Small Universe that it is, today's Swami
Sivananda Day-to-Day sharing is perfectly
in tune with this discussion:
CHEERING DROOPING HEARTS: The Master was once cheering the
drooping hearts of some of his disciples.
"Never mind whether Self-realisation comes or not. Put forth
every effort at attaining ethical improvement to render
yourself perfect for the service of man. See God in man.
Look upon man as God. If your concept of God includes the
idea that He is all-pervading and omnipresent, then why
can't you see Him in all beings and creatures? What makes
you hesitate in translating your belief into action? You
will have to leave off all such notions that He is available
only behind locked doors and closed eyes. First feel His
loving Presence in everyone, in everything that you see and
serve, then see whether or not He shines of His own accord
in the chambers of your heart. When the
heart is not yet
free of all impurities and the lower nature rid of its
dross, how can spiritual experience come to you? Until you
have rendered your nature perfect, is it possible to realise
the truth of a Being who is the very essence of perfection?
"First root out your egoism, anger, hatred, greed and pride
by means of sincere selfless service. Even if you manage to
do some little good to ten human beings, if you succeed in
destroying one evil trait and developing fully a single
noble virtue, feel certain that your life has not been lived
in vain. That is more than what ten people in a million ever
achieve. What if you do not have Samadhi and God-vision?
"Cheer up yourselves! Apply your heart and soul to this
work. I guarantee that you will feel blessed and happy. Feel
not dissatisfied with your lot or be downcast about your
progress. Act up to my word. Have I no thought of your
spiritual welfare? Why, if you would only know, you will see
that day and night, every moment my heart is fluttering with
concern for your well-being."
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"Do not attempt to run away from surroundings that are not
to your liking. God has placed you there to make you grow
quickly. If you get all your desired comforts in a
particular place you will not grow strong. So never complain
about unfavourable surroundings. Triumph over all
difficulties. " - Swami Sivananda
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medit8ionsociety <no_reply@.. .> wrote:
> Very beautifully written Papajeff.
We have a picture
> of Krishna at our house where he's playing his flute
> to an adoring female. There's also a field where there
> are dozens of cows, several people, animals, and
> many different trees, plants, rocks, etc. Each thing
> has a handprint of Krishna at its center. This ancient
> and common realization is an (3rd) eye opening event.
> From there, one has the potential to recognize the unity
> of all things big and small and recognize the "hand"
> within all sub-atomic particles, atoms, molecules, cells,
> organs and other masses, bodies, all life on Earth, Earth
> itself, the Sun, the solar system and all its parts,
> the Galaxy, the Galactic cluster, the Universe, and in
> all Universes. In our classes, we teach the Big Buddha,
> Little Buddha meditation wherein one sees their deity
> (not necessarily Buddha or any specific person - it
> just be a holy energy) in all things from the sub atomic
> on up to multi-universes. Of course as this begins to happen
> on its own without any inner chatter (when the directed
> concentration flows into meditation), there is no-one
> there to say "This is happening to me" or "oh-wow!", or
> "this is enlightenment" , or anything similar. And as soon
> as that inner chatter returns, so does duality and the
> ego that thinks it is separate from the rest of all the
> atoms and universes. But often the experience itself is
> (happily) ever after life changing. A sort of spiritual
> "trap" is that this is so intoxicating an event that one
> rehashes it in the mind over and over and instead of
> seeking it again (or more accurately letting it happen),
> a plateau is reached and that's where the evolution
> stops. Somewhere right this Now there is a
> taking a drug that has lead to similar experiences. S/he
> may flow into this "unified field" and actually know
> first hand what the mystics have made music about on
> their flutes for thousands of years, but they won't have
> a sustained divine being-ness and will most often
> just forget about "IT". Meditation practice is an
> ongoing and ever evolving flow and when someone who
> has had transcendent experiences shares them with us,
> it is a gift from above....and from within... and we
> are blessed when this happens. But, for most teenagers,
> even ones who have seen the universal unity, a new xbox
> game that just came out is more important. And age is
> just a number, so many meditators are still just
> teenagers spiritually who may never become adults in
> any way but physically. Meditation is the best mechinism
> for growth
of consciousness and must take place in the
> present, and that is not just a rehashing of what has
> happened or a drug effect. A flute's beautiful message can
> only be sounded now. And if not actively used, the flute
> will rust and the notes will not be divinely sweet.
