Saturday, December 31, 2011

Wielding the Axe of Parashurama

“Once King Kartavirya Arjuna (Sahasrarjuna) and his army visited Jamadagni, a Brahmin sage, who fed his guest and the whole army with his divine cow Surabhi; the king demanded the magical cow and Jamadagni refused because he needed the cow for his religious ceremonies. King Kartavirya Arjuna (Sahasrarjuna) sent his soldiers to take the cow and Parashurama killed the entire army and the king with his axe. In return, the prince beheaded Jamadagni, the father of Parashurama.

When Parashurama returned home he found his mother crying hysterically. He asked why she was crying, she beat her chest twenty-one times. In a rage, Parashurama vowed to exterminate the world's Kshatriyas twenty-one times. He killed the entire clan of Kartavirya Arjuna (Sahasrarjuna), thus conquering the entire earth. He offered his dead father's soul tarpana with the blood of the kings and warriors he slew. He then conducted the Ashwamedha sacrifice, done only by sovereign kings, and gave the entire land he owned to the priests who performed at the yajña.”

What is the meaning of this tale. Every Purana has a deep spiritual meaning and might reveal to individuals consciousness certain esoteric messages. Many times we think there has to be a universal meaning to every story or myth but myths are not designed outside the ambit of certain cultural backdrop.

The four classification of material nature which is identified by the caste system is in effect talks only of individual consciousness in various modes of action as defined by the Bhagavad Gita.
“According to the three modes of material nature and the work associated with them, the four divisions of human society are created by Me. And although I am the creator of this system, you should know that I am yet the nondoer, being unchangeable.”…….BG 4:13

The second paragraph of the above sited story is the one that reveals the inner spiritual dimension of the myth. Parahurama is the sixth avatar of Vishnu and belongs to the Second Age, and is the son of a Brahmin father Jamadagni and mother Renuka in Hindu mythology. He is considered one of the seven immortal (Ciranjivi) human. He received an axe after undertaking a terrible penance to please Siva, from whom he learned the methods of warfare and other skills. Vishnu, the Saguna Brahma, in his role of the preserver, obtains the axe of annihilation from Shiva, who has the role of the transformer. Act of preservation needs weeding out certain impure elements from every creation.
The Kshatriya caste is the symbolic representation of the category of individual consciousness which is ruled by passion, the guna of Rajas. The Divine cow (Gau in ancient Sanskrit means Cosmic energy) is the Divine or Cosmic energy which feeds the Rajasic guna but the nature of this guna is that it wants to possess this entity and make it its own thus creating an imbalance in the nature of its distribution. The individual who is rooted in Rajasic mode has to be reordered and the destruction of the Kshatriya clan signifies this act.

The entire system of the seven energy centres in the human being must be cleansed through eradication of the imbalances in the three gunas in all the seven levels of the human being. This is the destruction, twenty one times that is spoken of in this myth.
This is an act of preservation of the unsullied consciousness which enters physical body in creation.

The mother crying is the indication of the primal creative force lamenting the loss of the pure consciousness symbolized by the death of the Brahmin father. The conquering of the entire earth is the reordering of the entire creation with the right distribution of the attributes which restores balance and stillness in the merging of the human and the divine.

This act of restoration is also pointed out through the act of performing the Ashwamedha sacrifice
The Ashwamedha sacrifice is performed only by the king (Raja) or the rajas nature. The Ashvamedha, the highest expression of royal authority or the rajasic nature has to be sacrificed. Sacrificed means made holy or restored to its natural balance. In this myth this sacrifice is conducted by Parahurama, the Ciranjivi or the perfect and immortal human symbolizing one who is pure primal consciousness or the Paramatma.
Through this yajña or sacrifice the entire earth or creation is owned by the Priests or Brahmins.  Brahmins are the category of humans who have the three gunas in right balance.

Year 2012 is the beginning of the new age of transformation of consciousness and let us all participate in this process through the wielding of the axe of Parashurama in restoring the right balance in our individual consciousness.

Wishing you all a blessed NEW YEAR

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Birth of the Solar Man

“The pagans set aside the 25th of  December as the birthday of  the Solar Man. They rejoiced, feasted, gathered in processions, and made offerings in the temples. the dark- ness of winter was over and the glorious son of light was returning to the northern hemi- sphere. With his last effort the old Sun God had torn down the house of the Philistines (the spirits of Darkness) and had cleared the way for the new sun who was born that day from the depths of the earth amidst the symbolic beasts of the lower world.
Concerning this season of celebration, an anonymous master of arts of Balliol College, oxford, in his scholarly treatise, “Mankind Their Origin and Destiny”, says:

“the Romans also had their solar festival, and their games of the circus in honour of the birth of the god of day. it took place the eighth day before the kalends of January – that is, on December 25. Servius, in his commentary on verse 720 of the seventh book of the Æneid, in which Virgil speaks of the new sun, says that, properly speaking, the sun is new on the 8th of the Kalends of January-that is, December 25. In the time of Leo I. (Leo, Serm. xxi., De Nativ. Dom. p. 148), some of the Fathers of the Church said that ‘what rendered the festival (of Christmas) venerable was less the birth of Jesus Christ than the return, and, as they expressed it, the new birth of the sun.’ it was on the same day that the birth of the invincible Sun (Natalis solis invicti), was celebrated at Rome, as can be seen in the Roman  calendars, published in the reign of Constantine and of Julian (Hymn to the Sun, p. 155). This epithet ‘Invictus’ is the same as the Persians gave to this same god,  whom they worshipped by the name of Mithra, and whom they caused to be born in a grotto (Justin. Dial. cum Trips. p. 305), just as he is represented as being born in a stable, under the name of Christ, by the Christians.”

The above passage is taken from the book “The Secret Teachings of All Ages” by Many P Hall, a great scholar of mysticism. I chose to write on this subject because today is the winter Solstice and the Sun has reached its southern most point in its journey and starts its return to the northern hemisphere.
Christmas as a historic element is contentious and is not relevant to our spiritual unfolding.
It is a symbolism of the birth of Divine consciousness in Yeshua the son of man and elevating him to Christ the Son of the Divine Father. This consciousness incarnation is mapped to an ancient pagan tradition and a cosmic event for human understanding.
The conquest of light over darkness through the return of the Sun in the physical universe is the symbolism of Christ consciousness driving out the darkness of ignorance and this is the most important element in our understanding of the birth of Christ.
Talking of Christ, John says in his Gospel; “In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” ……John 1: 4-5
It is the birth of illumining wisdom that we need to celebrate. This light of which we speak is the invincible element of creation through which every creation is given a purpose and meaning. Christ himself tell his disciples as to who they are. In saying 50 of the Gospel of Thomas Christ says; “If they say to you, 'Where have you come from?' say to them, 'We have come from the light, from the place where the light came into being by itself, established [itself], and appeared in their image.'
If they say to you, 'Is it you?' say, 'We are its children, and we are the chosen of the living Father.'”

We celebrate Christmas to symbolize the dawning of the light of spiritual wisdom, through Christ’s teachings and life, in every human being. We are the children of this light. We are revealed to the world due to the light of Christ consciousness shining through our own being as children of the light. As John the Baptist responded to the presence Christ consciousness when in the womb of his mother but later failed to recognize him until revealed by the Holy Spirit, we also must invoke the power of the Divine consciousness , which pervades all creation, to reveal the renewed birthing of Christ consciousness in every moment of our lives as the very essence of our worldly existence.

