In my life I have experienced “corrections” from every source: From my parents, from school teachers, from supervisors, from spiritual guides, from close ones, etc.
Nevertheless, my favorite “All time list of teachers” in this life, due to their gentle, wise and unpretentious teaching style is made by the following: Bill C.; Master Po; Mathias and BapDada.
That is it! 🙂
Through them I have experienced teachings without corrections.
This sharing will be about the significance of corrections in teachings in general.
Below a couple of videos; One with BapDada and the other with Master Po in action.
The issue with corrections is that it separates and usually builds some sort of “Ego,” that is “ego of superiority,” and the opposite of “not knowing, being unworthy,”etc.
In this game of opposite forces learning is not supported, but fear is the “carrot which will move the donkey.”
We fear being told in public about our mistakes. We fear the tone of voice of someone who feels to be “right” and wants to take advantage of that situation. There is no learning here but rejection of that “teaching style” and simple “following” for the sake of avoiding further emotional suffering.
Those corrections take different forms according to our spiritual level or maturity. From screaming your lungs out to someone to make yourself be heard, to “telling someone to change now , or otherwise…” to a more subtle manipulation of “If you don’t do this then, you do not belong to us.. and we are the “special” ones. You are gonna feel sorry..”
Those corrections tend to change people according to perceptions of what is right or wrong. Those corrections will be introduced in a subtle way or in a violent way with the only purpose of changing behaviors and not allowing individuals to change themselves.
Spirituality does not work like that.
I have observed that I became in tune with learning from someone, when these teachings came as a sharing of experience based on the integrity of the individual sharing the teachings.
In other words, if the person “walked the talk,” I will hear his voice. Hierarchies meant very little to me, positions the same, but integrity was a high value that all of a sudden opened up my interest in listening to someone.
In a typical recent Avaykt Murli, is interesting to hear and watch BapDada’s style to teach his “children.”
He doesn’t change his expression. He has a fine sense of humor with rhyming words in between and He does not have a hidden agenda as far as trying to change anyone.
He just shares what BapDada has to say and moves on.
Ultimatums are over. There are no poses of “knowing it all,” neither the arrogance of being a “teacher.”
The audience can observe and learn automatically by example.
That teaching is more than words. There are many who can talk very well, but their behavior, their manners; their vibes are not conducive to “listening.”
Teaching without giving corrections is the highest form of teaching. As an individual evolves in their capacity to assimilate spiritual teachings, words like: “Never, No, Do not, Musn’t,” are not needed. Those words close doors for experiencing life.
But again, those words may be needed when the baby is growing up until that baby is capable of understanding. Therefore, any form of teaching should be conducive to pursue further understanding in the “student.” Otherwise, it is plain manipulation.
If that language of “do not’s” is used in a “grown up,” there is no possibility of opening any sort of learning/teaching, but it becomes tyranny; for a “grown up” student needs to be able to discern by himself what is the right way to proceed in his own life without dependencies.
That is the trademark of a “true” teaching.
Gyan, this knowledge is amazing. As I mentioned many times; there is nothing like it when “revolved” in our minds and seeing its connectivity with life. It is Godly knowledge which is able to transform souls without the need of Gurus, expensive trips to ashrams, latest ”self-help” books or Holy CDs from a Ph.D.
It is just that our intellects require sometime to grasp it and even greater time to imbibe it. It is a matter of time.
However, as I had a talk yesterday with other BKs, it was brought up that one of the issues with current Sakar Murli is the translation.
Somehow many words have been used without an adequate translation which sometimes come across as “strong” and reminds me of the “catholic inquisition” times. When I hear that, I know that something is not “ticking” right. Now, things will escalate when that same translation into English is translated from there into other languages. We are not dealing necessarily with Hindi speakers translating the Murli into, let us say, Spanish; but we have usually a non-native English speaker translating that Murli into Spanish.
This game of translation will have a consequence if the language used in the original Murli is controversial.
The other issue is that the original Sakar Murlis have been ‘cut down’ and fitted into a nice 3 pages long Murli, where some phrases which may be considered “politically incorrect” to translate; have been left out. What we have left in the postings shared here from the actual Murli, is usually the “answer” to the question.
The essence for Dharna is an interpretation based on the Murli. Many times that interpretation is “black or white,” using language such as “never, only, you must, etc.” Commandments. Imposition. Orders.
Sakar Murlis have a force and magic, but at the same time; we cannot forget that it was meant for a culture different than western culture (and even current Indian culture) at a different time. Times have changed. There is greater diversity, greater entropy. Sakar murlis have deep points of knowledge which have not been fully “churned” yet, just to support current devotional behavior, traditions.
The paradox being to “break the traditional socio-cultural belief of that time- 1940’s” just to “settle down into the traditional devotional patterns of to-day.” This is interesting to note.
However, we have Avyak Murlis at this time. 🙂
BapDada is speaking those Murlis with the awareness of the time. There is extreme gyan in those avyakt Murlis which will help us in our current efforts. At the same time, BapDada does a great job incorporating those devotional, bhakti elements which are needed in the Indian culture (which are the majority of BKs, anyway.) Because of that simplicity and depth which is biased-free, I feel that according to times, there is a lot to be learned from those Murlis. Usually the “blessing” and “slogan” from a Sakar Murli are the points which a soul will remember …and that comes from an Avyakt Murli!
My point is, if it is possible to get those points of Gyan form an Avyakt Murli as it is starting to happen now (we are getting 2 short avyakt murlis every Sunday) that I feel is a great idea to start incorporating “newness” according to time. Those 1975 Avyakt Murlis shared so far, have deep points not found at any other place.
It is my “unlimited” wish to see more such Murlis at least 2 times per week.
Because, current gyan is there. The “drills” which Baba wants us to practice are there. Subtle efforts are spelled out there (such as concentration on the dot, pure wishes, service through the mind, the avyakt stage, etc.) which are not available in the Sakar Murli.. and, the ability to extend these teachings to a worldwide audience without restrictions.
May our awareness of the need according to time be greater than our love for traditions.