Post 93 – My letter to Hindus

Dearest my lovely readers!

Hope you are all fine and are having a great week.

Today I would like to talk to my Hindu friends. Coming from a Hindu background, I have grown up around Hindus and Sikhs. Frankly, Hinduism is so vast and that can be seen in a positive light or a negative light. It can be seen that it is very open to new practices hence the vastness. Or it can mean that the Truth has lost itself with rituals and false commentaries being placed above it. On top of that, some Gurus do not even understand the scriptures themselves and then start their rants.

I have read a lot of the Hindu scriptures. I have read the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Ashtavakra Gita, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Rig Veda.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the Upanishads and the Ashtavakra Gita and the reason is that this is the direct truth as it is. It is between the masters and the disciples. It points to the truth and does not shy away from saying that Hinduism is meant to be full of sages. This is something I really respect about Hinduism but with the new wave of Gurus and with them all claiming a right over the Truth, it is sad to see the growth has stopped and blind worshipping has taken over.

The latter (Ashtavakra Gita) possibly the best thing I have ever read is a book that shows how a Guru transforms his disciple into a master of his own right.

The Bhagavad Gita is great but due to its openness, it is always open to interpretation and many people can resonate with it because Krishna accepts everything. However, this is not the right way to look at the Bhagavad Gita. One must understand the context in which Krishna speaks and it does not necessarily mean that we can adapt what He says to fulfill our egoic ambitions. One can see the way it has been misinterpreted by the head of the cult ISKON. I have read the Bhagavad Gita As It Is and it’s very poor when it comes to the commentary and the author does not explore all avenues to what Krishna could have meant. Sadly, the translation falls short and I personally would never recommend this to read first. Then I have read the commentary of the Bhagavad Gita by one of my favourite Guru’s – Osho. If you click on the word Osho, a pdf of the book will open in a new window or tab. This is the best commentary of Krishna’s words and Osho brings a modern flavour to it without limiting Krishna. If you really love Krishna, it will show in how you take Osho’s words. On top of that, I would say the translation by Eknath Easwaran is top notch!

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are interesting and can be a bit difficult to understand for a new person. However, I will say it is amazing to read. I would suggest you find someone who has read it to explain it to you if you feel you cannot understand it.

The last one is the Rig Veda and I find this to be the weakest of all scriptures. It is funny how majority of the priests follow this scripture but it is very ordinary. There is hardly anything great or outstanding in it. You can tell that it is written by some greedy people, who were more interested in maintaining their power in society. The Vedas is a collection of ordinary words and expectation for something spiritual diminishes very early on. It is more a political book than a spiritual one.

I remember once speaking to a Pandit from London and I must say that I respect him alot and if I see him, I will give him a huge hug. I asked him ‘What is the best translation for the Vedas?’ He looked at me and saw my thirst for the Truth and whispered ‘Don’t read the Vedas yet, read the Upanishads first. It is more interesting and spiritual.’ I was a little confused so I asked him ‘Don’t you use the Vedas for your practices?’ And his loving response was ‘Very rarely do I tell someone to read the Upanishads, seeing you has made me very happy and I know you are not a hindu. As far as the Vedas is concerned, I have to earn my bread and butter.’ There was sadness in his voice but hope too. The fact is, I knew he never met anyone who has asked to read the scriptures. But if you understand what the Pandit was saying, it is of immense value.

I have come across people in my life, who claim to be Hindus and have never read their own scriptures. They will do the pilgrimages, they will go to the mandirs, they will listen to the kirtans and do jagaratas (all night prayer), they will do their rites and rituals in front of their idols but not one of them have consulted the scriptures. Hence, it is easy for Gurus to manipulate the scriptures to meet their needs. I see it on the television, all these gurus quoting the scriptures and because nobody has read them, people are misled. If the Guru on the stage says that ‘Do not drink water between 5pm and 6pm on a Tuesday otherwise it will bring you problems. I can guarantee this because it is written in the Vedas. If you want to get rid of this – there is the donation box and you will be saved.’ And the majority of people have not read the scriptures (and even most priests cannot remember alot of the scripture) and they will fall into the trap. They cannot remember if they have had a sip of water during that time and it is possible that they have, so they will put something in the donation box. This is blind faith. As far as I am concerned and the Upanishads are concerned, they tell you to know the Truth directly, instead of going around gurus who will not teach you the scripture but is looking to fill his pocket with YOUR money!

A True Guru will tell you the tool for self-realisation or god-realisation and then will tell you to read the scriptures and see if you can see the Truth now. You will be surprised at what you find out! In fact, the Upanishads tell you that go and find a Master, who can give you the Divine Revelation, who can give you Enlightenment! There are a few Gurus out there that are doing this. I will not say that it is my Guru only. Existence has been kind and blessed us with a couple of enlightened gurus.

If people used a little intelligence and spared a little time to read their scriptures, they would understand their religion. Hinduism is not a religion that is misunderstood by non-hindus but in fact, is the most misunderstood within its own followers. I have read the scriptures and say this with authority. If they consulted their scriptures, they would know that the way they are worshipping is not going to give them liberation nor is it going to improve their next lives. So I find it a sad state of affairs to see Hinduism losing itself in the insignificance of useless practices. Just read the Upanishads or the other scriptures. I would love to have a chat with you and discuss it in depth. If you are really religious and it’s not something you do for leisure or ‘time-pass’ then you will take my offer. I find the knowledge to be far too valuable to be lost in the miniscule nature of the practices that are ordained by the ignorant priests.

