Integration of Science in the Conception
of Omkarananda Ashram
We cannot dismiss anything as
unreal without having investigated the thing properly and sufficiently.
And it is a statement of ignorance to say that there is no life on other
planets and the Earth is all. About the existence of other worlds, any
denial would be nonsense, because such a denial is possible only by
keeping ourselves blind to the blazing truths and realities. There are
worlds interpenetrating our world. Even the visible, material universe is
immeasurable and boundless in its dimensions. How much more boundless and
wondrous is the invisible universe which is the parent of the visible
Man of today is so much
imprisoned in the material world, in the body, that he doubts the very
existence of the Spirit. And that which is the Reality of realities, the
Seat of intelligence, the Soul of thought, the Source of life and light,
is dismissed as unreal. So great is the human ignorance! That is why
millions of people, in spite of all technological development, are
unhappy. They need wisdom; they need culture; they need better perception;
they need higher values. It is these that have to be given. Nobody can
ever extinguish in the human heart the desire for peace, happiness,
freedom, greater knowledge and striving for attainment of higher values.
The human individual has an
interminable destiny before him. Not to give this idea to mankind is a
sin. Unhappiness, sorrow, evil, suffering, ignorance are not normal and
natural, and therefore have no roots in the human constitution. Immortality is the natural divine destiny of man, and therefore he is
consciously or unconsciously aspiring towards it.
- Swami Omkarananda
and Religion Are Complementary to Each Other
If we trace the ultimate goal of
science and religion, we come to the conclusion that they are not
contradictory to each other but complementary. The scientist touches the
ultimate factors in the universe; the sage goes a step beyond and touches
the ultimate Reality which is the basis of all ultimates.
The final scientific concepts are
best understood by the religious individual, for the religious or the
spiritual individual sees the metaphysical, or philosophical, or spiritual
implications of the final scientific conclusions. He sees more in the
scientific conclusions than the scientist himself. It is, therefore, very
easy to synthesize science and religion. This would be exceedingly
valuable for the culture of humanity. Such a synthesis is the demand of
our century, the demand of our decade. Our intelligence becomes more
illuminated by a comparative study of the results of religious strivings
and the conclusions of scientific progress.
The scientist is especially
gifted to perceive invisible things. And that is exactly what a spiritual
individual does, though at a higher level. The spiritual individual is
primarily an individual who sees the invisible, and so is the scientist.
The greater the scientist is, the more does he uncover the face of the
invisible. The greater the evolution, the more sensitive becomes our inner
being to higher realities. To perceive the invisible and to draw its
essences into our own daily life - this is the genius of man, and this is
also the meaning of life.
An 'irrationality' characterizes
both science and religion. If the man of God says, 'the table is God',
this is something irrational, something incomprehensible to the common
man. He therefore dismisses the saintly person as someone who is not
The scientist does the same. Look
at the atomic physicist. You say, 'It is a hard table'. He says, 'There is
no such thing as a hard table. A hard table is an illusion. What is
visible to me is swelling waves and particles!' The table as table
disappears for the atomic physicist. So has the table as table disappeared
for the vision of the saintly heart who sees the Divine in everything. The
language of the scientist and the language of the saintly personality are
incomprehensible to the normal person. Both are at a higher stage of
evolution. The saintly person has reached this state of inner evolution
that is so high that he is in a position to perceive the Invisible. The
development of the intelligence in the scientist is so great, his capacity
to grasp scientific phenomena is so great, he is intellectually so
evolved, that his language is incomprehensible for the ordinary man.
Every normal person would be in a
position to make the experience of the scientist and the saint his own
personal experience. All that is needed is evolution, growth in knowledge,
growth in the inner spiritual nature.
The greater the scientist is, the
more open and sensitive is he to the ultimate Reality. If he would try to
discover the metaphysical dimensions of Time, he would certainly become a
sage, even if he lacks the experience and the maturity of the sage.
Time, space, causation are
scientific categories. There are, for instance, numberless concepts of
space in science. The saintly heart knows the intrinsic How and Why of
space. It discovers the spaceless Reality in space. This is the ultimate
that we can attain in the phenomenon of space.
The scientist looks at the cosmos
and finds it a wonder. He is baffled by the vastness of the universe. The
stars are inexplicable, no matter how many scientific works have been
written on the stars. Though time and space are explained, yet there is
much in the universe which remains unexplained, and thus leaves man
wondering at the mysteries of the universe.
Science reduces matter to a
nebula, to nothing. The saintly heart reduces all matter into Spirit. So
close seem to be the scientist and the saint, and always it is the saintly
personality who takes the final step. Here, in this space, he experiences
the spaceless Reality.
Time, which is a problem for
science - there are numberless scientific theories concerning time - is no
problem for the saintly intelligence. He sees the soul of time in the
Without the screen there is no
possibility of projecting the film. The time-event cannot be unrolled
without the screen, or the background of the timeless Reality. The sharper
the reason, the more unrelenting the inquiry and search, the more quickly
we shall discover the background of time and space.
The scientist occupies himself
with such questions as time and space only during specified hours of his
life, whereas the spiritual individual cannot look at the space without
growing at the same time aware of the spaceless divine Reality.
The scientist, however occupied
he may be with the phenomenon of time and its nature, has no knowledge of
That which is the essence of time, which is supplying and sustaining time.
Whereas the spiritual individual can never grow conscious of time without
at the same time being keenly aware of the timeless Reality.
