Who’s Soul?


There was a time when a vast library containing mostly, spiritual texts written by contemporary authors and turn of the century, western esoteric pioneers who attempted to shine light on the process of spiritual evolution or spiritual aspects of the multilayered human system filled the bookcases of my room. This library was my love and something cherished and held onto tightly. A passionate seeker who desperately wanted to know and understand, this was the focus of my daily attention and energy.

For most of my life, I have explored what is soul, or who is soul. So many different terms are used across the various authors and teachers that it has been challenging to grasp true clarity on the matter. It doesn’t help that many write about the subject who have had no experience in realizing finer, more subtle aspects that play through this magnificent human vehicle nor the exquisite, higher states of consciousness possible.

Even time spent diving deep into complicated, man-made systems designed to unravel the mind, discover purpose and define the personality could not enlighten, transform or speak of true wisdom with accuracy or cosmic awareness. There are many clever minds that prey on those who are easily influenced, ignorant minds with the intention to earn a dime, as they are driven by greed and seeking attention or fame.

It isn’t until one tastes the reality of the relationship between the body, mind and spirit does the understanding become apparent and clear as to what is soul, who is soul and what does soul do. For that reason, most of the books in the library of my abode have been given away, tossed aside and left behind as I turn my attention towards a more reliable source of wisdom to guide the expansion of awareness. After some time, it becomes obvious in the first page or two of any book if the author is a reliable source for gaining insight, awareness or a formidable shift in consciousness. Even the contemporary astrological systems of clever minds lose their appeal and quickly become a waste of time and effort.

It’s astonishing how accurate, how true, how pragmatic and incredibly current ancient teachings are even in these so called modern times. Still, the teachings can be applied and used to define the nature of being human. And with the transmission comes golden nuggets dropped into the mind that is open, embracing, humble and ready. Each time I read a passage, and then read it again, I am transported, transformed while reading a fresh, new perspective beyond the previous time I read the same passage. Truly, it is humbling and an extraordinary encounter to drink in the wisdom of teachings transmitted from a cosmic source. All other teachers, writers, authors and clever communicators pale and drift into oblivion with their feeble attempts to be the source of truth.

In the teachings of the ancients, the Sanskrit language eloquently and mysteriously conveys the riddle of complexities and reveals only what one is able to grasp in each moment in accordance to the expansion and humility of the nature. It is not easy to unravel, and perhaps, it is not meant to be unraveled, only to be experienced.

Keeping it simple, short and concise, using a modest channel through an obscure portal, we shall explore obtaining clarity on who is soul, what is soul and where is soul.

First, we must address the primal layer of the multiplex human form in order to determine exactly who is soul.

In accordance with the ancient texts, Vedas and Agamas and the exquisite Upanishads, we find that there are four main parts to the human form in a process that is working towards union of body, mind and spirit and achieving greater states of awareness in the process. Easily, the part that is dominant, controlling the life force, can be identified through how one is breathing.

On the mundane, ordinary plane of existence there are four basic parts of the human form experiencing and translating reality through the five senses with the foundation of the five elements: fire, water, earth, air, and space (also referred to as ether). We see this relationship vividly through the science of astrology in the placement of planets and their activations that create the life story and the patterns that are experienced moment to moment, creating experiences.

Within the story written by the astrological placements and the context of elements we find the karmic seeds that impact perception and behavior providing the lessons for growth and coloring the perception of reality. We also see the maturation story and the path of the Soul. The first path, that of the emotional desire mind holds a frequency of color, sound and smell of the lower nature, as seen in a dramatic interplay through the right and left nostrils as one moves about throughout the day.

On this mundane plane of existence there is the physical body, the emotional mind and the senses driving the life experiences causing reactions motivated by pressures in accordance to the placement of planets and their design. For instance, if one’s Moon is in the eighth house and in the sign of Capricorn then one can tend to be in a selfish mood, lazy, feeling attached to family and tradition or suddenly in a mean spirit; one may even express a slightly higher level of intelligence too. Within twenty-four to thirty-six hours or more, the Moon moves into the ninth house and into the constellation of Aquarius. Suddenly, the nature becomes diplomatic or more emotionally reactive, possibly a stronger intuition and feeling more spiritual. There may even be a lighter, more joyful expression as though the sadness and depression has lifted for a moment or the anger has subsided.

It may sound far fetched, however I watch people change in behavior and attitude from one day to the next, acting out the biorhythm of their design in accordance to placements and activations of planets. The forces of the Moon and its movement through the constellations changes approximately every two days. With the Moons fast movement, so comes the fast changing behaviors from happy to sadness to exhilaration, laughter, hunger, greed, lying or desire to care. Moment to moment can be extreme in the Maya governed by the forces of the Moon and the body that is tuned to its influence.

