THE POWER WITHIN
THE ABSOLUTE REALITY
If all eyes were the same, we would all see alike. The same thing will
appear beautiful or ugly to all of us alike, but objects do appear different
to different beings. One woman attracts one man, another woman another. A
woman that attracts one may repel another. A female ape is undoubtedly a
most desirable and attractive creature to a male ape. A female rhinoceros
will make a beautiful wife to a rhinoceros. A hawk viewing from afar could
see things that no human eye could see. Yet all these are viewed with eyes,
eyes that look alike.
Objects such as bones inside a body cannot be seen with the naked eye, but
seen through an X-ray, the flesh seems to disappear. A thing appears to be
one thing to one eye and another thing to another eye. All things appear
real, but they are only Relatively Real. All things are only seen or
experienced in relation to the organ or object through which they are viewed
and the element or environment to which they belongs.
A dog has a good scent and could detect smells that appear non-existent to
man. Maggots feast on carcasses the smell of which would revolt any human.
Smell, taste and touch also appear the same, but are different. Everything
in the universe seems changeable and unreal. Everything seems an illusion.
Either all that we see and experience are illusions, or in the midst of all
that is changeable and Relatively Real there is something that is Permanent
and Absolutely Real. Unless we ourselves are illusions, all that we see and
experience cannot be illusions. Therefore, in the midst of all that is
liable to change or are changing, there is something that is Permanent; in
the midst of all that is Relatively Real, there is something that is
Absolutely Real; something, though not perceivable through known senses,
though not detectable through known equipment, is Permanent and is,
therefore, Absolutely Real. What is it?
All that is known are compounds consisting of two or more properties. All
compounds, however solid and permanent they may appear to be, do change.
Each compound is formed by the coming together of two or more smaller
particles. If two or more particles have got together, they will also
separate. If there is a compound, there has also to be something that is not
a compound, something we could call a primordial particle or an original
cell. If, therefore, compounds are split and continue to be split into
simpler properties until something so simple is found that it cannot be
reduced any further, we would reach the primordial substance, or the
original substance, from which everything else came into being. Each
primordial cell would be the equivalent of a brick or a building block used
in engineering. It will be a Nature's Building Block.
THE PRIMORDIAL SUBSTANCE
Having reduced Matter to irreducible primordial cells, let us see what these
cells contain. From what we see around us we have to accept that there is
intelligence in evolution. Besides intelligence we also see energy, life and
other forces in the universe. If intelligence, life, energy, matter,
magnetism and other forces were distinct and separate properties in the
universe and existed independently of each other, there could be no activity
whatsoever for each is helpless without the other; matter cannot move
without energy; energy cannot develop without intelligence; intelligence
cannot bring together and hold together anything without magnetism or other
property that can attract. Unless they were together, intelligence, energy,
life, magnetism and matter would have either remained static for ever or a
force external to them would have activated each of them and coordinated
their common activities. This new force, if such a force existed, would have
one major defect. It could have no intelligence. Intelligence, being one of
the independent forces that the new force is called upon to co-ordinate, is
outside the new force. Therefore, such a force has to be without
It is not possible for a force without intelligence, to co-ordinate
intelligence, energy or anything else in a rational way. It is not possible
for intelligence to act on its own nor is it possible for any other single
property to operate separately. All of them have to be together and act
together. Therefore, energy, intelligence, life and everything else in the
universe are not different properties and different forces, but different
aspects of a single force in the same way as hands and legs are different
limbs of the same person. A single force with everything in the universe as
a part and parcel of its nature can only be an original cell. Each tiny and
invisible cell contains the power to attract and hold other cells together
and the energy and the intelligence to mould these cells in a rational way.
A force such as can be expected from a powerful and intelligent
Electro-magnetic wave flows through and vibrates from each cell.
