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 on: Feb 19, 2019 08:51 pm 
Started by tides2dust - Last post by tides2dust
Today's lesson we find that renunciation, if forcefully applied, denies one the pleasure of their desires which may be thwarting Gods desires and pleasures. You can not determine value by simply reading words. Value is learned, experienced. A Yogi may choose the life of ascetics because he or she begins to understand, through however many incarnations, that which may be considered Absolute(Truth). Yogananda makes reference as well, in the introductory portions of GTWA, "Anyone will find solitude tormenting if his mind dwells on what he has renounced and not on the all-absorbing Divine presence." Simply turning away from the object of your desire isn't renunciation. Renunciation is having attained your desire first then, having learned some value from it, understanding that this too was not the highest aim. Inayat Khan suggest we pursue our desires, as being led by God, with a patient and hopeful attitude. Patient with ourselves and others, hopeful with ourselves and others. Here we are reminded that all paths lead to One... In short, renunciation is a stage in the souls evolution for attaining reality everlasting. Yet do not fret if your attempts for renunciation do feel forced, this may just be your mind confusing your souls eagerness for God. If we find ourselves wishing for such a path then Spirit has illuminated our souls and birthed a desire that will eventually lead us Home. Joy! One day, we may lay ourselves down(ego) Willingly from either our own dissatisfaction with the World or from the observation of others. When All becomes One, there is only Love. Fortunately, we are inspired and guided by those before us who have dared to experience this Oneness and serve humanity towards the highest attainment.

In the words of Beloved Murshid Inayat Khan... "The Way of Attainment"
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... We should think that the wish to have it is the sign of our being capable of having it. Behind our wish there is God's wish, Who has all might, all greatness, all wealth.

... If we say, "I cannot have my wish. It is not intended by the will of God. I am resigned to the will of God", that is not resignation. Why should it not be meant for us to have our wish? Behind our will there is the will of God. God desires it through us. Christ said, "If ye desire bread, He will not give a stone". By this we see that it is natural for us to have our desire, it is natural for us to have health and riches and success and all things. It is unnatural to have illnesses and failures and miseries. But if, after gaining all the wealth in the world, position and titles, then we give it up, then that will be true renunciation.

... Of all attainments that only which is everlasting can satisfy us in the end.

Until we attain to that, it is right for us to have all desires, all wishes, and to rise from each attainment to the higher, until we attain to the highest.

... Why do not all want fame, why do not all want all the money in the world? Why do not all want to be prime minister? Because each soul's attainment is according to its evolution. Therefore we should never say, "Why does that person strive for that object, which is not worthwhile?" Our work is to be silent and to help by our kindness, by our sympathy each one towards that attainment that he is aiming at, not judging it from our standard, but looking at it from his point of view.

... Hope is needed in all things, the hope that "If I have not attained my desire now, I shall attain it". We live on hope. In all our affairs hope is the foundation, in our undertakings, in friendship, in love affairs. In the East there is a beautiful saying, "Brahma extracted honey from all flowers and it was hope".

https://wahiduddin.net/mv2/archives/attainment.htm

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 on: Feb 18, 2019 11:50 am 
Started by tides2dust - Last post by tides2dust
Dear One

Neither life or death
But from me you are born

Neither male or female
But from me you are born

Neither happy or sad, right or wrong
Nor day or night
But from me you are born

Lo!
This world is but a dream

I Am beginning and end
and from me You are born

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 on: Feb 17, 2019 04:25 am 
Started by yoshi - Last post by tides2dust
Introduction
The Bhagavad Gita is described as the knowledge of the cosmos. Yogananda says, "Wherever one is on the way back to God, the Gita will shed its light on that segment of the journey."

The Bhagavad Gita translates to, Song of the Spirit and is considered Hindu's holy testament. A pantheistic doctrine meaning God is everything.
"We came from God and our ultimate destiny is to return to Him." -Paramhansa Yogananda

GTWA is the teaching of Spirit through the soul. 

Sannyasa: renouncer of egoity ingrained through ignorance within the physical self of man.

Avidya: ignorance.

Samadhi: reuinion with Cosmic Dreamer(God) through ecstatic yoga meditation.

Maya: "Magical Measurer" Making One appear as many. Nature is an evolute of Singular Reality.

Supreme Being: ever-existing, ever-conscious, ever-new Bliss.

Rishi: God-realized living scripture.

