The Teachings of Sri Tirtha Lal Mahanandhar
(The second notebook)
Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu
Ed: Sri Tirtha Lal was in the habit of composing a song in praise of Lord Shiva for the occasion of Shivaratri each year. Traditionally, the family and friends would gather at a spot in the woodland near the temple of Pashupati (Lord of Beings – an epithet of Lord Shiva Mahadev) to celebrate the day with food, teaching and song. Sometimes the words were in Sanskrit, sometimes Nepali, and maybe Hindi.
The following song was written for the Shivaratri of 16 February 1977. The words are Nepali and are evocative of the sound and rhythm of the dumaru, a small 2-sided drum that Shiva plays, and I have tried to write the Nepali words phonetically so that you might be able to get a sense of this sound...
"DUM - A - DUMARU"
“Dum-a dumaru baja-u, dumaru da-ra,
Mero hridaya kamala-ma la-una, Hara.”
Drum one note, O Drummer!
In the Lotus of my heart, O Hara!
Pa-un-ma Gyana, nitya nirantara,
Mero Bhagavan, Jaya Shiva Shankara!
The Knowledge of Thy Lotus Feet, forever,
My Lord, Jai Shiva Shankara.
Drum one note......
Yas-ma raheko, tin-a guna la-i,
Bhasma gar-a ‘ma’ timi-ma mila-i,
Bhasma bana-i, linu hos kaam,
Bhasmangita pani, ho ni naam.
In this (‘me’), the three gunas are kept.
Burn ‘me’ to ashes, - make me one with You
Having made those ashes, apply them, please,
O Wearer of Ashes, for this also is your name.
Drum one note......
Mari metin-e yo, metine de-u,
Balna baneko, balna de-u.
Sap-hana hun-e bho, jivana daam,
Jaya Shiva Shankara, mero Baghavan.
In death, one has to be wiped out, so wipe it out,
It has to be burnt, so let it be burnt.
Then life’s pilgrimage will be successful,
Jai Shiva Shankara, my Lord.
Drum one note......
Nihalo hairda, bahira bhitra,
Saba-ma Shiva eka lukeko.
Abirala Bhakti, de-u ma-han,
Jaya Shiva Shankara, mero Bhagavan.
Seeing minutely, outside and in,
In everything, Shiva alone I see hidden.
O give me that great unbreakable love,
Jai Shiva Shankara, my Lord.
Drum one note......
Mahima apara, he Bhubaneshwara,
Dhanya dhanya, prabhu Jagadishwara.
Lyo, Hari-Hara mero, koti pranaam,
Jaya Shiva Shankara, mero Bhagavan.
Glorious, infinite play, O Bhubaneshwara,
Adoration to You, O Master of the World!
O Hari-Hara, please accept my countless bows,
Jai Shiva Shankara, my Lord.
Drum one note......
Ed: This is so beautiful. Hopefully I’ll be able to recover many more such Shivaratri songs and present them in another section here. Better than that would be recordings of them sung to the original music. Who knows........ one day, perhaps.
Shivaratri, 16 February 1977 -Tape transcription
Only one thing, you know, we have to change. One, one atom. It is not necessary that we have to change this whole atmosphere, - no. Blast one atom, you know, and everything will be blasted – the whole atmosphere will be changed. If it is hot now, that will turn into cold; and if that is cold, it will be turned into heat.
So one thing, - we have to understand one thing, and God, - He also is one alone. Although He looks to be many, in different forms He is there, no, but He alone is there. So understand alone. The moment you will understand that One alone, you will understand everything.
But if you try to understand a lot of other things, then you will not know anything. Therefore, first understand one thing. That is why I have requested you people, you know, to sit in one way, to have one deity – everything one way – one, one, one, because He is one, so it should be one first.
And you are not two, and nobody here is two, - all are one, see, but looks two. This is the illusion, and because of this illusion, we are in trouble. When we will understand this Real One – then you will understand everything. The whole creation is within that One, and that One is very big as well as very small, the smallest possible, what you say, and within that One, everything is existing, - if it is existing, otherwise that One alone is existing.
That One, the Real, - rest are nothing but one alone – That. Nothing in this sense, - those that you see, you know, are nothing but He alone. So this whole universe, or this creation, whatever we see, is nothing but He alone. This is His mystery, and this is what we have to understand. And to understand this mystery we have to try with one, not with many.
