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Cosmic religion

A son of India received the Nobel Prize in Physics. I bow to Sir Raman with love and humility in my heart. He has exalted India. He has enriched humanity. A dear esteemed friend of mine was on board the vessel with Sir Raman. The two were returning from Europe to India. The two were talking together.

Suddenly Sir Raman looked at the stars and said, “O stars! What is man compared to you?” The words of Sir Raman were, doubtless, charged with a cosmic emotion. No great scientist but feels a thrill of cosmic experience. Both science and religion are born of cosmic consciousness. Science and scientific research grows out of a study of the wonder of the world. And religion is neither a creed nor a dogma but essentially, a reverence-attitude to the cosmic mystery that fills nature, and is revealed in the heart and in the great ones of humanity.

Let us keep alive the cosmic sense, and we shall grow in humility and in that only service which makes life rich—the service of love.


When the cosmic sense is awakened, one realises the littleness of the things we seek and the plans we pursue. Vanity of “Vanities!”, says the awakened man. How little we know! How little we really achieve! As Goethe says in a poem of his, “A small ring limits our life”. We think mightily of ourselves. We occupy so small space in the cosmos! What is man compared to the stars!

Must we then, sit idle, with folded hands? No! Let us work—but as instruments of the One Master. We are so little: He is the One Worker. Blessed are we if we are accepted as instruments of His service, His work. Big plans and programs—let them go! Enough if we do in our little service to which He calls us. Then shall we live true lives—true because dedicated—dedicated and beautiful—beautiful in spite of what the world calls “failure” or “defect”. Let us keep alive the cosmic sense, and we shall grow in humility and in that only service which makes life rich—the service of love.

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