Nama Article 20th Jun 2016
EPISTLES OF SWAMI RAMDAS
May Sri Ram bless you all!
Ramdas has been all along speaking and writing to you on spiritual things, from his own experience of this life. Ramdas is entirely in the hands of God. God alone is his great Teacher. Based upon Ramdas' experience, through which God made him pass, he is giving briefly in this letter, what should be our true outlook upon life.
The world with all beings and things in it is evanescent, and God alone is real, eternal and unchanging. All forms have a beginning and an end. Whatever is born is bound to perish and pass away. The sense of misery here is due to our attachment to the perishable forms. Our goal of life is to realise God, i.e., our immortality. In order to do that, we have to withdraw our mind from whatever is seen, which is transient, and direct it to Him — who is within us and pervades the entire universe — the one absolute Existence, the sole Reality. When the mind transcends name and form, it attains the vision of the Supreme. The joys and grief relating to the external world are caused by the workings of the mind. Stop the restlessness of the mind, and the joys and grief both cease to be, and are thereby proved to be entirely unreal. And a calmness settles upon the mind which is of the Eternal, of the Truth of our being. Hence, to lament over the loss of anything here is utter folly; only that which is by nature perishable has passed away. Behold, the whole universe is a huge passing show. In it, innumerable forms appear and disappear at every moment. This is the nature and order of all things. So instead of allowing ourselves to be upset by the change in the transient, let us strive to fix our mind upon the deathless, formless, eternal Truth. This is done only by stilling the mind — by the quietening of all waves of thought that trouble it. The path is the repetition of God's name, meditation and the surrender of all our actions to God.