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Lesson 254 - The One is the Many and the Many are the
Date: Thu Feb 10, 2005 8:04am
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Q: If we reach samadhi, we are the God. My question is, because there is
only one soul, and if I realize that I am God, everybody in the world should
know automatically that he is God.
How come that's not happening? If Swami Ramakrishna Paramahansa realizes,
shouldn't I also realize?
A: Yes, you are right. As one person becomes enlightened, the many do
experience the opening also. Full enlightenment comes as each soul turns and
looks directly inward upon the divine Self. In other words, to complete the
process, each must choose. It is individual karma, the residual effects of
past actions, that delays the opening of individual souls to the inner
light. These lingering obstructions in each nervous system can be removed
through the methods of yoga.
Consider the one great inner light of pure bliss consciousness animating
everyone. This is also described in the unified field theory of modern
physics. The One is the many and the many are the One. Each of us can
experience and express the fullness of the One. The human nervous system has
We are like windows -- billions of windows to the great inner light. We are
in need of some karmic cleaning so the glory of pure bliss consciousness can
shine out through us into the world. If one window is being cleaned through
daily yoga practices, then the light comes up, and this has a corresponding
effect on all other windows. This inspires a conscious turning in toward
Self-awareness by each individual window. Then there is the individual
desire to clean the window, and it will be done through engagement in
practices. Each person/window will choose according to the stirring of the
inner desire, which is determined by the light coming up due to the
practices of others, and the individual karmic obstructions still to be
There can be no doubt that more windows choosing to engage in self-cleaning
will affect many more windows. So you are right that one window can
facilitate the cleaning of many windows. So too do many windows being
cleaned affect many more. And so on it goes like an expanding snowball
rolling down a hill. That is the scenario occurring in this new era, with
more and more people engaging in yoga practices. In that way, Ramakrishna's
enlightenment is gradually becoming everyone's enlightenment, as is the
enlightenment of all the saints and sages. Today, ordinary people meditating
everywhere are cleaning the windows of everyone. It is a mass phenomenon
that has been steadily rising on the planet over the last century.
Like that, our individual commitment to daily practices benefits everyone in
the world. If you feel the inner desire, you don't have to wait for others
to finish the job for you. You can clean your window yourself. Then everyone
will be moving much faster toward the wonderful ideal you suggest.
I wish you all success on your chosen spiritual path. Enjoy!
The guru is in you.
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