- Dear friends,
Today's subject is so vast, that I definitely will not be able to
cover it in one message.
I was singing the song "Dusahasi Pather Mita", and in this beautiful
feeling of meditation through Sri Chinmoy's music, it dawned on me
that the mind wants to forget God, while the heart wants to embrace God.
So here are some selections on this theme, plus a nice talk by Sri
Chinmoy, titled "Humanity's Promise".
Dusahasi Pather Mita Jhanjha Chira Sathi
Indomitable storm is my fellow-traveler.
It calls me again and again
To play with it.
Tenebrous night also calls me to play with it;
Therefore I leave You
And go away far, very far.
O Beloved Supreme,
Will You not bind me once and for all
In the core of Your Eternity's Heart?
Supreme, Teach Me How To Cry (page 39)
HOW CAN I FORGET YOU?
How can I forget you?
You are so kind.
Am I so blind?
How can I forget you?
You are so true
In all you do.
How can I forget you?
You are God's Choice,
You are man's voice.
Excerpt from From The Source To The Source by Sri Chinmoy
O Lord Supreme,
True, I can forget You,
But it is I who will be
The veritable loser.
Excerpt from Twenty-Seven Thousand Aspiration-Plants, Part 169 by Sri
AT LONG LAST
My long desired Lord, my long desired Lord,
At long last I have come and sat at your Feet.
To forget you was my death,
And now to be with You
Is to enjoy Eternity's infinite breath.
Excerpt from A Soulful Cry Versus A Fruitful Smile by Sri Chinmoy.
Meditation is the only medicine
Excerpt from Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, Part 19 by Sri
I am determined
To stop living
Inside the forest
Of my God-forgetfulness-mind.
Excerpt from Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, Part 1 by Sri Chinmoy.
Humanity's promise to humanity is a life of service. Humanity's
promise to divinity is a life of oneness. Humanity's promise to God is
a life of perfection. But this perfection is preceded and followed by
service and oneness. Oneness has to be found in perfection and service
has to be found in oneness. So we can safely say that humanity's
promise to God is a life of service, oneness and perfection.
Service is Eternity's meaningful achievement. Oneness is Infinity's
soulful achievement. Perfection is Immortality's fruitful achievement.
Service is the transformation of the human within us. Oneness is the
realisation of the divine within us. Perfection is the satisfaction of
the Supreme within us.
God says to the body, "Body, promise Me that you will not always
sleep." The body says to God, "Father, I promise You that I shall
listen to You. Now, do accept a promise of my own. My promise to You
is that I shall try to be always wakeful, alert and vigilant."
God says to the vital, "Vital, promise Me that you will no longer be
aggressive." The vital says to God, "Father, I shall abide by Your
Command. In addition, I wish to offer You a promise of my own. From
now on I shall be divinely dynamic always."
God says to the mind, "Mind, promise Me that you will no longer
cherish your friendship with doubt. Doubt can no longer be your
friend." The mind says to God, "Father, I shall definitely listen to
You. I also have a promise of my own, and that promise is that I shall
make friends only with faith. I will have faith only as my friend. I
shall live with faith and I shall fulfil my existence on earth only in
faith, for faith-soulful, fruitful, all-offering, all-embracing faith."
God says to the heart, "Heart, promise Me that from now on you will
not feel insecure under any circumstances." The heart says to God,
"Father, I give You my word of honour that I shall not in any way feel
insecure. I shall listen to Your Command. Now, my promise to You is
that I shall establish my oneness-existence with each human being in
Your entire creation. I shall feel and cherish my oneness with all
throughout the length and breadth of the world.
The divine in us promises; the human in us forgets. Again, the Supreme
in us revives all our countless promises and fulfils them. Our promise
and our aspiration-the inner cry, the mounting flame-are two intimate
friends. Promise says to aspiration: "Friend, I do know what to do. I
have to establish a life of divinity here on earth. Then there will be
no ignorance, no darkness, no limitations, no bondage. I know that
this is what I have to accomplish." Aspiration says to promise:
"Friend, let me tell you how you can do it. You can do it only on the
strength of your self-giving. Give what you have, give what you are at
every moment. Then only your goal will not remain a far cry. What do
you have? A soulful cry. This is what you can give to mankind. And
what are you? You are God's eternal Dream, the Dream that every moment
is in the process of blossoming."
Humanity's promise is a movement forward, upward and inward.
Humanity's forward movement leads us to the universal Reality and
helps us claim the entire creation of God as our very own. Humanity's
upward movement carries us to the transcendental Height and helps us
claim the transcendental Reality as our very own. Humanity's inward
movement leads us to God Himself: God the Dream, God the Reality, God
the Silence, God the Sound, God the Omniscient, Omnipotent and
Omnipresent. It is within our aspiration's abode that God's Presence
Our forward movement is for the recognition of the universal Reality.
