By Nayaswami Narayan
December 25, 2018
The other day Dharmadevi and I stopped at a Cafe on the West Side for a bite to eat. It was called “The Golden Mean”. On their menu they described the Golden Mean as “the pause between two extremes.” Wow, I thought, what a great description of the Christ consciousness! And it was a poignant reminder for me to prepare inwardly for spiritual Christmas through our upcoming all-day meditation.
What better way to describe the Christ consciousness than the “pause between two extremes.” Paramhansa Yogananda said there is a subtle reigning wonder behind every atom in creation. This is the Christ Intelligence, or the “Only Begotten Son,” God’s reflection in creation.
In the West we tend to think of God as “up there” and far away from us. How can he care about each one of us personally? There is a story from Yogananda’s life that illustrates this type of mindset:
A scientist once challenged Paramhansa Yogananda: “Considering the vastness of the universe, with its countless billions of galaxies, surely it is superstitious to believe that the Creator of this immensity listens to our prayers.”
“Your conception of Infinity is too finite!” rejoined the Master with ready wit. “Although the Lord is infinitely vast, He is also, in His infinity, infinitesimal.
“Infinity means, ‘without end.’ The infinity of God’s consciousness goes not only outward, but inward—to the very heart of the atom. He is as conscious of every human thought, of every feeling, as He is of the movements of vast galaxies in space.” -from The Essence of Self-Realization
This is why the Masters (yogi-Christs) encourage us to seek God within the farthest depths of our own being.
Although it’s simple, it’s not easy to find God. Quelling the storm of restlessness in our minds seems near impossible at times. How do we do that? Meditate! Saturate yourself with the “pause between two extremes,” at the Christ center (the point between the eyebrows).
In Revelations of Christ, Swami Kriyananda shares:
God, I said, is both infinite and infinitesimal. What makes divine love and Jesus Christ’s love impersonal is only this: God wants nothing from you or me. Our human feelings, however, our human needs, our joys and our griefs: you and I as human beings mean as much to Him as they do to us! For, in Truth, He is in us!
God created everything from within. He became you! ‘He wants nothing from you,’ Yogananda used to say to us, ‘except your love.’ You are already as close to Him as the greatest saint and master that ever lived. In that sense, indeed, the Protestant boast, ‘We’re all saints!’ is valid. The only difference between you and Jesus Christ himself is that you are still, one supposes, a Prodigal Son, wandering in the land of delusion. Your thoughts and energies roam still, far away from your true Self. Within yourself, however, dwells the living Christ. That is why Jesus said, ‘Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.’ (Luke 17:21)
Jesus didn’t come on earth to show people how great he was. He came to show us how great we ourselves are, in our divine potential.
Extinguish the fire of restlessness with the living water of God’s grace. Then you will experience God as the sweetest stillness. In your infinite (and infinitesimal) Christ consciousness, as Swami Kriyananda says in the Nayaswami vow, “will merge all the opposites of duality.”
Blessings & Joy,