As you progress on the path of yoga, your experiences grow accordingly. Let no one else judge you, let your experiences guide you on the journey. If the experiences are happening, you are progressing. If they are reducing, then you need to look into yourself and ask your Guru where you are making a mistake, because yoga is a perfect and precise science. If you are walking the path shown by your Guru, it is impossible for experiences not to happen.
I get emails from sadhaks all-over the world sharing their experiences, having seen different-different things, the majority is able to have conversations with gods and goddesses. Some describe the chakras and energy body in detail, some others write to me about the swaroop of brahmand and of shaktis that run Creation. Many share having their thoughts manifested and quite a few report getting premonitions. Important thing here is to distinguish the real experience of yoga, from the play of mind. For in a lot of cases, the experience exists only in the mind and is not real. This is determined by the evolutionary stage of the practitioner and his/her ego, both of which are inversely proportional to each other. With highly egoistic people, the mind often self-glorifies and gives false experiences which further feed the ego, spelling disaster for a sadhak.
As a Guru, I can tell the real experience from the unreal, it is clearly visible in the aura of the sadhak. When you have darshans of gods and goddesses and of divine forms, the aura changes. This is accompanied by increase in charity and service and service to the cow. The mantra uchharan of the sadhak becomes subtler and closer to the frequency of energy that the mantra invokes, creating vibrations in the environment. The manifestation of thought becomes faster, the thoughts become subtler, tending towards aiding positive forces in Creation (and not acquiring more assets or glory for self). Ego goes down. And all this follows naturally, not per force, after a spiritual experience under the sanidhya of a Guru.
The people who have had real experiences, these lakshans are apparent in them. However there is also a small population which lies to me and thinks they can fool me. They describe certain visions and forms, just to be in the competition, without having had the real experience. Trying to impress me or trying to gather a coterie around themselves to show how pure they are but the reality is something else which becomes apparent after a while or putting up a front is of no good, for what you are or do is known to you, and there is no one else who needs to be shown or told about that. Yoga is your individual journey, I can show you the path and even put you on it, but to walk that path is upon you. It is these people who wobble on the path and are not able to stay for long. After sometime, they get swayed by a small attraction, say a new job or a new partner or a new house, and leave the path of yoga. There is nothing wrong in the job or the partner or the house, it is leaving which is wrong.
You should not leave yoga for anything, because if this is left then there is nothing. There might be pleasure for three-four years but beyond that there are only hells. Every relationship, every job, every position of power is temporary, it is unreal. Present-time test-reports of state of body are also unreal, all in passing, nothing is real. You might be getting thumbs up sign on your Facebook page for your stupid comments indicating your great knowledge of yoga, but each of those thumbs is selfishly motivated. The falsehood leads you to believe you are going to have a lot of fun and maybe some of you believe you are on the verge of Guruhood or you have become a Guru yourself and have reached the source. Facebook likes are far from reality…and that temporary fun is sent your way because it wants to make you leave something. You cannot do two things together.
Yoga does not ask you to leave anything, but asks to keep priority as yog. Yoga does ask you not to leave your Guru and asks you to increase charity and service and dhyan time when such thoughts come – or else you will find yourself in some discotheque or a social gathering with a glass of alcohol in your hand, throwing your great knowledge of yoga around, trying to impress people, copying someone else’s quotes, trying to be what you are not, in the process fooling yourself. It is you who will face consequences, no one else. The Facebook thumbsup will reduce gradually, when people want a new way of entertaining themselves and start finding your comments boring. It’s all about entertainment.
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True. Priority to yog is essential.