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  • avyakt7- New Generation 4:33 PM on September 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: spirituality, , , , violence   

    Violence is the root of the “sword of lust.” 

    If violence is one of the main generator of our food choices as when we support slaughter without remorse, then that force also has a great impact in our sexuality.
    In Brahma Kumaris parlance, sex is identified as the “sword of lust.” It is important then to observe how lust is related with violence.

    Sexuality is like a knife: It could be useful and blissful in a compassionate being which will help to carve and sculpt an ego-less being or a dangerous tool in a violent one. Many are a mix in between thus, making many wounds to others and themselves.

    When the BK belief states: “God says that we should practice strict celibacy for sex is the gateway to hell.” Then, there is no way out for the follower. A typical “normal” human being will cherish sexuality, unless there are mental or past traumatic experiences or diseases in the background.

    Guilt will be the main trauma to consider going against what “God says.” When that guilt is exploited, the end result is a person who rejects sex or is unable to fully embrace sexuality even after the BK experience. 

    It all depends on the depth of that belief and the emotional investment in it. It is difficult to generalize; but guilt will be there nonetheless, which could be shown as fear of failure to meet expectations in some, or lack of intimacy in others.

    It is important then to realize that an emotionally disturbed individual, cannot be material for “heaven,” although; he may be a “pukka” (firm) follower.

    Many variables to comply with BK celibacy may be out of the hands (conscious awareness) of the individual. For instance there may be influences from the “lower spiritual world” known as plasma or even Succubus and Incubus, which have been experienced by many although; those experiences could be colored with someone’s belief. There are many types of “spiritual entities” which will feed themselves with human “vibes” which are produced through sexual energy. The aura field protecting humans, may have “holes” and these entities will have the chance to enter and lure individuals into obtaining their energy, their vitality. Lack of self love is one of the causes for getting those aura holes.

    Why am I sharing this? If a person is sexual by nature, but there is repression to his normal sexuality, then there will be an inner fight which will cause guilt and then low self-love. See the relationship? On the other extreme, Pornography in itself is not evil (nothing wrong with looking at naked people wasting their vitality) but the way we indulge in it by feeding the mind with experiences which are not real to us, will exacerbate the perversity of the mind to look for further pleasure, to make that stronger, to add violence and make it different and to repeat the experience as many times as possible. This will produce a fantasy world which will take the person out of the “real world” and real relationships. That creates a psychological trauma where the life force is sucked out of the person which unwillingly will feed entities, scavengers of the lower realms. We may say in the meantime, it is “my karma” or the “sanskar will not go away.” Sexuality is not the issue, but all the traumas we have created are.

    Surrounding violence will attract further violence from this lower realm or others. For that reason to be aware, conscious of our repetitive thoughts, our repetitive behaviors and moods, is of great importance to untie the puzzle and liberate ourselves from any self created “golden” pleasurable jail, where sexuality becomes unfairly, the culprit.

    Beliefs are usually categorized into “true” or “false.” That is for the novice. For a conscious being, beliefs are helpful or unhelpful. What has been helpful at one time, could not be at another. It all depends on where we are in our spiritual journey.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 3:33 AM on September 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Food and Spirituality 

    There are already many articles on BK food items and Vegetarianism, here:

    https://avyakt7.wordpress.com/2016/06/09/question-on-bk-food-items/

    https://avyakt7.wordpress.com/2020/01/29/bk-food-items-2/

    https://avyakt7.wordpress.com/2019/02/27/on-vegetarianism-and-veganism/

    As humans try to separate things into “departments,” (food, spirituality, sex, etc.) and believe that every department is its “own boss,” many “moral” issues come up.

    A human being at this time is violent. That violence will impregnate what he does, what he thinks, what he IS. A violent human will eat accordingly: Many times by giving suffering to others who are defenseless. That sort of cowardice goes along with violence.

    There is also a kind of more sensitive human who even though violent, will use his mind and sensibility to act in certain way, he will abstain (repress) from eating something to be congruent with his beliefs; for example vegetarianism.

    “Vegetarianism is the practice of abstaining from the consumption of meat, and may also include abstention from by-products of animal slaughter. Vegetarianism may be adopted for various reasons. Many people object to eating meat out of respect for sentient life.”

    That Google definition precisely includes the practice of repression out of some moral value. However, violence of such person will be there and it could manifest in supporting a “good” cause: Veganism or Vegetarianism by fighting with others to have their ideal considered and adapted by society.

    Many “Spiritual” people will have inner fights in “choosing” what food items are “more spiritual” and consistent with their beliefs.

