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KING YOGA – the greatest karmic force for your own personal development!
Raising consciousness through spiritual self-development
When you read a spiritual book, and allow its wisdom to sink into your consciousness, you change. Your vibration becomes that little bit higher. Your knowledge is that little bit greater – which, if you let it, will permeate your whole thought pattern. You will be that bit better informed when making decisions about your life, and understanding what life is, and what life is for.
When you chant a mantra, you sensitize your aura, which affects your whole vibration – including the vibration of the cells of your physical body. Even your brain becomes different – more capable of receiving higher thoughts, and translating them into conscious mind. Your chakras function differently as well – the lower chakras become less active, and basic emotion is risen onto a higher level. Base anger is transmuted into righteousness, jealousy into aspiration, sentiment into unselfish love. This applies to all spiritual practices to some degree or another.
To a lesser degree, correct eating and drinking habits, and taking exercise, will also help to raise our consciousness, but these physical aspects of self-improvement will only help us spiritually in the context of a spiritual life – they do not make us spiritual in themselves. As Dr. George King said: “You cannot eat your way to God!”
Similarly, a spiritual environment, and the company of spiritual people, will also help to raise our vibration and consciousness. We probably know this from our own experience – we all feel better up a mountain on a perfect day, than in a busy polluted city sitting in sweltering heat in a traffic jam. We all feel more spiritually elevated when talking to someone else on the spiritual path, than when arguing with an obnoxious materialist.
Service is the most important thing
We should do all these things as much as we reasonably can, in order to make us more able to serve others – to charge us up, to inspire us, to energise us. But we should not take them to the point where they take us away from serving others. This is an infinitely fine balance, and often a difficult judgement to make.
Raising our vibration in these different ways is very good for us. But it is no longer enough to ensure that we really advance – and go all the way to full enlightenment.
To really advance we have to serve others, which will invariably mean that we cannot do as much spiritual study, practice or even physical exercise as we might otherwise wish to. Nor probably will we be able to spend as much time, and money, focusing on our diet. Nor will we be able to always be in spiritual company, nor will we always be able to be in a spiritual environment. Quite the opposite in fact.
In one way, through service we may in effect be sacrificing our evolutionary progress – in the short term. If you spend a week helping others, you may well not feel energised and inspired in the way that you would if you spent a week reciting mantra. Your consciousness will probably not be immediately altered by your service, like it may be immediately altered when doing spiritual practices. On the contrary, you may even feel drained, depressed and exhausted.
But, still, it is service that, in the end, will bring the greatest positive results – not just for others, but also for ourselves. It is service that is more important than anything.
Why is service so important?
- Decency, compassion, love – Common decency should tell us immediately that we should spend time helping others. Spontaneous compassion should inspire us to want to help people who are suffering. True spiritual love – the desire for all life to be risen upwards to its true potential – makes service inevitable.
- Logic – tells us that a world of service would be a happy functioning world, whereas a world of selfishness is in large part dysfunctional and full of misery.
- Dangerous time in our history – Also, service has never been so important as it is now – because of the dire threat that now exists to our very future on this planet. Never before have we faced such a threat of complete annihilation through world war. Service, in the right way, will help to stop this. Very briefly, every act of service throws out spiritual light which helps to raise consciousness – this brings peace.
- Oneness – service is a living demonstration of belief in the oneness of all life – which is enlightenment. How can you realize oneness if you ignore the problems of the rest of that with which you are one? You cannot. You will not.
- Karma – Do good and good comes back to you. This applies globally and personally. World karma is critically bad at the moment – and service alleviates this.
The karma of service – what does being “good” really mean?
The law of karma states that action and reaction are opposite and equal. In very simple terms: do good and good comes back to you.
But what really is “good”?
Is helping your next-door neighbour mow his lawn “good”?
Possibly, but it is unlikely to change the world, or, in the big scheme of things, unlikely even to help your next-door neighbour very much.
Is giving an obese child the ice-cream they want “good”?
In short, being good and being nice, can be very different things – certainly from a karmic perspective.
Doing good really, in the final analysis, means one thing and one thing only. It means helping another person, people, or other lifeforms – to evolve.
