On Being SHIVA

शुद्धतत्त्व-सन्धानाद् वा अपशुशिक्तः ॥ १- १६ ॥
śuddhatattva-sandhānād vā apaśuśaktiḥ ॥ 1- 16 ॥

Translation:

Through fixing one’s attention and aiming at the pure essence, while cognizing from the depth of one’s being – that all that exists is Sadashiva, and through uniting with that pure essence and existential reality understood as Sadashiva, one experiences being Sadashiva and manifests Sadashiva’s infinite power.

  Shaastra Pramana: Shiva Sutra, verse 1.16

 

Having been raised in an orthodox Christian home, attending a Christian grade school and having attended a Christian seminary to acquire professional license to counsel, I have been deeply immersed in the western religion and can surf my way around the Bible fluently to find passages and scriptures to reinforce my debates or satisfy my curiosity. I am deeply familiar with the Christian culture and religion, as well, given the Hebrew name at birth, “Rachel”, meaning ‘mother of the sheep’, which further planted me deeply in the bedrock of this religious pathway.

Growing up in the 60’s, memories flood into my being recalling preachers standing in their pulpit shouting the curses of damnation and insisting we are all going to hell unless we repent, ask for forgiveness and be baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost while accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior. 

It was commanded that we embrace this trinity: Father, Son and Holy Ghost and the necessity to accept the son as our savior, while appreciating the Father’s role and someday, we may figure out what ‘Holy Ghost’ means. There are not many clear interpretations of this elusive entity that is floating around in the atmosphere that may light upon us if we are virtuous enough like Christ, the Son and Savior.

We do read in the New Testament that when Christ Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River, the Holy Ghost ascended upon him like a dove from heaven. Different translations of the Bible interpret this incident in different ways such as the “Spirit of God” and so on. The King James Version states the event: “And lo a voice from heaven spoke and said, “This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased”. 

 

 

 

Matthew 3:16 and in Luke 3:22, both times, the dove is referred to as the Holy Spirit.

 

One Christian website references the Holy Spirit as the principle agent of the church and its mission, overflowing with love, embracing the triune of God, his mission of creation, protection and redemption of all of creation.  ~ Redemption is the act of saving one from sin, evil or error. 

The wikipedia describes the “Holy Ghost” as the creator Spirit, present before the creation of the universe and through his power everything was made in Jesus Christ, by God the Father. …….Not sure what that means.

The purpose of the baptism ceremony, a tradition of the Christian Catholic Church, is to wash away sins so that one can start a new life with the invocation of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Through this religious ceremony, one is empowered to experience and become equipped with a spirit-filled body to share the Christian teachings with others. One also receives all the spiritual gifts that are mentioned in the New Testament used for building up and developing a church. Some translations interpret those gifts to be: Wisdom, understanding, counsel, courage, knowledge, reverence and fear of the Lord……. Unsure why fear of the Lord is necessary for starting a church.

Inherent Spiritual Powers

Then, there are the fruits of the Holy Spirit which are twelve in number and regarded in the Catholic belief doctrine as: Charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, forbearance, mildness, faith, modesty, self-control, and chastity.  For the more contemporary Christian religions, the charismatic spiritual gifts are outlined as: words of wisdom, words of knowledge, increased faith, gift of healing, gift of miracles, gift of prophecy, discernment of spirits, speaking in different languages naturally through prayer, interpretation of those languages, the gift of being a prophet or teacher or position of leadership in a church. (1 Corinthians 12)

Must admit here, for a ten year old, the first time I was baptized (three times while growing up for the need to be cleansed and forgiven), I had no idea what was really happening and what would happen next. I can say that a dove never landed on my head and God, the Father, never spoke out loud from heaven. Only the sense of accomplishment to save myself from eternal damnation was executed, whatever that meant. I had no idea, really. 

Including, after each baptism, there never was a changing of my inner nature nor a role model to follow exemplifying these qualities outlined above, animating and expressing a virtuous life. There always seemed to be some kind of a “let down” a day or two later when the reality set in that nothing significant had changed in my being. And even tho I had accepted Christ as my personal savior, I still did not know what to do with that information. The commandment just sat in my mind spinning in circles and leaving me more deluded, confused and unaware. 

Yet, somehow, if I kept praying to Jesus to save me, eventually, I would be saved from going to hell and maybe, just maybe, I might express some of these gifts that come with the Holy Ghost. Truly, I was hopeful and had love and respect for the Lord Jesus, Christ my Savior. 

Many years later, when I began demonstrating healing abilities, physic sight, discernment of spirits and perform miracles with the ability to communicate prophesies as my kundalini became activated through yoga practice and fervent meditation, I was accused of being a “witch’ by my family and the Christian community surrounding me. Nearby neighbors had even called the police twice with complaints about me, mostly because my plants were green and thriving – during winter months with heavy snow. This caused great fear in most and delight for a few passing by.

Even though I had been baptized more than once, it was not an accepted form of spiritual expression or behavior. I had become the heretic. Fortunately, one Christian did say to me during that period of my life that I expressed the true nature of Jesus, as taught in the Bible, more than anyone else he knew. He was an ordained minister with a Phd in Theology and a Christian High School teacher. I was flattered and relieved, to say the least. Those words gave me inspiration and courage. 

