What are we doing here? Have we ever thought it in-depth? What is our purpose? What is our mission? Why are we here? Where else can we be? Every man harbors these questions. These questions haunt us more, if our path is that of liberation.
LIBERATION!!! That is so beautiful. Liberation is not escapism. Escapism is running away from dharma (duty) Liberation is natural detachment, without any effort, while performing dharma with detachment – like the sun or a flowing river. No object on earth can make us happy or sad. Liberation makes us perpetually self-sufficient.
The nature of our soul is liberation. It takes the subtle body through many births and deaths, but never gets contaminated. It is pure as ever. Let us look at ourselves closely. We have never considered the soul. Every thought brings an attachment. Every word invokes an attachment and every action is with an attachment too. Every meeting is with expectation. Every decision has an expectation. A result is expected. Results are bound to happen. That’s the nature of action. Attachment to results causes bondage. Expectations cause bondage. We suffer. The moment we shift from these expectations to pure action, we become liberated.
Bondage is of various types. All attachments are bondage. All expectations are bondage. All relationships are bondage. Guru can be a bondage. Disciples can be a bondage. Body, mind and intellect are a bondage. Knowledge is bondage. All habits are bondage. Dependency of all kind are bondage. All samskaaras are bondage.Thus, life is full of seen and unseen bondages. This makes liberation even more difficult.
The best way to transcend bondage is through higher awareness. It is like growing up through many classes like we experienced in our school days. Awareness level keeps changing and we realize at each stage that we were not aware of many things earlier. Clarity improves and dependency reduces or at least shifts. From a toy to a bicycle and bicycle to a motor cycle etc. Habits change. When a habit is replaced with deep, pregnant silence of spirituality, we are liberated. Need for action is formed out of samskaaras. When samskaaras reduce, actions reduce too. But, usually, we fill the space with more samskaaras. We are afraid to die. The birth-death cycle has become our habit because of repetition over life times. Anything can bind us and keep us away from liberation. Our identifications makes death painful. Identifications such as name, shape, nationality, religion and everything else. Even a mirror can prevent a smooth exit. A mirror re establishes our physical image into our psyche so much that, when the soul departs the body, it feels lost. It stays on. It refuses to transcend. So, if you look deeply, you can see that many things hinder our progress. In that situation, if you are still able to translate knowledge into wisdom and experience wisdom, which nullifies the push of samskaaras, then, life becomes easier – transit becomes effortless.
Nothing is either good or bad. There are no do’s and don’ts. These are all created by our mind. What is right for us, is the exhaustion of our karmas, what ever it takes. What ever is right for the soul is to stay as the soul, without the baggage of karmas and the push for many re-births. Right and wrong are relative and it also shifts modes time after time. Nothing is permanent in terrestrial existence. If we can fully understand this fundamental truth and live it to the brim, we are relatively better off.
Staying in the path of liberation is not easy. Every person sends messages. Every message comes with an attachment. Every attachment is like a virus. It makes your system dull and sometimes even sick. When we are constantly in the web of life, we stay trapped and bound. Liberation needs serious practice. We cannot suppress karmas and attain liberation. We have to exhaust karmas and get there. We have to grow with awareness and detach because we do not need it. It is far different from the state where we reject because we cannot reach it.
When the world was speaking about “Haves” and “Have nots”, India always had a third segment, the true liberated Masters who had everything but wanted nothing. They lived in plenty with no need for any terrestrial objects. Terrestrial love, like relationships are temporary and often conditional. Soul is liberated and unconditional. That is the shift that we are talking about here. The shift from our limited mind to the unlimited soul. That guarantees liberation.
Q: I cannot meditate. What should I do?
A: Do not meditate. Never force anything on yourself. You will start hating it sooner or later.
To start with, be aware of your breathing. Breathe consciously. Eat consciously. Drink consciously. Do everything consciously. It will give you the same or even better effect than meditations.
