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  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on June 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Different Consciousness 

    Back in 2012, I was convinced that celibacy was the “path of purity.” I was convinced that there was no other way. The sexual experiences I had before becoming a BK, demonstrated me that sex could be hurtful although, at the same time; there was an uncontrollable drive, an instinctual manifestation which couldn’t be stopped at will. It was pleasurable yes, but with some awareness I could feel the “negative” sides too (depletion of vitality, subtle violence, attachment) and the longing to have the “ultimate sexual experience,” as society sold me that idea through its conditioning.
    Brahma Kumaris was a “savior” for me at that time, as I was surely heading into that route of “sex indulgence.”

    Superficially, it is easy to blame sex as the culprit. “Sex is sinful, bad, etc.” Now, I realize the issue wasn’t sex per say, but the location of my consciousness and experiences at that time. As we go through the “spiritual” journey, we could observe that consciousness is indeed everything. No wonder “God” said at that time: “Sex-lust is the greatest enemy.” Why? That was needed by me at that conscious level. No more questions. The issue was that I thought that I had “arrived,” when in fact; I was just starting. That was my case.

    8 years later: Sex for me is one of the most gratifying experiences that I could have. It is not just pleasure, it is fulfillment. It is regeneration. In 8 years, I am the same person, although; I am not. Different consciousness. For me, Spirituality and Sexuality are intimately related. What are the characteristics of that “new” consciousness? Far less inner and outer violence. A greater capacity for enjoyment. Far less taboos and hangups. That is “more spiritual.”

    We may need to experience the extremes to know the middle and once we know it, we cannot say that one side of the rope is “better” or the “truth,” rather than the other; for we understand that the whole experience is necessary. “Spiritual” understanding is not of the mind, but it is in the process of living.

    For those only interested in defending philosophies and BK beliefs; I may be the example of someone who had been walking the path of “purity” and…. oh Maya! “She” took me away from the path!

    Back in 2003, I was taken from the path of being a “normal” human. My wife at that time, later resented the BK movement because “that took me away from marriage.” My ex-wife had her experience, her point of view and BK followers have a different one. I cannot please everyone and that is not what Life is about. When dealing with contradicting opinions, the main point is to observe our own feelings: When dealing with that issue, what is what I feel? And more important once a personal decision is made: With what kind of care I disengage from one side to go into the other? It is not just about DOING what we think is “right,” but we need to consider those who are with us, those who soon will be part of our past: How do I break the news? How do I prepare the terrain so potential animosity is minimized? That is a mastery in itself, for otherwise; consequences will be felt without a doubt.

    At that time, I picked the BK movement over society. Ten years later, I picked Life. Not society again, but Life. Thus, from society, to BK and now into Life. Once we learn about conditioning, we cannot be part of that anymore although, living with all, acknowledging all without rejection.

    It is important to look back so we find the “gems of knowledge” through our own experience.
    There was a time when society was alright. There was a time when “they” were considered “impure” by me. We can go “pro” OR we can go “con.” That is the path of the mind. We have a belief, an opinion of everything. To understand that our opinions are based on our experiences and those are different from someone else’s, is a teaching that took me awhile to realize. Now is the time when I observe society for it reflects “me,” but there are no movements “pro or con.” Same with the BK world.

    What has changed? Consciousness. To allow for Life to change “me,” has been very important in my path. Otherwise, I would be stuck with a philosophy, a point of view and rejecting others. Why reject others? To belong to one, means not to belong to others. We cannot embrace the Totality at that point, and Life is a Totality.

    I rejected Brahma Kumaris before becoming a BK and while belonging to society. I took the “7 days course” and dismissed those “crazy beliefs” for about a year; until I had experiences with Brahma Baba, thanks to my sister’s connection with him. That changed my game. That saved me from my pursue of “empty dreams” but ended my marriage as well. Also during those years, the extremes arrived in my Life to complete the “humble” lifestyle look: Went from a Director of Technology into a pool cleaner and massage therapist. The experience was devastating for my ego, but looking back; it was completely necessary. For what? For that who is emerging now. It takes time. Our label of an experience changes according to the color of the glasses we wear. Those glasses are consciousness.

    The “price” to pay for what I know now by experience, is not cheap. Nothing is free of charge.
    Can I get angry and complain that I could have been someone “important” in Life, if it wasn’t that I decided to go full heart with my spiritual “nonsense”? That is lack of awareness and lack of honesty. I felt that there was something calling me, but I couldn’t put a name to that. It was related with spirituality, with “God,” but then it changed into knowing myself. That was the driving force, the meaning that I was searching and that I couldn’t fulfill by following different paths.

    Now, I receive help and guidance from two beings similar to Brahma Baba. I understand that this may not be the reader’s experience; but all I can say is that I did not reject that experience in my path and I have grown through that experience. Life is greater, much greater than any single philosophy or religious view.

    I didn’t look for those experiences. Those came to me. Life sent them. If we cling to something, we are no longer learning in Life but we are accepting the route of comfort, the route of perceived security in an ever changing world. To learn and grow in Life, means necessarily to change.

    Now I can say that Sex, Brahma Kumaris and Society are all alright; God is also alright and so is Maya.
    Let me add the words “in my experience” at the end of that sentence above.
    My experience cannot be yours, but perhaps you could recognize some aspects of this writing in your own life.
    I am not selling anything to you. I am not sharing any “truth” to you to save yourself or looking to gain your “vote” pro or against something.
    I merely write to share my experiences, to share change but perhaps, with a different consciousness every time.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on May 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Karma and the existence of God 

    Many believers of “God” don’t realize how mutually exclusive the belief in Karma and the existence of God are, when God is viewed as an “individual,” the “seer,” the one who administers “justice” in the physical plane and above. Thus, “karma” is not mentioned in the main monotheistic religions directly, but there is an interpretation of it when said: “One reaps what one sows,” that is all fine until we talk about a previous life as the cause of today’s consequence. For those monotheistic religions , that is unthinkable: “Only God knows,” is the “right” answer fitting all questions.

