Saturday, November 18, 2017

Monad’s Role in the Evolutionary Chain

“The Monad, which is essentially ever the same, participates through the various vestures in succeeding cycles of partial or total obscuration of Spirit or of Matter. Everything occurring in daily life could be seen entirely in terms of the continuous ascent or descent from the One, or in terms of obscuration and illumination, but these could pertain either to Matter or to Spirit. Once one has grasped this philosophical and metaphysical basis for comprehending the complex scheme of monadic life and transformation, one can reckon with the fact that there are seven kingdoms of Monads:
    The first group comprises three degrees of elementals, or nascent centres of forces – from the first stage of differentiation of (from) Mulaprakriti (or rather Pradhana, primordial homogeneous matter) to its third degree – i.e., from full unconsciousness to semi-perception; the second or higher group embraces the kingdoms from vegetable to man; the mineral kingdom thus forming the central or turning point in the degrees of the 'Monadic Essence,' considered as an evoluting energy. Three stages (sub-physical) on the elemental side; the mineral kingdom; three stages on the objective physical side – these are the (first or preliminary) seven links of the evolutionary chain.” …………….The Secret Doctrine, i 176
Do not be put out by the title of the article which has a philosophical flavour. A Monad in the philosophical domain is an indivisible and hence ultimately simple entity, such as the very fundamental particle of matter or life form. Madame Blavatsky explains the first of the seven links in the evolutionary chain. In Theosophy the seven links are represented as seven globes or they are the seven levels of consciousness. Let us now explain in detail what The Secret Doctrine is saying with respect to the evolution of the human consciousness.
The first point that is made is that both the material and spiritual manifestation in the earthly domain is due to the different vesture (clothing) which the very fundamental monad takes on. This understanding has come to the spiritual masters through a deep intuitive inquiry. But, today. we have powerful knowledge Through science, especially through particle physics, which theoretically propose that a particle in nothing but energy vibration in different dimension. Contemporary, leading String theory Physicist, Michio Kaku says:
“In string theory, all particles are vibrations on a tiny rubber band; physics (particles and forces) is the harmonies on the string; chemistry (elements and interactions) is the melodies we play on vibrating strings; the universe (all conscious manifestations) is a symphony of strings, and the 'Mind of God' (multiverse) is cosmic music resonating in 11 dimensional hyperspace.” – (all italics in the quote are the author’s definition)
What The Secret Doctrine is laying out is this complex truth in simpler language. What we see as fundamental sub-atomic particles such as Quarks, Electrons and the atom, molecules and elements are all essentially the same basic Monad but having different arrangements through force linkages. It is vital to understand that even the very forces which form the linkages are made of the very same Monads. In this definition of Monad, the words ‘matter and spirit’ are to be referred, with our current knowledge, as ‘particles and forces’.
The first stage of differentiation, in the past, had varied history. Democritus, in the 5th Century B.C, proposed the first crude atomic theory but it was only in the 18th century that John Dalton proposed an indivisible atom as a constituent of elements. And it was only in 1888 A.D that Madame Blavatsky wrote ‘The Secret Doctrine’. Ever since, with continued research and with the advent of String Theory in particle physics, the fundamental constituent of matter has been revealed to be an energy field in ‘hyperdimension’. Forgive me for this rambling, but, in my understanding, it is vital for us today to assert that the level of the Monad both at the material and Spirit level is the fundamental field of consciousness.
This understanding needs to be broadened based on the fact that essential elements in the human body, such as Calcium in our bones, Iron in our blood and Nitrogen in our DNA are all created in the exploding stars. There is a vast interconnection which affirms the role of ‘Cosmic Consciousness’ in the evolutionary process of the various ‘Conscious kingdoms’ such as ‘metals and minerals’, ‘plants and vegetation’ and ‘animals and humans’.
Evolution has not reached its full cycle and this is reason that many esoteric spiritual traditions talks of seven planes of consciousness.
Madam Blavatsky writes that “These seven planes correspond to the seven states of consciousness in man. It remains with him to attune the three higher states in himself to the three higher planes in Kosmos. But before he can attempt to attune, he must awaken the three “seats” to life and activity. And how many are capable of bringing themselves to even a superficial comprehension of Atma-Vidya (Spirit-Knowledge), or what is called by the Sufis, Rohanee!” ……………..“The Secret Doctrine” Vol. 1, p. 199
The seven levels or kingdoms of the Monad pervades from the worldly level, where man occupies the fourth level (the three lower levels being, elemental, vegetative and animal) and the evolutionary path leads up to the three higher levels of Solar, Galactic and Cosmic. The potential is very much within the individual to evolve and this is a journey that lies beyond space-time dimension. Through spiritual practices, such as deep meditation, a higher level of mindfulness and constant focus on non-attachment, one can aspire to reach the higher levels of spiritual consciousness.

