Properly utilize yourself to reach God

«There is a famous verse from the Upanishads which says that you cannot reach Parama Puruśa unless you are strong and full of energy. The word bala means that spiritual force which functions in a jiiva [living being] base. In ordinary parlance, however, bala means “capacity”. It depends upon the extent to which one makes use of one’s physical, psychic and spiritual energy. A person may have immense capacity, but to the extent that he or she does not utilize it, it does not become helpful in God-realization. Bala, therefore, depends on the extent of the use of one’s capacity.

When the divine bridge was constructed by Rama to cross the ocean, Hanuman brought mountains, but the squirrel brought only small pebbles. Both were strong and full of energy, as each was working to his full capacity.

Thus even a comparatively weak person can become balaván [strong] by utilizing the small energy he or she has. Whatever power, energy, you have, utilize it for sádhaná and service, and you are balaván, fit to reach Parama Puruśa. None of you need, therefore, despair. Each has the requisite wherewithal to reach the Almighty.

The utilization of energy should be in the proper direction. If you have to move to the east and you start moving towards the west, your action will be considered full of prámáda, or madness. Ananda Marga has the correct way, through subjective approach and objective adjustement. While followers of Ananda Marga keep their eyes steady on the absolute, they do not ignore this relative world. They work for self-realization and social upliftment, and hence the utilization of their energy is never in vain. When the effort is correct and the utilization right, you will certainly reach the goal.

I do not want you to wait life after life to reach your goal. You should realize the goal in this very life. Why will you waste even one
precious moment of this life? Therefore fear not, success is yours for the asking. Go on making the correct effort.»

21 May 1971 morning, Ranchi
Shrii Shrii Anandamurti

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On Prayer

Then a priestess said, “Speak to us of Prayer.”
And he answered, saying:
You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.
For what is prayer but the expansion of yourself into the living ether?
And if it is for your comfort to pour your darkness into space, it is also for your delight to pour forth the dawning of your heart.
And if you cannot but weep when your soul summons you to prayer, she should spur you again and yet again, though weeping, until you shall come laughing.
When you pray you rise to meet in the air those who are praying at that very hour, and whom save in prayer you may not meet.
Therefore let your visit to that temple invisible be for naught but ecstasy and sweet communion.
For if you should enter the temple for no other purpose than asking you shall not receive.
And if you should enter into it to humble yourself you shall not be lifted:
Or even if you should enter into it to beg for the good of others you shall not be heard.
It is enough that you enter the temple invisible.
I cannot teach you how to pray in words.
God listens not to your words save when He Himself utters them through your lips.
And I cannot teach you the prayer of the seas and the forests and the mountains.
But you who are born of the mountains and the forests and the seas can find their prayer in your heart,
And if you but listen in the stillness of the night you shall hear them saying in silence,
“Our God, who art our winged self, it is thy will in us that willeth.
It is thy desire in us that desireth.
It is thy urge in us that would turn our nights, which are thine, into days which are thine also.
We cannot ask thee for aught, for thou knowest our needs before they are born in us:
Thou art our need; and in giving us more of thyself thou givest us all.”

The Prophet, Khalil Gibran

Who are you?

Prabhat Samgiit #65

You came close,
but You did not say
who You are,
who You are.

In love, You gave me Your all
but You did not say who I am.
The flower that blooms in the garden
knows not what it is.

In the magic of melodies,
the mind dances
but does not know why.

With the smile of the moon,
the tides flow
but do not know why.

In this universal sport,
day and night,
You vibrate Your rhythm,
but who are You?

