3 – 5 = 10

July 29th, 2014

When it comes to understanding the Veda, we must not be simplistic.  The Veda emerges from the finest level of existence. In the west, that is called the Unified Field. Modern science tells us that the structure of the Unified Field (i.e. the Veda) is crystalline in nature. The mathematics of such structures is called Abstract Algebra.

The face of a clock is a very simple example. Three o’clock minus five hours equals ten o’clock.  Modern physics theory tells us that Unified Field is ten dimensional (the ten mandalas of the Veda). The vastness and complexity of each dimension, of course, far exceeds that of the face of a clock.

So when it comes to trying to understand Vedic Knowledge, we must keep this in mind and remain humble. It simply cannot be fathomed by the elementary logic and mathematics with which we are all familiar.

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The Key to Proper Behavior #2

July 28th, 2014

flowerSeveral people asked that I post this as a separate blog instead of a comment to the previous blog:

What contributes to the challenge of life is that beliefs, be they based upon Divinity or samskaras within, are experienced as truth. Notions considered positive, constructive, wise, and laudable can still be the result of samskaras. People hold to them as Divine. They justify them with scripture and quotes from the Veda or other Holy books. Life experiences justify your world view, whatever that world view may be. That is why often the most ‘educated’ or ‘advanced’ people are the hardest to move forward… Because from their perspective, they already have the answers. Indoctrination is all too often mistaken for evolution. That is to say, samskaras are all too often mistaken for the Divine.

Only rarely, does one catch a glimpse of what lies beyond those world views. The Guru can help you with that, but only if you are open to it.

The Key to Proper Behavior



July 26th, 2014

SuryaThough the science of this is exquisite, profound, and beautiful, I will try to keep it simple. You have experiences in life. They enter through your five senses and ideally traverse through all levels of your being in an undistorted manner until they reflect (bounce off of) the Divinity that dwells at the depth of your being, and traverse back out through the various levels of your being, determining your behavior.  That is also essentially how the Siddhis of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras works.

However, if there are distortions (samskaras) in the physiology, the experiences bounce off and are reflected back from those distortions instead of your Divinity. All sorts of improper behavior results… including egocentricity and all the vices. Those distortions are your karma, the laws of your action until you purify your physiology.

As you evolve, you act more and more from your Divinity and less and less from those distortions. Those distortions map on to your Jyotish chart. So you could say that your life experiences bounce off of the distant planets and stars and reflect back to you. 
What is needed is a meditation that dissolves those distortions while enlivening your wakefulness to the Divinity within. Unfortunately, most meditations promote concentration or focus that really only impose more distortions, more conditioning.

If you do one thing for your evolution, your well-being, happiness, and success in life, learn the Surya Meditation taught for free on this website.  Then, after a couple of months, move on to the Surya Ram Meditation.

Shivoham

July 20th, 2014

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Question:

Dear Maharshi,

Thank you your valuable posts on the blog for minds like ours. I am really trying to understand the gyana yoga – Adi Shankara’s Shivoham concept – the one-ness concept or the no-thing-ness concept (which is what you are always trying so hard for us to understand too), yet I can’t seem to comprehend it. If one can understand this, then one will be self-realized like you are (as per Bhagvad Geeta).  So my extremely humble question to you is – what helped you in self-realization. What would be your advise for me to realize myself – as Shivoham.

Answer:

Number One:  Proper meditation. There are many forms of meditation. They serve different purposes. Some stir emotions. Others help with concentration. Others program the mind. The best meditation frees the mind and body to rest into its true nature, which is divine and lies beyond the realm of programming and beyond the grasp of emotions and imposed controls. Learn the Surya Meditation that is taught free on this website.  Then after a month or so, learn the Surya Ram Meditation that we offer for only a few dollars to cover the cost of the instructional CD. Practice them regularly as instructed.

Number Two:  Cultivate discernment. Discernment can be seen as simply meaning self-honesty.  At the depth of your being, you are already divine… already enlightened, if you will allow me to say it that way.  Impressions (samskaras) on the mind, the chit, obscure your view of that.  It is as if they convince you of a lie. The lie overtakes, not only your thoughts, but also your emotions. So you need to explore and reflect upon your thoughts (what you believe) and your emotions (what you feel). You must question them. You must question everything. But the attitude with which you question must not be rebellious. That would not be a question. That would be a declaration. You must question with humility, sincerity, and courage. Why courage? Because it requires great courage to question yourself… your thoughts, emotions, and everything you cling to. To question is not to necessarily reject.  It is to explore, to ponder, to reflect upon, and to be willing to look beyond.

