My Journey towards the Spiritual Path

My today’s post is dedicated to my beloved parents for I am what I am today because of them!

As how it is difficult to distinguish spirituality from our daily routines, it is as well difficult to mark when exactly we begin our introspection on this subject. Theoretically, it dates back to the year 2002 when I joined as a member of Yogada satsanga Society of India. I felt Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda’s divine grace through his Autobiography of a Yogi. His teachings and writings conveyed that through Kriya yoga one is sure to be led towards the path of truth as it is scientifically proved as well. Though he is not in his physical form now, he has been my silent Guru from then.

In spite of carrying life’s burdens and difficulties, I developed a great discipline for regular and sincere spiritual practices then. So was the impression of his teachings and lessons. However, maya did not let me continue for long. I was once again blinded by the three-fold sufferings (Physical, mental and spiritual) and my practices withered away with the wind. My earthly duties kept me occupied day and night. Probably it was Guruji’s plan to make me understand the values of Karma yoga. Well, however I kept dwelling on God and did practices whenever possible.

Kriya Initiation

Now that I have fulfilled my most duties, I am here again to start my spiritual journey. In the last one and a half years, I prepared myself once again to walk through the divine path. And today, I feel honoured to have received my Kriya initiation (Kriya diksha). I bow down to God, my Guru, my Paramgurus and seek their blessings and guidance on this saintly day.

What joy and contentment in that once again my soul is marching towards the path of eternity!

A few quotes that I read today:

Compassion toward all beings (daya) is necessary for divine realization, for God Himself is overflowing with this quality. Those with a tender heart can put themselves in the place of others, feel their suffering, and try to allievate it.

– Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda from God talks with Arjuna – The Bhagavad Gita

Whether the highest Being is called Vishnu, Shiva, Brahma or Indra, Sun or Moon, Buddha or Mahavira, I always offer my salutations to Him alone who is free from attachment and hatred, worldliness and ignorance, who is endowed with compassion toward all creatures and is possessed of all noble attributes.

– Reprinted from Kalyanapurana

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How to Read Character

By studying the character of others, one can become alert to ways in which he can improve his own nature. To study character in a negative way, however, is not right, and has a devastating effect. Everyone shuns a “character detective,” who exposes others’ faults. Many people who enjoy criticizing cannot themselves stand criticism, and may even have  the same  flaws they so righteously deplore in another.

Character study is important primarily in this respect: one needs constantly to take note of virtues in others and to implant those good traits in himself.

Jesus said: “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” He condemned  that criticism of others which is done solely out of desire to hurt. Such behavior is unkind and spoils friendship. Criticism has no use whatsoever unless it is given with sincere love, and only when wanted. It should be offered with a loving desire to help the other person.Those who have learned self control have the right to help others. From that point of view character study is worthwhile.

One type of character is based on physiognomy. It is said that the salient characteristics of man are revealed in his body—- a very sweeping statement. Not all one’s physiological characteristics do tell the real tale of the inner life.

Aristotle studied physiognomy as a guide to character. Hindu teachers go deeper. They say that the main thoughts of all one’s incarnations are reflected in the eyes. Though the eyes reveal the whole story of the  soul, not only of this life but of past lives, still it requires a master’s mind to analyze the revelation of your past lives reflected in this life.

Once in a while you are walking along and suddenly notice something in the eyes of a passer by, and you think, ” I don’t like him,” or as” I like him.”Eyes tell the whole story. Fear, anger, jealousy, greed, generosity, love, courage, spirituality—–all these qualities, good and bad, cause corresponding reflections in the eyes.

Facial and bodily features have been studied, even the bumps on the head have been analyzed, but physical appearance does not always tell the story.

No two faces are the same. Each is different because of characteristics that have manifested themselves in this life and in past lives. So it is not a matter of simply judging people as bad or good because their present looks are repellent or pleasing. St. Francis was not physically attractive, whereas his disciple Brother Masseus was a handsome man. But Masseus did not possess as great a spiritual beauty as St. Francis.

You can analyze people more surely according to their feeling than to their physical appearance.

Though an interesting study of character is possible through analysis of the eyes, the emotions, and the physical features, as has been pointed out, the greatest and highest way to learn about character is through soul intuition. If your mind and feeling remain perfectly calm, you will be able to feel intuitively and exactly the nature of each person you meet.

As a mirror reflects all things held before it, so when your mind- mirror is calm, you will be able to see reflected in it the true quality of others. If you are busy doing good to all, remaining calm and meditative, the true character of whoever comes to you will be revealed to you.

