Receiving Her Touch

From the teachings of Anandamayi Ma

Who can tell at what moment the flame of illumination will blaze forth? For this reason, continue your efforts ceaselessly without flagging. Gradually you will get more and more deeply absorbed in Him – He and He alone will preoccupy your thoughts and feelings. For the mind ever seeks that which gives it proper sustenance, and this can’t be provided by anything other than the Supreme Being Himself. (She uses the words He, His, Him, referring to Brahma, God, the ONE source of all creation.) Then you will be carried away by the current that leads to your Self. (In this context, current refers to the living flow of human experience, feeling, seeing, hearing, and thinking.) This current is all that is, it is the continual flow of our true nature.

You will discover that the more you delight in the inner life, the less you feel drawn to external things. In consequence the mind becomes so well nourished with the right kind of food, that at any moment the realization of its identity with the Self may occur. After genuine contemplation, worldly pleasures become unalluring, dull, entirely savorless. This doesn’t imply anger at or aversion to anything of the world; when the deeply penetrating spirit of unattachment becomes a living inspiration, one begins to discriminate as to the true nature of the world, until finally, with the glowing certainty of direct perception, the knowledge of its illusory nature arises. All sensory experiences, as well as our ideas of being a separate self, are realized to be sparkling bubbles arising and dissolving on the surface of the current of our true nature.

Everything becomes smooth once the blessing of His touch has been felt. It is just as when bathing in a river, one at first swims by one’s own strength; but once caught in the current, whether a good swimmer or not, one is simply carried away. When intense interest in the supreme quest awakens, ever more time and attention will be given to religious thought, religious philosophy, the remembrance of God as immanent in all creation, until thereby all resistance is allowed to dissolve.

Suppose some people go to bathe in the sea and make up their minds to swim ahead of everyone else; consequently they will have to look back. But for him whose one and only goal is the ocean itself, no one has remained for whose sake he looks back or is concerned; (transcend and include, not exclude concern for others) and then, what is to be, will be.

Give yourself up to the wave, and you will be absorbed by the current; having dived into the sea, you do not return anymore (Attachments to the sense of a separate self just continually fall away). The Eternal Himself is the wave that floods the shore, so that you may be carried away. Those who can surrender themselves to this aim will be accepted by Him.

But if your attention remains directed towards the shore, you cannot proceed – after bathing you will return home. If your aim is the Supreme, the Ultimate, you will be led on by the movement of your true nature. There are waves that carry away, and waves that pull back. Those who can give themselves up, will be taken by Him. In the guise of the wave (sometimes in the wave of deep grief, sometimes in the wave of deep joy) He holds out his hand and calls you, come, Come, COME!

10 Responses to Receiving Her Touch

  1. Piro papa June 9, 2017 at 10:35 pm #

    ……for Grace is always a gift given not asked .
    Thank you for being so helpful in my journey.
    Love and light Piro

    • Roger Hawkins June 10, 2017 at 10:37 am #

      for Grace is always a gift given not asked

      Yes, and the other side of that is that there is a very deep mysterious asking that dissolves all asking for anything, pure longing that transforms all thought into pure receiving. Thank you for being so helpful in my journey.

  2. Mark June 10, 2017 at 12:29 pm #

    ..one and only goal is the ocean itself. …

  3. Mark June 10, 2017 at 12:30 pm #

    Thank you Roger

  4. Padma Dyvine June 10, 2017 at 2:27 pm #

    I just keep on with my practices because I have faith that they position me to be awake for illumination. Grace is always there, but so often I am forgetful and the practices of meditation and gratitude bring me back to remembrance.Having experienced an awakening and subsequent greater openings of the door keeps me alive with intention, though moment to moment my attention wanders….Thanks for this post that reminds me to identify with the wave/ocean rather than the shores. I also like the image of being a fish, who does not realize she is surrounded by water and is wondering about water, where it is, what it is like…etc.

    • Roger Hawkins June 11, 2017 at 9:01 am #

      Great Padma,

      And remember to keep questioning the reality of the small i. If we look diligently for it, we can’t it, and that’s the finding of our true
      aliveness. Like Rumi said, it’s like finding the ocean inside the fish.

      • Padma Dyvine June 12, 2017 at 7:47 pm #

        Good to contemplate. I have no words at this point….
        Except thanks.

  5. Shokai June 11, 2017 at 5:02 pm #

    What a beautiful light to the world ….

  6. Myo-an June 13, 2017 at 9:47 am #

    Such a magnificent metaphor and just in time for summer! Thanks, Shikan. This is inspiring for rededication to “just sitting.”

    I also read it as practicing for one’s physical death and also accepting the dilemma of the householder / bodhisattva who still returns to the shore, either through need or commitment to take care of family responsibilities / all Beings. Swimming and returning to shore can still be fun, if not the Ultimate Fun! Yes?

    “But if your attention remains directed towards the shore, you cannot proceed – after bathing you will return home. If your aim is the Supreme, the Ultimate, you will be led on by the movement of your true nature.”

    It’s implied here that ‘He’ is better than ‘me,’ and perhaps that’s so, but why if water is also inside the fish?? This is why I especially love Zen and Mahayana: quenches the longing for more than a great swim at the beach. Delight in the temporary, as itself – “nothing holy about it.” IF and when ready…

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