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  • avyakt7- New Generation 10:39 PM on June 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    The flavor of personal experience aka “practice.” 

    I have full appreciation for the BK movement. For me, it was like my “elementary school” in “Spirituality.”
    Many of the elements I was taught by the BK movement are still with me, those are part of my personality now. Those have helped me to understand “spirituality” beyond a simple concept to follow.

    “Spirituality” is to learn to live Life harmoniously. We will need to learn to feel our balance. That is known as harmony.
    Balance cannot be defined or described. It is not a concept. The world exists through balance. Some put things in, we label that as “good”. Others, will take away. We label that as “bad.” Nevertheless, when these movements are harmonious, there is balance.

    The same is within.

    Society will give a perspective of Life. We learn to compete, to “advance”, to “make our own future”, etc. It is like trying to obtain a comfortable position then, we think we have “arrived.” That view is typically taken to extremes and we see people out of balance. To harmonize this view of Life a counterpart is needed. We have been exposed to religious or “spiritual” views to gain that balance.
    Nevertheless in those religious, “spiritual” teachings; we learned that we can “advance” as well, we can become “somebody.” India has been great in giving hierarchies to many “saints” in this respect. You have the swamis, the Paramahansas, the mahatmas etc. All those labels mean “achievement” to laymen. However, those achievements are not something to “have” like money, power or position in society. Those things are related with “being”, inner work rather than outer achievement.

    Spirituality is not an achievement.” It is to outgrow limitations. Those limits are very personal.

    A BK follower will need to be attentive to this; otherwise, what he will “practice” is only a sophisticated, subtle version of society’s teachings: Another way to achieve name and fame which may have meaning inside the BK institution, but otherwise meaningless in Life.

    Society pulls one way. Religions pull another. Those “pulls” are typically seen as contradictory by intelligent individuals. How is it possible to talk about brotherhood, when there is continuous “back-stabbing” behaviors in society? We see continuous fights, wars at different levels. That contradiction will bring a dissonance in the minds of people. Dishonesty is the outcome. Guilt and shame will be the emotions to experience.
    Talk one way, act in a different way. Neurosis.

    The same principle holds true while embracing the BK movement. It is like a little society inside society. Any extreme will not bring harmony, balance.

    Observe that any practice should have a particular “flavor” to be enjoyed. Without that “flavor”, things will turn bitter.
    “As it is your food, so your mind,” it is said in the BK movement. Therefore, as long as there is “flavor” in a “practice”, we will be in balance. Once the flavor is gone, perhaps is time to change. Look for another “flavor”.

    Have you read about the Life of Ramana Maharshi? Observe that he was honest with his own experience. He left society because he experienced a greater “flavor.” He wanted that. Observe some of his “followers.” They did not experience any type of flavor. They merely wanted to experience what Ramana had and thought that by following his “austerities”, they will experience the same. Truth is, Ramana did not follow any “austerities”. He only wanted to experience the flavor that he knew, without the worries of society. Thereby; he left society. Some label that “renunciate” although there wasn’t any type of renunciation on his part.
    There is much to learn about that.

    Be honest with your own experience. It may not be the one that is “supposed to be”, but it is yours at a particular time. That is the starting point. It may change later on.
    Life is change, anyway. We only have to be “real” for change to be “real.”

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 6:31 AM on June 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    A Life of “effort” does not bring “salvation”. 

    Sam became a BK because he thought there was true spirituality in Brahma Kumaris. He had an experience with God while meditating in a BK center.

    Sam pursued and practiced all “codes of conduct” as prescribed by Brahma Kumaris (BK). Sam believed that the “Drama” of Life was predestined, although; he thought that within him was the ability to change his destiny as he wished.

