Sunday, August 21, 2016

Process of Experiencing Nonduality

“We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness. People normally cut reality into compartments, and so are unable to see the interdependence of all phenomena. To see one in all and all in one is to break through the great barrier which narrows one’s perception of reality.“ ………………Thich Nhat Hanh

“When your centre of regard, your centre of your consciousness, shifts from you as an individual to what all beings have in common, not just human beings, but all of existence—from the most distant star, to an empty space, to everybody in this room, to the chair that you’re sitting on, to the air that you breathe—you see that it’s all just actually one underlying reality. To really see this is to embrace life. To find that radical yes to existence.” ……………………Adyashanti

I am now in Norwich, England, and in the past week been watching a few episodes of the daily edition of “Monkey Life” on BBC. What struck me was the more you watch these wonderful primates in their own setting, how we can derive a close relational bonding and feel that the emotions they display and the gestures they employ are so closely related to the human species. What also became very apparent is that in the Gorilla group when there is an alpha male who is very dominant in an aggressive and in an egoistic way, he tends to get isolated. This is very same thing that happens to us when we allow our ego to play a dominant role. We get isolated from not only the community but also from with our own authentic self which inherently forms a part and parcel of the whole.

The words of Thich Nhat Hanh reflects this state of affairs in our life. From the very beginning of our lives, right from childhood, we are indoctrinated to possess, identify and experience all our objective perceptions as separate entities and which belong to the ego or the false self. Even when in childhood we need to share from the point of view of social bonding we prioritize an action of repossessing as something very essential. Our very early ancestors, as hunter gatherers had a very narrow domain of separateness between the hunter and the hunted. According to Jean Gebser, the eminent Swiss Philosopher and a person who had classified the evolution of human consciousness, the hunter gatherers, in all other relationship, especially with nature at large, had zero degree of separation. They were driven by self-preservation and procreation through the employment of ego initiated actions, we have employed our ego drives in every dimension of our lives such as accumulation of wealth, relationships, social status and power. This has resulted in a totally compartmentalized relationships wherein we assign judgmental attributes and tarnish the perception at its most fundamental level.

This is what Adyashanti says when he points out as “When your centre of regard, your centre of your consciousness, shifts from you as an individual to what all beings have in common………….” Our consciousness plays the central role in our perceptions and invariably we lock on to mental maps already stored through our sensory experiences. We never allow the time and space to question our earlier perceptions.

This is the reason why in the path to self-realization, it is important as the first step to consciously notice our bodily sensations, thoughts and emotions. Next, having noticed the above is to disown through differentiating that sensations, thoughts and emotions as not your authentic self.
This leads us to the fact that we are the awareness noticing these things. If we are able to bring ourselves to the realization that every perception, whether it be sensations or thoughts or emotions, is fundamentally conscious awareness but differentiated by our conditioned mind through pre assigned form and name, then we have made the transition to strengthen our non-differentiated awareness.
This non-differentiated awareness is the authentic Self. This is the very true composition of all manifestation.

It would be useful to define the relationships which plays out in our consciousness through which the true self gets hijacked in our daily lives.
Collectively, the primal mind, a heart of compassion and disciplined body constitute the authentic personality.
The true-Self is the very embodiment of the authentic personality.
But the true-Self has been corrupted from its true nature by being in the false perception through inputs assimilated in a lower consciousness state and believes it is the false-self (self-image).
The false-self is the vehicle of the ego personality.

The more ego structures we dismantle, the more authentic consciousness is freed up. This gradually shifts the balance of power from the false-self and the ego-personality to the true-Self and the authentic personality. Nondual perception becomes possible when the balance of power has shifted in favour of the true or authentic Self.

Have a great life and Love to you all.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Impermanence of a Belief System

“Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is
extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn't fit in with the core belief.” …………………………Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks

The history of belief systems is as old as man. Our earliest ancestors, when they were hunter gatherers, had a belief system which ensured their survival. Whether on a hunt in the savannah or the forest or when faced with natural disasters, they resorted to supernatural powers which ensured their survival. The success they saw in their appeal to a superior entity, whether it be a magical force or a divine person, which in today’s world we would attribute purely to a circumstance or chance or a specific scientific and natural phenomenon, resulted in their increased life span and adequate progeny to propagate the tribe. This became a set of iconic representation or images to which specific survival functions were attributed. First of these images were those of the mother goddesses or goddess of fertility. This became the first of the many belief systems the humankind had installed which became the power centres of religions. As mankind’s knowledge widened and scientific inquiry and observation were employed using increasingly the rational mind, it took the sole role away from the deeper subconscious realm. In the present day, only the thinking mind took over the task of defining a belief systems and to protect itself from analysis and scrutiny, it resorted to authority and power. This is particularly true with respect to where the belief system is the very foundation of a religious structure. The higher integral nature of reality and the vast interconnectedness that rules the universe and which lies outside the capacity of the common thinking human has been ruled as heresy.