You must free your mind and your heart from the limitations that have been imposed upon it… the Samskaras that Maharshi Patanjali spoke of.  Samskaras permeate everything. They even color your notions of God.  They color your relationship with everything. Samskaras structure your consciousness. Your knowledge is structured by that consciousness.  When the Master speaks, it immediately ceases to be what the Master said and becomes what the listener heard. Everything goes through the lens of your samskara-colored lens.  Through discernment, you polish the lens of your perception. Visiting the temple is very good because the vibrations there resonate with the depth of your being… with the place deep inside where you are already enlightened. This then wells up through all the levels of your being. HOWEVER, if you cling to your preconceived notions of God, you inhibit the process. It is as if you are wanting to let the current of the river carry you down stream at the same time you cling to the river bank and refuse to let it go.

Number Three:  A real Guru. The process of growth to enlightenment does not really take off until you begin to work with a real Guru. This is the most important of the three things listed here. A real Guru will teach you proper meditation and greatly assist you in your cultivation of discernment. Gurus are everywhere and common. Real Gurus are extremely rare. Most people look for a Guru that conforms to the notions and emotions prescribed by their samskaras. They do not see that what they are looking for is someone to reinforce their current programming. Many such spiritual ‘Gurus’ have huge followings built upon reinforcement of such epidemic programming.

A real Guru takes you past your programming… through the portal of your samskaras you must go to that which dwells beyond the grasp of your samskaras. A real Guru will help you with that to the extent that you allow it. Few people are willing to allow it. Through discernment you find a real Guru. The Guru then assists you in furthering your ability to discern. The Self is revealed to the Self, by the Self, and through the Self. The Guru assists that process. No one should ever abandon themselves for the Guru. The relationship should not be as if one lords over the other, commanding the other. The Guru strengthens YOU by assisting you in your own discernment process. To be humble and respectful around the Guru is important. But the relationship is more like that of a college student with a learned and wise professor. It is built upon mutual respect.

More Q & A

July 19th, 2014

flowerRecently, in a talk I gave, the point was made that Vedic Knowledge has the ability to align humanity with the laws of nature. In that case, there would be no war, famine, pollution, etc. Because these things exist, even in India which is the Land of the Veda, it is clear that the Knowledge is not being upheld properly… even in India. Below I will paraphrase questions that were submitted regarding this.

Q: Although India is a land of Vedas, unfortunately in this KALI YUGA there is BAD even in INDIA. Isn’t that why there is bad in India today?

A: Yes, that is true. The lack of proper implementation of Vedic Knowledge correlates with the time of Kali Yuga. However, we must not use the fact that it is Kali Yuga to just give up on these matters. Even in Kali Yuga, the knowledge exists and can be found, enlivened, purified, and utilized. As Lord Krishna said, a period of Sat Yuga can emerge in the midst of Kali Yuga. It is up to us to bring it forth. The fact that there is suffering in India stands as proof that this has not been done sufficiently. As Adi Shankara said, the knowledge must be purified by every generation. This knowledge is subtle… necessarily as subtle as nature itself because that is what it is… nature. We must be diligent about aligning with that knowledge. Concurrently, we can understand that the task is formidable, particularly in Kali Yuga. It seems many people throughout history feel they have the answers. However, particularly in Kali Yuga, that is quite rare…. wisdom is quite rare. And it is good to keep in mind that, as I say, the flip side of the coin of wisdom is humility.

Q: Why Can’t Nature/God/Consciousness be only GOOD. Why should there be BAD at all right from the BIG BANG? (Creation of universe). I find it hard to digest in order for GOOD to exist there should be BAD. Why can’t people just live in plain peace? Why the negativity?

A: This question comes up often. I could answer simplistically but that is often done by many and is not, to my mind, at all satisfying. However, to answer it with depth requires a level of understanding of the nature of existence that few are willing to take the time to really comprehend. It is best responded to in a lecture format where questions can be asked and confusions clarified. If those points are not understood, the reader will likely reject what they do not understand as being false, and stop reading! However, I will attempt to convey it here.

