Questions and Answers, November – December 2014
Q: Is Hinduism a religion? If yes, why are there so many sub-divisions, castes and sub-castes?
A: Hinduism is a state. “Ha” represents the Sun. “Indu” represents the moon. They are the two key meridians which create balance in our system. These “Ida” and “Pingala” nadis or meridians, which balance the heat and cold aspect of our system. If the sun and moon are balanced, which means if the heat and cold are in equilibrium, the person is healthy. One full day means day time and night time. If we dissect it roughly, 3AM to 6AM is the Satwic time which is represented by our Middle Meridian called Sushumna. The moon represents tamas or inertia and partial darkness or sleep and rules over 3PM to 3AM – almost 12 hours which is represented by the moon meridian. The rest of the day, which is represented by the sun 6AM to 3PM is action or rajasic time. This is the time for 100% “terrestriality” or the up and down swings of a “caged” existence. Earth can be considered a cage or prison because our choices are limited to our available awareness and restricted, elemental boundaries such as body, space, time, air, heat, water and earth. So, when we address one as a Hindu, it only means that the person is expected to be in perfect equilibrium. This is also the responsibility each “Hindu” carries – the constant display of perfect objectivity and equanimity. Also, perfection in tolerance and deliverance of non-violence at all times. A true Hindu should solve differences through discussions which maintain inner peace and never through arguments, aggression and violence or anything that destroys peace. This means, Hinduism is a state and not a religion. Anyone can be a Hindu if their operating level matches the state of perfect peace and non-violence within. It also signifies that when the elements are in balance, the emotions and the operations in the world are also in balance. There are no excesses in the system. There are no imbalances. Hence, when we say Hindu, it means we expect the person to be in balance, equanimity, peaceful and loving in the society. When there is imbalance in the system, there is negativity, which means anger, hatred, and violence – so on and so forth. When the elements are in balance, then the expression is love, kindness, compassion so on and so forth. So, become all that and you will become a Hindu. 🙂 There are numerous constitutions and characters on earth. Each being is a unique constitution. One who is predominantly satwic – operating on selflessness, love and kindness, one who has less selfish desires is expressing the qualities of Brahmin, which also means close to the supreme consciousness. The nature of supreme consciousness is unconditional love. One who is aggressive and warrior-like is usually classified as Kshatriya, the warrior/ ruler class who possess the ability to protect all other beings. Another type of people who possess skills of trade is called Vysya. Those who are hunters and are used to working close to earth were classified as Shudras. None of these classifications are superior or inferior to one another. They just signify the orientation of the individual. This is how classes originally happened. Then, they became castes. Then it paved way to intolerance, apartheid and un-touchability to reservations and corruption. I believe that nothing is a birthright or an ornament. We should be human beings first and foremost. Then comes caste and religion. Caste and religion are totally insignificant if people be good and do good, especially if they express godliness and kindness consistently and unconditionally. Only their individual constitution or orientation makes the person. Nothing is high or low. Ignorance has degenerated operating methods. The same is visible in the case of classes and castes as well. Racism and castism are blatant expressions of total ignorance.
Q: Is this why there are 330 Million Deities in the Hindu system?
