When Our Large Head Takes A Back Seat

When Our Large Head Takes A Back Seat

When we ‘stand our ground’, we most often do so with our large, intellectual head firmly fixed upon our shoulders.

We have all seen such large heads: Some of them are so grandiose, that they cannot even fit inside a big room! When next you see such a big head, take a look at the rest of the body. You will notice a certain posture that matches the big head. The reason for this posture is – that it takes quite a lot of bravado and energy to support all of the weight at the top! And, even though we may not like to admit it, we can feel–and we have known–moments when our own head is expanding–being fed and grown by the rising heat of our egos–that speaks in a loud and clear voice: “I know I am the best (in this room, place, moment.)”

Yet we all know more tender, Heart-full moments, in which we have surrendered our truth, and have chosen to follow a sweeter thought encouraging us to strive to bring forth harmony with our companions.

This choice to yield does not mean that we are to lose our Ideals, on the contrary, it only means relinquishing the ground that one has been claiming to be—THE ONLY possibility—for any certain moment and time.

And this thought of harmony places our own swelling head in the back seat, while our heart makes the journey—toward the front ground of the other. Looking in this Way, we can easily come to see, that under-standing is a choice—first thought, then willed, and then chosen—each moment—by a listening, Compassionate Heart, dedicated to peace.

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When the Heart Becomes Open In Prayer

When the Heart Becomes Open In Prayer

All prayers which are heart-filled, emerge and arrive on wings of Light, into the Holy Realms, and the Ears of the Most High.


During unobstructed Prayer-Union,
with-in the Supreme dimension of Love and Light,

Divine Blessings are showered 
upon the pure of heart.

Yet the moment one’s mind, 
responding from a limited perspective 
and filled with worldly knowledge,

begins to analyze the gift…

the translucent, shimmering state 
of Holiness disappears—

retracts behind the vibrational curtain 
of the physical reality,

that forever separates this Earthly Realm, 
from the Eternal Garden
of Beauty, Truth, and Love.
 
 
 
 
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The Healing Balm of Love

The Healing Balm of Love
According to the ancient Wisdom tradition of the Japanese and Chinese Five Element Theory, Joy and Love are the positive qualities of the Heart, while sorrow and bitterness are it’s negative aspects. For the Sage this is most valuable knowledge, as one seeks to help and to soften, to warm and to melt, the frozen coverings that have formed over the tender fabric of the Heart.
 
Depending on the severity of one’s life experiences, the delicate fabric that surrounds our heart becomes injured. In some cases this damage can be intuited by a Healer to be delicate scars that mar the surface, but leave the heart still soft and supple. These tiny scars are much like the ones we carry on our physical bodies after small injuries. They serve as reminders of the injury, yet they mostly do not impede our functioning in the world. In other cases, larger scars arise from deeper woundings, yet still one’s heart remains open to Love and trust.
 
However there are some life experiences so deep and ongoing, that they cause the tender heart to become surrounded with a thick covering, similar to a callous that forms upon ones hand or foot. This thick covering is created by a strong need, to keep one’s Innermost Being ‘safe’, impenetrable from further harm.
 
A calloused Heart is thus defended against both real and perceived attacks, by a storehouse of bitterness and anger, which serve to keep others at a safe distance. And yet, the calloused heart also keeps beauty and love from being fully experienced, because one’s tenderness and softness of heart lie buried somewhere deep within. Thus one exists alone with one’s pain.
 
Yet, just as in fairy tales, someone often arrives to help, in the form of a Lover or Friend who has just the perfect salve for healing a wounded Heart. This most delicious remedy is of course nothing by love, which leads to a gradual softening and healing of the subtle and deep lines and scars.
 
This miracle salve works by causing a bubbling forth of outbursts of Joy, as the tender and repeated applications of love are carefully applied, by one who has been especially Chosen, for the task at Hand.
 
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Mahasamadhi Paramahansa Yogananda, March 5th

PARAMAHANSA YOGANANDA
 
“The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.
 
