Les Visible — ‘For Those who Believe, Some Direct Evidence of what Lies Beyond and Within.’

By LES VISIBLE

With an endnote by LD and an added 6-minute video

GURU  AND  DISCIPLE  
“Seek, and ye shall find.”

Dog Poet Transmitting…….

I was not going to write a post today. I had intended to write, perhaps only one or two in the next few weeks …because I am presently concluding the coming book about Practicing the Presence of God and I have found, through experience, that unless I give a project my complete attention for the necessary time span, it can take significantly longer to be finished than is necessary.

My last novel took nearly ten years longer to complete than was needed because I kept doing other things. However… today will be an exception to my present intentions because of something that transpired yesterday. I have been reading “The Autobiography of a Yogi” out loud to my friend, when we are driving in the car any distance beyond to the supermarket and back. Yesterday I was reading Chapter 43…”The Resurrection of Sri Yukteswar” which begins on page 456, in case all the other cues fail. Despite even that, I am giving a link in the post to that Chapter, which you can read when you are moved to do so.

CHAPTER 43 —  “THE RESURRECTION OF SRI YUKTESWAR

Greetings, dear friends. Most come to this site; specifically this site, as apart from the other blogs associated with me because… (though there are exceptions now and again) it deals with God, The Ineffable, The Divine, The Incomprehensible Everlasting, Jesus Christ, Lord Krishna, Lord Ganapati, Amitabha Buddha, The Man on the Beach, Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya and others. I don’t include pictures of some mentioned, or the others because I don’t have any of them in actuality and versions and variations of them in imagination and illuminated artistic and spiritual renderings (such as the one of Babaji), can be found in multiples, with little difficulty by any interested soul.

I had read “Autobiography of a Yogi” about 50 years ago and I seem to remember having read it a second time also but I can’t remember when that was. I am now reading it out loud. This is something I do with books I love, such as “The Lord of the Rings”, “The Once and Future King”, “The Way to the Kingdom”; there are a few others and I give these live readings out as a Christmas or birthday gifts to people I love, provided they can hold still long enough. I’m careful about who I give such a gift to. If I read a book to someone, it must be important to me and and possess a spiritual character.

I have no memory of having read Chapter 43 of Yogananda’s book, though I know I must have read it. I remembered reading the chapters about Babaji and many of the others but Chapter 43 appeared like something totally new to me and has left me with such a fever of spiritual affirmation and aspiration that I cannot put it into words.

As I read this chapter, I was transfixed by the tale being told by Sri Yukteswar. I thrilled and marveled at Yogananda’s entreaties (and found myself echoing them) that he continue to talk about the nature of the higher realms of being that await every determined soul, with the faith and certitude to keep on keeping on. WOW!!! One of the reasons that the chapter impacted upon me with such force is because there is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that it is all true; none at all. For those who may find Yukteswar’s ability to materialize and dematerialize his physical form at will; not to mention all the other powers and abilities of a realized yogi, it’s not in my job description to convince anyone; the endless reach of existence will take care of that. Whether one wishes to take the direct route, or an interminable meandering course, is a personal affair.

LD :  For further details of Babaji and his spiritual lineage, involving the linked related figures of Lahiri Mahasaya, Sri Yukteswar and Yogananda, see my endnote below and the 6-minute video discussing the legendary Babaji. 

To those without the benefit of supernatural experiences, or who are hampered by doubt, or… as is often the case in times of material darkness, do not believe in a divine being, a celestial hierarchy, eternal life, reincarnation or many another spiritual feature, I feel a deep and keen sorrow. Still, I know that every soul will find themselves in their version of being on The Road to Damascus at some point.

In some cases, this may involve a very, very long time and many, many lives and degrees of suffering that I am incapable of articulating. One of the most ludicrous statements I have ever heard is, “Well, (or ‘what the Hell’) you only live once.” How is it that they can know this, when they don’t know it but find the alternative ridiculous or impossible, when they don’t know that either? How is it that they can believe the one but scoff at the other, when they have no real information about either? How is it that some can believe in The Devil, yet not believe in God? I am, by turns, both amused and saddened by what people have convinced themselves is true. Of course, there are many things of which I am ignorant …but as far as the existence of God goes, in that case, I must color myself informed. I have direct and first hand experience of this and these days, I have experiences of it through each and every day.

I have no desire to argue with anyone about it. I do not care if one thinks me mad or misinformed. I have only, ever, had to convince myself about anything. I KNOW that eventually every soul will be reunited with the everlasting ineffable. God is not complete without all of his parts. In my case, I have accomplished, what is to me, the greatest achievement that there is. I am content with this and care not a wit what anyone thinks about it. As I said, “I have only, ever, had to convince myself.” I will further add that I am rigorous in proving out what is true before I believe to be true. I am an eternal, lives long member of the ‘trust but verify’ brotherhood. I have been exceedingly fortunate that God went to such great lengths to convince me of his presence. How I could possibly feel more honored… I can’t imagine and why he even considered me for this honor, still baffles me.

