Only a contented soul can become a special deity for others
In the first avyakt Murli, BapDada points out that this path is about imbibing knowledge. Attaining knowledge has the fruit of being a contented soul.
What is a contented soul? A soul without desires.
This is a stage arrived at through the experience of self realization for as long as there is the consciousness of our physical realm; there will always be desires.
It is in that stage where an embodiment of knowledge becomes a bestower of blessings for all.
Those pure feelings and good wishes have no desires in them. They are pure and for that reason, they are able to touch another being in an uplifting manner.
BapDada mentions that there are souls who are in this path because of experiencing love, cooperation, connection and devotion. Those souls do not have what it takes to imbibe knowledge, thus their status will be accordingly.
Special Importance of 18 January
Original: January 18, 1977
In this Murli BapDada is reminding us the importance of being an embodiment of remembrance, which means the form of power.
To be merged in BapDada’s love means to become equal to the Father. The sign of love is equality.
How do we become equal to the Father? When there is soul consciousness, when we become the embodiment of remembrance; that is the form of power. Again, to love the Father means to be equal to Him. That is being soul conscious. That is our equality.
BapDada gave a list of 3 different levels according to “effort.”
The ones in the crown of the head, who are the embodiments of this knowledge and who are merged in love with the Father, meaning equal to Him. Then, the “garland around his neck” who “do the talk” but not always the walk and haven’t been merged in the love of the Father yet. (Soul conscious= equal to Him.) and finally the “decoration of the arms,” that is those who are cooperative souls.
Then BapDada switched the topic to the one of the 1976 “destruction” by asking if we have become the embodiments of remembrance and conquerors of attachment.
Destruction is a feared word and has been used to “shape up the children to make effort.”
“Make effort now, or destruction will come and you will claim a low status.”
When we have understood knowledge at a deeper level, we can only see transformation. The “3 acts of God” that is creation, sustenance and destruction are a continuous cycle. Creation will come after destruction again and since we are eternal, we cannot die. We cannot be destroyed. Never.
In the childish state of affairs of not having understood that point of Gyan, then fear will be there for there is attachment.
Then we discover that many “effort makers” are holding on to this path as a“life insurance” only. “Better become a BK so we can get a piece of Paradise while available.” “Better buy some property in India to save my life in case of destruction.”
If there is not destruction, then they will go back to their “old” selves. 🙂
This last sentence is what BapDada will refer to in the upcoming Murli paragraphs.
That seems to be the circumstance back in 1977 that I gather from what BapDada is telling us in the Murli.
Then of course, the issue about getting married arises or buying property.
As far as marriage, let me repeat the point again, that back then is not the same as today.
If you are a single BK who is not living at a center, then the question arises:
who is going to take care of you as you get older? Who is going to take care of you as you experience diseases? Sure, it is Baba through others.
Shall I let my “lokiks” take care of me? Shall I give them that extra “bondage” or “burden”? 🙂
The option to live at a center or to “center” our life around the center only; is not the only alternative now and that is something that in my opinion the BK organization will have to deal with.
Legally, marriage is the “accepted way” of society to provide for those issues.
There is a difference between lust and attachment and marriage. Marriage does not mean lust or attachment for someone who has worked on the self. We are numberwise, so to draw a line for everyone to follow the same things, is sure a way to bring issues.
Nevertheless, the Drama provides with the right method according to time. That right “method” maybe different for different individuals according to time and circumstance; just as BapDada’s teachings are. (As He has mentioned in the avyakt Murli of February 24, 2013. – Teachings are according to time and circumstances.)
There is a difference between 1977 and 2013. 36 years have gone by.
The worry about getting others married (sons-daughters,) is a typical Indian tradition, which again is changing as Indian youth absorbs Western traditions. The decision is not only with the parents anymore.
Teachings are according to time.
The childish game of destruction forecast needs to end. We don’t know when we are going to leave our own bodies, but we know that it will happen in our “life time.” 🙂
That is a certain destruction which is truly not… A paradox. 🙂
The Renunciate and Tapaswi children are always close.
Note that in these 2 short Murlis, BapDada is explaining the meaning of certain “keywords” used in BK language regualrly. Without the experience of what BapDada is talking about; those “keywords” are interpreted in devotional, bhakti language.
Renunciation is one of them. It does not mean to reject things or to give up things at all. That is the “bhakti” definition.
It is a state of consciousness beyond the duality of the mind, a state where there is automatic absence of desires. If there are not desires, then there is nothing to renounce. We don’t get to this state by “forcing ourselves into it” and then “put up with something.” No! That is masochism.
