Karma

Dear Readers,

It’s a pleasure to share with you all yet another interesting topic this week. Yesterday was father’s day and I’ll love to say happy belated Father’s day to all Father’s out there. Being a Father is more than just having the capacity to produce babies, it comes with a lot of responsibility and naturally all those who wear this crown are really special people.

In this light, I’ll like to speak about something which many of us may be familiar with already or perhaps might have heard of; Karma. Karma or the Law of retribution, as some call it. The word Karma simply means that we are accountable for every action we pose and these actions can have effects on our lives, either in the past, present or future. Even though many people find it hard to “believe” in the Laws of Karma, this doesn’t change the fact that the law is universal and always acting. The laws of Karma are like Newton’s third law, which state that to every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

If we can accept Newton’s law as scientific, then we must also realize that the laws of Karma are similar and even more efficient. Contrary to some belief system, that the laws of karma are just “cold and heartless” because they hold us accountable for events which we may have committed in a life prior, the laws of Karma are actually needed to keep some balance in the universal system. A quick look at our modern day Justice system, we may have seen cases where by a criminal is investigated for years and a track record of all his misdeeds are documented and used against him in a court of law. The criminal doesn’t tell the judge; “O how can you judge me by those crimes I committed 5 years ago, I can’t even remember I did them”. Similarly some people find it difficult to accept the laws of Karma because it naturally brings to light a very crucial topic; Reincarnation.

The laws of Karma go hand in hand with reincarnation and thus anyone who is adverse to the principles of reincarnation cannot easily accept the laws of Karma. Often times the reason why people find it difficult to accept the principles of reincarnation is because it places a lot of responsibility on them; something many people do not like to have. The fact that we are responsible for everything we do, no matter when it happened, is a thought many people cringe at. So basically what Karma says is, not only are we responsible for the results of our actions but these results can be transferred to another life time if need be. Should this be difficult to comprehend, let’s take the example of retaking a course at the University. Sometimes when a student fails a course in a semester, he is asked to carry the course over to the next semester and retake the exam.

The idea behind is to make sure that whatever has to be learnt in that course is learnt and only then can the student be allowed to move on. Similarly Karma clapping back at us is not in any way “cold or heartless”, we all get what we sow. we cannot sow corn and somehow or the other expect to reap apples. Another interesting point is the fact that our karma is not all bad and gloomy. There are people who have good Karma in this life as a result of extra pious activities they have performed in a previous life. The presence of pious credits from a previous life accounts for the seemingly inexplicable blissful life some people have now, despite the fact that they do not have to work so hard. In the same vein, many people have to pay a lot of Karmic debt this life time due to mismanagement of certain privileges in a previous life time or due to gross misdemeanor.

On the brighter side, not all Karma is bad and not all is fixed. We have the power to change whatever Karmic pattern we have in our lives because our lives are defined by the choices we make. The proof to this is certain inspiring stories of people who come from very poor backgrounds but work and become financially successful. This is to show that we can change our karma in certain areas if we decide to put in the necessary work required. Of course there are certain people who feel that Karma is fixed and cannot be changed, however this is a misconception. If Karma was fixed then we wouldn’t have to do anything, because whatever has been pre-destined would happened. This conception would have left many rich people today still poor, if they had believed that they couldn’t change their poor background status by working diligently and legitimately.

Just like we have good and bad, we also have good and bad Karma, both are results of our activities. For those who engage in activities that are bad and nefarious, there is a resultant karma waiting for them to reap. Likewise those who perform pious activities also have good karma in store for them. There is an interesting twist to karma, which makes it sometimes difficult to comprehend and this is due to the intricate nature of the laws of action and inaction. In this light sometimes we have people act in a way we calculate to be “bad” but in the long run they actually are doing something pious, even without their own knowledge. When this occurs they get pious credits all the same, irrespective of whether they knew or not. This goal of life however is not to go about doing good deeds just because we want to acquire pious credits in this life and beyond. In actuality the aim of our activities should be to please the Supreme Lord, because by so doing we are free from the resultant actions of good and bad karma.

When we understand this point and endeavor to apply it then our lives become successful.  I hope this sheds some light on the matter. Till next week do read, share and follow for more.

YES, NO, VERY GOOD

Dear readers,
Welcome to another week of interesting blogs. It is a pleasure to share these topics with you all on this platform.
This week I will be presenting a short story told and commented on by a guadiya Vaisnava mentor, he had a style of telling short stories and then deciphering moral lessons from them especially as regards spirituality. So once, there was a simple villager who had picked up some English through listening. He memorized a few words such as ‘Yes’, ‘No’ and ‘Very good”, however he never attempted to actually understand the application of these words in the proper context.

The only thing he knew was that a sort of respect was accorded to those who could speak the English language in front of others.
Once some bandits committed a murder and then while escaping made it look as if the so-called English speaking villager had been the culprit. When the villager was brought to the law court, the judge asked him in Bengali, “Did you commit the murder?” The villager felt if he spoke some English in front of the Judge then the judge might accord him some respect, considering him to be a follower of the western culture and thus may be relieved of the allegation of murder.

