Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Make your Self front and center

Make your Self front and center. Make it the most important thing. Invest in your Self. Feel the connection with your Self. Because the soul is the center of your existence. Once centered, consciousness becomes the medium of operation, for everything, you will see, it is miraculous.

We must connect with all the levels of our existence! We must feel connected to our world. We must feel connection with others, and everyone. We must feel a loving connection with our family. We must connect and communicate with our own body. We must connect and become aware of our breath. We must connect with and observe our thoughts. We must connect and sense our subtlest feelings. And we must connect with our own Self! We must connect with that which observes the world, people, body, breath, thoughts and feelings. Who is the one connecting? We are always centered in the soul. We just don't realize. Why? Because we operate from the mind. But who operates the mind? Who observes the mind? Where do thoughts come from? Doing this is meditation.

Meditation doesn't mean sitting in a lotus posture and trying to meditate. No, it's not a technique or exercise. It is being still and observing, becoming aware of who's observing. It is Being. Connecting with that observer. That's the Self. It permeates the thoughts, feelings, breath, water in a sponge. There is nothing but Self. You can be meditative at any moment even with your eyes open. A walk by yourself in nature, being fully present there, just enjoying nature. Sitting by a stream and just letting yourself flow. Looking up into the stars at night and having that wow moment! Lying down being silent, relaxed, and just being with yourself. Listening to soul stirring music, especially sacred songs, just merge with the music, go into trance. Meditation is the effortless awareness of the Self.

We all meditate, we just don't realize it. We are all aware of the Self but we just don't recognize it.
One bubble in an ocean asked another bubble, "Have you seen the Water?" The other bubble said, "No, I haven't but I've heard so much about the Holy Water. I really want to witness what this Water is like, you know. I feel so disconnected with the Holy Water. I know of a big bubble who has witnessed Water, have you heard of him?". The first bubble replied, "Yeah! I have heard of him. But you know he's way up there, so evolved, I will never get to that level, I'm just a small little bubble down here. I've tried to meditate on Water but just doesn't happen you know." As they conversed they floated up in the ocean carried by divine Grace, lifting them towards the surface, even without their awareness. And what do you think will happen when they reach the surface?

This post is dedicated to my friend Subina :)

Friday, February 20, 2015

Next book: Unfolding into Unconditional Love...and Devotion Divine!

Need to finish my next book! Here's the website and Synopsis:

"Unfolding into Unconditional Love …and Devotion Divine!” addresses the problems in relationships and the longing of every heart for love. The fundamental and essential nature of all humans is that of unconditional love. The fallacy of seeking love from others brings misery and the unfolding of unconditional love from within takes us home to bliss. The compassion for others is an expression of the love within and devotion is the pure love for the divine. All faiths have devotion in common and this book celebrates the beautiful diversity of devotion from various faiths. As human beings we can all identify with the feelings of love, and love is the same in all human beings, though expressions may differ. When devotion is expressed from the heart it kindles the same in the reader. It is the objective of the book to foster unconditional love in others.
Devotion being her innate nature, the author narrates her passions of longing, praise, and celebration of the divine. Each time it brings forth her intense devotion from the core of her being as a natural and effortless flow. She takes us on a boat ride through the pleasure gardens of divine love. Through mysticism she creates the visions of ecstasy and intoxication, much like the devotional saints of the past. This spills into a sense of oneness and unconditional love for all.
The goal of human evolution according to several faiths is liberation. Devotion and unconditional love for all is one such means of attaining this goal. Through the path of love one learns that the journey of life is from the head to the heart, the core of our being. The final merger with divine consciousness is achieved in a grand celebration of uniting with the beloved, with one’s own Self!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Shiva the Ether

Shiva Ratri Night lookup into the sky and see that space, ether, has no division, it is all One. That empty ether pulsates, that is 'Naad'. Stars and galaxies float in space, the vast ether. From the tiniest sub-atomic particle to galaxies, the form is of a double torus, the 'Damaru'.

The center point of the torus is the Singularity. Through Mantra Naad or Meditation connect with the Singularity within, in the space of heart Chakra. That singularity is the Ether. Connecting with the Ether connects to you to all, everything, because in Ether there is no division, it is all One. The connection point is that of Stillness...
On Shivatri let's connect with the Ether that permeates us.
*Nassim Haramein talks about the double torus and I wondered if this is what Shivji's Damaru represents.

