Swami Abhayananda writes:
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Excerpt from Body and Soul, by Swami
There have been, over the centuries, many
well-known and unknown souls who have experienced union with God; and it may be
useful to look to some of the best known seers who have described this
experience, in order to piece together a consolidated description of what has
From the Upanishads [10th to 4th
He cannot be seen by the eye, and words
cannot reveal Him. He cannot be realized by the senses, or by austerity or
the performance of rituals. By the grace of wisdom and purity of mind, He can be
seen in the silence of contemplation.
When a wise man has withdrawn his mind
from all things without, and when his spirit has peacefully left all inner
sensations, let him rest in peace, free from the movement of will and
desire. ... For it has been said: There is something beyond our mind,
which abides in silence within our mind. It is the supreme mystery beyond
thought. Let one's mind and subtle spirit rest upon that and nothing
... When the mind is silent, beyond
weakness and distraction, then it can enter into a world, which is far beyond
the mind: the supreme Destination. ... Then one knows the joy of Eternity.
... Words cannot describe the joy of the soul whose impurities are washed away
in the depths of contemplation, who is one with the Atman, his own Self.
Only those who experience this joy know what it is. ... As water becomes
one with water, fire with fire, and air with air, so the mind becomes one with
the infinite Mind and thus attains Freedom.
When in inner union he is beyond the
world of the body, then the third world, the world of the Spirit, is found,
where man possesses allfor he is one with the ONE.
From the Bhagavad Gita [5th
When the mind of the yogi is in peace,
focused on the Self within, and beyond all restless desires, then he experiences
Unity. His mind becomes still, like the flame of a lamp sheltered from the
winds. When the mind rests in the prayerful stillness of yoga, by the
grace of the One, he knows the One, and attains fulfillment. Then he knows
the joy of Eternity; he sees beyond the intellect and the senses. He
becomes the Unmoving, the Eternal.
... In this experience of Unity, the yogi is
liberated, delivered from all suffering forever. ... The yogi whose heart
is still, whose passions are dissolved, and who is pure of sin, experiences this
supreme bliss and knows his oneness with Brahman.
Maximus of Tyre [2nd century
The eye cannot see God, words cannot name
Him, flesh and blood cannot touch Him, the ear cannot hear Him; but within the
soul That which is most fair, most pure, most intelligible, most ethereal, most
honorable, can contemplate Him because it is like Him, can hear Him because of
... The soul holds herself erect and
strong, she gazes at the pure light [of the Godhead]; she wavers not, nor turns
her glance to earth, but closes her ears and directs her eyes and all other
senses within. She forgets the troubles and sorrows of earth, its joys and
honors, its glory and its shame; and submits to the guidance of pure reason and
strong love. For reason points out the road that must be followed, and
love drives the soul forward, making the rough places smooth by its charm and
constancy. And as we approach heaven and leave earth behind, the goal
becomes clear and luminousthat is a foretaste of God's very self. On the
road we learn His nature better; but when we reach the end, we see Him.