A: Yes. Each deity is a representation of the supreme un-manifested – just like you and I. Each incarnation is a manifestation. Each thought, word, action is a manifestation. Everything should remind us of the silent yet potent force which manifests through billions of creations. The subtle is the unseen and not recognizable through senses, force that moves the machinery called existence in the universe. Every plant, tree, river and stone is its manifestation. There is a part of it in everything. This is represented by the 330 Million deities. So, how do we worship them all? Simple. Worship the one that is close to you. Your own soul! The subtlest of you can be found only when we detach from our gross aspects. When we go deeper and deeper into the subtle aspect of us, we will start feeling its manifestations in a moment to moment level. We cannot perceive it through any of our senses and the mind. We can only perceive its manifested forms just like you and I. Through connecting to the essence behind the manifestations, we will start feeling the essence all the time. Then we will start operating in the essence level – shedding the lure of the gross manifested level. In other words, we will fathom the size of the whole ice-berg which is huge under-water, much bigger than its manifested aspect above water. The source can only be experienced. None of our faculties can understand it, except some aspects of its gross manifestation. And gross manifestations are bound by time, space, beings and also situations. They are temporary. They change. Hence, the essence behind the manifestation is very vital to be connected. That is why in our system we say everything is manifestation of God so that we will start seeing only God everywhere. This is preliminary towards seeing God inside yourself. When we start seeing God outside in everything, we will always stay connected to God and then we will automatically get diverted to the God inside us. The God within! This is the real you. Then you will know that there is no difference. All are one. Every being is one. All are extensions of one God and that God is the subtlest un-manifest form which runs the universe. Then we realize that we ourselves are the universe. There is nothing apart from us because we are the essence and not the sundry perishable manifestations. So, the 330 Million Gods represent every flavour of our existence. The types, shapes, forms, characters, emotions, needs, so on and so forth. And you are free to connect to any of them as per your constitution. When you connect to the manifested form of your constitution outside of you, it serves as a mirror to yourself. In other words, you can only connect to a God that represents your constitution. Only then can you attain unity and fulfillment. The path says that you can see nothing except God in all manifestations. Now it is up to the seeker to get there.
Q: In Hindu path, only Lord Vishnu – the one who sustains creations has taken many avatars. Why are the creator, Lord Brahma and the dissolver Lord Shiva not taking any avatars?
A: 🙂 This is a good question. Look at this aspect objectively. The answer is within the question. As far as a creator is concerned, once the creation is over, his job is over. Imagine the builder of your house. He built your house but, he is not staying in your house, right? He built it, handed it over to you, whose destiny is to live in that house which you chose to create through the creator whom you hired and he left as soon as his job is done. Now, Maha Vishnu is the sustainer. He is the one who needs to ensure that you live your life the way you chose it. He is the one who is responsible for the well-being of the environment so that the occupation is supported until it should be or as long as it takes, or even as long as destiny permits. He needs to come time and again to preserve the sanctity of the environment to ensure the right habitat is preserved for the right experience. Lord Krishna explains this beautifully in Bhagavad Gita. “Paritraanaaya Sadhoonam, Vinashaayacha Dushkritam Dharma Samstaapanaarthaaya Sambhavaami Yuge Yuge” Meaning: In order to protect the one who is benevolent and remove the ones who are malevolent from the world; And to preserve the dharma (truthful/rightful duty) of terrestrial existence, I appear (Happen) in each era (Yuga) or I happen again and again. His job is to preserve and maintain Dharma. This is why He must “happen” again and again in human form to handle the human mess. 🙂 Also remember, he says “happen” which means his appearance is a happening which also brings forth many liberated souls to wear the human form and accompany the highest consciousness in his mission. Those who come with awareness never falter in the journey. They display extreme conviction, commitment and consistency. Examples: Hanumanji, Vidura, Uddhava, Radha, Lakshmana so on and so forth. Lord Shiva is the dissolver. His job is to recycle creation. He needs to come only one time, and need not come in disguise at all, to dissolve the whole thing. His job is to nullify the existence of manifested creations or recycle them. Why should he take various avatars for a simple job like that? 😀 Lord Shiva has adorned many temporary forms to reach and guide his devotees. But they are not full-fledged avatars like that of Maha Vishnu who visits each era in an un-ignorable and often irresistible form. We do remember how Bhagawan Shiva came to Adi Shankaracharya in the form of a cobbler to shake him up from the slumber of his egocentric intellect and bring forth wisdom. Bhagawan Shiva asked Sankara “What can move? This body? This body is made of dead organisms and comes alive only with the help of the soul. Hence, there is no difference between your body and that of mine. The soul? The soul is everywhere and is immovable. Your soul and my soul are one and the same.“ Delusion can happen to even great masters at times. God out of sheer love always brings them back to light. So, there you go. The creator and dissolver only do a one time job. The maintainer needs to maintain the place time to time. So, he chooses various forms as per the need of the situation and the size of the activity. His duration of being at the location is also directly dependent on the gravity of the problem. Now, understand that these three great deities whom we worship are three aspects of the one and only non-manifested supreme consciousness. So, once again, it is up to us to transcend the three aspects of ourselves and get there or merge into the supreme consciousness without a trace of any existence ever.