    Brahma Kumaris was able to harmonize that contradiction. “God” only arrives at the “confluence age” to teach. That is all God does. He doesn’t administer “justice” for that is the job of “karma.” The rest of the “kalpa” there is no need of “God.” What does “God” have to teach?
    For starters, how to “save” yourself in this lifetime. That is, “how to go to the Golden age.” Forget the knowledge of past lives and karmic accounts, you can burn all of them “now” through “yoga.” It is magic. Thus, “God” can go over the law of Karma, just at this time…. And so the belief goes. Ah! And that only works for “bad” karma, the “good” one accumulates in the “bank” of “good” deeds.

    That belief may work as long as: 1) We are only concerned about personal karmas without looking at the “big picture.” 2) As long as we see “karma” as “debit that we have to pay.” That is how God becomes the banker or the philanthropist who is able to give us a loan or to completely forfeit our “debt,” in such a way as to be able to “make it” to the “Golden age.”

    Observe the easy terminology needed to explain in a simplistic way, something which has greater depth.

    If it is true that we experience the effects of our past action, if it is true that we are living in a eternally repetitive cycle as the Brahma Kumaris’ teachings go, then; Do we have any “choice” to improve by learning the lesson and applying through “free will” the solution for the next time around?
    No. That is how that philosophy finds a “problem.” My “debt” will repeat endlessly.
    It is not “punishment” then, for things will repeat identically. It is not “debt” or “credit,” it is simply an EXPERIENCE that we need to experience in order to keep changing, as change is the “fact” of Life.

    Another inaccuracy is to believe that there is something “good” or “bad” in karma; for Life is an unlimited Drama, and cannot be divided in such simplistic an erroneous way. Many times what we considered “bad” is actually “good” when viewed from a different perspective. Those infantile terminology of “good” and “bad” when referred to Life are far from the truth, specially when knowing about karma and a predestined Drama.

    The issue of knowing about those religious “philosophies” is that we will use our mind to try to protect ourselves: “Don’t DO that for your karma will hunt you.” Therefore, we are afraid and we don’t. We think we save ourselves from experiencing trouble, but if the desire to perform that action is repetitive, and we denied it many times, then we are repressing. There are no repressed souls in the “golden age.” Do we see that? Could we say in our next life that the cause of our repression was Brahma Kumaris’ philosophy? wouldn’t that repression be “bad” karma? 🙂

    Life may put us in close relationship with someone who is able to deeply push our buttons. No matter what we DO to live harmoniously, it will not work. All we need to be aware of is the EXPERIENCE. We need to go through it CONSCIOUSLY, regardless of the labels we use, regardless of the philosophy we believe in. It is of no use to believe in a “past life karmic account.” Just live the experience, do your best and continue on.
    Life is a plot, a story. Karma is the experience of the consequences of our activities which are predestined and necessary as they ARE, for our story will weave with other stories in such a way as to create something greater with far reaching consequences, which we are unable to see.

    An important measure of “improvement” in consciousness is when we abandon all sorts of philosophies an mental games so we can BE. Our actions are a reflection of who we ARE and not a farce obtained through mentally following some philosophy. We could be apparently “safe” but the devil will be growing inside. That is the karma of such farce.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on May 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    The spirituality of the “middle way” in BK-ism 

    “The middle way” is another of the most typical misunderstood “spiritual phrases.”
    What is the middle way in the BK world?
    There is none. The BK world is one extreme of the spectrum. The other may be our society. Is finding the middle between society and the BK world the “true” path?

    We say “moderation in everything is the key.” Some say that is the middle. The mind can understand that, but it will put it something like this: Between path A and path B there are 100 miles. The middle is 50. The mind has such a great understanding! What is 50 between Bk-ism and Society-ism?

    Let me illustrate this issue by using a couple of keywords with ample use in the BK world: Sex and Celibacy.
    What is the middle between sex and celibacy? According to who? How do you measure that, it is indeed the middle? What is moderation in sex? What is moderation in celibacy? The mind wants an accurate, measurable answer, but it goes back to subjectivity: What “i” like.

    Unless a seeker is not regimented by his own mind, he cannot know the middle. Why? Because the middle is not a fixed landmark. It changes as Life changes.
    The middle could be sex. The middle could be celibacy, but IT CANNOT BE A STATIC MIDDLE.

    Do we see that?

    The duality of sex and celibacy are extremes. The mind can make up an idea: “ I will have sex twice a week. That is the middle.” However, that is still sex and not celibacy. The mind will feel trapped incapable to figure out what is the “right” solution. It is way easier to say “God says that sex is a sin. I must not indulge in it.” At that point, we are shifting the ‘proof’ of righteousness to a ‘higher authority’ which the mind recognizes as such for whatever ‘reason.’ Then it follows, I will know what to DO. I will know what is “right.” That is what the mind thinks… after all, the mind is only interested in being “right.”

    This type of individual is trapped in his mind. He is unable to feel. He cannot know the middle.
    What is moderation for such individual? Whatever he thinks it is as long as he finds some reasons, some ideas to support his belief. That is not moderation. That is manipulation.

    How can we explain the middle way?
    Out of the mind, we can feel it. We cannot say: “It is this,” for that could change and thus, the middle will change as well. The “middle” is not a concept. Something that could be defined, quoted or explained.

    It is hard to understand, right? That is because we are using the mind.
    Well…. If I am not using my mind how else could I understand?
    By feeling. It is not the “answer” which has to be implemented by “me.” Insight implements itself.

