Writings: Book Excerpts  

 

The Glory of Friendship
(excerpt from Shyam's Philosophy)

 

Seven Gita Verses in 15 Languages

 

Excerpt from Why Meditation

 

What You Observe in Meditation
(excerpt from Doubtless Meditation)

 

The Secret Knowledge of Birthlessness
(excerpt from Five Writings Regarding Secret Knowledge)

 

The Excerpt from Five Writings Regarding Secret Knowledge
The Secret Knowledge of Birthlessness
by Swami Shyam

   
 

Humanity as a whole consists of individuals. Thus, every individual exists within this vast humanity. Having known this fact, you can easily conclude that humanity cannot be separate from the individual and the individual cannot be separated from humanity. But watch: every individual tells others that “I exist separate from all of you, who exist, for me, away and separate. Thus there is no relation or connection between the separate forms.”

Now, suppose there are two persons: number one, Mr. Adam, and number two, a girl called Julia. Both of them know that each is an individual, separate from the other. And suppose one grape is available, and each person is tempted with the desire to eat that grape and know its taste, sour or sweet.

So the individual self of Mr. Adam and that of Miss Julia have become two forms, to be called two self-personalities. Each is a person, and each has the same desire—and the grape is only one. The selfishness belonging to the mind of each person will create a sense of otherness; each one will immediately feel that others shouldn't have the grape. Rather, each one feels that only he should possess and eat it.

Both individuals will rush to get the grape at the same time, and the one who is mighty in speed, greater than the other, will get it, eat it, and will satisfy his mind or desire. The other will be deprived, and the sense of deprivation will create a sense of hatred, as against the love which exists in both hearts. The love itself will never know that the deprived person's heart has begun to entertain malice or jealousy; but, next time, the deprived one will not allow the other person to be hear him or her. The sense of duality, distance, or separation will be enhanced, and one day a sense of anger or a fight will ensure. This is a clear example of acting on the basis of the sense of otherness, which is represented by the words “I” and “you.”

When both people were not born, there was no sense of “I” in either of them and no sense of “you” in either of them. Why? Because each was not born; rather, each was birthless. So if, now, having been born, each of them can know his own one real Existence—which is the state of birthlessness, or oneness, with no sense of otherness or individual selfishness that needs to possess a thing—then they will have enough power not to act on the basis of the desire for individual satisfaction. Rather, the sense of birthlessness will give them the power to be generous. With that generosity, each one will say, “You eat the grape.” And the grape, being insentient, will have no desire of being eaten by one rather than the other.

Now you, the listener, can apply to your own individual existence the knowledge that life is one, though it is not a grape—rather, life is grace. And you can observe that each individual who has selfishness will want to rush to have life for himself, and will not care for another individual. This is the fact about being the victim of individual selfishness and being released from individual selfishness.

The release from individual selfishness is called love, oneness, generosity, unity. It arises from the knowledge of birthlessness, while selfishness arises from the knowledge of death. In the world we see daily that those who are selfish have no heart to help the deprived, needy, hungry ones; whereas those who are generous and have the true knowledge of their own birthless Self will have, on the level of their minds and hearts, the sense of grace, the sense of life, the sense of oneness, and the sense of love.

January 4, 2012