Omkarananda Ashram

Diary 2002

Sayings of

Swami Omkarananda

for Every Week of The Year


The Eternal is the All. Let us seek to know this Divinity. Let us touch this Infinite, by our awakened intelligence, or by the radiance of our transformed and transfigured inner consciousness and nature. If we touch the Eternal, we become fearless; death becomes meaningless; limitations are annulled; our peace persists in the most trying circumstances; our happiness remains in all conditions and circumstances; God begins to speak through us, live through us, and enriches, through our personalities of love and light, the world.

The Eternal encounters us, in consciousness, everywhere, at all times, and our life becomes a perpetual paradise of unending knowledge, of unending peace, of unending freedom. Let us seek to put ourselves in touch with this eternal Being which is now with us, within us, and all around us.

Swami Omkarananda


Comment: The decoration between each week leads back to the top of the diary.

1st week

Go on increasing the number of times you repeat the mantra. It is these things that constitute the real treasures. All else is irrelevant. No matter how comfortable you feel in the world, how many houses you have, how many pleasures you have, all these are of no value. They are an illusion and a delusion. Only one thing is of value: have you devotion to the Divine? If you have it, you are immortal, indestructible, all-blessed, full of peace and joy, full of freedom and beauty, full of grace and light.

Those who sit before the presence of the Divine find ever-new knowledge, ever-new beauty, ever-new joys, ever-new wonders. The Divine is infinitely marvellous, and every minute It is something wonderful, It is the same and not the same. The screen remains the same, but the pictures are changing every moment.

2nd week

The Divine is ever the same, yet also ever new. All the various aspects of the Divine present themselves to the spiritual heart. The spiritual heart says, "The Divine is the treasure of treasures, the wonder of wonders. It is the greatest creative wonder. It creates newer and newer things every moment. It reveals Its infinite dimensions, Its infinite dimensions in beauty, fullness, joy, love, wisdom, - in all the greatest values." Therefore the spiritual heart clings to the Divine more and more, is intoxicated by the Divine, the miracle-working Divine, the all-protecting Divine.

Affection makes each one beautiful in the eyes of the other. So does devotion make you beautiful in the eyes of the Divine. Devotion can endow you with great beauty, and devotion can endow you with great richness, devotion can make you happy and peaceful and fearless in all conditions. Therefore develop devotion and love for the Divine.


3rd week

The finite individual gains infinite strength, infinite resources, peace, joy, blessedness, by constant self-surrender to the Divine which is the Infinite.

So the spiritual heart with every mantra-repetition offers its whole being to the Divine.

When one's life is the responsibility of the Divine, every minute God thinks for that life. When God begins to think for a person you can imagine the blessedness of such a person, the joy of such a person, the wealth, the wisdom, the peace of such a person.

Increase the love for the Divine, - you will find the air will be filled with the Presence of the Divine, and the Divine will serve you more than a mother serves her only little baby. The Divine will fill the air around you and will be always an unforgettable, inseparable Presence with you, constantly guiding you, constantly inspiring in you the right feelings. The greater the love for the Divine, the more the Divine feels responsible for you, and the more your thoughts and feelings are His thoughts and feelings, so too your actions.

4th week

Try to surrender yourself to the Divine more and more. Make your life the responsibility of the Divine. It is then that life is completely fulfilled, and completely protected. With every repetition of the mantra beg the Divine to accept your entire life and to guide you in all manner of ways, to abide with you all the time. Automatically when your life is surrendered to the Divine, when your life is made the responsibility of the Divine, the Divine will be with you, otherwise He cannot take care of you every moment.

When your life is His responsibility, automatically He will be with you all the time. So, surrender your life to the responsibility of the Divine.


Continuously generate the feeling that the Divine is all around you, above you, below, to the right and to the left, in front and behind. This feeling must be cultivated again and again. Such a feeling swallows up a thousand useless feelings. Apart from that, on the positive side, it actually brings the presence of the Divine around you.

5th week

The love for the Divine increases the more we reflect upon the wonderful ways by which He has given His own experience to thousands of God-seekers.

The love for the Divine also increases by constant reflection upon those passages of philosophy which describe the nature of the Truth.

The love for the Divine increases by being in the company of those who also love the Divine.

The love for the Divine increases also by constantly doing selfless, good, noble, divine works.

The love for the Divine increases again by reflecting upon the many wonders in life which are inexplicable except by the acceptance of the operations of divine grace.The love of the Divine is taken away by impurities of many kinds. Any trust in that which is merely perishing, passing, is an impurity. Love of pleasures is also a kind of impurity. When these impurities are diminished and purity increases, one knows exactly where one's heart's joy lies.

6th week

Thought is also a sound. Whatever you think is heard by the Divine, and it is also seen by the Divine. Thought is a picture, it is also a sound, it is also a vibration. God sees your thoughts and also hears them. They can be seen because they are pictures, they can be heard because they are tunes. So, even when you merely think the Divine is all around you, that thought has a profound influence on the Divine Itself. And therefore the Divine is made to turn towards you.

