“We should attempt the finite for the Infinite.”
SDG Page 58 2005 Edition
- Sri B. Narasimhulu
Dear Sirs, brothers and sisters,
We find the above observation
of Revered Babuji in His message “Dynamic
path of Raja yoga” delivered at Bangalore
on 23rd Dec. 1964.
While stressing, the need to
lead a life of worldly and other worldly, giving
equal importance to both, Revered Babuji categorically
asserted that it is only the Natural Path following
which, it makes it possible for us to do our duty
the way the finiteness demands and to proceed
along side towards the Infinite.
Revered Babuji Maharaj in His
message “Raja Yoga and Natural Path”
delivered at Vijayawada on 27th November 1968
expressed as follows: “If we want to advance
in spirituality we should begin from infinity
in finiteness. In this way, we establish relation
with the Real Being. Our next step will be that
we may begin to absorb ourselves in Infinity as
the idea of finiteness will be washed away. Now
the door is opened and we have come to the path.
When finiteness is dissipated from the mind, the
way lies clear. We proceed in the Infinite and
to the Infinite with result that even the idea
of infinity cannot popup. Now the Reality dawns.
When we have jumped into the Reality the play
ends and the scene begins. But this is not the
end. Go on and on. Not only this, not only this
– Neti Neti” (SDG 116)
Further elucidation is given
in the book “Five Kosas, Role in Sadhana
under Pranahuti Aided Meditation” (page
58) “When Viveka develops then the second
intuitional quality, Vairagya, gets expressed.
Vairagya is the renunciation of and non-attachment
to transitory physical objects. It does not mean
running away from worldly objects like a hermit
in a cave, but rather psychic non-attachment to
objects. Vairagya or non-attachment can only be
attained after Viveka has awakened. It is not
really renunciation, as it is understood by many
ascetics. It arises from an attraction to the
Supreme rather than repulsion to the worldly affairs.
It arises from seeing the finite world as the
manifestation of the Infinite where in the love
for the finite and the love for Infinite merge”.
Revered Dr.K.C.Varadachari in
his New Darshana under the chapter “The
Goal of Sri Ramchandra’s Rajayoja”
explained about the parallelism between the Divine
and human, finite and infinite as follows. (Complete
works of Dr.K.C.Varadachari Vol.1 page 346).
“As pointed out by Sri Ramchandra, there
is apparently a parallelism between the Divine
and the Human, the spiritual and the material
or the subtle and the gross; in creation material
is manifested and in involution the spiritual
is manifested. It is clear that one is covered
by the other, and when any deep crisis or necessity
arises in material conditions, then, in the void
so created, the spiritual enters, for Nature abhors
a vacuum. Divine intervention in human affairs
occurs under such circumstances. The aspiration
for spiritual peace is one such crisis and the
hiatus created by material conditions is the opportunity
for the Divine descent in each individual or in
society itself, when such a gap develops in community
or race and so on. This breaking of the Spirit,
which overturns the material and makes it go under,
whilst itself becoming more and more manifest,
reveals the precise conditions which produce Avatars,
conversions and so on. The reverse is perhaps
also the case when the materialistic conditions
seem to engulf the spiritual endeavors. Great
Spiritual movements have, after a brief brilliant
spell of spiritual activity, been followed by
most materialistic goals, which normally go by
the name of spiritual institutions that preserve
and construct materialistic foundations for them”.
Men see the sun with the sunlight
itself and not by striking a light, so Divinity
is seen through His own grace only and not through
the limited powers of men. However in the Natural
path, following which, Revered Babuji Maharaj
makes it possible for the Divine Grace to flow
into the heart of the abhyasi. Prayer and spiritual
disciplines are not the causes about the revelations
of the Divinity, for He is Self Revealing; they
only takeaway the covering and obstructions.
The higher knowledge teaches
that one Universal Soul permeates all beings,
that the individual soul is a part of this Universal
Soul and hence the individual or collective are
not separate entities but one whole. Hence for
a man of right knowledge love of fellow beings
would come as naturally as breathing to the lungs,
because he feels that all beings and himself are
one in the Universal Self. We know that all limbs
interlinked through the body and any harm to one
limb one would harm the other limbs also. Thus
love, compassion and service to humanity flow
as a natural character of a really spiritual man.
