Category Archives: Hinduism

Particle Fever and Mind

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I was watching Particle Fever, a PBS program about the physicists at CERN trying to get the particles in their huge collider to smash into each other.  This was a huge project of many years to figure out how with the use of magnets to make it work.

Super Symmetry and multiverse.  There was a wonderful graphic showing the multiverse as almost entirely space with occasional universes like ours.  It looked like what the idea of reality could be with only 1/4 of all being made manifest where we are and in other spots.  Super Symmetry is the idea that there is something, some force that is not random keeping the known universe together, otherwise it would disintegrate at some point.

When the physicists discussed the “black holes”, they were positing that they would be made up of particles yet to be discovered.  Clearly, they are unable to imagine anything in the universe that would not be some kind of matter.

Physicists are for the most part materialists, not being able to imagine any alternative.

Yet the Vedas clearly say that Brahman creates matter of varying densities in each Yuga that are expressed in 100 manvantaras of cycles of 3-1/2 billion years, and then an equal amount of time in which the manifest universe has been withdrawn.  We do not have the ability to imagine what an unmanifest field could be, but that does not mean that it does not happen from time to time.  We know that 3/4 of the multiverse never manifests, but we cannot imagine that either.  We cannot imagine in our human state what Brahman is.

Man – Manu, manifest, manvantara.  This is not a coincidence of syllables but rather an underlying concept.  Man in any English or Sanskrit word means mind at its root. The manifest universe is created by Mind.

Man is distinguished from animals by mind, a concept much more encompassing than intellect.  In the Book of Genesis, Jehova/Yaweh/the All in All is said to have created humans in his image.  Brahman is the entire field-without-end of Mind, Consciousness, and we like Brahman are more than animals, we share Mind, Consciousness.

When Jesus says to his followers that whatever he has done (with his siddhis,) they can do greater things, he is talking about the ability of Mind (his and ours) to manifest our desires.  This can be done through directing our shakti at the higher chakras (3-6) by our minds to make manifest. This ability can be used in prayer to make healing manifest, etc.

[Woman is not a word dependent on male superiority, as some Second Wave feminists have thought, but rather mind with a womb.  The circle plus graphic is very clear, as is the male circle and arrow showing life generation potential.]

 

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Are Any Humans Born Enlightened?

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Yes. Some souls are already enlightened before incarnation.

When the avatars of Vishnu like (7) Rama, (8) Krishna, and (9) Gautama Buddha take a body, as emanations of the Divine they teach us how to be enlightened. Rama and Krishna were known as Divine as children. Gautama acted a teaching role by acting as if he were an ordinary prince, who took up meditating out of misery or sympathy with humans in misery. There are other amsha (partial) avatars, who come to aid humanity between the times of the great avatars, such as Uddhava, who promised to incarnate often in the Dark Age until Kalki, the 10th Avatara, will come.

When sadgurus take a body, they are already enlightened beings who come to teach and bless humanity. There are others who are enlightened avadhuts (beings from other realms,) who come to bring spiritual light to all nature and sentient beings. They choose to live anonymous lives either among us or in seclusion. Sadgurus Rama Krishna and Ramana Maharshi were born enlightened, but in this Dark Age, they needed to show humans how to become enlightened in the same way Gautama did, pretending to be regular humans and later showing their great spiritual power and teaching. I have had the privilege of spending time with four sadgurus, and no matter what personality mask they wear, there is no personal ego there at all, only a desire to serve the Divine Mission.

There are other highly developed souls who incarnate still seeking enlightenment. While all souls are already enlightened, our mind-ego is not. We seek to remember who we really are and keep at it until finally we annihilate our own egos through vairagya (detachment from our emotions, and finally from our own ego.)
Souls incarnate at various levels of development of the ego-mind-personality. Our world is a very dynamic place. Some souls are coming for the first time from the lower lokaas, and they need to learn how to navigate life in the lowest lokaa of light instead of the over materialism of the lower lokaas.

Most of us are somewhere in the middle between being newbies and getting to the higher levels of samadhi. We come back again and again trying to develop ourselves spiritually. Some of us are very entranced by what glitters and what we can possess, taking longer to wake up and try for enlightenment.

Others are quick learners. Some of those quick learners are souls which have come from other astral planets specifically to rise from stasis to enlightenment via the chakras, which are only found in humans.

When souls have reached enlightenment, they have a choice of merging with God, pouring the teacup back into the Ocean of Bliss, or pledging to keep coming back to aid other souls in reaching enlightenment. This is the Dasa vow in Sanatana Dharma and the Bodhisattva vow in Buddhism. Either choice is fine, and we will choose according to our nature.

What Is Enlightenment Beyond The Four Stages of Samadhi?

