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« Reply #15 on: Jun 21, 2019 06:53 am »

I'm not sure where to post this, I found a couple threads but I am getting tired and wanted to put this out there.
I haven't meditated in a while. There is a verse in the gita where Yogananda further explains that, when a student begins to exercise in meditation with sincerity that the rousing sense army rises up in full retaliation. I think I've been experiencing this.

So my post/concern is this,
Spiritual Amnesia

How is it that we can become so easily and willingly ensnared?

I think I lack the discipline. Then I try hard and end up becoming tired or disinterested in pursuing the practice, bored even. All these things leading me back to spiritual amnesia and back to craving the discipline I once exercised. I know life has ebb and flow and perhaps a reason to meditate is to lessen the extremes of these ups and downs and to keep ourselves from becoming forgetful of our greater desires.
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« Reply #16 on: Jun 21, 2019 04:34 pm »

Yesterday I had the longest dejavu I've experienced in a while.
Usually, the dejavu is a brief moment in recognizing that I've been here in this moment before. Yesterday this feeling lasted for 3 minutes as I recognized it and then proceeded to walk along my route with a friend, everything I was witnessing had been witnessed before. It was very surreal.

You perplex me Eric you have these beautiful spiritual and psychic experiences but then you write things like this;

I'm not sure where to post this, I found a couple threads but I am getting tired and wanted to put this out there.

I think I lack the discipline. Then I try hard and end up becoming tired or disinterested in pursuing the practice, bored even. All these things leading me back to spiritual amnesia and back to craving the discipline I once exercised. I know life has ebb and flow and perhaps a reason to meditate is to lessen the extremes of these ups and downs and to keep ourselves from becoming forgetful of our greater desires.

How is it you would be disinterested or bored when given such wonderful experiences? You do not seem to see the connection between your practice and these episodes. While Other people sit by reading in envy you complain about being uninspired. Hmmmm
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« Reply #17 on: Jun 21, 2019 07:06 pm »

What inspires me to meditate is seeing others who have the ability to find calm in any given moment. I am sure it is from their practice with meditation. I also meditate with the hopes of keeping myself alert, that is, from slipping into this spiritual amnesia but so far am not successful. The pull of life manages to sweep me off my feet either way. My mind has proven feeble many times. I don't think any of us are immune from the ensnaring effects of spiritual amnesia or maya. This isn't a complaint as much as it is an addition to your original post and a reaching out for help recognizing that boredom and restlessness are things we all grapple with in our pursuit for progress.
Again, I am reminded of the very real psychological battle we all face as described in GTWA by Yogananda.
It could be months or years before we wake back up and ask ourselves, what happened? There's 101 reasons/rationale greater than my own that will try to pull me away from my internal resolutions, I am learning and practicing how not to give in to those because it is possible to serve without compromising our well being. It's easy to fall back on wanting to please our ego without realizing that's what those sense-rousing pulls are trying to do and after much suffering we later realize this is not the essence of happiness we had hoped to find, even if there is momentary satisfaction. I appreciate you trying to get me to see it from your perspective, I don't think any one should feel envious because they are getting lost in comparing without realizing the many blessings happening in their own lives. Another trap perhaps. We're here to help each other, not become consumed by what we feel we are owed. I am just at times discouraged by how easy it is to fall down now days... Thanks for trying to lift me back up Bro.
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« Reply #18 on: Jun 21, 2019 09:56 pm »

Eric just happened to look at your chart today. Because of the strong pull from you and your energies. I will put what I found under your chart in the astrology section for natal charts. I believe it relates to some of the issues you’ve discussed in this thread and your discouragement.
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« Reply #19 on: Jun 22, 2019 09:24 pm »

I don't think any one should feel envious because they are getting lost in comparing without realizing the many blessings happening in their own lives. Another trap perhaps. We're here to help each other, not become consumed by what we feel we are owed. I am just at times discouraged by how easy it is to fall down now days... Thanks for trying to lift me back up Bro.


All your observations are important to me and though you have been inspirational to me in your gifts I suppose it could be considered envious. I’ll have to look into myself for a behavior flaw on that one. It is important to realize that God speaks to us through our divine friendships and helps us see a mirror of ourselves to make appropriate behavior adjustments for our spiritual growth. Yea I have met many people on the internet and elsewhere who feel they should be owed something. Isn’t that something my friend! Perhaps it is being shown to me for a reason.  Without reflection and introspection it is difficult to make much progress no matter how much we practice meditating.


So my post/concern is this,
Spiritual Amnesia

How is it that we can become so easily and willingly ensnared?

I think I lack the discipline. Then I try hard and end up becoming tired or disinterested in pursuing the practice, bored even. All these things leading me back to spiritual amnesia and back to craving the discipline I once exercised. I know life has ebb and flow and perhaps a reason to meditate is to lessen the extremes of these ups and downs and to keep ourselves from becoming forgetful of our greater desires.

Have you ever noticed though that sometimes this inertia and boredom is caused by an internal guidance causing us to have a break for reflection and understanding of the meaning of events in our life?
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« Reply #20 on: Jun 23, 2019 12:18 am »

I suppose. I guess I am being asked to learn to find peace from nothing, to be content with my situation and friction in life and to pursue a little self-control.
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« Reply #21 on: Jun 23, 2019 02:18 am »

I suppose. I guess I am being asked to learn to find peace from nothing, to be content with my situation and friction in life and to pursue a little self-control.

Well my advice is not the best; there is nothing stranger than being ourselves and experiencing it as real in this cosmic comedy. Perhaps Beatrice can give you a scarecrow reading from the cornfield.
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