Self-Realization Fellowship international headquarters, Los Angeles, California, January 11, 1942

Kundalini: The Serpent Fire of Yoga

According to Sri Aurobindo, India is the Divine Mother incarnate among the nations world. India’s soul purpose as a nation is to serve as the spiritual guide and guru of nations to lead humanity forward in to a truly planetary age. If any nation can lead the world spiritually, it is probably India, which has never lost its ancient spiritual and yogic roots.

The fire of consciousness is best known in yogic thought as the Kundalini or the “Serpent fire,” said to be coiled like a serpent at  the base of the spine. Kundalini represents a very subtle yet extremely powerful bioelectrical force, with lightening- like action to unfold higher states of consciousness and perception. It is said to be composed of primal sound and mantra that constitute the energy of consciousness. It contains the secret evolutionary power of nature within us, motivating us towards a higher consciousness and Self-realization.

According to great yogis, the Kundalini is the root energy of the soul and carries its power. It is the ultimate transformative power of the soul’s fire.When the Kundalini awakens, it rises through the spine and opens the seven chakras that are the seats of higher consciousness placed along it. Once it reaches the head or crown chakra, our consciousness is liberated from time and space and we realize the universal self becoming one with the cosmic being  or or infinite light.

Kundalini is the fire of soul that is the basis of all evolutionary transformations. Its yogic awakening helps unfold our species’ potential to realize God.

Kundalini the Serpent Fire

Kundalini yoga is part of many Yoga paths, with various practices of asana, pranayama, mantra, visualization, and meditation. A form of yoga now common in the west that is connected to both the Vedic Rishi tradition and later Kundalini approaches is the Kriya Yoga tradition, which Paramahansa Yogananda first brought from India to the United States in the nineteen twenties. Yogananda, the author of the classic book Autobiography of a Yogi, has been perhaps the most significant figure in the Yoga tradition in America over the past century.Kriya Yoga emphasizes special pranayama techniques along with meditation and devotional practices, and is a comprehensive, yet practical integral Yoga for arousing the Kundalini and opening the chakras. It reflects the ancient Vedic fire Yoga, as Yogananda himself notes:

The real or inner fire ceremony is the uniting of life with the greater Life, by practice of pranayama or Kriya Yoga, the technique of life control.

When in the astral fire-rite the pranic current withdraws in to the subtle centres of the spine and brain, then instead of wasting its energies in reforming matter- bound cells, the freed reinforced prana awakens those cells with divine life by babtizing them with the light of spirit.

Yogananda himself mentioned the need for India and the Unites States to come together for the future evolution of humanity. He saw the combination of the yogic spirituality of India with the scientific humanism of America as the two complementary powers necessary to lead civilization forward to its higher purpose. Much of his work in America was aimed in that direction.

Babaji — the supreme guru behind Kriya Yoga tradition —- who was said to have achieved physical immortality through its practice, is perhaps the ultimate guide for this planetary transformation needed today. He may be one of the old Vedic Rishis who has remained with us through the centuries, as many Rishis, particularly Vasishta and Agastya, were not only great Yogis but the very founders of the Yoga tradition.

When individuals come together for inner practices whether physically or mentally— they can generate a power that grows geometrically according to the degree to which their are attuned and unified.They can create a powerful psychic energy in the collective mind that can neutralize even the darkest Karmas that haunt our species. This is the purpose of satsangas or gatherings of spiritualseekers in the name of or in the presence of the guru.

The call of the sacred fire takes us to spiritual practice, meditation, or Yoga in one form or another. We must strive to transform our planet in to a harmonious world that appears like a jewel of love in the greater universe of light. This higher spiritual evolution is our true future as a species.

By Dr. David Frawley   from a Magazine devoted to healing of body, mind, and soul

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Jesus Christ Resurrection

Dear blog viewers,

HAPPY EASTER!!!  . It was on this  auspicious day Jesus Christ resurrected to prove the whole world,

Soul is immortal,

Death is only a shedding of the body,

Not the cessation of the personal existence.

You may or may not believe in the law of reincarnation; but if this life is the beginning and the end of human existence, it is impossible to reconcile the inequalities of life with a divine justice. According to the law of cause and effect, every action creates a commensurate reaction. Therefore whatever  is happening to us now must be a result of something we have done previously.

