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  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on May 5, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    Types of karmic bondage 

    As mentioned before, any karmic account is an opportunity to experience the other side of a duality. Many times we could ask ourselves: “but what I have done to deserve this experience?” That is unnecessary to know, for it could only produce wasteful guilt. Mostly, the result of previous actions come from lives before this one. We are not that same person now; but we have the capacity to withstand the experience which will benefit our spiritual growth, that is the “plus” side. No one becomes “spiritual” by only experiencing the fun side of Life; but like the phoenix bird, we need to be reborn out of our own ashes. Many times the intensity of those karmic experiences will seem to be the funeral pyre. As the BK teaches, there are “old souls” who have been experiencing many life experiences and thus, “creating” karmic accounts / moving into the other side of duality. When it is time to settle those experiences, these could be perceived by many, as experiences of extreme suffering. On the other hand “souls” with few births in the cycle of time, have the experience of what could be perceived as a “good life” for the most part. However, experiences are according to capacity and that is given by Life, the “Drama” itself. “Fairness” in Life, has a different twist as we will see.

    There are karmic experiences dealing with the perception of “losing something”, it could be a job, wealth, health, a relationship or more often a combination. In this article, we will go into 3 basic types and one unusual type of karmic bondage. The one that most BKs are familiar with, is the body. Often ailments and hospital visits, weird diseases, physical limitations, even the experience of so called “evil entities” are among this class. In my observation, this experience could limit a person to the point where suicidal tendencies could be experienced, as physical pain could be intolerable. Sometimes, even normal ‘medicine’ could have detrimental effects. I recall the incident of someone who couldn’t get rid of her morning routine of throwing up. It was very debilitating and for no apparent reason. After many years of using medical drugs to subside the issue and without any success, the drugs weakened her body even more. The “real” problem was an unresolved emotional situation from childhood. Life brought the solution after many years of suffering. During that time, this person improved her ability to deal with pain. She had a higher threshold than most mortals. At the same time, her character changed: From an independent, do as I please kind of attitude; it changed to a gentle, tolerant person. Physical karmic accounts have in my opinion, an underlying cause of lack of self love. This person could have the tendency to inflict suffering or pain to herself by being negligent of her own needs. This person will ‘learn’ about self acceptance and self love. It is an invitation to live a life which departs from the ‘normal’ every day person. It is important for this person to share his experiences and findings to help others heal. Life may compensate this person with the experience of paranormal powers and experiences as a source to enjoy Life.

    Karmic experiences relating with the mind, is another type. A person could experience a mind disease such as schizophrenia, bipolarity or any other mental disease like OCD. A mind disease cannot be cured by science. Many times it is something to endure throughout a life time but sometimes, it is mysteriously cured. That is when the karmic period for that experience is over. This person may experience rejection, low self esteem and great dependency on others. Great suffering may be experienced. While OCD could be easily self cured when there is observation on how the mind could subdue a person’s will through a belief in some fearful event happening, if a repetitive routine is not performed; other mind diseases which involve an unbalanced mood swing between manic episodes and depressing ones; could be harder to deal with not only by the person experiencing this karmic bondage, but also by close relatives. While a physical karmic bondage could be the opportunity for close relatives to learn to disengage from the suffering of others, so they could be more helpful; those experiencing mental diseases could teach their relatives a high level of tolerance. Life presents a teacher in a different, unusual form.

    There are karmic accounts dealing with relationships. A person could be often misinterpreted. In a relationship, these could lead to fights. Also, this could bring the affected person into self isolation, for he will feel misunderstood. It could be difficult to fall in love, for those who he feels attracted to, will reject him; but those who he doesn’t feel attracted to, those may pursue him. This type of karmic bondage is the invitation to solve any issues of emotional dependency and the opportunity to observe his own interaction with others. Rather than believing that the culprit of “bad luck” resides in the behavior of others, this person may start to look at his own behavior instead. That is self-observation.

    One of the toughest karmic bondage is the one related with clearing family ancestral issues. That is a family karma. A few family members may be selected for this after many generations. These individuals will live an unusual life style far away from the norm without this being their choice. It could be tough because, it doesn’t depend on the readiness of a particular family member, but all of them have to do their share in representation of their ancestors. Life will bring many teachings in that setting as well.