Contemplating thus, the Villager replied to the judge, “Yes!”. The judge asked “was there anyone else with you?” Promptly the villager replied “No!”. Then the Judge said, “Do you realize that you will have to go to Jail? Now the villager thought that in order to really prove he was a gentleman he needed to put forward his best protest. He replied “Very good”. From this story one can deduce certain salient points about spirituality, and the first is on the issue of giving scriptural quotes in a parrot-like fashion, without proper understanding of the instructions, religious terminologies or injunctions. In a bid to draw respect and admiration from people, and those who listen to them these pseudo spiritualist are quick to quote various verses from scripture without actually having a realized perspective of whatever they are quoting.
The general mood is to portray erudition or spirituality by making a show of been well versed in the scriptures. However if these pseudo spiritualists are not put to test like the villager in our short story then no one knows for sure what they are made of. It is one thing to quote references from religious texts backing whatever we profess but it is another to actually have realized these words in our daily lives. That is, be a living testimony to these words from the scriptures by actually internalizing the message, living it and being an example to others who seek to build faith in such words. The position of the preacher or the cleric is to be one of realized knowledge and not mere parrot-erudition.

Anyone with a good memory can also regurgitate verses from any scripture but it takes one who has tried and tested these words to have implicit faith in them. This faith doesn’t only come from having seen physical proves to what he reads but from having the grace of a spiritual mentor who guides him on the path of real spirituality. Often times we see men who are so-called “lettered” with big degrees try to give commentaries on scriptural matters or even give delineations on esoteric and spiritual subjects on the mere basis of their degrees. Those who are true spiritual practitioners see these delineations as words like those of the villager; ludicrous verbosity. They pay no heed to them because they know that the inner imports of the sacred texts are only revealed to those who have the mercy of a genuine and bonafide spiritual mentor, who is also part of an unbroken line of spiritual mentors.
Thus it is imperative that we do not become like our villager here who is ignorant and doesn’t even try to dispel this ignorance by seeking out a true teacher. We all know for certain that picking up a Medical text book and memorizing a few medical jargon doesn’t make one a medical Doctor. Sooner or later when we are put to test in a real life situation then we would have to prove our competence. The only way to get true realizations about spiritual topics and sacred texts is to learn from those who have actually realized their meaning from deep study, sacrifice, prayers and total surrender to a mentor or guide.

Another interesting point is that just like the Villager many pseudo lettered Men do not even know that they are not literate in matters of spirituality, they feel that by conjuring up a few big words to impress their audience they can get past the details of real spirituality. They also feel that whatever they lack in spirituality they can make up for it in their educational accomplishments and thus see no need to surrender to a real guide The topic of surrendering to a guide becomes imperative to anyone who has a real desire to advance in spirituality The problem most of the so-called scholars have is that they find it difficult to have to submit to the tutelage of someone who maybe materially less educated but spiritually very advanced. Not only is humility a requirement for approaching a guide it is also a very important aspect of spirituality.
I hope this short story and delineation sheds some light on this subject, till next week keep reading and sharing. Do follow for more.

Tough love: a prerequisite for purification

Dear readers,

It is yet another week and I am glad to be able to share with you all yet another inspiring topic. I hope you all are faring well.

Today we embark on a topic that I can say is more of a bitter pill for many spiritualists and needless to say, not very much desired. The topic of tough love, unlike Love is one that many spiritualists fear a lot for many reasons. However before we delve into the topic proper, let’s see exactly what we mean by tough love.

Tough love is an expression of love which though difficult to accept is very beneficial for the advancement of whomever it is shown. For aspiring spiritualists or even practicing spiritualists on our various paths of faiths, we all know that purification is a very fundamental part of raising our consciousness.  There are many methods by which one can purify one’s self, either internally and externally or even by both. External purification includes having a bath and putting on clean clothes while internal purification includes praying. There is however another method of purification that comes either as a result of very high mercy from the Supreme Lord or as a result of our deviations.

When we deviate from our spiritual vows and are lackadaisical in our spiritual practices, then sometimes we get chastised either by our spiritual mentors or by higher forces. This chastisement which may seem harsh a times is what we describe as tough love, as it is meant to bring us back to our spiritual practices and help us keep focus. One may liken this to a citizen who is fined for parking wrongly on the street. The idea is not just to get the fine out of him but to help him remember that he is responsible not only for his life but that of others while he is driving. Similarly the objective of tough love from say a spiritual mentor, after our deviation, is not to minimize us but to help us raise our consciousness to what we actually are.

This first aspect of tough love even though hard to accept is somewhat easier than the second aspect, which is as a result of very high mercy from the Supreme Lord. There are times when the Supreme Lord out of his causeless mercy decides to help a soul here to reunite with him faster in his abode. In order to bring about a quicker reunion between the soul and the Lord, the Lord makes certain arrangements which although seemingly tough are meant to purify the soul here quicker and help him return to the Lord’s abode. This type or category of tough love is quite difficult to accept because many spiritual practitioners have a difficulty recognizing it on time and even when they do; it is difficult to accept that the Lord is allowing them go through such intense purification.

A good example from the Bible is the story of Job, who went through so much tough love but became exalted afterwards because he allowed the tough love to purify him and bring him closer to the Supreme Lord. In the Vedas we have the story of Sudama Vipra, a dear friend of the Lord who was so impoverished that he could barely even feed his family. In such a tough state of intense poverty his wife asked him to go see the Supreme Lord. Sudama refused initially as he didn’t want to ask the Lord for anything, however reluctantly due to his wife’s pleading he went. The Lord met him and upon his return back home he was immensely blessed and very opulent.

In the story of Sudama, we can see that for seasoned spiritual practitioners even when the Lord puts them in a very difficult situation in order to purify them, they do not complain or try to fight the situation. They accept the situation seeing it as the Supreme Lord’s will and as a means to further purify themselves. The Supreme Lord on the other hand doesn’t give this tough love to just anyone, because it is very special and considered like a fast track to returning to his abode, and thus only those very dear to him get such special mercy.

