At the end of winning a rat race, we are still a rat.

April 27, 2006

from my inbox.....a repost

According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids in the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's probably shouldn't have survived.
Our baby cots were covered with brightly coloured lead-based paint, which was promptly chewed and licked.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, or latches on doors or cabinets and it was fine to play with pans.
When we rode our bikes, we wore no helmets, just flip flops and fluorescent clackers' on our wheels.
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the passenger seat was a treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle - tasted the same.
We ate dripping sandwiches, bread and butter pudding and drank fizzy pop with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing.
We shared one drink with four friends, from one bottle or can and no-one actually died from this.
We would spend hours building go-carts out of scraps and then went top speed down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into stinging nettles a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We could leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back before it got dark. No one was able to reach us all day and no one minded.
We did not have Playstations or X-Boxes, no video games at all. No 99 channels on TV, no videotape movies, no surround sound, no mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet chat rooms.
We had friends - we went outside and found them.
We played elastics and street rounders, and sometimes that ball really hurt.
We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits. They were accidents. We learnt not to do the same thing again.
We had fights, punched each other hard and got black and blue - we learned to get over it.
We walked to friend's homes.
We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate live stuff, and although we were told it would happen, we did not have very many eyes out, nor did the live stuff live inside us forever.
We rode bikes in packs of 7 and wore our coats by only the hood.
Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law. Imagine that!
This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned to deal with it all. And you're one of them. Congratulations!

April 17, 2006

Life...a process

I have heard that an old woman was traveling on a bus, and she was anxious, worried, and continuously asking what stop it was. The stranger sitting by her side said, "Relax, don't be worried. The conductor will go on announcing what stop it is, and if you are too worried I will call him here. You can tell him where you want to get off so he can keep a note of it. You can relax!"

He called the conductor and the woman said, "Please remember, I don't want to miss my stop. I have to reach somewhere very urgently."

The conductor said, "Okay, I will make a note of it--although even without your asking I will be announcing each stop. But I will make a note of it and I will come to you particularly and tell you whenever your stop comes. But you relax, don't be so worried about it!"

She was perspiring and trembling and looked so tense. So she said, "Okay, you note it down--I have to get off at the bus terminal."

Now if it is the bus terminal, why worry? How can you miss it? There is no way of missing it! This is the whole message of all the awakened ones: that you are not here to achieve something, it has already been given to you.

Does running inside a moving train make us reach a destination faster, I wonder!!

Why fret and fume? Trust life ... Tune into the larger process and life acquires a new hue...

April 14, 2006

Vishu...a festival of abundance...

Indian tradition has the local new years, generally a celebration of abundance and plenty in our harvests...Today is Vishu, the traditional new year day of Kerala, from where I hail...We keep a spread of all pulses, rice, fruit , vegetables, gold and silver, family heirlooms etc in front of a mirror and our deities overnite and view it with sleepy eyes first thing in the morning in all its abundance, praying for abundance to flood all our lives and those of everyone.The elders in the family offer us Vishu Kani, a small cash offering as a "shagun" blessing us with the flow of abundance all through the year and thanking the Almighty for Grace.
I share this blessings and prayers with each one of you. May love, joy and abundance flood each of your lives, this moment and forever.
God Bless!!!

