Divine Will and surrender

How can we feel absolutely secure in all circumstances, at all times, in any case?
This sense of total security, this confidence comes by an absolute surrender in love and knowledge and will to the Supreme Divine. There are many stages which progressively lead us to the state of perfect surrender. And at each stage there is a development of the consciousness which could be taken as indications, as confrmation of our spiritual progress.
As soon as there is a general state of surrender in our being to the Supreme, we become intensely and convincingly aware that only the Supreme and nobody else and nothing else in this world or in other worlds is the Lord and Master of our destiny, whose protection is inviolable. The Supreme becomes the living, infinite, omnipotent, omniscient Person, the Divine Being, our master, our friend, guide and teacher, Mother and the beloved of our soul. Nothing can destroy this relationship or even come between the Divine and ourselves and interfere in our spirituality and our work.
By a still greater perfection of self-surrender we now become aware that the Supreme, the Mother, is not only the master and protector of our destiny, but He and She, the Eternal, is the absolute master of all this manifestation. It is only his will that is executed in the universe. Whatever the individuals do or nature’s forces execute is sanctioned and permitted by his will. Everything happens within the framework of this supreme will though with our limited consciousness we may not be able to seize the immediate significance of a world movement or a major action or something which might seem even insignifcant at the time. We become aware of a mother consciousness, of a supreme wisdom which guides the destiny of the individual, the collectivity, the race, the entire earth, the universe; in fact, all manifestation with limitless love and wisdom towards a more and more perfect divine destiny. Nothing happens which is not a movement of her wisdom, a necessary step in her forward march, an inevitable link in the chain of development. Not even a blade of grass in this universe can move or tremble without her presence, power and sanction. We see Her as the overwhelming supreme power, Mahashakti, the supreme wisdom, the supreme executrix. And we discover gradually the unity of her will in all world movements, collective movements and individual movements. We also discover the unity of her purpose. She has a single purpose. To take gradually each and every element in the universe towards a more and more sublime divine fulfllment.
As the self-giving deepens and the last traces of ego disappear, a greater and greater union with the Divine is accomplished and accompanied by a greater possession of the being by the sublime powers of the divine consciousness. The vision of oneness, of absolute unity, of the one single divine Being, the Eternal, the Infnite becomes stable, permanent and the intensity of this vision grows continuously. This vision is the power of Oneness, the power of supreme Love, which knows everything as the One, as the single existence and substance and being. This supreme power of Love brings a tremendous pressure of obligation, necessity and organic need on all the elements of the universe to unite, to become one and to express the unity and the Oneness. The power of this force of Love is irresistible, invincible, its action is a decree irreversible. The results are steps leading to unity and each step is irrevocable and in the divine vision, since oneness is the very essence of manifestation, the realisation of oneness is only a playful process inevitable by the very nature of the utter truth of our existence. God vision is the vision of this utter Oneness of which the very substance is delight. The supreme Love or the power of Oneness is the supreme Delight and in the world existence, in the midst of the ignorance, its manifestation on earth will compel all the elements to unite through attraction, necessity, obligation and through conscious choice and awakening to the spiritual reality. To become the manifesting centres of this supreme power of love is the key sine-qua-non of a new creation – the divine life on earth. The divine will is the supreme law of Love, the absolute compulsion towards unity and oneness.
As our surrender attains some perfection even without coming to an absolute condition as a crowning movement, as a marvellous gift of heaven a veil is lifted from our consciousness. It is the veil of ignorance which kept hidden until now the face of Truth, in the words of Sri Aurobindo “all is now God and Sky.” The Supreme One has revealed Himself to our soul. All we see, all we feel here, perceive, seize with our thought, with the silence of our soul, all is truly a supremely conscious Being, his substance eternal, infnite. The limitless ocean of a boundless conscious Being and Existence. The veil of disfiguring names and forms, the veil of distorting feelings, sensations, thoughts and perceptions are gradually torn away from our soul. There is left the infinite ocean and ourselves as some magic drops of water in the bosom of the ocean, indivisibly one with the Ocean yet enjoying a fictive personal existence. A cell one with the body yet enjoying its boundless unity from a little corner of infnity. All is verily Brahman. Wherever we turn our eyes in all forms, in all objects, in all movements, in all events and circumstances, we meet the Eternal. We are delivered from the ignorance, the darkness and the endless suffering, once and for all. We live constantly in his presence through all, in spite of all, beyond all, until nothing is left in our consciousness which is not divine, which does not see everything as divine. We live constantly in his presence in union with the supreme Mother Consciousness and grow more and more, endlessly more and more conscious of the Divine and his unfathomable infnities. This third stage of self-surrender leading to the complete unveiling of the Divine in our consciousness has three progressive stages. In the beginning we begin to feel, perceive and truly see the Divine in each object and in each thing, in the tiniest conceivable particle of force and in the most stupendous system of universes. We see the Divine as the animating Fire, the Supreme Source in each object and being and force. In the second stage, our vision deepens. We become aware that the Divine is not only the animating Fire, the Source that inspires, sustains and gives life and forms to each object and being, but He is the constituting substance of everything, of every name and form, everything is made out of an infnite eternal divine substance of Consciousness, light and delight. We begin to feel every name and form as a fixity of a magic moment, of this eternal divine consciousness. We see nothing but the Divine in all forms and movements. Everything is mysterious yet very intimate to our being and consciousness. We are no longer haunted by separation, division, and death has no fear for us anymore. The Divine is all. Everything is in the Divine, there is no coming, there is no going. It is only a change of poise of the Divine in movement. As this perception and experience deepen on the crest of felicity, we are admitted into an unbelievable, inconceivable splendor of divine beauty, harmony and perfection. All that we have experienced before becomes dull and drab and practically a state of inconsciousness compared to this glory. Everything in existence, from the tiniest meadow flower to the most resplendent form of Godhead, takes on another light, another lustre, another fathomless effulgence and perfection. Everything becomes perfect, perfect, absolutely perfect at each instant. There is nothing more to be attained, whatever exists, whatever moves through eternity is absolutely perfect with all the hidden absoluteness manifested in all the forms. It is a succession of magnificent dawns. There is no sense of movement from inferior perfection to a superior perfection. The Divine is utterly perfect at every instant in everything. There is nothing to accomplish for He is ever fulfilled. There is only an eternal miraculous succession of absolutely perfect self-revelations. But for this God-state to be achieved, even partially, there has to be an immense transformation of our life, mind, soul and body. This state takes us away once and for all deifnitively, conclusively from the state of ignorance and division to the utter fullness of divine existence. But then when we will be there, we will perceive a goal still more mysterious and marvellous, beckoning us from the irresistible Beyond.
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Niranjan Guha Roy 1975

