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  • avyakt7- New Generation 8:07 AM on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Acknowledge your nature 

    Let us say that a woman has an experience with “God.” It is a blissful experience in a Brahma Kumaris center.
    This young woman decides to follow the Brahma Kumaris’ lifestyle.
    As years go by, this woman will find that “tests” will be appearing in her Life: Her hidden desire to connect with a man, her hidden desire to become a mother… all of that will need to be forgotten as she would like to follow the “ways of God.” (As interpreted by the Brahma Kumaris.)

    The mind is full of ideals but our nature is always there, reminding us who we ARE at that point in our lives. How is it possible to overcome our own nature to fulfill the desires of our mind?
    That is what Brahma Kumaris presents as a path.

    The mind, will power, etc. are unable to overcome our nature unless repression is allowed. In my view, that is what every follower of the BK path needs to be aware of. If we are unaware of our own repressions, then definitely, the Brahma Kumaris’ path is a good path to follow. We will learn if AWARE.

    Let us say that this woman dies of an emotional disease such as cancer. From the viewpoint of society, this episode may be seen as unfortunate; the price to pay for following a “cult,” or we could add any other labels to suit our fancy, nevertheless; according to the laws in Life, that experience was needed for that particular woman. That experience was perfect.

    In Life we learn though experiences, not through mental endeavors such as reading or attending to a class. That is only valid for the ways of society. Any theory that we may learn to “become better” is important as they serve as guidelines, but those cannot be taken as commandments to apply at every instance. Life cannot be put into a box of safety.  If living Life was about following commandments to the “dot,” then we will live in our own trap of perspectives as to how Life “should be.”

    As we know, the Drama is predestined. The movie will move on. A person cannot change what he IS, that is BEING through an “effort” of the ego.
    Why?
    Change has to be NATURAL. Otherwise, it is violence against others and the self. However, many will need to go through the experience of violence as well.
    When change is NATURAL, there is no effort. When change is NATURAL, we could feel that we could leave things behind, the past, our ideas of who we ARE, etc.

    Observe how a child becomes a teenager. That change may have rough spots, but nothing occurs by violence; it is natural. As humans become more intellectual, living in the mind; then at that point, there is disappointment for we have a mental idea of what “should be,” and that image does not fit what IS.

    Change will happen. It happens, but that is not according to our wishes or mental ideals. It happens according to what is in store for us, our destiny… and whatever that is, IS the best for us.

    Do not doubt this, for we are ONE with the movie of Life.
    Go right. Go left. It is the same thing for those who took the “right” path sooner or later will need to go “left.”
    After that, comes the middle and from that down, just to go up.
    That is the full experience in Life. Everyone is at different spots in the journey.  If we remember that, we could understand others rather than judge them.

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 7:56 AM on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Dealing with politics inside BK 

    Every organized religion eventually will be run by ordinary individuals.
    This means that all the conditioning learned in society will be applied into their “religious” or “spiritual” job.
    It would be naive to believe that leaders or figureheads run the organization. Greater hierarchy, greater will be the interests of individuals going into different directions.
    At the end of the game for an organization to survive, it will need funds, it will need name recognition and it will need strings to pull from “up above and below.”
    This is just like any other organization.

    A dedicated follower will need to discern between politics and the possibility of living a meaningful spiritual experience.
    Basically, all that is learned in the BK as values, should be applied first when dealing within the organization.
    A BK life is meant to be one of service, and for that is necessary to mingle with different individuals from all walks of life, even the political minded ones.

    As mentioned before, the core of living a “spiritual” life is in expanding our consciousness. That means, to become aware of the inner workings of our minds, emotions and feelings. Every situation in Life, should measure those 3 aspects.

    Typically, Avyakt7-NG ignores all aspects related with the perception of BK politics. After all, spirituality is not politics. It didn’t have any consequence to me while I was a BK. For instance, If a senior behaved in a certain way, or if she did something suspicious, or if someone acted against the principles; all of that did not mean anything to me. I wasn’t there for anyone but for my conviction that I found God and that I wanted to become an “angel.”
    That ideal entails, the acceptance of human ways and the understanding that everyone has a right to perform their role in Life. That was a huge protection.

    It is not my concern to “save” any individual from being misled by some political minded BK follower. I understand that Life has many ways to teach and that every experience has value in our lives. Others may feel different and that is fine too.

