IN

-

THE HOURS
OF

MEDITATION
BY A DISCIPLE

-

GIFT OF

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THE HOURS OF
MEDITATION
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THERE
world.

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.
all

Then
;

is

silenced

clamouring of
is

desire

all

sound of

sense

stilled.

Only God

IS.

is no holier sanctuary than a mind, a mind concentrated upon purified God. There is no more sacred place than

There

the region of peace into which the
enters

mind

when

it

becomes

fixed in the Lord.

No more
is

sweet-odorous and holy incense

there than the rising of thought unto

God.

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bliss,

Purity, Purity,
bliss,

blessedness,
!

blessedness, peace

peace These
!

make up
The
close
to

the atmosphere of the state of

meditation.
spiritual

consciousness dawns in

these silent, sacred hours.
its

The

soul

Is

source.

The

streamlet

of

personality expands in these hours,

becom-

ing a mighty, swift-moving river, flowing
in the direction of that true

individuality

which

is

Consciousness of God.

and permanent the Oceanic And this is one
the
soul

and

only.

In

the

hours

of

meditation

draws from On High those true qualificafearlessness, tions which are of its nature
the sense of reality, the sense of deathlessness.

Draw
thou the

within thy Self, silent hour with

O

soul
truth.

!

Seek

Know

thou thy Self to be of the substance of Verily truth, the substance of divinity
!

within the heart doth

God

dwell

!

II

Fear not shadows.
pearance.

!

All

mortal

things are
all

as

Unreality

dominates
the
reality

ap-

Thou

art

within

which no change abides. Know thou art the Immovable One Let nature play with thee as nature will. Thy form is a dream. Know this, and be thou content Thy
! !

soul

is

stationed

in the formlessness of

Divinity.

Let the mind follow the blinking

light, desire rules, limitations exist.

Thou

art

not

mind

;

desire

touches thee not.

Thou
a play.
is

art

contained within Omniscience

and Omnipotence.
Play thy
the law.

Remember life is but Thou must. Such part.
Life itself cannot
!

Yet, withal, thou art neither

player,

play nor law.

limit thee.
is

Art thou not limitless

Life

of the stuff of dreams.

not.

Thou

art the

Dreamless

Thou dreamest One beyond

the touch and taint ot unreality.

Know

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this

this

!

Know
! ! ! !

and

be

free

free

free

Peace Peace Silent, audible Peace Peace wherein the Voice of God is heard. Peace and Silence Then comes the
!

!

!

Voice of God, audible
Silence
**I
!

audible within the

with thee, ever, and for ever. Never hast thou been nor canst thou be from Me apart. I am thy Soul. Verily
thy Soul
is
I.

am

Beyond
I

the universe, be-

yond
in

all

dreams
art
I.

rest,

Self-contained withart

immensity.
art

And
thou.

even so
For
1

thou

;

aye.

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. For am these I and thou and I are One. Thou art I Go dwell in Peace Dwell thou thou am
1
!
!

;

!

in

Peace

in the stillness

hear

My

Again when the hour cometh, and in the Peace thou shalt the Voice of God the Voice
!

* '

!

Voice of

God

!

HI

Again the hour
out
is

is

at

hand.

into the evening time.
quiet.

Day merges Everywhere withis.

Nature herself
is

at peace.

And when
fully

nature

at peace,
retire

more peacereadily also.

does the soul

into the inner

chamber
Life, as

of the heart.

More
desire

Let the senses and their activity subside.
it

is,

is

short

;

is

rampant.
thou
-

Give
Lord.
-shalt

at

least

some

short time unto the

He
know

asketh

little,
;

only

this, that

thy Self

for, verily,

knowing

thy Self, thou comest to

God and

the Soul are

know Him. For One. Some say,

"Remember,
True, of the
it

Man, that thou art dust!" Even of the mind is body
!

O

true

!

But
the

the

higher,

the

%

mightier, reads,
art

the

truer,

holier

revelation
that

"Remember,
Soul!"

O
O

Man,
and Soul!"

thou

the

"Indestructible

imperishable

art

thou alone,

So speaketh the

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However mighty
Death
all

Lord.
the

All else wanes.
it

form,

perishes.

and des-

truction are the lot of
is

form.

Thought

subordinate to change. Personality is of the weaving of these thought and form.
Therefore, stand aside,

O

Soul.

Rememin
this

ber thou art the Self beyond both thought

and

form.

All

virtue
art

resides

consciousness,
In this

"Thou

One

with God."
;

alone art thou immortal

in this

alone art thou pure and holy. Try not to become the master.
art

Thou

the

master

!

There

is

no becoming
!

for

thee.

sublime

Thou art, may seem

O
the

Soul

However
of

process
in

be-

coming, the hour shall
shalt

come when thou
is

know,
is

"Progress

time**

but

"Perfection
art

within eternity."

And

thou

not of time.
Is

Thou
!

art of eternity.

Then, "Tat Tvam Asi!" meaning, "Thou art That! Thou Understand that which is art That
there divinity
* '
!

the

Highest
!

within

thee.

Worship the

Highest

And
is

the most perfect form of

worship

the knowledge that thou and

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the Highest are One.

And what
!

is

the

Highest?

That,
all

O Soul,

thou callest God.

Throw
ing

dreams

into oblivion

Havthe

heard of the Self within thee,
!

Self thou art, understand

Having under!

Having perceived, know Having realised, Having known, then "Tat Tvam Asi !" which is, "Thou art That!"
stood, perceive
!

realise

!

Retreat

from

the

world
It,

!

It

is

the

embodiment

together with these are the nests of the body, verily, Shalt dreams. Shalt thou be a dreamer
!

of dreams.

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, deep Silence when only His Om Tat Sat Voice is audible. Hari "Go thou in Peace!" Beyond all, aye, even within all appearance of form reigns
!

!

the

Spirit.

Its

nature
!

is

Peace,

Peace,

Unutterable Peace

IV

The Voice
the

of

God, speaking,
the
the

saith in
re-

Quiet

Hour,

"Remember, ever
pure
first

member, 'Only God!' Purity is
as they

in

heart

see

requisite.

Even

who

are governed

by

desire are

intense therein in their passions, even so

be thou pure
passionate
availeth.

;

even

so,

do thou have a
purity
!

longing
Call
to

for

Search
It

deeply and steadfastly for purity.
thy

alone
great

mind

that

prayer of

My

servant, Prahlada, unto Me,

'O Lord, that same intensity of love that worldly people have for the fleeting objects
of the senses, 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, think of purity. Purity is the key by which the doors of
meditation that lead into the Abiding-Place
of the
**

Throw

Most High, are opened. thyself upon the Ocean

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My

Strength.
that
I

not!

Seek

not!

Know

This knowledge, added with complete resignation unto My Will, Have thou no fears! shall save thee.
Art thou not in

AM.

Me

!

Am

I

not in thee

!

Know
deem

thou that
so

all this

passes,
is

which men
life.

great.

Death

everywhere,

swallowing up the forms of and change ensnare and bind
save the
Spirit.

Death
things
is

all

Know

this

!

Purity
It

the the

method

of

this

knowledge.

is

foundation-ground. With purity come fearlessness, freedom and the realisation on
thy part of thine

own

nature, the reality of

which

I

AM.

"Let the tempest blow, but when and the mind vacillates then THEN call upon ME I shall hear. For, as
desire burns
!

My
.fall

servant hath said,
of

I

hear even the footI

thee.

Me

shall speed unto do not desert them who call upon Call upon Me, not only sincerely.
ant.
I

an

And

sincerely, but steadfastly as well.

"I
Spirit

am

not

the
it
!

universe

;

I

am
is

the
as
a

beyond

The

universe

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I

carcase unto Me.
the
the
nity
It

SOUL
external
is

alone.

am concerned with Be not deceived by
things.

magnitude of

Divi-

not in form,

nor yet in thought.

is

the purified, free, spiritual, blissful,

form-emancipated, thought-emancipated consciousness which knows not, nor can

know, any
limitation.

stain

or

sin

or

bondage or
art

Within the innermost, That
Realisation shall
this.
It

thou,

O
is

Soul.

come

to

thee with regard to

must.

For
life.
!

such

the Sure Goal of the soul's
I

Remember, remember
!

am

with thee

I

am with thee I, the Lord, 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

;

I

;

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.
thou
!

Arise,

Shining
I

One,
!

know

that

I

thy Self

am
is

thy Self
the

"And

purity

pathway

to

My

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!

1

1

Presence
Hari
!

Herein
!

is

thy

Salvation

r

Om

Tat Sat "Peace! Peace! Peace!"

V
The Voice
speaks
:

of the Guru,

who

is

God,
matter
I

"Lo

!

I

am

ever with thee.
I

No

where thou
bequeath

goest,

am
thee.

already there.

live for thee.
I

The
unto

fruit of

my

realisation
art

Thou

the

treasure- of

my

heart, the apple of

mine
is

eye.

We are one in God.
So well do
I I

Our business
realise

realisation.

my

one-

ness with thee

fear not to cast thee into

the wilderness of the world and into the
forest of doubt.
It

is

because

I

know

the

powers. Through experience after experience 1 send thee but always doth my eye follow thee
;

measure of thy

in

thy wanderings.
in

Dost thou sin?
presence.
acts,
I

Thou
thou

sinnest

my
all

Dost

perform
all.
I

virtuous

perceive

them

moods. Through all manner of experience and of thought bonds that are between us. I fasten the
thy

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My
me

salvation

naught to me, unless thou
it.

dost take part in

in another form.

Thou art the Self of The more thou dost
!

absorb the vision which is mine, lo more and more do we grow into spiritual oneness which is the Divine

the
that

Life.

The
Self

veils

of separate personality fall off
art

and thou
is

mine own Self and mine own So close are the bonds. Death and separation have no hold in my
thou.
est

relationship to thee.

be born far mayest not have even seen the physical form I wore, still none the less art thou

For though thou mayapart and though thou

my

very

own.

Discipleship

does

not
in

consist in having seen

my

form, but

having understood my will. Thou canst never escape the net I have cast out.

"Seek out

my

will.

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. Then shalt thou be more at oneness with

me

bodies

than hadst thou dwelt near a myriad which were mine. Discipleship

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in steadiness
will.

consists

of devotion to

my
love

thought and
is

And immeasurable

between us. Go thou in peace. Harder than adamant are the bonds of relationship

between Guru and disciple. Stronger than death are they. For they are tied by Immeasurable Love and the Divine and

Omnipotent Will.

Om
The

Tat Sat!"

Disciple responds in
:

praise

and
in all

thanksgiving

"Aye,
So

my

Lord,

my God, my
is

all

am

1

taught.

The Guru

God.

He

yearns to merge in the Divine Reality. His vision is of God. Untiring is his zeal
in the salvation of

my
I

soul.

Through the
death
is
;

eyes of the Guru,

also see the vision.

True love

is

stronger

than

aye,
Birth

stronger than birth as well

love.

and death may separate me from his I do say? False!! presence. What I at any time be The Guru is God. Can Taking His Name separated from God shall struggle through this ocean of dark!

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ness safe to that other shore where

is

wisdom and
lessly
illusion, for

radiance.
this
is

1

shall

march

fear-

through
if

interminable jungle of

He
I

ments and,

watching all my movefall, he shall raise me up.
!

Are there thorns in my path, lo He will brush them aside. Do the wild animals of doubt and temptation beset me, lo He
!

will slay

them.

Or, perhaps,
path.

He

will let

me

fall into their

He

will

make me

struggle with

them

in order to reveal

my

own powers to myself. man know His powers
himself
4

And how
until

shall a

he has tested
to
I

?

'Birth
I

and death are nothing
all

me.
shall

shall

tear aside
all

limitations.
I

go

beyond
is

bonds.

shall

see

the

Divinity in

Him.
me,
I

That
Guru,

self -same
is

Reality

which Thee.

in

O

likewise within
ray. ray.

Thou

art the

Even so am The great utterance
art

Sun and I the the Sun and Thou, the

of Self-revelation of

the Upanishads, "Tat

Tvam Asi"
Thee
;

"Thou
!

That"

applies to

it

applies to

me.

O the sense of Unutterable Oneness

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to

'Adoration

the

Guru
!

as

Guru

f

Adoration to the Guru as God.

Om
Tat

Tat Sat

Tvam

Asi

!
'

Aham Brahmasmi

*

I

VI
In

the hour of meditation the soul
itself

speaking to
44

sayeth

:

Peace dwelleth

in the Silence.
;

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.
the
desert
of

Thou
this

art

a

wanderer
Tarry not
wayside.
thoughts

world.

lest

thou dost perish by the Make thy caravan of good

and provide thyself with the Waters of a Living Faith. Beware of all mirages. The goal is not there. Be thou
not deceived by the attraction of externals.

Renouncing all, go thou by those paths which lead thee into the solitude of thine

own

insight.

Follow thou not the

many

caught within the net of manifoldness. Go thou along the paths whereby saints
journey singly and separately to the Goal
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Dare
to

of Oneness.
lies

be brave.
effort.

Conquest

in

making the

initial

Do

not

waver.

Plunge into

sanctity.

mad
God.
thee

leap

drown
is

thyself in

With one the Ocean of
In the nature
for

Divinity

the End.

of things there could

be none other

thou shining ray of the Effulgent

One!
*

'Make

haste, lest thou repent.

