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« on: Apr 20, 2015 11:41 am »

Lesson 124 about Cosmic Delusions brings up an interesting point about matter. Instead of denying the existence of matter Yogananda says;
"We should develop our consciousness to that point wherein we can know that mind and matter both exist, but are not as we think they are."
He further defines the terms avidya and maya. Avidya, or illusion, is an error entertained by one person and maya, or delusion, is an error that deludes all mankind.
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« Reply #1 on: Apr 21, 2015 03:59 am »

I find it fascinating that Paramahansaji talks of the future and past being truly inseparatable and both in reality existing simultaneously. Does this remind any of you of your ' deja vu' experiences?
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« Reply #2 on: Apr 22, 2015 05:09 am »

Lesson number 123 gives us an in depth look at personality development; in it he describes various people reflecting various animal like personalities which is quite amusing.

" Souls being made after the pattern of God display many of his qualities. But since bodies are made after the pattern of animals each individual physical and mental trait suggest a specific animal. Man's anatomy bone for bone, muscle for muscle can be compared to that of a horse, ape or other animal. " P.Y.
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« Reply #3 on: Jul 15, 2015 11:08 pm »

I find it fascinating that Paramahansaji talks of the future and past being truly inseparatable and both in reality existing simultaneously. Does this remind any of you of your ' deja vu' experiences?

This has been the subject of very interesting discussion by philosophers and physicists. Past, present and future being the same, what happens to free will in this context. I collected some opinions in the other forum. Pls remind me to paste them here, they are exceedingly interesting and the pysicists agree with the fact that past and future are immutable, written in stone but there are critical points in spacetime where we do critical decisions which alter the course of our history, so past and future are changeless but at the same time we have free will.
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« Reply #4 on: Jan 26, 2016 03:22 am »

Lesson 120

"Man seldom reincarnates as animals. That would be devolution instead of evolution. In rare instances, however, It happens that a person who has lived a very animalistic existence is drawn into the body of an animal, to learn some lesson. This explains the "thinking dogs" and "thinking horses" which have puzzled scientists who have tested them."

"It is said that a great saint or teacher who is highly evolved can deliberately assume the form of an animal in one or more incarnations. To prove that God is omnipresent, some saints have worked not only through human vehicles but also through the vehicle of lower animals, even as electricity can work in the human body as well as in a mechanical machine. God operates the life force of humans, animals, and atoms."

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« Reply #5 on: Jan 26, 2016 05:42 pm »

This rings true.  You know, it may sound quirky but I have fixated on this idea of welcoming a dog into our lives since many months now.  It is a main topic of happy discussions between the kids and I.  When I cannot sleep at night, I fantasize about this dog or puppy, and it brings me a lot of comfort.  I surf the web staring at images of animals nearby who need a home - so often I feel I could name them all, and there are hundreds.  Part of this, I am sure, is an excess of love needing a place to go.  Not saying a dog can replace a human partner but there is something a dog can offer and receive that many humans cannot; deep loyalty and unconditional love.  What could be closer to God?  I don't imagine an actual saint is planning to enter my life as a furry friend, but do feel a sort of a hand of destiny pushing one towards me in the near future.  :-). Animals who need care also force us into new places - both actively with our bodies, but internally too - just as children do.  Animals can lead us to like-minded people.  For someone like me, who often looks to serving others for a sense of Self, an animal is a healthy way to do that and also get something nourishing back - or so I imagine.  Check in with me next summer - once we are moved and can actually have a dog - and we'll see how my fantasy pans out.  Lol.  :-)
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« Reply #6 on: Jan 26, 2016 08:31 pm »

This rings true.  You know, it may sound quirky but I have fixated on this idea of welcoming a dog into our lives since many months now.  It is a main topic of happy discussions between the kids and I.  When I cannot sleep at night, I fantasize about this dog or puppy, and it brings me a lot of comfort.  I surf the web staring at images of animals nearby who need a home - so often I feel I could name them all, and there are hundreds.  Part of this, I am sure, is an excess of love needing a place to go.  Not saying a dog can replace a human partner but there is something a dog can offer and receive that many humans cannot; deep loyalty and unconditional love.  What could be closer to God?  I don't imagine an actual saint is planning to enter my life as a furry friend, but do feel a sort of a hand of destiny pushing one towards me in the near future.  :-). Animals who need care also force us into new places - both actively with our bodies, but internally too - just as children do.  Animals can lead us to like-minded people.  For someone like me, who often looks to serving others for a sense of Self, an animal is a healthy way to do that and also get something nourishing back - or so I imagine.  Check in with me next summer - once we are moved and can actually have a dog - and we'll see how my fantasy pans out.  Lol.  :-)

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« Reply #7 on: Oct 02, 2016 03:18 am »

Lesson 124 about Cosmic Delusions brings up an interesting point about matter. Instead of denying the existence of matter Yogananda says;

"We should develop our consciousness to that point wherein we can know that mind and matter both exist, but are not as we think they are." He further defines the terms avidya and maya. Avidya, or illusion, is an error entertained by one person and maya, or delusion, is an error that deludes all mankind.

