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  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on July 28, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    All “good” answers are according to time 

    Man is inherently bound with life and time. In the Brahma Kumaris and many other religions there is the idea of becoming like the perfect portrait of ourselves as it was in the “beginning.” Even though it is a laudable direction, there is the fact that “now” is not like “before.”

    There is an issue when a religious philosophy has a mental picture of what “should be,” and that is to pretend that “what is” does not exist, judge it as wrong or worse yet, insinuating a complete rejection.

    To illustrate, sexuality and gender distinction are good examples. Someone following a spiritual path may identify her/himself as being bisexual, pansexual, homosexual, transgender/transsexual or any other term which is not related with being ‘straight.’ If we take that fact into the situation of a philosophy like the Brahma Kumaris or even Christianity, we could have many arguments based on the “truth” of those religious beliefs which show what “should be.” For instance: “Lakshmi and Narayan were female and male. That is what existed in the Golden age, thus; that is what is right.” or “God created male and female to live with each other as husband and wife. Anything else is not the law.”

    Life is not an ideal picture to be held in our minds, or an unmovable paragraph which conveys some truth. This misunderstanding is the one creating havoc and suffering in many human beings.

    Someone ‘smart’ may argue back: “We should strive to be the highest, the purest and not fall to something less than that.” Therefore, if I am a BK I will exclude sexuality from my life, for that is the way the Golden age is, according to my belief. Moreover, I will avoid mingling with people of the opposite gender which are attractive to me, to avoid ‘falling into temptation.’ However, in that solution there are 2 issues: 1) A promotion of homosexuality. 2) A consent for repression: If there is a temptation, then there is suppression which is not healthy for a follower after sometime. That same issue is happening in the Catholic religion, where gender separation has been offered as a ‘solution’ to live closer to God. What are the results? Promotion of homosexuality and sexual practices with children. Thus, we cannot hide the diversity of gender identities and sexual orientations at this time. We may need to take the veil out of our eyes and see what “is” rather than what “should be. ” The follower may need to take a deep look at themselves, be honest and act accordingly. If your nature is not according to what a religion promotes, then repression will be unavoidable. Then perhaps that particular belief is not for you at that particular time. That may change later on, as Life is change and to flow in Life we will need to learn to swim using the momentum and direction of those waters. This is not a license for debauchery, which is the other extreme. That honesty should remain in the discovery of attachment, addiction and neediness in our lives, for that awareness will give us something to ‘work on’ no matter what faith we decide to follow. Balance is the key.

    That “perfect” world in Heaven or the Golden Age did not know about duality in Life. This world “now,” is full of it. See the difference?

    I used quotes in the word “perfect,” for that is another illusion. This should be clearly understood by any Brahma Kumaris follower, for in an eternally repeating cycle every moment is unique, eternal and repetitive. Thus, what is the need to use labels to praise one experience at one point in time and then to belittle another? There is no sense, for those moments will appear again.

    That which I just tried to explain, will be very difficult to convey to a Christian or most any other believing in a monotheistic, free-will type of religion. That brings my second point, there couldn’t be further understanding because their own beliefs trap them into a limiting world. In other words, their beliefs, philosophies, etc. allows for borders to appear and with that limitations. A Christian believer could be very smart, but he will move under the limits of that which is known as “Christianity.”

    How is that person going to open up to another notch of consciousness? By the experience of something different. Typically that which was rejected will come back and hopefully there will be an opening this time for newness; as intellectual backgrounds are static; then perhaps a personal experience will truly move his consciousness, for that cannot be denied. You see, it is great to debate another on intellectual terms as to what is right and what is not, but when you experience something which is against your beliefs, then that will shake you and allow you for the first time to look at something different.

    That is why acceptance is key. With that sort of acceptance there is no need to know any philosophy or any “truth,” uttered by anyone. Acceptance does not mean to participate in something which does not resonate with us. Acceptance means to acknowledge and to allow it to be, although it doesn’t seem like ‘perfection.

    My friend Mathias told me one time, “the search for perfection only brings suffering;” and that is the experience of those looking for it at this time. But yet, suffering is not bad or good. It is merely a consequence of following a particular path. If we are aware to learn from that, then that experience will be invaluable. The other side is that suffering may bring trauma which is another notch of experience in our quest for perfection. The good news is that healing of that experience comes when we understand and acknowledge its worth in our lives; that is when we accept it.

    As our beliefs and securities are left aside, then we will be open to know different things, different answers which will be valuable at that particular time. We cannot find “the answer,” but only what seems to be working for us at one point in time. As we move on, those answers will move on as well.

    Greater depth in Life is not found by intellectual pursuits. Depth comes through assimilation of Life experiences, then that becomes an insight which cannot put static frames of beliefs upon new experiences, but rather; will allow us to see possibilities rather than a tunnel vision of what ‘should be.’

    Every belief has a time to BE and a time not to BE. Any answer given according to the consciousness of a person, will be without a doubt; the “right” answer.

    Will resume writing on August 18, 2021. Until then ! 🙂

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on July 21, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    Above all: Be honest with yourself 

    Out of the many meanings the word “honesty” could have, “integrity” is the one that I refer to in this article. What is integrity? To be true to yourself, that is complete and undivided.

    In a society where we are taught to comply and “fake it til you make it,” I feel it is important to observe this quality of honesty. I feel it is the most important quality a seeker could ever have.

    In my time as a religious seeker, I was believing in things that I did not experience. Part of that comes from that fear to be left out of the ‘chosen’ crowd and another part is because of sheer compliance with the norms: If we belong to a particular faith, then we are expected to comply. It is the same with belonging to a political party, a team, even to a country. We will find that the level of influence the collective consciousness has into an individual is directly proportional to his lack of self observation.

    In my Christian times or even Brahma Kumaris experience, I experienced that issue of lack of self honesty, integrity. It is understandable, for no one is expected to be by himself in a spiritual path and make some spiritual progress. We may need support from others, what is known in BK parlance as the ‘spiritual family.’

    However; if ever by yourself, then it is a twofold path: It is a great opportunity to climb to new heights as long as you have the discipline and the openness to accept and learn from the tests that Life will throw at you; or it is the best opportunity as well, to fall little by little into darkness: To be the protagonist of the famous fable of the ‘boiling frog.’ We need a degree of keen awareness to be able to make it or you will burn away into a comfort zone of lethargy.

    My sister “Raysha,” has a spiritual path of her own. She is into “cover yourself with a violet light and send a white light of blessings to the world,” Chakras, kundalini, mudras, dimensions, magic… etc. Get the point? That path works for her because she experiences those things and can “see” those things having an effect on her and she has unique spiritual gifts. Typically, she is the one chosen to work with Nature and ‘elementals’ as she can relate at a level that ‘normal’ people wouldn’t. When we see all the wonders of the world as magical, we are not far from what is. My friend Mathias once told me:”First was magic, then philosophers wanted to interpret and explain to others, finally came science where you had to rationally explain your findings.” Have you been in Disney’s “Magic Kingdom”? The kid fully enjoying it is not the one asking questions like: why? how? That ain’t real, right?” This life experience is like that “Magic Kingdom.” Where we are meant to enjoy this ride not to ask questions during it and miss the moment.

