Swami Omkarananda - His Autobiography
"Purity is the soul of my
strength. Truth is the source of my power. God is my life, and I have
no existence apart from Him. His consciousness is my light. His all-sustaining and all-creative beauty constitutes my joy. Prayer is my
breath and meditation forms the bread of my life.
"All Humanity is my family. The Forces of Nature are my Friends. The
Godhead in all of you is the object of my adoration. It is very difficult,
almost impossible, for me to differentiate or distinguish between saints
and sinners or artificially divide mankind into two groups called the
good and the evil - I find there are only gracious children of God on
earth, some close to, and some a little away from, God's all-purifying
and all-empowering presence.
"Human life on earth has always presented itself to me as a school in
which some occupy higher standards and some lower classes, but all are
to be loved equally, honoured equally, and the hand of service is to
be denied to none. The people in the lower standards will one day occupy
"I perceive real and great beauty wherever goodness is self-expressive
and wherever love enriches, ennobles and exalts life. I find the essential
form of beauty wherever virtue invests human life with dignity, grants
a mastery over instinctive nature and contributes to harmony and efficiency
in social relations.
"I find the face of the valuable beauty wherever human intelligence is
active in the use of skills and in the discovery of ways and means of
conquering ignorance, poverty, suffering, disease, nature, as a measure
in the progress of the soul of humanity.
"I have no desires, but only a few wishes, and they are the wishes for
the health, peace, happiness, prosperity and spiritual progress of all
people of all lands.
"I preach to nobody, but I speak to myself. I write not to teach, but
to state facts. I reason not to convince others, but to eliminate the
discordant elements in thinking and in living that characterize the
normal nature of a growing mankind that progresses more by the method
of trial and error than by ordered reason and illumination.
"I work not for any personal objective in view, but for the Glory of
God and the welfare, happiness and illumination of mankind. I labour
for God's blessed children under the sun, moved by a will that is not
my own but His, and with resources that belong not to me but to the
all-creative divine consciousness that is His.
"The human individual serves mankind best, also when he thinks good thoughts,
entertains noble feelings, hates none and nothing, engages himself in
useful works, wishes universal welfare, prays, meditates and communes
in divine Love, with the living omnipresence of the all perfect God.
"Nothing in me has ever responded to any form of appreciation bestowed
upon any of the works that proceed from me; for all such appreciation
belongs to the invisible yet discernible owner and ruler of my energies.
Since all my work, way and style of life are my silent and all-inclusive
worship of the living, moving, talking Godhead, I never wished, and
will never wish, to be known, even to very next person living with me.
I need nothing, for the all-responding, all-wonderful, all-knowing Godhead
is the bank of my inexhaustible fortune, my defence army of unfailing
protection and my time-defying and all productive factories of life,
love and light.
"Pleasure of life, of society, of civilization have no attraction, no
value for me; for I live in the perpetual and self-sustaining ecstasies
of the consciousness of the Divine in dynamic action and self-expression.
Yet I heartily recommend the pleasures of life, of society, of civilization
to those who have not yet found the pleasures I live in; and also I
feel drawn to draw the attention of some of them to the fact that their
pleasures are rendered secure and endure by a background awareness of
"I dwell in the delights of a mind wedded to the wisdom of God, and the
joys of a heart that is lodged in the all-absorbing love for the supreme
Beloved. Pleasures are afforded to me also by aesthetic sensibilities,
artistic appreciation, philosophic perceptions, spiritual intuitions.
"The idea of being a leader is entirely foreign to my nature. I know
myself to be a ready servant of a humanity that seeks for the peace,
the strength and the joy that come from self-control and growing moral
purity, the knowledge and the illumination that are gained from culture,
intellectual development, perfection and the all-blessing divine powers
that result from spiritual evolution and experience."
- Swami Omkarananda
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