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Lesson 74 - Q&A For this life, and the
Date: Thu Jan 8, 2004 1:38pm
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Q: I am 73 years old and live alone, so I thought I would have plenty of
time to learn to meditate, but I was told that it could take a lifetime to
reach the state of bliss that meditators are reaching for, and I don't have
much of a lifetime left. Do you have any suggestions?
A: It is very inspiring that you want to make the best, spiritually
speaking, of the time you have left. The rest of us should all be in that
mode too, no matter what our age.
Yes, the party line is that it takes a long time. But it is a relative thing
you know. In the Bhagavad Gita, the great Indian scripture, it says that
just one dip into the infinite erases lifetimes of mundane struggles in the
future. So whether we are 23 or 73, if we can start dipping into pure bliss
consciousness, there will be big progress. If you can entertain the
possibility of reincarnation in that vein, it can be a great motivator. It
is a form of bhakti, you know. We all have much to work for spiritually, no
matter how young or old we are. No one should delay a minute.
One thing I can tell you for sure. Whatever you accomplish in spiritual
practices now will not be lost. Later on, you will pick up where you left
off and continue somewhere else, carrying on with your journey to
enlightenment. Not only have I heard and read this from every sage I have
encountered over many years, it is also my direct experience. I was born
doing spiritual practices. Why? It had to come from somewhere. Maybe I was a
73 year-old man who kept up spiritual practices sometime in the past. Who
knows? All I know is that I was born with this stuff singing inside. The
fact that you are interested indicates you are not new to spiritual
practices either. We have all been here before. What we do in practices now
brings us closer to enlightenment. It will not be lost.
As you get further into the lessons, you will find things getting more
aggressive in terms of practices. It is not recommended you try and tackle
all that is in here, not at your age. Too much stress and strain. Aggressive
yoga is for the younger folks. But there is still plenty you can do. Twice
daily meditation is the best foundation. That alone accomplishes huge
things. It is your daily dipping into the infinite, as mentioned above. Some
light spinal breathing before meditation can help, and maybe some daily yoga
postures if you are willing and able. There are yoga (postures) classes for
seniors available almost everywhere. Those three things are more than
enough. If there is any discomfort with pranayama (or anything), scale back
or stop immediately. See if you can find a steady, comfortable routine. The
most important thing is to have a comfortable daily routine with no strain
in practices. Then, doing that each day, you will know you are making a big
contribution to the future in both this life, and the next one.
I am honored by your presence here. I am honored by everyone's presence
here. It is a sacred thing for me. Thank you so much.
I wish everyone on earth could be here. Not for my sake, but for the sake of
all the sincere longing that is out there.
The guru is in you.
For detailed discussion on spiritual desire, action on
practices we take in this life, and karmic consequences, see the
AYP Bhakti and Karma Yoga book,
and AYP Plus.
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