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  • avyakt7- New Generation 7:19 AM on April 17, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Brahma Kumaris: The bottom line 

    There is value in the BK experience. This is without a doubt.
    What I value the most is the teaching that I received to rely on myself for my own survival. Cooking, cleanliness, discipline… Those are skills/values I learned through the BK experience.

    However, the one teaching which I value the most, is the one which taught me to live alone. For once, I was one of the very few “brothers” out of many “sisters.” That meant a very restricted interaction with females within the BK circle and by extension with the outside world due to the practice of celibacy.

    Living by myself was quite a challenge in the beginning. Later on, it became second nature. Then, Life took me out of that shell to find my own balance. We learn and change by going through the full range of the experience.

    As far as the belief system, the cycle of time is something which I have experienced to be true. It is true for me. It is my experience.
    The rest, has little value to me. Nevertheless, I also need to share what I found to be false:
    Sex is not a sin. It is dishonest to reject something that we may feel in our nature. We could observe. Learn from it, but to put a false facade of “purity,” by living in a vacuum to avoid temptations, that is dishonest.
    If you add guilt, fear or low self esteem due to feeling sexual, then your are punishing yourself for nothing at all. DOING something is not the factor deciding the value of our level of consciousness. BEING is.

    How do I know the above? I have experienced a different range of sexuality, which has been energizing, revitalizing and as a matter of fact, it is a source of well being and spiritual “improvement.” My guides (Beings of light) have helped me through this process. I understand that everyone is not ready for this; but it is completely false to generalize and label sex as “sinful.” That is my point. Sex only reflects who we ARE.

    Feeling guilt is a powerful tool used inside many organizations to control the behavior of followers. It is that guilt the one that we need to be careful of. Guilt has killed religious followers. Guilt has trapped followers beyond their wishes. Guilt, is in fact a source of sadistic pleasure for an unbalanced mind.

    How is BK predestination related with feeling guilty?
    That is a question which need an answer. Hint: Could we feel guilty of our role in a predestined Drama, for whatever that is?
    There are actions that we could change despite feeling otherwise, we mask who we are; but what we feel inside, who we ARE, is not changed by denying it and repressing it. That only increases that which we deny.

    The BK experience could teach us that repression and rejection only increases the desire of those things which we deny to ourselves.

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    • Gayathri 1:07 PM on April 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      A well written article. Yes, we notice within ourselves and those around us trying to control our emotions which we consider sinful – be it greediness, anger, lust, or attachment. Any amount of churning gyan, keeping good company, doing service could change our vision or attitude to the extent we want it to be. 🙂 The heart/ soul/ sanskars take their own time to transform.

      As you said, in a predestined drama, nothing wrong can happen; only we label it as wrong. I know how may BKs feel utterly guilty of getting thoughts related to sex. But we can not become pure by suppressing our emotions. Transformation is possible only when we remain detached observers and have compassion for the self.

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      • avyakt7- New Generation 11:03 AM on April 19, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, Gayathri. We cannot deny a part of us by thinking that in the Golden age we will be “pure.”
        All energies have their opposites because we are living in the world of duality. Rejection of forms of anger, cannot bring compassion in ourselves. To transform we need to be attentive, aware, conscious of episodes of anger within us and transform that into gentleness, acceptance… that is compassion. If we “fail,” we need to contemplate it. Go within ourselves in a moment of silence, by not feeling guilty but merely observing that “this” who was there in “me,” is no longer there. That is to actively be a detached observer, as you mentioned.
        Thanks!

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 8:08 AM on April 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Sacrifice to the sacrificial fire 

    From Gayathri’s succinct explanation: “Yagya means the whole BK organization. Serving the yagya with body, mind and wealth is encouraged.

    Sacrifice oneself to the sacrificial fire- To surrender completely including one’s ego to the yagya. To give one’s bone- To give all one could give.”

    It is important to remember that explanation. Every BK follower, should be able to recall that, but also go deeply into the following questions:
    Do you surrender to the yagya or to God? Or is God equal to the Yagya? Or perhaps, God belongs to the yagya or vice versa?

    Those questions are meaningful.
    The yagya, is an entity, an impersonal organization represented by “employees”. That is, other BK followers. AKA “family.” Observe how the use of words change our perception.

    For most Bks, the Yagya doesn’t go further than the center which they attend.
    Basically, this type of “surrendering” will not go further than that. Their type of surrendering will be the one of the dictionary: “To cease opposition and submit to their authority.”

    This system of “surrendering” is traditionally used by gurus, so the follower could recognize fully that which we call “I.” However, when this surrendering is used by an organization, many “problems” could occur. For instance, abusive behavior.
    The same could happen with a guru. Unless he is a self-realized being.
    That is the “gamble” but at the end, is all good. We will learn valuable experiences.

    I recall one of the messages that Brahma Baba had given me through my sister, while she was having an amrit vela in Madhuban: “Surrender your ego to Baba.”
    Now, looking back; I could see the meaning of this. It is not to surrender my material wealth or health in the name of some ideal or to submit to an authority. But that was to open up to that which I felt I loved the most: God.

    That surrender is only possible through the process of observation which I did not have before.  We will need to find that which we call ego within ourselves.

    Life experiences brought that into my awareness.

