Tagged: knowledge Toggle Comment Threads | Keyboard Shortcuts

  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:33 PM on June 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , knowledge,   

    “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 7:45 AM on November 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , knowledge, special,   

    Being special is to see only special in others 

    The title is the line of the comment of a BK reader, which I will further elaborate.

    When I was a BK follower, I too thought that I had a clear cut explanation on how Life is. What is “right” and what is “wrong.” I too, thought that I was “special.” Not only because I was a BK, but even among Bks, “I” thought “I” was special: Not many could “churn” knowledge like I did. Let me confess that “I” thought my sister to be “more special” than “I.” A more “special” BK.

    Do you know that BapDada in Madhuban, treated her in a “special” way? “He” gave her an apple, spoke briefly with her. Gave her a loving Drishti and shook her hand. Something similar happened the first time she went to Madhuban. Out of hundreds of Bks passing in front of BapDada, she received that “special” treatment. Not only that, Dadi Prakashmani gave her a kiss in front of many BKs. Dadi Janki spent an afternoon with her while we were visiting London. Dadi Gulzar told my sister: “Wah your fortune!” and… Brahma Baba had many “special” meetings with her while she was a BK.

    Nevertheless, she never received a “golden ring” through the BK administration. She couldn’t be the “sister in charge,” because she couldn’t completely see with her physical eyes, as if being in front of the computer was the most important element in that “position.” The center that we opened in Peru and Dadi Janki inaugurated, was considered a “gita patshala” or a “sub-center”, even though the Murli was read there every day and she was 100% dedicated to BK “service.” Although that “sub-center” was relegated by “special” Bks; Brahma Baba helped to get things going despite her being there almost by herself. No “special” family around to help, but only “lokiks” when needed. I could share more stories on how “special” many Bks thought my sister was, but as human nature is, there was enviousness many times for her abilities to connect with people and bring new “believers” to the center, that mixed with pity for she was almost blind, but used as a great opportunity to look good by helping her to walk around, while others were looking. She was able to DO what other Bks couldn’t. That in turn brought her some issues with the “special” BK “family.”

    It is the same human nature whether we dress is white or not.
    How is it possible for “special” Bks not to realize the “specialty” of my sister although BapDada and the Dadis acknowledged it? Of what good knowledge is, if it is not practical?
    What kind of specialty to become “soul conscious” is, for such “special” people?
    Just words. Pretty words.

    Let me share what I found out about knowledge and believe it or not, is the same thing that BapDada has said before: “Knowledge is entertainment for the mind.”
    That is it. No other value.
    Some Bks come to this blog to read “deep” points of Gyan. Never mind, that these things are coming from an “impure, stone intellect.” (That is “special,” correct?) That is, they come here to entertain themselves. Of what good is to “see new things,” if we ARE the same as we have always been?

    Knowledge cannot make us “humble.” It can only makes us believe that we are “humble.” That is all.
    We cannot “help others to help themselves.” That is another ego trip of “special” people.
    We can only BE ourselves.

    It is amazing to me now, how diluted the teachings from Brahma Baba have become. Too many “special” people unable to understand themselves wanting to “help others.”

    Honesty is not a subset of “truth.” It is our most important truth.
    Every human being is unique. Not “special.”

     
    • lakshmipriya 12:40 AM on November 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      All answers are there in the murli and Brahma baba lived truly a life of unshakable and immovable and surrendered totally. His mantra was one strength and one support. Every scene in life is making us experienced to move on to next level. I believe drama is beneficial when I understand that what shall I inculcate from every scene that unveils in front of me.

      Like

  • avyakt7- New Generation 7:59 AM on August 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , knowledge,   

    Waste “Knowledge.” 

    Every major religion has its own philosophy, its own explanation as to how things work in Life and what will happen in the future. This “story” is what believers believe and label that as “truth.”

    Many times people forget that spirituality is not a history class or sociology. Truly, it doesn’t matter what the “philosophy” is.
    Why?
    Because “spirituality” is meant for personal growth, self-realization or in more layman terms; spirituality deals with the art of living Life in harmony. That is the bottom line.

    For “new” seekers, it is important to have an explanation, an intellectual understanding on how things “truly” are and what will happen in the future. This concern only shows their social conditioning. Through “education” in society, we have been conditioned to believe that ideas an ideals are important, thus we need to be able to recite them as they are taught by some “bona fide” source. That is known as “truth.” Thus, we hear often from followers: “We have the truth.”

    That only shows the consciousness of a beginner in the journey of self-knowledge.

    Brahma Kumaris has its own philosophy known by them as “knowledge.” As a BK follower I used to read anything about “knowledge” that could give me more understanding to ponder about that. I was even mesmerized by the stories of “Lakshmi and Narayan” and tried to figure out when exactly every “age” of the Kalpa ended. I also went into the “Trimurti”. Now, I can see how useless those things were. However, at the time they gave me the sensation that “I knew.”

    Looking back, I could see how my reliance on my own trained intellect was diminishing self inquire.
    “Knowledge” is only a game for beginners. It will give the sensation of “knowing” which is quite important when a person feels, how insecure and uncertain Life is.