    In Life, many will know the middle by going through the extremes. Note that it is the mind the one taking us to experiment extremes for the mind only knows “0” or “1.” When we understand this “fact” of Life, then we will have a sense of appreciation for those 2 extremes, in this case; BK-ism and Society-ism, for without the conscious aware experience of those two, we wouldn’t be able to know OUR middle, not “the middle.”
    The keywords are CONSCIOUS- AWARE experience, for otherwise; the mind will go into another duality: Truth and falsehood (I was lied by them) or guilt and innocence (They conned me and took away my…..) or perhaps, going back and forward to those 2 extremes looking to be “right” to have the “truth,” to be “saved,” etc.

    Life experiences are not “free.” We pay for them. Although I am not referring to paper money or credit cards. However, those who have been aware of what they “invested on” in their life time, will understand what I am saying.

    “Tighten the strings of the guitar too much, and you will break them. If they are too loose, we cannot play it.” I am paraphrasing something attributed to Gautama. That explains the middle. However, to know that in our lives; we may need to break strings (extremes.) Nevertheless, there is no formula and tuning the guitar may depend on the type of song that we are playing; what comes in Life. If we are playing with others, we may need to learn to harmonize to make music and not noise. That is a different “middle.”

    BK “Yoga of the mind” has its place in society. It is needed, not as the holder of absolute “truth” but as a means for the participant or student to know through EXPERIENCE, his own limits.

    Many have accessed to words of wisdom and teachings at different epochs, but those words lose their meaning when given to all without discrimination, for it is not possible to understand them unless we are ready… and “ready” has nothing to do with our mental skills, IQ or degrees.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on May 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    The meaning of study in Spirituality 

    In mainstream society, it is believed that spirituality is like taking a class on-line where information is given, and it needs to be studied and committed to memory. That belief has surrounded many religions and followers for centuries.
    Consider this:
    “God is a point of light. He is incorporeal. He resides in the Brahm element. He is the Supreme Soul.”
    All of the above is considered to be a fact for Brahma Kumaris adherents.
    As a matter of fact, many will even have the audacity to say that “we know God.”

    We could add many other lines to the above. “God comes down only once in the entire Kalpa (cycle) to give His knowledge to His children.” We could add the punch line “… to give His knowledge to Humanity” but, that would be stretching the “fact.”

    All the above lines about “God” are only beliefs unless there is experience of them. Moreover, it can only be a personal experience.

    Going further, let us say that I had the “spiritual” experience of a “point of light” while I heard the words “child, I am God.” That is a reassurance for ME that what I have experienced is in “fact” God. Nevertheless, the construction of “more facts” arrive thanks to my own conditioning. Is there a “brahm” element in Christianity? No, that I am aware of. Thus, whoever had the experience of “God,” had to relate that to his own cultural conditioning. That person could be very “special,” he could be a “saint,” nonetheless; his experience is meant only for him. If that experience has changed his Life, then it was worthwhile. If we try to make his words into facts to recite and remember for the benefit of a religious group; then rest assured, that we are trying to construct a “truth” out of a particular experience.

    What is the point in memorizing a description and call it “truth”? Well, the mind likes to be “right.” I could say “I have the truth.” It will show that “I am special.” I could tell everyone who God is, where he resides and what he does…
    Those pieces and bits of information are juicy in our mind driven society, where “information is power.” However, none of that trivia has any value in inner transformation.

    If we had the chance to “know God” through an experience, the “reason” was to transform ourselves, by having a different view thanks to that experience. We cannot deliver that experience to others, no matter how well we explain. However, when that experience changes the BEING of a person, the effect on others may be felt. It is not always what he says, but what he IS. That is why, in Spirituality the “authority of experience” ( as Baba would say) is of utmost importance. Experience is not the same as memorizing and reciting religious paragraphs.

    People living in the mind are concerned with arguments, theories, concepts and how objectively we can “prove” those to be “true.” However, even if those arguments could be proven as “truth,” they have no effect whatsoever on change of BEING. For instance, many talk about “love,” the power of love, etc. That “concept” is factual, it exists in people’s mind. The issue is that “love” only exists in their minds but not in their BEING, what is commonly known as the “heart.” Consequently, these individuals do not FEEL love but THINK they love. Huge difference.

    Thus, to understand the value of Spirituality is to understand that Life will offer many “methods” to change someone’s BEING by overcoming their minds. That is why “spiritual experiences” are not always logical or even plausible. The mind needs to be bypassed, for the conditioning is so strong and the mind will only accept to experience something which is within its “understanding.” A person with a “spiritual experience” will go with the feeling, the sensation which is usually blissful, tender or emotional of that experience, rather than the logic of it. The mind and its logical constructs and conditioning, will be left behind; however, it will pop up with “doubts” and questionings once in a while.

    Therefore, the futility in spirituality to follow known patterns.
    To study in Spirituality is to OBSERVE yourself. We can hear the words of those who had experiences or realizations but observe how they relate to you. Find a link, a clue for your own life. That is to be a “scientist of the inner world.”

    It is of no consequence to memorize philosophies and beliefs, for if those have been our own experiences, then we will remember them without even trying thus, what we speak will be according to what our experience is.

     

     
    • Kirtan 2:54 AM on May 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for this wonderful post Ahnanda.

      People are often wilful (Ego/head driven) rather than soulful. Many people with spiritual or soul sickness tend to live in a distorted polarity of living more-or-less from either their physical body at one end of the scale, whilst others live in extremism at the spiritual body end of the scale. Neither is healthy or correct (Kornfield:2000). As the Buddha stated, walk the middle path in life and be moderate in all things. This is a great rule of thumb, and means we need to live across the spectrum of our 4 levels(Physical, mental, emotional and spiritual) of embodiment to be in health and in connection with both ourself (ego) and our spiritual inheritance (Stone:2004).

      But even middle path also generates ego, which needs to worked upon daily basis in order to take care of our all 4 bodies. Many who say they are soulful are in fact wilful. They will tell you that they have done this and that but their experience is not embodied, it is purely intellectual, and now is infused with pride of the ego, and is part of a rationalisation defence about why they do not need to look any deeper at themself (Kornfield:2000).

