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Mental Preparation for 2019
from a talk given in Tahiti, 29 December 2018
There are two perspectives on time. One is the commonly known time of yesterday, today and tomorrow. In Hindi the same word is used for yesterday and for tomorrow. It is the same word for death also: Kāl. For death we also say someone’s time has come. The Tahitian word is tau, and this word refers to far distant time in both the future and the past. This expresses the sense of time as a whole cycle where the future and the past meet and become one.
Time is a rotating phenomenon and in spiritual practice we rotate the cycle of time in the mind. Life occurs in cycles. Regular human experience is lived through the annual cycle of the seasons, religious and cultural festivals. The diurnal 24 hour cycle is said to be the foundation of our life. The way we use a day corresponds to the way we use our entire life, so each day has great importance. As we enter 2019, many of us never thought we would reach this far. I began Raja Yoga ppractice in 1974 and at that time we were told there is very little time. We are still hearing there is very little time. This is because time is passing extremely fast. One month for me here in Tahiti has passed like an arrow.
We are taking up the subject of the gift of time. To say that God gives us the gift of time also means God gives us the gift of our life. Our life is our time. We do not know the date of our death. Generally we think it is not quite yet. We still have some time. There are people who have terminal diseases and their doctor may give a prognosis: “You have six months, one month or two years.” Then we think that is not enough. I need more time. What do we wish to do with our time. What takes a lot of our time?
In spiritual practice we need time to develop our level of meditation. In the beginning we may meditate for about five or ten minutes at a time, and then build up the amount of time to stay concentrated in meditation, gradually raising the level of consciousness to a higher dimension.
Time is the past, the present and the future. Space is the material world, beyond which there are the subtle region and the incorporeal world. We need time to stabise consciousness in the incorporeal world, a dimension where there is no time. For many, it is hard to conceptualise existence in a timeless dimension. Three million years or three seconds is the same in that dimension. You are not in the body. It is a gift to be in this body. In Raja Yoga we learn that we have taken many lives. It is said that a lot of time has passed by and very little time remains. Very little time until when? Roman Catholicism says very little time remains until the end of time. The meaning of the end of time is the beginning of another time.
We are at the Confluence Age between the time cycles. Baba tells us this life has been given to us specially because this is the only life when we can create a fortune which will endure for the next 21 lives. In addition God gives us whatever we need for the next 5000 years. It is only at this time of the Confluence Age when we have access to the entire past, to the fullness of each moment of the present, and all of the future. He also teaches us the philosophy of karma.
To understand the philosophy of karma we must be aware of both time and space. Karma occurs in both dimensions of time and space. In the incorporeal world there is nether time nor space. This reminds me of the Christian saying: “How many angels can stand on the head of a pin?” How should one live in a state where there is no space? How much space does a soul occupy? None. If you dig deep into someone’s head you would not find a space where the soul sits, or any small alcove. The soul is beyond space. It is within time as well as beyond time.
For us to understand time well. Baba gives us the positioning to be able to place ourselves outside time. The way to position yourself out of time is to rotate the cycle of time in your mind. The cycle of 5000 years is also called the swastika. The swastika is a symbol that represents self-awareness, or realization of the self. Whatever is within the soul gets expressed through action when one is in a body on earth in the dimensions of time and space.
Time is a treasure. It is also said that breath is a treasure. In India it is said that you have a fixed number of breaths; that means for how much time you will be able to breathe. Respiration is called prana in India. Prana is also a word for life. Breath is a vital sign. When a person is no longer breathing, it means they are dead. You cannot go inside a check whether the soul is still present in the body, so you have to check for signs of life.
Many people practice pranayama, breath control; but this practice does not lead to control of your life, or of your karma. If you do not learn to control your karma, you will perform negative karma for which you will have to pay. I am sure you do not wish to allocate time to enter into karmic accounts and then settle them all.
The gift of time is also the gift of a period for achieving your education. God is the supreme teacher. We are his students. We are also His children because He wants to give us His inheritance. What is the property of God? Aside from the universe, the treasure of love; not only life, but the energy to make our life function well. We need the energy of the spirit, also called inner power. We need to use our time to establish contact with God to absorb that energy, then use that energy to perform profitable karma.
Baba teaches us to achieve control over time and the result is to gain the kingdom. It is not a kingdom up above, but down here on earth. Self-sovereignty means independence. We do not have time to be dependent on anyone. We do not depend on anyone for our needs because they are fulfilled by our relationship with God. Who gives us food? Why do we offer our food to God? It is to affirm that we understand that we are nourished by the Almighty. Who gave us our talents through which we are able to work and earn our living? Our talents and capabilities are also gifts from God. Everything that we have originates from that source. If we waste this, we are wasting our time and energy; consequently, our fortune would be less that it could have been.
So God says, I give you time, I give you life, I give you an education, I give you peace, so use these riches. He also says something very interesting. He gives himself to us and he says, “Use Me.” What does God mean when He says “Use Me.” He is always with us. He helps us and reminds us He is always there for us. Even if we forget Him, He does not forget us. To use God means to understand that I am here to participate in accomplishing the task of God. The task of God is to establish paradise on earth. Even if Tahiti seems to be paradise already, there are still some problems here and there. Establishing paradise on earth means everything has to be in harmony; human beings, animals, fishes, the elements of matter. This harmonization process begins with the individual human being. It is a matter of how we use our time, breath and thought.
Thought is the foundation of everything. From where do thoughts arise? Why do certain thoughts arise? Thoughts arise from perception. We perceive events, people, places and things from the outside through our sense organs, or from the interior through our memories. Ancient memories also arise from our subconscious mind, which can be from ancient life times. The work of the mind is to create internal films. We also have will power, the power of the intellect and of conscience. With these powers we discriminate which films we will keep and which ones we will throw out or erase. To use time well means to perform the triage of thoughts. It does not matter whether the thought is good or bad, what matters is whether we hold on to it or we let it go. Indeed it is like cooking. We are continuously preparing food for thought, for consideration, pondering and digesting.
All these little thoughts are the precursors of our great actions. Everything begins with a thought. How long is the duration of a thought? A fraction of a second. Some psychologists say you have 30,000 or 40,000 thoughts per day. No one can calculate how many thoughts we produce.
Meditation slows down the rate of production of thoughts. Negative thoughts move fast, chaotically and repetitively. Ordinary thoughts move at a reasonable rate with reasonable clarity. While thoughts that are deep, true and richly significant move perhaps at a rate of one or two per minute. It is a great accomplishment to slow your thoughts down to that rate. With that, you enter into a zone of silence that resonates with the meaning of that single potent thought. Baba tells us to create a collection of powerful thoughts. These are thoughts that remain true under any circumstances. I found one that fulfils all the criteria. It is “I am light,” Whether it is day or night, whether I am in a body or not, I am light remains true. Whether I am in good or bad health, in a good or bad mood, it remains true that I am light. Whether people are good or bad to me, whether I am in prison or in the process of getting assassinated, I am still light. These thoughts are more powerful than circumstances. Therefore they can change circumstances.
Baba has told us that time is the duration of the three dimensional holographic film of human life that persists for 5000 years. He has said that time is your creation. You are the masters over time. The gift of time means that he has given us the power to understand everything in creation. The creator has introduced Himself to us, and creation is everything that happens in the cycle of 5000 years. We take possession of everything from paradise to hell and whatever lies in between these two extremities. He gives us the treasure of time and teaches us how to rotate time. This means we can position ourselves outside of time, or beyond time. That also means beyond death. You become immortal. In the Gita it says that if you can understand these truths you are ready for immortality.
