Paramahansa Yogananda Speaks about the Impact of Negativity on Life Here and in Hereafter


Yogananda speaks! This is a read for everybody who wants to improve his life, health and vitality, as it reveals some serious reasons of  difficulties that human beings experience on earth!    

Mediums often attract the authors in spirit of the books they read. Reading Autobiography of a Yogi, I heard a voice with a slight Indian accent.  I started to record our conversation.

T: — May I ask a question? How to reconcile two kinds of information about how we look in the afterlife: according to some sources we look great and, according to other sources, we look ugly. Who could better explain this than Yogananda?

PY: —Hollywood doesn’t miss the opportunity to stage a shape shifting scene in which a young man or maid is turned into an ugly vampire or an old witch.  And if the storyline makes these creatures last until sunrise, the first touch of sun melts them into a simmering puddle or burns them into a handful of ashes. As a matter of fact, these fairytales present a simplified formula of co-existence of beauty and ugliness in the higher realms. Our best appearance on earth shapes our astral double, but the moral aspect of our mentality shapes our mental body. The advanced seers observe it in its full “glory.” This is why so many of us avoid unnecessary contacts with people because it isn’t much fun to stare at the person’s mental body. Only few are ready to accept the truth and start cleansing and learning that our intentions, beliefs, emotions, and desires are magnets for thought formations.

They look like “scales” that cover the mental body. Having certain life in them, they materialize what was written on these scales by you — the content of your thoughts! The realization of these thoughts will appear in your life automatically in the form of certain events or happenings. You believe that you have never invited them into your life, but you did! Your thoughts did! Your fears and endless worries did!

This is why light-minded people, whom we call “the lucky fools”, make it through life so much better than “the smart and good ones”! This is why all esoteric teachings of all times and schools hold in high regard everything that helps “to let it go”! It always amazes me that people who believe they are committed to the development of intuition never ask, “What must I let go of?” They sit quietly “at the foot of their teachers” and they think that they know, but they don’t! And teachers also keep their mouths shut because most of the self-appointed gurus don’t know either what they are talking about.

Most surprisingly, the same myths, legends, and fairytales about shape shifting point to the ultimate tool of purification. Please, imagine the rising sun that is burning vampires to ashes again. You will see that these hellish creatures pick up fire with the speed as if they were made from paper! Real bodies contain moist water, flesh, and bones and cannot pick up fire with such joyful ease. Remember, Mao Tse Dung’s ideologists called the USA a paper tiger!

T: — According to Wikipedia, in 1956 Mao Tse Dung used the expression “paper tiger” to describe the United States in an interview with American journalists, “In appearance it is very powerful, but in reality it is nothing to be afraid of; it is a paper tiger. Outwardly a tiger, it is made of paper, unable to withstand the wind and the rain.”

PY: —Of course, this is not the USA, the country, but these are the mental thought forms, our brain products that can be compared to “paper tigers.” They look outwardly threateningly ugly, but there is no reason to be afraid of them, because they are overly sensitive to light and cannot stand the light of the truth. It makes them release — give up, return their energy and fall apart, stop existing.

This is why so many secrets are held in darkness and why an English saying goes, “Do not keep me in the dark!” The light destroys the negativity that lurks in the darkness. The Light of Truth is the ultimate tool of cleansing as it destroys the negativity in a person’s soul — in its past and present experiences and may reach into the future improving it.

T: — During that memorable conversation, I received help from Yogananda. He released the memories of a morbid experience in Lemuria and a humiliating experience in France. It improved my relationships in various fields of my life, and this was how I learned that old patterns stay with you through eons provoking explosions of irrational irritation and anger making you paranoid and suspicious… Before finding myself in the ancient past, I saw my Soviet experience as a cause of frequent fits of anger and mistrust. When, after the release of these patterns, these fits disappeared and my energy level started to increase. I understood that, most probably, it was the other way around. I was born in the Soviet Union because of particular vibrational patterns in my system. If it is so, maybe people who have born to be famous have distinct vibrational patterns that make them seek fame? Maybe you want to comment on it?

PY: —I see you have an answer to that question from Vysotsky. He knew what he was talking about.

T: —Vladimir Vysotsky, the Russian superstar spoke in Channeling Vysotsky:

“The fast Russian lifetime of mine was neither the first nor the final one. The training toward the lifetime when you have to become a symbol to the millions takes a long chain of incarnations. If I stayed the length of an average lifespan in every one of them, the preparation would take up too much time, it would last forever. I couldn’t afford such luxury because I had to release many connections. For that end, I had to come back again and again — to release old habits, affections, and attachments. Advancing by short lifetimes made more sense. During my brief stops on earth, I had to purify my aura.  The point is that releasing one thing, you create another thing, and before you know it, you face new problems you did not have before. Trading a short life against a similar short one may become a habit as well. It may become a way of escaping responsibilities.”

