"Can I become famous?" Lust asks: "Is there pleasure?" But
Conscience asks: "Is it right?". Conscience prompts you to choose the
right instead of the wrong, and tells you that you ought to do the right.
Evolution of Conscience
According to the state of
his knowledge man's conscience is built up and changes from time to time with
the correction of his views, in the light of further knowledge gained
subsequently The conscience of a child or a savage is entirely different from
the conscience of a fully grown civilised man and even amongst civilised men
knowledge varies so much that their consciences direct different lines of
conduct. The conscience of a Sattvic man is very clean and very pure. The
conscience of Ramji will not allow him to do one thing, but the conscience of
Chatterji may allow him to do that very thing. Therefore, you cannot rely on
conscience entirely, until you have cleared your mind and feeling from personal
prejudice and predilections. Never mistake the lower mind's promptings for the
voice of the soul.
in the Sensitivity of Conscience
If an honest man begins to
take bribes for the first time, he shudders; for, his conscience quivers and
trembles; he feels a lot of uneasiness. But if he repeats it again several
times, his conscience becomes blunt. He ceases to feel any uneasiness. If a
chaste man visits for the first time, a house of ill-fame, his conscience
pricks and makes him shudder. But, if he visits that house frequently, his
conscience loses its sensitiveness and becomes blunt. He will not feel
anything. Therefore. understanding the fact that the inner mechanism of
conscience is very subtle, always try to keep it sensitive, by doing virtuous
of the Right Action
When something is done, if
there ensues as your personal experience joy, exhilaration or satisfaction,
understand that you are doing right action; but if you experience fear, shame,
doubt or pricking of conscience, know that you are doing a wrong action. A
constant awareness of the Divine, eliminates all possible tendencies to wrong
action: this will empower your mind with a strongly marked moral judgment which
will discern easily and pronounce if a particular action be right or wrong,
good or bad. Whenever you perform an action, if you experience an elevation of
mind, a sense of ease and brightness, know that action to be right
Do not do any act which
brings no good to others or which will make you repent later on or ashamed. Do
such acts which are praiseworthy and which bring good to you and to others.
This is a brief description of right conduct. Moral precepts have been made to
free one another from all injuries.
It is the motive that counts
in the performance of an action. Right and wrong are to be determined, not by
the objective con sequences, but by the nature of the subjective intention of
the agent. God looks to the motive of the doer.
STEPS IN SPIRITUAL EVOLUTION
Preparatory to the Spiritual Venture
A thorough study of the
natural laws and truths of life is absolutely necessary before venturing into
the spiritual path. Without the necessary equipments such as your conviction
about the unreality of earthly life, and without burning dispassion and
self-restraint, by taking to the spiritual path you are liable to be lost in
the dark dungeon of despair and frustration. There is no use in keeping your
legs in two boats.
Exhibit undaunted spirit and
manliness. Make a strong resolve: "I will die or realise."
Demand and Bewildering Number of Doctrines
In a bazaar you will see
many things for which you have no use. But then why do you blame the
shop-keeper for it. Even so the different kinds of Yoga, the different kinds of
scriptures: Puranas, Agamas, Nigamas, Philosophies, etc., have their own
utility. To suit all sorts of men, all sorts of systems are useful and
necessary. Why should you count pebbles on the river bed? Your business is to
drink water if you are thirsty.
of Spiritual Development
certain amount of mental restlessness, sense of frustration, a little of
unhappiness in life can never be avoided; for, they are evolutionary necessity
with every human being, they are the conditions of upward ascent and spiritual
growth. Every spiritual aspirant must possess infinite power of endurance and
great patience and make persistent strenuous efforts at achieving Divine
Illumination, Peace, Joy and Glory. Let the Sadhana be regular, continuous,
unbroken, and earnest. If quick God-realisation is your aim, both regularity
and continuity in Sadhana and meditation are required. Never stop Sadhana until
you are fully established in God-consciousness.
Any number of zeroes have no
intrinsic value unless number 1 (one) is added before them. Even so the wealth
of the three worlds is nothing if you do not try to acquire spiritual wealth,
if you do not strive for Self-realisation. Therefore live in the soul or the
Self within. Add the Divine to the Life here. Seek first the Lord within: He is
the fountain-source of Divine Riches, Power and Beauty
Will and the Only Human Duty
Even a dry leaf cannot be
wafted by the strongest gale without His Will, and as we are all His beloved
children, His will cannot but work out to our good. He being the indweller
knows what is good for us; not we. To rejoice at what He gives us, resting
where He places us, taking all that comes as His blessing and repeating His
Name, glorifying Him in all our actions, words and thoughts-that alone is our
Pattern of Saintliness
The beginning of saintliness
is killing of egoism. The end of saintliness is Eternal life. The key to
saintliness is Brahmacharya. The light of saintliness is universal love. The
garb of saintliness is virtue. The mark of saintliness is equal vision. The
road to saintliness is regular meditation. The foundation of saintliness is
Yama-Niyama. A saint lives in God: he is God-intoxicated.
Friends and Formidable Foes!
There is no eye like
intuition, no blindness like ignorance, no evil like lust, no enemy like anger.
There is no friend like Atman, no virtue like Satyam, no shelter like the lotus
feet of the Lord, no wealth like the spiritual wealth. Therefore develop the
eye of intuition, eradicate ignorance and lust, kill this enemy anger, make
friendship with Atman and attain the Supreme Wealth of God-realisation.
There is no greater obstacle
to divine life and meditation than the craving on carnal pleasures. Kill this
craving through enquiry, dispassion and meditation. Flesh is your invulnerable
foe. Live in the Spirit or Atman and annihilate this formidable foe. March
forward, O brave soldier!
of the Eternal Values
There is no light like that
of knowledge of the Self or Brahman. There is no treasure like that of
contentment. There is no virtue like that of truthfulness. There is no bliss
like that of the soul. There is no friend like Atman. Therefore know your own
Self. Develop contentment. Speak the truth. Drink the bliss of the soul.
on the Divine
Be frank and confess all
your troubles before Him. Speak to Him like a child. Even before you express,
the Lord understands your difficulties. He is the life of your life, Soul of
your soul. Depend upon Him alone. All other help will fail, but this divine
company will never fail. Ever repeat His Name. He will take care of you.
Rely on God alone. Do not
depend on money, friends, or anyone. When the friends are put to test, they
will desert you. Lord Buddha never relied even on his disciples. When he was
seriously ailing, he himself jumped like a frog to drink water from the river.
Be not bound to anybody, any place, or thing.
Fundamentals of Spiritual Life
Satyam or truth is the seed.
Brahmacharya or celibacy is the root. Meditation is the shower. Santi or Peace
is the flower. Moksha or emancipation is the fruit. Therefore speak the truth,
practise celibacy, cultivate Santi and meditate regularly. You will surely
attain the final emancipation or freedom from birth and death.
Touchstone of Knowledge and Spirituality
Equal vision is the
touchstone of knowledge. Unselfishness is the touchstone of virtue. Celibacy is
the touchstone of ethics. Oneness is the touchstone of Self-realisation.
Humility is the touchstone of devotion. Therefore, be unselfish, humble and
pure. Develop equal vision. Be in tune with the Infinite.
Without Sadhana there is no
meditation; without faith in the utterances of the sacred scriptures there is
no improvement without vigilance and alertness there is no progress in the
spiritual path; without Guru there is no divine knowledge.
of the Subconscious Life and
Beneath your conscious life
there is a very wide region of subconscious life. Subconscious life is more
powerful than your ordinary life of objective consciousness. Through the
practice of Yoga you can modify, control and influence the subconscious plane. Bring
about a complete transformation of the subconscious mind and attain
superconscious experience or the fourth state, Turiya.
Can you serve like Florence
Nightingale? Can you obey like a soldier in the battlefield? Can you be
generous like Ranti Deva? Can you spend sleepless nights in devotion to the
Lord, like Mira? Can you do Tapas like Dhruva? Can you stick to your
convictions like Mansoor and Shams Tabriez? Can you be fearless like the sage
who met Alexander the Great, on the banks of the Indus?
If you say Yes, you will
have Self-realisation this very second. You will contact Avataras and
full-blown Yogis this very second. First deserve, and then desire.
Irreligious and the Conscious Endeavour
The irreligious man also
will reach God ultimately, but through a longer and more painful route, after a
lot of experience of the miseries of this world. The religious-minded man will
go to Him by the short cut and enjoy the bliss of God in this very birth. The sooner
you become religious-minded, the sooner you will reach the Fountain-source of
Hurry and Progressive Evolution
Spiritual growth is gradual.
There is progressive evolution. You should not be in a feverish hurry to accomplish
great Yogic feats or enter into Nirvikalpa Samadhi in two or three months. You
will have to ascend the ladder of Yoga step by step. You will have to march in
the spiritual path stage by stage.
of Spiritual Unfoldment
Grow. Evolve. Expand.
Develop pure Love Reflect. Meditate. Obtain Jnana. Have you unfolded the hidden
treasures of spiritual consciousness latent in your heart? If yes, you have
done! well. Hail, hail to thee, Saumya!
Spiritualise all your
activities. Let your eyes look with kindness, your tongue speak with sweetness,
your hand touch with softness. Feed your mind with thoughts of God, your heart
with purity, and your hands with selfless service. Remain soaked in remembrance
of Spiritual Progress
Growth in meditation,
progress in Sadhana, and a closer approach to the Divine reveal themselves in
the lightness of the body and mind, in the thinning out of the
body-consciousness, in the loss of sex-attraction, in a distastefulness for
worldly prosperity that the aspirant experiences. Contentment, unruffled state
of mind, decrease in the excretions, sweet voice, eagerness and steadiness in
the practice of meditation, desire to remain alone in a quiet room or to stay
in seclusion, one-pointedness of mind, are some of the signs that indicate the
advancement of the aspirant on the spiritual path.
Experience of the Thinker
The end of the Evolution of
the Thinker is reached when the evolving mental life becomes, by expansion,
identical with the all-including life, the universal Self. If, however, his
thoughts and actions are directed exclusively towards personal and selfish
ends, his mind contracts more and more and recedes more and more from the path
of evolution. He should therefore think only such thoughts and do only such
actions as may widen his mind. The mind has to expand until the limiting
mind-covering becoming very thin is torn asunder when the limitations of the
Thinker ceasing to exist any longer, his Inner Self shines in his infinitude of
existence, consciousness and bliss, for, it was only He, the only One and Real
Self that was appearing till then to be enclosed in a covering made of
Utilisation of Time
Those who want to become
magnetic and dynamic personalities or prodigies should utilise every second to
the best possible advantage and should try to grow mentally, morally and
spiritually every second. Struggle hard. In spiritual path there is no falling
back or resting even for a while. Even a little stagnation is sufficient to
rust your spiritual being. A little lack of vigilance may cause a great
PLANES AND THE STRUCTURE OF
Feats and Intensive Sadhana
Be it understood that he who
has no Atma-Jnana, Self-knowledge and Experience, is a confirmed fool, even
though he may be a learned person, a master of the six schools of Indian
philosophy, even though he is a research scholar of Harward University with
diplomas and degrees (M.A., Ph.D., D.Sc., D.Litt.) suffixed to his name. His
intellect is still stony and barren. One may know by heart all the Upanishads,
Brahma Sutras, the Bhagavadgita, the Veda Angas, the Smritis, the Western
philosophy and contemporary psychology, yet there is no salvation for such a
learned man without the realisation of his identity with Brahman through
constant, intense meditation--not even in hundreds of millions of years.
Therefore, practise meditation: hurry up, realise God now, here; all else is of
little conse quence.
Mere study of Vichara-Sagara
or Panchadasi cannot bring in the experience of pure Advaitic Consciousness.
Vedantic gossipping, brilliant lectures on philosophy, and idle, dry talk on
the Brahma Sutras and Upanishads cannot help a man in feeling the unity or
oneness of life. There is no hope for such men to feel the Advaitic unity of
Consciousness, unless they destroy ruthlessly all sorts of evils of mind and
the heart and start living the inward life.
Living Liberated Man
Not through matted locks,
not through fiery lectures and erudition, not through exhibition of miracles
does one attain perfection or Knowledge of the Self. He in whom the two
currents of Raga-dvesha, ignorance of all kinds, egoism, lust and anger are
destroyed in toto, is ever happy and he is Brahman, or the liberated Sage or
Jivanmukta. When he is absorbed in Brahman, the Jivanmukta will not be able to
work. But when he comes down from his full Brahmic consciousness owing to the
force of Prarabdha and Vikshepa Sakti, he will pour forth his love at the cry
of a suffering soul. He is the ocean of mercy, love and peace.
Occultist and the Jnani
An occultist learns through
self-control and discipline to work on two planes at once, that is to be partly
out of his body at the same time when he is working on the physical plane; so
that even while he is busy writing, he may be doing other things with his
astral body. When such is the case with an occultist, little need be said of a
full-blown Jnani who is resting in his own Svarupa? He fixes himself on Brahman
and uses his mind and body as his instruments, when he is doing Vyavahara. He
has double consciousness: conscious of the world, he knows it to be a dream
within himself, and conscious of the Brahman, he experiences Cosmic
Consciousness. He knows what is going on in every mind.
Solid World of the Sage
The sage in his flights of
intuition ascends to that supramental region where he experiences the Divine
Reality or the Absolute. The superconscious experience is very vivid, vital and
vibrant. It is intensely real to the sage. He lives in it, moves in it and
breathes in it. The intuitive experience-whole is grand, sublime and profound.
The knowledge of God would have been lost to mankind but for the intuition and
revelation of the seers.
Vision of the Deathless Sage
In the crying babe, playing
boy, fiery youth, puzzled woman, and the disillusioned old man-the sage
perceives the same Divine Self. Outward form and peculiarity of nature do not
matter with him. The apparent change which the worldly call death does not
belong to the Divine Spirit within. Life continues beyond. Man sleeps with one
encasement and wakes up after a short while with another encasement? Death has
lost its dread for him. He has achieved the impossible, known the Unknowable-he
has eluded the grasp of Death Itself! Like this sage, you too can conquer
Death, and gain the Vision Divine. Seek for, and live dynamically in, the
Voice of a Self-realised Sage
There is no paper on which
to write the Nature of Truth. There is no pen which can dare write it. There is
no person living who can express It. It merely is everything that is, and there
ends the matter. Every effort to express Its nature is trying to kill its
reality. Thou art that Great Being! Thou art this, thou art that! Thy glory
knows no bounds. Thy power is indestructible. Thou art the most blessed, the
Immortal, the Real. Realise thy real Nature through discrimination, dispassion
and sacrifice of things earth-earthy.
Talk and Transcendental Experience
Spiritual life is not mere
idle talk. It is not mere sensation. It is actual living in the Atman. It is
transcendental experience of unalloyed bliss. It is a life of fullness and
perfection. He who leads a spiritual life is a centre of great spiritual force,
a dynamic personality. He radiates peace, joy and bliss towards all, and those
who come in contact with him will be highly inspired and elevated.
Persisting Communities of Spiritual Individuals
The grace of God is such
that however universal be the sway of agnosticism, yet there remains always one
class of people who refuse to succumb to the allurement of earthly things and
live to strive for the attainment of a higher divine Ideal. These are the
seekers, the monks in their monasteries, the wandering mendicants, and
preachers, the recluses in their meditative isolation and the ascetics absorbed
in penances. They are found even today not only in the East but also in the
Western countries. There is no real difference between a Christian mystic and a
Hindu saint. Their sayings never clash; their messages are essentially the
same. They have always been a call to men to discover the Wisdom of the Self.
Salt of the Earth
Great men are not those who
speak much or run fast, but think deep and live rightly. Right thinking
consists in the sinless attitude of the mind, and sin is belief in things that
perish. They are great heroes who have gone to the other shore of the ocean of
death and suffering and greater still are the saviours who offer the redeeming
hand to the soul that writhes to have a glimpse of the Light that shall never
flicker, that shall never fade away The company of saints has a tremendous
effect on the lives of true seekers. It lifts them up to the heights of
sublimity, purity and spirituality. It affects even the rank materialists.
Study the lives of saints: you are inspired at once. Remember their sayings:
you are elevated immediately. Walk in their footsteps; you are freed from pain
Great Superman of the East
The Bhagavad Gita is the
Gospel of life, the scripture of humanity, and the life of Sri Krishna is the
great commentary on it. Sri Krishna lived the life of a princely householder,
teaching mankind that the knowledge of the Absolute is not incompatible with
practical activity in life. He is the form, as it were, taken by the great
Truth that the universe is the manifestation of Brahman. There was no end to
the domestic troubles that Krishna had, no limit to the social and political
disturbances and threatening situations in which Krishna was involved, no bound
to his responsibility, and yet there was no match to his success, no equal to
his shining example of the Life Perfect. Sri Krishna was a philosopher, a sage,
a Yogi, and the statesman par excellence, who taught through example and
precept the art of government, the way to maintain peace on earth.
Here are some valuable
instructions of Sri Krishna to Uddhava. Sri Krishna says, "Give no attention
to people who laugh in ridicule, forget the body, go beyond all sense of shame;
fall prostrate on the ground and bow to all beings down, even to the dog, the
Chandala or the outcaste, the cow and the ass. See everything in Me and Me in
everything. Cut off all sorts of attachments. Have perfect unswerving devotion
"Look upon this
universe as a delusion, a play of the mind, now seen and the next moment
destroyed, like a dream, and extremely inconsistent like the circle drawn by a
firebrand (Alat Chakra). The threefold distinction of waking, dream and deep
sleep which is caused by the transformation of Gunas, of the qualities of
Nature, is Maya."
EXPERIENCE AND CONCEPTUAL
Wisdom and Human Reason
Wisdom is the perception of
non-difference; ignorance is the reverse of it. Knowledge ascends by steps in
sense, reason and intuition. Sensing is comparatively fragmentary false
knowledge, and reason is midway between right and wrong and can be utilised to
serve either end. Human knowledge ends with reason, and reason is always used
to serve sense-knowledge. Logic that turns against intuition is untrustworthy.