One may wonder but why put someone in such a tough situation just to purify him? If one has ever seen an Olympic Gold medalist or a world champion train, then you may have an idea as to why the “push” is necessary. At the end of the day, it is the practitioner who is glorified and not the Supreme Lord, and this is what the Lord wants; that his devotees are glorified. Gold is rid of impurities only when subjected to high temperatures and when the process is over, Gold comes out pure and free from impurities. In the same vein, because the devotees of the Lord are like unrefined Gold, the quickest way to rid them of all impurities is to subject them to the Lord’s tough love.

The Lord does this because he knows his true devotees will pass the test and come out even more glorious than before. There have been times in my life when I have felt the “squeeze” and even felt like it was too much to bear but at every step in the process there was some reciprocation and because I had accepted the events in my life, I knew that the Lord would always be there. Whenever the tough love phase passed, there were many realizations and considerable spiritual growth.

This is not in any way to blow my horns or to sound holier than thou, but to reassure all spiritual practitioners that; blessed are those who receive the Lord’s tough love, for pure love of God awaits them soon”. In order not to create any ambiguity, we must be able to discern when we are going through trials as a result of reactions to improper actions and when the Supreme Lord is actually trying to use us on a higher dimension. The intelligence to discern the difference comes with solid practice and understanding of the revealed scriptures.

I shall pause at this point to allow you reflect and share this with others. Till next week when we meet again, do follow for more.

 

 

 

 

Greed

Dear esteemed readers,

Welcome to another week of informative blogs, I hope you all are faring well. Today we shall deliberate on a topic which we can all admit is having a negative toll on our relationships, communities, countries and even our planet as a whole. This crucial subject matter is none other than Greed.

At some point in time or another we have either accused someone of being greedy or maybe we have also been called greedy at some time due to certain actions or behaviours we exhibited. When we say someone is greedy what do we actually mean? In general we are saying that the person is not considerate of the feelings of others and cares too much about themselves, that they feel the need to over accumulate resources which could serve a larger number of people, just for themselves. So key words are too self-centered, inconsiderate, and over accumulation.

In the sacred texts of the Bhagavad-Gita it is mentioned that there are three gates leading to hell; lust, anger and greed. One would admit that if a person is lusty, angry and greedy or exhibits these tendencies then it is difficult to deal with them on a deeper level. Without digressing too much, why do people feel the need to over accumulate resources, things, money etc? The answer is because they lack self control and they fail to acknowledge the real owner of these things. It is mentioned in the revealed scriptures that everything we survey on this planet belongs to the Supreme Lord and thus we should take that which is our quota, knowing well to whom they belong. The sticky part in here is that many people fail to realize that we actually do not possess anything and all that we seek to acquire through over accumulation is actually the Supreme Lord’s property. We are but custodians of all we have, and the moment we forget this salient fact we begin to have problems.

Every now and then, we hear over the media of how much debt the planet is plunged into and how much poverty the world is facing, and sometimes I wonder “to whom do we owe this money?” Well I guess it’s more of a rhetorical question because I don’t expect anyone to give me a solid answer. On one hand we cry at the poverty level of many countries and put up banners and ads all over the internet to “raise” money for them, but on the other hand we celebrate a few individuals as the “world’s richest people” and every year we so diligently keep record of their earnings and publish them in the best of media outreach. Please do not get me wrong and feel this is a subtle attack on those who are rich and have made a name for themselves, I am a strong believer in people getting the results of their labour. However what I still do not understand and I guess most of you don’t too, is why a Man, who has so much money that it, is estimated to be practically impossible to spend all in one life time, be so keen on getting more and more?

If one is not satisfied with the little he/she has, even if you give them the whole world they won’t be satisfied. There is a saying that “there is enough for everyone’s need but there is never enough for one person’s greed”. Thus we can see that day in day out the more we put our greed first at the expense of other people’s needs we are making a choice, knowingly or unknowingly. It doesn’t matter how much we try to pretend it is all about “competition, having the winning edge, etc” the fact remains that people will suffer from our choices and actions. The other side to this spectrum is the fact that even though some people feel the need to over accumulate resources etc, you find out that they are never satisfied and are seldom really happy. So you begin to wonder, if you have so much money and you still aren’t satisfied and happiness in its deepest sense is far from your reach then why continue this futile chase? If greed and over accumulation was really fulfilling then the world would be a better place, but we all know this is the opposite today.

Furthermore, there is the subject of conscience that comes into play and I ask when you over accumulate due to greed and lack of self-control and you see people suffering at your expense, don’t you have any sympathy? Nowadays, there is the publicity stunt of trying to give some large sums of money in “charity” by some very rich people, and many people feel well this has to count for something. Of course it does but it that the solution? Every one of these businessmen knows for a fact that the best way to help a man is to teach him how to “fish” and not to feed him with “fish”; meaning teach people how to fend for themselves. If I constantly give you money instead of teaching you how to make yours then you are unconsciously allowing yourself to be at my mercy for as long as I continue. Is this truly “liberating and philanthropic”?

Well without sounding political and passing across the wrong ideas, the message here is we all have to evaluate our position and stance when it comes to our motives, interests, and reasons for accumulating resources. If we begin to see that these resources have been given to us as a tool for our subsistence on this planet and not as a medium for dominance and oppression then maybe we can begin to redirect our greed and focus on our needs. I was hoping to go deeper into this subject matter and try to link it to the spiritual aspect of greed and our duties as spiritual practitioners; however that would make this lengthy so I guess we have a second part coming next week.

