Articles by Nayaswami Prakash
On October 9, 2012, fifteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot in the face at point-blank range by a Taliban gunman in retaliation for her public work on behalf of education for girls. Malala gave all credit for her miraculous survival to the enormous outpouring of prayer from her worldwide family of well-wishers.
I sat in the middle of the floor — overwhelmed with love and gratitude for the all-merciful, all-forgiving, unconditional love of our Master, there all the time, waiting patiently for his child’s heart to open, that he might enter and take charge of my life.
Self-will and self-involvement put the devotee out of tune, and so block the flow of divine energy. Joyful willingness keeps the devotee in tune, and thus in touch with the power of the Infinite.
Here I was, trying to be a peace-loving, sixties-style hippie, but my reception committee was a canine cat killer and a racist. I put the word out about Sascha. John in particular I warned, asking him please to let me know whenever he was coming over.
One of the great challenges in any devotee’s spiritual life is how to respond to negativity, especially when the dark energy seems to have made you its particular target.
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.
The morning after the late-night drinking and poker game, I was abruptly awakened when the cover was jerked from my sodden form. There stood my father looking like an Old Testament prophet: “Rise up, son!” His words came with irresistible authority.
The sincere seeker, whatever his natural inclination, will find in “The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita” the essential teaching he needs to follow the path to God. That central teaching, Paramhansa Yogananda explained, unites all paths “even as subsidiary streams unite in a larger river.”
To this day I am profoundly grateful to Swami Kriyananda for so lucidly making available to all of us the essence of Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings on Raja Yoga. If you I want to know God, these lessons lay out with crystal clarity how to achieve that goal.
Even as Asha never wavers in showing the heroism required of the spiritual seeker, so also does she show her profound faith that God Himself is always there, reaching down to lift up that seeker, to help him or her through whatever comes.