This experience of the years growing up in a Christian environment are a perfect example of how twisted our understanding of spiritual principles become when there is no enlightened being holding the space as an example for cultivating our spiritual maturation process to its highest potential. After all, if we are truly “sons of God” then we should be able to express the powers that Christ demonstrated.

“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.” ~ John 14:12

Never once, in all my years saturated in the Christian lifestyle did I encounter an enlightened being. Nay, I watched men in the pulpit hoard lots of money and drive expensive cars while they lived in fancy homes, some of them were sexual predators and many, many of the teachers in school demonstrated terrible prejudices if a child was not aligned with their idea of “Christian”. Never did I experience the true essence of compassion from anyone representing the religion. There were some nice people, please understand, however, many of those in positions of leadership were operating in ways that directly expressed the nature of the program: greed, lust, fear, worry and a terrible lack of integrity.

Granted, this can happen anywhere wherever there are humans. It is not isolated to the Christian community, and certainly, I mean no insult to those who are living a devout Christian path while I honestly share my experiences. Please remain open-minded as you read and refrain from taking this sharing as a personal assault.

 

The intention here is to make a point leading up to what qualifies as an authentic spiritual truth and proof for that which chronicles the production of enlightened beings for thousands of years.

History of Religion

Maurice Cotterel, author of The SUPERGODS, fantastically portrays the history of religion in accordance to races based on anthropological and archaeological records and findings. One of the relegations that he presents in his book is the origins of religion in connection to ancient cultures. Scientific studies prove that Hindus are the original race stemming out of the last major earth change when humanity had been devastated and wiped off the face of the earth in a catastrophic way. Six times, life has been destroyed on this planet for various reasons yet, somehow, the Hindu race has been able to survive and continue perpetuating the life of humans on this planet for thousands upon thousands of years.

The focus of his book highlights a comparison between all major worldly religions. In his research and sharing we find that there is a major thread of similarity that ties the foundation of all these religious teachings into one type of holy trinity: there are three major god-heads that are considered to be the creator of life in the cosmos, orchestrating existence while maintaining and occasionally destroying so that life can be transformed and renewed.

Some of the more ancient religions hold a closer, similar interpretation in contrast to the modern religions such as Christianity and the various branches that stem off of it, which are obviously designed to control the masses, in some way, and usually not with good intentions. After all, the King James Version of the Bible, the original version of scriptures behind the Christian belief system was published in 1611 under the command of King James I and IV and organized by the Vatican.

Around the same time-period, the Roman Empire designed the tropical astrological system for organizing commerce, a penchant for earning and building wealth. Established in the 1500’s by Pope Gregory XIII, tropical astrology was invented as a tool for the European Catholic Church to manage the movement of the earths revolution around the Sun and changes in equinoxes. This new kind of calendar is used for civil purposes to manage finances and is often referred to as “Common Era” calendar.

In the ancient Hindu method of astrology called, Jyotisha, time-keeping, tracking and predicting of celestial bodies is the main governing principle used to understand the nature of a human and how they can best evolve and express as well as for ensuring a bountiful crop working with heavenly forces. The new year for this time-keeping method begins in April – not on January first.

The Gregorian, European calendar is based on the movement of the Sun, notice when the “shortest” day of the year occurs, which has tremendous impact on commerce. Surely, it is no accident that we have what is called “Black Friday”, which begins the shopping frenzy for the next two months, during the darkest time of the year with the celebration of the western holiday: Christmas, which guarantees a profitable fiscal year right before the next fiscal year begins. It helps to have a shopping frenzy during the darkest, shortest days of the year. Perhaps, it is no accident that this is also portrayed as the time when Jesus was born. This holiday story is so sadly twisting on humanity.

 

The ancient, eastern calendar is based on the movement of the Moon, which has a tremendous impact on farming. This ancient Lunar system is also used as a method for the right time to conceive a divine child with the possibility of possessing a fantastic mind with formidable attributes.

At the same time, this calendar outlines and organizes celebrations that are held to ensure a strong, bountiful harvest while conducting proper devotion to certain gods at certain times, appealing for their blessings and care.

The ancient Hindu culture was well aware of, and still today, of the subtle cosmic forces that foster life and all its expressions for living an abundant life as a powerful human.

 

POWER OF ACTIVATION
& NINE CHAKRAS

The result of a fully realized, empowered being can have devastating effects on a kingdom reliant on paupers, “worker-bees” and business men to supply the bounty required for their luxuries and noble comforts. 

A fully self-realized being has the capability to rely completely on the multi-dimensional, subtle reality for managing their existence in a profound way, joyfully. This space of enlightenment is a radically different style of existence than what has been created by European empires, the modern man-made religions and the more contemporary American society built on the greed of commerce and the fear of survival. 

Another huge contrast in these two religious models is the concept of one god versus many gods. The ability to choose your god has a profound liberating effect as fear is removed and cannot be used as the catalyst for controlling.

With the choice of many gods to attune in accordance to one’s own inner propensity, one can relax into devotion and contentment, allowing the “god within” to grow and evolve inside of one’s being, to take care, protect and provide.

