God in the Here and Now

My soul mate, Surendranath and I.

My soul mate, Surendranath and I.

Today is a very special day in my life—my Wedding Anniversary. I have such fond memories of that day. It was a fairy-tale wedding and I’m blessed to have a wonderful husband who is truly my soul mate. So today I’d like to share something especially meaningful with you.

Almost a year ago on my trip to India I met a self-realized master who gave me an important message. I had asked this Master, “Who is my Guru?” I also told him I have met, by Divine Grace, a couple of self-realized masters. He closed his eyes and went into meditation. After a few moments he looked at me and said, “The Universe is your Teacher. All you need is an open, curious mind that is alert and willing to receive! Look at the Sun, the Stars and all of Nature, they are serving silently, unconditionally with no expectations. That form of service is Love! That is the highest spiritual teaching! God is everywhere and in every thing.”

Recently I have been blessed to read the late Dr. Paul Hourihan’s writings and essays. God works in mysterious ways! Anna Hourihan is the editor of my book 8,596 Miles and it is she who introduced her late husband’s deeply profound writings to me. On this auspicious day I want to share the following essay he wrote:

God in the Here and Now

“Men esteem truth remote .… But … God himself culminates in the present moment, and will never be more divine in the lapse of all the ages.”
                              - Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Why should God be found anywhere else but here? Why should the center of the universe be anywhere but in yourself? Why shouldn’t it be where you are? This would also be the center of the godhead, since the godhead is not an anthropomorphic deity located in one place in time; it is pure spirit, pure being. Why would the center of that be any one place in particular? God, says Christ, is a spirit to be worshiped in truth and in spirit. The center of that spirit could be with you as much as anywhere, and it is mysticism that discovers this.

Mysticism unveils this grandest of truths, which we’re hearing more and more about in the present day. The center of things is not to be found outside of us, but within. We cannot hear this too often. We hear it, read it, meditate on it, and then go on and act as if we haven’t heard it at all. We have to continually reinforce this idea by meditation and reading over and over again until it becomes part of our very being. Hearing about it once will not do. We have to hear about it for years.

  (This is an excerpt from Mysticism in American Literature: Thoreau's Quest and Whitman's Self by Paul Hourihan.)