The entities of Creation act in
such a manner as to preserve a balance in Nature.
All entities, except man, have no choice in the
manner they act. The inanimate objects [e.g., the
Sun, the Moon, etc.,] are said to follow the "Law
of Nature". By extensive observation, scientists
have discovered many such laws. The animate objects,
namely the living beings [like the tiger, for example],
are said to follow their instincts. In modern language,
these instincts have been "hard-wired"
i.e., encoded via their DNA.
In spirituality, we do not use words like law of
Nature or instinct. Instead we say that all entities
follow their respective Dharma, as ordained
What about man? Does he have no Dharma
to follow? Of course he has. In fact, the Dharma
prescribed for man is quite elaborate and also exalted.
But he has been given a choice by God, and that
is, man can either follow his Dharma or violate
Now why on earth has God done this? Ah, that is
part of God's Cosmic Drama! For man, life on earth
is really a test or an examination. The test is
whether or not he follows the Dharma as laid down
by God Himself. If he follows his Dharma, then God
would declare man as having passed; otherwise it
means that man has flunked!
In other words, man is the only agent who can consciously
unsettle the delicate balance in Nature.
The concept of balance is closely related to four
words that Baba sometimes uses. They are: KNOWLEDGE,
SKILL, BALANCE and INSIGHT
In today's world, man acquires strives hard and
acquires knowledge from the external world. Based
on this knowledge, he develops special skills. For
example, a person could become an expert surgeon.
However, a person anchored solely in the external
world would lack spiritual or inner balance.
The external forces that produce compulsions in
man are: Peer pressure, competition, job insecurity,
Inner balance is a must for wholesome living. They
counter the unsettling nature of external forces
and contribute to equanimity, composure, equipoise,
etc. They help in no small measure in countering
Imbalance implies that senses are holding sway
and are dominant. Balance, on the other hand, means
that there is counter-check from within.
Sense control is the real key to balance. Baba
sometimes the word Indriya Nigraha. Watch
out for these words in His Discourses, and flag
Discipline is of two kinds - externally imposed
In the spiritual world, one wants discipline that
springs from the Source within, rather than imposition
by external force.
Self discipline is often dismissed as being impossible.
Not true. It all depends on one's resolution. Discipline
often flows easily when Love is the basis. Thus,
a devotee who otherwise might flinch at self-control
might be quite ready to practice it as a token of
his love for Swami.
Self-control is vital for vanquishing internal
enemies. Desire is a leading enemy, and it can be
kept at bay only through self-regulation.
External vision and bias tends to produce imbalance.
Vision directed Inwards helps in the restoration
of the balance.
Closely connected with judgement leading to imbalance
and balance is the faculty of [spiritual] Discrimination.
This Discrimination is often referred to as Buddhi.
If Buddhi is absent, then imbalance is inevitable.
But if Buddhi prevails, then balance is achievable.
Why is self-discipline so important? Because, without
it, many of the social evils cannot be eradicated
easily. AIDS is being talked about extensively.
All sorts of attempts are being made to arrest the
spread of AIDS. Fair enough. However, hardly any
thought is being to stop AIDS at source via the
inculcation of moral values amongst people. There
is almost a fatalistic feeling that morality will
Morality is today considered a non-starter because
God has been put on the back-burner so to speak.
Moral force will prevail when people love God. Thus
it is that Baba says: DEVELOP LOVE FOR GOD. THAT
WOULD PROMOTE FEAR OF SIN. ONCE PEOPLE FEAR SIN,
THERE WOULD AUTOMATICALLY BE MORALITY PRESENT IN
SOCIETY. This is what happened in ancient societies.
Some people argue that the clock cannot be put
back. Is this really true? It is all a matter of
will and determination. Today's priorities are:
Rights first and then may be responsibility. But
this is the prescription for pure disaster. If mankind
is able to see the writing on the wall, then it
would realise that the priorities ought to be changed
to: Responsibility first and then may be a claim
In the animal kingdom, survival is through competition.
In other words, evolution occurs through the principle
of the survival of the fittest. Mankind, on the
other hand, evolved through co-operation. But today,
crass consumerism is slowly converting mankind to
believe in the survival of the fittest policy. No
doubt the idea is cleverly sugar-coated and disseminated
via slick marketing, but the hard truth is that
consumerist economy thrives on greed, promotion
of unwanted and even base desires, and cut-throat
competition, often of the dog-eat-dog variety. Can
this be called progress? Is this a balanced state
for mankind? Will this not lead to a sharp and disastrous
- Imbalance thrives on differentiation while balance
leads to unity and a sense of Oneness. Today, mankind
is at the cross roads. It has to decide where it wants
to go. Does it want to sink or rise to higher levels
of Consciousness? What must be done under the circumstances
is quite clear. But do we have the will and the desire
to do it? That is the question!