How do we should create a balance in our material and spiritual life , inside and outside? and if Divine mother has a nature to bestow completely and always upon us , then why sometimes we fail to feel Her love within us when we get too busy with life? How do i develop more devotion in my heart so i can let Her work through me ?
I apologize for not writing sooner. I have been in Italy for Swami Kriyananda's memorial service.
We are Divine Mother's children. A devotee of Yogananda was being scolded by an advanced disciple of Yogananda, whose name was Durga Mata. Durga Mata, who tried always to be a clear channel for Yogananda, said to the devotee, "why don't you let me help you?"
Why is it that figuring out which form to worship God in is becoming such a sticking point? What's the best way to get around this
I would suggest that when you sit to meditate that you focus on your heart center. Perhaps your mantra could be "How shall I love thee"? There is a beautiful chant by Swami Kriyananda that asks "How shall I love thee, How shall I seek thee, How shall I serve thee, How shall I worship thee?", and the answer is "With every breath that I breathe".
I am only 27, had joined a raja yoga for sometime, had to leave due to peer pressure, but by then I had transformed myself a lot. Lost I began to meditate with head phones in my ear and eyes closed it got me more lost. For I long time I practised gazing at a point without a wink and believe me I can stare away anyone... but it had made me more dejected. that shows on my face. At times a thought comes and not able to detach from it. Mind becomes very restless. Am not getting anyone to help me out.
The spiritual path requires three essential things: The devotee's earnest and unrelenting seeking of truth or God, a true guru, and devotion towards God and guru.
As I read your question I'm not clear that any of these three elements are part of your spiritual life or practices. I strongly urge you to develop devotion toward God and Guru in every aspect of your life. Do not focus on feeling lost and dejected. Offer these feelings to Divine Mother and ask her to purify you of all obstacles preventing you from feeling love for Her.
I have read that when we chant continously the name of God. The love for the name takes birth then the mind starts to cry in the seperation of Lord and after that we can get darshan of God.
How to evoke love for God so that my mind also starts crying in the joy and the seperation of God then seeing the divine would be possible?
In a way, you answered your own question. Chanting the name of God continuously requires a significant level of commitment - which is another way of saying deep love for God.
But if you try, even a little bit, to chant God's name, you'll find that love for God beginning to grow in your heart. In time the mind naturally starts crying for God's presence more and more. And as your cry for God becomes more magnetic, and your heart more and more pure, you will see God. It is not easy to see God in this world, but it is possible with continuous, deep longing and calling.
What is it meant by offering an act to God? How can we do that throughout the day? What is the procedure of sending the energy to our spiritual eye while offering any thought to God?
Karma yoga is the practice of offering one's daily actions to God. Since I was just reading The Art and Science of Raja Yoga by Swami Kriyananda, I offer his words on your question:
Everyone engages in mere activity, yet few people are karma yogis. The true karma yogi tries, by God-reminding activities, to redirect all the wrong impulses of his heart into wholesome channels. More than that, he tries to become aware of the divine energy flowing through him as he acts.
Babaji and all the saints seem to discourage worshiping them, yet most will lay at their feet and try. I love the examples of God realized masters. God is the doer. What is proper respect to God and the saints?
That is a great question!
I think the point is to learn to recognize God as the Doer in everything and in everyone, so that our worship and reverence IS to the Divine.
You may have heard the story of the orchestra that played for Yogananda. Technically, they played perfectly, but when he was asked how he liked it, he slightly rebuked them for playing for him as a person, rather than with devotion to God.
In the world today it seems that it is almost wrong to believe in God. It is almost as if it is shamefull to believe. How do you stop feeling shame in believing ?
I know i should not feel ashamed of it but sometimes people make me feel ashamed that I believe in God.
If you are associating with people who make you feel ashamed to believe in God, I suggest you find new friends.
If they are people you can't escape from - co-workers or relatives - I suggest you walk away when people speak disrespectfully of the divine.
Namaste. I presume that the Spirit/Soul is more subtle/fine/powerful than the mind, which in turn is more subtle/fine/powerful than the body. Does this mean that mental prayers/chanting are more powerful than physically audible ones because the consciousness/attention is more interiorized? Or the physically audible ones are more powerful because they automatically carry the mental thought behind them in addition to the physical sound? What is more effective prayer/chanting, inner or outer?
What an interesting question. In our spiritual practices, the energy and focus we put into them determines how much power we experience from these practices.
Whether it is prayer or chanting, deeply focused interiorized devotion is the most powerful.