One of the most popular teachings in Raja Yoga is without doubt the “8 powers.”
Interestingly enough, I do not recall a Sakar Murli where the 8 powers are mentioned.
It is the avyakt Murlis, the word “power” is used, but not only 8. BapDada uses the word “power” for other things as well such as “love,” or “knowledge,” etc.
The “8 powers” is “spirituality 101” for non-believers; that is people that are looking for something practical in their life to “do.” Without a doubt, it is a good starting point to know about the ability to “tolerate,” when before that, it was about reacting fiercely to everything experienced in life which we don’t like.
This article has simply the aim of showing that there is more than the “8 powers,” to understand practical gyan. This article is not saying that “to teach the 8 powers is not good,” No. It is fine. However, there is a deeper aspect to “understanding” spirituality that merely naming things and “doing” according to that definition.
Commonly, it is asked: What is the difference between a power and a virtue?
Answer: Power is what we use to feel spiritual when there are no virtues. We cannot say that a deity has “powers,” for a deity has virtues. As a matter of fact, we can only see “virtues” when we recognize our own “vices.”
That is why, in the golden age , no one would say: “That Narayan is so virtuous, I like it when he is so cheerful.”
Cheerfulness is considered a “virtue,” but it can only be seen when there is “lack of it.” See?
Which ones are the “8 powers”?
1) The power to cooperate 2) The power to pack up 3) The power to tolerate 4) The power to accommodate 5) The power of judgment 6) The power to withdraw 7) The power to discriminate 8) The power to face.
Interesting that there are “8 powers.” Isn’t discrimination in a way related with judgment? Isn’t that when we discriminate “this” from “that,” we have made a judgment? ☺
I have read some interesting stuff on the web about it: “Judgment involves an emotional reaction to things as they are; discrimination sees the truth but remains calm and impersonal about it.”
As we can see, in “spirituality 101,” the commandment is : “You shall lose yourself in empty words, but talk the talk.”
Look for differences, contrasts and similarities, You will not find nothing of value.
Waste of time.
However, “people” like that. Living in their minds, they feel “powerful” when they know that they are “discriminating” rather than “accommodating.” ☺
What makes it even funnier is when we try to apply the “8 powers” to “real life.”
Here is one experience that I had in my early BK life.
I went to a retreat. I shared the accommodation with 2 other souls. One of them snored like a bear!
So, I woke up and remembered my list of “8 powers.”
Went through them and said: “Which one should I apply in this moment?” Shall I withdraw? And just go back to bed or shall I use the “power to face,” and wake that brother up and ask him to please refrain from snoring? Or shall I use the power to “accommodate” and move to another room? Or perhaps, shall I use the power to “pack up” and “pack up” my stuff and go to a nearby hotel? ☺
Evidently that was a great dilemma.
That is exactly what happens when we use words to be “good.”
As we become peaceful through the experience of our inner peace, and as we allow the “truth” behind the heart to emerge with that wisdom, the right solution will appear without using our minds with useless things to think about.
“Being” good is not directed by words that are tinted with duality. It cannot be for there is no completeness in our actions but our activities are limited by our thoughts of what “should be.”
Needless to say, if we decide to find another room in that situation and someone finds us there the next morning and then say to us: “What are you doing here?”
Then it sounds good to tell them that “we were using the power to accommodate,” rather than, “I just decided to step outside.”
Spirituality with words could become a source of egotistical trips to the land of no return.
Being is not the same as thinking.