In spirituality, we discuss the idea of knowing God, of having a direct experience of God, of realizing our unity with God. Yoga means union. It is critical to understand what this union really means. This union is the individual mind gaining the state of cosmic intelligence. Cosmic intelligence is the unbounded state of pure, universal Being, Presence, Awareness, Consciousness. This is the purpose of life and this is the path to fulfillment.
This is knowing God.
The flow of the mind in the direction of gaining cosmic intelligence is natural because that is life’s purpose. Our mind craves happiness and the state of realization of complete cosmic intelligence is blissful. So, our mind is naturally drawn to this realization when resistance subsides. No effort is required. Only the conditions of effortlessness and non-resistance are required. Under those conditions, the mind flows into a state of Presence, of pure consciousness drawn by the bliss and happiness that is experienced in this state.
The mind is generally outwardly focused and wanders from object, to situation, to circumstance seeking happiness. The only requirement for the realization of the state of pure Being, of cosmic intelligence, is the correct angle, the trajectory of the flow of attention. Our attention is usually outward. When attention is reversed and directed inward, under the conditions of effortless and non-resistance, the bliss of the state of pure awareness will naturally draw our attention to the Self, pure awareness – to God within.
Realization is not obtaining something different or fixing something we already have. Realization is the revelation of the Self; our pure Being, which is God. As is taught is the East; Realization is the revelation of the Self, in the Self, by the Self. When we give ourselves to God completely, ending resistance and letting go, we are brought to God. When we sit for meditation and end resistance, expectations and desire, we create the circumstances where the mind is naturally attracted to the experience of pure Being. We can accomplish this, and this experience is of the highest benefit.
We have become addicted to a monkey mind, a mind that thinks incessantly. We close our eyes to meditate and, for many of us, we start thinking non-stop. But when we replace the chaotic thoughts with the mantra, we give our mind a vehicle to hold on to. The attention rests gently on the mantra and that allows the attention to relax and be drawn to the bliss of pure Being which is the source of the mantra. Because of our addiction, of course we will still have thoughts in meditation, but if we simply keep returning to placing our attention on the mantra, we will be drawn deeper and deeper within as long as our resistance, expectations and desires are released. God waits for us within ourselves. God has become everything. God has become us and can be realized within, as our pure awareness.