As science advances and the capacity for truly understanding certain fundamental nature of the world we observe with our senses is invested with very limited people, there is an increased resistance to accept information which are seen to contradict a belief system. A classic example of hard core fundamentalist monotheistic sects to accept the concept of creation through evolution is when they refused to believe the concrete evidence of archaeological investigation of fossils which have been carbon dated to millions of years by saying these are purposely planted by the devil to destroy the truth of God’s creation literally as written in their sacred scriptures.

The primal nature of the deep wisdom which every person is capable of through in depth enquiry by oneself with absolutely open mind and which has been told by great spiritual masters such as Buddha and Christ as way to attaining enlightenment, finds no place in the dogmatic diktats of religious belief systems.
In the Gospel of Thomas Christ says:
"Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds. When he finds, he will become troubled. When he becomes troubled, he will be astonished, and he will rule over the All."
"If those who lead you say to you, 'See, the kingdom is in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty." …….Sayings 2-3

Buddha told the Kalamas living in a village where many religious preachers had passed through preaching that what they taught was the only truth. What he told the people when they brought up the subject was recorded as “Kãlãma Sutra”:
"Come, Kalamas. Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing; nor upon tradition; nor upon rumor; nor upon what is in a scripture; nor upon surmise; nor upon an axiom; nor upon specious reasoning; nor upon a bias towards a notion that has been pondered over; nor upon another's seeming ability; nor upon the consideration, 'The monk is our teacher.' Kalamas, when you yourselves know: 'These things are good; these things are not blamable; these things are praised by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to benefit and happiness,' enter on and abide in them.

There is a great joy when one experiences an open minded enquiry. It is this freedom which led many mystics and holy men to experience the fullness of the Divine.

Love to you all.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Intuition – The Divine Voice

“Sensations pouring through the sensory nerves keep the mind filled with myriad noisy thoughts, so that the whole attention is towards the senses. But Gods voice is Silence. Only when thoughts cease one can hear the voice of God communicating through the silence of intuition. That is God's means of expression. In your silence God's silence ceases. He speaks to you through intuition. For the devotee whose consciousness is inwardly united with God, an audible response from Him is unnecessary - intuitive thoughts and true visions constitute God's voice. These are not the result of stimuli of the senses, but the combination of the devotee's silence and God's voice of silence.” …………Paramahansa Yogananda
“Can Ramanujan’s mathematical magic be reduced, as world academia has claimed, to a ‘deep intuition’? What is intuition anyway? Could it be that the brain is an organ of consciousness and that when it’s trained to surrender, or to open in scientific “prayer”, it’s able to reflect intelligence from sources way beyond itself? Where do scientists go when they look for a flash of inspiration? To the past? To the known? Or to the great unknown, over the edges of the borders of their own conceptual frameworks?” …………..Science & Nonduality
If we for a moment think deeply as to where from we originated and try to peer far into the abyss of the evolutionary pathways, we realize that this journey of this self-awareness has emerged from the very beginning of the universe. The strong argument put forward between the creationist group and the scientific group is the mode of manifestation. While the creationist group believes that universe and life originated "from specific acts of divine creation.", the scientific thinking is that all creation is a natural emergence through a set of natural laws resulting in self-replication to higher order of complexity.
I strongly support the second view but with a different understanding. This understanding is that the emergent phenomenon is not driven by some random natural laws that evolve without direction and in an accidental manner, through natural selection, but in a well-orchestrated sequence which is also built into the simple laws of  replication as an integral subset which emerges at specific dimensions of complexity.
The fundamental component of the entire universe has to be an entity whose presence can be verified through repeated observation. This is the fundamental requirement of a scientific process. The twentieth century physics has identified that reality of any objective reality requires an observing consciousness. Through experiments we have also affirmed that the behavior of fundamental particles, such as photons, violates laws defined within the spacetime paradigm.
It is the incremental aggregation of a set or matrix of consciousness which leads to observational complexity. If we proceed from this understanding then we can see that the evolution of the human mind is at the apex of the four dimensional spacetime boundary. But the four forces of nature, which are the intermediate causes of objective manifestation of observed creation, cannot be comprehended through a consciousness which is limited by this four dimensional spacetime. This is the reason that the emergence of the four forces of nature from a single fundamental manifold requires more than four dimensions, namely eleven as per Super string theory.
Let us not get too technical. What I am trying to arrive at is that man in his ever  persistent enquiry finds a road block when his objective sensory consciousness is employed. This is the reason why intuitive perception emerges from either dream consciousness or from archetypes in the universal unconsciousness.
A very clear example of this limitation is the news reported from CERN a few days back.
"Hopes for the imminent discovery of a particle that might fundamentally change our understanding of the Universe have been put on hold. Results from the Large Hadron Collider show that a "bump" in the machine's data, previously rumoured to represent a new particle, has gone away. The discovery of new particles, which could trigger a paradigm shift in physics, may still be years away."
My response in the “Quantum Physics” page in Facebook is:
“I have a gut feeling that this disappearance of data is the prompting of higher dimensional reality beyond the Higgs. As the energy level is boosted up in the collider, what if four dimensional spacetime itself acts as an opaque filter. I think it is time to think from this perspective.”
What we are approaching in empirical observations in science is the inevitability of hitting a boundary beyond which our limited consciousness would not be able to penetrate.
Beyond this lies the Divine voice to which we have access through our intuition as we are not purely a four dimensional entity but a Divine entity transcending these limitations.

