1979, 18 SEPTEMBER, DMC, ICELAND

HUMAN LIFE AND ITS GOAL{purely Original Discourse}

SHRII SHRII A´NANDAMU´RTI

18th September 1979, DMC, Reykjavik, ICELAND

The subject of today’s discourse is “Human Life and Its Goal”.

Humans come to the earth for a very short span.

And within this short span they have to do so many duties.

When the span is short, not a moment should be wasted. And it is desirable they should know their goal and the path from the very beginning of their life.

One must not wait for old age.

That is, the correct path a man should know & the correct destination or desideratum, a man should know from the early stage of the life.

But what is the Goal, and what is the Path? – That is the question.

So many books, so many scriptures, say so many things: “Do this.” “Do that.” What to do?

A common man fails to understand what to do and what not to do. There are so many social codes – what to do and what not do.

There are so many dos and so many don’t s.

The Spiritual aspirants fail to know what to do.

The Great men who reached the Goal say that, “Don’t be misguided by so many books and so many theories and so many dogmas.

Be guided by the established Yogis.”

Who is a Yogi? What is Yoga?

There are so many definitions by so many scholars.

But the accepted principle regarding Yoga is “Saḿyoga Yoga ityukto Jiivatma Paramatmanah”.

Some people say that Yoga means “Yogashcittavrttinirodhah”, and who has been established in this practice is a Yogi.

And what is Yogashcittavrttinirodhah?

It means, Nirodha means “suspension”.

That is, “Cittavrttinirodha” means “suspension of all psychic propensities”.

You know, if all psychic propensities are suspended mind becomes actionless.

But actionlessness of mind doesn’t mean that you have achieved the Goal.

Because when a man is in a senseless condition, in that case also the mind remains actionless.

So this definition of Yoga cannot be accepted.

Another definition of Yoga is “Sarvacintaparityago nishcinto Yogam ucyate”.

When there is thoughtlessness, that stage is Yoga” that is when mind becomes free from all thoughts, you know when mind becomes free from all thoughts, it is also a stage of vacuum. It cannot be Yoga, because the word Yoga means “unification”, and thoughtlessness is a negative stage.

Cittavrttinirodha”, that is, “Suspension of propensities” is also a negative stage.

The correct interpretation is, “Yoga means ‘unification’.”

Unification by whom, with whom?

Saḿyoga yoga ityukto jiivatma Paramatmanah”.

Unification of the unit self with the Cosmic Self is Yoga.”

When your little “I” becomes one with your Great “I”, that state is the stage of Yoga.

And the man and the spiritual aspirant who has attained that state, in that stage, he is a Yogi.

Now you have to follow the path of Yogi.

And where doth lie the Desideratum, the Goal of life?

It is hidden within your “I” feeling. It lies coverted within your “I” feeling.

What is “I” feeling?

Everybody has got a sense of “I”. “I am doing.” “I am Mr. Henry.” “I am such-and-such.” “I belong to Iceland.” “I am Josephine.” “I am the owner of this house.” “I go to airport to receive Baba.” [laughter] So many “I”s; crowd of “I”s.

Now what is “I”?

When you come in contact with something, something external, in the first phase your eye is the subject – this eye [gestures], not pronoun “I”.

Your eye is the subject, and that object which you see is the object. So in the first phase, your eyes are what “I”.

Then what does happen?

These eyes they are mere gates of your “sense of vision”. So and the optical nerve is the medium.

A particular point in the brain is the subject, and these external eyes are the objects.

So in the second phase, a particular portion of your brain is your “I”, and these physical eyes are object.

Then in the third phase, your doer “I” – “I am doing,” “I am seeing,” “I am eating” – that I is your I, and that particular portion of the brain is the object “I”.

That object “I” cannot see without your support.

Suppose you are moving along the road, and thinking something – that is, your doer “I” is engaged in some other business.

In that case, even if an elephant come in front of you, you won’t see it, because you are engaged in thought.

So that I is the “I”, the inner “I”, with whose permission that portion of brain sees the external object with the help of your eyes, gates of vision.

And finally, the feeling that “I exist,” “I am,” is the “I”.

But that “I” also is not the Supreme “I”.

I exist” is not the Supreme.

Behind that “I exist” feeling there is another “I”, “I know that I exist.”

This “I” of “I know” is the actual “I”.

Everybody know that he exists. That knowing entity is the “I”, and the existing entity is the second phase of “I”, not the final “I”.

So this I know this Knowing I is Individual I or I’s.

That I is your Individual Supreme I and there is the Universal Supreme “I”, who knows that you know that you exist.

Who knows that you know that you exist?

That “I” is the Supreme “I”, that “I” is the Supreme Consciousness.

That “I” is the Parama Purusa. And for that “I”, common men use the term “God”.

That is nothing can be done secretly.

That “I” sees everything.

And if you always remain conscious of the fact that, That Supreme “I” is seeing whatever you are doing –not only doing whatever you are thinking, – you won’t be depraved, you won’t get degenerated in your life.

And that “I” is the Desideratum, that “I” is the final Terminus of all your marches through different waves of propensities.

So Suspension of mind, or making the mind free from all thoughts, is not the last word of Yoga.

The last word is “Moving your individual Supreme “I” towards that universal Supreme “I”, and unifying your individual supreme “I” with the universal Supreme “I”. That is the final word of Yoga.

Now regarding the Goal, regarding the Desideratum, it is the final word.

But what should be the Path?

What should be the mode of approach? How to do?

How to come in HIS close contact?

How to be one with HIM – how to be unified with HIM?

Some people say that, “Go on doing good work, you will be coming in HIS contact You will be one with HIM.”