Q: The Karma Story?
A: Karma is like a flowing river. It flows through lifetimes. Karma is alive because of the bubbles of desires that happen in our consciousness every moment. Karma is like a live organism. The Sanchita karma, or collective karma is like an ocean. Many rivers of karma joins this ocean and maintains its water level. The rivers are many, but, some of the key rivers that serve as amazons to the ocean are personal karma that provoked an incarnation, karma from the lineage, karma from the society as well as acquired karma due to our own non-understanding or ignorance (which is usually caused by sundry desires, opinions and emotions). All these and many more rivers serve water into the ocean. Once the water becomes the ocean, it is all salt water. All are just karma. So, individual existence is provided by karma, experiences are also provided by karma. Good and bad experiences are also karma oriented. There is nothing apart from karma. Everything has its root in karma. This is the same from this birth till death as well as all births and deaths. Karma less state is possible when all that we say and do are objective and we are not bound by anything terrestrial. ” Na punyam, na paapam, na saukhyam, na dukham…. Shivoham”. This means, no merits, no sins, no happiness nor sorrow. My state is perpetually that of Shiva – perfect equanimity and bliss. Mind will stay as long as there is karma. Mind will wither away when we do not use it anymore. In relationships, people should be considered as flowing rivers. Karma keeps them flowing from time to time and place to place. Whenever we try to put people into frames, it disrupts the natural flow and the relationship suffers. The main cause for failure in relationships are because of frames that people create in their mind. Frames are nailed by expectations. Expectations often disrupt the free flow of the river. When blockages happen in the river, when water is prevented from flowing, it breaks its boundaries, swells and overflows. Same with relationships. Never put people in frames. Allow free flow. Guide them through kindness and compassion. Nurture them with love. If love is the operating energy, only good things will happen in life. Society will be cleaner. Remember – All those who put others in any kind of frames have suffered, Each and every one of us are helplessly bound by karma in this lifetime and through lifetimes. Even though karma is unconsciously being created each moment, the resultant suffering is absolutely choice-less as well. Every thought, word and action along with emotion, every expression, paves way for that. Man is helplessly bound by karma. Everything and anything that everyone thinks, speaks and does are all bound by karma. There is none immune from it. Nobody is high or low in karma. Their set of experiences could be different. But, none immune. The field and place of operation, the flavor of character and constitution as well as the duration is determined by karma. It is karma that gives birth to an existence, maintains it and destroys it during every incarnation and beyond.
Q: How do we get there? How do we get liberated?
A: The best way to cure darkness is to bring light. The path outside should lead to the path within. Dig deeper into the essence of you and you will see its manifestations everywhere around you. Go within. Withdraw the senses and mind into your core and evaporate them systematically through merging them into the consciousness that supports our existence.
Q: How do the seven chakras help? A: They are the transformers regulating the flow of praana into the system. Leave the chakras alone. When your alignment is perfected, due to your non-interference into your own system, all chakras will quite spontaneously function perfectly well. It would be advisable not to pay much attention to chakras when you are in the path of dissolution. It is the path of pathless. Concepts should dissolve before the mind dissolves. Concepts block smooth journey. Concepts sit in the mind. When concepts sit in the mind, there is no possibility of dissolving the mind. So, we need to learn to accept, understand, and not resist ourselves and life around us. This way, concepts will lose its value. And mind will become insignificant.
Q: I have heard there are chakras in the head apart from the seven vertically positioned chakras.
