Sunday, January 14, 2018

Tyiba - Pure - Pavitra - Pak

Recently I had the opportunity to discover the meaning of 'pure'. I met a person whose name is Tyiba, and upon inquiring, she said "Tyiba", is Arabic for 'pure'.

Hmm, so I wondered, what does 'pure' truly mean? 

Purity of body...
Purity of mind, pure thoughts...
Purity of heart, pure feelings...
Atma (consciousness) is forever pure.

I asked Tyiba what 'pure' means to her. She said, "As per my intuition is concerned, I can say pure means free from discordant qualities, having no faults."

Yes, that's right. But then what are those qualities? And how do we define what is a 'fault'?

Sattva, is one of the three elements of nature that is denoted by purity. 
"Sattva binds one to happiness; rajas conditions the being toward actions; and tamas clouds wisdom and binds one to delusion." (Geeta, 14 / 9)

"Amongst these, sattva guṇa, the mode of goodness, being purer than the others, is illuminating and full of well-being. O sinless one, it binds the soul by creating attachment for a sense of happiness and knowledge." (Geeta, 14 / 6)
"When all the gates of the body are illumined by wisdom, know it to be a manifestation of the Sattva", (Geeta, 14/11)

On reflecting more, I felt that a pure state is more than just Sattva. 
It is a state that transcends all three gunas. A stainless state that can only be divine.

When we take anything higher, towards divinity, or offer it to the divine, or becomes divine, then it's purified, or 'pure'. 

For example, love. When we have emotional love for another, it is imperfect, impure. But when we take that love higher towards that One Supreme, it becomes divine love, pure. 
And even further, when we experience that peace, love, and bliss within us, as our own true nature, as the quality of our consciousness, it is pure love.  

In the Vedic tradition, fire symbolizes the Atma (consciousness), and everything that is offered into it, or passes through it, becomes purified. The color orange that you see Vedic monks (Swamis) wearing symbolizes that purifying fire (consciousness) that has purified them. 

Emotions are purified by Devotion purifies emotions. 
Intellect is purified by spiritual Knowledge. 
Breath is purified by Pranayam. 
Body is purified by detoxification. 
Meditation purifies the subconscious mind. 
Beneficial and positive thoughts, feelings, are pure. 
When we offer our desires to the divine as prayer, they become purified. 
All this purification ultimately leads us to our divine Self. 

So the conclusion I came to is this:

That which originates from consciousness (Atma) is pure. When anything comes from individual ego, mind, or ignorance it is impure. 
When our thoughts and feelings come from the soul they are always pure.
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Monday, December 4, 2017

the Being beyond Behavior

Personality...

The curtain between you and me is our personality.
Our behavior, our emotions, our style, our likes and dislikes, our drama.
The mask we wear, that has stuck to our real face.

What if...
you could play with the mask
What if...
you could choose and change your masks
What if...
you could pick and play with your personality

I saw...in my mind's eye
how easily I could choose my behavior
how I could change how I act at will
I saw...within my mind
how I am an actor with my character
how trivial superficial it is to my Being

Then I...
had a good laugh...hahaha...this is so much fun!
Then I...
saw my true nature behind the character, alak niranjan!

The sun always shines, with millions of rays being its expression
Still remains the One Sun.
That brilliant sun - the still the steady

Even saints and Avatars have had a personality. No one has been perfect in words and behavior.
Why judge? Yourself and others...
Look beyond behavior to the Being.
Aho!
Trestle: Intermediate Masks

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Gita Chapter 15 with Vinita

Purushuttam Yoga - knowledege of Jiva, Jagat and Ishvar. Individual soul, creation, and God (consciousness).


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Bhagavat Gita Ch 13 part 2

Bhagavat Gita Chapter 13 (Part 2 of 2) - the Yoga of the Field and its Knower
with Vinita


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Gita Chapter 13 verses 1-12

Bhagavat Gita Chapter 13 (verses 1-12) - the Yoga of the Field and its Knower
with Vinita