The Divinity of the Human
Nothing in creation is more
valuable, beautiful and wonderful than the human being. Not all the gold,
oil and diamonds have the worth of one single human being. There is
nothing more precious in creation than man. For man alone is in a position
to experience the Divine, the source of endless Treasures, source of
eternal Life, unending Peace, Joy, Beauty and Perfection. Man alone enjoys
this capacity. He bears within himself all there is in the Creator. God
dwells in the human soul. Man is endowed with spiritual capacities that
enable him to experience God here, there and everywhere in all conditions
and circumstances of life and even death.
What is meant by death is only
the dismissal of the body. In all circumstances the human soul can
consciously experience its oneness with the Divine. Whether there is a
body or whether it has been left behind, thrown off, in all circumstances
man is capable of experiencing the Divine. Therefore there are so many
saints, mystics and god-men.
This precious life has to be
used. Continuously one should stay above the limitations of the body,
mind, surroundings, time and space, and try to remain in tune with the
Divine. Recognize your inner identity with the Divine. In your body you
are not one with God, in your mind and heart you are not one with God, but
in the depth of your soul you are identical with Him. There in your inner
soul you are one with the Divine, eternally, in all circumstances, whether
you are good or bad, a mean person or a saint. These outer psychological
traits are non-valid in the divine Consciousness, which is always present
in all human states. But only those who are on a higher plane of evolution
are in a position to consciously experience the Divine. The whole life has
to be built on the foundation of this central Reality.
This central Reality is boundless
Intelligence. It is all-seeing, all-hearing. It perceives everything,
reacts to everything, witnesses everything. It is able to converse with a
devoted person, to protect him, guide him, enlighten him, to bestow on him
the experience of oneness with the divine Perfection, to enable him to
perceive his oneness with God in all nature, in the trees, the stones, the
people, the animals, the air, the water, space - everywhere.
The Divine Mother is always at
the service of such a person. She gives him wisdom, strength,
enlightenment. She guides him, She shows Her protection. Those who
recognize the value and beauty of this wonderful human life and realize
its potential in the highest sense, make rapid progress and are enabled to
unfold from their inner soul divine qualities and cosmic feelings.
Suddenly there is the feeling that one is the whole universe, all stars
are here and now, the whole cosmos is a small carpet. The soul expands
further and further and reveals that it is greater than space and time,
That which is timeless and
spaceless does not die. It knows no bounds. It is endless Perfection,
absolute Perfection - absolute Love, Wisdom, Life, perfect in all
qualities of the Eternal. One should use this life to experience the
immediate presence of the Divine. One should do everything necessary to
remain in constant inner cheerfulness with a totally uncompromising
positive attitude and disposition. Take all challenges as an expression of
divine Grace. With this as a basis, one should constantly progress.
In reality man is God himself.
This is the truth. This is the climax of mystic perception and experience.
This is reality. But as soon as this divine Principle comes into the
limitations of a body, in the physical, biological, animalistic world, it
forgets its origin and true nature and commits endless stupidities. It is
polluted and confused, lost in temptation and the search for pleasures. It
has lost boundless joy and bliss. In its consciousness it is no longer
linked with the Divine but only with the world of senses and becomes a
sinner. In its experience, thoughts, feelings and power of perception it
is totally separated from the Divine. This tragedy is the human condition.
In such a state it is difficult to understand God, to long for God, to
strive for God-experience. Our instruments of sense-perception, the
faculties of seeing and hearing, all misguide us. They reveal but an
illusory, false, all-defiling world leading to suffering and death.
