These lectures are the ones given only to the monks as Dr. Lewis was in charge of them while VP of SRF. His young audience included Brother’s: Dharmananda, Bhaktananda, Anandamoy,
etc…… Finally after many requests Dr. gave and recorded these precious advanced lectures to a few lay-disciples at the Hermitage in Encinitas. Thus we have information not meant for the “general devotee services” – basically information in Master’s teachings. They are a real treasure for the dedicated” chela.
The Soul Soul Consciousness Part I
Dr. M. W. Lewis
Going on this evening with our discussion of Yoga Explained; referring back to last week’s discussion of the soul, just one or two important things to remember. There is a simple rule whereby you can tell whether you are in soul consciousness in a dynamic way, or whether you are in ego consciousness. You remember we talked about it to think is to be identified with the attached soul, or ego. That is, to think whenever you are thinking and perusing your thoughts, discriminating, or considering what’s going on in your mental processes, you are in the attached soul, or ego. And so to think is to be attached to the ego, or one with the ego. Not to think, nor be unconscious, be fully awake and aware, is to be in the consciousness of the soul.
and so when you meditate, introspect yourselves and see just where you are. If you are in the realm of thought, leave it behind, and if you are in that consciousness wherein there are no thoughts, but you feel stealing over your soul a deep-seated peace and bliss, and you do not flicker into sleep or unconsciousness, know that is soul consciousness. And so when you meditate deeply you are in the state of deep sleep, which is the state of soul every night in sleep; in deep sleep we are in soul consciousness with God.
So if you can do it consciously through your meditation, after a while it will become habit and it will be with you, not just sporadically or intermittently, but all the time, continuously. So remember those two things about the soul. They are simple things, but if you will just introspect yourself, find out where you are, then you can correct it. If you are in ego consciousness, that isn’t what you want. We want to know the soul within us.
And so going on now with the soul, a very important point to bring out is this that some people make the mistake in thinking that [they should renounce activity] which is far from being true because when there is renunciation of activity, then there is atrophy. Atrophy sets in. If you do not use your arm and just keep it inactive, it’ll shrivel up. And so if we are not active in this worldly consciousness we will atrophy, and that is not the way to freedom or to soul consciousness. But the way is through a balance between activity and meditation, or vice versa. Master used to say, “A balance is necessary between meditation and activity.”
Now there is a psychological point there which I must bring out at this time, and it has to do with the practice of yoga. Why should we practice yoga? Why should we fool around with yoga? It is for this reason: through the practices of yoga, in which we find the process of meditation, which means concentration on God when we do that, we create within us a certain definite current; a definite current is imbued, so to speak, in our consciousness by the practice of meditation.
This current is induced when you meditate. When you don’t meditate it is not induced. Because when you meditate remember, meditation means concentration on God your consciousness is on Him as the holy vibration at the Christ Center, or in the heart as His love, or the great cosmic sound of Aum. Now, when you do that, there’s a definite current induced within you that is not induced in any other activity. This is a very important psychological point. Remember, right meditation induces within you a definite current. Now what happen? When that becomes a habit, that current is carried over into your ordinary activity, daily activity. And that’s why Master says right activity, or activity to please God, is as good as meditation.
Now at first you will not be able to that current will not stay with you. It will stay for a while you all know that then it recedes. But after a while it becomes a habit or second nature, and everything you do in this worldly existence to please God is as good as meditation. That’s a wonderful point, because sometimes we cannot meditate as long as we’d like to, nor as deep as we’d like to; but when we do meditate, this particular current, the way of the current changes, and that is carried over into your activity. And that is why there’s a chance to win this battle. When the habit is formed, then you are more and more with God. So don’t think your meditation or your yoga is useless or in vain. It is not.
The more you are in it, the more it will be with you, and every activity will be a song to God, until finally, through His grace, you will continuously be in that current. That current will continuously flow, and everything you do is worshipping God. That’s the most wonderful thing. I used to wonder why the Master said, “You know, right activity is as good as meditation.” I always thought meditation was the only thing. Meditation is that plank from which we leap toward the Infinite, and that current, once started, permeates your being. And although you lose it, and come back and meditate again, finally it will become a habit. And so whatever you do, you do for God. You are with Him, and then liberation comes.
When that current is established and will not return the other way, then you are liberated. These are wonderful things, and they explain why Master said, “A balance is necessary between meditation and activity.” And remember, both will take you to God if you establish the habit wherein you are in His consciousness in your meditation. When the thoughts have gone to rest and you feel the love of the Infinite flowing through you silently like a thief in the night, that will permeate your action, whatever it is, and finally that will be always with you. There will be no returning to this delusion of outward consciousness and living. Such is truth. All true scriptures, all true religions point to this underlying truth. That’s why a balance is necessary between soul communion and activity.
In this ordinary world, God’s kingdom is not just that kingdom beyond the ordinary kingdom of the senses. God’s kingdom is in all things. He is in matter; He is in this kingdom here. The material kingdom is part of God’s kingdom. Behind this is the astral kingdom, more subtle; and behind that is the causal kingdom, or the kingdom of God’s great thoughts. Now, we’re used to this outward physical part of God’s kingdom, but we cannot always see the other side. But it can be done through right meditation. Then you see the kingdom of finer forces, or the spiritual astral kingdom. And then you go beyond that and you see the causal kingdom. They all constitute the kingdom of God everything. Don’t you think that beautiful rose [pointing to the flowers on the altar] is in the kingdom of God? When you look behind, you see the light vibrating behind that rose that’s the kingdom of energy still the kingdom of God. And behind that is His thought which produced that beautiful thing that’s the kingdom of God.
