Highest Worship: Serve God in Man
95. Him I call a Mahatman (great soul) whose heart bleeds for the poor; otherwise he is a wicked soul.
96. The only God to worship is the human soul in the human body. Of course, all animals are temples too, but man is the highest, the Taj Mahal of temples. If I cannot worship in that, no other temple will be of any advantage.
97. All other gods are sleeping. What vain gods shall we go after and yet cannot worship the god that we see all round us, the Virat? When we have worshipped this, we shall be able to worship all other gods.
98. This is the gist of all worship – to be pure and to do good to others. He who sees Shiva in the poor, in the weak, and in the diseased, really worships Shiva; and if he sees Shiva only in the image, his worship is but preliminary.
99. The infinite truth is never to be acquired. It is here all the time, undying and unborn. He, the Lord of the universe, is in every one. There is but one temple–the body. It is the only temple that ever existed. In this body, He resides, the Lord of souls and the King of kings. We do not see that, so we make stone images of Him and build temples over them. “The fool, dwelling on the bank of the Ganga, digs a well for water!” Such are we! Living in the midst of God–we must go and make images. We project Him in the form of the image, while all the time He exists in the temple of our body. This is the great delusion. Worship everything as God–every form is His temple. All else is delusion. Always look within, never without.
100.After so much austerity, I have understood this as the real truth – God is present in every Jiva; there is no other God besides that. ‘Who serves Jiva, serves God indeed’.
101 .This life is short, the vanities of the world are transient, but they alone live who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive.
102.If the Lord grants that you can help any one of His children, blessed you are; do not think too much of yourselves. Blessed you are that that privilege was given to you when others had it not. Do it only as a worship.
103.Even the least work done for others awakens the power within; even thinking the least good of others gradually instils into the heart the strength of a lion. I love you all ever so much, but I wish you all to die working for others.
104. A11 love is expansion, all selfishness is contraction. Love is therefore the only law of life. He who loves lives, he who is selfish is dying.
105. You must give your body, mind, and speech to ‘the welfare of the world’. You have read – ‘Matru Devo Bhava, Pitru Devo Bhava – Look upon your mother as God, Look upon your father as God’, but I say, Daridra Devo Bhava, Murkha Devo Bhava-the poor, the illiterate, the ignorant, the afflicted -let these be your God’. Know that service to these alone is the highest religion.
106. Get up, and put your shoulders to the wheel – how long is this life for? As you have come into this world, leave some mark behind. Otherwise, where is the difference between you and the trees and stones? They, too, come into existence, decay and die.
107.Inactivity should be avoided by all means. Activity always means resistance. Resist all evils mental and physical; and when you have succeeded in resisting, then will calmness come.
108. May I be born again and again and suffer thousands of miseries so that I may worship the only God that exists, the only God I believe in, the sum total of all souls – and above all, my God the wicked, my God the miserable, my god the poor of all races, of all
species, is the special object of my worship.
109. Blessed are they whose bodies get destroyed in the service of others.
110. From highest Brahman to the yonder worm,
And to the very minutest atom,
Everywhere is the same God, the All-Love;
Friend, offer mind, soul, body, at their feet.
These are His manifold forms before thee,
Rejecting them, where seekest thou for God? Who loves all beings without distinction,
He indeed is worshipping best his God.