Love to you all.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Ceasing to Exist in Existence

“When I meditate, I like to imagine I was never born and I’ve been given just 10 minutes to experience life, and then I will again cease to exist. Now I look out and survey the universe from that standpoint. The line of Sophocles about “never being born” is good to ponder for those who are sad, unhappy or have no zeal in life. What a miracle it is to be alive at all. I also repeat these 3 orienting thoughts :
1) The disciples asked Jesus, "When will the Kingdom of the Father come?" Jesus answered, "The Kingdom of the Father will not come by waiting for it. Men will not say, 'See here, see there.' The Kingdom of the Father is spread upon the earth, but men do not see it." It is here, it is here. Change the focus of the eye.
2) ‘Tat tvam asi.’ You are the mystery that you seek to know.
3) ‘Om mane padme hum.’ The jewel (the treasure) is in the lotus (the world right now).
“All your attempts to reach me are in reality my attempts to reach you." We are the universe looking at itself. It does no good to know "who" you are if you don’t know “what" you are.” ……………..Individuation – Carl Jung
We are so preoccupied with existence that to think of non-existence is a horrifying experience. This leads most of humanity to fear death. To be spiritually proactive in our existence, it is necessary that we meditate up on non-existence. The three basic tenets expressed through the teachings of Christ, Vedic Rishis and Tibetan Buddhist masters point to a fact that we exist as an integral part of reality that lies beyond our sensorial perceptions.
The arena of contemplation or meditation is the ideal ground wherein one can remove existence by incrementally reducing the period of existence by closing the mind to gross reality. When we stand in a desert or hill top with a clear night sky and see the millions of stars and the arching Milky Way, we are far removed from our own existence. As I had pointed out in my writings and talks, this experience is called “Yugan” which is the word used in Japanese aesthetic expression for mysterious joy.
When we talk of existence, the primary subjective experience gives us the perception of “I exist”. This “I” is the result of our physical and mental action which again is a conditioned response to our socio-cultural and environmental ambiance and evolution. This is not the real essence of our existence. But this has lead us, in Abrahamic religions, to look for an external and a totally inaccessible God’s kingdom during our earthly existence. This false perception is pointed out by Christ when he answers the disciples when he says: “………The Kingdom of the Father is spread upon the earth, but men do not see it." It is here, it is here. Change the focus of the eye.” …………..Gospel of Thomas Saying 113
And in another context Christ tells the disciples “……..“The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed,” ………. Luke 17:20.
If this ultimate reality is around us and in us, Christ gives two remedial actions.
The first is to change the focus of our eyes. This means that this perception cannot be concepts from our normal visual observation. This seeing requires a special spiritual eye. This will resonate with what we read in Bhagavad Gita chapter 11 on the cosmic form of Lord Krishna, when Arjuna is bestowed with special eyes to behold the cosmic reality.
The second action is to seek this higher reality beyond mere physical observation. This is reflected in Luke’s Gospel.
The saying from Vedanta “Tat tvam asi.” Is taken from Chandogya Upanishad 6.8.7, in the dialogue between Uddālaka and his son Śvetaketu; it appears at the end of a section, and is repeated at the end of the subsequent sections as an exhortation. The meaning of this saying is that the Self - in its original, pure, primordial state - is wholly or partially identifiable or identical with the Ultimate Reality that is the ground and origin of all phenomena. The knowledge that this is so characterises the experience of liberation or salvation that accompanies the mystical union.
As Rumi from a mystical perspective wrote: “Your longing for me is my message to you. All your attempts to reach me, are in reality my attempts to reach You.” This is a seamless circular process wherein the observer and the observed are one and the same.
This dying to oneself as a spiritual preparation is a vital element in Tibetan Buddhism. In “The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying” there is a story told how a single reality could be perceived in many ways.
We perceive the world depending on our karmic vision.
Six different kinds of beings meet by the banks of a river. The human beings sees the river as water, a substance to wash and quench one’s thirst.; for an animal such as fish, the river is its home; the gods sees it as a nectar that brings bliss; the demigods as weapon; the hungry ghost as pus and putrid blood and the beings from hellish realm as molten lava. Six different perception of one single reality.
In this story, the six gradation of spiritual consciousness is given an allegoric personification from Gods  to beings of the hellish realm and depending on the level of consciousness one’s perception changes.
The invocation during meditation “Om mane padme hum”, according to the 14th Dalai Lama, means: “The six syllables, om mane padme hum, mean that in dependence on the practice of a path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech, and mind into the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha”
Hence only through moving out of our temporal mental existence in our consciousness through deep meditation, we can reach a higher reality. It is an arduous exercise worth attempting.
Love to you all

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Sequential Process But Concurrent Being

