Abiding in God with Shivani – 7 January 2012

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Sunday Service Week 27: Abiding in God

Reading from Rays of the One Light

Truth is one and eternal. Realize oneness with it in your deathless Self, within.

The following commentary is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.

Yogananda often emphasized—more often to his disciples than to the general public, but also to everyone generally, for it was a universal teaching—the importance of attunement. For divine understanding cannot be created: It must be perceived. To the disciples, Yogananda spoke of the importance of attunement with the guru. To others, he urged the importance at least of attuning oneself to higher consciousness. Can an eagle rise without support from the sustaining air?

Jesus Christ said in the Gospel of St. John, Chapter 15:

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

How can we “abide in him”? Jesus says, “If my words abide in you.” By words he meant not only his spoken words, but his vibrations, his consciousness, of which the words are only an expression. We must abide by the teachings, but we must also absorb those teachings into ourselves, that they become our own experience. For disciples of this path, the more, in their hearts, they live consciously in the presence of the masters, the more they will find the divine presence living within them.

And for all truth seekers, whether disciples or not, the more they live sustained inwardly by the awareness of God’s presence, the higher they will find themselves soaring in wisdom and joy.

For the Bhagavad Gita says, in the tenth Chapter:

I am the Source of everything; from Me all creation emerges. Blessed with this realization, the wise, awe-stricken, adore Me.

Thus, through holy scripture, God has spoken to mankind.

Reading from Affirmations for Self-Healing

Consideration for others is one of the marks of a refined spirit. Many people on the spiritual path feel that, since it is within that they are seeking the kingdom of God, and since they are working at developing a spirit of non-attachment, it doesn’t matter how they express themselves to others. Indeed, their inconsiderateness is an affirmation of their independence of the opinions and feelings of others. “If God is pleased,” they tell themselves, “what matters the displeasure of man?”

Yet by unkindness we can never please God, who is all Kindness itself. Sensitivity to others is a way of self-expansion. One truly achieves freedom in himself when he can respect their realities, because he is wholly at peace with his own.

Practice this affirmation out loud, guided by Swami Kriyananda

By sensitivity to others’ realities, I keep myself in readiness to perceive the truth no matter what garb it wears.

Prayer

Divine Mother, I worship Thee in all Thy forms, both ignorant and wise. Finding Thee within, may I behold Thee enshrined in omnipresence.