“Whatever act you do, do it in
the thought “It is the Divine’s command and
therefore it is my duty to do so”
My dear brothers and sisters,
My humble Pranams to all of you.
The topic of the seminar is very important from the
practical point of view.
As Rev Babuji Himself had said teachings of Natural
path are of the highest because it teaches the
maintenance in view of one’s final goal. What is the
final goal? Final goal is negation of self or
individual self-dissolution or pralaya.
But when we observe life in us or amongst our
brethren we notice that the psychic force works in
favour of self-preservation and self-propagation.
That is why man jealously and with full force at his
command tries to preserve his self and all things
associated with his self like wife, wealth, and
children and secondarily his ideas about these
things or any thing connected with self. That is why
if any body criticizes us we feel upset and angry
because we feel our self is under threat. This is
the gross state of man’s mind and how he descended
into such a gross state from a pure and subtle
divine state has been beautifully described by Rev
Master in His commentary on 4th commandment.
From this powerful psychic direction towards
selfishness we have to achieve an about turn in the
direction, i.e. deep within our heart we have to
feel that Master and His consciousness is more
valuable than our self. We should become prepared to
sacrifice our selfish interest for a more meaningful
and valuable goal. This is the beginning of love for
Master which has the power to take us to the goal.
Without the generation of this love for Master it is
impossible to reach the goal. To quote the Master
again “Through thinking of the Divine, devotion and
love develop. I will certainly say this development
of attachment is your job, and your very important
duty. If you do not do this, you do not carry out
the duty imposed on every service minded abhyasi and
the characteristic of a Fakir and of man consists in
this, that your duty discharge gets completed.”
And the topic of our seminar directly addresses the
question how to develop love.
By maintaining a feeling of Divine presence in our
thought continuously we can develop love for Master.
Mind is a wonderful, pliable and mouldable thing.
God has given us the freedom and capacity and will
to generate thoughts.
Though it is true that our thoughts are a result of
affects of past impressions, still God has given us
freedom to change our destiny. Every single thought
about Master will mould the mind towards our goal.
Each thought is associated with a feeling. The more
we dwell on a particular thought or idea the
strength of the feeling increases and the more
pronounced effect it has on the consciousness. As
Master himself stated there is heat in the thought
and any thought associated with Him ignites the love
hidden deep in the consciousness for Him. I often
have experiences of profound peace and complete
forgetfulness and total loss of awareness while
trying to contemplate and dwell on the thoughts of
This, I feel, is a universal law, any body getting
in touch with Sri Ramchandra’s consciousness and
trying to dwell prayerfully in his remembrance will
feel profound peace.
As more and more peace and calmness percolates in to
our consciousness and our practice of constant
remembrance acquires a life of its own and it is no
more a ritual but as Rev Master puts it is a
luscious all absorbing activity.
Practicing meditation, purification, bed time
prayer, points A & B meditations, 9 PM prayer,
following ten commandments in letter and spirit
where there is opportunity for continuous refinement
and movement towards perfection, the life of an
abhyasi is busy, exciting and challenging and added
to this if we seriously try to put into practice of
what is said in today’s seminar, our final goal will
be ever in view and we march on our path
This advise of Master about how to develop love is a
powerful tool for developing Viveka, because
obviously we can not have an attitude ‘It is the
divine command and therefore it is my duty to do so’
when seeing a movie, or reading trash or indulging
in gossip or irrelevant or banal talk. We will be
impelled to move in the correct direction of living
in the present and turn our vision inwards towards
the presence of Master in our heart.
I have used this advice and it is a powerful
technique to mould our mind and which also helps us
in getting rid of the doer ship feeling.