Giving oneself to the Divine

Sweet Mother, what is meant by “the Divine gives Himself”?

The Mother: It means exactly this: that the more you give yourself the more you have the experience – it is not just a feeling or impression or sensation, it is a total experience – that the more you give yourself to the Divine the more He is with you, totally, constantly, at every minute, in all your thoughts, all your needs, and that there’s no aspiration which does not receive an immediate answer; and you have the sense of a complete, constant intimacy, of a total nearness. It is as though you carried… as though the Divine were all the time with you; you walk and He walks with you, you sleep and He sleeps with you, you eat and He eats with you, you think and He thinks with you, you love and He is the love you have. But for this one must give himself entirely, totally, exclusively, reserve nothing, keep nothing for himself and not keep back anything, not disperse anything also: the least little thing in your being which is not given to the Divine is a waste; it is the wasting of your joy, something that lessens your happiness by that much, and all that you don’t give to the Divine is as though you were holding it in the way of the possibility of the Divine’s giving Himself to you. You don’t feel Him close to yourself, constantly with you, because you don’t belong to Him, because you belong to hundreds of other things and people; in your thought, your action, your feelings, impulses… there are millions of things which you do not give Him, and that is why you don’t feel Him always with you, because all these things are so many screens and walls between Him and you. But if you give Him everything, if you keep back nothing, He will be constantly and totally with you in all that you do, in all that you think, all that you feel, always, at each moment. But for this you must give yourself absolutely, keep back nothing; each little thing that you hold back is a stone you put down to build up a wall between t he Divine and yourself. And then later you complain: “Oh, I don’t feel Him!” What would be surprising is that you could feel Him.

20 July 1955

CWM Volume 7, Page 243

The Mother with some children on Kumari Puja day at the Meditation Hall on 20th October 1958.
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2 Responses to Giving oneself to the Divine

  1. Suranjan says:

    The Mother once said to the effect that you reach a point in your life when you can’t do anything more, you feel you are nothing and you are at the end of the road. It seems you are looking at a nothingness which is way beyond pain. I feel that’s the precise moment of complete surrender, handing over your life’s responsibilities to the Divine. Because all options are over.
    Till then only insincerity. No complete consecration. Only the Grace can make us surrender truly.

  2. David Fiedler says:

    I must say, this is a remarkable message from The Mother. What she is describing, I believe, is a way of total surrender. It’s probably both the simplest thing there is and at the same time impossible.

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