Thought for the Day:
Paramahamsa Omkarananda Saraswati
Endless is Your Inner Strength
You are, there is God
In a big forest of rare beauty,
there are several thousands of tall trees. Implicit everywhere in the
forest, there is the inspiring music from London, the latest news from New
York, and most interesting programmes of entertainment, information,
education and culture from several broadcasting stations. But, none of the
trees know it. They have no resource in themselves to grow sensitive to
the electro-magnetic waves streaming in from all directions. To them the
very idea of radio-broadcasting frequencies is ridiculous. To make matters
worse, they deny when told that there is heaven-making music all about
them, and denounce you as crazy. For all those proud tall trees that grand
music and those joyous news are non-existent, and if existent far-removed
and inaccessible to a degree that it would be better to deny its
existence. Amidst those leafy, prosperous trees of flowers and fruits,
there is the unattractive, plain-looking apparently unproductive,
cane-like radio-receiving antenna. This antenna receives from a selected
direction, the waves of the music, and the equipment beneath it reproduces
the music. So, it does the news. Wherever there is an antenna, there is
the festivity of music, the world of knowledge and the kingdom of joy.
This world is constituted of
endless diversity. There are billions of things in the world: trees,
stones, animals, fishes that swim, birds that fly, creatures that crawl.
Nowhere in this immeasurable multiverse, this world of diversity, there
seems to be God present. But, the moment there is the antenna of the human
heart in aspiration, in devotion, in prayer, there the celestial and
heaven-making Music of God's all-creative and all-wondrous Presence is
produced. Wherever there is a human heart, there is God. For, that heart
alone can rise up in spiritual aspirations, unfold its higher
potentialities, bloom in devotion, radiate the fragrance of divine love
and divine faith, and receive the life-fulfilling music of the divine
Presence, Peace, Beauty, and express it. Where the human life is, there is
the divine Spirit. The former is formed and sustained by the latter, and
the latter alone can fulfil truly and permanently every aim the former is
Let us not be the lifeless
sticks, but the wondrous antenna that receives, and permits expression of
the divine Light, Love, Grace, Power, Knowledge, Happiness. Like the
antenna, let us grow responsive to the grand super electromagnetic waves of
the Kingdom of infinite Perfection streaming into us from all directions,
the Kingdom whose centre, being infinite, is in our own inner hearts. Let
our life receive and reproduce from all directions the imperishable
wonders of the Spirit.
The materialistic trees around
the antenna accuse it as an ascetic, otherworldly, unsocial, fruitless.
They say, 'We are prospering; we bear leaves, flowers and fruits. This
unwise and dreamy antenna is looking for things impalpable, God, Truth,
Kingdom of Heaven. It is barren and useless to society.' But, who can
refute that the antenna is valuable beyond all those trees, for it alone
can receive the Essences of Life, the immortal music of the joy, peace,
prosperity, life of the Infinite? It alone can grow responsive to, and
assimilative of, the Perfections of the Divine, from all directions. It
makes the impalpable realities palpables. It turns the unheard music, the
heard, the inaudible world of joy into an audible world of exalted
sense-experience. Life is truly fulfilled only in that which is the
inexhaustible and infinite producer, bearer and sustainer of life. And,
that is the Spirit, Truth, God.
The Workings of the Human Mind are Invisible.
How much more should not God be Invisible?
When Thomas sits for meditation,
his mind wanders. Can anybody see his mind wandering? No one can. Is the
wandering of the mind something like the table moving from one place to
another, and can it be pointed out or seen? Certainly not. Though he, as a
spiritual aspirant, is supposed to think of God, his mind is jumping from
object to object. When so petty a power like the mind is invisible in its
operations, movements, self-expressions, how much more should not God's
activities, movements, operations, self-expressions be visible to man when
the functions of his own brother's mind are not visible to him?
The measure of progress he makes,
the treasures that he lays up, while he practises devotional exercises,
prays, meditates, does selfless services, are invisible. But, there can be
no gain greater than the gain of life-fulfilling devotion, no activity
higher, and no wealth more abundant, than the wealth of the self-revealing
and all-illuminating activity of the contemplative inner divine
Endless are Your Possibilities
It takes a philosopher to ask
questions such as, 'What is Truth? Who created the Universe? Can we define
the nature of mind? Has life a meaning?' Such a philosopher is in each of
It takes an artist to admire
great artistic works, the beauty in nature and in daily life. Such an
aesthetician and artist is in each of you.
