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No more is sweet-odorous and holy incense there than the rising of thought unto God. is no holier sanctuary than a mind. Only God IS. are hours are when one hours forgets the There when one approaches that region of blessedness in which the soul is Self-contained and in the presence of the Highest. 48151 o . a mind concentrated upon purified God. all Then . is silenced clamouring of is desire all sound of sense stilled.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION i THERE world. There is no more sacred place than There the region of peace into which the enters mind when it becomes fixed in the Lord.
sacred hours. Purity. ! blessedness. blessedness. flowing in the direction of that true individuality which is Consciousness of God. the sense of deathlessness. the substance of divinity ! within the heart doth God dwell ! . and permanent the Oceanic And this is one the soul and only. The streamlet of personality expands in these hours. In the hours of meditation draws from On High those true qualificafearlessness. ! Seek Know thou thy Self to be of the substance of Verily truth. peace peace These ! make up The close to the atmosphere of the state of meditation. spiritual consciousness dawns in these silent. tions which are of its nature the sense of reality. Purity. becom- ing a mighty. silent hour with O soul truth.2 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION bliss. swift-moving river. Draw thou the within thy Self. its The soul Is source. bliss.
II Fear not shadows. Know thou art the Immovable One Let nature play with thee as nature will. is Art thou not limitless Life of the stuff of dreams. Thou a play. not. pearance. ! All mortal things are all as Unreality dominates the reality ap- Thou art within which no change abides. desire rules. Thou art not mind . Know this. Remember life is but Thou must. Life itself cannot ! Yet. limit thee. withal. Let the mind follow the blinking light. desire touches thee not. play nor law. limitations exist. Know . thou art neither player. Thy form is a dream. Play thy the law. Such part. is art contained within Omniscience and Omnipotence. and be thou content Thy ! ! soul is stationed in the formlessness of Divinity. Thou art the Dreamless Thou dreamest One beyond the touch and taint ot unreality.
! in Peace in the stillness hear My Again when the hour cometh. even so For 1 thou . Peace and Silence Then comes the ! ! ! Voice of God.4 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION this this ! Know ! ! ! ! and be free free free Peace Peace Silent. audible Silence **I ! audible within the with thee. audible Peace Peace wherein the Voice of God is heard. aye. Never hast thou been nor canst thou be from Me apart. ever. am Beyond I the universe. Self-contained withart immensity. Thou art I Go dwell in Peace Dwell thou thou am 1 ! ! . and in the Peace thou shalt the Voice of God the Voice ! * ' ! Voice of God ! . even so thou am thou and ! Leave off all I dreams Come ! Come light unto Me ! shall carry thee across the ocean of darkness and ignorance unto and life everlasting. Verily thy Soul is I. rest. be- yond in all dreams art I. For am these I and thou and I are One. I am thy Soul. art And thou. and for ever.
For One. quiet. does the soul into the inner chamber Life. Nature herself is at peace. that thou art dust!" Even of the mind is body ! O true ! But the the higher. thou - Give Lord. Some say. Soul!" O O Man. reads. it is. is rampant. -shalt at least some short time unto the He know asketh little.HI Again the hour out is is at hand. . the % mightier. More desire Let the senses and their activity subside. True. Day merges Everywhere withis. retire more peacereadily also. thou comest to God and the Soul are know Him. that thy Self for. "Remember. only this. verily. So speaketh the . into the evening time. art the truer. is short . knowing thy Self. and Soul!" thou the "Indestructible imperishable art thou alone. as of the heart. of the it Man. And when fully nature at peace. holier revelation that "Remember.
O Soul. alone art thou immortal in this alone art thou pure and holy. the All else wanes. is "Progress time** but "Perfection art within eternity. Thought subordinate to change. Personality is of the weaving of these thought and form. perishes. All virtue art resides consciousness. Worship the Highest And is the most perfect form of worship the knowledge that thou and . Try not to become the master. "Tat Tvam Asi!" meaning. "Thou art That! Thou Understand that which is art That there divinity * ' ! the Highest ! within thee. Is Thou ! art of eternity. art Thou the master ! There is no becoming ! for thee. and des- truction are the lot of is form. may seem O the Soul However of process in be- coming. it form. Then." . sublime Thou art. Rememin this ber thou art the Self beyond both thought and form. Therefore. the hour shall shalt come when thou is know. stand aside." And thou not of time. In this "Thou One with God.6 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION However mighty Death all Lord.
"Thou art That!" stood. And what ! is the Highest? That. Hari "Go thou in Peace!" Beyond all. all O Soul. Throw ing dreams into oblivion Havthe heard of the Self within thee. Having known. aye. perceive ! realise ! Retreat from the world It. Peace. ! It is the embodiment together with these are the nests of the body. Shalt dreams.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION 7 the Highest are One. Unutterable Peace . thou be bound for ever in the ! dreams till ! "Arise is ! Awake * ' ! bondage of and stop not the goal reached So speaketh the Lord in the Silence in the deep. Shalt thou be a dreamer ! of dreams. verily. ! Self thou art. know Having realised. deep Silence when only His Om Tat Sat Voice is audible. even within all appearance of form reigns ! ! the Spirit. then "Tat Tvam Asi !" which is. understand Having under! Having perceived. Its nature ! is Peace. thou callest God.
Even who are governed by desire are intense therein in their passions. thy alone great mind that prayer of My servant.IV The Voice the of God. ever pure first member. are opened. 'O Lord. "Remember. thyself upon the Ocean of . give to me that same is intensity of love for Thee * ! Purity the ante- chamber to the Lord's Presence. . Before thou thinkest of the Lord. unto Me. think of purity. speaking. do thou have a purity ! longing Call to for Search It deeply and steadfastly for purity. Prahlada. 'Only God!' Purity is as they in heart see requisite. even so be thou pure passionate availeth. Purity is the key by which the doors of meditation that lead into the Abiding-Place of the ** Throw Most High. even so. that same intensity of love that worldly people have for the fleeting objects of the senses. the the saith in re- Quiet Hour.
Me ! Am I not in thee ! Know deem thou that so all this passes. Have thou no fears! shall save thee. Death things is all Know this ! Purity It the the method of this knowledge. but when and the mind vacillates then THEN call upon ME I shall hear. Art thou not in AM.fall servant hath said. Death everywhere. For. I am is the as a beyond The universe . "I Spirit am not the it ! universe .IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION Strive 9 My Strength. "Let the tempest blow. freedom and the realisation on thy part of thine own nature. the reality of which I AM. of I hear even the footI thee. With purity come fearlessness. Me shall speed unto do not desert them who call upon Call upon Me. I an And sincerely. as desire burns ! My . but steadfastly as well. is foundation-ground. ant. that I not! Seek not! Know This knowledge. not only sincerely. is which men life. added with complete resignation unto My Will. swallowing up the forms of and change ensnare and bind save the Spirit. great.
Shining I One.10 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION I carcase unto Me. remember ! am with thee I am with thee I. the the nity It SOUL external is alone. ! such the Sure Goal of the soul's I Remember. nor can know. spiritual. am with thee am am as Strength to all thy weakness am as Love as Forgiveness to all thy sins am thy Self to all thy search for Me am thy Self Put off all other thoughts ! I . the Lord. am concerned with Be not deceived by things. magnitude of Divi- not in form. For life. thought-emancipated consciousness which knows not. any limitation. form-emancipated. I . thou ! Arise. O is Soul. free. come to thee with regard to must. It thou. nor yet in thought. I ! I ! I ! of Self is ! For in the thought that thy Self in Me am lies anywise different from the Self of all ignorance and all weakness. blissful. stain or sin or bondage or art Within the innermost. is the purified. ! know that I thy Self am is thy Self the "And purity pathway to My . That Realisation shall this.
IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION ! 1 1 Presence Hari ! Herein ! is thy Salvation r Om Tat Sat "Peace! Peace! Peace!" .
acts.of my heart. I virtuous perceive them moods. already there. It is because I know the powers. live for thee. who is God. So well do I I Our business realise realisation. in Dost thou sin? presence. I No where thou bequeath goest. measure of thy in thy wanderings. Through experience after experience 1 send thee but always doth my eye follow thee .V The Voice speaks : of the Guru. the apple of mine is eye. Through all manner of experience and of thought bonds that are between us. I Thou thou sinnest my all Dost perform all. We are one in God. my one- ness with thee fear not to cast thee into the wilderness of the world and into the forest of doubt. I The unto fruit of my realisation art Thou the treasure. matter I "Lo ! I am ever with thee. am thee. I fasten the thy know .
be born far mayest not have even seen the physical form I wore. Thou art the Self of The more thou dost ! absorb the vision which is mine. Thou canst never escape the net I have cast out. Discipleship does not in consist in having seen my form. est relationship to thee. Discipleship .IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION is 13 My me salvation naught to me. dost take part in in another form. "Seek out my will. Death and separation have no hold in my thou. Follow the teach- ing which the Master has given unto me and which I have transmitted unto thee See thou the same vision which is mine. lo more and more do we grow into spiritual oneness which is the Divine the that Life. unless thou it. Then shalt thou be more at oneness with me bodies than hadst thou dwelt near a myriad which were mine. still none the less art thou For though thou mayapart and though thou my very own. The Self veils of separate personality fall off art and thou is mine own Self and mine own So close are the bonds. but having understood my will.
So my Lord. Stronger than death are they. also see the vision. Go thou in peace. Om The Tat Sat!" Disciple responds in : praise and in all thanksgiving "Aye. and death may separate me from his I do say? False!! presence. He yearns to merge in the Divine Reality. Harder than adamant are the bonds of relationship between Guru and disciple. The Guru God. For they are tied by Immeasurable Love and the Divine and Omnipotent Will. Birth stronger than birth as well love. eyes of the Guru. Can Taking His Name separated from God shall struggle through this ocean of dark! I .14 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION in steadiness will. Through the death is . my God. His vision is of God. True love is stronger than aye. my is all am 1 taught. Untiring is his zeal in the salvation of my I soul. What I at any time be The Guru is God. consists of devotion to my love thought and is And immeasurable between us.
shall shall tear aside all limitations. I go beyond is bonds. Do the wild animals of doubt and temptation beset me. He will let me fall into their He will make me struggle with them in order to reveal my own powers to myself. watching all my movefall. ! Are there thorns in my path. "Thou ! That" applies to it applies to me. the of Self-revelation of the Upanishads. path. "Tat Tvam Asi" Thee . he shall raise me up. me. lo He ! will slay them. in O likewise within ray. for radiance. lo He will brush them aside. shall see the Divinity in Him. ray. I That Guru. O the sense of Unutterable Oneness . this is 1 shall march fear- through if interminable jungle of He I ments and. self -same is Reality which Thee. perhaps. man know His powers himself 4 And how until shall a he has tested to I ? 'Birth I and death are nothing all me.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION all 15 ness safe to that other shore where is wisdom and lessly illusion. Thou art the Even so am The great utterance art Sun and I the the Sun and Thou. Or.
16 4 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION to 'Adoration the Guru ! as Guru f Adoration to the Guru as God. Om Tat Tat Sat Tvam Asi ! ' Aham Brahmasmi * I .
And the silence Peace thou must be strong and cometh when the tumult of sense has been drowned in the Powerful to gain Stillness of in Renunciation. Go thou along the paths whereby saints journey singly and separately to the Goal 2 . The goal is not there. Renouncing all. Be thou not deceived by the attraction of externals. the desert of Thou this art a wanderer Tarry not wayside. Beware of all mirages.VI In the hour of meditation the soul itself speaking to 44 sayeth : Peace dwelleth in the Silence. Follow thou not the many caught within the net of manifoldness. thoughts world. lest thou dost perish by the Make thy caravan of good and provide thyself with the Waters of a Living Faith. . go thou by those paths which lead thee into the solitude of thine own insight.
