Sunday, April 15, 2012

'My Whole Being Is An Eye'

Swami Hari Om explains to Swami Rama:

"The finest hours are the hours of night, but very few know how to utilize their worth and silence. Three categories of people remain awake at night: the yogi, the bhogi [sensualist], and the rogi [sick person]. The yogi enjoys bliss in meditation, the bhogi enjoys sensual pleasures, and the rogi keeps awake because of his pain and misery. All three remain awake, but benefitted is he who is in meditation. The bhogi experiences momentary joy – and with a desire to expand that moment, repeats the same experience. Alas, it can never be expanded this way. In meditation real joy expands into ever-lasting peace.

"Closing the eyes unconsciously, without having any content in the mind, is sleep. Closing the eyes consciously is a part of meditation. A yogi closes his eyes and withdraws his senses from the sense perceptions. He remains free from the pair of opposites of pain and pleasure. Closing the eyes is for him the opening of the inner eye. Ordinary people see the objects of the world with the help of two small eyes – but do you know that my whole being has become an eye?"

- from Swami Rama's Living With The Himalayan Masters

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