    At the end of the day, joining an organization for “spiritual” reasons is not depending on the news or popular opinion. For me all depends on feeling if I belong there.

    That sense of belonging is quite important, for it will give us identity and support during our journey.

    Belonging to the “Father” does not relate with politics or wrong human behavior. It is a commitment to what we feel is true. It is to acknowledge our own experience and go with that.
    That trust ultimately, is what will take us to a different “place.”

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 5:43 AM on January 30, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Some pieces of advice for BK followers 

    Out of my experience in the BK path, I could offer some unbiased “tips.” I say unbiased because I am not for or against the BK path. Nevertheless, I had a full experience of it and I feel grateful of the outcome. It was necessary for my path.

    1. The main aspect is to learn to follow your heart, your gut feeling. A typical conditioned individual used to the ways of our modern society, will overuse the mind, eventually blocking his feelings. That individual could talk all day about “love” but he doesn’t feel it. Thus, “love to God” is merely a mental exercise for many. I cannot stress this point enough, for many times we may “think” that we are feeling, when in fact, it is the mind. To learn to know this, is important to be able to know a different consciousness.

    2. Gyan or knowledge is a blueprint of the BK philosophy, but it is not important in the process of self – observation. Many times, we could get caught up in finding “proof” and supporting a belief system. I spent my time in this while a BK, basically I was using my conditioning from society, the need to find “proof” or what I thought was the “truth.” All of these things are of no value in the process of a new consciousness. These mental things (gyan) are “props” to entertain the overused mind.
    There is no value in knowing that “I am a soul” or that “Life is predestined” when I cannot live Life in a fulfilled way. Fulfillment is not of the mind and the accumulation of information. Fulfillment is in feeling.

    3. Any discipline offered by BK Raja Yoga is useful as long as I learn to listen to my inner self, my heart. If a discipline is practiced out of compulsion, I will harm myself and even others. The Observation of what is happening without biased interruptions of the mind, will show me what is proper for me to DO at a particular time. As we know, there is a “role,” in “us.” That role doesn’t move smoothly through my THINKING, for that thinking is conditioned. It appears through a feeling.

    4. Observe your mind. Get to know what triggers traumas, hangups, rejections and repressions. Use the opportunity the BK system will give you to be alone. Whether the morning in Amrit Vela, any other meditation or the seclusion from the outside world, that space is truly precious for those who are serious in changing their consciousness. It is not for everyone. You may discover that being alone is not for you. That is fine. However, the BK system offers this space which supersedes the “busy-ness” of society; for those who are “ready.”

    5. Enjoy your experience in the BK system. It is unique and you will learn many things. I am grateful for the independence that the BK system taught me. I learned to rely on my own means and not be dependent on anyone. I met great people and had the chance to share a moment of my life with them. I learned about the importance of discipline in our lives and the importance of using our own energies in a balanced way. Remember that your heart and not your mind, should be the one telling you whether that experience is enough for you or not. Thus, again the importance of learning to listen to your heart.

     
    • Gayathri 8:48 PM on January 30, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Good advice! 🙂
      I too have started to accept myself as i am and not bothering about being not able to reach any particular goal. The transformation has to happen naturally, it does not happen by forcing myself to become like some one.

      This attitude and faith in the repetitive drama has enabled me to love and respect everyone irrespective of the weaknesses they have. Yes, still, i sometimes happen to struggle for some time to accommodate some people; then, i pause, and remember what is my present understanding of drama and that gives me the energy and segacity to accept others.

      Some times i continue to hear the grumbling of my mind though, but i allow it do it, after all, it is an old habit that is refusing to leave. A long way to go… no problem… life is a long journey. 🙂

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 5:05 AM on January 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    The value of Brahma Baba 

    As January 18 is an important day for Brahma Kumaris’ followers, I’d like to share what I consider important about the life of Brahma Baba for Bks and Non Bks alike.

    Brahma Baba or Lekhraj Kripalani was a man who reached self-realization. It was his time.
    No one can tell the exact moment, as self-realization does not depend on the perception of others as to how a self-realized being needs to behave.

    Those who lived with him, may have never know about the process that he was going through. Those who experienced “miracles” attributed to his presence; may have strong feelings of devotion for him and believe that because they had experienced a “miracle,” then Brahma Baba was “very special” and them “chosen ones.”
    Brahma Baba was unique but not “special.”