A: Yes. They are more of centres than chakras. They do not have a functional role like chakras. They are positions or centres which help determine where you stand or where you have reached in your ascension. The key centres in the head apart from the third eye (Ajna) and the Crown Chakra (Sahasrara) are Kailas, Bodhini, Bindu, Nada and Kala. These are called Upper Aadhars, platforms or centres (Melaadhaar). Only up to Ajna can the gunas follow. Beyond Ajna it is all Nirguna, guna-less or subtle.
Q: Mohanji, I see that you are avoiding using the word Kundalini. Why?
A: Avoid concepts. Avoid all concepts. I would have avoided the word Chakra as well. Lesser concepts we carry, easier we can release the mind. Hence, Feel. Feel. Feel. This is better for a smooth journey. Concepts always bind us. Concepts are traps. They activate the mind matter. It is addictive. We love and hate people and materials based on our concepts. Due to concepts, mind stays alive longer and prevents our dissolution, which is our birthright. This is like the pages or files that we have opened and kept in our computer that prevent us from shutting down the computer after use. We have to close all the files before we can shut down the computer otherwise the computer stays operational. Mind always binds us to an existence. This maintains the past residues in some way.
Q: How do residues of lifetimes prevent transit?
A: It does not prevent transit. It slows us down. It delays the process. Residues are impressions carried out of emotions pertaining to events from each lifetime. We may have taken thousands of lives. And life is always evolutionary. We keep evolving life after life. Hence, before a series of human existence, we might have taken many incarnations as other beings, of other species. A residue from all these lives is possible as the reason for our character traits of this life. This is why each incarnation is complex. We can never estimate any incarnation. We will grossly fail to understand the subtlety or the reason behind the character trait of each incarnation. Hence, we cannot judge or condemn anyone. This is why I said the residue delays transit.
Q: What actually happens when we meditate/concentrate on our inner world – per se the centres of our head zone? Why I used the word zone is because we cannot say this in association with the physical head.
A: Yes. Physical head is just a suggestion or a location for concentration. Through or by concentrating within our physical head, we transcend the barrier or dimension of the physical. The clear advantage is, we as humans are a bundle of acquired concepts. Our everyday reality is just the projection of a particular concept on an external object. We consistently do that. We do acquire new concepts from time to time. But, we can never realize the truth by hoarding/entertaining concepts. The external world for us can be considered as manifestation of our concepts. We see the world according to our concept and not according to the truth. Our opinions are also extensions of our concepts. Our thought process and character are also influenced by our concepts. There are no people. Just walking and talking concepts. 🙂 Have nothing to do with them. 😀 Thus, we are totally bound by the relative existence. The problem with concepts is that concepts make everyone feel that they are right all the time because their testing stone is their own acquired concepts. It also gives a false feeling that others are wrong. The right and wrongs of life are usually offspring of individual, social, moral, religious, educational concepts. Governments and dictators manipulated and bound their subjects with concepts. Concepts reduce tolerance. It binds mind to frames. The socio-moral frames which destroy spontaneity of life are all formed out of concepts. If karma is equal to fulfillment, concept is anti-fulfillment and hence anti-karma. It binds man to repetitive existence because it prevents spontaneity and hence fulfilment. The gunas (Satwa, Rajas and Tamas) that the creator used to form flavours in constitution in its creation also aid the creation of concepts in the mind. We look at or understand a person, or a situation based on our software which is basically flavoured by the gunas. Thus, we can see or understand a person or a thing only based on what software is within/inside us. This is very limiting. When we withdraw from the external world and start dwelling in the centres of our head zone, we start seeing the truths. The un-distorted truths! That too, without the bias baggage based on our concepts. Then there can only be unconditional love.
Q: Many people meet you, feel you at many places in your physical absence. Is this astral presence?
