'In Realization it IS FULLY 100 % Bliss --- it is **Love** in that one moves within Compassion and gives in order to cut through the delusion, that keeps suffering in place for the seeker.... Whatever it takes to do this the Sage or Guru gives.. Wisdom that may aide in cutting through delusion to finally bring full Liberation rather than simply appealing to the mind that is looking for the next nugget of softly spoken words which are like ego affirmations.
Now as far as this idea that Real Realized beings never get angry and are always in a syrupy loving mode.... Look at Christ --- There was Anger --- There was Action in throwing over the money changers tables... Is one saying that Christ was a fake ?
As far as tough love ----- perhaps this excerpt (which is found a little further down in the letter) will be something that is more acceptable to be understood since it is Yogananda speaking of his Guru - Yukteswar.... Was he always gentle only saying love love love ? NO ---- He DID what was necessary to break through the ego of delusion --- in order to find the kernel of Truth -- the Ground of Being that has always been under the surface of the illusion called ego....
As far as remaining in Love versus Stillness --- Rama Krishna chose to TASTE the Sugar versus to BE the Sugar.... in other words he wanted to remain in that Love Bliss dance... There is something beyond it --- but the lower Samadhi is what he chose...
Many of us have passed through this type of Blissstate --- and once again can only say there is something beyond it....
Make no mistake in the Nirvikalpa Sahaja Samadhi there is Bliss but it is a Quiet Bliss that has no opposite. O-ne is Love but it is the Impersonal Love that has no attachment such as what is termed love by those in duality... There is no illusion attached to it... There are no belief systems surrounding it... The Stillness is beyond words 0-ne - Complete - Whole -- Everlasting -- Beyond Birth and death...
Here are some writings while written along the way will start with one that was written while in the Bliss state which you think is the highest (note it was written before Realization - before all fell away into Reality and yes, was within Full Bliss and yet, as great as it was - it was definitely not close to Realization) Before Realization one thinks it is the highest and when Realization takes place the fallacy of this idea is known fully....
- ANAND OR BLISS
- What is this world compared to this Bliss,
- Compared to this Bliss
- Compared to this Bliss of Self Divine...
- There is nothing to see compared to this Bliss
- compared to this Bliss
- compared to this Bliss of Self Divine...
- there is nothing to touch (compared to this Bliss)
- there is nothing to feel (compared to this Bliss)
- there is nothing to hear (compared to this Bliss)
- there is nothing to taste (compared to this Bliss)
- there is nothing to do (compared to this Bliss)
- there is nothing to be (compared to this Bliss)
- there is nothing to speak but
- only to BE - but only to BE -but only to BE this Bliss of Self Divine...
- to BE the "Self Divine"...
- Pathway Prayer
- May i walk the path in humilty
- May my mind be focused on my goal.
- May i see and correct my own faults,
- leaving my brothers and sisters to correct their own.
- May my lips speak only wisdom.
- May my hands give only kindness.
- May my feet walk in peace.
- May my eyes see purity wherever i look.
- May my heart find joy in all that i do...
- May my constant prayer be that all beings find a path to God and
Spirituality is seeing the oneness of creation. Becoming aware of an inner peace; and allowing it to be manifest outwardly as your actions come into harmony with the ongoing ever-flowing source of unconditional love.
We are ever striving, to not strive. Learn to step back and go with the flow instead of trying to swim upstream....
Experience the endless possibilities of life, enjoy, sit back and allow others to experience their realities and lives. Enjoy thier differances....
Love and blessings g.
- I AM
- I am not the body
- nothing has ever happened to me
- i am not emotions
- i am not sensations
- i am not experience
- I contain all things and yet I AM separate and distinct
- going beyond I AM the Void
- I cannot say within myself for there is no within; but only that the
- Now is consciousness and Bliss, the peace of still awareness
- for only I AM......
Now onto Yogananda's speaking of his Guru....