    After 18 years, Sam became worn out and his faith was shaking since he had experienced many illnesses due to pushing himself beyond his limits through the ideal of becoming an “emperor” in the “Golden age.” Moreover, he became progressively disenchanted with BK as he felt constrained in Life. He was about to quit after so many internal battles; when fortunately he had a “deep” conversation with someone who he admired in the BK system and that changed his mind: Sam was going to stick with it until the end of his days…

    Sam wanted to change his destiny and be “saved.” Although he truly didn’t feel deep inside that the BK system was for him anymore; he followed his mind (what he thought and was told, was the “right” thing to do) and his conditioning to stay no matter what.
    Needless to say, Sam had all sorts of inner conflicts, although those did not seemed obvious to others. Sam learned to put the “happy face” despite feeling angry.
    Eventually, Sam suffered from cancer and died within a few months of being diagnosed.

    Do we truly believe that Sam changed his future and “saved” himself? Do we truly believe that he will be in the “Golden age” based on his Life as a BK?
    DOING the things that he was supposed as a BK, do not bring the desired effect, unless there is a deep change in BEING.
    Sam’s inner dishonesty could not be changed. Could we say that he wasn’t predestined to be an “emperor” in the Golden Age, despite his efforts to be something that he wasn’t?

    We could assume that he needed more “Yoga with Baba,” so he could have made many “efforts” there, but if there is no true love (BEING) there cannot be change. Love happens. It cannot be taught or “practiced.”
    As a matter of fact, if there is a thought such as “If I do yoga 3 times per day with love, every day; I will make it”, that person does not feel true love. It is only self- interest.

    There is no way that inner dishonesty will bring us greater “spiritual advancement”.
    Staying a BK for a life time is not guarantee of anything if we haven’t had the awareness to OBSERVE our inner world.

    Many will stay because they like the life style. Many will stay because they have “invested” too much in it, to change to a different life. Many will stay because they don’t know anything else, they have no place to go.

    “What is in it for me?” That is the only question which matters for many. That sort of personality cannot “advance” even if he wakes up every day at 3 AM or if he opens 108 BK centers.

    For those who feel that they want to continue as BKs, I would humbly suggest to leave the “show” behind. What show? To pretend to demonstrate to others and yourself that you can be someone who you are not. Rather acknowledge who you ARE and outgrow your own limits. That requires maturity and not a childish imitation of some ideal.

    To speak “knowledge” to everyone does not mean a thing other than self reassurance of believing that what you know is the only truth. The world has already many “coaches” doing the talk but only few do the walk.

    Any sort of “service” done with the intention of DOING “service” is only a way of displaying ego. “Look, I am helping, DOING something special.” Big ego.

    A true BK life is the one walked without show, just like the “father.” “Make effort” to be unknown. “Incognito” is the word in the Murli. Use the BK teachings and atmosphere to ground yourself and learn more and more about YOU. The setting is already there. The BK system provides that.

    What is predestined cannot be changed no matter what we DO; therefore, learn to listen to your heart, not your mind.
    The heart has your direction in your lifetime, it is void of “ego” and its needs, wants and dreams. Your mind only has conditioning: What others think, what you believe, what the scripture says, etc.

    Thus within your BK life, “yoga of the mind” needs to be changed into “yoga of the heart.” That is the “effort.”

     
    • Gayathri 8:18 AM on June 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Simply marvelous!

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      • avyakt7- New Generation 3:16 PM on June 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Glad you liked it. 🙂

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        • Gayathri 5:53 AM on June 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply

          Dear divine family,
          Om shanti.

          Feel like sharing some thoughts on YOGA.

          We have 4 subjects in Raja yoga; Knowledge, Yoga, Dharana, and Service. Most of us know a lot of things related to Gyan. We do service with our thoughts, words, and actions as well as with our body, mind and wealth. Dharana – We have been inculcating virtues and powers through our spiritual endeavour. Then comes the subject, Yoga.

