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Fall 2014 Newsletter

Welcome luminous beings!

This summer Dr. Elena Loboda led an expedition to sacred sites and places of power of Buryatia (Russia) and Mongolia. This is what she wrote afterwords:

“Yes, it was a real expedition. Huge number and variety of Forces, but obtained through inspection, testing, overcome…We were in places very remote from any whatsoever civilization…Very much alive and conscious forms of nature, natural spirits, astral-etheric traces of ancient civilizations and energy cluster fields created by ancient and modern practitioners of different lineages…All of those energies will be for a long time (maybe years) digesting and absorbing by participants at all levels of their organisms. Wonderful experience!”

See pictures from the expedition on .
Current Schedule
Workshops Fall 2014 East Coast:
  •  November 21, 2014: New York, NY
    Mini-workshop “The Art of Perfecting – The Power of Integrity”
    We are now in the process of transition to a new level of perception and awareness. The intensity of cosmic awakening and transforming energy continues to grow. There is no possibility to avoid changes in the structure of the physical, energetic and mental bodies. To be able to do it right, without harming yourself, we need the further and deeper purification, liberation from old energetic patterns and mental structures and concepts. And we need multidimensional integration.
    Friday, November 21, 2014 lecture & meditation, 7:00-9:30 PM, $35
    CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing)
    123 4th Ave, 2nd FL (between 12th & 13th St, above “Think Coffee”), New York, NY 10003
  • November 22, 2014: Brooklyn, NY
    Workshop “The MIRROR of AWARENESS – Creation by intent! The ancient heritage of the Northern sacred Knowledge”
    Our life, health, relationships, work, feelings and fulfillment 90% dependent and literally create by level of evolution our consciousness and purity of sub consciousness. This is our work and nobody can do it for us. We need carefully and assiduously work with our karmic traces and seeds by expending farther and deeper light of our awareness and thinning our sensations. Only when our consciousness grows spherically, to all directions of perception, we will achieve real changes, healing and progress. And we will able to make changes in the world.
    Saturday, November 22, 2014 – workshop, 11 AM-6 PM, $130
    61 Mayberry Promenade, Staten Island, NY 10312
    Please RSVP for carpool and lunch.
  • November 23, 2014: Brooklyn, NY
    Workshop “Power of mastering your conscious decision”
    Do you know the purpose of your life? Why were you born here on this beautiful plane of existence to live together with so many people and other creatures during this specific time? Are you aware of what you truly need for your health, wealth and personal development? Is it important to you to awaken your ability to see clearly your purpose in life and the available means to achieve it in the setting of your life circumstances?
    Sunday, November 23, 2014 – workshop, 11 AM-6 PM, $130
    Brighton Yoga Studio, 524 Brighton Beach Ave, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11235
  • November 24, 2014: Brooklyn, NY
    Mini-workshop “Who am I:the Path and society”
    Monday, November 24, 2014 – lecture & Q&A session, 7:00-9:30 PM, $35
    4497 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235
Retreat Fall 2014 West Coast:
  • November 26-30, 2014:
    Cazadero Hills, North Sonoma Coast, CA

    Retrieve Fullness of the Soul. Fasting with support of herbal tea.
    The stress-filled lifestyle of modern civilization has impacted our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. We are challenged to make a quantum leap in our consciousness by “detoxifying’ on all those levels. The best practice for it is Transformational Fasting. It allows one to break away from the habitual pattern of getting energy solely from food and open to the possibility for direct absorption of the Natural Elements’ Energy. Through fasting the body becomes a portal to enter higher states of consciousness and connect to divine frequencies.
    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 – Sunday, November 30, 2014 (3-5 days) – daily 11:00AM – 6:00PM, $130/day
    RSVP required:
    If you would like to participate, please register in advance. Upon registration you will receive a description of preparation, which is necessary to start a week before the retreat.
Light & Love,
Team of PolarLight.org
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Fall 2013 Newsletter

