O Blazing Light! awaken my heart, awaken my soul, ignite my darkness, tear the veil of silence, and fill my temple with Thy glory.
I Must Change Myself
When we boil the spiritual life down, it is so simple! But every day we complicate it, because instead of surrendering and saying,”All right, I must change myself,” we try to justify why everything and everyone else is wrong. We insist that the rest of the world is out of step, and we are the only ones keeping time with the cosmic music. We wear ourselves out so uselessly. We are marching, surely, but in a big circle!
When we justify our imperfections because we think we are getting away with them, sooner or later we find that instead of going forward, we have in fact come around to the very point where we started. The same problems are still there, though perhaps cloaked in new circumstances. Those problems are trying to to teach us something, trying to get our deaf ears to listen. We will continue to run around in these useless circles until we forget self and turn to God. Then He begins to lead us on the straight and narrow path that takes us to Him. He speaks through the silent intuitive voice in our interior life; He speaks through awakening understanding, through our divine friends and spiritual counselors, and through the circumstances that confront us each day. That voice of God is saying, “My child, this is the next step you have to take in your soul’s unfoldment. Yes, there are many avenues open; you don’t have to go the right way now - you can go another way or still another way. But they will take you in a circle, and sooner or later you will find yourself right back at the same point. You will have to take this step sometime. Listen to Me. Take it now.”
-Sri Mrinalini Mata, SRF Mag, Winter 2013, 28 ; Affirmation, PY, Metaphysical Meditations, 23.
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