Speaks on "The Immortal Soul"
Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 11:00am
“The Immortal Soul”
We give thanks and remember those who sacrifice greatly for our life and freedom.
We think of those who save lives everyday such as doctors, nurses, and firefighters.
And sometimes we think of that one small act of kindness by a stranger that may save us from pain, sorrow, or worry.
What is the salvation we seek? From what do we want to be saved? Are we concerned with preserving our physical life only? Or is it the soul for which we are afraid? What will free us? What is our moksha? What will lead us from death to immortality?
— Srimati Carrie
FROM GURUS AND SWAMIS:
“We talk of religions and philosophies as if by our mental pursuit of them we could achieve the divine fulfillment of human evolution!
“We try to readjust the personality and ego according to relative consciousness of birth and death and this life’s pleasures and pains as if that could bring us eternal bliss.
“Instead we should work to develop that consciousness by which we surpass the functions of the mind.
“Our potential and destiny is realization of the life of the soul in wisdom and bliss.
“To realize its consciousness, immortal existence and peace we meditate.”
— Swami Kamalananda, Reflections on Still Waters
“God has created the soul of man and has sent it to journey through the universe of his cosmic manifestation. Finally he receives the soul and makes it one with his being until it attains to the glory of his absolute perfection.
“When the soul of man becomes one with the soul of God, it no longer exists as an individual soul but as the cosmic God, omniscient in infinite consciousness, omnipotent in all-pervasive self-manifestation and omnipresent in universal oneness. This is the salvation of soul in the perfection of God.”
—Swami Premananda, Sayings of Shyamacharan Lahiri
“Hence in a season of calm weather
Though inland far we be,
Our Souls have sight of that immortal sea
Which brought us hither,
Can in a moment travel thither,
And see the children sport upon the shore,
And hear the mighty waters rolling evermore.”
— William Wordsworth, Ode, Intimations of Immortality (lines 164–170)
“The man who is kind and who practices righteousness, who remains passive amidst the affairs of the world, who considers all creatures on earth as his own self, he attains the Immortal Being, the true God is ever with him.”
— 100 Poems of Kabir, Translated by Rabindranath Tagore
“Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was; and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”
— Ecclesiastes, XII. 7