By Nayaswami Narayan
February 26, 2018
My friend recently got a tattoo of the infinity symbol on her arm. To her, it represents God within her as infinite strength. She added an arrow through the infinity symbol pointing upwards to remind her that inspiration, abundance, and divine potential come from Spirit. What an inspiring piece of body art! And she’s only 17! You’re supposed to be 18 to legally get a tattoo in California. I won’t divulge that Dharmadevi helped her (Ooops, spoiler alert!). As the Gita says, “When a lesser dharma conflicts with a higher dharma, it ceases to be a dharma.” Or Dharmadevi’s modern day translation, “When your friend wants to get a God-reminding tattoo, you help her!”
At the same time my friend got her tattoo, I was reading about Nikola Tesla and his research into scalar energy. What is scalar energy? Unlike electromagnetic energy, scalar energy does not move in a wavelike fashion. Rather, scalar energy is when two identical energy forms meet and cancel each other out. This results in a stationary alive energy field. There are many examples of scalar energy within our own bodies. Probably the most familiar image is our DNA. DNA is a series of super energy coils that emit scalar energy. The mobius scalar energy pattern looks just like the infinity symbol! I couldn’t believe the divine synchronicity with my friend’s tattoo. An aside: Tesla actually worked on creating something that created this radiant form of energy known as a “Tesla Coil.”
What relevance does this have for us? Nayaswami Jyotish helped me understand that we have our own Tesla Coil of infinity in our spine. During his Sunday Service talk on “The Importance of Soul Receptivity” he shared an insight on watching the breath through the practice of Hong-Sau:
“Master (Paramhansa Yogananda), as we know, taught that every time we inhale there’s a current of energy that goes up in the subtle spine. It comes up to the medulla and then down the spine. The energy comes up and down through the ida and pingala. I was practicing Hong-Sau a few weeks ago and it occured to me that there is a mirroring of the energy movement on the physical plane. As we inhale, the nose is like the outer expression of the spine…the energy comes up and then it descends…But as we concentrate with Hong-Sau we’re watching the breath at the point between the eyebrows. The energy is rising in the spine as the breath comes in and you’re observing it at the spiritual eye. The breath here (point between the eyebrows) is at the forefront of the brain. The medulla is at the back of the brain. If we can bring the breath up and not have it descend but bring it to the spiritual eye, that’s where we achieve more enlightenment. That practice, even on a physical level of watching the breath, helps us stimulate the spiritual eye.” -Nayaswami Jyotish
Jyotish’s words reminded me of Paramhansa Yogananda’s kriya yoga chant, “Why, O Mind, Wanderest?”:
“On the left Ida, on the right pingala.
In the middle the taintless sushumna seize, seize Her with all Thy might.”
Who knew we had a tesla coil of infinite potential in our own spine? Could kriya be the practice of crashing two waves of energy together to experience our infinite Self?
Through meditation, devotion, and service we deepen our attunement with the guru until we realize our own infinite potential. Yogananda expresses this most beautifully in this line from his poem, “My Guru”:
“Together we will fly to His shores, where we will smash our planes of finitude forever and vanish into infinite life.”
This is one plane crashing I’d like to experience! Will you join me?
Thou light of my life — thou camest to spread wisdom’s glow over the path of my soul. Centuries of darkness dissolved before the shafts of thy luminous help. As a naughty baby I cried for my Mother Divine, and She came to me as my Guru, Swami Sri Yukteswar. At that meeting, O my Guru, a spark flew from thee, and the faggots of my God‐craving, gathered through incarnations, smoldered and blazed into bliss. All my questions have been answered with thy flaming, golden touch. Eternal, ever‐present satisfaction has come to me through thy glory.
My Guru, thou voice of God, I found thee in response to my soul‐cries. Slumbers of sorrow are gone, and I am awake in bliss.
If all the gods are displeased, yet thou art pleased, I am safe in the fortress of thy pleasure. And if all the gods protect me behind the parapets of their blessings, yet I receive not thy benedictions, I am an orphan left to pine spiritually in the ruins of thy displeasure. O Guru — thou didst bring me out of the bottomless pit of darkness into the paradise of peace.
Our souls met after years of waiting. They trembled with an omnipresent thrill. We met here, because we had met before.
Together we will fly to His shores, where we will smash our planes of finitude forever and vanish into infinite life.
I bow to thee as the spoken voice of silent God. I bow to thee as the divine door which leads to the temple of salvation. I bow to thee — to thy Master, Lahiri Mahasaya, harbinger of Yoga in Benares; and I lay the flowers of my devotion at the feet of Babaji, our supreme Master!