Devotion – An Underrated Practice.

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The intense longing for the Truth, the strongest desire for the perception of Reality, the heartbreaking moments of losing everything and everyone even your own self for the sake of enlightenment is the beauty of devotion. Dancing like there is nobody watching, dancing by yourself without the need of music because the sound of the universe vibrates around you. Singing like there is nobody listening, singing by yourself without the need of the audience because the only spectator is the Formless One. Speaking like there is nobody listening, speaking with yourself without the need of appreciation, speaking just because you are sharing your heartfelt experiences with the Divinity that is within you, that surrounds you and that permeates within every aspect of creation and yet at the same time is beyond creation.

It is a shame that the western audience for Hinduism, specifically for Advaita Vedanta or nonduality or even neo-advaita is shunning devotion because they feel the intellect can reach the highest state of knowledge. Frankly, it cannot and it never will. They praise Kabir, Shiva, Rumi and yet, the miss the fundamental practice they had and that is bhakti or devotion. They had a strong passion for the Formless and the one who revealed the Formless to them. They praised their Gurus and today, we have become sceptics, albeit not for the wrong reasons, we have not opened our hearts to the Guru.

Self-realisation or God-realisation is impossible without the grace of the Guru. The disciple feels that the Guru is absolutely needed and the Guru will feel equally as dedicated and passionate towards his disciple. I know for a fact that the Satguru or True Teacher is out there, literally in love with his devotees and sacrifices everything he has for them. Devotion is impossible without a Guru.

Here is a poem by Rumi:

Once again my beloved sought me and found
Joyously in the marketplace sought me and found.
I hid myself, at my feet that drunken rose, rose from the ground
I escaped the House of Wine, sought me and found.
How wondrous that so doggedly would hound
What luck that such swindling lock sought me and found.
Who would find me if with crowds myself surround?
Knower of crowded secrets sought me and found.
I have left a bloody trail; just look around
And the one on my trail sought me and found.
Run away to what avail, deathward bound
Why hide, a thousand times sought me and found.
I pulled the thorn from my side, yet one more round
That oak towering flowerbeds sought me and found.
Like a pearl at the bottom of ocean, drowned
Pearl diver, with a string sought me and found.
Shams-e Tabriz with piercing eyes and no sound
In the light of insight sought me and found.

Kabir also says:

Even if the whole earth is transformed into paper,
with all the big trees made into pens,
And if the entire water in the seven oceans are transformed into writing ink,
Even then the glories of the Guru cannot be written.
So much is the greatness of the Guru.

Today, devotion needs to be celebrated and observed correctly. It is not just about passionate love and affection but it is the route to grow within spiritually. Knowledge transforms into wisdom by the act of devotion. Having the intense love to be there with the Beloved, the Formless One. Without the Formless, there is no love for even the forms around us. With Advaita Vedanta and other paths, you may negate until you reach the Formless, but to stay with the Formless, you have to learn to love the Formless unconditionally. Only then does the realisation stay with you. Only then does wonder and awe become an everyday part of your life. Only then do you become an explorer of Reality and Wisdom. This is only when the intense longing of the Formless is within us. To truly be wise, is to truly long for the Formless. The Formless is Reality. The Formless created consciousness. You can only understand the nature of consciousness, if you understand the nature of the Formless.

The Formless is shapeless, ceaseless, boundless, birthless, deathless, self-existent, colourless, endless, without a beginning, full of love, compassion, radiating with peace and harmony, celebrating the oneness of all things. The Formless can be yours but can you let go and surrender to the Formless.

Surrender is not letting go of you, it is letting go of who you think you are. When you surrender then you truly find yourself. Then you truly discover who you are and this Reality will stay with you. Surrender is only possible in duality, once you enter the nondual state then who will it be that surrenders. In the grand scheme of it, it is the Formless surrendering to the Formless. Surrender removes any aspect of the ego that can disturb the process of enlightenment. The chances of surrender become higher with keeping in the company of like-minded people, serving others selflessly and constantly remembering the Formless is within you and around you. Remembering the Formless not as a form of repetition but as a form of daily practice. Every feeling, every intention, every emotion and every thought must be done with the remembrance of the nature of the Formless.

Devotion is the key to spiritual enlightenment. It can be done instantly and it all depends on how much you really want to be enlightened by the Formless One. The path of devotion is simple and it is simple because the Formless is simple. It doesn’t need to be complicated by massive words which mean nothing. The less you want the Formless then frankly the longer it will take you to be enlightened. It is not if you become enlightened either, you already are but the ego will always make a goal or a meaning out of it. Being on the path of devotion, you have to let go of meaning, of concept and context. You simple have to be in this moment. This moment reveals the eternal. Give time to the Timeless and you will see a moment transform into eternity. Devotion adds juice to your journey. Without it, your faith, your practice will stand like a wilted tree, bored and secluded in the desert. However, devotion will be like an oasis in the desert. Not only does the oasis enjoy itself but others feel blessed by the presence of the oasis. They also drink the nectar that leads them into immortality.

The path of devotion is extremely important. I would go far to say that it is the best way to God, to the Formless, to Reality or whatever you would like to call it. You can even curse This, and if you do it out of love and passion then it will reveal itself unto you. It is not partial to words. You think God is so sad that He analyses each word. He knows you analyse it yourself and you yourself provide your own punishment. God neither punishes nor congratulates. He has left that to You!

His Love and Blessings,
Rahul N Singh

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Dawkins’ Atheism is narrow-minded

Dawkins: “I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.”

Best wishes for the New Year to all my readers. I wish you all the success and happiness in the universe. May this year bring awareness to important issues in this world and let’s make it a better place, by individually changing to help and guide humanity.

