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« on: Jan 12, 2011 08:49 pm »

No doubt many of you have consciously realized how people and events have come into your life and then later you recognized the significance of such life experiences as you put the events, the times and the people together. I have read through and listened to: 'A Mohammedan Wonder-Worker'; Chapter 18 in the Autobiography of a Yogi and did not really recognize the significance of this chapter till now.

It is recounted by Sri Yukteswar who finds himself in the same room where the wonder worker performed four 'miracles' years earlier for Sri Yukteswar. He explains to Yogananda: "Years ago, right in this very room you now occupy, a Mohammedan wonder-worker performed four miracles before me!" In the Autobiograghy of a Yogi the room then becomes Yogananada's college dormitory.

I have had so many experiences in life that seemed rather haphazard earlier in life; only to find out that later these experiences fit into a larger picture as the pieces of the puzzle fit into place. As a result of living longer many people places and events now assume a much more important picture that i have been graced to see by the 'clues' or pieces of the puzzles that now fit more securely in place.


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« Reply #2 on: Jan 14, 2011 08:07 am »

i  have found people came back into my life after not seeing them for so long. It strengthened my faith in the continuity of friendship and its purpose.

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« Reply #3 on: Jan 15, 2011 08:23 am »

Chapter 18
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"Years ago, right in this very room you now occupy, a Mohammedan wonder-worker performed four miracles before me!"

Sri Yukteswar made this surprising statement during his first visit to my new quarters. Immediately after entering Serampore College, I had taken a room in a near-by boardinghouse, called Panthi. It was an old-fashioned brick mansion, fronting the Ganges.

"Master, what a coincidence! Are these newly decorated walls really ancient with memories?" I looked around my simply furnished room with awakened interest.

"It is a long story." My guru smiled reminiscently. "The name of the fakir was Afzal Khan. He had acquired his extraordinary powers through a chance encounter with a Hindu yogi.

"'Son, I am thirsty; fetch me some water.' A dust-covered sannyasi made this request of Afzal one day during his early boyhood in a small village of eastern Bengal.

"'Master, I am a Mohammedan. How could you, a Hindu, accept a drink from my hands?'

"'Your truthfulness pleases me, my child. I do not observe the ostracizing rules of ungodly sectarianism. Go; bring me water quickly.'

"Afzal's reverent obedience was rewarded by a loving glance from the yogi.

"'You possess good karma from former lives,' he observed solemnly. 'I am going to teach you a certain yoga method which will give you command over one of the invisible realms. The great powers that will be yours should be exercised for worthy ends; never employ them selfishly! I perceive, alas! that you have brought over from the past some seeds of destructive tendencies. Do not allow them to sprout by watering them with fresh evil actions. The complexity of your previous karma is such that you must use this life to reconcile your yogic accomplishments with the highest humanitarian goals.'

"After instructing the amazed boy in a complicated technique, the master vanished.

"Afzal faithfully followed his yoga exercise for twenty years. His miraculous feats began to attract widespread attention. It seems that he was always accompanied by a disembodied spirit whom he called 'Hazrat.' This invisible entity was able to fulfill the fakir's slightest wish.

"Ignoring his master's warning, Afzal began to misuse his powers. Whatever object he touched and then replaced would soon disappear without a trace. This disconcerting eventuality usually made the Mohammedan an objectionable guest.
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« Reply #4 on: Jan 15, 2011 07:49 pm »

"He visited large jewelry stores in Calcutta from time to time, representing himself as a possible purchaser. Any jewel he handled would vanish shortly after he had left the shop.

"Afzal was often surrounded by several hundred students, attracted by the hope of learning his secrets. The fakir occasionally invited them to travel with him. At the railway station he would manage to touch a roll of tickets. These he would return to the clerk, remarking: 'I have changed my mind, and won't buy them now.' But when he boarded the train with his retinue, Afzal would be in possession of the required tickets. 2

"These exploits created an indignant uproar; Bengali jewelers and ticket-sellers were succumbing to nervous breakdowns! The police who sought to arrest Afzal found themselves helpless; the fakir could remove incriminating evidence merely by saying: 'Hazrat, take this away.'"

