Feeling Thy presence
Feeling Thy grace
Feeling Thy radiance
You are my source of faith and strength
You are my path and destination
And i am always connected to You
Nothing of me and everything of You
Lead me higher...
Lead me deeper...
Lead me beyond...
Lead me to You.
Like ‘Happy Birthday’ is a universal song, we now have a universal prayer… infiniprayer.
Feeling Thy presence
Feeling the vastness of the infinite..
a presence that cannot be defined or confined by time and space.
Feeling: The lower cannot comprehend the higher. The lower can only surrender to the higher. Not able to understand God isn’t ignorance. Attempting to understand God is ignorance. There is a difference between knowing God and knowing about God. Knowing God is an absolute experience. Knowing about God is purely intellectual. God isn’t something to be understood. God is to be felt. God is a matter of the heart. Feelings are the doors to divine experiences. Gratitude, love, devotion, surrender and faith are all in the feeling domain. Rajaji aptly explained, “When intelligence matures and lodges securely in the mind, it becomes wisdom. When wisdom is integrated with life and issues out in action, it becomes bhakti. Knowledge, when it becomes fully mature is bhakti. If it does not get transformed into bhakti, such knowledge is useless tinsel.” So, the infiniprayer opens with the master key to spiritual connect – Feeling…
Thy: If you define, you confine. God can neither be defined nor confined. Though the word ‘mother’ represents motherhood, my mother alone is my mother. Similarly, while the word ‘God’ represents that Universal Cosmic Presence, yet my god is my god. My God is absolutely personal to me. So is your God, absolutely personal to you. My Jesus Christ is different from your Jesus Christ. Her Krishna is different from His Krishna. Together we can recite the God’s name, and yet, what it means to each one of us will remain absolutely personal. So, Feeling Thy… My Thy is different from your Thy… My Thy is my God. Your Thy is your God.
Presence: By agreeing that God is omnipresent, which means present everywhere, we agree God cannot be bottled into time and space. Then God cannot be a person. A person is within the limitations of time, space, bone and flesh. God can only be a presence. Then, God cannot be perceived through the senses, like how we perceive material. However, God, as a presence, can always be felt everywhere, in everything, every time. Nobody explained ‘Feeling Thy Presence’ better than Bharathiyar, when he described, “All my senses are thy manifestations. Crow’s feather thy black; the trees thy green; the sounds thy rhyme; the burning flame yields me the pleasure of touching Thee. In anything and everything I perceive, I Feel Thy Presence.” Whether it is the Siddhas of Jains or the Abba of Jesus Christ or the Allah of Prophet or the Satnam of Guru Nanak… God is a lingering presence and not a material object confined to some space.
Much after you leave the material called rose, you will still feel the formless presence of the fragrance of rose, in you and around you. Similarly, much after you leave the altar of your worship, continue to feel the formless presence of the fragrance of your God, in you, around you, with you and within you.
The disciple asked, “Where is God?” The Master replied, “Where is he not?” When asked, “When are you with Him?” an infinitheist replied, “When am I not with Him!”
So the first line in the infiniprayer – Feeling Thy presence.
Feeling Thy grace[embedyt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRr9ulf5wrQ&feature=youtu.be[/embedyt]
Feeling the protective womb of existence shielding and taking care of me at every momentLife is governed by an Existential Order. Empirical realities and governing laws constitute the Existential Order. Some examples of empirical realities:
- There is no rewind option in life. This moment that has just passed by is over and done with; even if you are an enlightened soul, you cannot rewind it.
- As you sow, so you reap. The seed of an apple shall not reap a pineapple. Man, but in stories, cannot deliver a gorilla.
- Water will boil at 100oC, whoever you are and wherever you are.
- If you are not aligned to gravity, you will fall, even if you have been the saviour of humanity.
- The eyes can see but cannot hear; the ears can hear but cannot feel; the skin can feel but cannot smell; the nose can smell but cannot taste; the tongue can taste but cannot see.
- Life is governed by cause and effect.
- Anything that begins will end, sooner or later. Even messengers and messiahs of God shall not be exempted from it.
- Whatever you are desperate for, may not be denied, but will be delayed.
- Gratitude and disturbance cannot coexist.
- Acceptance results in positive emotions and resistance causes negative emotions.
