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  • avyakt7- New Generation 6:18 PM on December 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    “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.

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    • 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 🙂

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 7:39 AM on August 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , Sister Shivani, soul, , ,   

    Are all thoughts mine? 

    … I read your recent article “the world of mind may not be real”. You have specified that we need to see whether our thoughts are ours or they just appear.
    With BKs, I was a bug fan of “Sister Shivani”, in her almost every lecture she focus only on one thing that “All of the thoughts are “MINE”, we create them at our own will”. But now after long time, with some practice of watching my own mind without judgement, I realize that “Thoughts are actually not our creation”. They just appear. There is also an emotionless and feeling-less moments, temporary though, for may be few seconds. But it’s really an amazing experience of just being there.

    Thank you for your comments.
     Ahnanda has shared the same topic many times through different words in the blog “Exploring the Depth of Living;” however, there are very few that could perceive what Ahnanda is sharing. 

    All it takes to find out, is just to observe your own mind. However, most are unable to DO it. The idea of “ I am not creating my thoughts” seems crazy; but when you ask the same people who complain about having many “waste” thoughts, to stop their own “creation,” they cannot. All they can do is add “nice thoughts” in top of what has already appeared. 

    Because their minds are running their lives, what is important is to find out intellectual answers rather than observing and acknowledging “what is.”
    “So, you are saying that I am not creating my thoughts, then who is?”
    That is the question to “get me,” right?

    But then if I ask, who is that “I”? We could get into a big useless debate and forget about “creating thoughts.” The “right answer” has to make sense to the mind, although; we don’t realize that we are still trapped in the mind. Because we cannot get out of it and perceive the huge “reality” outside of it.

    Thoughts are like “vibrations,” they are in the air. We catch them, we let them through us, we identify with them, we call them “mine.”

    What you experienced in those few seconds is what Ahnanda calls “meditation” and “no-mind.” I don’t need to define that for you, for you know it.

    In Brahma Kumaris there is “knowledge” of the “role.” They say, we have “up to 84 roles in the kalpa.” Moreover, “gyan” says that those “roles” are predestined.
    Aren’t thoughts part of the role? Aren’t souls different than roles?
    Doesn’t BK knowledge teach that “I am a soul not a body.”?
    Therefore, how can I say “my thoughts are my creation” when the “I” in BK parlance, is the soul (“I,” the soul) and the soul is not a role?

    Do you see how intellectual we can get through BK knowledge? The mind will spin around the “why and the how,” but yet none of that will give you the direct experience that you were able to find out by just observing your mind.
    All you had to DO is to abandon your conditioning of “I create my thoughts.” That is all. How could we OBSERVE if we want for our observation to fit our ideas and beliefs?
    That is why to become AWARE of the need to decondition from what the mind knows as “true,” is of utmost importance.

    Thanks to your observation, Ahnanda has been able to share one of the most significant articles in this blog. If someone truly understands this, that individual is set for his own discoveries about himself.

    Is there any other significant thing in Life than to know yourself?

    For the common good.

     
    • Dinesh Chawla 8:46 AM on August 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks brother for your reply with clarification 🙂
      But actually, one thing is there, if I had not been attached to this belief given by BKs that “I create my own thoughts and can control them, and need to create only GOOD thoughts, I wouldn’t have reached to this experience. As you have also said in many articles, both sides of the coin are required.

      I every day used to try to create only good thoughts within myself, and the strange thing is, BAD thoughts were being created on its own, later I read on your blog about Awareness, and understood, oh it’s more about being AWARE and not CREATE.
      If someone sits and ask this question to him/herself, which is the next thought being created by me, let me see, you will observe (after some time, depending on the practice) that no thoughts are being created. May be that’s the meaning of peace is already there, the duality of thoughts shake our peace a lot Ahnanda!!

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      • ahnanda 5:27 PM on August 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Peace is there, but it is not. We are , but we are not. Thoughts are because we are , but they aren’t because we aren’t…. The mind likes words, but the experience of awareness is what makes the change. Contrast is needed so we can realize, that is why we need 2 sides of the coin as part of our experience. Congrats for the realization… 🙂

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    • Gayathri 10:01 AM on August 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      What is realisation? 🙂 🙂

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      • ahnanda 6:58 PM on August 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        An intellectual Aha! moment with the potential to be AWARENESS once the intellectual stuff is left aside. 🙂

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 11:54 AM on August 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Brahma Kumarris, Buddhism, , , , , soul, sunyata   

    The Soul is empty 

    Explanations are only intellectual. If we agree on these explanations it does not mean that we will have the EXPERIENCE of this. Without experience, it is only another belief.

