Whenever there is a strong recognition of something or someone who appears for the “first time” in our lives; there is something that we already know about them or that.
We may not be able to explain what it is. We may not be able to give a “reason.”
That strong recognition is insight.
We could read the words written by someone. We may feel aligned with those words for they allow us to remember something that we knew.
That is insight.
As our consciousness changes in our life time, we will be able to recognize things as “true” for us.
The mind could be deceiving. Our senses deceptive, but that insight is the driving force in our destiny if we recognize it.
The piece of the puzzle in life will fit as it is meant to be if we learn to listen to that insight.
Nothing happens out of a random whim. There is a script already going that will allow us to reach our destiny in life.
The clues are out there. Every experience, every encounter, every step is getting us closer to it.
That magic of “fitting in” gets disturbed through unnecessary thinking and by blindly following our emotions.
Thinking and emotions are the 2 extremes of human behavior.
It is in the above realization, when we could understand the necessity to allow our intuition, our insight to evolve in us, for that is the stamp, the mark that life has placed in us to uncover life itself through our own experiences.
That is how to “know the self” means to recognize that we are a piece of the “big puzzle” which moves harmoniously by flowing with the calling of that insight.
That is how we could be “true to ourselves.”
The mind collects information to figure out life. Many may think that the most information we acquire, the better off we are.
“I read all the books from Chopra, Dyer, Tolle, Krishnamurti, Osho, Lao Tzu, Plato, St. Augustine and Einstein.”
Did we recognize something in those books about ourselves which will help us to find ourselves? 🙂
To be a walking library of “self-help” authors does not mean that we could live life with joy.
“I have joined many religions throughout my life. I am very experienced in Spirituality.”
So what? 🙂
To bring a “Spiritual” resume with us does not mean that someone has found joy in his life. Joining a group does not mean joy. “Joining” and “Joy” are 2 different words. 🙂
When the piece of the puzzle fits the Totality, Joy is the only avenue. We have “arrived.” 🙂
Everything is already in us.
Why can’t we see it?
Why do we look out there for that insight which is in us already?
That may be another paradoxical aspect of life: To go out to search for something, which is inside. So much for that cliché.
However, that “inside” is only a door, a passage to recognize the outside as being the inside as well. 🙂
In the video shared about Mooji, he mentioned about the realization that “I don’t do anything as we get to explore the self with greater extent.” Notice that this is a realization through observation: I wake up, without an alarm I have “no control” of the time that I will wake up. Still with an alarm, many things could go “wrong,” the battery of the alarm, the fact that I went to sleep hungry and couldn’t sleep well and overslept, etc. If we look at every activity that we do, we will see the chain of “cause and effect” behind it… and in this life, how that “chain reaction” started without my “choosing.” Do we see that? 🙂
In the first video, we will explore a “brainy” point on predestination and the fact that “if I am not responsible for my own actions, because I really have no free will, then I cannot be accountable for my actions. I am not guilty of them.”
The above reasoning of course is used as a good argument to see the need for “free will;” otherwise, why put serial killers in jail, if they are not truly responsible for their actions?
In the second video with Mr. Eckhart Tolle; he discusses our “responsibility,” and that is in the well-being of our own consciousness. He even expresses about this illusory entity called the “me” (which agrees with Mooji)and then, he “enlightens” us with “Who you “are” is the primary consciousness. What you “do” follows that.”
Please pay special attention to those words and observe them in yourself as they have great significance.
Notice the video below, “The Quran speaks” a good program due to the questions the interviewer is asking. The questions are answered by Dr. Shabir Ally.
In this video we can see that all is about “justification” of God. How “free will” is necessary to get God out of the hook for “creating” evil(because He created good, he created evil as well because one side cannot exist without the other.) “Final outcomes are not predetermined,” even though often scriptures talk about God knowing beforehand what will happen. Not only that, the belief of reincarnation, goes beyond the realm of “free will” and “choosing,” because there is “cause and effect” in it. However, a “Heaven” and “Hell” puts the “choice” back into the individual.
This is the Muslim belief as well as the Christian belief and other God centered religions. There is Godly judgment, so you are responsible for your actions.