• But Sri Yukteswar's training cannot be described as other than drastic. A perfectionist, my guru was hypercritical of his disciples, whether in matters of moment or in the subtle nuances of behavior.
• My guru could never be bribed, even by love. He showed no leniency to anyone who, like myself, willingly offered to be his disciple. Whether Master and I were surrounded by his students or by strangers, or were alone together, he always spoke plainly and upbraided sharply. No trifling lapse into shallowness or inconsistency escaped his rebuke. This flattening treatment was hard to endure, but my resolve was to allow Sri Yukteswar to iron out each of my psychological kinks. As he labored at this titanic transformation, I shook many times under the weight of his disciplinary hammer.
"If you don't like my words, you are at liberty to leave at any time," Master assured me. "I want nothing from you but your own improvement. Stay only if you feel benefited." For every humbling blow he dealt my vanity, for every tooth in my metaphorical jaw he knocked loose with stunning aim, I am grateful beyond any facility of expression. The hard core of human egotism is hardly to be dislodged except rudely. With its departure, the Divine finds at last an unobstructed channel. In vain It seeks to percolate through flinty hearts of selfishness.
Sri Yukteswar's wisdom was so penetrating that, heedless of remarks, he often replied to one's unspoken observation. "What a person imagines he hears, and what the speaker has really implied, may be poles apart," he said. "Try to feel the thoughts behind the confusion of men's verbiage."
But divine insight is painful to worldly ears; Master was not popular with superficial students. The wise, always few in number, deeply revered him. I daresay Sri Yukteswar would have been the most sought- after guru in India had his words not been so candid and so censorious.
"I am hard on those who come for my training," he admitted to me. "That is my way; take it or leave it.
I will never compromise. But you will be much kinder to your disciples; that is your way. I try to purify only in the fires of severity, searing beyond the average toleration. The gentle approach of love is also transfiguring. The inflexible and the yielding methods are equally effective if applied with wisdom. You will go to foreign lands, where blunt assaults on the ego are not appreciated. A teacher could not spread India's message in the West without an ample fund of accommodative patience and forbearance." I refuse to state the amount of truth I later came to find in Master's words!
Though Sri Yukteswar's undissembling speech prevented a large following during his years on earth, nevertheless his living spirit manifests today over the world, through sincere students of his Kriya Yoga and other teachings. He has further dominion in men's souls than ever Alexander dreamed of in the soil. Father arrived one day to pay his respects to Sri Yukteswar. My parent expected, very likely, to hear some words in my praise. He was shocked to be given a long account of my imperfections. It was Master's practice to recount simple, negligible shortcomings with an air of portentous gravity. Father rushed to see me. "From your guru's remarks I thought to find you a complete wreck!" My parent was between tears and laughter.
The only cause of Sri Yukteswar's displeasure at the time was that I had been trying, against his gentle hint, to convert a certain man to the spiritual path. With indignant speed I sought out my guru. He received me with downcast eyes, as though conscious of guilt. It was the only time I ever saw the divine lion meek before me. The unique moment was savored to the full.
"Sir, why did you judge me so mercilessly before my astounded father? Was that just?"
"I will not do it again."
Master's tone was apologetic. Instantly I was disarmed. How readily the great man admitted his fault! Though he never again upset Father's peace of mind, Master relentlessly continued to dissect me whenever and wherever he chose.
New disciples often joined Sri Yukteswar in exhaustive criticism of others. Wise like the guru! Models of flawless discrimination! But he who takes the offensive must not bedefenseless. The same carping students fled precipitantly as soon as Master publicly unloosed in their direction a few shafts from his analytical quiver.
"Tender inner weaknesses, revolting at mild touches of censure, are like diseased parts of the body, recoiling before even delicate handling." This was Sri Yukteswar's amused comment on the flighty ones.
from "Autobiography of a Yogi"
published by Natha.net
0- Many times the Guru's Grace is simply not understood and is judged to be other than what it is which is Pure Compassion that is uncompromising in nature....
Guru Swami G