#70 — Love, Fear and the Cosmic Mother

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Our planet is engaged in an epic battle between good and evil, light and dark. This battle plays out on many levels, but it’s essentially a battle of consciousness. And it’s amplified because the forces of darkness have Kali Yuga consciousness combined with Dwapara Yuga energy.

According to ancient Vedic cosmology, our earth cycles through four ages called Yugas. Currently, we’re transitioning from Kali Yuga—the dark age of materialism—to Dwapara Yuga—the age of energy and technology. This is one of the greatest shifts humanity ever experiences, an emergent change in consciousness which causes confusion, chaos and conflict. Also, ours is a mixed planet—a school for souls at many different levels of advancement. Not everyone is on board the program of raising their consciousness. We’re being asked to choose: Will we shine our light in the world or will we zone out and forget about our potential?

Remember: times of great challenges bring great opportunities for spiritual growth.

So how do we navigate these waters?

I don’t think there are any easy answers, but here are some things I do.

I start with a practice of boundless compassion and acceptance.

  1. I acknowledge my own feelings, how all this is impacting me. I put both hands over my heart and breath deeply into my body all the way down to my toes. 3-10 breathes. Then I give myself compassion and accept that that’s how I’m feeling in this moment.
  2. I feel into how this is impacting my friends and family, everyone in my country, in the world. And I give everyone compassion and acceptance, because this is a hard time. That compassion is for everyone—no matter who they are. No one is excluded.

From this place of compassion, I send healing prayers out into the world and repeat the Warrior of Light affirmation:

God’s light is within me and around me. With the sword of faith in my hand, With the love of God in my heart, I am a warrior of light. I join my brothers and sisters everywhere To overcome fear with faith, Hatred with love, and Disease with health. We all are warriors of light. We fill the world with God’s light.

Let’s do this together.
Sending you lots of love and light,
Kamala

Features

Our Cosmic Mother: The Feminine Aspect of God
by Paramhansa Yogananda
Is God to be thought of only as a vast impersonal Spirit, without form or sex? Or can the Creator be appealed to in some form which is more familiar to the human mind? If so, shall we say, “Father” or “Mother”? God is both Heavenly Father and Divine Mother.
Divine Mother’s Guidance
by Nayaswami Prakash
I see now, with overflowing gratitude, what a power of love shone out through my mother all the while her little boy struggled through his childhood challenges: Divine Mother working through the human mother to prepare one child for the real testing—the purification of the soul in the fire of Her all-consuming, all-liberating love.
It’s Time We Started Raising Organic Children
by Nitai Michael Deranja
What if our schools shifted their focus from facts and tests to nourishing skills such as creativity, critical thinking, and relationships that would be useful for a lifetime?
Interview with Janet Chui, Author of The Self-Love Oracle
by Janet Chui
We all deserve love, and to love ourselves unconditionally. The Self-Love Oracle opens readers up to this notion as a daily practice. It features work from my past 15 years of painting and comes with lessons I learned in my own life.
I Live Without Fear
by Nayaswami Uma
When we forget God’s unconditional love for us, we are truly isolated from any comfort or support to make us overcome whatever we face. Fear is separation: It finds security in union with divine love.
What Is the Real Heaven?
by Abbot George Burke
Excerpted from Abbot George’s commentary on the Aquarian Gospel. “God never made a heaven for man; he never made a hell; we are creators and we make our own” (Aquarian Gospel 33:9).
Spiritual Renewal Every Day
by Jayadev Jaerschky
Wouldn’t you be up for a never-ending spiritual holiday? If you are, pack your inner suitcases and get ready. It’s time to GO!
How Saints Are Made
by Nayaswami Devarshi
Today I feel like I’m living in a saint factory in India as I hear first-hand accounts every day of heroic love and selfless giving.

Stories from the Heart

In the Temple of the ER
by Nayaswami Rambhakta
I love to meditate in public places. I was open to pray for anyone in the large, crowded waiting room. I was surprised that the Divine love seemed directed mostly to a young man with a big Gothic gang tattoo across the shaved back of his head.
The Parable of the Frightened Boy
by Nayaswami Jyotish
A story of how a small boy tormented by nightmares learns to overcome his fears and shyness through the power of light and love.
The Buddha Refuses a Gift
by Leo Tolstoy
An example from the Buddha of how to act when haters respond to our every word with derogatory, insulting, disparaging, and bitter comments.
The Value of Utter Desperation
by Nayaswami Narayan
When you desperately need an answer, the universe responds. I remember when I was working in the financial markets in New York City I experienced this value of utter desperation.

Practicum

Soul Call
by Paramhansa Yogananda
Shakti Devi sings this soul-stiring chant to to draw the divine presence to us in the form of Divine Mother. “Mother, I give You my Soul, Soul, Soul Call. You can’t remain hidden anymore.”
Courage: Affirmation and Prayer for Self-Healing
by Swami Kriyananda
I Live Without Fear
by Swami Kriyananda
In these difficult, even unprecedented, times this comforting song reminds us where our safety and security really come from.
How to Develop Clarity in a Time of Confusion
by Arudra Slisko
Often, we dive right in with our rational mind, trying to “figure out” what the truth is, trying to find the right solution to the problem based on a sea of conflicting facts. To find the truth, to find clarity we cannot rely on “figuring it out”. We have to “figure it in”.
You Fill My Heart With Music
by Swami Kriyananda
Music, among all the arts, affects us in a particularly powerful way, as it is a direct manifestation of the AUM vibration. Sing along with this video or just listen and absorb the joy of dancing and singing with God.
Be a Warrior for the Light
Affirmation for faith, love and light
Genie! “I wish I were worthy of love!”
An infographic

Columns

Your Spiritual Questions Answered: How to Get Your Prayers Answered
by Paramhansa Yogananda
Knowledge versus Understanding
by Marcel van Heijzen
An analysis of how the mind processes information in order to convert the knowledge into understanding on both the physical and spiritual levels.

In every issue

A Note from Kamala
10 Second Visualization
Imagine, behind a specific challenge in your life, a loving presence sending it to you for your growth
Poet’s Corner: The Bee of My Mind
by Paramhansa Yogananda
Inspiring Quotes to Ponder
Closing Blessing

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