It takes a poet to wonder at the
stars, the blue sky and the sea and the mountains, and speak of them in
inspiring words of beauty. Such a poet is in each of you.
It takes a saint to trust in God
and to be in communion with God's Presence, Love, Beauty, Grace. Such a
saint is in each of you.
It takes a God-like person to
behold the Presence of God everywhere. Such a God-like person is in each
It takes the heart of a great
soul, to make many sacrifices and take any pains to keep progressing on
the path of evolution and spiritual unfoldment. Such a heart is in each of
There is love in you, which could
be extended to all creation. There is faith in you, which could be
developed immensely. There is Knowledge in you that could be increased
Endless are your possibilities.
Unless you unfold these many possibilities, capacities, abilities, powers,
from within your divine inner consciousness, your outer life cannot be
abundant, rich, full of light and joy.
From the knowledge that you are
organically related in your inner being, with God, you can derive immense
strength and a great sense of security. By the conviction that there is
the one supreme Power of God everywhere, with which you are inseparably
related, draw liberating, creative, joyous, persisting peace.
You are an Embodiment of many Powers
All the extraordinary qualities
of nature that are characteristic of the world's greatest saints are there
If not great purity, some purity
is present in you. If not endless knowledge, some amount of knowledge you
do possess. Though not superhuman patience, a little patience you do
command. If not great and all-absorbing love for God, some love that That
which you recognize as the Good, or the Beautiful, or Truth, or God, is
active in you. That amount of faith which moves mountains, you may not
have, but you cannot deny that there is in you some little faith. If all
in you is not receptive to the all-perfecting divine Presence, yet there
lurks in you something which appreciates readily the things of Love,
Light, Beauty, God.
Your love when fully grown, is
the saint. When the little faith in you fully flowers, it is the
wonder-worker. Your wisdom when fully developed, is the sage.
How to Develop Supernormal Powers
Love is the Power of powers. Love
all, at all times, in all circumstances and conditions, and even in the
most difficult situations. Let nothing external, or internal, dry up the
perennial springs of the silent, unobserved flow of your love for all.
Transformation of our entire
inner nature, of our thoughts, emotions, energies, is a wonderful way of
acquiring tremendous spiritual powers. When we exceed the animal and human
nature, refine, exalt and illuminate our minds and hearts, will and inner
spirit, we gain the numberless powers that belong to our inner
self-luminous spiritual nature.
Constant experience of the
Presence of God, endows us with rare powers. The power to remain
unaffected by difficult circumstances, the power to rule the environment
and not to be ruled by it, the power to remain peaceful, joyous, unshaken,
are among the many powers that we accrue to us from the practice of the
Presence of God.
Faith when developed is a great
power. It moves mountains. Self-surrender to the omnipresent, omnipotent,
omniscient and all-loving, all-protecting, all-perfecting Divinity, fills
us with extraordinary powers.
Special concentration exercises
awaken the divine powers in us. Meditation unfolds the higher powers of
perception and divine nature.
Mantra-practice, the constant
repetition of the mystical syllables, puts us in touch with the various
powers of God. The Might, the Light, the Grace, the Peace of God, find
their manifestation in our daily life.
Years of devotion, and strict
adherence to truth, bestows on us the power of making true everything that
we say, or wish, to anyone.
Magnanimous nature, generosity
and free bestowal of charities, liberate us from every type of want, and
secure for us material and spiritual welfare and prosperity.
We acquire the power to live
long, by deep, slow, rhythmical breathing. We also gain by it peace of
mind, freedom from physical and mental ailments, and get closer to the
knowledge of God.
When we go on wishing welfare to
all, praying for everyone, every creature, and desire the happiness of all
that has life and breathes, we find ourselves in possession of great inner
Light, Joy, Peace, Power, and our lives are made secure against accidents,
losses, misfortunes. We become a great blessing to the whole creation.
- Swami Omkarananda