Sunday Service Week 47: Reincarnation – the Spiral Staircase
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 the Book of Revelation, Chapter 3, Jesus Christ tells us:
Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out.
There is a difference between Church dogmas, which are based on reasoned deductions from scriptural statements, and the pronouncements of wisdom, which are based on the inner realization of scriptural truths. Reason, like a train, can only follow already-existing tracks of human experience. Human memory, being short, is seldom able to cross back over the threshold of a person’s present existence. Biblical references to previous lifetimes on earth are overlooked in the deductive process, and we find them therefore excluded from the body of official dogma. Nevertheless, such references exist. The Bible itself presents them—as does Jesus in this passage—not as abstract teaching, but as direct, personal perception of truth.
In the same way Krishna, in the Bhagavad Gita, silences Arjuna’s reasonable doubts on the subject not by reasoned argument, but by the frank statement contained in the fourth Chapter of that great scripture:
Arjuna, you and I have passed through many births. I know all of them, though you, O chastiser of foes, recall them not.
Thus, through holy scripture, God has spoken to mankind.
Reading from Affirmations for Self-Healing
Loyalty,” my great spiritual teacher used to say, “is the first law of God.” Most people are fickle. They change their jobs, their spouses, their friends, their beliefs, their ideas-not because of any new expansion of awareness, but because they lack the simple power of perseverance.
One must be loyal to one’s principles, and not allow oneself to be ruled by sentiment. To be loyal to others, and to one’s assumed goals in life-not for sentimental reasons, but in the name of principle-is the way of divine progress. Perseverance can be difficult, for in every undertaking there is a certain amount of dull routine. Don’t be ruled, therefore, by likes and dislikes, but do whatever has to be done. If it is right, let nothing intervene until the job is finished.Practice this affirmation out loud, guided by Swami Kriyananda
I will finish what I set my mind to do before leaving it for something else. My word is my bond. So also is my resolution.
Though the sirens of distraction call me to turn aside and relax the sternness of my dedication, keep me steadfast on my path, Lord. My goal in life is Thee!