    Brahma Baba was a source of inspiration to those who followed him, although he may not have been understood. The stories that are told about him may have been changed through time: Those who loved him, may have spiced up the stories. Those who didn’t love him, may have diminish the original stories. It is simple human math. At the end, to believe that “everyone will love a self -realized being” is a childish belief.

    The value of Brahma Baba now is not in the second hand stories that we may hear, but there is value “NOW” for those who had the chance to interact with him at the subtle level, that is in his body of light. As he created the BK religion, he is now preserving it by contacting those who need to be contacted regardless of “seniority” or “years in gyan” or any such human sociopolitical beliefs.

    It is important to know that Brahma Baba acts as a guide to help those who need it according to their destiny.
    Brahma Kumaris for the masses, is a different aspect. It is the “beginners guide.” Every human being comes from different types of conditioning, traumas and experiences making it impossible to create a “formula” that will fit all. Brahma Kumaris for the masses offers an effort to accommodate everyone through a somehow clear cut system, thus there will be issues all the time.

    A self-realized being does not know everything as what is told of ‘God.’ He is not a source of accurate data and information. A self-realized being IS empty of self. An Individual who is One with the Totality. Some may like to call that “God;” but labels do not matter to him but only to those who are not self-realized.
    A Being of light will disclose the information that is necessary according to time and according to the person that he is guiding. Many times, humans will interpret that information with inaccuracies; however, even in that; there will be benefit as a being of light knows the future.

    In contact with a Being of light or a self-realized being, the word “truth” has a totally different meaning from what we are conditioned to believe. It is no longer about literal words or accuracy in fortune telling, but about development of consciousness of those being guided.

    Question: How are you going to “follow the father “ if you don’t know him?
    Answer: It is not by DOING what we are told he did.
    It is by BEING empty of self.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 8:05 AM on January 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Self-Observation is not for little children 

    In the world of Neverland, many children were suffering due to cavities in their teeth. However, not all children had cavities and not all suffered of cavities in the same extent. This is usually overlooked. It is easier to generalize with something like: “All children suffer from cavities.”

    Children were incapable of coming up with “solutions” as that was the task of adults.

    One well respected adult discovered after “exhaustive and methodical research”, that sugar was the main cause of cavities.
    “Sugar” became a synonym with “bad”; after a few months of such enlightened discovery. “Sugar could kill you” was the next discovery.
    What to do?

    A religion decided to save the children. They preached that “sugar is bad for you.” Moreover, “God has said that you shall suffer here on Earth, if you indulge in sugar.”

    Politicians and investors on the other hand, observed that their investments and interest in sugar prices were at stake. Sugar will no longer bring any profit to them, if this idea of “evil sugar” subsisted.

    Investors decided to counter attack, and market only the data of those children who didn’t suffer from eating sugar. To appear as social conscious individuals, their marketing campaign also released in very small print that “eating lots of sugar may cause cavities.” However in contact with the public, they were ready to support the “no sugar” cause, and to show their efforts to make the public aware of “such evil.”

    Those who loved sugar were represented as well. These individuals preached that “Everything that God has created is good. Just be moderated in your consumption.” The word “moderation” couldn’t be defined. It brought so many interpretations which confused the little children.

    People “pro-sugar,” and “against-sugar” were rallying for support…

    Humans living in the mind, can only see opposites, extremes: Duality. Their solution resides in finding a culprit. Someone or something to point their finger at; then add a label such as “evil” to that.

    How could children understand about the observation of their own habits to find the causing trouble in their lives?
    It may not be sugar. It may be that these children have poor hygiene (flossing, brushing their teeth, etc.) It may be that their diets require some tuning. It is so hard for children to observe themselves!
    It is easier for someone else to find a culprit.

    The problem is sugar. Repress yourself. But let us not use that label: Let us change “repression” for “doing the right thing.” No more cakes or sweets. Even fruits are out. Do not eat sugar anymore. It is “bad.” That is the opportunity to enhance the ego: “I am “good” because I don’t eat sugar. I will save others with my enlightened understanding.”
    And so the battle of “good” vs. “bad” was invented and nourished.

    The above illustrates the history of religions and political systems and their constant contradiction in the name of “god,” or some personal interest. The little children are the members of society who are incapable of self observation to find their answers. They need someone else to tell them what to DO.

