Looking at Creation
with Seeing Eyes
Fellowship international headquarters, Los Angeles, California,
August 17, 1939
indeed is the Lord's universe. Within it He is working all
His wonders of creation. Do not be a walking "dead man"
in this world; observe, analyze, and appreciate what God and
His agent, man, have wrought here. How intricate is the universal
mechanism! Reflect on the way we are made, and in what orderly
fashion the whole machinery of creation runs according to
all see the flowers and enjoy their beauty, but who knows
what is causing the flowers? Anything one uses or sees every
day - be it a handkerchief, a musical instrument, a house,
or a tree - he should question and ponder by what means, of
what substance, it is made. Cars are taken for granted; but
if you were to visit the factories in which they are produced,
you would realize how complicated automobiles are. Consider
too what went into making the paper for the daily news, and
the intricate machinery that imprints it - no human hand could
operate so fast.
if the creation of everyday man-made objects can be so complex,
how vastly more complicated the creation of plants, animals,
and human beings! It takes ten years' study of medical science
to understand the composition, functions, and requirements
of the seemingly simple human body. Even a casual analysis
reveals much to wonder at - though I sometimes think God could
have made a few improvements!
a plant is growing in water in a glass jar, one can see that
its roots are like hairs. Through the God-given intelligent
energy in the roots the plant draws from soil and water the
food it requires for growth.
Like an upturned plant, man similarly absorbs through his
hair electric currents helpful to the body. (1)
it not amazing that the sap which feeds the leaves of the
plant flows upward against the pull of gravity? When the skin
of the plant is removed, one can see the intricate network
of tubes that channel this sap. That which carries on this
process of sustenance and growth is the mystery called life.
When I am in the ecstasy of God-consciousness, I behold this
life in even a blade of grass. Little did I dream that I would
be able to see such hidden marvels of creation! To concentrate
on these marvels is to stand in awe of what the Lord has done.
calculated precision God has ordained the structural form
of each living thing, and the requirements for maintaining
that form in good working order. If there is any deficiency
in those requirements - food, for example - plants, animals,
and human beings suffer. The average реrson draws from his
food all the various chemical elements his body needs; but
there are many dietary transgressors whose meals do not contain
all the required elements, or the correct balance of them.
Improper nourishment is one of the main causes of all sickness
in man. The effects of dietary deficiency can be seen almost
immediately in a plant when some necessary chemical is omitted
from its food.
are vital exchanges between man and all other living things.
For eons India has had the custom of cremation and scattering
the ashes of the dead. In this and other ways man feeds Mother
Earth, and her plants in turn feed man.
reciprocity between man and trees is well known. Man inhales
oxygen and exhales carbon dioxide. (2) Trees absorb and store
carbon dioxide and water, which they break down by photosynthesis
to create carbohydrates (food). In the process they give off
oxygen, essential to man. (3) Photosynthesis, being dependent
on sunlight, stops at night. However, through another process
called respiration, trees continuously release carbon dioxide
into the atmosphere, particularly at night when the counteracting
influence of carbon-absorbing, oxygen-producing photosynthesis
is not present. As night air is usually still, the heavy carbon
dioxide gas settles near the ground. In part for this reason,
the custom of sleeping on beds - that is, above ground level
- came about.
Limitations of the Physical Senses
has taught us a great deal about the intricate mechanisms
of our universe and about the substances of which we are all
made, but there is still vast knowledge to be uncovered. We
could perceive more and appreciate more if we developed the
underlying powers of our sensory organs. Things we should
see with our eyes we do not see, things we should hear with
our ears we do not hear, because our senses are too habituated,
too attached, to experiences of the limited gross physical
world. Freedom from that attachment is not negation of sensory
enjoyment; it permits a broadening of the God-given sensory
powers to their fullest spiritual potential.
the material plane man has discovered various ways to increase
his seeing power. The unaided physical eye receives only limited
impressions of color. However, under ultraviolet light, drab-looking
pieces of rock in which certain minerals are present will
show forth luminescent colors. Remove the ultraviolet light
and the rocks assume their original dull hue. Many colors
in the physical world, such as the blue of the sky, are really
optical illusions caused by the reflection of light on various
kinds of particles. Because your eyes register only a limited
degree of the creative vibration that makes up everything
in creation, you do not see the subtle astral (4) colors,
which are hidden in everything around you. Could you but see,
you would be amazed at their beauty. Even the most gorgeous
shades on earth appear ugly, gross, and wild in comparison
to the magnificent hues of the astral world.
neither your eyes nor your ears register everything possible.
