I like this nugget of spiritual wisdom from J. Oliver Black, a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda who lived in Michigan. Yogananda honored Black with the title Yogacharya in a special ceremony of initiation in 1951. The Sanskrit word Yogacharya is an ancient spiritual title that can be translated as “yoga teacher,” although it carries more significance and authority.
In the following one-minute video, Black recalls a suggestion from Yogananda that immediately added more power and energy to his prayers.
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[Yogananda] said, “Oliver, do you pray?” I said, “Well, Master, I think I pray inwardly all the time.” He said, “The next time you pray, pray in God not to God.” So when I sat down to meditate the next time, I imagined I was in God, like fish are in water. I swear, I felt the roots of my hair practically want to stand on end . . . Then you’re in contact with everything. When you pray at God, you feel like you’re separated from Him. When you pray in God, you’re in the scheme of the whole universe.
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