When my heart is heavy and I feel unsure, I close my eyes and let the sun warm my soul. I feel the breeze brush aside my worry and hear nature coaxing me to not give up, to not give in. There within each of us lives unlimited love and unlimited potential. I am capable, I am worthy, I am deserving, I am grateful. I trust myself and I forgive myself and others. I breathe out and know I am blessed.
~ Kevin Hall
Purity! Purity! Purity! We love you. We want you. We need you. Stay in our thoughts! Stay in our actions! Stay in the breath of our life!
How to be pure? We can be pure by self-control. We can control our senses. It is unbelievably difficult, but it is not impossible.
“I shall control my senses. I shall conquer my passions.” This approach cannot bring us what we actually want. The hungry lion that lives in our senses and the hungry tiger that lives in our passions will not leave us because of the mere repetition of the thought, “I shall control my senses and conquer my passions.” This approach is of no avail.
What we must do is fix our mind on God. To our utter amazement, our lion and tiger, now tamed, will leave us of their own accord when they see that we have become too poor to feed them. But as a matter of fact, we have not become poor in the least. On the contrary, we have become infinitely stronger and richer, for God’s Will energises our body, mind and heart. To fix our body, mind and heart on the Divine is the right approach. The closer we are to the Light, the farther we are from the darkness.
Purity does not come all at once. It takes time. We must dive deep and lose ourselves with implicit faith in contemplation of God. We need not go to Purity. Purity will come to us. And Purity does not come alone. It brings an everlasting Joy with it. This divine Joy is the sole purpose of our life. God reveals Himself fully and manifests Himself unreservedly only when we have this inner Joy.
The world gives us desires. God gives us prayers. The world gives us bondage. God gives us freedom: freedom from limitations, freedom from ignorance.
We are the player. We can play either football or cricket. We have a free choice. Similarly, it is we who can choose either purity or impurity to play with. The player is the master of the game, and not vice versa.
The easiest and most effective way to have purity is to repeat a mantra. A mantra is a seed-sound. A mantra is a dynamic power in the form of a vibrant sound.
Now let us know what japa is. Japa is the repetition of a mantra. You want purity, don’t you? Then right now, repeat the name of God five hundred times. This is our mantra. Let us all do it.
Thank you. We are successful. Now every day please increase the number by one hundred. That is to say, tomorrow you will repeat the name of God six hundred times, and the day after, seven hundred. One week from today my calculation says that you will repeat the name of God twelve hundred times. From that day please start decreasing the number daily by one hundred until you again reach five hundred. Please continue this exercise, week by week, just for a month. Whether you want to change your name or not, the world will give you a new name. It will call you by the name Purity. Your inner ear will make you hear it. It will surpass your fondest imagination.
Let nothing perturb us. Let our body’s impurity remind us of our heart’s spontaneous Purity. Let our outer finite thoughts remind us of our inner infinite Will. Let our mind’s teeming imperfections remind us of our soul’s limitless Perfection.
The present-day world is full of impurity. It seems that purity is a currency from another world. It is hard to obtain this purity, but once we get it, peace is ours, success is ours.
Let us face the world. Let us take life as it comes. Our Inner Pilot is constantly vigilant. The undercurrents of our inner and spiritual life will always flow on unnoticed, unobstructed, unafraid.
God may be unknown but He is not unknowable. Our prayers and meditation lead us to that unknown. Freedom we cry for. But strangely enough, we are not aware of the fact that we already have within us immense freedom. Look! Without any difficulty, we can forget God. We can ignore Him and we can even deny Him. But God’s Compassion says, “My children, no matter what you do or say, My Heart shall never abandon you. I want you. I need you.”
The mother holds the hand of the child. But it is the child who has to walk, and he does so. Neither the one who is dragged nor the one who drags can be happy. Likewise, God says, “My divine children, in your inner life, I give you inspiration. It is you who have to aspire with the purest heart to reach the Golden Beyond.”
- Sri Chinmoy, Yoga And The Spiritual Life. The Journey of India’s Soul.