See, we walk, isn’t it so, - and that is also with one step, first – so every time, one step, - this is how we walk and we reach the destination. How many steps are there? Only one step! Every time there is only one step. So go one step ahead, - then you will reach to the goal.
Tape transcript – 28 February 1977
How do you feel? You said, “Much more practice is needed; I want to get more concentration”. Why is that? “Because the interest is there – there is a little taste, yes? But not for long enough. - I want to go deeper for longer”.
I mean, you can just see, in this stage of your mind, oh how deep you have to go to have the real taste of the Real Self, isn’t it so? This is what you can feel now. Suppose, just to have a touch, you have been with me for five years continually, isn’t it so? Now you feel, yes, the taste which you have to have, that is only possible when you will have this real concentration. Suppose if you will have that concentration, what not you will feel then?
So concentration is essential - very, very essential. Just as you take an axe to chop a log, if you strike randomly – sometimes here, sometimes there, you know, - you cannot break it into pieces. But if you hit right at the same place where you have hit before, and go on hitting in the same way in the same place, then it will soon be broken into pieces. This is how it is, you know, - unless you concentrate on one point, you cannot get out of this mind. It is so strong, - the strongest thing in the world or in this creation, to conquer which it is not a joke.
For that you must strive hard, and the only way to break down the mind is to concentrate. Use it – sit as much as you can. Nothing doing, - for what are you here? To get That, - to realize the Self.
When it is true that you are here, from London, you are here so far, such a long distance you have covered; and you left your family, your belongings, everything, your society – why? Just to get It. When you have done this much, I say it is not sufficient. Perhaps you were thinking before that this is sufficient, - no. After that you came and you started hearing me, and you thought maybe this will be sufficient, - no. The more you go, the more you need, see?
Then you thought, well, I have prescribed some book and I have prescribed some technique for practice, and all these things, - and perhaps you thought, well, if I do for a couple of days, or weeks or months, then I will get it, - no. This is not the point here. Lives together, you know, you have to sacrifice. And you have to stick up on one point. You don’t know when the blessing of God you will get. The day you will get it, you will get it, otherwise, go on doing.
So, Krishna has also said in the Bhagavad-Gita, you know, you are not supposed to think about the fruit, you are supposed to think about your own duty only, - not of the fruit. Similarly, you practise here. When you will get – that is not your headache – it is the headache of the Supreme, or that is the headache of the guru or guide, what you say.
He wants to see how you are; whether you are doing correctly or not, - this is what He wants to see. Once He sees, yes, you are to the point.... as I told you before also, like plaster of paris or a heap of clay – you ask an artist to make a model of a god – Lord Shiva, whatever it is, Christ, or whatever you want – your duty is to give. Now he will take that clay and see whether it is useful or not for what you want. So if not, he will add so many chemicals or other things and he will bang on it, he will take out all the dirt, whatever is there and he will make it perfectly ok.
He will test from his angle. It is not that it is to be tested from your angle – no. If you think ‘I am correct’, then you are wrong. It is up to his way of testing. If he sees, yes it is, then he will take that and he will make that model.
Similarly, you people under the guidance of certain people, you know, who really want to help you, - they want to test that; they want to know whether you, the heap of clay or mud is fit or not. Likewise the God also sees whether you are the right one for that right thing, or not. Whether you deserve or not. That is, He will see. Unless you deserve, you will not have His blessing.
So, to get His blessing, we should deserve. So we should be prepared. Go on doing. Until you get His blessing, think that you are not to the point. So go ahead, go ahead, go ahead. This is how it is. Practise we must. Practice only is the life, nothing else. You know, we have practised since time unknown that ‘I am this, I am this, I am this”, so we have turned into this body now. Similarly we have to practise, ‘I am not this, I am not this, I am the Supreme’. Go ahead practising this way and one day it will so happen you are not to be affected, - that is surrender. What is surrender? I am not this, and I am unto Thy Lotus Feet – of the Supreme. Means what? I am That, not this, isn’t it so?
So this is what you should develop, and you should develop in such a way that one day you will know, oh yes, I am really That.