Till then, read, internalize, share, and follow for more.

Cheers

Humans, Elementals, Aliens and Demigods 2

Dear readers,

Welcome to yet another exciting week on your favorite philosophical blog space. I hope you all are faring well. Last week I introduced a rather esoteric topic and in order to keep it relatively readable I had to keep the length in check, thus this week I shall try to elaborate more on the later part of this dissertation.

Last week we look at humans, Elementals and brushed slightly on aliens, in this light we shall elaborate a little more on aliens and then close with demigods. In our planet today we have very little information about other planets and in some cases if there is any information at all, some government agencies secure them as “classified”. This has left many people to either speculate about the existence of other beings on other planets or to think the whole idea is just one big conspiracy theory and that these beings do not exist. However like I mentioned in the first part of this dissertation, it would be funny to think that we are the only planet that is inhabited by living beings in the entire universe. Such a claim would be very unsubstantial. I remember as kid I had to learn the names of the “9 planets” only to learn some years back that the number of planets were no longer 9.

Now science seems to have discovered “more” planets, those who have access to certain information from very old texts knew ever since that there were more than 9 planets and when mentioned many people thought it was folly to even think so. What am I saying in essence? There is a lot unsolved mysteries that science cannot solve, why? Because they are part of a problem they are trying to solve. The existence of aliens or extraterrestrial bodies on other planets is no longer news as there have been many cases of sightings and even abductions by strange beings. Whether we believe it or not these beings exist and in most cases it is not possible to see them just by riding a sputnik to some planet far away from here. One may visit the white house, but that doesn’t guarantee automatic access to see the president. Similarly we may artificially try to visit these planets but that doesn’t guarantee that the beings there will make themselves visible to us.

In the universal geography there are three divisions namely the higher planetary regions, the middle planetary regions and the lower planetary regions. Planet earth is situated in the middle planetary region and thus from here we can either go higher or lower. The ability to visit other planetary systems is not a feat that is managed simply by building space ships, because like we see today even if you manage to get there, you cannot survive there because your present body is not suitable for that environment. Thus it is safe to say that those who want to visit these planets to establish contact with these extraterrestrial beings must go through processes to develop a body suitable for going to and surviving on these planets. The higher planetary systems have the demigods and in some angels, the middle planetary system has humans and other humanoid beings, while the lower planetary systems have beings that are lower that humans is physical structure but more opulent.

The demigods as the name implies are gods in charge of different functions in the universe. Now for those who do not subscribe to a theistic point of view this is not to encroach on your belief but to state things exactly as they are. If we as human beings know that the president runs the country through governors and deputies, as small as the country is as compared to running an entire universe, what makes us think that such intelligence is peculiar to us only. Similarly, the Supreme Being who is above any duty and obligation has his deputies who are demigods who see to the daily running of the universe and other planetary functions. Demigods have many outstanding qualities which make them superior to human beings and thus higher on the hierarchy of living entities. One of such qualities is a very long life span as compared to our short life span of 100 years here on earth; a mark very few people attain. Demigods are also known to have the ability to control matter and thus can preside over a particular material element such as the wind, rain etc.

Life a s a demigod has its perks and unimaginable opulence is one of such attributes, something that becomes an impediment most times in their lives. With an extra ordinary amount of wealth and opulence sometimes these demigods begin to feel and think they are the Supreme Lord himself and as such they become proud of their immense power and opulence. This could lead to a fall down from such an elevated position. For those who are adepts of the Christian faith, the concept of demigods or angels falling from their position is not a new idea. Lucifer was said to have been a highly placed angel who fell from his position due to been inimical to the supreme Lord. There is a glimpse of the presence of demigods in the Bible but not information is given about them. Angels are just one of the many beings who live on the higher planetary systems and there are many more.

There have been cases of people who with the right knowledge and practice can invoke these beings to manifest physically visible to the Man’s naked eyes. As intriguing as such an experience may sound it could be dangerous and have devastating effects if the wrong being is invoked or if the being sees your call as just a trivial waste of time. Some psychics have also been known to communicate with elementals and learn things from them; however in a sad turn of events many have been found dead in their houses with no trace of their killers. This is in no way to scare those who are reading this piece but a sound warning to dabblers or those who feel spirituality is meant for amusement, to desist from practices that are esoteric without proper guidance.

I hope this meets you all well, and do remember to share and follow this blog space.

