Infinity is infinite Vision-Height, and Eternity is eternal Satisfaction-Delight.
— photo by Shraddha
Dear seekers, dear brothers and sisters, I wish to give a very short talk on perfection, satisfaction, giving, becoming and transcending.
Perfection and satisfaction are one and inseparable. I need perfection. I pray to God to grant me, out of His boundless Bounty, soulful perfection. I want satisfaction. I meditate on God for His fruitful satisfaction. I pray to God sleeplessly not to fulfil my desire-life. I meditate on God for His triumphant manifestation in and through my aspiration-life. My desire-life binds me. My aspiration-life liberates me. My desire-life feeds the animal in me, binds the human in me and blights the divine in me. My aspiration-life silences the animal in me, awakens the human in me and immortalises the divine in me.
Giving and becoming are one and inseparable. I am giving to my Beloved Supreme my ignorance-night. I am giving to mankind an iota of my faith-flame. I am giving to my Beloved Supreme my surrender-heart and gratitude-life. I am giving to mankind my aspiration-cry and dedication-smile. Consciously and constantly I am becoming both God’s messenger and man’s messenger. As a messenger of man, the seeker in me is carrying humanity’s imperfection-sea to God. As a messenger of God, the seeker in me is carrying God’s Compassion-Sky to man.
Becoming and transcending are one and inseparable. I am transcending. At every moment I am transcending, within and without. I am transcending my previous experiences and my previous realisations; I am transcending my earth-bound capacities. At every moment the divine in me, the Supreme in me, is making the impossible possible. At every moment the Singer Supreme within me is singing the song of continuous progress. Continuous progress is founded upon self-giving, and self-giving and God-becoming are one and inseparable.
I am giving. I am becoming. I am transcending. Unconditionally I am giving. Unreservedly I am becoming. Unendingly I am transcending.
The human in us cries for success. The divine in us cries for progress. When we live in the success-world, we see that there is no end to our success-march. Each time we succeed in something, we become dissatisfied, because at that very moment a new goal appears before us and we still feel like veritable beggars. But when we live in the progress-world, although our ultimate Goal is still a far cry, at every moment we are finding satisfaction, because progress itself is all-illumining and all-fulfilling satisfaction. Therefore, a sincere, genuine, soulful seeker will always long for progress and not for success. If he longs for progress, only then will he be able to please and fulfil his Beloved Pilot Supreme in the way that He wants to be pleased and fulfilled. And this is the only way that the seeker himself can be truly satisfied: by pleasing God in His own way.
Each moment the seeker in me is longing for perfection, which is the harbinger of satisfaction. Perfection and satisfaction are always founded upon self-giving, and self-giving is another name for God-becoming. What is God-becoming? God-becoming is nothing other than our conscious and constant realisation of transcending oneness in perfection and transcending perfection in oneness.
Honolulu, Hawaii, 14 March 1980↩
Hope is at once both simple and profound. It is hope that binds Heaven and earth. Hope is the bridge between Heaven and earth. It is hope that makes us feel, at the beginning of our spiritual journey, that we are of God and that we are for God.
God wants to manifest Himself in and through us. We hope to realise God so that we can liberate ourselves from the meshes of ignorance. God hopes to make us His perfect instruments. We hope to please God eventually in God’s own Way.
You will say that because of life, there is hope. You are right. But I wish to add something. Because there is hope, we live eternally — in the inner world, in the outer world, or in both worlds. You will say that hope sees illumining light in teeming darkness. You are perfectly right. But I wish to add something. Hope is itself the light that illumines darkness.
I love hope. I may not love God, but in the inmost recesses of my being, in the inmost recesses of my heart, I feel that God loves me. Whether I love God or not, God loves me: This is my fervent hope. I may not care for God, but I do feel in all sincerity that God cares for me. Whether I care for God or not, God cares for me: This is my fervent hope.
There is human hope and divine hope. Human hope is desire-bound; divine hope is aspiration-free. Desire-bound and earth-bound are one and identical. Aspiration-free and Heaven-free are one and the same. Human hope inspires us and energises us. Hope divine awakens in us not only infinite possibilities but also immortal realities.
Human hope inspires our outer journey. Hope divine aspires in and through our inner journey. Our outer journey takes us to name and fame, but name and fame will eventually lead to utter frustration. But in the divine world, in the aspiration-world, at the end of our inner journey’s close we see, we feel and we grow into illumination.
When we aspire, we come to realise that hope is a hand, beautiful and powerful, beckoning us for our psychic transformation. When we aspire, we see and feel that hope is the perfect beginning of our God-realisation. When we do not aspire, hope appears before us in a different way. We feel that perhaps it is all mental hallucination; perhaps it is all deception.