      So even the middle path also has sort of problem. But it is definitely a less riskier than other 2 extremes. Because from extremes one will never be able to see any sort of problem. As for one everything is I while for other, everything is “I”.

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Spirituality for the masses and the few 

    It is an interesting phenomena that our society pretends to massify everything for this is translated into profits. For instance, “Best sellers” are an appeal to the collective consciousness, the masses. Similarly, Spirituality has evolved in our society into something that could be bought and learned by all.

    Brahma Kumaris is an example of such stream. Its appeal increases as the masses are able to understand and follow what before was unthinkable. It is important to observe that spiritual teachings have always been according to time, for consciouness evolves. It is never the same. This in itself is a tremendous “proof” to debacle the idea of having the “truth” as some static, unchanged entity like a paragraph of a “holy book.” Life is the reference of truth and there is nothing as ever changing as Life itself.

    Why is there a need to give spiritual teachings with the support of so called “VIPs”? Without a doubt it is the massification machine in action. A “VIP” has the background which is viewed as “successful” in our society. The masses will tend to believe in their “spiritual wisdom” as well, for they have given the “proof” of their success in society. The masses desire to get into the “me too” bandwagon.

    Similarly any type of “spiritual teaching” followed as a fool-proof method, has no other value but to assure the mind of having attained something important. In my BK days, I recall that even the need of “certification” was established to take some spiritual classes geared towards teaching spirituality in the business world. Every year a class needed to be taken to have the right to teach. Just like what societies are used to. There is nothing wrong with that procedure, as mental people believe that spirituality is about convincing the mind; nevertheless, that procedure has only a “beginner value.” We can teach some business VIPs to be “more compassive” or to resolve issues from a “spiritual view” (whatever we think that may be) however, these individuals cannot BE what they have learned.

    Spirituality for the masses is an attempt to convince minds of the “truth” of some procedure, philosophy or belief. “I believe” has no meaning whatsoever once the territory of the masses or collective consciousness is left.

    While societies teach the value of alluring to the masses, if has been known but seldom spoken; that many deeper spiritual teachings have been kept in secret and given only to those deemed to be ready or worthwhile.
    Basically, as the individual progresses the number of people involved will be less. That will not work in the set up of our society. Why write books which will only be understood by few? Why teach any classes where only a handful of students will show up?

    As an example, I started my “spiritual /religious” career as a Catholic. Churches are full of people who “believe” in something and worship something. As I became older, Brahma Kumaris entered my life. My Christian “perceived truth” which was believed by many people around me, changed into “my own BK experience” which similarly had other BK people into it but fewer than before. The appeal was to convince the mind that there was something beyond the mind, so then the mind had the chance to come up with some reasons to “prove” to others what they cannot yet see.  This is a fantastic ego-booster. The mind is happy. I am “special.”

    To convince the mind that there is more beyond it, is the appeal of Brahma Kumaris, for we “normal people” are stuck in the world of the mind. That is our “reality.” Have you experienced “predestination” in your Life? Yes? This is the chance to convince to others who are into “free will.” Bring your “proof.” Had a fantastic experience in meditation? Bring your proof. Convince others. Show them how special you are for having “attained” something. Brahma Kumaris offers the peer support necessary to feel “special.”
    When I started my BK career, I barely felt what “energies” and “vibrations” were. At that point; visualizations and imagination had to be used. The experience of “feeling” was lacking. When I ended my BK “career,” I felt what those energies were, but there was nothing I could do with them. Imagining that “I am a world benefactor” by sending “sakash” is not the same as actually BEING it, so it is DONE without DOING; but we need to start someplace. Imagination or visualization is a good one, as long as we are aware that we are not there yet.

    To talk about the “third eye” is not the same as actually feeling it. A whole different dimension is experienced when that “third eye” is actually open. The description of this may be considered as “hocus pocus” stuff for “normal” mind driven people, who are only concerned in “scientific proof,” that is in mass revealing appeal to be considered the “truth.”

    Most only talk about the third eye. They have information. They even believe in exercises sold as “best sellers,” where it is taught that everyone can open their third eye and have wonderful, mind boggling experiences. Nevertheless, that is not the same as having the third eye open. Few will have that experience.
    Have we ever read a book by Dadi Janki on “Fool proof steps to open your third eye”? or “How I opened my third eye in 10 easy steps.” There is a “reason” for that.

    The “spiritual truths” of Spirituality will change as we change. The BK world had a particular place in my Life, which was necessary for my own development. However, there was more which I needed to learn and experience according to “my role.”

    Nevertheless, the importance of knowing philosophies or having experience of the ‘kundalini’ energy or being a gifted clairvoyant has no consequence at all in our own inner development.
    In Spirituality, the starting point and end of all is to BE a compassionate, loving human being. It doesn’t matter where you come from or which path or “true” method you follow.
    BEING that is all that matters for those who are interested in the common good, and consequently servicing the World. People without that understanding want to “help” the world by DOING things. That is another way of boosting their ego. An Ego-centric person wants to “help others”?
    BEING is first. Help by DOING follows that automatically as a shadow. When our DOING aligns with our BEING, there is help without wanting to help, there is “true” spirituality without studying philosophies and following practices.
    Most importantly, there is a “true” an authentic human being who is not hiding behind the mask of appearances and dishonesty. The masses do not understand that.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on April 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Practical value of some BK Spiritual teachings 

    Many will look at the current pandemia labeled as “covid-19,” as something “bad.” It is not desirable. It destroys our routines, our life styles, even our lives. However, we do not see that this is a golden opportunity for Nature to rebuild itself. Otherwise, how could that happen? Most “Educated” humans are full of “money talk” education. Nothing is more important than the “economy.” For them, our habitat is only an extension of “economic forces.” Some of their typical talks are: Climate change: “All industrialized countries are working tirelessly… etc.” Contamination of the environment: “ We have reduced the use of plastic by 1.86 % from last year.” Distribution of wealth: “We are making efforts to reduce the gap…” etc. Nevertheless, it is the same savage use of the capitalistic system to gain wealth at the expense of others.

