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  • avyakt7- New Generation 6:55 AM on August 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , BK Shivani, , conditioning, , good thoughts,   

    Appreciation of Brahma Kumaris beliefs 

    “… But actually, one thing is there, if I had not been attached to this belief given by BKs that “I create my own thoughts and can control them, and need to create only GOOD thoughts, I wouldn’t have reached to this experience. [The realization and awareness that thoughts merely appear.] As you have also said in many articles, both sides of the coin are required.”

    That is a great realization, indeed!
    That realization will bring appreciation of the Brahma Kumaris path, even though you are no longer following it.
    You realize that without your previous belief, you would have not been able to realize the nature of thoughts.

    Also, you can now realize that BK Shivani wasn’t “wrong.” Her role is needed for BKs so BK Shivani is “right” for them. Thus, at another time; those BK followers will be ready to realize other things, just like you did.
    If we tell those followers now: “Thoughts just appear, you do not create them,” they will laugh at us. Their consciousness is not ready for that.

    Another teaching from that realization of yours, is that it doesn’t matter who is “right” or “wrong.”
    At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter whether thoughts appear or we create them. What matters is that we can perceive them and thus, how much we identify with them is the important aspect.

    If we don’t identify with thoughts, there is a space created between “I” and thoughts, it is that empty space the one that we may want to explore as well.

    With all of these realizations plus an added appreciation for the BK path and its teachings, you are ready to move on from the BK experience without hard feelings in your heart.
    You have liberated yourself, when others cannot; for you have seen the 2 sides of the coin.

    Every coin has 2 sides. Both sides are different. Because they are different, people living in the mind are stuck in wanting to know which side is “right” and which one is “wrong.”

    That search is futile. They can only see one side of the coin, but they cannot see the coin itself…
    Until, they are willing to take a look at the other side without prejudice.   🙂

    When we started our “careers” in “spirituality,” we did not know anything. We didn’t know about the coin. When I say “knowing,” I do not mean intellectual stuff, information. I mean experience.
    We cannot experience the coin itself for we are not ready to understand 2 different but complementary sides of it.

    We are stuck on “good and bad,” “right or wrong,” stuff that we learned when we were little toddlers. (conditioning.)
    As we grow up, our understanding and experience will be different, unless we are stuck on living Life with a dogma, then we are not living Life… but a dogma.

    The reality of a dogma is a static mind in a dynamic an ever changing Life.

    For the common good.

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    • Dinesh C 2:45 PM on August 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      yeah thanks brother 🙂
      But thanks to you too, if you would not have capitalized the word AWARENESS in most of your articles, I wouldn’t have caught it. 🙂
      It is actually not that difficult just to BE there 🙂

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 5:58 AM on June 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    God in Brahma Kumaris 

    Conditioning could be successful if there is an authority to obey behind it or a strong feeling, which will take us to do things and believe things which otherwise we wouldn’t.

    The conditioning of mainstream society has power, for there are authorities behind it: The law and their representatives, religious leaders, politicians, business owners, etc. There is a hierarchy which is built upon each level. A member of society knows about obeying certain things and the consequences of not doing so. The concept of punishment is introduced and that will shape our view of the world and the one beyond.

    Who is the authority to follow beyond this current existence?
    Obviously our “leaders” have no clout over the “after life.”
    That is how “God” was introduced in mainstream. If we observe his “job description,” it is a mirror of our society’s hierarchy, which is clearly seen in the most popular religions. He is the “one to obey” (love) to fear, to get salvation from or to be punished if his law is not followed.

    The collective consciousness understands this easily. That is my point: The realms beyond the physical world do not comply with our understanding or our laws. Human understanding is limited by conditioning.

    The question then, is not whether God exists or doesn’t. The question is, if we are willing to look, to observe deconditioned.

    In Brahma Kumaris, the “job description” of God changed completely. God is no longer the “creator.” God is no longer the one who punishes disobedient people. God is no longer watching everyone, everywhere. God is the one who gives “knowledge.”
    However, most followers do not understand this knowledge, no matter how long they have been following.

    The title of “God” then is changed to “Supreme Soul.” Another set of beliefs could be added to make a difference between a human soul and the “supreme” soul. Observe the power of words, the terminology used, basically refers to the same thing:  The Authority.

    An “experience” with the realm beyond the physical is cherished by most. Sure, it is unique. This will give the opportunity to affirm our ego: “I am special.” Moreover, we could add the word “god” to make our experience the “top one.”

    “I have experienced God.”
    Avyakt7 knew that line very well. Avyakt7-NG (Ahnanda) respects that, and sees the personal evolution through that.

    For a kid, to say “dad” is important. Everyone else says it and beyond the word is the feeling of having someone near and dear, someone who cares. When humanity feels in despair, God is very important to feel that company and like “Santa Claus,” someone will play that role, to bring smiles and joy to those kids. That is the gift of God.
    Of course, human ego can only see that their “Santa Claus” is the only and true Santa. That is how many religions appeared and how the clothes wore by Santa became more important than the person inside them.

