Last night I had a dream of Paramhansa Yogananda. These are relatively rare for me, and are always spiritually important. I don’t want to relate the whole dream: Blessings are precious, and it is usually best to keep them to yourself. Sharing them usually dilutes their power. But there was a small segment in a longer dream that I feel inspired to share with you.
In the dream, I had been asking Master questions about my duties, and at one point I felt I had gone too far. I apologized and added, “Swamiji told me on occasion that I was too mental.”
Master didn’t respond to this directly. The impression was that he thought an apology was completely unnecessary. What he did say, however, was this: “When I was lecturing so much during my travels, I had to keep my mind engaged a great deal of the time.” What was implied was that he would have preferred to spend the time in union with God. But there was no suggestion of regret. He was only explaining that that was his dharma in that lifetime, and encouraging me to accept mine.
There was another aspect of his response—again, more in feeling than in words—that was very reassuring. This is the reason I feel to share the experience. He was lovingly and tenderly letting me know that doing one’s duty is absolutely essential to making spiritual progress. And that God is pleased with those who do so.
Most of us have duties and responsibilities. There is often a lingering subconscious impression that it might be better to abandon them and focus on finding God. But He is everywhere! To abandon our duties and responsibilities is to abandon Him. Rather, let’s try to see Him in our service.
When we reject anything or anyone, we reject Divine Mother, who is every atom in creation. If we disparage anyone, we criticize God, who is acting that role. To reject components of your life is to reject the way Divine Mother is playing through you. The essence of the spiritual path is to rid ourselves of the delusion that we are separate from God, and the quickest way forward is to accept life exactly as it is and be grateful for whatever comes.
Above all, the feeling of the dream was Master’s reassurance to me of his loving understanding and support. He is now using this blog as a channel also to give his unending support to all of you.
Yogananda reminded us of these truths when he ended his beautiful poem “God! God! God!” with these words:
In waking, eating, working, dreaming, sleeping,
Serving, meditating, chanting, divinely loving,
My soul will constantly hum, unheard by any:
God! God! God!
With loving reassurance,