BapDada explains that by experiencing the qualities of the soul (peace/bliss) which He calls as being “merged” into the Father’s love or the embodiment of knowledge; is how that experience of spiritual renunciation comes without a compulsory mind.
To be able to transform, to be able to accommodate, to be able to experience this stage of inner peace constantly, is how others will feel an experience automatically. It is not by “doing things.”
That is the significance of being a world benefactor and self benefactor at the same time.
Points from first Murli:
-The vision and attitude of World benefactor: To transform anything “bad” into “good.”
-This is also the meaning of self benefactor.
-Stage of being close to BapDada: forgetting the past then we will “pass.”
How to become a world benefactor
The stage of a world benefactor is the stage of experiencing peace and super sensuous joy (bliss) by being beyond sound.
This is inner silence.
BapDada is asking us to have a balance between the state of silence and non-silence.
In silence there is lees expenditure. In non-silence, it is the stage of “doing things.” (typically known as “service.)
According to time, there is the need to experience that powerful stage of being a world benefactor (Peace) This requires “time” to practice.
The stage of being a server, includes the one of being a “tapaswi” soul. That is those who are merged in the qualities of the Father.
To be a renunciate in spirituality is to be beyond thoughts, that is the duality of “good thought” and “bad thought” is not there.
That renunciation is non compulsive but it is obtained through the experience of being an embodiment of knowledge and being merged in the Father’s love, that is through that experience of inner Silence/Peace.
A teacher is someone who is a server. Renouncing the “position” (ego) means to attain a fortune.
The Gathering of avyakt Angels
In this Murli, BapDada is basically explaining 3 points:
1) Self-recognition 2) Self transformation 3) Transformation of the world through self transformation.
Note that every teaching goes back to the self. If we recognize clearly who we are, then Self-Transformation can take place not as a “practice,” but as a life commitment. It is only through self transformation how world transformation could happen. It is only through self “revelation,” how the revelation of God could happen.
As was mentioned many times already, the “proof” in Spirituality is to become. To say that “we know God,” will not make much of a difference if in fact, we have not transformed; for knowing someone like God, means to be colored by His company.
Time is the “creation” of the creators, but at the same “time,” Time is fixed.
This is the second part of the Murli (Personal meeting.) Note that BapDada is talking about being a “Detached observer,” as the “special effort,” of Maharatis.
The whole description in that Murli excerpt, is what “it feels like” when reaching that stage, where “a crucifx is felt like a thorn.” BapDada mentions that “sin” and “waste” are gone in the experience of that stage; for a detached observer is no longer affected by the strings of the Drama, the movie plots.
Intellectually, we could have the knowledge of “nothing new,” but it is in the experience of the self, the soul; how we could experience that detachment from the movie, the “Drama.”
The “effort” is in the experience and the practice of going beyond “time” to be untouched by “time.”
Knowledge of the Drama is useful only when we become the embodiments of it when a “test” happens. In the meantime, we may fluctuate. It is part of the process of becoming “stable” in the reels of the Drama.
I enjoyed the questions and answers at the end of the avyakt Murli. It is a “new” innovation.
Basically, those points are showing again the stage of “detached observer.” The “point” stage, is nothing else but a “detached observer.” (No waste thoughts, no effects of sinful actions = “the past is past.)
BapDada explains in simple terms that we could be a “lotus flower” (Yet another name for a detached observer) when we do not see defects or weaknesses of others. This could affect our stage if we react with disapproval or being bothered by the scene; then we will absorbe what is going on in that atmosphere. On the other hand, good wishes and pure feelings will allow us to maintain a stable stage.
BapDada mentions that to “bow down,” means to be humble.
To be “humble” is to display all of the gifts which the Drama has given us without the thought of having those qualities as “mine.” To be “humble”means to cooperate with those gifts, without the thought of being cooperative.
Unless we express fully those qualities, we cannot “bow down,” for we cannot keep things with ourselves when is the time to share them with all.
The accounts of the devotees and the Pandavas
If we have to pick simple words to describe this avyakt Murli, those words would be to become a “detached observer.” Note how BapDada explains the same concepts in different ways. Hammering the same nail using different hammers.
In the first Murli, how is it possible to become “desire-free” unless we are detached observers? How can we become “angels” who come and go by being here and then there, unless we are experiencing being a detached observer? In the blessing, having that “hero” part of being “karmateet” is nothing else but being a detached observer, the witness, that one who is conscious, aware, etc.
