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

September 27, 2009

Prayers and wishes for learning in life to all of you.

Happy Saraswati Pooja! Happy Dassera!!!!

This is a picture of teh traditional Devi installed at home.It is made on coconut and plastered with turmeric and sandal paste.Thanks to my friend, Manoj Chellapan who made this .

September 18, 2009

everything is connected

Sri Bhagavan says that everything and everyone is connected.What we are doing at this moment has its' impact on the whole of human consciousness.A drop of milk added to a glass of water spreads through the water.If a part of the body is hurt, the entire body suffers.The violence in us contributes to the violence in the world.Our healing contributes to the healing of the world.Each of us blessed to be a part of this cosmic process at this moment also have to be very responsible through our integrity.Liberation is a movement in consciousness of all of humanity.Every breath we take, every move we make forms part of this movement.An awareness of this makes every moment of our life filled with sacredness and reverence.Small steps, giant leaps in the microcosm affect the macrocosm.

September 13, 2009

pain is ONE

Suppose we are in a situation where we are cut off from being able to perceive the external.There is pain within us; can we really fathom what has really caused it?Is there a difference in the pain we feel from financial crisis, a broken relationship, a health issue or any other.If we were to be able to see just the pain, can we really infer the event behind it?The answer is no.We feel events cause us pain while in reality it is the other way around. The pain within us causes the events in our external world.Sri Bhagavan says that the pain in our life is a constant, an aggregate of the physical, psychological and spiritual. When we apparently release ourselves, we merely move from one aspect of pain to the other. Fundamantally, the pain in our system remains constant.If we are grappling with a psychological issue, say , in a relationship; it converts into a headache or any other physical discomfort for we are unable to cope with the psychological pain.A physical pain can often be managed by popping a pill.It does not imply a release from the pain, it merely implies a convenient management.Which is what Bhagavan keeps reminding us - we have graduated in the art of sorrow management. Management is just that - far away from a release.Bhagavan's benediction is for our pain to release, not to be merely managed.We keep swapping events in quest of a release from meaninglessness, boredom, frustration , fear and any other reality within us.By moving across events, we are essentially escaping the reality of our selves, the pain that is intrinsic to the self.We anaesthezise ourselves through indulgence in activities of various kinds and keep changing activities to keep ourselves amused.When we encounter darkness and it stimulates fear to surface, we move away from the darkness. Bhagavan tells us to stay in the darkness while watching the fear.Where and what we watch makes all the difference!!!!!!!!!The fundamental pain remains across activities and events.I have found awakening to this reality of the ONENESS of all pain to be a significant breakthrough. And pain , when experienced totally, leads us to bliss, satchidananda.Therein lies release, not mere management.It is our indulgence in the event, the actors therein or the apparent causes which move us away from our capacity to experience.Being in touch with the pain is the bridge to the discovery of love and joy in our lives.It is independent of events - awareness is freedom.And the Oneness Blessing is like a lighted candle entering a dark light enters, darkness moves away.It need not be removed.

meeting conflict...

When we encounter conflict, the tendency is to focus on the content of the conflict and try to arrive at a solution through a choice.In the context of inner world paradigms, whatever solution we arrive at seems incomplete - there is residual discontent, a lack of fulfillment.

Sri Bhagavan extols us to focus on the process of conflict which is intrinsic to operations emerging in the mind.The presence of conflict is an indicator that the mind is in operation.
Watching this awakens the witness consciousness.The first level of watching is inclusive of judgmental perspectives.Watching the judgement and the mind commentary leads us to the second level of watching - a state of awareness.

Awareness, in Bhagavan's words , is freedom.

Action emerges here. Activity is created in noise, in disturbance which is an attribute of conflict, which in turn is an attribute of the mind.An unawakened life is architectured by this noise , this disturbance while an awakened life is architectured by divine intelligence.

In an unawakened state, a sense of urgency forces us towards a decision to escape the total experiencing of the conflict.And such a decision is always a compromise, a management.And it seeks support and justification through a structure created out of untruth and lies.

On the other hand, watching the process of conflict leads to its' dissolution.The resultant absence of noise enables a decision naturally, a river in flow.

Every conflict demands our attention - to the process rather than the content, a pause to watch.And then the miracle unfolds.....