Science and religion meet and
greet each other. Science is in pursuit of the hidden realities of the
universe. Religion is in search of the ultimate hidden Reality in the
cosmos. If the scientist is not content with the progress he makes, and
struggles hard to extend his inquiries, he is bound to touch the ultimate
divine Reality. Science today has valuable services to render to religion.
And science can enrich itself intellectually and rationally by a grasp of
the religious truths.
The ultimate object of science
and the ultimate object of religion are one and the same: the final
Reality. -That which has brought the whole cosmos into existence and is
sustaining it. This highest Reality is multidimensional. It is not
abstract. It is the most living Reality. It is most living in all things.
It is the heart of all that lives. It has million eyes, million ears,
million bodies. It is at the same time with everyone, everywhere all over
the world, everywhere all around the stars, everywhere in every little
corner of the cosmos and beyond. This marvellous Reality has infinite
relations with us; rather, It is the very Essence of our being. It is the
Heart of our heart, the Intelligence of our intelligence, the Genius of
our genius, the Soul of our soul. The greater our knowledge is, the more
easily do we understand and know this divine Reality.
The search for God is a
scientific search. It is more demanding than the scientific search, and it
requires the transformation of the whole personality. The true dignity,
worth and value of human life lie in the development of these basic
capacities: reason, love, devotion, higher powers of perception.
Every finite individual carries
in himself a tendency to be infinite. Every imperfect man carries in
himself an imperishable longing to be perfect. It is in the very structure
of the human individual to be greater than he is, to strive after the
Greatest, the Ultimate. That which is the greatest and the ultimate is
God, as religion calls Him, and it is the Truth, as science says.
To be rational in an irrational
To be ruled by wisdom in a world
which is governed generally by ignorance,
To perceive the invisible in a
world of visibilities and corporalities,
To touch the imperishable Life
while living in a perishable body,
To know the Truth while we dwell
in a world of untruth and illusion,
-This is the true dignity of man.
This is of primary importance!
Not to perish but to experience
the everlasting life here and now - this is the promise of religion, this
is the possibility of scientific evolution.
Relativity of Human Knowledge
It was a hundred years ago, and
in the preceding centuries, that scientists could afford to be
materialistic and mechanistic in their views, but today the leading and
greatest scientists are forced to acknowledge and accept some divine
Consciousness or Mind behind the universal and cosmic workings. In fact,
it is becoming increasingly difficult for the leading scientists to
explain anything of the vast, wondrous physical universe without accepting
some invisible Principle as the directing and constituting Force. We can
more plainly state that God, as a supreme operating Principle, is being
put back into the universal scheme by the latest and leading scientists.
This is a tremendous development,
and this you would be in a position to understand, if you read the best
popular expositions of modern physics, especially the presentations of
leading British scientists like Sir Arthur Eddington and Sir James Jeans.
Therefore we find that the scientists who are materialistic or mechanistic
in their views, are not those who are the leading ones. The real ones, the
great ones are those who are open to broader understanding and knowledge.
Any study of the latest and most
reliable work on astronomy will also make you feel a sense of inspiration
and an exaltation of your inner being. The sciences are increasingly
bringing into our notion the incomprehensible vastness and wonders of the
Now let us come down to the field
of psychology and take up the leading and latest conclusions and results
of academic psychology, or university psychology, around the world today.
Behaviourism and other schools of modern psychology are fast sinking in
value, in the face of new developments in other branches and schools of
modern psychology. Psychology is tapping the subconscious and unconscious
regions. And other recent developments in the field of economic and
university psychology are pushing their way forward, and their proponents
are trying to study the preconscious and other aspects of the human
consciousness. Take for instance parapsychology: ESP (which stands for
extrasensory perception), telepathy, thought-transference, possibilities
of clairvoyance, fall within the field and scope of its study and
In the social field, we find that
the social experts in America and Britain are convinced that it is
difficult to account for anything rationally and to introduce into the
world of social behaviour any harmony, or peace, or order, without taking
into consideration supra-social principles as operative in the human
From these three leading modern
fields of knowledge, we come to the conclusion that humanity is compelled
by the very progress it has made, to fall back upon idealistic principles,
views and aims. It is forced to pursue, to envision and consider higher
values. All these make it possible and easy for us to bring the divine
Principle, the divine Consciousness, or Godhead, into the field of human
experience. These great developments and progress in different fields of
human knowledge make it easy for us to work for a synthesis between the
world of values, truths, light, peace, and the world of human activity and
Especially in the fields of
science, technology and commerce, the progress has been so incredibly
great that it has thrown up a number of problems altogether unknown to
humanity of the preceding centuries; many types of problems that you might
encounter each day.
There are international problems,
which are in a way being met by great world organizations. There are
national problems, met by each nation through its own type of political
machinery. There are many other forms of problems, - the social problem
for instance, and the social scientists around the world are busy putting
up a plan for the solution of some of the social problems. There are also
educational problems being attacked and dealt with by leading
educationalists around the world. There are moral problems, problems
pertaining to crime etc. and dealt with by several forces. There are a
number of mental problems, psychological problems, attended to by the
psychiatrists, psychologists, etc. There are a number of problems with
which humanity is encumbered.
