Paramahansa Yogananda came to the United States for the first time in 1920. His life and teachings are described in his book, Autobiography of A Yogi, published in 1946. It remains the classic foundation for yoga teachers, practitioners, and students around the world.
In Metaphysical Meditations (page 42) he writes, “I am no longer the wave of consciousness thinking itself separate from the sea of cosmic consciousness. I am the ocean of Spirit that has become the wave of human life.”
Ocean images are vivid and powerful. My son surfs and I am fascinated by the process of sitting on a board and silently waiting for the right wave to rise up and make itself known. This is living meditation. All awareness is focused on the rising and falling of the water, the pulse beat of the ocean. Each wave has its own personality and life force energy. Surfers wait and watch and read the waves, knowing the risks as well as the thrill of becoming a part of a wave when it rises, peaks and then blends back into its source. They honor and respect the power of the ocean and the presence of each wave – though they absolutely love the ones that come with the strength and intensity to lift them toward the sky.
Yogananda saw human life as a wave that has emerged out of its Source, the greater and higher sea of Consciousness often called God, Great Spirit, Creator. As a wave emerges, it takes on its own unique character and personality. As a human emerges into being, it takes on its own unique character and personality. As a wave ebbs, it returns to and becomes indistinguishable from its source – the sea. As a human life ebbs, it returns to and becomes indistinguishable from its Source – the sea of All That Is.
The wave is never separate from the sea. The spirit or soul of a human being is never separate from its Source. It has only emerged for a time in order to experience itself through the sentient form of a human being. Stop. Say this out loud: a human be-ing. Say this out loud another way: a soul being human.
I Am a Spiritual Being (a Soul) who is currently having a human experience. I am experiencing life primarily through my senses: hearing, seeing, tasting, smelling, touching. This is my opportunity to manifest my True Self (Love) through this human body. I am not here to learn how to be spiritual. I am here to learn how to be human while remembering that my body does not separate me from my Source, Divine Love.
So, until this wave of my Soul returns to its Source, I think I’ll ride high and long and let it be fun!
“I am no longer the wave of consciousness thinking itself separate from the sea of cosmic consciousness. I am the ocean of Spirit that has become the wave of human life.”