If you fail to be thrilled and irrevocably moved by what is contained in this chapter, I am sorry for you. What wonders are contained therein! I’ve had brief glimpses of similar things and places, now and again; all too brief but… what a joy! What a beautiful thought it is to me to know that the day will come when I shall be in a place like Hiranyaloka!!!

Some of you, I am sure, are familiar with Sri Bhaktivedanta’s “Easy Journey to Other Planets.” If I remember correctly, it is about how one can travel to the various lokas through a persistent and determined practice of the Maha-mantra. Although I am referencing the Krishna Consciousness organization founded by Sri Bhaktivedanta, I have no affiliation with it and due to tales told to me by members I knew long ago and due to my having read, “Monkey on a Stick”, I’ve kept my distance.

Every experience I have had with ‘just about’ every ashram, or presumed spiritual organization, with very few exceptions, has resulted in disappointment.

This is not to cast any aspersion on Sri Bhaktivedanta (he was the definite article), or the power that can be generated by chanting the Maha Mantra. I am here to say that it is possible to travel to all kinds of places, in this life or afterwards, through the performance of spiritual disciplines and these are to be found in every legitimate tradition. One should choose a path that appeals to and works for them and spend as little time as possible criticizing the alternatives. Doing so is a definite hindrance to spiritual progress and compelling evidence of spiritual immaturity. This can prove unfortunate and result in stagnation.

When I wrote about political and cultural conditions, I had a large readership …and so long as I kept my more important metaphysical interests to a low volume, with short appearances of spiritual things, all was well with those who promoted my work. Once I realized that it was far more important to me to speak on spiritual matters and only tangentially to mention the political and cultural states of affairs, I very quickly fell out of favor with the materialists that found such things abhorrent. My readership dwindled to a core group of visitors and I was generally out of favor and have remained so to this day. That’s all perfectly fine with me. I’m not interested in being involved in popularity contests, or risking my relationship with the truly powerful, in order to cater to those who only imagine themselves to be possessed of power. I realize that they don’t know any better and like all of us, will find out what is what and what is not, at some point.

It’s time for me to bring this posting to a close and hope that some of you have found useful information here. May the divine being have mercy on you and hopefully, sooner, rather than later, reveal to you your true nature and confer upon you that greatest of gifts; self realization.

End Transmission…….

Sourced from visibleorigami
found also on The Truthseeker 


ENDNOTE BY LD

followed by a 6-minute video 

LD :  A brief word of explanation is necessary in order to clarify the spiritual lineage of Babaji, as he is popularly known in modern India. This legendary Himalayan sage (pictured above) is introduced to the reader for the first time, as far as I know, by Yogananda in his sensational 1946 book Autobiography of a Yogi, which was soon to be translated into 45 languages and achieve the status of a cult classic. In this book, a compendium of marvels—of all things weird and wonderful—we meet with levitating gurus, bilocating saints, and vegetarian lionesses. 

According to Yogananda, Babaji is deathless. He has no known birth date nor death date assigned to him. He has allegedly been alive for over two thousand years and is occasionally seen wandering the snowy uplands of the High Himalayas with a small band of disciples. He appeared to Sri Yukteswar, the orginator (or reviver)  of kriya yoga, and instructed him to send his disciple Paramhansa Yogananda to the West in order to pass on the ancient teachings of Babaji  which had the sanction of Jesus Christ himself.

To clarify further: Lahiri Mahasaya (pictured) was the guru of Sri Yukteswar (pictured) who was in turn the guru of Yogananda (pictured). Their legendary proto-guru, from whom they all derive their inspiration, was the deathless Babaji (as here imagined).

The following video attempts to explain how time is not what it seems and how a thousand years to us humans may pass like a single day in the life of an avatar or supersage. (LD)

VIDEO  :  5.55 mins

51 thoughts to “Les Visible — ‘For Those who Believe, Some Direct Evidence of what Lies Beyond and Within.’”

  1. Sorry but I don’t like this spiritual mumbo jumbo.
    It’s all a deflection of reality, escaping from the daily reality, the jewish problem. Living in fantasy land.

    If you do a good investigation you will find that almost all people who talk about ‘ spiritual’ are jews. Distraction, money, power, jewish myths it’s always the same jewish narrative. Don’t believe the Indian ‘ wisdom’. All those ‘ wise’ love coming to live in the West, white world, more money, white women. It’s always the same with these ‘ wise’. Every generation gets duped by these ‘ wise’. And the world turns around. Let’s get practical solve the jewish problem.

    1. Jewdar,
      “The Jewish Problem” is no different than “The Swamp.” Neither actually exist. They are abstracts. What exists is human activity. Donaldo admits that the World can be a nasty place. As a trucker, I can’t relate how many times Donaldo has been cheated. Eastern Europeans are the worst. They lie, cheat and steal. Bulgarians and Georgians are the worst……….absolute trash. Wanna hate Jews? Go ahead. Its your life. But Donaldo has been much better treated by Jews than the former groups. Perhaps all of humanity needs a spiritual awakening. Let’s eliminate corruption and injustice. Darkmooner “Gilbert” once shared some wisdom. He said that he can’t change the World but in his personal life he strives for justice and righteousness. We should learn and follow suit. Listen Darkmooners. Let’s drain the “spiritual swamp.” As the ancient Zoroastrians, think good thoughts…..do good deeds. 😉

    2. Jewdar may be off-topic and obsessed with Jews, but he is right to be concerned

      The power of the Jewish Lobby in the USA is the greatest threat to world peace.

