«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