To Live For God is Lifeadmin
There is no treasure greater than the treasure of the great Reality (God). A life which is in contact with this Reality is rich in the truest sense of the term. A life that is devoid of this contact is poor even if it is rolling in material wealth or reveling in the most admirable scholarship, intelligence and psychological acumen. “What shall it profit if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?”—in these words this telling truth has been brought home to us.
How then, is the sincere seeking soul to be possessed of this great treasure? The answer is that with our entire being we have to try to have it, to possess It, to cherish It. Not one part of our being should be allowed to go in the Contrary direction. Not one part of our being should develop the taste or a desire for anything other than It. You should entreat it, ask it, pray to It saying: “Let my entire being dwell in You. Let no part of me, even for a little while; ever swerve from being totally directed towards you.”
That is why life has been given. That is why your human status has been given to you, so that it may be totally which alone makes life tally offered for
worthwhile. You live when you dwell in God. You live when you are in a state of constant awareness of God. You live when you are aware that you have your being in God.
“I dwell in the Supreme Spirit (God). That Supreme Spirit dwells within me. My life is for It. I live in order to give myself totally to it which is my very own.” To thus be consciously aware and to be consciously engaged in a total self-offering of yourself in all its completeness to that One and One alone, sole, non-dual Reality is our supreme good fortune.
There is nothing higher than this. To think of God; to ever be engaged in moving towards God inwardly by enquiry, discrimination, investigation and aspiration; to have an intense feeling of oneness with Him; to live your life in all its movements and all its manifestations only for the one single purpose and objective of being God-filled and God-directed—was the great ideal placed by Holy Master Swami Sivanandaji Maharaja.
Such a life should be called divine life, for it is divinely in the Divine (God), beholding the Divine everywhere, in all things, at all times in the midst of all activities filled with the divine awareness illusions. That is the only thing that there is. All other things are illusions and delusions. The one solid reality is that Being who is your beginning, your middle and your end; your source and support and your ultimate fulfillment.
To that end let us live. Let us live a life permeated and filled with God. That is the only life that there is. To live for God is life. All other things are contrary to life. They are shallow. They have no real worth.
Let us actively move towards God with our total being every moment of our life.
LIVING IN THE STATE OF TRUTH-AWARENESS IS THE ONLY REAL LIFE
You are alive when each moment of each day is filled with divine consciousness where you know, “I am That I am.” Fill your life with the light that you are, with a constant affirmation of your true nature.
Mano Buddhyahankar Chittani Naham Chidananda Rupah Sivoham Sivoham
(I am not the mind, not the intellect, not the sub-conscious mind. I am of the form of Knowledge Absolute and Bliss. Absolute. Siva I am. Siva I am.)
Let this be your ever recurring note. Assent, affirm, live this.
“I am the body. I am so-and-so. I am such-and-such. That person did not give me respect. This person abused me.” Thus to think is a negation of your truth. Raga, Dwesha, Kama, Krodha, envy, jealousy—all these things operate upon the little confined sphere of your false consciousness. That is a contradiction of your nature. “I am the Self without a name and form, all-pervading by my very nature, I am that glorious Satchidananda-consciousness.” Live to ever abide in this center of truth. Only this truth will make you free not anything else. If you constantly live in this state of Truth-awareness, that alone can make you free—not ringing of bells, not anything. Every moment of your waking consciousness should be rooted in the Truth of your eternal being.
Life is short. Time is fleeting. We have no time lose in vain thinking, vain imagination, tall talks. To act in the living present, not to allow one moment to pass away without being filled with spiritual consciousness, with consciousness of the Truth of your eternal being-that is the true life. It is then that you live. Then alone you live.
THE SCIENCE OF LIVING LIFE
We regard the Supreme Being is an ocean of compassion, forgiveness and love. The first thing for you to do is to eschew all hatred, ill will, anger and violence and to be a centre of compassion and kindness. This is the entry point into the life spiritual. This life starts by turning away from all that gives pain and suffering to others. That means that you resolve to make yourself a centre of good will and loving kindness.
Through spiritual practice you become aware of yourself upon a level higher than that of the normal awareness. Then comes into you an awareness that you are not this physical or psychological entity alone. You find that you are in essence a spiritual being above and beyond time and space above birth and death and above names and forms. Your awareness is no more at the human level at all. It goes into a higher level while you know yourself to be related to divinity. You discover yourself in relation not to this world, but to the uncreated Creator of all things. You do not ignore the presence of the body and the mind and you give due place to them, but you do not commit the error of thinking that these are the only levels there are. You know that the body and the mind are only passing phenomena and there is something else that is real. When this awareness comes, being spiritual becomes the most natural thing for you to do.
(Remember these four principles.) The first principle is that if you want to attain God, then be like God. Second, fill your life with all that is sublime and pure. The third principle is: “Brahman alone is the Reality.” The fourth principle is truthfulness.
Recognize the necessity of changing yourself into the pattern of the Divine. Renounce all grossness and sensuality and accept into your life the life-giving nectar of compassion, purity and truthfulness. Practice these and throw open
the door to blessedness and step into the luminous path that leads to peace, bliss and illumination..
Everybody has a Divine Destination
Your destiny is to transcend sorrow and sufferings pain and misery and to attain a state characterized I); Bliss-absolute, Peace-profound and Perfection. You are given the human birth only to attain this state. You are the heir to the profound Experience of unalloyed and pure Bliss. That Bliss is imponderable. It does not come from any source. It does not depend on any object. That Bliss, that Peace, that great sense of Perfection, that Light is known as God. It is that Experience-absolute where all sorrows disappear, where all doubts vanish. It is transcending all sorrow, pain, grief, delusion, bondage. You are in a state of absolute freedom and fearlessness.
