O Spirit, reveal Thyself as Thou art

by Paramahansa Yogananda


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O Spirit, Thou art just behind my vision, with which I see Thine outward beauty. Thou art just behind my hearing with which I listen to the medley of earth sounds. Thou art just behind my touch, with which I feel the objects of Thy world.

Thou art just behind the veil of Nature's splendors. In the sympathetic glances of flowers, in the zest of sustaining food, and in all Thine other bounties lies hidden the essence of Thy Being, Thine eternal sweetness.

As I invoke Thee, Lord, Thou art just behind my awe-trembling voice. Thou art just behind the mind with which I pray. Thou art just behind my deepest feelings. Thou art just behind my sacred thoughts. Thou art just behind my cravings for Thee. Thou art just behind my meditations. Thou art just behind my tender love.

Wilt Thou not come out from behind the screens of human feelings and creation's elaborate displays? O Inscrutable by Mortals! open my divine eye that sees Thee as Thou art.

-- from Whispers from Eternity, by Paramahansa Yogananda

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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger

A prayer-poem for us today from one of the great spiritual ambassadors of the 20th century, Paramahansa Yogananda.

O Spirit, Thou art just behind my vision, with which I see Thine outward beauty...

Yogananda seems to be describing a divine game of hide-and-seek. The Eternal Spirit is there, everywhere right there, just barely hidden behind "the screens of human feelings and creations elaborate displays."

It's not that we have to find the right place to look. It's that we have to find the right way to look.

O Inscrutable by Mortals! open my divine eye that sees Thee as Thou art.



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