Tuesday, 23 May 2017

"Shrimat Bhagawad Gita" - Sri Sri Shiv Bhagawan Uvacha......The Only prevailing Truth about Raja Yoga.

The Elevated Spiritual Effort – To practice
Excerpts from the book: “Shrimat Bhagawad Gita”
Sri Sri Shiva Bhagawan Uvacha…….The Only Prevailing Truth about Raja Yoga

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Stages of Raja Yoga
1.                  Checking
2.                  Action
3.                  Practice
4.                  Stage
5.                  Transformation
6.                  Balance
7.                  Consciousness
8.                  None but Only One
9.                  Concentration
10.              Karmateet

Checking
1. Desire  (itchcha) will not allow you to become good (achcha).  Food, drink, clothes, way of interacting, living and coming into connection with others – see that none of these things are taking the form of an obstacle. 
2. As long as you have any desires, you are unable to oppose Maya completely.  As long as you cannot oppose her (samna), you cannot become equal (samaan), that is, you cannot fulfil your promise. 
3. The different weakness are Lack of power in awareness, virtues, spirituality, will power in attitude, attention to incorporeal stage, influence of atmosphere, contentment in remembrance (awareness), avyakt (bodiless) and angelic stage. 
4. Only with the volcanic fire of yoga, not with ordinary yoga will the burden of the sanskars of the past burn. All name and trace has to be destroyed. The transformation of sanskars is a matter to be specially underlined.  Because the sanskars are not transformed, there are also waste thoughts.  There is time wasted and wasteful loss incurred. 
5. Check throughout the day: To what extent was the power of discrimination accurate in the timetable of the whole day?  And, where was there a need for correction and addition?  After doing that, there definitely is automatic correction.  You have to underline whether the action is elevated or ordinary.  If there are mixed actions, ordinary as well as elevated, then the success is also mixed. When the influence of the time or circumstance, the influence of the company or of the dictates of the mind become light, the divine intellect does its own work.
6. A pure life means there is no name or trace of sorrow or peacelessness.  So, throughout the day, check: At any time, do I experience any wave of sorrow or peacelessness?  Even if there is a scene of sorrow, where you have the power of purity, you don’t experience sorrow in any scene of sorrow.
7. If there is the slightest experience of sorrow or peacelessness, there is definitely the influence of one type of impurity(desires) or another. To be a conqueror of lust means to be victorious over 4 desires of physical possessions, to attain something limited from people, arise in fulfilling relationships, within the intention to do service, limited desires also arise.
8. Check and bid farewell for (1) attachment, (2) tension and (3) weakness which creates obstacles in success. Instead imbibe self consciousness, remove body (I and mine) consciousness which is the cause of all tensions and help others move forward.
9. Check every day if I remain healthy, wealthy, happy and holy. Recognize even a little bit of illness and instantly modify it with unlimited, broad and knowledgeable intellect or by taking support.

Action
1. Early to bed early to rise.
2. Importance of Early morning hours meditation (Amritvela) is to receive sustenance by the Divine for the whole day making every action easy.
3. Due to your making the atmosphere powerful with your attitude, others attitude and internal vibrations will change.  Along with love, there is a need to fill the souls with power from your own form of power.