Let nothing stand in thy path. Plunge into sanctity. lies be brave. Conquest in making the initial Do not waver. of things there could be none other thou shining ray of the Effulgent One! * 'Make haste. Thine is no chance destiny. lest thou repent. of soul.18 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION Dare to of Oneness. . effort. In all Be thou Free is Be thou Free ! the language of Self-realisation none there as Strength. be thou ! Fearing neither heavens nor hells. Whip and up the steeds of religious earnestness Crush thyself if need be. March thou on with surety tion is and strength Reality. mad God. to serve which ness is is God Himself is bound thee for He is attracted by That And thus OneHimself in thee ! the Essence of Sublime Insight for . for thy destina- Verily. go thou forth shall conquer thee. such valuable word First last and always. thee leap drown is thyself in With one the Ocean of In the nature for Divinity the End. strong. powerful faith. neither Nothing gods nor demons. thou thyself art ! the Real.
for God is be loved. the know Faith ! thy Self/ Faith ! man. ! realise thy nature. How canst thou . not feared. There is no learn to hate doubt other sin but doubt Faith on Faith. is To doubt one's Self that. indeed. as thou dost poison . but the Faith which is Vision. naught.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION 19 That which is in thee. 'Man. Tat Tvam Asi ! Hari Om Have Tat Sat ! "Dost thou believe Self ! ! faith in thy in\ How canst thou believe God if thou believest not in thine own Self? must save thyself. Realisation. The final mandate is. 'God helps Thou those who help themselves/ Take cognisance of thy Real Self measure It according to the Know thou art not the spiritual standard. . Everything depends Not the Faith which is belief. Be thou afraid of nay. Even is thought art thou not. the greatest weak- ness is doubt. not even of God. to blasphemy. but the Thought Thus the final truth is vision is the end. That which is thee is God. body. method of seeing. . Verily thou thyself art Divine.
20 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION fear thy Self! And God * is the Self of I And thee! There is naught but God thou art That Therefore. Arise Awake ! ! ! and stop not till the goal is reached!" Such is the Gospel of the Blessed One!*" .
weakness will For when once thou it. required in the spiritual and then moments will come when thou shalt have insight into thy real nature and thou shalt know weakness as weakness. . speaking further in the times of meditation sayeth unto itself. knowest poison. shall Now give thee Grace. so In time thou conquer long as the heart is sincere. In that time call upon the Lord and He. naturally thou wilt abhor When thou knowest thy weakness it Thou hast shall no more be weakness. heeding thy prayer. for constant is vigilence of soul struggle. "True. the hour of trial cometh and human weakness in time destroy is great is . And pray steadfastly.VII The Soul. laid which shalt bare the heart of thy trouble and that is the Depth in thee will alter the its currents of movement. but then the very knowledge that sin it.
be not when thou dost fall. pray constantly. pray. Prayer the one thing. but the it eats sure Prayer goes deep ! . not discouraged in the evil hour discouraged And be . but never leave off calling upon Him ! Even in thy sin be strong in prayer all From come out the depth of prayer. Realisation is is all . it is the goal. Pray.22 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION one thing and life another. lust. and Take thy stand upon is the thought that God Ail-Powerful and . spiritual vision spiritual realisation. The is beast in thee strong but can be tamed down by is sincere prayer. that man-making in all. things love for God. shall the Messengers of the Most High. no matter how wonderful thy awareness of truth may be is "Theory intellectual Realise. God is always near. long is the way. He knows thy woe and thy sincerity. And they who of name are the Helpers. Only prayer can greater than the conquer Nothing God. out the vitals of temptation. Constant Vigilence be thy motto and Constant Prayer. free ! come and thou shalt be end is Indeed. pray always.
"Aye. Do thou but ask and it shall be given unto thee do thou but seek and thou shalt find do thou but knock and it shall be He is . vestige prayer will raise thee . each rising of thy heart unto God shall be added unto thee. Love Itself. Prayer is communion with the Almighty. It lends wings to thy soul. Make but the feeblest even that shall lift thee up into the kingdom of righteousness. Even if mountain-loads iniquity have fallen upon thee and have buried every of thy spirituality. It links thee with Omnipotence and Supreme Love. prayer shall bring ! light therein. for prayer IS meditation . Justice. It is the means. prayer in itself IS vision. giving thee strength. thou of shalt rise.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION is 23 that His nature that of the good shepherd who go Author of guides his sheep especially when they Know that before God is astray. every prayer which thou utterest. thee. Depend on prayer However dark thy heart. opened unto effort . Thy prayers shall make thee whole. . Even if thou art in the mire.
vail against Aye.24 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION up. lifted And all thine own heart shall testify to the greatness of the Mercy of the Lord * . Hold on to prayer ! No matter how numerous the temptations that assail thee as enemies. and who have ! *Lo known He hath become a ever thee shall say. And thou shalt sing a song. And from the depths God will hear thee and His Love and Power shall be made be manifest unto thee. and thou shalt up as a testimony of the works of the Most High. by prayer thou shalt build a fortress about thy nature and it shall be impregnable. saint ! Verily His Mercy is His Justice and His Mercy endureth for ever and ever. even the Gates of Hell shall not preit For God shall have bound ! thee unto Him by Hari the strong cords of Lo* e and Realisation that come of prayer!" ! Om Tat Sat . magnifying God who is thy Saviour.
but thou canst make eternity of time provided thou dost think eternal and immortal thoughts. These are swayed pain. the Spirit ! Flesh wars constantly the Therefore be consis on the alert. Live thy life as though thou wert even now about live.VIII The Voice of the Guru speaks : in the inmost silence of the heart "My against tantly son. is Then shalt fleeting. death overtake thee of a sudden. who the fixed Therefore. keep thy the Ideal. but in the hours life keep thy mind and pure. thou art prepared. by pleasure ! and art Go ! thou beyond Thou the the Soul ! At any moment knows vision body may go hour ! Indeed. Then. to die. How by hollow life ! Trust not the senses. unalterably on Saturate thy mind with ennobling thoughts. free Not of if in the hour of death. thou truly Time .
. Ah word which spells neglect and remorse." And of the the soul. Power is at thy beck and call. breathes in thee .' "The Spirit of Man is infinite. Say. He lives in He He moves in thee thou hast thy very being in Him. *O of God ! ! MAKE me have the Vision Thee for Mal^e me Say sincere. Make me day yearn Thee ' ! to thyself every that great prayer of all the devotees. 'Let me love Thee alone. O Lord. saying. Infinite Realise that thou art of . in response to the Voice says. I would now ! IF that be nearer thy whole all to my God ' ! Therefore throw very soul at this moment with the sincerity of thy being into the Ideal. all fear shall drop off from thee. the Soul of God. When this thou dost realise. certainly thou shalt repent IF thou hast not: life of thy ideals here fatal on earth. thee . Guru "O Lord ! Thou Author . Thou shalt attain to the state of fearlessness. 'O. IF I had only done so in the body.26 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION thy "When lived the body goes down into death. Thousands are the spirits who lament.
Infinite Thou everywhere. ! Terror and the forms of death are everywhere. O Thou Destroyer of Illusion. and Him alone. where death stalks and where life is pain O let me behold I shall behold Thee! Thee even in the Terrible. possessed of this consciousness intensely In all the worlds there is no hope but in ! art O grant that Love I be ! Thee sides. when . call upon the Lord! Think of always upon the Power that Him. and thy He shall soul. hear And answer. speak words of realisation to True dependence upon God solves all difficulties. and Infinite shall surround thee. Pain and is illusion are on all Such the vision of mortal ! life. Call the my prayer!" Voice of the Guru makes son. interrupted meditation. When life is seen the when death is present. "My the Lord. The process of true Man-making is in complete resignation to the Supreme Love it is manifest in un. as fraud. and the is Love that is Infinite shall embrace thee.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION Thy nature is 27 of all things. But do thou remove the illusion Then.
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wrung with agony, and human woe
remember, make thou
the effort to remember, that these things
are of the body and that thou art the Soul. Take hold of each day as if it were thy last. Make Japam of it every moment of
Daily consecrate thy
of His Will.
of a tiger,
presence of death, even on the threshold of hell, thou shalt find God.
ber God, then a great joy and a serene peace shall abide with thee, and that which
seems gruesome shall become beautiful, and that which seems terrible shall become And with the saint, bitten by all-loving.
A Messenger has come
Beloved,* or with the saint, in the
mouth, thou shalt
of the Soul.
this is the
the Spirit of the Divine
the Perception of the Divine.
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warrior rushes to the cannon's
defence of the motherland.
mother rushes into
into the tiger's
mouth to save her child. The friend dies for the sake of his friend. The Sannyasin bears all hardships for the
sake of the Ideal.
live the Life of Ideals
be brave and
and THE NAME OF GOD.
In death or in
sin or in virtue, in pleasure or in pain, in
in evil, whithersoever
thou goest, with thee, I
love thee. love for
God makes me one
Child, thy heart
Om Tat Sat
said, **O there is a
Love which life and
Love which knows no limit, everywhere, which is in the predeath, and which is all-tender
am that Love. even in the Terrible. There is a Love which is Unutterably Sweet, which welcomes all pain, which welcomes all fear, which drives away all sadness, which is wheresoever thou dost
O am the
very Essence of that Love. And, O, My own Self, I, that Love, am Thine Own
limit to this
expanse of the sky or the depth It is manifest in odorous dawns It is and in flaming sunsets. am the Centre. that Life. which ! Blessedness am the I that Life . drawn irresistibly. O am that I I Magnet am and is ! that Attraction. but aspects. My I I am that Beauty Nature is Blessedness ! ! *'O there is a Life which is Love. Its I Peace. nothing can limit Infinite. Nature its am Peace and am and . I is beyond that these. is and is this 'is Life Eternal Life. These are its There is a Beauty which is much deeper than pleasure and much deeper than pain.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION 31 It is like the of the seas. Nothing It circumscribes that Life it . I ! I am that its Beauty all ! Of I all attraction. manifest in the roar of a tiger and the song It is manifest as storm and as of a bird. am Beauty. . no no ruthless . all-embracingness there is no hurried coming and going. but all are ! some drawn this way. some that. Within strife. am the magnet other things are iron filings. whatever 1 character. This is the am that Beauty Beauty of the Soul. peace.
beyond bondage. he the Free. I woven on I the Time. the sun can contain It is a Light which It is Itself no other light Light. attempt to IS. thought. Of all warring parts the spheres of am the whole I ! Beyond life and death dwell deathless. yet Formless. Heights. I no desire to procreate. And am in Thee I ! thou art in 'Unsustained. am Omniscient. birthless. I ! I I am Power am Eternity all ! all Plurality. There is no gauging the depths of Life. is Who ! finds Me out. am ani the Silence within the Eternity Sound of Life. am Infinity am Peace am the Unifying Unit of am the Sum and Substance I ! I ! I 1 of I living things. I am the Spirit in forms that are. IT am that Life. yet ing naught. the Free "Through all illusion I perceive Reality. . Containam contained in everything. Me * and I am that Life. I sustaining all everything. There is no measuring Its this can outshine. am everywhere.32 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION live. am the Self I warp and woof of beyond both form and I Mindless. Neither the stars nor It.
am the Wornb of Time.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION ! 33 I am Reality perceived I am the Wielder of this magic is force. arise. tear the Self. Thou ! art The Arise ! Self art thou Naught can until the is hinder thee from the realisation of thy nature. this which the the of Mother *s Form. this Sakti. dreams. And 'Thou art That/ O Soul. which is in ME. Arise ! Stop not Goal is reached the Goal which the Self. the Love. all Therefore. dispel the Self ! illusion's Wipe out hold. bodying Myself in All that is of Form. and thus Eternity. the Bliss Eternal and the Knowledge of the soul made Free!" . Maya From out em1 Womb Time I take My birth. the Life. to awake and all bonds shreds.
is is of Character ! everything. is ! my "Man. Thine shall be Immortality. Be Free If thou after the Imperishable. death shall not touch thee. where the body-idea. ! Make character Make character Every . thou canst not realise the Truth! Art thou then a carcase! Wilt thou for ever dance in that mire of physical dirt Come out of thy smallness Come ! ! forth if it ! ! Be a man ! Where is thy divinity remains for ever unexpressed? Art thou then so important that the world stands in need of thee ! Overcome ! the self strivest by the Self. All the world has been struggling to express Reality first but the very the spelling success in this effort character. for thou shalt have lost the knowledge of what death is.X And the Voice of the Guru spoke unto thy Faith! Art thou a beast that thou goest quaking at Until thou hast overcome every danger soul.
