I had lunch yesterday with some guests and fellow staffer Gyandev. We were talking about combining spirituality and work in the world. The discussion included the issues of making money and paying the bills and working with others.
I’ve been thinking more about it and find great answers to the question in a note a Yoga Teacher Training graduate wrote to our yoga teacher Melody. She said the first couple of weeks getting back to “the other world” were hard. Then she recognized that to sustain the kind of life one can observe and experience at Ananda – you have to work at it. She kicked herself back into gear and got back to living as her highest self every day.
She quickly found that by expressing how she really feels about things and putting forth her best self – people around her respond. One fellow told her she was “too spiritual for him.” Well I guess he isn’t the right guy for her, eh? Glad that’s settled. She sees others stop being negative or unkind in front of her. What a wonderful thing that is for everyone!
We all actually know that we must be true to our highest self as best we can all the time. The results will be that higher energy, more clarity, your environment will be positively influenced, and the right people will come to you.
I was working for a short time at an investment bank. Despite talk of God, many actions taken there were not dharmic. I had previously been out of work, and needed the job and the money. I said to my wife Lalaan that my leaving the job could even result in our losing our home - but that I could not continue to work there. With her full support, I left. We went through more challenging times. But within several months we found Ananda and soon after came to Ananda Village.
If we don’t have faith how can move forward? If we don’t trust in our own best self, how will ever reach higher? Difficult times do not mean bad times. They mean opportunities for growth.
Our blessings to you as you face your challenges. Be brave, be strong, adhere to the truth. God loves you.
Joy to you,
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To the surprise of many, Yogananda said that in an earlier incarnation he had been William the Conqueror.
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Inspiration from Yogananda
Deep, devotional faith is an utter necessity on the spiritual path. Yet there remains a simple truth: One cannot have faith before coming onto the spiritual path! Faith means more than belief. It is what comes after receiving some spiritual insight. Indeed, perfect faith comes with deep realization.
What Krishna is referring to here, then, is provisional faith (belief, in fact) which is born of the conviction that only in God will one find everything he has been seeking in life.
From The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita
Explained by Paramhansa Yogananda,
As Remembered by
published by Crystal Clarity
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