Saturday, February 14, 2015 to to; Conflict and Competition to Compassion and Cooperation; Self-centered to Centered-in-the-Self; We -must- evolve to survive.

 Before the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this year reports were leased that stated facts such as 80 individuals have more wealth than half the world population, and 1% of the world as much wealth as the rest of the 99%. Many more millions today are living on less than $1 a day then just a few decades ago.

I have been watching documentaries like "Thrive" and others which talk about the world being controlled by a few ruling elite. Essentially the World Bank and the IMF are at the top of the pyramid of control. They are owned and managed mainly by three elite families, the Rothchilds, the Rockerfellers, and the Morgans. Below this top level in the hierarchy are the central banks of countries such as the Federal Reserve, which is an independent body, and not a government controlled bank. Again, it's a these elite families who run these banks. Then come the major global banks, CitiBank, Chase, and Bank of America, again owned and run by these 3 elite families. These powerful and wealthy banks then control the large corporations who take loans from them. These banks also control the government through these corporations, as well as loaning money to the government in return for government bonds. 

The large corporations are really the ones who are controlling the government, because it is they who fund the corrupt politicians and their campaigns. Corporations only have one thing in mind - profit. They do not care about the people. 
Therefore pharmaceuticals want to sell more drugs and wouldn't want natural cures or a healthy society, more sickness there is, the more profit there is. 
Energy companies want to sell more oil and coal and wouldn't want inventions of free energy to be available. They want to enslave the population and pollute the environment to save money and make more money. 
Governments go to war in the middle-east to get control over the oil fields. Then the IMF loans money to embattled countries and forces the use of those funds to pay large corporations to rebuild the country, so the money goes to the companies, and the poor countries are left with a large debt. 
More than half of the budget goes in defense spending in many countries. Large companies that supply arms to the government influence the corrupt politicians to go to war so that the arms stock is used whereby generating more sales to the defense department. 
The large food corporations want to generate more crops, faster and cheaper through the use of Genetically Modified seeds which can cause a great deal of harm. And so on...and so forth...

So how long can this world of conflict and competition go on? 
It is on self destruct. 
We need a paradigm shift. Otherwise we will go extinct or suffer great catastrophes. 
It has to start with the individual. I feel that it is only those who evolve from a selfish, materialistic, ego based functioning to a spiritual, compassionate, and wise way of being will survive. This may be a small percentage of the population, but it has started happening. 
Then we need to restructure our communities. Our world have to evolve from being in conflict and competing with each other to communities based on cooperation and collaboration. There are several intentional communities based on permaculture that are coming up around the world. 

We live in a very exciting time, where the old will be destroyed and the new world order will be established. There is hope, there is a way, the way is to evolve towards love and wisdom. We must and we will! 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Singularity - Oneness - Ekam - Advaita

There was an aha! moment that came this morning, and I was anxiously waiting to pen it down before the vision disappeared...

There is only One which became many.

If we look at the process (Yagya) of how human life is created, it starts with one human egg, through the process of cell division that one cell becomes many. Like a fractal. Because all cells came from the same cell, from the same center, nucleus, all the cells are connected, as one being, they all communicate. Each cell is NOT separate, though we tend to look at each cell as separate. However; it is one system, one being, functioning through billions of cells. This is the human being, the microcosm of creation.

In the macrocosm, the universal level, it is the same. What happens at the macro-cosmic level is in fact replicated in the human being, at the micro-cosmic level, like a fractal.
So this is how I envision what happens continuously as a cycle, creation...destruction and creation again.
Creation is like an endless fractal, in which one side goes to infinity and the other side goes to singularity.
Suppose the whole creation started from one soul, like an embryo cell of a baby. That soul divided like cell division, as a fractal, into many...many souls. Yet as each soul comes from the original soul, the same essence grows and passes on. There's a deeper connection, a link, a subtle communication between all souls. Because of the One everyone communicates. The center of each soul is connected to the primordial soul that it came from.   
The problem is that in individuals, our ignorance, and ego, keeps us separated from others, from the inherent connection with all souls, and we don't feel the Oneness of being. 
All the spiritual traditions point towards the oneness of all things. 
The problem that this ignorance of separateness creates is of misery. The false idea of being limited creates problems. Just trace the cause of all your miseries, and you will see that sadness, suffering, sorrow, are all mental attitudes. The root cause is fear of death, feeling of lack, absence of love, and ignorance. Isn't it? 
So what is the solution? It is to connect with Oneness, with infinity. Like each individual cell feeling connected to all other cells and sensing the whole human body.
How do we connect with the all the souls, the whole?
You see our own center is the connection point with the whole. 
That center in us is the heart.
That's why all wisdom traditions point to a path inwards to find that connection point, of stillness, or null, and in that point of singularity is an explosion of infinitude...of oneness! :) 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Health, Relationships, Money. Problems. Miseries

