Intuition is the Key to God-realization
7. Intuition is the Key to God-realization
The reason that God remains unknown to millions who worship Him in temples and churches, and in holy cities and places of pilgrimage, is that the physical instruments of knowledge can apprehend only the products of the Creator; Divinity Itself is perceived by the supramental faculty of intuition, the soul's God-given power of knowing truth. When mental restlessness is stilled and the consciousness is interiorized, in touch with the soul, the God-revealing intuitive faculty is awakened. (sc)
It is by intuition that God can be realized in all His aspects.
We have no sense that can reveal knowledge of Him. The senses give knowledge of only His manifestations. No thought or inference can enable us to know Him as He truly is. For intellect cannot go beyond the data of the senses. It can only arrange and interpret the impressions of the senses. Inasmuch as the senses are unable to bring us to God, thought, since it depends on perception, is also unable to bring us to Him. So it is to intuition that we shall have to turn for the knowledge of God in His blissful and other aspects. (os)
Intuition is like a light, a flame of knowledge, that comes from the soul. It possesses all-sided power to know all there is to be known. Everyman inherently possesses something of this power; but in most it is undeveloped. This undeveloped intuition is a crystal placed before the soul, producing a double image. The soul itself is the real image; the reflection is unreal—the ego or pseudosoul. The more undeveloped the intuition is, the more distorted the ego image will be. When human life is guided by this false identity, which is brought about by the presence of undeveloped intuition, it is subject to all the limitations and false notions of delusion. A chaotic existence of error and its consequences is therefore inevitable. (bg p.108)
Soul and Spirit and all inner truths can be apprehended only by developing the power of intuition by regular deep meditation.
Intelligence and sense perceptions can perceive only phenomena or qualities of the Eternal substance; intuition alone can perceive the essence of that Substance. Therefore, it is evident that the culture of intuition by meditation must precede true perception. (bg)
Thoughts and sensations are like searchlights: they throw their rays in front on material objects; they do not reveal the soul behind them. Intuition is like a spherical light, with rays on all sides, revealing the soul and also its outward projections of thoughts and sensations connected with the ego.
Intuition is the bridge between the soul and the ego's thoughts and sensations. If one can for a sufficient length of time remain unidentified with thoughts and sensations, and without being unconscious, he will know through the development of intuition the nature of the soul. (bg)
The Self-Realization Fellowship meditation technique
of Kriya Yoga bases itself on intuition.
The more earnest we are about it, the wider and surer will be our vision of Reality—God. It is through intuition that humanity reaches Divinity, that the sensuous is brought into connection with the super-sensuous, and that the super-sensuous is felt to express itself in and through the sensuous. In practice of Kriya Yoga the influence of the senses vanishes, intruding thoughts disappear,
Bliss-God is realized, the consciousness of "all in One and One in all" dawns upon us.
This intuition is what all great savants and prophets of the world possessed. (os)
The way to God is not through the intellect, but through intuition. Spirituality is measured by what you experience intuitively, from the communion of your soul with God. (jt)
No devotee should be satisfied until he has sufficiently developed his intuition—by impartial introspection and deep meditation, as in Kriya Yoga—to experience the communion of soul and Spirit.
If a devotee meditates intensely for at least short periods every day, and has longer periods of three or four hours of deep meditation once or twice a week, he will find his intuition becoming sufficiently superfine to realize unendingly the dialogue of blissful wisdom exchanged between the soul and God. He will know the interiorized state of communion in which his soul "talks" to God and receives His responses, not with the utterances of any human language, but through wordless intuitional exchanges. That student of the Gita will be divinely benefited who is not satisfied with theoretical study, but reenacts within his own being the soul-awakening experiences of Arjuna. (bg)
No devotee should be satisfied until he has sufficiently developed his intuition—by impartial introspection and deep meditation, as in Kriya Yoga—to experience the communion of soul and Spirit. If a devotee meditates intensely for at least short periods every day, and has longer periods of three or four hours of deep meditation once or twice a week, he will find his intuition becoming sufficiently superfine to realize unendingly the dialogue of blissful wisdom exchanged between the soul and God. (bg p.1099)
As you develop, intuition comes as a certain feeling or a still voice. Because ladies are more receptive to feeling than are men, they usually have more intuition—except when they be-come emotional. Men are generally ruled more by reason than by feeling; but if they have fine intelligence balanced with feeling, that leads to intuition. (jt)
(aoy) — Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
(bg) — God Talks with Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita by Paramahansa Yogananda
(dr) — The Divine Romance by Paramahansa Yogananda
(jt) — Journey to Self-Realization by Paramahansa Yogananda
(me) — Man's Eternal Quest by Paramahansa Yogananda
(os) — Other Sources... Talks, Booklets
(sc) — The Second Coming of Christ by Paramahansa Yogananda
(sm) — Self-Realization Magazines