A Discourse in Lisle, Illinois: “Spiritual Awakening Through Meditation”
This afternoon, Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj gave a happy holiday greeting to the audience at the Science of Spirituality International Meditation Center. This joyous season is a time of caring, sharing, and giving thanks to the Lord for all the blessings in our lives. During this time of giving, we come to realize that we can only give when we have something to give, he said The act of giving recognizes that God has been gracious to us, and that we have received of God’s bounty.
The biggest blessing that God has bestowed on us, said the spiritual Master, is the gift of this human birth—the roof and crown of all Creation—the only form in which we have all the faculties needed to know God. Emphasizing the importance of this human existence, he said we should all make the most of this gift and use our time wisely so we can take steps toward our oneness with God.
Living in this physical world, he said, we are living several reflections away from the true reality of the spiritual worlds. When we focus our attention here, we remain in a dream-like state, taking this illusionary world to be all there is to life. We have become so enamored with all that is happening to us in the outer world that we have forgotten our roots. We have forgotten that we are not the outer body that we see in the mirror, but in reality we are soul, a part of God that enlivens this physical body.
We are a drop of the Ocean of Love that is God. It is only when we awaken from our dream-like state, by realizing the illusionary nature of this world and experiencing the reality of the worlds within, that we are able to make the most of this golden opportunity. The first step toward spiritual awakening is meditation, he said.