At the level of the Moon influence the “dimmer switch” on the vehicle is turned on low, simmering slowly the process of maturation. Most people are living at this level of operation, oblivious to a higher frequency available for a more fulfilling reality. They are also missing some juicy activations in their design for getting opportunities to move up to a higher quality of life. Its astonishing to read a colorful life story full of possibilities and watch people ignore chances for positive change. Humans get very attached to people and places and locked deeply into defeating habits.

At the root of all human existence is the yearning to know one’s self, to understand one’s life purpose and to taste the fullness of one’s own talents and abilities. However, many hardly get close to the full expression of what is possible. Many humans stay in a space of emotional ups and downs, crisis, confusion and often, despair because of the extreme experiences that come with an emotional reality. In this space and at this level of existence, the breath is usually, fast, short, shallow and often, filled with heavy, occasional sighs.

Most of the daily habits and patterns foster short, quick, shallow breathing and breed the sadness, frustration or depression that cause the heavy sighs that are unconsciously expressed; an indication that something is missing and natural desires are unfulfilled.

This is what life is like when soul is being ignored, rejected and not given the opportunity to live out its expression through the body it has incarnated into to accomplish the opportunities written in the life design.

Inside each person is a life story with a unique identity yearning to be expressed and experienced. This unique identity is the Soul. Dialing in the Soul with its purpose, surfing and overcoming the karmic seeds, bypassing the emotional imprints and the challenges of the imbalances of elements is the journey that is written by the stars. It is very difficult to find and tap into when the emotional nature is driving the life through its patterns and habits that foster the short, quick shallow breathing and the activities that block the right and left nostrils repeatedly. You can watch this happen throughout the day in accordance to the food that you eat and the company that you keep. Watch the influences impact how you breathe as you move about and choose what to do next. You will find that it is a constant back and forth, as rarely are both nostrils open and breathing deep and slowly.

This is why Pranayama is so important, the art of learning how to breathe deep and slowly, becoming mindful of how one is impacted by environments, patterns and the people coming and going. Pranayama also assists greatly in clearing so that unfriendly influences are removed from the body and nervous system, making space for Soul to come forward. When there is space for the Soul to be and express there is more calmness, deeper, slower breathing and a wonderful sense of satisfaction inside one’s being.

This higher level of intelligence ruled by the Soul also gives the ability to override the senses and their tendency to drive the life. Often, the senses in control cause great confusion or discomfort in some way. For example, eating when not hungry because one is feeling sad or pushed by taste, becomes a habit which can create becoming overweight. Another example is smoking tobacco, using the habit to control the sadness, boredom or broken heart or drinking coffee to wake up and stimulate the body into action, which eventually causes blown adrenals and exhaustion. Most people turn to coffee for waking up only because they are not getting enough oxygen. This can happen through not spending enough time outside, sleeping with closed windows and in a space filled with wifi energy, electrical currents running through the walls and around the bed. This considerably zaps energy and vitality.

As my Guru recently pointed out, if there are cobwebs in the bedroom, then most likely one is suffering from stomach pain and poor digestion. If the house is not clean then one may be suffering with ulcers. This proves how greatly we are impacted by our environment and how much habits influence the measure of what one is perceiving or what they are aware of.

Conscious intelligence says,”no, the results of this action are not good, I must do this”. Or it may push self to do the right thing such as get out of bed, stretch the body and be mindful of what it chooses next for fuel.

This is will persistence in action applying higher intelligence.

Operating from this place of intelligence actually adds time and years to one’s life while fostering good health. It also gives the ability to handle life events. Conscious intelligence fosters enthusiasm for activities, inspiration for what comes next in the day and provides the ability to see objectively.

When one knows who they are, the life story that has been written with strengths and talents, purpose and direction and decides with all their willpower to live out that destiny, then the Soul has appeared and is in control, driving the life.

Applying Pranayama on a daily basis provides new grooves in the brain, gives strength to willpower and causes one to be more receptive to new ideas, inspiration and fabulous opportunities. It also provides the key to open the door so that Soul can enter and settle into the drivers seat. Suddenly, there is more time, more energy, more vitality, and consciousness can grow rapidly.

