Friday, May 27, 2011

LEELA - Level3, Seema and Gurus

LEELA - the cosmic game of existence is essentially like a Massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG) that is being played on the computer. The human players on the stage 8 - Bhurloka, can be broadly classified into three, based on their mean energy frequencies.

As a parallel to that classification, Gagangiri Maharaj, a great yogi, used to say that there are three planes of consciousness.

At level 1, the person is first aware of his own body-mind system and observes from moment to moment the complex inward processes which are happening inside him.

At level 2, as he is not a closed being, he is also listening attentively to the world and to the people. He is aware of their individual and collective problems. With a sense of objectivity and detachment coupled with involvement and participation, he can find out relevant solutions to their problems.

Finally at level 3, his uniqueness lies in being aware of the dynamic potentiality of the Other World : the Divine World of Peace, Compassion and Beauty. Through his meditative awareness, he is praying on behalf of the many for bringing Grace and Happiness to all.

In earlier blogs, we looked at Jai operating at 330 Hz (level 1) and saw how he was more focussed on his body and mind, then looked at Mike at 450 Hz (level 2) and how his values, ethics and goals were about peace, love and service. Today, we shall consider Seema, who is born with a mean frequency of 650 Hz and is operating at level 3.

Her operative field is the world beyond sensory.

For Seema, life is a search for truth, consciousness and ecstasy (Sat-chit-ananda).

Active Chakras : Ajna or the third eye chakra, Crown chakra or Sahasrara.

Understanding of God or nature : The concept of God now undergoes a drastic change. One no longer feels distant from God, but a part of Him. Humanity and existence feel as if it is part of one's self. You are not just a boat caught in a storm being thrown from one side to other by nature. You are the storm, the environment and its LEELA.

Unlike the level one and level two that believes that God is separate and needs to be conciliated, there is no fear nor temptation in reference to God, because one is a part of Him. The search now is to find one's inner self. A genuine and real Guru in this level 3 is critical. The real role of a Guru is to introduce a person to his own self. To unveil the clouds of ignorance and unawareness.

Understanding and aspirations : The purpose of existence is UNION with one's self - the search is inward. Relations with family, friends, spouse, society, nation hold no significance. Sensual gratification is no longer important. Cleanliness, satsanga (company of evolved people), visiting high energy places (temples, yogis, religious places), discussing, reading and pondering about existential issues becomes the purpose of life. There is an increased intuitive knowledge, an increase in the natural psychic powers. One starts having instinctively clarity of thoughts, insights and wisdom. Allows one to connect to the "inner guru" or "higher self" for guidance and inspiration.

The passion to improve or change existence, family, others, nation is no longer an issue. One starts recognizing that nature and existence is perfect and everything is as it should be. A surrender to nature and God becomes a second nature of people in level 3. One does not get surprised by any event, one feels that there is a purpose for every second of his life and every incident. One is forever trying to decipher meaning to every occurrence.

Values: The yearning for unity with all leads to love, understanding and compassion for all reality. Competition fades as one realises that we are all part of the same God. There is a crazy desire about becoming one with the maker, the surrendering to existence is intense, one feels that one is complete and perfect and therefore there is no need for approval nor recognition from society or others. Organised religion is no longer enough, the need is to go beyond rituals and religious props.

Food and lifestyle: Purity is the most important factor in food. Not just that the food should be sattvik (pure), without much spices and richness - but most importantly, the vibration of the food should be pure. Many level 3 people prepare their own food or get it made from their trusted cooks. The highly intuitive ability of people like Seema means that negative vibrations of the person cooking could enter her vibrations and disturb it. Food becomes a tool to organize vibrations and frequencies that enter the body. One prefers living more and more in the lap of nature, away from pollution of air, water, sound and food. An inclination for solitude and nature is prominent.

Very, very few people have traits common with SEEMA. It is only some saints that think and behave like SEEMA.

SEEMA with her frequency of 650 Hz is not too far from the escape energy of 790 Hz and if she keeps on working on her higher chakras and can surrender her ego, she has a good chance of going past the Bhurloka stage. But she needs guidance. The path now is very tough and treacherous.

So in this game of MMORPG, the creator has made some special players called Gurus. I only refer to a few genuine and real Gurus - the other kind are a dime-a-dozen. Gurus are created in this computer game to push people like SEEMA towards salvation from this stage.

There are generalist Gurus, who teach good things to humanity, who have millions of followers, incredible wealth, builds empires, political support and ashrams. They spread their name, fame and followers around the world. These gurus also play an important role in increasing knowledge and love in the universe.

But it is the other Gurus whom I venerate. They have no desire for fame, name nor money. Their only work is to identify people like SEEMA, introduce them to their inner guru and increase their frequencies. Remove the veil of ignorance and explain to them the reality of life and existence. These gurus play their role in anonymity and with simplicity.

When Arjuna in the Mahabharata wanted to quit the war, Krishna - the real Guru, showed him the real purpose of existence. He explained to him through the Bhagawat Geeta to understand reality and do his duty without running away. He was just a player in MMORPG and it was his role to fight the forces of evil. This was a huge game extending over millions of years and crores of lives and lifetimes. The game was designed in a manner that Arjun the warrior player was given a certain role. Similarly, roles had been given to his relatives whom he was facing. The game called upon him to just play his part and not involve his ego and level 2 values. To trust existence and play his part. The Geeta or the song celestial is one of the most wonderful book in the world, explaining logically the game and how one should play the role in the LEELA - the game of life.

SEEMA's interest would take her towards studying and understanding that there is a much higher reality than peace, love and family. Her exposure to the writings of a Geeta, Upanishads, Vedas and other spiritual books would open up her vistas. And, if she gets a real Guru, then her journey towards salvation (moksha) would be on its way.

Friday, May 20, 2011

LEELA - Mike at Level 2

Was just browsing through some of the popular Massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG). It is really interesting ! Thousands of players can role play each game at the same time in a brilliantly designed environment. The "World of Warcraft" has 1.5 million subscribers. WOW!

LEELA - the cosmic game of life has around 7000 million human and hundreds of millions of other subscribers - plants, insects, animals etc. LEELA is an extremely complex, nuanced, logical and intelligent MMORPG. We have discussed this in the earlier blogs. We are right now at stage 8 - the Bhurloka. Humans will have to raise their frequencies beyond 790 Hz to go into the next stage. Else, we will keep on being reborn into this stage 8. We could also fall below the frequency of 300 Hz and go back to stage 7 or lower. There are a total of 14 stages in this MMORPG, beginning from the lowest of patala-loka and going to the highest stage of Satya-loka.