          There are 3 stages in yoga – one is just ‘trying’ to consider one self to be a soul and remembering Baba in Paramdham. The next step is to go deep in remembrance and experience the angelic/ flying stage wherein we still entertain thoughts. The third stage is the SEED stage where all the thoughts disappear and there would be no remembrance of whatsoever but just experiencing the stage of peace and silence.

          Baba says that we need to practise the SEED stage more and more in order to transform our sanskars, and to burn away the sins. Baba says that if we could sit in the seed stage for an hour, we could burn away a LOT of our sins and there would be drastic changes in our sanskars.

          But the problem with most of us is, we can stay in the angelic stage for quite some time, but maintaining the seed stage is difficult.

          An easy way to reach the seed stage is given below; please give it a try.

          Sit comfortably on the floor (on a mat) or on the bed cross legged.
          If you are sitting on a chair/ sofa, cross your feet at the ankle level.
          Inter lock your fingers.
          Close your eyes.

          In this method of meditation, closing the eyes during meditation, crossing the feet, and crossing/ interlocking the fingers are very important so that the cosmic energy/ divine energy that we draw from the universe/ God, is not lost while doing meditation or immediately after completing it.

          Now, focus on your breath.
          Just observe the breath, the air going in through the nostrils and exiting through the nostrils. Just keep observing it.

          Many thoughts may try to pass through your mind as usual, ignore them and try to bring back your attention to the breath. Do not even think of points of knowledge, Baba, service, etc.

          Slowly, with practice, we notice that the speed and frequency of the thoughts reducing. We may even find short spells of ‘no thought periods’ too. When there are no thoughts, no need to focus on the breath, but once the thoughts start, again start observing the breath.

          This practice takes us to the seed stage easily.

          Start this practice when you have ample free time so that you would not be disturbed. Initially, one hour of meditation might result in a few minutes of the seed stage. But that is fine, it is not a small achievement!

          Once you are through, and want to get up from the meditation, slowly unlock your fingers, gently rub your palms, and place the palms on the closed eyes for a few seconds (6,7 seconds), then slowly remove the palms, and then slowly open your eyes. Unlock the feet.

          These movements should be gentle so that the divine energy that we have received during meditation would not be thrown out and wasted by our jerky, abrupt, movements.

          Please practise this as many times as you can.

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          Various diseases that people are getting these days is because of the negative emotions, weaknesses like irritability, fear, dejection, hatred, jealousy, anxiety, stress, lust, anger, greed, attachment, etc. that they have been harbouring.

          When one spends some time in the seed stage everyday, these negative qualities would slowly cease to exist. In other words, practising seed stage is the sure way to get rid of our diseases.

          Most of us have one or more health issues which have been troubling us since a long time. Let us not give up by assuming that it is our karmic account, but work on ourselves and improve our spiritual as well as physical health.

          Best wishes and regards,
          Gayathri ben.

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    • Gayathri 12:40 PM on June 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      3 more points which i forgot to mention earlier are given below :

      While we are trying to focus on/ observe our breathing, we may feel subtle sensations in some parts of the body. It one wants, one may unlock the fingers and adjust his posture or if one feels like scratching some part of the body, one may do the same, but should not open the eyes unless it is needed.
      And afterwards, please lock your fingers and start observing the breath.
      There is no need to regulate or control the breath, let the breathing be normal.
      If one is wearing spectacles, it should be removed before starting the meditation.

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 5:59 AM on May 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Neurosis as incentive for the search of salvation 

    Raja Yoga is the yoga of the mind. What happens when the mind is disturbed?
    In my own self search I was observing some of the expressions of my mind as a neurotic entity. Observe how yourself will fit into that broad spectrum of neurosis.

    In my search for information, I found the following book: “Neurosis and Human Growth: The struggle for Self-Realization.” This book was published back in 1950. It was written by German- American psychoanalyst Karen Horney. Although, I will not read the whole book; I was fortunate to be exposed to the introduction of the book: “ A morality of evolution” which I’d like to share with you. Please read those 3 pages.