You cannot smell astral fragrances, nor perceive with your
other physical sense organs the myriad finer forms and impressions
passing through the ether. Even if St. Francis were here at
this moment in his astral form, you would not be able to see
and hear and touch him. Yet it is possible to advance beyond
ordinary sensory limitations, for I have seen him.
man does not cognize even things that his senses are able
to perceive. Those persons who have perceptive eyes enjoy
beauty everywhere. Others act as if they had no eyes; even
in a beautiful place they fail to "see" anything.
When I visited Mexico and saw the "Floating Gardens"
of Lake Xochimilco, (5) their loveliness filled my heart with
awareness of the Divine Artist. Another man, standing nearby,
seemed equally engrossed. However, something told me he was
not seeing what I was seeing, so I asked his reaction to the
picturesque scene. "I was thinking of how to drain off
the water and make more land," he replied. An engineer,
he was seeing the lake in his own way. So we view things according
to our different mentalities and moods.
soul is encased in a composite vibration of sensations, thoughts,
feelings - all the factors that make up a person's being,
or consciousness. Each one has a different composition, a
different vibration. All the things you have done since childhood
are stored in tabloid form as tendencies in your brain. They
make you what you are. Because we do not see this tabloid
pattern, we wonder why people behave as they do. Some become
suddenly elated, or inexplicably angry or moody; even they
don't know why. Some are always busy criticizing or gossiping
about others, when there is plenty of "house-cleaning"
to do in their own "home"! The invisible tabloid
tendencies in the brain compel each one to behave in certain
ways. They bury the soul, preventing the expression of one's
true Self. How complex is man! Each one in himself a full-length
Infinite Potential of Thought
is supposed to get something out of this life besides eating,
sleeping, and working. The thinkers begin to wonder about
life. They observe and question why things happen, or do not
happen, in a certain way. We have a first and then a second
set of teeth; why not a third? What causes this regulation?
Because of man's unquestioning acceptance of many delusive
thoughts of physical limitation, he allows them to control
his present sphere of existence. Thinkers do not accept the
inevitable; they turn their efforts toward changing it. This
is the ingredient that makes progress possible.
am thrilled when I see the great manufacturing centers, the
remarkable inventions, and other exceptional human accomplishments.
How much has come from the brain of man! And the brain itself
is infinitely more intricate than anything it has produced.
is a story about a certain king who showed such affectionate
regard for his prime minister that others in the court, noticing
the monarch's obvious preference, were jealous. Realizing
this, the king wanted to show them why the minister was his
favorite. Some music sounded in the distance, and the king
turned to one of his courtiers, saying, "Please find
out what is going on." After some time the man returned
with the information that it was a marriage procession. "Who
is going to be married?" inquired the king. The courtier
didn't know, so another courtier was sent out. The man returned
with a reply to the king's latest query, but when the sovereign
asked another question he could not answer. The result was
the same with courtier after courtier. Finally the king called
for the prime minister and asked him to go and find out what
was taking place. When the minister returned, the king plied
him with questions, every one of which the alert and thorough
prime minister was able to answer satisfactorily.
great many persons are dull-minded like the uninformed courtiers.
They are not necessarily stupid; just too mentally lazy to
make any effort beyond obvious necessity. I can condone physical
laziness (there might be a justifiable physiological cause);
but there is no excuse for mental laziness! The mentally idle
do not like to think, because even that seems too much work
is fascinating. No one will ever be able to tabulate all the
tendencies and perceptions of the mind; its capacity is infinite.
Yet the mind cannot think an original thought: there is not
a single idea that God has not originated already in conceiving
His past, present, and future creations. Therefore if you
think deeply enough about a subject, the answer to any question
about it will come.
must feel as well as think; if you do not have feeling along
with your thoughts, you will not always be successful in reaching
the right conclusion. Feeling is an expression of intuition,
the repository of all knowledge. Feeling and thought, or reason,
must be balanced; only then does the divine image of God within
you, the soul, manifest its full nature. Hence Yoga teaches
one how to balance his powers of reason and feeling. One who
does not have both equally is not a fully developed person.
