Importance of keeping good company…

baratiiI was deeply moved five years ago when I first saw the movie The Matrix, Part 1. It remains for me a very powerful and relevant metaphor for life in this three dimensional, material world. That is to say, a part of the human mind is fully connected to this material world – including the emotional, mental experiences associated with life in this level of reality. Spiritual practice, however, has the effect of expanding the mind – thereby accessing its higher layers. At this point, the analytic mind and the 3 dimensional world it interacts with, starts looking very limited – it begins to look a little bit like the Matrix. The lower layers of mind (sentiment and intellect) are very close to this 3rd dimensional, Matrix-like partial reality. The question arises for the spiritual aspirant, if through one’s spiritual practice, one is detaching from the dominance of the analytic mind, how does that impact on one in collective life? In our western society, dominated by analytic mind and materialism, this can prove challenging. One can feel alienated, isolated, lonely, and struggle to find people one can relate to.

What, then is one to do? Firstly, I would say, one will have to make efforts to find people who are developing their higher faculties. This in yoga is called “Satsaunga” – spiritual company. However, the time will come even within a group of spiritual practitioners where one may again feel isolated. Again, one may seek out the relatively few among the many with whom one may relate.

There is, of course, another point – the ability to adjust. If one becomes so sensitive, so unable to tolerate the common flow, this can become extremely limiting. It is good to be able to adjust with the dominant – given that life regularly throws us in such situations in our family and working lives.

So, in conclusion, as you are developing more awareness and starting a “spiritual practice” such as meditation, you will need to find others who are also on the path of self-development. By putting some effort into doing this you will certainly find such elevating company

dada dharma

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Dada’s song, “Carry us along”… a commentary

Hi everyone! I had an interesting 7 hour bus journey to London. Usually when boarding a long distance bus I try to get two adjacent chairs and sit there – this allows me to sit in lotus posture during the trip and do meditation. Today, however, the bus was full so I had to sit next to someone. The question, of course, was who! Generally I try to tune in with intuition to know where to sit. Today it guided me to one particular seat. I sat down and almost immediately began talking to the middle aged man next to me. His name was John. He lived in London, and was Irish. He had extensive knowledge of the Celtic languages and captivated me talking about Irish and Scotish gaelic, Welsh, Cornish and Breton. We then got talking about the British monarchs from Henry VIII through to the Windsors. He then moved on to yet another specialist subject: British football! That too was fascinating. Despite living in London he supported Celtic F.C. (pronounced “Seltic”) in Scotland. Apparently, Celtic was historically set up by Irish people living in Glasgow.

Thanks John for making the journey so much more interesting!

Now I would like to give an interpretation of the lyrics that came this morning… Feel free to give your comments. The full lyrics are presented below in this mornings post.

Carry us along

I’m on the path / searching the way / Somethings calling me today

The entire creation is on a path – from crudity to subtlety, finally culminating in merger in the Supreme Consciousness again. In human life there is the possibility for the journey on the path to become conscious. “Searching the way” means we have to make effort to shift the journey from unconscious to conscious. The human world is the interplay of the force of evolution and involution – the force that moves towards subtlety and the force that moves towards crudity. So, we have to find the path that leads towards subtlety, consciousness. “Somethings calling me today” acknowledges that the Supreme is intimately connected to us – and is calling us towards Itself. However, we have to know how to hear that call, how to feel that “S/He” is calling us.

I move on forward in a forest deep / my heart is pounding and my eyes they weep

“forest deep” can be a metaphor for the internal world… “heart is pounding, eyes they weep” acknowledges the anxiety that can come in one’s journey…

I know there’s joy / I know there’s pain / I know the world is breaking again

Human life is the ebb and flow of joy and pain. “I know the world is breaking again” links the spiritual with the socio-political, with the human world. Tantra yoga blends the spiritual with the struggle for human liberation and emancipation. “Again” acknowledges that the “breaking” of the world has happened before – indeed, it has. Human society moves cyclically. Each age – ruled by a particular social psychology – will rise, rule benevolently, then crudify and begin to oppress the society. We are currently in the degenerative phase of the “merchant” (capitalist) era. “Again” assures us that the current “breaking” is not new – it’s as old as society itself: it’s simply come again.

I know we came / to fight the fight / but I feel alone, lost in the night

A mass of human beings have taken incarnation at this time to “fight the fight” of dharma. But even that being so, a dharmik person born to help bring this new world in, will many times feel alone and lost. We need to help one another to find their way, their connections, their clan.