    If you are a “seeker” observe how the pattern of “improving yourself” according to an ideal, becomes a source of anxiety, guilt and even pride and arrogance. According to the type of moral standard that you subscribe to (According to Horney, there are 3) so will be the type of disturbance experienced.
    Want to attain perfection? That is a source of neurotic expression of a disturbed mind.

    If we had a Christian background, definitely we will fall into the first category of morality: Man is sinful by nature. We must tame those primitive impulses.
    If we had a Brahma Kumaris background, we will fall into the second category: Man has some good and some bad traits. We should keep the good and get rid of the bad. The problem of this duality is that a separation of opposites is just an ideal not a reality. We will strive to reach an ideal which is not real. That lack of touch with reality is an ill interpretation of the mind which will support further neurosis.

    The third type of morality is what Horney calls “self-realization.” That has nothing to do with “spiritual” self-realization; although it has some link to it; for instead of fighting and denying those things which are not helpful in our development, we will outgrow them after being able to observe and acknowledge them. Obviously this “morality by evolution” requires a person with greater consciousness who is able to be aware. Nevertheless, a support group (parents) is needed to allow for this to happen in a child, before neurosis sets in. Unfortunately, most parents are busy dealing with their own neurosis, their own dream of “what should be” and are unable to allow for a child to discover his own potentialities.

    Our inability to grow, change, adapt to new situations is without a doubt a sign of neurosis. We feel comfortable with what is known. We want to stick with that even though we feel suffocated. We want to hang on even if that means our own death, for there is a fear. Life is not worthwhile to live in that sort of mind, unless we keep ourselves protected in a golden jail.

    The “a-moral” person is by all means, a healthier individual. I am not saying “immoral” but “a-moral.” That type of person is not reactive. He is not a revolutionary who changes things from one extreme to the other.
    The “a-moral” person is truly free from the conditioning of the mind, he lives in “carpe diem.”
    However, to get there naturally (As BapDada prescribes,) we will need to go through the 3 stages of morality. It is a gradual change as day changes into night.

     
    • Gayathri 1:09 AM on June 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      True. The third type fellow reaches the peak (which the other two types are trying to reach) earlier. Yes, it needs self acceptance, courage, and patience.

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 6:34 AM on May 8, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Advise for those looking to move on from the Brahma Kumaris 

    First, it is important to recognize that Brahma Kumaris is a spiritual school and it has a mission.
    What is that mission? To give the basic understanding of the “spiritual realm” and to introduce followers into a different mind set. Brahma Kumaris will enhance self value of the follower through the experience of enhanced ego.
    As already shared, that is necessary in the “spiritual” path for without the ego increasing to its full potential, there is no “fuel” to later “dissolve” it.

    That “elementary” school (BK) is the backbone for further exploration, though only for those who are ready. “Ready” is not a matter of time in the BK movement, but rather; it is readiness of consciousness, awareness.

    Second, when going for the full experience of the BK movement, to reach a point of saturation becomes important to move on. For “full experience” I mean, someone who fulfills all teachings of the Bks. Someone who stays a BK but in the “periphery” of it, does not feel the complete effect. There, it is easy to move in and out, without much change due to inner struggle.
    Many do not get to that point. They may have different conflicts or sour experiences which will force them to leave.
    Nevertheless, whatever your experience; if you feel cheated, angry about them and full of animosity; you will be trapped deeper; as you will not be able to let go.

    Third, many get caught up in the politics, in the administrative ways of some people who exercise their own little ego trip. Although that has influence in followers, I consider that benefit is beyond all that. Practice the Maryadas. That is pretty much it. Observe your own inner conflicts. Observe when enough is enough and what is triggering that. Otherwise, we get caught up in what Dadi said, what the in charge did to me, what someone else informed me about the BKs, etc.
    Go by your own experience, not someone else.

