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 on: Jul 14, 2018 08:19 am 
Started by Steve Hydonus - Last post by āya
I would like to thank you Steve for creating this thread,
Yoshi, Prabat, Katze, B, SI, Mccoy, Elfun and all others who have contributed to this spiritual anchor nestled here in the portal.

I was restless all day today, not just in meditation. I was restless upon waking. I felt off as I tried to combat it through out the day. Even at work, I noticed a customer exhibit very strange behavior. I greeted her when she walked in but was ignored; while I helped another customer at the cash register she was forced to wait behind him with her 1 item. Not even 2 minutes went by when she placed the item back and walked out the store seeming upset. The gentlemen I was helping even noted the experience.

I went running after work, I noticed my mind was going in all directions- yet running(one of the many physical activities recommended through out this thread) helped release a strain as my mind projected at least 3 or 4 different visions at rapid speed. Although I am still in a restless state- having that steady pace and physical exertion, allowing thoughts and visions to come, then returning to the breath helped release a lot of tension. So, this is not just a practice we do in stillness. Some of the visions stirred an excitement in me, I am hoping to see them in my near future yet I pray not be disappointed if they are in vain.

After taking a bath I tried to meditate- I remember reading from a friend on the importance of focus. I remember a teacher in my dreams explaining powers that one can achieve by intense focus. My friend once wrote, as a form of practice, he would start a fire and toss a stick in to watch it burn to ash without any active thought. This practice took him many attempts but he began to notice an increased attention span overtime and even inspirations as his meditations eventually provided him signs of spiritual growth. So, in my meditation tonight I tried focusing on a light above me, sadly I could not last 5 minutes before being pulled to walk away and give the family dogs a treat.

I would like to agree to Kriya Yoga as a way to develop the Will. Hazarat Inayat Khan has taught Will is the ultimate authority, for it was the Will of the Creator to Manifest. So, Hazarat Inayat Khan teaches one to discipline the mind in various forms... To sleep when you are not sleepy, eat when you are not hungry and vice versa to stay awake when you are sleepy or fast when you are hungry. Likewise, any form of Yoga should be helpful... It is silly to think we can overcome restlessness with the flip of a switch. With this, do what you can and know every contribution will pay off. Keep at the practice but do not resent a failure, do not become trapped in remorse. Keep on with your practices, do the best you can and think, "tomorrow will be even better."

I noticed a turning point in my mood through out the day. I was extremely uncomfortable from my restless state in the morning and became somber in nature- I continually prayed to God for support and understanding. I prayed for forgiveness with my quick to judge thoughts and asked for help. I think after praying for the restless women who entered the store my mood was already changing for the better. Oddly enough, she returned later on with a younger sibling or daughter by the looks of it. They did not come into my store but instead next door to get coffee. While I am certain it was her(same red car and same blue dress) even her face looked different- and as she parked in front of my store she did throw a glance in my direction this time. It was difficult to recognize her, even the car- identical in every way, felt different. It was this that caused me to rethink, maybe she was in a hurry and how foolish of me to feel offended by her actions.

After going inside from a seeming failed meditation I noticed some new dishes found their way to the sink and needed cleaning. Thinking I could surprise Mom I decided to do house chores at a very peculiar time of the night. Quietly and lovingly, there was a gentle magic here that helped ease my tensions since in my restlessness I was having very egoic thoughts that needed humbling.

I am all too happy for every effort provided here by our Spiritual family on recognizing an obstacle and providing unique understanding and solutions to it. I hope bumping this thread encourages anyone reading to please share, add to this golden anchor so it may better us all in our pursuits.

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 on: Jul 14, 2018 04:20 am 
Started by Steve Hydonus - Last post by Steve Hydonus
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/13/us/politics/trump-russia-clinton-emails.html

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 on: Jul 13, 2018 07:01 pm 
Started by Steve Hydonus - Last post by āya
YoginiMoon I found it nice as well when in the same chapter he says something like,
"In sleep you do not know whether you are a man or a woman. So the soul impersonating both man and woman remains changeless."
Recognizing God in all aspects.
He then goes on to correct Yogananda who recounts to Sri Yuketswar how a great saint wrongly accused women as the 'gateway to hell'
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"A girl must have proved very troublesome to the peace of mind in his early life," my guru answered caustically "Otherwise he would have denounced, not woman, but some imperfection of his own self-control."

It is a gain for the one who finds fault in himself and a loss to rest blame on another, where only God and that unique expression of God can intimately know each other. We are all unique expressions of God.

