We can only know the unknown when we become unknown
Dear Brothers and sisters
My humble pranams to all of you.
The above sentence is an extract from
the message of the Revered Master “Easiest way”
delivered at Madurai on 30.04.1977 on the eve of His
78th Birthday celebrations.
In this sentence the word unknown
mentioned by Revered Master means He is referring to
Divinity. To know about this Divinity Revered Master
says that we should become unknown ourselves. Our
present state is that we are aware of ourselves more
rather than unknowning ourselves. This is because of
the importance we grant it to our self or ego. Only
during the sessions of receiving Pranahuti we forget
ourselves many times effortlessly being in the
company of Master, but immediately after completing
the sitting or satsangh we become aware of our self.
We are asked to remember and contemplate on the
condition we have experienced during the meditation
and try to own it up by sincere sadhana. This
exercise only helps us to remember Master constantly
rather than remembering ourselves.
In various messages delivered by
Revered Master it was explained that God is simple,
God is subtle and we can achieve Him only when we
adopt a simple method and become subtle ourselves.
Extracts of the following messages of our Master
explains these points:-
“Unfortunately the basic fact that
God is simple and can be achieved by simple means is
lost sight of. It has been preached from almost all
platforms that the Realisation of the Absolute is
beyond the capacity of the common man” (page 93 of
SDG of second edition)
“God is the subtlest being and in
order to realize Him subtlest means are the only
way. This does not mean that for realizing God one
has to ignore the needs of physical body or
empirical world. If perchance we fall upon the means
which go on adding grossness we shall definitely
remain away from the vision of Absolute Reality. It
is an established fact that meditation is a subtle
method provided, the object of meditation is not
concrete. That is why under Natural Path we advise
to meditate supposing the presence of Divine Light
in the heart. The Upanishads also corroborate this.
This practice supported by the transmission of the
Divine Effulgence becomes subtler and subtler until
it becomes the subtlest.” (page 93 of SDG of second
The feeling of subtleness cannot be
defined as such. As we progress on the path the
feeling of subtleness gets rarified. I feel may be
because of this reason Revered Master used the word
Unknown for Divinity.
How to become unknown ourselves? This
is the toughest aspect of sadhana. To get out of the
feeling of self is a difficult thing though not
impossible. Lot of humility, yielding, submission to
Master have to be developed to come out of self.
Trusteeship concept given to us by the Master has to
be under stood and adopted in all our dealings.
Every aspect of the method has to be followed
sincerely with lot of determination with Ten
Commandments as our natural way of living.
Our Goal must be kept in our view
always. The first sentence of the prayer says that
the Master is the goal of human life. But where is
the Master? He is not anywhere outside but He is
residing in our own hearts. Hence our Goal is very
much inside our hearts. To achieve the goal means is
to express Master in all our dealings in life. That
means we are going to end our activity and allow the
Divinity to act in all our dealings. When we express
our Master we are not there rather when we express
ourselves Master is not there.
When we contemplate as to what is the
difficulty in expressing the Master we understand
that our wishes are the barrier for our advancement.
These wishes are separating us from others. So long
as we have individual wishes we cannot progress. But
when our wishes turns as our aspiration to bring
universal love ,peace and harmony then we will be
able to forget ourselves and remain in the company
of Master and serve for His cause. This type of
altruistic existence when takes over, then we will
be out of our selfishness, possessiveness encasing
us all the time.
Our aspiration should be to move out
of this bondage of body ie., the Name and the form.
Our consciousness should not be bound to this body
only. We should strive hard to move to higher planes
of consciousness. 9.00 PM prayer done sincerely and
regularly helps us to achieve this and gradually
this prayer should become our second nature.
Maintaining purity is the fundamental
responsibility of every abhyasi. I understand that
this comes by owning up of the conditions blessed by
the Master by constant remembrance, regular practice
and taking individual sittings and attending
satsanghs. When there is purity our will gets
strengthened and determination also grows stronger.
As we are progressing our faith in
the Master and the method granted by Him and our
confidence to reach the goal become stronger. Our
spiritual guide Sri K.C.Narayana garu explains in
his talk on Faith and surrender as follows:-
The Divinity is willing to accept all
of us. Once if we know this, then we will have the
confidence. Then how do we know that? How do we know
that the centre is yawning towards us, this is a
practical point which we experience during our
meditation. The power of pranahuti makes us all the
more confident that Divinity loves us more than we
love Divinity. So this faith is based on this
fundamental experience we have. This is why Revered
Babuji was always saying “don’t question, sit before
me, see for yourself. You will understand it”. Not
just sitting, closing eyes and going. But, if we
have thought about what makes Him flow into us and
give a certain amount of calmness to us, we will
know what is the love He has, that strengthens our
confidence in us, that we can reach Him.” (page 226
of BP VOL.I)
Finally I would like to conclude my
understanding on the topic that we should learn to
become unknown of ourselves to know what He is. For
learning this sadhana coupled with the support of
the Master are required. In the words of our
Spiritual guide Sri K.C.Narayanagaru:-
“Now what is sadhana about? Having
understood the goal of human life, that is to live
with the feeling of Divinity in us and in others all
the time and working as a trustee of the Divine, how
do we achieve this? It is possible only when a
certain annihilation of self is also established.
How do we do this? That requires sadhana. And what
exactly is the sadhana in this system that my Master
Sri Ramchandraji has given? He says “meditate”. He
says “clean yourself” He says “feel humble before
Divinity”. These are the three things he has asked
us to do. The humility that is expected before God
is what we call Prayer”.
Thanking you for the opportunity
given to me