Reason is a hindrance to Self-realisation only when its logic gets perverted
through selfish interest.
and the Nature of Intuition
Intellect gives the
knowledge of external objects. Intellect is struggle. Intellect guesses,
believes. Intellect is finite. Intellect is a product of Prakriti. Intuition is
the eye of wisdom. Intuition is infallible. Intuition is a flash and an
illumination. In intuition, time becomes Eternity. Therefore develop intuition.
Intuitive Discernment and the Blindfold Efforts
discernment, in fact is the only touchstone of philosophy. The method of
intuition is the only method of discerning the Truth ultimately. Without
developing intuition the intellectual man remains imperfect and blind to the
Truth behind the appearances. In the light of developed intuition all other
philosophies seem to be interesting tabletalks, funny essays, humorous attempts
in the game called "Blindman's bluff." |
Definition of Intuition
Intuition is an active inner
awareness of the immortal blissful Self within. It is the eye of wisdom through
which the sage clearly discerns in everything the unseen Presence of the
Reality. In Sanskrit terminology, it is called Divya Chakshus, Prajna Chakshus,
Jnana Chakshus, through which the Yogi or the Sage experiences the supreme
vision of the all-pervading Brahman. It corresponds to the Brahmakara Vritti of
the Vedantins. It is the third spiritual eye of the Yogins.
Standards and Modern Measures
The age of the Upanishad was
an age of intuitional perception. It was an age when intuitional experience was
the guarantee of Truth. But the modern age is an age of questioning and
criticism. Today the guarantee of truth is the test of sensual perception. That
which man can perceive through his sense-organs or know through his intellect,
that he accepts as the reality. That which the senses cannot perceive he
rejects as unreliable.
Thus, many a precious factor
in our ancient cultural heritage has been rejected and set aside as
Perception and Conceptual Activity
Intuition is immediate
knowledge in contrast with mediate knowledge. Intuition is the only way by
which the Absolute can be realised and experienced in all its totality and
integrality. These mortal limited senses and the finite intellect cannot comprehend
the all-pervading Reality. Reason can give you only conceptual knowledge, and
conceptual knowledge does not give you the knowledge of the Reality in its
whole, in its totality, but it divides, fragmentises and breaks things into
Movements of Spiritual Reflection
Amidst the din and
boisterous bustle of worldly activities, there come moments of tranquillity and
peace, when the mind for the time being, however short it may be, soars above the
filthy! worldly things and reflects on the higher problems of life, viz.
"Whence? Where? Whither? Why of the universe? Who am I?" The sincere
inquirer becomes serious and extends his reflections. He begins to search and
understand the Truth. Discrimination dawns on him. He seeks Vairagya,
concentration meditation and purification of the mind and body and eventually
attains the highest knowledge of the Self
The greatest of the Greecian
culture's contributions to the world of higher thought is the Delphic
injunction, Know Thyself It is around this Self-knowledge that all
philosophies, monistic religions and spiritual sciences revolve. Self-knowledge
is, in India, Self-Realisation. It is Self-Experience. Self-knowledge is not
acquired through any intellectual or occult processes. It is knowledge by
Identity. Those who have known themselves are those who have consciously
contacted the Kingdom of Heaven present in the hearts of all.
Two Axes of Self-Knowledge
Man cannot know himself save
through meditation, through a deep dive into the calm chambers of the heart and
a direct glance at the mirror of life within. To have a comprehensive
understanding of what we are, we must impress on our mind the two facts, viz.,
the existence of the Eternal Reality, and the radical unity of all
manifestations from star to mineral form, from inanimate nature to organised
life. Every human being is a manifestation of the Lord; and, therefore, it is
possible for everyone to become one with the Infinite. Reflection on the above
truths of essential existence generates faith and conviction. Direct vision of
the Reality supplants all vain arguments. Realisation of truth makes everything
clear and self-explained.
Trove of Self-Knowledge
There are no works in all
the world that are so thrilling, soul-stirring and inspiring as the Upanishads.
The philosophy, taught by the Upanishads, has been the source of solace to many
a great soul both in the East and the West. The Upanishads teach the philosophy
of absolute unity, the glory of the essential Nature of man. They contain the
sublime truths of Vedanta and practical hints and clues, which throw much light
on the pathway of Self-Realisation.
First Step and the Preceding
An enquiry after the
subjective Centre, the Real Man, the metaphysical Entity that is lurking
dormant in the heart of the intellectual, vital and physical encasements of
every individual, is the first Step on the Path to the Life Divine. But the
introspective cognition of the Self by the self becomes possible and flowers
into the most effective operative power only after a certain necessary period
of successful psychological training and discipline of the entire man.
Art of Introspection
You must learn the art of
making the mind introspective or turned inward upon itself through the Yogic
Kriya-Pratyahara (abstraction). Only then, can one be really happy. Those who
know this practice, alone can be really peaceful. The mind cannot externalise
itself and do any havoc now. It can be kept in side the Hridyaguha or the cave
of the heart. You must starve the mind by Vairagya or dispassion and Tyaga or
renunciation of desires, objects and egoism.
Procedure of "Looking Within"
Just as the sun collects all
its myriad rays and plunges beyond the horizon, the practitioner withdraws his
mind from all his external senses into himself, like an octopus retracting its
tentacles. It is a scientific centripetal movement, prior to the purposeful
focussing of the full mind, which concentration implies. This can be likened to
the circumference of a circle contracting into the centre. This practice
renders the tendency of your nature 'inflowing' or Antarmukha. The individual
gradually, becomes an unmoved, undisturbed witness to the play of outer
Discovery of the Light Divine
What gives you light, during
the day? Sun. At night? Moon, stars and lamps. When there are no sun, moon,
stars, what gives you light? Buddhi or the intellect. Who observes the workings
of Buddhi and knows its defects and limitations? Aham:: the self-luminous Light
within. It is the inmost Principle in all, the Universal Ground. Do Sadhana and
experience this Light of lights.
Chain of Interiors
Mind is more internal than
speech. Buddhi or intellect is more internal than mind. Ahamkara is more
internal than Buddhi. Jiva Chaitanya Abhasa (reflected intelligence) is more
internal than Ahamkara. Atman or Kutastha is more internal to Atman. It is
Paripoorna or All-Full. This is your essential Nature. Realise this.
Into the Substratum
Man is generally attracted
by brilliant light, beauty, intelligence, varied colours and pleasant sounds.
Do not be deceived by these fascinating objects and paltry things. Enquire
within. What is the substratum for all things? There is the one Essence, the
All-Beauty at the back of the mind and behind all objects of this seeming
sense-universe. That Essence is all-full and self-contained. You are That
Essence. Realise this.
Wisdom or knowledge of the
Self, Brahma-Jnana, never dawns upon the mind, which is filled with greed,
anger lust and jealousy, which is under the control of desires and expectations
and which is devoid of contentment. Wisdom dawns only in a pure and calm mind.
Therefore, purify your mind and develop serenity.
an Act of Becoming But a Fact of Being
Self-realisation is not a
process. It is not a becoming. It is pure being. It is not a new thing to be
attained. The man of Self-realisation knows that he is the all-pervading
Immortal Self. To know That is to be That. Self-realisation is direct intuitive
perception of one's own innermost Self. Realise this mysterious, wonderful,
all-blissful Self and move about happily.
Persuasions of Self-Experience
The goal of life is the
attainment of divine consciousness. This goal is the realisation that you are
neither this perishable body nor that changing and finite mind, but you are
all-pure ever free Atman. Remember always Ajo Nityah Sasvatoyam Purano: Unborn
Eternal Permanent is this Ancient One. This is your real nature. You are not
this little passing personality hooked on to a name and form. You are not
Ramaswamy or Mukherji or Mehta or Matthew or Garde or Apte. You have only
fallen into this little delusion by an accident through some passing cloud of
ignorance. Awake and realise that you are Pure Atman.
Man is God in disguise who
puts on a garb in fun, but quickly forgets his true identity. Desire drags him
down. Discrimination lifts him up. God became man. Man will become God again.
Man evolved is God. God involved is man. God in bondage is man, and man free
from bondage is God. A deluded, ignorant man is worldly. A perfect man is God.
God plus desire is man. Man minus desire is God. The most impious of men can,
by earnestly devoting themselves to God, reach the highest bliss.
Truth is not outside you. It
is within you. It dwells in the cave of your heart. You are a truth of God, a
work of God, a will of God. You are unfettered, free, eternally free. You are
Nityamukta Atman. Roar OM. Come out of the cage of flesh and roam about freely.
PROCESSES OF SELF-KNOWLEDGE
Psychic Ordeal Involved in Self-realisation
To realise the imperishable
conscious Spirit, is the salvation of the individual, the endless supernal
beatitude. Such a realisation is not given to all and sundry, it does not fall
from the sky. The cost is very high, though it is open to all who are prepared
for that. The price demanded is the very beloved self, the sacrifice of all
that is dear and near. No tall talk, no excuse, no trick can help one in
Self-realisation. It requires a conscious self-abandonment, an emptying of the
self into an utter zero, a becoming totally non-existence as it were, to become
Primary Bases of Self-realisation
Self-realisation or an
Experience of the Omnipresent Reality must be preceded by a preparatory peeping
into the inner regions of our deeps, a heroic battling up our way to the very
meaning and source of all life, a burning love and a consuming zeal for the
attainment of the Divine Light and Grace; otherwise, one is sure to lose one's
way in false paths and face defeat and disillusionment
Analyse your thoughts.
Scrutinise your motives. Remove selfishness. Calm the passions. Control the
Indriyas. Destroy egoism. Serve and love all. Purify your heart. Cleanse the
dross of mind. Hear and reflect. Concentrate and meditate. Attain
Put the Neti-neti doctrine
of Vedanta, into daily practice. "Neti, neti" means "not this,
not this". Say, "I am not this perishable body. I am not this mind. I
am not this Life-force, Prana. am not the senses." Try to identify
yourself with the all-pervading Self. This practice culminates in the
attainment of Self-realisation.
Method of Self-realisation
Turn the gaze, draw the
Still the mind, sharpen the
Chant OM with feeling,
meditate on Atman!
An aspirant desirous of
experiencing the Inner Self, turns his gaze within himself, withdraws the rays
of his mind: the senses are drawn in as the limbs of a tortoise are drawn into
the shell. The mental modifications are stopped. Buddhi is made to surrender
itself at the feet of the Atman. Ego is emptied, so that his entire being might
be filled by the light of the Self.
Merge your speech in the
mind. Merge the mind in intellect. Merge the intellect in the cosmic intellect.
Merge the cosmic intellect in the Unmanifest. Merge the Unmanifest in Pure
Consciousness. This is self-withdrawl and self-expression; this is negation and
affirmation; the negation of the personality and the affirmation of
Universality and Omnipresence.
God-realisation is not a
matter to be postponed till retirement. It is not a matter to be discussed in
Lalbagh and Dalhousie Parks. It is a vital urgent need to be attended to
immediately. A weak, emaciated and decrepit old body is not fit for Yoga
Sadhana. Offer the prime of your youth to God, a rare flower of fresh
Life is short. Time is
fleeting. Obstacles are many. Cut the knot of Ignorance and drink the Nirvanic
Bliss. Live well every day as if it is the last. Every moment is vitally
important; every day is like turning of a new leaf. Waste not even half a
second. Plunge yourself in Japa, meditation and service of humanity.
with the Divine
God, the supreme Almighty
Spirit is the only Truth of life. Link yourself with Him through spiritual
Sadhana. All suffering and sorrow is due to your losing touch with your Divine
Source. to regain your contact with That Blissful One, you have been given this
human body. The meaning of life is not to merely live as long as life lasts and
then die when it ends. This is absurd. Life is intended purely for the
attainment of Immortality and Eternal Bliss. Start your spiritual life now.
Condition for God-realisation
The Sadhaka should have
burning Vairagya and Vichara, extreme earnestness and sincerity of purpose, for
Darshan of God. He should show that intensity of feeling of the fish out of the
water which flutters about for re-entry into it, of the man who runs for the
firebrigade when his house is on fire, of the child in the river that shrieks
for getting out, of the young wife who pines for meeting her husband who is
expected to arrive from a foreign land after a long separation, of the person
who wants the doctor for removal of foreign bodies from his eyes. Only then
will the aspirant have the Vision of God, and gain the Experience Divine.
of a Perfect Life
To attain fellowship with
other beings, to think in terms of everything that is around, to share in the
feelings of the different breathing contents of the universe, in other words,
to give freedom to your inner expressions and potentialities, to raise your
self from the egoistic thinking, and to surrender the physical and the mental
consciousness to a still higher unifying substance, is indeed the precondition
of the truly happy and perfect life.
Desire for liberation is
terminological inexactitude. Liberation means attainment of the state of
Infinity. It already exists. It is our real nature. There can be no desire for
a thing which is your very nature. All desires for progeny, wealth, for
happiness in this world or in the next, and lastly even the desire for
liberation, should be completely annihilated, and all actions guided by pure
and disinterested will towards the goal.
STRUCTURE OF THE LIFE DIVINE
for Life Divine
Just as the coloured water
penetrates freely and nicely a piece of cloth when it is pure white so also the
instructions of a sage can penetrate and settle down in the hearts of aspirants
only when their minds are calm, when there are no desires for enjoyments and
when the impurities of their minds are destroyed. That is the reason why an
aspirant is expected to possess the qualifications of Viveka, Vairagya, Sama,
Dama and Uparati before he practises hearing of Srutis, reflection and
meditation Discipline and purification of the mind and the Indriyas are the
prerequisites of an aspirant in the path of Truth and Self-realisation.
of Divine Life
To be jealous is mean, to be
selfish is ignoble, to be compassionate is divine, to be patient and enduring
is manly, to be dispassionate is praiseworthy, and to be equanimous is
laudable. Therefore eradicate jealousy and selfishness, and cultivate the
divine virtues. Strive to be as compassionate as Buddha, as pure as Bhishma, as
truthful as Harischandra, as brave as Bhima.
parts of the Life Divine
Divine Life is a synthesis
of service, devotion and knowledge. It is not a dry philosophical doctrine. It
is the Yoga of Synthesis which is eminently suited to the people of this age.
It is practical religion. It enables you to converse with God daily, hourly,
minute after minute. In such communion lies supreme goodness, eternal joy and
Anatomy of Life Divine
Divine Life is the perfect
life led according to the laws of the Divine Being. It is the Expression of the
Real Essence of Existence. It is a life perfectly freed from the attractions of
terrestrial egoism. It is the Life Immortal, the Ideal State of Perfection.
Such a life has to be lived through a strenuous discipline and right moulding
of the self of man.
Cosmic Life Intervenes
When the heart is purified,
the mind is naturally turned towards God. The aspirant is attracted towards
God. Eventually he is absorbed in the Lord, through pure love, self-surrender
and worship. The Bhakta now becomes a cosmic entity. He has one continuous
life. He has cosmic life.
This cosmic life leads the
aspirant into the Experience of the Timeless Reality in this experience there
is neither darkness nor void. It is all-light. In it you become omniscient and
omnipotent. You become Sarvavid or all-knower. You know the whole mystery of
creation and gain eternal Bliss.
the Realm of the Real
The goodness, the light, the
pleasure and the beauty, of the world is not to be found there even in name.
Even the splendour of the sun and the grandeur of the creator is superceded by
the Absolute. That state is experienced when the senses ceases to work together
with the mind and when the intellect does not move, and when there is nothing
but Consciousness. When all desires that are lodged in the heart are liberated,
then the mortal becomes Immortal. Here and now he attains Brahman.
PATTERNS OF HUMAN
PRINCIPLES OF GREATNESS
Promises of Perseverance
The nerve that never
relaxes, the eye that never blenches, the thought that never wanders-these are
the masters of victory Victory belongs to the most persevering. Perseverance
gives power to weakness, and opens to poverty the wealth of the whole world.
With steady perseverance, great difficulties come to an end. A man of
perseverance never meets with failures. He always attains success. God is with
those who persevere in spite of hindrances, discouragements and
impossibilities. The tendency to persevere, to persist-it is this that
distinguishes the strong soul from the weak. If you have perseverance you can
do all that you wish.
and the Prevailing Culture
Culture is not what it has
unfortunately come to mean today: often diplomatic cunningness, hypocrisy,
crookedness and immorality masquerade in the holy garb of culture! A cultured
man has come to be regarded as one who wears a well-ironed suit, with a
fashionable pipe adorning his smoke-emitting mouth, whose thoughts, actions and
words are as correlated as those of an ego-intoxicated Gila Monster whose lips
will utter sweet words while his heart is filled with loathsome thoughts of
hatred, whose mouth would break into a grin while his heart frowns-whose
polished manners hide the inner demon! True culture is the process of
conversion of the base animal nature of man, through the human, into the
The Dynamic Spiritual Love
Positive all-embracing Love
which Ahimsa means, a Compassion that is extended to all existences and all
creation, forms the life-blood at once of the profoundest morality and of the
highest spirituality: viewed from the sociological point of view. it forms the
highest morality, and judged from individual standpoint, it means the dynamic
intense spirituality. Even a feigning practice of Ahimsa by contemporary
humanity would make world wars, social injustice and self-aggrandisement
impossible, and convert this world into a happier and peaceful place to live
Main Strand of Greatness
Magnanimity is loftiness of
character or action. It is that elevation or dignity of soul which raises the
possessor above revenge and makes him delight in acts of benevolence, which
makes him disdain injustice and meanness and prompts him to sacrifice personal
ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects.
Magnanimity is generosity in sentiment or conduct towards others. It is
exaltation above envious, cowardly, vindictive or selfish motives. A man of
magnanimity is elevated in sentiment, scorns temptations, what is mean and base
and despises earthly pomp and splendour.
Importance of Manners
Good manners render a
superior amiable, an equal agreeable and an inferior acceptable. They smooth
distinctions, sweeten conversation, and make everyone in the company pleasant
with himself. They produce good nature, mutual benevolence, soothe the fierce.