Welcome luminous beings!
This summer a group of devoted practitioners led by Dr. Elena Loboda left behind the luxury of hot and sunny days and headed to the circumpolar territory of Russia to discover and absorb the purest and highest vibrations of legendary Hyperborea.
During very intense travel, the mighty team covered over 3000 miles of distance, took 5 trains, 11 boats, 10 car rides and walked 20 miles in deep woods. On their way through Russian northern land they visited old towns and villages, saw monasteries built of stone and churches built of wood without nails, man-built structures and unexplainable labyrinths and seids and admired the eternal beauty of unpolluted nature.
They discovered the exceptional skill of human hands, embodied in folk crafts of world renown, the high spirituality of the creators of wooden “heaven” and amazing frescoes.
They were amazed and touched by the beauty of souls of local people so open, cordial and caring and yet modest at the same time.
Subtle but perpetual light of loving kindness and intuitive wisdom poured over the wide-open spaces, giving birth to the blessed rest in the hearts of travelers. You also have the opportunity to get in touch with this remarkable energy through the pictures taken by the participants of the expedition and published in albums on the Polar Light page.

Current Schedule

Workshops Fall 2013 East Coast:
  • October 11, 2013: New York, NY
    Mini-workshop “Purification and Retrieval of Fullness of the Soul”
    Let us awaken ancient knowledge of the Pure Soul – alive conscious energy of Self Essence. Purity of Soul cans return us to the fresh, clear, joyful perception of the world and expands consciousness. Human soul, awakened from mirages and hypnosis of society, reveals all its talents, all its best qualities. Interacting with the body, the Pure Soul heals and cleans it and opens the possibility of deep transformation of the body up to the restructuring of DNA.
    Friday, October 11, 2013 – lecture & meditation, 6:45-9:30 PM, $35
    META Center, 214 W 29th St., 16th Floor, New York, NY 10001 (Between 7th and 8th Avenues)
  • October 12, 2013: Brooklyn, NY
    Workshop “Sacred Feminine: Sun, Moon, Earth – Power of Circadian Rhythms” with organic food lunch
    Feminine creative power is the power to manifest that which is beyond control of our Ego consciousness and linear thinking: feelings, sensitivity, emotions and mysterious states of being – such as love, intimacy, connection, belonging, intuitive wisdom, generosity, aliveness, auspiciousness, and joy of existence. It is the power to transform your life from the inside out.
    Saturday, October 12, 2013 – workshop, 11:00 AM-6:00 PM, $130
    275 Park Ave, Apt 5W, Brooklyn, NY 11205
  • October 13, 2013: New Rochelle, NY
    Workshop “Consciousness Transformation in Ancient Siberian Practices and 5 Universal Elements” with Didgeridoo Sound Healing Session and organic food lunch
    In Siberian Lineages, as in many ancients traditions, the five elements are considered sacred, the underlying forces of existence. The practitioners of Siberian Traditions use the gates that exist in the human energy system and journey through them to the inner cosmos by entering several levels of emotions, energy and consciousness. These levels connect to Universal elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space. Practices to restore and balance these five basic elements are used to purify, heal and transform the entire multi-dimensional human organism: body-energy-mind, and all that which affects life circumstances.
    Sunday, October 13, 2013 – workshop, 12:00PM-6:30PM, $120
    The Oaks, 590 Davenport Ave, New Rochelle, NY 10805
  • October 15, 2013: Brooklyn, NY
    Mini-workshop “Structure of Karma and Karma-Yoga”
    The necessity to work with karma in order to develop higher consciousness, maintain health and well-being. The importance of connection with the Lineage. Types of Karma: delayed, accumulated, immature, matured. Individual and group karma. Emotions and behavior – communication with karma. Recurrences of karmic manifestations. Working with patterns of karma in deep meditation with immersion in the seed. Realization of the initial condition that caused the karma.
    This workshop is only for those participants who did the fasting or participated in one of expeditions. Registration required! Tuesday, October 15, 2013 – mini-workshop, 7:00-10:00 PM, $35
    275 Park Ave, Apt 5W, Brooklyn, NY 11205
  • October 16, 2013: New York, NY
    Mini-workshop “Transforming negative emotions into blessings”
    The heritage of Arktida holds practices which awaken deep wisdom and inner goodness. Now in this time of deep and fast changes in nature and society, that ancient knowledge will help people to open an inner source to transform themselves, minimize conflict and suffering, maximize their good qualities, and harmonize their lives with the cosmic order.
    Wednesday, October 16, 2013 – lecture & meditation, 7:00-9:30 PM, $25
