Senior Monk, Yogoda Satsanga Society of India, Ranchi
I am happy to be at this wonderful gathering of people who deeply think about humanitarian aspects and spirituality. In this fast changing world, Paramhansa Yogananda ji had mentioned that people should get together in goodness and in friendship and there is a lot of good that can be done in the world. Words are spoken and they have a vitality of their own and a spiritual dimension which reaches the corners of the earth. So we cannot take this gathering lightly.
In the 1990s, an article had come out where a columnist had mentioned that period could be considered one of three “Es”, i.e. economics, environment and ethics. Prior to that, all these dimensions could have been considered separately. But deeper understanding came to the fore and
comprehended that all of them are integrated.
Ethics without an understanding of the environment or the ethics which does not influence the environment doesn’t really work in a deeper way. Sri Sri Dayamata Ji who had been the Sanga Mata of our organisation for a long time, who is also an American, remarked about the poverty of the rich countries like America. She said, “We have a lot of things but we do not share.”
There has to be a mentality and understanding that with the spiritual growth there is an automatic appreciation to share the benefits that we receive. In an exponential world where expansion is in a GP progression, where so much going on other than the increasing population, there is so much to affect us thanks to the internet and other facilities.
Sri Sri Dayamata ji while referring to this exponential increase said, “A few decades ago when Paramhansa
Yogananada ji had been around, he had remarked that people have a lack of understanding about spirituality. A person who is rich or affluent feels spirituality has no importance as he is ensured of material luxuries.”
She had later said, “Over the decades, things have changed and people have appreciated the importance of spirituality but many of them lament that they don’t have enough time for spirituality.” In our ashrams, where we have been trained by Paramhansa Yogananda ji, we have our own sessions of meditation early in the morning, during the day, afternoon, evening and night and that is a part and parcel of our lives. It is not limited to the monastics. Our disciples and devotees fulfill those requirements to the best of their abilities. It’s a matter of values. Parahmhansi ji’s disciples have mentioned that a life rich in meditation cannot be poor in service. We have internally understood that there are people around us who do not have affluence but they are a part of us. They are like our brothers. We feel that our feelings should expand, engulf, and embrace the people around us. Love thy neighbour as thy self is the commandment.
In such commandments, we understand our deeper core and we understand the souls around us who are also parts of the divine soul which is embracing all of us. The one embracing factor is the ‘divine’. That is constant. And no matter how the world might be changing, the eternal values remain one and the same. We embrace those values and fulfill our roles as a divine soul who have come to earth and have lost the way and forgotten his purpose in life. Great souls like Heracles comes down and take us from the chair of oblivion, forgetting our true purpose that we are amaritasaputra, that we are the children of God and realise that our doing in the world in some way should influence and help the people all around us.
Paramhansa Yogananda ji said, “You do not realise how people are feeling when they are shivering with cold or are in pain. How much do you reach out to them? Do you? If you reach out to them you should understand that it is an extension of your own self. But if I do not feel that kind of feeling for them, what do I do? Get into yourself, understand yourself and have a regular period of inwardly meditation so as to unite with your divine inner self.
Paramhansa Yogananda ji and Swami Sri Yukteswar ji said that one must understand that we are moving into a world which is moving exceptionally fast and this has to be
accepted and expected. We are moving as per the calculation of Swami Sri Yukteswar ji. In his holy science, he had mentioned that we are moving from Kalyug to Dwapar Yug and that we are already in the later. The changes we see around are a reflection of that transition. We have to accept and embrace it. In the spiritual dimension, we must reach out closely and become a part of this.