Archive for July, 2014

Where There Is Light

yogananda

CHAPTER 8

Bringing Out the Best Within You

Continues…….

The Correct Attitude Toward Past Wrongs

Is a diamond less valuable because it is covered with mud? God sees the changeless beauty of our souls. He knows we are not our mistakes.

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For a few incarnations you have been a human being, but throughout eternity you have been a child of God. Never think of yourself as a sinner, because sin and ignorance are only mortal nightmares. When we will awaken in God, we will find that we—the soul, the pure consciousness—never did anything wrong. Untainted by mortal experiences, we are and ever have been the sons of God.

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Each of us is a child of God. We are born of His spirit, in all its purity and glory and joy. That heritage is unassailable. To condemn oneself as a sinner, committed to the path of error, is the greatest of all sins. The Bible says: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”

Always remember: your Father loves you unconditionally.

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Jewel In The Lotus

sri m

The Mystique of ‘M’

A Profile

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By then, M was more than convinced that it was not a mere overworked fancy that magicked the stranger into being some years ago. Weren’t the subsequent events proof enough of the authenticity of that experience? How else could one explain the way in which he came by spiritual knowledge, as if fortuitously? Or, to risk a bit of levity, was it the case of the mountain coming to Mohammed? It was not that he was an unwilling adept, but, given the religious persuasion he was heir to by birth—however unorthodox his immediate family was—it would not have been easy for him to indulge in pursuits that would certainly have dubbed him an apostate. (Interestingly, he learned about yoga from a book his father borrowed from a friend. This book was B.K.S. Iyenger’s Light on Yoga).

M’s spiritual adventure was not merely intellectual. He rigorously trained in ashtanga yoga by Shri Sharma, a yoga teacher of repute near his place. A tantric instructed him in certain mantras and lent him Arthur Avalon’s Serpent Power. He also read Swami Chinmayananda’s Japa Yoga and Gayatri and began to chant the Gayatri Mantra regularly. His appetite for knowledge was voracious. He befriended the librarian at the Public Library in Thiruvananthapuram and this helped in ensuring a steady supply of books. Books and books and more books; he devoured them all—the Upanishads, the different Gitas, Yoga and Vedanta texts. His reading had a gratuitous outcome; he discovered that Sanskrit was none too difficult to learn; and he did learn it. It was a necessary means to first hand comprehension of the Hindu scriptures.

Jewel In The Lotus

sri m

The Mystique of ‘M’

A Profile

Continues……

The next day, ‘M’ learned the name of the man who was one of the many souls he was to meet on his spiritual journey. He was not well-known; he was known as Pujapura Swami since he was living in a place of that name in Thiruvananthapuram. Before the reverential appellation accrued to him, he had worked as a clerk in the Accountant General’s office until retirement. In his youth, he had been initiated into Vedantic practices by a great teacher; and ever since, he had led an exemplary life of the spirit, absorbed in a bliss that surpasses ordinary understanding; all the while performing his duties like an ordinary man. Though a householder, he was considered a self-realized soul by all who came to know him. What can be a greater avowal of the Swami’s spiritual credentials than the attendance, although infrequent, at this householder’s satsangs of a great sannyasin who had even renounced his loin cloth and who was averse even to the whiff of worldly life?

M was barely fortunate to have met the Pujapura Swami, for soon the Swami attained Samadhi. A few years later, however, when M was about seventeen, he chanced upon a compilation of the Swami’s teachings, courtesy a friend, which was in private circulation. It contained the essence of Vedanta in very simple language.

Where There Is Light

yogananda

CHAPTER 8

Bringing Out the Best Within You

Continues…….

The Correct Attitude Toward Past Wrongs

God never forsakes anyone. When, having sinned, you believe your guilt to be measureless, beyond redemption; and when the world declares you of no account and says you will never amount to anything, stop a moment to think of the Divine Mother. Say to Her, “Divine Mother, I am Your child, Your naughty child. Please forgive me.” When you appeal to the mother aspect of God there is no retort—you simply melt the Divine Heart. But God will not support you if you continue to do wrong. You must forsake your evil actions as you pray.

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Saints are sinners who did not give up. No matter what your difficulties, if you do not give up, you are making progress in your struggle against the stream. To struggle is to win the favor of God.

Jewel In The Lotus

sri m

The Mystique of ‘M’

A Profile

Continues……

When he was around thirteen, he would go in the evening to the house of one Pillai, whose nephew tutored M in mathematics. During one of his visits, there he met a man of venerable appearance of some sixty summers past. Despite the close-cropped, silvery grey hair, a sure sign of a man past his prime, he was vibrant with the health and physique of a youth. Wearing a short-sleeved shirt and typical Kerala mundu, he was sitting cross-legged on a bench. The smell of incense pervaded the room. The gentleman addressed him in Malayalam, perhaps, sensing the shyness of the boy, “Come, come near.” M walked up to him, hesitantly. He was wondering what the man wanted with him. As it turned out, he was in for another strange experience. The old man first patted him on the back and then caressed his neck and head as if in inspection. After this strange action, he muttered more to himself than to M. Umm… good! Everything will be all right in good time.” Unfathomably, M was again transported to that breathless condition of ineffable bliss! He was awestricken and tongue-tied; without a word to anyone he went straight home.

He was not even curious to know who that man was, such was his altered state of mind.

Where There Is Light

yogananda

CHAPTER 8

Bringing Out the Best Within You

Continues…….

The Correct Attitude Toward Past Wrongs

You are a spark of an Eternal Flame. You can hide the spark, but you can never destroy it.

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Darkness may reign in a cave for thousands of years, but bring in the light, and the darkness vanishes as though it had never been. Similarly, no matter what your defects, they are yours no longer when you bring in the light of goodness. So great is the light of the soul that incarnations of evil cannot destroy it.

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No sin is unforgivable, no evil insuperable; for the world of relativity does not contain absolutes.

Where There Is Light

yogananda

CHAPTER 8

Bringing Out the Best Within You

Continues…….

The Correct Attitude Toward Past Wrongs

“Forget the past,” [Sri Yukteswar said]. “The vanished lives of all men are dark with many shames. Human conduct is ever unreliable until man is anchored in the Divine. Everything in future will improve if you are making a spiritual effort now.”

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Don’t think of yourself as a sinner. You are a child of the Heavenly Father. No matter if you are the greatest sinner, forget it. If you have made up your mind to be good, then you are no longer a sinner….Start with a clean slate and say: “I have always been good; I was only dreaming that I was bad.” It is true: evil is a nightmare and does not belong to the soul.

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Though your errors be as deep as the ocean, the soul itself cannot be swallowed up by them. Have unflinching determination to move on your path unhampered by limiting thoughts of past errors.