We bow in devotion, in reverence to the worshipful presence of Gurudev. We
bow with gratitude and thankfulness of heart to the adorable presence of Gurudev,
who silently, invisibly sustains our spiritual life, who continues as during his
physical presence to sustain, protect and provide for his spiritual family.
Thousands of years ago the great World Teacher, the worshipful Lord Krishna
proclaimed: “yogakshemam vahamyaham—I safeguard all that my devotee
possesses, and I provide for him all that he does not possess, but requires; I
provide for him, I look after him with regard to his secular, material needs as
well as with regard to his higher, spiritual, divine needs.”
That was millennia ago. That was a different age, but it has made no
difference to the Almighty Lord. He has continued to keep His promise and looks
after the needs both secular as well as sacred, material as well as spiritual,
outer as well as inner of those who have turned to Him, made Him their life’s
goal, made Him the very centre of their living, the treasure of their heart, and
think of Him constantly. And the passage of time, the rolling centuries, the
changing of the age, has made little difference to Him. He fulfils that promise
ever, ever; He fulfils that promise in His own wonderful way.
Thus it is that in this world of insecurity, unemployment, poverty, suffering
due to want, He has created a haven of refuge providing sincere seekers with
food to eat, shelter, clothing, medical aid, all the necessities of life. And
for Yoga, He has created the scope to practise devotion, prayer and worship; the
scope to practise service, compassion, kindness, being good and doing good; the
scope to engage in discipline and self-control; to practise concentration,
meditation and inwardness; the scope to practise and evolve along lines of
study, reflection, discrimination, analysis, investigation and jnana
sravana. Thus, Yoga, the
inner life, the spiritual aspect of man’s life, He provides in a way so as to
put us in a debt of gratitude that would perhaps take births for us to repay.
Fully this great promise of the Divine is continuously fulfilled in the case
of all sincere seeking souls. As of yore, as of ancient times, a different age,
even so today, at this moment, in these present times in our own lives, yogakshemam
vahamyaham is being fulfilled
again and again in all its fullness. God has been honest, God has been good, God
has been true, God has kept His word.
If you ponder the state of human society all over the world and take a look
at yourself in this haven of refuge, this haven of peace, then the light of
understanding will dawn in your intellect, and the light of a grateful love will
arise and fill your heart towards your invisible, but real benefactor.Yogakshemam
vahamyaham has never been belied.
All things may change, the world may be a different world with different
conditions, but the Divine Word prevails, the promise goes on being fulfilled
time after time in the lives of millions who sincerely seek the Divine, remember
Him, think of Him constantly, make Him the centre of their lives, the goal of
their lives. To them, amidst poverty there is plenty, amidst want there is the
fulfilment of every want, amidst anxiety, insecurity, danger, there is safety,
security and fearlessness.
Yogakshemam vahamyaham—this eternal promise is proved true in the
lives of countless seeking souls who are given freedom from want and freedom of
mind. But the discriminating soul will receive of this gift with awareness: “Now
is the time when I must make the highest use of what has been given unto me.”
Therefore, with a grateful heart, our life itself will be a perennial
Beloved Gurudev gave us yet another precious, important and very meaningful
concept. He said: “Integral Yoga, Yoga of synthesis—evolve in a many-sided
manner, thus bringing about a beautiful harmony and balance within your
personality. Let heart, mind and hand develop simultaneously. Let not one be
developed at the neglect of another.” Because we are constantly facing
situations when discrimination is required, when rationality is required. If it
does not serve us at that time, we are swept away by emotion, by sentiment.
There are times when the exercise of sentiment—compassion, understanding,
forgiveness, kindness—is necessary. At that time if only rationality is
available then one becomes hard. One fails to understand, one misunderstands;
one reacts in a hard manner, feelingless manner.
Therefore, balance should be there between the intellect and emotion,
rationality and sentiment. They have to mutually help each other so that
everything becomes an asset, not a problem or a liability, but an actively,
vigorously helpful endowment. Mutually they counterbalance each other so that
each function is regulated, and each functions in its proper context when it is
When the exercise of emotion is called for, if you work or act through the
intellect, you are bound to commit error. When the exercise of intellect,
rationality, is required, if you act through emotion, you are bound to be in
error. Both are good but both require regulation. And when it is time to act, if
you remain inactive, then you are in deep error. Where it is necessary to act,
if you are inactive or neglect to act, then you will regret later.
In the same way, if while engaging your mind and energy in all the necessary kartavya
karma—duties that have to be done, actions that are obligatory—if you do not
simultaneously practise detachment, inwardness, antarmukhi
pratyahara, and even in
the midst of actions you do not practise the truth that “I am nishkriya—I
am the actionless soul, I am the detached witness, I am neither the doer nor the
enjoyer,” if you do not develop this inwardness, moving towards the centre of
your being, then activity becomes a net in which you become entangled.
To be involved is good, necessary. We must be involved. To be entangled is
not good, it is not desirable. Thus inwardness must counterbalance bahirmukhatva (outward
tendency), and action must counterbalance nishkriyata (non-activity).
Rationality must counterbalance mere sentiment and emotion. And bhav, emotional
attitude, must prevail in its own right field and sphere and its own time and
This was the wise and perceptive teaching of beloved Guru Maharaj, who
invisibly ever-present looks after our Yoga and kshema, safeguards
our welfare secular, physical, material and outer, as well as our welfare
sacred, spiritual, unseen and inner. He has given us scope for this integrated
development, this Yoga of synthesis. For this Ashram is a manifest expression of
the Yoga of synthesis—the balance between mind, intellect, heart and hand.
Gurudev’s advent, life, realisations, teachings and Ashram are the fulfilment of
the ancient promise of the Almighty Lord.
Let us, therefore, recognise the boundless bounty and grace that has been
showered upon us. Let us, therefore, rejoice in the ever recurring truth of the
great promise of the Lord—yogakshemam vahamyaham. Let
us, therefore, recognise His presence, His divine hand, His fulfilment of His
pledge a hundred thousand times, again and yet again in our lives and in the
lives of all sincere seekers. Let us, therefore, engage in utilising to the full
the precious benefits from the fulfilment of His promise in the form of this
centre of Yoga and Vedanta and crown ourselves with supreme blessedness. That is
the least we can do. Then our lives will indeed be fruitful and fulfilled.
God bless us to have right perception. God bless us to understand what we
possess. God give us the wisdom and grant us the insight to profit thereby to
the maximum extent and crown ourselves with supreme peace and joy, peace and
joy, peace and joy!