Although there are many sects of the Hindu religion such as: Shaktism, Vaishnavism, Shaivism, Smartism, Jainism and so on, they each embrace the same ancient scriptures in their own unique way, while maintaining the integrity of the fundamental message being imparted by these divine dispensations created thousands of years ago by enlightened beings. For instance, Shaktism focuses on Divine Mother worship and is the most feminine of all other types of Hindu religious systems. Earliest evidence of its teachings and religious appeals are indicated in archaeological evidence dated between 9000 B.C. and 8000 B.C.. Shiaivism originates during the 1st millennium while Jainism is regarded to be over a million years old and ancient texts date as early as 500 BCE and 900 BCE. Vaishnavism has roots extending back to 1st millennium BCE and is considered to be the key inspiration for the Bhakti movement occurring during the 2nd millennium CE.

You can see that there is a vast difference in the longevity in comparison with the early European designs on religion as it is also highlighted in Maruice Cottrell’s book SUPERGODS. This ultimately provides the evidence that the original, spiritual trilogy stems from these ancient, ancient teachings.

TRILOGY or also known as Trimurti

In Sanskrit, the term is ‘Trimurti’ to represent the male, triple deity with the cosmic functions for creation, maintenance and destruction for transformation and with each deity or god representing these qualities. On occasion, there does occur an incarnation possessing all three gods in one avatar form called, Dattatreya. 

Each of these gods have their own abodes or place of heaven for their followers and they each carry a personal weapon; they each have their own personal creature that they mount, when necessary and their own female consort, which compliments their design and function in a beautiful way. All these components of each god represent a significant aspect of their power and blessings for the follower worshipping their image and what it represents.

There is even a “Tridevi” composed of three goddess for those who prefer to worship the female energy: Lakshmi, Saraswati and Parvati. These three combined into one goddess is known as Adi Parashakti Devi. They are prominently worshipped in the Shaktidharma sect of Hinduism and represent the same as the masculine Trimurti with Saraswati representing the creator force, Lakshmi the preserver and Kali the destructive force for transformation. These three also represent finer details as consorts of the masculine Trimurti representing the arts, culture, intelligence, knowledge, joy, beauty, love and so on.

 

FINDING SHIVA

Hinduism recognizes that God or the Cosmos creator is both female and male yet, takes all forms of energy or incarnations to change from one form to the other in order to orchestrate existence and all its activity. Hence, the iconic image of SHIVA as a combination of male and female forms.

 

 

In my own spiritual journey, the introduction to Hindu gods came through my relationship with a manifestation of Shakti energy expressed through The Mother, the female consort in the Sri Aurobindo movement. Around the same time I was introduced to Swami Rama, came The Mothers force into my life, yet, she was not alive, only her books in my possession were the tools to begin working with me on a deep, cosmic level, or rather, the force of consciousness through her. 

Little did I know until recently, how significant Shiva has been in my life and with the process of my spiritual transformation.

Perhaps what is the most profound is the history of Hindu goddesses that have weaved through my life and transformational process over the years, starting in 1995. During that year, I acquired a beautiful Australian shepherd dog who I named SHIVA because she was so fierce and seemingly destructive of anything that was in her way and desperately required a transformation into gentleness. Somehow, I knew that the force of SHIVA was the only hope for her. From that point forward, on the prompting of shouting out SHIVA throughout the day, over a period of years, the force of SHIVA became the catalyst for the transformation in my being, and hers. 

Soon after acquiring the dog SHIVA, I happened upon a woman in the forest who told me it was time to change my name. She quickly glanced over my presence, assessed who I was and promptly gave me the name “Kashi”, which happened to be the name of her white wolf. Perhaps it is not an accident given the nature of SHIVA’s relationships with the canine species.

Soon, thereafter, Shiva and I acquired another dog, a black lab. The moment she leapt into my arms and the first time I laid eyes on her, I was prompted to name her ‘Kali’. Upon receiving a new name for me and a new puppy deity, my ferocious dog, SHIVA, who was suddenly becoming more calm and patient, gained a new name: SHAKTI. Now, we had Shakti, Kali and Kashi. Truly, I had no idea what I had just created. I was only playing and enjoying, spontaneously and auspiciously.

Certainly, it is no coincidence that the Hindu religion practices giving a new name to the disciple, radically changing their direction and purpose in life from the mundane to the spiritual path of enlightenment. Naturally, the two dogs and me became fully committed seekers on the path of spiritual transformation. 

 

 

 

It wasn’t until years later that I would discover that each of these names of Hindu gods were intimately connected. Without conscious intention, somehow, these powerful names and the forces they represent became my calling card, with my dogs, as they radically transformed our reality. 

When Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam came into my life a few years ago, I was ready to align myself with the initiator of my potential as an evolving human.  Certainly, I have known this force of SHIVA before, this Avatar and incarnation, because of the degree of devotion and surrender that I hold inside my being for His presence in my life. 

One of His most profound teachings is the understanding that one is SHIVA, a manifestation of god in human form with all the capabilities to express power and live a blissful life while fully enjoying what it has to offer in a calm and peaceful inner space. This is the essence of the Hindu religion and its teaching, realizing our full potential through the activation of higher chakras in our form in direct alignment with higher, spiritual principles for achieving enlightenment.

