Signs of Spiritual Progress
By Nayaswami Narayan
September 19, 2017
Have you ever experienced road rage? About twenty years ago before I started to meditate, I did. Someone cut me off on the Jersey turnpike. I got angry. And I let the driver in front of me know by generously laying on my horn.
If there’s anything spiritual I can draw from this story, is that I honked for almost seven seconds — about a second for each chakra!
Sister Gyanamata said, “Your religion is practiced in the cold light of day.” Well, that day I failed loud and clear through the blaring of my horn!
About a year ago, I was on the receiving end of someone else’s road rage. Perhaps it was my karma for the way I acted long ago! I was driving down Santa Monica Boulevard going slower than the speed limit (an anomaly for me). The driver that was behind was impatient with my leisurely pace. He stormed up on my side and blurted out to me in an angry tone, “Hey, Buddy, the speed limit is 30 miles per hour, not 3!”
The funny thing was my reaction this time compared 20 years ago was completely different. I smiled at Dharmadevi who was in the passenger seat and we laughed together. I thought, “Well Divine Mother is telling me through this man that I’m driving too slow. Thank you, Divine Mother.” Rather than getting angry, I found the whole experience to be highly amusing.
When people ask me about the power of kriya yoga and meditation, I reference these stories as a before kriya and after kriya testimony.
What are the signs of spiritual progress?
Sometimes we can miss the point and think we’re supposed to have some grand experience or visions. When in reality spiritual growth and the test of our success in meditation is not about phenomena, but rather how we are changing as a person in everyday life.
Here’s what Swami Kriyananda says about the signs of spiritual progress:
Do you love God more now than you used to? Are you developing even-mindedness? Are you more inwardly contented and joyful – or at least happy? Are you renouncing self-will? Do you want to serve and please only God? If your answer to these questions is Yes, and if you can add to your answer the wish to grow daily in these sublime virtues, know that God and Guru must be well pleased with you. Offer yourself into their arms. They will bear you surely and swiftly to the Divine Shores!
–From The Art & Science of Raja Yoga
If you want to go from road rage to becoming a peaceful sage, I encourage you to take one of our Raja Yoga courses starting this week.