Practice
1. Will power to attach and detach from actions and body through attitude of unlimited disinterest
2. Powerful Ruler of Mind: Being a ruler, if a situation is very delicate and you order your mind and intellect to just see a game as a detached observer, it will not cause any opposition. Finish everything wasteful and impure to become unshakeable. Experience every power, experience every virtue.  Become so experienced that anyone who comes to you is able to attain something through your experience.
3. To be incorporeal at one moment, to be angelic in the next and to be karma yogis in the corporeal form in the next: it should not take long. 
4. The way to settle all the old debts is to keep your intellect constantly clear. Any type of burden changes the yoga of the intellect into the suffering of karmic accounts. The lighter you keep your intellect, the power of yoga and the power of the intellect will easily enable you to achieve success by right decisions.
5. In order to create an elevated stage for self and others, always have the practice of merging the expansion into its essence and of stabilising yourself in the essence. Those who remain stable in such a stage can never be influenced by any being, objects, atmosphere, vibrations, attitude or vision.  
6. Instead of experiencing the seed stage, do not get caught up in the upheavals of the expansion of the tree, that is, in the tree of many thoughts. You spiritual souls have weight, that is, a gross intellect.  Remove this burden and become those with a subtle intellect.  
7. Let there be the exercise of the intellect becoming bodiless again and again. Do not take extra food of waste thoughts. Subtlety of the intellect and lightness of the soul is the personality of spiritual life.
8. Finishing agitation inside us knowing that, in order to finish falsehood, you also need the power of truth free from force and anger.
9. The sign of truth (satyata) is manners (sabhyata), humility not stubbornness.
10. Never have a tug of war of pulling something towards your self. Whatever you receive easily is elevated fortune.
11. Easy Nature means to be in harmony but not careless. Do not have a tight nature of being too official and at the wrong time. You should be able to mould yourself and be flexible.
12. With cheerful face, simply remain happy with love and never let your mood go off during action and tension, even with those who defame or insult you.
13. The happiness of the mind transforms the little bit of tolerance into happiness. The way to become a detached observer of illness of body, mind, intellect is to be a trustee. 
14. Detached from the old nature and sanskars.  To try to prove yourself right by stubbornness is also a sign of being influenced by your old sanskars.
15. The practice to attach and detach with mind and body with ease and constantly remain detached from physical awareness known as being beyond the influence of action (karmateet).
16. Practice having a strict vision, a strict attitude and a strict awareness to stop disturbing thoughts of self and others.

Stage
1. Prepare your stage by being light, with powerful thought, vision, clean and clear intellect and speech of practical thoughts, words and actions.
2. Unshakeable and Immovable self awareness for constant stage.
3. Stages of Spirituality: spiritual effort maker, liberated in life and bodiless stage even whilst being in the body.
4. Wasteful thoughts: By having wasteful thoughts mixed in, you are not able to become powerful and successful. The fewer thoughts you create, the more powerful they will be.
5. To have self-respect means to be aware of the original stage.  Through this, your body consciousness will finish and you will have no conflict of nature with anyone.
6. When you experiment with yoga, the powers and the virtues, then first of all check whether there is the main basis, that is, whether there is the power of the soul, the Godly power and the stage of lightness.  When there is the double-light of the stage and form, you will very easily be able to attain success in your experiments.
7. The more you become introverted and remain stable in sweet silence, the more experiences you will be able to give to all souls through the three languages of Eyes, Feelings and Thoughts. No matter how far away someone is, and even if you don't have any facilities of communication, with the language of thoughts, you can give anyone a message.
8. Do not let obstacles sit down with you as your guests. They should just come and go. Elevated yogis are those who remain deeply absorbed in love. You now need to have the stage of being a constant yogi.  Become engrossed in inventing a method for this;

Transformation
1. Transform the labour of the mind (includes body, wealth and relationships) to love by knowing the importance and invoking the powers, to become free from disease.
2. Transform karmic bondages into karma yoga experiencing lightness in form, action and stage.

Balance
1. Constantly maintain a (1) balance of self awareness and action, being entertaining and serious, take divine (2) blessings during early morning hours and lead a (3) blissful life.
2. The person is deceived by the influence of action and senses. It is possible to play all the human roles and still remain free from different types of sorrow. This is attained by maintaining a balance between bodiless stage and Karma yogi stage which can be realized by natural attention on our natural nature. And being in our natural nature we are able to transform the nature of self and others in a natural way.
3. Balance of love and power (detachment), power to accommodate and tolerate. To simply merge yourself in love is being physical.
4. Equanimity: Have a balance of being loving (Angelic state of bliss) and detached (Incorporeal state of silence). If there is balance, there will be a wonder and also an income.  If there is even a little bit more or a little bit less, then neither would it be a wonder nor an income. 
5. Equanimity with good wishes and vision of a benefactor being a detached observer during praise and defamation, victory and defeat gives contentment for self and others leading to a blissful life. Balance to be maintained for love and power, dharma and karma, solitude and entertaining nature, mature and harmonious.
6. Receive blessings from self, others and God by maintaining a balance of mind and body, self awareness and action with complete knowledge, self-respect and humility, physical and spiritual relationship, detached and loving, responsibility and lightness, happiness (attainment) and flying stage.