This is a huge contrast from the way I was raised and conditioned. Suddenly, I’m no longer a “sinner” that is expected to repent, filled with tremendous guilt and confusion about who is god, why do we worship his son and wondering, where the hell is mother? And most of all, terribly disconnected from any type of “Holy Ghost”.

Consciousness is not a ghost, this I can say for certain. 

EXPANSION

Perhaps the most significant component for me in embracing the Hindu religion is grasping the understanding of expansion. 

Throughout existence, a powerful, creative force remains expressing all forms and styles, all shades colors, hues, and tones, all shapes and sizes, even the good and bad of human experience. That is a huge state of expansion.

Perhaps that is why I was given the name “Kashi” in 1996, so that I could taste the essence of what it is like to hold all of existence inside of my being with grace, bliss and devotion to SHIVA and with the realization that I am never forsaken, I am only a manifestation of god, experiencing my own creation as an aspect of god.

After all, the ancient City of Varanasi, also known as “Kashi” is an important space for SHIVA to reside while she expresses as an independent intelligence giving her the full name: Kashi Devi.

Months ago, little did I know that when I wrote my Guru and told
him that since I was SHIVA, I had decided to give myself the name: KaShiva Devi UmAnanda.

I did not know this important fact concerning the full name Kashi Devi when I wrote him about this declaration. This is how the multi-dimensional reality operates – it is completely, entirely auspicious in nature.

Kashi Devi is the oldest city known to man where the worship of Shiva is conducted every day with large amounts of ghee – a powerful conduit for bliss.

The city of Kashi holds all walks of life, every kind of human and all the good and bad that goes with it; a diversity of knowledge and creative expressions; she holds some of the most powerful, spiritual power spots and temples in the world and is considered one of the seven sacred cities of Hinduism.

Yet, how she has suffered at the hands of the various representations of other religions and greedy parliaments. Even the most sacred temple, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, had been destroyed by the Muslims with a mosque built upon its site and a rebuild of the temple, many years later, to the west of the mosque covering the original site of the ancient temple. She has endured the most difficult and the most tragic, yet how powerful and majestic she remains.

In all her glory, Kashi Devi expresses a full spectrum of manifestations for life and death with the River Ganges of divine powers flowing through her. 

As my Guru says, in expansion there is only love. 

So be it. 

 

 

“Whether we believe it or not, accept it or not, want it or not, we are God.

We are divine.

All we can do is accept it, experience it, live and powerfully express it or we can just continue to struggle and fight with it.

This is the truth.” ~ Swamiji

A Magical New Years Resolution

 

Usually, we make New Year resolutions around this time however, rarely do we articulate in great detail what we truly desire to happen in our life. There may be a declaration to reduce alcohol drinking, lose weight, stop smoking, start going to the gym or something of this nature. Yet, often, we take life as it dishes out and don’t consider that we may have the innate power to create exactly what we truly love and desire to happen in our life or the outcome that is most fulfilling – on a comprehensive level and in great detail. 

We also tend to give up our power for the benefit of a relationship or someone else’s desire or will, such as in love, focused on keeping it together out of fear of losing love. It may be that parents who have shaped one’s mind to focus on a career yet, it feels like something is missing deep inside and one is not in the right place, for instance.

In this exercise, try to move beyond that tendency or habit to give away your potential and make this your very own personal will-power calendar created from the depth of your heart – just for you. You can keep this exercise to yourself and you don’t have to show it to anyone. You can even destroy it after the exercise, if necessary. However, I do hope that you move beyond anything that is blocking you or constraining your ability to enjoy life and truly manifest your hearts desire.

Suggesting that you maintain this exercise as your calling card for manifesting your ideal life expression and activity, is my wish for you.

MANIFEST YOUR LIFE

Recently, while in satsang, Swamiji, suggested this powerful exercise for creating life the way we would like to have it for this new year. It is a powerful process that can generate immediate results, if conducted sincerely. I was pleasantly surprised as I was in process and watched things unfold immediately, before I even finished the exercise. 

 

EXERCISE

This exercises is conducted in two-parts and requires upmost honesty and trust for it to work effectively. For creating a space of encouragement for the exercise, visit article links below to read and prepare you for the process.

STEP ONE

1) take one large sheet of paper or twelve separate sheets and create a calendar for this upcoming year with enough space to write an agenda for each month.

As you create your annual calendar, specify in each month exactly what you would like to create and see happen during that month.

Be very clear, precise and aligned with your true inner space, regardless of outer conditions. Take your time and fully complete the calendar, step by step. Try to refrain from hesitating or falling back on excuses. Let those thoughts be placed in the area created for part two.

STEP TWO

2) This second step is the most important part.

The magical component of this second step is this:

As you are writing in the things you want to create this year on your calendar, pay very close attention to the mental tapes that are softly whispering in the background of your mind. You will discover that the mental tapes coming up as you write in the goals and dreams for this new year are the very things that tend to work against your ability to manifest.

