What is The Minds Role in Engaging with Spiritual Power

What is The Minds Role in Engaging with Spiritual Power?

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The mind does not take its initial step to cross over the fearfulness of the unknown because it believes it is in charge and does not comprehend the unknown as reality.  It relies on the physical projection of images and labels to understand its position as an independent entity. The reality of an absolute "Spirit" or the "Real Self" always remains a mystery to it.  It vibrates within a frequency of "The Known" doctrine and beliefs handed over by generations before.

It's only when the mind questions these established doctrines it becomes a starting point to self-inquiry.  When there is this immense need to validate these traditions and meanings behind these doctrines then the path arises to enquire. It’s not just to enquire but to have an insatiable desire to enquire and self-attest the practice of these norms. So much to say it has to get to the new normal post inquiry.

What is evident in the pursuit of self-inquiry is that there lies a space yonder that is beyond the reach of the mind

A dark space where everything begins and ends. The very space that is home to all. That very space that is all pervasive and all-inclusive. That which contains and excludes all known and unknown, things of the mind.

So, then at this the point of enormity, the mind comes to the conclusion that it's beyond its reach and its fundamental function to be able to know, assimilate and relate to the current reality, it submits to the grace of that space.

It accepts and realizes the insanity of its pursuit of perfection. It then comes to submission and ceases to believe that it is in control when everything that is in control works according to a grand design and process.

It feels inadequate to even think that it can make a difference on its own. It will rise to a high note in wisdom and accepts its new low in knowledge.

It takes on a reverse route ceasing to think first in known knowledge but waits on wisdom from the space and then converts the wisdom to knowledge in the practical world.

When the mind is subject to the space of the supreme spirit, it doesn’t process information into knowledge but reflects the wisdom. 

There is no resistance to think and process but just reflects the "as is", serving as a mirror into the spirit always. Man would get the glimpses of this supreme power residing inside when he is able to see, witness and reflect the awesomeness of the divine unknown.  

In Latin, Rudolf Otto calls this mysterious feeling as "Mysterium Tremendrum et Magnificans", then experienced by early Mystic Christian saints. Mary Magdalene in the lesser known esoteric accounts describes Jesus as both magnificent and fearful.  Fearful in the sense of the unknown awesomeness.

Spiritual power effects or otherwise miracles are the outcomes from such individuals who have a zero friction to mind with total emptiness.  This access and demonstration of power are meant for a greater cause, in the purchase and acceptance of the ignorant.

Shirdi Sai Baba said (paraphrased) “I would be happy if one does not look at the hand that is doing the miracles but the spirit inside the man that is doing it”.  It’s a way to show that access to the unknown, that which cannot be proved by science or any known methods to the mind, can be possessed by anyone with a still and empty mind.

"ye can do greater miracles than me"

Jesus

The mind is the greatest tool that can be used to shine the glory within. A proven tool that has been, effectively demonstrated by Saints, Prophets, and Avatars.

Do Spiritual Masters Get Angry?

Do Spiritual Masters Get Angry?

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The popular view of a realized person is that they are compassionate, loving and are always at a standard that serves itself to be an epitome of a Godly character.  This view is often held in a high esteem by the devotees in general.  The message from the master is received as dear to one’s own heart, much like a gospel. It is much easier to acknowledge the message and surface dwell than to walk the talk with the enlightened. The enlightened do not look to document every proceeding that issues out of a dialogue with his audience, he is like a well without a bottom but, it is the intellectually inclined follower that would like to document, amplify his sayings and evangelize them further. In this effort, the enamored intellectual student focusses on the result rather than the process of the teaching. In the effort of painting a good story, he concentrates on the blissfulness that can be absorbed in or negatively describes the hardships one must face to reach the teaching. In either case, he is not actually getting into the shoes of the master and de-rails the message in totality.

It is much easier to acknowledge the message and surface dwell than to walk the talk with the enlightened.  

Most of the written accounts of spirituality are the products of one-time visitors, but not from the ones that really live with the master.  So what is much evident is the lacking of the routine observations on the master's day to day life. Even though sometimes a certain oddity may be observed, there is little or no focus as it provides little value to a hungry mind of the follower which is eagerly trying to sort its problems. 