You have to be outside time in order to look at time. Ordinarily we are within time. We are squeezed between the past and the future. The present moment lasts for one second. One interesting practice is to let go of each second as each one passes by. Second by second, let go of everything of that second. Be present for the next second and let that go in a second. This is the practice for the last second, the last breath, so that we can let go of our body in a second at the second when our time has come, or our time is up. Live one second fully then let it go. Next second, then let it go. At the time of certain seconds we are required to act. At other seconds we are required to be the detached observer. We must capture the requirements of each second at the second that they arise. This is called fast effort. To be the witness and simply watch what is happening in front of us, we must be the possessors of time.
The word Swadarshanchakradhari means not only to spin the cycle of self realisation, but to be in full possession of the cycle in which you can see who you are. When all the elements are rotating at full speed, it becomes a clear mirror in which you can see who you are. It gives you a vision of the self. In that vision you can see yourself and all the changes that have occurred from your moment of perfect beginning until your completely deconstructed and chaotic, corrupted self which is the opposite of your true self. In other words your false ego.
Time also means change. You have a vision of all the changes that you pass through. It resembles the little cartoon book of papers that you flip to see all the changes and you see the movement, although each picture is static. This was the first form of animation.
In China there is the I Ching authored by Confucius. Using the process of change of two sets of trigrams, he calculated 64,000 possible changes of circumstances. Each change corresponds to a certain influence, which also corresponds to karma. There is a calculable change of frequency and vibration represented by each change, and the nature of the process of change. This also corresponds to conception, birth, growth, decline and death followed by resurrection. It is the flow of harmony from harmonic to dissonant, true to false, and a return to the original position.
In Astrology there is a cycle of 28,000 years of the procession of the stars, all the changes in the sky are a celestial reflection of whatever is happening among the stars of the earth, the souls. Karma means movement, and movement means change. Everything moves through a complete set of changes until it reaches the original position, or point of departure, then it would be said to have gone full circle.
Meditation is the same thing. You take up a point of God’s knowledge and ponder upon it going through all the different manifestations of thoughts and ideas that pertain to that theme until you have gone full circle. At that point you would say your meditation is complete and you would experience satisfaction that you have thought all the way through that idea. Then you would say you know that piece of information, from the initial point through the full expansion and back again, ending up and the point of departure.
Baba has enabled us to comprehend the identical repetition of time. This is possible because He places us outside or beyond time. Through this He also places us outside space. This gives us a birds eye view of what takes place on earth in terms of the complete history and geography of the earth in one shot.
A question was asked: how does Baba place us outside time? Baba has said time is a rotating phenomenon. Everything that occurs during 5000 years is predestined. He knows it all in advance. He recounts the story to us in a general way. He says you began at the Confluence Age, where the end and the beginning come together. When both the end and the beginning touch each other, this is called the beginning. It is the end also. Any clock also shows time as a continuing rotation. It takes 5000 years for all things to pass from the extreme state of paradise to the extreme state of hell. Everything in between includes all the necessary events that describe the change required to transform heaven into hell. This change is referred to as the decline from Satopradhan to Sato, to Rajo, to Tamo, to Tamopradhan. It is the deterioration of the quality of matter and spirit from completely perfect to completely corrupt.
It changes from completely pure, harmonious through very slow but exponentially accelerating deterioration, until it is old, corrupt and rotten. Finally there is an intervention of God who brings everything back to its original condition through injecting his power into those souls who take up the possibility of absorbing it and enabling it to pass through them. The confluence of the end and the beginning is completely out of balance, extremely turbulent and cataclysmic. God brings this chaos into order. Then everything functions harmoniously; the climate, human relationships, governance, nature, agriculture, etc.
It is a question of rotating the cycle of 5000 years until it becomes a vortex. This spinning moves so fast that you can step back mentally from the individual changes, and see the whole. You detach from human cultures. This is the perspective of God on the creation, which He can see from a far distance. He knows everything, He knows the whole process and sees all things at one time.
He knows exactly who is who. He knows who has done what, who will do what. He knows the story and the personality of each one. These are all characters in the great drama of human civilization. He knows it all and this is why we say God is omniscient. We do not remember what we did 400 years ago, or three thousand years ago. This is a safety device of forgetfulness. If you knew everything about yourself at all times, you could not endure your existence. The huge gap between your perfection and your imperfection is too much for an individual to bear. The greatness is too great and the fall is too far. Gradually Baba makes us able to conceptualise, to accept and to bear this vast chasm between our origins and our end. So that we can again bridge that gap and cross over, returning to our original condition. This is accomplished through high speed rotation of the cycle in the mind.
It is only at the confluence between alpha and omega that God gives us the full information as it is the only time we can bear to hear it. We have already hit bottom, there is no further down to go, and from here onwards there is the rising, the evolving of the soul to its peak of perfection. He tells us this period of the confluence is very short.
This is the only time when you can create your fortune for a long time. The impact of your activities and relationship with God last for the entire cycle to come. So this is a very important time. Any action performed at any other time period will have an impact on the life that follows that one, but not on your entire series of lives. Normally, you do a little charity and receive a little fortune for one life. However, whatever we do now has an impact for 21 lives, and there is an effect for the entire cycle of 84 lives.
This is not just an accumulation of savings, but it is a lottery. Often God tells us that He has given us a lottery, or that we have won a lottery. Whoever knows how to use this knowledge for his own profit and benefit as well as to benefit others, receives an incalculable return. A lottery is different from a savings scheme. You buy a ticket for 100 and you receive a prize of multi-millions. It is a really good deal. But this is so unbelievable that very few take it seriously. This is why you receive such a great amount. If many would understand the deal they would take it up, and consequently you would have relatively less. What is the percentage of people from Tahiti here in this room? Relative to the population of Tahiti it is a tiny fraction.
What price do we pay for this great fortune? It is to use your time, breath and thought well. Thought is the foundation of everything. Through wasting thought, you waste your time. This is also the same as wasting your breath. The cost is to be disciplined in your life. Our great problem is laziness. We must be disciplined but not force ourselves and go out of balance. Everything needs to remain in balance. If we sprint we can run 100, 200 or 400 meters, but a marathon is 42 kilometres. Spiritual practice is a marathon. We have to be in for the long haul, so we must move at a speed which can be sustained until the end. And our run is much further than 42 kilometres. It is longer than 42 years. This is reminiscent of the story of the hare and the tortoise. This is our story. To maintain a speed that can be kept up for years is to understand time.
It is important to practice rotating the cycle of 5000 years. This action functions like a helicopter with rotary wings. By rotating the wings you get lift. The small rotor at the back is also required in order to provide direction. Rotating the cycle means to create a vortex. You know that a hurricane is also a vortex. In the centre of the vortex it is completely calm and quiet.
The state of the world is increasing chaotic. The practice of rotating the cycle is an instrument to remain in a state of total calm within chaotic situations. Chaos is whirling all around us but we are in the centre of calm with our attention focussed above. We are quietly in the middle knowing what is going to happen. Others keep asking what is going to happen, but we know very well what is going to happen. Circumstances will spin to the maximum extent then they will go to their opposite.
A law of spirituality is that once circumstances reach their ultimate extreme, everything changes and becomes something else. Often we find ourselves in circumstances and we say “for how much longer will this go on?” Spiritual law says it will continue until it is over. When it’s over, it’s over. What do we need? Patience.
In the context of the 5000 year cycle, the life expectancy at the beginning of the cycle is average 150 years. We remain physically and mentally in good condition for the first few lives. In general these are beautiful lives for all, there are no illnesses, no hardships, population is small, there is prosperity. As time goes on life expectancy diminishes until it can be a low as an average of 30 or 40 years. There are infant mortality, accidents, diseases etc. which cut short a person’s life unexpectedly. Many experience financial difficulty and even abject poverty. Thus the knowledge of the cycle tells us that there is not progress, but devolution. All the evolution occurs during the short period of the confluence age. This time between the end and the new beginning is the time when we can know these things. They remain unknown to us at all other times periods in the cycle. During decline it is unbearable for a soul to know that they will simply continue to decline until they reach bottom, until they reach hell. This is neither interesting nor attractive.
