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  • avyakt7- New Generation 10:52 AM on June 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ahnanda, , , , , , , deconditioning, , , , satopradhan, sinful, ,   

    Deconditioning through Brahma Kumaris 

    Our consciousness will change once there is experiential awareness. Consciousness does not change by mere regurgitation of “Knowledge/ Gyan.”

    For this to happen, there is a need for a space away from the elements of conditioning. In most cases, society is the biggest source of conditioning, thus anything that will keep us away from society will give us the space needed for awareness to appear.

    In my time as a Brahma Kumaris follower, I can now see; how the above explanation was present.
    To hang out only with BK followers, to only eat the food prepared by them, to follow their codes of conduct and to spend most of my time with Brahma Kumaris “business,” was the way to create that space of separation from mainstream society.

    Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to see at that time how deconditioning was operating: I wasn’t watching TV or going to the movies, for that was considered a waste of time and a source of “tamopradhan” vibes. I wasn’t around my family members. Work was “better” if it did not take much of my time after the requirements to sustain myself were fulfilled. Sexuality was shut down as a way to avoid further mingling and attachment with others and my body. In a nutshell, most ways of conditioning that society values, were taken away. At that time, my mind was “black or white,” as the knowledge/Gyan appeared to me: “I am becoming satopradhan (good) while society’s way was corrupted, tamopradhan. A rejection to mainstream society arrived, which was largely supported by hearing the daily Sakar Murlis.

    Observe how deconditioning takes place, although; a new conditioning was placed in my mind instead. This conditioning is the one that becomes hard for a “firm” follower to get rid of, once the person leaves the Brahma Kumaris movement.
    Why?
    The feeling of guilt is unavoidable. The Brahma Kumaris movement is an extraordinary deconditioning path, which leaves no way to “escape” for a follower who is preoccupied in gaining Godly favors in heaven or in this Life, or for a follower who has this idea that to be “good” is to follow a script given by someone else. Usually this follower is an achiever, who is trading mainstream ways into what he may think are “spiritual” ways.  This follower has fear of failure and not to comply with the teachings of “god.”  That fear will manifest eventually in anger.

    An ex-follower will use scientific evidence to prove the BK teachings “wrong,” to be at peace with his guilt. Science is one of the greatest conditioning paths that mainstream society has. To believe in scientific research is for the BEING, at the same level of believing in some deep rooted traditional belief system. Both conditioning paths, will take away the ability of the individual to discover his own truth, to observe himself, to become AWARE.

    Nevertheless, conditionings paths are not “bad.” They are necessary to live in society, in groups. But, for someone who is walking the path of self-realization, these props of conditioning will need to be left aside, to discover our own self. This event has a timing and it is different for every individual.

    For the common good.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 6:19 PM on December 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ahnanda, , , BK family, , , , lokik, maryadas   

    Looking at the Brahma Kumaris perspective of Life 

    Life is greater than our perspectives of it. Life does not function based on our expectations or moral systems. Observe that despite anything that has happened in the world throughout centuries, the “good,” and the “bad,” the “right,” and the “wrong,” we are the consequences of that.

    In other words, without all of that past, we wouldn’t be here today. Everything was needed as it was.

    Brahma Kumaris brings the perspective of removing someone from the world, to make that person “better,” or as they label it; “pure.” However, that implies the rejection of that labeled as “impure.” To make someone “better” implies to reject what he is “now.” 

    This teaching is based on duality. This teaching is based on rejection, distaste of one side of duality to embrace the other side. This teaching cannot integrate an individual into the world, to be part of the world; for there is an inherent rejection: The shudras, the Iron aged people, the impure, the devilish, etc. vs. “us” the “pure.”

    However, Brahma Kumaris does a pretty good job in removing an individual from their previous conditioning. As a matter of fact, to “practice” the Maryadas without fail, is a way to cut off the ties from a previous perspective of Life, deemed as “impure.”

    Unfortunately, followers do not realize duality within the teaching and give the teaching an elevated label, such as the “truth,” the “words of God,” etc.

    Do we see that this is just a perspective of Life? It is a particular viewpoint based on a particular consciousness. Life is greater than just a perspective. A “God” of any kind, necessarily has to “live” in a particular perspective to be understood by their followers, this implies that there cannot be a “universal God.”
    Why?
    Universal means to be open to all perspectives, to integrate with “what is,” without using labels to create further division, duality.

    When a follower is ready to exit the BK path, mostly is not done out of overgrowing it; as a 10-year-old will feel around kids who are in kindergarten. For most exiting this path comes when they get tired to “practice” Brahma Kumaris’ teachings and become influenced by their previous conditioning, the society as we know. Others, will leave due to an ego clash with the BK system. Anger, bitterness is the outcome of that. Yet others, may feel that Life is too harsh in the BK system and even though they would like to fully participate, they find themselves unable and grow with a sense of being “less than” the most fortunate, Golden age souls.