Now, above we have a statement by Richard Dawkins. He is a respected Atheist. I am going to be fair because I am going to look at both sides of the argument.

For:

I can understand where Dawkins is coming from. With the theory of evolution, scientists are proving and have proved that the universe is expanding. It is very obvious that the universe is very much alive, very much full of energy. However, going to christian story – the world was created in 6 days and God rested on the 7th. God has somehow fitted into our calender. I am sure he never came up with months, days and years when he was creating. So yes, on the 7th day he was resting. Now, as someone with doubts, I would ask what was God doing on the 7th day and thereafter. Has he been continually resting? Has he died? Or has he moved on and created new worlds within new galaxies within the whole, continuously expanding universe? I believe Islam is a little supportive in the theory of evolution as it says Allah had created everything in over 6 long periods.

However, even if we take that, religion has taught us one thing and that is to have blind faith completely. Do not question. Do not doubt. Do not expect answers. If you question it then you are anti-god. Why do you want to go in depth for? You do not need to know so much? Why has religion tried to dumb down our intelligence. When we read something, don’t we have a few questions? Where do we search for the answer.

I don’t think Dawkins has come across meditation but in meditation we are told to understand the world. Also, there is no satisfaction until we understand the world and the universe that surrounds us.

Faith is a funny thing, if you have faith, it does imply uncertainty. The fact is, you cannot see God, he is the invisible man but people continue to pray. They have not understood the vibrations of the Earth but they continue to fall in a trance in temples. Religion has not moved with the times either, as much as the texts may explain a scientific background, the social aspect of religion is very stupid. They want peace but they will hold the sword to your neck and force you to convert. Even though it is not that extreme today, terrorism is still committing to the old times.

Against:

As much as the Dawkins’ statement is profound to atheists, I am not satisfied with it completely. First of all, religion is a huge concept, it is not just christianity, which I believe is the only religion that Dawkins has truly looked into. You must have knowledge of all religions before you claim that there is no God. It is not necessary to say every religion is bad. They all have their flaws but there are some great things about religion. In fact, Dawkins does not need to look far. Look at the Pagans, they connect with mother nature. Is there any understanding on them? In fact, has Dawkins looked at the two religions that do not believe in a God – Jainism and Buddhism?

Religion has faith, which gives hope. The biggest drug in the world is this word ‘hope’. Everybody is hoping that after death that there will be paradise, beautiful angels, virgin angels all in a line waiting for you. Some believe that you simply enter back into existence and it is possible to do that. I can trust you can as an individual, with the aid of meditation – which is tool to connect your mind and body to the soul. You can certainly connect to the universe, to the all-pervading existence eventually with constant meditation.

Religion certainly does not allow you to explore your individuality and that is your world. There is no need to connect to the Earth, to the Universe, to even God, all these attempts will be futile, if you cannot explore your inner consciousness – the house of your individuality then what is the point? However, it is religion that has made us realise that we are souls. Individual souls that are on this earth. It is also humans that have tried to connect to the universe, in some form or another. People have described God to be Formless, yet still believe he is a Being. Which in essence, he is still a being if one wants to believe in that.

However, I believe that religion has allowed me to explore the Unseen, the One who cannot be given a name, the Unexplainable. The universe seems peaceful, even a black hole that will eventually have some energy fall into it and then no one knows what happens after that. Symbolic Death can be seen similar to that. You enter pure darkness, falling somewhere and then you may be out of the other side. The way humans can see this to support religion is simple. The body is the black hole. On the other-side of the black hole is the Super-Consciousness  – what can be called God if it makes you extremely proud of your faith. But what surrounds the black hole is the universe or a solar system which can be termed as our Individual Consciousness. With that Individual Consciousness, when the black hole (the body) detects it, then the consciousness falls into the body and that is where the alchemy is conducted. As the consciousness travels through the body – it then reaches the Super-Consciousness that cannot be comprehended or described into words. It cannot be given a definition. It is within those moments, enlightenment must take place. The Super-Consciousness is the existence that has always existed, that is always creating, that is always expanding. See your Individual Consciousness is within you at all times, and it does seem that it is out of the body but it isn’t. It is within the body but due to our lack of awareness, due to the lack of individuality, it is perceived to be above us, or around us. However, take the body as something that is a vessel. The Consciousness within you will burst out of the body, not literally. It will be very disgusting to see blood and guts everywhere. It will burst out of the body and will connect with the Super-Consciousness. Just see it like wires from one end connecting to the wires on the other end. It is when the Individual Consciousness and the Super-Consciousness becomes one that we attain enlightenment. It is complete awareness. It is complete enjoyment. That is salvation in its true essence.

Dawkins is wrong to say religion has taught us to be satisfied with not understanding the world. It is right to say that Dawkins has taught us to be satisfied with atheism with not understanding every religion. In fact, Dawkins’ version of Atheism is very narrow-minded. It is just as worse as the Bible, that he always criticises.

I don’t believe in a God, I know God does not exist. The followers of religion and spirituality may not be happy with my statement. The once close friends or the close friends I have may not be impressed with my exploration. But I have gone to the hidden depths of the Formlessness of the so-called God. I cannot give it a name as it is Formless. How can you name something that is Formless? Even calling it Formless is a straight cut contradiction. I have gone down to the simple basics. God does not exist but Super-Consciousness does exist. It’s the Super-Consciousness that unravels the secret of the Universe. The secret is so simple that it shouldn’t have become a secret. However, religion/spirituality has really dumbed down a very simple secret. They have dumbed it down into complication. They have took the holiness out of the secret with their jargon and beautiful verses. Their own myths and legends have overshadowed the simple secret. Religion is simply digging it’s own grave. All we needs is awareness of our individual consciousness and the secret will slowly unravel by itself.

Stay blessed with compassion,

Rahul N Singh

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