Existence is a reality continuum. There are an infinite number of simultaneously valid, yet contradictory realities. For example, you and I are one. As it says in the Vedas, “I am that. Thou art that. All of this is nothing but that.” At the same time, you are you and I am me. We are separate and different. Simultaneous yet contradictory realities. The extent and details of this principle are vast and merit many talks. However, I trust that this is enough said to convey the point I need to make here. Namely, that this question can be answered many ways. If you were to choose one way, the best would be the way that satisfies the person asking the question.

As an example, allow me to answer it this way: There is nothing other than oneness… pure consciousness. Ancient rishis, as well as many modern physicists, agree upon that. In other words, relative existence is an illusion… maya. It is all founded upon, if you will, a mistake. I know that idea upsets some people, but that is only because of the connotations they place on the word ‘mistake’. It is a beautiful thing really. The grandeur of what unfolds from consciousness interacting with itself to create the universe is marvelous, beautiful, profound, and filled with meaning and significance. That is still another lecture in and of itself.

Now, inherent in that mistake is imperfection. That is why some saints have referred to relative existence as a field of imperfection. There is no absolute within it… that is what ‘relative’ means. The absolute is transcendental… it transcends the relative. So now, in the relative, we have varying degrees of imperfection, i.e. varying degrees of what we understand to be good and bad. So in a nutshell, good and bad emerge from the very nature of existence. In fact, without bad, there would be no illusion and this world would cease to exist. See?

Other examples: Manifestation occurred because the Absolute wanted to explore its own nature.

Another example: Nothing exists. It is maya. It all nets out to ‘no-thing-ness’. To illustrate, zero is the sum of a negative one plus a positive one. They cancel out to zero. The world needs two poles to spin around. As the rose blossom gets large, the thorns too get large. In Kali Yuga, bad is found in the hearts and minds of people. In other ages, it is found in demons hidden deep in the forest. See?

We could go on and on with examples from the infinite number of realities that co-exist. It is a folly of humanity that people look for the one reality that answers all questions. It does not exist. Yet all realities unify into a wholeness. That wholeness is bliss… fulfillment. Do not look for it on the surface of life. It is not there. It is found in the depth of your being. Unity is not unification with the things you think of as good. Unity is the unification of all that is. Once you are enlightened, you understand everything. You stand under in humility. As it is said, when the mango tree becomes full of fruit, the branches naturally bow down in humility and touch the earth.

Mandalabhishekam

July 17th, 2014

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You know it was a good day when at the end of the day your cheeks are sore from smiling so much.  Yesterday, July 16 being 45 days since the Hanuman statue installation, was the Mandalabhishekam.

There was something special about the day from the very beginning.  The feeling in the air reminded me of those days, decades ago, when my teacher, Maharshi, was somewhere, anywhere, in the area.  Everything was permeated with His being, with the Divine.  There was a sweet, yet profound sense of crystal clarity within everything.  One could say that every day at Mount Soma feels that way, but yesterday that feeling was particularly tangible.

Proceedings started with a Ganesh Puja in the temple.  Then a Hanuman Havan and Kalash Puja, followed by the Nagadevata Abhishekam and Puja, and concluding with the Hanuman Abhishekam and Puja. Concurrent with all of this is the summer meditation retreat. 

To describe the feeling as joyous would be, for me, an understatement.  The celebrations here are ever-increasingly powerful and profound as our community continues to grow and prosper.

We are all very blessed.

On Negativity

July 16th, 2014

leavesI entered the following as a comment to a previous blog, but was asked to post it as a separate blog:

 
Everyone has negative thoughts in one form or another. That is ok… That does not matter. View them as nothing more than gnats buzzing around as you go about your business… your purpose…
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As the stagecoach goes forward, it naturally stirs up some dust. Who cares? Our focus is on the goal, not the dust. Our focus remains on our purpose… steady hand on the rudder!

Feel Unappreciated?

July 15th, 2014

on a trainDo you feel unappreciated? Or maybe you would say it another way? Not Seen? Misunderstood? Taken advantage of? Walked all over? Judged unfairly?

Do not feel alone. Essentially everyone feels that way… at least from time to time.  Perhaps you would pick a different term than the ones listed here. What term do you relate to most?