    When we are beginners in the path of “spirituality”, we only interpret words as if the meaning of them was in the dictionary. They are not. They are only pointers.
    Because for me now, to surrender means to open up. To surrender means to become aware of that which is an obstacle, a separation between that “me” and everything else.

    We will not find that “opening up” and “surrendering” are synonyms in the dictionary.
    In “spirituality” acceptance is equal to surrendering, and perhaps a more accurate word to use.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 7:02 AM on April 3, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Giving your bones for the Yagya 

    The Sakar Murli does a very good job in cheering up and even motivating the BK follower, into a particular behavior, a path.
    However, extremes are known in its interpretation. A follower who is eager to belong, to be recognized or even to believe in earning a better place in the after life, will do what is necessary in his mind, to comply. Sometimes, compliance has been equated with taking his own life.

    “Giving your bones to the Yagya” is such a bright example.
    The “Yagya” is one of those words which every BK knows what it is, but no one could be specific about it. “The Yagya” is open to interpretation and thus, extremes.

    The “sacrificial fire” ( as yagya is commonly translated) could be anything. However, it is important to notice that “sacrifice” of any kind does not add up to “spiritual enlightenment,” on the contrary, it is a sign of trouble, repression.
    “Love” being the magic word, is not sacrifice.

    “Love” is hard to understand when there is lack of experience. When someone is controlled by his own mind; the next best thing is “sacrifice.”

    All I could share is that there is no ideal in the BK system which is worth for someone to sacrifice his own life.

    Our lives are sacred. Ideals are only inventions of the mind.

     
    • Gayathri 11:59 AM on April 3, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Om shanti.
      Let me explain : Yagya means the whole BK organisation. Serving the yagya with body, mind, and wealth is encouraged.

      Sacrifice oneself to the sacrificial fire – to surrender completely, including one’s ego to the yagya.
      To give one’s bones – to give all that one could give.

      ‘Too give one’s bones is an idiom. There used to be a sage by name Dadhichi. He gave his bones for a good cause. The story is given below.

      Long long ago there was a demon named Vritrasura. He was full of pride. He started a battle with the Deities. He was so powerful that the Deities were finding it difficult to defeat him. In order to seek guidance about how defeat the demon, Indra, the king of Deities went to Bhagawan Vishnu. Bhagawan Vishnu suggested that a weapon made from the bones of Dadhichi Rishi (Sage) would be able to vanquish the demon.

      All the Deities were now facing a dilemma. Because Dadhichi Rishi was a very loving, helpful and calm Sage. How should they ask such a holy man for his own bones? Bhagawan Vishnu advised Deity Indra to go to Dadhichi Rishi and explain everything to him in detail, as after hearing their plight Dadhichi Rishi would happily end his life and give his bones for making the weapon.

      Deity Indra along with his retinue went to Dadhichi Rishi. The noble sage heartily welcomed everyone and politely asked Indra the reason for his visit. Indra said, “We have all come to you to ask for something. We need a weapon to destroy Vritrasura. We need your bones to make that weapon. We cannot do this without your assistance.” Dadhichi Rishi immediately replied, “I shall give up my life and surrender my body to you. Then you can do whatever you want.” With the help of His Yogic powers Dadhichi Rishi gave up his life. The Deities removed the bones from his body and crafted the powerful Vajrayudha (thunderbolt weapon). With powerful mantras guiding the Vajrayudha the Deities were able to destroy Vritrasura.

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      • avyakt7- New Generation 2:33 PM on April 3, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for the explanation, Gayathri.
        To give up one’s life could be encouraged if one has reached that sage stage. Then, one is giving out of love, out of selfesness, otherwise, it is only a display of ego.
        Thus, to compare the gesture of Dadhichi with the one of a BK follow er, may be out of context.

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    • Gayathri 10:41 AM on April 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Agree. 🙂

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 7:26 AM on March 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Notes on SM Murli March 23 2019 

    The following recent Murli (March 23, 2019) was shared with me. I find this Murli an example of what I was trying to convey in my previous post titled : “The long lost Sakar Murli.”

    • Sweet children, this knowledge is that of total silence. There is no need to say anything in this. Simply continue to remember the Father, the Ocean of Silence.
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      The basis of your progress is love. You need to have true love for the one Father. Even though you live close by, if you do not progress, love is definitely lacking. If there is love, you would remember the Father. By remembering the Father, you will be able to imbibe all His teachings. In order to make progress, write your chart with honesty. Don’t hide anything from the Father. While becoming soul conscious, continue to reform yourself.
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      1. Maintain the internal happiness of staying in remembrance of the Father and give others the Father’s introduction. Tell everyone the praise of the one Father.
      2. Practice becoming soul conscious a great deal. You mustn’t speak too much.’t Let the past be the past and first of all reform yourself. Keep your chart of the pilgrimage of remembrance with honesty.
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      In order to become equal to the Father make your foundation of purity strong. To make a vow of celibacy for the foundation is a common thing. So do not be happy with just that. Underline even more that you must that purity in your vision and attitude.
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      Let there be mercy and good wishes for everyone in your vision and there cannot then be any trace of arrogance or insult.
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    • Comments:
      Observe that the “Essence” and “Q/A” bring a different message than the “Essence for Dharna.”“Knowledge” is not to remain in silence by absence of words. “Knowledge” is to BE silence, empty. There is no way to explain this experience.
      The essence for Dharna however, interprets Silence as “not talking too much.” But yet, it directs to “tell everyone the praise of the Father.”
      Someone who experiences internal silence may not talk too much but to say “You mustn’t speak too much” is completely out of context. The “Essence for Dharna” is not giving the essence of the Murli.Someone who doesn’t speak too much is not proof of BEING silence.