Love to you all.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Tree of Knowledge and Tree of Life

“The LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil………….And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” ………………..Genesis 2:9 – 3:22
“Two completely opposed mythologies of the destiny and virtue of man, therefore, have come together in the modern world. And they are contributing in discord to whatever new society may be in the process of formation. For, of the tree that grows in the garden where God walks in the cool of the day, the wise men westward of Iran have partaken of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, whereas those on the other side of that cultural divide, in India and the Far East, have relished only the fruit of eternal life. However, the two limbs, we are informed, come together in the center of the garden, where they form a single tree at the base, branching out when they reach a certain height. Likewise, the two mythologies spring from one base in the Near East. And if man should taste of both fruits he would become, we have been told, as God himself (Genesis 3:22) — which is the boon that the meeting of East and West today is offering to us all.” ……………..Joseph Campbell, The Masks of God, Vol. II: Oriental Mythology
When I read Campbell’s analysis of the situation in the world today and how the two directions which the east and west have taken, my mind progressed to an answer that lies in the evolutionary history of the consciousness of the human race. When Homo Sapience walked out of Africa, the first point, before the main geographical divergence took place, was in the Fertile crescent in the region of Nile, Sumerian and the Bosporus due to its fertility. Once human settled down in an agrarian society from his nomadic nature, which was driven by the pursuit of prey in very selective regions with open terrain, he had time to contemplate. He started the progress from an animalistic and physically driven existence to one where the thinking man evolved.
This is where the initial seeds of the mythological and rational consciousness were sown. The ‘Epic of Gilgamesh’, circa 2100 B.C, is a classic example in the Sumerian civilization. This was followed by age of  Greek philosophers where knowledge through analysis took its root. The Aryan movement towards the east was predominated by a civilization that had spiritual masters in the mythological and mystical tradition. The rational mindset predominated the westward moving groups due to the sea route through the Mediterranean from the Greek and Egyptian ports provided easy access to fertile deltas and agrarian locations. The clash between the southern European agrarian communities and the hunter gatherers like the Neanderthal needed better tools and weapons. Thinking became essential for more effective and advanced tool development. The absence of a mystical mindset and the increasing rootedness in objective, rational led to belief in an external deity and a single life span in this world.
The situation with the eastern migratory community was however different. The Himalayas provided an impenetrable defense ensuring long peaceful life of contemplation and introspection. This resulted in the belief in universal nature of the Divine as well as the permanency or the eternal existence of the soul. Human consciousness rather than physical well being became the subject of constant exploration.
The first authors of the creation story, whether it be Moses or whoever wrote in his name, took the theme from The ‘city of Dilmun’ in the Mesopotamian mythological story of Enki and Ninhursag as the heavenly abode of the immortals, where sickness and death were unknown.
The two trees in the garden. They are the "tree of life" which is a motif from Mesopotamian myth: in the Epic of Gilgamesh the hero is given a plant whose name is "man becomes young in old age", but a serpent steals the plant from him. There has been much scholarly discussion about the type of knowledge given by the second tree. Suggestions include: qualities in the physical and mental domain  or a worldly for survival as species. But having been created in the image of God, a conscious choice is made to live at the sensory and physical level symbolized by the taste of the fruit.  In Eden, mankind has a choice between wisdom and life, and chooses the first, although God intended them for the first.
The important part of this mythological narrative is seen in chapter 3 of Genesis:
“And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” ………Genesis 3:22
The temporarily of human existence in the present form has been specified through the rational route which mankind took. There is hidden a subtle message in the above quote from Genesis. Man’s existence in this present level of consciousness is not permanent and the promise of a new level of consciousness is indicated in Genesis 3:15. The serpent symbolizes consciousness in the Biblical narrative. A serpent that crawls on the ground symbolizes the rationally rooted consciousness (bringing death to the Israelite) but the raised up serpent symbolizes life or higher level of consciousness (bringing them back to life) ……………...Book of Numbers 21: 4-9
As Joseph Campbell says, It is only by merging of the rational dimension of empirical thought with the intuitive mythological dictates at the deeper level of human consciousness that mankind can find a route to transcendence towards eternal life.

