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Our ideal is so high that
the more we advance, the more we find that there
is still so much further ground to be covered
to reach the highest goal. This naturally makes
us feel dejected at times. But let this very
depressed mood encourage us to struggle harder
and harder and move closer and closer to that
blissful state which transcends all relative
elation and dejection and is the Infinite Existence-Knowledge-Bliss
itself. We reject the Infinite and busy ourselves
with the finite which gives us a drop of joy,
but brings also a mass of misery. Always remember
that the real Ananda is attained only in the
realization of the Infinite.
The ideal is very high and
we cannot reach it simply by wishing. And yet
we should hold it before us, and try to move
towards it slowly and steadily, naturally passing
through many ups and downs.
Our ideal is so high that
the more we proceed towards it, the more we
find that there is yet so much to achieve. This
is good because it keeps us going and enables
us to have a little taste of the divine joy
as we continue to do our prayers and meditation.
By trying to see Sri Ramakrishna
in all men and the Holy Mother in all women,
the spiritual seekers can transmute all animal
impulses and passions into Divine Love. It is
this Divine Love that, mixed up with human and
animal elements, becomes human love and animal
love. Dedication is an efficient means for purifying
the personality and transmuting personal love
into Divine Love. Our love is mixed up with
selfishness. Do you know the story of fifty-fifty?
In Germany, there was a hotel, famous for sausages
of rabbit-meat. Once a customer found the taste
had changed. On enquiry, he was told by the
hotel manager, 'Sir, what can I do? Rabbit-flesh
has become rare. So, I added a little of horse-meat.'
'In what proportion?' enquired the customer.
The manager replied, 'Fifty-fifty.' He meant
one rabbit to one horse!
Our so-called love for others
is of the weight of a rabbit and our self-love
is of the weight of a horse; fifty-fifty indeed!
A drop of the Divine Mother's
love comes through the father, mother, guru,
children, students and others. Having cut themselves
off from the cosmic source, human beings turn
to a personality, get a drop of love and along
with it a mass of misery also. If one person
fails to satisfy them, then they try another
person, get another drop of love and again a
mass of misery as before. This goes on time
In spiritual life we want
to turn to the Infinite Spirit who is all love,
worship Him, pray to Him, meditate on Him, have
our hearts filled with a little of Divine Love
and share this love with our fellow beings without
expecting any returns.
In spiritual life, although
we cut off personal relations with others to
a great extent, we come to have a wider love
and sympathy for all. It is through the medium
of the Divine.
Value a personality because
of the principle and not for its own sake. This
is the only way to real peace and happiness.
Dependence on the outside
agencies is a bondage and a source of misery.
Dependence on the indwelling Atman, the Paramatman,
is freedom and a source of joy.
On Japa and Meditation
Are you doing japa regularly?
How is the japa mala? Is it complete? Or is
it broken? (Laughing) Some people do japa so
vigorously that they break the mala. Then they
come and ask for a new one. Without stressing
the number, stress the quality of japa and meditation.
It is this that will help you in your spiritual
You know the parable of
Sri Ramakrishna, about a parrot repeating 'Rama,
Rama.' But when a cat catches it, the cry is
quite different, because the name did not go
deep enough. During the Mutiny some sepoys shot
a sadhu. Even to the last breath the sadhu repeated
A lady in Holland asked
me, 'Why should I repeat the Lord's name so
many times?' I asked her, how many times she
remembered her body? She replied, 'Oh, almost
the whole day.' Then I asked her, 'Then how
many times should you forget the body to counteract
We have to repeat the name
with great devotion.
Without any harmony of body
and mind, no proper japa or meditation can be
done--head is aching, heart is palpitating.
There is a girl in Delhi; she said to me, 'Swamiji,
I have no time to do japa so I practice sahasranama,
repeat the name for a thousand times and so
on.' I said to her, 'If I ask God how many times
did you listen to her, He will say, "Not
even once!" If you do not listen to what
you repeat, why should God listen?'
Whatever form one takes
up, one must have clear conception of that deity
and think of the good qualities. Ultimately
it should take you from form to formlessness,
from speech to speechlessness.
When I was in Madras I was
very much taken up by the sea shore. I spoke
about this to Swami Shivanandaji Maharaj. He
said, 'My boy, akasha is a better symbol. It
is unlimited. You can get it everywhere; even
the sea is limited.' When I actually did so,
I found it (sky) was not as we generally see,
but it was full of light--wide and unlimited.