confined up \ ! and fear and sleep and food. It is filth. and ! thou shalt become deathless Make abode Reality shall and then neither birth nor life death. Be brave Be bold Be as strong as adamant Dost thou desire to realise God ? Then. The consciousness of the Spirit -is immortality. ! Give up clinging "Let the body go The whole Free thyself in mind to it of religion and of ethics is to overmeaning ! ! come in sex it the animal consciousness. Throw no gold cloth over Only the Spirit is real. there is no time for caring for the body.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION thou 35 hour thou do make character I Dwell thine in thy spirit upon the Deathless. True. Be . my boy. The thinking of immortal thoughts leads thee into Eternity. thy nature is art Therefore. even Thou the now is the opportunity. at all times. Give Give up this clinging to the carCall it case the carcase ! Regard it as such it. nor the varying experiences of cause thee fear. the child of Reality. Now is ! ! ! the time. plunge into the Living Waters of the Life of the Soul.
shalt find that thou art strong. No matter how it is thou doest the this realise divinity. is Thy Reality. thy inner nature art Sing a song of strength ! my tion Sing a song of strength Thou destina- art the child of Immortality. or deny it. Whether or negative. all method be the same. What are those fleeting Vast Mirage? experiences of a day but phantoms in the Either deify life." positive And there arose in my soul a sense of and in its quiet peace. And thou Go to the shalt There thou find that thou art genuine in thy spiritual What arise Learn that fear They free matter a few failings? and weakness are physical from the body that nest of ! dreams. but thou in and son ! fearless. deep.36 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION ! unafraid Learn to rise superior either to ! Rememthe joys or the miseries of life Remember thou ber thou art the Soul ! art the Self ! "Go down deep bottom of thy nature. the passive all-pervading power of OmniThis potence suddenly revealed itself. effort. great calm arose A .
within time. there is the Spirit. In the heart there ever Peace. And it J the Voice of the audible in this state of Guru was made consciousness and or dis- spoke. Tat Tvam Asi ! Tat Tvam Asi!" . Deep beneath the storm on manifoldness and of that deep beneath the waves of strife and all the woe is comes of these. there the Under- current of Reality. all Whether embodied is embodied. In the heart is ever Oneness. "Beyond time.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION that 37 was a power gave strength to my soul. the surface. am Eternity. aye.
sayeth. the outer is able O only a semblance of this inner world. And in this inner doth abide. is pain. there are inestimable and powers and incommunicable blessedness and peace and unshakgreatness foundation of Reality in the inner world as well. my son. Here there bliss. ! "Behold There as an outer world.XI The Voice of the Guru. my son. speaking in the hours of meditation. blessedness of pain. world thy true nature Here thou livest in Eternity is while the outer world of time alone. too. the ecstatic anguish . And. is an inner as well There is a world of soul as well as a world of form. is is endless and unfathomable while in the outer world sensation accompanied by pain as well as by but O what pleasure. Here. if there are marvels and mysteries and vastness and beauty and great glory in the outer world.
draw thy nature within world. do thou come become. inner "Come. into which one enters by the way of ardent love or ardent prayer. there are universes upon universes of the Divinity . the Divinity in form as well as in the Formless. do thou likewise become.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION 39 of not having fully realised the Truth. Is there greater or closer union than that between the Guru and disciple ? O my son O my son Silence is the nature of Love the is Inexpressibility. like incense. Come come upon the wings of ardent love for me. ! Whither- I Whatsoever go. and such pain is the pathway to more copious this blessedness. See Spiritualise everything the Brahman. Abandon soever I outer concerns. shrines of the devotee's In the inmost recesses of the inner world. rises unto God. Than the Lord there is no greater good. thou doest. O for the Holiness of God ! Many heart are the where thought. And deep of within deepest folds all Silence there God.
He is the very Substance of thy soul. I Indestructible ! I am ! the I Atman ! I am ! Paramatman am Brahman ! Lo * ' ! am Brahman I How Guru! wonderful are the words of the My soul cries out. He is is near not in a physical sense. work the for the work's own the Go into chambers of come into the Presence of The more thou goest inward the Reality. Thou Thyself art the Teaching which Thou dost . For Silence. I Magnet which draws out the reveand the glory of thy soul. untouched by thought Spirit or form. nearex dost thou come unto me. He is the thy thoughts and of the most hidden and most silent aspirations of the heart. Give thyself up.40 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION in Revelation. "O Blessed One. I am the Invulnerable and the the lation ! am am the Dweller within the Innermost. Love for of all Knower the sake of love. And God is always near. I am I am Spirit. Thou Thyself art God. He near in a spiritual sense as the very Self within the self of $iee. sake.
catch me up into O that Life which art is thine. an Essence of which there are no Spirit Spirit is parts or divisions.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION 41 teach. into the soul was caught up. O Thou art art Brahma. the very Spirit of the universe. deeper than time all- . Lo. Spirit is One. Brahman/' "Hara Hara. Guru. as Seventh Heaven and I perceived the Divinity of Humanity. Vishnu. Thine For is the is greater glory of the One. though Thy Maya sheds the glory art all Thou in all. Thy nature is the One. of the manifold. thou art SadaPara- Thou Brahman. Thou shiva. Vyoma Vyoma. saw that everything was Divine and within this Radiance stood the Guru as . the One Light O seen through variously coloured lenses. another Krishna transfigured upon more a mount Deep. my Guru. Mahadeva !" Thereupon it my were. the I great glory even of human weakness. of realisation in that inner world.
! Death and Forgottenness are behind the pageant of the outer world. though the bodies are destroyed can never be destroyed/' for It My said. soul. is the heritage. is in that glory. The body becomes the corpse when death has seized it. there for all is effulgence. nor the air dry. speaking from the spoke. is no death There is no death ! ! O * . There is the region of the Ancient One.42 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION embracing even than space is that inner world of meditation. There can be no darkness. ' There Lord. fire be no ignorance. there is the And thine thine. communing with the Guru. for There. of life . beyond all the lie Immovable Infinite. nor burn. But the Spirit is ever free. nor water wet. Infinite Innermost Art is the Guru then "My son. all is can Jnanam. Strength thou power rest the satisfied weak when thy All-Power Thou canst not with the show of sense. There death cannot stalk. how wonderful! "Then. It is the unembodied It is the Witness .
and not Hereafter ! And the destiny of the soul is certain Self-realisation. where the physical and mortal consciousness is dispersed. where all dreams end. where the Light which * is Life and the Truth which is Peace shine forth. Go thou Look beyond Thy time shall come. O . life and neither of sense. where time is blotted out. the mud. the substance of the warp and woof of desire.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION the 43- And Guru made answer. and Freedom is the Goal. beset with Maya. "Aye. rooted in desire. Above are the Eternal Lights up Look up and they shall penetrate the ! ! ! . ! my soul remem- Divine is the nature of the Self. thus are those the foulness of lust. And the Goal is Now and Here. thirst for For those that in them is the mud- puddle of the world. their bodies covered souls Like oxen revelling with mud. who is revel in Long the path for them. ' ' opaqueness of thy soul Hearing these words bered. where desire tion is swallowed up in Infinite Realisa- the Region of the Great Vast.
44 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION Immensity ! ! for the feeling of that O O for the blotting out of time truction of the O ! for the des! images of sense for the Freedom of the Infinite Hari Om Tat Sat! .
heart In the Stillness the throbs thyself best with to quiet rapture. **In all eternity not one . the sun doth shine. Though surface the clouds gather thickest.XII And the Voice that dwells in the Silence speaking in the hours of meditation said unto my soul. beyond them . the How musical it the Still! What Peace Infinite brings forth ! O the Stillness O for Infinite Peace ! not one good thought. Therespiritual longing is lost. my son. Make ness for ! open the Love is that is everywhere. . **Come. Quiet. Do not be troubled by the storm of passion or desire on the do not be alarmed. into the deep. come into the Great Peace. beyond manifold experience. deep Beyond the tumult its of personality. fore go thou beyond the power of time in that dost thou think great thoughts.
is the Unit knowing no . what sense of exaltation. only refractions. It everlasting. In own make universe own mind And doth thine thou canst eternity reveal even within the flux of time. by thy thoughts thou canst reach out beyond the bounds of space. They are go within the Light Itself. They are but currents within the running stream of time while the Self the Eternal.46 IN in THE HOURS OF MEDITATION that and mayest thy soul desire the thine exist. "Deep the Silence. Infinite. **O what power. free." And the Voice added. boundless. thou images of sense and thought. in "G self . that nothing can bind It ! That thou comest or that thou goest. the Self there is no sense of absolutely diversity. what immeasurable sensing of Immensity come with the knowledge that is the Self free. Blot out all deep fathomlessly is deep is the Peace immeasurable. that thou dost do or that thou dost not do what are these They are but episodes ! within the great dream is of life.
contemplation to becomes is know That be the there "My the son. gains the Goal. or Om Tat Sat. It is all he kn 'True love to that yearning to in the be free. a Height there is beyond Divinity is greatest heights. become merged is Infinite. True love It that great yearning for the Silence. wherein all that is relative is blotted out. Gods merge. There the . all Wherein the lost.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION Kingdom of the Self there I. 47 In the room the for thou. yet It It reaches out It silently ail-comprehensively. Wherein struggle ceases. will not be disturbed. wherein all sound is wherein form is swallowed up and thought remains un-thought. wherein Beauty and Holiness. wherein the mind omniscient. yea is or he. wherein Realisation lies. know That to be the Self. is irresistible. expressible. Self. beyond the greatest Gods. Good and Evil in lose distinction. verily * Who w s. wherein life and death no more exist. is no That incomparable and inknows that Self. Sin and Terror.
as as Voice soul became arose it my into the Then "I" was not." the if And seemed Vastness. All blotted out.48 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION of is background vanishes. all is the Indestructible. that which still endures the Self. There was only the Light the Light! .
is essential element. the : Voice made deeper than goodness. itself "Deeper than goodness. blasting all darkness.XIII When heard thus the soul rose into the Stillness of the Innermost. of raging manner It sweeps aside all and rampant evil. evil is its The fabric of the universe. ness. True. sin. in the darkin remember even the . hours of evil and of darkness. all error and darkness and all evil must perish. deep in the sea of the soul are the immovable rocks of wisdom and of truth. but Realisation one moment of Realisation is omnipotent. tempests of seething passion. goodness. Against these. incomparable is naught of evil There can be where there is God. Evil phenomenal and never real. the even Light . It is like the effulgence of the sun. Deep. infinite. on the surface there may be the violent noise of hurrying winds of desire. 4 Therefore.
in the ignorance. is a dream. and sense of diversity in which sin and make thou their ignorance abode art will free. "Shalt thou struggle for freedom when thou art free Thy aim must be the ac! quirement single of spiritual knowledge. be thou strong! weakness of That which thou art. harken to thy prayers. all One glimpse of That. upon the Name shall of the Lord And He. the Lord. of A ray Vision destroys and eradicates the subtlest shades of evil. He shall send His Angels to help thee. glimpse One and . Deep down is the flow of perpetual and unit Divinity. art pure. Know that thou art of the Strength of the Flame the Beatific and the Effulgence of the life is Eternal there ! ! Thy It is neither here ! nor All stationed in Eternity this sense of sin. thou thou art divine. In essence. There is ! no power greater than the soul's own. The nature of .50 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION call very midst of thy sinning. sin is It is deepest sense. dis- appear. All the forces of the universe are at thy beck and call.
IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION That. the Effulgent and 51 thou art Omnias potent !" Then heard though I the Voice cry out. thou hast. is is Therefore the task before thee prodigious. and the iron bar of the body-consciousness will be flung aside. Break down all dreams destroy . as and yet equally hard as adamant. Shall the sun and the stars and . and thou goest on dreaming. Thy curse is thine own ignorance. as willingly were. ! O soul. : in prayer "O sense builder of these tabernacles that of and thought. The web of Maya come as thin as the spider's. This involves the divine awareness of the Oneness. to thine own rescue . ness enshrouded thyself in the denseof ignorance. This tabern- acle thou hast built this tabernacle thou must destroy destruction is ! And thine the process of such own Self-realisation. ! destroy which sex. Encased in fear. thou hast erected food and sleep. and the thoughts it that spring therefrom. both the ideas of pleasure and pain.
