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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    For the common good.

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

      Hi Ahnanda,

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

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

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

        Best to you, Dinesh.

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 9:56 AM on February 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    The Religious path of duality 

    Anything that a religious path chooses as an objective or an ideal, automatically will reject what is not included, for that is not part of the ideal.
    For example, if “Peace” is the objective, the rejection will be on those things which are not identified as being peace.

    To condemn something that is in the Drama is to reject it.

    That lack of peace is a “step forward” into “Destruction”, according to Brahma Kumaris knowledge. Isn’t this the way that the Drama has to bring heaven? Typically, this type of contradiction is unavoidable once we select one side of a duality. Then, a BK leader or follower talking about peace or condemning criminal actions will look dishonest, because their aim and objective is “Paradise, Heaven” and the means for it, is through those things which are rejected.

    Thus, when there is deep understanding that Life is not about labeling things to demonstrate our alliance or lack of, but rather to observe that anything that is happening has a reason to be there, to be present; then we could move forward with a different consciousness.

    Do not misunderstand me. I am not saying that war is “good” or criminal activity is “right”. I am saying that once there is this knowledge of the Drama and the cycle of time; there is no reason to label events and people in dualistic terms (good, bad, right, wrong, etc.) that is to foster separation, to be antagonistic of the “way of things”.
    Observe. Be a detached observer and enjoy Life as it is… That is without our conditioning and “learned lenses” to look at things.

    Therefore, to move forward means that “lokik and alokik” do not exist.
    “Shudra and Brahmin” are mental fantasies…
    Brahma Kumaris’ knowledge brings this element of separation through labeling.
    It is dishonest to say that someone is loving the world, when there is labeling to separate. We could use labels to identify through the shortcomings of language, but our feeling behind those labels will reveal our rejection or acceptance.

    That separation brought by society, religions, races, lifestyles, languages, customs, traditions, etc. due to misuse of the mind, is keeping our consciousness stuck, unable to change and open up, despite all spiritual teachings.

    It is paramount to realize that unlearning is what will move us forward.
    It is so contradictory to what the “office world” or a religion will want us to know. There is always information, teachings to learn so we could comply with the conditioning. Through this writing, I am merely exposing this for your consideration.

    A step forward in consciousness is always out of our comfort zone. It is not about becoming “somebody” in the afterlife; but to take away the layers of conditioning, to be “nobody” … now.

    For the common good.

     
    • Anil Kumar 10:43 AM on February 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      True. The religious paths in the name of removing layers of conditioning are actually adding new layers of conditioning. But that is necessary as it is part of the drama.

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 9:00 AM on January 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Virtues in the Golden age 

    Humility, discipline, patience, contentment, tolerance, etc. all of those things that we have learned to “work on” as BKs, are nonexistent in the Golden Age.

    That is the catch in BK knowledge which I haven’t heard of anyone talking about.

    Are you “creating” sanskaras of humility? Those will not be needed in the Golden age.
    Have you heard of a “humble” deity?

    It is important then to observe how a “virtue” appears at this time.
    It is merely the idealization of its opposite, a “vice”.

    When we understand that every energy that exists in the Universe (and by extension in us human beings) has a polarity, we could see that sin and virtues are together like “Yin and Yang”, it is the same energy expressed in different degrees.

    Someone who has the potential to express courage has the same potential and in the same intensity, the capacity to express cowardice.

    Anger is considered a vice. Its opposite is compassion, a virtue.
    Religions and moral teachings will teach us to reject anger, suppress it and in turn, to embrace compassion.

    That is not possible. How can we reject night and only keep daylight?
    How can we breathe if we reject inhalation and embrace only exhalation?

    That is why in the Golden Age; vices do not exist. Neither virtues.
    Maya does not exist, neither God.
    Observe that by choosing one side of a duality and labeling that as “pure” we cannot get rid of that which is the rest, the “impure.”

    Deities are not impure. Neither pure.
    Here a BK follower is pursuing purity by rejecting impurity.
    We cannot reject the head of the dog and only keep the rest of the dog, unless we want a dead dog.

    That is exactly what is happening: A human being pursuing one side of a duality and rejecting the other side; is a dead human being. That person is not living Life anymore. Closed in their own jail/bubble of “purity” surrounded by “impurity”.

