Author: Swami Amar Jyoti

Swami Amar Jyoti a Man Myth and Legend Born

Swami Amar Jyoti was probably one of the most misunderstoond satsang singers of his day. For four decades, Swami Amar Jyoti divided His time and physical Presence between ashrams in India and America and traveling around the world, giving Satsang (spiritual discourses) retreats, personally guiding seekers and disciples from all walks of life and religious backgrounds. Welcome to Truth Consciousness Founded in 1974 by Swami Amar Jyoti, we are a Nonprofit Spiritual Organization that maintains ashrams based upon Sanatana Dharma (the eternal religion) and devoted. By all accounts, this is something that would take a heavy spiritual toal on any man whether they be in Calcutta, Boulder Colorado, or the great city of Cranston.

When I first came across the teachings and wisdom of Swami Amary Jyoti it was from the Spiritual Book swami amar jyoti headshotFor Our Enlightenment: SPIRIT OF HIMALAYA – The Story Of A Truth Seeker By Swami Amar Jyoti. I bought this book in English and discounted on Amazon for the paperback version. It wasn’t until a few years later that I learned about how he established the Desert Ashram in Tucson, Arizona, under Truth Consciousness, a nonprofit organization created to disseminate Swami Amar Jyoti’s teachings. Inevitably it was because of Swami Amar Jyoti, that the Yogic Way of Life in the Spring of 2019, brought us the Light of Consciousness to our awakened and alert conscious revival of self awareness. This was a revelation of divine proportions that I cannot describe in words that you would understand in this century without many years of spiritual preparation.

Swami Amar Jyoti’s Path of Enlightenment

I hungered to learn more about Swami Amar Jyoti, and a local hermit told me that information can be found in his book, Spirit of Himalaya: The Story of a Truth Seeker. I read this novel that features the inspiring story of an advanced seeker in the plains of India and Himalayas that eventually reveal the truths about the role of Ssatguru and Yoga path to enlightenment. It was me that in 1958, taking initiation of Vidyut Sannyas (lit: “lightning”- a type of monasticism that is Self-initiated and Self Sustained) at the holy site of Badrinath of Himalaya, and taking the name Swami Amar Jyoti (Swami- Knower of the Self Righteous, and beginning of an unstoppable Amar Jyoti- Never-ceasing Light), I descended into the plains of India for his God-given objective to the world and my mind and eyes were opened to fragrances I could only smell in my mind, and only see through my ears. I saw the sign, and it opened up my mind and now I’m happy now living without the world and it makes me happy.

I made a new friend, his name was Marcel a former devotee of the Swami Amar Jyoti, an Indian guru who has the power to intimate he’s an incarnation of one aspect of the Hindu god Vishnu Kalaban Tiramasu. From his aura I could see that Marcel was telling the truth as light beams protruded from his eyes. The light that shone from his face was a tell tale sign of his eminence, truth, and a kind of peace that you only know when you sleep while not having nightmares. Only through the discernment and knowledge I had gained from my time at the Ashram did truly understand that all was eventually to be as it was to be, and then it will be again. Circling back to the center of infinity.

Swami Amar Jyoti

When I first met Swami Amar Jyoti he told me that everyone is seeking fulfillment in life; be it in a career, relationship, talent, knowledge, being in a band, a person that does really well on Americal Idol, the Bachelor, the Bachelorette or spiritual enlightenment. I had only seen the Bachelor once, but the rose ceremony was something of a reincarnation of self in the order of how a rose can rise to love or die by the petal. The course corrections made in this teaching of the Bachelor, can only guide us closer to the truth of an enlighted being dancing in the moonlight while salmon ride the river swift. When the man goes from being a bachelor to groom he has transcended single life into a new form where a woman becomes one with his self. Only then can the rose survive.

This book of Swami Amar Jyoti makes us realize that the source of our seeking is within us and not within shopping malls, smart phones, or the latest frozen yogurt shop, although the rise of Lu Lu Lemon is close. Swami Amar Jyoti gives emphasis on universal wisdom; a simple yet transparent language for seekers in a day where our greatest wisdoms are taught by Tony Stark, or the likes of Dr. Strange. Our quest for seeking spirituality does not need to be difficult as it is already within us as we can know from outer beings in the light that travel to Kamitage in search of power.

