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  • avyakt7- New Generation 4:33 PM on June 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    The spirituality of ambition 

    Our society has been built on ambition. Someone does something to become the “best” at it. Nothing wrong with that. Correct? But, that is comparison, that is violence underneath.
    How could you be the “best” unless we compare with another? How can that happen unless we compete?

    That trait has been rewarded in our system. Thus, individuals have already been trained and whenever they see ambition, they automatically put that into their little boxes of “good things.”
    We could argue that without ambition there wouldn’t be “progress” in society, but that is not the topic now. The topic is to identify ambition in our pursuits.

    The issue with ambition is that we may end up DOING something which we do not like or even despise for the sake on gaining something in return. Do we see that? Society may call that as “sacrifice” to achieve something worthwhile in Life.
    However, our ambition is underneath that, one more time.

    Is ambition “wrong”? No! That is the way our society functions. We consider that “normal,” “good” in the “right” quantity, etc. However, we ended up through that ambition; as mind driven individuals who have forgotten what is like to feel Life. These individuals will sell their lives to another or to an ideal with the hope of getting something in return, in the future. That is they do not live Life in the “now.”

    Now, let us turn around and look at the spiritual world with such “sanskara.”
    “Become number one.” “Sacrifice now to enjoy in the Golden age/Heaven.” “ Teach to others to gain subjects in the Golden age.” “Make your fortune now for the future.” “ Work for God now and get rewarded in the future.”
    Aren’t those catchy phrases appealing to our “normal” conditioning of ambition?
    How about those individuals who do seemingly the opposite, that is they deny themselves of sex, sleep, greater variety of food for the name of becoming “pure”?

    It is the same ambition. A life of denial becomes the source of pride, in the ambition of becoming something “better.”

    But how to find that “spiritual enlightenment” without displaying ambition?

    By no seeking spiritual enlightenment. Ego seeks what is considered to be greater than what “I a am.” Ambition is the display of ego. We may need to understand ambition (not at the mental level but feel that ambition) for ambition has no place in spirituality.

    Observe how inadvertently, we bring with us our conditioning and believe that those will work for us in our spiritual “pursuits.”
    Many of the items related with “becoming” in the Sakar Murli, are meant to inspire individuals to move and do something about their situation; however, that is not the way most individuals will interpret those words, for we are already trained to get our objectives in Life and the neophyte, may believe that by “making effort;” he could “destroy” ambition, greed and ego from himself.

    “Effort” is the display of ambition.

    The above is specially important to observe while walking the BK path. If we at least could have the openness to observe that and see the whole situation. Otherwise, we may feel cheated as we will not be able to “destroy” or “control” our ambition, no matter how much yoga we think we had, or how many hours with put in with “effort.”

    Being aware of the trait as it appears in our daily life, is a very effective way to understand ambition, and when there is factual understanding through seeing it in our own experience, then what was there; may not be there any more without effort, that is without ego trying to control, repress or suppress something which “is.” This is not a “practice” to get to a “goal.” NO! When we OBSERVE, we have no goal. We are only observing and observing is not a goal.

    When a person went into the BK conditioning, that person brought with him the conditioning of society as well. Those traits were never de-conditioned but merely rejected, suppressed to accommodate the BK conditioning.

    Spirituality may need to start with the obvious de-conditioning, for “KNOWING that I am a soul” or knowing that “God is my father,” is of no consequence when “I AM ambition.”
    Do we see that?

    That explains as to why many religions have wonderful “knowledge” on brotherhood, but “I am greed” wins every time.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:33 PM on June 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    “Knowledge” will not allow us to know ourselves 

    I have observed many BK followers in my time, trying to “change themselves,” to “transform.”
    They probably observed through comparison that they needed to “become more loving and detached,” or that they had a lingering “bad” sanskara that wouldn’t go away.

    That is a good initial observation. I say initial; for there is way more to it.

    A BK follower will then “do yoga” or practice “remembrance” to try an erase something which comes up continually in their lives and which is labeled as weakness, sin, etc.

