Wisdom in the Olive!
Paramahansa Yogananda said;
“Once a man gave some olives to another who had never seen olives, and said,
“These have a lot of oil in them. “This person cut open the fruit but could see no oil .
Then his friend showed him how to squeeze the olives in order to extract the oil from the pulp.
So it is with God. Everything in the universe is saturated with His presence – the twinkling of the stars,
the rose, the song of the bird, our minds. His being[reality] permeates everything, everywhere.
But one has to metaphorically “squeeze” God out of His material concealment.”
by Paramahansa Yogananda, page 54, from “the Yoga of Jesus,” SRF Publishers, LA USA.
Comment by PYilsove;;;;;;
This is just how tricky the mind is to us. We naturally imagine that to see what is in something you can just open it up.
Yet with microscopic substances or invisible energies this does not work so easily. We must now use other approaches, tools, and techniques.
This is where the one sided intellectual and the one sided emotional persons often fail. Patience and persistence are also needed at times.
These alone are not only unbalanced in approaches but they lack the proper tools and/or methodology and skills and openness of mind to reach accurate conclusions. That is because the ego keeps repeating that we already know what we don’t know.
In this case one had to squeeze and compress instead of dissecting and opening up to reveal the contents.
Here’s where the science of Yoga Meditation comes in –
it perfects and intensifies our powers of concentration while steadying the mind
to see a clearer image of anything we wish to understand. It gives us a balalnced view of our subject.
It also removes all that trauma we call sin. It takes us on an inward journey to reality and away from
the dream world of material relativity. We become sane and whole, and one with Reality/God consciousness/
Otherwise houses just get built on sand – a foundation that will eventually crumble.
Oh! Everything looks great Now!
Just wait till you learn more, especially about yourself……