God-Realisation – Self-Realisation
What is Self-realization?
Self-realization means self-discovery in the highest
sense of the term. One realizes one's oneness with God
consciously. Now you have studied books and people have
also told you that God is in everybody. But you have
not realized God in your conscious life.
In order to realize what realization is, we first have
to love our inner Self. The second step is to love realization
itself. This is the love that awakens the soul. This
is the love that illumines our consciousness. Love and
you will be loved. Realize and you will be fulfilled.
Can we actually
feel our realization coming, or does it appear spontaneously
Real realization cannot dawn unexpectedly. Gradually,
gradually we come to the point where we realize God.
If one is on the verge of realization, he will know
that it is a matter of days or months or years. Realization
is complete conscious oneness with God. Now, if one
does not have a limited conscious oneness with God,
how can he attain an unlimited conscious oneness with
God all at once?
What is the difference between a mystical experience
God-realization is infinitely higher than a mystical experience. In a mystical experience, you feel God's Presence as something very sweet and delicate, but a mystical experience is not a permanent thing. As soon as you achieve a mystical experience, you can lose it. But God-realization you cannot lose; it is permanent. Once you realize God, you never lose what you have