Note that there is no point in the conversation where the word “consciousness” is used. All is about faith and beliefs. “Some beliefs do not seem to be rather logical…” Dr. Ally points out; but there are some beliefs which more logical than others, I may point out; however that does not mean that those beliefs are “truth.”
In this video everything is about responsibility of actions. I am responsible for them and God will judge me and either give me eternal hell or paradise in return.
Finally, in this video by Adyshanti, the word “oneness” comes into the picture. If everything is one, who am I? Part of that oneness. This “idea” will flow nicely with Mooji’s, Tolle’s and Zen about non doing our own actions but rather actions flow through us as we identify with them. That is how the “me” appears. Therefore, by concentrating in our actions, we will not solve anything “wrong” unless we take care first of our consciousness, because our actions follows consciousness as Mr. Tolle pointed out.
Consciousness is primarily, awareness and our extent of awareness will dictate how responsible we could be.
How do I make sense out of all the above information?
Easy. Experience it for yourself. This is not a matter of belief.
There is obviously a consciousness of “doing things” for some. Others will find that they do not do anything. Either way, as long as our consciousness hasn’t changed, then our activities whether we “do them” or not, those activities cannot be “elevated” unless my consciousness precedes them.
Consciousness precedes commandments and rituals.
Responsibility of action then is a matter of consciousness not a matter of beliefs.
Interesting to note how nowadays, we have different philosophies and approaches to spirituality but all of them seem to point to the same Self Realization, Awakening, Soul consciousness, etc.
This video explains how the “Golden age,” or “Paradise” (depending on your belief) depicts that time before the presence of ego.
Ego appears as a consequence of that entropy which is what gives the experience of duality.
Note how in Christianity, some of the teachings of Christ point to egoless-ness when well “interpreted;” that is from those who have experienced the experience and not from those who only have the degrees (known as “experts” and dwell in “theory.”)
Ego is not “bad” but part of that experience which we call life. It is through the experience of ego, how we will return to “soul consciousness” again, that is awakening.
As Mr. Tolle explained through one of the teachings of Christ, (the parable known as “The prodigal son”) that is how we will go back home, through the understanding of that ego, or by “conquering ego.”
“Back to the Father’s home;” (as in the parable) which is a well known line in Brahma Kumaris.
Good video to watch:
One of the most used words in the BK vocabulary is the word “purity.”
In the Sakar Murli, purity means “brahmacharya,” that is celibacy.
The distinction was between those who followed a celibate life style and those who do not. Then, the distinction between “non-celibate” and “celibate” was replaced with a word which has a higher “respect,” and “importance,” that is “purity.”
“They are impure…” came to be a phrase of distinction.
As we heard the Avyakt Murli (but perhaps we forgot for we only hear it once a week) the word “purity” as BapDada uses it, encompasses more than celibacy, that is our words, thoughts and actions are without vices.
In English, purity means: “freedom from adulteration or contamination,” or “freedom from immorality.” The term also applies to the absence of vice in human character.
If we use those dictionary words, we can see that the popular: ”they are impure and we are pure,” is far from the reality. Why??
Raise your hand if you are free from contamination. 🙂 That is if you are free from vice…
Thus, it appears to me that unless we have reached the “karmateet” stage, we all belong to the “impure group.” How about that?
In the unlimited, that is in the Drama, we will see that every soul will experience their higher stage of virtuous living in their first role in the Drama, and from that point; it will decline.
Therefore, it is not that there is a clear distinction between a vice and a virtue. It is the same thing but in different degrees. Positive side and negative side, if you would.
In other words, detachment will become attachment after so many births. See that?
Therefore, to try to “get rid of attachment” means to get rid of detachment as well. 🙂 That is why only greater consciousness can give us back a virtuous behavior.
To put this explanation in different words, let us say that there is a battery. That battery when fully charged is called “detachment,” that same battery when empty of electrical power, is called “attachment.”
What is important to see is that the moment in every soul when power reaches 50% will be different for we are “numberwise” and that capacity of holding electricity is different among batteries.
