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  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on September 1, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    The essence of spirituality – Part 1 

    Awareness. That is the essence of spirituality. End of report.

    There are many levels of awareness according to our consciousness. There is a time when we separate things through awareness: There is “I,” and “You,” together with all the other pronouns and then “Me” and the rest of the world. Then, the well known “inside” and “outside.” However, there is a level when we could become aware of the togetherness of all.

    Consciousness cannot be ‘improved’ through ‘practice.’ However, there has to be a willingness beyond anything else in life, to know “thyself.” Knowing thyself means to know Life as well. It is not one and then the other but knowing one, you know the other. We are one.

    Consciousness changes as we experience the different facets of Life. We are never the same. It is the awareness of those changes while they are happening, which brings further sharpness in that quality of awareness.

    We could interchangeably use the term “observation” with awareness at one level, but they are not the same at a different ‘higher’ level of consciousness.

    Together with willingness to go through this seldom walked path, there has to be utmost honesty to be able to perceive where we ARE in consciousness. When that honesty is not there, we could accept many beliefs as ‘true,’ when in fact, we have never experienced them. While living in that self lie, there is no way to go further. Something may be ‘true’ but if it is not in our experience, we are only lying to ourselves. That is dishonesty.

    In spirituality, we are not concerned in “getting the right answer” as it is in society. We are concerned in BEING true to ourselves. What good is it to know that we are “eternal souls” when we do not have that experience and we do not act as if knowing that? How could that knowledge help us in our quest for self knowledge? If we have the “right” answer as the thing to find, then we could never accept other turns which Life may bring us. If there is something that I have learned and that I would like to convey to all readers, it is that “every path is different for every individual. Although these paths have the same destination, although at different times.”

    In society we have learned “not to reinvent the wheel” and some religions believe that all we need to DO is to follow what someone else like a “saint” or religious leader has done. However, my experience is that in spirituality the “wheel has to be reinvented” for every path, every experience, every perception is different in Life. Thus, all we can do is share our own experience and never a ‘method’ or a ‘system’ that will allow us to ‘get there.’

    A person who is just a “baby” in spirituality and listening about the different perceptions of consciousness will say: “ So one perception must be the right one. Who is right ?” He just wants an answer. Something intellectual to give him the idea that “he knows.” This type of person usually will be living life just to enjoy his senses. He will eat anything at any time as long as it tastes “good” (based on conditioning or even imitation), or she could believe that a mirror is her best judge. She will not become aware of how her judgment about her physical observation came to be. The majority of the people on Earth are still at this level. The more conditioned they are through the media and the marketing machinery of society, the less capacity for judgment of their learned values, they will have. These individuals will tend to live life just like their parents did, perpetuating all the unhealed issues which came from living in a ‘modern’ society.

    As this ‘modern’ society seems to endlessly migrate from Nature into walls of concrete and roads of asphalt, (where entertainment means to distract the mind from BEING himself) then this individual will lose his capacity to appreciate his connection with mother Earth and therefore, his ability to FEEL. In turn, this person will be worshiping the mind and living a world of “virtual reality,” where the mind takes over his life.

    The end result is a person who THINKS all the time: “I think I love you.” They will say. “I think we should DO this.” “I think the solution is that.”

    These individuals are unaware that reasoning has a limited scope. Thought usually perceives the surface of matters while supporting separation. These individuals are unaware that thought is from the past, as it comes from our conditioning and previous experiences. Thought cannot bring enjoyment, happiness and peace which at the same time, is what they want.

    The gist of thinking is to compare, to analyze, to dissect things in parts, to extrapolate based on fixed premises and to bring the past to our mind to be articulated by our language, which has been catered to polarize meanings: It is black OR white. There is no awareness that there could be something in between. Those analytical capacities are very useful in the “office world” and to operate in “Life in the head” through philosophies and all sorts of beliefs and even scientific discoveries, but those ways have no chance to understand our emotional subjective reality or yet another human or a different species which is unable to ‘speak.’

    That type of individual has been trained to exploit, subdue and compete with another. That type of individual will kill to obtain what he wants and will rationalize all sorts of separations made through his morality, to conquer anything he wants. That type of person is not sensitive enough to ‘see’ beyond his mind. But yet, those “qualities” are admired and watered down to be “politically correct” and taught to others as values to pursue to “succeed in life.”

    When a person is able to perceive his feelings, emotions and thoughts without identifying with them and able to live life while self observing his every movement, thought and feeling; then that individual is in the process of transitioning to a different way of living: FEELING. Perhaps then, she will realize how absurd it is to say “I think I love you.” Moreover, that person will be able to observe one of the greatest lies of all time since the time of Descartes ( I think therefore, I am) , which is that human beings are not truly rational beings but rather emotional beings. – I FEEL therefore, I AM.

    Since that type of person is unable to FEEL Love, beauty, peace and joy, all they have left is the “idea” dictated by their beliefs of what those ‘things’ are.

    Thus, they will “practice” those ideas. As a consequence, the FEELING beyond thought is never known; but merely an idea mixed with emotionality which they carry as a response of defense against the environment (the outside) which they want to subdue. That perception of what “I want” and what the “outside brings,” creates a conflict (ego) which is usually solved by conquering the other through some form of violence.

    How is it possible for this person to experience Love, beauty, peace and happiness then? It is not possible, but paradoxically these individuals “talk” all the time about these FEELINGS as the “right solutions” to the problems in humanity.

    That is their extent of disconnection with their reality and the limitation of their awareness.

    (Will continue)

     
    • Gayathri 10:28 AM on September 12, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Om shanti brother. Yes, what you said is right, we use our intellect/mind more than we observe our feelings. This happens even when we sit in meditation; the mind keeps thinking or giving directions (a commentary) to meditate but the ‘heart’ does not feel what it has to experience/ feel.