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An enlightened person has gone through all the 4 stages of samadhi and achieved complete vairagya, detachment from all worldly things then one’s own ego, sense of self as separate from the whole divine universe. At that point, the human agreement of reality falls away, and we see Reality, Satya, Truth, That Which Is. The convention of linear time also drops away, so that past, present and future are perceived simultaneously. This may have been momentarily glimpsed on the way of the levels of samadhi.

Although it is impossible for those not enlightened to imagine what that means, nevertheless there are a very small number of beings here to help us who are able to cope with all that information and still appear “normal.” True sad/satgurus are among those beings. There are others who do not take on the job of guru but find other ways to help in the universe (not just Bhu Lokaa/Earth Plane.)

The Night of Shiva

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Maha Shivaratri

Maha Shivaratri is celebrated at the night of no moon, two nights before the new moon and before it is full in Pisces.  In India, it is celebrated all night long, singing songs in praise of Shiva and his Shakti and pouring milk, panchamrita, and water over the yoni-lingam. Turmeric is offered for prosperity, kumkum and flowers for blessings of the Mother.  This year it is on February 13-14, 2018.

 

Everything you offer in worship is for your own purification, cleansing yourself of your emotions, all your negativities in body, mind, spirit, and karma.

ATTRIBUTES OF SHIVA, translated by Swami Sivananda Saraswati, founder of Divine Life Society:

Advaita, Akhanda, Akarta, Abhokta, Asanga, Ashakta, Nirguna, Nirlipta, Chidananda’rupah Sivoham Sivoham.

Non-dual, indivisible, non-doer, non-enjoyer, Unattached, without qualities, I am Shiva (auspiciousness), I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.

 Avyakta, Ananta, Amrita, Ananda, Achala, Amala, Akshara, Avyaya, Chidananda’rupah Shivoham Shivoham.

Unmanifested, endless, immortal, bliss, Immovable, without impurities, imperishable,inexhaustible, I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.

Ashabda, Asparsha, Arupa, Agandha, Aprana, Amana, Atindriya, Adrishya, Chidananda’rupah Shivoham Shivoham.

Soundless, touchless, smell-less, formless,without Prana, without mind, without senses, unseen, I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.

 

Satyam, Shivam, Shubham, Sundaram, Kantam, Sat-chit-ananda, Sampurna, Sukha, Santam, Chidananda’rupah Shivoham Shivoham.
Truth, auspiciousness, good, beautiful, resplendent, existence-knowledge-bliss, all-full, pure
happiness, peaceful. I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.
Chetana, Chaitanya, Chid’ghana, Chinmaya, Chidakasa, Chinmatra, Sanmantra, Tanmaya, Chidananda’rupah Shivoham Shivoham.
Consciousness, mass of knowledge, full of knowledge, All-pervading like ether, consciousness alone, full of That, I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.
 
Amala, Vimala, Nirmala, Achala, Avang’manogochara, Akshara, Nischala, Chidananda’rupah Shivoham Shivoham.

Pure, stainless, immovable, Beyond the reach of mind and speech, imperishable, steady, I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.

Nitya, Niru’padhika, Niratisaya Ananda, Nirakara, Hrimkara, Omkara, Kutastha, Chidanandarupah Shivoham Shivoham.

Eternal, without attributes, supreme bliss, Without form, Hrim and Om (Pranava), rock-seated Self, I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.

Purna, Para Brahma, Prajnana Ananda, Sakshi, Drashta, Turiya, Vijnana Ananda, Chidanandarupah Sivoham Sivoham.
All-full, Paramatman, knowledge and bliss, Witness; Seer, the fourth state, self-knowledge, bliss. I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.
Satyam, Jnanam, Anantam, Anandam, Sat-chit-ananda, Svayam Jyoti Prakasam, Chidanandarupah Shivoham Shivoham.

Truth, knowledge, endless, bliss, Existence-knowledge-bliss, self-luminous, I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.

 

Kaivalya, Kevala, Kutastha, Brahma, Shuddha, Siddha, Buddha, Sat-chit-ananda, Chidananda’rupah Sivoham Sivoham.

Immortality, alone, changeless, Self Pure, perfect, illumined, existence-knowledge-bliss, I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.

Nirdosha, Nirmala, Vimala, Niranjana, Nitya, Nirakara, Nirguna, Nirvikalpa, Chidananda’rupah Shivoham Shivoham.

Without defects, pure, spotless, eternal, formless,

without qualities, superconsciousness, I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.

 

Atman, Brahma Svarupa, Chaitanya-Purusha, Tejomaya, Ananda, ‘Tat-Tvam-Asi’ Lakshya, Chidananda’rupah Shivoham Shivoham.
Self, Supreme Self, consciousness, Full of light, bliss, that which is indicated by ‘Tat-Tvam-Asi -Thou art That’. I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.

