We are privileged to have the words of great souls who have risen to the ultimate spiritual heights to become one with the Divine, and who have been willing to share something of their experience with us.
The seventeenth-century saint Tukaram spoke openly of his enlightenment. In the book Tukaram, Saint of Maharashtra, we read his ecstatic proclamation of his uniting with the Supreme: “I have merged in Him!” He further declared:
Divine joy is seething through my entire being
And all my emotions are unified in the Lord
As the rivers meet in the ocean.
During a question and answer session with his disciples, an Indian spiritual teacher and philosopher Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj Ji revealed that he himself had become one with the infinite ocean of consciousness, beyond existence, space and time. A questioner asked how he’d achieved this:
The Master replied:
I did my best to follow my teacher’s advice and in a comparatively short time I realized within myself the truth of his teaching. All I did was to remember his teaching, his face, his words, constantly.
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, I am That, Part 1