Consciousness
1. I, the Soul is the Ruler and Subjects are the Mind, Intellect and Sanskars.
2. Consciousness of being Incorporeal, Egoless and Vice-less create good wishes and elevated relationship and connections.
3. Come into action being incorporeal (point of light).
4. Give experience of peace, power and other qualities of self awareness.
5. Be aware of the incorporeal form to become free from negative thoughts and obstacles.
6. By being Incorporeal while in action, you are able to invoke powers at the right time.
7. Action Conscious mind: You don't become so body conscious, but that you become action conscious to a greater extent. Revise and Check your consciousness again and again. 
8. Those who have a fast speed will never stop under any circumstances. The basis of attaining power and happiness is elevated action.  An action is elevated when the action and yoga both take place at the same time.  Constantly check that you are a yogi whilst performing every action. If you look at everything (bondage) with the vision of receiving co-operation, you can enjoy yourself.
9. Maya first cuts the connection of the intellect through which light, might, powers and the company of knowledge are automatically stopped, that is, Maya makes you unconscious.  
10. When there is power in your words, that is, together with love, there should be such power in your words that their hearts are pierced. On the one hand, continue to hammer them and on the other hand, give them love.  
11. To be completely light; not even to have the burden of a body? Check if all your accounts of your sanskars and nature etc. have finished.  Only when you become light to this extent can you become a guide and take others high up.  
12. Constantly make yourself move forward with self-restraint. When you are angry, you lose self awareness and intellect becomes unconscious.
13. Along with purity, being unshakeable (constantly self aware) in upheaval make you victorious.
14. If you constantly have sense, then those who are sensible are never affected by anyone and anything.
15. Since the eternal form of the soul is of happiness, how could there be sorrow? When you move away from your eternal form, you experience sorrow.
16. Constant self awareness protects from becoming lazy.
17. Bring powers to the plans with the essence-seed of self-awareness, not coming into tension, to accumulate time and thoughts leading to happiness.

None but Only One
1. Satopradhan mind: See the role of other souls as a detached observer and donate power through good wishes and pure feelings to them.  Do not be afraid.  Be stable in your satopradhan role by constantly connected with One Divine.  
2. Thoughts of constant peace and rest: There can only be either the best (elevated) or waste. If you are not absorbed in deep love for the One, then there are definitely obstacles.
3. There should be such current of Godly power that it throws Maya far away, whilst walking and moving around, there should be that connection at every second to receive the current of all powers.  And when you continue to receive all powers, you remain constantly happy; your sorrow finishes.
4. The experience of all relationships with One God.  Underline the word “all”, not just a relationship. The three signs are: experience, attainment and satisfaction, a constantly satisfied soul.
5. Always have the company in the intellect and there will always be the Father’s hand of co-operation in every task. The love of the mind and the company of the intellect.
6. Accurate Spiritual Endeavour is all four, the mind, the intellect, the heart and the body should sit together with the Father (Divine) in a stage equal to the Father.  Those who are constantly with the Father through their spiritual endeavour experience everything to be new, newness in every moment, and it is multifold.
7. You have to become karma-yogis, not karma-sannyasis.  Although you have to remain in a gathering and be loving, you must let the one Father and none other be the support for your intellect.  
8. Revise and realize the soul as you walk and move around, and experience the combined form of the Father (Divine) with determination, concentration and being economical in thoughts, words, relationships and connections, nature and sanskars.
9. To be an embodiment of knowledge and to renounce even the thoughts and constantly absorbed in the Father's (Divine’s) love, merged in the Ocean of Knowledge, Bliss, Happiness and Peace. 
10. In One Father (Divine) alone there should be the experience of all achievements of the world. There should be just One, and only One. It makes one experience being like the Father (Bapsaman).
11. Fortune of mind: The fortune of mind is always cheerful ignorant of desires known as manmanabhav, resting the mind on none but One.

Concentration
1. Mind control, Determination and Success through the Power of Concentration
2. To have heart-to-heart conversation with souls, to transform the nature and sanskars of souls, to forge a connection with the Supreme Father, to give blessings of peace, power and health, -from a distance-, to souls who are unaccomplished, peaceless, unhappy and diseased, you especially need the power of concentration; concentration of thoughts and stability of stage.  The basis of these is introspection. Give others the experience of spiritual effort, elevated stage and spiritual power.
3. Wherever there is the power of concentration, all other powers accompany it. Concentration power will automatically lead to clarity of mind, and an elevated stage. 
4. The power of concentration easily enables you to experience the avyakt (bodiless soul conscious) angelic stage. Being a Master, when you are able to stabilise your mind where you want, as you want and for as long as you want, that is called having the mind under your control. With the power of Concentration and being a master you become free from obstacles.
5. Meditation and Medicine should go together but by Meditation the name and trace of the illness finishes. Meditation is the medicine for a tension-free life.  The basis for any invention is concentration with your thought power.