Now, after 286 lives in Bhurloka, Mike has reached a reasonable frequency of 450 Hz. At his frequency, his characteristics are desire for accomplishments and love. The most important craving is for recognition, love, peer appreciation and societal respect in family as well as work. Unlike Jai, who felt that valour, courage and violence were his methods of resolving issues, Mike feels helping others, service to humanity and approach of peace is the way towards bringing the world to its senses.

His operative field is the sensory world. Work, family, children, spouse, religion and society are the reasons for his existence. Let us look at some of the characteristics to understand people in the Level 2 (400 - 550 Hz range).


Active Chakras : Solar Plexus chakra or Manipura, Heart Chakra (Anahata) and Throat chakra (Visuddha)

Understanding of God or nature : Still the concept of God being a separate entity from one's self, continues. Unlike the level one notion of a merciful and vengeful God, Mike's level two believes that God gives peace, happiness and calmness. Now, the demand to God is not to save, reward or give justice but to give happiness, peace and love. God is a vehicle towards inner growth. Detachment, calm, meditation and silence are demanded of God. Prayers are more focussed towards happiness and peace for oneself and family. Some start looking for God in others, hence service to poor and needy is one of the ways they serve God. Mike will tell his son to be a good man and to do good to society and nation. But still, the relationship between man and God is based on duality or separation between the man and his maker. God is an outsider which can offer you inner growth. Nature is not wrathful, but wonderful creations of the Maker and to be used sensibly. Love and peace are the key to the relationship with God.

Understanding and aspirations : The purpose of existence is to be successful in life. Take care of the family, society and the environment. Sensual gratification is now for higher tastes - visual, olfactory, audio etc. Good food, paintings, art, music, travel, decoration, fashion, looking good, being healthy and similar subtle enjoyments become the high points of life. Good morals, doing good to others, trying to search for happiness and peace within are some of the personal aspirations. A good life means respect and love for fellow human beings and a place in society. A bad life means struggle to earn, lack of respect in society, disrespect from family and turmoil in life. Life is a challenge to be won over by hard work, good values, sophisticated taste and lifestyle.

Values: The intense competition for material accomplishment leads to strife, turmoil and stress. But there is always a secret yearning for going beyond these material success and hence Mike aspires to become full of understanding, gratitude, forgiving and tolerance. People in this level 2 give great deal of importance to achievement, harmony and love. Getting angry, rude, mean, vulgar are shameful characteristics. Violence is not accepted unless family is threatened. The greatest fear of degeneration of values is the possibility to become obsessed with wealth and success. A thought process that believes in the duality of anger and love, failure and success, vulgarity and sophistication, loot and service creates relevant values.

Food and lifestyle: Rich foods, meat, eggs, butter, tasty food, garlic and onion dominant food. Enjoyment means richness - in food, lifestyle, money, enjoyments which satiates the five senses. Addiction to many things that reflect this lifestyle is common.

Most of the cultured mankind would have traits common with MIKE. Most of us are pretty similar to MIKE.

MIKE, after 286 lifetimes has now reached this frequency of 450 Hz and to cross 790 Hz and enter the next stages, he'll have to really change his mindset, thoughts and approach to life. If he continues to work for society and family, he'll not proceed much further.

JAI saw the pleasures of success and achievements of MIKE and aspired for them - but Mike is completely oblivious to the internal growth of higher frequency people. So, the critical question is - does he even know or is willing to accept that there is something higher ? Mike probably thinks that his knowledge and his aspirations are the highest that can happen. All his heroes are successful people on the material world - a Gandhiji, a Ambani, a Rockefeller, a Bill Gates, an Obama.

Arjuna stood in the middle of a war in the Mahabharata and saw his own family, friends and relatives in the enemy camp and was grief-struck, wanting to abandon the war. He was operating at a Level 2 frequency and peace, love and renunciation were his highest values. It was left to Sri Krishna to explain to him that life is MMORPG and that his role is to play the game as he is only a player. That life does not end with one death and that all players are just embodied souls that are immortal.

Is there a world of heroes beyond Mike's knowledge? Does he even know that a Krishna, an Aurobindo, a Vivekananda, a Babaji or an Osho exists?

Mike, like millions of people like us, is either a closed mind or a mind filled with his own thoughts - you cannot enter his mind. No new or drastically evolutionary idea will disturb his set thoughts. He might have to go through thousands of lives, taking rebirth at almost the same frequency. OR will he suddenly have some insights or someone to guide him ? Will there be a Krishna to recite the Bhagavada Geeta to Mike?


Next time, we will look at Seema's life who is at 650 Hz and what drives her. We will later track Mike and see if something out of the ordinary happens to him to catapult him towards a faster growth.




Friday, May 13, 2011

LEELA - The story of Jai in existence

LEELA - the game of life, is like an extremely complex Massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). If you were a youngster, you would have played MMORPG, which is a genre of role-playing video games in which a very large number of players interact with one another within a virtual game world.


In MMORPG, players assume the role of a character (often in a fantasy world) and take control over many of that character's actions. MMORPGs are distinguished from single-player or small multi-player RPGs by the number of players, and by the game's persistent world (usually hosted by the game's publisher), which continues to exist and evolve while the player is offline and away from the game. These games are played in different stages.

Existence is also a MMORPG game called LEELA. We are all players - playing by the rules of the game and working in the limitations of the environment. I have been writing on this game in the earlier blogs on LEELA. The ongoing series on LEELA had got a wee bit off track due to some of other activities.

Let us go back to the story of LEELA. Mike, Jai and Seema have taken human birth. We had assumed that Mike has a frequency at the time of his birth of 450 Hz, Jai - 330 Hz and Seema - 650 Hz. Today, we shall focus on Jai and his lifestyle.

Dividing the human frequency range from a mean frequency (found to be between 300 hz to 790 Hz) into three major divisions, we would get different characteristics, thoughts, behaviour and beliefs in each of the levels (one keeps on fluctuating across the levels at all times).

Level one (Lowest frequency- 300 - 400 HZ) eg JAI : Physical and comfort driven existence - safety, survival, protection and maintenance. Food, shelter, sexual gratification are key drivers.