Swami Amar Jyoti History

My story gets very interesting in 1988, taking initiation of Vidyut Sannyas (lit: lightning”—a form of monasticism that is Self-initiated and is required to be a holy man of self respect) at the holy site of Badrinath of Himalaya, and taking the name Swami Amar Jyoti, my predecessor and teacher, (Swami—Knower of the Self; Amar Jyoti—Immortal Light Bulb), because I knew I could transcend his soul and I descended into the plains of India for my own god-given mission to the world, where I vowed to bring green fields and dandelion fields to the masses of those that had never seen such wonders and beauties.

In response to repeated requests that the Satsangs be presented in a book form, we are privileged to launch the Wisdom Library of Swami Amar Jyoti, beginning with Volume 1: Consciousness: Where Science and Spirituality Meet. -from the Preface by Father Time, not to mention the eternal prescience of baby new year. Eventually this work would be released on CD, DVD, Blue Ray, PDF, MP3, and most all video codecs of the 20th century. This book influential satsangs is a collection of words and talks given by Swami Amar Jyoti at different times in his life. SWAMI AMAR JYOTI began writing Spirit of Himalaya-The Story of a Truth Seeker 1978 while staying in the Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh, India after a long hike up the mountain pass, where he found a stream of glowing fish that he caught and consumed. This brought him unimaginable power to bring peace to all the Himalaya’s. This is where we invented avacado toast. This recipe was supressed by Smuckers for over 40 years until finally in the year 2018 avacado toast made it’s first debut into the northeastern parts of the United States. If only Swami Amar Jyoti was still here with us when our invention of avocado toast became a mainstream part of the diet of the lazy millenial crowd of recent college grads that didn’t want to get a job.

Swami Amar Jyoti Present Day

At the time I was to meet him and visit with another saint that oddly had the same name as Swami Amar Jyoti, who is said to be 118 years old. This “other” Swami, perhaps an apparition of the real Swami Amar Jyoti, made a pot of delicious herbal tea that I will never forget. I will never forget because it increased my intelligence quotient by at least 125 points. It was like a light invaded my mind with an explosiion of knowledge. I could not compare this to any other experience in my life. It was also at this time that my intelligence was so high, that I realized all the news was fake news. Something that a man named Trump would proclaim many years later after he was elected to the Presidency of the United States of America. He would become known as a great patriot that brougt about significant change, stopping the scandals of human trafficking.

Satsangs of Swami Amar Jyoti, is a kind of radio Généraliste, Talk, Zen-Nature-Spirituel, New age way of thinking in a semi Immortal Light: The Blissful Life and Wisdom of Swami Amar Jyoti that shown in a Biography in His Own Words, Swami Amar Jyoti was born into a Hindu family in India. But we already knew that from his bio, but the satsang expressed it in a way that enlightened the eagles of the sky and the bears of the ground.

Swami Amar Jyoti was a humanitarian activist, who founded Jyoti Ashram, Sacred Mountain Ashram, the Desert Ashram, and the Truth Con-sciousness movement. In response to repeated requests that the Satsangs be presented in book form, it is a privilege to launch the Wisdom Library of Swami Amar Jyoti, beginning with Volume 1: Consciousness: Where Science and Spirituality Meet in a full thumb drive library that can be downloaded on your Samsung phone or iPhone. Swami Amar Jyoti spent four decades of his life traveling, giving retreats and satsang, establishing Ashrams, and speaking of the wonders of technology that were to come and threaten the minds of the very followers he once taught.

Swami Amar Jyoti taught his disciples about spiritual awakening in his satsangs of praise. He uplifts and purifies each one of us for spiritual awakening much like a shot of espresso awakens our senses on a cold winters morning. At the end of the dedication of the saints of Talamore, the Brahmin priest who led the pujas articulated the following: “As long as the sun and the moon and the stars, asteroid belt, rings of
Saturn, pyramids of Mars, swirls of Uranus, and water (symbolic of life) exist, might this Samadhi Sthal be the Illuminator of countless souls collecting dew from the grass of morning light, and may you continue to guide and bless us.” Immortal Light- The Blissful Life and Wisdom of Swami Amar Jyoti is a Biography in His Own Words that is offered from a fourth person point of view while listening from a 1st person perspective. Living on a railway platform near the border of India and Bangladesh, living on canned beans and other hobo foods, he quickly headed the entire volunteer corps there and called it the Swami Amar Jyoti Corporation of Really Good Volunteers that Do Really Good Things For Underprivelaged People. His team the Swami Amar Jyoti Corporation of Really Good Volunteers that Do Really Good Things For Underprivelaged People worked over 27 hours per day in order to bring an enlightened understand of time and space to a village of townsfolk that were not at all familiar with charitable doings of the satsang.