Leaders of thought during the
past sixty years, great philosophers, historians, statesmen, have
understood the peculiar difficulties of contemporary humanity. They have
also been conscious of a series of crises through which contemporary
humanity is passing. Some of them state that Western civilization is
breaking up, and Bertrand Russell was of the opinion that we are on the
verge of total annihilation as the result of nuclear war.
These different personalities,
great historians, philosophers, statesmen, social scientists, have
pronounced their views and their judgments concerning the nature,
characteristics and inherent collapses of our civilization. The causes
they attribute to modern problems and difficulties and trials are merely
secondary, and not fundamental. They are purely incidental and not
intrinsic to the problem at issue, with the result, do what you may, it is
impossible for you to liberate humanity from its recurrent stresses,
strains and riddles.
It is our view that the really
fundamental problems are cast by the very mind and nature of man! The
problem of problems, therefore, is man himself. For external difficulties
and aberrations of contemporary humanity you can always find internal
causes - causes which are almost constitutional in the very mind and
nature of humanity. Therefore, the solutions suggested by these
personalities of public life are not adequate to the situation.
For a solution of the problems,
what is demanded of us is a correction, a change, a transformation of that
mind which is itself the creator of the problems.
Illuminate that human mind by a
Alter its attitude by a better
Widen its outlook by the wisdom
of a richer experience;
and you will find a number of
problems will resolve themselves automatically.
This is the remedy to the central
problem of life, to some of the fundamental problems which are shared by
even the primitive men of several thousands of years ago, fundamental
problems which concern our inner being, mind, our inner nature, and its
demands and urges for peace, happiness, joy, and a rich and satisfying and
These fundamental demands can
best be satisfied, not merely by affording external opulence, not merely
by creating economic sufficiency as the contemporary Western world has
done, but only by pouring into the human mind an inspiring, illuminating
and ever-heightening culture and philosophy. A culture which is bound up
with the growth, development and evolution of the human consciousness. A
philosophy which enlightens us concerning the intrinsic and innate dignity
and divinity of the human individual. A philosophy or a system of
knowledge which discloses to man his intimate and dynamic relations with a
universal, all-satisfying divine Principle.
as a Guide to Higher Knowledge
Science in its present state of
development is still concerned with objects. When it makes phenomenal
progress, progress four times that of the outer progress which science has
miraculously made, it will tumble upon ultimate facts, ultimate realities
which are fundamental. It is then that science will be a guide of life, a
cultural force, an enlightening power. The greater the progress of science
at the highest level, the greater are the possibilities of human
experience and encounter with the ultimate Reality. The greatest geniuses
in the human history have tended towards a knowledge of this truth. That
is the highest object of human research. It is the highest object of human
In its infant stage, as science
now comparatively is, it seems to deny the existence of the ultimate
Reality rather than affirm it. In spite of this fact, the greatest
scientists feel compelled to be sensible and sensitive to the Reality of
the ultimate Being. The greater the scientist is, the more sensitive he is
to the ultimate Being. It is from these pioneers in science that we derive
this body of knowledge which is most valuable for knowing the ultimate
This ultimate Reality is
everywhere present. The air that we breathe is within this Reality.
The whole cosmos that we perceive is within the Reality. And this Reality
is all-seeing, all-knowing. This is the fundamental spiritual Truth.
Let us observe the air around. We
do not perceive air through the physical eyes, yet it is sustaining us. It
is a power. It sustains life - we cannot live without it, even for a few
minutes. It is the sustainer of life. All other values rest upon this
Even so is that Reality which is
sustaining the very principle of air that sustains life. It is invisible
to the physical eyes, yet It is sustaining the air that we breathe in. It
is sustaining the whole cosmos, though It is invisible to the physical
eyes. This mighty Reality, called God, is everywhere, even as the air is
everywhere in the world. Being infinitely subtler than air, It is more
imperceptible. An imperceptible thing can be the very heart of all life.
Even as air is indispensable for our existence, so is the Divine
indispensable for the very existence of our existence. It is the supreme
Sustainer of everything. Its invisibility does not give us any right to
deny Its existence.
Space comes into manifestation
and disappears in the Divine, in the boundless Divine Intelligence. Look
at the sky. The clouds come, and the clouds disappear. The clouds of the
universes have come into existence, and disappear. It happens again and
again, endlessly. So is the Divine Intelligence.
Science can be an instrument for
knowledge of the ultimate Reality. Intuition, devotion, revelation,
enlightenment, illumination, - all these are methods for the perception of
the ultimate divine Truth. Reason at its best, in its purified form, in
its keenness of perceptive power, science in its final development, are
also methods for the experience of the Truth. The greater the human
spirit, the more penetrating its perceptive intelligence, the more sincere
the inner devotion, the greater is the area of the Reality experienced.
No dissemination of any knowledge
is so valuable as the dissemination of spiritual knowledge. The human
society around the world changes completely by the dissemination of
spiritual knowledge. Millions of people will lose their fears and
anxieties and find lasting peace, strength and happiness by the knowledge
of things spiritual, by the dissemination of spiritual knowledge. That is
the fundamental necessity of humanity. The kind of literature people
generally read seems to strengthen the forces of ignorance and darkness
rather than lead them to light. It is the spread of spiritual knowledge
that is of primary importance. The wisdom of mankind gives the spread of
spiritual knowledge first place. It is such knowledge that can redeem
human life of its trials and limitations.
