I have always longed for peace in my world and peace in the world –to the point of creating an adult school for psycho-spiritual studies called Peace Through Understanding. In 1945 at age 5 I wondered how adults could be “so stupid” that they created war that killed so many people. At age 34 as I read this believable yet seemingly far fetched book of Yogananda’s, the phrase in this posting encouraged me to want to become a higher-souled being and to study meditation. I knew that Jesus and God could do wonders for me especially since I believed in a forgiving God. So, I didn’t feel the need to know Krishna or Arjuna. Here is the quotation in full:
“Krishna’s immortal words rose to my lips in reply: “Even he with the worst of karma who ceaselessly meditates on Me quickly loses the effects of his past bad actions. Becoming a high-souled being, he soon attains perennial peace. Arjuna, know this for certain: the devotee who puts his trust in Me never perishes!” from AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOGI by Paramahansa Yogananda
The following Christian teaching which is very similar must have reached my ears once a year for two decades: 1 John 1: 9 — “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” However, the word sin has always been repugnant to me. It feels full of condemnation, blaming and even feels dirty to me. I found the Eastern way of saying the same thing so much more palatable and less blaming. In my mind I know “bad actions” are sins against the self or others and I surely found the phrase losing the effects of bad actions much easier to digest.
As I grew and developed emotionally and spiritually I devoted my life to helping others and myself:
- Overcome negative karma in the present or past (past lives included) and to.
- Create rewarding, pleasant, harmonious, peaceful life solutions.
And that is reason enough to want to be FREE TO BE YOUNG as long as possible.
(I am now sharing spiritual material that inspired me to long for and to create Super-Aging.)