Animals never suffer. Yes they die, they feel pain, but they never go through mental misery, or ask things like, "Why me? Why did I have to get cancer. I'm a good person." Animals die of either natural death, or are killed by another animal to be eaten (unless something man-made kills them). Animals have fear of death, as we do, but they do not suffer from worry, stress, phobias, or other mental ailments. You see humans are mental animals. We use our mind in unnatural ways, have negative thoughts and toxic feelings, make wrong choices in our actions, and this causes physical disease.

It is the same with relationships. Animals don't have relationship problems :) It is our human ego and ignorance that creates issues between humans. We accumulate Karm with individuals who then reappear in life after life till the time we learn how to handle each others' short comings. Often our past enemies are born as present relatives :) To handle tough relationships, or to walk away from it, needs a combination of compassion and dispassion. If you can't have compassion, pray for them. Love and wisdom - this combination alone can forgive others so we don't store negative emotional toxins against others. We also need self-love and wisdom to forgive ourselves, remove guilt from our mistakes.

Then there's obsession with money, or misery due to the lack of it, or jealously of others having more. Yes we need money, actually we need food, clothing and shelter to maintain the body. But we maintain the human body to evolve spiritually to be free from miseries, not just exist: eat, sleep, procreate and die. There is a purpose to human life, and if you don't find and fulfill your purpose you will end up feeling miserable. True isn't it? This is the human quotient! Humans want to evolve. Animals are limited to just existence, but humans can attain infinite bliss.

When we ask the question "Why me?" we should use that to find out the root cause and fix it. It is our own ignorance, the deep tendencies and patterns created from negative thoughts, words and actions. We need to reflect on these. We need to bring out the imperfections within us, like muck bubbling to the surface. Unless we bring it up it will never release. Now we don't just keep bringing it up and get stuck in that either. We need to overcome the imperfection that was stored in us, it is now available on the surface to examine. The moment we observe this limitation with awareness, discrimination and wisdom, it will disappear. If it comes up again, we can heal it with infinite love and immense light, that will dissolve the darkness of our limitations, instantly.

Problems will always exist, it is a part of the play of creation, they are there so that we grow in love and learn wisdom. Only then can we realize that we are infinite beings of love and light. So Evolve! Become a being of bliss! That is the only permanent and ultimate solution to miseries.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Beyond the Material

Do you believe you are more than just body and mind?
You know those early morning thoughts that come to you just as you are rising?
This morning between sleeping and waking, the thoughts that came to me were something along the lines of, "Do I have a soul? How would I know?" It's a logical, rational question. 

Most people are content with the thinking that they are like a battery, once the battery's life is over, it over, nothing remains. A majority of the world population is content with just the material world, and knowing that they are just body and mind, nothing more. But could I exist beyond the body and mind?

All animals have a few basic patterns: fear of death, need to eat, sleep, and procreate. Now humans also have these tendencies. Most humans spend all their lives in maintaining the body. If you look at our endeavors, of getting education to get a job to earn money to buy food, clothing and shelter; it is basically to sustain life. If we spend all our lives in just sustaining our body then a human life wouldn't be any different from an animal life. But we are different from animals, because we have the freedom to choose. We can break the laws of nature that animals are ruled by, for example an animal will never over eat, or sleep late, and so on. 

In this life I want to pursue things more than just sustaining the body and attaining material wealth, I want to experience my soul. I know that I have a body, thoughts, feelings, intellect, memory and ego, but how can I know if I have a soul unless I witness it? As the soul is beyond the mind, it can only be experienced, and perhaps as long as the mind is active it veils the experience of the soul. There are many paranormal experiences, which could be labelled as mental projections or hallucinations. There is no proof of the soul, because the soul is beyond proof. So how do I know that the soul is real?

