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Meditation And Spiritual Life

Meditation and Spiritual Life

The Spiritual Path - Swami Yatiswarananda.pdf

By Abhilash Rajendran Saturday, December 01, Through pure actions and thoughts you should accumulate enough merit to counter the demerits you have acquired. Later on, the whole account of merit and demerit is to be made nothing.

Meditation And Spiritual Life

Swami Yatiswarananda — was a disciple of Swami Brahmananda. He spent seven years teaching Vedanta in Europe, where he founded an ashram in Switzerland, though he lectured on Vedanta from Madrid to Warsaw.

Swami Yatiswarananda was famed for his meditative life and spiritual attainment. His book, Meditation and Spiritual Life, a compilation of his class talks, is considered one of the finest compendiums on spiritual life. The article below was taken from the Jan-Feb Vedanta in the West. The first part of this article was posted in June, Read Part 1.

We are now living an age of slogans. One of the much-repeated slogans is that religion is the opiate of the people and is therefore to be avoided as poison. There is the religion which binds the soul to narrow doctrines and dogmas, and there is again that which awakens our spiritual consciousness, makes us feel that we are all parts of the one Eternal Being, and urges us to love and serve one another in a spirit of worship. We must overcome this obstacle created by false slogans.

There is a second obstacle. Repression is the involuntary process by which unacceptable desires or impulses are excluded from consciousness, and thus being denied direct satisfaction are left to operate in the unconscious. Suppression on the other hand is the forcible exclusion of an idea or desire from consciousness. Driven into the unconscious, it starts doing its havoc there. In both cases these underground enemies tend to produce neurosis and may affect mental and physical health adversely.

This is recognized by many wise and eminent psychologists. One of them, Dr. But I have personally known many neuroses precipitated by marriage; indeed, I am sometimes tempted to think that half of my patients are neurotic because they are not married and the other half because they are!

When we feel something strongly, we are dealing with a complex. The three most important complexes which play a great part in adult life are the ego, sex, and herd complexes.

These parent complexes produce others, and the opposing demands of these complexes create serious conflicts in our being. Complexes by themselves are not bad.

They are bad when they take the form of selfishness, sensuality, greed, intolerance, etc. The Hindu socio-religious scheme recognizes all normal desires for wealth, progeny, and social position, and at first tries to take most men and women along the path of worldly achievement. Some eminent Western psychologists stress the sublimation of the instincts through socialization. Thus Edward A.

Strecker and Kenneth E. Nay, it should be our privilege. The object of all civilized life, married or unmarried, must be to find its great sublimated interest. Hindu spiritual teachers speak not only of socialization but also of spiritualization of our instincts, which they advocate as a step towards Self-realization or divine communion—the goal of spiritual life. It is significant that some leading Western psychologists are coming to realize more and more the value of religion.

I therefore consider it wiser to acknowledge the idea of God consciously. The more we struggle and move along the spiritual path, the more do we discover that our greatest obstacles are ourselves. For our troubles we must take the responsibility on ourselves instead of blaming others. There are biologists, psychologists, and other thinkers who attribute or trace some of our troubles to the environment, some to our ancestors, and some to the universal unconscious mind.

With a view to avoiding our own responsibilities, sometime we too like to think along that line. How often do we justify ourselves by attributing all our obstacles and difficulties to outside agencies! But when we learn to analyze ourselves mercilessly, we discover that the troubles lie more with ourselves, and with ourselves. Through intelligent self-effort we can completely transform ourselves and achieve such a complete change which is not possible for any animal.

We create many obstacles through our wrong thinking, wrong feeling, and wrong doing. We may hamper our spiritual progress through too much self-laudation or self-condemnation. By having the correct attitude and proper training we can get over these. Once a European gentleman came to see me. In the name of practicing mental stillness and samadhi he was inducing a kind of sleep. In the name of practicing meditation, an American was inducing a kind of dreamy state, in which his imagination would run riot with a mixture of the sublime and the ridiculous, of pure and impure ideas, of images and emotions.

And he was thinking that sitting for a long time in this morbid state was an achievement. He was advised to get up from his seat as soon as he felt drowsy, and to improve the quality of meditation. A lady used to condemn herself too much for emotions she had outgrown.

She was advised to forget all that as a bad dream, to assert her spiritual nature, do the duties of life well, and devote a little time for prayer and meditation. She followed the instructions and a new chapter opened in her life. There is also the case of a painter who was very skeptical.

Later he became convinced of the utility of spiritual practice. Following certain instructions, he became more and more spiritual in his outlook, and his painting also improved in quality. There have certainly been cases of failure, but there is no doubt that those who have been following the spiritual path sincerely are minimizing their obstacles, even getting glimpses of the spiritual idea and entering a new realm of light and peace.