A joyful Christmas to you all.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Attachment and Aversion

“There are principles to regulate attachment and aversion pertaining to the senses and their objects. One should not come under the control of such attachment and aversion, because they are stumbling blocks on the path of self-realization.” ………Bhagavad Gita 3:34

This verse from Bhagavad Gita captures in it’s simplicity the whole essence of our relationship to sense objects. All created entities are subject to certain principles of operation and interrelationship. It is the action of the mind and the resultant consciousness which deviates from these set principles. For example, the sense of hunger is inbuilt into life so that the proper nourishment can be taken for survival and growth, but gorging oneself on food of whatever nature results not only in damage to the physical self but also creates unwanted reactions in the endocrinal system releasing hormones which cause excess reaction and unwanted responses.

We can understand attachment blinds one’s response system and leads to biased action whether it be in the physical or mental domain. When one becomes attached, there is a sense of identification with what one desires and the true attributes of the object of attachment can become distorted in this process. This is the reason that we need to let go of desire and attachment so that the true purpose for which an object is presented to the self can be fully appreciated. These are the natural principles that define an objects existential purpose.

In the same breathe with which Lord Krishna talks of attachment, he also talks of aversion. Aversion has to be understood as polar opposite of attachment and hence also requires an objective reference. What I mean by this is that in order to exercise aversion one needs a predefined set of attributes assigned to an object towards which aversion is exercised. This is another type of attachment.

A simple example is when I have an aversion for a person with a crooked nose. When I see a man with a crooked nose, my mind defines a predetermined desire to observe a man with a straight nose. This is an attachment which has been generated by an act of aversion. I stop to think about the true function of the nose on the human face and hence go beyond the ‘principles that regulate’ the purpose as purely a portal for breathing and smelling. A predetermined shape is an unwanted attribute assigned by an individual’s mind.

Attachment and aversion, beyond the control of set of principles, are individual choice which find their place in existentialism.
A central proposition of existentialism is that existence precedes essence, which means that the actual life of the individual is what constitutes what could be called his or her "essence" instead of there being a predetermined essence that defines what it is to be a human. Thus, the human beings – through their own consciousness – create their own values and determine a meaning to their life. This is the biggest fallacy of Existential philosophy.

If one is truly rooted in his or her universal essence then we understand the real purpose of sense objects and their role in creation with respect to the self.

Love to you all

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Holistic Knowledge Acquisition

“ .....According to the Ancients, religion, philosophy, and science are the three parts of essential learning. Not one of these parts is capable if separated from the rest, of assuring the security of the human state. A government based upon one or even two of these parts must ultimately degenerate into a tyranny, either of men or of opinion ....” ………. Manly P. Hall

In his book “The Secret Destiny of America”, Manly Palmer Hall wrote these famous lines in the introduction to the twentieth chapter whose heading was “End of the Quest”.
The ideal and utopian approach to build lasting and sustainable governance is beautifully brought out in the opening words to this article.

Today, I would rather change the word ‘religion’ to ‘spirituality’. The three facets of essential learning are rooted in three levels of the human psyche. Spirituality is the deeper realm of the psyche, while philosophy and science are the two aspects of the mind which are used as tools in deploying the spiritual self in the process acquiring deeper wisdom which is so essential in harmonious living through an egalitarian approach and empowering knowledge sharing for the betterment of the species.

In the same chapter Hall states “The Platonic commonwealth had as its true foundation the unity of learning. In the midst of the philosophic empire stands the school of the three-fold truth. Religion is the quest of truth by means of the mystical powers latent in the consciousness of man. Philosophy is the quest for truth by the extension of the intellectual powers toward the substance of reality. Science is the quest for truth by the study of the anatomy and the physiology of the body of truth, as it is revealed in the material creation.”

In the Greek history the life of Alexander the Great is a clear example in how at a very young age he was ready to take on the governance of the mighty Greek empire. His name itself is an indication of the purpose of his kingly life. ‘Alex’ means ‘protector’ and ‘ander’ means ‘man’. He was born to be protector of man. Alexander was tutored by Aristotle whose masterly writings covered many subjects, including physics, metaphysics, poetry, theatre, music, logic, rhetoric, linguistics, politics, government, ethics, biology, and zoology.

The king’s duty as protector of man is primary. In Arthashasthra of Kautalya, the great Indian treatise on state governance it is said “In the happiness of his subjects lies the king's happiness, in their welfare his welfare. He shall not consider as good only that which pleases him but treat as beneficial to him whatever pleases his subjects”

What ails the world of governance in politics or religion or any social initiative, is the lack of this holistic and integral knowledge which includes spirituality, philosophy and science. The other important factor that we need to consider is the merging of these three disciplines. In the twenty first century, metaphysics, science and spirituality are starting to talk the same language. It is the language centred around a single most important entity, namely, consciousness.

The ‘Entelechy’ of Aristotle, ‘Monads’ of Leibniz, ‘Quanta’ of Max Planck and ‘Memes’ of Richard Dawkins are all emerging from the grey clouds of the past timeline into a single entity which operates at the sub-Planck scale and can be universally named as a ‘consciousness filed’.

Operating from a deeper understanding of this field, which lies at the root of all knowledge disciplines, with a high state of awareness, provides each one of us, who are elements of Cosmic governance, a harmonious existence in unison with the process of evolution of the species.

Love to you all

Friday, November 25, 2011

Modes of Knowledge

"That knowledge by which one undivided spiritual nature is seen in all living entities, though they are divided into innumerable forms, you should understand to be in the mode of goodness.
That knowledge by which one sees that in every different body there is a different type of living entity you should understand to be in the mode of passion.
And that knowledge by which one is attached to one kind of work as the all in all, without knowledge of the truth, and which is very meagre, is said to be in the mode of darkness”………..Bhagavad Gita Chapter 18:20-22

At the outset the three modes of knowledge are expressed in these verses but it is difficult to comprehend the meaning when one operates purely in the rational level.

Let us analyse the various terms that are used in these verses.

In the first verse, Lord Krishna talks of the type of knowledge by which the “Undivided spiritual nature” of all creation or manifestations, which to the senses appear to be “divided into innumerable forms”, can be comprehended. This he calls "knowledge of Goodness".
The division into different forms is at the thought level or mental level. Ever since our birth we are constantly bombarded by imagery to which names and meanings are assigned by the collective consciousness of every other human beings we come across. This includes parents, siblings, teachers, friends, partners and elders. Humans are indoctrinated by this knowledge which is so external and yet so intimate and universally confirming that we imbibe this distorted knowledge without a second thought.

The rational self awareness which is the unique identity of human kind is its own undoing. We fail to understand what we are made up of. We do not move beyond these external inputs and the sensory images and their assigned meanings. Our reality is gridlocked in the intricate mesh of evolutionary consciousness. We fail to understand that we are in an evolutionary journey wherein the ascendancy of consciousness is the sole driving force. The ambience which has been provided including the faculty of the body and mind is hijacked by the mind to assume that the body and the environ, which are only an integral vehicle of transportation for the more subtle but the very essence of our existence, the spirit or Divine consciousness, is the only reality that exists. This lack of this knowledge results in duality wherein self awareness gives rise to an all powerful ego which in turn externalizes all other mode of existence into an object classification.

The next verse talks of this type of knowledge resulting in duality as the mode of passion. Various forms such as minerals, plants and animals are also vehicles or embodiments of Divine consciousness but the mode of passion which assign a superior role to the human form through the human ego and the ego mind differentiates all other forms as inferior to the human. This is a pure operation of the mind rooted in duality resulting from conditioned imagery.

Finally when we are locked on to the mode of attachment as possessors and enjoyers of all created forms for the sole purpose of human pleasure and survival, we operate in a knowledge which can best be categorized as a “mode of darkness”.

The universal truth that everything is a manifestation of the Divine form is difficult to comprehend through the knowledge derived through a rational process conditioned by classical sciences. Whether it be physical reactions such as forces acting upon matter and their resultant reactions or chemical processes or biological processes at the cell or DNA level or the observable processes at the cosmic scale, when we utilize a linear Newtonian analysis we hit a road block. Fortunately today the understanding of nature at the most fundamental level or closer to the Plank scale (10-35 metre) reveals that there is a universal energy field that connects us all across space-time and leading physicists, biologists and cosmologists agree that we are having a peep at the universal consciousness field which is the fundamental constituent of all that is manifest as matter.