Whip
and

up the steeds of religious earnestness
Crush thyself
if

need be. powerful faith. Let nothing stand in thy path. Thine is no chance destiny. March thou on with
surety
tion
is

and strength
Reality.

of soul, for thy destina-

Verily, thou thyself art
!

the Real.
In
all

Be thou Free
is

Be thou Free

!

the language of Self-realisation none
there as Strength.
strong.

such valuable word
First
last

and always, be thou
!

Fearing neither heavens nor hells, neither Nothing gods nor demons, go thou forth
shall

conquer thee.
;

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

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That which is in thee, That which is thee is God. Verily thou thyself art Divine.
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.

'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.
;

body.

Even
is

thought

art

thou

not.

method of seeing, but the Thought Thus the final truth is vision is the end. The final mandate is, 'Man, Realisation.
the

know
Faith
!

thy Self/
Faith
!

man,
!

realise thy nature.

Everything depends Not the Faith which is belief, but the Faith which is Vision. There is no learn to hate doubt other sin but doubt

Faith

on

Faith.

;

as thou dost poison

;

the greatest weak-

ness

is

doubt.
is

To doubt

one's Self

that,

indeed, naught,
to

blasphemy. Be thou afraid of nay, not even of God, for God is

be loved, not feared.

How

canst thou

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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!*"

VII

The Soul, speaking further in the times of meditation sayeth unto itself, "True, the hour of trial cometh and

human weakness
in time destroy

is

great
is

;

but then the

very knowledge that sin
it.

weakness

will

For when once thou

it.

knowest poison, naturally thou wilt abhor When thou knowest thy weakness it Thou hast shall no more be weakness.
laid

which
shalt

bare the heart of thy trouble and that is the Depth in thee will alter the
its

currents of

movement.
so

In time thou

conquer

long

as

the

heart

is

sincere.

And

pray steadfastly, for constant
is

vigilence of soul
struggle.

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. In that time call upon the Lord and He, heeding thy prayer, shall

Now

give thee Grace.

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one thing and life another. no matter how wonderful thy awareness of truth may be
is

"Theory
intellectual

Realise, that

man-making
in all.
it

is

the goal.

Realisation
is

is all
;

The
is

beast in thee

strong

but

can be tamed

down by
is

sincere prayer.

Prayer

the one thing.
lust.

Only prayer can
greater than the

conquer

Nothing

God. Constant Vigilence be thy motto and Constant Prayer. And they who
of

name
are

the Helpers,
shall

the Messengers of the

Most High,
free
!

come and thou

shalt

be

end

is

Indeed, long is the way, but the it eats sure Prayer goes deep
!
;

out the vitals of temptation.

Pray, pray,

pray constantly, pray always. not discouraged in the evil hour
discouraged

And be
;

be not

when thou

dost

fall.

God

is

always near. He knows thy woe and thy sincerity, but never leave off calling upon

Him

!

Even

in thy sin

be strong

in prayer
all

From come

out the depth of prayer,

things

love for God, spiritual vision

spiritual realisation.

and Take thy stand upon
is

the thought that

God

Ail-Powerful and

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that His nature

that of the

good shepherd

who

go Author of

guides his sheep especially when they Know that before God is astray.
Justice,

Love Itself. 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

;

;

opened unto
effort
;

thee.

Make

but the feeblest

even that shall lift thee up into the kingdom of righteousness. "Aye, every prayer which thou utterest,

each

rising of thy heart

unto

God

shall

be added unto thee, giving thee strength. Thy prayers shall make thee whole.
It is the means. Depend on prayer However dark thy heart, prayer shall bring
!

light

therein,

for

prayer IS

meditation

;

prayer in itself IS vision. Prayer is communion with the Almighty. It links thee
with Omnipotence and Supreme Love. It lends wings to thy soul. Even if thou art
in

the

mire,

thou
of

shalt

rise.

Even

if

mountain-loads

iniquity

have

fallen

upon thee and have buried every
of thy spirituality,

vestige

prayer will raise thee

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up. 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. And thou shalt sing a song, magnifying God who is thy Saviour.
lifted

And
all

thine

own

heart shall testify to the

greatness of the

Mercy

of the

Lord
*

;

and

who have
!

*Lo

known He hath become a
ever

thee shall say,
saint
!

Verily

His Mercy is His Justice and His Mercy endureth for ever and ever. Hold on to
prayer
!

No

matter

how numerous

the

temptations that assail thee as enemies,

by

prayer thou shalt build a fortress about thy nature and it shall be impregnable.
vail against

Aye, 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

VIII

The Voice

of the

Guru speaks
:

in the

inmost silence of the heart

"My
against
tantly

son,

the
Spirit
!

Flesh wars constantly

the

Therefore

be consis

on the

alert.

How
by

hollow

life

!

Trust not the senses.

These are swayed
pain.

by

pleasure
!

and
art

Go
!

thou

beyond

Thou
the

the

Soul
!

At any

moment
knows
vision

body may go
hour
!

Indeed,

who

the
fixed

Therefore,

keep thy
the
Ideal.

unalterably

on

Saturate thy

mind with ennobling thoughts.
free

Not
of
if

in the

hour of death, but in the hours

life

keep thy mind

and pure.

Then,

death overtake thee of a sudden, thou art prepared. Live thy life as though thou
wert even

now about
live.

to die.
is

Then

shalt

fleeting, but thou canst make eternity of time provided thou dost think eternal and immortal thoughts.

thou truly

Time

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thy

"When
lived the

body goes down

into death,,

certainly thou shalt repent IF thou hast not:
life

of thy ideals here
fatal

on

earth.

Ah

word which spells neglect and remorse. Thousands are the spirits who lament, saying, 'O, IF I had only done so in the body, 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.

Say, *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.' "The Spirit of Man is infinite. Power is at thy beck and call.

Infinite

Realise

that

thou

art

of
;

the Soul

of

God.
thee
;

breathes in thee
;

He

lives in

He He

moves in thee thou hast thy very being in Him. When this thou dost realise, all
fear shall drop off

from thee.

Thou

shalt

attain to the state of fearlessness."

And
of the

the soul, in response to the Voice
says,

Guru

"O

Lord

!

Thou Author

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Thy
nature
is

27

of all things,

Infinite

Thou

everywhere. possessed of this consciousness intensely In all the worlds there is no hope but in
!

art

O

grant that

Love I be
!

Thee
sides.

!

Terror and the forms of death are

everywhere.

Pain and
is

illusion are

on

all

Such

the vision of mortal
!

life.

But do thou remove the illusion Then, where death stalks and where life is pain O let me behold I shall behold Thee! Thee even in the Terrible. O Thou
Destroyer of Illusion, hear

And
answer,
Call

the

my prayer!" Voice of the Guru makes
son,
call

upon the Lord! Think of always upon the Power that Him, and Him alone, and Infinite shall surround thee, and the is Love that is Infinite shall embrace thee,

"My

the

Lord.

and
thy

He

shall

soul.

speak words of realisation to True dependence upon God

solves

all difficulties.

The

process of true

Man-making is in complete resignation to the Supreme Love it is manifest in un;

interrupted meditation.
as fraud,

When

life is

seen
the

when death

is

present,

when

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wrung with agony, and human woe

heart

is

attains

its

climax,

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

thy

life.

Daily consecrate thy

life

to

God.
then,

See the

Wisdom

of His Will.
of a tiger,

And
even

even

in the

mouth

in the

presence of death, even on the threshold of hell, thou shalt find God.
"If this

be thy

life's

labour

to

remem-

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

cobra,
!

thou

shalt
!

joyfully

exclaim,

"Behold

Behold

A Messenger has come
call

from

my
!

Beloved,* or with the saint, in the

tiger's

mouth, thou shalt
!"

out "ShivoStrength

ham Shivoham
of the Soul.
tion.

And
is

this is the
Its

This
is

verily

manifesta-

This
it is

the Spirit of the Divine

because

the Perception of the Divine.

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29

"The
mouth
in

warrior rushes to the cannon's

defence of the motherland.
fire

The
and

mother rushes into
into the tiger's

and

into water

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.
face
all

Do

thou bear

all trials,

dangers,

live the Life of Ideals

be brave and

fearless IN

and THE NAME OF GOD.
life,

Thou

art

my

son.

In death or in

in

sin or in virtue, in pleasure or in pain, in

good or

in evil, whithersoever
art,
I

wheresoever thou
protect thee,
to thee.
I

am

thou goest, with thee, I
I

love thee. love for

For

am bound
love thee
!

My
I

God makes me one
!

with thee.
1

protect thee
Self.

I

am

thy very

Child, thy heart

is

My

abode!"
Hari

Om Tat Sat

!

IX
There
Divinity.

came
It

a

Voice
is

resonant

with

said, **O there is a

fears nothing,

which

greater than
I

Love which life and
that

greater

than
is
is

death.

am

Love.

There which

sence of

Love which knows no limit, everywhere, which is in the predeath, and which is all-tender
a
1

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
search for
it.
I

am

that Love.

O am the
I

very Essence of that Love. And, O, My own Self, I, that Love, am Thine Own
Self.
Itself
!

My

nature

is

Love

!

I

am Love
is

"O
nor

there

is

a
It

Beauty which

all-

comprehending.
divine.

knows
It

neither ugliness

shortcomings.

is

sublime.

It

is
!

O

there

is

no

limit to this

Beauty

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31

It is

like the

of

the

seas.

expanse of the sky or the depth It is manifest in odorous

dawns

It is and in flaming sunsets. manifest in the roar of a tiger and the song It is manifest as storm and as of a bird.

peace, but
aspects,
I

is

beyond
that

these.

am

Beauty.

These are its There is a

Beauty which is much deeper than pleasure and much deeper than pain. This is the am that Beauty Beauty of the Soul.
I
!

I

am

that
its

Beauty
all

!

Of
I

all

attraction,

whatever
1

character,
;

am

the Centre,

am

the magnet

other things are iron

filings,

but

all

are
!

some drawn this way, some that, drawn irresistibly, O am that
I
I

Magnet

am
and
is
!

that

Attraction,

My
I

I am that Beauty Nature is Blessedness
! !

*'O there
is

a Life which

is

Love, which
!

Blessedness

am
the
I

that Life
;

Nothing
It

circumscribes that Life
it
;

nothing can limit
Infinite.
is

and
is

this

'is

Life

Eternal

Life,

Nature
its

am Peace and am
and
;

that

Life.

Its

I

Peace.

Within
strife,

all-embracingness there is no hurried coming and going, no

no

ruthless

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IN

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live,

attempt to
IS.
I

no desire

to procreate.

IT

am

that Life.

Neither the stars nor
It.

the sun can contain

It is

a Light which

It is Itself no other light Light. There is no gauging the depths of Life. There is no measuring Its this

can outshine.

Heights.

Me
*

and

I

am that Life. And am in Thee
I
!

thou

art in

'Unsustained,
I

sustaining
all

everything,
I

am

the Spirit in

forms that are.

am
ani

the Silence within the
Eternity

Sound

of Life.

I

woven on
I

the

Time.
thought.

am the Self
I

warp and woof of beyond both form and
I

Mindless, yet

Formless, yet
ing naught,
I
!

I

I

am Power am Eternity
all

!

all Plurality.

am Omniscient. am everywhere. Containam contained in everything. am Infinity am Peace am the Unifying Unit of am the Sum and Substance
I
!

I

!

I

1

of
I

living things.

Of

all

warring parts
the spheres of

am

the whole
I

!

Beyond

life

and death

dwell deathless, birthless,

beyond bondage.
is

Who
!

finds

Me

out,

he

the Free, the Free

"Through

all illusion

I

perceive Reality.

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!

33

I

am

Reality perceived

I

am

the Wielder

of this

magic
is

force, this Sakti, this

which
the

the
of

Mother *s Form.

Maya From out
em1

Womb

Time

I

take

My

birth,

bodying Myself

in All that is of

Form.

am the Wornb of Time, and thus Eternity. And 'Thou art That/ O Soul, which is in
ME,
tear

the Self.
all

Therefore, arise,
to

awake and
all

bonds

shreds.

dreams, dispel
the Self
!

illusion's

Wipe out hold. Thou
!

art

The
Arise
!

Self art thou

Naught can
until the
is

hinder thee from the realisation of thy
nature.

Arise

!

Stop not

Goal

is

reached

the Goal which

the

Self, the Life, the Love, the Bliss Eternal

and the Knowledge of the soul made Free!"

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,
is
!

my

"Man, where

the body-idea, 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.

Be Free

If

thou

after the Imperishable, death shall not touch thee, for thou shalt have lost the

knowledge of what death is. Thine shall be Immortality. All the world has been
struggling to express Reality
first

but the very
the spelling

success in this effort
character.

is
is

of

Character
!

everything.
!

Make

character

Make

character

Every

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thou

35

hour
thou

do

make

character

I

Dwell
thine

in thy spirit

upon the Deathless, and
!

thou shalt become deathless

Make

abode Reality
shall

and then neither

birth nor
life

death, nor the varying experiences of

cause thee fear.
!

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, confined

up
\

!

and fear and sleep and food. Give Give up this clinging to the carCall
it

case

the carcase

!

Regard

it

as

such
it.

at all times.
It is filth.

Throw no

gold cloth over

Only the

Spirit is real.

The

consciousness of the Spirit -is immortality. The thinking of immortal thoughts leads
thee into Eternity.

