Last night I had a dream of Paramhansa Yogananda. These are relatively rare for me, and are always spiritually important. I don’t want to relate the whole dream: Blessings are precious, and it is usually best to keep them to yourself. Sharing them usually dilutes their power. But there was a small segment in a longer dream that I feel inspired to share with you.

In the dream, I had been asking Master questions about my duties, and at one point I felt I had gone too far. I apologized and added, “Swamiji told me on occasion that I was too mental.”

Master didn’t respond to this directly. The impression was that he thought an apology was completely unnecessary. What he did say, however, was this: “When I was lecturing so much during my travels, I had to keep my mind engaged a great deal of the time.” What was implied was that he would have preferred to spend the time in union with God. But there was no suggestion of regret. He was only explaining that that was his dharma in that lifetime, and encouraging me to accept mine.

yogananda to his devotees There was another aspect of his response—again, more in feeling than in words—that was very reassuring. This is the reason I feel to share the experience. He was lovingly and tenderly letting me know that doing one’s duty is absolutely essential to making spiritual progress. And that God is pleased with those who do so.

Most of us have duties and responsibilities. There is often a lingering subconscious impression that it might be better to abandon them and focus on finding God. But He is everywhere! To abandon our duties and responsibilities is to abandon Him. Rather, let’s try to see Him in our service.

When we reject anything or anyone, we reject Divine Mother, who is every atom in creation. If we disparage anyone, we criticize God, who is acting that role. To reject components of your life is to reject the way Divine Mother is playing through you. The essence of the spiritual path is to rid ourselves of the delusion that we are separate from God, and the quickest way forward is to accept life exactly as it is and be grateful for whatever comes.

Above all, the feeling of the dream was Master’s reassurance to me of his loving understanding and support. He is now using this blog as a channel also to give his unending support to all of you.

Yogananda reminded us of these truths when he ended his beautiful poem “God! God! God!” with these words:

In waking, eating, working, dreaming, sleeping,
Serving, meditating, chanting, divinely loving,
My soul will constantly hum, unheard by any:
God! God! God!

With loving reassurance,

Nayaswami Jyotish

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  1. Dear Nayaswami Jyotish,

    Thank you for this inspiring blog! I read it already thrice and would love reading it again and again. What assurance and a beautiful message. Just at the right time!

    Many thanks for sharing


  2. Dear Jyotishji,

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful experience. So thrilling to hear this. Cherished. Feeling of Master’s reassurance is so wonderful.

    Thank you. ?


  3. Dear Sir
    Like many of your previous writings this is also in keeping with the sayings of the ancient and universal Vedantic literature .The concepts of selfless and unattached performance of one’s duties are reiterated time and again in the Gita by Lord Krishna. A truly wise person never tries to escape from anything as s/he knows that this manifested universal phenomena are diversified dimensions of His/Her LILA.
    With due regards,
    B. Roy

  4. How very timely this message was for me. I am newly stepping into the works of Yogananda. It’s been a time of great mystery as I feel Yogananda around me but do not yet understand any of it. I’ve struggled internally with devotion and balancing my day to day life with my desire to be in meditation and consciousness connection all the time. This blog, timely as I said, helped me see that I am in conscious contact with the divine, always. The practice is allowing the awareness of this contact to be present at all times, in all things. Thank you for sharing this message.

  5. These reminders are so appreciated and essential as these minds work to pull us away from remembering our Essence. In EVERYTHING we do, THERE is ? GOD, GOD, GOD. ?

    Thank you, Jyotish, for sharing part of a super- conscious dream. ?

  6. As a recorder of my dreams, I highly enjoyed hearing of yours. In my dream last night I told myself that the one thing that draws me to seeking a relationship with God is the very fact of a two way conversation. Oh how just reading someone else’s dream has solidified mine. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Thank you! This truly IS reassuring. My life is just the opposite: too much free time without the ability to meditate for hours. But I suppose there’s a reason for that too.

  8. Perfect wisdom, perfectly expressed … as always.
    Master’s sharing with you resonates so deeply with my own life right now.
    As you said in your writing … Master coming to all of us through you.

  9. Thanks so much, Jyotish. I agree completely: sometimes it IS mutually empowering to share a spiritual experience with others. So glad you did.

  10. Thank you Jyotish and Devi, Your words ring so true in my soul. All is of God. Right now we are going through fires here in Santa Cruz County, and Divine Mother is purifying this area. What is – is. And eternally compassion has expanded 100 fold for those losing homes and being dislocated. Our center has become a refuge for those fleeing the flames. It is a trying time. Yet I know it is all in Divine Order. Thank you for your words, and the duties we are called to do are all part of the service and a greater plan we cannot see. God bless, and I am so glad you are carrying out your duties so we can benefit. Aum. You spiritual experience is very valuable and inspiring to all of us!

  11. Thank you for sharing! The reassurance is much appreciated. ❤️

  12. AUM Guru and bless you Jyotishji.
    Thank you for sharing and inspiring us with these insights guided by Master.

  13. Thanks Jyotish for sharing such a personal experience. It comes across as a direct connection with Master for all of us..

  14. Master is so loving. This was exactly what I needed to read right now. Thank you for sharing this at exactly the right moment!

  15. Dear Jyotish, Every word you wrote fully makes sense to me including sensing one part of your dream to share as a good message for others. Two words that occur to me from what you said are balance and acceptance. You know, it’s funny… I tend to be mental or intellectual or philosophical. And yet when my mind and intuition disagree it is almost always the intuition that is right. On the other hand I recently thought I was following a spiritual directive and ignored logic and ordinary human emotions. In in this case it was my logic and ordinary human emotions which were right and that I needed to listen to! Well, there’s a lot one could unpack there but I’ll simply say that God even gave us our ordinary human emotions to help guide us! Someone as “metaphysical” as I am needed to be a little more down to earth recently. A little more simplicity. More simplicity? Well, how about less complexity.

  16. Very beautifully expressed and very reassuring.
    immensely grateful!

  17. Dear Jyotish,
    You may address my intellect and ein my concentration while sharing wisdom with us, but mainly you reach my heart with the vibration of the unconditional love. Devi does the same. I am thankful beyond words for both of your’s presence in our lifes as Yogananda’s devotees.
    I still am learning to let God be first, in activity as well as in meditation. It seam to be just two different classrooms.
    With the love, Sabine

  18. Thank you so much for sharing. I struggle daily with my overwhelming responsibilities. I thirst for reassurance and direction from Master. Jai Guru!

  19. WOW…Precisely what I needed to be thinking about right now! Thank you. Jai Guru!

  20. Thank you Jyotish for sharing this deep and insightful message from Master to all of us. I will take this in deeply as we all march toward freedom

  21. “When we reject anything or anyone, we reject Divine Mother, who is every atom in creation”. Very true. I will be cautious in future. You enlight us. Thank you.

  22. Very inspiring dear Jyotish Ji…take the life as it comes and connect with God always ???

    Om Guru,


  23. Thank you so much for sharing. I too have saved it to reread. S

  24. So very deeply grateful to you dear Jyotish Ji for sharing your dream. How comforting and reassuring the teaching is. Timely blog with this phase we are all going thru. My heart and soul is uplifted. Jai Guru.

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