“The soul cannot be confined within man-made boundaries. Its nationality is Spirit.
Its country is Omnipresence.” – Paramhansa Yogananda
Through our sixth sense, intuition, we can experience the truth of this statement.
“Intuition is that power of Spirit inherited by the soul by which truth is perceived directly, without the medium of any other faculty. As the vastness of the ocean cannot be contained in a small cup, so it is impossible to receive infinite wisdom in the finite cup of human intelligence. Man’s consciousness must be expanded if it is to hold the illimitable ocean of truth.” – Paramhansa Yogananda
Where Shall We Look for Direction?
In the Bible (Psalms 46:10) we read:
“Be still, and know that I am God.”
“Don’t look to the prejudices roused within you by your habits and the environmental influences of your family, your country, or the world, but to the guiding voice of Truth within.”
Swami Kriyananda clarifies:
“Reason is a mental faculty, merely. Intuition is of the soul. Where reason suggests possibilities, intuition carries the conviction of direct experience.”
“The intellect eventually tires of its ever-questioning, ever-disputing, never-contented consort, Reason. If a person turns from a life of endless reasoning to embrace soul-wisdom, and thereby divorces reason as his chief comfort in life, he will find it easier to wed his understanding to the inner faculty of intuition.”
“When reason doesn’t provide you with true understanding, go into the inner silence to connect with your intuition. This will help you receive valid insights.”
“As long as reason reigned supreme, soul and Spirit cannot unite. Reason alone, lacking the guidance of intuitive feeling, is dry and barren. Theological reasoning, too, is spiritually barren, for it is based on deductions drawn from sense experience, and cannot produce the offspring of God-realization.”
“The subtle processes of consciousness can be found deep in the spine. Spirit-revealing, bliss-inducing Intuition, offspring of awareness of the life-force in the deep spine.”
During a period of intense struggle with restless thoughts, I watched a short documentary called: Inside Einstein’s Mind. A few scenes showed the young Einstein seated in his office, in search of the mystery of life and the nature of the universe.
As I watched the young man in contemplation, his mind completely absorbed in his search, I became overwhelmed by the power of his concentration and his ability to set aside all worldly affairs to enter into a higher realm of consciousness where ultimately he received the law of relativity. A deep longing to get rid of all restlessness and rise to superconsciousness awakened in me.
That night, I had a dream. I was standing alone in a vast open space. My physical body radiated a mixture of the rainbow colors. As I was standing gazing into the distance, my physical body, as an outer layer, fell off in front of me, from the top of my head down to my feet, like a body mask.
No more body or personality. What remained was my energy body and consciousness.
I felt the essence of my being: fully present, calm, and connected with all life. I was free of thoughts, timeless, and free of being a prisoner of the mind. The feeling of being timeless and one with everything seemed very natural and expansive.
As I woke up from the dream, the feeling of calmness and deep stillness lingered. I recognized the deep longing of my soul for freedom from egoic desires, likes, and dislikes, and opinions of others. I recognized that God cannot be fully grasped by a mind that is always occupied with objects of desires and with emotions of pleasure and pain.
Tips for the Journey Back to Omnipresence
1. Make God the polestar of your life by meditating daily.
The purpose of meditation is to calm the mind, so that without distortion it may mirror Omnipresence. Calmness in meditation is the primary positive state of mental expansion; the bliss of divine union with God is the final state. The ultimate proof of God’s existence will come through your own experience in meditation.
Meditation helps to release oneself from the limitations of body and ego, and identify oneself with infinity.
2. Make God the Shepherd of your soul.
Paramhansa Yogananda advised us to make God the searchlight when we move along a shadowy pathway in life. God is our Moon in the night of ignorance. He is our Sun during the wakeful hours. He is our Polestar on the dark seas of mortal existence.
3. Daily, take the time to Rest in God.
After practicing the meditation techniques, rest in God. Be still, and absorb yourself in one of the aspects of God. Allow Divine Mother to wrap you in the divine cloth of Spirit.
4. Practice moments of stillness during the day.
Yogananda said: “When motion ceases, God begins.” In the midst of your busy daily life, insert moments of stillness. It will help you be less caught in the drama of life and to connect with Spirit.
5. Before making any decision, go into stillness.
Set aside your ordinary thought processes. Go beyond the limited circle of your mental capacity, as you withdraw the mind from its continual restless activity. In that interiorized state, spiritual sensitivity, or intuition, awakens.
Paramhansa Yogananda described the true yogi, in his Autobiography of a Yogi:
The advanced yogi, withholding all his mind, will, and feeling from false identification with bodily desires, uniting his mind with superconscious forces in the spinal shrines, thus lives in this world as God hath planned, not impelled by impulses from the past nor by new witlessnesses of fresh human motivations.
Such a yogi receives fulfillment of his Supreme Desire safe in the final haven
of inexhaustibly blissful Spirit.
Listen to Swami Kriyananda’s chant: Rest in God, Live in God