“It is not your passing thoughts or brilliant ideas so much as your plain everyday habits that control your life….Live simply. Don’t get caught in the machine of the world— it is too exacting. By the time you get what you are seeking your nerves are gone, the heart is damaged, and the bones are aching. Resolve to develop your spiritual powers more earnestly from now on. Learn the art of right living. If you have joy you have everything,so learn to be glad and contented….Have happiness now.” 
― Paramahansa Yogananda
 
 
Born: January 5, 1893, Gorakhpur, India, Died: March 7, 1952, Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
His Beloved Master, Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri sent him to the United States to bring Kriya Yoga to the west. He has two main Self Realization Centers in the U.S., one in Encinitas, Ca., and one in Los Angelos, and many other centers throughout the US and the world. 
MAHASAMADHI — Leaving the body as a Realized Being, and entering into the Divine Realm
 
March 7th is Paramahansa Yogananda’s Mahasamadhi. When he was in Encinitas, Ca. at his beautiful Self Realization Fellowship, he gently let his disciples know that he would soon leave his body. They were so sad! And so Yogananda wrote this poem for them. 
 
When I Take the Vow Of Silence
By Paramahansa Yogananda

When I take the vow of silence
To remain enlocked with my Beloved
In the arms of His everywhereness
I shall be busy listening to His symphony
Of creation’s bliss songs, and beholding hidden
Wondrous visions.
Yet I shall not be oblivious of you all.
I shall mutely watch you
Walking o’er me in the fresh grass-blades
And seeing me in my living leafy presences.
I shall behold you with mothering tenderness
Through every crimson blossom
That wears a blush of love to bring you delight.
I shall caress you with the enfolding breeze
To relieve you worries and fears;
And enwrap you in sun warmth
When the chill of delusive loneliness strays into your heart.
When you gaze at the ocean
You will be looking right at me.
United with my Beloved on the altar of the horizon,
Sky-canopied with silver rays o’er the azure wavy hazy
sanctuary.
I shall not speak except through your reason,
Nor scold except through your conscience.
I shall persuade only through your love
And your heart’s longing to see the Beloved only.
I shall tempt you-but with the sole temptation
To enjoy the Beloved’s love alone.
Forget me if you will, but not my Beloved!
Remembering Him you cannot forget me.
 
 
 
photo: The Garden at Self Realization Fellowship, Encinitas, Ca. If you ever get to Encinitas, Ca, you will be very blessed to visit the Self Realization Fellowship. It is a Garden of Paradise right here on Earth. And if you stay for one of the Services, the chanting will elevate your heart and Spirit. The Center in Los Angelos is also very lovely.  Yogananda is beloved throughout the world. If you want to begin to know him, you can read his Autobiography of a Yogi. There are many other of his writings on presence and Divine Love on his website below. He is buried in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, in Glendale, CA — Web Source
 
Website:   https://yogananda.org
Article:  http://www.dailyexcelsior.com/remembering-paramahansa-yogananda/

Passion and the Inner Flame

Passion and the Inner Flame
 
There is passion. Passion raises the Inner Flame.
 
The Inner Flame is raised into Being at a moment’s notice: It raises and flourishes through our desires, be they physical, intellectual, or Spiritual. And what is the Source of the Holy Flame? It springs from the Divine Essence of Life, and illuminates the whole Universe, and all of our lives.
 
As the Divine One is infinite Mercy and Compassion, so the Flame is placed within in our hearts and hands, and can be turned toward the positive or the negative. For example, it is this Flame that rushes forth and rises to fuel our anger, and when it is so turned, our passion flares, and we move with unkind words and actions. And it is the same Flame that can be turned to fuel our pursuit of knowledge, and when it is so turned, we become melted and merged, lost with-in our quest for Truth. The Inner Flame also rises when we are in the midst of Beauty, warming our hearts with joy.
 
