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with additions, see the AYP
Easy Lessons for Ecstatic Living Books.
Lesson 72 - Q&A Please tell me exactly
what to do
Date: Thu Jan 8, 2004 11:34am
New Members: It is recommended you read from the beginning of the archive, as previous
lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "Why
Q: If I give you all the particulars in my life my lifestyle, my habits, previous
and current spiritual practices, my experiences can you tell me exactly what to do
with these spiritual practices you are describing so eloquently?
A: I am sorry, I cannot. With this approach, that has to come from you. The goal here is
to provide everything you need to set up a good routine of spiritual practices, and evolve
to higher levels of practice and experience over time under your own responsibility and
supervision. General guidelines for practice are provided, along with the necessary
precautions -- plenty of precautions. It is not possible for me to individually guide
every person, particularly since everyone has different tendencies, a different background
in spiritual practices, and different manifestations of experience from past practices.
These lessons are being written for the masses. If they prove to be worth their salt, I
hope they will eventually reach the masses. That is in the hands of all the members, you,
for it is mainly by word of mouth that good information is transmitted. My job is to make
these lessons as good as they can be for a public audience. Maybe it is an impossible
task. Time will tell.
Someone once said, "The difficult we can take care of straight away. The impossible
will take a little longer."
This approach is not for everyone. Some (maybe many) will need the personal assistance of
an outer guru or teacher close by. If you determine that this is your need, then by all
means go and find a guru or teacher. In that case, consider these lessons to be a general
resource. They are designed for that too. They are designed to crank up your bhakti
(spiritual desire), and that may inspire you to go find an outer guru. Or, one may be
attracted to you by your increasing longing. That would be perfect. Others will do fine
with these lessons alone, utilizing the guidelines given. It is up to you -- and that
light perking up in your heart.
Of course, feedback and questions are welcome. All emails are answered to the best of my
ability. I am happy to make suggestions, but I am not in a position to design a customized
program of practices for everyone. Many sincere inquiries have come in and I am honored to
receive them and respond. Inquiries and responses of general interest are posted to the
lessons. Like this one.
The guru is in you.
Note: For detailed
instructions on building a daily practice routine, see the
AYP Eight Limbs of Yoga book.
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