    It is my experience now, that what you ARE dictates what you eat. It is not the opposite, which is what most would like to believe. If someone becomes a BK follower that person will adopt the belief of lacto- vegetarianism. If that person was a meat eater, he will have a repression to adapt to. If that person was a vegan before, then he will have a problem when BK food brings milk as a “pure” food item to consume.

    We may acknowledge that human violence is out of control, and there are many animals suffering at this time due to that violent behavior which is masked through the “need” for profit. We need to consider that human consciousness is complex and diverse: There are many willing to help astray animals from dying but at the same time don’t hesitate eating a burger or milk and eggs to support their death. That “moral” inconsistency is observed many times: For instance countries with a high value for patriotism through organized killing in the name of protecting a country or an ideal, at the same time may profess a religious belief prohibiting killing human beings. Typically, these unaware individuals are too busy “making money,” watching tv, and reproducing themselves, that is “being successful.”

    There are people who believe that to “fight” with another group is the solution to change society’s values. They want to DO something NOW. However, repression will be there for certain groups to endure and that repression is a form of oppression which will explode at another time, causing further violence. As there are many types of people, “the actors must play their parts” and align with what they ARE.

    Change to be natural, takes some time. It is a process of realizing things for ourselves. Change does not happen in the adoption of a belief. As long as violence is lingering in the human consciousness, anything a human does, will have that trademark, even a belief system could be violent.

    From food items to eat, we ended up in the observation of our own consciousness; for that is the origin which we may need to consider to live harmoniously. Hopefully in this journey, we may find the true meaning of Compassion, which may be the ultimate answer to mankind violence.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 4:33 PM on September 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , homosexuality, lesbian, spirituality   

    Question: Homosexuality woes and Spirituality 

    Thank you for your question. Many individuals feel like you, thus; my answer will be for the common good.

    The most important question to answer in spiritual matters is WHEN and not WHY.

    The answer for “why” is only a mental palliative medicine. It doesn’t help you at all. Why are people gay? Because that is the way it is. What are the karmic reasons? Any reason will do: Perhaps in a past Life you were an “alpha male” who liked women “too much.” How do you like that “reason”? Feel guilty? Then I could sell you “salvation.” Is that helpful? Why are you attracted to a woman? Because that is the Drama 🙂

    Let me rephrase those questions: You may feel that people in your society may not accept you, for you believe to be homosexual and you are in love with a person of the same gender as yours. Moreover, the religious view in your family condemns homosexuality and you feel trapped in such “sin” and you want to get out of it and want to be “normal.” You feel the “soul-lution” is to practice soul consciousness per BK teachings and believe that this situation is affecting your relationship with “God.” Your question is: What do I do to get out of this situation? After my answer, the question to you will be: WHEN do you want to get out of all those thoughts?

    Every human being has male and a female “energy” within, regardless of perceived gender. That is part of experiencing duality. According to BK beliefs, we have been in male and female bodies in past lives. As humans are diverse, then all sorts of varieties will exist. Homosexuality is one of such. Our society in general, has created something artificial and made a moral law to go against variety. But, the “law” in Life is: If something exists, it has a right to be. We are all different but the same.

    The trauma we create when we feel “different” lingers in our minds . There is nothing wrong with homosexuality, for it IS what is. However, we need to bear in mind that society at this time is traumatized due to so many centuries of living in repression and false, contradictory values. Individuals are highly conditioned to comply with that. DO we want to fit in? Until WHEN? We need to learn to Love who we are, while allowing others to be what they want to be. Acceptance is the way of Life.

    There is a beautiful rose in a public park. Mary “loves” that rose very much thus, she cut it out from the rest of the plants and took it to her house so she could be close to it and no one could take it away from her. That childish, possessive behavior is considered “love” for the majority of people in society. The rose withered away in a couple of days, despite Mary’s dedicated “love.”

    Behold that rose. Be appreciative of it. Let it be. Love is the human quest. We will perceive love in different ways as we mature. Time is on your side to explore it.

    I will go a notch further: When we identify with a gender we are putting ourselves in a box of traumas. There are males (“straight” people) who will consider another male as handsome, but they will deny that, as they feel guilty. They fear the label homosexual. That identification will have many issues when exploring sexuality. In institutions like Brahma Kumaris, many “spiritual dedicated” homosexuals may feel uneasy with the practice of gender segregation, as “temptation” is right there for them. The separation of males and females has no basis when there is homosexuality as well, and many other gender issues in between. That is “reality” and not some utopia of what “should be.” Please be certain that God will accept you as your role IS. Now, accept yourself.