Each individual here on earth, whether he is aspiring or not, cannot escape from hope. But hope itself is not an escape. Hope unites us with a higher reality which illumines and fulfils us.
The world is a body. An ordinary human being is not satisfied with the body-consciousness that he has and that he is. He wants to see the body of the future. He wants to see the body-consciousness of the future. If he can see the possibilities, potentialities, realities and inevitabilities of the future, then only will he be happy. But a sincere seeker is not interested in seeing the distant or remote future. He feels that this world is an eternal
Now. By virtue of his convincing inner hope, he wants to see, feel and grow into the eternal Now.
Perhaps some of you know that I serve the United Nations. We have a group at the United Nations which meets twice a week to pray and meditate for peace. What we call the United Nations was once upon a time known as the League of Nations. The League of Nations was the vision of Woodrow Wilson. Woodrow Wilson was a man of supreme vision. He wanted to unite all the nations. Each nation is composed of human beings and divine souls. By unifying the souls of all the nations, he envisioned that world peace would come into existence.
At the United Nations there are representatives from every corner of the world. They have come with sincere hope that a day will dawn when all the world’s calamities and misunderstandings will come to an end, and mankind will be united as one family. Is this not a hope? It is. But inside this hope, possibility looms large. And inside this possibility, what is looming large is inevitability.
The world is still millions of miles away from world peace. But just because we do not see the reality all at once, that is no reason to become discouraged. Before the day dawns, it is dark. When we look at the darkness that is all around and identify with the darkness, it is almost impossible for us to have faith in light. But at the end of the tunnel there is light. At the end of the darkness there is light. This light that we talk about is not a mental hallucination or deception. This light is our psychic light, our soul’s light deep within us, and it is all the time trying desperately to come to the fore. It is more than eager to come to the fore to liberate us, illumine us and perfect us. It is like a child and the mother. The mother is always trying inwardly and outwardly to make the child perfect. Similarly, our inner light is trying to free our outer existence from ignorance-night.
So, at the United Nations, representatives from many, many parts of the world are gathered together. They have come there for world-unity, but world-unity seems to be a far cry. Yet they still have the inner hope that some day there will be world-unity. Right now the countries of the world misunderstand each other, and some of them are undivine, to say the least. But deep within them there is an inner urge. Each nation has an inner urge to have peace, to have light, to have oneness. Each nation hopes to someday have peace, light and oneness. Peace, light and oneness will definitely come into the world arena precisely because each nation is inundated with hope. This hope of today will be transformed into the abiding satisfaction of tomorrow only when we believe in hope, grow into hope, and breathe in at every moment the fragrance and the beauty of hope.
Honolulu, Hawaii, 15 March 1980↩
Ratna means wealth — the inner wealth, the divine wealth, the supreme wealth. The inner wealth is faith. The divine wealth is love. The supreme wealth is oneness.
First, faith. If the seeker has faith in himself, then he is safe, If the same seeker has faith in God, then the seeker is not only safe, but also progressive. When the seeker has faith in himself, the seeker does not permit undivine thoughts to grow in his life or in his being. If he notices some undivine thoughts, he just uproots the tree that has produced these undivine thought-fruits. When he has faith in himself he allows only the good thoughts to enter into him, and he eventually grows a tree that produces only good thought-fruits, divine thought-fruits.
Now, love. Love is self-giving. When the seeker gives of himself what he has and what he is, God also gives that particular seeker what He has and what He is. What the seeker has is a cry, and what the seeker is is a promise. What God has is a smile, and what God is is an assurance. When the seeker cries, God immediately gives him a smile. When the seeker makes a promise, God assures the seeker that he will be able to fulfil that promise.
Now, oneness. Oneness is composed of oldness, sweetness and newness. Sweetness, when it is intensified, becomes fondness. Sweetness is the hyphen or connecting link between oldness and newness. Oldness is something meaningful and fruitful and, at the same time, lasting. It is a meaningful and fruitful thing which has a lasting breath. Sweetness and fondness we know. Newness is something inspiring and aspiring, illumining and fulfilling. Newness embodies inspiration, aspiration, illumination and fulfilment, continuous fulfilment. Oldness embodies meaningfulness. It is something that has meaning and is worth keeping, something that encourages us to go forward, not to stay where we are.
The human wealth or the finite wealth is one thing, and the divine or infinite wealth is something entirely different. The human or finite wealth wants to be appreciated, admired and adored — nothing else. If we get appreciation from mankind, if we get admiration from mankind, if we get adoration from mankind, we do not need anything else in our life. We feel that we have got all the world’s wealth. This is the human wealth or the finite wealth.
