“We should attempt the finite for the Infinite.”
SDG Page 58 2005 Edition
-Dr K Madhava
Rev Master was replying to the criticism of certain
western civilizations who were critical about
spiritual way of life. They said spirituality
is taken up by weak people who did not succeed
in material life. Rev Master is pointing to the
futility of following a materialistic way of life
which is finite and meaningless in the end.
Earning money, earning fame running
after pleasures does not ensure happiness or meaning
to life. Present day civilizations particularly
western civilizations which are moving in the
direction of material prosperity are facing all
sorts of problems. High consumerism based on exploitation
of resources of the earth is leading to climatic
change with earthquakes, Tsunamis and raising
Man having got addicted to comforts
and pleasures is unable to sustain the present
lifestyle. Price of energy is rising and is becoming
scarce and economy is moving towards a collapse.
He is not prepared to simplify his life and reduce
his wants. He is like a lung cancer patient who
continues to smoke denying the reality of the
imminent collapse. All this sorry state is the
result of neglect of the Divine resource in us
which represents the Infinite.
If the spiritual value i.e. divinity
is treated as one wing and the activities concerned
with world or material pursuits connected with
the survival and nurturing the body and its co
related environment as the other wing man can
be said to be attempting to fly with one wing
Our country, India, which is
the birthplace of many noble souls and saints
always pursued divine knowledge and treated the
purpose of life as to gain spiritual enlightenment.
In the process probably due to
certain misinterpretations of certain philosophies
like Mayavada-Advaita where the material world
was considered as an illusion, the finite was
neglected which is wrong.
Rev Master is asking us to ponder
and asking us to strive towards balance and a
natural life in all our dealings with the world.
Human mind in its degraded state
can deliberately misinterpret the Master’s
idea of flying with both the wings by thinking
that I will lead a resplendent material life by
earning riches, name and fame, lead a life of
pleasures and comfort like a Rasputin and also
meditate and strive towards realization.
This is plainly impossible and
this interpretation is the influence of Satan
which pulls us away from the Divine Master.
What is finite? Anything which
exists for a short period of time. Wherever matter
is involved it is a finite thing. Matter is under
constant flux. Atoms make their appearance out
of condensation of energy. Atoms undergo disintegration
into energy; atoms combine and recombine into
forms which are in a constant process of anabolism
Our human body and its organs
are also in a constant flux and finally entropy
will prevail and it mixes back with earth. So
also all relationships with friends, relatives
and near and dear ones are finite and have to
go one day. “This too shall pass away”
made famous by the Institute in its workshop on
Viveka if contemplated deeply will give an idea
of what finite is. I would request readers to
study the article “Nature of Viveka”
in BP Vol III.
And what is Infinite? It is nothing
but the blessing splendour and joy of the Presence
of Master deep inside our heart.
Our mind has lost the capacity
or the capacity of awareness of the subtle presence
of Master. Through sheer grace of Pranahuti man
regains the capacity to become aware of the presence
of Divine Master inside the heart.
But disciples of Sri Ramchandraji
have to live breathing the fragrance of divine
presence as long as we live and to achieve that
or move in that direction we have to attempt the
finite for the Infinite.
During meditation and during
sittings where we receive Pranahuti we imperience
the Void and recognize that we are being-less.
We contemplate on that imperience and try to know
our real nature to be one of beingless-ness.
Keeping this knowledge in our
background consciousness or subconsciousness we
have to work in the world and live up to that
Whatever work we do we have to
submit the fruits to the Master or think that
it is the command of the Master and do it with
enthusiasm. Work we have to do with sincerity
and enthusiasm getting rid of sloth and laziness
but the results we have to submit at the feet
of the Master. This is the path of duty we have
to tread and our consciousness which is trapped
in a finite body slowly gets liberated and starts
moving into rarer and rarer realms of super consciousness
and our real meaning and purpose of life is achieved.
Since subtle presence of Divine
is present in every animate and inanimate objects
doing our duty as service to Master and serving
the veiled Master in all our dealings with our
fellow brethren is attempting the finite for the
I end the article with a prayer
that all of us be blessed with strength to do
service to The Master.