Love to you all.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Solar Portal to Divinity

"Unveil, O Thou who givest sustenance to the Universe, from whom all proceed, to whom all must return, that face of the True Sun now hidden by a vase of golden light, that we may see the truth and do our whole duty on our journey to thy sacred seat." ………….Gayathri mantra. …….Rigveda 3.62.10

"When the land grows bright and you are risen from the Akhet (horizon) and shining in the sun-disk by day,…………All flocks (are) at rest on their grasses, trees and grasses flourishing; Birds flown from their nest, their wings in adoration of your life-force; All flocks prancing on foot, all that fly and alight living as you rise for them; Ships going downstream and upstream too, every road open at your appearance;
Fish on the river leaping to your face, your rays even inside the sea." ...Hymn od Aten, (trans. James P. Allen)

"Bless the Lord . . . you who coverest thyself with light as with a garment . . . Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters; . . . He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and . . . the trees ..…………………… (As) the sun ariseth, (the beasts) gather themselves together ............There go the ships: there is that leviathan (whale), whom thou hast made to play therein." ...........Psalm 104

I have given in a chronological order the prayer to the Sun as the symbol of the cosmic nature of Divinity in various spiritual traditions. From the ancient times this theme has been invoked in man’s pursuit for communion with his own higher self. It is common knowledge that life on earth in any form cannot be possible without the energy from the Sun. This intimate relation was understood only at the physical level. Whether it is the Chlorophyll of the plant leaves converting the Sun’s energy into life giving oxygen or the physical warmth which provides energy for the wellbeing of humans, our understanding was limited without a transcendence to the spiritual plane.

We have never probed other forms of energy which comes from the Sun except from a negative dimension, such as the effect of cosmic rays. Though cosmic rays provide aesthetic displays in the polar regions as dancing auroras, it is more to study and prevent damage to our communication networks and power industries which can be caused by a powerful blast of cosmic ray bombardment. The earth magnetic field provides a protective shield.

Recently however, NASA has found out that there are portals through which a permanent connection between the earth’s magnetic field and the Sun’s magnetic field exists. Studies have shown that the human heart radiates a very powerful magnetic field and hence we have, as a species, a direct link to the Sun. We have also scientifically established a relation between our conscious emotional response to the heart field we generate.

It was Dr. Michio Kaku, a leading theoretical physicist who specializes in ‘String theory’ who had proposed the intimate connection in a hierarchy which he classified as levels of civilization. His classification starts with species level and proceeds to planetary, Solar, Galactic and finally to the Cosmic level.
This classification maps very similar to the KARDASHEV SCALE of type I to V, proposed in 1964 by Nikolai Kardashev. The scales adopted by Kardashev and Michio Kaku are based on energy harnessing.
In this classification, type 0 is where species harness energy from their planetary environment.
Level I is where species harness energy from their parent star. In type II the civilization would be able to harness directly the energy from their neighbouring star. Type III would have Galactic access. Type IV would be able to access cosmic level resources, via Black Holes, Dark energy etc. and Type V would be a transcendent species and Kardashev calls them like Gods. While these classifications and proposals are hypothetical, the magnitude of advancement to achieve these levels would be beyond the current four dimensional spacetime domain. A scientific route is a dream of near science fiction genre at the present moment but a mystical route is always within the grasp of a consciousness advanced enough to transcend this limitations.