Then, the simple question is :”How can we become a detached observer”? and the simple answer is twofold: By settling karmic accounts which in turn will increase our awareness of the “true” self. In that awareness there is the experience of being a detached observer AND the practice of the experience of the true self.
In this Murli BapDada explains about the Drama of the “confluence age” according to the tasks of his children.
Brahmin souls have the primary task of self transformation. That is what BapDada calls being an “embodiment of success.” (The Murli from last week 5-5-12, mentioned these 3 categories of children: star of success, lucky star and star of hope.) Here the “embodiment of success” is equivalent to the “star of success.”
Those pure feelings and good wishes (that transformation) when is not in “full force,” will leave room for desires. At this point then, a Brahmin soul will become similar to the stage of a devotee (to attain something like name and fame as the fruit of their devotion) Note that the aim of self transformation has to be complete, (BapDada calls it “volcanic effort”) for otherwise; desires will appear and with that the temporary fruit of devotion will be given. BapDada mentions that the fulfillment of the account of a devotee is according to their love.
Finally, the “Yadavas” (many times translated as scientists, but there is more than a scientist to bring physical transformation) have their own task of physical transformation of the world. Note that BapDada is considering all types of souls according to their tasks (roles) as His children. All tasks are “beneficial” in the grand scheme of things.
Brahmin souls have the task of self transformation. Yadavas have the task of physical transformation and in between, there are desires of the devotees.
All of these tasks as interdependent. In other words physical transformation of the world is dependent on self transformation.
This is a great point to understand about the Drama, for there are not “god children” and “step-children,” but rather an interplay of roles in a numberwise way.
BapDada mentions that the “Yadavas are waiting for Brahmins to self transform,” but we can see that self transformation “plays” according to time at the same “time.” It is both.
This Murli had 2 “small Murlis” in it. Those are related.
The overall picture on this Murli could be understood with 2 words:
1)Support 2) Surrendering
Both aspects are very important to understand in our effort making life.
The first murli mentioned the 3 stages of taking support. The “stars of hope” are depicted as those who still do not have “judgment power,” in other words; they need directions from someone who “knows,” that is the first stage of taking support. We take support from the BK family and the instruments.
Then comes the “lucky stars,” which are praising Baba and their support becomes their connection with Baba… and finally the “stars of success;” whose activities become successful. Success is their shadow. Note how in this category, Baba is not really in the picture. Those souls are able to support themselves. They are “equal to the Father.”
That is the cycle of growth in spirituality. Not to be dependent like a small child but to be able to walk in our own 2 feet.
On the second Murli, our level of surrendering is what will allow us to “die alive,” and experience a “new” self. BapDada explained that using the figure of a spiritual moth who dies in front of the flame (Baba.)
We should know that this “dying” means living a new life. In that surrendering, we have 3 levels as well; those who “are no longer there” for ego has been given to the Father; those who are in 2 “boats” the old and the new, and those who are still questioning everything , still at the mental level.
BapDada has explained that “our number” depends on that level of surrendering, but at the same time; let us see that in that surrendering a “new” person, a self sovereign being needs to appear, not a dependent one.
Total freedom is the source of “real” love.
On the blessing, we could have experienced that in a way. Let us say that someone has an argument with a soul at the center or a karmic account with someone. Then, with force we will “pull” ourselves out. Even not participating anymore in the BK family. That act of using force will do the opposite and will make our mind spin aimlessly with waste thoughts which will not allow us to have yoga and which eventually will take us away from the path. That is why, it was mentioned to check with the “instrument” or if that is not possible, with another soul who could take that role.
Revelation of the Father through having the highest and holiest thoughts, words and form
This Murli has one main point. “Only the practical stage of being equal to the Father will enable others to have a vision of the Father.”
What does this actually mean?
That “revelation” is not some “movie” where God will descend upon us with lots of splendor and then, we BKs, will go around the globe saying:” I told you… this Baba is the true God of the Gita… you should have listened to me.”
That scene will not happen for it is full of ego and at this time, right now is about becoming ego-less.
BapDada is clearly telling us that “when we become equal to the Father, then a vision of the Father will take place” so others can recognize the Father through us. That is the practical “proof” of truth. As mentioned before, in spirituality “truth” is becoming, being. It is not a matter of words and scriptures.
Moreover, BapDada mentioned that we need to become an “embodiment of success,” and He went on with His “definition:” “An embodiment of success will automatically prove that it is God, the Highest on high who has made you so elevated.”