O soul ! And shalt though in the vision of the Terrible thou behold Death. in the And And even Light. itself as the Sun. verily. a divine. darkness there the ray. There is is the Great Beyond.52 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION itself even space swallow up Thy Nature? ! The Soul all is one-d with Thee Out soul ! of the It darkness. thou shalt ! also behold Immortality Life is at best a dream. thou art the Sun. out of ignorance. my soul passed into the deeper and yet deeper stages of meditation and I knew." Hearing this. the is ! thou. the ray . And Sun the Sun. is all the same Sun the ray its rays be manifold. speaking. ! O is Better pain than plea! sure Better misery than enjoyment For these mould the forms of thought and sense into the shapes of fit vehicles for Be thou the the revelation of the Spirit. It embracing though is unity. lo. self-imposed. hours . In all- the end unity everywhere. lover of the Terrible. and the Sun. yea. verily. in the Again the Presence came of meditation.
far from the agony and pain of life. stainless. far from the sense of sin and woe. in all the same unart shall refer to thee in the .IN '* THE HOURS OF MEDITATION the Silence. ments of thought splendours things ! art thou. and yet even in their midst. ! ! past the boundaries of death. evils. the Effulgent and beyond thought and Supreme The ! of thy nature art transcend all the thou. these are of the measure.life ! -terms of mortal Beyond thou . O Effulgent and Celestial and Divine One. O soul. crowned in meditation's and Realisation's height. ! in Eternal Peace thy nature dwells Far from the tumultuous noise of sense. and 'rooted in Divinity. more wonderful is the Dreamer than the dream Immortal. How wonderful the weaving of the dream And yet. who who can speak or even think of thee **O dying One in Self. shall call thee sinner. 53 In past all sound. dwells the Divinity that IS. beyond Incomparable terms of speech. Good and ill. even in the presence of enormous art thou. who all. or even saint ! .
not even . the Self is He ! . beyond the moon and stars. the Free!" . pressed by all the strife is of life. Im- movable. within even the turmoil Immortal. know there is the Silent Watcher of all things. unthinkable the Self in the He. the One. of tempestuous thoughts. Lo. however the deeps of He is the Ensin and woe be deep. inmost Thou canst keep naught from me. the Engulf er of all variance Know this and be thou Free.54 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION And. . He is the victor wars of sense "However the mountain-heights of ignorance loom up. am ever near. know am there suffering with thee the enormities of thy Self. ! And 4< the words I came unto my soul. who am ever-present. the net- work of thy sin drawn and thou I dost labour in utter darkness. sin. is When closest. compasser of height and depth He is the All. beyond the He is sun. His Light the will-o'-the wisps of sense can never blind nor can His Peace be re. I am conscious of thine inmost well the workings of thine knowing soul.
enfold thine heart in all mine. and I cried out : "O One in ecstasy intense that knows. Without me Re- thou canst not move nor breathe. When re- comes I or danger threatens. thy Self. member ' ' am thy servitor. the tabernacle of thine heart. shall Make be well. member dost am go.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION I 55 a grain of thy secret thought. My all- blessings thou ! ever hast. am in thee . in ! in them dwell. I know I thee well. is its life. is and embracing love love for thee . being in the Presence of in my my heart Lord ! Him. the lover of thy soul ! When these words had ended. I knew that the Guru had spoken. Then Shadow and Silence. trouble such mine thee. one Him ! How sweet . going whither thou remaining where thou dost remain. the world and preach as is Go now Go thou into my word as wide for it the Self. Mine is as a mother's its as is a dove's love for for young. washing away all my sins. I it thy very own. Come. within.
56 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION * ' ! the flow of such divinest thought with the saints I exclaimed unto And self. into the Sea of the Lord!" . plunge Sea of the Lord. my "Plunge into the O fool .
full possession of Cultivate openness nothing of mind and with heart. be sure. thee Let not faint-heartedness take possession of thy soul. The body but of the end rebels. then or final well. the mind wavers. Conceal from me reference to thyself. For nothing can ultimately withstand the power of the sincere with thyself. that within is Remember the Almighty Spirit. do I know all thy weakIs Why a dost thou worry? trials not beset with art and tribulations? But thou Man. If thou art in the depth of thy all is self there is integrity. 4 soul meditation.XIV. There only one obstacle. Study though it thy mind as were a thing apart from thee. the had entered the Silence Voice of the Guru not 'My nesses? life son. When my of said. if Spirit. Nothing can have thee. . Thou is canst be what thou choosest. thyself.
Behold glories civilisations. Make will. * 'After of all. most of thy it faults arise out the body-consciousness. Sincerity is the one hing needed. For the gates of hell itself cannot stand against a soul which is sincere.58 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION thyself to those Speak frankly concerning with whom thy soul finds true association. For at heart is all being grossly physical. let the the be deep calls in his study of what the it world putrid. Spirit Therefore. Treat thy body as though it were a lump everything. We is with flowers. spiritual religious effort. great. of character is the this is power whole secret of the the whole meaning of the the of will. is of clay. How sense at man over sense the pomp ! of powers bottom and it realities But is all sex and food. Have nothing to corporeal do with the and . subservient to the purposes of thy is Character and the power This life . The mind of the majority has arisen out of these two cover the corpse all-comprising facts. but it all the child same of a corpse.
have Lust and Gold make up the fabric of the worldRoot these out from thy nature. life and then be shalt thou know it as Maya. impurities. of Harken whispering avariciously thy higher nature. That which unseen be be truly great know That 4 to truly desirable. 'Be thou the child of poverty thou an intense passion for purity. ly spirit. Know all tendencies thereunto to be poisons. each message of thy . which the body hides its shame. . but something to utterly given up. of the to neither good. . the tendencies of cultures or of civilisations are of import to the highest spiritual is consciousness. Enter into that insight where thou knowest that art thou art not of these things. Thou the Spirit and know that the little rise or fall of empires. one and all. Vomit out from thy nature all all defilement. nor yet evil. Wash See it thy soul as it clean from is .IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION 59 ephemeral things of the world or with its Tear off the masks with attractions. for is all body and each Seize of the body-idea. to Know .
If radiates the of his One can never hide all himself.. Be loyal to is thy spiritual inheritance. For opportunity is a rare and unless thou takest heed. for to be loyal likewise to be free. Let every step which thou dost take be a step forward. . To be sincere be free. and as thou goest along the highway of life. The Power is behind thee. If thou hast integrity behind thee. whole. being busied with the call of the senses shalt not hear It and thy personality shall . all thou canst face self. And gain the power which shall make force "Each man character. thou privilege. cause Only is one message have the for thee Remember to that thou art Spirit. one is physically deformed. men see . more and more shalt thou feel that thou art free. Thou shalt speak the thou shalt others language of Realisation.<60 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION spiritual Self. Then shall men. fall into it I the clutches of habits that will to perish. when the Voice enters the Silence. Be true to thythy words ring with the accents of reality.
to . watch every impulse Be sincere. as thief thou hast practised silence for some time.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION 61 the deformity. Thou wilt not be able to communicate unto them anything whatsoever of it. likewise intuitively men of shall know. And if thou art spiritually all deformed. busy thyself with self -reform. talk remain silent. Keep guard over come thy nature tualise thy . must conserve thyself and when . Ponder over what thou receivest. If Cast not before swine. lest by loud thou dost detract from their intensity. men will feel that thou speakest that which is not in thy heart. if thou wouldst be- a Prophet of the Most High. of the spiritual life. Go with things into all all the silence of the Spirit. spiri- But I would charge thee in keep thy thy realisations pearls reserve. instincts. then shall that with which thy heart has . thou dost feel wondrous states of the Spirit. Guard tions thy a wisdom and all thy realisa- Thou guards his possessions. For when thou speakest the things of the soul. and For thou thyself art not in Therefore.
has it been said by a Sage. in one this it form or another. wor- is NOT It is Terrible the worship of the Terrible. 'EveryTruly. mystical experience.62 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION full. . thou shalt find ship of the Terrible. treasure become come a overflow . and a power unto men. only to him who dwells in the senses. if least in not in realisation. shalt And thus. tion. who am on life the other side of Never see physically study it psychi- . Pleasing and terrible are terms which have meaning only of the to one who is the bond-slave body-idea. on the Terrible thou shalt assuredly over- oorne the lust of the senses. at But thou hast gone thought and aspiraBy meditation beyond. Thou Thou shalt shalt be made pure and and more thou me. embrace the life of the Soul. Terrible. free. Meditate on the For the Terrible is everywhere. and thou shalt be- thing that one touches this is pain/ Know not in a morbid. "There is one path of austerity which I recommend to thee. In reality. but in a triumphant In all sense. more become united with life.
Then imme- diately the whole purport of the spiritual life shall shalt be made clear to thee. by this suffice. Thou know why saints love poverty and purity. it fight or flight. any- thing that savours of Lust "Let said. spiritually. Follow what I have until Think over it the nervous system takes up. and the fever of these and ecstasy course through thy veins. and Gold.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION Realise it 63 cally. and shun. renew thy personality and make thee altogether whole/' ideas and their loftiness .
these can only affect the physical and self. meditate on the Power which the Mother's form. multi- plying themselves a thousandfold. meditation the Guru. which goes with is Identify thyself the . Though remem- the forms of the Terrible appear. Reality which shalt thou innate alike in all. Tremble ing the fear the the not at the uncertainties of all life. is "My son. not the spiritual ber. fully aware that the Spirit indes- tructible. Take thy stand on that which Believe in nothing but that is the Self. "Be being is steadfast and firm at all is times. That which comes and not the Self. and then transcendall shalt Power inspires thou Power into the go beyond Mother's Spirit which is Peace. appearing. in the deeps of said. Then in the remain undisturbed alike that tempest or the seduction of appearances.XV When all was silence.
Impermanency predominates in the realm of things. ! '}' 5 . is immeasur- the great ocean it bind or circumscribe nothing can whatsoever. any ! Nature THINGS possession satisfy thy True Art thou to be bound down by Naked thou comest into the naked thou goest forth when the summons comes Wherein then shalt thou have false pride Let thy possessions be those treasures that perish not. free from the forms of thought and is sense. Aspire to be Shall . no blind Bind thyself to nothing. 'The misery of the world ratio to desire. 4 'That which able. therefore. alone in that realm of eternal subjectivity wherein reigns the consciousness of the Spirit. like the True . not with the form.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION 65 Self. is attachment. Have. do not desire to possess. ! world . The predicates of existence do not apply to that shoreless in Ocean the of Divinity which rushes Self upon * Self as the on the in direct summits of Realisation. in the world permanency endures objective .
Make .66 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION The increase of Insight is its own reward. go and Invert the grow inwards. The Tathagatas are only great preachers. "Therefore. You yourselves must make an effort.' Aye. order of not outwards. and this assimilation is the making of charac- . in time. day by day. All the forces in the universe are behind thee. Then shalt that darkness which is ignorance light be gradually is dispersed . the . the more readily dost thou acquire eternal pos- sessions by which thou shalt. Teachers can only impart Wisdom the pupil MUST assimilate. working in harmony * for thy progress if thou wilt but face Truth. purchase the Kingdom of the Self. and that shall which the Divine Wisdom gradually be revealed. life. body tabernacle for the Soul and the Soul be more and more revealed. from this moment. experience. Retreat its from the sensuous as lived for own the let sake. a Spiritualise everything. The more thou dost perfect thy nature. As said the Lord Buddha.
IN ler THE HOURS OF MEDITATION 67 himself making wisdom one's own. By one saved. "Therefore. not trembling at noises. Even as a lion. 'Dost thou search for God? Then . lion. arise. and . bent on the acquisition of Truth. even as the slave of passion seeks for the gratification of his lust. it is is stop not the till the goal of the is reached. infinite strength fearlessness. even as a man dying from hunger desires food. by none other. is For. ! That is Command Upanishads *'Even as a wild animal seeks for its prey. infinite Go thou knowing that limitations shall burst all if asunder for thee. all needed and forth. Be diligent. even as the man who for rescue is being drowned calls with that same intensity and strength of spirit do thou seek for Truth. fearless this even as a and free so do thou roam about in world. that for thee shall crooked roads be made straight thou dost gather together the forces of thy soul and if thou dost boldly tear off the 4 MASK.
'* Om Tat Sat!" And Silence the Guru's Voice entered the that which is Peace. Radiance which is God ! his Form .68 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION when thou 4t know that hast seen the the Self shall be revealed to thee as God.
