What the real focus should be…

A friend messaged me the other day and seemed rather worried and concerned. It took my friend great courage to speak up. For many years, he had followed one Spiritual Master and that Spiritual Master left His body. After a few days, a Successor was chosen and my friend had trouble with accepting the Successor, a few years have passed now and the feeling is the same for my friend.

He has told me about the few times that he has mentioned his concerns to people in the spiritual group and he has been met with hostility and been frowned upon. I explained to him that group mentality imposes that people should meet a code, sometimes a hidden code, and even if they claim to be all-embracing, it is a very difficult virtue to imbibe. It is not their fault but deep within, they must have doubts hence the hostility towards him. There must be fear too as he is addressing his issues and they are burying them, repressing them.

I explained to my friend that one shouldn’t look at the personality or worship the body of the Spiritual Master. The Spiritual Master is beyond these limitations. What one needs to concentrate on is this Formless that is revealed by the Spiritual Master. The whole journey of a spiritual aspirant is to go to the Formless. That is what the Master points to. Look at what is being pointed to. Many people right now have fragile faith or may have a perception that they have faith but in fact, they are just holding onto the finger to save themselves. This is not the way forward. The real step is to absorb oneself into the Formless. This remained true with the previous Spiritual Master and it remains absolutely true with the current Spiritual Master.

My friend asked me if I had accepted the ‘new’ Spiritual Master. My response was simple. I neither accept nor reject. The Master is beyond this. The Spiritual Master is the spiritual wisdom – Jnana. All my job is as a devotee is to merge into this wisdom and the more I am merging in this, the more I am worshiping the Master. This doesn’t mean I have to explicitly mention that one should have faith in the Master, this faith and worship has to be based only on spiritual wisdom. Once the merging is established and the foundation is strong then naturally I feel gratitude towards the Master.

See devotion is beyond the body and mind. Accepting or rejecting is purely based on body and mind. One cannot be in devotion if one is pointing to the body of the Master all the time. Nor can anyone be forced to accept the Master because it is the ‘right’ thing to do as a devotee. Anything forced will break and will never be fixed. Therefore, be in the natural way and that is to fully merge yourself with the Formless.

Any praise for the Spiritual Master without the full merging is never complete nor is it worthy of being appreciated. When one is fully merged, self-realized, liberated then praising the Spiritual Master is powerful and inspiring. Otherwise, it is empty words and empty words lead only to empty devotion. This is very dangerous. So many have empty devotion and yet people think these are great people of wisdom. It is mere trickery. They have deluded themselves and will ensure you fall under delusion too. It is the blind leading the blind. Spirituality gives you awareness, it makes you alert and any nonsense is swept away by the strong breeze of wisdom.

I told my friend that I understood him and that this journey is one of compassion and understanding. It is about being calm and letting one flow. A river that flows has a beautiful rhythm to it, similarly a spiritual journey must flow if one wants to liberate when one meets the ocean.

My simple advice is always to attach oneself to the Formless alone. It is in this relationship that everything else blossoms. If one loses complete focus on the Formless, then they lose the Spiritual Master and they lose the company of the Holy Ones. Don’t get stuck on accepting or rejecting, don’t get stuck on whether you are right or wrong for accepting or not accepting. The Spiritual Master is always understanding and compassionate. The Spiritual Master allows you to build your faith and never forces you to accept them. They are there to solve all your spiritual issues and will help you. Even if you go to the Spiritual Master and tell them that you cannot accept them, they will still hug you and tell you that they love you. They will never turn their back on you. The Spiritual Master is the ideal human and they are the truest examples of how to be.

The deeper truth is that there is only ever one Spiritual Master. The forms change but the wisdom remains the same. Whichever form of the Spiritual Master you feel closely associated with, let that form take you to the Formless. All I can say is the more reasons you look to accept or reject a Spiritual Master simply means less time focused on the most important aspect of devotion and that is the Formless and your own self-realization.

Your Presence Prevails

10808bf51ff30249a8b83f13f7095d2fThe Guru dispels all darkness of the mind. The mind is in the delusion that it is the body with psychological impressions. The mind is given power by the soul and the soul is in the illusion that it is what the mind is. It takes on a different identity and leads a double life. This double life is the cause of disruption, stress and incredible ignorance that has loyalty towards the ego.