    I feel compassion for those who are facing hard times at this time, but it seems that Life needed to stop our madness, and it seems that humans are finally seeing what we have done to this planet. But maybe, not. At least, the opportunity has been given.

    I am thankful for my BK training in “survival.” I can cook simple items and be able to continue on healthy, in the lockdown period. TV has been out of my life since my BK days. I am extremely grateful for that. Now, I could fully see how TV is a great instrument to manipulate and condition. I am also grateful to have learned in my BK days, to be able to live with myself. I look around and many aren’t able to do it. Most need someone around. Without a spouse, a kid or a pet; they feel miserable.

    The BK phrase: “Destruction is just ahead” have helped many to prepare and live a simple Life. Simple life is a spiritual teaching specially, at this time. Also, “meditation” (as known by the BK system) comes very handy when many are in need of mental stability.

    The physical changes on Earth are obvious for most, but the energetic changes are not so obvious but still going on. Many will feel their bodies attempt to adapt in different ways: mild headaches, a bit of physical weakness, etc.

    It is interesting to witness how a new social order is taking place. How society’s foundations are crumbling. How world powers are struggling. Something completely unforeseen such as “covid-19” is devastating our holy economy, and preparing the ground for the US dollar to collapse. Interesting times are “just ahead.”

    The “market” for spiritual teachings may grow. As suffering sets in, many will start their own search for answers.

    Perhaps more individuals will realize that humans do not have a “special” place in Life. We (all living beings) are in this together. Animals and plants have wisdom already included, it is called “instinct.” Conditioned human beings are handicapped for most only have their “reasoning,” as the ability to mask their greed.

    “Reality” depends on your location; that is from where your consciousness is looking at. There are many possibilities of seeing a single event. However, spirituality has been the bridge between the Earth and the Sky. Earthly conditioned way, materialistic, if we wish to say; and the “sky”: That which we aim to be, to become for we know we have the potential inside us. Thus, there is truly no difference between “here” and “there,” except when we realize that we are being caught up by moorings, chains and anchors which are not allowing us to “fly free.” The removal of those, is what spirituality is all about. We don’t need to add more information, philosophies and lectures. We need to be conscious, AWARE of the inner world and let Life do the rest.
    In this, spirituality is different from society’s conditioning for “Unlearning is the way to learn.”

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on April 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Question on “Churnings” of BK Jagdish Chander and BK intellectual knowledge 

    A reader (Kirtan) asked many questions concerning intellectual/ mind matters of “churning BK knowledge” and also cited Jagdish Chander’s book on the “5000 year cycle.”
    He also asked me to reply a question ASAP and to give him my email address in case he had further questions.

    Let me start from the end. Avyakt7-NG does not want to be a “on-demand free resource.” He only shares here within his available time, and will respond to questions and/or comments if required, in his view.  Also, Avyakt7-NG does not give personal advise. All the “churnings” he has done while being a BK, are available in the website: Explore7.wordpress.com between the years 2012 and 2013. All is required is to “search a keyword” on that website if someone would like to read my particular take on a topic at that time.

    As a BK, I was an avid reader of scientific and BK materials, but now that doesn’t interest me.
    I understand that perhaps for Kirtan is very important to confirm BK knowledge in an intellectual way, so he can share it with others or to feel firm within his faith. That is part of the BK experience.

    Upon having read some books of BK Jagdish, I could say that he was in that intellectual line. He read a lot and put his interpretations and findings, in his books. However, his “knowledge” was as good as his bibliography. Very limited at the time. His research was mostly based on classical physics (Any Quantum physics there?) On the other hand, because of the Internet; we have way more information and as we can observe, it changes in little time. Science is a work in progress. A “truth,” yesterday could be a “lie” today. That is a possibility. Nevertheless nowadays, the well known “search for truth” of the scientific community, is financially supported by organizations concerned in demonstrating a particular “truth” according to their interest.  To use science to “prove” spiritual topics or a particular belief system is to interpret and dissect science to fit our beliefs. Science deals mostly with matter for that is “objective.” Spirituality on the other hand, is very subjective for it depends on a beyond or below “normal” (depending on our point of reference) level of consciousness or experience, while science resides mostly in the collective consciousness: The 5 senses. 

    I couldn’t find a free version of Jagdish’s “5000 year World Cycle,” but I found one on “Brahmacharya” which I will use to make a point later in this article.
    If I recall correctly, there is a word used by Jagdish while explaining how from the Golden age, we “descend” into the Iron age: “Entropy.” However, that word is used very different in Science and Business. In the world cycle there is “renewal,” (which is not the correct word to describe the well known phrase -Going “up” and “down” the ladder – which is merely a viewpoint of a dualistic mind.) That “renewal” does not follow the way “entropy” is typically understood. The dualistic mind selects the “Golden age” as “order,” and the “Iron age” as “disorder.” We are “descending,” it is said; when from another perspective it is only a different experience that a particular “soul” may have. We are not “descending” in a predestined cycle. We are only having a complementary experience, if we decide to compare the Golden age with the Iron age.

    Observe the following paragraph from Jagdish’s book “Brahmacharya.” (Book: -Brahmacharya the true path of God realization- Pages 4-5 – Chapter 1- The significance of Brahmacharya in the social set up.)

    “The Gita declares that sex-lust produces anger which in its turn causes confusion of the intellect. From this point of view all the violent turmoil that is there in society or revolutionary disorders of today have their origin in the lack of continence of people. It would, therefore, be good if the Government and those engaged in social service understood the importance of brahmacharya as the basic solution of all the predicaments of society and of the country at large.”