'Manners' is good behaviour or respectful deportment. Manners are the blossom
of good sense and good Teeling. A man of good manners is free from rudeness. He
is Well-behaved, complaisant, civil, courteous and polite. Pride, ill-nature,
want of sense, arrogance, impatience are the great sources of ill-manners.
Manners are minor morals.
Aspect of the Twin Virtue
Selflessness and cosmic love
are the very alpha and omega of spiritual life. They form the foundation of
life divine, and their influence is felt throughout the superstructure. It
would be quite true to say that these two virtues form the most essential
prerequisites, the disciplines, the test of progress, the Supreme Attainment
and its later manifestation. Selflessness and cosmic love are the Sadhana, the
Sadhya and the Siddhi. They are the guiding lights of the Sadhaka, and the aura
of the Siddha.
Nature of Nobility
Nobility is that elevation
of soul which comprehends bravery, generosity, magnanimity, intrepidity, and
contempt of everything that dishonours character. Nobility is the state or
quality of being noble in character as distinguished from selfishness,
cowardice and meanness. It is dignity, grace of character greatness of mind,
magnanimity, excellence. The true standard of quality is in the mind: he who
thinks nobly is really noble. Nobility is the finer portion of the mind and
heart, linked to divinity.
Transmuting Power of Patience
Patience strengthens the
spirit, sweetness the temper, stifles anger, develops the will-force,
extinguishes jealousy, subdues pride, controls the organ of speech, restrains
the hand. In patience there is quiet endurance or forbearance under distress,
pain, injury, insult, suspense, calamity, provocation. He has endurance without
murmuring or fretfulness or retaliation. Patience is a specific remedy for the
control of anger. It is the soul of peace. It is genius.
Meaning of Manliness
"Manly' refers to all
the qualities and traits worthy of a man. Manliness is the quality of soul
which frankly accepts all conditions in human life and makes it a point of
honour not to be dismayed or wearied by them, it is more than courage. We speak
of manly gentleness or tenderness, such as firmness, bravery, undaunted spirit,
dignified nature, nobility and stateliness. Manliness is freedom from
childishness, boyishness, and womanishness.
Are the Meek
Meekness is gentleness of
disposition, that low, sweet root from which all divine virtues shoot up.
Meekness is the essence of true religion, the fundamental Virtue of a saint. It
is the root, the mother, the nurse, of all virtues. Meekness is the noblest
self-denial. It is abstinence from self-love and self-conceit. It abounds in
goodwill, excludes revenge, irritability, morbid sensitiveness. Meekness is
submission to Divine Will. God delights to dwell in the hearts of the meek.
Quintessence of Courtesy
Courtesy sweetens and
ennobles life. It makes smooth the road of life, like grace and beauty. It
opens the door and allows the stranger into the house. It enlivens the hearts
of guests and visitors. A man of courtesy is a man of fine and polished
manners. All people love him. Courtesy charms at first sight and leads on to
great intimacy and friendship. Let your courtesy be artless, continuous and
Good and Not Good
To be abstemious in diet is
good; but trying to live on leaves is not good. To take care of the body is
good: but to be attached to the body is not good. To live in seclusion is good,
but to become Tamasic is not good. To be frank is good; but to expose another's
secrets and faults is not good. May the reader obtain the Supreme Good.
Life and God-Life
Good conduct is the root of
material and spiritual prosperity. It increases fame, prolongs life. ends
evils, and brings continued happiness. It is good conduct that begets virtue.
And out of good life comes God-life. Goodness is the threshold to Godliness.
Divine Life is a good life plus an inner awareness of the Nature of the Self.
Atman. Having conscientiously endeavoured to lead a good and honest life,
therefore, you have won half the battle.
of an Honest Man
An honest man is characterised
by openness, genuineness or sincerity. He is faithful, sincere,
straightforward, true, trustworthy, upright. He is always disposed to act with
careful regard for the rights of others, especially in matters of business or
property. He scrupulously observes the dictates of a personal honour that is
higher than any demands of mercantile law or public opinion and will do nothing
unworthy of his own inherent nobility of soul. No success in Yoga, no spiritual
progress is possible without honesty.
Eat sparingly. Breathe
deeply. Talk kindly. Work energetically, Think usefully. Stick resolutely. Act
rightly. Apply tenaciously. Behave properly. Speak politely. Pray
wholeheartedly. Endure courageously. Persevere patiently. Concentrate
singlemindedly. Meditate seriously. Realise quickly.
If you want to progress
rapidly in Sadhana, talk a little, mix a little, walk a little. Much talking
will cause distraction of the mind; much mixing will cause disturbance in the
mind; much walking causes exhaustion and weakness. Pursue Sadhana earnestly.
Comment on Jesus' Command
Dense rain clouds sail in
majestic langour, heavy with hidden rain. Tall mountains arrogantly bar their
way, and offer granite opposition. Enfolding them in their cooling embrace the
clouds pour forth all their treasured waters over the bosom of their foe. Oh,
how beautifully do they teach! To him who smiteth thee on thy left cheek turn
thy right cheek too. If a man taketh away thy cap give him thy coat also. Love
him that hateth thee. Bless him that curseth thee.
and Censure: An Appraisement
They blame him who is a
bachelor, they blame him who has married, they also blame him who has embraced
Sannyasa. There is no one on earth who is not blamed. Blame and praise are
vibrations in the air. Therefore, be above blame and praise and be happy.
In sticking to the path of
righteousness and spiritual life, you will face mockery, misunderstanding and
persecution. Therefore, the cultivation of forbearance, meekness of spirit,
calm endurance, and spirit of forgiveness are of great importance. Uphold virtue
at any cost; for its sake, hear any calumny. Return good for evil.
Everything will end well for
those who are truthful and sincere and who rely on God. Throw your burden on
Him and rest peacefully for ever. Do not bother about domestic affairs. Forget
all about the past. He who takes care of the frog within the strata of rock
will surely take care of all His creation. Increase your Japa and spend more
time in sitting alone. This is your supreme wealth.
The Best of Moral Excellences
Modesty is the absence of
all tendency to overestimate oneself. It is freedom from excess, exaggeration
or extravagance. It is decent reserve or propriety of manner or speech. It is
purity of thought, character, feeling or conduct. It is becoming behavlour,
humility, a discerning grace. It is a beautiful setting to the diamond of
talent and genius. It is the greatest ornament of an illustrious life. It is
the appendage of sobriety. The speech of a modest man is inspiring, and
elevating. It touches your heart, breathes love and wisdom, gives lustre to
truth. A modest man who is unostentatious, unassuming, unpretentious, is
respected by all. He wins the hearts of all.
However, one cannot attain
to perfection merely by the practice of modesty, by mere goodness, by pursuit
of virtues. One has to meditate intensely on the Divine ideal, with the help of
such virtues as humility, modesty, purity. Virtue and morality act as
auxiliaries to meditation and final mergence of the individual in the Supreme.
All ethics have, as their
aim, the realisation of the Self. Ethics leads to restraint of the lower self
and thereby the mind is calmed. Through calmness of the mind discrimination
dawns, and one knows the Self, realises God, in a short time.
AND THE FORMATION OF
and Control of Thoughts
A sublime thought elevates
the mind and expands the heart, a base thought excites the mind and renders the
feelings morbid and dark. Those who have even a little control over their
thoughts and speech will have a calm, serene, beautiful, charming face, a sweet
voice and their eyes will turn brilliant and lustrous.
and Physical Features
Personality includes a man's
character, intelligence, noble qualities, moral excellences, noble conduct,
intellectual attainments, certain striking characteristics, sweet, powerful
voice, and so on. All these and many more put things together constitute the
personality of a man. Mere physical form or characteristics do not make up the
personality. A fully blown Yogi or Jnani is the greatest personality in the
world. He may be of a small status and even ugly, clad in rags; and yet he is a
mighty personality a great Mahatma. A man who has attained ethical perfection
by the continued practice of right conduct has also got a magnetic personality.
He can influence millions.
Power and Personality
The Prana is related to the
Mind and through Mind to Will and through will to the Individual soul and
through this to the Supreme Being. If you know how to control the little waves
of Prana working through the mind, then the secret of subjugating, Universal
Prana will be known to you. The Yogi who becomes an expert in the knowledge of
this secret, will have no fear from any power, because he has mastery over all
the manifestations of Power in the universe. What is commonly known as Power
and personality are nothing more than the natural capacity of a person to wield
Shaping of Personality
Mould your character. Behave
properly. Develop sympathy, affection, benevolence, tolerance and humility.
Come out of the centre of your small narrow egoistic circle and have a broad
vision. Speak gently and sweetly in a courteous manner. Eradicate undesirable
thoughts and desires.
Ill-health is a myth. It
does not exist beyond the range of the physical and mental sheaths. The body
and mind alone are subject to disease. The Atman, your true Self is beyond
these and therefore eternally free from diseases and death. During illness,
detach yourself from the body. Connect the mind with the Atman. "As you
think, so do you become!" Therefore, assert All health I am OM OM
OM." Disease will take to its heels.
Status and Power of Will
Will is the dynamic
soul-force. When it operates all the mental powers such as the power of
judgment, power of memory, power of grasping, power of conversation, reasoning
power, power of discrimination, power of reflection and inference-all these
come into instant play. Will is the king of mental powers. When rendered pure
and irresistible, will can work wonders. Will becomes impure and weak through
vulgar passions, love of pleasures and desires. Fewer the desires, the stronger
the will. When sexual energy, the muscular energy, anger, etc., are all
transmuted into the will-force they are controlled. There is nothing impossible
on earth for a man of strong will-power.
to the Development of Will-Power
Every temptation resisted,
every sensual thought repressed, every harsh word withheld, every noble
aspiration encouraged, helps you to develop your will-power or Soul-force and
takes you nearer and nearer to the Goal. Sincerity in Sadhana is the key to success.
With strong feeling, repeat mentally: "My Willis powerful, pure, and
irresistible. OM OM OM. I can do everything through my will. OM OM OM. I have
an invincible will. OM OM OM."
Harvest of a Controlled Desire
When you give up an old habit
of drinking coffee, you have controlled to a certain extent the sense of taste,
destroyed one Vasana, and have eliminated the craving for it. As there is
freedom from the efforts to procure coffee and also from the habit of taking
it, you will gain some peace. The energy involved in the hankering for coffee,
and which was agitating you, will now be converted into the power of will. By
this conquest over, you gain will-power; and if you conquer some fifteen such
desires, your will-power will fifteen times be stronger and more powerful. And
this conquest, by imparting strength to the will, will help you conquer other
Signs of Growing Will
Unruffled state of the mind,
poise, cheerfulness, inner strength, capacity to turn out difficult works,
success in all undertakings, power to influence people, a magnetic and dynamic
personality, magnetic aura on the face, sparkling eyes, steady gaze, powerful
voice, a magnanimous gait, unyielding nature, fearlessness, etc., are some of
the signs or symptoms that indicate that one's 'will' is growing.
The source of all life, the
source of all knowledge, is Atman, your innermost Self. This Atman or supreme
Soul is transcendent, inexpressible, uninferable, unthinkable, indescribable,
the ever-peaceful, all-blissful. It is Omnipotent; the more you reflect upon
its infinite Strength, and the more you are conscious of this inner Power of
the Infinite in you, the greater is your will-power.
You should have real and
intense thirst to realise your in ner Self, the Godhead within you. Then your
will-power increases hundredfold and dissolves all obstacles.
Purity of heart and
concentration greatly increase will-power. The more is the mind fixed on God
the more is the strength you acquire. More concentration means more energy and
AND THE SPIRIT OF
of Mind and Selfless Service
Karma Yoga prepares the mind
for the reception of Light and Knowledge. It expands the heart and breaks all
the barriers that stand in the way of oneness or unity. Karma Yoga is an
effective Sadhana for Chitta Suddhi or purity of the mind-stuff and the heart.
Therefore do selfless service constantly. Take delight in service.
The more the energy you
spend in elevating and serving others, the more the divine energy which will
flow to you. Work with the awareness of being pulled by the Cosmic Will. You
will have more strength, less vanity. You will not be bound, as there will be
14th July Fields for
Cultivating Selflessness Different forms of social service, personal service to
the sick and the suffering, negation of the superiority complex through
self-denial, menial labour and fraternisation with those whom the society will
not grant equality, are all different fields for cultivating selflessness and
breaking open the barrier of separateness.
of a Selfish Action
All selfish actions are
immoral. What, then, is selfish action? It is an action which is intended to
bring satisfaction to the senses and the ego of one's own individual being
without any intention to overcome the desires of the senses and the ego. In
addition to those positive indulgences, immoral action includes other acts like
causing harm, practising falsehood and committing Theft, either in thought or
word or deed, passion, anger, greed, pride and jealousy are immoral actions.
Selfishnees is the source of
all vices. A selfish man injures others, robs them of their property and does
many sinful actions to satisfy his selfishness. Selfishness constricts the
heart. A selfish man has neither scruples nor character. Peace of mind is
unknown to him. It is selfishness that prompts a man to do evil acts.
Mere philanthropic work
occasioned by either sympathy or gain of personal fame, without devotion and
knowledge is nothing more than social scavengering. It is not Yoga. The whole
heart, mind, intellect must be dedicated to service: this is Isvararpana or
Yoga. Remember, it is the mental attitude or Bhava that does! immense good.
Feel that you are an instrument in the hands of God. It is through the light
provided by the self-effulgent Lord within you that you are able to work. Feel
this every moment of your life. Act and serve as a trustee, not as an owner or
proprietor. You will be free from Karma, you will not be bound to action as
there will be no "mine-ness".
Triads for practice
Three things to love: desire
for liberation, company of the wise and selfless service; three things to
despise: miserliness, cruelty and petty-mindedness; three things to admire:
generosity, courage and nobility; three things to respect: Guru, renunciation
and discrimination; three things to control: tongue, temper and tossing of the
you spend even a fraction of
the time that you waste, in finding your own faults, you would have become a
great saint by this time. Why do you care for the faults of others? Purity
yourself first. Improve yourself first. Reform yourself first. Wash the
impurities of your own mind. He who applies himself diligently to his spiritual
practices cannot find even a single second to look into the affairs of others.
Graded Levels of Spiritual Growth
Desires are incentive to
action. Transmute first unholy desires into holy desires. Action leads to
experience. Experience results in the growth of the soul. Soul-growth unfolds
all the beauty and glory of the latent spiritual powers which make you free and
perfect. Distill out of your experience that divine Essence of serenity, poise
and pure love; and this, in its turn, will make you a godman.
When an evil thought
harasses the mind, the best method of conquering it is by ignoring it. How can
we ignore an evil thought? By forgetting it. How can we forget? By not
indulging in it again, and also by not brooding over it. How can we prevent the
mind from indulging in it again or brooding over it? By thinking of something
very interesting, something sublime and inspiring. Ignoring, Forgetting,
Thinking, of something inspiring,--these three constitute the great Sadhana for
establishing mastery over evil thoughts.
Power Through Controlled Thoughts
Uncontrolled thoughts are
the roots of all evils. The more the thoughts are restrained, the more is the
mind concentrated and consequently the more does it gain in strength and power.
It demands patient work to destroy mean and base thoughts; but the
entertainment of sublime thoughts is the easiest and rapid method of destroying
base thoughts. Ignorant of the laws of thought, the worldly-minded individual
falls a prey to all sorts of thoughts, thoughts of hatred, anger, revenge, lust
and grows! very weak-willed. The best method of gaining mental power is! by
entertaining sublime, noble and good thoughts and through their aid controlling
the dissipative, distractive, diversifying worldly, and base thoughts.
TRANSCENDENTAL REACHES OF
of Contrary Temperaments
The view that everything in
nature and in the history of mankind is ordained for the best, the order of
things in the universe being adapted to produce the highest good, enables the
optimist to see an opportunity in every difficulty, to discover a bright side
to every situation, to adopt a hopeful and confident state of mind, and to get
the best of life and make the best of circumstances. The doctrine that the
world and human life are essentially evil, that this is the worst possible
world, condemns the gloomy and depressed pessimist to see a difficulty in every
opportunity, to believe that everything is tending to the worst, to be disposed
to take a despairing view of life, to anticipate failure or misfortune. The
sanguine temperament of the optimist, shows that the accident is not as
terrible as you feared; the hill is not so steep as you thought before you
began climbing: the difficulty is not as great as you expected, and that the
things come out better than you hope. The pessimist has a temper of mind that
looks to the darker side of things and paints the darkness exaggeratedly far
darker than what it is, and tends to maintain that things are bad rather than
good, worse rather than bad. Maintain faith in yourself and look up: succeed in
life, become a powerful optimist; rejoice in the all-pervading Divinity.
Factor that Determines Happiness
Man today has totally become
a slave of artificial gadgets and synthetic products even in matters of food,
personal health and every little matter of day-to-day life. He is a rag doll
propped up by a thousand scientific aids and devices. The measure of man's
happiness is in proportion to his victory over environment. The less you depend
upon other things, the greater your happiness. Depend upon outside objects for
your satisfaction then misery is the result.
Experience of Peace
Peace is within. Search for
peace within the chambers of your own heart, through one pointed concentration
and meditation. If you do not find peace there, you will not find it anywhere
else. All unhealthy desires cause distractions of various kinds, and are
therefore enemies of Peace. Give up all cravings, egoism, and unnatural
longings. The man who is endowed with supreme faith in the Divine Principle of
God and who has mastery over his senses quickly gets the Highest Peace. The one
aim of life is the attainment of peace and not achievement of power, name, fame
Don't grieve at the unkind
words of the world. Is it possible to please the people? There are so many
tongues, so many talks, so many opinions, so many remarks. This world is a
strange mixture of the forces of Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. Tamasic people are in
abundance; and, it is their second nature to find fault and pronounce
unnecessary criticism. They experience the world through their primitive
emotions; their judgment is prejudiced;
diced; their natures are
small; they a prey to the sins of sense and perversions of will; they are more
governed by ignorance and egoism than by intelligence and light. Therefore low
the dictates of your own conscience and the prompting your soul. If you are
satisfied, the whole world must be satisfied.
