When the man had taken prasad and was about to leave, he took a hundred rupee note and put it before Baba ji.
“What is this ?”
He said, “Baba ji , it is for the bhandara.”
Baba ji took the note , tore it into pieces and threw it into the river. The man gasped, but had no words to say. He went away very sad and disappointed.
Baba ji said to me, “You didn’t understand ? You should never accept money or eat the food offered by a miser. You can never digest that. That man has so much money , but he never gives anything in charity or feeds anybody. I know him well.”
So long as we are immersed in body consciousness, we are like
strangers in a foreign country. Our native land is omnipresence.
Paramahansa Yogananda—Sayings of Paramahansa Yogananda
So this is the problem. When we sleep we are not aware of the body. When immersed in a wonderful movie we are not aware of the body. So is that pure consciousness? Of course not. But in foolishness we think we are in pure consciousness and consider ourselves to have advanced spiritually. Deep sleep is enjoyable and ananda or joy. But that is not progress.
Truly when in pure consciousness, the body ceases to breathe
Once you experience that, there is nothing like that
Actually lack faith and surrender causes worry.
Plus there is the ego that our thoughts and actions have significant impact
Our will can. But will is not perpetual thoughts
Will is something Deep Deeper than determination
The bottom line is we have much house cleaning and work to be done. Adverse reactions expose our flaws. If everything goes our way how would we realize how shallow we are?
My vision from this morning was a very clear perception of Yogananda maharaja before his samadhi. I saw him being brought in, in a wheel chair in a banquet hall. He did not want to go to the stage / center seat in a wheel chair and he made the supreme effort and made it to the central chair with assistance without the wheel chair. His face was shining with the brilliance of the light of God. He knew his last minutes had come. He had a somber smile on his face. I bowed to him in my mind. I got a little distracted and could not hear him speak – or his last words. The next thing I knew he had collapsed and passed away.
I saw his body lying in the coffin – such a serene peaceful smile. Then my samadhi was broken!
A few more words about Yogananda Maharaja. He is still very much active in the subtle world. It should be noted that having an out of body experience or OBE as many people call it is not any proof or is not spritual. On the other hand, a very advanced spiritual person can have the mastery of OBE. Besides this gross physical world, there is the subtle world. In the subtle world, we communicate with the subtle body. It is the subtle body that has the OBE. We generally lump the subtle world as all in one. The truth is there a many many subtle worlds. Each subtle world has its own barrier and we need the right visa to enter the extremely high subtle worlds. Many people who have OBE (out of body experience) go to the inferior worlds where there is chaos, mayhem and a lot of evil elements. Some may go to worlds that I call as lateral worlds which have a similar build or make up to this world. Very few people can go to the higher subtle worlds. There is a wide range of higher subtle worlds also. One has to have extreme purity, surrender and love for God to go to the higher worlds.
So, please dear reader, do not dwell on OBE. Yearn for the purity and surrender and then you can go to the true sublime higher worlds. It is like it is stated in the bible, in John 14:2 In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.
There is a detailed description of these other subtle worlds in Yoganandas book Autobiography of a Yogi in the chapter the resurrectio of my Guru. Moreover there is a book called the Tibetan book of the dead. Lastly, Gurudev has described these worlds in detail in “Muktashastra”. Gurudev has decribed the exact location of these subtle worlds and the point of communication of us with the subtle world. Needless to say, there is a corresponding location in this body which leads us to the other worlds.
So, is my knowledge all theoritical? By all means no. I go to these subtle worlds regularly. I have been to “Sadhan dhama” twice and I have described this in my blogs in more detail elsewhere. This “sadhana dhama” is the place which my subtle Guru Vishnutirthji Maharaja took me to. In the higher subtle worlds there is more pleasure, more clarity. The rules of seeing through the eyes no longer exist. One can see things with any of the senses! If one gets thirsty or wants certain things, simply by willing it, it is produced instantly. There is no effort or work needed like it is needed in this world. If one has finished ones duties completely in this world, and we still have unfuilfilled desires, they are fulfilled here before we can move on to the causal world.
There are subtle worlds which only deal with past and future events – in the hindu literature they are given the world Chitra lekha or chitra kuta. If our consciousness can remain there, then the events of this world begin to unfold.
Beyond these subtle worlds, there is the causal world. Perhaps I can describe them at some other time.
There are four states of consciousness – Awake or Jagrat, Dream or swapna, Dreamless sleep or Sushupti and Turya or samadhi. Gurudev used to say, we can only experience three of the four consciousness. If the shakti is fully awakened, then dream or swapna is eliminated and we go to Samadhi or Turya. If the shakti is not awake then we only experience Awake, dream and dreamless.
