Being spiritual is all about abandoning negativity and being kind all the time… WRONG. (DUSSEHRA SPECIAL)

“It’s all about Peace and Love man”…”Get rid of all that negativity in your life”… “Meditation is all about pure thoughts”
Wrong Wrong Wrong.

A LONG time ago there was this Yogi – he had many disciples who would travel for thousands of miles to see him. He was known to have attained the very highest degree of enlightenment and was versed in all exoteric and esoteric knowledge.

His nature was calm and collected… he was completely undistracted. It was said that merely being in his presence would relieve you of all problems and illusions in your life.

He had sat in a meditative state for years… never once breaking his resolve. People would join him, coming and going throughout this long period of meditation in the hope that they would be able to attain the same enlightenment as their chosen ‘Guru’… or at least get a one-on-one ‘coaching sesh’

One day a woman came to join others who were meditating along side this yogic master. Unable to focus, she started fidgeting and scanning the area to see if anyone else was on the same vibe.

They weren’t…Everyone was in a deep meditative state.

This angered the woman. She tightened her eyes shut, but continued to fidget and stir.

She started to question herself, her worth, her purpose. She worked herself up so much that she ended up in the darkest parts of her consciousness.

She reflected on the mistakes of her past, her failed relationships, all the people she had disappointed… and she felt her heart sink into her stomach at the thought of all these failures.

Tears rolled down her face as she began to ask herself how she could ever think that she could sit amongst these peaceful, blissful people.

Suddenly she felt an overwhelming presence before her. She slowly loosened her eyelids till her eyes involuntarily widened at the sight of what was in front of her.

All of the other students had come out of their transcendental state and were staring in amazement.

It was the Yogi that everyone was so gaga about – out of his meditative state and sitting in front of this restless woman.

The Yogi looked at the woman in awe and said…

“I’m sorry I disturbed you… but I’ve never seen someone in such a deep meditative state before.”  


“Enlightenment is a destructive process.
It
 has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier.
Enlightenment is the 
crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretense. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true” 

– Adyashanti 


Today is Dussehra – a day in the Hindu calendar that marks Shri Rama’s defeat over Ravana – the 10-headed Demon King – as told in the Vedic Epic ‘Ramayana’.

Ravana is an extremely fascinating figure in Vedic history. Although he is renowned to be possibly one of the most evil and ‘adharam’ characters – he is remembered for some extremely ‘redeeming’ traits.

  1. He was Lord Shiva’s most ardent devotee and would quite literally ‘move mountains’ to please him.
  2. He was the most learned Vedic scholar of his time and is still to this day revered as the most intelligent being that has existed (I think Shri Krishna is probably the only exception to this). 
  3. At the time of his final breath he imparted the greatest lesson of his life to Lakshman – the younger brother of Shri Ram…

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That third point is one that often gets overlooked – especially on this day where we celebrate the physical death of Ravana by setting a giant effigy of him on fire (even though it’s awesome to watch).

The most poignant death on this day is the death of Ravana’s ‘ten heads’ – or rather his states of mind…

  1. Ahankara (Ego)
  2. Amanavta (Cruelty)
  3. Anyaya (Injustice)
  4. Kama Vasana (Lust)
  5. Krodha (Anger)
  6. Lobha (Greed)
  7. Mada (Over Pride)
  8. Matsara (Jealousy) 
  9. Moha (Attachment)
  10. Swartha (Selfishness) 

Right before his death Ravana realises all of the terrible actions he has taken in his life and spends his final moments in absolute despair. His remorse and reflection of his past is such that he comes to realise the true purpose of his life – and although it is coming to an end – he finds solace in the fact that he achieved exactly what he was meant to…

wait what?

The Story of Jaya and Vijaya…

Shri Vishnu had two gate keepers – brothers named Jaya & Vijaya – who would guard the gates of Vaikuntha, the heavenly realm in which Shri Vishnu resides with Devi Laxmi.

Given they were entrusted with such an important task, with time the brothers grew arrogant.

One day Shri Vishnu was chilling out at home with Devi Laxmi.

Jaya and Vijaya stood at the gates and said…

For real he’s not about that life today – He’s just trying to chill with his Goddess on some mad sunday vibes – we won’t let anyone through today“. 

The four sons of Brahma Dev, known as the Manasaputras, came strolling up the path to meet Shri Vishnu. They were ardent devotees and wished to seek his blessing – I think it was for a new development of duplex luxury apartments in Mumbai or something (it really wasn’t).