Since time unknown, you have practised being called Mr. So-and-So. Now only you are fit and say ‘I am this’, isn’t it so? No need of doing anything now. If anybody calls you, you say ‘yes, I am’ whenever they call your name. You have not to do any japa or meditation on this body because you are so practised. So practised that the moment someone calls, you are ready. So this habit which you have been having since time unknown, - well, you have to change the habit of being this into being that Supreme. You should think ‘I am that Supreme’.
How many years and how many centuries it will take, you don’t know that. It depends on your practice. The more you are strong to think about the Supreme, that ‘I am That’, the more you are getting near to Him. In the same way that you are called by somebody and answer, ‘Yes, I am’, in the same way you should develop your practice so much that anytime anybody calls the Real Self, you have to say, ‘Yes, I am That, - what do you want?’ Like that, you know, you should be sure that I am That only; not this, nothing else. Or, whatever you see in this creation, which is within you, - nothing but Myself.
There are two ways – either you see ‘I alone is existing, that alone ‘I’ is existing, One alone, - or the whole thing is nothing but myself. Once you develop this practice, you will know that I alone am existing. What is this ‘I’? This whole creation is nothing but myself. This is how you will see. Throughout this whole world or entire creation, whatever you see, whatever form it is, - it is yours. And if you will go just above this you will see, well, I alone am existing, nothing (separate) is existing there. Both are the same.
If something is existing, it is in Me. All the forms are nothing – it is all just imagination, you know, and in fact I alone am existing. As for example, you can see a lot of different designs in gold, but in fact what are all these designs? All these designs are nothing but the gold alone. Wherever you see a mark, within that mark also it is only gold existing.
Similarly the whole creation. Within this creation, whatever form you see, that form is nothing but you alone. If you analysed each and every part of the form, nothing is there except you. This you will see very clearly when you will come to that maturity of practice. Then you will like to stay as That, just as you are liking to stay in this body now, isn’t it so?
So you are That only. So what should we say? Ordinary men, - what will they think? ‘Oh, he is a man of this body’, - but in fact you have no body. You are totally off from this body, and you are That. That you are. So people, they don’t understand, that is why they say, ‘Oh yes, he is Mr. So-and-So’. So this is how it is going. So this is just a mark, you know? A mark which covers You, the real, - and this is how the world is going on. This is the play of the world, or of the Supreme, whatever you say.
So to reach that point, go on thinking, thinking, thinking, - and this is what you think – ‘I am That, I am That’. Some say – some of the Rishis or sages, the wise people – realized persons, they have said, well, put this question in you, ‘Who am I?’ But I say, no, I am That! Instead of putting this question ‘Who am I?’ say ‘I am That, I am nothing else but I am That’. Be sure of that, stick up on this point and one day you will be That alone. You know? I am That, I am That, I am That – go on thinking of this. Nothing else. I am That alone. This is how you have to practice.
It is one and the same – ‘Who am I? – instead of putting the question like this, why don’t you say, ‘I am That’? Same thing. To whom will you put this question when entirely you know you are not this? The whole world is not yourself and this body is not yourself – all coming and going, - are not real, I mean. So people, they think that when I am not this, who am I? Well, I say you have gone through so many scriptures, you have heard a lot of things from a lot of different people, including myself, - it is true that this body is not yours, and it is true the Supreme alone is existing, - that is only the Truth. So instead of putting this question, ‘Who am I’ – it is clear that only the One Supreme is existing. Then why do you have to ask? I am That! I am That Supreme alone, not this body.
You know? Not even this thing you have to think that ‘I am not this body’ – why? You have understood this thing that you are not this body, isn’t it so? By talk, by hearing different people, by reading books, you have understood up to this time, that you are not this body, and it is true that everyone is saying the same thing. Then why should you have to put this question ‘I am not this, then who am I?’ So no need of putting this question. Instead of wasting time like this, what I say is ‘I am That. That Supreme alone’. You know?
