Social Gatheka Number 36
One sees that there is an awakening from childhood to
youth, and from youth to a mature age; and in this development
one's point of view is changing, one's outlook on life is
changing. And then one sees that sometimes in one's life
one has gone through an illness or through a great suffering,
and at the end of it the whole outlook on life has changed.
One also sees that a person has taken a long journey, after
having come from that journey the person is quite changed.
Also one sees that after a friendship, after a pupilship,
after a marriage, a sudden change in the outlook of a person
comes. When we look at this we find that there are some
cases where the change is so great that one can say that
the person is an entirely new person. And then we see that
we can class such changes which may be called a development
into three classes.
One class is pertaining to the physical development,
another class is connected with the development of mind;
and the third class with the development of the soul. There
are instances in the lives of many, who will rarely say
or admit it, but at the same time they can recollect experiences
in their childhood, that after one moment's time their whole
outlook on life changed. As ripening is the desired result,
it is the result of every object in life to ripen and develop.
Therefore the fulfillment of life's purpose is to be expected
in the wakening of the soul.
And now one might ask, what are the signs of the soul's
awakening? The first sign of the soul's awakening is just
like the birth of an infant. That the infant from the time
of its birth is interested to hear something – any sound
that comes; and to see something – if it is a color or light,
whatever it be, attracts. And therefore, a person whose
soul has wakened becomes awake to everything that he sees
and to everything that he hears. Compared to that person,
everyone else seems to be with open eyes and yet not to
see, seems to be with open ears and yet not to hear.
therefore though there are many with open ears yet rarely
there is one who hears, and many with open eyes yet hardly
one who sees. It is therefore that the natural seeing of
the wakened soul is called clairvoyance, that the natural
hearing of the wakened soul called clairaudience. Therefore
in English there is a simple word, that word is 'the seer;'
and that word explains that he has eyes, but together with
the eyes a sight. The moment the soul has wakened, to that
soul music makes an appeal, poetry touches it, words move
it, art has an influence upon it. It no longer is a sleeping
soul, it is awake and begins to enjoy life to a fuller extent.
It is this wakening of the soul which is mentioned in the
Bible, that: unless the soul is born again it will not enter
the kingdom of Heaven. The soul being born again is that
the soul is wakened after once having come on earth. And
entering into the kingdom of Heaven is the same kingdom,
this world in which we are just now standing, the same kingdom
turns into Heaven as soon as the point of view has changed.
Is it not interesting, and is it not most wonderful to think
that the same earth that we walk on is earth to one person,
and Heaven to another? And it still is more interesting
to notice that it is we who change it, we change it from
earth to Heaven, if we change it otherwise.
And this change
comes, not by a study, not by anything else, but only by
one thing, and that is the changing of our point of view.
I have seen people seeking after Truth, people studying
in books about it, people having written hundreds of books
on theology, and in the end they are in the same place where
they have been standing before. That shows that all outward
efforts, they are excuses, they are outward; there is only
one thing that brings one before reality, and that is the
awakening of the soul.
All tragedy of life, all miseries, all inharmony and
misunderstanding is caused by one thing, and that is the
lack of understanding, and lack of understanding comes from
lack of penetration. When one who does not see from the
point of view that one ought to see, then one becomes disappointed,
because one cannot understand. It is not that the outward
world must help us understand it better, it is we ourselves
who should help ourselves to understand life better.
And then there is a further awakening; and that further
awakening is a continuation of this same awakening which
I have called the awakening of the soul. And the sign of
that awakening is that upon every person and upon every
object the wakened person throws a light, a light of his
soul, and sees that object, that condition, in that light.
It is his own soul that becomes a torch in his hand, it
is his own light that illuminates his path. It is just like
throwing a searchlight upon dark corners which one did not
see before, and the corners become clear and illuminated
again. It is like throwing light upon problems that one
did not understand first, it is like seeing with x-rays
persons who were a riddle before.
Since life becomes clear to the awakened soul, it shows
another manifestation, and that manifestation is that every
aspect of life becomes communicative with him. The idea
is that life is communicative, the soul is communicative,
but they do not communicate till a person is wakened. Once
a soul is wakened, it becomes communicative with life. I
had as a young man, a great desire to visit the shrines
of saints, of great teachers. And with every desire of hearing
of them something, of asking them something, I always held
my tongue back, and sat quietly in their presence. And I
had a greater satisfaction, and I felt a greater blessing
by sitting quiet there, than if I had discussed with them
and argued and talked with them. Because I felt in the end
that there was a communication, a communication which was
much more satisfactory than these outer discussions and
arguments of people who know not what they discuss. For
it was enlightening, it was refreshing, and it was giving
that power and inspiration with which one can see life in
a better light.
Those who are wakened, they become lights, not only lights
for themselves, but also lights for the others. And in their
light – a person may not know it – but their presence itself
helps to make problems which are most difficult, easy. This
brings us to realize the fact that, as the scriptures have
said, 'man is light,' a light whose origin, whose source
is divine. And when this light is raised, then life becomes
quite different. When the soul is wakened, furthermore,
the condition is then as a person sitting in the midst of
night among hundreds and thousands of people fast asleep.
