Speaks on “Think of God”
Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 11:00am
Upon this summer solstice, we are all thinking of our final Sunday together before we disperse for July and August. We will all have various plans — projects, personal study, travels and visits with family or friends, and perhaps even a time of solitude. However we fill our days, let us live them consciously, contributing to our spiritual purpose and fulfillment.
FROM GURUS AND SWAMIS:
“Why does the thought of thee exalt my entire being with the feeling of purity and holiness, devotion and peace? It is because thou art the reality of absolute divinity and the essence of love and bliss. Thou hast revealed thy purpose in my life. With thy blessing I am dedicated to fulfill thy will with all my life and devotion.”
—Swami Premananda, The Inner Path to God
“‘Knowing God’ means to some people nothing beyond a vague notion of what the Creator does or has done. Yet knowing God truly means infinitely more: It means discovering the reality of His presence within ourselves; learning how to switch on the light within us to find Him revealed throughout life, and by way of our own illumination becoming free, overcoming death, being consciously one with God. ‘God-realization’ and ‘Self-realization’ are philosophic terms appropriately describing the spiritual perfection of man.”
—Swami Kamalananda, Reflections on Still Waters
“Knowledge is limitless and so also the application of truth. Everyday we add to our knowledge of the power of Atman, and we shall keep on doing so. New experience will teach us new duties, but truth shall ever be the same. Who has ever known it in its entirety? The Vedas represent the truth, they are infinite. But who has known them in their entirety? What goes today by the name of the Vedas are not even a millionth part of the real Veda—the Book of Knowledge. And who knows the entire meaning of even the few books that we have? Rather than wade through these infinite complications, our sages taught us to learn one thing: ‘As with the Self, so with the Universe’. It is not possible to scan the universe, as it is to scan the self. Know the self and you know the universe. But even knowledge of the self within presupposes ceaseless striving—not only ceaseless but pure, and pure striving presupposes a pure heart…”
“How do I listen to others?
As if everyone were my Master
Speaking to me His cherished
—Shams-ud-din Muhammad Hafiz