The idea that realization of God can be experienced in the mundane act of drinking water is profound to say the least, but certainly believable once we accept the all-pervasive nature of the Supreme. After all, water is just one of the numerous energies that make up this mortal world. Logically, we must conclude: where there is Energy there must be an “Energetic” – a source from which that energy flows. That energetic Source, according to the Vedas is Para-Brahman.
The Bhagavata Purana contains a rich description of how we can perceive the presence of God’s all-pervading energy or universal form in nature:
“O King, the rivers are the veins of the gigantic body, the trees are the hairs of His body, and the omnipotent air is His breath. The passing ages are His movements… (SB 2.1.33) …the clouds, which carry water, are the hairs on His head, the terminations of days or nights are His dress, and the supreme cause of material creation is His intelligence. His mind is the moon, the reservoir of all changes.” (SB 2.1.34)
Even without these scriptural references, it is easy to perceive the presence of a divine force in our lives, if we only take the time to contemplate. We may argue on specifics of the Divine, but we can all agree on one thing: God in some form or another exists.
The late Mother Teresa encouraged the practice of contemplation as a means to God realization by making it a central component of her mission.
“Our life of contemplation shall…gather the whole universe at the very center of our hearts where the Lord of the universe abides, and allow the pure water of divine grace to flow plentifully and unceasingly from the source itself, on the whole of his creation.”
In her teachings she urged people to become more thoughtful by taking the time to silence our rushed lives.
“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, and grass grow in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence … We need silence to be able to touch souls.”
Sometimes, we need to slow down and quiet our mind to be able to appreciate the full value of our current situation. Silence is golden. Author of The Ragged Edge of Silence: Finding Peace in a Noisy World, John Francis Ph.D. certainly believes so.
After an oil spill near the Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco in January of 1971, Francis took a vow of silence, and avoided riding in motorized vehicles for the next 22 years. A strong-willed and opinionated man, Francis decided to see what he could learn from listening and walking wherever he went. In sharing his experience, Francis learned that contemplation is an effective means to enhance our spiritual awareness because it helps us to discover who we really are – and ultimately – to find peace.
“Lacking a natural quiet of a previous age, we can accept the benefits of meditation and silence as a way to counteract the anxiety and depression often generated through our association with a noise-polluted world.”
Of all the material elements, water is the one that speaks to our body, mind and soul. In its purest form it energizes our body through the process of hydrolysis; as calming tea it can still our mind; as a transporter of higher vibrations it can inspire our soul; and its feminine qualities can embrace and nurture our entire being.
Take the time to fully appreciate this wonderful element and reap the benefits of holistic well-being.
Leave a Reply
You must be logged in to post a comment.