Part 8 of “How do You Qualify Yoga?”
Toward the One,
the Perfection of Love, Harmony, and Beauty,
the Only Being,
United with all the Illuminated Souls,
Who form the Embodiment of the Master,
the Spirit of Guidance.
I find such comfort in this prayer from the Sufi master, Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan. Especially when I contemplate the line, “all the Illuminated Souls who form the embodiment of the Master”. Pause to savor that concept. There is not one Master, there is not one path. When the Buddha was asked, “who are you”? He replied, “I am awake”.
Self-realization is an experience shared by numerous individuals from numerous traditions. One can argue that the Buddha, the Christ, and Rumi were all describing the same level of consciousness with different words. To believe that the omnipotent Ultimate Reality is confined to one tradition belittles it.
One hallmark on enlightened Masters is simplicity. Not merely renunciation; because like a dry drunk, mere physical renunciation without renouncing internally is playing a role. Internal renunciation is the letting go of the attachment to the outcome; yet continuing to strive for ultimate Reality, as described in my previous post.
All illuminated Masters incline towards simplicity. Furthermore, the closer they are the less they are drawn to the fleeting transient world. They taste what is “real” and tasting leads to savoring. What could be more satisfying; to know the Ultimate Reality or to go on with the mundane temporary–even if it is stimulating to the senses. Everything “out here” is subject to change. The only constant is that core, “the perfection of love, harmony, and beauty”.
I saw the quote above on PDAN Teen. The I rememebred, Ma Tri once described thoughts as ripples on the lake of the mind. She went on further to described emotions as Tsunamis. Then she expounded, “Imagine you could harness the energy of a Tsunami. Imagine if you directed that to whatever your life’s goal is”. It left me speechless. I long to crave self-realization with the same fervor as any other Tsunami which has roared through me. Until then, I’ll ride the waves and learn to surf.