your body there resides a divine creator and painter. He is a master
artist who paints with a brush that contains no paint. He creates
masterpieces on a canvas that does not exist. It is wonderful.
It is inexplicable. When you look at his mysterious handiwork you
can only feel a sense of awe. Things that seem to exist do not really
exist. What does exist appears not to exist. No matter how much you
speculate on this you cannot understand it. But, you can go right to the
very heart of his creation, discover the one Reality there, and enjoy It.
Embodiments of Divine Love!
entire world is based on the concept of I. So long as this I-principle
exists in you, you will be involved with the outside world. And as long as
the world exists in your experience, you will not be able to free yourself
from sorrow and misery. During deep sleep you do not have the thought of I
and mine. Once the I-thought disappears there is no longer any world for
you, and when there is no world there will be no sorrow. Therefore,
eradicate the cause of sorrow. Relinquish the feeling of I and mine. Then
you will be in Ananda, You will be in unending bliss.
does being in Ananda mean? Is it related to the possession of health or
wealth or power? Aren't there many people in the world who have lots of
wealth? And aren't there many also who are blessed with health? And
aren’t there many others who wield power? But are any of these enjoying
real happiness? No. What is the reason for this? The reason is that so
long as anyone still has the thought of I and all the desires and
attachments that go with it, he will be unable to manifest true joy.
thirsty animals see a mirage they run to it to quench their thirst; but
they cannot find water there, and so they get exhausted and perish. In the
same way, man seeks happiness in the objects of the senses and runs after
them. But he cannot find the inexhaustible springs of Ananda there,
and so he gets exhausted and dies in a most futile and pitiful way.
moment you free yourself from the thought of I you become God Itself. It
has been said 'Brahma Sathyam Jagath Mithyam', that God is real and the
world is unreal. But more correctly, the world is both real and unreal. It
is an illusion which is unreal, superimposed on God who is real. If you
want to understand the nature of the world you must first make an effort
to find out who you are and whether you are real or not. The moment you
find out your own truth, you will be able to understand the world.
of the great sayings of the Vedanta which you are enjoined to repeat and
meditate on is, 'Aham Brahmasmi', which means ‘I am Brahman’, ‘I am
God’. In this saying you use the word I
before the word God. Where did this word I come from? What is its
meaning? Is it the same I that you use many times every day to refer to
your individual self? No, that personal I is not what is meant in the
statement, 'I am God'. Beyond the personal I, which is the I-thought,
there is another I which stands behind it. That is the true I. That I is
your own true nature. That is the true I meant in the statement, ‘I am
true I is not just there when you repeat Vedic sayings. It is there behind
every I you use. Suppose you say, 'I am a man'. Here also, standing behind
the subjective I there is the true I which is your natural state, your
unchanging truth. The word 'man' is the feeling of limitation you impose
on that truth. The true I is always full in itself; it is complete and
unlimited. But, the word 'man' is partial, incomplete and limited. When
the word 'man' with its limitations and boundaries joins the true I which
has no limitations or boundaries, then the limited I-thought arises.
I-thought can be compared to a river bounded by name and form. Once it
merges into the limitless ocean it loses its name and form and all its
limitations. Before that it had a separate identity as a river. But once
it merges it becomes the ocean. In that way, when you remove the
I-thought, you as a limited man merge with the unlimited ocean of Divinity
and become one with It. Then you as a separate entity called 'man'