God-Consciousness Everything Becomes Beautiful
my younger days I used to go sight-seeing, but my interest
was only in temples. As my consciousness changed with the
practice of meditation, I began to look at the world differently;
everything seemed transformed and interesting to me. Now I
see behind all creation the kingdom of my Father. It is enchanting
beyond any dreams of this world! And sometimes I see the beauties
of His kingdom showing through the gross physical creation.
you progress spiritually and draw closer to God, He reveals
to you more and more wonders of creation. Even in the dead
and ugly-looking stalks of a wheat field after the harvest
you will see life. It played its part there, and to the ordinary
eye it is gone; but with the divine eye (6) you will see,
even in the outer desolation, the beautiful colors of dancing
electrons and protons.
every material object is an astral blueprint of colored light.
In the astral world everything is motion, everything is living;
there is nothing called "dead." Even in the physical
world death is not cessation of life, only a change into a
different form. Life is still throbbing in the "lifeless"
object. In the bones of dead animals I have beheld rich colors
and vibrating light.
see only the gross material products coming from God's hidden
factory behind creation; but if you went into the factory
itself, you would behold in what marvelous manner everything
in this world has been brought into manifestation.
factory behind creation is beyond imagination; the whole universe
is a single thought in the mind of God! So simple, yet the
galaxies are guided by mathematics inconceivable by man. Everything
runs in perfect order. What tremendous intelligence is manifested
in creation! The Infinite is working in everything. All the
different eddies of motion called life are controlled by that
hundred years a billion and a half persons leave this earth,
and more than that many are born. What complexities of supply
and demand are created thereby! Even so, the Divine Intelligence
has given ample food to take care of human needs. Man alone
is responsible for lack and misery on earth. By this time
we could have had a millennium - everyone healthy and supplied
with all of life's necessities, living in a happy and peaceful
way in a wisely governed existence. But man's selfishness,
and power in the hands of the inept, destroy such a possibility.
Abraham Lincoln expressed the highest ideal of government
when he said it should be "of the people, by the people,
and for the people." He was a deeply spiritual man. Even
so, he had to suffer because of the ignorance of a few.
World Is a Temporal Place
is natural to wonder where exceptional men such as Lincoln,
and departed dear ones, once so tangible, have gone after
death. Such questions arise in the mind, not to discourage
you, but to awaken in you a realization of the temporal dream-nature
of life. The Bhagavad-Gita (7) tells us: "That
which is night (of slumber) to all creatures is (luminous)
wakefulness to the man of self-control. The seeming state
of wakefulness of the ordinary man is perceived by a sage
to be, in reality, a state of delusive sleep."
most people are sleeping soundly throughout this dream-life;
only the man of realization is awake. He is not interested
in the activities that engross the ordinary man who busies
himself seeking wealth and sense pleasures, and wasting time
in shallow social engagements. Man makes a nervous wreck of
himself pursuing the fleeting attractions of this world, whereas
the joy and wonder of God, which is beyond description, would
give him so much more: happiness and fulfillment unending!
a little while you live as an individualized image in God's
dream-world. You are dreaming your mortal existence; it is
part of God's cosmic dream. Every day you are living in this
dream of physical being. Every night, in deep sleep, it is
gone. And one day, when you awaken in God - who is your real
Self - the dream will be gone forever.
the Lord Who Is Hiding Behind Creation
your time rightly, to discover the factory of the Divine behind
this world. Once for an entire day I beheld in vision the
infinite wonders of creation, and I prayed:
Father, when I was blind I found not a door that led to Thee.
Thou hast healed my eyes; now I discover doors everywhere:
the hearts of flowers, the voices of friendship, memories
of lovely experiences. Each gust of my prayer opens a new
entrance to the vast temple of Thy presence." (8)
adamant, strong, and unflinching in your determination to
discover the One who is hiding behind this creation. Snatch
yourself away from the demands of the world, and do not go
to bed at night until you have consciously communed with God.
I seldom retire before four o'clock in the morning; only during
the night can I find freedom from my responsibilities and
be wholly with God.
ordinary man with his everyday responsibilities can be just
as busy as the president of the United States. Busy, busy,
busy! that is life's demand. You have to reserve time each
day to get away from the world and be with God. Control your
life, and set aside time to practice meditation for communion
with Him. Then everything in this world will be a wonder to
scientists made their discoveries by following certain disciplines
and physical laws, so will you find God without fail when
you scientifically follow spiritual laws. You are helping
yourself in the highest way when you study and apply these
laws as set forth in the Self-Realization [Yogoda] teachings.
not the things I have told you. "A word to the wise -
those who are spiritually awakened - is sufficient."
