New Years Message ~ Paramahansa Yogananda
If you wish to turn on the little box (recorder), you may do so. I shall try to overcome whatever passive resistance may be in the subconsciousness of Ernest to bring you my own personal message for the New Year. As you no doubt know by studying various historical configurations of religious and other documentary evidence which is contained in the archives of the historical world, and as it concerns man’s spiritual progress into the Infinite, and as Ernest is so scientifically explaining his teaching as is contained in the expression from great cycles as manifesting as Spiritual Consciousness, always man in his search to orient himself into a happier and more compatible state of union with the Infinite, seeks out and brings into his daily life, various and different configurations which have been termed as religious or cultistic observances.
And so the histories of the world have been filled with numerous depictions of pageantries, fiestas and various other ritualistic observances which have their roots deep into the very subconscious fiber of each human being and in his appeal to what he feels is some vague internal connection to the Infinite.
The mystical and auric forces which move around in great and preponderant abundance have always filled man with great awe, with a great sense of mysticism, and with a failure to understand. And in these things he has only tried to depict in his own way, what he believes should be the right thing to tender in his emotional reflexes to the great Infinite, as he divides it into his consciousness, whether it resides in a superficial form of consciousness of some God, as in a Christian, or whether he adapts within his consciousness such configurations which involve one hundred or even one thousand different deifications, all of which have their own particular and specific point of equation in the emotional values of man’s life upon the planet earth. And so man has lived and lived again and begat into each generation and unto the progeny of the following generations all of these things and many more.
And thus even the seasons of the year have been interwoven in this fabrication of life, and strange, indeed, that while all of the content of man’s life is lived in the mental stance and in spiritual configurations which involve unknown deistic forces which are beyond his comprehension and understanding, yet he refuses to acknowledge these dominant and spiritual influences into the reactions of his own personal interpretations to his fellowman. He has always maintained his war-like attitudes, his lusts, and the various tenacious and strenuous ways to wring the very essence of his life from the bowels of his mother earth. And so the seasons rise and fall, and with them bring new interpretations, new configurations of some ruling deistic force which is so contrived in his own imagination that it must be the leaving off of some particular form, and with another, it means the resumption to again bring into the succeeding days, weeks and months, some new and different set of interpretations.
But how well it is put in your works, that man always turns his face to Infinity, and in the day-by-day turning, finds that there is a new interpretation. So man is never, in himself, static, nor are any of the other forces of the world he lives in likewise static, but all maintain the same basic movement into the Infinite. Even the atoms in your body are undergoing the same changes, and they in their own configurations of molecules and cell structures are being constantly replaced because the atoms, themselves, represent only a form of consciousness of the Infinite.
And so into the future, man will learn and he will find the greatest of all messages which will be interpreted into his daily life, and that it is not the conflux of any one or a great number of seemingly external or mystical forces which reside in unknown dimensions about him, but that it is the way in which he interprets his own life from within his own mind. In this interpretation does he incept into his own consciousness certain relative qualities of the Infinite Light which will develop and change the seemingly drab and animal-like form of the man who is coming up from out of the more primitive developments of consciousness into something which is indeed possessed of certain potentials which are as deistic as those which he has so contrived within his mind.
And so my message to you, dear one, this eve as the New Year represents to some degree, calendrically speaking, a turn or you are very vaguely conscious that it is in the presuppositions of the subconscious mind — vaguely reactionary in its pure sense and essence — that you must, in some degree, be mindful of the past, present and future in your small world of which the physical finds you. But let not the false appearances of this physical world confound or confuse you. You are indeed living in the pure spiritual in every manner and form, and indeed, all that of which you have spoken, you recognize in your own great metamorphoses that it is indeed true you have turned your face to the Infinite, and in the manner and form that great Light has been shed into your consciousness, this great Light has changed you, so far as you are conscious, with much more than you could have voluntarily done in many thousands of years treading the same reactionary trail of existence which is the lot of most mortals. Yet there are times and sometimes there are places when there seemingly comes into one’s life a great helping hand — a hand which has been prepared and strengthened with ages of wisdom — and with the living of one’s self on the inner and in conjunction with the higher denominators of spiritual interpretation, this great hand can help if one can reach out and touch this hand; he can be lifted.
In all of these things, they must he made equal in the eye of the Infinite, for such things are not made possible without great preparations, without much setting aside, without a high degree of realization from the inner self. And while you externally consider yourself fortunate, yet this is, in itself, one more of the phases of your personal realization of internal and spiritual consciousness.
My dear Sister, you have earned what you are now realizing to a great degree, and whatever manifestation comes to you is a direct polarization with a true understanding of love, and in that polarization of love from someone who understands the facts of life as they should be understood, then under these conditions all things are equal in the eye of the Creator and you do, indeed, become a son of God.
And so my message to you both is one simply this — that the New Year and each succeeding year will bring forth its own abundance and its own realizations in direct proportion as to how well you live with the consciousness which you have, and which comes from within, and that you can set aside permanently and forever small and personal differences in your physical life, for these things only become the way in which you could destroy yourself. And if this is remembered, have no fear; your journey into the future will be a continual revelation of new truths. It will be brought to you in abundance in new realizations and there will be evidential manifestations in whatever you touch in the world about you, that your feet are, indeed, well placed upon that spiraling pathway into the stars. ~ Paramahansa Yogananda
Excerpt from Tempus Interludium, Vol. II
If thou wouldst come to me: my Love
across the span of distant shores
My heart would seek thine own
to beat in harmony
To lift the souls of man
where e’re that he may be
To heights as yet unknown
untrod by such as he.
For Heaven but awaits his reaching hand
to bid him enter in
For all the beauty and all the love
the great Creator has for man
is reaching out to all
He knows no limitations nor brevity
in all his gifts to mankind
But to one and all He extends his all — the infinite nature of Infinity.
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