Dreams are inspired by the soul. Artists and artisans, writers and poets, musicians and singers all take birth to bring forth a dream and so inspire humankind to higher heights. We should have our dreams. We should know the place of love and care for our neighbour, and the guest. We should know what attracts us and why, what are the elements in this attraction, this inspiration? Does it lift the soul up to embrace its source, does it help us to know the Source within us? These are important questions that reveal the existence of the Soul.
Composer, sculptor, painter, poet, prophet, sage, these are the makers of the afterworld, the architects of heaven. The world is beautiful because they have lived; without them, laboring humanity would perish.
He who cherishes a beautiful vision, a lofty ideal in his heart, will one day realise it. Columbus cherished a vision of another world, and he discovered it. Copernicus fostered the vision of a multiplicity of worlds and a wider universe, and he revealed it. Buddha beheld the vision of a spiritual world of stainless beauty and perfect peace, and he entered into it.
Cherish your visions. Cherish your ideals. Cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these, if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built.
To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to achieve. Shall man’s basest desires receive the fullest measure of gratification, and his purest aspirations starve for lack of sustenance? Such is not the Law. Such a condition of things can never obtain – “Ask and receive.”
Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your Vision is the promise of what you shall one day be. Your Ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.
The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg; and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.
Vivekananda had gone once to a town during his wanderings. Lots of important persons, painters, scholars, philosophers, poets and artists gathered around him and plied him with an endless array of questions. Vivekananda was engaged the whole day in answering them. A Harijan who was standing in a corner at last got the chance of falling at his feet and the monk asked him why he had come. He asked, “Swami, you must be very hungry; shall I bring you some milk? Or, if I get some flour, you can prepare chapatis yourself if you will not eat those prepared by me; no one seems to have thought of your food”. That man had Prema, which is a divine gift. That is more fruitful than all the knowledge packed in a library of ancient texts.
Every entity, article, or thing in the Universe has five qualities: Asthi, Bhathi, Priyam, Roopam, Naamam. Asthi means ‘Is’. So, Is-ness is the feature of all that is. Bhaathi means ‘shining’, luminescence. The thing that is known to us is capable of being known to us because it shines: It has the power to enter our consciousness. Then, we have the word, Priyam. Everything is capable of being used or benefited from and therefore becomes dear, attractive; fondness is the meaning of Priyam. The two other features, Roopam and Naamam (name and form). They do change and can be modified. All things seem to undergo some transformation or other and often assume again the original form. They are apparent alterations of the basic entities, which have the first three features always. Name and Form are superimpositions on the basic reality of ‘Is-ness’, ‘Illumination’ and ‘Joy’. The Divine is the base, the Divine Will is the superstructure. The beads are many but the inter-connecting, integrating string of the rosary is one. So, too, for the entire world of living beings, God, the permanent, omnipresent, Parabrahma, the Supreme Divine consciousness, is the base. ‘Soham’, ‘He is I’, ‘I am that’, all these axioms indicate that even those which differentiate themselves under names and forms are in fact God Himself. This is the reason why it is proclaimed in the Vedas, ‘He who knows Brahman becomes Brahman Itself’. This awareness is the awareness of the Reality.
The avatara behaves in a human way so that mankind can feel kinship, but rises to super-human heights so that mankind can aspire to those heights. The form of man can be transformed into the form of the inner resident, for both are basically the same. Only, you have to switch on to the wave-length. Know it, adjust correctly and the all-pervading will be grasped clearly with no distortion. You may read the Gita many times; but the Gita (line, in Telugu) of grace must be won by sadhana. The line of fortune that the palmists say will bring success is the result of grace alone. You may say that you are the master of the Gita sastra, that you have read and digested it, but when you belch, the taste and the flavour must be manifest! They are not evident at all. Trifles are sought after; temporary benefits pursued; joy and grief alternately tease and agitate. The sea of samsara has to be crossed and all its waves transcended, with the help of the name of Rama! If you seek to know the highest and secure the award of the Lord, there can be no place for doubt. The heart should be set on achieving the task of realising the Lord within you, as the motivator. The Lord comes in human form to show this. 10-2-1963
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