Fear to Faith – Part II: How to Live in these Times

Chapter XVI of Holy Geeta, describes 26 Qualities of the Soul. And the very first is:

Fearlessness: The foundation of spiritual life: having faith in God’s protection, justice, wisdom, mercy, love and omnipresence.

Bible – Job 3:25For the thing that I fear comes upon me, and what I dread befalls me (English Standard Version)

Some days back I had come across a beautiful story about Lord Krishna (when he was young lad and his elder brother Balram)

The story goes like this: Krishna and Balram were walking through the forests to reach somewhere, when the night fell. The silver moon filtered through the leaves and the wind blew with all its might. They decided it was best to rest till the crack of the dawn. While one would sleep, the other would watch over for wild beasts; and they would take turns. Balram insisted that Krishna rest and he would play guard. Balram was smiling to himself as he watched krishna sleep when he suddenly heard a sound!

Startled, he looked around and saw a demon about his height watching him with hungry eyes. Balram was scared and with a quiver in his voice, he asked,

“Who are you ?”

The demon laughed and said,

“I am the size of your Fear!”

As he was saying this, he started growing bigger. Indeed, Balram was petrified. The more afraid he was, the more the demon kept growing. The more the demon grew, the more panicked Balram became. The demon was now towering – almost three times Balram’s size and he couldn’t take it anymore. Screaming, “Krishna!” he fainted.

Krishna woke up and saw Balram next to him. Assuming he was asleep, and it was now his time to watch out, Krishna reached out for his flute and was about to start playing it, when he saw the demon. The demon watched him with hungry eyes. Krishna watched him without much interest. Unable to take such apathy, the demon said,

“Don’t you know who I am?”

Krishna said, nonchalantly, “Looks like you are going to tell me, in any case!” The demon said, “I am the size of your fear!” Krishna laughed. And the demon started to shrink! The more Krishna chuckled to himself, the tinier and tinier the demon became, until it was the size of a miniature doll. Krishna picked him up and put him in the bag to show Balram.

The next morning when Balram woke up, he told Krishna, “Krishna, Krishna, thank God we are safe! You have no clue what happened to me last night while you were sleeping. A humongous demon came and told me he was the size of my fear!”

Krishna with a smile upon his lotus lips, removed the doll from his bag and asked, “Is this the demon?”

Balram was confused and said, “Yes – it looks like him. But he was huge. How did he become so tiny!”

Krishna said, “He looked so huge because he was able to scare you. He was the size of your fear! I couldn’t help but laugh when he tried to scare me, and he kept shrinking. He would have disappeared, but I wanted to show him to you – hence I have kept him!”

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Just the way the room can not be dark and lit at the same time, Faith and Fear cannot co-exist They are the diametrically opposite view of our perceived reality.

The problem with most of us is that we have faith but there are specks of doubt. And our faith is strong when the going is good! It starts to waiver at the first encounter with suffering, at the mere thought of suffering for our near and dear ones!

Considering the current situation, we are facing – What we can do is:

1) Stop reading and seeing round the clock information/news. Every time we read a word it creates a molecular/cellular shift in our body. Audio and Videos create even more havoc. Awareness is a must – and this awareness can be gained from a reliable institute/Website. TV and Newspapers thrive on negativity. They lower our immunity.

2) Strengthen your immune system: With positive thoughts; with a relaxed mind, enough sleep, by being in sunshine, eating healthy food – whether it is fruits and juices, salads, veges, sprouts and nuts – build your immune system. And continue to do so😊

Being with a loving and caring family and friends is the highest immune builder. Great time to get closer to them and to understand them and to help them.

3) Just the right time for your indoor hobbies and passions – Reading, Dancing, Music, Panting, Writing – all are wonderful ways to keep the mind in a state of peace and calm. Above all meditate. It keeps mind still and brings peace.

Introspect. It is a God sent opportunity to Pause and Reflect and to Pray; To make lifestyle changes.

4) Deepen your faith. Take common sense measures but have more faith. Meditation is the best way to deepen our faith.

5) Laugh : Above all don’t take life so seriously. It is just a Reality Show 😇

Laughter is injurious to Disease 😂

Affirm often : I and my family are Happy, Healthy and Whole. Our lives are filled with Love, Joy and Laughter. I wish the same for all.