The knowledge of the Divine
dispels the darkness of ignorance, which is the cause of all kinds of
human difficulties. In the knowledge of the divine Truth, the unconscious
becomes more and more refined and purified; fears and anxieties for the
present and for the future will disappear. Man is no more a creature of
matter or nature, but a light in the Light of the Divine.
That there is air everywhere, is
a fact, is a truth. That air itself is in something called space, is
another fact. That space itself is in some other principle, called divine
Truth, or divine Intelligence, is the ultimate fact, the ultimate
principle, the ultimate Truth.
More than in air we dwell in the
mighty Wonders, in the Love, Beauty and Perfection, of the Divine. To be
in tune with such an Intelligence is to exceed and transcend the best
rewards of human knowledge.
and the Divine
That which is most visible in
life is space. There is always space between your eyes and the object you
are perceiving. You can see nothing except it be in space, through space.
So is the case with other objects, with other senses. You can hear nothing
without the mediumship of space. You cannot take anything outside space.
You cannot even transmit your radio-waves without the medium of space. Our
movement, our breathing, every activity is rendered possible in space.
Space, the universal reality, is the most visible reality, though it is
What is the highest thing in the
whole world? What is the greatest thing in the whole world? It is space.
All is in the space. All the universes are in the space. Space is vaster
than anything in creation; it is greater than the creation. Being
'nothing', it supports everything. It is so subtle you cannot burn it, or
cut it, or pollute it. So, outwardly seen it is the supreme reality. It is
the visible expression of God. It is a mighty creation. It is ever pure,
indestructible, incapable of being burnt or destroyed, even when the
More subtle than space is the
Divine! More close than space is the Divine!
As all experiences are founded on
space, so the very experience of space is founded on the Divine. There can
be no experience without the Divine as the basis of this
experience. This universal Reality, this undeniable Reality, this which is
most visible to those who are free from ignorance, is most invisible to
those who are in ignorance. The human ignorance has a mighty effect, it
makes invisible that which is most visible.
Most visible in the whole
universe is the Divine, though This is invisible to the human ignorance.
That which is sustaining you is just the thing which is hidden from your
view! This is the great effect of ignorance, of impurity; it is what
Christianity calls a sin. The original sin is nothing but great ignorance,
which is the cause of all other forms of ignorance, of all other forms of
weaknesses, limitations, evil, error, sinfulness.
Everything in space is changing,
but does the space itself change? Certainly not. The clouds come, and the
clouds go, the space however remains what it was, always. The world is
changing every moment, but the space is not changing. Our mind is
changing, our heart is changing, our experiences are changing, our
conditions and circumstances are changing, everything is changing, but is
the space changing? Certainly not. As the space is unchanging, so is the
Truth unchanging. Truth is the unchanging Reality, and space is the
unchanging Reality. Truth, which resides in space and extends space, is
with all of us. As we cannot escape space, so we cannot escape the Divine
Though the space does not move,
it yet makes everything within it moveable, it makes possible all motion.
Though God or Truth does not move, He makes possible every movement.
What connects you with the stars?
Space. The space which is there, far, far away, billions and billions of
light-years away from you, is also here with you. It is there - It
Where is this entire cosmos? In
the space. All has its being in the space, subsists in space. Even so, we
have our being in the space of the infinite Reality.
Space may be full of energy, full
of matter, full of people, full of things, full of worlds, but it is
itself something indescribable, something greater than whatever is seen in
There may be vibrations, there
may be particles in space, but space is other than the particles. The
particles themselves are not the space. And so space is inconceivable. It
is one of the things which expand the human consciousness and liberate man
from his limitations.
There is the moon, there are the
planets, and there are the stars. Destroy the moon and the planets, even
the whole cosmos, have you thereby destroyed the space? Certainly not.
Space is still there. It is indestructible.
Our body is destructible, but not
the space in the body. Finer than space is the Divinity in us!
Is the space born? Will it die?
It was not born, and it is not going to die. The world is born, and is
going to die. The creation is born, is going to perish. Our bodies, our
thoughts, are born and will perish, but not the space. Infinitely subtler
than space is the Divine!
Now since you are face to face
with the space, since the Divine is in the space - more subtle and more
pervasive than space - you are face to face with the Truth! And the voice
of inner purity tells man, 'My heart and my soul are face to face with the
Since we are always face to face
with space, we are therefore always face to face with That which is within
the space, and of which space does not know anything, that supreme Being
or Truth. It is, like space, now in our hands, in our body, around us,
If one were to continuously
concentrate on the nature of space, one would become illuminated. So some
people can, on the basis of this description, make space an object of
meditation. Their mind is expanded, and they dwell in vaster dimensions;
their inner consciousness becomes one with this spaceless Reality in
If you want to meditate on the
Truth, again you reach an inner space. The space in the
dream-consciousness is not the outer space; it is altogether a different
space. If you are dreaming you are in a vast immeasurable desert, where is
the desert? Just here, in this tiny point here! So, when you go inward,
you have another, internal space. And when you go deeper, to the source of
this space, then you find your Existence, your Consciousness. Inwardly is
the Consciousness, and outwardly is the space. The divine Reality inwardly
is Consciousness, outwardly It is space.
Superior to the space is the
Spirit in us. Subtler than space is the Spirit in us. Space is a
manifestation of the divine Reality, of the Truth, of the Absolute, of the
Infinite that has brought space into existence. So, the Infinite is
greater than the space, and since the Spirit in us is the Infinite, It is
greater than the space.
in Space and in the Individual
Reality in vibration is
The Infinite God in vibration, in
movement, is creation, - manifestation. The Unmanifest is transcendent of
vibration. If It were not transcending vibration, It would be involved in
vibration, and the conditions and defects and limitations of vibrations
would be inherent in the Being of God.