"Difficult is ihe path of Love. there any cause for things is Interpenetrating the great spirit of Love. Think. He not bound down by the barriers of space. reigning within. By such an act of resignation thy whole nature shall be made pure. both good and evil. Resign all thyself utterly to Him. Give Him that which thou all. art. faith the path of Insight. saying. is my all son. ! how . God is not far from thee. "Peace be with here nor hereafter fear. Then no harm . Have and love.XVI Again the Voice made itself heard in Neither the hours of meditation. vast is the charlife acter of Love It is greater than it and stronger than death all is the quickest of paths to God. thee. Let nothing be reserved. And is for that Love is there is no other name but God. for He the Formless One. easy Become thou as a child.
Root out all smallmindedness and thought of small self. believe. in He knows wisdom. Surrender thyself with all trust unto Him. it "Even should be the wilt evil evil befall thee. Do not fear what transgressions thou hast Face life already committed. thou shalt Is not the mother at all times attain God. . Be large-hearted. all thy ways. Be a man Let come what may. lo. be enabled readily shall befall thee. cannot when thou lovest the Lord. His mercy knows no bounds. only then all shall be well with thee. Believe. do thou boldly! ! Beloved. how motherly is He His long-suffering with thee. Even thou most fear-inspiring experience recognise as a messenger from the Through Love. constant in affection? Even so is He.70 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION Be patient and hopeful. who is the Lover of thy soul. If thou doest sin for He He Above the thousandth time. for the thousandth time and ever doth He forgive thee. Trust is ! His How fatherly ! is infinite in all. Then to shalt thou meet with all the circumstances of life. verily.
then. For Self- . ! universe. he shall have to know himself.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION strong. life and immeasurably long is the of the Soul. in Do thou make worthy of immortality. the Spirit is encased. and thus hasten the course of thy spiritual evolution Have done with things Even if a man master the whole external. is Even if he discover that still knowable. of the mind. intellectually speaking. struggle for immortality Train the mind. God Him- with thee. is 71 remain strength self is Remember beck and that infinite at thy call. What fear canst thou have? "Make thy here and now. that thou shouldst think great thoughts. Now the opportunity to demonstrate immortality by overcoming the body-consciousness. still has he to become the master all of himself. How necessary. even when flesh. That is the great is meaning and purpose in life. Death only a physical event long is the life . Even the gods worship him who is has vanquished the body-idea. as thyself it were. That is the only important task.
Therefore set thyself bravely to the task of Self-knowledge. Others seek for external riches. perhaps. is Gird thy loins for the great effort Come. but there of the end.72 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION is knowledge the aim in this life. Thine are the riches of which no thief can rob . shall be the way. can be no doubt all Leaving off other words. What can Be thou content with the Highest. aye. That knowledge indeed worthy which leads to the improvement of the inner Self. be thou concerned with is That which * the Highest ! 'Stand on thine own feet ! Defy the whole universe. gives reason to the aim which is life. great soul. Seek thou the treasures of the within. even the empire of the gods. the process of Self-development. is Consciously this or unconsciously. Long. shalt The time shall come when thou know that the empire of the whole is world. ultimately if harm thee? need be. thine the heritage of the Divine Life. It aim that is explains the process of living. as dust before the splendours of SelfArise ! ! knowledge.
Thine are the riches of the Omni- potent Soul !" .IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION 73 thee.
said is "Terrible Difficult is it the bondage to escape from out the net of Maya. speak deeply thee. and the way to this conquest is through instincts the that to victory over those physical 1 lead unto death. The only way in which to progress spiritually is to anticipate the faintest rise of tempta- Keep strict guard over thy mind. as it temptation comes. wide awake and pay heed to all that which comes to tempt thee. "When comes.XVII The Voice. of a sudden. asking thee to keep wide. great and noble. making stillness of itself : heard in the of this world. often were. In this manner. my son. one truly one must go beyond life must conquer death. thou it shalt gradually make thyself free. This is the supreme task. live Life teaches us that in order to . Constantly busy thyself with that which is tion. before the . meditation.
IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION to 75 mind has time is become aware is of what happening. One apparently hurried All saints on evil the point of yielding. Idleness is the "Remember counterpart of bears itself evil. now is thy if opportunity. Bitterly shalt thou repent thou dost allow conditions thyself to drift carelessly into of limitation in and struggle. is one made and that unmade. defeating its strength and the possibility of its arising by strenuous good thought. Realise the shortness of time and the greatness of the task of Self-unfoldment before thee. Beware of idleness. thou that it is the mind which must keep constantly buoyed up. By thought Beware. a better birth. then. the nest wherein it most life fruitfully. Never let it be idle. thou dost think good thoughts. is Now thy time . life by making thy present the Spirit. worse than those find thyself. which thou dost now Be worthy of a better future. a success of . to this. understand Therefore they anticipate thought. Take seriously.
for my reach the Goal ? for thee to How long have waited manfully ! be made whole and I have yearned I to struggle for thy righteousness. shall always stand by . of The Grace God sin. is greater than mountain-loads of So long as thou dost believe. lest death find thee in the midst of thy sinning and lest Karma follow thy yielding to physical desire with increased bondage and dire misery. once tasted of the nectar how is it possible for thee to feed on the husks of swine? "Yet. for the final transformation of the human Canst into the then. Take heed. My son. Think of the life-times necessary for the complete eradication of evil. do not be alarmed. so long is there hope. The law of Karma is inevitable. thou.76 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION "The world abounds with death. sake at least. after thou hast of immortality. divine consciousness. try to I wilt thou not. not understand how seriously thou shouldst labour if for thine own good? And thou dost love me. in But the way is almost in- finite length.
And good reason. come. is Once ever. it need I be. shall is be given unto thee. always. be a man "Thy love for me is the pole-star of thy life. Devotion to the Guru is the one thing needed. ful for for Now. It is the basis of thy being. thou dost add even unto my glory and even unto mine own vision. So be I good cheer. but thou thy lethargy.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION shall off 77 thee . of the it the pleasure if Guru to give even himself. Come out of ! thy moral slothfulness. go if in peace. That will is there straighten out of all thy difficulties. that am for or possess. am my Realisation. for by thy love for me thou shalt be saved. My all for God. and be mind- that thou art true to thyself. I must shake always love thee. eternity.*' . Know. for the good of the disciple. have accepted thee. longing I that with thee.
fleeting How transient the importance of ! yesterday's experience thing matter a What doth life any! decade of years hence is Thinking this. Plunge into meditation. way of making character. the desire. The value of any experience or of any idea is its tendency in the Realising this. Let thine be the monastic spirit. do thou acquire a new perspective in life. go through give undisturbed. It Nothing passes. Be time up to unattached. . things of which the earthly Therefore thy Spirit.XVIII The Voice soul : of the Guru spoke unto my nothirlg so fascinating "My It is son. and observe thy personality as though it were a thing apart. Study the wayward thought. matters. as it were. ! the development of personality that life Be the witness Stand aside. there is as the history of thine own development. makes interesting.
therefore. Lose not thy insight. Be not deceived beauty and by the gaudiness of appearances. the society of the worldly-minded. My son. this is struggle has been What all earthly attachment compared with the love of God for thy soul? Attachment is of the body. from con- cerning thyself with worldly things. But thou lovest me with thy soul. They perish They are swallowed up in Maya. That is the difference. That the witchery of Maya. and therefore is bondage. the closer art thou brought to me.IN 4 THE HOURS OF MEDITATION 79 'How much time do the worldly give ! unto the body. that fragile bit of clay How much are their minds concerned with ! ephemeral physical things in perishable things. From by false immemorial time going on. subtle is Shun How is the mind ! It endeavours con- stantly to idealise the physical. "Cultivate passivity! Thou art alto- . Refrain. The more thou dost suffer. it has not been amiss that thou shouldst pass through much pain in order to realise the danger and falseness of the world.
. let it against thyself. When thou hast learned this. not against others. the meekness. realisation Humility. gentleness. order. Egotism is at the bottom of everything. thou hast mastered a great secret. Root out egotsim. discover thine If own rant thou canst not bridle thy tongue. First of all. keep thine own house in proper Such precepts as these are in direct Self-realisation. mercy. Before thou seest the faults of others and dost criticise them without glaring faults. Pay no attention to what others do to thee be busied with thine own improvement. And keep careful guard. . forbearance. accordance with the highest philosophy of For there can be no Selfwithout character.80 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION gather too irresponsible and too aggressive. non-seeing of evil in others all these are the practical elements in Realisation. until thy body is laid at the burning-ghat. be SURE of victory over it Thou canst not as for passion. mind the shmasana (Funeral and burn into ashes all thy desires ground) Make if thy thou desirest to be free even in life.
"Before. March forward. do not spare the rod of If thou wouldst be a all Master. earnest. even as a child is led. and make manifest thy loyalty and love for me in steadfastness and sincerity of character. thy enthusiasm for my cause was boyish and effervescent. I inasmuch as chastisement. Hast thou knowledge? Be led along the Give thyself path. the man is that is worth while. well-disciplined. Am I not even up entirely as a mother unto thee in my love? And but a child yet I am as a father unto thee as well. to my wishes. would have thee deep. The child it is is thoughtless. Now it is becoming tempered by true insight.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION learn 'blind* ! 81 "Thou must What art thou any real obedience. a My in- tention to make I man of thee in the spiritual sense. responsible. first of learn is how to be a dis- Discipline what thou requirest. My love and blessings are ever with thee/* . the youth is wilful . ciple.
on Law. at instincts bottom the grossest physical may . "Under the name of sentiment oftenis times a multitude of sins covered. Be false candid with all false thyself. Therefore let thy actions proceed from purity of heart and thought. See Divinity instead of body. have no false self -commiseration. Root out attachment. Action breeds reaction. Root out all notions with regard to thyself. Base thy therefore. faults of a lion. Then shalt thou know Peace.XIX In the hours of meditation I heard the Voice addressing me "Have no bitterness : in thine heart. Above all. But the it will also lead thee faith. See thyself as others see thee. let Be strong them be the ! If thou must have faults. "The Law is mighty. It will crush thy heart and shatter thy personality in exact ratio to thy self-will. to true Self-knowledge.
is bondage. accordingly. But desthe disguise is crimination tears off and teaches that false attachment self-centred. and march on ! bravely to Freedom's Goal "Monasticism vocations. do not even as much as think of It attachment. all the highest of all By cutting thyself loose from all bondage. full wisdom and Vomit attach- out from thy heart. thou dost help that have life. science-less. all And once being you have done as it. gives it pure. on the contrary. much as look repelled. Remember is this. known thee shall ever come into thy By Self-realisation the monk fulfils all . blind. It is cruel wilful. ment and misplaced sentiment. gold over them does not is mend matters. related to the Spirit.. infinite is freedom of beloved one and self-renunciation. always dominating. as at thou wouldst not thy vomit.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION Throwing a cloth of 83 be at work. One liable to idealise sensations as lofty the purely physical emotions. True to the love. and conand bodyis bound. terrible bondage.
then the limitations shouldst not e'en see them. become pure Spirit. for thy very disadvantages. shall be transfigured into feeling. is is Before thou necessary that thou be over- . is a long canst and painful process. Become one with strong shining shalt Thou lesson things. though thou Be a lion. grow. the vast seas and nature. Take thy from the sublime phenomena of the mountains. thou shalt and stand on thy ground. all then of thy body-consciousness will disperse. "Be not disheartened because of thy disadvantages. suns. Aspire to be a God. when no malice or nervous exists thy nature. Depend on nothing or on no one. irritation advantages. Give others their freedom and be thou thyself free. weakness will fall away from thee. "Self-regeneration. given a spiritual direction. my son.84 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION By his self-sacrifice duties. Be thou a monk in thy heart and deeds. in Spiritualise thy Then. others are redeemed. and yet be a light a help unto many.
