Saturday, October 10, 2020

Worship of the Impersonal

Worship of the Impersonal God is through Truth. And what is truth? That I am He.

This is all the worship of the Impersonal, and what is the result? The whole life of man will be changed. Strength, strength it is that we want so much in this life, for what we call sin and sorrow have all one cause, and that is our weakness. With weakness comes ignorance, and with ignorance comes misery. It will make us strong. Then miseries will be laughed at, then the violence of the vile will be smiled at, and the ferocious tiger will reveal, behind its tiger’s nature, my own Self. That will be the result. That soul is strong that has become one with the Lord; none else is strong (I 380 – 381)

It is the absence of such an impersonal idea of Godhood that lies behind the lack of understanding and tolerance among dualistic religions leading even to violent attacks on each other. What the world needs today is the immense infinite strength, understanding and bliss that lie behind the concept of one Almighty God. 

Without knowledge and love there cannot be understanding .Without knowledge there can be no true love. Both should blend together and expand the human mind. It is possible to combine the intellect of Sankara and the expansive heart of Buddha. Such an auspicious co mingling of the head and the heart was Swamiji’s ideal.

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