    A religion may have “the answer.” A politician has “the answer.”
    “Reality” may be that every answer is different, according to the individual. In Life, there is no such a thing as “an answer that fits all.”

     
    • Dinesh C 8:56 AM on January 19, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Ahnanda, thank you for writing this…I eat a lot of sweets you know…a lot of sugar…but it reduces the burning sensation in my mouth caused because of mouth ulcer…hahahaha. So sugar is damn helpful for me.
      Anyways, I feel sad after observing that the “contact us” page is no more there on your site. So we can’t share our our very personal experience, and we can’t ask very delicate quetions such as questions on sex anonymously! 😊😅 that’s a sad news for your readers like me!

      I consider you as a very wise human being, you are a part of my experience, and your articles have inspired me a lot to remain as seeker of truth. But I want to ask you a significant question! What are going to be your last words to us, what will be your very last sharing to us.

      I have heard that beings enlightened throgh the path of awareness are enlightened at the time of their physical death, that means at the time of leaving human form. But are you going to return back in any other life form or disappear into cosmic soul? 😊

      Now, it is my request from the bottom of my heart that PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE visit me or contact me somehow if you are going to disappear for eternity. I liked your articles a lot, I am thankful to God for bringing me in your contact. Thank you my dear wise friend Ahnanda. And lastly, I am exteremly sorry for copying your experience on bkinfo.com, our ego can make us do that, sorry for that!

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 5:10 AM on January 9, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Brahma Kumaris Meditation 

    Out of all the practices that BK teaches, without a doubt, BK meditation is the one that I obtained greater practical benefit and the one that I would recommend.

    “The power of vibrations” was only another tall story until I was able to experience that. It is to not only sit in a room and send “peaceful vibrations.” It is the power of BEING which already carries vibrations everywhere we go.
    A particular room will have the vibes of those who inhabit it. That principle has helped me into my Life.

    What it used to be to sit and “visualize ShivBaba”; now is to sit and think about nothing, except to feel myself, out of that nothingness, something from inside appears. That is to listen to myself.
    I had good experiences with “god” or without “him”, which leads me to believe that it just depends how deeply we are into meditation.
    Depth is a matter of feeling. Deep feelings means deeper experiences.
    “Super sensuous joy” is the expression of a deep feeling. It is also known as the “inner smile.”

    Sexuality also produces a similar sensation once the energy rises towards the forehead. That is when sex becomes another meditative state.

    Meditation will take our consciousness to a different place, which brings moments of feeling elation, bliss and peace. It is hard to describe through words, what could only be known through our own experience, that is why; two people could use very different words to express yet, a similar experience, which in turn could be confusing for those only listening to the words, the description.

    It does not matter how long someone could sit in meditation, if the mind wonders all the time affecting our ability to feel.
    Someone could force himself to sit for 3 hours without moving a limb. That is a nice physical feat; however, the value resides in freeing ourselves from the games of the mind and to connect with oneself, Life, God or whoever we believe; through the force of the heart. That in BK is known as “yoga.”
    Therefore, there is no yoga of the mind; when yoga; takes place in “no-mind.”

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 6:54 AM on December 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Commitment to a religious path 

    How is a conditioned human being capable of seeing something besides his own conditioning?
    When that person is taken out of his conditioned ways and surroundings and into a new setting.
    When a seeker selects a spiritual path, he will select a different conditioning by rejecting his old ways. There has to be some sort of enticement for this to happen, that is what is known as having “experiences”, for without those; seekers will be unable to fully embrace something new.
    Any religious path in some way or another, will take a person away from the conditioning of society. Even Christianity will do that through the enforcement of commandments and fear of god. Christianity is the least invasive of all the paths for new conditioning, that is why; it is so popular.

    The Brahma Kumaris experience is certainly one of the most invasive for it requires a lot from a seeker, thus a greater commitment is required to take full “benefit” of this de-conditioning agent.

    A committed seeker has a limited vision, for he will only see what is taught to him. He is not encouraged to look around and any deviation from his part will be a sign of lack of commitment. It is this willingness to look around what will make the difference between a “firm” believer and a spiritual “tourist.”
    Observe the paradox. If a follower is fully committed, he will have less openness to observe Life from different views. That follower will necessarily nourish rejection for anything that is not fully aligned with his belief or path. However, without full commitment, there is very little opportunity to face his own contradictions: What he feels will collide with what he ought to follow. That is the first door to observe how beliefs systems move from helpful to unhelpful through time, and it is the task of the follower to become aware when this change is happening in his own Life.