    “How the existence of dinosaurs are able to fit into the 5000 year cycle?” That was a classical question asked to some BK seniors. Then, came the made up answers. All beliefs. Very few honest answers: “ I don’t go into that, but I am more concerned in values, meditation and spirituality.” That sort of answer was unacceptable for a “scientific minded” individual.
    Truly, it doesn’t matter if there is a 5000 year cycle, or a dinosaur eating vegetables in the Confluence age/ Golden age… That sort of “Second hand” knowledge is not knowledge at all. It is belief.

    Sometimes “knowledge” is considered below “devotion” towards distinguished members of a religious group (alive or not). That is another strong sign of a beginner in spirituality. Most likely, this devotion (bhakti) is exercised by the majority of followers, while “knowledge” is more selective, as the person has to have the “mind” to play with such stories to try to come up with new stuff. It is entertainment for the mind.

    Sakar Murlis will mention that a “Gyani soul” now, was a strong devotee (Bhakti) in a previous life. It is considered that Knowledge is the “fruit” of strong Bhakti. That is not surprise as there is the duality of the mind (knowledge) and the heart (bhakti); however, both experiences are necessary in a life path. Some may begin with knowledge and end in bhakti as well. Nevertheless, the outcome of that experience will be self-knowledge and self-love, just to know and love humanity as well. That is another level.

    In my experience with BK knowledge; I feel grateful for the “knowledge” that there is a cycle of time. The experience that time is cyclical is able to redeem us for all the activities that we may regret. That is why, the feeling of guilt is useless as those actions will occur again.

    Life is a game. Once we know that, what is the importance of knowing the “embellished stories” and “history and geography” of a board game? Just throw the dices and play! Enjoy that game….

    OBSERVE “the game” and become AWARE of it and OBSERVE the “I” to become AWARE of it. That is the most important aspect of “knowledge” also known as “becoming a detached observer”, as BapDada likes to say.

     
    • rosem777333 12:52 AM on August 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I agree with what you wrote: “spirituality deals with the art of living Life in harmony.” To do this better it is BK gyan that helped me.

      It is unfortunate that subjects like dinosaurs became a stumbling block to you. It is like what happens among the scientists—the deeper they go into science, some scientists become atheists and others become believers in God as scientist Paul Davies rightly put it: “science offers a surer path to God than religion.”

      I used to ask “if dinosaurs suffered a mass extinction 65 million years ago following an asteroid colliding with earth or climate change. ‘Why would that event wipe out only the dinosaurs and not the other species—especially giant (Indonesian) komodo dragons, lizards and crocodiles that look almost similar to them?’ (https://www.livescience.com/9726-origin-komodo-dragon-revealed.html)

      In fact knowledge about dinosaurs actually strengthened my BK gyan. Story about dinosaurs that started from a single tooth [brought to Dr. Gideon Mantell, English obstetrician, geologist and palaeontologist] has many supporters and opponents. The discovery of its soft tissue (including stretchy ligaments with identifiable proteins, flexible transparent branching blood vessels, with the easily identifiable remains of red blood cells, even showing the nuclei, typical of reptiles, inside these vessels) by Paleontologist Mary Schweitzer which made worldwide headlines in 2005 proves that the dinosaur fossils cannot be millions of years old. Even the supporters themselves have difficulties in understanding the details, hence they make many mistakes in the movies they make about dinosaurs which make paleontologists mad. (http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/06/15/jurassic-world-dinosaurs-inaccurate-paleontologists-outrage_n_7583384.html)

      Now the question arises: Which group is right? BOTH THE GROUPS MAY NOT BE RIGHT and truth could be in between because of the following reasons: Evolutionists believe that history is linear. And if history is linear, then the event that led to the mass extinction of dinosaurs could have led to the extinction of other species too. Yet other species survived which means history is not linear.
      If history is not linear, then it must be cyclical (like everything else such as day and night, seasons, water cycle, yugas …etc). Our experience shows that quality of life and environment is getting worse and worse as time passes which means history had a perfect start. Thus history is cyclical with first half being perfect (characterized by small human population and vast environment) and second half being imperfect (characterized by increasing population and depleting resources).

      Requirement of first perfect half cannot be known now, and also, age of a fossil that belong to the perfect first half cannot correctly be ascertained in the imperfect second half because of contrasting ecosystems. Just like huge whales coexist with small fishes in the ocean, huge beings can coexist with humans in the first perfect half of the history, in harmony, taking care of special needs of that period.
      When each cycle revolves, perfect half falls into imperfect half. When such a perfect system suffers a fall, everything turns upside down with catastrophic changes taking place in every sphere. Getting killed by accidents (small and big such as natural calamities), killing on purpose (some of the humans and some of the animals began to eat the flesh of other species), some of the constructive micro organisms turning into destructive agents causing various diseases … were some of those catastrophic changes.

      When heaven-like situation changed into hell-like situation, it was like a change from order to disorder, and the world began to be called duniya (place where law and logic no longer rule the lives of people, which highlights the impure attitude of the inhabitants). When healthy thinking which resulted in healthy body and healthy environment changed into harmful thinking it would have corresponding results in bodies and environment. It means change happened everywhere—in attitude, in thinking … and even within DNA of some beings which means disorder began to manifest in various forms—sometimes gigantism and dwarfism even among same species, big species becoming small and vice versa.

