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  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on May 26, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    Physical exercises and Spirituality 

    In my time as a BK, I recall that physical exercise wasn’t perceived as something “spiritual.” It was more less considered a body conscious activity. Perhaps that perception has changed now? I don’t know.

    I will share my take on this since I consider to have plenty of experience with physical exercise. Don’t want for this article to be lengthy, thus; will go for the essence.

    A vital person has energy to move and enjoy Life. Physical exercise is a way to manifest that. That zest for Life is the trademark of an appreciative, joyful life style. I enjoy the movement of the body and the expression of it. I appreciate the beauty of the physical body: It is about balance, harmony. Those are traits which have been forgotten in our times.

    In society, most start their physical experience with a particular sport which eventually, as we “improve,” will have a competitive objective. For most that is the ‘fun’ of it. Unfortunately, this obsession to go faster or to be stronger than anyone, brings a very unbalanced life style for most participants in the long run.

    The practice of competitive sports could become addictive as it becomes a source of identity. Continuously pushing to “improve” has its consequences. Once we turn the page from that compulsive behavior, we are no longer concerned in being better than someone else or to build impressive muscles by having the life style of a race horse; that is eating, sleeping and training. That is not what is meant to be for a conscious human being.

    Someone interested in a spiritual life style, also has to consider physical activity as a way to maintain a balanced and healthy life. In my experience, many Bks had rejection for their own bodies. Soul consciousness is not about rejection of the physical body, but to acknowledge its value, beauty and to enjoy the unique experience the body brings. Spirituality is about integration rather than rejection.

    It is true that simple activities geared to clean the house or the BK center (karma yoga) are ways to exercise; but the range of movement of a human being doesn’t stop in just cleaning, there is more than that.

    The Indian system of Hatha yoga in conjunction with a sensible diet (when taken out of the context of competition, and the idea of becoming better by the perfection of certain poses or asanas; ) could lead to a fantastic experience of feeling nourished and in tune, that is experiencing well being. Observe that I refer to ‘hatha yoga’ as the physical aspect of the complete system. For most westerners, ‘yoga’ is only about physical exercises, as most may know.

    Hatha Yoga is the most complete system there is to maintain the body healthy. It works on flexibility, strength, agility, equilibrium, stamina and poise. It works every muscle, tendon, ligament there is and it is meant to be a personal practice where we could be attentive to our own movement. AWARE. This is conscious movement. Also, there is no need to use the mind at all but to focus on feeling our movement, breathing, and to be aware of our level of exertion. No need to count “repetitions” as we have been taught in society, but merely to feel when something is enough.

    The core, legs, feet and the vertebral column are the most important aspects to work on. Those areas are where good health is shown in my opinion. Hatha yoga will exercise and even sculpt all of these areas. The point of exercise is to experience a pleasurable moment in harmony with our own bodies.

    The practice of “Pranayama” or breathing exercises are key to elevate the mood, our vital energy (Qi) and to give our lungs a great workout without the exertion that sports or violent movement could bring. Our ethereal bodies are developed through these breathing exercises. My recommendation is to do these exercises early in the morning after having a regular bowel movement. If there is no time for exercising, at least have 15 minutes for these before anything else in the morning. I recall that I practiced these in Jodhpur. I went there to learn acupressure. There was an ashram and lots of people, mostly men; doing these exercises by following the lead teacher. Everything was over by about 7 AM. I understand that ‘Pranayam’ is very popular in India and popularized by Swami Ramdev.

    I also recommend the practice of the “Iron shirt” from Qi Gong, which is the Chinese way to elevate our Qi or vital energy. It was popularized by Mantak Chia. It is a fantastic way to learn to “root” yourself, and it exercises the legs and glutes as well, which in turn will improve our overall health. How to learn these? There is plenty of material on the internet. Practice it, feel when it is right for you and move on. The body needs time to adapt, so be gentle and take this life style for the long run. How do you know if a particular video or writing is good for you? Again, Feel it. Don’t think and compare. Go with what appeals to you.

    I use my hatha yoga time with some of the methods that I learned from the “school for perfect eye sight” located in the Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, India. I went with my sister there in my BK days. The methods taught there are simple and based on Dr. William Bates’ techniques. If interested you could find that info on the internet.

