An Egoist will not Attain God
Can man attain to God with the exercise of his own intellect? Truly speaking,
one who claims to have known God or the Cosmic Reality is really nowhere
near his goal; for, one never knows when he has found the Ultimate Reality.
To find It one has to become It; and the moment one so unites with It, he
ceases to have a separate identity. Conversely, one who has a feeling of his
individual identity can never attain to God. It is our ego that stands athwart
our realization of God; it stands as a thin but opaque blind between us and
God. Draw it away and you become one with Him.
If your business fails to thrive, you come and complain to me that the
business started on my advice, does not prosper; but you conveniently avoid
confessing that I had alongside exhorted you to do nama-smarana which
you are not doing! Will nama-smarana affect or obstruct the business? You
may allege that I am advising you to do something that may upset the
pattern of your material and family life. On the contrary, it will make for a
smoother working if you follow my advice and take to nama-smarana. Do go
about your material and family life but without worrying. After all, Rama
cannot be deterred from doing what He plans to; what can anxiety do to
further your prospect? What cannot be cured must be endured. So why not
bear it with cheer? If adversities come, leave them to the care of the Lord. If
there is anything that we want to solicit, pray for cheer in the circumstances
which it pleases Him to keep you in; and ask not for relief or change. Then
alone can we truly live as His slave or puppet.
In this world there are only two causes that really disturb a man’s peace of
mind: the befalling of what one does not desire, and the failure to bring
about what one desires for. Neither of these is in our hands; why, then,
should we make ourselves miserable in either case? This is easy to achieve
once you experience the sweetness of nama.
Nama destroys the pride of individuality, and precludes the desire to have or
not to have. You should continuously chant this nama advocated by saints
and thereby acquire durable contentment.
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