At age 34 these words touched me and wafted over my head. I certainly didn’t know anyone who used the phrase “Cosmic Mind”. However, I could relate to the idea of meditating whenever I saw an expanse of water. The busy New York Harbor relaxed me and quieted my mind. The Verrazano Narrows under that famous bridge between Brooklyn and Staten Island had often mesmerized me as I drove home from my position as a group and family therapist. The “narrows” is at the meeting/blending of the New York Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. I would often stop on a short driveway in from the street to quietly stare at the water, which I later learned was “skrying”—meditating while looking intently. Here is a more of that quotation:
“My Master always asked me to meditate whenever I saw an expanse of water. Here its placidity reminds us of the vast calmness of God. As all things can be reflected in water, so the whole universe is mirrored in the lake of the Cosmic Mind.” From AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOGI by Paramahansa Yogananda
I believe there is much to contemplate with these words. Two decades ago I worked with someone who spent a hours in meditation. The atmosphere around him was so still it felt as if you could place your hand against it, like a mime touching an invisible wall. When this friend could speak he would say: “I’m in the Cosmic Ocean.” He was altered by the meditation and I was changed by being allowed to meditate with him.
Hopefully we each can follow the advice of Yogananda’s master teacher to meditate when we see expanses of water.
(I am now sharing spiritual material that inspired me to long for and to create Super-Aging.)