  2. @ Jewdar

    You are so “Jew obsessed” that you cannot see the wood for the trees. I have to feel profoundly sorry for you and your narrow minded perspective. You are like someone so fixated on your own navel — in your case, “the Jewish problem” — that you are blind to “all things weird and wonderful” (LD). Les Visible is acutely aware of your type and notes ruefully:

    “To those without the benefit of supernatural experiences, or who are hampered by doubt, or… as is often the case in times of material darkness, do not believe in a divine being, a celestial hierarchy, eternal life, reincarnation or many another spiritual feature, I feel a deep and keen sorrow.

    I have direct and first hand experience of [these things] . . . I have no desire to argue with anyone about it. I do not care if one thinks me mad or misinformed. I have only, ever, had to convince myself about anything.

    If you fail to be thrilled and irrevocably moved by what is contained in this chapter [Chapter 43 of Yogananda’s ‘Autobiography’], I am sorry for you. What wonders are contained therein! I’ve had brief glimpses of similar things and places, now and again; all too brief but . . . what a joy!

    Take note of the above words, Jewdar! They apply to you! In the words of the great scientist Sir Arthur Eddington, “The universe is not only weirder than we imagine but weirder than we can imagine.”

    Remove your blinkers, Jewdar! Open your eyes and see! 🙂

    I’m so glad this great site does more than jabber on about Jews non-stop! Jews, Jews, nothing but Jews! Articles like this let in a bit of fresh air. We have music, poetry, philosophy discussed here on a regular basis. That’s good. This is not a site for philistines and people with narrow one-track minds who are only happy when they are abusing the Jews and telling us what a hellhole the world is under Jewish domination!

    1. ADMIN: JEWDAR’S COMMENT DELETED

      “Jewdar” has decided this is a “Jewish site” because he objects to the publication of Les Visible’s article as well as Sardonicus’s comment in praise of the Les Visible article. He accuses Sardonicus of being a Jew and, by implication, Les Visible also.

      “Jewdar” is unaware that both Sardonicus and Les Visible are both Holocaust deniers, 9/11 Truthers, and anti-Zionist advocates for the Palestinians. “Jewdar” is also unaware that this site does not accept donations but has recommended that all donations should be sent to help crippled Palestinian children in Occupied Palestine. See here:

      # 3. This website has been advised by Lasha Darkmoon to stop accepting donations. Anyone who values the work we do is urged to send their donations to a suitable children’s charity, preferably to a charity for crippled children in Occupied Palestine.

      https://www.darkmoon.me/site-policies-and-guidelines/

      @ Jewdar

      Are you a Jew . . . or are just plain stupid?

      1. Being jew-obssessed as “jewdar” is EXEMPLIFIES stupidity. It’s one thing to be skeptical, but to be downright dismissive of spiritual matters is….. ILLOGICAL

        Good riddance to him and those like him on this site

    2. @ Sardonicus

      If Jewdar is unwelcome in this place, then so am I.

      The holy man could de-materalize then re-materialize at will? I grew up among scientists.

      Like Jewdar, this is a place where I don’t belong.

      I am presently mourning the death of my Mom. I want to be by myself right now. I had planned to return to this site when I had finished mourning this death. I have changed my mind. I won’t return. Goodbye.

      1. Sorry to see you go, Kendra. You will be sorely missed, not only by me but by LD who I think has a soft spot for you. I wish you could attain to the state of the great Charles Darwin, a man of science if ever there was one. Though Darwin was a self-confessed agnostic, often verging on atheism in his earlier statements, he managed to live a long and happy life with his beloved wife Emma, a Unitarian Christian. His best friends were believers in the supernatural realm.

        Did you know that Darwin’s co-discoverer of the Theory of Evolution, Alfred Russel Wallace, was a mystic just like Yogananda and was a member of the Society for Psychical Research and believed in mediumship and communication with the dead? Just because there were a lot of fake mediums at the time (and still are) does not rule out the authenticity of mediumship.

        I wish your mom well. I’m sure she is more than mere dust and ashes. In your bereavement, remember that your mom is probably very happy to be where she is and longs for the day when you can join her and the rest of your family.

    3. @Sardonicus

      I do agree with you that we should be seeking illumination as opposed to fulmination.

      Fulminating gets you and others killed;
      Illuminating makes you and others skilled.