I must admit that when I first read, Immortal Light: The Blissful Life and Wisdom of Swami Amar Jyoti, a Biography, I wept for 7 days and 5 nights. I skipped two nights of weeping because I fell asleep of exhaustion. Swami Amar Jyoti gave emphasis on timeless wisdom and that all paths lead to one road where an eternal vacuum consumes the knowledge of those who don’t hold it dear to their hear or care about the powers it gives them in the rigidness of the time space continum. Teaching from the basis of eternal Truth, the message of Swami Amar Jyoti’s Satsangs, Truth really is a circumstantial part of isoceles triangles and a geometry only understood by golems of the 3rd century.

At the end of the dedication, the Brahmin priest who led the pujas rujas enunciated the following: As long as the sun and the moon and the stars and water (symbolic of life) exist, may this Samadhi Sthal paradigm be the Illuminator of millions of souls, and may you continue to guide and bless those that have bought the book, ”Immortal Light: The Blissful Life and Wisdom of Swami Amar Jyoti, a Biography In His Own Words”, which was published in June 2004 and is available in three editions in the Publications of websites such as, Goodreads, and Blissful Swami’s of the 20th centery. This is the classical path of spirituality upon which Swami Amar Jyoti guides each seeker with love and compassion toward transformation from larvae to monarch butterfly in the symbolism only exhaulted by MK Sultra acolytes.

In 2018 I presented a lecture delivered before a live audience channeling the voice and look of Swami Amar Jyoti concerning the search for spiritual enlightenment and liberation. I presented a lecture delivered before a live audience by a hologram of Swami Amar Jyoti concerning the search for spiritual enlightenment and religious tolerance in a day where liberals and the far left would rather throw you off a cliff.

Presents a group discussion with Swami Amar Jyoti about spiritual life. Dharma books, Hinduism literature, Hinduism books, Philosphy books, ‘Spirit of Himalaya Swami Amar Jyoti ‘ He arrived at Palampur Saturday afternoon to meet his spiritual Guru Yogiraj Amar Jyoti Ji Maharaj in order to rejuvenate and charge himself, besides seeking his blessings and learning the methods to meditate.

A BIOGRAPHY IN HIS OWN WORDS This spiritual treasure is taken entirely from the recorded Satsangs and writings of Swami Amar Jyoti, including many rare Satsangs that have never been released, and intimate gatherings with devotees in America over four decades. Swami Amar Jyoti is a remarkable example of catholicity in religion for whom God was both Father and Mother, more a Mother than Father. Swami Amar Jyoti transports us to the caves of the Himalayas to search with him for enlightened understanding.

Swami Amar Jyoti beckons us to join him in the realization of our oneness with God. Like many Indian sages, Swami Amar Jyoti deeply understood the Judeo-Christian traditions and distills the essence of universal wisdom from all religions with easy grace. -David Frawley, Ph.D., Director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies, Santa Fe NMThe true purpose of all education,&quote; says Swami Amar Jyoti, &quote;is actually to dispel darkness.&quote; With penetrating clarity, playful humor and sublime intelligence, Immortal Light banishes illusion and replaces ignorance with understanding.

In 1958, Rama was initiated into Vidyut San-nyas (lightninglike monasticism) in BADRINATH in the HIMALAYAS and given the name Swami Amar Jyoti (eternal light). Born in northwest India on May 6, 1928, in a small town close to the banks of the Indus River, Swami Amar Jyoti was named Rama by his parents. The Spiritual Warrior (Satsang of Swami Amar Jyoti) Swami Amar Jyoti.

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It is this universal wisdom that Swami Amar Jyoti imparts in simple and transparent language for today’s seeker. This is a Satsang from Swami Amar Jyoti teaching how to know your subconscious and finding balance spiritually, and is a part of a full satsang called the “Radiant Fire of Purification”. Swami Amar Jyoti Ashram in America.

