When man listens, God speaks. When man empties himself, God fills his
entire being. When God enters man and fills man’s entire being, man is no more
man but becomes the Light Itself. For when this happens, man arises from
dualities and emerges into Reality - consciousness. Man arises from the darkness
of the slumber of a self-forgetting ignorance into the dazzling light of
awakening, into the fullest knowledge-awareness of one’s real essential
nature, which is Divine.
this happens, death becomes a myth to man. Death becomes a non-existent
non-entity, conjured up in the imagination of the mind, but having nothing to do
with the Atman that is the reality of man. When it is said that the Atman is the
reality of man, this is not said in the third person, impersonally. It means
that that eternal, imperishable, indestructible Divinity is your
reality. I am not addressing hypothetical, academic theoretical man. These
words are being said to you who are present here.
when God fills your being, you awake and arise into the awareness of the
stupendous and wonderful fact that death has no meaning—it is a zero, a
cipher—for you are beyond death, being unborn. Only one that is unborn can be
beyond death, ever liberated from so-called death. For it is declared that for
the born death is certain. But the same Divine Teacher who said this
“Thou art the unborn, eternal, permanent Spirit, beyond time, ancient. Nothing
changes if this body is killed. You are That which nothing can affect or alter,
what to say of destroy.”
when you awaken into this awareness and death becomes to you a meaningless myth,
then and then alone you are truly yourself. Then and then alone you live in
reality, you live in the light of the great truth of your divinity.
therefore, this sacred nine-day period when we have been contemplating and
pondering the great mysteries of this universe and beyond—the transcendental
mysteries of the Cosmic Being and the primal Cosmic Power or Divine
Mother—when the mind has been elevated to a higher level of thinking and
understanding, a higher level of awareness, may this indeed be the time, this
indeed be the hour and moment, when taking advantage of the rising wave of
consciousness in the presence of the Divine Mother, your spirit becomes elevated
and soars into a higher level and dimension of a greater and truer awareness.
Let it be so!
Earth is never in total light. When half of it is radiantly lit up by the
effulgent rays of the sun, half of it is in total darkness. It is slumbering, in
a state of unawareness. I mention this as an analogy, just to give an idea of
what this mysterious Cosmic Power is. It is half full of awakening radiance and
half full of dense, unseen darkness covering and veiling your entire being with
somnolence and slumber—one is in a state of non-awareness of one’s own Self.
being of this dual nature—vidya maya, which
means liberating knowledge and avidya maya,
which puts you into a slumber of non-awareness—the manifestations of this
Cosmic Power, whom we call the Divine Mother, also naturally contain and are
constituted of these dual factors, factors that can awaken you and factors that
can plunge you into deep darkness, slumber. It is for the discriminating mind to
see the difference between the two.
does not come easily. Non-discrimination is the nature of the unregenerate and
unpurified mind. For countless births it has been in a state of spontaneously
running after appearances, shadows. Why is it so? The answer given by Lord Yama
in the Kathopanishad is that because of a ‘preponderance of rajas the movement of the mind is senseward. Thus it is not able to
go inward to ponder and contemplate and try to know things of the invisible
spiritual dimension of our being and of the world appearances.
the necessity to guide the mind, discipline it, educate it and channelise it in
the right direction by an awakened intelligence. The Great Reality may be beyond
intelligence, and at a certain point intelligence may be a hindrance, but not
for those who are caught and enmeshed in maya.
It is of no use for them to say that the Reality is beyond mind and
intellect. It may be for those who have gone into that state. They are in a
position to affirm that. But what dimension are we in?