    The mind can do that trick, because the mind is about division. It divides everything. Nevertheless, the reality of Life does not fit that artificial division.

    When a Brahma Kumaris follower transcends the mind, his reality will be different. That may be the “reality” of a Deity, who does not know what is “yoga of the mind.”

    To “create” sanskaras of a Deity then, do not divide. Embrace both sides of duality, to transcend it by integrating “what is”.
    That is a notch above the game of “pure vs. impure”.

    For the common good.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 10:56 AM on January 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Brahma Kumaris beliefs, cremator, duality, , , , 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.

     
    • 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 4:11 AM on September 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Content and Emptiness 

    Life is content. Death emptiness.
    Content brings emptiness and emptiness, content.
    Just like form brings no-form and “I” brings “No-I.”

    That apparent separation of natural states of BEING, are a problem for our society and religions.

    The idea of “Good” and “Evil” are together, just like content and emptiness.
    In BK terms, as long as Maya exists, God will exist. In the “Copper Age,” the age of duality; Maya appeared and thus, God.

    Therefore, there was non-duality and then duality. It is “Natural.”
    One of the most noticeable misunderstandings of our society, religion and morality came about in “choosing” “Good” and rejecting “Evil.” “Choice” is the issue supporting the  “I.”

    Brahma Kumaris as a religion, is firmly established in the belief that we must always “choose” what is “Good.” The definition of “good” is spelled out to followers.

    If we understood the previous articles when the Drama was explained, we could understand that “Good” is not an idea, a philosophy, a commandment, a particular action, but to be able to live according to the Drama of Life. What is necessary according to time, is “good.”

    This is a tremendous shift. We are leaving aside our mind and the proclivities of the mind to live in duality.

    To “Be one with the Drama” is to be “Good” without the duality of “bad,” otherwise, as long as we use our minds to act by choosing according to some morality or some rules; duality will be there, which means that sooner or later that which we rejected will be embraced.
    They come together as a package.

    Brahma Kamaris knowledge is based on resistance of the inevitable outcome of duality.
    Why?
    Because Brahma Kumaris knowledge is based on the duality of the mind.

    To be able to step away from the mind, is part of the process of some individuals like Ahnanda, for instance; thus, while for BKs living in the mind, God and Maya exist by labeling a particular experience or being as “God” or “Maya;” for Ahnanda; they are just labels denoting duality.

    Content is Life itself. “You” are content. Emptiness is the “soul.” Who are “you,” then?
    According to your consciousness, YOU are content. You are not emptiness, a soul.

    “You” want to be “soul conscious,” empty while being content, Life?
    Do not make a duality out of them; step away from the mind and explore the heart, but if you could go even deeper, go to the “gut,” then “you” and Life will be one. 

    The Drama and you, are one already, so it is a matter of realizing it. However; not through the mind, the intellect,  but through the gut feeling.

    For the common good.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 3:57 PM on June 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    The “advance party,” “ancestor souls” and other “I”-ness trips in Gyan 

    1. Can you please explain about the ‘advance party’ as well as the ‘ancestor souls’ ….. And their roles pls? Many thanks

    As “avyakt7,” there are many articles written about that topic in “Exploring the Depth of Living.”
    Now, as “avyakt7- New generation: Ahnanda,” I have a different perception.

    Observe the story. “I AM great.” “I Am an ancestor soul, from the Golden age. That is the best of all ages in the kalpa. First, I am a Brahmin soul, the “top notch,” then I become part of the “Advance party” after my BK days are over… and then I will become an angel, and after that a Deity, an ancestor soul.”

    How do I get the ticket to the advance party? By being a BK “now.” How do I get the ticket to be a Deity, an ancestor soul? By being a BK now. No one else can do that unless they are scientists who will be needed by arts driven BKs. Even though they could be part of the “greatness,” they will have a lower status unlike mine, a full BK!

    What is the issue with the above statement of greatness?
    It is based on the future. It is mind driven. It is no longer about who I am “now,” but about what I can become, based on a story. Even though the soul does not have “I” in it, “I” believe that “I” will be an angel, a deity, an ancestor soul, etc.

    In reality, none of that helps for self-realization, but it is helpful to increase the ego; which is important in our journey, as explained in previous articles, Thus; all is beneficial!

