Coming to Terms with Infinite Joy
Infinity is a difficult concept
But the Yoga sages of the past
Weren’t just messing around
When they talked about Yoga
Leading to “infinite joy”.
Have you ever been to Niagara Falls?
They have tunnels there
Where you can walk down behind the Falls
So close you can actually reach out
And touch the torrent.
Imagine your ordinary awareness
As a cup you are holding in your hand.
Now imagine the Falls
As the infinite joy of cosmic consciousness
And the practice of Yoga
Like holding the cup out
Under the rushing torrent.
Or imagine your ordinary awareness
As being like the air
Trapped underneath an inverted cup
At the bottom of the ocean.
Now imagine turning the cup right-side-up
So that your ordinary awareness
Merges with the universal consciousness
Of the entire ocean —
The infinite joy of pure awareness.
If you were a wave in the ocean
And someone asked you what you are
Would you answer
“I am a wave”
or would you answer
“I am the ocean”?