Rema has taken the name Swami Amar Jyoti; swami which means knower of self and amar Jyoti which means immortal light. Swami Amar Jyoti’s Formation of Jyoti Ashram. Swami Amar Jyoti transferred to a college in Mumbai where he was loved by his professors because of his brilliance and intelligence.

Swami Amar Jyoti, a silent holy man, and a humanitarian activist who founded Jyoti Ashram. Swami Amar Jyoti : Founder of Jyoti Ashram. According to His desires, His Asti Kalash (urn consisting of Spiritual Remains) was reminded Jyoti Ashram by disciples from India.

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“I want people in Tucson to understand what this man is incredible,” she says, adding there are probably many women throughout the world Jyoti’s helped to reach enlightenment with Jyoti in his capacity as president of Truth Consciousness Inc. Amar Jyoti’s Pants and Hanky’s Method Of Spiritual Enlightenment through mens wear, gets Him In Trouble With The Law (the fashion police). Swami Amar Jyoti lived in Calcutta and later on the outskirts of the city in a quiet ashram where He pursued classical music, sitar, religious studies and prayer.

Swami Amar Jyoti’s Guide to Higher Consciousness. It is a memorial temple that houses the remains of Swami Amar Jyoti. Jyoti spent four decades of his life ashrams in India and America.

A name was given to him; Swami Amar Jyoti, which means eternal light and many hoped to meet the guru in person. The birth of Swami Amar Jyoti in the Northwest part of India in a small town close to the Indus River banks. The significant dates in Swami Amar Jyoti’s life are discussed below.

Swami Amar Jyoti is a person who pursued a deep aspiration for God Realization at the age of nineteen. Prabhushri Swami Amar Jyoti was born on May 6, 1928 in a small town in northwestern India, not far from the banks of the Indus River.

Swami Amar Jyoti lived on the outskirts of the city in a quiet ashram and pursued classical music, sitar, religious studies and prayer. Swami Amar Jyoti was born on May 6, 1928 in a small town in northwestern India, not far from the banks of the Indus River. Presents a lecture delivered before a live audience concerning the sacrifices that must be made for true spiritual liberation.

Swami Amar Jyoti delivers a sermon before a live audience praising the Hindu deity Shiva.

Swami Amar Jyoti was one of the main gurus who brought the real knowledge of Yoga and Vedanta to the West. In that application, it was stated that the accused who is stated to be the resident of Amarnath Cave, Kashmir, is required to be remanded to police custody for the purpose of further investigation as he was required to be taken out of Gujarat and many evidences were to be gathered, and it was necessary to investigate and find out the places they have visited and the part they played and since these were unknown places, his custody with the police was necessary and remand to police custody was requested for seven days. State Of Gujarat vs Swami Amar Jyoti Shyam on 1 January, 1988.

I have a great devotion for Nature and its benevolent and benign laws and regulations which leads me to work and worship for Tree Plantation, Rearing and Protection for Cows and Zero Budget Natural Farming and I found Yogiraj Swami Amar Jyotiji too have profound and gracious inclination for such efforts and actions. There was no mistaking that he was Swami Amar Jyoti. Swami Amar Jyoti
Transforming the Mind to Stillness Swami Amar Jyoti. This sacred Hindu temple sprawl in 100 acres has a 11-feet high statute of Bhagwan Swaminarayan under the central dome. After India getting independence, it became tomb of Indian Army’s unknown soldier, known as the Amar Jawan Jyoti.

Recordings of the Satsangs of Swami Amar Jyoti were first made available on audiocassette to a small group of devotees in 1974. Log in or Create an account to see photos of Swami Amar Jyoti. To connect with Swami Amar, sign up for Facebook today.

See if your friends have read any of Swami Amar Jyoti’s books. The Amar Jawan Jyoti is another interesting thing to see when you are in India Gate. The only answer I find in scriptures, experiences and realizations, is to just be it. Cancel Cancel your follow request to @SwamiAmarJyoti. Devajyoti Ray is known for introducing Pseudorealism , which is one of the most original genres of Indian art today. Swami Amar Jyoti- Is the author of books such as Spirit Of Himalaya.