Karmateet
1. Having an Unlimited disinterest and experience Karmateet being beyond the influence of actions
2. Ruler of the mind: When you say, “Stop”, it should stop.  If you tell it to work, it starts to work.  This practice will bring you closer to the karmateet stage.  
3. Knowing the self as you are: You have to be bodiless whilst being in the body, avyakt whilst being in the vyakt form, an angel whilst walking and moving around, and karmateet whilst performing karma.  
4. The closer you come to your final karmateet stage, you will experience silence (golden aged stage) and super sensuous joy for a longer period and invoke other souls for enlightenment. This is called world benefactor stage where you can communicate and give vision from a distance. Let there be balance in your every deed, thought and word, in your relationships and connections.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

The Experience of God - in the words of Paramahamsa Yogananda

THE LORD’S PRAYER
by Paramahansa Yogananda  from "Whispers from' Eternity"
  
O Heavenly Father, Mother, Friend, Beloved God! may our
ceaseless silent utterance of Thy holy Name transform us to Thy
likeness.
Inspire us/ that our matter worship be changed to adoration
of Thee. Through our purified hearts may Thy perfect kingdom
come on earth, and all nations be liberated from misery. Let the
soul freedom within us be manifested outwardly.
May our wills grow strong in overcoming worldly desires and
finally be attuned to Thy faultless will.
Give us our daily bread: food, health, and prosperity for
the body; efficiency for the mind; and, above all, Thy love and
wisdom for the soul.
It is Thy law that "with the same measure ye mete, it shall
be measured to you." May we forgive those who offend us/ ever
mindful of our own need for Thine unmerited mercy. ,
Leave us not in the pit of temptations into which we have
fallen through our misuse of Thy gift of reason. Shouldst Thou
wish to test us O Spirit, may we realize Thou art enchanting beyond
any earthly temptation.
Help us to deliver ourselves from the shadowy bonds of the
sole evil: ignorance of Thee.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
Amen.

IN THE NIGHTLY GARDEN OF DREAMS

In the nightly garden of my dreams grow many blossoms:
the rarest flowers of my fancy. There, warmed by
the astral dream-light, unopened buds of earthly hopes
audaciously spread petals of fulfillment.
In the dream glow I spy specters of beloved forgotten
faces; and sprites of dear, dead feelings, long
buried in the soil of subconsciousness. All arise in
shining robes.At the trumpet call of dream angels I
behold the resurrection of all past experiences.
Lord, Thou hast given us freedom to forget our daily
troubles by nightly visits to dreamland. May we escape
from mortal sorrows forever by awakening in Thee.

 THE DIVINE GYPSY

I will be a gypsy—
Roam,roam, and roam.
I will sing a song that none has sung!
I will sing to the sky,
I will sing to the winds,
I'll sing to my red clouds!
I'll roam, roam, and roam--
King of the lands through which I roam.

By day, the shady trees will be my tent,
At night, the stars shall be
My candles, twinkling in the firmament;
And I will call the moon to be my lamp
And light my silver, skyey camp.
I will be a gypsy--
Roam, roam, and roam.

I will eat the food that chance may bring;
I will drink from crystal sparkling spring;
I will doff my cap and off will go,
Like a wayward brook of long ago;
I will roll o'er the green
And scatter the joy of all my heart
To birds, leaves, winds, hills--then depart
 To stranger and stranger lands, from East to West.
Oh! I will be a gypsy--
Roam, roam, and roam!

But always, when I lay me down to rest,
I'll sing to Thee my gypsy prayer,
And find Thee, always, everywhere (within me).

PRAYER
O Divine Mother, .I often heard Thy gentle voice saying:
"Come home," but it was drowned in the noises of the wild cravings
of many ·lives. Now I have forsaken the jostling crowds of
desires. In the solitude of my mind, my devotion is bursting to
hear Thy voice again.

AFFIRMATION
I will make a bonfire of all my desires for
material possessions and burn them in the one
great ever-increasing flame of desire that seeks
only to know Thee.

