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Swami-ji's Amaram Day: Two Talks (excerpts)
Swamiji's First Talk
Namaskar , everyone. It's a big day, and it came after night. At twelve o'clock, midnight [when I was born], I wept once and for the whole of the rest of my life, eighty-nine years, I never wept.
It is a birthday, and everybody is celebrating, observing. You have heard "birthless," and many people do not observe birth, because they think that birthless must be not-birth; whereas "birthless" means there should not be "less birth." It must be greater, the greatest-that who is never born. That is the greatest.
Whenever you hear me say the word "One," I'm talking about that who is unborn, without beginning, and ever the same. But nobody will know it unless a human being comes on Earth, takes birth, begins to speak, and learns after seeing the world, the earth, the ocean water, the sun, the air, and sky. If he doesn't see all these things, he will remain just a ball, a body, very young and small.
That tradition, we cannot change; it has to be like that. But the one who has made that tradition is not traditional. Tradition begins after a human being has come. Then there are many causes and effects, such as his cause will be father and mother, and he will be the effect. But before cause and effect, there was that which is not born and which is ever the same; which means time was not, space was not, the time-space world was not, things were not, and forms were not. Nobody appeared, nobody changed, then nobody ended. That's called One.
But human beings cannot know One because they are always two-mother and child. It has never been found that only One exists. When birthday is observed, it is being observed for that One who is without beginning- anadi ; without change, ever the same- sanatan ; and without end- anant . The moment of anadi and anant means time does not reach there, so time ends. Space does not reach there, so it is shuddh , or pure.
Today, we have been observing a great day, as I said. Why? Because we have all become One-One in that Space, which you have heard me describe as siddhant, perfected or accomplished. Siddhant is One. Many powers come later on, but that which never changes and never can be broken is siddhant . And siddhant kaal (time of perfection or accomplishment) means timeless time.
We're observing that space of bliss, which has no name, no form, no joy of the senses, no joy of man, no joy of the forest, no joy of the things and forms, sun and moon. That is a great observation, and for that somebody came . perhaps I, too, came for that.
Thank you very much.
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Swamiji's Second Talk
Space was all alone, but there was nobody to know. When the Knower came on Earth he brought happiness, and happiness is One. That One happiness salutes One happiness, because we may be many, but it is only One Being who has come together as One. Amaram Hum Madhuram Hum. That is called One without a second.
Since we are meditators, each of us has come to know One. Two eyes are closed, two ears are closed-everything is two: parts of the heart, two; mind, or brain, two; every single cell, even every atom, is not one. Therefore, when we close the eyes, it is the happiness which is one happiness, ever happiness, moment-to-moment happiness.
Those people who got lost in the mazes of unhappiness have been seeking happiness through satisfying their senses by getting connected to the material forms like toys and sweets. They think that is happiness, but that is desire. That is hunger that needs to be satisfied-but satisfaction is not happiness, because it turns into dissatisfaction.
Happiness is One, which never, never changes and never ends, and that is you, I, he, she. Where words are not is that Space of pure, absolute happiness.
Since it is sanatan, shashwat , eternal, forever, it's all One, and everyone knows "I am One." Nobody can make him two. Nobody can divide him. That One is the Knower, the Knowingness, which is the source. The source is One. In Hindi we call it adhishthan (ultimate basis or underlying reality). Without the source, or the Knower, nobody can take birth on Earth, because when even birth is not, earth is not, water is not, fire is not, air is not, sky is not, the sky-maker is not-and maya, who is unseen and unknown, and is imagination, also is not-who remains? Absolute happiness-One.
We wholeheartedly observe the birth of Oneness. And since all is One, therefore, One cannot be made all. It is that One through which, when it is known, any man on Earth seeking happiness becomes happy, and seeking permanent happiness becomes permanently happy. Avoiding unhappiness, death, and destruction, he gains happiness if he realizes that One. That One is known by the knowledge which is not laghu , or small knowledge of the things that change and die. Rather it is the highest Knowledge, the ever-fresh, eternal Knowledge that knows One.