A lot of people have now become aware of energy, Prana, the life force energy, and the etheric energy, as in the Aura which is the electromagnetic field around the body. We have invented instruments that measure and image the Aura.

Those who are still stuck in the material realm won't even have an interest in such topics as Aura, Prana, Chakras, energy, even though now it is scientifically proven. I think the time is over for those who want to keep humanity trapped in just the material realm. It's time to evolve. However; we also can't make the world a better place by running away from it or shunning it. We need to become the change makers, and live in the world in a more enlightened way.

Right now most things in society dumb down the brain to just the three dimensional reality. Media, consumerism, capitalism, politics, economy and the the social norms of gaining more and more wealth, power and fame only feed the ego and ignorance. I see most human like robots controlled by political leaders and large companies. Do we suffer from mass hypnosis of living in a perfect society under the care of Santa Claus? It's only a few renegades that scratch under the surface and find falsehood, such whistle-blowers are quickly caught and framed as criminals. Sounds like the movie "The Matrix". Those who want to control you will not want you to think or investigate, because if you find out the truth you will rebel. Sometimes things like war, terrorism, political scandals, cover-ups, rock our boat and we question, but then authority quickly control the herd to go back to "business as usual" and we go back to our zombie stupor. 

Such is the world. I question, I ponder, I wonder, there must be more, I feel it, I sense something deeper. But how can I witness my soul? Yes I have faith in the many masters who have witnessed their soul, and tell us so; I have faith in the ancient scriptures that describe the soul, however I'm still searching for my own soul through my own personal and direct experience. I wonder what that experience will be like. I wonder about my real identity. I wonder about what's beyond my body and mind...I can't be just this body, or just this mind.... 
Do you ever wonder, "Who am I?"

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Spiritual but not Religious (SBNR)

The fastest growing term in the 21st century is "Spiritual but not Religious". An increasing percentage of the population now claim to be "Spiritual". So what does that really mean?
"Spirituality is a process of personal transformation, either in accordance with traditional religious ideals, or, increasingly, oriented on subjective experience and psychological growth independently of any specific religious context. In a more general sense, it may refer to almost any kind of meaningful activity or blissful experience. There is no single, widely-agreed definition for the concept." 

On the other hand terms like, "He's very religious", are starting to have a tinge of fundamentalism, and the word "religion" seems to imply divisiveness, dogma, rituals, traditions, and hardened belief-systems. Is that the image you get in your mind too? Most forward thinking people now walk away from the closed minded approach of religious following or authority. It turns off the liberal minded younger generation in particular.

We live in the age of enlightenment, with greater freedom to choose our way of life rather than adhere to social and religious norms. Isn't it? California is often called a double edged sword where we see extreme wealth and cutting edge spiritual awareness. A lot of people have begun to follow aspects from spiritual traditions that they were not born into. About 20% of the US population claims that they are not affiliated with any religion, that includes 30% of those under 30.

Individualized forms of spirituality have sprung as spiritual seekers carve out a personal path, integrating elements from many spiritual sources that resonate with them. Spiritual seekers become the beneficiary of all spiritual traditions. Now spirituality implies an inner experience of consciousness, a search for answers about existence, and personal growth. Spiritual masters today give wisdom on life, creation, and consciousness, based on their own spiritual awakening and learning, not from a pulpit based on a book.

A mystic is defined as one who has direct experience of divinity, and in times past mystics used to withdraw from the material world. The new age mystics are these spiritual seekers who live in the world while probing the infinite mysteries within, and finding balance in both the inner and outer worlds. The good news is that there's been a surge of spirituality and therefore an increase in mystical experiences. How do we know? A Pew survey from 2009 points to more people claiming spiritual experiences now than they did 10, 20, 30 years ago.