    Advaita Living Center 2618 Ave Z, Brooklyn , NY 11235
  • October 25 or October 26, 2013: location TBA
    Mini-workshop “Intent of the Vision”
    This workshop is only for those participants who will do at least three days of the fasting at Marlboro, NJ. Registration required! Friday, October 25 or Saturday, October 26, 2013 – mini-workshop + collective potluck, 4:00-10:00 PM, free of charge
    location TBA
  • October 27, 2013: NewLife Expo 2013, New York, NY
    Lecture “Consciousness Transformation in Ancient Siberian Practices”
    In Siberian Lineages, as in many ancients traditions, the five elements are considered sacred, the underlying forces of existence. The practitioners of Siberian Traditions use the gates that exist in the human energy system and journey through them to the inner cosmos by entering several levels of emotions, energy and consciousness. These levels connect to Universal elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space. Practices to restore and balance these five basic elements are used to purify, heal and transform the entire multi-dimensional human organism: body-energy-mind, and all that which affects life circumstances.
    Sunday, October 27, 2013 – lecture, 6:00PM-6:50PM, free with general admission ticket
    The New Yorker Hotel, 481 8th Ave, 4th floor, “Village” room, New York, NY 10001
Retreat Fall 2013 East Coast:
  • October 18-20/22, 2013: Marlboro, NJ
    Fasting with support of herbal tea.
    Let us awaken ancient knowledge of the Pure Soul – alive conscious energy of Self Essence. Purity of Soul cans return us to the fresh, clear, joyful perception of the world and expands consciousness. Human soul, awakened from mirages and hypnosis of society, reveals all its talents, all its best qualities. Interacting with the body, the Pure Soul heals and cleans it and opens the possibility of deep transformation of the body up to the restructuring of DNA. Through fasting the body becomes a portal to enter higher states of consciousness and connect to divine frequencies.
    Friday, October 18, 2013 – Sunday, October 20, 2013 or Tuesday 22, 2013 – daily 11:00AM – 6:00PM, $130/day
    RSVP required:
    If you would like to participate, please register in advance. Upon registration you will receive a description of preparation, which is necessary to start a week before the retreat.
Workshops Fall 2013 West Coast:
  • October 30, 2013: San Francisco, CA
    Workshop “Consciousness Transformation in Ancient Siberian Practices and 5 Universal Elements”
    In Siberian Lineages, as in many ancients traditions, the five elements are considered sacred, the underlying forces of existence. The practitioners of Siberian Traditions use the gates that exist in the human energy system and journey through them to the inner cosmos by entering several levels of emotions, energy and consciousness. These levels connect to Universal elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space. Practices to restore and balance these five basic elements are used to purify, heal and transform the entire multi-dimensional human organism: body-energy-mind, and all that which affects life circumstances.
    Wednesday, October 30, 2013 – lecture & meditation, 6:30-9:00 PM, $45
    356 Precita Ave, San Francisco, CA
  • November 4, 2013, 2013: San Francisco, CA
    Workshop “Receiving the Heart Wisdom”
    From the ancient, legendary times to the modern day of vulgar materialism, the knowledge of Heart Wisdom became almost extinct. This Wisdom is not a rationalism of our linear mind. It cannot be explained like any other type of thinking. This wisdom is beyond words, mind created ideals, conclusions, and even emotions. This Silent Primordial wisdom comes to our physical heart directly from the Great Mother of Everything.
    Monday, November 4, 2013 – workshop, 6:30-9:00PM, $45
    356 Precita Ave, San Francisco, CA
Retreat Fall 2013 West Coast:
  • October 31 (1 PM) – November 3 (5 PM), 2013: Cazadero Hills, North Sonoma coast, CA
    “Retrieve Fullness of the Soul with Fasting, Purification Practices and special herbal organic tea.”
    Let us awaken ancient knowledge of the Pure Soul – alive conscious energy of Self Essence. Purity of Soul cans return us to the fresh, clear, joyful perception of the world and expands consciousness. Human soul, awakened from mirages and hypnosis of society, reveals all its talents, all its best qualities. Interacting with the body, the Pure Soul heals and cleans it and opens the possibility of deep transformation of the body up to the restructuring of DNA. Through fasting the body becomes a portal to enter higher states of consciousness and connect to divine frequencies.
    Thursday, October 31 (1 PM) – Sunday, November 3 (5 PM) – $130 for each day of 4 day fasting with breaking of the fast
    RSVP required: If you would like to participate, please register in advance. Upon registration you will receive a description of preparation, which is necessary to start a week before the retreat.

