Yoga is Divine Alchemy ... the Transmutation of the Naught into the Aught
Yoga is really the true science of alchemy .. the changing of the temporal and limited into the eternal and unlimited. Yoga is evolving in the western world. It is encompassing more and still more of the precepts to find truth. Truth is the only thing that doesn’t change. Truth is reliable and stable. It is sturdy and secure. It is dependable and worthy. Truth, which again, is the only thing that is not subject to change, is the pinnacle of all personal destinations. What and where is truth? And is there really an absolute truth and a definitive and objective approach or way to find truth within us?
Take a moment and contemplate in a bit of silence .. a silent time .. if you can find some time .. and think about this. Attempting to find happiness by depending upon things that change .. well .. eventually, those things that we might wish to depend upon that are changeable, will let us down. Truth is stable and it is unchanging, and there is a part of our nature that is this truth .. this essence residing beyond all the world of change. To build our life upon the unchanging and the absolute…the objective…does bring about a harmony and happiness that surpasses a life that is constructed from the world of change…the world of appearances which come and go, and by their very nature simply cannot be relied upon to give us security and stability, clarity and conviction. Only the unchanging principle can do this. And this principle or truth resides within everybody, and everything.
Truth is the only thing that changes not. In all the world there are two things; the one is truth .. unchanging and stable, secure and sincerely present with us all of the time; the other is falsehood; and truth is that which is, and falsehood that which seems to be. Contemplate this, if you will … falsehood only seems to be .. it appears to be real and stable and objective, yet in the midst of upheaval when you are searching for the immediacy of finding something to depend upon, falsehood and the appearances of the relative world, simply cannot measure up.
Now truth is what I would call the ‘aught’, and has no cause, and yet it is the cause of everything .. and it is everywhere simultaneously all at the same time. Falsehood is what I may call ‘naught’, and yet it is the manifest of aught. Falsehood, or the naught, is really only the temporary effect of the aught…of truth .. of the unchanging principle within each human soul. And it is ultimately our goal .. our destination .. to build our values and priorities in seeking and living in truth .. in the aught .. to live as cause rather than a mere effect subject to the ups and downs of the society.
In our time together during the satsanga gatherings being offered, a field of stability and truth is present. It becomes slightly more visible and available for the students to touch its hem, to taste its beauty, to cultivate a purpose to find this truth, and to learn to live life in it and from it, and even as It. Truth delivers satisfaction and even fulfillment when we bring the fullness of it into our human experience. It delivers confidence and faith and the hope of goodness does become more palatable to our inner senses, as we gather with a single pointed focus and intention to uncover truth, and to make the truth within you .. your essential nature .. more conscious and user-friendly.
Whatever has been made with a mind that is but finite and imperfect will be unmade; and that which begins must someday end. All things that can be experienced by the human senses are only the temporary .. the ephemeral effects. The senses can only reveal the manifests of aught, yet these are naught in that they are only an appearance and temporary, and so must pass away. We simply cannot build a life of happiness upon that which is intended to pass away. We must find the aught, and allow it to flourish in us.
The things we see with our human eyes are but reflexes just appearing, while the ethers vibrate so and so, and when conditions change they disappear. The Holy Breath which is also called the all-pervading One is truth; is that which was, and is, and evermore shall be; it cannot change nor pass away.
What is it to be human? A person is the truth and the falsehood strangely mixed together. Some days you wake up in the morning and you are feeling good, in touch, peaceful and tranquility is ever-present. These are the days when truth happens to make itself more available and known.
A human being is this living Holy Breath … this force of Life made flesh; so truth and falsehood are conjoined in him; and these two elements do strive and battle, and eventually naught goes down, is conquered by truth .. by the aught .. and truth abides. This is the inner yoga, the inner destination, above and beyond all worldly achievement and attainments. Yoga offers in so many virile and powerful ways, the opportunity to fulfill the alchemical laws of existence by changing falsehood into truth, and by allowing truth to take up residence in us more fruitfully in its expression.
Even the idea of power .. the very thing that so many human beings seek to possess in certain odd ways through the world .. power is a yet only a manifest of aught .. it is only temporary so it is as naught .. it is as not a thing to be building our life upon .. for power can be obtained and possessed, but only for so long until it is taken away by circumstances and changes in the environment; power is the result of force; it is but naught; it is illusion, nothing more. Force is truth, and it is an objective and stabilizing thing. Force and truth changes not, but power changes as the ethers change.
Force .. truth .. this is the will of God and is omnipotence itself, and worldly human position and power is that will in manifest .. made visible and manifest but only for a short time. These are things that have as their cause .. the spiritual force .. the Holy Breath … call it what ye may. It is the undeniably great integrator and unifier of all life. All is directed by this essence, of which a small part dwells within each human being, and must become unearthed to become available for greater constructive use.
There is power in the winds, a power in the waves, a power in the lightning's stroke, a power in the human arm, a power in the eye. The ethers which are as the omnipresent or all-pervading force and intelligence .. causes these outer temporal powers to be, and when we place the power of our creative impulse and free will decision through our thought into a direction that we desire to see manifest, then we are acting in creation, from that inner place of truth, of cause, and of force. Thought brings forth a blueprint and feeling ignites that blueprint with force in order to bring it into manifest view. Our thinking is a great power that holds the capacity to help us build our life upon truth, or to become a mere effectual and ineffective life which is erroneously built upon falsehood .. or the naught. Our daily Thought over time becomes our attitudes, and these do form our direction and destiny because thought and feeling directs the force.
In our Satsangas together, I offer students a fuller understanding of these divinely scientific laws of nature .. natural universal laws which operate in our lives every second of the day, and it is ‘up to us’ to determine how we shall make use of these laws for our betterment or not. To truly understand these things is to build our life upon the rock of knowledge. Yoga builds this knowledge in us one posture at a time whereupon our asana .. our position in life .. is determined by our attitudes of thought and feeling over long periods of gestation. Human beings can build for themselves the gnosis of the aught and of the naught, of falsehood and of truth. This is done through discrimination and discernment. It is the knowledge of the lower self; the sensing of the powers of man himself.
Even wisdom is brought forth through this yogic alchemical transmutation; by changing the lesser into the greater. Wisdom then, is the consciousness that man is aught; that God or the great universal light and man are one. That naught is naught; that power is but illusion; that heaven and earth and hell are not above, around, below, but in; which in the light of aught becomes the naught, and Spirit or light or God is all.
And through knowledge coupled with trust and true faith, we are brought to a surety; it is the surety and goodness of the omnipotence and omnipresence of the force of Life, in human beings and all around us. In this way, you can experience more of the beauty and truth and goodness that true certainty brings; and the inner faith that it is possible and even probable to reach the deific life in harmony and union with the particle of the Source within us.
True yoga becomes then, a ladder reaching from the heart of humanity to the very heart of the Source, Center, and Creative Fountainhead of all.
Yoga .. in our Satsangas .. offers a refinement of understanding which then lends itself to attainment and actualization. It brings forward the potential of human being .. its fruition. And in fruition faith is fulfilled by science and law; the yogic student is raised into a more deific life; when they are made to experience a life of cause, of truth, of love, and of union with their essential nature.
~ Michael of Nebadon