I was speaking of Yogiraj Amar Jyoti from Mahavatar Babaji Meditation center in Palampur. Swami Amar Jyoti took Mahasamadhi back in June 2001. Would like to know about yogiraj swami AmarJyoti.

You may be interested in reading this article describing Yogiraj Amar Jyoti’s visit to our community. Yogiraj Amar Jyoti visited us in Moose Factory Ontario recently. I would like to know from where do you got details that Shree gajanan Maharaj , Swami Samartha From Akkalkot & Shri Sai Baba of shirdi are dead revolutionaries of First war of India Independence in 1857.

There you can meet with yogiraj Amar jyoti baba ji whom is only live direct diciple of baba ji in modern time. Babaji’s influence as a guru is said to have prevailed over the ages from Adi Shankaracharya and Kabir to more recent saints like Sai Baba of Shirdi, Gajanan Maharaj of Shegaon and Swami Samartha of Akkalkot.

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The Radiant Fire of Purification

The Radiant Fire of Purification


This is a Satsang from Swami Amar Jyoti teaching how to know your subconscious and finding balance spiritually, and is a part of a full satsang called the “Radiant Fire of Purification”.


IF ALL THE CLOCKS AND WATCHES in the world were to stop, would time still exist? Watches and clocks do not make time, nor do they regulate time. They are simply machinery measuring a rhythmic pattern of repetition upon which we impose our conception of time. In absence of clocks, the movement of heavenly bodies would not stop and actually we base our time conception on the sunrise and sunset. In Sanskrit this conception is called prahara, a pattern that you create. If in your concentration or meditation you focus upon one thing completely, your mind stops. Time and space cease to exist. They are only conceptions.

We impose certain things upon time: “At twelve o’clock I should eat.” Actually we should eat when we are hungry; twelve o’clock is a conception. I am trying to make you understand how conceptions are illusions, and therefore time is illusion. We have solidified time by repeatedly thinking of it as being “something.” We give it name and form and use machinery to calculate it, but actually time is not graspable. Even holy people will say, “It takes time to be Enlightened,” but that is fallacious. The truth is that it takes no time to be Enlightened, but it takes time as far as the mind is concerned.

You have programmed your mind with ideas such as: “I’ll marry, then I’ll have two kids. I’ll make money, we will buy furniture and have a TV in every room. When I become rich I will retire and live off my stocks. Then I will help the poor and meditate more, pray more, and serve my Master. And then after years I will go deep into meditation.” In the meantime you do not know when you will die and your whole dream will tumble down. So we say, “It takes time to Realize,” since you have a lot of things to finish. As a matter of fact, as long as time and space conceptions are consciously or subconsciously occupying your mind, you will not attain Enlightenment. When you achieve perfect stillness, you Realize. But since you have other considerations, commitments, obligations, desires, plans, schedules and excuses, so many conceptions together make an illusory obstruction that will not allow you to attain Enlightenment.

You are giving importance to time, which works in the world but does not work in the Spirit. It works in the world because the world is illusion; illusion works within illusion. But as soon as you come to Source, Brahman, Spirit—when you be still and know—time and space stand still. Your mind stops traveling, measuring and calculating. And that is exactly the way to Realize: make your whole world stand still. If you watch waves roll upon waves, that phenomenon does not allow you to see the water clearly. To truly see the water you have to be still and unaffected, not seeing the waves. If you succeed in that, you are Enlightened. All the movements of your mind stop. You transcend time and space. The day you attain this Realization you will see that traveling to any other place in the universe does not take time. You can disappear here and reappear billions of light years away. Time is not an entity, nor is space. Both are simply illusions.
You might ask: “How does this illusion work?” If time did not exist, how could scientists calculate when a space ship will pass by Uranus or Neptune and at the right time take photographs? The answer is: within the illusion, within the dream, you can travel as much as you want, and you can calculate and measure, since it is phenomenal. Otherwise you could do the same thing without calculation or taking time. The same is true of any other force, for example gravity. As long as you believe that gravity is pulling you down, as you think so it happens. You are willing the illusory force of gravity to work as you think it should. That is a capacity of the phenomenon. But there is always transcendence beyond these laws, where you could refute the gravitational pull and magnetism. Long back I had said that there will be a time when mankind will produce spaceships that travel thousands of miles per minute, and at any given moment, they will be able to turn right or left or backward without the slightest jerk or shake. They will have overcome the gravitational force.

