Rays of the One Light
Weekly commentaries on the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita
by Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters)
Truth is one and eternal. Realize oneness with it in your deathless Self, within. The following commentary is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.
Week 18: Perfection Is Self-Transcendence
We begin this week with a passage from the Gospel of St. Matthew, Chapter 5:
Love your enemies; bless them that curse you; do good to them that hate you; and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; . . .
If ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the tax collectors the same?
And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even pagans so?
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
This teaching is a continuation of last week's lesson. To love all equally is possible only by seeing God everywhere—in others as well as in oneself. See whatever comes to you unasked for as a manifestation of His will. Be grateful for the pains you experience, for they are healing strokes of His love. Sometimes, healing is effected only by strong measures, but His love for you is manifested in the very attempt to heal.
Strive always to be impersonal, as though whatever happens to you were happening to someone else.
Persecution gives us the supreme opportunity to deny the thought, “This is happening to me,” and to affirm our inner freedom from the thought of ego. Don't allow the negative perceptions of others to become your own self-definition.
Seek God: This is the true goal of life—though how difficult to cling to in the midst of hatred, spite, and persecution! The Bhagavad Gita tells us in the seventh Chapter:
O truth seeker, be one, among all those thousands, who seeks the supreme goal!
Out of thousands, one strives for spiritual attainment; and out of many blessed true seekers, who strive assiduously to reach Me, one, perhaps, perceives Me as I am.
Thus, through holy Scripture, God has spoken to mankind.
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