It is said that Lahiri Mahasaya, who is recognized as the founder of Kriya Yoga in modern times (see “Autobiography of a Yogi” by Paramahansa Yogananda), was asked by his disciples about his connection to Kabir, and on their request…
The verses and the commentaries below are my own reflections and understanding of the bible. Since I choose to make use of religious texts as an aid to communicate my own experience and understanding, it is just as well that I clarify my own relationship to the word: God. I was insatiably interested in the existential questions in young age. I examined Christianity into which I was born. I wanted to be a good Christian who believed in Christianity central tenet: belief in Jesus Christ but I was not able to confess such a faith because I doubted. My religious longing was not satisfied and it took many years before it resurfaced. Then I understood my childhood doubt and its legitimacy and started seriously to search inwardly to satisfy the yearning of the soul.
Now after many years I found that the need of harmony is a part of the consciousness. Everyone recognises this when experiencing difficulties, conflict and restlessness – as true Life takes place inwardly. When one is quiet inside one handles better what happens in a good way.
Read below some verses and my understanding of them from Chapters in St. Matthew.
Verse 7: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
To ask is one side of the coin, to receive the answer is the other. By praying, searching and knocking at the door, we activate the consciousness to find what we search. When established in Silence, all answers come from within.
Verse 21: Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord”, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Here we are close to the core of a common religious misunderstanding: the words “I love you” are not the same as loving. “The map is not the land.” Words are not the same as the real thing. Just to repeat the name of God without awareness will not help.
Verse 24: “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”
Verse 25: “The rain came down, the streams rose, and the wind blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”
“The rain came down, the streams rose, and the wind blew and beat against that house” – circumstances may try to steal our Silence, to push one to react. Many falls may happen but like a bird one gradually keeps building the nest again without complaining and with a strong foundation of awareness and stability inside. Then one knows “how to step back”, to be with the unshaken Self in difficult times – Silence becomes cemented inside.
Verse 29: Because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teacher of the law.
One established in Silence expresses himself from a level of Unity. He does not need to speak so much as Silence penetrates through his presence and his few words have the strength of inner certainty. This is a practical experience, not a theoretical knowledge.
Verse 4: Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?”
“Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts”? To entertain evil thoughts means a lack of capacity to live an inner state of no duality, of Silence. Actions performed in unaware moments may lead us to trouble and regret. To be aware one needs Space (Silence) inside. Awareness gives no space for “evil thoughts” (duality).
Verse 37: Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.”
Consciousness is Infinite, the grace is ever flowing but only few receivers make efforts to get it.