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  • avyakt7- New Generation 5:55 AM on June 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    To renounce renunciation 

    Those were BapDada’s words as I recall them, from when I was attending Murli classes.
    Observe that the word “renunciation” is taken in many ways by many Brahma Kumaris followers.
    For some it is the renunciation of the “bad” so the “good” appears. That is easy to understand intellectually. It makes “sense.” However, it is completely, utterly meaningless.
    “Good and Bad” are dualities. All dualities are complementary in nature.

    DO what you BELIEVE to be “Good.” Sooner or later, it will turn into “Bad” for others and yourself. That is the superhero story in the movies. That is self-righteousness.
    There is movement of dualities all the time. Observe Life! Nothing remains the same but only the IDEAL that something is “good,” forever.
    Of course, the above will not be understood by the masses, the majority; so it will be dismissed as “manmat.” There cannot be a “best-seller” book with that.

    BapDada has said many things about renunciation in every type of Murli, there are many apparently contradictory statements.
    For most Brahma Kumaris followers, it is about letting go of whatever they feel it is “bad” for them based on what the religion believes to be “bad.”
    Sex is bad. Renounce it.
    To eat food from non-Brahma Kumaris followers is “bad.” Renounce it.
    Anger is “bad.” Renounce it.
    Relationships with people is “bad.” Renounce it.

    Let me ask: How would you make sense of the greatest renunciation of all, to “renounce renunciation”?  🙂

    If I AM anger and then I make myself believe that “I will renounce anger,” I am kidding myself. I could reject anger, I could suppress it… to make others as well as myself believe that there is no anger in me. However, it is a lie.

    When anger goes away, then that is who I AM. It happens without renouncing anger. I have renounced renunciation.
    It is natural. Remember that word, natural? BapDada uses it as well.
    We may ask, how do I make anger go away?
    The answer is: “I” don’t make anything happen. “I” ALLOW it to happen.  If that “I” DOES something, it will only be to comply with an ideal, a belief which does not fit, who “I AM” now. Observe that.

    To understand anger, we need to observe it. We need to be AWARE of the triggers. Then we need to be AWARE of the emotions that are making the knots of anger… and untie them through emotional healing, realizations, forgiveness, etc.

    “I” AM not renouncing anything. “I” AM not labeling anything as “bad” to make me feel guilty if “I AM” that. Neither I am labeling that as “good” to judge others. “I” am out of the duality, thus I can observe, realize, become aware and use this opportunity to know myself by allowing it to change…naturally.
    I have renounced renunciation, thus; I am truly following Shrimat.

    The stern, serious face of a renunciate is almost like he is constipated.  He must renounce going to the bathroom, for that is dirty, impure, etc. The “bad” things are kept inside, not allowing them to express. Think about the consequences.

    For the common good.

     
    • Dinesh Chawla 5:19 AM on June 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Ahnanda,

      I remember long back I was attending en evening murli class, and on this topic of renunciation a sister was teaching about renunciation of our own subtle desires. She said that every type of desire no matter what it is, is a burden on the mind, so we must renounce all of our desires.
      That’s where I started realising that me desiring for knowledge is also a burden on my mind, me desiring to enhance and repining my yoga experience with Baba is also a burden on my mind, me desiring for sister’s appreciation for doing some seva is also a burden on my mind.
      My experience of being good or bad has also changed like you have described in the beginning of this article. With BKs I was using all that for teaching other brother’s too, but now the same knowledge and same experience of meditation is simply for myself, yes some people consider it being selfish to some extent, but I think I need to first apply all those things on myself first rather than teaching other’s first.
      And I remember long back Ahnanda had also exclaimed for me being so much concerned about what other’s are doing… 🙂
      Om shanti brother 🙂

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      • ahnanda 7:31 PM on June 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Nothing wrong with having desires. Those are mental things. Just like renouncing those mental things. Whether we renounce them or not, it doesn’t matter. What matters is how consumed we are through those mental things, how much do we expect them. Are we AWARE of that?
        Is the desire to go to heaven something that needs to be renounced as well?
        Perhaps it is a “pure” desire? That is the power of words. It is the “ninth” power.

        Best to you, Dinesh.

