When hope dies, God is realized!


After this, Baba asked Harish Chander Kochar about being a lawyer, and he informed Baba about his court difficulties. Baba counseled patience and stated:

The whole world is like a mirage. Hope never dies. God is above all hope. There is only one way to attain God: when hope dies, God is realized! There is no other way. You do not benefit by years of penance, fasting, sitting in samadhi or undergoing self-abnegation by sleeping on nails. There is only one remedy to get rid of hope, to get beyond hope, and that is love. And there is only one way to love: to forget our self, and to do that, surrender at the feet of a Master. Bhakti yoga, karma yoga and dnyan yoga exist to bring about this self-forgetfulness. But even though apparently successful in practicing them, no one forgets himself through them!

Everybody knows that they have to give up the body one day, but every moment they feel they will go on living forever! The mind knows one day it has to drop the body which will die after, say, seven years. But all the same, it is under the delusion that it will live forever. Why is it so? Because in truth we are all eternal. Suppose you are young now and will die after 60 years, but you now feel that you will continue living. No thought of dying enters your mind. You only think about it sometimes when the mind reminds you. If the mind harbors the thought of dying all 24 hours, everything is gained. If this thought of dying is there for 24 hours, your work is done. Your mind dies.

-www.lordmeher.org, p3360
July, 1953; Dehra Dun

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