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- Anil Kumar Latest Sunday Satsang - Prashanti
The Sunday Talk Given
by Prof. Anil Kumar
February 21, 2010
With Pranams at the Lotus Feet of our most beloved Bhagavan,
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
NUGGETS OF WISDOM
Welcome back to this morning’s session. This morning I would like to
share with you certain essential principles of Vedanta, or
spirituality, certain ‘nuggets of wisdom’. Nuggets are pieces of
gold. ‘Nuggets of wisdom’ are like pieces of golden wisdom. I would
like to share with you the basic definitions of the quintessence of
Vedanta, spirituality, and Sanathana Dharma, one of the most ancient
schools of spiritual thought. I will define certain important,
technical terms, which are very essential for the understanding of
Vedanta, or spiritual knowledge.
One technical term we use is Atma. What is Atma? That is the
question. I would say the equivalent word in English is
‘consciousness’. Consciousness is Atma, the universal soul. This
universal soul, consciousness, or Atma, is the basic substratum or
foundation of the whole universe.
Out of universal consciousness, Atma has come as the individual
soul. This individual soul is what we call ‘I’, or ‘I’-ness. Ask
anyone, “Who are you?” He will reply, “I am so-and-so.” If you hear
a knock on the door, you ask, “Who is there?” “I,” is the reply. “I”
is the common answer from everyone of any nation, any age group, any
sect, any religion, or any gender.
‘I’-ness is born out of Atma, or consciousness. This ‘I’-ness, the
individual soul, is a thought. The individual soul or thought will
produce a series of thoughts. Many, many thoughts constitute the
Universal soul, individual soul, and mind
My friends, there are three steps to understand. One: consciousness,
or universal soul, is Atma. Two: out of the universal soul is born
the individual soul. The soul or spirit is formed from the universal
soul. The individual soul is a thought, and it produces many, many
thoughts. Three: the mind is formed from this bundle of thoughts.
The mind is a bundle of thoughts. These are the three steps:
universal soul, individual soul, and the mind, comprising series of
Now let us examine what is Truth. What is reality? The reality is
Atma, or consciousness, or the universal soul. This is the reality,
something like the ocean. Out of the ocean emerge many waves. Foam
collects on the surface of the waves. The ocean can be compared to
the universal consciousness, the universal soul, or Atma, while
waves are the individual souls, or jivas. On the crest of the wave,
foam collects. Foam is comprised of water bubbles. The water bubbles
are all the thoughts collected in the mind. This is the basic
principle explained by Ramana Maharshi, and so well supported by
Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba in His talks.
The example of an ocean, its waves, and its foam, representing Atma
consciousness, the individual soul, and the mind respectively, is
one of the nuggets of wisdom I wish to share with you. The universal
soul is equal to the ocean. The individual soul is equal to the
wave. The mind is equal to the foaming water bubbles, or thoughts.
This information is given by Baba Himself. Please excuse me if I am
being repetitive. As a teacher, I sometimes doubt whether I can
reach you or not. Therefore, I repeat myself. But I know that each
one of you is smarter than me. You are greater intellectuals, I know
that! It is only my classroom habit which makes me repetitive,
Ego AND SELF-INQUIRY
A second concept I would like to discuss is ego. What is ego? Where
is it? In Sanskrit, ego is called ahamkara. Ahamkara is ego. What is
it? Where is it? Ahamkara, or ego, is ‘I’-ness, and is also called
the mind, or the individual soul. Having been separated from the
universal consciousness or Atma, the separate entity of a wave, the
individual soul, is ego or ahamkara. If I say, ‘I’, that is ego.
‘I’-ness is ego. That is what we call ahamkara.
Third point: we often use another phrase, self-inquiry. What is
self-inquiry? Atma vichara. What does that mean? Baba always refers
to Atma vichara in His discourses. Self-inquiry, Atma vichara, is
the main principle of Ramana Maharshi. What does Baba say? Ask
yourself this question: “Who am I?” Ask yourself this question and
you will get the answer.
