Om. To be enlightened, you need to be God-like. To be God-like, you need to be like God…. listen to the attached audio….
Om. This body is a house that has been leased to you by the divine. Take good care of it. However, take even better care of the inhabitant inside, your soul. As the house that has been rented to you keeps on changing, but the inhabitant, that is the real you (your soul) does not change.
If you can understand this poem below fully, your life will change. Who can explain the meaning, besides a true guide? The world gets lost in the literal meaning; the deeper meaning is much beyond and different from the literal meaning….
From the unmanifest I came,
And pitched my tent, in the Forest of Material existence.
I passed through mineral and vegetable kingdoms,
Then my mental equipment carried me into the animal kingdom;
Having reached there I crossed beyond it;
Then in the crystal clear shell of human heart
I nursed the drop of self in a Pearl,
And in association with good men
Wandered round the Prayer House,
And having experienced that, crossed beyond it;
Then I took the road that leads to Him,
And became a slave at His gate;
Then the duality disappeared
And I became absorbed in Him.
Shams-a-Tabriz, Rumi’s guru, asked a man,”What are you doing?”
“I’m looking at the moon’s reflection in this lake,” replied the man.
“Why don’t you look directly at the sky? Are you so blind that you do not see the true object in all you contemplate?”
Shams’ reply had such an effect on the man that he requested Shams to make him his disciple.
“You do not have the strength to bear my company,” replied Shams.
The man replied that he was strong enough. “Please accept me,” he said.
“OK, then bring a pitcher of wine, and we will drink together in the market.”
The man became afraid of what the people would think (drinking alcohol is considered a big sin in that part of the world). “I cannot do this,”, said the man.
Shams said, “You are too timid for me. You haven’t the strength to be among the intimate friends of God. I seek only those who those who REALLY want to reach the Truth.”
Those for whom becoming one with the One is the top priority in life.
Om. Here are my replies to Ian MacKenzie’s “20 Questions for Every Spiritual Seeker”. You may find the answers very different from those answered by others:
- Why is there poverty and suffering in the world?
This is the era of Kaliyuga. Karma has become more negative as time has progressed and will become even more so as further time progresses. Anyone with an open mind can determine that the state of the world today is much worse overall than when they were born. People might have more material comfort now but happiness has decreased. Contentment is on the wane. The main reason for this is karma. What you sow is what you shall reap. Very few people have the time or desire to give, meditate, pray and help others these days. We have too many “things” to collect and we do not hesitate to cheat and hurt others in the process of collecting these things….
- What is the relationship between science and religion?
One should use the intellect – God has provided us with it so that we can make informed decisions. Science should be used for mankind’s good, especially to alleviate suffering.
The divine’s Creation is very complex and big. So far, scientists know a very little. There is still much to be known and many of the theories widely accepted today might not be correct and might be revised one day.
- Why are so many people depressed?
This is due to the delta between their expectations and their karma. They haven’t done the karma to deserve the things they desire. The world is running after impermanent things – material, sex and fame. We look at other people and desire the things they have and we think we don’t have thinking that upon acquiring these, we will eventually become happy. Yet, happiness doesn’t come. These “things” that we run after are either useless or like sugar-coated pills, that are sweet inside and bitter outside. Once we get what we were running after, then we run after another set of things. It never ends…. no matter how much we acquire, someone else will have more than us and we want to have more than that someone. It never ends….
- What are we all so afraid of?
Fear of losing the things we have and not obtaining the things we desire but don’t have.
- When is war justifiable?
War against the wanderings of our own “monkey minds” is the war every one needs to fight.
- How would God want us to respond to aggression and terrorism?
The divine law of karma takes care of everything. You yourselves not be the aggressor and the one creating the terror in other beings in any form. Fix your mind on the One and you shall be at peace. Also, forgiveness is a big thing. It ultimately helps you more than others. Rest, leave the politics to the politicians.
- How does one obtain true peace?
True ever lasting peace can be obtained only upon enlightenment. And for obtaining enlightenment, one needs to understand what enlightenment is. Dozens of definitions are given in today’s world by various people, yet many who are defining enlightenment themselves don’t understand it.
- What does it mean to live in the present moment?
