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Is material happiness equal to spiritual progress?

Of course not

But yet most people – when they get material happiness they feel more secure. Feel powerful. And they feel just happy.

This they equate to blessings from the fake Guru, or doing karma yoga or worship or tirth or mala

And that dream is eventually shattered and they reevaluate their situation

A person on the path of yoga – is never given material happiness or sustained happiness

If he or she gets happiness they will not be able to progress spiritually. So one thing shakti does, he favors the disciple by not giving happiness. Yes they get spiritual joy in mediation. And the material dismay leads them to more within and less Outside.

Sadly the human mind can only progress this way

This is what Yogananda said

They are dupes of delusion who are lulled into spiritual complacency by the false security imparted by material wealth. Such persons are unwilling to learn from the millions who have laboured hard in the world for the rewards of possessions and prosperity, perhaps accumulating vast fortunes, only to find that affluence has made no signiticant deposits in the coffers of inner peace and joy. How foolish it is to store up treasures for the fleeting body, which at any moment can be taken away by death; it is wise to give one’s primary effort to acquiring soul riches of lasting bliss, wisdom, and divine qualities through daily meditation and service to others, for this is an imperishable wealth from which one is never parted.

~ Sri Paramahansa Yogananda,
1084, The second coming of Christ.

An interesting forward

Here is an interesting forward

https://www.quora.com/Who-is-Lord-Shiva/answer/अहम-जोगी-Aham-Jogi?ch=3&share=9c6864a4&srid=8hzMM

You can choose to read it
Or not read it

If you read it you can choose to believe it
Or not believe it

If you believe it you can choose to call him a Guru or say interesting

I did not read it. Just glanced at it

I laughed. The person has not even started and thinks he has reached perfection

This is the trouble with people. Every step of the way they think they have reached the highest.

Some of the experiences he described are the baby steps described by Yogendra vigyani !

Your choice

Indifference

In Gita there is a shloka that says to an enlightened person gold and rock are the same and sees friends and foe alike

This is in chapter 14. Verse 24-25 ?

But even these enlightened people need food and need some money for daily sustenance. They live in society or interact with society.

As a result, even though all is God their behavior may seem not consistent with those words.

This is what Yogananda said

The ordinary man, watching the drama of good and bad humar beings playing on the space-screen of the world, is affected pleasurably and painfully. But the man who has perceived God looks upon all types of men as dream motion-picture images, made of the relativities of the light of Cosmic Consciousness and the shadows of delusion.

       The exalted yogi, however, does not treat gold and earth, saint and sinner, with impartial indifference! He wisely recognizes their dramatic differences on the mundane plane as perceived by other material beings. Even though all beings and objects in the cosmos are made of the divine light and the shadows of delusion, the yogi recognizes relative values. He endorses the activities of the virtuous who serve as harbingers of good to their fellowmen, and he denounces the activities of the evil who harm themselves and others. 


~ Sri Paramahansa Yogananda,
6 : 9, God talks with Arjuna

What it means is that God does not tell us to be foolish in our behavior. If all is God you still don’t sit down in a cage with a hungry tiger for mediation. You will go for meditation in a place with positive vibration.

So all of religion has to be applied practically.

This creates problems and makes it more difficult to recognize a yogi. His internal status is very different than that of ordinary people. Although actions may seem the same in some situations

If a Guru has a few disciples, it may seem he is playing favorite to a disciple. This of course is not true. He grants an equal opportunity. Yet, one disciple is more interested in building his business and the other is more interested in meditation, it may seem one disciple got more attention

What is the reason for writing all this? It is difficult to recognize a yogi. Babaji himself has no needs but the immediate disciple around him need food. How do they get their meal?

So some body related issues yogi are granted exceptions. But if someone verbally abuses them or praises them they remain indifferent. Just like krishna and sishupal

This blog was written just so you can ponder on some reality issues

Bottom line

  1. indifference is more of tamas
  2. unaffected is sign of yogi
  3. knowing a pious disciple snd helping is a yogi
    4). knowing a pious disciple but not helping is tamas. instead a fake guru helps only those with money

So even though all maybe the same , the divine light is not stupid. Or foolish. Those who do wrong are given appropriate results. One should not try to hide or think God or divine will not know or forgive. A Guru is higher than God and often forgives even when God does not forgive