Winding up our classic from 1896! The final chapter, Raja Yoga in Brief, from Swami Vivekananda’s book Raja Yoga.
Chris began by describing his experience at a meditation gathering last weekend, as well as the unfortunate (or fortunate?) situation of losing an important box in his move across the country. A loss, or making room for something new and better?
Ideas provoked by the chapter:
If you so much as have an idea that you are becoming a yogi (or whatever name you want to label it), you are by definition on your way to ultimate freedom. Perhaps you are secretly molding your life in this direction already….
The story at the end of the chapter illustrates the idea that Joy and Perseverance are two vital aspects to our growth. Like many spiritual truths, it can seem counter-intuitive or paradoxical.
Boldness. The bold idea that you CAN become what the spiritual guides say you can become – a fully enlightened being while still in a body.
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back — concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.“ ~ Goethe
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