    Brahma Kumaris was a helpful belief system for me. It helped me in my Life. Nevertheless, it became unhelpful, outdated as I was evolving: A 4 year old kid could be in Kindergarten, but not an 8 year-old. It is not that kindergarten is “bad” for the 8 year old, it is that an 8 year old has outgrown that stage.
    The 8-year-old kid has no grudges with Kindergarten. He merely moves on into elementary school and understands that there are other kids who will need the Kindergarten experience.

    Brahma Kumaris is not the only path. It is not the “true” path either. It is a path. A valid path. That is my experience. Someone else may have a different experience. Who has the “truth”?
    That is a childish question. In “spiritual” matters it is senseless to try to find the “truth,” as Life could show many “truths” at the same time depending on our state of consciousness. What is important is to be honest with our perception. Your “location” will give you a perception. Your “location” is where you ARE in Life.
    “Spirituality” nowadays is not so keen in honoring our perception. “Spirituality” is taught as following a particular perception, the “right” one although we may not perceive it.

    “Visualize this and that…” “Imagine that this is happening…” Those key words in “spirituality” denote that we do not honor our own perception, our truth.
    Life could change those perceptions in us if we allow it. But, typically a firm believer will continue with his own recipe of “truth,” and deny Life itself. He will earn the label of “firm” by his fellow peers and believe that he is earning a piece of heaven; although, it is only a self serving belief.

    Will resume writing on January 2019. Happy new year! 🙂

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 6:50 AM on December 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    A different view of the cycle of time 

    In Brahma Kumaris the belief of the cycle of time is very specific as to put some pressure on the believer. “If you don’t change now, then you will repeat the same mistake cycle after cycle.” The emphasis is on this “I,” who can make a “choice” separated from circumstances, settings and the law of karma.
    That is an illusion.

    Nevertheless, Brahma Kumaris is fulfilling its mission of giving some direction to the “little child,” as otherwise; he will be utterly lost and prone to fall into “temptation,” aka “Maya.”

    If life was as “I” want it to be, then obviously, there wouldn’t be any of the words that we use to describe the “lack of” that most humans live by: Poverty, disease, injustice, wrong doing, insecurity, fear, etc. Those will be experienced by all of us in different degrees. Why? Obviously there are things beyond “my control,” “my choice,” “my free will.”
    This “I” has made up ideals which cannot reach. Nevertheless, while we try to “achieve” them, we “kill time” in the belief that we found meaning in Life. We try to come up with meanings as if Life itself wasn’t sufficient. We want more. Some glorious time for the “I.”

    Here is the obvious dissonance of the belief of Brahma Kumaris: “Although the cycle of time is predestined, you have free will NOW to change things. Because we don’t know what we have done before. We have a chance to DO what is right NOW.”
    Although most conditioned individuals will buy that, as it sounds “reasonable” and “I get the chance to DO as I want,” that is not accurate as elaborated above; although it is helpful for those who are unable to see yet, beyond the box. See the paradox. Although the above BK belief is not true, it is helpful.
    Life does not move through the premise of what is “right” or “wrong.” That is only a religious belief. The cycle of time does not care about our moral standards and beliefs.

    We have to go through experiences, we label those as: Right, wrong, good, bad, left, right, pure, impure, etc. The “I” wants to discern and choose according to a religious belief.
    That religious belief may not be what we truly feel. Repression will be born. A repressed individual is DOING “good” (a belief) although he IS “bad.” (just a label to illustrate that I am not what I believe.) Another paradox. It is called dishonesty. Nevertheless, that is safe for society, a religious organization, etc.

    This article is written because it is important to free the individual of living in fear of a belief. “The same mistake will be repeated cycle after cycle for eternity.” That is the biggest lie ever.
    It is not a “mistake.” It is a necessary experience. All experiences are necessary as they are, whether we believe in free will or predestination, whether we think we are “moral” or not. All experiences are meshed together, related with other beings. The “I” is not DOING alone, by itself. There is cause and effect behind “our” DOINGS.