      Implication of change in DNA has already been shown by Genetic Engineering (process of changing DNA in order to bring about certain characteristics in a living thing). Some of the wonders it has produced include things such as bigger, longer-lasting vegetables, trees that could absorb dirty water and make it clean again before the water is released into the air, trees that grow super-fast so that they can create stronger, higher quality wood, genetically modified plants (like grapple that is an apple that tastes exactly like a like a grape), salmon that grows faster, genetically modified animals ….etc.
      Changes happen when situation calls for such changes. For example, when such changes as extinction of species involved in a food-chain happens “biodiversity also lends genetic variability to a population, helping it adapt to fluctuating environmental conditions.” (https://sciencing.com/
      happens-something-food-chain-goes-extinct-18214.html)

      IN OTHER WORDS, BIG SPECIES SUCH AS DINOSAURS (if they really existed) SERVED SOME PURPOSE IN THE FIRST HALF OF EACH CYCLE OF HISTORY. That special purpose is over when history entered the imperfect second half and dinosaurs were no longer needed, which means dinosaurs could go extinct or become small like birds or lizard. Interestingly, dinosaurs mean just big lizard in ancient languages such as Latin, Greek [deinos = terrible + sauros = lizard] etc.

      Like

      • avyakt7- New Generation 1:23 PM on August 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for your comments. You wrote: “It is unfortunate that subjects like dinosaurs became a stumbling block to you.” Actually, they did not. My other blog “Exploring the Depth of Life”, has many early BK articles about dinosaurs and how they were fit into Gyan through amazing “scientific proofs”, theories and such. The example I gave was actually a question that an Indian Brother made to a well known senior brother, when he came to visit the center that I was attending at the time. All of those things for me now, have no meaning… but they were important at the time. Life changes and so consciousness..

        Like

        • rosem777333 2:23 AM on August 21, 2019 Permalink | Reply

          You put it correctly: “Life changes and so consciousness.”

          This is the very essence of Drama. When one is in one state of mind, he wants to be in its opposite state of mind. Countries that were huge empires go into fragmentation, then they come back for reunion. USSR became many independent countries. In Europe, independent countries went for European Union—now UK is choosing Brexit. This is true in large scale and small scale; thus we have all varieties of pairs of opposite.

          This is inevitable. It’s like you try to draw a picture of SOFT flower on any surface. After the completion of the painting, flower looks soft; yet while touching it is as tough as the medium on which it is sustained. You creation is limited by the limitations of the medium you are using! Similarly, when spirit comes in association with matter, it comes into an irony—it itself is a pair of opposites which provides the ground for the appearance of a variety of pairs of opposites. Thus we have the situation where things come in pairs of opposites (such as pleasure-pain; happiness-sorrow; victory-defeat; day-night; life-death …etc). One follows the other, and one doesn’t have meaning without the other. And one even glorifies the other with one giving rise the need for the other.

          History also comes in pairs of opposites as it is a cycle of two halves. First half of history (called earthly heaven) belongs to the people of EXPANDED mind or brhamacharya [brahma = broad mind + charya = conduct, as in Acharya = “one who teaches by his conduct]. People of this phase were humans in form but divine in function showing “civil-eyed” view of broad-mindedness of treating everyone as brothers and sisters. Second half (called earthly hell) belongs to the people of CONTRACTED mind or vyabhicharya [vyabhi = getting diverted + charya = conduct], which means people of this phase were humans in form but egoistic/devilish in function showing “criminal-eyed” view of distraction/contraction into a small world of having “I” and “my” and treating others as less than brothers and sisters. In other words, there is “civilization” in the first half and “criminalization” in the second half. (Murli 22.07.2019; 29.07.2019)

          There is nothing common between these two types of people because one is for expanded love whereas the other is for contracted love. One is “undeviated and yoked with the Supreme Person” (Bhagavat Gita 8:10) hence having His perspective and are “automatically soul-conscious” (Murli 29.07.219) and the other is deviated hence having too small perspective of my and my family. Interestingly, the word for great is MAHA which is the reversal of the sounds in the word AHAM, the word for “I”. This means to live in earthly heaven one has to RETURN from small world of ego to broad-mindedness. This explains why repent means “return” (shuv, שוב) in ancient language Hebrew [spoken by Abraham who is the forefather of Jews, Christians and Muslims]

          Both the categories of people are like those travelling in opposite directions viewing each one as alienated from the other; thus first half would naturally be closed for the egoistic who are delighted in their egoistic life-style. Interestingly, in some languages the word that describes the early part of history is paradise (literally, “enclosed park” or “walled enclosure”) which has phonetic resemblance to paradesa in Indian languages. Para can mean “previous, former, different from, exceeding in quality .…etc) and desa means land/country. This reminds us of the famous expression “Paradise Lost” which divides history into two: Pre-Fall [when history was paradise] and Post-Fall [when paradise lost its qualities]. In other words, when earthly situations were heavenly it was called paradise which would later be viewed by the other group as paradesa, a place to which inhabitants of hell would not want to go, as shown in the story of Narada Maharishi. He was asked to inform about one vacancy in heaven to those in hell, but everyone refused to accept the invitation putting lame excuses. Jesus too made a similar story in which invitees to heaven made lame excuses such as ‘we are attached to property, wife etc.’ (Luke 14:15-24) This means, entry to paradise is barred to the egoistic by themselves.

