Reality!

Who thinks himself separate from the world,

Let him help the world,

Projecting a question, and an answer,

You play with yourself,

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Why This Universe?

Question: If peace is the nature of Self or reality why this gigantic universe? There are innumerable life forms and I feel I have so many things to do and duties to attend. How could you pass universe merely as a dream?

Answer: This question has been asked so many times and you have also asked it many times. Why do I need to point to the fact that question has been asked many times and yet you ask it? To show the play of modes of energy in your mind. In a mind overwhelmed by passions there can’t be establishment of knowledge and peace. The holy company and such discussions strengthen mind by making it calm. In other words they increase harmony in your mind and subdue modes of inertia and passion gradually.

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Maya: Buffer, Shocker and Self!

In the eleventh canto of Srimad Bhagvatam, Lord Krishna tells his friend and disciple Uddhava about the true nature of bondage and liberation. He tells that there is one Self alone and it’s because of difference among various mental tendencies –we observe so many beings. There exists neither bondage nor liberation. The imagination of bondage as well as liberation is because of Maya(Kundalini). Avidya(illusory potency) and Vidya(liberating potency) are both forms of Kundalini or Shakti.

Until there’s lack of ripeness the Self considers itself to be a limited being. The force which ensures this sleep is called Avidya. The prefix ‘A’ before Vidya suggests that the word is exactly opposite of Vidya. Vidya is the knowledge or force which liberates one from suffering, hence Avidya is the false knowledge which keeps one in bondage.

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The humor lies in realizing that both Vidya and Avidya are AVIDYA because they’re parts of the dream. After awakening there is neither bondage nor liberation. They’re like dreams seen last night. It doesn’t matter whether you were running after materialistic pursuits or after some very peaceful heavenly state in your dream. Once dream is over you know that it never was reality. All the attempts to wake-up were in the dream therefore they were also as illusory as the things which kept you sleeping. It might seem paradoxical–because we think our attempts to wake up were really necessary to wake up. Actually we are always awakened–completely enlightened. The belief that we are not is what leads us towards spiritual pursuits and austerity. The tapas merely burns away the notion that we are bound. How dramatic that Vidya which is also AVIDYA has to first come in to make you believe that you are in bondage. Before Vidya comes into play you firmly believe that you need various forms to be at peace. You don’t even imagine that unity exists. But once Vidya starts functioning you start imagining a state which is free from duality and struggle of running after pleasure. Then it makes you so sensitive that you shun all material pleasures as false. Vidya burns away the notion of any separation from peace. Only after realization you firmly get established into the eternal state. It’s your ever present peace behind all movements. Vidya turns extraverted mind inwards. As it becomes introverted and one pointed the stillness increases and gradually becomes firmly established. Continue reading “Maya: Buffer, Shocker and Self!”

Bliss of Forgetfulness!

Infants are naturally drawn to some things and sometimes it seems they’re willing to do anything for those things which grab their attention but this preoccupation is temporary(though not superficial.) Something else comes along and holds their attention and then they forget the previous thing which seemed like the thing of utmost importance for them. Most kids below five years of age  seem permanently happy. They’re helpless on many accounts and cry so often for so many things. They throw temper tantrums on parents, siblings and relatives which looks cunning to some of us  but actually they are using the only tool available to fulfil  their needs. The fear is merely for the protection of the organism  and worries are absent in them.

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Karma Chameleon

Karma Chameleon

Reincarnation: do you believe in it?

I have written on reincarnation many times before. I feel Karma need not have reincarnation to be valid. Karma works well as a stand alone principle too. Last year a theory occurred to me which was associated to another theory which occurred to me some 8 years ago. This theory suggests that reincarnation doesn’t happen as is shown in most stories. This is just a theory like other theories which you already know. I don’t believe anything firmly.

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Facts should be paid attention to: no two personalities in the world are same. The fact that your thumb prints will not match with anyone else’s is true not only for living persons but also for all the persons who have lived in the past. This clearly tells us that nature doesn’t repeat. All personalities are unique. Now the big question is: who reincarnates?

