One simple Brahma-Sankalpa produced these countless universes. When the time
comes, in the twinkling of an eye, you will realise the Self and attain
liberation. While you are in a dark room, you grope in the dark and almost
endlessly search for the torch. You stumble over many things and knock your head
here and there. At last you get hold of the torch, which you so frantically
searched. Now no more of this groping in the darkness, no more trials and pains;
instantly there is light in the room. It is the search that takes a long time.
It is the preparatory step in Sadhana that takes a considerable time.
And, then, even when you feel that Truth is within your grasp, you ought to
be vigilant, till it becomes part and parcel of your consciousness, till you
actually live in it. It is not enough if merely the light of Truth illumines a
dark corner; you must live in it. When in a dark room, you light the lamp,
darkness vanishes; but if you put the light out, the darkness returns. Till the
sun rises there is need for a constant flame of light in the room to keep it
illumined. Similarly in the dark cavern of your heart, there is a lamp lit—it is
Bhakti or a little understanding of the Omniscience, Omnipresence and
Omnipotence of God. This gives sufficient light to see things clearly and
understand the nature of this universe, the Self and God. But if you put the
light out by negligence or wilful indifference to Sadhana, in the false belief
that you have attained the goal, you will again be enveloped by the darkness.
You must keep the flame bright till the sun of Self-realisation arises within
you. Then there will be light and light alone everywhere. The darkness has
vanished forever. Light becomes part of the very nature. Darkness does not
approach you. What was Sadhana done with effort previously becomes Svabhava or
second-nature now. Bhakti is the aspirant’s Sadhana and the sage’s Svabhava.
Righteousness is the aspirant’s Sadhana and the sage’s Svabhava. At no time,
therefore, are these things given up. The aspirant studies and hears the Divine
Lilas of the Lord as a necessary part or basis of his Sadhana; the sage listens
to them with great joy, as he naturally loves to listen to the Lilas of the
Therefore, study of scriptures, hearing the sacred truths propounded by men
of wisdom, listening to the Lilas of the Lord are never to be given up by
sincere Sadhakas at whatever stage of spiritual evolution they may be in. Are
you more advanced than Sri Sukadeva who was a born-sage and Siddha? Are you more
advanced than the great sages who assembled at Naimisaranya to listen to the
Srimad Bhagavata narrated by Suka? Learn a lesson from these illustrious
examples of great sages. Be forever a Sadhaka. Be forever a thirsting aspirant
after spiritual knowledge. Be forever a Mumukshu (a student). He and he alone is
an old man who feels that he has learnt enough and has need for no more
knowledge. He is a man dead while alive who does not feel a compelling eagerness
to listen to the stories of the Lord’s glories or to spiritual discourses. You
can stave off old age and even death itself by preserving within you the
youthful zealous and devout eagerness to learn more, to practise more and to
realise more deeply, the great Spiritual Truth, which is inexhaustible in spite
of having been extolled and expounded by numberless saints, sages and seers from
Moreover, forget not that on all sides you are surrounded by materialistic
influences. If you are slack even for a day, the evil forces around you would
find their opportunity and play havoc with you. The ball dropped on the top of
the staircase takes less than a split-second to reach the ground, whereas it
took much longer to take it up. In a moment of heedlessness much could be lost.
Life is short, time is fleeting, and you cannot afford to lose an inch of ground
that you have gained with so much effort, in your battle against the formidable
foe—Maya or Satan or the evil mind.
Side by side with your work, you should do Japa, meditation, study of
scriptures, Sat-vichara and Sat-Vyavahara. Do not let this monkey-mind have a
minute’s respite. It is here that Satsanga and spiritual literature come to your
great aid. The scriptures are your saviours. How many sublime thoughts are
brought by them to your very doors! Study them carefully. Underline the
sentences that strike you as having a direct bearing on your life and reflect
over them in leisure moments. Thus would you find that you are able to surmount
many obstacles and avoid many pitfalls. Is the mind disinclined to read these
passages over and over again? That is Maya’s potent weapon to put you to sleep!
Therefore beware. Are you not taking the same food daily over and over again?
You will have to go on reading and re-reading the self-same spiritual sentences
over and over again till they are indelibly engraved on the tablet of your
heart, till they become part and parcel of your inner nature.
Then will a fortress of Nirodha Samskaras be erected within you. Repetition
gives strength and pushes the ideas into the innermost chambers of your heart.
Then the ideas will percolate your subconscious mind. The evil thoughts lurking
there will be scorched and annihilated. You may not even know what wonders have
been effected within you. Such is the salutary effect of repeatedly studying the
same spiritual texts. That is why our ancestors have insisted on our
ceremoniously reading texts like the Gita, the Ramayana, the Bhagavata etc.,
daily, regularly, with faith and devotion. These will augment your inner
strength and you will grow stronger and stronger and ascend higher and higher on
the ladder of Yoga Sadhana. When thus the entire inner nature is transformed
into divine nature, then a single effort to meditate will lead you to Nirvikalpa
Samadhi and Super-consciousness. You will then realise God in the twinkling of
Be regular in your Sadhana and maintain Spiritual Diary. Get up at Brahma-muhurta,
at 4 a.m., and meditate. Do Japa and Kirtan. Wherever there is spiritual
gathering, try to be present there and take active part. You should never miss a
single opportunity, if you could possibly help it. Regularity is the most
important factor in Sadhana, without which progress will not be marked. Take
notes of all the sublime thoughts imparted to you at the time of hearing the
discourses, contemplate over the important points and put them into practice in
your daily life. Purify your heart through service and charity. Worship the Lord
through Japa and meditation and obtain His Grace. Cultivate Vairagya or
dispassion. Equip yourself with the knowledge of the fourfold means of Vedanta-Sadhana
and march forward to your Goal—Moksha or Kaivalya. May you all shine as
Jivanmuktas in this very birth. May your sincere endeavours to attain the
knowledge of the Ultimate Truth bear fruit.