Sunday Service Week 46: The Promise of the Scriptures
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. Luke, Chapter 15, we read the famous Parable of the Prodigal Son. Jesus tells of the man who took the wealth bestowed on him by his father, and squandered it in foreign lands, where he fell into evil ways. At last, repentant, he returned to his father’s home. When his father saw him, he was (Jesus tells us)
moved with compassion, and ran and fell upon his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before thee. I am no longer worthy to be called thy son.” But the father said to his servants, “Fetch quickly the best robe and put it on him, and give him a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet; and bring out the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; because this my son was dead, and has come to life again; he was lost, and is found.” And they began to make merry.
Small-hearted human beings, identified as they are with their little egos, give exaggerated importance to any slight they receive from others. Thus, they imagine God, like them, to be petty, unpardoning, and vindictive. In God’s eyes, however, when human beings go astray there is nothing to forgive. All of us are aspects, only, of His own Self. He who made us resides in us. He is not far away from us in some far-off heaven. His call to us, always, is to return to our own home, within.
The way of return is described in the Bhagavad Gita, in the sixth Chapter:
Supreme blessedness is that yogi’s who has completely calmed his mind, controlled his ego-active tendencies (rajas), and purged himself of desire, thereby attaining oneness with Brahma, the Infinite Spirit.
Thus, through holy scripture, God has spoken to mankind.
Reading from Affirmations for Self-Healing
Lack of moral vigor saps the will, and makes the intellect sponge-like, ready to absorb the prevalent opinion of the times. People with good intellects often suffer from the “Hamlet complex”: the inability to come to any decision, or to commit oneself to anything. They justify their indecision by saying, “I want to be fair to all sides.” But even an imperfect action is better than no action at all.
When you believe in something, stand by it! When you believe in someone, stand by him! Such loyal self-commitment is a higher law than “seeing all sides.” Energy is needed to accomplish anything in life. With moral vigor all things are possible. But without it, the end of every act is failure.Practice this affirmation out loud, guided by Swami Kriyananda
The decisions that I make in life come from within myself, from my sense for what is right. I am committed to the truth, and to channeling it outward to the world.
Divine Mother, with every action of my will let me express Thy divine vitality, Thy truth, Thy perfection. Let me live to serve Thee alone, or else die in the attempt!