The Vedic seers gained this knowledge through an intuitive route but in this Yuga of ascending consciousness when we are fortunate to be living, science is also conforming this great Truth.

This is the “knowledge by which one undivided spiritual nature is seen in all living entities, though they are divided into innumerable forms”

Love to you all

Monday, November 14, 2011

Fasting from the World

“If you do not fast from the world, you will not find the kingdom. If you do not observe the Sabbath as a Sabbath you will not see the Father.”………..Saying 27 – Gospel of Thomas

There is radical difference between the physical perceptual world and the Kingdom of God or the Divine Kingdom. The Divine Kingdom is all pervasive and is the subtlest, non differentiated domain from which all emanations takes place.

When Yeshua says that you have to fast from the world to find the Divine Kingdom, He does not mean fasting from taking in physical nourishment. What He means is one has to let go of attachments to the gross level to understand and get the feel of the subtlest levels wherein Divine presence can be felt in an intuitive manner.

When our consciousness operates at the waking level, through an evolutionary process, we are tuned to receive images in the four dimensional space-time. The names and forms are pre-cast at a collective level and it is a Herculean task to dismantle this consciousness structure. There is a kind of gluing together of our physical existence and the constructs of our mind in a deterministic mode which is far from reality.

The fasting Yeshua refers to is a conscious withdrawing from the operation of the mind. This in Vedic philosophy of Raja Yoga is called Pratyahara. It is the conscious withdrawing of the mind by the mind itself. Pratyahara is the 5th stage of sage Patanjali’s 8-limbed Ashtanga Yoga, which we could refer to as “withdrawing the senses away from the external surroundings and distractions.”

It can also be thought of as the point of transition from the bahiranga, or ‘external’ aspects of yoga, to the antaranga, or ‘internal’ yoga. In a deeper sense, we could even say that it is with this ‘controlled withdrawing of the senses’ that ‘Real Yoga’ begins.

Finally, in the language which the common man can understand, Yeshua says; “If you do not observe the Sabbath as a Sabbath you will not see the Father.”
Sabbath is a stage, it is not a day as normally perceived in ritualistic observations. Sabbath is the culmination and celebration of the act of physical creation. It is a stage when the creative purpose is internalized. What is the purpose of the body and its organs? What is the purpose of nature and all its bounties? All this creation should be seen in the light of the essence of creation. The essence of creation is the greater appreciation of the lila or play of consciousness.
We read in Genesis 2 verse 3 “And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”

The true nature of God or the Divine is that of stillness or resting. It is the equipoise of the universal ocean of consciousness. The seventh day symbolizes fullness, the cosmic dimension, and resting symbolizes the non-dualistic, undifferentiated essence which pervades all manifestation.

It is only when we who are created in the true image of the Divine observe the Sabbath, which means we observe the true nature of creation in its fullness and non-dualistic and undifferentiated subtle nature, we are capable a union with the Father or the Divine.

This is the meditative state explained in Ashtanga Yoga wherein after withdrawal and single pointed focus or Dharna, one goes into meditation or Dyana and finally attains Samadhi which is the absorption into the Divine or in simple language of Yeshua 'seeing the FATHER'.

Love to you all

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Spiritual Impulse

I had written about the first two tenets of Andrew Cohen’s concept of Evolutionary consciousness.
In the following saying Andrew reveals a fundamental process which can be understood as the prime-mover of the entire evolutionary process.

“When you feel the vibration of the spiritual impulse, the impulse to evolve at the level of consciousness, it's not just a feeling that you or I might have. This impulse is something much bigger. In fact, I believe it is that very same impulse that caused something to come from nothing fourteen billion years ago, that compelled an entire material universe to miraculously emerge from complete emptiness. To me, at least, there is no doubt that a great and mysterious energy and intelligence with enormous power is driving this entire evolutionary process forward in every moment. And our own direct personal experience of spiritual inspiration is the most tangible expression of that very same drive.”………………………………..from “Evolutionary Enlightenment” by Andrew Cohen

The whole concept of Big Bang cosmology bases its validity on the fact that we have a measurable residual radiation left over from the beginning of the universe fourteen billion years ago. This is known as the Cosmic background microwave radiation. Just as the microwave frequency power is used to cook or warm up our meals, any source of high intensity heat leaves behind a microwave radiation. This has been accurately measured through out the universe looking in any direction. Why I am pointing out this fact is to evoke an appreciation that we are part and parcel of this radiation.

Every atom in our cells and hence every human being is the result of the Big Bang. We have all emerged from the primordial nothingness. When we say nothingness, we mean a no-thing state.
But we are very much aware today that matter and energy are two sides of the same coin, thanks to Albert Einstein. Therefore it would be correct to say that we as material manifestation emerged from the energy state at the Big Bang.

In the process of evolution of the entire universe, where there is such precise order, from the structure of the atom to the various physical parameters that govern the large scale structure of the universe, there has to be an inbuilt intelligence. This cosmic intelligence is not only a prime-mover at the launch of this manifestation but also, at increasingly subtle level, in our individual perception, the reason for the direction of evolution of this manifestation.

While we are able to measure through our satellites and instruments the remnant Big Bang energy, the current energy level that is driving our existence in the more immediate time frame becomes unquantifiable due to its operating domain and our own nature of perception. In our mind, from a purely high intensity external event it has moved to a high intensity internal process driver. This is an involutedly progressing process where the total energy remains same but its perception at the rational level in the space-time domain has undergone extreme dilution. Yet this impulse keeps surfacing in our individual consciousness time and again reminding us of our own origin.

This is, in the language of spirituality, the impulse to evolve to a higher level of consciousness. We are constantly reminded in our spiritual pursuit of our higher universal nature and it is for each one of us to become aware. This awareness is enlightenment.

Love to you all.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Honouring Our Ancestors

All Souls' Day (November 2)—the time of year to honour our ancestors.
I am reminded and moved by Steve Job's message to his successor, Tim Cook, to move forward with his own ideas, not to think of making decisions based on what Steve would do. The rich future of possibilities lies before us and we honour the guidance and good works of our wise ancestors who gave of their special gifts and talents to bring us to where we are today.

I am also reminded of a great passage in Mahabaratha where Lord Krishna instructs Arjuna to go to Bhishma before he leaves the terrestrial world.

“I was thinking of him whom Ganga conceived and brought forth according to ordinary human laws and whom Vasişţha took as a pupil. I was thinking of that hero of mighty energy and great intelligence who possesses a knowledge of all the celestial weapons as also of the four Vedas with all their branches. I was thinking of him, O son of Pandu, who is the favourite disciple of Rama, the son of Jamadagni, and who is the receptacle of the sciences. I was thinking of that foremost of all persons conversant with morality and duty, of him, O bull of Bharata’s race, who knows the Past, the Future, and the Present…………….. When Bhishma, that foremost one of Kuru’s race, will disappear from the world, every kind of knowledge will disappear with him. It is for this that I urge thee (to go to him now).”………… Mahabharata, Santi Parva, Section XLVII

Each human creation is potent with cosmic wisdom and all our ancestors are instrumental in our evolution towards the great Self realization through which we become the true possessors of Divine wisdom. The above passage has deep meaning for hose who read not just the words but the intent behind the writing.
  • First is some sort of impulse. Call it intuition, guidance, inspiration, an idea. Anything on that level is very unformed, yet it has the seeds, carries the germ of further development. At this stage there is nothing formed so much as it is an inclination towards form. This is Ether.
  • In the next stage the idea or impulse begins to take form. It is considered a bit, yet still is very nebulous. It starts to gather some substance around it, and begins to be discernible. This is Air.
  • Here it gets infused with some life and energy. It carries and quickens the forming impulse. It gives impetus to go further. This is Fire.
  • In the next stage more solid formation continues. The idea takes form yet is still fluid, forming, becoming less transparent and more dense. Adjustments and modifications are made as it begins and continues to interact with the potentials and capacities, and intentions of depth. This is Water.
  • Finally it takes solid form. It comes into being in the deeper level - the physical world. This is Earth.
Hence Bhishma was conceived by Ganga the holy waters of the sacred river. Bhishma symbolizes the cumulative ancestral wisdom which has evolved since creation in every contemporary human being and given a human form through the untainted Ganga.

