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  • avyakt7- New Generation 10:56 AM on January 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , bk beliefs, Brahma Kumaris beliefs, cremator, , , , , high satus, inferiority, low status   

    Superiority and Inferiority complex in Spirituality 

    This article is in response to a question.

    When we are talking about inferiority or superiority complex while on a spiritual path, we may need to observe that unless we feel welcomed to a spiritual path, most likely we will not agree to experience that path.

    A collective spiritual path or religion, caters to ego for the seeker to embrace the path.
    I may have had wonderful “experiences” with Brahma Baba in the subtle region or perhaps had a wonderful vision of the Golden age, and I was there… I feel “special.” Nevertheless, if the BK path or any path does not present itself in a welcoming way, I will not hang in there for too long.

    In the realization that many struggles could happen within members, there must be a deeper way to entice the follower to stick with the “true” path.

    No better way than to touch the ego of the participant. In this way, if the environment is harsh, the participant will see this as a “test,” a way to “show everyone” that he is worth it. He has the motivation to stay.

    In Life as in any religious path, ego will go “up and down.” When ego is “inflated” because of getting a great job, getting a big house, car, new wife/husband, etc. (It is all about getting something to decorate the “I”.) then, the stage has been developed to “deflate” that ego.
    This is in short the “theory” behind inferiority and superiority complexes.
    The misunderstanding could be that: “Ahnanda is saying that getting stuff is a way to enhance ego, therefore; it is bad. Remain poor, that is to be “pure.”
    That is not it at all. There is no issue in “getting things.” The issue is to observe how the ego reacts, how the superiority complex appears, how comparisons with others become the standard for “success.”

    That is the same silliness that happens in religious settings, although most are unaware of.
    Getting paradise, getting God, getting a high status, getting Buddhahood, enlightenment, etc.

    To motivate or “inspire” the follower who is not aware of the ego yet; anything that is considered “success,” whether now or in the future is important; and he is told that “thing” will be obtained via methodic “effort making.”

    For this to work, there must be “inferiority complex” as well. That is the fear to fail. “If you are not a BK, you are a Shudra.” Or between BKs: “If you don’t get a high status in the first birth in the Golden age through high efforts, you may be a cremator.”

    The game is set up.

    As far as the example you made in Zen;  we are all “Buddhas” already, although the experience that we need to go through at this point in time may not be that, but in time; it will get there again through Life experiences. Everyone is at a different stage.
    When we truly understand that the range of experiences is a circle and in that circle there is polarity, we could acknowledge and accept that any state that we may experience is momentary, it will keep changing. Thus, Buddhahood is not the end or the goal, but an experience of all the possible experiences that Life may offer.

    Ego drops down in the realization that there is nothing out there “realistically”, to enhance it. Life is not about getting the stomach full with food as a goal in Life. You will be hungry again. Thus, Life is in the enjoyment of both: The experience of feeling fullness and the process of feeling hunger again; for one leads into the other.

    For the common good.

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    • Dinesh Chawla 1:58 AM on January 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Ahnanda,

      Starting the day in office with your answer of this article makes a great start for the day. Thanks again 🙂

      Your way of explaining things is unique and makes one to contemplate on some deeper spiritual facts. It also makes someone to come to a conclusion. Like I understood to some extent that in the beginning Ego is required and should be enhanced in some way, I mean in a way that does not hurt anyone else but makes you feel special and worthy of something. But later as the experience grows, may be automatically or with your own efforts same Ego falls and you come to understand that what I raised in the beginning was a total waste thing and now I am at a safer and right place. I may be valid or may be invalid in my conclusion or understanding, but thanks for making me think like that through your response.

      Apart from this, I too understand that the lesson of cycle of time in BK gyan also has some connection with same Ego raising and falling, you are made an utterly HOLY EGOISTIC BEING (I can be wrong for this) in the first half of the cycle. And then you are made utterly IMPURE EGOISTIC BEING. This has again raised a question inside me that Why Ego exists in both the half parts of cycle? Well As long as questions are there, I am on some or the other path, that’s the good thing. 🙂

      And also I wanted to share I attended two sessions of Osho meditation, three hours both sessions, enjoyed a lot. Dynamic meditation, that involves dancing to slow music and wild music, sitting silently and just listening to bowl music with interfering or judging the music. Lying down and listening to music again and trying to go in deeper level of silence. And Kundalini meditation, vipasana meditation for increasing the levels of self awareness and mindfulness. Enjoyed those sessions.

      Regards,
      Dinesh C

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      • Dinesh Chawla 2:15 AM on January 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        listening to bowl music with interfering or judging the music.

        I meant “without” interfering.

        I am an editor for a book publishing company and still make such mistakes in writing… haha 🙂

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      • ahnanda 9:18 AM on January 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for your kind words, Dinesh. However, by the way you write; I can observe that you have not understood some of the things I tried to convey. That is fine and expected. There will be many misinterpretations as long as we use only the mind to “understand.” Once you experience these things according to your own destiny, then understanding will be there.
        In short, what goes up will need to go down. This is not something that “I” can DO through “effort” for that is ego’s effort. This is something that happens automatically through Life experiences. Enjoy your experience at Osho’s ashram.