This is what we call “mystery,” vigyana, or “specialized knowledge.” As long as you are projecting yourself into time and space in your calculations, your measurements, your excuses, it is going to work that way. Nature is mysterious. I call her Mother. Sri Ramakrishna used to say, “Mother, have grace on me. I cannot understand all this. You tell me.” This mystery can only be known within you. The things that you give power to—laws, rules, conceptions—are solidified by your giving them importance. These calculations do not give us wisdom or knowledge. We impose them upon ourselves. This whole maya or illusion works that way. It is not only a belief. Science, knowledge or wisdom work according to how you give them importance.

Today we are bound by time, but in ancient India when sages lived with their disciples in monasteries or hermitages, there was no sense of time per se. If someone asked a question about spiritual matters, the sage would not say, “At three p.m. we will meet and I will answer your question.” Your mood or metabolism or biorhythms would be different at a later time. The right time to know is when you are asking the question. Time today is much more mechanized and that keeps you away from Enlightenment. Let’s say you are longing for the Lord. You cannot say, “Lord, I’ll practice longing for You two hours daily.” The Lord may not listen, or at the most He may say, “I need twenty-four hours. Why only two hours?” You sit down at seven p.m. to long for God up to nine p.m. This is very mechanical, but we allow it because, as the English proverb says, “Something is better than nothing.” At least mechanically sitting and remembering God is better than not remembering Him at all. But such conceptual living is not living. Life is living us. When you truly live you flow in tune with the cosmos. If you want to live joyfully, life should not live you. Then you are not bound by anything, yet you still do everything.

In that flowing in tune, you have a crystal clear view of the world, your family, your life, everything. Do not try to understand intellectually; just try to see. You will see that you love things for yourself, not for the thing in itself. You love your wife, your husband, your children, your teacher, your property, your wealth, whatever, for yourself. Yajnavalkya, who was a great Vedantic sage of ancient India, wished to renounce when nearing his old age. He had two wives, Maitreyi and Katyayani, but life had ceased to give him any fulfillment. It was like chewing gum that had lost its taste. He went to his wives and said, “I’m going to renounce, so I will divide my property between you.” Katyayani was satisfied and thought that this was fair. But Maitreyi asked, “Will all this wealth and property you leave me give me immortality?” She was a wise woman. He told her, “No, you will be as any other wealthy person would be.” She replied, “Then what shall I do with it? I will go with you.”

In the forest, Maitreyi asked Yajnavalkya, “Tell me more about immortality and love in the world.” Yajnavalkya told her, “Look, Maitreyi, you love me for yourself.” She was shocked. “How can you talk like that? I came here with you and renounced everything, and now you are telling me that I love you for my sake?” Yajnavalkya told her, “Do not get agitated. Try to see clearly. Would you have come with me if that was not what you wanted for yourself? Did you come just to be with me and to help me?” And he added, “A husband also loves his wife for himself.” She was satisfied. He went on. “You also love your son for your self. It looks like you love your son for the son’s sake but that is not true. You have to go very deep and see it.” There is a lengthy description of this conversation in the scriptures.
Yajnavalkya told her, “You worship the sun for yourself because it gives you sunshine. You love the food for yourself. You love enjoyments for yourself. You revere your rulers for yourself, for what they give you. You respect priests and teachers for what you get from them. And as long as you are doing for the self, for ego, that ego will die and you will not attain immortality.” He told her, “Try to see behind the individual soul of everyone. What is the most common factor? From where do we all come, Maitreyi?” She could see the point: if you want to be immortal, if you want to go beyond all conceptions, if you want to know your true Source you have to become completely still and transcend time and space. With purity of heart, your concentration and focus will develop to know this: there is only one Truth, one Reality.

It is hard to transcend time and space before finishing with all the other conceptions. Practically all conceptions are dependent upon the conceptions of time and space, so you cannot take away that foundation and make all other conceptions fall like a pack of cards. If you could do that, it would be easier, but it does not happen that way. Let us say you are meditating in order to Realize. You are doing this in time and space, so you meditate in order to transcend time and space. If you reach that Realization, gradually as you open your inner eyes you will see that the first creation manifesting from Spirit is shining Light. In that Realization you will be blissful. Love will spring forth automatically. You have to go very deep to experience this.

