Practise Yoga and Manifest Goodwill
This teaching relates to internal work as well as external work relating to life. Yoga practice is the internal work. The internal work is to relate and thereby align with Buddhi and Atma through the means of Antahkarana Sarira. The practice is to withdraw the mind into its source, that is the higher mind or Buddhi and withdraw from Buddhi to experience the self called I Am. This has to be a regular practice. To recollect and to stand as I Am is a state of absorption. I Am also can get merged in That. That I Am is the state of Yoga which needs to be regularly practised. The bridge between That and I Am has to be consciously built. This is called the ‘higher bridge’. Before that a bridge has to be built between I Am and the personality. I am, the personality, expresses into the world with I Am as the basis. I Am as such is based in That. The alignment of the three needs to happen. For that the two bridges have to be built. Until the bridges are consolidated the student slips into personality and lives only as personality. The first bridge enables one to live as the soul. The second bridge, the ‘higher bridge’ enables one to function as a representative of the universal soul. When the three are in alignment the will of God manifests on earth. The other name for the will of God is God-will or goodwill.
Goodwill manifests in every way when Yoga practice is fulfilled. In the state of alignment whatever one does would contribute to the welfare of the society. Manifestation of goodwill happens when you teach and heal. It happens through every activity that one does. The nature of activity does not decide the realisation. But the realisation enables manifestation not only through teachers but also from cobblers, tailors, barbers, carpenters, workers, doctors, engineers and so on. It is a mistaken notion that one has that certain professions are divine and certain others are not divine. All activity in creation is divine when it manifests goodwill through yogic alignment. A yogi has not a professed job. He could be in any department of human activity and contribute to social good. His actions manifest harmony dissolving conflict.
This teaching makes clear that one doesn’t have to be choosy with regard to his profession. Whatever profession life offers, one can manifest goodwill, provided one is a yogi. A yogi need not necessarily be a teacher as it is generally supposed. Practice in Yoga daily enables alignment. When alignment is there, the divine energy flows to benefit the surroundings. For this reason the Lord says, “A disciple has only two things to do on a daily basis: practising to align and conducting life to manifest goodwill.” Jesus Christ did not cease to be a carpenter, even while he was teaching and healing. Only jealous followers who do not understand his activity of carpentry try to hide this dimension of Jesus the Christ. The skill of carpentry that was exhibited by him was unique and was remembered for long years. Being a son of carpenter he continued to work as carpenter. The father of Jesus who was as enlightened as Jesus himself was also a carpenter. Likewise many yogis continue to inspire through their field of activity. There are yogis who remained simple housewives. There are also yogis who function as butchers and cobblers. The state of a yogi is beyond personality glamour. He does not display at large. He touches those who come in touch with him. The knowers of truth came not for the worldly honour. They do not adapt to attires that bring them worldly recognition. They also do not choose professions by which they can be better known in the society as yogis. An alchemist from India says, “The true knowers do not put up any show to sell themselves.” The mediocres put up the show of miracles to become popular. The deceptive ones put on religious attire and live on others’ labour. Marketing is needed for artificial things, but not for inherently precious things. Therefore one need not worry if his profession is that of a banker or an engineer or an accountant etc. Stay as a yogi and manifest sheer goodwill into the surrounding society. Your work is rewarded more and more in the inner worlds, though not in the outer.
… to be continued