    Life/ The cycle of time cares very little of “my desire to go to heaven.” Things will happen as they should no matter how many labels or moral standards we believe in.

    In a nutshell: While entrenched with the “I,” forget the cycle of timeIt is the most useless belief. That is another paradox. Although the cycle of time is true in that consciousness (“I,”) it is useless information.

    If you are out of the “I,” “you” are free from the cycle of time. That which was true, now it is false for “you” are in another consciousness.

    What is the “moral” of this story? CONSCIOUSNESS dictates what is true or false for YOU. We cannot fake consciousness for that reflects who we ARE.
    “Knowledge” is not information. It does not help me at all, if I “know” that the cycle of time repeats identically every cycle when my consciousness is lost in the “I.” That only gives fear to the “I.”

    “Knowledge” are experiences that allow me to increase consciousness, a greater awareness, and openness to Life. Knowledge does not bring fear of living Life.  It brings stability, certainty.

     
    • Dinesh C 12:58 AM on December 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Ahnanda, Our I is most of the time stuck with that the past experience which I went through could have been better if I would have done things differently. This kind of thinking that mind brings to us creates long term blockages of guilt and regret. Also, Our I remains in fear that what if things in my life will not be the way I dream and plan about future. This mind patter produces worry…sometimes extreme worry. It is really a reliefe and librating thing to know that the experieces of the past, whethe bad, worse or worst experiences, they were required. But the MIND does not accept that so easily. That is where we are failing, in fully accepting life the way it is. It is and will be a very librating thing to accept life fully with heart. I have read your article “all is good in acceptance”. But what u write, we are not able to be that fully with heart. At the same time, when mind is there, surrendering completely to life is another big challenge. It will be like giving the oath of the boat of our life in the hands of God. But again the problem is, we don’t know God. Thanks for writing this. Wow I shared so much without asking you a question…now that is something good! 🙂

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 6:48 AM on November 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Work, karmic accounts and “spirituality.” 

    As a person going through the process of self-realization settles karmic accounts, huge changes will happen in his Life. Relationships will change, health will change as the body will need some time to adapt due to circumstances and emotions which are totally unforeseen. Even work will change. It is important to emphasize that

    “I cannot settle karmic accounts by believing that I am doing so, or by avoiding situations or people.”

    The settlement happens when it is time for that. We cannot run away or avoid when the time has arrived.

    The perceived economical security that a job in our society brings, is one of the many illusions that we may hang onto. Nevertheless, as mentioned many times; all of these changes will happen naturally, at its own time. This is not something that will happen because “I want to follow so and so who is a saint.” That is artificial.
    When a person is going through the process of self-realization, this individual will need plenty of free time to be alone, for all the inner transformations to take place. All of these will be offered in Life through circumstances. This is not the seclusion that some religions offer to their followers. That is artificial, nevertheless; it has some benefit for followers.

    Through different channels, unforeseen circumstances, things will happen. Life will provide. The ability to think and “plan for the future” is truly an obstacle to perceive things from different perspectives. Of course, the above is not taught in our society. In our society it is important to plan and use reasoning to come up with some futuristic, idealistic plan where I will be “secure” as well as “my loved ones.”

    All of these combined changes truly bring a new person throughout the process of catharsis. That is why it has been traditional, to change names. Religious followers will copy that; although there has never been a change to a “new” person. It is all for the sake of “fashion.”

    Brahma Baba (Dada Lekhraj) did not have any ties with “regular work” at one point in his Life. It is said that he donated his money and put some individuals in trust, to help run the space that he was providing for those seekers who later became an organized religion, the Brahma Kumaris.
    Someone who is providing some sort of “spiritual support” through his inner transformation, is not fit to play the game of “having a job” or “administer funds.” This has been a problem in many religions as those appointed to administer things are conditioned to run a “for profit” institution. The “spiritual” purpose is forgotten and the aim is to spread whatever teachings for the sake of gaining followers, for that means; greater institutional profits.

    Our society has its ways and a person going through the process of self-realization does not fit that anymore.
    Observe a person running a “spiritual center” sponsored by a religion or institution. Sooner or later, the interest of the organization (to exist, expand and flourish) will overtake personal time needed for inner development. Granted, not every person running a center is fit for self-realization, thus; consider the type of “spiritual support” that this person is providing. This is an issue that every organized religion has to deal with. “Good administrators” does not translate into good providers of “spiritual support” for seekers.

