What do you see here?

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I have been showing this picture in different courses and talks, and when I place the question “what do you see in this picture?” I get the same answer in 95% of the cases: ice cubes and water.

That is correct, by the way. But if in the audience I have some who is more scientifically oriented (especially in chemistry), they might  reply “only water” or “only H2O”. Which is also totally correct.

So, are there two different things, or just one? How can both answers be correct if they are different? It’s all a matter of perspective, really. But for you to reply with the 2nd option, you must have some knowledge of chemistry.

What’s so interesting about this? Well, in life all around us, exactly the same thing is happening.

We may look at the world and see “ice” and “water”, we see different people, different objects, different manifestations, each with its own individual attributes, characteristics and movements. But if, like a chemist, you are able to grasp a bit deeper the essence of what you are looking at, then you would know that in fact, there is no ice and water, there is only H2O. That is, the same One vibrational entity is behind all sorts of manifestations, having apparent differences, but in fact, being only one and the same.

Just like water takes up different forms(vapour, liquid, solid) according to external forces, so that One infinite consciousness manifests itself in many ways, according to a cosmic cycle of evolution. From subtle to crude and back from crude to subtle.

The challenging part in all this is that, unlike in chemistry, you can not just pick up a book and study the subject. Well, you can, but it won’t change much of anything in your real life as it will only be a theoretical concept.

This is why focused spiritual meditation is so important. Gradually it will change the lens by which you see the world, and the idea that “we are all one” and “everything is connected” will transform itself from an intellectual thing to a state of being.

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Properly utilize yourself to reach God

«There is a famous verse from the Upanishads which says that you cannot reach Parama Puruśa unless you are strong and full of energy. The word bala means that spiritual force which functions in a jiiva [living being] base. In ordinary parlance, however, bala means “capacity”. It depends upon the extent to which one makes use of one’s physical, psychic and spiritual energy. A person may have immense capacity, but to the extent that he or she does not utilize it, it does not become helpful in God-realization. Bala, therefore, depends on the extent of the use of one’s capacity.

When the divine bridge was constructed by Rama to cross the ocean, Hanuman brought mountains, but the squirrel brought only small pebbles. Both were strong and full of energy, as each was working to his full capacity.

Thus even a comparatively weak person can become balaván [strong] by utilizing the small energy he or she has. Whatever power, energy, you have, utilize it for sádhaná and service, and you are balaván, fit to reach Parama Puruśa. None of you need, therefore, despair. Each has the requisite wherewithal to reach the Almighty.

The utilization of energy should be in the proper direction. If you have to move to the east and you start moving towards the west, your action will be considered full of prámáda, or madness. Ananda Marga has the correct way, through subjective approach and objective adjustement. While followers of Ananda Marga keep their eyes steady on the absolute, they do not ignore this relative world. They work for self-realization and social upliftment, and hence the utilization of their energy is never in vain. When the effort is correct and the utilization right, you will certainly reach the goal.

I do not want you to wait life after life to reach your goal. You should realize the goal in this very life. Why will you waste even one
precious moment of this life? Therefore fear not, success is yours for the asking. Go on making the correct effort.»

21 May 1971 morning, Ranchi
Shrii Shrii Anandamurti

On Prayer

Then a priestess said, “Speak to us of Prayer.”
And he answered, saying:
You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.
For what is prayer but the expansion of yourself into the living ether?
And if it is for your comfort to pour your darkness into space, it is also for your delight to pour forth the dawning of your heart.
And if you cannot but weep when your soul summons you to prayer, she should spur you again and yet again, though weeping, until you shall come laughing.
When you pray you rise to meet in the air those who are praying at that very hour, and whom save in prayer you may not meet.
Therefore let your visit to that temple invisible be for naught but ecstasy and sweet communion.
For if you should enter the temple for no other purpose than asking you shall not receive.
And if you should enter into it to humble yourself you shall not be lifted:
Or even if you should enter into it to beg for the good of others you shall not be heard.
It is enough that you enter the temple invisible.
I cannot teach you how to pray in words.
God listens not to your words save when He Himself utters them through your lips.
And I cannot teach you the prayer of the seas and the forests and the mountains.
But you who are born of the mountains and the forests and the seas can find their prayer in your heart,
And if you but listen in the stillness of the night you shall hear them saying in silence,
“Our God, who art our winged self, it is thy will in us that willeth.
It is thy desire in us that desireth.
It is thy urge in us that would turn our nights, which are thine, into days which are thine also.
We cannot ask thee for aught, for thou knowest our needs before they are born in us:
Thou art our need; and in giving us more of thyself thou givest us all.”

The Prophet, Khalil Gibran

a relationship

Relationships need to be nurtured. Whether we speak about relationships with our relatives, boyfriend or girlfriend, friends, they all need attention and care in order to be healthy and to grow.

When we loose that care, the relationship tends to fade away with time, as it slowly looses its importance and that very special thing that made it valuable. It’s up to us to maintain it, just like a flower in a pot.

The relationship with the Supreme is no different. It is up to us to put some of our energy, atention and love in it, and that, with time, will make it feel more and more special, more and more close.