    If we could spend one hour of our day into this practice, it will be beneficial. What I have described is my own personal practice and experience. Yoga is a complete system; where physical exercises are not the only thing needed, but a good diet, sleep, emotional health and time for solitude. The complete system of yoga goes beyond that. If interested search for Patanjali and the “limbs” of Yoga.

    Whenever practicing physical exercises with a “spiritual outlook,” we should forget old paradigms coming from an utilitarian society. That exploration of “unlearning” the old conditioning, has the potential to give us new spiritual realizations in our lives.

    P.S: It is my understanding and practical experience that at this moment a change is going on. Electric and magnetic fields are at peak on the Earth. ( See Schumann Resonance) this change will bring many consequences on people. Some may feel very tired even though not much has been done. Be aware of this and adapt your practice accordingly. Other individuals may feel mentally affected, or emotionally. This is a good time to enjoy something different, while the changes are happening.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on March 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    The shortcomings of Yoga 

    Yoga as a wholesome system is seldom recognized nowadays. There are only flavors of it. Brahma Kumaris is a flavor of that “ancient Yoga.” Within its many original “yoga paths” or “limbs,” Brahma Kumaris have chosen to be known as “Raja Yoga,” (Royal Yoga) most probably because of its interesting philosophical views, known as “knowledge.”

    Basically, keep “knowledge,” apply “knowledge,” “churn knowledge” to keep the mind focused. That is “Yoga of the mind.”

    However, Brahma Kumaris ‘ yoga is also explained as : “union with God” or the practice of any “godly virtues” to become “like the Father.” Paradoxically, it is the pursue of that ideal; the one responsible for dishonesty among followers. This is not lack of honesty with others, but lack of honesty within. Why? “Effort” to attain is emphasized, although BEING cannot change through DOING a particular behavior countless times. Thus, effort to be like “god” amounts to “practice” which is easy to fake as the “real thing.” There is no long lasting change.
    Let me illustrate the ingenuity behind “practice.” For example, in a current BK website the following is written:

    The conscious assimilation of virtues: Through this we learn that real spirituality is to be able to practise virtues in adverse circumstances. This enhances our self-respect. “

    Although, that “sounds good,” it is important to understand that “virtues” cannot be practiced in order to be “real.” Virtues are part of BEING. We cannot separate virtues by name and draw a line to delineate one from another. That is just a theoretical mind game. If we practice virtues in “adverse circumstances” to show to others and ourselves our own “improvement,” we are only kidding ourselves. If we are the embodiment of “virtues,” if we ARE; then virtues will naturally flow no matter the circumstance. We do not obtain a virtue by “practice.” We can only obtain a behavior which appears to be virtuous. Also, “enhancing our self-respect” is of no consequence, when in a deeper view; it is that “self-respect” the one engaged with ego, and therefore; the one which eventually will need to go away. As BapDada has mentioned: “Doing for the sake of DOING.” There is no goal, no hidden agenda, no motive such as “to enhance our self-respect,” when we ARE true to ourselves.

    The above is not meant to “correct” anyone, as Brahma Kumaris does a good job initiating people into “true spirituality,” but just to show that the current level of depth of BK Raja Yoga will outline the basics and it is more suitable for those who are starting in awareness; those who are beginning to observe that society’s values do not align with a “spiritual” behavior.

    The ascetic life style of a Yogi is the trademark of his own misunderstanding.
    In Spirituality, if we start by the ideal, the final objective; we will encounter that our so called, “progress” is in direct proportion to our number of repressions. For instance, typically celibacy happens after going through sexuality. It is not something to be forced in the beginning, to comply with an ideal. It is important to remember that those who have attained through Yoga, did not repress. That is what a “Yogi” needs to be aware of.
    That is the greatest shortcoming of Yoga as understood today.

    A repression, is synonym with inner dishonesty in the dictionary of Life.

    Any sort of repression, any sort of ideal of conquering evil within or a “vice” through inner fight, it is merely strengthening the “vice.” The BK system may keep that vice contained and out of sight, but it will surely come out, whether in this Life or the next one.

