Dear blog viewers,
My today’s blog post is dedicated to my beloved Guruji Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda who attained Mahasamadhi on March 7th 1952.
My body shall pass but my work shall go on. And my spirit shall live on. Even when I am taken away I shall work with you all for the deliverance of the world with the message of God. Prepare yourselves for tthe glory of God. Charge yourselves with the flame of Spirit——–
Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda, “The Divine Romance”
Where do you stand in life?Where are you now, in terms of achieving the purpose and goal of life? only God and Guru know exactly where each of us is in our progress back to God. However, each time we start a new incarnation, we bring with us from previous lifetimes certain Karmic tendencies—old desires and habits; these determine to a great extent the opportunities we will have and the lessons we need to learn. Obviously those of you who are dedicated to the spiritual path have very good past tendencies. You may not think so, but that is the truth.Listen to what Paramahansaji tells us in his Gita commentary: “Stored- up good desires and experiences tending toward liberation are the great forces that impel a yogi to make supreme efforts to reach his final Goal”
The mere fact that you were drawn to Guruji’s Kriya Yoga path is evidence that you have been on your spiritual journey for more than just this one life time. Master said you do not begin your search for God with Kriya Yoga.
So now is the time to concentrate on the last stretch of the divine journey. For that we use the “airplane” that the Master gave us: Kriya Yoga— lifting the consciousness from body identification to soul consciousness. It is not just the specific techniques and principles of living he gave. Practice them to the best of your ability, regularly. Be patient. It takes time— I speak from experience– to feel the deeper effects of Kriya. But from the very beginning the technique is working; there is a lot going on:
There is Karma being burnt up; there is a spiritualization of the vibratory essence of the body, nervous system, and brain. It is a subtle process, but very, very effective. You cannot fully appreciate that until finally—- and it can happen almost suddenly— you feel the tangible results. In Autobiography of a Yogi, Lahiri Mahasaya is quoted:” continue ceaselessly on your path to liberation through Kriya, whose power lies in practice” In the beginning I used to think, “That is beautifully expressed,” and then I found that it is literally true. By “power” he doesn’t mean phenomenal powers. It is far, far deeper than that. It is the power you feel of the ever-increasing concentration of life energy in the Kriya current and its effect on the chakras , the spiritual cerebrospinal centres of life and consciousness. When that begins to happen, you discover you have a treasure hidden within you that you never dreamed was there.
You feel the presence of God. It is more satisfying than anything the world can offer. It is real. Be patient and practice; it is worth it. Sometimes perhaps you feel that Gurudeva’s standards are too high: “I am not strong or spiritual enough; I can’t measure up.” Impossible! When thoughts like that come, throw them out! They are planted in you by satan to discourage you from making a spiritual effort. Master’s standards are high because he knows who and what you are. You are the soul; the soul is all- powerful. To sustain us until we have that realization, there is understanding from the Guru, there is his help, his grace, compassion, unconditional love.
Master said: “If you are in tune with me, I can lesson your bad Karma. If you are not in tune, you shut me out.” He doesn’t need to be in a physical body;mhe helps us with his spiritual power.
As Sri Sri Daya Mata has told us: ” We don’t have to be perfect before God will love us.He loves us now in spite of all our faults and weaknesses.” Never forget: God’s love is unconditional: Guru’s love is unconditional.
—-By Swami Anandamoy Giri