    A few days later, or weeks; that person will believe that she has “improved” through “hard work,” “effort,” even sometimes she may see that her weakness is gone; but a year later when she thought it was gone, when she least expect it… It comes up again.

    The process: I find a fault in myself. I use a “medicine” to cure it and finally I will assess that this disease is gone… or not. Just like society has taught us, so it makes perfect sense.

    Observe the process carefully. Isn’t that the procedure we have been taught to follow? There is a “judge” inside us deciding what is wrong and what should be right and then we will repair or cure all of those “ailments” by going through a procedure which is offered as the “cure” by someone else.

    The whole procedure only strengthens the sense of ego, control over things. The “medicine” (yoga) is there. We just need to apply it. But unlike a pill, if that doesn’t work then we need to try “harder,” for everything is “numberwise.” Isn’t that the BK explanation? More “effort.”

    What I value about my BK experience is that during those years, I was able to observe those “weaknesses” in myself and also others; for the Sakar Murlis pointed those out all the time. Whether those things were actually weaknesses, is another theme; but the quality of OBSERVATION was “practiced” there for the first time. In my Christian days, I was a bona fide “sinner” in need of God’s redemption. I needed to ask for forgiveness and “practice” some sort of penance to “clean” myself. There was no much time to OBSERVE myself there but rather “practice” and DO “good actions.” However, I was able to look at others and judge them based on my moral Christian teachings. That “judgmental teaching” also slipped through my BK conditioning.

    Brahma Kumaris knowledge is a blueprint which most adherents are trying to follow. It becomes the “ideal” to reach. The goal and objective. That is good to entertain the mind; but none of that will give me the chance to OBSERVE myself but rather continuously compare myself with the ideal to “shape up” how “I” should BE. That comparison creates a conflict, as I cannot BE who I AM. It is inward violence. Sort of when I compare a person with another to point out who is “better.” That is violence.

    BK knowledge says: “Become soul conscious.” How can you become something which you have no experience of? It is an ideal. Something floating on the air. “Practice” out of faith hoping to be one of the selected ones to “get it.” Do it all your life even if that doesn’t work for you but if you leave it, then you will ruin your “fortune.” See the catch?  Practice, DOING does not change BEING but it could change behavior, which is not who we ARE.
    We believe to know how a “soul conscious” person acts. We look at the Dadis, the seniors for living examples but rest assured that what we THINK to be “soul consciousness” is not. We are only comparing them with us. Looking for those things that we believe to be “good” and which we believe to lack. OBSERVE that process.

    There is no aspect of knowledge which could help me to become “better.” All knowledge could ever do, is to “inspire” me to become something ideal; for as long as I am driven to change myself, it is none other but my ego the one who will be propelling the whole stunt. It is the same procedure we do to earn more in society. It is based on the “go-getter” conditioning, that is aggressively looking to be successful, “number one,” achiever, ambitious.. that is full of ego. Nothing wrong with achieving in “Life,” but that procedure does not work in “spirituality.” That is something that took me years to figure out, and I am giving it away “free of charge.” 🙂

    However, even if we understand intellectually what is conveyed here, there is a long road before it sinks in; for the ego needs to diminish, it needs to “dilute” itself so our understanding does not become another intellectual “practice,” which is yet another stunt to become “better.”

    When we OBSERVE, there is no goal. There is no objective. The driving force to “become better” is not there. We are merely observing inwards, to know ourselves: What is my content? How does it change? Why does it change? We are no looking for answers. We are looking to KNOW. There is a huge difference.
    While some knowledge will tell me that I am a soul, a world benefactor, a sinner, etc. PARADOXICALLY, it is that same knowledge which is supposed to help me; the one that will not allow me to OBSERVE myself and thus, KNOW. So, “I am soul” but my greed is intact. “I am a soul” but my dishonesty grows. “Practice soul consciousness” then. Please refer to “become soul conscious” in the paragraph above. We are caught in a “go to” loop.

    Any type of knowledge will only give me answers, right or wrong; but those answers are incapable of changing anything in my consciousness. Nothing at all.
    “Knowledge” is necessary in technology or in some trade; but when we are dealing with inner perception; then external knowledge only stops our ability to see and look, as we will have an element to compare with which will bring inner violence, as mentioned before.