    What good is to know theoretically something that you cannot experience? That is only information which could be good to participate in programs like “Jeopardy” or to get some on-line certification in “spiritual studies.” That is all.

    My path on the other hand, is ‘Down to the Bone’ (like the musical group.) Observation, awareness, feelings, intuition, discipline. That is all, folks! No magical powers… Some may say “good intellect” as some BKs used to say, but that was the Avyakt7 from way before. Some of the intellectual, philosophical, sort of scientific writings that one used to write, are not part of my experience today. Sometimes I even attempt to read those and they do not resonate with me. Too much mind! However, that experience has been integrated in the one existing today. The Universe speaks to me through other means. For instance, I have signed up to receive free daily emails from “J. Krishnamurti online,” a daily quote. That is usually the first thing I read in the morning. I have been amazed at the synchronicity: It is usually what I need or what I need to decipher inside me. Krishnamurti was sharing his own experience but that has been made into an intellectual trip to nowhere by many intellectual people. Unless you had similar experiences leading you to understand beyond the limitations of words; you will not understand, no matter how smart or ‘educated’ you could be. We cannot explain what is water to someone who has never experienced it.

    I experienced that being honest with myself meant that those things which are not part of my experience, are just that; not part of my experience although for many others it could be.

    Therefore, as I understood that my mission was to have my two feet firmly planted on the physical realm, my spiritual dimension opened up as I was true to my mission. Nevertheless, I will not make the mistake of belittling other people’s experiences or spiritual/religious paths; for my sister’s path has helped me tremendously.

    The Universe is immense and full of mysteries! There is too much information for a little human mind and everyone of us has its own strengths to help each other out in the common good. Therefore, my previous search for the “true path,” or the “true belief system,” or to know the “truth,” all of that is out of my system; although at one point in my spiritual career, those items were very important for me.

    Someone “spiritual” one day told me: “As it is inside, it is outside.” I thought that to be a lie. But, I used to repeat it and sound “spiritual” with others because that phrase was ‘in’ the spiritual repertoire. I thought that I needed to “practice those skills” and whenever I experienced a gray day in my life, I only had to say to others that it was beautiful! I am sure, many seekers have gone through the same experience. ‘Fake til you make it’ does not achieve any influence in the realm of BEING, which is the one which truly matters.

    Now, I could experience that as you ARE, that is how your vision IS and while some may perceive problems and obstacles, others may see those as challenges, opportunities to conquer. Different perceptions, none of them right or wrong. Nevertheless, without those problems or challenges there could not be a possibility to blossom in the spiritual realm, no matter how great our information or experience is on chakras, karma, dharma, spiritual dimensions, ascended masters, etc.

    Spirituality is not an intellectual endeavor (although it may start there.) It is completely experiential and every experience is different for different individuals, thereby; we may need to be honest with ourselves and acknowledge our own experiences only as another route to “get there,” which is different from someone else. It is in understanding this, how openness to diversity and variety could take us to experience Life in a different dimension, which will have a positive effect in our BEING.

     
    • Gayathri 9:39 AM on July 26, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Om shanti brother. Yes, your words make sense. Yes, ultimately, we find our own methods and ways to reach our own goal of life. I admire sister Reysha and yourself for choosing and following your own ways in your spiritual journey and progressing fairly well. I have a friend in Rome who is very spiritual but does not agree with many fundamental principles of BKs. But she is amazing and the results she produces by her methods in helping others are very impressive. Drama! 🙂

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      • avyakt7- New Generation 4:30 PM on July 27, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, every situation is different and requires different methods, techniques, approaches, recipes, etc. but honesty within is the common ground and together with a sense of awareness of ‘what is,’ will give us the steps to follow in our lives. Thanks!

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on July 14, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    A deeper view of Duality through poetry and painting 

    “The fool thinks that the egg comes from the bird-or else that the egg comes from the bird. The wise man knows that they come from each other. The egg falls from the bird and, grotesque as it sounds to say it, that is all there is to the doctrine of the fall. The bird rises from the egg, and that is all there is from the doctrine of evolution. Logically contradictory as the two doctrines are, until imagination “marries” them the truth, Blake believes, will not be born.”

    Extract from “Blake’s fourfold vision”. by Harold C. Goddard – Pendle Hill pamphlet page 18.

    The above quoted paragraph is from a small treaty on William Blakes’s life and poetry. Blake was an English poet, painter and printmaker. He was believed to be ‘crazy’ due to his spiritual visions and misinterpreted poetry. Needless to say, he was little known during his lifetime. Even today when reading some of his poetry (“The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” comes to mind) most conditioned individuals will not understand the depth of what he is trying to portray with the limits of dualistic words and his worldly experience at that time.

    He is quoted saying:”Improvement makes straight roads, but the crooked roads without improvement are the roads of genius.” That may not make much sense, until perhaps we see his painting of “Jacob’s ladder.” (Here is an article I wrote as a BK almost exactly 9 years ago https://explore7.wordpress.com/2012/07/11/exploring-the-meaning-of-the-ladder/) That ladder is not a straight ladder. With greater depth, we could realize that “Improvement” is only a conditioned human ideal.

    Blake came to my attention as I was understanding the picture of the “Ladder” of Brahma Kumaris, 9 years ago. I just recently saw that pic again, and further understanding came. I wanted to know more about Blake and ended up buying this booklet by Goddard for less than 3 dollars on-line. Goddard does a very good job expanding the depth of intellectual understanding by giving plenty of citations and quotes from others, but he lacks the spiritual experiences to go beyond that realm. That is one of the shortcomings in my view, from having academia translate or figure out the meaning behind mysticism. You have to have the experiences to know.

    Blake had an unprecedented understanding through his visions of what duality really means. The worldly background or experience he had to explain it, was the doctrine of Christianity; thus using God, demons and angels, to explain his visions and realizations. He was an artist not a religious seeker and he used that religious background in his poetry.

    “… and the original Archangel …. is called the Devil or Satan” he said. Interestingly, the rebellion of good (Archangel) vs the reign of good (God) became evil. Sort of like, positive pole together with positive pole will repel each other. Now, try telling that to a Christian or to those giving sermons on-line whose idea of duality is a straight line defining good from evil. Interestingly, “Free will” comes to the rescue of that God, for the Archangel could have done otherwise, and therefore the idea of punishment is justified . All of that could be gullible and in fact, it was for many centuries; until we discover predestination…

    Definitely, there is so much depth that we could go into based on Blake’s views but it could be misunderstood. I just want to add some points based on the quote at the start of this writing, the rest is for the reader to ruminate upon: “Imagination” does not marry two opposites (Blake used the word ‘imagination’ to describe how two opposites could be together) if we use the dictionary meaning of that word. It is the mind only making that separation of angels and devils. Nevertheless, Yes that separation exists… but it doesn’t.

