Q: I wonder whether it is possible to lose one’s connection with the Divine through offences. Have you come across examples of this terrible subject?
It is impossible to lose your connection with the Divine because in your essential nature you are the Divine, although finite. Although you cannot say you are the Infinite, any more than a wave can claim to be the ocean, yet in a manner incomprehensible to the human intellect there is no difference between you and the Divine, though there is a distinction. This can be comprehended through meditation practice.
The root of the problem
The great problem is that when we identify with the relative aspect of ourselves which is changeable and even perishable, our consciousness becomes darkened and we lose our original mind–the consciousness of our true nature. As a consequence we experience isolation from the Divine, even alienation. We are like sleepwalkers dreaming we are someone or something other than we really are.
Such a state will be completely real to us and we will believe it absolutely. Because of ignorant religion we may come to believe that we are cut off from Divinity, lost and even damned. We can even believe that Divinity does not exist and in our weariness and pain wish that we ourselves did not exist. We can even think that Nirvana is Extinction.
No matter how philosophical and complex we can formulate our unbelief, it gives us no relief because we are denying our fundamental Self.
Awakening to the truth of our connection
So we come back to the fact that the opening and restoration of our consciousness is completely a matter of the interior awakening experienced through meditation. Unless you prefer another approach, I recommend the practice presented in my book Soham Yoga: the Yoga of the Self.
Having myself gone through the “dark night of the soul” I understand and sympathize with the state you describe. Fortunately it is a mirage arising from unawareness which is dispelled by true awareness.
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