Tonight I'd like to talk to you just a little bit about purity and its importance in the inner life.
Purity is meditation. When you meditate, purity radiates through you. Purity is light. Not just an ordinary light that we see in the physical universe, but a transcendental light. Without purity it's impossible to realize God. To realize God means to see your own eternality in all things, in all places, at all times.
We have a lot of different ideas about what self-realization is, what God consciousness is, but in order to go beyond ideas to direct realization of that which is and will always be, it's essential to have a great deal of purity. The easiest place to see purity at work is in nature. When you go for a walk in the woods or out to the desert or by the ocean, when you look at flowers, it's very easy to get a sense of that which is pure.
Purity is something that comes from another world. It really doesn't exist, per se, in this physical world. It's a radiance or a light that stems from eternity and enters into the physical, into this world of transformation and change. It's very fragile when it takes physical manifestation. It's very, very strong in its original aspect.
Unless you have a great deal of purity, it's difficult, if not impossible, to retain higher spiritual energy. Or we might say, it's difficult, if not impossible, to stay in a higher consciousness. Beyond this world, beyond this earth, beyond this life, there's something that is immortal and perfect and shining. I call it eternity. You pick your own name. That existence has always been and will always be. Without any awareness of that existence, your life is extremely empty. The greater your awareness of that existence, the more complete your life is. Your life is incomplete without that awareness, no matter what you have or what you do, because it is your own body.
As you become more conscious of your body, which is eternity, a sense of ease, a fullness beyond description, occurs. In deep meditation we see nothing but purity. In deep meditation thought stops, action stops, time stops. The world stops, and we become consciously one with eternity. That is to say, anything that separates us from that still perfection, which is reality, which is what they call God and truth and nirvana, falls away. All obstructions fall away. At that point, one becomes immortal, in the sense that one sees that one has always been immortality itself.
You can no longer be on the wheel of death and rebirth because the wheel has dissolved. The wheel was but a manifestation of eternity. When the sun rises, the darkness vanishes. With absorption in eternity, all thoughts, actions and ideas, all consequences, all former births and future deaths, vanish. These are mere ideas in the eye of the beholder. Very few people, as you know, are conscious of the deeper strata of eternity. The primary reason is either because they lack purity or they lack motivation. It's essential to have both.