Whether you want it or not the moment you press the key of the piano, it sounds - the moment you think of the Divine, whether you want it or not, the Divine responds.

The real riches are devotion, wisdom. If you have devotion you can buy the wealth of wealth. If you have devotion you can buy the creator of wealth. You can have endless wealth, if you have devotion. Devotion is the only currency and money which can buy the Divine.

7th week

When a person is very insincere, and yet wants to think of the Divine, nothing happens. So, devotion and sincerity are also very very necessary. And then any thought in relation to the Divine has a profound influence on the Divine, and the Divine in turn wins in you a profound influence.

Therefore generate again and again the feeling that the Divine is around you, with you. Generate the feeling that the work you are doing is the Divine's work. At once the Divine responds to this feeling, and makes your work really divine, more and more divine.

Life is a matter of two hours, use these two hours to do something intensively good before the two hours are over. If the time is lost it cannot be recovered. Life is not a vacation, it is a school, a place of discipline. Those who consider life a holiday will have to pay a heavy price and for life after life their limitations will persist.

8th week

If you have a picture of the Divine Mother, think of the Divine Mother. She is sexless, timeless, the bodiless infinite Reality, yet she can be meditated upon as a beautiful form. Think of the beautiful form of the Divine, find infinite light and peace and joy pouring from that form into you. Be bathed in the light of the Divine, in the peace of the Divine, in the consciousness of the Divine.

After one and a half hours of such continuous repetition, just look at your eyes, - how different they are, how wonderful they are!

Every little meditation adds power to the tendency to meditate, strengthens the tendency to meditate, and after several months and years, meditation becomes automatic. The moment a person sits, meditation comes automatically.

So, every meditation adds to the strength of the tendency to meditate. Even if you stop meditation for just one day, the next day the desire for meditation reduces to 90% only. After a month it is only 50% and after two months it is only 20%. Then after six months the tendency disappears, and it is difficult to cultivate interest in meditation again. Therefore be greedy for every meditation. Every little meditation makes a little groove, a deeper groove in the mind; and the more it is made by repeated meditations, the better, and the more the possibility of God-experience.The spiritual heart finds the whole world illuminated by the Light of the divine presence. The spiritual individual extends his heart around the world and finds the mantra-repetition everywhere. It extends his vision, spreads his vision over the whole cosmos and beholds the Divine everywhere in every point of space. In this state it looks as if in the whole creation there is nothing but one heart, the heart of devotion to the Divine.

9th week

By constant mantra-repetition, the cosmic consciousness is attained. Since mantra is the highest form of devotion and full of mystical syllables, knowledge of the Infinite dawns. The sun becomes one eye of the person, and the stars become the other eye of the person. There follows identity with the cosmos, in inner spirit. Also there is expansion beyond the cosmos as one dwells in the delights of knowledge of the Absolute.

Even though one is living in the body, one is yet dwelling in the boundless freedom of the Infinite. The face of the Divine becomes visible everywhere. The grace of the Divine protects the person everywhere and at all times.

Unless God helps, one can never truly progress, one can never have true wisdom, or real self-surrender to the Divine, or an effective faith in the Divine. So, beg for these fundamental virtues. Let the heart constantly ask for these treasures from the Divine.

10th week

Every little meditation adds power to the tendency to meditate, strengthens the tendency to meditate, and after several months and years, meditation becomes automatic. The moment a person sits, meditation comes automatically.

So, every meditation adds to the strength of the tendency to meditate. Even if you stop meditation for just one day, the next day the desire for meditation reduces to 90% only. After a month it is only 50% and after two months it is only 20%. Then after six months the tendency disappears, and it is difficult to cultivate interest in meditation again. Therefore be greedy for every meditation. Every little meditation makes a little groove, a deeper groove in the mind; and the more it is made by repeated meditations, the better, and the more the possibility of God-experience.

11th week

What does the Bible mean by being single-minded in your devotion to the Divine? It must be understood in this sense, where everything is disappearing and only the Divine is present, where all the senses of the human individual are concentrating in one single experience of the Divine. This is the most blessed state.

Such states should be accompanied by intensive service during the day. Nature loves those who are most useful. Nature rewards those who work hard and accomplish many things. So does the Divine, and those who love the Divine are generally the accomplishers of great works in the world.

Self-surrender is essential in order that the ego cannot constantly interfere with spiritual development. Self-surrender is essential in order that the human soul may obtain boundless strength and peace and joy. Humility and self-surrender born of spiritual understanding are essential. Humility because the Divine is everything, all-powerful, all-wonderful, and the human individual is nothing.

12th week

Take a new attitude to life governed by higher wisdom, which constantly tells you what is what, what is valuable and what is not; what is an aid and help for development and what is not, - not only not a help but a positive obstacle to spiritual development.

So, know the world to be a marvellous school for rapid unfoldment of Divine nature, and never as a holiday place. Those who consider it as a vacation will pay heavily. They cannot know real peace, nor happiness, nor freedom from worries and fears and anxieties.