Obviously we are experiencing an exponential growth and development of technological progress. It is interesting to note that this corresponds to the historical period that we call the Confluence Age. Technical progress is visible and tangible to all, whereas the spiritual progress that we experience is incognito. Those who are not studying and meditating as we are, will surely be declining rapidly. Clearly, the quality of matter is in decline due to entropy. Climate change is a consequence of disequilibrium in the natural cycles of air, water and earth. There is both a human factor as well as factors beyond human influence such as sun spot activity, and switches in the magnetic orientation of the northern and southern hemispheres.
During this Confluence Age time period there are two very powerful energies in conflict with each other. One is the energy of exponential decline and collapse of the world as we know it, which we call the tamopradhan stage. The other is the intensely powerful energy of the Creator. Science and technology have two important tasks to accomplish. One is the technology of Artificial Intelligence, Internet, information technology, etc. for communications, media and umpteen applications. The other is applying the same technology for weapons and the supporting military requirements.
Civilisation in the coming era will be extremely high tech. The people at that time are more than intelligent, they use telepathy for communications, therefore they have no need for mobile phones etc. They are also able to guide and control the extremely high tech machines using just their minds. Transportation is not by cars and wheel based vehicles, but airplanes, individual and small size airplanes powered by clean nuclear energy, cold fusion most probably. All the technology to be used in the coming era has to be invented at this time. There is a need for extremely high tech weapons of mass destruction at this time also. Technology is neutral like a knife. You can stab a person’s body and kill them or you can cut fruits and vegetables with the same knife. It depends on the person using it. In the same way technology can be used in many ways depending on the person in possession of that technology. The spiritual quality and integrity of the people of the future is such that they would support their civilization with excellent application of technology that is friendly to both the environment and humanity. At this time technology is often applied from the angle of greed, fear, etc.
We are currently in between these two opposing forces which are in an extreme form at this time. Baba is telling us to use the yantra. You are familiar with the word mantra. Yantra means instrument. There are sacred instruments. Rotation of the cycle is a sacred instrument. It enables you to remain in a state of calm in circumstances of total chaos. Secondly it enables you to go beyond all things and watch what is going on from a far distance without getting distressed by perceived events.
We know we are eternal souls. We know we have to pass through the total transformation of the world. We know how to pass through this while remaining detached. We are not afraid of death. Neither of our own or that of others who are also eternal souls. We have an overview of the future. The main challenge is to pass through this period of destruction. It is also a challenge to take full advantage of the confluence age and take benefit of the lottery that has been given to us. We must make our lives successful and inspire others to do likewise. All this is included in the gift of time.
God has given us time. When we have control of time, including the time for thought, it is said such a one is a sovereign. When you control time it means you have become a master. God says, I have come, I have opened a school. If you wish to become masters, then come and learn. I will teach you the most interesting matters and you will use it as you wish. However the condition is to remain pure. If a person does not remain pure, they are unable to absorb this information into their minds or intellects. It is a protection.
Where did Christ and Buddha learn to become masters? It had to have been during this period of the confluence age, and they had to have studied with God. They are historical people dating from 2000 or 2500 years ago. They subsequently reincarnated. Even you do not know who you are, or who you were. But God knows who we are, and who we were. He says, come, you need this knowledge, I know who you are and you do not know who you are. You need this because you need to raise your level of consciousness. You have a role to play. But we don’t know who we are. Gradually he tells us: you were kings of ancient times. You had once been great Gurus. You had once been great military generals, great scholars, And now you are completely ordinary people.
However within us are a few discernible signs. One is great love for God. Another is great love for humanity, and for the earth itself. People with these characteristics must have been someone great in earlier times. At this time most people are egoistic, and do not care much about others. Baba knows who we are, and what we had done, and what we have become now. He knows what is our potential. Even if we fall to the lowest human level, our original identity persists. Whatever we did subsequently does not change our original identity. When we hear the teachings of Baba, our ancient identity re-awakens. We begin to understand what he is telling us and to use the tools he is providing to us. They work, and we are able to be connected with God. We are able to stop our vices. Vices cannot be overcome without the direct power of God. It is an energy that purifies.
You say, I need a cigarette, Why? To handle your feelings. Otherwise you don’t need any tobacco. Or you say, I need a Whiskey, Why? Because you are not doing well and you need something to calm you. You need a drug. You need a fix of Heroin, Why? Because you need to feel good. But these substances weaken us a great deal. The relief is very temporary and will power is greatly weakened by drug use. If you take power from Baba, then it restores you to your full power and gives you the possibility to handle your feelings. This is called inner power. Otherwise you are internally feeble.
Many people call out to God asking him to give them strength. He says “OK, here, use me. He says, I have many treasures, I have love, peace, power, I can purify you. Use me.” So then we say OK and we start to take power from Baba. And we see that is works.
Then he says: “Well, I will give you tests. I will send you Maya.” We say: “OK no problem.” “I will put you into insanity and make you crazy.” We say, “OK it’s alright. We can handle it.” He says, “I will put you in bad situations and vibrations. Everyone will be against you.” We say “OK its alright.” All this is the gift of time.
Within this treasure of time are many other treasures. What is time. It is events which have a certain duration and which occur somewhere. That is time. Otherwise time is just an idea. But the reality of time and space is: events which have a certain duration and which occur somewhere. All this is the theatre of events, people, activities and incidents. These can all be positioned on a circle of time like the reel of a film. In former times, films were on 35 millimetre plastic film. You would keep reels of 2 hours in circular cans which were about 2 inches thick and about 10 inches wide. I used to work in Television News many years ago. We filmed the news items in 16 millimetre film, we cut the films with razor blades and sent the cans by airplane to reach Canada in time for the 10 pm news. Now everything is sent by internet and takes a few seconds or minutes to upload. Now you can store so much media in a tiny chip that can hold hundreds of gigabytes. It is easy to project that the entire number of lives over a span of 5000 years of an individual can be contained in a tiny point of light. It is not much of a leap of understanding to arrive at that awareness.
Baba is teaching us such a technology that you can understand all your lives. What do we want to know? We want to know who we are. Not who I am now, not who I am going to become, but who I am in total. Karma is about cause and effect. The first cause is also the last effect so it is a closed circle. That means it repeats identically. There is the history of the world in general. There is the history of the very important souls like Adam and Eve and Krishna, Jesus Christ, Buddha, Mohammed. These are important people. Their biographies are important for everyone. Your story is important for you. It does not necessarily mean much for others, but it is important to you. He gives the template that shows how it works. He says, “go into your soul. Research and you will find out who you are. Become once again who you are.”
There are three stages. Your original stage, your eternal stage and your final stage. All three are the same. What we are eternally in the soul world is our potential. What we were when we first arrived on earth was our maximum best. And at the end when God has completed working on us we will also have the same condition. All this is a closed circuit. He gives us this. This is the gift of time. He gives us the gift of our identity, so that we can know who we are. We have to ponder deeply, to know who we are. We have to face various illusions about ourselves. We have to go into silence. This is for everyone, but not everyone will take this up.
What will we do in 2019? There will be much turbulence, much disturbance. Volcanos are becoming more and more active. One third of Anuk Krakatoa fell into the ocean and created a Tsunami. Mururoa can break very easily It is very fragile and delicately in balance. If it breaks then so much radio active nuclear waste escapes into the ocean.
In 2019 we need to rotate the cycle of time in our minds. We must create a vortex and remain in the calm centre in the middle of the vortex of great turbulence of world events. Sit in the calm with much peace and much faith. If we hesitate, we cannot remain in calm. There is faith that everything is ok and I am sitting in the middle of my vortex. Et voilà.