    In Brahma Kumaris is taught about the “faculties of the soul.” The mind, the intellect and the sanskaras. However, aren’t those separated “things” the role of a person?
    We try desperately to name and label things which have no meaning.
    The “Mind” is not a thing. Most of us, do not have a direct experience of what the mind is, even though we live with it every day. The “intellect” is another key label without much use without the mind. 

    Let us say that Ronald was a womanizer in one of his previous lives. However, in this Life as Ronald, he is a shy individual. Even though he has the propensity to be a womanizer, his role in this Life, has placed an obstacle for that “sanskara.” It is this conflict the one that will bring further change in Ronald which will be expressed in another role.

    Therefore, what does it matter to analyze and dissect things in our lives with neat labels, when everything is movement in togetherness?
    When we truly observe this and realize it, labels to analyze things in parts; are useless.

    Let me give another example: In Buddhism “Sunyata” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Śūnyatā) is another well-known label. Intellectuals discuss about the “true” meaning and followers will “practice” their version of it.
    In English we use the words “emptiness,” “voidness,” “nothingness,” to refer to it. Most laymen are scared of that word and the thought of being “nothing.”
    Most want to be SOMEONE and Brahma Kumaris offers that opportunity through their belief system.

    Some may be thinking, that “Buddhism is a better path!”
    NO! for nothingness gets misinterpreted by followers. However, wanting to become SOMEONE will take that person automatically into NOTHINGNESS. The word that we could use is “egoless,” just like Brahma Kumaris uses it. Nothingness is not the truth, nor being SOMEONE. It is both and none of them. So what is the truth? To be someone and to be nothing at the same time… Isn’t that a crazy, illogical  statement?

    If we are nothing but an empty container that we call “soul,” and Buddhists refer to that as “emptiness,” aren’t both talking about the same thing?

    Yes… but it is just talk for a follower.
    As long as the mind is prevalent in our BEING, all we will DO is to try to grasp concepts, ideas, information. “Empty” stuff.

    For some Brahma Kumaris followers, it is very important to know the age difference between Radhe and Krishna. Useless information, but when someone is utilized by their own mind, these trivia facts become utmost important.

    Just like separating the soul into 3 faculties. Useless.
    In which way that information could be important to you? How it could help you to transform?

    Ronald the “ex- womanizer,” may not have much luck with women in this Life. He could say: “Oh… it is my karma. I did something wrong in the past and I need to settle that account.” Do you feel guilty? Whether we know this or not, we will experience what we need to experience in Life. Ronald will experience many other things in his Life. His karmic accounts from past lives are only part of that role. Do we see that?

    Experience and AWARENESS. Observe how Nature moves. Observe that “you” are part of it. Observe that everything changes and so will “you.” It is a matter of time, a matter of roles. It is in that awareness how we could observe the beauty of Life without trying to get something out of it for “ourselves.” Whether we call that “salvation,” “heaven,” a “high status,” etc. It is this idea to accomplish something, the force that will solidify our own egos.
    That is necessary in our paths, our evolution; thus Brahma Kumaris is a “good” path but not the only one.

    For the common good.

     
    • Dinesh C 4:34 AM on August 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Your way of explaining things is really awesome bro, I read your recent article “the world of mind may not be real”. You have specified that we need to see whether our thoughts are ours or they just appear.
      With BKs, I was a bug fan of “Sister Shivani”, in her almost every lecture she focus only on one thing that “All of the thoughts are “MINE”, we create them at our own will”. But now after long time, with some practice of watching my own mind without judgement, I realize that “Thoughts are actually not our creation”. They just appear. There is also an emotionless and feeling-less moments, temporary though, for may be few seconds. But it’s really an amazing experience of just being there. 🙂
      Thanks to you Ahnanda 🙂

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 12:20 PM on August 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 6 day course, , , , , , soul, , who am I?   

    Rephrasing the answer: Who AM I? 

    Brahma Kumaris is the path of the intellect, by extension; the mind.
    The mind is happy with concepts, definitions. The mind is OK with a promise of something “good” in the future.
    If Brahma Kumaris promises the follower to be SOMEONE, I wonder how the question asked in the first day of class of the “6 day course, “ WHO AM I? is related.