The Vedantic schools in the Gurukul system in India, as well as the Zen Masters Schools of the Orient, have stressed upon the discipleship to understand the practical application of realization in relation to worldly life. In my opinion, this was by far the most practical mix in the system of spiritual and classical intense education.

The Gurus and Zen masters had certain eccentricities about them in their actions, their way was queer to the new incumbents into the system.  In places like India and The Orient, the young students are accustomed to the way of the master, but some from the West may find the system bit complicated and difficult to digest.  The "Karate Kid" movie is one such example, where the student had a tough time to understand the master's way to success.  In this film, the training was not at all " on subject” at the beginning, with the student having to go through peripheral skills first in order to reach his goal of the real thing. The Zen master always had a small bamboo stick that would land on the student followed by a Koan. The self-enquiring Koan is a way of titillating the mind to give up the material world and to search the spiritual realm for answers and was an effective tool unleash the hidden wisdom.

The self-enquiring Koan is a way of titillating the mind to give up the material world and to search the spiritual realm for answers and was an effective tool unleash the hidden wisdom.

Another angle was the master's mysterious ways to handle a problem. Before turning the water to wine Jesus asked for water to be filled in the jars, people were taken aback at the connection of water with wine.  Mary, his mother had to intervene and convince them to do as he says. It is that intimacy and discipleship that is necessary to unveil the understanding of a master.

So again the biggest issue still remains that they used to get angry at reasons that may seem normal to humans. Historical accounts mention that they were instances in the normal life of sages who had a community responsibility often flew off the handle.

Here are few instances that got the masters started off on a tantrum:

  1. The Hypocrisy Of Attitude:  Maharishi Sri Ramana's anger on the person feeding puffed rice to the peacock. What seemed like a lovely sight, full of love and compassion in feeding an animal to a normal person, had a different effect on the Sage instead. He was angered at the man and asked him to leave immediately and go back to the place he came from. Sri Ramana could see through the outward intent of the man and into his spirit to score false points on realization with his master.
  2. Monetizing a Holy Place: Jesus's  Anger in the temple: What is normal is to have some kind of commercial activity in a community center such as the synagogue in those days. The only instance where he was supposed to have an outburst of flinging things around explains his frustration towards using the context of spiritual congruence for monetization.

The anger of the Master is not ego driven but a culmination of an intense protest of the spirit against the leanings of his disciples on the material world and the limitations of the mind induced self-identity.  By understanding this, one can help himself to realize the root cause of his own anger. Is it because of a damaged Ego? Or a reaction to an instance that again hurt his beliefs etc. In any case, one's anger must be dealt with by centering himself in his true spirit within and remove the main cause, that he identifies with.  At least one can be clear now that the anger energy that the masters used to drive home the point is to get their disciples to learn the way of the spirit within.

 

When I met Me

When I Met Me

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The World views the mind as the representation of the embodied self. Somehow I always felt that it is what we "think" we are and not how we "feel" we are. For a long time, I had an aversion to a nameplate with a degree or a visiting card with my designation. The fascination of inscribing something that I earned by the virtue of being true to the conditioned mind didn’t quite go down as a true representation of the real "me".

I am sure many of us felt at some point or the other, that we were playing it for the sake of personal reasons. We have had fleeting moments of being in the arms of comfort, but when the call for providing for the family came, we responded selflessly.  As the gong bell of the society sounded our commitment to modern slavery was heard, and we took the call.

We could not dig into the depths of reality for the fear of losing the hard earned money that our parents sent us to school for. The felt the fear of losing the ability to lean on a corporate entity to pay our bills.

We were ingrained with the notion of inadequacy, insufficiency, and poverty, and then the knowledge of the world preceded all understanding. It's like as if the auction began even before the seller was ready to sell.  

I never saw a four-year-old go to school with a smiling face. It’s as if a free being was forced into the drudgery of our modern society and we are directly or indirectly responsible for it.

We got used to living on the surface of shiny niceties that merely gave us a first-class seat on our standard of living, but also therein lies the mundane self of being bored of it all.

The freedom of existence is a built-in mechanism for this universe. All things that appear to the naked eye and those that are hidden work together harmoniously. 

The wisdom of Solomon once spoke

"It is God's privilege to conceal things and the King's privilege to discover them"

To me, the world seemed like a pointless gyration of mass and evil at the beginning.  But then in my mind, it was made clear that it was not so when I decided to get into the center of the circle. 

