My entry today will be short. I saw where Gautamkaka will be born again. At the age of around 4? He will impress everyone with his very strong spiritual propensity.
Yesterday, during meditation, I was able to experience my consciousness in the subtle world and this world simultaneously. Generally, our consciousness is always in other worlds and this world, but we are totally ignorant of it.
One can only say that we understand and follow the quote “Be here now” when simultaneously you are aware of yourself being everywhere here, in this world and in other subtle worlds.
The forces of the subtle worlds have a tremendous impact on this world, esp in terms of moods, suddenly creating lack of awareness and subsequent accidents etc.
Difficult to understand – the words of a great Saint
I have the translation here
Struck by a bladless spear, he sits under the tree Surely he will die either today or tomorrow.
This is a difficult passage to understand, but this is my interpretation. Bladeless spear – is awakening of the shakti. It is a spear since it penetrates the chakras. The tree is the passage to Sahastrar and sitting refers to meditation. Surely he will die today or tomorrow – meaning Moksha is certain in a few births.
The tree is Brahmanadi or sushumna
Death is Death of ego
The second line – ability to focus within to a single entity ( Maharshi uses the word to a single thought)
Well first one has to find something within where you can focus your attention ( requires a Guru ) –
Then hold to it steadfast
Finally one has to Merge in it. ( conquering ego )
These three steps – when done simultaneously is sayam. And when done – is savikalpa Samadhi
The next step ability to keep unwanted thoughts out is much harder. On a gross level it requires faith God will take care of me. But it is much more. It shows transformation of the mind! What does it transform to?
A doll made out of salt took a dip in the Ocean! Ego is like the salt doll. Once immersed in the ocean of bliss (GOD) it no longer exists. It is that easy. Just immerse yourself in God. You loose yourself in God. That is why Yogananda said, in Savikalpa Samadhi you loose yourself in yourself (meaning the ego self looses itself in the bliss of G0d). You remain as pure consciousness without the I-ness.
True spiritual growth is growth of consciousness.
If an enlightened Guru tookand unlightened soul to Savikalpa Samadhi, you would not understand or appreciate it because the unlightened soul has not had any expansion of his or consciousness. Once immersed in God, since the consciousness is not wide enough the soul is not aware or able to appreciate the pure bliss of God.
This is why, it takes many rebirths before the consciousness is wide and awake enough to get immersed in God and enjoy the bliss.
We can see there are many things that prevent us from reaching that state. The constant activities of the mind, intellect or buddhi and the chitta, mask or keeps the true identity of the ego hidden. Once the 3 things, mind, buddhi and chitta is silenced (the prana is automatically slowed or not moving at all at this point), then the ego has a chance of getting submerged in God. This is why and how Yogananda has said in his book “The Science of religion” – attention is the great director. This is why, he, Yukteshwar Maharaja and my Gurdev have emphasized on Pranayama and Yoga and called it the most direct method of reaching God. Control the prana, and the mind buddhi and chitta are stilled and then you can direct your attention to God and get immersed in God.
The second thing that prevents us from enjoying that bliss is that our conscioussness is not awake (except in the Gross physical world) let alone grown. God is all around us and everywhere but we do not experience it. This growth of consciousness to experience God everywhere and all the time (like Ramkrishna used to say when asked by Vivekananda can you see God and his answer was yes….very clearly more clearly than I can see you) takes a very long time. For this to be fully established, one must have mastered Savikalpa samadhi to such an extent that he or she can reach that state in a second and at will.
We often lament our problems. That is ok. In some ways the pain is good. It helps out resolve to be with God. Permanently abolish all pain. Once and for all.
In the final chapter we will say the pain – both emotional and physical , the hardships were your best friends
However , think of the tragic and very disgraceful chapter in humanity with countless deaths and atrocities that have occured in many countries. Some are still going on.
Why do they suffer ? In many instances they are children. Food and water scarcity. Constant fear some have meager shelters. And they will live their life like this.