    Basically, it comes down to this: You are a “soul” but you will be SOMEONE in the future.
    What is that SOMEONE that Brahma Kumaris promises?
    A deity, an angel, etc. etc.

    The word “soul” is merely a concept. The mind accepts that concept for it is insurance for the afterlife. Most individuals are not feeling at ease by knowing that we have a limited time. We will die. This consciousness of what we think to BE, will perish, disappear.
    The ego-mind, wants to continue on. The IDEA of BEING a soul brings that soothing relief for: “I am eternal.”

    However, who is that “I”? Most will not get this question. Even though BapDada has mentioned in Avyakt Murlis.

    Right now, we are merely a role. That is the “I.” That role will disappear, will change.
    If “I” am only conscious of the role, “I” could believe that this is the “I” that will survive eternally. It is not like that.

    Therefore, to be “soul conscious” is to go beyond the roles. Paradoxically, going beyond means to go beyond becoming SOMEONE in the future, for that is only a role.
    Do you see where I am getting at?

    WHO I AM? IS NOT the role. Is not the IDEA, the concept of being a “soul.” It is only to observe who I am “NOW.”
    Do we observe anger? Do we observe detachment? Those things “I AM.” It is in the realization of that who I AM, how change happens, transformation occurs, without DOING things to AVOID that who I AM, without using my mind to separate the “good from the bad, what “should be” instead of “what is.”

    The “soul” contains all the roles. Without a role we are NOBODY. Do we see that?

    I am not a soul.
    I am not a body.
    I am nobody.
    Yet, when we are unable to discern the roles playing, we believe that to be ME.

    When we are deeply sleeping, who are we? Is the “soul” sleeping?
    When consciousness appears after sleep, is that out of my own will?

    But yet, we feel that we KNOW because we repeat: I AM A SOUL, not a body.
    But yet the body is what our consciousness actually discerns as BEING ME.
    Perhaps a mirage, an illusion but that is “what is,” right now.
    Why deny it? Why go with an idea (soul) to reject what it is obvious?
    Here is when HONESTY will take us into a different direction. Acknowledge your consciousness. That is where you ARE. 

    Once our OBSERVATION increases, we will realize that using the concepts of soul or body, will not allow me to observe what is going on inside… that is what I AM NOW.

    For the common good.

     
    • Gayathri 11:53 AM on August 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Om shanti. You have explained it very well brother. Thanks.

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      • Dinesh C 5:30 AM on August 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        There is an explanation in the first lesson that Soul works through three faculties, namely, 1. Mind 2. Intellect and 3. Sanskars (Personality traits), but when I kind of realized that Soul is experienced beyond the all these three, my perception has changed quite a lot. I think Mind and Intellect involve a lot of prejudice and duality, confusion sometimes, but if we want to realize our true self, we should try to go beyond that 🙂

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 5:54 AM on June 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , improvement, , , , soul   

    Being does not mean to BE something. 

    The Drama has a path to follow. It moves through the same steps over and over again.
    Any person is included in this movement. Some people in this life time, will “improve,” others will not. Different timing.

    From our limited (ignorant) perspective, if “I” want to improve “now,” I should DO things to fight and get my way. (“My” idea of improvement.)
    Observe that it may not be my time yet. It may be a different life time. Nevertheless, that fight “now” with my destiny, is needed in my Life experience.
    Therefore, DOING some practice is not the issue for whether I DO or I don’t, still my destiny will be what it ought to be. In Life, we don’t need to learn to swim with the current or against it. We just need to float and let the current take us. When you know that Life is a circle; What is the hurry? Where do you want to get “first”?
    We are sold on the label “improvement.”

    What do we typically call “improvement” in “spirituality”?
    I use to DO this and now I don’t OR, I didn’t DO that but now I DO.
    Everything is in the realm of DOING. That is a “Yogi.” Yogis are using their will power to overcome everything. “I” will make myself DO or don’t DO certain things which I BELIEVE to be right for MY “improvement.”

    Out of all the “practices” in my Brahma Kumaris experience as a yogi, the only one  remaining is to be a vegetarian. Certainly, it is not a “practice” for me.

    That is natural to me. It was with me even before joining the Brahma Kumaris. I did not make any effort to “practice” that, thus; when the Brahma Kumaris conditioning ended in my path, that is the only thing that remained true to myself.
    Everything else was artificially put there through my will power an my beliefs.
    Those things went away.