The second point Baba makes is the fact that you breathe in and
breathe out 21,600 times a day. So…ham… So…ham… inhalation
…exhalation. Soham is a mantra which means, “I am God.” I am God.
This is the Soham mantra japa. The sound of inhalation─exhalation,
Soham, is a mantra. Ask the question, “Koham, who am I?” The answer
is “Soham. I am You. I am You, I am God.”
Ramana Maharshi says, “Ask yourself, ‘Who am I?’ You will get the
answer.” Asking the question “Who am I?” is self-inquiry.
Self-inquiry is very necessary for all of us, for all humanity. You
may belong to any religion or any faith. You may belong to any
country. All religions, all paths, all faiths, all seekers, all
teachers, all aspirants, and all gurus say one thing: self-inquiry
is the most important thing.
Sai devotees should take this point seriously. Self-inquiry should
be our main quest, the most important part of the spiritual journey.
What happens in Atma Vichara, or self-inquiry? When I question
myself, “Who am I? Who am I?”… my thoughts stop. When thoughts stop,
the very question “Who am I?” also stops automatically. Then what
happens? The individual self, the ‘I’, becomes merged into the
universal ‘I’. The wave will return to the ocean. The wave has come
out of the ocean and the wave will go back to the ocean. The ocean
is Atma. The wave is ‘I’-ness, ego, or the individual soul. By
putting this question to oneself─“Who am I?”─all thoughts will stop.
The individual soul, the ‘I’-ness, will merge into the universal
soul, the Atma, the consciousness. Then you enjoy the state of
bliss, the non-dual bliss, the supreme bliss, which is the aim of
the spiritual journey. This is the purpose of all spiritual paths.
ATma nishta ─the state of universal consciousness
My friends, we are under the impression that when we repeat a mantra
we can concentrate, and we can meditate on the Self. But the real
answer is simple. Turn your mind inward, that’s all. Once the mind
is turned inward, thoughts stop. Do not entertain any more thoughts.
Whenever a thought comes, brush it aside. Don’t allow the flow of
thoughts into your mind.
Each of us knows his own thoughts. You could have one thought right
now. ‘Why can’t I go somewhere this weekend?’ ‘Why can’t I have an
ice cream?’ ‘Why can’t I ride to the beach with my family?’ You know
your own thoughts. But what you have to do is withdraw those
thoughts. Don’t allow any more thoughts to flow. Once thoughts are
stopped or withdrawn, you reach the thoughtless state.
Thoughtlessness is what we call samadhi, the ultimate state of
I draw your attention to one point. Repetition of a mantra or the
Gayatri mantra is also a thought. Stop that. Do not use a mantra of
any kind when in a state of thoughtlessness. If you think of a
mantra while in the state of thoughtlessness, it again becomes a
thought. In the spiritual journey, we should attain the state of
thoughtlessness. We should practice withdrawal of thoughts. Enjoy
this state of equanimity, samadhi, the state of bliss.
To remain in a thoughtless state is called Atma nishta. Atma nishta
means ‘establishing one’s own individual self in the universal
Self’. Atma nishta means you are no longer an individual; you are
universal. It is only thought that makes you separate. It is only
thought that makes you an entity. It is only thought that gives you
identity. When thought is gone, you are no longer an individual; you
are universal. Atma nishta means ‘remaining in the state of
What do you get out of it? My friends, the ocean is vast, the ocean
is infinite, and the ocean is of fathomless depth. Our universal
soul, the Atma consciousness, being vast like an ocean, gives us
limitless bliss, endless bliss, and non-dual bliss. Nityananda is
eternal bliss; Brahmananda is supreme bliss; Advaitananda is
non-dual bliss. That is the way our spiritual journey should be.