Let’s first take a step back and take a look at the anatomy of this. What is really going on here? Everyone can feel that place deep inside where they are precious. Some would say where they are one with God or their inner Divinity. Even atheists feel that place within them. They would just name it differently. You live from that place. Your life revolves around it. Even thieves, liars, and all other unscrupulous people are acting from that place, though the dance they do around it can be quite distorted and confused. Everything you do is done to support it, nurture it, feed it, bring it forth, share it, show it, manifest it, express it, live it.  How frustrating, hurtful, insulting, enraging, humiliating, depressing, offense, painful, disheartening, etc. it can feel when others do not seem to see it or acknowledge it. From one perspective, you could say that this world is filled with people who feel unappreciated. You may think that some are exempt. For example, some famous people are showered with appreciation all day long. The Dali Lama and the Pope are worshipped all day long. Yet in a sense, that makes it even worse for them. Famous people often feel so misunderstood… so not seen for who they really are… so projected on to as having a life that is not what their life is in reality.

So what do you do about this? How do you live with it? We just took the first step and that is to understand it. You are Divine, but others just can’t or don’t seem to see it. In fact, they are caught up in trying to express their own Divinity. The essence of this problem is the same as the essence of every other problem in life… looking to the surface for satisfaction and fulfillment instead of looking to the depth of your being. Rest in the depth. That is where you find peace, fulfillment, satisfaction and Grace. Then act from there.

When your cup is full, it naturally overflows. When it is not full, it desperately longs to be filled. Filling your cup is not an attitude – it is a state of being. When living that level of life, you still have the full range of human emotions. You can still feel unappreciated, hurt, sad, and taken advantage of at times. However, the under-standing is there… not just an intellectual understanding, but a standing-under the churning ocean of wanting… just as the depth of the ocean remains quiet and peaceful beneath the waves of even the harshest storm.  That is what it means to be wise. Wisdom means understanding. Rest upon you wisdom.

To live better, you must look deeper.

Guru Purnima

July 13th, 2014

I received the following lovely note (… paraphrased):

Dear Maharishi,flowers

My husband and I just want to let you know, we feel sad because we did not reach out to you on Guru Purnima. We just want to let you know we are always thinking of you.

To which I respond:

No problem at all.

With all the activity and events this year, I decided to make Guru Purnima a very inward and quiet event. It was sublime.

We did a Guru havan in the morning with the Sarvadevata Havan after a morning talk. After the havan I was surprised with a very sweet offering and some lovely words.

Everyone was on their own at night… Walking in the moonlight, sitting, talking amongst themselves, reflecting…Malkosh played at midnight… echoing softly through the mountains… Beautiful.

The entire day was lovely, but for me, most sublime was sitting in my back yard by myself at around 2 or 3 AM in the full moonlight… not a sound… It has been a wonderful year…

Jai Guru Dev

Karma and Free Will

July 9th, 2014

lone flowerI was asked the following:

Is it good for us to know our future (by means of Jyotish shastra) horoscope?  If yes, what is the point in knowing the future when everything is pre-determined by Karma. Won’t an Individual be upset if astrology predicts he will not live after a certain period (in near future).

To which I respond:

Jyotish is a map of your karma.  At the depth of your being (the level of the Transcendent, the Divine) you are beyond karma.  When you act from that level, you are infinitely free.  Yet jyotish does always give a forecast of the upcoming ‘weather’ on the surface of life.  For example, it is good to know if it is going to rain, so you can carry an umbrella.  Fight your karma with everything you have!  The best way to fight it is to evolve.  Proper meditation is the most powerful tool.  Learn the Surya Meditation on this website and then learn the Surya Ram meditation.  It is the best.

Karma will certainly play out, but it can be taken to a different level.  For example, karma may be that an accident will occur, but as you evolve, the accident will (instead of being major) be something as simple as stubbing your toe.  Of course, visiting the temple, havans, pujas, etc. help with this.  The question of free will versus predetermination is something I discuss in length in my lectures and writings.

Generally speaking, Westerners think they have more free will than they do. Easterners think they have less free will than they do.  As you evolve, you come to know that you and God are one.  At that point, your will and God’s will are one.  Then there is no question of free will versus predetermination.  God’s will comes in two forms: 1) the laws of karma governing this world of God’s creation and 2) infinite freedom.  So, for the enlightened, free will and predetermination are the same thing. There is no difference.

In the state of enlightenment, you have no karma.  However, you have entered the world of karma, generally out of compassion for the world.  What is perceived to be your karma, is the world’s karma revolving around you and your life… much as the planets revolve around the sun.

One final point: Many think of karma as something outside of themselves that affects them.  That is not the complete truth.  Most of your karma is between your ears and in your heart.  Most of your karma comes in the form of what you think and how you feel.  Thusly, you create your own world.