There is the innate capacity which we cannot leverage unless we go to integral wisdom of all ages. This is the meaning of “celestial weapons and four Vedas and its branches”. Celestial weapons are the instruments of destruction of Avidya or ignorance and the Vedas are the source of Esoteric knowledge which every human being must obtain if he or she wants to progress in the intended path of creation.

Rama, the son of Jamadagni, is the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu known by the name Parashurama, who wields the axe (parashu means axe in Sanskrit) which cuts away the roots of ignorance. Bhishma as the worthy disciple of Parashurama inherits the Cosmic wisdom which is precious for future generations.

This is the reason that we must remember and venerate all our ancestors who are all elements of Bhishma, the embodiment of Cosmic wisdom.

Let us invoke the blessings of all our ancestors to progress to a higher plane of existence.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Fate is a Non-entity

This short article tries to capture the teachings of Vasişţha to Ramachandra on the nature of fate and the need for action towards Self realization in the present life. Scholars are in agreement that Vasişţhadarshanam, which expounds the philosophy of Advaita as commented by Vasişţha predates the commentaries of Gaudapada and Sankara.

The discourse can be seen as the philosophical response to the very disillusioned Rama about the futility of human life. Rama sees life as extremely short and a doll in the hands of death. The restlessness of the mind and the insatiate desire of the body which is seen by young Rama as an abode of disease and suffering.

Seeing the discontent of the young man Rama’s father brings him into the presence of Vasişţha, who explains the various aspects and necessities of our human life and its purpose.
One of the key elements which leads to a false sense of complacency is the concept of fate. This false concept is strengthened by our lack of knowledge of the true nature of the Self.

Before we acquire anything, one must be convinced of the fact that the sole determining factor in any achievement is one’s own effort. This can be easily understood if we look at the way today’s world operates. All ego driven initiatives are devoid of sincere efforts to leverage one’s own potential. Rather the ego dominated self uses and exploits the resources and potential of others to its advantage. All power brokering and wealth generation are primarily driven by exploitation of external resources, be it human or otherwise. The innate indicator of a false perception is then dulled in one’s conscience by the positioning that fate determines everything and we are just pawns in the master game of fate.

Vasişţha corrects this concept by defining the nature of destiny. Current status is the result of our karmic imprints that we carry from our previous births and by concerted action one has the capacity to set a new direction in which our spiritual progress can takes place. Fundamental to this exercise is the true knowledge of the Self. How can one try and acquire this knowledge?

Vasişţha lays out four preliminary requirements which a man desirous of knowing the Self should have in order that he may easily succeed in his efforts.

These four are namely; Contentment, Peace of mind, Association with the wise and Rational investigation. Of all these the last, Rational investigation, is the most important. All the objects of the world and all the knowledge, both true and false, are given to us to aid the mind in this process of discernment. All objects and resultant impressions are the operation of the mind in duality and understanding the all pervasive unity behind all manifestation leads to a higher realization.
The evolution of the objective world within the mind is an integral view through evolutionary consciousness and predetermined sensory imprints wherein an imagination, actuated by a desire, assumes the forms of objects of enjoyment. If we are trapped in this world it would be a futile exercise to take up a journey of involution wherein the objects of desire cease to exist.

A controlled mind which focuses on continuous discernment leads us to a total presence in the present moment with the pure intent focused on non duality and non differentiation. Hence fate or destiny becomes a non entity. This is what is called total surrender to the divine.

"According to Vedic opinion, there are two ways of passing from this world—one in light and one in darkness. When one passes in light, he does not come back; but when one passes in darkness, he returns." ……….BG 8:26

The light that Bhagavad-Gita talks of is the ‘true knowledge of the Self’ and darkness is the lack of this knowledge. But the destiny of all souls is the ultimate union with the Godhead and there is no other fate.

Love to you all

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mystical Significance of Baptism

“He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.”…………John 1: 10-11

“I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, 'The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.' I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.”………. John 1: 33-34

I am leaving for taking part in the baptism of my brother’s granddaughter in Bangalore on Sunday and I thought it would be fitting to write this short article on the spiritual significance of baptism. To many of us Christians baptism is the rite of passage into the Church, being accepted as a member, but that is not the main purpose. It is also deemed as a sacrament which washes away the original sin passed on to unsuspecting innocent children of humanity because of the disobedience of Adam and Eve. It is essential why the sacrament of baptism is the very first sacrament that is administered and why the sacrament of Holy communion follows.

The answer to this is in the Bible and we fail to see this when we read the words in a literal sense.
In the Gospel of Luke, it is ample evident that the unborn child in the womb of Elizabeth recognized the presence of the unborn Christ in the womb of Mary.

“When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.”……..Luke 1: 41

Every creation of God starts of with a primary Divine consciousness which pervades it entire constitution. This is the reason that, according to Jean Piaget model of cognitive stages, ego does not exhibit itself in child until the age of four to five. There is unitive consciousness in the child. The human child does not evolve in an absolutely pure state of consciousness as there are evolutionary imprints in its consciousness. These are subtle and intuitive information which are necessary for survival and adoption to the social milieu. But despite this aberration, there is an innate capacity in the child to comprehend happening in the field of consciousness. For example, we are aware that prenatal experiences have a definite impact on the child’s physio-psychological development. This is the reason that when the mother goes through a mystical awareness this is amplified in the primal consciousness of the child, John the Baptist, and a recognition of the presence of a Divine consciousness happens. This is a typical case of unitive consciousness in operation. This transcends time and space.

But as John the Baptist grows into adulthood, though he is aware of the higher purpose of his life, he is unable to operate in the unitive consciousness and fails to recognize the presence of Christ who is embodiment of this higher consciousness. The linkage to this new awareness is the Holy Spirit, the third person of the trinity. Holy Spirit is the all pervading Divine consciousness which unites the Creator and the created, the Father and the Son.

The ignorance of this truth is the original sin with which we all come into this world. The true knowledge of our Divine nature has to be establishes in the symbolic act of washing and anointing with the Chrism as Sons and Daughters of the Father. This is also the meaning being born again as revealed to Nichodemus by Christ.

“Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.”……..John 3:5-6

Physical birth is only the construction of a vehicle or Tabernacle and will have no purpose until the Spiritual birth takes place through the recognition of the Divine consciousness or the Holy Spirit taking residence and setting in motion the power that drives this chariot to its intended destination,
which a Divine union at the end of this temporal journey.

Love to you all

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Mystical Bridal Chamber

“The mysteries of truth are revealed, though in type and image. The bridal chamber, however, remains hidden. It is the Holy in the Holy. The veil at first concealed how God controlled the creation, but when the veil is rent and the things inside are revealed, this house will be left desolate, or rather will be destroyed. And the whole (inferior) godhead will flee from here, but not into the holies of the holies, for it will not be able to mix with the unmixed light and the flawless fullness, but will be under the wings of the cross and under its arms...”……….Gospel of Philip (Nag Hamadi Library)

These are very deep mystical words and can only be understood by an open heart that seeks hidden truth through a mystical journey. The first few words provide the needed preamble in stressing the importance of symbolism and imagery through which esoteric truth is usually revealed in the scriptures.
In Gnostic writings, the bridal chamber always refers to the space in which the union of the Divine and the human takes place. To enter into this chamber one has to tear the veil of concealment. This is referred to as Koshas in the Vedic scriptures. The five Koshas namely; the Annamaya, Manomaya, Pranamaya, vignanamays and Anandamaya are the sheaths that cover the created entity which resides in a lower level of consciousness. Within these coverings is the primal or Divine consciousness.