Each cell of the original substance has to be a miniature universe. There
can be nothing outside it except other cells like itself. Each primordial
cell has not only to be self-contained, but it has also to be in a perfect
state of balance. It has to be in Absolute Equilibrium. In a very rough way
the balance in each original cell may be compared to that of a coconut. If
we place a coconut in water, it will gradually roll over and settle in a
position where the surface through which the roots must grow will lie on the
water and the side through which the trunk grows will face the sky. Turn the
coconut as you will, but it will, over a period of time, return to the same
position. Perhaps a more familiar example is a weighted doll. This doll,
with a weight on the rounded lower section, will readjust itself whenever it
is toppled. Push its head to the ground and it will immediately jump into
its original sitting position. In like manner whenever or wherever
equilibrium of the primordial cell is upset, the forces within will restore
the balance. These forces that restore the balance are called the Laws of
Nature. The law that every action has an equal and opposite reaction and the
law of cause and effect are the most familiar in philosophy. Each original
cell, therefore, is self-contained, in absolute equilibrium and perfect in
every way. Each original cell is Perfection Personified.
SO MUCH IN SO LITTLE
We have seen that each and every force in the universe is only a different
aspect of an original cell. We have seen that energy is one of these
aspects. Let us now see what order of energy we can expect to find in a
cell. Sometime back the atom was the smallest known particle. That has since
been split. On splitting, the energy released was vast. No one could have
imagined that so much could have been contained in so little. The atom was a
compound. The covering in any compound comes into existence only after the
joining together of its constituent cells. Therefore, any compound must have
a weaker covering than the cells within it. The molecule formed by the
getting together of atoms must have a weaker covering than the atoms. The
atom has to have a weaker covering than electrons. The weaker the covering,
the lesser the energy it can hold within its covers. The large molecules
hold less energy than atoms, atoms less than electrons and so on.
The atom was split, but electrons, protons and neutrons remain mysteries. It
may be possible to split them also. If they can be split, the electrons,
being smaller than the atoms, must release energy of an order that could not
possibly be contained in the larger atom. The electrons move about inside
atoms. As they could not move in a vacuum, there has to be another medium
within the atom in which they can travel. The particles of this medium have
to be even finer than the electrons. The particles of this medium may also
be compounds that could be split and split again until the original cell is
reached. The energy within each original cell has to be greater than in any
combination of cells in existence. It has to be many times mightier than the
mighty atom. Because of its power and nature, it deserves a special name.
Let us use capitals and call each original cell, each original building
IT cannot be reduced and therefore IT cannot change. IT is permanent. IT is
Absolutely Real. Everything else is only Relatively Real. Everything else is
made of IT. There is nothing new in the universe outside of that which is
contained in IT. The entire scientific knowledge is with IT. All knowledge
is in each Primordial Cell. The universe is a system that moves with exact
precision. Everything is precise. Nothing happens by chance. Nothing is new.
Everything that appears new to us is only a manifestation, an unfolding of
the next stage, the stage of the cycle to which we belong. There are no
inventions, but only discoveries or rediscoveries of knowledge found before,
then lost, found again and lost again. Everything is a repetition of that
which existed before. Some occurrences will be repeated less often than
others, some will be rarer than others, but everything goes round like a
giant wheel. There is a rise and then a fall, a fall and then a rise. The
size of the wheels vary as in concentric circles. The cycle of repetition
varies from intervals of a few seconds as in breathing to cycles that repeat
themselves thousands or millions of years apart as in the formation of
rocks, the wasting away of mountains or the heating and cooling of planets.
But without beginning and without end the cycle goes on.
Nature is a cycle of changes of Primordial Cells. The sum total of
Primordial Cells, the entirety of the Primordial Substance, is Nature.
Everything in the universe is in Nature. We can call everything around us
Nature or we can call it God. Nature and God are the same. You can call it
what you like. They will remain the same. God is not a person with head,
hands and legs like us, but is the All Embracing Force, the All Powerful,
All Knowing Intelligence. Each original cell is a repository of power and
wisdom. God is the sum total of these original cells. We are little gods.
Each of us is a smaller collection, a smaller entity of the same cells.
Being little gods, the source of the power is within us. Yet we are in
darkness. The flow from within is interrupted. The circuit is broken.
THE BROKEN CIRCUIT
God is the Power Station of the universe. God is the Source of all power.