Rise like this and stick up on that, that I am That alone. Go on thinking that I am the Supreme alone. To whomever you direct your practice, your deity – say I am that Deity. I am That. So one day it will so happen you will be That alone. Because you think that I am Mr. So-and-so all the time – that is why you are now in this form, and whenever somebody calls you, you say ‘Oh yes, I am’. When somebody calls you by your name from a distance, ‘Oh, Mr. So-and-So!’ – the moment they call, you say ‘Oh yes, Iam’. How? Because you have practiced this way, that I am this. So when you can practise this way, why can’t you practice that way also? – That I am That Supreme? Develop this habit – thinking that I am That Supreme – so that whenever someone calls, you know, you are That.
So, whatever you think you will turn into that. So have a strong feeling. What people do, you know, - the man who wants money, he always thinks of that, so he gets money. Isn’t it so? There is one saying – habit makes a man perfect. Practice or habit, it is one and the same. So develop that habit. It is nothing but imagination that I am here in this body. What is this body? Nothing is here except you. When you can develop this habit to believe something that is nothing but imagination alone, - which is not true in fact, and that untruth, the unreal, you can make solid with your practice, - why can you not develop this habit for the Real?
Real is real - It is true, - and so to develop this sort of practice or habit that ‘I am the Supreme which is real in reality’ – I think you don’t need as much effort or time as it has taken to make the unreal seem real! Understand? The unreal you have to imagine, and on that you have to stick up so much, then only it turns into ‘real’, isn’t it so? But here, this is real all the time, so for this Real, what sort of effort do you have to make? Not as much as you have made for this unreal. So I think you can come to this point very quickly because you are that Real, and that is the Truth. So develop this.
You have a bad habit say,– of taking alcohol for example, eh? And you so habituated to drinking that – you know now, the result you have seen – well, it is not good, is it? It is spoiling you, but you are in the clutch of your habit, such that you cannot stand to be without that drink – even knowingly, still you have to use it. Well, when you practice a little bit, you will know it is not good to say ‘I am’, but your habit is so strong that you cannot say ‘I am not this’.
So this is how it is with this body – with this life. Who are you, man? Nothing is here. When it is true there is nothing, why are you standing in this manner? This is the habit. One day this body will be a headache for you, just like that alcohol. That you are thinking of this body, you know, oh, you can’t help it because you are so habituated to thinking this from time unknown, and to get rid of this, it is really a job. It requires time. The more you stick up in your real form, you know, Reality, the Truth, - then gradually it will be off. Once it is off, it is off forever.
For this, practice is needed. Suppose here is a glass of tea, but you don’t want the tea in it. Maybe it is bad for your health and you want milk instead, so what you have to do, you have to throw out the tea, empty the glass and fill it with milk. The moment you pour out the tea, the glass will be empty, and then you can put the milk in it. Similarly, you have to throw out the idea, ‘I am here’ – this ego; pour out this ‘I am this body’ idea, and what happens, it is empty. So you have to be empty first. Nothing is there. The moment you are empty, this nectar, this milk, will gradually come within, - will gradually come in you.
I have given you the example of milk – well, you can say, what if you want ether? You have not to fill up anything – automatically it is filled with ether the moment it is empty. Similarly, this Supreme who is omnipotent and omnipresent, you know, you don’t have to fill anything – it is there. The moment you are free, you are empty of this ego feeling, the Supreme is there. So empty you must be first. Just to be empty, what you have to do, just think ‘I am That alone’. “I am That Supreme alone, not this ego.
Suppose somebody wants to enter your room. If you pay them respect they will come in and disturb you, but if you don’t pay any attention to their coming or going, what happens? Sooner or later they won’t come to bother you. Similarly, develop so much in this practice thinking ‘I am That Supreme’ and don’t pay any attention, don’t give any chance to think about this body, this mind, this ego, whatever you say, - whether this body is existing or not existing – don’t think about it. When you develop this kind of habit in you, what happens? One day, automatically, just like an unwelcome visitor, this body, this mind, - will go.
We give respect all the time, thinking, ‘Oh, something will happen to my body; oh, my body must not suffer this way; oh, I must have... etc. etc. See, every time from dawn to dusk you say ‘I, I, I, - my, my, my’ – this is how you are paying respect to your body, and because of that you are suffering. So give up this habit of saying ‘I, I. I, my, my’ –there is neither ‘I’ nor ‘my’ here, no – where is my ‘I’? In Hindi, ‘mai’ means mother and ‘ai’ means ‘came’; the ‘mother (of all) came’ – where did mother come? Nothing came here. ‘Ai-mai’ means ‘woman in Nepali – we are all created from woman, all this world – the cause of trouble - is created through her. The moment you will stick up like this and will not pay attention to this ‘I-my’, you are free. Forever you are free. This is how it is, you know.
