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Lesson 163 -
Sublime Clarity (Audio)
Date: Mon Apr 12, 2004 4:21pm
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Q: Having read the question of the person who started to listen to the music
in a different way, with more clarity, more depth, somehow I could relate to
it. Today is my 10th day of meditation and in the evening as I was taking my
walk I felt a different emotion. It wasn't joy or ecstasy or an impulse of
pleasure. It was something deeper ...sublime... deep... like the memories of
our childhood. Then for some time there was a lingering pain which gradually
went away. Then the mind started to flow again with tremendous clarity and
sharpness. I never had an experience like this and was extremely excited,
and wanted to share this with someone. Are such reactions normal, should
these be expected?
A: Thank you for writing and sharing.
It is a clear experience of pure bliss consciousness you describe in the
early days of your meditation. Very beautiful. It can happen to anyone at
any time along the path. It is normal. Then there can be obstructions moving
out and it is not so clear, and that is normal too. That is how it goes. The
light is still in there. Meditation brings us to stillness and there we can
have such experiences in practices or afterward. When they do happen, it
stands as evidence that there is something wonderful inside we can unfold
through our daily spiritual practices.
Maybe we have clarity at the start, and then the clouds move through on
their way out. Or maybe we are cloudy from the start and then the light
shines through later, all at once sometimes, or bit by bit a little more
each month. It can happen so many ways according to how obstructions are
lodged in our nervous system and released. One thing is for sure, it will
happen if we keep up our practices. In time the inner reality becomes clear
and blissful like that all the time, and we accept it as normal life. Then
when people ask us how we feel about all the darkness in the world, we can
only say, "Darkness? What darkness? I don't see any darkness. Only the
divine light everywhere, with a passing shadow here and there." Then we are
filled with huge compassion for everyone and do all we can to help the light
shine through and dissolve the lingering darkness. That is how this new age
is unfolding. Everyone is helping everyone else. No one meditates only for
themself. All meditation is for everyone's enlightenment.
Of course it is very exciting when we have such a glimpse right at the
beginning like you describe. Use it for motivation to stay regular in your
practices. If you have some expectations in practices (normal at this
stage), just continue to easily favor the mantra in meditation, your spinal
breathing in pranayama, and so on. If we stick with the straight-forward
procedures of practice we will continue to move ahead into more and more
sublime feelings and clarity in our daily life.
We all have this destiny built into our nervous system. No one is an
exception. It is just a matter of doing the house cleaning for as long as it
takes to reveal the divine light of God always shining from inside. Our
essential nature is pure bliss consciousness, beyond description. You have
shown us today that it is true.
The guru is in you.
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