"Before discussing the Trinity as three functions we must look at it in a different way, namely, as three successive stages. And we find that in reality the historical Trinity is also in three stages: the Father, the Creator; then the Son; and then the Holy Ghost. The Paraclete, the Comforter, is left by the Son. So we see that even in the dogma the Trinity is a succession, yet it is in eternity. What is to us separated is together in eternity because there is no time. In the light of the dreamer's associations, then, the Trinity is to be understood in this case as three existing not at once but in succession. His three stages are representations, so to speak, of his three successive conditions- spiritualism, the Father; theosophy, the Son; and psychology, the Holy Ghost." …………………….C.G. Jung, Dream Seminars, p. 605
The concept of the triune God or the Trinity is a doctrine in both Hinduism and Christianity. The three elements of divinity are assigned a function in Hinduism as creator, Sustainer and transformer, within a generic class of Saguna Brahman or the Absolute with qualities.
The Hindu concept of Saguna Brahman was never debated as much as the Christian trinity. This was due to the authority of people like Adi Sankara, Ramanuja and Madhavachariya. They were the  principle proponents of Advaita (Nondualism), Vishishtadvaita (Qualified nondualism) and Dvaita (Dualistic). It was also the nature of the Vedic philosophies being considered as many paths to the same goal.
In the Christian doctrine of the Trinity (Latin: Trinitas, lit. 'triad', from trinus, "threefold") it is that God is three consubstantial persons or hypostases—the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit—as "one God in three Divine Persons". This doctrine was subject to much debate until the pro-Nicene Consensus. The one God and three person concept gelled with two church fathers namely: St. Gregory of Nyssa, and St. Augustine of Hippo.
Till modern times the Christian God was treated as some entity which could be grasped and can be reached only through an unflinching devotion and worship or through a mystical path. Many examples are available in the history of the church. In both modes of ascendency of the human soul to God and ultimate union was available only through divine grace which was a gift to deserving souls. The integral nature of spirituality as non-differentiated and available within one’s individual level of consciousness found no place in the Christian doctrine. This was a qualified nondualism. All worship, rituals and personal spiritual exercises, such as fasting, meditation and mortification, of individuals was to reach an unfathomable external reality. The reformation did a further damage by installing the ‘Doctrine of Justification’. This doctrine assigned the role of salvation or being united with the Godhead only through unflinching faith. The role of the human psyche was relegated to a purely passive role. There was no subjective inner experience or role to play in the process of one’s soul attaining a higher status except through a static level of belief in an archaic dogma.
There are two arguments for the unity of the Godhead in the Trinity and they are the creation argument and the Spatio-temporal argument.
A Lutheran mystic, Emmanuel Swedenborg argues as follows through the creative argument:
“But God, being infinite, cannot create another infinite Being, or another God or gods, to receive His Love and Wisdom. It is impossible for there to be two or more infinite Beings. If there were a God from God, that God from God would either have to be not infinite and not eternal, and thus not a real God, or He would have to be infinite and eternal and thus absolutely one with the first God. For God to create and love another God would thus be God loving Himself in Himself. And this is contrary to the essence of God, which is to love others outside Himself.”
The second is the Spatio-temporal argument. Here we have recourse to science which forces us to take a radically new look at the level of the Godhead. Since the Godhead is the omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent plane of unmodified consciousness, it forces us to examine the basic characteristics of consciousness. Today Quantum physics and the study of deeper reality points out that the field that connects all of manifestations and the unmanifest is beyond spacetime. Time is only a subjective experience in the four dimensional world and as I had pointed out in an earlier article, St. Augustine says that time was created along with the universe and hence for God, who exists at all times, he cannot be subject to time. With this knowledge we can safely assume that God and all his attributes transcend time. Hence the three consubstantial persons of Godhead lies beyond time. This is difficult to grasp with our rational, mental level hence it was pronounced as a dogma.
Now we can understand the statement of Jung “What is to us separated, is together in eternity because there is no time”.  The three stages are representation presented to us in dogma so as to grasp our own three successive conditions; namely spiritualism (knowledge of the spirit), Theosophy (knowledge of Divine wisdom) and Psychology (knowledge of our own inner self) as Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.
As Divine wisdom operates in our deep understanding of the Trinity, the three stages relate to evolving a Philosophy, a higher level of wisdom and an open mind that operates beyond purely the rational level, this being from a deeper universal unconsciousness. This course of thinking is very much in line with the depth psychology of Jung.

Love to you all

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Divine Union through Annihilation

"The secret essence of the soul that knows the truth is calling out to God: Beloved… strip me of the consolations of my complacent spirituality. Plunge me into the darkness where I cannot rely on any of my old tricks for maintaining my separation. Let me give up on trying to convince myself that my own spiritual deeds are bound to be pleasing to you. Take all my juicy spiritual feelings, Beloved, and dry them up, and then please light them on fire. Take my lofty spiritual concepts and plunge them into darkness, and then burn them. Let me only love you, Beloved. Let me quietly and with unutterable simplicity just love you.” …………………Mirabai Starr
Mirabai Starr writes, speaks and leads retreats on the inter-spiritual teachings of the mystics. Known for her revolutionary translations of John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, and Julian of Norwich, Mirabai renders mystical masterpieces accessible, beautiful, and relevant to a contemporary circle of seekers.
Her language may be lyrical but it has deep layers which needs to be peeled back to reveal the rich meaning at their innermost level. There are parts of the above dialogue, addressed to God, for a special gift for pure love of the Divine.
First of all, we should note that it is the essence of the soul that is making the supplication. It is not the rational mind. The essence of the soul is always in resonance with the frequency of the communication channel between the mortal and the Divine as they both exist in the same domain.
Gift 1: “strip me of the consolations of my complacent spirituality” – Redefining spirituality
In our lives we have a false sense of spirituality. This is the result of the modification of our consciousness through the influence of family, society, religion and culture. We are complacent in our approach to spiritual existence due a dualistic thinking that prayers, mantra, rituals are the goal but not the means for a spirituality oriented living resulting in ultimate union with the Divine. Due to this posture our lives are lead in a perpetuating dichotomy of a meaningless spiritual exercise and worldly living of attachment to the ego dictates. This is what Mirabai calls complacent spirituality. This mental belief system is highly debilitating and hence has to be removed.
Gift 2: “Plunge me into the darkness” – Removal of all separation
The second supplement to the Divine is a process of plunging into utter darkness. We are aware that all of our perception are the result of sensory inputs through sight, hearing, tasting, smelling and touching. The darkness which Mirabai talks off is the total absence of all these medium of communication. The allegory to physical darkness is easy to understand because in utter darkness all separations of objects disappear. The world of duality disappears and we are presented with one field of pitch black reality. This is known to many spiritual mystics as the “Unknowing”. Mirabai says: ““It can be terrifying to find ourselves alone with Mystery.  Yet it is necessary to undergo periods of radical unknowing.” In another mystical text it is beautifully said: “When I say "darkness", I mean a privation of knowing, just as whatever you do not know or have forgotten is dark to you, because you do not see it with your spiritual eyes. For this reason, that which is between you and your God is termed, not a cloud of the air, but a cloud of unknowing.” …………..Anonymous – A Christian Mystical Text “The Cloud of Unknowing” Ch. 4, p. 128.
Gift 3: “To give up on trying to convince myself that my own spiritual deeds are bound to please you” – Removal of the Ego
This conviction that we are in the right spiritual path results from our lifelong operating mode in looking for the guidance of the spirit from an external source such as, prayers, rituals such as worship of external iconic representations, periodic fasting to appease an external personal God. Our Ego has been shaped to consume these activities with a false sense of security. In some religious instructions there is also a threat held out if these rituals are not performed as per diktats of the powers that be. The self has to break this straight jacket in which we have been imprisoned. This cannot be done by an individual alone but requires the assistance of Divine grace.
Gift 4: “dry them up, and then please light them on fire” - Total extinction of my current spiritual status
The emphasis on the nature of annihilation by drying and burning stresses the severity of the false mould in which our spirituality is cast. Total eradication of our current concepts of spirituality is a must to begin the process of integrating our soul or Atman to the supreme reality only through complete realization of the interconnectedness of all that we observe through our limited sensory perceptions and feel the mystical power of the Divine consciousness pervading the entire cosmos. This lead us to the final supplication.
Gift 5: “Let me quietly and with unutterable simplicity just love you.” – Union through surrender
“When we become lost in our lover, what is happening is that our souls are merging. This is an experience that is independent of the physical body. It can be compared to two lights moving closer and closer until they occupy the same space." …………….Sant Rajinder Singh
It is this type of merger of the individual soul with the Divine lover that Mirabai speaks of.
Love to you all.