          Thus first half of the history is called earthly heaven or paradise, and second half is earthly hell, or duniya, a word for the world in many languages [such as Arabic, Arumanian, Assamese, Azerbaijani; Bengali, Dari, Hausa, Hindi, Indonesian, Javanese, Kurdish, Malay, Nepali, North-Caucasian languages, Pashto, Persian, Punjabi, Swahili, Sylheti, Turkish, Urdu, Uzbek etc]. If you describe second half of a movie as boring, you obviously mean its first half was interesting. Similarly, if the second half of history is named as duniya, it obviously mean first half of history was perfect. Simply put, in the first half of history people act with niya (rationality and loyalty), in varying degree of broad-mindedness. In the second half of history people act without niya in varying degree of narrow-mindedness, hence this phase of history is rightly called duniya which is a combination of two words du (negative prefix) and niya.
          To act with niya, in Arabic, means to act with loyalty and good faith for the sake of God, being led in righteousness so naturally as though water flows downward. (Criminal Justice: Nomos XXVII edited by Ronald Pennock, John W. Chapman. page 58). Its equivalent nyaya, in Indian Languages, means ways in which something is properly done, or universal laws. And its distortion would be, duniya, where people begin to act as they like mixing good with evil, as implied in the “eating of the tree of good and evil” in the Bible (Genesis 2:17) which denotes the change from Paradise to Duniya. When the world deteriorates into Duniya, mostly irrationality and illogicality would rule the lives of people, as being witnessed today.
          .
          Look at the glaring example of irrationality of this part of world called Duniya. In contrast what Evolution Theory implies, people chose certain life style only to become panic in the end trying to reverse the effect of their life style. See how many life style diseases we have brought through our choices. This is true in large scale also: Instead of protecting the environment, people pollute it, destroy forests and build concrete jungles ….etc which is so illogical as though cutting the very branch one sits on. And even in the face of depleting resources and increasing unemployment, overpopulating the earth continues. No wonder that far-sighted ones say “the chances are about 49 percent that the world as we know it will collapse by about 2050” mainly because of overpopulation and depleting resources. (http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/05/jared-diamond-on-his-new-book-upheaval.html) Ill-effects are often precipitous in nature with slower speed becoming faster as time passes just like butter melts in a frying pan.

          It was at this time the world is given a choice—attachment with God or attachment with wealth of this world. This is symbolically presented in Mahabharat Epic through Arjun (symbol of people who prefer God to His things) and Duryodhan (symbol of people who prefer God’s things to God) Interestingly, both the categories of people are happy in their respective choices. This is the charm of Drama. Hence Drama is also compared to Kalpa Tree which is the name of coconut tree in Indian languages because every part and every aspect of coconut tree is useful. Similarly, every part and every aspect of Drama is useful. Interestingly, when each time new Kalpa or Drama begins, early inhabitants feel “we are now (abhi) starting new (naya) drama. This insight would enable one to know how the word for acting in drama [and later in movies] became abhinaya in Indian languages.

          The above knowledge helps us in our daily life also. People who are directly taught Rajayoga by God Shiva are aware that they are now deep into the second half of the history, or duniya; hence they are not disturbed by anything that happens in this phase of history because they know irrationality and illogicality alternate in the lives of most people living now as day is followed by night; hence it is not a matter to be worried of. They are also very well convinced that next cycle is about to start in the very near future. If predictions [such as given in Bible, 2Timothy 3:1-5; Gita 4:7; Srimad Bhagavatam 12.3.32…etc] for Kaliyuga is having an overwhelming fulfillments in front of their eyes, they also know that predictions for Golden Age too will have their overwhelming fulfillment in the very near future.

          Like

  • avyakt7- New Generation 9:25 AM on March 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , knowledge, paranormal,   

    “Knowledge”: The favorite game of the mind. 

    Life is certainly, a learning experience. It is the experience of opening up, to become “nothing” from “something”, by being completely open.
    It is your own discovery of the mind. Words cannot explain, for they are of the mind.

    Before I started as a student of the Brahma Kumaris, there was nothing more than what my senses and mind could perceive. That was my practical “knowledge.” Science had all the answers. The important things in Life were to get a good job, a pretty wife and to have a family. Just like the “dream” sold to most everyone.
    Who created us? That was the “logical” question which needed an answer. I took for granted that someone had to create us. That is how “God” came into my picture.

    Then, my world changed through different experiences with someone who I could not see but hear through the words and experiences of my sister. The BK experience initiated my introduction to “paranormal” experiences.
    It became apparent to me that “Brahma Kumaris” was the “daughters of Brahma” indeed, as those experiences were mostly from women.

    I do not understand how someone could join the Brahma Kumaris and go through its “training”, without having these types of “paranormal” experiences. I mean, many religions offer “God” in a nice package. Many religions are filled with “nice” people who will make us feel at “home”, they will make us feel as a “family.” By the way, the word “family” has been exploited tremendously by our society to fulfill our need for identity, our need to belong.

    Perhaps it is the fact that Brahma Kumaris offers its classes free of charge. Perhaps the free vegetarian meal on Sundays… Who knows. Everyone has its own story as to how they started there, all different, all valid.

    With the Brahma Kumaris the “supernatural” became easy to assimilate. The world of spirits, ghosts, mediums, clairvoyants, fortune tellers, etc. became part of my repertoire of experiences. My faith in Science and its “knowledge” diminished considerably. Science did not know anything about that world.