Conquest of Happiness
Do not jeer at any one. Do
not frown at anybody. Restrain all your senses. Be cheerful always. Do not look
back: make steady progress on the path of goodness. Divest yourself of all desire
and wrath. Cast off pride. Turn your gaze inwards. Contemplate. You will enjoy
of the Inner Self
Peace is absolute serenity
and tranquility, wherein all the whims and fancies, daydreaming and
imaginations, moods and impulses, emotions and instincts cease to operate
entirely and the individual soul rests in its own native, pristine glory in an
unruffled state. It is not, of course, the temporary condition of mental
quietude which worldly people speak of in common parlance when they retire for
a short time to a solitary bungalow in a forest for a little rest. Peace is the
realm of infinite bliss and eternal Sunshine, where cares, worries, anxieties
and fears which torment the soul, dare not enter; where all distinctions of caste,
creed and colour vanish altogether in the one embrace of Divine Love and where
desires and cravings find their full satiety.
Sources of Blessedness
Eat sparingly, breathe
deeply, talk kindly, work energetically, bathe thoroughly and have a long life.
Cultivate a melting heart, The giving hand, the kindly speech, the life of
service, equal vision and impartial attitude. Your life will indeed be blessed.
Out of pain comes the
philosophy of "Who am I?", out of suffering comes endurance: out of
service a pure, compassionate heart; out of adversity the strength of will; out
of faith the final beatitude; and out of meditation oneness with the Infinite.
EVOLUTIONARY AIMS AND THE TECHNIQUES
ESSENTIALS AND THE EVOLUTIONARY AIMS OF LIFE
the Objective of Aspiration
Know that you seek, and
then'seek. See you not that what you pursue here fails to give you what you
truly seek and recedes like a mirage? Nothing on earth can give you supreme
joy, everlasting happiness, unadulterated bliss. Youth fades like the evening
flower, strength vanishes like the rent cloud, the beauty of the body quickly
gives way to the ugly death! Your pleasure-centres mock at you, for you have
mistaken pain for happiness, night for day, mirage for water! The real goal of
your aspiration, the true object that you seek, the sole purpose for which you
live your life here, is the realisation of the Imperishable Bliss of the Godhead
Self-exceeding Aims Inherent in Life
Final emancipation through
the realisation of union of the jivatman and the Paramatman alone is the goal;
and this can be achieved by constant strenuous Sadhana. Pursuit of any other
end is fraught with pain and horror of rebirth. A peaceful life comes through
proper understanding of God, world and Jiva; a peaceful death is ensured by a
clear conscience where shines the knowledge of the Immortal Self.
Essentials of Life
The salt of life is selfless
service. The bread of life is universal love. The water of life is purity. The
sweetness of life is devotion. The fragrance of life is generosity. The pivot
of life is meditation. The goal of life is Self-realisation. Therefore, serve,
love, be pure and generous. Meditate and realise.
in the School of Life
Life on earth is a school of
wisdom and realisation of the Self God is the unseen teacher who, through his
great Sons, through nature herself, teaches man the secret and the source of
the attainment of Life Immortal. Thus Life abounds with Lessons. He who heeds
them, heads toward Freedom and Light; he who neglects, dooms himself in
darkness. The field of life is a great training centre. Individuals pass
through different phases only to learn more and more and get wiser. Be,
therefore, receptive and always keep the goal before you. To a really good life
bitterness does not belong; here malice is unknown, fear exists not, and
courage, peace and happiness ever abide.
Life as such is not an evil.
But the evil consists in the delusion and the blind attachments in which life
is involved, and the danger to while life leads man, viz., getting into worse
states through ignorance than he is at any one time. Life free from desires or
passions of all kinds is not evil. It is not escape from the world, but freedom
from worldliness that is necessary.
of the Absolute in Actual Life
The indivisible, absolute
and conscious nature of the Reality signifies that life on earth should be
lived according to the rigid laws of dispassion towards external existence and
active awareness of the Self as the unlimited being. It also shows that all
forms of physical and even intellectual indulgence are deviations from the
eternal truth and that every desire for objectivation of consciousness is
suicidal in the real sense. The good life which is in conformity with the
nature of Truth should be, therefore, free from the oppressions of hatred and
falsehood in all their forms of manifestation. The righteous life should be
lived with mental peace, self-restraint, absence of agitative activity,
fortitude, faith in Truth and concentration of mental consciousness.
Wisdom of Life
Improper action, thoughtless
action without discrimination gives rise to all miseries. To get freedom from
misery, the noble path of virtue, Sadachara is the royal way. Let purity
pervade your inner motives and outer conduct. Be loving and charitable in your
opinion of men and things and also in all your dealings with others.
Hindu View of Life
Life, the Hindu knows, is a
war between the brute earth and the Heavenly Spirit, between the instincts and
the intellect, between the forces of the Devil, all that is undesirable and the
powers of God. Life is a steady growth; a progressive evolution characterises
it. This earth-arena is a field of self-development. The perception of the one
Life Principle or God in all, the merging of the personal soul in the Self of
all creatures, great and small, says the Hindu, is the ultimate meaning and end
Chaotic Nature of Worldly Life
Worldly life is chaotic and
fragmentary. It is full of noise, troubles, unrest, agitation and tribulations.
A worldly man, though very wealthy and extremely intelligent, though holding a
very high position, rank or status in society is a spiritual bankrupt. He lacks
the beauty of holiness, the divine poise, the sense of absolute security, the
grace and light of an enlightened soul.
Worldly life is
characterised by appalling ignorance, disharmony and by a thousand forms of
Life in God is free from
sorrow and pain. It is full, rich, perfact, and independent. It is full of
wisdom and eternal bliss. Live in God, in the inner Divine Being.
Rich Expansive Life
Isavasyamidam Sarvam: Every
content of the universe is throbbing with the Life of the Lord. Smile with the
flowers and the green grass. Smile with the shrubs, fern and twigs. Develop friendship
with all neighbours, dogs, cats, cows, human beings. trees in fact, with all
nature's creations. You will have a perfect and rich life.
Passages of Life
Life is a journey from
impurity to purity, from hatred to cosmic love, from death to immortality, from
imperfection to perfection, from slavery to freedom, from diversity to unity,
from ignorance to eternal wisdom, from pain to eternal bliss, from weakness to
infinite strength. Let every thought take you nearer to the Lord every act
further your evolution.
of Life and Death
Life is a scene where the
individual puts on the dress of the form of a certain amount of desires which
can be fulfilled in the special environment afforded by it, and death is the
time when the individual goes behind the screen and puts on a new dress to
appear in another scene of life in order to fulfil another quality of desires
which cannot find the required atmosphere for fruition in the present life, but
demand a fresh suitable environment. When properly understood neither of them
View of Phenomenal Existence
Life on earth is not
self-sufficient and, hence, there is a perpetual flux of states to reach other
states of superior knowledge and happiness. Life in this world and this body is
only a preparation for the higher life. That which we see and hear of is not
the all; the Real is beyond this. To reach the Real the present life acts as a
ladder, a field of activity which direct the individual to realise the exalted
Life Divine. The sense of values in life is judged by the standard of the
incorruptible law of the inner Being which is the Self of all and not by the
objective worth of things. Dealings with one another are justified only so long
as they do not deviate from the eternal law of the spiritual Nature. Neither
social welfare nor national betterment is possible by forgetting the essential
To raise the fallen, to lead
the blind, to share what I have with! others, to bring solace to the afflicted,
to cheer up the suffering are my ideals. To have perfect faith in God, to love
my neighbour as my own Self, to love God with all my heart and soul, to protect
cows, animals, women, and children are my aims. My watchword is Love. My goal
is Sahaja Samadhi Avastha or natural, continuous, superconscious state.
ASPIRANT AND THE INNATE IMPETUS
The human soul, being in fact
a part and parcel of the Infinite existence, is in its essential nature
identical with it. Being set awhirling in this cycle of the world-process,
veiled from the knowledge of its essential Divinity and its Consciousness
severely limited by the encasing sheaths of Matter, the Jiva ever seeks to put
an end to this separation, limitation and the senses of incompleteness that it
feels. Through successive incarnations, its life constitutes a constant
reaching forth towards its Primal Abode of Infinite, Immortal Blissful
Existence and until that state is attained, each centre of individualised
Ego-consciousness will keep us this restless quest on the upward pain of
evolution. Through every moment Humanity as a whole is inevitably being drawn
up towards that Ideal State of Perfect Existence.
of Spiritual Adolescence
Man seeks in the
accomplishment of ambitions projects the happiness that he feels he is in need
of. But he finds that worldly greatness when secured, is a delusion and a
snare, he doubtless does not find any happiness or peace in it. He gets
degrees, diplomas, titles, honour, power, name, fame; he marries; he begets
children; in short, he gets all that he supposes would give him happiness. But
he finds no rest. Pious men saints and sages declare that this restlessness of
every man—this state of discontent, dissatisfaction and uncomfortableness, of
being ill at ease with himself and his surroundings is solely due to the loss
of the companionship with the infinite Reality, and an occult urge towards it.
Spiritual hunger means
thirst for God's Darshan. Spiritual hunger is the ultimate meaning of every
activity in life. The dissatisfaction and the necessities of the life show that
everyone, unconsciously, does suffer from spiritual hunger and it is not
appeased until the Spirit within is realised. Without this divine discontent
there is no real progress.
Spiritual hunger is the
ultimate meaning of every activity in life. The dissatisfaction and
restlessness that remain even after obtaining all the necessities of life show
that everyone, consciously or unconsciously, does suffer from spiritual hunger,
and it is not appeased until the Spirit within is realised. Without this divine
discontent there is no real progress.
The Uttama Adhikari, who is,
ever ardent, silent and serene due to the dawn of proper knowledge, ever the
same among the diverse men of the world, undisturbed by the distracted of the
workaday world, calm and peaceful withdrawn himself from the bustle of life.
Unmindful of what is happening on earth, disinterested either in this or that,
indifferent to the pleasures of a so-called successful life, that is really fit
indeed to receive the ultimate Wisdom of the Lord and the Truth. Even if there
is the slightest desire lurking inside other than for the realisation of the
Divine, that person will not be able to comprehend the true import of the Upanishadic
teachings or the instruction by the spiritual teacher. He will have thousand
doubts and distractions in the mind that make impossible all spiritual
Wrestle Against Finitude
Note how Vairagya arises in
the mind. The transitory and perishable nature of all things creates a sort of
disqust in all minds and in proportion to the depth and subtlety of nature,
this reaction from the world works more or less powerfully in the mind of every
individual. An irresistible feeling arises in our mind, viz., that the finite
can never satisfy the Infinite within us, that the changing and perishable
cannot satisfy the changeless and deathless nature of ours. When you are fully
aware of the magnitude of human sufferings in this miserable, relative world,
you will naturally begin to discriminate between what is real and what is
That man who, living in the
midst of temptations of the world disciplines his mind by devotional exercises
is the true hero. The true hero can look on any direction he chooses while
carrying a heavy burden on his head. Similarly, the perfect man whose mind is
thoroughly disciplined has his eyes constantly directed towards God even when
he is weighed down by the burden of worldly duties.
Never rest contented with a
little achievement or success in the pain, with a little serenity of mind, a
little one-pointedness of mind, some vision of angels or Siddhis, a little
faculty of thought reading. There are still higher summits to ascend, higher
regions to climb. Continue the spiritual practice.
Some aspirants leave Sadhana
after some time. They expect great fruits quickly. They expect many Siddhis
within a short time. When they do not get some, they give up the Sadhana. There
are several ranges of consciousness between the ordinary human consciousness
and the supraconsciousness of Brahman. Different veils have to be tom down on
the way: many lower centres have to be opened up, many hurdles have to be
crossed over before the final goal is reached.
When you are established in
the highest Nirvikalpa Samadhi, when you have reached the final goal, you have
nothing to see, nothing to hear, nothing to smell, nothing to feel. You have no
body-consciousness. You have full Brahmic Consciousness. There is nothing but
the Self. It is a grand experience; you will be struck with awe and wonder. You
have simultaneous knowledge now. Past and future are blended into the eternal
present. Everything is "now". Everything is "here". You
have gone beyond time and space.
INHERITANCE AND HIS DESTINY
Significance of Man- I
The saying that man is the
measure of all things is perfectly true. Man is a many-levelled being and has
various sheaths which conceal his real personality. He may identify himself
with the gross physical body and look to its needs as an animal does, or he may
identify himself with the self-conscious reason, or he may feel his oneness
with his Real Self which is the eternal witness of both. The vital aims,
however valuable they may be in their own place, cannot take control of the
spiritual being for a long time without complete disorder to one's personality.
In the modern man self-conscious intellect, with all its natural limitations
takes the highest place, and suicidal scepticism is the result.
Significance of Man II
Intellect can move only in a
vicious circle of possibilities. It hovers round an object: deeper, it can
never go. It cannot enter! into, and be one with it; and be it noted, without
complete identity, knowledge is impossible. Intellect accepts the evidence of
the senses and the result of inference, but it rejects as spurious the deepest
subjective intuitions. Profound insight tells us that there is something more
in man than is apparent in his ordinary consciousness; something which
originates all thoughts and emotions, a finer spiritual presence which keeps
him ever dissatisfied with mere earthly pursuits. The doctrine that the
ordinary condition of man is not his final state, that he has a deeper self, an
immortal Spirit, a light that can never be extinguished, has the longest,
highest intellectual ancestry.
Significance of Man III
All the greatest thinkers of
the world unite in asking us to know this Self. While our bodily organisation
undergoes change every moment, while our thoughts gather like clouds in the sky
and disperse again, the real Self is never lost. It is all-pervading though
distinct from all. It is the source of the sense of identity through numerous
transformations. It remains itself though it sees ,all things. It is the one
constant thing which remains unchanged in the multiple activities of the
universe. Our limited personality is conscious only by fits and starts. There
are large gaps in it. Even if death overtakes a man, the seer in him cannot
Significance of Man IV
Nothing on the objective
side can touch the subject. This ever-persisting Self which is the Eternal
Subject, is not capable of proof, nor does it need any. It is Self-proved. It
is the basic substratum of every act of knowledge, and vivifies every organ and
faculty. This universal Self becomes confused with the empirical self owing to
mental impurities. When we break through the ring of the smoke round the Self,
unwrap the sheaths which cover it, we achieve here and now, in the physical
body, the destiny of our being. The "I", the "Atman" which
is infinitely simple, is a trinity of transcendent Reality, Awareness and
Integral Study of Man
Man is not merely a
biological phenomenon. There is in him a psychical apparatus packed with latent
potentialities, power and possibilities; saints, prophets and Yogis are a
living proof of this fact. A philosophical insight into the psychical being of
man drives us into believing in the reality to the Cosmic Consciousness of the
Divine Life Force as the basis, as the life of psychical entities. We need to
understand. man not only at his biological and mental, but at his psychical and
A Centre of Limitless Powers
Man has within himself
tremendous powers and latent faculties of which he has really never had any
conception. He must awaken these dormant powers by the practice of Yoga. As he
progresses in the path, new powers, new faculties, new qualities are unfolded
in him. After such an unfoldment he can change his environment, influence
others, subdue the minds of others, and heal others. He can command the
material wealth. He can conquer the internal and external nature, and enter
into superconscious state.
Inheritance of an Endless Empirical Past
All that you have inherited,
all that you have brought with you through innumerable crores of births in the
past, all that you have seen, heard, enjoyed, tasted, read or known either in
this life or in the past lives are hidden in your subconscious mind. Why don't
you master the technique of concentration and the way of commanding your
subconscious mind and make full and free use of all that knowledge?
His Divine Heritage
Courage, power, strength,
wisdom and joy are your Divine Heritage from the Absolute: they are your
birthright. You are centre of thought, power and influence. Never forget this.
Introspect. Direct your attention towards the knowledge of the Self.
You have a body, but you are
not the body. This body is an instrument or servant of the soul, and not its
prison. Know that the body is the temple of the radiant Spirit or
self-effulgent Atman or Soul within, which controls and moves all the faculties
of the mind and body. Know that you are breathing the breath of the Spirit, but
not a physical breath.
His Divine Destiny
Be men among subhuman
beings, the immortals among mortals, gods among saints, and one with the
Supreme Lord amongst all gods. Know yourselves and shine in your native Light.
This is your glorious destiny. The poetic genius, the religious genius, the
philosophic genius, are all but faint flashes of the inner Light latent in your
own heart. Make ceaseless efforts, seize this inner Light and live as men who
embody in themselves a Buddha and Christ.
His Essential Nature
Thy essential nature is
Existence Eternal. Immortality is thy very birthright. Birth and death, life
here and hereafter are just fleeting phenomena, to which thou art unaffected.
Witness. Thy inner Self is birthless, imperishable and permanent
Existence-Knowledge-Bliss. Know this and banish all fear of death. Realise the
Self and for ever soar beyond death!
Infinite Delight: The Only Sphere
Suited to Man's Existence
A fish had accidentally
jumped out of the water and was struggling. A merciful gentleman took pity and
carried the fish home, put it on a warm bed, bathed it. massaged it-in fact,
provided it with all the comforts he could afford. Yet, the fish was still
struggling. He threw it back into the water, and it instantly began to swim
happily. Man too is out of his element. The ignorant man of the world, is
attached to his perishable body, mind, etc., and so suffers. But he would be
ever happy again as soon as he realises his Real Nature, Satchidananda
Man has forgotten his
essential, divine nature. He thinks he is a separate individual. He separated
himself from the Absolute on account of ignorance and egoism. So, he feels
If man kills his egoism and
sense of separateness, if he annihilates desires and cravings, if he identifies
himself with the Infinite, all limitations, imperfections, and miseries will
end. He will attain immortality and eternal bliss.