Physical science reduces
everything to vibration. But it does not know the spiritual vibrations
which are the basis of physical vibrations. And even the physical
vibrations of which science speaks, nobody has heard, nobody has seen,
nobody has felt. It is something like a hypothesis in science, it is
something invisible to science. The scientist deduces invisible vibrations
from visible vibrations. The highest science, the Science of Truth, k n o
w s that there is a subtler Vibration behind the physical vibrations.
Without that Vibration, there is no vibration. And that Vibration is OM.
It is a scientific universe that
we live in. There is no irrational force anywhere, or irrational
happening. There is no such thing as 'chance'. All is ordered, organized.
Everything is interdependent. Though much of the universe is invisible to
us, though nothing of the infinite invisible Reality is visible to us, the
infinite invisible divine Reality is sustaining this visible universe.
There are vibrations, so
infinitely subtle, that in comparison to them radio-waves are like the
stream of water or iron poles!
Can the human consciousness be
conceived of as a state of vibrations? The outer human consciousness is a
state of vibrations: our mind is a state of vibrations, our thoughts and
feelings are vibrations, our psychic being is vibration, our inner soul is
vibration - but not the Reality in the soul. That is the Centre of
everything. It is more than vibration, It is the source of all vibrations.
It is above all vibrations, It bears in Itself all vibrations, It can
withdraw all vibrations into Itself.
Are the human mind's vibrations
too low, or too slow, to make it possible to perceive spiritual truths? As
the human mind by its very nature is limited, full of lower tendencies and
crude vibrations, how can these vibrations be refined, how can man find
unity with the infinite Truth? One of the most marvellous methods among
the dozens and dozens of methods to achieve this goal is the method of
knowledge: to analyse yourself, to know yourself to be apart from and
above these vibrations, an examiner, a viewer, a seer, and everything that
you experience is the seen.
Everyone of us is a centre of
forces, vibrations and influences. How beneficent our forces and
influences are, rests upon how much contact we have with the infinite
divine Reality; and also how much the other person who receives something
from us is in a position to respond to these beneficent forces. If the
receiving person is enclosed in weaknesses, he receives less, almost
nothing. If the receiving person is full of love and devotion to the
giver, he receives most.
Just imagine what a beneficent
force that mother in prayer is, who is seeking a blessing for her child.
How great is this woman in prayer that she seems to shake the Infinite
Itself to do a service to her baby! All Nature seems to delight in her at
that time. She releases into the cosmos a beneficent force.
People are constantly releasing
into the world vibrations and forces. All kinds of forces are released
through the eyes, beneficent and malevolent. Somebody looks at us and we
feel uneasy; with others we feel elated, joyous. Exactly so, everyone's
character is a force, exercising a definite influence on Nature. Nature
may delight in a person, or feel sad in a person, dependent upon the kind
of influences that he emanates. There is a rudimentary consciousness in
the plants and the flowers, and that responds to the beneficent forces
emanating from a prayerful heart.
The spiritual individual
constantly fills the whole cosmos with the Vibrations of the Divine by
repetition of divine Sounds. He lives in these Vibrations. He breathes in
these Vibrations. He works in these Vibrations. He is completely attuned
to these Vibrations which are released into the cosmos as a beneficent
Force. These Vibrations are themselves Light. They are part of the nature
of the Divine. They can produce everything, they can fulfil every wish,
they are all-wonderful.
Merely to say 'Om' is sufficient
to keep the whole cosmos vibrant in a way with the spiritual vibrations.
Merely to think a divine thought is sufficient to make the brain emanate
vibrations of spirituality. Merely to entertain a divine feeling is
sufficient to make the heart emanate strong spiritual vibrations. Thus the
spiritual individual, by filling the cosmos with the vibrations of divine
Sounds, purifies it. He makes the whole cosmos permeated with the Joy of
the Divine, with the Beauty and Peace of the Divine, with the
Consciousness and Light and Love of the Divine.
Your body is full of energy. Your
feelings and thoughts are full of energy. Everything is a product of
energy. Energy, force and vibration are one and the same. A wrong thought
is a wrong force, a negative and dark energy. Knowing this, the spiritual
individual struggles hard to sustain himself in a state of divine
vibrations. Any kind of wrong thought, anything that affects his radiant
spiritual vibrant state, he avoids, because it causes much harm to himself
and to the world. Everything that encourages this inner state is
employed. A good feeling, a noble thought, emotions caused by devotion, by
love of the divine Truth, love of the divine Knowledge - such emotions are
uplifting, they are divine forces.
Everyone has an aura around his head and body. There is a radiant energy around the head,
around the body of everyone. Dependent upon the nature of the person, the
aura is good or bad. If the aura is not so good, automatically some
persons are repelled against this person. When the aura is good, all are
attracted to this person, regardless of his outer personality.