    There is a world or rather “worlds”, beyond our physical reality. However, not everyone is ready to experience those or even accept them as a belief. It will take a little deconditioning, and a bit of tolerance to go beyond comfort levels.

    Now, out of the Brahma Kumaris experience, I could see that the “basics” were explained in the BK system; nevertheless, there is way more to it and again, not everyone is ready. Most individuals are comfortable with their level of understanding of the world. They believe to have figured it out. These individuals will live in a dream and die in a dream as well, that is the experience in their lot. Nothing wrong with that. Their minds will make their life livable.

    We constantly need to forget what we believe to know, in order to “open up” beyond the confinements of the mind. The mind will accumulate information constantly. That accumulation could be very sophisticated, needing “greater minds” to understand. However, when concerned with consciousness; none of those paradigms of “increasing knowledge” will be needed.
    Those will need to be thrown away. Unlearned.

    Truly, to step away from the grip of the mind becomes necessary to “progress.”
    While in Brahma Kumaris we learn to control the mind; I am learning just to step away, to observe it, become aware of it, so “I know.”
    It is that type of “knowledge” the one that is useful, practical.

    Knowledge as “information” is only useful for the games of the mind but not for a new consciousness in the realm of “no-mind.”

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 7:56 AM on June 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , ignorance, knowledge,   

    The “right” belief system 

    What makes your belief to be the “right” one?
    What is the standard that we have chosen to call our beliefs as “the truth”?
    Is it your particular experience?
    Is that enough to call it the “truth”? When you proselytize to “help others,” aren’t you truly helping only yourself to support your beliefs?

    Have we ever watched a bunch of pelicans flying by the beach in a formation?
    Our inquisitive mind asked: Why do they fly in that particular way?
    Our “research” responded that this is an aerodynamical efficient way to fly. We believe the “why” has been responded. Fighting planes will copy that formation, after all; they have a good logical answer of why do it that way.

    Have we ever wondered how pelicans know that? Have they ever done some research on their own? Oh! Our answer is: “It is instinctive.” Our minds are happy because we have an “answer.”
    But, how that “instinct” was put into them? Moreover, how is that humans have lost “instinct” and replaced it with intellectual research and belief?
    Here goes another answer: “God created them that way, BUT he gave humans free will to think on their own.” The mind is happy again! How fortunate we are! How special!
    Or if we are not into the belief of God, we can say: “Nature has its own intelligence.” Wonderful answer!

    We know nothing. We try to make sense of everything according to our conditionings. Once we come to terms with this, then our minds will not have so much power over us.

    A belief will be just a belief. The research will be just that, a “research.” Nothing to do with “truth.” For we can observe “facts” in Life; but we can only know our own “truth.”
    That inner honesty is what is called at every step in our lives to feel fulfilled, to feel at peace with ourselves, to feel that Life has meaning and we are part of that.

    Next time we see pelicans flying in such formation, we will be at awe of seeing that mystery.
    Life is a mystery. Appreciate it. Enjoy it. Be grateful of the opportunity to be able to witness that. Let that honest vibe expand and touch others without wanting to. Just by being there with them.
    There is no other “spirituality.” That is my experience, my “truth,” my “belief.” It is not “right” and for that, it cannot be “wrong.” There is nothing to defend, nothing to convince to others, nothing to make into a “teaching” to “improve” others.
    That ignorance is bliss. 

     

    PS: Will not write until July 4th as I will be on vacation.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 4:24 AM on April 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , experiences, knowledge, , , , scriptures, , understanding   

    “Spirituality” through reading and memorizing 

    Avyakt7-NG is sharing that “spirituality” is not obtained by reading and applying concepts into our daily Life.
    That is only a good exercise for our mind. Nothing else.
    That traditional way of “learning” is only a conditioning given by our society. We could learn through that method what is needed to do well in a profession or a trade but not in change of CONSCIOUSNESS.

    “Spirituality” is the ART of BEING in harmony within and without. That cannot be taught through books, conferences, on-line classes, holy words of God, etc.

    Nevertheless, anyone following that path of “reading,” is a beginner in the journey and needs to be respected as such. Books/ holy scriptures are “good” but not necessary.
    Beyond “reading” and interpretation of concepts, there is OBSERVATION and ASSIMILATION of Life EXPERIENCES. Growth is through them.
    What do “I” OBSERVE? “MY” interaction. What “buttons” have been pushed. My feelings surfacing. My rejection. My beliefs. All of that is what makes up my “I.” All of that is continuously challenged by Life changes. The “I” will fight to maintain itself despite the obvious changes.

    Paradoxically, the environment is a reflection of that “I.”  It will show our traumas, our rejections, our beliefs, etc. But the “I” will not recognize them as such, but it will create a struggle, a fight to conquer what is out there. It is like a dog biting its own tail.

    Empty, open, grateful to Life… Those are the ingredients to understand without understanding.
    Thus, ‘true’ understanding.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 9:38 PM on December 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , knowledge, , ,   

    The search for “truth” in BK Gyan 

    Many followers of Brahma Kumaris are looking for “truth,” that is what “knowledge” (gyan) brings to them.
    The process of de-condition from mainstream Scientific based knowledge into Brahma Kumaris knowledge is an interesting phase, which is typically unobserved by followers.

    The key element is to observe how our “truth” could change from one side to the other, nevertheless; “truth” is never found. It remains as a belief.

