Do stones really work? If yes, how? I have been advised to wear a neela stone by someone. He told me it is going to bring a change in my fortune. But what about prarabdh karma? Will the stone help to deal with it? I am on the spiritual path but life is a rough ride for me. I face very very big obstacles in everything that I try to do be it career or personal life. I am almost drained mentally and emotionally. Should a stone help me? Has Masterji said anything about it?
Such tests are all directional toward finding our true source in God. What Sri Yukteswar says in Autobiography of a Yogi, “A child is born on that day and at that hour when the celestial rays are in mathematical harmony with his individual karma.” And later in Chapter #16, he also says, “What he has done, he can undo. None other than himself was the instigator of the causes of whatever effects are now prevalent in his life. He can overcome any limitation, because he created it by his own actions in the first place, and because he has spiritual resources which are not subject to planetary pressure.”
And further he states, “The wise man defeats his planets — which is to say, his past — by transferring his allegiance from the creation to the Creator. The more he realizes his unity with Spirit, the less he can be dominated by matter.”
You might also read from Swami Kriyananda’s book, Your Sun Sign as a Spiritual Guide, Chapter 14, which can be bought from our colony in Gurgaon, India (www.anandaindia.org) that prarabdha karma is the “basic planetary pattern that was fixed for you at birth”: karma again that you created and that you can mitigate.
Swamiji talks a good deal about ways to strengthen yourself in his Art and Science of Raja Yoga. This books goes into the chakras, Kriya Yoga, affirmations and healing, plus many other ways of working with karma. His concluding statement is “love God and surrender yourself wholly to Him.”
Both books talk about gems and astrological armlets. They are helpful tools as they assist in the neutralization of negative rays of energy affecting you from without. I believe you can purchase an astrological armlet (which contain strands of gold, silver and copper) through Ananda India. Gems are also helpful, and if you have a good astrologer, he can indicate what gem(s) would work for you. Do wear them and believe in them.
But we all have found that going deeper into the soul, our true self, thereby being drawn ever more into the only One there is, is the best way. Bless you, Nina. It is said that God never gives you more than you can handle. Be strong, help and bless others, and love all including yourself.