The tricky part to recognize in this example is: at which level detachment becomes attachment for the first time?
Suffering is the gauge.
The point is that we cannot have a blanket statement that this one is “impure” and this other “pure” for there are many levels of that.
Moreover, the word “pure” is continually used as a source of pride and ego, when there are indeed very few at this time who have reached that state of being viceless.
To avoid that problem of labeling with the connotation of making a huge difference among human beings, when as demonstrated there may not be that much difference for “we are mixed together in a bag of candies,” with the only difference that some realize that and others do not; then the question is: which words can I use without hurting someone but at the same time, to be able to express with greater accuracy; when suffering makes the distinction of detachment becoming attachment?
Then, the words “identification with form” came to the rescue.
Those words are used by Mr. Eckhart Tolle in his explanation of suffering. (By the way; I truly recommend reading his book: “A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose.” Any Bk who is seriously studying ego, will receive lots of benefit. Many times I have found many of the explanations that Gyan gives there, with just different wording. As we know, Mr. Tolle does not have knowledge of the Drama so there will be some shortcomings, but as far as the study of ego, emotions and thoughts and the experience of the self which he calls:”Presence,” he has done a pretty good job in my view. There are only 3 books in my life, which i have read from cover to cover and this one is one of them.)
Those who suffer are identified with the “form.” That word “form” not only means physical form, but also our mind making an “object” out of everything. For example, if someone who I was waiting for does not show up, then my mind will make an “object” called feeling left out or forgotten and even not getting respect. That self created suffering is an “object” created by the mind which does not exist (for we do not know the “real” reason for the person not showing up.) Once we find out that reason as to why the person did not show up, we may not take it that personal.
Those words also fit nicely into the concept of “body consciousness,” which have been misinterpreted as denying the body.
Yes, we are caught up with words.
Then that attachment comes, when we first start identifying with a form.
See how nicely it fits? Otherwise, we will have to say: “that attachment comes when we first became impure.” 🙂 Which is completely meaningless. Why do we become impure? Drama… 🙂
In short, I feel that the words: “to be identified with a form” is a much better fit than the loaded word “pure” and also “impure.”
In those words, there is no separation among human beings and at the same time those words are able to express what happens in the “Unlimited” Drama which is beyond the “black and white” wordings of “pure and impure.”
Thank you for your question!
That is a mystery. Note that we explain our experiences based on our background information.
Mr. Tolle does not mention the word “soul” but he refers to this concept as “being.” He does not talk about soul consciousness either, but he mentions many experiences which are soul consciousness.
Because we have gyan, we could see the possibility for another “new” soul to have “entered” him. However, just like it happened to Brahma Baba, it will take sometime for this realization to sink in.
He is not the “only” person that had those “all of the sudden” transformations. Many gurus, nowadays have it. “Mooji” is one of them, which I could recall. “Something happened to him” and he became “enlightened.” As far as I am concerned, their experiences of “how they got there” is of no value for me. But when I read his book and I notice that those things which he is describing has happened to me, then I care about… 🙂
Note that Mr. Tolle does not have knowledge of the world Drama; he merely explains his experience and because he has an analytical mind, he can put the “why’s” to those experiences in “western” type of language (psychology/science/history) and because he “talks his walk,” people listen to him.
I seriously doubt that many people will follow what he is talking about. The questions he is asked in his book show me that; however, when people speak with him and interact with him, they follow him.
That is the beauty of talking your walk.
As I am reading the “Power of Now,” by Eckhart Tolle, I can recognize what he is talking about because I am experiencing it. To be fair, something similar was explained by J. Krishnamurti in one of his teachings about observing the self. I read that about 20 years ago. It became part of my “intellectual background,” just to say: “yeah, Krishnamurti explains the same idea.. Have you read him? Your ought to consider him..” Then, I look “good” under my buddie, Mr. Ego’s eyes.
But back then, I liked Krishnamurti but it was all intellectual for me and nothing practical.
That is the difference with “Now.”
Thanks to BK knowledge, I can see the importance of putting yourself into this “chamber” of “codes of conduct,” which for the uninitiated may seem like “robbing the taste for life.”