Sri Yukteswar rose from his seat and walked to the balcony of my room which overlooked the Ganges. I followed him, eager to hear more of the baffling Mohammedan Raffles.

"This Panthi house formerly belonged to a friend of mine. He became acquainted with Afzal and asked him here. My friend also invited about twenty neighbors, including myself. I was only a youth then, and felt a lively curiosity about the notorious fakir." Master laughed. "I took the precaution of not wearing anything valuable! Afzal looked me over inquisitively, then remarked:

"'You have powerful hands. Go downstairs to the garden; get a smooth stone and write your name on it with chalk; then throw the stone as far as possible into the Ganges.'

"I obeyed. As soon as the stone had vanished under distant waves, the Mohammedan addressed me again:

"'Fill a pot with Ganges water near the front of this house.'

"After I had returned with a vessel of water, the fakir cried, 'Hazrat, put the stone in the pot!'

"The stone appeared at once. I pulled it from the vessel and found my signature as legible as when I had written it.

"Babu,3 one of my friends in the room, was wearing a heavy antique gold watch and chain. The fakir examined them with ominous admiration. Soon they were missing!

"'Afzal, please return my prized heirloom!' Babu was nearly in tears.

"The Mohammedan was stoically silent for awhile, then said, 'You have five hundred rupees in an iron safe. Bring them to me, and I will tell you where to locate your timepiece.'

"The distraught Babu left immediately for his home. He came back shortly and handed Afzal the required sum.

"'Go to the little bridge near your house,' the fakir instructed Babu. 'Call on Hazrat to give you the watch and chain.'

"Babu rushed away. On his return, he was wearing a smile of relief and no jewelry whatever.

"'When I commanded Hazrat as directed,' he announced, 'my watch came tumbling down from the air into my right hand! You may be sure I locked the heirloom in my safe before rejoining the group here!'

"Babu's friends, witnesses of the comicotragedy of the ransom for a watch, were staring with resentment at Afzal. He now spoke placatingly.

"'Please name any drink you want; Hazrat will produce it.'

"A number asked for milk, others for fruit juices. I was not too much shocked when the unnerved Babu requested whisky! The Mohammedan gave an order; the obliging Hazrat sent sealed containers sailing down the air and thudding to the floor. Each man found his desired beverage.

"The promise of the fourth spectacular feat of the day was doubtless gratifying to our host: Afzal offered to supply an instantaneous lunch!

"'Let us order the most expensive dishes,' Babu suggested gloomily. 'I want an elaborate meal for my five hundred rupees! Everything should be served on gold plates!'

"As soon as each man had expressed his preferences, the fakir addressed himself to the inexhaustible Hazrat. A great rattle ensued; gold platters filled with intricately-prepared curries, hot luchis, and many out-of-season fruits, landed from nowhere at our feet. All the food was delicious. After feasting for an hour, we started to leave the room. A tremendous noise, as though dishes were being piled up, caused us to turn around. Lo! there was no sign of the glittering plates or the remnants of the meal."

"Guruji," I interrupted, "if Afzal could easily secure such things as gold dishes, why did he covet the property of others?"

"The fakir was not highly developed spiritually," Sri Yukteswar explained. "His mastery of a certain yoga technique gave him access to an astral plane where any desire is immediately materialized. Through the agency of an astral being, Hazrat, the Mohammedan could summon the atoms of any object from etheric energy by an act of powerful will. But such astrally-produced objects are structurally evanescent; they cannot be long retained. Afzal still yearned for worldly wealth which, though more hardly earned, has a more dependable durability."

I laughed. "It too sometimes vanishes most unaccountably!"

"Afzal was not a man of God-realization," Master went on. "Miracles of a permanent and beneficial nature are performed by true saints because they have attuned themselves to the omnipotent Creator. Afzal was merely an ordinary man with an extraordinary power of penetrating a subtle realm not usually entered by mortals until death."