Imperfection to Perfection

Dear readers,

It is great to be able to once again share with you all these inspiring and informative dissertations. Today I have a special announcement to make on our progress so far as a website and blog space; we have crossed over 1000 unique visitors within a period of 9 months, approximately 111 visitors every month. It is a humble start and I really appreciate your support so far in spreading the word for this webpage, Thank you all so much. There are better days ahead and with your continued effort WE can achieve even more. In fact I say we should double that figure before we hit our first year, what do you think? Definitely! Then we have a huge 1 year anniversary. Yay!
It is in this light that I intend to share something that has to do with moving from a state of “zero” to the level of a “hero”. I must admit that often times in life when we strive to achieve certain heights and goals, the journey could be intimidating if we aren’t well prepared, and even when we are, it is a hurdle to surmount. Our perspective today will be on achieving perfection in our spiritual quest however as usual I shall try to give a very basic example of the same approach using everyday life example. Take for instance this webpage; it is my goal to male this page a leading resource for all those who seek guidance on matters of spirituality. To become an oasis open for all those who thirst in the desert of spirituality, irrespective of religious or social affiliations.
Thus to achieve this I have a part to play by providing you with the necessary information, and you all have a part to play by reading, understanding, inquiring, applying and ultimately sharing this with others. In this way, side by side we can achieve the aforementioned objective. In spirituality it is similar, in that we also must decide what we desire to achieve in our spiritual pursuit. We have to consciously make an effort to achieve this goal while taking as much help as needed from spiritual guides and mentors. This much many of us understand and try to implement, the part that we sometimes have issues with is what I am going to speak about today, and that is the transition period. In between the perfected stage of being a compassionate and seasoned spiritualist, and our current state of imperfection, we all have to go through a lot of hills and valleys. We will fall, stumble, stand, run for a bit and there are times when we feel like we have been knocked down and we can’t stand back on our feet to try again. Our dark night of the soul is so dense that we doubt if the sun shall ever ride again in our spiritual quest.
Rise we must, if we desire to move from imperfection to perfection. There is a saying that every saint has a past and every sinner a future, and holding this in mind we should strive for perfection and criticize others less. The journey int real spirituality is one which is filled with a lot of trials and tests and you can be rest assured that these tests wont stop coming until we reach the stage of real perfection. If we give in to these tests or fail to learn from them, we jeopardize our chances of attaining perfection, if we give in to our old habits that make us focus on our bodies instead of our souls, then we inhibit our chances of attaining perfection, if we lie to ourselves and make a show of advancement even when we are not as advanced as we pose to be, then we also inhibit our chances of attaining perfection.
One other important point to note is the fact that we must push ourselves to attain perfection but we mustn’t push ourselves to self-pity or undue pressure. What do I mean by this? Usually many spiritualists in the process of transitioning from the stage of imperfection to perfection begin to put undue pressure on themselves, trying to move in irregular leaps and bounds instead of sure and steady baby steps. There is nothing wrong with trying to achieve perfection in a timely manner; however it should be at a constant pace of improvement and not haphazardly. We are all different and to compare our progress with others could be positive if we use it as a motivation, but also detrimental if we try to copy out of pride, envy of for the sake of cheap admiration. Our spiritual progress should be filled with both form and substance, not either of. Our cloaks and robes should match our inner mood and our prayers should be from a place of feeling and reflection as opposed to mere parroting of prayers from holy texts.
In addition to all of these points, we must remember to be honest with ourselves in our transition from imperfection to perfection. We must accept our shortcomings and flaws and only them will we be able to fully transcend them. Sometimes certain spiritual practitioners feel it is a sign of weakness to accept one’s flaws, as acceptance means refusing to grow. I find this to be untrue, as one cannot outgrow a flaw he doesn’t admit to have. If we down play the severity of our deviations and shortcomings, then we cannot fully access the required energy we need to surmount them. As spiritual practitioners we must know our level and admit that pending when we attain the level of perfection, there will be some irregularities in our practice and the more we practice fervently the more they dissipate.
As spiritual practitioners our goal is not to become puritans or become “holier than thou”, rather we want to reflect and radiate genuine love and appreciation for the holy scriptures and masters in whatever line we follow. We must also understand that in as much as we are not trying to be puritanical we also should not condone deviation in our spiritual practices. The moment we can hit a right balance between these two principles, then we reach a state of real perfection.
Once again thank you all for the 1000+ visit milestone. You are all awesome and I sincerely appreciate your support. I look forward to sharing another topic with you all next week, till then do read, like and subscribe.

Fate, Destiny and Action

Dear Esteemed readers,

It is an awesome week and I am happy to once again share with you all yet another interesting topic. I hope you are all well and fit despite the low temperatures at this time of the year.

Today I shall endeavor to shed light on a very interesting yet mind racking topic, which leaves many people pondering; fate and work. Many scriptures do tell us that we all have our lives predestined and to a certain extent we get what we deserve according to our karma; pious or impious results of actions. This information has left many people confused and has turned others into wholesome non-believers. I mean can you blame them? If this concept is not properly explained to people, there can be two dangerous consequences it could have on spiritualists. 1. Many people spiritualist end up becoming fatalists; saying that whatever is destined to happen will happen, thus just prepare for the inevitable death. 2. Others become lackadaisical and also say if everything is pre-destined why should I worry myself, all I need to do is sit and wait.

Both of these mindsets can actually mar our progress on the path of spirituality, because as spiritualists we can neither be passive or inactive, nor can we become pessimists. As spiritual seekers we must always be positive and active. So the big question is; how can we allay the fears of those who think spirituality is about these two categories and how can we dispel the ignorance of those in them? First and foremost we must acknowledge the fact that indeed fate is real and to a large extent affects our lives, whether we believe it or not. We must also understand that to a considerable extent something’s in our lives are pre-determined and we cannot change them, they include the family into which we are born and the place etc. (there is an interesting twist to this so do bear this in mind as I shall explain later on). That been said and done, how do we tackle the first misconception? In as much as we all know that we will die anyway, at some point in time, we cannot use this as an excuse to refuse to execute our prescribed duties. As long as we breathe and move about in this physical human body we owe ourselves and all those who are dependent on us the simple execution of our duties.

