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Lesson 103 -
Destiny and free will (Audio)
AYP Plus Additions:
- Do Enlightened People Have Free Will?
Date: Tue Feb 3, 2004 11:49am
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Q: I have been practising yoga and meditation for many years with slow and
steady improvement on the "experiences". Only problem i presume is i keep
trying out many techniques without sticking to one for long. Is it one's own
karma that prevents progress in meditation? Should we give it up and allow
things to happen or should we use our free will to make things happen? To me
it's sometimes free will and sometimes destiny that takes over... well, sort
of confusing! Please comment.
A: I think your question on free will is covered in part in lesson #84 -
"The art of doing nothing." If we allow ourselves to become part of
evolution, we will be doing something. All of nature is doing something. To
consciously not do something is still a doing. The trick is to be doing
something that is very little that facilitates the natural opening of our
nervous system to pure bliss consciousness and divine ecstasy. We want to
hand the process over to our nervous system's natural abilities. To do that
we have to nudge a bit here and there with efficient levers. That is what
advanced yoga practices is about.
Karma/samskaras/obstructions embedded in our nervous system are what stand
between us and divine experience. Spiritual practices are for stimulating
the nervous system to purify itself, removing the obstructions. Not doing
that and leaving it to "destiny" prolongs the journey, leaving the house
cleaning to be done later. There is free will in this. We all have the
freedom to choose. We can do it now or do it later. That is the choice we
have. If we do it later, we may have an easier time of it due to the efforts
of others and the position of the stars. Most prefer to pitch in, rather
than sitting around in the dark waiting for someone else to turn on the
You might find the following lesson interesting, #93 -
"Changing times." It discusses how the rise of this "new age" relates to the
spiritual choices we make. Bottom line: "Destiny" is in the stars. The rest
is up to us.
As for trying many methods, the "digging the well" analogy applies. If we
dig in one place long enough, we will eventually find water. If we dig here,
there, and over there, maybe it will take longer to find water. So, in
general, sticking with a practice is better; assuming it is a tried and true
In these lessons we talk about a full range of tried and true practices, and
put them together in order in a building block fashion, to be undertaken by
each person on their own reconnaissance according to their unique capacity
and time line. For those already on another path, it is all offered as "food
for thought." That is the approach.
The guru is in you.
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