SOME ASPECTS OF SADHANA
Personality-Traits of an Aspirant
The aspirant is wide awake
in every part of his nature. He is ever vigilant and diligent. His presence is
more eloquent than his words. His words are as unambiguous as his motives are
pure. Fearless and undaunted in spirits, he has the strength of an elephant,
the courage of a lion, the vigour of an oak and the purity of the Himalayan
Habit of Dilly-Dallying
Some aspirants have got the
habit of wandering aimlessly. They cannot stick to one place even for a week.
The wandering habit must be checked. They want to see new places, new faces and
want to talk with new people. A rolling stone gathers no mass. A Sadhaka should
stick to one place at least for a period of twelve years (One Tapas period).
Sadhana suffers if one wanders constantly. Those who want to do rigorous Tapas
or Sadhana and study must stay in one place. Too much walking produces weakness
Succeeding Stages of the Purificatory Process
The individual consciousness
is made to pass through varying strata of mental and emotional states, pure,
neutral as also impure, as the muddy water is made to pass through a tray of
sand, charcoal and some germicidal medium, for the task of filtering away of gross
impurities, the rough grains of the sands of worldly experiences suit and
suffice admirably. But for the subtler impurities like the gaseous ones in
water a medium like black charcoal is required. This is the recrudescence of
disturbingly unspiritual thoughts and tendencies that dismay and upset the
Sadhakas on the onward course of their spiritual development. The process takes
place almost entirely upon the mental and emotional planes. Their inner working
is very curious and interesting.
Core of Conscious Spiritual Effort
So vehement, self-assertive
and rebellious is the egoistic self of man that it refuses to be changed from
its vicious state to the state of virtue, goodness and saintliness. It is a
great blunder to think that the mere act of renunciation is a sufficient
achievement in the spiritual life. The eradication of egoism in all its
aggressive forms comprises the very core of spirituality and all spiritual
for a Decisive Step
Do not go on thinking of
'ifs' and 'buts'. Your environments, family history and previous mental
tendencies are all, in fact conducive to quick spiritual progress. If you
really wish to evolve spiritually, you should at once make a start and pursue a
reqular and steady course of Sadhana. Do not worry over physical and mental
obstructions or unhelpful circumstances. They exist to test your sincerity and
inner strength and to give you a fillip from time to time.
of Samskaras in Sadhana
When the aspirant does
intense Sadhana to obliterate the old Samskaras, they try to rebound upon him
with redoubled force and vengeance. They take forms and appear before him as!
stumbling-blocks. The old Samskaras of hatred, enmity, jealousy, feelings of
shame, respect, honour, fear, etc., assume grave forms. Samskaras are not
imaginary non-entities; they! turn into actualities when opportunities crop up.
The aspirant should not feel discouraged; for they will lose their past
momentum and force from their parting kick after sometime and die by
themselves. Instead of getting alarmed at their presence, the aspirant should
plunge himself in dynamic spiritual practices.
and Its Perversion I,
There is the truism, i.e.,
"Vairagya is really a mental state, mental detachment." The mind
takes hold of this definition to justify a heedless sensual life without
self-restraint, or principle. The argument will always be, "O! I am not
attached to all this. I can rise above it in a moment. I enjoy it as a master.
Mentally I am detached." Contact with Vishayas has toppled down even
Vishayas like Visvamitra. Therefore, do not take Vairagya lightly. Cultivate
Vairagya diligently. Safeguard your Vairagya carefully. Be vigilant. Watch the
and Its Perversion II
The caution not to go to
extremes in Tapasya also gets a similar fate. Man's normal nature is sensuous.
The mind wants comforts and hates austerity. The indiscriminating aspirant
conveniently ignores the qualifying adjective "extremes" in the
advice quoted above and views all Tapasya with disfavour. The result is to
degenerate into luxury, lose even the minimum of Titiksha and become a slave to
hundred wants. The warning is against foolish extremes but to a Sadhaka in the
early stages a certain degree of austerity is essential for development.
True Import of Self-control
Self-control is a universal
rule, which applies to all men and all women at all places and at all times. It
is the very key to beatitude. Indulgence in objects is the effect of the
failure of the individual to discriminate the Truth from untruth. Desire to
have contact with and enjoy external things is the outcome of the ignorance of
the Truth which is God. Self-control is the restraint of the outgoing
tendencies of the mind and the senses and the centering of the same in the
Truth which is the Universal One. This is Dharma which supports the life of the
universe. Adharma is selfishness and egoism of nature which leads to self-imprisonment,
suffering and failure in life.
Vichara, the ever-present
reflection on the why and wherefore of life and things; Viveka, the
ever-present discrimination between the perishable and the Imperishable, the
unreal and the Real; and Vairagya, the passionate revolt from selfishness and
sensuality-these three constitute the lifebelt, the wings and the eyes of every
earnest seeker after Truth.
An Individual Apart
Vigilant among the careless,
awake among the sleepers, restrained among the indulgent, reflective among the
thoughtless, the wise aspirant boldly marches forward, reaches the goal now and
here and attains Immortality and Eternal Bliss.
Mark the three processes
that take place in the mind during meditation. These are: CONTEMPLATION,
FILLING, IDENTIFICATION. Remember these three word-images. Repeat them mentally
while doing Sadhana. Contemplate on the Atman. Fill the mind with Atman. Be
silent. Know That.
Hidden Enemies of the Aspirants
A beehive is all quiet; when
you disturb it with a stick, bah! swarms of bees start chasing you. Our inside
also is like that, all the evils are there, but so long as they are not
attacked by the rod of Sadhana they do not seem to bother us. But once they
sense the impending danger, they start harassing you with all their might. Be
bold and face all obstacles.
That Run Counter to Progress
You should laugh in a mild,
delicate and decent manner. Silly giggling, guffaw or boisterous, indecent,
unrefined laughter in a rude manner should be given up, because it prevents the
spiritual progress and destroys serenity of mind and serious magnanimous
attitude. Sages smile through their eyes. It is grand and thrilling sight.
Intelligent aspirants only can understand this. Avoid childishness and
Rewards of Spiritual Endeavour
Sadhana gives you inner
life, introspection inner vision and an unruffled state of mind under all
conditions of life. You will become a changed being. You will have a new heart
and a new vision too. A new thrill of spiritual current will pass through your
entire being. A wave of spiritual bliss will sweep over you. There are no words
to express this inner experience. Even when you get a glimpse of Truth of the
Supreme Being, your whole life will be changed.
Sadhana and Its Results
By conscious exercise of the
power of the will, in the light of the knowledge acquired after a profound
study of Prasthanatraya and experience, one has to throw out secret thoughts,
eliminate inner hankering, overcome subtle desires, abandon selfish interests
and lift the soul out of all human passions and preiudices, predilections and
cross-purposes: this Sadhana engenders in the aspirant an 'emptiness' of heart,
the stillness of the mind, philosophic poise and a spiritual vision.
Sadhana removes the
obstacles and purifies the heart. It removes also the tossing of the mind or
Vikshepa It tears down the veil of ignorance, and then the self-luminous
Reality in you shines by itself.
Character of Sadhana
How patiently and cautiously
the fisherman watches the bait to catch a single fish! How energetically and
untiringly does the student work for passing his M.Sc. Examination! How smart
and careful is the surgeon in the operation theatre when the patient is on the
table! How alert is the lawyer, when he is arguing the case in the session! How
vigilant is the captain of a steamer when there is a cyclone or iceberg! Even
so, the aspirant will have to work hard in the practice of Yoga, if he cares to
realise fully the fruits of Yoga and Asamprajnata Samadhi.
THE SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE
Guide: A Constitutional Necessity
The desire to seek help to
search for light, to look up to higher powers, is inborn in all beings. The
incapacity to achieve the ideals of the aspirations that spring from the heart,
the anguish which accompanies such incapacity and the knowledge of the
existence of the superior powers, obliges the individuals to take shelter under
those that are endowed with the ability to lift them up to higher level. The
world is a dramatic scene of dependence of beings on others that can fill up
what they lack.
of the Gurus
As the human consciousness
is entwined with animal instincts and drives, as man is liable to be confused
and deluded by experiences of the surface-consciousness propelling the
impetuous worldly will and riotous emotions, the aid of a higher power of
knowledge is solicited. This power of knowledge is embodied in the Masters, the
Gurus, whom the Sadhaka approaches for help. A glance, a touch, a word from
them suffices to lift the soul of the aspirant; and their compassion towards
the disciples is proverbial; it is unbounded, a veritable mass of love and
of Guidance from Guru
Cases of those, who had
attained perfection without study under any Guru, should not be cited as
authorities against the necessity for a Guru; for such great men are the
"exceptions" in spiritual life and not the common normality. They
come into existence as spiritual masters as a result of the intense service,
study and meditation practised in their previous lives. They had already
studied under their Gurus. Their present birth is only its continuative
spiritual effort. Hence, the importance of the Guru is not lessened thereby.
There is a lesson in
everything. There is a lesson in each experience. Learn it, and become wise.
Every failure is a stepping stone to success. Every difficulty or
disappointment is a trial of your faith. Every unpleasant incident is a test of
your trust in God. Every disease is a Karmic purgation. Every temptation is a
test of your spiritual strength. Therefore, nil desperandum March forward hero!
Forget the lapses. Don't get
dejected if desires persist. Give a higher direction to the mental energies.
Have a high Ideal in life.
Pay no attention to negative
thoughts. Consider them as insignificant, beneath your notice.
Wisdom and Reasons for Courage
Brooding over impure
thoughts adds to their evil force. Do not become a prey to these haunting
dangerous thoughts. Entertain counter-thoughts: good sublime thoughts of God
and His Divine Glory. By Japa, fasting, charity and selfless service, you can
easily destroy the impurities of the complex mind. The evil thoughts, for lack
of attention and by the pressure of good thoughts, will die a natural death.
What was the state of Valmiki, Jagai, Madhai and Ajamila in the beginning? Were
they not rogues of the first waters? Where is the cause for despair? Be.
sincere and make efforts.
Tragedy of a Wasted Life
Be cautious, vigilant and
circumspect. Reflect and meditate. People are immersed in worldliness. They
have no time to think of spiritual things or the higher Power within them. The
so-called cultured and educated people develop their intellects earn money,
hold some rank and position, get vain and empty titles and honour and pass
away. Is this not really sad? Is this not highly lamentable?
Your heart must be as pure
as the white snow and as clear as the crystal. Just as you cannot see a clear
and correct reflection in a corrugated, dust-coated mirror, even so, if your
heart is cobwebbed by selfish desires and corrugated by hypocrisy and
crookedness, you can hardly know the real nature of God. The spiritual aspirant
must therefore cultivate a heart like that of a child.
Folly of Human Judgment
A dirty mirror produces a
dirty image. A clear mirror gives a clear image. People with a dirty mind judge
others according to their own standards of judgment and thereby commit serious
blunders. If they see even a good moral man passing along the road with a
woman, at once they will entertain some strong suspicion and scandalise him
then and there. They have no other work besides scandal-mongering. Pitiable
indeed is the lot of such people! Once a son of peasant was drinking some cold
water with his mother in a lonely place during their journey to a neighbouring
village. Another traveller suspected that these were immoral people and were
drinking liquor. Later on, when he found out the truth, he repented very much.
Therefore, be careful in your judgment of others.
DYNAMICS OF DEVOTION
A Fruition of Detachment and
Devotion to God is not a
simple emotion. It is the result of intense Vairagya and Sattvic Bhava. You
should possess the good qualities extolled in the Ramayana. Otherwise, emotion
may raise you temporarily to a kind of ecstasy, but you cannot experience the
Divine Consciousness thereby. Devotion is a fruit which ripens gradually
through the processes of self-restraint and virtue. There is no Sadhana for
BhagavatSakshatkara without intense Vairagya. Only after detachment from the
world of things, it is possible to have the attainment of God. Do not allow the
mind to think of pleasure-centres.
Tendered by Devotion
Devotion is the essential
condition of Brahma Vidya. It is the sweetness of life that softens the heart,
and removes jealousy, hatred, lust, anger, egoism, pride, arrogance. When one
develops all-embracing and all-inclusive love, the petty life of hurry. worry,
excitement and competition seems to him as nothing, when compared to the
everlasting life of eternal sunshine and bliss in the soul within.
The path of devotion is
easier than any other way of approach to God. In Vedanta and Yoga, there is the
risk of a fall. In the path of devotion, there is no risk as the devotee
receives full support and help from God.
Settled Latencies of Love
Love begets love. Love does
not rest content with merely loving, but flows out in acts of service. Love is
blissful only when it Freely gives its self. Love must be revealed in service;
otherwise love has no value or love is no love. Love cheerfully car fices. love
willingly suffers. Such a love illumines and blesses life.
Love for God or devotion is
not mere emotionalism, but is the tuning of the will as well as the intellect
with the Divine. It is supreme love of God. It blossoms afterwards into Jnana
or Wisdom Divine. It leads to immortality or God-realisation. It is Bhakti that
is the direct approach to the ideal through the heart
Devotee and the Cultivated Love
Love grows wildly in the
ignorant man's heart. There is the luscious fruit of love in a corner of the
heart; but the entire heart is strewn with thorns of hatred, jealousy and so
many other vicious qualities, that the charm of love is marred. There are the
bushes of lust, anger and greed, which hide within them the widest animals.
Love lies hidden far beneath and far beyond reach. It is as good as
non-existent. But in the case of a true devotee of the Lord, this love has been
cultured, and the garden of his heart is cleared of the thorns of vicious
qualities, of the bushes of lust, anger and greed. Love of God, which is the
sweetest of fragrance, wafts from such a heart.
Representation of Spiritual Excellencies
In the garden of your heart
plant the lily of love, the rose of purity, the Champaka of courage, the
Mandara of humility and the lady-of-the-night of compassion. Cultivate a
melting heart, a giving hand, kindly speech, a life of service, equal vision
and an impartial attitude.
Kindle love divine in thy
heart, for this is the immediate, way to the kingdom of God Pray to the Lord.
Sing His glory. Recite His Name. Become a Channel of His Grace. Seek HIS will.
Do His Will. Surrender yourself unto the Lord. He will become your charioteer
on the field of life. You will reach the destination, the abode of Immortal
Dependency of Devotion
The strength and intensity
of devotion depend upon the completeness of self-surrender and sacrifice. As
the vast majority of persons keep certain subtle desires for secret
gratification, they do not grow in devotion. The two obstacles to
self-surrender are desire and egoism.
Devotion can be practised
under all conditions and by all alike. Learning, austere penance, study of
Vedas, and brilliant intellect are not needed for the attainment of devotion.
What is wanted is constant and living remembrance of God, coupled with faith.
That is the reason why the path of Devotion is available to everyone.
A Ritual, A Discipline, A Meditation
By fasting and observing
vigil throughout the day and night on special religious occasions like
Sivaratri, the aspirant, the devotee, gives himself up to the Grace of the Lord
and has his body, speech and mind offered to Him. There is nothing of man left
in him: he has surrendered his personality to Siva in the form of devout
service. This divine worship is a ritual for the body, a discipline for speech
and a meditation for the mind. With this as unfailing aids, the soul traverses
beyond itself and seeks to gain ingress to the haven of peace and bliss.
The child thinks of the
mother and mother alone. A passionate husband thinks of his wife and wife
alone. A greedy man thinks of his money and money alone. Even so, the devotee
should entertain in his heart the picture of his Ishtam and Ishtam alone. Then
he can have Darshan of God easily.
Devotion transmutes man into
Divinity. It intoxicates the devotee with divine love. It gives him eternal
satisfaction. It makes him perfect. It weans the mind from sensual objects. It
makes him rejoice in God.
OF THE DIVINE PRESENCE
Approaches to the Supreme Intelligence
The display of Intelligence
is seen in every inch of creation. Can the psychologist manufacture a mind? Can
the scientist explain whence the Nature's laws are? Ever since the beginning of
creation some miraculous and mysterious power has, undoubtedly, been at work.
You may call this "Mysterious Power", or "Father in
Heaven." "Jehovah", "Allah", "Substance"
"Brahman", "Ahura Mazda". Realise this truth; all power and
knowledge shall be added unto you.
Questions on the Reality of God
How do you account for the
ceaseless aspiration in Man for perfection, if that perfection does not exist?
How can this constantly changing universe ever have any value except on the
presupposition of a permanent, unchanging Substance? Why do you cry for
perpetual peace in a world: which is ever-changing and dying? Is there not God
who is never-dying and the never-diseased Being supporting this ever-dying and
ever-diseased shallow world?
Intangible Power Behind the World-Show
Behind this world-show,
behind these physical phenomena behind these names and forms, behind the
feelings, thoughts, emotions and sentiments, there dwells the silent witness,
the immortal friend and real well-wisher, the Purusha or World-Teacher the
unseen Governor, the unknown Yogi, the invisible Power, the hidden Sage. That
is the only permanent Reality and the living Truth. The goal of human life is
to realise the Reality behind the changing phenomena.
Reality of the Unseen
Unseen, with faithful hands,
He helps you. Unheard He hears your speech. Unknown He knows your thoughts. He
is pure, all-pervading Consciousness. He is the end of all spiritual exercises
and Yogic practices. Union with Him is the goal of human endeavours and life.
Lasting realisation of His Concrete Presence must be the be-all and end-all of
Be firm in your belief in the
guidance of God. Stick to it. Do not concern yourself with what happens around
you. There may be happiness or misery. Be equally indifferent to both and abide
in the faith of God.
that Disclose Divine Wisdom
Every breath that flows
through the nose, every throb of the heart, every artery that pulsates in the
body, every thought that arises in the mind, speaks to you that God is here.
The music of the sweet singer, the lectures of the powerful orator, the poems!
of the reputed poets, the inventions of the able scientists, the operations of
the dexterous surgeons, the utterances of the holy saints, the thoughts of the
Gita, the revelations of the Upanishads, speak of God and His Wisdom.