    Being part of the Brahma Kumaris is like having a relationship with someone. Both parties go into it out of their own will. There may be some lofty goal as objectives to reach, but the relationship will die away when both parties are unable to compromise. There is always change, and change is neither “good nor bad” but necessary, unavoidable.

    Leaving the BK relationship should be out of your own will as well. For instance, if there is animosity towards the person that we once loved, then that will be our trigger, our trauma which we will be unable to let go.

    We are out of the BK experience, when we let go and that for sure, is one of the most important “spiritual” teachings one should encounter. All relationships are meant to end someday. It is unavoidable in Life. We may think that we “found God” but if we found “him” it means that we lost “him” before, and that we will lose “him” again.

    To avoid an indigestion of traumas, it is important to learn to assimilate the time that we spent within the BK experience.
    What is what you took out of it that will help you in your current Life? That is the type of perspective to move on harmoniously.

     

    Will be taking a break until May 29th. 🙂

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 7:45 AM on May 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    “Yoga of the mind” to live in the mind 

    If Meditation is the tool used for the mind. Contemplation is for no-mind.
    The mind will show us the obvious, more often; the surface of things. No-mind (the path of the heart) will show us beyond the obvious.

    Observe how a religious follower will try to convince others about their own “truth.” Observe how the belief to have found the “truth” and the need to disseminate it, and even (when in disharmony) to impose it, will be imperative.
    All of that is the path of the mind. Ego is within the mind.

    “I am special because I understand the “truth.” I have the “truth”. Others are less privileged. I must teach them. I must help them.”

    Big Ego.

    There is nothing wrong with following such path, but please ONLY be AWARE of this fact. That is the “cure.”

    The world of “reason”, the world of “logic”, is only a way of perception. Only that. This perception is unable to go to the depth.

    The other day, I went to see a doctor. The process he used to try to discover the “disease” was very similar to the process a computer tech will do. Tests, analysis, observation of those results, interpretation based upon previous experiences or second hand experiences and finally, a “treatment.” Those are the steps of a world ruled by the mind. Those steps are unable to see relationships beyond the physical, beyond the obvious.

    A human being is part of Life itself. Life is not logical. It isn’t “reasonable.” Our society may be, but Life is greater than that “shoe box.”
    Life has its own way. The way, the “Tao”; goes well beyond the understanding of the mind; we could harmonize with that “reality”, we could be in balance with “what is” and that is not a mental process at all. That is the heart, no- mind.

    We need to feel it.

    Raja Yoga Meditation is a step forward in the awareness of the mind. “Gyan” is a step forward in giving certainty to a fearful mind, but those are only a beginner’s journey.
    If discipline in the form of norms and laws are needed to give direction to a confused soul who is looking for meaning; then that discipline has timing before it turns into a personal jail. Most of the time, that jail becomes too comfortable to step out.

    A person without the experience of discipline, will go astray. Thus, discipline is part of the process but not the goal.
    Lack of discipline calls for discipline, but then while still in the mind, we will go back to lack of it again, as a result of some repression within; unless there is the experience of no-mind.

    In the heart (no-mind), there is harmony, balance. That is unwritten. That cannot be told to another. There are no steps 1,2,3 to follow. There are no descriptions or studies to read about to “know” information. That is useless there.

    The world of DOING to fulfill our conditioning, then is over. BEING appears for the first time and thus, DOING follows naturally. There are no conflicts.

    Peace is in no-mind.
    There is no peaceful mind, but rather a dull mind.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 7:12 AM on April 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    The story of Karmic “accounts.” 

    One of the most colorful stories that I recall from my BK days, was without a doubt; the “settlement” and “opening” of karmic accounts.

    As we may recall, a “karmic account” is a new age word for a ready made explanation as to why something usually “bad” is happening to us. Something like: “Why is this person continually fighting with me? I don’t want to. I try to be nice…” The “answer” is something like: “ It is an old karmic bondage that you need to settle with that soul.”