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Undiscovered Self

“If you look around, you can find a face of God in each thing, because He is not hidden in a church, in a mosque, Temple or a synagogue, but everywhere. As there is no one who lives after seeing him, there is also no one dying after seeing him. Who finds Him, stays forever with him.” …………..Shams Tabriz
In explaining the title of his book “The undiscovered Self”, Carl Jung states:
"Why has the ‘Self’ gone undiscovered?" I must tell you that my American publisher had the grace to invent this title. I would never have thought of it, as the Self is not really undiscovered, it is merely ignored or misunderstood. For about 1900 years we have been admonished & taught to project the Self into Christ, and in this very simple way it was removed from empirical man, much to the relief of the latter, since he was thus spared the experience of the Self, namely the “unio oppositorum”. He blissfully does not know the meaning of the term."
The above two references are from a Sufi mystic, whom Rumi considered as his teacher, and a great depth psychologist. These two contain a great truth which results from a question as to why the “Self has not been discovered.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein, the great rationalist philosopher, in articulating his take of how it is that we can think and speak at all writes in his book “Tractatus” by giving an expression, probably very close to high validity, to a conception of ourselves that was arguably already embedded in our intellectual culture. A conception of ourselves through a composite of our individual representation – mind, which can represent, in a purely subjective mode, the outside world to ourselves, through this mental disposition. we think and say things that are true or false. This mental existence is assumed to be infallible and is used as a tool for acquiring truths about the world – which we call science. This picture of the nature of mind, and hence of ourselves, continues to be the default conception in the cognitive sciences. Minds are representational engines. This reasoning from Wittgenstein could be used as the nature of the only artefact of the “Individual self”.
As Jung says, the higher Self, which is very much within oneself, was assigned to an external metaphysical objective concept such as Christ or any other Divine object of adulation and worship through which various religions taught us the path to realization of Divinity. This is a misleading path orchestrated for humans to have an innate satisfaction that the process to seek the “True Self” was this sole path.
When Shams Tabriz says “there is no one who lives after seeing him” he means one who is a purely materialistic existence because in this mode we assign an external attribute to the Self. This is is a futile exercise. As long as we have a rational mind rooted in this bodily manifestation, the subjective experiences which do not conform to apriori objective concepts are pushed back and invalidated. This is the evolutionary burden we carry. A consciousness which has increasingly become divorced from unitive perception, through nearly 40,000 years of increasing dominance of the rational mind. This is the main block in reaching back into the very depth of our inner self.
In this article I am limiting myself to the early Christian father’s understanding of “unio oppositorum”, an androgyny of opposites.
One of the emergent concepts in the writings of the Fathers of the early Greek church is that of theosis, or the deification of humankind. This idea—that humankind is to find communion with God through assimilation to him, that humankind is to be glorified and become divine itself—finds its locus classicus in Athanasius's statement that God became human so that we might become God. “For he [the Word of God… was made man,” Athanasius declares, “that we might be made God.” [1]

Gregory of Nyssa holds that the very purpose of the Incarnation, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus is to deify humankind and render it immortal through its union with and participation in the divine nature. “In the suffering of His human nature,” Gregory writes, “the Godhead fulfilled the dispensation for our benefit, that all the corruptible may put on incorruption, and all the mortal may put on immortality, our first-fruits having been transformed to the Divine nature by its union with God. [2]

We have lost track of this line of thinking through an extreme control agenda in all religious traditions and it is time with the emergence of integral consciousness in Homo Sapiens we transcend in the evolutionary ladder to Homo Deus seeking and finding the “undiscovered Self”. This is what Christ says in the Gospel of Thomas:
“Jesus said, "Those who seek should not stop seeking until they find. When they find, they will be disturbed. When they are disturbed, they will marvel, and will reign over all. [And after they have reigned they will rest.]" …………Saying 2
This is the unrelenting process of seeking the higher truth and in its discovery a radical disturbance or transformation and then Joy unbounded then a final culmination in Nirvana,
Love to you all

[1] Athanasius, On the Incarnation, sec. 54, in Christology of the Later Fathers, ed. Edward R. Hardy (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1954), 107. Literally, Athanasius's statement reads, “He was humanized that we might be deified.”

