The Maryadas or BK code of conduct

Back in my BK days, I had the poster with the 16 “Brahmin principles.” The practice of those principles were important to be considered a “pukka (firm) BK.”
Looking back, those principles helped me to shape a different individual out of me, from mainstream society. In other words, most of the BK conditioning is spelled out in those codes.

Out of those 16 codes of conduct, I recall hearing 7 from the Sakar Murlis; the rest of them were probably added by someone in the BK hierarchy.
Amrit vela, morning class, celibacy, eating “pure” food, keeping good company, doing “Godly” service and noting the chart; those are the ones from the SM.
As the BK world expanded, things were changed, more codes of conduct added, etc. Nevertheless, those 7 codes remain the core of the BK “moral” code.

There are many benefits on following those 7 codes of conduct, many things to learn; however, such daily “practice” may offer certain limits.
A what time do we wake up for amrit vela? It was suggested 4am. However, “Mama” use to wake up at 2am and Brahma Baba at 1 am. Somehow, it was encouraged to wake up as early as possible and to sleep little. That is how a practice, becomes a burden. There may be people capable of sleeping 3 hours or less a day, some may need at least 6 hours, etc. It doesn’t mean that sleeping little is a sign of being “spiritual” or “awaken.” The bottom line is that without a good sleep, we cannot be aware.

Morning class includes at least 1.5 hours ( 6 to 7:30 AM) if we add the time to wake up for Amrit Vela, that comes to about 4 hours in the morning every day, devoted to your BK “practice.” If we consider “eating pure food,” that most often means to prepare your own, to obtain the “best vibrations” for you. All of these “practices” will add up in clock time.

In the present day and age, there will be very few capable of keeping up with that pace unless “surrendered” and living in a center, especially if they need to work for a living or if they have family. Now, the Murlis are heard through the internet when before it was mandatory to go to the centers. Change is unavoidable.

“Keeping good company” means to be around “pukka” BKs and so is “Godly service.” That could happen right after work. At night, do not forget to write your chart.
If we add the suggested 7:00 PM meditation and before bed time another meditation, which is practiced by serious Bks, then the realization that we are living most of the day under those codes of conduct, is evident. It is sort of like a monastic life style.

The rigidity of such life style, could be evident.

Once a follower is out of the conditioning of society, he will enter into the BK conditioning through these codes of conduct. We move from one structure (society) into another (BK.) That sort of structure is alright to mold someone in the beginning; but it becomes restrictive and will not allow someone to grow and explore different realities to expand consciousness.

Whoever strives to practice the Maryadas, finds not the truth beyond that practice.
In other words, there is a world beyond every structure which we will not be aware of; but yet we may believe to “have found the truth” within a structure, which is only a part of the whole.

It is my experience now, that any structure is meant to make a duality. The follower is to “choose” or align with one side of it, potentially creating inner conflict, as a duality swings within its (perceived) opposite sides.

Celibacy creates sex, and sex, celibacy. That is a duality. Choose to experience one side, we will call the other side as well. Reject one side and that one will persist.
That simplicity of understanding is not observed or understood by many who prefer to struggle and fight within themselves.
Thus, we may learn to cut distinctions (duality) and remain at ease.
This is a different “reality” not explored by structures such as the Maryadas or even society and its moral standards. Nevertheless, eventually those will be explored by those who are ready in consciousness.
The world of “choosing” what is “good” or “bad” it is a very elementary world; as “reality” changes and many times we cannot identify by merely following a paragraph of some “moral” code. Life requires greater sensibility from us, an every day response rather than some learned reaction.

Is to listen to the Murli outside a BK center, “good” or “bad”?
It used to be “bad,” now it is “good.” How can we make a code of conduct out of that “reality”?
We cannot.

Here is what I learned:
It is not what you DO, but who you ARE.
What you ARE is not changed by what you DO.
But, what you DO has the quality of who you ARE.
Want to change who you ARE? Become AWARE of it.