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The travel of the soul

The travel of the soul

Born from the ashes of a flaming sphere, our beginning is microscopic, hardly visible, miserable. Moved by some mysterious energy, a shapeless mass of tissues gradually discloses a vaguely recognisable form, a caricature, a mockery, a hopelessly helpless miniature shape which will one day become a man or a woman hauty and confident ready to conquer the world. What an illusion all the same. A simple fall, a stray shot or a tiny fly puts an end to his epic adventure. Not any amount of agony and suffering, not any number of deaths and disasters, not torture, prison, failure and catastrophe can hold back his indomitable spirit. Fallen, riddled, crippled, cut to ribbons his soul hopes and struggles for snatching the crown of Immortality from the unwilling hands of some adamantine Fate. A fragile doll of porcelain never discouraged, throws itself hurtling against a massive iron gate hiding his destiny, blocking his passage, gets broken into tiny fragments. Picking up his broken bones, birth after birth, life after life, he fights for a secure stand, a ray of true light, a sip of the Soma wine, for the deep embrace of a satisfying durable love. From time to time like a dog he gets some stingy crumbs from the sumptuous table of the olympian Lords. His hunger grows fierce and all logic is thrown overboard. An inner fire consumes him day and night. In a moment of grace he knows that he is the son of the mighty Mother, not a whit less than those shining Lords. He knows that his weakness is buttressed by an invincible omnipotence, his dim knowledge is illumined by a giant star, his soul, a heavenly charged spark of the Divine. God walks by his side and lying under his feet supports his weight. When he struggles to pull in the net, the helping hand of God is always there. When he fumbles through the night, God leads the way with a glowing lamp. When he cries in pain and despair, God’s loving hands caress his wounds and apply soothing balm on his bleeding heart and soul. The true seeker knows that he is a boat, God the master and captain, that he is a rose, God the delightful fragrance, that he is a mansion, God the noble proprietor and indwelling Lord. Admitted into a vast spiritual freedom from birth and death, he goes in and out of the house of life as required by the unfolding play. He lives for the mighty Mother, in her service forever, sustained by the felicitous influx of her love and grace.
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Niranjan Guha Roy

The need for spiritual awakening

The need for spiritual awakening

As long as one is human, small or big, rich or poor, president or sweeper, it is all the same. Unless there is a fundamental change in the outlook on life, a spiritual search and a sincere aspiration to be more than an ordinary human being, one can never come out of the obscure, ignorant, painful, human existence. The Supramental Consciousness has brought the Supreme Light and it is bound to awaken the consciousness wherever there is the least possibility. I am always looking for a sign of greater opening in the consciousness. In spite of the unsettled state of the world, there is a visible progress. People are more and more aware of the imperative need of a durable, peaceful world union. The more our surrender to Her and union with the Mother will grow, the more the world will move towards the noble Ideal of the Divine Life.
Our sole sacred duty is to be more and more aware of the Divine Mother, so that She may transform our ignorance into a luminous divine consciousness.

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Niranjan Guha Roy 1986

The Inner law of work

Niranjan Guha Roy 1976

The Inner law of work

In a personal way, our music and dance have only one purpose to communicate, to get in touch with the Divine and express Him through joy, love and gratitude. As a matter of fact any work should have the same purpose, the same ultimate goal. The work will differ according to the nature of the inner being of each one but the basic approach to work must be invariable. As our surrender grows, our sense of consecration develops, our vision gets clarifed, we are led gradually to the work or works which are most deeply satisfying to our temperament and inner nature. This understanding of the nature of the inner law of the being and its true demands require great calmness and detachment and above all a luminous impartiality. We are often very partial to our egoistic demands and weaknesses which often distort and veil our true nature, our true inner law of the being. If we are unable to discern the true nature of our work and activities, as it happens often, we must leave to the Master of Works our life and work with a loving faith in His power of discrimination. He can only do whatever is the best for us. Why is it so necessary to become aware of the inner law of our being? For the simple reason that we will be then doing the works which are very particularly special to us. In the deepest sense it is some special aspect of the Divine that each one of us is called to work for and gradually manifest. If we follow our true inner law of being, then the path becomes relatively short practically free from hesitation, doubts and vacillations. And there is a joy and force in doing whatever work is special to each one of us. A spirit of surrender and dedication to the Divine will gradually lead us to the unfolding of the inner law and the beginning of its fulfillment.
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Joy of aspiration