    We have both male and female energy. Which one we are? Both and none of them.

    Yes, the “solution” may be “BK soul consciousness” but WHEN? In the meantime, please consider the above.

     
    • Soul Prescriptions 2:16 PM on September 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Angel👼
      Thank you so much for this🤗
      This is a very deep message.
      It has given me a pure & simple perspective about this very aspect of my life. And as you said Acceptance is the key. This helps me to love & accept myself the way I am & to be myself. This is how the Drama is meant to be!
      And yes the “Soul-ution”😊
      Beautifully written!!!
      Thank you Divine Soul😇
      Om Shanti🌹

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    • tobechi74 6:51 AM on September 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Lovely,I will share this message

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 4:33 PM on September 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    BK Effort making, Awareness and DOING all of that. 

    Ego is seldom observed. Many Bks are motivated to find information about the ego, but very few will look into their own.

    Whenever the theme is ego, if we have already experienced it and observed it, then certain aspects of what is being shared here will “make sense” immediately.

    The BK world emphasizes “effort making.” That is fine until we discover that this will power to DO something, this “I will make effort” is coming purely from that same ego which BK teachings will warn us to avoid, for “it is a vice which needs to be conquered.”

    When this process is unobserved, will power is used to change our behavior by “practicing” “good” deeds. The idea behind is that if we perform “good deeds” we will be “good.” That is a beginner place to start, so it is not “bad” at all, for most everyone will start there. However; as mentioned many times, DOING cannot change BEING. If BEING does not change then we are only pretending to change through some “spiritual” endeavor. Experience it for yourself, for the way to know is to observe what is happening and not to be caught up with a belief that “I will change because I am DOING something sacred.”

    In the last article it was said: “Whenever there is awareness that is the DOING necessary for change.”

    Awareness in itself is not a DOING. But when we start, we can try to “practice it,” which is a DOING. There is an “I” coming through our mind saying: “Hey, I must practice awareness to become better.” Moreover, that same “I” could express through the BK belief in this way: “I must make effort of continuous awareness to get rid of ego.”

    That is a laudable “effort” but brings no change in BEING. Nevertheless, it is a good starting point and the BK system offers many other experiences which could lead to greater depth in consciousness. However, “effort making” again is the starting point and not the ultimate.

    When the mind interferes all the time as it is with the majority of people, we cannot distinguish what is ego. When the mind is calm and there is observation (notice that I am not saying : when “I” observe) then, we could be aware of it. That awareness is not propelled by the “I.”

    The BK world knows about the predestined Drama. It knows that Life is a movie. Then, the sane response to that knowing is to OBSERVE it. That movie is not only what goes outside but mainly what goes on inside, for “reality” will be according to our perception, but what truly matters from the spiritual view, is how that perception affects “ME;” while others are engaged in explaining what is real and what is not, and trying to come up with answers and explanations, usually labeled as the “truth.”

    Awareness is not a DOING. It happens when we understand that the movie has been already made. In the beginning there is a separation: The one observing is different from the movie. That is a step up of consciousness, until there is observation that the actor is the movie itself; Isn’t it? Why do we make many separations of concepts? Drama, karma, I, sanskara, mind, intellect, observer, etc. Probably because all those labels are supposed to help us understand, or rather those are supposed to make our mind understand, since the mind only knows about separation, comparisons, differences. The mind understands, but there is no change of BEING through that understanding. Have we noticed that?

    When the mind lessens its power over us and take the co-pilot seat, there is a different “reality.”

     
    • Gayathri 12:24 PM on September 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Om shanti dear ‘Unmanifested brother’ (Avyakt bhai ji). 🙂 It is very difficult to put certain experiences into words, but fortunately, you are able to do it very well. Yes, being aware is not doing anything, actually, it is not even thinking consciously, and at the same time being awake, not sleeping. 🙂 Thanks for your articles.

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    • Soul Prescriptions 2:18 AM on September 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Brother/Sister, I have been reading your blogs. Thank you for writing such beautiful and uplifting thoughts.

      I need your help. I feel you can understand me and help me deal with this difficult situation. I would like to remain anonymous. I am 19 years old, currently pursuing my graduation. I live in India. I have been a student with the Brahma Kumaris for about 2 years now. I decided to learn Rajayoga Meditation when I was going through a very difficult phase in my life. When I was 17 years old, I realized I am homosexual (lesbian). I really love this person. I shared this with my family and a few friends, but nobody supports me for this. I was left alone. I turned to God for healing and guidance. I was always interested in spirituality. Accepting homosexuality is difficult for me, because I am from an Orthodox Hindu family. I tried very hard to get myself out of this, but everything seems to be futile. I have tried to find various reasons for homosexuality especially from a spiritual perspective. Please help me answer these questions that are continuosly bothering me since the past 2 years – Why are people lesbian/gay? – What are the karmic reasons (spiritual reasons) for homosexuality? – Why am I romantically attracted to a woman?

