Daily Archives: August 29, 2018
Murli notes. August 23, 2018
Baba describes remembrance as a steep ladder. This implies that we have to rise above everything, including something that could take the form, shape and size of the Himalayan mountain range. The practice of keeping oneself up above is important for our ultimate tests.
Baba talks about love. As you may have heard me say many times, love is not a feeling but an attitude. Love for the father means to have a clear understanding that He is the source of what we need. If we get deviated by attraction to a person, place, or thing it implies that we did not understand what we receive from God. This is why it is said preet buddhi the intellect with love and vipreet buddhi the intellect, not that it has no love, but really it means the intellect filled with hatred. Hatred means that you do not understand God, you assume God to be something which He is not. This is also insulting to Him. Shiv Baba is telling us is what He actually is, and how we should be thinking of Him. Therefore, love for Him also means that we understand Him as He presents Himself to us. We do not mix our preconceptions and our former religious beliefs into it. If there is a mixture it implies that we do not understand Him accurately. Consequently we cannot connect to Him.
Baba emphasizes that this is our last birth, this is the end, our roles are finished, the play is finished, and everything is over. Baba used the word Samapti at the end of the last season. Many BKs are thinking about the meaning of ‘everything is over’. Certainly the avyakt role is over, the sakar role has been over since 1969. There is a lot of interest in the question: what is next? Most BKs consider that we require a much higher level of yoga. Considering yoga to be a practice that takes you high up above all the considerations of the world, including moral and ethical considerations, and to view the human world from God’s perspective in the soul world.
Baba talks about death. We are living a life where we have died already. He calls this Murjeeva janam It assumes that we are taking our support from God. Shiv Baba is our source. We do not take sustenance from the world. Baba compares the intellect with love and the intellect with hatred to the Yadavas (European people of the West) and Kauravas (Unenlightened Hindus of India). Kauravas are called those who have hatred for God, for truth, for reality, and are unwilling to consider it, or to act according to it. When Baba says we don’t have any connection with this world it is related to taking your sustenance from this world, your sense of identity and this world has full meaning for you. When you are dead whilst alive, it means that your meaning comes from the other side, the non material side, the side on which Baba is to be found.
With this practice of being dead whilst alive, many things happen. In the light of the knowledge of the world cycle, and reincarnation, we stop being afraid of death and we stop identifying with our body. We consider the body as an object that we use, and that will eventually be discarded. We are not alarmed about other people dying, because we know that everybody is a soul, and they will come back, and nothing can ever be lost. We understand that this is our last birth, that Shiv Baba comes only at the time of the end, the time of the destruction, and that we have done this many times. Shiv Baba says that He told us all this 5000 years ago and is telling us once again. Baba emphasizes that the confluence age, between the Iron Age and the Golden Age is the period of destruction. Baba calls destruction a task. That means it is creative work which is paradoxical.
At this time Baba gives importance to women, particularly to virgin girls – kumaris. The murli mentions the kumari who uplifts 21 clans. This is a well-known saying in India. However, it would be more accurate to say 21 generations. Whatever you do as Baba’s child, Baba’s student, as a yogi and follower of the Satguru, has an enormous impact on your biological relatives. Many are unaware about this because it is so subtle and often not discernible until many years later.
There is a connection with Christianity. The Virgin Mary is a Kumari and also the mother of Jesus. The Indian goddesses, the Shiv Shaktis are all virgins but they are also called mothers. Clearly, there is a connection between the spiritual meaning of the Indian goddesses and that of the virgin Mary, but it is not known by the Christians; at least I don’t think that they know.
The process of being dead whilst alive also impies the need to destroy attachment. Attachment arises when we take emotional support from a thing, place or person. Baba wants us to let go of that and be just as easy with or without it. This is the practice of the lotus life. You are in the world and not of the world. You are above the negativity of the world.
Baba says that knowledge is a matter of a second. You get a moment of clarity, a moment of enlightenment once you understand that you are a soul, that you belong to God, and you understand the cycle. It takes only a moment to grasp it, but a long time to finish off your karmic accounts, to overcome the resistance and inertia, and to create your fortune. This is why Baba makes the point about King Janak having come too late in the confluence age. He goes to the silver age because he did not have time to accumulate the yoga power, to study and to do the work of finishing off his outstanding karmic accounts.
