What was it about the presence of the teacher or studying or spiritual experiences that made a difference in my life? If we examine it, we will discover that we seemed to be lifted away from the fears and desires of our individual self. We felt something grander, a new dimension entering into our being.
our spiritual progress ultimately will not depend so much on repeating what originally attracted us to the spiritual life or even our spiritual practices as in taking refuge in the Lord. Taking refuge in the Lord means that we depend upon the Lord. It means that we trust the Lord. It means that we cast all our burdens upon the Lord.
The Lord is our goal. He is also the way. We can call it surrender and trust, we can call it taking refuge, we can call it let go and let God. Whatever we call it, it has to be real. We can be in the presence of a teacher, we can study and learn a lot about the spiritual life, we can have many spiritual experiences, but still not be real. Being real is when, from the bottom of our hearts, we depend upon God instead of ourselves or anything or anyone else.
Early Morning Meditation Talk given in the Sacred Samadhi Hall of Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh