The Ascent towards Supermind, Part II, Chapter XXVI - The Ascent towards Supermind 410

Still higher one arises from your inner sense of resignation. You perceive that there is some reality, which is the center of universe. You are not the center, we are all in corner. But that there is some center, there is the Supreme Divine in the center of the universe and you have learnt the art of offering everything to the Supreme. Whatever experience you have, you just offer it to the Divine and say idam namama, this is not mine, this belongs to the Lord. You offer it to the Lord truly and heartily. Then you will have not only a dry indifference but some happy condition of indifference, you resign, you are offering to the Lord. Your child may become victorious and may win a gold medal. And realizes that his gold medal is because of the effort you as a mother put into the child. He comes to the mother and says: ‘Mother, I won this medal but it’s yours really’ that resignation on the part of the child will not make him proud and he will not be dancing about. He will have a real sense of equality but it is not dry equality, there is joy in it, the joy of giving, of offering. Although there is indifference, whether you win or not, even when you win, you are offering it, it’s not yours. You don’t attach yourself to yourself, you offer it to somebody to whom it really belongs and that gives you joy. It’s an indifference which is coupled with a joy, which is a still higher condition.

It’s a detachment, indifference, but arising out of resignation. The quality of the indifference that arises will be quite different. Then there is a still higher level in which you find that everything here is a expression of Supreme Ananda. All this world is a breadth of ananda and here there is no need of effort at all. Everything is manglam, idam manglam, etat manglam, this is manglam that is manglam. You live in the sea of delight, where you lose nothing, you gain nothing, everything that happens and everything gives you delight, equal delight. You don’t have to make a stoic effort of keeping some emotions outside your being. You are constantly in a state of delight whatever happens. You can’t even call it indifference. The state of indifference also is transcended.

The word detachment looks so petty. You are so attached to the Divine. So much in love with him, so where is detachment? It’s a huge love for the divine, huge ananda and everything what happens is ananda in that state. Even the idea of detachment, idea of indifference is washed out and yet you have a pure equality. A true state of equality is a state of prasada. Not of dryness, not devoid of smile, not devoid of kindness, it’s full of grace, full of kindness, full of gentleness. Gentler than a flower in that vibrates the delight and over all the creatures of the world, for everything, the same emotion spreads out.

Greater than that is the action of equality. It’s only a state of equality then greater than that is the action of equality. Where although, delight is everywhere, you distribute the delight in the right manner, you don’t give to the child a doze of delight which a child cannot bear. You distribute the delight to every individual around you in the right measure without any partiality for anybody because basically you are bathing in constant delight. Therefore, whether you give this much or that much, in the right measure makes no difference to you. When your action is an action for distribution of delight in the world passing through you then whatever you do there will be equality. This is the action of equality that Shri Krishna wanted Arjuna – whether you kill Bhishma, who is your own great grandfather and you win the battle and enjoy the kingdom, must make no difference at all. You have given to Bhishma, what is to be given to him, you give to yourself what is to be given to you by an action which seemed to be sanguinary, bloody, horrible – ghoram karma. As Arjuna says, it was ghoram karma, but if you have seen this delight of the Divine, which he perceived in the 11th chapter ‘Vishwaroop Darshana’, having seen that delight of the Divine and that power of the divine, action of the Divine. Bhishma himself was so wise that he himself explained to Arjuna, what is the secret of his death. He himself told to Arjuna, how to kill him, he himself was seated in that state of equality.

When you are seated in that state of equality, the action that proceeds is always just and right. This is the word which is used by the Veda, ritam; right action is the action which proceeds from complete equality from the universal vision of things in which everything is the manifestation of perfect – sarvam priyam. This is the word of Veda, priyam. What is ananda in the Upanishads is priyam in the Veda. Everything is delightful and therefore, you put everything in the right place. The distribution of action by which the forces of action are distributed rightly so that everything is in the right place that was definition of justice, – everything is in the right place in the right measure that is the action of equality and when you are seated in that condition, you don’t have to make effort, all effort is gone.

Detachment is also a wrong word, detached to what, detached from where. When everything is divine, how can you be detached from the Divine? It is the utmost attachment to the divine, so even the conscious of detachment goes away. Indifference of what, there is joy everywhere; there is no indifference at all in the state of consciousness. So both indifference and detachment are transcended and you are in a new condition of a true equality that ‘swamatwam’ is yoga in the Gita’s view. When it said the samatvan yoga uchayte, it is that action of equality that is the ideal that we find in the Gita.