A: No. It is operation from consciousness. Physical and astral have limitations. Unit based limitations. Both has volume. Both are space bound. Consciousness wise there is none. So, when I come to you, it is the consciousness that is reaching you. Or, in other words, it is operating through the consciousness that is with you all the time. This is neither bound by time, space or property. This will stay as it is beyond a physical existence too and hence, it is not even bound by an incarnation. All incarnations are part of it. All are united by this. And consciousness does not have to reach you. It is always with you, around you and within you. It just solidifies into the form or experience that is in need. The intensity of your connection to my incarnation makes it tangible for you as vision, presence, fragrance or vibrations. It has in fact nothing to do with the physical body. Physical body is just an object of connection or concentration. It is the consciousness that is at work beyond time, space and physical. This is why Christ Consciousness and Krishna Consciousness exists even today, many years after they physically removed their incarnations.
Q: What are Kriyas?
Q: What are the major classifications or types of Bhakti (Devotion)?
Shantha Bhaav Bhakti – This is a relaxed, non-interfering devotion. There is no demand from the seeker to the sought in this aspect. The seeker is happy to be around and always ready to give a helping hand, but needs or asks nothing. The seeker is always peaceful and tranquil. Vidura of Mahabharatha expressed this type of devotion.
Daasa Bhaav Bhakti – Devotion with the attitude of a servant. Hanumanji is the most famous example as the exponent of this style. He was awakened, but, because of his awakening, he knew who Lord Ram was and dedicated himself to the service of the avatar. He even mentioned to Ram to permit him to continue to serve him by keeping the flavour of duality as two separate bodies or entities, ignoring the unifying consciousness which makes them one. “Let me stay separate from you so that I can see you outside of me and serve you as Avatar Ram and I shall keep the illusion that I am Hanuman, separate from you as a separate entity. The moment I realize and start operating in the realization that we are indeed one, I may stop serving you. So, please allow me to maintain this illusion” This is illusion by choice. This may feel awkward for an average seeker who is always craving for a total merger with the supreme consciousness. This also clearly demonstrates the intensity of Hanumanji’s daas bhaav. He also said “This body of Hanuman is at your service. This mind is your servant; your wish is my command. Yet, this soul is one with your soul. Soul-wise, you and I are one”. Hanumanji perfected Daas-Bhaav or servant-hood in devotion which totally annihilates the ego element at all times. This bhaav helps dissolution much faster. One of the most powerful of all bhakti bhaavs is Daas Bhaav.
Sakhya Bhaav Bhakti – Friendliness – Being friends with God. Arjuna of Mahabharatha and Sugreeva of Ramayana expressed this flavour towards Lord Krishna and Lord Rama respectively. They respected the respective avatars, but, almost always there was no true devotion in its fullest sense. There was love, there was feeling, but, it was more of a friendship. When we feel the object of our worship is our friend, it is called Sakhya Bhaav. This often deludes because of familiarity. Familiarity may lead to indifference. Indifference leads to detachment from the truth or stature of the object. Then the benefit of being with a perfect master gets diluted. Only one with a very high level of maturity should opt for this. They should have arrived at a state where no external factor or superficial mannerisms of the other can touch or change their understanding and awareness.
Valsalya Bhaava Bhakti – This is the emotion that one feels towards one’s child. Devaki and Nanda felt this towards Lord Krishna. This is the love of a parent towards a child. Sage Thyagaraja, Kabir, Surdas and Tulsidas expressed this kind of devotion towards Lord Ram and Lord Krishna respectively. Many who wrote hymns out of over-flowing love for their master or lord expressed the love of a parent towards their child. This is a sustainable love. This can be sustained primarily because the object of devotion does usually not exist in a body. The love is towards a mental image or a concept which usually stays consistent because there is no physical living aspect to it. Secondly, the mental image is kept on a particular aspect of the object, such as baby Krishna, Young boy Krishna, Baby Ram etc. This means the age of the object of worship is also kept still or constant. The age and attributes are kept constant by the seeker because the object of worship is an entity that lived in the past. This helps maintain the intensity and when such concentration happens over an object, it helps awakening and realization.
