To find your own way is to follow your bliss. This involves analysis, watching yourself and seeing where real deep bliss is — not the quick little excitement , but the real deep, life-filling bliss…
— Joseph Campbell
The gift offered to us by the beautiful youngest daughter of the Titans, Aglaia, is the call that rouses our deep soul fire. There is no doubt that, despite its perils along the way, this awakening is the road to bliss.
Despite twelve years of “the agonies of the mentally afflicted,” kundalini teacher Gopi Krishna reported that eventually, his body and mind became accustomed to its profound transformation of his identity and perceptions. He wrote that for the rest of his life, “Everything in my vision was bathed in a silvery light.” He forever afterwards heard an inner cadence, which is known as the “unstruck melody” in kundalini literature. Eventually, he could experience bliss just by turning his attention inward. He became, as he said, “a pool of consciousness always aglow with light.” His creativity soared, and he became a prolific author of poetry and nonfiction.
Perhaps theosophical writer and kundalini researcher Geoffrey Hodson has described it best: “There is nothing to fear in all this. The mind must be kept quiet, all meditative exercises suspended and the new experience observed with detachment until the hyperactivity of the mechanism of consciousness subsides and the first flow of the energy dies down.
“It is of the utmost importance,” he continues, “that no student of the inner life should ever concentrate upon kundalini, upon the various centers or specific parts of the body or brain; for in this practice great danger lies.
“The purpose of spiritual endeavor is not the development of psychic gifts or magical powers. The goal is union with the Supreme and the power to perceive the one Life amid all the great diversity of forms. Here the Bhagavad-Gita proves to be an unfailing source of guidance and inspiration. The true goal of seership is indicated in the following immortal slokas:
* “The Yogi who thus, ever harmonizing the self hath put away sin, he easily enjoyeth the infinite bliss of contact with the Eternal.
* “The self, harmonized by yoga, seeth the Self abiding in all beings, all beings in the Self, everywhere he seeth the same.
* “He who seeth Me everywhere, and seeth everything in Me, of him will I never lose hold, and he shall never lose hold of Me.
* “He who, established in unity, worship Me, abiding in all beings, that Yogi liveth in Me, whatever his mode of living.
* “He who, through the likeness of the Self, O Arjuna, seeth equality in everything, whether pleasant or painful, he is considered a perfect Yogi.
(Discourse 6, Slokas 28 and 32 inclusive, and Sloka 47.) [Trans. by A. Besant. ]
“For this illumination, this fulfillment, the soul of the awakened neophyte is ever athirst. When once that thirst is experienced it gives him no rest. Life after life, a resistless interior impelling power drives him on. A vision of immortal beauty and perfection attracts and calls him; whilst throughout his great quest, the ‘light that never was on land or sea’ shines about him and illumines his pathway to that eternal bliss and peace which he knows awaits him at the end.”
The “union with the Supreme” is nothing to be feared, of course, but it is an endeavor that must be made with our fullest care and consciousness. The call of the Grace Aglaia to awaken and seek this union is one of Her greatest gifts. May we all be blessed by Aglaia as we journey in the days ahead.