Yearning for the Cosmos
Intense meditation experiences suggest that this might be true. I remember one noon meditation at a yoga retreat where I let go of all thought and entered into the expansion of the universe. My body felt like it had dissolved and I became one with the eternity of the universe. I could see stars and galaxies and feel the infinite expanse of black and indigo space dotted with light pinpricks of various shades of white, amber, red and blue. The infinite expanse felt blissful and possessed a stillness of profound peace and wisdom. Then the bell rang, indicating the end of meditation hour and almost startling me. Reality descended quickly, yet the hour I spent in meditation seemed to pass in seconds. Normally the mind fills with mundane anxiety about one’s issue du jour that makes meditation sometimes torturous.
Any claims regarding the spiritual nature of humanity and universe must be regarded with some skepticism. Articles like Mina Vintila’s, aim to soothe people’s existential anxieties over the meaning of their lives and the suffering they experience. By claiming the soul has “galactic wisdom” and “knowledge of the stars,” the author answers our deepest yearnings for meaning and transcendence using anecdotal experiences common to most practitioners of meditation and yoga. Yet what does Mina Vintila really know? She is a writer, activist and spiritual mentor who studies metaphysics, esoteric philosophy and publishes spiritual articles regularly. It is highly likely Mina has seen the same cosmos I have seen during meditation and perhaps even sees it on a regular basis when she meditates. Her articles suggest that she has discovered the deeper meaning of life and she wishes to share this meaning through her writing and studies. Her audience are fellow yoga and meditation practitioners and instructors who share experiences of melding into the cosmos and enjoying the bliss of an inarticulate understanding that All Is.
Mina seems passionate and sincere so I cannot fault her for writing the article. We all share a yearning for the cosmos and deep desire to discover life’s ultimate meaning and uncover the mystery of death. She cites other spiritual scholars in her article, such as William Meader who explains that there are three life threads, one of which is called “sutratma” that descends into the physical world and attracts substance at the time of birth. She also quotes Eckhart Tolle as stating that: “The opposite of death is birth, life is eternal.” She believes that helping people reconsider their notions of death and loss will reduce our existential angst over life’s meaning and our fundamental fear of dying. And she makes a decent case for death being a change or “a transition phase” as we work out our “future incarnations.” She invites us to work on the current issues we experience in our lifetime so that we ultimately discover “our dual nature, the lower personality and the Divine Self.”