Obviously, I don’t mean helping monkeys evolve into humans. I mean spiritually evolve – a rise in consciousness. Evolution towards the realization of the Divine potential within.
This is the ONLY THING that really matters. Everything else, if it matters at all, only matters in so far as how it affects this one thing. Nothing else. Not even happiness. Why? Because true lasting happiness will only be found through spiritual evolution – through this rise in consciousness – through realization of the Divine potential within.
The karma of service – the best way to change your life
When you help someone in their spiritual evolution, you will be helped in your spiritual evolution.
In other words, if you help others to evolve, you yourself will evolve.
We always get the exact experience that we need in order to spiritually evolve. However, when we prove we are ready, then this experience becomes more “intense”, as it were.
Karma always brings into your life the exact challenges that you need to overcome – the exact opportunities that you need in order to evolve.
But when you start selfless service, these challenges and opportunities become greater.
The weaknesses within you are brought to the fore, like puss oozing from a boil. Life will even seem worse at times. But, once the puss has drained away, healing can begin, and life will be better. You will be stronger and purer – ready to be of greater service. If you did not go through that cleansing, you would be too limited to perform that greater service.
Then you get greater opportunities to be of service. This is one of the most important things about karma. Doing good brings good back into your life – not as a materialistic reward, but rather as the opportunity to be of greater service.
For example, if you give $1000 to charity, the good karma of this may be getting even more money back. But the money you get back is not a little “gift” from God to be frittered away on frivolities. It is given to you so that you can be of greater service; so that you can use this gift in greater service.
King Yoga – the royal path of service
The kings and queens, presidents and dictators, along with the movie stars and the rock stars and the sports stars, the rich and the famous, the politicians and the bankers, the generals and the scientists, even the religious leaders… These are the people who wield worldly power.
Whether loved or despised, they are the rulers of this material plane – the dictators of our policy, and the instruments of our conditioning.
But in reality these people are nothing. They are nobodies – unless their lives revolve around selfless service, which is seldom the case! It is those who work in selfless service who are the true royalty of this plane – and indeed of all planes.
King Yoga is the form of yoga taught by Dr. George King. Yoga here does not mean physical exercises, it means “union with God”.
King Yoga is an advanced form of Karma Yoga – the yoga of action. Its central axis is service to others. Like all forms of service, it has positive karmic power. But it is not just one of many ways to be of service – it is the greatest service any ordinary person on Earth can perform. King Yoga offers unprecedented opportunities to serve – and therefore also to advance.
You can read about what King Yoga is here, but in brief it is all about using spiritual energy and creating positive karma to help others – especially the world as a whole. It also incorporates mind-raising cosmic wisdom and potent practices for self-development, both of which will empower your service.
What makes King Yoga so powerful is that it comes directly from the Cosmic Masters – advanced beings from higher material planes of other planets.
These compassionate intelligences from other worlds know exactly what’s best for us – in every way.
The highest aspects of the practice of King Yoga even involve working with these beings!
The unique life-changing magic of King Yoga
King Yoga will have the same karmic effect on your life as any other form of service – but much more so.
If you start committing yourself to this path, and really making a difference, you will feel the change in your life – and in your own heart and mind – very quickly.
It has to be so – the greatest service, must have the greatest karmic effect on our lives.
Much of the “dross” of your life, even of past lives, will begin to rise to the surface. You will be presented with your own past mistakes, weaknesses and failings. This will be difficult, but you will, if you have the courage, find the strength to face these things. You will be given obstacles you loathe – perhaps even apparent obstacles to spiritual growth, but the real test is to overcome these obstacles – and that is when you will really grow.
For example, all sorts of family problems, or financial, or even health problems, may emerge as you begin to make rapid strides on the spiritual path. These problems are not created by your spiritual work – they are karmic lessons which were there all along, but are brought into your life at that juncture so you can work this karma out quickly. You can then move on – unfettered by these karmic bonds. As Dr. King said:
People will notice often when they start in occult work that karma seems to fall upon their shoulders all of a sudden, like a ton of bricks. Many of you have noticed this. But don’t forget, too, that you’ve got a greater strength, and a greater power to learn lessons then. So therefore you are, to some extent, burning up negative karma quicker.
