Friday, July 31, 2015

Sword in the Stone

"Once a Son or Daughter of God enters the Divine Life Awakening Protocol, God Sanctions the Awarding of Divine Truth by Presenting to the Visiting Spiritual-Soul the Sword in a Stone. But it is the Spiritual-Soul's personal proclamation to enter into its next Higher State when He or She Faces the Sword (Truth) Thrust into the Stone (Truth locked up in the Spirit).
Initiation for the Right of Passage to Activate, Attain, and Protect Divine Truth begins at the moment the Spiritual-Soul takes hold of the Hilt, followed by Pulling the Sword out of the Stone. This is followed by the Spiritual-Soul kneeling (a sign of Service to the Will of God) and with both hands on the Hilt (Allegiance to Serve) points the Sword upward toward God the Father and Mother, the True Source of All Truth.
God Responds by Striking the Tip of the Sword with a Bolt of Lightning, the Great Symbol for Sanctioning the Omnipresence of God. The Living Energy Surges down through the Sword into the Arm and Body of the Spiritual-Soul that Transfigures the Spirit's Body into the Divine Rite of Passage for the Attainment of Unlimited Truth." ...................Sword Excalibur, templechryses.org

“In Mediaeval literature, swords are referred to as aesthetic, powerful and magical objects. The many similarities between the descriptions of swords in Norse and Mediaeval literature suggest that the splendour of the sword in the latter had roots in the Viking notions of the symbolic power, magic and ritual aspects of the ornate sword. The Viking Age was a period of great social upheaval. At times like that, certain symbolic objects may play an important role in negotiating social positions. There is much to suggest that these magnificent swords were such objects, reflecting the status and power of the warrior and his clan,” ......................Hanne Lovise.

In the legend of the Samurai sword, Amakuni and his son who were the forgers of the swords for the King's army realized that their sword failed and broke during the battle. The king was not pleased. Amakuni and his son locked themselves in the forge and prayed feverishly to the Shinto gods for inspiration.
On the seventh night, the divine came to them both in a dream - a glowing image of a single edged, slightly curved blade. This is the sword that never failed in battle and became the Samurai sword. The sword and the connection to the Divine and how a well trained Samurai could transfer his 'Chi' through the sword is now an establishes fact.

Many of you are familiar with the mythical story of King Arthur and the sword Excalibur. The deeper truth hidden within this myth is the nature of Divine Truth and the difficulty involved in extricating it from the deeply embedded arena of the human consciousness. Though the author of the above quote says, it is embedded in the spirit, what she means is deeply embedded in human consciousness.
Since the basic attribute of Divine truth is one with Divine consciousness and as the spirit within an individual is but a mirror reflection of the same, the difficulty of extrication arises in the fossilized nature of the Divine consciousness in the individual self through layers of deposits and encrustation caused by sensory inputs and perceptions.
Arthur after taking possession of Excalibur is made King but his transgression into lower level of consciousness, through marrying his half sister brings about his death through her son but Excalibur is returned to its original domain.
The journey of the sword of Divine truth is complete when the human seeker and his consciousness leaves the mortal body and is claimed back into the Divine realm. This is symbolized by the act of King Arthur, on his death bed, asking his knight, Sir Bedevere, to throw Excalibur into the lake and saw the hand of the Lady of the lake rise out of the water and claim the sword. In all spiritual mythologies, water bodies are such as lakes , ocean are symbols of consciousness.

Now for the for the continuation of the quote another mythical story in the form of a cartoon character can be recalled. Many of you might have watched the TV cartoon series in the 1980s "He Man and the Masters of the Universe".
Its lead character is Prince Adam, the young son of Eternia's rulers, King Randor, and Queen Marlena. Whenever Prince Adam holds the Sword of Power aloft, it is struck by lightning and proclaims "By the Power of Grayskull! I have the power" he is endowed with fabulous secret powers and transformed into He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe.
Here again the power is bestowed from beyond physical existence from a Divine realm. Grayskull, an emblem of death, symbolizes that which is beyond the limited human existence.
He-Man uses his powers to defend Eternia from the evil forces of Skeletor. Skeletor's main goal is to conquer the mysterious fortress of Castle Grayskull, from which He-Man draws his powers. If successful, Skeletor would have enough power to rule Eternia and possibly the entire universe.
This is the constant struggle between the ego consciousness and the Divine consciousness within each individual.

All these stories and myths carry this deep meaning of connection between the human and the Divine and how the rite of passage unfolds through one's own effort to extricate the wonderful treasure buried deep within each one of us.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Source field of the Multiverse

"I am seated in everyone's heart,
and from Me come remembrance, knowledge and forgetfulness.
By all the Vedas, I am to be known.
Indeed, I am the compiler of Vedānta,
and I am the knower of the Vedas-" ............................Bhagavad Gita Verse15.15

Vedas [वेद } in Sanskrit means knowledge and knowledge comes from data and then transcends to information which in association and through linkages becomes a field of knowledge and from this field over a period of inner experience evolves into a specific type of wisdom.
Each of the four Vedas provide the basic data and information to gain spiritual knowledge through the Samhitas (mantras and benedictions), the Aranyakas (text on rituals, ceremonies, sacrifices and symbolic-sacrifices), the Brahmanas (commentaries on rituals, ceremonies and sacrifices), and the Upanishads (text discussing meditation, philosophy and spiritual knowledge). Some scholars add fifth category – the Upasanas (worship).

The gaining of spiritual knowledge and transcendence to Divine wisdom is purely outside the purview of the external agencies such as spiritual texts, rituals, mantras, worship and the wisdom of the Guru.