Yet Jesus said: "The harvest truly is plenteous, but
the laborers are few." (9) If you receive these teachings
and practice them, you will realize every truth I have told
you. It is not complicated; I have given only those spiritual
techniques that will enable you to perceive and commune with
God. No matter how unpleasant your circumstances in this world,
when you discover God you will see Him working through you
and manifesting in everything, and you will be filled with
His love and joy.
rishis remind us that health and prosperity, material
accomplishments and possessions, are not lasting. Why concentrate
only on goals that are perishable? What is lasting is the
ever-new joyous contact of God and the attainment of Self-realization
- finding out who you are, knowing that the image of God is
within you. When you have that realization, you will be a
satisfied person. The scriptures of India describe one who
attains this state as a siddha, "successful one."
When I was teaching congregations of hundreds and thousands
I was often called "successful." That did not impress
me. One may be recognized by the whole world and yet be unknown
to the only One whose attention matters; and he who attracts
the notice of God may be entirely unknown to the world. Which
would you prefer? I wanted only the recognition of my Father.
The acclaim of the world can be so intoxicating that man forgets
to cultivate the all-fulfilling approbation of the Lord.
is natural for man to yearn for the role of king on this earthly
stage, but if all were kings, there could be no play. Your
part is just as important as anyone else's. The point is that
you must play your role according to the Divine Director's
wish; when you live your part to please God, you will be successful.
This should be the constant prayer in every human heart:
Lord, work Thou through my hands; they were made to serve
Thee and to pick flowers for Thy temple. Mine eyes were made
to behold Thy presence in the flickering stars, in the eyes
of soulful devotees; my feet were made to take me to Thy temples
everywhere to sip the nectar of Thy sermons to seeking souls,
- my voice was made only to speak of Thee. I taste wholesome
food that I may be reminded of Thine all-nourishing goodness;
I inhale the perfume of flowers that I may breathe Thy fragrant
presence there. I dedicate my thoughts, feelings, and love
to Thee. All my senses are in harmony with Thy celestial orchestra
of fragrance, beauty, and joy playing their refrain in the
eternal symphony of the cosmos.
me from darkness to light. Lead me from hatred to love. Lead
me from limitations to Thine inexhaustible power, - lead me
from ignorance to wisdom. Lead me from suffering and death
to everlasting life and enjoyment in Thee. Above all, lead
me from the delusion of human attachment into realization
of Thy love eternal, which plays hide-and-seek with me in
all forms of human love.
Mother, Friend, Beloved God, reveal Thyself unto me! Leave
me in ignorance no longer. All delusion I cast from the sacred
shrine of my soul. Be Thou the only King sitting on the throne
of my ambitions, the only Queen in the castle of my love,
the only Deity in the temple of my soul. Keep me awake in
Thy consciousness, that I may pray and demand unceasingly
until Thou dost open all doors into Thy home of wisdom, and
there receive me, Thy prodigal child, and entertain me with
the fatted calf of immortality and eternal joy."
"The physical body, with roots of hair, cerebrospinal
trunk, nerve branches, and boughs of hands and feet, bears
a resemblance to an inverted tree... Some yogis do not cut
their hair but keep it long, to draw from the ether a greater
quantity of cosmic rays. The reason for Samson's having lost
his superhuman strength when his hair was shorn by Delilah
may well be that he had practiced certain yogic exercises
that transform one's hair into sensitive antennae to draw
cosmic energy from the ether." - Paramahansa Yogananda,
Self-Realization Magazine, May-June 1963.
An excess of carbon dioxide is poisonous to the body. However,
a small amount of carbon dioxide is retained in the blood,
and is vital to life as a regulator of the bodily chemistry.
"It is quite probable that our entire supply of free
oxygen, one-fifth of the atmosphere, has been furnished by
photosynthesis." - Encyclopaedia Britannica.
Within every physical being and object and vibration is its
finer astral counterpart, composed of luminous lifetronic
The gardens are now fixed "islands," the plant roots
having long since become anchored to the bottom of the lake,
which is extremely shallow.
The spiritual or third eye in man, - the eye of intuitive
"Doors Everywhere," in Whispers from Eternity.