      Homosexuality is a very sensitive issue which is never talked about in Brahma Kumaris. And I too understand the reasons for the same. But please help me with this. It’s very disturbing for me. I know that seeing my true identity as a soul makes me drop all the other labels. And practising soul consciousness is the solution. But please help me with these questions. This would help me understand and accept things better. I could never share this to anyone at the centre. Nobody at the centre would want to talk about this. This very aspect of me is affecting my relationship with God. I soon want to get out of this. Please help me.

      Thank you

      On Thu, 10 Sep 2020, 2:04 am Avyakt7 — For Brahma Kumaris readers, wrote:

      avyakt7- New Generation posted: ” Ego is seldom observed. Many Bks are > motivated to find information about the ego, but very few will look into > their own. Whenever the theme is ego, if we have already experienced it and > observed it, then certain aspects of what is being shared here wi” >

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 4:33 PM on September 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    The reward system in “spirituality.” 

    Religions and “spiritual” practices which are easily understood by the collective consciousness, are in tune with society’s conditioning.

    When we observe how society works, we will see that the reward system is omnipresent. Not too many will have the motivation to DO something unless they get something in return.

    What do I get out of it? That is the most pervading question which even though verbally or mentally we will not ask, it is ingrained in our internal system allowing us choose whether to act or not.

    “I will get to heaven.” “I will be saved for ever.” “I will become a deity.” “I will get a high status.”

    Whether the promise is real or an illusion, we will buy into it for we perceive some other immediate benefits given by religious systems; little “treats” as we “progress” in our conditioning. However, the validity of those main promises cannot be checked by the follower. It is a matter of faith, and that is a huge keyword in the religious world.

    Nevertheless, it is that “I” taught to get ahead and get busy by pursuing lofty goals, the one who goes completely unobserved.

    It is not through accumulation of titles, rewards and promises how there will be change. Even the innocent thought of “having yoga with Baba to get rid of attachment” or some other motive, is following this ego drive to do so something to get something in return.

    Observe that it is the ego in action. Observe that this “will power” to change things to produce a result that only exists in our minds through beliefs, may work in the world of society but it is not like that in Life; where unless we allow something to be and allow it to go and move on; we will be trapped in it. This is counter intuitive and thus, not observed by society and religious beliefs.

    Naturally, everything tends to move, to go away and change while the world of ideals of the mind is interested in keeping things unchanged, static and will fight even violently, to keep the “status quo.”

    This DOING without observation to make a change inside ourselves is an illusion of the mind.

    Whenever there is awareness, that is the DOING necessary for change. This happens without recipes, without steps and beliefs of what “should be.” To understand this, we may need to observe our conditioning to accept the “reward system,” which promotes the rooting of ego.

    There are no classes to teach awareness. It is like breathing, we do it automatically. When we purposely become conscious of it, we will learn a lot. When we observe our conditioning it is not with the objective to reject what we found out to be in us (like a shadow or a trauma,) it is to allow it to be so we understand that that, is not “us,” so there is a space created and that space allows the necessary movement for that to move away. Movement is the nature of all things.

    The “reward system” in spirituality, is a beginner trick to motivate the student into action. Let us not believe that this trick, is the fundamental purpose of Life.

     
    • Gayathri 1:12 AM on September 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      “Whenever there is awareness, that is the DOING necessary for change. This happens without recipes, without steps and beliefs of what “should be.” To understand this, we may need to observe our conditioning to accept the “reward system,” which promotes the rooting of ego.” – Very well said.

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 3:33 PM on August 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    The ideal of improvement as a BK follower. 

    As a BK follower, have you considered if the cycle of time supports the ideal of “improvement”?

    Let us not take this question lightly, as the word “improvement” has popular positive connotation.

    In easy to understand language, we could demonize ego, lust, attachment, etc. Those “vices” are something which “i” have to work on, something which “i” need to “conquer,” to “get rid of” to improve.

