These are difficult, even unprecedented, times for the world. The spreading coronavirus, as well as the ripples of economic and social disruption, have sent shock waves throughout the whole planet.
As spiritual seekers, and especially those who are followers of Paramhansa Yogananda, there are several things we can do to protect ourselves and our families, and, more importantly, to help others during these turbulent times.
First, here is an important quote from Paramhansa Yogananda:
“Unreasoning apprehension is a cause of disease. It is the real germ of all sickness. Therefore, be cautious, not fearful. Do your best to remove the causes of disease and then be absolutely unafraid.”
On a physical level, we can minimize the spread of the disease by following the recommendations of health experts: Wash your hands and surfaces with soap and water frequently. Help slow the transfer of the virus by practicing social distancing, staying at home as much as possible, and keeping a six-foot distance between yourself and others when you are out and about. There is a wealth of information available on practical steps to take, and it would be a good idea to stay informed so you can do your part in preventing the transmission of the virus.
It is also essential to take steps on the spiritual level. Mentally and emotionally, do everything possible to stay positive. Negative thoughts draw negative consequences. Build a powerful aura of light around yourself, which will help protect both yourself and those close to you. We are suggesting that people repeat this affirmation from Yogananda in their daily meditations:
“Heavenly Father, Thou art present in every atom, every cell, every corpuscle, every particle of nerve, brain, and tissue. I am well, for Thou art in all my body parts.”
If we can truly accept, on deep levels, the essence of this affirmation — that we are made of God’s consciousness — we will experience the fulfillment of all spiritual practices.
We also have a responsibility to help others who are suffering with physical disease or emotional turmoil. Let’s all be sources of strength, courage, love, and light. Not only will this help others, but we ourselves will be blessed by that spiritual energy that flows through us. Reach out to those around you and see if there is any way that you can help them. Now especially, feel your connection to the world around you. We are so much stronger when we are united than when we are divided.
Ananda centers throughout the world are offering support through online meditations, classes, and satsangs. Starting on Thursday, March 26, at 8:00 a.m. Pacific time, Ananda members from around the world will unite every week to offer healing prayers for the planet. Please join with thousands of others as we weave an aura of light and protection around our beautiful and fragile world.
Let us all take this time of challenge as a spiritual opportunity by resolving to contact God within, and to share His love with others, becoming an instrument of healing for everyone and everything.
In God’s light,
P.S. Here is a link to a video addressing these issues, with Devi, me, and our longtime physician, Dr. Peter Van Houten.