One important aspect to realize about “talking” Spirituality, is that any concept that we use here to refer to “something,” is not “real,” those concepts do not exist.
For instance “ego.” That word merely describes a support for a sense of division, a difference which creates and gives life to “me” as something exclusive from everything else.
In the beginning of our spiritual quest, we only understand things through the game of duality. Ego can only be “good” OR “bad.”
Ego is “Godly” OR “Evil.” It is a virtue OR a vice.
If ego is a vice, then we need to “remove it.” We need to “get rid of it,” “destroy it,” etc.
That is the beginning of awakening in the spiritual realm. Note that many religions and philosophies embrace this game of duality. It is sometimes necessary, for not everyone could realize things through experience beyond that game of duality.
Then, a “way” of behavior deemed “good,” “virtuous,” “holy,” “Godly,” etc. is made up for followers to follow.
All of the above is not “bad” at all. It is the “beginning.”
Without that “black or white” distinction, there wouldn’t be a space for further realizations. The issue is when someone “thinks” that he/she has arrived. That “he” or “she” has the “truth.” 🙂
When in our spiritual realization we go beyond duality, beyond dividing things and naming things as “good,” or “bad,” then a different awakening happens as long as this comes as a life experience. Otherwise, if it is just intellectual understanding, there is no awakening.
That experience can appear as we “walk the talk” in life.
One thing is to say, “We are oneness. We are one,” and another is to feel that oneness without labeling, without words or thinking.
One thing is to understand that “acceptance is good.” Another is to “surrender” to life in a way as if there is no “me” there to differentiate or to separate. That is, “it is what it is.”
Please note that every religious teaching has different degrees of depth. The ultimate teaching as Avyakt7 can perceive now, is the one, which does not require many words. No more concepts, no more duality. It is a matter of self realization and any spiritual teaching or teacher merely provides the environment for that to happen in its own time. Thus, it is no longer about “following a teaching,” but discovering that teaching in yourself so it is “truly” understood.
Ego is neither good nor bad. We don’t need to “get rid of it” even though those words could be used to explain the obstacles that ego could bring. There is no need to “embrace” ego either, for it is there already, built in as a part of our growth. Nevertheless, we need to realize its limits, we need to experience when ego turns into a hurtful personality, separating that “oneness.” 🙂
That is why, inner observation is a key element in Spirituality.
Many times in a spiritual path, we will go from one extreme into another. We will reject one side of the coin, to embrace the other until we realize that in the game of duality, one side will bring the other automatically; then at that point, we will look for our “middle,” the popular “not too much of anything,” nevertheless; when we are aware, we will acknowledge our own changes and move harmoniously with those changes.
“There is no worst blind man than the one that does not want to see.” To “see” means openness without the colors of concepts, beliefs and previous experiences. It is to be “new” in the moment, aware, conscious, accepting, open, ready, light and … happy. 🙂
Avyakt7 had the chance to consider his current spiritual life after celebrating his spiritual birthday a couple of days ago. Avyakt7 noticed different changes. He noticed growth.
Since it was mentioned here that all spiritual knowledge is the same but viewed from different perspectives, I would like to be congruent with that assertion and to have the chance to experience spirituality from a more ample perspective now, beyond the views of a particular religion for the common good of everyone.
For that reason, avyakt7 has decided to change the title of this blog to Experiencing the depth of Spiritual knowledge, as to invite anyone to participate in this blog and to be open to different perspectives.
Therefore, avyakt7 thought about sharing 16 aspects which he has found in his spiritual life concerning his Brahma Kumaris experience in the last decade.
This will be the last sharing on this site dealing specifically with my Brahma Kumaris experience as to open up spirituality for other perspectives, vision and angles.
Will be sharing next week other articles as usual.
Here is my list. Hopefully it will be beneficial for others.
1) If I am still comparing myself in any form with others as in: “I am better than, more elevated than, etc.” I do not understand this knowledge deeply.
2) When God is praising me as the most elevated one, that is not to compare me with others so I become his favorite but to rise up my shattered self respect from many other births.
3) To be equal to Father Brahma does not mean to imitate or to repeat what all he did, it means to liberate me from my own limitations and complexities, to emerge my unique potential.
4) Numberwise does not mean a “ranking” as “you are better than me , because you are purer” it means that there are different sizes of “glasses” or containers. The capacity of one container to be full with happiness means the same capacity to be full with sorrow according to time. Therefore, the question of who is better than the other one does not arise. Pure today, impure tomorrow according to capacity; that is the game of the Drama. I do not hold on to a picture of a particular moment but rather look at the whole movie.
5)Paradise and heaven are words which only represent a perception according to experience and role in the Drama. Today is hell for some and heaven for others. To be beyond that duality of self and others, paradise / hell and life /death is to understand gyan (knowledge) deeply. There is no time which is “better than” another. There is only “now.”
6) No one at this time is worthy of worship. Instead of being impressed about other’s roles, I become the best friend of my own role at this time. This role which allows me to understand this knowledge but which will not experience the Golden age and all its splendor. With this mercy, I know myself and learn to love myself completely. My role yearns to experience its golden age now, not after I leave this body.
7)Yoga is good. But to understand my own emotions and inner weaknesses so I can observe them is what will allow me to emerge my divine sanskaras (personality traits) for a long period of time without further effort.
8)To eat food prepared by a pure yogi is fantastic but if this yogi is experiencing
repression, fears, guilt, jealousy and is emotionally challenged; that food prepared and shared will not be nourishing for others. Therefore, I make sure that my space for nourishing myself or eating is a sacred space so I could have the chance to transform that “tremendous” energy. I need to learn to do that for myself without further supports.