Be brave Be bold Be as strong as adamant Dost thou desire to realise God ? Then, my boy, there is no time for caring for the body. Now is
!

!

!

the time; even

Thou
the

now is the opportunity. the child of Reality; thy nature is art
Therefore,

True.

plunge

into

the

Living Waters of the Life of the Soul.

Be

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IN

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!

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.
effort.

deep.

shalt find that thou art strong.

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.

thy inner nature art Sing a song of strength
!

my
tion

Sing a song of strength

Thou
destina-

art the child of Immortality.
is

Thy

Reality.

What

are those fleeting

Vast Mirage?

experiences of a day but phantoms in the Either deify life, or deny it.

No

matter

how
it is

thou doest
the

this

realise

divinity.

Whether

or negative,

all

method be the same."

positive

And

there arose in

my

soul a sense of

and in its quiet peace. the passive all-pervading power of OmniThis potence suddenly revealed itself.
great calm arose

A

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that

37

was a power

gave strength to

my

soul.

And
it J

the Voice of the

audible in this state of

Guru was made consciousness and
or dis-

spoke, "Beyond time, aye, within time,

am

Eternity.
all

Whether embodied
is

embodied,
there
is

the Spirit.

In the heart
is

ever Oneness.

In the heart there

ever Peace.
the surface,

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.

Tat

Tvam

Asi

!

Tat

Tvam Asi!"

XI

The Voice of the Guru, speaking in the hours of meditation, sayeth,
is an inner as well There is a world of soul as well as a world of form. And,
!

"Behold

There

as an outer world.

my

son, if there are marvels and mysteries and vastness and beauty and great glory

in the outer world,

there are inestimable

and powers and incommunicable blessedness and peace and unshakgreatness

foundation of Reality in the inner world as well. my son, the outer is
able

O

only a semblance of

this

inner

world.

And

in this inner

doth abide.

world thy true nature Here thou livest in Eternity
is

while the outer world

of time

alone.

Here there
bliss,
is

is

endless and unfathomable

while in the outer world sensation

accompanied by pain as well as by but O what pleasure. Here, too, is pain,
blessedness of pain, the ecstatic anguish

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39

of not having fully realised the Truth,

and

such pain

is

the

pathway

to

more copious
this

blessedness.

inner

"Come, draw thy nature within world. Come come upon

the

wings of ardent love for me. 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.

And deep
of

within

deepest

folds
all

Silence

there

God.

Abandon
soever
I

outer

concerns.
!

Whither-

I Whatsoever go, do thou come become, do thou likewise become. O

for the Holiness of

God

!

Many
heart

are the

where thought, like incense, rises unto God. thou doest. See Spiritualise everything the Brahman, the Divinity in form as well as in the Formless. Than the Lord there is no greater good.
shrines
of

the

devotee's

In

the

inmost recesses of the inner

world, into which one enters by the way of ardent love or ardent prayer, there are
universes

upon universes

of the Divinity

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IN

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in Revelation.

And God

is

always near.

He
is

is

near not in a physical sense;

He

near in a spiritual sense as the very Self within the self of $iee. He is the
very Substance of thy soul.

He

is

the

thy thoughts and of the most hidden and most silent aspirations of the heart. Give thyself up. Love for
of
all

Knower

the sake of love;
sake.

work
the

for the work's

own
the

Go

into

chambers

of

come into the Presence of The more thou goest inward the Reality. nearex dost thou come unto me. For
Silence;
I

Magnet which draws out the reveand the glory of thy soul. I am I am Spirit, untouched by thought Spirit or form. I am the Invulnerable and the
the
lation
!

am am

the Dweller within the Innermost.

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,

"O

Blessed

One, Thou Thyself art God. Thou Thyself art the Teaching which Thou dost

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41

teach, the very Spirit of the universe.

Lo,

Thy nature is the One, though Thy Maya sheds the glory
art
all

Thou

in

all.

of the manifold.

Thine
For

is

the
is

greater

glory of the One.
Spirit is

One, an Essence of which there are no
Spirit
Spirit
is

parts or divisions.

the

One

Light

O

seen through variously coloured lenses. Guru, my Guru, catch me up into

O

that

Life

which
art

is

thine.

O

Thou
art

art

Brahma, Thou
shiva.

Vishnu, thou
art

SadaPara-

Thou

Brahman,

Brahman/'

"Hara Hara, Vyoma Vyoma, Mahadeva !"
Thereupon
it

my

were, into the

soul was caught up, as Seventh Heaven and I

perceived the Divinity of Humanity, the I great glory even of human weakness.

saw

that everything was Divine and within this Radiance stood the Guru as
;

another

Krishna

transfigured

upon
more

a

mount
Deep,

of realisation in that inner world.

deeper

than

time

all-

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embracing even than space is that inner world of meditation. There can be no
darkness,
there
for
all
is

effulgence.
for

There,
all
is

can

Jnanam.
fire

be no ignorance, There death cannot

stalk,

nor

burn, nor water wet, nor the air dry. There is the region of the Ancient One,
of
life
;

beyond all the lie Immovable Infinite.

there

is

the

And
thine
thine.
is

in that glory,

speaking from the
spoke,
Infinite

Innermost
Art
is

the

Guru
then

"My

son,
is

the heritage.

Strength

thou

power
rest

the

satisfied

weak when thy All-Power Thou canst not with the show of sense.
!

Death and Forgottenness are behind the pageant of the outer world. The body becomes the corpse when death has seized it. But the Spirit is ever free. It is the unembodied It is the Witness
;

though the bodies are destroyed can never be destroyed/'
for

It

My
said,

soul,

communing with

the Guru,
'

There

Lord, how wonderful! "Then, is no death There is no death
!
!

O

*

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the

43-

And

Guru made answer, "Aye,
life

and neither

of sense, rooted in desire.
thirst for

For those that
in

them

is

the

mud-

puddle of the world.
the

mud,

their

bodies covered
souls

Like oxen revelling with

mud, thus are those
the foulness of
lust.

who
is

revel in

Long

the path for

them, beset with Maya, the substance of the warp and woof of desire. Go thou

Look beyond Thy time shall come. Above are the Eternal Lights up Look up and they shall penetrate the
!

!

!

;

' '

opaqueness of thy soul Hearing these words
bered,

!

my

soul

remem-

Divine

is

the nature of the Self,

and Freedom is the Goal. And the Goal is Now and Here, and not Hereafter
!

And

the destiny of the soul

is

certain

Self-realisation,

where time is blotted out, where the physical and mortal consciousness is dispersed, where the Light which * is Life and the Truth which is Peace shine forth, where all dreams end. where
desire
tion
is

swallowed up

in Infinite Realisa-

the Region of the Great Vast.

O

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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!

XII

And

the

Voice

that

dwells

in

the

Silence speaking in the hours of meditation said unto

my

soul,

**Come,
Quiet.

my

son, into the deep,

deep

Beyond the tumult
its

of personality,

beyond

manifold

experience,

come

into the Great Peace.

Do

not be troubled

by the storm of passion or desire on the do not be alarmed. Though surface the clouds gather thickest, beyond them
;

the sun doth shine.
heart

In the Stillness

the

throbs
thyself

best

with
to

quiet

rapture.

Make
ness
for
!

open

the

Love
is

that

is

everywhere.
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. fore go thou beyond the power of time in that dost thou think great thoughts,
**In all eternity

not one

;

46

IN in

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that

and

mayest thy soul desire the
thine
exist.

Infinite.

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. **O what power, what sense of exaltation,

what immeasurable sensing of Immensity come with the knowledge that
is

the Self

free, that

nothing can bind

It

!

That thou comest or that thou goest, that thou dost do or that thou dost not do what are these They are but episodes
!

within the great

dream
is

of

life.

They

are

but currents within the running stream of

time

while the Self

the Eternal.

"Deep
the Silence;
Blot out
all

deep

fathomlessly
is

deep

is

the Peace

immeasurable.
thou

images of sense and thought.
only
refractions;

They

are

go

within the Light Itself."

And

the Voice added,
in

"G
self
;

the Self there

is

no sense of
absolutely
diversity.

boundless,
It

everlasting,

free,

is

the Unit

knowing no

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Kingdom
of the Self there
I,

47

In the

room
the

for thou, or

Om

Tat

Sat,

expressible.
verily
*

Who
w s.
is

no That incomparable and inknows that Self, yea
is

or he.

It is

all

he kn

'True love
to

that yearning to
in the

be

free,

become merged
is

Infinite.

True

love
It

that great yearning for the Silence.

will

not be disturbed.
yet
It

It

reaches out
It

silently

ail-comprehensively.
gains the Goal.

is

irresistible.
all

Wherein

the

lost,

Gods merge, wherein all sound is wherein form is swallowed up and

thought remains un-thought, wherein life and death no more exist, know That to

be the Self. Wherein struggle ceases, wherein Realisation lies, wherein all that is relative is blotted out, wherein Beauty and Holiness, Sin and Terror, Good and
Evil
in

lose

distinction,

wherein the mind
omniscient,
Self.

contemplation
to

becomes
is

know That

be the
there

"My
the

son,

a Height
there
is

beyond
Divinity
is

greatest

heights,

beyond the

greatest Gods.

There

the

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of
is

background
vanishes,
all
is

the

Indestructible.

All

blotted out,

that

which
still

endures

the Self."
the
if

And
seemed
Vastness.

as as

Voice
soul

became
arose

it

my

into

the

Then

"I"

was

not.

There

was only

the Light

the Light!

XIII

When
heard thus

the soul rose into the Stillness

of the Innermost, the
:

Voice made
deeper than
goodness,

itself

"Deeper than
goodness.

sin,

evil is
its

The

fabric of the universe,
is

essential element,

infinite,

incomparable
is

naught of evil

There can be where there is God. Evil phenomenal and never real. Deep,
goodness.

deep in the sea of the soul are the immovable rocks of wisdom and of truth. Against these, all error and darkness and all evil must perish. True, on the surface there may be the violent noise of hurrying winds of desire, tempests of seething passion, hours of evil and of darkness, but Realisation one moment of Realisation
is

omnipotent.
of raging

manner

It sweeps aside all and rampant evil. It is

like the effulgence of the sun, blasting all

darkness.
ness,
4

Therefore,
the

even
Light
;

in

the darkin

remember

even

the

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IN

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call

very midst of thy sinning,

upon the

Name
shall

of the Lord And He, the Lord, harken to thy prayers. He shall send His Angels to help thee. There is
!

no power greater than the soul's own. Deep down is the flow of perpetual and
unit Divinity.
all

One glimpse of That, and sense of diversity in which sin and
make
thou
their

ignorance

abode
art

will
free,

dis-

appear.
art pure,

In essence,

thou

thou

art divine.

All the forces

of the universe are at thy

beck and

call.

"Shalt thou struggle for freedom when thou art free Thy aim must be the ac!

quirement
single

of

spiritual

knowledge.
of

A

ray Vision destroys and eradicates the subtlest shades of evil. 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, in the

ignorance.
sin
is

It is

deepest sense, is a dream. The nature of
;

be thou strong! weakness of That which thou art, glimpse

One
and

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That, the Effulgent and

51

thou

art

Omnias

potent !"

Then heard
though

I

the Voice cry out,
:

in prayer

"O
sense

builder

of

these

tabernacles
that

of

and thought,
!

destroy

which
sex,

thou hast erected

food and sleep,

Encased in fear, and the thoughts
it

that

spring therefrom, thou hast, as
willingly

were,

ness

enshrouded thyself in the denseof ignorance, and thou goest on

dreaming. Thy curse is thine own ignorance. Break down all dreams destroy
;

both the ideas of pleasure and pain, and the iron bar of the body-consciousness
will

be flung aside.
is is

Therefore the task

before thee

prodigious.

The web

of

Maya
come

as thin as the spider's,
as

and yet

equally

hard

as

adamant.
!

O

soul,

to thine

own

rescue
;

This tabern-

acle thou hast built

this

tabernacle thou

must destroy
destruction
is

!

And
thine

the process of such

own

Self-realisation.

This involves the divine awareness of the

Oneness.

Shall the sun

and the

stars

and

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itself

even space

swallow up Thy Nature?
!

The Soul
all

is

one-d with Thee

Out
soul
!

of the
It

darkness, out of ignorance,
self-imposed.
!

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.
lover
of

the

Terrible,

O

soul

!

And

shalt

though in the vision of the Terrible thou behold Death, lo, verily, thou shalt
!

also behold Immortality

Life

is

at best

a dream.

There
is

is

the Great Beyond.

In
all-

the end unity

everywhere, a divine,
It

embracing
though
is

unity.

is

all

the

same Sun
the ray

its

rays be manifold.

And
Sun

the Sun,

and the Sun,
darkness there

the ray. the
is
!

thou,

thou art the Sun,
in the

And And

even

Light."

Hearing this, my soul passed into the deeper and yet deeper stages of meditation and I knew, yea, verily, the ray
;

itself

as the Sun.
in the

Again the Presence came
of meditation, speaking,

hours

IN
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THE HOURS OF MEDITATION
the
Silence,

53

In

past

all

sound,
!

in

Eternal

Peace

thy

nature

dwells

Far

from the tumultuous noise of sense, far from the agony and pain of life, far from
the sense of sin and woe,

and yet even

in their midst, dwells the Divinity that IS.