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The beauty of GTWA is that the wisdom comes from Yogananda, the disciple of Sri Yukteswar. Sri Yukteswar learned form Lahiri Mahasaya who learned from Mahavatar Babji(The Deathless Guru) who was at one with Krishna in Spirit.

From, "A New Reveleation of the Bhagavad Gita for the Modern World"
"Swami Sri Yukteswar, Lahiri Mahasaya and Mahavatar Babahi- are rishis of this present age, masters who themselves are God-realized living scriptures."

More later...

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 on: Feb 16, 2019 06:38 pm 
Started by Steve Hydonus - Last post by tides2dust
In an effort to become more aware of my thoughts I've noticed certain indulgences induce a sort of, vegetated state of consciousness.
One, when watching TV and the other over-eating. I think it was surprising to find such resistance to combating the desire to be lulled into this state. I see this as a consequence for having developed the habit from youth. I think some people might prefer this vegetated state tricking themselves into thinking it is some form of relief since trying to constantly scrutinize ones own thoughts is no easy task.

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 on: Feb 15, 2019 06:00 am 
Started by tides2dust - Last post by tides2dust
Yes it is quite a tale and a nice relief from the commercial aspect of Valentines day. Though we may better understand why folks send love cards to each other, the last letter he wrote was to Julia thanking her for her friendship and requesting she stay close to Jesus. His service to God gave him the title patron saint of Love, perhaps one of the greatest forces we can learn from. It may be beneficial to pray to Valentine, thank him for his role on Earth and ask that he too pray for us as we venture onward towards liberation. 
I believe the Love he felt was transcendental and the reason he was so committed to his Faith.

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 on: Feb 15, 2019 05:46 am 
Started by tides2dust - Last post by tides2dust
thanks steve for the reminder.  Smiley

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 on: Feb 14, 2019 08:07 pm 
Started by Steve Hydonus - Last post by Steve Hydonus
I think dreams just cut through. They hit directly to our emotions. They often find our real feelings. Perhaps that’s the reason why they have so much impact on us. Maybe deep down our emotions have a lot to do with what we’re all about. Long-standing emotions often come from past lives. And dreams seem to be a little touchy into them. I think we’re given a chance to see some of our deepest feelings and the impact of some very important people in our lives; In our dreams.

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 on: Feb 14, 2019 06:09 pm 
Started by tides2dust - Last post by Steve Hydonus
Yes yesteryears I’ve had dreams that I didn’t want to wake up from also and wish I could return to them. Like most of our life there’s no returning to the past all we can do is make a garden of beautiful flowers of memories that will still influence us in the future. Fortunately I’m beginning to see much of my past like that. So you kind of reminded me again that we need to make our present so it is thought of with wonder and joy and inspires the future.

I have a different perspective on the man who offered you a drink. Sometimes it appears to me that God gives us various painful lessons to get us back on track; Because of that we gain a peace about our past as well.

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 on: Feb 14, 2019 06:01 pm 
Started by tides2dust - Last post by Steve Hydonus
Quite a wonderful story Eric I’m glad you shared it with us. I never knew the significance of Valentine’s Day until reading this article you just presented to us. We are fortunate to not have the same karma as emperor Claudius!

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 on: Feb 13, 2019 05:42 pm 
Started by tides2dust - Last post by tides2dust
this morning i had two separate dreams meeting god in a human form. the first was in a man and the second was a woman. the first the man offered me a beer and we talked, i accepted it because i understood it an offering from god. i was honored in the dream and i felt in this man was an entire universe. when i woke i was confused because god knows i quit drinking. the last one was with the woman where i spent more time in the dream and beheld miracles and movements that defy natural laws or what man think their bodies are capable of. she was amazing, fearless, humble, happy and beautiful. i was by her side, she allowed me to ask her questions and i watched her perform healing acts. we walked with her small group of followers and as we walked i started twirling like a dervish from the ecstasy of her presence. at the very end of the dream we were in the ocean and swam. there was also a heavenly music in the background. i felt her joy and watched her move at record speeds, she propelled herself like a missile and shot out of the ocean going so high and went down into the ocean deep to the bottom before shooting back out. she was playing. she then went to the dock where i talked to some of her followers, they were showing me evidence of her divinity. she was instantly dry when she came out of the ocean and she kind of levitated into her chair. needless to say i did not want to wake up or even leave her side. i felt a little sad this morning for waking up.

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