In the Drama of Creation, we see three entities:
God, man and Nature/Society.
Of these three, clearly, the most important is God,
because the other two have come from God. In fact,
as Swami often says, man is a limb of Society, Society
is a limb of Nature, and Nature itself is a limb of
Every individual must clearly understand this underlying
"triangular structure" and be in total harmony
Specifically, every individual must recognize that
he/she is a Spark of the Divine. Not merely recognize,
but act and behave like a Spark of the Divine! All
trouble starts from the fact that people a) fail to
recognize this fact, and b) even if they do, ignore
In addition, one must remember that God is present
everywhere. He is immanent in everything in the Universe,
animate as well as inanimate.
In this context, quoting a Vedic hymn, Swami often
tells us: HE stands on thousands of feet, and sees
through thousands of eyes. What this means is that
the Cosmic Form of God in the gross world is nothing
but the sum total of everything that exists in the
There are three bonds in the SO-CALLED Golden Triangle
depicted above. These three bonds illustrate the three-fold
aspect of the Divine in the Universe. All the bonds
These days, most people find it convenient to forget
the fact that God created Nature and that He is immanent
in Society. Thus, straightaway, the triangle loses
So the first step is that the triangle becomes a
simple angle with two sides. Next, the two sides get
separated, and one has just two lines! One line represents
man's link with God, and the other line represents
man's link with Nature/Society. This was illustrated
This is the beginning of pure disaster. Man develops
the deluded feeling that he has got it all worked
out. He prays to God, meticulously observes rituals,
etc. He goes on pilgrimages, visits temples, and gives
out a small amount of money in charity. After all
this, he feels fine. He then goes out into Society
and behaves just as he wants. He has no compunctions
about morality in community and public life. He cheats
at every conceivable opportunity, and thinks it is
perfectly OK in the context of survival, going ahead,
This is the way man gets out of step. When one person
does this, others tend to copy, especially if the
person who starts it all is a so-called pillar of
Society. This stresses the crucial importance of role
models. That is why there is an Indian Proverb: As
is the King, so are the subjects.
In today's Society, role models like Gandhi who
strove hard to uphold Sathya and Dharma are very scarce.
A few may exist, but today's media culture is such
that these noble souls are not considered worth reporting
upon. Goodness is no longer considered as news worthy
of printing. Just think about it - how much space
does the media of the world devote to Baba? But they
have all the paper-space for crime and scandals!
Today, in every field of human endeavour, there
are heroes and role models, except where Sathya and
Dharma are considered. There are football heroes,
movie stars who are aped, and so on; but is there
another Gandhi amongst humans? Nowhere in sight!
Today's Society is rather like an aircraft with
failed engines. What is the reason? Imbalance of the
If the individual who is unbalanced commands a lot
of influence [like, Hitler, for example did], then
great disaster can follow.
Hitler's policies were patently evil, and quite
evident. But today, evil wears a clever masquerade.
Driven by excessive greed, business poses as a great
saviour of mankind and as the only solution to the
problems of today. In the process, it is dragging
humanity into disaster.
Internal imbalance can blind a person. The person
knows there is disaster ahead, but does not care.
In many respects, humanity today is like the drug
addict who knows that drugs are very bad for him and
yet does want to stop.
Who is a balanced person? One who is detached under
all circumstances alone is a balanced person.
How come this so-called balanced person is indifferent
to both good and bad? Ah! There is an important point
here. What we normally describe as "good"
is purely in worldly terms. When one is not attached
to the world, then this so-called good does not specifically
appear to be good. Good and bad are just the ups and
downs of the Divine Drama.
But is it realistic to ask a person to be unaffected
by good and bad, even if they are only "so-called"?
May be not when one is at the very early stages of
a seeker. But if one is serious, then one must remain
cool and unaffected.
But is feasible? Is it possible? Oh yes, and it
has happened, oftener than we realise. Take the case
of a good tennis player, who is down by two sets.
The third set is in progress, and he is appearing
to lose grip. And then he makes a firm determination
not to lose his cool. Slowly he turns the third set
to his advantage and finally wins it. Retaining his
cool, he then goes on to win the fourth, and finally,
holding on to his cool, he clinches the fifth and
the final set. Has not this sort of thing happened?
Why then do we maintain that being cool in the face
of adversity is impossible?
With strong faith in God, it IS possible to be balanced
and cool always. With strong and unflinching commitment
to Sathya and Dharma, it IS possible to always remain
What is needed is DETERMINATION, FIRM DETERMINATION.
Swami says, "If you take one step, I shall take
ten if not a hundred steps towards you". He also
adds, "The more determined you are, the more
determined I shall be to help you!"