To refuse to perform our duties on the pretext of waiting for death is to selfishly deny ourselves the opportunity to grow mentally, spiritually, emotionally and otherwise. Thus the real answer to this misconception is that; instead of trying to stop all activities because we “believe that everything is predestined” and we will die anyway, why not try to carry out our duties putting first things first. That is since we do have the understanding that death is inevitable, which in itself is a wonderful realization, we should rather carry out our duties in such a way that we give utmost priority to those things which are most beneficial to our growth in all aspects especially our spiritual growth. When we couple conscious duty to the knowledge of the inevitability of death, then we achieve realized knowledge about the true nature of fate and work.

The second misconception is from those who use destiny and fate as an excuse to become lazy. The first category of people aren’t lazy but they have a care free attitude not holding anything serious, the second category however won’t even do anything because they believe that destiny will bring everything at its own time. Well the sad truth is, even for the maintenance of our body we have to do some sort of work, thus no one can just sit idly without doing something. We should also realize that even if we have some very precise readings about how our future is going to unfold, we must bear it in mind that we have to actually position ourselves in a way that we can always be recipients of our real destiny. A vivid example is someone who consults his astrological chart and gets to know that in this life time he is going to be a famous Doctor and will earn a lot of money from his profession. If he decides to sit back at home and think that nature will magically transform him into a Doctor then he is in illusion. The charts have given him a bearing and thus he has to align himself at all times in strategic positions to be able to receive that which is “predestined” for him.

On the other hand, if he takes this information well and applies to study in a medical school and go on to get an appropriate medical license then he has actually used the knowledge of fate and destiny to his advantage. One major excuse people in the second category give is that, since everything is predestined why should they try to do anything? They believe that working is irrelevant because we only get what we are destined to get and that which is apportioned to us cannot be changed. In my third paragraph I gave a hint which I promised to revert to, and as mentioned there even things which seem fixed can be changed if we really desire to. One would ask but how can one change his country of birth or his family. It is no news that today people hold dual citizenship, and are no longer bound to remain in their country of birth provided they can fulfill the conditions necessary for making the change. We have also seen people born in one country and then adopted into another family in a distant country far away from theirs.

These examples go on to show us that even those things which seem fixed can also be changed if we possess the right leverage. What this leverage is will be a topic for discussion at a later time. I must however state that as enlightening as this information is, one should not blindly think that he can circumvent the laws of destiny and try to change his fate at all times by applying certain keys to life. Those who try to overly re-write their fate usually have a lot of hard time doing so; best is to accept some and learn from them and submit our fate into the hands of the master fate maker, the Supreme Being.

Thank you for your time this week and I hope to connect with you all next week. Do like and subscribe for more informative topics.

PROPHETS AND THEIR MESSAGE

Dear readers,

Compliments of the season! I hope you all are doing well especially during this time of the year.

This would be my last blog for the year 2016 and I must say it has been an amazing journey so far been able to share all this wonderful insights on esoteric subjects with you all. I want to use this opportunity to thank all of you who have subscribed to my blog I really appreciate your support. We have achieved much this year and together we can achieve more. For those of you, who haven’t subscribed yet, do join this amazing train for an amazing ride. My next blog will be on the 2nd of next month; next year so a happy new year in advance is also in place I guess.

Without further ado, today’s topic is one that reflects the general sentiment of millions of people around the world; that of a prophet with a salvation message. Almost every major religious body in the world has or at least believes in the existence of prophets and their roles as messengers of God. However who are prophets exactly? Why do we listen to their message, and what is so special about their lives?

Simply put prophets are messengers of God who share a goodwill message, usually of salvation or redemption. One of such notable personalities is Jesus Christ. As the Bible clearly indicates, Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came to earth with a message. (John 3:16) In Islam Mohammad (saw) is also a prophet who is known to have taught about the teachings of Allah. Both of these personalities are revered by adepts of both religions as very special people, some Christians even place Jesus on the same level as God and some others even refer to him as God. In as much as this may genuinely be out of great reverence or appreciation for his message, the holy books such as the Bible and Quran both make it clear that God is different from his messengers.  Now it is interesting to note that there are prophets who come to earth to speak about God’s message but somehow or the other they seem to speak the message from different perspectives. One may wonder why.

The answer is simple, been that God reveals Himself to people according to time, place and circumstance. Thus putting these three factors into consideration he sends his messengers to speak to them on that level. The time and place Jesus appeared is different from the time and place Mohammad appeared thus definitely the circumstance at the time was also different. So how does this affect the message? The basic tenet of every religion is the same; Love of God and that never changes, however what seems to change is the activities of practitioners. Say God was to send a prophet to earth today to preach and deliver people, you will all agree with me his methods will be different from those Jesus applied over 2000 years ago. For instance when Jesus was on the planet physically there were no mobile phones or devices and thus there was no question of internet pornography. Thus no disciple ever asked Jesus if it was a sin to look at naked people having intercourse in a mobile device. Should a prophet appear today, he is sure going to have that as an issue to those whom he preaches to. So the current time and circumstances in which he is going to appear also affects his preaching strategy.

This seemingly different preaching strategy is what makes many religions differ on the outside, because the message in that religion was delivered at a particular time and under certain circumstances. This in no way discredits any teaching which is universal and beyond time, such as the principle of loving every creature. This is not affected by time, place or circumstance thus any prophet who preaches against such a universal principle is questionable. One major factor that plays a vital role in the type of message people receive from a prophet is the level of their consciousness. If the people at the time of the prophet’s appearance are naturally pious then the prophet doesn’t have to waste his time trying to make them pious first. He just goes straight on to his message. On the other hand, if the people are impious and of low consciousness, instead of giving them the real message which every prophet brings which is to love God, he has the task of first of all making them free from impious acts and sin.