We may understand , too, how the perfect life of Jesus on earth was the result of several previous incarnations in which he had developed self-mastery. His miraculous life as Christ was the result of many past lives of spiritual schooling. He became an Avatar, a divine incarnation, because in previous lives as an ordinary human being he fought the temptations of the flesh and conquered. His example gives the rest of the mankind definite hope.

Jesus had learned all of life’s lessons in this school of many incarnations,  and had demonstrated his complete victory over material consciousness. That is why the Heavenly Father said of him,”This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.”

One who is liberated as Jesus is, becomes one with Spirit. Yet he retains his individuality; for once God has created a human being, He keeps in His consciousness a permanent record of that creation.

Jesus as an individual personality can reincarnate in two ways: in vision and in the flesh. If you have great devotion you can see him inwardly exactly as he appeared  when he lived on earth. A number of saints have thus beheld him and have relived with him various events of his life.

Jesus can reincarnate again at any time, in the physical body or in the inner light, according to your devotion and power of concentration.

So let us all pray to Jesus on this auspicious day  and let us all get his blessings for our better life!!!

Let us chant cloud coloured Christ come!!!

Cloud coloured Christ come!!!

Oh my cloud coloured Christ come!!!

Oh my Christ, Oh my Christ, Oh my Christ, Oh my Christ!!!

Jesus Christ come!!!

By Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda from “Man’s Eternal Quest”

Paramahansa Yogananda: A Yogi in Life And Death

Dear blog viewers,

My today’s blog post is dedicated to my beloved guruji Sri Paramahansa Yogananda who attained mahasamadhi today!!!

Sri Sri ParamahansaYogananda entered mahasamadhi (  a yogi’s final conscious  exit from the body) in Los Angeles, California, on March 7, 1952, after concluding his speech at a banquet held in honour of H. E. Binay  R. Sen, Ambassador of India.

Paramahansa Yogananda was the first great master of India to live in the West for an extended period— thirty two years, until his mahasamadhi in 1952.

The great world teacher demonstrated the value of yoga (Scientific techniques for God-Realization) not only in life but in death.Weeks after his departure his unchanged face shone with the divine lustre of incorruptibility.

Last Smile

Mr. Harry T. Rowe, Los Angels Mortuary Director, Forest Lawn Memorial-Park ( in which the body of the great master is temporally placed), sent Self- Realization Fellowship a natarised letter from which the following extracts are taken:

The absence of any visual signs of decay in the dead body of Paramahansa Yogananda offers the most extraordinary case in our experience….. No physical disintegration was visible in his body even twenty days after death…….. No indication of mold was visible on his skin, and no visible desiccation (drying up) took place in the bodily tissues. This state of perfect preservation of a body is, so far as we know from mortuary annals, an unparralleled one…. At the time of receiving Yogananda’s body , the mortuary personnel expected to observe, through the glass lid of the casket, the usual progressive signs of bodily decay. Our astonishment increased as day followed day without bringing any visible change in the body under observation.Yogananda’s body was apparently in a phenomenal state of immutability…..

“No odour of decay emanated from his body at any time….. The physical appearance of Yogananda on March 7th, He looked on March 27th, just before the bronze cover of the casket was put in to position, was the same as it had been on  March 7th. He looked on March 27 th  as fresh and as unravaged by decay as he had looked on the night of his death. On March 27 th there was no reason to say that his body had suffered any visible physical disintegration at all. For these reasons we state again that the case of Paramahansa Yogananda is unique in our experience.”

Dear devotees of YSS/ SRF,

Let us pay homage to our beloved Guruji Sri Paramahansa Yogananda on his mahasamadhi day and let us get his blessings which lead all of us to the path of truth!!! Jai Guru!!!

Saint Rosa and the Gnats

In to the pattern of the lives of many an Eastern and Western saint the brightly shining threads of legend or miracle have been woven to express the divine harmony and unity of existence  which reign as soon as man has removed all aggressiveness, violence, and hatred from his own restless heart. For then all outward antagonism bred by fear and self-seeking ceases, and life meets life in love, peace, and good will.

Centuries ago the Buddha proclaimed, ” Never hatred conquered by hatred; by love is hatred conquered”– an eternal truth which is forgotten again and again by man because of its uncompromising claim on the human heart, bound as it is by the numberless petty ties of inordinate affections, likes and dislikes, and the insatiable desire for pleasure and worldly happiness.

The following miracle told in the life of Saint Rosa of Lima also serves one of the many illustrations of the mighty power of non aggressiveness and disinterested love love and service for all beings.