His picture is that he is sitting among them, he is standing
among them, he is looking at them, hearing their sorrows
and miseries, and of their conditions – hundreds of them
moving about in their sleep, in their own dream, not wakened
to the condition of the other one, who is next to them;
they may be friends or relations, or acquaintances or enemies,
whatever be their relation, little they know about them,
each one absorbed in his own trouble. This wakened soul,
standing among them all, will listen to everyone, will see
everyone, will recognize and realize all that they think
and feel, but his language no one understands, his thought
he cannot explain to everyone, his feeling he cannot expect
everyone to feel. He feels lonely, and nothing else can
be felt. No doubt in this loneliness there is a sense of
perfection, because perfection is loneliness.
When they say that the apostles knew all languages at
the descent of the spirit, this knowing of all languages
is not like knowing the languages of all countries. They
knew the language of the soul. For there are several languages
which are spoken in different lands, but numberless languages
which are spoken by each individual as his particular language.
And that brings us to realize another idea of very great
importance, and that is that the outer language can convey
only outward things and feelings, but there is an inner
language, a language which can be understood by souls who
It is a universal language, a language of vibrations,
a language of a feeling, a language which touches the innermost
sense. In order to support this argument I shall say that
the heat and cold are different feelings which are called
by different names in different countries, but, at the same
time inwardly it is the same feeling. And then there is
love and hate, kindness and unkindness, harmony and inharmony,
all these words are spoken differently in different countries,
but the feeling is the same experience to all men. When
in order to know the thought of another we depend upon his
outer word, then no doubt we fail to understand, because
we perhaps don't know that person's language, but if we
can communicate with another person soul to soul, we certainly
can understand his meaning. For before he says one word,
he has said it within himself; and that word reaches before
the word reaches outwardly.
Before the word comes the expression says it; before
the thought has formed, the feeling speaks about it. And
this shows that a feeling forms a thought, a thought comes
as a speech; that, before even, there was a feeling existing
and even there it can be caught when a person can communicate
with the soul. It is this which is called communication
– to communicate with the innermost being of a person. But
who can communicate? The one who knows how to communicate
with himself, the one who is wakened, in other words. And
what becomes the personality of an awakened soul? The personality
of an awakened soul becomes different from every personality.
It becomes more magnetic, because it is a living person
who has magnetism, the dead corpse has not magnetism; it
is the living who brings joy, and therefore it is the awakened
soul who is joyous.
And never for one moment think, as many imagine, that
a spiritual person must mean a most sorrowful, a dried up,
long-faced person. Spirit is joy, spirit is life; and when
that spirit has wakened there is all the joy and pleasure
that exists there. As the sun takes away all darkness, so
spiritual light takes away all worries and anxieties, doubts.
If a spiritual wakening is not so precious, then what is
the use of seeking it in life? A treasure that nobody can
take away from you, a light that will always keep and never
will be extinguished, that is called spiritual awakening,
which is the fulfillment of life's purpose. Certainly, the
things once a person had valued and considered them more
important become less important, things lose their value,
and things which are beautiful lose their color. It is just
like seeing the stage in the light of the sun – all the
big palaces and decorations on the stage mean nothing. No
doubt this takes away that slavery to which everyone is
put, because things of this world a person becomes a master
of but, at the same time, he need not give them up. Optimism
naturally develops, but an optimism with open eyes; a power
becomes increased, a power of accomplishing things, and
until the person has accomplished it, he will go after it
till it is accomplished, however small it is.
It is very difficult, as they say in the Eastern language,
to judge an awakened soul. For there is nothing outwardly
that can prove to you that this person is an awakened soul.
The best way of seeing an awakened soul is to wake oneself.
And no one in the world can pretend to be awake when he
is still asleep; for a little child if he puts on moustaches
on his face, he will not prove to be a grownup man. All
other pretenses will be taken, but not this one of the awakened
soul, for it is a living light, and no one can pretend to
be it. For if there is any Truth, the Truth is in the awakening
of the soul, for Truth is born in the awakening of the soul.
The Truth is not taught, the Truth is discovered. Very often
people make an effort, but that effort is in vain, to try
to wake one's friend or one's near relation whom one loves.
For, in the first place, we know not if the person is more
awakened than we, we may be trying in vain. And the other
thing is that it is possible that the person is asleep and
needs a sleep. Wakening, therefore, would be a sin instead
of a virtue. We are allowed only to give our hand to the
one who is changing his side, who desires awakening, only
then a hand is given.
And this giving of the hand is what
we call initiation, in an esoteric word. No doubt, outwardly
a teacher who is acquainted with this path may give a hand
to the one who wishes to journey, but inwardly there is
the Teacher who gives a hand who has always given and always
gives a hand to awakening souls. The same hand which has
received the sages and Masters of all time in a higher initiation.
Verily, the seeker will find sooner or later, if only he
keeps steadily on the path till he arrives at his destination