Awakening of the atman

Awakening of the atman

Blessed, indeed, is the hour when the atman awakes and is seen unveiled. In this hour is the “wonder” of the atman revealed in its richness and beauty undimmed.
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Who may unveil the mystery of the atman?

He hath descended on you from a realm ineffable, but in the case of many, indeed, the atman lies hidden for a long time For they are dominated by the “desire, self,” by appetites and allurements of the flesh and the atman is held within the strong cage of the “ego”, “I”, until the hour of die atman’s ascent to his home draws nigh—the hour of the atman‘s release when aware once more of the hidden things, he may resing the song of giving thanks and joy, the song of communion with the one, the pure, the single truth, the spirit divine.

Who may unveil the mystery of the sudden awakening of the atman? Think of Francis. For years he lives in forgetfulness. He returns from the war a changed man. No longer does he move among his former comrades. A rich merchant’s son, he suddenly embraces a life of poverty and tapasya. Wonderful are the ways of the atman‘s return to his home of truth and love.

Think of the Eastern saint, Chaitanya. He goes to Gaya. He has won in his intellectual disputations with a famous pandit (theological scholar). Suddenly, the soul, the atman, in Chaitanya awakes. Suddenly, he hears Krishna’s call. Suddenly Chaitanya’s heart is flooded with interior illumination. He returns to Navadwipa a changed man. The scholar becomes a saint. The professor of logic becomes a Krishnaintoxicated prophet of love.

Blessed, indeed, is the hour when the atman awakes and is seen unveiled. In this hour is the “wonder” of the atman revealed in its richness and beauty undimmed.

And when the atman awakes, this truth is realised that the Atman is truly free when, disengaged from earthly trammels, he moves on to meet his long lost beloved. As the reed, torn from the brook, cries in separation, so the soul cries longing for the lord and is not happy until he returns to the Light Divine. Through stages doth the soul pass until he reaches the final stage of unity—the stage of divine beatitude.

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