What Hindus here need to recognise is that I am not even a Hindu and I know your religion more than you. I find that sad. Prove me wrong and read the scriptures. Please!

I have a vision that one day, these scriptures will be talked about and practiced. The scriptures will be a guide instead of being a mere tool for reciting. It is all about reading, listening to it in your mind, then contemplating on it and let the experience flow. I feel this can be done today and this is what real learning or education is. This is what a real place of worship does. It places experience over words. The experience becomes the Truth. All the scriptures are meant to do is create a desire within you to experience the Truth, the real Freedom, to be one with godliness!

Thank you for reading this and I hope you understand me.

With love,

Rahul

Post 92 – Inner Peace

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. (Buddha)

Hello everyone,

Another week has gone by and here I am writing another blog for you all.

It has been a strange week for me. Let me guide you into why. There are moments in my life when I remain a little silent. Take everything in. Be one with everything. I just watch things instead of interpreting them and the result is phenomenal.

There is sometimes a glimpse of this emptiness, this void or this formless and I wonder what covers this empty space. A few moments seem like hours when I just stare into it and wonder what is there? Is this emptiness staring back at me wondering the same.

Stop! The mind has started to interpret again!

This is when you pull back and realise that you have lost being the witness and the exploration has stopped.

People ask me sometimes about how they can deepen their meditation experience, I say concentrate on actual nothingness. Close your eyes and explore the inner darkness. It seems scary, sounds scary but it is very liberating when you enter the realm where there is no top or bottom. Where you cannot crash nor bump into something. I have to admit that sometimes when you are looking into the inner darkness, there is a possibility that visions enter and memories start to appear. The best solution to get rid of them is to watch them, without judging them, without interpreting them, just watch them fleet by. I used to have some graphic images, some of my past lovers, some of my family, some of my friends and they were disturbing. You need to be mentally strong and if you can pass through that storm then consider the journey has not got long until it comes to a feeling of completion.

This is the journey for every individual. It is not about finding God or enlightenment, just finding your inner self. I can go on and on about how I disagree or agree with religion or likewise, with atheism but these things are personal for me. What is universal is that truth within the centre of your being, if you can be present in your life, then great things will come your way.

Have a little faith and trust in your self. Take the journey into the inner self. Enjoy everything material in this world but find your centre of being that is immaterial. Call it a soul, call it god, call it nature, call it presence, call it energy, it does not matter what name you give it. It is intangible. You cannot put a value on this and this is why I ask you to experience it if you wish to.

I can certainly say that meditation brings a lot of peace and eventually leads to contentment. If you are truly religious then you will know the past spiritual teachers like Buddha, Krishna, Lao Tzu, Christ, Rumi, Nanak, Kabir have all said to ‘know thy self’ and this is what meditation is. The practice is simple, close your eyes, be aware of your breathing and let things be natural. If I tell you what should happen to you after that then I will be forcing my experience onto you. I rather that it becomes a discovery for yourself. If you feel that you cannot carry on, just carry on being aware of the breath. Let it all lead back to the breath if you feel a distraction. But do it with the energy to enjoy it. Don’t be serious about spirituality. That is the biggest mistake to make. Practice meditation with joy!

Don’t let go of the opportunity to know your self! Not one single human being has known Existence (God) without knowing who they are as an individual. If you want inner peace then you have to go through the chaos of the ego. You may have to be rebellious with your ego but that is the only way you are going to transcend it.

What I am saying here does not belong to any religion but is the essence of all religions. That is my truth. What is yours, discover it for your self!

My love to all of you,

Rahul

Post 50 – Indescribable (Spiritual/Love Poem)

Spread those wings and stare into the horizon, looking as deep as you can.

Start wondering the mystery behind each beauty that is not blessed with a definition.

Why can’t we look at ourselves and see the same beauty that contains hidden depths?

What happened to the spirit that carries our intuition created by our intellect?

 

I walk down the dusty road and watch the most beautiful girls bathe in the Sun,

How can I describe two beauties at once? How can I compare? It’s indescribable.

If this is the beauty I see with my eyes then think about the vast existence,

How can I even comprehend a single word that does even a little justice to it?

 

I cannot be as expansive as existence but I surely can become a part of it,

People will fight to be above it but they cannot see their freedom within it.

To prove their ignorance they will trouble the one’s with the Truth.

Losing all and gaining none while all drown into this existence.

 

Each breath soothes me into emptiness beyond my human senses,

It brings to life the senses of consciousness that has always existed.

Forgiveness is the key to open all the possibilities that used to be impossibilities.

Enjoy the journey that was never created and can never be destroyed.

 

Rahul N Singh

 

Post 46 – Not many…(spiritual poem)

Your silence is never understood,

Your emptiness not comprehended,

Your beauty not appreciated,

Let all be completely  destroyed.

 

You created such beautiful sounds,

Like the breeze carrying leaves,

The waves crashing onto the shore,

And the sweet song of that woman.

 

In your complete awareness,

I am flowing to your ways.

Love is filling the atmosphere,

Your fragrance beautifying my soul.

 

My body will enter the soil again,

But keep me alive in Your nature,

Please take me to the unknown,

That not many have known.

 

Rahul N Singh

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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