Superstition & Spirituality
All of the religions of the world have been started, when we have found the necessity. Some started from the core of the Being and some out of the outer aspect. But all of them try to touch the Divinity above all religions. They prepare the masses to dive deep into Reality. They succeed in many cases and fall short in some other ways, because Religion is for the masses and spirituality is for the selected few. Since millions adopt religions, with some views, with their status of wisdom warrant, they burst out into branches, because the people of different mentalities adopt it. On one side, there is high thinking and on the other side there is gross behaviour. But these things play their own part in the spheres they have formed. Now, both grossness and subtleness exist. To the subtle mind, the idea of the greatest is understood and to the gross mind only the idea of grossness is evident. Now the thinking has become gross. They connect grosser things with religion and, even if a lie is spoken hundred times it becomes truth.
Similarly the same thing and their adverse belief have become the part of the subject of religion. When we are out of light, we fall in darkness. When we are out of wisdom, we become fools. When we are out of Reality, we become Satan. Now they have come down to the adverse state of reality. They begin to imbibe that, which is not in consonance with Reality. In other words, animalism begins to spread into them and they begin to peep into the state, which an animal has. Sometimes, they will think since I tamed this cow, I began to get enough money, I tamed a horse and hence I have a grandson! So, such ideas are nurtured. Such conditions, when observed for some time, breed so many other ideas, which we call superstitions, which themselves denote they have no meaning. But this is the result of the only gross thinking. When we take the finer aspect of grossness, we begin to think ourselves spiritual. That is also a superstition. They think of what they are not really. If milk is adulterated in wine, it remains no more milk.
In any religion, which becomes old such things creep in and then saints come to remodulate. But unfortunate it is that, such saints do not come at all times. That is because we do not call them for it. Why do we not call them? Because superstitions become, in the minds of the people, a religion by itself. And, they are so immersed in it that they do not think what is above it. What is above the superstition is really a power, which can call the saints. And that is the spirit required for the transformation of the lives of the whole of the world. A doctor can cure a disease, but a shepherd cannot. What is the call of the present day? Nothing but the Energy issuing forth from the Centre. Either It should burn us or it should embrace us. That should be our thought, if we really want our transformation, for which we should come forward like a warrior in the field to test our own bravery for the task.
At the symposium in Tirupathi on January 9th, 1970