There can be no foolishness with God and no hypocrisy with finest thine own come soul. that reveals at each messenger of once thy weakness Exclaim. it So experience pound it. 'Blessed." . the main thing. All veils of self-excuse or self-commiseration must be rent asunder by repeated experiences of pain and the humiliation of thy pride. and thy Self blessed pain ! to thee. forth. and thou shalt be merged in its effulgence. Remember let It that mind not the Soul. a greater learning will thee spiritual. and then the goal shall be revealed to thee. The Be and best must grateful. the mind as is will. therefore. That Gradually the Sun of will purify the Soul will pierce the dark clouds of ignorance. for pain. ' "A make is little learning has made thee an intellectual egotist.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION 85 ~whelmingly frank with thyself.
Pain draw out the powers of the them ! and make character. and I shall not tolerate any idols of "Inch by inch sense or sense-idealised thought between me and thee. Character is everything. I shall master thy perStep by step thou shalt be forced nearer unto me.XX. Welcome See the divine opportunities these . and character can come and Soul only affliction through renunciation. said : the Guru sonality. For I am thy Lord and God. my son ! Rend the veils that the Guru Then knew had become responsible for me. Rend the veils. Continuing his instructions. ! ' * I himself A off great burden seemed to have me. He continued : fallen from "The mystical experience that is good. but is better than the mystical experience the consciousness character brings.
Blessed. and thy higher nature will shine forth. special Break down duty all walls ! No Be bounds are assigned to thee. but in every way. prayed that her The lot ereat might always be afflication. if the immortal real is to be made manifest. and pain alone conquers in! stinct. blessed pain devotee. Do thou pray likewise. If thou lovest me. hers was a true prayer.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION 87 create. all know that pain will bring thee the closer unto me. is why become fanatic therein ? God not to be realised in one way. my son Thyself having adopted a certain course in the spiritual ! life. My son. all-sided. or greatness. No insularity. thy sole tion^ lies in self-perfec- Who commanded thee to preach ! any one idea to the exclusion of all others . in order that thereby she might always remember the Lord. Kunti. Wheresoever there is glory there the Lord Himself is manifest. "The mortal must be crushed out and crucified. 'Diamond cuts diamond. The 'You' is behind the temporary configuration of consciousness.' as the saying goes.
as is I have said repeatedly. stands between to-day and the days of Buddha and The earth was . thou art coming know ! that before thou train thyself. the real man that thou art. how canst thou hope to do good unto others ? Concentration is the first thing needed. was blurred. Thy surface consciousness is as wayward and as untutored as that of a rebellious child. Before. 4 the only test of 'The glamour of romance and idealism the Rishis. What depth to is wanted surface.88 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION thee to preach at all? to Who commanded I have opened thine eyes thy vision to some extent. ! never do Mv boy. Now. the This being god at one moment and will slave to passion at another. Verily. egoism Harness thyself mind running hither and With thy thither. Vision. shalt teach others. curse. character. thou must Beware piration of conceit Underlying so much of seeming selflessness to and seeming this is first ! as- do work is deep-rooted the greatest passion. is that thou dost bring the of thee.
Buddha looked upon the same world as thou thyself dost look upon. will enable thee hidden depths of the subthen. And by this up from same conscious mind. and of hot. spiritualised. my boy This "It is the conscious in mind is must be taken which. The same difficulties were to be contended with. the So same realisation ! is possible. passion held death then as now stalked everywhere. the instrument when to explore the perfected. and cities and bazaars. and poverty and wealth. hand.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION 89 then the same as now. the hearts The summer was sway in men. self to the task. the winter cold. the highest Superconsciousness From the may be atttained. man proceeds to . rush conscious mind and to burn out old Samskaras which. known. Set thy- self to the task were expired in exactly as The Vedas themselves human an enSet thythat ! vironment as thou seest to-day. health and sickness were side by side. now and beneath the threshold. There were jungles and mountains and rivers.
tual. made of' Spirit. largely Now Thou thy concentration is dependent on circumstances and environment. the con- quest gained through the expansion of the conscious mind. touches and acts upon the conscious perThe nervous system must assisonality. . The very body said. of the greatest tasks thou shalt my son. not material. was in this sense that some the I Masters have ' ! 'Even is physically am chinmaya itself That why privi- even physical service lege. The end ledge. not the thing "True knowledge of ideas. is True knowspiri- my It is son. in to the The body Guru is then becomes Spirit the process. The assimilation of the assimilation food. like is always a process of conscious realisation. is. Then It the very body itself becomes is full of chaitanya.90 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION Knowledge is the Unknown. "One master. but that is the man revealed through \ knowledge. More and more of the infinite territory of thought is acquired. milate ideas. is Self-communion. Omniscience.
IN findest THE HOURS OF MEDITATION need to 91 But other minds stimulus. my boy. was. were. when as it the body. But knowledge. what is Brahman Worship to in ! Brahman. make effort What is Real is Real in thee. should come from other ! Why Like ! a rhinoceros depend on anmarch on alone "Mind child. pressing upon Self-realisation I the Divinity and all others are only aspects of the Great Reality. itself is becomes the Guru. Worship that Brahman alone!'* . I myself Divine. an old teaching. only a window through which thou dost behold the InBut that consciousness which was finite. thee only the to thyself dost to another. the true stimulus. /. speak even Thou thyself when speaking within. the that merge in the me. in is my And the This why? mind thou that Because. commune may give with others. for art. I The consciousness in wore on thy plane.
blessing in disguise.XXI glory of the * Then quoth a Voice. There thyself no other path over wholly and thee. Through His mercy. descends in torrents upon the disciple. and through He has sought thee Him thou hast been realisation of the made whole. present and concrete before thee Through the transfiguration of His Nature. thou dost is verily perceive for the Divine. all To lengths He shall go for thee. to Give the entirely . The Guru It it. . and even His curse desert thee. He is 'The Realisation of thy Guru is a ! thing. thy of the : in thy Guru. and nothing can resist is ceaseless His love for thee knows no bounds. through His very illumination inmost Soul has been resurrected. out. Never ^hall His very love is proof of His Divinity. speaking Guru unto my soul have unbounded faith 'Child.
as thy Ishtam. Incarnate tion. He . all aspects of the Is He not Siva HimOf the Great Guru. He shall Because. He has renounced even Nirvana itself. at 93 Guru. ! self moment Ishtam. Him who is perceives that Realisation in mani- fold forms. Gods? is He who bottom. all the more atis the more powerful. In this He is verily other Buddha. and at the supreme Divine shine forth. That He has realised His all Nature makes His personality real. are even all the has realised His Nature the greatest Divinity. Siva Himself is only an aspect. or theological conceptions Wheresoever follow thou shalt go. Having tained the Brahman-Consciousness.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION What. through Him. Man. seeing the has realised the great glory of Self. for the sake of an- helping mankind. in thy Before thee made Divinity What then through Self-Realisashalt thou have with ! abstract Gods thee. The Guru more than per- sonality . Meditate on thy Guru as Siva. of Realisation thou shalt find the is Nature which the Guru merged stands one.
94 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION superhuman life empowered with knowledge. Through the perspective of thy Guru. and to All the gods bow down Him who all has become Brahman. Thou canst only understand the Father through the Son. See are made One. Guru. worship the God-man the ! Apart from of Brahman-realised Consciousness .worship. and the highest Advaita Consciousness shall be gained. even according to the enlargement of thine own Jnanam and thy Bhakti. see the Divinity that IS. Through Guru-bhakti thou walkest on the highest path. That is the Goal. Before even thou dost worship God. aye. For the Guru shall be seen in larger and ever larger perspectives. "In one sense. the whole universe. of Through the supreme expansion the personality. Thus all shall be made one. the Divine real Man is more even than Pure Godhead. There. God and thyself. Highest Selflessness which is the Self is realised. the highest Wisdom. the Guru through That is the perspective of the Infinite.
tion From the physical to the percep. and all and still loftier more does the personality the disciple Guru-Nature. Like a child has the disciple to be educated. all sense even of personality shall ultimately be lost. of the Guru's message and ideas from the person to the principle. The next step is the going even beyond the physical presence and the worship of the Guru.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION is 95 Man.worship because the highest for the disciple. while the time the Guru's personality is seen merge in the merge more and more into That of which even His body had been a manito . Wider and wider become First the horizons of the spiritual vision. is The very More of Soul of the lofty Guru transmitted through realisations. the physical presence is required then comes the worship of the person of the Guru. . for the Guru teaches that the body is not the Soul. Mind and body cannot count in that supreme of all intimate relationships. where is there God? Guru. through thy worship of the personality of the Guru.
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Then the sublimest Oneness is The waters of the dual personalities of Guru and disciple become the Ocean of the Infinite Brahman For the attainment of that Supreme Beatitude,
thou not go wheresoever He comFor His sake, if He so wills,
thou wilt gladly go through a thousand births and deaths. For thou art His
will is thy
has become the instrument of His
the Scriptures say,
Guru is God, the Guru is Brahma, Vishnu and Mahadeva. He is indeed the Supreme Brahman There is none higher than the Guru
another hour of meditation,
son, at any
moment the hour that may come make therefore
the most of
a lofty inspiration
thy soul, seize it avariciously, lest through thy sin of omission it is lost
For every ideal sentiment, there
a practical realisation.
equally as important as the
perception of the ideal
emotion, but both time and feeling are wasted unless thou dost assume the responsibility the
Have no hypocrisy
in thine heart.
not a cloth of gold over thy inaction and it resignation. Behind all thy lack of
response to spiritual stimuli, be sure there
always the physical consideration.
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it should enter thy mind to take daring course in the spiritual life,
*Mind, shall it be comfortable?' Ah, for the sake of physical reason how far short hast thou fallen from the ideal
in the spiritual life as
in the struggles
in the world.
severance as the miser has
gold, as great courage as the warrior has
in rushing forth to
thou possess to accumulate the treasures that are imperishable and to master once
body and the body-consciousis
the secret that
age, courage that knows no fear. Develop the powers for self-analysis, then shalt
thou find that
of true renunciation,
because of the promptings of thy body which seeks to satisfy the narrow and
selfish desires of the mortal self.
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body must be rooted out. It must go in some definite resolve to realise one's self as Spirit. Boy, take one plunge into the dark, and thou shalt find the very darkness hath become the light.
bonds, or rather subordinate
the greatest bonds,
the morrow's uncertainty, and immediately
thou shalt find that thou hast gained
the highest freedom
the servitor of the Soul.
needed in the
spiritual as in the life
can never hope to gain. Throw body overboard into the sea of un;
and though thou lose the body,
thou shalt gain the Soul. Boldness is the one thing needed, the boldness of a tiger
Only strong hands can rend the veils of Maya. Speculation will never do manliness is what is wanted. So long as there is fear for the body, so
long there can be no realisation for the
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Think of the
worldly in worldly pursuits. Wilt thou not make sacrifice in the spiritual
eloquence from under
by mere form
by Get out
out into the open. Make the Inthy horizon. Let the whole universe
which thou dost wander
"Thou must welcome
Fearout of thy narrow grooves lessness will make thee free. As it is
certain that in life
equally certain that Sannyasa
alone the true spiritual path. Renunciait is alltion like religion is not a form
a condition of conscious-
a state of personality. In realisation thou thyself must come face to face
thou thyself No one can
one can renounce. Therefore, be brave and stand on thine own feet. Who can
help thee save that which
the Self in
Do not shelter thyself under asunder fear. 'Do not delay. thou shalt find that all things are at thy command. By renouncing by renouncing. Simply go without a path. is Time is is short . thou by giving up thy obligations . notions. without fear. without regret. 4 false . Then having renounced everything. . fearless as a whatever that experience is come is know not what Soul. flying fast Yesterday to-morrow all gone to-day is ! already at hand. Be thou the true Sannyasin. and that thou art no longer their slave. For. . march forth rhinoceros. Depend on God alone thou obtainest fulfillest all life . for pleasant or unpleasant sensaforth. own Inner Self thy God. Beware of false enthusiasm. however. affected the body. thou dost gain Eternal Life. all destroy Tear all veils bonds overcome all . the Have such faith and firmness that nothing can overpower thee. to thee.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION Making thine 101 thee? thine own mind Let thy Guru. Care nothing either tion. and life is fleeting. and realise the Self.
be ! lash the indifferent surface into a very tempest of renunciation Believe in thy Self ! Long enough hast thou been indifferent. Go ! down into the deeps of thy personality There thou shalt see that already a mighty undertow of the Spirit is at work which shall sometime soon and God-vision. ! Now sincere shall sincere Be tremendously of the Soul Then all good things be thine." .102 iN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION dost thou renounce? the life what the life of senses and sense-fed thought.
thy all in all not better to forsake in order that the Presence of God shall be felt all the more? When thou dost renounce Nature. Thus speak to thee spiritual. of Teaching without practice is no avail. Now action is required. "When thou hast renounced all and . everything shall become Even a blade of grass shall to thee of the Spirit. What shall stand in the way of one who has determined on ! Self-realisation ! When ! thou standest alone. march bravely on. Nature herself shall reveal her true beauty to thee. God all shall be thy companion. How great would be thy sorrow that thou didst not put resolution and insight into practice long ago Having gained the path. thee.XXIII Again the Guru spoke "Already the word has been spoken the commands have already been given : . thy Is it friend.
