Sunday Service Week 7: The Law Is Perfected in Love
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 Gospel of St. John, Chapter 1, we read:
The law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
Grace means the power to rise, spiritually. Truth means the experience of divine realities, not the application in the outer world of that inner experience.
Divine love is the soul’s experience of oneness with God. Kindness is the human manifestation of that love. Grace is deeper than mere kindness.
Wisdom is a divine experience. Justice to all is a human law, though divinely inspired. It follows as a consequence of the experience of wisdom. Truth goes deeper than mere justice.
While following the law, we should strive always to trace it back to its origins in the vision of God. Therefore Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita urges the devotee not to be satisfied with spiritual precepts alone, but to go beyond them to the direct, inner experience of truth. In the eighteenth Chapter of that great scripture he says:
Nay! but once more
Take My last word, My utmost meaning have!
Precious thou art to Me; right well beloved!
Listen! I tell thee for thy comfort this.
Give Me thy heart! adore Me! serve Me! cling
In faith and love and reverence to Me!
So shalt thou come to Me! I promise true,
For thou art sweet to Me!
And let go those—
Rites and writ duties! Fly to me alone!
Make Me thy single refuge! I will free
Thy soul from all its sins! Be of good cheer!
Thus, through holy scripture, God has spoken to mankind.
Reading from Affirmations for Self-Healing
Man struggles all his life to store up treasures for himself, to insure his property against loss and his health against the devastations of disease. He rests his faith in outward measures, and sees not that such faith is like asking a wave not to move!
Security is his alone whose faith rests in the Lord. Most practical of men is he who offers his life to God, praying, “My safety is Thy responsibility, Lord.” This does not mean we should not be conscientious. But after doing our very best, we should leave the worrying to God!Practice this affirmation out loud, guided by Swami Kriyananda
I live in the fortress of God’s inner presence. Nothing and no one can break through these walls and harm me.
I accept whatever comes, Lord, as coming from Thy hands. I know that it comes in blessing, for I am Thine, as Thou art ever mine.