    “I am not happy to find out that I do not fit the ideal of soul consciousness. I have looked and I am far away from that.” Am I ambitious? Then, I will try to “get that” through my ambition. I could label that as “pure” ambition but that is to add make up to “pure” ego. Am I discouraged? Then, I will forget about it. I may feel lower than a “sinner,” guilty. Am I rejecting the ideal of soul consciousness? Then, I will completely dismiss that ideal and reject those words and even suppress any sort of “spirituality” in my life for I could generalize that “all spirituality only brings an unreachable pie in the sky.”

    All those things are preventing me from OBSERVING.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on June 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Aspects not considered in BK knowledge 

    Every philosophy or belief is incomplete when trying to explain what exists. This is something I learned once I stepped outside of the BK experience.

    Try asking a BK what is an emotion according to gyan. Is it in the mind, the intellect or the sanskara?
    Ask a BK what is the aura according to gyan. What is the etheric body? Why are those important?

    How is it possible for the soul to be located in the middle of the forehead, if the soul is incorporeal? Isn’t location a characteristic of material things?

    What is consciousness according to gyan? Is consciousness only a human characteristic?

    The Sakar Murlis mentioned a couple of times about ghosts. What are them according to gyan? In which “world” out of the 3 worlds taught in the BK philosophy, do they exist? Why are so called “ghosts” important, some may ask? They are, once you have experienced their influence; otherwise, we could come up with some “reason.” This is not a matter of belief or to exercise our analytical mind.

    There is more “material” which is not covered in the BK philosophy and which is important to understand “how to improve” in Life.

    For instance, emotions. To go into them and to heal those called in Bkism as “negative emotions” is very important, for we could pose as “detached observers” all we want, but our emotions will betray us. We are not there yet.

    To believe that “yoga” will be the cure for all is infantile. In my experience, there is the law of Karma and that needs to be settled before there is healing in particular aspects of our lives. Yoga cannot bypass such law which pervades the Drama, in favor of only Bks. Besides, there is no example in the BK world of someone who has been able to go into a “higher state” without settling first their karmic accounts. No matter how much yoga they had.
    A lingering emotion may be just part of that Karma. Although, there are many other “reasons.” Everyone has a unique journey.

    Christianity offers beliefs. Some Christians will offer “salvation” through belief. That is one level in the journey. Another is to mix philosophy with practical religious/ spiritual exercises. That is the BK view. The “new age” view is the experience of few made as a belief for many. Those experiences cannot be massified, but yet to experience those “uncommon” things (such as auras, chakras, kundalini, etc.) does not mean that such person is necessarily “elevated,” it just means that she has that experience.

    Once we are exposed to many things, then those things will fall in place when and IF we experience those in our Life. Then, we will know the “why.” “IF” is the key word in the sentence above.

    Experience is the most important element as no intellectual person can make “sense” by just reading or researching these things, as Spirituality is a subjective experience. Different paths, different avenues will take us to the same destination; however, the mix of those “streets” is unique, catered towards a particular individual.

    Therefore, how is it possible to put everything into a neat philosophy which will cover all?
    Impossible. That reminds me of the “Theory of Everything” that some scientists are pursuing. In their idealistic minds there is a set, a formula that could explain every and all physical aspects of the Universe. However, once they find out that matter is a perception of the senses rather than a “reality,” they may change their mind. What is “physical” is connected with other non-physical aspects just as our physical body is connected with many other types of bodies, from the gross, we go to the subtle. Those are meshed together as a unity, however; our minds thrive to see separation.

    When we understand that our reality is a perception, a point of view out of many; then we may see that our narrow viewpoint, is only looking to experience what our minds have determined to be “right,” nevertheless; what we will experience is already made, as Bks know; predestined.

     
  • 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
    Tags: , Brahma Kumaris, collective consciousness, , ,   

    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
    Tags: , Brahma Kumaris, covid-19, ,   

    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
    Tags: , , BK Jagdish Chander, Brahma Kumaris, ,   

    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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