    Now, let us observe the cycle of time once again. A what point in such cycle did “I” do something to improve myself? Wasn’t the route a “downhill” from the beginning? Bks believe that “now” is the time to “improve” for “destruction is just ahead,” and “I only have this lifetime as a BK to elevate myself because God is helping me.” The law of karma and the effects of multiple births could be “settled” in this BK birth, all “i” need is to “make effort,” and so the belief goes. Thus, “I” separates from the downhill “Drama” and creates a path for its own “salvation” based on self interpretations.

    Look at the cycle again. Forget for a moment the “i” and the “me.” Do we see that it is a “predestined play” which will repeat again and that it is repeating now, as we read? Do we see that anyway we go, it is in fact; how it should be?

    Why is it that “I” am trying to control things and change things according to ideals and beliefs?

    Because it is about “me.” “I” need to “improve” by DOING certain actions everyday, for repetition will “erase” previous sanskaras, correct? And “i” know exactly how to “erase” a particular one.

    That need to control, to conquer, to get rid of things inside “me” are ego based ideals of improvement. As long as we have ideals to follow, there will be ego enhancement in that. Why? Ego feeds itself through the ideal of becoming something “better,” which is not at the moment, but promised in the future, after some time. Thus, how do we “improve” without getting our egos involved?

    Do we see that the problem is not how to “improve myself” but rather to become truly aware of that which we call “i”?

    Do we see that actions coming from that “i” are self-centered, egotistical actions? But how is it that “improving myself” could become egotistical?

    Observe the need to control. To act within a recipe, to create a vacuum so “I” am “safe.” That creates an artificial separation of that “i” and the rest of the Drama, the cycle of time; when in fact, “I” am part of it.

    Do we see that conflict? Can we go spiritually anywhere while we have unresolved inner conflicts?

    All virtues are together with what we call vices. In fact, the cycle of time only displays those at certain times. At one time, here are the virtues; at another, the vices. All are needed as they are.

    Am I suggesting to leave things as they are and not DO anything?

    Not quite. I am suggesting to become AWARE of how ego appears in the movie of the Drama. What makes it tick. I am suggesting to study our own ego, the reality of it and to observe how many religions or spiritual paths have been built to cater the existence of the ego. The conflict is that while many religions proclaim that ego is “bad” and we need to be egoless and conquer ego; on the other hand, there is a continuous promotion of it.

    Do we want a higher status in the Golden age? That is ego. Do we want recognition, name and fame now? That is ego. Do we want to become an angel? That is ego. Do we want to be someone who we are not now? That is ego.

    Do we see how trapped we could be? Is what we want to “improve” our ego? We need to observe it, to become conscious of it, aware. That observation and apparent inaction is true action, for clarity comes when we see clearly without wearing the glasses of a belief system.

     
    • Gayathri 7:30 AM on September 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Om Shanti brother. Welcome back. Yes, to be able to realise who we are and if we are trapped in our ego is the only effort we have to make in order to bring in the needed transformation according to Drama. Thanks.

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 4:33 PM on July 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Some thoughts in reference to the “new world order.” 

    Times are changing. Although most are looking at the Pandemic from a physical perspective, there is an energetic change as well.
    The Earth will continue to show its wonders through natural disasters, as proud humans continue to try to subdue its might, and exploit its resources as this provides “good old profit,” which is the “aim and objective” of every conditioned human being.

    There is no possibility for someone who is trapped in that economic mindset to explore the vast self. That person can only go so far; that is becoming a good worshiper, who “practices” good deeds while following a strict complaisance with the current system, which is sometimes labeled as “Savage Capitalism.” That person, although “successful” in society, does not have the openness, depth and courage to clash with his perceived and comfortable “truth” of “profit for me.”

    Nevertheless, this “new world order” may bring changes in that rooted perception. It is a wonder on how the experience of little suffering could bring some change away from following our comfortable “status quo.” This means that more people will be interested in spirituality or religions, which in turn is an opportunity for profit seekers to engage their “businesses” into these activities, for this target market will grow.

    Notwithstanding, Life always finds a way to turn the path of those with an honest heart into a meaningful journey, no matter what the outside form of those paths may look like; for spiritual progress is a matter of consciousness, awareness and that cannot be purchased or “practiced.” Consciousness is the byproduct of assimilating the experiences in Life.

    Many humans are turning easily into cases of mental health as consequence of embitterment and lack of satisfaction of living in our current situation, and as we may know the “new economic order” is on its way.

    As I recall some of the BK practices for precaution such as “Y2K,” and other “key” occasions such as 2012 (Anxiously touted back then as the end of the world,)  it would be wise to foresee shortages of food items in the near future, for many countries rely on importing some food items which may have been damaged or spoiled due to the circumstances of the pandemic. Therefore, to purchase while it is available, means to be ahead of the “new” game.