    A yogi living in a constant struggle within, may need to recognize that force is not the way. Force may take the form of will power to obtain something; but this “practice” is detrimental.

    Rejection and repression of something viewed as less “evolved” or a “sin” is without a doubt the beginning of our journey, when before; we did not even recognize those traits within ourselves. However, the beginning is not the end. We may need to learn to accept our shadows so they dissolve by integrating them in our own light, after all; they come from the same duality.

    To learn the art of integration of all energies, is beyond the scope of the path of Yoga.

     
    • Lakshmipriya Nagarajan 3:30 AM on March 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Sweet brother,
      Thanks for writing.

      My take away from this article is,
      “We may need to learn to accept our shadows so they dissolve by integrating them in our own light, after all; they come from the same duality”.
      Know your light, know who you were? Know that there are 3 stages namely sato, rajo and tamo in your journey. Accept yourself as you are. There is no need for guilt or fear. experience the light within. Thus the other shadows dissolve automatically.

      Very gentle approach to see the self.

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      • avyakt7- New Generation 11:09 AM on March 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, Lakshmipriya. However, I also mentioned that the process of integration is beyond the path of Yoga. All the best to you. 🙂

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    • Kirtan 8:14 PM on April 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Eagerly waiting to know your take on term “Rajrishi”. I searched for it but didn’t found any article based on it. So want you to please share your view on this ASAP. Also if possible can I get you email address to reach you for any queries?

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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 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 7:50 PM on July 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Changing “bad” into “good.” 

    In monotheistic religions, there is this emphasis on changing personal “bad” traits into “good” traits. That is what is known as “effort maker.” It takes effort, it is said.

    Every religion has their own definitions of what is “good” or “bad.” That is the artificiality of those changes. 
    Life does not work that way. In Life “good” and “bad” are nonexistent. Opposite forces are complementary of each other. Thus, that which is considered “bad” cannot exist without the “good.” 

    When we are looking at “sanskaras” or personal traits,  it is the same exact way, because we are part of Life. Have you seen someone who displays courage? That one has the opposite quality as well (cowardice) in pretty much the same extent. “Cowardice” is not “bad,” but the direct consequence of being courageous. Opposites change continuously. We cannot be “courageous” all the time.

    However, that is not what we have been taught. We have been taught to select “sanskaras” and work to achieve them at will, as if we were shopping in the supermarket. What we want to achieve is just an ideal, some mental construct that we think it “should be.”

    In Brahma Kumaris, this idea of “changing sanskaras” is not congruent with the teaching of a predestined universe (Drama) for sanskaras are predetermined according to the role in Life. As nothing in Life in static, “good” or “bad,” those sanskaras move into their apparent opposite states. This may be hard to grasp for many. Therefore, it is understandable to follow such directions as to believe that “I” can change something deeply ingrained in “my” personality at a particular time.

    Many could say “I changed some things in myself.” I may ask: How deep were those changes? Are those perhaps only superficial, as to disguise everyone around us and even ourselves? No?  Are those “changes” permanent in yourself or are those dependent on following a “protected life style” such as the one of a Brahma Kumaris follower? If you leave the religion, so do your “changes.”

    A human being is not a mechanical device where someone could change parts at will. If the spiritual neophyte is concerned in changing things around in the name of “being good,” that is laudable but naïve. However, as expressed before; that experience is necessary to learn by being aware of the process. 

    The idea of “changing sanskaras” may need to evolve into OBSERVING them, that is becoming AWARE of that who I AM. It is in the depth of AWARENESS where change resides. That change doesn’t have mental ideas of what a virtue should be. That change comes through deep introspection as to find the origin of exhibiting a particular behavior or emotion. That introspection  is not interested in moving in the opposite way to make a “change.” (i.e. To say to myself: From now on I will be courageous, when I exhibit cowardice.)

    Emotions are like a mosquito bite. They will heal naturally for the most part. It may itch, but if I make a trauma out of an experience;  a strong emotion will remain deeply ingrained and come out affecting us through different behaviors at different times in our lives. Eventually, that will need emotional healing to open up to Life again.

