Around 2010 Swami Kriyananda had a profound dream. In this dream, he saw many people, some of them greedy businessmen, some of them were criminals. He realized that all of them wanted just one thing: the bliss of their own being! Swami described the dream:
“Some of them were capable only of understanding that concept on a lower octave: happiness, or pleasure, or even revenge. But everyone on earth really wanted, no matter how mistakenly they sought it, the same bliss.
I awoke from that dream with the realization: “That is why I must love everyone!” Since then, as I walk the crowded city streets, I simply cannot help thinking that everyone I see is my brother or sister. I love them all. I smile at them, and more often than not, they smile back.”
How can we, like Swami Kriyananda, be channels for divine love, or “bliss in motion?”
One simple way is to be the first to smile. That can be difficult when you are wearing a mask! Even still, you can smile at others with your eyes. Whether they can see your smile or not, people will feel your positivity and goodwill. Try as Paramhansa Yogananda said, to “shoot people with the buckshot of your smiles.”
Meditate on the bliss of God. After your techniques of meditation, take time to enjoy the calm blissful after effect of poise.
- Try singing Swami Kriyananda’s chant, “I Am But an Empty Vessel.” Repeat the lines: “I am love, I am joy, I am peace.”
- Try to feel that God is the Doer of all your actions.
- Close your day by offering all that you are, all that you’ve done, all desires, attachments, subconscious reservations into a mental bonfire of bliss at the point between your eyebrows.
- Memorize the last lines from Yogananda’s poem, “Samadhi”:
A tiny bubble of laughter, I
Am become the Sea of Mirth Itself.
Joy to you!