My friends, the aim this morning is to bring your attention these
Sanskrit words. We often use these words. We should learn their true
spiritual meaning and how to apply them to our onward spiritual
moksha is liberation
The next word is moksha. What is moksha? Moksha is translated as
liberation. According to Buddhism, moksha is nirvana. Moksha is the
kingdom of heaven, according to Christianity. These are all synonyms
which convey the same meaning.
What is moksha? Some people tell Swami that they want moksha,
without knowing what it means. They think that moksha is a separate
land. They think that moksha is a separate place, like Miami Beach
or Washington, D.C. in the United States. Is moksha a place? Is
moksha like Rome or Greece, a city or a country? No! Is moksha an
object? No! Where is moksha? Why do you want moksha? What do you
mean by moksha? What is liberation? What is the kingdom of heaven?
What is nirvana? We ask for it, we want it. Why? We do not know.
That is a pity. We do not know what it is, yet we crave it, we have
a craze for it, we desire it. We want moksha, though we do not know
what it is. This only means that the individual soul is craving for
liberation. The soul is praying, contemplating, and planning for
moksha, or liberation.
I will give you the definition of moksha. To know your true Self is
liberation, or moksha. The experience of the Self is moksha, or
liberation. Is it that simple? Yes. Moksha is to know your true
Self. I know this much, my friends. We do not know our true Self.
Each one of us here thinks, “I am the body.” You are not. Everyone
thinks, “I am the mind.” You are not. Everyone thinks, “I am the
intellect.” You are not. Then who are you? The Self! The Self!
The meaning of Self
Body identification, identification with the mind, identification
with the intellect, when these things are taken away, you remain as
Atma, the supreme Self, the consciousness. The supreme Self, with
consciousness of body, mind and intellect, is what we are today as
individual selves. I am an individual self with body, mind and
intellect. This individual self is covering the consciousness
inside, the supreme, vast, infinite, and universal. My friends, the
supreme Self, the universal Self, is covered by the three layers of
intellect, mind, and body. These layers make the soul, the Self, a
separate entity. These layers give the soul an identity. We call
this identity the individual soul, or jiva.
Now you may ask what is the use of the individual soul, this
‘I’-ness? Why have it at all? When you are the universal soul, Atma,
why have this individual soul, this ‘I’-ness, why? Why can’t I be
Atma, remaining as an ocean of consciousness? Why should I be a
wave? Why this separateness? The answer is simple, my friends.
Whatever you think, you think from the point of ‘I’: I think, I
hope, I presume, I believe. All of your thoughts are based on
‘I’-ness. You also say, “I did that, I will do that, I am doing
this.” All actions are also based on ‘I’-ness. So this ‘I’-ness, or
individual soul, is the foundation for different thoughts and
actions. That is its purpose.
Then what happens? This individual soul, ‘I’-ness, in association
with the body, starts functioning. The individual soul associated
with this body named Anil Kumar functions as a professor. The
individual soul in another body functions as a doctor, functions as
an engineer, as a politician, or householder. In other words, the
body is an instrument. The body is an instrument for the expression
of thought into action. Thought is put into action through the
instrument of the body. It is the body that does the actions. It is
the body which is the centre of attractions and actions prompted by
the mind, or the individual soul. The individual soul is the mind,
‘I’-ness, or ego. Thought coming from the ego makes the body act.
Thus the body is an instrument.
Three levels of consciousness
My friends, I will bring to your attention three other important
levels of consciousness, or levels of awareness. The first level is
that my mind is active now. Yes, I think, I share, I plan, and I
feel. This state of the mind, which can think and feel, which can
express itself through the senses, is the active state of mind. The
active state of mind makes the body see, and makes the body hear. An
active mind plus a body is called the waking state, or jagrath. The
waking state, or jagrath, is the active mind functioning through the
body. This is the first level of awareness or consciousness.
