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Living in the Eternal Now

Nayaswami Maria
June 18, 2023

Watch this inspiring Sunday Service talk with Nayaswami Maria recorded at Ananda Village on June 18th 2023.

In the Eternal Now, there aren't any barriers or borders; everything is connected and intermingled. Nayaswami Maria gives beautiful illustrations of what the Eternal Now is and how we can experience it ourselves.

The reading for this week from Swami Kriyananda's book "Rays of the One Light" is

"The Eternal Now"

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.

“When will I find God?” Many devotees have asked this question. Because worldly goals require time, usually, for their fulfillment, we imagine time to be a factor on the spiritual path. And so it is, but only because we think it is! God is as much with us now as He will ever be. It is not He who needs to come to us: We need to come to Him! And that process of coming is a matter of transforming our self-perception.

In the Gospel of St. John, Chapter 4, Jesus Christ says: Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? Behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. There is a practical teaching in these words, apart from their statement that we have God already, and have only to realize that truth. Jesus is saying, “Lift up your eyes and look. . . .”

To hold the eyes uplifted is the best position for meditation. For the seat of superconsciousness lies at a point midway between the eyebrows – in the frontal lobe of the brain just behind that point. This point is known also as the Christ center. By lifting up your eyes and concentrating there, you will find it easier to enter the state of ecstasy. That is why saints in every religion have often been observed, during states of deep inner communion, with their eyes uplifted, focused on the inner light – ”white,” as Jesus said, “already to harvest.”

The Bhagavad Gita goes further into this meditative teaching. In the sixth Chapter it states: Holding the spine firm, the neck and head erect and motionless, let the yogi focus his eyes at the starting place of the nose [the point between the eyebrows]. Let not his gaze roam elsewhere. In meditation, tell yourself: “I have Him already! I am alive forever in the Divine Light.”