    Most individuals make Life into a traumatic experience, thus; their emotions are not balanced, but yet they attempt to change in themselves what they do not fully understand. No wonder the “power of yoga” becomes the panacea, in Brahma Kumaris.
    Nevertheless; that is truly an example of a placebo effect:
    It is not “bad,” but neither “good,” and if it works, then great! If it doesn’t, no big deal!

     
    • Lakshmipriya Nagarajan 4:23 AM on July 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      We call it Changing sanskars or making effort, it is definitely possible through the knowledge and the deep experiences in yoga.
      That is the journey of the soul. Either deep sufferings can set the things right or the knowledge combined with deep experiences with God.

      Our effort is nothing but being detached and loving to the one. With this, charging of the soul and changing of the sanskars automatically take place. Along with knowledge and yoga, the service takes place though mind, body and wealth so that the change in others/ atmosphere becomes inevitable.

      If this is not happening, then any methods, customs and systems are for name sake.

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      • avyakt7- New Generation 10:18 AM on July 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for sharing your experience. You don’t mention that it is part of the “method” to follow the Brahma Kumaris way of living; otherwise, the deep “experiences on yoga” and the understanding of “knowledge,” will be for name sake only or “numberwise.” That is the point of the article.
        Any change to be “real” is not dependent on practicing a “method.” Otherwise, the “method” only sugar coates the “reality.”

        If you leave the Brahma Kumaris and the “method,” then the change should remain. If not, the “method” doesn’t make “real” changes.

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    • Lakshmipriya 9:59 PM on July 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Absolutely right brother. That is why it is called change in sanskars.

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      • avyakt7- New Generation 9:30 AM on August 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        It is also called deception. However, it is a “good” deception for the spiritual aspirant to follow. That gives him something to “do.”

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    • Lakshmipriya Nagarajan 12:02 AM on August 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      “If you leave the Brahma Kumaris and the “method,” then the change should remain. If not, the “method” doesn’t make “real” changes.”

      Yes brother, I get what you mean. I would like to put my experiences and understanding as under.
      It is the matter of how deep routed the change is. If the soul after leaving the method, is coming back to the square, that says it is like the soul has just performed Bhakthi.

      Baba says, the advance party souls such as Mama will not take the knowledge/follow the method. They will be put into the place where the works of establishment of heaven will take place. They are already living like deities. The change shall be such that.

      It is always the spirit of the method, that changes the sanskars and by not simply following the method. That is why though God is coming and teaching it takes its’ own time for the BKs to catch the spirit of the method, relinquish the bhakthi, customs and systems which are deep rooted for 63 births.

      The spirit is not to become kings and queens, it is to become soul conscious/ become true ancestors/ law makers of the life. It is to become humble Rajarishis who is the master of the self.

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    • lakshmipriya 3:17 AM on August 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I was churning “Nothing new” today. I could relate very well the teaching of “predestined drama” with “nothing new”.

      “Nothing new” means I do not get affected by the situations/happenings to/around me. Whatever happens, it happened already in the previous cycle too. I do not have any control over what is happening at present/at this moment. It is all happened as a net effect of my karma. But I do have a choice of choosing the right response for this situation and remain unshakable, carefree emperor. By this I can very well escape from my mind’s games of blaming, complaining, magnifying, entangling or hitting back..
      Let me be a detached observer and watch the game and make right response honestly.

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      • avyakt7- New Generation 10:34 AM on August 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        What you convey is the “official” interpretation of “nothing new.” Consider this: If there is “nothing new.” There is “nothing old” as well. Thus, “NOW” is what is. That “NOW” is not concerned with mental ideas about “my karma.” That NOW is what exists. I can “choose” to act based on the conditioning of my mind, my ideas of what is “the right response.” Also, I can listen to my “gut feeling” and go with it. Either way, it is predestined to be that way. Either way is “good” for it is in the “Drama” to be that way.
        The mind throws its tantrum based on its conditioning. So the question may be: “How to decondition my mind?”
        “Wrong” conditioned question. OBSERVE what IS. BE AWARE of that when it is happening. Even if you allow for the game to go on, you will know that you “choose” to play a game.

