of the Infinite, Know Thyself
You are infinitely more than everything you can know,
feel, touch, own, use, possess, enjoy, wonder at. For, if there
were not that real You, that Consciousness within you, with which you know
things, experience things, enjoy things, wonder at things, you would be
nothing. A stone does not know. A tree does not enjoy. A river does not
wonder at. The animal does not ask for, create and possess great things.
Therefore, your Consciousness is everything. If you have it, you have
everything. If you really know it, you know everything. If you experience
it truly, you will experience everything. Infinite Love, Light, Peace,
Joy, Beauty, Goodness, are its attributes. Know thyself! There is
unlimited Perfection within you. The more you express the best, the most
excellent of your qualities, the more they grow, and the more of the Truth
finds its self-expression through your outer personality.
Inextinguishable Fire in You
Like fire in a piece of flint,
like butter in milk, like juice in an apple, like salt in the sea-water,
God is in everything present. It requires the sharpness of illuminated
intelligence and intuitive eye, to discern His Presence.
Man is that flint. Though it is
buried in the waters of worldliness for seventy years, the fire of God
within it is, in no way, touched, or affected, or destroyed. Lift it out
of the waters of worldliness, and strike it against the iron-rod of wisdom
and devotion, the fire of the divine Consciousness emerges.
Whatever rambling and
long-winding courses the rivers might take, their ultimate destiny is the
sea. Whatever ways of the life men may choose and prefer, their ultimate
destiny is God.
are the Salt of the Earth
Of all creatures, great and
small, man alone displays the hunger for undying Delight, Peace, Beauty,
Immortality, divine Perfection. Behind and above the conscious, the
subconscious and the unconscious reaches of the human mind, there is the
divine Dimension of the Consciousness. From it arise, now and then, here
and there, all great immortal Personalities.
Again, can the plant or the
animal exercise discrimination, express devotion and commune with God?
Certainly not. You alone can.
Express the savour of the salt
you are, by manifesting with greater enthusiasm the divine excellences of
your inner nature. Let not even a single minute of your precious life be
wasted. Let each minute take you closer and closer to things excellent,
great, noble, grand. Find new peace from new thoughts, new joy from new
views, new strength from new and better resolves. Glory to you!
Heat is so wonderful, in winter;
but, more of heat can scorch and kill us. Cool air is so bracing, but more
of it can freeze us to death. Milk is so tasty, but too much of it can
cause diarrhoea. Possessions are so comforting, but too many of them can
be a source of distraction and restlessness.
Of anything in the world, one
cannot have beyond certain limits. The good things of the world, when had
too much, turn out to be bad and dangerous. Whereas, you can never have
too much of Truth, Love, Beauty, Peace, Joy, Perfection, God. Seek,
therefore, God. Know and experience the Infinite.
Perhaps there is no other term, that is generally
employed with such looseness and vagueness, as 'Truth'. What is your
special spiritual conception of its connotation?
To the spiritual aspirant, Truth is more than
truth-speaking. Truth is God or the Absolute. It is Truth that triumphs,
not untruth. Truth is right, untruth is wrong. That which elevates one,
and takes one nearer to God is right, that which brings one down, and
takes one away from God, is wrong. God is the indivisible unity of
conscious existence. Control over passions constitutes the essence of
Truth. Self-denial, or refraining from greedy indulgence, is Truth. Truth
is eternal life and existence, untruth is change, decay and death. Love is
Truth, hatred is untruth. There is no greater sin than hatred and battle.
Relative truths are valid only so long as they do not contradict absolute
Truth, which is eternal in the highest sense.
Real and universal moral
excellences are emanations of the all-luminous Nature of God resident in
the inner Being of Man. Virtues are dynamic, self-expressions, on the
plane of inter-personal relationship, of the Being of God that dwells in
the heart of humanity.
Purity, patience, humility,
self-sacrifice, self-reliance, fearlessness, kindness, compassion, love,
sincerity, self-control, generosity, are some of the fundamental virtues.
If they are assiduously cultivated by man, they transport him from the
morass of ignorance, discordances, ugliness and unhappiness, to the
paradise of pure Joy, Harmony, Peace and Light. They exalt and enrich the
worldly life with persisting satisfactions and delight of the Infinite.
Honey Within You
A young man is full of honey in
his dealings with a bosom-friend who has just arrived from a foreign land,
after long separation. A girl who has just married the boy of her choice
and her love, is full of honey in relation to him. A mother who has two
little sons, is full of honey with regard to her children. From where do
they get that honey? It is in their nature. It was not made manifest and
used until they found their respective objects of love.
There is honey in each of us. We
never care to use it. Instead we are constantly driven to express
crudeness and discourtesies that are so unnatural to us.
Men of God-consciousness are full
of universal Love: all beings are to their heart as dear, as the beloved
boy is to the loving girl, as the children are to the mother.
They are true children of God,
even as you are going to be one, as you grow more and evolve to a higher
They demonstrate to us, that
Honey or Sweetness is a characteristic of the divine Consciousness within
us. The life of Men of God-consciousness is full of the inner Honey.
of God, Retain and Develop Your Nature
You are a fragrant flower of beauty. Don't withdraw
your fragrance because there are no saints around to smell you. You are a
bright candle. Don't stop shining because the house you are in, is of a
poor man. You are a delightful sun. Don't stop shining because the evil
persons would enjoy basking in you, as much as the good ones. You are so
good. Don't take the wrong side because the policeman is not watching you.
