Teach me, O Infinite Spirit! that whether I am awake or asleep, alert or daydreaming, living or dying, Thine all-protecting presence encircles me.
You Can Stand Unshaken
Yoga teaches that where God is, there is no fear, no sorrow. The successful yogi can stand unshaken midst the crash of breaking worlds; he is secure in the realization: “Lord, where I am, there Thou must come.”
When not all pain of this world, not even the sufferings of hades can affect you, you are a king. And that is what you must be. Breaking the limitations of this frail human body, you must manifest immortality. In his poem, “Marching Light,” the great saint Swami Ram Tirtha wrote, ” I hitch to my chariot the fates and the gods, in the voice of thunder, proclaim it abroad!…/Liberty! Liberty! Liberty! Aum!…/Hail, O ye ocean…/be dried up!” That is to say, before the marching light of your soul the ocean will be dried up, and mountains will stand aside; “Beware, O ye mountains! Stand not in my way. /Your ribs will be tattered today!” Think of that. Only the liberty of the soul is all-conquering; and it is all-satisfying and ever-newly joyous.
-Paramahansa Yogananda, The Divine Romance, 237; Affirmation, Whispers From Eternity, 50.