Level two (Frequency 400- 550 Hz) eg MIKE : Accomplishments and love - family, society, business, achievement, ego. Understanding, gratitude, forgiving, tolerant are key characteristics.

Level three (Frequency 550 - 790 Hz) eg SEEMA: Creative, Intuitive, transcendent - open, generous, non-judgemental, inspirational. Intuitive - Enlightened, aware, liberated. Mindset veering towards union of all opposites, non-duality (advaita), infinite one.

Now let us look at Jai, the sweeper's son who has been born at 330 Hz level.

Active Chakras : Root chakra or Muladhar and to some extent Swadhisthana or sexual chakra

Understanding of God or nature : Sometimes God is merciful and sometimes Vengeful, Sometimes God is angry, sometimes jealous and sometimes happy, God gives reward and punishment. At all times God is powerful. His role is to protect and defeat enemies. So, when there is a Tsunami or a natural disaster - God is angry and is punishing mankind. God has a face and a body. The relationship between man and God is based on duality or separation between man and his maker. God is a father giving punishment or love to the son. A son (man) is supposed to pray for his mercy and is all the time afraid of him, believing that one is alive only because of the grace of God - fear and violence are the key to his relationship. A typical level one person would tell his children to behave as God is watching them and will punish them for their sins. Sins and penance are some of the motivating tools. God, angel and the devil are the incarnates. Hell and heaven are the places to go after death. Temptation and fear are the key to the relationship with God.

Understanding and aspirations : The purpose of life is to cope with existence. Try and get some safety, security, comfort, good food, shelter and coarse pleasure of the senses. Strong standards of good and evil are ingrained. A good life has physical rewards - food, clothing, shelter, good spouses. A bad life means deprivation, abandonment, physical threat. Bad health is due to God's wrath and good fortune because of his benevolence. Life is a challenge to be met with force, violence and a need for protection and survival.

Values: For survival, the main characteristic is courage. People in this level give great deal of importance to courage leading them to victories. Fear is a despicable characteristic. Violence is accepted provided it is to demonstrate courage and defeat fear. The greatest fear of degeneration of values is the possibility to become a tyrant. The thin line between courage and tyranny is breached many-a-times. A simplistic thought process that believes in violence and force, reward and punishment, danger and mercy, heaven and hell, survival and fear creates relevant values.

Food and lifestyle: Spicy foods, meat, heavy foods, left over foods, garlic and onion dominant food. Violent, angry, lustful, greedy existence. Enjoyment means more food, more loud music, more sex and more and more fun which satiates the five senses. Addiction to many things that reflect this lifestyle is common.

You might have many traits common with JAI and am sure we all know thousands of JAIs.

Remember we are just players in this game of MMORPG game LEELA at stage 8 called the Bhurloka stage. If, we aspire to go higher in our frequency (and we have the option and the free will to do so) we need to use some of the techniques and technology that I have been writing earlier. This is a game of millions of lifetimes, hundreds of them in Bhurloka. One travels through stages across many lifetimes and at the end of a lifetime if you have crossed the threshold of frequency, then you straight go into one of the higher stages.

So, Jai will have to climb a lot if he intends to go to the next stage. But, if he starts growing in frequency, then his next lifetime could be at a higher frequency and so on and if his search and quest is genuine and earnest, in many lifetimes - he could enter the next stage.

Next time, we will talk about Mike. and his role in the game of LEELA.

Friday, May 6, 2011

LEELA - Energy, desire and activism

As I continue the series on LEELA - the game of existence, let me quote a passage from the "The Autobiography of a Yogi" by Paramhansa Yogananda

''In reality there is nothing inexplicable about materialization. The whole cosmos is a materialized thought of the Creator. This heavy, earthly clod, floating in space, is a dream of God. He made all things out of His consciousness. God first created the earth as an idea. Then He quickened it; energy atoms came into being. He coordinated the atoms into this solid sphere. All its molecules are held together by the will of God. When He withdraws His will, the earth again will disintegrate into energy. Energy will dissolve into consciousness; the earth-idea will disappear from objectivity."

We are all parts of the creation as well as part of the Creator of this complex game of existence - LEELA. While the game is being played as per the rules and parameters designed by the Creator (which we may call destiny), we are given a bit of free will to make alterations in the game too. The amount of change that we can make is directly proportional to the desire and energy that we impart.

The free will allows us some power for amendments, changes and events in the flow of determinism. Today, let us look at the process to make these changes.

Events happen due to Iccha-shakti ( desire and energy).

Desire is the motivation that lies behind every action, the power and energy that causes all movement. Desire incites men to make the most incredible efforts. For example most events in your life can be sourced to desire - desire to be a doctor, engineer, businessman etc. One puts one's energy behind the same to make it happen. The scale of the event will depend on the energy imparted to the craving.

Let us look specifically at the aspiration to better the lives of the people of the nation. The desire for the same leads many of us to get involved in activities that echo our thoughts, idea, values and inspirations. That is ACTIVISM. How can we do it in the best possible manner? What are the mechanics of effective activism? How can we harness desire and energy to be most successful in the task that we have undertaken?

Desire:

Convergence: If the desire is general or diffused ( India should be a great country / we must remove corruption / politicians should be hanged) then one cannot impart any energy towards a specific path. A source of light that is diffused cannot achieve good result, but if it is focussed into a single point like a laser beam, then one can end up doing some of the most complex operations with that energy. Similarly, our desire should be focussed on a single point agenda.

Therefore for the movement of the "India against Corruption", it was the single point agenda of the Jan Lokpal Bill, which converged all the energies of lakhs of people and led to the capitulation of the Government by accepting the formation of the joint committee. So, the more specific demand - the more convergence.

Intensity: Secondly, the craving should be intense. The more intense the desire, the more chances of the success. When the entire nation demands the Jan Lokpal bill, the cumulative intensity of the yearning will make it more possible for the successful outcome.

Energy:

The conversion of desire into event is primarily due to energy. Energy is also of many types - the low frequency energy - physical, the middle frequency energy - intellectual and the high frequency energy - selflessness. When energy of the higher magnitude which is fuelled by thoughts of love for the nation, seva (selfless service), renunciation, sacrifice is used, the desire has more chance of being fructified. Energy of millions of people focussed on a specific agenda helps.