Since no two personalities are same–even if your habits, feelings and visions are similar to a person who lived 100 years ago–you are not that person. You can’t be that person. Nature doesn’t allow it. So what exactly reincarnates? Memories?

The life which is present in you-consciousness is the same life which was present in a person living 100 years ago–so it’s obvious to understand that life doesn’t reincarnate. Then what does? Is it only memories from past? Maybe that is what reincarnates. Maybe there is a gigantic pool of memories and some of them get materialized at a point of time and sometimes it happens that these memories are vivid and create illusion of personality’s reincarnation.

The arguments given in favor of reincarnation include: people have certain great skills right from birth because they had invested time into certain things in previous births. This seems justified because the world is being run by cause-and-effect. You have to work hard at something to earn merits so it’s not possible that someone has some gifts just by chance.

But this explanation creates more problems than it solves. Why am I suffering? Why am I so vulnerable and sensitive? It’s because of the previous birth? When did my first birth happen? Why? Nobody has an answer for these.

The theory of destination which occurred to me last year is simpler. Life and universe on the whole use collective pool of memories known as Karma. Various individuals have destinies which are very intricately interwoven in a complex way with each other and the universe is evolving. Some people are destined to be geniuses. Some others are destined to be enlightened spiritually. Some others are destined to die early. Some others are destined to be millionaires or rock stars and so on. Destiny is a super-force which supersedes all but God. Some constellations focus at a certain point and certain memories get attracted to that place and those glued memories create a body at that point and a universe is born.

Helmets on Lease!

This was a small town just ten years ago. In last ten years or so it has become extremely populated. Roads which were made to bear a few people-narrow roads, are carrying a load of people which is too much now. There were barely any checkpoints for bikers a few years ago but now traffic police is creating some random checkpoints every now and then. Still not many people are wearing helmets or carrying all the necessary documents with them. Someone told me that district magistrate issued an order which makes it mandatory to wear helmets when buying petrol. Nobody on a bike without a helmet should be given petrol.

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Some people made a business out of it. All businesses are based on demand and supply. Now cheap helmets are being sold aplenty but what is comical in the vicinity of petrol pumps is helmets on lease. You borrow a helmet for 5 minutes and pay 10 rupees for it. It makes the rent 2 rupees per minute. After getting the petrol you return the helmet and life goes on. Some heavy fines are being charged mostly to students who were habitual of carrying 3 people on a bike. This is becoming a developing city now!

Sleep And Meditation!

Sleep is essential for good health and well-being of our organisms. I have read that some meditation masters don’t need much sleep. They transcend sleep. I have also read that some experts believe that your meditation is not effective enough unless it can give you nourishment like sleep does. Well, I have not been able to find as much relaxation in meditation as in sleep so far. I feel no matter how many hours of meditation I practice I still need sleep. But sometimes I observe certain things which suggest that meditation has its own role.

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Fearless Fantasies!

Fearless Fantasies

How would your life be different if you were incapable of feeling fear? Would your life be better or worse than it is now?

I feel being incapable of feeling fear is different from being someone who has transcended it. Fear, like pain is essential to the survival of organism. For example, if you don’t feel pain you will not know when there is a random cut and you start bleeding and it might cause an irreparable damage or even death in certain situations. Similarly fear is necessary in many cases. You might have seen very young children who pick a snake up or kick a dog fearlessly. Ignorance is bliss! They have no fear and that might be dangerous for them. Their lack of fear is because of their ignorance.

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Some spiritual people think that being fearless is being able to walk on fire or hug a tiger. Nothing can be farther from the truth. A truly spiritual person must be fearless. If you are not fearless you are not truly spiritual but here we are talking about something else than ingesting poison or letting an elephant walk over you. Miracles or reckless feats of heroism might appeal to many but that is not necessarily being fearless. Putting your organism in unnecessary danger is not wise by any means and in any sense. Being fearless is having no anticipation of tomorrow. Living in present and being free from both guilt and expectations is being fearless.