Immediately write these mental tapes on a separate sheet of paper as they come up during this exercise. This is an essential key to having the ability to create what you want, truly. Pay close attention to what you hear in the background of your mind while you create this vision calendar and make sure you write down exactly what you hear. Drop all fears or hesitations in writing what you hear because writing down the negative mental tapes that are coming up as you create this vision calendar are the very things blocking you. Writing them down is actually a way of clearing them out of your system and subconscious mind and moving them out of the way.

 

As I wrote down what I wanted to create during this exercise and the accompanying tapes blocking my ability, immediately the phone started ringing with news for support in what I had written on my calendar, in that moment, before I finished the exercise.

Identifying the mental tapes blocking me, took away the thoughts that I’m not good enough nor adequate to the task. Upon clearing this mental tape through writing it down, bliss started rippling through my body indicating that I can actually manifest the vision that I wrote on my calendar.

Use the guidelines that I have outlined in this collection of articles below to remind you, empower you, bring clarity and inspire greatness. 

Links of articles for review:

The Miracle Maker
How to un-clutch, let go and allow life to happen the way it was designed for you

Integration Maximization
Merging Spirit with Matter, how it happens, what it looks like and what creates it

Identity Crisis
Life Cycles with changes in identity and the crisis that brings spiritual maturation

Discovering Truths
Evolution of the Seeker with Story of the Sage and the kings Poet

Growing Enlightenment
Seven stages for spiritually evolving into enlightenment

Death, Reincarnation, Liberation

When a person dies, the very first thing that happens is the breath leaves the body. A small hole is created for air to exit the physical body and aura as it ushers the transition of life into afterlife. We can see the reverse in action with the element of air when the infant inhales its first breath at time of birth. With this first breath, life begins on the physical plane, animating the life plan set in place by the cosmos. Without breath, there is no life.

Next, the sun makes a hole in the aura and consciousness moves out, returning to its source. It may leave through the eyes, the top of the head, the heart or another place on the body, dependent upon the nature and quality of the form and quality of the aura at time of death. If a person is focused on seeing things such as attraction, then life exits through the eyes. If a person is focused on taste and food, then they exit through the mouth. If one is centered on spiritual consciousness and an avid meditator, then they exit through the crown. 

Immediately after consciousness leaves, the subtle body and force of the internal organs quickly make their way towards the moon as it draws them up and completely out of the dying physical form. Once they have returned to the atmosphere of the moon, the organs and aura begin scouting for a new body to continue expressing through. This process of reincarnation continues through the orchestration of the moon where it conducts its recycle program of the human experience on planet earth: death, rebirth, death and birth again.

According to ancient scriptures, the internal organs have their own force, working in tandem with the emotional aura, continuously moving within the reincarnation process of evolution. Hence, the necessity to be mindful of what one eats and to practice ongoing purification for creating a pristine internal environment for consciousness to operate, just as we do with the emotional nature, stilling and calming the desire body.

As the subtle body and organs are passing through the layers and making their way to the Moon, the entire life experience is played out in fast forward. All important, significant life scenes are played back in color while the mundane events are played in black and white. Samadhi, blissful, relaxed moments are played back in full color and are the most prevalent experience in this life review while the rest fade into the background.  

 

THE HUMAN FORM

The three-fold human form is made up of the following parts:

1) physical body and the chakras as one part

2) the subtle body, which is the aura and includes the senses and the mind 

3) spirit, also known as consciousness. 

All three of these parts are held together and orchestrated by the subtle nerves working through the Heart organ. These nerves create a net-like covering that emanates hues of color, which is determined by the condition and combination of air (breath), bile (digestive fluid secreted by the liver and stored in gallbladder) and phlegm.

The color of this net-like aura is a combination of white, blue, brown, green and red and represents the health and state of the nerves. Together, these colors blend and create an amber hue that is rich in protein and assists in maintaining the body’s immune system. The aura also perceives and translates reality according to the state of breath, bile and phlegm. 

Hence the importance of routine purification rituals, so that one can accurately perceive reality without rose-colored glasses or a cloudy veneer. As pointed out in previous articles, if one does not cleanse the internal organs, specifically the intestines, fecal residue circulates throughout the blood and brain, weakening one’s ability for correctly perceiving and orchestrating life events in a positive direction. This is probably where the saying: “shit for brains” comes from and used for conveying stupidity. When this happens in the body, depression naturally sets in and causes life force to retract and weaken while fostering tremendous confusion and doubt. Constipation is a very serious matter that tremendously, powerfully impacts one’s experience of reality.

In this combination of colors, we find the subtle body that is transparent yet, a repository of impressions and sensory perceptions creating the hue based on level of purity. It is the subtle body where nerves are first experienced and influenced and then, the physical body. 

Kundalini energy is an advanced expression of the nervous system and operates in a completely different way than the system that is operating from the senses and emotional reactions. When the kundalini is turned on and animating in a body that is clean and purified through proper daily habits, reality is perceived very differently and the mode for directing life events changes dramatically. 

Through the combination of elements: air, water, earth, fire and ether, merged with the internal organs, we have the complete human form animating a life story in accordance to a cosmic plan. It is the combination of the elements and the internal organs that ultimately create and dictate the incarnation for the next life coming up based on past life events and quality of thoughts. They literally build the new body based on the previous life experiences and the state of mind that was fostered and entertained, particularly right before the final breath at death.