Living life in the center of a circle has a very different view than the living on the edge. The things, circumstances, people all seem to look different, in a nice way. I began to realize our own essence in the grand scheme of things. However minuscule that I may seem to look in relation to the universe, I felt oneness with it. 

I began to realize our own essence in the grand scheme of things. However minuscule that I may seem to look in relation to the universe, I felt oneness with it. 

The nature of duality and time doesn’t seem to exist anymore. I began to see the real "truth" for myself. Not that which was taught but that which is endorsed by my own empirical evidence. Concepts and beliefs will have no place in this place. We begin to feel what we are already blessed with. We begin to see the paper behind the print, read between words. We recognize the space and the formless of it where all things were born before time began. The stateless state where everything starts and ends. We begin to be the "being" in the present.

Concepts and beliefs had no place in this place. I began to feel what we are already blessed with. I  began to see the paper behind the print, and read between words. I r recognized the space and the formless of it where all things were born before time began. The stateless state where everything starts and ends. I then began to be the "being" in the present.

The trouble is how to get there? All this seems too good to be true. We love being what we are meant for, but to get there seems to be a real toil.  When "I met me", I have found that the decision to turn my focus inward was most important.  That decision was the most important tool to get to the place we are meant to be.

The mind transcends and ultimately lets go of its material hold. The light of the real "me" shines, and the masquerade of "I" ceases to exist. The true being emerges, challenging our conformity.  The decision to let go our belief system, our past experiences and intricate planning tends to be the most difficult thing, but in reality, it is only the fear of not knowing what to expect. When we know that the endpoint is nothing but the true self, the fear disappears and we will be doubtless of the outcome.  In fact, I am thankful for our modern society and its perils that drove me to turn the lights on inside and feel the presence of my real self. The Global collective consciousness is awakening to the reality and I can see this happening already in different pockets.  At the dawn of a new Yuga, probably the shift in this consciousness is taking place, if that is so then we are looking at a bright new world shining in the Glory of itself.

 

 

The Truth about Faith

The Truth about Faith

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The rational mind does not favor to contain the emotion of Faith. Faith in its own terms though defined in Hebrews 11.1 as an integral part of our system of emotions, does not quite occupy prominence as a matter of choice. The mind is all set thinking of the “what if” even before the thought is put into action. Faith does not scale up as an option due to mixed results, some good some bad, and some, simply take a very long time. The reality, therefore, is that these results are directly proportional to the amount of faith that one is able to hold up to during a particular situation.

“Faith a size of a mustard seed can move mountains”, we heard of that one before many times. A powerful statement, according to the scriptures, but does it really work anymore? Are we obsessed into moving mountains?

No, not really, at least that is not our primary job. If faith can manifest money and bring in abundance “Yes”, we can consider trying it. We have nothing to lose except to get back to staying poor. The answer is “Yes”, but the ground rules are not the way how we would want to play.

The simple system of universal reality is difficult for most of us and appears complex to comprehend. While there is the truth, in being able to manifest abundance, sadly the way of God is not the way we would like to listen.

This is almost a no faith situation, though most of us think we have some, it does not quite qualify. The colossal lack of faith in our generation has been the result of an erred thought.

This thought bred a belief system into what we say as the progeny of a damned race of Adam, doomed to perjury because of the primary sin. Some go on to say that Eve fornicated with Samael the serpent as well, and we could be the offspring of that union. In normal Christian terms, it is that Adam was banished and so are all those who are born out of him. Unless of course redeemed and absolved of it by performing sacrifices.

More than half of the world thinks that their faith is superior to others and more than half feel that they are born sinners, doomed on this planet. 

The Church has institutionalized Guilt as a Virtue

-Alan Watts-

This guilt based Faith is what we suffer from currently.  This glorified guilt, forced submissiveness, inadequacy, and drudgery of the soul and spirit. It is the fear that you will suffer more if you do not fear God. The Father did not create us to watch us sin and have fun at some lowly beings gone bad, rummaging in rubbish. He does not want to punish us for our mistakes, the same way as we do not persecute and judge our children for their mistakes. Jesus explained this in the parable “of the lost son”.

The first thing that we should do is to employ ourselves to unlearn the fact that we are born sinners. We are the children of Light just as intended by God in all likeness to him. The spirit deep down in us is divine and is a part of God.

