of Sri Amma & Bhagavan
Message from the
founders of Oneness University
In a world where mankind feels threatened
by social upheavals, over population, wars, terrifying violence,
callousness, each human being is more than ever concerned with his own
Survival has implied living sanely, happily without great pressure or
strain. Each one of us translates survival according to his own
particular concept. The idealist projects a way of life which is not the
actual; the theoreticians, whether Marxist, religious, or of any other
particular persuasion have laid down patterns for survival; the
nationalists consider survival possible only in a particular group or
community. These ideologic differences, ideals and faiths are the roots
of a division that is preventing human survival.
Men want to survive in a particular way, according to their narrow
responses, according to their immediate pleasures, according to some
faith. All these can in no way bring security, for in themselves they
are divisive, exclusive, limited. To live in the hope of survival
according to tradition, however ancient or modern, has no meaning.
Partial solutions of any kind - scientific, religious, political,
economic- can no longer assure mankind, its survival. Man has been
concerned with his own individual survival, with his family, with his
group, his nation and because all this is divisive it threatens his
The modern divisions of nationalities, of color, of culture, of religion
are the causes of man's uncertainty of survival. In the turmoil of
today's world, uncertainty has made man turn to authority - to the
political, religious or economic expert. The specialist is inevitably a
danger because his response must always be partial, limited. Man is no
longer individual, separate. What affects the few, affects all mankind.
There is no escape or avoidance of the problem. You can no longer
withdraw from the totality of the human predicament.
We cannot possibly survive if we are concerned with our own survival.
All human beings the world over are interrelated today. What happens in
one country affects the others. Man considers himself an individual,
separate from others but psychologically a human being is inseparable
from the whole of mankind.
There is no such thing as psychological survival. When there is this
desire to survive or to fulfill you are psychologically creating a
situation which not only separates but which is totally unreal.
Psychologically you cannot be separate from another and this desire to
be separate psychologically is the very source of danger and
destruction. Each person asserting himself threatens his own existence.
This assertion of separateness destroys our capacity to work together;
to work together with nature, the living things of the earth and also
with other human beings. As social beings we exist for ourselves. Our
laws, our governments, our religions all emphasize the separateness of
man - which during the centuries has developed into man against man. It
is becoming more and more important, if we are to survive, that there be
a spirit of cooperation with the universe, with all the things of the
sea and earth.
One can see in all social structures the destructive effect of
fragmentation taking place - nation against nation, one group against
another group, one family against another family, one individual against
another, religiously, socially, and economically. Each one is striving
for himself, for his class or his particular interest in the community.
This division of beliefs, ideals, conclusions and prejudices is
preventing the spirit of cooperation from flowering. We are human
beings, not tribal identities, exclusive, separate. We are human beings
caught in conclusions, theories, faiths. We are living creatures, not
labels. It is our human circumstance that makes us search for food,
clothes and shelter at the expense of others. Our very thinking is
seperative, and all actions springing from this limited self, must
prevent cooperation. The economic and social structure, as it is now,
including organized religions, intensifies exclusiveness, and
separateness. This lack of cooperation ultimately brings about wars and
the destruction of man. It is only during crises or disasters, that we
seem to come together and when they are over we are back to our old
condition. We seem to be incapable of living and working together
Is it because our brain, which is the centre of our thought, our
feeling, has from ancient days become through necessity so conditioned
to seek its own personal survival, that this isolating, aggressive
process has come about? Is it because this isolating process identifies
itself with the family, with the tribe, and becomes glorified
nationalism? Is not all isolation linked to a need for identification
and fulfillment? Has not the importance of the self been cultivated
through evolution by the opposition of the 'me' and 'you', the 'we' and
'they'? Have not all religions emphasized personal salvation, personal
awakening, personal achievement, both religiously and in the world? Has
cooperation become impossible because we have given such importance to
this sense of separateness? Is it because human cooperation has centered
on some kind of authority of Government or religion around some ideology
or conclusion, which then inevitably brings about its own destructive
What does it mean to cooperate - not the word but the spirit of it? You
cannot possibly cooperate with another, with the earth and its waters,
unless you in yourself are harmonious, not broken up, non contradictory;
you cannot cooperate if you yourself are under strain, pressure,
conflict. How can you cooperate with the universe if you are concerned
with yourself, your problems and your ambitions? There can be no
cooperation if all your activities are self centered and you are
occupied with your own selfishness, with your own secret desires and
pleasures. As long as the intellect with its thoughts dominates all your
actions, obviously there can be no cooperation, for self-centered
thought is partial, narrow and everlastingly divisive. Cooperation
demands great honesty. Honesty has no motive. Honesty is not some ideal,
some faith. Honesty is clarity - the clear perception of things as they
are. Perception is attention. That very attention throws light with all
its energy on that which is being observed. This light of perception
brings about a transformation of the thing observed. There is no system
through which you learn to cooperate. It is not to be structured and
classified. Its very nature demands that there be love and that love is
not measurable, for when you compare - which is the essence of
measurement - self has entered. Where self is, love is not.
When the truth of all this is seen and understood man's responsibility
undergoes a radical change not only towards his immediate environment
but also towards all living things. This total responsibility is love.
This love acts through intelligence. This intelligence is not partial,
individual separate. Love is never partial. Love is the sacredness of
all living things.
We have stated the problem, the cause and now we must find the solution.
Through no effort of his, could man possibly make it. All this is
possible only when your heart is filled with the Presence. The Presence
flows into you through Oneness Blessing.
Oneness Blessing would thus help create a new generation of human
beings, with a new outlook, with a new sense of being citizens of the
world, concerned with all the living things of the earth. It is your
grave responsibility to help bring about this Oneness.