The magnificent Destiny

The magnificent Destiny

There is hardly anyone who does not feel at one time or other a call for perfection, a call for a greater more noble life, a call to a greater dedication in his line of work, but often in the press of the events of life these revelatory moments are forgotten and often with regret. The true reward in life comes when we are able to give ourselves fully in some noble impersonal effort and perfection and to the perfection of what is good and beautiful in us. It is this dedication, this need for perfection, this effort to achieve what is difficult and distant that gives a value and a meaning to our life and in a larger context is the cause of the progress of humanity through the ages. We are living in very difficult times, we feel we have the glimpse of a perfect world yet our own inherent incapacities, instincts, passions, prejudices, fixed ideas and limited vision prevent us from attaining that perfection. As if, we want to fly but we have no wings. Yet the solution is within us for each one of us has in him the divine spark, the Eternal seated in the heart center, in the mystic lotus, solar plexus, the rose. Many dancers, singers and artists and of course the mystics were and are aware of this secret deity, the psyche, in the sanctuary of the heart. One might say to discover this Delphi oracle, the Godhead in us, is the essence of every religious and spiritual search. All that is good, noble, true, beautiful in our life has its origin in this wonderful center. It can open most easily through love, devotion and dedication if we can conceive of and have faith in a Supreme Being or a Supreme Consciousness of truth, good and beauty beyond all religions, beyond all controversies and conflicting creeds. We all aspire consciously or unconsciously for this eternal Godhead of love, bliss, beauty and harmony. Though slowly, yet inch-by-inch through centuries, through thousands of years, we are approaching this Godhead. One day we shall become the manifestation of this Godhead. This is the whole meaning of evolution. Our eventual destiny is already at work in our life and action. If we become conscious of this magnificent destiny, which is truly our birthright, then we shall develop the wings to fly as fast as possible to reach the promised land.
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Niranjan Guha Roy 1979

