Serve the Supreme by Kiirtana


Shrii Shrii Anandamurti

Human existence is trifarious: human beings are neither physical entities, nor psychic, nor spiritual entities – they are three in one. All human expressions and activities take place in those three spheres or strata. We should be strong in all the three arenas of life, and then only is human existence trilateral, in its true and proper spirit.

Now, we must serve the society and also the cosmic father in all the three strata of our existence. We must serve the Parama Puruśa in the physical sphere – how? Living creatures are the progeny of Parama Puruśa, so we can serve Him physically by rendering service to living beings in the physical sphere, by removing their various physical miseries and afflictions and by showing them the path to liberation. We must take upon ourselves the responsibility to lead them forward not by telling them, “Alright, you go ahead, I am behind you!” but rather by saying, “I am going forward – you also come with me!”

This universe is a loving creation of Parama Puruśa. We can give joy to Parama Puruśa by serving His creations – human beings, animals and plants – and this service will be the best application of Neohumanism. This service can be done in four ways – viprocita sevá (intellectual service), kśatriyocita sevá (service of courage), vaeshyocita sevá (economic service) and shudrocita sevá (manual service). None of these is inferior: we cannot ignore any one of them. People should render service according to their capacity. Those who like intellectual service, can do that; those who like manual service, can do so. But it will be best if all the four types are performed.

We cannot call people “good” if they cannot lead people of all walks of life towards welfare. We can call them “goody-goodies” but not good people. Those who are truly good people will move bravely forward and provide inspiration and strength to those mute masses to fight against all kinds of obstacles, and give a clarion call to them to march ahead.

In the psychic sphere also, we must serve Parama Puruśa, since mind is a very important aspect of human existence. And the best way to serve Parama Puruśa in the mental sphere is to do His kiirtan with love and devotion. When Parama Puruśa sees that “a number of minds are flowing towards Me”, He will certainly feel a soothing touch, and thus this collective movement will benefit both the individuals and the collectivity. This synthetic movement towards the Supreme One will surely reduce the degree of complexity that has arisen from the constant conflicts and clashes in the society today.

These days many psychic diseases have appeared as a result of this mental complexity. Many people are committing suicide; many people are becoming lunatics. The reason is that people are unable to adjust with the various types of complexities in life.

The human brain is limited, and its nerve cells also have a limited capacity: they cannot tolerate these growing complexities. Kiirtan gives bliss to Parama Puruśa in the mental sphere, and it also brings joy to human beings both individually and collectively; it leads them on the path of welfare and frees them from all these complexities. It removes all the diseases of the intellect and allows people to think easily and in the proper way.

So intelligent people should do kiirtan as much as possible. When people, due to psychic complexities, cannot find the solution to their difficulties and they are at a loss what to do, if they sit together at any place and do kiirtan wholeheartedly for a while, their psychic complexities will be removed and they will easily seize upon the solution to their problems.

Thus if you have even only one minute’s time, do kiirtan for one minute. If even two or three people gather together, they can do kiirtan collectively; if one thousand people assemble together, then also they can do kiirtan. When you do kiirtan and move towards Parama Puruśa, the Supreme Father, then in Parama Puruśa’s mind also there will be a flow of bliss, because so many minds are coming towards Him with love. He will feel very happy. Seeing the bliss of His devotees, Parama Puruśa will also become overwhelmed with joy, because of His enormous love for His devotees. “How good these devotees are!” – He says. Parama Puruśa loves each and everyone, but He loves those who do kiirtan still more. He will say to them, “Come, come, come, – come near to Me.” This is the proper way to serve Parama Puruśa in the mental sphere.

Devotees may or may not be educated; they may or may not be highly qualified; they may or may not be intelligent; but if they do kiirtan they are efficient enough to render service to Parama Puruśa in the psychic realm. So my boys and girls, don’t miss this golden opportunity. You have been blessed with a human body; there must be maximum utilization of this human body by serving Parama Puruśa both physically and mentally, and the best method of rendering psychic service to Parama Puruśa is by doing kiirtan.

One of the names of Parama Puruśa is “Áshutośa”. “Áshu” means “quickly, easily”, so “áshutośa” means one who can be satisfied quickly and easily. Whether good or bad, if people do kiirtana sincerely and wholeheartedly even for five or ten minutes, Parama Puruśa becomes pleased. So it is not difficult to please Him – any person can satisfy Him easily. Parama Puruśa does not make any distinctions between educated and uneducated, between black and white – all are His loving sons and daughters. Even the ugliest child is a precious jewel to its parents. If people do kiirtan for a few minutes only, Parama Puruśa becomes happy.

And in the spiritual sphere, the only way to serve Parama Puruśa is to do what? Sádhaná. Your sádhaná will attain the height of spiritual fulfilment when you will realize that “day and night, in adversity or prosperity, all the time Parama Puruśa is with me – I have nothing to worry about.”

By intensive sádhaná, you will move closer and closer to Parama Puruśa. And in this process of forward movement, when you reach near Him you will feel that – although Parama Puruśa has millions of sons and daughters like you who are coming closer to Him – He is in front of you, and you will feel that on the lap of Parama Puruśa there is a vacant seat waiting just for you.17 May 1982, CalcuttaPublished in: 
Ánanda Vacanámrtam Part 22