Date of publication: 2017-08-24 00:58
With an agitated bow, my friend hastily departed. I visited him several times during the next few weeks, and was aghast to find his condition increasingly worse.
&ldquo Patanjali&rsquo s meaning was the removal of desire to kill.&rdquo Sri Yukteswar had found my mental processes an open book. &ldquo This world is inconveniently arranged for a literal practice of ahimsa. Man may be compelled to exterminate harmful creatures. He is not under similar compulsion to feel anger or animosity. All forms of life have equal right to the air of maya. The saint who uncovers the secret of creation will be in harmony with its countless bewildering expressions. All men may approach that understanding who curb the inner passion for destruction.&rdquo
&ldquo L o rd Krishna!&rdquo The glorious form of the avatar appeared in a shimmering blaze as I sat in my room at the Regent Hotel in Bombay. Shining over the roof of a high building across the street, the ineffable vision had suddenly burst on my sight as I gazed out of my long open third-story window.
Then he blessed me: &ldquo All those who come to you with faith, seeking God, will be helped. As you look at them, the spiritual current emanating from your eyes will enter into their brains and change their material habits, making them more God-conscious.&rdquo
&ldquo It is the Spirit of God that actively sustains every form and force in the universe yet He is transcendental and aloof in the blissful uncreated void beyond the worlds of vibratory phenomena,&rdquo 7 Master explained. &ldquo Saints who realize their divinity even while in the flesh know a similar twofold existence. Conscientiously engaging in earthly work, they yet remain immersed in an inward beatitude. The Lord has created all men from the limitless joy of His being. Though they are painfully cramped by the body, God nevertheless expects that souls made in His image shall ultimately rise above all sense identifications and reunite with Him.&rdquo
&ldquo Just imagine!&rdquo I ejaculated. &ldquo We shall be initiated by the masters and experience the trance of cosmic consciousness. Our flesh will be charged with such magnetism that wild animals of the Himalayas will come tamely near us. Tigers will be no more than meek house cats awaiting our caresses!&rdquo
&ldquo Words are cheap! Life has shielded you thus far! What a plight if you were forced to look to the Invisible Hand for your food and shelter! You would soon be begging on the streets!&rdquo
Day by day, behold! I waxed. Two weeks after Master&rsquo s hidden blessing, I had accumulated the invigorating weight which eluded me in the past. My persistent stomach ailments vanished with a lifelong permanency. On later occasions I witnessed my guru&rsquo s instantaneous divine healings of persons suffering from ominous disease tuberculosis, diabetes, epilepsy, or paralysis. Not one could have been more grateful for his cure than I was at sudden freedom from my cadaverous aspect.
The great scientist had received Kriya initiation during one of my earlier visits. &ldquo I practice the technique devoutly, Swamiji,&rdquo he said. After many thoughtful questions to me about various aspects of yoga, Luther remarked slowly:
&ldquo The thought of possible return of my weakness brought me a shudder of cold fear. The following morning I could hardly drag myself to Lahiri Mahasaya&rsquo s home.
&ldquo S ir, please do not leave India without a glimpse of Nirmala Devi. Her sanctity is intense she is known far and wide as Ananda Moyi Ma (Joy-Permeated Mother).&rdquo My niece, Amiyo Bose, gazed at me earnestly.
&ldquo Die then!&rdquo This alarming counsel split the air. &ldquo Die if you must Mukunda! Never admit that you live by the power of food and not by the power of God! He who has created every form of nourishment, He who has bestowed appetite, will certainly see that His devotee is sustained! Do not imagine that rice maintains you, or that money or men support you! Could they aid if the Lord withdraws your life-breath? They are His indirect instruments merely. Is it by any skill of yours that food digests in your stomach? Use the sword of your discrimination, Mukunda! Cut through the chains of agency and perceive the Single Cause!&rdquo
&ldquo He stared at me without reply. Finally he spoke in a consoling manner. &lsquo Child,&rsquo he said, &lsquo come to the temple this evening I will conduct a special Vedic ceremony for you.&rsquo
&ldquo The more weapons of violence, the more misery to mankind,&rdquo Lao-tzu taught. &ldquo The triumph of violence ends in a festival of mourning.&rdquo