Meditation – An all seing Wisdom

Niranjan Guha Roy 1982

Meditation

There is an all seeing Wisdom presiding over the destiny of each one
And in the last analysis, whatever happens is for our progress.
There is always a greater possibility within our reach
It all depends on our aspiration, the intensity, the eagerness.
If the Divine wants to rise in a soul, nothing can prevent Him.
The decision lies with the Divine.
The more I am in contact with the Divine,
The more I am losing the missionary zeal.
I have no desire to form a community, to force spirituality on the people,
Even to demand a higher discipline of others.
I see the Power at work and offer all our work to Him.
There is less and less any individual initiation of work.
“Thy Will be Done” is a living formula, the dynamic sincere attitude
Now for the practical, spiritual life.
The true spiritual work is more inward than outward.
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The Compassionate Power

Niranjan Guha Roy- September 1982

The Compassionate Power

I am more and more aware of an omnipotent Compassionate Power at work in the world. It is aware of each individual in creation and working for the manifestation of the divine life on earth. Its Love is so vast and profound, so constant that Its action cannot be seized nor Its Presence felt by the human consciousness. But for this Source of infinite inexhaustible Love and Compassion, the creation would have foundered long ago. Its action stretches over thousands of years. To bring out the latent divinity, to prepare the instruments for a divine manifestation, to make the world ready for the Age of Truth are Its constant preoccupation. The moment we become aware of this Power, the Supreme Mother Divine, the One, the Eternal, all our problems vanish. Everywhere we see the intention behind the scene, work of a fathomless benevolence, a profound kindness in every act in the universe which seems to our limited consciousness, brutal, cruel, monstrous, devilish and demoniac. In Its Presence there is an atmosphere of sanctity, beauty, joy and one feels bathed in benediction. There is just an immeasurable vibration of the warmest Love, an omnipotent Compassion annulling all suffering, dynamic, effective forever.
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Meditation – beyond the boundaries of time

Niranjan Guha Roy
Here is my meditation for the New Year, 1982
I try to reach the utmost confines of time till my consciousness bursts the boundaries of past, present and future and enters a state of timelessness, eternity, a consciousness which always is separate from, unaffected by the passing show, the endless procession of names and forms, swimming universes rising and disappearing in the flood of time. There is nothing stable. Time flows ceaselessly carrying in its current the eternal wonder of dawns and sunsets. The base is stable, subtler than the subtlest substance, yet substance of all the time flow. The show is perpetual and forever renewed. The tiniest flower, which for a morning glows in a meadow with its fugitive blue and pink petals, is an eternally recurring refrain in the vast symphony of time … it will come back again on another earth in another distant cycle, when our earth disappears or is transformed into something else. All is contained in all. The highest divinities and the darkest monsters are made from the same unseizable primordial substance. Masks and facades, multi coloured wave patterns rushing through time before some witnessing eye do not hide the One Player, so intimate, yet forever unknown and unknowable. Look into the Past. Probe the future. Scrutinise the Present. There is the same friendly face, the bewitching smile of the utter Stranger. In this vast, boundless, timeless indivisible Sameness, do I exist? Do you? Does anybody indeed? Can a dewdrop see the Sun? A sunflower feels and turns to the Sun. So here and there through the ages there have been souls who could perceive this hidden indivisible unique Sun. The Sun looks at itself through its myriad fragments. Always the same, indivisible, unfathomable, mysterious, eternal, infinite Light.
Shine evermore in our consciousness. May you get reflected without distortion, deformation in our purified transparent mirror of the soul. The Light has been, is, and will be always there, for there is nothing else. Did I say masks and wave patterns? I am wrong. Each blossom, each face, each form, dark and dangerous, delightful and ravishing is a sculptured poise of that immutable Light. My soul is numb and silent before that ineffable Oneness which pervades all time, all existence. There is only the One and the timeless manifestation of the One. O soul, forever contemplate the One intimate, yet forever impossible inaccessible. Let me get lost in the marvelous One.
Let our limited, divided consciousness dissolve in the all sustaining, original Mother Consciousness.
Om namo, Om namo, Om namo.
Om Douce Mère, Om Sri Aurobindo.
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The hesitant souls

