God-Experience Here and Now
God is the Eternal and Immediate Presence in the
and in Human Experience
God in the World Today
God, God, God Everywhere
Here and Now, Any Great Saint Amidst Us Would Experience God
Here and Now, God-Awareness Can be Obtained in
Higher Grades of Our Consciousness
Grown in Purity, Goodness, Love, Faith,
a Ripened Soul has God-Experience Here and Now
Here and Now We have God-Knowledge through
Our Self-Transcending Capacities
Here and Now, God-Experience in the Form of a
and Deepened Awareness of the Infinite Divine
Subjective Being Within Us
Indirect God-Knowledge and God-Awareness Here
and Now, through the Study of High and Rich Spiritual Literature
Intellectual or Rational Knowledge of God Can be
Here and Now
Exceptional Situations Put the Human Individual
in Touch with God
Here and Now, Experience of God through
with the Effects His Presence Produces
God is that Divine Dimension of Consciousness
to Our Experience Here and Now
God-Experience Here and Now, through Universal and
Appearances and Reality
Many Are the Paths to God-Experience
From Materialistic Assertion to Mystical Experience
The Great Are Witnesses to God
God Answers the Prayers of the Heart
is the Eternal and Immediate Presence in the
Universe and in Human Experience
With each of us, God is as fully
and as powerfully present now, as He was with the great founders of the
world's imperishable religions. The space around and within us is as
completely lit up with the splendid Light of God, as the space was around
and within the greatest saints, sages, mystics of the ancient world. There
is no less of God's Presence, Power, Grace, in this hall here and now with
us, than there was in the Himalayan caves where the ancient Rishis
encountered the Divine.
At no period in human history, at
no time in our lives, at no point in space, and no moment in time, is God
less present. His absence is purely a work of the limitations in
perception of the experiencing individual. It is the function of the
original sin, the original Self-ignorance and ignorance of the
all-pervasive Being in the Universe.
The sun shines on the world no
less brilliantly now, than it did a thousand years ago, and though the sun
be shining, the blind see it not. They live in darkness and assert that
there is no such thing as sunshine and light. The sun does not cease to
be, because some men do not perceive it, on account of a defect in their
power of physical perception. God is not today less brilliantly shining in
the world nor absent from the world because thousands do not see Him, -
even as the thousands during the ancient days of glorious spiritual
traditions did not see Him. It takes a person who has freed himself from
the limitations in perception, to see God at any time, anywhere. Such free
persons of clear-eyed vision are men of universal Love, divine Wisdom,
At any period in world-history,
and anywhere, we can experience God. God is now here, everywhere. He is
present with us, around us, all about us, with all His infinite Beauty,
Grace, Love, Perfection.
in the World Today
Let not the human mind deceive
itself into thinking that there is less God in the world today, because
there are so many wars and so much of evil. That is a false idea. At no
time God is separated from us, and absent from the world. Have our roses
stopped smelling fragrant because there are many wars and much evil in the
world? Even so, God has not stopped emanating His Light and Grace to
humanity, because there are too many wars and much evil in the world. The
assumption that God is away and apart from the world because the world is
a victim of many wars, much evil, injustice, suffering, more today than
ever before in history, is one of the delusions of mankind. On any day the
sun is not away and apart, or withdrawn from the world, but it is only the
dreamer who, though lying on a sand-hill beneath the summer sun, is
dreaming that he is trapped in a dreadful forest fully covered by
pitch-darkness. Nowhere is the sunshine absent except functionally for the
dreamer. Even so, nowhere is God absent in the world, or in one's own
life, except functionally for the dreamers trapped in pure
Without God, we could not live,
there could be no life, no conscious operations of the intelligence, no
experience whatsoever. Denial of the Divine is easy, but is the weapon of
those who are industrious in seeking sense-pleasure and fulfilling a life
that is imprisoned in the body and its immediate needs.
We live, move and have our whole
being in God. What force of Nature formed us, and what imperishable
essence indwells us? God. Where are we now? In God. Where do we go from
here? To God. What is the aim of all life and experience? God, conscious
Experience of the infinite Beauty, Power, Wealth, Peace, Delight of God.