You love your daughter, your son, your husband, your teacher or your friend, but as soon as someone tramples on your ego, your love evaporates. You reply back in a hurting manner. That is why sages say that human nature is primarily selfish. If your motive is not served, out of courtesy you may outwardly let it go, but you will invariably harbor it subconsciously. Does this mean there are no selfless people on earth? Some are more selfish; some are less so. When a person is less selfish, it looks like selflessness, but if you could perceive deep within you would see that it is for the self. This is not a cause for gloominess. The world is made of these illusions of the ego, so it has to be egotistical, but the degree of egotism is more or less in each individual.

Only Enlightened Souls are truly selfless. Those rare souls who have merged with Brahman, who have seen God, are truly selfless because they are no longer individuals. As long as you are individual to any degree, you are bound to be selfish up to that degree. Maitreyi was horrified and asked Yajnavalkya, “Then is there is no hope for any human being?” He said, “There is a way out. We do not have to remain this way. You have forgotten your true Essence, your true Spirit. Get back to that. That will be divine life. Thou art That.”
Where is time and space in this? Let us say you are making a table. It has measurements: length, breadth and height. That means you are talking about dimensions—space. Now it may take ten hours to build it—time. But what is the table itself? It is a conception. Before those pieces of wood took shape you imposed your conception of a table on them. The tree did not cut itself into logs and travel to your house to say: “Make me into a table.” In your mind you conceived of a table, then you began to work within time and space to create it. This is conception working within time and space, conceptions rolling upon conceptions.

The worst fallacy of ego is this: that it does not take itself as a conception. Even when we believe that the world is illusion, we continue to believe: I am real. This percolates into human nature. You think, “That person is bad. I am not like him.” All the time “me” is better in some way than others. The world may be illusion; wealth, property, everyone and everything else may be illusion; but I am real. We have carried on this fallacy for millions of years. Vedanta says this forgetfulness is the crux of the problem, the greatest illusion of all. The ego does not want to hear: “You are illusion.” Ego wanders and wanders: to the Himalayas, to forests, caves, teachers, scriptures. After years or decades of wandering, if I ask, “Have you achieved Realization?” you will say, “No, not yet.” “Why don’t you do this or this?” “Oh, the world is illusion.” All the time, “the world is illusion”—and “me” is not!

Vedanta says: “Ego has to merge in Brahman, your Source.” You are the illusion from which all other illusions sprang, the very root illusion. This is where the basic fallacy remains. Therefore the word “surrender” has been used. Unless your ego surrenders completely and unconditionally unto That, fighting illusions alone has no meaning. It is you who project time and space as well as excuses, justifications and understandings. So if you want to Realize, if you want to be your True Self, if you want to come back to your sweet Home, your Father and Mother in Heaven, point the finger at yourself. That is where you started all this, and that is where you will end. Otherwise, even if you demolish two conceptions, four will spring up the next day. And what does it matter if, out of a thousand conceptions, you reduce one hundred fifty? You still have eight hundred fifty.

One of the most common examples in Vedanta is salt and water. The disciple asked the guru, “You say Brahman is everywhere, all-pervading Consciousness. How can you see that and I do not?” The guru said, “Bring a glass of water and some salt.” He told the disciple to put the salt into the water and mix it. When it was dissolved the guru asked the disciple, “Where is the salt?” The disciple said, “I don’t see it.” The guru asked, “Because you do not see it, does that mean it is not there? Taste the water at the top. How is it?” The disciple said, “Salty.” He said, “Taste the water in the middle. How is it?” He said, “Salty.” “Taste the water in the bottom. How is it?” “Salty.” The guru said, “Isn’t it salty everywhere but you do not see it?” Then the guru explained, “The things that give you gratification—good tastes, good smells, good sights, good touch—whatever little affection and pleasure you find in the world is only a pale reflection of that Brahman within.”