A: Guru is a tattwa - a principle. Guru is not a man or a woman. Guru Tattwa flows through time. Terrestrial communication needs tangibility, a body. So, Guru happens in human form too, so that people can identify and understand. Everybody is a Guru to somebody. The eternal principle of Guru flows through everybody. Everybody has atleast one Guru. Every Guru had a Guru, the one who helped to destroy the darkness and ignorance of the limited conscious mind. Soul itself is a Guru. The true Guru, personal Guru of every being is its Soul. Guru could be an object, a message or a thought. Since Guru is a principle it could also be a telepathic communication or a communion. Guru appears when the disciple is eligible. Guru happens when the disciple is ready for that knowledge. When questions arise in mind, sooner or later, the answers appear. When questions block our natural evolution, information or advice happens through some one. Guru principle is beyond body. The supreme Guru is Parabrahma, the eternal father or Allah. Starting from Him, there are many many mouths that convey the eternal principles of existence or the laws of the universe. The Guru principle will eternally flow. Inorder to accept and accent the Guru principle, all we need are ego-less-ness and surrender. No judgement - Just an open mind. Thats enough. Guru tattwa will flow through us, washing away all our mental confusions and will always guide us. The moment we feel we know a lot or even worse, we know everything, the principle that is Guru can deliver nothing to us. So, the childlike wonder in us will work wonders for us, as the eternal Guru principle will take us to the highest possible, in one life time. Guru principle is based on unconditional love. It is based on zero expectations and complete benevolence. Pranaams to The Great Guru principle that eternally flows like Ganga.
Q: I have been observing …………. I do not think she is progressing. After spending so much time for God, why is she not progressing spiritually?
A: First of all, do not judge another person’s spiritual progress. You do not have the authority to do that. Nobody has authority to judge another person because they cannot see his/her karma which makes them progress or get blocked. Secondly, what do you mean by spending time with God? Is God an external entity? What is your concept about God? Does God experience loneliness - he asks someone to give him/her company? Understand that God is omnipresent. God is beyond all forms and is all forms. There is no separate God away from us. All are God. All are aspects of God. I believe what you meant by the expression “spending so much time with God” was ritualistic worship or chanting . It is true that rituals hardly produce evolution. It easily becomes another habit, without which we feel incomplete. So, in that context, I am not surprised that she is not evolving. But, I still would like to appeal to you to avoid judging another person as well as yourself. You do not know your karmic agenda as well. Remember that. Also, no comparison is possible in spirituality. Everyone is walking his/her own path to the same destination. Lastly, God does not need your time. God needs nothing. We need God. God has no insecurities in your absence or indifference. We have that issue. Let us not compare God’s consciousness with our waking state. So, everything is for ourselves. Nothing is for God. Understand this clearly. God Bless You.
Q: I see her touching the feet of every possible Guru. Will it take her anywhere?
A: I have no interest in commenting on such matters. Isn’t it individual’s discretion? Who are we to decide what is right or what is wrong? It depends on various factors. Still, I am answering this question in a different way, only because I thought it is very important to clarify certain matters in general terms. Getting the grace of all Masters is good, especially of those who are enlightened. Wandering unconsciously, not knowing what we are seeking is an absolute waste of time. This is the difference. Masters exist in a different level of consciousness than the seekers. Most people go to them seeking something tangible. This is the tragedy. Hardly a few people actually go to a Master seeking salvation – mukthi or moksha. I have seen many wanderers. They are so insecure, they cannot anchor anywhere. They are so feeble that they shift their loyalty at the fall of a hat. They have heavy expectations and, if they do not get exactly what they expect, they not only leave the Guru, but also scandalize him. Stability and consistency is essential for spiritual growth. One who keeps wandering camp to camp will never gather grace. But, having no divisions within and accepting all as Divine incarnations and being one with all the Masters is a great thing. There is no comparison there. There is only love. Unconditional love. Love without expectations. Such people evolve a lot in one life.
Q: I cannot concentrate.
A: Do not concentrate. Be aware of this aspect of yourself and accept yourself with this aspect wholeheartedly. Never resist. Just be aware of your own breath pattern and then heart beat. You will surprise yourself.
