“As for me, in my justice I shall see your face
and be filled, when I awake,
with the sight of your glory.”
From a yogic perspective, “in my justice” means: “when I have been established in the yamas (restraints) and the niyamas (observances) as well as all the other practices of the spiritual journey.” It’s easy to forget about the restraints and the observances. It’s easy to fool ourselves, to tell ourselves, “Oh yeah, yeah, I know all about that.” We know, perhaps, but do we really care, do we really make a sincere effort to practice?:
— moderation in all things, especially sexuality
— physical discipline
— surrender to God
These are prerequisites to awakening from the dream we normally see as our daily reality. Of course, we will never be perfect in these restraints and observances, but they are nevertheless part of our practice, part of our journey.
When we practice sincerely, we create a foundation for “awakening” to occur. When we awaken, we enter the kingdom of heaven in this very moment, we see the glory of God in each moment.
Psalm 17:15 gives us hope that we can indeed awaken.