      The “Q/A” mentions clearly that the essence of progress is Love. Nevertheless this “love” is only related with remembrance of the “Father.” It says even though “you live close by.” (??)
      LOVE doesn’t have boundaries. The type of love expressed in the Murli is only about the “Father” and the “Father” for many Bks is not an experience but a mental abstraction, thus “love” can only be mental; therefore, not true love.

      Observe the use of the phrase “reform yourself” in the essence for Dharna. That is a very safe but meaningless phrase. There is no “spiritual” progress through “reformation,” but through understanding. “Know thyself” is not about reformation.

      It is clear the mix of words which should come from the original Sakar Murli with those added to suit the BK organization or a conditioned self-righteous morality; easily understood by the masses who already have a belief in which “spirituality” has stern eyes, and the body must be treated with severity, austerity to progress.

      The “Blessing” (Avyakt Murli) shows an example on how “new instructions” are left aside to emphasize the old sakar Murli with its typical “black or white” instructions.
      The blessing says in reference to BK “purity”, that the practice of celibacy is a “common thing”, however; it says to Underline even more that you must have purity in your vision and attitude.
      The Sakar Murli was very tight concerning celibacy. For the SM, “purity” is not having sex. The BK organization fully supports that. Contrast that view with the version of an Avyakt Murli, to see a huge difference in emphasis and expression.
      Vision and Attitude are definitely spiritual ingredients needed for true purity, more than simply living with a repressed sexuality.

      The slogan of this Murli explains VISION as good feelings and mercy for all.
      When someone says: “Change your vision”, that refers to view things from a different perspective. What is that perspective? Everything IS as it is supposed to BE. It is perfect. Thus, good feelings and mercy or compassion for all, is the adequate disposition when seeing right or wrong, good or bad, justice and injustice, etc. This is “unlimited” vision.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 9:25 AM on March 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    “Knowledge”: The favorite game of the mind. 

    Life is certainly, a learning experience. It is the experience of opening up, to become “nothing” from “something”, by being completely open.
    It is your own discovery of the mind. Words cannot explain, for they are of the mind.

    Before I started as a student of the Brahma Kumaris, there was nothing more than what my senses and mind could perceive. That was my practical “knowledge.” Science had all the answers. The important things in Life were to get a good job, a pretty wife and to have a family. Just like the “dream” sold to most everyone.
    Who created us? That was the “logical” question which needed an answer. I took for granted that someone had to create us. That is how “God” came into my picture.

    Then, my world changed through different experiences with someone who I could not see but hear through the words and experiences of my sister. The BK experience initiated my introduction to “paranormal” experiences.
    It became apparent to me that “Brahma Kumaris” was the “daughters of Brahma” indeed, as those experiences were mostly from women.

    I do not understand how someone could join the Brahma Kumaris and go through its “training”, without having these types of “paranormal” experiences. I mean, many religions offer “God” in a nice package. Many religions are filled with “nice” people who will make us feel at “home”, they will make us feel as a “family.” By the way, the word “family” has been exploited tremendously by our society to fulfill our need for identity, our need to belong.

    Perhaps it is the fact that Brahma Kumaris offers its classes free of charge. Perhaps the free vegetarian meal on Sundays… Who knows. Everyone has its own story as to how they started there, all different, all valid.

    With the Brahma Kumaris the “supernatural” became easy to assimilate. The world of spirits, ghosts, mediums, clairvoyants, fortune tellers, etc. became part of my repertoire of experiences. My faith in Science and its “knowledge” diminished considerably. Science did not know anything about that world.

    There is a world or rather “worlds”, beyond our physical reality. However, not everyone is ready to experience those or even accept them as a belief. It will take a little deconditioning, and a bit of tolerance to go beyond comfort levels.

    Now, out of the Brahma Kumaris experience, I could see that the “basics” were explained in the BK system; nevertheless, there is way more to it and again, not everyone is ready. Most individuals are comfortable with their level of understanding of the world. They believe to have figured it out. These individuals will live in a dream and die in a dream as well, that is the experience in their lot. Nothing wrong with that. Their minds will make their life livable.

    We constantly need to forget what we believe to know, in order to “open up” beyond the confinements of the mind. The mind will accumulate information constantly. That accumulation could be very sophisticated, needing “greater minds” to understand. However, when concerned with consciousness; none of those paradigms of “increasing knowledge” will be needed.
    Those will need to be thrown away. Unlearned.

    Truly, to step away from the grip of the mind becomes necessary to “progress.”
    While in Brahma Kumaris we learn to control the mind; I am learning just to step away, to observe it, become aware of it, so “I know.”
    It is that type of “knowledge” the one that is useful, practical.

    Knowledge as “information” is only useful for the games of the mind but not for a new consciousness in the realm of “no-mind.”

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 8:52 AM on March 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    The long lost but now found Sakar Murli 

     

    There is a time for everything. The time for the current Sakar Murli to phase out, may be approaching. The “children” may be growing up by being exposed to different information which wasn’t available in the Sakar days.