What are we, in our ignorance of God? Children of God who are functionally
separated from the Peace, Joy, eternal Life of God. What are we, when we
consciously experience God? Children of God executing our wondrous
functions in Knowledge, Power, Grace, Peace, Beauty, Blessedness, Freedom,
The world may be old; but God has
not aged even by a second since the creation billions and billions of
years ago. Time does not affect Him. Space cannot span Him. He is
beginningless and has no end. He is ageless Being of infinite Perfection.
He is the Truth that was, is and ever shall be. God alone was, is and will
always be - God as Light, God as Love, God as Life, God as Beauty and
God, God Everywhere
As a matter of imperishable fact,
we live in God who is within ourselves. God inside man, God outside man,
God within, and as all creation, and God transcendent of all creation, God
everywhere! Repeated and self-sustaining experience discloses to us God
everywhere. There are corroborations of the same experience in all the
great and time-tried works of the world.
Where in the ocean is saltishness
absent? Where in the entire creation, is the sustaining Essence of the
Creator absent? As butter pervades the entire tank of milk, so does God
pervade the entire universe. The heavens declare the glory of God no less
today than they did in ancient times. In the starlit firmament above, God
is not less visible to contemporary humanity than he was to the people in
the times of the great Rishis. Closer to us than our own breath and
jugular vein, God is, and can be experienced by any one of us, at any
time, if we would fulfil the conditions and gain the equipment.
and Now, Any Great Saint Amidst Us
Would Experience God
Were there amidst us a dozen of
the greatest sages, mystics, saints, rishis, where would they experience
God? Here and now. Where did the great sons of the past experience God?
Wherever they were, in the vast world, and at whatever period in human
history they occupied.
and Now, God-Awareness Can be Obtained in the
Higher Grades of Our Consciousness
There are many grades and types
of the experience of the Divine Consciousness, that are accessible to the
most earnest of spiritual aspirants.
A portion of consciousness at the
back of the angry person is not involved in the emotion of anger. It is
calm, peaceful, luminous and counsels him, 'Don't be angry, forgive'. This
is, at the present stage of his development, a representation of the Light
of the Divine. Later, when he rises to yet higher states of such
consciousness, he has an immediate touch of the Divine.
in Purity, Goodness, Love, Faith, Knowledge,
a Ripened Soul has God-Experience Here and Now
Even as the bud unfolds, as it
blooms in its colour and fragrance, the soul in man, being nourished by
inner moral and spiritual qualities and deep reflection and
discrimination, unfolds its capacities for experience of God. The more is
the inner equipment for the experience of God, the sooner one has it.
God, or the Truth, is pure
Consciousness, and is therefore, to be approached in, and through, the
consciousness liberated from the limiting physical and mental experiences.
God is not a mental concept, nor
an object of mental search, but the supramental infinite Being that
transcends all mental phenomena while supporting them; even as man is
infinitely more than, and transcends, any thought that may rise in him,
and that he may witness, deal with and dismiss. Like the ladders used for
climbing over the roof of the house, the mental instruments have served
their purpose, and are no more helpful for knowing the Truth. Truth is to
be known, experienced, in Truth and by Truth itself.
God is Spirit, and is to be
known, adored, experienced, in Spirit, through Spirit, and as Spirit.
Thoughts and feelings, however helpful in the preliminary stages and
states of progress, are only helpful to lead us into an experience of the
Truth. We have to go beyond thoughts and feelings. We cannot see the face
of God through the veils of our worldly thoughts and emotions. So long as
such thoughts and such emotions are in us, we see them, not God. To see
God, our mind and heart are to be rendered luminous, calm, still, with the
nameless, formless, radiant divine Love. God is not emotion, and cannot
give all of Himself to us in emotion, unless it be devotion, or divine
Love. We have to go beyond emotion. Emotion was a help, in the process of
attaining freedom, and has now to disappear into something other than
itself, the Spirit. God is to be known and contacted in God, by God, and
for God's own sake - which is the same as contacting God for the sake of
everything else and more than everything. God is not sensation, and cannot
be known by any kind of nervous excitement and pleasure; though, in the
beginning stages, nervous pleasure and knowledge by sensation is your way.