The worst thing we can do is use some philosophical garbage and sit comfortably in the luxury of our home and blame karma. In instances like this using the theory of karma to justify or try to understand suffering would be an error.
The ways of God is mysterious. We cannot see his love. Does Jesus or does Babaji know of their suffering ? Why don’t they help? Many of the people suffering have said I believe in Jesus. Or have called on great saints to help
For us who suffer we often feel that the Gods and saints have failed us. Cry after cry the sounds go unheard
What do we do ? One thing is certain, the great saints and Avatars are with much love and caring. They constantly do help. They help saint and sinner alike. It is just that we do not know of the ways they have helped.
Certain things that are ordained , the world must endure
The problems of the world will continue to get worse for a few more decades. Uncontrolled sex and desires has led to a population spurt. The resources of the world are limited and now people fight over limited resources. The struggle will only get worse.
I pray to the great Avatars. The world suffers. Please do what is best. Ignorant children will make mistakes. Forgive us. We remain humbly surrendered to thee. It is not for us to reason doubt or debate. I can only offer my limited love.
So for a better world Divine intervention is needed. It will arrive but are we what enough to last till then?
Does the desire to be one with God come from within when we are ready? Is this an external longing or will it come from within when we surrender?
Easiest way is in being in the company of those who have such a desire ( a true sadhak) Ora Guru. Constantly around them there are waves after waves of love and shakti that emanates naturally around them. It transforms everything including the physical material world they touch.
Imagination and reading books can lead to enthusiasm for a day or a few years but in the trials of life it can’t endure
On the other hand a truely sincere sadhak, will challenge God after this prayer I wrote above – test me my dear love. Test me my God. See if my quest for you goes away if when I have no money or food. I was sincere when I said that. Nothing matters to me. With all my heart
Then God will test you. Repeatedly. But such a Yogi laughs. Does not even think he is enduring. What a game. This is Chiti Lila.
But there is no pain just love and joy. That is what ShankarAcharya meant chidananda Rupa shivohum shivohum
In this Chiti Lila there is only Joy
Never be scared. This is a path of only joy. Oh what freedom. What joy when the shackles of money are gone!
What joy when attachment to the world is gone.
Thank you Guru Maharaj For bringing me to your feet
Of course there is chemical imbalance. The scientists still struggle with properly identifying the chemical – they change it every 20 years- MAO, to SSRI to GABA to gut bacteria – and treatment methods differ. Many treatment strategy exist. Medications, ECT, TCM HERBS, PSYCHOTHERAPY but what does a yogi say? Do they have an answer?
The biggest threat to treatment of depression is the treatment itself. Many frauds online publish fake studies , criticize medical studies and seduce patients by appearance of being sympathetic
Ultimately the solution is quite simple but seemingly impossible to reach. Depression is part of personality. Soul has no personality. So knowing your self as spirit is the quickest and permanent way. Yet every step of the way the personality or three gunas rise up and our divine self is forgotten
Without going into specifics I would like to say if your goal is a permanent solution then meditation can put a more permanent dent. The charlatans of the world will always misguide you and they will abound in this world. The bad karma of the individual will prevent them from finding or seeking a permanent method and even if they find it they cannot hold on to it and even if they hold on that will not reach it unless their desire is truly to get rid of the burden of depression.
Let the world be. Should you be so fortunate to find the tricks of the trade let the light lead you away from darkness and gloom to a brighter future
Religion is a way of psychotherapy. I am not referring to it. The roots of depression continue to stay there. Joining any path cannot help unless there is an awakened and still livingindividual in the path. Sadly the world does NOT have a person like that. They exist but not in any form of business, retreat, temples churches, books etc
After all what can such an enlightened person want from you ?