Then we come to the second state. The body is inactive, because the
body is lying on a bed during the night. The body is tired and wants
to rest. The body is inactive, but the mind is still active. It
starts dreaming. Who is dreaming now? The mind! Why? The mind is
active. The body is inactive during the night. An active mind
creates something different in dreamland. In a dream, my mind makes
me rich or poor, a VIP, or a nobody. It makes me experience pain or
pleasure. The active mind creates a separate world called the dream
state, or swapna. Therefore, my friends, in jagrath, the waking
state, there is an active mind and an active body. In swapna, the
dream state, there is an active mind and an inactive body, because
the body is asleep, lying on a bed.
Then we have the third state of awareness called deep sleep, or
sushupthi. What happens in sushupthi, deep sleep? The body is
inactive. It is lying on a bed. The mind is also inactive. The mind
is withdrawn, passive, and functionless; the mind is silent. In deep
sleep, you enjoy the state of bliss. That is the thoughtless state,
so you experience bliss, my friends. Sushupthi is deep sleep. You
may be of any religion, any country, or any age group. All of you
experience these three states only. First, jagrath, the waking
state, is an active mind and an active body. Second, swapna, the
dream state, is an active mind and an inactive body. In the third
state, sushupthi or deep sleep, the body is inactive, and the mind
is inactive. You are thoughtless. You are just bliss, that’s all.
You are the son or daughter of eternity. You are a blissful form.
That is what sushupthi, or deep sleep, is.
My friends, when I awaken and rise from bed in the morning, after a
very good, deep sleep, I look fresh. If anyone asks me how I slept
the previous night, I say, “Oh, wonderful! I had a good sleep. I am
energetic.” Why? The thoughtless state makes you energetic. The
thoughtless state makes you blissful. The thoughtless state makes
you look fresh and active. That’s why the next morning we all look
fresh and energetic.
THE MIND IS The FALSE SELF
The next question is why I don’t experience the Self, the Atma, the
supreme consciousness within me. I always function with the false
‘I’, the pseudo ‘I’, the unreal ‘I’. I am a wave, that’s all,
ignoring the ocean. I always function at the level of the individual
soul, the false ‘I’, the unreal ‘I’. I forget my real ‘I’, which is
consciousness. Why is this happening? Why do I not experience the
real ‘I’, the consciousness, the Atma?
Simple answer: your mind is responsible. The mind is an obstacle.
The mind is interference. Therefore, I am not able to experience my
true Self. Why? The false self is nothing but the mind, like a wave.
The false self, like a wave, retreats and goes back. Only the ocean,
the true Self, remains. This is the reason we cannot experience the
I will give you one example which Baba has repeatedly said. As you
all know from the knowledge of astronomy, the sun is many, many
times bigger than the earth; it is so big! But when a cloud appears,
it covers the huge sun. Then you do not see the sun. The sun and the
cloud are comparable to the ocean and the wave. The sun is the
consciousness; the sun is the real ‘I’, while the cloud is the wave,
the false ‘I’. The cloud is the mind, which interferes with your
vision of the sun. The mind prevents you from experiencing the true
Another Vedic teaching or saying is Aham Brahmasmi. This is what
Baba says. Aham Brahmasmi: I am Brahman. Aham - I, Brahman – supreme
Divinity, Asmi - I am. I am God. I am Brahman. That’s what Aham
Brahmasmi means. I would like to clarify it for you, so that you
have a better understanding of Aham Brahmasmi.
Aham Brahmasmi, I am Brahman. What does that mean? Brahman means
‘vastness’. Brahman means ‘infinite, unlimited’. Brahman is
‘expansiveness, vast, universal’. So ‘I am Brahman’ means, ‘I am not
limited, I am not finite, I am not an individual soul, I am not the
mind, I am not this false ‘I’; I am Brahman. I am the real ‘I’, the
Brahman, the infinite consciousness, the universal soul. I am not an
individual soul.’ When identification with the false ‘I’ is dropped,
it is like the wave going back into the ocean; only the ocean
remains. In a similar way, the consciousness remains as an eternal
witness. That is the meaning of Aham Brahmasmi.
