God-contact can be achieved through regular, intense, long-continued meditation. During deep meditation, when the breath becomes calm, one experiences an enjoyable state of peace. But due to ego-consciousness, the thought of the body returns and the breath revives, rousing material desires and sense-distractions.
Any material vibration sent forth by the ego during meditation will dispel the consciousness of Spirit. Don’t be discouraged at this. By deeper meditation, learn to calm the breath and the senses.
Never mind if at first you don’t contact God. For a long time you have been hiding from Him—running away in the marsh of the senses. Seek Him by meditating deeply with utmost devotion. Steadily use your will power day after day, week after week, year after year, until the cosmic silence of ages is broken and you receive His answer.
You won’t have to wait for ages. You will find in deep meditation that God’s spirit of bliss will hover around you, and talk to you through the voice of peace. When ever-new, ever-increasing joy fills your silence, know that you have contacted God and that He is answering through the receiving instrument of your soul.
From Inner Culture, September 1939.
Learn to Meditate and Go Deeper in Your Practice
by Joseph Bharat Cornell
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