“They are the best of the Yogis to Me, who, firm in their faith, their mind fixed in meditation on Me, worship Me constantly”
The highest phase of living is to live in the eternal region of the spirit, universal and imperishable. This is the realization of the highest value in life. The condition of this great realization of the highest life-value is a firm faith. If there is the least scepticism, any mental reservations or any pragmatic value attached to anything or any material profit to be obtained, the doors of realization are closed on us forever.
Faith in the universal principle – God – is essential, because without it you rely on your intellect, which is wavering, pragmatic, and, in its present phase of evolution, occupied with the questions of self-preservation and race-preservation. Besides, the intellect, being finite, is not competent to grasp the infinite. But by logical dialectics the existence of the spirit cannot be demolished, nor can the yogic way of life and its end, the discovery of a region of perpetual light and bliss, be questioned.
Faith is something positive. The child can by no logical reasoning prove to himself the date of his birth or the reality and truth of his parentage. It is by faith alone that he can be convinced of these facts. Faith does not mean an open mind in respect of the spiritual truth. What is this faith?
It is: “I am a spiritual entity, which is neither mind, nor matter, nor a product of any of these two. I, as spirit, am consciousness and bliss, imperishable and all-pervading. I am One without a second.”
Faith is that the scriptural injunctions as to my nature and the way to its realization are absolutely true. Faith is that the interpretation of the scripture given by my teacher is absolutely correct. Faith is that my Teacher is my best wellwisher and friend, and he can teach me thoroughly the divine science of Yoga. Faith is that there is no real happiness in the sense-experiences or in the mental exercises of logic, imagination, sleep etc.; that the yogic way of life does lead to unbroken peace and happiness. Faith is that the good of everybody is my good, that forgiveness is a most high principle.
How can this faith be acquired?
The mind is teachable. By keeping the abovementioned principles before the mind, evening and morning, as Truth, by meditating on them again and again as truth, you can have faith in them. But this is intellectual faith.
The highest faith is a divine gift, which you can earn by a life of truthfulness, non-injury, simplicity, serenity, honesty, and friendliness, and through prayer to Him. “Their mind fixed on Me in perpetual meditation.” The deepest truth is contained in these words.
Every phenomenon is ultimately an expression of the same root-principle – consciousness-bliss. The highest function of the mind is to see unity in variety, to see the One in the many, and that One is no other than man’s own Self, immortal, unborn, and all-pervasive. As in a science laboratory so in life we discover the principle of oneness underlying variety. The mind finds rest and peace in creative unfoldment of consciousness when it is centred on one.
To the young mother every member of the body of the tiny darling is charming. Now she kisses his tiny hands, now the pouting lips, now the smiling eyes. But she knows it is one. In a dream you see a variety of objects, but ultimately you know it was only one, your own Self, manifesting as many. A split personality is abnormality. To fix the mind on Hari as described in the eleventh chapter of the Gita Shastra is not a forced application of the mind to something unnatural or imagined; it is reality.
One cannot be free from fear unless Hari is meditated upon in loving devotion as the One Principle, of which the world, from Neptune to a blade of grass, is a manifestation. The mind must be trained in divine concentration. It loves to dwell on beauty, harmony, order, peace etc.
The divine form of Hari as a blue-complexioned figure, with a serenely beautiful face, charming lotus-like eyes, the head adorned with a crown of gems and a garland of flowers round his neck, is an object of meditation producing celestial delight. Such a meditation arrests the fury of passions and pacifies the heart.
We meditate on His compassion, His friendship to the friendless, His love of the poor and the forlorn, His help to the helpless, His fondness for a loving heart, His eagerness to grant boons, His perfection as Rama and Krishna, Buddha and Christ. We take episodes of His divine life, one at a time, and meditate on them lovingly. There is a yet higher mode of meditation, and it is to apply our transfixed mind to His all-pervasiveness, attributelessness, transcendence, omnipotence, regarding Him as the substratum of the world.
This meditation can be done by a man whose heart no longer loves names and forms and is free from the pairs of opposites, who means the best to every living being, to whom joys and sufferings are one category. He is as patient as hills, as benevolent as trees, which do not withdraw their shadow from the woodcutter who strikes at their roots, and which give a fruit to the one who throws a stone at them. What is the worship which the yogi performs who has unfolded his consciousness of unity and non-duality?
Worship means service of the Lord manifest as the world, humanity, and all the living beings. He is the sage-king of Plato. His mercy and justice are allembracing.
He is a loving father to the world. Above all nations and castes, serene and devoted, loving and loved, the universal man embraces in his love men of all creeds and religions, restoring peace and harmony wherever it is disturbed. Such a yogi is to be preferred to the learned as the best knower of the divine science.