      1. Flopot, you belong in a class of your own. You are the only person I know who will fulminate his way to illumination! 🙂

      2. What would become of Buddhism if the latest research revealed that Gotama Buddha achieved nirvana as the result of a fit of rage caused by a coconut falling on his head as he sat meditating under a palm tree? 🙂

      3. That’s more than possible. Newton was a flippant sort of guy. Then one day an apple fell on his head and he discovered gravity. 🙂

  3. Let’s see now :

    In old-time Catholic Christendom there was a caste system. The kings , the priests, the serfs. In Hinduism they also have a caste system – the Hindu caste system is still in existence, very much so. Hinduism is a caste system
    [ there are 5 castes in Hinduism ]. Why do the New Agers deeply dislike , and some New Agers hate, old-time Catholic Christendom because Catholic Christendom had a caste system, but the New Agers sumultaneously love worship and adore Hinduism which is THE VERY EPITOME of a caste system? How come it’s Religiously-Spiritually “Superior” for the Hindus to have a caste system but it’s atavistic for Catholics to have a caste system? How come the New Agers are absolutely insistent on Separation of Church and State when it comes to Christianity but they love worship and adore Hindusim which has NO such tradition as Separation of Hindu Temple and State?

    The Hindus are known to attack and persecute Christians. If Christians attacked and persecuted Hindus the New Agers would be in a uproar, but Hindus attack and persecute Christians and the New Agers who claim to be against religious violence and claim to be tolerant of other religions and claim to be open-minded and claim to be full of Peace Love and Understanding are perfectly fine with the Hindus who are known to attack and persecute Christians and The New Agers never get into any kind of uproar, NOT AT ALL, NOT IN THE LEAST BIT, over Hindus attacking and persecuting Christians. Why is that? Just curious, I am not trying to start trouble, I’m not a “Light Being Worker”, I’m more straight-forward than that. I’m simply a Catholic *wink* *wink* 😇 just asking a few questions about youse New Agers, that’s all.

    1. @ Joe

      I will deal with the points you raise here when I have some more time.

      Meanwhile, suffice it to say that you appear to be under the delusion that this site is a “New Age” site when it is no such thing. You keep saying that it cannot be a “Christian” site because it is sympathetic to Hinduism. This is because, in your opinion, in order to be Christian you have to be anti-Hinduism.

      You fail to understand that we are NEO-CHRISTIANS here, NOT Orthodox Christians who subscribe to every jot and tittle of Roman Catholicism. Lasha Darkmoon may well be a Roman Catholic by birth and sometimes she attends her local abbey and receives Holy Communion from the Benedictine monks there, but she is nevertheless a Christian heretic in that she is a NEO-CHRISTIAN (New Christian) and not a PALEO-Christian (or Old Christian). Which you seem to think all Christians should be.

      What is a Neo-Christian? A neo-Christian is a Christian who has the deepest love and reverence for Jesus Christ and his core teachings, as set forth in the Four Gospels, but who also values the core spiritual insights found in the other great world religions. Where YOU see incompatibility, the neo-Christian sees perfect compatibility. Neo-Christians value as precious not only the insights found in the New Testament but also the insights found in the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad-Gita and the Dhammapada (the great Buddhist classic in which the core teachings of Gotama Buddha are set forth).

      Lasha Darkmoon does not believe in eternal hellfire, as orthodox Christians are meant to do. She is also, in defiance of her own Catholic Church, a passionate believer in euthanasia, the right to die a dignified death if and when one so chooses.

      There are many shades of belief, Joe. You cannot expect everyone to look at the world through your porthole. Each of us has a different cabin on the ship and our portholes look out at different landscapes.

      1. @ John Kirby

        Correct. And yet, the average White Nationalist is wrong to associate dark pigmentation with low IQ. This association of dark skin with low IQ may apply to Africa but not to India. The further north you go in India, the fairer the skin, with some Indians (and Afghanis) having red hair and blue eyes! (The original Aryan invaders of India, who were pure white, settled in the north.) The further south you go, the darker the skin, with some Indians being as black as Africans. (These were the original inhabitants of India, the Dravidians, driven south by the Northern invaders).

        And yet, strangely, the average IQs of the dark-skinned Bhahmin caste in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu is exceptionally high (120), as high as the IQ of the lighter-skinned Bengali brahmins in the north-eastern state of Bengal. (This is higher than the average Ashkenazi Jew IQ of 110-115).

        What is this high IQ due to? Eugenics or interbreeding. Because of the caste system, brahmins can only marry other brahmins (preserving and enhancing inherited intelligence) and are not allowed even to LOOK at Untouchables, let alone breed with them! Some of India’s most brilliant philosophers and mystics came from the brahmin caste in Tamil Nadu (South India) and had darker-than-average skins.

      2. @ Hp

        Thanks for the link, Homer. Looks interesting! Will have to read and reconsider my possibly out-of-date viewpoint which is based on what I read at school many decades ago. 🙂

      3. Here’s the movie.

        “Now it is not good for the Christian’s health to hustle the Aryan
        brown,
        For the Christian riles, and the Aryan smiles and he weareth the
        Christian down;
        And the end of the fight is a tombstone white with the name of
        the late deceased,
        And the epitaph drear: “A Fool lies here who tried to hustle the
        East.”

