Sunday Service Week 20: Activity vs. Inner Communion
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.
Last week we contemplated the well-known story of Martha and Mary. Traditionally, this story has been offered to show the two classic approaches to salvation: the first, through action, and the second, through prayer. The excuse of the Marthas of this world has always been, “The church needs its Marthas, too.” Treatises, moreover, have been written to justify the Martha approach to piety, praising her self-sacrifice as, perhaps, an even higher demonstration of devotion. (Thus do the unmeditative in religion try to justify themselves!) Yet the fact remains that Jesus rebuked Martha. Elsewhere, moreover, he spoke of the virtue of feeding the hungry, curing the sick, and housing those who were homeless. It wasn’t that he disapproved of serving people.
Wrong attitude was the object of his criticism. What he was criticizing was forgetfulness of the true goal of right, spiritual action. Good deeds, outwardly, without inner communion with God, will result in good karma but will not bring final freedom from all karma.
The path to inner freedom was described by Paramhansa Yogananda in these words: “Be always calmly active, and actively calm.”
As it says in the Bhagavad Gita, the second Chapter:
He who is not shaken by anxiety during times of sorrow, nor elated during times of happiness; who is free from egoic desires and their attendant fear and anger: Such an one is of steady discrimination.
Do your duty in life—so counsels this great scripture elsewhere—but never lose sight of Him to whom all action should be dedicated.
Thus, through holy scripture, God has spoken to mankind.
Reading from Affirmations for Self-Healing
Money should be seen as an energy-flow, not as something that can be hoarded. For when money is treated as a material reality, it blocks one’s creative flow.
Money, like matter, is only frozen energy. Energy is what creates matter. It is energy that forever moves, changes, and dissolves matter. Matter, untouched by energy, is inert.
If you need to increase your income, know that the energy you put out is more important than specific schemes for earning. Energy will attract opportunity. Recharge your energy from its cosmic Source, and whatever income you need will be ever yours.Practice this affirmation out loud, guided by Swami Kriyananda
The treasury of the Infinite is mine, for its wealth is energy, and I am energy!
O Mighty Fountain of Infinite Light, from whose spray the countless galaxies are made: Let me wash away my worldly ambitions in Thy waters. Let me bathe in radiant eddies of Thy energy. Thou art my wealth; Thou, my Treasure; Thou, my Security!