Thursday, January 9, 2014
There is a question that many people have asked “Why don’t we see God?”. They always ask me this question, but now I reverse the question to you. You tell me what is the reason for people not to see God? Everybody knows that God is omnipresent; everybody knows that He is present in you, in me, in everything. We know it, but why don’t we see it? The human mind is so entangled with the sense objects and pride, that it makes it difficult to see God. Actually, we are continuously, always in Him and He is always in us. There is never a moment that He is not present. From day one, before you take birth, He was here inside of you already.How many times in your life have you said “God is not with me”? Faith is there. As God is there, faith is there. We don’t try our best; we don’t persevere. Perseverance is important if you try something, but if it’s not the same as what you expected, you stop. Then what happens? You will never succeed. You have to keep trying. It is there already. By seeing your effort, He will reveal Himself to you. There is another question which will arise “But Swamiji, we are so much into the world, shall we leave everything to realise God?” Even today I had this question. No, actually the answer is you don’t need to leave anything to realise the Divine. To realise the reality, first say to yourself that you live in the reality and this reality is inside of you. To perceive this reality in your daily life, in your daily actions, you will realise that the Divine is always with you. But if you don’t perceive the reality with you, you expect that God will appear in a light and say “Here, cuckoo, I am here”. You can wait for some lives! I tell you something: He is patient to wait for you, but you are not patient to wait for Him. So live in the world, do everything, but do it in the mind-set of surrendering. No matter what action you do, surrender it to the Divine. Know that whatever action you do, whether it is, positive or negative, it is a prayer for and in front of Him. If in this attitude you surrender every action to the Divine, it will be pure always. In the Soundarya Lahari, Sri Adi Shankaracharya wrote about it. He said “Oh, Divine, I give you everything. Let my every action of surrender to You, be a prayer to your Feet. When I am lying down, sleeping, let it be a prostration to your Feet! Be it that every food that I am eating is an offering to Thee.” Like that, all the actions that you are doing in daily life, if you do them with the remembrance of the Divine, they will be pure, because the Divine is not limited half as much as we think of Him. We are limited. We are limited, because our mind, our pride, our ego is so huge, that we live in this world and we get attached to the world. We make our whole life depend on this world. Like the great Sages said “Live in the world, but don’t let the world live in you. If you let the world live in you, then God becomes far away.” Like the lotus. Have you seen the lotus flower? Where does the lotus flower grow? In mud – it comes out from mud. All the mud doesn’t affect it. Such is the Divine inside of you also. Such is who you are in reality. You live in this world. Don’t let the negativity of this world affect you. Be positive firstly. If you are positive, automatically you will be humble. Humility – this is a nice word. Humbleness means acceptance – to accept yourself how you are and to know that what you are looking for on the outside doesn’t reside on the outside. It resides here inside of you. If He has humbled Himself inside of you, why can’t you be humble on the outside? Why can’t you be loving on the outside? Why? This has to change. Don’t expect that I will change you or God will change you. You have to change yourself. This is the self-effort from your side. We will help you, but make the first effort. Otherwise, it’s difficult.
Sunday, January 5, 2014
I always talk about love, love, love, always, you know. It is true that the world doesn’t yet know about it. And yet, you are working for that, all of you who are spiritual, all of you who are searching for the truth. It is not outside, it is here inside of you, but you have to want to change. You have to really say “Yes, I want to change.” Like He said: Even if you want to change, the world will be against you. It’s perfectly true! Ask yourself in your life, in your own life itself, when you took the spiritual path, how many people became against you–firstly in your own family? So, it is normal. The more you advance towards the light, the others will be jealous, because inside everybody wants that. Everybody wants to be with the Father. Everybody wants to be close to the Divine, but, yet, they don’t want to make any effort. They don’t want to make any change to their life. They want to get everything happily and for free. So, if you want this really and sincerely, then be sincere towards yourself and ask the Father. Ask God and you will have it. It’s simple. If you are sincere towards yourself, you are more free and you will enjoy whenever you pray. Whenever you sit for meditation, ...."How many times do you really love God for the sake of loving Him and not asking anything?"