        -Kipling

  4. “Monkey on a Stick”, is linked by Vis in the above piece…extraordinary goings on in the US by the Krishna devotees. 😉

    1. Srila Prabhupada states that there are many false Vaisnavas in ISKCON:

      “There are many jealous people in the dress of Vaisnavas in this Krsna consciousness movement, […] Such a pseudo Vaisnava associates with money and women and is jealous of successful Vaisnavas. Although passing for a Vaisnava, his only business is earning money in the dress of a Vaisnava. Bhaktivinoda Thakura therefore says that such a pseudo Vaisnava is not a Vaisnava at all but a disciple of Kali-yuga.”
      ————————————————————————–
      “There is a saying that, when the Devil comes, he will not come wearing horns, just as Ravana came disguised as a sannyasi to kidnap Sita-devi. Thus, the capacity of Kali-chelas to deviate and mislead is the most dangerous, because they come in the disguise of Vaisnavas and, in this way, dupe devotees who otherwise would be on their guard and not be deceived.”

      1. hp

        Perhaps you’d care to reply to my present take on “Shiva”

        Shiva represents the need to destroy yugas such as the Kali.

        The Yuga system itself reflects the eternal battle between forces of Light and Darkness; Good and Evil

        There is no NEED for this system, but because of the REALITY of Evil, it DOES exist

  5. For me too Chapter 43 of Yogananda’s inspiring book Autobiography of a Yogi is of utmost value when it comes to understanding meta-cosmology, i.e. the nature and function of the higher worlds beyond this physical universe. I have no doubt that Shri Yukteswar’s description of those higher worlds is genuine.

    The explanation of Shri Yukteshwar’s “resurrection body” may also shed light on a similar experience of Jesus. From Yogananda’s book :

    “But is it you Master, the same Lion of God? Are you wearing a body like the one I buried beneath the cruel Puri sands?”
    “Yes, my child, I am the same. This is a flesh and blood body. Though I see it as ethereal, to your sight it is physical. From cosmic atoms I created an entirely new body, exactly like that cosmic-dream physical body which you led beneath the dream-sands at Puri in your dream world”.

    So Shri Yukteshwar’s “resurrection body” was in reality a spiritual creation, which explains why it could appear and disappear in the physical world at will.

    Something similar must have happened with Jesus, when after his death he appeared to his disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24 :15), through closed doors (John 20 : 19), and in Galilee.

    For those who are interested in some more biographic information about Babaji, I can recommend : Babaji and the 18 Siddha Kriya Yoga Tradition by M. Govindan, edited in 2004 by Babaji Kriya Yoga Trust, Bangalore, India. 270 p. Copies can be ordered from Motilal Banarsidass Publishers. https://mlbd.com/ for 300 Indian Rupees (=$4,21 or €3,71). Contents :
    Ch. 2 The Birth and Childhood of Babaji Nagaraj, Ch.3 Babaj’s Quest for Self Realization, Ch. 4 Babaji’s Mission, Ch.5 Babaji’s Ashram : Gaur Shankar Peetam. The rest of the book deals with the lives of other Siddhas. According to this book, Babaji was born on November 30, 203 AD in the village of Parangipettai in Tamil Nadu, named Nagaraj as the son of Nambudri Brahmins. This information was given by Babaji himself to his disciples S.A.A. Ramaiah and V.T. Neelkantan in 1953.

    @TROJ

    Yes there is some contradiction in condemning the class structure of medieval Catholic Europe while not doing the same with the Indian caste system, but followers of Indian spirituality are not exactly “social justice warriors”. Hindus are usually religiously tolerant. Those in modern India who persecute Christians belong to the intolerant Hindu Fundamentalists, who want to “cleanse” India from Christianity and Islam.

    1. @ Franklin Ryckaert

      I’m glad to see you think so highly of Yogananda’s book. For the benefit of those who remain skeptical and think this is just a lot of New Age nonsense cooked up by yet another Oriental charlatan, here is the original preface to Yogananda’s book by the highly respected Oriental scholar W.Y. Evans-Wentz.

      PREFACE to Autobiography of a Yogi

      By W. Y. EVANS-WENTZ, M.A., D.Litt., D.Sc.
      Jesus College, Oxford; Author of
      The Tibetan Book of the Dead,
      Tibet’s Great Yogi Milarepa,
      Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines
      , etc.

      The value of Yogananda’s Autobiography is greatly enhanced by the fact that it is one of the few books in English about the wise men of India which has been written, not by a journalist or foreigner, but by one of their own race and training – in short, a book about yogis by a yogi. As an eyewitness recountal of the extraordinary lives and powers of modern Hindu saints, the book has importance both timely and timeless. To its illustrious author, whom I have had the pleasure of knowing both in India and America, may every reader render due appreciation and gratitude. His unusual life-document is certainly one of the most revealing of the depths of the Hindu mind and heart, and of the spiritual wealth of India, ever to be published in the West.

      It has been my privilege to have met one of the sages whose life-history is herein narrated — Sri Yukteswar Giri. A likeness of the venerable saint appeared as part of the frontispiece of my Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines. It was at Puri, in Orissa, on the Bay of Bengal, that I encountered Sri Yukteswar. He was then the head of a quiet ashrama near the seashore there, and was chiefly occupied in the spiritual training of a group of youthful disciples. He expressed keen interest in the welfare of the people of the United States and of all the Americas, and of England, too, and questioned me concerning the distant activities, particularly those in California, of his chief disciple, Paramhansa Yogananda, whom he dearly loved, and whom he had sent, in 1920, as his emissary to the West.