    I could describe many cases where lives have turned outside down. Those who work and have children to support, may experience harsh times.
    Then, I can understand the BK philosophy regarding having children and being caught up in family ties, to apply specially at this time. Uncertainty is high and whoever needs free time to explore spirituality, may experience that to take care of “mundane” activities is a higher priority. It is important to realize that time is going fast, although paradoxically; it is the same old clock from 100 years ago ticking one second at the time. There is not much time to spare.

    While Bill Gates has given a warning about population growth, Elon Musk has said that there will be a population collapse. Some believe that population will increase by 2040 and then decline.

    That reminds me about Baba’s knowledge which supports Bill Gates’ viewpoint, unless population collapse means “destruction is just ahead,” which at that point will also support Musk’s; however, Musk has other ideas about this “collapse” supported by statistics of birth/death ratios of populations and other “numbers” that many use as “proof” which may have a good theory background; but Life has shown us that it is not ushered by human numbers. Nevertheless, all of these things are only good themes of conversation, while drinking and enjoying a masala chai.

    These are interesting times, where “the right answer” is no longer one side of the equation but both sides. That is, go North or South we will reach the same place.

    The popular “North is the right answer,” does not work anymore and so; the notorious “I have the truth” is outdated.
    However, we ought to remember one more time that what we feel after we have taken away our mental conditioning, is our personal compass to follow our destiny in this “Drama” of Life. Many will follow paragraphs or words uttered by someone, but forgetting their own feelings. That honesty of going with your “pure” feelings is the one that could take a seeker into another realm, away from the comforts of the “same old thing.” That challenge is also an opportunity.

    Will resume writing on August 26th. Until then! 🙂

     
    • Gaythri 12:12 PM on July 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Avyakt 7 ng, Yes brother, I too notice that there has been a shift in universal consciousness. The forced isolation/ lockdowns have brought uncertainty and discomfort in life as well as enabled people to think differently.

      I see people who used to spend their time only in planning which restaurants to go to, which tourist places to visit, which movies to watch, etc. preferring to stay back home and lead a different kind of life.

      Those who had used all their experience in business and invested in certain projects have realised that nothing is guaranteed in this world. And many poor, as well as middle-class people, are forced to go through harsh situations and are learning to monitor their lives in a different way. We are all affected in one way or the other. But I am also able to see some silver lining in these situations. People have changed to some extent which was unimaginable a few months ago.

      Hope we will all learn our lessons the easy way and usher in the new era with zeal and enthusiasm.

      best wishes,
      Gayathri.

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 4:33 PM on July 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    When returning to the BK world 

    There are many Brahma Kumaris who left the BK religion and then came back again. There are many “reasons” compelling these individuals to do that, but we could wonder how is it possible to leave, go back to the “old world” and then decide to go back again to the BK world?

    The ones who I met, had unfulfilled needs while in the BK path; then decided to go to the “old world” to fulfill those needs, just to find out that there was nothing else remaining after those needs were met and still they were looking for something “meaningful.”

    It is important to understand that any perceived need which is driven by the mind, is incapable of fulfillment. It is like watching pornography: The mind is engaged in that for there are elements which are attractive to a particular mind, but watching is not the same as having the “real” experience. Still, the mind cannot be satisfied but craves for more. Similarly, when leaving the BK experience just to come back again, the mind compares and proceeds, believing that satisfaction is arriving once we reach “there,” and that “there” is anywhere but where we are now.

    Some couldn’t take the feeling of isolation by being unable to mingle with whoever they desired, or wanted a relationship or a sexual experience or perhaps they were fed up with the BK system and wanted a break, etc. Then, these individuals proceeded with their wishes, which typically are the opposite of what the BK world requires, thus; the conflict.

    The mind fantasizes with what is lacking: Water is extremely appealing to that one who is very thirsty. Once the thirst is quenched, then the person is back in his dissatisfaction mode in search for meaning, that is back to the beginning, where the BK world fits the need.

    It is important to point out that the typical “religious seeker” does not feel satisfied with society and what it offers. When most unaware individuals have learned to cope with the social system and feel that they belong, there are some; who are looking for something different, although they may not know what that is. A political rebel may outwardly show his violence and rejection of society whereas a religious seeker may keep that violence inside, and show his rejection in different ways. For instance in Brahma Kumaris, when believers refer to the “old world” (society) with different degrading labels.
    Brahma Kumaris presents itself as a good alternative to fill that need for meaning. Something completely different than what society offers, which has a perception of wholesome, good, uplifting. Its perceived value is “beyond this lifetime” and has the “Godly” component which has a positive connotation.