How

wonderful the weaving of the dream And yet, more wonderful is the Dreamer than the dream Immortal,
! !

past the boundaries

of

death,

stainless,
evils,

even

in the presence of

enormous

art thou,

O

soul,

and

'rooted in Divinity.

Good and

ill,

these are of the measure;

ments of thought
splendours
things
!

art thou, the Effulgent

and beyond thought and Supreme The
!

of

thy

nature
art

transcend

all

the

thou, beyond Incomparable terms of speech. O Effulgent and Celestial and Divine One, crowned in

meditation's and Realisation's height,
shall call thee sinner, or

even

saint
!

;

who who

can speak or even think of thee
**O

dying

One in Self, who

all,

in

all

the

same unart

shall refer to thee in the
.life
!

-terms of mortal

Beyond

thou

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And, within even the turmoil

Immortal.
of

tempestuous thoughts, know there is the Silent Watcher of all things. His
Light the will-o'-the wisps of sense can never blind nor can His Peace be re;

pressed

by

all

the

strife
is

of

life.

Im-

movable, unthinkable
the Self
in the

He. beyond the He is sun, beyond the moon and stars.
;

the Self

is

He
!

;

He

is

the victor

wars of sense

"However the mountain-heights of ignorance loom up, however the deeps of He is the Ensin and woe be deep,
compasser of height and depth He is the All, the One, the Engulf er of all variance Know this and be thou Free, the Free!"
; !

And
4<

the words
I

came unto my

soul,

Lo,

am

ever near.
is

When
closest,

the net-

work

of thy sin

drawn

and thou
I

dost labour in utter darkness,

know

am

there suffering with thee the enormities of

thy
Self,

sin.

I

am

conscious of thine inmost
well the workings of thine

knowing
soul.

inmost

Thou

canst

keep

naught

from me, who

am

ever-present, not even

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I

55

a grain of thy secret thought.

am

in

thee

;

I

know
I

thee

well.

Without

me
Re-

thou canst not

move

nor breathe.

member
dost

am

go,

thy Self, going whither thou remaining where thou dost

remain.

Come,

enfold

thine

heart

in
all

mine.
shall

Make
be well.
I

it

thy very own. Then Shadow and Silence,
within,
in
!

in

them

dwell,

the tabernacle

of thine heart.

the world and preach
as
is

Go now Go thou into my word as wide
for
it

the

Self,

is

its

life.

My
all-

blessings

thou
!

ever

hast,
is

and

embracing love
love for thee
;

Mine
is

as a mother's
its

as
is

a dove's love for
for

young,
trouble

such

mine

thee.

When
re-

comes
I

or

danger

threatens,

member
' '

am

thy servitor, the lover of thy

soul

!

When

these words had ended,

I

knew

that the Guru had spoken, washing away all my sins, and I cried out
:

"O
One
in

ecstasy

intense

that

knows, being

in the

Presence of
in

my my

heart

Lord

!

Him, one

Him

!

How

sweet

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* ' !

the flow of such divinest thought with the saints I exclaimed unto

And
self,

my

"Plunge

into

the

O

fool

;

plunge

Sea of the Lord, into the Sea of the

Lord!"

XIV.

When my
of
said,
4

soul

meditation,

the

had entered the Silence Voice of the Guru
not

'My
nesses?
life

son,

do

I

know

all

thy weakIs

Why
a

dost thou worry?
trials

not

beset with
art

and

tribulations?

But

thou

Man.
thee

Let not faint-heartedness

take possession of thy soul.
that within
is

Remember

the Almighty Spirit.

Thou
is

canst be

what thou choosest. There

only one obstacle, thyself. The body but of the end rebels, the mind wavers, be sure. For nothing can ultimately withstand the power of the
sincere with thyself,
if

Spirit.

If

thou

art

in the

depth of thy
all
is

self there is integrity,

then
or
final

well.

Nothing can have
thee.

full

possession of

Cultivate

openness
nothing

of

mind

and
with

heart. Conceal

from

me

reference to thyself. Study

though

it

thy mind as were a thing apart from thee.

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thyself to those

Speak frankly concerning
with

whom

thy soul finds true association.

For the gates of hell itself cannot stand against a soul which is sincere. Sincerity
is

the one hing needed.
*

'After
of

all,

most of thy
it

faults arise out

the

body-consciousness.

Treat

thy

body

as though
it

were a lump
everything,
is

of clay.

Make
will.

subservient to the purposes of thy
is

Character

and

the

power
This
life
;

of character

is

the

this is

power whole secret of the the whole meaning of
the

the

of will.
spiritual

religious

effort.

Behold
glories

civilisations.

How
sense
at

man

over
sense

the

pomp
!

of

powers bottom

and
it

realities

But

is all

sex and food.

The mind

of the majority has arisen out of these two cover the corpse all-comprising facts.

We
is

with

flowers,

but

it

all

the
child

same
of

a

corpse.
Spirit

Therefore,

let

the

the

be deep
calls

in his study of

what the
it

world
putrid,

great.

For

at heart

is

all

being

grossly

physical.

Have nothing

to

corporeal do with the

and

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59

ephemeral things of the world or with its Tear off the masks with attractions. which the body hides its shame. 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, the tendencies of cultures or of civilisations are of

import to the

highest

spiritual
is

consciousness,
to

Know
;

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.

have
Lust

and Gold make up the fabric of the worldRoot these out from thy nature. ly spirit. Know all tendencies thereunto to be poisons, one and all. Vomit out from
thy nature
all all

defilement.
impurities.

Wash
See
it

thy soul
as
it

clean from
is
;

life

and then
be

shalt

thou

know
it

as

Maya,
of the
to

neither good, nor yet evil, but something
to
utterly given up, for
is all

body and
each
Seize

of the

body-idea.
of

Harken

whispering
avariciously

thy

higher

nature.

each message of thy

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spiritual

Self.

For

opportunity

is

a rare

and unless thou takest heed, when the Voice enters the Silence, thou
privilege,

being busied with the call of the senses shalt not hear It and thy personality shall
;

fall

into
it
I

the clutches of habits that will
to perish.
;

cause

Only
is

one

message

have
the

for thee

Remember
to

that thou art

Spirit.

The Power
is

behind thee.

To be

sincere

be

free.

Be

loyal to
is

thy spiritual inheritance, for to be loyal
likewise to be free.

Let every step which

thou dost take be a step forward, and as

thou goest along the highway of life, more and more shalt thou feel that thou art
free.
If

thou hast integrity behind thee,
all

thou canst face
self..

Then

shall

men. Be true to thythy words ring with the

accents of reality.

Thou

shalt

speak the
thou shalt
others

language of Realisation.
whole.

And

gain the power which shall

make
force

"Each man
character.
If

radiates

the

of

his

One can

never

hide
all

himself.

one

is

physically deformed,

men

see

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61

the deformity.

And

if

thou

art spiritually
all

deformed, likewise intuitively

men
of

shall

know.

For when thou speakest

the

things of the soul,

men

will feel that

thou

speakest that which is not in thy heart. Thou wilt not be able to communicate

unto

them anything whatsoever
of
it.

of

the

spiritual life.

and

For thou thyself art not in Therefore, if thou wouldst be-

a Prophet of the Most High, busy thyself with self -reform. Keep guard over

come

thy nature
tualise thy

;

instincts.

watch every impulse Be sincere.
to

;

spiri-

But

I

would charge thee
in

keep
thy

thy realisations
pearls

reserve.
If

Cast

not

before

swine.

thou dost feel wondrous states

of the Spirit,
talk

remain

silent,

lest

by loud

thou dost detract from their intensity. Ponder over what thou receivest. Go with
things into
all

all

the silence of the Spirit.

Guard
tions

thy
a

wisdom and

all

thy realisa-

Thou

guards his possessions. must conserve thyself and when
;

as

thief

thou hast practised silence for some time, then shall that with which thy heart has

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full,

and a power unto men. "There is one path of austerity which I recommend to thee. Meditate on the For the Terrible is everywhere. Terrible. has it been said by a Sage, 'EveryTruly,
treasure

become come a

overflow

;

and thou

shalt be-

thing that one touches
this

is

pain/

Know

not in a morbid, but in a triumphant
In
all

sense.

mystical experience, in one
this
it

form or another, thou shalt find
ship of the Terrible.
In reality,

wor-

is

NOT

It is Terrible the worship of the Terrible. only to him who dwells in the senses.

Pleasing and terrible are terms which have

meaning only
of the

to

one who

is

the bond-slave

body-idea.
at

But thou hast gone
thought and aspiraBy meditation

beyond,
tion,
if

least in

not in realisation.

on the Terrible thou

shalt assuredly over-

oorne the lust of the senses.

embrace the

life

of the Soul.
free.

Thou Thou

shalt shalt

be made pure and

and more thou
me,

shalt

And thus, more become united with
life.
;

who am on
life

the other side of

Never see

physically

study

it

psychi-

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Realise
it

63

cally.

spiritually.

Then imme-

diately the whole purport of the spiritual
life

shall

shalt

be made clear to thee. Thou know why saints love poverty and

purity,

and shun, by
this suffice.
it

fight or flight,

any-

thing that savours of Lust

"Let
said.

and Gold. Follow what I have
until

Think over
it

the

nervous

system takes

up, and the fever of these

and ecstasy course through thy veins, renew thy personality and make thee altogether whole/'

ideas and their loftiness

XV
When
all

was

silence, in the

deeps of
said,

meditation the Guru,

appearing,

is

"My son, meditate on the Power which the Mother's form, and then transcendall

shalt

Power inspires thou Power into the go beyond Mother's Spirit which is Peace. Tremble
ing

the fear the

the

not at the uncertainties of
all

life.

Though
remem-

the forms of the Terrible appear, multi-

plying themselves a thousandfold,
not the spiritual

ber, these can only affect the physical and
self.

"Be
being
is

steadfast

and

firm

at

all
is

times,

fully

aware

that the Spirit

indes-

tructible.

Take thy stand on that which
Believe in nothing but that
is

the Self.

Reality which
shalt thou

innate alike in

all.

Then
in the

remain undisturbed alike
that

tempest or the seduction of appearances.

That which comes and
not
the
Self.

which goes
with

is

Identify

thyself

the

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65

Self,

not with the form.

Impermanency

predominates in the realm of things, in the world permanency endures objective
;

alone in that realm of eternal subjectivity wherein reigns the consciousness of the
Spirit, free

from the forms of thought and
is

sense.
4

'That which
able,
like

the True
;

is

immeasur-

the great ocean
it

bind or circumscribe

nothing can whatsoever. 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. 'The misery of the world
ratio to desire.

is

attachment.

Have, therefore, no blind Bind thyself to nothing.

Aspire to be
Shall

;

do not desire

to possess.

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.
!

world

;

!

'}'

5

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The increase of Insight is its own reward. The more thou dost perfect thy nature, the
more
readily dost thou acquire eternal pos-

sessions

by which thou

shalt,

in

time,

purchase the

Kingdom

of the Self.

"Therefore, from

this

moment, go and
Invert the

grow inwards,
order
of

not outwards.

experience.
life,

Retreat
its

from

the

sensuous

as lived for

own
the
let

sake.
a

Spiritualise everything.

Make
;

body

tabernacle for the Soul

and

the Soul

be more and more revealed, day by day. Then shalt that darkness which is ignorance
light

be

gradually
is

dispersed

;

and

that
shall

which

the Divine

Wisdom

gradually be revealed. All the forces in the universe are behind thee, working in

harmony
*

for thy progress

if

thou wilt but

face Truth.

As

said

the

Lord Buddha,

The Tathagatas are only great preachers. You yourselves must make an effort.'
Aye,
the
;

Teachers

can

only

impart

Wisdom

the pupil MUST assimilate, and

this assimilation is the

making

of charac-

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67

himself

making wisdom one's own. By one saved, by none other. "Therefore, arise. Be diligent, and
;

it is

is

stop not
the

till

the goal
of the

is

reached.
!

That

is

Command

Upanishads

*'Even as a wild animal seeks for

its

prey, even as the slave of passion seeks
for the gratification of his lust,

even as a

man

dying from hunger desires food, even

as the

man who

for rescue

is being drowned calls with that same intensity and

strength of spirit do thou seek for Truth.

Even

as a lion,
lion,

not trembling at noises,
fearless
this

even as a

and

free

so do

thou roam about in

world, bent on the

acquisition of Truth.
is

For, infinite strength
fearlessness.
all

needed and
forth,

infinite

Go

thou

knowing

that

limitations

shall burst
all
if

asunder for thee, 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.
'Dost

thou

search

for

God?

Then

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when thou
4t

know

that

hast seen the

the Self shall be revealed to thee as God.'*

Om

Tat Sat!"

And
Silence

the

Guru's

Voice

entered

the
that

which is Peace, Radiance which is God
!

his

Form

XVI
Again the Voice made
itself

heard in
Neither

the hours of meditation, saying,

"Peace be with
here nor hereafter
fear.

thee,
is

my
all

son.

there any cause for
things
is

Interpenetrating

the

great spirit of Love.

And
is

for that

Love
is

there

is

no other name but God.

God
is

not far from thee.

He

not

bound down

by the

barriers of space,

for

He

the

Formless

One,

reigning

within.

Resign
all

thyself utterly to

Him.

Give

Him

that

which thou

all. art, both good and evil, Let nothing be reserved. By such an act

of resignation thy

whole nature

shall

be

made

pure.

