Srimati Carrie Speaks on "Arise! Awake!"
Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 11:00am
What does it mean to live the meditative life? What is it that awakens the soul within us? What enlightens our spirit? How do we unfold our divine qualities?
The Upanishads have declared, “Arise! Awake! And stop not until the goal is reached.” It is the call to rise above all worldly limitations. With selfless service, with a pure mind and devoted heart we realize our true nature. We aspire to awaken to the consciousness of our universal Self.
Go to sleep with meditation on God. Arise and awake with meditation on God. Carry that meditation throughout the day… and our meditation will become our very life.
From Swamis and Gurus:
"Yoga recognizes man as a spiritual being, a divine entity. Man is a soul, the immortal, eternal, ever-seeking, ever-revealing and ever-realizing spirit. Truth is not only the ideal of man, it is also his essential nature. It is true that divinity is the supreme goal of man but it is equally true that the reality and the attributes of the Deity constitute the substance of his soul. Yoga seeks to awaken man to the realization of his spiritual self. It points out to him that he is a son of God, a light which is illumined by the absolute Light. He is a universal soul, an infinite spirit and an eternal being."
- Swami Premananda – “Eight Aspects of Yoga”
“The purpose of Kriya meditation is the revelation of the light of soul, the source of life, intelligence and love which joins together all realms of creation in man. Where there is light, there is joy, and the power of eternal life sustaining, radiating, arising, awakening, illuminating every area of its existence.
“Some activities awaken cosmic energy from the reservoir of kundalini within us. It is literally true that selfless action increases our energy. Those whose hearts are selfless and pure seem to be gifted with a greater fund of energy than others. The truth is that they have cultivated it. They have awakened or drawn it. Those who desire universal good draw from the infinite reservoir of the beneficent universal will.”
Swami Kamalananda – Mystic Cross
“Arise, awake from the slumber of ignorance! Receive guidance from men of realization and gain the knowledge of the supreme Self. It is extremely difficult to walk barefooted on the sharp edge of a razor, but it is still more difficult to follow the path of the Self. Thus have we heard from the wise.”
- Katha Upanishad Ch 3, v 14
“And this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.”
- Romans 13:11
“That which awakens in man the consciousness of perfection, immortality and bliss is love.”
"There is but one Reality that permeates thee and me, and all beings. Rise above the consciousness of separation and realize thyself in all and all in thee.
- Swami Shankarachariya
“Spirituality is not an acquirement but an unfoldment. Infinite divinity is the essential nature of man. Man is the birthless, deathless, changeless, eternal, universal, conscious and blissful Self. He has forgotten this truth about himself…Man must constantly awaken himself to the right remembrance of his true Self.”