A Mirror of Divine Omnipotence
Every flower that wafts
fragrance, every fruit that attracts you, every gentle breeze that blows, and
every river that smoothly flows, speak of God and His Mercy. The vast ocean
with its powerful waves, the mighty Himalayas with its glaciers, the bright sun
and the shining stars in the firmament, the lofty tree with its wide branches,
the cool springs in the hills and dales, sing in wordless utterance His
Finite Display of Divine Attributes
Sun brings the message that
the Lord is Self-luminous: ocean reveals to you that Brahman is infinite; ether
speaks to you that Atman is all-pervading. The flower brings the message that
the Lord is Beauty of beauties; Himalayas whisper in your ears about the
grandeur of the Soul. Thunder brings the message that God is Omnipotent; the
seed talks to you that God is the Source of everything. The Ganga murmurs to
you that the Lord is ever pure.
Meaning and Spirit of Truth
To the spiritual aspirant
Truth is more than truth-speaking. Truth is God or the Absolute. It is Truth
that triumphs not untruth. Truth is right, untruth is wrong; that which
elevates one and takes one nearer to God is right, that which brings one down
and takes one away from God is wrong. God is the indivisible unity of conscious
existence. Control over passions constitutes the essence of truth. Self-denial
or refraining from greedy indulgence is truth. Truth is eternal life and
existence, untruth is change, decay and death. Love is truth; hatred is
untruth. There is no greater sin than hatred and battle. Relative truths are
valid only so long as they do not contradict absolute truth which is eternal in
the highest sense.
Believe in the supreme Power
of God. That Supreme Power will guide you, strengthen you and comfort you. You
will be peaceful in the midst of trials, adversities, defeats and tempestuous
life. God is the unseen Teacher who through his great sons, through nature
herself teaches men the secret and source of the attainment of eternal bliss.
The Lord is within you, He
is seated in your heart. Whatever you see, hear, taste and touch is God.
Therefore hate not anybody, cheat not anybody, harm not anybody. Love all and
be one with all. You will soon attain eternal bliss, immortality, and perennial
The Petromax does not talk,
but it shines and sheds light all around. The jasmine does not speak, but it
wafts its fragrance everywhere. The lighthouse sounds no drum, but sends its
friendly-light to the mariner. The Unseen beats no gong, but Its omnipresence
is felt by the dispassionate and discriminating sage.
You want laboratory proofs ?
Very fine, indeed! You wish to limit the illimitable, all-pervading God in your
test tube, blowpipe land chemicals. God is the source for your chemicals. He is
the substratum for your atoms, electrons and molecules. Without Him, no atom or
electron will move. He is the Inner Power and Ruler.
Being Is Beyond the Mind
To define God is to deny
God. You can define a finite object only. How can you define the limitless
Being? If you define God you are limiting the limitless one, you are confining
Him within the concepts of the mind. God is beyond the reach of gross mind, but
He can be realised through meditation with the help of a pure, subtle and
You cannot find God by the
intellect. But you can find Him by feeling, meditation, experience, and
realisation. Though you do not see the stars in the daytime, yet they do exist.
Even so, though you cannot see God with these physical eyes, yet He does exist.
If you gain intuition, you will behold Him.
Response of the All-Merciful
If the aspirant takes one
step nearer to the Divine Being, it will come in a hundred leaps and bounds
nearer to him. Such is the nature of the Eternal Being. For every bit of action
that is done for its sake, you receive is millionfold in return! This fact is
beautifully illustrated in the workings of Bhagavan Sri Krishna for the good of
Laws and Love of God
God loves you even when you
turn away from Him. How much more shall He love you, if you turn to Him again
with faith and devotion! Very great is His love, greater than the greatest
Himalayas, deeper than the deepest ocean.
The laws of God are in your
breath, blood, and eyes; in the outer world, they are in the air, water, earth
and planets. Listen to the words of God in the flowing breath; tune yourself to
the rhythm of the pulse-beats and heart throbs. A life lived in accordance with
the Laws of God is indeed the blessed life of greatness and universality.
Thought of the Divine
Even if you think of the
Lord or of Lord Vishnu or Siva, only once, even if for once you form a mental
image of these all-pervading, omniscient deities, the Sattvic material of the
mind will increase a bit. If you think of them crores of times, your mind will
be filled with a large quantity of Sattva. Constant thinking of God thins out
the mind and destroys the Vasanas and Sankalpas. Realise the great importance
and value of thinking of the Divine.
You have the urge of hunger.
There is food to appease the hunger. You have the urge of thirst. There is
water to quench the thirst. There is the urge to be always happy. There must be
something to satisfy this urge. This something is God, an embodiment of
happiness. God, Perfection, Joy, are synonymous terms.
FATALISM AND FREE-WILL
Mechanism of Destiny
Every act produces in the
performer a double effect, one in the inner nature in the form of a tendency,
good or bad, and the other in the form of fruit, reward or punishment. The past
Karma influences the present life in two ways, first in the form of character
or tendency internally and as fate externally. If you do an action, it creates
a Samskara or subtle impression in the subconscious mind or Chitta. Samskara
causes a tendency. Tendency develops into a habit by repetition of the actions.
The habit manifests as character. Character develops into destiny. This is the
order: Samskara, tendency, habit, character and destiny.
Will and Fatalism
Vasishtha asks Rama to do
Purushartha. Do not yield to fatalism. It will induce inertia and laziness.
Purushartha is right exertion. Prarabdha is Purushartha of last birth. You sow
an action and reap a habit; a habit sown results in character. You sow a
character and reap a destiny. Man is the master of his destiny. You yourself
make your destiny. You can undo it if you like. All faculties, energies and
powers are latent in you. Unfold them and become free.
There is a certain definite
connection between what is being now done by you and what will happen to you in
the future. Sow always the seeds which will bring pleasant fruits and which
will make you happy herein and hereafter.
Energies of the Hidden Past Working
Hard fate is the name given
to that unseen force which brings unpleasant experiences and tests one's
patience, and in which the man concerned is inclined to believe that he
deserved much better fate than he obtained. There is no such thing as accident
or chance or fate or luck in life excepting the results of one's own previous
actions which have all these appellations.
Every thought, desire,
imagination, sentiment causes reaction. Virtue brings its own reward; vice
brings its own punishment. This is the working of the law of reaction. God
neither punishes the wicked nor rewards the virtuous. It is their own Karmas that
bring reward and punishment.
Boomerang Character of All Action
Any action is bound to react
upon one with equal force and effect. If you do some good to another man, you
are really helping yourself; because, there is nothing else besides the one
all-pervading Self and Power. Your virtuous actions will react upon you with
good effects. They bring you joy and happiness Your wrong, unjust actions will
react upon you with bad, miserable effects. They will bring you sorrow, grief
and affliction. Therefore, always live to do good to others. Be kind to all.
Never hurt others.
a Wheel of Fortune
Entertain holy desires. You
will shine in Divine Glory. Under the security of the changeless law of cause
and effect, a man can serenely proceed to achieve anything he desires to
accomplish. Therefore entertain Divine thoughts. You are sure to succeed in
your well directed efforts. In nature nothing is lost.
People of gigantic will have
developed their will through Karma done in countless births. The potencies of
these actions collect together and in one birth the struggling man bursts out
as a giant like Buddha, Jesus and Sankara. Patient, indefatigable effort is
and the Doctrine of Karma
Belief in Karma is
diametrically opposed to the doctrine of fatalism. Fatalism causes inertia,
lethargy and weakness of will and bondage. It annihilates faith, induces
terrible fear in the people, destroys ethics, checks growth and evolution,
whereas the doctrine of Karma is an incentive to action to better one's
condition. It is a source of solace and peace. It gives opportunities for
growth and evolution. It gives a positive, definite word of assurance that,
although the present, of which man himself is the creator or the author, is
unalterable or irrevocable, he may better his future by changing his thoughts,
habits, tendencies and mode of action. Even a forlorn and helpless man is made
cheerful when he understands this doctrine of Karma. It affords the most rational
explanation of fate.
The devotee has to pass
through fiery ordeals. Prahlada had to jump in the fire. Harischandra had to
sell his queen and become the slave of a sweeper. King Sibi offered his own
flesh. Therefore, be prepared to pass the ordeals. Spiritual path is not a rosy
one. The path is easy for one who is wise and vigilant, firm in his resolves,
and has an undying aspiration to attain the highest peak of Truth.
If God gives trials, He
gives also new strength to bear the trials. There is no room for worry. Say,
"Thy Will be done." You will grow quickly
Difficulties come and go.
They strengthen your will and make the mind move more and more towards God.
Saints and supermen have been moulded out of difficulties and adversities Pray,
His Grace will smoothen the path and give strength.
Life is a series of
conquests. Man evolves, grows, expands, gains various experiences through
struggle. If you want to continue your existence and progress on the path,
difficulties and struggle are essential. You cease to exist and make progress.
the moment you cease to struggle. Self-realisation and sainthood demand very
Process of Suffering and Pain
Suffering is a necessary
element in the spiritual growth or evolution of the soul. It produces the
spirit of dispassion or Vairagya, develops the power of endurance and
will-force it turns the mind more and more towards God. Pain has a purify ing
and perfecting power. It corrects and disciplines man; it softens the hardness
of his heart, subdues his pride, and helps him to develop fortitude, patience,
strength of soul and mercy. The nearer a devotee approaches the Lord, the
greater are the trials. They come merely to strengthen his power of endurance
and exhaust his Prarabdha Karma. Greet them with good cheer. Keep your inner
peace, in all conditions. This is Yoga.
Adversity has the power of
eliciting talents, capacities which in prosperous circumstances have remained
dormant. It draws out the faculties of the wise, makes the idle industrious. A
smooth ocean never made one a dexterous Captain of a ship. The storms of
adversity rouse the faculties and talents of an individual and generate
prudence, skill, fortitude, courage, patience, and perseverance. Adversity
makes one think, invent and discover. Great persons and saints have been tried,
smelted, polished and glorified through the furnace of adversity
Trial is a crucible into
which nature throws a man whenever she wants to mould him into a sublime
Superman. There can be no strength, no success, without suffering. Every
suffering is meant for one's upliftment and development. It augments the power
of endurance, mercy, faith in God and removes egoism. Understand this and
develop inner strength.
All trials and difficulties
are temporary. They will pass away. Have faith. Fear not. Worry not. Be
cheerful. Contact God by regular Japa, Kirtan and study of holy books.
Man applauds, commends and
expresses gratitude for the creation and preservation parts of the Divine plan,
but when its logical sequence in the form of destruction is made manifest, he
frantically and frenziedly entreats the intervention and aid of the Lord, as
though this destructive process is being wrought by some third agency distinct
and different from the Supreme One. Man must behold and gaze at Truth square in
the face. The realm of justice has no place for the play of emotion.
Right Frame of Mind
Never condemn yourself.
Never lose faith in yourself. Seek to know Thyself. Cheer yourself and regain
confidence. Assert and realise that you are a child of God and that all the
wealth of the Divine is yours. Shut your mind against these traitors: fear, disease,
worry and in their stead, invite confidence, courage, peace, health. If only
you know the unlimited power that is! within you, there is no undertaking in
which you cannot succeed. The progress you would achieve will be amazing.
Scatter joy and you will harvest it. Distribute wealth and you will have
abundance. Radiate happiness and you will reap it.
If the wick within the lamp
is very small, the light also will be small. If the wick is very big, the light
also will be powerful. Similarly, if a man is pure, if he practises meditation,
the manifestation or expression of his Self will be powerful. He will radiate a
big light. If he is unregenerate and impure, he will be like a burntup
charcoal. The greater the wick, the greater the light. Likewise, the purer the
soul, the greater the expression.
AND THE TECHNIQUES OF
Transformation of the Seminal Energy
With the shrewdest common
sense and the deepest wisdom. the Yogi investigator has been that repression
and forced abstinence is not the rational method. That has not been his aim; he
has been thorough in his research into the subject. He has successfully
perfected a method of transforming the gross seminal energy into a refined
subtle force through a process of sex-sublimation. Through a marvellous system
of Asanas, Mudras and Bandhas expounded in the science of Hatha Yoga, the
sex-energy is controlled, conserved, and converted. The vital energy, Veerya,
which supports your life, which shines in your sparkling eyes, which beams in
your shining cheeks, is a great treasure for you. It is the quintessence of
blood. Convert it into spiritual Power.
Maintenance of Brahmacharya
Even looking at a person of
the opposite sex is forbidden, for the creative activity of the psychological
organ will at once manifest itself and start the diversifying function. No kind
of contact with the opposite sex is allowed. Even a sexual thought has the
baneful effect of irritating the formative power. The restraint of the action
of the creative psyche is immediately loosened the moment it is invaded by the
thought of the working of the opposite sex. Thus the spiritual energy gets
disintegrated and does not serve the purpose of constructive Realisation.
Objects which rouse the lower appetite are to be dispensed with and company of
persons in whom there is sexual preponderance should be avoided.
Psychology of Self-Attraction
thoughts, sexual urge are the three great obstacles on the path of
God-realisation. Even if the sexual urge vanishes, the sex-attraction remains
for a long time and troubles the aspirants. The organ of sight does great
mischief. Destroy the lustful look, the adultery of the eye. Try to see the
Divine Lord in all faces. Again and again generate the currents of dispassion,
discrimination and spiritual enquiry.
Lack of spiritual Sadhana is
the main cause for all sexual attractions. Mere theoretical abstention from
sensuality will not bring you good results. You must mercilessly cut off all
formalities in social life and lead a pious life. Leniency to internal lower
tendencies will land you in the region of suffering.
Method of Sex-Sublimation
No spiritual progress is possible
without the practice of celibacy. As the semen is a dynamic force, it should be
converted into Ojas or spiritual energy by the sixfold method for
sex-sublimation: (1) by pure and sublime thoughts. (2) by repetition of the
Names of the Lord, (3) by prayer and worship, (4) by meditation, (5) by
spiritual feelings, and (6) by the practice of Pranayama. Thus sex-energy
should be transmuted into the Ojas Sakti and stored in the brain. It can be
utilised for divine contemplation and spiritual pursuits. A man who has great
deal of Ojas in his brain can turn out immense mental work, is very
intelligent, has a magnetic aura around his face and possesses a rare lustre in
his eyes. His is an awe-inspiring personality.
and Forms of Physical Passion
The moment there is a
lustful craving for any sexual person there is a psychological perpetration of
adultery. The astral body operates in thinking. Further Brahmacharya is defined
as not merely restraint of the forces of self-reproduction but also of
self-preservation. Gluttony, arrogance, anger, greed or miserliness, audacity,
jealousy, infatuation and such material tendencies are a fall from Brahmacharya
and a failure of the endeavour to attain spiritual perfection. Anger is the
product of passion; excessive sleep and inertia form the negative phases of
cupidity. Talkativeness is a misuse of constructive energy and is a break of
Brahmacharya. Brahmacharya is a fasting of the objective tendencies of the mind
and a directing inward of the same to help in Self-Illumination.
of the Emotion of Anger
Anger and muscular energy
can also be transmuted into Oias. Should the wave of anger possess you, repair
to a quiet room and have a good loud hearty laugh and make it effervesce into a
pure upsurge of good cheer and laughter. Or sit stil and send out wave after
wave of love, of blessing and goodwill, to the entire universe, from the bottom
of your heart. Repeat again and again the sublime verses of Santi-patha of the Upanishads.
You will be filled with
overflowing cosmic love. All anger-Vasanas will vanish in toto, leaving in
their stead a continuous thrill of motiveless love. This feeling is indeed
indescribable. This Sadhana will give you a positive asset of Sattva and Prem.
You will find yourself a tangibly different being after even a single genuine
attempt at this process of deliberate conversion
Objective Process of Sublimation
When a fit of social nature
assails the aspirant, he should not allow himself to be driven out into the
bazaar for gossiping or into nearest reading-room, teashop or tablechat. Go he
should among the poor and the afflicted instead, and see if he can serve them
in any way. He should go to the road or highway among the pilgrims and the
wayfarers and seek to relieve them of their loads and lessen their burdens with
pleasant and elevating conversation. Thus in the very process of giving enrich
Seminal energy is a potent
Sakti. A Brahmachari who has practised unbroken celibacy for full twelve years
will attain the Nirvikalpa state, the moment he hears the Mahavakya-Tat Tvam
Asi, Thou art That. His mind becomes extremely pure, strong and one-pointed.
Analogy From the Field of Electrons
Even among electrons there
are bachelor electrons and married electrons. Married electrons manifest in
pairs. Bachelor electrons exist singly. It is these bachelor electrons only
that create magnetic electric force. The power of Brahmacharya is seen even in
There are four processes in
the practice of Brahmacharya. First control the sex-impulses. Then practise
conservation of sex-energy. Shut out all holes through which energy leaks.
Then, divert the conserved energy into the proper spiritual channels through
Japa, Kirtan, selfless service, Pranayama, study, self-analysis,
discrimination. Then convert or sublimate the sex-energy into Ojas or
Brahma-tejas, divine energy and brilliance, by meditation on the Divine.
of the Instinctive Practice and Its Results
Those who have
discriminatively grasped the spiritual character of human life refrain from the
instinctive practice of self-multiplication and devote themselves to the
glorious task of directing the potential energy to conscious contemplation on
the Spiritual Ideal through the triple transformation of the active, emotional
and intellectual aspects of the general human nature. Such integrated persons
possess a mighty power of understanding, analysis and meditation. Such
Brahmacharins glow with a lustrous spiritual strength which handles with ease
even the most formidable of the diversifying forces of nature. Fear is unknown
to them and their divinised energy is centred on the Self, to be utilised in
transcending the realm of the ego-sense. They have learnt to expand their
formative power into the plenitude of the limitless life.
The practice of celibacy is
not attended with any danger or disease, or undesirable results such as the
various sorts of 'complex' wrongly attributed by the Western psychologists.