[2] Gregory of Nyssa, Contra Eunomium, bk. 2, sec. 13, in A Select Library of Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, 2d ser., vol. 5, ed. Philip Schaff and Henry Wace (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1890–1900), 127; see also 101, 179.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Purusa and Augustinian Time

““Purusa” means “man” “person” “human being” its primal meaning however, is “Pura” meaning “before” and “Isa” meaning “Lord” as in "the Lord who stands before everything” he is the background upon which everything takes place. The “Purusa” is the Supreme being, Krsna, who forms the background to everything, it is that which is before ( pura ) that which is in front ( pura ) and that which is first ( pura ), it is the ultimate reality which stands “before” everything.” ………..James Robinson Cooper
As the title of this article states, I would like to bring to the reader’s attention the commonality of Eastern and Christian thought as expounded by St. Augustine of Hippo. In the above verse the meaning of the Sanskrit word “Purusa” is explained. It is amply clear and a fundamental tenet of Vedic philosophy that Divine consciousness pervades everything. The emanation of manifestation in the world which we witness is from a background of unchanging symmetry, called Divine consciousness.
khya Karika is one of the six philosophical system which expounds  metaphysical dualism consisting of Prakti and purua. Prakti, or Nature, is comprised of three gua-s or attributes. The highest of the three is sattva (essence), the principle of light, goodness and intelligence. Rajas (dynamics) is the principle of change, energy and passion, while tamas (darkness) appears as inactivity, dullness, heaviness and despair. Purua is manifest in a karmic modification and contains among other things the epistemological apparatus of embodied beings (such as the mind, intellect, and senses). This is why unlike Abrahamic religions, where there is only one life, in Eastern philosophical system there is repeated karmic cleansing through various gross bodies until the state of Samsara is reached when the existent state of Purusa attains a state non differentiated from the primal Purusa. A time experienced by the  unique combination of Purusa and Prakti in any manifestation is unique as time is unique to a specific gross body.
In Christian theology, St. Augustine, through his deep reflection, proposed that God was the creator of time and hence before the Big Bang, which was the instant of all creation as conceived by human consciousness, there could have been no such thing as time. This concept could be extrapolated to state that when human consciousness is extinguished at the dissolution of the gross body, time ceases to exist.
Eternity as commonly misquoted as that period which extends into immeasurable past and future. This perception arises from a temporal consciousness. But as Marilyn E. Ravicz, in his article "St. Augustine: Time and Eternity," states: “Eternity, on the other hand, is defined as the "eternal present" or "eternal day" understood as the Abidingness and unchangeableness of God which "embraces and transcends time”
Augustine saw, through his non-dualistic intuition, that eternity existed within time as an eternal present and, rather than being found through outward searching, it is when one turns the attention of their soul, their "inner eyes," toward God, that they are brought into contact with the Light and the Truth. "It is eternity which hides behind the temporal flow, revealed, if at all, within the instant which we cannot capture." ……… Polk, "Temporal Impermanence,"
This concept resulting from non-dualistic dimension could be understood from the point of view that “past” is created through human memory. This rationalistic approach of before and after and the causal relationship to events contribute to the flow of time from the past to the present. Anticipatory and imagined forward causation creates the future.
In St. Augustine’s life, his realization was that his past was mired in darkness that resided within, yet his "inward" turn brought the true light from without. Augustine directly related this illumination as Godly intervention or as the Eastern thought calls it “Enlightenment”. 
This great intuition of St. Augustine was greatly appreciated and Cosmologists today call the period before the Big Bang event as “Augustinian Time”.
If we take a detour and delve into the study of particle physics, it is now clearly understood that all particles are the result of “broken symmetry”. This was predicted by Professor Peter Higgs, after whom the Higgs Boson is named and is aptly called “God particle”. All particle creation or manifestations evolve from this underlying plenum od supreme symmetry which we can call Purusa or God consciousness.
I hope I have been able to give you some thoughts for reflection.

Love to you all.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Knowledge of Our True Essence