Details on http://www.PolarLight.org

Light & Love,
Team of PolarLight.org

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Ending the Endless Cycle

Senseless Killings by Brad Rand Smith (posted this on his blog today 12-14-12)
Redefining Spirituality and Opening to Non-limitation
Ending the Endless Cycle
December 14, 2012

Today another 20 children and 7 adults were added to the list of the dead after another school shooting.

Add to that the seemingly endless list of the murdered around the world due to war and hatred and poverty and ignorance and nationalism.

And then we have our week of mourning and anger and soul searching and flag lowering and maybe, perhaps, but not likely, a new law is passed, which will only address the symptom and never the problem.

Because we don’t want to know the problem, even though every spiritual master of every spiritual practice for thousands of years has described the problem.

We always place the problem outside of ourselves. It’s that person or person’s fault, the ones who actually fired the gun. It that nation’s fault. It’s that culture’s fault, that religion’s, that race’s. And on and on until we finally lay the responsibility squarely on “evil” and then go home and go to bed. And we get to go about our lives as usual, feeling righteous and justified. Until the next ‘senseless’ slaughter.

And what is the problem that none of us wants to hear? that we are, each one of us, as responsible as the perpetrators.

This truth cannot be expressed to those who are still unconscious to the spiritual truth of ‘I am my brother’s and sister’s keeper.’ but to those of us to like to think of ourselves as spiritual beings, conscious and awakened, it is time, as spiritual adults, to accept our full responsibility for all the actions that happen on this planet.

And this is not simply referring to whether or not we waste gasoline, therefor holding some economic responsibility for wars over oil or the destruction of the environment. This is about coming to terms with the absolute truth of the quantum and holographic nature of the universe and everything within it.

And that truth is that there is only one of us. That we are, each one, the center of the universe, that our reality is created by our consciousness every instant of every second of every minute of every day.

And that the nature of pure energy — pure thought — makes no distinction between a physical attack in the material world and thoughts of attack in our minds and hearts. They are absolutely and without doubt one and the same. Period.

Every time we accept violence as entertainment, we contribute to the floating ‘cloud’ of attack that engulfs this planet. Every time we applaud and reward brutal competition that leaves one person injured and another holding a trophy, we are adding an energetic ‘bullet’ to a gun somewhere in the world. Every time we hate in our hearts, someone will eventually die.

The true translation from the Bible isn’t ” I am my brother’s (and sister’s) keeper.” The true translation is “I Am my brother ( and sister)”.

This is the truth we must come to accept in this transition from the old world to the new. We must accept full and absolute responsibility for not only our actions, but our thoughts.

Or we will continue to repeat and repeat an endlessly brutal story of tragedy until we all suffer the consequences.