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 on: Jul 13, 2018 06:45 pm 
Started by āya - Last post by āya
I asked myself yesterday why have I ever allowed myself to get drunk or stoned and have come to understand it is because through an altered state I desired to connect with. I went on for years under the presumption that I was, 'disconnecting' with some silly idea of an 'every day self' really seeking to tap into an altered state and feel less restricted. There are countless reasons why in addition but this I felt was the root of it. I think other people relate even unknowingly to this desire in their self-intoxicating pursuits. I have seen the many flaws and undesirable psychological aspects developed from this path and my truth is there is no stronger connecting/disconnecting force than what I have experienced in meditation. This is not meant to sound like some stupefying grandeur, my meditations are with flaw, but in the sincere efforts there is a subtle increasing effect not yet fully recognized strengthening Love for God. There is increasing desire for pursuit and recognition of God with a healthier outcome than what I have ever received from drinking, smoking or even opening up sexual relations with others.

I read this from Sri Yuketswar today and find it aligning with thoughts to break free from delusion of duality, self intoxication and pursue Liberty- God Realization:
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"Conserve your powers. Be like the capacious ocean, absorbing quietly all the tributary rivers of the senses. Daily renewed sense yearnings sap your inner peace; they are like openings in a reservoir that permit vital waters to be wasted in the desert soil of materialism. The forceful, activating impulse of wrong desire is the greatest enemy to the happiness of man. Roam in the world as a lion of self-control; don't let the frogs of sense weakness kick you around!"
A true devotee is finally freed from all instinctive compulsions. He transforms his need for human affection into aspiration for God alone- a love solitary because omnipresent.

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 on: Jul 13, 2018 06:56 am 
Started by āya - Last post by āya
I found todays commentary very revealing:

   He who can quicken the feeling of another to joy or to gratitude, by that much he adds to his own life.

     Bowl of Saki, July 12, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan

Each one has his circle of influence, large or small; within his sphere so many souls and minds are involved; with his rise, they rise; with his fall, they fall. The size of a man's sphere corresponds with the extent of his sympathy, or we may say, with the size of his heart. His sympathy holds his sphere together. As his heart grows, his sphere grows; as his sympathy is withdrawn or lessened, so his sphere breaks up and scatters. If he harms those who live and move within his sphere, those dependent upon him or upon his affection, he of necessity harms himself. His house or his palace or his cottage, his satisfaction or his disgust in his environment is the creation of his own thought. Acting upon his thoughts, and also part of his own thoughts, are the thoughts of those near to him; others depress him and destroy him, or they encourage and support him, in proportion as he repels those around him by his coldness, or attracts them by his sympathy.

Each individual composes the music of his own life. If he injures another, he brings disharmony. When his sphere is disturbed, he is disturbed himself, and there is a discord in the melody of his life. If he can quicken the feeling of another to joy or to gratitude, by that much he adds to his own life; he becomes himself by that much more alive. Whether conscious of it or not, his thought is affected for the better by the joy or gratitude of another, and his power and vitality increase thereby, and the music of his life grows more in harmony.

   from  https://wahiduddin.net/mv2/I/I_I_2.htm

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 on: Jul 13, 2018 06:53 am 
Started by Steve Hydonus - Last post by āya
Thanks, Steve.

The quote you named also ends with:

"Everything in future will improve if you are making a spiritual effort now.

These are my favorite words of wisdom from Sri Yukteswar

I too am fond of this line and am finding blessings from it

From chapter 12,
Years in My Master's Hermitage

"The darkness of maya is silently approaching. Let us hie homeward within." With these cautionary words Master constantly reminded his disciples of their need for Kriya Yoga. A new student occasionally expressed doubts regarding his own worthiness to engage in yoga practice.
"Forget the past," Sri Yukteswar would console him. "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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 on: Jul 13, 2018 06:16 am 
Started by sk17 - Last post by āya
hi SK I'm not sure. My teacher has said to take one day at a time, to do the best we can that day. I think it's great to question and I have recommended this website here before, maybe you'll find some value from it too:
www.futuretimeline.net
 Smiley

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 on: Jul 12, 2018 09:33 pm 
Started by sk17 - Last post by sk17
Since, automation is on rise..  robos can replace unskilled labourers and leaving millions unemployed? Many robos will replace the jobs of people by 2030? since i am pursuing mechatronics engineering , i know current market conditions and even in a developing country like india , robos will replace many jobs related to agriculture , what is the condition in US or around the world? Apparently elon musk is investing billions on such projects which will replace many jobs.

what master yogananda had to  say on that?

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 on: Jul 12, 2018 09:26 pm 
Started by sk17 - Last post by sk17
Hi guys. is monopoly of US over oil trade , going to end soon?

The US for so many years have printed dollar indiscriminately  and pick pocketed many nations?

now even countries like north korea can force US into submission, so US cannot exert its control now as it has done earlier.

What will be the effects on the world if petrodollar falls?

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 on: Jul 12, 2018 09:15 pm 
Started by Steve Hydonus - Last post by sk17
Namaste i am also interested in anything u may know about veduc astrology. You are welcome to post it under the astrology section for natal charts so we can find it easier. If need be i will create a vedic section. Thanks sk17
I was born (this life)  3:10 a.m. in pasadena california

Steve your dob also?

7/04/52



steve, i am so sorry for the late reply, i'll tell you about your horoscope tommorrow.  Wink

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