You can then forge onwards and get greater and greater opportunities to do good. This is your reward for the good you have already started to do. Note that: The reward is enlightenment and spiritual opportunity, not ease and materialistic luxury!
It can be difficult – but, cliché though it may be: when has anything worthwhile ever been easy?
Sometimes the karmic “cleansing” that you are going through can be very painful, and the very fact that you are changing, albeit for the better, can be scary. Human beings fear change. But this is simply the opportunity for bravery – for “victory through experience” (See The First Freedom, from The Nine Freedoms).
Some people may resist this change. This is their choice, and is understandable, up to a point – but is nevertheless a tragically wasted opportunity for personal growth.
Likewise, the opportunities for service you are given are not always easy. And if you do not do your best, you may fail. If you do however do your best, you must succeed. God never gives anyone a task they cannot succeed in!
Let’s look at an example. Imagine that you start on the spiritual path and are suddenly faced with a lot of unexpected financial problems. This is your karma. If you hadn’t started on the spiritual path, that karma would still exist, but it may not emerge in your life until much later. By starting on the spiritual path you are speeding up your karmic pattern, which means that those difficulties are brought into your life more quickly, so you can resolve them. But you still have a choice: you can rise to the challenge and burn the karma up – which will make you stronger. Or you can allow the challenge to overwhelm you, to such a degree that you fall from the path. This is your choice. But if you do fall, you will still have to face the same kind of challenge again in the future – but it will be even harder.
The reward of King Yoga
King Yoga will lead to full enlightenment – for yourself, and ultimately for the world as a whole. King Yoga is the greatest karmic alchemy of consciousness – raising our basic minds to Adeptship, Mastery and even beyond. This advanced initiatory status will give us unprecedented spiritual opportunity – the opportunity to help others on a scale hitherto impossible for us.
The symbiotic twin-facets of inner-cleansing and spiritual opportunity, that are the result of the karmic magic of King Yoga, are the greatest force for personal change on Earth today, certainly for the average person.
Counselling, self-development, introspection etc – all these things can at times be beneficial for personal growth. But it is only by working with the karmic law that positive change can be achieved in a lasting way. Nothing else will really work in any lasting, significant way in terms of charging forwards in our spiritual evolution.
King Yoga will rid us of all our fears, insecurities, basic thoughts, negative emotions and so on. Not by waving a magic wand – but by the magic of karma, which is tough but fair – it has to be tough, because there is so much work to be done. It will not all be done in one life – it will take several incarnations in an average person. But it will happen – all the while others will be retrogressing, staying the same, or progressing slowly. But you will be speeding ahead; as if on a karmic express train to cosmic wisdom.
The magic of selflessness
One last word: King Yoga is the greatest path for personal change, but it should not be embarked upon for that reason. Its whole magic is based on selflessness. That is its fuel. If the motive is simply self-development, either you will fail, or your motive will change. It is the desire to help others, for the glory of God, that lies at the heart of King Yoga.
Through self-development, you should improve in the exact way you are choosing to develop yourself – and this is good. But through “selfless-development” (i.e. giving the greatest possible service you can), you will get the greatest karmic experience – and this is even better.
That is how you will really learn the greatest lessons in life.
That is the secret to really advancing!
Tell us your experience of King Yoga, and how you feel it has changed your life, in the comments below!
About the author
Mark Bennett is the co-author of two books, both of which he wrote with international bestselling author Richard Lawrence, namely Prayer Energy and Gods, Guides and Guardian Angels, which was voted “best book on spirituality 2007” by readers of Kindred Spirit magazine. He is the youngest International Director of The Aetherius Society, whose teachings he chose as his spiritual path at an early age.
All the blogposts written for aetherius.org are written by experienced Aetherius Society personnel and approach themes relating to the teachings, practices and ideals of the Society. However, they also contain personal opinions, insights and interpretations that are not necessarily representative of the Society as a whole, or all of its Members as individuals.
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