Everything radiates from the Source. The Source is each uncluttered and
crystal clear Original Cell. Everything radiates from there. Hot and cold
waves, light waves, thought waves, Sound waves radiate from there. As seen
from the television and the cinema screen, even colours and pictures are
radiations. All these radiations are in the air. All these radiations are in
the primordial substance of which we are a part. We are a collection of
Original Cells. A collection of Original Cells is an entity. Each of us is
an entity or an ego. All the light and knowledge in the Original Cells is in
each entity. It is in each of us. Yet this light does not surface, so we are
in darkness; this knowledge is hidden from us, so we are in ignorance.
Power stations supply electricity to our cities. Our houses are wired so
that the electric current from the source can come into the house. The rooms
have bulbs to receive the light, but before a bulb can illuminate the room,
the main current has to be permitted to enter the bulb. The current is
prevented front entering the bulb because there is a break in the circuit.
The wiring that connects the power from the source to the bulb is
disconnected. We complete the circuit with the aid of a switch. When the
switch is on, the circuit is completed and the current is permitted to enter
the bulb. The current from the source is always ready to flow into the bulb,
but it has to be permitted to enter.
All the power, the light and knowledge we will ever need is within us. Each
Original Cell in us contains all. Our minds are the bulbs awaiting
illumination. The source of the current is within, but we are not receiving
the current. The flow or circuit is broken. If there is a power failure in
the house, we do not blame the source, but check the bulb, the fuses, plugs
or the wiring that brings the current from the source to the bulb. We find
the fault and rectify it. If we find the flow of power from the cells within
us disconnected, we must do the same. We must locate the fault and do
whatever is necessary to let the current flow through again. We know that
the light and the knowledge in the original cell within us is not
illuminating our minds. There is a fault somewhere. Let us examine the cells
and their combinations to see where the fault lies.
The original substance could be likened to water. Mist and fog are both
water vapour. Mist is the thin, flimsy, transparent water vapour that allows
reasonably good visibility. Fog is very thick mist. At ground level the mist
that thickens and leads to bad visibility is fog. In the skies a collection
of water vapour becomes cloud. What pours down from a cloud is rain. In
solid form it is ice. They are different appearances of the same substance.
The Original Cells are to the universe what water-droplets are to the ocean.
Each water-droplet has the same properties as any other in the ocean.
Individually or collectively all water-droplets will continue to possess the
same properties and be one with the rest of the ocean. The drop in the
Indian Ocean has the same properties and qualities as the drop in the
Pacific or the Atlantic. They are all drops in our visible ocean. In the
invisible ocean the Original Cells are the drops in the vast and mighty
ocean we call the universe. Just as water-droplets get together to form
waves, Nature's Building Blocks get together to form each and every shape in
existence. The combinations range from the coarse to the coarsest in
tangibles and from the fine to the finest in intangibles. The thinnest and
the thickest, the transparent and the opaque, are formed of the same
original substance. The softest and the hardest, the wool and the steel, are
also made of the same cells.
Carrying the analogy of water-droplets a little further, we see what happens
when these cells get together and form thicker and coarser layers. Shallow
water is transparent. The ground under the shallow part of a lake could be
seen clearly. As the take gets deeper and deeper as the layers of water get
thicker and thicker, the transparency reduces until the bottom of the lake
cannot be seen. In very deep waters only a few of the top layers will be
transparent, the rest will be hidden by the mass of water above. The piling
together of the Original Cells has a similar effect. In the thinnest layers
the cells would be as clear as crystal, but as the layers of cells get
thicker and thicker they will become less and less transparent until the
entire thing will be too dense to penetrate. The thick and the thin
vibrations around us act in the same way. Our thoughts vibrate. Thought
vibrations are, in fact, the most powerful of all in the universe. The
layers of coarse and fine vibrations formed by our thoughts affect us. Their
affect will become clearer after we take a glimpse at other radiations
including sound frequencies.
Energy, knowledge, magnetism and every conceivable property in the universe
radiate from Cells. The radiations which come direct from Original Cells are
the clearest. These are the unobstructed radiations from the thinnest
layers. The thickening of the layers cause obstructions and distortions.