Think,
!

how
;

vast

is

the charlife

acter of

Love

It is

greater than
it

and

stronger than death
all

is

the quickest of

paths to God.
"Difficult
is

ihe

path of

Love.
faith

the path of Insight, easy Become thou as a

child.

Have

and

love.

Then no harm

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Be patient and hopeful. be enabled readily

shall befall thee.

Then
to

shalt

thou

meet with all the circumstances of life. Be large-hearted. Root out all smallmindedness and thought of small self.
Surrender thyself with
all trust

unto Him.
in

He knows
wisdom.

all

thy

ways.

Trust
is
!

His

How

fatherly
!

is infinite in all, how motherly is He His long-suffering with thee. His mercy knows no bounds. If thou doest sin for

He He

Above

the thousandth time,

lo, for

the thousandth

time and ever doth

He

forgive thee.
it

"Even should
be
the
wilt
evil

evil befall thee,

cannot

when thou

lovest the Lord.

Even
thou

most

fear-inspiring

experience

recognise as a messenger from the

Through Love, verily, thou shalt Is not the mother at all times attain God. constant in affection? Even so is He, who is the Lover of thy soul. Believe, only then all shall be well with thee. believe, Do not fear what transgressions thou hast Face life already committed. Be a man Let come what may, do thou boldly!
!

Beloved.

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strong.
is

71

remain
strength
self
is

Remember
beck and

that

infinite

at thy

call.

God Him-

with thee.

What

fear canst thou

have?

"Make thy here and now.

struggle for immortality Train the mind. That is

the only important task.

That

is

the great
is

meaning and purpose

in life.

Now

the

opportunity to demonstrate immortality by

overcoming the body-consciousness, even

when
flesh.

the Spirit

is

encased, as
thyself

it

were, in

Do

thou

make

worthy of

immortality.

Even the gods worship him

who
is

has vanquished the body-idea. Death only a physical event long is the life
;

of the mind,
life

and immeasurably long

is

the

of the Soul.

How

necessary,

then,

that thou

shouldst think great

thoughts,

and thus hasten the course of thy spiritual evolution Have done with things Even if a man master the whole external.
!

universe,

still

has he to

become

the master
all

of himself.
is

Even

if

he discover

that
still

knowable, intellectually speaking, he shall have to know himself. For

Self-

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is

knowledge

the aim in
this

life.
is

Consciously
this

or unconsciously,
gives reason to

the aim which
is

life.

It

aim that
is

explains the process of living, the process
of Self-development.

That knowledge

indeed worthy which leads to the improvement of the inner Self. Therefore set thyself

bravely to the task of Self-knowledge. Long, perhaps, shall be the way, but there
of the end.

can be no doubt
all

Leaving

off

other words, be thou concerned with
is

That which
*

the Highest

!

'Stand on thine

own

feet

!

Defy the

whole universe,
ultimately

if

harm thee?

need be. What can Be thou content

with the Highest. Others seek for external riches. Seek thou the treasures of the
within.
shalt

The time shall come when thou know that the empire of the whole

is

world, aye, even the empire of the gods, as dust before the splendours of SelfArise
!
!

knowledge.
is

Gird

thy

loins for

the great effort

Come,

great soul, thine

the heritage of the Divine Life. Thine are the riches of which no thief can rob

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73

thee.

Thine are the riches of the Omni-

potent Soul !"

XVII

The Voice, making
stillness of

itself
:

heard in the
of this world.

meditation, said
is

"Terrible
Difficult is
it

the

bondage

to

escape from out the net of

Maya.
live

Life teaches us that in order to
;

one truly one must go beyond life must conquer death. This is the supreme task, and the way to this conquest is
through
instincts

the
that
to

victory

over those physical
1

lead unto death.

speak

deeply

thee,

my

son,

asking thee to

keep wide, wide awake and pay heed to all that which comes to tempt thee. The only way in which to progress spiritually is
to

anticipate the faintest rise of tempta-

Keep strict guard over thy mind. Constantly busy thyself with that which is
tion.

great

and noble.

In

this

manner, thou
it

shalt gradually

make

thyself free.

"When
comes, as
it

temptation

comes,

often

were, of a sudden, before the

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mind has time
is

become aware
is

of

what

happening.
to
this.

One

apparently hurried
All saints

on
evil

the point of yielding.

understand

Therefore they anticipate

thought, defeating its strength and the possibility of its arising by strenuous good
thought.

By thought
Beware,

is

one made and
that

unmade.

then,

thou

dost

think good thoughts.

thou

that it is the mind which must keep constantly buoyed up. Never let it be idle. Idleness is the

"Remember

counterpart of
bears
itself

evil,

the nest wherein

it

most
life

fruitfully.

Beware

of

idleness.

Take

seriously.

Realise the

shortness of time and the greatness of the
task of Self-unfoldment before thee.
is

Now

thy

time

;

now

is

thy
if

opportunity.

Bitterly shalt

thou repent

thou dost allow
conditions

thyself to

drift

carelessly into

of limitation
in

and

struggle, worse than those
find thyself.

which thou dost now

Be

worthy

of a better future, a better birth,
life

by making thy present
the Spirit.

a success of

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"The world abounds with death. The law of Karma is inevitable. Take heed,
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.

My

son, after thou hast
of immortality,

once tasted of the nectar

how

is it

possible for thee to feed on the

husks of swine?
"Yet, do not be alarmed.
of

The Grace

God

sin.
is

greater than mountain-loads of So long as thou dost believe, so long
is

there hope.
in

But the

way

is

almost

in-

finite

length.

Think of the

life-times

necessary for the complete eradication of evil, for the final transformation of the

human
Canst

into

the
then,

divine

consciousness.

thou,

not

understand

how

seriously thou

shouldst labour
if

for thine

own good?

And

thou dost love me,
sake at
least, try to
I

wilt thou not, 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

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shall
off

77

thee

;

I

must shake

always love thee, but thou thy lethargy. Come out of
!

thy moral slothfulness; come, be a man "Thy love for me is the pole-star of thy life. It is the basis of thy being. And

good reason, for by thy love for me thou shalt be saved. Devotion to the Guru is the one thing needed. That will
is

there

straighten out
of

all

thy

difficulties.

So be
I

good

cheer.

Know, always,
longing
I

that

with

thee.

My
all

for

God,

am my

Realisation,

that

am
for

or possess, shall
is

be given unto thee,
of the

it

the pleasure
if

Guru

to give

even himself,
it

need
I

be, for the

good

of the disciple.
is

Once
ever,

have accepted thee,
eternity.
ful

for

for

Now, go
if

in peace,

and be mind-

that

thou

art

true to thyself, thou

dost

add even unto my glory and even unto mine own vision.*'

XVIII

The Voice
soul
:

of the

Guru spoke unto my
nothirlg so fascinating

"My
It
is

son, there

is

as the history of thine

own development.
!

the development of personality that
life

Be the witness Stand aside, as it were, and observe thy personality as though it were a thing apart.

makes

interesting.

Study the wayward thought, the
desire.

fleeting

How

transient the importance of
!

yesterday's experience
thing matter a

What doth
life

any!

decade of years hence
is

Thinking

this,

go through
give

undisturbed.
matters.
It

Nothing
passes.
things
of

which
the

earthly

Therefore

thy

Spirit.

Be

time up to unattached.

Plunge into meditation. Let thine be the monastic spirit. The value of any experience or of any idea
is
its

tendency in the
Realising
this,

way

of

making

character.

do thou acquire a new perspective

in life.

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'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.

They

perish

They

are swallowed

up

in

Maya.

Refrain, therefore, from con-

cerning thyself with worldly things. the society of the worldly-minded.
subtle
is

Shun

How
is

the

mind

!

It

endeavours con-

stantly to idealise the

physical.

That

the witchery of

Maya.

Be not deceived

beauty and by the gaudiness of appearances. Lose not thy insight. From

by

false

immemorial time
going on.

this
is

struggle

has been

What

all

earthly attachment

compared with the love of God for thy soul? Attachment is of the body, and
therefore
is

bondage.

But thou lovest

me

with thy soul. That is the difference. My son, it has not been amiss that thou
shouldst pass through much pain in order to realise the danger and falseness of the

world.

The more thou

dost suffer, the

closer art thou brought to me. "Cultivate passivity! Thou

art

alto-

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gather too irresponsible and too aggressive. Before thou seest the faults of
others

and

dost

criticise

them without
glaring faults.

mercy, discover thine
If

own

rant

thou canst not bridle thy tongue, let it against thyself, not against others.

First of all,

order.

keep thine own house in proper Such precepts as these are in direct

Self-realisation.

accordance with the highest philosophy of For there can be no Selfwithout
character.

realisation

Humility,
the

meekness,

gentleness,

forbearance,

non-seeing of evil in others all these are the practical elements in Realisation. Pay

no attention

to what others do to thee be busied with thine own improvement.

;

When

thou hast learned

this,

thou hast

mastered a great secret. Egotism is at the bottom of everything. Root out egotsim.

And

keep careful guard. be SURE of victory over it Thou canst not
as for passion,
until thy

body is laid at the burning-ghat. mind the shmasana (Funeral and burn into ashes all thy desires ground)

Make
if

thy

thou desirest to be free even in

life.

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learn
'blind*
!

81

"Thou must What art thou
any
real

obedience.

Hast thou knowledge? Be led along the Give thyself path, even as a child is led. to my wishes. 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,
I

inasmuch as
chastisement.

do not spare the rod of If thou wouldst be a
all

Master,
ciple.

first

of

learn
is

how

to

be a

dis-

Discipline

what thou

requirest.

"Before, thy enthusiasm for

my

cause

was boyish and effervescent. Now it is becoming tempered by true insight. The
child
it is

is

thoughtless, the youth

is

wilful

;

the

man
is

that

is

worth while.
a

My

in-

tention

to

make
I

man

of thee in the

spiritual sense.

would have thee deep, responsible, earnest, well-disciplined, and make manifest thy loyalty and love for me in steadfastness and sincerity of character. March forward. My love and
blessings are ever with thee/*

XIX
In the hours of meditation
I

heard the

Voice addressing me "Have no bitterness
:

in thine heart.

Be
false

candid with
all false

thyself.

Root out

all

notions with regard to thyself.

Root out

attachment.

See Divinity instead

of body.

See thyself as others see thee. Above all, have no false self -commiseration.
let

Be strong them be the

!

If

thou must have

faults,

faults of a lion.

"The Law is mighty. It will crush thy heart and shatter thy personality in exact
ratio to thy self-will.

But
the

it

will also lead

thee
faith,

to

true

Self-knowledge.

Base

thy

therefore,

on

Law.

Action

breeds reaction.

Therefore let thy actions proceed from purity of heart and thought. Then shalt thou know Peace.

"Under the name

of sentiment oftenis

times a multitude of sins

covered; at
instincts

bottom the grossest physical

may

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cloth of

83

be

at

work.

gold

over them does not
is

mend

matters.. One

liable

to

idealise

sensations

as

lofty

the purely physical emotions. But desthe
disguise
is

crimination

tears

off

and

teaches that false attachment
self-centred,
science-less.

always

dominating,
It is

cruel

wilful, blind,

and conand bodyis

bound.

True
to the

love,

on the contrary,
gives
it

pure, related to the Spirit,

infinite
is

freedom
of

beloved one and
self-renunciation.

full

wisdom and

Vomit
attach-

out from thy heart, accordingly, ment and misplaced sentiment.

all

And once
being

you have done
as

it,

as
at

thou wouldst not
thy
vomit,

much

as look

repelled,

do not even as much as think of
It

attachment.

is

bondage.

Remember
is

this,

terrible bondage, and march on
!

bravely to Freedom's Goal

"Monasticism
vocations.
all

the

highest

of

all

By

cutting thyself loose from
all

bondage, thou dost help

that

have
life.

known thee shall ever come into thy By Self-realisation the monk fulfils

all

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By
his
self-sacrifice

duties.

others

are

redeemed. Be thou a monk in thy heart and deeds. Depend on nothing or on no one. Give others their freedom and be
thou thyself free. "Be not disheartened because of thy
disadvantages, for thy very disadvantages, given a spiritual direction, shall be transfigured into
feeling;
irritation

advantages.
in

Spiritualise

thy

Then, when no malice or nervous
exists

thy nature, thou shalt

and

stand on thy ground, and yet be a light a help unto many, though thou

Be a lion; weakness will fall away from thee. Aspire to be a God; then the limitations
shouldst not e'en see them.
all

then

of thy

body-consciousness will disperse.

become pure Spirit. Take thy from the sublime phenomena of the mountains, the vast seas and nature, suns. Become one with strong shining
shalt

Thou

lesson

things.

"Self-regeneration,

my

son,

is

a long
canst

and painful process.
grow,
is
is

Before

thou

necessary that thou

be over-

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~whelmingly frank with thyself. All veils of self-excuse or self-commiseration must

be rent asunder by repeated experiences
of pain and the humiliation of thy pride. There can be no foolishness with God and

no hypocrisy with
finest

thine

own
come

soul.
forth.

The
Be

and

best

must

grateful, therefore, for

pain, that reveals at

each messenger of once thy weakness
Exclaim, 'Blessed,

and thy Self
blessed pain
!

to thee.
'

"A
make
is

little

learning has

made

thee an

intellectual egotist; a greater learning will

thee spiritual.

Remember
let
It

that

mind

not the Soul.
it

So

experience pound
it.

the mind as
is

will.

the

main

thing.