Whatever desires have been the focus, whatever dreams have been sought become the tone of the next life and influence the experiences that will be lived out. In fact, desire alone is the one single factor that creates the continuous cycle of birth, death and re-birth. If one is focused on achieving a particular result such as attaining wealth, fame, romantic love, a large, beautiful home with a swimming pool or a fancy, expensive luxury automobile or similar, then these thoughts with desires create the tone and condition of the reincarnating body accordingly. 

Even a single deed impacts the quality of reincarnation into the next life as well as the habits that one entertains daily, reinforcing the nature of the personality. It is this force of desire that perpetuates virtuous or non-virtuous behavior and keeps one locked in this cycle of life that gathers the elements and internal organs for creating the next life experience life after life, after life cycle. 

At the time of death, the elements: air, water, fire, and earth work with the internal organs to immediately begin seeking out the frequency for incarnating the pattern that has been set in place ~ at the time of death. Once it is found, the organs resume their seat in the new body and begin shaping the physical body in the womb under the same state of intelligence that was there before death. The elements work in a similar way as the internal organs yet they surround the form and build based on the past actions, state of mind, habits nurtured and quality of virtue while the organs create the internal atmosphere and overall health of the body and karmic diseases or physical handicaps or strengths. 

It is one’s past work, past behavior and desires that determines the level of consciousness that enters into the human form for the new life expression. 

Death and rebirth can be described like when we lay down to go to sleep and enter into the dreamworld. When we sleep at night we actually change bodies and not aware that this is happening. Whatever is our last thought as we drift into sleep affects our first thoughts when we wake up and rise to the activity of the day. It is this same exact experience that happens with death.

Once the human awakes from sleeping, then, consciousness goes into activity in some way dependent on the state of integration that one has inside their being. Consciousness can be the driver or it stays quietly in the background, watching, if it is not exercised as the main operating force for life expression. Regardless, consciousness is always working to merge with universal consciousness through matter and continually works to achieve this process through each lifetime. 

Until a level of integration is reached, the human form remains within this multi-colored aura, with the condition of the organs, the results of actions carried out prompted by desires and a busy thought-field, which is subtly, unconsciously creating one’s reality in the current life and in preparation for the next life. In the larger scheme of the cosmos, each human lifetime is much like an inhalation and an exhalation, that is all.

For the ordinary human, the sole purpose of the senses is used merely, on behalf of the desire body. The human physical form is utterly at the whim of how these senses are operating, perceiving reality and dictating experiences such as habits, moods, consequences based on uncontrolled desires and choices for environment, work activity and companionship. You can witness desires driving the life through choosing to eat when not hungry. One is prompted to eat only because of taste, curiosity, socially or out of habit because it is breakfast, lunch or dinner hour.

It is important to understand that actions do not obtain liberation. It is the realization of the Self that liberates, which is why anything or any person that one chooses to worship is fine for being used in the development of surrender and expression of devotion. For whatever assists one in realizing the higher, more virtuous Self, becomes the key for one’s personal liberation, whether the object of worship is enlightened or not. The idea of one god and one track to liberation, “one size fits all”, is a fabrication for the benefit of using religion to control the masses.

The conduit for enlightenment is highly personal and unique to each individual. The object of worship can be one’s mother, father, grandfather or grandmother, a tree, a deity or doll or statue of some sort, or even a celebrity, for instance. Of course, the quality can influence the nature of a being, however, it is sincerity and devotion that are the vehicles of transformation to a higher plane of existence. These are the qualities combined with spiritual surrender that take a person to the next level of their state of virtue and state of unclutching, which ultimately, brings one into a state of liberation.

Within the nine-chakra form, the senses become the instruments for the one manifesting “shakti’s”, which are spiritual powers turned on inside the one who has surrendered to a spirit driven life. An entirely different way of operating takes place inside the one who has applied higher principles in some way, leading to a virtuous state. 

When a human reaches this state of enlightenment, the organs and the elements no longer go out searching for a new body when the death experience occurs. Instead, the spark of consciousness completes its process of evolution, resides in Moksha, liberated from the reincarnating process of the Moon and it’s path of suffering, struggle and delusion.

 

 

LIBERATION

One way that we can tell if someone is enlightened and liberated from the path of ‘ups and downs” is through their contribution to humanity and how they carry themselves through life. 

An enlightened being is recognized through their ability to impart instructions as a teacher. There will be no diversity or contradictions in their teachings no matter how many years have passed. I have witnessed this over and over with my Guru. I can watch a video recorded over ten years ago and the message will be the same today. The words may vary slightly, however the core message is always the same. It’s fascinating to witness this gift of expression and a delight to learn from an enlightened stream of consciousness. 

Teaching is a natural expression that is gradually cultivated in the seeker who is growing in spiritual maturation. Through their process of sharing spiritual truths and teachings, others naturally align and receive inspiration for their process. However, the tendency is there for the message to change as they change and evolve. Yet, this is a necessary attribute for growing conscious, self-realization, the pursuit and expression of spiritual understanding. This is another reason why so many present themselves as spiritual teachers today, such as life coaches, analysts, spiritual artists and so on.  