There is the celibacy, the self cooking vegetarianism, the waking up before 4 AM everyday, etc, etc. If you are single, there will be the experience of loneliness and the desperation to “get out of it.” 🙂
All of that, will “force anyone” to look at the self in action. Guaranteed or your money back.
You see, Eckhart Tolle was lucky as well as most Gurus. “Something happened” in their life that made them the way they are. Perhaps “enlightened,” but for you and I, simple mortals, there is the “dying alive,” which paradoxically only strong souls, deities are able to withstand. It is not like “going to your auntie’s home.” I could wake up tomorrow being enlightened and relate here how much bliss is surrounding me… but It will not happen…for I am a Brahmin soul. I have many karmic accounts outstanding waiting to be “collected,” so “enlightenment overnight,” is just not going to happen.
Therefore; I have observed my thoughts and realized that my thinking is “not real” but the issue is that “I believe it to be real.” As Mr. Tolle mentions, my thoughts are coming from the past or building this uncertain future as to how things should be or afraid of the future becoming something else. None of that is the “Now.” Reality. Just plain “waste.”
However, As long as I believe in that mental chatter, suffering will arise. Once that goes away, Ego goes away and there is the opportunity to “die alive” to live a “new” life again, as Mr. Tolle explained. I have experienced that in my little experiment of one day. A self -retreat in my little apartment, with no outside scape.
To observe our thoughts and emotions is “effort.” Awareness is required. A “normal” individual without the background of spiritual practices, will not have the determination to follow up with this, just because he will be busy “being successful” or taking care of his own attainments in life. Most will put these teachings into the “intellectual realm.” It is safer… 🙂
BK gyan, on the other hand; emphasizes the awareness of what we are, the soul. In that experience, thoughts will stop for as long as we can hold the experience. For that Baba, is continually shifting our awareness from”Me” into “YOU.” “You did it,” “You are the one who gives benefit and not me,” etc. It is another method to disengage from that mind which is deeply entrenched with the “ID” of “ME” which is just a mental construct because, that “ME” is never static. It is always changing.
To look at our thoughts without judging them, just to catch when a thought or an emotion comes up, is a deep task to recognize the “self and its own psychological pains.” At the same time, that means “freedom,” from that cage of the mind.
Therefore, I found that to meditate is to go beyond thoughts; for only beyond thoughts we can deal with that which is “real.” That is the experience of who we truly are. In that way meditation is like medicine for the mind, because it takes the mind away from the “rat race” of thoughts. We need to feel who we are. Feeling is not thinking.
The aim, is to live life in a meditative state.
That is why we meditate with the eyes open. 🙂
A Bk friend of mine (Who I have a lot of respect and love for) insisted that “I need to read the “Power of Now,” By E. Tolle.
This time, I took the “effort,” and I am finding lots of “wealth” in it.
Attached is a “free pdf” that I found on the internet.
Below, some things that i am finding interesting in this reading:
First, I value Mr. Tolle’s experience. I find his experiences similar to what I have experienced at some level.
Second, it puts Baba’s gyan in a more “westerner” perspective, less devotion and more understanding.
Third, concepts such as “soul,” “soul consciousness,” “God,” and “ego,” are placed in a different view (once we match his descriptions to Baba’s concepts.) Some of those, bring greater understanding to concepts which Baba uses all the time, such as “Maya,” the “vices,” “body consciousness,” etc. In this case, according to Mr. Tolle, is the “Maya of the mind. (even though we know, the sanskara of thinking is using the mind to express,) the point is to “feel” the explanation rather than to find the exact source of “thinking too much.”
Mr.Tolle does a great job describing what I feel any BK soul should be aware of, that is to understand our own emotions.
Like Tolle himslef pointed out, let us not be caught up with words and terminology but hopefully we could recognize some of the things that he is describing as ‘true’ due to our own experience… Then, this book will be of value for our spiritual edification.
I value Mr. Tolle ability to articulate inner feelings and observations/experiences into words.
Definitely, worthwhile to read to better understand the process of “dying alive.” Enjoy! 😉