    For the common good.

     
    • Dinesh Chawla 5:15 AM on June 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Ahnanda, When I was involved with BKs, I had tried implementing most of the teachings of Murlis, but amongst those, I need your help to explain us two of the very beneficial teachings which I still have not been able to implement 100%, but want to as they are required to keep the flow of my life smoother. So here are those two teachings:

      No 1: Your thoughts, words and actions should be in harmony, what you think, same thinking should be reflected in your words and actions. (Mansa, Wacha and Karmana should be same)

      No 2: Abstain yourself from creation of waste thoughts.

      The only reason I still want to implement these two teachings in me is that I think about one thing, I say another thing and end up doing totally different third thing in actions. Can you PLEASE explain what a person can do (By now I know that you use DO and BE in caps in all of your articles 🙂 ) to implement these two things by being and by not being a BK.

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 10:52 AM on June 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Deconditioning through Brahma Kumaris 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    For the common good.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 8:07 AM on December 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ascetic, , , conditioning, 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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  • avyakt7- New Generation 10:11 AM on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: angels, , conditioning, godly, , paths, spiritual paths   

    Brahma Kumaris as a path of self-discovery 

    Brahma Kumaris is an intense path for self-discovery. It will take the practitioner into a different perspective of “reality.”
    The issue in that path, resides in the inability of most followers to realize that this path is another perspective to decondition from mainstream rather than the  only “reality.”

    As followers look for the “truth,” the “right path,” according to mainstream thinking; they are unable to observe perspectives, conditionings and beliefs. Any deconditioning from our current society is meant so the practitioner can look at his old conditioned ways, as the word “truth,” is truly deceiving.

    Life offers Life. Humans interpret Life based on their conditioning.
    It is a fact that Brahma Kumaris knowledge involves a relation with entities beyond the physical world. Some followers are able to perceive those and to communicate with those.
    When a label is chosen to name that experience, the label used is: “Godly.” In mainstream conditioning, that label is the “highest” that can exist.
    In my experience there are many types of living beings, physical and non-physical, each one having a particular “role” to play in this unlimited “Drama,” which I like to call, LIFE.

    Brahma Kumaris introduced me to the world of nonphysical beings. Nevertheless, in my experience; the use and identification of certain beings by using the “godly” label is an embellishment  of Brahma Kumaris, just as many religions do the same.  The “true” God is a matter of perspective, angle, point of reference: Consciousness. This is a general description rather than “the answer” for everyone walks a different path even if following a particular religious/spiritual path.

    The hierarchy of “God,” “angels,” etc. is only a perception based on human conditioning. In that realm of subtle beings, the existence of hierarchies is a human idea but a necessary scheme to build the ego of the follower into something which he is already familiar, and which he is willing to “accomplish,” to become “better,” etc.

    Let me state one more time, my appreciation for the Brahma Kumaris path, although; it could be a very harsh experience many times and for many followers.
    The use of the mind as a tool to control our being, could be a great danger. A follower could be his own tyrant. Engrossed in the mind, a follower may be unable to feel Life.

    That is why, these writings are here. For the common good.

    I will be taking a vacation thus, my next article will be posted on Thursday December 1st. I’d like to thank and value the support and participation of some brothers and sisters in this website (Gayathri and Anil Kumar,) who contributed to this site by asking questions, sharing experiences or forwarding some of the articles here to others.
    My appreciation to you.  🙂

     
    • Gayathri 11:05 AM on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Om shanti. Brother, thank you for sharing your observations with all of us. It really helps. Enjoy your vacation!
      regards,
      Gayathri.

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    • Orquidea wechsler 11:10 AM on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hola, buenos dias. Esto es solo para comentarte que cada vez que escribis como Ahnanda o Avyakt 7, no dejo de sorprenderme por la sintonia que tengo con tus reflexiones al punto que me siento el “patito ffeo” entre los bk. Te saludo cordialmente Orquidea (de Argentina)

      2016-11-10 12:11 GMT-03:00 Avyakt7 — For Brahma Kumaris readers :

      > avyakt7- New Generation posted: “Brahma Kumaris is an intense path for > self-discovery. It will take the practitioner into a different perspective > of “reality.” The issue in that path, resides in the inability of most > followers to realize that this path is another perspective to decondit” >

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      • avyakt7- New Generation 3:18 PM on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        El “patito feo” fue condicionado a creer que era un patito. En realidad era un cisne.
        Ahnanda es un Delfin. El mar es nuestro elemento en comun. Alli esta la sintonia que hablas. 🙂

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    • Anil Kumar Reddy Mendu 11:15 AM on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you avyakt7-NG.

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    • Anoushka 4:21 PM on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you so much brother….have a lovely vacation! Looking forward to 1 Dec….bless you!

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    • Gayathri 7:55 PM on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Brother, can you please translate the comment and reply in Spanish to English? 🙂

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      • avyakt7- New Generation 3:49 PM on November 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Sister, that answer was for the person that wrote in Spanish, but I don’t mind if someone uses google translate to find out what was said… 🙂

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