Opportunity in our spiritual life. We are all seekers, seekers of the infinite Truth. I am one of you. On the strength of my soul’s oneness with you I shall speak on opportunity and necessity.
I take no advantage of earthly and heavenly opportunities. I know perfectly well that my life itself is the greatest opportunity I have here on earth, there in heaven and everywhere.
Opportunity is the human aspiration to live by in the outer world. Again, opportunity is the divine realisation to live for in the inner world. Now, when I have an opportunity to know more about others, shall I use my opportunity to know others more or to know myself more? I wish to say that I shall do both. I shall use the opportunity to know myself more and also to others more. By knowing myself more I realise God the Creator. By knowing others more I realise God the Creation. By knowing myself more I realise God the Breath. By knowing others more I realise God the Life. By knowing myself more I realise God the Unity. By realising others more I realise God the Multiplicity.
“No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.”
This is true. A really great man has not to depend on outer opportunities. He has abundant faith in his inner capacity. However, to say that a great man never complains of want of opportunity is an ideal affirmation of the state of consciousness for all great men. How I wish that all great men realise this truth and live this truth.
“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.”
A spiritual man finds not only opportunities but also constantly creates more and more opportunities. His opportunity is composed of his inspiration — light and his aspiration — height. With his opportunities he realises God, he serves God and he fulfils God.
Opportunity in the spiritual life means to do and to be. What can I do? I can totally identify myself with each fleeting moment and offer myself at the Feet of God for His use in His eternal Time. What can I be? I can be God’s Dreamboat. He will be my life’s eternal Pilot. Him to serve is my only awakened and illumined dream.
Opportunity is necessity. In the spiritual life a spiritual master is a necessity; a spiritual disciple is a necessity.
Let us pray with the Vedic seers:
Aum saha navavatu saha nau bhunaktu saha viryam karavavahai
"May He protect us (the disciple and the master) both. May He nourish us both. May we both work together with energy, indomitable and endless."
If a disciple can make a conscious and constant oneness with the master, then he has done the right thing, absolutely right thing. If the master has established his conscious and constant oneness with the disciple, then the master has done absolutely the right thing. When the disciple’s oneness with the master is perfect, the disciple can work with the master. Only then and not before. When the master’s oneness, constant oneness, with the disciple is perfect, then only the master can work for the disciple. When the disciple works with the master devotedly, the Mission of the Supreme for the Supreme begins. When the master works for the disciple, the realisation of the Ultimate Transcendental Truth begins to dawn on the disciple. When the disciple works with the master, he has to work with purest devotion. When the master works for the disciple, he has to work with soulful and unreserved concern. The disciple has to feel that the master is the Light of his own heart. The master has to feel that the disciple is the Strength of his own arms. When the disciple feels that his master is the Light of his own heart, he is bound to be happy within and without. When the master feels that his disciple is the Strength of his own arms, his divine joy knows no bounds. And at that golden hour, choice hour, divine hour, what happens? God speaks to the disciple and the master. To the disciple He says: “My child, you are my purest pride.” To the master He says: “My son, you are my surest pride.” Both of you have fulfilled me in my Vision, in my Reality, in my Mission and in my Manifestation on earth.”
AUM 561. This talk was given by Sri Chinmoy on October 4, 1969 at the Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.↩