Liberation

January 26th, 2015

skyDo not ask me what you should think.

That is not my job…

You must learn to look beyond the conditioned, defended, encumbered being that you may think yourself to be…
Spiritual teachings, shastras, Vedic texts, the Guru… they point in the direction…over the horizon… assisting you to find your own way.

The Self is revealed to the self, by the self, and through the self…
Yet, it is attained by tuning your self to the master…
Does that seem like a contradiction?

I do not tell you what to think.
I only teach how to think…
for your Self…
as your Self…
as your True Self…
as your Divine Self…

Free your Self…
Look beyond the horizon…
To the place where you are one with the Divine…

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Nothing is Black and White

January 21st, 2015

NOMany factors are involved in most everything… every perspective, every decision, every philosophy, etc.  Disagreements arise. Not so much because of the difference in opinion, but rather on how adamant one is regarding his perspective.  Usually, if one is willing to reflect, he can see at least some truth in both perspectives.

Conflicts amplify further when one overstates his viewpoint to be sure he has made it.  A tug of war results.  It may be feared that acknowledging the truth in the other perspective may result in losing the argument.  The other perspective is then underrated.  Nothing is black and white, but people try to make it all black and white.  As it is said, yin creates yang… right creates left… the wheel of life goes round and round.

I recently told someone something I felt would help him… encouraging him to be bolder and move forward with his life.  I knew it would stretch his comfort zone.  It will be easy for him to take a stand and overstate my words in his mind – to make me wrong – to justify his current worldview.  We will see what he does with my words.

Balance is the key.

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About Anger Video

January 20th, 2015

Michaelji spoke about yesterday’s blog in his talk yesterday. Here is a little clip of that talk.

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About Anger

January 19th, 2015

flowerAlways remember that what underlies anger is hurt. To only allow yourself to feel the anger is to be in denial of the real issue, namely, the hurt. Your reaction to feeling hurt is to get angry.

Allow yourself to feel the hurt. Denial (Don’t Even Know I Am Lying) is unhealthy for your psyche, physiology, and relationships.

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Freedom of Conscience

January 9th, 2015

An older English gentleman, being interviewed on the news, said America is losing its Freedom of Conscience.  It is represented in the US constitution as Freedom of Speech.  I understand other countries do call it Freedom of Conscience.  It is a profound and precious concept sometimes thought of as listening within for Truth… the idea that God speaks to you through your conscience.

But is your conscience really free?  Are you free to think for yourself? Or has society, your peers, religions and political correctness told you how to think?  Do you even know your inner voice or is it your indoctrination masquerading as your conscience?  In this age of political correctness, your conscience is under attack: “Think this way or you are vile!”  Intolerance is rampant and, as Gandhi said, Intolerance is, in and of itself, a form of violence.

The depth of your being is divine.  Human evolution is about living in harmony with the depth of your being.  Societies, religions, peers, and everything in a culture… in your environment… support your evolution when that culture is healthy.  In this day and age that is a difficult thing to even comprehend.  Worldviews are at war with one and other.  Conscience has been hijacked by indoctrination.  If you are not careful, even the finest of religions, morality, and codes do not free but instead they enslave.  They can be used but are often abused.  The path of evolution is indeed delicate.

As you evolve, you become free.  It is called spiritual liberation.  When truly free, your conscience is the voice of the divine.  But such freedom is not attained through indoctrination.  Nor is it attained through rebellion or anarchy.  It is only attained through your evolution… a profound, delicate, highly misunderstood and elusive process.

Freedom of Conscience is a lovely concept, when comprehended and honored.

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Structure of the Veda

January 8th, 2015

horsesWe finished our three-day class here at Mount Soma a few days ago and now the Deep Dive Course is underway. The theme of the class (the Structure of the Veda) has carried over into the Deep Dive.

I am having a wonderful time with it… incredibly fascinating. New insights are being revealed daily. It is a field that can be pondered without end. As the pondering/exploration continues, the ocean of your being is churned and, in so doing, the nectar of immortality, of wisdom, emerges (as per the classic tug of war between Devas and Asuras). It is all exquisitely beautiful.

It is good to stay close these days and attend classes and lectures as much as possible. To be a part of the process now going on is a great fortune.

Presently, the information feels too delicate and deep to even attempt to provide in a blog or to make tapes available. I must say that I have been enjoying it immensely… fascinating and evolutionary beyond words!