Kabir was a perfected saint , Guru, God
He was born in a poor family , an outcast
He desperately was searching for a Guru. He heard of Guru Ramanand. He approached Ramanand – and Ramanand rejected him. Insulted him. Telling him he is full an outcast family and can’t accept him
But Kabir was determined. He knew a Ramanand was perfected. Now it so happened, Ramanand would go to the river Ganga at early dawn when it was dark. In those days lighting was inadequate. So when Ramanand went to the ghat to dip in Ganga, Kabir hid on the steps. Lying Down horizontally. Hardly visible. Ramanand while climbing the steps, placed his feet unwittingly on Kabir. Kabir grabbed his feet and said now for my Guru.
Ramanand laughed and enlightened Kabir in a matter of months
The salient points –
A Guru will test you
You must persist with a true Guru
Shakti and awakening is not cheap. Not everyone deserves it. Or will get it. Make belief awakening is dime a dozen.
A Guru seeking disciples by the dozens is not a true Guru
A Guru May display ordinary qualities in public but corner them in private and they can show their true form!
Go to his samadhi. Worship him. And his photo. Or his sandals. But also without fail also do pranam to his foremost disciples. In my lineage, Dineshuncle, Kantikaka, kankuben, Niranjankaka are perhaps the foremost. Why? They never went to any other Guru. Meaning they realized the true greatness of Gurudev
Worship some of the foremost saints. Babaji, Saibaba of Shirdi ( that is the only Saibaba) Neem Karolibaba.
The problem is no matter how much I tell you, you will never appreciate a Guru until you yourself become or go into Samadhi. All his miracles pale compared to the miracle of taking a pot of clay and turning it into gold ( ignorant disciple into a perfected person) In one life.
Words cannot describe the greatness of a true Guru.
Last weekend was one of the most auspicious days. It is called Gurupurnima. Purnima means full moon. Guru is the word used to refer to a spiritual teacher. I am talking of a perfected spiritual teacher whose level of experience is similar to Babaji, or Ramana Maharshi or RamKrishna Paramhansa
So how is it observed?
On that day, people go to visit their Guru. If the cannot go there, they will either call or send an email or a letter. They will then worship the Guru like God. The focus is on the feet of the Guru, right feet and right toe. They will then do an arti of the Guru. Arti is where they take a lit up diya, and worship the Guru – like God.
Now, this will seem abnormal and maybe to some even wrong. Wrong for people to do it and wrong for the Guru to receive it.
However, that is why I talked about a Guru at the level of Babaji. Or Parmanand tirthji. Or Gorakhnath. When they go into Samadhi, the sense of body is lost and in that pure consciousness, all questions are answered. The sense of seeking God is lost. It is over. I cannot describe this state in public because the fake people will use it and lie about their experience. So the experience of samadhi has been designed in such a way…even if someone wanted to describe it, they cannot
Now, a person who is in that state, what difference does it make for that person, if you worship him or not? He does not care.
But for the disciple, it is very important to follow the ceremony. Why? A person who has experienced Samadhi is no ordinary person. During that day, Shakti blossoms like the full moon. It blossoms through the Guru. It is like a day when she has opened all her treasures, for anyone to take, just up for grabs. The only condition is humility and surrender to the perfected Guru. With Reverence. With love.
Not an ordinary or easy feat to achieve.
Lastly, this is not a ritual or a formality. The Guru, is greater than God. God cannot absolve karma. A Guru can. He can take the karmas on himself, and let the disciple not suffer. Shankar bhagwan, gets angry when the Guru is not respected. But a Guru will intercede and forgive the disciple..
This happened many times in the past. I have seen this happen too.
Kabir has a shloka,
Guru govind dono khade, kisko laago paye
Balihari Guru ki jinhone mohe Govind dikhaya
Guru and Krishna are both standing together. Who would you worship first? The answer is Guru, because he showed you Krishna.
The disciples of Shankaracharya, were at such a high level, they would not bow to anyone except their Guru. No matter who appeared in front of them – it could be Ram or Krishna. Or any great saint. It did not matter.