Take life for what it is, basically that is: a golden opportunity for contacting That which is the Absolute and the Infinite. Whether you understand the divine Presence or not, just try to feel the divine Presence in whatsoever way you can think of, and the Divine at once understands and responds. It is enough if the Divine understands that there is a feeling of longing for the Divine in you. That is enough, that will work wonders, that will persuade the Divine to abide with you and to attend to your needs.

13th week

Devotion is a mighty power. If you have devotion to the Divine, all life becomes divine; no matter how you live, where you live, it all becomes divine.

If you have affection, it covers up a thousand mistakes, and also grants you the wisdom not to make those mistakes in the future. All the mistakes of life are forgiven, the moment you have devotion and affection for the Divine. That is the most important thing. That liberates you from law, that invests you with a new dignity and a new life. Therefore cultivate affection for the Divine. No matter where you are living, how you are living, it will be completely divine and acceptable to the Divine provided you have affection for the Divine, love for the Divine, unconditioned devotion to the Divine.

That is the most essential thing. It is of primary importance.

Beg the Divine to grant you more devotion. Devotion makes you most beautiful, devotion makes you rich.

14th week

Increase your faith in the Divine whether you fully understand the Nature of the Divine or not; go on expressing your devotion to the Divine in whatsoever manner you may conceive of Him, the response will come. Intensify your thoughts on the Divine, and there is bound to be a response for every such feeling and thought.

Live a life which does not fulfil your personal wishes but leads you towards the resolution of the problem of life, and gives you infinite peace, infinite happiness, infinite possessions, infinite life.

Strive towards this, relentlessly, without hesitating to sacrifice anything that is demanded, without any compromise. Your mind will deceive you in a hundred ways. It will endeavour to trick you into believing that bad things are good and it tries to steal your time and prevent you from going to God. Try to protect yourself from all the dangers from within yourself and from without. And make as rapid progress as possible, as outside God you can have no true peace and no true happiness.

15th week

The mercy of the Divine is unlimited. Therefore the Divine prompts in all those who love the Divine, many intuitions and illuminations.

One of the intuitions is in relation to the timeless Reality: one has the sudden feeling that one is eternal, unborn, infinite. This knowledge dawns on oneself, automatically. When such a knowledge dawns, a thousand sorrows disappear, all the serious challenges of life fade into nothingness.

So long as one is identified with one's problem, as is the case with the worldly person, one is lost in sorrows. One has not the means to defeat these sorrows. The spiritual individual in consequence of the intuition of the Infinite at once stands back from all tragedies. He becomes the observer of the observer of the tragedies. The tragedies are something else, and he is something else, whereas in the case of the worldly person he is the tragedies and the tragedies are himself.

16th week

The divine grace and love enable the spiritual individual to perceive the Timeless, to perceive the ever-watching, all-independent divine Consciousness within. The heart of that Consciousness is seen, it is full of creative possibilities, full of infinite peace and joy, power and strength and knowledge and grace.

The moment a challenge is faced, one looks at it from the standpoint of this inner revelation of timelessness. From that standpoint, if experiences are seen, they pale into insignificance. They become momentary affairs, the whole life becomes a momentary affair, and one ceases to worry, one is liberated from all worries and anxieties.

Such is the Grace of the Divine that it is causing in the individual the most marvellous wisdom, the most marvellous perceptions and intuitions.

17th week

There is a wise person. The moment he gets angry, he perceives that he is getting angry. He becomes two personalities: internally he is calm and still and peaceful, he is observing, he sees the anger rising, as he would see another person in anger. And as he sees anger rise, anger becomes ashamed of itself, it becomes weaker and falls down. So, the wise man does not become anger, he observes the anger rise in him. The wise man is never identified with his experience, the man in general is completely identified with his body, and with whatever is happening to him.

In the sleeping body there is the never-sleeping divine Spirit. In the suffering body there is the all-joyous divine Reality. In the restless man there is the Spirit of infinite peace and stillness. So this knowledge is increasingly prompted in you by Divine compassion. The more you have this knowledge, the wiser you become, the more you become a pure person, the more you become a sage.

18th week

The mercy of Divine grace is so great, that the Divine prompts in the human individual such intuitions as to the two aspects in himself. One aspect which is being an observer and another aspect which is involved in something. It is with the help of the aspect which is not involved in the experience that he becomes the master of all experiences.

Because the abstract qualities of the Divine are not easy to imagine, not easy to construct a picture from, we can take any picture we love especially, or any picture that has a spiritual nature, and into this picture we can pour in all these qualities of the Divine. After some time the picture becomes a living thing, and the nature of the Divine, the intelligence of the Divine, the consciousness of the Divine, the heart of the Divine begin to work through that picture.

This is the easiest method for most, and the quickest way of spiritual development.

19th week

The Divine is present in all beings as the witnessing principle. And it is present everywhere and in all things as the witnessing principle.

