Awareness is Eternal
A disciple asks his guru, Prabhuji Ramakrishnananda, why he has given him what seems to be contradictory guidance over the years. In this recording, which welcomes you to observe a conversation between a spiritual master and his disciples at the Vimukti Yoga Mission in New York, the enlightened spiritual master lovingly explains that his guidance is far from contradictory but is according to the ability of the spiritual aspirant. Prabhuji Ramakrishnananda provides an example: when someone tells you to search for your head, you perceive it in the same way you perceive the heads of others. So when the spiritual master tells you to search for the Divine, you begin to search for it in same way in which you’re accustomed. But if the master sees that you are searching for the Divine in the same way you look for your own head, you will fail and he will then say: stop searching this way, the Divine will come to you so just sit, pay attention and find the silence within yourself. Allow peace to reside in you and stop searching outside of your; stop making efforts, become free from desires. This means that God will reveal himself in you if you have peace, silence, space. To create this environment within yourself is to search for God and God will manifest in you. God is already in you, as you, but the revelation hasn’t taken place because the conditions don’t yet exist, so the master now says the search is to create the conditions. Both types of guidance are the same – to actively seek and to do nothing. Most sadhana, or spiritual practice, guides the seeker to a state of not-doing in order to lead to the desired state as the non-doer. The activity is sadhana, creating the situation that the ‘not doing’ can happen. Rest your attention on the awareness, the enlightened Hindu master says, and do not create ideas or emotions.