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on August 25, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    Your reality is what you believe that to be 

    The above is not used in the typical “feel good spirituality” where we believe to be millionaires to “attract” money or wealth.

    The above means that what we believe right now about ourselves and Life, is the way we will behave and respond to the different faces that Life may present to us.

    Observe one belief that you have. That is the border that we will not be able to easily go across. However, beliefs are not “bad.” They have their own timing and they act sort of what a baby playpen does: It is protection in a way.

    I am thankful for the beliefs I had as a BK follower at that time. Otherwise, I could have gone astray. In fact; I was heading into that route when the BK experience appeared in my Life.

    However, as my consciousness and experiences in Life allowed me to see a different “reality,” then my beliefs changed and as I wasn’t going astray anymore; my beliefs kept changing until realizing through conscious experience both, the benefits and detriments of beliefs.

    Once the path of going into greater consciousness is accepted as your core living value, then things may turn around to test you.

    Like many, I have had many disappointments in Life. In fact, every time something appeared which apparently was “good” for me, it changed around no matter how much “positive thinking” and “making my own reality” through my mind, I practiced. That told me that all of those “feel good schemes” that mainstream spirituality sells for a bargain, did not work for me. It may work for another though.

    Now I realize that those disappointments have created the opportunities for my development by placing me in unforeseen situations. Otherwise, how on Earth ‘my’ BEING was going to move into a ‘higher’ direction? By reading books? By intellectually understanding concepts? No! That does not work. If you have ‘decided’ to evolve as a BEING and move into the direction of light, then Life itself is your teacher and there will be many disappointments to scale down that ego. The “I” has expectations and disappointments are the other side of the complete experience.

    Sometimes I wanted for something to happen and did everything in my power for that to occur, but the outcome went another way. “Feel good mainstream spirituality” will teach us ‘methods’ and ‘steps’ to take to “get what we want in Life,” or better yet : “To get what we deserve.”

    Now I understand, that “getting what I want” is not what my spiritual path is allowing me to experience, but rather to expand my consciousness and be able to maneuver in every Life setting, thus whatever ‘I see’ or perceive is only the reflection of who I am. Let me explain that.

    The physical senses perceive things. That perception varies among people. For instance, let us take what we recognize as physical beauty. It is conditioning. The mind will tell us while looking at another: “pretty” or “ugly,” a duality. Words create a mood and most will act based on that. However, when you look at someone, as long as your own BEING has beauty; there is no way to sense ugliness even if we could perceive lack of physical harmony in another. Beauty is not in the eye of the beholder. Beauty is your own reflection, seen in the outside mirror of that which you are ‘looking at.’ Beauty is in the BEING of the beholder.

    Again, we could see lack of proportion, lack of something; but there will not be a rejection in us, a revulsion or disgust. It will be as if we were looking at the uniqueness of someone. Our senses will give us a description of shape, which in turn is affected by our social conditioning; but beauty is not there.

    Therefore, if we believe to be beautiful but when we observe, we find disgust and ugliness; then our belief is easily discovered as such, just a belief. That belief wasn’t real.

    Moreover, the observer IS the observed. I am not saying that if we see a pot, we are the pot. If we see a pot, what we FEEL is what we ARE. That is the mirror. What our senses perceive is not ‘truly’ what is real. Any scientist can attest to that. What we FEEL is the reality of that experience. Let me dissect that: Our senses will give us a perception, however; the “reality” of what truly that is, cannot be known. According to scientists, a pot of clay is a mixture of atoms or particles separated by space. In general, we do not perceive that. Our perception will be driven by conditioning and previous experiences. Thus, if we cannot know what is there, then reality is what we feel about that experience. That feeling is the true known outcome of the experience of relating with ‘another object.’ Observe a roach. Observe a table. Be aware of the feeling. That is our reality at that time, who we ARE. This realization goes over any concept or idea or even wonderful experiences that we may have had in the past, for spirituality is about the now, thus; timeless.

    Therefore, when we find great opportunities in disappointments and in receiving something from Life that we did not want or expect, then observe how you FEEL. If you feel good either way, then we are cooking! (‘improving.’) That is what in other religions is known as “accepting God’s will,” or it is also stated as “as it is inside, it is outside.”

    It is important to observe that we are no putting up a show to ourselves where we ‘see’ everything as beautiful, great and super. Honestly acknowledge what you FEEL to find out who you ARE. That is the unmistakable gauge to measure where we ARE in spirituality.

    * ( The use of ‘ ‘ rather than ” “, denotes that I could not find a better word to express myself. Thus, that word may be inaccurate.)

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on July 28, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    All “good” answers are according to time 

    Man is inherently bound with life and time. In the Brahma Kumaris and many other religions there is the idea of becoming like the perfect portrait of ourselves as it was in the “beginning.” Even though it is a laudable direction, there is the fact that “now” is not like “before.”

    There is an issue when a religious philosophy has a mental picture of what “should be,” and that is to pretend that “what is” does not exist, judge it as wrong or worse yet, insinuating a complete rejection.

    To illustrate, sexuality and gender distinction are good examples. Someone following a spiritual path may identify her/himself as being bisexual, pansexual, homosexual, transgender/transsexual or any other term which is not related with being ‘straight.’ If we take that fact into the situation of a philosophy like the Brahma Kumaris or even Christianity, we could have many arguments based on the “truth” of those religious beliefs which show what “should be.” For instance: “Lakshmi and Narayan were female and male. That is what existed in the Golden age, thus; that is what is right.” or “God created male and female to live with each other as husband and wife. Anything else is not the law.”

    Life is not an ideal picture to be held in our minds, or an unmovable paragraph which conveys some truth. This misunderstanding is the one creating havoc and suffering in many human beings.

