Thought for the Day:
Paramahamsa Omkarananda Saraswati
Shortest Way to God-Experience
The shortest way is not the least difficult way. The
longest way is the least difficult way. The shortest way has, of
necessity to be a difficult way. However, there is an exception to this
general law, and here is the shortest, and yet the easiest, way to
Peace and Progress through Conquest of
Let your heart constantly beat
with the thought, 'God, God, God', God all the twenty-four hours of the
day, God as Love, God as Light, God as Omnipotence, God as Omniscience,
God as Peace, God as unlimited Happiness, God as infinite Blessedness, God
as an all-seeing Presence, God as an all-loving Father, God as an
indestructible, eternal, absolute Truth, God as Beauty, Protection,
Strength. Let your heart constantly beat with these words. This is the
shortest way to God-Experience.
Let all your intelligence be in
tune with His Nature which is infinite Peace. Let your entire being, with
every beating of the heart to the name of God, become one with the endless
Happiness and Light of God. Try to see Him in the inner hearts of all
beings. Do you see the air in the lungs of the people? No. Yet, you can
understand that it is there in the lungs of all beings. Even so, that
subtle Essence, that invisible Being called God, is resident in all beings
and should be understood, and felt, by you. Behold the invisible Essence
When you see the sun, behold the
Presence of God in the brightness of the sun. When you see a saintly
person, behold the Presence of God in his saintliness. When you see a good
person, behold the Presence of God in his goodness. When you see a person
of great intelligence, behold the Presence of God in the greatness of his
intelligence. When you see a peaceful atmosphere, behold God's stillness
and peace in that atmosphere. Thus, let everything be a means for your
experience of God.
Whatever you do, do it in His
Name, do it with the consciousness of God in your heart. Feel His Presence
in all conditions and circumstances. Become conscious of Him in all manner
of ways. Let all your activities be spiritualized, divinized. Let all the
earth become your prayer-ground. Behold God, or the life-sustaining
infinite Truth, in the inner heart of all things, of all beings. See God
in the inner heart of all things, all beings. If you are walking, feel the
all-merciful Presence of the infinite Consciousness, walking with you.
If you greet someone, greet God
in that someone. If you sleep, feel the bed to be the Heart of God. If you
are about to eat something, first offer it to God, mentally, and take it
as a service to God, as an adoration of God, as a duty you owe to God by
maintaining the body in order that, through the body, you may make
Let your thoughts be divine. Let
your feelings be spiritual. Let all your works be done with a divine
spirit. Wish everyone the happiness, the success, the increasing
prosperity which you yourself seek in daily life. Speak to none, unless it
is something good, or noble, or useful, or positive, or inspiring.
Criticize no one. Don't be dogmatic. Don't hinder others' freedom. Don't
be a source of disharmony to others. Pour out love and peace on all beings
and things, in all conditions, and at all times.
Accept all difficulties as the
manifestations of the Grace of God, and conquer them with God's Grace,
with growing faith, patience, goodness, dynamic action. Let all life be
divine for you. Let all your works, thoughts and feelings, everything, be
divinized, uplifted, exalted. Keep up this practice under all conditions.
This is the shortest way to God-experience.
But, the old nature does not
allow you to progress rapidly; your problems will arise from the old
nature within you. It does not matter. Continue to practise, even though
you encounter obstacles from those portions of your nature which are not
yet purified and developed, and from the outer environment. Do not expect
too quick results.
Even saints find it difficult to
bring the mind under control. Mind comes completely under control when the
full Grace of God is obtained. Till then, the efforts to keep the mind
under check must be kept up vigilantly, earnestly, continuously. The best
way to bring the mind under control is to have some Mantra, or name of
God, or word of Truth, constantly beating in our hearts. This background
consciousness of God, constantly kept up through the repetition by the
heart, or by the mind, or orally, of the Mantra, or the word of Truth, of
God, brings the mind under control, purifies it, elevates it and attunes
it with God's wonderful, all-transforming, all-blessing Presence. This
method has been adopted by the greatest saints of the East and the West.