The only way the mind is free from the body and psychological impressions is simply by the elimination of the ego. When the ego is removed from the equation, the soul has access to the mind. When this happens, even for a split second and the Guru is present to give you the Eternal Wisdom then enlightenment can happen in a split second. A journey of bliss continues.

However, this is not the case for everyone and certainly not for me. I was given the Eternal Wisdom, also known as Brahm Gyan by my Guru while ‘my’ ego was running riot. The ego has most definitely calmed down as I transition into soul consciousness, which is god consciousness. However, my ego has put up a good fight and doesn’t look to be taking flight any time soon.

As I mentioned the Guru dispels all darkness of the mind, this is when one remembers the awareness of the Formless, this is the Eternal Wisdom. Understanding and having the realization that this Formless is everywhere and everything, the elements of compassion and acceptance are at the forefront of every decision, even every word.

The ego can put up a fight and the real YOU, that is Formless Awareness can watch all this happening. This is the clearest indicator to show that the ego doesn’t control you. If it did control you then it would incessantly control what you should be aware of. It does its best but in front of the Formless, it is weaker.

When you are in the awareness of the Formless, your ego slowly weakens. It is a gradual process. The only time it can speed up is when you have the physical darshan or receive a loving glance from the Guru. Even in that moment, you must be receptive to it, sensitive to it and open to it. If you are just going to meet the Guru without any intention to be transformed, then nothing will happen. A small urge to be transformed is required.

Spiritual complacency is what happens when we feel the glance (darshan) of the Guru has taken out the ego forever. The Guru never promises this, the disciple somehow falls under this subtle but devastating delusion. The ego and it’s influence has only weakened, not necessarily destroyed. It is reminding yourself of this glance, contemplating upon it, being aware of the Formless that is within everything, only then is the ego on the fast-track to be transcended as you take the flight into the beingness of the Formless.
This is what liberation is. This is what my Guru described to me and I am trying to live in this.

Without Him being here physically, I am fortunate to have had atleast 10 of those darshans, those glances that pierced through my ego, weakening it to the point that only a little bit is required to destroy it once and for all. Then Formless consciousness will be my way of life, it will be my life.

However, with His physical absence, my ego got a little stronger. It thought that my spiritual journey will come to a halt, it would be finished. I would stop having faith, I would stop having the desire to become enlightened as the ego believes that I have to become enlightened, it doesn’t know that I am enlightened. However, I know this intellectually, but experientially I am not there yet.

The ego thinks it is winning and I am here to tell it that Baba ji is more alive than ever! The darshans He blessed me with, those glances are not forgotten. They are with me always. 2 years on, they are stronger than ever. Why? I cannot allow His positive efforts, His precious time that He blessed the Earth with, go to absolute waste.

Baba Ji was the most beautiful being that I had ever come across. Falling in love with Him was a sheer joy for my heart. Crying in the darkness of many nights, seeking His darshan when He was physically here and physically absent, even those moments were one of incredible beauty. He always appeared and will always appear in front of me. His smile is imprinted into my consciousness. Nobody can take this away, no organization can claim ownership of this.

Dear Baba ji, my Beloved, appreciating my limited time in Your presence, full of gratitude, this journey towards being the Formless started with You and it will end with You, however, the journey never ends, it continues. Whatever the outcome of my life, I am grateful that I got to live a few moments with You and had taken breaths in the name of Hardev. For me, you were never born and you can never die, You were, are and always will be fully alive.

You are my journey and destination – Hardev, the Formless Resident of my soul knocking on the door of my mind and I can see my ego moving aside, dissolving away to let Your presence prevail for Eternity.

Being on the Right Path is Not Enlightenment

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Being on the spiritual path is one thing. Being enlightened is totally another thing. Sometimes I feel when I hear people talking about being enlightened, it really is not enlightenment at all. It is more an appreciation or recognition of the spiritual path they are on.

