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Time with a Teacher

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Time with a Teacher

        Spending time in the company of a good teacher is very important in the practice of yoga. Chapter 6:23 of the Bhagavad Gita states, “yoga must be practiced with faith, with a strong and courageous heart.” In essence, this means that satsang with a Guru/teacher is very important. We must never give up on our sadhana, as we must always study and practice to be better devotees. Buying a few books on spirituality will never really help us; it may provide us with consolation, or temporary relief from our dilemma, but it will not ultimately change our condition of suffering.

        To really have a shot at changing our orientation towards life would require a dramatic shift in our priorities; we would have to become a lot more devoted to God, and less devoted to ourselves. In order to ultimately to become enlightened, we would have to devote our whole life to God. The problem is that most of us do not know how to devote ourselves, or practice, and furthermore, most of us don’t even want to practice. Truly, it was by the grace of my Guru that I was given the chance to learn how to practice. This grace provided me with the tools to realize more intense forms of happiness.

       Many people that I have talked to, particularly Westerners, don’t seem to think they need a Guru. This is the myth that propels the self-help movement. The message generally is “I realized happiness on my own and so you can you!” I can testify from my own experience that frequent and direct contact with a spiritual friend is essential to the enjoyment of real happiness. As Bodhidharma once said, “Only one person in a million becomes enlightened without a teacher’s help.” I find this interesting because a lot of people in the self-help movement seem to be saying that they don’t need anyone to help them but themsleves. I am definitely not one in a million in this context of whom Bodhidharma speaks, neither were most of the great sages that we know of, including Gautama Buddha. In this context, the true devotee of God is a devotee first and a teacher second. Being a teacher is not a status, just a function, and at the end of the day the teacher is just a devotee. Life is the real teacher! Life is  what is communicating to us and teaching us in every moment and through everything, and most of us need intensive contact with a teacher in order to translate this communication into a language we can understand.

       The human Guru is a part of us, as they are a representative of our greater nature. Without the human Guru there would not be the opportunity to realize Nirvana. I cannot, and will not, be able to ever separate my spirituality from my Gurus, as they are a progressive expression of different stages of awakening in my own spiritual journey. If you have ever spent any time with one, you know what I am talking about.  Don’t believe the self-help myth: we all need help. How can the ego grant itself such graceful gifts such as enlightenment? Truly, it is God that gives us everything that we have and need. The true process of initiation is always through the direct transference of wisdom from one initiate to another. Realization is best served through the direct communication of an adept.

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The Ego and Enlightenment

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The Ego and Enlightenment

I am not here to tell you what you want to hear, there are many others who can tell you that. I am only here to tell you the truth. In my many years of study and contemplation I have come to understand that the way of esoteric revelation is an extremely profound process of initiation. One cannot read a few books and thereby become enlightened. There will never be a time were you will not have to do sadhana; there will never be a time were you will not be a devotee, as ultimate enlightenment requires one to be an exemplary devotee. There is no other way, as one must sacrifice themselves to God. If you are manifested bodily, you will have to do sadhana relative to your separate existence regardless of what spiritual experience you have. There is no experience of consciousness; the one who apparently experiences enlightenment is the illusory separate self. The experience of enlightenment is the illusion of the ego. Enlightenment transcends experience. In Truth, nobody exists to experience anything. Enlightenment is the inherent enjoyment of reality, the ego is not capable of this enjoyment! The ego cannot grasp the nature of reality, enlightenment is truly realized when the ego is transcended. This is why the guru is so important, for satsang with the guru is the means by which the ego is made irrelevant. Through the process of this satsang, happiness is increasingly enjoyed and understanding becomes more profound. The ego seeks to be gratified in it’s search for enlightenment, this is why it is not achieved by the one who is seeking it. One cannot do it on one’s own, as it is the ego that desires to achieve enlightenment by its own merit. In the enjoyment of satsang one transcends oneself. The true benefits of enlightenment are embraced through this realization.

                                                         

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The Way involves the Guru

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The Way involves the Guru

The true teachings are not a distraction from the Truth, they are an expression of it. We need the Truth if we are to heal from the pain produced by our illusions. How else are we to ever enjoy redemption from our entrenched pattern of unhappiness?  We will never get beyond our unhappiness while we struggle to maintain our state of egoity. Often we can maintain our egoity through the rugged individualism that we integrate into our spirituality. This is why there are so many teachers who will tell you that you can transcend the ego on your own. In many cases, this is a convenient way for people to sell books. It is the ego who wants to hear that it doesn’t need the guru. It has become popular in our trendy spiritual culture to promote spiritual life without the guru. Most spiritual teachings in the West are watered down to suit Western culture. Most of the spiritual teachings today are simply different expressions of layman religion. To enjoy real enlightenment requires understanding; understanding that the “l” is the source of our state of suffering and that we need a guru in order to deal with this “I”. We have to come to terms with the fact that it is the one that exists as an individual that is the cause of all this karma that we suffer from. The ego is not just your mind, it is you altogether! By transcending the totality of “I”, the native condition of happiness is truly realized. The Great Way involves the Guru, the Teaching and the Community, as each part of the process is necessary for the realization of transcendental consciousness. If it wasn’t for my guru I would be somebody, and that somebody is the “I”. As Shirdi Sai Baba said, “This body is just my house. My guru has long ago taken me away from it.”


The Enjoyment of Amrita Nadi

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The Enjoyment of Amrita Nadi

Amirita Nadi is the intuited framework of manifest existence.  Amrita Nadi is the core structure of Consciousness and all conditional form as it can be said to be the nerve in which the nectar flows. When the intuition of Amrita Nadi is enjoyed, all is known in truth.  In one who lives the profound wisdom of the Heart, the Guru and God are perfectly understood. For a realized being who intuits the true nature of consciousness, there is the spontaneous enjoyment of Amrita Nadi. A person who directly intuits Amrita Nadi understands the true nature of the Heart and of manifest existence. Amrita Nadi is the transcendental quality of form and of all existence.