“We should attempt the finite for the Infinite.”
SDG Page 58 2005 Edition
Rev. Master had mentioned the
above sentence in the message ‘Dynamic Path
of Rajyoga’ delivered at Bangalore on 23-12-1964.
All of us are aware that to take
birth as a human being is a boon given by God
because we are potentially divine (infinite) and
this is an opportunity to realize and express
it. But many human beings are leading their lives
without any aim or goal i.e., like a jivi with
some fulfilled and unfulfilled desires struggling
most part of their life and finally leaving behind
the body after some happiness and sorrow. Thus
life continues to be in this manner. Everyone
is quite aware of this fact. When we question
as to what is so great about taking a birth as
a human being? The answer was clearly explained
by our Great Master Rev. Sri Ramchandra that the
kingly thing in man is thought. It is necessary
to identify this faculty mainly in man otherwise
it is essentially same as in any other animal
and he is essentially endowed with the two well
developed faculties of thinking (reasoning) and
capacity to express the feelings. Everyone agrees
that life is meant for happiness and that is the
purpose of creation of God. But what is happiness
and by what means to achieve it is a question
that is making everyone to ponder over. Man using
his intelligence and capacity is trying to explore
various possibilities to bring in happiness in
this world. But still there is lacuna and some
unknown dissatisfaction in the hearts of all.
The material comforts or reaching heights in a
profession, family life or in society is still
not giving happiness which is lasting. Happiness
derived due to any kind of achievement in the
material life is only temporary. So it is essential
to know that we need to also have a Spiritual
Goal to be happy.
In our day to day life, we find
people being unhappy in spite of having all material
acquisitions of comfort and also achieving name,
fame and adequate progress in their professional
careers because, all progress is in material/
worldly sphere, which is only limited or finite.
So if we try for finite with finite, then we cannot
be happy, as we are infinite by nature being an
amsa of Divine.
So in this connection we have
to contemplate on the sentence of our Rev. Master
that ‘We should attempt the finite for the
Infinite’. Attempt means a sincere effort
to achieve what we want and just not try and leave
it. He further says ‘if we attempt for the
finite alone we proceed with an unsound base.
The idea should be to proceed from the finite
to the Infinite. It should be the idea that we
should also make the finite to be merged into
the Infinite’. The human being who is superior
to all other beings of God’s creation is
not finite or limited. He has the capacity to
grow infinitely which Rev. Master is trying to
explain in the above message. But Master says
he (man) had lost the capacity of grasping the
infinite because of the thick layers of grossness
had settled so firmly over the centers as to make
them quite impervious (pg.57 of SDG). Unless this
grossness is removed it is not possible to understand
/ grasp our original nature. Rev Master says,
“ For this a dynamic method should be adopted.
And what can those methods be? Only those which
introduce from the very beginning the character
of the infinite. The Natural Path stands for it
and makes it possible for us to do our duty the
finiteness demands and to proceed along side towards
the infinite. It reveals to us our duty as the
foremost thing”. (Pg. 58 – SDG)
In the message Rev Master is
making us to understand that we should live a
life of worldly as well as spiritually equally
glittering flying like a bird with two wings by
following a dynamic method that can make us live
a life like this. Our beloved Master had given
us the noblest of the thoughts i.e. to discharge
our duties as a trustee of God. He says we do
not own anything but we are given to our possession
certain persons and property and we should take
care of them as a duty entrusted by God. If this
concept is understood clearly life becomes easier
and happier to live.
By following the method of PAM we progress spiritually
and this growth in consciousness gets reflected
while discharging our duties. We become more and
more subtle and the perception about life changes
from limited to unlimited or from narrow mindedness
to a broader vision.
As a first step we develop Viveka or discriminative
intelligence and Vairagya i.e. attachment to God.
When Viveka is developed we understand the temporary
existence of this body and there by we develop
Vairagya i.e. attachment to God. This results
in developing due attachment to persons or possessions
and stop bothering about trivial matters.
As a second step we understand our nature of interdependency.
We are totally and eternally dependent on God.
In this worldly life also we cannot live independently
however rich we are. It would be sheer arrogance
for some to think that if we have money we can
live independently. From morning to evening so
many people help us in our daily activities who
are all the expressions of divine in one form
or the other.
Thirdly we develop devotion to
Master and all the works are also done with an
attitude of devotion to God from the state of
excessive concern for self.
Fourthly we develop surrender to Master. By developing
the attitude of surrender to God we develop the
quality of humility which enables us to behave
in a humble manner.
Fifthly we start developing balance. Attitude
of balance helps us to develop the qualities of
moderation, contentment and happiness. Under all
circumstances we feel balanced.
By sincere and regular sadhana
supplemented by the influx of Pranahuti we develop
the above qualities which gradually gets rarified.
Then we start feeling the expansion of the consciousness
from within during the sessions of meditation.
This experience of expansion is infinite and unlimited.
During then we are not aware of ourselves, our
relations and relationships, emotions of love
or hatred, differences etc., there are no boundaries.
This is the experience of all practicants of the
Even the persons who partook the influx of Pranahuti
for the first time during the guided meditations
have mostly reported being unaware of time, place
and self and felt absorbed. They also have reported
the experience of calmness and peace which are
the qualities of divine. This is what we understand
when Master mentions that a dynamic method should
be such which can introduce from the very beginning
the character of the infinite.
Rev. Babuji says we should fly
with both the wings. The moment we think of flying
there is a sigh of relief from bondages and we
feel light, free and happy. This freedom is possible
only when we can lead a life of material and spiritual
with balance and moderation under the guidance
of a capable Master. Our Master aims that every
one should enjoy this freedom by attempting the
finite for the infinite. Our life should not be
limited to smaller goals. Our goal is to efface
self and express Master by following 9th commandment
for spreading His message. When our attention
is always orientated towards this goal we do not
worry about matters like promotions, awards or
rewards in our professions, acquisitions of assets
unnecessarily. We feel contended for what ever
we are given by God.
His helping hand is ever available
for our support to make such an attempt. But attempting
is our part for which willingness and cooperation
When our consciousness grows
the dimension of our prayer also changes. Prayer
for individual self in the beginning gradually
changes to prayer for all. We become more and
more forgiving for the mistakes of others also.
Every one of us should move towards the infinite,
this becomes our prayer. This is due to repeated
experiences of expansion in consciousness make
us feel oneness with others.
We need body to serve our fellow brethren. It
is possible to share and express love to others
only when we are having body. That is why it is
said that Sarira madhyam kalu dharma sadhanam.
Our life becomes meaningful and purposeful only
then. Without attempting towards the infinite
whatever achievement we make on this earth fall
off on one day or the other.
Rev. Master in His message Easiest
Way mentions “My object of life is that
not only every one of you present here but all
the humanity should become the Real life personified
i.e. life in life as I often say. Many of you
have not yet fully seen the grace of the beautiful
flowers of the garden and not tasted their fragrance.
I pray that you all may taste it to the full.
This is a thing for which the kings of the ancient
used to leave their thrones and go to forests
for penances. But the Natural path provides a
system in which while living a normal worldly
life in the way that all our actions may become
penances themselves. We try to achieve our highest
Goal – The Ultimate. Here I can help to
the best of my capability but then it is your
own effort that will count the most. May you be
bold enough to make these efforts sincerely and
seriously. This is my prayer for all of you”.
(Pg 69 SDG).