Saturday, November 25, 2017

Crippling Self Deception

Why does the vast majority of people in this world believe in a very limited perception of GOD. This anthropocentric view evolved through ignorance and fear. God has been assigned an unassailable objective domain.
"Dogmas are collective conceptual prisons. And the strange thing is that people love their prison cells because they give them a sense of security and a false sense of 'I know.' Nothing has inflicted more suffering on humanity than its dogmas." ………….Eckhart Tolle
Today, when we have solid knowledge on the vastness of the universe, with the latest count of two trillion (2,000,000,000,000) galaxies, each with billions of stars, what is so special about humans that God has the task of minding our business. There could be billions or trillion of conscious beings in this cosmic creation and yet through our egoistic mental attitude we think we are special.
We ignore our teaching when we say God is omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent. Christ said "the kingdom of heaven is within you" and It is only through this power of God, which arises from the level of cosmic consciousness, that man is able to fathom the depth of the Universe and recently come to the conclusion that our universe itself may be one of 10500 (10 followed by 500 zeros) universes, which is described as the Multiverse.
As a young person, before I entered college, I had a strange experience which taught me a big lesson in life. I was studying for four years wanting to take up a life of dedication to serve as a priest in the Catholic tradition. But due to my ill-health and a very intrusive questioning on some matters which were on the imprimatur list, I was told that I had some other calling in life.
It was at this juncture, feeling totally lost, I returned home to my very disappointed parents. I was told that I should take the council of a Capuchin priest, who was our distant relation,  and went to meet him at an ashram on the banks of river Caveri.  I had not called him for any appointment as there were no facility at home to make a telephone call. I landed up at the ashram and found that this venerable priest had gone for the last rites of a dying man and would return in about an hour. To while away the time and being a warm afternoon, I decided to go and sit by the river bank. At the place I sat, the river bed was about three feet below my dangling feet and the water’s edge was six feet away. I was so depressed that I shut my eyes and was lost in a flood of thoughts about what the future was in store for me. I must have spent about thirty minutes in this confused contemplation. I was suddenly woken up by the cool waters touching my feet. Then a sudden thought flashed across my mind. “Go with the flow”. Feeling more positive I got up and went back to the ashram and found that Fr. John of the Cross, the man I had come to meet has come back and I called on him. I had earlier played chess with him and he taught me some very good opening moves. When I told him the purpose of my visit. He said “Life is very vast and there are many paths to take. You are good in chess so you are a good logical thinker, so take engineering or science for your college studies and do not stop learning. Flow like a river.” When he concluded, I felt a shiver run down my spine. This synchronized Divine touch which was bestowed by the river and then by this venerable priest launched me on this wonderful path.
To be very sincere, I had never prayed for Divine guidance on choosing my path but I am sure that this guidance came from a deep unfathomable source.
Why I bring out this experience is that we are very limited when we get locked into the prison of externally dictated guidance. This is like a swimmer getting caught in a whirlpool or vortex. He or she has no freedom and cannot take the many paths that the open waters offers. You get drowned in the misery of a false sense of hope that somehow the answers would come from out of the waters, a helping hand from heaven.
Christ sum up the concept of the Heavenly kingdom as follows:
"If your leaders say to you, 'Look, the (Father's) kingdom is in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is within you and it is outside you. When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will understand that you are children of the living Father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you live in poverty, and you are the poverty." ……….Gospel of Thomas, Saying 3
The vastness of the multiverse proves to us the infinite domain of the Divine and as individual perceivers of this vast domain, it is simply not possible to have this perception unless it comes from our own internal unmitigated source.
The allegorical story of Satyakama Jabala in chapter IV of Chandogya Upanishad is a wonderful narration to illustrate this deep listening and learning.
When Satyakama Jabala, who was the son of a courtesan, went to learn the Vedas from a Sage, the Sage, seeing his truthfulness, does not want to impart the ultimate knowledge of the Vedas in the Gurukulam along with the other students but sends Satyakama to tend four hundred cows, and come back when they multiply into a thousand. The symbolic legend then presents conversation of Satyakama with nature, with the bull, the birds and fire, to grasp the deep truth of the nature Brahman (the metaphysical ultimate reality – here symbolically represented by the thousand cows).
Let us open up our minds and move away from given belief system and analyse critically the truth hidden around us, especially in mythologies and ancient sayings and by learning to listen deeply to mother nature.

Love to you all.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Monad’s Role in the Evolutionary Chain

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

Love to you all.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Ceasing to Exist in Existence

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