Moving Gurus, Part II


The image of Swami Sri Yukteswar I keep on my desktop

Seven weeks ago, I wrote about how the photo of Paramahansa Yogananda I keep on my desktop began moving when I clicked on it. It’s the only time I ever saw a photo move in any way.

Until yesterday, that is. I had just committed to deepening my spiritual practice. A short time later, I clicked on my desktop photo of Swami Sri Yukteswar, Yogananda’s beloved guru. To my amazement, Swami Sri Yukteswar’s photo, the only other photo I keep on my desktop, began moving toward me and grew in size about 20 percent before stopping.

Just like when Yogananda’s photo moved, I stared at the screen, transfixed. After about thirty seconds, I regained my equilibrium and restored the photo to its original size. I then began clicking and dragging on the photo to try to recreate what had just happened. Nothing. I kept clicking and dragging, trying to elicit some change. I mean, there’s got to be a reasonable explanation for this, right? But again, nothing happened. The photo remained static.

Yes, I know that clicking on COMMAND and the PLUS sign (I’m on a Mac) enlarges photos but when I tried that, it made the photo much, much larger than the small increase that I had just witnessed. And I hadn’t come anywhere close to clicking those keys. I had simply used my mouse to click on his photo. That’s it.

As I wrote in my post about Yogananda’s photo, I decided to view what had just happened as a mystery rather than a mishap—and a reminder and an opportunity to express gratitude for forces beyond my understanding.

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