When layers are thick and coarse, they become distorted, weak and even
useless. Radiations may be coarse and fine or audible and inaudible. Hot and
cold waves, magnetic and light waves, are inaudible. Colours and pictures
are inaudible. Radio beams are of the other type, the audible waves.
Depending on development, both this audible and the inaudible radiations
from the Original Cells can be sensed with any or all our sense
The sun, with its dazzling light, consists of primordial cells. This light
passes through other substances before they come to us and yet continue to
be bright. Therefore, the light waves direct from the cells, light waves in
their purest and clearest form, have to be more brilliant than any ray from
the sun. The purest and clearest rays from the primordial cells, if we can
see them, will appear as a flash brighter than lightening. However, as
Nature's cells combine, they obstruct each other and cast shadows. As the
cluster gets thicker, the transparency reduces. The top layers cast shadows,
obstruct and distort the light waves coming out from within. The thicker the
layer, the greater the darkness. Thus the shadows and the obstructions
prevent men with thick, coarse vibrations from seeing or sensing the finest
The thickening of layers affect sound also. The thicker the layer, the
thicker the sound barrier; the thicker the barrier, the weaker the reception
until soundproofing is reached. This is the state of total ignorance where
no information, no knowledge, can come through. Those with thick, coarse
vibrations must, therefore, remain ignorant and miss the finer pleasures of
All knowledge in the universe is in the Cells. Knowledge issues forth
through the Cells in waves. Pulses from these Cells carry all knowledge and
are in the air at all times. They are within you and around you. They are in
your room now. All this information can be received in the same way as a
radio picks up the news bulletin from your room. To do this your receiving
set has to be first class. You have to purify your own vibrations to improve
your receptive power; you must refine your nature to enable you to adjust or
tune your internal receiver to receive the purest vibrations from within.
Anyone who is able to tune into the frequency at which unobstructed Cells
vibrate, and is able to vibrate together with their purest radiations, can
have access to all the knowledge as well as anything else in the universe.
Anyone can develop any or all senses, including the third eye. Anyone can
develop psychic powers, anyone can be clairvoyant, anyone can develop his
higher self. Anyone can have access to this source of all power and
knowledge if he removes the barriers made by himself. You are preventing the
all-powerful current from illuminating your mind. You are preventing the
universal knowledge from reaching you. You are placing obstructions in the
way of the healing power within you from reaching your ailments. You are
suffering because of your own uncharitable thoughts.
CHARITY OF THOUGHT
We are suffering unnecessarily. We are suffering because we do not remember
that each and every one of us is only a collection of the Original Cells.
Each of us is only a part of the whole that is Nature. Our destiny is to be
together and be one with the whole. There has to be a oneness in nature. Our
separation causes our suffering, Your separation from your follow-beings
causes your suffering. "All who inherit this earth Whatever be their rank or
worth Are kindred and allied by birth And made of the same clay."
Your selfishness, your want of kindness, compassion and consideration leads
to your separation from your fellow-beings. Your lack of fellow-feeling
upsets your inner self. The knowledge in the cells within you, your inner
consciousness or conscience, is aware of your selfishness and your lack of
consideration for others. Unknown to your outer self, your own sense of
guilt, stirring deep within you, upsets your equilibrium. When your
equilibrium is upset you suffer. Your lack of charity causes your suffering.
Donations to temples, building of dagobas, alms given to priests and the
feeding of beggars are recognized acts of charity. But these acts of charity
are of no avail when your heart is full of bitter feelings. Charity without
feeling or mechanical charity is of no avail. External expressions are
useless when there are bitter feelings within you. Artificially you offer
thousands to charity, but sincerely you cannot even spare a good thought for
your neighbour. You think ill of him, you speak ill of him and you have no
consideration for him. You are so bitter and upset about others that you
have headaches and sleepless nights. Your suspicions give you nightmares.
