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The body stays here, transforming into something else and the “being” could reincarnate or stay around according to karma.
Nevertheless, after a cycle of 5000 years according to BK knowledge, the same person will be back… Everything is eternal but transforms according to time.
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Maya is an illusion, although a recurrent illusion.
To live a “maya free” life means to live in consciousness of our a-temporal, eternal and all pervading reality of unity with everything that is. That is “purity.”
Time does not exist, but the perception of it exists.. 🙂 It is a recurrent illusion.
Out of those “illusions” there are some illusions that are more illusory than others. 🙂
One of them is the belief in “linear time.” Westerners have invested their whole culture on it, creating illogical “theories” to defend it. One of them is the “big bang.”
Why is it illogical? Just because there is this talk about “creation” or “beginning,” without pointing the source of it. Then, does it mean that God created things?
No. That is illogical as well for it goes against the first “law” of thermodynamics.
The logical answer is that time is a cycle. The items within that cycle have existed for eternity (because matter cannot be created neither destroyed) so there was no need for “creation.”
Everything that exists have always existed. Only the “form” has changed.
Below a nice video explaining linear time and cyclical time through the illustration of the conundrum: “Who is first: the chicken or the egg?”
When we hear a song, there may be several responses to that same song.
Some will dance, some will sing and yet others will cry. Different reactions, emotions.
It is the same song viewed under different experiences. The same Drama appreciated under different sanskaras.
The Drama is just a song and we give meaning to it.
When we hear the song without gyan in our minds, we cannot recognize the song as a song but rather we see what we have been taught to see, under the vision of our traditions, dogmas and moral codes.
That is what our emotions dictate.
Pain can only see the possibility of being hurt again. Disappointment, can only see darkness. Any experienced of fear can only bring more fear.
It may be easier to unlearn what we have been taught to believe than to heal the emotions brought by the song.
That is our personal journey. To heal the self.
That is the meaning of the Brahmin life.
The Drama is just a song with no lyrics, and when we have gyan in our hearts, we learn to enjoy the song, knowing that it is necessary to forget that song so we can experience it fresh again……and again.
To learn to forget is necessary in life , just as remembrance is in our BK life.
Gyan teaches us to enjoy the song by making the lyrics of it according to what we find in our own selves, for the song and the lyrics are just a reflection of what is going on inside.
We can analyze the tunes, we can just be ironic and say “it is just an eternally repeating song” and kill our own feelings, or we can learn to enjoy the tunes as it plays, in the moment; without rememebring the last played note; now gone, nor looking to hear the violins and the “golden” trumpets of the future when they have not played yet.
The song can be enjoyed only “now” as it unfolds for there is no other time besides “now” when we live life to the fullest.
13. Brahma Kumaris gyan in a nutshell for Westerners
Everything that exists has always existed but its form changes in “time.” In other words, “matter cannot be created neither destroyed; only transformed.” (First law of Thermodynamics)
For Westerners this concept requires a “creator.” Things cannot come out of nothing. Someone has to create things. Welcome to the concept of God as a “creator.”
In Brahma Kumaris gyan (BK,) there is no need for a “creator.” (but there is a God who does not create.) Since existence has always existed.
For Westerners, time is linear. For this reason a “Creator” is needed or a “big bang” to originate things (Although the “Big Bang” does not explain how the original elements got there in the first place) to find a “beginning.”
In Brahma Kumaris gyan, time is cyclical and eternally repetitive. There is neither beginning nor end.
Nature presents that pattern already. Day becomes Night then Night becomes Day, and so on, in a repetitive fashion. There is “eternal recurrence.” Therefore, we; human beings cannot be essentially matter (matter changes form after death,) we have to be spiritual in nature for spiritual/immaterial energies are immutable to the changes in matter. Thus, reincarnation is a necessity for existence to continue.
This identical repetition of cycles emerges the concept of “predestination.”
Westerners believe in “free will.” However, there is no realization that all the “gifts”/”weaknesses” when we are born, are not a matter of choice. These characteristics give every human being tools for their own development in life. It is almost as pre-determined.
The concepts of “free will and predestination” however, are faulty for it is neither that thoughts appear out of our own volition or out of compulsion due to some force of destiny. The understanding of paradoxes is important here as well as the understanding of the “movement of life,” which in Brahma Kumaris is known as the “Drama.” this is known in Taoism as the “flow of the Universe.”
The Drama represents the ‘story of life’ in our planet. It is a story representing dualistic forces at play: Day changes into Night. New becomes Old, just to repeat again. There is a process in time. It is the story on how “Yin changes into Yang and Yang into Yin.” These changes are what bring experiences in our lives.
When the Drama is viewed as an individual part, related to a particular soul performing actions; those activities have causality. Which is known as the law of “cause and effect” or karma. When we see “karma” as a totality, we can perceive what the “Drama” of life is.
As population tends to increase, we can realize that not every soul is in this planet at the same time. Therefore; we have different experiences according to the time that we “first” arrived. This easily explains the differences in religious views and understandings. Everyone points to the truth, but not everyone could understand a particular view point other than their own. Many times, our own experience makes up our own’s reality. Every religion has adherents as well as school of philosophies. BK knowledge (when studied in depth) points out that every belief system is the “right one for every individual” because “variety” is the norm at this time. It wasn’t like this always. From variety we go into uniqueness and from uniqueness into variety. Those different degrees of change of quality from one extreme to the other in the experience of matter, is what is commonly known as “entropy.” (Second law of thermodynamics.)
This drama of life is beneficial and “souls” experience the range of duality according to their own capacity. The paradox is that even though we are essentially the same (souls,) we are different. That difference makes different tasks that a “soul” (through a body) could perform at a particular point in time, that is known as a “role” or the “mission” in a particular lifetime.
For a Brahma Kumaris adherent, this explanation is the “proof of God,” for even though several philosophies/religions have touched different aspects of the above explanation, no one was able to put this together. The primary questions of Who am I? What am I doing here? Where do I go? have remained a mystery.
Those questions are finally answered within the premises of its own knowledge. It has a supportive basis within its philosophy and the experiential part, in its practice. Brahma Kumaris philosophy is 100% experiential. It is the study of the self to know everything else.
The understanding of the above is not something easily “digestible” for an analytical mind (usually westerners) for many concepts are highly paradoxical and contradictive, ( for things are not “black or white” but there is a range of colors in between which labels and definitions cannot describe.)
The “truth” is not logical nor reasonable but highly paradoxical. It can only be experienced but not talked about. That is the challenge! 🙂