In the Bible for instance we see Jesus saying to his disciples that there are many things he would like to tell them but they weren’t ready. Thus technically speaking he didn’t even give them most of what he had in store for them because of their consciousness at the time. How can you give people such a very high and esoteric knowledge of how to Love God, when they doubt what you say, or when they even want to kill you?

Thus Jesus had to spend a good portion of his time performing miracles in order to create faith in the hearts of people, he did this and many other things to facilitate his preaching mission. Miracles were not the reason why Jesus came to earth; they were a by-product of his coming. His coming was to inform people about “his father’s house in which there are many mansions”, his mission was to teach people about “Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name”.  Thus if adepts of Christianity today lose focus and think for a moment that the life and mission of Jesus Christ was to heal people and raise the dead then they have lost focus of the real message. His message was about God the father, God’s residence and God’s name. Somehow or the other due to the antagonistic nature of people around him at the time, he couldn’t even divulge all the necessary details he would have. However if we look closely at the lives of these prophets we can notice certain features which are very obvious. They lived simply and cultivated high knowledge.

Jesus Christ didn’t have fancy glass church, didn’t have chauffeured Limousine or May Bach, he didn’t have body guards and didn’t live in a fancy mansion either. Thus to be Christ like would be to imbibe both his message and his life style. There were fancy things during his time on earth but he didn’t indulge in them. This is not to say that people should live in poverty, but if they strive to actually assimilate the teachings of the prophets in full then they have to focus more on the life style of the prophet. This in itself serves as a barometer to check all those who pose today as prophets but rather live to fleece their innocent flock or congregation. Today we rather have prophets who live large and flamboyantly but whose thinking doesn’t reflect high knowledge. We have prophets who pray for the protection of the congregation but walk about with armed body guards; we have prophets who say prosperity is a sign of spirituality, whereas the Bible says the pure in heart shall see God, and many other distorted messages they preach which totally elude the essence of the scriptures.

My duty is not to criticize but to sensitise  people to become more conscious of their scriptures by applying time to study deeper.

In as much as I would love to say more on this topic, I would like my readers to assimilate this much before divulging more. I hope this meets you all in the best of health and the best of the season.

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THE INTELLIGENCE, THE MIND AND THE FIVE SENSES

Dear readers,

It is a pleasure to be here to share with you all some wonderful insights this week; I hope you all are faring well.

This week our topic focuses on something very common to all of us as human beings and living entities. As human beings and living entities we all have our five senses which comprise of the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and the skin. These senses are generally denoted by the sense of sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. On their own they seem pretty helpful to our very existence here on earth and without them one would say navigating around our environment and our daily activities will be very difficult. The eyes help us to acquire information about our environment by creating images which the brain can decode and use to enhance our decision making, the ears help us gather sounds which are a very integral part of our existences, with our nose we pick up scents which we either appreciate or disregard based on their pleasant or pungent natures, and with the skin we feel sensations which are varied and range from heat or cold to many others.

Generally as mentioned earlier the senses on their own seem like the very base of our existence as we are so tied to them that if one sense stops working for a moment we are in so much discomfort. What we fail to acknowledge is the strength of these senses over us when we let them function at their own will without guidance. One may wonder how we can actually guide the senses when it seems like they are actually guiding us from a lot of dangers in the environment. On the physical level this is actually true but on a deeper level this is not usually the case. The senses do not however act on their own as they have a very strong connection with the mind. The mind can be described here as a pool for all the information the senses acquire and once these information’s are stored in the pool the mind begins to agitate the body to act on these information’s. One way to elucidate this is to take a little analogy of the how the eyes function in a way that might be very helpful; especially on our spiritual quest. The eyes see a very beautiful lady or a handsome man and it captures that image and sends it to the mind, the mind saves this image and begins to deliberate different ways in which this image could be used to satisfy the body. The more the mind dwells on this image the more the eyes want to see more of it and the more the body desires the numerous pleasures dictated by the mind.

So in all it is a step by step process, the mind cannot possibly deliberate on an object it hasn’t received information about from one of the senses. Thus the mind deliberates on what it is fed. Without any checks and balance the mind runs free and wild. It can be very turbulent and controlling it is said to be more difficult than controlling the wind. It is always on the move, always feeding us with something to do, deliberate or imagine due to constant influx of information gotten from the senses. When we find ourselves in such a situation where the senses and the mind are having a field day, the body tends to just follow whatever they dictate. The eyes see something, feeds it to the mind, the mind deliberates and tells the body to act and the body acts. The body however is free to act but not free from the results of its actions. The more the body acts on the dictates of the mind, the weaker it becomes and the more powerful the mind gets. The more powerful the mind gets the more difficult it is to tame it and the more difficult it is to tame the mind the more the body gets entangled in activities it engages in. This entanglement stems from the fact that the body is prone to engage in activities that are forbidden and thus it gets entangled in such activities.

This is where the Intelligence comes in. The intelligence helps to keep the mind on the right track by giving it the right and proper direction to follow irrespective of the urges of the senses to run after the sense objects. This intelligence is cultivated by acquiring higher knowledge with which the mind can be tamed and controlled. This higher knowledge by which we can actually tame the mind is gotten by constant practice of activities that are favorable to the disengagement of the mind from the senses and by detachment from these activities which are instigated by the senses. The intelligence is like the rider on a mad Elephant that keeps the elephant in check with his stick. The intelligence provides the mind with the right direction to follow by making it aware of the consequences of its actions. When the intelligence is lost, the mind is also lost and the senses take over the control of our bodies. Should this happen, we then become nothing but bodies who are totally directed by the dictates of the senses with no discrimination or purpose. As harsh as this may sound, many people function on this level of consciousness, where they act, feel and will on the prompt of the senses.