The Manasaputras were extremely enlightened, pious and possessed great self-control, and they were still only young boys. They asked gently if they could meet their chosen deity – but Jaya & Vijaya refused…

Narr fam you’re not getting through – Shri Vishnu is chilling and we won’t disturb him for some youts

The Manasaputras – slightly agitated – said…

Aight we get that you feel like top boys but to be honest you can’t stop devotees of Shri Vishnu from getting his blessings – he wouldn’t be cool with that.

The debate continued on in this fashion until one of the Manasaputras completely lost composure and said…

“You know for 2 beings who are so close to God all the time – you’re acting like dicks. Until the 2 of you come to your senses you’re going to lose your divinity and wander the earth as mortals.”

Upon hearing this the 2 brothers immediately realised their mistake and were remorseful. They couldn’t bare the thought of being separated from Shri Vishnu and so they prayed to him to remove this curse, and he appeared before them – but it was too late…

“Sorry guys – you really screwed this one up – I can’t remove the curse by these young sages, but I can tweak it a bit. I’ll give you 2 options…

  1. You can spend 7 lifetimes as my devotees till you realise supreme knowledge and then you will be reunited with me… OR…
  2. You can spend 3 lifetimes as my enemy and I will defeat you in each life – after which you will be reunited with me.” 

Jaya & Vijaya couldn’t deal with the idea of 7 mortal lifetimes away from Shri Vishnu – and so took the second option. In the second lifetime Jaya & Vijaya were born as Ravana and his brother Kumbhakarna – while Shri Vishnu was born as Shri Ram.

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Cool. So what does this all mean?

The story of the ‘Ramayana’ is part of a wider narrative in the Vedic scriptures that describes the workings of Karma. All of the abhorrent actions of Ravana were necessary for him to realise the true purpose of his life – to attain supreme knowledge and to realign with his God.

Rather than choosing 7 lifetimes as a devotee, Jaya & Vijaya chose to be an enemy of someone they were already devoted to – why?

And why was it 7 lifetimes as a devotee and only 3 lifetimes as an enemy?

These 2 questions have the same answer…

If we follow the same path as everyone else we will never discover the true purpose of our own lives (or it might take 7 lifetimes!). Whether you want to believe it or not we are all here serving a purpose. Trying to mimic the lifestyle of another person for the sake of being spiritual means you will never attain your truth – perhaps only an iota of what is actually waiting out there for you.

‘Spirituality’ is about attaining knowledge, it has nothing to do with speaking softly and talking about how much you want to hug people. It’s about how aware you are.

There is a vast difference between accepting who you are with all of your faults and teaching  yourself how to be better – and dashing everything under the carpet and pretending to be this enlightened being who is exceedingly wise. Only one of those approaches can provide you with substance in the form of mistakes, lessons and growth.

Accepting oneself after an act of kindness is easy. But doing so after one has committed a ‘grave sin’ is one of the most enlightening and spiritual experiences a person can have in their life – because only from that point can you begin to strive towards becoming better and realising your true purpose.

So if you’re trying to become more spiritual/conscious/aligned/aware or any of the words synonymous with these – then don’t go around searching for answers in other people’s lives, downloading apps that promise you ‘balance’, or even reading Holy Books.

Sit down, close your eyes and ask yourself the questions you’re dying to know about yourself – even if it takes you somewhere you’ve been avoiding for a while.

Do it… and I promise you that of all the answers you’re looking for will show themselves to you – right on time.

 

Happy Dussehra and Vijayadashami to all !   

 

 

Read this if life has the awful habit of TERRIFYING YOU – The Fear Spectrum

At some point in life we find ourselves staring deep into an abyss, and as we anxiously gaze we can only see the dark emptiness of space.

But like the air that surrounds us is full of life, the abyss is filled with our fears, anxieties, worries, and mortality. We fear the unknown for we cannot bear to stare into the darkness for long enough and strain to see the light. Does this mean we fear resolution? No, our desperation for resolution is the cause of our fears, it means we fear truth; the reality of our existence is morbid in nature, and that makes it harder to face even the smallest and most superficial truths in our lives.

The only way to overcome this is to stare into the abyss, capture every fear floating around in the darkness, snatch it from the air and seek it’s true meaning… Assess the internal and external factors that fuel your fears, and remove them from your life.