Feeling Thy radiance[embedyt]https://youtu.be/rDxJ5fbs3XU[/embedyt]
Feeling the radiant light glow within, liberating me from the darkness of ignorance through the radiance of knowledgeAs human beings, we have come a long way from the cavemen we were to what we are today. While all other creations have shown only marginal evolution through these centuries of living, human progress has been dramatic. Who made this possible? The teachers! You may say – the thinkers! But then, who have been the link between those thinkers, and you and me? Again, the teachers! Who have been the connecting thread to the wisdom of every age? The teachers! Who have been the cultural bridge from one generation to another? The teachers! Who have been responsible for the flow of language and communication across culture and civilisation? The teachers! How did the prophecies of enlightened masters, the logic of the mathematicians, the discoveries and inventions of the scientists, the thoughts and ideas of the philosophers, the history of the history makers, etc., reach the common man? Only through teachers! Teachers are not just those who teach in schools and colleges but anyone who has played a part in altering the state of your mind and heart, and thus your life. It could be your parents from whom you inherited the basics of life. Parents help you to move from nothing to something. Their contribution in your life is equivalent to transforming zero into one, which is infinite transformation. It could be your friends from whom you imbibed your attitudes and character; it could be your professional mentors who shaped your competence; it could be your trainers who developed your skill sets; it could be your school and college teachers who groomed your knowledge; it could be your Guru through whom you had your spiritual initiation; why, it could even be a child who has impacted you in ways no other has. Anyone, who removes the darkness and delusion from your heart and mind by illuminating you with the radiance of higher wisdom is a teacher. A teacher is a Cosmic radiance in human form. And, a teacher is a Cosmic gift in your life. A teacher is a Cosmic representation in your life. A teacher is His representation, present in your life at that point of time, by His will and His grace. Feeling thy radiance in the infiniprayer is your way of expressing your gratitude to that Cosmic source, for touching your life through a chosen instrument called teacher. Ingratitude to the source of knowledge makes that knowledge useless. You may know it, you may understand it, you might have even mastered it, but that knowledge will not help you when you need it the most, if you are not grateful to that source of knowledge. Remember, what the source of knowledge means to you makes no difference to the source of knowledge; but, it makes all the difference to you. The heart of a seeker towards his teacher is more important than the heart of a teacher towards his seeker. The blessing of your teacher unto you is more dependent on how you see your teacher, rather than how your teacher sees you. Hence, we sing Feeling thy radiance in the infiniprayer, to express our gratitude to that radiant presence in our life, for bringing a teacher into our life at that point of time and thus liberating us from the darkness of ignorance through the radiance of knowledge. So the third line in the infiniprayer – Feeling Thy radiance.
You are my source of faith and strength[embedyt]https://youtu.be/pReN0wZ9AzU[/embedyt]
You are my anchor. My faith in you gives me all the strength I need to face any situation.If great souls like Jesus Christ, Prophet Mohammed, Buddha, Mahavira, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Swami Vivekananda, APJ Abdul Kalam, Albert Einstein, Rabindranath Tagore… had faith in faith, then there must be some substance in faith. After all, it is an illustrious list of greatest of thinkers. The United States of America, arguably one of the most scientifically advanced nations, has this inscription on its coins: ‘In God we Trust’. Faith is not anti-science; it is just beyond the comprehension of science. Faith is like electricity – you can’t see it, but you can see light. Faith may be beyond our comprehension, but the results of faith are there for all of us to see. Faith is not subject to verification. And if you want to verify, then it is not faith. Faith is beyond human judgement. Faith is the ability to trust what you are not able to see. If faith is in believing what you cannot see, then the reward of faith will be that you will one day see what you always believed in. ‘Faith’ is even above God. After all, only for those who have faith, there is a God. Faith is above everything. In reality, it is not your God, who is making your faith work. In fact, it is your faith that is making your God work. His God is weak because his faith is weak. Her God is powerful because her faith is powerful. In fact, the power of the object of your faith is derived from the power of your faith in the object. Faith is the basis of your relationship with the force above… the force beyond… the force within. It doesn’t matter by what name you refer to your object of faith! What’s important is that you do have an object of faith to direct your faith. Though it is not the ‘object of faith’, but it is ‘faith’ that creates miracles, you still need an object of faith to direct your faith. It was ‘Abba’ to Jesus; it was ‘Jesus’ to Mother Teresa; it was ‘Krishna’ to Draupadi; it was ‘Allah’ to Prophet; it was ‘Ram’ to Hanuman, and it is ‘Hanuman’ to many of his devotees. Yet, all of them have experienced the miraculous power of faith in their lives. Faith transforms an ordinary vibration of thought created by the finite mind of man into a spiritual equivalent. Faith is the only gate through which the cosmic force of Infinite Intelligence can be harnessed and used by man. Like ideas which are more powerful than the mind that gave birth to them – for ideas have the power to live on much after the mind that created them has turned to dust – faith too is more potent than the ‘object’ on which the faith is directed. With faith in faith, infinitheists too open the doors of miracles in their life by praying, “You are my source of faith and strength…” to their Source. So the fourth line in the infiniprayer – You are my source of faith and strength.
You are my path and destination[embedyt]https://youtu.be/GVtQj4YC32Y[/embedyt]
You are not just my ultimate goal but also part of me in every step I take in life.Life is governed by Cause and Effect. And, in turn, there are three empirical laws that govern cause and effect. The three empirical laws of cause and effect are:
- If there is an effect, then there must be a cause.
- Effect is nothing but cause itself in a different form… a different manifestation.
- If you remove the cause from the effect, then nothing remains.