To also aid the intelligence in its efforts to subdue the mind we should note that merely acquiring knowledge without actually putting it to practice isn’t powerful enough to tame the mind. The practice of detachment from the activities of the senses and from their objects is very vital in establishing a sane environment for the mind. If the senses are constantly being bombarded with information’s from the objects then it is difficult to restrain the mind, especially at the neophyte stage. With time as the spiritual practitioner becomes more efficient in his attempt to tame the mind, he becomes less distracted by the impulse of the mind even in the midst of a lot of objects of the senses.

As a rule of caution, whether advanced or not whoever is on the path of spiritual quest should endeavor to limit his/her interactions with the sense objects as even at the most elevated stage in one’s spiritual quest there can always be backslides, or the risk of gliding down one’s path. Thus the intelligence has to be constantly utilized in checking the activities of the mind, by bringing it back when it wanders, by cautioning it when it brings up suggestions which are not healthy, and by feeding it with the right knowledge required to help it maintain equipoise.

I hope this dissertation has been insightful to all of you and I hope to bring you more interesting topics next week. Do have a blissful week ahead.

Hell and the concept of eternal damnation

Dear readers, it is a pleasure to be back again this week with another exciting topic. I hope you all are faring well.

Today we shall be looking at a topic which is a part of almost every religion on this planet and has a very strong hold in many other belief systems. We shall be talking about Hell and the general idea of punishment and sins.

It is no news that many religions the world over have a belief system whereby those who commit impious deeds are sent to hell, or a place where they are punished for these sins. Those who also engage in pious deeds are also sent to a place where they can enjoy the results. The concept of hell is to make sure the law of retribution or karma is intact. For every action there is an equal reaction. Sinful activities such as stealing, killing, adultery, etc. among many others are punishable by a sentence to hell. So far so good it sounds fair, but one thing doesn’t sound totally fair as portrayed by certain religious systems and that is the concept of eternal punishment in hell.

Now the belief system of such religious groups is that we live once and we have one chance at redemption, if we are good we go to heaven and if we are bad we end up in hell. Now stealing and lying are sins just like murder and adultery. What isn’t right about this philosophy or eternal stay in hell is that how can we accord the same punishment to someone who the only sin he committed his entire life was lying, to someone else who was a murderer, an adulterer or a rapist. If we as human beings are “intelligent” enough to know that punishment should be equal to the crime committed then how much more God, who is the supreme intelligent being. Another thing this type of religious system doesn’t answer is how can a God who is our Father and all loving leave his children to burn for eternity in hell?

Immediately you begin to see that the concept of eternal damnation is not right. It can’t be right because even as imperfect human beings, no father would like to see his child or children suffer eternally for a crime committed, how much more God. The concept of eternal damnation in hell is also a way to negate the principle of reincarnation which is very present in the same religious system and is an integral part of life. If this is the only life we have and the only chance we have to make Heaven or paradise then we should all have an equal head start. It won’t be fair for some people to be born in a family that has a history of criminal activities and another person born into a family of people with saintly tendency. It won’t be fair to have someone born in a family that is a “believer” and another born into an “unbeliever” family. Thus if eternal damnation in hell were to be a fact, which would negate the principle of reincarnation ( which is a part of life that cannot be erased) then we should all be given an equal opportunity to make heaven or paradise.

Every one of us should have been born a holy family with all the amenities of life present and with the same religion, then should one deviate that would be his own doing. However we all know this is not the case today. Sinful reactions that send us to hell have an expiry time just like the pious deeds that sends us to heaven. In other scriptural references like the Vedas, there is a vivid description of the hellish planet each one designed to cater for a specific rectification and all with a time frame. The person who is sent to this hellish regions has to serve a specific time there after which his next body is decided and then he again takes birth. Thus there is always another opportunity to get it right. This system would be more logical if we have to take into account many factors such as the Love of God. Also unlike the philosophy of some religions where we all have to wait till the “last day” to be judged, each soul has his own “judgment”. What this religious belief doesn’t explain is what happens to the soul when the body dies? Where does it go to or stay pending the “last day”? Another irony in this type of belief system is that they claim that reincarnation is not real but then they say on the “last day” the bodies shall rise again for judgment. How can dead bodies rise again or come back to life? As soon as someone comes back to life after death, whether we agree or not there is some rebirth taking place. This is another philosophical loophole.

The purpose of this discussion is not to poke at the philosophy of other religious systems but to enlighten people as to what the real concept of hell is all about. In as much as the concept of hell is not eternal, that in no way gives anyone the liberty to keep committing sinful activities because they know they have another shot. In this present situation we are fortunate to have a body that can be used to cultivate higher knowledge, we might not be so fortunate in another life. Moreover even if there is a guarantee that we can always have a human body, what is the point of go through a circle of repeated birth and death when we have the chance to end it. It is like a criminal on parole who has the chance to make things right and cut short his time but again commits crime and goes back to jail, just because he knows he has another chance to get out again.

Why keep asking for chances when we can get out once and for all?

I hope this article sheds some light on the topic and I’ll gladly welcome any questions relating to the topic. Have a splendid week ahead.