Practise we must, so think ‘I am That, I am That, I am That’. Don’t say that this body, I am that – no, not this way – then always you are paying respect to this body again. No, ‘That’ alone is I – there is no body, I am not talking about the body, - don’t make this mistake. These two ways are always open to you, but this is the wrong way. Forget this completely, this ‘I’, this ego. I, the Supreme, the Truth, Real in Reality, is alone I – is That. I am That alone, - I, that Supreme, is myself. Nothing else here.
One has not to even think about ‘nothing else’. You understand? When you go deeper, you don’t have to think about this ‘nothing else’, - why should you have to think about it? When it is true that nothing is existing except you, why should you have to think about ‘nothing’? When you say ‘nothing’, it means there is something again This is another trouble. So I am That alone – like that, you know? Don’t touch here and there. The moment you touch, this ‘I-my’ will give you trouble. If you say ‘nothing’, what is this ‘nothing’ then? So don’t go here and there. Just That, That alone. Thou art That, That alone you be. No need of thinking, - don’t think anything except this. I am That alone.
Stay here, where you are. This is how you have to develop your practice. The more you will develop this way, the more you will be sure of Yourself, and you will realize, you know? One day, what will happen? Nothing is there. Isn’t it so? When you are not paying attention to anything, whatever comes on your way, what happens? One day it will so happen no-one will come. Nothing will happen there. You alone are there, and you are That alone.
Like that – suppose you are in your room and you are not paying any attention to sound, touch, smell, - like this – nothing you are thinking.... For instance, when you sit for concentration, what happens, you think of Yourself, the Supreme, isn’t it so? When you are fully concentrated, see, you forget your body-consciousness also. Likewise you forget everything. Forget everything in this sense, - you remember Yourself, You, the real Self. Stay there, - nothing will come because nothing is there. Except you, nothing is there.
This is all your imagination. This is because of this ‘I-my’, you know. Everything is going on like this. The entire creation is because of this ‘I-my’. So this is all imagination. So when this imagination is not real, you know it is unreal – that is why it is coming and going, it is changing all the time – but You are unchangeable, the Truth, the Real in reality, - so stay there. That is what we have to develop.
What is this practice? You are habituated to imagining so many things, so just to wipe out this imagination we are applying another imagination. You have been asked to do this practice – this, that, think this, this, you know – this is all imagination, nothing else. Here is nothing. No practice. Who is going to do practice, for what? Except You, when there is none, who is going to practise what? Who is that man to speak and to guide you? There is none. No guide. If you think I am guiding you, no – here I alone am existing. Neither are you here to listen to me, you know? Here is no disciple and no guru. Nothing of this sort. Here is no scripture, no God or Goddess. No creation entirely. You alone is there. So who is going to guide whom then? And who is listening to whom then? What is coming and what is going then?
Nothing coming, nothing going. Whether this world exists or doesn’t exist, you have nothing to do with it, because You alone are there. Everything is nothing but your imagination. This you will know clearly when you will know Yourself. That is the Truth. ‘Oh, I am unchangeable. I am ever-free, the Truth alone. Never was there any creation in Me, nor is there any creation now, nor will there be any creation in future. Never, you know?
That Truth alone you have to remember. Think, practise, and stick up on That and automatically you will forget. If you are looking at me you won’t see anything behind you. Likewise, automatically leaving means you don’t have to leave. The moment you concentrate on me, automatically everything will not be seen. Everything will disappear from you because you are concentrating here. You are not concentrating on me, and that is why you are seeing different things. This is how it is. The moment you concentrate on Yourself, nothing will be there.
If you are losing your concentration on that Truth, then that is why you are seeing so many things. This is how the mind moves, you know, - you see the world if it is not concentrated or if it is concentrated, you will see Yourself clearly. This is the Truth here. Either this scale or that scale. With these two things the mind is seeing and functioning but you have developed seeing only one side, this world, and you are tired of this, so now you have to develop the other side. So see this thing, but when you will be habituated, what happens, you will know, then you will see that the mind also is not there because mind also is an imaginary thing.
