Question from Vilma: Can one become phisically ill and emotionally aggitated in the process of mind expansion? I find that I am getting days in between when I am stopping my meditation for a full day and I feel depressed over having succumbed to pollens, allergies, bronchitis, and asthma in that order. I am interpreting my sickness as a statement that I am…
Attunement is aligning your energy and thoughts with those of another, which is important for a disciple to do with their spiritual teacher. How is this done?
If your spiritual teacher is in his or her body, then it is simpler. You need to be with them as much as possible. In seeing them interact with their disciples, in listening to them lecture on spiritual topics, and in just meditating in their presence, you will be blessed and changed.
If your teacher is not in their body, attuning yourself to them is more challenging. Here at Ananda we have a community of disciples of Paramhansa Yogananda, with Swami Kriyananda as a spiritual guide. Swamiji was with Yogananda for three years until Yogananda left his body. He is very clear on the master’s teachings and has written many books on the spiritual path. So one way is to read these books, as they can also help you tune into your own guru if he is not Yogananda. Another way is be with other disciples of your guru as much as you can.
Deeper attunement is one of the most important aspects of the spiritual path and is also a subtle and personal development. If you’ve chosen Paramhansa Yogananda as your guru try to feel his constant presence with you; you can do this by visualizing, or even feeling, him in your own thoughts and in your words and actions.
You can also try chanting, either out loud or silently, “Aum Guru” throughout the day. Allow yourself to offer all your successes and failures to God and Guru and open up to their flow of divine grace. When you meditate, explore having Yogananda meditate through you or with you.
Visualizing the Master’s eyes can also be a powerful means to deepen your attunement; feel ih his eyes the unconditional love and compassion that invites you to dissolve all ego desires and attachments.
Question from Raghavendra: Are realy you people believe that there are still human being like Paramhansa Yogananda type people and many other like Babaji type persons in todays world? Does anyone ever see this type of persons and their miracles? Please let me know?
Question from Rush: As chelas, I know we are to be in constant attunement with & obedience to the Guru, so he can mold us God-ward. Yet I also read from Yogananda, “There is no law of God preventing you from being what you want to be and accomplishing what you want to accomplish.” It seems confusing; when I am in obedience-mode, then…
Question from Jan Jerome: My Kriya practice has become very important to me and I fear losing the discipline to continue meditating consistently due to my outer life creating distractions. My question is how to keep strong attunement to God and Gurus while maintaining a demanding outer life of service.
Question from Suzanne Pourmoneshi: My friend, a zen meditator, suggested that I use some meditating CDs during my Hong-Sau routine that produce Delta Wave patterns, teaching the mind to reach deep meditation levels very quickly. Should I feel guilty about “cheating” on my spiritual journey, or should I feel content knowing that I still meditate with discipline, devotion, and a love for God? Please…
Question from tanmay: recently, i started rectiting and listening to mahamrityunjaya mantra. however, i have heard that this is a very powerful mantra and can have severe impacts if not recited well. i want to know..do i need to follow some ways…i mean is it ok to listen to this mantra just as i wake up???
Question from Geoff Quinn: I would like to deepen my attunement with my guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, as I work. Do you have any suggestions?