Monday, December 22, 2014

The Lord and His influence

 I suppose there can't be a more appropriate time for discussing the Lord and His influence than right about now, since we are about to celebrate the annual remembering of His passage to earth.

Yet the Lord passes into us at all times and in every moment; He is forever present. Our own absence in an inner sense is the only reason we don't realize this. One must come to one's understandings through much suffering and prayer in order to destroy the material within us which prevents us from being in relationship with the Lord; and even then, such a task is never completed.

One of the reasons spiritual food, the receiving of the inward flow, is called manna is because there can be nothing sweeter than the taste of the Lord. This is a greater thing than words can mention; and whatever sweetness or goodness one finds in life, there is nothing sweeter or more good than the arrival of the Lord within Being. This is, in the end, a private or sacred matter, and perhaps of little use in outward or worldly things; yet one can desire nothing else, once one tastes it, because one knows what generosity and love and mercy taste like once one tastes the Lord.

People often ask me how one comes to this; everyone wants a technique or a method, a secret key that is turned in a secret lock. Yet there are no such things. There is only suffering and prayer, each one of which is the best possible thing, and not any kind of negative, if they are properly understood.

Yet people persist in seeking the secret locks and the magical keys; and they always want some other person to give them those secrets, as though they existed in books, or even in the minds of men.

But nothing of the Lord's can exist in the mind of man; and thus, no man's mind can give it.

Ponder this.

Hosanna.

4 comments:

  1. 'There is only suffering and prayer, each one of which is the best possible thing, and not any kind of negative, if they are properly understood.'

    This reader would be grateful for any insight into prayer ('a guide for idiots'). With working examples please :)

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  2. I guess Theravada Buddhists have no real concept of prayer...

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  3. Once again, deep gratitude for your post. I second Mr. Bains having interest in some posts on prayer.

    Warmly,

    Corey

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  4. In response, a series of commentaries on prayer will publish starting jan. 11, 2015.

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