He imbibes these values as he advances in leading
a spiritual life.
We come to this earth as to a
school, we have to remember at all times that
we have to have hardship to purge us of our faults,
in much the same way that one is placed in a furnace
and subjected to intense heat so that the dross
or wastage rises to the surface where it can skimmed
off and discarded. We have to undergo stresses
which drive us almost, but not quite breaking
point, so that our spirituality may be tested
and our faults be eradicated. We come to learn
things and we learn much more quickly and more
permanently by hardship than by kindness.
This world is in such a man-made
mess that man’s mind cannot solve the problems.
We have to admit. We must all listen to a higher
authority than man and so find our way out of
this mess. I firmly believe that only Revered
Babuji Maharaj and His Natural Path can only lead
us on the right path.
Nothing can transcend right.
Nothing can be more loving than that we should
experience the consequences of ignorance and error,
and so become perfected through suffering. In
this Divine love, which never alters, never errs,
never passes over a single day, we have a sure
rock of redemption (salvation) for that which
could shift and change could afford no foothold.
Only in the unchangeable, the eternally true,
is there permanent peace and safety. Resorting
to this Divine principle, abandoning all evil
and clinging to good, we come to a knowledge and
realization of that basis of certainty on which
we can firmly stand through life’s changes.
We have to understand that with
death constantly threatening each of us, the only
reasonable business of man is to spend the years,
months, days, hours and minutes allotted him –
in unity and love. We have begun to understand
that sickness and calamities far from dividing
men, should on the contrary give opportunity for
loving union with one another. This we have been
witnessing during calamities, National or International.
In this age of restless activities
man is a fanatical devotee of a feverish living
that is definitely nowhere as far as the “all
important business” of life is concerned.
This may be called a soulless existence. In truth
the actions of men are the best interpreters of
their thoughts. Here comes the relevance of the
Natural Path where in regulation of mind is given
the highest priority for spiritual growth.
Perseverance in faith will be
tested by trials and tribulations. We may feel
far away from God occasionally but perseverance
in love and adoration of Him will keep Him close
The immediacy of pleasure derived
from the enjoyment of sense objects is the undoing
of man. Even a grain of nominal pleasure makes
one forget the pain of miseries suffered a million
times and hence one is to be alert and watchful.
If we have to crave for pleasure,
let us thirst for the ecstasy of being in the
blessed company of the Divine/Master who is all
If we analyse any problem in
the world, we reach the conclusion the root cause
of it is we ourselves. If we had been self-effacing,
less greedy and more considerate towards our own
species as well as other species and nature, then
there would have been no problem.
The more everyone becomes individualistic,
the more there is fragmentation of not only in
the family but ultimately of even in the minds
and the personalities of society.
The Goal of Life decides the
quality and texture of life. Our ultimate goal
is attainment of oneness with the whole universe
or God realization. When this Goal is clear to
the elders of the family, their behavior naturally
reflects the cherished values and these are automatically
imbibed by children. But if the Goal of Life is
limited to earning only money and status then
the selfish behaviour of the elders gets multiplied
in geometric progression in their children.
What little he gains, a prudent
and wise man invests the same and multiplies it.
Likewise we have to digest the Grace generously
bestowed on us by Revered Babuji Maharaj. We have
to utilize the same for our best advantage and
get profited by accelerating our spiritual progress.
When a man passes away, his
life is usually summed up in one sentence –
that he was a great man, a good man or sarcastic
person or a one difficult to deal with. What will
that sentence be about us? Let us all lead a life
as graciously shown to us by Revered Babuji Maharaj
in His commandment 9 (i.e.) to mould our living
so as to rouse a feeling love and piety in others.
The problems of life cannot
remain unsolved, for right type of living is the
solution to all problems. The Natural path of
Revered Babuji Maharaj shows the way. It is the
way and it is the solution.
From the above, we come to the
conclusion that a balanced existence duly discharging
our duties the way finiteness demands and proceed
along side towards the Infinite.