So the only ego that people understand is present after the body comes into existence
From Ramana Maharishi
If the ego comes into existence, everything comes into existence; if the ego does not exist, everything does not exist. [Hence] the ego itself is everything. Therefore, know that investigating what this [ego] is alone is giving up everything.
(Bhagavan in ‘Uḷḷadu Nāṟpadu’: v. 26)
Translated by Michael James.
But there is an ego that causes existence. That is the true ego. That is known as Bhisma ( terrible ). That is what Yogananda explains in God talks to Arjuna
So the ego that ordinary people deal with is nothing compared to the ego causing creation ( not just body but also the visible universe)
Of course it’s not what’s app but it is the ignorant people using it who spread utter stupidity.
I recently saw a video about theory of karma and past life.. From what’s app. This video may spread like wild fire. All you have to do is add the word Guru or something like that and anything you say you will find tens of thousands of dollars or maybe a few million
This is my take on it but before I start,
For the most part – people have preconceived ideas and concepts – and they gravitate to believing anything that supports their thinking.
Again I may be doing the same thing and it is possible that my reaction to certain things is based on preconceived ideas. For the most part I have tried to analyze things – maybe some of the critical thinking comes from being in medical field – and I seek scientific truth and also confirm things by personal experience
Back to hypnosis and past life. MEDICAL SCIENCE DOES NOT ACCEPT HYPNOSIS AS A VALID TOOL FOR PAST LIFE REGRESSION IT IS FILLED WITH FANTASY WITHOUT A SHRED OF EVIDENCE
In fact even regression into childhood memories is not accepted since the mind fills in data with fantasy.
So in the video the speaker says – btw she is a “Guru” of Rajyoga – research is going on ! What a joke ! Medical science states it is dangerous and should not be used ! There is no research going on!
Ok let’s move forward – the speaker moves forward and states that everyone is in a lot of God ! What nonsense. Those who sin, I mean commit serious crimes will not see the light of God Again, a sinner just because he or she does not have a body does not cause a change in heart and feel oh why did I Rob my neighbour of 20$ I should leave the light of God and punish myself either That is illogical.
This the speaker says the person where he will take birth! Amazing in that case that more than half of the people in this world decide they want to take birth decide with very poor parents, or drug addict parents or with parents with genetic diseases!
Oh really ? Why do they not decide to take birth at bill Gates or Ambani ?
Anyway there might be more in the video but my thinking difers I stopped watching
So what really happens at death? Is there really another birth? Is there evidence ? Is there heaven ? Is there hell?
I have said in a few of my blogs about re birth and heaven or hell. Yogananda , Buddha, Vivekananda all talked about their past life. Jesus said in the Bible – hinted about his past life as Elijah too !
Yet it does not mean much. One should experienced it themselves in deep meditation.
But it is not so easy to go beyond Maya – remove the veil – to see your past. You can make any claim. You can believe anything you like. But be sensible. Don’t believe the great trickster. Your own mind
I will end with a quote from Yogananda
Our dear ones promise to love us forever; yet when they sink into the Great Sleep, their earth memories forsaken, what value their vows? Who, without telling us in words, loves us everlastingly? Who remembers us when all others forget us? Who will still be with us when we must leave the friends of this world? God alone.
A common misconception is the hearing of Nada. The truest of true nada occurs when the prana actually ascends in the sushumna. These nadas have the following characteristics
1) Extremely soft, no longer heard by the physical body
2) Extremely pleasing and one truly just wants to hear it again and again
3) On hearing these nada 2 things emerge. Samadhi and different kinds of Siddhis
4) Yogananda Maharaja has had a detailed description of the nadas. I would strongly urge all disciples of any form of Yoga to read his book God talks with Arjuna, a 1500 page long explanation of Bhagvada Gita. In my opinion, there never was and perhaps never will be a better explanation of Gita than this book. In short, right before the war, in the first chapter, Arujuna decides not to fight. At that time, on the battlefield, Bhisma, Dronacharya, Duryodhana all sound their conch (shankh) ! These sounds refer to the gross sounds of the physical universe, the first encounter and obstacle when one is trying to meditate. The sound of the breathing, blood circulation etc.