As the Mayans say in a greeting: “I am another you.”

This is the truth.

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Outweigh Bad Karma with Powerful Positive Action

Q&A with Swami Swaroopananda

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Swami Swaroopananda is the Acharya (spiritual director) of Sivananda Yoga Centers and Ashrams on the West Coast of the United States, in the Middle East, and in the Bahamas, and is one of the foremost disciples of Swami Vishnudevananda. He is renowned for his spontaneous yet clear, concise, and complete answers to every question. This Q&A is from a Satsang at the Los Angeles Center in June 2011.

QUESTION: Can the practice of yoga eliminate bad karma?

Answer: First of all we need to understand what the word karma means. Karma means action. Action is of three types: there is mental action like thought; there is verbal action like speech; there is physical action like things that we do with our physical body. So we may think something, we may say something or we may do something.

Behind any action there is an intention. If the intention is carried out through speech or through physical action and we are satisfied that we carried this intention out successfully, we have created a complete karma which means this is a complete action that produces an impression in the subconscious mind, the subtle mind. In Sanskrit that impression is called a samskara. If the impression is deep it is called a vasana. This impression in the subconscious mind or subtle mind is called a karmic seed. This karmic seed will ripen when the conditions are right and will produce a result and that result is going to be experienced by us. We created that karma.

The result usually is experienced in another life. Most of the results of our karmas — karmas meaning actions we have done that will produce results sometime in the future — will be experienced in a future life. In extraordinary circumstances, however, the results of karmas, the results of actions, may be immediate. For karmas to be immediate, for the results of karmas to be experienced in the same life, the karmas need to be extremely powerful. An action as karma must be very powerful, either positively or negatively powerful.

According to yogic teachings, a karma, an action, can produce three types of fruit, or results. In fact, every karma will produce these three types of fruit. The first type of fruit is called birth; in other words, the type of body we are born into. The second type of fruit is the lifespan; how long we are going to live. The third type of fruit creates our life’s experiences; it determines what type of life experiences we are going to have. We can have either painful life experiences or pleasurable life experiences or neutral life experiences.

We can understand painful life experiences; we know what pain is. We can understand pleasurable life experiences; we know what pleasure is. It is the neutral life experiences that we don’t understand so well. What are neutral life experiences? They are like going to the bathroom without having either constipation or diarrhea; they are neither painful nor pleasant. Or we could say they are like sitting and waiting for the bus to come, the weather is fine, it is not too long a wait, it is neither painful nor pleasant. There are many instances, such as walking from one place to another, coming from your house to the yoga center. It is neither pleasant nor painful. These are neutral types of life experiences. The teaching is this: Negative types of karma produce pain, positive types of karma produce pleasure, neutral types of karmas produce neutral experiences. I am talking now about karmas and their results. The result of a negative type of karma will be a painful result, an experience of pain. The result of a positive type of karma will be a pleasurable result, an experience of pleasure. The result of a neutral type of karma will be a neutral result. Again taking going to the bathroom as an example of an action, this is a neutral action, neither good nor bad. It is a neutral type of karma. On the other hand, whether karma is positive or negative is determined primarily by the intention behind the action. The intention behind the action exists on the mental level. The question then becomes how does a thought determine the nature of karma, whether a karma is positive or negative? The answer is simple. Before I speak, before I say something, there must be a thought. A thought precedes speech. Before I do something there must be a thought, before any intentional physical action, or an intention of physical action, there must be a thought. Therefore, if a thought precedes a verbal action and a thought also precedes a physical action, we can say that thought as karma is more important than the actions that come subsequent to the thought. When we consider mental karma, speech karma, and physical karma, then mental karma is the most important because it precedes and motivates the other two.