T: —He also spoke that by rushing through a lineup of short incarnations, one becomes good material for becoming a star for the millions at the cost of losing ability to build a lasting relationship and loving, normal family. William Powell said it in his spirit message as well.

PY: —I do not know about specific “fame vibrations”, but I know for sure that a person on the path to becoming a real celebrity (like Presley, Jackson, or Lennon) has to be ready to sacrifice his personal happiness for his mission, whatever it is. Ironically, artistic talents — once becoming famous and influential — crave for happiness that they gave away voluntarily. That’s the true human nature. We inherited this from our granny Eve; she had everything but still needed a bite from the forbidden apple which sent us on our everlasting search for happiness.”

T: —Okay, I’ll change my question, “Are the goals compatible, the harmonious, all-round development of an individual and the preparation to become a celebrity?”

PY: —Present day Hollywood is experimenting in this direction. Why would Brangelina’s six-kid family — among them three- adopted children — cause media frenzy all over the world if it wouldn’t be an attempt to resolve this problem? Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie want to continue as actors and be parents of a large and happy family. The world is watching and wondering, does it last and how long.

T: —Why would the public be more interested in celebrities’ children than films? None of the Hollywood mommies — the talented Angelina Jolie included — became Elizabeth Taylor or Bette Davis. The frenzy over Hollywood’s little angels did not help make movies that sway human hearts. It’s too obvious. What would happen to the souls of all these phony celebrities that had bad luck to reach their prime in sinking Mecca?

The External and Internal Tools of Cleansing of Mental Body

PY: — Once here, all are equal! Everybody’s mental burden can be released and destroyed. It is only a person’s fear and guilt that enlivens their “paper tigers.” However, people are not ready to face the fact that they feed their monsters and become prisoners of their own negative thoughts. Life on earth is short, but staying a prisoner of negativity can last eons.

T: — Is there anything people can do to free themselves from negative thought formation while still on earth?

PY: —There are two kinds of purification tools, external tools and inner tools. Among the external tools, the best are nature’s four elements — fire, water, air, and earth! Everyone remembers a childhood experience of pure happiness from playing on a sunny beach, swimming in the ocean, and letting the sea breeze dry out hair. When children play on the beach, Mother Earth continues cleansing their bodies from mental impurities and it feels like being on the top of the world.

This is why humanity created beaches near mega cities because beaches have all four cleansing elements ready to serve humans. This is why beach houses are so coveted and children are willing to spend their entire childhoods near water. If grownups learn to surrender their worries to these four elements, it will help them increase their energy level and resolve many of their burning problems.

Inner Tools: The truth vibrations are the most powerful internal tool of purification. In old days,  people retired to monastic life to reach out to truth vibrations. Now, many sign up for yoga classes or some other energy workshops. Some are good and are worth the money people paid.

T: —What about Christianity? How do Judaism and Christianity deal with it?

PY: —Jewish prophets were fully aware of the problem.

T: — When Jesus was asked why his disciples break bread with unwashed hands, Jesus answered that what is going into the mouth does not defile a person but what comes out of his mouth defiles him.

The Gospel of Mark says, “There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him, but the things that come out of him those are the things that defile a man. Out of the heart of man, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man,” (Mark 7: 15; 7: 21-23)

PY: —Christian Church counts on prayer, fasting, abstinence, confessions, flagellation, and monastic life. Historically, unthinkable tortures and burning of witches under the umbrella of Christian faith were executed in the name of purification and saving of the sinners’ souls from “eternal hell.” What such “education” achieved was another question!

T: —Sometimes, I think that tortures during Medieval Times stemmed from the pagan world’s practices. Visiting Rome, I was almost paralyzed by the energy that came from the Coliseum. There is a dark and soggy aura around that place as if gladiators, Christian martyrs, lions, and other animals are still dying there and the mob is roaring.

