“O lord! Lead me from unreal to the Real, from darkness to Light, and Lead me from the fear of death to Immortality.” -- Brihad Aranyakam Upanishad
Everything in the world that is
perishable, changing and undependable is considered unreal or delusive
like a mirage. “There is no happiness in the finite,” according
to Chhandogya Upanishad. The Real is Imperishable, Unchanging and
Dependable. It is our very Self called “Atman.”
Darkness is the ignorance of our inner
power, strength and potential. Lust, greed, desire for name and fame,
pride, arrogance, jealousy and narrow mindedness represent darkness,
just as the thirst for illusive physical pleasures represents
blindness. Those who have not experienced their True Self are blind.
Light is Self Realization. It is free from the gimmicks and deception
Fear of death will remain with those who
worship the body, sensual pleasures, mind, intellect and ego. We, as
our Atman, are above these. The only purpose of this invaluable human
life is to realize true and lasting Love as Mirabai and all saints have
realized. There is no other goal or way for man to be truly happy.
May we act now and make a sincere effort
to practice spiritual truth because God’s grace is always available to
us. We need only to open the sails of our heart. There, the wind of
love is constantly blowing. The inner voice is constantly broadcasting,
if only we would tune in and plug ourselves into that Power that is
also all around us!
-- Swami Radhanandaji