Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals : 10-16.
Chapter 10: The Esoteric Significance of the Devi Mahatmya -16.
( A talk given on the 13th of October, 1972, during the Navaratri worship )
He was not tired of saying this throughout his life. We can see, in his earlier books especially, that they commence with the sentence: "The goal of life is God-realisation." Whatever he had to say in those books, he said afterwards. So, the first thing is to remember that the goal of life is God-realisation. Do not forget this. The little petty tensions and turmoils and annoyances and worries and vexations are not the goal of life.
They are the obstacles that come on our way, which we have to carefully obviate and go with caution – like a pilgrim who has lost his way in this wilderness of life – and yet confident at the same time that the warmth of the spiritual sun is always energising our personality and that we are never, at any time, any moment of our practice, completely cut off from that source of energy.
To be continued ...