“In Hebrew da'at means 'knowledge,' but it also means 'union,' as in "Adam knew Eve." On the Tree of Life in the Kabbalah, Da'at indicates knowledge of God, but understanding that Da'at means union, Da'at implies union with God, knowledge of God through intimate and direct experience of God. It is this that knowers of God (gnostics) seek - conscious union with God, the experience Christ or God Consciousness.
In that our divine spark is inseparable from God, the True Light, this is not as removed from us as we might think; in our inmost being we abide in an innate unity with God, the Holy One, we just need to recognize and realize our true essence and nature, and learn to abide in the awareness of oneness with the Universe and God, the Infinite and Eternal.” ………..Tau Malachi
“From this Atman is Akasa (ether) born; from Akasa, air; from air, fire; from fire, water; from water, earth; from earth, the herbs, plants and vegetables; from herbs, etc., food; from food, man. Thus man is made of the essence of food. The physical embodiment has its parts, such as the head, the right and left parts, the trunk, the support, etc.
Brahman is your own very Self or Soul. It cannot be an object of knowledge. It is always the witnessing Subject.” ……………Taittiriya Upanishad Verses 22-23
Tau Malachi is a contemporary Gnostic teacher and his interpretation of the ultimate union of the self and the Divine as one consciousness is the reflection of the ancient wisdom of the Upanishad. In this Vedic text we have the detail on the progressive emanation of the physical reality of the self from the unmanifest Atman.
When I talk about the deep wisdom of the East, many friends ask me how without a scientific methodology of sensory observation and repeated confirmation a few individuals were given the power to have this advance knowledge.
We thoroughly underestimate the power of intuition, This intuition is in the domain of the heart and not in the power of our brain. When we study the energy flow in the human being the heart chakra or Anahata chakra is the merging point of the planetary or material consciousness, in which we are rooted, and the cosmic consciousness which is all pervading substratum from which all manifestations in objective reality happen. This is referred to as the third eye or an eye in the rear of our head as explained by J. Krishnamurthy in one of his talks. He says:
“Early in the morning when the sun was not yet up and the dew on the grass, still in bed, lying quietly, without any thought or movement, there was a seeing, not the superficial seeing with the eyes but seeing through the eyes from behind the head.
The eyes and from behind the head were only the instrument through which the immeasurable past was seeing into the immeasurable space that had no time.” ............J. Krishnamurti.
In the cosmic union there is no space and time and the subject / object duality vanishes.
This is brought out in the Genesis mythology creation story, Adam is the earthly manifestation or creation of the pure essence of Adam Kadmon. In Lurianic Kabbalah, the description of Adam Kadmon is anthropomorphic. Nonetheless, Adam Kadmon is divine light without vessels, i.e., pure potential. Eve is the vessel or the feminine aspect and which becomes the instrument of further manifestation which descends into corruption through consuming the fruit which is a knowledge of duality of good and evil.
But every human being is invested with this pure potentiality and as the Bible in the Book of Revelation reveals the mythological reference to restoration to the state of pure potentiality in the following verses:
“A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth…..” …………Revelation chapter 12: 1-2
“………..There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.” …………Revelation chapter 22: 5
These two verses refer to the appearance of the second Eve who will deliver the second Adam who is Christ, the pure potentiality in the manifest form. This process of individual personal redemption into our original state of pure potentiality is the entire message of the coming of Christ and his second coming as revealed in the Gospels.
Let this knowledge empower us to seek deeper wisdom that is ever resident in our inner being.
Love to you all.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Chameleon Attributes of Our Perceptions

"I consider my contribution to psychology to be my subjective confession. It is my personal psychology, my prejudice that I see psychological facts as I do…. It would be neurotic if I saw things in another way than my instinct tells me to do; my snake, as the primitives say, would be all against me. When Freud said certain things, my snake did not agree. And I take the route that my snake prescribes, because that is good for me." ……………..Carl Jung
Jung refers to this purely subjective interpretations of his observation as his ‘personal snake’. The metaphorical reference to the snake comes from age old cultural tradition where the snake always symbolized knowledge both good and evil.
This snake is intimately connected to the snake in the Garden of Eden. It was Eve’s personal snake and her subjective perception to wean out the meaning of good and evil. The tree and its fruit are pure objective realities and in themselves does not have any attribute of good or evil. But through a personal and participatory act with Adam, driven by a filtered and differentiated perception, that she and Adam recognize their illusionary and perishable self, their body. This is the reason we read:
“But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”” ………Genesis 3: 9-11
In Genesis, this cultural meme is an inherent element of the mythological tale to bring home the deeper meaning of false reality.
At the current evolutionary stage of human consciousness, it is important that we address the way both subjective and objective perception are ought to be treated. The good thing about subjectivity is that we are the master of what is perceived and have the option to provide a dynamism and the necessary filters to give deeper meaning to that experience. If on the other hand we experience an objective reality without a detailed filtering, their attributes are given, a priori, through both collective perceptual concepts as well as pressures imposed on the self to conform to concepts derived under an external social religious belief system. This is why the Bhagavad Gita points out:
“Those who are seers of the truth have concluded that of the nonexistent (objective) there is no endurance, and of the existent (purely and deeply subjective) there is no cessation. This seers have concluded by studying the nature of both.” ………Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2: verse 16 …….. (Italic words in the verse by the author)
We are given a very limited set of information in the existent and perceived reality which extends from the very minimal in the purely objective domain to the higher subjective level of information that can act as gateways to the absolute reality that lies beyond
Every subjective experience comes with the option for an acceptance or rejection. If my perception is subjective then I – and I alone – have all the options of influencing or being influenced in a given situation. I alone decide whether I feel that something is good or bad, pleasant or unpleasant, cold or hot, beautiful or ugly!
We experience all external perceptions as if looking through a pair of sensory filters, which determines our interpretation of an external reality. According to the way I change these filters, I change what is really a neutral picture of an event, and convert it to a subjective perception; for example fear, joy, anger or it makes us sad. These subjective feelings are then transferred to the external picture to be good or bad, negative or positive, meaningful or senseless, dark or light, correct or false. The sane set of information of an event can, depending on a set of ambient conditions can give rise to entirely opposite emotions. For example looking at a night sky with millions of stars can give immense joy but the same experience, when one is alone and lost in a desert, can give rise to fear. In our psychological makeup, we become expert chameleons and identify with the external identity which in themselves do not have a universal identity at the gross level.
The only domain where both the external objective reality and the inner subjective reality could be perceived in its true manifestation is at the most fundamental level, the common ground of being.
It is only by moving to this very fundamental level of realization we can ever reach the unperishable reality. A very good suggestion is given in the Gita:
“One who is able to withdraw his senses from sense objects, as the tortoise draws his limbs within the shell, is to be understood as truly situated in knowledge.” ………..Bhagavad Gita chapter 2: verse 58

Love to you all

Friday, September 8, 2017

What is the Nature of Witnessing?