    In a nutshell: A “normal” person having a “normal” Life, will have the “normal’ experiences and nothing else. Those who have the capacity to withstand painful experiences on the other hand; have greater capacity for the sublime as well. Both sides will need to be experienced and those are directly proportional to each other. That is how “fairness” shows up in Life. No one can escape the experience of duality, for that is the essence of living.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on April 28, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    Learning from karmic bondage 

    In a culture of avoidance for the sake of ‘solving problems,’ most become oblivious of the lessons in Life. How could we learn from a situation of cheer suffering? We may ask.

    Emotional suffering brings the opportunity to observe how insignificant this “I” could be. It doesn’t matter how much we try to “protect” it or to avoid any sort of unpleasant situation, Life will bring a way for us to experience the other half of that duality.

    Observe the life of any individual. It has its side of pleasure and its side of pain. Those sides cannot be measured and we cannot compare with another as Life brings the experiences according to our capacity to withstand them. There is no way out, no matter how clever or smart we believe to be. This realization in itself will bring a sense of awe and respect for Life for the rare opportunity to live and experience. After all, it is not about “my accomplishments,” or “my success.” Observe that the other side of the duality, the one we want to run away from, will kick in at some time. This is the part of the story that we never get to learn in society; as the promotion of the “I accomplish this” or the “successful I,” is there continuously. Along those lines is the thought behind “settling a karmic account.” That is, “let me be successful.” “Let me give you the method.”

    Let me be concise. It does not depend fully on us. Therefore, it is important to learn to observe and deal with situations as they appear in front of us and not based on some philosophical, idealistic view of Life.

    Let me illustrate: Person A knows that person B steals. Person A has a distaste for stealing and likewise for person B. Perhaps in a religious setting, person A has been taught to “forget and forgive” and to “never steal” or perhaps person A has been taught to send “good feelings and good wishes” and he is “practicing that.”

    A few years later, Life brought suffering to person A. Person A lost everything he had. Person A experiences hunger now. Person A is ready to steal in order to survive. If person A lacks observation and he is only concerned in protecting that “I” and enhancing it, then his awareness is not there yet and he will continue to deepen the experience of sorrow. Nothing wrong with taking that path. However, this is a great opportunity for mercy and compassion to appear without “practice,” therefore; the real deal. Person A knows about misfortune and he will not be so fast in judging another. That is the value of experiencing a misfortune and taking the “jewels” of that experience with us. That requires an individual with keen observation and above all, awareness.

    On the other hand, most will fight back. Through that mentality of “fighting in Life” they may get back where they were before or even above that through their own “effort,” but… their sense of “I” will have grown exponentially . “I overcame misfortune. Let me teach you how to do it. Read my book. Buy my DVD. I am an example.” A “success story” is born and our society likes that. For society and many “spiritual” teachings, there is no need to appreciate the experience of tragedy and be open for a humble beginning where we can understand what is like to feel misfortune and put ourselves in someone’s shoes. Incredibly, it is out of that appreciation how “virtues” will flourish without learning any intellectual “spiritual teachings.”

    If we experience what is like to be compassionate, then courage will appear. If we learn to be frugal with ourselves, then we have the space to be generous with others. However, if we take frugality as the way to enrich ourselves (the “I”,) then a penny pincher will be born instead.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on April 21, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    Liberation from Karmic accounts 

    Typically in the BK world these “karmic bondages” refer to relationships. For example, BK A could fall in love with BK B. Even though, this is not encouraged and even forbidden in the BK world, this happens more often than what we know of. It is in “normal” human nature.

    Whenever that “love” is not corresponded due to the other person lack of interest or due to the BK setting which will not allow for this to flourish, then for sure; we are under a karmic bondage.

    Mentally we could say: “ I don’t remember what I have done to you, but forgive me and I forgive you for the pain that is coming through you. Moreover, here comes my blessings to you.”

    That sounds lovely. However ineffective to “get rid of that bondage.” It is important to be honest as well, and admit that we are uttering those words because we want out of a particular suffering. Yes, it is about us.