    I remember when the Sakar Murli was protected. It was only read at the centers and hard copies could not be printed out without the authorization of the “in charge.” As time went by, due to the popularity of the Internet, it was understood by the BK organization, that it could no longer keep it “secret.” Now, it is easy to download it ore receive it via email with little effort.
    The BK organization was forced to change according to time. A “NO” became a “YES.”

    As most BKs may be aware, Sakar Murlis are not the exact words of Brahma Baba as they were uttered more than 50 years ago.
    There have been many “corrections” through time, also known as “updates.”

    Despite the belief that “God” is with the Brahma Kumaris, and He has been giving teachings since 1969 (after the physical death of Brahma Baba) through Avyakt messages, those teachings (Avyakt Murlis) are relegated to only one day a week. The rest of the days are for the “corrected and updated” Sakar Murlis. The “word of God” through an “updated” Brahma Baba who is a being of light, is not enough. The BK organization rather have the “no so perfect” version as a Murli.

    Only the “Blessing” in the Sakar Murli, may be something from the Avyakt teachings. Nevertheless, in my days as BK, if you remembered the “essence for Dharna “ and the “blessing”, if someone asked you “what Baba said today”; you were OK. Like little babies who need small amounts of food to digest, the “essence for Dharna” was written by someone in the BK organization, in easy 2 or 3 points to recite and memorize. “Churning” the Murli is not necessary when someone picked the “main points” of the day (although it is questionable if those points were truly the main points.)

    I understand that for a beginner in “spirituality,” to have “black or white” instructions are important, but I wonder when those “beginners” will change into middle or advanced students?
    Would the Sakar Murlis be appropriate for them then?

    As it is now, the Sakar Murli is the greatest tool to condition BK followers. That is the importance of it. To listen to those black or white instructions every day, is without a doubt, training for the mind to see things from only 2 colors.
    A dear BK friend, used to see Life under 2 labels: Good and Bad. In her mind, there was a clear line dividing those 2 “opposite” labels.
    It is that training the one that will disconnect followers from seeing Life beyond labels or judgment. A “normal” person in society will learn to see “gray” besides black or white as he matures; but to see Life without labels; is definitely a step forward. That is the step needed when we know that “the Drama is predestined and beneficial for all.”

    How could something be “bad” or “good” then? Those are only labels to describe, to make ourselves understood under the limitations of language, to convey a message based on society’ standards, but those are not inherent values in Life. Things in Life are neither good nor bad. They just ARE.
    I cannot judge that a person is “bad” or “impure.” That is to draw a line where there is none, but only in our imagination.

    When we perceive the world as only “good” or “bad” then we will align constantly within those 2 labels. Today I am “good” because I woke up for Amrit Vela. Tomorrow, “bad” because I ate eggs. Temptations are always there for the BK follower, who is repressed from many things. “Tests” are to be passed or failed. Is it more valuable to go to class every day without missing a day or to be empathetic with all? If you have to choose, what will take you to Heaven? The “black or white mind” will make a selection.

    Life is balance, harmony. That could hardly be achieved by following “black or white” instructions.

    Attend your BK classes and BE empathetic with all. Just DOING what the Sakar Murli spells, will not take you to heaven. It may give you a “good” position within the BK organization, but that is the extend of it.

     
    • ex-l 10:07 AM on April 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Hi.

      Do you know anything about the internal history and discussion behind the changes in Murli policy?

      By that, I mean who was behind locking them up and why; then how the changes came about … who was for it, who was against it and so on?

      Documenting the changes and liberating the Murlis was, of course, one of the primary campaigns at brahmakumaris.info. As you write, it is true to say that before we came on the scene, the BKs had become paranoid over their control of access to the Murlis and, we must presume, fearful of the damage to their PR if they were to be read by the general public.

      Much of the whitewashing of the Sakar Murlis that has happened … it’s not “revising”, it has been a process of censoring and re-writing in such manners as to lose much of their content and, in places, render it unreadable … has been to that end, but also to create an entirely different impression of Lekhraj Kirpalani and early BKism to more educated, one might even same more spiritually developed, Westerners and middle class Indians.

      This process has been going on since the 1970s when a select few Indian sisters ‘interpreted’ the Murlis while translating them ‘on the hoof’ at morning class in London. That is to say, they were not always literally translations.

      At that time, and earlier, the relationship to the Murlis was entirely different. They were all paper printed and, as they piled up in centres, became a problem. Old ones were handed out liberally for home study. There were even times when they were torn up and used as wrapping paper for toli, and, of course, just thrown out, accounting for the loss of many of the early versions.

      Copies – sets even – do, however, exist outside of the Kirpalani Klan’s control and a very few – literally a handful of “BK souls” have explored, documented and discussed the changes within them. With those edits not just meanings have been changed but also references to the movement’s history have been lost. For example, Kirpalani would reference notable individuals who had left, current events and so on.

      Their re-working – a reduction in length to as much as perhaps 30% of the original – also portrays Kirpalani state of mind in a different. The original spilled over at least 4 pages of fulscap paper and were highly repetitive, stream of consciousness type rambles. One has to wonder what was going on at the time they were spoken. I was, for a short time, part of the Murli translation team and it was by far the most excrutiatingly boring “service” to do, all before digital anything. It all had to be done manually from cassette tape recordings. Play, stop, rewind … written out by hand, then typed up by another.