This is what Valentinus, a disciple of St. Paul and a Gnostic teacher, writes in the Gospel of Philip. The bridal chamber is the Anandamaya Kosha. It is the Holy in the Holy. In Kabbalah, this level of consciousness is called ‘Ain Soph Aur’ (Endless Light; אין סוף אוֹר). This is the reason why the author calls this level of consciousness as “inferior Godhead”. The bridal chamber is concealed as long as we are in the material manifestation.

The meaning of “this house will be left desolate, or rather will be destroyed” is that when the Divine plenum of consciousness is reached all material attachments and clinging, symbolized by the veil, are destroyed and a total emptying takes place. This is the state of Samadhi in which there is pure consciousness and the plenum of existence is ‘Sunyata’.

The freed up consciousness is then liberated but does not move into the ‘Holy of Holies’ which the Ain Soph (Limitlessness; אין סוף) (The Zohar explains Ain Soph as follows: “Before He gave any shape to the world, before He produced any form, He was alone, without form and without resemblance to anything else. Who then can comprehend how He was before the Creation? Hence it is forbidden to lend Him any form or similitude, or even to call Him by His sacred name, or to indicate Him by a single letter or a single point. . . . But after He created the form of the Heavenly Man, He used him as a chariot wherein to descend, and He wishes to be called after His form, which is the sacred name 'YHWH'”).

There is a distinct difference between “Holy in the Holy” and the highest level of consciousness known as the “Holy of Holies”. The liberated consciousness is still in the combined realm of creator and the creature symbolised by the two arms of the cross signifying the vertical cosmic or universal dimension and the horizontal created dimension of consciousness.

Now if we read the Gospel of Luke, there is a whole new meaning to the writing.

“It was now about the sixth hour(signifying vertical dimension of Solar ascendancy), and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour
(signifying horizontal dimension of Solar decline), for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." When he had said this, he breathed his last.”……….Luke 23:44-46

Love to you all

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Mandatory Self Purification

Yeshua said, “You see the sliver in your friend's eye, but you don't see the timber in your own eye. When you take the timber out of your own eye, then you will see well enough to remove the sliver from your friend's eye.”…….Saying 26 Gospel of Thomas

This is a simple saying which has a primary message. This message is the importance of self purification. It is a common sight today that we see spiritual leaders and Gurus who profess and expound spiritual wisdom through wonderful words and eloquence and miraculous deeds to convince their followers of their high standard but when you take a look at their inner most thoughts and actions in privacy, they have a very questionable life. They are like the Pharisees whom Christ chided in the following words

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and everything unclean.”…………Matthew 23:27

Self purification through self forgiveness and self love is a prerequisite in our life of being a guide to our fellow humans. The eye is the sense organ of perception. But if one has a timber or obstruction which leads to total distortion in what we perceive then the knowledge and wisdom we gain is also distorted. It is with humility one must evaluate one’s state of spiritual progress before we embark on trying to guide others.

Both in this saying and in the previous saying Yeshua refers to the eye. It is the primal portal to our mind through which we observe the universe and all the great beauty of creation. In order to understand the deep meaning of the revealed reality, one has to have no preconception or bias. But we all carry a timber installed through conditioned belief system and cultural derivatives. Eradicating these obstacle is what Yeshua recommends as “take the timber out of your own eye”.
Usually a seeker or a friend or brother comes to us because he or she assumes that he or she is approaching a person of superior knowledge and wisdom. This very approach qualifies the seeker as having rid himself or herself of any rigid stand. It is not only the size but also the quality of the obstacle is explained in this saying. A timber is a tough and inflexible object while a sliver is capable of easy manipulation. This is a very practical example as we have experienced when a friend has a dust or speck in the eye, we can manipulate it by blowing into the eye and removing it.

Here I would like to quote Tau Malachi’s words:

“The first three initiations of mystical Christianity place an emphasis upon the process of self purification. The rite of baptism is specifically a ceremony of purification. It is a mystical death to our old self bound in a lower level of conditioned consciousness. The rite of Chrism (anointing) continues this process, the darkness being transformed in the transmission of supernal light of Divine consciousness in a process of purification and consecration. Finally, the Holy Communion completes this process in a spiritual alchemical transmutation which is the fruit of purification.”

This act of self purification is not a one-time process but as long as we live in this world, it is a work in progress.

Love to you all

Friday, September 30, 2011

Virgin Mother Goddess

In this article, I propose to address only the iconic symbolism of Virgin Mary and its evolution. The worship of Mother Mary as the Mother of God is an all prevalent ritual practice in the Catholic and Orthodox Christianity. While in a so called puritan sense, the protestant movement has done away with worship of all other entities other than Jesus, the fundamental psychological need in worship, where there needs to be transference from the iconic to the abstract in stages of easy ascendance, has been ignored.

Carl Jung points out the need for the relation to 'mother archetype' in the psyche’s framework in invoking deep-felt outlets for psychic energy through dreams and other forms of visualization.

The Great Mother is portrayed in myth as a host of archaic images, as divine, ethereal and virginal. Commonly conceived of as a nature goddess, the recurrent theme of nature and motherly care go hand in hand. As the prominent feature of almost all early Indo-European societies, the mother archetype manifests itself in a host of deities and symbolism. Always ambivalent, the Great Mother is an archetype of feminine mystery and power who appears in forms as diverse as the queen of heaven and the witches prevalent in myth and folktale.

The name given to Mary is “Theotokos” which literally means bearer of God or one who gives birth to God. The theological controversy is not the subject of discussion as how the primal cause can be birthed. There are volumes written on this subject through invoking the Holy Trinity. But if we look at the linkage of how the human creation can access the Divine realm then we have the mythical symbolism finding a meaning in our ritual worship. The Virgin mother is a very ancient concept in middle eastern cultures.

In reality, the virgin-mother motif is common enough in pre-Christian cultures to demonstrate its unoriginality in Christianity.
In “Pagan and Christian Creeds”, Edward Carpenter recites a long list of virgin mothers:
  • Devaki, the radiant Virgin of the Hindu mythology, became the wife of the god Vishnu and bore Krishna, the beloved hero and prototype of Christ.
  • With regard to Buddha, St. Jerome says "It is handed down among the Gymnosophists (Naked philosophers) of India that Buddha, the founder of their system, was brought forth by a Virgin from her side."
  • The Egyptian Isis, with the child Horus on her knee, was honored centuries before the Christian era, and worshiped under the names of "Our Lady," "Queen of Heaven," "Star of the Sea," "Mother of God," and so forth.
  • Before her, Neith, the Virgin of the World, whose figure bends from the sky over the earthly plains and the children of men, was acclaimed as mother of the great god Osiris.
  • The saviour Mithra, too, was born of a Virgin, as we have had occasion to notice before; and on Mithraist monuments the mother suckling her child is not an uncommon figure.
  • The old Teutonic goddess Hertha (the Earth) was a Virgin, but was impregnated by the heavenly Spirit (the Sky); and her image with a child in her arms was to be seen in the sacred groves of Germany.
  • The Scandinavian Frigga, in much the same way, being caught in the embraces of Odin, the All-father, conceived and bore a son, the blessed Balder, healer and saviour of mankind.
  • Quetzalcoatl, the (crucified) saviour of the Aztecs, was the son of Chimalman, the Virgin Queen of Heaven.
  • Even the Chinese had a mother-goddess and virgin with child in her arms.
The iconic symbolism of a virgin Mother Goddess is the 'waking consciousness' level entry into the creative and protective archetype of the Mother Goddess of the 'Universal unconsciousness' field, the link being the imagery, dream, vision or internal and intuitive medium of elevated consciousness through which one can reach out to the Divine plenum.