Stop not here. Proceed forward until your consciousness, liberated of
emotion, thought, and every other limitation, knows itself and everything
directly, with, and in, the unlimited Light of Consciousness. Through good
emotions, conquer negative emotions. And, conquer the good emotions, by
the Love that is divine, all-inclusive, persisting, permanent, and
and Now We have God-Knowledge through Our
We can detach a portion of
consciousness and observe the activities and experiences of our mental, or
emotional, or psychic, being. We carry in ourselves the capacity to stand
back from the thoughts that arise in us, and watch them. We can, in
consciousness, transcend the field of thoughts and observe the observer of
the thoughts. In this process of transcending the field of the experiencer
and the object experienced, we rise into the unobserved, all-observing
Consciousness which is infinite, eternal, unchanging, Truth, God. To the
extent we perceive and experience this, we have an experience of Truth,
here and now. With sufficient self-discipline and self-training, we can
learn to use to the optimum our self-transcending and all-exceeding
and Now, God-Experience in the Form of a
Direct and Deepened Awareness of the Infinite
Divine Subjective Being Within Us
Our knowledge and experience of
the outer world are not direct, as they are obtained through the
instrumentality of our senses. If the senses are defective, our knowledge
and experience concerning the world are also defective. We can have no
direct experience of anything except that which is within ourselves, and
is the experiencer himself. Our experience of any fact, or thing, is a
dependent experience; it is dependent upon the instruments of knowledge
employed, and the defects of the instruments infect with defects the
knowledge thus obtained. Not even of our own body, of our own thoughts
have we any direct experience. Indirect experience obtained through
physical, or psychological, instruments of knowledge is subject to change
and contradiction, and is ephemeral. Of the experiencing and observing
Consciousness in us alone we have a direct experience by identity,
oneness, unity. We know it directly, by, in, through itself. Without it we
are nothing. It is the Kingdom of unending Peace and Happiness, the
foundation of all knowing and experience. When we are rooted in a deep and
dynamic awareness of this infinite subjective Being of Light and Love, we
have an experience of God.
In Nature and its beauty, in the
human individual and his aspirations, in the intelligence and its
operations, in the goodness and its works, we have the eloquent presence
of God. One may not be able to see God directly, but one is able to see
Him in the luminosity of your intelligence, in the sparkle of your eye, in
the noble affections of your heart, in the works of your love, in the
manifestations of your genius.
God-Knowledge and God-Awareness Here
and Now, through the Study of High and Rich Spiritual
Through the inspiring and
illuminating works of the greatest men of the world, God speaks to us. We
have an effective indirect knowledge and awareness of God, by a deep study
of the great works of mystics, men of transcendental experience, sages who
have transcribed their experiences of God. As long as our mind and heart
are absorbed in such works, our state is one of indirect contact with
or Rational Knowledge of God Can be Had
Here and Now
By exercise of our reflective
capacity, and by constant inquiring into the 'how', 'why', 'wherefore' of
all existence, we have a deep awareness of God. When such an inquiry is
deep, prolonged, and fruitful, one has a deep inner awareness of the
reality and the nature of God.
A deep study of the philosophical
works grants us rational knowledge of the reality and the nature of God,
which could be made the foundation for our intuitional and direct
experience of God.
Situations Put the Human Individual
in Touch with God
There is a sudden influx of the
Divine Grace and succour, when an urgent call to God emerges from the
heart of the human individual who is trapped in situations of overwhelming
suffering wherein he is completely deprived of human strength, support and
resources. Sometimes it so happens that a shipwreck in the mid-sea causes
in some of the people involved in the tragedy such a sudden and tremendous
faith and complete reliance on God, that in that instant of total
surrender to God, and one-pointed and concentrated longing for God's help,
they experience an encounter with the divine Presence.