Example of Icha- shakti:

When one goes to a temple and prays for a specific outcome, we get it many-a-times. The reason for success is because one has a specific demand, an intense desire and one is praying for it in a high energy setup. This energy setup could be higher in a temple because a temple is architectured in a manner that the energy ricochets inside the dome, the symbols of fire, sounds of the bells, the shape of the building, the connection of the bells (Golden temple has a gold covering as gold is a good conductor of energy and the main bell is directly connected to the golden dome), the energy of so many positive vibrations and prayers, the energy of the idol (which is established by prana-pratisthan or energy transmission), the planetary position on certain days etc.

Therefore, for example, on a Tuesday if one asks for something in a Siddhi Vinayak Mandir, there are many instances when the desires have been fulfilled and we believe that God or Ganapati idol did the same. Also walking barefoot or rolling on the ground or promising something in return for the fulfilment of the desire, intensifies the desire. And what works is the concentration of demand and the focus or single pointedness of the desire. But all this would be nothing, without the requisite energy. Therefore it is the iccha- shakti which materialises the desire and we credit God or the idol or the temple for the same.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Activism - a personal journey

The rush of events tempted me to put off the weekly blog on spirituality, but then I remembered the principles that I espoused. One needs to keep on operating at all levels - personal, family, business and work, social activity and spiritual activity, together. Just because one has personal or family or business or nation building or spiritual priorities cannot be a valid reason for ignoring any of the layers of activity. Can the cell in our lung of our body say that because it needs to build itself well, it will not do any intercellular activities to sustain the lungs or respiratory system or the entire body. All activities need to take place together at the same time.

The last few weeks has been great fun, as we rode the crest and the trough of the anti-corruption movement with the "India against corruption" movement led by Anna Hazare. It was a kind of litmus test for me, on a personal level, too. Am trying to share my thoughts and reactions, honestly.

Some questions

I have prided myself in the fact that I have never been ruffled from within in the last 7 years. Never angry, upset nor perturbed with all that has been going around me. In the last few weeks, the adulation, the criticisms, allegations and mud throwing was at a much higher scale. I was observing myself keenly. Did the stithpragnata (tranquillity, serenity) that I was experiencing for many years get ruffled? Was I elated? Was I downcast? When the government gave in to the demands for a joint committee, did the victory excite me? When some people made allegations on me and my family- was I upset ? Was I angry? Was my state of equilibrium true or fake?

My concepts and understanding of "Why was I in equilibrium"?

Equality: We are all equal with the same power within us or in a colloquial term - we all have the power of the sun within us. Some may have lesser clouds and some more, which hide the sunlight. I have always tried to live on a 50: 50 basis. Never have I considered anyone less nor more than me and my relations with all have been on a basis of equality. Which is why I have stopped judging people. Analysing - yes, but judging - no.

Roles : I have never taken the roles of being a son, father, boss, employee, husband, friend etc. seriously. I do not play roles. My mother and family used to get pretty upset at my irreverence when younger. Now, they get scandalised at the liberty that I allow my children to speak as equals with complete irrereverence.

Approval : Because of the conviction in the concept of being a part of existence and not a separate part, I always felt complete. There has never been a need for appreciation from any one. I am complete, and I do not need anyone's approval to become complete. So, when for one of the events planned in Mumbai for the anti-corruption movement, when someone told me that it should have enough people or else, my reputation will get spoiled, I could not stop myself from replying that "I am not doing for my reputation, I do not care about that. Its a task that has been taken up and should be done to the best of my abilities. Reputation be damned."

LEELA : Also, I have started looking at life as LEELA - a game and have completely stopped taking myself seriously. Am getting more and more into a surrender mode - surrender to existence. Earlier in my activism days, I would feel that there is a need for change. And that I need to change the country, society, injustice, misery, systems, people and others. Soon I started realizing that everything in existence is exactly as it should be. The cyclic movement of existence, the events happening - positive and negative is exactly as it should be. Slowly I have started surrendering to existence.

Role : My role in this existence, is just to be a channel or vessel or player in a game"LEELA" played by existence. As Sri Aurobindo says "I am just the bamboo reed through whom God blows his breath. The music that comes out of the bamboo flute is not mine". So, the sense of ownership has left. And with that has come the realization of the truth of the adage in the Bhagawad Geeta "Ma phaleshu kadachana; ma karma phala he tur bhuh, ma te sangvasta karmani; karmanye vadhika raste" meaning that while you have a duty and obligation, you have no right to expect a particular consequence or result or fruit to follow from what you do. So, enjoyment and fun has replaced concern and anxiety.

So, what happened in the last few weeks?

Some years back, when all the gold jewellery from my cupboard had got stolen, my wife came and told me casually, that the jewellery is missing. While we suspected the maid, we had no proof and therefore my wife decided to be more careful and that was the end of that story. Her complete disattachment for material things as well as my natural casual reaction was encouraging for me.

Now in the last weeks in the midst of the agitation, when there were outcomes which were good - like the support from many quarters, like the victory when government capitulated etc, there was no elation nor excitement. The equanimity only got emotional a couple of times. I met many people - nice, decent, simple people who were willing to sacrifice everything for the country, I was overwhelmed and could not control my emotions.

When there was a vicious attack on me and my family on Facebook and similar, I did get a bit pensive. After I woke up in the middle of night, completely unemotionally, I created a blog stating the real position and asking my activist friends if they wanted me to resign. There was no anger or pique. I was not asking people if my action was correct or wrong - of course I had done no wrong. I was asking a specific question - in light of this vicious and dirty attack, would my continuation as the coordinator affect the movement? Once, they said that I should continue, the matter was over.

As I examine my reaction at that time, in the midst of all these dirty allegations, yes, I did feel out of place. Like being in a gutter. Or like being in a middle of a mud slinging arena. I did examine my thoughts and wondered if I was in the right place. Should I just walk away from this negative place and go back to my meditation, study of scriptures, reading and writing of spiritual issues? Or should I continue doing my nation building activities? The questions still exist and the answers will come when they have to. I am surrendered to whatever comes.