Let us move beyond dogma and theology to an inner experience of the interceding Mother who can birth us into the Divine realm.

Love to you all.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Testimonial for Posterity

I have just returned from the funeral of my uncle. While travelling back I was contemplating on the life journey which we all undertake. Then a thought occurred to me ‘What should one leave for posterity. Probably a fitting advice resulting from your life experience, to those you leave behind.
Upon your demise, if you had the financial resources, you would likely leave a testimonial etched in marble stone for others to read. Here is one written in 360 BC:

“Believe me, men, I have been dead all the years I have been alive. The beautiful, the good, the holy, the evil were all the same to me; such it seems was the darkness that formerly enveloped my understanding and concealed and hid from me all these things. But now that I have come here, I have become alive, as if I had lain down in the temple of Asclepius and been saved. I walk, I talk, I think. The sun, so great, so beautiful. I have now discovered men, for the first time: now I see the clear sky, you, the air, the acropolis, the theatre.”………… Papyrus Didotrana

Though it sounds morbid, associating death with relief comes with a negative connotation. The statement above clearly indicates the extremely reduced consciousness during human life. What is beautiful, good, holy or evil, were judged by a different set of standards which are being dictated by the ego consciousness which has thrived in the materialistic culture in which we have been rooted in the modern age. This has been foreseen as the onset of Kali yuga or the dark ages in Vedic philosophy.
Asclepius, is the god of medicine and healing in ancient Greek religion. Asclepius represents the holistic healing aspect of the medical arts and it is represented by his five daughters. His daughters are Hygieia ("Hygiene"), Iaso ("Medicine"), Aceso ("Healing"), Aglæa/Ægle ("Healthy Glow"), and Panacea ("Universal Remedy").
To lie down in the temple of Asclepius means to be one with the spirit of Asclepius.

Holistic medicine is now increasingly talked about not only in the medical profession but also by many individuals, thanks to the information deluge that we are witnessing through the world wide web.
Most human maladies and disease are the result of one’s mental state rather than some external cause. Today there is hard evidence as to what damage continued mental stress can cause within the body. Any interruption in smooth energy flow within the body causes energy blockages which result in various degrees of symptoms which when left unattended cases diseases to occur.

A very unique symbol associated with Asclepius is his rod with an entwined serpent. There are many interpretations for these symbolisms. The significance of the serpent has been interpreted as the shedding of skin and renewal is emphasized as symbolizing rejuvenation through holistic healing and the staff conveys the notions of resurrection and healing which has an echo in the Old Testament writing in the Book of Numbers.

“Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live." Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live”……. Numbers 21:8-9

This statement implies the nature of the fiery snake which is the Kundalini energy which has to ascend continuously within the human body. when this energy is locked in a horizontal plane within a chakra level then death results (this represented by the crawling fiery serpents which bite the Israelites). When the serpent is raised up there is life and rejuvenation.
These symbolisms have been mutually inclusive in the myths and wisdom traditions of both the Hebrews and the Greeks.

This energy can flow only when we develop a right frame of mind and as the great Gautama said:

“O Brahmana, it is just like a mountain river, flowing far and swift, taking everything along with it; there is no moment, no instant, no second when it stops flowing, but it goes on flowing and continuing. So Brahmana, is human life, like a mountain river.”

Love to you all

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Consciously Creating the Future

Earlier I had written on the first tenet of Andrew Cohen’s list of tenets of Evolutionary consciousness. This post is on the second tenet.

“The Second Tenet of Evolutionary Enlightenment is the Power of Volition. This tenet calls us to a great responsibility. It asks us to endeavour to be responsible for nothing less than the destiny of the evolutionary process, here and now, as ourselves. And the way you embrace that Herculean task is through first and foremost making the noble spiritual effort to take responsibility for all of what makes you who you are. That means striving to come to terms with all of your past, and all of the karmic consequences of that past. It also means courageously stretching to embrace all the historically accumulated complexity of your present circumstances. Only then will you or I or any one of us be in a spiritually empowered position to consciously create our future.” ………… Andrew Cohen

Meaning of volition is will power. But engaging volition isn’t easy. It’s a higher attainment than mere motivation. Motivation is the desire to do something; volition is the absolute commitment to achieving something. To activate their willpower, individuals must pass a mental barrier, a personal Everest.

Today, the socio-cultural context promotes an ego centric mental attitude in all our endeavours. Hence it is fraught with difficulty to take responsibility for the whole process of evolution. The difficulty arises in our perception that one is isolated from the rest of creation and universal manifestation. This attitude has its origin in the ‘Hard Problem’ enumerated in the philosophy of Mind in dealing with the understanding of personal consciousness. To explain further, the ‘Hard Problem’ is how could a purely material substrate - the brain - understood in detail by physics, chemistry and biology, produce the privately witnessed phenomenal onslaught of personal conscious awareness?

But today science is moving beyond a purely redutionist and Cartesian understanding of consciousness through the field of Quantum physics. The Penrose-Hameroff Orch-OR (Orchestrated Objective Reduction) model of production of consciousness in the physical drain through Quantum computing at the microtubules provides a bridge between the non-physical conscious awareness and the action in the physical brain.

This also extends the field of operation of personal awareness beyond the physical body into a field that exists beyond space-time. With this deeper understanding one is able to appreciate the interconnectedness of all creation. When we make this statement one has to tread with caution, as the conscious observer has an indelible impact on the field of observation. As we not only project our intentions but also affect the projections of other conscious entities.

Professor emeritus at the London School of Economics and author of a recent book “Soul Dust: The Magic of Consciousness”, Nicholas Humphrey, in a recent interview said that consciousness should not be thought off as a cognitive skill but as a theatre. But I would amplify saying that it is a canvas, a virtual reality canvas, where not only one projects his intentions but where these projections are continually changed by all interacting conscious elements.

This in spiritual terms we call karmic imprints. This is what Andrew points out when he says: “That means striving to come to terms with all of your past, and all of the karmic consequences of that past. It also means courageously stretching to embrace all the historically accumulated complexity of your present circumstances.”

We are the evolutionary engines and the prime movers of the future. This deep understanding will enable us to employ the power of personal volition in shaping a higher level of evolutionary consciousness at the planetary and Galactic level.

Love to you all.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Lucifer – Archetype of Desire

“Lucifer, on the other hand, is the spirit of excess, the flaming son of rashness and the ruler of sense-gratification, over which he wields dominion with a sceptre of serpents. [...]Lucifer is the light-bringer; he is transmuted by man into the fiery demon of war and hate. His power is used by man as the inspiration of lust and passion [...] He always is opposed to Satan, seeking to snatch the soul of man from the cold embrace of Saturn. He is the heat the incubates the soul, but man uses him as a flame to burn up reason.”…………………. Manly P Hall; Magic: A Treatise on Esoteric Ethics

This is an esoteric interpretation on the concept of Lucifer.
There are two prominent passages in the Bible where the fall of Lucifer is referred.
The first is in Isaiah 14:13-15 which a more apocalyptical writing in the face of Babylonian subjugation. The second reference in The Book of Revelation is more relevant.

“And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down--that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: "Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.”....Revelation 12: 7-10

John the Divine, who is reputed to be the author of the revelations uses the Greek word ‘Polemos’ which really means a personal combat. Michael and (dragon) Lucifer are the two natures of the individual human psyche which are at logger heads in the spiritual journey. The psychic phenomenal illusions and fantasy are represented by the unbridled dragon breathing the fire of passion. It must also be understood that this fiery element is the creation of the Divine. Hence it is the potential that elevates the consciousness to the highest level but when this potential is used to the advantage of the Ego to usurp the power of knowledge to enjoy and enhance the lower material and physical nature, then one descends to the depth of Hades (lower world). All the invocation of desire, lust and power at the created domain is the Luciferian tendency that one employs to adverse effect in spiritual life.