There could be two types of witnessing; one the subjective perception of a subjective experience and the second, the subjective perception of an objective event. When either of these are invoked to verify the establishment of truth, these perceptions turn to witness. Whenever the witness is called upon by whosoever is making a decision or judgement, it is with the purpose of evaluating the truth so that one’s decision or judgement could be based on factual and logical analysis which are grounded in truth.
In today’s world we are inundated with court room cases where witnesses and legal arguments are replete with error and manipulation.
The famous case in which Lucia de Berk who is a Dutch nurse who has spent six years of a life sentence in jail for murdering seven people in a killing spree that never happened was recently cleared. The case against Lucia was built on a suspicious pattern and statistical analysis: there were nine incidents on a ward where she worked and Lucia was present during all of them. But given the background of the type of patients in her ward and a larger time sampling indicated that the premises of witness was in error. Even the most astute minds can go wrong as we always operate with limited intelligence.
In his etymological analysis of the Sanskrit word ‘Saksi’, James Robinson Cooper recites the following mythological event.
“In the Vedas we find the story of Saksi Gopal, a beautiful deity of Gopal Krishna. An old Brahman and his young assistant had travelled to many holy places and ultimately visited Vrindavan, the resident of the deity Krishna in his cosmic form. The old man appreciated the service rendered by the youngster and had promised before the deity of Gopal Krishna that he could have the hand of his daughter. When they returned home however, under protest from the family, the mood changed and the promise was not fulfilled. Upon the request of the young Brahman, Gopal Krishna agreed to leave Vrindavan and appear as "witness" to the promise the old Brahman had made and thereby take that which was rightfully his. "Saksi" is simply "aksi" meaning "eye" the "S" represents "union" "connection" "bonding" and so "Saksi" means "to connect with the eye" or as the Sanskrit dictionary defines "witness”.”
Now when I read this episode what struck me was the nature of witnessing. Mostly the meaning assigned to witnessing is the effect of observation or specifically seeing. This is the reason that we say in legal parlance ‘eyewitnesses’. But when we invoke the Cosmic form of the Divine the witnessing transcends the limited dimension of only seeing. In the full episode of the ‘Saksi Gopal’, when the old Brahmin tell his young assistant that he will give his daughter’s hand in marriage, the young Brahmin refuses saying that he had done all the services to the old man out of love for Lord Krishna to whom the old Brahmin was a devotee. Hence the intension and the act both at the mental and physical level was witnessed by a superior intelligence and this is the reason, the beautiful Sanskrit word ‘Sarvadhīsākhibhūta’ (“that which is the witness to everyone’s intelligence" which is taken from the Guru Gita) is used to invoke Lord Krishna as a witness to the promise.
Within the context of our daily life pressures and the manipulations we are subject to, setting the right course for our lives and seeking a justice which lies beyond the worldly level, our inner consciousness must invoke the Divine intervention and integration.
In the normal course of events when we need someone to testify to truth we invoke an infallible witness but what happens when you are in the process of a purely subjective act such as one’s true realization. Our spiritual path lies in this domain. When we seek deliverance from ignorance or reason for events in our lives where there are imperceptible causes, we hit a bottleneck as an objective witness is not available to our defence. Hence our reliability on Divine wisdom is the best recourse we have.
Here we can refer to the Book of Job, which is a wisdom scripture of the Bible. When Job, a very devote man, looses all his wealth and family and is afflicted with a despicable disease, he understands his inability to comprehend any reason for his status and he is lost as to whom he should appeal to and his pain and cries out:
“……yet my hands have been free of violence and my prayer is pure. “Earth, do not cover my blood; may my cry never be laid to rest! Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high. My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God as one pleads for a friend” …….Job 16: 17-21
Do not be disappointed if you cannot ascertain the veracity of any of your perceptions. This is part of the process of letting go. This is not a defeatist attitude but a surrender to the cosmic intelligence which the all-pervading witness to truth.

Love to you all.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Return to Our Higher Manifestation