Generally man thinks the trees are just trees, the stones are just stones, that in the forest he is alone. This is a common mistake of the common man. In every tree, in every stone there is the witnessing presence of the Divine. The Divine is not only witnessing what is happening to the tree, what happened to the tree some months ago, or some years ago, but what is going to happen to the tree some months or years ahead, and it is also witnessing what is happening in the environment. It is witnessing everything. It is the subtlest principle which is even in the hardest of the hardest things. It is the subtlest essence which is penetrating everything, present in everything, witnessing everything.

20th week

The Divine is the inner controller in all beings, the inner ruler in all beings, the inner prompter in all beings.

He is the prompting principle in all beings. The Divine is operative not only as a passive witness of everything, but also as a dynamic prompter of the thoughts and feelings in persons. Knowing this, the spiritual heart always reflects on the Divine, clings to the Divine, adores the Divine, serves the Divine, abides with the Divine, and grows in the consciousness of the Divine. Always this knowledge of the Divine dominates the spiritual heart and enriches the spirituality of the spiritual individual.

By years of devotion to a picture, the Divine enters the picture. The Divine is touched by the devotion of the person to the picture, and this person understands the picture- no matter what picture it is that he reveres, - to be an embodiment of divine peace, joy, wisdom, intelligence, happiness, light and so forth.


21st week

Whether you are right or not right, whether you are progressing or not progressing, go on moving towards this aim of God-experience. Whether you have facilities or no facilities, whether it is easy to walk this path of God-experience or not, keep going towards God-experience. Don't look at the difficulties, don't stop to examine and say whether this is the right path or not the right path. Don't look back to see whether you have made any progress or not. Keep going towards God-experience. That is the only solution to your central problem of life. You can never be happy in any other condition.

The world appears to be a formulation only to the reading mind, the mind which is trying to understand what the universe is, but in itself, that Infinite, has no formulation, nothing whatsoever. It alone is everywhere, - and alone everywhere light, everywhere peace, everywhere perfection, everywhere self-knowledge, absolute knowledge, absolute light, unconditioned perfection.

22nd week

The very nature of the human mind is such that it is always descending. Therefore the spiritual individual tries to transform this human mind. All the dross of the impurities are burnt in the fire of divine wisdom, in the fire of divine aspirations, in the fire of divine love. When the impurities are burnt, the human spirit becomes radiant, and once it is radiant, it rises upward; no more is there any tendency to descend. Even when you try to pull it down, it rises up.

Therefore the value of divine wisdom, divine aspirations and divine love - these three fires have to be kept constantly burning.

When there is purity, automatically God is visible everywhere, automatically all wisdom comes to you. Purity is the only foundation of all high perceptions. Purity is the endless and luminous source of all wisdom, all happiness, all peace, all divine experience.

23rd week

The world is an island where every man is caught. It is a limited life, an unfortunate life, full of challenges, dangers, unexpected and unforeseen happenings, highly problematic, fearful.

In such a life the constant repetition of the Mantra suddenly awakens the person, reveals the Truth, and shows the person that he is one with the Truth in reality, with the Divine, and this gives him tremendous courage, unlimited strength, peace and joy, light and wisdom. All problems of life are overcome. He says, "It matters not how the conditions of life are, I am not this, I am in the heart of the divine Reality. I am all-perfect in the Divine. I am a light in the Divine, indestructible and eternal. Everything is all right with me. These disasters which I see around me are mere dream-products. I have nothing to do with them, they cannot touch me, I am ever free, I cannot be touched, and I am timeless and indestructible. I am in the Divine, the Divine is in me." So he draws enormous courage, light and wisdom. That is the great value of mantra-repetition. It awakens the person to the divine Reality, it reveals the nature of the Divine, it consummates the spiritual evolution of the human individual.

24th week

The child has only to cry and the mother comes. Even so whether we see the Divine or not, one has only to call for the Divine and there will be wonders thereafter. It is enough that the Divine has heard you. It is not necessary that you should see the Divine in order to believe in the Divine and get services from the Divine. It is enough if you address your prayer to the Divine. It reaches Him and in any one of a thousand ways, He responds to you.

It is dangerous to fulfil the desires that you have, because you don't get what you want from the fulfilment of those desires. You really get what you want only by God-experience. And God-experience demands real growth within yourself. You harm yourself, if you have false desires on the path. For God-experience there is no alternative to the development of love, to the renunciation of desires; to the development of purity, faith, devotion; development of the spirit of renunciation, acquisition of divine knowledge, doing good, and selfless works; self-control.

25th week

Constantly charge everything around you with the divine Consciousness. Awaken the Divine in all things, awaken the Divine in your own inner heart.

Just as water pervades your body, so the Divine pervades the whole universe. It can be felt, seen,conversed with, and experienced.

Intensify the repetition of the mantra, and intensively feel and experience the wondrous divine light and peace and joy, and the divine presence. It is a mighty, all-knowing, all-seeing, all-blessing presence; an all-accomplishing and all-loving presence.

