David Buckland – 2nd Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

David grew up on the SW coast of Canada. He began witnessing full time during a 6-month retreat in the mid-’70s then the lights came on and celestial perception began. It soon became clear that Self was awake within but had not woken up to Itself through this form yet. Self co-existed with an identified ego. Subtle perception continued to unfold in a myriad of ways.

With a more outward stroke into career, marriage, and family, inner development continued but took a back seat to life’s responsibilities.

Then in 2005, much of the old life fell away and spirituality moved back to the foreground. After some feedback and darshan with Lorne Hoff, Self at last woke up to Itself here. Probably because of the long witnessing, this was quickly followed by a series of profound shifts in Being. (see my first BatGap interview) And then transcending Being into Brahman. In 2011, David was awarded a graduate degree in Vedic Science.

In this interview, we had an extended preamble to touch on the earlier shifts, then we discussed the ParaBrahman shift, pure Divinity, and how embodied Divinity is waking up laws of nature. This process will help raise the presence of Divinity in consciousness.

In the second part of the interview, we touched on the book Our Natural Potential describing the 7 stages of enlightenment, then explored some related topics.

For over a decade, David has been blogging on a wide range of subjects related to unfolding enlightenment. Under the nickname Davidya, he has posted close to 2,000 articles. During the Science and Nonduality Conference in 2017, David gave a talk on the stages described in this interview.

Website: http://davidya.ca

Book: Our Natural Potential: Beyond Personal Development, The Stages of Enlightenment (Rick Archer wrote the Foreword.)

Part 1:
Stages of Witnessing

The Three Parts of Awakening

Experience vs Being

Stages of Development in Consciousness

3-way Dynamics of Consciousness

Understanding Unity

The Appearance of the Doers (Devata)

The Koshas or sheathes

The Levels talk @ SAND18

Free Will and Determinism

Unity into Brahman or Beyond Consciousness

Subtle Perception

The 16 Kalas

ParaBrahman

Pure Divinity

Laws of Nature Waking Up (from dormancy)

Being Cosmic (body)

Awakening the Body (laws becoming enlightened)

Inherent Intelligence

Devata and Geometry

Samyama

Part 2: (about 53 minutes in)
Our Natural Potential book that explores the stages in more detail.
What is Nonduality?

The Gunas in Awakening

Knowing God

Gradations of Awakening and 5 subjective styles

Kaivalya, the Enlightenment of Yoga

Cognition, forms of

The Chakras

Understanding Your Energy System, Part 1

Mahamarmas

The Awakening Intellect (Resolute )

Styles of Teachers

Styles of Enlightenment

Atman and Sattva (Bhavas)

Karma and the Awake

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Dr. Tony Nader “The Ramayan in the Human Physiology” English version – Madrid 24 May 2014

Published on Jul 4, 2014

Dr. Tony Nader was in Madrid the 24th May and gave the Semninaro “The Ramayan in the Human Physiology”, this is the video with his apeech and questions and answers.

Let Your Soul Sing: Enlightenment is for Everyone ~ Ann Purcell [Updated May 3, 2013]

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Enlightenment has fascinated people for millenia. Let Your Soul Sing: Enlightenment is For Everyone overturns the commonly held belief that enlightenment is a state of consciousness possible only for a few rare individuals living in a forest or monastery. It points out that enlightenment is in fact the most natural state of life, available to everyone through simple, effortless meditation techniques that expand human awareness and perception of the truly unified reality of life.

This book follows the author’s journey on the path of enlightenment and also gives accounts of athletes, artists, musicians, and people from all walks of life who have had spontaneous experiences of higher states of consciousness at some point. Many never had a framework to understand their experiences or to systematically develop them. Let Your Soul Sing lays out the systematic knowledge of seven states of consciousness and how they can be easily unfolded through the experience of transcendence. It highlights extensive scientific research that confirms the development of health and brain functioning gained through meditation, and also explains how individuals experiencing inner peace simultaneously contribute to the creation of world peace. The style is easy reading, with anecdotes, quotes, short poems, and analysis of recent world events woven throughout.

