It occured to me today that the worldwide economic crisis we find ourselves in may be the deep depression that Yogananda warned us to prepare for. Is it? What should my family and I do to prepare for it?
—Aaron, Washington, USA
I would have to be a psychic — and a good one at that — to tell you if we are heading into the economic crisis Yogananda predicted. Clearly, not only America but the whole world is facing some very serious threats at this point — economic, ecological, social, etc.
Whether we are heading into the economic collapse Yogananda predicted or not, I would think that his recommendations would prove helpful: The most important of these is to build your relationship with God. If you are a meditator and a disciple, realize that having a loving and deep relationship with God and Guru is the very most important and helpful thing you can do. Connecting with them daily in meditation will help you have the intuition to know what is the next right thing for you to do. It is that intuitive clarity from God that will lead you to do the right things at the right time.
Swami Kriyananda has often shared the story about the man who was determined to move somewhere so that he would be safe from future war. He had suffered through WW1 and never wanted to see war again. After determined study, he relocated to the island of Guam — seemingly safely far away from Europe. Guam ended up being right at the heart of WW2 in the Pacific.
So, we don’t want to run around like “chickens with our heads cut off.”
If you don’t meditate, I highly suggest using one of the many services Ananda offers for helping you learn to meditate, and also the help we can give you in deepening your relationship with God. You can check ananda.org’s Meditation Support site. It would be most effective to visit an Ananda center and connect with teachers who can help you. The Expanding Light is ideally suited to help you — www.expandinglight.org.
There are many other things to think about: economics, food, finances. But the key thing is to pick this issue up by getting clarity first from your connection with God.
In divine friendship,