‘Soham’, ‘Shivoham’, ‘Aham-Brahma-Asmi’ Mahavakya, Shuddha, Sat-chit-ananda, Purna Para Brahma, Chidananda’rupah Shivoham Shivoham.

‘I am He’, ‘I am Shiva’, ‘I am Brahman*’, Pure, existence-knowledge-bliss, all-full Self, I am Shiva, I am Shiva of the form of knowledge and bliss.

 

*Brahman is not Brahma but the entire Divine Energy that is 100% of the universe.

Mantras of the month:

Om Namah Shiva’ya

*Shiva’s Moola Mantra

Om Shrim Klim Namah Shiva’ya*

This mantra joining Shakti with Shiva makes you a siddha (perfected being.)

Om Pashupati’yae Namaha

Shiva is lord of all creatures, earth, plants, animals, fish
This mantra is excellent for issues with your pets or other animals that need good energy sent.

*Not pronounced ‘aya.’

Buddha was not an atheist. He was the 8th Avatar of Vishnu

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Gautama Buddha was a Hindu reformer in a time of corrupt priests. Like Jesus, he had no intention of creating a new religion. He was bringing new understandings to the teachings of the Vedas and Upanishads. Sadguru Sant Keshavadas and Sadguru Rama Mata taught us that Gautama Buddha was the 9th Avatar of Vishnu.

The Asian area between India and China had been Hindu for several millennia. Naturally, they added the Buddhist teachings to its predecessors. This should not be hard to understand for Westerners, because Christians continue to believe in and teach the Torah, the Old Testament.

The idea that Gautama Buddha was an atheist is nonsense. He taught a version of Hinduism that freed people from the corrupt priests. His major change from the teachings of the 8th Avatar, Krishna, was that he taught spiritual independence. Krishna taught people to depend on him, to merge their consciousness in him. Gautama Buddha taught that our sufferings are our own creations and that we can end our sufferings by ending our cravings — those attitudes and behaviors that create karma.

 

What is karma all about?

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Karma The word means Action. The Law of Cause and Effect. The sum total of actions and thoughts from a person that cause a reaction or return of like energy to the source that generated it. Reincarnation or re-birth continues until all karma is balanced or neutralized.

Sanchita Karma: The total of all karma from all lifetimes.

Prarabdha Karma: Karma for one life, including Planetary karma represented by the natal birth chart in a particular incarnation.

Kriyamana Karma: Results of our free will actions and decisions in this life, which may be dealt with in future lives.

Agami Karma: Immediate results from present actions.

Sadguru Rama Mata, our lineage-holder, calls papas (negative karmas) mistakes. The suffering that we experience as our karma plays out in any given life is related to the scenario that we came in with to teach ourselves to act better for our own self and others. In other words, the working out of our karma life to life is school not punishment.

 

The Route to Enlightenment

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The Route to Enlightenment

Traditional Hindu practices are one very effective path to enlightenment.

Yoga means union (with the Divine.) Raja Yoga, the highest form for seeking enlightenment, is a threefold path: Jnana Yoga (seeking knowledge,) Bhakti Yoga (devotion to the Divine from the heart,) and Seva (service to the guru, service to others in the way Mother Theresa served God by serving others.)

Knowledge/jnana can be sought by reading, going to talks, and also by meditation. Relying on the left brain is not helpful, because rationalizing gets in the way. If you can sit and listen in meditation with your creative right brain you will gain knowledge. Paying attention to your intuition is also very important.

Devotion/bhakti is seeking the Divine through love.  Your devotion to the Divine and feeling the love and goodness of the Divine towards you (and all others.) is the path. If you can seek unity in understanding with your heart that all of creation is made up of the Divine energy, so all of your being is made up of the Divine loving energy, as are all other creatures, plants, etc., then you truly understand the nature of the Divine and our relationship with it.

Seva/service to others is not only good for the others but good for us, because it makes us think not only of ourselves. In the realm of ameliorating our negative karma, the good we do does put out good energy in the world, thus ameliorating the karma. When we serve God by serving others like Mother Theresa, our seva is also a form of Bhakti.

In terms of methodology, pranayama (breathing techniques) is good for both body and mind. Deep breathing helps with physical health. It is clearing and assists with meditation. Chanting mantras works to improve our lives and reduce our karma. Mantra meditation is easier than silent meditation, because concentrating on the mantra and its purpose keeps the mind from wandering.

Satsang (chanting and discussion with other spiritual people) is very helpful on several levels. On the most basic level, hanging out with other spiritual people leads us in the right direction rather than with those who are not spiritual, not interested or even hostile to spiritual pursuits. Chanting with others, whether spoken or in song, enhances the energy of the mantras chanted. Our progress helps others and vice versa through the vibrations of the Sanskrit mantras being chanted.

Enlightenment is a quest for a lifetime or many lifetimes. If we make progress internally, if we have more satisfaction in life, if we have more peace, then the quest is worth the effort.