Volume 5 - Issue 04 APRIL 2007
Man is so designed that he can derive anandha (bliss) and maintain it only through association with his kind. To divest oneself of all contacts with others, and tread a lonely path is a sign of weakness, of fear, not of courage. Lively association alone produces morality, justice, compassion, sympathy, love, tolerance, equanimity and many other qualities that toughen and train character, and mould the personality of man. Culture is the consequence of the co-mingling of hearts and heads.
A group of individuals, who are charged with hatred or contempt of each other, cannot produce any beneficial effect on any of its components; a common outlook, or rather, a common inlook, is the essential factor, Sama-chintha - the sameness of beliefs, opinions and attitudes - is the prime factor. This Sama-chintha must result in a flood of anandha (divine bliss) that envelops and enthuses the entire group.
If the individual knows he is Divine and that all else are equally so, that consciousness is the best bond for Society, that anandha is the best atmosphere to sustain the Society - how can a person who knows that all are Divine keep away from the God He recognises? "I am he, he is I, both I and He are kith and kin in Him." This awareness is so thrilling, so satisfying, so uplifting, that such Society is the noblest Sathsang (holy company) man can ever come into.
This Universe Is Enveloped In God
Shutting yourself in a room and offering incense and flowers to a picture or image of God, singing or reciting His glory are very poor substitutes for the discipline that will liberate you from ignorance. All beings are images of God; all men are His pictures; then, why shut yourselves in? All creation is marching on a pilgrimage to Him; why then behave as if you are trekking it alone? You believe that the time spent in church or temple or the domestic shrine in adoration and in ritual worship is devoted to God and the rest is spent for other purposes. But, you cannot demarcate and delimit the realms of God and man like that. God is ever with you everywhere. Vasudhevassarvamidham - "All this is God." Society is the school where this lesson is taught to those who earnestly seek.
The sages of this land (ancient India) resorted to the hermitages in the forests, and mixed with the steadfast seekers there in scholastic discussion and disciplinary practices. They drew inspiration and instruction from each other, and learnt the Truth, Ishaavaasyam idham jagath - "This Universe is enveloped in God" - that God is the string on which the worlds are strung. When man gives up his conceit and becomes nature's pupil, rather than its tyrannical master, he can hear her voice advising, admonishing, and illuminating.
Man has all the resources he needs in himself. He can tap them by identifying them and manifesting them, and by sharing them with others. He is Sath, Chith and Aanandha (Being, Awareness, Bliss Absolute); He is Shiva-Shakthi Swaruupa (Form of divine-energy). When man extols himself, he is extolling God. Do not cultivate the conviction that you are mere men; be assured that you are destined for Divinity. When Divinity takes on the human form as described in the Ramayana, the Mahabharatha, and the Bhagavatha (Indian epics), one has to interpret the actions as providing examples and lessons, and not as human stories enacted for entertainment…
The Pristine Prayer
A heart saturated with love of God can never entertain thoughts of violence. It is sheer hypocrisy, to kneel before God and, then, force men to kneel before you. God is love, God is peace, God is strength. How can a person be in contact with God, and yet, be proud and acrimonious? Agitated and angry? Weak and vacillating? His claim to be in contact with God is only a laughable foible; it cannot be true.
A tree is judged by its fruit. Leaders of people have to develop this universal feeling of love, not limited to political boundaries which change from decade to decade, or religious labels which are affixed and erased to suit temporary needs. The prayer that rose from millions in this country (India) from all its temples, holy seafronts, shrines and altars for centuries, has been Sarve janaah sukhino bhavanthu – ‘ Let all the people of the world be happy and prosperous’, samastha lokaah sukhino bhavanthu – ‘May all the worlds have peace and prosperity.’ So, pray for all humanity, for the welfare and happiness, the peace and progress of all countries of the world, and all beings everywhere.
- Divine Discourse in Hyderabad, April 1973
– Heart2Heart Team
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Vol 5 Issue 04 - APRIL 2007
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