Truth is in Every Heart - Yoga Meditation teachings Swami Rama
- From: The Essence of Spiritual Life
By Swami Rama
Reprinted with permission of the Publisher
Copyright Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust
TRUTH IS IN EVERY HEART
Truth is that Divine Force that dwells in every individual's heart.
It is the all-pervading, eternal Reality, uniting all individuals,
and finally, linking all of existence in one divine awareness. That
Divine Force is called God.
Belief in the existence of God indicates that one is searching for
the Truth. The Truth is that which remains unchanged in the past,
present, and future. The Truth is unborn and immortal. To know Truth,
one needs to purify one's thoughts, speech and actions. Purification
is of utmost importance, because only through a purified mind can an
aspirant think clearly and contemplate.
Once we are determined to search for the Truth through purified
thoughts, speech, and actions, we are certain to find the way and
reach the goal. Truth itself becomes our guide, and without making a
mistake we will find ourselves on the right path.
One who believes in God and surrenders to God attains freedom here
and now. He knows that he belongs to God, and that God belongs to
him. His awareness shifts from the world to God, and he lives a life
free from insecurity and fear. He has an unshakable faith in divine
The scriptures constantly remind us that as the ocean accepts a river
and makes it its own, God accepts seekers. It does not matter which
path they follow or from which background they come. The only
requirement is the desire to know the Truth. Once that desire is
awakened, all means and resources come together. Water finds its own
level. Likewise, a true lover of God finds God.
The highest philosophy is to know that the Truth and God are one and
the same, and the highest practice is to search for Truth through
one's thoughts, speech, and actions.
There is something beyond religion. Though essential in the
preliminary stage, it does not allow one to be one with the whole. It
is like a moth that eats Kashmir wool, trying to prove to other moths
that Kashmir exists. Everywhere in the realm of religion I
encountered locked doors. If ever one door should chance to open, I
was ultimately disappointed by what lay behind it.
God's existence does not depend on our proofs. There is something
wrong with the philosophers and the theologians, for they have the
curious notion that God is a kind of hypothesis that can be analyzed
I have seen people struggling with death because they do not admit
its existence. God to me is a real annihilating fire and
indescribable grace. I accept both.
It is easy to believe in God, and to believe in God is definitely
better than not believing, however, that is only half way. It is
something great when you come to know that:
God is in me. The Lord dwells in me. I am a finite vessel, and
Infinity dwells within this finite vessel.
The human being is great, not because he can speak and narrate
things, and not because he can feel. He is great because wherever he
goes, the Lord travels with him.
No one has seen God. Highest of all, love without object, is God. How
to know him? How to enjoy?
Seeing God in everyone and working for others is one way of
enjoyment, but that is not so easy. You will have to practice.
Remember the Lord all the time and sooner or later, you will be
The day you come to know that the Lord is within you, you will be
free from fears. Then where are you? Where do you exist? If you have
that consciousness that you exist separately from the Lord of the
Universe, then it means you deny the existence of the Lord of the
God is alla personal God, a universal God, and that which is beyond.
Start from a personal God, go to the God within, then to the
universal God, and finally beyond.
To love beloved God in any object is knowledge, yet to understand God
in the heart is real Truth. It is a vain attempt to search for God.
Who can there be more wonderful than myselfthat is the Self of all.
Those who crave to see God are foolish. When I see him smiling
through the face of man and child, and highest of all in myself, I am
born a million times, and die a million times, too.
No God is greater than thyself.