The interesting fact is that most of the spiritual wisdom and practices followed today by spiritual seekers and masters is heavily based on the Vedic Dharma ("Hinduism"), and Buddhism. Vedic Dharma is pluralistic, secular, and does not ask for anyone to convert to follow it's wisdom or practices. The nice thing about this new spirituality is that the spiritual aspect can be incorporated in one's life without adopting the "religious" rituals, etc.. Therefore; no one will claim to be "Hindu" or "Buddhist" even though they have accepted the Vedic tenets of Karma, Dharma, reincarnation, Chakras, Mokha (enlightenment), consciousness, meditation, yoga, breathing techniques and so on. "Ved" means universal eternal knowledge based on truth, and all sources of universal truths come under the umbrella of "Ved". The Vedic tradition does have a plethora of texts, however; a "Hindu" would easily accept wisdom from all traditions, because "Ved" means universal wisdom. Wisdom doesn't belong to any religion, it's inherent in consciousness (another Vedic tenet).

As we got exposed to the wisdom of all religious in the information age, and the world became a village, we borrowed and assimilated the best of all faiths. Now is the time we more forward into the age of enlightenment where we live in the oneness of wisdom, universality of love, and break down the hard walls of ignorant belief-systems. Aum-Amen!

Monday, February 2, 2015

"Hindus" do NOT believe in "Gods"

First of all the term "Hindu" is a misnomer. The proper indigenous word is "Vedic" or Sanatana Dharma for the spiritual tradition you refer to as "Hinduism".
Vedic Dharma does not believe in many "Gods"!

The concept of the English word "God" today stands for a monotheistic belief in One Omnipotent (all powerful), Omniscient (all knowing), Omnipresent (all pervasive), Supreme Being.
In Vedic Dharma the closest correspondence to this definition of "God" would be Brahman.

"Hinduism" or Sanatan Dharm accepts 3 texts as authority: the 4 Vedas; Brahma Sutras; and the Bhagavad Gita. Any other text or postulation has to be verifiable from these texts and they are used as a reference in any religious discussion or writing.
Therefore; if we refer to these 3 texts, it's only "Brahman" that comes closest to the definition of "God".

Brahman, being infinite and eternal is beyond description, because any description puts a boundary and limits. However; certain attributes can "point towards" what Brahman is, such as being the One Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, Supreme Being. Or the Vedic pointer, "Satyam Jnanam Anantam Brahman", which is similar.
I will not delve further in the philosophies of the Vedic culture. We need to understand the fundamental principles of Vedic Dharma first in simple terms.

Now how did this concept of "Hindus" believing in many Gods come about?
It may have come from the ignorant British imperialistic rulers who wanted to demean the Vedic Dharma to claim superiority of their Christian "God" in their missionary zeal to convert and rule over "Hindus". Before them the even more ignorant and destructive Muslim colonizer's holy violence destroyed much of the Vedic foundation, terming the followers of this deep spiritual tradition as "Kafirs" and "Jahils", and it continues till this day.

The Vedic Dharma talks about Brahman and the process of creation. In the descent of creation through the layers of various "Lokhs" (dimensions?), several beings were created with certain "roles" in the functioning of creation. So Vishnu and its Avatars were created to keep us on track per Dharma. Vishnu and the Avatars of Vishnu such as Sri Ram, Sri Krishna are NOT Brahman ("God"). Sri Krishna in the Gita spoke about Brahman extensively. Yes as Brahman is infinite and all pervasive nothing can exist outside of Brahman, so Sri Krishn is also part of Brahman. Perhaps you can understand it this way, Sri Krishn is a highly evolved Being, like Christ, on one of the higher scales of evolution; such is an "Avatar". There's are others ways to understand "Avatar" including the awakening of consciousness within.

In the Gita it says, "Sri Bhagavan Uvaacha" referring to Sri Krishn. Now "Bhagavan" is not Brahman ("God"). The term Bhagavan is not used in the Vedas, but Sri Krishn is referred to as Bhagavan in the Gita because when he channeled the Gita the wisdom inherent in Brahman flowed through him. Again, I will not get into the definition of "Bhagavan" but will keep it simple here. There are several other people and beings who have been given the title "Bhagavan".

