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  • avyakt7- New Generation 11:06 AM on January 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bk center, , inner honesty, , , senior,   

    Senior advice in BK 

    To give advice to someone is very tricky business. As a matter of fact, if you are concerned about “your karma,” and not “opening more karmic accounts”; this item of not giving advice to someone becomes very important to understand.

    A BK senior is a representative of the BK religion. In layman terms; he/she is a “salesman” pitching for “what is right” according to their beliefs.

    Advice should come as a consequence of understanding the individual situation of a person, not on how a person could fit a religion or the ideal of “right.”
    Moreover, those who know about the “eternal predestined Drama,” could give advice only when knowing what the future has for a person. This “fortune telling” trick is not a gift that everyone has.

    Without this important piece, any advice is plain “manmat,” even if given by a BK senior who has 50 plus years “surrendered” to the religion.

    I recall that a friend of mine had doubts about living in a center. She had doubts. She wanted to “do” the “right thing,” and asked a senior BK what she should DO.

    The response was: “You are already there. You made it.” That response was taken as “The senior responded to my question.”

    The reality was that her struggle continued. “Doing the right thing” has so many implications, especially nullifying Life experiences for the sake of following an ideal.
    “Doing the right thing” is truly lack of self-esteem. What you feel doesn’t matter.
    Nevertheless, according to our state of consciousness this practice of “doing the right thing” may be helpful.

    A child needs to follow brainy, intellectual decisions of his parents to make it in the world of the mind, the “office world.”
    As the child grows up, he could be conditioned to follow his reasons rather than his heart, but depending on his awareness he will do according to what he is, as long as there are no external fears biasing his “choice”.

    Similarly, a BK brother or sister is going through the stage of childhood, “spiritually” speaking. It is necessary to follow directions, to follow timelines and “do’s and don’ts”, even to have some fears of “not making it” to help into the BK conditioning.
    We may need to be aware that unless the child grows up, he cannot realize himself. He cannot know his potential.

    Following or not following will take you to your destination in the predestined Drama. If your DOING goes according to your BEING, there will be fulfillment. If your DOING is according to an ideal, you will be forcing yourself to DO something that you ARE not.

    Inner honesty is not necessarily about DOING the belief of what is the “right thing.”

    For the common good.

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    • Dinesh Chawla 4:16 AM on January 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hmm quite deep and thoughtful… 🙂

      Ahnanda, I wanted you to write an article on “superiority and Inferiority Complex While on a Spiritual Path”.

      The reason I am asking you to write about this is that, in most of the paths you are frst told or given a belief or may be an understanding that you are a special soul, you have the potential to do great things in life. Like in BK gyan, Baba makes us realise first that you are the great souls of entire cycle. And as far as I have explored the Zen thing, they too say that you are already a Buddha, realize it first, you were just sleeping untill now, and That’s It!

      So that may bring a kind of superiority complex in a person, like a BK may consider others who are not in gyan as lower than him/her and same goes with other paths.

      And regarding inferiority complex, some people believe or say that people who want to achieve or become enlightened are suffering from inferiority complex, hence they are looking for something higher or greater in life.

      Regards,
      Dinesh C

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      • avyakt7- New Generation 8:35 AM on January 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Forgot the magic word : PLEASE.
        Many want me to do things but they forget that I have no obligation to do anything. A ‘could you write an article.. ‘ can do magic stuff…

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        • Dinesh Chawla 9:24 AM on January 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          Oh Ahnady, Kripya karke aap hum sub ke bale ke liye ye articlecal likhenge… Hum apke bade mehrban honge… Man I have not used this type of polite hindi even with BKs. Anyways Bro that sentences in hindi mean as follow:

          COULD you PLEASE write that article FOR THE COMMON GOOD, we would be greatful to you brother… 🙂

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 8:07 AM on December 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ascetic, , , , enthusiasm, extreme, , , , , , senior, zeal   

    The danger of extremes 

    Balance, harmony, vitality. Those labels are more than words, indescribable states of being.
    There are no formulas, not methods to “get there,” for no one but yourself could find that state.

    Harmony, vitality and balance are never found in extremes.
    If there is a suggestion that I’d like to convey to BK brothers and sisters out of my experience in the Brahma Kumaris movement; is the above.