When Lord Krishna says "I am seated in everyone's heart" it means that the essence of the Divine is the basic structural component or the fundamental information quanta in all creation. In the Katha Upanishad we come across this explanation of Brahman being compared to the Aswaththa tree in reverse, whose roots are above and the branches spread down below.

"................It’s pure root is Brahman from whom the world draws nourishment and whom none can surpass.........." ..............Katha Upanishad Ch VI: 1

Commenting on the first verse of the 15 chapter of Bhagavad Gita, Enakshi Ganguly writes

"Although Aswaththa refers to a banyan tree another meaning is everlasting in the sense that it exists in a continuous stream without changing even though innumerable myriads of jivas [embodied beings] are coming and going incessantly. But their coming and going does not change its nature. Whatever form and function it had in the beginning of creation that form and function it will have at all times throughout creation. So that is why it is known as everlasting and indestructible."

This is the fundamental essence called by various names in various scriptures and this is of which Lord Krishna proclaims himself to be.

I was nudged to write this article after I read the news about the discovery of new "Pentaquark" in the Large Hydron Collider at CERN where the Higgs Boson was discovered in 2013. These are all fundamental sub-atomic particle and their discovery needs extremely high energy levels that existed near the beginning of our universe.
There are two ways of knowing namely; one through observation by our senses like seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching. In science it is predominantly through seeing and in the second way of knowing is through an intuitive process as an experience in our consciousness which is personal and cannot be confirmed or verified beyond the individual.
But observing fundamental sub-atomic particles is neither of the above two modalities. It is a third kind of method and involves inferential framework involving complex mathematics and advance computation. The mathematics itself is in an abstract domain and hence is not common knowledge that can easily be passed on to vast majority of the human beings. (99.9999%)
Why I am pointing out this fact is because even leading scientist believe that we will never be able to reveal the very fundamental constituent of nature or creation. There is a limit to any type of observation except that which is intuitive and exists in one's own expanded conscious awareness.
This is what was experienced by authors of ancient scriptures which they laid down in the best way language can express.

To conclude I will quote a very powerful observation from a Saiva siddhanta text:

" Consciousness herself, having descended from the expanded state, becomes the mind, contracted by the objects of perception." ............................ Pratyabhijnahrdayam - Verse 5

We are the limited expression of our minds, which is in contracted state but has the potential to expand in an ever increasing spiral in the evolutionary process of transcendence until our merger of the subject / object duality into a singularity.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Need for Moral Laws

“One who has no understanding, whose mind is
unrestrained, cannot control the senses and will be like a person driving the chariot with wicked horses.
But the reverse is the case of that person whose horses are good and well-trained, and when the charioteer is capable of understanding.” ..........Katha Upanishad 3: 5-6

"Long is the night to one who is wakeful; long is (the journey of) one yojana to the traveller who is tired; long is samsara (round of rebirths) to the fool, who is ignorant of the true Dhamma (the Teaching of the Buddha or moral laws)." .............Dhammapada - Verse 60

Dhamma is the moral law about which Buddha constantly stressed. This verse from Dhammapada was composed by Buddha through the illustration of the story of King Pasenadi who is awakened from his lustful desires for his subject's wife and the intention of sending her husband on an impossible task so that he could be killed. He is awakened by the inner voices the king hears and when seeking the advice of Buddha, he is told that those voices crying in anguish are those of four sons of a rich man who had illicit relation with wives of other people and who are now in Lohakumbhi Niraya (hell).

This story also resonates with that of King David  and Bathsheba, wherein King David sends Bathsheba's husband, Uriah the Hittite, to battle and instructs the commander of the army to put Uriah to be put right at the battle front so that he may be killed. After the death of Uriah, David marries Bathsheba and we are told that Yahweh was not pleased.

In the following paragraphs, I use the word "self" to denote the "ego" and the word "Self" (with capital S) to denote the pure consciousness state of the individual.

For pure consciousness to awaken in man, it is necessary to move away from the attachment to the self (ego). In this process he comes into awareness of Self. This is what is meant by "know thyself" which in turn reveals how one can participate and thereby support this evolving process. This is what John the Baptist crying in the wilderness declared "prepare ye the way of the Lord" really meant. It is the way by which man's internal and external behaviour comes under a new law so that a transcendence can emerge.

Few moral laws that are absolutely essential in order for the self to move from a disorderly and chaotic existence to an ordered level of transcendence towards the Self are contained in the teachings of all spiritual traditions. I shall stick to the Judeo-Christian tradition and point out the laws given and their meaning.

A self centred man is consumed with fear, anger, anxiety, lust and hatred and attempts to control all that comes in the ambit of his ego aggregation. This is the real meaning of the eighth law in the Talmud (Ten commandments of Moses) "Thou shall not steal"
By feeding on external objects of desire and power, man violates the seventh and the tenth law "Thou shall not commit adultery" and  "Thou shall not covet thy neighbours wife"
These behaviours continuously feeds the ego and binds us to the world.
By relentlessly focussing our power of life to ego strengthening, we kill our true potential for transcendence. This is the true meaning of the sixth law "Thou shall not kill"

The verse from Katha Upanishad tells us how the non discriminatory mind is like a charioteer who has the reins of wild horses tethered to his chariot and on the contrary a charioteer who has understanding with a set of well trained horses under his control is sure have absolute control.
In order to transcend to higher level of consciousness and lead an orderly life in this evolutionary process towards ending the recurrence of lower level of existence, a set of moral laws are essential within the environs of the world of sensory objects. These laws have been defined by various spiritual masters such as the Vedic Rishis, Moses, Buddha, Christ and the Prophet.

Let us again not attach literal meaning to these laws but look at their inner meaning as road maps and sign posts in the path towards a new order of existence.

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