April 11, 2006

The Dark Night of the Soul and Brainscience

A Scientific Commentary on the transformational Process induced by Deeksha( at The Oneness University, India)
In 1977, Ilya Prigogine was awarded the Nobel prize in theoretical chemistry for his discovery of dissipative structures. Prigogine described how every natural system grows in a non - linear way; the organizing structure of a system is at some point no longer useful and has to disintegrate before the new structure can emerge. A prime example of this principle is the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly. A caterpillar does not really become a butterfly in the cocoon. Rather, it turns into a chaotic molecular mesh. Out of this chaos, the structure of the butterfly spontaneously emerges.Mystics have always been aware of this principle. The dissolution of the current sense of self and God before one can experience the true self and God is a common theme in the spiritual teachings of the ages. The medieval Christian mystic Meister Eckhart expressed this knowing in his famous prayer: "Lord free me from you so that I can truly find you." Christian mystics called this passage of losing oneself before finding absolute truth the Dark Night of the Soul. The term Dark Night does not necessarily refer to a horrible experience, rather the word Dark implies that one does not see anymore where one is going or how to get there. While every person and every deeksha is unique, this process seems to be a very common one for those how have received deeksha. From a scientific point of view,the deeksha is a uniquely effective means of not only inducing the Dark Night experience but more importantly to actually make it fruitful. Many people experience some kind of crisis and loss of identity in their spiritual journey,but until now very few have emerged out of such experiences into full enlightenment. In my opinion, the deeksha process is the first ever means to make this transition possible for all of humanity. There are two primary factors that make the deeksha process far more effective than anything else to guide people through the Dark Night into full enlightenment:The activation of the quiescence and arousal system.Sri Bhagavan ( says that everything fully experienced turns into joy. There are two basic systems of awareness in the brain, the quiescence and the arousal system. When someone can experience something with a fully functional quiescence system, which means total awareness, the arousal system becomes activated and joy is experienced. Thus Sri Bhagavan's statement is fully supported by neuroscientific insight. This also matches the Taoist teaching that at their end points, yin and yang transform into each other. However,the normal human brain does not have a functional quiescence system and therefore we tend to recoil from so much of our experiences in life because they do not become joyful. When the parietal lobes are chronically over-active, as I described in a recent article, the quiescence system of the brain is severely handicapped. Likewise, with the chronic under-activity in the frontal lobes, the arousal system of the brain is equally under-active. This leads to a biological urge to never fully experience anything, thus preventing the transformation of any experience into joy. Without fully experiencing the inner sense of disorientation and chaos in the Dark Night phase, one cannot pass through it fully. The caterpillar does not resist it’s own dissolution and can therefore emerge as the butterfly out of its own destruction. Human consciousness however does resist these experiences as long as the brain is functioning the way that has been normal for human beings until now. Biological urges are simply stronger than conscious intentions. Imagine someone told you that you get fully enlightened if you just don’t sleep for six months; there goes your enlightenment. No matter how dedicated you are, the biological urge to sleep will be stronger. Therefore, spiritual practices that are performed while the brain is stuck in the limited patterns of an under-active quiescence arousal system can only give temporary states of enhanced awareness and joy, but for most people this cannot lead to a dissolution of the old sense of self and the emergence of enlightenment. If our brain is biologically wired to the pattern of not experiencing with full awareness, the best intentions to change this are quite powerless. However, a direct attunement to the original design of the brain can effortlessly activate the natural functioning of the quiescence arousal system. This is what the deekshas seem to cause very effectively. Then one can naturally surrender to whatever one’s experience is, because there is a biological base for such surrender. To illustrate the difference in effectiveness between intention-based change and a biological change via direct attunement, let us take a look at strength. Strength is a neurological function, not a quality of muscles. The factor that limits a person's physical strength is neurological inhibitions. That is why a person during an epileptic seizure can have superhuman strength, because the neurological inhibitions fall away. These inhibitions affect other brain areas than the inhibitions that keep a person from being naturally enlightened, but otherwise they both are really the same process. The world record for the bench press is 897 American pounds (lbs). This is the result of an extremely talented athlete working very hard with all his desire and intention to be super strong. A gorilla shares 99% of the genetic makeup of a human being, yet without any intention or training or effort, the average gorilla has the strength that equal a 4000 lbs bench press. All a gorilla does is that he is attuned to his natural design. Gorillas don't try to be strong, they just are what they are. A human being disconnected from the original design can never match the natural strength that comes effortlessly to a gorilla. Since the biochemical process of neurological inhibition is the same,whether it is the inhibition of physical strength or of the quiescence arousal system,this example can show us why the deeksha as a given attunement to our original brain design is so much more powerful than intention-based efforts.The activation and regeneration of the septum pellucidum.In the 1950s, neuroscientists discovered that the activation of the septum pellucidum,a brain center right in the middle of the brain, can instantly heal chronic pain, depression and anxiety, give a sense of deep peace and above all of joy. However, due to the neurological over-activity in the parietal lobes and the resulting lack of neurological energy for the rest of the brain, the septum pellucidum of almost everyone is chronically under-active. This actually leads to a shrinking of the size of this important brain center,which in turn makes joy and aliveness less and less available to a person. This then activates a person's search for experiences that induce joy, because joy is natural and we are biologically wired to experience it. However, once the septum pellucidum is shrunk, only extreme stimulation can activate it to produce some joy. This is the real biological base of addictions to drugs,over-stimulation of the senses and all things of a rajasic or tamasic nature. The septum pellucidum is the brain’s reward center and when it is not functioning naturally,we experience reward or joy mostly through unnatural means. Even in people who live a very pure lifestyle, the experience of joy is often dependent on conditions. One of the most common descriptions of the enlightened state is that of unconditional joy. In other words, a truly enlightened person has a naturally functioning reward center,which is always 'on', not just under certain circumstances. A naturally functioning septum pellucidum makes the experience of life rewarding,no matter what it is. As Sri Bhagavan says,"everything fully experienced turns into joy." A healthy septum pellucidum allows us to experience joy in everything, making everything rewarding, including the experience of the Dark Night. This makes it possible to actually go through such experiences of inner chaos without a biological urge trying to direct us away from them. For the last seven years, I have invented and investigated methods for activating the septum pellucidum. Looking at the brain changes in people who undergo the deeksha process,I have come to the conclusion that this is by far the most powerful means to activate and regenerate the septum pellucidum available today. This alone makes the deeksha process incredibly effective as a means for total inner transformation.ConclusionFrom a scientific point of view, the deeksha process is unsurpassed in its effectiveness and logic, because it works according to the natural design of human beings. The old way of trying to transform oneself against the momentum of biological urges and programming that manifest the experience of separation and suffering was never based in natural principles and has therefore only worked for few people. If enlightenment is our natural state, as so many mystics have said, then only a natural process will be effective in awakening humanity to it. Our search for the solution to humanity’s suffering must come from a different foundation than the reality of suffering. Working against biological urges with intention-based effort is part of the reality of suffering, not part of its solution. Being given an attunement to our original design through Divine Grace is the way of nature and all other life forms already participate in this natural way. I am currently conducting further research into the effects of the deeksha process. This includes investigating factors that could perhaps make the human brain more receptive to the deeksha energy. It is an exciting new horizon for science that might finally bring science and spirituality together in a whole new way where both complement and support each other for the sake of humanity
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