    Is linear time factual? Is cyclical time what really exists? Is predestination the “truth” or perhaps it is “free will”? Does God exist?
    If I am a soul, how is it that I feel to be a body?

    Debates and “proofs” of the above or supportive authoritative statements, are part of the “search.”
    However, in Life and self-transformation, none of that stuff is worth a banana peel.

    The mind looks for “truth” and “truth” is not a paragraph to be recited or some sort of statement.
    In Life, there is no “right or wrong.” In Life, there is no “getting ahead.” In Life, there is no rush to get somewhere. In Life, there is no destination to reach. However, for the mind all of those things are important.

    Because the mind is momentarily satisfied with some argument, we believe that we found “truth.”
    We did not.

    Truth is in BEING. BEING happy does not depend on some action or method to follow. BEING fulfilled in Life, is not dependent on some philosophy or scientific idea.

    Life presents itself as a process. There is no completion.
    To reach the “Golden age” may be the  BK “aim and objective” for an ambitious mind;  but you can only BE in the Golden age, if you were there before, in the past. Do we see that?  If you were there, Life will make it happen again.
    What is the effort then? The “effort” is for those who weren’t there, but no matter what effort is done by them, they will not go there.
    Our path has already been walked many times. We don’t remember it.
    Therefore:
    “You” cannot be in the Golden age. “You” will not remember. “You” will not be “you.” Do we see that? 
    But yet, we indulge ourselves in making plans about the future in the afterlife.
    That is daydreaming. Though, it is a good way to distract the mind from the reality of the “now.”

    The rush to get into the “Golden age” (“now or never”) is only a tool for motivation. However, it is used many times to inflict guilt and shame in followers. Fear of “failure” of not getting there, is making their “now” into a miserable experience.

    Everyday in Life, there is a lesson on the art of appreciation.
    We are continuously changing. That appreciation “now” is a powerful ingredient to bring happiness, contentment “now.” Appreciation is not an ideal or philosophy.

    Nevertheless, we allow the mind to bring doubts and learned conditionings from scientific research or BK gyan or some other philosophy, so enjoyment of the present moment is gone.

    It is that lack of fulfillment of BEING the one that will drive us to search for “answers,” although the questions that we come up with, are completely conditioned. We believe that Life, the Universe work according to our understanding.
    That is “proof” of our tremendous ego.

    What would happen if Life is found in other planets?
    That means the automatic destruction of all religious beliefs, and scientific understanding of Life.
    That is how feeble the ideals/beliefs of the mind are. It is easier to say : “There is no other Life form but only us in the Universe” although, we do not know.

    However, for the one BEING in fulfillment, whether Life is found in other planets or not, is of no consequence.
    BEING is beyond any ideas of the mind, here is where “true” spirituality resides, away from the beliefs of the mind.

    For the common good.

     
    • Christopher Joseph 9:49 AM on December 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Sweet Ahnanda,I truly understand and appreciate your point of view.What does it mean when you mentioned about one BEING in fulfilment 🤔Does this being knows how it came into existence?has it undergone an EXPERIENCE🤔and are there such kind of beings living on this planet and have you experienced the feeling of a fulfilment 🤔and “Is it possible to achieve total fulfilment without knowing how this fulfilled being came into existence 😊

      Like

    • avyakt7- New Generation 10:24 AM on December 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Fulfillment is not an achievement. It is not something that “I have to do to get it.” Fulfillment comes. I could say it comes to “you” but then you could ask, how it comes to me? what can i do to make it quicker? How do I know if that is fulfillment? Do you know any other BEINGS in fulfillment? What is the experience like to be fulfilled? I can go on…. I think you get my point.
      It will come when it has to. In the meantime, enjoy your experience as it is. 🙂

      Like

  • avyakt7- New Generation 10:06 AM on December 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Bks, , , , , , , knowledge, , , , , responsibility,   

    Question on responsibility of sorrow of others. 

    “How much are we responsible for the sorrow of souls in connection with us? BKs believe that “we are not responsible for the unhappiness and sorrow of other people, it’s just their creation”. At the same time, others are also not responsible for our sorrow and unhappiness!! Can you PLEASE take this subject for one article in upcoming week.
    My second question is a small and direct question, the path of BKism has no way to experience “No-Mind” and “No-I”?? Ego can’t be dissolved with Shivbaba?”

    Thank you for your questions.
    The word “responsible” is a word that we have learned in the “Office world.” We are responsible for educating our children, we are responsible for our actions in society, etc. But at the same time, we know about PREDESTINATION.
    Then, who is responsible?

    The “office world” does not know about PREDESTINATION. They just know about “free-will” thus, to be “responsible” exists there. It is interesting that BK borrows many words from the “Office world” which truly does not apply to PREDESTINATION. They may do it for the sake of understanding, which many times turns into misunderstanding. Something like: ” You have free will to DO something, but once it is DONE, it is the DRAMA… and that will repeat…”  

    My direct answer is: Does it matter? You feel sorrow. Look at it. Acknowledge it. Embrace it. Learn from it. Do you feel that we are all ONE? Then what you DO to others, you DO it to yourself.
    Perhaps, you do not feel that we are ONE. Then, try to take advantage of others. Learn from that experience. Your Life will be a lesson.
    So, you are not AWARE enough to learn from your own Life… then “knowledge” comes to the rescue. Let me teach you about KARMA. You will be afraid of it. Your DOING will be restricted to your thought of DOING things “right” according to your understanding or the understanding of others. Acting this way appears to BE safe, although you ARE not the image of WISDOM but the image of cheap imitation as your ACTIONS (DOING) are carefully thought out. You are condemned to live in your head, with your ego telling you what to DO according to the understanding of the conditioning that you have received.