There are lots of lessons and learnings from this last few weeks and with this blog, would like to share some of the thought processes and ideation. While this blog might sound egoist and I-centric, but it is just an honest and realistic appraisal of myself in the last few weeks. I am sure all of you must be going through similar thoughts, self doubts and self examinations. Maybe this might help.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

LEELA - Activism, Service

The choices one makes in life, drives one's growth towards either evolution, status quo or drop in frequency. For example, like Mike, if one was born at a frequency of 450Hz (which is somewhere in between the lowest frequency of 300 Hz and the highest of 750 Hz) then the choice of use of sattvic (purity) , rajasic (passion or action) or tamasic (inertia or impurity) actions would determine the evolutionary trend. The subset of the actions would be Aahar (food), Vihaar (environment), Achaar (behaviour) and Vichaar (thoughts).

For example, action that promote

1. Egoistic tendencies of I-me-myself, comfort and momentary pleasures would bring down the frequency.
2. Looking after family, business, extended family, success in society would keep the frequency at status quo.
3. Thinking and working for others, searching for truth, God, existence would increase one's frequency.

So, in our search of higher frequency, in this game of LEELA, what is the extent to which we should go? What is the balance? Where does activism fit in? Can we only live by serving others? Should we take sanyas and leave family and the narrow responsibility of society and dedicate one's life in search of truth and service to humanity? These questions assail us at all times. I have been thinking of these issues almost every day.

I found the answer to this, as usual in the Vedas. It says "As is the atom, so is the Universe; as is the microcosm, so is the macrocosm; as is the human body, so is the cosmic body; as is the human mind, so is the cosmic mind." So, let us look at one of the examples of the way nature behaves and learn from it.

A cell in the lung carries out a million reactions every second. In terms of physical and chemical composition and DNA structure, it is exactly the same as a cell in the kidney. But it has intelligence to take its own decisions. Out of the millions of reactions every second, the cell parallely carries out physical and chemical reactions, every second, to look after (1) Its own health and existence (2) Intercellular reactions to maintain the health of the lung (3) Health and operation of the Lungs (4) Health and operation of the Respiratory system and (5) Health and operation of the complete body. Note that it does not take care of one of the facets and then takes up the other. Every second and every microsecond, there is a continuous activity on all aspects of existence - its own and its dependent.

Let us extrapolate it to our lives.

Gagangiri Maharaj, a great yogi, used to say that we have to exist at three planes of consciousness. In the triple mode of consciousness, the person is first aware of his own body-mind system and observes from moment to moment the complex inward processes which are happening inside him. Secondly as he is not a closed being, he is also listening attentively to the world and to the people. He is aware of their individual and collective problems. With a sense of objectivity and detachment coupled with involvement and participation, he can find out relevant solutions to their problems.

Thirdly his uniqueness lies in being aware of the dynamic potentiality of the Other World : the Divine World of Peace, Compassion and Beauty. Through his meditative awareness, he is praying on behalf of the many for bringing Grace and Happiness to all.

Therefore, while we are all looking after ourselves and our family, we need to be engaged with the rest of society. Thus we must get engaged with activism, service to humanity and major reforms. And all these in parallel with the other activities. As a living cell cannot stop one set of reactions , while doing the intercellular ones, we should not just be involved with one's self or/ and one's family. We must at all time, be engaged with society and the country trying our utmost to bring in relief and happiness to others. But as Gagangiri Maharaj says "with a sense of objectivity and detachment, coupled with involvement and participation."

Thus, the more we work for society and the nation, more is our evolutionary growth. Use sattvic actions - pure foods, selfless thoughts and action and engagement or satsanga with good and powerful people.

That is the way one can start going towards winning the game of LEELA.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Continuous LEELA - meaning of the Game

All species on the Earth work as per the rules, laws and limitations (maya) of the game. The Grand Design involved billions of years of the game of LEELA operating on cyclic days, years and Yugas. The Creator took the basic raw material of scalar energy. He then slowed this extremely high frequency energy to create the five elements of ether, air, fire, water and earth. These elements then manifested itself into forms. The solar system, earth, plants, birds and animals were created which operated by pre-determined rules.

But the Creator of LEELA has a great sense of humour. He has thrown in some more twists.

The human race was created after all the species of plants, insects, birds and animals were saturated. This human race had more intelligence, more developed nervous system and more eveolved consciousness, compared to the earlier species.

The Creator had designed the game of LEELA to give humans something that it had not given the others - FREE WILL.

Let us continue the story of Mike. Mike is born in this life at an average frequency of 450 Hz. He has the intelligence and the free will to either stay at this frequency or go up or down. Mike will need to use his choices, his intelligence and his free will to decide on his thoughts and actions. While the inexorable flow of events is pulling Mike towards the determined cyclic events - he still has a free will to decide some things in his life. Right now, the flow is evolutionary. The worst point in the Kaliyuga is over and evolution is part of the environment.

What is the extent of determinism and free will ? Let us look at an example. For example, if one was standing up to the waist in the sea, the deterministic waves would be coming and going all the time, depending on the tide, which in turn depended on the moon cycle. Within this movement of the pre determined waves, one still has the choice to push some of the waves away and create a small area where one could create their own temporary ripples. Similarly, the deterministic movement of the inexorable LEELA is like the waves. A human's free will is only capable of creating temporary ripples in the movement of the LEELA.

Mike has the choice to fine-tune his life and destiny using the three qualities (guna) - Sattva (high frequency or purity), Rajas (Medium frequency or action) and Tamas (Low frequency or inertia. While Mike is born with a certain frequency and characteristics (prakriti) and in a certain environment, he has been given the free will to change both - his prakriti and his environment. And to change, he can use his decisions in the choice of food (aahar), recreation (vihaar), behaviour or demeanour (aachar) and thought (vichaar) (AAHAR- VIHAAR-AACHAR-VICHAAR).

The extent and direction of the change will be determined by Mike's knowledge and intention. He could have vidya (right knowledge), avidya (lack of knowledge) or kuvidya (false knowledge) and that would determine his actions. If Mike has Vidya, then he would try and increase his frequency by using more of sattva guna, Avidya would drive him to use more of Rajas guna, retaining his present energy while usage of kuvidya would bring in ego, anger, jealousy (tamas) to bring down the frequency.

As mentioned in the earlier blogs, LEELA is a game played at different layers. We are presently at level 8 - the BHUR Loka stage. Like a computer game, players come and play and when they defeat the evil forces or achieve the goals, they go from stage 1 to stage 2 and so on. Mike is like a computer game player. In this Avatar in the Bhur Loka, he has a human body, some free will and an existing prakriti and environment. The LEELA game is designed in a manner that he can use his free will to increase frequency or decrease over many lifetimes.