Madhurya Bhaava/ Prem bhaav – This is more of a lover aspect. This kind of devotees feels their object of worship almost like a lover, partner or husband. Meera Bai, Radha, and all the Gopikas considered Lord Krishna in this bhaav. This is a powerful bhaav. When you are really in love, your mind is constant on the object of love. Whenever we are in love, we are fully concentrated on the object of our love. This prevents the mind from wavering. This helps devotion. Even if the object of love is not in physical body, the love can be as intense as otherwise. A person, who sees the lord or master as a lover, will see his reflection in every being. Meera was only seeing Krishna everywhere and made poetry out of it. Various saints and masters of the bhakti path did the same. “Tell me, oh Lord, where can I look where you are not!” The bhaav of the lover is usually intense. It may also lead to possessiveness and jealousy if the object of love is in his body. Love should never be “thought”. You can only be love. Love should be felt and it should be spontaneous. When we think, it is not love anymore. Thought removes love. Love is a spontaneous emotion and it needs no reason. Causeless love is pure. An object or a person can trigger that in any human, of course, depending on his/her constitution. Love makes people brave and often removes fears. Fearless state is also awakened state. So, the lover bhaav has its own traps and merits. Prem bhaav can have much higher dimensions than the bhaav of a lover when the subject sees the multi-dimension of the object of his/her worship translated into real life situations and sees the reflection of the object in every event, person, situation and time. So, this bhaav is a perpetual bhaav which transcends all barriers and emotions and keeps both the subject and object liberated or unbound from each other unlike the bhaav or possessiveness which can creep into a lover-hood.
Satrubhaav Bhakti – This is the most interesting bhaav. The bhaav of an enemy which intensifies the connection of the subject with his/her object of hatred. Kamsa hated Lord Krishna but almost always remembered him and thus connected to his object of hatred with great intensity. Ravana always remembered Ram. It was impossible for them to forget their object of hatred through day and night. Thus their connection with their enemy made their satru-bhaav bhakti so intense that Lord Vishnu himself had to take human form as Avatar Krishna and Ram to despatch Kamsa and Ravana respectively. So, the enemy bhaav is very fierce and powerful even though it is negative. It binds and even destroys. It is based on fear. All other bhaavs bring peace in mind while enemy bhaav always keeps the mind contaminated and restless. Because of that, those who slip into this bhaav knowingly or unknowingly will always be mentally active in the negative way, scheming and plotting to destroy the object of their enmity. But, the flip side is that, they would be connected to their object of enmity, much more than a regular devotee. They would be connecting with extreme intensity and would be even drawing energy from the object of their hatred for energizing and executing their hatred towards the very same object that they hate. Whatever we resist always persists because we are indirectly or unknowingly energizing them. It is said that the soul of Kamsa and the soul of Ravana merged with Lord Krishna and Lord Rama respectively because the avatars themselves performed their execution. This is a peace-less bhaav and many around them suffer because of their enmity. Hence, this can be considered only on an academic basis and not for practice. And it takes an aggressive constitution spiced up with expectation, greed, ownership, possessiveness and control-hunger to have any kind of enmity towards anyone. Yet, in absolute sense, the enemy bhaav also is a bhaav of devotion, especially if the object is an avatar – even though the subject is not aware that they are worshipping and using the energy of their object. This is an ignorant bhaav.This is totally a deluded bhaav. (Bhaav means feeling, flavor, attitude etc)
Major Worship Methods:
Sravanam – Listening to the stories of master, avatar or God.
Darsanam – Seeing or witnessing the form of the master or God
Keertanam – Singing glories, chanting the attributes of the master or God
Smaranam – Rememebring the master or God
Archanam – Performing rituals to the master or God
Vandanam – Paying respects to the master or God
Samarpanam – Surrendering to the master or God.
Sevanam – Serving the master or God
Dasyam – Servant-hood to the master or God
Sakhyam – Friendship to the master or God
Atma Nivedanam – Surrendering the soul to the master or God, means total surrender diluting one’s own ego identifications.
Q: What is the meaning of Mantra?
Mananena Traayate iti Mantra – What can liberate through contemplation – that is mantra. Manana is contemplation traayate means to achieve or to protect. And what you can achieve through contemplation is meditation or journey inward. Meditation leads to liberation. Mantra should be chanted with feeling and concentration. Mantras create Neuro-lingusitc effect. Scientists have said this.