KÁCHE ELE BOLE GELE NÁ,
KE GO TUMI KE TU MI
BHÁLOBESE SABAI DILE,
BOLE GELE NÁ KE ÁMI

KÁCHE ELE BOLE GELE NÁ,
KE GO TUMI KE TU MI
MÁLANCE JE PHUL PHUT́ECHE,
SE JÁNE NÁ KEJESE
SURER MÁYÁY MAN JE NÁCE,
SE JÁNE NÁ KENO NÁCE SE

KÁCHE ELE BOLE GELE NÁ,
KE GO TUMI KE TU MI
HÁSITE CÁNDER JOÁR ÁSE,
CÁNDA JÁNE NÁ KENO SE ÁSE
VISHVA LIILÁY, EI,
VISHVA LIILÁY CHANDA JOGÁO,
KE GO TUMI DIVASA YÁMII

KÁCHE ELE BOLE GELE NÁ,
KE GO TUMI KE TU MI
BHÁLOBESE SABAI DILE,
BOLE GELE NÁ KE ÁMI

… and everything melts

“Every Microcosm is an hibernated Macrocosm”. Or, putting it in another way, Mind is a distorted projection of Consciousness.

From both this perspectives, we can draw the same conclusion, that the fundamental nature of everything is, in fact, just One.
A common example to explain this is to imagine a rainy night, where puddles of water accumulate on the floor, and countless moons can be seen reflected, while just one moon exists.

Depending on the cleanliness and turbulence of the water in each pond, the reflection can be more or less similar to the real moon. In the same way, the jumble of vibrations, thoughts, desires, fears, complexes, etc, that we carry with us all the time, create more and more distortions in our mind, making it more and more difficult to see that reflection of pure consciousness.

We are in an age were millions of people are getting more and more focused on personal development, working to understand complex psychic processes of their minds, trying to solve fears, emotional blocks, and others. While I have no objection to any of this (I have my fair dosage too), I’d like to point out the other-side of the equation.

Everything that makes us who we are, is a distortion of consciousness. Every virtue or vice, pleasure or pain, like or dislike. Plainly speaking, if we did not have any of these at all, we would simply cease to be, as there would be nothing to seperate the mind from its original source (consciousness).

In the process of spiritual evolution, we are aiming to return to that state. Hence, the mind has, imperatively, to get herself free from those bondages. And as a spiritual aspirant progresses further and further, and is able to tear way those limitations, his mind will experience a greater degree of freedom from those mental attributes.

I often like to mention, as an example, the case of Detachment. You’ll see it very often advertised as a kind of new-age thing, that is very “cool”, and we should all practice and train it in order to avoid suffering. In my experience, “training” detachment is a pure waste of time as it is something that can not be artificially implanted on you. True detachment comes in the most natural of ways, once the mind elevates itself and is able to “see” a bit more of what is reality. You don’t even need to care about detachment, it will just be there.

In the same line of thought, we should perhaps spend less time and worries in trying to “fix” our mind’s problems, and more time elevating the mind to a state where it automatically becomes free from them.
Just imagine a comet approaching the sun. As it gets closer and closer, the sun’s heat will start consuming the comet, that begins to desintegrate, until nothing else is left and it just merges with the sun.

Or, like Rumi put it: “I once had a thousand desires. But in my desire to know You, all else melted away”

System and Speed

About a year ago I wrote a short article on the importance of rules in the spiritual path (read Do we need rules in spiritual practice?). I’d like to add a little bit more on that topic again and take it a bit further.

As I quoted before, “principles will guide us, but rules will protect us”. Being a disciple, following a discipline is of great importance while following a serious spiritual path. Without proper practices, trailing such hard and mysterious path will be close to impossible as the mind will be under the influence of many external factors.
Sticking close to a system of solid, proven practices and applying our energy, dedication and sincerity in it, can make all the difference.

Now if you have a small marble, and gently push it towards a target, it may or may not get there. It will very likely turn at some points and end up in a totally different place. Instead, if you shoot it really fast, not only it will get there faster, it will also be practically immune to external influences that could deviate it from its pretended path. Speed gives stability (just like when you are learning to ride a bike, if you go too slow, you can’t stand in it).

Likewise, this same principle applies to our spiritual life. If there is not enough speed, the mind will be easily influenced by external forces and easily put off its path. When enough speed is given, it becomes very hard to take it out from the path.

What do I mean by “speed” in this context? Dedication, sincerity, discipline. Do more of what you need to do. Do it eagerly, with passion and commitment. Do your very best, not giving any chance for slack behavior or bad habits. There’s a big need for the application of dynamic energy in this path.

Like my spiritual master said: “Speed without system is dangerous, system without speed is useless”.