You are so brave. Don't abandon your effort because you have not yet
succeeded, and have not yet been admired.
in Light Divine
1. Love cannot be forced, or
bought; it has to be inspired by our loving nature.
2. Respect cannot be demanded,
it has to be earned.
3. Rights and privileges cannot
be had, they have to ensue from the duties well-accomplished.
4. Take care of your thoughts;
your actions will take care of themselves.
Give love to others, love returns
to you in abundance. Give peace to others, peace returns to you in
abundance. Give respect to others, respect returns to you in abundance.
Give understanding and forgiveness to others, understanding and
forgiveness return to you in abundance. Serve and sacrifice; all the
mankind will serve and sacrifice many things for you.
Blessed are those that are
conscious of God; thrice blessed are those that are so completely
dissolved in their love for God, that God's own Consciousness radiantly
expresses Itself through their intelligence, through the expressions of
their heart, their actions and their works.
are God's Children
Say not: 'How to help the
sinners?', but say: 'How to express our love and our usefulness to the
less blessed children of God?'
First of all, know that there are
no sinners on earth. There are only those who have made more mistakes than
ourselves, and that is no reason why we should feel in any way better than
them. Every being deserves utmost respect. God's children are not sinners.
It is not condemnation, but love and understanding that people need. It is
not instruction, but your own example in nobility and goodness that people
require urgently. Do not deliver sermons to the 'sinners', but show them
by your own life what Love is, what Goodness is, what Faith is, what
Purity is, what God is. Do not dislike anyone who seems to be worldly, but
show that one, that peace comes from within, that joy is of the
Consciousness within, that power is of the Knowledge and Wisdom, and that
Life has no real rest and fulfillment anywhere, except in God-experience.
Love and God
Gifted with genius, governed by titanic idealistic
fire, born into a poetic temper, artistic by nature, Plato was a
passionate worshipper of the Wisdom that is Socrates. An ardent lover of
Beauty that is the Good, a mystic by education and discipline, a stoic by
experience and choice, and a philosopher only by the pressures of
circumstances and professional leanings, Plato defines Love as the hunger
of the human soul for divine Beauty, and he explains Beauty as Wisdom, as
Virtue, as Honour and Courage, as Justice and Faith, and above all, as
Truth that leads us directly to God.
of Higher Love
In the self-sustaining ecstasies of intensive and
all-embracing Love, we obtain exceptional powers, exercise unusual
energies, forgive everything, transform all, pour upon everyone the
healing radiations, do works of lasting good and value to ourselves and to
Meditate on Peace and become Peace. Meditate on Love
and become Love. Meditate on Strength and become Strength. Meditate on
Happiness and become Happiness. Meditate on Sweetness and become
to Attain Supernormal Powers on Daily Life?
Your will-power is developed, and
the soul-force increases, with every temptation you resist, every wrong
thought you reject, every harsh feeling you transform, every desire you
sublimate. Every little act of self-control increases your will-power.
Every craving and emotion uplifted and transformed by Wisdom or by Love,
or by spiritual aspiration and activity, adds to your soul-force.
Difficulties when endured and mastered silently, calmly, without a
complaint, with dignity, enrich the spiritual power of your inner
Life is a grand art. Gently
master all that is weak in yourself. Reject, as beneath your dignity, the
easy but the wrong, and accept bravely the difficult but the right.
Displace the lower pleasures by the higher, and the higher by the delights
of the divine Nature and Consciousness. Substitute the negative by the
positive. Rule all impulses by reason, and give them a direction that will
result in adding strength to you, and in bringing you most beneficent
Contribution to Human Evolution
Contribute to the powers of
Goodness on earth, to the powers of Love and Knowledge, to every kind of
harmony, joy and welfare which are already on earth. Become cosmic,
universal personalities, who are free of all limitations in attitude,
feelings and experience. Claim your right to the Infinite and lead your
life with the aid of the wisdom of the all-governing Consciousness of the
Be a wise person whose joy is in
his wisdom, whose happiness is in his understanding, and whose success is
in his patience and perseverance.
Be a wise person whose world of
wealth, peace, power, prosperity and joy is in the Godhead he loves and
lives in, the Godhead he knows, sees and experiences in himself, in
others, in all beings, everywhere.
Your Own Inner Inspiring Mental Atmosphere
However bad be the outer environments, you can always
live in the most wonderful subjective environments you can create for
yourself. If you lack the company of the great, the noble, the good, and
the inspiring, read a few classical works of treat and immortal thoughts,
and live subjectively in that environment, unconcerned with what the outer
world is. If you have no beautiful surroundings and attractive environs,
you can entertain beautiful thoughts and attractive feelings, and live
from them. You can carry with you your own inner mental atmosphere,
wherever you go, and find the world as wonderful as the world within you.
If the world around you is composed of bad people and dark forces, they
have no power over you, so long as your mind and heart are attached to
that which is divine, and that which is called God, the Infinite,
all-triumphing Power and Perfection.
Are a Blessing and a Joy to the World
Blessed is your vision to which
the grounds, whereon you stand, are sacred, your view that is charitable
and sweet, your attitude that is noble and spiritual, your heart that
releases constantly cosmic feelings, your eyes that see the divine
Deeply loved by God, greatly
blessed by the immortal saints, befriended by the angels, constantly in
touch with the Powers of Goodness and Truth, live your life fully,
graciously, and with a rare peace, freedom, joy, in this difficult world
Enrich the earth by the treasures
of the divine Consciousness you are in tune with.
' Swami Omkarananda