    “Responsible”…. Let me smile at that word… 🙂 Responsible brings irresponsible.

    Now on your second question. Observe how you have distorted what I said in the previous article. I wrote “No-mind” does not exist in the BK vocabulary.” And then you add “experience” and bring “ShivBaba” into the picture.
    So you want me to tell you if ego cannot be dissolved throuhg ShivBaba?
    Then I ask you: How do we know that what we experience is ShivBaba? Then, we go back to the repeated example in my last article.
    “I am a soul.” “ShivBaba is my father.”  Repeat the mantra until it sinks in the mind. No experience.

    Now, do you see why I repeat the same examples?
    If I say: “I have not experienced that my ego gets reduced through yoga with ShivBaba” then others will say, that they have experienced that. Who is who to say when ego gets reduced when we are not aware when ego increases?
    Direct answers such as “Yes” or No” are so deceiving, when you have not experienced something and you just want an answer for the sake of being “RIGHT.”

    Spiritually is not about BEING “right or wrong.” So what is all about?
    That… “You” will need to find out yourself.

    For the common good.

     
    • Dinesh Chawla 1:54 AM on December 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you so much Ahnanda for responding to these questions. I somehow realize that if “Enligtment” or “Self realization” is for individual and no one else can give me, then there no meaning in asking so many questions and reading so many books! So I won’t be asking too many questions henceforth, I recall you writing in one article that “if there is a beatiful sun rise or sun set scene, rather than enjoying it, we ask questions on sun!”, in the same way rather than asking questions on words, I should enjoy reading and reflecting on those words! 🙂
      Another thing I wanted to say here is that I value BKs for one main thing and that is the realization of “I am not the mind”, becuase it happened only becuase of the belief given by the BK that Mind is the part of the soul, I am the soul, so I am the mind itself 🙂 Thanks Om shanti 🙂

      Like

      • avyakt7- New Generation 7:45 AM on December 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Dinesh: Enjoy your Life as it is, as the experience arrives without thoughts of comparing with others or hopes of
        making this experience “better in the future.”
        Enjoy the now as it is. Likewise, let others enjoy their version of happiness, for whatever that may be. If you take something out of these hundreds of writings, let this 5 or 6 lines be the main point. Thanks for BEING there.

        Like

        • Dinesh 8:32 AM on December 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          Yes Ahnanda…thank you so much bro…☺

          Like

  • avyakt7- New Generation 6:18 PM on December 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , knowledge, , , , , senior sister, , , spiritual practice,   

    “Practice” dulls the mind 

    When a person is ready for a change, because he wants to be “better” or “enlightened” or perhaps, he wants to find “God,” that point in their life is the beginning of their search for meaning. Again, it is the BEGINNING. The end is to find himself in order to find no-self. Just because I shared that, it doesn’t mean that “you know.” We only know if there is experience. There are no methods to get there. Life itself will bring the necessary experiences, some may say, it is “God” helping or giving those experiences.  That does not matter. What matters is to know through experience. To be honest with that.
    Here is another “spoiler:” When “I” find myself through “no-self,” there is no difference between “I” and “God.” There is no difference between “I” and Life.

    Most individuals are interested in having “answers,” in the beginning stage.
    Those “answers” are like beliefs. Those “answers” are not part of their consciousness, those are not experiential.
    It doesn’t matter whether the answer is “right or wrong.” It does not matter a bit; however, for someone living in the mind, those answers are all that matter.

    Ahnanda recalls that one day (many years ago) my sister came home and asked my father and “I”: “Who are you?” Both of us gave many known “correct answers” such as: spirits, sons of god, human beings, etc.
    Her answer was: “you are a soul.” She thought she knew. She taught us something that she learned someplace to take us away from our “ignorance.”
    But that label (soul) has no experience within it. It is truly an empty word.

    Our conditioning is that intellectual knowledge means to “know.”

    What is a soul? What does it feel to be a soul? How can “I” experience that feeling? What are the steps, the methods to get there?
    All of those questions are “pure” conditioning. Nevertheless, we want the “answers,” but, the meaning of “soul” remains elusive for those who only have the belief of that word spoken by some “higher authority.”

    Avyakt7-NG recalls attending a Brahma Kumaris gathering few years ago, with a well-known senior sister. Avyakt7 asked her: “How do we know if what we are experiencing is the soul?” Her answer was: “ You need more soul conscious practice.”
    It is a circular answer for an intelligent but meaningless question. Nevertheless, that answer was supposed to give me the incentive to “practice” back then. So, it was a politically correct answer, even though meaningless!

    At that time, Avyakt7 couldn’t understand the meaning of the mind; that is not the definition or the concept, but the experiential meaning, the “knowing.”
    Now, Ahnanda can see that all of those words, are there to distract the mind from looking inwards, from finding who am “I.”

    This finding has no way to be written in words.
    Looking inwards cannot have the restriction of some “method.” There is no path to get there, because there is no place to go.
    To be comfortable with who “I am” is the consequence of knowing who I am. That feeling, that BEING is the “answer.”