I should also tell you what sadhana is. Many people use the word
sadhana. What is this spiritual practice? What is true sadhana? Many
people think that going on a pilgrimage is sadhana. Many people
think writing the holy name is sadhana. Many people think repeating
God’s name is sadhana.
Concentration is sadhana, worship is sadhana. There may be different
sadhanas, different spiritual paths. But the highest sadhana, the
surest and best spiritual path, is self-inquiry. That’s what Ramana
Maharshi says. The highest sadhana is to know your Self. Who are
you? Who am I? To put a question unto one’s own Self is the true
sadhana. That is true spiritual inquiry, the noblest and highest of
Maya is illusion
We come across another word in Vedanta: maya. Maya! This morning, I
want to draw your attention to certain often-repeated terms. Many
people come to me and say, “Anil Kumar! This maya…maya… maya...!”
(Laughter) What is maya? The English translation is ‘illusion’.
Illusion is maya. What does Baba say? There is one English word:
M-Y, my, and if you repeat that word─my, my, my, my, my, my, my,
my─that is maya. To say that word, to repeat the word ‘my’ or ‘mine’
equals maya. “This car is mine. This house is mine, and it is my
body.” This ‘my, my, my’ is maya. That is the definition of maya, as
Baba explains it.
Baba also says that maya, or illusion, is not true. It is
non-existent. Many people ask, “What can I do, sir? I am trapped by
maya.” Many people ask me, “Sir, what can I do? All life is maya.
This whole thing is maya. I am trapped, imprisoned, and encased
within maya. What can I do?” This is incorrect thinking. There is no
prison of maya. There is no encasement of maya. There is no sheath
of maya. There is no cover of maya. No! Maya is only your
imagination. Maya is your own mind creating these notions. There is
no maya at all. Searching for maya is something like searching for a
black cat in a closed room on a dark night. How do you find the cat?
Impossible! So maya is non-existent. It is only one’s own creation,
one’s own imagination.
What does Ramana Maharshi say about maya? You think that it is
present, but actually it is not there. You only think it is there.
Take the notion of a devil. “Sir, there is a devil!” There is no
devil at all. You only think there is a devil. To imagine something
being present, when it is actually non-existent, is maya. That is
Ramana Maharshi’s definition. When that which is infinite and
limitless is thought to be limited, it is maya. Divinity is
unlimited, but you think you can limit Him. That is maya. Divinity
is everywhere, but you think you can limit Him to a space. That is
maya. Restriction, or narrowing down, is maya, and it is all the
work of your own mind. That’s what we have to understand.
THE goal of SPIRITUALITY
What is our obligation and main duty as spiritual seekers? Some say,
“Sir, I am a devotee of Sathya Sai Baba.” Good! Some say, “Sir, I
attend church every Sunday.” Very good! Some say, “Sir, I am a
Muslim. We fast.” Fine! Many people say, “We meditate.” Very good!
What is the chief dharma, or the main duty, of every spiritual man
of any religion? The main dharma, the main duty, of every spiritual
person is to know the reality, the supreme Self, within. My main
duty is to discover my true Self, to know that I am not the
individual self, but that I am, truly speaking, the universal Self.
The individual self, the false ‘I’, is for utility, while the real
Self is the reality. The universal Self is the reality, while the
individual self is for utility. That’s what we have to understand.
To know this is one’s own duty.
What is your goal in life? What is your aim on the spiritual path?