It is the easiest way to bring the mind under control.
There can be a number of helps to
this main discipline. When our contact with the world is not too much,
that is, when our memories are not burdened with unnecessary and exciting
informations coming through the sensational features of the newspapers,
the disturbing programmes of the television, the bad gossip of the people,
our mind remains peaceful and luminous, and its energies are not
When we do not have too many and
unnecessary desires, our mind comes within our easy control. Simple habits
of life, noble thoughts and large feelings also purify us greatly and give
us a mastery over the mind. This kind of modern asceticism is preparatory
to the divine life which evolutionary nature is seeking to build for man.
Company with noble and inspiring
people, who converse on God and His Presence, and are full of goodness and
love, is also a great help in the conquest of mind.
Foods and drinks, which do not
stimulate and arouse lower impulses, are also of great value in the task
of conquering the mind.
Study of inspiring literature,
listening to highly spiritual and illuminating discourses, and the
cultivation of wonderful moral qualities, are very valuable in the
attainment of purity and the conquest and transcendence of mind's
You are most blessed in that you
have the knowledge, the wisdom, the goodness and the Grace of God to
aspire after divine perfection, to seek the spiritual path, and to
understand your own limitations and long to eliminate them. May the Divine
Grace grant you inner strength to make rapid progress on this path of
self-transformation and divine perfection.
Always God is with Us
At all times, and in all situations and conditions, God
is with us. He is omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient. He knows everything
about us. He responds to our love. He answers to our faith. The results of
our good actions, emerge from His Light. He is everywhere, all-seeing,
all-blessing. He is the infinity of Power, Peace, Perfection.
Thousand Blessings from a Sense of the Divine
We need urgently an awareness of God's Presence with
us. Such an awareness of consciousness can liberate us from limitations,
fears, anxieties and problems. Our life becomes secure, unbreakable,
blessed and protected, the moment we grow conscious of our strong inner
relations with the omnipotent God. The knowledge that all around and
within us is the Omnipotence of God, grants us fearlessness, strong sense
of security, and abundant inner strength. The awareness of God's
Omnipresence fills us with joy, peace, and a sense of fulfilment. To know
the fact that God is omniscient and all-loving, is to be liberated from
Therefore, Constantly Put Your Mind on God's
In our own way, we must continue
to remember God as far as possible, all the day.
The moment you arise from the
bed, close your eyes for a minute or two, and be conscious of the
infinite, all-seeing, all-knowing, omnipotent Divinity within you and
around you. There is no unreality concerning this Godhead. The finest
perceptions of philosophical reason, the highly revealing mystical
intuitions, and a number of higher experiences, bear witness to the
Reality of God. There is nothing more real in life than God. Therefore, as
you rise from the bed, entertain the thought, and feel the Presence, of
the Divine. Rise from the bed with a heart full of thanks to God, whom
hundreds of saints have realised. As you move from the bed, move in a
strong awareness of the divine Presence. Thus, continue all through the
In order to understand better
this Reality of realities, reflect on the analogy here presented: When it
is snowing heavily, and there is, in your person, in the open air, no
garment other than a very thin cloth, how do you feel? You experience the
cold with such an intensity that it overwhelms you, your body shivers, and
the hairs thereon stand on their ends. Exactly in this manner, feel the
transfiguring and nourishing divine Presence within, and all around you.
Spiritual experience discloses
that God is infinitely more real than that cold, which is but one among
millions of manifestations, in the creation brought into existence, and
being sustained, by God. As water is in the snow, so is He in the world,
in the open air, everywhere, and most of all, in the deeps of your inner
being and consciousness. He is all-seeing, all-knowing, all-responding,
all-perfect. Inquire into, investigate, understand and experience the
Reality of all realities that God is, in this universe of our
sense-experience. Feel Him even as you feel the increasingly hot
radiations from the burning infra-red lamp, that is being brought closer
and closer to your face. Feel His Presence with such an intensity that the
fire of intense feeling burns up the grossness and insensitivity of the
feeling, intelligence, consciousness, to the immediate Presence and
Perfections of God. Refine the intelligence. Transfigure the feelings.