Your goal is That. You have full potential of attaining That. You efforts to attain That should never be postponed for “certain is the death of the born. (The Gita, 2/27).”
All the different schools of Vedanta tell us that this is a passing world. One day you have to die. You do not belong to this world. You are only a traveller. Human life is a great journey towards the grand goal (attainment of the eternal Bliss and Peace). It is not to be wasted after petty things. If your life is properly directed and used, you can attain this goal in this very life. Do n t stop till the Goal is reached. Keep on, keep on, keep on.
DAILY LIFE: A TEST OF INNER SADHANA
In whichever environment and situation we are placed by the will of the Divine, the factors present in it are necessary for us, as we are in this given time and place, to enable us to work towards our perfection. A particular situation or circumstance is given to us as an opportunity for liberating ourselves from that which is holding us back from progressing towards our divine destiny.
If we thus perceive and understand life with this vision, then our entire reaction to things that come to us day by day will be a creative reaction, a keen and analytical reaction: “What has this in it for me? God has given it with a definite plan and purpose. In what way can I gain from this situation, benefit myself and surge ahead? It does not come without meaning.” Thus each situation, each set of circumstances each day comes because that is the need of that day.
Our outer life and our inner spiritual life of japa, meditation, reflection, etc. have a close connection.
They are necessary for each other. Our inner spiritual disciplines require to be tested for their authenticity, their effectiveness; and the scope and possibility for this are provided each day from dawn till dusk.
Daily life is an opportunity provided for us to exercise the spirituality gained during our reflections, laps and meditation. It is the testing ground, so that each day our progress is really ours. We have made it our own by having tested it. Until it has been tested it is not our own.
Every spiritual step forward becomes assimilated into your nature when it is thus exercised. That which is exercised becomes firmly grounded and truly your own. Thus there is an indispensable connection between your daily sadhana and your daily life.
It is in this context of daily life that you are able to exercise and test your spiritual progress. It is in this context of your daily sadhana that day by day the quality of your daily life is enhanced and enriched; it becomes further elevated to progressively ever higher dimensions of refinement and a transformed spiritual nature.
This process—the daily enrichment of your outer life by the daily ascent of your spiritual inwardness—culminates in total divinisation of your being and doing.
May we see this unified nature of inner and outer life
—and not see them as two separated, mutually exclusive and oppOsed aspects. They are not two. They are one integrated and unified process of spiritual evolution.
One who perceives this, becomes a balanced individual. He becomes possessed of the knowledge of the art and science of living outer and inner life as one unified process of evolving day by day spiritually.
PURPOSE OF LIFE
THE TRUE PURPOSE OF LIFE
There is a permanent Reality, a vital living Truth behind the names and forms that constitute the world, we have come to know. That Reality, that Truth is of the nature of blessedness. That is a state of untrammelled freedom, limitless peace, boundless wisdom and indescribable bliss. That is a joy which nothing can even remotely equal. And that bliss, freedom, peace, wisdom and joy is your essential and eternal state, your real abode, your ultimate destiny. This life is given to you in order to attain that state. It is this attainment that ultimately gives you the power of transcending all sorrows and limitations which this earth-life imposes upon you. This attainment is the true purpose of your life.
Life is a glorious means of attaining that supreme state in which real and unalloyed happiness can be achieved. This fact is one redeeming feature despite all its wretchedness and misery.
Wherever man exists, activity is also evident. Everyone is bursting with activity! Most of this activity is a furious search for happiness. Unfortunately man does
not get happiness. Why? For a very simple reason: He is searching for something where it is not. He is looking for happiness amidst objects of this universe which are changeful and impermanent. Not all objects put together can give real happiness, for by their very nature they are powerless to do so. When one object fails to satisfy, man tries another and then another and yet another. But his efforts to find happiness in objects end in disillusionment, disappointment and total dissatisfaction.
Happiness is a state of inner life. It is a condition of the inner being. It is not related to the external state of opulence. It is not related to the fulfillment of wants. It is not meant for one who is slave to wants. Slavery and happiness are incompatible. Happiness is to be found only in freedom. It is the all-fullness of the blessed experience of the Reality which is beyond all wants. The great Ones have stated, “You cannot find unalloyed perfect happiness and bliss in this universe. The ultimate state of happiness and bliss can be had only within your own self which has as its source the permanent and eternal Self. All the happiness and bliss lies within you.”
Even this statement can be corrected thus—”This (bliss)
is your very nature. This does not lie within you but you are yourself that bliss. Your innermost being is essentially ineffable bliss.” The rediscovery of this living awareness of bliss is life’s great task. This is your goal in life to attain which you have taken birth. This is the great purpose of life. But, all too often, this purpose is
The sense of this purpose should be given to the growing souls (young people) from the very beginning of their life. The sooner the eyes are opened to this (purpose), the greater the degree of perfection that will be attained right from the very start. Otherwise, life would be like a journey without direction. That is not real living. With the true purpose of life missing, there lies an essential emptiness within.
All-fullness is your nature. Realize that Fullness. This feeling of plenitude is veritable bliss. Fill yourself with that bliss. This is the glorious task before you. This is the central meaning of life. Mere process of living is not life.