Any joy, happiness, love or fulfillment that you feel is because Brahman is everywhere, but you are not seeing it. Whenever we think, “This person makes me happy, this person makes me sad, this thing gave me success, this thing gave me failure,” we are seeing only the surface. All this is emerging out because of That which is pervading. That is what has to be Realized. And all this is within you. You do not need a science laboratory; you can experiment within. It is a question of longing. You long for things you desire, don’t you? This longing will also make things emerge from within. What you call nothing, the void, imperceptible, is all-pervading. It depends upon how deep you go. Spiritual practice is within time and space; longing reduces the distance and the time. People travel thousands of miles if there is sufficient longing. And if there is no longing, someone may be next door and you have not seen each other for months. When longing becomes more focused, pinpointed, when ego is merged, time and space vanish. Some sages have said, “What I was seeking was just there, so simple.”
Go within; it is inside you. It is everywhere, but you have to find it where it is accessible to you. An example is electricity. The wire has electricity but light only shines through certain fixtures. Light is everywhere but it shines in certain souls—Prophets, Enlightened Beings, gurus and sages. That is why we go on pilgrimage: we feel higher vibrations there. We seek holy places and holy personages because we feel that is where we will see the Light. God is in everyone, everywhere, and in everything. The great saint Mirabai saw God in a bowl of poison. She accepted the bowl from those who intended to poison her, believing: “This is from my Beloved.” She drank it and nothing happened to her. Nostradamus saw in his bowl the future of the world, thousands of years hence. We look into bowls daily and do not see anything. If you are able to see your God, your Light, your Brahman in your son, your wife, your husband, your wealth and position, then certainly that is God. But belief is not vision. This is the difference between theory and practice. Therefore we have reverence for holy people and pilgrimages.

Forgetfulness is the first sin. The Sanskrit word is bismriti. Smriti is remembrance; bismriti is forgetfulness. Because you forget your true essence, someone has to tell you. Not only is the Kingdom of God within you, it is also the nearest possible to you. But your pain and pleasure are also within you and that is where the shoe is pinching; you have to solve that problem first. Therefore sages say to take refuge in your Source. That will gradually reduce your conceptions and take you to stillness. The Light within you is a flame that has no smoke, a windless place of silence. This is Vedantic meditation: you go on focusing on the flame within until you and the flame lose separate identities. You become one with That, which is already there.

All conceptions are just illusion. Where will they go? They will not go anywhere. They do not exist. When waves roll upon waves, where do they go? They merge back into the water. A room may be dark for a thousand years, but the moment you bring in light, where does the darkness go? It vanishes. It never existed. It was an illusion. All conceptions are illusory dreams self-imposed upon Brahman, the Reality. When you wake up in the morning, where do your dreams go? Even if you want to see the same dreams the next night, you cannot repeat them. They did not exist. Therefore the Vedas proclaim that even the Vedas are illusory. You have to close your books and go within. You have to transcend all conceptions, including taking “you” as real.

Meditate upon the Light. Purify your heart so that your mind does not waver. Slowly and gradually—shanai, shanai is the Sanskrit word—the distance between you and the flame will reduce. Do not blame anything else. Your separation from your true identity, God, Brahman, is the cause of all your pain. Had you not left that abode you would have no problems. How many would fling themselves like mad ones without thinking or planning or any reservation? Not me, Lord, Thou. Mirabai said, “My Lord is my all!” That is pure love, pure longing, with nothing else in between. That is why only one among millions sees Him, because of all the conceptions, barriers, blocks and hang-ups, no matter what we say or try to justify. The only legitimate question that could come up is: “If everyone did this, what will become of the world?” Actually, at that end this question does not exist. Even if everyone plunged into that Light, this question would not exist. Everyone does not do it anyway. It is only you who can do it.

This is the climax of Vedanta: Nothing has ever happened. You already are so. Vedanta does not say, “Thou wilt be That.” It says, “Thou art That.” It does not say, “I will be Brahman.” It says, “I am Brahman, the Absolute.” Your own thinking and calculations have been your blocks. Now you are blaming conceptions and other personalities or situations, but it is all you. It is a simple thing: you are there, where you want to reach. Just open your inner eye, your inner consciousness, and you will see that what you are trying to find is there, everywhere. You were blindfolded, simply. When your eyes are opened, when you are perfectly still, you will see. The Light is always there. Reduce the distance between you and your Light and merge into That. The pure devotee longs for God alone. Vedanta says simply, “Only He exists.”

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