Those who are constantly
expressing devotion to the Divine, have in their aura the Image of the
Divine. It is always there, as long as the energies in the heart and mind
and soul and body are surrendered to the Divine, are in the service of the
Divine. And this living Presence of the Divine in the aura of a person
protects that person, works wonders for that person, silently takes away
all problems of that person. If he is to fly by plane to New York, this
Divine Presence in the aura at once sees what is going to happen to that
plane. If there is to be an accident, at once the Presence of the Divine
in the aura changes the circumstances of this person, without his
knowledge, with the result that this person is unable to leave by this
plane but leaves by the next plane. That is how the Divine protects Its
devotees. If there is to be some misfortune to be experienced by this
person, it can happen only when the Divine is absent from his aura; and
that happens when the person is inwardly in his heart detached from the
It is a mysterious universe in
which we live. And all this mystery emerges from the One Reality, which is
the Mystery of Mysteries, grand and indescribable.
Science of Truth
The spiritual life is a great and
exact science. More exact than that two and two make four, because 'two
and two are four' is an external statement. In the objective world the
truth is very difficult to find, it is limited by its very nature. More
real is the Truth within, the subjective Truth, the infinite Truth, the
It is unalterable. It is
timeless, spaceless, beyond all measure. And what is beyond time and space
and measure is always the same, ever the same, never changing. All other
things are changing, 'two plus two are four' is changing. All that is
manifest, expressive within limitations, objective, phenomenal, is subject
to all kinds of untruth. Whereas the central noumenal Reality is not at
all subject to these things. It is eternal, timeless. Therefore, science
is possible only in relation to That.
And as we have also seen, even
the knowledge of the external things differs widely. You say an object is
blue. Someone who has colour-blindness does not say it is blue, it is no
colour for him at all. Another man, defective in vision, says it is
yellow. So, many external things are subject to untruth. External
statements are not valid: standpoints differ, modes of experience differ,
methods of knowledge differ. One person sees a thing through jaundiced
eyes, so his method of knowledge, jaundiced eyes, brings him wrong
information. Another man with normal eyes sees it differently. Whereas a
man with supernormal eyes gives a different report on the object. With
relation to the inner divine Reality there can be no difference. There is
only one divine Reality. And the method of knowledge is direct: it is
Self-knowledge. You know yourself to be the timeless Reality, - not
through the mind, not through the heart, not through the senses, not
through the words of another man, but directly, by being your Self, the
inner 'I', the ultimate 'I' in us, the ultimate Consciousness in us,
Existence in us. You know That by being Itself.
That space is empty is a truth
that is not everlasting, it is today's 'scientific' fact. Tomorrow another
scientist may say, space is never empty, it is full of invisible germs. Or
another scientist may say, space is not empty but it is full of energy. Or
another scientist may say, space is nothing, it is an illusion. So, these
'scientific facts' can be untrue, true in one place and untrue in another
place. Such knowledge is not real knowledge. Real knowledge is that which
is true in all conditions, at all times, and is experienceable by all
people at all times. It is uncontradicted knowledge. It is unconditioned
knowledge. It is everlasting knowledge.
'ALL IS GOD' Is a Truth That Is Everlasting.
So, when we have the central and
absolute Truth as the real Science of sciences, around this Science we
would like to interpret all other sciences. This Truth - what is Its
nature? It is Life. So, all life sciences must come to this Truth. Their
final studies, their conclusions - let them bring them here. We integrate
them with this Truth. If not integrated with this Truth and not related
with this Truth, what happens? The sciences will perish, will have limited
value, will not do much good.
The spiritual life is a great
science, the science of Man, the science of Truth.
We have chemistry, biology,
physics, astrophysics, psychology, sociology, the science of making tools,
furniture, plastics - we have all kinds of sciences. They are valuable in
their own field of appearances, phenomena, time and space, but they are
meaningless for the peace, the joy, the perfection, the happiness, the
fulfilment of life. Biology studies only the physical aspect of the
physical life. We need the science of Truth, the science of Life in man,
the science of the Self in man. There can be true science only in relation
to That which is never changing.
In saying, 'The human individual
is the embodiment of infinite and absolute Truth', we are stating a fact,
we are presenting a truth. When saying, 'That is a man' it is not a
statement of truth, because today biochemistry and other chemical sciences
can so alter the human glands that they make a woman of a man. A statement
of Truth has reference to That which was, is and will always be.
and Divine Reality
How can we distinguish between
what is real and what is an illusion? The real is that which does not
change, which does not pass away, which does not disappear. Appearance is
all that which is limited, ending, changing, perishable, passing away. If
someone loves you, and that love is lasting under all trials and
circumstances and conditions, then you say it is real love. But if that
love quickly changes into hatred, or is withdrawn from you, then you say
it is not a real thing, it does not last, it is an appearance only.
Everything in the world of time
and space is an appearance. The invisible dimension in the world of
visibility is the Truth. The invisible things are the determinant agents,
and they are more real than the visible things. Life is inexplicable to us
on the surface, because we do not see the invisible things, the invisible
causes determining the visible. Therefore men try to make their own
hypothesis in order to explain it away. They make a science of their own
faulty hypotheses and say things are like this or like that. But things
are totally different!
Scientists do not know what life
intrinsically is. Otherwise, they would have created life long ago! They
do not know intrinsically what mind is. No scientist has a proper
definition for mind. Their definition is confined to what is visible on
the surface. Even as men see God only because His Wisdom and Love are
operative. From that they infer the existence of God. God, as such, they
do not see, because of the very heavy limitations in which the human
intellect and reason are set.