Alchemise the inner substances. Allow the real Nature of the all-perfect
divine Consciousness within you, to put forth its qualities, and fulfil
your life in Love, Light, Peace, Joy and Perfection.
Intensely concentrated on his
concept of Energy, a great scientist feels, as he takes a walk in his
garden, that the whole world, itself formed of energy, is floating in a
boundless ocean of Energy. The illuminated Sage of wisdom and love, feels,
as he walks the earth, that everything is the one unlimited,
unconditioned, indivisible, homogeneous Being of infinite
Find yourself walking in an ocean
of Peace, a universe in which your heart is at one with the soul of all
beings and things. As you walk, find yourself surrounded completely, and
fully protected by the Omnipotence of God. Worry not about the din and
bustle, the noise and the fury, that in vain seek to disturb the timeless
Harmony and Peace of the Infinite in the heart-beats of the universe.
The petty rivers rush toward the
sea with dirty waters, having made thunderous sound as they descended the
mountains, as if to abolish the calmness, the beauty and the dignity of
the sea, but the moment they pour themselves into the sea, they cease to
exist. Receive and transform the noise of the world, the sound and fury of
the human life around. Be in all thyself the Peace that is the Nature of
the essential divine Consciousness seated in your inner being.
Be Conscious of What You, in Reality, Are -
Exercise: 'I Am a Child of God'
One of the most wonderful ways of
God-experience in daily life, is to constantly tell your heart, 'I am a
child of God'. Again and again, let your whole being, your entire soul,
affirm, 'I am a child of God. God is all around me. I am in God even as
everyone and everything is in God. God is in me, even as God is in
everyone and in everything'. Forget not the words of the holy scriptures
that you are a child of God, and that God formed you after His own living
Image. Live not as a child of Nature, full of weaknesses, limitations,
pettiness, and therefore, full of problems. Let the heart be broad and
all-inclusive in its love. God is Love; God formed you in Love, in the
Image of Love, with the Substance of Love. Express Love. Love is natural
to you, not hatred. God made you in the Image of His own eternal Wisdom
and divine Life. Express Wisdom and Life; Wisdom and divine Life are
natural to you. Live as a child of God.
A thousand times, during the busy
hours of the day, let the inner heart say, 'I am a child of God'. And,
express cheerfulness, courage, sweetness, intelligence, broad-heartedness,
generosity, like a child of God. Be dynamic, industrious, hard-working,
like a gentle child of the omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient King of
'I am a child of God,' let your
whole personality proclaim. God has formed you in His own Image of Grace
and Light. Grace and Light are natural to you, not sin and darkness. Sin
and darkness are dispelled the moment you take refuge in the Grace and the
Light of God, by affirming, 'I am a child of God, born to express my
Father's Love, Light, Sweetness, Beauty, Peace, Perfection. I shall not
surrender my freedom and the power of my will to sin, or to darkness. I
shall live in the Presence, Love, Light, Grace of God.' Grace can dissolve
all sins, all weaknesses, all imperfections, all fears, all limitations.
Therefore, be in tune with God's infinite Grace and Presence, and express
Light. In all thyself, be a sunshine. Let the affirmation of your inner
heart of love and wisdom, 'I am a child of God', free you from having to
shut yourself up in the cocoon of human imperfections.
God has endowed you with endless
inner spiritual qualities, by forming you in His own living Image of
divine Consciousness. Displace human hatred by His divine Love, displace
human worry by the divine Strength. As an inspiring, joy-giving, brave,
blessed child of God be thou, here in this difficult world.
A child of God is completely
divine in its nature, mind, heart, soul, actions. This fact, that you are
a child of God is the great truth proclaimed by the timeless wisdom of the
scriptures of the world, declared by men of God-experience, announced by
the most wonderful of all men of highly developed reason and philosophical
intelligence. Discard not this truth that can make of your life a Paradise
in itself. Practise again and again this discipline of affirming, 'I am a
child of God.'