"I understand now, Guruji. The after-world appears to have some charming features."

Master agreed. "I never saw Afzal after that day, but a few years later Babu came to my home to show me a newspaper account of the Mohammedan's public confession. From it I learned the facts I have just told you about Afzal's early initiation from a Hindu guru."

The gist of the latter part of the published document, as recalled by Sri Yukteswar, was as follows: "I, Afzal Khan, am writing these words as an act of penance and as a warning to those who seek the possession of miraculous powers. For years I have been misusing the wondrous abilities imparted to me through the grace of God and my master. I became drunk with egotism, feeling that I was beyond the ordinary laws of morality. My day of reckoning finally arrived.

"Recently I met an old man on a road outside Calcutta. He limped along painfully, carrying a shining object which looked like gold. I addressed him with greed in my heart.

"'I am Afzal Khan, the great fakir. What have you there?'

"'This ball of gold is my sole material wealth; it can be of no interest to a fakir. I implore you, sir, to heal my limp.'

"I touched the ball and walked away without reply. The old man hobbled after me. He soon raised an outcry: 'My gold is gone!'

"As I paid no attention, he suddenly spoke in a stentorian voice that issued oddly from his frail body:

"'Do you not recognize me?'

"I stood speechless, aghast at the belated discovery that this unimpressive old cripple was none other than the great saint who, long, long ago, had initiated me into yoga. He straightened himself; his body instantly became strong and youthful.

"'So!' My guru's glance was fiery. 'I see with my own eyes that you use your powers, not to help suffering humanity, but to prey on it like a common thief! I withdraw your occult gifts; Hazrat is now freed from you. No longer shall you be a terror in Bengal!'

"I called on Hazrat in anguished tones; for the first time, he did not appear to my inner sight. But some dark veil suddenly lifted within me; I saw clearly the blasphemy of my life.

"'My guru, I thank you for coming to banish my long delusion.' I was sobbing at his feet. 'I promise to forsake my worldly ambitions. I will retire to the mountains for lonely meditation on God, hoping to atone for my evil past.'

"My master regarded me with silent compassion. 'I feel your sincerity,' he said finally. 'Because of your earlier years of strict obedience, and because of your present repentance, I will grant you one boon. Your other powers are now gone, but whenever food and clothing are needed, you may still call successfully on Hazrat to supply them. Devote yourself wholeheartedly to divine understanding in the mountain solitudes.'

"My guru then vanished; I was left to my tears and reflections. Farewell, world! I go to seek the forgiveness of the Cosmic Beloved."

1 A Moslem yogi; from the Arabic faqir, poor; originally applied to dervishes under a vow of poverty.
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2 My father later told me that his company, the Bengal-Nagpur Railway, had been one of the firms victimized by Afzal Khan.
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3 I do not recall the name of Sri Yukteswar's friend, and must refer to him simply as "Babu" (Mister).
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« Reply #5 on: Jan 15, 2011 07:58 pm »

Perhaps it is a bit laborious for me to quote a whole chapter from the Autobiography but i have a purpose in it. First of all; i once asked the head monk at a monastery where i lived how some people receive such incredible talent. He answered me by saying there are certain places (in the astral) where one can go to gain these talents. Well in this case it seems that this man (Afzal Khan) gained such a power from his guru in his earthly life. He (HIS GURU) opened the portals of the astral realm so that he would be blessed with these talents. Later most of the talents were taken away because of abuse of them.

Have you ever noticed how some people have incredible talents but then their talent seems to vaporize? i often think that these people were given certain boons which were taken from them because they did not use the talents properly.

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that is what happens when one exploits/ abuses their 'god given talents'. 

god is not greedy...neither shall we be...

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« Reply #7 on: Jan 15, 2011 10:30 pm »

Always good when pieces of a puzzle fit together ~ words of Squisdom  Cool

Talent, use it or lose it ~ more words of Squisdom

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Have you ever noticed how some people have incredible talents but then their talent seems to vaporize? i often think that these people were given certain boons which were taken from them because they did not use the talents properly.