Now, realize that sustaining all these three kingdoms is the Great cosmic sound of Aum. And so when you hear it in your meditation you are with God. And if you keep on hearing it and merge in it, as that Aum penetrates, permeates all of God’s kingdom physical, astral and causal so will your consciousness travel throughout eternity, because there’s only one God, and He’s sitting in the hearts of each one of us. And so yoga is worthwhile if you use it to attain salvation, of course. And so the ideal way is by yoga introspection and yogic meditation; that means whatever meditation gives you union to know the soul, and that should be followed by doing your duty in this worldly existence, but carrying God with you in everything you do.
Herein is established, or fulfilled, or carried to fulfillment, the two commandments: Thou shalt first love the Lord thy God with all thy strength and with all thy might; and secondly, Thou shalt love those in whom God is seated each one of us. He is seated within the hearts of all of us. And so the work we do, we do to please Him, because He is in everything we are working with human beings and inanimate objects, so spoken of. So yoga is worthwhile, isn’t it?
So God contact can and does come in action. Don’t forget this, Don’t think you’ve to run off to some mountain and sit there in a cave until you’re half dead to find God. It’s not necessary. Master told me many times, he says, “You have everything right here. You can find Him anyplace you are.” And so the first thing is by concentrated action, after you do your meditation perhaps in the morning you meditate an hour or so you’ve induced that spiritual current within you. Now carry it into your everyday action. Do that. Feel God in everything you do, and you will feel Him in you. Why? Because when God created all things, Ananda came forth. That’s the joy of God.
The joy of creating something is in everything that He has created, and when you work feeling His Presence, you will feel that. Now in your meditations, when you go direct to the source of creation, which is the presence of God within us, you will feel His bliss. That’s the ideal way. And so the easiest way that we not make a mistake is, everything we do like it somehow. In other words, do it to please God. And you must like it, because He gives us everything friends, those near and dear to us everything we have comes from Him. If we could just knock that into our heads, then this work wouldn’t be half so bad, would it.
So let us realize these two things are necessary:
Meditation wherein you contact the presence of God within and start the ball rolling, so to speak, toward His kingdom. Induce that spiritual current which flows and starts towards His kingdom, and then work in this everyday work, feeling His presence, until finally it is established and there’s no returning to delusion, no returning to being tossed around by the mind and all that goes with it. Ever joy joy, joy, joy ever-new joy all the time or you realize your birthright, which is God’s love. And in this holy place when you come, leave the troubles outside. They’ll be waiting for you there just the same. But when you leave this place, they’ll have no hold on you. Many have testified to that.
And I think that if we remember that wonderful thing which has been scientifically shown I can’t give you just the exact details about the reverse of the current when you meditate, but I know it does happen, and I know it stays with us, so to speak, and permeates our being. Just like Swami Vivekananda said, when you establish ecstasy, or samadhi, when you return you are not the same. When you sleep every night you go to God, but you are practically the same when you wake up. When through ecstasy you feel the presence of God, when you return you are different. And so every time you meditate and the thoughts go to rest, and you feel the bliss and peace of God’s presence, when you return you are not the same, and you carry that through your everyday action until finally there’s no returning to that old delusion of this worldly existence. Master has promised all who will humbly follow him this salvation. So let us do it.
Now another thing: the practice of the science of yoga will give us a tranquil mind. That’s a very important thing, and this is a must in soul realization. Unless the mind is tranquil, you cannot know soul. It’s impossible, because in soul consciousness there is no lack of tranquility. The thoughts have gone to rest, andthen comes in the intuition of the soul whereby we know, as God knows, all things. So tranquility is a must if you are to know the soul. Tranquility is a very difficult thing to attain. That’s why Master said the saints never lose their calmness. Think of it no matter what happens, can you retain that calmness? That’s what we must do. And so, what is it? A restless mind is that which keeps us separated from God. If you cannot control the action of your mind and the thoughts, God’s great, silent, subtle, loving love cannot enter you, because He is a very jealous God and He wants you all for Himself, because we left Him in the beginning, and so He’s gonna be sure that we want Him once more.
These are important truths. And so tranquility of mind removes the separation we feel from God; because a lack of tranquility means there’s movement in our mind, and when there’s movement, when there is thought, God cannot come in intuition cannot give us and show us and manifest God’s love, because it is not known through senses, nor reason, mind, nor intellect. But it is easily known through affection and love. That’s why right yoga, or scientific yoga, or we might call it complete yoga, is so important, or yoga of salvation, because that gives us contact with God. Of course Hatha Yoga gives us contact with God in the physical body but that’s gross.
[Editor’s note: Some of the boys doing the exercises up at India Hall said they felt the bliss of God as they stretched out on their backs in savasana between exercises.] Behind that is the subtle body. Right yoga gives you contact with the body of energy and with the Holy Vibration. And finally, if you surrender fully to God you will be one with that Holy Vibration through God’s grace.