    What is natural is what you ARE. Acknowledge that. Learn from that.
    Consciousness does not change through opposition of something which we may label as “bad.”
    That only allows for a fight to appear, a clash. However, that is not “bad,” for it may be part of someone’s path.
    The “I” opposes to something to differentiate from it, but there is nothing solid to define the “I.”

    What do we call “I”?
    That is the question that continually gets covered with other “nice” labels.
    “I” am a soul, a son of God, an angel, a deity, etc.
    Those labels will not allow me to look inside and see who “I am.”

    Brahma Kumaris knowledge makes a distinct separation between the “I” and the Drama of Life. This separation makes the journey of the yogi.
    Nevertheless, the same knowledge points out the repetitive nature of the Drama, its predestined path. The “I” is part of it.
    The issue is not whether to DO or not to DO something in Life.  The issue is whether we are conscious, aware of the direction of the current of Life.

    You have the right path and the left path. The “right” path is not necessarily to go right all the time. Feel the path. If we are conditioned to believe that the left path is “bad,” we will not be able to feel. The mind usually will set up our lives into narrow paths, the heart feels Life.

    For the common good.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 9:01 AM on February 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , , , soul, subtle, supreme being, sweet child   

    Question: Dialogue with ShivBaba? 

    “It is about talking with Shiv Baba in paramdham, we have done that .. I mean I had done that while I was on that path. We go there by converting ourselves into a point form of soul and visualize baba in front of us and then we both start talking:
    Soul: Good morning Baba
    Supreme Soul: Good morning my sweet child
    Soul: Baba I am not feeling good today
    Supreme soul: Why what happened?
    Soul: Someone said something really hurtful in office, and I am a little angry on that guy.
    Supreme soul: Oh sweetheart, that guy was just playing a role in the drama of your life and in the cosmic drama too. And that too according to his own sanskars. Forgive that soul and move on child.
    Soul: Oh baba, you are so great you freed me from anger I had on that guy by giving this answer. Thank you baba, now I have a lot of work, going down on stage back and will see you soon, love you baba.

    Well that was my personal example in my own way. But my question is “Are all the replies from Baba are from my own mind and not from Baba, because we feel that when we do? That we are talking with our own mind and not with any supreme being.” 

    Thank you for your question.
    In Brahma Kumaris a relationship with God is emphasized.
    It is a relationship what brings love. It is through love, how a BK is able to follow their ascetic Lifestyle.

    Nevertheless, most of the BK followers only know about this God through Murlis or through a BapDada Milan. It is quite impersonal. Very few have actually had a relationship with subtle Brahma.

    Could you fall in love with someone who you only know through writings? Could you fall in love with the picture or video of that someone?

    Apparently, some have been conditioned to believe that this “feeling” is love.

    Therefore, the mind needs to believe that this relationship is in fact going on. That is why, the dialogue that you bring between “you” and “ShivBaba/Brahma Baba” is necessary, otherwise; where is the relationship?

    Your mind is making that up, but at the same time; it is believed that you are “connecting with God” through a “feeling” that you get afterwards: You feel more peaceful, calm, happy…. Because you had a conversation with God. You are truly talking to yourself, but it is nice to believe that God is speaking to you and listening to you.

    Most individuals cannot recognize what is their minds and what is not, so it is safe to have a structured “chit chat” where you know what God will tell you (good things) and you know your role of a complainer (bad things). That is the arrangement. It works!

    Observe that this same procedure is used nowadays through the impersonal use of technology.
    For example, someone may call me “their guru” because she likes the stuff that I write here and she likes my picture.
    In reality, what comes through  these writings is not me. My picture is not me. 
    A relationship is needed for “love” to appear. Something personal, to be around that person to get to know the person… this will certainly unmask the fantasy.

    This “relationship” is all mental as for most; Brahma Baba and ShivBaba are only beliefs, pictures, writings, a collection of stories told by someone else higher up in the hierarchy.

    That is the level of honesty that needs to be accepted before moving on… but the attachment to the idea: “I have found God, I cannot be wrong” is so profound; that it is best to live with the fantasy created by the unobserved mind rather than to acknowledge “what is.”

