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Easy Lessons for Ecstatic Living Books.
Lesson 74 - Q&A For this life, and the
Date: Thu Jan 8, 2004 1:38pm
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: 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
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.
Note: 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.
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