    Someone ‘smart’ may argue back: “We should strive to be the highest, the purest and not fall to something less than that.” Therefore, if I am a BK I will exclude sexuality from my life, for that is the way the Golden age is, according to my belief. Moreover, I will avoid mingling with people of the opposite gender which are attractive to me, to avoid ‘falling into temptation.’ However, in that solution there are 2 issues: 1) A promotion of homosexuality. 2) A consent for repression: If there is a temptation, then there is suppression which is not healthy for a follower after sometime. That same issue is happening in the Catholic religion, where gender separation has been offered as a ‘solution’ to live closer to God. What are the results? Promotion of homosexuality and sexual practices with children. Thus, we cannot hide the diversity of gender identities and sexual orientations at this time. We may need to take the veil out of our eyes and see what “is” rather than what “should be. ” The follower may need to take a deep look at themselves, be honest and act accordingly. If your nature is not according to what a religion promotes, then repression will be unavoidable. Then perhaps that particular belief is not for you at that particular time. That may change later on, as Life is change and to flow in Life we will need to learn to swim using the momentum and direction of those waters. This is not a license for debauchery, which is the other extreme. That honesty should remain in the discovery of attachment, addiction and neediness in our lives, for that awareness will give us something to ‘work on’ no matter what faith we decide to follow. Balance is the key.

    That “perfect” world in Heaven or the Golden Age did not know about duality in Life. This world “now,” is full of it. See the difference?

    I used quotes in the word “perfect,” for that is another illusion. This should be clearly understood by any Brahma Kumaris follower, for in an eternally repeating cycle every moment is unique, eternal and repetitive. Thus, what is the need to use labels to praise one experience at one point in time and then to belittle another? There is no sense, for those moments will appear again.

    That which I just tried to explain, will be very difficult to convey to a Christian or most any other believing in a monotheistic, free-will type of religion. That brings my second point, there couldn’t be further understanding because their own beliefs trap them into a limiting world. In other words, their beliefs, philosophies, etc. allows for borders to appear and with that limitations. A Christian believer could be very smart, but he will move under the limits of that which is known as “Christianity.”

    How is that person going to open up to another notch of consciousness? By the experience of something different. Typically that which was rejected will come back and hopefully there will be an opening this time for newness; as intellectual backgrounds are static; then perhaps a personal experience will truly move his consciousness, for that cannot be denied. You see, it is great to debate another on intellectual terms as to what is right and what is not, but when you experience something which is against your beliefs, then that will shake you and allow you for the first time to look at something different.

    That is why acceptance is key. With that sort of acceptance there is no need to know any philosophy or any “truth,” uttered by anyone. Acceptance does not mean to participate in something which does not resonate with us. Acceptance means to acknowledge and to allow it to be, although it doesn’t seem like ‘perfection.

    My friend Mathias told me one time, “the search for perfection only brings suffering;” and that is the experience of those looking for it at this time. But yet, suffering is not bad or good. It is merely a consequence of following a particular path. If we are aware to learn from that, then that experience will be invaluable. The other side is that suffering may bring trauma which is another notch of experience in our quest for perfection. The good news is that healing of that experience comes when we understand and acknowledge its worth in our lives; that is when we accept it.

    As our beliefs and securities are left aside, then we will be open to know different things, different answers which will be valuable at that particular time. We cannot find “the answer,” but only what seems to be working for us at one point in time. As we move on, those answers will move on as well.

    Greater depth in Life is not found by intellectual pursuits. Depth comes through assimilation of Life experiences, then that becomes an insight which cannot put static frames of beliefs upon new experiences, but rather; will allow us to see possibilities rather than a tunnel vision of what ‘should be.’

    Every belief has a time to BE and a time not to BE. Any answer given according to the consciousness of a person, will be without a doubt; the “right” answer.

    Will resume writing on August 18, 2021. Until then ! 🙂

     
    • Gayathri 8:13 AM on August 2, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Om shanti brother Ahnanda. This article is very deep and thought-provoking. Thanks for sharing your experience. My perception about life also has been going through gradual changes and I am very happy about it as the realisation/ understanding is arising out of my own experiences. I am happy to announce that my meditation and stage have improved considerably in the recent past as I have given the freedom to my mind and heart to act spontaneously. Thanks once again for your article.

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Spirituality for the masses and the few 

    It is an interesting phenomena that our society pretends to massify everything for this is translated into profits. For instance, “Best sellers” are an appeal to the collective consciousness, the masses. Similarly, Spirituality has evolved in our society into something that could be bought and learned by all.

    Brahma Kumaris is an example of such stream. Its appeal increases as the masses are able to understand and follow what before was unthinkable. It is important to observe that spiritual teachings have always been according to time, for consciouness evolves. It is never the same. This in itself is a tremendous “proof” to debacle the idea of having the “truth” as some static, unchanged entity like a paragraph of a “holy book.” Life is the reference of truth and there is nothing as ever changing as Life itself.

    Why is there a need to give spiritual teachings with the support of so called “VIPs”? Without a doubt it is the massification machine in action. A “VIP” has the background which is viewed as “successful” in our society. The masses will tend to believe in their “spiritual wisdom” as well, for they have given the “proof” of their success in society. The masses desire to get into the “me too” bandwagon.

    Similarly any type of “spiritual teaching” followed as a fool-proof method, has no other value but to assure the mind of having attained something important. In my BK days, I recall that even the need of “certification” was established to take some spiritual classes geared towards teaching spirituality in the business world. Every year a class needed to be taken to have the right to teach. Just like what societies are used to. There is nothing wrong with that procedure, as mental people believe that spirituality is about convincing the mind; nevertheless, that procedure has only a “beginner value.” We can teach some business VIPs to be “more compassive” or to resolve issues from a “spiritual view” (whatever we think that may be) however, these individuals cannot BE what they have learned.

    Spirituality for the masses is an attempt to convince minds of the “truth” of some procedure, philosophy or belief. “I believe” has no meaning whatsoever once the territory of the masses or collective consciousness is left.

