Welcome to round 2!
For those readers who are new to this, there are 10 Guiding Thoughts which we repeat, in four rounds, for a total of 40 days. With this round, instead of reading the Guiding Thoughts in the first person, the subject of the Guiding Thought will be “you”. For example, instead of saying, “This Source is always seeking expression through me.”, we will be saying, “This Source is always seeking expression through you.”
There are basically two different ways to utilize the Guiding Thought this round. You may think about someone saying the guiding thought to you, or you may think about you saying the guiding thought to someone else. And you can vary this. Go back and forth, see how you feel with each one; see where the Guiding Thought takes you.
Divine Love-Light is the Source of All. It is all good, all God. This Source is always seeking expression through you. Your awareness of your personal identity as this Source provides you with infinite fulfillment and prosperity.
Today, for some reason, I am musing over Paramahansa Yogananda’s autobiography. These thoughts also include his teacher, Sri Yukteswar, and his teacher, Lahiri Mahasaya, an entire lineage of spiritual teachers. I am thinking about how they lived. Lahiri Mahasaya was a great spiritual teacher, but also was married, had a family, and worked in the public sphere all his life. Sri Yukteswar lived privately in his traditional family home; he never charged for his spiritual services. Yogananda started schools, came to the United States, and lived as an emissary to the West of India’s ancient knowledge.
None of what I am thinking seems to have anything to do with the Guiding Thought…so why am I thinking about these three spiritual teachers?
I think I am trying to figure something out, but I am not exactly sure what it is. I feel full of questions, full of wonder. It’s not doubt or uncertainty, more like curiosity. How did they do it? How did they become great spiritual teachers and walk through material life with ease (at least that’s how it seems), starting schools and foundations for teaching? Are spiritual masters made or born (nature vs. nurture)? Jesus was born into it; Buddha was not. Can we, ordinary people, choose? What does it take to choose? So many teachings are about renunciation, but Lahiri Mahasaya was a husband, a father, and an employee his entire life—no renunciation there!
And I think I just understood how this all fits in with the Guiding Thought. Fulfillment and prosperity are different for every person. Everyone has their own path—sometimes that path is as a teacher, or as a student, a renunciate, or as an emissary, husband, father, employee. The point with all the people I mention above is that they lived their own expression of God; their personal identity and their Divine Identity were congruous, united, expressing in unison, however uniquely it came out. And that’s why/how they were spiritual masters, they lived wholly in their Divine fulfillment.