To give an example, a murderer may stab a person with a knife with the intention to kill him; a surgeon may do the same action, may cut the abdomen of a person but with the intention to save the person’s life. Now in the process of surgery the patient may die, but the karma of the doctor is not necessarily a negative karma. Why? His intention was to save a life. The action was done with the purpose of saving a life. He sincerely did everything in his capacity to save a life. There was no neglect. Nevertheless, the patient died. And so, in one case you have the person who stabs another person with the intention to take a life; in the other instance you have a person who cuts the abdomen of another person with the intention to save a life. Although in both cases people die, in one case, in the case of the murderer, the karma produced is negative, and in the other case the karma may even be positive because here the intention was to save a life, the action was for this purpose. Therefore, although a person lost his life or her life, the karma may be positive. The intention behind an action determines the nature of the karma and whether that karma is positive or negative.

Therefore we say that it is very important to scrutinize the intention behind our actions. For example, if I give to charity, what is the intention behind my action? Is the intention name and fame? Some people give to charity with an ulterior motive. Or is the intention pure because I wish to alleviate the suffering of another person? Therefore, Swami Sivananda would say: Scrutinize your practice, check what your motives are before doing an action. This is very important. Generally speaking not many people know this as a fact. We know it in general, but not as a fact of how karma works. If you understand this law of karma, if you understand that negative actions can produce only pain and suffering; if you know that positive actions can produce only joy, happiness, and pleasure then you will clearly, if you are a logical person, try to refrain from negative activities and you will promote positive activities.

Another thing about karma is that when you do one action you create one karmic seed, but one karmic seed will give more than one result. It produces multiple results. As an example, one seed produces one apple tree, doesn’t it? But one apple tree will produce how many seeds? Multiple seeds. And so you start with one seed and you get a forest. Therefore do not think that you do one negative action and what you get in return is one painful experience. According to the power of the karma that you have produced, you will get multiple painful experiences. It is like one seed ultimately producing a forest. Karmic results have a tendency to multiply, you see? Let’s say that you have done a negative action. As a result of your negative action there will be multiple harmful effects that will come back to you as different kinds of experiences of pain. And so it is with the happy experiences, one good action can produce a forest of positive results.

Therefore, the advice of the yogis is to first of all understand the law of karma. Understand it well. Let’s say you want to be rich, that you have a desire to have wealth. Then you need to understand where wealth comes from. Karmically, wealth comes from charity, from giving. Karmically, receiving comes from giving. It is simple. If you want to be healthy then you need to understand where health comes from. Health does not come from the doctors. Health does not come from vitamins. Health comes from healing others. This is where health comes from. If you want to be healthy, heal others. There are many ways to do it. Do not say, “I am not a healer.” Of course you are a healer. Everyone is a healer. A mother is a healer. A yogi is a healer. The more you heal others the healthier you will become.

You want to be strong? Strength does not come from the genes. Help others to become strong, you will become strong. You want to meditate? What is the opposite of meditation? It is mental or emotional disturbance, isn’t it? Mental and emotional disturbances disturb our meditation. If you want to be able to meditate, first of all do not disturb the minds and the emotions of other people. Do the opposite. Do the very opposite. Help other people to pacify their minds and their emotions. Help them in this direction. Your meditation will become better. This is where it comes from. This is how it works.

I am giving you simple examples. There are much more complicated examples, but I am giving you very simple examples. Now, the question is related to how yoga helps us to overcome bad karma. The question is, “Can the practice of yoga eliminate bad karma?”

The principle is this. A powerful positive karma neutralizes an equally strong negative karma. There is something in nature which makes a positive karma more powerful than a negative karma of a similar strength. This is a karmic law. If you put one pound of positive karma on one side of a scale, and one pound of negative karma on the other side, the side of the positive karma will be slightly heavier. Therefore, the karmic balance of a powerful positive karma or action, versus a powerful negative karma of a similar strength will be that the positive karma will always supersede or overcome the negative and you will even leave some karmic credit after it neutralizes the negative karma. This is how it works. It is a little like in book-keeping, where you have credits and debits. Positive karma is a karmic credit and negative karma is a karmic debit, but one karmic credit has more value than one karmic debit. This is how it works. It is not equal. So the teachers or the masters of yoga say that a block of positive karma will usually neutralize a block of negative karma.

