By Aparna Jacob August 2003 When cornered by the finiteness of life, when hope is on ebb, believe you have reason to rejoice. A miracle is on its way Making MiraclesMillions around the world have visions or encounters with angels, saints, gurus or have divine visitations. Billions more may never encounter these kinds of miracles. The difference lies in the spiritual vibrations they generate, which are directly proportional to their ability to attract miracles. These vibrations depend on an individual’s level of spiritual advancement, sadhana, prayers, charity and service rendered to humanity. Mired as we are in our worldly activities, our web of negativity, we plead busy to accommodate and become recipients of grace. Here’s how to create ‘space’ for the wonderful to enter your life: Love moreLove vibrations draw miracles by creating an environment conducive for the energies to operate. Nurturing love towards God or his creations in and around you will make you more receptive to spiritual messages, guidance and help. Yoga and meditationPractitioners testify that yoga, meditation, activating the chakras and activities that help you connect to the universal consciousness, accelerate the occurrence of miracles. They help dissolve obstacles within your being, your aura, and in any layer of your spiritual self. Your spiritual spaceCordon off a small area within your home and use it for regular prayers, yoga practice and meditation. This charges the space and the objects in it with your vibrations and enhances activities undertaken here. Meditation and reception of spiritual guidance improves, enabling better spiritual progress. Stay openDisbelievers make it harder for saints, angels or gods to communicate with them. Your own expectation of what needs to happen may exclude what wants to happen. The latter in all probability will be more beneficial and in your best interest. Vesting faith, believing you will be taken care of, and being unafraid invites miracles. Understanding MiraclesShaky as the subject of thaumaturgy (the performance of miracles or magic) is, let’s begin with a basic definition of a miracle. A miracle can be called an event, which is not producible by the natural causes that are operative at the time and place that the event occurs. Intervention by a supernatural agent is often cited, cause and effect theory suspended, something science—which essentially deals with the natural, the predictable—doesn’t account for. Yet miracles don’t necessarily contradict science and its laws, only lie outside the scientific realm. J.P. Moreland, the noted philosopher who wrote Christianity and the Nature of Science, illustrates divine intervention with the following example. According to the law of gravity, if you drop an object, it will fall to the earth. But, if an apple falls from a tree and you reach out to catch it before it hits the ground, you’re not violating or negating the law of gravity; you, with your free will are merely intervening, overriding the natural causes operative in that particular circumstance. According to Moreland, God intervenes in a very similar fashion causing what we call ‘miracles’. Pantheists explain miracles as supernormal, not supernatural. Fritjof Capra’s book, The Tao of Physics, an updated version of the pantheistic doctrine, concedes that all matter is, at heart, mystical, as those will agree who have plumbed the secrets of the atom. Miracles, to pantheists, are a manipulation of natural law. Great masters Sri Krishna, Buddha and Christ used their superior level of awareness and experience to manipulate certain universal natural laws and hidden natural energies. But to the ignorant multitudes beholding the event, they were ‘miracles’. Miracles have the distinct purpose of glorifying God and directing humanity to Him. Being revered while remaining invisible at the same time can be tough, and unless some small part of God touches the material world He will remain inaccessible forever to those seeking Him. Through occasional astonishing events that we term miracles, He reveals Himself, reaffirming faith in Him. Deepak Chopra in How to Know God suggests the existence of a ‘transition zone’ between God and the material world, implying a space where God and humans meet on common ground. This is the space where miracles occur along with holy visions, angels, even hearing the voice of God. It bridges the two worlds—human and divine. And because God is a benign, nurturing force, miracles only produce and promote the good of humanity. The Christian definition of a miracle has three basic elements that are reflected in the three words associated with miracles in the Bible: power, sign and wonder. The power of miracles comes from a God who is infinite. The nature of miracles inspires awe and wonder in those who experience them. They are definite signs, which