When one gets absorbed in that, one thinks we
are rays of that intense light. When one meditates
on such a formless entity, then one thinks that
his soul is part of the Infinite Soul and he
is not the body. When that consciousness of
light comes one sees divine light everywhere.
Surrender to God
Grow in vairagya, grow in
wisdom, only then Mother will accept you. Pray
to Mother, 'Mother! Wherever you send me, come
with me'. Surrender hundred percent to Mother.
If you try to handle any situation, it becomes
narrow and may slip down, but if you leave it
to the Mother, it expands and you find tremendous
good results. Learn to leave the things to the
Lord. He will do them in the right way and let
them occur at the right time. Only then are
the results the best. Bow down to Her will;
you will feel better. Wherever you go, think
that you live in Mother and Mother lives in
you. Life is full of adjustments; every minute
we must adjust--no question of liking or hating
the work. There are various temperaments. With
every patient you have to adjust. This helps
in the purification of the mind.
One cannot have a blue print
of life. There is always the possibility of
rise and fall. Ideal is work and worship--karma
and upasana. Play the drama of life as well
as you can. Never expect a thing to happen and
don't feel dejected either when you don't get
it. Always remember--asha hi paramam duhkham,
nairashyam paramam sukham. (Hope is the greatest
misery. Greatest happiness lies in giving up
all hope). Learn to depend on the Lord and not
on any human being. Surrender comes only after
the utmost effort is put in. Then there is no
cheating God nor the self. Only when you have
tried your best can you surrender as you have
Without calculating how
much one gets, one should ascertain how much
one can give to the Lord in the form of service,
prayer and meditation.
You live in a unique institution.
Try to render as much service as you can. Think
how much you can give and act accordingly. This
is the way to get more.
Each one of you should develop
your potentialities without trying to imitate
Learn to think for yourself,
deeply and clearly, so that your mind may be
enriched in every way. Always pray to Sri Guru
Maharaj and Holy Mother to make you more and
more humble and better fitted to do their service.
Control your emotions a
little, be they spiritual or otherwise. Don't
show off your spiritual moods. Control spiritual
emotions. Do not express; otherwise everything
One moonlit night, some
drunken men took it into their heads to go on
a boat ride. They went to the ghat, hired a
boat, sat at the oars and started rowing. They
rowed and rowed the whole night. Early in the
morning, when the effect of drink had gone,
they found to their surprise that they had not
moved an inch. `What was the matter?' they asked
one another. They had forgotten to raise the
So, as the anchored boat
did not move, the mind that is attached to the
worldly desires cannot proceed in the spiritual
path...One should have single-minded devotion
People tell me to go to
Bombay for collection of funds, but I tell them,
'I want human materials and not building materials.'
Your suggestion about bargaining
(that I take the responsibility of your spiritual
disciplines and you take the responsibility
of collecting all the funds needed for the temple
construction) reminds me of a story. Once a
new clergyman came to a little town. A doctor
went to see him and made this proposal to him,
'Sir, you please keep me out of hell and I will
keep you out of heaven!' What the doctor meant
was that being a sinner, he would naturally
go to hell, so he wanted to be saved by the
clergyman. The latter being a pious man would
naturally go to heaven after his death, so the
doctor proposed to keep him in good health and
prolong his life on earth! ...Don't worry, you
collect as much as you can; I don't want you
to be a money making machine.
The line of my service is
purely spiritual. I am incompetent to advise
people on their family affairs, which is really
outside my scope. I know only one way of finding
peace and that is through spiritual practice,
prayer and meditation, and that is what I can
suggest to every one of you.
When I was in Holland, I
saw a man who used to attend our lecture, and
had read all the scriptures etc. But he never
spoke to anybody and always remained absorbed
in himself. One day I asked him to come and
see me. He agreed and I asked him, 'What is
the matter with you? Why are you so distracted?'
He had a wife, children, money and all worldly
comforts. He replied, 'Swamiji, it pains me
every day morning and I feel, 'Am I to begin
the day as before?' Of course I gave him some
spiritual instructions and this was the turning
point of in his spiritual life. It is really
a great fortune for one to turn to spiritual