Once you will see – oh! But first you have to develop seeing the Supreme, this is what I said, - concentration. Once you develop this habit of seeing Yourself, what happens, you will be concentrated so much that your mind will be dissolved – because it is also not true. In front of the light, darkness cannot stand. Likewise, in front of the real Self or Reality, the Truth – this unreal imaginary mind cannot exist; it will have no existence. It was never, so it will never be. This is how it is.
So what happens, then you will see there is no mind through which you will see this world, and there is no mind through which you will see yourself, because You Yourself is there because mind does not exist. So You alone will remain, the Truth alone will remain, you know, the untruth, everything will be finished forever. It wasn’t there, it is not there, it will not be there. So what remains then? You alone remain. That is the Truth.
This is how we should practise. Now this mind which is bending towards the world, which is imagining so many things – instead of thinking of this body, the world and creation, we have to develop our practice to bend towards the Truth. Once our mind is bent towards the Truth, it so happens, you know, that this mind also will be finished – because it is nothing but imagination, - and the truth alone will remain, isn’t that so?
Tape transcript – 28 February 1977
Whatever you have to speak, speak. Don’t hold on to it and don’t suppress what you have in your mind, you know? Go ahead. If you don’t speak, or vomit, what you have in your mind, then you will not be clear. Inside and outside, you have to be clear, otherwise that will turn into latent impression, what you say – VASANA, and if you are suppressing one after another, one day it will blast! That suppressed feeling that you have in your mind, one day it will be full and it will blast like the atom. It may take any damn form and it may damage any amount of your energy.
So, to reach that height where there is no good and bad, which is beyond good and bad, you should be clear. ‘Oh, I want to say this thing’ – you know, you have this feeling you want to speak but because of something, you think again, ‘Oh no, I must not’ – don’t suppress this way. Clear you must be, from the inside, whatever you feel, you say. It may be wrong or it may be right, but what of that? Because you are neither right nor wrong. You are beyond that.
Right and wrong, as we say in this world, are not the real thing. Beyond this is the Real, which is ever pure, you know. That is Truth. You know this fire, - if you light a candle and don’t take care of it, it may burn the whole house, the whole area, man, what not! Just a small flame, isn’t it? But one small flame can destroy the whole universe. Like this, one small feeling, if you don’t take care of it – make yourself clear – it may blast the whole universe.
So we must take care of each and every word we say and have in our mind. Mind should be clear at all times, just as we clean our mirror, as we always clean our room and wash our clothes every time, you know. If you don’t wash your cloth, what happens? The day will come when it will be covered in dirt. You may not see it now, but even a little dust may be there, but if you think, ‘Oh, this dust will not harm my cloth’, then gradually the dust will accumulate, increasing so much that one day, you know, you can’t wash it and even have to throw it away. Similarly, these minor things we do not say – what of that? No, you are wrong then; you are definitely doing wrong. You must be clean, every time! Every day you have to clean yourself.
So the physical cleanliness as well as the mental cleanliness is essential. As much as you can, make yourself clean – clean from all sides, from outside and inside. Then only you can reach to that Pure, the cleanest clean, what you say. In every action in your day to day life, you must be clear like that. If there is something you cannot understand or have not understood, don’t think, ‘Oh, if I go all the time to my guru, what will he say? It will be a headache for him that I am asking this question, that question’, - you know, well, that is also no good. Till you are clear, put that question, a hundred times, a thousand times, it doesn’t matter, but be sure you are clear.
From each and every angle you must be clear. You know? Once you are clear in all respects, you are clear. So you are developing towards the cleanliness, and that cleanliness will take you to the real Pure. That is the Truth.
So, the thing here is that all is imagination, I tell you. So this ‘I-my’ is the cause of imagination because you have thought ‘I’. What is this ‘I’? This is your imagination. You are not this ‘I’. I is the Truth. You have forgotten yourself and you are thinking ‘I am this’. This is how you have imagined. This is why you are in trouble. So to get rid of this, you have to be empty – means you must be clear all the time. The more you are clear, the more this will be empty. So long as the dirt is there, day after day, one layer after another, what happens is that one time this mirror, this glass will be completely covered, isn’t it so? But if you clean it every day there is no chance for the dirt to remain. If you are cleaning every day, so all the time you are pure. So this is how it is.