    What do you mean?

    Ah! That is a long talk and many experiences to go through to understand.

    Now in the “Spiritual talk” we use the word INTEGRATION rather than “imagination” for what Blake perhaps, tried to explain.

    How do you integrate good and evil? Well, You don’t.

    What do you mean?

    That is another long talk and many experiences to go through.

    The doctrine of the fall of man is a religious view, while evolution is a mix of religion and science. Both are explanations of the purpose and destiny of man and both are creations of a dualistic mind which supports struggle, fight to survive; while Nature does not operate through that duality, but rather complements, balance, harmony. Observe that our perception of Life is biased due to our conditioning.

    Who is first, the bird or the egg? It depends on your point of reference. Goddard didn’t know that; but yet he chooses “who is the fool and who is the wise” (duality) based on judging different perspectives.

    “The roads without improvement are the roads of genius,” Blake said. But also of madmen and mystics. It all depends on your point of reference. Ask Albert Einstein, in doubt!

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on July 7, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    Which one is the “true” spiritual path? 

    Most individuals are born in a particular religion or spiritual path and will die belonging to that path as well. Others, may change and try new things and perhaps their last path before they pass away will be labeled as the “true path.”

    It is certain that for many, religion and spirituality are merely the icing on the cake: Something “nice” to add into their personalities, for their main concern is “how to make it big in Life,” that is; how to earn money and fame, power and the little fringe benefits coming from that.

    If you are in that mind frame, it is very little that you may care about “true paths” until the experience of death is inevitably entering your consciousness; then we may finally seek refuge and resort into “I truly believe in [ ]” hoping to get some benefit in the afterlife by proclaiming and defending our membership to that fill-in-the-blank party.

    When I started the Brahma Kumaris path, I had my share of “spiritual experiences” like never before. Therefore, “ I found the true path.” That was my quasi logical and convenient conclusion.

    In the BK experience, I was taken out of my comfort zone and while some friends and relatives were feeling sorry for my decision to deviate from the “normal” path of society, I wanted to “prove them wrong.” Isn’t that the theme of movies, documentals and sitcoms: “ I proved them wrong. I am right.” I learned the conditioning pretty well.

    After all the non-material and material “investment” of years that you put into a faith, “you better be right,” right? Well, that was the thought. That is the tale of a full conditioned person trying to swim against the current, looking to defend an ideal.

    I never considered that experiences of others which were different than mine, could be “right” as well. I was too conditioned to blindly believe that “true is only one, therefore anything else is false.” And I had the true path… of course.

    Now looking at my life from a different perspective, I could see the level of conditioning and how I wanted to make sense of the “spiritual realm” based on applying the rules of society which I already knew very well. It is sort of when a spiritual guru sells a book to share his wonderful secrets to make you into a millionaire through the power of manifestation or abundance; for instance: “I am rich, powerful, I have plenty of love, plenty of friends, plenty of food, etc. Repeat that, decree that, it shall be.”

    I am not saying that this is false. Truly, it does not matter (but only perhaps for those who bought that book.) What matters from the perspective of consciousness, is to observe how all I care about is that little, old “I” the center of the picture. What matters is to observe how I am picking only one side of duality and rejecting the other. What matters is to observe that many times what we want is not what is convenient for us. “Be careful what you wish for. You may not like it.” That sort of ‘spiritual’ material is catering to the little baby inside: “I want it, I wanna, I want. Gimme that.”

    Anyone wanting to make her dreams come true through the law of attraction? Here is my powerful scientifically proven breakthrough method in a 300 pages e-book just for $9.99. If you don’t like it within 15 days, just send it back for a complete refund.You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain.” Very ‘spiritual’ indeed. It follows the law of conditioning.

    It is that perspective the one who is not ready to discover deeper spirituality. I mean, let that person be successful first! It is his right! Right? Of course. She will need to experience the full experience to know; that is both sides of the coin and she is just starting with one side, the one she likes.

    It is my perspective now to let everyone look for their own path. As I mentioned, it is of little interest if your path offers you salvation, God, a new life in another planet or everlasting bliss after you die; as long as “you” are still “you”: Happily conditioned to “change the world” but not himself.

    As we begin to make sense through our minds of all the conditioning, beliefs systems and rejections that we had in our lives, then we will need to start the process of unlearning and perhaps a particular spiritual path will help us in that process. Once that is done, then there will be stains in our consciousness; that is the unconscious which will come out in “flashes” through our minds so we can recognize them and heal them, dissolve them… and then? Well, we are then ready to abandon the top priority of the mind as the driver of the self, and give it the co-pilot hat instead, and perhaps embrace the heart as the new boss.

    We cannot feel when our head is full of stuff and without this ability to feel we cannot experience joy. Without joy, our heads will always want more, something different. It will compare, contrast and let us know that we are unsatisfied. Therefore, “effort making” comes into the picture as the Brahma Kumaris has taught.

    “Effort making” is the mental and physical effort to reach a state of BEING which the mind cannot know. That is the paradox.

    As you ARE/become that “good person,” saint, sacred/spiritual person, etc. through the different experiences in Life, it doesn’t matter what path you follow after all, for the truth is not in a path but in “you.”

    Being TRUE to yourself, you found the true path.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on June 30, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    The Arts and Spirituality 

    In the Brahma Kumaris, it is taught that in the “Golden Age” deities will be artists, that is; they will play music, dance, paint and perform plays as their main way of living. The arts, is their way of expression in society. They do not know that they are artists. There are many differences between artists from today and the ones from the golden age.

    The Arts is a means of expression and creativity. Nowadays, that setting is surrounded by many parameters: There are people who will judge what is art and what is not. There are people who will copy rather than create. There are people who will create according to the whims of the market, and what the collective consciousness desires. There are people who will use their emotions to express, rather than the essence of their BEINGS which are feelings. Those parameters will typically make the experience of the arts today, into yet another preserver of social conditioning.

    In my perspective the arts should be a source of fulfillment for the one expressing and inspiration for others. Sort of like writing “spiritual articles,” they are meant to inspire the best in everyone.

    I could express through the arts sadness, depression, madness, etc. However, that is not inspiring. If the collective consciousness is under that same wave; then sadness, depression and madness will be sold and consumed. Most are unaware on how this could affect them, but it does.

    As we reach a particular spiritual stage, then we will resonate with particular sounds. My friend Mathias told me one time that sound, was very important in this realm. I have experienced its healing properties. There is nothing like the sounds of Nature to begin the journey of the path of the heart. I had spent a lot of time alone in Nature which has helped me to become aware of the world of my own mind. The rest of this article will go into exploring Music.