    Nevertheless, any religion is an optimal starting point for a seeker. A particular seeker will be attracted to a particular path, according to his destiny. However, that religion is not necessarily the end point of the journey, as everyone needs to be exposed to different experiences to trigger inner changes. Life offers those experiences, not people with thought out plans or “methods.”

    The experiences offered by Life are unexpected, for otherwise; those experiences are artificial. Nothing artificial could bring true change, but only a shortly sensation that “I am changing.”
    Life is the true religion, but we may need to experience fully a religion to truly understand that. Those who are in the religion of Life, will need to experience complete insecurity, that is when the limited supports brought by our society, fall apart. Few are fit for that.

    A child could play safely in the playground of a religion. But that is a preparation to open the gates and meet Life. Nevertheless, most believe that Life is society. To be able to go beyond the conditioned playground of society and all its fictional securities; is the next step to experience.
    Those who are trapped in society will need to go to a different playground; a religion perhaps, to experience something different. Those who are AWARE of the different playgrounds may learn something useful for their own edification.

    Finally, these things need to be experienced as Life brings the experiences. These things are not meant to be intellectually understood.

     
    • Dinesh C 9:05 AM on November 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Ahnanda, will knowing for an individual that he/she is in a process of self realization develop subtle ego? That he/she is going through some hi-fi process and others are not! Can you please comment on that.

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      • avyakt7- New Generation 9:24 PM on November 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Of course. It is part of the process.

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        • Dinesh C 2:10 AM on December 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

          Ok Ahnanda, congratulations to you for being in your process, but i had a small query. I am putting efforts to be alert, attentive and aware of the mind, emotions and feelings. Acceptance of life and surrender to life are my another efforts. Some self realized beings have said that no efforts are required to realize your self. On one level, i m putting these efforts to live life in a peaceful way, however the desire for liberation, enligtment and self realization is still there on a superfitial level. Now, my concern is, I need to continue with these efforts or not? I know that it is me who need to answer this question to myself but your respose will be appreciated. Thank you.

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    • Gayathri 1:06 AM on December 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Dear avyakt 7, i agree with you fully about spiritual growth and self realisation. Life teaches everything. It makes us grow, it makes us become open to other paths / other ways to perceive things when the time is ripe. Thanks for sharing.

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 7:44 AM on November 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Greed for God and Self-realization 

    What is the meaning of desiring to be with “God”? What is the “reason”?
    Salvation? From what? A “high status” in the Golden age? If everyone is happy there, what is the need of a “high status”? Do you desire a “plus,” an “elite” treatment? To be recognized as a king or queen now?
    All of those things only show our greedy nature. I want that because it enhances ME. Nothing wrong with that, but only look at it, observe it.
    Look at the childish motives and the neediness to be “safe” in the afterlife. All “you” want is some gain for “yourself.” Just like the “normal” behavior in society.
    Label that greed as love for “god” and then it will be respectable. All is “good”!

    Have you seen a “respectable seeker” wanting to obtain “self-realization” in this lifetime?
    Pretty much, these naïve individuals believe that self-realization is like getting a masters’ degree or a Ph.D. They are only looking for the guru offering the “fully accredited” method to get there.
    Why do you want to be “self-realized”?  To get a “high status” now. To become something “better” so we believe that all of our problems will get behind.

    It is laughable when some seeker, throws the “I want to be self-realized” without knowing what that entails.
    All our karmic accounts will be settled. From this Life and past lives. That is not an easy scenario. For some you will be the “bad” guy and for others, the “good” one. No one will know if you are really “self-realized” as everyone has an idea, a concept an opinion of what that is, although they don’t know. Those who like you, or who had some utility with your company, aka “experiences”; could make you into an idol to worship. Others, could crucify you in a heart beat.

    Whatever value you think you have or that you deserve, will be gone. Whatever safety our society offers, will not be applicable for you. Do you want to be a “successful” CEO and self-realized? That will not happen. What about a powerful politician and self-realized? That is a good joke. One of the best descriptions I have read of what is like while going through the process is explained in the Tao Te Ching Chapter 20. (Note there are 3 different translations, so we get the idea and not a literal meaning, which is deceitful.)