To become that embodiment of success, BapDada mentioned about the importance of thoughts. “Every thought should be powerful.” As a group, we should have a single thought to make this “embodiment of success” a reality. This “effort” is “now or never,” it should be done faster than the speed of time.
“Whatever you have to do has to be done this instant.”
How is that possible? When we become “practical” in this knowledge, we can see that “now” means “soul conscious.” It is in that consciousness that thoughts could have the power of that stage. That “now” is not depending on something that we should do, but it is the consequence of the experience of the self.
Then, BapDada mentioned :” The burden of action will pull you towards itself. We need to be light.” That lightness is again that experience of being a “detached observer.” For if that experience is not with us, we will feel that every action that “we do,” is “ours” and that will bring a consequence rather than “acting for the sake of it,” which comes “naturally” in that stage of a detached observer. Until we reach there, BapDada mentioned to practice the balance of being in relationships with others but at the time, detached in equal extent.
This practice needs to come from the space of the experience of the soul, for otherwise, it will be colored by “moral standards,” and fanaticism rather than as a consequence of being connected with the whole, with the Drama. However, BapDada knows that we are not there yet, so in the meantime, we need to “practice.” 🙂
Finally, “seeing any situation as beneficial,” is to go beyond the myopia of just seeing the immediate “scene,” without seeing its ramification. Even though, we cannot see that many times, there is a need to trust the process and rather than “reject,” accept the Drama and move with it, by knowing that behind that there resides a benefit.
The fast effort form the present last period. original : 1-22-76
This avyakt Murli has many jewels which all are related about going into the experience of the self.
Externally, it is about the following: Not having desires,” do service” to the self and others, to be a great donor like Lakshmi, to give that which we don’t have for giving is receiving, to have all attainments, to fulfill the responsibility of love to companions, to be jewels of contentment… anything else?
How all of those “keywords” could be related with the experience of the self?
The Murli mentioned: “If you are a soul who is free from limited desires, because of being contented, you will always be seen as a sparkling star with a look of happiness. Contented souls would be always selfless and would always experience everyone one else to be innocent (blameless.) “
Form this point is that the rest of this “churning” will be developed.
If we are not to have desires, and then we observe that we are discontented because we do not have a particular attainment, then BapDada mentioned, to “give that which we are lacking,” for giving is receiving.
I wonder how many souls have realized the “beauty” of that apparent contradiction, which we could find through “churning.”
How can I give something which I do not have? Something which I have not attained?
For instance, Can I give love, if I am not “love”? How can I not be “love” if as a soul, I am love? 🙂
Because I do not realize that which I am. That is, I cannot have Self-respect until that is realized at the practical level. This is not an intellectual riddle.
For many, this will be about “making up” what we “think” love is and that which we “think” love is will be returned to us (for giving is receiving) and then, we will say: “How come I am giving love, but I am not receiving it?” Simple. What we “think” is love, is not love.
How can we serve the self and others at the same time?
We will “think” in terms of separation. This is “me,” and here are the “others.”
But BapDada has mentioned that “giving is receiving,” so how can I make a distinction between “me” and the “others” if what”I” give is what “I “get”? There is no distinction in reality. That is why by working in the self, serving the self, that is self realization, automatically “I” am serving others.
However, there is no self realization if “I” perceive myself as “distinct” from “others.” There is no “true” service if I have the “desire to serve others,” because being that a desire, BapDada has mentioned that we need to be “free from desires.” Therefore, that “I” of “ego” must not be there.
The “I” can truly be “contented” for I am “self-less” and when I am self-less, I am contented. When I am contented, I have all attainments and when I have all attainments, then I am “truly” serving for what I give, is not really giving, for there is no one “giving” (self-less) so it is a “true” donation, bestowing and as a consequence, “I” will get that in return… so truly, I only gave to “myself.” 🙂
The above could be a little challenging to understand, but really behind the “simplicity” of words, lies something deeper, which we need to perceive to understand. Otherwise, it will be about “putting the happy face” to make-believe to others that we are content, but we are not. We are just “acting.” “Double actors.” 🙂
However, when we have tapped into the seat of self respect, that is soul consciousness and we have that true remembrance from the heart , that is experiencing it rather than intellectual dreams; then that reality has “true” contentment. We cannot keep that when there is truly no “I”- ego- thus, it will go into “others,” automatically without “desiring” it to be so.
That is we will become, “instruments” of the Father without “desiring it.”