We're Using It For Everything

I want to share this excerpt from Swami Sarvapriyananda with you because of his wonderful take on the "diamond in your hand" idea — not just that we already have a diamond in our hand, but that we are using it for things that are far beneath its glory and value. This that we are using for mundane things is that very same priceless diamond.

“If you say it’s right here, then why am I so miserable? …

“The glory is in accessing it. The glory is in recognizing it. Then you realize, oh my God, what have I been missing all this time? Anybody who has ever realized God has realized it where? Here. Right here. In this life. Within oneself. In everything that they experience. What we experience as the world, what we experience as me the person, the enlightened person experiences as God.

“So the glory lies in recognizing it. I gave the example of the washer man and the stone which finally turned out to be a diamond. He thought it was a stone, and he used it to scrub clothes. ….He took it to a diamond merchant who said, I’ll give you ten million rupees for it.

“You always had that diamond. You never knew its glory. You always have it. We have it right now! So where? We have it and we are using it to scrub clothes. How? We’re using it! I’m using it to look at people, and to desire certain things, to hate other things, and to say that I’m miserable, I want to be happy, and life is so awful – I’m using the same consciousness, which is Brahman. I use it for my prejudice, for my hatred, for my littleness, for my fears, for my anxiety – prejudice, fear, hatred, anxiety – all of that is an awareness in the same consciousness, which is Brahman. We don’t recognize it.”

This is a transcription from Swami Sarvapriyananda, Aparokshanubhuti lesson #22, available on YouTube here.