The Awakening

Acharya George Adams
Speaks on "The Awakening" 
Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 11:00am

This Sunday we have chosen for our meditation a critical step in our spiritual journey to God-realization, “The Awakening.”  The Awakening is that point in our spiritual quest where we are “awakened” to our true nature and spiritual life's mission and given the choice of following life’s present course of separation in consciousness from God (the finite ego) or entering into a higher state of oneness with God—Soul Consciousness.  The Awakening is our Soul’s spiritual tipping point, the transformative moment where our consciousness is elevated into a higher level of spiritual knowledge and experience regarding who we are, where we have come from, and where we are going.  It is the crossroad of spiritual choice.  It is the moment we enter into a new and exciting stage of our inner and outer life.  It is the point in time when the spiritual law of unfoldment kicks in and manifests the power of our Soul, the power of divine life, divine love and divine wisdom.

This awakening is revealed in the lives of the many messengers of God and in our own personal journey.  It is to be found in the life of Mahatma Gandhi, Jesus of Christ Consciousness, Gautama, the Buddha, Mohammed, Moses, St. Francis and many others.

Like the silkworm that becomes the butterfly and the chick in the robin’s nest that breaks through its shell to experience the wonderment of a new world, Soul “breaks through” the shell of its finite ego separation consciousness and is awakened to its oneness with the spiritual law of the unfoldment of the innate spiritual qualities of its innermost being. 

In his book Seven Mystic Holidays, Swami Premananda has this to say regarding this awakening of the “innate spiritual qualities of our innermost being":

This awakening of nature and of the human heart and mind to the idealism of soul perfection is …the law of the unfoldment of the soul.  It signifies the gradual ascension of the soul to the absolute perfection of God.  It is the awakening of the innate spiritual qualities of our innermost being to reach the eternal glory of the supreme spirit. For all the attributes of God are enshrined within each and every one of us.

From Gurus and Swamis: AUM

“Buddha awakened man to the religion of soul, a religion of self-realization and divinity, of which the eternal truths mark the highway to perfection.  Perfection is not to be sought outside but within man.The soul of man is inherently perfect, and the goal of human existence is the attainment of that perfection, not through various means but only by self-effort.  Religion does not lie in the rigid observance of external formalities and rituals, though they have unquestionable value in the spiritual unfoldment of man.   Religion is not the acquirement but the unfoldment of divinity.”

—The Path of the Eternal Law, Dhammapada, translated by Swami Premananda

“AUM, the cosmic Mantram, is the bow, soul is the mystic arrow.  Brahman is the divine mark.  With a heart disciplined by devotion and renunciation, like the arrow flying towards the mark, let the initiate become absorbed in meditation on Brahman.” 

—Light on Kriya Yoga, Mandukya Upanishad, translated by Swami Premananda

Noble Thoughts

“That I want Thee, only Thee, let my heart repeat without end.  All desires that distract me, day and night, are false and empty to the core.

As the night keeps hidden in its gloom the petition for light, even thus in the depths of my unconsciousness rings the cry—'I want Thee, only Thee'.

"As the storm still seeks its end in peace when it strikes against peace with all its might, even thus my rebellion strikes against Thy love, and still its cry is— 'I want Thee, —only Thee'.”

—Gitanjali by Rabintranath Tagore”

“The empirical world cannot exist by itself.  It is wholly dependent on Brahman, but the changes of the empirical order do not affect the integrity of Brahman.  The world depends on Brahman, but Brahman depends on nothing.  Ignorance affects our whole empirical being.  It is another name for finitude.”

—Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Indian Philosophy, Chapter XV, Vedanta

"Purnam adah purnam idam
Purnat purnam udacyate,
Purnasya purnam adaya
Purnam eva avasisyate.

“That is Perfect; this is perfect;
Out of That Perfection emanates this perfection;
In the ocean of Perfection surge the waves of perfection;
Yet That Perfection is never lost.

—Ancient Invocation