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Blessed are the simple

The simple way is the royal way. The simple man is a king amongst men. Simple words of simple men have thrilled and inspired multitudes. Their destiny has often hung upon the utterances and teachings and lives of a few simple souls. Shri Chaitanya changed the face of Bengal with his simple message: Hari bol! Hari bol! (Sing the name of the Saviour)

There is something in the words and actions of lovers of the simple life, something magnetic that moves men and women. The words of these simple ones are not as those of intellectual men who argue about and about. The words of these simple men are dynamic. They release a strange, mysterious power hidden in the depths of the human heart.

Tuka was a simple man, almost illiterate, a labourer earning his daily bread by the sweat of his brow. But when he took up in his hands his ektara and tuned it to the words Bhaj Gobindam! Bhaj Gobindam! (Sing of the Name of the Lord), he filled his hearers with joy. As he sang his abhangas (poems), it seemed the spirit was descending upon him.

Mira thrilled Mewar, from end to end, with her few simple words: Mere to Giridhara Gopal, doosara nakoi (Mine is He, Krishna the beloved. None other do I know.) And how simple was Jesus in his life! His words, springing from the depths of his heart, magnetised multitudes. “Be naked in your hearts that you may see God!” he said.

The simple man realises that the spirit is the Great Transmitter, and that the Spirit is the Creator of new values.

Sometime ago, a student of science said that a single drop of tear locked up within it an energy which, if released, could pull down a six-storey building. True it is that even the thrones of kings have trembled at the touch of the tears of God’s simple men.

What is the simple way? It is the way of self-denial. St. Francis was not a scholar: but his few simple words, “My God, my God! Thou art my all!” changed the lives of multitudes. St. Francis was a man of self-denial.

We live in a period of industrial civilisation of technological advances, of scientific research and investigations. It is a period of pursuit of wealth, possessions, and power. In this period, specially, we need the supreme equipment of life, that of self-denial. “He that will follow me,” said Jesus, “must deny himself.”

How may we prepare ourselves to receive the gift of self-denial, the gift of that true renunciator of which the secret is annihilation of the “ego”? How may we transcend the ego-consciousness of the modern age and rise to the spirit-consciousness, the consciousness wherein the individual becomes God-absorbed?

The secret of the simple man is known to him who has learnt to pour himself—his thoughts and aspirations, his energies and endeavours, his activities and pursuits of daily life—into other lives.

The simple man realises that the spirit is the Great Transmitter, and that the Spirit is the Creator of new values. Krishna poured his few simple words—the few-simple notes of the flute—into the hearts of the village milkmaids: and with his simple Flute, Krishna thrilled Brindaban, from end-to-end.

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