This infographic shows the relationship of detachment and discrimination, which are the two key factors of the Sadhana Chatushtya, or Qualifications Of Aspirant.
What What Are We In Reference To The Whole Universe?
Sometimes, when meditating or doing pranayama, I get a sense of a large unity, and I wonder what am I related to the universe as a whole?
We are the whole universe.
We possess a mind that can both unify us with it and create imaginations that we think divide us from it and yet our skill set is often fatally divided in our thinking.
What Can You Tell Me About The Akashic Records?
How does one approach practice so I can have access to these?
TL:DR; You don’t. Such knowledge is, at best, a side effect of sincere practice.
What do you say to someone who believes they will gain supernatural powers by doing yoga or other practices?
You’re barking up the wrong tree.
Freedom FROM belief and “powers” is what you want, since they are a trap like all motivations that originate in the mind.
All beliefs and ideals are traps.