The influence of ancestors and family members
The family unity is the root feeding the experience of every leaf, every family member.
It is not just the feeling that we are “One,” but rather it goes back to our own roots and the relationship of those roots with the whole.
The family that we currently are in, is part of this conscious experience. There is a plan, which wasn’t planned. It is just the way it is.
Basically, every family member is there to “learn” from each other and to “work things out” in the development of every member. The stories may be different, the degree of relationship different, the level of intensity may vary, but each member brings in their own contribution to the family tree.
For the individual who is aware, that is a great opportunity to learn about himself.
Is there something, which you can see in your sibling or parents, which you do not like? ☺
You have that characteristic as well.
Is there a “virtue” which you like about a family member?
It is yours as well.
The degree of those characteristics may change; the stage in our life when that particular characteristic becomes visible to us may have different timing, but it is there, latent, ready to be expressed at some time.
Therefore, an easy way to learn about ourselves is in the relationship with our family members. There is no one else who could be able to bring the “best of us” and because of that, the “worst.”
A family has a Life span. Every member will bring unity with that whole just to separate at different times.
There is a time for dissolution of the family, just like everything else in Life. That time is misunderstood by most individuals influenced by collective beliefs.
For instance, Gabriela was a very famous woman. She married a popular man as well. It was a Cinderella story where eternal Love was promised. The couple had children. This family was the “great example” for others to follow. The belief of only one marriage in Life, which should last “forever,” is a common desirable belief worldwide.
This famous couple separated after a few years. That was painful for Gabriela and her now, ex-husband.
Gabriela’s sister was unknown to the public, but she married another unknown man and their marriage lasted “forever.”
Even though Gabriela re-married and was able to observe how much she had learned through the experiences of that previous marriage, she couldn’t help but to compare with the “lucky” destiny of her sister.
The social stigma of having a “failed marriage” was hunting her down, even though she was enjoying life. Gabriella felt like a failure to her children.
As most people age, their faces and body will show the pain and anguish of not fulfilling their ideas of a “perfect Life.”
Gabriella’s children may feel the discomfort and trauma of not being “normal.”
Some individuals may not know who their “biological parents” are.
What is their root, then?
The whole, the Universe. Those individuals are meant to learn about themselves as a reflection of the World.
Many cultures give a very special deference to the ancestors, the roots.
Every family has a particular characteristic, which could be perceived by others.
That particular characteristic may be the one to be aware of.
That is the gift if a virtue, or the material to create the gift…work in progress.
Our relationship with family members could bring us a sense of balance and closure in Life: Attachment while in unity will bring suffering when dissolution arrives. Detachment when it is the time for unity, will bring a wasted opportunity for knowing ourselves through the mirror of that relationship.
Timing is the most important aspect in any relationship.
When a person is going through an emotional healing experience; sooner or later, the family members will need to be involved in that healing.
A family is like the Rubik’s cube. If only one face of the cube is complete, there are 5 sides, which are “out of balance.” The whole cube is dependent on the completion of every face of the cube.
When the whole cube is displaying a solid color in each face, there is completeness, there has been healing.
If one a member of a family advances in consciousness, automatically everyone else in that family will move a step forward as well.
Because we are One.
Words used to take us away from a new consciousness
A little depth today…. 🙂
In life, the Universe, the Cosmos, etc (pick the label) everything is movement. Our cells move. The Earth moves. The Sun moves, thus “our” consciousness moves as well.
The paradoxical aspect of that movement is that to “move” implies to go away from what something “is” however, that movement is meant only to go back to the same position. In other words, “something” moves away from itself just to meet itself again.
Isn’t that paradoxical?
Does it make any sense? 🙂
Karma is like that. An action moves from the “doer” just to come back to him.
Any movement from “being” into becoming will necessarily go back to that “being” again.
This is the premise behind “eternal return.”
When we deeply realize this by just observing Nature, we could allow our insight to take us away from the mundane.
That is why there is no beginning of time. That is just an intellectual logical premise which does not work with the paradoxical nature of the Universe, life, the Cosmos, etc.
It is a circle. Life is a circle with no beginning or end.
Nevertheless our minds are caught up in conceptual thinking.
We want a “beginning,” therefore we ask:
“Who created the Universe?”
It always existed. It just changes, moves to be like it was “before.” 🙂
The word “creator” may need to be redefined if we would like for the “Big Guy” to keep his job.
The Moon has phases from our perspective but paradoxically, those phases do not exist.
The phases of the Moon are:
New, waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full, waning gibbous, third quarter, waning crescent, new Moon again.
Do we see the cycle?
It moves away from itself to become itself again.
The above phrase, has more importance than what it looks like.