There can be no science more
exact than the science of the Divine Reality, the science of Truth,
because it is direct knowledge. All other knowledge is indirect, and
therefore defective. And that direct knowledge is exactly the central
kernel of our 'Science Synthesis' as pursued by Omkarananda Ashram. Upon
this nucleus, there can be no science of anything outside the divine
Reality. Upon It all other things are built up. All other sciences are
integrated in this central Science of the Divine Reality, of the ultimate
Reality in the cosmos, in matter, and in man.
The ultimate Reality in man,
the ultimate Reality in matter,
the ultimate Reality in the
the ultimate Reality in the
are one and the same!
This divine Reality alone permits
an exact science, as opposed to other sciences, which are not exact, -
however exact they may be relatively, - like physics, chemistry etc. The
theories of Einstein are outdone by theories of some other great
scientist. So, these theories are always changing and are subject to
falsehood. Something that is changeable is no real science.
The greatest scientists have now
proved that all scientific notions are subjective; they are dependent upon
the peculiarity of the judgement of the scientist, the studying scientist.
There is always the personal element introduced into the knowledge of the
great scientists. Though it can be objectively complete, it has its
inherent defects. It cannot be extricated from these inherent limitations.
Then where exactly can we be
safe? Only in the Truth which is one, absolute and unmanifest. The whole
meaning of the spiritual life lies in leading us to an experience of the
Truth, or God, or Presence of the Divine.
Dignity of Man
From every side, from every field
of contemporary knowledge, we see a heavy diminishing of the dignity of
the nature of the human individual. Humanistic tendencies do not recognize
the true and innate dignity, meaning, value, worth of the human
individual. And in the technical age that we live in, machines, too, seem
to humiliate the importance of man. For a few centuries now, man has begun
to recognize almost the nothingness of our world. It has become a popular
knowledge that our world is nothing but a tiny dust around the little ball
of the sun. Upon this tiny dust, where is the place of man?
It is not only from the field of
astronomy that the dignity and uniqueness of the human individual is being
humiliated. From other fields of knowledge and sciences also we find that
the uniqueness and dignity, and meaning and significance, of the human
individual is being diminished:
- From biology we are looked upon
as biological organisms. Since the birth of Darwin, the human individual
is looked upon as one of the denizens of the animal kingdom. And other
fields of science are also trying to deprive the human individual of his
- With the birth of Freud, an
enormous terrain of the unconscious, and the lowest energies, urges,
tendencies in the human individual, has been uncovered.
- Behavioural psychology,
specially, looks upon the human individual as devoid of any humane values.
Our reason and its functions are explained away as rationalization for
unethical impulses. The human freedom is dismissed as illusion, and the
ethical systems are then further dismissed as rationalization for
unethical impulses in the human nature.
But yet, the human individual
remains unique when seen from the standpoint of the experience of Truth.
He is too complex a creature to be dismissed by any of these designations.
Fundamentally, he is a creative individual, not only capable of
understanding the mind of a Plato, but capable of exercising his
intelligence along highest forms of logical and rational lines. He has a
higher nature in him which is imperishable. He has all capacities latent
in him. And behind all the inner complex psychical structure, there stands
the wondrous Truth. It is the ontological Being in us, with infinite
dimensions, while It is all the time dimensionless. That is the heart of
man. That is the central genius of man. Therefore, the best definition of
the human individual would be: an imperishable being in a perishing form.
The imperishable immortal Truth in a perishing, fleeting physical
When we look at man from this
standpoint, we are totally liberated from the attacks of astronomy,
biology, and psychology on the human dignity.
In the illimitable Infinite, the
Milky Way and the stars are nothing more than a point, and the earth is
almost invisible; in that we are nowhere perceivable. In spite of it, look
at the dignity and greatness of man! Though he is nowhere seen, like our
atoms are not seen, he yet bears in himself not only the Milky Way but the
That this invisible speck of dust
should bear all the Infinite - is this not the marvel of marvels? And look
at the way how man, this invisible speck of dust, in his pure state, is
capable of expanding his consciousness beyond the manifest universe; it
pervades everything in the whole cosmos, and makes the cosmos itself, in
relation to him, become an invisible speck of dust!
Man carries in himself a
timeless, spaceless, infinite Consciousness; and there are capacities in
him which can consciously experience this timeless, spaceless, infinite
and absolute Reality. We find in the history of all cultural and spiritual
experiences, illustrious examples of personalities who have had a
conscious experience of the timeless, spaceless Reality in themselves.
Man is not a creature of Nature,
as he is supposed to be. That he is a creature of Nature is only a partial
fact concerning his perishable body. Basically he is a metaphysical,
ontological Reality. He transcends nature. He bears in himself the Kingdom
of Heaven. He bears in himself the very Creator!
To measure Man, we need to
measure him against the background of the Creator. He carries in himself
all the infinite potentialities and possibilities of the Divine. This fact
has been perceived again and again, all over the world, through every
cycle of civilization and culture.
We have an intuitive knowledge of
the Truth. We have intimations of our immortality. We are capable of
understanding the nature of Truth, and are made for striving towards
perfection. We are builders of systems of knowledge, pursuers of beauty.
All this is possible because there is an inexhaustible Source of every
conceivable faculty and capacity in us. We have merely external and
functional relations with Nature; whereas we have organic, dynamic and
unbreakable relations with the divine Reality which is the Infinite. Our
knowledge of the Divine is far more direct than the knowledge we have of
each other through the instruments of physical knowledge.