Our upward movement is for the recognition of the transcendental
Reality. Our inward movement is for the recognition of the eternally
Real in us: God the Supreme. Humanity has a promise. This promise is
self-discovery. Self-discovery comes from self-mastery, and again,
self-mastery comes from self-discovery. When we dive deep within we
discover our reality-existence, and when we spread our vision-light
around us we achieve self-mastery. The most effective way to attain
self-mastery is to spread our heart's light, which is the Vision of
the Supreme within us. If we spread our vision-light, then the
darkness around us surrenders and becomes transformed.
Humanity itself is a promise: a promise of God to Himself, for each
individual is a portion of God's Reality-Existence and God's
Vision-Existence. Each individual is a representative of God's
ultimate Height on earth. In and through each individual God fulfils
something unique in Himself. God's promise to Himself is His
Aspiration, His Realisation, His Revelation and His Manifestation in
and through each individual being.
Each individual has already made an inner promise to humanity. Again,
humanity also has made an inner promise to each individual. Each
individual, when he prays and meditates and enters into his highest
transcendental Height, looks around and sees countless beings around
him. At that time he feels it is his bounden duty to carry all and
sundry-all human beings, all his brothers and sisters-to the highest
Height. This is his promise.
And humanity, as a collective soul, promises to each individual that
it will offer him the universal Light and Delight. Mere height is not
all. The vision and reality have to embrace the entire creation.
Length and breadth as well as height are equally needed. The
individual will carry the collective soul to the height and humanity,
the collective soul, will carry the individual to the universal
Reality within all of us.
We have to know whether we shall always remain with mere promise or
whether we shall go one step ahead. That step is commitment. There is
a great difference between promise and commitment. Promise can be a
mere word, a meaningless, fruitless and lifeless gift. But when it is
commitment, the soul's commitment to mankind, inside the commitment
itself the illumining reality and the fulfilling reality abide.
The promises that we have made to God, to mankind, to ourselves must
be transformed into conscious, constant and unconditional commitments.
It is inside the heart of commitment that all the promises of the
past, present and future can blossom into fulfilling reality.
Humanity's promise to God: "Take me." God's promise to humanity: "I am
Each soul offers a solemn promise to mankind when it enters into the
earth-arena. Ordinary souls and special souls both make promises. In
the case of ordinary souls, because of countless weaknesses and the
teeming ignorance all around, it is difficult for them to fulfil their
promises. But great souls quite often fulfil their promises because
they have an indomitable will. Souls of the superlative degree, who
are constantly one with the Will of the Supreme who are absolutely
direct representatives of the Supreme, come into the world with the
loftiest promise. Now, unlike ordinary souls or even great souls, they
deal with the entire humanity. Their promise is most sublime and, at
the same time, most difficult to execute. But they are not
earth-bound. They are Heaven-free. They live on earth for a few
years-thirty, forty, fifty, eighty-and then go back to their heavenly
Three souls of the highest calibre, the highest magnitude the highest
order have come into the world. Sri Krishna came into the world to
establish the divine code of life: righteousness must reign supreme;
wickedness must give way to righteousness and a life of light. But his
promise has not yet been fulfilled. There are still wicked people on
earth wickedness still looms large and reigns supreme, But he has not
given up his promise. In and through you and me and each individual he
is trying to conquer humanity's wickedness and replace it with the
divine code of life, which is justice-light all around.
The Buddha came and promised to make the world at large a world
without suffering. There will not remain an iota of suffering here on
earth, he said. He tried his best, but the world is still suffering
like anything. Yet he has not given up his promise. His promise is now
being executed in and through us, in and through each individual
seeker here on earth. Each seeker wants to free himself and also the
entire world from suffering. So the loftiest promise of the Buddha is
now being executed in and through each individual seeker on earth.
The third soul of the highest magnitude is the Christ, the Son, the
Saviour. His promise to mankind was the establishment of the Kingdom
of Heaven. We all know what the Kingdom of Heaven will look like.
There will be no ignorance, no darkness, no bondage, no limitation,
but only boundless light, boundless delight, boundless harmony,
boundless peace. All divine qualities in boundless measure will
comprise the Kingdom of Heaven. Right now, when we look around we see
anything but the Kingdom of Heaven. Does it mean that the Christ has
given up his promise to mankind? No, not in the least. His promise is
now percolating, his promise is now flowing like a river in and
through each individual seeker on earth. The Kingdom of Heaven must
come into existence-either today or tomorrow or in the near future or
in the distant future. The promise of the Saviour Christ will
definitely be fulfilled in the course of human evolution. No
God-Promise can remain unfulfilled. The promise that God made to
mankind through Sri Krishna, the promise that God made to mankind
through the Buddha, the promise that God made to mankind through the
Christ, the promises that God isoffering to mankind through you,
through me, through each individual seeker, will all be fulfilled.
Dag Hammarskjold Library Auditorium
Excerpt from Reality-Dream by Sri Chinmoy.