Take instant If by one leap thou canst opportunity. spirit. and a sense. the body-idea must be overcome. is the one path. Thou shalt be close. canst Thou make the long path. know that sometime.104 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION dost walk on lonely paths. Then forth. cross over the intervening barrier between thyself as thou art and thyself as thou shouldst become. Take time by advantage forelock. on thyself like a tiger on its Have no mercy on "Pay no thy mortal self. "However it may rebel. hasten to do so. Thou shalt gain further insight. shall the Immortal Self in thee shine attention to trivialities. great universal all Thou become one with Renunciation. increased increase wilt purpose of of the will. love and remember that wisdom shall be with thee my always. my . very close unto me. Turn prey. somehow the body must be sacrificed as a holocaust unto the Soul . Imagine thyself dead to-day. my boy. short the lukewarm in sufficiently pursued by if thou art the of sincere. things.
IN -son. THE HOURS OF MEDITATION details matter 105 What can Itself when the has dawned upon thee? Details are purely physical. Be concerned with Having the thee. shall be well with thee. . then eyes thou shalt . With one Samskaras. and it "Why attitude of concern thyself as to the opinion of others? What can such an as mind avail thee? So long thou lookest for the regard of others. so long thou mayest be sure that conceit doth still hold the citadel of thine heart. the task will be an easy And my be with thee in grace and blessings shall the making and the Trust. strengthening of that spirit. One and not the many. stroke thou canst cut off the of a veritable host of past The necessary spirit once in thee. r that thou thyself art thine own as also own well-wisher. care not what details of experience may come thine to Re- member enemy bondage aroused one. Vairagyam. Centre not Universal thy mind the spirit of upon them. in Be righteous others thine own may say what they will.
106 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION Seek no advice inclination. take no heed. Only exWaste not thy avail will thee Each . is guided experience another? therefore by his own who can advise not to Depend on thyself for thyself in all ways. Thy . time in idle speech. will make will thee stead- thy steadfastness will bring thee to the goal. . It nothing. Look 4 to guidance. thine follow own higher perience can teach thee. sincerity also make will thee resolute and thy resoluteness all make ings thee overcome ! fear. 'Thy sincerity fast . another. My bless- upon thee " ! My blessings upon thee for ever .
all is vanity indeed so What is even the treasure ! the ! whole world at the moment of death How well also did Nachiketas of Upanishadic fame know ! He conquered himself through that great victory which renunciation brings.XXIV And the Voice of "My son. be- to disintegration. subject to change and thou. Even the mind itself is too. form must is suffer death. Ah of Vanity of vanities. the fate of all form. the highest standpoint nothing In the supreme sense. once thou hast given thine heart to thy Lord. draw Innermost darts soul. The * thine great Inner thy true Mag(j$ Solomon hath ' ! said. "From matters. ! the Guru said : thyself within are the like Outward that things and arrows do but bruise the Self Make abode. All that which Yama possesses a form. nothing . It. Go yond both mind and form. therefore.
from thy sluggishness! "Rouse Reconstruct thyself whole nature. meaning of of religion. Develop continuity thought along the highest of purpose. Love the is the greatest power. once and for the whole and only line. This should give thee a wonderful sense of freedom and expanThis should make thee fearless. She where. now See un- known great shall bring to thee the calm of personality. many She lessons. shall teach thee to thee. More and more develop consistency Then nothing can withstand Thou shalt move unto thy goal as as readily the eagle all flies. That. Open thy thine eyes to the beauty which is everyCommune with Nature. sion. Purify the mind! all. thee. all veils By the power of love Beloved ** which blind thy vision of One can easily be rent Purify the mind! is asunder.108 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION can bind thee. Invisible Divinity even in the visible uni- . O that one ! could think at times of the Highest That in itself would be Freedom.
of Pay no attention to the opinions Make thy very Be strong others. ! own self thy Guru. is if The Be the witness burdened with the effects of acthou must act. Saturate it to such an extent with great purposes and ideas. Let human in thee die. even in action be Concern thyself with thou the witness. self. Be thou concerned with shalt find criticise. is but Self-realisation Strengthen that and selfwhich in thee best. that of itself it shall seek and express the highest. thyself. actor tion .IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION ! 109 verse about thee. so that the Divine . ** Art thou thy brother's keeper of his actions ! Art thou the custodian has placed thee as Blot out the slightevil Who ! a judge above him est memory of another's conduct. enough in thee to Thou condemn and also find And yet thou shalt enough the to give thee joy. himself should be his For each unto own universe. Once strengthened it shall arouse shall it- and things undreamed-of Refrain from criticism! ! be revealed to thee. nothing analysis.
it shall do. indeed but that is the test. 'Do this/ that said.XXV Again the Voice unto of the Guru spoke my soul : "Treat thy body as though it were a If thou shalt say thing apart from thee. physical. but in the valleys. that How can truly gather of the Spirit even from the most glimpses ordinary circumstances ! concentrated that mind . Ignore the it. as well. not only upon the Heights. thou canst not spiritualise To bring Divinity even into life is commonplace . The and Master has a clock Imagine the thyself seated upon mantelpiece study thy daily comings and thy goings. unto as it. daily difficult. Thou shalt find how vain and useless most of them are/ Therefore cease placing any undue importance or attachment upon the incident if of the hour. that we must It is come face to face with God.
IN 4 THE HOURS OF MEDITATION out the slightest 1 13 'Root egotism. He ignores circumstances. this be Even cursed true self-blame is or self-pity phenomenon seen to exist. in thy new and clearer vision the in a of life shall be seen new light whole and be loftier made manifest to thee in new. creating. and altogether "Reflect nuity of much on the immense conti- mental and moral experience. and spiritual forms. Then. separate thyself from the body. the shalt thou find that egotism rushes forth in almost every experience. then become 8 self-evident. See not the form of things. Even in life the spirit. until progress has will become merged in perfection. "See thyself as already dead. Egotism verily to in is not only to be overcome. but entirely crushed out. whether of action or of thought. That man is born and re-born. through thought. being covered with mightier things. desire Each and is ac- . trace of The more thou more dost study thy personality. The man of Realisation blames neither others nor himself.
. know that thou art already on the Path and walk on fearlessly.110 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION Is it shall at be revealed. for at this if it should overtake thee even moment. the sea of unrest. The . but first desire for earthly or purely With the sword of discrimination cut in twain all that comes of Maya within thy path. but in lead and guide thee. this inter- minable jungle of the manifold Omnipotence is behind thee crush out all like a lion. and about thee . Even beyond death There is the possibilities and opportunities for spiritual progress exist. ! death. Everything depends on individual and the Mercy "Study thou shalt of God that is everything find is always at hand. Walk through . * God ! He will 'Stand like a rock in this samsara. Death is only an incident in a larger life. ! not better to be ! peace Disturb thyself about nothing Trust not in man. no end to what one may become. Dictate to none let none dictate to thee Be unafraid of physical power. for thee in every- thing there a spiritual message. effort.
experience. Such is the teach- That is to be realised. each as is own Saviour and his own Lord. but it is man's duty to detect this deception and see Reality bethe lie thereto. and Realisation vidual his is always a wholly indiUltimately. the One that is in every aspect of the Many. . And That realised. as the proverb says. ment ing. hind dian all appearance. his Each . by its distracting variety. For the frag- the Divinity-That-Is shall shine Unit Whole through each and every of personality.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION 1 1 1 One reigns supreme. the Great Goal will have been attained/' . for himself discover Reality. There is no way. would give Appearances deceive. Each stands on his own ground each must fight his own battles . Worship the Omnipresent Unity even when the manifold. is the custo- of breaker of other own Karma each is the each must his own bondage .
or play with a poisonous snake. even so keep aloof from psychic powers and those who pretend to these. Beware of the ego as thou wouldst beware this. and strictly is When to the however. As thou wouldst not touch poison. placed superior aim of Self-realisation. is knowledge or the acquisition of soin and for thempernicious as for it intensifies the ego and makes added selfishness. but innumerable bodies which the soul creates in its effort to sound the very bottom of of objective experience and such experience into the full pass beyond and subjective consciousness of Pure Spirit. selves. The increase of false called psychic powers. It is not one. the ocean "Kill out any hankering for the occult and merely speculative. of a mad dog. a world of which he himself should the be governor. the process on the Path is hampered a myriad-fold. The extension of consciousness in various ways in the spiritual process is an acknowledged incidental.114 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION tion. . phenomenon.
possibilities thy and the trust thine of mercy the Supreme. that ! ol transforming thy character Why tarry. then? Why ! put off until another life that Be which may be realised this very moment ) sincere Be tremendously sincere Worthiness or unworthiness is not the ! question. glorious spiritual "A indifference is likewise necessary. The Law knows nothing - of sentiment or self -commiseration. Thy the salvation is assured . Divinity must be made manifest. be in independent ! Place own thee able. for life. If Faith in others will only helpless make more and more and miserin thyself. thou shalt be forced into the higher That is destiny of each individual. It shall grind thy animal nature into spiritIt ual shape. has but one aim.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION 115 Let all the faculties of thy to the Lord. mind and heart be directed be the aim 4 What ! else shall in the spiritual life 'Be independent! By all means. Why take notice of . thou dost not believe the most painful experiences will force thee to do so.
thou similarly.116 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION the thousand and one irritating details the day may bring forth? Be thou free . experiences were. how canst thou be troubled -any mirage. some ghastly some is radiantly beautiful. is an art-gallery it Do . Study. various paintings. are. the critic studies tragic. realise that all these are only the currents of that mighty flow of past Samskara from which thou must for ever sever thyself. the galleries in effort as well as of art. dost choose to Study them. If longer 4 ! in idea 'In Be consistent and ideal. Study thy mind and all thy experiences . in very truth. if thou but free thyself do so . Bearing this in mind thou shalt become. Let come what may let concerning thee be said what may. To thee all these things must become as unsubstantial as a . so many paintings hung upon the walls of time. thou hast really renounced the world. but he the himself not actually affected by Life as emotions portrayed. the witness. from any emotional interest. but be unaffected.
each hour Determine of the be consistent whole nature become with the spiritual idea and intencharged tion. ing deeply and continuously on spiritual subjects. Then shalt thou truly "The way is long. these are among to the ways and means. unto it with makes thee might and . even though it be the fear of death. Be unsparing in criti- cism of progress. Embrace whatever will keep thee steady on the spiritual path. thyself. The process of education necessitates repeated lives. <:atch hold of anything that strong. Resign day until thy everything to of all Him who is the Dispenser good things. Thou art the young plant Cling that needs support. But one may live intensively and thus avoid the circuitous paths which are trodden by such the as live extensively of their and only on Think- surface personality. and moulding desire into aspiration and passion into spiritual fervour. Be always on the guard.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION body thy 117 as a physician might study the its or diseases.
set thyself * * to it. task. ed. Therefore. Long is the way. the devoting thy whole soul to thou shalt reach the Goal ! and . earnest-mindand avail thyself of each moment and opportunity. as I have righteous. Be steady. counselled repeatedly.118 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION main. time is flying. sincere.
the all fruits of work. never be discouraged. and then to thine utmost be resigned.XXVI The Voice of the Guru spoke : "My son. At are all events. aside it ! Having Let the done work's thy stand float own Karma let as it will down the stream of time. Do not fret and fume over them. attachment. pleted thy task * After having com- off ! Work thy motto be 'Hands to thine utmost. full second- Give them up and remember so well that in much the perfection of work it is not work as the . of there is also the form task. for ill. thou wilt be compelled to learn that in this world there are certain difficulties with which thou must meet and which. because of thy past Karmas. will appear for thee insurmountable. Know that wherever there are worry and ex- pectations blindest in work. be they good or ary considerations.
do thou never forge any more bondage. . be thou not Experience standest on sure disconcerted. no matter what comes. free. do not thy anticipate. Do ! hope. thou so foolish as to be bound And art down by the true one from of work? Is not the scope of not my work great infinite? Do debase ideals of Karma-Yoga have and ! work by jealousy and attachment not childish Let over emotions hold thee! "Do Let not expect. Thou thee to be ground. own actions actions thou canst of over the another is thou hast no power. Let experience teach dp not be well. another. All shall do not fear comes and goes. His Karma not criticise. and be unconcerned.120 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION of perfection personality goal. Know the mind to be the body in a subtle form. one. is withersoever currents may Rethe member that thy true Nature Ocean. Samskara its float personality lead. through work which should be the "Over have sway thine thine .
a mental Regard all thy moods as mere bodymoods. remain aloof. Have at thyself so well under control that any moment nature thou canst quiet thy and remain altogether in Let the meditative state. "My son. Ten days hence what doth it matter "The whole meaning of the ! religious life is to get rid of Ahamkara or egoism. thou art the Soul. Be concerned only with thy Self. Be all-sided active ! thy relations with those with whom Karma ness brings thee into contact be such that thou dost bear witness to the great- that is within them. beam own eye rather than the mote thy brother's eye. spiritualise the secret.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION make thy austerity 121 Therefore one. take life calmly. At all times. . lead thou thine own life. see first And the if thou in in must see thine faults. But that not thy Rajas . Thy physical nature lose is is too nervously Rajasika. Be true to thyself. Agitate thyself over nothing. be at peace. Be not overwhelmed by the experience of the hour. it .