      I think the attitude towards the Sakar Murlis also says a lot about the relationship o the Kirpalani Klan to their “god” and his utterances. The most prominent being their feeling of superiority and ownership over them to the extent that they could control and modify the teaching.

      It was their principle of monopoly over the business of the religion … their use of control over the access to the Murlis and how they used it to insist adherents had to come to the centre where they could be controlled and exploited … that we wanted to challenge and break.

      Our vision was that all BKs ought to have by right direct access to all the original teachings, and that those carrying out the re-writing of history and philosophy ought to be held accountable. That adherents ought to be able to see the changes and question them.

      Of course, the BKWSU was never going to cooperate with us as, in their vision, we were so “impure” … but I see there is a sort of semi-official ‘backdoor’ project going on, run by one “Dr Luthar” now.

      What I’ve never understood is why a cult who has such high claims for itself to the extent of believing its god spirit or guide is “The One Supreme God” … has such a low value for its words and history.

      Their actions rather demonstrate a shame and an embarassment about them, as if they really know in their heads and hearts that they are not that great and, therefore, not ultimately be supreme.

      I don’t buy the usual excuse they used to use that outsiders’ intellects were “too impure to understand the Murlis”. Outsiders see and understand the old Murlis perfectly clearly … they were not just 90% garbage but peppered by narrow minded bigotry. The good bits in them could have been reduced down to a paragraph or two.

      Outsiders were not “too impure” to understand the Murlis, they were just not brainwashed enough to subject themselves to them. To have their thinking reduced to the level of them.

      Were – and still are – some Indians at such a low level that matching their thinking to Lekhraj Kirpalani’s was raising their level? Perhaps. I think for most of us in the West it was lowering, limiting and dulling down though. We tried to find depth and “experiences” in them … and it just was not there. They were just long, repetitive, trance like mantras and their reading, and the demand that we must subject ourselves to them 6 days a week, was just a ritual of indoctrination and control.

      There is more history to the institution of the Morning Class. The rigidity of it was not part of the original group activity. It’s a shame no one’s truly and objectively documenting the history.

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      • avyakt7- New Generation 10:40 PM on April 21, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t know much about the policies behind the editions of the Sakar Murli. However, it is safe to say that Brahma Baba’s teachings have been changed.
        What is learned through the process of self-realization is very hard to put in words. Our words are dualistic, we understand through mental concepts and like to oppose and contrast those concepts for better mental understanding. When it comes to “spirituality” ( to label this process of opening up and diluting ego) the previous learned rules do not apply. The belief of BK followers to follow the contents of the Sakar Murli to obtain a similar state than Brahma Baba is naive, but understandable given the conditioning. Every person has a particular story based on particular Life experiences. No two are alike, therefore; there are no formulas.

        If Brahma Baba went into some medium trance during the Sakar Murli ( As I was told, “God” was in him) his repetitive lines are understood by me now. One of my guides/friend (Miguel) repeats his lines twice while going through my sister’s channeling, while the other friend (Mathias) does not. I believe it may be on how often the entity being channeled, had an exposure to human language.

        The value of the Sakar Murli is better suited for a beginner. Someone who can understand “black or white” sentences and who needs “steps” to feel “improvement.” The Sakar Murli is for the masses, the bulk of BK followers. On the other hand, the Avyakt Murli is more refined. It is more general and had deeper “spiritual” topics, specially the ones from the 1970s.

        Many things will get lost in translation. It is unavoidable, as there are no words to fit a “spiritual” experience. I get that all the time when translating some of the words in Spanish and not being able to find an equivalent in English. If the one translating does not have a similar experience, that person will make errors when translating an experience which he does not know about.
        The words “detached observer” when “practiced” by a beginner, may look as emotional distant, with lack of compassion, but “witnessing” is a better word to describe that same state for a beginner, in my view.

        It is my experience that any religious scripture or the Sakar Murli are merely pointers. They may have historical value, but that has little value for spiritual “improvement.” A follower looking to “improve” needs to understand the words in his own experience and needs to be aware when Life presents that chance through a Life experience.

        As it is now, the Sakar Murli is a piecemeal of many things. Thus, only a tool for conditioning; which is necessary if someone wants to “leave” the “world” of our society and embrace the BK conditioning.
        Thanks.

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 7:57 AM on March 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Remember to be a soul 

    In Baba’s yaad, remember ME alone, remember the Father, be soul conscious, become bodiless, to be in yoga with the Father, become a detached observer….

    What all of those popular phrases in the BK dictionary have in common?
    They are intended to point to the same thing.
    What is that?
    Awareness.
    If I say “awareness of not to be the body” then I am destroying your ability to become AWARE by giving you something to negate, without your own inner discovery. Awareness does not negate or affirm.
    It is not surprise that most BKs continually deny their own body and its needs, as a consequence of the popular: “I am a soul not a body.” Most BKs know what is a “body” thus they deny it believing that this is how they can reaffirm to be  a “soul”, but many have no idea or experience of what a “soul” is.