    Life has no questions nor answers. Only the mind has those.

    The BK path was giving me “answers” to keep the mind at ease. That path was giving me the chance to jump off the mind, if I had the awareness.

    “Yoga of the mind” is experienced in no-mind, but for someone absorbed in the mind, there is no way to observe beyond that. “No-mind” does not exist in the BK vocabulary.

    It is said “practice makes perfect,” but continuous practice dulls the mind. What is the purpose of repeating a mantra or a “spiritual practice,” everyday? To dull the mind to get out of it. That is the unspoken “theory” of that “practice.”

    Enjoyment is in no-mind and that, harmonizes the mind. We can do something many times as long as we enjoy it. That is not “practice.”
    Enjoyment is the opposite of “practice.” “Spirituality” is in enjoyment, never in “practice.”

    For the common good.

     
    • Dinesh Chawla 1:35 AM on December 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Ahnanda, in your many articles, I observe that a few same experiences are being said in a different way with a different context, well that can be your awesome way of sharing the experience with us, and thanks a lot for that bro. Well, slowly slowly, this observation is becoming a part in my day to day life and it’s really a beautiful experience, because it has started developing a stage of a detached observer of my own drama of life 😀
      Well, though you have explained how and why are we looking for answer, can you please share your viewpoint which mostly acts as answer for me for the following two questions that are related to my experience of being an Adhar Kumar with BKs in past 🙂

      How much are we responsible for the sorrow of souls in connection with us? BKs believe that “we are not responsible for the unhappiness and sorrow of other people, it’s just their creation”. At the same time, others are also not responsible for our sorrow and unhappiness!! Can you PLEASE take this subject for one article in upcoming week, either here or on your blog. Please bro, thanks 🙂
      My second question is a small and direct question, the path of BKism has no way to experience “No-Mind” and “No-I”?? Ego can’t be dissolved with Shivbaba?

      PLEASE share your viewpoint on these questions, and thanks again, OM SHANTI 🙂

      Like

  • avyakt7- New Generation 11:58 AM on October 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , blind faith, , , , knowledge, , , reason, search, self, ,   

    Worship “reasoning” to find “truth.” 

    If we could experience that our consciousness will give us a particular experience, then it will be very hard to pinpoint something as the “truth.”
    “Reason” is only a methodology to grasp certainty at the mental level. Reason is very superficial when we are dealing with the depth of Life. Nevertheless, most individuals rely on “reason” as the standard to find “truth,” what is “right.”

    Religions such as Brahma Kumaris and Christianity, have built their “truth” based on follower’s interpretations of experiences lived by their religious founders.
    The “Holy Bible” and the BK Murli are examples of that. They can only convey a particular perspective from a certain consciousness.

    If someone uses “rationality” to explore the Bible of the Murli, pretty soon there will be certain items which do not fit the rational standard.
    Then, their messages are discarded as “irrational.”
    We could argue all we want about the “truth” behind the Bible or the BK Murli. It is a very good mind exercise and nothing else.

    The Bible and the BK Murli are not meant to be dissected with rationality. They are meant to be followed, believed, respected. Those documents become the center stage, the source of authority to replace a missing presence of a God.
    “Blind faith” is required to go fully into their path.

    Unfortunately, this great opportunity to awaken to different kind of realities, doesn’t bring that benefit most of the time; but rather a “hard-nosed” follower who believes to have the “truth” or the chance to control followers for different purposes not related with inner-exploration.

    Going through the experience of whatever label/religion we believe to BE, is what will bring change in the individual.

    Whenever we embrace something like a religion or lack of it (atheist,) we will position ourselves at the starting point of our search in Life. The complete experience will be, once we reject that which we embraced at the beginning. That is the way of duality.
    This is not a mental agreement and then a rejection. Your whole BEING will be in it.

    BEING caught up in the existence of a God or lack of it, is of no consequence to change of consciousness and as such, to the possibility to self-realize.

    Once the search for God is over, there is no-God. But once no-God is embraced, then there must be God. That is the game of duality.
    Beyond that game, there is “I,” self.
    That is where the search may finish until we find “no-I.”

    Then, the search is over for there is nothing to search for a “nobody.”

    Yes. It is hard to understand. It is no rational. Thus, it is nonsense.
    The mind is caught up with itself.
    There are no “holy scriptures” or beliefs or lack of them that could take a person into the openness which is necessary to feel fulfilled in Life.

    Living Life experiences will do that. However, since those are too frequent, we dismiss their value. We are not awoken to OBSERVE the movements of Life and consciousness.
    We rather have a mental story in our minds backed up by rationality or lack of, to believe in.

    We are so “happy” by seeing pictures of a meal, rather than experiencing the meal itself. We try to search on how to quench our thirst, what is the “true method,” to do that rather than having the experience of drinking.

    Paradoxically, if you embrace thirst, satiation of thirst will follow… but then after that, thirst will be experienced again. How to get rid of thirst?
    By not making it into a “rational problem.”

    For the common good.

     
c
Compose new post
j
Next post/Next comment
k
Previous post/Previous comment
r
Reply
e
Edit
o
Show/Hide comments
t
Go to top
l
Go to login
h
Show/Hide help
shift + esc
Cancel
%d bloggers like this: