Category: Points in Depth

Point in Depth: And one more time… understanding the “Drama” in a devotion-less way

Understanding the Drama
is like watching TV:
Enjoy the show, the images
uninvolved, remain free.

Today 9-11-12, the Murli pointed out into one of my favorite topics: “The predestined Drama depends on your free will.” 🙂

It is very hard for us to understand that “free will” is not existent unless we are “free” from our own mental chains, our own mental chatter which predisposes us to act in certain mechanical ways. As a matter of fact, our “free activity” is corroded by our upbringing, in other words; “Monkey see, monkey do as long as there is someone to follow, like you.”

There is a role ‘playing’ through us. Many take that as something unbearable. We are ‘puppets’ controlled by destiny, God or some other weird force out there in the “cloud.” 🙂 is controlling us.
We are not. Those roles are not recorded either, they just flow through us at the right time.
To better see this, we need to take a look at the Drama. The Drama is about changing from the day into night, then into day to be night again. That is it.

In between, there are those “beings” who “act” by moving the “curtains and the lights of the stage,” from east to west and from south to north. That is us, interpreting Duality.

We are those agents. We make it happen. However, that task called the Drama is divided into billions of little tasks performed by different beings in the physical world according to time. The paradox is that while there is only one thing going, we perceive many. While there is this game of polarities going, we take sides and call something ‘good’ and something else ‘evil.’ All of that is needed for this Drama to continue on.

Since our roles are unique and necessary, we are the “instruments” for those tasks. That is it.
We are “instruments” of the Drama. Baba says that we need to be “instruments,” and we think “Baba.”

Now, Baba is part of that Drama. Murli point: “I am bound by the Drama.” :-)See?
The problem is when Ego comes up and says: “No. it can’t be like that. I am not a puppet. I do what I want.”
Except that what “you want” is what you have been used to, what you have been brought up to believe in. Your own baggage from “time immemorial.”

We are “instruments” of the Drama. Better said, “we are the Drama.” Somehow we have this illusion of “individuality, “of “separation,” which is simple Ego.
We are souls. Lesson number 1 in Raja Yoga.

Souls do not have consciousness of “I” unless there is a mind, intellect and sanskara in it…and the only way those “subtle organs” work is if, there is a role to play while in a body.
Therefore, there is no possibility of “I-ness” while in our pure state of a soul.

That separation is an illusion created just as our ‘fear’ of death appears. Just a matter of consciousness, knowledge and experience of that immortality.
The roles play through individuals. Those individuals will act those roles. Everything is numberwise.

Those who have it in their fortune will go to the Golden age. Those who don’t still will experience their own Golden age. Everything is according to the capacity of the soul. Everything is good.
“A kingdom is being established.” Subjects are needed as well as one King. Just be honest and recognize “your” role. That is all… 🙂

Predestination and free will are non-existent, are “bad words;” when the understanding of roles, Drama and the soul are understood in depth. Please do not get caught up in those words.

Point in Depth: Being Combined in Spirituality

“The combined state” is another name for being ego-less.

The word combined brings the awareness that there are 2 items which make up a new one.
Here, you have rice and over there spaghetti. You combine them and you have something new, which is the combination of the former 2 ingredients. In the physical world, it would be very difficult to separate those items again. In spirituality, however; it is just a state of being which could be separated, by ego…

The soul is combined with the body. That becomes a “new” item which is a human being believing that “he is a soul,” or believing that “he is a body.” The experience of any of those states is what will dictate our consciousness. We could believe that we are rice or believe that we are spaghetti, but when we are combined, we are something completely different.

A human being has always been combined. That is the experience. The awareness of just being a “soul” is not even awareness for in that state of being “latent,” in the soul world; there is no awareness.

In the Golden age, there is no Deity that will say: “ I am a soul not a body.” That experience of “being,” without names or separations is what is. That is the experience of being wholesome, one with everything. In the Golden age, there is no “subject” that could say: “I wish I was Narayan,” or “How come He is Narayan and I am not,” or “What do I have to do to become Narayan? “ All of those things are “proof” of our mind separating things, creating rupture and allowing ego to rise up.

When Baba mentions to be “combined” for me, it means that “ego” is out, for if “ego” is “in,” I could never be ”combined,” but rather “separated.”

This idea of dividing everything into pieces, presents a bigger problem when we “know” that the 3 “organs” of the soul are the “mind, intellect and sanskara.” Those “organs” are not the soul, we say; we add that “the soul” is the master of all of those organs; Nevertheless without mind, intellect or sanskara there wouldn’t be an awareness of being a “master.” 😉 Paradox.

The soul is pure consciousness. That is it. Mind, intellect and sanskaras are just part of the role. That role made of those “subtle elements” will tend to “degrade” as time goes by. That degradation is the origin of our current state. Part of the Drama. Another role to play. However, “now” we have the chance to “upgrade” those things which have been “degraded.”

God is pure consciousness. In Parandham, there is no functioning “mind, intellect or sanskara.”
This is why, God does not have a “personality.” For a BK, that personality is given by Brahma Baba. His sanskaras, his mind and his intellect are the ones giving God a personality at different times.

Food for thought. Drink for feelings.

Point in depth: “I am abhogta, asochta and akarta”

“Baba says: Here, you don’t need to bow at anyone’s feet. I am Abhogta (beyond any effect of experience), Asochta (One who is free from thoughts) and Akarta (One who doesn’t do anything). You children are even greater than the Father because children are the masters of all the property of the Father. Therefore, I, the Father, salute you masters. You don’t need to bow down at all. Yes, regard does have to be given to young and old.”

Let us go into this paragraph. Let us go into it without preconceptions, traditions or dogmas.
Baba is just saying that God does not need worshiping. Baba is giving respect back to his “children.”
The ‘children’ inherit the property of the Father.

See that this is just a wonderful figure of language but there is no “inheritance” going on and the Father, God does not have any property. Why?
Because He is “abhogta.” (beyond experience.) Is “having” different than experiencing? 🙂
We need to experience “having” even though in Gyan we realize that no one can possess anything. Using it, is a better description.

“Pure” Gyan also assures us that everything is already within the Drama and when God is revealed to us, then we could “go to the Father’s property” in a “numberwise” fashion and only if it is in our role.

Because God is beyond any “effect” of experience, God cannot experience duality. Because God is “free from thoughts,” God cannot ‘think’ that something is good or bad.
Many times I hear the sentence: “God’s thinking.” 🙂 That is devotion. There is no knowledge there.
God is also “akarta,” meaning that “He does not do anything.” That is why the term ‘karankaravanhar,’ meaning, the “one who does through others,” exist. Therefore, any devotional idea of God which portrays God as human being with thinking abilities and the ability to do things at will is not accurate.

Just picture this point of light who is there in Parandham. Ever shiny, ever centered, ever pure, ever constant.
How is it possible for that soul to think anything such as: “This is hell?” How is it possible for Him to do anything as when we say: “Baba created this world.” How can we say:” Baba is unhappy when we do not follow Shrimat.” How can we say: “Baba is working hard for us,” etc; etc.

Please see that it is just plain knowledge from the Murli.
However, BKs have experienced the “doing,” the “thinking,” the “advice based on experience” from “up above.”
How is that possible?
That is Brahma, the father of Brahmin souls. His connection to God (BapDada) has changed in time. From the “sakar days” to “now.”
Nothing in this Drama remains ever the same.
Devotion must turn into Knowledge at some time.

Point in Depth: The mystery of Shyam and Sundar

Baba mentioned in today’s Murli (8-8-12) about “explaining to others about Krishna being the beautiful one and the ugly one.”
That is the knowledge of gyan in a nutshell.

Here it goes: We become the 2 extremes and anything in between. The difference between a BK soul and any other soul is this: BK souls are the only ones who experience soul consciousness and that is the reason why BK souls go to the Golden and Silver ages where soul consciousness is the “rule.”

Our “Shyam and Sundar” then is between soul consciousness and body consciousness.

Everything moves between those 2 extremes: “new” and “old,” “creation” and “destruction,” “Rama “and “Ravan,” “Good” and “Evil,” etc.

To know about Shyam and Sundar then is to know the “seed” of gyan.

Therefore, because we will experience both extremes, nothing is wrong, but necessary. Nothing is evil, but needed. Nothing is “personal,” but part of the Drama.

Ego is the one who clings to a particular state, a particular “setup,” a convenient place.

To be in the unlimited means to realize that whether we want it or not, we will keep on “becoming.”
The trick is only known at this time and that is to enjoy the present while knowing about the future.

That is living with wisdom.

Point in Depth: Lost in the “Ladder” (2)

The significance of the “angels going up and down a ladder” in Jacob’s dream is quite interesting.

1) Duality is certainly explained through this. This physical world changes due to the forces of duality. It is the Yin and Yang in action. Usually Eastern thought is ahead on this. In Abrahamic traditions there is nothing like this as acceptance of duality and its manifestation, but rather it is the continuous fight of “good against evil.” In other words, there is “choosing” which needs to happen at every moment. However, as expressed before, that “free will” cannot be exercised as what we are right now, is not solely a product of our “free will” but rather, other elements such as our birth parents, birth place, traditions, experiences, beliefs and intelligence which come into the picture to make up what today is known as “me.” That “choosing” depends on those factors which color our belief of what is good. For instance, back in the times, it was believed that “slavery” was “good.” Our “free will” to choose slaves was tinted with that belief. Now, we know that “slavery” is not good. This is why our “choosing” is not an indication of morality, of being “close to God, ” etc.

2) Life experiences as a process. This is expressed once we see that going “up and down a ladder” means to step in every step that there is. Usually we think in terms of “absolutes.” I am here, on the first step of the ladder; but tomorrow, I will be up at the top. We forget everything in between and forget about the “journey” by just concentrating on the “goal.” Every moment is the foundation for another one. Baba does not say the word “process,” but he talks about that “it takes time to go from Tamopradhan to Satopradhan.” Same thing, different expression.

3) Entropy: This is the process of “descending.” Every being on the physical plane will experience this. A baby gets old. That is higher entropy. As we take rebirths, our next birth will be of lesser quality than the previous one. “The old days were better days,” is an expression which expresses this experience. The soul feels that lack of peace. This is not a matter of having new technology available or more money/power.

4) Angels are the ones going up and down that ladder: This dream of Jacob has a greater significance. He didn’t dream about “human beings” going up and down. He dreamt about angels. What is the difference?
Only angels are capable of “going up.” There is no “normal” human being who is experiencing entropy that would be able to “go up,” because to “go up” is not what “normal people” do.
In BK knowledge we understand that “doing good and being a good boy” it doesn’t mean to just do “good actions.” It means to transform our sanskaras. It means to transform by “dying alive.” This is something that a “normal” person will not be able to do. Their capacity is different. For them, spirituality is just a matter of going to some church/center, praying and confessing “sins.” For a BK is about self-transformation, it is to be a “new,” human being. That takes a lot of guts.

5) Going up those ladders takes less time than coming down. That is why the “confluence age” is so important, because it is the same ladder with 84 steps to come down, but those 84 steps to go up need to be earned now, in such a little time. However, as we know, time is not a consideration for a soul. The soul only records growth, not the time that took to become something “higher.”

6) Going up and down is the story of this world. The story of this comedy of life that is why we need to learn to enjoy the “ups and downs.” Going up means to come down. Nothing new.

Point in depth: Sanskaras are Karma, and Karma is Drama

Note: For those not familiar with BK knowledge, there are 3 terms that need to be understood at the intellectual level and at the practical level as well. Sanskaras, karma and Drama.
In brief, sanskaras are our tendencies in life: likes and dislikes, ways of being, etc.
Karma are activities that we perform which have a consequence. It means: “action.”
The “Drama” is how life goes. Bill Gates dropped out of College, however; he made a software empire.
Bob Simpleton, dropped out of college and now he is flipping burgers at McDonald’s. What made the difference? Is intelligence/drive/luck something that we can alter at will or it is “fortune”? That is Drama.

1. The soul has sanskaras: Good and Bad
2. Karma is neutral, sinful or just actions. Then you have “elevated actions.”
3. The Drama is beneficial.
Are those 3 lines above familiar ? Yes, those lines belong to the Raja Yoga course 101; also known as the “7 day course.”
Let us go a bit into the depth of those 3 lines.
If in fact the Drama is beneficial, then no matter what activities are performed through having a sanskara (good or bad,) that activity will still be beneficial. No matter what kind of Karma is performed, there is benefit in that. Otherwise, if there is not benefit, then the Drama cannot be called beneficial. 🙂
When we are learning the introduction to Raja Yoga, it is good to “separate” those 3 concepts:
The soul has sanskaras. We perform actions (Karma.) The Drama is predestined. Then, we can add some “morality” to those concepts : Good and Bad sanskaras, good and bad karma and “unfortunate/fortunate Drama,” in that way, we could strive to “shape up” and to be on the line of “good” and God.
The interesting point is that Sanskaras come already with the soul and they will play according to time. This is what the popular saying in BK circles refer to as: “The thought came in my mind…”
Please be aware of this. We are going deep here. This is not elementary Raja yoga.
We have been in the cycle of time going in “automatic pilot” for the last 4,900 years. Then, all of the sudden, we finally get this knowledge which tells us that we need to “elevate ourselves,” that is the call according to time.
As we were experiencing “entropy” or going “down the ladder,” the “bad sanskaras” entered on the “Unlimited stage.” Not all of the sudden, but increasing little by little. Is this good or bad? Is this sinful or blessed?
It is just necessary. Part of the play, the Drama. There is no need to add “morality” to something which is necessary and will repeat again. Please let us keep this point in mind, if you have been following this so far.
Now, we realize that we need to change, to transform. We hear: “transform your actions,” is it really “our actions” which need to be transformed? NO… That is a categorical NO.
We need to emerge Sanskaras according to time. Golden aged ones which are closer to the original qualities of the soul. (therefore, the fire of love towards Baba or transformation through gyan, love or a relationship as Baba mentioned in the Avyakt Murli from 7-8-12)
We cannot perform sinful actions unless we have sinful sanskaras as well. In other words, sinful sanskaras means, sinful actions (karma.) That Karma becomes the Drama of that individual or group of individuals. Note that I am using the word “sinful” for illustrative purposes only, not to add “morality” to it.
Therefore, Karma are really sanskaras. It is the same “flea just in a different dog.” When that flea jumps into several dogs in time, we call that “hobbie” as Drama.
Let us remember then the importance of a sanskara.
Our minds have been trained to just see 2 states: “On or off,” “good or bad, ” scientific or non-scientific.” That is a very limited view of something which is “unlimited;” Real life according to gyan.
A sanskara produces a thought which then manifests in the physical realm into an action. That action is not “individual” It is meshed together with other reactions and potential actions. Even in the Golden age, actions are neutral (no give and take as we usually say) but, there is degradation of that activity. In other words, little by little there will be give and take, just as a day changes into night. This is neither good nor bad. Just necessary. Part of the “3D-movie,” with surround sound and panoramic screen. 🙂
Now, we can see how sanskaras are related with karma and Drama. They cannot be separated for it is the “seed” expanding into a fruit. The fruit is in the seed already.

Ego trip to Bombay via Hawai :-)

There is no “effort making” when there is no ego. The experience of a karmic account is not experienced as such, if there is no ego. Karma entails a return, but when ego is absent even though the return occurs, there is no “I” to judge/feel “good” or “bad”. Physical pain is a different experience but our ability to psychologically feel well despite physical pain is part of that absence of ego.
It was shared:

“To give blessings to any one is not a big deal, but to be able to bless those who create ‘obstacles’ on our path, to those who ‘inflict pain’ to us or cause ‘loss’, requires deep understanding of gyan and a huge accumulation of yoga power.”

To be able to feel that someone is inflicting pain or cause loss or obstacles in our path, is part of having ego. That ego will not allows us to recognize that the Drama is perfect. All those experiences are needed for me to go where I need to be. It is “I” analyzing experiences and labeling experiences as I “would like them to be”.

I had a good chat with a friend of mine about this “ego” and found out that we can only see that everything is the way it is supposed to be, when that ego is out.

As a matter of fact, I now realize that out of those ” 5 vices” which are stopping us from reaching our destination, ego is the one that holds everything together. The house of vices made up of “5 floors,” has the first floor (ego) as the foundation. If the 1st floor did not exist, then the rest wouldn’t be there. “I” and “mine” are observations that we can understand about ego and attachment, but if we look at it, we can see that there cannot be “mine” without the existence of “I”. The 5th floor (lust) is a combination of “I” and “mine” and that combination is quite visible (gross) and thus, easier to pinpoint.

If ego is out of our system, then automatically there is no “Maya”. “Maya” only exists because there is ego. If ego does not exist, there is no effort. The result will be what Baba calls our “original nature”, that is “Bapsaman”.

Thus, there is the understanding of Baba’s knowledge while not being able to distinguish ego in its full form. In that stage, It is “I” making effort to get rid of my current “I” (vices), It is “I” making effort to “conquer” Maya (another form of “I.”)

The beauty of remembrance is that it allows us to see a different picture because that “I” (ego) gets dissipated and allows us to be aware for a moment. Baba has mentioned that the “word” (it is an experience) “I” could bring us “up or down”. It is “I” the soul or “I” the body (ego). I feel it is quite important to realize that ego is not only related with the body but with sanskaras: roles, expectations, hopes, desires, etc.

There is only Drama when there is no ego. This is the experience in the Golden age. That is why Baba mentions that karma is “neutral”. Many times we just repeat “there is no give and take” but that does not mean anything unless we see something that we can recognize in ourselves, that is ego. Ego wants, desires, expects, needs, accumulates, keeps track of, gives and of course…takes. etc.

The journey to discover ego and its different shades is what I am finding out, is the essence of my journey. Body consciousness is not related with hiding the body, denying the body, etc. That is the gross understanding of it. Body consciousness is related with the understanding of ego and how ego uses the body as a way to identify its own existence.

While we have ego, we need to “make effort”.
Without ego, the movie (Drama) itself will take us to our destination, which is to be like the Father. There is no constant experience of soul consciousness because of that “ego”, which does not want to “die”, which wants to persist, to survive.

Ego-less first, therefore vice -less and then body- less… soul conscious. 🙂