    How is it possible to have so much misunderstanding?
    Brahma Baba had an insight. He tried to put that in words. Those words were passed onto others, who did not have the experience. These “half-teachers” added, subtracted or interpreted the previous words before these were passed onto “quarter-teachers” who in turn, did their own “service” by adding further confusion, and then into the masses. That has happened to every organized religion through time.

    When our AWARENESS increases, we will recognize our physical senses, then our body, then our mind, our emotions and what is not them….
    I cannot add further words for it will be confusing to figure out with our minds, what is what Avyakt7-NG is trying to convey. However, this is not to be figured out. As the Murli mentions, it is about “practice” but as we progress, we will not need to remember to practice, that is only the “beginner’s 101 state” but AWARENESS IS, it will sink in. There is no need for “remembrance” when you ARE AWARE.
    That is why, “remembrance” is not an accurate word, for that is of the mind, to bring back a memory to the mind. The mind is not consciousness, it is merely mind. True changes will happen in consciousness not in the mind.  Nevertheless, in the “beginner’s 101 class”, remember to practice… use your mind.

    What is the difference between awareness and observation?
    What is the difference between detached and bodiless?
    Isn’t AWARENESS a quality of being detached? How could you be aware without detachment?

    All those words point to the same thing.

    Nevertheless, keep “remembering the point of light.” Visualize it. Talk to it. Visualize Brahma Baba’s face in the picture and believe THAT to be “remembrance”… to have found the “truth.”
    It happened to me, thus; it is someone else’s turn. All good!   🙂

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 10:30 AM on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    On Vegetarianism and Veganism 

    In Brahma Kumaris, there is a belief that some kind of food items are “pure”. Items which are not considered in their list, are considered “rajasic” or “tamasic” (that is middle and lower quality of value.)

    In Brahma Kumaris to consume cows’ milk is considered “satopradhan” or “pure.” Milk is considered a “satvic” food in Hinduism even though its animal origin. However, eggs are considered “rajasic or tamasic” depending on your source of authority.
    It is said that yogis believed that milk coming from a “happy cow” is good for humans. Of course, pasteurization made this “satvic” food into a problem. However, the belief on milk being “satvic” continued on. There is also the “problem” of fertilized eggs vs. non-fertilized eggs for those who want to eat “vegan” eggs.

    Humans follow traditions but are unable to consider the changes that time will bring. What was “true” yesterday, may not be today.
    A “happy cow” back then, may not be now. As much as we like to generalize ideas to make them fit into our philosophies, these usually do not fit “reality.”

    Our minds keep on making distinctions, separating, labeling things and putting them into little boxes. That is how Veganism and Vegetarianism appeared. Originally the intention may have been for personal gain, to eat something beneficial for spiritual reasons, then; it changed into the ideal of “ahimsa” to protect animals from unnecessary suffering. Now, both ideals are somewhat close to socio-political movements. Their focus is to prevent animal cruelty in society. They believe that to be a priority, a matter of conviction, of morality, etc. The label then changed into Radical Veganism.

    Nowadays, many may consider capitalism as a source of animal cruelty. Of course, ultimately it goes back to human beings who are “pushed by the systems into compliance to make a living.”

    We humans are too many. Overpopulation is the source of many “problems.” The forces of the market (the haves vs. the have nots) benefit from this, but not our planet. Vegan movements may want to extend their view and consider the planet. Vegans would like to put their ideas to help animals in practice, however; other humans strongly disagree. How could they push their view? How to convince others?

    Observe how the original yogi belief in eating healthy to keep the body well for meditation changed into a social movement of compassion fueled by our political conditioning and personal agendas.

    The traditional “happy cow” may be a dream now. We need Scientists to tell us when a cow is happy. We have lost our ability to empathize.

    A few weeks ago, I read an article suggesting that plants may feel pain. Scientists are working on that. Because a plant does not have a central nervous system, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they cannot sense distress or pain in their own way. People who are acquainted with plants, living with them, may be more knowledgeable about them but… we need “proof” from our beloved science, then we will believe although, it is blind faith for it will not be our personal experience.

    What about if I dare to say that minerals, stones also have consciousness? That may be a far out thought of a crazy man! Let us wait for a scientist to take up the study.

    Life and death are a reality in Life. In the wild animals will kill to survive. Humans do not have that need, but as our “science” is advancing, we may find out that all creatures on Earth living in duality will experience pain and pleasure in their own ways.
    Humans have brought an element of egotistical nature that is non existent in the wild, in Nature.
    What is that?
    Exploitation. We exploit animals and now plants. The market offers “cruelty free products” to support those who became a new market segment. After all, it is all about profit.

    Where am I going with this writing?
    Nowhere. It is merely food for thought.
    Adopting veganism doesn’t necessarily mean a change of consciousness, but someone who has experienced a change of consciousness will typically be vegetarian or vegan but he will not reject meat if necessary. That person will be beyond the pretty labels of Vegan, Vegetarian, Satvic, etc.
    If all people were vegetarians / vegans then we will have an overpopulation of animals as they will have less space to live thanks to human growth. Great exploitation of plants could be a reality at that point.

    Therefore, Life supports the vegan and the non-vegan, for both are necessary to keep a balance.
    Let us remember that Life is not concerned in supporting human morality, what religions and philosophies taught us to be “right” but rather; Life is about balance, harmony.
    Those trapped in the duality of “right and wrong” will not be able to understand this.