The basic shift in our thinking has to happen from energy to consciousness. A true qualification of civilization is based on its collective consciousness. Harnessing energy is a derivative of this level of consciousness. When there is a disconnect between the integral consciousness of the species and its environment, sustainability becomes an issue. Our current state of affairs with climate change is a typical example.

A moment of deep thought would reveal that it is the witnessing consciousness of the species which is able to perceive all these levels from a physical plane. But if we move to a purely subtle consciousness plane, which is the same substratum at all levels and is the very elemental link in the downward causation from the Big Bang to the current level of manifestation, it is within the power of the observing consciousness to ascend freely the total hierarchy from the species to the cosmic level. The hindering barrier in the physical plane is the objective imprints in the consciousness field which acts as a very fine filter not allowing the free flow through the various levels of consciousness.

The seed of consciousness and the totality of consciousness is an indestructible entity and in manifestation is clothed in a dimensional shell. Hence tapping into the totality of this consciousness at any level of manifestation one can traverse the entire levels of manifestation in whatever dimensions they may exist.

Our scientific studies would only endorse the connectivity but establishing the relationships can only be through the witnessing consciousness.

Love to you all.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Born Not of a Woman

Jesus said, "When you see one who was not born of woman, fall on your faces and worship. That one is your Father." ………….Saying 15, Gospel of Thomas

“The Buddha told Ananda, ‘That is not your
heart. It is the dust (objects) before you, the
empty false marks of thought which delude your
true nature. Because of this, from beginningless
time right up to your present life, you have taken
a thief as your son, lost your original source,
and thereby undergo the turning of the wheel.’ …………….. Surangama Sutra

“I am an orphan, alone: nevertheless I am found everywhere. I am one, but opposed to myself. I am youth and old man at one and the same time. I have known neither father nor mother, because I have had to be fetched out of the deep like a fish, or fell like a white stone from heaven. In woods and mountains I roam, but I am hidden in the innermost soul of man. I am mortal for everyone, yet I am not touched by the cycle of aeons.” …………………..C. G. Jung.

The theme of virgin birth runs deep in all spiritual traditions, mythologies and in depth psychology. The three sayings above demonstrates the meaning behind a virgin birth which was a common theme in many Egyptian-Greco-Roman mythologies.

It is perhaps best expounded in the saying of Sakyamuni in Surangama Sutra. Ananda was the first cousin of Buddha and was his very close attendant and disciple. So also Thomas . the apostle of Jesus, was known as the twin. He was the spiritual twin as he was very close to Jesus’ esoteric teachings. Carl Jung was greatly influenced by the esoteric Gnostic tradition of the early Christian era and he drew a lot of strength in his understanding of the human mind both from mythologies and early Gnostic writings of the Christian mystical traditions.

The concept of virgin birth is that of an incarnation of a highly realized soul for the purpose salvation of the human consciousness which has been defiled by ignorance of one’s true nature. Virgin birth signifies an embodiment of pure consciousness in a human body. It has nothing to do with the physical plane. To come to an understanding of this process one needs to believe in the intimate relation between concept of karma and rebirth. When the pure consciousness takes residence in a new body it is known as ‘Avatar’. A soul which still carries tarnished karmic imprints at the end of its temporary worldly habitation, can only relate to an inherited birthright which lies in the physical plane and hence it is called “born of a woman”.

There are two basic principles which are involved when we try to understand the process of the soul’s journey until the final merger with the Paramatma or Divine consciousness.

The first principle I call “False identity”. This is explained by Buddha s “ ……..from beginningless time right up to your present life, you have taken a thief as your son, lost your original source,….”. We inherently assume that being physical is our true identity, this is what Buddha refers to as ‘a thief’ and our entire life is devoted to nurturing the physical and material plane of our existence. This not being true we fail in our examination on the nature and purpose of life where the pass mark is probably 90% or more. If we fail our examination, then we have to take a reexamination. If we pass we are taken to what is known as an astral plane, the functioning of which we cannot comprehend but can only be experienced through highly subjective mystical experience – could be call heaven or Sat-chit-ananda. This continuous series of reexaminations is referred to by Buddha as “…..the turning of the wheel” or in Vedic tradition as Samsara.

