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CHAPTER I 18


He sings:



"Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth For his love is better than wine."


Again he cries:


"Behold thou art fair my love, behold thou art fair, thou _hast dove's eyes_."



The realization of mukti, i.e., the power of the atman to transcend the physical, is thus expressed by Solomon, 
clearly indicating that he had found liberation:



"My beloved spoke and said unto me, 'Rise up my love my fair one, and come away. For lo, the winter is 
passed, the rain is over and gone.



"'The flowers appear upon the earth; the time of singing of birds has come, and the voice of the turtle dove is 
heard in our land.



"'The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vine with the tender grapes gives a goodly smell. Arise my 
love, my fair one, and come away.'"



It is assumed that these lines do not refer to a personal hegira, but rather to the act of withdrawing the Self 
from the things of the outer life, and fixing it in contemplation upon the larger life, the supra-conscious life, 

but there is no reason to doubt that they may refer to a longing to commune with the beautiful and tender 

things of nature.


Another point to be noted is that in the spring and early summer it is with difficulty that the mind can be made 

to remain fixed upon the petty details of everyday business life. The awakening of the earth from the long cold 
sleep of winter is typical of the awakening of the mind from its hypnotisms of external consciousness.



Instinctively, there arises a realization of the divinity of creative activity, and the mind soars up to the higher 
vibrations and awakes to the real purpose of life, more or less fully, according to individual development.



This has given rise to the assumption, predicated by some writers on cosmic consciousness, that this state of 
consciousness is attained in the early summer months, and the instances cited would seem to corroborate this 

assumption.


But, as a poet has sung, "it is always summer in the soul," so there is no specific time, nor age, in which 

individual cosmic consciousness may be attained.


A point which we suggest, and which is verified by the apparent connection between the spring months, and 

the full realization of cosmic consciousness, is the point that this phenomenon comes through contemplation 

and desire for love. Whether this love be expressed as the awakening of creative life, as in nature's springtime, 
or whether it be expressed as love of the lover for his bride; the dove for his mate; the mother for her child, or 

as the religious devotee for the Lord, the key that unlocks the door to illumination of body, soul and spirit, is 

Love, "the maker, the monarch and savior of all," but whether this love in its fullness of perfection may be 
found in that perfect spiritual mating, which we see exemplified in the tender, but ardent mating of the dove 

(the symbol of Purity and Peace), or whether it means spiritual union with the Absolute is not conclusive.


The mystery of Seraphita, Balzac's wonderful creation, is an evidence that Balzac had glimpses of that perfect 

union, which gives rise to the experience called cosmic consciousness.


It is well to remember that in every instance of cosmic consciousness, the person experiencing this state, finds






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