This question can
only be answered by each one for oneself. Flattering references to you in great
laudatory terms by a thousand people or a million people avails nothing. The
true appraisal of oneself is by oneself. This is the not very palatable simple
truth—that is if you are prepared to be hctnest with yourself. Then this true
awareness can be yours.
the need of an awakened intelligence. It is good to know that maya is both illuminating and liberating vidya maya as well as blinding and binding avidya maya, but this knowledge is not sufficient. Ultimately,
knowledge only becomes of real value to us personally when we begin to apply
that knowledge in our own life. When we are not satisfied with knowledge or
theory and want to apply that knowledge, then we are wise. Then alone we become
scientific in our spirituality. Then we become practical in our religion, we
become pragmatic in our sadhana. Then
we do wonderful things to ourselves.
needs to absorb the spirit of the scientist, who not only discovers something
but proclaims it to the world and says, “Here it is. Make use of it.” All
great mystics and yogis were thus
scientists in their spirituality. They were practical in their religion. They
lived their religion. Their thoughts, speech and actions were infilled with the
spirit of true religion. True religion means the divinity of your identity
because of your oneness with the Supreme Being.
part is always what the whole is; it cannot be different. If you pluck a leaf
from a mango tree, it will be a mango leaf. If you pluck a leaf from a basil
plant, it will be a basil leaf. If you pluck a leaf from a mint plant, it will
be a mint leaf. So silently, without uttering any words, nature teaches us the
highest metaphysics, if we can see it. The part is always identical and of the
same nature as the whole out of which it has its being.
highest discovery of the scientists of the spiritual realm was tat twam
asi, thou art That. Thou art a part of that great Whole. And if thou art
That, thou better start being that which you are and not be a counterfeit. This
is the least that one can do when one has entered and
adopted the spiritual life.
not be a dud, do not be a counterfeit, do not be spurious. Be genuine, be
authentic, be true. In simple words, be yourself. Be what you are, and,
therefore, let your life be what it ought to be— a reflection of your reality,
a manifestation of your divinity, an expression of the truth of your essential
Bhagavad Gita tells us how to live our life, how to relate ourselves to this
phenomenal manifestation—which contains both light and darkness. Lord Krishna
first warns us, “daivi hy esa gunamayi
mama maya duratyaya (Verily, this
of Mine, made up of the three qualities of nature, is difficult to cross
over).” Therefore, it is very difficult to deal with Her. But later He says, “daivi
sam pad vimoksaya (The divine natüré is deemed for liberation),” meaning
that if we relate ourselves to Her divine aspect, then we will be liberated.
then is the secret of dealing with maya. She
is both light as well as darkness. She is both awareness and wakefulness as well
as slumber and self-forgetfulness. Therefore, relate yourself with Her divine
aspect. Open yourself to Her divine aspect, not the demoniacal or negative. Open
yourself up to the Divine, and then you will be liberated. Begin to apply in
your daily life all such factors and aspects of Her being that are divine in
nature. Adopt and apply in your daily life those factors within Her that
constitute a liberating force as are explained in the sixteenth chapter of the
you have the key how to understand maya, how
to relate yourself to maya and how to
make use of maya to liberate yourself.
Then She becomes your greatest asset. Do not hobnob with both sides. Then you
are riding on the back of a tiger. Do not play a slick game. Do not trifle with
God’s powerful Power. Do not think that you are cleverer than God.
is a practical science. Religion is an applied affair, something to live by
wisely. Therefore, we should use our knowledge and make it part of our
day-to-day practical being and doing, our day-to-day practical life Then
knowledge becomes a liberating knowledge. Then it becomes illuminating
knowledge. It becomes your saviour. The truth makes you free. Therefore, we have
to apply truth— live truth in thought, word and deed.
That is the
way taught by the ancients, and that is the way taught by the Holy Master in and
through his own life and by his own being and doing. He was an embodiment of the
daivi aspect of Divine Mother Maya. He
was an embodiment of all that was divine, auspicious, awakening, illumining,
his benedictions be upon you all! May God’s divine grace be upon you all! May
we bring God into our everyday life. Then our life will become our liberator
because it will become divine, it will become daivi.
And we have just recognised that daivi
is liberation. Our life will become the field for applying the science of
spirituality. Our life will become a process of religion in practice, the
process of practical religion.
This is sadhana. This is being true to yourself, honest with yourself. This is being a true disciple, true to your guru. And this is being true to God, who is your alpha and omega, who is your beginning, middle and end. Therefore, be true in all these aspects, and such a life will liberate you!”
(This article has been reproduced from "Awake! Realise Your Divinity!" by Swami Chidananda)
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