Your hatred gives you ulcers. Your envy, greed, jealousy, lust, anger and
bitterness bring all your suffering. If you wish to avoid suffering, you
must hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil and above all feel no evil
towards your neighbour. Your neighbour is not just the man next door. The
man next door is one of your neighbours. Each and every man, woman and child
in the world is your neighbour. All people in the human family are made of
the same cells. If you are not kind to any of them, if you have unkind
thoughts, your mind cannot be at peace. When your mind is not at peace you
suffer. You suffer because you lack charity of thought. You can own
billions. You can give away millions. You can build churches, temples, homes
for the aged and the destitute. You can clothe the poor and feed the hungry,
but you will not have peace of mind unless you have charity of thought.
Charity of Thought is the Best Charity.
PEACE OF MIND
Each man is what he has made himself during his past lives; if he had
developed good qualities in them, he possesses these good qualities now; if
he neglected to train himself, if he was unkind, if he was selfish, if he
indulged in pleasures without discrimination, and consequently left himself
weak and of evil disposition, he finds himself precisely in that condition
now. The qualities, good or evil, with which he is born are those he has
made for himself. Past memories are the basis of your thoughts in this life.
These thoughts keep welling up within you all the time. Your better nature
is engaged in a bitter mental struggle with the evil thoughts that well up
within you. Your "pleasurable" experiences of this life as well as of
previous lives, well up and urge repetition. Such desires, if not curbed,
have to be satisfied, often at the expense of fellow-beings. Envy, greed,
jealousy, lust, anger and bitterness are all directed against follow-beings.
When evil thoughts are directed towards others, the nobler self, which
fortunately is active in the worst of us, revolts within. Then there is
turmoil. You may not be conscious of it, but there is turmoil within caused
by this clash between the good and bad desires. This turmoil makes you
mentally and physically sick. Most of your life you are mentally and
physically disturbed. You have no Peace of Mind.
All the ingredients for your Peace of Mind are in you. Truth, Love of Peace,
Compassion and consideration for others, the desire for companionship and
good neighbourliness are within each of us. Through our neglect the good
has, by slow degrees, been suppressed and evil tendencies have taken their
place. But for each vice there is a contrary virtue. Just as through
development of vices our virtue was suppressed, the vices can again be
overcome by deliberately developing virtue. A selfish man who is in the
habit of thinking only of himself, pleasing himself, consulting only his own
convenience or his pleasure without due thought of the effect it will have
upon others, can, if he realizes his fault, set to work to form exactly the
opposite habit. He can set to work to make a practice, before doing
anything, of thinking how it will affect all those around him. If he sets
himself habitually to help others and make others happy even though it be at
the cost of some trouble and inconvenience to himself, it will, in time,
become a pleasurable habit which will replace selfishness.
Similarly if a man finds himself with the tendency towards wanting more and
more, he must, to overcome this desire, go out of his way to be specially
generous. If he finds himself to be irritable, he must train himself in
calmness. In every case the existence of an evil quality in the personality
means a lack of the corresponding good quality in the ego. Fill the gap by
developing a good quality until it completely replaces the bad. This way you
purify your vibrations and break your barriers. This way you avoid that
inner conflict and satisfy the inherent inner urge to do good and be good.
This way you gain Peace of Mind. Peace of Mind or Perfect Peace is the
ultimate aim and object of all Seekers of the Truth. Perfect Peace is
Due to the turmoil within us a sense of separation has sprung up not only
with our fellow-beings, but also with the All Embracing Force within us, the
All Powerful, All Knowing Intelligence we call Nature or God. We long to be
at peace again, and pray that we may still our throbbing heads in order to
listen to the inner voice, in order to re-establish our oneness with God.
"There is no way to pray other than to make of oneself a stillness, a
quietness, a peacefulness and a listening ear. Prayer that contains words
and thoughts meant to reach God is not really prayer at all. True prayer has
neither words nor thoughts, because it has no desires except one: to know
God's Will, to hear Him aright, to be a fitting instrument for His Grace.
With that one exception prayer is desire less. It is a desire less state of
being which opens the way for God's Will to be known and made evident."
Prayer is that inner stillness while waiting for God's voice. God's thoughts
are within you. Be still and let God speak to you. Be still and let the
Power Within flood you. Be still and pave the way for the greatest Reunion,
Be still and rejoin the Power Within.