Exhausting Karma

Exhausting Karma

Exhausting Karma

The human personality that we identify with as our self or my self has two aspects. One is the conditioned self that belongs to the complex energy of the mind. The mind always had traces of past and previous programming that transferred genetically through conception. These genetic traits are inherent in the seeds of karma that are in a process of transition. The foetus develops and awareness gradually perceives the inner experience of the womb. We live in a dream state forming attachments and bonding with our mother and the world around us long before we are born. Even after birth during our first months we are mostly drifting in and out of our dream state of consciousness. The seeds of karma gradually find opportunity to develop through the interaction we have with our families and later our friends, ideas and social political views that we encounter. We have inherited beliefs and traits of behaviour from our parents and the life we have lived. More importantly the seeds of karma that came across genetically have grown in the fertility of our inherited beliefs and traits. This self is the personality that is conditioned by intellectual knowledge acquired from books and deeply influenced by our beliefs and the impressions we have embedded into the mind after interaction with the influential realities of the tangible world. This self is the ego personality and it can be modified by restructuring the way we think. We can not change the karma of the past which means that we will have to confront and experience the karma. We can however choose to react to our karma with a different attitude and this will change the karma of the future. Even better if you practice yoga as a complete sadhana i.e. asana, pranayama and mantra with a concentrated awareness of mindfulness it is possible to detach from any reaction. This is the state of awareness yogis call the witness or (drishta). The witness remains detached from the emotional influence of karma and gradually the seeds of karma die. Karma is dependant on the involvement of the mind and emotions to remain fertile.

The inner self is quite different and independent from the ego self. The inner self is common to all of us and has the same essential traits in each and every other individual. The desire to be loved and to love is common to all humanity. We all have a longing to be liberated from the confinement and limitations of the mind. The inner self has knowledge that is acquired through awareness and mindfulness. It knows the difference between the polarities of duality and can remain detached from the influence of the mind. The problem we all experience is that we identify with the mind of ego personality and get caught in the complicated web of inner conflict. We are so close to the inner self yet it alludes us because we are entangled in the weave of karma.

There is a way out of this entanglement and there are methods that have been proven to work if you are willing to apply them. Silence is your most powerful companion. Silence conquers anger, jealousy and all other emotions. Integrity is an absolute truth. Never compromise your conscience and remain truthfully honest with yourself. Never take advantage for personal profit or take a shortcut thinking it will give you an advantage. Integrity is something you have to learn through impeccable behaviour. Seva is work with an attitude of serving. When you identify with your self as a servant and perform your actions with awareness as an offering to serve that is called karma yoga. Krishna suggested that karma can be avoided if you perform your actions without expectation for any personal reward. he further advised to offer your work as a devotion.

Finally a sadhana of yoga, asana, pranayama and mantra is the brick and cement that holds your spiritual efforts secure. Yoga sadhana improves clarity of the mind and strengthens your will to adhere to the disciplines of silence, integrity and seva.

 

March 5, 2018 0

Purpose of Life

Purpose of Life

From the very beginning you have always been knowing (yet you are afraid to trust in yourself) so why can’t you believe that its true. All your dreams and desires (samskaras) all your struggles (karma) for expression they are all of what’s inside of you. Don’t be afraid to take chances dedicate yourself to changes you are what you are wanting to be

Why live your life always dreaming and never believing that you were born to make dreams come true.

Yes you are a beautiful source of the divine love that is living in you

Can you remember the child that was lost in confusion (inner conflicts). No-one would listen until you came of age. Then when you gained your freedom to do so as you like, the child in you had changed. Under social conditions (the mind is conditions by parents and society) and religious superstition you no longer had faith

But if you could be still for one moment and look deep in your heart then you will know that what I say is true.

You are a beautiful source of the divine love that is living in you

So stand up for yourself be true to your life you will be special you will be happy you will be you. All of life will love you and your life will be full of purpose and meaning for you to do. For the gift of expression is to fulfill your own life and living your life to the full

You are a beautiful source of the divine love that is living in you.

To surrender your will with some vague aspirations that you’re God will have pity on you. Is only helpless frustration with the world all around you are you avoiding all that you are wanting to do. You will argue and defend, you will resist all that is freedom, it is your fear that won’t allow you to be free.

Is your life to be wasted, will you die unfulfilled.

For if one soul can be free then why not you and me

You are a beautiful source of the divine love that is living in you.

May 8, 2016 0

Everything Has Changed

Everything Has Changed

 

My life has been an extraordinary experience. Before yoga there were many unique events and realizations that were not fully appreciated because I simply lacked faith in myself. If there is no faith you doubt your own judgment and can be easily influenced by your own mind which floods you with thoughts of failure, doubt, conflict and confusion based on what you think other people expect of you. Of course there has always been that desire to trust myself and my intuition but for most of my life the mind dominated and inhibited the pure desire for the self.

Then I came into contact with yoga and shortly afterward my guru. Over the years I have practiced my sadhana (yoga practice) sometimes with intensity and sometimes not at all. The relationship with guru has remained constant throughout although to others my behaviour may not have seemed correct or aligned with the teachings and principles of guru. All I can say is that the external guru makes you aware of the inner guru. Although I have many memories and moments of interaction with my guru the truth is that he was mostly inaccessible physically and preferred to be alone. Whenever he interacted with us, one of us it was a fleeting moment of incredible depth and intimacy. Each one of those moments continues to transform my ego personality.

Once in the ashram I was burned very badly due to my own foolishness while tending the kitchen fire. The moment it happened I was enveloped in a calm tranquil bubble and from within I heard the command I am aware and you will be alright. Within minutes a swami had been sent by my guru with the doctor to the kitchen even though no one had been sent to inform the office. The days that followed were transcendental and magical. I wrote my most intimate song and spent several days completely intoxicated in a state of mind that I can only describe as saturated in awe and love for everything. It was a very private experience which I did not share with anyone but it was obvious that I was not my normal self. There was two or three occasions when I had eye contact with my Guru and he simply bowed in prayer and acknowledgement to me which confirmed that he knew.

Poem: the poem below describes the experience and how everything had changed for me internally.

When I sit to eat
It is his body I am feeding
When I work
It is both he and I working together
My laughter is his
When together we see his diving play at work
Everything I do see feel and experience is His
Everything has changed

Empty thy cup so that it may be filled
It is said we must empty ourselves but how?
The cup is full of ego!
If the cup is full how can we empty it
Talk to God feel God and listen to his thoughts
The more God is inside of me the more the cup overflows
Thy cup is full with ego but as I fill it up with God
The ego overflows

I may sometimes appear a fool but no matter
Every drop of ego spilt is a chance to remember Him
Everything has changed

August 25, 2015 0

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