Friday, October 28, 2016

Karma Yoga (part 4)

I am confused.

The Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali and most scriptures of Hinduism say that the final stage of spiritual growth is Samadhi (a state of intense concentration achieved through meditation). A stage at which union with the divine is reached. So, when union is achieved – the individual identity is merged into the Divine, where one’s personality or individuality is lost.

But the Divine has given us life and created a person, an identity for a particular role in the Universe. If we attempt to merge with the Divine, are we not shirking our role and defeating the purpose of our birth? Samadhi cannot be the final step.
Meaning of life needs to go beyond Samadhi. After we access and merge with the vast Divine Consciousness, we have to bring this power back to one’s life and use this immense consciousness to do selfless service.

So, my formula of spiritual life is CCMSSS.

C ~ Clarity of purpose of existence

C ~ Cleansing of body to prepare to accept the Divine energy

M ~ Meditate to access the Divine energy

S ~ Surrender to allow the Divine energy to flow through me. Like a small fish going with the flow of the river.

S ~ Samadhi to merge myself into the Divine energy


S ~ Sewa or service that is selfless using this Divine energy 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Path for life - just some notings - read carefully

To see, understand, access and experience the Divine is the path to the truth, salvation and true freedom. 

The ego appears during the manifestation of the subtle Divine into a gross human. This ego separates the Divine Consciousness from the human. We therefore live in a veil of ego, desire and unconsciousness which conceals the Divine from us.

To experience and access the higher and deeper Divine Intelligence and Energy, we have to get unshackle the forces of the lower nature and through sadhana, awaken the Divine Shakti which will transform our consciousness into that of the Divine Consciousness. One will have to go beyond mind altogether, to have the real complete experience.

The Divine has three aspects
Ø  The Cosmic aspect from which and in which all is created or manifested in the universe.

Ø  The Manifested aspect is the Divine energy present in all beings. Right now, it is a manifestation which has to express its will to grow from ignorance to light.

Ø  This Transcendent aspect is all bliss and light and divine knowledge and power towards which we need to rise and bring it into our life and consciousness.

There are three major spiritual paths that can be explored

1.       One realises the cosmic aspect of the Divine, the aspect from which and in which everything is created or manifested, which is separate from me. The manifested aspect then unlocks the limitations of ignorance and surrenders itself to this image of the Divine that the mind has built. This is a realization, but a limited one.

2.       There is another path, taken by innumerable saints from all religions and sects. Not only does one realize the cosmic aspect of the Divine, but achieves transcendental realization too. Loses both oneself as well as the world in the transcendental Absolute. Lose individuality, surrender and become one with Divine energies and its manifestations. There is no personal or divinely individual consummation. All lose themselves to the Divine. This stage of Samadhi has been the highest stage of spiritual growth in any religion.

3.       But we have all been created as separate individuals to play a role in existence. My aim is not to just lose my individuality and personal role by surrender to the transcendental aspect of the Divine. My aim is to realize and also to manifest the Divine in the world, bringing down for the purpose of a yet unmanifested Power. I have to bring it down, and from where shall I bring it down — since it is not yet manifested in the cosmic formula — if not from the unmanifested Transcendence aspect of the Divine, which I must reach and realize? I have to bring it into the cosmic formula and, if so, I must realise the cosmic Divine and become conscious of the cosmic self and the cosmic forces. But I have to embody it here, and it is through the manifested aspect of Divine in the individual alone that this can be done.