The moon does not have to do anything for this movement to occur. It just happens. If the Moon had human consciousness, then the Moon could make “effort” to become a full moon again… The Moon could believe that a “full moon” is better than a third quarter.
If we deeply understand that, we could see the futility of believing in a “place” called Paradise which will last forever, when everything is change and… when there is no “creator.”
Paradise is a state of consciousness not a place. It is a state of fullness which then will move away from itself to become itself again, later on.
Every human being is like a Moon. Every human has a state of fullness, which occurs at different “time,” that is why there is variety of consciousness in life.
Our experiences are different and that makes our consciousness. Every one of us has different experiences, which are automatically meant to change us, to change our consciousness.
Paradoxically the “choice” to change at a certain time, is in us. That is when our awareness awakens.
To enjoy a different consciousness is a matter of openness to life. It is a matter of having the honesty to search within.
That change of consciousness does not happen through rituals, beliefs or physical practices.
There is not “doing” that could change consciousness.
The beauty is that our consciousness will change whether we want it or not, because everything moves, everything changes; everything evolves… just to become itself again. Just like the Moon.
Nevertheless, a not welcomed change in the horizon of life, will bring suffering.
It is almost as if the Moon wants to stay in “full moon” all the time.
Thanks God… 🙂 the Moon does not have ego; that is why it does not suffer… but human beings have ego, therefore…there is suffering in that “natural” movement away from itself.
“Things exist for a purpose” is an empty phrase in Nature.
Perhaps in the human world of business, but not in Nature, the Universe, the Cosmos, life.
Ego thrives in purpose.
Ananda was sitting by a tree in a hot morning in the Summer.
Is it the purpose of that tree to give shade to Ananda?
If the tree had ego, the tree could say:” Ananda. Thank me for giving you shade in this hot summer.” 🙂
If the tree had a business mentality, the tree could say: “ Ananda, I charge a dollar a minute for my “cooling” services… but today everything is 20% off. What a bargain!” 🙂
The purpose of a tree is not to give shade. Shade just happens because the tree is there.
Day and night just happens because there is a Sun and there is the Earth rotating in its axis.
The “purpose” of the Earth rotating is not to give day and night to humans. It just happens to be like that.
The Universe is consciousness (paraphrasing a reader) and consciousness allows us to have a certain experience. That is why reality is according to our consciousness.
Some will see the Universe and consciousness as being separated, that is when the “I” is present. This is the actual “collective consciousness” of the present time.
Oneness. We are all interrelated. There is no purpose out of anything. It is the way it is.
The minute we could see this, that is the minute that we will stop asking “why?”
If our minds are trapped in finding a creator, a purpose, a better place such as Paradise; we will miss the beautiful experience of just being…. Our intellectual minds will not allow us to enjoy.
Everything will move, will change… but we will be stuck in our beliefs, our ideas, our ego… until we become aware of them. That is the time when the “waning crescent” appears in the sky to give birth to a “new Moon,” a new consciousness.
Purifying through Catharsis
In the world of spirituality there are many religions and many teachings from many teachers. Many self-help books and experiences to relate “how to become a better person.” Nevertheless, in the world of catharsis there are significant emotional and mind changes which just arrive at the right time.
Once a tree starts to grow up twisted, there may be a need to attach a straight pole to it, so the tree becomes straight. This is the teaching on “how to correct” someone. Correction is not about punishment and using fear, but to give a “real” opportunity to follow another behavior. That is the purpose of the pole, to show what is “straight,” to something which is growing twisted.
In the spiritual world that straight pole is made up by religious beliefs. Religions have beliefs. “ I believe in this and that.” If you do so, then you belong. A belief is merely that pole meant to straighten up something which is growing twisted. The practice and following of a belief will accomplish that “change.” However, there is another crucial and deeper change and that is when the pole is taken away… when that happens our emotions may appear unsettled.
Here is when attachment is known, not as an idea but we could actually feel it. The same thing with a sense of insecurity, a sense of not being able to stand up straight in life without that pole which has helped for many years or many months in our journey.
In reality, it is the world of our emotions and the perception of our mind on things around us, which are capable of twisting our path, twisting our world… thus, a process of catharsis becomes a healing aid. Once those emotions are captured, once those emotions are understood, through a sensible mind; then our behavior, our personality will change.
Note that this is not about following a regulation, a rule or a commandment. There cannot be a lasting change, a full catharsis until our own emotions have been healed, and our mind allows our feelings to take over.
Then at that point, a transformation will follow by itself, naturally out of that new openness. That is when the heavy emotional burden is let go.
If there is a word which could convey what is like to experience a catharsis; that word is to “let go.” Let go of that previous self, let go of old ideas and beliefs. Let go of old impregnated emotions and mindsets.