    Every conscious effort of that “I” to reject a particular experience, is in fact; a lack of understanding.

    Let me illustrate: Karmic accounts are part of Life. It is the play of action and reaction. It really fits into our world of duality whenever “I give, then I take” or If I have taken, then I need to give.

    A karmic account is not an invitation to fix things. It is rather an invitation to experience a new experience. The way we deal with that is the teaching that we need to learn to move forward in Life.

    BK A has a situation with BK B. Is he trying to conquer the heart of BK B despite the fact that this is not allowed in the BK setting? Then, that is the teaching. To observe how we are willing to bend some rules to accomplish our perceived needs. Perhaps BK A rejects completely any association with BK B. Then, that rejection is tinted with an inner lie. Can we observe that? Any action that we decide to DO will bring a reaction. If we try to solve things by believing that we should act in a predetermined way, then we are not acknowledging what Life is trying to tell us. There are no formulas.

    Many times our own experience of suffering is the way to dissolve that karmic account. Therefore, what is the sense of trying to figure out how to resolve something? The solution will unfold itself when we learn to observe what Life brings rather than to blindly follow a philosophy, an idea or some moral value of what should be right.

    It is important to point out that we do not know the extent of how a karmic account will go. It could go on for the next life time and that is necessary, unless we are ready for self realization and that is not like “going to your auntie’s home.”

    In a nutshell, there is no way for us to “settle” a karmic account or to liberate ourselves from a karmic bondage out of our own doing, formula or magic spell; for that situation is the fair return, a consequence. However, paraphrasing the Murli; “we could feel a crucifix like a thorn.” That is the mature extent of how spirituality could help us deal with a karmic situation.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 3:30 PM on March 31, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    Joy: The ultimate Gyan. 

    The Universe is immense, infinite according to what we know. Do you truly believe that “we” are the only ones here on a tiny planet in this solar system? If there is life, do you believe it has to look like us? Do you believe that we are the most advanced race there is in the Universe?

    According to Brahma Kumaris and monotheistic religions, this is it. According to others and Avyakt7-NG, this is not it.

    However, does it matter? As far as our experience is concerned, probably not until it has to.

    Human beings have different timing in evolving consciousness. I am not saying “their consciousness,” for I can realize that there is only consciousness expressed through innumerable beings with different degrees of evolution which gives the experience of individuality.

    As Brahma Kumaris puts it :”Every soul has a part recorded.” That part minus mind, intellect and sanskaras (according to BK gyan) is consciousness. It is the level of consciousness the one driving perception, awareness, the “reality” of the mind, intellect and sanskara. The punch line is that levels of consciousness do not depend on the person’s DOING. In other words, “I cannot improve my consciousness.” It is what it is.

    Some people need to “come down the ladder,” while for others it is time to go up. It is recorded as it is. Coming down assures that this actor will go up “sometime” in this lifetime or another. The opposite is true as well.

    Knowing that, what is the significance of helping others to “go up the ladder”? Here is when we learn that this is not a duty, service, seva. It is merely extending your hand. Someone may take it. Another may not. All is good. That part is the one hard to understand.

    “I want to save that one.” Perhaps it should be expressed as “I want to believe that I am saving someone” but truly “I am merely helping myself.” That is an ego boost for the sake of accomplishing an obsessive idea.

    Although the size of Life is incomprehensible by human minds, the beauty is that we do not need to understand. All required is to observe, to watch as if everything I am aware of inside and outside, is a moving train and I am just standing still. Everything passes away but if we add flavor to make that fleeting experience unique; then we are in tune with this game. Appreciation and gratefulness are those special spices in Life which make any dull plate into a delicacy. When we learn to add them to any experience, we make a nourishing dish called joy.

    Knowing joy, whether we go up or down; it will stay the other way around!

    Will take time off until April 21st. Enjoy Life!

     
    • Gayathri 8:26 AM on April 26, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I appreciate your comment : Appreciation and gratefulness are those special spices in Life which make any dull plate into a delicacy. When we learn to add them to any experience, we make a nourishing dish called joy.

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on March 24, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    Creating Sanskaras for the “Golden Age.” 