Yet the inner soul in good
people, devout people, yearns for God. In this state one beseeches the
Divine to live in one's mind and heart, one's thoughts and feelings, one's
entire life. Everything is the Divine. The Divine is boundless, being full
of endless treasures, the Wonder of wonders. And the supreme Truth is that
this Divinity is nothing but the soul within you. You yourself are this
Divinity. Imagine from your human state what it means to reach this divine
Perfection. Again and again you should strive for this. For a little
money, man gives his whole life. In this world, millions of people
struggle all their life for a little money, a small piece of property, a
little of this and that. Therefore, if you want the Treasure of treasures
you have to be ready to make the sacrifices necessary. But these are no
sacrifices, for what you gain is so great that no sacrifice is worth
How to see God in a table? -
Swami always tells us to see God in the table. He says, it is a sin to
recognize the table as a table and not as God. Your question is, how to
perceive God in the table? I have told you, fire is everywhere. There is
nothing that does not contain fire. Iron, gold, wood, all contain fire,
the whole cosmos is filled with fire in varying intensity. Science tells
us that there is fire in the table. Yes, to awaken it, we have to light it
from outside. When we light the wood it starts burning and unfolds its own
If I ask Shanmukha whether she
sees the fire in the table she may laugh, but if she is sensible and
studies her own school-lectures that say that wood burns, there is fire in
wood, then she knows there is fire in the table.
In the same way as there is fire
in the table, there is the Divine in fire, in everything, as
consciousness, as energy, as the soul of everything. This energy of
energies is omniscient. Therefore the table is omniscient. The table as
such does not know, but the soul within is omniscient. Even if the table
could develop a brain and begin to understand, it would recognize itself
as a table, not as the soul, not as an omniscient being. But there is an
omniscient being in the table, as in space, as in air, as in everything
and everyone, as in all beings, visible and invisible, there is the
presence of the Divine.
When you tell your heart, 'God is
the table, the table is God', though you have only thought of it, because
Swami said you should adore the table as God, the mere thought is
sufficient, it kindles a fire in you. The very thought that the table is
God and God is the table is enough - even when uttered in joke! One day it
will grow into a power, will unfold greater wisdom in you and will
disclose to you the divine principle in everything.
If your faith and purity of heart
are great, what happens when you look at the table and say 'table is God',
suddenly the table vanishes and God appears before you. And when someone
enters the room he vanishes and again there is a table. All this happens,
when there is devotion and purity in the heart and one takes the
instructions and wisdom and puts them into practice.
The true lover of God sees
everything as identical with the Divine. There are no two things for him.
Everything becomes God: the fields, the grass, the armchair, the walls,
the trees and streets, the stars, air, sky, all appears to him as God
himself. He perceives just one thing in the multitude of the universe -
God. Man in general knows two things, his person and the multiverse. He is
lost in the experience of diversity. The lover of the Divine knows only
the One, in friend and foe, in all names and forms, visible and invisible.
In all things he experiences one thing, God. The typewriter appears as the
form of the Divine. Inside, outside, all appears as one image, all
presents itself as the image of the Divine. He sees one, God. He touches
one, God. He feels one, God. In all circumstances of life he is in the
Divine, adores the Divine, perceives the Divine, experiences the Divine.
Through constant exercise in this way, year after year, one remains rooted
in the Divine in all conditions and circumstances.
It is stupid to suppose that God
possesses a human form. God has all forms and is beyond all forms. God may
take a human form, but he is immeasurably more than a human being. He can
take the form of a tree, yet he is immeasurably more than a tree. He is in
fact, the tree, water, air, space, whatever is visible or invisible to
you. He is consciousness, he is love, he is all the qualities and
characteristics one can think of. The whole of creation is his body. He
feels when something is destroyed in the universe. But, in spite of the
fact that he is in the universe and is the universe, he is immensely more
and different from the universe. God is the air, God is fire, as fire he
sees us. This fire is present everywhere in the whole cosmos in different
kinds and ways, visible, invisible, very hot, less hot, cold, yet colder,
in every imaginable degree of fire he is present everywhere as visible and
invisible fire. The flame of a candle is a visible fire, the heat in your
body is an invisible fire. One can feel it. There are fires one cannot
feel, yet it is there as in firestone, etc.
In all forms the Divine is
present. The Divine Mother can appear in every form, as gold, as copper,
as elements. Every element has its own personality. Fire thinks, fire
feels, fire possesses will-power, and so on. Fire is a person, so is
space, so is water, so are the rivers and the oceans, so are the trees, so
Everywhere the lover of the
Divine encounters God in every thinkable form, not only as Durga and
Shiva, Rama and Krishna, but in all forms imaginable, as a good person, as
a bad person. In all and everything resides the Divine without being
touched by that in which it dwells. Thus, everywhere, at every hour the
seeker of God constantly sees the Divine, meets the Divine, understands
the Divine and behaves accordingly. He has great respect for every living
being, visible and invisible, for the space, for the air - great reverence
for everything in the universe. Through everything he is in communion with
the unending, unmanifest, eternal, all-seeing, all-knowing God. All his
life is rooted in the Divine.