    Disappointment with society is a strong motivator to feel the sense of belonging to the BK world. Humans strive to belong to something greater than themselves. Even in the most ego driven and infantile consciousness, there is the need to belong: To a soccer team, to a political party, to a country, a religious view, etc.

    Typically there are 2 types of former believers once they go back to the BK world: 1) The ones who will go deeper on the “second chance” than what they did before. These individuals perceive that they “finally” found what they need in the BK world. After tasting and being disappointed when returning to society, there is no “other shop” to go to. Again, the mind fantasizes tremendously. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, specially if we are only able to see 2 yards. If these followers were able to observe this, then their returning trip will be a valuable lesson. Once returning for “good,” the individual will follow blindly and it will be the BK system the one who will take precedence over his perceived needs. Thus, this person is more likely to feel the inner struggles, the “war with Maya” and here is when his inner observation will be mostly required for the “next step.”

    2) Those who go back and their level of commitment is lower than before. These individuals are drawn to the BK world for a particular “reason.” That may be the need to belong to something perceived as “worthwhile,” or to be able to “help” others, or companionship with “nice, spiritual people,” etc. That is the motive why they came back, but they also want to be part of the “old world,” society. They want both worlds and are committed to none. This may be a sane response, but the changing inner effects, the inner turmoil when de-conditioning will not be felt. These individuals are a good fit for “BK service,” as their particular acquired skills in society, could be used in the BK world. This is typically a “happy relationship” between the individual and the BK system, for each party gets what they “want” from each other.

    Those who came back after leaving, are better equipped to deal with the BK inner struggles, for they know what to expect and they know what the way out will bring. Nevertheless, in the BK world there is the tendency to lower their “status” in the “Golden age” as a “subtle punishment” for leaving. Why?

    The BK system needs a way to deter the “firm” ones, from thinking about leaving. Once a person leaves, he can do it again. That person doesn’t experience the fear and inner fight that someone who could not dare to leave, will experience. Being “status conscious” is part of the BK conditioning.

    In that respect the BK world has its ideal image into the system: An unmarried, single person with no children, hopefully with no sexual experience; that is the “right fit” to climb into the “high status” promise of salvation.
    That view is not consistent with diversity, for Life doesn’t make black or white distinctions based on external characteristics. The level of consciousness or awareness a person has, cannot be manipulated by human preconceptions and ideals.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 4:33 PM on July 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    The artifice behind BK “numberwise.” 

    It is the belief in Brahma Kumaris that a follower could earn “Paradise,” according to his present spiritual “effort.” While it is believed that less than 1 million followers will be in the Golden Age, there is also a difference between those “making it” there. That is known as “status.” There is a hierarchy of king, queen, subjects, etc. Enticing labels ready to be “achieved,” depending on “effort” of the Brahma Kumaris follower at “this time.”

    Apparently this set up “makes sense.” After all, a King there obtained that position through his “spiritual” endeavors in his past life as a BK.
    Ok. Fair enough.

    To “make effort” will be of special importance as in the “future,” “I” would like to make sure that “I” obtain the best position for “me.” After all, that is what society teaches us and Brahma Kumaris uses that conditioning into the spiritual realm, as well.

    Observe that ego appearing, which is known as a “vice” in Brahma Kumaris. (Many spiritual seekers are unable to observe that ego, for they haven’t “exercised” their awareness yet.) Ego is all in the mind. It is that ego the one that would like to achieve something, obtain it, possess it and clearly enhance itself even if that is in the “future,” which is another mind ideal.

    Basically, that which “I” need to “conquer” according to Brahma Kumaris knowledge; that ego is directing the whole “effort making” scheme. Once we clearly observe that, we can understand the futility of being greedy towards a “better future for ME in the future Golden Age.”

    How that could be? Isn’t that pursue of something “better” sane and rational?
    Yes. It is. But observe that the whole stunt is directed by the ego alone. Most “sane and rational” individuals will not realize this when coming from the conditioning of society, for we cannot observe the distinction. We are conditioned. To get “somewhere” in our society, we need to motivate the ego to achieve; but as mentioned before, that does not work in the spiritual realm where it is touted all the time that our ego needs to be conquered, diluted, etc. Do we see the dilemma?

    Therefore, the word “numberwise” objectively motivate followers to “achieve” something by following certain codes, practices, etc. which provides the ground for a “healthy” competition within… Correct?   

    Not quite.