Therefore there is no
inevitability to the limitations in which we subsist today. We can
transcend the barriers of the mind that we dwell in. In contemplative
consciousness, here and now, we can experience the timeless, spaceless
Reality. Here and now we can taste the boundless Beauty, and Delight, and
Peace, and Stillness, that belong to the infinite Truth within us.
Though man thinks he is a
creature upon this speck of dust that our world is, he has dimensions in
his inner being that far transcend the cosmic interstellar spaces!
The greatness of the human being
Our glory is unassailable!
Our position in Truth is
All our capacities,
possibilities, potentialities are in this boundless, infinite and immortal
Therefore, we see that the human
individual can redeem himself from the insignificance and meaninglessness
into which he has worked his way through pursuit of external knowledge. We
have to extend our inner knowledge, deepen our wisdom, acquire new
perceptions, in order to perceive and apprehend these greater realities
and the infinite Truth within us. All our struggle to make tremendous
progress in the field of modern sciences and fields of knowledge,
technology and so forth, is merely an empirical, outward expression of our
inner nature of perfection.
We are not tied to an
evolutionary nature. There is in us an eternal, perfect, non-evolving,
wondrous Reality. With the aid of this Reality, with the aid of the Light
of this Reality, we can skip forward the evolutionary steps and obtain the
perfection of the Divine.
All mechanistic, materialistic,
naturalistic interpretations of the human personality fall short of the
true being of man. They are partial realities, belonging to the natural
world order. Fundamentally, man transcends the natural world order. The
consciousness in him enjoys an autonomy and total independence of the
matter in which he dwells. He enjoys a freedom which is boundless. Through
disciplines of knowledge, through contemplative states, through deep
reflection, he can grow sensitive to this boundless Reality within him.
This boundless, infinite Reality
in us, which is the source of every conceivable capacity and quality, has
also its function as the Creator of the universe. It has a dimension that
is executing the functions of the Creator, and is theologically termed
To the measure we are in contact
with this Reality, Divinity, do we exceed the nips and traps of instances
of knowledge emerging from various sciences. We recover our original,
infinite dignity. It is in this Divinity that we recover an interminable
destiny of happiness, peace, power and perfection.
Our dignity is too great to be
described. It is derived from our organic, inseparable inner relation with
the boundless Truth. No problem in the world, no limitation, either
subjective or objective, can really challenge the human individual. All
his limitations, whether material or mental, moral or spiritual, are
temporary. There is no inevitability in them; we are not bound to them.
We are born to outgrow these
limitations to a degree which is unimaginable.
The human individual is the
meeting-point of God and Nature. His resources are numberless. The key to
the whole creation, the key to the problems of life lies in the heart of
in Our World
Mysterious is the creation of the
Divine. All the mysteries are resolved when the human heart deeply loves
the Divine. One's own being stands fully illuminated by the divine
knowledge. That is the final fruit of devotion, of divine Love.
The Whole Creation Is a
Manifestation of Colours. Everywhere there is some colour or the other. It
is a world of colours. It is a world of appearance.
What is the world of Truth? It is
the white colour, the original colour, the supreme Reality. From that one
colour, these hundred different colours have come into manifestation. From
that one Reality, all the different things, millions of things that you
see in the universe, have come.
All the different colours can be
re-resolved into the white light. Even so, all the creation, all the many
things that you see around you, all the different universes, the whole
cosmos with its million different things, can be re-resolved into the One
Only unwise people are unaware of
the white colour when they see the blue, and the red, and the yellow. Even
so, only the unwise are unaware of the Divine when they see human beings,
stones, plants, and the different things in the universe.
Those who are learned in this
science of colours, and those who have Grace, who preserve a sharp power
of judgement, know in the blue, in the red, in the violet, in every
colour, there is the white. It is the background. All colours can be
finally re-resolved into the white colour. Even as the unwise miss the
white colour when they perceive the different other colours, so the normal
human individual does not perceive the one Reality when he perceives many
other things around. The saintly heart, the pure heart, the wise heart,
the blessed heart, is conscious of the Divine while perceiving the many
things. It is always face to face with the Divine.
When it looks at any 'colour', at
the same time it looks at the Divine behind it, above it. Even as the
specialist in colours is conscious of the white when he sees different
colours, the saintly heart perceives the Divine, even while perceiving the
many things and many persons around. It associates every colour with the
is the Wisdom of the Divine, the infinite
Intelligence of the Divine. Therefore it cannot see the yellow colour
anywhere without at the same time experiencing the infinite Intelligence
of the Divine.
It cannot perceive the red
without at the same time perceiving the infinite Love of the
It cannot perceive the white
colour without at the same time growing conscious of the
infinite, boundless, nameless, formless Reality.
So with regard to all other
colours. The good heart, the saintly heart, is constantly in communion
with the Divine. When it sees the blue, or white, or red, or green, or
yellow, no matter what the colour is, what the form is, what the name is -
it perceives the Divine, it dwells in the Divine.
Even as the white light is
divided into seven different colours, so the supreme Truth, the white,
infinite, boundless, absolute Existence - God, Truth, Reality - manifests
Itself in the form of the variated universes, in the cosmos.
To transmit this Science and this
Knowledge is the primary purpose of the activities of Omkarananda Ashram.
The presence of Omkarananda Ashram is primarily meant for the experience
of this Divine Reality, and so is all life in the Ashram.
- Swami Omkarananda