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 10:56 AM on January 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Unveiling the beliefs of sanskaras 

    The first lesson of Raja Yoga is about the soul. The belief is that the soul has “3 subtle organs,” namely the mind, intellect and sanskaras.
    The belief that matters is that “I” can change my sanskaras at will.
    Raja Yoga is based on the belief of changing sanskaras: From Tamopradhan to Satopradhan.

    How do we change sanskaras?
    Accordingly, by DOING something through repetition. That is the main belief even in the path of bhakti.
    DO a “good action” 108 times, and your sanskara will change.

    Question: How the idea of “I can change my sanskaras” reconciles with an eternal repetitive Drama?

    Let us say that I want to change my sanskara of laziness. What is the “method” to change that sanskara?
    This is a matter of belief. The method could be to “be busy,” but then; what is the limit when “busy” becomes a “problem”?
    Did I truly change the sanskara or merely my behavior?

    Sanskara and behavior are related in this way: A sanskara dictates a behavior. The other way, when a behavior changes a sanskara is only a belief. The adoption of a behavior cannot change a sanskara, it can only cover it.  See it for yourself.

    However, here is when inner dishonesty appears.
    I will change my behavior to be “angel like,” that is what I or someone else’s believes to be “angel behavior.” I will practice it.
    What is the outcome?
    As long as things are alright around me, I will impersonate an “angel.” If someone manages to push a button in me, I will not… I will show my true colors. Time to repent, to ask for forgiveness.

    What we ARE, we will act. Our actions will be according to who we ARE, automatically. Add some “morality,” some “code of conduct” to shape up my behavior, then I will fake it. The sanskara will be there no matter how cunningly I hide it.

    Moreover, observe that any “spiritual teaching” will be interpreted according to who I am, not according to what I DO, but who I am.

    For example, in Brahma Kumaris; the word “detachment” is taught.
    “Detachment” is something “good,” despite general opinion of our society. Baba even says that we “ought to be loving and detached.”

    Nevertheless, when detachment is interpreted, the result is typically indifference. In other words, “detachment” comes out as “indifference” in many Brahma Kumaris’ followers.
    Why?
    Obviously because that is who we ARE.

    It is not a matter of saying: “I want to be detached,” or “I need to work on detachment,” true detachment happens without looking for it. It is a consequence of change of consciousness, after having assimilated many experiences in Life. This is not the whim of the “I” wanting to “change his own sanskara,” so “I” become great, saintly, godly, etc.

    A Sanskara is our personal “Drama.” A sanskara is tied together with our karma. A sanskara allows for a particular karma to appear, but DOING a particular karma cannot change a sanskara.

    The Drama is first. When the Drama manifests individually through human forms, it does it through a sanskara. That sanskara in turn manifests karma at the right time.
    For the common good.

     
    • Dinesh Chawla 1:20 AM on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Ahnanda,

      Really nice unveiling…:)

      But just a small thought by me, they did have this belief, “I” can change my sanskar’s at my own will. But Sr BK Shivani has changed that to “I” can change my thoughts at my own will. But again that belief by Sr. Shivani is a contradiction with the articles that you had shared with me about “Welcome to the world of good thoughts and bad thoughts”, and with my personal experience that all sorts of negative, judgemental, and waste thoughts are generated by the mind and not by the SELF.

      Anyways, another thing that I wanted to share is that I have finally left the path of BKs, I just took some time in alone and reflected on my own personal aspects of understanding, did some meditation of becoming totally aware of my own thoughts. And I think I am ready to go ahead with my personal journey.

      This decision of leaving the path of BKs was not because I explored Osho and Ahnanada, but it was just a personal decision. And just wanted to thank you for writing such a thoughtful and truthful articles on avyakt7.com. Also, I just wanted to request you to allow us to provide comments and questions on avyakt7.com as well, as we used to do it before, yes a few may end up criticising or taking wrong meaning of your articles. But what about those who want to explore more on those articles. Or can we just contact you via that “Contact” page?

      I will be visiting the Osho meditation Ashram in Pune for 4 to 5 day in a week or so, to explore more about meditation there. And will definitely share my experience with you.

      Regards,
      Dinesh Chawla

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    • Gayathri 7:44 PM on January 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      It is very well explained. Thanks. 🙂

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 10:32 AM on December 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Question: Is the mind separate from the soul? 

    “It is about mind and soul. Are mind and soul two different entities or the same entities?
    Now when I practice 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 practiced “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 judgmental thought….”