DIVINE LOVE

O Love, thou art the mystic echo from the caverns of heart,
And the inaudible voice of feeling.
Thou art the unseen charmer of souls.
Thou art the fountain flowing from the bosom of friendship.
Thou art the Divine Cupid, enticing mystic souls
To pierce the heart of all living things.
Thou art the silent language of souls,
And the invisible ink that lovers use
To write letters on the pages of their hearts.
Thou art the mother of all affections,
And in Thy breast throbs the heart of God.
Love is the silent conversation between two hearts,
And it is the call of God to all creatures,
Animate and inanimate,
To return to His house of Oneness.
Love is the heartbeat of all life,
And the angel of incarnation.
Love is born in the garden of soul progress,
And it sleeps behind the darkness of outer attachments.
It is the oldest and the sweetest nectar,
Preserved in the bottles of hearts.
Love is the light that dissolves all walls
Between souls, families, and nations.
Love is the unfading blossom of pure friendship
In the garden of both young and mature souls".
Love is the door to heaven, the completed songs of souls.

PRAYER
I come to Thee with the song of my smiles.
Whatever treasures lie in the secret safe of my
soul, I have brought eagerly to Thee. I have
brought all the honey from the hive of my
heart. Whatsoever is mine, that also is Thine.
The taper of my happiness will merge with Thy
blaze of Bliss.

 AFFIRMATION
I am the resistless fire of smiles. I shall fan myself
with the breeze of God-Joy and shall blaze my way through the
darkness of all minds. My smiles will bear His smiles, and
whoever meets me will catch my divine joy. I shall strew fragrant
purifying torches of smiles in all hearts.

GOD! GOD! GOD!

From the depths of slumber,
As I ascend the spiral stairway of wakefulness,
I whisper:
God! God! God!
Thou art the food, and when I break my fast
Of nightly separation from Thee,
I taste Thee, and mentally say:
God! God! God!
No matter where I go, the spotlight of my mind
Ever keeps turning on Thee;
And in the battle din of activity, my silent war-cry is ever:
God! God! God!
When boisterous storms of trials shriek
And worries howl at me,
I drown their noises, loudly chanting:
God! God! God!
When my mind weaves dreams
With threads of memories,
On that magic cloth I do emboss:
God! God! God!
Every night, in time of deepest sleep,
My peace dreams and calls: Joy! Joy! Joy!
And my joy comes singing evermore:
God! God! God!
In waking, eating, working, dreaming, sleeping,
Serving, meditating, chanting, divinely loving,
My soul constantly hums, unheard by any:
God! God! God!

PRAYER
Teach me, O God, to sow the seeds of wisdom, health,
prosperity, and happiness in the garden of my life.

FOR THEE I WAS MADE

I was made for Thee alone. I was made for dropping
flowers of devotion gently at Thy feet on the altar of the morning.

My hands were made to serve Thee willingly; to remain
folded in adoration, waiting for Thy coming; and
when Thou comest, to bathe Thy feet with my tears.

My voice was made to sing Thy glory.

My feet were made to seek Thy temples everywhere.

My eyes were made a chalice to hold Thy burning love
and the wisdom falling from Thy nature's hands.

My ears were made to catch the music of Thy footsteps
echoing through the halls of space, and to hear Thy
divine melodies flowing through all heart-tracts of devotion.

My lips were made to breathe forth Thy praises and Thine
intoxicating inspirations.

My love was made to throw incandescent searchlight flames
to find Thee hidden in the forest of my desires.

My heart was made to respond to Thy call alone.

My soul was made to be the channel through which Thy
love might flow uninterruptedly into all thirsty souls.

PRAYER
O Divine Sculptor, chisel
Thou my life to Thy design.

AFFIRMATION
,
All my powers are but powers borrowed from Thee.
No one is greater than Thou, O my Father. I cease to
live and express without Thy wisdom and strength. Thou
art so big; I am so little. Teach me not to be proud.
THY MAGIC POWER

Make my eyes behold what Thou dost see.
Make my ears catch the bursting of Thy voice
In the billows of all creation.
Make my speech the fountain of nectared words
Showered over souls scorched with bitterness.
Make my lips utter naught but the songs
Of Thy love and joy.

Beloved, work through me the work of truth.
Keep my hands busy serving all my brothers.
Keep my voice forever casting seeds of love
For Thee on the soil of seeking souls.
Keep my feet ever moving on the pathway
Of right action.
Lead me from dark ignorance to Thy light of wisdom,
Lead me from temporary pleasures
To Thine ever new joy within.
Make my love Thy love,
That I may know all things as mine.

