The New Light

play of light
Everything is the play of Light
A phenomenum of consciousness.
The unique Soul, the inalterable felicity,
The absolute force, The Divine only.
The Divine today, to morrow, always.
the Road
In all beings, in all objects is the road
Which leads towards the New Life.
Every ground every river, mountains, deserts, houses,
Everything becomes sacred as the infinite ground of a Temple.


Cascades of light

The end of a perpetual night,
The sun that does not set anymore
the unveiled blissful presence of the Mother Divine.
Open wide Thy doors to that strange distant Light
And nourish with it the white purity of inner fire
The wonder-bud of splendor in the mire of earth.


Niranjan Guha Roy
Illustrations Christine Alkov


Mother Divine
Mother Divine,
Hidden will in the atom and the protoplasm
Thou aspirest in the flowers and the creepers,
Extendest Thy arms of prayer in the tree.
Thou keepest vigil on the altar of the soul of man.
Mother Divine
Thine is the inspired vision, the struggle and the battle
Thine too is the victory the laurel and the crown
The realisation , the glory of the marvellous New Creation


  I am the prostrate Godhead
Slowly waking up from my fathomless trance
Rising gradually by tremendous steps
Towards my absolute Light.
All matter is my own consciousness,
First iceberg, floating cathedrals
On the illimitable immobility of consciousness.
Power inconceivable, bliss of existence


Niranjan Guha Roy
Illustration Christine Alkov

Simplicity and spirituality

Simplicity and spirituality

In India, in our spiritual tradition, the highest qualification we give to a man or a person is when we call him "simple," meaning without any complication whatsoever. This is the aim of yoga. To be simple, absolutely simple without any division, confusion or conflict in the being, when all our thoughts and emotions, our acts and sensations, all our existence inner and outer are unified around the Divine in us, moved, activated sustained and transformed by the Divine. This too is the whole evolutionary effort. Only the process of ordinary evolution may take very, very long to arrive at this simplicity, this unity. Through yoga, one goes through the process in a short time. It is the soul who chooses to do the yoga for its own reason and often the physical being is unhappy and disturbed by the choice of the soul. In most cases, men try to stiffle the urge of the soul. Our suffering comes mainly from the resistance we offer to the call and the demand and the aspiration of the soul. And in the measure the a various parts of our being learn to collaborate with the soul, are illumined by the inner light and begin to feel a deeper joy, a beauty and harmony, our suffering diminishes, conflicts and confusion cease and there is a greater unity in the being, a greater peace, a greater vision of the Divine. Gradually, we enter into a new consciousness which is far, far removed even from the most brilliant human consciousness. This spiritual consciousness is irreal to the ordinary human consciounsess, and so the spiritual growth gradually takes us away from the human life, from the human race as such. Human things have more and more a sense of illusion about them, of futility about them to us. In any case, we lose interest in the human life, for a vast luminous illimitable, unexplored life opens to us. There comes a time in our development when the inner growth is so strong that our soul strongly rejects its bonds with the human world. The path one chooses or even the various paths one explores, the various teachers, the various systems of yoga one needs are not so important. Once the fire has been lit, it cannot be extinguished any more. Once one has boarded the ship of the spiritual destiny, the voyage shall continue. It is this going forward, this act of continual discovery, this adventure of the infinite that will bring the deepest satisfaction in our life. Perhaps in ordinary life, a man sets a goal for himself and he feels fulfilled if he realises his goal. But in spiritual life, we discover that in our magnificent voyage and adventure there is perhaps the next port of call - the final destination seems to be always beyond. We move from a lesser light to a greater intensity, from one infinity to another unknown infinity. We have left behind us the limited poor miserable and pitiable ignorant life behind us, only when we feel that our human life has become so. For most of the people the human life as it is, is still a field of wonder, battle, struggle, joy and victory. In the same way sometimes I wonder if the joy of the earthworm moving in the slimy mud shaded from the sun is any less than our joy of exploring the infinity of divine consciousness which has just opened to us. We are always on the move, always seeking a new ecstasy, a new fulfillment, a new reality of our being. The ship is the symbol of that great voyage.There is a new growing perception of the spiritual world that is being born. The human world is brought into an order by an external agent, some form of government, some code of law, some guiding principles, by some sort of organisation or society, so we have parties, syndicates, corporations, guilds, associations, etc. This is true even about the religions. There is always a great accent on a formal and precise organisation. But as we grow into a new spiritual consciousness, such an organisation would seem unnecessary. The spiritual beings cannot be put into an organisation and made to follow a certain code of law. In other words the spiritual beings cannot be subjected to a collective being or organisation as the organisation may become more of a hindrance than a means of help and progress. The spiritual beings would be governed by the spiritual consciousness and not by any outward organisation or authority. If they came together by the Divine Will, it will be a free association presided over by the Divine Truth. All will be united by a common aspiration, by the growing certitude of the Truth. Here, there is only one authority: the Divine. The more one is united with the Divine, the more one would feel the Divine in other aspirants and in this way a true and durable, fundamental unity will be established, based on the divine consciousness, the Divine Will. There will be no need whatsoever for any overriding organisation or authority or even a code of law. We come together because we seek the Divine. We live together because we love the Divine. We are together for that is the Divine Will and condition for our development.
The spiritual journey is a long, dangerous and difficult one. But we should consider ourselves fortunate for having chosen this path. We should not fix condition for our growth. We should not demand even to know where we are going. More and more may we leave the direction of our life, all our thoughts and feelings and actions to the transforming power of his Grace. Only the love of Truth, beauty, harmony and the Divine should be the highest and the noblest guiding principle of our life. The Divine in His infinite wisdom will create circumstances favorable to the growth of the consciousness. He too will create the right association. Let us depend on Him alone with faith.
Niranjan Guha Roy 1979

