Omkarananda - His Philosophy
Saraswati is an embodiment of highest spirituality, in the all-comprehensive sense of the word. He is a Sage who has reached the
experience of the ultimate and all-embracing Truth and is living out
of It. Out of It he draws the Wisdom, the Purity and the Radiance of
this life; in It he finds the Peace of his being, and the Strength for
his untiring service. He is essentially a flame of the spirit of renunciation,
with no personal wishes, no desires, no plans, no programs, no aims,
totally depending on the Truth, and literally breathing and moving
in It. He is first and last a Lover of the Lord, who lives only for the
Divine, who works hard in order the Light of the Lord may spread.
a man of multiple and permanent God-experience. His constant experience
of God as the absolute Reason-Knowledge-Consciousness is the foundation of his philosophy.
His idea and experience of God as absolute Beauty is the basis for his
aesthetic theories and his art. His ethics are rooted in his knowledge
of God as absolute Goodness, absolute Truth, absolute Love. His
philanthropy rises from his experience of God as Love, and God as resident
in all beings. His services flow from the fact of his life that all
humanity is his family. All his works are flowings of divine Grace for
the welfare of mankind.
His words constitute great literature. His
Love rules the hearts of
man. His Wisdom guides the footsteps of mankind towards Peace and Joy,
Light and Illumination.
Life's Philosophy of Selfless Action emerges from His Experience
of the Divine Reality as Unconditioned and infinite Love.
Omkarananda Saraswati has been encouraging the conducting of
research into the causes of human unhappiness and suffering.
The highest form of philanthropy and humanitarianism we see
in him. In his smallest auto-biography in the world, written
within minutes, he says:
"There is no greater poverty or human
disability than the human ignorance; and, therefore, the best way to do
the best of philanthropic and humanitarian services is to illuminate
the minds and enlighten the hearts of the people. Make them lights unto
themselves, and they shall not only be happy, but make others happy, not only be rich, but enrich
others, not only give, but give more and more abundantly."
Knowledge of the Divine expresses itself in the hundreds of ways of
presenting the ultimate Truth to every kind of man, to everyone, in
every stage of evolution, in every culture, nation, race and religion.
a universal individual, a genius; and his spirituality
is modern and integral, and therefore transcends all religions; with the result
that he is the Christian of the Christians, the Hindu of the Hindus,
and is capable of leading everyone to tremendous inner spiritual
development, through whatever faith a person belongs to, no matter what
his temperament is. He is capable of leading everyone to happiness,
knowledge, inner wealth, selflessness, inner spiritual development,
illumination and enlightenment, because his experience of the one God,
the one Truth, has made him one with all mankind:
I look at myself, I am not there. There is everything. Everything is
One; and One is everything. There is an experience of the multiplicity
in the One; and the experience of the One in the multiplicity. I am
myself the Germans, the Italians, the Russians, the Negroes,
the Indians, the Tibetans, the Chinese, the Americans. I am the women. I am the children.
I am the trees. I am the stones. When I meditate, everything meditates
with me. When I meditate, the Heart of the whole of Nature is meditating
with me. When I meditate, all the Angels of God, all the immortal Mystics are meditating with
me. When I meditate, the whole inner Being and Soul of mankind is meditating
"The welfare of all humanity is my welfare. The
happiness of the trees is my happiness. The peace of the birds is my
peace. The prosperity of the world is my prosperity. Everything belongs
to me. I live and labour for everything. I meditate for everyone. I
meditate through all. All are dear to me. Every minute, thousands of
packets of Love, thousands of gifts flow from my Consciousness to all
"Mankind is mine. All Nature is mine. And
mine is all the world. I have won them in indestructible and all-triumphant
Love, in pervasive and self-maintaining Peace, in services and sacrifices
and, above all, in a total dissolution of the little self, in the total
triumph of That in me which is the Image of God. I have inherited them
in my oneness with That in them, which is the same as That which is in me."