That Gradually the Sun of
will purify

the Soul will pierce the dark clouds of ignorance; and then the goal shall be revealed to thee, and thou shalt be merged
in
its

effulgence."

XX.
Continuing his instructions,
said
:

the

Guru

sonality.

I shall master thy perStep by step thou shalt be forced nearer unto me. For I am thy Lord and God, and I shall not tolerate any idols of

"Inch by inch

sense or sense-idealised thought between me and thee. Rend the veils, my son
!

Rend the veils that the Guru Then knew had become responsible for me.
!

' *

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.

Character

is

everything; and character can

come
and
Soul

only

affliction

through renunciation. Pain draw out the powers of the

them

!

and make character. Welcome See the divine opportunities these

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87

create.

'Diamond cuts diamond,' as the saying goes, and pain alone conquers in!

stinct. Blessed, blessed pain devotee, Kunti, prayed that her

The
lot

ereat

might

always be afflication, in order that thereby she might always remember the Lord. My son, hers was a true prayer. Do thou
pray likewise.
If

thou lovest me,
all

know

that pain will bring thee

the closer unto

me, and thy higher nature will shine forth. "The mortal must be crushed out and
crucified,
if

the immortal
real

is

to

be made

manifest.

The

'You'

is

behind the

temporary configuration of consciousness. No insularity, my son Thyself having adopted a certain course in the spiritual
!

life,
is

why become

fanatic

therein

?

God

not to be realised in one way, but in

every way.
or greatness,

Wheresoever there is glory there the Lord Himself is

manifest.
special

Break

down
duty

all

walls

!

No
Be

bounds are assigned

to thee.

all-sided; thy sole
tion^

lies in self-perfec-

Who commanded

thee

to

preach
!

any one idea

to the exclusion of all others

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thee to preach at all?
to

Who commanded
I

have opened thine eyes
thy
vision
to

some

extent.

Before,

was

blurred.

Now,

thou

art

coming

know
!

that before thou
train thyself.

shalt teach others, 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.
curse.

Verily,

egoism

Harness thyself mind running hither and

With thy

thither,

how

canst

thou hope to do good unto others ? Concentration is the first thing needed. Thy
surface consciousness
is

as

wayward and

as untutored as that of a rebellious child.

What
depth
to

is

wanted
surface.

is

that thou dost bring the

of thee, the real

man

that thou art,

the

This being god at one

moment and
will

slave to passion at another,
!

never do

Mv

boy, character, as
is

I

have said repeatedly,
Vision.
4

the only test of

'The glamour of romance and idealism
the Rishis.

stands between to-day and the days of

Buddha and

The

earth

was

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89

then the same as now.
the
hearts

The summer was

sway in men, and poverty and wealth, health and sickness were side by side. There were jungles and mountains and rivers, and cities and bazaars; and
of

hot, the winter cold, passion held

death then as

now stalked everywhere. The same difficulties were to be contended with. Buddha looked upon the same
world as thou thyself dost look upon.
the

So

same

realisation
!

is

possible.

Set thy-

self to the task

were expired

in exactly as

The Vedas themselves human an enSet thythat
!

vironment as thou seest to-day.
self to the task,

my boy
This

"It

is

the conscious
in

mind
is

must

be taken
which,

hand.

the instrument

when

to explore the

perfected, will enable thee hidden depths of the subthen, rush

conscious mind and to burn out old Samskaras which,

now and

beneath the threshold.

And by

this

up from same

conscious mind, spiritualised, the highest

Superconsciousness

From

the

may be atttained. known, man proceeds to

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Knowledge
is

the

Unknown.

the

con-

quest

gained through the expansion of the conscious mind. More and more of
the infinite territory of thought
is

acquired.

The end
ledge,
tual.

is,

Omniscience.
is

True knowspiri-

my
It is

son,

not material, but
that
is

the

man

revealed through
\

knowledge, not the thing

"True knowledge
of
ideas,
like

is

always a process

of conscious realisation.

The

assimilation
of

the

assimilation

food,

touches and acts upon the conscious perThe nervous system must assisonality.
milate ideas.

Then
It

the very

body

itself

becomes
is

full

of chaitanya.

The very body
said,

made
of'

Spirit.

was

in this sense that

some

the
I

Masters

have
'
!

'Even
is

physically

am chinmaya
itself

That

why
privi-

even physical service
lege.
in

to the

The body

Guru is then becomes

Spirit

the process.

"One
master,

of the greatest tasks thou shalt

my

son,

is

Self-communion.
largely

Now
Thou

thy concentration

is

dependent on

circumstances

and

environment.

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to

91

But other minds
stimulus.

commune may give

with

others.

speak even

Thou thyself when speaking
within.

thee only the to thyself dost
to

another.

But knowledge, the true stimulus, should

come from
other
!

Why

Like
!

a

rhinoceros

depend on anmarch on

alone

"Mind
child.

itself
is

becomes the Guru,
an
old
teaching.
in
is

my
And
the

This

why?
mind
thou
that

Because,
for
art.

pressing

upon

Self-realisation
I

the

Divinity

and

all

others are only aspects

of the Great Reality.
I

The consciousness
in

wore on thy plane, when
as
it

the

body, was,

were,

only a

window

through which thou dost behold the InBut that consciousness which was finite.
/,
I

myself

Divine.

make effort What is Real
is

Real in thee,
the

that

merge in the me, what is Brahman Worship
to
in
!

Brahman,

my

boy,

Worship

that

Brahman

alone!'*

XXI
glory of the
*

Then quoth a Voice, speaking Guru unto my soul have unbounded faith 'Child,
thy

of the
:

in

thy

Guru.

Through His mercy, through His
very

illumination

inmost

Soul

has

been resurrected. out, and through

He has sought thee Him thou hast been
realisation of the

made whole.
;

The

Guru
It
it.

descends in torrents upon the disciple. and nothing can resist is ceaseless
His love for thee knows no bounds.
all

To

lengths

He

shall

go

for thee.

Never

^hall

His very love is proof of His Divinity, and even His curse
desert thee.
blessing in disguise.

He

is

'The

Realisation

of

thy

Guru

is

a
!

thing, present and concrete before thee Through the transfiguration of His Nature,

thou

dost
is

verily

perceive
for

the

Divine.

There
thyself

no other path over wholly and

thee.
to

Give
the

entirely

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at

93

Guru.

Gods?
is

He who

bottom, are even all the has realised His Nature

the greatest Divinity.

Man, seeing the
has realised the

great glory of
Self,

Him who
is

perceives that Realisation in mani-

fold forms.

The Guru

more than

per-

sonality

;

through Him,

all

aspects of the

Is He not Siva HimOf the Great Guru, Siva Himself is only an aspect. Meditate on thy Guru as Siva, as thy Ishtam, and at the supreme

Divine shine forth.
!

self

moment
Ishtam.
Incarnate
tion.

of Realisation thou shalt find the
is

Nature which

the

Guru merged
stands
one,

in thy

Before

thee

made

Divinity

What

then

through Self-Realisashalt thou have with
!

abstract

Gods
thee.

or theological conceptions

Wheresoever
follow

thou

shalt

go,

He

shall

Because,

for

the

sake of
an-

helping mankind,

He

has renounced even

Nirvana

itself.

In

this

He

is

verily

other Buddha.

That

He

has realised His
all

Nature makes His personality
real,
all

the

more
atis

the

more powerful.

Having

tained the Brahman-Consciousness,

He

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superhuman
life

empowered with
knowledge.

and
to

All the gods

bow down

Him who
all

has become Brahman. Through the perspective of thy Guru- worship, see
the Divinity that IS.

Thus

all

shall

be made one, and the highest Advaita Consciousness shall be gained. For the Guru shall be seen in larger and ever larger perspectives, even according to the enlargement of thine own Jnanam and thy
Bhakti.
of

Through the supreme expansion
the

personality,

Highest

Selflessness

which is the Self is realised. There, Guru, God and thyself, aye, the whole universe, That is the Goal. See are made One.
the

Guru through
That
is

the perspective of the

Infinite.

the

highest

Wisdom.

Through Guru-bhakti thou walkest on the
highest path.

"In one sense, the Divine
real

Man

is

more

even

than

Pure

Godhead.

Thou

canst only understand the Father through the Son. Before even thou dost worship

God, worship the God-man
the

!

Apart from
of

Brahman-realised

Consciousness

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is

95

Man, where
is

there

God?

Guru- worship
because

the highest for the disciple,

through thy worship of the personality of
the Guru,
all

sense even of personality

shall ultimately

be

lost.

Wider and wider

become
First

the horizons of the spiritual vision.
;

the physical presence is required then comes the worship of the person of the Guru. The next step is the going

even beyond the physical presence and
the worship of the Guru, for the Guru teaches that the body is not the Soul.

Like a child has the disciple to be educated.
tion

From

the physical to the percep;

of the Guru's message and ideas from the person to the principle. Mind and body cannot count in that supreme of
all

intimate

relationships.
is

The very
More
of

Soul of the
lofty

Guru

transmitted through
realisations.

and
all

and still loftier more does the

personality

the

disciple

Guru-Nature, 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

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festation.

attained.

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,
!

wilt

mands

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
loving servant
will
will.
;

His

will is thy

Law.

Thy
I

has become the instrument of His

To
as

follow

Him

that

is

thy

Dharma

For,

the Scriptures say,

'Verily,

the

Guru is God, the Guru is Brahma, Vishnu and Mahadeva. He is indeed the Supreme Brahman There is none higher than the Guru
!
'

!

XXII
Then,
the
in

another hour of meditation,
:

Guru spoke

"My

son, at any

brings death

moment the hour that may come make therefore
;

the most of
visits

life.

When

a lofty inspiration

thy soul, seize it avariciously, lest through thy sin of omission it is lost

utterly.
is

For every ideal sentiment, there

a practical realisation.
is

The method

of

realisation

equally as important as the
itself.

perception of the ideal

What

is all

grandiloquent

talk

compared
Talk

with

an

ounce

of

practice?

may

rouse

emotion, but both time and feeling are wasted unless thou dost assume the responsibility the

ideal

demands

of thee.

Have no hypocrisy
call

in thine heart.

Throw

not a cloth of gold over thy inaction and it resignation. Behind all thy lack of

response to spiritual stimuli, be sure there
is

always the physical consideration.
7

If

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some
it

it should enter thy mind to take daring course in the spiritual life,

is

likely

that thy

body

shall

arise,

asking,

*Mind, shall it be comfortable?' Ah, for the sake of physical reason how far short hast thou fallen from the ideal
!

'My

son, courage

is
it

as
is

much needed
As much
in

in the spiritual life as

in the struggles

which ensue

in the world.

per-

severance as the miser has

hoarding

gold, as great courage as the warrior has
in rushing forth to

meet the
great

foe, so

much
must

perseverance,

so

a

courage

thou possess to accumulate the treasures that are imperishable and to master once
for
all

the

body and the body-consciousis

ness.

That

the secret that

lies

behind

realisation in

any form

indomitable cour-

age, courage that knows no fear. Develop the powers for self-analysis, then shalt

thou find that

when thou
life

dost

fail to

take
it

up boldly
is

the

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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this

99

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.
"But
Cut
the
off
all

bonds, or rather subordinate
the greatest bonds,
that of

body

to

the morrow's uncertainty, and immediately

thou shalt find that thou hast gained

the highest freedom
itself will

and

that

the

body
life

become
steps

the servitor of the Soul.

"Bold
risks not

are

needed in the
temporal.

spiritual as in the life

He who

the

can never hope to gain. Throw body overboard into the sea of un;

certainty

be

like

the
to

wandering monk,
person,

attached
things,

neither

place

or

and though thou lose the body,

thou shalt gain the Soul. Boldness is the one thing needed, the boldness of a tiger
in

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
the
jungle.
;

long there can be no realisation for the

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sacrifices

soul.

Think of the

made by

the

worldly in worldly pursuits. Wilt thou not make sacrifice in the spiritual
pursuit?
Is

God
all

to

be

realised
!

eloquence from under

or

by mere form
sheltering

by Get out

influences.

Come
finite

out into the open. Make the Inthy horizon. Let the whole universe
field in

be the

which thou dost wander
all

!

"Thou must welcome

experience
!

!

Come

Fearout of thy narrow grooves lessness will make thee free. As it is
certain that in life

Dharma

alone

is

true,
is

so

it

is

equally certain that Sannyasa

alone the true spiritual path. Renunciait is alltion like religion is not a form
;

inclusive
ness,

;

it

is

a condition of conscious-

a state of personality. In realisation thou thyself must come face to face

with

God
for

;

in

renunciation
eternal.

must

find the

peace
;

thou thyself No one can
likewise,

realise

thee

for

thee,

no

one can renounce. Therefore, be brave and stand on thine own feet. Who can
help thee save that which
is

the Self in

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Making
thine

101

thee?
thine

own mind
Let

thy Guru,

own

Inner Self thy God, march forth
rhinoceros.
to thee,

fearless as a

whatever
that

experience
is

come
is

know
not

what
Soul.

affected

the

body,

the

Have such faith and firmness that nothing can overpower thee. Then having renounced everything, thou shalt find that all things are at thy command, and that thou art no longer their slave. Beware of
false enthusiasm,

however.