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        • Dinesh Chawla 12:17 AM on January 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          yes I totally agree with you Ahananda, actually this can be because of language barrier, English is not my mother tong and initially when I had come across your articles, u remember that I had rejected them mostly barbecue I could not comprehend them properly and I was die hard attached to BK teachings. And still it is a little bit of effort to grasp the knowledge that you share with us, but I feel that it’s worth for us to sit and try to understand what you are conveying. Because I personally want that Ahnanada.

          Regards,
          Dinesh C

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          • Dinesh Chawla 12:19 AM on January 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

            mostly “barbecue” I could not.

            In this sentence in my message above, “barbecue” was a typo for “because”. lol 🙂

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 8:07 AM on December 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ascetic, , bk beliefs, , enthusiasm, extreme, , , , , , , zeal   

    The danger of extremes 

    Balance, harmony, vitality. Those labels are more than words, indescribable states of being.
    There are no formulas, not methods to “get there,” for no one but yourself could find that state.

    Harmony, vitality and balance are never found in extremes.
    If there is a suggestion that I’d like to convey to BK brothers and sisters out of my experience in the Brahma Kumaris movement; is the above.

    Brahma Kumaris is an ascetic path meant to reform an individual. Every individual has different needs, different timing. Once the timing is over, “zeal and enthusiasm” will be lacking. At that point, many will DO things to continue on, to force things. The rationale goes something like this: It is the “right thing to DO,” “I should be doing this,” “I am an example,” “what the senior/God may think about me?” etc.
    The outcome is the feeling of duty. It is a burden that many are willing to live with as “martyrs” for the rest of their lives.
    That is when we reach the extreme. However, the conditioning of the mind and all the learned fears imbibed through continuous hammering of beliefs, could be very resilient.

    Life “now” is no longer an enjoyable experience, but a thing to fear for we have to be careful not to miss our “opportunity” to be someone in the  future,  the “Golden age.”
    The belief is that we know exactly what to DO but, that DOING does not change BEING in the most minimum.
    Why?
    For when there is fear to Life there cannot be love. Love changes, transforms. Fear stagnates.

    That is how a BK brother or sister could be proud to be X number of “years in gyan,” but that doesn’t tell the full story.
    There may be fear underneath which is covered up so we can look “good” now and to convince ourselves that this will take us to a happy “Golden age” in the future, with a “good status,” a veeman and a Life of artistic endeavors in debonair style.
    Make your life miserable now. Suck it up in the name of God. Repress yourself but label it as being virtuous. Tomorrow, “you” will be a happy camper!

    That is a self-inflicted lie.

    Reformation ends when we discover inner honesty.
    That is what we have lost by living under the conditioning of a society. 
    Rather than observing that from a different perspective, the one offered by Brahma Kumaris; and use that time to heal our traumas; we use the time to become self-righteous by being oblivious of our own feelings and observations and many times become obsessed with an ideal, which we will always fall short on reaching. It is the pie in the sky syndrome.

     The extreme has been reached and we are not aware of it.

    This is how many followers have lost their own lives. It is not because of the BK path, for their mission is to entice the follower to follow until the “end,” as otherwise it will not take the effect of a reforming path.

    There is no glory in reaching the extreme, but to experience it can only take someone sooner or later, into the other extreme. Paradoxically, the extreme that is avoided, will be embraced. That may be the Life teaching; therefore, there is nothing wrong with reaching the extreme, it is neither good nor bad; just “is.” Don’t worry. Whether you get there or not, you will be alright…   Enjoy the game. Be aware of it.  🙂

     For the common good.

    Happy Holidays! Until January 3rd! 🙂

     
    • Dinesh 4:31 AM on December 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Ahnanda,

      Both of your articles “The danger of extremes” and “Inner dishonesty behind spiritual path” were real great. I will definitely share my experience of reaching on an extreme in BK path when I had left them for 4 to 5 months. But not now, later, as I have some experience and a question to ask.
      I was just pondering over your articles and reflecting on them and a thing came to my mind that there has be a state for a person who is on some or the other kind of spiritual path where he/she becomes free from all sorts of questions. I am not on that stage as I am still asking so many questions, it may come, who knows 

      But that is not my question. My question is again regarding the practice of “Awareness” or “Being Awareness”. As I have been practicing it without doing Rajyoga from past 10 to 11 days and as you said in your article that “Observation is the core”. What I observed or rather experienced was “The mind” is still most of the times taking me into future. I am talking about my own personal case of being more in future because some people who choose this practice of “Awareness” can come across an experience where “The mind” takes them more in past.

      When I say my mind takes me in future, it goes like this; I am interested into dance a lot and go to dance class twice a week. When I listen to music, I end up visualising myself doing many many steps in my mind. But apart from that, my mind sometimes gives me visualisations as if I have become a great dancer of the word. Like me dancing in front of large crowd like a big concert or something, and it happens in awake state, not in dreams of my sleeping state. This was just one example, likewise, a person practising spirituality (this happens with me as well), the mind gives visualisations either in awake state or in sleeping state that you have become a great spiritual leader of the word, a great Buddha.

      What I personally fell is that, this should not happen. Please comment and throw some light on it.

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    • avyakt7- New Generation 11:05 AM on January 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Dinesh,
      Thank you for your question. “This should not happen,” is the path of denial. What you experience is what is happening in you, that has value.
      If you are able to catch this in the moment that is happening, it will not happen. That is all. The mind does not live in the “now.” To catch that, may be called as to live in “no-mind.”

      Best to you. 🙂

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