Life and hope
- "Life and hope are inseparable. Life is the body, and hope is the
intuitive divinity in us, the divinity that wants to transcend the
reality which we presently are. Hope is man's seeking, hope is man's
inner urge, hope is man's upward flight into the Beyond.
"We are all walking along the road of Eternity. When an unaspiring,
ordinary human being walks along this road, he is followed by some
of his so called friends: fear, doubt and anxiety. When these
friends reach him, they make of him what they themselves are:
fearful, doubtful and anxiety-stricken. God is the Goal; He is the
Way; He is the eternal Traveller. When God walks along His eternal
road toward the ever transcending Beyond, all the world can follow
Him, led by hope. When hope reaches Him, God makes hope His dearest
friend, eternal partner and eternal fulfiller of His Dream.
"Life and hope entirely depend on inner wisdom. Here on earth we
have two types of wisdom: earthly wisdom or earthly knowledge and
heavenly wisdom or heavenly knowledge. Here on earth vidya and
avidya, knowledge and ignorance, together move, together dance.
Thousands of years ago, the Vedic seers offered this message:
Vidyam cavidyam ca yas tad vedobhyam saha
Avidyaya mrtyum tirtva vidyayamrtam asnute.
"He who knows and understands knowledge and ignorance as one,
through ignorance passes beyond the domain of death, through
knowledge attains to an eternal Life and drinks deep the Light of
"What they call 'ignorance' is earthly knowledge, and what they call
'knowledge' is heavenly wisdom. With earthly knowledge we try to go
beyond the domain of death, and with heavenly wisdom we try to enjoy
the Bliss of Immortality.
"When we enter into the spiritual life we see and feel at every
moment that God is the Doer, God is the Action and God is the Fruit.
On the strength of this realisation, we feel we have ample
opportunity to reveal our inner divinity. A life on earth is not
meant for pleasure; a life on earth is meant for self-offering. Self
offering eventually makes us what God is. Each day is a golden
opportunity for us to bring to the fore a new life, a new dawn. With
each day we expedite our earthly progress. We enter into God's
Domain, which is within us, in the inmost recesses of our heart.
When we pray and meditate regularly, devotedly and soulfully, we
come to realise that life is not only meaningful and fruitful, but
is actually God's manifesting Reality on earth. And we come to
understand that hope is the precursor of tomorrow's all revealing
and all fulfilling Reality.
"Life is the car. Hope is the engine. Aspiration is the fuel. God is
From a talk titled "Hope and Life" given at Clemson University in
South Carolina on 20 February 1974.