    While societies teach the value of alluring to the masses, if has been known but seldom spoken; that many deeper spiritual teachings have been kept in secret and given only to those deemed to be ready or worthwhile.
    Basically, as the individual progresses the number of people involved will be less. That will not work in the set up of our society. Why write books which will only be understood by few? Why teach any classes where only a handful of students will show up?

    As an example, I started my “spiritual /religious” career as a Catholic. Churches are full of people who “believe” in something and worship something. As I became older, Brahma Kumaris entered my life. My Christian “perceived truth” which was believed by many people around me, changed into “my own BK experience” which similarly had other BK people into it but fewer than before. The appeal was to convince the mind that there was something beyond the mind, so then the mind had the chance to come up with some reasons to “prove” to others what they cannot yet see.  This is a fantastic ego-booster. The mind is happy. I am “special.”

    To convince the mind that there is more beyond it, is the appeal of Brahma Kumaris, for we “normal people” are stuck in the world of the mind. That is our “reality.” Have you experienced “predestination” in your Life? Yes? This is the chance to convince to others who are into “free will.” Bring your “proof.” Had a fantastic experience in meditation? Bring your proof. Convince others. Show them how special you are for having “attained” something. Brahma Kumaris offers the peer support necessary to feel “special.”
    When I started my BK career, I barely felt what “energies” and “vibrations” were. At that point; visualizations and imagination had to be used. The experience of “feeling” was lacking. When I ended my BK “career,” I felt what those energies were, but there was nothing I could do with them. Imagining that “I am a world benefactor” by sending “sakash” is not the same as actually BEING it, so it is DONE without DOING; but we need to start someplace. Imagination or visualization is a good one, as long as we are aware that we are not there yet.

    To talk about the “third eye” is not the same as actually feeling it. A whole different dimension is experienced when that “third eye” is actually open. The description of this may be considered as “hocus pocus” stuff for “normal” mind driven people, who are only concerned in “scientific proof,” that is in mass revealing appeal to be considered the “truth.”

    Most only talk about the third eye. They have information. They even believe in exercises sold as “best sellers,” where it is taught that everyone can open their third eye and have wonderful, mind boggling experiences. Nevertheless, that is not the same as having the third eye open. Few will have that experience.
    Have we ever read a book by Dadi Janki on “Fool proof steps to open your third eye”? or “How I opened my third eye in 10 easy steps.” There is a “reason” for that.

    The “spiritual truths” of Spirituality will change as we change. The BK world had a particular place in my Life, which was necessary for my own development. However, there was more which I needed to learn and experience according to “my role.”

    Nevertheless, the importance of knowing philosophies or having experience of the ‘kundalini’ energy or being a gifted clairvoyant has no consequence at all in our own inner development.
    In Spirituality, the starting point and end of all is to BE a compassionate, loving human being. It doesn’t matter where you come from or which path or “true” method you follow.
    BEING that is all that matters for those who are interested in the common good, and consequently servicing the World. People without that understanding want to “help” the world by DOING things. That is another way of boosting their ego. An Ego-centric person wants to “help others”?
    BEING is first. Help by DOING follows that automatically as a shadow. When our DOING aligns with our BEING, there is help without wanting to help, there is “true” spirituality without studying philosophies and following practices.
    Most importantly, there is a “true” an authentic human being who is not hiding behind the mask of appearances and dishonesty. The masses do not understand that.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on April 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    On BK Dadi Janki 

    It was a sad surprise when I found out that Dadi “left the body.” Even though I did not have many interactions with her, the few I had were meaningful for me.

    I recall the experience of “silence” that Dadi gave to the attendants of the inauguration of a Bk center in Lima, Peru back in 2004. She stood still while the room became quiet, it felt to me as if I was free floating on the Ocean. My father who was there mentioned that “it felt different.” He wasn’t into the “spiritual subtle experiences,” so that was a confirmation to me of what I felt.

    In another ocassion while In Madhuban, I went to “Baba’s rock” by myself to meditate. I was going through a very low time in my life. I stood up an opened my arms as if I wanted to embrace God. On the way back, Dadi was giving blessing cards and toli after her class. The blessing she gave me said: “You are a beloved child of God and He has given his hands to you…” the rest of the blessing I don’t recall; but that part stayed with me as “proof” of God.

    Brahma Kumaris had in Dadi Janki a significant representative. For me and probably most “Double Foreigners,” Dadi Janki was the face of Brahma Kumaris. She has interacted with “double foreigners” more than any other Dadi that I can remember.
    Dadi janki was unconventional. She had charisma even with her nagging ways on some Bks. On that she was very similar in personality to Rajnesh (Osho.)
    Dadi Janki showed an authentic personality beyond the “political smiles and soft ways” of some. That authenticity is what I take from her.

    Dadi had the gift of fortune telling. That isn’t typically developed, but it happens in Life to some. From her I learned that to give advise to someone, is a very tricky business; unless someone has accurate information about the future of the person. Otherwise, whatever it is said is only given in a blindfolded way.
    Toss a coin. Heads or tails. Follow that. There is no difference with the advise given by others without that gift.

    Back in 2004, I lost a “good job” in the USA and was unemployed. I asked to Dadi for advise as to what to do. She said to go back and do service in Peru with my sister. She said to me that I needed to look into what attachment was. That I did, and discovered many things throughout the years. After that meeting, I was cured from asking for advice to a human being ever again. Of course I did what she said, but it wasn’t what I truly wanted to hear. Eventually I went back to the USA with some seniors’ “permission,” rebuilt my life again to a comparable position where I was before and now… I am back in Peru. But this time, there is no attachment. Back there, after Dadi finished giving me advise, her face showed that she knew more info but she couldn’t say it or wouldn’t say it. That is another lesson I learned: What you know needs to be disclosed according to time, for in Life the trip from A to D is not necessarily going through B and C and every person has a particular predestined journey. Wisdom resides in respecting their journey.