      Sri Yukteswar was of gentle mien and voice, of pleasing presence, and worthy of the veneration which his followers spontaneously accorded to him. Every person who knew him, whether of his own community or not, held him in the highest esteem. I vividly recall his tall, straight, ascetic figure, garbed in the saffron-colored garb of one who has renounced worldly quests, as he stood at the entrance of the hermitage to give me welcome. His hair was long and somewhat curly, and his face bearded. His body was muscularly firm, but slender and well-formed, and his step energetic. He had chosen as his place of earthly abode the holy city of Puri, whither multitudes of pious Hindus, representative of every province of India, come daily on pilgrimage to the famed Temple of Jagannath, “Lord of the World.”

      It was at Puri that Sri Yukteswar closed his mortal eyes, in 1936, to the scenes of this transitory state of being and passed on, knowing that his incarnation had been carried to a triumphant completion. I am glad, indeed, to be able to record this testimony to the high character and holiness of Sri Yukteswar. Content to remain afar from the multitude, he gave himself unreservedly and in tranquillity to that ideal life which Paramhansa Yogananda, his disciple, has now described for the ages.

      —W. Y. EVANS-WENTZ

      Picture of Sri Yukteswar
      https://www.sriyukteswar.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2015/03/sri-yuk8.png

      1. Sardonicus,

        Thank you for providing this invaluable quote. This gives one an insight into the mind of one of the great sages of the East. I’m so glad to learn that Lady Darkmoon, the mysterious entity behind this magical site, has the poetic temperament and spiritual sensitivity to be able to reconcile her brand of highly unorthodox Christianity with the profound insights of the Oriental sages.

      2. @ Jean Marin

        I’d like to assure you that LD’s brand of Christianity is not as “highly unorthodox” as you seem to think it is. It is exactly the same as Aldous Huxley’s philosophia perennis (‘the perennial philosophy’). If LD is a “neo-Christian”, as she claims, so is Aldous Huxley.

        For that matter, so is Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore, Ramakrishna and Vivekenanda. These were great Indian thinkers who imbibed the New Testament with the same reverence and respect that they accorded to the Upanishads and the Bhagavad-Gita.

        Christ and Krishna are not the same. They had entirely different lives and came from different backgrounds, but they are different faces, masks, or personas of the same Hidden God behind the veil of appearances.

  6. This site is a marvel to me. Just discovered it! The commenters here are among the most enlightened I have come across anywhere on the internet.

    1. J.M.

      “Bienvenido a la selva!”…..
      Welcome to the Darkmoon jungle baby….
      never a dull moment. 😊

      1. Jean Marin says “the commentators here are among the most enlightened I have come across anywhere on the internet” so of course Pat thinks Jean Marin is talking about him. Pat’s EGO is so hungry for compliments. Of course Pat is glad to see Jean Marin, in his mind Pat thinks Jean Marin is referring to Pat. An EGO that needs constant stroking or it gets sullen and morose and pouty.

        Just wait, Pat, just wait until it’s your turn to Re-incarnate into an outcast of society who gets falsely labeled “a joo”, gets labeled a “thought criminal”, called an “idjit” , is looked upon suspiciously as being some kind of “subversive”, is seen as being a “contrary Mary”, is considered a “nuisance”, and gets thrown in a cattle boxcar and gets shipped off to Spamblinka gulag. A lifetime where nobody, but nobody, gives you any kind of compliment, not one, and all you hear from everybody are put-downs and you never get any respect and you’re on your own, baby, in a cold cruel world you’re on your own. We all have to experience EVERYTHING this Life has to offer, that’s what Re-incarnation is all about and someday, Pat, you will experience being born beyond the pale and living the rest of your life there beyond the pale, excluded from “polite” society and no one will ever say anything nice about you.

        Better gird up your fragile EGO, Pat, you’re going to need ALOT of Inner Strength when it’s your turn to re-incarnate as an outcast, an untouchable I think is the way the Hindus would put it. Your EGO is headed for a world of 😱HURT😭, I can tell you that right now. Fortify your EGO before it’s TOO late, and it’s always later than you think it is, 😟. TOUGH LOVE, and that’s what I got to give, TOUGH LOVE, TOUGH LOVE IS THE BEST THE HIGHEST KIND OF LOVE, wouldn’t you agree? I’m sure you do, *grin* .