The second principle is well explained by Jung, Jung had great grasp of the subconscious and the collective or universal unconscious realms, This enabled him to understand the non-dual nature of the True Self.
When Jung talks of “……………..I have known neither father nor mother, because I have had to be fetched out of the deep like a fish, or fell like a white stone from heaven……”, he totally negates the importance of physical birth. A realized soul like Buddha or Christ may seem “…..mortal to everyone, yet they would declare I am not touched by aeons”.

Let us strive to realize our higher nature through the elimination of all dualities in our relationships in our lives and worship all that has truly transcended the physical plane.

Love to you all.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Resonating With the Natural Order

“Be a passerby” ……….Saying 42 ‘The Gospel of Thomas’
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” …………………………Lao Tzu
“Change is like a river: nothing is the same, even for an instant. Everything is continually moving through the six stages of change: about to come into being, beginning, expanding, approaching maximum potential, peaking, and finally, passing its peak and flowing into its new condition.” ………………..Wu Wei, I Ching Wisdom
I have opened this article with three quotes. The first is from a sacred text, the second from a great Chinese philosopher and the third is from ‘Wu-Wei’ I Ching Wisdom.
All these quotes point to the basic need of individuals to find their place within the natural order. Starting with the wisdom of Christ, through which He utterly surrendered to the will of the Divine Father, which teaches us the importance of attaching least importance to our own schemes. A medieval author, Petrus Alphonsi, reflects this saying in his Clerical Instruction: 'This world is, as it were, a bridge. Therefore, pass over it, only do not lodge there.' A very similar saying attributed to Jesus is preserved in the form of an Arabic inscription at the site of a mosque at Fatehpur-Sikri, India."
Wu Wei (Chinese, literally meaning “non-doing”) is a vital concept of Taoism and means natural action, or in other words, action that does not involve struggle or excessive effort. Wu Wei is the conditioning and establishment of a mental state in which our actions are quite effortlessly in resonance with the flow of life.
The wisdom of Lao Tzu conveys how nature follows a natural cycle and produces life sustaining attributes and elements for all creations. The harmonic balance with which nature operates is incomparable to all the harried effort of the rational thinking man. The leaf cutter ants of Amazon have survived for more than 50 million years. Each individual Baobab tree in the sub-Saharan grass lands has survived for thousands of years and has provided millions of gallons of potable water to the people who live around it. It is a great miracle that in the parched heat of the African waterways, after years of dry spell, the fish eggs hatches upon the first arrival of rain. Life survives when in resonance with the natural order. The process of hibernation is very vital in the mammalian, reptilian, insect and plant world. It is only man who is harried and restless throughout his life.
Our inner nature has a rhythm, the heartbeat, our breathing, the circadian rhythm of sleep cycle and the many body functions follow a natural order but man, as opposed to nature, strives against this natural order thus creating a dissonance. Every dissonance creates a destructive force which is reflected as induced stress. This physical, emotional and mental stress leads to chaos within the body and exhibits itself as disease.    
It is vital to understand the six stages of change as propounded in the ‘Guidance from the Book of Answers, Volume Two’. In the process of life, a specific energy potential is involved in each stage. If we operate and our actions are bound by this potential then we move in a smooth fashion. The Universe is a great teacher. We can map the existence of every manifestation in the universe to these six stages. Let us take the star. The pre-condition for its formation is the localized density of  inner galactic gas and the gravity. A star is born when the total potential reaches a specified maximum.  The star gains mass by accretion of gas surrounding it and consuming its own inner elements, such as Hydrogen and Helium, through internal heat and gravity. It reaches a peak when the fuel runs below a critical minimum and the star explodes or implodes as supernova or a new condition called neutron star or becomes a Black Hole.
Every creation goes through this stages of change and it is a pre-requisite that we operate within these boundaries. Based on the complexities of manifestation, the boundary conditions vary and can only be accessed through a subjective inner understanding.
Let us cultivate a path of Wu Wei through deep silence of the mind. Let us take home a thought from the beauty of ancient wisdom traditions:
"We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love, and then we return home." ……….Aboriginal Australian Proverb
Love to you all.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Destructive Process of Enlightenment

“Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier.
Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretense. It’s the
complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.” …………Adyashanti

I find a lot of resonance between the way I think with that of Adyashanti. His spiritual wisdom comes from a deep experience. When I read the above quote by him, I was taken to the first saying of Buddha upon his state of awakening stated:

