Action and Liberation - part 2
- "There is a saying that 'the thumb takes the responsibility; the
index finger, the initiative.' Similarly man's aspiration takes the
initiative, but it is God's Concern that takes the responsibility.
"According to some people, human life is just a cruel, meaningless
and hopeless four-letter word: work. I wish to say they are
mistaken. They like work; what they hate is the sense of labour, the
burden of labour. Labour and favour perfectly rhyme. After all,
whose favour is it? God's favour. Indeed, he is God's chosen child,
and he alone is God's favourite, who works to please God. And in
pleasing God, he realises and fulfils himself. Then he tells the
world that human life is a divinely meaningful three-letter word:
"Liberation speaks. It says that we are not nature's slaves.
Liberation teaches. It teaches us that our every heartbeat offers a
unique opportunity to achieve liberation. Liberation sings within
us: 'Arise, awake. Yours is the ideal Goal, the Goal of goals.'
"Liberation is man's practical wisdom. Liberation is not a
compromise with the world. Liberation is the end of man's
competition with nature's temptation. Liberation elevates the
earth-consciousness into the skies of the Beyond.
"Which is more difficult: to cry for liberation; or, after having
been liberated, to cry for the illumination of the ignorance-loving,
darkness-embracing world? Undoubtedly, the latter.
"The poor liberated man; strange indeed is his fate. He constantly
thinks of those who hardly ever think of him. When he stands before
the world, the world acts like either a frightened child or a
"A liberated man tells the world that God is not only knowable, but
more than knowable. He also tells the world that it is easier to
know God than to know the world, because when he wants to know the
world, he has to know it through God and from God.
"Sri Krishna is Illumination incarnate. The Buddha is Liberation
incarnate. The Christ is Salvation incarnate.
"The world is offering its darkness to Sri Krishna. The world is
offering its suffering to the Buddha. The world is offering its sin
to the Christ.
"The fallen consciousness of the world is flying toward the highest
Beyond to be touched by Christ, the Saviour. The broken
consciousness of the world is diving into the deepest Beyond to be
embraced by Buddha, the Liberator. The molten consciousness of the
world is marching toward the farthest Beyond to be blessed by
Krishna, the Illuminator."
from Eastern Light For the Western Mind, pages 42-45.