    I did not quite understood that back then. As for some years I felt as if Dadi didn’t want me to “do good in Life” (get a good job) and instead told me to leave my previous comfortable Life with everything and everyone I knew there in the USA and go get an uncomfortable life in Peru just to “do service” there. Now looking back; Dadi gave me the practical training in the lesson of attachment, that I was going to need now. We need to pass the test by allowing Life to show us our destiny, and feeling alright with that. We do not pass if we have ill feelings. We cannot change those feelings through will power. We need to process and completely accept and trust, that there is meaning in every turn in Life. We are not alone.

    Some lessons will require that we spend many years to learn. However, “learning” is not the correct word; but rather to “process,” to “assimilate.” We don’t go from attachment into lack of it when we understand intellectually that “attachment is bad. I must get rid of it.” That is infantile. We need to process an experience. We may need to pay with years of our own lives to assimilate. Then change happens automatically.

    Back then as a one year old BK, Dadi Janki told me about my attachment (weakness) as I had no idea that it was there. Now, I look at my own weaknesses myself. Back in my BK days, I did not have the awareness to look inside. I did not understand about the layers to observe and become attentive to. I did not understand how the ideal of becoming something which I wasn’t, was forcing me into repression. In fact, it is the light of deep observation the one which eventually will make the change as long as we do not have an idea set in our minds as to what “should the change be.”

    What I just shared in the last paragraph, is very important. Unfortunately, I cannot go deeper for it will be misunderstood. Those who are going through exactly that, will recognize what I am trying to convey, because of their own experience.

    I’d like to finish this write up, by celebrating the uniqueness of Dadi Janki. If there is a quality that I will remember about her, that is her authenticity. In these times where being part of the herd mentality is expected and celebrated, we may need to learn the art of authenticity. That comes when we are at peace with ourselves by freely portraying what we are meant to be.

    That inner peace is what Dadi showed in her own unique way. Interestingly, she liked to say “Om Shanti,” (3 times) as she had the experience of it.

    Talk the talk and BEING the talk.

     
    • Anoushka 11:35 PM on April 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for sharing…that was my experience too!

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    • Gayathri 12:55 PM on April 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I used to get ‘jealous’ of her because of her smiling face which reflected constant happiness. 🙂

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 6:29 AM on July 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    To follow a path 

    If a path can be explained to others, if it has all the turns and streets mapped out for others to follow, is not the “only true path.”
    It cannot be. Life cannot be put into a philosophy or some dogma.
    Nevertheless, religious dogmatic paths also called “spiritual paths,” are necessary for without them a person wouldn’t be able to gain the necessary experience to “know.”

    A child needs the structure offered by parents. However, that structure cannot fit the Life experiences of an adult.
    Society dictates a path to follow. Our parents do the same, based on their conditioning. But ultimately Life, cannot be met from that perspective.
    It is a narrow perspective. There is more in Life.

    Life is a pathless path. This is overwhelming for those conditioned to look for security at every corner. These individuals are content swimming in their own backyard pool. They are not ready to meet the Ocean. Life is an Ocean.

    The Brahma Kumaris path is a valid path. Just like Christianity. Just like Buddhism or any other spiritual –“ism.”
    If those paths are taken to the full extent, they will show us our rejections, our repressions, our firm beliefs and ultimate our deepest fears. However, most individuals are not interested in “knowing” that. Most are interested in “having the truth, in being right.”
    If they are unable to see their own “truth,” what are they counting on having?
    Just a satisfactory belief. Something to talk about, discuss and defend. That becomes an extension of their own ego. Once the “ego trip” is over, they will be looking for something else.

    That inability to see their own truth, will be covered with all sorts of self inflicted falsehoods. That is inner dishonesty.
    Some day we may discover that any helpful path, can only take us back to ourselves.

     
    • Chandra Prakash Suman 11:12 AM on July 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Avyakt7
      Please share your experience about channeling and mediumship. Some oraganization and individuals claim challenging and other about mediumship. When asked at Brahmakumaris how God can come in individual person? They quoted a verse from Bhagvad Gita “Whenever there is decay of righteousness, O Bharata, And there is exaltation of unrighteousness, then I Myself come forth ; For the protection of the good, for the destruction of evil-doers, For the sake of firmly establishing righteousness, I am born from age to age” (ch-4 verse 7-8). I have read Bhagvad Gita and feel that it explores every aspects of life.
      Please share your opinion
      Regards

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      • ahnanda 10:34 AM on July 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for your question. It was answered in today’s post. 🙂

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 6:09 AM on May 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    The existence of God 

    Does God exist?
    There are only 2 possible answers: Yes or No.
    Reasonably, there can be many arguments against or for.
    Experientially, the “special” few will share their experiences to the many.
    The many will become followers, believers…

    Therefore, there are many who are “right” and many who are “wrong,” depending on the chosen belief. An intelligent person wants to align with those who are “right” so he too can be “right.” That is the silly game of the mind.

    “God” is without meaning to those who are only interested in a simple “yes” or “no” or for those interested in being “right.”
    “God” has meaning for those who are looking for a way out of suffering, those who are searching for hope during an otherwise, meaningless life. A simple yes or no will not quench their thirst.

    Religions have their own versions of “God.” Christians have a God who has existed in their awareness for 2000 years. Brahma Kumaris has a God, who has existed for 100 years for those believers. Both gods are different. “Eternal Life” is the only thing they have in common.
    If a Hollywood movie star gives his opinion, such as: “God does not exist. I believe in Science,” or “Everyone has their own take of God. My God is as I want him to be.”
    Those statements make sense, they are reasonable, however; completely meaningless.
    Those movie stars, have not started the journey of searching for answers in Life for suffering hasn’t knock at their doors enough times yet. “Searching” is not about reading books or information.