"Seeking but not finding the house builder, I traveled through the round of countless births. Oh, painful is birth ever and again! House builder, you have now been seen. You shall not build the house again. Your rafters have been broken down; your ridge-pole is demolished too. My mind has now attained the unformed nirvana and reached the end of every kind of craving." ……….Dhammapada verses: 153 -156

All our lives we inherently question our origin, our true nature and the purpose of our existence. But we conveniently assign a pre-given state for our origin and destiny through an external religious dogma or a dictum given by some external authority. The purpose of our life, for most of us, is rooted in physical or material reality.
Any hard truth is blocked from these perceptions. To delve deep into our true nature and fully realize the human person one has to move beyond these limiting perceptions. Our deeper levels of consciousness tries to nudge us to go beyond our sensory perceptions but we assign a metaphysical or miraculous dimension to these promptings and externalize these experience as something not subjective. These promptings through our deeper levels of consciousness do frighten us and that is the reason that mystics called these moments before some deep insights as “Dark night of the Soul”.
This darkness is overpowering and threatens to exterminate our very existence in the world of comfortable external objective perceptions.

Buddha’s words capture the full meaning of what it means to attain this awakening to our authentic self.

Only a creature looks for the creator and the convenient form allocated to the creator is the form of the creature as scriptures tell us that we are created in the image of the omnipotent creator. This is a disastrous reverse engineering that we creatures embark on. Hence in Buddha’s words the only way of realizing the true nature is for both the creator (house builder) and the creature (house) from a stance of nondual perception. The impediment to our perception of our true self comes from our inherent attachment to or craving for the false reality of our sensory realities. This is possible only when our true nature is perceived as which is formless, birthless and deathless. This is the unformed nirvana of which Buddha speaks.

How do we embark on this process of making a radical shift in our conscious thinking. Here again the spiritual wisdom of Adyashanti points the way in the following advice:

"Sitting in stillness is all about going to the root of being. This root is also the root of movement, energy, and emptiness. The mind may be busy, but you can open to the silence from which thought arises. Focus on the background rather than on the foreground of experience. The more you relax the easier it is. Utilize the stillness within the subtle body to unite with the stillness of awareness. From that stillness all movement arises without disturbing the inherent stillness at the center of things." ……………Adyashanti

Stillness of mind starts with the stillness of the body. A regressive path must be followed. The mind is always busy but through deep slow breathing the mind can be made to regress to deeper backgrounds. The background and fore grounds which we talk of here is from the current perception levels. The foreground is a collection of past experiences. The radical shift has to be made to ignore these impressions and move to unseen, unheard, untouched, un-smelt and untasted realms. This is why the root is defined as movement, energy, and emptiness. None of these are perceptible entities but can only be inferred by their effects which are universal and defy any assignment of particularity.

When Nicodemus asks Jesus about as to how one can be born of the spirit, Jesus replies:
“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” …….John 3:8

The one who is born of the spirit realizes his universal or cosmic nature.

Love to you all.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Heart Merger

"Entering the Heart is like coming into the center of the sun. There is no more you; there is nothing except the iridescent force of that light. When you are in the center of the sun, there is no way to block its light. It streams through you and around you. So by entering your own Heart, you make the whole world a better paradise." …………………….Gurumayi

The above quote is from Swami Shantananda introduction in his book “Splendour of recognition” which a commentary on Ksemaraja’s “Pratyabhijnahrdayam”. The word ‘hrdaya’ in Sanskrit has many meanings. In this text there are two very relevant meanings. One is the meaning of supreme Heart, the eternal Self that pervades the cosmos and is also the fundamental substratum of individual being. The second meaning is the core aspect of a person such as the individual consciousness.

The focus of Kashmir Saivism was addressed to the task of self-realization through an innate and intuitive understanding of non-dualism. The above quote clearly indicates this process of merger.
This process is indicated as a merger of the self with the Cosmic Self being similar to an individual  proceeding towards the centre of the Sun. All self-identity is lost and one becomes part and parcel of the iridescent light. For those of us who can understand science we know that light is nothing but energy vibrations (photons) given out when electrons jump to lower orbitals in the atoms, Nuclear fusion which drives the Sun produces light in this process and this whole process takes place at the very core of the Sun. Hence this analogy is very apt in describing the process of one’s own consciousness merging with the source of our being namely the cosmic consciousness.

