Study of Religion
February 2, 2011 Comments Off on Study of Religion
Study of Religion
You remember in the Old Testament where Moses was told, “Take off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy
ground.” We must always approach the study of religion with that
reverent attitude. He who comes with a pure heart and a reverent
attitude, his heart will be opened; the doors will open for him, and he
will see the truth.
If you come with intellect only, you can have a little intellectual gymnastics, intellectual theories, but not truth.
Truth has such a face that any one who sees that face becomes
convinced. The sun does not require any torch to show it; the sun is
self-effulgent. If truth requires evidence, what will evidence that
evidence? If something is necessary as witness for truth, where is the
witness for that witness? We must approach religion with reverence and
with love, and our heart will stand up and say, this is truth, and this
The field of religion is beyond our senses, beyond even our consciousness. We cannot sense God. Nobody has seen God with
his eyes or ever will see; nobody has God in his consciousness. I am not
conscious of God, nor you, nor anybody.
Where is God? Where is the field of religion? It is beyond the senses, beyond consciousness.
Consciousness is only one of the many planes in which we work; you will
have to transcend the field of consciousness, to go beyond the senses,
approach nearer and nearer to your own centre, and as you do that, you
will approach nearer and nearer to God. What is the proof of God? Direct
perception, Pratyaksha. The proof of this wall is that I perceive it.
God has been perceived that way by thousands before, and will be
perceived by all who want to perceive Him. But this perception is no
sense-perception at all; it is supersensuous, superconscious, and all
this training is needed to take us beyond the senses.
By means of all sorts of past work and bondages we are being dragged downwards;
these preparations will make us pure and light. Bondages will fall off
by themselves, and we shall be buoyed up beyond this plane of
sense-perception to which we are tied down, and then we shall see, and
hear, and feel things which men in the three ordinary states (viz
waking, dream, and sleep) neither feel, nor see, nor hear. Then we shall
speak a strange language, as it were, and the world will not understand
us, because it does not know anything but the senses. True religion is
Every being that is in the universe has the potentiality of transcending the senses; even the little worm will
one day transcend the senses and reach God. No life will be a failure;
there is no such thing as failure in the universe. A hundred times man
will hurt himself, a thousand times he will tumble, but in the end he
will realise that he is God. We know there is no progress in a straight
line. Every soul moves, as it were, in a circle, and will have to
complete it, and no soul can go so low but there will come a time when
it will have to go upwards. No one will be lost.
We are all projected from one common centre, which is God. The highest as well as
the lowest life God ever projected, will come back to the Father of all
lives. “From whom all beings are projected, in whom all live, and unto
whom they all return; that is God.”
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