It is said that the lecturer stands up, speaks up and
shuts up. Here the seeker in me is standing up in order
to offer his divine love to the audience. The seeker
in me is speaking up in order to establish spiritual
oneness with the audience. And finally, the seeker in
me will shut up when he finds that he has established
his inner oneness with the aspiration of the audience.
I wish to speak on failure from the spiritual point
of view. There is not a single human being on earth
who does not feel that he is a failure. For his failure
he blames many others: he blames the world, he blames
his friends and acquaintances, he blames his enemies.
But he finds it difficult to blame himself. Here we
are all seekers, so we are all God lovers. For true
seekers, for God lovers, for oneness dreamers, there
is no such thing as failure; there can be no failure.
For earth transformers, for God fulfillers on earth
there can be no failure.
There are two lives: the human life and the divine
life. The human life sings the song of failure. The
human life fails, but the divine life succeeds and proceeds.
The divine life always succeeds and continuously proceeds.
The human life fails precisely because it does not claim
God's Eternity, Infinity and Immortality as its very
own. The divine life succeeds precisely because it does
claim God's Eternity, Infinity and Immortality as its
very own. The divine life not only claims them, but
also feels that it is always of Immortality and always
for Eternity and Infinity.
The human in us binds; the divine in us expands. The
human in us wants to wallow in the pleasures of the
finite, at times unconsciously and at times consciously
and deliberately. The divine in us wants to fly in the
firmament of Freedom Light and Bliss. The human in us
and the divine in us both want happiness. Both feel
that if they achieve happiness, then there can be no
failure. But the human in us feels that happiness lies
in sense enjoyment or in pleasure hunting, while the
divine in us feels that happiness lies in aspiration,
in realisation, in self transcendence and in God manifestation.
Aspiration is our inner cry to reach the highest pinnacle
of Truth, Light and Bliss. Aspiration is the only key
that can unlock God's Door. The very thing that is aspiration
today, tomorrow is achievement. Achievement is conquest;
self conquest is self mastery. Self mastery and God
discovery are one and the same. In God discovery, earth
transformation looms large; in earth's transformation,
God's Satisfaction-Smile dawns.
Realisation is our conscious, constant and inseparable
universal oneness. Self-transcendence is our ever glowing
and ever-expanding receptivity that lets us house God's
infinite Truth, eternal Light and immortal Life. God
manifestation is our fulfilled promise. Before we entered
into the world arena, we made a solemn promise to the
Lord Supreme that we would manifest Him here on earth.
When we manifest Him on earth, we fulfil our promise.
I wish to tell you an amusing incident about Oscar
Wilde. Oscar Wilde once went to a party after seeing
one of his plays. His friends asked him about the play.
His reply was that the play was a success but the audience
was a failure. In the cosmic game, we are playing with
the Supreme. He has allotted a specific role to each
of us. If we play our role satisfactorily, then that
is our success. World appreciation and world-admiration
cannot elevate our consciousness. It is only in the
expansion and heightening of our consciousness that
we can see the Face of God and grow into the very image
In the spiritual life first we have to be awakened.
Then we have to aspire and then we have to surrender
our will to the Will of the Supreme. He who is awakened
can never fail. He who aspires can never fail. He who
surrenders his earth bound will to the Heaven free Will
can never fail.
Quite often seekers of the ultimate Truth are misunderstood
by unaspiring people. Unaspiring people are very often
loud and emphatic in their insistence that God realisation
is of no avail. Without the perfect knowledge of God
one can easily exist: this is their discovery. Although
they are not atheists, they do not care for the living
God. But a seeker cries for the living God. Since we
are all seekers, we are crying for a God that is living;
at every moment we try to see Him, feel Him and talk
to Him face to face. Unaspiring people put forth many
tenuous arguments, but we offer them our compassion
smile for we know that they are totally mistaken. When
these people become vociferous and supercilious, at
that time we have to offer them our forgiveness-weapon.
With our forgiveness weapon we can conquer them in the
inmost recesses of our aspiring heart. God is living,
and He can also be living for us. What makes Him living
for us? It is our inner cry, our aspiration. We can
feel Him constantly. When? When the inner flame within
us is constantly burning.
We are seekers, but we also work; we do dedicated
service. When we work we have to ask ourselves whether
or not we work and serve devotedly, cheerfully and unconditionally.
If we serve God in man devotedly, soulfully and unconditionally,
then success is bound to dawn. Success we attain only
through our dedicated service, only by offering our
service with joy.
When we offer our success to mankind, we can offer
our success as an inspiration, as something to increase
the world's aspiration. But very often we offer our
success to the world at large only for our own ego-aggrandisement.
We want the world to appreciate our success and laud
us to the skies. If we offer our success for ego-aggrandisement,
we commit a Himalayan blunder. We are all cosmic players
in God's divine Game. Let us play the game the way it
has been ordained by the Lord Supreme. Let us offer
our success to the world in the right way, in the divine
way. Otherwise, at the end of our journey we shall miserably
Just because we are seekers, we have to know that
success is not our goal. Progress is our goal. Success
is earth bound. It is noticeable mostly in our vital
life, the life that struggles and strikes and gets satisfaction
when it notices an iota of success. In our life of aspiration,
progress is of paramount importance. If we make progress,
automatically we are succeeding in our aspiration, in
our realisation, in our God-manifestation.
At every moment a seeker should feel that he is a
murmuring and flowing river. Eventually he will enter
into the vast sea of Knowledge, Light, Peace and Bliss.
In this sea of infinite Peace, Light and Bliss, he will
feel continuous progress. Today's achievement will be
only tomorrow's starting point. A seeker is a divine
climber: he climbs up the evolution tree slowly, steadily
and unerringly and reaches the Highest. But when he
reaches the Highest, he comes to realise that this height
is only the starting point for something still higher.
He realises that he is growing into the ever-transcending
When a seeker assimilates his realisation, he feels
that there can be no failure. In his Heaven life of
aspiration and in his earth-life of self dedication,
his life becomes a life of continuous progress in God's
manifestation on earth.
June 24, 1974
Cambridge University Centre