This leads us to a very valid question as to how one can initiate this process of entering into one’s own heart.

“A human being has so many skins inside, covering the depths of the heart. We know so many things, but we don't know ourselves! Why, thirty or forty skins or hides, as thick and hard as an ox's or bear's, cover the soul. Go into your own ground and learn to know yourself there.” …………..Meister Eckhart

The entire exercise of Self-realization is a process of removing all the modifications and coverings of our soul which is truly Divine in nature. Meister Eckhart puts in unambiguous terms. This is put in another way in Vedic philosophy as the Koshas covering the Atma.
The heart energy centre in human beings is the point of transition from the terrestrial plane to the cosmic plane.
Recent studies have indicated that the heart’s electromagnetic field is nearly 5000 times stronger than that of the brain. Today cognitive science talks more and more of the heart intelligence. Coherence of the heart field with the field produced by all manifestations is vital as the first step in our ascendency towards true Self-realization.
This is what is meant by Gurumayi’s saying; “…………..So by entering your own Heart, you make the whole world a better paradise."
At this moment of time everything around you lose their own objective identity and through coherence all become one with your Self.

This was the experience of Siddhartha in the words of Hermann Hesse.

“At that moment, when the world around him melted away, when he stood alone like a star in the heavens, he was overwhelmed by a feeling of icy despair, but he was more firmly himself than ever. That was the last shudder of his awakening, the last pains of birth. Immediately he moved on again and began to walk quickly and impatiently, no longer homewards, no longer to his father, no longer looking backwards.” …………….Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

This is a long journey but a sure path of the merger of one’s own heart with the Heart of the Divine Sun.

Happy journey and Love to you all.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Anger and Its Impact

One day the Buddha was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have no right teaching others," he shouted. "You are as stupid as everyone else. You are nothing but a fake!"
The Buddha was not upset by these insults. Instead he asked the young man, "Tell me, if you buy a gift for someone, and that person does not take it, to whom does the gift belong?"
The young man was surprised to be asked such a strange question and answered, "It would belong to me, because I bought the gift."
The Buddha smiled and said, "That is correct. And it is exactly the same with your anger. If you become angry with me and I do not get insulted, then the anger falls back on you. You are then the only one who becomes unhappy, not me. All you have done is hurt yourself." ………… Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara
“you will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.” ……………A Sufi story
In Greek mythology, Lyssa was a figure of Athenian tragedy. In Aeschylus she is portrayed as the agent of Dionysos sent to drive the Minyades mad; and in Euripides she is sent by Hera to inflict Herakles. Greek vase-paintings of the period also confirm her appearance in plays about Actaeon, the hunter torn apart by his maddened hounds. In this scene she appears a women dressed in a short skirt, and crowned with a dog's-head cap to represent the madness of rabies.
Anger is equated to raging madness or the infliction of rabies.
The story of Actaeon clearly symbolizes a personal transformation susceptible to rabid attack when one desires the impractical.
Anger results from the following:
Emotional reasoning:
when we think through our emotions, we tend to start from a platform of bias due to some preconceived and fixed ideas. This results in unwanted desire and attachment and the ego is strengthened to fight at all cost to get it and when it is denied, one becomes all the more charged up in the emotional plane and reason completely looses out.
Low frustration tolerance limit:
We will be denied a lot of things in our social and interpersonal interactions. Having a low tolerance to denial plays up on the ego to fight at all cost to fulfil our unreasonable desires.
Unreasonable expectations:
This is a very highly ego driven initiative where we become blind to reality and
This anger-causing trigger leads one to categorize other people as those whose response in any transaction is preconceived to be low in worth to take cognition of. It becomes a one way street and any obstacle is demolish through anger demonstrated through verbal abuse or violence.
The story of Cain and Abel in the Book of Genesis was given to demonstrate the immense harm one can beget through anger. While Abel’s sacrifice was accepted by God Cain’s sacrifice was rejected.
When God rejects Cain’s offering he says: ““Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” ……………..Genesis 4: 6-7
Through this episode, we are admonished to rule over anger and frustrations from our expectations.
When we are faced with situations that leads to an emotional response of frustration and resulting anger, practice constantly to follow these steps:
 Never respond instantly
 Practice deep breathing
 If possible change your environment
 reason out the source of your anger
 Let go of what is beyond your control
 Express yourself after carefully considering all options
 Be cautious
 Be pleasantly assertive, not aggressive, in expressing yourself

Love to you all