One of the most famous mantras in the Vedas is the Gayatri Mantra, which says “O God, the all-permeating, the all-sustaining Energy, You are self-effulgent Light. I pray that You withdraw my mind from all directions and focus it on Your radiant Form”. Lord Krishna told his disciple Arjuna, “You cannot see My true form with these eyes. I will give you the Divine Eye of Knowledge.” Through the 'third eye', or 'eye of Knowledge' this Light can be seen. Jesus Christ said, “If your eye be single, your whole body shall be full of light.” To open the third eye, a living Master is essential.
Music is divine. God is the expression of the highest harmony and melody, which resonates in the form of music. This is self-generating 'unstruck' music, which resonates in man when consciousness reverts back to pure consciousness. St Kabir said, “The whole sky is filled with sound, and that music is played without fingers and without strings. The middle region of the sky, wherein the spirit dwells, is radiant with the music of Light.” St Augustine also said, “My soul listens to sound that never dies away.”
Divine Ambrosia, or 'living water', 'soma of the gods', the 'Nectar of Immortality' are some of the words used to denote the endless, ever-flowing 'divine wine' within us. No artificially-induced intoxication can possibly compare with the bliss and ecstasy which this inner Nectar gives. St Brahmanand called it the “mother of yogis..which takes a person across the ocean of mortality.” Jesus Christ told the Samaritan woman, “Whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into eternal life.” The priests today not seems to be aware of this well of living water, but the early Christian saints did. St Augustine said, “My soul...tastes food that is never consumed by the eating.”
So the all-embracing unity of Cosmic Consciousness expresses itself unceasingly within and without. Truth shines in all its splendour with its four facets, the aspects of spiritual insight. Knowledge is knowing, practising and experiencing this. Realisation is the flowering of consciousness. Love manifests these aspects of Divinity, and the more they are manifested, the more love surges in the human heart. In this process, perfect love manifests itself and God becomes the love, the light and the joy of the devotee.
A mystic saint of India, St Brahmanand, has beautifully described the four aspects of the spiritual experience in one of his hymns:
“O saints! I have seen a great miracle. I have seen a bell, a conch and a drum creating music without being played. A deaf man hears this sound and, in ecstasy, totally forgets himself.
'A blind man sees light where there is no sun and there is a palace, without foundations, shimmering with Light. The wonder is that a blind man relates everything in detail.
'There is a well of Nectar in the middle of the sky. A lame man climbs there without a ladder and drinks that ever-flowing Nectar to his heart's content.
'The miracle is that a man who is living in this world dies and becomes alive again with a great energy that has no external nourishment. Only a rare saint recognises my experience.”
The meditator who experiences this extreme state of awareness can exclaim, as did Lao Tzu, “Without going out of my house, I know the universe.”