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Swami Omkarananda

 
 

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This bewildered and tumultuous world, with its never-ending tale of toil and tears is in reality a majestic University of Wisdom wherein everyone gets a chance to learn from the living Book of Life, of their own as well as those of Philosophers of Realization, of Saints and Sages, of divine Teachers and holy Masters.

They that hug their ego, however, will learn nothing in this Grand University, and all that they have shall be taken away, leaving them forlorn. The man of ego loves his own ignorance; he glories in his own foolishness and attaches great importance to his perishable body. Thereby he exposes himself to the winds of adversity, the storms of woes and strokes of fate and affliction: in short he is filled with nescience and, in his audacity, disobeys the Law of Life. Such a man shall have no admission into the portals of eternal Good and supreme Felicity: He will be imprisoned in his own cocoon of misery and shall never be let out into the boundless Empyrean of Blessedness.

Looking through the warped perspective of his own ego, man makes this earth a Hell of gloom and death, tortures and frustrations. By looking through the medium of his own illusions and a sensuous mind, he converts what could be a temple of happiness (this world) into a den of anguish and grief, terror and forlornness. Laws of darkness and death rule him, and not those of Light and Life. Staying in his own ego, man invites invasion by sin and ultimate annihilation.

Wisdom appears to him as folly, Purity as impurity, Perfection as imperfection, Humility as cowardice, Meekness a weakness, Service as attachment and passion, Compassion as hypocrisy: everything appears to be just its opposite to the man's perverted mind, intoxicated with the wine of ego.

The man of ego is ruled by vanity; he is governed by utter pride; hatred grips him, folly sways him, delusion sits in his very intelligence, evils hover round him and his steps lead him into the realms of denser ignorance and ruin. But, his understanding being clouded and his discrimination obscured by his own prejudiced preconceptions, he is unaware of his own sorry state! On the contrary he feels himself well off and all-knowing and looks upon the rest of humanity with a condescending eye as unfortunate creatures toiling foolishly far below him in the scale of evolution! Such is the self-delusion the ego produces!

Where this egoism is not present, it is all blessedness, all goodness, all glory; and there one can find God. One who has no egoism has all Wisdom.

To the one devoid of ego, the whole world is a haven of rest, a realm of peace and a kingdom abounding in all-happiness. For him there is no more distress: he is purified, exalted and illumined; he sees no sin anywhere, and no evil can come near him. Nothing is hidden from him; the Truth stands before him in all its Splendour and Radiance, all the mysteries of the universe are revealed to him and all the secret workings of Nature are an open book. He who has no ego and who has surrendered himself to God is the Master of every power and force that there is; for, all powers and forces are under God, the Lord. The egoless man quickly attains Supreme Freedom and Perfection.

Very difficult indeed, is it to sacrifice the ego; but unless it is done, no Vision of Truth and no Sight of God can be had. Sell away your lower self and purchase the Supreme Self. Withdraw your mind from justifying your position; serve your enemies; love those who hate you; resist not if you wish to conquer; sacrifice all your rights if you wish to rule; seek nothing if you wish to have everything; conquer yourself if you wish to have the Highest Freedom; take no shelter under the ego if you wish to be protected by the Supreme Power, the Almighty God.

Let one get beyond all forms of the ego, and one shall see the Divine Truth reflected in one's own heart within, shall be illumined forthwith by the Divine Knowledge. Let the ego be destroyed; lose your self in the love of all; negate your self by merging it in the service of all, and thereby, you shall see that you have become one with the Supreme Lord, who is all this vast universe.

Empty yourself of your egoism and all the impurities connected with it, and you shall see the Inexhaustible Abundance of God filling you to the brim, nay, filling you so much that you cannot contain it any longer. Sacrifice a little of your ego, be it ever so little, a fraction of it shall be deemed sufficient pretext for God to inundate your being with His Grace, His Power and His Light. Such is His Divine Love and Compassion.

Practise a little self-denial and cultivate indifference towards the turmoil of outward happenings, towards the external surge of likes and dislikes, and the seemingly crushing stress of life, and fall back upon the Lord; this will enable you to enter the kingdom of everlasting Peace, immeasurable Wisdom and eternal Joy!

 

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