Man as you see in daily life is
one among many animals. He belongs to the animal-kingdom. This man is in
fact a child of God, a light of God, inwardly eternally one with God. This
revelation suddenly unveils the infinite dignity of man. What happens,
when a beggar-maid suddenly discovers that she is the daughter of the
emperor and the emperor too acknowledges this? From this moment the girl's
life is totally changed. She becomes the empress of the world and rules
with the emperor or after him. Such is this discovery that a worm-like
human being in the animal-kingdom suddenly becomes an immortal being when
the light of wisdom dawns on him, when he awakens to his inseparable,
true, eternal relationship.
This girl is the daughter of the
emperor, but their relationship is not so strong. The relationship between
man and God is very strong, eternal, inseparable. It is so intimate that
there is no distinction between them. Man has in him the capacity to
experience the infinite Treasures of the Divine and God Himself. Suddenly
his perspective in life changes. His limited peace grows into boundless
peace. He gives up his chase after pleasures and finds infinite Happiness
- all through this recognition, this vision, this wisdom, this new
knowledge. A weak, mortal person discovers an inner way to grow one with
the immortal Omnipotence consciously. He becomes boundless light. He
recognizes this dying, stinking, ageing body, which he took to be himself,
as something external and illusory. He is immeasurably more than this
body. He dwells in the heart of eternal Life here and now. His
intelligence is filled with dimensions of infinite Truth. He sees the
world differently now. The multitude of individuals has disappeared. All
are the one divine Light.
If you see people by X-ray-eyes
what happens? The man disappears and you see only the skeleton. In the
same way, when you possess divine eyes the flesh and bones disappear.
Everywhere there is light, sunshine. Man becomes one with God, God becomes
one with man and human life with all its limitations is gone, transformed.
All darkness, envy, jealousy, etc. vanish. No one is more blessed, rich,
beautiful, every happy, ever contented than the person in
God-consciousness. His life is infinite fulfilment. This is the goal of
all wisdom, all religions, meditations, ceaseless prayer.
This wonderful experience is ever
present, here and now. It is waiting for you to take possession of it.
Constantly one should see life from this standpoint, see oneself as light
of God, see others as light of God. One gets boundless courage, power of
endurance. All virtues grow limitless. Love becomes unending, cosmic,
selflessness grows unlimited. Inwardly there is nothing but the Divine to
experience, to enjoy, to express. Human life gets fulfilled.
'Dharma' means nature, motive,
law. What is the Dharma of the earth? To attract the apples on the tree by
the law of gravitation. The law of gravitation is its Dharma, its nature.
Whatever you throw up is pulled down to earth. What is the Dharma of a
person? To go back to the experience of the Absolute. There is but one
goal, one law, the law of evolution, the law of self-realization,
Whatever is born has to
experience the Divine. This is the single central motive. This motive
takes divergent forms. The search for unending happiness, the search for
indestructible peace, the search for more and more wealth, all are nothing
but an expression of the search for God. For all these are characteristics
of the Divine and one cannot have peace, happiness, beauty, and so on
without God-experience. Our only Dharma is to attract the Infinite. The
Infinite attracts us in millions of ways.
A life in tune with such a law is
a true Hindu-life, Sanatana-Dharmist-life. His Dharma in daily life is to
remain rooted in God always. This is his first duty. First God, second
God, third God, last God - always God. All life is divine for him. All
nature is God for him. Every work, every thought, every feeling, every
attitude, every activity in life becomes a means for God-experience. He
sleeps religiously, rises religiously, walks religiously, feels
religiously, breathes religiously. All life is religion. All life is ruled
by a powerful awareness of the Infinite, the Absolute, the all-seeing,
boundless Peace, Beauty, Love, Light. To lead such a life, that is our
daily duty. It is not a duty, it is a joy, it is our nature, our being.
This is our desire. These are our values. All outer values serve but this
one goal, to realize, to reach the one central value, God.
- Swami Omkarananda