|YOGALife - Fall 1995|
|Table of Contents|
|·||Swami Vishnu-devananda Speaks On Samadhi, Rebirth & World Karma|
|·||Memories of Swami Vishnu-devananda|
|·||Matsyasan - The fish position|
|·||Advancing in Sadhana|
Swami Vishnu-devananda Speaks On Samadhi, Rebirth & World Karma
Bear insult. Bear injury"; that's the highest yoga, the highest sadhana. Sadhana means spiritual practice or yogic training. The highest is: "Bear insult. Bear injury," and why is it the highest? Why? ... what is Yoga? Yoga means? "Yoga chitta-vrtti-nirodhah" Yoga is the cessation of the mental waves. Someone says, "Swami Vishnu you are a great yogi." "Thank you, my child." Someone else says, "Swami Vishnu you are a crook." Then my pendulum is swinging left and right between flattery and insult. The technique of yoga is not to allow any type of wave to arise and dissolve in the mind. Praise and censure are the same for one who has got control over the mind. Heat and cold are one and the same for a yogi; victory and defeat are one and the same. It doesn't make any difference - you are a yogi. Don't think that by practicing yoga, suddenly everything is going to be alright for you, and that only others will suffer because they're not yogis, they are not practicing yoga. That is not true. You have to work out your own Karma. What you do now doesn't change the Karma you have to work out, which is all the result of your action in the past. A true yogi accepts his present condition, whatever it is. That makes no difference. He is going to keep his mind in the same steady one-pointed state: "Yoga samatvam ucyate."
Massacre at MacDonald's. Gunman kills twenty. San Isidro, CA.A heavily armed man opened fire at a MacDonald's restaurant late yesterday and killed at least twenty people before he was slain by police sharp shooters. Among the dead was an infant girl, police said. The shooting was said to be the worst single-day slaughter in U.S. history. "It was an absolute massacre," said San Diego police commander Larry Gore. The gunman, believed to be forty years old, was shot and killed by a police Swat team from a rooftop. No motive for the attack was immediately known. In an unsuccessful effort to bring a halt to the carnage, police located the gunman's wife and tried to use her as a mediator. The attack began about 4 pm at the restaurant about 8 kilometers north of the Mexican border in the southern San Diego County community. The man, armed with an automatic rifle, a shotgun, and a handgun, was holed up inside the MacDonald's for one and a half hours and was shooting everything in sight, including a victim on the freeway, several people outside the restaurant, and ten or eleven inside the facility, Gore said. At least six people were shot outside the restaurant, police said. "If anybody moved he just shot them," said one of the survivors, a MacDonald's employee. The manager and somebody else got out the rear. Gore said, "The suspect was seen moving around different locations throughout the inside of the MacDonald's, so one of our team members was finally able to get a clear shot, and was able to down him." An infant girl was taken to the hospital with bullet fragments in her body, a hospital official said. "She was brought in by some bystanders," he said, "we don't know who her parents are."
Why do these people do this? There's no clear motive. Now you can understand: their past lives, their anger, their hatred - all this is there. Suddenly something happens to their emotions and they are ready. That is the situation. Many of the present soldiers and officers of every country, they've also lived in the past. They've gone to war before, and they've seen the suffering. Their hatred is hidden, submerged, but when the right time is given to them, it will come back to the conscious level, and they will try to destroy. That is the lowest state. We are creating more monsters, you will see. When you say: "You are going to be a soldier to protect your country," you are making man an animal. When you join the military, what is the first thing they do? A recruit comes and first thing, he is completely shaved. He is made to completely forget his old identity, completely, from then onwards. Though I was in the army, we never had to repeat that type of hatred word that the Marines are taught here. You can see yourself how they are. They repeat the words. It's the same thing in the P.L.O. I saw on a newsreel the graduation of the P.L.O. from training camp. Do you know what they have to do to show their courage? They are going to kill every Israeli; to prove that they have to take live chickens and live rabbits and bite them with their teeth and tear them apart. They are ruthless; they are going to kill everybody. They literally bite into live chickens and live rabbits, tear them apart with their teeth, to show their courage. That's the type of monster we are creating on this planet earth. Naturally these people die, and when they come back again, they are not going to be saints, nor will they stay in the astral dimension for a long time. They want to take birth again; they're more eager to reincarnate than the people who are highly evolved. Highly evolved people are in the higher dimensions; they don't come back so soon. But the appetites and desires of those in the lower dimensions are so strong that they come back quickly. So this world is filled with this negative type of person; they have control over this world. Like Idi Amin, etc. You have seen these monsters existing in our century. The Libyan Kadaffi, he's another monster. He's the person who is going to bring terrible tragedy to the Middle East. They're all fanatics. Khomeni, what he did in the name of God and religion - you just look into it. We live with monsters, though in human form. Let us pray for their peace.