    Someone who is angry with the BK system will never join this system again in this Life; although their ego is built around the BK system. Their rejection, anger, bitterness and hate will give a purpose to the Life of those individuals. They are defined by the rejection of the BK system; thus; they are still caught up with the BK system. Those who left because they were unable to comply with the BK system, may go back again.
    Guilt and shame will be their companions and to go back to our society will be the opportunity to reject it again. In society we are many different individuals. In Brahma Kumaris, we could feel “special,” for we are part of a “family” of individuals following the same standards of living.

    Personally, my “honeymoon” period in the Brahma Kumaris allowed me to reject society, the “old ways,” and that made my transition easier: I had new people who acted as “family,” even though it was about “service” and nothing else. The disadvantages of being a male in a mostly female religious gathering is apparent. I had new acquaintances who I could call “brother or sister.” Once this arrangement is left, so happens with the “brothers and sisters.” Then, you are back in the “old society.”

    For individuals who are unable to live alone, this arrangement of going back to what has been previously rejected, is a hard experience; for now you will not fit the BK world but neither the “lokik world.”
    Nevertheless, this is a great opportunity for those who are ready to move on, for the realization of observing the perspectives about the world, is in that experience.

    The BK system and the “Lokik world” both bring their own perspective. Join another group, another society and a different perspective will be brought to your awareness.
    However, the neediness for companionship is tremendous in many and because of that the opportunity to observe those different perspectives, may go away.

    Ahnanda/ Avyakt7 NG cannot go back to the BK world, just as I cannot go back to high school. This is not out of rejection or anger or shame and guilt. This is out of consciousness. No better or worse consciousness, just different consciousness.
    High school was an experience; College was another experience. Different perspectives of seeing the world was learned. That ability to acknowledge different perspectives and to be OK with all, is what is needed to free our consciousness by allowing it to change.

    For the common good.

     
    • Gayathri 9:36 AM on December 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Coaching is given to a selected few. The COACH trains some people/ souls who will become eligible to ‘play’ a particular game while the rest of the people enjoy watching it. This in no way indicates that the spectators are not ‘equal’ to the players in every respect, it is just that the players have learnt, practised the game and became experts in that. There are many facets to human beings. Each one has some specialty or the other irrespective of when they start taking active part in the eternal drama.

      Ironically enough, the so called ‘big players’ will be admiring the ‘spectators’ when the latter enter the drama stage at a designated time. Every new comer on the stage is admired for his/ her specialty. Also, this is the time we ‘learn’ to love and respect every human being for their own uniqueness; yes, we learn to respect our contemporaries too, not just our ancestors or the satyugi souls.

      So, there can not be a COACH / God who could train all the people in the world for one particular game, that is, the art of living in a particular period of time.

      Feeling special,
      Gayathri.

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      • avyakt7- New Generation 11:09 AM on December 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        That is indeed a great way to put it together in simple but meaningful words… Thank you, Gayathri!

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        • Dinesh 11:55 AM on December 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          Hey…yes Gayatri has used an easy style and vocab but this time i could understand Ahnanda’s writing too..in first attempt… !!
          I wanted to know how can we mail u Ahnanda about certain questions and queries…ur articles are very close to Osho’s way of explanation..infact i thought about you after exploring Osho. I m not comparing u..just noticed something common in ur way of looking at everything n Osho.
          Dinesh

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          • avyakt7- New Generation 5:11 PM on December 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

            Dinesh, This is the place to ask questions. Everyone interested could take benefit of it. It will be for the common good. I don’t know who you are nor anyone here, so feel at ease with your questions.

            Yes, I heard about that similarity with Osho. We may have similar experiences especially with sexual energy. However, there are many things that we are different as well such as cyclical time, predestination, our views on homosexuality and scientific involvement in “spiritual” matters to name a few.

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            • Dinesh 1:24 AM on December 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

              Yes Ahnanda, thanks for your reply…things specified by you are a different and more of a personal experience… Now I am putting my first question in the simplest way I can.

              It is about mind and soul. Are mind and soul two different entities or the same entities?

              Now when I practise Rajyoga, it is believed that when soul does the task of creating thoughts, the soul itself is acting as a mind, in other words in the very first lesson, they give a statement that “Mind is one of the three faculties of the soul”.

              However, after exploring you and Osho, I practised “Awareness”, just being aware of all my “Doings” and sometimes “thinking”. So, in that practice I experienced my own mind as a separate entity than me. Because as soon as I was getting a thought of any kind of judgement, I was able to distinguish that I did not create it, it is my mind who created that judgemental thought.

              Also, I am finding it very difficult to practice “Awareness” throughout the day, as I go to office, the level of my “Awareness” (I can also associate it with just being present with what’s happening in the current moment), it decreases and vanishes by evening, and I am again emotionally tired while going back to home and again after reaching home and practising little bit of same “Awareness” and some “Rajyoga”, my state of mind is back to what I was experiencing from morning till afternoon.

              Umm, I know my question and way of asking is bit long, but could not reduce it further.

              Thanks,
              Dinesh Chawla

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