The enlightened one speaks from a place of pure intelligence with no strategies or planning. A pure stream of consciousness flows through their being as they sit and share, teach and initiate the student into a higher level of existence, naturally while in their presence. In this place, they have transcended the cycle of death and rebirth, and the process of growth, change, and decay and remain in a place of purity in body and mind and as a channel of spiritual, divine forces.

As one is becoming enlightened, a natural flow in choices, action and direction take over the life experience and what was once lived as an ordinary life becomes a new way of moving through the world. The evolving enlightened being has an extraordinary state of calmness in their presence, they practice powerful self-control, possess tremendous fortitude and intense concentration while they apply renunciation. Of course, this is all in measure according to their level of spiritual maturation.

More often, the one who has transcended the grip of desires is silent and spends quiet time alone as they understand that more words spoken the more energy is spent, exhausting the body. Therefore, few words are imparted in the delivery of a message or the transmission of a teaching. Time is managed while in public and short periods of time are spent with others as they chose silent time alone to rejuvenate and bathe in the sweet, deep, relaxed space of samadhi where internal organs rejuvenate, the form youthens, the mind is quiet and the subtle body is clear, transparent and free of astral debris while the form and nerves are enjoying bliss.

To build the pathway towards enlightenment, one must read sacred scriptures everyday and allow them to gently transform the nature of one’s character, which naturally transforms the physical body. Starting the morning with a moment immersed in the teachings does tremendous things to one’s inner being and certainly speeds up the process of spiritual evolution. Sacred texts and spiritual teachings written by an enlightened being naturally transmits a spiritual power that transforms the inner being.

Through practicing kind acts of charity, meditating often, giving up worldly affairs conducted out of strategy to achieve, dropping the desires that are naturally associated with living a common life, entering into service surrendered and directed by divine forces, in a state of fearlessness, free from doubt and invincible, indestructible fortitude with the ability to burn up evil or impurities, one becomes the enlightened being animating form in divine orchestration. 

THERE ARE THREE TYPES OF HUMANS

1) Gods

2) Men

3) Demons

Humans that are considered gods are the ones who practice self control and do not allow desire or the senses to drive their life or make their decisions nor rule their mind. Their intelligence operates from the space and place of multi-dimensional logic and sees all of life as divine and in a state of beauty, in some way.

These people are independent, full of energy, they are engaging, heroic and persevering. They enjoy reading spiritual scriptures, refrain from emotional reaction and are not easily confused; they are talented, content, forgiving, good-natured, charitable, fearless, peaceful and abstain from spending too much time in society while they strive for virtue, and tend to be liberal-minded. The god-like human has the inherent possibility of achieving its highest potential within three years of diligent practice and study, while acquiring a deep state of humility and a silent, calm inner being.

Men, group 2, are those who are driven by greed, fear, desire, fame, wealth, sensual pleasure, lust and all worldly achievements and who’s thinking principle operates on the premise of binary logic. In this space, often, one can only cognize one god as they are pressured to compete, compare, feel jealous, fearful or inferior and insecure as they respond to life from an immediate, emotionally reactive space. The one who is traveling this path has the inherent possibility of a six year process to transform, radically, intensely and sincerely in their spiritual maturation.

In the group of “men”, we have a secondary group who experience illness, find faults with others, especially teachers and tend to have a critical spirit. Often, they are motivated to couple, attached to a partner and not independent or sovereign in their movement through life. They are oblivious to the actual truths of reality and riddled in delusion, most of the time. They can be cruel, fickle-minded, timid, and often, greedy. This type of human travels a twelve year cycle for achieving some state of liberation and spiritual maturation.

Demons, group 3, are those who are aggressively cruel and unkind with ill intention and have virtually no sensitivity to life. When one is operating from this space of ignorance and vastly separated from divine impulse they travel to a place which could be called “hell” upon the last breath and entering into the process of death. In this space of hell, one must reside for a period of time or until the spark of existence dwindles. 

THE ONE WHO IS GOD

Through the practice of meditation, one realizes a personal divine expression that is truly god, in human form. This realization of “one with source” continues throughout the waking part of the day and the same throughout deep sleep, which is absent of dreaming, an expression of the un-evolved desire body. The identity that recognizes that it is god, is free of desires and the delusions of worldly pleasure while it enjoys a wonderful relationship between form and consciousness, manifesting and creating for the benefit of humanity and nurtured by bliss.

The god-like human with nine chakras activated, demonstrates spiritual powers for the expression of Divine Will, exudes a sweet, beautiful presence with a lovely fragrance and a naturally sweet taste on the tongue; the skin shines, the eyes are bright and glossy, even the nails are in perfect condition and shine: feet and toes, on the one who has achieved the blessed state of union and resides in bliss with consciousness and form integrated and whole, operating as one.

“Those who worship the deities will take birth among the deities; those who worship ghosts and spirits will take birth amongst such beings; those who worship ancestors go to the ancestors; those who worship Me will be with Me.

Whoever offers to Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit or water, I will accept and consume what is offered by the pure-hearted. 

Oh son of Kunti, all that you do, all that you eat, all that you offer and give away, as well as the austerities that you may perform, give them as an offering to Me. 

