“The Upanishad says, “Purnam adah: that origin of all things is full; purnam idam: this entire creation that has come from that origin of all things is also full; purnat purnamudachyate: from that Full this Full has come; purnasya purnam adaya: having taken away this Full from that Full; purnam evavasisyate: the Full still remains unaffected.”
If we take something from something, the source is supposed to be diminished in its content to the extent of that which has been taken away from it. This is common arithmetic. If we take something from something, the quantum of content in the original reservoir is lessened. If the world has come from God, some part of God must have gone to constitute this world and, to that extent, God must be less. Is it so?
The Upanishad says it is not so. If we take away infinite from infinite, the Infinite is not reduced in any way, because one cannot take away anything from the Infinite. Therefore, if this so-called infinite of creation is taken to have emanated from that supreme Fullness of Infinity, it need not follow that there is some diminution of content in the original Fullness. After the emanation of this full universe from the full Origin, the Fullness still continues to be as it was, undiminished.” – Lessons from the Upanishads by Swami Krishnananda, Divine Life Society
“Swami has always existed. He exists now and will continue to exist in future. He takes various forms just like the water vapour transforms into water and further transforms into ice. The divinity materialises in various forms to that man can touch, feel and experience it. It is difficult to comprehend this phenomenon as man bound by the limitation of time, space and circumstances. Human effort is needed to understand this Truth. If you tell a child that stars are bigger than the moon, he may not believe you as he sees the moon bigger than the stars. If you explain the same to higher class boys, they would understand the logic and accept it. If you tell a child that the sun rises in the East and sets in the West, he would immediately believe it as he understands the concept of directions. If you tell him that sun neither rises nor sets and it is earth which rotates about its own axis, he would not believe you. He believes in what he can see and experience with his own physical eyes.
But there is much more to absolute reality that lies beyond the physical eyes. Lord Shiva has a third eye. It is not the physical eye but the faculty of inner vision. It is represented as an eye on the forehead. It takes a bit of analysis and effort to understand the reality that lies beyond physical sensory perception.
Here is an example: consider steam, water and ice. What is the difference in them? All of these forms are essentially the same compound. Can we hold steam in our hands and taste it? In order to hold water in your hands, you will need to condense steam into liquid water and into ice!” – Extract from the Subtle body discourse of Swami
Here is an interesting story about Swami’s surprise visit to London in 1993. One fine Sunday Morning, Mr. K. N. P. Nayar answered the doorbell to find Swami standing at his door. Mr. Nayar and wife then took Baba on a sightseeing tour of London which is described in this video in great detail.
On the holy day of Shivaratri in 1962, which fell on 4 March, Baba advised the thousands who had witnessed the emergence of two golden Lingas from Him, “Why do you discuss and debate among yourselves about My nature, My Mystery, My miracle, My reality? Fish cannot gauge the sky; the gross can grasp only the gross.”
“The eye cannot see the ear, though it is so near. When you cannot reach down to your own reality, why waste time trying to explore the essence of God? You are like a Telugu audience sitting through a Tamil picture, or a Malayali sitting through a Japanese film. The nuances, the subtler significances, the deeper meanings and interrelationships, the inner patterns of the fabric, are beyond your understanding. Sit through the entire film; master the language and the technique; watch earnestly and vigilantly and try to imbibe the meaning of every gesture, act and word; then, you may know Me, a little.”
Earlier Darshan was meditation. When you walked into Prashanthi Nilayam and saw Swami, you forgot everything else. You would have one pointed concentration on Swami. That is meditation. Now, meditation is darshan. Now if you can keep your mind concentrated on Swami, you will experience his His Presence – not only within you but even outside. – Subtle Body Discourse, 22nd June 2014 at Singapore
Earlier I was available to everyone, as I took on the human form just like you and came down to the physical world to be with you, walk amongst you, help you experience what Divinity is like, what pure love is like. Now the public show is over. If you want to meet the Actor, you have to be go backstage. and for that, you have to have a pass. Purity is the pass.
– Subtle Body Discourse, 12th July 2014 at Muddenahalli
“Purity is always present in the heart. Just as the chaff covers the grain of rice, purity is covered by the chaff of impurities. If you wish to eat the grain of rice, you need to remove the chaff first. If you want to eat a banana, you have to remove the peel first. If you want to eat an orange, you have to remove the rind. The heart is always pure, but it is covered by desires. Desires make the heart impure. What kind of desires? The bitter rind around the orange is like the selfish desires you have; they pollute the heart. That makes the purity unavailable to you. If you remove that selfish desires, you will immediately experience the the purity of your heart. So, the next time you go to Lord Ganesha temple, don’t tell him, “Ganesha, let me score the top marks in my mathematics examination.” You should say, “Let all of us score top marks in our mathematics examination”.
– Subtle Body Discourse, 16th May 2014 at Kodaikanal
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