    When a new BK follower is born, one of the first questions this person may ask is: “Why do we have to follow all of these rules?” (Referring to waking up before 4 am, lacto vegeterian diet -avoiding onions and garlic and even radishes according to some – celibacy, avoiding physical activities supporting body consciousness, etc.)

    One of the most popular and less controversial answers is: “To create sanskaras for the Golden Age.”

    The belief: A Deity in the Golden age wakes up very early in the morning, does not eat meat or pungent vegetables like onions and garlic, does not have sexual activity and does not practice physical activities like sports. That deity however, is engaged in the arts so those activities are encouraged.

    The ‘deity profile,’ has many believers within the BK system. It is hard to imagine that every BK could fit easily into that container, thus the label “numberwise” is used to describe that difference to fit “right.”

    In my time as a BK, I practiced everything except being engaged in sports. I used to run almost every day. Even while I visited Madhuban. Running and other sports like bike riding ( a welcomed activity after long seating retreats in Peace Village; which has beautiful natural surroundings to enjoy mother Nature) and swimming gave me an outlet for the extra energy I had, even though; that could be considered “body conscious” activities.

    Nevertheless, the benefits outweighed the drawbacks in my case considering my age at that time.

    Now, with that experience I could say that “creating sanskaras” does not happen through practice of some activities or lack of.

    In my BK days writing poetry once in a while, was the extent of “arts” for me. Now, away from the BK experience, I find myself interested in playing the acoustic guitar. I enjoy the peculiar sound coming from it and the feeling of upbeat relaxation . That new “hobby” did not appear out of some practice. Was it some inspiration or perhaps some late hidden sanskara? Well, it did not appear in my BK days.

    However, whenever we want to suppress some activity that we used to enjoy for the sake of compliance to an ideal, then this could be self-inflicted violence.

    That is what we may need to be aware of.

    Sexuality does not cease to exist because we want to comply to some profile and stop “cold turkey.” Sexuality will come out some way; somehow, unless it is already a personal inclination to be away from sex whether naturally or due to some physical illness or psychological issue. A meat eater can stop eating meat because he wants to comply to a profile, but unless that comes from within, there is no hope for that “sanskara” to go away.

    That is why is very important to cater to the individual, that is; to start the journey where the individual is at, rather than massifying things by asking him to DO things which may be out of his range.

    At this point in my life, I do not practice any sports as my body has changed (Thankfully was around the beginning of the pandemic time, which affected the mobility of everyone) but I regularly do hatha yoga, isometric exercises and specially, pranayamas as their benefit is considerable at this time. As an aside, many Bks already practice pranayamas in India. This breathing exercise is specially useful for the etheric body. My diet is vegan and eat much less than my sports days. Food stays in my system longer than before. This lifestyle is not for everyone; but as Life changes, so I am changing with it naturally.

    As the BK movement has reached the masses, perhaps it could be a welcomed change to stress their teachings in values and virtues, rather than fear based end-of-the-world philosophies and clerical, monastery like rules for all. After all, those virtues and human values are the ones that will benefit humanity, “creating” good karma for the follower. That is needed so Life itself can provide the necessary natural changes in that person’s sanskara.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on March 17, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    Predictions and changes in BK “knowledge.” 

    I was looking for info on Dadi Gulzar’s health and through “destiny,” I was taken to this site : brahma-kumaris.com It is a nicely done web site with lots of info. It appears that an effort to centralize information was undertaken.

    There was an article that caught my attention “The advance party.” (https://www.brahma-kumaris.com/advance-party)

    I was surprised and concerned to read more predictions with specific years there (2026) as the “revelation of the advance party.”

    I am concerned because it is my experience that “dates” are not usually given by “Godly entities,” for as BapDada used to say: “ someone becomes date conscious rather than soul conscious.” Not only that, but it will make the “Drama artificial” (which is another term used by Brahma Baba in the Murli.) Lastly, it is a lack of respect for those who are living at this time; as they will act with fear or expectation to meet some quota in their heads by that date.

    Obviously, questions arise: How these “revelations” are coming? Who is the “instrument” channeling these messages?

