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We had a similar experience once with Swami Kriyananda when we went to see the film Chariots of Fire, a movie based on the lives of British athletes competing in the 1924 Olympics.
The dramatic climax of the film comes when one of the men is running in his last race of the games. He’d been training hard for several years, and had already lost two of the races in which he was competing. Now had come his last chance to win the gold medal.
As the race begins, the film goes into slow motion; every expression of the runner’s face is accentuated; the music reaches a crescendo; and then . . . Swamiji tapped us on the shoulder and cheerfully said, “It’s hard to be detached at a moment like this.”
We were startled as if out of a dream, realizing how totally absorbed we’d been in the drama. Spiritual teachers and guides keep reminding us to see beyond the experiences of our life to perceive the one reality of God behind it all.
In Autobiography of a Yogi, Yoganandaji tells of an unusual experience he had in which he realized this truth.
During World War I, the Master had gone to a see a newsreel of the European battlefields. As he left the movie house, his heart was troubled, and he prayed, “Lord, why dost Thou permit such suffering?”
Yoganandaji goes on to write: “One’s values are profoundly changed when he is finally convinced that creation is only a vast motion picture, and that not in it, but beyond it, lies his own reality.”
Remember that in the midst of life’s tragedies and comedies, we can always lift our eyes to the one beam of divine light from which all of our dramas are unsubstantial projections.
May we all awaken in the One Light of God. Nayaswami Devi.