    We believe that “karma” is like a bank account wherever we open and close accounts at will.
    The aftermath of this belief is that the follower will be afraid to live Life. Many BKs will be afraid of “opening” accounts with “souls”, since at the end of the confluence age, those will need to be “closed” to reach a ‘karmateet’ stage.

    Let me be succinct with such beliefs:
    1) There is no way that “I” can close a “karmic account.” That happens when its time has arrived. We do not know the extent and the need of a determined Life experience, all we can do is label those as “karmic bondages” or “good karma”, but the labels don’t mean a thing, when we do not know the origin and the extent of such experiences.

    2) Life is about “karma.” Performing karma and experiencing the consequences of it. Things are not as simple, cut and dry as we may believe. Karma is like spider web with different threads, and the spider is usually walking trough only one of those at a particular time.

    3) At the end of the game, we don’t “settle karma” by DOING something specific to a person or a situation. Karma is settled, when we are beyond the effect of it, that is; when we become detached observers, witness of the consequences to the extent that there is no longer an emotion when the situation arises.

    We may want to rationalize that if something “bad” is happening to us, we are “settling” a Karmic account, as the Sakar Murli mentions, but many times “bad” is only an ill perception, a very narrow vision of the extent of circumstances. When the Drama/ Life is predestined, then everything fits together as it is.
    Many times, we are only conditioned to perform certain actions, believing that those will help us to reach some “godly” goal. That is naive, if the INTENTION behind the action is ego driven.

    Opening many BK centers, as the Sakar Murlis point out; is considered “good”, however; observe the ego of those fools who believe that now they deserve Paradise or worse yet, that Paradise is assured for them. On the contrary, that “good” action will have as a consequence, greater ego.

    “Greater ego” is not “bad” in the unlimited. It is merely a stage necessary to dilute it. Thus, where is the “bad” thing?
    A karmic bondage has its own way out after we have gone through the complete experience. We want to “speed things up”, we want to settle the account, etc. but it is a “good” thing, that many things in Life do not move according to our wishes, but according to what ought to BE.

    In the meantime, “work on” acceptance, gratitude and enjoyment, to make the experience the most pleasant one.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 7:19 AM on April 17, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Brahma Kumaris: The bottom line 

    There is value in the BK experience. This is without a doubt.
    What I value the most is the teaching that I received to rely on myself for my own survival. Cooking, cleanliness, discipline… Those are skills/values I learned through the BK experience.

    However, the one teaching which I value the most, is the one which taught me to live alone. For once, I was one of the very few “brothers” out of many “sisters.” That meant a very restricted interaction with females within the BK circle and by extension with the outside world due to the practice of celibacy.

    Living by myself was quite a challenge in the beginning. Later on, it became second nature. Then, Life took me out of that shell to find my own balance. We learn and change by going through the full range of the experience.

    As far as the belief system, the cycle of time is something which I have experienced to be true. It is true for me. It is my experience.
    The rest, has little value to me. Nevertheless, I also need to share what I found to be false:
    Sex is not a sin. It is dishonest to reject something that we may feel in our nature. We could observe. Learn from it, but to put a false facade of “purity,” by living in a vacuum to avoid temptations, that is dishonest.
    If you add guilt, fear or low self esteem due to feeling sexual, then your are punishing yourself for nothing at all. DOING something is not the factor deciding the value of our level of consciousness. BEING is.

    How do I know the above? I have experienced a different range of sexuality, which has been energizing, revitalizing and as a matter of fact, it is a source of well being and spiritual “improvement.” My guides (Beings of light) have helped me through this process. I understand that everyone is not ready for this; but it is completely false to generalize and label sex as “sinful.” That is my point. Sex only reflects who we ARE.

    Feeling guilt is a powerful tool used inside many organizations to control the behavior of followers. It is that guilt the one that we need to be careful of. Guilt has killed religious followers. Guilt has trapped followers beyond their wishes. Guilt, is in fact a source of sadistic pleasure for an unbalanced mind.

