Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Knowledge of Our True Essence

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

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Chameleon Attributes of Our Perceptions

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

Love to you all

Friday, September 8, 2017

What is the Nature of Witnessing?

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

Love to you all.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Return to Our Higher Manifestation

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