Everything depends on you. The environment around you is an expression of the heart within you. What is in your soul is visible on your face. And what is visible on your face is imprinted in the environment around you. Let us see that our lives are wonderful, attractive, and you will see more wonders happening.

26th week

The Divine is my joy, the Divine is my peace, the Divine is my life. The Divine is my prosperity. The Divine is the light of my eyes and the light of my intelligence. The Divine is the soul of my soul. The Divine alone is everywhere.

I live for the Divine, I breathe for the Divine. I work like a giant for the Divine.

I think for the Divine, I feel for the Divine. Therefore the Divine thinks for me, therefore the Divine feels for me, therefore the Divine lives for me.

Wherever the Divine is, there is paradise, blessedness, true peace, true prosperity, true freedom.The light in your eyes reflects the light of the infinite divine Consciousness. The love in your heart is a manifestation of the love of the Infinite. Your life itself is a grand expression in the infinite Delight. The Divinity which is infinite existence and delight is giving itself the delight of presenting itself to itself as a finite individuality.

27th week

Your eyes will become pure when you behold the Divine in all people.

If you perceive the Divine in all people, your eyes are pure. If you perceive all persons to be Divine, and perceive the one Divine in all people, then your eyes are pure.

If you find the one name of the Divine in all sounds, and find all sounds and tones in the one name of the Divine, - if all sounds remind you of, and put you in touch with the Divine, - then your ears are pure.

If all your speech is in adoration of the Divine, if all your talk and your words are in adoration of the Divine, then your tongue is pure.

That is greatness, that is nobility which identifies itself with all life. That is a great heart which finds itself in all hearts. That is a great mind which finds itself in all minds. That is a great soul which finds itself in all souls.

28th week

Any limitation - even if it is the limitation of the universe - is a negation of the Truth. Truth is unlimited. Only the unlimited is the most valuable.

All that is limited is painful, even when it is most pleasurable - that pleasure will be followed by pain. Anything that is limited is not the object of pursuit for any wise man. Anything that is unlimited - and that which is unlimited is the Divine - is true freedom, true joy and true greatness.

That has to be attained through constant repetition of the mantra, through constant love of the Divine, through untiring and endless services for the Divine.

In some people love is born by much suffering in life; the suffering dissolves the hardness of the inner nature. To some people love comes as a result of continuous good deeds, good feelings and good actions. Some are inflamed by an aspiration for experience of God, and that gently opens their heart, and through it love expresses itself.

29th week

The spiritual heart awakens the Divine from every atom of the universe.

In this manner, by constant repetition of the mystical syllables, the spiritual heart charges every cell of the body with the divine Consciousness. It lives in a world of infinite beauty, love, light, grace. It is always dynamic, always fiery, always progressive, expansive and triumphant.

So, intensify the repetition of the mystical syllables, intensify the concentration on the Divine, and be charged with the consciousness of the Divine.

Everywhere and at all times the Infinite is secure and safe in its own infinite delight, beauty and power. It is troubled by nothing. It knows no limitations of any type. Its very nature is creative consciousness of infinite poise. It is constituted of the substances of infinite perfection. You are born of it, you are sustained by it, you will be withdrawn into it.


30th week

Daily you must touch the Truth without a break, - it is then that something happens in the intelligence. The intelligence becomes heated, transformed, it becomes luminous, and perceives the Divine.

The greatness of spiritual development lies in the continuity, the unbroken repetition of the mystical syllables. Go on repeating the mantra while focusing the inner intelligence upon the nature of the Divine. Reflect upon the nature of the Divine. Love the nature of the Divine. Understand the operative power and presence of the Divine in your inner life and around you.

Purity of heart is the secret of happiness, and happiness is the very nature of the Divine. A person who is pure, is full of devotion. Devotion is joy, it is ecstasy, it is inner intoxication.

One who is like this always has the Divine trapped in his heart. God is most delighted to stay in such a heart. And such a person has good intelligence.

31st week

It is the senses of the body that distort the presence of the Divine, hide the presence of the Divine. The eyes reveal only a physical universe, the thoughts in the minds of others we do not see, the feelings in the hearts of others we do not feel. The air around we do not see, though we may feel it, though we may breathe it in. There are many things which we do not see. The physical senses are limited, they do not reveal the greater realities, and the greatest reality is the Divine Itself.

The Divine is present everywhere, - inseparable. It is in everyone, It is infinite joy. The crude and dull senses do not permit the experience of the fact that the Divine is infinite joy. The Divine is infinite peace, the peace that passeth all understanding. The Divine is infinite joy, abundant joy, eternal joy. The Divine is infinite power, the only power, the mountain-moving power. It is a wondrous power, yet It is the love, infinite love, boundless love.

These thoughts constantly arise as the mantra is being repeated.