Gandhi was a fearless person. So was Jesus. Buddha, Krishna, Muhammad, Nanak, Kabir and Lao Tzu were fearless. You are fearless when you know laws of nature and live in harmony with them and yet willing to sacrifice everything for truth and peace. Courage is a divine quality and it comes from within. Tao doesn’t appreciate recklessness but the mystic virtue is to be fearless in the face of adversity. Being obstinate and being determined look similar but they have a great difference in spiritual sense. Being adamant for selfish reasons and following your whims and idiosyncrasies isn’t same as being willing to let every attachment go in pursuit of truth.

Being a fool and being fearless are two opposite things. Someone asked me: “Will you be able to go jungle among thugs in night now you say you feel fearless?” I told them, I won’t be. Why would I do that? Just because I see the same life in tiger and snake I wouldn’t hug every tiger and kiss every snake! Practicality and spirituality should go hand-in-hand. Some romantic spiritual people are so fond of torturing themselves and their bodies that they create their own rules out of nowhere and think they are practicing highest form of discipline. Even trying to perform miracles like putting your hand in burning fire or walking on water is naive. There is no need to try defying laws of nature. If you could be at peace in your heart and content that is the biggest miracle. We do things either out of fear or out of love. When love is found in the core of your heart fear disappears. When you do things out of love more love is found and when you do things out of fear it begets fear. As simple as that!

 

 

Gratitude and Pity?

As I was reading this lovely and kind post Where Did That Christmas Spirit Go? by Calen on her blog Impromptu Promptings  I found something which was profound. She asked readers to find out a line which strikes in this otherwise beautiful song(lyrics below!) I could easily find out the line and before I could tell her about it in the comments I saw that she had highlighted it already. I feel this is worthy of being discussed. We all do this in one way or the other. Either we compare ourself with our past selves or with others. You might have seen people saying to you or to friends(even in the self-help books you find such quotes!) that they are better off than many people in the world so they should be thankful. While it’s being grateful to God for your good condition it’s also feeling that some people are miserable and worse off than you are and not in an empathetic way. Schadenfreude? Not exactly but yes there is something which makes you feel that there is a need of comparison in everyday affairs–even in case of most spiritual things you do that without knowing about it!

It’s Christmas time; there’s no need to be afraid
At Christmas time, we let in light and we banish shade
And in our world of plenty we can spread a smile of joy
Throw your arms around the world at Christmas time
But say a prayer to pray for the other ones
At Christmas time
It’s hard, but when you’re having fun
There’s a world outside your window
And it’s a world of dread and fear
Where the only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears
And the Christmas bells that ring there
Are the clanging chimes of doom
Well tonight thank God it’s them instead of you
And there won’t be snow in Africa this Christmas time
The greatest gift they’ll get this year is life
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No More 20s!

Since it’s 14th I am officially past my birthday and safe to talk about it. There is something which makes you vulnerable on your birthday and when it’s past, you can talk freely about it. Maybe we can’t take all the adoration and pampering. I am officially into 30s club now! Bye bye 20s(**sobs**)

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Google was the first one to wish me, then my younger brother, then mom, then two more friends. So, five people wished me in total. I celebrate every day, so there was nothing special. My mom asked me about my favorite sweet(imagine that, she doesn’t know that by now!) and I told her I had none. She was busy dressing up for the engagement ceremony of my cousin–while rushing away she offered me 100/- rupees note which I declined and threw away saying that it was beneath my dignity to receive such small sums and I needed a 500/- rupees note. I have not gone out in a month or so but when I do money is needed for petrol and so on. This was it for the celebration. I counted my blessings and here is a brief summary of my entire life(story woven by ego which seems like a dream or a past life-time or someone else’s account): Continue reading “No More 20s!”