The delusion that it is enlightenment causes great harm for one’s spiritual progress. The drive for growth is cut prematurely and it will be hard to invoke growth when the ego is strengthened as it establishes itself in the false delusion of enlightenment.

Sometimes we are in the company of those that also hold this belief, very strongly, that they are enlightened and this creates a false sense of attainment. It becomes a place where we simply massage egos instead of attempting to dissect the ego and remove its influence as the Master of our Life.

Even to state that a path is right is very subjective. When you abide as the Formless, all paths are right. All paths are like many rivers flowing towards the Mighty Ocean of Isness, of Fullness, of the Formless.

This is why it is important to understand that the journey is in progress and that despite knowing the destination, we have to be honest in saying we have not reached there yet. The signs are there, some distance has to be travelled for the mind to be able to integrate with the Formless, the Pure Isness of Life.

For me, you need three things to really excel in your spiritual journey.

One is to be truly honest. If you haven’t attained enlightenment, if you have not attained freedom from the mind then say so.

Two is to be humble. If you haven’t reached it, but you have an amazing spiritual path, an incredible Guru or Teacher then appreciate them but don’t belittle others. Pray that whatever path they are on, that they meet the Formless.

Three is to be passionate. If you haven’t got passion then you will not strive for enlightenment, for freedom from the mind. Passion to become the Formless needs to be your number one priority.

Recognize when a path has now become barren land for you. Before, this path was full of life, full of flowers and beautiful fragrances but now the ego has taken over and taken over the land of your mind. Keep moving forward and try and find a new path where the flowers are blooming again. When you find that path, rest as Formless Awareness, That which You are.

When One meets an Enlightened Master

KA2_092-7167011-52055_650x250The inquiry that is held for a spiritual aspirant is one that is dealt with in complete honesty and based on the truth alone. This inquiry deepens as the insight settles and a new door to Existence is discovered, opened and one walks through it.

There comes a time when one has to truly evaluate on the progress one has made. If I am not going to evaluate, if I carry on blindly in the darkness, will Light every really enter my heart? The evaluation must also occur on a regular basis.

The path begins when one meets an Enlightened Master. In the East, we call them ‘Satguru’ which means the Teacher of Truth. It is in this very meeting that one realizes that the ego has been running the show and that now it is time to realize who the True Self is – it is an entity, an energy that is without form, without image, without an other. It is eternal and infinite. It is birthless and deathless. It is upon this discovery that the seeker finds themselves grateful for what the Enlightened Master has shown and begins to refine their being with this realization of their True Self.

There comes a time when one has to leave the Enlightened Master and in fact, it would be encouraged by the Enlightened Master that you should now walk alone as everything that could be given, every pointing that has been pointed to, every teaching that has been taught now rests in the space of your own self.

It is the moment of surrender when one leaves the Enlightened Master, grateful and with great respect, the seeker leaves and starts to unleash the potential of the Self within. This is the grace of the Enlightened Master. This is truly the purpose of the Enlightened Master.

If an Enlightened Master has accumulated followers that begin to feel they know everything, that they have the Truth then things stagnate. The birth of a new religion is there instead of a movement. Arrogance and dependency is born, along with it fear and anxiety.

Questions arise of life without the Enlightened Master. In fact, even to ask this question will create much dread. This brings about blind faith. The Enlightened Master has shown the way, now the apparent ‘seekers’ close the door, they build a gate, they build a wall so that you can’t escape.

In this moment, there is little the Enlightened Master can do. Escaping is an option, and the seekers that are true, that know that their wings are to be used, they understand that it is not the Messenger that is important, it is the Message. Once they realize this, they fly and along with it, the Enlightened Message follows.

The followers adore the Messenger, they do so out of their own ego. They build up an ‘us vs. them’ attitude, they begin to feel that the world doesn’t know the truth because they have got the Messenger. Little do they realize, that without the Message, the Messenger can do very little.

The Message lives in those that move beyond the convention of Master-Disciple and merge into the Oneness of Seeker-Enlightened Master-Formless Energy. This is the Holy Trinity. This is the Ultimate Peak in the spiritual process.

