Lecture to ministers of the Unitarian Universalist Church1I have not come here in the capacity of a teacher; I have come here in the capacity of a friend, a brother of your heart and soul. You are teachers and I happen to be a teacher. I feel that we are all truth lovers, peace lovers, harmony lovers and oneness lovers. I belong to a school and you belong to a school. To my deepest satisfaction our schools have basically the same principles: love and service. I feel from deep within that the Unitarian Church is all love and all service. The school I belong to has the same basic message to offer: love and service. But mine is not a specific religion. My teachings are for humanity as a whole, for the real in every man is heart’s oneness, universal oneness.
I come from India. My teaching is founded upon one Sanskrit word, ‘Yoga’. The significance of this word is ‘spiritual oneness’. This oneness cannot be established by talks. You and I have given hundreds of talks. This oneness is established only by self-giving. Self-giving is truth-becoming and God-becoming. Yoga is oneness with the highest Truth, which is totally free from religious, political, racial or geographical boundaries. This Truth is also the goal of the Unitarian Church. If your goal and my goal are identical, then I am perfectly safe in the heart of my spiritual brothers and you are also safe in the very depth of my heart.
Now I wish to share with you some of the things which I teach to my students. You may call them my disciples, my followers, but I wish to say that to me they are like members of my family. We form a small group and we belong to one boat, the boat that is carrying us to the Golden Shore of the Beyond. This Beyond can be a vague term or this Beyond can be a living reality. We need only to realise that there is a goal. Before we reach that particular goal we call it the world of the Beyond. Once we reach that goal we feel that it is nothing but a new starting point. Each day in the inner world we try to reach our goal. Sooner or later we do reach it. When we reach our goal we feel that that very goal is nothing but a starting point for a higher goal.
We feel that God the ultimate Truth is also in the process of eternal Self-transcendence. He is infinite, He is eternal, He is immortal we all know, although we often try to bind Him. But He does not want to be bound and He does not want to bind us. The higher, the deeper we go, the more we feel that God Himself is always transcending His own Reality and that we who are His conscious, chosen instruments are also doing the same. Each day we aim at a new goal and each day, consciously or unconsciously, we arrive at a new goal. Each day we look forward to something new, something more fulfilling, more satisfying.
We call our path the path of love, devotion and surrender. Basically it is a path of the heart, and from my own inner knowledge, inner aspiration, I feel that yours is also absolutely the same. What we want is universal oneness, founded upon love and peace. We are doing the same thing; we are in the same boat. We have adopted different names and different forms, but in reality we have the same spirit, same goal, same soul, same awakening.
I came to the West by following an express command from my Inner Pilot. Each time I see an individual I try to see my Inner Pilot inside that individual. And each time I get an opportunity to be of service to an individual I feel that my life on earth is blessed with some purpose, some significance, some reality. So I have not come here just to give a talk. I have come to make you feel that I am of you and I am for you in the Heart of the Absolute Supreme. We are like a rose or a lotus growing inside the Heart of the Eternal Reality. Each individual is a petal, and the flower is blossoming petal by petal. We are getting ready to be placed at the Feet of the Absolute Supreme, for He needs us as we need Him.
It is our misconception that tells us that God does not need us but we need Him, like beggars. No, we need Him, but He needs us more. How can we say that He needs us more than we need Him when we are so weak, so helpless, so meaningless, so insignificant? How is it possible for us to say that He needs us more than we need Him? It is precisely because He knows what we are. We are exact prototypes of His all-embracing, all-fulfilling Reality, although we do not know it. We are helpless and hopeless because we are earth-bound; we treasure and cherish doubt, consciously or unconsciously, and then we forget our reality, our divinity, our immortality. But He knows that we are of Him and for Him; therefore, He constantly reminds us of what we are and teaches us how we can feel in the inmost recesses of our hearts that we are of Him and for Him. The philosophy that we are studying and the school that we belong to teach us one truth: it is by self-giving that we eventually grow into the very image of God.
There is a message unparalleled in Indian history. This message tells us that today we are crying to realise God, tomorrow we shall realise God, and the day after tomorrow we shall do something more: we shall become consciously aware of the truth that we are not only of God and for God but we are God Himself in the process of realisation and manifestation. This God you can call anything you want to: infinite Light, infinite Energy, infinite Bliss, infinite Peace, Infinity’s self-expanding, self-transcending Reality. This is what we all are in our highest.
Again I wish to say that what you are doing and what I am doing is the same. The truth that we embody we are consciously, soulfully, devotedly and unconditionally trying to place before mankind. We are human beings. Some of us are awakened, fully awakened, while others are in the process of awakening and still others are still asleep. We are trying to knock at the door of those who are awakening or still asleep. We believe in God’s Hour. God’s Hour has struck for us to knock at the heart’s door of the seekers who can run with us fast, faster, fastest toward the goal. And that goal is universal love, oneness in realisation, oneness in revelation, oneness in manifestation.
AUM 1631. Community Church, Manhattan, 3 December 1975↩