Father, throb through my heart and make me feel
Sympathy for all living creatures.
Kindle in me the flame of Thy wisdom
And burn the dark forest of my mundane desires.
Let Thy reason be the preceptor of my reason.
Think through my thoughts,
For it is Thy magic power
Which uses my mind as Thy mind,
My hands as Thy hands,
My feet as Thy feet,
My soul as Thy spirit to perform Thy holy works.


PRAYER
Divine Mother, teach me to till
the soil of my mind with discipline,
and sow the seeds of good habits.

AFFIRMATION
I form new habits of thinking by seeing the
good everywhere, and in beholding all things as
the perfect idea of God made manifest.

THE ONLY REALITY

I take a sacred vow!
Never will I throw my love's gaze
Below the horizon of my constant thought of Thee!
Never will I take down the vision of my lifted eyes
And place it on aught but Thee!
Never will I turn my mind to do anything
Which reminds me not of Thee!

I will abhor nightmares of ignorant acts.
I will love dreams of noble achievements.
I will love all dreams of goodness,
For they are Thy dreams.
I may dream many dreams.
But I am ever awake thinking of Thee.
In the sacred fire of constant remembrance
Burning on my soul's altar,
I will ever behold Thy face
With my ever watchful eyes of love.

Through Thy grace, I know that health and sickness,
Life and death, are but dreams.
When I finish my dream story of good dreams
And awaken behind the world-painted screen of delusion,
I shall behold Thee as the One Reality.

PRAYER
O Divine Shepherd of Infinite Perception, rescue the lambkins
of my thoughts, lost in the wilderness of restlessness, and lead
them into the fold of silence.
***
AFFIRMATION
I will find Thy presence on the altar
of my constant peace, and in the joy that
springs from deep meditation.

PRAYER
Divine Mother, let the magic wand of my intuition stop the
gale of passions and unnecessary desires, and in the rippleless
lake of my mind, let me behold the undistorted reflection of the
moon of my soul, glistening with the light of Thy presence.
***

MAY I ACT FROM FREE CHOICE, NOT HABIT

Teach me, O Father, to seek the soul's
lasting happiness rather than temporary sense pleasures.

Strengthen my will power, that I escape
from bad habits and reform myself by meditation
and the influence of spiritually minded companions.

Give me the wisdom to follow happily the
ways of righteousness. May I develop the soul
faculty of discrimination that detects evil, in
even its subtlest forms; and that guides me to
the humble paths of goodness.

I would direct my life by the God-given
power of free choice, not by the compulsions of
hardened habits.

PRAYER
Heavenly Father, teach me to contact Thee first and thus
harness my will and activity to the right goal.

YOU WERE HIDING FROM HIM

Forsake the tipsy dance of forgetfulness! Be sobered by
the understanding that you must not neglect to honor the Silent
Guest in your temple. Forgive your enemies but not yourself-the
greatest enemy of your own Self, who forgets to befriend
your Best Friend waiting in the temporary parlor of your life.

The light of life is waning, and darkness is approaching
fast. Kindle the unextinguishable lamp of love, that by its
light you may behold Him when the chimerical gloom of death
throws its curtain of darkness around you.

You were away and He was here in your heart, always waiting
and waiting for you, and now you come whining that you
have been waiting for Him. It is you who have been hiding
from Him. And now that you have found Him, you must lose
sight of Him no more in the self-woven cocoon of your own unknowing.
Open your error-drunken eyes and behold the light,
tapping at the gates of your closed eyelids. Open the inner
eye of silence! Behold Him spread allover your being. Pull
off the veil of sorrow, and find His blissful presence. Remove
the self-created darkness of delusion and behold aim right
within your bosom.

You ran away from your all-containing soul-home to stay in
the dark hovel of evanescent pleasure. Now come and behold
your home of all-fulfillment within you. He has not been hiding
from you--you have ever been hiding from Him!

PRAYER
O Father, teach me to realize Thy nearness behind the voice of
my prayer. Teach me to breathe Thy breath in my own breathing.
***

I WILL DRINK OF THEE

O Divine Gardener, till the wild soil of my mind with
the plough of Thy wisdom and sow therein the seeds of my
devotion. Under Thine unvarying vigilance, the seeds will
sprout and yield a harvest of Thy blessings.

