"The enjoyment of life is only possible if we could get connected to the Spirit and that connection to the Spirit is only possible if you sprout into that: you become the Spirit."


Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
 
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In this issue:

Nature is absolutely harmonious

The infrastructure of man can be ruined by him - it's only he who can do it

There is something lacking in human beings which doesn't give the full enjoyment

If you don't go to the subtler side, it's not reality

Because the connection for extracting joy has to be with the Spirit

Nature is absolutely harmonious

So to continue with the same topic we had about the infrastructure of a human being, about which I told you, that God has made this infrastructure very beautifully. Even in nature if you see, anything that is living, see a tree if you look at the tree you'll be amazed how the different channels that take the sap upwards are so beautifully placed that there's no problem for water to rise. The suction in the water takes place because the sun shines and the water is sucked in. The nature is so nicely built up, absolutely harmonious. When it is winter time the leaves drop out because the Mother Earth requires the nutrition, and the leaves are not getting so much of sunshine so there should be less surface exposed. The same nutrition is taken up again, and again in the spring you find again the beautiful leaves breaking through. It's so beautifully worked out, the whole situation, the whole universe is so beautifully made, and the infrastructure is so made that it receives all the blessings of the Divine, without any difficulty. It rains and the nature receives it. If you have ever been to a forest, to the densest forest that you could think of, you'll be amazed how clean it is, the fragrance of that place is so clean, nothing stagnates; how it operates and how it works out through sunshine, through rain, through wind.

The infrastructure of man can be ruined by him - it's only he who can do it

In this whole universe now man is created, which is a problem. The infrastructure of man can be ruined by him; it's only he who can do it. The trees cannot ruin themselves, can they? They stand up like witnesses, they just give, just give. Even when they die they give their wood. When they live they give their flowers, they give their shade, they give their beauty, they're giving, giving, giving all the time, and the one who takes is this great epitome of creation, the human being. He's the recipient of all that. Then he has got intelligence to receive everything from that and to use it for one's own purpose. That's how we are exploiting, I would say exploiting the blessings of nature. That's good, that's what God wanted that we should really have the blessings of nature that you are the monarchs of this universe so everything stands in attention for your need, while man on his own goes mad with his extreme behavior. He doesn't think of his infrastructure which he can ruin. The problem is, only the man can ruin that; not only that but also the outer structure which is the atmosphere. You send one man to a forest, it's all right. If you send two hundred tigers to a forest, it's all right, but if you send ten men to a forest, finished. All the beauty is finished.

There is something lacking in human beings which doesn't give the full enjoyment

On one side, the sense of beauty only human beings have got, the sense of understanding cleanliness only human beings have got; so they are the only enjoyers, they are the only enjoyers of all. They are supposed to enjoy all this, but there is something lacking in them which doesn't give the full enjoyment. When you look at a tree, today cherry blossom everywhere, then the thought starts coming, "How much they must have paid for this tree? How many years it must have taken?" All these mundane type of questions come to your mind. But supposing by any chance, if no thoughts come into your mind, you just see, witness, could witness, then the joy that they are trying to give you and express would be complete within yourself.

If you don't go to the subtler side, it's not reality

That state we have not yet achieved, always we have thoughts, thoughts which are all artificial, thoughts that make you some sort of an imaginary person, or if you don't go to the subtler side, a very gross person. It's not reality. Imagination is not reality, and also the grossness is not. Like a poet might say that, "What a flower is there, its beautiful and that and that", and all sort of stories he may build up about a flower, and a person who is not imaginary might say, " don't know how much it will cost, how to put it down, what is the use of this, how it can be economic." Poetry, of course, touches a subtler side of life no doubt, and thank God Hampstead had so many great poets, but still it is imaginary for other people. What you look at and you think, may not be true for others. For example a person like Blake who wrote all poetry, nobody understood Him. To understand Him also you have to have Realization otherwise you can't understand Him at all.

Because the connection for extracting joy has to be with the Spirit

So whatever is rendered on gross level or on imaginary level by the nature, cannot be enjoyed by human beings to its full extent, cannot be. We think so. Look at the economic laws as they are that wants in general are not satiable, means that's not satisfying at all. I mean it says, it confesses. Today you want to have a car? All right, you have a car. Then you want to have an airplane? All right, you have an airplane. Then you want to have some sort of a thing. There's no end to it. So it proves that the joy that you get out of material things also is not satisfying, because at the state at which human beings are they cannot enjoy. They cannot enjoy anything, though they are supposed to enjoy everything, because they only have the capacity to enjoy. But there is something lacking in them by which they cannot enjoy anything, and what is that quality? What is that state? Because the connection for extracting joy has to be with the Spirit. Spirit is the connection which emits joy. There's no other way to enjoy life without remorse.

Notes: - All excerpts are taken directly from the lectures of the Founder of Sahaja Yoga, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi (1982-0422: All is So Beautifully Made, Public Program, Hampstead, UK).

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