Bro. Achalananda:
In the middle of a conversation:… Well, you already have a technique to see
the spiritual eye: Jyoti Mudra. Woman:
Yes, but now, it’s like how I was saying, it’s like
going forward and going back… Bro. Achalananda:
Yeah, well first you have to get into it, right? Woman:
No, first you have to see it! Bro. Achalananda:
Yeah! First you have to see it. That’s right. Woman:
Then you have to keep it straight, and it… Bro. Achalananda:
Yeah, and then you have to get into it. Woman:
…goes away. It’s like, very abstract, and very nebulous,
and there’s no… Bro. Achalananda:
[he laughs] Well, you just have to, I don’t know what to tell you. You just
have to keep after it. Woman:
I mean, it’s almost like you practice without
knowing what you’re doing. Man:
That’s where surrender comes in, maybe. Bro. Achalananda:
Sometimes maybe you’re doing that, but if
you do that, gradually you’ll learn. Like, two times Guruji showed me this
when I was looking there, and I saw this whole spiritual eye, but like at a
forty-give degree angle and when it was small. The whole thing was
only about like that. I could see here is the opening, there’s the
golden tunnel, there’s the smaller blue tunnel, there’s
the silver star. I could see the whole thing. Two times he showed me that. Now in the astral world
you can make anything as big as you want or as small as you want. [inaudible]
Normally when you see it, the golden tunnel is like about fifty feet big, and the blue
one’s about thirty feet big, and the silver star at the end. But, yeah, that’s the next big step, is to be able
to get into that tunnel. First like I say, you have to see it. So that’s important,
to practice Jyoti Mudra to try and see it. Woman:
So you see it, and then you have to hold it
so it doesn’t disappear. Bro. Achalananda:
So how do you hold it? You hold it by your consciousness being steady and just look,
as Guruji said, look at whatever light you see right in the center of that light,
and just look there with devotion, with love. In other words, just try and just completely —
don’t be nervous or upset or trying to force it or anything. Just look there,
and if you look there calmly and deeply enough, basically you’re surrendering to it,
and when that becomes deep enough, I think is the way it works, then suddenly you’re in
it and you don’t even know how you got there. You don’t know how you got there.
And that thing is done through devotion. You don’t know if you’re breathing.
You don’t know anything. Bro. Achalananda:
Oh, once you’re in there, you’re not breathing. No, you’re not breathing. Woman:
Sometimes the thought comes like how do you keep it? How do you stop it from going away? Bro. Achalananda:
Yeah, that’s the big battle. That is the thoughts. That’s why you have the techniques.
You have to learn to sit still. You can do that, that’s pretty easy.
Now, then you have to still the restless monkey mind. That’s harder. That’s what the techniques are for.
You practice that technique with deep attention and you will start stilling this restless mind, and then you will start to go deep when that happens. Bro. Achalananda:
How many of you saw the “Wizard of Oz”. You ever see that movie? All:
Yes, yes. Bro. Achalananda:
Okay, did you know that the author was a yogi? Woman:
No, really? Really? Bro. Achalananda:
Oh yes. Oh yes! And did you know he put all kinds of yogic hints in that thing? Woman:
I’ll have to watch it again. Bro. Achalananda:
Yeah, you need to watch it again! Woman:
I felt there was some spiritual aspects to the movie. Bro. Achalananda:
When Dorothy was pulled up into Oz, what happened to her? Woman:
She went into another world. Bro. Achalananda:
Yes, but what caused it? Woman:
A tornado. Bro. Achalananda:
Okay, a tornado. Now, isn’t that very interesting.
Because one thing that happens, when the energy starts going up the spine,
you get caught like in a tornado. It whirls. You’ll think that you’re caught in a tornado.
Yeah, so, [he laughs] you have to have it happen to you or you know. So if you have that happen, you’ll never forget it, I’ll tell you that! Then the consciousness goes up; okay,
eventually the consciousness goes up, and that completely changes the way the energy goes… Bro. Achalananda:
So she landed in Oz, and the house along that went with it
crushed the wicked witch, right? But the shoes were there, and she puts them on.
Okay, so she thought that — Now, what was she was told after she got there? She said “Well, I want to go to Oz.”
What was she told? “Follow the yellow brick road.” Now what did you see in the yellow brick road? You saw it started here and it went out in a
circle and then it went out, and it was the yellow brick — that was the spine.
Follow the spine, okay? If you want to get to Oz, [laughs]
take your consciousness through the spine. Bro. Achalananda:
Now, who did she meet on the road?
She met three, well let’s call them individuals who represented three qualities she had to develop
to enable her to get there. Okay? Which one was the scarecrow?
What was he lacking? Woman:
He needed courage. Bro. Achalananda:
A brain. No, he was lacking a brain.
He wanted a brain. You have to have intelligence, right?
Second one was what? Woman:
Heart. Bro. Achalananda:
Tin Man. He wanted a heart.
You have to develop the heart feeling. You have to develop your heart,
your feeling, to get there. And what was the last one? Bro. Achalananda:
The cowardly lion. Courage. He wanted courage.
You have to be courageous to get there. So when all of them got there with it,
then they were able to get there. And then they found out this guy there,
this supposedly avidya-thing, he was just putting on a phony act, right?
That wasn’t the real guy at all, okay? [laughs] So that’s sort of telling you delusion, is that —
yeah, he’s got a lot of power, but in one sense he’s sort of a bluffer too,
you see?