PY: —Another great idea of Christian redemption was connected to the belief that hard work heals. Today, before we started this conversation, I saw you reading in the news that the Nazi slogan, Arbeit Macht Frei… crowning the gate to Auschwitz was stolen. Arbeit Macht Frei — work liberates. What kind of work liberates? Hard work may send a soul to hell faster than some traditional sin, like Don Juan’s womanizing. Compassion and forgiveness empowered by prayers, mantras and meditation frees inner impurities. This is why it is the corner stone of purification in all religions since shamanism. Both monotheistic and dharma religions share this view. Forgiveness is the central idea of the Our Father prayer as well: “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

Yoga adds to it a scientific element — the art of chakra breathing that supports strong purification of a person’s invisible higher bodies. Nevertheless, the rich philosophy that served India through thousands of years fails the modern India. The Christian World’s idealization of the Arbeit built a splendid materialist civilization, but it kills humanness. If the Auschwitz-Birkenau commandant, whoever he was, did not see the mockery in the words Arbeit Macht Frei  that crowned Auschwitz’ gate, I am sure God did! The payback time for atrocities in Nazi concentration camps and also the Russian Gulags have not yet begun. The pain is still there, and the vibrations of pain slowly, sometimes very slowly, shape future events that cannot be changed anymore! The reason is simple: no one can stop these invisible vibrations. In the past, the dark vibrations of the Coliseum brought down the famous Roman Empire. I am sure historians have other explanations, but it does not matter how they explain it. The vibrations of pain and despair of Auschwitz and other concentration camps and Gulags… wait a minute! I can get from your mind the pulse of a Siberian labor camp.

T: — Instantly, a forgotten memory sprang into my inner screen: rotten and darkened wooden skeletons of abandoned watchtowers with rusted wire surrounded a vast field. The area with scattered, rusted machinery was overgrown with grass. 

Someone volunteered to drive me to this former Gulag. The car stopped at a clearing where the inmates once produced these boards. The monotonous gray, sad energy with darker thickenings stood there. Why the city authorities did not clean it up? Was the former camp still inhibited by the unquiet earthbound souls who guarded their territory? Frosty winds had not dissipated that energy.

PY: —Look in your memory, you are still standing there. You reacted emotionally and allowed your imagination to produce more pictures of that place. As a result, you created a powerful thought form of Russian guilt in your mind, and it sits in your mind quietly working on ‘your behalf’ producing irrational feeling of hopelessness. Now, let’s proceed with our experiment attempting to burn the demonic vision. Alter your state of mind, bring light to that picture and watch it change. Go ahead.

Burning the Unwanted Memory

Light is pouring in effortlessly. Huge violet flowers burst into bloom on that field, but the rusted barbed wire snails were around the flowers. I started to roll that wire, but new layers of that wire were surfacing. Someone lifted all the layers at once and tossed the messy pile into the middle of that place. Wire lifted the layers of soil that revealed unburied bones and sculls. Russian priests in their black gowns rushed in and started talking to some unburied souls who considered that area their cemetery. I have no energy to continue. There were hosts, hosts of unburied victims.

PY: —Put down responsibility immediately. That is your problem: you take over other people’s guilt and neglect your own responsibilities. Do not interfere emotionally anymore, step aside.  Let go your own belief that the arbeit will resolve things. Send your compassion to that cursed place — in abundance — do not skimp sending compassion, the supply of it will not dry out — overcome your hidden dinginess that you developed as a homeless monk in India when you lived out of alms on the streets of Bombay. Open your channels of compassion and look what will happen.

T: —How do I open the invisible channels of compassion?

PY: —Let it go!  This was a practical lesson in what an inner cleansing tool — compassion — can do to a person who knows how to meditate and masters the switch of consciousness.

T: —Thank you. May I ask one more question? Are you saying that both paths of building civilizations failed: the Eastern path ruled by the belief in reincarnation and the Western path governed by belief in one life on earth during which a person has to work hard in order to earn his salvation? The East’s way suppresses individuality and the West’s way kills humanness.

PY: —Nothing is lost. You forgot to report that you saw a chapel being built in the place of the former Gulag’s administrative building, and there were beautiful flowers around that chapel and benches that bring people to sit there, repent, talk to God, and cleanse their souls. Wicked can take everything from people but the path of their growth. It does not stop on earth.

PY: –The release from self-created prisons starts with the release of the attachments to material pleasures and desires. Yogis do it. Can we do it? Probably it is easier to say than to accomplish. I remember how at one point the idea of “killing my always desiring this and that person” for freeing my consciousness from tyranny of mental thought forms flashed through my mind. At that moment, it seemed to be too extreme and impossible… Nevertheless, here I am today thinking of this, and it seems to me natural.  Do we really have some other choices than easing “the strong attachments to material pleasures and desires?” If we do not put our mind to it, then the aging process will do it for us in rudest and unpleasant ways…


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