    To know the answer of that question is a journey: Deny God all you want. It may take many years or a Life time. Then, it is guarantee that you will believe in God. At the end of that journey, you will have the answer.
    OR believe in God all you want. Join religions, convert others, etc. Then, naturally, you will deny his existence. At the end of that journey, you will have the answer. The believer and the atheist are the same.

    The “yes” and the “no” will take you to the same place as long as we go through the complete “yes” and the complete “no.” Otherwise, we will only have beliefs, even though rational, logical; those beliefs will only serve to divide people through the use of labels but there will not be a bit of meaning, able to affect our consciousness.

    A complete journey will change our consciousness, although we don’t know when. It just happens.
    All we have to DO is to allow for change to happen. The “truth” of the answer of the existence of God, is in the honest search which brings a journey.
    No one can give you an answer. We need to find it ourselves.

    The ones who truly know, cannot talk about it. Why?
    The answer: Compassion.

     
    • Christopher 8:37 AM on May 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Avyakt ,I feel that no one knows the answer so how is “compassion “the answer to the one who knows ? (Compassion on what?? I couldn’t understand your point of view .

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    • Gayathri 9:38 PM on May 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      The one who understands the journey, and finds his own ‘truth’ about God, will not ‘disturb’ others to believe what he has learnt, simply because he is compassionate; he lets them continue with their own journey so as to find their own truth. Any individual would find his own truth in different births in different ways with different answers. 🙂

      In this context i would like to share my experience: i have a friend who is highly spiritual (according to our yard stick 🙂 ) and has certain spiritual gifts. Once, around 27 years ago (I was not a BK then), we were discussing the atheistic approach of two people who were closely connected to us and she told me that both these people, in their previous births, were staunch devotees and priests. Their experiences made them lose faith in God and thus they had become total atheists in the present birth. At that time i just believed what she said because i knew she had no ulterior motives in revealing her thoughts. But now i think i understand the process of our life’s journey to some extent.

      Either way, this also could be an assumption, after all. 🙂
      regards,
      Gayathri.

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    • Gayathri 2:53 AM on June 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Want to share a message that i sent yesterday to a group called Victoriousjewels. I received a few responses and again replied to them. The one i am going to send to this blog was my first message on the topic, “making effort”.

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    • Gayathri 2:55 AM on June 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Making effort according to drama… some observations.

      Dear Victorious jewels,
      Om shanti.

      Would like to share with you some observations that i made in this spiritual journey. Hope you will go through this message and share your thoughts too.

      I have been in gyan and reading muralis since 25 years… With passing of time, and in the company of some senior yogis, i have observed and learnt a few things.

      1.. Baba gives the murali for students of all ages, starting from the one day old child to 5,6 decade old children. Because of this vast range of ‘age groups’ in the global class room, he has to give different directions to children of different age groups on any given day in a single murali. And it is our job to assimilate the knowledge first at the basic level and then gradually try to learn and experiment at a higher level to become a mature yogi.

      That is the reason why Baba asks us to ‘dive deep in to the ocean of knowledge’ to get the real/ precious jewels. But many BKs get stuck at the basic level and choose to stay only on the shores of the Ocean and collect the shells; that is, they take Baba’s words literally instead of grasping the message he conveys, and end up understanding the murali superficially.

      3.Recently i met a relative of mine who once narrated me his story of meeting an expert of “Nadi shastram’, and this meeting has inspired me to share my thoughts on Drama with you once again after a gap of one year on this topic. 🙂

      (Nadi astrology /shastram is based on predictions that an ancient Tamil sage called Agathiyar had written on palm leaves. Apparently, there’s a palm leaf that corresponds to everyone. If you find your leaf, you’ll get to know your future.)

      And the predictions given for my relative were very very accurate including the name of his wife! Please be reminded that they were written more than one thousand years ago and my relative would have taken quite a number of births after that to reach the present life. That means, unless all his previous births were also predetermined, he would not have reached the present life, the main incidents of which were already accurately written on that palm leaf.

      The sage Agathiyar had predicted the future of lakhs of people accurately that too more than a thousand years ago.

      Baba says that this drama is predestined and that whatever happens now will get repeated every kalpa in the same way second by second. Nadi shastram PROVES this point. It reveals as to what is happening in our present life, that means, whatever we have done in the past 10 or more births (after it was written at least 1000 years ago) must have followed a pre determined pattern for us to have reached the present state of being.

      We may believe that by ‘making effort’ we can change our destiny. But, we have been noticing that even among the BKs who have faith in the Father, and read murali every day, and ‘make effort’ to improve themselves, how many had attained success?

      Why is it that some could make progress and some couldn’t? That is because of Drama which follows the pre written script accurately.

      We notice some BKs, even after decades of practising Raja yoga, have not changed/ could not change their sanskars. Why is it so? DRAMA.

      Baba says, “The role of 84 births are recorded in the soul which can not be erased.” – This is shrimat, is n’t it? This is from the murali, is n’t it? Then where is the question of making effort or not making effort when we could only attain whatever is destined to happen?

      The cassette player (soul) is just a cassette player from which the cassette of our role is being played. The cassette player can not manipulate the cassette to play other than what is recorded in it, or, can it? 🙂

      Understanding this aspect is what enables us to be detached observers and maintain the consciousness of being an ‘instrument’. This makes us to understand every one’s role, and to be sympathetic to them. This realisation enables us to give love and respect to every actor in the drama as no matter what kind of role is being played through a soul, it is just a role and the soul has no authority to bring changes in his/ her role. This is a predestined drama and the drama script is eternal.

      ” But, Baba tells us to make effort!” – Yes, Baba tells us to make effort, that direction is for the beginners. He also says that the Drama is predestined and only those who are destined to come here would come to take the knowledge. And He also says that no matter how much effort one may put in, we can become karmateet only at the end.