There are obstacles and obstacles. There are the obstacles we create and increase by yielding to our baser instincts like lust, anger, and jealousy, and the obstacles of a Ramakrishna trying to attain the highest state of transcendental consciousness. Then Ramakrishna was initiated by his guru into the disciplines of non-dual Vedanta, with the greatest of ease he reached the penultimate stage of that path, when he found himself confronted by an insurmountable obstacle in the form of the blissful Mother of the Universe!

But even this he overcame by following the instruction of his guru, and became merged in the Absolute. Illumined souls do not drop from the skies. They are no doubt born with great potentialities, but these they unfold by overcoming obstacles through intense spiritual struggles followed under the direction of competent teachers.

Sri Ramakrishna would sometimes remove the obstacles of his disciples. Young Rakhal—who later on became Swami Brahmananda—was meditating. His mind became dry and restless, and all his striving was of no avail. Greatly depressed, he wanted to go to his master. But Ramakrishna himself knew the troubles of his disciple and was going to him.

Rakhal became free from distractions and his soul became filled with peace and joy. When we met Swami Brahmananda, he was himself a highly illumined teacher, possessing tremendous spiritual powers.

We know of many instances when the Swami enabled a number of his disciples, including some of us, to overcome their obstacles. In the course of our spiritual strivings, we sometimes come to a closed door, or feel that we are in the midst of a thick cloud and are not able to see our way.

In such cases the Swami would urge us to intensify our spiritual practices, and these removed the immediate obstacles. Sometimes, when we blundered greatly, he even gave us severe scoldings. We felt hurt, but became more and more introspective, continued our disciplines with increased intensity, and rising above the obstacles found our way again. There were occasions when he gave us even glimpses of the higher Reality.

By his blessed touch he could raise our mind to a higher plan of consciousness for the time being. Let not anyone think that our life was made very easy that way; it was just the contrary. Real struggle for mastering the experience started from that time, leading to greater struggle than ever before. The struggle is still going on, although it may not always be outwardly manifest. But through these struggles we are progressing.

Most intense were the spiritual strivings Swami Brahmananda and his brother-disciples underwent after the passing of their master. Once Vijayakrishna Goswami asked the Swami why he was practicing such intense spiritual disciplines even after Sri Ramakrishna had given him all that was necessary. Most of us do not, of course, get the opportunity of having an illumined teacher to guide us.

There is no doubt that it is not safe to follow the spiritual path without a proper director. If, however, we are sincere, we may, in due course, get one—at least an advanced spiritual seeker, if not an enlightened soul.

Such a guide will minimize the risks in the path and help us in our progress. But when no human guide is available, we have to depend on ourselves and do the best we can, constantly praying to the Supreme Spirit, who is really the ultimate Teacher, for light and guidance. But the breeze of divine grace, as the Master and his disciples used to say, is constantly blowing. We have only to unfurl the sail. Through systematic spiritual striving we should come in touch with the divine spiritual current and move towards the goal steadily.

We must be up and doing. For this self is the friend of oneself, and this self is the enemy of oneself. Spiritual life is a constant struggle, an indispensable part of which is the overcoming of moral obstacles. The illumined ones and the scriptures point out the way. No evil word shall we send forth. Anger must be conquered by forgiveness. And the wicked must be conquered by honesty. The miser must be conquered by liberality.

And falsehood must be conquered by truth. There are obstacles caused by tamas and rajas.

Meditation and Spiritual Life

Swami Yatiswarananda — was a disciple of Swami Brahmananda. He spent seven years teaching Vedanta in Europe, where he founded an ashram in Switzerland, though he lectured on Vedanta from Madrid to Warsaw. Swami Yatiswarananda was famed for his meditative life and spiritual attainment. His book, Meditation and Spiritual Life, a compilation of his class talks, is considered one of the finest compendiums on spiritual life. The article below was taken from the Jan-Feb Vedanta in the West.

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The Spiritual Path - Swami Yatiswarananda.pdf

T he following is a list of recommended reading for the spiritual aspirant. First, there are five books whose value cannot be estimated. They are foundation stones of understanding spiritual life and spiritual philosophy. They should be read through many times carefully and reflectively.

Report Download. This book, a compilation of class-talks given by Swami Yatiswarananda to groups of earnest spiritual aspirants in Europe, the USA and India is a practical manual of spiritual life, with special emphasis on meditation. Though designed for the use of religious people in general, it is specially intended for those who sincerely practise prayer, Japa [repetition of holy name] and meditation and are eager to attain some spiritual fulfilment.

A book for reflection and meditation consisting of selected passages from the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, the Bhagavatam, and other Vedantic scriptures arranged according to topics. The verses are presented in Devanagari script without English transliteration followed by English translation. In the introduction, a very valuable, detailed systematic account of the theory and practice of spiritual life is given.


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