The moment we feed our ego by thinking or feeling or saying – I accomplished this, I am so smart, so handsome or pretty, I am so nice – we automatically invite the forces to destroy our ego. Those forces enjoy destroying our lives
Stay away from ego
Don’t feed it
We do it all day all night
There are many simple solutions to it. They are meant to be learnt by constant communication with an enlightened person
I have copied it in case the link is ever lost. But my pranam to them fire doing a great compilation
India has given the idea of the smallest and the largest measure of time.
Krati = 34,000th of a second The time taken to tear apart the softest petals of a lotus is called ‘TRUTI’
100 Trutis make 1 Lub
30 Lub make 1 Nimesh
27 Nimesh make 1 Guru Akshar
10 Guru Akshar Make 1 Pran
6 pran Vighatika make 1 Ghatika or Dand
60 Ghati make 1 day and night
That means, in a day and night, there are 17,49,60,000,00 Trutis
Thus, according to Western science, there are 86,400 seconds in a day and night, whereas in Indian science, a day and night consists of 17,49,60,000,00 Trutis.
According to another system, the division of time is
1 day or 24 hours = 60 Ghatis
1 Ghati = 60 Vighati (also called Pala or Kala)
1 Vighati = 60 Lipta or (also called Vipala or Vikala)
1 Lipta = 60 Vilipta
1 Vilipta = 60 Para
1 Para = 60 Tatpara
As a lot of charts made in the olden days mention the birth time in Ghatis and Vighatis the following is the conversion to remember:
5 Ghatis = 2 hours
5 Vighati = 2 minutes
Another system of time at micro level is
60 Tatparas = 1 Paras
60 Paras = 1 Vilipta
60 Vilipta = 1 Lipta
60 Lipta = 1 Ghatika (Dand)
60 Ghatika = 1 Day & Night)
Therefore, it is clear that there are 46,65,60,000,00 Tatparas in a day and night.
6.3. The Vedic Units of Time – Macro level
SATYUG 4,32,000 YEARS X 4 = 17,28,000 YEARS
TRETA 4,32,000 YEARS X 3 = 12,96,000 YEARS
DWAPAR 4,32,000 YEARS X 2 = 8,64,000 YEARS
KALIYUG 4,32,000 YEARS X 1 = 4,32,000 YEARS
1 MAHAYUG (GRAND TOTAL OF ALL THE YUGAS) = 4,320,000 YEARS
71 MAHAYUG = 43,20,000X71 = 1 MANVANTAR
1 MANVANTAR = 30,6720,000 YEARS
14 MANVANTAR = 4,294,080,000 YEARS
(There are 14 Manvantars)
The earth remains submerged in the water for the period of 8,64,000 years i.e. half the number of Satyug, before the start of each Manvantar, it also remains submerged in the water for the same number of years, i.e. 8,64,000 years, after the completion of each Manvantar.
So in 14 Manvantars the number of years
17,28,000 x 15 = 2,59,20,000
(Number of year in Satyug)
14 Manvantar = 42,9, 40,80,000
1 Kalpa = 4320,000,000 years
One day & night of Brahma = 4,320,000 Mahayug x 100 = 4,320,00,000 years
Since the one moment in the life of Brahma is considered to be of our 100years, therefore the life of Brahma in 100 years will be
4,32,00,00,000 x 360 x 100 = 1,555,200,000,000 years
The Present Age of Cosmos according to the Vedic System is as follows:
There are 14 Manvantaras altogether. The present period is passing through the seventh Manvantara called Vaivaswata Manvantara.
One Manvantara consists of 71 Mahayugs, out of which 27 Mahayugs have already passed. We are passing through the first phase of the Kali Yuga which itself is the third Yuga of the 28th Mahayuga and which has come after the passing of Satya Yuga, Treta and Dwapar Yuga.
The time period of Manvantara (exclusive period, when the earth is submerged in water, in the beginning and in the end) = 306,720,000 years
Multiplying these years by 6 = 30,67,20,000 x 6 (Because we are in the midst of 7th Manvantara, of the Svetvaaraah Kalpa and 6 Manvantaras have already passed) = 1,8,0,300,000 years
The time period of Pralaya consists of 17,28,000 years since 7 Pralayas have passed, after the end of 6th Kalpa and before the beginning of 7th Kalpa, so 17,28,000x 7 = 12,096,000 years
Adding we have:
1,840,300,000 + 120 96 000 + 1,852,396,000 years
Therefore, after 1,85,24,16,000 years ‘VAIVASVAT MANVANTARA’ has started.
27 Mahayugs with each Mahayuga consisting of 43,20,000 years. 43,20,000 x 27 = 116,640,000 years have passed
Total = 1,96,90,56,000 years
Now the time period of Kali Yuga in the 28th Yuga =
Time period of Satya Yuga = 17,28,000
Time period of Treta = 12,96,000
Time period of Dwapar = 8,64,000
TOTAL = 38,88,000
Since all the above three Yugas have already passed, it means that after 38,88,000 years, Kali Yuga came into existence.