32nd week

Reflect upon the various aspects and qualities of the Divine. Remember the Divine is seated in your intelligence as light. Without light there can be no thought, no perception of thought. That light in the intelligence carries in itself the consciousness of the Divine. That consciousness is all-knowing, all-perfect, all-pervading. That is your essential nature, not the body, not the passing thoughts, not the passing feelings, not human society, not your heritage, nothing of these belong to you - not the outer conditions of life, none of them belong to you. None of them are natural to you, only the image of the Divine is natural to you. Only the light in the inner intelligence is natural to you. Only the infinite peace and joy of the divine light is natural to you. Death is not natural to you, pain is not natural to you, disease is not natural to you, limitations of any kind are not natural to you. All these are superficial, external, not belonging to the Divine. You are something other than all these.

This knowledge you obtain through constant mantra-repetition, through constant thought of the Divine.

33rd week

Engage yourself in a conversation with the Divine. Every such conversation is of immense value, and brings the Divine closer to you, even as it takes you closer to the Divine.

As you do not move anywhere to experience the space, so you do not need to move anywhere to experience the Divine. Being subtler than space It is in space, everywhere, and therefore most easy to experience. It is all around you, no matter where you are, where you go, and how you are.

Try to grow conscious of these facts and make more rapid spiritual progress.

Life becomes an ecstasy when one constantly, earnestly, sincerely spends it in the praise of the Divine. The Divine is the source of all systems of knowledge, the source of every conceivable form of joy, the source of every intuition, illumination, revelation. So spend a lifetime in dynamic and intensive repetition of the glory of the Divine - this is the blessed life, the powerful life, the richest life; enriched by the very grace and qualities of the Divine.

34th week

That is divine: what is ever-young, ever-happy, ever-peaceful, ever-perfect, ever-beautiful, ever-strong, ever-blessed, ever-successful. That is divine. And what is temporary, perishing, limited, now happy and now unhappy, now strong, the next moment weak, now good, the next minute bad, now weak, the next minute a little better, and again very weak - such a thing is human. Such a thing is perishable, that is bondage, that is unhappiness, that is not God. God is that which is ever-the-same, always beautiful, always strong, always peaceful, always divine, always wise, always calm, always powerful. That is divine, and that is attained through intensive and dynamic mantra-repetition and service.

Purity of heart is the secret of happiness, and happiness is the very nature of the Divine. A person who is pure is full of devotion. Devotion is joy, it is ecstasy, it is inner intoxication.

One who is like this always has the Divine held in his heart. God is most delighted to stay in such a heart. And such a person has good intelligence.

35th week

What is the cause of human imperfection or impurity or sin? - It is the activity of the senses. The senses are always active, always people want to taste something, have something, see something beautiful, hear something. So the senses are always leading the soul here and there, in a chaotic way.

Through the senses, the soul is externalised, and forgets itself. It forgets its inner relations with the Divine. It mistakes its sense-life for its real life, and therefore, if there is a little disease, it is terrified. If there is death, it is anxious. Supposing there is a threat to the sense-enjoyment, at once it becomes disturbed. It has now effectively lost the relationship with the inner Reality of endless perfection.

Wonders happen when our heart is on the Divine.

The heart is not on the Divine when the name of the Divine is not on our lips.

36th week

Life is a dream, but let it be a wonderful dream, let it not be a nightmare.

The wise man dreams his life wonderfully, he accomplishes something in the dream, something great, something of lasting value, something which lasts even beyond the dream-existence.

The wise person, the spiritual individual makes a heaven of the dream, and therefore he works harder than most worldly people. It is only those who are not truly spiritual and yet have some kind of attraction for the spiritual life, or who are frustrated in life and therefore try to take refuge in spiritual life - it is only such people who abuse the philosophy and wisdom that life is a dream; with the result they say, "Life is a dream, why should I work? Why should I improve myself, why should I improve the environment?" One becomes lazy, a victim of ignorance and error, and harms oneself and others.

37th week

An unwise person is overcome by the challenges of life. The wise person, the spiritual individual, overcomes the challenges of life. He is the master of life.

All others who are called teachers and professors and masters, are themselves the slaves of life, of time, of fate. The true master is one who is the master of his fate, master of conditions, master of his life, master of the knowledge of the Truth. He alone stands in light, whereas mankind in general stands in the darkness of ignorance. No one can stand in light unless he has knowledge of the Truth, experience of the Divine. For the Truth or the Divine is the only light, it is the light of lights, it is the light that lighteth all souls. It is the light in which there is no darkness. It is the light which is eternal life, beauty, wisdom, perfection.

Achieve one-pointedness, be only with one thing, the Divine. And for this no technique is more wonderful than the continuous repetition of mantra.

38th week

The Divine is all-merciful, infinite love. So the Divine immediately responds to the call.

Even a cruel mother cannot resist the crying child. She somehow attends to the child. If this is the case with a human mother, how much more it isthe case with the Divine. The Divine is infinitely loving, infinitely compassionate. So the Divine says, "Oh, someone is calling Me!" and then the Divine stands by you. The Divine responds to your call. The Divine is all-knowing, omnipresent. The Divine responds to your call by being with you. It responds to your call by being even in the very soul of your soul, and also in the soul of the soul of all others, and also in the soul of the space around you. So, this is one of the direct results of mantra-repetition.