      So, even if we make very intense effort to become karmateet in a week’s / month time, our sanskars do not change on the basis of our yoga or service to reach that stage.

      Many BKs behave/ pretend as if they had overcome attachment, lust, anger, ego etc. But it becomes very much visible in an unguarded moment; then it even shakes that person’s confidence too. Our intellect might tell us that we have overcome all the vices, but it is nothing but self deception… by not committing ‘sin’ at the action level, we do not become pure as the old sanskars would be waiting to express themselves at any time. Any amount of preaching, yoga, and service can not change our sanskars EXCEPT when we go through certain experiences in our lives according to the drama script. Till then we would be faking the ‘angelic’ stage but would have continued to remain as a tamopradhan soul.

      “Then, what are we supposed to be doing? Doing nothing?” – Well, well, when we understand that the predetermined role is being played through us on which the soul has no control, let us accept ourselves as we are and be honest with the self, be a detached observer (like what Baba says), and stop pretending / showing off. Only those who are real yogis ‘can cross the river’ and those who pretend to be yogis will have to ‘take a boat’ to cross; and that would be quite embarrassing to the soul.

      I felt like sharing these thoughts as i notice some BKs behaving exactly like lokik business men who ‘work hard’ to amass wealth. Some BKs compete with others, get jealous of others if others could perform better than them in the field of service. Some souls mentally calculate as to how much wealthy they would be in future based on how much they have contributed to the yagya in terms of body, mind, and wealth. Some souls look down upon the new comers and assume that the new students are going to be their subjects in their future kingdom!

      Are we working on becoming yogis and carefree emperors or in becoming kings and emperors? Are we interested in emerging our divine sanskars as claimed by us or are working on amassing wealth and a huge kingdom? Is n’t it like an employee working hard to get a promotion and bonus? Does it not sound like doing a lokik business? 🙂

      “Well, Baba tells us to create our kingdom and subjects.” – Yes, that direction/ incentive is for the elementary class students – Baba also tells us to forget the old world and get detached from all the relationships and physical assets and to focus on becoming completely pure. Why is it that such an important point of knowledge is getting neglected? What should be our aim and objective?

      Luckily, according to drama, we reach our destination automatically (with or wothout making any specific effort) and with much more ease if we are honest with ourselves and accept ourselves as we really are without faking to be an angel.

      But Baba says, “Children, do not say that i would any way get whatever is in my fortune, but make sincere effort.” – Yes, Baba is like our mother. Imagine a mother who has 3,4 children, and she had happened to know the future of all her children (like Baba does). Out of her love for them and also as a part of doing her duty, she would tell every child to study well and to be honest, but she would know in her heart of hearts that only a particular child would study well and others would not. She might be knowing that only a couple of them would lead a life of honesty; but that does not deter her from cautioning/ preaching all the children to lead a life of honesty.

      So, it is high time we started understanding the essence of murali and lead a life of a detached observer. This attitude enables us to understand, love, and respect every role of souls and creates harmony in relationships and peace in the world.

      Om shanti.

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 4:24 AM on April 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    “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 7:31 AM on March 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Message 11: No punishment in Life 

    A childish understanding of the movie that we call Life, invents the duality of reward and punishment.

    There is no DOING of certain actions that will make someone “better” in Life.
    If I help a little old lady to cross a busy street, I am not making points to go to heaven. I am not DOING “good karma.” I am not becoming “better.”
    That is childish.

    If my DOING is driven by those ideas, I am only showing my ego.
    The truth is I AM a greedy, ambitious person. I am DOING an action not because I FEEL it, but because I THINK it. I THINK that I am gaining something for myself. The conditioning says that I must take advantage of that opportunity. 
    That is what we have learned in society, we applaud that. We teach that and label that as “good action.” We anticipate “reward points” in our Godly “visa card.” That inner dishonesty does not work in Life.

    What we DO to others, we DO it to ourselves.
    There is no reward system. No punishment needed. No little bed stories of “salvation” required.

     
    • Gayathri 9:34 AM on March 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Hi. Yes, i agree. Doing things which are labelled as good and benevolent with a hope of getting rewarded does not make a person a benevolent one. Most of us ‘did’ service expecting our good karma to fetch good results. We felt justified as we considered it to be a part of following shrimat. But the question is – if, for any reason, Baba tells us that doing service does not really beget any fortune, are we still going to show the same kind/ amount of interest in doing service? 🙂 Whatever little help we offer to people without any expectations is the ‘real us’. Thanks for the article. Gayathri.

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      • avyakt7- New Generation 12:00 PM on March 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Paradoxically, “Doing service” brings fortune to ourselves.
        It increases our ego.
        Baba may not say that, for without “service” others may not know about the BK movement and thus, lose their “fortune” to increase their ego before getting in the path to reducing it, for before it decreases, it needs to increase to the max.

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    • Gayathri 12:37 PM on March 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Brother, you are not being fair. 🙂 Here we have been assuming / believing that we had shed our ego and that we have become quite humble. Look at the way we serve! We face humiliations from our friends, relatives, and acquaintances and get challenged many times. But we have been serving the yagya without a complaint and with a smile. 🙂 🙂
      Anyway, of late, i speak only about how to lead a happy life, may be, i sound very practical (mundane?) and down to earth. I do not feel bad if others are not following or accepting BK philosophy; that is perfectly fine with me. Drama has its own plan/ script. Whether i like it or not, i can not change it. Sometimes, how i wish i could change the things to suit my convenience! 🙂
      Thanks brother for making me think out of the box. Regards, Gayathri.

