Before I touch on Nectar, one of the problems in spiritual progress is that when in difficulty or adverse conditions we resort to our “natural” state of dealing with it. It could be depression, aggressiveness, anger or fear or cowardice. With time, we tend to “forget” the pain and ignorantly we say time heals. However, the seeds, the basic way we react has not been eradicated. Next time, in this life or the next life we will have to deal with it again.
When time heals, we are merely covering our eyes or putting blindfolds on our personality. A yogi, acknowledged and realizes he has a problem. The problem is not the situation but the problem is his inferior way of dealing with it (anger, fear etc). So he constantly endeavors to not fall back to the “human” way to deal with it but tries to remain established in his higher self – the pure consciousness. This is NOT easy. This is why Yogananda said it is easy to go to Savikalpa Samadhi. But to go to Nirvikalpa Samadhi is extremely difficult. (His definition of Nirvikala samadhi is to remain in samadhi or in the consciousness of the self or having some prana inside the brahmanadi at all times). I am facing this problem. During meditation, it is easy. But after meditation, during activities, it is very difficult to rid the consciousness of worry and fear.
There are a few things that can help. I will give them in descending order of most effectiveness. Having said that, the best method is always the most difficult also.
1) Using will or your Sankalpa shakti, which in turn decreases the distance the breath travels outside the nostrils (I will discuss this in great detail in my future blogs under Shiv Swarodaya) and this in turn leads us to automatically going to the higher self
2) Using Mantra while our eyes are gazing upwards and inwards
3) Using mantra with some imagination of the diety or Paramhansa we are trying to focus on
4) Using mantra in anyway.
In all methods though, one has to have a specific and clear goal that is pure. When I say pure, the only goals that are acceptable are – either to rid the consciousness of worry or to be established in the higher self. No discussion or justification or vengenance is accepted or permissible.
If some men of abundant wealth
were to give up willingly
a few of their luxurious modes of living,
millions of pitifully suffering poor could live.
Since the gracious Lord produces the needful food
for all creatures only in the needed quantity,
if one consumes more than what is needed to sustain life,
it is a sin of stealing violently other’s food.
Thus should you know.
Although this verse mentions only food,
it is applicable to all the necessities of life.
Whatever one heaps more than necessary
is nothing but heaping sins.
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No doubt he was very talented. Very accomplished in this life. A huge empire of business !
Now please tell me the names of the others who passed away. Since they were not as accomplished, does it mean it probably did not hurt their family? Or does it mean that if they did smaller charity work, it was totally ignored by God? Or that they could not play basketball well, God said your life was a waste?
Media and people in general are idol worshippers. Even though the Bible says not to idol worship
This is my tribute to all those who died while serving their nation ( if the nation was on a noble path), all those who sacrificed their life to help others, those Who bravely faught the struggles of life ( pain, anxiety, cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections) and everyone who were forgotten ( because they had no loved ones or were not in the news) etc
Fortunately, there is someone who is smarter than the media or general public ! He is impressed by the smallest token, could be a petal of a rose, someone who Is impressed by our incessant efforts to reach him, someone who can’t be bribed, someone who is impressed not by your bank balance but by the way you gave away your riches to help others, someone who is not impressed by the knowledge you have but the heart of love for God or others in need
That person is God. No action goes unnoticed. At some point he will be forced to answer. Once he does, he just won’t shut up ! ;)
Pray. Meditate. Strong desire to know truth experience it. Work hard tirelessly for others. Never get angry. Forgive everyone who hurts you. Give charity. Serve others. This is above and beyond doing what is necessary.
What sant gyaneshwar said in 13 century is very true now
“Like a foolish farmer giving up his old business and beginning something new every day, the man overpowered by ignorance installs images of gods, often and again and worships them with the same intensity. He becomes the disciple of the guru who is surrounded by worldly pomp, gets initiated by him and is unwilling to see any other person who has got real spiritual dignity. He is cruel to every being, worships various stone images and has no consistency of heart.”
The world is full of such worldly guru, seeking money, claiming to teach meditation, false claims of kundalini and yoga.
Should a true guru be happy that they are protected from such stupid disciples blindly following wrong practices by these fake gurus or feel sorry for the sad plight and karma of those lost ?
True gurus are extremely rare in this age ! Follow what lord dattatreya said in how to recognize a true guru
There is no diversity in spirituality. In religion there are many different “Gods” and saints.
Some worship Jesus, others krishna. Some believe in Allah, and some in a supreme being or entity called God.
Even in Hinduism many different subsects exist. Some worship krishna, shiv, Vishnu, Ganesh, Hanuman, Kali , etc.
Each one will give you stories about the greatness of their version of God or saint. That individual experience, reinforces their faith.
The individual experiences are true. And not understanding the reality behind it, people are adamant about their version / vision.
So what is happening? It is the same power appearing in different ways. Alkaline battery, lithium battery, ac generator, power generated from coal, oil,gas or solar. Deep down, it is all motion of electrons. Nothing more
Great saints, those who are truly connected to God are also a manifestation of God. If called out with love, respect and not for material profit, they also respond. Sincerity Is needed. But what if someone thinks that an ordinary person is a messiah? Nothing will happen and that wasted their precious time life and money.
So now you know the purpose of my blogs. To help you weed out the fakes. The true ones are extremely extremely rare.
This is what Yogananda said
A TRUE DEVOTEE EXPRESSING DEVOTION TO GOD THROUGH any lesser or higher mode of worship will find response to his desire from the Supreme Being . He who worships representative forms of the God- head -because for him the absolute is unfathomable – will receive the grace of GOD that blesses his devotional endeavor .
Therefore , even the worshiper of lesser gods , personifications of the Supreme Deity does not go divinely unrecognized or unrewarded .