     
    • ex-l 8:41 AM on March 5, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      “If all people were vegetarians / vegans then we will have an overpopulation of animals as they will have less space to live thanks to human growth”

      Hmmn, not so I think.

      We are discussing some sort of utopian idealism here (what if the world became vegan tomorrow?), but, on one hand, there would be a temporary re-adjustment while the current levels of domesticated “food animals” lived out their natural lives (we don’t need to kill and eat them to keep them down); on the other hand, there would be a huge re-population of species that we have slaughter to the point of extinction to their natural levels, (eg it’s interesting to read ancient accounts of how populated the oceans once were with sea mammals).

      Nature does not need us to manage its balance, it needs us to stop messing with it.

      The point I am making here is more about not providing excuses for individuals not to be “as vegan as possible”, which is the current imperative.

      It is worth point out that, in my opinion, there needs to be a refinement of idea of what “vegan” means, of what is “most vegan”, defining veganism as a “least harm” principle, both to animals, the environment and outselves.

      For example, as I think you are saying, it is a paradox that rigid metropolitan veganism is actually not the most vegan way of life (least harm) if the principles are applied in, say, harsh, remote environments. What is correctly “vegan” for a modern metropolis, is not vegan – nevermind not possible – for someone living in the remote Andes or Hindu Kush.

      I became vegan during my time as a BK, over 30 years ago and have never found a need to relinquish it. The anti-vegan coercion and manipulation I experience from the BK leadership and their then negativity to we “health bhagats” as they called up, certainly led up to my leaving.

      There is no excuse for the BKWSU not to adopt an “as vegan as possible” principle, especially in the developed nations and modernised areas of India.

      It is evidence of their unenlightened, unresolved, morally compromised state that they don’t; and that the leadership has been resisting it for over 3 decades.

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      • avyakt7- New Generation 7:47 AM on March 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Generalizations as we know, cannot be true. However, those make a good example, simple and easy to follow. My point is that both, vegetarians and non-vegetarians are needed. However, the main issue behind those labels is the fact that we humans are too many. We are taking away lands which otherwise, are used by animals and plants in the wild and that help maintain the balance, the Eco-system. We exploit natural resources for profit and deplete them but keep on growing our population. That is the main issue.

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    • Himanaya 11:49 AM on April 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Lovely post! I’d be delighted if you check out mine on a similar topic-
      http://www.himanaya.com

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 7:06 AM on February 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Going into the depth of Remembrance 

    A reader asked me to give my input (churning) on a recent Murli (2/12/19)
    This Sakar Murli deals with remembrance. I gave a similar input before but perhaps it wasn’t well understood, so here it is again:

    Essence: Sweet children, the Teacher is bodiless and you therefore have to make effort to have remembrance. By remembering Baba, you will finish your examination and then go home.

    Essence for Dharna: 1. Adopt the discus of self-realisation and burn your sins away. Be careful that you don’t perform any sinful acts through your physical organs. Make effort for yourself to become karmateet. 2. Do not desire to have a vision. Neither do you receive liberation by having a vision nor are your sins cut away. There is no benefit in having a vision. The rust can only be removed by remembering the Father and the knowledge.

    It mentions that followers need to make effort to remember the Father for he is incorporeal. Also, it says that visions (seeing a soul in a spirit) don’t have much importance. What is important is remembrance of the incorporeal Baba.

    If someone picked the path of the Brahma Kumaris, then that person picked a version of what a Yogi should be. I say a “version” for every path claiming to be of Yogis, can only have a flavor of it.
    Brahma Kumaris is no exception. For instance a Yogi will practice “pranayama” as a means of maintaining a healthy body. Nevertheless, In Brahma Kumaris physical exercise is not part of their teachings.  In the traditional system of Patanjali, the practice of the “8 limbs” was considered “Raja Yoga.”

    Nevertheless, the word “effort” is without a doubt, part of the Yogi tradition. A Yogi needs to make effort to achieve certain goals. In this case, remembrance of Baba.

    The word “Smriti,” loosely translated as “remembrance” has a different twist of meaning in Brahma Kumaris. It is believed that “God” should be the one remembered.
    The first and obvious obstacle in such BK remembrance is “how to remember an incorporeal entity that most have not had a vision or experience?”
    In my times as a BK, I used to “remember” the point of light as portrayed in the pictures by visualizing it. Sometimes the face of Brahma Baba. Obviously the effect of that type of remembrance is to stop the Yogi from performing “sinful actions.” For instance, if a follower wanted to have sex and he remembered the face of Brahma Baba before acting, then that could work as a tool to suppress the desire to have sex. However, this is not yoga. This is a tool not to perform “sinful actions” as believed by Bks.

    Similarly, visualizing points of light and attributing them the label “Baba,” “Shiva,” etc. is another tool.
    As the Murli points out, “visions” do not have greater importance but remembrance does. Therefore, what is that type of remembrance?

    Isn’t “God” an incorporeal soul? Am “I” an incorporeal soul, right? Aren’t souls in principle the same?
    What would happen if I remember by feeling the quality of “me” instead (soul) rather than a childish visual?
    When I perform actions, I am AWARE that behind the body there is an entity with a predestined role, playing its part. Very soon, the word “I” will have no meaning. Then, “I” will be “equal to the Father” for lack of “I.” This is the meaning of a “detached observer.” Remember that state.  The Avyakt Murlis give an emphasis of a “detached observer,” something that is not found in the Sakar Murlis.