This next quote is still my favourite definition of what meditation is, as it easily breaks our standard view of meditation as a “practice”, a “habit”, or something else. It takes us to a different level, where everything is about love.

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there is a reason for the mistery…

«So why should He remain acintyá [beyond the sensory and intellectual understanding]? According to the devotees, the reason is that had He come within the scope of thought, all human beings would have got Him within their reach and that would have been the end of their love – there would be no further desire to attain Him. The advantage of His remaining acintya is that there is an incessant desire to attain Him. This very desire to attain Him will make the humans greater and greater. That’s why a poet said:

“You have become infinite,
The right decision indeed
As you will remain infinite for ever.
Had you come within our reach,
Noone would have further sought to embrace you.”»

Shrii Shrii Anandamurti

Maturity of love

«You should make Him the only goal of your life. For this, you require integrity, devotion and singular and earnest love for Him. He is not attainable without reverence and unflagging and unflinching devotion. When the devotional depth will come, love, too, will be out-brimming with high sentiments – will be full and over-flowing. When love will reach its completeness – its saturation point, self-surrender will become easy and simple. In that state alone will come your final realization of the Supreme Consciousness.
Where “I” is, “He” is not… where “He” is, “I” is not.
Remember, devotion is pre-requisite of Sádhaná. Maturity of devotion is love and maturity of love is He.»

~~ Shrii Shrii Anandamurti
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Yesterday the world changed…

… as it does every single day.

So, yesterday was the long awaited day of the apocalypse/new era/raising of consciousness/[insert your own thing here]. As expected, it was a day just like any other.

I said this before and I’ll say it again, we are not living in any special phase or era, there is no special thing about this time, there is no special happening for humanity or planet earth that we are witnessing now. There’s just too much new-age stuff around in this planet.

Yes, we have a collective energy and collective consciousness. But it’s important to understand that each of us is mainly walking an individual path. In this journey of creation and evolution, each unit mind threads along this path, from crudeness to infinite consciousness  passing by so many stages and experiences (will write a detailed article about this topic soon). Each one of us is in an individual phase, and no two people are exactly the same. Forget this utopian idea that something is going to happen and suddenly the planet will be saved and humanity will be different. This is not the way nature works.

“Bad” is being created all the time, and so is “good”. Both will always simultaneously exist. I’m sorry if you have seen too much fairy tales movies on TV or new age documentaries and this can disappoint you. The world will never end, and it will never be “saved” either. There is no such thing, everything is happening in a most natural way, and evolving from it.

We should not be worried with these “phases”, our concern should be with our own “phase”. What am I doing daily to push ahead my development? What am I doing to expand my own consciousness until it reaches infinity?

That’s how it will happen, don’t expect magical shifts or help from other galaxies. Take action, start today.

And that internal progress will need to manifest itself in an external way, and that is when you care more and more for creating a more harmonious and functional human society. Not only taking care of other people, but the entire creation, animals and plants. Fighting to create this better world will become inevitable. But this fight is done without attachment, because it’s also just a temporary fight, related with this stage you are living in. The inner journey is the one that continues, stage after stage, life after life, until you reach nothing less than the Supreme. Everything else is just scenery.

Focus all your desires…

«People may ask, “We are ordinary people. If we always keep ourselves absorbed in the thought of Brahma[God], can we properly attend to our worldly duties?” To this my reply is, of course you can, and you will do them still more beautifully. In the worship of Brahma there is a method by which easily and perfectly every worldly duty can be performed. For the ideation on Brahma a person does not have to become a hermit in the forest. Only go on behaving rightly and properly with every manifestation of Brahma in this universe – remove or rectify the mental disease of the criminals and reform their characters, cure the sick of their sickness, and arrange for their medicines and their diet. Just remember only this: that you have to behave properly and reasonably with every entity of this world. Pay special attention to the word “properly”. By “proper behaviour”, I mean that in which there is neither anger or jealously, neither attraction nor aversion.

You exist in a vast, limitless ocean of rasa or essences. A never-ending, radiant wave of manifestations is surging within and without you and radiating through all the ten directions – the indescribable vibrational expressions of small and great, accented and unaccented, eternally flowing thought-waves. Behave properly and reasonably with every expression, with every manifestation of the Cosmic mind. But always remember the One, Who is the essence of all these diverse vibrational manifestations.

flowermoon41Train yourselves in the ideal of the lily, which blossoms in the mud and has to keep itself engaged in the struggle for existence day in and day out, parrying, bracing and fighting the shocks of muddy water and the force of storms and squalls and various other vicissitudes of fortune; and yet it does not forget the moon above. It keeps its love for the moon constantly alive. It seems but a most ordinary flower: there is nothing extraordinary about it. Yet, this most ordinary little flower has a romantic tie with the great moon. It has focused all its desires on the moon. Similarly, perhaps you are an ordinary creature – perhaps you have to pass your days in the ups and downs of worldly existence – yet do not forget that Supreme One. Keep all your desires inclined towards Him. Always keep yourself merged in His thought. Go deep into the mood of that Infinite Love.»

~~ Shrii Shrii Anandamurti