Yogananda's Divine Message: God Is Calling Us
Watch this inspiring Sunday Service talk with Nayaswami Jyotish, recorded at Ananda Village on August 6 2023.
Jesus said: "Cast not thy pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you." This advice was for all Truth seekers, Nayaswami Devi explains. Those with a worldly consciousness will not respond to our enthusiasm for the Divine quest and may discourage us. Instead, keep looking for God everywhere because he hints at His presence in countless ways. Devi beautifully illustrates the many ways in which God is calling us.
The reading for this week from Swami Kriyananda's book Rays of the One Light is
"Does God Hide the Truth?"
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 last week’s reading we saw that the great masters themselves counsel discretion in the dissemination of truth. The counter-argument is sometimes made, “But the Lord doesn’t hide! He reveals His beauty in the sunsets, His tender sympathy in the rain, His wrath in the thunder, His restless energy in the brooks, His power in the sunlight.” There are exoteric truths, and there are also esoteric truths. There is that which is revealed impersonally and left up to us to interpret – such as the thunder and our perception of it as divine wrath; the rain and our perception of it as God’s sympathy.
But behind even God’s most open expressions there lies impenetrable mystery. “The wind blows where it wills,” said Jesus in Chapter 3 of the Gospel of St. John. “You hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from, or where it is going. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
And Sri Krishna says in the ninth Chapter of the Bhagavad Gita: By Me the whole vast Universe of things Is spread abroad; – by Me, the Unmanifest! In Me are all existences contained; Not I in them! God’s hidden reality cannot be understood by the reasoning faculty.
India’s Shankya philosophy states frankly, “Ishwar ashiddha: God is not provable.” A willingness to seek the underlying reality behind appearances is essential for those who would know God.
Thus, through holy Scripture, God has spoken to mankind.