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EXPLORING THE OUTER WORLDEnquiry is a MUST for all spiritual seekers. A spiritual seeker is essentially in quest of God. Thus, most if not all of the seeker's questions would be related to God in one manner or the other.

Ancient man did not know anything about God to start with. But when he began to notice the great marvels of Nature, he realised that there must be a Supreme Power that was present everywhere.

Gandhi refers to the Omnipresence beautifully with the words: "There is an indefinable mysterious power that pervades everything. I feel it though I cannot see it."

Swami tells us the same things via the words: "I am in you, with you, around you, above you, below you…."

Ancient man had many questions but no one to turn to for answers. He therefore tried to find the answers himself. In some cases he was successful but in others, he was not. The answers he found for himself came from his intellect.

Man did not know it then [he does not even now!] but intellect is nothing but God speaking from inside! As Swami says, the intellect is an aspect of God and His Supreme Power. [For greater elaboration, see, Summer Showers in Brindavan, 2000, in particular, pages 45, and 48.]

By his own effort, man understood to some extent the Omnipresence of God. But he did not quite appreciate that God was present within him too. That fact was revealed to man in various ways.

God revealed this truth about His Immanence in all beings to Sages. The Sages then passed this Knowledge on to those who sought it.

In addition to this, God directly explained [via the Bhagavad Gita] how He is the In-dweller, and how He subtly manifests as the life-force.

In spite of all this, mankind has forgotten all these valuable lessons. [Why does man forget valuable lessons while remembering trivia? Swami narrates a story to explain the point. Locate that story!]

Today, Baba is teaching [with enormous patience one might add] all those lessons, not just once but over and over again, in extra-ordinary detail. So we must pay attention, absorb, and enquire deeply on them so that the lessons become permanently embedded.

If the lessons taught by Baba get permanently etched on our Heart and we are able to draw upon them at will, then life's journey would be smooth.


Volume : PDS / 02 Date : SEPT 15 2003