    Jagdish has generalized that sex-lust in people, is the origin of the violent turmoil in society by following the perspective of the Gita (according to him.) The “basic solution” is to follow brahmacharya, he says.
    That generalization has no support other than Jagdish’s and Brahma Kumaris’ beliefs. “Proof”? There are many angry BKs “practicing” continence. 
    In my experience, we ARE already anger (we could discuss all day about the ’cause’ but what matters is the reality of observing that anger) and sexuality only manifests that reality.

    Jagdish has mentioned in one of his books that he is not “trained” in science. He has only given his opinions although heavily conditioned by his beliefs and experiences. However; without a doubt his writings are very important for Brahma Kumaris’ followers, as those support BK knowledge.

    To finish, I will share with you an article I wrote on the same line as Jagdish. I read a science book and I interpreted that based on BK knowledge that I already knew. I discovered many things in that exercise.
    The write up is here.
    If you would like to follow current scientific theories on cyclic models of the Universe, you may want to read the “Steinhardt-Turok” model and the “Baum-Frampton” model. As a BK I was reading some of Turok’s work as I recall. As I said before, now I have no interest at all in scientific findings supporting “spirituality” and religious beliefs or going against it.

    In my experience, cyclical time exists. I don’t know if it is 5000 years or not. It doesn’t matter to me; but I can say that “this writing here, has been written before” and it will appear sometime in the future again or the past … Depending on your point of reference, and that will repeat endlessly.
    I don’t have the need to prove this, to convince others. For I am merely sharing my own experience.

    All the best.

    ********** Will resume writing on April 29th. Enjoy. 🙂 **************

     
    • Kirtan 6:05 PM on April 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the reply Ananda. I really appreciate your time on this. And I truly admire you for that. Well I see you did a tremendous researches on complete package which life can offer. And now you are not much interested in such researches, perhaps you no longer feel its more needed, as for science it’s never going to be possible to come closer to the truth as the scientific community is more likely to perform such tasks for humans with some “agendas”. I completely agree with you. Also is see as you achieved no-I state, it doesn’t matter whatever comes up. But let me add one more thing for not be not interested in such things,; assumptions on which science is based upon. It all lies on false premises and that’s the reason I believe Brother Jagdish was not much interested in taking out any meaning from quantum physics rather he targeted all premise/axioms on which science is standing. I don’t think he could have ignored the top selling of his time by Fritjoff Capra. But he thought attack on root and take out whole tree, instead of cutting branches😂. But guys like you and me was not going to stop there only. We are much interested in participating every hunt.
      OK now coming up to Quantum Realm. Its a world of vagueness. Why it happened like that?Is quantum world has vagueness or its our understanding of it. I am sure its our understanding of it and one day we can come across any final theory, for that I believe science has to make some corrections in their definition of Consiouness as it relies mostly on 5 senses as you said.
      Here is the live example of it, “Deepak Chopra in one of his debates with Richard Dawkins, said atoms are sentients as Freeman Dyson said it. Richard Dawkins: no its not, Dsyon never said that.” There’s a nobel prize for those who can prove which of them is correct. Well only condition, is to use double slit for it.
      I believe, though we might have some firm belives which we come up with, scientific knowledge, we should take agnostic approach only while studying anything. Don’t need to make out any sort of meaning of it and just see the picture as a whole without Dissecting and interpreting it for our own spritual understanding.
      Again Thanks for suggesting Steinhardt-Turok” model and the “Baum-Frampton” model. I will definitely go through it. As I see its an attempt to prove cyclic time but we no longer need to prove anything which we have experienced as you say. Apart from this if you get some time I would like you to entertain yourself with some of the videos of Dr. Steven Greer. I think he wants to be rembered as a man way way way ahead of his time!

      And finally for all angry Bks out there practicing continence. Brothers take the advice of this man seriously. This is definitely not what Baba wants you to pass from. And leave the clan immediately!

      Dear Ananda Really Thank you for your article based on my comments. You nailed it Bro! Enjoy your time! 👍

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    • Kirtan 9:13 PM on April 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Free version of Eternal World Drama can be downloaded from this link.
      https://www.brahma-kumaris.com/books

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on April 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    On BK Dadi Janki 

    It was a sad surprise when I found out that Dadi “left the body.” Even though I did not have many interactions with her, the few I had were meaningful for me.

    I recall the experience of “silence” that Dadi gave to the attendants of the inauguration of a Bk center in Lima, Peru back in 2004. She stood still while the room became quiet, it felt to me as if I was free floating on the Ocean. My father who was there mentioned that “it felt different.” He wasn’t into the “spiritual subtle experiences,” so that was a confirmation to me of what I felt.

    In another ocassion while In Madhuban, I went to “Baba’s rock” by myself to meditate. I was going through a very low time in my life. I stood up an opened my arms as if I wanted to embrace God. On the way back, Dadi was giving blessing cards and toli after her class. The blessing she gave me said: “You are a beloved child of God and He has given his hands to you…” the rest of the blessing I don’t recall; but that part stayed with me as “proof” of God.

    Brahma Kumaris had in Dadi Janki a significant representative. For me and probably most “Double Foreigners,” Dadi Janki was the face of Brahma Kumaris. She has interacted with “double foreigners” more than any other Dadi that I can remember.
    Dadi janki was unconventional. She had charisma even with her nagging ways on some Bks. On that she was very similar in personality to Rajnesh (Osho.)
    Dadi Janki showed an authentic personality beyond the “political smiles and soft ways” of some. That authenticity is what I take from her.

    Dadi had the gift of fortune telling. That isn’t typically developed, but it happens in Life to some. From her I learned that to give advise to someone, is a very tricky business; unless someone has accurate information about the future of the person. Otherwise, whatever it is said is only given in a blindfolded way.
    Toss a coin. Heads or tails. Follow that. There is no difference with the advise given by others without that gift.

