Wednesday, April 15, 2009

II: 29

Chapter 2, Verse 29

“Some experience the Self directly in all its wonder.
Others can only speak of it as wonderful
Beyond their understanding.
Others know of its wonder by hearsay.
And there are those who are told about it
And do not understand a word.”

Paramahansa Yogananda:

“With undeveloped intuition, the limited power of the intellect cannot truly comprehend matters of spirit even when truth is expounded. Though colossal intellects and famous theologians may be well read about the soul, they may nevertheless understand little about it. On the other hand, even illiterates given to deep meditation will be clearly able to intuit the essence of the soul from their own direct experience.

In the life of every person, two forces of knowledge are operative from birth: (1) the power of human reason, along with its satellites of sensation, perception, and conception; (2) the power of intuition. Reason is developed through social institutions and interactions. Intuition usually remains undeveloped, because of want of proper guidance and methods of training in meditation.”

Father Bede Griffiths:

“God is light manifesting in creation and in all humanity, while the degree of manifestation depends upon the receptivity of the recipient. In the person who has turned away from truth, the light is still there, but it is obscured. In the holy person where the light is free from this obscurity, it comes through purely. The aim is for each of us to be a pure filter of the one light.”

Baba Hari Dass: [a prayer]

“I take refuge in you, O Illuminator of all luminaries.
Please remove the darkness from my mind
By the light of your consciousness.”

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