    Brahma Kumaris is an ascetic path meant to reform an individual. Every individual has different needs, different timing. Once the timing is over, “zeal and enthusiasm” will be lacking. At that point, many will DO things to continue on, to force things. The rationale goes something like this: It is the “right thing to DO,” “I should be doing this,” “I am an example,” “what the senior/God may think about me?” etc.
    The outcome is the feeling of duty. It is a burden that many are willing to live with as “martyrs” for the rest of their lives.
    That is when we reach the extreme. However, the conditioning of the mind and all the learned fears imbibed through continuous hammering of beliefs, could be very resilient.

    Life “now” is no longer an enjoyable experience, but a thing to fear for we have to be careful not to miss our “opportunity” to be someone in the  future,  the “Golden age.”
    The belief is that we know exactly what to DO but, that DOING does not change BEING in the most minimum.
    Why?
    For when there is fear to Life there cannot be love. Love changes, transforms. Fear stagnates.

    That is how a BK brother or sister could be proud to be X number of “years in gyan,” but that doesn’t tell the full story.
    There may be fear underneath which is covered up so we can look “good” now and to convince ourselves that this will take us to a happy “Golden age” in the future, with a “good status,” a veeman and a Life of artistic endeavors in debonair style.
    Make your life miserable now. Suck it up in the name of God. Repress yourself but label it as being virtuous. Tomorrow, “you” will be a happy camper!

    That is a self-inflicted lie.

    Reformation ends when we discover inner honesty.
    That is what we have lost by living under the conditioning of a society. 
    Rather than observing that from a different perspective, the one offered by Brahma Kumaris; and use that time to heal our traumas; we use the time to become self-righteous by being oblivious of our own feelings and observations and many times become obsessed with an ideal, which we will always fall short on reaching. It is the pie in the sky syndrome.

     The extreme has been reached and we are not aware of it.

    This is how many followers have lost their own lives. It is not because of the BK path, for their mission is to entice the follower to follow until the “end,” as otherwise it will not take the effect of a reforming path.

    There is no glory in reaching the extreme, but to experience it can only take someone sooner or later, into the other extreme. Paradoxically, the extreme that is avoided, will be embraced. That may be the Life teaching; therefore, there is nothing wrong with reaching the extreme, it is neither good nor bad; just “is.” Don’t worry. Whether you get there or not, you will be alright…   Enjoy the game. Be aware of it.  🙂

     For the common good.

    Happy Holidays! Until January 3rd! 🙂

     
    • Dinesh 4:31 AM on December 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Ahnanda,

      Both of your articles “The danger of extremes” and “Inner dishonesty behind spiritual path” were real great. I will definitely share my experience of reaching on an extreme in BK path when I had left them for 4 to 5 months. But not now, later, as I have some experience and a question to ask.
      I was just pondering over your articles and reflecting on them and a thing came to my mind that there has be a state for a person who is on some or the other kind of spiritual path where he/she becomes free from all sorts of questions. I am not on that stage as I am still asking so many questions, it may come, who knows 

      But that is not my question. My question is again regarding the practice of “Awareness” or “Being Awareness”. As I have been practicing it without doing Rajyoga from past 10 to 11 days and as you said in your article that “Observation is the core”. What I observed or rather experienced was “The mind” is still most of the times taking me into future. I am talking about my own personal case of being more in future because some people who choose this practice of “Awareness” can come across an experience where “The mind” takes them more in past.

      When I say my mind takes me in future, it goes like this; I am interested into dance a lot and go to dance class twice a week. When I listen to music, I end up visualising myself doing many many steps in my mind. But apart from that, my mind sometimes gives me visualisations as if I have become a great dancer of the word. Like me dancing in front of large crowd like a big concert or something, and it happens in awake state, not in dreams of my sleeping state. This was just one example, likewise, a person practising spirituality (this happens with me as well), the mind gives visualisations either in awake state or in sleeping state that you have become a great spiritual leader of the word, a great Buddha.

      What I personally fell is that, this should not happen. Please comment and throw some light on it.

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    • avyakt7- New Generation 11:05 AM on January 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Dinesh,
      Thank you for your question. “This should not happen,” is the path of denial. What you experience is what is happening in you, that has value.
      If you are able to catch this in the moment that is happening, it will not happen. That is all. The mind does not live in the “now.” To catch that, may be called as to live in “no-mind.”

      Best to you. 🙂

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