By Narayan Romano
February 20, 2018

Have you ever used voice-to-text? I’m a big fan as I’m old school and don’t like to chicken peck text. I’ve found freedom in voice-to-text. Though, everything comes with a price. And with voice-to-text the price is transcription errors! Actually, my phone has a creative interpretation of my voice. For example, one time I said, “Dharmadevi” and it came out “Army Baby.” Close to the truth as her father was in the Navy! I tried Narayan which was transcribed as, “Not I Am.” I found a new name and affirmation!

Voice to texting reminds me of something Paramhansa Yogananda said in Autobiography of a Yogi. “A truth cannot be created; but only perceived.” How can we hear the truth more clearly than the transcriber on our phone?

Prayer is like talking to God, whereas meditation is listening for his response. Our problem is we are talking too much and need to take more time to receive and listen to God. For example, one time a magistrate was loudly defending his ego to Sri Yukteswar. Yogananda describes the story:

A metaphysical discussion ensued. The guest blundered through misinterpretations of the scriptures. As his accuracy sank, his ire rose.

“Do you know that I stood first in the M. A. examination?” Reason had forsaken him, but he could still shout.

Our restless minds are like that man shouting loudly and proudly to others about our divine experiences. Rather than shout about how great we are we need to take time to be silent and receive Him so we can become a true child of God.

As Ramakrishna said, “The bumblebee makes a lot of noise but once it sips at the nectar of the flower it is quiet.” So our minds, once they drink the living water of God’s presence, will become rapt in silence. “In oceanic minds the whales of inspiration make hardly a ruffle,” as Sri Yukteswar said.

Let us then resolve to travel not the pathway of dogmatic proliferation but rather the receptive royal road of realization where our one common Father, Mother, and Friend calls us to rest forever and ever in Him.