The Characters in Our Movie

Often, when we have difficult experiences with others, the tendency is to say, “They must be here to teach me a lesson”.  Bypassing the responsibility onto another, one tends to overlook the life lessons intended and unique for one’s own personal growth. Including, the Divine does not use lower base energies inside of another human to teach us lessons. When there is conflict between two people, there are two lessons being played out according to each person’s life trajectory and maturation with the magnetic pull of planets. Usually, our life lesson has nothing to do with the other person. It is the experience for growth and maturation, individually, influenced by the magnetism of planets in the interaction between two people.

It does not matter who is in the movie. What matters are the forces creating the experience causing one to grow, learn and gain the maturity that is intended for this lifetime. Each person is at their own level, learning a unique lesson at a different pace. All of this is orchestrated by the cosmos, pre-ordained with a fairly predictable life story that can be conveyed through the science of astrology.

One person can be achieving an advanced level of awareness while the other person is learning lessons to prepare themselves for the next life ahead. The stories for each person involved is very, very different. The same applies with husband, wife, children, best friends, lovers, cats and dogs. The experience of life is immensely personal. How one makes decisions, determines how severe the lessons are while abiding in a particular environment with the people that one chooses to surround one’s self with. Depending how like-minded, how mature or advanced the people are determine the quality of life one is living and indicate which planets are influencing the life experiences.

Inside the environment are a cast of characters that color the experience of our growth and maturation process. If one person leaves and one remains, still, the lessons continue in some fashion as one continues to mature, grow and experience the planetary activations dictating the life maturation experience. Change the environment and the lessons continue, only with different characters who resonate and respond to our current life lessons and level of maturation.

As one matures into greater awareness, the stories do change and so do the experiences with others. Through higher forces, love comes pouring in with an attitude of gratitude; that changes life events and everyone surrounding. With the drops of honey in a simple place, in the correct environment for creating a successful maturation process with like-minded people, evolution does happen and the experiences become more gentle. This is where one has the power to transform life and influence others positively.

The evolutionary process on this planet is not about going off to the mountains to isolate one’s self, meditate and live peacefully in bliss forever, alone. Since the advent of the Age of Aquarius, the evolutionary process is completely reliant on group formations and interaction. The mutation that humans are enduring at this time, since the discovery of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto (mid-1700’s) is initiated through group participation. It is a biological mutation fostering the super-human species, which is reliant on the collective gathering of like-minded individuals whose function is to serve, share, empower and grow together, in some way.

This is the beauty of ashrams and intentional communities. For it clearly states the intention of its formation and allows those who share a common interest to gather and focus on goals and the activities for improving quality of life. If the group is created as an ashram, it allows the members to focus on their spiritual practice while contributing to the vision and goals. This can help tremendously in creating a higher quality of life, yet, the movie continues to play out in some way, hopefully with kinder, more aware and gentle characters.

No matter the group, personality clashes continue to exist as each person works out their pre-ordained life path filled with tests, lessons, challenges, friction and a bit of chaos as the members push through the growing pains of the human process. Some spiritual communities are governed by a living guru who can overshadow the process of mutation and transformation whilst holding a frequency in the environment. Still, it does not make the process any easier, perhaps it becomes even more challenging as the guru tests the sincerity of the members commitment. For each person has an integral impact on the overall tone of the spiritual community. With a guru, it is expected that one matures, grows and function in a space of accountability.

The lessons remain and so do the influencing forces of the planets pushing one along on the journey through life. Only the characters are subject to change in accordance to how one is making the decisions about where to be and the cognition creating the perception. Hence, the importance of the Yamas and Niyamas in the yoga science tradition.

It does help to keep in mind as one rests their body in a particular place, that we are like an open town-square market with the thought currents, health conditions, karma and desires of everyone inside the group, flowing through and coloring how we feel about ourself, how we are thinking and the overall state of health. Most people do not realize how much they are impacted by others. Even a simple meal at a restaurant prepared by a stranger in the back of the cafe will have a huge impact on one’s state of mind. Wherever one is sitting and eating, one is also taking in the energy of others surrounding. Truly, we are a product of our environment, hence the need to choose wisely were we lay our head or eat our bread.

There are three major pathways that one unconsciously or consciously chooses to travel as they make decisions.

Path of the Personality  = a composite of parents DNA that is living out the imprint of the astrological story using lower forces controlled by the emotional mind. This path is lovingly referred to as the path of “ups and downs”, moving from pain to happiness, back and forth, as events happen.

Path of SOUL = moving past the path of “ups and downs”, tasting a deeper state of courage in the decision-making process, one enters the path with a specific route for work on the material plane, stepping into one’s life calling. On this path the direction is usually, unconsciously chosen yet, hopeful as one is spiritually inspired to connect with something higher and more fulfilling.

