When we look at the immensity of the firmament in a night with no light
Just to see a far away star, through darkness, distance and time;
Behold! That is what makes the heart alive, joyous and fine.
The star may be unreachable to the physical hands, but the spontaneous feeling in the presence of that light, is enough to fuel and ignite the strength of our own might.
Love is the force igniting all lights through the recognition of our own nature.
Just like God, the inspiration is the star; but the task is to find our own light.
We are all candles.
A candle has no light, until love touches its heart.
That flame becomes a light on Earth, just as the one living up in the sky.
Darkness, distance and time, become the villains to overcome. But all it takes is an ignited light.
A candle refrains to be ignited. The fear to be burnt alive is the mental pain and illusion stretching the distance of the path.
Until the candle recognizes its nature, which is to give light.
Love is that light sharing brightness and warmth to all close by.
That light is just like the one of the star.
What is darkness, if not the opportunity to be bright?
But…How to overcome distance and time between the candle and the star?
Lighten up. 🙂
If we are love, we are empty. The path is to become empty, from the fullness of the “I.”
An ignited “I” is an empty “I.”
It is through that emptiness that we could recognize our own light.
Acknowledge the “I” fully, just to abandon it.
Find the “I” just to leave it behind.
Embrace that “I” just to let it go by.
It takes pure love, pure light to walk the path, of waving hello just to say good-bye.
Thank you for your question!
I was giving that example because the questions that we ask, denote our level of consciousness and understanding. As a matter of fact, those questions delimit the range of depth that someone could go into. This is something that I experience quite often, when someone understands what I am conveying, “I” get lots of “praise,” when what is explained in a different way is not understood or doesn’t agree with previous “understood knowledge,” then that “praise” could easily change into “defamation.” That is the game.
When I was 12, I asked my father: “Do we live in the inside or the outside of the Earth?” I was waiting for just one simple answer. Either “inside” or “outside.” When my father responded that we live “in the inside and the outside as well.” I wasn’t prepared to hear that answer. I always thought that being in 2 different spaces at the same time was impossible. That is what I understood from school, what my teachers will explain to me, my 12 year old understanding was that.
At the end I didn’t care much about the answer because his answer wasn’t expected, but he explained something like we are in the Earth’s atmosphere, which means that we are inside, but at the same time, there is no physical barrier in space that wouldn’t allow us to fly out… Now, i understand his explanation and makes sense to me.
Similarly, many Baba’s sweetest children are so used to getting the “black or white” response. It is either “this or that” but not both. That is “manmat.” See?
Thank you for your question!
Absolutely. I see that you are getting the “hang” on paradoxes…
Posting “sometimes” may become “many times”… 🙂
As I recall hearing the Sakar Murli from 2/7/2011 I thought, this would be a good example to bring up and to share that I was finally able to understand why Baba calls us “children.” 🙂
I was listening to a complex, very complex topic but Baba was using “4th grade level language” to explain it.
Here it goes:
“In the physical there are 2 rulers with 2 kingdoms, the Kingdom of Rama and the Kingdom of Ravan.”
“Baba does not give sorrow to anyone, it is Ravan.” “ Now, you are going to the Kingdom of Rama.”
“The Father has come to save you. There is the procession of the Groom and the brides. He will take you back home, to the land of Peace…” “Children remain pure only this birth.”
If we take that literally, we are still using that child language. It is poetic, it is romantic, it is easy to follow and to understand…. But there is no depth in it unless we churn it.
Now, here comes the High school kid:
“Baba is plainly talking about duality. Duality is something that we need to experience in this physical world. This is “High school” understanding.
“College” level understanding will allow me to see that there is duality only in the copper age onwards. Soul consciousness means to be free from duality; that is the Golden and Silver ages.
Now that we understand the beauty of predestination and that roles are running through us, we can see and understand ego and at the same time, we can see that is actually the Drama playing out which will “give us our kingdom.”
See the difference? Baba, the unlimited “Daddy” is no longer driving the car by himself… There is “Mama” Drama in the co-pilot seat… 🙂 at all times…
Of course, “Graduate level” understanding will show us that “we never had a kingdom” to begin with. The role allowed us to experience “having a Kingdom” but in soul consciousness there is no “consciousness“of “mine,” thus, is it your kingdom?
Knowledge, Godly gyan can be very deep. It could be very challenging to understand without understanding. All of these paradoxical things will not allow us to “imbibe” divine virtues, although it will give us “freedom” from the cage of thinking “inside the box.” The box of repetition without understanding.
This why inside gyan, we have so much depth, but so much depth that only a child could fully understand it…;-) Another paradox!
Once we understand the power of the Drama, words like “detachment” and “tolerance” are just unnecessary words meant to explain ideas which everyone will understand in a numberwise fashion without looking the word up in the dictionary.
Those ideas are not the “thing.” We cannot understand and apply “detachment” by a definition, but if we look at how the Drama is “running,” then we can understand.
Baba said in that Murli that everything that exists has a name and form. We are “slaves” of names which automatically give us a form. That is “thinking.”
If we could just be “free” from thinking, could we see something new?
Have you seen a fruit which is almost a square, brown on the inside with 3 red triangular seeds and blue on the outside which tastes sweeter than molasses? 😉
You thought about it, then it exists. Now we just need to give it a name; let me call it: “ mareint.” Now the existence of that fruit is assured even though, it does not exist… but we can talk about it… this is the trap of language and ideas, definitions and such things, the beginning or bhakti and of course, of science.
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! 🙂