Baba makes us go where we have to go. Why did he call us? We are here because something made us come here, or inspired us to come there. Baba called us, but why? He wants to give us something, and he wants us to do something that only we can do. Only those people who can connect themselves directly to God can be channels through whom God can dispatch his energy throughout the world. This is also interesting. What should a channel do. He has to just be there and not move around. The water has to flow through the channel. So just stay steady and let the water, or the energy flow. Some rivers flow faster than others, some are more powerful than others.
What will you do in 2019? A channel who lets the energy flow well must use his time, breath and thought to create a lot of fortune, and inspire everyone else to do likewise. That’s it.
It is not that difficult. The reason there are exams, or ordeals, is so that we pass them. Exams have no other purpose than to enable us to rise to the next level. Why does God put us through ordeals? It is to strengthen us, and to make us experienced. These are the two purposes of going through ordeals. What is required in us is courage, patience, faith and confidence. We are his children so he will take care of us. This stands to reason.
God has no karmic accounts. He is the creator and He knows who each person is. He has no problems. He is always in a state of bliss. He has concerns because He does not like to see any one starving. He does not like to see his children suffer.
The order of our concern has to be I first, then God, then others. If we put the self first it means we consider ourselves responsible for our lives, and for whatever is happening to us. He gives us these teachings.
He teaches us to take responsibility for our actions. I am God’s child and his student. He has raised us and educated us. He says do not take responsibility for others. That is my responsibility. This is my problem, not yours. You do not have enough power to look after the rest of the world. This is my responsibility.
Our culture teaches us to put others first and put ourselves last. When we think about others and neglect to think abut ourselves, we find ourselves in trouble. We get into karmic bondages.
Putting yourself first means. What time did I get up today? That is my responsibility. Not to be concerned about what time someone else got up. What am I doing? Am I acting as I should? If I act correctly then God will be pleased and others will be inspired.
In our culture, saying me first is considered a form of egoism, because it is assumed that you put your selfish desires first. But to say I first means to take responsibility and to expect to be held accountable for what I am doing.
God is telling us that He is OK. He says, I have no problems. You have problems. Most of your problems stem from not having understood that you are responsible for yourselves. He says I will not act on your behalf. He says I am your back bone. I am holding you up and guiding you. Other people are my problem not yours. Very often when you try to take over other people, it does not work out very well. You may well try to change other people, but it is not usually successful. You can inspire them and be an example.
He gives us free choice. A good choice would be to act as He teaches us to act. Of course He is first in terms of being our source and our inspiration. Be aware, I am responsible for everything that is happening to me. And for everything that has happened to me.
I can say that everything that is happening and has happened to me is due to my karma, or is a consequence of my karma. To a certain degree I am also responsible for whatever is happening to all of us. We cannot think I am alone, I am also with others. My attitude towards others has an effect. What I have done, what I have been in the past few thousand years, has contributed to bring the current situation into being. This is true particularly if you are in a position of leadership. Some people ae more influential than others.
For example Mr Trump has a lot of influence and many people are affected by what he does. He is also affected by having affected all those people. That also affects the American people because he is their elected representative. It is like the symbol of infinity. “What goes around comes around.”
In terms of climate change. Each person who uses plastic bags contributes to the islands of plastic debris that are to be found floating in the ocean. It is amazing to me that the ocean has managed to tidy up the plastic debris that we wantonly throw into it into piles and thereby protect the sea life from damage to some extent. There is a sign in a national park saying “Animals respect their environment. Please conduct yourselves like animals while in this place.” We must be aware of being not only responsible for what are obvious effects of our conduct, but there are many other very far reaching effects of our individual and collective actions including pollution, the government we have. There are many things we are responsible for but over which we have no control. For example we are responsible for the fact that we age. We are responsible for the fact that time is passing by, everyone is becoming old and corrupt. We are all in the same boat. We are implicated. When one person takes meaningful action and remains in contact with God, he or she spreads a powerful atmosphere. The effect of this can be very far reaching. This is why it is good to become a channel for God.
The Conscious Quantum Leap
I will discuss three well known Greek words, eros, philos and logos. Ordinarily eros is limited to the erotic. I am using the term to signify the attraction and love for beauty. The beauty of the landscape, nature, the human form, the human personality, all the arts including literature, painting, music and dance. The love of beauty is an important part of life and deeply connected to the heart. Eros is also the beauty of the family home, festivals and daily life in all its spleandour. In India there is mention of the dangerous beauty of nature’s expressions through volcanoes, tsunamis and other spectacular manifestions.
We perceive all that is eros through our sense organs: sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste. There is also sense pleasure in gourmet foods, physical love and extreme sports. Everything that we can experience through the physical senses belongs to the category of eros. For many this is life, this is happiness, this gives meaning.
We swing between happiness and misfortune. There is also the shadow aspect of eros, when we fail, we are deluded, deceived and disappointed, or when some one dies, we lose a person, a place or an object.
Philos refers to whatever is connected to the intellect, analysis and play with ideas. Philos is about philosophy, science and religion, whether esoteric or exoteric. The esoteric refers to the mystical side. Whereas the exoteric refers to prayers, chanting, rituals, buildings, institutions and religious festivals.
Philos also includes different systems of government. Should there be a kingdom with royal families, and governance by the king, queen, princes and princesses; or should there be democracy, the preferred system of today. Should there be dictatorship, a military junta or tyranny. What system do we choose to govern our society? All these are ideas. In moral philosophy how do we know whether something is good or bad, correct or incorrect? Anything connected with ethics and morality is part of philos. It is important in social life to know and to be connected to our ideas so that we can formulate our values. All this belongs to the category of philos.
For people who life exclusively in eros, it would be a quantum leap to shift from eros into the dimension of philos. Philos is subtle and requires intellectual development, the power of reason and the capacity to perform moral reasoning. We make choices in life. We need to judge who is good, who can be trusted, how we should use money, what is a crime and what is not a crime.
Many remain at the level of eros. Others live in both eros and philos. Some remain in the world of philos and disdain eros somewhat. I once met a physicist who had won a nobel prize for his work. He was an excellent mathematician but could not tie his shoes. He could not manage the tasks of ordinary life and depended entirely on his wife and his university for the basics of living.
Logos is higher than philos. Logos means the word of God, which must be logical, coherent and filled with the highest significance. Logos refers to the sacred aspect of human life and is about contact with the Divine. Logos is a level of consciousness that you encounter rarely. It is mostly the preserve of mystics and those who give importance to the spiritual dimension.
Can develop a level of consciousness whereby we can live at all three levels at once, eros, philos and logos? To be honest, how important is the dimension of logos in your life? Because it is insufficient, our lives lack equilibrium and an anchor. There are energies that bring us down and prevent us from dwelling in logos. We must swim against these currents. Often we are unaware that there is a current that is carrying us away towards philos and eros and that prevents us from rising to the subtle level of logos.
I would like to take up the word perception. In the dimension of eros we perceive physicial reality, people, places, and things through our sense organs. In the inner world of philos, we can perceive the meaning of ideas through the development of our intellect. We must also develop the mind in order to enter the domaine of philosophy, because there is perception of meaning through the mind. To enter the dimension of logos we require spiritual perception. For this we must develop the soul at its deepest level of perception so that through the mind we can perceive the Divine directly.
In the Gita, India’s most revered scripture, a verse says: “There are some who perceive it. Others declare that it exists, and a third group who asks what you are referring to.” Those with access to logos can perceive the Divine. Those in philos accept that logos exists, while those who are totally in eros cannot conceptualise what logos might be.
The soul has faculties. Each soul’s faculties are developed to a different degree. However until you begin the develop your faculties, you remain unaware to what extent they can be developed. Each one has their own limitations which are difficult to exceed.
Anyone can begin a course of study, but very few achieve excellence or virtuosity. Very few become masters. Whether it is cooking, sport, music, dance or medicine. In Hollywood they say for cinema stars, there is 5% talent and 95% hard work.
Our capacity for raising our level of consciousness and achieving the level of logos depends on will power. You need to dedicate time to work regularly and intensively. And as soon as you begin such work everything that lies hidden within the subconscious mind will erupt.
The development of human consciousness does not cost money, so it is said to be free. But that is only at the level of money. There are other costs. It requires attention and time to overcome psychological barriers. In general most people have sustained psychological wounds due to severe shocks experienced in life. These wounds neither heal spontaneously nor with time. They take the form of blockages that are hard to break through. These psychological barriers block our way when we wish to rise from eros and philos and reach the level of logos. Crossing these barriers requires total honesty which is not easy. Those who are the most wounded have difficulty facing and recounting their story, and tend to remain in denial.
Some claim they are not wounded but they display a lot of arrogance. This arrogance takes the form of an impenetrable wall that stands between the self and the attainment of the level of logos. This situation is probably worse that a wound. When the heart and soul are wounded they seek a healing. The arrogant person thinks he or she has everything or knows everything and does not seek to be healed from his or her arrogance. To achieve a healing, it seems to be we have a better chance if we are aware that we carry a wound, than if we are arrogant.
There are different types of wound. A sign of being wounded is fear and anxiety. When someone has experienced extreme circumstances there is always the possibility that simmilar circumstances may recur. It is normal to have fear and live in anxiety. In the face of fear there are two options. One is courage, the other is cowardice and to avoid facing the fear.
People who experience a lot of fear and anxiety often also show a lot of courage. Cowardice does not look good. When someone has passed through extremely difficult situations he or she develops the habit of acting out of great courage. Thus badly wounded people often display great courage. They also have a lot of anger, which is itself a defense mechanism. Anger and violence do not look good therefore they get transformed into courage. Such a person has the tendency to supress negative emotions by shifting into the dimension of philos and going into justification and denial. Deconstructing all this is psychological work. These are barriers which prevent one from making the quantum leap required to cross the glass ceiling and reach the subtle and elevated territory of the dimension of logos. The invisible blockage resembles the struggle of a bee to fly through a window of transparent glass that blocks her passage and she just cannot understand.
Someone who initiates a spiritual practice needs time and space to pass through various stages. The first stage is to put in place certain disciplines. These are exercises which reinforce the muscle of consciousness. Establishing spiritual disciplines creates strength. In the practice of Raja Yoga we begin with certain physical disciplines. For example, if someone claims to be practicing non-violence, then they have to become vegetarian in order to avoid killing what they are about to eat. Some people salivate thinking about their steak, their grilled fish and their chichen nuggets. They would find this discipline hard.
Another discipline is to stop drinking alcohol. Why? Alcohol affects the quality of our consciousness. It puts the individual into an altered state of consciousness then gradually and progressively diminishes their will power. It distorts perception and gradually they lose the power to manage their emotions and feelings. Such a person experiences mood swings and behaviour patterns that become difficult to manage. Other recreational drugs like cocaine, heroin, opioids etc. produce similar effects and the individual gradually becomes a slave to the substance.
Someone who follows these disciplines takes responsibility for managing their own emotions. When their wound is triggered by some ordinary situation they experience an emotional reaction that is abnormally strong. This indicates the area and the origin of their wound. A person who desires to do spiritual work, must dig deep to find the origin of their trauma that has blocked their psychological development. The reaction might be violence, anger, extreme fear or anxiety, inability to manage their thoughts, irrational thinking and production of endless internal films. They experience doubts, fantasies and nightmares that they are unable to control. The experience of war, being in a natural disaster or an epidemic, leaves traumatic scars and psychological barriers that remain in the soul until they are healed.
Psychological work involves neutralising the negative emotions and transcending many toxic patriarchal social attitudes that have blocked a person’s psychological development. For example the inequitable way that men and women are treated.
The dimension of logos provides a completely different perspective on life. It carries us beyond conventional morality. All spiritual powers and virtues are in place. To dwell in Logos, it is important to work through psychological barriers the moment they arise. There is also the matter of karma. The philosophy of karma is complex and difficult to decrypt.
The soul is non physical, spiritual, eternal, it is the animating force in the body and is linked to the sacred. Negative karma generates blocks that stand between the soul and the Divine. These blocks force the soul to remain at the level of eros. Some souls manage to develop the philos aspect in order to avoid everything connected to the heart, feelings, betrayal and the various wounds sustained by the soul. Such people flee into intellectualism.
To make the quantum leap into the dimension of logos one must discern clearly, “What exctly am I, the soul, doing? What tactics am I using to avoid facing the truths that I must face in order to cross my blockages?” Generally people cannot see themselves. They do not see their barricades, but others do see them. Some can see them more clearly than others.
A person that we trust, who can see clearly, has our interests at heart, will tell us what our problem is. For example, “your relationships with people are fear based.” The other will respond, “What, Me?!!! Not at all, I have a lot of courage and I did this and that etc.” Due to passing through many severe situations that person has developed the attitude of courage as a mask to hide their fears. The reality behind the mask is a state of denial, and unawareness.
Fear and anxiety influence that soul and drive their karma, their activities, and the person convinces themselves that their courage is an indication of having already healed. The individual denies that he or she has fabricated this mask of courage to disguise the fear. Then their behaviour patterns are discernibly artificial and contrived.
People who are real have enough clarity to see themselves accurately. They do not have double standards. When there is ego either they consider themselves to be greater than thay are or to be less than they truly are. They oscillate between the two which are anyway both false. They cannot see themselves as they are.
Making a quantum leap of consciousness demands being completely real. The wounded person tends to be hypocritical and artificial. That one needs to listen to trusted people who may tell them painful truths. Are they ready to hear such words? If they take the words as insults then the trusted people will hesitate to speak further.
Interpersonal communication is becoming progressively less authentic as people cannot tolerate painful words. The ego is set off, reacts and adopts defensive attitudes. The mask of pretence remains in place hiding the wound. To repair all this one must engage in psychological work. Many think this is spiritual work, but no, it is psychlogical. It takes time to complete and then begin the real spiritual work. There are steps. First the individual establishes his or her life style disciplines. Secondly he or she begins the deep psychological work, which can take several years. Then the deep spiritual work can be undertaken
It is important to trust those who tell us the truth. These are our real friends. False people never tell us the truth. When we accept the truth that breaks our ego, the false ego can then die and the real self emerges. If we wish to make the quantum leap and reach logos, we have to ask the Divine to send us such friends. Otherwise circumstances such as a disease will arise. Someone sick is dependant and needs others to wash and dress them. The ego prefers to be independent, so such circumstances also break the ego. Severe physical pain and the possibility of death in extreme pain takes a person to and beyond their limits. This also can break the ego and provide the possibility for the person to transcend their limitations and move into the dimension of logos. Some souls manage to develop philos. They analyse their situation dispassionately and consider their past traumas with detachment. Finally the spiritual work can begin.
Consciousness is within, but the soul believes in external reality as we perceive it via the sense organs. This is body consciousness, consciousness of matter. Spirituality orientates us towards the inner dimension. Internal orientation is a practice that requires much time to develop. There are many distractions, things that need doing, etc. When we get bed-bound due to a broken leg there is a chance, but even in such a position there are obstacles, we complain, we watch TV, read books etc. because there is not the political will or determination to to do the necessary work that allows us to evolve spiritually. Determination is the key ingredient that enables us to pass through the glass ceiling and enter into the dimension of logos. This level is also called the Karmateet Stage. Karmateet signifies that the individual has settled their karmic accounts and is free from any burden or debt, they are in their power.