Q: What if we cannot meditate because of fluctuating mind?
A: When mind refuses to stay calm, you cannot meditate. When mind prevents meditation, resort to chanting. Chanting is always the remedy. It occupies the mind and keeps it with the mantra at least for a few minutes. Stop and repeat many times over and it will bring you a relative calm. There is nothing called permanent calm as long as mind exists. Chanting is the best medicine when restless mind disallows meditation. Mind is the seat of emotions. So, mind could easily delude you and give you a false feeling that mind is in control. This prevents ascension. In this context, mind gives you the feeling of a close friend while in reality; it is a bitter enemy in disguise. Close friends turning enemies are more dangerous and much worse than established enemies. 🙂
Q: Why cannot I be consistent? Why mind fluctuates?
A: Mind takes inspiration from desires that trigger impulses based on situation and environment. For a tired person, the desire would be to rest. For a hungry person, the desire would be to have food. Likewise, each situation triggers a corresponding desire. Mind adopts it and it manifests in life. Secondly, we are social beings. We live with other beings. Each being has a constitution. Each one triggers his/her impulses on each one. The mind adopts some of them and manifests them too. This means acquired impressions. Our expressions of compassion, kindness, anger or jealousy are examples of such manifestations of the mind. Thirdly, the environment has impressions stored in the form of vibrations. A place of worship usually has smooth, calm and peaceful energy, while a battlefield will have extreme restless and unsettled energy derived out of pain, agony and death. This is subtle. Our mind responds to it and collects a bit of it. Likewise, as we walk the street, we walk through various such energies. We collect them and often we manifest them without knowing why. This is why the scriptures insist on adopting “good company”, or the company that elevates you instead of the company that pulls you down through fears, anxieties, jealousy, hatred or enmity. Those who raise your frequency and awareness are good for you. Those who bring your restlessness are not so good for you. Avoid that company, if you could. So, any of these could be the reason for your restlessness. If you could diagnose well, avoid the cause in the future and remove the impression through increased awareness that you are not those manifestations and you are beyond all these momentary impulses.
Q: How and why do we gather dirt while in spiritual path?
A: Spiritual path is not a separate path. It is part of every path such as physical, emotional, intellectual, and financial – if they are separate paths according to you. We gather dirt in every path as well as every moment knowingly or unknowingly. Dirt is usually emotional dirt or concepts in the intellect level. The more concepts you harbour, the more bound you become. The more bound you are, the more restless you will become. The more restless you are, the more detached from truth and peace. Thus, it is a vicious cycle. The source of restlessness could be an external being or an acquired concept. The result is emotional dirt. As long as we live in the society, this is inevitable. We are social beings. Anything and everything can and will trigger thoughts. They all can trigger restlessness. Paying attention to negative thoughts, words and actions will leave its residue inside the canvas of our mind. It gathers more of similar emotions from outside, other people or situations or makes them through analysis. Hence, the first intake itself should be avoided. Do not listen to the words of anger, hatred, jealousy and contamination. Do not listen to negative news. Stay away from television programs that create restlessness, anger, hatred and anarchy within. Stay with inner peace. Stay with positive thoughts, words and action. Avoid gossips. Prevention is always better than cure. Likewise, do not participate in negative activities, which means activities triggered by anger, hatred, jealousy, so on and so forth. Then adopt the company of beings who operate in higher frequency. Still, do not connect to their character. Connect only to their consciousness. This is a fragile world. Everything changes here each moment. Be the change and be spontaneous. Be free.
Q: According to you, what is the root cause of all the man-made calamities that the world has faced from time to time?
