1. Spirit: The Inside Track
It’s possible to tap into an inexhaustible source of vital energy, a veritable fount of life. The power that flows from this source is not only invigorating to body and soul, but is a strangely magnetized attractor of good fortune and unexpected blessings. People who find a way to connect permanently to this source invariably have their lives transformed and are able to fulfill their deepest longings.
The nature of this source is divine, but it’s not supernatural at all. The reason it can act as a fountainhead is that it’s the power that created the universe itself. You can accurately visualize it as the Big Bang pouring forth all the matter and energy of the cosmos, firing up the stars, and radiating its life-giving energy upon us from the Sun. However, people who can only conceive of this physical layer of creation can’t access the power of the source in any other way. To do this you have to grasp that the source and its omnipresent radiance is conscious, and that it’s possible to forge a personal connection with it. People who do understand this often refer to the source as Spirit. This Spirit does not exist outside of nature, but is the ground of being of nature itself. Our own consciousness is a product of Spirit, so the task is actually to connect with the source of our own being.
The word “spirit” has many usages, so to define exactly what we mean by it, we designate it as Supernal Spirit, and describe its nature at that link. Then The Spirit in Our Midst shows the divergence between people connected with it and those totally bereft of it: “some seem to dwell beatifically in a lifelong Heaven on Earth, while their neighbors… go daily through the torments of Hell.” The next chapter apprises us of the great difficulties faced by the individual in the quest for Supernal Spirit. But we learn The Secret of the Gita, which is that there is a collective way to connect with the Source: a Supernal Sodality. This is a well-bonded group of people tapped into the Spirit by means of a powerful intermediary, like the Avatar of a high religion. Thus the individuals in the group have an inside track ~ no matter how advanced or rudimentary their own state of development may be, they can enter into the group’s connection with Spirit by the simple but effective practice of spiritual surrender, which is also called bhakti: devotion. Thus they have a marvelous shortcut to the Source, a path followed by millions of devout souls in countless sodalities throughout history.