God is dteaming the dream of cosmic motion pictures on the screen of delusive human consciousness. When one unites his own consciousness with God's, he percieves this cosmos as God's dream going throigh his mind. But no one can experience
 this realization unyil he experiences his complete unity with God. Just as a dreaming person does not know that jis dream of a city containing buildings, streets, and lights is made up only of different vibrations of his imagination, frozen into thought forms, so one who is under the spell of the cosmic selusion does not sees thay it is only God's dream.
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« Reply #8 on: Jun 04, 2018 06:03 am »

Souls, being made after the pattern of God display many of his qualities but since bodies are made after the pattern of animals each individual physical and mental tree suggest a specific animal manís anatomy bone for bone muscle for muscle can be compared to that of a horse Apert other animal if once that is a personality characteristics of the different animals he will find the various treats we produced in different human beings they are a brave person to remind you of the lion the king of beasts never kills unless he is hungry lion hearted people would never knowingly destroy anyoneís happiness other people may remind you of the tiger which kills through vicious in stinks even when itís stomach is in gorged some people are like the cobra which bites at site such persons will cheat you or harm you at first meeting without any provocation some men and women are like cats just as a cat me
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« Reply #9 on: Jun 04, 2018 06:03 am »

Souls, being made after the pattern of God display many of his qualities but since bodies are made after the pattern of animals each individual physical and mental trait suggests a specific animal manís anatomy bone for bone muscle for muscle can be compared to that of a horse Ape or other animal.

If one studies the personality characteristics of the different animals he will find the various traits reproduced in different human beings. There are brave persons to remind you of the lion. The king of beasts never kills unless he is hungry. Lionhearted people would never knowingly destroy anyoneís happiness. Other people may remind you of the tiger which kills through vicious instincts, even when itís stomach is in gorged. Some people are like the cobra, which bites at site; such persons will cheat you or harm you at first meeting without any provocation. Some men and women are like cats. Just as a cat may eat a tame canary and then curl up peacefully, professing innocence so some men women do a great deal of wrong yet hide under a cloak of innocence. The cat is a very clean animal, but some are selfish and some people are immaculately clean in regard to the physical bodies but within their minds are unclean with selfishness.

Monkeys love to imitate whatever they see. are whatever they see and some persons are like that. They imitate the mannerisms of real aristocrats without being able to be real aristocrats. Monkeys are very restless too, always moving and frisking about. There are some people who cannot rest even for a few minutes. They have to keep going all the time. Monkey like personalities imitate others their customs fashions idiosyncrasies good and bad habits, and ideas without discrimination. Imitation without reason is productive little good (However even blind imitation of good, and imitation of evil habits is of course harmful. )

Some personalities or meek like a dove and a lamb they are humble and hurt no one. It is good to be humble and hurt no one. It is good to be humble but weakness of character should not be confused with meekness.  In fact it takes a very strong willed person to be meek and to forgive forgive insults through the superior but self-control strength of his or her for spirituality.

The donkey is famous for its stupidity and forgetfulness are the cause of its hurts. If it falls into a mud hole it is likely to repeat the error as soon as it gets out. The sex addict is an example of the human donkey personality. He makes the same errors again and again. As a donkey does not remember the cause of injuries or punishments so the human sex addict forgets  the evil affects of sex transgressions and does not desist from sex errors no matter how they weaken his health heart, heart, brain, vitality and mental and moral strength.

Some wealthy personís are like the cow; they give the milk  of their riches to their families yet they themselves lead dull uninteresting, unprogressive, mechanical lives. Although they provide their children with material luxury they fail to improve their lives or the lives of others in any intellectual or spiritual way.
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« Reply #10 on: Jun 04, 2018 06:18 am »

From what I've read we possess all of these qualities and soul is expressed in the lower kingdoms as well- Mineral, plant and animal. The explanation, if I remember right, was that the Light(Soul) shines through these vehicles, the vehicles are what limit the Lights capacity. Plants have a very unique way of communicating that seem foreign to us, until recently(thanks to our progress science is making some pretty wild discoveries)... Just because the tree's communicate differently does not mean God does not exist in them. Perhaps this realization will become common knowledge and bring a renewed sense of stewardship with this planet and each other.

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