I promised to write this article to evoke the higher meaning behind the festival of Onam and the mythology associated with it. I will briefly tell the mythical story behind the celebration of Onam.
Long ago, the beautiful state of Kerala was ruled by an Asura (demon) king, Mahabali. The King was loved and respected in his kingdom and was considered to be wise, judicious and extremely generous. This was the period when the kingdom witnessed its golden era. Everybody was happy in the kingdom, there was no discrimination on the basis of caste or class. Rich and poor were equally treated. There was neither crime, nor corruption. People did not even lock their doors, as there were no thieves in that kingdom. There was no poverty, sorrow or disease in the reign of King Mahabali and everybody was in state of bliss and content.
We usually assign a very negative connotation to ‘Asura’ as demon or evil but in the ancient part of the Rg Veda, asura refers to the supreme spirit, like the Zoroastrian Ahura Mazdah, or to Vedic deities (devas) such as Varuna, Agni, Mitra, and Indra. In younger Vedic texts and Hindu mythology asuras become demons who war against the devas (gods). (cf., in the Iranian tradition ahura came to mean "god" while ‘dacva’ came to mean "demon"). Asuras are not necessarily evil while devas are not necessarily good. They are consubstantial, distinguished only by their mutual opposition, which is not conceived as an absolute ethical dualism. In fact King Mahabali was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu, the preserver God of the Hindu Trinity.
The devas became jealous due to the popularity of Mahabali. It is important to note that Mahabali was the great grandson of Hiranyakshipu, the grandson of Prahlada. As many of you may know that Hiranyakshipu was the embodiment of evil while Prahlada was the embodiment of the Divine essence from his very childhood and was the invoker of Narasimha avatar of Lord Vishnu.
This perennial iteration between evil and good as manifestations of the dual and nondual nature of the Divine can be seen in most deep mythological lore.
To continue the mythological story of Mahabali, The mother of the Gods, Aditi, sent Lord Vishnu as a dwarf Brahmin, Vamana, to Mahabali to ask for alms. In his generous nature Mahabali asked what Vamana wanted and he asked for land which he will measure by his feet, seeing this as an easy gift the King agreed. Lord Vishnu assumed his cosmic form and took the first two steps enveloping the whole world and seeing that the third step would destroy the earth, Mahabali asked the lord to put his third step on his head thus sacrificing himself.
Lord Vishnu, witnessing the selfless sacrifice, finally condescends to his devotee’s request for a boon to return to his kingdom every year. This is celebrated as Onam festival.
The deeper meaning of this mythological story is that both evil and good are purely dualistic perception of the human mind. If we analyse this episode from purely a rational perspective then we see that a good and benevolent king was tricked due to jealousy of gods who were supposed to be the good. But if we see this episode from the point of view a perennial manifestation granted through a boon to the benevolent king by the Divine, the methodology to which we assign attributes as evil and good becomes a collective objective perception. These type of perceptions become invalidated when we consider the subjective perception of the person experiencing a transcendence. For King Mahabali, this would have been a subjective experience from deeper consciousness level tod in a narrative form in this myth. Those who were witness to the event would have only seen the King collapse and die as soon as he granted the gift of land to the dwarf Brahmin. What happens at the supreme consciousness level would be purely subjective and will always remain hidden from the outside world.
This mythical episode and many similar ones in many spiritual traditions are created to evoke our inner spirit so that we may also celebrate our higher nature in the midst of the world of turmoil.
A very meaningful celebration of Onam to all my friends.
Love to you all.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Nature of Modernity in Spiritual Insight

“When we use the term ‘modern’ we mean neither contemporary nor up-to-date… Rather, for us ‘modern’ means that which is cut off from the Transcendent, from the immutable principles which in reality govern all things and which are made known to man through revelation in its most universal sense. Modernism is thus contrasted with tradition…; the latter implies all that which is of Divine Origin along with its manifestations and deployments on the human plane while the former by contrast implies all that is merely human and now ever more increasingly subhuman, and all that is divorced and cut off from the Divine source.” ……… Professor Nasr, Studies in Comparative Religion.
I was recently listening to the talk by contemporary philosopher Ken Wilber and one key factor that I could note is the progressive stages of human consciousness which was initially classified by Jean Gebser and later refined and reclassified to contemporary stages which are: archaic, magical, mythological, rational. Pluralistic, integral and super-integral. He clearly indicates that these stages are not totally superseded but evolve as an integral pattern of the human physical growth. Advanced stages of consciousness are available to humanity today as against what would have been available in the past. Human evolution has to be seen not in isolation as survival of the fittest but as a lock step process where higher levels of consciousness added the necessary advantage to the fitness regime.
Even today as we develop from a child to an adult. We have the potential to leverage the higher realms of knowledge and wisdom but inhibit this process through belief systems and social and cultural conditioning.
When St. Paul wrote to the Corinthians, who were a very intellectual Greek society, he says:
“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” …..1 Corinthians 13: 11-13
This is a clear indication of the necessity of transcending our limited perceptions from the archaic, magical and mythical levels to higher levels which are available to the higher mind. This would enable us to move beyond seeing the image to seeing the reality face to face. This full knowledge has to progress through a belief (faith), then a longing (hope) and then an unconditional response (love). The final stage can be reached only through integral or unitive consciousness. If we divest our progress from the earlier stages of consciousness and define our current knowledge as ‘Modern’ or ‘Postmodern’, then we move away from the richness of the past, which had deep roots in ethnocentric worldview and position ourselves in dualistic mode of operation. This results in pure rational level of consciousness and inhibits our growth beyond this stage. This need for openness to all that ancient spiritual traditions can teach us is expressed by Joseph Epes Brown who was an American scholar whose lifelong dedication to Native American traditions helped to bring the study of American Indian religious traditions to a larger audience.
“It has long been necessary to situate correctly the so-called primitive religions in the context of the world’s historical religions, and in so doing to recognize that in spite of many elements unfamiliar to the outsider, Native American traditions, at least where there has not been excessive compromise to the modern world, are in no sense inferior, but indeed are legitimate expressions of the philosophia perennis.” ……………..Joseph Epes Brown, …..“The Question of ‘Mysticism’”
A true ethnocentric worldview can be developed only when we learn to appreciate and imbibe all good things that are available to us through various spiritual traditions. As social creatures humans have to evolve to our higher potentialities only within our limitations of social, cultural and religious upbringing but as St. Paul says in every one of us there is a stage when we have to move away from seeing the reflection for reality and directly grasp the nature of higher reality through our inherent capacity for higher wisdom.

Love to you all.