This fact that you are a child of
God is the greatest truth. Upon it rest all other truths. It is the truth
of truths. That you are a child of matter, or a creature of nature, is not
the central truth: it is merely a temporary fact, which is constantly
altering its face and will soon disappear as the bubble on the sea. Matter
is changing, therefore, your material body too is changing, so are your
thoughts and feelings changing. The Breath of God in you, the Light in you
as the child of God, does not change. It is the same in all conditions and
at all times. It is the imperishable and all-wonderful Substance of God in
you. Matter perishes. The real child of God in you, which is your real,
eternal, inner divine Self and Being, which is the wonderful 'You', does
not perish. Therefore, always permit your inner heart to say, 'I am a
child of God.' Breathe, and bless the world with the treasures of your
good works, as a child of God.
Fears you have not, for God, who
is omnipotent and ever with you, is protecting you from all sides.
Socially, your conduct is magnificent, secure, dignified, blessed,
peace-giving, inspiring, because you are full of a sense of security,
inner peace, and your life is being fulfilled every minute by the
numberless blessings that emerge from your heart's experience that you are
a child of God.
Let something deep down in your
inner being constantly recognize, feel, experience, 'I am a child of God',
and gently affirm, 'God is my Abundance, my Treasure, my Fullness and my
Fulfilment. His infinite Intelligence is planning my life; His infinite
Providence is arranging all that is necessary for my welfare in this hour
and in all the future. His Love is prompting me; His Wisdom is guiding me;
His Beauty is sustaining me; His Presence is strengthening me and is the
source of my unending joy. I shall be busy expressing and using the
various talents, capacities, faculties, abilities, with which the living
Image of God in me is constantly endowing me. Being a child of God, I
shall endeavour every minute to be a source of strength, peace, happiness,
to everyone, and shall exert my best energies in enriching the world more
and more, in illuminating it with my bright thoughts, in rendering it
divine by my divine attitude and spirit.'
A child of God is freed from all
crude force of egoism. It has no selfishness and no attachment to worldly
things; its joy wells up from its selfless Love, its power emerges from
its deep knowledge of, and contact with, the treasures of the divine
Consciousness within itself, and everywhere. It is always conscious of the
all-sufficient Infinite within itself and all around it. As a child of
God, you are a light unto yourself and to others; you cannot dislike, or
hate, or criticize, or dishonour anyone, for, everyone is a child of God,
like yourself. A hundred times during the day, let your being affirm, 'I
am a child of God', and express dynamically your divine nature. Wherever
you are, let there be happiness, peace, light, sunshine.
Nothing can baffle the child of
God; for, it is powerfully conscious of the Light and the Presence of God,
that resolve all problems and remove all difficulties. It is too
effectively rooted in the awareness of the infinite Power of God within
and around itself, to be disturbed, or troubled, or puzzled, by anything.
The child of God lives in the infinite Peace of God, while all the time
most busily engaged in the daily occupations of life in this material
world of business.
In all conditions and
circumstances of life, a child of God is conscious of its blood-relations
with God. Its whole nature and character are admirable and adorable.
Therefore, during the day, let your heart a hundred times say, 'I am a
child of God'. Become more and more intensively conscious of this
all-seeing Truth of truths that God is. The more you do that, the more
efficient are your works, the more prosperous is your life, the more
luminous your intelligence, the more wonderful is your heart. Let all your
conscious mind, and even your subsconscious and unconscious being, affirm
that you are a child of God, and grow aware of the omnipotent arms of God
circling you. From a child of God, only Love and Light can flow. Let not
the darkness of the disfiguring human nature claim you in any
circumstances. Live as a child of God. Talk as a child of God, sweetly,
wisely, nobly, rationally, truthfully. Talk only to encourage, inspire,
illuminate, help. Add light to light, and make the areas of darkness on
earth, smaller and smaller. Live as a light, as a power, as a genius, as a
giant, in goodness and divine nature.
May these disciplines unfold into
your daily life a thousand blessings. Go on working patiently. Success is
bound to come; and, when it comes, it will be a great success.
' Swami Omkarananda