    “Self-realization” does not happen out of “my effort” or my greed to BECOME something. That is childish. It happens only when it is our time and that is out of our hands to decide. 

    Once someone realizes about their own greed for “spiritual” things, the next question goes like this:
    How do I get rid of my greed, attachment, ego, etc? 
    That question only shows lack of observation of the self. Greed for obtaining self-realization, is not a thing that we can take away by following steps or methods. This is not something that we could get rid off by following some method like “having yoga with Baba for 30 minutes thrice a day for 3 weeks.”

    Simply put: What we ARE we OBSERVE to become AWARE of it. As our awareness increases, then changes will appear. We do not OBSERVE to BECOME “better.” We OBSERVE to acknowledge who we ARE, to enjoy who we ARE.
    Seekers want to change things that they do not believe should be in their personality, to become “pure,” a “saint,” “god chosen ,” etc. 

    All they have are mental concepts of what the “right” thing should be. That ideal is not real. Is not who they ARE, thus repression and dishonesty will occur.

    OBSERVE, become AWARE and let CHANGE happen. What “happens” is a step forward in your own evolution, whether you like it or not. Some may need to go down before going up. Some will go up as they already went down. Every journey is different.
    Learn to appreciate your own role in this Life. Become AWARE of it. Put aside all of those ideas and concepts to reach somewhere “higher.” Appreciate who you ARE. That may be the best thing to DO.

     
    • Dinesh C 1:42 PM on November 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Ahnanda, thank you for writing this article. Now for the questions you have asked in this article, everyone will have different answer, some might match. Considering my case, even after exploring BKs and Osho, I don’t know what is God, but still a desire to know him/her/it is there. In India, most of the children are told that there is a God in early childhood, may be they are introduced to pictures and Hindu statues of Gods and Goddesses. So we grow up with this belief about God. However, later you may become a theist/atheist/agnostic. But for me, God was required to reduce my emotional and mental suffering at the age of 22, before that I never thought about God so much. Suffering brought me to BKs. But even after following BKs for 6 years, I was in state that sometimes happy with Baba and sometimes guilty and upset of not been able to adhere to BK teachings. For me, yes I need God for removing suffering out of my life, but I agree that I haven’t been able to find God, or arrive at any conclusion. I am a failure until now. And moreover, I can’t accept Shiv Baba as my God. Can’t go into details but I can’t.
      Regarding self realization, I think when we come across any genuine self realized being, we feel like to be like them. For example, when I explored Gautam Buddha, I felt some kind of similarity in his viewpoint and mine about life. For example, he had made a clear statement in his teachings that “Life is suffering.” Dukha. When I heard this, I wanted to know more and more about Buddha. We also have a greed for acquired knowledge as well Ahnanda. Also, I somehow feel “Knowing” is kind of an obstacle in the journey towards the SELF, I mean already knowing words and explanations, then mind wants to somehow arrive at that becoming.
      Lastly, you are really scaring me by saying that it is not easy and this will happen that will happen. But what if Drama has not written SELF realization for me?? that’s another thing!!
      Sometimes “I” try that SELF inquiry as well, Ramana Maharishi and HWL Poonja aka Papaji have guided for SELF inquiry. Just sitting silently, not putting any effort, just BEING here and now, not touching the mind, now inquiry starts “WHO AM I”. But the answer doesn’t come.
      By the way Ahnanda, thanks for sharing that it is not decided by ME and it happens at the right time. But there is this belief in Hinduism that after human birth, our soul takes millions of reincarnations in other life forms, like animals, birds and all. I believe in Osho to some extent, he approves this belief and says that it is true. Now if I don’t SELF realize myself in this human birth then again I the soul will have to wait for millions of years and Kalpas?? But one interesting thing in that belief is that how those millions of years will pass away in other life forms, there will be no much recognition of that, because animals don’t live in the time the way and to the extent we humans do. Right!! Anyways, thanks for writing and Om shanti 🙂

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      • avyakt7- New Generation 10:19 AM on November 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Too much stuff in your mind. Too many beliefs, too much worry and theories, reading, quotes, etc. Do you know how to get rid of that? That is all. EXPERIENCE that.

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        • Dinesh C 11:38 AM on November 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

          You mean if I somehow get rid of all of that I will be self realized?

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          • Dinesh C 12:43 PM on November 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

            Ok I asked a stupid question!!

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