A number of well-known Indian yogis visited Ananda during the 1970s. One of these great souls was Swami Chidananda, the head of Sivananda’s ashram after the master passed.
During his visit an important exchange took place in our large garden. It was the type of simple, but profound, lesson we so often miss if we aren’t paying attention. God sometimes gives us important teachings in seemingly unimportant ways.
During Swami Chidananda’s tour, he noticed a small rusty can between two rows of plants. “What is that for?” he asked.
The gardener replied, “We use that to water the baby plants after we have transplanted them.”
He then said, “If you use it, you should paint it and keep it in a special place. If it is left rusty and abandoned, it will attract lower astral entities.”
I doubt that any of us had ever considered that the things in our environment might attract astral beings, be they angels, devas, or low spirits. Yogananda said, “Astral beings are not ordinarily visible on earth, unless we know how to perceive the astral world through the spiritual eye.” He also said, “Environment is stronger than will power.”
The different worlds—causal, astral, and physical—are kept separate not by distance, but by different rates of vibration, much as television programs appear on different channels. Swami Kriyananda surrounded himself with flowers, crystals, and beautiful objects. It wasn’t only for the loveliness of the things themselves but, more importantly, for their high vibrations. Similarly, over the years, we’ve made Ananda Village beautiful, a place where land, trees, and animals are loved and appreciated.
A friend and her remarkable daughter visited Ananda recently. The girl, who is six years old, related this dream she had while visiting: She was swimming in a lake at Ananda, when suddenly many fairies came to her. Their leader, the one with bright golden skin and long, yellow hair, said, “The world is changing, and it’s hard to find places where we are welcome. We are happy here, but can you help us find other places?”
Here is a question we should all ask: “What kind of physical and mental environment are we creating?” Is it one full of high vibrations and spiritual beauty—the kind that draws fairies and devas? Or is it a place of rusty cans, negative emotions, and lackluster spiritual vibrations supportive to lower astral entities?
Let us join together to create the points of light this world so desperately needs.
In God’s light,