_____ CHORUS:

[But] I’ll keep on fighting on / if it’s the last thing that I do

I’ll take that hand / walk through the flames / we’ve got a job to do

Break out now / Break the chains / Tear the prison down

Catch the light shining deep inside / let it carry us along… [ carry us, carry us along ]

_______

I’ve seen the serpents / exhaling venom / poisonous venom everywhere

I’ve seen their gods, so “uninformed” / sucking blood, feeding on the fear

But I’ve seen / a mighty figure / rising up with the Crimson Dawn

Holds a trident / gives the Power / and I know a new world is born [ new world is born ] [to Chorus]

Channelling the muse…

My post last night started saying, “It’s late and I’m tired, so I’ll keep this short”… after writing, at 11pm the door bell rang – it was a friend who had travelled from another city to stay. Well, we talked till after midnight! By then I was really tired! I awoke at 6.30am remembering I was meeting another brother – at 6.45am – to review his meditation lessons! I jumped up washed, brushed teeth, donned the saffron robes, and arrived in our meditation room, sort of (!) on time! After that revision another brother had been scheduled for his revision. That proceeded. Then it was my meditation time. After that… the muse started calling… really longing… for whatever reason my heart was filled with anxiety… it’s strange when that happens and you don’t know why… Well between the anxiety and the Muse calling I went downstairs to our music room / lounge and a song came. The lyrics are below:

I’m on the path / searching the way / Somethings calling me today

I move on forward in a forest deep / my heart is pounding and my eyes they weep

I know there’s joy / I know there’s pain / I know the world is breaking again

I know we came / to fight the fight / but I feel alone, lost in the night

_____ CHORUS:

[But] I’ll keep on fighting on / if it’s the last thing that I do

I’ll take that hand / walk through the flames / we’ve got a job to do

Break out now / Break the chains / Tear the prison down

Catch the light shining deep inside / let it carry us along… [ carry us, carry us along ]

_______

I’ve seen the serpents / exhaling venom / poisonous venom everywhere

I’ve seen their gods, so “uninformed” / sucking blood, feeding on the fear

But I’ve seen / a mighty figure / rising up with the Crimson Dawn

Holds a trident / gives the Power / and I know a new world is born [ new world is born ] [to Chorus]

——

dd

[p.s. gotta run, intercity to London…]

Regularity: the key to success in meditation

Hi friends!

It’s late, I’m tired, so I’ll keep this short! The understanding that came through for me today was how quickly the mind can go down once a spiritual aspirant stops doing meditation every day. In our tantra yoga system, new practitioners are instructed to meditate twice a day, everyday. For someone who has not had to develop this sort of discipline over the course of their lifetime, this can be a tremendous challenge. My advice is to meditate early morning and again in the evening, in both cases before taking food. Even when the pressures of work, family or study pressure heavily, still, I advise, find the time to meditate – on super-busy occasions, your practice may be short, even 10 or 15 minutes – but still do it. It is this regularity that leads to the body and mind cooperating. If you have done very short meditation due to unavoidable circumstances, make up for that by doing longer in the next meditation session.

Many students that I have taught over the years often find themselves missing meditation and being erratic as to when they meditate. This will impact immediately on the “regularity-factor” of the body and mind. Here’s an example of what I mean by “regularity factor”. Most of us grow up from a young age brushing our teeth before sleeping. It has been done so regularly as to become automatic. The mind is onside, the body is onside – there is no resistance – the legs practically carry the body to the bathroom independently themselves! This is like meditation – regularity leads to minimal resistance from body and mind – in fact, active support is quite possible to achieve. When it’s meditation time the mind becomes restless to stop any other activity and to do meditation. If one is engrossed in work, a sort of inbuilt alarm often sounds reminding that it is meditation. time.

The other consequence of missing meditation on any given day is that the mind goes down – only little, so the person will not usually notice it. The next day they meditate, but the day after they miss. Again the mind goes down a little, and so on and so forth. After a week or two in this style, the mind can have significantly “deteriorated”. Deteriorated here means, the subtle portion of mind that the practitioner regularly experienced is experienced less. That means, the intellect and sentimental parts of the mind dominate the person. This will be noticeable to fellow meditators Their friend will seem different – as if they are less in their spiritual heart, and more in their emotions and intellect. This is part of the bondage identified by the ancient yogiis – we become imprisioned in the lower portions of the mind.

