paramahansa yogananda paramahansa muktananda and shaktipat...can one receive shaktipat via the spirit world... with these gurus

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I found the book Autobiography of a Yogi. Since receiving the book... maybe a month or 6 weeks ago I believe that i am being initiated into a spiritual path.

I saw a sparkling image somewhat human in shape... I think that was yogananda? coming to me. he has come to me in dreams and i believe he put his hands on my back... either while i was sleeping or in semiconscious state. i never would have guessed that the Indian/Eastern lineage of gurus would be something that i as a westerner could access.

my heart is transforming via this devotional path. i am aware of my faults but believe that there is eternal hope available to me that i never would have guessed access or spiritual heritage to.

i have been experiencing bandhas? or kriyas during meditation. actually i don't have to sink into a meditation... the energy is there and i've been looking all this stuff up online to try to figure it out.

no surprise really... i have been seeing a healer. She is devotional and i believe she has siddhis? I am grateful to her because i believe she has helped open a door for me that i thought for some odd reason of the mind was permanently closed for me. i don't know why. i have always been on a spiritual quest of some kind.... but felt locked in a dungeon of my own personality flaws ... like being stripped bare of any access or hope... limited...earthbound...

the reading i have done i believe Yogananda to be my father guru. in a meditation state he said he had something to show me. He led me on a forested path and then there was another guru ... very large presence... with piercing eyes.

actually i recognized him...from checking out this site....gurus feet....

this i found out through various coincidences was Muktananda.

is it possible to receive shaktipat via gurus who have passed on? or from someone who has been devotional to a certain guru.

another guru also came in... last night... i don't know who he is yet... but i would like to hear other people's stories and experiences.

one thing that is hard with words is that i feel very moved by all this... devotional... inspired... and for the first time aware of what all of humans are birthright is...

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I just want to clarify that

I just want to clarify that i am speaking personally... that i thought the guru path was not an option for me... of course other people, yes!!!! but... that is the mind unlocking itself for me... not as many limitations... that i was not even aware i was imposing on myself...

other stories of yogananda coming to people... and muktananda.... spiritual awakening stories are very welcome... actually i stumbled upon someone's blog on yogananda... i can't find it again...but it was very inspiring and encouraged me to join

love and inspiration, donnaapple

donnaapple | Tue, 08/11/2009 - 16:48
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Autobiography of a Yogi

Hi donnaapple
your words echo mine.
The first book that FINALLY led me away from the quagmire of organized religion towards spirit was “Mystics, Masters, Saints, and Sages: Stories of Enlightenment” -- it told me for the first time that regardless of the background, religion or culture the limits of spirituality is always the same Kundalini, Samadhi.

The next book that set the stage for Nonduality to come to life was ... “Autobiography of a Yogi.”

Yogananda himself did not impress me with HIS story; what impressed me was his explanation of the Nonduality .. the way Seeker and Guru appear different until “Self-realization” makes them One.

-- Really

genep | Tue, 08/11/2009 - 18:07
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thankyou for the new title

Hello genep,

thankyou for the response. it is helpful to hear of other people's experiences. I enjoyed the autobiography of a yogi... but it was something else that stirred me... maybe it is having his picture... above my altar...the eyes... a stirring in my soul. i don't quite understand it all.

I am reading: Where are you going? by Muktananda right now. I have found his mantras inspiring.

I wrote down the title of the book that inspired you... Mystics, Masters...

I look forward to reading this. thankyou again for writing. I really enjoyed your poem on shakti and mortality... and the illusions of karma... and i'm probably not summarizing it right... but, i'd like to read it again..

ciao for now

donnaapple | Tue, 08/11/2009 - 18:20
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seeker and guru

also thankyou for what you wrote... the way seeker and guru appear different until "Self-realization" makes them one.

it shows how much i'm learning right now...whirlwinds...

thankyou for adding to my inspiration and understanding

i had forgotten such a principle teaching.

donnaapple | Tue, 08/11/2009 - 18:27
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Enjoyed reading your story. Unique voice you have.

I didn't feel connected to Autobiography of a yogi. Felt it was not focused and coherent enough and a bit gossipy. Maybe I need to give it another try.

mula | Tue, 08/11/2009 - 18:30
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hi there

I think what matters is how you feel... if the inspiration is there or not... i think i connected most with yogananda's gaze... i had never really taken in the face of a guru before... thanks for the encouragement to make my voice heard. this is an exciting time and i am happy to make friends along the journey... i would like to hear more of your experiences if that is something you would like to share

take care

donnaapple | Tue, 08/11/2009 - 18:38
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Only ever the Here and Now

I have had dreams of gurus and other strange things happening. All sooooo exciting. Now I know that by taking those things serious you are missing the truth. You are avoiding the Truth. Toooo bad, but true. The true Truth can only be found in the present moment, when you awake from living in an imaginary conceptual reality that is divided into you as an object and the world as a subject... into the experience of the non-conceptual, undivided ground of Being . All searching, trying to achieve, trying to understand, being so fascinated by strange happenings or exotic gurus or blue pearls or Kundalinis or energy blasts or chakras or auras or whatever is only keeping you from taking that only step that will truly awaken you and that is the step into the present reality, into the Here and Now. The mind will try any trick to keep you from that. Read Tolle, Adyashanti etc.,find some true Satsang teacher. That's enough.

mayasurfer | Wed, 08/12/2009 - 00:12
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shaktipat and guru can be in the here & now

I don't see any contradiction. You can have shaktipat in the now, you can worship your guru in the now, you can meditate in the now, you can have excitements in the now. The important issue is not what you do (which is obviously always in the now) but where your consciousness is when you do it - is it in the now or is wandering in past and future.