    A conditioned human needs to compete with others. That is what we could observe at the “center near you.” To “improve” means to obtain a position within the organization, within the center, or something which distinguishes that person from someone else (a gold ring perhaps.) Thus, “numberwise” is a decoy, but it is meant to motivate the follower to DO something about his life, to get some control over it and to get direction into something “worthwhile.” That is to satisfy the search for meaning.

    Is this artifice “bad”? No! At the starting level of consciousness of the seeker it could be “good” for it accomplishes one of the main experiences of being a BK, that is to increase ego. The issue is that many followers will not realize about the opportunity they had to see that enhancement of ego in their own skin, and to know their ego face to face rather than just reading about it, or believing that it is “pure” ego or “pure” greed or whatever pretty labels they may believe, to crave for “Paradise.” Ego is only ego no matter what pretty labels we use.

    However, as mentioned before; ego is not “bad.” It is a consequence of “growth.” Growth? Yes, the self grows to a point where all there is for the individual is “I, me and myself” and the rest are satellites meant to enhance “me” or help “me” “achieve.”

    Do we see why is it important to de-condition ourselves from society? However, we should also observe that by doing so, we will not fit in as we will perceive “reality” in a different light than the “normal” others. That is why it is interesting when someone says: “He is a very successful business man, who is very spiritual as well.” That is like mixing water and oil, unless they meant by “spiritual” to be only a worshiper believer of stories and performer of “sacred” practices.

    While in society, the motivator resides in a “healthy” ego (which always wants more, for it is the overused mind in action) in spirituality, the core is “to be” ego-less.

    That is why, OBSERVATION is very important as there is no goal other than to observe. We could say that “to observe is the goal,” but if we say that, we haven’t understood that we can live without goals, just as we can observe without goals.

    Observation brings “understanding” (which is not a mental/conceptual one) but “seeing clearly” which brings immediate change, without a goal in mind, without further words and mental explanations. That is without an “aim and objective,” which is ego driven.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 4:33 PM on July 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    The “truth” of religions 

    Most individuals engaged in a religious journey are seeking from some form of “truth.” That may have different labels, such as “God,” “virtues,” “love,” “acceptance,” and a sense of “belonging.”
    If all of those are followed by some sort of philosophy diving into eschatology (the end of the world) then we have all the ingredients to value such religion even more than Life itself.

    After all, most will embark into the religious journey after some sort of deception of the “current” world. It may be that we have “achieved” everything we could in this world, and nothing seems to satisfy our thirst for meaning. It may be that we found the sense of friendship/brotherhood that we were looking for from like minded individuals. Few may have the “spiritual experiences” necessary to strengthen their belief and consider themselves “special,” “lucky,” and of course would like to follow up with all the ego boosting experiences given in such setting. All different reasons which have in common the search for meaning, that is the underlying “truth” behind any search.

    A religion then will reassure the follower: “Your search is over.” “You have found it.” Isn’t that beautiful?

    We may need to observe the whole journey to find out the “buttons” that were pushed, and how those buttons affected our perspective of Life.

    What I found is this: When seeking, it is important to find what we believe will give us meaning. However, to find it means the search ain’t over. Isn’t that paradoxical? The mind is never satisfied.

    We are continuously reassured that everything we need is “out there,” someone has it and all we need to “do” is to believe in that. Come, join us and you too will have it! You too will be “saved”!

    Without a doubt, that part of our journey is necessary and important; but there is more to it. Once all those supportive “props” are taken away in Life, then we are all by ourselves. What is the meaning then? What is the “truth” that we found?
    Perhaps at that point few will go into the “inward journey.” That is the one without meaning, without a goal, and because of that meaningful in itself.

    Everything is inside. Did we hear that? Many times. What does it mean? That is what we need to find out. It is not a search, it is finding. Does it make sense? A search has a mental something that we wish to find. Finding is to look what is already there, through all the layers that may be.
    Paradoxically, everything is inside but to get there we start from the outside.

    Therefore, the paths of religions are all “good” starting points. Those “outside” paths are needed in the overall journey of consciousness, where gaining consciousness may mean to be free from what the mind expects; what it has been taught through conditioning, that “should be.”

    Looking from that perspective, we may find that religious stories are like lullaby tales. They have a teaching value, a moral story, a great significance for those who are trapped in their minds, for those stories become a source of guiding light in our darkest days. However, to believe that those stories are greater than Life itself by taking those literally  as “truths” or interpreted as however will fit us best; that is to take things out of proportion, but… All according to our conscious level.

    That may be a new meaning for the BK word “numberwise.”

     
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