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    • lakshmipriya 3:23 AM on August 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Here, right response is the action with inner stability. For some the inner stability is after bringing the points of the knowledge as they cannot remain stable or detached as the mind poses question after questions. And for some the inner stability is natural and they can also observe the scenes of the drama externally/internally. There is no acting outside.
      For some the knowledge becomes their nature the moment they listen as the land is perfect to absorb the water. For some, it takes time.
      They fail by reacting both inside and outside or they act outside as if they observe everything. For some they bring the points of knowledge before the emotional outburst occurs.
      After all, these are all stages and every experience either substantiate the old sanskar or create new sanskar.
      That is where the knowledge and yog and which is otherwise known as Purusharth helps. You may call this as official interpretation. But this is my journey for the stage to reach “detached observer and truly loving”. Now a days I try to observe the energy transaction within. Is it that I am creating vacuum within and looking out to be filled or brimming and flowing.

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      • avyakt7- New Generation 9:47 AM on August 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        The journey through Brahma Kumaris is the emphasis of the mind (Raja Yoga.) Thus, the key words of “understanding,” “imbibing” knowledge are used very often. That is a good path to observe ourselves. Nevertheless in “my” experience change of consciousness through change of sanskaras is not related with the ability of the mind to understand “knowledge” and to put it in “practice” or to have yoga with the Supreme Soul, aka “God,” aka Shiva.
        Different experiences, all good; all needed. Thus, we may need to honor our own experiences.

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 6:55 AM on May 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Yoga of the mind 

    Out of the mind, there is “improvement” without trying to improve.
    Out of the mind, there is “spirituality,” without trying to be “spiritual.” Yet, we say “You are out of your mind” to someone who acts in a crazy way. However, craziness is 100% mind.

    Our society and religions are all caught up with the mind.
    Although, most individuals at this time have mental issues, these individuals are unable to observe those, for their own mind is their only point of reference. They are self-absorved. The mind creates a strong sense of “I.”

    Forcing the mind to see things which it does not perceive is dishonest, although we call that “spiritual.” Trapped in the comfort of “status quo,” that is a sure way to create stagnation of the mind, lethargy.

    The mind is only a tool. However, at this time; it is the master for most of civilized humanity.

    “Yoga of the mind” is uncertain, once we are aware of what our minds are doing to us.
    Without that awareness, it becomes a discipline by force to pretend to attain something which is not attainable, but we can label as “spiritual.”

    “Yoga” as Brahma Kumaris refers to, is natural once the mind is out of the picture.

    “Not to think” is a level of consciousness that those used to thinking everything are unable to understand. When we connect to Life, thinking is not needed, that connection is clear. There are no doubts. There are no “goals.” It is what is.
    When we use our thinking, is only about what is “good for me.” 
    That “good for me” is heavily conditioned. Therefore, to be “better” within the realm of the mind is an illusion. 

    Observe the mind. Become aware of your own mind in your every action. Once you know what mind is, then you will know what is not. There resides a different experience.

     
  • avyakt7- New Generation 10:20 AM on December 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Remember ME alone 

    In Brahma Kumaris’ Sakar Murli there is a phrase that although spoken frequently, it is misunderstood. “Remember me alone.”

    Brahma Kumaris offers “shortcuts” to deal with the mind. Brahma Kumaris is ultimately from my experience, a path to try to transcend the mind.

    One of the “methods” used is remembrance also known as “yoga.”
    The mind could bring thoughts which if not observed, could change the mood of a person. We could have so many thoughts that could even make our life hard to live. How do we deal with that? Remembrance is the BK answer. For in that method rather than BEING a DETACHED OBSERVER of those thoughts, we need to change them into something else: Visualize Baba in the subtle region. Visualize ShivBaba in Parandham. Use your mind to create another setting. Use your feelings (love to Baba) to make that experience into a “blissful one.”

    Without a doubt, it is a method to deal with unwanted thinking. But at the same time, there is control of the situation by this “I” who is not willing to OBSERVE and LEARN but it is only concerned to change things momentarily. That is why, to have “yoga” is never ending. A mental process with made up feelings, is a palliative solution.

