To be at Peace is to let go of self without trying to “do it.”
When we truly feel that there is nothing to achieve, nothing to prove, nothing to work for or work on, nothing to do for a particular reason such as to “improve” something or to “gain something,” at that moment, we could say that we are complete, and because of that completeness, we could observe, participate in the Totality without actively trying to “change the world,” “change myself,” or “change others.”
At that moment, we are nothing. Whatever is outside is also inside. We are One with that Totality by being nothing; thus we are everything.
For the “office world” and societies pampering the “I,” the above is the description of a loser; “you are a nobody” is the common label or insult. For a mind full of duality, there is a “winner” and a “loser,” a “somebody,” and a “nobody.”
“You must do something, achieve something, show others who you are.” That is the conditioning.
Even if we don’t accomplish stuff here on Earth, we could shift the pressure to the “afterlife.”
“You must do something to earn heaven, paradise, God, etc.”
Being a complete “nobody,” is meaningful to know Peace.
This is not the “peace” gained through a moment of meditation or through a spiritual “experience.” This is an on-going natural state.
We cannot experience natural Peace unless the need to become “someone” or achieve “something” is set aside, as a natural consequence of “having been there, done that.”
This does not come by telling a follower to “abandon all pursues and goals in Life, to have disinterest of worldly things for these are distractions.” Neither is the onset of laziness or depression or fear to act.
Peace comes as a personal realization through the assimilation of Life experiences and not as a hand me down “knowledge,” or as a rebellious reaction.
Peace is not an objective of the “I” such as “becoming one” with God, Life or whoever. That state does not happen by wishing to obtain it or by “working on it.”
Peace is not the absence of war. That is called truce; and truce happens when the ‘natural’ state is to fight, to wage war.
Peace is a state of fullness, completeness and enjoyment in no-action.
“No-Action” does not mean that there is no energy to act, but it is the activity in the absence of that “I.”
We could sleep, eat and rest in the enjoyment of it, rather than by being compelled to do something because it is supposed to be “good” for us.
In Peace there is acceptance and nurturing of our body and our presence. Appreciation of our own presence.
Naturally in that state, the mind does not have anything to think about, no place to go or something important to “achieve.”
It is a state of contentment, where the heart is able to feel and observe with appreciation and gratefulness.
Inhale love. Exhale gratefulness. That could be the mantra.
Being at peace comes through the dissolution of the “I.” It comes through the departure of fear in our being and thus, the departure of the busy and chatty mind.
“What do I have to do to get Peace? I want some of that too!”
If that is “your” desire, it cannot happen.
The first paragraph of the article may have the answer.
Peace is to be alive in awareness of Being that which we are looking for.
Once we find peace, we will find love…
Please read the following carefully to avoid misinterpretations. 🙂
Yesterday, we had a question about God not being “omnipresent.” Let me go a bit further into that.
It is not a secret that in the beginning of Brahma Kumaris, God was seen as being “omnipresent” as known in Christianity; but later on; that concept changed into a “personal God,” known as Shiva.
The above paragraph is seen by some as “evidence” that this knowledge is “wrong.”
Nothing further from the truth.
When Spirituality needs to be explained through words, a scripture will be created and through that scripture a dogma to be “believed” by “believers” which are not usually in tune with spirituality but worldly information which is taken as the building block for further understanding.
This has happened in every known major religion.
In every religion; as those teachings get to the masses, the original spiritual experience will be lost and instead our minds will take over and “rationalization” will start. That is how “others” acquaint themselves with a spiritual experience, through their own rationalization.
At a deeper level of realization on this knowledge, we can see that there is a Drama going on. Therefore, it is an illusion that “someone” is acting in it when there is a role which needs to be performed. However, all that could be changed is the experience that someone has over that role.
Please see this point; experiences are part of that role and it is according to our “interpretation” of those experiences, the way that we will look at the world.
Therefore, what is the aim of living if is not to be able to enjoy the experience that life offers us, by being beyond duality; that is; the “2 faces” of illusion: Sorrow and Pleasure. All spiritual teachings will teach that.
This sort of awareness is what is known as being a “detached observer.” Also known as “karmateet.”
How we get there is what differs among human beings.
Gautama, the Buddha; experienced that without knowledge of how everything works; but he experienced that level of detachment. Consequently, his karmic account changed as well, providing him with a fruitful new birth. Interestingly enough, he did this without the knowledge of God. It is not that Buddha was an atheist, as “intellectual, logical” people will put it.
The Buddha simply, did not think about that question of God’s existence for he was concerned about knowing the self.
Christ reached a similar nature in his life, with the knowledge of God. He considered himself, the “son of God.” His experience of God allowed him to know himself, to recognize himself in relation to God.
In Hinduism and Dharmic religions; we see the same pattern: Some have a God, some others do not. Some see God as being “everywhere” not interpreted as God residing in the dog, the cat, the stones, etc; which is pantheism; but the spiritual vision is that in a “world of illusion” (The movie) the only thing that I could see is God. That is, whatever my concept of God is according to my experience. It is the concept of “unity” by seeing only the ONE.
Note how our interpretation plays a fundamental role in understanding deeper spiritual knowledge.
In the above examples, what we see are different views; different paths. Different experiences as the Drama of life provides; however, the single unique aim in all of those “perceptions of reality” is SELF REALIZATION.
Some need God to realize ego. Some do not. Some only know about the Drama (Taoists) but others do not need that when all there is needed is complete love to God. That is to be lost in love, which paradoxically means, SELF REALIZATION, for we are love.
