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Q & A: Am I on right spiritual path? When will the Guru come?
 
Is it normal to experience pressure on the forehead (between the eye brows), while chanting a Devi Stotra (Mahishasura Mardini Stotra)? The experience starts with a small vibration in between the eye brows and grows in its intensity (to a cent's (coin) worth area). Sometimes this vibration is experienced initially and there is pressure experienced in the entire central part of the forehead. I used to have only smaller and less intense vibrations in the past, but now this experience is growing. The perception of happiness prevails during such experiences. And this happened couple of times, while I was still driving the car back home from the office!

I would like to know what I should be doing to improve my Sadhana. I read on the 'net and also have heard about "Guru" coming to guide a Sadhak by "himself" at appropriate time. Any such luck in my fate, as you see? Please advise.

Somaiya (Name changed), USA

You asked – “....Is it normal to experience pressure on the forehead (between the eye brows), while chanting a Devi Stotra (Mahishasura Mardini Stotra)?”

Yes it is very normal to experience such events. They all are categorized as Kriyas mentioned here (involuntary actions and experiences.) There are said to by thousands of those explained in spiritual texts. Consider them as good signs in spiritual development and don’t give too much of importance to them. Just enjoy the perception of happiness that prevails during such experiences and let them happen as they do and you be an observer. Don’t let your mind dwell too much on them because they are not the Spiritual Goal, but just the signs on the road to Divine. Be happy and move forward.

Continue spiritual progress, Guru will come when he wants to

You asked: “I would like to know what I should be doing to improve my Sadhana. I read on the 'net and also have heard about "Guru" coming to guide a Sadhak by "himself" at appropriate time’. Any such luck in my fate”

The only thing I would say is you are doing good. Continue the Sadhana (Naam, Japa, Meditation and spiritual readings.) They collectively will help you continue your spiritual progress. Guru will come when he/she wants to. Don’t bother too much about that. There are many times for some a Guru comes in the life in extremely premature (spiritual) stage while for others Guru comes very late (after they have progressed considerably.) Learn from your experiences and Divine books. Make them your Guru till you get the Spiritual Guru. The Divine is with you in one form or other. Don’t let craving for a Guru derail you from your path.

Here is what Swami Sivananda says: “Place your foot, step by step, very cautiously, on the different rungs of the ladder of yoga. Ascend very gradually to the summit. Be earnest in your Sadhana. Equip yourself with the necessary qualifications. Do not waste your time in search of a preceptor. When you are ready, you will enter the halls of wisdom. And there, waiting on the threshold, you will find your preceptor.”

Hope this helps.

Thank you.
Mahendra Joshi

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