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that is what happens when one exploits/ abuses their 'god given talents'. 

god is not greedy...neither shall we be...

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Anne~Always thinking of God; the power behind everything. That is why i value you being here.

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Always good when pieces of a puzzle fit together ~ words of Squisdom  Cool

Talent, use it or lose it ~ more words of Squisdom

still reading the story
thanx for taking time to share ! 

Thanks Squisdom When we are aware of it; many of us have puzzles that we can see in our life. It is like a picture various pieces come together and make more sense from a cosmic view if we are in tune.

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« Reply #10 on: Jan 20, 2011 08:29 am »

i want to give some examples; Your parents. Have you ever noticed that certain things that they represented were part of yourself? My mother had a singing talent and my father was a businessman. Today i  serve in a music store which uses both of those qualities. How about you?

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« Reply #11 on: Jan 20, 2011 07:22 pm »

thanks steve
i never thought about this...
both of my parents are hard workers with a lot of heart.
passion, compassion, tolerance, understanding, patience

i've probably not inherit all of these. but its what i see as their talents and im really glad you decided to post and ask the q.
thank you

career wise my dad is a geophysicist and im no where near as good at math as he- if anything i've inherit his playfulness
my mom was a saleswoman and later teacher

makes sense. im still a kid and work for kids X_X Cheesy Smiley
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god is not greedy...neither shall we be...

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i lived at a Vivekananda Monastery for 6 years. Once i asked the head monk why some people have such incredible talent. He said that they go to certain areas of the astral realm in between their/our lives here and learn such things.

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« Reply #13 on: Jan 26, 2011 08:42 am »

When i was a teenager i had a hard time wearing shirts next to my chest. i went to a doctor and asked him if there was something wrong with my right chest, He said "No" after checking me. About 45 years later i met a psychic/channelor/healer at my music shop who came to one of my astrology classes. i only met her once before and told her nothing of my chest nor did she know of others that were in the class or about me from anyone else. She gave me a reading and said that i was shot in the right chest in the Civil War.
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« Reply #14 on: Jan 29, 2011 08:42 am »

samskara (seed impressions / tendencies) express in current incarnation

I believe a past life of civil war traumatic enscription (draft), seeing brutality of war upon human nature, and traumatic death is very plausible as a past incarnation (of Entity we know now as Steve).  It's easy to support by simple observation of Steve's strong samskara (seed impression) -- he manifests a very strong aversion against all facets of war, being very vocal and demonstrative of a strongly rooted samskara.  Seems very plausible that many of his generation - think of the Vietnam era, Hippies, etc. were reincarnated souls with such similar deep rooted samskara -- this permitted the strongly polarizing counter-culture of the 60s and 70s to manifest and shift the energies of our society en-masse.

I also sense that Steve's aversion to wearing a shirt is also related to the cause and effect of past lives as a yogi.   Steve began yoga in his teens by reading books, and understand even in those days I'm sure he took some crap from the high school "herd".   Many yogis of India are seen nearly naked not only as duty of renunciation and simplicity, but advanced yogis find their body polarized on the inside and outside of their skin -- clothes therefore hinder and mute the subtle yogic tuning of the "instrument" "aparatus".   I'm not trying to make any statement about Steve's Yogic state or powers... it's a simple observation of a fellow friend / yogi / devotee -- and a "puzzle" to consider.    Most of our expressed, manifested traits are not from a single samskara, but from multiple impressions.   
 

Multiple impression samskaras. An interesting thought to ponder.

Hi Namaste2All, do you remember that my father also owned two houses, during his life, with pillars in the front that looked like southern plantation homes. This was a bit peculiar that he had such an interest in having these homes. As you walked in the house there was a book on the civil war and another one called 'Gone With the Wind' Both were on a stand beside the door. He justified his interest by saying that Lincoln betrayed the south. He lived this life in Michigan, almost all his life, with a small portion in California. Puzzles. i am  putting the pieces together. Futile wars? Why fight in a war that is futile and serves no purpose?

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