  7. As it is now our conscious selves are limited by our physical bodies.
    That’s the typical woowooie.
    Maybe so..
    At death we become pure consciousnesses..
    That is, If our conscious selves do not expire, totally cease to exist along with our brain/bodies…
    Still, who really wants to exist outside his body, and just how would you explain it to yourself?
    Here comes reincarnation then, mr. Spock from star trek always has another theory, to pull out of his hat and save the moment..
    Plenty of people are satisfied with death sans all religious and spiritual speculation…
    I suspect they were never that crazy about themselves to begin with…
    And all so-called spirituality, out-of-body experiences, clairvoyant insights, etc., are possibly merely neurotic mental illusions, time-confused memories…
    Some think if it were not for death there would be no morality..
    Indeed, morality and mortality are almost the same word, likely derived from a common concept/understanding..
    And, physical longevity, perhaps even immortality, is possible with genetic research. If that’s where the focus goes.. is not DNA immortal?
    Which is just one angle on the earthly paradise we might better be believing in..
    Imagine all the dough we waste on war and trash goes into genetic research for longevity instead…
    Yet, I have no doubt whatsoever that a properly functioning human being is capable of working miracles, that the human mind is capable of supernatural feats, and that we human earthlings are all godlike, but are In fact kept from understanding our real creative potential on purpose by all kinds of deliberately abusive retardation programming, the disasterous circumcision ritual being an egregious example…
    Likely, every occurrence in our supposedly solid space-time realm is a rupert sheldrake morphological product of the collective planetary consciousness, not just a big hundredth-monkey process, but an e-vent-full arrangement of, as the hippie greeting has it – what’s happening…
    Jewdar – watch your step in this minefield.

    1. Bark
      Loss of the conscious self? The annihilation of individuality? Melding into something called “pure consciousness”? Why think in terms of everything that happens is what happens TO you?

      Consider this – Thinking that way could be termed “Jewish fatalism”,** and speaks of the extent to which we’ve become “jewified”

      **a connotation to the grim reaper. But whose “God” is it ANYWAY?

  8. Autobiography of a Yogi contains about 2 “miracles” per page. Given its 1200 pages I think this exceeds all other “religious” works on the planet.

    The double-quotes around miracle indicates a specious definition, typically:

    a marvellous event manifesting a supernatural act of a divine agent

    How can anything be supernatural if one accepts that all that exists is an emanation of His nature?

    Nonetheless Autobiography might not be a fraud. It has a ring of truth.

    @DONALDO COLINA

    Your truck and fuel are subject to Central Banking, Fractional Reserve Banking and both are stealing you blind, courtesy of the Tribe.

    The pornographic satanic advertising you pass by in your truck is courtesy of same. Same can be said of any publicly accessible commercial video and music you may use to relieve trucking boredom.

    The crap food that you eat on the road is killing you slowly but surely and is courtesy of the 112 cartel corporations that control almost everything (80%) on this planet (reference Swiss PHd statistical network study from about 10 years back)

    The military-industrial complex threatening your rapid demise is also courtesy of the Tribe.

    Pointing out that people steal does not absolve the Talmudic psychotic Tribe that work the commanding heights.

    (enjoy your posts by the way)

    1. @ Flan O’Brien

      ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ contains about 2 “miracles” per page. Given its 1200 pages I think this exceeds all other “religious” works on the planet.

      I enjoy reading your posts, dear Flan. They are among the best on this site, always wise and generally well-informed. But with all due respect, the statement you make above is factually incorrect. The book does not run to 1200 pages as you state, nor does it contain roughly two miracles per page. If that were the case, the book would contain 2400 miracles in total ! A wild exaggeration if ever there was one. 🙂

      Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi (Unabridged 1946 Edition) runs to only 502 pages (not 1200 pages as you state).

      https://www.amazon.co.uk/Autobiography-Yogi-Unabridged-Paramahansa-Yogananda/dp/1519296606/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_img_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=0SCSG09ZJV0JHHEX7C55

      My own unabridged hardback edition of the book (1955), which I have on my desk right now, runs to exactly 403 pages. This is with ordinary medium-size print, copious black-and white photographic illustrations, and 22 columns of index notes.

      1. @ Flan O’Brien

        By the way, I am not suggesting you are lying when you state that Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi contains 1200 pages. I think it’s possible you have got the Yogananda book mixed up with another book in the same genre with a very similar title, The Confessions of Sri Ramakrishna. This book, which is also full of miracles, runs to almost 1200 pages.

  9. I much appreciate yoga as a system of wellbeing and longevity but let’s not idolise all these gurus. There’s a fair number of charlatans, sexual abusers and embezzlers among them, no less than in other religions.

    1. Commentator Mike

      Let’s not idolise all these gurus. There’s a fair number of charlatans, sexual abusers and embezzlers among them, no less than in other religions.

      Granted, but why should we disrespect Yogananda as a guru just because fake gurus exist beside genuine ones? Are all women to be hated and despised just because many women are whores? Are there no honest men in this world just because the world is full of criminals?

      1. You are right. I was just making a general comment not specifically aimed at Yogananda. But yes spiritual gurus have long been present in all societies so what I wrote should be obvious to most as should be what you mentioned to prospective husbands and those engaging in business deals. Superfluous on my part.

    1. Huh? What prostitute have I disparaged? 🙂

      All I said was that it was wrong to generalize and regard all women as whores, just because quite a few women nowadays behave in a whorish way.

  10. Does anyone knows this website http://jahtruth.net/? He is an English man.
    I read his book “The way home or face the fire”, it’s radical but interesting, it’s free to download. He mixes all main religions.
    He is involved in politics too, denounced the 7/7 bombing deception, went to jail for some days, very courageous.
    Maybe he is a little lunatic, I don’t know, what do you guys think?

  11. He has allegedly been alive for over two thousand years and is occasionally seen wandering the snowy uplands of the High Himalayas with a small band of disciples.