There are other Beings in Vedic Dharma that were referred to as "Gods" by the British, Christians, Westerners, Muslims, Jews, etc., which is incorrect! They do not understand Vedic Dharma and did not consult any authority on Vedic Dharma to come up with their own false concepts, biases and judgments of Sanatan Dharm.
There are so many categories of these Beings mentioned in the Vedic scriptures, Devis, Devatas, Rishis, Siddhas, Gandharvas, Yakshas, Manas Putras such as Kumaras, and so on. Some of the popular names you would have heard are, Ganesh, Lakshmi, Durga, Shiva, Brahma (not Brahman), Indra, Narayan, and so on. These are not "Gods"! You can think of them as elevated, enlightened, highly evolved beings, or collective consciousness; evolved to varying degrees, in higher realms ("Lokhs"). We humans may have descended from one of them, and we too can ascend to become one of them.

We need to stop translating Devas to Gods, which was done by Western commentators, because it is incorrect. Devas are beings created by God for certain functions in creation. If we can use terms such as "Karma", "Guru" and "Dharma" without translating them, please let's extend our dictionary further to Devas, Rishis, etc. Sanskrit is an excellent language for spiritual terms.

If you read the Purusha Suktam of the Rig Ved it partly describes the process of creation and how it descended. It says that the "Purusha", which can be translated as the infinite, eternal, all pervasive consciousness, is the only thing worth knowing in the Vedas, from it all creation came, all these beings came.
If you read the Upanishads there is no reference to many "Gods", there is only ONE, non-dual Brahman.
If you read the Bhagavad Gita there is no mention of these Devi/Devatas as being Brahman.

The Vedic culture is based on universal energies, we revere everything as divine, as a part of Brahman, and we worship everything in nature. You may call it pantheism, that's fine. We don't see a separation of "God" and creation. If God is infinite and all pervasive how can something exist outside of Him? And if everything was created of Him then isn't everything part of Him? Therefore divine? Only ignorance can think of God with a human form sitting somewhere in heaven and no more thought is given to "Who is God?" If God is a human sitting in heaven then He becomes a limited mortal like us. It is then this ignorance in people that demeans the Vedic Dharma.

We live in an enlightened new age where the words like "Consciousness" and "Spirituality" have become common. Vedic dharma is based on "Consciousness". Let's stop creating differences. Before making statements and claims about "Hinduism" please learn the Vedic scriptures to gain a correct understanding. This can remove the deep founded bias and judgments on Vedic dharma that most Christian, Muslim, Jewish and others have about "Hinduism" which causes a division in humanity. Even though non-Hindus are adopting meditation and yoga, they will never refer to the Vedic tradition from where these practices came. There are many "New Age" masters and practitioners who will use the words "Karma" and "Dharma" and other Vedic terms, but will never refer to the Vedic wisdom from where this understanding came. Why? Because of this deep embedded misunderstanding that "Hindus" are "idol-worshippers" who believe in "many Gods"! I have investigated this to depth and therefore state this here. There is still an obsession with just Jesus Christ (whom I revere just as much as I do Krishn-ji) and not the acceptance of the greater whole, including all Masters, Avatars, Rishis, of the Vedic Dharma.

Open your mind and eyes and include all sources of absolute Truth. Let's evolve availing the gems of universal Wisdom that dwells in all spiritual traditions. One must not leave out "Hindus" and claim to have universal Love.

There are many websites with simple basic information on this Dharma. Such as:

Friday, January 30, 2015

Believe in your Self!

As I was driving back work today I was thinking about the separation we have between God and us. I have learnt that there is the eternal consciousness, Brahman, all pervading and infinite. I know that I am Atma (soul consciousness), though I have not realized it. I love and pray to 'God'. But there why this separation? It is just a filter in the mind. Ofh! So much is just the mind. Then what happens when I set the mind aside? As I thought and felt my way through this, I began to hear somethings within, "Own your Self!"... That Brahman is me....."You are that!".....There is no God other than me....."There is NO OTHER! There is no 'He' in the heavens. There is only you!"......"Believe in your Self!"
My higher self is this whole cosmic consciousness....such an amazing feeling! Wah! As I drove, looking out from the car, I felt a sense of expansion. For a few moments that amazing feeling that I'm much bigger that just this physical body, and more lies beyond the mind.
We must know this. Each one of us must realize this. This is the age in which we need to bring forth our entire being, blossom fully in our divinity and bring it to life in the outer world, manifest divinity in reality. Each one must make this happen...
If you are young, this is your time. You are in an age creating the next wave of evolution. A better world. "Believe in your Self!" You are that which you seek.