    How many of you play a musical instrument? If you don’t, I’d like to encourage you to give it a shot. If you do, what was the incentive to do it? Perhaps to become famous, to please somebody, to relax? As I had more time in my life to spare, music was the ideal expression for me. Before, I was busy being “successful” and in that avenue, the arts have no option unless we are gifted enough to “make a lot of money.” Most will embrace technology and science instead of giving the arts a chance. “Money talks” in that perception.

    Nevertheless, Music has become a very important part of Life. Music has the capacity to uplift someone. Dancing to its beat is a profound way to connect with our bodies, our well being and the Universe. If we have a good voice, that is a musical instrument as well but just singing or humming a song is a sign of well being.

    When we recognize beat and rhythm, we can also learn that Life has its own timing. In fact, timing is very important in Music as it is in Life.

    Personally, I love Music without lyrics. Although, instrumental music has its own lyrics in it: It is not words, but feelings and that becomes very important when transitioning from the head to the heart.

    When listening to birds, we could sense their communication. We could call that chirping or singing, but there is language there. A person with great sensibility could even tell what birds are expressing with accuracy. On the other hand, listen to a person without paying attention to the words but to their voice tone. There is a high degree of emotionality for the most part, which could be labeled as ‘noise,’ rather than something with harmony. Have you ever listened to a sports commentator? That is an example of high emotionality.

    It is very important to recognize the difference between emotions and feelings. Although, many could use the words interchangeably. Emotions are dualistic. In that realm, hate is the opposite of love. Thus, many individuals only know the emotion identified as love which is not the feeling.

    A feeling such as peace, love and bliss do not have opposites. They are complete in themselves, all encompassing. They are the expression of BEING while emotions are the expression of a personality.

    Different musical frequencies could help us explore these.

    I discovered solfeggio frequencies which has a calming and healing effects. They are a good background sound while performing household chores. However, I listen to a variety of background music: instrumental “Smooth Jazz,” ( Acoustic Alchemy is one of my favorite bands) as well as electronica & trance (Shingo Nakamura,) but I also like “Bossa nova” music. That is a sample from the world of Music!

    Finally, when I started playing the guitar someone advised me to get a teacher so I can learn “faster.” I wasn’t interested. Faster for what? I took it as a new experience with a completely new method, that is “Do as I feel, take as long as you want. Explore.” Certainly when the objectives and made up purposes are left aside, enjoyment comes in and that is motivation and expression in itself.

    Playing “For the heck of it” is one path to creativity which is seldom explored.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on June 23, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    The path of the heart (2) 

    From Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

    “Calvin and Hobbes” is my favorite cartoon and I felt the above image depicts somehow the path of the heart. I will go into the ‘elaboration’ now. There is the belief that the path of the heart is a ‘lovey dovey’ type of journey. In the Brahma Kumaris, “Baba is my everything” is one popular BK song expressing that emotion. That belief is further from my experience.

    The path of the heart; when you have been conditioned to perceive everything through the mind, is not a flowery, baby, baby I love you oh yeah! path. It requires a lot of courage to ‘die alive.’ You (what you think you are and protect) are dying while experiencing all the hellish surrounding and emotions inside and outside and like Hobbes (Calvin’s stuffed tiger) you see yourself without a firm ground to stand up.

    Life has taken me away from the ‘normal’ path of having 3.15 kids (according to some stats ) a big dream house, a wife and a dog… while ‘making at least 6 figures,’ of course. I had the potential to fit in rather nicely in that. However, Life has given me the necessary ‘successful’ experiences for some time (Some of which I have shared through these articles) and then took away the candy before getting painful cavities, which ‘normal’ people have learned to withstand or to look for a ‘doctor’ or ‘expert’ role to solve their issues. However, “I” did not like when the candy was gone. “I” fought back just to find that “I” was throwing punches at myself and needed to heal those wounds.

    I know what it feels to be a “Captain America” or better yet, “Batman” and the sacrifices made to redeem yourself in the name of some wonderful ideal. That is a time of struggle, fight which consolidates ego.

    Then, comes the time when you are in ‘limbo.’ Nothing moves on the outside, but many things happen on the inside and you would like for the Drama of Life to move quickly, but not… it has its own timing and then I have to learn to be patient with the rules of duality.

    Unlearning everything takes time, just as learning does. “Limbo” time is that needed space for assimilation which could take a long time. The ego starts to collapse. It does not like to wait.

    To spice things up, there are karmic accounts to settle. There are inner battles to watch. There are family ties to untie, there is emotional, physical and psychological suffering to heal. There is even a point when you ask yourself: When is this all going to end? It feels as if Life is a very long toboggan, and you are going down all the time in it, and the only cheering “positive” thought is: “I have to endure.”

    I had a talk with my friends Mathias and Miguel, one time about this. I told them: “The only thing that makes me put up with this is the curiosity to find out what is at the end of that toboggan. I just want to see that.” Mathias then told me: “ But then the picture wouldn’t come out right once you get there! To endure, to resist the journey does not translate into a smile at the end of the toboggan!” And then, Miguel said: “ Miguel does not say- I am enduring. Miguel says: “Miguel is joyful.” (that is his usual phrase) Yes.. I get the ‘picture.’

    The heart becomes strong but also pliable. You perceive Life with other set of glasses and find the illusion behind the pursue of happiness. The mind is set up to divide people into different countries, different cultures, traditions, beliefs, hang ups, etc. The mind forgets that we are all people, and beyond that a whole unity with Life itself. Nature provides a beautiful river and then “successful people” provide businesses to collect drinkable water on one side, and to dump garbage on the other. That is the sort of craziness going on! But yet some “smart one” may say: “We don’t care. We have technology to purify water” but their narrow vision does not see all Nature, animals and plants in that river, which are living in it. All of them have a direct impact in our livelihood. How do you perceive that unity? How do you see that all pieces are necessary to solve the puzzle? That greedy, narrow centered vision which only believes and thinks in profit as the means to purchase things and equate that with obtaining happiness, is completely in the mind and out of it!

    So, the question could be, at the end of this what is in for Avyakt7-NG a.k.a Ahnanda? Perhaps marketing himself on the web to become an instant guru for the ‘people’? or to sell widgets like most everyone else to make it through life? That is not the plan, as I understand it. (It could change though. Life is change)

    Ahnanda is getting prepared to teach children! How about that? I don’t even have children or a wife for that matter, to practice those skills. As a matter of fact, Ahnanda may be a Physical Education teacher! Can you imagine? Putting up with ‘all of that’ ‘just’ to teach children!! (ego pops-up like a jack-in-a-box toy) Pop! goes the weasel.

    Perhaps it is a school for rich children so “i” can make lots of money, right? Nope. It is a school for “starseed children.” Also known as “crystal children,” including “indigo children, ” “rainbow” and the like.

