Words of Indian Saints Part #11

paramahansa-yogananda

“It is never a question of belief; the only scientific attitude one can take on any subject is whether it is true. The law of gravitation worked as efficiently before Newton as after him. The cosmos would be fairly chaotic if its laws could not operate without the sanction of human belief.”

“All parts of creation are linked together and interchange their influences. The balanced rhythm of the universe is rooted in reciprocity,” my guru continued. “Man, in his human aspect, has to combat two sets of forces-first, the tumults within his being, caused by the admixture of earth, water, fire, air, and ethereal elements; second, the outer disintegrating powers of nature. So long as man struggles with his mortality, he is affected by the myriad mutations of heaven and earth.

“Astrology is the study of man’s response to planetary stimuli. The stars have no conscious benevolence or animosity; they merely send forth positive and negative radiations. Of themselves, these do not help or harm humanity, but offer a lawful channel for the outward operation of cause-effect equilibriums which each man has set into motion in the past.”

“A child is born on that day and at that hour when the celestial rays are in mathematical harmony with his individual karma. His horoscope is a challenging portrait, revealing his unalterable past and its probable future results. But the natal chart can be rightly interpreted only by men of intuitive wisdom: these are few.”

“The message boldly blazoned across the heavens at the moment of birth is not meant to emphasize fate – the result of past good and evil – but to arouse man’s will to escape from his universal thralldom. What he has done, he can undo. None other than himself was the instigator of the causes of whatever effects are now prevalent in his life. He can overcome any limitation, because he created it by his own actions in the first place, and because he has spiritual resources which are not subject to planetary pressure.”

“Superstitious awe of astrology makes one an automaton, slavishly dependent on mechanical guidance. The wise man defeats his planets – which is to say, his past – by transferring his allegiance from the creation to the Creator. The more he realizes his unity with Spirit, the less he can be dominated by matter. The soul is ever-free; it is deathless because birthless. It cannot be regimented by stars.”

Excerpts from the book by Paramhansa Yogananda “Autobiography of a Yogi”

Words of Indian Saints Part #10

paramahansa-yoganandaIntuition is soul guidance, appearing naturally in man during those instants when his mind is calm. Nearly everyone has had the experience of an inexplicably correct “hunch,” or has transferred his thoughts effectively to another person.

The human mind, free from the static of restlessness, can perform through its antenna of intuition all the functions of complicated radio mechanisms – sending and receiving thoughts, and tuning out undesirable ones. As the power of a radio depends on the amount of electrical current it can utilize, so the human radio is energized according to the power of will possessed by each individual.

All thoughts vibrate eternally in the cosmos. By deep concentration, a master is able to detect the thoughts of any mind, living or dead. Thoughts are universally and not individually rooted; a truth cannot be created, but only perceived. The erroneous thoughts of man result from imperfections in his discernment. The goal of yoga science is to calm the mind, that without distortion it may mirror the divine vision in the universe.

Radio and television have brought the instantaneous sound and sight of remote persons to the firesides of millions: the first faint scientific intimations that man is an all-pervading spirit. Not a body confined to a point in space, but the vast soul, which the ego in most barbaric modes conspires in vain to cramp.

“Very strange, very wonderful, seemingly very improbable phenomena may yet appear which, when once established, will not astonish us more than we are now astonished at all that science has taught us during the last century,” Charles Robert Richet, Nobel Prizeman in physiology, has declared. “It is assumed that the phenomena which we now accept without surprise, do not excite our astonishment because they are understood. But this is not the case. If they do not surprise us it is not because they are understood, it is because they are familiar; for if that which is not understood ought to surprise us, we should be surprised at everything – the fall of a stone thrown into the air, the acorn which becomes an oak, mercury which expands when it is heated, iron attracted by a magnet, phosphorus which burns when it is rubbed. . . . The science of today is a light matter; the revolutions and evolutions which it will experience in a hundred thousand years will far exceed the most daring anticipations. The truths – those surprising, amazing, unforeseen truths – which our descendants will discover, are even now all around us, staring us in the eyes, so to speak, and yet we do not see them. But it is not enough to say that we do not see them; we do not wish to see them; for as soon as an unexpected and unfamiliar fact appears, we try to fit it into the framework of the commonplaces of acquired knowledge, and we are indignant that anyone should dare to experiment further.”

Excerpts from the book by Paramhansa Yogananda “Autobiography of a Yogi”

Your Personal Shopping Basket

Personal Shopping BasketOur personality can be compared to a shopping basket. We go to the supermarket with loads of food, household stuff and utensils. We walk around and buy things that are most to our likes denying those that we dislike. For example, we buy a toothbrush of medium roughness, because someone told you that hard one will damage your teeth, in better case your previous experience with hard toothbrush was not so pleasant, so you’d made a conclusion that you need either medium or soft. This time you’ve decided to try medium one, if it doesn’t suit you will go for soft one or choose another manufacturer. So you might throw the medium toothbrush the same day you bought it. With regrets about money spent, or time wasted for going to the market for the second time or without any. At the counter the contents of your basket will be closely scanned and studied by a cashier. The cashier might suggest you to buy a different brand of the toothbrush with regards to her/his experience with toothbrushes. You might be influenced by her/his words or ignore and stay with your choice. Might a crowd in the queue will share their suggestions and ideas for you to accept and follow or reject and stick to your internal feel about toothbrushes.
Our personally is truly a supermarket basket, a selection of ideas, concepts, likes and dislikes, prejudices and believes, emotions and feelings most part of which are hidden below the counter of our conscious level influencing our decisions and choices from behind the scenes. And the society is the cashier to persuade you into the righteousness of your choices made. Have you ever thought that you can form and shape your personality in whatever character you can imagine possible? That if for a moment you can stop clinging to your attachments and aversions, denying the society a role of the Supreme Judge and in contrast finding the Supreme Judge within, the Infinite and Absolute Truth that dwells within all dwellers of the Universe. Then it would cost you just nothing to decide to throw away any negative emotion or feeling buzzing in your head at the exact moment it arises or deny any false or fake action, speech or thought the moment you become aware of it. And in that particular glimpse of pure awareness, spontaneous and unconditional moment It wouldn’t be anything more than throwing a toothbrush that didn’t match your teeth. Would it?

Daily practice: each moment that you express your thoughts, ideas, react to the situation emotionally, accepting or denying any outside condition, hold on for a while, linger on just for a second or two. Try to feel your inner voice. Ask yourself – is it me who chooses it? Do I really need it? What inner consequences I am to face if I react to it this way? Try to be honest. Don’t go for outer reasoning. Dive into your True Self. Open yourself to the situation and question. Through persistent practice you will realize that you no longer buy those nicely advertised products, they neither touch nor catch you. The market doesn’t decide for you. And that is part of your self-liberation called freedom. 

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