In the winepress of my heart I will convert those luscious
blessings into the nectar of Thy love. I will fill
the spacious bottle of my soul with the aged wine of Thy
love, and I will ask all my thoughts and feelings, and all
my wisdom and intuition, to be joyous with the intoxicating
wine of Thy constant affection.

I shall never be content drinking Thee out of the cask
of silence. I want to pour Thee into the truth-thirsty
mouths of all minds. I want to drink Thee and dance with
Thee. Young and old, man and woman, all my brothers and
sisters, must drink Thee with me, for it is more thrilling
to drink Thee with others whom we love, and with all Thy
children whom we should love.

I will dance, filled with Thee, and I will dance with
all those who are saturated with Thee. We will dance with
Thee and Lady Blossoms, Mother Moon, Sister Stars, and the
Guardian Sun--all will join us in our joyous, ever new,
rhythmic dance of Eternity in cadence with the soul-melting
melody of the music of the spheres.
Ah, I will drink Thee and will dance with Thee eternally
in the ever changing scenes of time.

AFFIRMATION
I will acquire divinely deep concentration
and then use its unlimited power
to meet life's God-given demands.

THE DEVOTEE"S ASPIRATION

I shall be a Niagara Falls, my joy thundering
in a ceaseless cascade. The powerful flood will
sweep away the heavy logs of others' difficulties.

I shall be a tornado of laughter, toppling
the timbers and towers of sorrow. Zooming over
endless miles of mentalities, I shall demolish
their troubles.

I shall be lightning flashes in the night,
breathtakingly bringing to view the panorama of
Thy beauty--long hidden by the darkness of unseeing eyes.

I shall be moonbeams of bliss, banishing
melancholy from the earth.

I shall be rays of light, putting to flight
the gloom that lurks in recesses of human thought.
Through Thy grace the sudden shafts of wisdom will
dispel error accumulations of countless centuries.

PRAYER
SUPERIOR LASTING HAPPINESS
Thou art sacred perennial joy; Thou art the joy I seek;
Thou art the lasting joy of the soul. Teach me to worship Thee
through the joy born of meditation and doing good, and not
through pleasures born of the misguided senses.
***

AFFIRMATION
O Prodigious Power, I am renewed
and strengthened by Thine inexhaustible
 life giving energy.

MY LOVE TOLD ME TO LOVE THEE ALONE

As winter came with its garment of cold lily flakes,
My desires for summer joys were dulled
And I was told to seek the warmth of Thy heart.

As spring came dancing, decked with myriad flowers
And sprinkled with wild perfumes,
It told me to love Thee.

Summer came singing through leaves and swishing through pines,
Urging me to sing of Thee.
Even the soft-hearted sod caressed my hasty footsteps
And cautioned them tenderly to approach Thy temple everywhere.

And the fragrance told me to follow its trail
To Thy secret cloister in the forest of pollen.
And the birds told me I should try to sing of Thee as they were doing.
And the breeze, blowing over the lake,
Roused the ripples of my devotion to play over Thy bosom.
And with the bowed blades of grass I learned to bow my head to Thee.
The incense told me how fragrant Thou art
And that I should make my heart perpetually burn with sweet-scented goodness
Before Thy throne everywhere.

The mute, downtrodden, uncomplaining little stones
Told me to behold Thee in those people
Who try to tread upon my happiness.
And the foolish forgotten years told me
To send a message of love encased in every second.
And every thought told me to seek Thy hiding place in their hearts.

And my love told me to love all things in Thee,
And my love whispered to me to love Thee alone.

PRAYER
O Spirit, teach me to relax and cast aside all
mental burdens, allowing Thee to express through me
as perfect health, peace, love, and wisdom.

O SPIRIT, I WORSHIP THEE IN ALL SHRINES

Into the temple of peace come Thou, O Lord of Joy!
Enter my shrine of meditation, O Bliss God! Sanctify me with Thy presence.

Eternal Allah, hover over the lone minaret of my holy aspiration. The mosque of my mind exudes a frankincense of stillness.

On the altar of my inner vihara I place flowers of desirelessness. Their chaste beauty is Thine, O Spirit!

In a tabernacle not made with hands, I bow before the sacred ark and vow to keep Thy commandments.

Heavenly Father, in an invisible church built of devotion granite, receive Thou my humble heart offerings, daily renewed by prayer.

---From “Whispers of Eternity”---

By Paramahamsa Yogananda