The Brahma Kumaris experiencing a change of era now that Bapdada’s avyakt role is over. I think we will soon see well-known people coming to us. Many will come but they will not have enough time. They may take up the practice very intensively, but due to lack of time, they may not be able to reach what Baba calls the stage of the golden aged master or emperor.
Shiv Baba describes himself as Sarvashaktivan and this is translated as Almighty Authority. There are times when Baba talks of himself as the authority, but that is usually regarding the authority of knowledge. We have to understand that this means that he has all the power, he has all the powers, and that he knows everything so he is the full authority of knowledge. In English, we have this expression omniscient for knowing everything and omnipotent for having all the powers and that goes with the third word omnipresent. Baba says no I am not omnipresent but I am omniscient the authority of knowledge and I am omnipotent, the almighty.
In the early days of the Yagya, the Bks used to refer to Shiv Baba as Almighty Baba and they would use the word Baba for Brahma baba. Our love for Shiv Baba is connected with our recognition of Him. If we do not recognize God we cannot take benefit. The recognition and acting on that understanding is what Baba means by love. It also means that when you take your sustenance and support from Shiv Baba and not from anywhere else, it means you can focus exclusively on Him. Others whom you may have taken support from previously, are experienced as co-actors of the drama. You are no longer taking emotional support from them therefore you can let them go whenever you have to.
Baba compares Bks with different kinds of birds. Nightingales speak the knowledge very sweetly and everyone wants to listen. Parrots repeat what they have been told but they do not necessarily understand. There is a temple in south India of goddess Minakshi who has a parrot on her shoulder. Dadi Janki has compared herself with this goddess and says ‘I don’t tell you anything, I just repeat what I heard from Baba.’ Ccrows are people who fight and squabble. There are some like that. Pigeons make make a cooing sound, not saying anything in their own right but sound that one might make if you are agreeing with what you are hearing. The pigeon is associated with Parvati and the Story of Immortality. This story was never known because Parvati fell asleep. The sound of pigeons gave Shankar the impression she was listening. Baba asks us to compare ourselves with flowers: ‘do you have a beautiful form, color and fragrance. Evaluate yourself accordingly.
There is a story called The City of Darkness. In the city of darkness all things were the same price, everybody had an equal status. It resulted in absolute catastrophe. This famous story in the form of a poem is well known to Indian people who generally learn this at school. It is a reference to democracy. The murli uses the term the rule of the people by the people. Baba says the better form of governance is Monarchy. Everybody is unequal and Baba is establishing a kingdom. In the modern world we subscribe to the idea of democracy. The BK organization has to operate in a democratic manner but the yagya is a preparation for a kingdom. It is hierarchical but hierarchy does not imply tyranny.
The kings and queens of the late iron age were tyrannical and republics were established. Once the system of Monarchy is removed, it is replaced by a republic which may degenerate into military dictatorship which degenerates further into anarchy, civil war and destruction. Democracy is part of the process that leads to destruction, because particularly in India after the 1940s it could be corrupted very easily. Baba prefers monarchy. The Kings of India have to be spiritually as well as politically powerful, pure and serve the kingdom. The example of the raj rishi is given which refers to King Janak a great king and a renunciate. Baba often describes Raja Yoga as the practice needed now if you wish to become good rulers of the future.
Baba quotes the well-known phrase: ‘at the time of destruction, those who have intellects filled with love are victorious; at the time of destruction those whose intellects are filled with hatred will be destroyed.’ This ancient saying is expected to be played out in our life time, so this is something to think about.
To conclude, Baba reminds us that this is a competition. It is very elaborate and complex and only 8 will win, because only 8 reach the level of yoga of total detachment. They are not fazed by the different scenes of destruction. There are many opportunities to practice independence from the visible and tangible scenes of the drama.
Creating a high stage called the flying stage is accomplished through true detachment in soul consciousness, way above everything. Then no problem can bother you even if seems as big as the Himalayas. Perceive everything with the third eye of the divine intellect and you will also understand your reward.
The slogan is interesting. Those who respect everyone become ideals or archetypes. What does it mean to respect everyone. Is it possible to respect anyone if you don’t respect yourself? Think deeply about the meaning of being an ideal through this deep and extraordinary quality of respect.