To follow a commandment or a rule cannot accomplish that lasting change for it is just about convincing the mind to stick with something. Nevertheless, that pole meant to straighten the growing tree is a first important step but not the end result.
A tree will grow nevertheless. Being twisted or straight it is a matter of our own vision; but happiness can come when that tree is following what is meant to be.
This is not a decision coming from a thinking mind, but rather, an open heart.
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Question: OM SHANTI: I am BK Kushal from Nairobi,Kenya. I wanted to say that I want full details of the Seed, Kalpa Tree and the Eternal World Drama Cycle because I want to become a spinner of the discus of self-realization.
Thank you for your question.
You can do a search on those terms in the blog. Many articles have been written already on your questions.
Here is one on “spinning the discus”
As far as the knowledge of the “seed and the kalpa tree,” it is very simple. From One,(seed) it goes to many (tree) just to become One again. From one way of doing things, it goes into many ways (variety) so it can go back into one way again.
From one religion, it goes into many so it can become one again. From One language, it goes into many languages so it can become one language again…. Do you get the idea? 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and my greetings to all BKs in Kenya!
The great knowledge of the Seed and the Tree.
If we can understand the graphic above, we will be able to grasp the whole knowledge.
It is the movement from the inside of a seed which little by little breaks down and propels “souls” through a circular pattern. The first inner circle is known as the “Golden age,” then those souls will be taking rebirth until getting into the second circle (silver age) then the third circle (copper age) and finally the 4th circle (Iron age.) Note that the souls ahead will be propelled by the souls behind as the souls ahead will lose “momentum.” There is continuous movement in every circular chamber with every seed particle (soul) coming with greater force (power) into expansion. Once the 4th circle is completed, those souls will take the “shuttle,” the tube or line back to the seed. That is it.
This is the knowledge about us souls. The seed expands into a tree just to become a seed again once it reaches maximum expansion. This movement is eternal and identical in every iteration.
“Enjoy it, it is just a ride.”
Parallels between Hinduism and Christianity
It is interesting to note that all religions are connected, for as we know, the trunk is one; and from that trunk; many branches will emerge (religions.) The trunk comes from the seed which is the “unmanifest,” the absolute; which will evolve into the “manifest” or relative.
The above terminology is borrowed from Mr. Wolfe’s writing. Titled “Parallel teachings of Hinduism and Christianity,” which is in a link above for your review. If you do not have time to read any other pages, I would strongly suggest reading the appendix titled: “Brahman and the concept of Supreme God.” (Page 23.)
Here we see the constant change in paradoxical views of reality. To take one side of the coin as the whole coin is just to miss the complete coin.
Taoism with its concept of “Tao,” explained this reality which cannot be put into words; that is what in Brahma Kumaris is known as the Drama. Zen Buddhism added that even though the truth cannot be put into words, it needs to be explained with words… That is why, we have “interpretations.” 🙂
Similarly, the conceptualization of God as a “personal God” or an “impersonal God” through the forces of the Drama is viewed. (See explanation by Mr. Wolfe) It just depends on our viewpoint and understanding. In other words what we perceive as a separate entity, as God; may not be manifested by itself; but its experience encompasses the timing of the impersonal Drama as well. It is a game of both coming together and being experienced either as “separate” or as the “same” according to our understanding.
The leaf on a tree had one side of it colored yellow due to being exposed to a burning sun. The other side of it, was green; because it wasn’t exposed to the brutal sun.
Two birds were discussing about the color on that leaf. One was positioned on the floor, looking up. That bird saw the color of the leaf as being green. The other bird was positioned at the top of the tree, looking down and perceived the color of the leaf as being yellow.
None of those birds wanted to meet each other to see the other viewpoint, but rather defended their position with attachment to their own perceptions. Even though both of them were right; at the same time; they were wrong. Paradox.
Moral: Listening to someone means to put my ideas aside and to meet that person from his perspective, to understand.
The tree of life
As I look at a tree, the word defines it as a dirty stigma
Knowing is dividing that tree in roots, trunk and crown
Just as life becomes dissected, killing a precious enigma
In the name of progress; while the spirit slowly drown
If we could perceive the crown as the roots
We couldn’t talk for words divide
In truth, seeds of the roots are in the fruits
While a book separates and hide
The trunk of the tree is in the branch
We all come from the same old seed
branches don’t profess that creed,
although we came from the same ranch
To see truth only in the seed is to forget the leaf
The Sun pursued and married mother Earth
And that tree is the child who they gave birth
That is a family and not a single tree, to be brief!
If we could see that life is not separation
If we could see that a tree is in the seed
We could live life with greater elation
And humanity finally, could take the lead