Until karmic seeds ripen you have a chance to neutralize them. Once they ripen you have to experience them, but before they ripen you have a chance to destroy them, you have a chance to neutralize them. Because they are in a seed form, they can be sterilized or neutralized. How can you neutralize negative karma? You can neutralize negative karma by producing vast positive karma.

Now, I have already told you the principle of how moderately strong karma will usually mature in a future life. It usually does not have enough strength to mature immediately. For karma to mature immediately, it must be very strong, very powerful. It should be either a very powerful positive karma or a very powerful negative karma. If it is a very powerful positive karma, the result of it will be experienced in this very life, almost immediately. Similarly, the result of a very powerful negative karma will be experienced in this very life, almost immediately. It is like this.

The yogic scriptures give examples of very powerful positive karma, such as yogic practices. Japa, asana and pranayama are karmically very powerful. However, remember the intention with which you do these actions. Always remember the intention. It is not enough to do yogic practices. You have to be clear about the intention and the purpose behind these practices. The more powerful the intention, the stronger the karma. The practices are strong anyway. If you add to them a proper intention they are more powerful. Similarly, they can become negative with a wrong intention.

Very negative karmas that produce a lot of pain and suffering do a lot of harm to others including yourself. In order to neutralize a very negative karma, you have to produce a very powerful positive karma like yogic practice. Yogic practice is a very powerful positive karma. It will neutralize many negative karmas even if they are powerful.

I will give you one famous example, about the greatest yogi of Tibet, Milarepa. The first part of his life was terrible. He did terrible things. In fact his story is a tragic story. He became an orphan at an early age. He lost his father. He and his mother were treated very badly by their relatives, who took advantage of them. Milarepa’s life was very painful, very tragic and he decided to take revenge on his evil relatives. He studied black magic under a very powerful lama. He learned, for example, how to create a hail storm. One day there was a party in a tent attended by all the family members he hated so much because of the suffering they had brought upon him and his mother. As an accomplished black magician, Milarepa produced a powerful hail storm, the tent collapsed and most of the members of his hated family were killed. He became a mass murderer. Now to murder one person is bad. To be a mass murderer is a very powerful negative karma. However, somehow, by some previous good karma, Milarepa realized what he had done. He realized that the result of what he had done would be horrendous, would be terrible. He had created such a powerful negative karma and he understood what the result would be.

He searched for someone who could teach him how to neutralize this negative karma. He went through a very difficult test and after a long period found his teacher, Marpa, who gave him a terrible time. In fact, his teacher gave him such a difficult time that one day Milarepa decided to commit suicide. He could not take the things that the teacher did to him anymore. He suffered tremendously under the teacher. In the beginning the teacher would just reject him, but even after the teacher accepted him, he suffered tremendously. After a long period, after he had tried to commit suicide, the teacher started to behave toward him in a better way and after many tests, after terrible suffering, the teacher told him what he had to do.

Milarepa did long sadhana and attained enlightenment in that very life. Not only did he not suffer the result of being a mass murderer, but the amount of positive karma and the power of the positive karma that he produced by yogic practices and by his great devotion to his guru, or teacher, was so powerful that he neutralized all the negative karma and attained enlightenment, or self-realization, in that very birth. And Milarepa is Tibet’s greatest yogi. He is such an example.

Recognize it. A person who started very badly from the karmic point of view, with a huge karmic debt, not only paid back all of his karmic debts but attained an unbounded, unlimited spiritual or divine wealth through yogic practices and through devotion to his teacher. He had so much faith. He had so much devotion. You have to read his life story just to understand this point. It is a very good example of how a person who starts with a disadvantage can overcome the disadvantage and come through on the other side as a spiritual conqueror. Yes, yogic sadhana, yogic practice, has great power and can neutralize negative karma in this same life.

Source: Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat September 2011 News Letter

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