Since we began offering yoga here in Olean I have
had the opportunity to watch the health and agility of our students improve.
In several of you these changes have been quite dramatic and more than
a little satisfying to us.
In addition to improving your overall health yoga raises
your energy levels. You may not have noticed the degree to which this has
occurred because it happened gradually and because you are probably using
much of that new energy up.
It is a little like getting a raise. Just because you
get another $100 doesn’t mean you will save $100 more. If you are
like everyone else, you will undoubtedly spend most of it.
Likewise, when you get more energy from yoga this doesn’t automatically
translate into a store of energy because you are likely to use most of
it up as fast as it is created, especially at the beginning of your studies.
In the early stages of yoga the extra energy will most likely
translate into your getting more done though that is not necessarily true
. Simply having more energy does not mean it will be spent wisely
any more than the mere possession of money guarantees anything useful will
be done with that.
In fact, sudden riches can buy you a lot of trouble.
History is replete with stories of people who weathered adversity well
but could not handle success when they suddenly acquired wealth and fame.
You rarely hear about it, but most lottery winners quickly
squander their windfalls and in a very few years find themselves in the
same or worse circumstances than they began with. The same thing
can and does happen sometimes to people who suddenly acquire new abilities
and powers. There are a number of reasons for this, and there
are a number of things which may be done about it.
In our situation here at the yoga center the first of these
things lies in gaining an understanding of the power each of you is now
cultivating. For each of you is cultivating a power you did not previously
have and probably do not understand very well. I wonder if
you have any respect for that new power?
Each of you is a different, stronger and more
vital person than you were one or two or three or five years ago when we
began this study.
What we wish to bring to your attention now is the fact that
this new energy you are developing will, in effect, turn on you if it is
not used constructively. This will not be the result of some
magical agency extracting vengeance but rather will be the consequence
of perfectly obvious and natural changes. At least they will be perfectly
obvious if you stop and think about them.
Power must always be kept under control and it is all
the more dangerous if that power is not recognized.
As you progress in your studies of yoga your health and the
strength in your body will improve. Anyone would have expected
this or they would never have taken the class in the first place.
But there are other things which will change within you that are not so
obvious. Your energy levels will increase and your balance,
intuition and focus will sharpen.
You are going to discover that you can do things you simply
could not do before and this will include far more than stretching and
straining. As your ability to focus and concentrate improves,
as you learn to remain calm in the midst of distraction and stress you
are going to be able to bring about changes in your life and surroundings
that you could not do before. For you are changing the level at which
your energy system operates and you are starting to use it in a different
way. You began that new way on the day you experienced your first
It is important that you use this energy to bring things
into your life that you really want to be there. Of course none of
you would deliberately bring unpleasant, evil things into your lives but
I must warn you that it is now more important than ever to keep your mind
focused on positive constructive things than it was in the past. Whether
you have realized it yet or not, you now have a more developed and powerful
mind than it used to be. A mind which is beginning to open to the
possibilities of a broader and vastly richer existence and a mind more
likely to bring the things it focuses on into existence. Meditation
will do this. So be sure to keep your mind focused on things you
really want to be there.
It is also important that you be told at this time about
the law of AMRA so that you can more effectively fulfill your responsibilities
as a receiver of the light. You have probably never thought of yourself
as a receiver of the light but this is exactly what you are doing right
now. Moreover, you are also going to become what we might call a
carrier of the flame yourself in the not too distant future, if you are
not doing so already.
This does not involve doing great and heroic things.
It involves a life well lived. It involves giving a kind word and
a helping hand where that is needed and deserved and just being a good
person. It involves doing the things enlightened beings have always
done through out history.
This does not require any special training, at least
none of the ordinary kind we would associate with doing so called important
things. In our society we venerate technical skills and social position
but the fact is that many people who found themselves in very humble positions
with limited education have done far more for the advancement of civilization
and the general well being of mankind than some of the individuals who
normally get credit for such things.
We humans are ill equipped to understand what our real
place and contributions to this world are. For example, the people
who invented and developed and installed the flush toilet probably saved
more lives than all of the doctors who ever lived. Their work may
not have seemed like it was very glorious, but in the grand scheme of things
it turns out that it was a lot more important than any of them thought
Consequently it is important that you do not underestimate
the importance of what you might have to contribute to the world and it
is with that in mind that we are going to tell you about the law of AMRA
The Law of AMRA mandates that we always share some portion
of what has benefited us with others. It also requires that
we contribute to the general good and that we avoid living a totally selfish
In proposing this we are not suggesting that there is any
reason you should not share in the abundance of this earth, or have
your own basic needs met and enjoy some or many of the luxuries of life.
But it is important to share some of that good fortune with others or you
may find the abundance to be less forthcoming at some time in the future.
This is one of the reasons we hold high lodge sessions.
It is a way of uniting in our efforts and sharing what we have learned
and gained with others. The real purpose of a high lodge session
is for sharing our energy and radiating light and love into the world.
You have already been cautioned not to underestimate the importance
of what you could contribute to the world, for what you have to give and
share here tonight is important. In uniting thusly we constitute
a force for good that is more powerful than you can possibly imagine at
In the weeks ahead we will begin to study the bodies energy
system and workings but for tonight we shall proceed with what we already
have and know.
Let us then begin and unite in meditation. Let us radiate
energy and love into the world and thus share with others some portion
of what we have each gained from our studies here.
In doing this you will learn a great lesson for it is unlikely
that many of you realized you could radiate peace, love and
joy into the world until this very moment.