Saturday, November 21, 2015

Accessing the Gate of Heaven

"A deluded person is one who is ruled by ego thoughts, desires, opposing emotions - and by the delusions they produce, instead of being guided by reality. Delusion binds you to a state of constant mental torment. But devotion to reality leads to liberation." .......... Bhagavad Gita, 16.5.

"Every new moment in life is a new opportunity for you to fight against your enemies on earth: opposing desires, thoughts and emotions. It’s the door to heaven. Grab every one of these opportunities and fight. Fight for your true home – the home of reality." ...... Bhagavad Gita, 2.32.

Friday, 13 November 2015 saw one of the bloodiest terrorist activities around the world. But I posted the following on my Facebook page, "I did not want to comment on the Paris and other attacks around the world because any reaction to this culture of hatred is only a negative energy which confirms the existence of a strongly entrenched culture installed by values other than spiritual.
Today we live in a culture where there are too many meetings, seminars, conventions and talk on issues facing the world but we fall short of deliverable from these events and exercises. There is too much discordant vibrations in these exercises. The larger the number of people participating the discord, at the intentional level, is much higher.
The need of the hour according to me is deep silence in which from the depth of our heart we send out peace. Let each one of us spend a few minutes every day sending out this positive energy vibration."

The notion of reacting to any situation, good or evil, is a form of attachment and is a derivative of the ego mind. This is what is told by Lord Krishna in the first verse taken from chapter 16 verse 5 of Bhagavad Gita. These attachments produce delusions which in turn give rise to anxiety. This is a private hell where we spend all our energies. I would like to illustrate this through following real life example.

A few years ago the Dalai Lama was concerned that many young monks in his monastery were affected by type II Diabetes and he invited Dr. Mario Martinez, a Biocognitive expert to find out the reason. After interviewing the monks and medical tests, he discovered that their blood cortisol level was very high and this is directly related to stress level. He found out that there is a high level of subconscious suppression of anger against the Chinese and their activities in Tibet.

This is the delusion of being attached to what we objectively perceive as dictated by the ego mind.
When Arjuna refuses to fight his enemies, it is his ego mind that assigns attributes to his personal relationship with the very perpetrators of evil design. The fight is not for the worldly kingdom but for upholding dharma or righteousness.

This is amplified in the next quote from Bhagavad Gita, chapter 2, verse 32.   Every moment of human life is a fight against our limited perception conditioned and engineered by the ego mind and hence it is a constant struggle to move away from the false reality namely; opposing desires, thoughts and emotions. Our true home of reality is not this world as it is only a transit point in our eternal journey.

In another scripture in the Christian tradition known as "Acts of Thomas", there is a beautiful story told in a song called the "The Hymn of the Pearl" in which a prince was sent by his father to fetch a pearl guarded by a serpent at the very depth of the sea. But the prince loses his aim of the journey by the intoxicating influence of the opulence of the Egyptians who knowing why he has come and try to distract him.

The prince's lamentation on realization that he has been distracted is as follows:

"I forgot that I was a King’s son,
And became a slave to their king.

I forgot all concerning the Pearl
For which my Parents had sent me;

And from the weight of their victuals (opulence)
I sank down into a deep sleep."

This is exactly the malady of the human consciousness which has been seduced into a slumber due to the temptations of the world.
Upon realization the prince wakes up wears his princely robe and fetches the pearl and returns to his father's kingdom.
This realization is the opening of the gate to heaven.

The Hymn of Pearl ends in these verses:

"I clothed me therewith, and ascended
To the Gate of Greeting and Homage.

I bowed my head and did homage
To the Glory of Him who had sent it,

Whose commands I [now] had accomplished,
And who had, too, done what He’d promised.

[And there] at the Gate of His House-sons
I mingled myself with His Princes;

For He had received me with gladness,
And I was with Him in His Kingdom"

Love to you all

Friday, November 13, 2015

Inseparable nature Of God and the Devil

“When his life was ruined, his family killed, his farm destroyed, Job knelt down on the ground and yelled up to the heavens, "Why god? Why me?" and the thundering voice of God answered, There's just something about you that pisses me off.” ...................Stephen King, "Storm of the Century: An Original Screenplay"

Though this quote is in lighter vein, there is yet a great truth buried in it when we go deeper and try to understand the esoteric meaning it conveys.
The very fact that there was a dialogue and a wager, between God and the devil, in the Biblical book of Job means it is a wisdom text written to convey deep spiritual truth. This is the reason for Carl Jung to write his famous book "An Answer to Job"

Let me first briefly tell the story of "The Storm of the Century". In this story an island on the coast of Maine, USA. which is notorious for violent storms, is hit by a very powerful hurricane and the island is totally cut off from the mainland. No one is able to leave the island. While trying to deal with the ravages of the  storm, tragedy strikes when one of the town's residents is brutally murdered by André Linoge, a menacing stranger who appears to know the town members' darkest secrets, and who gives no hint of his motives other than the cryptic statement "Give me what I want, and I'll go away. There are also many suicides and nightmares among the island's population. And it comes to pass that what Linoge wants is one of young daughters of the island to take away with him as his protégé.

This story exactly maps the story of Job and the devil's visitation to torment him until he gives what the devil wants, which is rebellion against God. This can be mapped to the child like consciousness with which he places absolute trust in God. The devils task is to deprive him of this precious gift of pure consciousness.