It is important not to turn the "here and now" itself into a religion, into a path - when this happens, it means the mind returned from the back door and tricked you in your own ground.

dora | Wed, 08/12/2009 - 10:26
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humbly learning... may not

humbly learning... may not ever find the now, am in the now, may find doorways, which i fall into the now... you were where i'm at? try to respect each others journeys mayasurfer... thankyou for any guidance which brings me into the moment... unfortunately words are faded pigments of the now to convey any heartfelt messages... i realize that gurus and kundalini and whatever are just experiences... i seek the divine within... or to dust off the mirror of my consciousness and connect with Self which is self which is Self... like i said... learning... and may go down wrong path... but the now is endless like a journey like a resting spot like a realization like an endless moment like a sheer coincidence like a wonder like a thunder like a no thing like a thing like a now

donnaapple | Wed, 08/12/2009 - 15:50
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try to respect each others journeys mayasurfer...

Hi Donna
The Truth is not about respecting illusion/delusion so much as obliterating it. Naturally, the imaginary person wants their process of avoidance respected, since it would support their avoidance, but Maya's words are like a breath of fresh air that points the way out of Plato's cave instead of wandering around in the half-light looking for reasons to justify being a cave dweller a little longer.


The birds are pretty, but how long and how many experiences will it take to notice the sky?

Phroggy | Wed, 08/12/2009 - 22:58
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i don't want to stay in the

i don't want to stay in the cave... but felt the only light i found was in the cave...

"no experience is true
enlightenment is not an experience..."

what does this mean, truly?

does it mean that "experiences" are imagined distances from the source?

are you imaginary as am i?

from one pretty bird to another or am i talking to the sky?

donnaapple | Wed, 08/12/2009 - 23:16
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"does it mean that "experiences" are imagined distances from the source?"


Experiences only become 'experience' when remembered, when conceptualized.

"Direct experiencing" as "this moment" is actually what one is, not what one experiences.

Omkaradatta | Thu, 08/13/2009 - 01:12
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Personally....actually....I Not only think "experiences are Overrated"...yet they are, what is to me the "Wild-Goose chase" other words Bullshit!!
...."Direct experiencing" as "this moment" is NOW, is SELF, Is Samadhi, Kundalini....and no matter whatever Word you put in Means Absolutely ~NOTHING~....( which is sooo re-veiling/un-veiling in/of word/words in it SELF)...hence we Do NOT Experience a God darn thing per say so.
Another clue actually point to the Fickle Memory is...when it regurgitates ( re-remembers) so called Experiences.
The THOUGHT, that is another thought we call Memory...MAKES it up, as it goes along sorta other words, 1 could say we alllllllllllll have Alzheimer and don't even Know it!!!!.....LOLLLL

When Self got sick of his saints
and bored with guru's
he created me ...
to LAUGH at Everythingggg

they took seriously.

B-Self, Eternal Infinite Sri Fukkamee Swami

Bercano | Thu, 08/13/2009 - 13:59
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Hi donna

"no experience is true
enlightenment is not an experience...

what does this mean, truly?"

Illusion, with no exceptions. What part of your nightly dream reveals to you the 'reality' beyond that dream? Could you ever find something within that dream that shows you something you did not create yourself, from yourself, for the purpose of hiding yourself?

In the larger context, all waking experiences are creations of Consciousness/God/Awareness/Self, arising within what You are, but you are not those arisings, you are the canvass on which Donna's life is painted....and it is empty. You are the sky in which mind clouds float....and it is empty.

Emptiness is not experienced. The experienced has dissolved back into the sky, and the sky remains as it has always been and will always be. It's not about what donna will experience, but rather what donna really IS, empty of all of it, full of Self. So, what is sought is a noticing, a realization that puts an end to what never was and starts what never had a beginning.

To be a 'true' seeker of Truth is not to seek experiences, but to seek to know the emptiness out of which, and within which, they arise. The clouds will obscure your vision of the sky.

Phroggy | Thu, 08/13/2009 - 21:24
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i have no proof to

i have no proof
to explain

actually during a night terror once I could not remember words or the name of god... or anything... or so I'm told

actually this is exciting

yeah, i know....

being put to the test like this

no thing

maybe over coffee sometime

but i do think it's funny
that i joined

note the word

doesn't it mean... dispelling darkness? that's all.

donnaapple | Mon, 08/17/2009 - 16:28