    Also, it is surprising to read this about the Advance Party : “1. Birth: The souls are pure and thus the body they acquire needs to get purified before they enters the womb of their mother. (Meaning: Sakash (spiritual vibrations) will be given to the womb of the mother so that the body is made pure.

    Besides the obvious language differences that reveal that this piece was written by someone whose mother language is not English, we could see how “BK knowledge has been changed,” concerning when a “soul” is “pure.” The SM clearly states that the first “pure soul” is Krishna.

    Changes on BK knowledge made to propel further novelty or even to give it an emotional twist, are prone to be scrutinized by people who had already a BK experience.

    If the purpose is to procure a BK audience for the next 5 years, then the job may be done. However; beyond that it could rebound adversely.

    This is just food for thought.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on March 10, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    The Tree of religions and the formation of souls in Paramdham 

    It is the understanding within Brahma Kumaris, that souls occupy a “place” in the soul world according to the religions that those souls belong to. The founder of every religion is the head of that particular “section.” It is interesting to notice that since every soul has a “part recorded,” then what is the need for such arrangement? There is no need for it.

    Even if a soul was located in some “far away” part from the top, when the time comes for that soul to appear on the physical stage, that soul will be there. It is automatic.

    Another consideration is the meaning of the label “religion.” It is usually taught to mean “re-ligare” or to reconnect [with God.] That meaning has been attributed to St. Augustine, but there are several etymological meanings: From a sense of “right or moral obligation” to “respect of what is sacred.” That is from dharma to worship and anything in between.

    Nevertheless, a religion is a socio-cultural phenomena made by humans for humans. The accuracy of history of religion can be contested. However the anthropocentric view of spirituality is evident. An organized religion is only important in the human world. To put together a relationship of souls with religions but forgetting about souls of animals, is without a doubt an issue.

    It is infantile to believe that a BK shouldn’t eat meat, because it is “tamopradhan” food. That is only to negate something by placing a label with negative connotation to it. The unavoidable fact for those believing in souls, is that in every animal there is also a soul. While some humans may believe that souls of animals are lower than humans; that is only from that anthropomorphic view but that cannot be the way the Universe dictates. Why?

    There is no evidence given by Life and the Universe itself, showing that humans are above any other species. Do we see that? When there is an “act of God,” animals and humans will perish equally. The gift of Life is the same for both.

    As we are aware of the law of “karma,” we could easily observe how an experience given to another, will be experienced by the giver as well. This is not punishment or reward (again, that is a human conditioned way to understand Life) or “justice,” it is merely cause and effect.

    An animal could eat and kill another animal to survive. That is a given according to that consciousness. However; as that consciousness evolves, we could observe a human being with animal tendencies with the added human conditioning of gaining “profit,” in their minds. That sense of living for profit is very human, indeed.

    Within the human species, there are different sets of consciousness. For instance, while some may refrain to eat meat; there are different reasons for that decision, showcasing the state of consciousness of such individuals. For instance, someone may do it for “health reasons,” which is the typical profit in mind reasoning. Others, may do it because they do not want to be part of the in-humane slaughter of animals. There is a sense of compassion and empathy. That shows a different, more evolved consciousness within the human race. However, when a religion states that “You should not eat meat because it is impure or Tamopradhan,” that is the imposition of fear to someone who may not be ready to take the jump. If that person still resides within the more animal like consciousness, that person will repress and suffer what is not yet natural for him.

    In a nutshell, that tree in Brahma Kumaris should reflect consciousness and not religion as the boundaries of going near the “seed” of the tree.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on March 3, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    Soul transmigration or reincarnation? 

    A few articles ago, it was shared about the existence of animals in the Golden Age, according to BK belief. A couple of questions were given to muse about. Basically, what kind of karma an animal has to have to go to the Golden age? The easiest answer could be: It is all predestined. Some animals’ souls are predestined to go there.

    No problem with that answer, but yet how about humans? A what point “effort” comes into the picture? We could say, “That effort was predestined as well.” Fine, but… the issue is with the belief that there is an “I” making “effort” when it is predestined for that to happen. It is not “I” making effort. It is effort being made through that perceived “I.”