    Nevertheless, The Brahma Kumaris method of a “relationship with God” is necessary for those who need to feel assured that they are in the “right path.”  The power of “yoga” then, is understood as needed baby formula that is given to a baby in his process of growth. You think God, you feel God… you believe God… but most important;  YOU are “special and safe” for you know God.  A time proven way to develop ego, which is necessary to dilute it.

     

    For the common good.

     
    • Dinesh Chawla 1:45 AM on February 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hmm… thank you so much for your efforts of writing on this, I needed it. Thanks again.

      But love is just unconditional acceptance, if someone accepts Ahnanda the way he/she wants after reading his articles even without seeing his picture or video, is loving Ahnanda and not his artcles/pic/video. But only that person is AWARE about that acceptance for Ahnanda in his/her heart, Ahnanda is not.

      anyways, god bless you…:)

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      • Dinesh Chawla 4:44 AM on February 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t know but I got this feeling after reading your reply for the second time randomly going through some other articles, and that is actually I am trying to connect with some Godliness with myself only by using this method and not any other supreme BEING sitting up above in paramdham.

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 10:32 AM on December 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Question: Is the mind separate from the soul? 

    “It is about mind and soul. Are mind and soul two different entities or the same entities?
    Now when I practice Rajyoga, it is believed that when soul does the task of creating thoughts, the soul itself is acting as a mind, in other words in the very first lesson, they give a statement that “Mind is one of the three faculties of the soul”.
    However, after exploring you and Osho, I practiced “Awareness”, just being aware of all my “Doings” and sometimes “thinking”. So, in that practice I experienced my own mind as a separate entity than me. Because as soon as I was getting a thought of any kind of judgement, I was able to distinguish that I did not create it, it is my mind who created that judgmental thought….”

    Thank you for your well elaborated question, Dinesh.
    Whenever the mind is looking for an answer such as: Is the soul separated from the mind? Yes/No. The answer becomes the important thing. Although it will not affect you at all. It is about “being right,” that becomes truly the thing.
    In self-realization, the intellectual answer is not important at all. What matters is what you found out: ” I experienced my own mind as a separate entity than me. Because as soon as I was getting a thought of any kind of judgement, I was able to distinguish that I did not create it, it is my mind who created that judgmental thought.”

    That is the most important thing. Please do not put that as an “answer” or even worse as “the answer.” Forget about answers and keep observing. Observe how the thoughts could change your mood, the way you feel, observe how they make you react when you identify with them as being “my thoughts.”
    Some people will be aware that those in fact are their thoughts. They will swear that they are creating them. That is their level of awareness. You have found something different, something crazy… If those are not your thoughts, whose thoughts those are ?

    “Wrong” question. It does not matter. Just be AWARE of them.
    Every belief has a counter belief. To illustrate, let me give a BK example:
    It is the belief in Brahma Kumaris that a happy world, is a world WITHOUT God.
    No? 🙂
    What is the Golden age, then? A happy world without God.
    Therefore, how could there be any happiness with God?
    That is the other Brahma Kumaris belief: We can be happy now, because there is a God.

    One belief about happiness cancels the other. Do you see that?

    Is the power of yoga something that happens in a connection with God?
    Yes?
    Then, how do babies are born in the Golden age?
    Through the power of yoga, as the Sakar Murli says.
    But, how can that be yoga if there is no God there?
    That is the enigma of the “power of yoga.” It is a connection with God and a connection with no God.

    A BK who is “knowledgeable” has a baggage of beliefs based on a story which hasn’t been experienced many times. It is a “Baba says” world.
    Nonetheless, what is believed to have been spoken by Baba, is just another belief. Belief upon belief, we could build a dogma to be taken as truth by followers.

    The intellectual stuff that I wrote as examples, do not mean a thing for those interested in self-realization. It is just a bunch of ideas, beliefs. The core of AWARENESS is observation. That is what matters, to be AWARE.

    AWARENESS is not a practice, although in the beginning we may “practice it,” all you need to be AWARE of, is how you feel during different scenes that Life will bring. What happens, does not matter. What matters is to be AWARE of how you feel in front of those things that are happening. Why?
    Because that is how you discover who you ARE. From that point, who you ARE could change. Tomorrow, I will share an article about this in “Exploring the Depth of Living.”

    Purposely, I haven’t given you an answer to your question… but I have. Either way whether “Yes, the mind is part of the soul or No. It isn’t” have no importance at all. In Life, in the Universe everything is together, but the mind is always trying to separate things, for that makes an intellectual answer.

