On @krishnadasmusic s new album : Trust in the heart" there's a beautiful and moving chant to his Guru the Indian Saint Neem Karoli Baba.
I thought I would give it a try.
Om Namo Gurudev Neem Karoli Babaaya Namaha
Q: What is your sign? [Zodiac]
A: I don't have one.
Q: What do you mean "you don't have one?" Everyone has one. When is your birthday?
A: I don't have one.
A: Birth and death only refer to the body and mind. Being that I Am that which is beyond both body and mind there can be no birth or death for me.
Your astrology also only functions in reference to the body and mind. Being that I Am that which is beyond both body and mind there can be no astrology for me. ~Agnisattva
God” is not an experience. “God” is the subject itself. One does not experience “God”, one simply allows for “God” to flower within the being itself. One does not become enlightened. One simply allows for that false sense of “I” to be burnt away for enlightenment to reveal itself. The sun is not absent when clouds are present. Yet, clouds are enough to block the Sun’s light. The removal of clouds do not create the sun, they only revealed that the Sun was already present. ~Agnisattva
True happiness, lasting happiness, lies only in God, "having whom no other gain is greater." In Him is the only safety, the only shelter, the only escape from all our fears. You have no other security in the world, no other freedom. The only true freedom lies in God. So strive deeply to contact Him in meditation morning and night, as well as throughout the day in all work and duties you perform. Yoga teaches that where God is, there is no fear, no sorrow. The successful yogi can stand unshaken midst the crash of breaking worlds; he is secure in the realization: "Lord, where I am, there Thou must come.~Paramahansa Yogananda
If we assume that non- duality is the fundamental nature of the universe then how can there be a problem with personality? Is not this personality also an expression of the oneness of this universe?
Because of the time and place we live in, it is so easy, as a matter of fact, it is almost expected that one hate themselves. That there is to be an inherent self-loathing.
So it can be easy to approach spiritual life, with it's promises of "no I" and no individual, with this sense of using spirituality to remove that part of us that we do not already like.
Yet, all this shows is not a search for Truth, but a search for self destruction.~Agnisattva.
There is no short cut to God; sadhana must be performed regularly and with devotion. It is our own effort which will enable us to experience the grace of God which is being showered on us all the time. Therefore, whatever spare time you get, use it to seek God. If you create peace in your own heart by doing sadhana, then that will have a positive effect on your family, your work and so on. The peace and love of God will overflow out of your heart and encourage others to move on the right path. ~ Mātā Amṛtānandamayī Devī (Amma)
Questioner: Good morning my friend. I pray all is well. All good here, though I must admit I've been finding myself, once again, on the verge of spiritual despair. I'm still longing for that Truth to be a direct experience- not something read in some book.
Agnisattva: You are not looking for an experience, you are simply looking for happiness. To be happy, you most begin to be happy with yourself. To not hate yourself or to try to run away from yourself , but to make peace with yourself.
Spiritual experiences are meaningless cause that's not what's being searched for. If an experience happened and you were still miserable, you wouldn't even care for it.
If you met God, if Krishna appeared before you and afterwards nothing changed within your heart, if self- hatred, anger, sadness, all remained what good was the experience?
To be happy is to first make peace with oneself. To forgive oneself. To begin to re-get to know oneself.
Questioner: It has been, and is, painful. Meaning, I've been having a hard time accepting myself.
Agnisattva: Then that's what needs to be dealt with and worked with. Forget about this spiritual Bull. All it has done is justify trying to run away and deny oneself.
To be enlightened has been equated to mean "no longer me"
An entire community has been created justifying hating themselves in the disguise of spirituality.
All religions are the same. They all lead to God. God is everybody. The same blood flows through us all, the arms, the legs, the heart, all are the same. See no difference. See all the same. ~Maharaj-ji (Neem Karoli Baba)
The more I sit within presence, the more I dwell within that primordial "isness" that I am, the more I discover that lofty philosophies, and subtle argumentations are just food for the mind. The more I simply rest in being, right here right now, the more I discover that there is no philosophy in operation, there is no grand theory at play, there is only life, there is only me.
In this space the words of the Great Saint Neem Karoli Baba sing more true, and contains a potency that if just these simple instructions are taken up true freedom is discovered: "Love Everyone. Serve Everyone. Remember God." ~Agnisattva~
The spiritual path BEGINS at the point when we realize that we are not mere body-minds. Instead, many have erroneously come to believe that the end point of this path is such a realization. It is only when we realize that we are not body-minds that we can leave the realm of the mind and settle into the heart. ~Agnisattva
The way I sing, I try to let the mantra do the work. I simply pay attention to the prayer and repeat it with as much of my being as I can. I don’t try to manipulate emotions, I don’t try to manufacture any kind of feeling at all, it naturally arises. My understanding is that these mantras, these names, come from within us, they come from that place within that is deeper than the mind, deeper than thoughts, deeper than emotions. So, by turning our attention in that direction toward our soul, we move deeply into our true nature. ~Krishna Das
The spiritual path BEGINS at the point when we realize that we are not mere body-minds. Instead, many have erroneously come to believe that the end point of this path is such a realization. It is only when we realize that we are not body-minds that we can leave the realm of the mind and settle into the heart.
The mind is of the world, the heart is of God. Unless we can return to a point of valuing ethics, of valuing morality, of truly trying to make ourselves more beautiful expressions of God's love without merely falling back into a philosophy that only repeats the idea that we need no change for we are perfect as we are, then this world can bloosom.
For in the heart, there is no room for logic and rationalization, there is only love, and love is not logical nor rational.
For those who think that such ideas are against the non dual teachings consider this:
if we are all perfect exactly as we are and everything is a manifestation of God, then why would one only stay as they are? Is not morality and ethics also part of the perfect expression?
It's easy to think that "we are perfect as we are now" to mean the ego-mind when in actuality such teachings point only to that from which the ego-mind arise.
Enough trying to keep ourselves from growing by hiding behind a subtle philosophy and let's truly begin to actualize God's truth, God's love through are very being.
We are willing to let go of our "worldly" selves. Having recognized that we are not our bodies, that we are not our minds. Yet, are we also willing to let go of our self created "spiritual" selves? That newly formed identity that still allows us to create a split in the world: a non spiritual side and a spiritual side.
It is easy to parrot the teachings, we have all mastered that, but to leave the realm of mere intellectualization and begin to fully embody these teachings so that what we speak and what we are are non-different, is an avenue we must all walk: lest we merely remain at the edge of the ocean never diving in. ~Agnisattva~
Once Rama asked Hanuman, "how do you look on Me?" Hanuman replied: "O Rama, as long as I have this feeling of 'I', I see that Thou art the whole. And I am the part; Thou art the Master and I am Thy servant. But when, O Rama, I have the knowledge of Truth, then I realize that Thou art I, and I am Thou. ~from the gospel of Sri Ramakrishna