Yuga Dependent Techniques

I was asked the following question:

About the Stotram and the pilgrimage to the 12 Jyotirlingas: Is it true that if you chant the Stotram twice a day, you are relieved of your Karma for 7 lifetimes? Can visiting the 12 Jyotirlingas liberate a person?

To which I respond:

It is also said, something to the effect that, if you hold your hands over your head long enough, you gain supernatural powers. Some have done that to the point where their arms are no longer functional. Perhaps a correct technique, but not this Yuga.

The laws of nature change over time. Some Mantras are said to enable things to levitate, but not now—not this Yuga. Standing on one foot for 10,000 years (something like that) is supposed to work too, but I suggest you do not try it.

Certainly, the things you mention are very good influences. Just keep in mind that everything is in the Veda, but some things are Yuga dependent. I would go with what Adi Shankara, who was here this Yuga, suggested: discernment, proper meditation, etc.

As I said, the rest of what you mention is fine. I intend to visit all the Jyotirlingas myself. I go to the temple every day. However, techniques and results are Yuga dependent. 

Photo by Joy Anna Hodges
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  1. Still another great pic!

  2. Thank you, feels so, in Kali Yuga.

    Beautiful picture Joy Anna.

    Jai Siva Shankara

  3. Thank you again for clearing up questions so cleanly and clearly.

  4. Thanks for the answer this explains alot

  5. Sometimes I ache at being born in a yuga with so much suffering, hatred, and disconnection.