You are brought up in a society where everything is black and white, through a microscope or without a microscope. This is the tradition existing in Western society: only visible matter - visible things - are important. What is not visible is just an illusion. But we all have to leave this physical plane; we are only here for a short time. Out of a hundred years, you are sleeping for fifty - and dreaming - and childhood is gone in a dream. In old age you'll be sitting in a wheelchair. So we are here in this physical plane for a very short time only. But we have to face the future of this physical plane as well as of our souls.
I am also interested in the peace of this planet earth, and not only the planet earth. You forget the peace in the next plane. You have to leave here, either naturally or unnaturally, either by war or by natural death - you have to leave this planet earth. Have you ever thought of that? What is going to happen to you? What type of life will you have? What type of experience? The Western mind, with a few exceptions, never wants to think in this way. Very few people want to think in these terms. They think that after death they'll have a long, long holiday, permanently on vacation, forever. That idea is the worst idea you can have. That's why you have problems. You create societies, you create weapons for mass destruction. Only living now is important; there is no importance in life after death.
But your consciousness will continue to survive. Your spirit will be exactly as you are now. Your individual consciousness; your love, your compassion, your devilish nature, whatever - it will continue after death. If you are not prepared for that type of experience after death - that continuation - there are enough people on other planes to help you. But look for a moment at the earth. Look to the coming days. The tragedy in store for this planet is unbelievable, because of the nuclear threat. This earth won't be habitable even for the survivors; radiation will affect their astral bodies terribly. Mutations will take place. Even if birth takes place, the babies will be without noses and hands; psychologically, their brains will not function. So in the physical dimension there will be problems. And because their deaths will have been sudden, millions and billions of people will be reborn quickly. There will be few to help them here on the earth plane . a minority, a microscopic minority. People concern themselves with Presidential elections. They talk about four more years. That's all they understand . four more years. They don't understand anything beyond four; that's all they can count. Four more years in their life. They don't understand how life continues. They've got no idea; they don't understand that they have to continue to survive afterwards, and these are the people who have the button in their hand. Once the button is pushed there is nothing we can do. Pray that somehow we'll be able to communicate so that these people will understand that after death there is life, and that they are going to create tremendous problems in the astral dimension.
Everything continues in exactly the same situation. This is the reason for my peace mission. If the nuclear war were going to destroy this planet earth and afterwards we wouldn't have to worry about it any more, then I am the first person to start the nuclear war. I will send you all to heaven forever. If that is the only effect, we could destroy the world easily today. We can carry the war and finish the world today - we have the capacity. Within twenty minutes we can wipe out this planet earth and we can close God's work here, but have you ever thought of what would happen afterwards. That is why my peace mission is not only for peace here; if some great destruction occurs, hell will exist there for you afterwards, on other dimensions - hell. That's the whole purpose of this talk.
If you talk to presidents and prime ministers, they won't understand anything. They only understand their champagne and their parties. They are actually having them. I've seen it on the television. My God! Everything party, party, party. What is it? Party means kill animals, eat, and get drunk. And that's the situation. Such leaders exist now - you are in trouble. The energy level is so low that God may destroy this planet earth. If God destroys, you will reincarnate in some other place where you can start your life in a different pattern. It's possible that this planet earth may close or it may not close - we do not know the Lord's intentions. On this planet earth as it is now, the sinful experience, the negative experience, like drugs, is prevalent throughout the West. Doctors and congressmen, senators and dentists are all taking alcohol and drugs. In these conditions we have no spiritual growth at all. There are only more and more arguments and more missiles. Very few people are talking about the inner spiritual life and society is going on, increasing this type of negative living. How can you change this world? There is no way ... unless there is some kind of punishment to warn us. And the punishment is going to be very, very bad for all of us and that's also God's will; it is the Karma of the whole planet. The present situation is so horrible; it is unbelievable - what is going on from morning till evening. Hear all the things that are going on. There is no spiritual life. Spiritual people, religious people like us, they cheat people and tell them lies: "Give me $150 I'll send you to heaven." In that condition God will just destroy this planet. He will start all over again. But the souls, they won't die. The souls will come back again according to their Karma, good or bad. They will reincarnate after some time on another planet and will continue. Think of good for everybody. May the Lord bless you all. Go to Top
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