    Perhaps at this point we could understand that “atman and brahman” are the same, just as Hinduism proclaims. However, while we have the bug of individuality deeply installed, we will not be able to go any further. At this point, religions and beliefs pampering that “I” and stating that “I” am something, or can DO something to go somewhere higher in heaven will be in vogue. Then, that “I” will try to control and plan his destiny according to his own conditioning to “achieve” his dream. The “I” could go to heaven then (in his mind,) but what about his faithful and loving pet? That was the question asked here to different religions. See their take on that.

    Religions pretend to know the “right answer.” They can give us a “feel good” answer if needed.

    Observe how that “I” has operated in the world to conquer it. Observe how convenient was to deny any possibility for conscious progress to an animal. Most humans expect that animals could speak to them in their own language, for most humans are utterly insensible to understand theirs. I am not talking about barks or meows, but to sense their emotions and feelings. Just like in the world of humans it is almost expected for someone to know basic English to communicate, some humans are waiting for that skill to appear in animals.

    “Look we have invented the electric bulb, animals cannot do that. We are intelligent, they aren’t.” What is the need for a dog or a cat to have electric light? None. Their senses are way more developed than the ones of humans. It appears to me that humans have their minds as weapons to conquer and subdue others. No need to go deeper into this. Just look at the world.

    Darwin believed in evolution of species, but he did not know about evolution of consciousness. Consciousness evolves and a body is given accordingly. That soul, that “atman” transitions through different species. As a matter of fact, part of the transition towards self realization is to go beyond those animal instincts which many religions have pretended to control. That transition is not done through repression, but through integration.

    Human beings could be the more evolved species in the physical realm, but they are not the ultimate. Their “little brothers” (souls) are wearing the custom of an animal, a plant or even a pebble. There are many levels of consciousness and each one will give an experience to that being in their particular path of evolution.

    What is the karma of a slaughtered cow? What wrong that cow has done to suffer like that so a human can profit from that death? Obviously, there will be consequences in a world of cause and effect. Thankfully, there is no need for human laws or human justice in this.

    When humans are missing empathy in their lives, it is difficult for them to understand about the suffering of others. There are in the world many animal hunters dressing as humans. Their main reference in life is how to procure more for themselves and their senses. Perhaps these individuals may ask if their pets will go to heaven with them. At least, they may have a spark of care for others as long as they feel that pet, to be their property. It is all about ME, after all.

    Different consciousness, different beliefs, different traditions. To go beyond the differences means to integrate all of them. We have been looking for the right belief, the right system, the right answer… That is only valuable for the conditioned mind. Consciousness requires integration of all that in the heart; because if something exists, it is because it has the right to BE.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on February 24, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    Looking at Godly ego 

    As mentioned in the last article, the experience of spirituality is very subjective. My experience is only mine and it is an illusion to pretend that it should be true for others, or even apply to others as well.

    When looking back at my own life, I could see that my intention to become “good” by shaping up myself when aware of my own shortcomings; started with the experience of Catholicism.

    Catholicism wasn’t something that I picked up by analyzing things and coming up with a rational decision. It was something given through the environment as I grew up in Peru; where Catholicism is part of the politics of that society. The conditioning was there and many do not realize the influence of such tradition. However, there was something in me when I was 17 that didn’t click with Catholicism. I was exposed to different religious/ spiritual literature since I had the desire to know. Even attended different religious faiths. Read J. Krishnamurti when I was 23 and was amazed by his clear-cut views, but couldn’t understand how others did not think the same as I did. Then, I forgot all about it, once I was getting ready “to conquer the world and make my dreams come true” in the biggest capitalist society. I felt welcomed to join that new home with such opportunities.

    I had the “American dream” accomplished in my mid 30’s. However, fears and lack of satisfaction appeared even though I was “supposed” to be happy. Brahma Kumaris appeared at that time. That experience was unique. It wasn’t my choice and because it was beyond my rational conditioning, it had a very strong influence. I had an experience with what I thought was the true God. I couldn’t pass that new opportunity, for it was my original “raison d’etre.”

    That turned my life outside down. I had something new to achieve, to become. My drive was to demonstrate others that I knew God. That was my inspiration to proselytize. I thought I was helping others, but truly; I was helping myself. That was fuel to continue in my journey which I thought was the “truth.”

