The pole star

The pure heart shines with a faultless brilliance. Sweet love grants unblemished joy. Goodness is the most efficacious specific for the illness that lays humanity low. Goodness is the reservoir of even immortality. Attach yourself to goodness fully and you can renounce all sorrow. Goodness confers great contentment; Aanandha confers great freedom from fear. In fact, when life becomes merged in the thought of God, it is fixed on the pole star.

Man is the child of immortality. All men are brothers, for all are speaks of the same Divine Flame. All the fundamentally Aathman; the love for the Aathman and the endeavour to realise it are the birthright of each individual. There must be mutual love and there must be universal aanandha, resulting from this mutual love.

But, today, the happenings are quite contrary to this stage of things. What shall we say of human behaviour, what shall we say of the daily bickerings and troubles? What of the conflict of opinions and arguments? What of the lootings and killings? What is the cause of all this? All are our own; all are ourselves. We are pointing the knife against ourselves; is this a sign of purity of mind? What has happened to the injunction laid down in the Vedhas, “Sathyam vadha; dharmam chara”?

Each person aspires to be happy and to have peace of mind. With this in view, each one engages himself in various activities. But, both happiness and peace evade him and play hide and seek with him. But, does man give up the search? No. like a top, he turns round and round to capture them. Still, they elude him.

Money cannot improve morals of the community

What is the reason for this state of affairs? Is it defective effort, or the very law of activity? Or, is it the fundamental nature of the world itself? Or, is this failure due to the spirit of the times? No, a little thought will convince that no one of these surmises is true. The real cause is “absence of faith in the victory of the good.” That faith can come only with the growth of devotion to God.

At present, there are many who declare they will reform the world. They have the intention to reform and they endeavour hard. They shout from platforms, thumping the tables, that the world is in a bad condition and that they have the remedy ready with them. But, the result of their efforts make the world more seriously ill.

How can purity be attained by lectures? They propose to cleanse the community by means of more money; how can money improve morals? The Five Year Plans have followed one after another; but, the rot remains. The evil has become hightened. The atmosphere has become fouler and fouler.

What is to be done next, to improve matters? Is the diagnosis wrong, or is drug not available? The fault lies in wrong diagnosis and wrong treatment. The illness is unlimited freedom. That has brought about the state of uncontrolled passions and the resort to weapons of destruction. Liberty has to be enjoyed within certain limits; otherwise it becomes licence or even licentiousness. The limits of liberty are called disciplines. The discipline has to be exercised in all fields of activity. Absence of this discipline has led to the sad plight of the country today.

Man should reach Paramapadha sooner or later

Before man decides to lead others and to prescribe for the world, he must learn to have command over himself and his emotions and passions and be at peace with his own inner urges. He should win a victory over his inner foes; then only can the outer foes be defeated. The effort to establish peace is so gigantic today but, the result the concrete result, is very little.

Well; the world itself is a mystery to man. It is beyond the reach of human intellect and imagination. And, each man is a fragment of that mystery. Of course there are some who have seen through the nature of the world and have succeeded in realising its true condition. But, man neglects such sages. What then can be do, to live in peace upon it? Eat, and then you know the taste. Enter, and then you know the depth. Consult them, and then you get a true sense of values.

The wheel of time revolves relentlessly with no interval. The evil of one day emerges as the good of another day; the morals of one sect becomes in the eyes of another, immoral. What is right for one is wrong for another. One man’s foe is another’s friend. Caught in this trap of duality man swings like a pendulum, unaware of the underlying unity; he struggles with many a fall, many a blind search, stumbling along the track of life. He weeps and laughs, he rejoices and regrets, he halts and hastens — since the beginning of his history. This is the tale of man’s sojourn on this world. But, however hard the track, he must sooner or later reach the Summum Bonum, the Parampadha that is the inescapable destiny.

Man must know his high destiny and steadily walk the path of saadhana; he must pull down the obstructing walls. He must develop the great and unifying quality of love and. approach all with brotherliness. That gives man the’ supremest happiness and peace. For Aathma shaanthi (peace of mind), there is no better instrument than Vishwa prema (Universal Love).

One other point. Imitation can never from the basis of progress. To take pride in imitating others is the first step in spiritual fall. It weakens one’s discrimination and reasoning power. It cuts at the very root of liberty. The aim of the Hindu way of life, of the Hindu culture and of the rules laid down for the Hindu, is very significant and full of meaning. It is nothing less than directing the entire consciousness towards higher values and ultimately, towards God.

Editor’s Note. The date of the discourse is November 1966, the exact date is not known.