At a bhiksha in Boston, a Christian minister asked Gurudev, Swami Chinmayananda:
"OK, we realize the infinite, supreme Essence. Thereafter, no individuality, and so no universe. So your personal responsibility to serve the world ends. Is this the state of Perfection?"
Gurudev's answer was:
"The intellectual conclusions arrived at about this state and the life thereafter are authentic - but not true. Social responsibilities and the urge to serve one's fellow men, the urgency rising in our mind to wipe the tears from the eyes of the sad, the melancholy, and the suffering is indeed sacred.
It brings about an expansion of our heart. A gush of love fountains up from our heart and streams forth to bathe the life around us.
"When such acts of seva (service) are undertaken in a spirit of dedication and love, surrender, and worship of the Lord, they hasten to cleanse the mind of agitations, and such a purified 'heart'(mind-intellect equipment) discovers the poise and dash needed for contemplation. As a result of steady contemplation, the mind gets transcended to the timeless Essence, the god-state, in a direct subjective experience.
"After this realisation, the master, saint, or sage returns to play with his old equipment. In the deepest sense of love for all, he cannot but get involved with the world. The seva he does now is the fulfillment of his realisation. It is the Lord's play through the saint or prophet."
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Swami Chinmayananda the great master's lectures were an outpour of wisdom. He introduced the Geetha Gnana Yagna. He wrote a lot of books on spirituality, commentaries to Vedantic texts, children books etc. He then started spreading His teachings globally.....