During the period of psychological work we must also settle karmic accounts. This can take the form of conflicts, misunderstandings, and all the many problems that arise in normal human relationships. We might sometimes wonder “what on earth could I have done to deserve this!” This thought indicates that a karmic account is playing out and is in the process of getting settled. Therefore we need to develop substantial inner powers to manage the emotions, tolerate the situations and people who pressurise us, who steal from us and who violate us in various ways.
One option is to consider it as a test. Life is a university. “Even if it is a settlement of karma, I will consider it as an exam. I understand that it reveals the presence of some character weakness within me. This has arisen to teach me something that will strengthen me in that area.” This is a more positive attitude that taking it as a punishment or retribution for some past bad deed.
Through these circumstances we beome more honest with ourselves and with others. The frozen heart begins to melt. We start looking at people directly in their eyes, and become more present for ourselves and for others. We formulate our values on the basis of spiritual principles. These are essential attributes of those who seek to enter into Logos. It makes us more authentic, more real. We have greater self-respect and respect and love for others. At the same time we cultivate our relationship with the Divine.
Our relationship with the Divine needs to be coherent and continuous. Otherwise the relationship is only activated at moments of extreme necessity. Because it is a relationship it must be a living, meaningful and daily communication. Self-respect is findamental In our relationship with the Divine. This divine force, God, is the one that pierces the glass ceiling and allows us to pass through. This new dimension is a completely different landscape, inhabited by real, genuine and pure people who are honest with themselves. Very few people live at this level, but this is where we would like to dwell.
At the time when we are taking tests they seem very hard. Like when a woman gives birth, it is extremely painful, but as soon as it is completed, she is over-joyed to see her child. Sometimes life presents us with terrible trials that we must cross
One of the Laws of Spirituality says that “when we think too much about painful, horrible situations, or some injustice that was done to us, we get attached to those events and these bind us to eros.” When we try to justify our attitude we may reach as far as philos, but we will not reach logos that way. To enter the dimension of logos we must strip ourselves down to the core, and let go of everything we may be holding on to. We have to interpret these events as side-scenes which brought us to this level of logos, and a state of being free from our bondages. This is positive. The idea that the events were negative prevents us from moving forward. It is essential to understand that these scenes belong to the past and they made it possible for us to evolve. Thus they become positive historical facts. We continue the journey of life.
Many stay stuck in the events of the past that they experienced as traumatic, they may seek revenge, they wish the incidents had never happened, and they obsessively and repeatedly run the scenes through their minds. One of the Laws of Spirituality says, “It’s not good, it’s not bad, it just is.” We can use this phrase to neutralise the hold these memories have over us and which seem to overwhelm our spirit preventing us from moving on.
We need to move beyond everything. “I am an eternal soul.” Remind yourself often: “I am extremely valuable, I am loved by the Divine. I have great potential. My life has a sense and purpose that I am just discovering.” The more we make the quantum leap of consciousness and stay in logos, the more the view when we look back on the past, gives us a perspective of acceptance and an awareness that everything was exactly as it should have been. This brings a feeling of fulfillment.
There are no more illusions. Disillusionment is a very unpleasant feeling but far preferable to staying under an illusion. We get past the unpleasant experience of disillusionment and reach clarity. We have made our peace. We accept what was. Then we are in a state of being real, we are in truth. We have passed through our blocks and ego masks. We are on the other side of the glass ceiling. We live in logos. Our relationships with the Divine lets us accept the way life is. Temporary incidents take second place in comparison to logos. Therefore we seek to integrate the level of logos into our consciousness so that we no longer get trapped in the illusion of impermanent realities.
Murli notes august 16 الأخت دنيس نقطة مهمة حول اليوغا: أولاً ، كن بوعيًا روحياً وفقط عندها من الممكن تذكر شيف بابا. في الكثير من الأحيان يحاول الناس أن يتذكروا شيف بابا وهم لا يزالون بوعي جسدي ثم يتفاجأون بأنهم لا ينجحون. والجهد الرئيسي هو أن يصبح المرء بوعي روحي ، وبعدها تصبح بنفس البعد والمستوى مثل شيف بابا. ثم يمكنك الاتصال بسهولة. نقطة فلسفية مهمة تأتي في السؤال والجواب. الإنسان يتأثر بالتأكيد بالكارما. هناك العديد من المجموعات والممارسات الروحية التي تقول بأن الروح محصنة من تأثير الكارما. هذا لأنهم يفترضون بأن النفس هي جزءاً من الله ، والله بالتأكيد محصن من الكارما. شيف بابا هو دائما كارماتيت ولكن النفس تتأثر. ومن ثم فإن مجهود الراج يوغا هو أن تصبح بالكامل خالي من حسابات الكارمة وأن تصل إلى مرحلة الكارماتيت. إشارة الإقتراب من حالة الكارماتيت هو عندما تصبح محايداً بشكل متزايد بما يتعلق بأقطاب السعادة والحزن ، الجيد والسيئ والممتع والغير سار. تصبح أقرب إلى مرحلة شيف بابا التي هي كارمايت ، وهذا هو أيضا الجهد لنكون ببسامان ، )مثل الأب(. إن المعلومات التي نحتاجها لتحقيق ذلك موجودة داخل شيف بابا ، والمعلومات التي يقدمها البشر الاتين من مختلف المسارات والممارسات والأديان المختلفة غير كافية و / أو غير صحيحة. بسبب ذلك لا تنجح. هذه الكلمة “تجسيد للسلام” تُعطى للروح. أعتقد أن “التجسيد” قد لا تكون كلمة جيدة لأنها تشير إلى الجسد. ” Swaroop ” تعني شكل الذات ، والطريقة الذاتية. “الدارما” الأصلية للروح هي السلام ، الصمت ، السكون. إذا كنت تفهم أن كلمة “دارما” تعني الدين فقط ، فهذا لا معنى له. هناك معنى آخر “للدارما” ، وهو “ما أنت عليه بالتحديد” ، “ما هو تعريفك”. تعريف الروح هو أن تكون في حالة سكون أصلية. هذا يوازي الطاقة المحتملة للروح عندما لا تكون نشطة. بمجرد أن تأتي الروح إلى عالم المادة ، والعمل ، والوقت ، وإلى جسد تصبح هذه الطاقة حركية. يتم استخدام كلمة “الروح العظيمة”. أعتقد أننا نستطيع أن نبقي الكلمة باللغة الهندية. اعتاد الناس على كلمة “المهاتما” خاصةً عندما يتم تطبيقها على غاندي. ليس لديك مرجع لكلمة “الروح العظيمة” ولكن إذا استخدمت كلمة المهاتما التي هي جزء من اللغة الإنجليزية في الوقت الحاضر ، فأنت عندها تعرف بالظبط ما الذي تشير إليه. التعبير المستخدم هو: “اليوغا الفكريه ترتفع.” من الصعب نوعا ما معرفة ما يعنيه ذلك ، ولكن يمكنك ترجمة كلمة اليوغا بودي “بتركيز انتباهك”، ومن ثم يكون من الأسهل بكثير فهم وإدراك أن تركيز اهتمامك يرتفع إلى فوق عندما تتذكر ، أو عندما تتحدث عن الآب الأعلى الروح العليا. بابا يدخل المعرفة إلى بصيرتنا أو يمكننا أن نقول أيضا إلى ذكاؤنا. الذكاء يتطلب أن يكون لديك القدرة على فهم ومعالجة المفاهيم. إنها ليست مسألة شعور. الشعور يحدث في العقل ولكن الفهم يحدث في الذكاء. سأستخدم كلمة “ذكاء” و “ضمير” لبوذي لأننا لا نستخدم كلمة البصيرة بهذه الطريقة باللغة الإنجليزية. هناك تفريق مثير للاهتمام يجعله بابا حول الفيداس والغيتا. من المثير للاهتمام أن نعرف أنه في الغيتا ، يذكر بوضوح أن الفيداس هي للأشخاص الذين لا يمتلكون الكثير من الذكاء الخفي ، وأن الغيتا هي المعرفة التي يعطيها الله. أولئك الذين يختارون الفيداس هم أشخاص غير قادرين على فهم المعرفة التي يقدمها الله. هناك وصف مثير للاهتمام عن الذكر وغفران الخطايا. كما تعلمون ، الغفران هو مفهوم مسيحي والراجا يوغا ليست الديانة المسيحية. ما هي الخطيئة؟ الخطيئة هي تأثير الفعل السلبي ، الذي يضعك في عبودية للمادة والناس والأماكن والأشياء. الخطيئة ثم تحكم تصرفاتك والنتيجة هي المعاناة. الخطيئة تأخذ شكل الكسل الذاتي. الطريقة لأن تصبح حرًا هي الانفصال عن مسألة جسدك المادي والبقاء في ذكرى شيف بابا ، وتنفيذ الإجراءات ، ليس على أساس ردت فعل للنشاط الإحساسي ، ولكن مبني على مفهوم الغيان ، الذي يرشدنا إلى نوعية الكارمة الذي يجب فعلها بالحالات المختلفة. حياة براهما بابا هي الموسوعة لتقريباً جميع الحالات. هناك أمثلة على كيفية تفسير براهما بابا للمعرفة ، واستجابته لمختلف المواقف. التعلق هو مشكلة كبيرة. عندما تتذكر شخصًا أو مكانًا أو شيئًا ، أنت ترتبط بالمادة والأنشطة داخل الدراما وتأثير الدراما على وعيك. ومع ذلك ، عندما تنفصل عن تأثير الدراما ، وتفصل انجذابك عن الناس والأماكن والأشياء ، عندها تصبح حرًا ، والخطيئة لا تعمل بطريقة إجبارك على التصرف بطريقة معينة. لقد قمت بإبطال مفعول الخطيئة. هذا ، بالنسبة لي ، منطقياً أكثر من فكرة الغفران ، التي تعني أن تتذكر شيف بابا وهو ينزع خطاياك. ليس عليك القيام بأي شيء عدا الإيمان. هذا يعيدنا إلى التفكير الديني. هو مثل الإيمان الأعمى لأنك لا تستطيع فهم العملية أو الطريقة التي بواسطتها سوف يأخذ شيف بابا ذنوبك. هو يعطينا تعليمات لنحرر أنفسنا من الخطايا. لذلك ، إنها طريقة مفيدة أكثر للفهم. ثم يتوجب علينا أن نباشر بالعمل للإنتهاء من خطايانا. يعطينا التوجيهات والتعليمات المفصلة. عندما يقول بابا “أعطيكم المكافأة” ، هذا يعني أن المعلم يعطينا الكثير من المعلومات التي تخولنا على خلق ثروة غير محدودة لأنفسنا. يعطينا إمكانية خلق الثروة ، لكنه لا يمنحنا الثروة. يتصل بنا ويعلمنا ويمكّننا من خلق الثروة. حبه ، هديته ، هي المعرفة وكل شيء آخر يتبع ذلك. يوضح بابا بأن السعادة هي ما يحدث لنا عندما نقوم بأداء الكارما الدقيقة. لقد أخذنا السلطة الكاملة من بابا ويمكننا مقاومة سحب مايا والمادة والحزن والأوضاع والظروف التي هي أقوى منا. بابا يجعلنا أقوى من المواقف ، ثم نصبح أحرار ، وبعد ذلك نصبح سعداء. يأخذنا بابا إلى السكينة ، ولكن السكينة ليست أرض اً. السكينة هي حالة من الصمت العميق حيث لا يوجد حتى صوت فكرة. ممارسة الذهاب إلى الصفر هي حالة دقيقة للغاية. إنها على بعد مختلف. كلمة “الأرض” هي أرضية. الجنة هنا على الأرض. الجنة ليست فوق والجحيم ليست بالأسفل ، كل شيء هنا. السكينة هو بعد آخر ، غير أرضي.
Murli Notes, September 4, 2018, Sister Denise
Baba is talking about the balance of the fire of yoga which destroys the sins and the arrows of knowledge which shoot down negative ideas that are also the origin of many of the sins.
There are two types of sins one is the kind that you are quite aware about. It is sin to harm other people. There is a second type of sin. It is also a sin to propagate incorrect ideas which cause people to apply flawed moral logic that results in assuming a wrong action to be right. This applies particularly to descriptions and definitions of God, souls and karma. This also explains why, no matter how moral people may be, due to insufficient knowledge, they are unable to become free from sin.
Baba connects the balance of the fire of yoga and clear knowledge, with the creation of a high status and that too for many births in your future. Baba takes us back to the basic essentials. The original dharma of the soul. Note that dharma does not always mean religion, but what you actually are. A soul begins as still, silent, at peace, and then receives physical organs, the instrument of the body, through which to perform karma. Thus, the body is secondary and the soul is primary. Baba clarifies how we souls take the support of the body so that we can understand better how Shiv Baba, the bodiless Supreme Soul, takes the support of the body of Brahma Baba in order to speak to us.
Baba explains that we forget Baba is because we do not have sufficient practice. It is necessary to spend a lot of time sitting practicing to detach from the body, practicing to connect with Shiv Baba in order for it to remain stable, steady and permanent, whilst you are doing other activities. In each Murli, Baba gives us the basics and reminds us: “I have told you who I am, I told you who you are, and I have told you the beginning the middle and the end of the world.” This is a completely different way of understanding what humanity is and how the world proceeds, in comparison with what we receive from the scriptures or from regular education.
You will see in the Murli the word ‘infinite’ which is the translation of the word béant. However, I would not use the word ‘infinite’, I would say a better translation is ‘indefinable.’ This is because the English expression for this tends to be that God is indefinable. They say further that if you try to define God, no matter what definition you give, it will be wrong because God is indefinable. Baba says this is not true. Maybe you cannot define Me, but I can define Myself, and then explain Myself to you.
The English translation also says that the creation is ‘infinite’; infinite in the sense that it is never ending. The Hindi word béant, means that it does not have an end in time or space. Also, because of the cyclical nature of creation, it doesn’t cease to exist. When a person defines something physical, they delimit it. It is difficult for people of linear thinking to define something which is non-linear. Baba clarifies that, because people think God is indefinable, consequently He must be everywhere. However, that is faulty logic. Baba points that out, which becomes an additional proof that He is not omnipresent. The foundation of the concept of omnipresence is faulty logic.
Baba takes up the praise of God: Ek Onkar Satnam Karta Purush, which comes from the Guru Granth Sahib the religious scripture of the Sikh religion. You will find many quotes from the Guru Granth Sahib. The community of Sindhis that Brahma Baba and the original Bks came from would be familiar with quotes from both the Gita and from the Sikh scripture. Brahma Baba belonged to the Valabhacharee sect, that was a combination of Sikhism and Hinduism, where they believe in Vishnu, Krishna, and Lakshmi and Narayan as well as the Gita and the Guru Granth Sahib.
The expression “washes the dirty clothes” also comes from the Sikh scripture. Baba takes up the expression ugly and beautiful: Shyam Sundar, which refers more accurately to the brightness of the soul when there is no eclipse of body consciousness, and the darkness or shadow of the vices that dims the brightness of the soul. It is not so much a question of beauty and ugliness but of brightness and darkness or dimness.
