I am writing this from the Island of Kauai, the northernmost island of the Hawaiian chain. It’s certainly one of the most beautiful places on earth, set like a gemstone in an aqua sea. Its hills, valleys, swaying plants, and even its people have been shaped by centuries of rain, sun, and wind. It’s as if Divine Mother had said to Herself, “Here I will put on My loveliest attire. I will wear a hundred subtle shades of green, and My jewelry will be brilliant flowers and birds of every color. In the evenings, I will turn My clouds luminescent and color them orange, and red, and lavender. And I will surround Myself with crystalline blue waters, and even these I will fill with the most fantastic fish I can imagine.”
And yet, no matter how perfect the scenery seems, it is the least of Her wonders. We saw some remarkable photos taken by Craig P. Burrows using a process by which ultraviolet light causes a flower to fluoresce, or emit its own light. Beyond the visible spectrum, in a world revealed by infrared, ultraviolet, x-rays, and other means, is a world of amazing beauty that cannot be seen with our eyes.
People who have highly developed intuition can perceive the realms that lie beyond the senses. Paramhansa Yogananda once told a group of disciples, “You have no idea how beautiful you are. I see you all as beings of light.” His consciousness was altogether beyond the limitations of this physical dream world. He knew that the physical plane, no matter how lovely, was only the dimmest reflection of what awaits us.
Yogananda came into this world in order to show us how to overcome our limitations and experience the true beauty of our higher Self. The whole universe is really consciousness, not matter, and the spiritual practices he taught are meant to detach us from the ego’s delusion that this material plane is the ultimate reality. To find the beauty that lies both within and without, we must calm the mind, the emotions, and ultimately the breath.
Yogananda wrote, “Come out of your closed chamber of limitation. Breathe in the fresh air of vital thoughts. Exhale poisonous thoughts of discouragement, discontentment, or hopelessness. Never suggest to your mind human limitations of sickness, old age, or death, but constantly remind yourself, ‘I am the Infinite, which has become the body.’”
It is not that we should ignore the incredible loveliness of this world. After all, God made it for us to enjoy. But, in our enjoyment, we should try to see beneath the surface. When we allow Divine Mother to show us Her true self, everything becomes filled with light and beauty.
In the light,