Each person is a unique expression of the divinity which permeates all existence. Each and every person has their own evolution, their own flow of existence from lifetime to lifetime, incarnating again and again, in order to search and experience until the search within finds the home from which they came. This is true for all souls; not only those who are incarnate in human form, but those who incarnate in all living forms are beings, aware, conscious to one degree or another. Life is a vital awakening of consciousness. Prior to life, the five fundamental factors have bound life in forms that have little awakening of consciousness, though they are consciousness itself, being, in rocks, in the earth; the earth in that form does not have an awakening of consciousness. Consciousness is somewhat sleepy, bound by Tamas, the static principle. But as life awakens—even the smallest forms of life—there is an awakening, a stirring of consciousness. Sattva Guna increases—the sentient principle is greater. Life and awareness grow.
And as the complexity of form grows, the consciousness associated with it increases, becomes greater, until there’s an awareness that is beyond normal existence, an awareness that is enhanced, developed. As that consciousness increases in self-awareness, at the human stage, regardless of the type of human form, there is an awakening to the experience of self-awareness: I know that I exist; I am aware of myself. But that awareness first falls into awareness of being a body, then of being, having thoughts, and of having feelings.
It is only when awareness can move beyond simply being conscious of thoughts, feelings, and bodily function, and sensory existence, but becomes aware of itself—and that is the specialty of human beings, to become self-aware—when this self-awareness increases, there is the ability to know the true nature of the Self, and that Self is as vast as the entire universe. In the Self, all beings exist. In the Self, all life evolves. In the Self, suns are born, planets come to exist, endless living beings… The entire cosmos exists with your own deeper self.
So when awareness, attention, moves from the body and the senses, moves from the thoughts and the feelings to the innermost knowledge, knowledge of the whole universe exists, knowledge of past, present, and future, because all of this exists within the cosmic mind. And when mind grows in magnitude, when aware intelligence moves beyond sensory experience into its own nature, there is no difference between your own self and the cosmic Self in which this entire universe abides. Like the drop of water dropped into the sea, when your attentive awareness moves to the subtler realms of your being, you dissolve into that awareness of cosmic existence.
Not only is the manifest universe within the cosmic existence, but the subtle, pure consciousness, pure being, aware intelligence, in which all form abides, yet which has no form at all, though it has every form—in that pure, pristine, aware, intelligent beingness is the fulfillment of your soul. Because there, the sense of “I” and “thou,” there the sense of separateness dissolves into infinite being. There your pain of duality is resolved in the wholeness of being, in the completeness of love. For that essential being, Parama Purusha, infinite, sublime consciousness, is your home of homes. It is the source from which you have arisen, and when your aware beingness, your consciousness seeks its home, beyond the sojourn of form, you find that eternal Self, that infinite one, that love of your life, your deepest love, the very source of love.
All the beings whom you love, all the life that you enjoy is but the reflection of this infinite love, of this one, eternal Self, this one truth, one love, one light. For some, they know it as peace; for some, they know it as love; for some, they know it as consciousness. For all, it is home. And when the words fall away, when the descriptions can no longer be thought in the mind, in that which cannot be named is the true source, is your home. There you are whole.
But this source of being cannot be found through achievement. You cannot strive to achieve this. So it is a paradox, because in human life, in form, one strives, one makes effort to acquire, to achieve what one desires. And even the discipline of meditation is an effort. You sit, you quiet your mind, you learn the discipline, as you would learn the discipline of playing a piano. You learn to meditate. You have practices. So therefore you are making effort.
But in the end, to know Parama Purusha, to know that infinite consciousness, all effort must be put aside. In the end, you cannot be you as your sense of ego; your sense of personal self cannot be that cosmic Self. In the end, it is surrender, not effort. It is letting go, not achieving. You cannot achieve Parama Purusha. Only by the grace of that infinite one can knowledge come to you, can that love shower upon you. So, to know that infinite one, to know that Self of your self, you must offer all that you have, all that you are, all that you believe yourself to be.
Offer those beliefs, offer your own being at the altar of infinite love, at the feet of the divine. It is only then, when you are willing to let go of all that you have held dear to you, all the ideas of yourself, both the depreciations and bad feelings, the beliefs of what you’ve done wrong, the beliefs in who you are, the beliefs about what you are, your deepest attachments to your idea of self, when all of that is surrendered, then what happens? When you let go, the shower of grace of the infinite falls upon you. The umbrella of ego is taken down. That grace consumes you.
For it is only by the hand of grace of the most beloved infinite Self of all beings that the bondage of illusion is lifted and you dissolve back into the infinite. Then, like the drop of water into the ocean, there is no difference between you and the source of all being. Can you let go? Let go. Everything that comes, let it go. Let go of all the restrictions, all the beliefs, all the deep attachments to self-identity. Some of the deepest attachments are the idea that you are less, the idea that you’re not good enough, the idea that you can’t melt into that eternal Self. Can you let go of those beliefs?
Surrender all that you are. Then there is only the infinite shower of grace, the infinite Purusha: pure; pristine; beyond all forms; beyond all concepts; the source of love; the home of your soul; one eternal, infinite divinity; a conscious, aware beingness; a vastness beyond thought, beyond the mind. This is your home, where you are welcomed in love eternal. It is your natural state of being; it is Sahaj, natural state of being.
This is your birthright. This is the Self of your self, your home eternal. Namaskar.