Shiv Baba specifies the time of His coming. it is only possible for Him to come when the path of devotion is at maximum, has reached its completion, and has finished everything that it had to do. The time of Baba’s coming cannot be in the middle of the cycle, as many of the Hindu concepts present. Rather, it can only be at the convergence of the end and the beginning. Both the creation and the destruction occur at the time when God comes. He can only come at the time when it is possible for there to be destruction and creation. This can only take place at the end of one cycle and the beginning of another. If He is here, it means we are at that time of destruction and new creation.
Baba describes the path of Bhakti as a maze. You can neither find your way out of it, nor untangle it. Shiv Baba is the only one who can show you the way to come out, and give you a perspective that is distant enough for you to see the whole thing, and go beyond it.
Baba prepares the Brahmin community for Brahma Baba becoming avyakt. Now the avyakt role is completed. It is no longer happening and so we have the complete role of Sakar Baba and now the complete role of Avyakt Babdada. He defines the avyakt form as that of a deity so the soul of Brahma Baba has temporarily come out of the cycle, he did not reincarnate. He is the only soul who has that specialty so he has become equal to God and he has now effectively been functioning as a deity for nearly 50 years. We have experienced that very extraordinary phenomenon.
Baba gives importance to the study and ability to communicate the information to others. Your status is also based on your ability to work with the knowledge. The symbolism of the double crown of the deities means that one is the crown of light referring to purity, and the other is the crown of jewels, referring to the absorption of the jewels of knowledge. Purity combined with the wisdom makes you fit to claim the status of a king.
Baba takes up the concept of dreams. Anything that has gone into the past is experienced the way you experience a dream. It is also said in gyan that your dreams are created by events of the past that come in to your mind during sleep. Since that is the case, it must also be possible to have dreams of the future. Due to the nature of the cycle of time, the future is the same as the distant past.
Baba specifies that calling him omnipresent is defamation. How is it defamation? Because the concept of omnipresence causes people to be unfocused, it prevents people from connecting with God, it causes people to become materialistic and to lose the power of discernment or discrimination. That implies that it destroys your intelligence, therefore Baba presents it as an extremely negative concept.
Baba also warns that Maya will trouble us, but we should not be concerned, and just get on with our practice. Baba connects the practice of spinning the cycle, rotating the cycle of the 84 births, and going through all the stages of sato rajo tamo, as the instrument to escape death. Therefore it is important to consider the cycle as the key to achieving the awareness of immortality. This is the key that enables you to leave the body without being taken by the claws of death.
Baba talks about the Third Eye as a form of intelligence by which one is able to comprehend matters that are so deep and so subtle that only God knows about them. Only God can communicate such concepts to a human being, and that human being also has to be pure in order to absorb that information. There is the deep secret of the Third Eye. We have been given the Third Eye and we take care of it by maintaining our purity.
Baba says that people find it difficult to deal with the point of information that the flames of destruction emerge from this sacrificial fire of the knowledge of Rudra. The destruction is ignited by the sacrificial fire of knowledge and yoga, because the yoga provokes absolute polarization of purity and impurity. There is clarity about truth when there is perfect yoga and this causes everything negative to erupt, to burst and ultimately the effect is global causing generalized destruction. When everything negative has reached its extreme, and the process of purification reaches its extreme, then there is generalized eruption. Baba calls the destruction a task, something which is achieved through the power of purity, so the pure fire of yoga of the yagya of Rudra spits out everything that is negative which is an explosive process, akin to a chemical reaction.
On a smaller scale when anything extremely negative takes place in Baba’s yagya, Madhuban, a time comes when that gets spat out. Baba has predicted that a time will come when Madhuban and the Brahmin world as a whole goes through intense purification. Anything that is not pure or anyone there who is not practicing purity will not be able to stay there. They will be spat out by that fire, like water spits when it hits a hot griddle.
In the blessing, Baba speaks about charity which is Punya not really charity as such, but the extremely pure karma that also finishes off negativity. The highest pilgrimage place is Abu, the place where God had come, and where Brahma Baba had done tapasya. Abu is the place of purest atmosphere, and when you come there, that atmosphere makes everything that pulls you down evaporate, and you swing in the swing of happiness and peace. Coming to this land is also great fortune.
In the slogan, to enjoy the reality of what Baba is giving, you need to be knowledgeable and experienced. Do not worry about anything that you think might be bad or negative. It is there simply to make us strong and experienced. Being just a theoretical Bk is insufficient.
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.
Baba is talking deeply about what we do to sabotage our success. Baba begins in his traditional way by praising us a great deal and describing the reality of what we have become as a result of our relationship with him and that we have every possible cause for maximum success but yet at the same time there are certain things we do that sabotage it, so Baba goes into those details.
The main way we sabotage our success is to take credit for what we did. This sabotages our success because the only reason it is possible for us to have success is b following the instructions of Baba therefore the credit is due to Baba. If we take the credit or think “I am doing it” or “I have to do it” that weakens the action. Regardless of whether there is Maya, the atmosphere is not good, the company is not good or trivial or irrelevant thoughts are present, the instruction of Baba is to have the firm determined thought, recognition and understanding that Baba has given us the authority to go ahead and follow his instruction. We must do that, give Baba all the credit, rise above the atmosphere, not be concerned about the ways in which there can be obstacles or interference. Move forward and take the success.
Baba points to laziness and carelessness as a reason for lack of success. Baba has told us about specific methods to apply, and we need to be attentive to make sure that we do follow those methods accurately. Baba says stay in the fortress of being fully aware. Some things get in the way of this which Baba describes as an open door or window due to the lack of one or another power. Determination is a key ingredient.
One important point is that what we do should not be influenced by fear or concern for public opinion. Our strong connection with Baba, in the understanding that this is what Baba motivates us to move ahead with determination. This brings us happiness.
Determination is extremely powerful. It means to have one thought, total focus on that one thought, to move forward with that one thought and not let anything, anyone or any doubt or distraction get in the way. Then success is assured.
In the meeting with the groups Baba gives us further details about rotating the discuss of self realization. This is an instrument for destroying obstacles which arise from weak thoughts. Creating weak thoughts is the result doubt, questioning why and what. Create instead the elevated thoughts about who and what we are, then we move forward with success. Baba says it is the game of thought.
We must be attentive about what thoughts we produce and avoid thoughts like: “I don’t know whether this will work or not.” That is a sign of lack of faith. Firm determination, faith and self honor are all attributes of the method to achieve success.
Another important point is to become free from “I and mine,” to pass on the credit for your success to Baba and to be free from taking possession or feeling possessive about what you have done or your achievements. Doing this weakens you and reduces you to ordinariness. Instead, stay busy with the task and Maya cannot get in your way.
Baba says: sparkle and do what you have to do, and success will come after you. You will get cooperation from Baba when you have the company of Baba, you feel all the attainments, and Baba is with you. Make yourself unshakeable. Take full advantage and take everything that Baba is offering because you can, and you have the right to do that.
Talking to the German group Baba is reminding us of the word Baba. When you say “I” it doesn’t work so well when you say Baba it is like a magic word that makes everything function easily. Then you experience your fortune. Your connection with Baba and the sanskaras of recognition also make you special.
In the blessing Baba reminds us of the importance of the balance of serving the self and serving others. Balance makes you a conqueror of Maya. However, many Bks forget to serve the self, resulting in imbalance of service of the self and service of others. This deprives you of the feeling of success. Be careful to maintain the balance. Baba calls service an extroverted stage therefore stay introverted, and avoid getting caught up in the commotion of the clash of sanskaras and too much running around for service. Stay connected and go deep into the self.
The slogan is to water the seeds of all your specialties with your powers. If you don’t have powers, your specialties will not be able to flourish and grow. It is important to stand up for yourself, know what you have to do and get on and do it. Do not allow yourself to be discouraged by anyone or anything.