The loftiness of the Oneness processes and teachings and the dynamic presence of Grace in our lives re-inforces itself time and again through the events we come across.I was privileged to witness such an event in the lives of our oneness family members yesterday.The Kulkarnis - Ravindra and Swati and their children , Gauri and Pooja are staunch volunteers of the Oneness Mission and stay at Thane, a sister city of Bombay.They have done their advanced processes and follow up on the teachings and the processes with deep commitment.Yesterday, their 14th floor apartment was ravaged by a huge fire which has left them without any personal belongings.They have suffered losses worth INR12-15 lakh and 6 firemen died in the accident.All the major news channels in India continuously carried this story yesterday.But the event was a spiritual miracle, a living example of putting Bhagavan's wondrous teachings into real time play in our lives.I was there with them since 4.00 a.m. yesterday morning and it was a day of experiencing pain as it is and transcending it into realms of love, compassion and joy.And prayers that none of the neighbors or anyone else should get injured or hurt. Unfortunately, 6 firemen lost their lives and we have offered our prayers last evening for their onward journeys.Bhagavan has taught us that the nature of all experience is bliss; it does not depend on the content of experience.You only have to see this family to see this principle at work.A true miracle in the midst of a great challenge.While we know that Sri Amma Bhagavan was there every moment guiding and saving the family, we believe that BHagavan in His inimitable style visited the home and physically gave His blessings to the family. After the fire was doused, I accompanied the family members to the 14th floor.We had to climb up cautiously as the water from the fire tenders was flowing down the stairs. Needless to add, we could not take the elevator.As we were inspecting the debris, an extremely old man ( one wonders how he climbed the 14 flight of stairs) came and blessed Swatiji. He took a srimurti from his pocket and offered it to Swatiji. Swatiji was left speechless and showed her own personal pocket srimurti which she always carries on her person.The man disappeared as suddenly as he arrived.For all of us, It was Bhagavan who had personally visited there.We had gratitude prayers and deekshas at night at my place and to quote the younger daughter Pooja, "We are having to pretend we are in pain in front of our relatives as they will feel it is abnormal for us to be so much at peace with ourselves."They have a life to rebuild, but with such presence of Grace, it is going to be a cakewalk.Glory be to this awesome presence in our lives..Glory be to the Grace that architectures our lives.In deep gratitude to the process of all of us becoming spiritual phenomena, moving spaceships of Grace....
October 19, 2009
October 17, 2009
Growth is often difficult. It's because we have to face our current fears and perceptions and look them square in the face. More than that...sometimes we have to really go deeply into them to "see" our mental entanglements. That's what some traditions call "going into the mouth of the dragon."
Let your upsets guide you to the dragon's lair. Your upsets are caused by your perceptions. If you're upset...even if you're upset about being upset...you are at the dragon's gate. Go farther inside to see all of your mind's judgments and conclusions and fears. Ask yourself...
What am I afraid of
What do I believe about this
Who or what am I blaming
Remember, you don't need to change your thoughts and perceptions...simply look at them. See them. This in itself will cause them to dissolve.
Then...keep going in. Often, we have perceptions built on top of perceptions and they weave a complex knot of mental activity. We can't always see the entire "knot" at once. Keep looking. Keep following your charges and upsets. Each time you see more of it, another part will dissolve and you will be liberated from it.
And the dragon will become your friend and ally.
October 16, 2009
October 11, 2009
Personalities are an emergence from the controlling self , a tool for its' expression and indulgence. These personalities control our existence moment to moment.
When the witnessing grows and we are able to see the personalities with their associated mental formations at play, we get de-clutched from the grip of their control.Our dead robotic behavior gives way to a dynamic, alive state.We are no longer zombies at work, we are creative spiritual beings at play. Life becomes a celebration, nay a burden.
October 06, 2009
In a recent audience with process participants, Bhagavan said, You are under the illusion that you take decisions.Actually, it is the controlling self which does.We normally react in an auto - reply fashion to events /words/people that meet us in life. It is a reaction of memory to external stimulus.We give so much credence to thought and thinking when Bhagavan keeps on reminding us that Thought is the problem. Thinking cannot solve problems as it is coming from the recesses of memory and conditioned mental formations.When we are aware every moment that it is this conditioning that architectures our lives, reaction gives way to response.Response emerges in supreme intelligence.When we are de-clutched from the mind process, natural intelligence flowing through us is a happening.it is our perceptional filters which disallow our access to natural intelligence.Knowledge emerges in conditioning, intelligence emerges in realms beyond conditioning.