To understand anything is
to find in it something which is our own.
Knowledge can never be created—it can only
be discovered. And every man who makes a great discovery is inspired.
Unless there is the wisdom of the creative
God surging forth in our souls, detachment is impossible. Viveka
or discriminating the Real from the unreal, is a prerequisite for vairagya,
or non-attachment. One cannot detach oneself from anything unless there
is an understanding of the nature of the relationship with that thing
for oneself…When knowledge dawns, there is a spontaneous dropping out
of all relationship. And the highest form of detachment is not a sundering
of oneself from anything existent but the raising of oneself to a consciousness
of the pervasive character of the Reality that exists equally in the subject
and the object, as well as in between the two. The great non-attachment
of which the Bhagavad Gita speaks is not an ordinary austere
attitude of the individual but a flowering of wisdom in the form of the
recognition of the omnipresence of the Supreme Creator…Here is an automatic
rising of the soul to an awareness where desires have no significance
The whole cosmos is a vehicle rushing in
tremendous speed towards Universal Selfhood, the great Atman of
the cosmos, the God of creation, the Absolute, the Brahman…Hence, perform
action with the consciousness of its being a sacrifice of your individuality,
gradually, by degrees, towards the larger purpose of the consciousness
of the deity that is transcending both you as an agent and the end as
the limited object outside. This synthesis between the subject and the
object is the deity…We cannot step over the present state of finitude
and enter the higher dimension until we enter the deity which is transcendent
to our present state of finitude…a higher consciousness of our own self.
It is our higher self calling us…
There are eighteen days of the Mahabharata
War. Maybe there are eighteen stages of the ascent. It is difficult to
imagine what stages there are, how many steps we have to climb to win
the last battle.
Live in the world like an ant. The world
contains a mixture of truth and untruth, sugar and sand. Be an ant and
take the sugar.
Just as electrons, or atoms of hydrogen
and oxygen that compose steam, water, and ice, are manifestations of different
rates of vibration of one primal energy, so man, beasts, worlds and all
projections of creation are changeable forms of the One Spirit. Even if
planets were hurled from their orbits, even if all matter were to melt
into nothingness, there could be no iota of vacant space—space empty of
Spirit. Forms of creation and the Great Void—both are equally pervaded
by Spirit. Kingdoms may topple, oceans evaporate, and the earth turn into
vapor—still Spirit remains untouched, hidden and indestructible.
When through meditation, man chooses to
be identified with the unchangeable Spirit, he will no longer be deluded
and tortured by the pandemonium of change.
Ordinary human beings, studying
and working with material life, are circumscribed in their understanding
by their sense perceptions and rationalizing intelligence. With undeveloped
intuition, their limited power of intellectuality cannot truly comprehend
matters of the spirit even when such truth is expounded to them. Though
colossal intellects and famous theologians may be well read about the
soul, they may nevertheless understand little about it! On the other hand,
even illiterates given to deep meditation will be able clearly to describe
the nature of the soul from their knowledge of the soul and actual realization
of the divine Self.
Soul and Spirit and all inner truths can
be apprehended only by developing the power of intuition by regular deep
meditation. Intelligence and sense perceptions can perceive only phenomena
or qualities of the Eternal substance; intuition alone can perceive
the essence of that substance. Therefore, it is evident that the
culture of intuition by meditation must precede true perception.
All power of knowing borrows its ability
from intuition. The highest experience of intuition is that by which the
soul knows Itself; the knower, knowing and known exist as one.
The body is neither yours nor mine nor anybody's. These bodies are coming and going by the laws of nature. But we are free, standing as a witness.
All other kinds of knowledge are but non-knowledge
in comparison with Self-knowledge.
Real religion begins where this little universe ends. There is only one way to attain to freedom...by giving up this little life, giving up heaven, body, mind, everything that is limited and conditioned. If we give up our attachment to this little universe of the senses or of the mind, we shall be free immediately. The only way to come out of bondage is to go beyond the limitation of law, to go beyond causation...I am free, and was free, and always will be free.
The true offering to a guru is to know your
—Sri Sathya Sai Baba