Niranjan Guha Roy 1986

The hesitant souls

From the President to the road sweeper, there is not much difference. They are all terribly human. Prisoners of the mental vital ego, they are going round along the same tracks, actors in a perennial tragi-comedy repeating the roles endlessly, hopelessly eyes glued to the material reality always deceived in love and game, the cup of nectar hardly raised to his lips constantly snatched away, his idea of a heaven on earth turning into a mirage at every attempt yet undaunted he ever runs after a brilliant chimera, picks up thousands of pebbles in order to discover a gem one day. He is inexorably driven by Fate, God’s delegate through thousands of births and deaths till he becomes satiated with the success and failure, joys and agonies of the ordinary human existence.
But if he is offered a new home in God’s house will he accept? Most certainly not. A life of peace and harmony without blood, sweat and tears will be an excruciating prolonged boredom, or bleak existence without an issue. Man would be yearning for the habitual food and poison, praying for the lashing which cuts his back to ribbons. Such is the nature of God’s magic. Until He releases the soul, no one can escape, the soul must grow in stature, must become mature. Rejecting the ever repeating rise and fall of his destiny, he must prepare himself to endure unbroken bliss, to look with equality, serenity, peace on worlds disintegrating and reforming constantly to take part in God’s ever recurring play. God’s touch awakens a soul here, a soul there. Then one seems to wake up from an unreal dream. The material world cannot rival his attention onto it anymore. One seems to have crossed beyond the stone wall of matter.
Other vast horizons pass fleetingly before the gaze of the enraptured soul. Man discovers the soul in hidden recesses of his heart, beyond the upper ceiling of the mind, a glorious irresistible adventure, forces the soul to cut all the ropes and draws it into the unknown depths and distances alluring, dangerous and challenging. God unveiled is the Guide, Master and Captain of the awakened soul. It no longer belongs to the human race though to the ordinary eye, the man with the illumined mind and heart is no different in appearance from any human being, yet to another awakened soul, he is as distinct from man as man is from a monkey. For many, the transition from human to the divine state is short and quick but for most of the aspiring souls, the transition is a long period of struggle, indecision, swaying. to and fro, hesitation and tormenting uneasy adventure. Seeing, they refuse to see, hearing they refuse to believe, knowing the right path, the upward safe and luminous way, they take the tortuous dangerous familiar old trails. The Great Mother is not discouraged or offended. She is always with the aspiring souls unable as yet to bear Her touch and constant Presence.These unhappy travellers in a murky no man’s land refusing to cross over to a safer zone of light and protection wistfully hang on to their old familiar treasures thus prolonging their own torments. As the Light grows, as the strong souls emerge into the authentic consciousness, the nomads in the hazy lands will find strengthand certitude and take the sure path of ascent to the Truth. Come, ye hesitant souls, rise, have courage and lo, the Mother is there leading the victory march. Do not look back to the dungeon from which we have been freed after ages. Let us get used to the freedom of the Spirit. The nightmare is now forgotten. Shine, ever radiant and glorious, O Mother Divine in our soul.
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What is the work of a true spiritual seeker?

Niranjan Guha Roy 1983

What is the work of a true spiritual seeker?

There is only one valid answer – to become more and more conscious of the Divine, to grow in identity with Him, to be molded and recreated by the Divine Consciousness in the conditions and circumstances created by His all-seeing wisdom. There is a strong and not so illumined mental attitude, which says if I have such and such work or if I do such and such work, I would have greater possibility of spiritual realization. Or one says if I do such and such work it would express more truly my spiritual realization. On the surface of it, this attitude seems quite logical, sensible. But on cool analysis, this does not seem to hold good always. People have realized the Divine under very unfavourable circumstances and spiritual people have undertaken work, which is not considered spiritual. The fact is that we are still hypnotized by the mind and its direction of our life. If our aspiration is genuine, then a supremely friendly Power actively intervenes in our life and arranges things and events favourably, exclusively for our spiritual growth. Its singular preoccupation is the growth of our consciousness. By its Grace we become aware that unless the consciousness is transformed nothing is really gained. The growth of the consciousness does not depend on things, events and circumstances but exclusively on the aspiration of the soul and the intensity of the aspiration. It is also a fact that when we are in the right consciousness, in a state of true aspiration, we gratefully realize that we have been given the most auspicious and favourable circumstances for the growth of the true consciousness.
As we learn to give up all personal initiative and leave everything in the hands of the Divine with an unshakable faith, we become aware of the Supreme Power shaping the work for us. We do not choose the work we have to do. We become aware of the work that has to be done. It is not a personal choice but a mandate given from High. It is not so much that any work prepares us for the spiritual life as the growth of the consciousness prepares our future life and work. Even after one has realized the Divine if there is an attachment to any particular work, this can be a serious hindrance to the Divine work in the world. As we grow in consciousness, we realize that work is only a movement of consciousness. The Divine wants to unite the world. The Divine Power of Consciousness is at work, the all-accomplishing Chit-Shakti will realize the unity. As we grow in identity with the Divine and His Will, we too shall act in the way He acts, in and through the Consciousness. All work is a movement, an expression of the Consciousness. To grow more and more conscious of the Divine so that one day we can say in all simplicity, there is only the Divine and nothing else no one else in the universe and beyond for that has become the totality of our experience and consciousness and is the only logical and sensible work for us who aspire for the spiritual life. Until we become aware of our appointed work, let us have implicit faith in Him and accept whatever work or circumstances He creates for us knowing that whatever He is doing for us is for our highest good as He cannot do otherwise. The Divine is our only goal.
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The growth of our soul