These days, my reflective thoughts are mostly with the Veda. I have noticed that as a result, I have not written a blog for a while. Please accept this explanation. I suspect I will resurface soon.

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Is the October Sky Really Bluer?

January 3rd, 2015

october skyAfter asking this question some time ago, it seems the answer is ‘yes’.

Evidently, there are two things at work here:

1) When the sun is lower on the horizon, which it is during the fall and winter, more of the scattered light is directed towards the observer’s eyes, which increases the amount of blue in the sky.

2) In the fall the air has lower humidity, which reduces scattering due to water vapor. The scattering due to water vapor would otherwise wash out the blue color.

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Weather

December 29th, 2014

As Dr. Todd once put it, “I love weather.” That is a quote I often fondly remember. It beautifully captures so much about life… so much about ‘relationship with’. It is so simple, yet so profound.

You may want to go to the homepage and scroll to the live webcam view of the temple. Even though I live here, I do that several times a day. The fog comes in and goes out… the snow falls as do the leaves… the wind blows and is then still… the sun rises and sets… people come and go… the seasons change… every hour of every day is unique… one year follows the next. He Who Has No Name is the silent witness to it all.

The view from the webcam is, in and of itself, poetry…

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The Secret to a Very Merry Christmas

December 24th, 2014

Fulfillment comes not from what is showered upon you, but from what you allow to radiate out from within you.  To be happy simply remember to give, give, give from the heart of your Being.  Life’s greatest secret, life’s greatest mystery, life’s greatest paradox is that by giving out what lies deep within, you become full.  Such giving need not be overt… it need not be acknowledged… it need only be done…  Remember that the greatest gift you can give another, the essence of all gifts, is understanding.

Find below some quotes about Christmas that I enjoyed, partly because they were atypical – some were funny, some meaningful, all sweet… For the anecdote to the first quote, reread what was written above.santa

Christmas is a time when you get homesick – even when you’re home.
Carol Nelson

As long as we know in our hearts what Christmas ought to be, Christmas is.
Eric Sevareid

A Christmas candle is a lovely thing;
It makes no noise at all,
But softly gives itself away.
Eva Logue

Christmas gift suggestions:  To your enemy, forgiveness.  To an opponent, tolerance.  To a friend, your heart.  To a customer, service.  To all, charity.  To every child, a good example.  To yourself, respect.
Oren Arnold

Nothing’s as mean as giving a little child something useful for Christmas.
Kin Hubbard

Three phrases that sum up Christmas are:  Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men, and Batteries not Included.
Author Unknown

I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not included.
Bernard Manning

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Knowledge is Elusive

December 17th, 2014

abstractAs I read through Vedic Scripture, I see every sentence as elusive, so easily slipping through the fingers of the reader.

Better to understand one line, than to memorize many. Yet understanding is not a set of concrete thoughts or perspectives…  it is a place… of unending humble reflections within… without edges, without handles, ungraspable, yet full.

Consider the following:

Never be idle in your studies.”  – Taittireeya Upanishad 1.11

What does ‘studies’ mean here?  Isn’t every moment an ardent study for the wise, regardless of what they are doing?  ‘Laughter, play, frivolity, or earnest academics… it doesn’t matter.

Isn’t no moment a study for the unwise, regardless of what they are doing?

Yet to not be idle does not mandate effort.  It is the path of joy.  Everything is profound, beautiful, and fascinating for the wise.  The greatest emotion is fascination.  Fascination is the root of all positivity in life.  It makes the world spin around.

“Willed by whom does the directed mind go towards its object?” – Kena Upanishad

The only possibilities here are dharma, karma, or some combination of the two.
Action established in Being or action determined by karma.

Indeed, Dharma, in its truest sense is freedom.  Yet some think of Dharma as bondage.

The ‘whom’ that directs the mind is the Self, if Dharmic.
The ‘whom’ that directs the mind is the Lord of Karma, if not Dharmic.
Dharma is the freedom of living ones true nature. Karma is that which shrouds ones nature. The confused often blur the two.
The number of such knots people tie themselves in is without limit.

Here is another example.  If asked the question to what degree you are free, the wise person knows that question cannot be answered and thereby is free.  Upon hearing the response of the wise, the unwise may choose not to answer the question and thereby considers himself free.

The beauty of knowledge ultimately lies in its elusive nature.

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