So don’t pay any respect to whatever comes on your way to disturb you. Clean away the dirt, whatever comes. You should be pure like that. Once you wash means washed – means don’t pay attention to that. So you have to wash, wash that dirt, then you are pure.
Otherwise, one small mistake can lead to any result. For instance, modern scientists have made such a dangerous weapon – missiles and all these things – but see, if they make one tiny mistake, disaster may come to the world. Isn’t it so? Anything can happen. A small mistake, see? So even the smallest mistake can spoil everything. The smallest mistake you already did, that is why you are in this body, look! What have you done! You haven’t made such a big mistake, no – just the smallest mistake possible, and just because of that you are in trouble – in the trap of this ‘I-my’, this creation.
Here you have to suffer in the womb of ‘I-my’-‘Ai-mai’ (woman) and what not you have to do? Nine months you have to stay there – there is blood; all damn dirty things are there as long as you are entrapped in that womb. After that, again you were born; again you are in trouble – the whole life is full of trouble. See? One mistake –one single small mistake, isn’t it so?
So we have to eradicate this mistake completely, then you are free. This is what it is. This is our philosophy, our life. This is what all the realized persons came and said and all the scriptures are speaking. This is the Truth. Because in you there is no mistake, never! The Real in Reality, this Truth, the Real Supreme, whatever you say, - your Self – in You there is no mistake.
So in general terms people say, ‘Oh, in God there is no mistake; God doesn’t make any mistake’. What does it mean? If He makes any mistake, He is also in the trap like us. You understand? So, in Him there is no mistake. So that is why there is no creation in Him. Why no creation? You will see one day that this is so – creation means mistake. What is creation? Creation is nothing but a mistake. So there is no creation. This is how it goes and it is the Truth – no creation, never!
So stick up on That. Develop this habit, you know? And one day you will be That alone. Calm, so calm, like the ocean – without waves, and even if there is a wave – in time later you will see, the wave is nothing but water alone. From the eyes of water, if you will see, water alone is there; where is wave? We say ‘wave’ because of our mistake, isn’t it so? The bubbles that we see in the water are nothing but water alone and the bubble we see is nothing but our mistake. Where is the bubble there? What is ice? Only water is there. To see ice as something different is our mistake. This is how it is. We say, we think, ‘This is this and that is that’ and this is our mistake.
So don’t think ‘this and that’, you know? That is why I said stick up on that truth alone. Say ‘I am, I am alone; I alone am That Supreme’. Don’t say this body is ‘I’ and I am that – again you are making mistake. So I alone am existing – nothing else. Nothing? What is this ‘nothing’? When it is nothing, why do you have to say ‘nothing’? You understand? This is what I have said before. So, nothing doing here – don’t think of anything else except You. You alone is real, rest is all unreal.
This is our life. Just for this we are here. Once we come to this point, we have done our duty. This is our real duty, - not to earn money, do this, that, go here, there – you know? All sorts of things, whatever we see in the world, is not our duty – this is not the real duty we are doing. This is all imagination. All imaginary work, you know.
The intoxicated man – look how he moves – this is how we are. We are intoxicated with ‘I’, and because of that we are loitering here and there, in the street. There are a lot of chances to get hit by a car or motorbike, this or that, you know – to fall in a drain – to lie down in the street. Anything can happen. You could get a good blow from someone – or the wall, because you are so intoxicated. So the man who has not realized himself is nothing but intoxicated. Actually, I would say the drunk, the man who wanders in the street with a bottle of whisky – I would not say he is the drunkard. I’ll say you people, the real drunkard is yourself, because you have not realized yourself. You have been intoxicated for so long, so much by this ‘I-my’ that you have forgotten your Self. You are not in your own consciousness – you are unconscious. Although you think ‘I am conscious’, you are conscious of this intoxication only – not your own real consciousness.
So rise above this intoxication and come to your real consciousness. Then we are free, ever free because That is what we are – Ever Free. So think of this, your Self – develop this habit and get out of this intoxication.
Hari Om, Tat Sat.