A: Unrealistic ambitions; lack of awareness about the real truth; complexes; greed; so on and so forth. A calm mind cannot churn out anarchy. It takes a turbulent mind to create wars. Turbulent minds have existed through time and they cling on to external comfort zones to hide their turbulences. They kill the faces that talk the true truth (non-relative truth). Their whole existence is based on their comfort zones of relative truths and unconscious pretensions. Unless you plunge yourself into the non-relative truth, there is no salvation. Unless you realize that the problem is not outside of you, there is no redemption. Our unrealistic ambitions and the craving for snatching it from the mouths of the deserving have caused tremendous pains and sorrows in the world. It has made the world worse and worse as each sun went down the sea.
Q: Spiritual practitioners talk about nectar of the heavens that man gets to taste when energy moves to his head. Can you explain?
A: This is a part of the Kriya techniques. When the tongue touches the top back of the palette and touches the nasal opening, when the moving energies conglomerate and start working with the energy flow from above, it produces a sweet honey-like taste over the tongue. It gives multiple dimensions to individual. This state detaches man from the usual powerful craving or bindings such as food and sex. It takes time for man to establish in this sphere where only the “head” exists. Rolling the tongue back is also symbolic of detachment from food or earth. It is said that the womb state is also a “Kecheri” state. In the womb state, there is no consumption through mouth. Then, the tongue is supposed to be connected to the palette and it directly sources/channels the energy/prana that flows uninterrupted from above while the umbilical cord caters to the physical aspect such as formation of body and organs. The metaphysical state of the womb state can be called a state of Samadhi. In order to be able to experience the “nectar of heaven”, we need to move into a subtler state where we are able to experience the inexperienceable. When I say “inexperienceable” I mean using the common faculties such as senses, mind and intellect. The tongue should be rolled back into the throat region systematically, over time. It starts with the palette – soft palette – and connects with the Uvula (the small tongue). When it connects to the Uvula – it is symbolic of our lower consciousness connecting with the ever-present and ever-existent higher consciousness. When this connection/marriage intensifies, this union produces nectar. It is the same state when the lower and higher consciousness unite and existence becomes complete. These are higher states of Samadhi where body is totally insignificant. Even the world is insignificant. It is a perpetual bliss state. It stops the dependency on materials such as food and water and even air. So, just like in the womb state, unlike the need for the supply through umbilical cord for the formation of the physical, since there is no physical to be formed, the source/prana sustains the union. In that aspect, we could say that the only consumption is the divine nectar which runs from the Uvula into the tongue. Bliss is sweet. Samadhi state is bliss. Nectar is heavenly. Consciousness carries the nectar of the heavens. Heaven is within consciousness.
Q: Is the nectar real?
A: Yes. It is. It cannot be analyzed. Its feel is that of nectar. I cannot say that it is actually a liquid. It has the taste of celestial honey and it detaches you. It can constantly flow only when you are cut off from the world – more or less.
Q: Last week you spoke about the fluid unity of consciousness. How can stillness be fluid?
A: Fluid unity of consciousness is the blood that flows through the veins of the universe. Stillness is the substratum. Stillness is the state of absolute consciousness. Fluid is the state of movement. Movement is related to creation. Hence, even in movement, the consciousness is still. Reflect on it. Contemplate on it. You will understand. This is not easy to understand using the intellect. Remember, external knowledge has limitations. It needs intellect to decode and time to digest.
Q: Who are you to me?
A: Relationships have multiple flavors. It is never the same. Each relationship has a main theme or flavour and many shades of it. So, we can usually only define a relationship based on a main flavour. For example; Parent and son relationship. It has the main flavour of unconditionality, belongingness and perhaps reverence, then it has subflavours such as custodian, protector, guide, provider, so on and so forth as well as it changes with time. Initially the parent could be the supporter and provider. As time slips past, it may become vice versa. So, if the question is who are you to me? The answer is none of the things that your mind may project. Then? It is what happens at a moment. That is the flavour. This is how it should be. It should not be or need not be judged in the socio-moral light. Everything can take an ugly connotation in the socio-moral light because it is grossly two dimensional. When mind interferes, there is contamination. When mind is absent, there is fulfillment. Think about it. Concepts that the mind holds contaminate an experience as well as a relationship. This is why in our prayers we consider god as everything, every relationship, every material, every emotion, everything.