    How is BK predestination related with feeling guilty?
    That is a question which need an answer. Hint: Could we feel guilty of our role in a predestined Drama, for whatever that is?
    There are actions that we could change despite feeling otherwise, we mask who we are; but what we feel inside, who we ARE, is not changed by denying it and repressing it. That only increases that which we deny.

    The BK experience could teach us that repression and rejection only increases the desire of those things which we deny to ourselves.

     
    • Gayathri 1:07 PM on April 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      A well written article. Yes, we notice within ourselves and those around us trying to control our emotions which we consider sinful – be it greediness, anger, lust, or attachment. Any amount of churning gyan, keeping good company, doing service could change our vision or attitude to the extent we want it to be. 🙂 The heart/ soul/ sanskars take their own time to transform.

      As you said, in a predestined drama, nothing wrong can happen; only we label it as wrong. I know how may BKs feel utterly guilty of getting thoughts related to sex. But we can not become pure by suppressing our emotions. Transformation is possible only when we remain detached observers and have compassion for the self.

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      • avyakt7- New Generation 11:03 AM on April 19, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, Gayathri. We cannot deny a part of us by thinking that in the Golden age we will be “pure.”
        All energies have their opposites because we are living in the world of duality. Rejection of forms of anger, cannot bring compassion in ourselves. To transform we need to be attentive, aware, conscious of episodes of anger within us and transform that into gentleness, acceptance… that is compassion. If we “fail,” we need to contemplate it. Go within ourselves in a moment of silence, by not feeling guilty but merely observing that “this” who was there in “me,” is no longer there. That is to actively be a detached observer, as you mentioned.
        Thanks!

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 8:08 AM on April 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Sacrifice to the sacrificial fire 

    From Gayathri’s succinct explanation: “Yagya means the whole BK organization. Serving the yagya with body, mind and wealth is encouraged.

    Sacrifice oneself to the sacrificial fire- To surrender completely including one’s ego to the yagya. To give one’s bone- To give all one could give.”

    It is important to remember that explanation. Every BK follower, should be able to recall that, but also go deeply into the following questions:
    Do you surrender to the yagya or to God? Or is God equal to the Yagya? Or perhaps, God belongs to the yagya or vice versa?

    Those questions are meaningful.
    The yagya, is an entity, an impersonal organization represented by “employees”. That is, other BK followers. AKA “family.” Observe how the use of words change our perception.

    For most Bks, the Yagya doesn’t go further than the center which they attend.
    Basically, this type of “surrendering” will not go further than that. Their type of surrendering will be the one of the dictionary: “To cease opposition and submit to their authority.”

    This system of “surrendering” is traditionally used by gurus, so the follower could recognize fully that which we call “I.” However, when this surrendering is used by an organization, many “problems” could occur. For instance, abusive behavior.
    The same could happen with a guru. Unless he is a self-realized being.
    That is the “gamble” but at the end, is all good. We will learn valuable experiences.

    I recall one of the messages that Brahma Baba had given me through my sister, while she was having an amrit vela in Madhuban: “Surrender your ego to Baba.”
    Now, looking back; I could see the meaning of this. It is not to surrender my material wealth or health in the name of some ideal or to submit to an authority. But that was to open up to that which I felt I loved the most: God.

    That surrender is only possible through the process of observation which I did not have before.  We will need to find that which we call ego within ourselves.

    Life experiences brought that into my awareness.

    When we are beginners in the path of “spirituality”, we only interpret words as if the meaning of them was in the dictionary. They are not. They are only pointers.
    Because for me now, to surrender means to open up. To surrender means to become aware of that which is an obstacle, a separation between that “me” and everything else.

