God seeketh man

God seeketh man

“Man does not belong to the category of natural things. Man is an Atman— an out-breathing of the eternal spirit.” – Sadhu TL Vaswani
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Has it never occurred to you to ask yourself—“What am I? Why am I here? What is my destiny?”

Can it be that you have been lost so much in the tumults and transitory phenomena of life that you have never asked yourself such questions?

Every attempt to explain the life of man in terms of the vibrations of matter and ether is inadequate, because it ignores the essential element in man, the Atman, the soullife of man.

Man does not belong to the category of natural things. Man is an Atman—an outbreathing of the eternal spirit.

Think not that ye are creatures of clay. Ye are greater than your bodies—greater, too, than the empirical ego, the ego of appetites and desires. Ye are heirs of imperishable life. Therefore it is that you cannot rest in the finite life. The soul’s spontaneous gravitation is towards the Spirit. “Thou God madest us for Thyself and our hearts are restless till they rest in Thee”

Man is represented often as a seeker after God. It is truer, perhaps, to say that God seeketh man and more, God pursueth man and will not leave him in the dark.

In a beautiful poem named the “Hound of Heaven,” the author, Francis Thompson, describes how a man is trying to escape the Supreme and to find rest in finite things. The Supreme follows the man “with unhurrying chase, unperturbed pace, deliberate speed, majestic constancy.” Rest is denied to the man, though he seeks it by turns in beautiful places, in the stars and the dawn, in the evening sky and in the eyes of little children. And even as he stands within the shadow of death, the voice of the Supreme speaks to man—

“Ah! fondest, blindest, weakest,

I am He whom thou sleekest!

Thou dravest love from thee who dravest Me!”

So, Tukaram says, in an abhanga (verse) that God was running after him while Tukaram was walking along Tukaram says—“I saw God whirling round me in a circle.” So, too, we read in the poems of Kabir—“God followed Kabir as Kabir was walking alone and God called out“Kabir! Kabir!” But Kabir would not listen and moved on! Then Kabir saw God following him!”

Man is represented often as a seeker after God. It is truer, perhaps, to say that God seeketh man and more, God pursueth man and will not leave him in the dark. For God, the Spirit, is the Life of Nature as He is the Truth of Man.

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