Care nothing

either
tion.

for

pleasant or unpleasant sensaforth,

Simply go

without a path,

without fear, without regret. Be thou the true Sannyasin. Do not shelter thyself

under
asunder
fear,
4

false
;

notions.
all

destroy

Tear all veils bonds overcome all
;

and realise the Self.

'Do not delay.
is

Time
is

is

short
;

and

life
is

fleeting.
;

flying fast

Yesterday to-morrow
all

gone

to-day

is
!

already at hand.

Depend on God alone
thou obtainest
fulfillest all
life
;

By renouncing by renouncing, thou by giving up thy obligations
;

thou

dost

gain

Eternal

Life.

For,

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dost thou renounce?
the
life

what
the

life

of

senses

and

sense-fed

thought.

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.
be
!

lash

the indifferent

surface into a very tempest of renunciation

Believe in thy Self

!

Long enough

hast thou been indifferent.
!

Now
sincere
shall

sincere

Be

tremendously
of the Soul

Then

all

good things

be thine."

XXIII
Again the Guru spoke "Already the word has been spoken the commands have already been given
:

;

thee.

Now

action

is

required.
of

Teaching

without

practice

is

no

avail.

How

great would be thy sorrow that thou didst not put resolution and insight into practice long ago Having gained the path, march bravely on. What shall stand in the way of one who has determined on
!

Self-realisation

!

When
!

thou

standest

alone,

God
all

shall

be thy companion, thy
Is
it

friend, 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, Nature herself shall reveal

her true beauty to thee.

Thus
speak

to

thee

spiritual.

everything shall become Even a blade of grass shall

to thee of the Spirit.

"When

thou hast renounced

all

and

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dost walk on lonely paths,
love and

remember that wisdom shall be with thee my always. Thou shalt be close, very close unto me. Thou shalt gain further insight,

increased
increase
wilt

purpose of
of
the

will,

and a
sense.
things.

great

universal
all

Thou

become one with

Renunciation,

my

boy,

is

the one path.

Imagine thyself dead to-day.

"However it may rebel, know that sometime, somehow the body must be
sacrificed as

a holocaust unto the Soul

;

the body-idea must be overcome. canst

Thou

make

the

long path,
spirit, short

the lukewarm in
sufficiently

pursued by if thou art
the
of

sincere.

Take time by
advantage

forelock.

Take

instant

If by one leap thou canst opportunity. cross over the intervening barrier between

thyself

as

thou

art

and

thyself

as

thou

shouldst become, hasten to do so.

Turn
prey.

on

thyself

like

a

tiger

on

its

Have no mercy on
"Pay no

thy mortal

self.

Then
forth.

shall the Immortal Self in thee shine

attention

to

trivialities,

my

IN
-son.

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details matter

105

What can
Itself

when

the

has dawned upon thee? Details are purely physical. Centre not
Universal

thy mind
the
spirit of

upon them.

Be concerned with
Having the
thee.

One and

not the many.

Vairagyam, care not what details

of experience

may come
thine

to

Re-

member
enemy
bondage
aroused
one.
r

that thou thyself art thine

own

as

also

own

well-wisher.

With one
Samskaras.

stroke thou canst cut off the
of

a

veritable

host

of

past

The

necessary

spirit

once

in thee, 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. shall be well with thee.

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.
in

Be righteous
others

thine

own

may

say what they

will,

then eyes thou shalt
;

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Seek no advice
inclination.
;

take no heed.
thine

follow

own

higher

perience can teach thee. time in idle speech. It
nothing.

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.

Look
4

to

guidance,

another.

'Thy sincerity
fast
;

will

make
will

thee stead-

thy steadfastness will bring thee to

the

goal.

Thy
;

sincerity

also

make
will

thee resolute

and thy resoluteness
all

make
ings

thee overcome
!

fear.

My

bless-

upon thee
"
!

My

blessings

upon thee

for ever

XXIV
And the Voice of "My son, draw
Innermost
darts
soul.
!

the

Guru

said

:

thyself

within
are

the
like

Outward
that

things

and arrows

do but bruise the
Self

Make abode. The
*

thine great

Inner

thy

true

Mag(j$ Solomon

hath
' !

said,

Ah
of

Vanity of vanities, 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. All that which

Yama

possesses
a form.

form

must
is

suffer

death,

the

fate of all form.
It,

Even the mind

itself is

too,

subject to change and
thou, therefore, be-

to disintegration.

Go

yond both mind and form.

"From
matters.

the highest standpoint nothing
In the

supreme sense, once thou

hast given thine heart to thy Lord, nothing

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can bind

thee. This should give thee a wonderful sense of freedom and expanThis should make thee fearless. sion.

Love
the

is

the greatest power.
all veils

By

the

power

of love

Beloved
**

which blind thy vision of One can easily be rent
Purify the mind!
is

asunder.
Purify the mind!
all,

That, once and for

the whole and

only
line.

meaning
of

of

religion.

Develop

continuity

thought

along the highest

of purpose.
thee.

More and more develop consistency Then nothing can withstand Thou shalt move unto thy goal as
as

readily

the

eagle
all

flies.

O

that

one
!

could think at

times of the Highest

That

in itself

would be Freedom.
from thy sluggishness!

"Rouse
Reconstruct

thyself

whole nature. Open thy thine eyes to the beauty which is everyCommune with Nature. She where.
shall

teach thee
to thee.

many
She

lessons,

now
See

un-

known
great

shall bring to

thee
the

calm

of

personality.

Invisible Divinity

even in the

visible uni-

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!

109

verse about thee.
actor
tion
;

is
if

The Be the witness burdened with the effects of acthou must act, even in action be
Concern
thyself with

thou the witness.
nothing
analysis.
is

but

Self-realisation

Strengthen that

and selfwhich in thee

best.

of

Pay no attention to the opinions Make thy very Be strong others.
!

own

self

thy Guru.

Saturate

it

to

such an

extent with great purposes and ideas, that of itself it shall seek and express the highest.
self,

Once strengthened

it

shall arouse
shall

it-

and things undreamed-of
Refrain from criticism!
!

be

revealed to thee.
**

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.

Be thou concerned with
shalt find
criticise.

thyself.

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. Let

human

in thee die, so that the Divine

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.
unto
as
it,

'Do this/ that
said,

it

shall do.

The
and

Master has
a
clock

Imagine
the

thyself seated

upon

mantelpiece

study thy daily comings and thy goings. 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.

Ignore

the
it.

physical,

thou canst not spiritualise

To

bring Divinity even into
life
is

commonplace
;

daily

difficult,

indeed

but that

is

the test.

not only upon the Heights, but in the valleys, as well, that we must
It is

come

face to face with God.
that

How
can

truly

gather of the Spirit even from the most glimpses ordinary circumstances
!

concentrated that mind

IN
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out
the
slightest

1

13

'Root
egotism.

trace

of

The more thou
more

dost study thy

personality, the

shalt thou find that

egotism rushes forth in almost every experience, whether of action or of thought.

Egotism
verily to
in

is

not only to be overcome, but
entirely crushed
out.
this

be

Even
cursed
true

self-blame
is

or

self-pity

phenomenon

seen to

exist.

The

man

of Realisation blames neither others

nor himself.

He

ignores

circumstances,

being covered with mightier things, "See thyself as already dead. Even in
life

the

spirit,

separate thyself from the body. See not the form of things. Then,

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, and
spiritual forms.

and altogether
"Reflect
nuity
of

much on

the

immense

conti-

mental and moral experience. That man is born and re-born, until progress has
will

become merged

in

perfection,

then become
8

self-evident.

creating, through thought, desire

Each and

is

ac-

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Is
it

shall at

be revealed.
!

not better to be
!

peace

Disturb thyself about nothing

Trust not in man, but in
lead and guide thee.
*

God

!

He

will

'Stand like a rock in this samsara, the

sea of unrest.

Walk through
;

this

inter-

minable jungle of the manifold Omnipotence is behind thee
crush out
all

like a lion.

but

first

desire for earthly or purely

With the sword of discrimination cut in twain all that comes of Maya within thy path. Dictate to none let none dictate to thee Be unafraid of
physical power.
;

!

death, for
at this

if

it

should overtake thee even

moment, know that thou art already on the Path and walk on fearlessly.
Death
is

only an incident in a larger

life.

Even beyond death
There
is

the possibilities and

opportunities for spiritual progress exist.

no end

to

what one may become.
effort,

Everything depends on individual

and the Mercy
"Study
thou
shalt

of

God
that

is

everything
find
is

always at hand. and about thee
;

for thee in every-

thing there

a

spiritual

message.

The

IN

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1

1

1

One

reigns supreme, the One that is in every aspect of the Many. Worship the Omnipresent Unity even when the manifold,

by

its

distracting variety,

would give

Appearances deceive, as the proverb says, but it is man's duty to detect this deception and see Reality bethe
lie

thereto.

hind
dian

all

appearance.
his

Each
;

is

the custo-

of

breaker of
other

own Karma each is the each must his own bondage
;

for himself discover Reality.

There

is

no

way. Each stands on his own ground each must fight his own battles
;
;

and Realisation
vidual
his

is

always a wholly indiUltimately,

experience.

each
as

is

own

Saviour and his

own

Lord.

For
the
frag-

the

Divinity-That-Is

shall

shine

Unit

Whole through each and every
of personality.

ment
ing.

Such

is

the teach-

That

is

to

be

realised.

And That

realised,

the Great Goal will have been

attained/'

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tion,

a world of which he himself should
the

be

governor.

It

is

not

one,

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.

the

ocean

"Kill out any hankering for the occult and merely speculative. The increase of
false

called psychic powers,
selves,
is

knowledge or the acquisition of soin and for thempernicious as
for
it

intensifies the

ego

and makes

added

selfishness.

The

extension of consciousness in various ways
in the spiritual process
is

an acknowledged
incidental.

phenomenon,

and

strictly
is

When

to the

however, placed superior aim of Self-realisation, the process on the Path is hampered a myriad-fold. Beware of the ego as thou wouldst beware
this,

of

a

mad

dog.

As thou wouldst

not

touch poison,

or play with

a poisonous

snake, even so keep aloof from psychic

powers and those who pretend

to these.

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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, be
in

independent

!

Place

own
thee
able.

possibilities

thy and the

trust

thine
of

mercy

the

Supreme.
If

Faith in others will only
helpless

make

more and more

and miserin thyself,

thou dost not believe

the

most painful experiences will force thee to do so. The Law knows nothing
-

of

sentiment

or

self -commiseration.

It

shall

grind thy animal nature into spiritIt

ual shape.

has but one aim, 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.

Thy
the

salvation

is

assured

;

for
life.

thou shalt be forced into the higher

That

is

destiny

of each individual.

Divinity

must be made manifest.
glorious
spiritual

"A

indifference

is

likewise necessary.

Why

take notice of

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the thousand and one irritating details the

day

may

bring

forth?

Be

thou

free

;

realise that all these are only the currents

of that mighty flow of past

Samskara from

which thou must for ever sever thyself. Let come what may let concerning thee be said what may. To thee all these things must become as unsubstantial as a
;

thou hast really renounced the world, how canst thou be troubled -any
mirage.
If

longer
4

!

in idea
'In

Be consistent and ideal.
the
galleries

in effort as well as

of

art,

the

critic

studies
tragic,

various

paintings,

some

ghastly

some
is

radiantly

beautiful,

but

he
the

himself

not actually

affected

by

Life
as

emotions portrayed. is an art-gallery
it

Do
;

thou similarly.
are,

experiences

were, so

many

paintings

hung upon

the walls of time.

dost choose to

Study them, if thou but free thyself do so
;

from any emotional interest. Study, but be unaffected. Bearing this in mind thou
shalt become, in very truth, the witness. Study thy mind and all thy experiences

IN

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body
thy

117

as a physician might study the
its

or

diseases.

Be unsparing

in

criti-

cism of
progress.

thyself.

Then

shalt

thou

truly

"The way is long. The process of education necessitates repeated lives. 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.

ing deeply and continuously on spiritual subjects, and moulding desire into aspiration

and passion

into spiritual fervour,

these are

among
to

the

ways and means.
each hour

Determine
of the

be

consistent

whole nature become with the spiritual idea and intencharged tion. Be always on the guard. Resign
day
until thy

everything to
of
all

Him who

is

the Dispenser

good things. Embrace whatever will keep thee steady on the spiritual path, even though it be the fear of death. Thou
art

the

young plant
Cling

that

needs support;

<:atch hold

of anything that

strong.

unto

it

with

makes thee might and

118

IN

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main.
ed,

Be steady, sincere, earnest-mindand avail thyself of each moment and opportunity. Long is the way; time is flying. Therefore, as I have
righteous,

counselled repeatedly,
task,

set

thyself
* *

to
it,

the

devoting thy whole soul to thou shalt reach the Goal
!

and

XXVI
The Voice
of the

Guru spoke

:

"My

son,

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. Do not fret and fume over them. Know that wherever there are worry and ex-

pectations
blindest

in

work,
of

there

is

also

the

form
task,

attachment.
aside
it
!

Having
Let
the

done
work's

thy

stand
float

own Karma
let

as

it

will

down

the stream of time.
pleted thy task
*

After having com-

off

!

Work

thy motto be 'Hands to thine utmost, and then to

thine utmost be resigned.

