Swami Rama’s Address to The Meditation Center by Phone on Guru Purnima, July 29th, 1988
Swami Rama’s Address to The Meditation Center by Phone on Guru Purnima, July 29th, 1988 (Courtesy of AHYMSIN.org)
I pray to the Divinity in you.
This day, the day of Guru Purnima, is considered to be the holiest day for the students of life; for those that have been treading the path of light; for those aspiring to attain enlightenment in this lifetime. They remember this day and celebrate it by becoming aware the purpose of life is to attain enlightenment; the state of mind, internal state that makes one free from all pains and miseries.
So as you celebrate other days like Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, this is a little bit different, it is very auspicious. The student mentally, religiously follows the spiritual teaching imparted by the Tradition. For the Tradition is considered to be highest. It is a Tradition that follows truth that leads one to the highest peak of wisdom.
So you know in our Tradition there have been many, many sages. If you find any obstacles on the path there will be help. Always you will be guided by the spiritual beings; those who watch your progress. I want you to faithfully tread the path of light and life by doing your duties selflessly, lovingly, and skillfully in the external world and punctually meditate.
I want you to faithfully tread the path of light and life by doing your duties selflessly, lovingly, and skillfully in the external world, and punctually meditate. Meditation is one method that helps you fathom the internal states, those levels of life that are not normally understood by the human being. And in meditation you should be patient with yourself. You should gradually go ahead. Nothing is lost inside; everything is lost outside.
It is not an external method; it is an internal method. It is a journey within you. When you go from your gross self to your subtlest self of life, when you know yourself, you can relate well to the world.
Do not ever miss your meditation. Meditation is helpful in understanding yourself and knowing yourself. And the same meditation in action in daily life. While doing your duty in meditation, you remain aware of the Reality all the time.
This day is a day of determination. When you determine you do your sankalpa, you decide that I will devote my time and energy toward enlightenment and that I will attain enlightenment in this lifetime. Determination is one of the greatest powers, gifts, given to the human being by Providence. That sankalpa shakti should not be broken, should not be scattered. The more your mind becomes more one-pointed and inwards, the more you will find yourself. Sankalpa shakti, determination must be developed.
Be punctual. Learn to sit in meditation and do it systematically. See that your body is in a state of steadiness and is not uncomfortable either. Learn not to move in meditation. Learn to acquire, learn to have physical stillness first. Then make your breath serene without any noise, without any jerks, without any pause, and then you will find your mind becoming calmer. And whenever thoughts rush from the unconscious mind, learn to let-go. This sort of introspection will lead you to a deeper state.
A day will come when you can go beyond the mire of delusion created by your mind, and you will have control. Meditation, contemplation and prayer should go hand-in-hand. I pray to the mighty Lord to help you. I pray that you all will be happy and enjoy, and let the flower of your life bloom so you can serve one another and help others. Enjoy all the time. Be Happy! Learn to be happy.
What you do as human effort, let me tell you something: If you learn to do human effort sincerely, then that ascended power suddenly comes in touch with the descending power that is called kripa, blessings, as grace of God, grace of the Highest, grace of the Absolute One.
So human effort is sadhana that needs the grace of God. When you are doing your sadhana, you are bound to receive the grace from Providence, from the Highest Level.
May God bless you. I love you. I will continue praying for you. That is my wish for Guru Purnima Day.
I revere this day for I also have a guru. The spiritual path cannot be tread without kripa, guru’s graces. But if you want to have guru’s grace, you would have to have your own grace. You should make sincere efforts, and then the grace of God will come. Let you be graced today, the day which reminds you that you have to follow the path of enlightenment, loving all and excluding none. That is the way to the Divine.
Peace, Peace, Peace,
and May God Bless You.