All these religions in the world have prescribed one way or the other for the realisation of God — the Immaterial Absolute. They have also given higher ideals of life and most of the people have begun to follow them. As the time went on, they began to peep into other sides as well, because the scythe of time brought about these changes in them. The environments of the living world began to attract them and the necessities of life compelled them to take the other course. Arts and crafts also developed and deities of different sorts were carved out by the artists under the name of different gods and people worshipped them.
The wisemen of the times, to start with, had to prescribe those modes of worship that may, ultimately take them to Yoga— the sure shot of Realisation. But according to the law of Nature, devolution follows evolution and vice versa. Their minds did not travel further to the real side with the result that the images became personified God. The way of worship is forgotten, the outcome of which we see even this day. Grossness has developed to the extent that it has become an impediment to the Divine Grace. The higher approaches are not possible if the accumulation of grossness continues. The beauty of the Sahaj Marg System is it cleans the grossness for His Grace to descend. But in case of accumulation of grossness, an abhyasi falters and lingers at each step.
Another difficulty that come, in the way is the people of this age have begun to fear Yoga because, whenever, there is a talk of Yoga, their mind is diverted towards HathYog, deep breathing and so on, which might have harmed so many. There are several persons who did not want to test the efficacy of our Sahaj Marg System, the remodelled systems of Raj Yog, because they are satisfied with what they do. Due to their habits, they feel satisfied in the worship they do, out of their avowed method. They take it to be the spiritual improvement, which is really not there. They take satisfaction as peace. But such satisfaction is related to the senses of grosser type, while peace is close to the soul. If this worship is neglected for a day they feel restless. But if peace be there, there is no question of restlessness. As we develop/grow in Spirituality, the nature of peace also changes and in the end, non-peace peace is the result. If we want to advance in Spirituality, we should begin from Infinity in finiteness. In this way, we establish relationships with the Real Being.
Our next step will be, we may begin to absorb ourselves in Infinity, as the idea of finiteness will be washed away. Now the door is opened and we have come to the path. When finiteness is dissipated from the mind, the way ahead lies clear. We proceed in the Infinite and to the Infinite, with the result that even the idea of Infinite cannot pop up. Now Reality dawns. Further on, when we have jumped into Reality, the play ends and the scene begins. But this is not the end. Go on and on. Not only this, not only this. — neti, neti.
In Vijayawada, on November 27, 1968