Saturday, March 15, 2014

Eternal Way to Bliss

Self discovery is good, but can lead to partial truth. Those who in a permanent state of enlightenment (moksha/nirvana), convey the complete truth. That which can then heard/listened, pondered upon and experienced as witnessing the Self.
* At some point in the past the consciousness/Atma that descended drew a curtain from the Oneness, Self/Atma an illusionary identity separate from the whole - the Jiva - the Ego! Jiva exists over many life times.
* This brought forgetfulness, ignorance - Avidya. The root cause, the first knot (granthi), ignorance.

* The causal layer of existence, the subconscious, perpetuates the creation of subtle and gross levels. The mind and other related, is the subtle layer of existence, and body the gross. Over time the identity with the mind and body became very strong with time.
* The illusionary separateness from Self, the veil of ignorance, made the individual soul unaware of it's own nature, Sat Chit Anand, the infinite eternal existence all-knowing blissful Atma. This feeling of lack, the ignorance that one is bliss, caused desire (Kaama - the 2nd knot or granthi) to acquire happiness, which leads to all desires.
* These plethora of desires drove thoughts, feelings and actions (Kaama based Karma - the 3rd knot).
* These desire based thoughts, feelings, actions, from the limited self or ego, creates side effects or impurities. Eg. the desire for perfection may cause anger. Not knowing that Oneness, that I am everyone-everything and everyone/everything is in me causes dislike (Dvesh) therefore anger (Krodh). And forgetting that everything is me already, causes craving (raaga) therefore desires (Kaam).  The other impure emotions of lust, jealousy, greed, hatred, fear, grief, anger, are from this limited self. These patterns of thoughts, emotions, experiences cause stains, impressions, tendencies, called Vasanas. Over millions of yrs these have accumulated in the causal layer that then creates the corresponding subtle layer (mind, subconscious) and physical. Each impurity blocks the flow of energy, life force and evolution in particular chakras - energy centers in the ladder of evolution. In fact is sensitive to observing, about 80% of our thoughts, feelings, behaviors are based on tendencies, patterns, impressions from deep within. These Vasanas in the causal layer create the effects in the mind and subconscious. Our dreams are also based on these.
* The other effect of our desire based actions is the perpetuation of a cause and effect account, Karma. The seeds we sow, the seeds that have sprouted (Prarabdh karma), the seeds which may sprout (Sanchit), and what we are sowing now (Agami). That account is also is stored in the causal layer that creates the subtle body, physical body (in DNA), and events/experiences in our lives.
* The divine plan is for us to fall from our true divine nature, to the ignorant, and then to ascend again to our divine Self. All wisdom traditions of the world are infact about erasing the accumulated stains, Vasanas, and not acquiring any more. I have personally learned and experienced several wisdom traditions. For me there is only one universal timeless wisdom and man has drawn boundaries and given identities and separated it into fragments. This time I'm born into the Vedic tradition.
* The Vedas that were not from human mind, were revelations given to enlightened souls from the divine consciousness.
* In the Vedic methodology of purification there is a very intelligent and scientific process. It is the same in Christianity, Buddhism, and other traditions as well. However; Christianity has unfortunately been ruined by the Roman emperors and won't get into that now.
* The Vedic methodology in the Vedas and Gita talks about Karma Yoga, Raj Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Jnan Yoga.
* It systematically purifies the muddy, turbulent waters so then we can see our reflection. Bring back the Oneness, and return to Sat Chit Anand.
* Karma Yoga removes say 30% of the impurities and Vasanas by the reduction of desires (kaama) and desire driven thoughts and actions. This removes the mud from the muddy waters. The 2 knots. Karma yoga is not to have desire for the result of what you do. To dedicate everything you do as a service to others, and an offering to divine. To then know that you are not the doer, but the Self, this brings dispassion and detachment (Vairagya). When operating from the Self one cannot get new stains. Therefore dispassionate Karma will not get you new stains. The Atma can't be stained - it is the Jiva that accumulates stains.
* Without this purification if one gains knowledge, or spiritual powers, or has spiritual experiences, the evolution or growth is distorted. Many go to the next phase of meditation, and other yogic methods without this initial purification step. That's why it's a methodology. Therefore one sees a lot of spiritual aspirants, yogis, masters with still the same desires for things, ego, anger, judgement etc.
* The Raj yoga of dhyan, pranayam, asanas, etc. is to still the turbulent (Vikshepa) waters of the mind after removing the mud. The amount that one would gain from meditation is the amount of purity brought about by Karm Yog. Raj yoga reduces the vasanas (stains) by say another 30% and also reduces potential karmic effects. Therefore meditation etc can keep certain genes off and also bring about changes in DNA and the mind/brain. Meditation also is used later in Jnan yoga for experiencing what is the nature of the Self. Raj yoga brings purity and clarity
* Bhakti yog purifies emotions. Unconditional love. It brings in surrender, faith, and reduces the negative side of ego. This is a very important step before gaining Self knowledge. Because to dive into the unknown, the unknowable one needs to surrender the ego and have faith. Unconditional love is also the canvas upon which the pillars of knowledge are painted.
* When the preparation is of purity and clarity are complete then the fruit is ripened naturally for Jnan - witnessing the Oneness - the Self. Other times one can have limited experience, or powers, or limited knowledge, only to the point one has purified and calmed the mind, the mud has been removed and the surface has been stilled for you now to see your true reflection and deep of the ocean. The process of Jnan is first to know about the nature of the Self before diving into the ocean, know the territory as indicated by realized beings who have witnessed. It's the unknowable so there are only pointers. This is Sravanam. Then one has to ponder and clear doubts, have questions answered so that the intellect is purified. This is Mananam. The mind and intellect are tools to take the leap. The knowingness, the witnessing, Being the Self, is the removal of the 1st cause, or knot, of ignorance. The ultimate is the annihilation of the ego (Jiva) to only have a functional ego (self-respect), mind, body to fully realize the human potential while living. The full return to the divine Self, which is permanent, which cuts all limitations, bondage, it is liberation. Then there is unlimited bliss, wisdom and existence (Sat Chit Anand) which is the Atma. When operating from the Atma there is no accumulation of stains.

This is only a very limited version of the universal and timeless wisdom (Ved). I would encourage everyone to read the Gita with implied and deeper meanings from an evolved soul such as Swami Chinmayananda. This is also the subject of my book Eternal Way to Bliss. 

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