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      • avyakt7- New Generation 1:22 PM on March 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Baba knows that his children are lost in the duality of “good and bad.” To increase ego is not “bad” but necessary in Life. Part of the Drama.
        Thus, we can see the need of paths like BK.
        Baba’s children have the opportunity to increase “self-respect” in the BK path, but as they live in the mind, that opportunity tips over arrogance, self-righteousness and pride; which is not “bad” but necessary. Otherwise, how could we say that the “Drama is benevolent”?

        Facing humiliation and challenged is the price of defending our cause, what we consider to be “good for all” and others reject. That is the other side of ego.
        Our cause , our belief, our ideals… nothing but ego and more ego to defend.

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        • Dinesh C 2:02 PM on April 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

          Hi Ahnanda, very well said. This BK path came in my life exactly when it was needed at the time when I had started considering myself as Zero because of being jobless for very long time. And then, Baba made my thinking like “I am a hero actor, I am a special soul, master almighty soul…and few more things” Well, it was long back around 7 years back.
          Okay, coming to the main part of saying “Thank You” to you for a message that you had given me in response to a comment. It was 5 to 6 lines:
          “Observing the experience as it is in the now and not wanting to make it better for future.”
          Well, this became my experience in past two months where I ended up losing my pervious job for wanting a better one. I have SOME job, but sometimes wanting better make us lose what we have in present that actually can be best if you accept that and betterment of our life drama’s future is never exactly known to us. 🙂
          Thank you Ahnanda 🙂

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    • Christopher 6:48 AM on April 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Dear brother according to bk dharamraj is also in the drama and he has to give us the very same punishment over and over again every cycle ( every time we die DEPENDING on the number of births granted to us from the copper age so if I was given punishment it is everlasting punishment ( we have no chance of correcting ourselves (coming into existence play whatever role we have to play (eg. if I was a murderer subjected to Life imprisonment I’m already condemned to everlasting hell) as I have to play role over and over again and dharamraj also has to play his role like a CD so we came into existence Already condemned. 😂😊🤣and each and every soul has to become tamopradhan in the end whether they like it or not.(It looks to me judgment is over and we are condemned numberwise 🤔isn’t it.🙄🤔Could you tell me if this is possible🤔???

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      • avyakt7- New Generation 10:12 AM on April 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Isn’t that a very masochistic belief? 🙂
        Christopher, we are living to experience. If you want to experience wild destinations where would you go in the world? Definitely Africa has to be in your plans. If you want to experience duality, where will you go? The Earth.
        My friend Mathias gave me a similar response sometime ago, which I am paraphrasing.

        Brahma Kumaris states that the “goal” is to be in the Golden Age, to experience non-duality. Nevertheless, those who have experienced the Golden age, will experience duality when their time arrives to experience the Copper and Iron ages. Note that Life does not give preferences. If you experience Summer that means that you had to experience Winter. Otherwise how can you experience Summer without knowing Winter?

        Religions tried to “solve this problem.” They became “Renunciates.” They thought:”I don’t want to experience pain thus, I must not experience pleasure.” Nevertheless, by denying themselves to EXPERIENCE, they are not living, they cannot have joy, vitality in Life. They can only “think” they do.

        You said: “We have no chance on correcting ourselves.” That is a conditioned vision of Life. There is no need for “I” to correct anything. Do you know why?
        Because that “I” is not real. It is a persistent illusion.
        LIFE (Drama in BK terms) manifests through “us.” There is not a time where that “I” has ever existed, but now that you mentioned, that “I” also creates the duality of “no-I.”

        Christopher: Explore “no-I.” That is where “salvation” from all of those beliefs systems resides.
        When “you” are not, “you” are.

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    • Christopher 1:14 PM on April 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Wow!what insight🤔I don’t have words to thank you for the most meaningful video.You are truly a mind reader who could read my mind miles away and sent me that juicy carrot after a tiring journey which shows me very clearly the necessity of duality.🙂 Love you a million + times for this wonderful inspiration.😍from inside and all sides of my heart.🙂😀♥️

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 4:33 AM on February 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Message 7: Predestination and the Cycle of Time. 

    For some consciousness, we are all ONE.
    Who is predestined then?
    That ONE changes through its full range. That is known as the “cycle of time.” If there wouldn’t be any change, then there wouldn’t be any movement. Without movement, there is no Life.

    Because there is Life in that ONE, then it changes.
    Who is predestined then?
    When that ONE is divided in many. Then “I” appears. Then “I” will be sleeping in the belief that there is free will or predestination for “I” cannot see the ONE.
    It is all appearances, illusions when we look at things from the “unlimited” from the ONE.  Is god the ONE?  I am not referring to that one. I am referring to Everyone.

     Predestination is for the many. “God” is predestined. “We” are predestined. Although, our consciousness says that we have “free will.” Believe in whatever you want. Even in the “I.”

    What is the value of knowing about predestination?
    Little. Unless we are ready to OBSERVE, for then we will not be caught up with definitions, concepts and thought.
    Most don’t want to OBSERVE. Most want to believe in the “truth.”
    Do you want to hurt the “I”? That is predestination.
    Do you want to pamper the “I”? That is free will.

    Oh, truth seekers! Where is the truth that you shall find?

    Find the “reality” of the “I.”

     
    • Dinesh C 12:33 PM on February 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Ahnanda, the question at the end is really wonderful but “I don’t know, how to find the reality of this “I”. I mean my current understanding is that, I want to find the meaning of this “I”, I mean if I desire about something, unless and until I don’t fulfill that desire “I” don’t feel the substantial meaning of my “I”. sometimes I feel it’s ok the way life is you know, just carry on with acceptance, but then again the external pressure, no no no, how can you be so relaxed about life, we have struggled so much in life, life is not meant to be relaxed, the “Others” also contribute for creating that desire of “Meaning of the “I”. But I personally don’t feel there is any useful meaning of this “I” through fulfilent of desires. 🙂 Thanks for writing this message Ahnanda 🙂 Om shanti.

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