    What I understand is that these “unique” children are typically visiting the offices of psychiatrists and the likes, being drugged up with ‘medicine’ for they are completely misunderstood. In BK terms, these kids are “golden age” material without even ‘making any effort’ at all but yet suffering. They are just born like that, like Krishna. ( Doesn’t that story sounds like Professor X’ role in the X-men movie? or even Brahma Baba’s role in the beginning of the ‘Yagya’?) Therefore, they need some sort of ‘middle man’ between their side and this side of ‘real’ Life; otherwise, they may end up in mad houses. That is where “I” come into the ‘picture.’ See? The required teaching skills for these children is not aligned with the BEING of a ‘normal’ person who is used to the conditioning of society. How can you offer care, love and understanding for their development? By taking a master class on-line? By getting a Ph.D in Education from Harvard? By raising the tuition and foster competition with other institutions? That paradigm is gone. How about by ‘dying alive’? Now we are talking.

    Did I ever sign up to this? Nope. (There comes Hobbes again: “The problem with new experiences is that they are so rarely the ones you choose”) But that sounds like fun. It is not a problem. That is my ‘glorious purpose’ and the path of the heart of sheer exploration is taking me there, through finding that taste for Life.

    If I have to put all of these experiences into a nutshell, I’d say: From a respectable “somebody” once upon a time, into a caring “nobody.” Let me share a secret: “Nobody” is necessary to break the shell of self absorption and to cease thinking only about ourselves. Moreover, while society and some religions will teach us to become somebody in this life or the next one, the gist of spirituality is to peel off the skin of that onion until it gets to the last layer. What remains? Nothing at all. Nobody. Get the idea? Though, in the process you may shed some tears. Ego is like an onion after all: It is used to spice up a life experience with that distinctive pungent smell and taste, but once you have the courage to peel it, there is nothing to it. 🙂

    P.S: If you resonate with the “starchild” concept, here you may find some needed info.

     
    • Gayathri 10:21 PM on June 29, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Ahnanda bhai ji, Congratulations! You are making wonderful progress on the spiritual path. I admire and appreciate your courage, enthusiasm, and dedication to get over the body consciousness and to lead a real YOGI life. I wish you and your students all the best!

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on June 16, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    The path of the heart- Part 1 

    After so many experiences in Life, we may wonder: What is the purpose?

    From that question, many movies have been made. Nevertheless, it is not about the usual plot of “good vs evil” with sound effects, but the personality and emotions of the characters which could lead us to some interesting realizations. I will use the character of “Loki the god of mischief;” a recent Marvel Comics series, to elaborate this article.

    In the first episode, Loki was shown some ‘highlights’ of the movie of his own Life. He finds about his violent nature and he says: “The first and most oppressive lie ever uttered was the song of freedom. For nearly every living thing, choice breeds shame and uncertainty and regret.” His words have meaning, but his emotion will show more. Through that line, Loki was trying to justify his attempt to control and dominate the Earth. It was another lie, but this time to himself. Once Loki was able to see the complete movie of his own Life until the “end of the file” (death) was reached, he realized how his attempt for glory and fame wasn’t a “glorious purpose” after all (he uses that catchphrase all the time.) This movie introduces the “concept” of predestination to a larger audience, something well known by all Bks already.

    Later, in a quick assessment of himself (self knowledge) and under the compelling evidence, he said: “I don’t enjoy hurting people. I don’t enjoy it. I do it because I have to – because I’ve had to, because it’s part of the illusion. It’s the cruel, elaborate trick conjured by the weak to inspire fear.” If that realization was deep enough, touching his heart; we should see some change in him. That “shadow” should go away.

    Nevertheless, whether Loki changes his ways or not in future episodes, that is to be seen and it is up to the movie writers. However, he now knows what he is meant to do in Life regardless of his words and beliefs. His freedom does not reside on what he DOES, for he is fixed by destiny to DO particular actions. His freedom is in what he IS.

    That may be very hard to explain with dualistic language to someone living in the head, the mind.

    The path of the mind is concerned with concepts, with analysis, with separation and thus, confrontation. Our society values the path of the mind over anything else: Math, Science and Language are everything in our society, all mind. I am not saying that those subjects are negative for people. I am saying that we are over using the mind to the point where we as a race, are losing it. Observe how the mind is taking human beings to value things which truly don’t have a concrete existence: Gold has intrinsic value. It is tangible like paper money. Now; there are bitcoins, and NTFs which are intangible creations of technology. The concept of “supply and demand” has created those artifices which have a large following and that is what will give their value. I am not against or for investing in intangible assets, I am just showing how the mind has taken us into this route.

    Let me illustrate how the path of the mind misinterprets spirituality. Whenever a deep “spiritual quote” is uttered, typically there is misunderstanding of it; for the experience cannot be rationalized. For instance it is said in spirituality: “Intention speaks louder than action.” Contrast that with the popular: “Hell is full of good intentions.” Most believe that actions (DOING) should follow good intentions. But that is not the “intention” spirituality refers to. Intention resides in BEING. It is a quality of being, not in thinking or beliefs; and that quality is action in itself. Refer back to Loki and his issue with freedom. It is not what he DOES but what he IS.

    Then someone ‘spiritual’ says: “It is not about action. It is about vibrational alignment.” What is that? Someone in the head, in the mind, will have no idea.

    What is vibrational alignment? Just a pointer word. If you have FELT it, then there is no question.

    Let us change the pointer words and try Intention, BEING, Presence instead. That is where Freedom from the movie reel starts to happen. Another pointer word for that? Detached observer (Something known by Bks ) and beyond the observer, there is the witness; which is even harder to explain to people in the mind. It is not the “witness” in court, it is something else but using that pointer word for lack of a better one.

    The path of the heart is available once we have crossed the conditioning of the mind. That is the starting point. Caged in the importance of interest rates, the economy, uncertainty and fear, we are living our own comfortable sweet ‘matrix’ of mind made concepts, ideas and beliefs to pretend to be “safe.” In that cage, we have created the “I” who is trying to control life and become something else, to “improve” by fiercely competing with another and blindly following those values to earn more wealth, more respect, more influence, more power. That is the ‘purpose’ of living in that madness. Then, comes the search of a unique “glorious purpose” like Loki did. Something which will separate us from the rest and pamper the “I,” something unique, “special,” which is a lie. Then, that is the end result of exercising what we perceive as our “freedom” to choose: “Shame, uncertainty and regret,” under Lokik’s view.

    If we had the chance to look at the whole movie of our own lives until the “end of the file,” we could probably figure out that whatever we have done there had no purpose at all. It only had to be done: The “doer” can believe whatever purpose he wishes to and create a beautiful prison, sort of like taking the “blue pill” in the “Matrix” movie. Actions had to be done for other things to happen, things which the doer may never realize the true ramifications of his actions. Another way of saying it: We are all One, no matter what we believe our life’s purpose is. See?

    However, did we enjoy the moment? Did we taste the time, the experience just as when we taste a delicious ice cream? You see, taste is like the path of the heart.

    The path of the mind is in purpose, that is for the ice cream to go down the pipes of the body and accumulate in the stomach so we feel that we have eaten and then DO something “more important;” until we feel pressured to eat again. That is the prison of hunger where there is no escape, no freedom. We are running from one ‘achievement’ into another, not realizing that we are in a hamster’s wheel. Glorious purpose!

    When we discover ‘taste of Life,’ then purpose has no meaningful purpose. That is the path of the heart.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on June 9, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    The paths of Spirituality 

    It is not my style to write long articles, but this time will be an exception. 🙂 Please bear with me.

    For me, spirituality is the art to live life in joy. That word “joy” could be understood as balance, appreciation, gratitude, enjoyment, delight. This is a state of BEING which comes by itself, without any outside influence or particular event happening to us.

    A “wanna-be” seeker, “Life walker” or spiritual person will usually find an existential emptiness in his life. That is the beginning of the journey. That person will search for meaning when all the avenues shown by our society are no longer satisfying; that is, the long lethargic sleep comes to an end little by little.

    Once that spark ignites, we cannot be the same. Life will provide many paths to awaken that “child.” In fact, that person becomes a child in consciousness. That person is like a sprout in need of protection, water and the right environment to grow; therefore, spiritual/religious paths will be there as “care takers.”

    Carlos Castaneda mentioned in one of his books, (as he heard it from his master, Don Juan) “All spiritual paths are the same: They will lead you nowhere.” Actually, spiritual paths don’t lead you anywhere because they cannot lead you to yourself. That is up to the seeker. Spiritual or religious paths are meant to give the environment for that “child” or sprout to grow. That journey could go through many turns and many gurus, many Gods and Goddesses, many supernatural experiences, blissful experiences, or teachings; which are beautiful side scenes in the journey. However, unless BEING is changed; those experiences will be easily forgotten and we will continue BEING pretty much the same: Trapped in our comfort and safe conditioning, self absorbed in the little “I.” The question is: How do we move away from BEING stuck in that rut?

    Life has brought an extraordinaire agent for change. It is called suffering. Have you been introduced to it? Most likely yes. But, most likely we want to get away from it! Nevertheless, suffering is part of the duality of Life and as my friend Miguel said: “ Symmetry (balance) in Life comes with good humor and the flexibility of the heart, which knows that pain is part of the experience.”

    Suffering has that “secret formula” which changes our BEING. Some religions have misinterpreted this and in turn they came up with ways to practice sheer masochism through penances and mortification. Truly artificial suffering. Life itself will put us in that real test! Eventually, suffering will go away and bring the other side of the coin. However, the way we perceive that suffering, will truly change us for the best or the worst.

    It is a different perception when we know that something is affecting us out of our own “karma,” our own doing in the past (and it is not punishment, but merely a consequence of experiencing the rules of duality) than when we blame that pain to someone else and will try to get even with the world, and produce further suffering. That is the time when “knowledge” could be helpful, we could mentally understand impartial cause and effect in Life and thus, we could calm our minds for we know that Life has given us the capacity to go through that episode as well. For that suffering to be fully effective, we need to accept it wholeheartedly. Life then finds an opening in us to sow newness. That is when the little sprout starts growing roots that eventually, will make it strong.

    Spiritual paths could present themselves in many shapes and forms: Some people will be in tune with the major monotheistic religions and their beliefs of sin, shame, guilt and punishment. Some religions will require greater commitment than others. The Brahma Kumaris asked a lot more out of me than just going to mass every Sunday; it took me out of my comfort zone. That couldn’t be possible without the experiences I had. That was the bait and I ate it. An “experience” (something out of the ordinary) may take the seeker out of the logic and reasoning of the mind. That is excellent!

    Others may start their journeys by experiencing changes of consciousness through artificial means, like drinking the popular “Ayahuasca” or eating some mushroom or smoking cannabis, etc. That experience is the bait for them. However, many will create a dependency on those artificial means. For instance, Ex-boxer Mike Tyson uses psilocybin (A psychodelic prodrug found in magic mushrooms) to help him with his mental issues: “I believe this is good for the world,” said Tyson, who said he thinks its use could also help create a more empathetic and just society.

    “If you put 10 people in a room that don’t like each other and give them some psychedelics, they’ll be taking pictures with each other,” (Here is the article from Reuters )

    Mr. Tyson found an altered state of consciousness through psychedelics and a “cure” for his mental issues, but his BEING is the same. No change. An empathetic society based on psychedelics is an illusion. I admit that I do not have experience with psychedelics, although places providing these experiences are numerous here in Peru which cater to foreigners. What I know is that there are many ramifications (which I am fully aware of) which could be detrimental and even dangerous to a seeker. An aborigine may use “power plants” with utmost respect, knowing that their effects will serve as a bridge to contact other worlds or for healing. A shaman may use power plants to perform a “job,” but for most individuals; it is only an opportunity to find another addiction. In this, I need to add that Shamanisn has been widely distorted by concentrating on magic, rituals and spirit contact and not in the root of self realization and to live in harmony with Nature. Just like the distortion society has made of Tantra and even Yoga. Most westerners believe that Yoga is some form of cool acrobatics from the East, thanks to the marketing machinery and their objective to repackage and sell everything even if it has been defaced.

    My sister contacted a Shaman from Bolivia once she heard him speaking in an interview. He is known as “Chamalu.” He has written many books. She traveled by herself when she was 18, looking for him as she was losing her eyesight. That was her starting point in Spirituality. In his center/ashram, a regression was done on her. She met in that regression Brahma Baba (Dada Lekhraj) for the first time (founder of Brahma Kumaris.) She became a BK some time after, that is a story in itself. Brahma Baba told my sister that she “will always have light in her eyes.” She has minimum eye sight now, but she still sees. Nevertheless, she can “see” beyond the material realm without taking “power plants.” Brahma Baba told her that “there is nothing wrong with her eyes because she can see him.” True Shamanism from the Andes is a school to learn the art of living.

    There are paths concerned with extraterrestrial Life. Perhaps many of these “beings of light” are from other planets, other dimensions, other worlds, etc. and now they are helping us evolve? Why not? I had an unusual interest in UFOs when I was a kid. I read every book and magazine I found. In fact, I met Vlado Kapetanovic who was my neighbor in my childhood (https://exonews.org/contacting-friendly-apunians-in-the-andes-vlado-kapetanovic-leading-the-way/) and had the chance to chat with him about his experiences. His main phrase was: “Everything for others.”A very kind man (along with his wife, Mileva) who had a hard Life during World War II time while living in Yugoslavia. He wrote many internationally known UFO books among other writings. Nevertheless most individuals in this path will be mostly interested in seeing UFOs or will be interested in stories related with Atlantis or to call themselves “starseeds from another planet,” etc. rather than absorbing the message that these advanced civilizations bring. These seekers are still missing the point: To look at themselves. To be able to see their own shadow and their own light. That is the core spiritual teaching from any bona fide spiritual or religious path.

    Still; we need to start our journey someplace, and all those places are as good as any other in my opinion, for they could give us the opportunity to move from our comfort zone. In my experience, to move out of that comfort zone is one of the hardest aspects in our spiritual journey.

    Out of all spiritual/religious paths, there is the path of BEING. In my experience, the path of BEING goes from the head, to the heart and then to the gut. It is a journey within, helped by Life experiences. That is the inner journey helped by the experiences in the outer world. Most individuals are heavily connected only to their minds and the head. They cannot truly feel and part of their journey is to open that heart again.

    Finally, here is a reading that I highly recommend to go deeper within.

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B09mI7jo0YigUWlIdTEzcjU4UkE/edit (Hua Hu Ching)

    I found the “Hua Hu Ching” through an email that a friend sent me with a quote from that scripture. That quote resonated with me so much that I purchased the book. As I read it, it appeared to me as if I actually wrote that piece. It reflected back what I learned in Life. We could read any book or blog to learn something; but spiritual readings are not about learning but remembering what we already know. It is to feel that fascination and awe, when someone puts words to something that we have experienced which remained in essence, inside us.

    Enjoy the journey!

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on June 2, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    Diet and Spirituality 

    In this article, I will share my Life experience with diet. Food is an important source of nourishment at many levels. If I was to concentrate just in the physical body, this article could be like many out there: “Eat this and that. It has many vitamins and few calories and will help you fight this disease,” or “Eat this to build muscle and strength. It will help you in your later years.” This article will be a bit different.

    In the Brahma Kumaris and the Indian “spiritual” culture in general, there is the belief that there are 3 main groups of food items: Sato Gunee, Rajo Gunee and Tamo Gunee, which could be loosely translated as: Best, middle and low quality food, respectively. There are many food items which in their belief, fall under these categories. Accordingly, each category has a distinct influence on the mind and emotions of a person. Meat is considered “tamo gunee” or lower kind, for instance. These words, sato, rajo and tamo will be used in many other distinctions to classify different things, which will end up classifying persons.

    Therefore, in the spiritual circles it has been regarded that someone who eats meat is less developed spiritually, creating yet another division among people.

    If someone eats meat, is that one less “spiritually” developed than some who doesn’t?

    First, we cannot generalize. Second, it depends on what we call “spiritual.” Life is not about divisions, but integration. Just as when we could see that first grade is not inferior than high school, but it is a necessary first stepping stone, the foundation. Similarly is with any human activity and specially with consciousness. Why have set levels when it is a continuation? To illustrate this, I will go into a bit of my own eating history.

    My conditioning early in Life was coming from a Catholic, meat eater, chauvinistic, predominantly macho culture in a third world country, where having a tasty good meal is a great source of pleasure. Nothing to be ashamed of. Here, there are restaurants everywhere and a great variety of food items. Those are part of my “roots.” There are positive and negative aspects in every culture.

    It is said: “ You are what you eat.” That is a huge misunderstanding. In my experience, “ As you ARE, so is what you eat.” The issue is that most want to follow someone who they admire as a “saint,” specially in Spirituality. For example: “Buddha didn’t eat meat and he was a self realized sage. I want to be like him. Conclusion: I should not eat meat.”

    The firm follower will stop eating meat. His spiritual peers will congratulate him for such brave, outstanding, firm decision. However, that neophyte was violent with himself. Let us hope that he will remember that experience later in Life, for it will catch up with him.

    One day, someone gave me a magazine from the “Hare Krishna.” There was a picture of a man with a face of a wolf who was about to kill a cow with something like a machete. The cow was desperately trying to cut the rope going through its neck to save its life. That picture influenced me so much, that right there I decided not to eat meat again. Somehow, I put myself into the cow’s shoe. Somehow, I felt its pain and desperation. Somehow, I sensed that something wasn’t right. I was 17 at that time, living in the setting described above. No vegetarian places around except the Hare Krishna. No activists defending animals at that time. That picture changed me without a hint of repression. Of course, that change brought some free problems for me, as I had to say “ I don’t eat meat” while the rest couldn’t understand such craziness. I haven’t eaten cow meat since.

    After many years of not eating meat or any flesh at all, I ate fish for a couple of years because I was into bodybuilding although my health wasn’t tolerating fish very well. I forced myself to eat, encouraged by the sight of muscles growing. That is another form of self violence in the name of following petty dreams. That was in part, the influence and conditioning of living in a first world country; a different culture which values “big and a lot,” individualism, wealth, competition and comfort; where quick, easy to get artificial food with sugary ‘taste’ surrounds people everywhere.

    After that experience, I met the Brahma Kumaris and embraced yet another culture from the Eastern world: Highly devotional, less affluent and with deep social hang ups and gender inequalities. Do we see how the cultural set up has a huge influence in the make up of a person? Do we see how life itself took me to the extremes of the flesh eating experience?

    Being vegetarian with the Bks was nothing new for me. Their diet allowed milk, but it did not allow eggs. That was a sacrifice for me. I loved the taste of eggs. No wonder, when I left the BK movement, I went through a binge of eggs in all forms. The BK Murli (Bk readings) states: “Those who leave here become worse than before.” My binge on eggs probably fits that description. However, that popular Murli phrase does not say “why.” Here is my “why,” after having gone through it: Because a repression or a sacrifice coming through reasoning of the mind, is not effective. Sooner or later the explosion will happen and “hell will go loose.” There are many brilliant reasons not to eat eggs to convince the mind, but a repression is not of the mind. Here, and article about the egg episode. The same could happen with any repression: Sex, sleep, beliefs and a large etc.

    There are people who need to eat meat to be healthy. It is part of their genetics. However, that does not mean that they have license to indulge in meat every day. It will hurt them. It will hurt our environment. That is the type of social responsibility and balance which they need to be aware of, and hopefully; they will feel that empathy for humanity as I felt for that cow’s picture many years ago. Empathy, compassion… those traits are necessary. Why some do not have them? Because they are too busy only self absorbed in themselves.

    As an athlete, I ate more than what I needed just to be able to have energy to practice my sport ( I was into running, biking and swimming at that time.) The hardest part is to cut off, once the athlete identity is gone. We need to be AWARE that our food needs have changed. Most people will not, and the once athlete may become overweight. Most humans are habitual creatures. To be AWARE implies to awaken from practicing hurtful habits.

    Do we see that it isn’t necessarily what we eat but the AWARENESS of remaining in balance, in harmony combined with sentiments of kindness for all what makes a difference? Everyone has different needs according to traditions, health, age, consciousness. Therefore, it makes no sense to make a list of what to eat and what not. Someone said: “Everything with moderation.” However, for me that word, moderation; is not a synonym of enjoyment. Moderation is of the mind. Balance is not.

    My friend Mathias told me one time:” The most important part while eating is to feel gratefulness .” In the human world, we pay too much attention to food items, quantities and calories. We believe that we know what is good for us because someone published a particular study and has a degree. We are happy to repeat what the “expert” found. We don’t dare to find out by ourselves and go through it without previous conclusions.

    At this point in my Life, I have a vegan diet (No animal products including eggs and milk.) However, I don’t appreciate being labeled as “vegan.” I am not a label or represent one. I could change anytime and go away from that definition. Vegan food is what is good for me now. My diet changes according to the weather, the seasons. I smell my food very often like a dog. That tells me if I should eat it or not. It is not my mind making decisions by counting calories. There is no “decision.” My body tells me something, and I follow that.

    In Life we need to be open to try different things and so it is for food items. Our food should be tasty and wholesome. There is also the need for emotional food once in a while: Once a year I may drink a small “coke/ pepsi” so the “child inside” is happy, for as a child that was my emotional food to “feel good.” Junk food once in a blue moon is part of that balance. Other than that isolated episode, there is good-old tasty water for me.

    There are no “good” or “bad” food items. There is a harmonious self, in balance with our environment. You health, your body, your outlook in Life, your enjoyment, your zest for Life, those will tell you if what you are eating is right for you.

    In Life, Balance is not a formula. It is a constant being AWARE. The “equalizer” in Life, changes according to the song that is being played and not according to our belief or dogma that things should be unchanged.

    So… I am vegan like the Buddha! No. I am not vegan. I did not follow the Buddha. I merely followed the experiences that Life gave me and the signals I received in Life. It was a process not a ‘decision.’ In that process I learned about repression and self violence. I also learned about social responsibility and the meaning of compassion and empathy. That learning wasn’t theoretical. I did not get just words from someone. I experienced those teachings myself and became AWARE of them. Now, I know. Observe the process in my own lifetime. Some could say: “it is better to be born in a vegan family.” Not necessarily. Someone who is experienced in both sides of a duality, know the full range of that experience. That is needed to grow in consciousness.

    Finally, for me spiritually is about AWARENESS. To be awake means to be conscious and that entails to know how the outside influences the inside and how our beliefs, dogmas, traditions and cultural backgrounds, do not allow us to be free.

    That is the paradox of freedom.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on May 26, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    Physical exercises and Spirituality 

    In my time as a BK, I recall that physical exercise wasn’t perceived as something “spiritual.” It was more less considered a body conscious activity. Perhaps that perception has changed now? I don’t know.

    I will share my take on this since I consider to have plenty of experience with physical exercise. Don’t want for this article to be lengthy, thus; will go for the essence.

    A vital person has energy to move and enjoy Life. Physical exercise is a way to manifest that. That zest for Life is the trademark of an appreciative, joyful life style. I enjoy the movement of the body and the expression of it. I appreciate the beauty of the physical body: It is about balance, harmony. Those are traits which have been forgotten in our times.

    In society, most start their physical experience with a particular sport which eventually, as we “improve,” will have a competitive objective. For most that is the ‘fun’ of it. Unfortunately, this obsession to go faster or to be stronger than anyone, brings a very unbalanced life style for most participants in the long run.

    The practice of competitive sports could become addictive as it becomes a source of identity. Continuously pushing to “improve” has its consequences. Once we turn the page from that compulsive behavior, we are no longer concerned in being better than someone else or to build impressive muscles by having the life style of a race horse; that is eating, sleeping and training. That is not what is meant to be for a conscious human being.

    Someone interested in a spiritual life style, also has to consider physical activity as a way to maintain a balanced and healthy life. In my experience, many Bks had rejection for their own bodies. Soul consciousness is not about rejection of the physical body, but to acknowledge its value, beauty and to enjoy the unique experience the body brings. Spirituality is about integration rather than rejection.

    It is true that simple activities geared to clean the house or the BK center (karma yoga) are ways to exercise; but the range of movement of a human being doesn’t stop in just cleaning, there is more than that.

    The Indian system of Hatha yoga in conjunction with a sensible diet (when taken out of the context of competition, and the idea of becoming better by the perfection of certain poses or asanas; ) could lead to a fantastic experience of feeling nourished and in tune, that is experiencing well being. Observe that I refer to ‘hatha yoga’ as the physical aspect of the complete system. For most westerners, ‘yoga’ is only about physical exercises, as most may know.

    Hatha Yoga is the most complete system there is to maintain the body healthy. It works on flexibility, strength, agility, equilibrium, stamina and poise. It works every muscle, tendon, ligament there is and it is meant to be a personal practice where we could be attentive to our own movement. AWARE. This is conscious movement. Also, there is no need to use the mind at all but to focus on feeling our movement, breathing, and to be aware of our level of exertion. No need to count “repetitions” as we have been taught in society, but merely to feel when something is enough.

    The core, legs, feet and the vertebral column are the most important aspects to work on. Those areas are where good health is shown in my opinion. Hatha yoga will exercise and even sculpt all of these areas. The point of exercise is to experience a pleasurable moment in harmony with our own bodies.

    The practice of “Pranayama” or breathing exercises are key to elevate the mood, our vital energy (Qi) and to give our lungs a great workout without the exertion that sports or violent movement could bring. Our ethereal bodies are developed through these breathing exercises. My recommendation is to do these exercises early in the morning after having a regular bowel movement. If there is no time for exercising, at least have 15 minutes for these before anything else in the morning. I recall that I practiced these in Jodhpur. I went there to learn acupressure. There was an ashram and lots of people, mostly men; doing these exercises by following the lead teacher. Everything was over by about 7 AM. I understand that ‘Pranayam’ is very popular in India and popularized by Swami Ramdev.

    I also recommend the practice of the “Iron shirt” from Qi Gong, which is the Chinese way to elevate our Qi or vital energy. It was popularized by Mantak Chia. It is a fantastic way to learn to “root” yourself, and it exercises the legs and glutes as well, which in turn will improve our overall health. How to learn these? There is plenty of material on the internet. Practice it, feel when it is right for you and move on. The body needs time to adapt, so be gentle and take this life style for the long run. How do you know if a particular video or writing is good for you? Again, Feel it. Don’t think and compare. Go with what appeals to you.

    I use my hatha yoga time with some of the methods that I learned from the “school for perfect eye sight” located in the Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, India. I went with my sister there in my BK days. The methods taught there are simple and based on Dr. William Bates’ techniques. If interested you could find that info on the internet.

    If we could spend one hour of our day into this practice, it will be beneficial. What I have described is my own personal practice and experience. Yoga is a complete system; where physical exercises are not the only thing needed, but a good diet, sleep, emotional health and time for solitude. The complete system of yoga goes beyond that. If interested search for Patanjali and the “limbs” of Yoga.

    Whenever practicing physical exercises with a “spiritual outlook,” we should forget old paradigms coming from an utilitarian society. That exploration of “unlearning” the old conditioning, has the potential to give us new spiritual realizations in our lives.

    P.S: It is my understanding and practical experience that at this moment a change is going on. Electric and magnetic fields are at peak on the Earth. ( See Schumann Resonance) this change will bring many consequences on people. Some may feel very tired even though not much has been done. Be aware of this and adapt your practice accordingly. Other individuals may feel mentally affected, or emotionally. This is a good time to enjoy something different, while the changes are happening.

     
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