Path of SPIRIT = resting above the crown chakra, our Higher Self waits patiently for the invitation and responds by entering the system to impress direction, offer inspiration and a downpour of higher, creative thought-forms. In this place, one works for the betterment of humanity inside successful group interactions, consciously. This is the focus of the “sangha”, the spiritual community comprised of spiritually advanced members. In an ordinary community that is not focused on evolving, there is greater strife, chaos and personality challenges to work through. Most people are not connected to higher forces and living in a space of oneness and universal love.

 

Life travels on three paths, moves around, back and forth much like a holographic design, up and down, in and out, this way and that way.

In the first path, we bump into people as we experience severe tests and crisis, disappointment, lessons, heart-break and bouts of depression. The ego uses greed, desire, insecurity, fear, competition and delusion as the unconscious operating hub. It can be severely challenging and filled with drama.

The second life path brings us to the people who are resonate for working together or to clear karma as we mature, refine and humble our ego, gain greater understanding, a wider perspective, deepen our compassion and work towards becoming more patient in a state of grace.

Most people miss this path, giving up and settling back into sensual desires, fear or lack of self-confidence continuing the path of “ups and downs” and holding on tightly, attached to someone or some place.

The third path gets to enjoy life on this planet as one is calm, peaceful and relaxed, in a state of grace expressing the qualities of compassion, gentleness and gratitude. It is ideal and the goal that is written in most people’s pre-destined life map, yet, hardly ever tasted as a reality.

People like patterns as they feel safe, familiar and predictable without realizing that life is truly about change. Most people fall into a rut and respond to life from their senses, which are heavily influenced by a life driven by desire. Not until the disciplines of purification and right moral living have been applied does the life trajectory and experiences mellow out, become calm, more gentler and rise up to a higher frequency of experience that has a blissful quality.

With the process of maturing, mindful application of the Yoga science, the loving forces flow, guiding us into the correct environments with a continuing evolution of characters participating in our movie. Those who live and move with an open heart chakra make life experiences much easier to navigate. Thank heavens for the mutation. 

 

~ Kashi

 

 

“To see clearly, to see one’s way, where one is going, why one is going there, how one is to go there and what one is going to do and what is the kind of relation with others…..That is the problem so wonderfully interesting – it is interesting – and you can always discover things every minute!

You can never have finished your work.

There is a time, there is a certain state of consciousness when you have the feeling that you are in a condition with all the weight of the world lying heavy upon you and besides you are going in blinkers and do not know where you are going, but there is something which is pushing you. And that is truly a very unpleasant condition.

And there is another moment when one draws oneself up and is able to see what is there above, and one becomes it; then one looks at the world as though from the top of a very high mountain and one sees all that is happening below; then one can choose one’s way and follow it. That is a more pleasant condition. This then is truly the truth, you are upon earth for that, surely. 

All individual beings and all the little concentrations of consciousness were created to do this work. It is the very reason for existence; to be able to become fully conscious of a certain sum of vibrations representing an individual being and put order therein and find one’s way and follow the way.

…..This is not to say that necessarily all things would become pleasant. It is not that at all. But your reaction towards things becomes the true reaction and instead of suffering, you learn; instead of being miserable, you go forward and progress.

~ The Mother

The Soul and It’s Powers, page 53-54

The Novel of Life

When we explore the purpose behind our existence, often, we wonder about past lives, what has brought us to the place where we are in this country, this family, these conditions and what ultimately is the purpose for our life. It is a large pondering, a vast, curious mental landscape for one to explore, indeed.

When we view this wide and deep subject from the perspective of ancient sciences, we find the clues to the “why’s” and reasons that somehow appease the mind into a quite space of surrender. Ancient sciences, specifically, the Vedas and Agamas shed much light on what it means to be human and the purpose behind the experiences that we endure.

Let’s dive in and take a look at how this ancient teaching portrays the meaning of existence and what exactly is writing the novel of life.

 

TWO TYPES OF ENERGY: ACTINIC AND ODIC

In the human system we find the Personality or ego expressing odic forces and the realized Individual expressing actinic forces, the part of our being that is consistent, same and equal. When these two forces are in balance inside our system, we walk through life events feeling calm, controlled and satisfied with life.

Fundamentally, odic forces are physical vitality coupled with emotional reactive behavior driven by desire and actinic forces are prana with a higher willpower working through a surrendered vehicle serving and giving selflessly; observing life with an attitude of compassion and wonderment, feeling peaceful.

