Not power, but oneness1

Man has countless desires. When his desires are not fulfilled, he curses himself; he feels that he is a failure, he is hopeless, he is helpless. He wants to prove his existence on earth by the fruits of his desires. He thinks that by fulfilling his desires, he will be able to prove himself superior to others. But alas! He fails, he has failed and he shall fail. But God comes to him and says: “My child, you have not failed. You are not hopeless. You are not helpless. How can you be hopeless? I am growing in you with My ever-luminous and ever-fulfilling Dream. How can you be helpless? I am inside you as Infinite Power.”

Then man tries to discover something else in order to prove his superiority. He tries to exercise his power violently, aggressively. He wants to derive joy from his superiority. He wants to prove to the world that he is something, he is important. In order to prove his eminence, he adopts any means, uses any power he wants to. This does not bother his conscience. Again God, out of His Infinite Bounty, comes to him and says, “This is a wrong choice. You cannot prove to the world at large that you are unparalleled, matchless and unique. What you actually crave from your superiority is joy, boundless joy. But this boundless joy you can never have unless you know the secret of secrets. And that secret is your indivisible oneness with each human being on earth.”

Then God continues. He says that He is Strong, He is Happy, He is Fulfilled just because He is totally one with each human being, with the entire universe. When one is totally united with the rest of the world, one can truly be happy. And this happiness makes a man the unparalleled Soul on earth. It is not power that makes us superior or makes us feel that we are priceless. It is our matchless oneness with God. Others are not in need of us because we have power. No, others are badly in need of our Soul’s Oneness, and this Soul’s Oneness has to be brought into the oneness of the physical, the vital, the mind, in an illumined and transformed way. We are great, we are greater, we are the greatest, only when we consciously feel our Oneness with the entire world. And God is eager, He is sincerely eager to prove to the entire world that His aspiring children, dedicated, devoted children, are truly His Boundless Pride. We have not to prove what we have and what we are. God is eager to prove to the world what His aspiring children, dedicated, devoted surrendered, children, have and are. So…

God will fulfil His task in us, through us, for us. Let us try to fulfil our task. Let us try to have the conscious feeling of our indivisible oneness with each human being here on earth and there in heaven.

What Abraham Lincoln says about power is undeniably correct:

"“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”"

And what about those that are trying to feel oneness with the entire world? Winston Churchill has something to tell them:

"“It is no use saying, ‘we are doing our best’. You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.”"

Our heart’s sincerity never fails. Our soul’s concern never fails. Our God’s Compassion never fails. When our heart is soulful, our soul is fruitful, our God is meaningful.


  1. AUM 552. This talk was given by Sri Chinmoy on 1 October 1969 at Oswego University, New York.