Suppose we ask this question of a worldly person. We ask a
politician, “What is your aim in life?” He would likely reply, “I
want to become the country’s president.” If I ask a businessman what
is his goal in life, he will probably answer, “I want to become the
richest man.” Goals differ in the world. But on the spiritual path,
there is only one goal for all of us. What is that goal? To remind
ourselves of our true Self; this has been forgotten. We have
forgotten our Self. To remind yourself of the true goal, to know it,
to feel it, to be it, and have that goal as your chief objective, is
the supreme purpose of a spiritual life.
three steps to YOUR true self
How can you achieve that goal? I bring to your attention three
steps, as explained by Ramana Maharshi. Some people ask, “Is it
possible to realise the true Self in this lifetime? Is it possible
now?” My friends, it is possible, right now, right here. The
fulfillment of life’s ambition is possible right now. That is the
first thing that you have to establish within yourself.
Second step: once you do that, once you are determined, decided, and
committed to know the true Self, what will happen? All false
thoughts, all imaginary ideas, all illusions are dispelled, and
given up. They disappear. That is the second thing that will happen.
Third step: when you have embarked on this journey of truth to know
your true Self, ask: “Who am I?” Simple explanation: this journey is
the “Who am I” journey. We are on board the “Who Am I” Airline
flight. When we are on this journey, on the “Who Am I” aircraft,
what should we do?
Forget all previously established notions. We have some prejudices;
we have some false ideas; we have certain notions; we have certain
ideologies. We have spiritual identification in relation to a
religion. Forget your religion, forget your dogma, and forget your
fundamentalism. Forget everything. Be fresh and proceed with the
powerful question, “Who am I? Who am I?” Forget the past; put behind
you all your prejudices, notions, and ideologies. You are traveling
inward, and, in the process, all illusions are gone. Then you will
experience your reality, your own reality, the true Self, or
consciousness. Those are the three steps to know your true Self.
the False ‘I’does not create happiness
We all crave to be happy. We want to be happy, and we make every
attempt to be happy. Even a patient wants to be happy. Why? The
patient wants the doctor to give him sweet tablets, sweet capsules,
and painless injections, because every patient wants to be happy,
even when in the hospital bed. All our attainments, study,
education, profession, family life, business life, political life,
and social life, are for one thing only—to be happy! But, my
friends, it is not true happiness.
Simple example: I play the role of a king in a drama. I command
everyone. But can I become a real king? No! I am acting the role of
a king. I am now a king, sitting on a throne, on a dais. But I am
not really a king. Can that dais be the reality? No! Is the drama
true? No! Is my action true? No! Am I really a king? No!
In the same way, the happiness you get from the false ‘I’, your ego,
or your mind, is also false. The false ‘I’ will get false happiness.
‘I’-ness itself is false. Ego is false. The mind is false. How can
you expect real happiness from it? It is not possible. Can you write
on running water? When the water if flowing, can you write any
sentence at all? No! Can you write in the air? No! Similarly, the
false ‘I’ is like running water, ever-changing.
THE REAL ‘I’is UNCHANGING
As a boy, I was different. As a young man, I suppose I must have
been handsome. As an old man, I have arthritis. The body goes on
changing, but this is the false ‘I’. My mind also goes on changing.
As a boy, I wanted to play. As a young man, I was quite active, and
quite romantic. In my old age, I am rheumatic!
I am not the mind. My mind goes on changing. At a young age, an
immature mind will have amateurish thoughts. My mind has matured
now. But with a mature mind, my thoughts are different. So my mind
is changing. That is also the false ‘I’. The body is changing: that
is the false ‘I’. My mind is also changing, again the false ‘I’. The
real ‘I’ is changeless.
As a boy, I was Anil Kumar. As a young man, I was Anil Kumar. At
this mature age, I am Anil Kumar. The ‘I’-ness which is continuous
and unchanging is the real ‘I’. The changing ‘I’, that identifies
with the body and the mind, goes on changing. How do you expect real
happiness from this false ‘I’? The utility ‘I’ is false, and the
happiness it gets is also false. How can you achieve true happiness?
You will get true happiness only when you know the real ‘I’. What is
the real ‘I’? Consciousness! Atma! Awareness! That being true, the
happiness you get is also equally true.
fate DOES NOT determine THE SELF
I bring to your attention another question. Some people say, “The
times are not favorable to me.” Some people say, “It is my destiny.”