The whole of our journey of life, my friend is: to move from Fear to Faith. The kind of faith a child has in his parents. When a child is walking, holding a parents hand, he has no care in the world. Whole of the world may be falling apart but the child walks on merrily. That is the kind of faith we need to have in our Heavenly Father and Divine Mother; whatever be your belief.

Fear to Faith Part I (Do read it if not done earlier. I think it will help you)

PS: I haven’t left home for more than a month now and our terrace faces east. I have been able to witness and experience some truly divine skies – mostly mornings but a few evenings too. Stillness speaks 💕

Fear to Faith – Part I; What do the Moon and the Stars say ♑️♒️♊️ in our Current World Lockdown Situation

(Pic of YSS Ranchi Ashram (taken on 10th April evening) which was established by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1917 in Ranchi, India)

One good thing with current lockdown situation is that the sky is so clear and beautiful 😊💕

I have been getting up rather early, and a little south of east, I can see Jupiter, Saturn and Mars in a beautiful arch; in and around the constellation of Capricorn. I love the sky and the stars. I am not an astrologer, but I do believe in astrology (did study it for a while in my younger days 😊) Unfortunately my iPhone is not able to capture this divinely beautiful and still dawn.

A few days back a niece of mine from Guatemala (Blanca, this post is for you🤗) asked me, if I know anything about moon and its effect on the current world situation. I started to put my thoughts together for her but then decided to share it with you all😊

MOON does effect our lives TREMENDOUSLY. And so do all the stars and planets and their movement.

High tides and low tides are caused by the moon. The moon’s gravitational pull generates something called the tidal force. The tidal force causes Earth—and its water—to bulge out on the side closest to the moon and the side farthest from the moon. These bulges of water are high tides.

Pic from internet

About 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water and 29% of Earth’s surface is land. And our bodies too are predominately water 😇

According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are watery: 31%.

And if moon can cause tides in mighty oceans, just imagine what it can and do to our bodies, which are predominantly WATER

I understand that planet Mars would move to Aquarius ♒️ from Capricorn on the 5th of May; and God willing this would bring some relief.

Difficult times/ Challenges all over the world had started with Lunar Eclipse on the 10th of January in Capricorn ♑️ and this phase would end on the 4-5th of June : the next Lunar Eclipse in Gemini ♊️

This is not the last of the year though; there is one more lunar eclipse on 29-30th November; Followed by a Total Solar Eclipse on the 14th of December. That I feel should be the end of this current difficult period.

I Pray, and I Hope, and I Believe that : The current virus situation would end on the 23rd of September, when Rahu leaves Mercury.

We shall all breathe a huge sigh of relief and would be grateful that God has heard our prayers. But would that mean the end of our problems? Doesn’t look like. Rahu enters Taurus ♉️ on the 23rd of September and next 18 months would be very challenging for Indian subcontinent.

At times like these our innate soul qualities of goodness and compassion and kindness come out. They always do: in all natural disasters! And now we are all in it together and our interconnectedness is more perceptible at this time.

But when we go back to our earlier normal world: Once again our competitive spirit would take over and our goodness and compassion would get pushed down (not for all and not the same intensity – as all of us are uniquely different!) So those would be, I would say, even tougher times in a very subtle way. And they will last till about end of next year.

Pic of sunrise on 1st April from our terrace. No filters used.

These were and are: difficult times, astrologically, and not only Corona! For most countries for most people : Financial, Health, Relationships – anything and everything.

Do read my blog post of 15th January : Living in Today’s World beset with Turmoil.

Paramahansa Yogananda, author of The Autobiography of a Yogi, has said that astrology is scientific but not easily understood. And that we have the power, we have the consciousness to transcend and mitigate the effect of the planetary movements.

We do not go through difficulties or good times because we were born at a particular time in a particular place; but we were born in that particular time and place because of our past karma ( had discussed it in a little more detail in my last year’s post : Life is a Cocktail) Whatever is happening in our lives: Good, bad or ugly; is our own creation – individual as well as mass karma, cause and effect.

Paramahansa Yogananda had also said that we are in a period of transition to a higher age; and he foresaw (decades back) that in the course of this transition, we would pass through some challenging times.