> Thanks again Papajeff for sharing this reminder to
> actually meditate and that this, shall we say, opens
> the ears to be able to hear the ever flowing celestial
> harmonies that divine flutes are playihg.
> Peace and blessings,
> --- In meditationsocietyof america@yahoogro ups.com
, "Papajeff" <jeff@> wrote:
> > Ran across this quote yesterday.
> > It's one of the
> > realizations of Awakening:
> > "If you don't see God in everyone,
> > you don't see God at all."
> > – Yogi Bhajan.
> > One of the many startling new
> > and/or enhanced perspectives
> > that comes with Awakening and
> > Self-Realization (God-Realization)
> > is not only the sense of an awesome
> > "newness" of appreciation for
> > everything from the colors of
> > the sky and the trees, and the...
> > Well, let me tell it in a story:
> > One July morning quite a few
> > years ago, in the midst of a
> > quiet meditation, a startling
> > sense of an enormous "presence"
> > that seemed to acknowledge me
> > suddenly came into my consciousness.
> > My immediate thought was,
> > God IS real!" I don't know why
> > that particular reaction popped
> > up, but that was it.
> > In this meditation that was more
> > like a lucid dream, I next
> > "encountered" a light being -
> > a glowing figure, so bright that
> > I could not see a face.
> > The light being ushered me
> > into a blast of huge blue-white
> > light...and now the words pale
> > in comparison to the experience.. .
> > Here, the very source of LOVE
> > washed over and through me in
> > torrents that seemed as though
> > they would be too much to bear.
> > Every part of me, down to my
> > DNA, I am convinced, was renewed
> > and enlightened with the most
> > beautiful flow of loving kindness -
> > way beyond imagination or
> > I had ever known or experienced.
> > It was as if I was being shown
> > how the entire universe "works",
> > and how all of it is perfectly
> > woven together in love.
> > And then...
> > I opened my eyes to find myself
> > in the body of a new human being -
> > or more accurately, in a new
> > level of consciousness about "me".
> > It was me, but it was no longer
> > the "me" who sat down to meditate
> > a couple of hours before.
> > My hands were new. I was amazed
> > as I looked at them, and delighted
> > at how they worked. As I touched
> > each of my fingers to my thumbs,
> > it was stunning to me that I could
> > do that.
> > Then I noticed the colors and
> > fabric of the pillows
> > sitting on. The shape, the colors,
> > the fabric of the pillow was
> > fascinating and indescribably
> > beautiful.
> > As I stroked the pillows in a
> > state of sheer delight, I looked
> > up to see the other people in
> > the meditation room. There were
> > 28 other people in this large
> > room, including the meditation
> > teacher who had been leading
> > us.
> > Now if I thought my hands were
> > amazing and the use of them
> > stunning, and the colors, textures
> > and fabrics in the room indescribably
> > beautiful... well, my reaction to
> > these paled in comparison to my
> > my reaction to seeing the other
> > people for the first time after
> > opening my eyes from the meditation.
> > These were
people I had been
> > meeting with and living with
> > for several months before, so I
> > knew all of them, but...now...
> > they glowed with beauty - all of
> > them. I could feel there hearts
> > beating, and look deeply within
> > them...down to their souls. And
> > what I saw was...
> > The God of Love I had just 'met'
> > peacefully and beautifully
> > resident within each of them.
> > Since that July morning, so many
> > years ago, I fall in Love with
> > everyone I meet, because...
> > I see God in them.
> > This ranks among the supreme
> > benefits of meditation's gift.
> > One Love,
> > Jeff