If Mike has the right vidya or knowledge, he will use sattva and increase his frequency, to go to the next higher levels.

For example, suppose the entry level frequency of Bhur Loka is 300 Hz and Exit level is 800 Hz. Mike is born at 450Hz and then he uses his vidya to increase it in this life time to 600 Hz. Over the next few lifetimes, he goes to a frequency of 850 Hz. Now, Mike does not need to come back and play at the Bhur loka stage 8. But he goes to the next level of the game, stage 9 - BHUVAR Loka. Suppose, he played the game brilliantly and increased his level to 1500 Hz, then he can go straight to level 10 - SVAR Loka, if 2500. then to level 12 - JANA loka and if he could increase it to 3000 Hz, then he would straight away reach the highest game level - Level 14 - SATYA Loka.

So, the speed of evolution in LEELA depends on Mike and his free will.

Suppose, Mike did not have the right knowledge. He had avidya or kuvidya. Then he would make choices which uses more of tamas. That would bring down his frequency. And he can fall down to the next lower level, the 7th one - ATALA Loka, or maybe right down to the lowest level - PATALA Loka.

That is the game of LEELA. The usage of the three gunas to go up and down the levels of existence.

So, let us look at LEELA one more time.

One is given a certain prakruti or starting frequency and an environment. Within the environment and nature are embedded various guides (gurus), energy modules, books, scriptures, high energy people, temples, high energy places, yantra, tantra, mantras, Gods, Rishis and thousands of similar tools. One has to use one's intelligence and knowledge to recognise them, and then use them. Lead life of sattva gunas while indulging in aahar-vihaar- aachar and vichaar. That will propel the growth.



Saturday, March 26, 2011

Still more LEELA - the setting

The game of LEELA continues. The Universe and its inhabitants with its rules and systems (maya) is operating well. This extremely complex and brilliantly designed game also has a cyclic and time component. It uses energy to drive the entire LEELA with a mixture of higher energy (sattva), middle range (rajas) and lower frequency (tamas), used in different proportion at different times.

Cyclic Existence

Like the celestial bodies determine the morning, afternoon, evening, night and again day on a daily basis.

Like the celestial bodies determine the summer, winter, monsoon and again summer on a annual basis.


Similarly on a much larger time frame, existence is moving through its planned cycle of energy, with Satyuga (100% sattva), Treta Yuga (3/4th Sattva), Dwapar Yuga (1/2 Sattva) to Kaliyuga (1/4th Sattva) to Satyuga again.

Kaliyuga

As we saw in the last blog, Mike has now taken human birth one more time. He is an energy body like all of us, having a mean energy of 450 Hz, spread over his seven chakras. He is also more pitta (fire constitution) and is living in the Kaliyuga.

In the Kaliyuga, the pure energy (sattva) or the higher frequency energy is around 25% . The game has to be played in a manner that sattva cannot be allowed to be completely obliterated. So, as per the game structure, new players are born every second - some of higher energy and some of extremely low frequency. As the trough or lowest point of kaliyuga is crossed, new beings are born that are more intelligent, more sensitive and overall. Every decade, we see more and more people moving around all over the earth seeking meaning and in a subconscious manner, higher energy. People may not understand themselves nor understand why they are searching, but the game is moving all the time, pre-destined and planned. The seeking for increasing purity has begun, slowly but surely.

Articles on spirituality, Saints and speakers of various denomination, formation of New Age religions, discussions on religious and spiritual issues is slowly pushing up the sattva aspect in mankind. But still, these are like blind men looking at the Elephant parts - with no idea of the complete animal. Someone feels one part and thinks that he only knows. But as the movement continues towards Satyuga, more and more complete knowledge will come.

So, Mike had taken human birth at the time that the game of LEELA is proceeding towards higher energy from the lowest it has reached. So, evolution is a natural instinct.

Mike's constitution

We are all made up of the five elements - ether or space, air, fire, water and earth. The proportion of the element of the energy (prana) which entered the womb and the proportion of the element in the zygote created by the sperm and the ovary will determine the constitution (Prakriti) of Mike when he is born. What is the percentage of Vata (air and ether), Pitta (fire and earth) and Kapha (water and earth) in his mind-body? The proportions will determine his body structure, his thoughts and his attitude.

Mike is made up of 55% of Pitta (fire predominance), 25% of Vata (air ) and 20% of Kapha (water). Therefore Mike is likely to be of medium physique, strong and well built. His mind will be sharp with good concentration powers. Assertive, self confident and aggressive. Pushy, competitive, passionate and irritative with excellent analytical skills, Mike is a typical Pitta person. He will be healthy as long as his constitution remains the same as during the time of his birth. But as it changes due to his food, behaviour, environment and thoughts, he will start feeling unease and that imbalance of his elements will lead to diseases.

Mike's energy distribution

Mike has been born with a mean frequency of 450. This energy is distributed over all his body and is related to the energy of the chakras. He has the maximum energy in his solar plexus chakra or the manipura. That means that Mike would be likely to be more concerned with relationships, earnings, family, peer reviews, business and having a "good" life.

After the manipura chakra, he has maximum energy in the sex chakra (swadhisthana) and root chakra (manipura) and thus he is rooted, interested in pursuing material pleasures, healthy and grounded.

The upper chakras are not well nourished and therefore Mike is not likely, in normal course to be a seeker of spiritual knowledge nor have an altruistic streak. He would be more concerned about himself and his close ones.

This is how Mike is, when he was born.

Along with Mike, in his locality were born Jai, a son of the Municipal sweeper of an average frequency of 330 Hz and Seema, the daughter of a teacher of an average energy of 650 Hz. They were born in Mumbai, which is a medium level geographic spot in India.

We are now looking at this billion of years old game LEELA, when Mike has taken birth.....

Saturday, March 19, 2011

More Leela - birth of Mike

This writings in the series of LEELA, is probably the more important ones that I have written. While it is written in a playful, tongue-in-cheek style - it is my complete understanding of existence.

The LEELA game of existence that I described in the last blog is now getting more and more complex. After the Big Bang, the formation of the Solar system, the earth and the introduction of life force, the humans have started appearing, Over millions of years, each generation is evolving into more complex and more intelligent human beings.

