Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry
14618 Tyler Foote Road, Nevada City, CA 95959
530-478-7560, ext. 7028
April 310 Dwapara
May these liberating words bless you, and uplift your healing prayers. Suggestion: pick one section below that speaks to your heart and soul, and focus on it for this day, week, or for the whole month. You decide. Then, when you are ready – pick a new one. May we grow together in God, deepening and expanding the healing power in this ministry, and comforting those in need. God bless you all!
Love in Him,
ESTHETIC WAY OF DEVELOPING COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS
By Paramhansa Yogananda
Good habits versus human habits
No matter how long you have erred, there is hope for you
Human habits of beholding yourself as the little body and its small playhouse of the world, must be displaced by God habits. Human habit keeps reminding you of the little, unreal happiness of name, fame, territory and tiny, laughably valueless possessions. Possess the Universe, for the whole Universe is yours, O Prince of all Possessions! Forsake the slums of the beggar-ego and its pitiful claims to its tinsel kingdom of material beggary, O Prince-Image of God! Never mind even if you must live for a few incarnations in the slum of matter, becoming attached to its mirage of reality. Never mind what length of time you have spent and must still spend identified with matter. All of the ages past are as nothing compared to the Eternity of Time before you, that you may spend in the Bosom of God in the full and conscious possession of all His Glory. No matter how long you have erred and side-tracked away from God, you may NOW forsake the no-longer-attractive slums of ego and reclaim your kingdom of Divine Bliss in Eternity.
The Light shines behind darkness
Daily seeing the material sunlight, you are blinded and unable to see the magic world of eternally spread luminous electrons shining behind the darkness born of closed eyes. Open your eyes, O blind one! See how tiny your bird of ego is. Now close your physical eyes and keep your spiritual eyes wide open in the sunlight of new understanding. See how big YOU are, spread over Infinity and Eternity.
The hidden cosmic sound
Listening to little, incomplete vibrations, you have forgotten to float in the ocean of Cosmic Sound. The Cosmic Song is hidden behind the multitudinous little noises of your own voice and the voices of material noises. The ‘‘still, small voice’’ is never silent, but it cannot be heard for the clamor drowning it. And all about us, everlastingly, night and day, is playing the transcendental Music of the Spheres. ‘‘Seeing, ye see not; hearing, ye hear not. ‘‘
Lift the veils of light and thought and behold God
Stop beholding only the little toy-show of this world; close your physical eyes and plunge behind the screen of darkness. Lift the veil of silence, and behold the magic of soothing, rolling fires of planets, of trillions of multi-colored dancing atoms. Behold life-force dancing in the hall of electrons. Behold one layer of light lying within another. Behold consciousness dancing in the sphere of living light. Behold the Bliss-God and His blessed angels dancing in the thought-fashioned, wisdom-lighted Eternal Chamber of Perpetual, ever-new Bliss. Lift all curtains of light and behold God in the glory of bliss’ The Spiritual Eye is the tunnel through all veils of light, leading straight to God.
Taste God honeycombed in everything
The little centuries of human years are but days, nay, but a few hours in God’s consciousness. Awaken! Arise from dreams of littleness to the realization of the vastness within you. You are dreaming you arc a big moth, buzzing around the poisoned honey of blossoming sense-lures. Come! I will show you, my beloved, that you are the Eternal Fire which is drinking with countless mouths the Nectar-Bliss hidden in the honeycombs of all hearts and all things. God is honeycombed in everything. Drink Him through all noble experiences.
Revive your Omnipresent habits
Feed no longer your human habits with delusive human actions. Let them slowly starve for want of the food of activity. Now, Come! Meditate daily, with earnestness and devotion. Love God without ceasing. Thus may your Omnipresent habit-nature be revived in your consciousness, displacing the body-bound, sense-limited, world-caged human ideas, beliefs, and conscious and subconscious habits of earth life of this and past incarnations.
Love God through all hearts
Drink the nectar of God-love in all hearts. Poison the veins of body attachments, all small world-attachments. Use every heart as your own wine cup from which to drink the fresh ambrosia of God-love. Drink not this Divine Love from one heart only, but drink freely from all hearts the love of God alone.
Feel God as joy of meditation. Think of Him in every action
Learn to love God as the joy felt in meditation. Victory is very near. Only choose good paths before you start the race to the goal of realization. Then think of God as you start on the path of your material or spiritual duty. Then think of God with each footfall of your advancing feet as you make your way carefully and joyously over the broadening road of fulfillment. Then think of Him after you have traveled far on your life’s path and finished your progressive action. Ask God to be with you when you, by your own will, choose good action. Then think of God before you eat body-nourishing food; then think of Him while you are eating it. Then, when you are finished eating, think of God.
Keep centered in God, instead of in matter
When you act in the world, forgetting God, you have changed your centre from God to matter. And this grafted material nature will throw you into the whirlpool of change and will stifle you with worries and sorrows. Now revert to your own nature. Change your centre from material desires to desire for God. These material nature beggaries are only your grafted nature, so the only way you can forget these is to remember God as Peace and Bliss in your heart always. Ask God to make your peace, silence, joy and meditation his holy altars, where your soul may meet and Commune with Him in the holy of Holies. Let your prayer be: “Make my understanding the temple of Thy guidance!”
Continued next month (final installment)
This free e-booklet, below, contains great info on the healing power of sunlight… Paramhansa Yogananda was very enthusiastic about this topic, and said it was an area of study that would grow, and benefit many people.