When suddenly exceptional
circumstances emerge and surround our life, they bring out from us unusual
powers which grant us an experience of the unfailing Grace of God. In the
history of humanity, we find some persons had thrown themselves,
voluntarily, into impossible situations, demonstrated unusual faith in
God, and experienced God's Presence. A thing which is within ourselves,
cannot be for long ignored. The most fundamental thing, the Life of our
life, the divine Being, asserts itself, and whether or not we want it, we
experience it in one condition or the other, in one situation or the other
of our daily life. Born of God, being secretly sustained by God,
constantly expressing and using His energies, it is our inevitable destiny
to find Him, here, there, everywhere, and express in daily life something
of His Peace, Love, Strength, Beauty, Happiness.
and Now, Experience of God through
Communion with the Effects His Presence Produces
The invisible God is not a
distant inaccessible beyond, but an all-colourful Consciousness and an
all-creative Energy immanent in, and operative through, all the visible
things and beings. Through the visible here, we know, see, experience now
The nature and characteristics of
God are visible and open for our immediate experience in the nature and
characteristics of the inner divine Consciousness in man, in the works of
geniuses, in the words of philosophers, in the deeds of the saints, in the
attainments of the scientists, in the beauty of Nature.
All that we know of the invisible
is from the effects its presence produces. By these effects we know that
which is their producer. Since we see the effects here and now, we could
say that in that manner, and in that way, we are seeing here and now their
producer. Every day we have an experience of God's effects in the world -
love, light, value, beauty, wisdom, happiness. Wherever love is
experienced, beauty is perceived, truth is known, wisdom is obtained,
lasting happiness is found, there we have the immediate touch of God.
Love, Beauty, Truth, Wisdom, Happiness, are God, and since they are in us,
God is in us now, and insofar as we experience them, we now experience God
to that extent.
The mirage we see is not the
desert, yet without the desert there can be no mirage. From the mirage we
know we are in the desert. The world of our sense-experience is not God,
yet there can be no world without God. From the effect we know we are in
the Cause. The world is the effect, God is the Cause. Being in the effect
we are in the Cause.
is that Divine Dimension of Consciousness
Accessible to Our Experience Here and Now
God is the infinite divine
Consciousness that is within us, and accessible to our immediate
experience, at all times, and anywhere. Within ourselves God can be
contacted, known, experienced, and His treasures expressed in daily life.
Our sense of the Immortal, and consequent conquest of the notion of death,
rises from this Consciousness within us. Unlimited freedom, absolute
freedom, true freedom belongs to us when, in consciousness, we are one
with this Dimension of the Infinite Being in ourselves, in all things, and
in all forms of life. There is the Spaceless Dimension in space, and the
Timeless Now in every moment of time. In inner contemplative states we
can, here and now, rise into this spaceless and timeless Dimension of
Consciousness, and experience God. Wherever one may be, to that place God
is the Eternal Here, and in whatever period of time we may be, to that
period and that moment God is the Eternal Now. God is the Timeless Now and
the Spaceless Here. He can be experienced by anyone, anywhere, at any
time, and most of all here and now.
Here and Now, through Universal and
God is infinite Love, and the way
to His experience is through love. Persons who lack charity of feeling,
broad views, fundamental goodness impelled by enduring love, will find it
difficult to feel His Presence. Knowledge of the reality of God ensues
from the development of universal Love. The heart is to be trained and
disciplined and its love extended to all creation.
A drop of water is, by itself,
valueless. But the same drop when expanded to the size of a big ocean, by
being dropped into that ocean, acquires imperishable power, beauty,
magnificence and value. We obtain the true power, dimensions and value of
our personality, the real fulfilment of our life, when we drop the drop of
our little heart into the illimitable heart of all creation, and thus make
our love universal, cosmic, supracosmic, divine. The noblest phenomenon in
Nature is the person whose heart releases universal feelings, and makes
all humanity, and all creation, its own, in Love.
Founded upon our knowledge of the
Presence of God in everything and everyone, we should bear profound
reverence for Nature and for humanity. By constantly generating cosmic
feelings, we have to acquire a universal personality. The larger the
heart, the greater the luminosity of our intelligence, and the keener our
sensitivity to the infinite Truth, Beauty, God.