Some idealize “reaching God.” It is a thought in the mind based on the consciousness of physicality. Here is “you” and here is “God.” We have so much love as a wife has for a husband.
That is a spiritual relationship based on an example of something known in the physical world.
In spirituality to reach that state of self realization is to be ONE with everything. That is at the spiritual level there is no sense of separation, no sense of “you and me” for that ego which brings identity will be gone.
The consciousness at that level is different. That is to be “merged with the Father,” for in that; separation of any kind is just a source of ego, an illusion which is the consciousness that most of us have, because we are attached to the physical world through our consciousness of being just an individual and without realizing that we are connected with everything that exists.
The reason of knowing God at this time, is to know this knowledge; for once we know that then we will understand that our experience of God will be according to our roles. We didn’t have this piece before and we fought with others to demonstrate that “my truth” is the truth.
However, as exquisite the experience may be with God; the aim and objective is SELF REALIZATION. Bottom line.
This knowledge allow us to understand the need of the time. It allows us to see , the importance of reaching that SELF REALIZATION, because according to time, something different is in store in the Drama. THAT IS IT.
However, some will take this opportunity as a way to worship, as a way to get connected with devotion and rituals, etc. to get to “know God,” forgetting the main point of SELF REALIZATION. By knowing the self, we can experience God; for there is no separation at the spiritual level.
Therefore, in the Brahma Kumaris path, the method of “ I AM GOD,” which changed to “GOD is SHIVA,” merely changed the method to pursue that SELF REALIZATION, as explained above. It is a process.
The ones who are concerned with intellectual debates and logic and reasoning, will see that shift as “lack of consistency,” when in fact, it is a necessary step in self realization which Brahma Baba went through.
Methods will differ. God is a being. The way we use God to pursue that SELF REALIZATION is our method.
Every religion has a different method.
Those who would like to dwell on rationality and try to “intellectually” understand something which is not meant to be “intellectually” understood but experienced for SELF TRANSFORMATION, would be caught up in the duality of language: “It is either A or B. But it is not logical to be A and B at the same time.”
“God is omnipresent or He is not.” “God is in Parandham or He is here in the physical world; but He cannot be in both places at once.” “If I am God, then God cannot be Shiva.” (Even though it was explained that at the soul level there is no separation and the “proof” will be your own experience.)
Please see the futility, if you would; the “rational stupidity” of that.
Fortunately for us, there is “Quantum physics.” Then those “logical” and rational individuals will be challenged when there is something here, which exists at the same time, “there.” When something is “this” but at the same time, it is not.
Many paths one aim. SELF REALIZATION.
Every path is made perfectly for every soul. The Drama is beneficial for all.
Thank you for your kind comments and for your question.
Since your question is a bit personal, I will give general information about my experience in BK life, what you call “stages.”
I feel it is important not to go into specifics of my life, for it will not apply to every BK. I have no interest on playing “perfect guru,” I am just another human being learning from my own mistakes.
In my life I had the experience of what is typically called a “successful life.”
A good, cushy managerial position with a good pay, a big house with a pool and a Jacuzzi. The luxury car and expensive sports toys with it and a sweet and fun loving wife and my deeply respected and loved “double” sister (She is a BK as well.) That was my family.
All of that was gone after my “honeymoon” period with Baba ended. (First time in Madhuban.)
The Drama turned my life outside down. I was living by myself, having odd jobs including cleaning swimming pools and healing my heart from the pain of separation and isolation.
That lead into not having a good relationship with my BK sisters at the center for years. Therefore, I had to learn to survive in BK life without the typical sustenance. Baba and my double sister were of invaluable help to keep me going. I also learned that Baba was working through other beings who have helped me to heal my shattered self esteem.
I believe in following the BK life style constantly. That had helped me a lot. I do not need anyone to check on me. Life has taught me to do what it is in my heart and that is what I have done.
Loneliness is one of the first tests to pass or fail. That usually comes along with sex lust. I have been “tested to death” in that topic. Therefore, what I talk in that topic is out of experience.
I had “fallen in love” as well. Had painful moments in that through my attachments. However, those were karmic accounts that I needed to settle and which had helped me to grow. I wouldn’t have had the chance to experience those if I wouldn’t be a BK. Still, no matter what happened I had followed the BK life style. I believe in experiencing life 100%. I am one of those who have to experience the good and the bad. That is how some of these writings come into existence.
I had experienced the “child” stage of playing “BK good boy” around the seniors. I have experienced the “teenager” by being very rebellious to Baba’s sakar Murli and the “system.”
I have experienced attacks of subtle energies such as “ghosts.” I have experienced the pain of growing and the violence of not being tolerant…of being “young.” I have experienced not being understood, misinterpreted and defamed.
Once those tests related with EGO are gone; tests of being under uncomfortable situations may come. Life will give you back little by little what you need to go forward and other souls will come to help you. Not necessarily BKs, but souls or beings who could be wise in some aspects. This is God working through others.
Everyone has a different journey. You just need to trust yours and continue to be protected under that canopy of protection which the BK Maryadas offer.
I have learned that as long as I continue to be honest to what my heart tells me, I wouldn’t have a conflict. I have to trust that. It is my role. Therefore, part of the learning of a spirituality is to learn to tune in with your heart and to put your mind and ideas in the back-burner, far from you.
Trust life and beings who come close to you. Trust Baba. Trust yourself.
Do not be afraid. Just trust. That is where healing starts.
That is my mantra.
Thank you for the opportunity to share.
All the best.