You are that with which you dwell in your inner spirit.

39th week

The knower of the Divine is the most blessed person, his treasures are endless, eternal. He himself is eternal, he is full of peace and joy, nothing can oppress him, nothing can trouble him. No matter how serious a thing be, it does not produce any ripple on his Consciousness, so wonderful is his state.

So, to those who are initiated into spiritual life the highest secrets of this silly - apparently silly and stupid - process of continuous mantra-repetition becomes visible.

It is a simple thing but yet therein lies the secret of all evolution, all highest attainment. You attain infinitely more than a person through the conquest of the whole world would attain. You will attain infinitely more than what the wisest and the most learned man in the world attains by his great learning. You will attain infinitely more than what a sensualist tries to attain through his endless sense-pleasures and enjoyments. So, it is the wonder of wonders, this activity, this simple activity of mantra-repetition which looks like the activity of a madman.

40th week

Life, when you analyse, seems to be nothing more than a dream. Not only analysis tells you this, but also experience of the Truth tells you. When you just touch the Truth and think of eternity, a life-span pales into nothingness, one hour, a minute's duration, that is how it looks. It is the proper perspective to life. The true perspective to life is given only by knowledge of the Truth.

The moment you say 'father' at once there is the image of your father before you. Struggle hard to say 'father' without thinking of him, - you will never succeed, it is an impossible task. Even so you can never repeat the mantras without some conception of the Divine. The Image of the Divine and the mantra of the Divine go together; the thought and feeling for the Divine is consequently aroused.

41st week

The moment you repeat the mantra there is at once the flash of knowledge of the Divine; there is the image of the Divine apart from the image of the Divine you conceive. There is an actual image of the Divine evoked in consequence of the utterance of the mystical syllables. There is a real image of the Divine, a natural image of the Divine, the moment you utter the mystical syllable.

So, we have to enrich every act of the repetition of the mantra through our knowledge of the Divine, idea of the Divine, love of the Divine, and the conviction that nothing is more valuable than the Divine and that the Divine is listening, seeing, understanding, responding, blessing, protecting.

As the consciousness in the dream-state creates everything, so the consciousness of the Divine which is with you in meditation, can create everything, It is the supreme creator, - all-observing, all-seeing, all-knowing, all-beautiful, all-powerful.

42nd week

Everything in nature is subject to the hand of time. Therefore everything is changing. Sometimes it is hot, sometimes it is cold, sometimes it is neither hot nor cold; sometimes there is disturbance, sometimes there is peace; sometimes there is pleasure, sometimes there is pain. This is the nature of things.

Time is always bringing about changes. There is only one thing which is not changing: the heart of the spiritual individual. It is ever the same sunshine, it is full of devotion, the knowledge of the Truth, and Truth is unchanging. Truth is not subject to time, therefore there are no changes in Truth, and there are no changes in perfection.

It is better to constantly say, "The Divine as infinite divine intelligence is everywhere, penetrating every part of my body, present everywhere, at all times, in all conditions."

Time and space which we experience physically are transcended, for the very nature of the mystical syllables is timelessness. Their very nature is divine Light.

43rd week

The more one surrenders oneself to the Divine, the more peaceful one becomes. A sense of indestructibility sets in. All problems are resolved. Problems persist so long as the person is self-centred and has not given himself to the Divine. Upon surrendering to the Divine, One becomes likened unto the Divine, and problems cease to excist.

Problems will otherwise continue while a person remains detached from the Divine.

44th week

Every hour is an hour of surrender to the Divine. Constantly there is the prayer in the heart, "Not I but You, O Divinity." Always it is the Divine that is put forward. The ego and the limitations recede into the background. Always the Divine is put first. Always one displaces oneself by the Divine, in thought, in feeling, in will, in soul, in the entire being. The Divine is established in oneself.

Automatically the ego and other limitations are dissolved, the person has displaced himself by the Divine so many times, and so persistently, that there is no more of himself. It is all the Divine.

Wherever such a person goes there is success, prosperity, happiness, light, wisdom, welfare, good news, progress, many blessings for many

If you have the one Consciousness you have everything.

45th week

Replace yourself with the Divine at every step. Enshrine the Divine in the temple of your inner being and thought and feeling and will and heart. Human unhappiness, weakness, madness are due to moral limitations, ssuch as jealousy, hatred, egoism, pride and self-centredness. These are the causes of all human restlessness and problems. In daily life activity and experience, people are not the temples of the Divine but the temples of jealousy, the temples of human weaknesses. They 'enshrine' these limitations, and therefore lose all the grandeur that constantly causes peace, happiness and strength. So, constantly replace yourself with the Divine. Constantly converse with the Divine, in order that the Divine can abide in you. Constantly offer yourself to the Divine.