But he emphasized that those difficulties can be mitigated, and will ultimately be overcome, by the efforts of all who strive to think of God and to express His goodness in their lives.

Pic I took last year of Mother Center in LA of Self Realisation Fellowship establishes by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1920

God is Love; His plan for creation can be rooted only in love….Every saint who has penetrated to the core of Reality has testified that a divine universal plan exists and that it is beautiful and full of joy.

So let us go forward with courage and cooperate with that divine plan by using constructively the power of our thoughts and the will to help ourselves and others, and to Pray for all, because that is the Highest we can do.

In doing so we will not only hasten our own soul’s evolution but contribute toward the positive change that is gradually taking place all over the world.

God is Love and Love is all there is 💕🙏💕

Meditation/Faith/Pray: Cure for all human suffering – Any day any time.

Fear and Faith can’t co-exist. Let us deepen and strengthen our faith 🙏🙏

Let us be cautiously courageous!

But whatever you do or whatever your beliefs : Don’t take life so seriously! It is just a Reality Show!

Seriously – we know so little 😇 Keep it simple – Just be happy and spread happiness 😊

Statutory Warning: Laughing in Injurious to all Disease 😂 and it is Contagious 😂

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She has begun to Heal

She was crying

And we heard her not,

She was saying

That she was hurting;

But we were deaf

To her calls!

She was burnt,

And she was beaten,

She was raped

And she was cut;

But we kept

Beating our drums,

And kept dancing

On Her breast;

Without missing a single step,

And a single beat of

Our hearts!

But the Divine Mother,

That she is,

She still kept loving us;

She kept

Shedding tears for us!

And She kept pleading on our behalf:

Forgive them Father,

For they are your children;

However ignorant and lost!

Our Heavenly Father,

Who is both:

Wisdom and Law;

He shed tears for us too;

But how could He violate

His own formed Laws!

He does love us,

But His love for Her,

Is equally vast and deep!

Both have forgiven us

And She has

Begun to Heal!

I can see it in Her eyes,

I can see it in Her smiles,

Hidden in the clouds and the sun beams!

I can smell her

Fragrant breath,

And I can hear

Her sigh of relief;

She just had her rain bath,

And is blissful in her glee!

HOPEFULLY

We have learned

Our lessons;

And shall be more aware,

In the years to come;

Of Her feelings and Her needs!

And these are

Just like ours;

A little more respect,

A little more care;

And much more love;

That is all She needs.

Above Pic from Whatsapp

All above pics from our terrace on my iPhone

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I am Praying

I am Praying

For that is the Highest I can do!

I am praying for the ones

Suffering from the virus,

And I am praying

For all scary souls

Thoroughly bewildered

And completely lost!

I am praying for

The Doctors and the Nurses,

And am praying for all

The Helping Hands;

Who are working tirelessly

In all the lands!

I am praying

For the Destitute,

The Homeless,

The daily Wage Earners

And for all,

Who are Marginalised!

I am praying More for

Ones suffering from

The greatest virus of all,

FEAR

Which has paralysed

Our Intellects and

Power of Thought!

And I am praying Utmost

For Leaders of the World,

Business and the State;

They need much more

Wisdom, Compassion and Strength

To work for the Highest Good of all!!

So let us PRAY

And strengthen our FAITH

For that is HIGHEST

We can do,

Every minute and

Every hour of the day!!!

COPYRIGHT © Ashok Wahi 2020

PS: I learned this great lesson from our Swami Shraddhanandaji, a very senior monk of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India and Self Realisation Fellowship founded by Paramahansa Yogananda more than a century ago.

We shouldn’t say: The only thing I can do is pray. It is the best, it is the highest we can do. And yes we can and should give any other help and assistance we can give.

I had the honour and the privilege to be with him for a few days, earlier this month, and I learned so much.

Please do check out the Home Study Lessons of Paramahansa Yogananda, at SRF and YSS websites. These cover everything we need to take care of our body, mind and soul, in all times, and specially at testing times like these.

Related posts:

https://ashokwahi.wordpress.com/2020/03/15/why-corona-why/

https://ashokwahi.wordpress.com/2020/03/12/virus-o-virus/

https://ashokwahi.wordpress.com/2020/01/15/living-in-todays-world-beset-with-turmoil/

She has begun to Heal

We know so little

It is so easy to find fault

It is so difficult to do!