Yet as we look Sincerely within, we know with no doubt, that the most beneficent use of the Inner Flame, is when we, seeking Union, open ourselves to Its Presence, and quietly follow, as it rises and raises our whole Being, into the warmest, Light-filled glow, of the Bliss of Love. Then, only then, do we feel complete. Only then can we understand the True purpose of our time on Earth.
 
 
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The Grand Mandala Lives

The Grand Mandala Lives

In the Inner-most Sanctum of the Universe, the The Grand Mandala Lives.

It has been said that those who align with their holy path during their lifetime are blessed. Each of these sacred religious and spiritual ways have been likened to one of the many luminous, light-filled rays, that surround and create the Divine Universal Mandala of Holy Light, emanating from the Eternal One.

The energetic rhythms of millions of Souls rejoice as they journey amongst their chosen Ray. And, through their Songs of Life, each Soul carries and maintains a portion of the Wisdom and Truth, that has been Divinely placed, within that particular Holy Stream.

These Divine Rays of Love-Light are established through the Great Work of the Messengers of the Most High. Each of the Messengers, Prophets and Saints, throughout the eras, are sent not only to create, but to maintain these living streams, filling them with the currents of Compassion and Love that will permeate, and weave the seen and unseen Realms, and allow the manifestation all things.

And the Grand and Eternal Wheel of Life, in the center of the Highest Realm, has mysteriously, and All-Ways brought into being — the never beginning, never ending, Glory-Full Reality of the Universe.

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Enlightenment, Living In A Bubble ?

Enlightenment, Living In A Bubble?

There is a clear lake. It is absolutely clear, with no touch of a ripple. The air is be-calmed. The sky, pure blue. Yet, all know that underneath the surface of the lake, a whole world lies in constant motion. And one is also aware that the outer world is filled with not a single space of stillness. According to the placement in time and in space, the karmic, inner and the outer flows of movement surrounding the clear lake will soon change it’s surface from the gentle stillness into small or great waves. Rain and wind, snow and hail, pollution and purity — all will come and will go.

The question arises: “Is it not possible to capture, to hold onto moments of perfect, peace-full stillness? To somehow move forward through our lives with them: to live within them, walking within them, into each ‘next’ moment—no matter how hard the storms rage?”

Here lies the view of the immature Zenist: To walk with-in a space and time of Nirvana, in a state of perfect peace, smiling and contented, as if in an insulated, protective bubble of purity, moving through all time. In this most incomplete picture, there are of course still the two, and ofttimes there are the many: the one who is living in a ‘bubble’ of peacefulness, walking or aiming to walk immersed in Nirvana, and the rest of the Whole Being, who remain as sleep-walkers in a shadow-filled reality.

What about the ONE breath, and Harmony for the All? Thus the followers of Quan Yin’s Oath of Dedication to remain on Earth—purifying the whole Being with their Love-filled breaths, until the last being attains enlightenment, instead of attaining their personal enlightenment and abandoning the ship. And thus the ancient Teaching becomes perfectly clear: 
“I am  a bubble, make me the sea.”*
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Paramahansa Yogananda, Cosmic Chants
 
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Unerringly Guided Toward Perfection

Unerringly Guided Toward Perfection

The whole of humanity is unerringly guided toward perfection. This guidance happens nonstop, and one can say that our individual movements, and collective growth, neither end nor begin during any era, or lifetime:

Throughout all time, and all that occurs, 

even in those things that we know arise

from humanity’s twisting of the threads 

of Wisdom,

we find that our errors are eventually guided 

and brought to right,

as surely as a seed grows

in an ever-upward direction

unfurling its tiny spirit around 

the rocks and roots it encounters, 

on its way toward the Light.

So, too, the Divine Virtues 

immaculately implanted in our hearts, 

continue to advance our spirit,

leading and guiding our way 

toward the One.

In this time-honored process, 

throughout the epochs,

the All-in-All continues to move humanity 

unto our fullness and perfection—

here on Earth,

and within the Holy Realms. 

 
 
 
 
 
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