    We will not find that “opening up” and “surrendering” are synonyms in the dictionary.
    In “spirituality” acceptance is equal to surrendering, and perhaps a more accurate word to use.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 7:26 AM on March 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Notes on SM Murli March 23 2019 

    The following recent Murli (March 23, 2019) was shared with me. I find this Murli an example of what I was trying to convey in my previous post titled : “The long lost Sakar Murli.”

    • Sweet children, this knowledge is that of total silence. There is no need to say anything in this. Simply continue to remember the Father, the Ocean of Silence.
      ————–
      The basis of your progress is love. You need to have true love for the one Father. Even though you live close by, if you do not progress, love is definitely lacking. If there is love, you would remember the Father. By remembering the Father, you will be able to imbibe all His teachings. In order to make progress, write your chart with honesty. Don’t hide anything from the Father. While becoming soul conscious, continue to reform yourself.
      —————
      1. Maintain the internal happiness of staying in remembrance of the Father and give others the Father’s introduction. Tell everyone the praise of the one Father.
      2. Practice becoming soul conscious a great deal. You mustn’t speak too much.’t Let the past be the past and first of all reform yourself. Keep your chart of the pilgrimage of remembrance with honesty.
      ———————–
      In order to become equal to the Father make your foundation of purity strong. To make a vow of celibacy for the foundation is a common thing. So do not be happy with just that. Underline even more that you must that purity in your vision and attitude.
      —————
      Let there be mercy and good wishes for everyone in your vision and there cannot then be any trace of arrogance or insult.
      ——————
    • Comments:
      Observe that the “Essence” and “Q/A” bring a different message than the “Essence for Dharna.”“Knowledge” is not to remain in silence by absence of words. “Knowledge” is to BE silence, empty. There is no way to explain this experience.
      The essence for Dharna however, interprets Silence as “not talking too much.” But yet, it directs to “tell everyone the praise of the Father.”
      Someone who experiences internal silence may not talk too much but to say “You mustn’t speak too much” is completely out of context. The “Essence for Dharna” is not giving the essence of the Murli.Someone who doesn’t speak too much is not proof of BEING silence.

      The “Q/A” mentions clearly that the essence of progress is Love. Nevertheless this “love” is only related with remembrance of the “Father.” It says even though “you live close by.” (??)
      LOVE doesn’t have boundaries. The type of love expressed in the Murli is only about the “Father” and the “Father” for many Bks is not an experience but a mental abstraction, thus “love” can only be mental; therefore, not true love.

      Observe the use of the phrase “reform yourself” in the essence for Dharna. That is a very safe but meaningless phrase. There is no “spiritual” progress through “reformation,” but through understanding. “Know thyself” is not about reformation.

      It is clear the mix of words which should come from the original Sakar Murli with those added to suit the BK organization or a conditioned self-righteous morality; easily understood by the masses who already have a belief in which “spirituality” has stern eyes, and the body must be treated with severity, austerity to progress.

      The “Blessing” (Avyakt Murli) shows an example on how “new instructions” are left aside to emphasize the old sakar Murli with its typical “black or white” instructions.
      The blessing says in reference to BK “purity”, that the practice of celibacy is a “common thing”, however; it says to Underline even more that you must have purity in your vision and attitude.
      The Sakar Murli was very tight concerning celibacy. For the SM, “purity” is not having sex. The BK organization fully supports that. Contrast that view with the version of an Avyakt Murli, to see a huge difference in emphasis and expression.
      Vision and Attitude are definitely spiritual ingredients needed for true purity, more than simply living with a repressed sexuality.

      The slogan of this Murli explains VISION as good feelings and mercy for all.
      When someone says: “Change your vision”, that refers to view things from a different perspective. What is that perspective? Everything IS as it is supposed to BE. It is perfect. Thus, good feelings and mercy or compassion for all, is the adequate disposition when seeing right or wrong, good or bad, justice and injustice, etc. This is “unlimited” vision.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 9:25 AM on March 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    “Knowledge”: The favorite game of the mind. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     
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