‘Fear’ is to ‘Will’ what ‘Hate’ is to ‘Love’, a distinction without a difference. In fact, the sensation that drives us to act, is the same as the apathy that tells us to do nothing, the only difference is attitude. Fear is a colour spectrum governed by how much you are willing to do against what you are not, every hue between ‘Fear’ and ‘Will’ is a step toward or away from action.

Human history is filled with stories of finding even a glimmer of light amidst the darkest space in the face of absolute despair. Those stories have taught us that the human capacity to comprehend darkness is only paralleled by its ability to understand light, because darkness can only exist if there is light.

P&L

K

When Speech is a Sin

‘I Am’… possibly the most resonant and defining sound we, as the universe, have heard since conception. Many holy scriptures, from various cultures, will tell you that this was the first sound that brought all into being, although it is doubtful that the literal phrase was “I Am” and was instead some archaic utterance that has been lost in translation a million times. Aside from that fact essentially aligning all theology to a single root cause, it certainly insinuates that the greatest force of creation is that of sound, and therefore speech.

The very concept of ‘I Am’ personifies the creation of the universe as an intended event, which would of course imply some form of consciousness. If that were the case, then everything that came into being thereafter is a further expression of this consciousness, which I suppose is a very foundational understanding of the symbiotic relationship between the creator and the creation.

But lets bypass the theological discussion, and talk straight physics. In order to understand this concept of a sonic existence, it’s important to understand how we receive frequencies and materialise those into a physical form. But first, here is what you NEED to know… everything in the universe, whether human, animal, plant, star, planet, meteorite or galaxy, came from the same place, and is made of the same stuff. But what exactly is this substance? Vibrating subatomic particles… better known as sound. How can I confirm this?

In the last post titled ‘Conscious or Not?’ we peered into the works of Swami Vivekananda, who built the forgotten bridge between the logic of science and the mysteries of spirituality. He explains that the foundational element of all existence is that of consciousness. It lies beneath an illusory physical existence in which we are all engaged, and is the driving force behind its ever-evolving complexity of expression. All things were birthed from the ‘big bang’, which is in itself involving and evolving consciousness, there is no beginning and no end, just explosion-expansion-contraction-implosion-explosion… it’s a cycle. The sound created from this explosion has resonated for billions of years and has evolved into a myriad of frequencies that express the infinite creativity of the universe… you are a part of that.

Most people think of their brain as a super computer, able to retain and regurgitate information, resolve and rectify errors, and to create and control ideas. These are merely some of the functions of the brain. Instead, lets look at the brain as a radio receiver; it picks up a frequency and sends the transmission through the cerebral cortex, which is (currently) the pinnacle of operating systems in the sensorium game. We know that the brain functions on different frequencies (alpha, beta, theta, gamma), each of these rendering us into different states of consciousness, and within these various states we interact with the universe accordingly. So just as we are able to emit the frequencies we have received, we are able to manifest them.

The words we speak, like everything else in the universe, are just sound frequencies, vibrations, resonance and energy. When we speak ill of a person we have created an audible, resonant energy that carries a negative intention with it. Whether the person it is directed toward has heard it or not is irrelevant, the idea manifested within your mind has left the station and an ill taste in your mouth. You may feel guilty, you may wholeheartedly agree, regardless you have expressed a conscious thought, and now it exists. That same thought, if heard, can change the attitudes of others towards you, or the person in question. History has shown us through great and fearsome leaders, like Martin Luther King Jr and Adolf Hitler (respectively) how the power of speech has the ability to sway masses of people, in two very opposing ways. What is interesting is that both of these leaders were greatly loved and admired by their followers, which proves that negative agendas can be disguised as a good idea.

“Every person, from morning till evening, is making invisible forms in space by what he says. He is creating invisible vibrations around him, and so he is producing an atmosphere.” This profound understanding of how our environment is directly affected by the words we speak is expressed by Hazrat Inayat Khan, a teacher of Universal Sufism and a classical Indian musician. Whether you choose to take his words literally or not, it most certainly states an undeniable truth; that how we communicate with ourselves and others will determine whether you’re a ‘victor’ or a ‘victim’.

 The insurmountable magnificence and complexity of the universe was created with one short ‘phrase’, so be wary of what you manifest with the infinite number of words you will utter in your lifetime… for speech can be the wickedest of sin.

P&L

K