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Lesson 72 - Q&A Please tell me exactly
what to do
Date: Thu Jan 8, 2004 11:34am
New Visitors: 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
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
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
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
The guru is in you.
Note: For detailed
instructions on building a daily practice routine, see the
AYP Eight Limbs of Yoga book,
and AYP Plus.
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