Inspiration at Will!

 

By Nayaswami Narayan Romano
October 23, 2018

Someone once asked Paramhansa Yogananda, “Is it possible for inspiration to be under the control of one’s own will?”

“Yes, indeed!”, the Master replied. “Take down this poem.” I believe he was getting ready for a lecture and was busy at the time of the question. He paused in silence for a moment and then recited this poem:

Demand for the Opening of the Spiritual Temple Doors Everywhere

O Father, when I was blind I found not a door which led to Thee, but now that Thou hast opened my eyes I find doors everywhere: through the hearts of flowers, through the voice of friendship, through sweet memories of all lovely experiences. Every gust of my prayer opens a new door in the vast temple of Thy presence.”  

-Paramhansa Yogananda 

This poem was included in Yogananda’s Whispers from Eternity. And a reviewer and critic who praised the book actually quoted the above poem as one of his favorites! 

At the end of my morning meditation the other day, an inspirational prayer reverberated through my mind. It was simply, “Master mine, introduce me to Mother Divine!” I like to think of God as my Divine Mother. The “gust of my prayer” was trying to blow open the doorway to Divine Mother through the agency of my guru. 

Although I didn’t see Divine Mother, a wave of inspiration lingered after my meditation. I recalled the above story of Yogananda’s prayer demand so I wrote my own “whisper” to him:

“Master Mine, introduce me to Mother Divine!” Intercede on my behalf. Great intercession need be for this titanic transformation of me. I was lost in forests of pride and then swamps of self-absorption. Infinite Sea, oh, how I want to become one with Thee! My Lord, My God, My All! Mother, I call Thee, “Come, come, come to me!” Since you have not come, I pray to my guru, “Master mine, introduce me to Mother Divine!” 

Swami Kriyananda said it takes magnetism to draw inspiration. So if we want to be inspired, we need a strong flow of positive energy and magnetism. How then do we develop our magnetism? 

Here are some thoughts:

  1. “Act Enthusiastic, and you’ll be enthusiastic!” Magnetism is generated by an enthusiastic attitude. If you don’t feel enthusiastic, act like it! Try practicing the Superconscious Living Exercises upon waking up in the morning. Chew on a breakfast of enthusiasm!
  1. Serve. A woman was in despair asked Swami Kriyananda for his advice. He said simply, “Serve more.” Those simple words helped her create a positive flow of energy and magnetism that released her from the clutches of self-pity.
  1. Mix with good company. As Yogananda said, “Environment is stronger than will power.” And mix consciously and attentively with people you admire. 
  1. Keep your energy uplifted and focused at the spiritual eye. Swami Kriyananda would often attract inspiration at will by asking with energy, clarity, and joy, “I need a melody that says “such and such”…and the melody would come to him instantly.
  1. Meditate! Saturate yourself at the feet of the Infinite and draw on that divine infinite power and potential within yourself. Paramhansa Yogananda called it Self-realization with a capital “S”, meaning your true Self is infinite. 

Some of the best advice on magnetism and drawing inspiration at will comes from one of the Psalms of David:

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills,
From whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the Lord,
Who made the heavens and the earth.

In Aspiration for Inspiration at Will!
Nayaswami Narayan

 

 
 

Psalm of David

Christ Lives: An Oratorio
by
Swami Kriyananda