[Poojya Swamiji speaks a few words of guidance at the conclusion of the daily morning Pushpasamarpana (flower offering) at the Narayanashrama Tapovanam. These profound words on saadhana, like the effulgent morning rays, would illuminate many a dark corner in the listeners' minds. This series is titled “Prabhaata-rasmih” (Morning rays). The following is the text of one such talk by Poojya Swamiji on 12th June 1997.]
People are looking for God. To have the touch and protection of God they erect temples, make pooja rooms, perform various rituals. This is far from the ideal - from the real understanding of God or Truth. The fact is that the whole earth itself is godly and divine, as are the other heavenly bodies hovering in the sky. All are born from the unfathomable space or void. Are they not divine?
If the earth is divine, then whatever has grown on the earth is also divine, including our own body. Instead of realizing this divinity which is already there in us and around us, we construct temples to install God there. Not being able to find God in the rock created by God Himself, we create an idol out of it and worship it as God! While this is all right as a preliminary practice, sooner or later we must try to feel divinity in the entire creation.
There is a beautiful verse:
“O the controller of the worlds, who is of the nature of consciousness and the first of all gods (of the nature of brilliance), O Mahavishnu, the consort of Sree,” – all these are names addressing the supreme Presence; some are personal, some are impersonal. Addressing the divine like this, the poet says, “Waking up by your command in the morning, we undertake this voyage in the world for the sake of Your pleasure alone.”
The consciousness within us, the power and presence within us, puts us to sleep. The same power wakes us up. Can you see how the divinity and sublimity are generated and felt by these thoughts? We find divinity in the very first involuntary action of waking up. The same divinity we find in all our activities throughout the day – in brushing our teeth, taking bath, taking food, in going to the office and coming back home, in walking, talking, thinking, in everything that comes our way. The same divinity we find in the very purpose of our life: “I follow the course set by You for Your own ultimate purpose”. The whole life thus fits into the system of the world. It becomes a part of the Divine’s huge Karmayajna.
My dear souls, divinity is not to be gained or had. It has to be generated. You have to become divine. Your problem is that you think the samsaara-yaatraa (voyage in the world) as yours and you keep God at a distance, specifying only a few minutes or hours for His thoughts. And you want to reach Him! The fundamental ignorance lies in creating and preserving this difference or division between you and divinity, between you and God.
All are divine. Divinity is everywhere. Feel this by becoming sublime. Words will come to a stop. Thoughts will cease. You will start feeling vastness, silence and peace. Eyes will close by themselves. Heartbeat will come down. So much of sublimity you can feel!
Harih Om Tat Sat.