“God Tests our Love for Him” – Sunday Service with Swami Kriyananda – June 22, 1997

Sunday Service Week 25: The Eternal Now

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.

“When will I find God?” Many devotees have asked this question. Because worldly goals require time, usually, for their fulfillment, we imagine time to be a factor on the spiritual path. And so it is, but only because we think it is! God is as much with us now as He will ever be. It is not He who needs to come to us: We need to come to Him! And that process of coming is a matter of transforming our self-perception.

In the Gospel of St. John, Chapter 4, Jesus Christ says:

Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? Behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

There is a practical teaching in these words, apart from their statement that we have God already, and have only to realize that truth. Jesus is saying, “Lift up your eyes and look. . . .” To hold the eyes uplifted is the best position for meditation. For the seat of superconsciousness lies at a point midway between the eyebrows—in the frontal lobe of the brain just behind that point. This point is known also as the Christ center. By lifting up your eyes and concentrating there, you will find it easier to enter the state of ecstasy. That is why saints in every religion have often been observed, during states of deep inner communion, with their eyes uplifted, focused on the inner light—“white,” as Jesus said, “already to harvest.”

The Bhagavad Gita goes further into this meditative teaching. In the sixth Chapter it states:

Holding the spine firm, the neck and head erect and motionless, let the yogi focus his eyes at the starting place of the nose [the point between the eyebrows]. Let not his gaze roam elsewhere.

In meditation, tell yourself: “I have Him already! I am alive forever in the Divine Light.”

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

Reading from Affirmations for Self-Healing

Peace of mind is the result, not of money in the bank, but of prayer and meditation. The more one contacts God in meditation, the more he feels descending upon him a blanket, as it were, of inner peace, cooling his body, calming his restless impulses, and thrilling his nerves with ever-new delight. Peace is like a weightless waterfall, washing away all worries, and bestowing a new, glad sense of confidence.

Peace of mind is his who knows that God is his only Treasury!

Practice this affirmation out loud, guided by Swami Kriyananda

From pools of inner silence I sip the sparkling waters of Thy peace.

Prayer

All that I own is Thine, Lord. Help me to know Thee as the River of Peace, running silently beneath the sands of my life’s experiences.

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