    We cannot BE a DETACHED OBSERVER and at the same time try to CONTROL things in our inner world.

    What are you going to remember? What is the remember me alone?
    It is an idea, a mental construct of what God is or should be. For others, it is a re-creation of some past experience. Some subtle experience they had. Yet for others, it is about some “future” experience in the Golden age, etc.
    OBSERVE that those types of remembrances are only about the mind (going to the past or the future but never to BE present.)

    That type of method is like watching the same movie over and over again to escape from the menace of the mind.
    In a nutshell, REMEMBRANCE is a trick to deal with the tiring mind. CONTROL is artificially made, by changing the thoughts once we become AWARE, thus; the importance of REMEMBER BABA ALONE ALL THE TIME- for most are UNAWARE of the mind.

    In the AVYAKT Murlis, BapDada used the words ”Detached Observer.” There is no such a thing in the Sakar Murlis.
    To BE a detached observer, the mind should BE as it IS. OBSERVE it. It is not YOU creating that mental “show.” Once we become identified with that thought of being “mine,” there is no longer observation.
    A way to describe that observation, is by saying: REMEMBER “ME” ALONE.
    THAT “ME” IS NOT SHIVA OR BABA, THAT “ME” IS A CENTERING OF WHO I AM. IT IS “ME.”

    When we are centered in BEING there is no ME, but we ARE AWARE. THAT AWARENESS IS DETACHED, thus a DETACHED OBSERVER.

    In a nutshell: “Remember me alone” as understood by the majority of BKs, will not allow us to OBSERVE and Learn about our inner world.
    “Remember me alone” as understood by the majority of BKs, is not consistent with BEING a DETACHED OBSERVER.

    In my experience, to “REMEMBER ME ALONE” could be more closely put in words if we follow Gurdjieff teaching of “Self-remembering;” however; SELF is not truly there. In a sense it is INNER AWARENESS.
    There is a CENTER which is called as “self.” Through that center, there is OBSERVATION. Thus, a detached observer.

    Is the BK teaching of “remembering me alone” of the Sakar Murlis, “wrong”?
    There are not “right” answers, but your state of consciousness will dictate when something rings a bell for you. The BK path of the Sakar Murlis, is a starting point for a seeker. The Avyakt Murlis, is the next step in the BK path.

    For the common good.

     
    • Dinesh Chawla 10:52 AM on December 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Ahnanda, well I just wanted to share my experience of Vipassana meditation, there are quite long moments where the mind brings and UTTERLY GARBAGE thoughts and visualizations. Total nonsense, if I would not have learned to watch the mind, I would have been at a mental hospital, thanks to “ME” the watcher of mind 🙂 But why sometimes that thinking which we observe overpowers “ME” and I end up doing something I didn’t want to and realize it later and after that you know the story of regrets and self guilt 😦 Can u please throw some light on this bro, PLEASE.

      Another thing that comes from my BK experience is that they tell u to be detached observer of the drama happening outside more, watch the role of others, don’t judge or involve the role of others, and not more about watch the GARBAGE running inside 🙂

      But sometimes watching the mind is the most difficult thing man 🙂 and by the way I have heard Gurdjieff’s name a lot from Osho 🙂

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 9:01 AM on February 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , BK God, , , , , , yoga   

    The path of yoga 

    A child’s consciousness will change all by itself into a teenager. There is no consciously “effort” driving this change. As the child ages, his body will transform and reach a point of maturity and then start a process of aging, decaying.
    Observe that this process is not just about the body, but also about consciousness.

    Is there at any point any need for “effort” to change?
    There is no need. It just happens, and what happens is out of our control. It is in the Drama.

    The path of yoga introduces the possibility for someone to change himself by sheer use of will power.
    This change is according to a particular belief, a particular morality considered to be “right or good.”

    A follower of the path of yoga is interested in “DOING the right thing.”

    This entails the belief that right now, as we are; we need “improvement.” This improvement is conceptualized by agreement of what SHOULD BE “good or right.”

    In Brahma Kumaris to be “right” is supported by the belief that a set of behaviors are considered to be given by God. In other words, to DO something “right”, according to a direction given by God. Your belief in God creates the need to comply with God; according to someone’s concept or experience of what God SHOULD BE.

