Asha Praver's Monthly Letter
October 2005

Dear Friends,Asha Praver photo

The celebration of the 57th Anniversary of Swamiji•s meeting with Master on September 12, 1948, had a special sweetness for him this year. Just twenty minutes before the satsang began in Gurgaon, India, he finished writing the last lesson of his new correspondence course, Material Success Through Yogic Principles. He has been hard at work on these for a year and half.

Each time Swamiji finishes writing a new book, he—and we—tout it as “the most important book he has ever written.” Partly this is because “Spirit is center everywhere, circumference no where.” From any point you can access the divine. And wherever you are standing—or whatever book Swamiji is writing—seems like the best place to start.

“Look long enough at anything and it will become infinite,” Swamiji says.

Another reason is, simply, that each one of his books has a special destiny to influence that arena of life. It is a little like the vast array of deities you find in the Hindu religion. We Americans used to ask our Indian friends, “Which one of these is the most powerful? Who is in charge? Which one is really “God” in the way we understand it?”

Well, that is a long discussion in itself, not the subject of this letter, but here is the short answer. To a certain extent, all of them! It depends on your particular need at the time.

If renunciation is the solution to your problem, then Shiva is the most powerful deity for you. If there are obstacles to be faced and overcome, then Ganesha is your “man,” so to speak. If it is a question of education or mastering an art form, pray to Saraswati and she will help you. All these deities are just a way of getting a point of focus on the Infinite Lord. Each one is a doorway to Infinity Itself.

Now, back to Swamiji. His role in Master•s mission is to create an entire culture of Self-realization. Previously, he wrote Secrets of Prosperity and Money Magnetism. But both are small books, more like guidelines, than detailed instructions. Making money through right livelihood is one of the biggest challenges honorable people face, and this course fills that gap in the culture of Self-realization.

The wealth of India is legendary. Centuries ago, the earliest visitors wrote of being served luxurious meals on golden plates. Afterwards, the dishes were not washed, but simply thrown into the Ganges, such was the wealth of the whole country.

India•s ancient wealth was the result of their understanding of the principles of yoga that give man dominance not only over the realms of spirit, but over the material world as well.

But the riches of India proved an irresistible temptation to the rest of the world. Eventually England took over and systematically emptied the country. The precious jewels, for example, originally embedded on the walls of the Taj Mahal, are now part of the Crown Jewels of England. England became the wealthiest nation on earth, and India became one of the most impoverished.
The widespread understand-ing of yogic principles that had sustained India for centuries became a closely guarded secret. It was not something the English understood, or had the right to access. While India endured this period of bad karma, the teachings were kept safely hidden by the Masters in the Himalayas.

Now that time of suffering is past. British rule ended half a century ago, and India is on the rise. At the same time, the secrets of yogic power are coming out of the Himalayas and being widely dispersed, by our line of Masters, and others.

That is the story Yogananda tells in Autobiography of a Yogi. Lahiri Mahasaya meets Babaji and receives Kriya Initiation. Instead of remaining in the mountains with his guru, however, Babaji sends Lahiri back to his home in Varanasi with the instruction to teach Kriya Yoga to all who sincerely seek. This marks the beginning of a new era when spiritual teaching will be readily available to all.

Access to the inner divine force gives one mastery over all manifestations of Spirit, including the material plane. This is the Law of Miracles as Yogananda explains in the Autobiography. Saints and Masters easily rearrange at will the structure of creation. They walk on water, raise the dead, and feed the multitudes with a handful of loaves and fishes.

This ancient truth, hidden for centuries in the Himalayas, is what Swamiji has written about in his Material Success Through Yogic Principles course. It is not Kriya Initiation per se, but it is the same principles applied in a practical way to the simple problem of earning a living in this world.

At the launching of the course in India, someone asked how Swamiji•s course compares to a better-known course by a man named Robbins. I know nothing about that course, so I don•t mean to cast aspersions on it. The point of interest is Swamiji•s response to the question.

“I am the disciple of a great Master,” Swamiji said.

It was an interesting comment, and reveals volumes about both the spirit and the content of the course he has written. Material success lessons are usually written, well, from the material plane. And, of course, there are many ways to move the material plane around from the material level.

But to influence the material plane from the spiritual level, gives a possibility of success and prosperity literally unimaginable from lesser states of consciousness.

All of this is to say, if you haven•t ordered the Material Success Through Yogic Principles study course, you are missing an opportunity that shouldn•t be missed.

The course is issued as a series of small booklets, 26 in all, delivered every two weeks for a year. Swamiji prefers this method to printing it as a book—it would be over 600 pages—because it encourages people not to race through, but to absorb and practice each lesson over a period of time.

The total cost of the course is $1200, which can be paid $100 a month. All of the money, except for a very small amount to produce the lessons themselves, goes to support the work in India.

Since not everyone can afford this sum, Swamiji has suggested that people can form into groups of up to 10 people, and make copies from one set of original lessons. If you would like to be part of such a group, contact the Sangha and we•ll put you in touch with others.

Or if you want your own set, and to help the work in India, you can order the course directly from our Sangha, or through the internet at www.ananda.org.

Joy to you,

Asha (& David)