Later as one progresses deeper in meditation, one hears the sounds of the five conchs (shankh) of the 5 pandavas and then finally of Lord Krishna – called the Panchanjaya. The five sounds (and each conch was very aptly named by Vyasa bhagwana in Gita) produce a different sound at the 5 different chakras.
a) At Muladhar, the sound heard is of that of the Bumble bee. This produces Savitarka Sampragnata Samadhi. Here there is some doubt that is my prana really going up? Am I making the progress? This is a reflection of the mind.
b) Swadhisthana the sound is of the Flute. This produces Suvichar Sampragnata Samadhi. Here the doubts are removed and this is a reflection of the Intelligence or Buddhi
c) At manipur the sound is that of the Vina or harp. This produces Sananda Sampragnata Samadhi. The word Devadatta, the name of the conch means deva meaning joy and datta means giving. This produces a lot of happiness and there is control over the chitta
d) At anahata the sound is that of the gong bell. (Paundra). The word Paundra means to disintegrate. Here the ego begins to disintegrate. The samadhi that is produced is Sasmita sampragnata Samadhi
e) At the Vishudha chakra, one becomes totally oblivious of the physical universe and is totally within. The samadhi is called Asampragnata samadhi and the sound is the roar of the ocean
f) At the Agna chakra the sound is a very pleasing co mingling of the all the sounds and is called Panchanjaya (mixture of 5 sounds).
Finally all these steps are repeated between Agna chakra and the Sahastrar in the ultimate sublime fashion, something which cannot be reproduced in words.
I remain eternally in debt to the great saints, Gurudev, Vishnutirthji Maharaj, and Paramhansa Yogananda maharaja for blessing me with an experience to all of these steps.
However, an occasional experience is NOT satisfactory. I have to go much further to get these experiences all the time.
In Muktashastra, Yogamruta and in Mayayoga Vigyana more nada are described. In Muktashastra, Gurudev described the nada as Loud, soft and extremely soft. The true nadas are extremely soft!
The other nadas esp. those that are described as the sound of crickets etc are sounds still pertaining to the physical universe and bodily sounds. Please DO NOT dwell on them, move ahead. Much more is to be travelled than those sounds.
Since we are on the subject of Nada, I will elaborate a little further. Nadas can be Vyakta and Avyakta. Vyakta meaning that which has a comparision and Avyakta – those that cannot be compared with.
So what is honesty in the spiritual world. It’s very simple. Be honest with yourself. Ask yourself am I saying this, thinking this, doing this – whatever it is – for God or because I want gain Gain like satisfying my body needs, show off impress others, make money, because I enjoy it
And you will quickly discover that we rarely do anything for God. If ever
This is exactly why Morgan freeman failed in his interviews with “holy men” looking for an answer. How can he find anyone genuine when the people asking and answering are both motivated from something else besides love of God
This is why I ask people to leave me alone. Not even read by blogs. Go away. Find someone else
You will find someone to satisfy your ego and popularity Needs, body needs, or enjoy your money
This is why people get disillusioned with organizations and religions also
One amazing exception is the SRF in California and shivom thirh ashram in Madhya Pradesh or in Dhangadhra Gujarat. They never ask for money and want your genuine interest
Of course there is much more to it but I cannot reveal it in public
Ordinarily people can see enjoyment of life as the only purpose of life. Yet in their pursuit they face multiple anguished, sadness, painful situations and have more disappointments than success.
And they come back again and again thinking it will be better next time but it is never so
Oh ! So much hardship for a little bit of happiness ! It is a hard lesson to learn. We think being a physician will bring happiness but we quickly see the pain all the way. Long study hours, long work hours, etcetera
Same about marriage – we think a relationship will bring good days. But instead there are fights arguments, hurt feelings financial problems etc
So then why are we here. In the long run , in the last fraction of a second when you are ready to kick the frame permanently you realize it was a waste of time. The only real purpose was to discover your higher self ! This can only be uncovered with deep meditation. Logic cannot take you there. Neither can your intelligence.
Deep meditation with an awakened consciousness is the only way. But a guru is a must to awaken that ! Otherwise it is worthless
Constant happiness causes boredom and then bad behavior / insanity of a sort
Constant anguish is unbearable
Let’s say you enjoy sex. You just can’t keep doing it all day. Or you like pasta pizza dosa. You Eat daily and soon your mind will seek something different
The mind is programmed in that
The illusory world can never Satisfy you
The world within – true soul perception is wave after wave constant joy. You just don’t want to leave it
This is what Yogananda said
“You will tire of all things quickly once you have them. You will tire the quickest if you win every material thing you desire; but there is one thing you will never be tired of, either now or throughout eternity, and that is the ever new Joy realized in God-contact. Joy that is always the same may cause boredom, but Joy of God, which is ever new and continuous, will entertain you forever. Such Joy can be found only in deep meditation.”
Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda
( Journey to Self-Realization)
It will take many life times to get your mind re programmed with this truth
You may understand it. Accept it but your will will refuse to submerge within
D: Would it not be better if the saints mix with others?
M: There are no ‘others’ to mix with. The Self is the only Reality.
(From ‘Maharshi’s Gospel’: Bk. I, Ch. 6)
This is a very high status where all you see is God. So the concept of others did not exist. If others do not exist, then what do you read? Who do you talk with?
However most people do a con job. They say no one else exists for intellectual discussion but in reality when someone hurts them, or they have a need for sex or talking, they quickly forget that only God is there
So this kind of understanding is a con job. However Ramana Maharshi lived it – without getting angry or upset or doing anything for his body
No matter how we try – many things in Yog seems impossible. Making the body very heavy or very light. Or flying in air. Or disappearing
We hear stories about them. The sources seem believable. The most recent one you may have heard are stories about Neem Karoli Baba.
And many believe – they are probably true. But unless you have seen it first hand, we may have lingering doubts. Even after seeing it we still limit the ability of such great beings
Then there are even greater beings. Such as Yagnavalkalya.
I believed these things are fairy tales. However I had the great fortune of being at the feet of a divine person. He changed everything in a second. I never had and still don’t have any worthy attributes. Yet like a child he lifted me and blessed me. And more
And more. And more
He always forbade anyone from telling anything about him. If someone was ready he would call them in a miraculous way. That’s all!
His followers have created a face book group or two. Many people in it. But there is no spirtual information there
Some disciples have tried to use the information from Gurudev. For selfish reasons and publicity. That is not good the outcome will be unfavorable
Every so often other disciples of Gurudev look at my blog. However I have said nothing worthwhile here. The true contact, true help us better received face to face.
You must always step back into yourself – learn to go deep within – step back and you will be safe. Do not lend yourself to the superficial forces which move in the outside world. Even if you are in a hurry to do something, step back for a while and you will discover to your surprise how much sooner and with what greater success your work can be done. If someone is angry with you, do not be caught in his vibrations but simply step back and his anger, finding no support or response, will vanish. Always keep your peace, resist all temptation to lose it. Never decide anything without stepping back, never speak a word without stepping back, never throw yourself into action without stepping back. All that belongs to the ordinary world is impermanent and fugitive, so there is nothing in it worth getting upset about… When you get the sense of the relativity of things, then whatever happens you can step back and look; you can remain quiet and call on the Divine Force and wait for an answer. Then you will know exactly what to do.
From The Mother
BABA AND THE WESTERN WORLD- Part II
Dr. Larry Brilliant has an amazing and a heart moving story to tell about Baba. He and his wife Girija were with Baba in the hills and the doctor was down to his last five hundred dollars and with no employment in hand. Baba at that time addressed him as UNO doctor and predicted he would go to the villages and give vaccinations. Baba asked him to go to W.H.O and assured Dr. Brilliant that he would get the job and asked him to go to Delhi.
Dr. Brilliant was persuaded by Baba to go to Delhi at least ten times and he returned without the job offer in small pox eradication programme in India. Frustrated and embarrassed by constant denials, Dr.Brilliant and his wife Girija were exasperated when offered a possible job in Pakistan. Baba insisted Dr. Brilliant ask for India only. Many tries later Dr. Brilliant got the job of the Administrative assistant in small pox eradication programme. Dr. Brilliant visited Baba during weekends and sought Baba’s blessings. One day he asked Baba “Will Small pox be eradicated?” Baba answered “Small pox will be eradicated. This is God’s gift to mankind because of the hard work of dedicated medical scientists”.
Many years later when the last case of small pox was isolated and cured Dr. Brilliant circulated internationally postcards showing the photograph of the cured girl on one side and photograph of Baba on the other side and declaring “By whose grace, I could win over the small pox menace!” These words may not be exactly the same as used but carry the same sentiment.
To be continued…………
Excerpts from ” I AND MY FATHER ARE ONE: THE GRAND UNIFICATION” Chapter “BABA AND THE WESTERN WORLD” written by Shri Rabboo Joshi .