It like the is cause of a deep-seated disease." . many to see sun. Real immortality selfish can be is gained only when personality destroyed. keep thou a sharp lookis only by the conquest and of extinction personality that the Sublime Impersonal can be that understood the aim will- and that realised. disguises most difficult under a itself myriad forms.122 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION is it that. self-conquered Light shines fullest. Remember ! that ! completely the Fix mind on the Impersonal It is the Light of the Most High that shines through a When that personality. utter It Therefore. it So deep-rooted to discover. then the Effulgence of Nirvana is made manifest. often be selfish motives that do influence thou shalt that thee. out. but of all its disguises none is so treacherous and so evil as the spiritual disguise. of the spiritual. To die to one's self in order is one may life truly live. Believing for spiritual at carelessly that thou dost work purposes bottom it may find. Satisfied fail with the o'-the-wisps.
the universe The spheres But innumerable. and worship Be catholic and of aspects universal. as a possibility in the Wheresoever experience character be interpreted spiritually. Widen walks of the scope religion. reason the gods and all spiritual are realities are true essentially. all and through splendour of realise them Brahman. see all the religious spirit life. shines the When thou dost all and Brahman. so will the this For of in form-aspects of idea persist. then for thee. Learn to see the other whatever be its . so long as there are ideas. all accept of all Divinity.XXVII In the silence of the hour of meditation^ the 4 soul these blissful Voice of the Guru spoke unto words : my 'My long son. spheres and conditions are truths of planes con- sciousness made one. Therefore. there the Voice of the Lord may be heard.
Then even shalt thou the never become a fanatic. may be useful the but the time minded. my son. Eradicate all all sense of of distinction. giving shelter and protection to all that comes within its shadow. Make it an instinct to be broadspecial ideas. comes Lord. be broad. Be broad. For intellectually ly as well. destroy narrowness * vision. what is to be achieved must be achieved emotionalthe "Regard whole universe with . tion Similarly. Whereis soever there righteousness/ I saith the 'know that there am manifest/ The hedge around young tree is useful. the the sense of distincfor growth of must come when the particular idea assumes a universal aspect. infinite widen the perspective until it beand all-inclusive. Through the spiritual consecration most menial act may become divine.124 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION all side in matters. but the sapling must become the wide-spreading banyan. See the whole universe as permeated with the Divine Life.
below it Learn to see the Divine everyone. through loyalty in thy income to understand individualised life each shines. even death not all ye. having overcome in thine own self there shall no awareness of an enemy. See that which is beautiful in every form. Deep. . same beautiful Light thou dost behold in him whom thou hast called by the sweet name of 'brother/ Be universal Love even thine enemy. Learn to recognise the Universal instead of the particular.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION . also. the Soul instead of the physical personality. In the highest sense avoid the truest relationship is that which is relationless. deep. These distinctions between friend and foe potentially. 125 equal that love dividual in friendship. everything and guarded sufficiently the unpleasantness and clash of temperament. to thy friend thou shalt shall be bound separate distinction. Then closer. that ! are only phenomena of is the all surface. worship instead of craving to possess. and yet be so as to in Brahman. but be. and therefore spiritual. and.
and remember before swine. ment from which they proceed. therefore be the witness. 'All ideas are relative to the temperatherefore. see the realisation- side instead of the logic of his speech. is truly therefore let thy thoughts and . that both thinking Know and feeling are in Maya. in thy real nature. is that silence often- times golden and that to speak and argue to dissipate thy forces. is Then know. never to cast thy pearls All emotions are likewise relative to tem- perament. in- stead of being the attached one. and remain unattached. may not move And above all know that. These only help to reveal that which thy Self. For what thou mayest think and feel to-day thee on the morrow.126 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION spiritual Let every soul and form have a message 4 for thee. But Maya itself must be spiritualised. in listening to another. then no argument shall ensue and thine own realisation shall receive also. let thy self be Self-possessed therefore. thou art independent of both idea and emotion. new impulses.
" . even dense darkness of the Samsara. Then. thou shalt see. though it may be at first but dimly the Everlasting Light. universal 127 feelings and above in this all selfishness.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION be great.
will be spiritualised. present or future experiences. Regard them ings on the as thou wouldst study paint- The subjects they represent may be tragic. but remain thou unidenti- . Be in independent uncertainty strict of circumstance. it is only the worldly- plan. commonplace or Be fascinating. any heed way.XXVIII The Guru spoke : "Make no minded certainty that plans. know that the Self in all thee doth stand apart from experiences. be thou only the critic. appreciate their usefulness. they good or evil. Associate the name of Beloved One with each single circumthy in the noblest stance of thy past. the greatness of the ideas they embody. "And as for organisations. Thus they wall. make live thy and to accordance Why pay what the morrow may bring? Live the present as thou dost find it and with the Sannyasin's vows.
however spiritual and unsectarian their intent. All these veils of illusion shall be soon rent asunder for thee. thou shalt behold me. No organisation can save thee. doth come to thee and be indepenIf there must be organisa- let it be the organisation of ideas. Know that and be free. Be not bound down by my 9 ?>ersonality. organisations. The is and subjective. purely personal in a must outlive Through law beyond law is the path of Realisation. but never labour for the extension of a purely organised form. or rather thy notion . Be all-inclusive. Beware of any churchianity Keep aloof from any dogmatism and fanaticism. .IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION religious life It 129 fied. thou must save thyself. Generally speaking. Carry on work as it dent therein. tion. degenerate into worldliness. "Be always true and loyal to the source from which thou hast received thy inspira- Have faith and love. have hope and be patient. and tion. thy Beloved One. in my true nature. church but it may be born it.
then all sense of limitations and mani- foldness will have no / power over dwell thy thought. but I see through the veils. not as I was. min. even though thou dost not. Know me subjectively as thy Self and then thou shalt see the Self in all. no need that thou I may even have barriers. I am present In in Realisation there are Love and . Know me as I am. whether even at death the separating veils are not destroyed. and whether thou art born a myriad years apart from me. am not external'. in the way of am thy Antary- Know me as such. Space and time relations have DO power over the Soul. thee. my which inspired my teaching there.130 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION of life it. live in am with thee in thy aspiration. I am not that which was in earth- associated. that matters not. like thine limitation with and I own human personality. real That nature personality is That assumed. weakness. shouldst labour and exist phenomenally apart from me. and cannot stand I spiritual communion. I I within I the Innermost.
aware or not. name be monastic that is one striving for the goal. The ward. There infinite development in the life. but I am always at thy beck and call. . Thy liberation is in very ratio to thy service unto me. The universe is infinite and time is eternal. "Thou standest in need of no forms. The time shalt come. when thou tusks of the be made aware. 4 for 'By having hast freed become my servant thou thyself. the conterminous with Let thy illumined Insight. and the true Sannyasa Sannyasa of the which is Vidwat-Sannyasa. that of importance. elephant having gone outnever turn inwards. have been bestowed ever. more precious in mine eyes than thy labour in my cause is the love and fidelity thou dost bear for me.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION whether thou shall art 131 eternally with thee. even so the love and insight of the Guru. however. that though thou dost labour for me. having been once bestowed. it is the monastic is is spirit. not the monastic garb. And know.
and be free. . Be thou my be instrument thy personality mine. Knowledge and Bliss. Voice. hast heard my . "Thou hast implicitly . 'Shivoham Shivoham!' 'I am He! I am He!' "This whole universe is Brahman. Let thy Mantram be my Name. Sameness is Life. thy Realisation be the conscious knowledge. Be like the Himalayas all in thy steadfastness. Let thy Yoga be the union of be selfless. seek that Brahman. that in the heart of things I Distinction is and thou are ever One. That which is alike the Brahman in thee and in me. the life is everything. death. Above thy soul with mine. now let obey very ! love infinitely work . and hold communion with thy Self.132 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION The form 4 is nothing. thou received my teaching. realise that Brahman in thyself and in all as the One Absolute Existence. be free!" . selflessly. 'Be like Indra in thy strength. ' Say.
Presence is always nigh. near or know is that a Great. But my own response .XXIX Hearing these words of the Guru the hours of meditation day by day. Living Presence that unconfined by Time or Space. and I in life or in death. listened as one intoxicated by some overwhelming music. the while a Great Light surrounded me : "Thou hast raised me up from darkness by Thy Grace. a Presence that can know no separation. apart. And to the Guru I cried out. some music pre- viously unheard. in I was made conscious of the real relation between the Guru and disciple. An immovable. Thou hast taken me as I was made me From long and I mere nothingness and hast what I am a devotee who is a infinite strength I conscious of within him. since have heard Thy Voice. eternal Realisation hath become mine.
'Lo. the Divine Nature. is for me Thine child. . In upon the Thou didst show my conceit. I so freely bestow. and I did not behold Thee as stood not that wjiich Thou I art. Verily. scourged I me Thy and. I was most unworthy of Thee. ignorantly and wantonly waste the treasures Thou didst lo. I was noisy and and I underhad heard. Before. O with Lord.134 IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION effervescent. I forgot Thee and did place myself on the pedestal of a leader of men so that people might say of me. With impure hands crated I defiled Thy teaching and desePresence. the Light on Thy countenance was too august. O Lord. did Thus. he is great!' But now. But Thy Mercies Thy have been infinite. inflicted my iniquities very Love and Blessings unto me. and Thy Love hath been inexpressible. am made whole. Even her greater than a is mother's love hast until love for for own Thy Thou Power Thy disciple. and as have sinned the vilest sinner even in Thy very Presence. I have come to understand.
Om Tat Sat!" . eyes. Let my life be a radiance of purity now and "Hari for ever. Thy Patifence. my whole personality. let my mind. will. Salvation ! ! God and upon Thou Thou my own let nothing. or shall be ever. Let Higher Self me have no other me home possess than Thy Heart. my evil. life repeated life alone art my art consecrate to Thee. I adore Thee I adore Thee I adore Thee Let my hands. ! ! ! tongue. feet. ears my entire body. all that which I was. Thy Sweetness are Infinite. be offered as a holocaust and purified in the flames of my Devotion emotions unto Thee. My am I good. clay Thy Mercy.IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION as 135 moulded me into the potter moulds his whatsoever shape he desires.
and rilled with ecstasy I heard and repeated the great Mantram "Om Thy very Self am I ever and : ! ever ! "Thine "Arise! is the Strength Infinite! Awake and ! ! stop not till the Goal is reached art "Thou Brahman Thou art ! Brahman !" Om! Om! Om .XXX And ever afterwards in the hours of I meditation felt a Living Presence within and about me.
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