It is easy to see what is wrong

It is difficult to do what is right!

When we say how stupid

It is we who lack wisdom!

To see beyond the seeming

And perceive the Truth!

Alas! We know so little

And we judge too quickly ☺️

Copyright © Ashok Wahi 2020

Falling Leaves 🍁

Winter is yet to say bye

Spring isn’t saying hi

But leaves are falling all around

Is it autumn’s hi?

If trees start to worry

About the fallen leaves

How shall

Fresh blossoms bloom?

Falling leaves are His blessing

Sunshine warms the heart

Beauty in His own handwriting

Heavenly and sublime

Life is beautiful and divine

Fallen leaves or

Blossoms fresh

Adding different hues to its charm

Pics on my iPhone

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I Feel Guilty

It may sound strange but I do feel guilty at times — I feel guilty for all the love, joy, friendship, care, health — all kind of abundance I have — when there is so much pain and suffering all around. God has always been so kind to me 🙏

There is child abuse, spouse abuse, sickness, joblessness, all kinds of addictions, poverty and what not. There is no end to pain and suffering 😌 There is so very little that I can do and it hurts.

Decades ago my father had gifted me biography of Helen Keller. And her saying: I am one person and I can’t do everything; but just because I can’t do everything doesn’t mean I will refuse to do what I can…. has been my guiding light for decades now.

I have learned to do my best for anyone and everyone that I can, and then let go. And in my meditations (During all SRF and YSS meditation we pray for others and world peace) and I pray for others– family, friends and world at large. Can I or we do anything more?

As I keep writing often : For me God is Love and Service is the active expression of Love. And my religion is Kindness and Compassion. And I also know that in our world of duality Pleasure and Pain coexist. But still there are times when I feel a little guilty of all that I have and see so much lack all around.

If I was given a boon: what is it that I would want different in my life than what I had; I would say – NOTHING. If I could go back all the way and re-live my life, I would want nothing different.

I was blessed to have divinely loving parents, loving and caring siblings, a beautiful and loving wife, loving and caring children, scores of good friends and relations, reasonably good health, enough of material comforts, a divine guru in Paramahansa Yogananda….no, I wouldn’t want anything different.

The only thing I would pray to have more of is – Wisdom. I would have liked to be wiser so that I could have been more appreciative of my good fortune when I was younger.

Even these past few months of being at home all the time have been so blessed. I can read, write and meditate all the time. I have no responsibilities. I am tempted to take credit for the decision to quit the corporate rat race long back in 1998 and the decision to leave Mumbai and move to Pune to be with children in 2014; but even these thoughts and decisions were His grace 🙏

I hope and pray, my friend, that God gives you an equal or more abundant life.

Peace unto all 🙏

Be a Bliss Billionaire 💕💕

I would rather be A Bliss Billionaire than a Dollar Millionaire 💕💕

My grand daughter is very conscious of looking good! And I always tell her happy people always look beautiful 😊😍😊

It is so very sad to see the bulk of humanity completely lost seeking their happiness and fulfilment in possessions, things money can buy. But it is a mirage😌

Paramahansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi, had often said : Be a Smile Millionaire 😊 💕And I have heard so many accounts of how happy and cheerful he always was.

The pic above is Paramahansa Yogananda’s last smile. It was taken just an hour or so before his maha samadhi (A Yogi’s conscious exit from the body)

Any unhappy saint would be a sad saint indeed 😊

All the pleasures associated with material possessions and comforts are transitory. They come and they go. But if we dive deep inside us and touch our souls we shall realise our true blissful nature; and we shall see the futility of chasing and looking for happiness in the transitory and the ephemeral.

If we look at life impersonally, we shall be able to see it as The Reality Show it is; every day a new episode. If life didn’t have its ups and downs, it’s successes and failures; it would hardly be worthwhile. To watch the same show everyday, however well made, would be pointless and monotonous. Do not take this show seriously 😇

Whatever your role in the changeable mortal life, never forget that you are immortal, and endowed with eternal joy. Your very nature is bliss.