About the Author

Ann Purcell has been a full-time teacher of Transcendental Meditation since 1973, teaching Transcendental Meditation and advanced courses in many countries around the world. In addition, she has worked on curricula and course development for universities and continuing education programs. She has a B.SCI (Bachelor of the Science of Creative Intelligence) and an M.SCI from Maharishi European Research University, Seelisberg, Switzerland. She also received a PhD in Supreme Political Science from Maharishi University of World Peace, Vlodrop, Netherlands.

Let Your Soul Sing Enlightenment is for Everyone was published and launched on Dec. 10th 2012.

Brief Transcript:

Throughout time people have been fascinated by the idea of enlightenment. But, for many people enlightenment can seem distant or completely out of reach. However, there are hundreds of records and personal accounts from famous athletes, artists, actors, musicians, scientists and poets throughout the ages about experiences of enlightenment and higher states of consciousness.

So, what is enlightenment and is it a possibility for anyone and everyone? “Let Your Soul Sing Enlightenment is for Everyone” offers answers to these questions.

For more information please log onto http://www.enlightenmentforeveryone.com/enlightenment/

Russell Brand interviews physicist John Hagelin at David Lynch Foundation benefit


Published on Dec 20, 2012

Russell Brand interviews quantum physicist Dr John Hagelin at David Lynch Foundation benefit – Transcendental Meditation –

How Is God The Creator? (1 of 2) (William Lane Craig)


Robert Lawrence Kuhn (host of “Closer to Truth”) asks William Lane Craig on the nature of God as creator of creation. Question(s) explored: What is creation witih respect to God? How does God’s providence work into creation? What is the difference between efficient and material causes? What is God’s conservation of the world? If something is created does it need to be sustained? What is meant by God’s creation and God’s annihilation of an object?

How Is God The Creator? (2 of 2) (William Lane Craig)

Robert Lawrence Kuhn (host of “Closer to Truth”) asks William Lane Craig on the nature of God as creator of creation. Question(s) explored: What’s God’s providence with respect to the created world? What is the difference between ordinary and extraordinary providence? What are miracles? Are miracles violation of natural laws? Does God do miracles today? Do we see them? If God intervenes in nature does that mean there was an imperfection in nature?What is the purpose of miracles?

Nyaya, the lamp at the door, shining inside and outside – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi [updated Nov 10, 2012]

Nyaya, the lamp at the door, shining inside and outside – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

1. Dr. Hagelin: Last week, Maharishi declared that, in truth, there is no difference between the unmanifest Unified Field and its manifest expressions in the universe: “Between the unmanifest and the manifest, there is nothing; it is the same thing.” Maharishi also said this unified reality of life is explained in the Nyaya Sutras of the Vedic literature: “Nyaya is the lamp at the door; the outside and the inside meet at the door.” My question for Maharishi is this: If there is no difference between the outside and the inside, ultimately, then what is the door that stands between them?

2. Nyaya, the lamp at the door, is the science of investigation about what makes light outside, what makes light inside: What makes silence behave like dynamism, what is the source of dynamism.

3. Investigation into that is called science: vigyan. The vi of vigyan comes from vishesha and vivrita.

4. The reality of the lamp at the door is that there is one light that is seen outside and inside. This is vivrita. It takes the vision round and round. This process does justice to the reality of light, revealing that it’s not two lights. The two appear, in the same way as a snake appears in the string.

5. The same is seen in the field of Vedanta with reference to the word and the gap. The structure of Veda itself is appearance and disappearance.

6. Veda is the supreme authenticity. 7. Science and technology both are the two aspects of self-referral consciousness.

8. For education to be preparation for successful life, affluent, fulfilled life, it has to be Vedic education. Children in this education will rule the world. Their territory will be Brahm–aham brahmasmi. The education of Vedic University will do justice to the total field of knowledge.