    Back in 2004, I lost a “good job” in the USA and was unemployed. I asked to Dadi for advise as to what to do. She said to go back and do service in Peru with my sister. She said to me that I needed to look into what attachment was. That I did, and discovered many things throughout the years. After that meeting, I was cured from asking for advice to a human being ever again. Of course I did what she said, but it wasn’t what I truly wanted to hear. Eventually I went back to the USA with some seniors’ “permission,” rebuilt my life again to a comparable position where I was before and now… I am back in Peru. But this time, there is no attachment. Back there, after Dadi finished giving me advise, her face showed that she knew more info but she couldn’t say it or wouldn’t say it. That is another lesson I learned: What you know needs to be disclosed according to time, for in Life the trip from A to D is not necessarily going through B and C and every person has a particular predestined journey. Wisdom resides in respecting their journey.

    I did not quite understood that back then. As for some years I felt as if Dadi didn’t want me to “do good in Life” (get a good job) and instead told me to leave my previous comfortable Life with everything and everyone I knew there in the USA and go get an uncomfortable life in Peru just to “do service” there. Now looking back; Dadi gave me the practical training in the lesson of attachment, that I was going to need now. We need to pass the test by allowing Life to show us our destiny, and feeling alright with that. We do not pass if we have ill feelings. We cannot change those feelings through will power. We need to process and completely accept and trust, that there is meaning in every turn in Life. We are not alone.

    Some lessons will require that we spend many years to learn. However, “learning” is not the correct word; but rather to “process,” to “assimilate.” We don’t go from attachment into lack of it when we understand intellectually that “attachment is bad. I must get rid of it.” That is infantile. We need to process an experience. We may need to pay with years of our own lives to assimilate. Then change happens automatically.

    Back then as a one year old BK, Dadi Janki told me about my attachment (weakness) as I had no idea that it was there. Now, I look at my own weaknesses myself. Back in my BK days, I did not have the awareness to look inside. I did not understand about the layers to observe and become attentive to. I did not understand how the ideal of becoming something which I wasn’t, was forcing me into repression. In fact, it is the light of deep observation the one which eventually will make the change as long as we do not have an idea set in our minds as to what “should the change be.”

    What I just shared in the last paragraph, is very important. Unfortunately, I cannot go deeper for it will be misunderstood. Those who are going through exactly that, will recognize what I am trying to convey, because of their own experience.

    I’d like to finish this write up, by celebrating the uniqueness of Dadi Janki. If there is a quality that I will remember about her, that is her authenticity. In these times where being part of the herd mentality is expected and celebrated, we may need to learn the art of authenticity. That comes when we are at peace with ourselves by freely portraying what we are meant to be.

    That inner peace is what Dadi showed in her own unique way. Interestingly, she liked to say “Om Shanti,” (3 times) as she had the experience of it.

    Talk the talk and BEING the talk.

     
    • Anoushka 11:35 PM on April 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for sharing…that was my experience too!

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    • Gayathri 12:55 PM on April 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I used to get ‘jealous’ of her because of her smiling face which reflected constant happiness. 🙂

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on March 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    When we learn not to be afraid of “Destruction is just ahead…” 

    The Sakar Murli has that famous line (Destruction is just ahead) imprinted in most BK followers’ minds.

    Most Bks are well trained to assimilate the “bad” news regarding consequences of our own actions. On the other hand, untrained individuals have an almost childish mentality. For them, spirituality is only about “feel good” info and “inspirational quotes.” Give them something which shows the consequences of our own actions and they turn their faces to the other side. Most individuals in times like this, want words of empathy: “I know it must be hard for you. So much stress, social confinement is tough and the fear of an uncertain future…but the brighter future is ahead of us.”   That sells.

    I recall that 30 years ago, when I heard for the first time the line: “The world will be destroyed,” coming from my sister’s mouth after she took the BK class on that topic; I had chills running on my spine. “Who said that? Nooo! That cannot happen. When? Give me a date! They don’t know? Ha! That tells you how truthful that nonsense is…” That was my elaboration of her “news.”

    Now, that line doesn’t even tickle me. After seeing how things are moving, it is sort of expected. However, there is “time just ahead” for the “Drama moves slowly, like a louse,” to quote a Sakar Murli. Those “up,” will go “down” and those “down” will go “up.” That is the complete experience of duality. We will witness that before anything.

    There is no need to go into the guilt trip of “karma,” for we know it is predestined. It has to be as it is. We just need to sit and OBSERVE the movement of all, how the threads come together and weave the next chapter and there is no force that could go against that, for what destiny weaves; man cannot undo. That understanding goes beyond the mere intellectual one. Then, we truly understand.

    Why is it that something as “natural” as destruction is not easily accepted? Because many have accumulated many things to cover that “I” and want to keep those even forcefully: Information, wealth, status, possessions, power, etc. Those things are expected for a human being to “have” after going through the conditioning of society. Those “covers” may go little by little. It hurts, but we can take that for it is “normal,” but not all at once. That becomes a major trauma in Life.
    That is another “checking point” in our self-awareness.

    Those garments covering the “I,” don’t go away when our minds decide to be “tough” and make a decision out of compulsion, to “become better.”
    “Dadi only owns 5 saris and 2 handkerchiefs. I must do the same.” That sort of compulsive reduction will not take us anywhere other than perhaps getting the admiration of other ascetic BK followers… However, many want that trip to boost their “self-respect.”

    There is expansion followed by contraction. Life will bring that. We just need to be OPEN when it comes. What you HAVE, later you will not. Thus, having is borrowing. What you ARE, you will not BE. Thus, BEING is temporary. That is why, our society understands DOING, for that is what seems “real,” “lasting.” While society is concerned only in ACTION, DOING; Spirituality goes beyond that; for the quality of action depends on quality of BEING. Ultimately, karma moves along those lines.