If a person of deep devotion offers homage to the form of any deity symbolically representing God .
He silently responds by materializing that form in visions before the devotee .
God is secreted in that manifestation , although the form of itself reveals only a modicum of Spirit .
GOD TALKS WITH ARJUNA CHAPTER V Il VERSE 21-22 The symbolical form of God appearing to a Hindu devotee as Kali, Durga , Vishnu, Shiva , or Krishna , for example , becomes a permanent blueprint in the ether.
If any other devotee concentrates very deeply on that deity, which has actually been seen and worshiped by a great saint , that same manifestation appears in living form to satisfy the devotee’s true heart call.
Similarly, any devotee fervently worshiping God in the form of Jesus Christ, the Holy Mother , Saint Francis, Babaji, Lahiri Mahashaya , or any saint or true guru (either mentally , or before an image or a picture ) may see that form first in vision , and then , by deeper spiritual advancement , as a materialized being , living and talking .
GOD TALKS WITH ARJUNA: CHAPTER. V I I VERSE. 21-22.
Any devotee who ardently meditates on picture or form of a true guru or any other master becomes attuned to him ,imbibing his qualities , and ultimately feels in that saint the presence of God .
As people can talk back and forth over the radio by tuning in , so a devotee may tune in with a saint and may see him televised in the crystal sphere of the spiritual eye .
The Omniscient alone , who knows the hearts of HIS children , answers their prayers in many ways.
Devotion shown to God always evokes some form of plain or mysterious response .
NO TRUE DEVOTEE IS IGNORED BY GOD.
However, shallow seekers who worship astral deities for the fulfilment of desires do not realize that it is God who will fulfil their wishes through the instrumentality of the divine beings .
The Lord is consciously present in all higher beings and in their devotees.
It is He who is CHINTAMANI , ”THE JEWEL THAT GRANTS ALL DESIRES .”
GOD TALKS WITH ARJUNA: CHAPTER V I I VERSE 21 -22
Darwins theory of evolution is true but only explains the progession in physical terms.
There is simultaneously a progression of consciousness. The material world was not conscious.(Annamaya kosha according to the upanishads).
Later, the tiniest of molecules formed together forming the simplest of organisms. Their consciousness was limited to interaction to the immediate surroundings for food and reproduction. Slowly this evolved into plant life. (Pranamaya kosha).
As evolution progressed animals developed. They not only were aware of the surroundings but had a mind of their own. Intellect was limited but emotions abounded. (Manomaya Kosha)
Later, evolution progressed into not only emotions but to a thinking intellectual mind. Apes and humans. (Gyanamaya kosha).
The final stage of evolution is the Anandmayi Kosha or the kosha of bliss and happiness. This step is the spiritual progress.
However to go from Gyanmaya Kosha (human) to Anandmaya kosha (divine) , the human has to conquer in himself all of the other koshas – the annamaya, pranmaya, manomaya and gyanmaya koshas.
Darwin only looked at the physical side of progress. The vedas and upanishadas looked at the same phenomenon from the side of consciousness. It is true, that when you truly make spiritual progress, you are no longer dependent on the mind or intellect. They are as if vestigial organs to the advanced being. His mode of knowledge is the divine.
Slowly as his divine consciousness begins to unfold, he is more and more aware of divine secrets. He no longer relies on books for his knowledge. He realizes more and more, that he no longer needs the body for his own existence. Even thoughts and emotions are no longer part of him. He is the soul, the jivatma. In time, he realizes that he was always there, the silent witness to the entire creation. He realizes he is outside the body and everywhere – the atma.
Yet all this is far away from Paramatma or God. It is a step closer to God but yet far from the divine.
(references : God talks with Arjuna by Paramhansa Yogananda and Sri Aurobindo – The integral yoga).
This change in consciousness, where the person is no longer identified with the emotions, intellect or body, but remains identified is the true meaning of being born again. According to the Bible, “Verily, Verily, I say unto thee that unless a man is born again, he cannot enter the kingdom of God”. This is the true meaning of being born again – birth of a new consciousness where you are the observer – no longer identified with body or thoughts but merely observing. Even the thoughts that occur are foreign to you. You are no longer thinking but thoughts seem to come from an unknown source and come from outside of you! In Hinduism, this is also called as second birth – Dvija. Dvi meaning second and Ja meaning birth (in Sanskrita). (ref: bible and by Sri Yukteshwara).
Birth of the second or real consciousness can only occur with awakening of the Shakti. There are 5 manifestations of awakening of the Shakti.
1) Seeing the light of God or hearing sounds “Nada”
2) Feeling it as a force which can make the body perform various actions – “kriyas”
3) Feeling of silence which gradually changes to calmness and then peace
4) Appearance of Knowledge
5) Birth of the true consciousness. This, in my opinion is the highest manifestation.
Oh reader! Dont be in a rush to assume that you have the highest manifestation. That rush comes from ego and a very uncontrolled emotion (vital as called by Sri Aurobindo). Many people who meditate think they are in that state – the state of silently observing. When you are truly observing you do not think you are observing. You observe without any thoughts. Thoughts are outside you occuring to someone else! This power of observation is not only restricted to thoughts but should extend to emotions and eventually the body also.
These blogs are meant for those who seek Guidance in the spiritual world. They contain pearls and if taken seriously, it will help everyone continue to progress without having any self imposed block by imagining that they have reached any high level.
I am tempted to write, God bless…but who am I to say God bless? I am but his humble servent, no the servent of his servent! I have nothing to offer to God except myself. When I say myself, I refer to the soul or spirit. In my opinion, that is service to God, that is love for God, that is humility, that is wisdom, that is Gyana, that is Bhakti, that is Mantra, that is the only Yoga.