June 2015 Issue
Passive people do not put forth the continued, focused effort necessary for spiritual or material success. The chill of inertia, the failure to make an ongoing effort to progress, is the greatest barrier to success and happiness in life.
Sri Yukteswar described those obstacles that prevent us from uncovering the heart’s natural love as the “meannesses of the heart.” There are eight such obstacles.
For self-preservation, the brain is designed to be hyper-sensitive to situations which, objectively viewed, are dangerous. That’s why when we suddenly see flames, no matter what else we may be doing, all we want to do at that moment is run out of the building.
The dark streams of consciousness flowing through the world at this time are basically of three types: a consciousness of conflict, of greed, and of fear. And they are causing enormous problems.
Lying on the ground, I drifted in and out of consciousness. I was aware of a golden glow all around—no pain, and no fear—and inside the soft aura, my sister, a shy thirteen year old, ripping off her shirt and using it to staunch the blood pouring out from the skull fracture.
I believe the blessing I received was a gift from Divine Mother to help me in the ongoing process of surrendering my desires and expectations in bringing up my child, and following divine guidance to the best of my ability.
A Reason to Love All
Book Review: A Pilgrimage to Guadalupe: The Final Journey of the Soul, by Swami Kriyananda
Expanding our sympathies to others is the first step in becoming truly happy. The more we develop spiritually, the more we uncover within ourselves the heart’s natural love.
To Relax and Uplift
Let Thy banner of peace wave always above the strong castle of my soul.
There is no better panacea for sorrow, no better reviving tonic, and no greater beauty than a genuine smile. —Paramhansa Yogananda
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