9) Defending the Yagya in Wikipedia is a task for few, but remember that you either have to be “100% bad” or “100% good.” To pretend to be “good” will not work because that is dishonest. Many do the talk but very few the walk. There is karma for individuals as well as organizations. Yet individuals may assume organizational karmas.
10) God does not belong to any religion or corporation. God has many facets according to the variety of children. Therefore, I become open and let life dictate my next move. If I am honest with myself, success is guaranteed. I will be able to flow with the Drama.
11) God does not make differences between his children. If I have a gold ring and someone else does not which is coming from an institution, then that is a difference. We could say that it is just an acknowledgement of the duration of time someone have been in serving the organisation, but that is not consistent. If I wear white robes to differentiate myself from others, as being more elevated there is a distance and separation in that. Unlimited service to the common good is incognito.
12) Spirituality is not related with devotional practices. There is nothing devotional in transformation of the self.
13) I believe in eating healthy vegetarian food items, waking up early, a celibate life style and to love Nature, the world and God. This code of conduct does not require a reminder or someone to check on me.
I strive to acknowledge what is common in people to unite them and appreciate what is different among people. Different does not mean “lower than.”
14) If I have the picture of a regarded higher up but that higher up does not have my picture in turn, what is the meaning of a family which only goes in one direction? If I need to forget the lokiks and the world, but at the same time I need to look for them when I am ill or in need; that means that everyone is important in life. Therefore, I become a VIP for my own self and see a VIP in others without distinction. I strive to live my life without needing the approval of others and without judging others. I am unique but not special.
15) When I listen to Knowledge- it could enter in me in 3 types of containers according to my consciousness. The intellect, the heart or to be visible in my elevated activities. With the elevated vision of my own activities it becomes part of me, that is; knowledge is imbibed.
16) Brahma Kumaris is a source of reformation of the self. It is a challenging journey. As I move from the child stage of spirituality, openness, acceptance and good wishes for all will become the means to take me into a different spiritual experience. Brahma Kumaris is a great path for self reformation. However, every path is individual. Because we are numberwise there cannot be 2 paths which are alike. To enjoy the process of transformation is to enjoy the changes in life. Acknowledge, accept and move on.
As I was walking with my father in our way to a store, we were waiting to cross the street and a beeping sound was heard. It was the sound that some trucks have built in to alarm people who could be behind them.
My father curiously asked: “What is that noise?” That was something “new” for him. He didn’t hear that before.
I told him with the “knowledge” of my mind: “That is the noise of a truck backing up letting you know that it is dangerous to be behind it.”
My father recognized just the word “truck” out of my “brainy” explanation and began to look at the truck with wonder.
I looked at his eyes, and what I saw was “innocence,” an honest sense of wonder as if that was the first time he had seen a truck.
I interrupted his “day dreaming” (from my perspective) to quickly cross the street, for it was clear.
I was thinking, “What is the big deal about a truck backing up with some built in noise?” However, what I still remember is the look on his eyes. I have not seen that look in any grown up for many, many years now. It is as if the sense of wonder and “newness” is gone.
Our minds are trained to think that “to know” is to have a verbal explanation. That training compels us to live in “theory” mode.
There is a truck like many others I have seen. There is a noise coming from it, which I could qualify as “disturbing,” so then, I can make my own interpretation on that experience., which I could pass onto another person. It is no longer a truck with a sound, but a “disturbing noise.” That last statement which comes out of my “own biased experience,” then becomes the “crux” of another debate as to what is a noise? And what is a sound? And if trucks like that one should be allowed to be on the street…Then, We could invite “experts” in the matter who could illustrate their points with their latest “research” and how what they call “normal” becomes the rule of the “masses,” that is what the majority expresses.
The point here is that we have stopped looking for the first time, that is without building a case of further ideas, further explanations, further interpretations which are drying up our sense of awe, our sense of wonder and innocence.
Similarly, that is the case in Spirituality and the experience of the Divine.
Our minds will not allow us to open up to the “unknown,” because we already have some “knowledge,” we already have read everything about it, and expect for things to happen according to those books written by experts. We will show the statistics, the latest research which proves how “nonsensical” a Spiritual experience is or worse yet, “your” spiritual experience. 🙂
Thus, the “law” of innocence, of looking at things with a “fresh” view, is to throw away everything that we think we know. The mind will not allow us to enjoy any experience in its fullest as long as we have explanations and theories. In short, the experience of living will be gone for our “mental” state resides in words and words… are not living.
Words such as: “I love so much”… 🙂 Good, now show that without words. Make your living, which is being, be that so there is no need to say it.
Anyone could say anything. It is easy. How many fall into that trap? If words were money, we could more careful about “spending” them.
The sense of appreciation of life is a marvelous feeling. That appreciation brings something in common with “others” to what otherwise would be about looking just for differences, for those things which we are not alike.
When appreciation is gone, there is no communion with life and everything that exists. In fact, listening to someone could be done only when there is appreciation for that presence as it is.
That is the innocence that a child has. When that mind becomes “clogged up” with theories, reasoning and explanations; that innocence is lost. The “same old thing” arrives and with that a sense of boredom appears along the search for something “new” and “exciting” in life.
Thinking has its place. In reality, it is a small place in the realm of things; however, our society is worshiping thinking to the extreme. That is creating a society where living is no longer “feeling,” we no longer feel life and acknowledge its newness, that is we are not open to wonder, but just to explain things based on previous experiences which have been made as explanations.
That is how when a dog bites us, we create a “drama,” a “ All dogs are bad,” closing our range of experiences with the perceived safety of a “bad” experience or when we say “I don’t believe in love,” automatically, we have closed the door for further “newness,” ignoring that as “we are” so our experiences. We never see the self but always others.
Innocence requires that openness for newness, by throwing all our preconceptions on the waste basket of delusions.