High or low, upgraded or degraded, all are equal for Him because the heaven is His creation, the hell is His creation. If we say that He is only in heaven, it will not be a correct utterance, because He is in hell also. His sons, His daughters, are never alone; He is with you even in hell.
What should you do? You should always remember that you are the child of a Great Father. You must not think that you are a sinner, that you are a degraded person. If you think that you are a sinner, it means you are meditating on sin. And when sin becomes the object of your meditation, actually you will become a sinner, because a person becomes just like one’s object of ideation, object of meditation. If you always meditate on sin, “I am a sinner… I am a sinner…” actually you will become a sinner. The psychological approach is to forget it, even if you are a sinner.
You should think, “I am the child of a Great Father.” And thus you are meditating on the Great Father. And a day is sure to come when you will become one with your Great Father. You should say, “I am your child… I am Your child… Oh, Father, take me on Your lap, I am Your child… I am your child…” This should be the approach. You should forget what you do not want.
Discourse in Philippines, 1969
Virtue and vice are temporal entities. These things have nothing to do with a person’s relationship with the Supreme Father. Suppose several boys are moving along a road and a boy falls into the drain. His clothes and his body become dirty. Other people, passers-by, will laugh at him but when the father sees his boy in that condition, what will he do? Will he laugh at his own son? No, no, no. What will he do? He himself will go there into the drain and take his boy in his own lap and clean his clothes, clean his body, and after that, he will say, “My boy, you should walk carefully.” Sinners are just like that boy in the drain. Clear?
Discourse in Philippines, 1969
Now, the Supreme Consciousness has two imperfections. One is, He cannot create a second Supreme Consciousness: the Supreme is always one. The second imperfection is that He cannot hate anybody. Suppose you dislike a person; you will say, “I don’t want to see your face, I hate you! Get out, get out!” But the Supreme Consciousness cannot hate anybody. Suppose He hates you – if He says, “Get out!” then you will challenge Him, “O Supreme Consciousness, You are everywhere and You order me to get out - where will I go? Everything is within You, and when You say get out, where am I to go? So either You change Your name or withdraw Your order”. So the Supreme Consciousness cannot hate even a bad person, as all are His creations.
Suppose in your mind you have created a drunkard, a bad man, can you hate that man? As he is within your mind, you cannot hate him. So the Supreme cannot hate.
Discourse in Taipei, Taiwan, August 1979
What is dogma? Dogma is an idea with a rigid boundary line, which won’t allow you to go beyond the periphery of that boundary line. Thus dogma goes against the fundamental spirit of the human mind. The human mind won’t tolerate anything rigid. It wants movement – not only movement, but accelerated movement. So you should be vocal in fighting the influence of dogmas.
It is due to these dogmas that human society could not progress properly. Now, although there has been intellectual progress, there is a crisis of civilization. Why? Because human existence has been endangered by dogmas. Humans want unbarred psychic progress, intellectual progress, without obstacles. But certain dogmas are trying to devour them. Communism is one such dogma. It won’t allow you to think beyond its periphery. So it is the duty of all intellectuals to make people conscious of the all-devouring influence of dogma.
“Prajiṋá Bhárati” August 1980, 9
The real knowledge is knowing one’s self. You know, there are certain defective philosophies in the world which maintain that the material world, matter, is everything. When matter is everything, then matter becomes the goal of life. And human existence, human consciousness, will become like earth and stone. Karl Marx preached that defective philosophy. You should keep your mind free from the bindings and fetters of such a defective philosophy because it is anti-human, morally anti-human. It is most detrimental to human existence and human development.
Discourse in Taipei, Taiwan, August 1979
Spirituality is not a utopian ideal but a practical philosophy which can be practiced and realized in everyday life. Spirituality stands for evolution and elevation, not for superstitions or pessimism. All divisive tendencies and group and clan philosophies which create shackles of narrow-mindedness are not connected with spirituality and should be discouraged. Only that which leads to broadness of vision should be accepted. Spirituality does not recognize any unnatural distinctions and differentiations made between human beings; it stands for universality.
Idea and Ideology, 89
Spirituality knows no occupational barriers. It is universal. It is transcendental. It is not reserved for black people or white people or rich or poor. It is the divine gift of God to all of His children. Spirituality (dharma) is all-embracing. It is the birth-right of all people.
Supreme Expression I, 221
As long as you exist, you have to perform service. The moment you stop, you will fall into an abyss. You should not do this! It is your nature to carry yourself from narrowness to vastness, from greatness to divinity. It is against your nature to allow yourself to fall into an abyss. You long for eternal bliss, you endeavour for eternal life, and you are fused with that very unending life in the circulation of your blood and in the rhythmic vibrations of the contractions of your heart. You have been listening day and night to the voice of eternal youth. In the state of Supreme Attainment and Supreme Realization, you will be infused with boundless knowledge. O human being! Be established in the radiance of godliness, in manliness, because yours is a path of a revolution. Yours is not a path of extra caution and hesitant movement. You are travellers on a difficult path. You have to march ahead, with head held high and with your chest forward. You have not a moment to stagger or look behind.
Subháśita Saḿgraha I, 119
O human beings! You are fortunate. The clarion call of the Universal has reached you. That very call is vibrating in every cell of your body. Will you now lie inert in the corner of your house? Will you now waste your time clutching ancient skeletons to your breast and moaning over them? The Supreme Being is calling you in the roar of the ocean, in the thunder of the clouds, in the speed of the lightning, in the meteor’s flaming fires. Nothing will come of remaining idle. Get up and awaken the clouded chivalry of your dormant youth. The path may not be strewn with flowers – an inferiority complex may seek to hold back your every advancing footstep, but even then you have to proceed onward, tearing the shroud of darkness. You will soon rend the thick darkness of despair on the way to the attainment of the Supreme State, and advance onwards in the swift-moving chariot, radiant with the sun’s brilliance.
Subháśita Saḿgraha I, 67