At
are

all

events,

never be

discouraged,

for
ill,

the
all

fruits

of

work, be they good or
ary
considerations.
full

second-

Give them up and

remember
so

well that in

much

the perfection of

work it is not work as the

120

IN

THE HOURS OF MEDITATION
of

perfection

personality
goal.

through

work

which should be the

"Over
have sway
thine

thine
;

own

actions actions

thou canst
of

over the

another
is

thou hast no power.
another.

His Karma
not
criticise;

one,

Do
!

hope;

All shall do not fear comes and goes, be thou not Experience standest on sure disconcerted. Thou thee to be ground. Let experience teach

dp not be well.

free,

no matter

what

comes,

do

thou

never forge any more bondage. 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;

do

not
thy

anticipate.

Samskara
its

float

personality
lead.
is

withersoever

currents

may

Rethe

member

that

thy

true

Nature

Ocean, and be unconcerned. Know the mind to be the body in a subtle form.

IN

THE HOURS OF MEDITATION
make
thy
austerity

121

Therefore
one.

a

mental

Regard all thy moods as mere bodymoods; remain aloof; thou art the Soul. Be concerned only with thy Self; lead thou thine own life. Be true to thyself. "My son, take life calmly. At all times, be at peace. Agitate thyself over
nothing.

Thy

physical

nature
lose
is

is

too

nervously

Rajasika.
it
;

But
that

not

thy

Rajas

;

spiritualise

the secret.

Have
at

thyself so

well under control that

any

moment
nature

thou

canst

quiet

thy

and remain altogether in Let the meditative state. 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.
see
first

And
the

if

thou
in
in

must see
thine

faults,

beam

own

eye rather than the mote

thy brother's eye. Be not overwhelmed by the experience of the hour. Ten days

hence what doth it matter "The whole meaning of the
!

religious

life is to get rid of

Ahamkara

or egoism.

122

IN

THE HOURS OF MEDITATION
is it that,
it

So deep-rooted
to discover.
It

like the
is

cause of

a deep-seated disease,

disguises

most difficult under a itself

myriad forms; but of all its disguises none is so treacherous and so evil as the
spiritual

disguise.

Believing
for spiritual
at

carelessly

that thou dost

work

purposes

bottom it may find, often be selfish motives that do influence
thou shalt
that

thee.
out.
utter

It

Therefore, 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.

To

die to one's self in order
is

one may
life

truly live,

of the

spiritual.

Satisfied
fail

with
the

o'-the-wisps,

many

to

see

sun.

Real

immortality
selfish

can

be
is

gained

only

when

personality

destroyed.

Remember
!

that

!

completely the Fix

mind on the Impersonal It is the Light of the Most High that shines through a

When that personality. self-conquered Light shines fullest, then the Effulgence
of Nirvana
is

made

manifest."

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, so long as there are ideas, so

will the
this

For
of
in

form-aspects of idea persist. reason the gods and all spiritual
are

realities are true essentially.

the

universe

The spheres But innumerable.
all

and

through

splendour of
realise

them Brahman.

shines

the

When

thou dost
all

and

Brahman, then for thee, spheres and conditions
are
truths

of

planes con-

sciousness

made

one.

Therefore,
all

accept
of

all

Divinity.

and worship Be catholic and
of

aspects

universal.

Widen
walks of

the

scope

religion,

see
all

the

religious spirit
life.

as a possibility in

the

Wheresoever experience character be interpreted spiritually, there the Voice of the Lord may be heard. Learn to see the other
whatever be
its

124

IN

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all

side

in

matters.

Then
even

shalt

thou
the

never

become

a

fanatic.

Through
the

spiritual

consecration

most

menial act may become divine. See the whole universe as permeated with the
Divine
Life.

Eradicate
all

all

sense

of of

distinction;

destroy

narrowness
*

vision;

comes
Lord,

infinite

widen the perspective until it beand all-inclusive. Whereis

soever there

righteousness/
I

saith

the

'know

that there

am

manifest/

The hedge around

young tree is useful; but the sapling must become the wide-spreading banyan, giving shelter and protection to all that comes within its
shadow.
tion
Similarly,

the

the sense of distincfor

growth of must come when the particular idea assumes a universal aspect. Be broad, my son, be broad. Make it an instinct to be broadspecial
ideas,

may be

useful

the

but the

time

minded.

For

intellectually
ly as well.

what is to be achieved must be achieved emotionalthe

"Regard

whole

universe

with

IN

THE HOURS OF MEDITATION
;

125

equal
that

love

dividual
in

friendship,

through loyalty in thy income to understand
individualised
life

each

shines,

same beautiful Light thou dost behold in him whom thou hast called by the sweet name of 'brother/ Be universal Love even thine enemy. These distinctions between friend and foe
potentially, that
!

are

only

phenomena

of
is

the
all

surface.

Deep, deep, below it Learn to see the Divine
everyone; and yet be
so as
to

in

Brahman. everything and
guarded

sufficiently

the unpleasantness and clash of temperament. In the highest sense

avoid

the

truest

relationship

is

that

which

is

relationless,

and therefore

spiritual.

Learn

to recognise the Universal instead of the

particular, the Soul instead of the physical

personality.

Then
closer;

to thy friend

thou shalt
shall

be bound
separate
distinction,

even death

not
all

ye,

and,

having overcome

in thine

own

self

there shall

no awareness of an enemy. See that which is beautiful in every form, but
be, also,

worship instead of craving

to

possess.

126

IN

THE HOURS OF MEDITATION
spiritual

Let every soul and form have a

message
4

for thee.

'All ideas are relative to the

temperatherefore,

ment from which they proceed;

in listening to another, see the realisation-

side instead of the logic of his speech;

then no argument shall ensue and thine

own

realisation shall receive
also,

new

impulses.
is

Then know,
is

that

silence

often-

times golden and that to speak and argue
to dissipate thy forces;

and remember
before
swine.

never to

cast

thy

pearls

All emotions are likewise relative to tem-

perament;

therefore

be the witness,

in-

stead of being the attached one.
that both thinking

Know

and feeling are in Maya. But Maya itself must be spiritualised; let thy self be Self-possessed therefore, and remain unattached. For what thou mayest
think

and

feel

to-day

thee on the morrow.

may not move And above all know

that, in thy real nature, thou art independent of both idea and emotion. These

only help to reveal that which
thy Self;

is

truly

therefore let thy thoughts

and

IN

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be
great, universal

127

feelings

and above
in
this

all

selfishness.

Then,

even

dense

darkness of the Samsara, thou shalt see, though it may be at first but dimly the
Everlasting Light."

XXVIII
The Guru spoke
:

"Make no
minded
certainty
that

plans;

it is

only the worldly-

plan.

Be
in

independent
uncertainty
strict

of

circumstance;

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.

any heed

way. Associate the name of Beloved One with each single circumthy
in the noblest

stance of thy past, present or future experiences.

Thus they
wall.

will

be

spiritualised.

Regard them ings on the

as thou wouldst study paint-

The

subjects

they

represent may be tragic, commonplace or Be fascinating; be thou only the critic.

they good or

evil,

know

that the Self in
all

thee doth stand apart from

experiences.

"And

as for organisations,

appreciate

their usefulness, the greatness of the ideas

they embody, but remain thou unidenti-

IN

THE HOURS OF MEDITATION
religious life
It

129

fied.

The

is

and subjective.
church but
it

may be born
it.

purely personal in a

must outlive

Through

law beyond law is the path of Realisation. Know that and be free. Carry on work
as
it

dent therein.
tion,

doth come to thee and be indepenIf there must be organisa-

let it be the organisation of ideas; but never labour for the extension of a

purely organised form. No organisation can save thee; thou must save thyself.

Generally speaking, organisations, however spiritual and unsectarian their intent,

degenerate into worldliness.
.

Beware

of

any churchianity Keep aloof from any dogmatism and fanaticism. Be all-inclusive.

"Be always true and loyal to the source from which thou hast received thy inspira-

Have faith and love; have hope and be patient. All these veils of illusion shall be soon rent asunder for thee, and
tion.

thou shalt behold me, thy Beloved One, in my true nature. Be not bound down

by

my
9

?>ersonality,

or rather thy notion

130

IN

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of
life

it.

I

am

not that which

was

in earth-

associated, like thine
limitation

with

and
I

own human

personality,

weakness.
real

That
nature

personality
is

That

assumed; my which inspired

my

teaching there. Know me as I am, not as I was. Know me subjectively as thy Self and then thou shalt see the Self in
all;

then

all

sense of limitations and mani-

foldness will have no
/

power over
dwell
thy thought;

thee.

am

not

external',
I

I

within
I

the

Innermost.

live

in

am

with thee in thy aspiration. Space and time relations have DO power over the
Soul,

and cannot stand I spiritual communion.
min.

in

the

way

of

am

thy Antary-

Know me

as

such;

and whether

thou art born a myriad years apart from me, whether even at death the separating
veils are not destroyed, that matters not.

no need that thou I may even have barriers. shouldst labour and exist phenomenally apart from me; but I see through the veils, even though thou dost not. I am present
In
in Realisation there are

Love and

IN

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whether thou
shall
art

131

eternally with thee,

aware

or not.

The time
shalt

come, however,

when thou
tusks
of the

be made aware.

The

ward,

elephant having gone outnever turn inwards; even so the

love and insight of the Guru, having been

once bestowed, have been bestowed
ever.
4

for

'By having
hast freed

become my servant thou thyself. Thy liberation is in

very ratio to thy service unto me.

And

know, that though thou dost labour for me, more precious in mine eyes than thy labour in my cause is the love and fidelity thou dost bear for me. The universe is infinite and time is eternal, but I am always at thy beck and call. "Thou standest in need of no forms;
it

is

the monastic
is
is

spirit,

not the monastic

garb, that

of importance,

and the true

Sannyasa Sannyasa
of

the

which

is

Vidwat-Sannyasa, the conterminous with
Let thy

illumined Insight.

name be
monastic

that
is

one

striving

for

the

goal.

There

infinite

development

in the

life.

132

IN

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The form
4

is nothing; the life is everything. 'Be like Indra in thy strength. Be

like

the Himalayas
all

in

thy steadfastness.

and hold communion with thy Self. Let thy Mantram be my Name. Let thy Yoga be the union of
be
selfless,

Above

thy soul with mine, thy Realisation be the conscious knowledge, that in the heart
of
things
I

Distinction

is

and thou are ever One. death; Sameness is Life.

"Thou
hast
implicitly
;

hast heard

my
;

Voice;

thou

received

my

teaching;

now
let

obey
very
!

love infinitely

work
;

selflessly.

Be

thou

my
be

instrument

thy

personality

mine.

'

Say,

'Shivoham

Shivoham!' 'I am He! I am He!' "This whole universe is Brahman; That which is alike the Brahman in thee and in me, seek that Brahman, realise that Brahman in thyself and in all as the One Absolute Existence, Knowledge and
Bliss,
.

and be

free,

be free!"

XXIX
Hearing these words of the Guru the hours of meditation day by day,
in
I

was made conscious of the real relation between the Guru and disciple. An immovable, eternal Realisation hath become
mine;
apart,

and
I

in

life

or in death,

near or

know
is

that

a

Great,

Presence
is

always nigh,

Living Presence that

unconfined by Time or Space, a Presence that can know no separation. And
to the

Guru

I

cried out, the while a Great

Light surrounded

me

:

"Thou hast raised me up from darkness by Thy Grace. 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,

listened as

one intoxicated by some

overwhelming

music,

some music

pre-

viously unheard.

But

my own

response

134

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effervescent;
I

was noisy and

and I underhad heard. Before, the Light on Thy countenance was too august, and I did not behold Thee as
stood not that wjiich

Thou
I

art.

did

Thus, ignorantly and wantonly waste the treasures Thou didst
lo,
I

so freely bestow; and
as

have sinned

the vilest sinner even

in

Thy

very

Presence, inflicted

my

iniquities

very Love and Blessings unto me. I was most unworthy of Thee.
In

upon the Thou didst show

my

conceit,

I

forgot

Thee and did

place myself on the pedestal of a leader of men so that people might say of me,
'Lo,

he

is

great!'

But now,

O

Lord,

I

have come to understand.

With impure

hands
crated

I

defiled

Thy

teaching and desePresence. But Thy Mercies

Thy

have been infinite; and Thy Love hath been inexpressible. Verily,
is

for

me

Thine
child,

the Divine Nature.

Even
her

greater than

a
is

mother's
love
hast
until

love
for

for

own

Thy Thou Power

Thy

disciple.

O
with

Lord,

scourged
I

me

Thy
and.

am

made

whole,

IN

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as

135

moulded me
into

the

potter

moulds

his

whatsoever shape he desires. clay Thy Mercy, Thy Patifence, Thy Sweetness are Infinite. I adore Thee I adore Thee I adore Thee Let my hands, feet,
!
!

!

tongue,

eyes,

ears

my

entire

body,

let

my mind, will, my whole personality, be offered as a holocaust and purified in the flames of my Devotion
emotions
unto Thee.

My
am
I

good,

my

evil,

all

that

which

I

was,

or shall be ever,

life

repeated life alone art my
art

consecrate to Thee.
Salvation
! !

God and

upon Thou Thou

my own
let

nothing;

Let Higher Self me have no other

me

home

possess than

Thy

Heart.

Let

my

life

be a radiance of

purity

now and
"Hari

for ever.

Om

Tat Sat!"

XXX
And
ever afterwards in the hours of
I

meditation

felt

a Living Presence within

and about me; 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

!"

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