There is another very important message in the story of Job which we tend to ignore. It is unfortunate that in most of our religious instructions God and the devil are portrayed as two objective realities. The four friends visiting Job during his tribulations are also treated as external realities. A myth has to descend to a lower level of perception so that the human mind can comprehend a higher truth. It is like a ladder that aids us reaching a higher level but as we can see different levels of perception as we climb the ladder we tend to inhibit our ascent at the dogmatic or purely objective level rather than ascend to the highest point which any mythical ladder can take us.

Let me now explain the story of Job from a purely subjective level. Our individual psyche has access to both the deeper universal unconsciousness (which is the all pervading undifferentiated consciousness beyond the vagaries of dependent arising) and the objective waking consciousness. When our psyche is deeply embedded in comprehension of reality through our universal unconsciousness, we are in the Divine domain of God but when our psyche is purely driven by objective realities derived from the mind, then we operate in the domain of darkness or the devil.
The concept of God and the devil are purely two states of our own inner spirit. The temptations and tribulation which Job suffers are purely self inflicted through his lower self dominating over his previous state of purity. The four friends who visit him are the multiple dictates of his objective perceptions and the internal dialogue that ensues is represented in a mythological context.

Hence when Stephen King writes "Why god? Why me?" and the thundering voice of God answered, There's just something about you that pisses me off.” Though Job raises the question to God (his higher self), the booming voice he hears in reply is the voice of the devil (his lower self).

Let me conclude this article with the following allegory from Vedic philosophy:

The two alternate states of individual self can is represented by two symbols, the crocodile and the turtle. The turtle can withdraw its four legs and the head into the shell. It has the possibility to go out into objectivity and also to withdraw again into subjectivity. The crocodile can’t do this; it has a strong grip and keeps a firm hold on what it has seized. Thus the man who is dominated through the senses in objectivity is compared to a crocodile. The Sanskrit word for crocodile is 'Makara', literally meaning the five fingers and representing the five senses. It says that man as a crocodile, Makara, has to transform into a turtle, called 'Kurma', so that he can become a 'Kumara', a Son of God. Thus nothing can hold the Son of God in objectivity, but he or she is firmly grounded in spirit.

Love to you all

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Shrewdness in Seeking Spiritual Wisdom

Yeshua said, "The Pharisees and the scholars have taken the keys of knowledge and have hidden them. They have not entered nor have they allowed those who want to enter to do so.
As for you, be as sly as snakes and as simple as doves." ..........Saying 39, Gospel of Thomas

Let me begin this article with, the story, In a 1915 book of fables by Horace Scudder titled The Arab and His Camel,
The gist of the story is about the camel and its master and how one cold and stormy night camping in the desert, the camel asks for a small space to put his head within the tent and the master permits but eventually the camel takes the whole tent and the master is pushed out into the cold night.
When Moses formulated the Pentateuch his aim was for the people of Israel to have a guiding source of spiritual knowledge. This was followed by the Books of wisdom and the books of the prophets comprising of the whole compendium of spiritual knowledge. As always everyone is not given the mental and intellectual capacity to understand esoteric texts and hence scholars and scribes from the Levite tribe of Israel took upon themselves the task of being the interpreters. Thus was born the elite class of Pharisees, Sadducees, Rabbi and scholars.

But over a period of time the Pharisees and Sadducees, as custodian of this knowledge, kept to themselves the knowledge and subjected the common man to ritualistic routines and draconic laws promulgated to their convenience. The complexity is overwhelming and the "The Mishneh Torah (also known as the Yad HaHazaka for its 14 volumes; "yad" has a numeric value of 14), by Maimonides (Rambam; 1135–1204). This work encompasses the full range of Talmudic law; it is organized and reformulated in a logical system — in 14 books, 83 sections and 1000 chapters — with each halakha stated clearly. The Mishneh Torah is very influential to this day," ..........Wikipedia

Yeshua openly and in every given occasion refuted the validity of these laws. His view on ritual washing of the body while there is no concern about the inner purity and about observing the Sabbath being more important than compassion are clear examples in the canonical texts of the New Testament Gospels.

The keys to the source of spiritual wisdom have been conveniently hidden by the priestly class keeping the common man in a sort of religious slavery through meaningless dos and donts.
This is the common fallacy that is applicable to all organized religions even today. While laws are essential, ever since homo sapiens settled down in larger tribes and societies during the agricultural age, to promulgate ethical, just and moral behaviour in society, extending this domain to matters spiritual defeats the very purpose of spiritual wisdom which in its empowering role has to be tailored to individual needs at a subjective level. All other code of conduct should be formulated to the need of individual cultures and social needs.

The words of Yeshua, uttered 2000 years ago, still holds good in our world today. His final advice to the disciples is very valid.

Serpents and Doves are strong metaphors in spiritual texts. Right from the very beginning of mythological narrations, the serpent is given the role of being the bearer of knowledge. The serpent on plain ground is highly visible but a serpent camouflaged in a tree is the very symbol of stealth and cunning. It is the vertical or cosmic dimension that can bring us spiritual wisdom and empowering knowledge. This metaphor can also be seen in the brass serpent hung on the tree through which life was restored to  the Israelite in the desert.
The Dove, in its purity, is the representation of the invisible force through which peace and Holy Spirit is manifested in scriptures.
These two powerful symbols are evoked by Yeshua to advice his followers to gain the key to Spiritual wisdom through means that are not man made.

I had earlier done a commentary on Carl Jung's observation on the process of salvation which should give additional input on the process of seeking spiritual wisdom.

Love to you all