Grasp God in love; a love that is
wider than the skies that you see with your physical eyes; a love that is
denied to nothing that is created; a love that could smile with the
flowers, and with the leaves; a love that can become one in sympathy with
the stars; a love that could discern and converse with His Presence in the
empty space; a love that could find a friend and a beloved in all that is
beheld by the physical eyes, the unlimited, unconditioned, unfailing love
for all creatures great and small; the love that is in tune with the
wondrous existence in the stones, pebbles, and twigs. Such love liberates
our consciousness and soul, renders us exceedingly sensitive to God's
all-vivifying Presence. When our whole being throbs with this love, we
have God-Experience here and now.
Be not cheated by appearances.
Beneath the veils of Man and Nature, God is most visible. Behind the veil
of the day, the stars are most visible. Though it be day, the stars are
still there, and as luminous as they appeared at night. Behind the words
of the people, there are thoughts. Behind the thoughts, there are minds.
Behind the minds, there is the one common universal consciousness. Behind
the consciousness, there is God.
The stars are always there. The
clouds appear and disappear, the day alternates with night, leaving the
stars just as luminous and where they were. The words perish. The thoughts
disappear. The minds change. But the Consciousness is ever-the-same,
luminous, immortal. Know It. Live in its Light. Experience It, and
manifest Its creative wonders, delight, peace, perfection, immortality.
Are the Paths to God-Experience
The reality of God constantly
impinges itself upon our intuitions, and His heart yields itself wholly to
our love. Hundreds are the ways by which we can know, feel, see,
experience God. God reveals Himself in manifold ways and in varying
degrees of intensity and luminosity, ranging from an answer given to a
calm prayer said in faith, to the divine Self contemplated by the gnostic
individual in his own inmost being.
God can be caught in our
rhapsodies, even as the rhapsodies of ancient saints and mystics caught
Him. He can be felt as a Presence even as they felt Him as a Presence. He
can be recognized as that dynamic reality in Nature, which disturbed the
English poet Wordsworth with 'thinking a thought sublime'.
Materialistic Assertion to Mystical Experience
God alone is - this is the voice
of the mystics. God is, and the world also is - this is the voice of the
theologians. World alone is - this is the voice of the materialists.
The experience of the mystic is
real, vast, all-illuminating. The experience of the theologian is mental.
The experience of the materialist is purely of the senses. Under the
pressures of life, the materialist grows into the theologian, and from the
theologian is evolved the mystic.
Blessed are those who exceed the
crudities of the materialist and are released into the dynamic world of
the Mystical Experience!
Great Are Witnesses to God
As wise as Solomon, as thoughtful
as Plato, as pure as Mirabai, as good and loving as St. Francis, as mature
in soul as the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, we are not; yet, what right
have we to deny the existence of God they accepted, and reject the
revelations of religion they made their experience?
Great Minds perceive God; our
little minds doubt and deny. Great Faith finds Him; our little faith
complains and is repulsed. Great Love experiences Him; our little love is
too busy with its own fleeting pleasures. Great Goodness lives in Him; our
little goodness is content with itself only to be frustrated and rudely
awakened some day.
The earlier we seek to know and
experience God, by Great Knowledge, Faith, Love, Goodness, the better for
Answers the Prayers of the Heart
There is no prayer arising from
the heart which God does not hear. He is the all-hearing Ear. No man can
fold his hands in prayer without God seeing him. He is the all-seeing Eye.
Every prayer that rises from a soul of faith and devotion, is answered.
God hears us always, but we have not yet developed the capacity to hear
Him. God sees us always, but we have not yet opened our inner eyes to see
Him. God has always tenderest feelings for us, and pours on us His
infinite Love and Grace, but we have not yet lifted up our hearts in true
love for Him.
God is all-merciful. Just there
He is where we think He is not. Let us learn to pray aright, and see for
ourselves the magnificent results that arise from prayers.
- Swami Omkarananda