Ananda Healing Prayer Council Newsletter
January 310 Dwapara
This article, below, by Paramhansa Yogananda is a great way to start the New Year! Let’s dive deep in God, making the most of this sacred incarnation. Thank you for your prayerful service!
God bless you all!
Joy to you,
PS – I will be sending this letter out via my regular e-mail also – but I wanted this prayer team to have it right away.
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Quickening Human Evolution
Article by PARAMHANSA YOGANANDA (East-West, January–February 1929)
Do you realize how you spend your life? Very few of us know how much we can put in our life if we use it properly, rightly, wisely, economically. Economize your time—lifetimes ebb away before we wake up, and that is why we do not realize the value of the immortal time which God has given us. Time is spent in rushing, in racing, in getting nowhere. Very few of us stop, think, and find out what life can give unto us. Do you know how many years actually you live? Most people sleep from six to ten hours a day—one-third of their life is gone. Sixty years is the average life. One-third of that, twenty to twenty-five years is spent in unconsciousness. Thus only forty or thirty-five years are left. About five or ten years are spent in talking about nothing, and amusements. That brings it down to thirty—and out of that thirty years, what else do you do? Eat and do nothing, and of course attend to business. Business is necessary; business is for the purpose of keeping the bodily animal all right. That takes most of your time. Actually scrutinize your life—you live hardly ten years. In the morning you get up, and most of you wake with the consciousness of coffee and toast—first comes the breakfast consciousness—then rush to business. The day passes—hurry, worry, and at noon-time, coffee and doughnuts! You don’t even eat right. Evening comes—movies and dancing. You come back late at night, go to bed, get up in the morning, and start in again with the breakfast consciousness. This is the way you spend your life. Sometimes you read those books that are not worthwhile, and perhaps sickness comes and begins to shorten your life. This world is a vast school, and in your sixty years of life many things are necessary, but if you keep only the body vehicle all right, that is not the sole purpose of life. Don’t think that just in order to be well-clothed and fed you have to have millions—you don’t have to lead a sophisticated life in order to merely feed the bodily animal. Life’s goal is much better. Ask yourself now this question—how many good books have I read in this life? Every day about two dozen new books are being printed in America on ethics, music, literature, botany, logic, science, the scriptures—how are you going to pack all this knowledge into your ten years of life? Then again, sixty years is not the life of everyone; just the lucky ones have even that. What hope have you got? And yet you are idling and having bridge parties! I have no objection if you do it for a good cause. But are you going to waste your time standing on the sidewalk, watching the crowds pass by or looking through the windows at many things you don’t need and want to buy?
Knowledge is Infinite
Are you going to waste your time by the wayside? How are you going to condense your experiences, how are you going to learn all the things you want to learn? The ordinary person does not think at all—just eats, sleeps, and dies. Doesn’t your heart throb to learn everything that is going on in the world? How is it possible for the average human being to know them all? How are you going to find time to read of Jesus, of Aristotle, of all the great poets? Life seems hopelessly short when you think of that. You read a few books and think you know it all. In the cities you have wonderful libraries, but few people go there. Think of all the knowledge of all human beings; how, in these few years, are you going to pack it in your brain? Is it possible? As long as you live on this earth, as long as the power in the eye shall give you strength to see the stars, as long as you enjoy God’s sunshine and breathe His air, so long will you yearn for knowledge. Most human beings walk with an empty skull, and they think there is a brain there—they think it, that is all: they walk in emptiness. “Oh, yes. I have a wonderful library at home. Come on, I will show it to you.” Beautiful but untouched! Music, poetry, science, everything is there. With all the things you want to learn you don’t want to waste your time. You are filled with unhappiness most of the time because you don’t keep the mind engaged. Think of Aristotle, Shakespeare, Maeterlinck, Lord Shankara, and their works. Think of the privilege you have. You can converse with all of them at will through their wonderful books. Instead of that, you are wondering all the time what show you are going to see next! It is good once in a while to be entertained, but if you spend your life gossiping about others, or being interested in others’ fault, not your own faults, the loss is yours. You have lots of housecleaning to do yourself—you are wasting priceless time when the treasures of God are around you, ready to be received. Wisdom comes, knocks at your gate, gently asking, “Let me in,” but there is no answer, no thought, no response there. Cheap, sensational novels call you hoarsely with their grossness, and your thoughts rush out to receive them with open hearts. You develop a taste for inferior things thus. If you develop a liking for unwholesome cheese, you lose your taste for the good, fresh cheese. As you develop a taste for inferior things, you lose taste for better things, and you think yourself unable to be otherwise because of bad habit. Cultivate the habit to pick up in this life more worthwhile things. Schedule your life, read the best books in the world, don’t waste time reading this and that—pick up the best books. Read of medicine, astronomy, science, the scriptures. One thing that must be your first concern: you must find out your vocation. By contact with the Cosmic Vibration in meditation you will be led to the goal, you will be led to the thing you ought to do. Concentrate upon that thing, make yourself proficient in that. Many try ten kinds of business without getting really acquainted with any. You can’t get everything of many things—learn everything of one thing.
Still, knowledge is so vast, spiritual wisdom and all things are so vast, and though this world is vast to us, it is but a speck in the universe. How is it possible in this life to know all the wisdom that many human beings have from time to time gathered from the school of life? There are lots of things to know. The world is becoming small—every day it is growing smaller, due to transportation facilities. Soon we will have to take a trip to other planets to have adventure in travels. Electricity goes anywhere in a second—why can’t we? We are the makers of electricity. We are progressing in numerous ways, we are doing things quickly. The adoption of better methods in business and transportation, mass production by huge machinery, have quickened evolution. Think of the time of life used up just in weaving of cloth by hand in the past! That labor has been saved by modern machinery—so evolution has been quickened by the adoption of better methods. Machinery can do that. Machinery gives mass production, saves labor. How are we going to quickly weave lives into all-around success? Why can’t we quicken human evolution as well as world evolution?…
Concentration is the Key
…Concentration, when directed by Divine Power, does not allow you to ramble through wrong investments—you go straight to success. Hence, if that mind power can be applied in business, it can be applied in other things, in music and writing, for example. I always start from within, out, and not from without, in. All the musical instruments I play I learned that way. I was too proud to go to a teacher, and I thought, “Well, the first man that started to study about music, he did not learn from anybody; why can’t I do the same?” Start from within, not from without. That’s how anyone can get the experience of many years within a short time. You have not to learn all the books in the library. You have not to learn everything. Knowledge, poetry, music, and all knowledge come from the inner source, and from the soul without limitation. How are you going to find out all the mysteries of the body and all the mystery of divine things in one short life span of human life if you do not tap your inner source, which is omniscient?
To be continued next month with “Making Brain Cells Receptive”…