The more actinic forces flowing through the body, the more healthier and younger looking the body is; the nervous system feels wonderful, the circulatory system is operating fluently and the skin is glowing. The more odic forces flowing through the body the more mental tapes coupled with illness, expressing the three evils of the ego: self-pity, suspicion and criticism, and the ever present will arrogance. 

We can witness these two forces in our being through the currents of Ida and Pingala, the right and left nostril. The nostrils can be plugged intermittently throughout the day, back and forth, processing karma or the nostrils can be open and breathing prana, enjoying a life divine lived in balance and free from emotional reactions.

Sit back and take a deep breath. Which nostril is closed? How is your breathing? Is a nostril blocked – or ever so slightly?

This indicates that there are seeds of karma that are resting inside the body waiting to sprout. Once sprouted, you are led into a lesson that is needed, ultimately, bringing you back into balance with these two forces.

When these forces are bought into balance inside the system, we find our true individuality walking a spiritual path and applying the necessary disciplines to live in harmony on the physical plane; life on the material plane is carried out fluently, successfully and all relationships are residing in some sense of harmony.

Application of Pranayama coupled with Hatha harmonize these two forces.

A disciplined mind and a relaxed state of being achieved through the application of Yoga sciences can actually create better experiences and a more peaceful life in this life and the next.

 

IN THE BEGINNING 

Starting with reincarnation, we build a fertile foundation to explore the cosmic rhythms of life and death as it is written in the novel of life. For many, this can be a scary place to start. The idea of death can be devastating. It is perplexing how often one goes on living as though life will never end, avoiding the idea of death completely. This is one of the beauties of the Hindu culture, embracing reincarnation as a natural part of human existence; understanding how life moves from one stage to another, working towards the Divine, ultimately.

The cycle of life and death is very much like a novel. One can consider each life as a chapter, building a story line as it is moving through the episodes of one great legend or epicycle.

We can also witness this novel being written through the astrological story that is imprinted on the wheel of the twelve constellations and twelve houses. Each person comes into life based on the conglomeration of energies from the past and with just the right positions of planets and stars to live out the continuing saga.

As the chapters continue through the novel of life, so does the refinement of one’s vehicle. Cells and atoms become more refined working to build a golden body of light, exactly as it is taught in the science of Yoga. With each lifetime, the potential to move to higher grades of existence occur through the knowledge gained from previous lifetimes and the working out of karma.

 

WHERE TO REINCARNATE TO NEXT

Choosing the country that one is born into is often dictated by what one’s passion is right before death. If one is dreaming of Bali or India or Canada and wishing that they could live there, the astral body can easily be planted there in the new life cycle. If one is attached to a family member, this brings the astral body right back into the same family again. Keep in mind that the astral body is the body of desire. Whatever one is desiring, longing for, wishing and hoping for, it will bring the same experiences and circumstances into the next life.

If one has matured beyond the reactionary principle, then, one may incarnate through a higher chakra as the astral nature becomes more refined. One could consider that reincarnation is a refining experience in alignment with the evolution of consciousness.

This is why it is necessary to refrain from judging how others are behaving and without expecting others to be as we may desire. Each person is undergoing their own process of unfolding in accordance to their own story as it is written by the cosmos.

 

THE BEAUTY OF ASTROLOGY

We may wonder why there is little memory from previous incarnations in the forefront of our minds. If you take into account that a human is comprised of the psychology and DNA of the mother and father, coupled with the reincarnating astral, emotional body, it is like massive computer bank that requires great skill to operate and access. Most humans use less than 5% of their brain capacity, limiting the ability to operate this type of system and comprehend the monumental data base.

This is where astrology can be helpful. For in looking at the placement of planets and houses, one can see what is karma, what is destiny, what one brings from past lives and the current relationships with mother, father, siblings, children and life events creating the lessons for growth.  It is all written, destined and mapped, perfectly, easily.

 

THE PURPOSE OF KUNDALINI

Physical reincarnation is mandatory in the larger cosmic play. On the astral plane, there are only lower chakras activated. Through the physical plane experience, access to higher chakras are gained with the rising of kundalini energy. This takes the essence of ones being towards achieving full transcendence of the lower nature and activation of a higher light body. In this process, consciousness evolves and so does humanity collectively. It is the nature of existence to evolve, grow and become radiant.

Living a disciplined life, managing forces of the vital, grasping the ageless soul who writes each chapter in the novel of life, one gradually gains the awareness, the knowledge and power to rise towards a higher frequency of existence.

 

Truly, one is never really born and one never really dies.

One is eternal……an everlasting spark of the Divine learning how to be humble and kind.