By Swami Ramdas
07 June 2018
We are living at a most critical period of world’s history. Momentous changes can be envisaged in the affairs of mankind. The civilization which was held to be of a very high type and believed to be an ideal achievement for all time, is crumbling to pieces. There is now a necessary reshuffling of the values of life. The war that is now raging all around us is a war against materialism, against man’s ambition for earthly dominion and glory. We can clearly see through it all the omnipotent Divine Will working.
There are various speculations about the probable new order that will evolve out of the travail and suffering through which the world is passing. But the one real good which will come to humanity from the turmoil and devastation of the war is an universal awakening to the knowledge of the Spirit.
We know earthly power and possessions stand for strife and war. We also know how selfishness, pride and greed are the cause of widespread misery and suffering. These are the lessons which we have learnt from the present world situation.
The horror and darkness of war must pass away and the dawn of a new order of life has to come in which mutual love and goodwill will prevail. Even the leaders who are responsible for the conduct of the war declare in no uncertain voice that their ultimate aim is to establish equality and harmony on the face of the earth. The same hope is cherished by saintly and peace-loving souls all over the world. In fact the entire humanity, both those who are taking active part in the various theatres of war and those who are watching this tremendous struggle are one in their single aspiration for universal peace. Hence it naturally follows that a better order of things, wherein man will live with man in a spirit of friendliness and brotherhood, ought to be the outcome. God works in His own mysterious ways and wherever we turn, His hand is visible.
Now what is the path and attitude we have to adopt under the conditions? God acts through human beings to fulfil His Divine purpose and plan – through such of them as have surrendered themselves to His will and made themselves fit instruments. They are the chosen ones who will shed Divine light, love and peace in an atmosphere clouded and ringing with dust and din of war. It is they who will sow the seed of lasting peace and goodwill. It is by them that the world will be redeemed and man will be inspired to walk on the path of righteousness. Everyone of you who has understood the true aim of this life, and who has realised that to live for God and His service is the purpose of his advent in this world, can be the chosen one. Hence Ramdas exhorts you all to dedicate your being to God, who is the inner and outer controller of the worlds. May His light and power radiate through you! May you, through constant communion with Him, disseminate love and joy in the world! May you release an invincible mass of spiritual energy so that, by God’s grace, you may hasten the era of the coming reconstruction of the world on a sure and lasting foundation of peace and happiness to people living in it!
Time is precious. Every minute is pregnant with immense possibilities. It is no good frittering away time and energy in ephemeral pursuits. This is the occasion for conservation of your spiritual strength by perfect self-control and discipline. God is a living Truth. This war is out to reveal and prove this fact even to the rank atheist who denies a world-unifying Force – God. From whatever aspect we consider about this war, we find that it has come as a blessing to mankind. Let us make the best of it by realising the immortality of our soul and standing up – free and fearless in the face of danger and death – offer our lives in the service of Him in the needy and distressed humanity.
(Extracted from the section titled ‘World Unity and Peace’ from Swami Ramdas’ The Divine Life [vol. 2])
Swami Ramdas (1884–1963), lovingly called ‘Papa’, was a Spiritual Master and founder of Anandashram, in Kerala, India. He was leading an ordinary life till God’s grace descended on him in or about the year 1920. In a short while, he could behold God everywhere, both within and without. Having thus attained spiritual liberation and God-vision, he started on his mission to awaken mankind to the awareness of God.