You need not give up your ambitions and live in negation; on the contrary, let everlasting joy, which is your real nature, help you realize all your noble and worthwhile goals.

Make service your goal rather than money, and you will see the entire cause-effect principle of your life change. Abundance will flow in your life. When we act solely to benefit ourselves, such selfishness limits our consciousness, constricting the opening through which abundance, true prosperity and joy flows into our lives.

Let us all be: Smile Millionaires and Bliss Billionaires 💕😊💕

Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and its righteousness, and all these things will be added unto thee … Mathew 6.33

Copyright © Ashok Wahi 2020

PS: Pics from my recent trip to North America and Istanbul

Thy Majesty 💕💕

Thou art a magician!

Thine unseen touch changes our blemish into beauty, our emptiness into fullness, our life’s harshness into sweet tenderness.

The marvel of Thine infinite majesty fills my heart with wordless ecstasy 💕💕

Copyright © pic by Ashok Wahi

Living in Today’s World beset with Turmoil.

We are living in very uncertain times. 2020 has just begun but the news around the world is not exciting – to say the least 😌

Bush fires in Australia, Revolution in Lebanon, President Trump blowing his trumpet in Iraq, PM Modi doing likewise back home… just to name a few. And the blogging world is filled with personal pain and tragedies- child abuse, sexual abuse, gender discrimination, joblessness, physical abuse, depression and what not.

I am rarely given to negativity and usually shun mass media. But it does effect us all once in a while and I am no exception. Luckily I come out of it quickly.

A couple of months back things weren’t so exciting in my dear country and my dearest friend mentioned blood in her post. I was so disturbed and couldn’t sleep for a few days. While meditating one day I vividly remembered Paramahansa Yogananda telling his close disciples: The world is a joke played by Him on us all; don’t take it so seriously. I laughed out loud and that broke the spell 😊I came out of the negative mood I had fallen into. And remembered my own post : Life is a Reality Show

Politicians are same all over the world. Only degrees vary. And then there are behind the scene manipulators, king makers and power brokers. As it is things aren’t exciting but media makes it worse.

What to do? How do we survive in today’s world filled with so much negativity and turmoil? In one of his talks during Second World War, Paramahansa Yogananda had said, Don’t worry, the world is not going to end. Thank God it didn’t! And it is not going to end even now😊

I recently read an article by President and spiritual head of Self Realisation Fellowship (Yogoda Satsanga Society of India) – Brother Chidananda. SRF is a non-sectarian and non profit organisation set up by Paramahansa Yogananda. Swami Chidanandaji wrote of how to deal with the current world situation. That was very enlightening and am sharing a few excerpts:

… This world of duality has always been and will always be a battle ground between light and darkness; but the assault on God’s eternal truths of goodness and moral values can seem perceptibly higher in our era of near-constant exposure to the barrage of a adharma and negativity that infiltrates our inner and outer environments through the Internet and other mass communication media.

But we need not give in to discouragement about the future. Remember that even as social media can magnify the in-harmonious voice of a single person, thereby affecting countless others far beyond that individual’s immediate circle, so there is equal or greater potential to amplify the influence of truth, beauty, goodness, wisdom, compassion— all heavenly qualities of the soul image of God in every human being. ….

The mass Karma that influences the unfolding drama of world events — in our present era as in all others — is not always understood by limited human intellect. Ultimately, a nation’s leaders are a symptom, not a cause, of the prevailing mix of good and evil in that society, and its mass karma.

While the actions of individual politicians may be of temporary concern, more important in the long term is the need of the masses of individuals to remove the evils of the godlessness, immorality, and adharmic living from their hearts.

If you find yourself too frequently thinking, reading, and talking about what is wrong in the world or in your own life, try to change your focus. Use that time and energy to think good thoughts, to pray, to perform good actions and service and generosity, and to work on becoming a person who exudes kindness, understanding, and cheerfulness. By doing so, you will uplift your own consciousness and that of others…

Aum Amen Ameen Peace

PS: 2020 is a challenging year for all of us, all over the world. Let us hope and pray that our pain, our suffering, which had started with Lunar eclipse on the 10th of January 2020 in Capricorn ♑️ would end on 23rd September 2020, when Rahu leaves Mercury.

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