    Here is an article that could help in your observation:
    https://avyakt7.com/2014/11/23/positive-thinking-viewed-from-a-different-consciousness/

    For the common good.

     
    • Dinesh 12:40 AM on December 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Yes Ahnanda, you have given me the answer that Awareness is not a practise and I also read your article “Mirror of Truth”. Seems like you were in a bit funny mood while writing that because when I came across the senescence “Are you guilty? Wait someone is watching you?” I laughed loudly, and you know what, my sister was standing in front of the mirror, doing something crazy on her face. And I said to her, don’t you girls feel guilty to spend so much time n front of the mirror? She asked me “Why would I be guilty?” and when I said “May be someone is watching you?”. She threw a bottle on me!
      Anyways, I wanted to share one more small story which I heard in a satsang when I had gone with my parents somewhere and also Sr. BK Shivani has also shared that story about “Awareness” in one of her series. It goes like this…

      A disciple went to a guru and said “I want to achieve what you have achieved, can you share with the mantra that you used for reaching here.” The Guru took a piece of paper and pen and wrote “AWARENESS” on it and gave it to the disciple. The disciple became happy and rushed and started practising “AWARENESS”. But he failed and got confused, he came back to guru and asked the meaning of “AWARENESS”. The Guru took the piece of paper and pen and wrote “AWARENESS means AWARENESS” and said now go and BE this. The disciple went and tried to DO that again and again he failed and came back to Guru with a lot of frustration. Finally Guru told him that “AWARENESS means AWARENESS means AWARENESS” Don’t think or try to practice it, it will happen automatically one day.

      Thanks,
      Dinesh Chawla

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    • avyakt7- New Generation 11:10 AM on December 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah.. in the meantime, enjoy the process by being aware of it… 🙂

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 10:33 AM on October 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Deeper into BK “Paradise.” 

    If the last article about numberwise/capacity was fully understood, then the “goal” of Brahma Kumaris, to take a soul to Paradise through Raja Yoga, is pretty much unnecessary.
    “Why?”

    Because every soul will experience their “Paradise” the “first time” the soul arrives into the physical world, and that soul’s “hell” will be the last incarnation before the cycle “starts again.”

    “But that is not the “real Paradise,” the “Golden age.” That soul is missing so much!”

    That is an interpretation based on the way our minds are conditioned to understand through comparison.
    First, in a predestined Drama there is no such a thing as “missing something.” The label of the first quarter of the cycle of time as “Paradise” is just that, a label. The EXPERIENCE which is what matters for a soul, not a religion; is what is important for the soul.
    Second, the “real Paradise” is not a place. It is a state of consciousness. The “highest” consciousness of a role of a particular soul. Until we don’t understand this fully, we will be yearning for some future which when it arrives, we will not be conscious of living in it.
    Third, as mentioned before; the soul is empty of content. So there is not “ME.” It is merely a role playing which gives content, “Me.” That “Me” will change in another role.

    If the cycle of time was like a 24-hour day, would someone say that Peter is missing 8 hours of the day because he is sleeping? Or what about if that one was Paul and he needed 5 hours of sleep? Could we say that Paul is “better” (more elevated) than Peter?

    That is infantile. Peter is not missing anything as sleep is an important aspect of Life and very enjoyable, I may add.
    The issue is when we label something. Because Brahma Baba used to sleep 1 to 2 hours in a day; that does not mean that he is better, more elevated, etc. than someone who sleeps more hours. That is a childish comparison from a mind caught up in comparisons. Humans are supposed to be different, due to different experiences, thus; to believe that because someone sleeps less, eats less, breathes less, enjoys less, have less sex, speaks less, thinks less, etc. he is “better,” “more spiritual” than someone else, is truly a childish comparison.

    “Why?”
    Consciousness is not related with any particular physical activity. Someone with a “higher” consciousness (the word is not “higher,” but I am using it to be understood) may eat little or speak little, but that is not something that he has DONE to BE like that. It has happened to him naturally.
    That is the difference with religions for the masses: They are concerned that everyone should DO the same, when that is artificial.
    Nevertheless, that DOING something “special” that not everyone is willing to DO, is a source of ego.
    “I only sleep 2 hours in a day” (meaning: See how elevated I am, just like Mama!)
    That practice may be labeled with a nice label, such as “effort,” when in reality is hurting the quality of Life of that one, nevertheless; his ego may be in “Paradise.”

