Podcast: About Spiritual Experience and Abilities–What Should the Beginner Yogi Know?–Part 4
In this 4th podcast on Spiritual Experiences and Abilities, Abbot George delineates the very real and very extreme dangers of imbalancing experiences that fake yoga can produce, contrasting this with his observation of the cardinal qualities of real yogis he met.
Podcast: What Should the Beginner Yogi Know About Spiritual Experience and Abilities?–Part 3
“Have I learned anything? Has this spiritual experience changed my awareness, my meditation?” Abbot George contrasts the effect of real spiritual experience with examples of people who were deluded by visions and dreams.
Dreams: What Are They and How Should We Relate to Them?
Dreams are the subconscious mind talking to itself and usually reflect moments of the previous day that for some reason caught its attention. Authentic meditation affects the entire life of the yogi including his dreams.
Podcast: Spiritual Experience and Abilities–What Should the Beginning Yogi Know?–Part 2
The state of perfected beings like Buddha, Krishna, and Jesus is far greater than most people’s concept of God. Abbot George tells the story of Catholic stigmatist and visionary Therese Neumann’s response to Christian who were overwhelmed with Christ’s miracles, as an example of how … Continue reading
Podcast: What Should the Beginner Yogi Know About Spiritual Experience and Abilities?
In this four-part podcast Abbot George expounds on the attraction and many dangers of these kind of practices and the experiences they produce, and most importantly, presents the important questions the meditator needs to ask himself in assessing his spiritual practice and its effects.
The Dark Night of the Soul: What It Means and How to Deal With It
The dark night of the soul is a very simple thing. It is a stage in the evolution of a highly evolved human being when he is at a pivotal point in his development. All that has gone before, although it was of value in earlier times, is to be recognized as limited and something to be laid aside in order to enter into a higher segment of the aspirant’s life.
Four Ways to Improve Meditation When the Mind Wanders
“Patiently, little by little, a man must free himself from all mental distractions, with the aid of the intelligent will.… No matter where the restless and the unquiet mind wanders, it must be drawn back and made to submit to the Atman only” (Bhagavad Gita 6:25-26).
A Question About Kriya Yoga in the Present Day
No one knows what Lahiri Mahasaya taught, since it is common knowledge in India that every one of his disciples taught a practice unique to them, each one apparently altering it according to their ideas.
Podcast: How to Pronounce the Soham Mantra in Meditation
Soham Yoga is based on the science of spiritual sound. A mantra is a series of sounds whose effect lies not in an assigned intellectual meaning, but in an inherent sound-power that can produce a specific effect physically or psychologically.