    The amount of ego emerging from that experience is tremendous: “I” know God. “I” know the truth. Not only that but I knew how to put “reasons” to try to demonstrate that what I knew was the “truth.” Without a doubt, there were very few Brahma Kumaris’ followers who could understand “knowledge” as I did. “I was on my way to Heaven.” 🙂

    Observe how life puts the experiences necessary for that ego to emerge. “Success” in this world or the world beyond is the same thing. That strong desire to accomplish is ego in disguise. I am not saying that to work to accomplish our dreams in ‘bad,’ no. It is a necessary experience to try to get our hands full with something but yet, remain empty inside.

    For that ego to start diluting itself, I had to go through many other experiences. It doesn’t go away because I decide to “conquer it” or to act as if I did not have ego. Usually extreme suffering will cut it off, but that is not the only tool used by Life. It all depends on our own journey.

    Looking back, the teaching wasn’t that I needed to find “God.” The teaching was that I needed to observe that ego and for that, it needed to be fat, juicy and big so I could become AWARE of it. Life gave me that experience through the Brahma Kumaris. The outcome, what we ARE, is what has value. Many times we are entertained by trying to find the “truth,” or believing that our experience is the only and true one. That is a mirage.

    Life experiences are meant to change our consciousness as long as we become aware of the teachings and not become mesmerized by the teacher, even if that one is “God.”

    What did I learn through those experiences? Our service to society is not in revealing who God is, but in revealing ourselves to ourselves while in relation with others. BEING that which we talk about. The rest is only pretty spiritual talk.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on February 17, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    The path of truth. 

    What is truth? That word is usually used in relation with something factual. It is true that I slept last night. It is true that I was a Brahma Kumaris follower, etc. Those are simple facts.

    Those facts are seen as truth and therefore most will extrapolate that finding into their spiritual experience.

    In spirituality there are many “truths” and not necessarily equal to each other. For instance, who is God? Most every religion has its own take on that. They have their own “patent” on God, but yet they claim to have the “true” God with them. As shared before, spirituality is very subjective in nature. However, there is a common ground which deals with that inherent subjectivity; that is to find your own truth, yourself. There cannot be religions having the truth about each one of us.

    In a world where the masses rule, where “majority wins,” and the truth is reflected in that incomplete premise; then we have the world of spirituality which cannot be like the former, but diametrically different just to complement it. A self-realized person is the outcome of the spiritual path. While the masses are interested in “right” answers, a self-realized person knows the truth of himself.

    A self-realized man cannot be a politician. He cannot be the one solving problems created by unbalanced minds. His truth is to realize himself and thus, nothing is lacking. There is no further search, the truth is no longer something to seek for it is “within.”

    Life has many paths for each individual. There are no recipes of self-realization but we learn to cook as ingredients appear unexpectedly in Life and the beauty of that unfolds: To be able to produce a tasty and wholesome meal to share with others. That is the art. Thus, a self-realized person is there to be recognized by his presence. That is the teaching in itself. It is a living teaching for others in contact with such person.

    There is no prototype of what a self-realized man should look like or the way he should behave, for subjectivity is not the measurement stick. His footprints will do the talk.

    Life is experiential. Theory, dogma and mental understanding does not change who we ARE. As those life experiences are processed and assimilated without rejection, we will see that Life itself will turn lead into gold. Life is the alchemist, although others may call that alchemist God or the Drama. While those looking for the truth of who the true alchemist is and whether in fact, he/she/it can do that “magic trick;” there are others looking at the truth of that inner change.

    At the end, the truth is not in our finding of facts outside of ourselves, that is a mental game only. The truth is in the exploration of the “inside.” Once the inside is found, it will be just like the outside. Therefore, here is my “theory of everything”: Consciousness is the alpha and omega. That sentence cannot be explained for everything will be spoiled. For those who have followed these writings, perhaps it is a good time to realize that “truth” cannot be put into words. It is not a paragraph that we can tell to another, a dogma. It has to be realized…. but yet, i wrote my truth. Isn’t that paradoxical, insane and confusing? Understanding happens when there is no push to try to understand. Until then. 🙂

     
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