Q: I am confused
A: Good. You are perfectly living the duality of existence. When you know that you are confused, when you are aware of your confused state, your diagnosis is complete. The remedy lies in the state itself. Clarity. In order to understand what is clarity, there should be confusion. Sound is essential to know silence. Silence is essential to know sound. One compliments the other. So, be relaxed. When the clouds of your mind leaves, sun will shine bright.
Q: Life and Death
A: Life and Death are not contradictory, but, they are complimentary. Life takes one to death and death takes one to life. It keeps happening. Time and space changes, destiny and destination changes. But, they are essentially complementary. We need to have life to know death and death to know life. One cannot exist without the other. Both are two sides of the same coin called terrestrial existence.
A: This body has consumed kilos of food and liters of water. Still it craves for more. How can we appease this craving? By going beyond the mind. By connecting to our eternal soul that has no needs or cravings. When we shed our dependency on food and water, we proceed in our path of liberation. Hunger is more of an emotion than a necessity in today;s world. We have wasted large quantities of food, with great indifference. Fine food adds to ego. Presentation of food – ego. Dinners – ego. We live a complex life. Where is the escape? Simplicity and Purity. Hunger will never control you. You will control hunger.
Q: What is bad?
A: Bad is an aspect of terrestrial duality. The other side of the coin of which one side is called “good”.
Q: How do we know that we are awake?
A: In spiritual terms? Simple. When we become aware that we do not exist. When no gross exists and we cannot experience duality anymore. Then we will know that we are awake.
Q: If a person constantly lives with dreams of the future, what happens to his present?
A: There is no present for him. He only lives in the future. Since he is not handling his present, his future will become chaotic. Those who always dwell in the future are usually escapists. They are lazy and tamasic. They kill their future by ignoring their present.
Q: What do you think about competition?
A: I only look at it as an aspect of duality – maya. If we compete in life, we are fools. Doing our very best is all what we can do and should do. If we compete with another karmic being, we are absolutely silly.
Q: What about sex?
A: A good question. Without that you would not have been here to ask this question. What I do not understand is - why people give over emphasis to sex? According to me, its importance is similar to eating or sleeping. It is just another necessity to keep the species alive. I feel that our near impotent society made sex into a taboo or a big deal. We are blindly following that notion. Why can’t we just let sex be, just like our breath, heartbeat, hunger or any kind of strong emotion? What a shame if we give it over emphasis and brood over it!!!
Q: Can you give me a simple advice?
A: LOVE ALL … SERVE ALL I am borrowing these words from the Great Master Bhagawan Sai Baba. Also remember this every moment – WE REAP ONLY WHAT WE SOW…IN MANY FOLDS.
Q: Do you think I am selfish?
A: Yes. All are selfish. All embodied beings are selfish. There are very few enlightened ones. Look at yourself, observe yourself and your thoughts. You will know what I mean.
Q: Why can’t they understand me?
A: There is huge variety in levels of consciousness. Each one is in his own sphere, in that context.Those who bother us are those who cannot reach or understand our level of consciousness. Forgive them and love them. Soon enough, they will see what we see. It can also be the other way – we may not have the capacity to see their realm of existence. Then, we tend to disagree with them. We fail to understand them. Nobody is perfect. We are all walking the same wide earth seeking varied experiences. We all are trying to understand this existence, using our faculties, through the senses and mind. We are all enveloped in different levels of consciousness.
Q: When did you became aware that you are capable of imparting power or divine energy?
A: Never. I never existed in the first place. I still do not exist.
Q: How do you manage so many things everyday?
A: I do not manage anything. Everything happens through me. Why do we develop this ego aspect that we are managing matters? Are we managing our respiration? Circulation? Digestion? Conversion of food to energy and waste? Heartbeat? Secretions? When we are not controlling all these vital functions that are essential to keep our body in working condition, what are we controlling outside? The feeling that we control things is utter delusion. Just be far away from it. Be clear about that.
God Bless All.