Learn from the past
Then let go of it fast
Live in the ‘now’
Strive for your best
Then forget the rest
Don’t worry about the future
Prepare for it now
Fate will take care of the rest
It ain’t here yet
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Imagine going out to the dinner with a friend. You both see the menu and order some items of it. The food arrives. Around this time, you see a note on the table indicating that if you used a particular type of credit card, you would get 10% discount. The friend, remembering that she had such a card, starts searching for it in her purse. She searches through the entire meal but can’t find it. While worrying about not being able to save 10% off the bill which she will have to pay at the end of the meal which was about half an hour away, she did not enjoy the meal itself.
This is how most of us are. In worrying about the future, we are not enjoying the present also.
- What is our greatest distraction?
Our desires and not being contented. Because we are not contented, our “monkey minds” are constantly distracted, jumping from one activity to another.
- Is current religion serving its purpose?
The situation is bad now. Everyone is just following the rituals on paper but have forgotten the essence of the teachings. There are more teachers now than students.There are few genuine disciples. People purporting to be Masters perpetuate themselves with false promises. They exploit their followers to satisfy their greed. They have no inkling of the exaltation of the mystic path. These false prophets were never disciples themselves. But they contrive to make disciples of others as an act of seeming benefaction. But they swindle their disciples of their money and belongings.
The potential seekers going to these so-called masters or teachers get confused and frustrated. One master says one thing while the other one says another. In the end, the earnest spiritual seeker loses his way.
- What happens to you after you die?
There is a whole book industry dedicated to this topic with different scholars debating and suggesting different things.
There is a judgment day (aka ‘the day of reckoning’) after death where you are judged for all your actions done in the life previous to dying. Something happens to you from the moment you die till you are brought before the judges. Your next life form, conditions, etc are determined in the Court based on the past life actions (re: karma). You may be sent to heaven(s) or hell(s) depending upon the karma before being dropped back. There are 3 stairs also. That’s all I can write for now. Rest of the secrets of death maybe someday…. the time has not come to publish them yet….
- Describe heaven and how to get there.
One day maybe will describe heavens in more detail if it is in the divine’s will. For now, it is sufficient to say that to get there do:
a) lots of positive karma – best example is giving, especially to those whom nobody is willing or able to help. Give with love. Service (seva). Three ways – through physical work (body), intellect, and wealth. Every one has at least one of these. Lots of giving. As much as possible. Start today. Can be as varied as giving a smile to someone early morning to make their day to giving your entire billion dollar fortune to help poor dying people in Africa.
b) meditation on the name of the divine (not silent meditation)
- What is the meaning of life?
To give, serve, meditate, pray, love, enjoy this wonderful Creation without harming anyone, constantly striving to improve oneself honestly, and then one day through a combination of the above, merging back into the One from whom we think we have been separated.
- Describe God.
Lol. If God could be described, then ….
If you give a dumb person the most delicious treat in the whole wide world, he can enjoy it but he can’t “tell” you about it’s taste. There do not exist words in any language in the world to describe God. Enlightened Masters who have experienced God with their own eyes and heart cannot describe him.
We have to experience God ourselves to realize what God truly is. Till then, it is suffice to understand that God is beyond our imagination, we are in him and he is in all of us. Note that the word “he” I have used does not mean God is a male. This is just a drawback of the English language, God is neither a he or a she or an “it.”
God is never born, cannot be destroyed and is a light onto himself.
- What is the greatest quality humans possess?
An ability to become enlightened and free from this seemingly endless cycle of life and death, should they choose to strive towards that.
- What is it that prevents people from living to their full potential?
Their “monkey minds” not being still.
- Nonverbally, by motion or gesture only, act out what you believe to be the current condition of the world.
<You have to see me for this>.
- What is your one wish for the world?
Hear my message lol. No wish. Whatever the divine wills, I have to accept.
- What is wisdom and how do we gain it?
The teachings imparted by the true enlightened masters of the past. Pray to the divine every day sincerely and honestly from the bottom of your heart. Really honestly with pure love. In any language, time of the day and location. The divine never sleeps, is everywhere and understands what is on your mind. But he wants you to make an effort. Request him to send a true Guru your way. The Guru is the way to the divine. He will make your journey short and more comfortable. A Guru is the lawyer that will protect you in the Court of the Lord.
- Are we all one?
My answer to this question is that there is Only One God, The One and The Only. The One God created all of us….