    Therefore, Avyakt7-NG is pretty sure that the type of remembrance taught to many Bks as I followed during my days as Bk, is merely a prop, a tool; for with all honesty, I am only “remembering” a picture which is not the Father, Baba, etc.
    The picture of Jesus Christ is not him. A picture of “me” is not “me.” However, the quality the observation behind “me” will give me the feeling, the sense of “me.” This is “true” remembrance as taught in the Yogi tradition and by many other masters such as Gurdjieff.
    Becoming AWARE of ME is to remember ME alone.
    I found this link with a somewhat detailed explanation of what I am trying to convey: https://www.satrakshita.com/self-remembering.htm

    Again, let us be aware that such tools as spoken in the Sakar Murli are very basic. It is for beginners 101. It is black or white. It has been modified and changed by many hands.

    Observe all sorts of misunderstandings that could arise if I say: “REMEMBER ME ALONE.” (As the Sakar Murli mentions many times.)
    It is not about “Baba.” It is truly about ME.
    Why say: “God says: remember me alone.” when in fact that is a beginner’s prop, a misunderstood tool for “children.” Besides, who added the words “God says” in the Sakar Murli?
    It is only “Remember ME (I) alone” for that to be “true remembrance” …or your money back. Guaranteed.

     
    • Gayathri 10:43 AM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      That is a great explanation brother. Congrats. I am yet to read the link you gave. Thanks for taking up this subject. 🙂

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    • Gayathri 8:01 AM on March 3, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry for the delay in continuing my message. I remember one quote from the Avyakt murali – this is not the exact quote though as i read it may years ago and have forgotten the exact words used; but the essence of it is given below.

      Children, when you are at the base of a mountain and wonder how it would be at the top of the mountain, yes, you could only guess as to how it would be there. But as you keep ascending the mountain, and reach the top, you would know and experience the atmosphere there as it really is. In the same way, when you start your journey of soul-consciousness and wonder how it would be like being equal to Baba, when you reach the final stage of soulconsciousness, you would know / experience what it is to be equal to the Father.

      Om shanti.

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    • Gayathri 8:04 AM on March 3, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, remembering ‘me alone’ leads to experiencing Baba, the pure incorporeal stage.

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      • ahnanda 11:44 AM on March 3, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        “To remember to be a soul” is not appropriately explained. The words used are not proper.
        That will be the theme for the next writing.
        Thank you for your input.

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 8:07 AM on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Acknowledge your nature 

    Let us say that a woman has an experience with “God.” It is a blissful experience in a Brahma Kumaris center.
    This young woman decides to follow the Brahma Kumaris’ lifestyle.
    As years go by, this woman will find that “tests” will be appearing in her Life: Her hidden desire to connect with a man, her hidden desire to become a mother… all of that will need to be forgotten as she would like to follow the “ways of God.” (As interpreted by the Brahma Kumaris.)

    The mind is full of ideals but our nature is always there, reminding us who we ARE at that point in our lives. How is it possible to overcome our own nature to fulfill the desires of our mind?
    That is what Brahma Kumaris presents as a path.

    The mind, will power, etc. are unable to overcome our nature unless repression is allowed. In my view, that is what every follower of the BK path needs to be aware of. If we are unaware of our own repressions, then definitely, the Brahma Kumaris’ path is a good path to follow. We will learn if AWARE.

    Let us say that this woman dies of an emotional disease such as cancer. From the viewpoint of society, this episode may be seen as unfortunate; the price to pay for following a “cult,” or we could add any other labels to suit our fancy, nevertheless; according to the laws in Life, that experience was needed for that particular woman. That experience was perfect.

    In Life we learn though experiences, not through mental endeavors such as reading or attending to a class. That is only valid for the ways of society. Any theory that we may learn to “become better” is important as they serve as guidelines, but those cannot be taken as commandments to apply at every instance. Life cannot be put into a box of safety.  If living Life was about following commandments to the “dot,” then we will live in our own trap of perspectives as to how Life “should be.”

    As we know, the Drama is predestined. The movie will move on. A person cannot change what he IS, that is BEING through an “effort” of the ego.
    Why?
    Change has to be NATURAL. Otherwise, it is violence against others and the self. However, many will need to go through the experience of violence as well.
    When change is NATURAL, there is no effort. When change is NATURAL, we could feel that we could leave things behind, the past, our ideas of who we ARE, etc.

    Observe how a child becomes a teenager. That change may have rough spots, but nothing occurs by violence; it is natural. As humans become more intellectual, living in the mind; then at that point, there is disappointment for we have a mental idea of what “should be,” and that image does not fit what IS.

    Change will happen. It happens, but that is not according to our wishes or mental ideals. It happens according to what is in store for us, our destiny… and whatever that is, IS the best for us.

    Do not doubt this, for we are ONE with the movie of Life.
    Go right. Go left. It is the same thing for those who took the “right” path sooner or later will need to go “left.”
    After that, comes the middle and from that down, just to go up.
    That is the full experience in Life. Everyone is at different spots in the journey.  If we remember that, we could understand others rather than judge them.

     
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