James. M. Pryse, author of “The Apocalypse Unsealed” uses an esoteric interpretation to define the deeper meaning of Satan. He states “Satan, the red Divinity stands for nothing more than the principle of desire in all its innumerable gradations, from the vaguest yearnings and the mere promptings of the appetites of the body down to the grossest phases of passion and lust; and all these have their source in the instinct of reproduction, the attracting and cohering force of generated life. The creative Logos is the Dragon of light or Day-Sun and Satan is the Dragon of Darkness or Night-Sun.

Contemporary insight from persons such as Edgar Cayce, the noted American psychic, mystic, clairvoyant and a devote Christian, who had looked at dreams and visions as projection of one’s sub consciousness or elevated consciousness using archetypes, have commented on the concept of Satan as “The force of self-centeredness, self-gratification, self-indulgence, self-importance, self-righteousness, self-consciousness, self-glorification, self-delusion, self-condemnation, self, ego, the ‘false god’, the ‘beast’”

As Edgar Cayce said “The conquering of self is truly greater than were one to conquer many worlds.”

Let the concept of Lucifer transform us from a state of dogmatic fear to a state of empowerment as to the true nature of every human soul.

Love to you all.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Nature of the Unchanging

“Those who are seers of the truth have concluded that of the nonexistent [the material body] there is no endurance and of the eternal [the soul] there is no change. This they have concluded by studying the nature of both.”……….Bhagavad-Gita 2:16

In continuation of my last post which dealt with the significance of the immersion of idols of deities such as Ganesa and Durga, the nature of non-existence of material nature and the perennial attribute of the implicate order from which all manifestations evolve as unchanging, is the subject of this post.

This verse from Bhagavad-gītā clearly states that the conclusion as to the nature of materiality and the changeless attribute of the soul have been arrived at by study of the nature of both.

It is easy to understand that all creations in the universe are subject to the second law of thermodynamics and tend to exhibit increased entropy (decay, dissolution and chaos). This is also true in our immediate environment as we observe plants, animals and humans come into being, grow and then decay into base elements. But how can we study the nature of the soul and arrive at a conclusion that it is beyond decay and annihilation.

The classical answer to this question is that one has to study the scriptures and go into deep, intuitive enquiry to know the nature of the soul. The classical commentary on this text is on the following lines; "In the Vedānta-sūtras, as well as in the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, the Supreme has been accepted as the origin of all emanations. Such emanations are experienced by superior and inferior natural sequences. The causative energy and the effected energy are seen as two categories and are assigned status due to a temporal and primacy domain. All material manifestations, therefore, are always subordinate to the Primal cause namely; the Supreme Lord. This is similar to the master and the servant, or the teacher and the taught.”

It is also taught that such clear knowledge is impossible to understand under the spell of ignorance, and to drive away such ignorance the Lord teaches the Bhagavad-gītā for the enlightenment of all living entities for all time.

This commentary is bordering on a dogma. And contrary to the essence of the teaching. The Sanskrit word that is used for ‘study’ in this verse is ‘dṛṣṭaḥ’ which means ‘observed’ and has very topical connotation in Quantum physics.

My own perception is from a more logical and scientific direction. Temporality is evoked in classifying the nature of the manifest and the unmanifest soul. The yardstick for benchmarking temporal to eternal lies in the very concept of time. There can be two approaches both of which will take us to the same conclusion.

Firstly, from observation all creations at the gross level have limited span of existence. While we humans may have a life span of 100 years, the very elements that make up this gross manifestations have a much longer existence. Take the Carbon 14 in our bones, it takes 5,730 years to decay by 50% of its original mass (this scientist call half-life). Now if we look at Uranium (U235), it has a half life of 703,800,000 years and the nucleus of the atom will decay in 1040 (10 followed by 40 zeros) years. As we enter the more subtle realm longer is the existence.

We also know through science that all this decay is not total disappearance but conversion to a more fundamental energy. At the very fundamental substratum there is only energy which scientist call Vacuum energy or Zero point energy. This is the consciousness field which is ever present and from which all evolve.

Secondly, time is a mental construct due to our position in a four dimensional Space-time. Today we have proof from the scientific research that for sub atomic particles from the same source, quantum entanglement is a reality or in other words everything that we observe and that which is beyond the senses are interconnected in multidimensional field where instant communication is taking place beyond space-time. This is due to the fact that all matter and energies of the universe are from a single source at the Big Bang and pre-existent.

From these studies a conclusion can be drawn that material nature is impermanent and the consciousness field which is the soul is ever present and eternal.

Love to you all

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Lord of Created Categories

This week end is the tenth day culmination of Ganapati puja. The immersion of the statues of Ganesa, which were adorned with great pomp with jewels and silk, takes place in many places today. Many would question why we resort to this practice of immersion in the pond, lake, river or sea.

To understand this ritual one has to look at the meaning of Ganesa or Ganapati. ‘Gana’ in classical Sanskrit means ‘tribal’ and ‘Isa’ means Lord and ‘Pati’ means protector. Here one has to go deeper into the spiritual context. There have been aberration in interpretation, assigning Ganesa to be the deity of Sudras. This is due to a reference to Manu Smriti.
Manu instructs (Manu Smriti iii.164) that those who performed the ‘ganayajña’ should be excluded from the funeral feast. What was meant by ganayajna? Govindaraja, the traditional commentator of Manu, interprets it to refer to the rituals of the followers of Ganapati. Of course, many modern scholars--under the changed attitude towards Ganapati--are reluctant to accept this straightforward interpretation. Why?

To properly understand ‘ganayajña’ one has to understand the true meaning of Gana. Tribal means groups or categorization. Hence Ganesa is the ‘Lord of the created categories’ and those who perform yajña or sacrifice {sacrifice means ‘to make holy’ – comes from the Latin ‘sacrare’ ‘facere’ meaning to make holy} to material categories are of the lowest category of spiritually advanced human beings.
True iconic symbolism of Lord Ganesa must be understood by the yajña-bhāvana or as one who is understood by performances of sacrifice.
This is why the goal intention of yajña is of prime importance and must be targeted at the supreme and highest reality.

Commenting on Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.13.34 His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda says:
“The Lord can assume any form He likes, and in all circumstances He is the cause of all causes. Since His form is transcendental, He is always the Supreme Personality of Godhead, as He is in the Causal Ocean in the form of Mahā-Viṣṇu. Innumerable universes generate from the holes of His bodily hairs, and thus His transcendental body is the Vedas personified. He is the enjoyer of all sacrifices, and He is the unconquerable Supreme Personality of Godhead. He is never to be misunderstood to be other than the Supreme Lord because of His assuming the form of a boar to lift the earth. That is the clear understanding of sages and great personalities like Brahmā and other residents of the higher planetary systems.”

True meaning of the ritual of immersion of Ganesa idol is to understand that all creations must one day return to the very source from which they came.

In delivering his address at the America’s cup crews in 1962, John. F. Kennedy said
“it is because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it we are going back from whence we came.”

There is a natural tendency of all creation to return to the source and this life that we have on this planet is an extremely short existence. This is what the ritual of immersion of Ganesa, the Lord of all categories, must mean to us. Dissolution of all categories and duality is the ultimate realization of the Divine.