    For the common good.

     
    • Anil Kumar Reddy Mendu 11:19 AM on October 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Brother,
      Though the “real Paradise” is not a place, the state of consciousness and state of physical elements seems interlinked. Kindly throw some light on it. Also what is the real intention behind the following avyakt murli : http://brahmakumaris.info/download/BK%20Murlis%20English/Avyakt/1980/AV_1980-01-02_On%20the%20Golden%20Age.pdf
      Thanks

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      • avyakt7- New Generation 4:49 PM on October 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hello Anil,
        Thank you for your question.
        Yes, everything is interlinked. Here is a simple example:
        Let us say that you have 2 sons. As you get old, you may tell your kids: ” When I was younger, things were much better than now. People use to be friendly, bread was much better and it didn’t cost as much. The Beach was more beautiful than now… cleaner water, etc, etc.”

        Isn’t that an usual story of older folks?
        However, for your sons things are great as they are. They have no point of comparison. Paraphrasing the Murli you sent me: Your sons will use a little gadget to communicate. They will wake up with whatever sound they like. They will tell it: “Siri, (Iphone) Wake me up at 7 AM tomorrow” and Siri will wake them up. Siri, what are my appointments today? and Siri will tell.
        There will be no coins to purchase things. They will not have to go to a store. They could purchase things from the comfort of their houses, by pressing a couple of buttons. Everything they need could be purchased on credit. They will have nice vehicles to drive with all sorts of comforts. They will go from building to building which will have their own environment (AC/Units) so they don’t have to be around the harsh environment….

        You see my point? 🙂

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 10:40 AM on October 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    The “soul” and “Paradise”: Many years of Misunderstanding 

    Misunderstanding of the “knowledge” starts with the concept of “soul.”
    For most BKs, the soul is “I.” Unfortunately for most this only stays at the verbal level, the mind. Hence, the belief that “I will go to Paradise if I DO some things” (masked with the word “effort”) is prevalent.

    The best example that I could come up at this time, to explain the “soul” at the intellectual level is related with computers. Those familiar with computers will be able to understand it.

    The soul is like a hard drive. It is empty until it is formatted. The soul has been formatted with different partitions (84 lifes or whatever number) each partition has a different operating system (windows 10, Mac OS X, Ubuntu, Red Hat Linux, Windows XP, etc.)

    “I” am the operating system of one partition. For instance, Ahnanda now is “Red Hat Linux.” Once “I” die, the hard drive will pick the following installed operating system, which means that “I” am “Mac OS X” in that “life.” Observe that every operating system is different. That is the “I.” What continues on from one Life into the other, are the text files edited through the Operating system’s editor. Every Life adds stuff to it and deletes other things through experiences. Those are the sanskaras brought to you by the “mind.”

    The soul is an empty repository, the hard drive. That comes preformatted with roles, it is the “I” in every partition. Those roles are pre-arranged, but yet still, we believe that “I am DOING,” despite the knowledge of predestination of the Drama.

    What is to be “soul conscious”? To become aware of that emptiness of the hard drive and the fullness of the 84 partitions and how each operating system will do its thing when activated, for in that consciousness of being empty, we automatically become “detached observers.” There is no particular “I” to identify with, even though in Brahma Kumaris, it is about identifying with the most “elevated” role/ partition.
    With deeper insight, we can observe that the soul is not a particular partition, but all of them (content) and none of them (emptiness.)

    In content, every hard drive (soul) is different, unique. Without content, that is in emptiness; all hard drives are the same.  That sameness is omnipresent consciousness that we share with all living beings.

    As we become aware of our emptiness, we become closer to the soul. That emptiness could be realized through stillness of the mind… then we can feel, the “inner smile” of bliss may be felt.
    To be in tune with that emptiness, is what has been mystified by religions with pretty names: Meditation, stillness, peace, concentration, absorption, etc.

    Most humans fear the feeling of their own emptiness. Humans crave for content, as content gives the sensation of purpose.
    That is why to reach Paradise and God, become a valued purpose in religions. Those “ideas” are necessary for many seekers who are unable to feel at ease with a purposeless life, a life acquainted with emptiness, stillness. They are unaware that emptiness brings newness when a partition of the hard drive (the soul) is replaced by another through the process of what we call death.
    For the common good.

     

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 4:11 AM on September 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Content and Emptiness 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    For the common good.

     
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