fundament of spiritual life is a pure heart, a loving heart, a heart that
is filled with cosmic love, divine love, love for God. This single love
for God unfolds many other virtues. Without universal love, a love that
embraces all mankind, all living beings, the entire creation, it won't
work. It is the precondition for God-experience. A divine and spiritual
heart is automatically filled with universal love, cosmic love. You find
in daily life people who talk to their horse, to their dog, their cat, to
all pets. They respect, love and value these animals, and they talk to
them just as others talk and lead dialogues with their own mind. Yes,
there are people who talk to plants. They love, value and respect them.
The lover of the Divine
respects every being, every thing to the highest degree, for he finds in
all his own beloved, supremely respected God. He sees God in one and all,
and therefore values all, worships all, leads dialogues with all.
You talk to animals and
plants, why not also to stones and rivers and to fire? In them, too, there
is the presence of God deserving respect, estimation, love and adoration.
The lover of the Divine talks to stones and mountains, to the air, the
water, fire, the sun, the moon, stars, the sky and earth. He loves and
respects everything. He hurts nothing and no one.
The precondition for the
spiritual life is, that no living being has to fear you. You have to
assure all beings, all mankind, all visible and invisible beings freedom
from fear of you. Also prejudices hurt people. These too are absent in a
truly spiritual heart, in a real spiritual life. Prejudices, condemnation
of others and aversion to others too are insults and therefore against the
law of love. They too need to be avoided.
On the other hand you
should bear offences, slander, insults and provocations without reacting,
as if it was a praise for you. On the other hand you have to secure for
all freedom from fear, joy and peace in your presence. Be it friend or
foe, no one must fear you or feel hurt by you. This is possible, when your
heart is filled with love for the all-seeing, omniscient, omnipresent God.
How could you commit a mistake, when you are constantly face to face with
an all-knowing, omnipresent God? God watches all your thoughts and
feelings. How can you ever cultivate wrong thoughts and feelings when you
are conscious of this fact?
This inner spiritual
exercise transforms you into a person of cosmic love, universal love -
love for everything and all - true love, a love founded not on selfishness
or egoism or vanity, but on Truth, on God, on an all-seeing, all-knowing,
all-loving, all-protecting divine presence.
Another point: As long as
your heart is filled with desires and selfishness you commit mistakes. You
create problems. Therefore, the lover of the Divine is free from all
desires and self-interest. His interests never conflict with those of
others, and therefore there are no fights, no wars, no violence, no use of
force. All these fall away, when you are truly spiritual. The spiritual
heart has no desires, it is satisfied with little or nothing. In order to
progress spiritually, one has to fulfill the conditions. An Ashram is a
place where one constantly cultivates this cosmic-universal divine love.
One sees God in one and all, one cannot hurt one's own God, or exploit
one's own God. One serves, loves, gives, and does not advocate one's own
interests. One does not cultivate desires but lets His will happen. And
God's will is universal love, universal joy, universal satisfaction,
Every moment we have to
analyze ourselves, whether this cosmic love is growing in us, whether
desires are diminished, whether life gets very simple whether high
thoughts and feelings are cultivated, divine thoughts and feelings,
universal thoughts. Then we progress.