Part two — LecturesMH 2-7. Sri Chinmoy's five lectures at the University of Oxford are reproduced on the following pages.
The universe1Oxford, to you I bow because you hold your tradition dear. Oxford, to you I bow because you own English glory. Oxford, to you I how because you are the English pride.
Aum. Aum is God. Aum is the Inner Pilot. Aum is the universe.
Aum. Purnam adah purnam idam purnat purnam udacyate Purnasya purnam adaya purnam evavasisyate
The universe. "Infinity is that. Infinity is this. From Infinity, Infinity has come into existence. From Infinity, when Infinity is taken away, Infinity remains."
Marcus Aurelius said, "The man who does not know what the universe is, does not know where he lives."
The universe is God's Creation and man's realisation. The universe is God's Compassion and man's emancipation. The universe is God's Concentration and man's transformation. The universe is God's Meditation and man's revelation. The universe is God's Contemplation and man's manifestation.
The poet in me tells me that the universe is beautiful. The singer in me tells me that the universe is enchanting. The philosopher in me tells me that the universe is meaningful. The Yogi in me tells me that the universe is soulful. The God-lover in me tells me that the universe is fruitful.
My poet sees the truth. My singer feels the truth. My philosopher achieves the truth. My Yogi realises the truth. My God-lover becomes the truth.
Man's dictionary houses millions of words. But God's Dictionary has only two words: aspiration and receptivity. God out of His boundless Bounty offers these two most significant words — should I say, this significant wealth — to mankind: aspiration and receptivity.
The aspiration of today is tomorrow's salvation. The receptivity of today is tomorrow's Infinity.
In the finite we have to hear the message of the Infinite. In the fleeting second we have to hear the message of the eternal Beyond. In the domain of death we have to hear the message of Immortality.
Here, at this point, the immortal poet Blake sings through us and for us:
And Heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.""
This is a message the spiritual seeker can cherish. His inner being and inner life can be surcharged with this message, which can reverberate in the inmost recesses of his aspiring heart.
The outer universe, the inner universe and the inmost universe. My physics friend, my chemistry friend, my geography friend, my astronomy friend all inform me about the outer universe. I am most grateful to them. My psychology friend and my philosophy friend tell me about the inner universe. I am most grateful to them. My Yogi friend and my Avatar friend tell me about the inmost universe. I am most grateful to them. I ask them all if they are totally satisfied with their achievements, discoveries and realisations. They flatly say, "No."
My friends in the outer universe tell me they have much more to discover and unravel. My friends in the inner universe tell me they have much more to embody and realise. And my friends in the inmost universe tell me they have much more to reveal and manifest.
The visible universe and the invisible universe. The thinker in us sees the visible universe with the aspiring mind. The knower in us feels the visible universe with the aspiring heart.
In order to enter into the invisible universe, what we need is the soul's illumining light. If we do not see with the soul's illumining light, if we do not listen to the dictates of our soul, it is simply impossible for us to enter the invisible universe.
The living universe and the evolving universe, the dying universe and the perishing universe. When we aspire, when we consciously, soulfully and spontaneously try to go beyond the boundaries of the finite, we live in the living and evolving universe. When we consciously or unconsciously cherish doubt, jealousy, fear, imperfections, bondage, limitations and death, we live in the dying and perishing universe.
If we want to live in the universe — the spiritual universe or the real universe — we have to know that we must abide by the laws of the universe. What are the laws of the universe? Love and serve.
Love humanity. Serve divinity.
We have to love the humanity in divinity. We have to serve the divinity in humanity.
At this point we can recollect the message of Plato, who said, "Through obedience we learn to command." Now, if we obey the laws of the universe, then we can command ignorance and govern death.
The scientist wants to discover the entire universe. The spiritual person, the seeker of the infinite Truth, also wants to discover the entire universe. So the spiritual scientist and the spiritual seeker will always run together, for they have the same message.
The scientist of scientists, Einstein, offers us the most sublime message: "His life is worthwhile who lives for others." This is precisely what a spiritual person, a seeker of boundless Light and Peace, tells us. Only he who lives for others has a meaningful life. Verily this is the message of all hallowed religions: live for others.
Although science and religion run abreast in this respect, there is something else. We call it Yoga. Yoga is a Sanskrit word which means union: union with God, union with Infinity, Eternity and Immortality. When we enter into the field of Yoga, we feel that the love and service we offer to mankind is not for others, but for us, for our enlarged part. There is no such thing as "others." All are members of the same family.
When we remain in the mire of ignorance, we say "I," "you," "him"; but when it is a matter of oneness — inseparable oneness, oneness with God, oneness with mankind, oneness with God's Creation — then we cannot say that it is for others. It is for our sake, for the sake of our enlarged and more complete Self.
Discovery. Science will discover the truth. Religion — or should I say spirituality — will discover the truth in the universe. And Yoga, oneness with God, will realise the ultimate Truth for the universe.
When the discovery of science is complete, it will see that its universe is manifesting the Truth of the ultimate Beyond.
When religion or spirituality discovers the ultimate Truth, it will see that its universe is realising the Truth of the ever-transcending Beyond.
And when Yoga, or conscious union with God and mankind, completes its journey, it will transform the face of the world. It will illumine the face of the earth.
The discovery of the scientist, the discovery of religion and spirituality, and the discovery of one's highest oneness, inseparable oneness with God, will run together like three brothers, speeding towards the eternal Father, the Goal.
MLH 2. Keble College, University of Oxford, November 19th, 1970↩