Kali Yuga started on Bhadrapada, Krishnapaksha -13th day, in Vyatipaat yoga at midnight, in the Aashlesha Nakshatra and the age of the Kali Yuga has been fixed as 5101 years as till date that is Vikram Samvat 2057 = Shaka 1922 = 2000 AD.
Sum of all the three Yugs = the Sum of 27 Mahayugas and Manvantar + the time period of Kali Yuga till date.
Kalpa consist of 4,32,00,00,000 years and out of these 1,97,29,49,101 years have passed. Therefore, the earth’s existence, according to the calculations devised by our ancient sages, comes up to 1,97,29,49,101 years till date. It is interesting to note that according to scientific calculations, the age of the cosmos is estimated between 15 and 20 billion years.
So according to yukteshwar Maharaj the calculation of a. Yuga is 12,000 years and not 3 milllion odd years given above
The most impressive thing is ancient Hindu saints took much pain into calculating time. This includes a fraction of a second to millions of years for which they gave different Names like yuga, Manvantara etc
PS : Ghadi is 24 min Pala is 24 seconds Vipala is 0.4 seconds Lipta is .00667 seconds
Joy – divine How do you know it is divine? What is the sign? It is something that you will not tire of. You can remain immersed in samadhi for tens of thousands of years and never get tired of it.
Happiness – you get tired of it after a while. At least for a short time. For example food – you will get tired of the same food after a while. Same thing with sex. Same with company. After a while you just want to be by yourself for a while.
But you will never get tired of God. If you get tired of mediation, tired of prayer, tired of God – you have not reached the real thing!
Imagine you die and go to heaven. Think you can be in heaven for eternity say playing a harp and floating on a cloud? Or something like that?
Something is missing. That something is an actual connection with God
This is what Yogananda said
DECEMBER – 26 SRF DIARY – CHRISTMAS
And so, dear ones, my Christmas will go on forever, in
ever increasing joy everlasting, If this joy were limited, as worldly
happiness is, a time would come when all would be finished. But
no saint will ever be able to exhaust the ever-new bliss of God.
It is not easy to over come maya. Or Satan. Jesus said get thee behind me. To Satan note that is a yogic technique but more later Many yogi have gone beyond maya or maha maya.
But the battle is long. Difficult. So there were rules that were given
Timing of meditation
Frequency of meditation
When to eat and what to eat
Not to touch others
Most of the others you probably know and you can always ask your Guru. But not to touch others is not only related to sex. Even a general touch Why?
This is because when you become spiritually more in tune, you see that thoughts are not only thinking or conveyed via speech but it is a living power. You can transmit a thought from one person to the other via a power or force. This medium where it travels is called in yoga “payas”. (Good luck finding it on the web) But Devatma Shakti has a good description
So these things when transmitted can get a hold of the other person and change his or her thinking. So being alone and not talking it touching is recommended. You have a tough enough problem with your own thoughts let alone others
In other words what’s app. Social media talking on phone etc can make your progress slow or reverse it
On the other hand talking with a true yogi can be very beneficial
Look at this way , this is an area where you have no experience or little excitement. Some distorted concepts and you are so gullible that even lies seem wonderful. What is the hope ?
So first find someone genuine. And stick to that person
But be careful you don’t fall for a cult.
Remember a yogi will never have a cult or group. His true teaching is only one on one. In private
He does not want many. Just one or Two genuine people. And does not want your money or body
If you observe Your mind (and since we identify with mind and all it’s garbage constantly) we can learn something important.
The mind has two tendencies. One is it likes to dwell on things that are fun. It could be anything. Food, sex, movies, gossiping, procastrinating, just being lazy, debates, being arrogant, boasting, being smug etc. As a result, it likes to do those things and looks forward to doing those things. It bides its time waiting for those things
The second thing is it has a strong aversion for things and it avoids it’s. The four letter word – work. It tries to avoid it. It hates some people. So it looks for ways to avoid them. It hates discomfort, it hates waiting, it hates losing, etc
These are the two kleshas – Raag and Dvesha
Of course, as a result of this, the mind creates strategies, Dwells on strategies to avoid work, trying to procure wealth , strategies in dating, fear managing strategies, trying to schedule the future, strategies in stock market, expand business etc
Now observe your mind. Keep a good diary. What is your mind dwelling on all day?
Well someone might say I meditate and read the Bible or Gita or chant. But you do that , sometimes out of fear or because you enjoy reading them. My blog – you may enjoy reading it. You may want to use it to give lectures or brag.
BUT NONE OF IT WILL HELP YOU.
Why not enjoy the joy of God all around you, within you? Seek that. Don’t enjoy the intellectual knowledge or information!
Now count the seconds we spend thinking of God alone and excluding people and other things in life? Most of our time, love and energy is wasted on other things very few on God. And we wonder why do I not connect with God? Why can’t I see him and talk with him?