Niranjan Guha Roy 1986

The growth of our soul

Man is constantly struck down by accident, disease and death so that he may aspire to immortal life.
Man is constantly deceived by human love. Even when it seems perfect, death and separation annul it. So one day he begins to yearn for the Divine Love, the Eternal Lover.
Man is constantly running after wealth and power and, having acquired them, is perpetually haunted and threatened by them, and finally he has to part with them regretfully on his death bed. So he gradually learns to acquire the infinite wealth and power of the Spirit which no bandit, no bankruptcy, no opposition can ever take away from him. The spiritual investment always brings, life after life, rich dividends.
Man’s whole existence is a mighty, merciless, ceaseless struggle, effort and desperate challenge. As we improve our playing style by facing strong opponents, so too our souls constantly grow by defying ever growing challenges, exult and rejoice in meeting eagerly an ever new formidable opponent, be it an austere mountain peak or a difficult grand symphony or an age old seemingly irrevocable law of suffering, ignorance, death and decomposition. Every defeat, every conquest increases his flaming aspiration to realise the impossible at the moment. Soul immortal pursues through eternity across the surging, roaring ocean of felicity, the ever unknowable Divine, the sure Lover who hides Her face and attracts us irresistibly forever towards the untiring game of embrace divine.
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Enthusiasm of the soul for progress

Equality

 Niranjan Guha Roy – 1984

Equality

There is only one way to get out of all these mental troubles. As the world is, it is very difficult to say this is right and that is wrong as we have attachments, preferences, preconceived ideas, not to mention about our personal reactions. Only when we can acquire a perfect detachment, an equality in the heart and the mind, there grows a possibility of seeing the movements as they are. We can develop an uncaring indifference or total detachment but that takes us gradually away from life at best towards the philosopher’s tower or a monastery, perhaps Buddhist. But if we have to live in the world amidst its battles and struggles, its hopes and deceptions, its thousand clashing forces, then first we must develop a warrior’s strength based on equality and then follow the dictates of the soul. As soon as we become aware of the soul, we become aware of another state of consciousness, different from the ordinary mind and heart and our search brings a progressive revelation of the Divine Mystery. Then remaining in the world yet above all conflicts, unaffected by any event, we do the Divine Will in the world, grow towards a new life more and more spiritual. But the secret soul in the heart must be found.
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Exposition to the transforming Light

Niranjan Guha Roy -1986

Exposition to the transforming Light

We have the born tendency to keep under the board all the dirty things. But the Divine Power that is active in the world will not allow us to do it anymore. Nobody would be able to hide the dirty linens. Nobody would be able to pass off as a Saint. All that is ignorant, obscure, ugly and painful will be exposed to Light and gradually transformed. It is true for the souls consciously aspiring for the divine transformation and true also for the world in general. The soul aspiring for a new life will feel a great joy in this process of cleaning up. But the ordinary human beings who cling to their ignorance and falsehood would feel the crushing pressure of circumstances obliging them to change their ways. Even if a few aspiring souls could open their heart mind body and soul to the transforming action of the divine force in a large measure, it would bring a vast rapid revolution in the world. In a way, this is a body happening, and the pace of revolution will only increase. This is a revolution in terms of consciousness. Gradually all the discords and murderous, selfish and ignorant tendencies will give place to a greater sympathy, cooperation and harmony. Men in desperation turn to marxism as an escape from the tyranny of the capitalist system. Each religion proclaims its supremacy. Change of politics, religion, country or society, nothing finally solves the problem. Man remains enclosed in his obscure human consciousness. Only by ascension to a higher luminous consciousness can he really come out of his uncertain perpetual crisis. In any case, he cannot have peace, security, harmony and happiness by remaining human. The lions of Durga will devour him if he does not take the right direction. This is true for the individual as well as groups and nations. This is the inevitable, irreversible action of the supramental force in dynamic movement in the earth consciousness. Those who are genuinely good at heart towards everyone will be helped by the Divine Mother. Aspiring souls enjoy Her protection.
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