The Thoughts of P.R. Sarkar

The devotee will not only sing spiritual songs and chants (bhajan and kiirtan). They are not seasoned devotees! Those spiritual aspirants who move speedily on the path of evolution towards the Supreme Consciousness will never be blind to the sufferings of countless people around them due to the lack of a solid social system, solid economic system and human feeling. If anyone is blind to the ill-management of the social system, they have not been able to understand the Supreme Consciousness fully. If they do so, they will have a subjective approach but not objective adjustment. But when devotees will move towards the Supreme, their approach will be “salvation for self and service to humanity.” They go on moving toward the Supreme Consciousness while serving humanity. When humanity is neglected, “salvation for self” is also destroyed. Hence the devotee must be ready to serve humanity. The spiritual aspirants who do not render social service do not have real devotion. In their devotion lies selfishness. The devotees who are selfish do not attain God. Those who are devotees are workers. They will never be afraid of work. They will do maximum work.

“Astitva and Shivatva”

After millions of animal lives, created beings attain human forms. That is why all the scriptures speak of the rarity of human life. The wise make proper utilization of all objects - this utilization alone makes the existence of the object worthy. You have achieved human frame – you must make it meaningful by your sádhaná (spiritual practice), service and sacrifice. Engage yourself in such useful pursuits that even the worst of your enemies hardly has any chance to despise you; utilize yourself in such a manner so as to have satisfaction in your mind also, that you never wasted your time uselessly on this earth.

Ananda Vanii, May 1970

12. Struggle Against Obstacles

What is sádhaná (spiritual practice)? Sádhaná means an effort. Effort for what? It is an endless effort to become one with the Supreme Nucleus. It is a ceaseless effort to obtain perfection from imperfection. Now, no movement in this universe is possible without encountering opposition. Wherever there is movement, there is opposition also. The result of struggle against this opposition is termed progress. The more one desires to proceed vigorously to the goal, the more one is to struggle against the opposition. Thus those who are adverse to struggle can never progress. They lag far behind, what to speak of progress. That’s why struggle is the essence of life. Those who abhor struggle, who misconstrue struggle as violence, have no place in the world.

"Cosmic Vision”, January 1979, 44

One who wants to attain the goal must not be too concerned with obstacles on the way. If one thinks of the obstacles, they will themselves become the goal and not the Supreme. That is why, in the field of spiritual sádhaná, one must always think of the Supreme, not anything else. While thinking of this goal, if some opposite feeling comes in the mind of the aspirant, s/he should not think of this. “From where are the obstacles coming?” This should not be the topic of discussion. “What we have to reach” - this should be the topic of discussion.

To establish the heavenly kingdom in this world, those with tireless cosmic ideation have to fight within themselves the devil of their own weaknesses and defects. But remember this “devil” is not your goal, so you are not to think of it. Whatever the obstacle in this march to the Great – there will be no compromise with it. That is why I say, this is the path of bravery, this is not the path of crudeness – and there is no place in it for cowardice. The aspirant will have to go on fighting endlessly, without pause.

“Brahmabhava and Human Life”

Difficulties can never be greater than your capacity to solve them. (Supreme Expression I, 11)

The main characteristic of Tantra (spiritual expansion) is that it represents manly vigour. It represents a pactless fight. Where there is no fight there is no sádhaná. It is an impossibility to conquer a crude idea and to replace it by a subtle idea without a fight. It is not at all possible without spiritual practice. Hence, Tantra is not only a fight, it is an all-round fight. It is not only an external or an internal fight, it is simultaneously both.

“Tantra and Its Effect on Society”

Can we achieve honour, status and other things that we want in this material world without a stuggle? And when we consider our aspiration for development and advancement in the mental world, that also cannot be brought about without a struggle. That is why, everywhere, whether in crude or subtle sphere, struggle is the essence of life. Thus Tantra is an asset not only in the spiritual world but even in the most material and crude spheres of life. Those who sparkle and arouse their vigour in the physical and mental realm by staging a struggle against crude trends, become superhuman in their human frames. The personalities earned with vigour and vitality get ovations everywhere.

“Tantra and Its Effect on Society”

The Tántrikas, (those who practice Tantra) are to stage a fight against all crude forces, a pauseless struggle against inequality and cowardliness. The establishment of equality is possible only by the Tántrikas and not by non-Tántrikas. Of course, not only in the mental and spiritual arena but in the material sphere too, complete one hundred percent equality is an impossibility. And so the Tántrikas have to continue their fight indefinitely. Where is the opportunity for them to have rest?

“Tantra and Its Effect on Society”

Don’t compare life to a pool of muddy, stagnant water. Life resembles an ever-flowing spring. Pushing aside the stones of obstruction and difficulties, marching on with vigorous speed is its nature. Hence it is clear that one who wants to keep away from obstacles has lost the Dharma (essence) of life; verily, he is dead – the graveyard, not the society, should be his abode.

Ánanda Váńii, January, 1958