A thousand voices have declared it of old and some are
proclaiming it to-day, but still it is not an “old truth”.
It is very new, this truth of ‘immortality’. May millions
declare it, and many millions of millions realize it,
in all the worlds.
Man can make himself immortal here on earth by making
his personality one with the Soul of the Universe. This
unification can be achieved by the ceaseless exercise
of Will. Collect all the life-streams and though-streams
in thy being, making them all into a might river. Let
this mighty river ever flow towards the Truth. And the
Truth shall make thee immortal.
The body must be prepared for holding and reflecting
the light even before the latter is realized in the
mind. This can be done by dispensing with all superfluities
in dress and by a constant and intelligent motion of
the limbs. We must give the body sufficient natural
food, when it really requires it. We must keep it clean
and tidy, vigorous and active. But we must never worry
our minds about it, never entertain any fears on its
behalf, and never release our complete mastery over
it. Life can be made electric, thoughts luminous, and
soul joyous by exercising all our inner and outer faculties
justly and well, all the while “meditating on the Truth”.
For a Divine Truth is the first reality of man’s experience.
There is a Beauty in the heart of this world. All conscious
things are conscious of it in various degrees. Indeed
some may deny the All-Great of the Universe while they
are arguing either with themselves or with others. But
all have felt it. It is what you know as existence,
life, thought, passion, aspiration or love. The All-Great
is the foundation of the sense of reality. The world
lives. It has therefore a life working in and though
its body. It is the life of the Universe that the sages
have glorified by the name Divine.
Deep in the heart of Nature, there is an unending flow
of harmony. Whose drinks of this harmony attains to
immortality. Trees, stars and clods, the ripples on
the stream and the fair minds of Brindaban-they all
melt into one joy of life when the notes of the Divine
Flute are heard. The voice of immortality shall make
thee realize that thou art one with the dawn and the
night, the stars and the pebbles. And yet it is this
realization that a man must have before ever he can
hear the voice of immortality.
Self-surrender is the supreme condition of winning the
universal life. Men will part with their wealth, their
rights and even their lives, at the call of religion.
But when you ask them to exchange their human self for
the divine self, which is exactly what all great religions
want them to do, they refuse. For the wine of mortality
has a terrible fascination for most of us. And yet by
flinging myself into the blazing fire of universal Reality.
I do not lose myself. I emerge out of the ordeal, shining
and deathless. Brothers and sisters, come let us strive
to become immortals by losing ourselves in the Supreme