They have a wrong and ill-founded knowledge that the ungratified sex-energy
assumes the various forms of complex' such as touch-phobia. It is a morbid
state of mind due to excessive jealousy, anger, worry, and depression brought
about by various causes. On the contrary, even a little of self-restraint or a
little practice of continence is an ideal 'pick-me-up'. It gives inner strength
and peace of mind, invigorates the mind and nerves, helps to conserve physical
and mental energy, augments memory, will-force and brain-power. It renovates
the constitution, rebuilds the cells and tissues, energises digestion, and
gives power to face the difficulties in the daily battle of life.
Pursuit of Philosophy
Habitual study of abstract
problems will result in a well-develped power for abstract thinking, while
flippant, hasty thinking, flying at a tangent, jumping from one point to
another, will produce a restless ill-regulated mind. Study of philosophical
works, right thinking, exercise of good and noble emotions, prayers and
beneficent endeavours, and above all, regular and strenuous meditation are the
means to improve the mind. These activities bring about a rapid growth and
evolution of the mental consciousness. Take down notes when you study al book
on Yoga or philosophy. This will help you in remembering the fundamental ideas.
This itself is a kind of lower Samadhi, as the mind is deeply occupied in
Sattvic ideas. It will check the outgoing tendencies of the mind. The mind will
move towards the inner Self.
An Intellectual Science and an Art of Life
Philosophy is the rational
aspect of religion. It is an integral part of religion in India. It is a
rational enquiry into the nature of Truth. It gives clear solution for
profound, subtle problems of life. It shows the way to get rid of pain and
death and attain immortality and eternal bliss.
Real philosophy is a moral
and intellectual science which tries to explain the reality behind appearances.
It is the methodical work of the intellect which aims at the knowledge and
realisation of what "really is". Philosophy can also be explained as
the art of perfect life, the way not simply of explaining what ought to be, but
of directly experiencing that which eternally exists.
Hard thinking, persistent
thinking, clear thinking, thinking to the very roots of all problems, grappling
with the fundamentals of all intellectual situations, a firm grasp of and
penetration into the very presuppositions of all thought and experience, is the
essence of Vedantic Sadhana. Deep thinking necessitates a taking of recourse to
intense Sadhana. A subtle, calm, clear pure, sharp, one-pointed intelligence is
needed for understanding and meditating on the goal of the boldest of all
philosophical efforts: Brahman.
Method of Philosophising
When the aspirant sees the
tempting and alluring form of a beautiful lady or a fascinating flower or any
attractive form he should philosophise thus: "This beautiful lady with
lustrous eyes and rosy cheeks and scarlet lips, though very tempting now, is
after all a mass of flesh, fat and bones. It is nothing more than a combination
of bones, nerves, skin and hair, and therefore, subject to decay. This
beautiful flower will fade away in a few hours. It will turn to dust here long.
The beauty in the feminine form, in the fine flower is but a reflection of that
Beauty of Beauties, the unchanging. never-dying Self within, the immortal glory
of glories. May that all-peryading Presence of the All-Beautiful Lord, the
source of all life, thought, consciousness and beauties, be the sole object of
my love and adoration."
Friends! Is there not a
higher mission in life besides eating, sleeping and talking? Is there not any
higher form of (Eternal) Bliss than these transitory and illusory pleasures? Is
there not a more dignified life than the sensual life? How uncertain is life
here! How insecure is our existence on this earth-plane with various kinds of
fear! How painful is this mundane life? Should we not attempt diligently now to
reach a place where there is eternal sunshine, absolute security, perfect peace?
Should we not love the Lord, pursue Truth and live the Divine Life?
object of Philosophic Search
Know what you seek, and then
seek. What you pursue here fails to give you what you truly seek, and recedes
like a mirage. Nothing on earth can give you everlasting happiness. Youth fades
like the evening flowers, strength vanishes like the rent cloud: the beauty of
the body quickly gives way to the ugly death Your pleasure-centres mock at you,
for you have mis akan nain for happiness, mirage for water! The real object
that you seek the one treasure without which you are restless is the
realisation of the imperishable bliss of Godhead within.
Philosophy, Religion and the Voice of
The business of science is
generalisation of phenomena; it is the function of philosophy and Yoga to
explain it. Religion is the practical aspect of philosophy: philosophy is the
rational aspect of religion. The scientist tries to answer the "How"
of the problem; the philosopher and the Yogi, the "Why" of it. It is
a mistake to say that such and such an event occurs because of certain laws of
Nature. The laws of nature do not give any real explanation of phenomena. It is
simply a scientist's statement in terms as general as possible of what happens
under given circumstances in his expression of an observed order or uniformity
in a natural phenomena. Science differs radically in its outlook from
philosophical musings. Science shows a marvellous harmony of Nature, but it is the
problem of philosophy and Yoga to! solve the "Why" of the Nature's
Only to a spiritually blind
man, the world seems to be different from God and also from himself, and it
seems to him that he himself is different from God. The moment the screen from
his eyes is lifted, it will be seen that what really is, is an ocean of pure
consciousness, the boundless Absolute where the world and the individual are no
more separate beings, but are united in its indivisible glory of Infinity and
Immortality. This is the grand destination of life, the purpose of everyone's
existence, the goal of all aspirations and endeavours. Brahman alone is real
all else has no reality independent of Brahman.
YOGA AND THE LIMITATIONS OF SCIENCE
knowledge and Yogic Experience
Science is partially unified
knowledge. A scientist observes the laws of Nature, experiments in his
laboratory, investigates, infers and draws exact conclusions from his
observations. He understands the outward surface and the physical aspects of Nature
and knows nothing of the origin, the occult intentions and destiny of Nature.
The scientist does not know as to what made and bestowed upon the ultimate
particles of matter their marvellous power of varied interaction. On the
contrary, the Yogi gets inner divine realisation, sees with his Yogic vision
the subtle rudiments of matter, has an intimate experience of the Supreme Power
and Being behind all Nature. He gets control over the five elements, clearly understands
the whole mystery of creation through direct intutional knowledge.
and Yogic Perception
Science perceives things as
they appear to normal human perception, i.e., as they appear to be whereas the
Yogi perceives them as they actually are. The Yogi perceives things intuitively
and knows them in their essential state. While each theory. each discovery of
science that is put forward one day is contradicted and falsified by a fresh
one, the next, the realisations arrived at through Yoga are infallible, as they
are the direct perceptions with the highest instrument, namely, the purified
mind attuned to the Infinite.
Limitations of Science
Scientists have not
understood the whole code of Nature's laws. They have no knowledge of occult
side of things of the astral, and higher planes such as Brahmaloka. The unseen
world is of far greater importance than the sense-universe which is visible to
the naked eye. A fully developed Yogi can function in all the planes and so he
has full knowledge of the manifested Nature. Scientists have no knowledge of
the subtle rudiments of matter. Life will become fuller and richer, when one
develops the inner eyesight by the practice of Yoga. The knowledge of the
scientists is only fragmentary or partial, whereas the knowledge of the Yogi is
full and perfect.
Oriental Magic But a System of Self-development
The supraphysical phenomena
occurring in the practice of Yoga and the practitioner's experience on subtler
planes are viewed with suspicion and regarded as mere oriental-magic. Yoga is
neither fanciful nor does it contain anything abnormal. It aims at the integral
development of all faculties in man. It is the time-tested, rational way to a
fuller and more blessed life that will naturally be followed by one and all in
the world of tomorrow. The eminently practical nature of Yoga renders it the
rational bridge between the idealism of pure philosophy and the hard realism of
earthly life. It is concerned with Transcendental Life, yet it asks you to take
nothing for granted. You are to follow definite methods, arrive at tangible
results and experience them in your own life.
All methods of Yoga have
ethical training and moral perfection as their basis. The eradication of vices
and the development of certain virtues form the first step in the ladder of
Yoga. The disciplining of your nature and the formation of a steady and pure,
character through a set of right habits and regular daily observances is the
next step. Upon this firm foundation of a well-established and virtuous moral
character is built the further structure of Yoga.
Upon the basis of moral
purity, awaken yourself to the conscious realisation of your oneness with the
Supreme Self. Think of the Self continuously. As Tennyson says: "Let thy
voice rise like a fountain for Me night and day." This is the real
spiritual practice or Brahma-Abhyasa. It will lead you to Self-realisation.
parts of Yoga-Practice
By practising Yama and
Niyama, the Yogic student purifies his mind. By practising Asana, he gets
steadiness and firmness of body. By practising Pranayama, he removes the
tossing of mind and destroys Rajas and Tamas. By practising Pratyahara he gets
mental strength, peace of mind and inner life. By the practice of Dharana he
gets Ekagrata of mind. By practising Dhyana, he fills the mind with divine
thoughts. By practising samadhi he destroys the seeds of births and deaths, and
gets immortality and Kaivalya, the final beatitude, the highest end of human
Pivotal Point of All Yoga
Careful reflection will show
that the entire universe is in reality the projection of the human mind
Manomatram Jagat. Purification and control of the mind is the central aim of
all Yoga. Mind in itself is but a record of impressions that keep expressing
themselves ceaselessly as impulses and thoughts. The mind is what it does.
Thought impels you to action; activity creates fresh impressions in the mind-stuff.
Yoga strikes at the very root of this vicious circle by a method of effectively
inhibiting the functions of the mind. Yoga checks, controls and stops the root
function of the mind, i.e. thought. When thought is transcended, intuition
functions and Self-knowledge supervenes.
Affirmation of Spiritual Positivism
Logical chopping, clever
hair-splitting arguments, intellectual gymnastics and word-jugglery will not
help you in attaining Self-realisation. You must harmoniously develop your
head, heart and hand through the practice of the Yoga of Synthesis. Only then
will you attain perfection and integral development.
The four Yogas are
interdependent and inseparable. Service purities and expands the heart. Love
unifies. Without ser vice and love you cannot dream of attaining Advaitic
realisation of Oneness. Love is involved in service; service is love in
expression. Knowledge is diffused love and love is concentrated Knowledge.
Integration of Yogas
Have you seen the picture of
Lord Siva's family? Mother Parvati is in the centre. She has Ganesha and
Subrahmanya on Her sides. Ganesha is the Lord of Wisdom, Subrahmanya is the
Lord of Action. Mother Parvati is an embodiment of Love. You should learn a
spiritual lesson from this picture. This picture teaches that you can attain
Perfection only by the practice of the Yoga of Synthesis.
Human mind has three
defects-Mala or impurity. Vikshepa or tossing, Avarana or veil. Karma Yoga
removes the impurity: Upasana or worship removes the tossing; Jnana Yoga tears
down the veil. Only then is Self-realisation possible.
True Synthesis of Yoga
Our religion must educate
and develop the whole man, his heart, head and hand. One-sided development is
never commendable. Karma Yoga purifies and develops the hand. Bhakti Yoga
destroys Vikshepa and develops the heart. Raja Yoga steadies the mind and makes
it one-pointed. Jnana Yoga removes the veil of ignorance and develops will and
reason. Therefore, one should practise the four Yogas. Taking Jnana Yoga as the
central basis, the Sadhaka can practise the other Yogas as auxiliaries to bring
in rapid progress on the spiritual path.
Action, emotion and
intelligence are the three horses that are linked to this body-chariot. They
should work in perfect harmony or union. Only then the chariot will run
smoothly. Vedanta without devotion is quite dry. Bhakti without Jnana is not
perfect. There must be integral development. You must have the head of Sankara,
the heart of Buddha and the hand of Janaka.
The Yoga of Synthesis alone
will develop the head, heart and hand, and lead one to perfection. To behold
the one Self in all beings is Jnana, wisdom: to love the Self is Bhakti,
devotion: to serve the Self is Karma, action. When the Jnana Yogi attains
wisdom, he is endowed with devotion and selfless activity.
Ascent of Kundalini
Generally there is no
genuine spiritual awakening in students. There is mere curiosity for getting
some psychic or Yogic powers. That student is far from God as long as he
retains some hidden desire for Siddhis. Strictly observe the ethical rules.
Transform the worldly nature
first. If you become absolutely desireless, if the mental Vrittis are destroyed
in toto, Kundalini will ascend by itself, without effort, through the force of
purity. Remove the dross of mind. You will yourself get help and answer from
Uniqueness of Asanalogy
The practice of Asanas
controls the emotions, produces mental peace, distributes Prana evenly
throughout the body and its different systems, helps in maintaining a healthy functioning
of the internal organs and gives internal massage to the various abdominal
organs. Physical exercise draws the Prana (energy) out but the Asanas send the
Prana in. The practice of Asanas! cures many diseases and awakens Kundalini
Sakti. These are the chief advantages in the Yogic system of exercises which no
other system has.
Over Nature's Powers Through Pranayama
The human body is the copy
of the cosmic structure in miniature and Prana enlivens and animates the
organism. Each element has gone into its constitution. The key-force behind all
forces of nature is Prana. Prana is the manifest essence of all the forces that
exist. The cerebrospinal system forms man's subtle switchboard. The different
subtle psychic centres dominate particular elements of forces in nature. By
gaining mastery over the vital astral centres located therein, man obtains
control over every force of nature.
If you can control Prana,
you can control all the forces of the universe, physical and mental. A Yogi can
also control the omnipresent Manifesting Power from which originate all
energies like magnetism, electricity, nerve-currents, vital forces,
Carnegie Principle and Raja Yoga
"Win friends and
influence people": this Dale Carnegie principle is but a leaf out of the
ancient Indian volume on psycho-spiritual science. Practise Yoga; the entire
world will worship you.
You will unconsciously
attract to yourself every living being; even gods will be at you, beck and
call. Even among beasts and blonde brutes you will win friends". Serve all
love all. Unfold your inner powers, through the practice of Raia Yoga.
Remember God. Turn towards
God. Meditate on God, Dwell in God. See God in all. Repeat the Name of God.
Realise God, here and now. You will be adored by all humanity, for centuries to
come, even as Jesus and Buddha are being adored,
Through the practice of
Yoga, you can overcome all difficulties and can eradicate all weaknesses.
Through the practice of Yoga pain can be transmuted into bliss, death into
immortality sorrow into joy, failure into success and sickness into perfect
health. Therefore, practise Yoga diligently.
Through Yogic discipline,
mind, body and the organ of speech work together harmoniously. You can have
calmness of mind at all times by practice of Yoga. You can have restful sleep.
You can have increased energy, vitality, longevity, and a high standard of
health. The Yoga way of life deepens your understanding and enables you to know
of a Yogi
A growing Yogi or an
aspirant who meditates regularly has a magnetic and charming personality. Those
who come in contact with him are much influenced by his sweet voice, powerful
speech, lustrous eyes, brilliant complexion, strong healthy body, good
behaviour, virtuous qualities and Divine Nature. People derive joy, peace and
strength from him. They are inspired by his speech and get elevation of mind by
mere contact with him.
If the magnet is more
powerful, it will influence the iron filings even when they are placed at a
long distance. Even so, if the yogi is an advanced person, he will have greater
influence over the persons with whom he comes in contact. He can exert his
influence on persons even when they are thousands of miles away.
of Help Through Supernormal Agencies
Through their spiritual
vibrations and magnetic aura the unknown real Yogis help the world more than
the "Yogis of the platform. Preaching from the pulpits and platforms
belongs to men of second grade spirituality, who have no knowledge and never
put to use the supernormal faculties and powers latent in them. Great adepts
and Mahatmas transmit their message through telepathy to deserving aspirants in
different corners of the world. Means of communication that are supernormal to
us are quite normal to a Yogi.
Prominent of the Methods
The ancient sages had
formulated certain well-defined and workable methods by which man can establish
union with the Divine. It is a means of compressing one's evolution within a
single lifetime, even within a few years of this particular life. Of the many
methods that are widely accepted and followed, the path of Dhyana is the highly
scientific, practical, graduated system of Maharshi Patanjali, otherwise known
as Ashtanga Yoga. The reason for this unique importance is that Patanjali
Maharshi's system is based upon the most rationally comprehensive consideration
of man in every aspect of his being. It! has taken man as he is constituted
fundamentally, divested of incidental association. It takes man as a centre of
pure consciousness, localised within enfolding sheaths of matter of varying
degrees of subtlety. Conceived in this light, man is basically the same the
world over in all periods of time. This system is the universal one and is for
all times, and offers a process that is practicable to every type of the
average individual. It is characterised by the most intelligent synthesis and a
very beautiful graduation.
Methods of Approach
The Absolute can be
conceived of in manifold forms, and manifold are the methods of approach to it
in accordance with the nature of man's mind-stuff. Every cogitating creature
has in fact its own religion based on a firm background of thought which men
call 'philosophy Philosophy is theoretical religion of the stuff of spiritual
practice. It declares that beings, in spite of themselves, are urged by the
truth of indivisible existence to find themselves in Its centre of experience.
The human aspiration culminates in the blissful possession of eternal life;
nothing short of it.
Yoga embraces in itself
several methods of realising God, of approaching and experiencing the Absolute.
Yoga is the science of divine living; it has nothing to do with any religious
belief, traditional faith, colour, vocation or clime. Yoga is neither Eastern
nor Western; it is of the world, of humanity in general. In any walk of life,
at any stage and step, one can be a Yogi; Yoga admits of degrees. To become
wider and deeper, more inclusive in one's being and consciousness, is the aim
of Yoga; to make man one with Godhead is the goal of Yoga. Take for practice
anyone of the several methods Yoga offers you and realise God here and now.
