By Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj
Mysticism, rightly understood, is the most universal and fundamental approach to achieving an integrated and fulfilling life. In a world that has made such remarkable scientific and material progress, the challenge before us, individually and collectively, is to make similarly spectacular progress in the spiritual sphere.
Each of us is allotted a limited amount of time on earth. During this time we have a unique opportunity to investigate the purpose for which we were born and try to understand the meaning of life itself.
The desire to know and understand things seems to be innate in human beings. Scientists are engaged in this pursuit, but the tools they use are limited to those that are physical and intellectual. Over the years, saints and mystics have unraveled the mysteries of life and death and have discovered that complete understanding could only be gained at the spiritual level. Because the spiritual pursuit deals with realms of experience that ultimately transcend that which is physical and mental, it seems mysterious. That is why this approach came to be known as mysticism.
Mysticism, however, is a science that injects life with understanding, joy, peace, and love. It is a practical approach to living that enriches our inner life and enriches our relationships with others. The basic premise of mysticism is that each of us, in reality, is a soul inhabiting a physical body for a rather short period of time. It may be twenty, forty, sixty, eighty, or even a hundred years, but in the not too distant future, each of us will die and leave this world.
Where did our soul come from before we entered this world? Where will it go after we leave here? What is the purpose of this world, and of life itself? These questions are fundamental to understanding our human existence.
The mystics are those enlightened individuals who have searched and found the answers to these questions. They tell us that the purpose of our life is to reunite our soul with its Creator, and they offer to teach us a method by which we can do so. Throughout the ages many methods have been taught to achieve this union, but in our contemporary world, we need an approach that takes into account the realities of modern life. Such an approach to mysticism offers unlimited opportunities for improving our lives and improving the lives of people throughout the globe.
The beginning of our soul’s journey is the contact with the Light and Sound of God. The Light and Sound current flows out from God, but it also flows back to God. We can catch this current at the point of the third or single eye. That is the connecting point between our soul in the body and the Light and Sound current emanating from the Creator. If we can concentrate our attention at that point, we can soar on it back through the higher regions of existence. The current will ultimately lead us to our primary Source, back to the Lord.
The method is simple. As we gaze within, we transcend awareness of body-consciousness into realms of Light and Sound within. As we continue this process we will prove to ourselves that there is Light and Sound beyond, that we can exist separately from the physical body, and that there are higher realms of divine consciousness. The test is to prove it to ourselves. Those who spend time daily in this process have had success in proving the hypothesis that there is an existence beyond this world.
Through meditation on the inner Light and Sound we can achieve the peace, harmony, love, and bliss that we so desperately seek, and we can be a part of an ever-increasing group of people who are spreading peace and human unity throughout the world.