The divine or infinite wealth starts with God’s Compassion, and progresses to a free access to His inner existence, then a most complete intimacy or oneness with His inner Will, and finally ecstasy or delight, which is the universal and transcendental Reality which He is. Compassion, free access to God’s inner existence, intimacy with His Will and divine ecstasy — these are the true divine wealth.
Inside this Compassion, free access, intimacy and ecstasy three things abide: aspiration, perfection and satisfaction. Aspiration is to grow in whichever way the Supreme wants the seeker to grow. Perfection is to please God in His own way. Satisfaction is to see the inner beauty in aspiration and transcending perfection. Aspiration itself is beauty, and perfection itself is beauty. This beauty is nothing but divine wealth. It is not the physical beauty, which is skin deep, but the beauty of infinite Light and infinite Delight.
Before one enters into the spiritual life, one wants only the mundane, finite and human wealth: appreciation, admiration and adoration. When one enters deeply into the spiritual life, one aspires only for the infinite, divine wealth. But when one is a beginner in the spiritual life he tries to have both, which is simply impossible. You cannot have both night and day. Either you have to be in day or you have to be in night. For one fleeting second — because of his sincerity, because of his inner cry — the beginner tries to get the divine wealth, and then for 23 hours the same seeker will cry for human wealth. As the seeker goes farther and makes more progress in his inner life through his intense prayer and soulful meditation, gradually he will cry more and more for the inner wealth, not the outer wealth.
When the seeker comes to the first-class level the inner hurdles become higher and higher, more and more difficult, almost insurmountable. But those few seekers who are going to make continuous progress in the inner life will see that the desire for human wealth will fade away. Human wealth itself will not last; it is bound to fade away. But divine wealth — even in infinitesimal measure — will last. It is bound to last forever. The Supreme tells the first-class, inmost class of seekers, “If you want Me as the Infinite, if you want Me as the Eternal, if you want Me as the Immortal — Me only in your soul, in your heart, in your mind, in your vital, in your body, in your earth consciousness and in your Heaven consciousness — only Me, then My inner Wealth, My infinite Wealth alone will be of value to you. Otherwise, the worldly appreciation, the worldly wealth will satisfy you, but this satisfaction will last only for a fleeting second.”
Always we have to make a choice between human wealth and divine wealth. Your name means inner wealth. If you care for the inner wealth, then your life will be meaningful, soulful and fruitful. At every moment in your life you will see a bridge between Heaven and earth. Not Heaven and Hell, mind you; I am saying Heaven and earth. Earth’s cry, which is so sweet, runs across the bridge and reaches Heaven’s smile. And Heaven’s smile, which is so beautiful, runs across the bridge and touches earth’s cry. A continuous divine game goes on in the seeker’s life when the seeker feels the conscious need for the inner wealth.
To each of you here I am saying all this. I have offered the world my creative wealth in many forms. I have written many books, painted many paintings, composed many songs, participated in many sports. I have become many in one form. But it is only my inner wealth — my love of God — that will forever remain in the earth-consciousness. Other things down the sweep of centuries will be washed away. Everybody will say, “Yes, he was a writer, he was a poet, he was a musician,” and so on. But these things, all the outer things that I have given to the world, will not immortalise me. So many things I have done which people have appreciated and admired. But their appreciation and admiration will not last, as my outer creation will not last. But I as the eternal creator, in silence becoming and transcending, will last. Not what I have given but what I am. And what I am is Eternity’s Love, Infinity’s Love, Immortality’s Love. When the seekers feel the need for Infinity’s, Eternity’s and Immortality’s Love, that will be the time for them to cry and try to grow into the inner wealth which I am.
The outer wealth, human wealth, will not last. Nothing will remain of the finite wealth. Death will level it. But death does not dare to touch the inner wealth. Inner wealth is God’s Compassion, free access to Him, intimacy with His Will, ecstasy or delight, aspiration, perfection and satisfaction — your satisfaction in Him and His Satisfaction in you. If you are satisfied with God and God is satisfied with you, then you are singing and playing with Infinity’s Beauty and dancing in Eternity’s Garden at the foot of Immortality’s Tree.
The following talk was given at Ratna’s birthday party on 2 March 1980.↩
[Continued from previous issues]
How to overcome destructive criticism? Just love a little more. That’s all.
Let us be friends once again! How long can we remain separated from each other, O God the Compassion?
I am happy because I have a heart of love. I am happy because I have a mind of trust. I am happy because I have a life of gratitude.
My prayer tells me that I can eventually become. My meditation tells me that I eternally am.
My past boss was possession. My present boss is renunciation. My future boss will be God-acceptance in all and God-acceptance for all.
What is life? A weak and sick smile. What is death? An imaginary smile.