The fight is on, yet again, between the two mighty warriors! One is the most advanced life form on this planet, superior to all creatures in intellect and having the prowess to manipulate anything to satisfy the survival instinct, while the second player is no less insignificant for it has, through the scourges of yester years, shown its power to decimate the former despite its microscopic size!
The Corona Threat
Human beings, with all the glory of advancements in medical science, appear stumbled today by a silent, unseen slayer of human lives the world over.
Yes, the wily microorganism, this time, notoriously called the novel corona virus or SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19, has humbled the human pride by its rampant invasion of the human respiratory system and rendering it defenseless so much so that it has hijacked the lives of more than 5.5 million people worldwide in a span of just five months of being let loose, with more than 3.5 lakh human warriors succumbing to this disease!
Since ages, there has been a tug of war between man and the germs that attack the human body. But human ingenuity knows no bounds as new and better medicines are continuously designed to kill those germs. Unquestionably, vaccines are the finest tools, a gift of modern medicine, that help removing the darkness of many deadly diseases. These ‘magical’ preparations conventionally comprise either live but crippled forms of the disease-causing microorganism or contain the dead germ as they can elicit the protective, natural response in the body. Called the body’s immune system or the defense machinery, it thus gets geared up to fight the invading germ.
Modern vaccines are, however, designed by employing the sophisticated techniques of genetic engineering. While the scientists the world over are making fervent attempts for developing a potent vaccine and making new treatments available to combat COVID-19, as also the doctors are tirelessly working to treat the affected patients, there are important tools of the Light, a gift of Paramhansa Yogananda, that have the power to uplift people’s consciousness removing the darkness of fear and disease.
“Ignorance is the mother of all physical, mental and spiritual diseases. This ignorance comes from man’s own mistake of shutting out the rays of God,” said Yoganandaji. He further said that, “Of the different kinds of healings, vibratory healing is of great importance.”An important tool of the Light that we all have is our ‘will power,’ as by consciously applying our will, unlimited cosmic energy can be drawn into the body through the medulla oblongata. We can use this tool judiciously to choose the right attitude, to choose positive thoughts, to choose solutions, to choose the state of higher awareness.
Yoganandaji said, “A man of strong will, by his highly vibrating mind, can shake out disease, failure, and ignorance but the will vibration must be stronger than the vibration of disease.” A disease-causing germ, in fact, has a very low vibration, which is why it can be shaken out of the body if our body cells are vibrating with higher levels of energy. On the contrary, if we submit to disease consciousness then the germ has an upper-hand and the disease takes root. This is the basic principle of healing through vibration.
Yoganandaji has given many scientific healing affirmations that help in uplifting our consciousness, helping to pull us out from mental states of fear, despair, anxiety and confusion.
One such affirmation is: “God is within and around me, protecting me; so I will banish the fear that shuts out His guiding light.” An affirmation done with a strong will power while having unshakable faith in the Divine power to heal and restore health increases the flow of energy to all our body parts as our thought patterns change causing the Light to heal.
An affirmation is said loudly first, then in normal voice, repeating the same quietly and then in whispers, and finally said only mentally gazing deeply at the point between the eyebrows until one feels what one is saying. Yoganandaji said that, “The moment the affirmation reaches the superconscious state and the inner conviction, a volley of energy will shoot down through the medulla and heal the body, mind and soul, electrocuting the physical germs, paralyzing mental fears and conflagrating ignorance into ashes.”
Thus, positive healing affirmations are very powerful tools of the Light that help in changing one’s thought patterns and thus, bring transformative changes in our attitude and behavior. An affirmation for healing by Yoganandaji practiced for keeping good health and well-being is: “Heavenly Father, Thou art present in every atom, every cell, every corpuscle, every particle of nerve, brain and tissue. I am well, for Thou art in all my body parts.”
Prayers are also very effective tools for bringing the Divine Light where it is needed as a heartfelt, sincere prayer makes one accessible to the Divine omnipresent power that showers as grace or blessings. Through the method of Divine will healing, Yoganandaji has shown that the healing Light can be infinitely projected to overcome suffering anywhere, which makes it a wonderful tool for healing the victims of disease on our planet.
Interestingly, the Light heals and protects the healer also as Yoganandaji said that, “The channel is blessed by what flows through it.” World prayers, done unitedly, visualizing the Divine Light expand everywhere, to all the nations, covering the whole planet can create a strong magnetic aura of protection and save humankind from all suffering.
Paramhansa Yogananda said that, “Convince your mind that all human methods of cure are limited in their healing power, and that only God’s all-permeating all-healing power is unlimited.” For those on the path of Kriya Yoga, the present time is a test of their steadfastness to willingly live the teachings of Yoganandaji. The practice of daily meditation coupled with selfless service are our most essential tools to stay in the Light.
As every cloud has a silver lining, there is ample scope in the days of social distancing, through lockdown, for doing long meditations and being engaged in many household chores to serve the family members.
With a bonanza of Ananda online offerings: satsangs, group meditations, kirtans, choir singing, world healing prayers and inspirational talks, all through the day, sky seems to be the limit for receiving God’s grace that is pouring as never before. Also, there is more time for scriptural reading and introspection, centering ourselves to tune in to the states of higher awareness for therein lies all-healing power, as Sri Yukteshwar ji said, “Wisdom is the greatest cleanser.”
The Divine Promise
God for sure is taking care of us, if we are steadfast in our resolve to keep faith in Him and channel His Light everywhere. The Bhagavad Gita assures us with these words, “He who perceives Me everywhere, and beholds everything in Me, never loses sight of Me, nor do I ever lose sight of him.”
Lastly, in these testing times, St. Teresa of Avila’s admonition is greatly consoling: “Let nothing disturb you, nothing affright you, all things will pass but God changes not. Patient endurance brings you to victory, once you have God, you’ll want nothing more. God alone, God alone, God alone‘s all we ever need.”
With these tools of the Light in hand, adding to the tools of modern medicine, sure the battle with the darkness of any disease shall end in our victory!