    For Ahnanda, those stories even if true, don’t make any difference in his inner observation. Even though there may be true, those stories only build up and caress the ego. Ahnanda knows that he has been through the “ego booster” beliefs already. It was a necessary part of his path; now it is not.

    Many new seekers, living in the mind will ask: “What is the purpose of Life? Why am I here?”
    These people only want an answer. “The purpose of Life is to be part of the advance party when you die. You are here because you will be a Deity, worshipped by all.” If they believe that answer, their mind will be happy; however, their consciousness will be the same. Nothing has changed in them.
    From Ahnanda’s perspective those types of mental questions are meaningless now. When you step away from the mind, there is a different perspective which cannot be told to another, you have to discover it.

    2. How is the Drama “beneficial”? Gyan says that BABA tells us so…..but besides the fact it is eternal… How is it of benefit??

    The Drama is beneficial means that the Drama is not detrimental, disadvantageous.
    I just used the antonyms of the word “beneficial” to come up with than answer. Clever huh?
    “Beneficial” is a word used to try to describe what cannot be described.
    The Drama is a circle. Everything repeats exactly. The movement, the change is driven by polarity. Your “highest” and your “lowest” are related. It is the same energy at different polarities. Therefore, it is guaranteed to reach your highest if you have experienced your lowest. “High and Low” are just words, which we take as “good and bad.” That is the issue with duality based religions and belief systems.
    High and low are just different levels of experiences, all necessary, thus all “good,” thereby; all beneficial.
    For the common good.

     
    • R.s 9:41 PM on June 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Sir.
      Is their any relation b/w Dramas repetition and Mind’s repetitive nature? Does the mind reflect Drama’s nature that way?…. 🙂

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      • avyakt7- New Generation 10:12 AM on June 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        That is a great inference. We are all one. Nevertheless, to know what I just said; it is only good for the mind… The mind will use that knowledge and display it to defend itself or to judge others; that is known as ego.

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 3:01 PM on June 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , black or white, , change, duality, , inside, outside,   

    Gyan and the process in Life 

    In one BK retreat I attended years ago, I recall a senior sister wondering why BKs use the word “process” when Baba never uses it.

    “Process” does not fit the “Black and White” model of “Now or never.” It doesn’t fit the easy labeling of “pure and impure.”
    Besides, even though Baba may have not used that word, Gyan is about process. Baba mentions how the “Drama moves slowly as a louse.” That is in fact, process, or how “day changes into night,” that is process as well. It doesn’t happen right away, there is a process.

    When the mind is caught up with words, it is unable to see the depth behind the words.

    Therefore, “process” is part of Gyan.

    A process is the outcome of 2 apparent opposite forces, which are complementary. This interplay gives movement, change.
    Anything that lacks movement is mind made.

    Heaven and Hell, good and bad, day and night have movement, change.
    However, hell is not the opposite of heaven, but complementary. In other words, if it wasn’t for hell, there wouldn’t be heaven. Therefore, it does not make any sense to use the “black or white” statement that “heaven is better than hell,” for both will be experienced and one will bring the other. The intensity of your “hell” will give the intensity of your “heaven.”

    It is said: “ As it is above, it is below.”
    This expression is merely referential. There is no movement; therefore it is mind made, it is all the same. It is like “ what is outside is inside.” There is no separation between outside and inside, for they are the same.
    Nevertheless, for many; there is outside and there is inside which are different things. In fact, the whole spiritual “practice” is how the “inside” can control or influence the “outside.”
    That is spirituality for the masses.

    That is why rather than to try to change or influence the outside, we may need to be AWARE of “that,” for that is the inside.
    Change happens from the inside through AWARENESS, openness, then the outside will match. This change is a process; therefore, according to Life.

    When we truly understand this, we know that between 2 “black or white” words  such as “pure and impure” there is a process which needs to be respected. If we are not aware of that, then we will be violent towards another or ourselves.

     
    • R.s 11:32 PM on June 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      where is our essence outside or inside?? 🙂

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      • avyakt7- New Generation 1:37 AM on June 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        The essence is. When explaining about it, I may need to use the word “inside.” That is not accurate, but we are dealing with words, that is why words can only be pointers and why there cannot be literal “words of God.”

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    • R.s 9:31 AM on June 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Got it…Thank u Sir 🙂

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