” Sir, what passage in Autobiography of a Yogi do you consider the most inspiring for the average man?” a student asked.The Master reflected for a while, and said:
These words of my guru, Sri Yukteswar: Forget the past, Human conduct is ever unreliable until man is anchored in the divine. Everything in future will improve if you are making s spiritual effort now.”
How can a saint take on himself the bad karma of others?” a student asked.The Master replied:
“If you saw that a man was going to hit another, you could step in front of the intended victim and let the blow fall on you.That is what a great master does. He perceives, in the lives of his devotees, when unfavorable effects of their past bad karma are about to descend on them. If he thinks it wise, he employs a certain metaphysical method by which he transfers to himself the consequences of his disciples errors.The law of cause and effect operates mechanically or mathematically; yogis understand how to switch its currents.
“Because saints are conscious of God as eternal Being and inexhaustible Life Energy, they are able to survive blows that would kill an ordinary man.Their minds are unaffected by physical disease or worldly misfortunes.”
“Most men are interested in miracles and wish to see them. But my Master, Sri yukteswarji, who had control over all natural forces, held very stern views on the subject. Just before I left India to lecture in America, he said to me: ‘Arouse in men the love of God. Don’t draw them to you by displays of unusual powers.’
“If I walked on fire and water, and filled every auditorium in the land with curiosity-seekers, what good would come of it? See the stars, the clouds, and the ocean; see the mist on the grass. Can any miracle of man compare with these essentially inexplicable phenomena? Even so, few men are led through nature to love God– the Miracles of Miracles.”
“Master, I am conscious only of the present life.Why have I no recollection of previous incarnations and no foreknowledge of a future existence?” a disciple inquired. Paramahansaji replied: ”Life is like a great chain in the ocean of God. When a portion of the chain is pulled out of the waters you see only that small part. The beginning and the end are hidden. In this incarnation you are viewing only one link in the chain of life.The past and the future, though invisible, remain in the deeps of God. He reveals their secrets to devotees who are in tune with Him.”
“I understand you have two kinds of members——those who live in the world, and renunciants who live in the hermitage,” said a visitor.”Which kind is following the better way?”
“Some persons love God so deeply that nothing else matters. They become renunciants and work here for the Lord only.” the Master replied.”Those who must work in the world to support themselves and their families are not debarred from divine communion. Ordinarily it will take them longer to find God, that’s all.”
“Master, tell me the prayer I should use to draw to me most quickly the Divine Beloved,” a Hindu devotee said. Paramahansaji replied: “Give God the gems of prayer lying deep in the mine of your heart.”
“Most persons are engrossed in material things,”the Master said. ” If they think of God at all, it is only to ask Him for money or health They seldom pray for the supreme gift: the sight of His face, the transforming touch of His hand.
“The Lord knows the course of our thoughts. He does not reveal Himself to us until we have surrendered to Him our last worldly desire; until each of us says: ‘Father, guide and posses me.”