Nama Article 18th Jun 2016
Swami Papa Ramdas
Object of Life:
Every awakened man or woman knows that the object of life is to realize God. Now what does 'realizing God' mean? God is not a far away being with whom we have to get united and experience liberation and peace by such union. God is, in fact, the truth of our very existence. We are the Truth itself — God Himself.
In other words, we can say that we have to realize the Self. Self, God and Truth are one and the same. To be aware of what we are in reality is the aim of life. As it is, men and women feel that they are merely individuals, made up of a bundle of sensations and bodies composed of five elements. This is not the truth. We are all manifestations of the one Truth, the one Reality which is eternal, allpervading, changeless, ever-illumined, whose nature is pure bliss and peace.
How to know that we are this Truth? The simple method is to constantly think and remember that we are this Truth and by so doing dispel the illusion which makes us believe that we are only the perishable, manifested beings or bodies. Remembrance connotes removal of forgetfulness. Forgetfulness — which makes us wrongly think we are what we are not — should be removed by remembering what we actually are. The thought — waves that are responsible for the obliviousness of our true being and nature have to be quelled. Truly, they must disappear or dissolve in order that we may achieve a state of perfect inner serenity, stillness and peace.
Once the mind ceases to be restless, being free from thoughts and desires, that moment we are not individuals, but Pure Consciousness which is at once cosmic and super-cosmic in nature. Stillness of the mind awakens in us a consciousness which is full of radiance and ecstasy. Now we know that we are the Truth — the Eternal.
To tune our mind to one thought, to the exclusion of all others, in order to ultimately dissolve even this one thought, the chanting of God's name is the way.
The sound of God's name is so fascinating to the mind that it gets itself easily concentrated on it, and ultimately losing itself in a super-conscious existence, disappears into it producing the needed inner spiritual illumination.
All our thoughts, words and activities should conform to the realization of God, i.e., the expansion of our little self, so that it may merge in the universal consciousness and life. It is a process of sublimation in which the individuality gradually vanishes and ultimately we stand revealed as the very embodiment of the all-pervading and immortal Divine.