for a New Millennium
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2. The Way In
3. The Path to God
6. Transcendental Experience
8. Male & Female
9. Change & the Changeless
10. The Call
13. Prayers & Songs
20. A Recipe for Bliss
24. The First Kriya: The Sacred Heart
25. Kriya Yoga for a New Millennium
Once there was a tremendous, young philosopher (devotee), who spoke eloquently about the nature of life. Many people were amazed by the depth of his understanding and the warmth of his feeling. But there were those who did not trust him. They even reproached him for his boldness. They could not believe that anyone so young as he could be so wise. They questioned and belittled his authority. He responded to them by saying, "Before Abraham was, I Am!"
Wisdom illustrates the truth… the precise Reality of the present moment. The greatest wisdom is the clearest expression of this truth. In a natural way it allows and causes others to experience it as well.
A genuine devotee or yogi must learn how to stop. If he never stops, he is carried on by the noise and the activity of this life and does not attain the perspective needed to unveil the deepest understanding. He feels the activity and hears the noise, but he has no reference point for the Whole Truth. That reference point is complete Stillness… Silence… Transparency. When we are silent and still, we begin to perceive our Self. Meditation is the art of becoming utterly Transparent.
Amid the noise of this life, we may think, "I am." We may contemplate and imagine our true nature. However, in the Transparency before and after this noise… I Am. Our Essence is Consciousness.
We are unborn and formless. Our true nature is everlasting consciousness, not form. We may appear to be a solitary, physical being, mysteriously extracted from Spirit, separate and vulnerable… but we are not what we "appear" to be. We are visiting a world of form to make a discovery. We have come here to uncover a mystery that has plagued our consciousness for a time that curiously predates our present memory. We are here for a reason… to find out exactly who we are… and to experience bliss.
This world of our visitation can seem peculiar in many ways. First and foremost, it appears dense. The ground floor seems quite solid. Then again, upon three quarters of its surface is a clear, slippery liquid. And
we are immersed in a delicate, almost weightless vapor. From the soles of our feet, upward, we are wrapped in an environment of air. Yet there seems little we can do about the prison of our cells. There is an undeniable, sustained density in our appearance.
If there is one "thing" that binds us to a world of density and form, more than any other, it is our attitude. Whether we realize it or not, the nature and extent of our bondage results from our own choices, conscious or unconscious, individual and collective. Most of these choices are predicated upon a misconception. We think we are this body and we think we are separate.
The basic assumptions and choices we make play a definite role in the discovery of our Self. If we persist in believing that the material and separate aspects of our experience are the "real thing," our prison will seem essentially material and, in a deep way, we shall feel alone and fundamentally helpless. We will hardly notice that this appearance is assumed. However, if we make no limiting assumptions at all and look intently and continuously into the life that is given, a delightful wonder begins to unfold. Gradually, or quite suddenly, our seemingly mundane environment becomes extraordinary. The physical appearance begins to evanesce. In its place emerges the Primordial, Resonant Heart, filling the form with an ecstatic, etheric substance. This vibratory substance is Bliss.
Meditation is the single most clearly defined "activity" of this life, whose design and purpose is to unite our experience with the exact Essence of our Self. The plan is to get to the Heart of substance… to feel it, hear it and see it as it is, underneath the appearance. Meditation is the essential ingredient in this Recipe for Bliss.
The Divine Life is the only life that yields permanent satisfaction. Every other life is destined to pass away. This physical life will pass away. Every specific physical condition will undergo ceaseless change and eventual dissolution. That to which we might cling today, will vanish tomorrow. There is no permanent physical support anywhere. There can never be such a support. There are only temporary havens.
The Divine Life, however, has a permanent quality. It is the one quality that separates It from all other lives. While there is an infinite variety of possible expressions of the Divine Life, there are a few clearly discernible manifestations that form the essence of this life. Take a moment and look at the graphic on the cover of this text. The pyramid represents the evolving divine experience. Within it are seven manifestations that form a path that gradually converges upon the experience of the Primordial Inner Light of our Self.