from Inside Out by Dadi Janki:
“Knowledge means light; ignorance means darkness. If I don’t have knowledge about something, I can’t act appropriately-I am in the dark. When the sun rises, the darkness is dispelled automatically…When there is ignorance it is as if I am blind, with an intellect like a stone. If you are blind, it is difficult to do anything, even if there is light all around.
Knowledge in the spiritual context means to know the truth about the soul…The knowledge that comes from deep inside, from God, teaches me that although I am in this body, and through the body I have a connection with other people and the physical world, I am separate from all of that. I am a being of conscious energy, distinct from matter. I must continue my connection with the material world, because that is how life expresses itself; but I’m not going to do things under the influence of all those outside factors any more. Because I am separate, I can choose. I can be the master. This is wisdom…
The knowledge of the soul shows me the wisdom of … the harm that I did to myself in allowing my consciousness to be trapped by the material world, and the joy and power that I receive when I learn to connect to God again.
The ways of thinking… and even the values that… I acquired from the world outside deceived me a lot. I was pushed this way and that, according to how the body wanted me to move, how others wanted me to move, and how the world… in general, expected me to move. The darkness of body consciousness used to cover the truth that I am a soul. This kept me ignorant about my self and others, who are also souls.
Ignorance not only blinds me, but may make me excessively forceful in my character, so that I try to influence and control others. I don’t realize that I am doing wrong, nor that I am making others around me do wrong as well.
For someone who is in the dark in this way, money and position are everything, whereas those who have light inside know that if they have God with them, they also have their self-respect, which means they have everything.
The essence of the knowledge of the soul that purifies and renews is:
Don’t look at the past
or at others,
Look at God,
the true Mother and Father,
and then at yourself.
With that true effort,
you’ll have God’s love
When the Knower of Knowledge is your Companion, at every step He/She ‘s telling you how things really are. This truth then makes you perform pure, clean, elevated, noble actions. Those actions give power, which allow you to show truth to the world. …
The world desperately needs God’s love, light, and peace- God’s truth.
God is waiting for us to become so pure
that we can be true instruments
in sharing these qualities
with all souls.
Imagine a personality like this. Sensible, wise, cheerful, never doing anything just to show off to others. And never looking at the mistakes of others, either…Such a one will feel what have I got this invaluable knowledge for, if not to stay free?
Purity enables the soul
to be detached,
and detachment enables one
When I remain in the awareness that I am a spirit, the light and beauty of that spirituality spreads far and wide. When I connect to God’s supreme power, it is as if a powerful current flows to where it is most needed.
So, ask yourself:
- Do I stay in my spirituality? I am the spirit within, detached from the body. When I maintain this spiritual awareness, the body in which I am sitting will not pull me into performing limited or wrong actions.
- Am I able to remain a detached observer, no matter what the atmosphere or situations outside are like? For as I remain a detached and loving observer, not passing judgement or taking sides, I can stay uninfluenced, in my original truth, and the power of that will help others.
- Am I able to stay detached from my actions,knowing that in reality it was not me that did anything, but that I was an instrument for what needed to happen. That way, I will also stay detached from my actions, so that they don’t take hold of me and drain me of energy.
- Am I able to focus upon the true source of energy and stay free to draw God’s love and wisdom inside me? For when I do this, others seeing the power I have gained, will feel inspired to create a similar life for themselves.