Saint Rosa had built herself a quiet cell in the garden of her mother for her spiritual exercises and  solitary hours of recollectedness,  but the humidity of the soil and the deep shadow of the trees attracted clusters of gnats to the spot. All the walls were covered with them.There was a constant coming and going through the windows, so that the little hut resounded with the droning buzz of the insects, none of which, however ever troubled the virgin when she was present. But if her mother or any other friend came to see her, the whole brood immediately fell upon them to suck their blood.

So great was their astonishment to see Saint Rosa herself always unmolested and undisturbed, living in close amity with the gnats and even loving them. When they asked her about it, she replied, smiling,”As soon as I settled down to live here, I made a covenant of friendship with the gnats that they should not trouble me, just as I myself did not wish them any harm.So we dwell here in perfect concord and bravely work together for the praise of the creator.”

Every time Saint Rosa entered her cell in the early dawn, she called out to the gnats,”Up my dear friends, up and praise God!” At once they began to buzz in a sweet unison, making a circle, and so perfect was their order and the harmony of their song that they seemed to be forming choirs under an expert leader.When this was over, they flew away in search of food, but as soon as the silvery stillness of dusk began to envelop the garden, filling nature with the quiet expectancy of the Eternal, they returned and repeated the same harmonious buzzing at the command of the saint until her voice silenced them and called them to rest.

—By Wolfram H. Koch

Compassion toward all beings ( daya) is necessary for divine realization, for God Himself is overflowing with this quality.Those with a tender heart can put themselves in the place of others, feel their suffering, and try to alleviate it.

By Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda “God Talks With Arjuna—- The Bhagavad Gita” 

How to Be More Likable

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Thanks for following my blog which brightens my days!!!

My today’s post is about how to be liked by others. Some people are born with a likable nature; every one is attracted to them. Some are never liked. Others are neither liked nor disliked; they are just ignored. Why! Impartial God is not responsible for the uneven distribution of attractive qualities. The differences in each man’s character  are of his own cultivation. He himself has created those pleasant or unpleasant qualities, in this or in past lives. It would be a great injustice if God were responsible for starting off some children with the advantage of likable good qualities and others with a handicap of obnoxious bad qualities. But it is not He who has established bad tendencies in some children and good in others; therefore we cannot hold God accountable.

God creates all men equal, made in His image. In order to see the justification  of man’s seeming inequalities, we must understand the law of reincarnation. Knowledge of this law was buried and forgotten during the dark ages. Jesus spoke of reincarnation when he said:” Elias is come already, and they knew him not… Then the disciples understood that he spoke unto them of John the Baptist.” The soul appearing in one incarnation as Elias had returned in another incarnation as John Baptist.

Man himself has cultivated his bright and dark qualities. Some where, sometime, in this or other lives, the seeds were planted by his own actions. If he permits the seeds of harmful acts to grow, they will crowd out the seeds of good that he has sown. The wise cast out the seeds of evil from the garden of life.

If a person is to become likable, he must make himself more attractive from within. Some times even the most physically attractive person may be repellent because of the inner ugliness reflected in his speech and actions.

Never do anything that taints your mind. Wrong actions cause negative or evil mental vibrations that are reflected in your whole appearance and personality.  If you conduct yourself in accord with the truths , sure you will find your life beautifully different.

One is judged some what by his dress, but largely by the way he conducts himself. Always be clean and trim in appearance. Avoid overdressing: fussy clothes and accessories make one look like a museum piece! Clothe yourself simply and neatly, and as befits your personality.

Mahatma Gandhi has proved that clothes alone do not make the man, He wears a loincloth, by way of identifying himself with the simple masses of India.

To give the body too little or too much attention makes one become unbalanced, fanatical. Look after the body in a reasonable way, and remembers always what is important– your mentality, your behavior, for that is what most persons respond to.

Be interested in others. Be genuinely amiable when you are with others. Consideration for others is a most wonderful quality. If some one is thirsty, a thoughtful person anticipates his need and offers him a drink. Consideration means awareness and attentiveness to others.

Practice consideration and goodness until you are like a beautiful flower that everyone  loves to see. Be the beauty that is in a flower, and the attractiveness that is in a pure mind. When you are attractive in that way, you will always have true friends. You will be loved by both man and God!!!

“Look at the flowers- they know nothing of criticism. They just attract you by their beauty and fragrance, and you love them. Each one of you is a psychological flower; people will like you if you exude the perfume of soul qualities.Wherever you go be a beautiful soul- flower.”

By Sri Paramahansa Yogananda from “Man’s Eternal Quest”