Let us see what is Work.

That is, “Follow the path of the Actional faculty and you will one with HIM.”

What is Action? What is Actional faculty?

Action means change of place. The bolster is here, it is here. There has been change of place.

So I have done some action.

The Action means change of place.

Now in physical stratum, you are always engaged in Actional faculties in changes of place.

We are moving, we are loving, we are eating, we are laughing – we do so many things. All are actions.

But by dint of one’s actional faculty how can one come in HIS contact?

And there is another thing: action may lead you towards the Goal, towards the Universal Self, and action may drift you away from the Universal Self.

There may be bad actions.

So by dint of Actional faculty one may or may not reach the Destination.

So in case of Actional faculty one may or one may not reach the Goal.

Some people say, “By dint of one’s knowledge, spiritual knowledge, one will attain Salvation, one will reach the Goal.”

Now let us see. What is knowledge?

The word “knowledge” is a very old word, about fifteen thousand[15,000] years old word is jiṋánam, a Saḿskrta word, a old Saḿskrta word – about fifteen thousand years old. jiṋánam. jiṋánam, from jiṋánam it became k’e’no [pronounced “kyahno”] in old Latin.

From k’e’no it has become “know” in modern English.

Although the “k” is silent, mute, still the “k” is there, because the root word is “keno”. K-E-N-O-W.

Now what is Jiṋána? What is knowledge?

Knowledge is “Subjectivization of external objectivity”.

You are in front of an elephant. When you subjectivize that elephant through extro-internal projection, that is, when that elephant becomes an internal object by extro-internal projection, and you have, then you have subjectivized that elephant, so we will say you have “known” the elephant.

This process of subjectivization may be extro-internal and may be pure internal. When it is pure internal, then it is proper Spiritual knowledge.

But this phase of pure internal is the second phase.

The first phase is extrointernal.

In this sphere of knowledge there can be degradation, because in the first phase, when it is extro-internal, that external object may or may not be good.

It may lead you towards the crude world of crude enjoyment, and in that case there will be degradation.

You will go below the standard of humanity. So in case of knowledge, or the faculty of subjectivization, the result may or may not be in your favour. The result may or may not be of Spiritual order.

Now there remain the third course.

It is the course of Devotion.

What is Devotion?

Devotion is withdrawing all your propensities from all external objects, and also from all psychic objects or psychic pabula, and goad that collective propensity unto the Supreme Universal “I”.

O Supreme Entity, O Parama Puruśa, I love nothing, I love You.”

And why do I love You?

In the first phase the spiritual aspirant, the spiritual devotee will say, “O Lord, I love You. Why?

Because by loving You I get pleasure.

And for nothing else. I want nothing from You. I want nothing from You. I want

You. I don’t want anything from You.

Because if I want something else from You, that something will be something external, something of the objective world. And everything of the objective world is finite.

And that finite object, or those finite objects, cannot give me pleasure of permanent nature.

But, O Supreme Entity, O Parama Puruśa, You are Infinite. You are of Infinite attributions and qualifications.

So if I get YOU, I’ll get Infinite pleasure from YOU.

That’s why YOU are my Goal, and not the objects that I expect, or expected from YOU in the past.” It is the first phase of Devotion.

But in the final phase of Devotion.

No, no, no. I love You not because I get pleasure by loving You. I love You because I want that You should get pleasure by my love. That is, my love is just to give You pleasure, not to give me pleasure.

In order to give You pleasure, I love You. I want nothing. And I don’t want You – I want that I should be Yours. I don’t want You – I want that I should be Yours.”

This is the final phase of Devotion, and this is the final word of Bhakti, or Devotion.

So the path of Spirituality is very simple, it is not at all complicated.

Your goal is the Supreme “I”, the Supreme Universal “I”, the Supreme Creator. I said just now, for whom?

In ordinary language we use the word “God”.

The Supreme Entity – the Supreme Generator, Operator, and Destroyer.

For “Generation”, you use “G”, for “Operator” you use “O”, and for “Destruction”, “Destroyer”, you use “D”.

G-O-D.

HE is the Goal.

And nothing else in this universe can be your Goal or Desideratum.

Once I said that the word “Desideratum” should always remain in singular number and never “Desiderata” – because the Goal is the Singular Entity.

There cannot be any plural form of “Desideratum”.

And the second thing is that your approach should be the approach of Devotion.

You cannot get HIM by going through volumes of books or by becoming worms of books.

There are so many worms in books.

And do they get Salvation? Do they come in contact with the Supreme Entity? No, no, they are ordinary insects, don’t be insects. Mmm.

And those who think that they will get HIM by the actional faculty are finally engaged in actional infighting. “I did this, I did that, I’m not an ordinary man” – like this.

And in Devotion there is no scope of being puffed up with vanity.

Because in Devotion finally you want to surrender yourself. You want, finally you want – “That O Lord, I love You just to give you pleasure.

And, O Lord, I don’t want You, You just take me as Yours.”

One must follow the path of Yogi, and one must accept that Universal Entity as one’s supreme Goal.

There is no other alternative.

As the universal “I” is the Supreme Creator, Supreme Generator, so everything in this universe is HIS progeny, and HE is the progenitor. HE is the Supreme Father.

You have got family relation with that Supreme Entity, and not a relationship of external formality.

HE is yours, and you should also remember that nothing is external for HIM.

Everything is within, nothing is without.

So you have been created by HIM and you are in HIM, and, finally because HE is your supreme goal, finally you will be with HIM , you will be one with HIM.

For this you require no special education, no knowledge of philosophy, and no other external attributions.

Supreme Love for the Supreme Universal Entity will make you one with HIM.