Let me reiterate - we are all energy bodies. When the energy or the prana withdraws from the human body, physical death takes place. The energy that can never be created nor destroyed changes form after that. This energy that withdraws from the body becomes part of the space energy, but stays together as a unit.

Today, we will assume some names and numbers for simpler understanding of an extremely complex process. Let us assume that there is an energy body or unit in space. Let us call this player in the game of LEELA - Mike. This Mike, like everyone in existence, is an energy body. This energy is an electromagnetic scalar energy, which cannot be measured using normal equipments, as scalar energy does not have direction, but only magnitude. Energy cannot be destroyed nor created, but can change form. Mike's energy slows down and speeds up and thus changes form. Mike's energy or prana has left its earlier physical body before many, many years and is now in space.

Mike's energy body is of a frequency range between 300 Hz to 800 Hz. Its mean frequency is of 450 Hz. The attitude / behaviour patterns of when he had left his last life (manomaya kosha), the knowledge of his last life (vijnanmaya kosha) and the depth of truth, consciousness and bliss (sat-chit-anand) through the Anandamaya kosha. Having passed through the necessary cycle post-death (will write about the post-death cycle some time later), Mike is ready for taking a human birth.

Phase 5 - Mike's Human birth:

The sperm and the ovum create a zygote, which have the characteristics of both the parents. This embryo starts developing, and at the end of a month, the head starts developing and then in the second month, the upper, lower extremities and other parts of the body start developing. In the third month of pregnancy, bones, skin, hairs and nails develop. Also in the third month, the external genital organs are formed. The 23 chromosomes of the father and the 23 chromosomes of the mother is responsible for the characteristics of the child that is being formed, till now. So, part of the physical, emotional, mental growth is determined by the parents. Now a twist is thrown in the game.

The partially formed womb is now ready to attract a certain frequency of energy, or prana. And because the parent's average energy was close to 450 hz, it starts pulling pranas which are close to 450 hz and ready to take birth.

Mike, the key player in this LEELA reaches first out of the thousand similar frequency energies in space that are ready to take birth. The womb in addition to the qualities of the parents takes on the characteristics of Mike, the energy. This energy that was stored in space along with the karmas (charge of the last life) enters this new womb. Then based on the womb along with Mike's energy, the various tissues start getting formed from the 4th month - the tissue fluids (Rasa), leading to Blood (rakta), leading to muscles (mamsa) will lead to formation of bones (Asthi). This will finally lead to the reproductive fluids (shukra) . Thus depending on the mixture of the energies of the womb and Mike, the formation of the new child - Mike will be determined.

With the ninth month, the baby Mike will come out of his mother's body. He is now ready to become one of the heroes of the LEELA game. He has continued from where he left in his last life, but he has now got a mixture of his energy and karma of the last life along with some genetic characteristics of his parents. Depending on all of these, his mean frequency of 450 Hz is distributed over the seven chakras. 20% of it in the Root chakra (muladhar) of 300 Hz, 20% energy in the sexual chakra (Swadhisthana) around 380 Hz, a maximum of 40% energy in the solar plexus chakra (manipura) of around 450 Hz and then distributed over the heart chakra (Anahata) - 5%, Throat (Visshuddha)- 5%, Third eye (Ajna) 5% and Crown chakra (Sahasrara)- 5% being the highest with 800 Hz.

Therefore, Mike with a mean frequency of 450 Hz is now divided over all seven chakras with the maximum on the Solar Plexus (Manipura). Therefore Mike will be more concerned with the characteristics of Manipura chakras - business, work, family, name, fame, money etc. His life will revolve around leading a good, comfortable life with peer esteem. His mind and body will be focussed towards making the most comfortable life possible. As he has more energy on the swadhistana and muladhar - he will be rooted and secure, interest towards good food, travelling, comfort, sex and will be plagued with jealousy, anger, mood swings, momentary pleasures and pains etc. Interest in serving others, altruism, deep study and research, search for the Truth etc will not be part of his quest.

What is the composition (prakriti) of Mike? Does he have more air or water or fire? What is its proportion? Let us assume that Mike's prakriti (constitution) is more of Fire (55%) and less of Water (25%) and still less of Earth (20%). Therefore Mike's will have more characteristics of Fire element - ruddy complexion, proportional body, bright eyes and medium body structure. His mind will be sharp, his words will be penetrative, his anger and sarcasm very cutting, tremendous envy, jealousy and ego, his analytical skill and grasping power will be fast.

Thus Mike is now created and ready to play the game of LEELA with these qualities, energies and characteristics.



Friday, March 11, 2011

Leela - the game of life

In this weekend writing, let me continue with the playful mood and look at existence as "LEELA". LEELA means 'game' or 'past time' or 'play' or 'sport'.

This game is created and designed by someone. We can only speculate about Who created the game or Why was this created. But we can surely try and comprehend the "What" of this leela. This LEELA is like a brilliantly planned, self - organized and self sustaining computer game. We, humans, are just playing one of the major roles. The logic of the game is based on rigid, immutable laws, principles and has a cyclic periodicity.

At any given time, there are 14 stages of the game going on - starting with the world or loka of least consciousness called the Patala loka, followed by Rasatala loka, followed by Mahatala, Talatala, Sutala, Vitala, Atala lokas. The stage 8, which is Bhur loka is where humans in the form that we recognise are part of this complex game. As humans get moksha they graduate to the higher frequency worlds called (9) Bhuvar - loka (10) Svar - loka (11) Mahar loka (12) Jana Loka (13) Tapa loka and the highest (14) Satya loka. It is from Bhur Loka that humans can catapult themselves to the higher lokas, depending on the escape velocity of their frequency at the time of their physical death.

All creation is a mixture of the five elements - ether, air, fire, water and the earth. These five elements are actually just frequencies of energy that have coalesced into these five forms. Decrease of frequency can convert air into liquid and more densification can convert into solid (example : water vapour to water to ice).

So, let us look at this stage in the LEELA game and break it up into phases:

Phase 1 -Solar System :


The Bhurloka stage of game begins 13.6 billion years ago with the creation of the solar system through a BIG BANG or explosion of the "hiranyagarbh" or "bindu". As it exploded, the space it encompassed started expanding and continues doing so even till today. As the gases started solidifying, masses of solidified celestial bodies started forming. These solidified celestial bodies have laws of thermodynamics and gravity wields a certain influence on each of the components of existence. The movement of these bodies in the solar system has an impact on the behaviour and reaction of other parts of this game (example : (1) The effect of the moon on the tides and the water element in human bodies and (2) the complete science and study of the impact of the solar system on a human being (Astrology). The cyclic movements of the solar system would impact humans and others beings in a cyclic manner.