When the Enlightened Master leaves their body, do not fear. Do not lose hope. Go back to the Message. Go back to the Truth that was unveiled to you in the very first meeting. Begin to practice again. Re-awaken the drive to do the best you can in your spiritual journey.

One thing has to be understand, neither is the seeker perfect nor is the Enlightened Master perfect. Both are human and to be human is to have ‘flaws’. People term it as flaws but it is actually the personality of the individual. The inherent Spirit remains untouched and is fully embraced by the Message. The embodiment of the Message remains perfect.

The ego of a follower can do anything, it can turn the Greatest Being into a breathing Statue and begins to worship the body alone. The relationship between a true seeker and the Enlightened Master has to be based on development and personal tutelage. Without these two, can real spiritual growth occur?

Maybe an Enlightened Master has hundreds of thousands of followers but really they are only available for a few? An organization may be created out of this but it is those few that remain beyond the organization and their hearts become the beating heart of the Enlightened Master.

There are problems with having a Guru and there are benefits in having a Guru. Who knows if your Guru is a SatGuru. Many claim this title of ‘Satguru’ in the spiritual community. Maybe, it is a matter of faith. The way I see it, a Teacher of Truth (Satguru) shows you, your true being. They show you that you are the embodiment of God in the simplest way possible. Anyone that teaches you that there is a difference, even if it is subtle between you and God, or you and the Guru – then that Teacher is enforcing duality.

The fundamental question that I am posing here is whether it is good or bad to have a Guru or an Enlightened Master (Satguru)? I will say it is better to have one, grab the Message and FLY with it.

Wisdom and Experience

Faith has two wings. The first wing is wisdom and the second wing is experience. Once you learn how to fly then you begin to trust. You trust the open sky, the vast and boundless sky of awareness.

When our faith is dependent on the other, it relies on the other and that can become a bottleneck for trust, it can stifle growth and it can be expected that progress will be extremely slow or non-existent.

Wisdom may be attained from another person, book or experience. When you have this unveiled wisdom, it is incredibly important to use it and apply it to your day-to-day activities. Remember the wisdom at the back of your mind in the midst of activities and then in the front of your mind in the moments of silent contemplation.

Based on your own experiences, when you apply the wisdom into your life, you grow with each experience, you gather new insights and the teaching becomes transformative and grows your consciousness from a body to a boundless, formless entity.

When you learn to trust, then you do so unconditionally. You have a compassion that goes beyond the dualities of good and bad, right and wrong. It is a natural state to be in. Rightful action through selfless service brings wisdom into action.

When you begin to fly then silence is the way you respond. It sounds strange, words may follow but the base is silence. Going beyond silence is the next stage to this and this is done with deep contemplation, inquiry into the formless consciousness.

This is the path of devotion, you are alone, you are on your own, and nobody can take you to the next stage except yourself. All of Existence has given its grace and blessing and this will be the momentum that helps your wings soar in the sky.

A journey that is not of deep contemplation on the Formless Self, a journey that doesn’t encompass compassion and forgiveness is devoid of love. If you have love, then wisdom and experience will be full of devotion. Your consciousness will shine bright and you will be a home for those that are lost.

There are signposts and lighthouses on the way, give your highest regards to them for you all will speak a language that is unspoken and beyond silence itself. When you move away from the wings and enter into the formless expanse of the sky.

As you begin to dissolve away, you will experience a joy and bliss beyond anything one can ever experience in a form. The Formless in you can experience the form and it must be reminded that only the Formless can experience the Formless itself.

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Social Media will revolutionise our lives

social media iconWe live in a world that exercises the ego and wherever we look, whether it is our social media accounts or it is the world of advertisements, everything is telling us to strengthen the ego. It may not say it directly but the subtlety is there. You wonder whether you look good enough, or someone you know has gone on an awesome vacation and you are sitting at home, in your office or at the library studying. Other people’s lives look so much better from the world of momentary pictures.

The best way to make your life interesting is to be incredibly honest on social media. It is not about perfect moments, or perfect pictures and videos that should be shared. Wouldn’t it be cool to show that we are incredibly ordinary and that is what makes us special? Your car breaks down on a rainy day and you put this moment up on social media and yes, it shows that you are not having the greatest day but at the same time, you are showing your attitude and your outlook on life. This is what creates honesty and this brings people in.