convey and confirm God’s message of love. A kriya yoga newsletter says that miracles occur solely to serve a true and absolute spiritual goal—to initiate individuals on the path or speed up spiritual evolution. Tremendous effort and energy is required to create miracles on Earth, in the extremely dense and low vibration of this planet. “God leaves his imprints everywhere. In the blades of grass, in the radiant face of a sleeping child, in a note of music. For that tantalising instant you know you are glimpsing the divine”—Thelma AranhaThe entire universal consciousness works in such a fashion that we as pygmies think them miracles. But if you float in that universal consciousness, nothing is a miracle“Negativity is what blocks miracles from happening to a layperson. They are bound by their dogmas, the straitjacket of religions”—Shehnaaz SheikhThe entire universal consciousness works in a fashion that we as pygmies think they are miracles. But if you float in that universal consciousness, nothing is a miracle “Such epiphanic experiences occur within the great universal flow of energy and require nothing more than our sheer awareness of their presence”—Rumi Ray “Once your chakras are open you become receptive to these divine powers. It’s like connecting your aerial to the divine source”—Suresh Kothari Heart over mind The mind erects barriers but the heart knows no limitations. While the mind ceaselessly questions, the heart’s acceptance opens you to experiences, which to the mind lie within the realm of the impossible. Suspend reason for emotion to live more enriching life. “All I had done was put in peanuts of devotion towards Him and before I knew it I had plugged into a power greater than I can ever comprehend”—Sharon Clark SequeiraSharon’s mother a staunch catholic, once sat chanting the rosary when she had reasons of the Buddha, Lakshmi and Jesus.Miracles are guides, beacons of light and signposts in the labyrinthine wilderness in which we wander. God saying hello!If we are sensitive to divine intent, we open ourselves to the blessings of nature and are in harmony with the universe The rank smell of drying fish assailed my nostrils as the bus pulled into the sleepy depot at Yari Road in Mumbai. The handkerchief in my pocket smelt exactly as if it had been used to wrap a clam. Sweat poured off me in rivers as I made my way to the cluster of grey buildings in the distance, huddled against a bleak sky. I was on a quest for miracles. Looking at the maze of concrete I was entering, it was not hard to know why sceptics like me abound. The lines of the objects around us, solid and definite, have come to define our perception of reality. We limit our vision to the apparent, and acknowledge only that known through the senses. This has flawed our perception, blocking us to the vast possibilities of the universe. When the pollution clouded skies or the towering skyscrapers obstruct the view of the stars, birds, trees and other handiworks of the Divine, how much more difficult must it be to even sense the presence of the Divine? Such were my thoughts as I called on Thelma Aranha that day. Thelmas storyThe frail birdlike woman speaks in a quiet voice, different from the soprano she sings in the church choir. As she begins her story, her eyes cloud over with memories of that monsoon long ago. ‘Rain had been pelting down all night, drowning, I remember, Edward’s snores. He slept on a different bed because of my condition. I was thirsty but too weak to call out to him. So I lay still and prayed for the hurting to stop. ‘The fire in the insides for the last three weeks persisted. Amoebic dysentery. My bowels had turned to water. It drained me and I grew too feeble to even lift a spoon to my lips. The inevitable trips to the bathroom were an embarrassment because I had to be carried. The doctor said there was nothing more to be done. Three in the afternoon. Not much longer, the doctor had pronounced: ’You might want to inform your relatives.’ ‘Poor Edward was terrified and gently shook me, calling my name. But after so many days of pain, I was finally feeling light. I wanted to sink into the cottony softness of the sleep that was numbing my brain.’ It was 2:30 p.m. Neighbours had gathered in the tiny apartment and someone called for a priest to take the dying woman’s confession. When he arrived, he went straight to Thelma and took her hand. She felt cold as a mausoleum. He looked at the pale face and closed his eyes, as if in prayer. Then he asked Edward to send everyone out of the room. ‘The priest began rubbing the patient’s hands and vigorously massaging her feet. He wrapped her legs in several blankets and bound it in place with a strong cord. He started rubbing her hands, his eyes closed in prayer. At 3:30, Edward thought he imagin
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