    This is how yoga starts. “Union” or yoga is identified as becoming someone “better,” by using our will power to change ourselves.
    “Becoming better” is accomplished by not DOING some things and by DOING others, that is; it is about BEHAVIOR.
    To follow a set of “nice” words called “virtues” become the goal, for that; rejection of who we are “now” by suppression and repression becomes part of the training of not DOING.

    Therefore, Yoga becomes the path of inner fight. The path of inner struggle.

    I am angry, but I want to become anger free. I will “work on it” by becoming aware when anger appears so I could suppress it, or by minimizing the situations that could start my anger, that is by controlling Life. This is a continuous inner fight. It is believed that at one point through “practice”, anger will go away…

    However, anger will be there as long as compassion is needed. Ego will be there as long as the mind exists to separate. Attachment will be there as long as ego exists. That is the untold dilemma of Yoga.

    The continuous inner struggle is like the metaphorical fish going against the current of the River. Where is the fish going? This stubbornness or courage will lead the fish into some sort of imagined glory among other fish, if it survives.
    All of this “effort” only strengthens the idea of separation between “I” and the rest, thus it fortifies the ego.

    This path of yoga however, is part of the journey. For ego needs to grow up, to build itself up in order to disintegrate itself, to dilute itself.

    What happens when ego dilutes?
    There is no fish to struggle against the waters of the River, although; there is a fish. Where is the fish going?
    That is no longer a good question. There is no fish, so who is going where?  but there is River… although, there is a fish.
    How could there be a fish but yet not be a fish? That is illogical!
    That cannot be understood by Yoga… even though, there is “knowledge” of the eternally predestined Drama.

    Brahma Kumaris’ path relies on the yoga of the “I.”

    For the common good.

     
    • Anil Kumar 5:33 PM on February 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Avyakt7-NG,

      It’s really a deep insight on Yoga.

      Thanks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    For the common good.

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

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

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

      Thanks,
      Dinesh Chawla

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

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

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  • avyakt7- New Generation 5:02 PM on August 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , inner smile, , , super sensuous joy, yoga   

    Raja Yoga: Free or trapped in the mind? 

    “Yoga of the mind” is interpreted in many ways by many BKs.
    Many believe that yoga  is about having thoughts about God all the time. Many believe that is about remembering the face of Brahma Baba or to remember the point of light, Shiva.
    That was my belief in my BK days as well.

    That practice is the focus of “yoga,” and that practice will bring some benefit. When we focus our attention (I am not saying mind or thoughts) by imagining the point of light or Brahma Baba’s face as seen on a picture; and emit feelings of love; we will experience what is known as “the inner smile,” also known as “super sensuous joy.”

    That is the feeling of bliss, that many talk about. As our feelings increase, so the bliss. As the mind interferes, that bliss will stop.

    That “inner smile” is energy moving through our being. It is to tap into something beyond the physical.

    I recalled that this experience was new for me in my BK days. Before that I only knew about pleasure from the senses, as a similar experience.

    That feeling of Bliss was an incentive to continue with my yoga practices.

    Now, I recognize that the “inner smile” is like smiling. You could do that at any time; but the important aspect was that I did not know that something like that beyond the physical senses existed. Thus, I thank the BK experience for that finding.

    Once your energetic centers such as nadis and chakras are working properly, currents of bliss may be felt through your being. We are energy after all.

    Now, I recognize the importance of “no-mind” to feel. Thus, “yoga of the mind” is truly “no-mind.”
    Once your energetic channels are opened through the process of personal catharsis, when it is imminent to change into a new person or as Brahma Baba said: ” To die alive” is experienced, there is no going back; at that point the openness of the energetic channels will take place and a sense of enjoyment may be experienced… for the first time.

    “No-Mind” is to free ourselves, to unleash our potential beyond the limits of the known. When that “no-mind” is not experienced, then to “control” the mind is taught; to control thoughts, to control yourself. That control requires a continuous focus on the mind, which is exhausting. It is the mind trying to bite its own tail.

    For the common good.

     
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