    How many will “help” others without an ultimate motive? Even to earn heaven as a “reason” is a petty line. Pitiful.

    The other day I received a message saying that “The COVID-19 has mostly attacked those countries which legalized abortion. Ironically, this virus doesn’t affect children.”
    That sort of childish mentality is unable to perceive how Life works. For them, is about “punishment.” “God” or the “Force,” has punished those countries. These individuals believe that their “god” has a map with country limits. They believe that human ways of looking at Life through human laws and moral standards, will hold true for Life itself. These people require a God that punishes. A God that is watching them and therefore, they live their lives with commandments to follow (Do and Don’t do) for they don’t want to make a mistake, a “sin.”

    That is the collective consciousness of the masses. The ones “ruling” best-sellers, supply and demand, the ones unable to take a more “grown up” perspective of spirituality. These individuals want to “get self-realized” without experiencing hardships. In the comfort of their homes by paying for an on-line class the “bargain price for a limited time.”

    These individuals cannot see that newness comes only in the complete absence of what has been. There is a cycle of that.

    Creation, maintenance, destruction.The Trimurti. Repeat that again. It is Life.
    Experience it. Then you “know.”
    Knowing it, forget about it.
    A new start.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on March 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    The shortcomings of Yoga 

    Yoga as a wholesome system is seldom recognized nowadays. There are only flavors of it. Brahma Kumaris is a flavor of that “ancient Yoga.” Within its many original “yoga paths” or “limbs,” Brahma Kumaris have chosen to be known as “Raja Yoga,” (Royal Yoga) most probably because of its interesting philosophical views, known as “knowledge.”

    Basically, keep “knowledge,” apply “knowledge,” “churn knowledge” to keep the mind focused. That is “Yoga of the mind.”

    However, Brahma Kumaris ‘ yoga is also explained as : “union with God” or the practice of any “godly virtues” to become “like the Father.” Paradoxically, it is the pursue of that ideal; the one responsible for dishonesty among followers. This is not lack of honesty with others, but lack of honesty within. Why? “Effort” to attain is emphasized, although BEING cannot change through DOING a particular behavior countless times. Thus, effort to be like “god” amounts to “practice” which is easy to fake as the “real thing.” There is no long lasting change.
    Let me illustrate the ingenuity behind “practice.” For example, in a current BK website the following is written:

    The conscious assimilation of virtues: Through this we learn that real spirituality is to be able to practise virtues in adverse circumstances. This enhances our self-respect. “

    Although, that “sounds good,” it is important to understand that “virtues” cannot be practiced in order to be “real.” Virtues are part of BEING. We cannot separate virtues by name and draw a line to delineate one from another. That is just a theoretical mind game. If we practice virtues in “adverse circumstances” to show to others and ourselves our own “improvement,” we are only kidding ourselves. If we are the embodiment of “virtues,” if we ARE; then virtues will naturally flow no matter the circumstance. We do not obtain a virtue by “practice.” We can only obtain a behavior which appears to be virtuous. Also, “enhancing our self-respect” is of no consequence, when in a deeper view; it is that “self-respect” the one engaged with ego, and therefore; the one which eventually will need to go away. As BapDada has mentioned: “Doing for the sake of DOING.” There is no goal, no hidden agenda, no motive such as “to enhance our self-respect,” when we ARE true to ourselves.

    The above is not meant to “correct” anyone, as Brahma Kumaris does a good job initiating people into “true spirituality,” but just to show that the current level of depth of BK Raja Yoga will outline the basics and it is more suitable for those who are starting in awareness; those who are beginning to observe that society’s values do not align with a “spiritual” behavior.

    The ascetic life style of a Yogi is the trademark of his own misunderstanding.
    In Spirituality, if we start by the ideal, the final objective; we will encounter that our so called, “progress” is in direct proportion to our number of repressions. For instance, typically celibacy happens after going through sexuality. It is not something to be forced in the beginning, to comply with an ideal. It is important to remember that those who have attained through Yoga, did not repress. That is what a “Yogi” needs to be aware of.
    That is the greatest shortcoming of Yoga as understood today.

    A repression, is synonym with inner dishonesty in the dictionary of Life.

    Any sort of repression, any sort of ideal of conquering evil within or a “vice” through inner fight, it is merely strengthening the “vice.” The BK system may keep that vice contained and out of sight, but it will surely come out, whether in this Life or the next one.

    A yogi living in a constant struggle within, may need to recognize that force is not the way. Force may take the form of will power to obtain something; but this “practice” is detrimental.

    Rejection and repression of something viewed as less “evolved” or a “sin” is without a doubt the beginning of our journey, when before; we did not even recognize those traits within ourselves. However, the beginning is not the end. We may need to learn to accept our shadows so they dissolve by integrating them in our own light, after all; they come from the same duality.

    To learn the art of integration of all energies, is beyond the scope of the path of Yoga.

     
    • Lakshmipriya Nagarajan 3:30 AM on March 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Sweet brother,
      Thanks for writing.

      My take away from this article is,
      “We may need to learn to accept our shadows so they dissolve by integrating them in our own light, after all; they come from the same duality”.
      Know your light, know who you were? Know that there are 3 stages namely sato, rajo and tamo in your journey. Accept yourself as you are. There is no need for guilt or fear. experience the light within. Thus the other shadows dissolve automatically.

      Very gentle approach to see the self.

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      • avyakt7- New Generation 11:09 AM on March 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, Lakshmipriya. However, I also mentioned that the process of integration is beyond the path of Yoga. All the best to you. 🙂

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    • Kirtan 8:14 PM on April 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Eagerly waiting to know your take on term “Rajrishi”. I searched for it but didn’t found any article based on it. So want you to please share your view on this ASAP. Also if possible can I get you email address to reach you for any queries?

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