ITS DISCIPLINES AND ITS VALUE
Functions of Vedanta
Vedanta illumines, ennobles,
elevates and enlightens us with its great formula, Tat Tvam Asi. It imparts to
us the message, that in the law of our being that Supreme Being pervades all
this that is. The constituting essence and substance of our inmost being, is
the one Divine Reality that is at once immanent and transcendent. A feeling of
oneness with every form of life, a sense of the unity of all existence, a
desire to release the best of our energies in the dynamic service of others,
can arise only from a firm grasp of the essential spiritual nature of ourselves
and of those around us.
of "Being oneself"
The path of Vedanta is the
most natural. It is nothing but manifesting what you exactly are in essence. Be
thyself. Thou art the resplendent Atman. Be rooted in this Supreme
Consciousness. Eternity is thy very nature. Realise this now and here. Deep as
the ocean is thy life. Nothing can harm you. Thou art the all-pervading,
Witness: A Philosophical Explanation
The Atman is called the
witness, not in truth, but from the individual's standpoint of phenomenal
experience in the plane of Ignorance or Avidya. When the Atman is realised,
there is no witnessing of another thing. This being a witness is only the
individual's conception of the Atman. It does not mean that there is something
different from Atman. The personal relative self involves the idea of
individuality but the Absolute Atman does! not involve
The inmost self in you is
the Witness; it is the Infinite Reality. It is of the nature of Satchidananda.
You are That. Realise this and be free.
Perception of the One Self
When you see any person or
object, think and feel that he or it is Atman or Narayana. By incessant
practice of this, Namarupa (name and form), will vanish, Atman or Narayana will
shine. The world-idea will disappear. This practice demands strenuous and
protracted efforts. During the course of the practice. your old Samskaras will
trouble you. Boldly, you must fight against them. This spiritual practice of
Samyag Jnana, will give you Samyag Darshan of Atman. You will transmute all
objects into Atman. Think and feel that all actions are Atmapuja. The idea of
inferiority and the idea of menial service will disappear as you see Narayana
or Atman everywhere.
of Vedantic Sadhana
Rise above desires. Abandon
the beggarly attitude of the mind. Feel the majesty of yourself. Identify
yourself with the glorious all-full self-contained Brahman. Then all desires
die a natural death; they will be fulfilled. This is the secret of the
fulfilment of all desires. Then, Nature will obey you and you can command the
elements. All the eight Siddhis and the nine Riddhis will roll under your feet.
This is the sublime teaching of the Vedanta.
Behold the one homogeneous
Self in all. Mentally repeat the formula or Mantra "OM Ek Sat-chit-ananda
Atma"- 'There is but one Infinite Existence-Knowledge-Delight' --whenever
you perceive any form. Negate the illusory name and form and try to identify
yourself with the underlying immortal Essence.
Technique of Self-Transcendence
When emotions and impulses
trouble you much, be indifferent (Udasina). Say to yourself: "Who am
I?" Feel: "I am not this mind. I am the Atman, the all-pervading
Spirit, Suddha Sat-Chit-Ananda. How can emotions affect me? I am Nirlipta, unattached;
I am Sakshi, witness of these emotions. Nothing can disturb me." When you
repeat these suggestions of Vichara or Vedantic reflection, the emotions will
die by themselves. This is the Jnana-method of driving away the emotions and
the strugglings with the mind.
A Wondrous Fair
This world is a big
marvellous fair. Father, mother, wife, children, friends, relations are people
meeting in a fair. That this is So, there is no doubt. Wealth, honour, titles,
status, all pomp and splendour are Maya's jugglery. These are her tempting
baits to catch the passionate Jivas. This impure body of flesh, bone and blood
is a bubble in the ocean of Samsara. Trust not this body, senses and this
tempting world. Through intense Sadhana attain Samadhi and experience your
identity with the Infinite Reality and Delight. This experience destroys the
longing for fleeting objects of the world. Then there is no more the world of
perception. There is Infinite Experience. There is Fullness. There is
Perfection. There is Bliss.
Upanishadic View of Food
The Upanishads mean by
"Food" that which is experienced by consciousness, either directly by
itself or indirectly through certain organs. An object that is presented to a
conscious subject, is the food of that conscious subject. That which supports,
or maintains, or preserves a thing is the food of that thing. In short, food is
that, which feeds and sustains individuality. Hence, in the Upanishads, Food is
identified with Matter.
Method of Vedantic knowledge
If the body is the soul,
your hopes and expectations must increase or decrease, if the energy increases
or decreases on account of good health or disease. But this is not so. Even if
you are in a dying condition, your hopes do not come to an end. You still hope
to get better. You do not like to part with your possessions. This clearly
indicates that the soul in the body must, be quite distinct from the body
itself. It does not come to an end even if the body perishes.
Practice of Vedanta will
widen your outlook. It will free you from narrow ideas wrong cravings and all
kinds of misconceptions. It will enable you to attain Immortal Bliss. Through
deep meditation and Samadhi, you will experience Absolute Consciousness. You
will be fearless, perfect, full of health and joy Vedanta elevates the mind to
magnanimous heights of Divine Splendour or Brahmanhood; this experience
destroys all barriers that separate man from man, brings concord, unruffled
peace and harmony to suffering humanity. Vedanta alone can really unite, on the
basis of one common Self in all, a Hindu and a Mohammedan, a Catholic and a
Protestant, an Irishman and an Englishman, a Jain and a Parsi. A thousand
blessings Vedanta holds for every man.
of the East on the West
The 'Oversoul' of the
Western philosophers is the Brahman of the Upanishads, the Atman of the
Vedantins. The supreme Soul which is the support of all individuals, is the
'Oversoul'. It is the 'Substance' or the 'Thing-in-itself' of Kant. The essence
of Vedanta has slowly infiltrated into the minds of Western philosophers and
they have now accepted the existence of one eternal principle, which is
distinct from the body and mind.
The West is irresistibly
drawn to the practical philosophy of Vedanta because Vedanta declares that one
should not be selfish or attached to any fleeting object, that one should live
in the consciousness of the loving brotherhood and unity and of the Self-hood
or Atma-hood of the universe, that the Truth of existence is One and
indivisible that division or separation, hatred, enmity, quarrel and
selfishness are against the Eternal Truth, that the pain of birth and death is
caused by desire generated by ignorance of this great Truth, that the highest
state of experience or perfection is immortal Life or the realisation of
Brahman, that everyone is born for this one supreme purpose. that all other
duties are only aids or auxiliaries to this great Duty of Self-realisation,
that one should perform one's prescribed duties in life with the spirit of
non-attachment and of dedication to the Supreme Being, that every aspect of
one's life should get consummated in this Supreme Consciousness.
ITS PHILOSOPHY AND
and the Modern Temper
Religion is not a dogma or a
comfortable fancy or a hobby of a certain group of people. Religion is the
expression of the universal impulse which none can resist. Every person thinks
ditferently, and yet, thinks towards the one Supreme Being, Differences are in
the roads and the ladders not in the city reached or the roof climbed over. It
is the human aspiration, but not the subhuman propensity, that ravages the very
values of lite through contempt for alien temperaments and hatred towards other
inhabitants of the earth, ultimately resulting in religious wars, poverty,
grief and restlessness: Modern civilisation despises religion, because it
understands by religion and burst of the irrational spirit. Far from it
Religion is the Light that enlivens the most rational life, the manifestation
of the eternal glow of intelligence, that peeps through even the mightiest
genius of the world. There can be no civilisation without religion, and there is
no worth in religion, if it is destitute of spirituality. There is no Asiatic
or American or European, Hindu or Christian or Muslim, but there are sons of
God, worshipping Him in the Temple of the Universe.
Central Theme of Real Religions
There can be no sense in
thinking that one can be happy after denying God, condemning religion,
overriding ethics and morality, and sheerly by directing powers against others.
The Taces drenched by tears, and the stomachs, scorched by hun ger, shall bear
witness to the criminality of the hands, which have upset the peace of the
world. Peace is theirs, who see themselves in all. Those who disrupt the
happiness of others cannot be happy. Woe is experienced as a reaction against
the woe, that is given to others. Joy is the fruit of joy, given to others.
"Do unto others as you wish to be done by."
Definition of Real Religion
Religion is faith for
knowing and worshipping God. It is not a matter for discussion on a club-table.
It is the perception of the true Self. It is the fulfilment of the deepest
craving in man. Hold religion as the goal of your life. Live every moment of
your life for its realisation. Life without religion is real death.
Real religion is a process
of living in God. Religion is not merely a little prayer a man raises when he
suffers from severe intestinal colic or chronic dysentery. It is preeminently a
life of goodness and service, purity and meditation.
Religion of the Heart
The only basis of the true and
lasting unity of all humanity is the religion of the heart. Religion of the
heart is the religion of love. Men can be unified only, if they are free from
jealousy, hatred and petty-mindedness. Purify your heart first. Meet hatred
with love, with goodwill.
The essence of religion lies
in the immediate experience of the Divine. Man becomes God through discipline,
self-restraint cultivation of fellowship, selfless service, devotion and
meditation. Religion is assiduous spiritual practice and Selfrealisation.
Essential Unity of all Religions
The plurality of
"Faiths" will transform itself into one Universal Faith in the eyes
of one, who has purified his vision through faith in the fundamentals of his
own religion, and who has diligently endeavoured to attain the goal, set before
him, by the founder of his own religion. Differences are superficial; the
Essential is one and the same in all religions. All the Prophets have alluded
to the same God in different terms.
One religion is as good as another.
One road to the Supreme is as good as any other road. Cows have different
colours, but the colour of milk is one. There are different kinds of roses, but
the scent is one. Religion is one, but many are the forms of its practice.
Diversity is the order of creation. Religion is no exception to it.
Behind Religious Observances
The Seers of yore have
foreseen the inability of the common man to apply himself fully and perfectly
to Sadhana for God-realisation. Besides the daily duties, which he has to
discharge as a human being, he has also to answer the eternal call of the
Divine Truth, which is hidden in him. To this end the Rishis direct man by
calling upon him to devote himself fully to such worship on special days like
Sivaratri, which are psychologically and astronomically conducive to his
Consummates Ethics and Sociology
Where the spirit of selfless
service is concerned, religion meets moral philosophy and sociology, for the
first posits, that the one divine Self alone pervades all existence. Hence
every piece of service, rendered to others, amounts to benefit, conferred on
ourselves. The more this sublime basis of human action is recognised and
adopted, the more rapid will be man's evolution towards perfection and
Religion is the real
foundation of society, the source of all goodness and happiness, the basis of
virtue and prosperity of the individual, and through the individual of all
humanity. Civilisation, law, order, morality and all that elevates man and
gives peace to the world, are the fruits of the practice of religion,
Religion of Religions
A universal joy-infusing
power of Absolute Religion should take possession of the hearts of all. There
is no other purpose in life, if it is not to attain the absolute Perfection,
Peace and Joy of the Eternal Being, which all seek, directly or indirectly, and
which can be had only, when people understand, that all conceptions of God are
aspects of the One Supreme, Immortal, Divine Presence, and that all forms of
religion are the aspects of the Great Way to That One Truth. The proper
knowledge of this fact shall correct all errors of life and show the method of
bringing peace to the world, of making humanity perfect.
Imagine a pure white canvas,
on which is drawn a beautiful evening scenery of a group of pilgrims sitting
around a blazing fire by the side of a forest stream. How absurd, would you
think, if the water in the picture felt hostile to the fire, drawn thereon For
you know that these two factors are just a trick of a little paint and oil.
Beneath it you find the one common canvas. pure and permanent. Rays of one
Divine Light! Dwell for ever in the loving awareness of this sweet and glorious
unity that throbs in the spiritual heart of the entire mankind. You will be
helping invaluable in the noble cause of human solidarity if you will pledge
yourself to feel this oneness, assert and manifest this oneness, and propagate
and spread this message of unity.
ENDURING BASES FOR INTERNATIONAL IDEALS
Texture of Ancient Indian Society
The ideal of the social
ethics of the Gita is Lokasangraha, the well-being and solidarity of the world.
This is brought about by each individual through the performance of Svadharma
in the spirit of non-attachment and self-surrender. Svadharma aims, at the same
time, at Sarvabhutahita or the good of all beings The fabric of society is to
be so constituted, as to aid its members to realise the supreme Ideal of life.
As all beings share the one Life which is the whole, and of which they are
parts their development lies in being in harmony with that Life. The perfection
of the part is in the Unity of the whole. Mutual Love and the execution of duty
is loyalty to the whole, is the means to the blessedness of the individual and
the society. When each one does his own duty without reluctance or desire in
his mind, the welfare of the society is ensured, for wherever action commingles
with the knowledge of the Divine Purpose that is behind this visible universe,
there shall be prosperity, victory, glory and firm policy.
and Modern Civilisation
Modern civilisation has not
cared to understand the fundamental meaning of life, but it is satisfied with
mere floating upon the perceptible surface of the physical existence. The
present-day Science, however penetrating it may be, is after all an
investigation into the world of common experience in the waking state; it has
discarded the deep significance of the changes that man undergoes in the states
of his deeper life. India has got the credit of having found the very root of
life, and of having discovered the Permanent Ground upon which is played the
drama of Life. If there is anything valuable in life as a whole, it is the
knowledge of the solution of the apparent riddle of existence, and this is the
glorious heritage of India.
Good and the Welfare of Mankind
The superstructure of national,
social and domestic life can be erected in a manner that will strike the best
balance between the individual good and the welfare of mankind in general.
Selflessness is a virtue that blends individual good with the welfare of
society. On this loom of selflessness, individual good and the good of society
become the warp and woof, producing the fabric of a commonwealth in which all
the individuals are happy, prosperous and peaceful; the fabric of a
civilisation which is characterised by peace and progress all round. Let us
vigorously work towards this peak of achievement.
Ideals for the Nations
The aim of nations should be
to direct their power towards the transformation of the hearts of the people
from the subhuman and the weak human nature into the rightly human and divine
natures through right government, right education and insistence on right
living, based on perfect Truth. This shall effect the great renaissance for the
healthy and peaceful life of all on earth, and also for the Eternal Life
transcending the earthly life.
Man cannot discard material
prosperity, nor can he ignore spiritual refinement. Either he effects this
balance between material prosperity and spiritual progress, and thereby ensures
peace and welfare, or he destroys himself through the worship of the deities of
materialism, by their subservient genie, the weapons of destruction.
the Civilised Barbarism
It is worth remembering that
the universal degeneration of the human character and unrestricted play of
baser passions in the individual and social life, is at the root of each
repeated wave of scientific and civilised barbarism that sweeps over the world,
time and again. Uncontrolled human passion is certain to plunge the nations into
savage warfare in the future also. A living faith in spiritual values and
earnest practical religion seem to be the one hope if mankind is to live. The
refinement, ennobling and sublimation of human passion and desire are the special
function and purpose of true Religion. The dictates of elementary logic and
rationality clearly direct that to rescue humanity from the present and
safeguard it in the future, the right way is to recognise the important role of
Behold the Self in all; he
who knows that the same life, that throbs in the innermost recess of his heart,
indwells others too. dares not harm anybody; for, if he does harm anybody. he
harms but himself. In a fray one might injure his brother. But under no
circumstances would one wish to hurt himself. When a person on to a robbery
feels that he is to rob his own hard-earned property, when one assigned to
murder another person, belonging to a rival community, feels that he is but to
murder himself, when a nation set out to aggrandise another nation feels, that
it is actually exploiting and slaughtering its own people only then will the
inner call to desist from these savage acts come. This spirit of oneness must
be cultivated and intensified in every human being.
d'tre of All Relationship
If family or society or
nation is understood as a means to separate one from another, however large the
scope of its inclusion of human beings may be, such a family, such a society,
such a nation cannot triumph. All relationship is expected to end in the
absolute unity of existence, excluding nothing from itself. This goal of life
should be borne in mind in the process of our daily activities, if our actions
are to be free from selfishness, if our actions are to be at-one with the
universal movement of Nature. e is a divine worship. The proper conduct of
family, the administration of the country and the society, is a part of the
universal Government which looks at the entirety of beings with a strict
of Science and Technology
the Peace-giving Culture
What is wrong with science?
What is defective in technology? The implements that help man cook his food
could they are misused and abused. Electricity has come to be the Very
"breath of life." But, then, it should be used with caution and with
the sole aim of subserving man's selfless longing to serve his fellowmen.
Science is not the enemy of culture, Science and culture are sisters. They can
live together amicably and help make the house (the world) a paradise if there
is the bond of real love uniting their hearts. Once the basic ideology if
accepted and implemented, why should science itself not be elevated to the
grand status of a cultural institution? Technology will be a branch of national
culture. They can promote the spiritual welfare of man, enrich his heart,
broaden his outlook and enlighten his soul, as profoundly as any other branch
of culture can.
Not because there is
anything diabolical in scientific advance itself does culture look upon it with
an eye of suspicion and dread. But, it is because the canker of uncultured,
baser, animal passions eats the very vitals of Man in whose erring hand science
serves as the best suicidal agency. If culture enters the heart of man, if
cultural institutions receive the rightful place of honour in all Plans and
Schemes of nation-building the world over, then science itself will promote
am the Immortal Self".
BROTHER! Courage is your
birthright, not fear. Peace is your divine heritage, not restlessness;
Immortality, not mortality: Strength, not weakness; Health, not disease; Bliss,
not sorrow; Knowledge, not ignorance.
Thou art Divine. Live up to
it. Feel and realise thy divine nature. Thou art the master of thy own destiny.
Do not be discouraged when sorrows, difficulties and tribulations manifest in
the daily battle of life. Draw up courage and spiritual strength from within.
There is a vast inexhaustible magazine of power And knowledge within. Tap it.
Plunge yourself in the sacred waters of Immortality. You will be quite
refreshed, renovated and vivified when you go to the divine source and realise:
I am the Immortal Self."
Rely on your own Self. Be
not a slave. You are the Immortal Self. Destroy inferiority complex. Draw
power, courage strength from within. Be free. Believe not in any dogmas. Have
no blind faith. Accept nothing except after reasoning out care. fully. Never be
carried away by the blind surging emotions Subdue them. Be not intolerant.
Expand. Constant meditation on your inner Immortal Self, is the master-key to
open the realms of Knowledge. Your essential nature is Sat-Chit-Ananda,
Existence-Knowledge-Bliss-Absolute. The outer cloak, this mortal physical body
is an illusory Mayaic production. You are the sexless Self, the King of kings;
you are Immortal and Infinite. Feel. Assert. Recognise. Realise, not from
tomorrow, but right now. O Blessed one! Thou art Immortal!