The spirit deep down in us is divine and is a part of God

Just as Adam, Jesus, and list of other prophets.  The built in free will that is devoid of guilt would encompass us to believe in the protection and provision of God only if we know that we are of this kinship.

This spirit begotten of the Father is all pure and cannot be made impure by sin, but of the erred thought. The thought that you are evil and born sinners. We have to declassify this thought with the original thought so pristine into the inheritance through his son-ship. The Holy Spirit within us is designed to take control and administer action the way that you want it to be, according to the grace. The way of the will, or to perform  Dharma yoga. I spoke about this in my blog “Dictating Your Circumstance”.

Upanishads and Bhaghwat Gita explain the self as “Atman” and the God as “Paratman” the Supreme Being. The “Atman” begotten of the “Paratman”, the “ALL” that is. This identification is a simple truth to the faith, we don’t have a boss but an ever loving father ready to help, cajole, encourage, give, forgive, protect and unlock the abundance that he created alongside us.

Dictating your Circumstance

Dictating your Circumstance

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The washing machine has broken down. There is an unexpected bill that needs to be paid the same day. You have a presentation to make and there is a sudden power outage. There is a deep-down pain in your left arm and you are not sure what it is. You hear the news the place that you have been working is been taken over by another company and you are not sure what will be the outcome. Will you be able to meet your bills next month? Will you have enough for hospitalization in case you left arm pain results in an attack? Your mother-in-law just arrives and you are not sure what's going to happen to your wife.

You have striven hard from school till date and thought you gave your best shot but simply not there yet. Success has been evading you like a plague. You wallow in this situation totally helpless and crestfallen. The mind runs amok blaming God for the circumstances that are not in your control. You don’t have the ability to understand nor you have a way out except being a victim and stay victimized. You beg God for help but don’t get it. You look to people for sympathy and dwell in your self-pity.

You feel that you are at end of an unfair game thrown at you. You felt that what you built so carefully is crumbling down and waiting to be bulldozed. You are for sure to believe that the evil has been robbing all the good things that God gave you. The evil lurks behind your provision and steals every bit of it.

Did you choose to be in this situation? Does God have a vengeance about your progress and your family? The reason why we are here reading this is you know that you know, that there is something wrong and need to get it right.

One spiritual master says, "Be Careful What You Seek", which equips and serves our realization that we are enormously empowered with the spirit of God within. We have inherited the lineage from the "lightless Light", the "ALL" that is begotten by the Universe. We have opted to come here and now to experience the "not have" to know what "we have". This journey is to glorify and experience the wonders of our background. We are not mere mortals, our bodies may die but we live forever. We existed before the creation being in the creation and through the creation and are here right now.

If the circumstances that are thrown at us are not what we asked for. We have actually been responsible for creating them. Let me break this down a bit.

We are born creators and could create anything. We manifest the "ALL" good or bad due to "duality" which is a built-in mechanism for glorification. If we have the potential to create unfavorable things around us and let them "be" then we could also get engulfed in the situation. The good part is that the reverse can also be true. This means that if a bad situation is upsetting us with its conditions, we can create a condition that will make us feel good as well.

It is the choice we make as free will. What use is free will if we do not know the truth that we are a part of God residing in the clothing of flesh? What is the use of the choice that we make as slaves to the situation, if we don't know that we have the arsenal to dictate our own reality?

pexels-photo-207849Be not be damned to think of "Sin" as a guilt. It's just that we are not aware of the grace and glory that is within. It is that which shines that also dims the same for many. "Sin" is just another word for missing the mark. If we can be online with ourselves we are born free, free to enjoy creation, blessed with a free will to create a destiny that glorifies the self always.

Free to live a life, free from the bondage of desolation, free to bring light to everyone who is willing to join the source of all joy.

Anyone who believes in the truth will be set free from the mind and lean on the wisdom within. It is by letting go that we control the circumstance.

It is that power to be able to tell the mind that it has reached its limit of understanding and time to let the self, run the show. So, now it is up to oneself to take this control and dictate the terms of joy and peace.

Remember the self is not alone but a part of the "Whole" the "All" that is, and create a reality that serves as a joyful destiny for oneself and everyone who is willing to participate out of their own will to make it happen.