Love to you all.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Clarity of Intention

“The First Tenet of Evolutionary Enlightenment is called Clarity of Intention. This tenet points directly to the essential nature of the evolutionary impulse itself: the wholehearted, passionate intention to exist, to develop, to become, to evolve. That impulse is the same uninhibited YES that burst forth as the big bang, that compels the body to procreate and the mind to innovate. When that impulse expresses itself at the highest levels of consciousness, it is experienced as the inspiration that pulls us toward spiritual liberation and enlightenment. It is the mysterious drive to become more conscious. To have Clarity of Intention means to align oneself with the clear and single-pointed purpose of that impulse itself. And the way that alignment occurs, in a human heart and mind, is that the intention to evolve becomes more important to us than anything else in this world.”……………. Andrew Cohen

If you have seen an ace archer in a competition, he or she spend a lot of time looking through the stretched bow string, the arrow and the target. Though the target is hundreds of meters away, by intense concentration the target gets closer. Andrew Cohen, who is a contemporary spiritual guide brings out the importance of clarity of intension in our spiritual journey.

The impulse to create and innovate entails a cosmic intelligent plenum. In today’s cosmology we can understand that there are no accidents, coincidences or chance. These are not my words but the words of leading cosmologist like Martin Rees, Leonard Susskind and Paul Davies.

If I am in possession of a big stone from the marble quarry and show it as my creation, you may laugh at me or throw me out. Suppose, I carve a beautiful statue out of that stone, immediately you will start admiring it as a beautiful creation. How did a simple stone, which was not considered a creation, now turn out to be a beautiful creation? What I brought out of the basic matter – stone – is an order and a beauty to qualify it as a creation. This starts with a primary intention.
In creation, there is an order and a harmony, contributing to aesthetic beauty. The Greek word Kosmos means ‘order’.

According to thermodynamics, any ordered system involves high energy or low entropy (disorder). In order to create and maintain order, work has to be done. Thermodynamically, nature moves to a chaotic state to lower its energy (natural energy dissipation); that is increase its entropy.

Another important point to remember is that larger the mass of an object greater the entropy contained within it. This potency for disorder is kept under check by an intent action. Since order can only come out of intelligence, creative order involves an intelligent action. This much, we understand by examining the laws of thermodynamics.

Intelligence at the cosmic scale involves the collective intent. It cannot be a ‘stochastic process’ such as Darwinian evolution since it cannot produce complex systems. (this is a big subject but we have sufficient scientific knowledge to endorse this view)

The Cosmic intent which models the evolving process is a reflective and integral content in individual consciousness. Having understood this deep truth, we need to focus our intentions on this Unitarian process rather than on narrow individual domains. We are co-creators in the cosmic process.

The way this happens is by means of aligning oneself “with the clear and single-pointed purpose of that impulse itself.”

This is the sole purpose and our goal in life.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Doorway to Freedom

A great sheikh has lost two sons, yet he is not weeping. His family and his wife wonder at this lack of grief.

“Do not think that I am cold and uncompassionate.
I don't weep because for me they are not gone.
The eye of my heart sees them distinctly.
They're outside of time but very close by here playing and coming to hug me.
As people sometimes see dead relatives in dream,
I see my sons constantly in this waking state.
I am even more deeply with them when I hide for a moment from the world,
when I let the sense-perception leaves drop from the tree of my being.
I weep for those who have ungrateful souls.
I weep when boys throw stones at dogs.
I weep for dogs who bite for no reason.
Forgive the harm that anyone does.
We are here to be a forgiveness door through which freedom comes.
I weep when I ask that the door not be shut.”………….Rumi – A translation by Coleman Barks

Today we celebrated the Holy festival of Eid ul-Fitr.

Early today morning, I happened to be talking to an Youngman who had lost his father last week due to a very sudden Cardiac arrest. Death was so swift that no one, who were close to his father, could realize what was happening. This young man I could console by saying that it is only the bodily absence we have to live with for no one dies but we come back. For which he replied “Yes I strongly feel his presence every moment of the day”
About four hours later my niece asked me “what happens to the soul after we die?” This is the same question which Nachiketa asks Yama in Katha Upanishad. In the afternoon I was browsing a compendium of Rumi’s poems by Coleman Barks when in the first page I opened the above verse popped out. It was then that I thought that I will post this little article.
The subtle message of rebirth or reincarnation can be seen embedded at an esoteric level in all sacred scriptures including the Holy Koran.

The renowned Lebanese mystic Mikhail Naimy, biographer of Kahlil Gibran, wrote: “In Al Koran clear hints (on rebirth) are found which orthodox Islam brushes aside as meaning something else than reincarnation.”
Take the following verses:

“How can you disbelieve in GOD when you were dead and He gave you life, then He puts you to death, then He brings you back to life, then to Him you ultimately return”......Sura 2:28
Orthodox meaning given is that there are two births and two deaths. But the meaning is clear that until our soul attains the Divine attribute it cycles through birth and death in a process of purification.

“As the rains turn the dry earth into green thereby yielding fruits, similarly God brings the dead into life so that thou mayest learn.”............. (Chapter 8, Sura Ira, Meccan Verses 6-6-13).

“And He sent down rains from above in proper quantity and He brings back to life the dead earth, similarly ye shall be reborn.” ......................(Chapter 25, Sura Zakhraf, Meccan Verses 5-10-6).

“[Those who doubt immortality] are dead and they do not know when they will be born again. Your God is peerless and those who have no faith in the ultimate have perverse hearts and they want to pose as great men.” .............(Chapter 14, Sura Nahel, Verses 2-12-8).

Imam Jafer, a well-known authority in the Islamic world, said that "rebirths must be undergone before entering the Heaven world," referring to the text, "Surely they will be reborn and this law is perfect but people who do not possess wisdom do not comprehend it.".................. (Chapter 14, Sura Hahel Verses 4-0-10).

Rumi captures the essence so beautifully.

Eid Mubarak

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Esoteric Interpretation of Matthew 7:6

"It is unkind to point out the Obvious to those who don't want to see it.
But it's worse to point out the Invisible to those convinced it doesn't exist."
This is why Jesus said: ""Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces."...................Matthew 7:6
My friend on Facebook Malcolm asked this question “Lets assume we saw this for the first time without interpretation - what does it mean?”
Many sayings of Christ are veiled in hidden and deeper meaning. It depends on who is seeing. If one is a literal Scripture interpreter that person comes under the categories of people who believe that there is no other meaning except the literal. They either do not want to see it or simply negate any other interpretation.
But to one who is inclined to deeper study of the esoteric content of the Bible, this saying in Matthew means that esoteric teachings are not meant for all. Christ had two levels of disciples. He had those who operated through pure faith and devotion like Peter, Andrew and most of the other followers and He taught through deeper dialogue with John, Thomas, Mary of Magdala, Nichodemus (who was a theologian) and Lazarus.

The Christian Gnostics (it should be noted that according to St. Clement of Alexandria, Christian Gnostic is a Christian who had attained the deeper teaching of the Logos) emphasized spiritual knowledge rather than blind faith as the road to salvation. They indicated that they possessed secret knowledge (i.e., “gnosis” in Greek) concerning the hidden meaning of the “resurrection.” This was a part of the secret teachings of Jesus handed down to them by the apostles. This special knowledge was restricted to people who were given the public teachings of Christianity before qualifying to be initiated and receive the secret teachings.

The dogs and pigs are in the animal kingdom whose consciousness are not evolved to the same level as those of humans especially in the process of accessing spiritual insights in the evolutionary journey. The common man rooted to worldly existence and those who are in the Karmic journey of ascendance from a lower level of existence cannot be given the esoteric content of Christ’s message.

This is very clearly explained in Vedic philosophy. The two paths are classified as Bhakti Yoga and Jñana Yoga.

“The disciples came to him and asked, "Why do you speak to the people in parables?" He replied, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. This is why I speak to them in parables: "Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: " 'You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.' But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.”…………Matthew 13: 10-16

Thank you for the opportunity to clarify.