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Golden Mean

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Millions of people live a one-sided life and pass away in incompleteness. God has given each of us a soul, a mind and a body which we should try to develop uniformly. If you have had a life dominated by worldly influences, do not let the world impose its delusion on you any longer.

Be in the world but not of it. The material and the spiritual are but two parts of the same universe and one truth. By over-stressing one part or the other man fails to achieve the balance necessary for harmonious development. Practice the art of living in the world without losing your inner peace of mind. Follow the path of balance – the path of golden mean – to reach the inner wondrous realm of Self-Realization.

It is the meditation which provides the golden mean. We will have to meditate regularly to maintain true balance. Meditation will teach us to be actively calm and calmly active. With the sheer power of meditation, even in the battlefield amidst the thunder of guns, we shall not lose the everlasting peace of mind. We will not become lazy and mentally ossified. Nor will we be overactive, able to earn money but unable to enjoy it.

Meditate unceasingly so that you quickly behold yourself as the Infinite Essence free from every form of misery. Cease being the prisoner of body. Realize that you are the soul, you are the Self. You are not to put any strenuous efforts for that. All this happens spontaneously because that is your true nature. Through Vishvas Meditation, you lead a balanced life of rendering selfless work to God in the world and enjoying the ever-lasting bliss of self within. When you work for God, not for self, it helps your meditation and meditation helps your work. This is the golden mean of having perfect balance between the external world and the inner world. None is to be ignored for the other and that comes through Vishvas Meditation which reminds you that you are the divinities on earth. Plunge into deep meditation to realize your divine kingship.

If you plunge deep into the pursuit of worldly pleasures, you have missed the mark. On the other hand, if you torture your body through starvation and some other practices, still you won’t attain the aim of life. A man who meditates and ever abiding in his real self does selfless work, he worships God. He lives in the world but the world does not enter within. Just as Boat stays in water but if water enters in the boat, the latter will sink in the water in no time. Similarly people tend to lose their balance and drown in the worldly ocean if world enters within them. Even the most powerful ones are shaken when faced with the troubles and tribulations of life. It is because they are worldly minded people and lack equilibrium of life.

In fact it is a great gift of meditation which helps us to gain the balance. The deeper you go in meditation, the nearer you are to your own true nature and the courageous you will be to face the eventualities. But you must remember the golden mean of going within and remembering your inner self through meditation while living in this external world.

Two extremes always give you the same (negative) result, you don’t see when it is dark, you don’t see when lightening flashes in the skies. You don’t see when it is too close to your eyes. Eyes don’t see the eyes. Eyes can’t see when it is too far.

If a man leads a spiritual life and worships God, he must not think that those who live in the world and work for the good of the world are not worshipping God; neither must those who live in the world for wife and children, think that those who give up the world for God are low vagabonds. With the golden mean of remembering Him within and living outside, each is great in his own place.

For every one of us to lead a peaceful life bereft of sorrow and suffering, meditation is indispensable because through this golden mean we come to know that we are not meager mortals to be swept away by the extremes of worldly influences.

Through meditation, you realize that you are the Soul, the Self. Remember that the Feeling behind your feeling, the Will behind your will, the Power behind your power, the Wisdom behind your wisdom is the infinite Lord who resides within and helps you lead a balanced life. In the abode of calmness, again and again you will cast off identification with earthly titles and plunge into deep meditation to realize your divine kingship.

Of course, it takes time. ‘Rome was not built in a day.’ ARISE, AWAKE AND STOP NOT TILL THE GOAL IS ATTAINED.

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