Sunday Service Week 32: Does God Hide the Truth?
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.
In last week’s reading we saw that the great masters themselves counsel discretion in the dissemination of truth. The counterargument is sometimes made, “But the Lord doesn’t hide! He reveals His beauty in the sunsets, His tender sympathy in the rain, His wrath in the thunder, His restless energy in the brooks, His power in the sunlight.”
There are exoteric truths, and there are also esoteric truths. There is that which is revealed impersonally and left up to us to interpret—such as the thunder and our perception of it as divine wrath; the rain and our perception of it as God’s sympathy. But behind even God’s most open expressions there lies impenetrable mystery.
“The wind blows where it wills,” said Jesus in Chapter 3 of the Gospel of St. John. “You hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from, or where it is going. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
And Sri Krishna says in the ninth Chapter of the Bhagavad Gita:
By Me the whole vast Universe of things
Is spread abroad;—by Me, the Unmanifest!
In Me are all existences contained;
Not I in them!
God’s hidden reality cannot be understood by the reasoning faculty. India’s Shankya philosophy states frankly, “Ishwar ashidha: God is not provable.”
A willingness to seek the underlying reality behind appearances is essential for those who would know God.
Thus, through holy scripture, God has spoken to mankind.
Reading from Affirmations for Self-Healing
Self-expansion is the essence of all aspiration. Why do we seek to possess things? Because by acquisition we imagine we’ll expand our dominion. Why do we seek to learn more? Because we think by enlarging our knowledge to expand our understanding. And why do we seek ever new experiences? Because we believe that, through them, we’ll expand our awareness. When you stretch a lump of dough outward, it becomes not only broader, but thinner. Such often is the case when we stretch the mind only outwardly. Reaching out too far, we sacrifice depth in our lives.
The Self-expansion toward which all life aspires is of the spirit: an expansion of sympathy, of love, of the awareness that comes from sensing God’s presence everywhere.Practice this affirmation out loud, guided by Swami Kriyananda
I feel myself in the flowing brooks, in the flight of birds, in the raging wind upon the mountains, in the gentle dance of flowers in a breeze. Renouncing my little, egoic self, I expand with my great, soul-Self everywhere!
Beloved Spirit in all that is! Help me in my own nothingness to find myself one with all that is.