Some people say, “It is my fate.” Some say, “Everything is decided
by God. Everything is preordained by God. What can I do?” These are
the conclusions we hear from so-called religious people. It is all
nonsense. You may say, “He has succeeded in life because of his
destiny.” You may say, “It is my fate that I could not advance in
life.” Whether you advance in life or not, whether you gain or lose,
whether you experience pain or pleasure, it is all in the mind only.
A wave may be big, or a wave may be small. On a full moon day, the
waves are very big and rush forward. On other days, the waves may be
very small. Waves differ in their size and in their force. But the
ocean at its depths is calm, quiet, and serene. Similarly, fate may
be in your favor for all the positive upswings in life. Or your fate
may be negative, and you may have bumps, shocks, and have to face
negative things in life. But, up and down, up and down is the mind,
Never say that it is my fate, it is my destiny. No! Destiny and fate
are only states of the mind. But the reality is beyond the mind. No
fate or destiny can shape or determine You, no! Understanding the
reality of the Self is far, far greater than so-called destiny, or
so-called fate. These center around the mind only; these center only
around the false ‘I’.
Differing SCHOOLS OF SPIRITUAL THOUGHT
I draw your attention to another point. In spirituality we have
different schools of thought. Some say God has form. Some say God
has no form. The form or formless: is God sakara or nirakara? Some
say God has attributes, saguna. Some say God has no attributes,
nirguna. Some say God is reality, Sathyam, while the whole world,
jagath, is mithya, or illusion. Some say God is awareness, chaitanya,
while the whole world is jada, or inert.
Many such things are discussed, but many theories are contradictory.
People involve themselves in heated, useless arguments. Which is
correct─sakara, the form, or nirakara, formless? Saguna or nirguna?
What do you get from these contradictory arguments? They only divide
us. It is not the ultimate aim. Let us not entertain these various
ideologies. Let us not get into arguments at all.
Our aim is towards the Self. Our aim is towards reality. Ramana
Maharshi always said to ask the question, “Who am I?” That’s all.
That should be our path. That question is beyond religion, beyond
sects, and beyond ideology. Our aim should be the supreme Self,
traveling always towards the true Self, the reality. Let us not get
into any arguments about ideological theories, which are usually
ALL SCRIPTURES DECLARE SUPREME CONSCIOUSNESS
Some say, “I prefer to read the Holy Scripture, the Bhagavad Gita.”
Some say, “No, no, no, I like Yoga Vasishta.” Some say, “I believe
that the Upanishads are of a higher standard.” Some say, “No, no!
Narada Bhakti Sutras will make me more devoted.” Some will say,
“Stop that. The Bible is the only true book, the only true word of
God.” Which is correct?
My friends, all scriptures, holy books, text books, epics, and
mythologies declare only one truth: that there is eternal, permanent
and supreme consciousness. All declare the reality of that universal
Self, the existence of the supreme Self. All scriptures and sacred
texts agree on that.
All texts and scriptures show us the path towards the state of
experiencing the Self. They all tell you how to experience the Self.
How does Baba address us all at every gathering? Baba will never
say, “Ladies and gentlemen.” No! Baba addresses us as “Embodiments
of Divine Love!” “Embodiments of Atma!” It means that we are all
embodiments of the real and true Self. That’s what all the
Therefore, the scriptures and the texts should not confuse us. Let
us understand the underlying unity of them all. All scriptures and
holy books affirm that there is a true reality. They all show the
path towards that reality. Finally, they say that you are the
embodiment of Divinity, and you are the embodiment of Truth, that
Asato Maa Sad Gamaya
Tamaso Maa Jyotir Gamaya
Mrtyormaa Amrtam Gamaya
Om Samastha Loka Sukhino Bhavantu
Samastha Loka Sukhino Bhavantu
Samastha Loka Sukhino Bhavantu
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
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