Speaks on "The Mystic's Search"
Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 11:00am
During this holy season we remember the great blessings of life. This is a time to pause and reflect, to give thanks and share our joy. This is a time when we yearn to be awakened to the consciousness of holiness within and around us.
The true mystics are those who seek to live in the realization of the divine blessings of God. This is the life of Yoga — when the soul pervades the awareness and perception of the senses.
In our search, we look to the lives of the mystics, rishis and saints for examples of how to live in the light of soul. Their examples serve as reminders that God dwells in all beings. But it is up to us to see for ourselves.
From Gurus and Swamis: AUM
“Mysticism is the spiritual science that deals exclusively with divine truths which are beyond all finite categories. Only transcendental truths form the subject matter of mystic revelation. Knowledge about God and all his attributes, and about soul with its innate divinity is the supreme goal of the mystic’s search.”
—Swami Premananda, 101 Noble Qualities
“The mystic has opened the door through which he must pass in order to reach God. The door is his own pure heart which opens to embrace all — blessing, uplifting and transforming all with love. Only the openhearted receives the peace and harmony of God.”
—Swami Kamalananda, Reflections on Still Waters
“If I say it is outside me, my inner world is ashamed; if I say it is only within, that is falsehood.”
If there is a paradise on earth,
It is this, it is this, it is this”
It is in God that we live, and move, and have our being.
—Paul in Acts 17:28
“Wisdom cannot be pass’d from one having it to another not having it,
Wisdom is of the soul, is not susceptible of proof, is its own proof,
Applies to all stages and objects and qualities and is content,
Is the certainty of the reality and immortality of things, and the excellence of things;
Something there is in the float of the sight of things that provokes it out of the soul.
“Here is realization,
Here is a man tallied—he realizes here what he has in him,
The past, the future, majesty, love—if they are vacant of you, you are vacant of them.”
—Walt Whitman, Song of the Open Road
"At the highest state of self-realization the yogi recognizes himself as one with all objects of creation, and attains the revelation that all forms are the manifestations of his own universality."
—Srimat-Bhagavad-Gita: ch 4, vs 6-7