You will be freed from all reactions to good and evil deeds by this renunciation, you will be liberated and come to Me.”

~ Bhagavad Gita, 9.25-28

HOW TO GET TO GOD

One of the most ancient and most important observance for transforming the being, practiced by enlightened sages and ancient spiritual teachers for thousands of years is the practice of the “begging bowl”. Even today, it is equally effective, if not more so, because of the state of greed in our world today. Through the process of “begging” that is applied in this technique, a unique quality of humility is instilled in the spiritual teacher that provides the ability to relate with all walks of life. Even Buddha practiced the method of the “begging bowl” to enrich his own spiritual process towards enlightenment, so that we could relate with his teachings. 

Understanding that the Universe is a type of intelligence, not a materialistic entity, provides tremendous relaxation for our being knowing that it responds to our thoughts, deeds and expression of consciousness. 

Through the method of offering something to the Divine such as when we perform puja worship or prayer, we express a desire to connect. This act is an invitation for the Divine to come into our private space and connect with the deepest part of our being. For this reason, whenever visiting the temple, honoring a deity or visiting a guru, never go empty handed, always bring something to give and share to what you are worshipping, just as it is instructed above in the excerpt from the Bhagavad Gita. 

Surrendering to what you are devoted to is the easiest way towards enlightenment. A living guru is even more easier when one surrenders completely because He/She takes you by the hand and works diligently beside you in the process of clearing, purifying and maturing into a conscious being. It is also impossible to trick or falsify actions or intentions with a living guru. A guru who is no longer alive is absent of getting your minds attention in such a way that you can become instantly transformed at the sudden declaration of what they are witnessing in your actions and thoughts. However, this may be the most difficult way because it works immediately with the ego and the ego is so very sensitive. 

There are three ways to surrender to a Divine Being or Universal Force:

1) Surrendering Actions

Krishna imparts through the verse above excerpted from the Bhagavad Gita, offer all your actions to Him, good or bad, and he will take care of it. This is difficult to grasp until you have experienced a living Master. The more one surrenders and the sincerity applied in devotion, the more the Master works for transformation inside of one’s being.

2) Surrender of Intellect and Mind

Compared to the first level, this may seem a little more difficult in comparison. The mind is not in our control, necessarily. It is driven by our desires and distorted state of senses. We can witness our actions however, the task of quieting the mind is the most difficult thing to do as it constantly analyzes and deduces reality. 

Even when truths are being spoken, the mind will analyze, doubt and question so much so, it enjoys this process greatly.

3) The most difficult act of surrender is that of the senses. If the Master speaks, “this is how it is” and the being surrenders, accepts and takes it as truth, then one has surpassed the control of the senses. In this space of surrender, the soul has achieved a state of oneness with the Divine. In this space, even greater care is demonstrated for ones life and well-being. Krishna informs us that every enlightened being makes this promise. The entire burden of this reality is lifted off of our shoulders as we are free from our actions, this is the promise here, in this state of surrender. What a blessed state of relaxation this can create.

My Guru, Swamiji, says often: “Don’t worry about money or your needs for that is my job. Just keep enriching others and continue in your activity and work for the Divine”. 

Truly, I continue to unclutch daily and allow Him to minister and orchestrate on my behalf. What a world of difference it creates inside of me to let go and allow Him to operate from this enlightened space of manifestation.  The quality of experiences that happen are way beyond my imagination and the strategy that I might apply for manifesting my reality. It’s a joy to watch and observe what he creates for me and gradually, I am learning to trust in that expression more and more.

When we surrender and allow existence to take of our needs, there is a great relief that happens inside of us and joy can easily flow. As Swamiji has pointed out often, we are all designed with what we can handle. Our life path does not bring to us the things we are not equipped to deal with. This truth is a cosmic law and anyone who knows and understands astrology well, can see this to be a fact. 

We think we are responsible for all that happens and for that reason, we feel misery when things don’t go the way we intend them to happen. 

The one who is enlightened surrenders to a higher force, no matter what happens and accepts it.

When I don’t get what I want in this space of reliance and surrender, I look to see what is behind my intentions: desire, greed, confusion or ignorance and let go. Surely, He knows better than I do what is best, next. This has been proven over and over again to me.

And when things happen, they happen beyond my wildest expectation or imagination and in a space of great play. 

Through experiencing this profound spiritual truth, it becomes a way of life filled with much bliss because it is not reliant on desires nor is it disappointed in what happens next. Nay is there frustration or sadness, the soul is in overflowing withlove and gratitude for the intercession and Divine Play, come what may.

This is the transformational quality and beauty of the ancient process of the “begging bowl”. 

 

 

 

 

Sources: 
Satsang message 2nd January 2020 by
His Divine Holiness, Sri Bhagwan Nithyananda Paramashivam, 
The Bhagavad Gita, demystified
by His Divine Holiness, Sri Bhagwan Nithyananda Paramashivam 
The Siva Sutras, The Yoga of Supreme Identity by Jaideva Singh
The Siva Samhita, translated by Rai Bahadur Chandra Vasu
The Brhadaranyaka Upanishad translated and published by
Sri Ramakrishna Math Publishing House

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