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Lesson 214 -
Finding Your Spiritual "Hook" (Audio)
Date: Sun Jul 4, 2004 0:31pm
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Q: I have a question... It has to do with a general sense I have of feeling
unguided and needing of a guru or teacher for my meditation, but unable to
find anything that sparks a sense that I have found that... there are many
teachers, but no 'hook,' no staying power. There are many out there willing
to tell me that they will be my guru, or master... and I have even been told
that I cannot know if someone is my guru, that I just have to obey. But
somehow this feels wrong. Meanwhile, my practice is erratic... because I
don't really trust myself to know what would be my best routine. I've been
practicing yoga for over 20 years...
A: I think relying on an outer "hook" is unreliable. Even the best physical
gurus have a few failings, and that is okay. No one is perfect. But they are
expected to be perfect, and that is a guarantee of failure. Spiritually
speaking, the real shortcoming is always in the practitioner who is looking
outside for primary inspiration, where the only place it can truly be found
So the approach in the lessons is for everyone to find their own inner
inspiration through solid daily practices, and the resulting experiences
that do not deceive us. Inner silence is inner silence. Ecstatic
conductivity is just that. Purification and opening of our nervous system is
an objective phenomenon, at least from our inner view. The cause and effect
of practice and experience belongs to the practitioner. There is no mistake
about that. Personal spiritual experience is the best hook. Spiritual
practices, done daily, can cultivate it in the yogi/yogini with a high
degree of reliability.
The practices in the lessons are not unique, but their integration, combined
power, and relative safety are rare. Few have dared to cross the rigid
traditional lines and integrate these esoteric methods into a workable
system before. It has been done here, and the results have been very good.
So the practices are offered openly for wise seekers to explore for
themselves. It is an inter-traditional scientific investigation that has
been done, and everyone can carry the work forward in their own self-paced
application of the methods. Such an approach has been much needed. However,
it is not for everyone. If someone needs a lot of hand-holding, ritual,
etc., then a physical guru may be necessary. That is not me. I am happy to
help with questions on practice, but I am not here to be anyone's physical
guru. I am making some good tools available. Everyone has to take up their
own journey, using the best tools they can find. Even with a physical guru
this is the case, though few emotionally dependent disciples like to hear
I view yoga as neuro-biological science. No mumbo jumbo. Just cause and
effect. That is what we'd like to have in our yoga -- good methods that work
that we can be confident using year in and year out. Then we know we will
find more and more ecstatic bliss and divine love welling up within us over
time, and the world will be changed for the better by our unfoldment. What
Good yoga operates like clockwork. We can see steadily expanding results
So, try the lessons and see for yourself. Start at the beginning. 20 years
is a long time on the path. Even so, everyone should start at the beginning,
because correct deep meditation is the key to everything in yoga -- at least
in this kind of yoga it is. Inner silence is the foundation of all spiritual
progress, and that is what deep meditation is about. Then we add very
effective spinal breathing pranayama. These two are the core practices, and
everything else builds on these. So, starting at the beginning is very
important. The lessons can be used as a stand-alone teaching, or to
supplement any other path as "food for thought."
No allegiance is necessary here. It is your journey. You are in charge. In
time you will come in tune with the primordial guru inside, your inner pure
bliss consciousness, and then you will have the real hook. Your bhakti will
fly high, and knowledge will come to you from all directions. Then you will
know what this game is about. It is not about anything but your own inner
purification, opening, and divine union. This is the approach throughout the
lessons. Here there are no promises of deliverance by someone outside you.
Just practical information on practices, and how to apply them within
yourself for the best results.
I wish you all success on your chosen path. Enjoy!
The guru is in you.
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