46th week

Learn the art of constantly turning the thought and feeling and soul towards the Divine. Try again and again to surrender all of your being to the Divine. Before it is too late, begin the discipline right from this very minute. Nothing is more terrible than to be ruled by human weaknesess. Before human weaknesess can possess you, be possessed by the Divine.

Be filled with the Divine. Remain surrendered to the Infinite which is beauty, peace, perfection. Again and again beg the Divine to replace your limited knowledge with its infinite wisdom, to replace your little personality with its boundless divine personality, your little feelings with His grand infinite feelings. Say this prayer in your heart again and again until it becomes a reality.

Render your personality mighty, powerful, and wonderful; and there is no other way to do that except by constant surrender to the all-seeing, all-wonderful, all-knowing Divinity.

47th week

Stillness and concentration in an involuntary way lead to sleep. A person who concentrates on the Divine stillenss and who remains intensely active with a sense of the Divine, will possess feelings, knowledge and experience of the Divine nature and presence. This will lead to illumination.

Thus by intensity of concentration on the Divine, the spiritual individual melts his whole being into the Divine. He begs the Divine to fill him with grace, to fill him with divine energies, the divine intelligence, with divine peace. He begs the Divine to displace him by the Divine Himself. He begs the Divine to work wonders, and in his surrender to the Divine he himself tries to work wonders. He tries to work like a giant for the Divine, think like a genius for the Divine, day and night he is employed in the service of the Divine, in devotion to the Divine

48th week

We can never know what the next hour has in store. A person may die, or may become mad, or can have other obstacles, or be diseased, or be tempted and absorbed in sense-pleasures. Anything can happen. Or a person can change his view and interests, in which case there is no more possibility of obtaining the grace of the Divine.

When the limbs are strong, when one is young, when the mind is in a good state - that is the time to cling to the Divine with all the strength of one's heart and will and soul. This opportunity should never be lost. Anything can happen tomorrow. You may no longer have any desires for the Divine, or you may have obstacles and no taste for spiritual things; anything can happen. Before any such tragedy defeats your spiritual purpose try to cling to the Divine with all the strength of your heart and soul and will.

Only those who struggle hard to reach the divine destination gain enormous spiritual results.


49th week

Sometimes the days are wonderful, sometimes the days are not so wonderful. Sometimes the meditation is deep, sometimes the meditation is superficial. Whether it is deep or superficial or light-hearted, one should struggle hard to cling to the Divine. And on the day the meditation is wonderful, increase and intensify the meditation. On the day it is not so wonderful, try to cling to the Divine with all the strength of your heart and soul. Again and again convince your heart that the Divine is the one thing that you need most. It is the power of powers, the life of life. Without It everything disappears.

The great heart attracts grace. The great heart's mission is giving peace, not asking for anything. It gives happiness without asking for it. Its mission is distributing, sacrificing, giving. Such great hearts attract grace. Grace enables them to be more deeply spiritual.

50th week

There is a film, and there is the screen. The whole story is being unrolled. Many events are taking place on the screen. As the film is in progress suddenly the light goes off. What do you see on the screen? - Nothing. How important light is for the film! So it is for the world and for man. If the Divine withdraws its light, at once the whole world will be nothing. Exactly like the film and the light-source. Know the Divine to be the Soul of soul, the one thing most desirable, the one thing most important.

The Divine does not need to be adored or praised, for the Divine is infinite perfection, but such praise and adoration is a necessity, a constitutional necessity for the human soul. It is through that praise and adoration that the soul within outgrows the human limitations, and assimilates into itself something of the nature of the object it is praising and adoring, the object it is loving.

51st week

The very nature of the world is such that it is darkness. It is a condition of heavy limitations. In this darkness the only way to perceive things is to keep the light burning. Suppose you extinguish the light; the world becomes dark. Darkness is conquered only for as long as the light remains. That is the very nature of the world, it is constituted of limitations, darkness, ignorance, and every kind of weakness. The only way to dispel these is to keep the light burning constantly. There should be no time when the light is extinguished. The light of devotion to the Divine in the spiritual heart is constantly burning. The stream of spiritual consciousness is constantly flowing in the spiritual individual. It is never broken. The moment you break it there is again darkness. So, the spiritual individual sustains himself in an unbroken continuity of inner awareness of the Divine.

52nd week

The outer nature and the physical body have a tendency to limit the light of the consciousness, and reduce the human individual to a complaining, ageing, dying, unfortunate creature.

In the spiritual heart, the light is not only burning constantly, but it is growing; it grows and grows until it becomes one with the light of the infinite divine Sun. Not merely is the light sustained in the spiritual heart, but it is constantly promoted in its growth. In this process, the intensive repetition of the mantra is of immense value.

The more the darkness wants to approach the light, the more it disappears. Ask the darkness of the night to get close to a candle`s flame. The closer it gets, the more it disappears. So it is with negative nature too. The darkness of ignorance, depression and bad news is dispelled by (the candle of) the spiritual individual.

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