What then is the solution? Strategy. Yes, personal strategy as to how that situation (of being irregular in meditation) can be reversed. Where one’s meditation teacher is available an encounter will usually produce a positive result. Making the effort to join “sat-saunga” – spiritual company of other meditators – this produces inspiration which helps bring us back on track. Keeping a record of when you meditated and for how long can also help. Diet, exercise, making effort in one’s relationships, doing social service, taking care of one’s schedule and time planning also help.

In conclusion, regularity in meditation is one of the keys to success. All the best! Let me know how things go… dd

Icke’s latest: Big Brother, Big Picture

Hi All

I have just finished watching David Icke’s: Big Brother, Big Picture – a video of a presentation he gave on July 6th 2008 to the constituents of Haltemprice and Howden in England, in the run up to the by-election forced by the resignation of the standing-member, David Davis.

While Icke’s key themes do not distinguish themselves as being original today – they are widely covered by numerous other researchers and authors – they do, however, hold a special prominence in that many of them he published almost 20 years ago. Icke, then is a veteran in the field of exposing what is going on behind the scenes in the world today. One may not agree with all his claims, however, a balanced consideration of his main arguments – imminent emergence of a global fascist state with a world bank, world military and a micro-chipped population – do, I believe, deserve serious consideration.

One final comment: the themes of systematic manipulation and control of humanity by a transnational global elite can make very grim reading. I personally suggest that a positive pyscho-spiritual practice like meditation is of great value in being able to assimilate this type of information while maintaining a positive, balanced outlook. Particularly the universal mantra BABA NAM KEVALAM (Everything is an Expression of One Infinite, Loving Consciousness) is of tremendous value in this context. The mantra can be sung out loud to any tune, as well as repeated silently in the mind over and over, while feeling the meaning of the mantra. This reminds one of the Ultimate context within which this entire Cosmic order operates – as well as the tragic affairs of our human world. That context is, Infinite Love. How that Infinite Love becomes metamorphosed into suffering, mayhem and tragedy on the earth plane (and yet ultimately remains Infinite Loving Consciousness) can be the theme of another blog. The video is worth a watch.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4799447112501062338&ei=X0m6SKnADY7qigLI7MH-DA&q=icke

dd

Zeitgeist: The Movie; The Jesus Question…Part 1

Part 1

Here’s a few more of my thoughts on “Zeitgeist: The Movie”. The section of the movie dealing with Jesus, asserts that the story of Jesus was transferred from another religious figure and applied to him: that he was born of a virgin, that 3 Kings from the East followed a star to his birthplace, that he had 12 disciples, that he was sold for 30 pieces of silver etc, were all details, the movie claims,  transferred from the story of Joseph of the Old Testament. Joseph, they assert, was the prototype of Jesus. True? Maybe.

What I do reject, however, is the conclusion made in the movie stating that not only was the story of Jesus invented, but that Jesus himself was invented, that he did not exist at all. In support of this assertion the narrator states that there is no historical record outside of the New Testament corroborating that Jesus existed. My critique of this statement is quite simple: historical records and intellectual research which may produce viable “evidence” of something are not the only ways of knowing about reality either past or present. In fact, the movie reveals something of it’s own limiting paradigm in making this assertion.

Numerous mystics accessing the superconscious state have confirmed the historical existence of Jesus. However, in common with other claims of the Zeitgeist movie, what is revealed of his life bear little relation to biblical accounts. This point is very important. In the late 1980s the foremost Indian Master of Tantra Yoga, Shrii Shrii A’nandamurti, was engaged in initiating a small group of his disciples into an advanced tantric practice. He spoke in Bengali, however, at one point he turned to several non-Indian disciples and speaking in English said that Jesus had travelled to India and also received this initiation. I have spoken directly with several who were present and confirmed this account. In this sense, Jesus was a yogii – not only a yogii, but a tantric yogii – who attained a certain level of self-realization, and, presumably, returned to Palestine as a Spiritual teacher. On another occasion, A’nandamurtiji is reported to have stated that Jesus did not die on the cross. Other mystics experiencing the superconscious state that confirm that Jesus not only existed but was spiritually elevated include Paramahansa Yogananda and the German mystic Rudolf Steiner.

In conclusion my understanding is that Jesus did exist, was a tantric yogii, and that the superconscious state referred to earlier, is a valid way of knowing reality. (Part 2 continues below)