    Thank you for your well elaborated question, Dinesh.
    Whenever the mind is looking for an answer such as: Is the soul separated from the mind? Yes/No. The answer becomes the important thing. Although it will not affect you at all. It is about “being right,” that becomes truly the thing.
    In self-realization, the intellectual answer is not important at all. What matters is what you found out: ” 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 judgmental thought.”

    That is the most important thing. Please do not put that as an “answer” or even worse as “the answer.” Forget about answers and keep observing. Observe how the thoughts could change your mood, the way you feel, observe how they make you react when you identify with them as being “my thoughts.”
    Some people will be aware that those in fact are their thoughts. They will swear that they are creating them. That is their level of awareness. You have found something different, something crazy… If those are not your thoughts, whose thoughts those are ?

    “Wrong” question. It does not matter. Just be AWARE of them.
    Every belief has a counter belief. To illustrate, let me give a BK example:
    It is the belief in Brahma Kumaris that a happy world, is a world WITHOUT God.
    No? 🙂
    What is the Golden age, then? A happy world without God.
    Therefore, how could there be any happiness with God?
    That is the other Brahma Kumaris belief: We can be happy now, because there is a God.

    One belief about happiness cancels the other. Do you see that?

    Is the power of yoga something that happens in a connection with God?
    Yes?
    Then, how do babies are born in the Golden age?
    Through the power of yoga, as the Sakar Murli says.
    But, how can that be yoga if there is no God there?
    That is the enigma of the “power of yoga.” It is a connection with God and a connection with no God.

    A BK who is “knowledgeable” has a baggage of beliefs based on a story which hasn’t been experienced many times. It is a “Baba says” world.
    Nonetheless, what is believed to have been spoken by Baba, is just another belief. Belief upon belief, we could build a dogma to be taken as truth by followers.

    The intellectual stuff that I wrote as examples, do not mean a thing for those interested in self-realization. It is just a bunch of ideas, beliefs. The core of AWARENESS is observation. That is what matters, to be AWARE.

    AWARENESS is not a practice, although in the beginning we may “practice it,” all you need to be AWARE of, is how you feel during different scenes that Life will bring. What happens, does not matter. What matters is to be AWARE of how you feel in front of those things that are happening. Why?
    Because that is how you discover who you ARE. From that point, who you ARE could change. Tomorrow, I will share an article about this in “Exploring the Depth of Living.”

    Purposely, I haven’t given you an answer to your question… but I have. Either way whether “Yes, the mind is part of the soul or No. It isn’t” have no importance at all. In Life, in the Universe everything is together, but the mind is always trying to separate things, for that makes an intellectual answer.

    Here is an article that could help in your observation:
    https://avyakt7.com/2014/11/23/positive-thinking-viewed-from-a-different-consciousness/

    For the common good.

     
    • Dinesh 12:40 AM on December 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Yes Ahnanda, you have given me the answer that Awareness is not a practise and I also read your article “Mirror of Truth”. Seems like you were in a bit funny mood while writing that because when I came across the senescence “Are you guilty? Wait someone is watching you?” I laughed loudly, and you know what, my sister was standing in front of the mirror, doing something crazy on her face. And I said to her, don’t you girls feel guilty to spend so much time n front of the mirror? She asked me “Why would I be guilty?” and when I said “May be someone is watching you?”. She threw a bottle on me!
      Anyways, I wanted to share one more small story which I heard in a satsang when I had gone with my parents somewhere and also Sr. BK Shivani has also shared that story about “Awareness” in one of her series. It goes like this…

      A disciple went to a guru and said “I want to achieve what you have achieved, can you share with the mantra that you used for reaching here.” The Guru took a piece of paper and pen and wrote “AWARENESS” on it and gave it to the disciple. The disciple became happy and rushed and started practising “AWARENESS”. But he failed and got confused, he came back to guru and asked the meaning of “AWARENESS”. The Guru took the piece of paper and pen and wrote “AWARENESS means AWARENESS” and said now go and BE this. The disciple went and tried to DO that again and again he failed and came back to Guru with a lot of frustration. Finally Guru told him that “AWARENESS means AWARENESS means AWARENESS” Don’t think or try to practice it, it will happen automatically one day.

      Thanks,
      Dinesh Chawla

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    • avyakt7- New Generation 11:10 AM on December 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah.. in the meantime, enjoy the process by being aware of it… 🙂

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