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We live in a dream

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I make this statement at multiple levels. We can start with the easiest and lowest level. When we are ready we can begin to fathom the deeper level. But at that deeper level, rare people like Shankaracharya Maharaj stay there

So, lets say you are graduating from Law School. And as you are graduating, you have these crowded thoughts of grandiosity and dreams of being like Perry Mason…or some other real life phenomenal attorney. And rolling in wealth. Soon enough as you start looking for a job your dreams are shattered

Or lets say you see someone wonderful. Terrific looks and oh what a wow time dating. You marry the person and soon figure out besides the looks, the person is very superficial, has no substance and unable to contain their vices.

Or you see a nice movie and you idolize the hero or heroine, but the truth of the matter is – that person was. merely acting and their real life personality is intolerable. They have serious anxiety issues and are egotistic and obnoxious

And people go life to life…repeatedly clinging to their version of what life will be or how the people we meet are etc. In this way we lived more in our own factious world rather than seeing how things really are.

Gradually, in time we get disillusioned and learn that it is not our dream that works but it is Gods will. Again and again, the soul falls and finally it gives up imagining things. Merely observes, making effort not to fall prey to the lies our mind tells us

Now in order to go ahead in our spiritual journey, we have to go within. Going within, first we must learn to find something within. Unfortunately, the mind that so artistically created outside lies (of future and wonderful spouse) also creates lies about making spiritual progress. You read that in mediation you hear music. And people will lie to themselves and others that they hear the music. And when you cling to those lies, how can you hear the real music? You are not ready or worthy

So, a guru is someone who awakens something within you so your journey is easier. They take this very seriously. It is not given randomly and often time people have to wait for months or years before a Guru will give such awakening. Why? this awakening is very precious. Divine. Not easily given. All the money of Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos together, cannot compare to the awakening within. They can give every penny up and still a Guru is unmoved and unwilling to give any awakening.

That is the kind of Guru you should seek. Sometimes, people read my blog, and want an awakening. I am not a Guru. My apologies. This Guru business is dangerous and precious. No one should want to be a Guru either. No one should want to teach or propagate. Having said that, you may wonder why do I write these things. In many ways, I write in protest of the current Gurus who have made business out of this, have nothing to give, and become millionaires or more. When you follow them, and follow them blindly, there are consequences. Dire consequences. For future lives.

I have no problems meeting anyone. I met someone who wanted to go on the spiritual path in Denmark. I say things correct them but instead of seeing the wisdom, blinded by their own perception (the wrong dreams we create), they are not able to see the impact and help they got

It would be nice to find someone sincere. Often times I go meet my classmates at gatherings (I am going to London in September to meet some of them), but I find no one having a true spiritual interest. Oh well !

How strange

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In one of the group chat someone posted this

Very interesting.

Now note this 🌟

I was in iskcon Houston TX usa few years back and pujari asks me what I do.

So I told him heart surgery bypass operation heart valve surgery etc. He says we are going against Krishna… Pujari says Krishna wanted the patient to suffer and we doctors are reversing Krishna actions. So I told him newborn child with heart hole did not do bad karma so pujari says that Krishna is punishing the parents or maybe child previous birth karma. Basically heart surgeon is preventing the punishment by Krishna. 💥So I did namaste and jumped in my car and pushed off.

My reply

How strange!

My views – not intending to offend anyone

  1. God / krishna is love. To say Krishna wants to punish seems strange
  2. Karma is dharma or eternal law. You will face consequences of action. Krishna has no active role in it. ( remember in the war, he did not take sides, promised he won’t lift a single weapon)
  3. To speculate what someone did and go in that debate is a fantasy story we tell ourselves.
  4. Since the world is a play of the machinery of karma – our goal is to be witness – stith Pragna observe but not speculate judge or condemn anyone
  5. Go within and immerse in the immense joy within you – rather than look outward to the world

Reversal of consciousness

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So what is reversal of consciousness?

One of the most ridiculous thing that we do is – we identify ourself as body end thoughts and intelligence and try to look within to see our soul!

Amazingly Wrong! You are the soul and you should be identified as soul and looking outside see the body and say – oh strange outfit or clothes ( clothes meaning the body ) I have as a covering

This is known as reversal of consciousness

So this is the conversation

Someone asked Mother ( Aurobindo )

How long does it take for reversal of consciousness?

She replied

Yes, but a revolution can occur in half a second; it can also take years, even centuries, and even many lives. It can be done in a second.

One can do it. Precisely, when one has this inner reversal of consciousness, in one second everything, everything changes… precisely this bewilderment of being able to think that what one is, what one considers as oneself is not true, and that what is the truth of one’s being is something one doesn’t know. You see, this should have been the normal reaction, the one she had, of saying, “But then what is myself? If what I feel as myself is an illusory formation and not the truth of my being, then what is myself?” For that she doesn’t know. And so when one asks the question like that…

There is a moment—because it is a question which becomes more and more intense and more and more acute—when you have even the feeling, precisely, that things are strange, that is, they are not real; a moment comes when this sensation that you have of yourself, of being yourself, becomes strange, a kind of sense of unreality. And the question continues coming up: “But then, what is myself?” Well, there is a moment when it comes up with so much concentration and such intensity that with this intensity of concentration suddenly there occurs a reversal, and then, instead of being on this side you are on that side, and when you are on that side everything is very simple; you understand, you know, you are, you live, and then you see clearly the unreality of the rest, and this is enough.

You see, one may have to wait for days, months, years, centuries, lives, before this moment comes. But if one intensifies his aspiration, there is a moment when the pressure is so great and the intensity of the question so strong that something turns over in the consciousness, and then this is absolutely what one feels: instead of being here one is there, instead of seeing from outside and seeking to see within, one is inside; and the minute one is within, absolutely everything changes, completely, and all that seemed to him true, natural, normal, real, tangible, all that, immediately,—yes, it seems to him very grotesque, very queer, very unreal, quite absurd; but one has touched something which is supremely true and eternally beautiful, and this one never loses again.

Once the reversal has taken place, you can glide into an external consciousness, not lose the ordinary contact with the things of life, but that remains and it never moves. You may, in your dealings with others, fall back a little into their ignorance and blindness, but there is always something there, living, standing up within, which does not move any more, until it manages to penetrate everything, to the point where it is over, where the blindness disappears for ever. And this is an absolutely tangible experience, something more concrete than the most concrete object, more concrete than a blow on your head, something more real than anything whatever.

This is why I always say… when people ask me how one may know whether he is in contact with his psychic being or how one may know whether he has found the Divine, well, it makes me laugh; for when it happens to you it is over, you can no longer ask any questions, it is done; you do not ask how it happens, it is done.

The Mother, Questions and Answers 1955, CWM volume 7, pages 192 – 194.

Now mind you , this reversal of consciousness is the beginning. But the first firm step. After that decades of work is left. More. But a great step