Posts Tagged ‘self-realization’

Three Things That Atheists Believe

February 2, 2012

Logic demands that atheists believe the following three points:

1) All the God-realized saints and sages through the ages were either delusional or lying.
Countless spiritual seekers throughout the centuries have achieved self-realization: the direct experience of oneness with God and all creation. Many of these mystics have attained astonishing powers in the process and were able to perform miracles that defy the laws of physics. Such stories have been well documented. For instance, Paramahansa Yogananda’s spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi, first published in 1946, offers dozens of accounts of miraculous feats, many of which personally involved the author.

Ordinary people also experience the Divine. Moments away from death from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma six years ago today, Anita Moorjani underwent (more…)

Waking the Wizard WIthin

January 2, 2012

In church yesterday, the minister offered an intriguing analogy that I hadn’t considered before. He used Harry Potter as an illustration of Self-relaization.

At the start of Harry’s story, he was living with a family that treated him poorly; his room was a small closet underneath the stairs. He felt alienated and alone. Life was miserable. Ah, but then Harry (more…)

Take a Cue from the Chinese Bamboo Tree

December 15, 2010

Chinese bamboo trees

Spiritual growth and immediate gratification are mutually exclusive concepts. You must perform your spiritual practice with infinite patience. God will respond in God’s time, not yours. Just because you have not yet attained the ultimate goal of self-realization, in which you blissfully melt into oneness with the divine, does not mean you are not making significant progress.

In the Summer 2007 issue of Self-Realization magazine, a quarterly magazine devoted to healing of body, mind and soul, Swami Smaranananda, Joint General Secretary of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India, offered this analogy.

When the Chinese bamboo tree is planted, it is watered and fertilized, but for four (more…)

Roasted in the Divine Fires of Wisdom

July 31, 2010

Karmic law is in force in every moment of our lives. Karma cannot be sidestepped but it can be transcended through earnest, unwavering spiritual practice. Devotees who have achieved self-realization may have many or all of their karmic debts mitigated or forgiven.

Seeds of past karma cannot germinate if they are roasted in the divine fires of wisdom.
Paramahansa Yogananda

God-illumined souls break free from the revolving wheel of reincarnation and melt in loving union with divine consciousness. Whether it takes ten (more…)

Walking With God and Wrestling With the Devil

April 3, 2010

The more you empty yourself of ego and your own self-importance, the more room there is for spirit. But beware: Your ego is programmed for self-preservation. Back your ego into a corner and it can slither out like a seductive snake, shrewdly tempting you back toward the sense pleasures of the material world and away from the soul pleasures of the spiritual path.

A whole person is one who both has walked with God and wrestled with the devil.
Carl Jung

The wise spiritual aspirant discerns the difference between self-destructive pleasures and those earthly delights that inspire our spirit to soar to greater heights of exaltation.

I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.
Eric Liddell
Olympic Gold medalist portrayed in the film Chariots of Fire

The ego is the devil on (more…)

You Are the Journey’s End

March 21, 2010

Think of yourself as a radio trying to tune in to higher spiritual frequencies. Keeping yourself plugged into the divine current deepens and enriches your understanding of how the universe operates. As your attunement with the divine current grows ever stronger, so too does your yearning for God.

There is a God-shaped vacuum in every heart.
Blaise Pascal

Surrender to this longing. Let it consume you. Live your life so that everything you think, say, and do brings you ever nearer to God.

Do not seek illumination unless you seek it as a man whose hair is on fire seeks a pond.
Sri Ramakrishna

Every day in which you joyously dive into (more…)

If You Understand God, You Have Failed

March 20, 2010

Self-realization—the doorway to enlightenment—comes when you know through direct contact with God that you are one with divine consciousness in body, mind, and spirit. This exalted state of conscious unity with the divine cannot be explained; it can only be experienced.

Words end where truth begins.
Various scriptures

Humbly acknowledging that God is beyond knowing does not alter your conviction—you know that you (more…)