Pain and happiness are wings on a bird. They will always be there and excess of one over the other would make life unbearable. Yes, a life only of happiness would make it unbearable! Gratitude is the body of the bird. Gratitude rises above pain and happiness. It is a state where there is stillness. Showing stillness on social media would be incredibly amazing. Imagine being angry, you put this up on social media and people may hate you for a moment but they fail to realise that they hide this on theirs. They aren’t hating you because you showed anger. They are hating you because you were honest and they can’t be. There will be some people who will see the anger and totally understand you, they may approach you on tips on how to rid yourself of anger in moments like you had experienced and this way, you have learned something new.

Learning never happens when we are full off ego. We may accumulate knowledge, which becomes intellect and rather stale. Learning happens with an open-mind and a mind ready to fly into intelligence and this is when you make incredible changes in your life.

What I am trying to say is that social media can be used in the best way to become a better person. Social media is going to revolutionise our lives and it is best to try and find ways in which it can empower us and transform our lives in a positive way.

RNS

Grief is not a sign of weakness

griefGrief is a very difficult aspect of the human nature to deal with. It is something I have struggled with and although you go through a cycle of pain, guilt, pain, guilt, there is a point where there is an acceptance that things will never be the same again. That is not a bad thing to accept, in fact it is this acceptance that moves things forward.

Love is definitely an emotion that we experience on a day to day level and love is one of the strongest emotions that we encounter too. It is emotion in which we are happy to lose ourselves into because it is beautiful to do so. It harmonises life and makes it a little sweeter otherwise the constant negativity in the world, would certainly limit our experience of love.

Faith defines the way we live our lives on a spiritual basis. For me, spirituality is everything and defines the very fabric of my existence. Take spirituality away from me and I wouldn’t understand what faith is. Faith is based on your own spirit. It is purely based on the individual and the focus and attention they place on spiritual awareness and virtues. Faith is the building blocks for trust and when trust enters the spiritual journey of an aspirant, it takes the human experience to an enlightened stage. It is very rare to see someone trust life and trust existence but if you know someone who does that and you learn from them, they become an inspiration for you for the rest of your life.

My faith and love turned into trust when I met my Guru for the first time. Mind you, I met my Guru many times before that but it wasn’t as special. It was special but not of the same quality as when I met Him with trust. Once that occurred, nothing else really mattered. I knew from thereon that my spiritual journey would take me to new heights. Why would I want to go through the heights of spirituality? There is fear that I may lose ambition or I may not want to live a ‘normal’ life but I am living a ‘normal’ life (I am married and if life wishes, I will have kids too), I work and I eat, drink coffee but yes, there is a difference – I live each moment with the awareness of the Truth – that I am part of this Formless Reality. Sometimes, I do forget and I get tangled into my roles but I remind myself that these roles are not me and will never be me.

One day, my love and faith met with their friend grief. This took my trust to a new level and a new height. Now, my trust didn’t belong to a body but was now part of the whole cosmos and beyond – formless, shapeless and boundless – full of compassion and bliss. The difficult part was accepting that the body was no longer there. Mind you, people think that talking about your grief, talking about losing a loved one, being emotional is a sign of weakness and this is not right. Showing your emotions is not a sign of weakness and has to be understood as a sign of strength and recovery. You see, my relationship with my Guru was going through a new phase and as much as I love the old phase, it felt like I was on a search again. Maybe this is the beauty of grief, that you go on the search to find your Beloved again and this time – all human states and emotions are to be used.

I know some friends that are in the same boat as me and I want to let you know that you are strong and it doesn’t matter who you have lost, every loss you have faced has its own importance. Do not let anyone make you believe that your faith is weak or not strong enough. You are going the way life wants you to go. Each step of your life will strengthen you as you begin to take the relationship you had to a new level. Grief will empower you in ways that nobody can assume. Let me remind you that even enlightened beings were devestated when their Masters left them – look at Rumi and Shams. Let this settle with you.

It is tough writing this and I want you to know that there are others on the journey with you.

RNS