Progress, love and surrender

Progress, love and surrender

letter to a friend
I will tell you a small anecdote from the life of Bouddha. Anand was his main disciple and, by the grace of Boudda, he realised the state of nirvana. He was so overwhelmed by the experience that he wanted to share his experience with everyone else. "It is so wonderful, everyone must have it," he exclaimed to Bouddha. In reply, the compassionate Bouddha told Anand, "Yes, I am ready to give nirvana to whosoever asks for it or wants it." Anand was very happy and he went to the city from door to door telling people that Lord Bouddha was willing to give the wonderful gift of nirvana to anyone who desired it. He came back from the city very disappointed and perhaps quite puzzled. "Why is it that nobody wants such a wonderful gift which Lord Boudda is willing to give to everyone? A gift, which will take them out of darkness and suffering forever?"
I often wondered myself why can't other people see the Divine in everything, everywhere, for there is no one else, nothing else! Perhaps it is an inherent incapacity with most people because they have not as yet reached that critical point of evolution where this faculty is naturally born. The entire growth of the world is a question of consciousness. To talk of the Divine to people who are not ready is a complete waste of time and energy. The religions, as practised now, have no spirituality or much living experience behind them. In the true spiritual life, that is a life based on living experience, there is no division or separation. The spiritual beings would spontaneously feel one with all others who have the genuine experience as well as with the rest of the world who may not have much experience. This oneness is the very foundation of spirituality. One does not see others as separate from oneself, one feels an unbounded love for all, one wants to do the highest good to all and for all. So, when such feelings of great love come over you, it means a great progress. In the spiritual life, the outward action is of less importance, that is to say what you do outwardly for others. The attitude of absolute good will for all, if it can become the very substance of your consciousness, is ideal and will have much effect on the general consciousness of the world. But even this is not enough. By our surrender, full of love and devotion to the Divine, we can become aware of the precise nature of action in harmony with our being, or it can be stated that as our surrender grows, the Divine more and more takes over our life and its activities and utilises the more and more perfected and awakened instrument for his own purpose in the world, for the divine manifestation. It is a simple experience to feel that our life and the circumstances of our existence are being organised by a most luminous and friendly Person, as our trust and faith in the Divine grows. We have to begin this yoga with the ultimate aim of a total surrender to the Divine. It is a progressive process. It is the constant attitude of surrender that is long and difficult to acquire and maintain. With every act of surrender comes a new liberation, a closer intimacy with the Divine and a greater widening and deepening of the consciousness.
Women have suffered torture, oppression, suppression and subjection through the ages. But in the bargain they have developed an attitude of submission and surrender, an acceptance without question, qualifying them in a very favorable way for entry into the divine life. Women throughout the ages being denied the intellectual development per force captured the intuition. They are truly intuitive through the heart centre in the psychic and the vital regions, that is to say in the feelings, sensations, impulses, everything dealing with the heart.
We all have to learn to be quiet, peaceful, silent in the mind, untroubled, unagitated, patient in the heart and the vital being, then we will be able to proceed on our journey towards the Divine.
Niranjan Guha Roy -1977