The Shelter of God…for Yourself and for Your Loved Ones ~ Bro. Pranavananda

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“Go to the shelter of God where the Masters have gone, and whence they are watching and helping the world. You shall have safety forever, not only for yourself, but for all those loved ones who have been entrusted to your care by our Lord and Father.”

Paramahansa Yogananda

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Q.  A couple of months ago in a lecture the minister quoted Master as saying:  “Go to the shelter of God where the Masters have gone, and whence they are watching and helping the world. You shall have safety forever, not only for yourself, but for all those loved ones who have been entrusted to your care by our Lord and Father.”

I understand devotees being protected, but how does the guru place others in his care that are not devotees?  How can we verify that this is happening?  And if we see what appears to be this protection, how can we know it’s not just wishful thinking?

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A.  When the soul truly loves God and God’s response comes, it is so great that it splashes to everyone around him – so anyone you love – they’ve got it too!  God’s love is boundless. 

How to know it’s not just wishful thinking?  No one will prove it to you.  There’s no checklist.  Not until you get to know God.  It comes down to knowing God and realizing that it’s not an idle promise. … as friend, as lover, you get to know God.  Then you know.

In the Bible Jesus tells his disciples, “Follow me.”  But one of the disciples said to Jesus,  “Lord, let me first to go and bury my father.”  Jesus replied, “Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.”

Master says in his commentary on this: 

“The call of Jesus to the disciple to take up a higher cause was an assurance to the disciple that by following him, who held the keys to the mysteries of life and death, the disciple could do greater service to the soul of his dead father by his spiritual good will and devotion to God than he could by merely officiating at the burial of his father’s physical frame.  It is said in the scriptures of India that the sanctified life of one who is single-heartedly seeking God will automatically spiritually bless seven generations of that devotee’s family – a far greater and lasting bequest than any material offering.”

When I became a monk I knew intuitionally that the best thing I could do for my friends and family was to get close to God, even if it meant I would have to move and never see them again.  Later in the ashram I was told about the principle of the seven generations of those who give their life to God completely – and this extends seven generations back in time plus seven generations ahead.

Now, you are probably wondering, “How could this be so for the seven generations previous?”  Master said, “Coming events cast their shadow.”  God is not limited by time.

talk excerpt from devotee notes

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Brother Pranavananda with devotees

 

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