    Two thousand years? TWO THOUSAND YEARS!!?? Two millennium on this festering, pustule planet of misery and suffering? Stop and ponder that idea for a moment.

    This sounds a lot like Khidr, “the green man.” In Muslim tradition, al-Khiḍr is widely known as a saint, a prophet and the spiritual guide of Moses and Alexander the Great. Khiḍr is associated with the Waters of Life. Since he drank the water of immortality he is described as the one who has found the source of life, ‘the Eternal Youth.’ He is the mysterious guide and immortal saint in popular Islamic lore and the hidden initiator of those who walk the mystical path. In the Islamic tradition, Khiḍr is alive and well and continues to guide the perplexed and those who invoke his name.

    This brings to mind an old story about Alexander the Great.

    Alexander had heard about a pool of immortality, so he had his soldiers go in search of someone that might tell him were to find the miraculous legendary waters. Finally the soldiers bought him an ancient sage who held the necessary information. The sage gave Alexander directions as to how to proceed, telling him, “If you go to this place, you will find a small cave. Enter the cave. There will be a luminous pool of water. Take a handful of water, drink it and you will become immortal.”

    So Alexander set up an expedition. With a group of his bravest soldiers, he went deep into the desert. As the sage had indicated certain stars to guide by, accordingly Alexander found the cave. He entered the cave and was about to put his hands into the water to drink when he heard a voice. The voice cried out in anguish, “Wait! Stop!” Alexander looked up in surprise to see a hideous caricature of what had once been a crow.

    The crow said “A long, long time ago I made the mistake of drinking from this pool, and from that moment I have been sitting here for I don’t know how long. Look at me I am blind, my feathers and claws have fallen out. I am miserable but I cannot die. I am finished with life in every way, yet I cannot die. Can you imagine my predicament? I will sit here forever. Do you want this?”

    Alexander, with both hands cupping the water he was about to drink, stopped. All his life he wanted to become immortal. Now this simple question had suddenly put his life in an entirely different perspective. Conquering the world might be a big thing for fifty years or so, but after five million years of sitting here, what would might it mean then, if one could not die.

    Alexander stood there, trembling for a time until the true implication of immortality had sunk deep into his soul. He dropped the water and slowly turned to walk away, never drinking from the pool. Consider had he not done so, we would have to suffer Alexander to this day.

    Death, like birth, is the great equalizer. We come into this world in the same manner – by birth – and we depart in the same manner – by death. Death is the one thing everyone has in common, the one thing, legends notwithstanding, from which no one is exempt. Shouldn’t we be grateful the dead have died? Those who live too long eventually become insufferable. We should live our normal course of life and gratefully go when it is our time. Otherwise, we might well look like that crow in the cave.

    1. (ADMIN: COMMENT FOUND IN SPAM AND APPROVED).

      Babaji isn’t a “Strudlbrugg”** I think saying he’s been alive for over 2,000 years means alive in the same sense as Jesus being alive NOW, but not subjected to the ravages of time. They’ve both “conquered the world”, and exist in their “energy” bodies.

      **The Strudlbruggs are from Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels (one of the all-time greatest classics IMO). In the myhical land of Laputa, they were humans who never died (like the crow people), and were doomed forever as old and decrepit beings. Talk about yer nightmares!

  12. 70 – 80 years in this fallen world is enough for me. I can’t imagine living for 2,000 years. Who has the patience to want to live for 2,000 years or even 100 years. The best thing about getting old is you can take your dog to the park, sit on a park bench and feed the pigeons.

    The pigeons have THE CORRECT VIEW about this Life, they take their pigeon defecations on everyone and everything in this fallen world, on the rich, on the middle class, on the poor, on the churches, the synagogues, the temples, the banks, they don’t discriminate. We don’t deserve better. The human race doesn’t deserve better. We deserve the pigeons crap on us.

    Though I question Christianity which I do from time to time, I was nevertheless raised as a Roman Catholic, I’m a “cradle” Catholic. I may question why Christ would want to make the Big Sacrifice for us. After all, we’re hardly worth it.

    It’s only through His Love and His Grace and His Redemption that we find Salvation. And it truly is a great mystery as to why He made the Big Sacrifice for us. We are truly fallen. He can lift us up from our decrepit fallen state, but we have to meet Him halfway — or least make the attempt to meet Him halfway. He will understand if we don’t make it halfway, as long as in our hearts we make the sincere attempt.

    May He have Mercy on us. His Mercy is the only thing that saves us. Nothing else can save us.

    1. Hi TROJ,
      Pigeons flying above and defecating does give a new ‘in-sight’ on the idea of ‘fallen’. I don’t know how to do Pat’s smiley thing.

      On a serious note however, here is a talk by Dr. Jeffery Lang, University Math professor, ‘cradle’ Catholic…hard-core atheist…. studied the creation of man and the idea of the fall from a Qur’anic context.

      One of the best talks I’ve had the pleasure to listen to, long but very important. From a theological perspective it shows the fundamental difference between Christianity and Islam, and really, this is ‘THE’ question that everyone asks at some point in life.
      Hope you like it, I sure learned a lot from it.
      God Bless.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifllgTA2pmY

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