Phase 2 - Earth:

After a few billions years, within the Universe in this LEELA game, started the formation of the earth or BHURLOKA (stage 8). This earth is the location which is the setting of LEELA and where we are the participants. Like everything else, it has a set of the five elements densified into materials.

As in the solar system, the range of the elements is always within a certain set of range. For example, the temperature of the atmosphere is varying between minus 40 degrees to a maximum of 55 degrees, atmospheric pressure is also within a certain range, amount of oxygen does not become less than a certain level nor more than a certain percentage of air. The entire atmosphere and environment is controlled by some immutable laws like the law of gravity or the laws of thermodynamics etc. So, everything is well structured and intelligently planned in the LEELA.

But the Creator has a wierd sense of humour. As a twist in the game, some of the elements might play crazy - the air element may create hurricane, the fire element could explode volcanoes, the earth element would create earthquakes and along with the water element create tsunamis. The water element could create huge storms in the sea and along with the earth create avalanches. But mark you, all of this also is within a range. For example, the earthquake in Japan was 8.9 reichter, when it would well has been 12 or 15. The wind could have a velocity upto 180 kms/ hr, when it could be 300....similarly, the LEELA game specifies that while the elements go crazy for a while- it would still be in a certain range, else the set would be completely destroyed.

Phase 3 - Creation:

Having created the background of the universe and the earth, it needs to fill in stuff in the earth. So, LEELA uses the five elements to create various materials filling them with increased levels of consciousness to make it more and more exciting. The creation starts with the creation of rocks, stones and earth (physical world). This continues for a few billion years and once it gets saturated, the world of plants with increasing amount of consciousness, intelligence and complexity starts getting created till that got saturated too. Next creation was the animal world with the creation of the first cell with nuclei which evolved into worms, insects, birds, animals and mammals with more and more consciousness. Thus as the consciousness increased - it led to more intellectual ability, more complex brain structure, more sophisticated and sensitive nervous and other system. Now, the stage in this version of the game is set for the human race.

Phase 4 - Human creation:

This stage after a few billion years is the most interesting and exciting one in the LEELA game. The creator is now making the creation more and more complex and intelligent. Hence, after the formation and saturation of the animal kingdom, the first vestige of the human race starts getting visible. From apes to homo sapiens, the evolution of humans over centuries creates players who can play the game well. The homo sapiens' consciousness has increased with increase of intelligence and sensitivity. One can find higher size of brain, intellect and more complex nervous system in modern man than the pre historic one. For the first time, the Creator has given some right of impacting the game to the human race.

More in next weekend's blog


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Reflection: why of life


Existence is just dance of different frequencies of energy. Birth, sustenance and death - the complete cycle continues, on and on and aptly called the dance of the Shiva. Like everyone and everything, we are also just energy bodies - made up of a range of electrons, protons and neutron dancing in a random brownian motion in each cell. The energy moves through the nadis while the chakras distribute it across the body.


This scalar electromagnetic energy is also called "prana" or "Chi" and is the source of life. The minute the prana goes from the body- we are just a piece of flesh, ready to disintegrate. And the prana then takes another body and we live our lives with all our insecurities, fears, small pleasures, attachments and passion, till the next cycle. We go through our lives with so much interest, seriousness and attachment - while knowing fully well that it has no permanence or even any serious value.

Is there a purpose in life? Why are we so serious? Why do we grieve at death? Why do we celebrate birth? Why do small problems imbalance us, why do we get angry, why do we feel sad, why do we feel happy at small pleasures, what is the meaning of spiritual, mental, physical attempts, why, why, why?????? Are we like the roadside dogs who chase the cars worthlessly and get tired? And when the next car comes, we run along with it till we get tired and so on.

Sometimes I know the answers and sometimes these questions deluge me. Let me confess that while I have some clue to the meaning of existence and how to live it - many-a-times I question myself about the veracity of my answers. There are people who are self-assured and go through life confident and sure - I am not one of them. My introspection and reflections - some of which I share here, many-a-times lead me to disattachment (vairagya) and I sit alone and weep with the feeling of being lost in the maze of questions. Most of the times, I have been fortunate to find answers to my specific questions during the next meditational trance. Anyway, let me get off that mood.

So, what is the purpose of life? Let me give a simplistic, cheeky and playful description:

"I think we are players inside an extraordinary and complex self-sustaining and self-operating computer game, with terrific graphics all in 3D or holographs. There are set rules and principles for the players eg. law of gravity, thermodynamic laws etc. The five elements that make everything is represented in the layout with the sun, solar system, seas, wind, earth etc. This set with the holographic graphics and rules can be called illusion or "Maya".


Every player has some characteristics - physical (annamaya kosha), bio energy (pranamaya), attitude and behavior (manomaya) knowledge (vijnanamaya) and spiritual (anandamaya kosha). While plants have limited locomotive After the player leaves his form (body), he can take another form (after a period of time ) with the same characteristics that he left in the earlier avatar. Like in a sophisticated and complex computer game, there are multiple options and each related to the movement of the various components - the maya parts and the other players.


Like in a violent computer game, we have access to energy modules - yoga, meditation, yantra, tantra, mantra, gurus, books, satsang etc to increase our energy levels. That would help us develop our higher frequencies and after many lifetimes when we have been able to achieve energy levels that are beyond stage 8, we are ready to move into higher stages. That is the goal and purpose of this game series."

What is stage 8? What are the other stages?

In hindu worldview, we are in a frequency world called (8) Bhur- loka. There are higher frequency worlds and lower ones. The higher ones are called (9) Bhuvar - loka (10) Svar - loka (11) Mahar loka (12) Jana Loka (13) Tapa loka and the highest (14) Satya loka. The lower worlds are (7) Atala loka, (6) Vitala loka (5) Sutala loka (4) Talatala loka (3) Mahatala loka (2) Rasatala loka with the lowest one being (1) Patala loka.

So, as our energy levels increase we can cross onto higher frequency worlds and as it discreases it can fall into the lower lokas.