talks given from 01/01/77 am to 10/01/77 am
english discourse series
year published: 1978
the divine melody
chapter title: god is dwelling everywhere
he is the real master, who can reveal the form
of the formless to the vision of these eyes:
who teaches the simple way of attaining him,
that is other than rites or ceremonies:
who does not make you close the doors, and hold the breath,
and renounce the world:
who makes you perceive the supreme spirit
wherever the mind attaches itself:
who teaches you to be still in the midst of all your activities.
ever immersed in bliss, having no fear in his mind,
he keeps the fear of union in the midst of all enjoyments.
the infinite dwelling of the infinite being is everywhere:
in earth, water, sky, and air:
firm as the thunderbolt, the seat of the seeker
is established above the void.
he who is within is without: i see him and none else.
o brother: when i was forgetful,
my true guru showed me the way.
then i left all rites and ceremonies,
i bathed no more in the holy water:
then i learned that it i alone who was mad,
and the whole world beside me was sane;
and i had disturbed these wise people.
from that time forth i knew no more how to roll
in the dust in obeisance:
i do not ring the temple bell:
i do not set the idol on its throne:
i do not worship the image with flowers.
it is not the austerities that mortify the flesh
which are pleased to the lord.
when you leave off your clothes and kill your
you do not please the lord:
the man who is kind and who practises righteousness,
who remains passive amidst the affairs of the world,
who considers all creatures on earth as his own self,
he attains the immortal being, the true god is ever with him.
kabir says:` he attains the true name whose words are pure,
and who is free from pride and conceit.'
what is religion? religion is falling in tune with the whole, falling in love with the whole, falling in a togetherness with the whole. a religious person is one who is not against the whole and the irreligious is one who is fighting the whole, is in conflict with the whole. the religious person is life-affirmative. the irreligious person is life-
negative. to the religious person all is good -- his affirmation is absolute and total. nothing is wrong; even if it appears at times that it is wrong, it cannot be wrong. it must be a misunderstanding, a misinterpretation. it must be based somewhere in our ignorance because we don't know the whole story. so maybe some part looks as if not fitting with the whole. we have not heard the whole song, so some note appears to fall out of line. but everything has to be good if there is god. god is the guarantee of goodness. evil, as such, cannot exist. if it appears, it must be a nightmare of our own minds; we must have created it.
the religious mind denies not. his affirmation is absolute, unconditional. he says yes to existence. and his yes has no conditions -- remember it; when he says yes he means it. if you find a person who says no to existence, to life, to this and that, then remember, he is just an egoist -- not religious at all. he is fighting the whole, trying to prove himself a conqueror, trying to prove that he is something special. he is doomed to fail. his frustration is sooner or later going to be;it cannot be avoided for long, it is predestined. it is predestined by his own attitude of conflict. religion is cooperation -- cooperation with all that is.
try to understand it as deeply as possible because only then will you be able to understand this mystic singer kabir. he is a lover of life. he does not deny, he does not negate, he does not condemn, he never sees anything bad anywhere. once you have had a vision of the whole, all becomes sublime. then there is nothing secular;everything is sacred, and the whole existence is the temple of god, and the whole life is a prayer. walking, you walk in god. dancing, you dance in god. sleeping, you sleep in god -- because nothing else exists than him.
god is the guarantee of goodness. god means the good. the good is the substratum of existence, so evil is not possible. evil is impossible. we must have misrepresented; we must have brought our own ideas, concepts, doctrines; we must have created our own stupid private notions of how things should be. things simply are.there is no should in existence. the idea of should is brought by man -- and once you bring the idea of should, existence is divided into two: good and bad. once you say `things should be like this', you have moved away from reality, you have moved away from that which is. and only that which is, is; nothing else. reality is here as it is; don't bring the should, otherwise the condemnation comes.
in the west, albert schweitzer has created a very false notion about the east. he was a great thinker, but unfortunately not acquainted with the eastern mind at all. and he was too western. he has created a notion that east and eastern religions are life-denying, life-negative. it is utter nonsense. and you will see, when we enter into kabir you will see: more life-affirmation is not possible, more love for live is not possible. even jesus is not so life-affirmative as kabir. where else can you find a temple like khajuraho, more life-affirmative? where can you find an occult science like tantra, more life-affirming? where can you find such absolute yes? life is god -- and there is no other god; and worship of life is worship -- and there is no other worship.
but schweitzer got his ideas because the christian missionaries have been interpreting the eastern religion in such a way that it looks life-negative. of course there have been a few thinkers in the east who are life-negative, but they are very few, and the main current of eastern religiousness does not consist only of them. in fact they are by the side of the road; they are not the main flow of eastern consciousness. but christian missionaries emphasized those life-negative thinkers, and, emphasized their life-negativities more and more, to create an atmosphere in the west as if christianity is life-affirmative. the truth is just the reverse: christianity is not life-affirmative. it has not loved man, it has not loved this world, it has not
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