9. The total field of knowledge will create a civilization worthy of man. Human existence is purely divine.

10. German people want to create an education which will generate leadership. Our German Rajas are active on that.

11. Peace Government will purify the whole world consciousness.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is widely regarded as one of the foremost scientists in the field of consciousness.

Karma: How to View It, Use it, and Lose It ~ Karen Reed Hadalski

Karma isn’t a mystery. Karma isn’t an esoteric philosophy. Karma is a natural law–the Law of Cause and Effect–and, just like gravity, it is constantly at work in the world and in your life, whether you know it or believe in it or not. The book you are holding will give you the knowledge and tools necessary to discover and understand the playing-out of karma in your physical, mental, psychological, social, and spiritual life. It will help you to make sense of your life-circumstances and provide a road map for traveling to a more fulfilling, joyous, and purposeful future.

Karma: How To View It, Use It, and Lose It will also introduce you to a group of people who have successfully applied the tenets of this law, along with a clear understanding of the principles of reincarnation, to create productive, successful, meaningful lives for themselves: from inventors, composers, healers, and military leaders to teachers, business people, artists, and bureaucrats. Once you’ve read it, your life and the way you view your world will never be the same.

Excerpt:

Excerpt: pp. 37-38: “If everything in the observable universe has a cause, and every cause has a determinate effect; if “nature” includes not only the universe with all its phenomena, but the laws and principles that guide that universe as well; and, if we are a part of the natural world, how could it be that everything under the sun is governed by the same laws and principles–except human beings?

The concept of Karma is simply the extension of the law of universal causation to include man’s moral and spiritual life. It asserts that every decision we make must result in determinate consequences. Karma is an impersonal law and should not be confused with the concepts of predestination or “luck.” Consequences do, indeed, result from every single decision we make; however, we make the free-will decisions that set this law in motion. Our thoughts, words, and deeds determine every effect we experience in our lives–positive and negative–not the “lucky star” we were born under, the “dark cloud” that follows us around, or the “Hand of Wrath” that reaches down from the heavens to punish us.”

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Karen Reed Hadalski was born in California and lived many years in the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia areas of Pennsylvania. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Temple University and a Master of Arts degree in English and American Language and Letters from Boston College. She also did post-Master studies in the Ph.D. program at Boston University where she was awarded both a scholastic scholarship and teaching fellowship.

In addition to teaching literature, research and critical thinking, and expository writing at the college, adult, and preparatory school levels, Karen served as a VISTA volunteer in an Athabascan Indian village in pre-pipeline Alaska; did research and program development for both environmental health and educational software projects; social work with abused and neglected inner-city children; and was appointed to Philadelphia’s Mayor’s Commission on Literacy where she coordinated their city-wide Family Literacy program.

Karen has traveled extensively; her most memorable adventures being: The exploration of favorite writers’ homes and haunts in England and New England; as well as the many museums housing paintings and sculpture of favorite artists in Florence, New York City, and Paris; whale watch excursions conducted by famed naturalists and marine biologists; traveling by dogsled to a frozen, desolate region of Alaska in order to fully experience the magnificence of the Northern Lights; meandering through the Petrified Forest, Grand Canyon, and Muir Woods; riding-out turbulent Caribbean waves during a tropical storm; making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, where every Sunday School story and picture came to life; moving above, behind, and around Niagara Falls; and investigating the pyramids, temples, sphinx, necropolises and other ancient sites of Egypt. She still dreams of taking a “safari” trip to Africa. In addition to travel, Karen enjoys classical music and singing; nature and animals; the study of world religions, metaphysics and philosophy; and reading, especially biographies.

Her favorite literary genre is the essay and her favorite writers are Ralph Waldo Emerson and William Shakespeare. In addition to her books, Karen has also published articles in various journals, newspapers, and magazines and authors the animal advocacy and education column, “Perspectives,” for Pet Tails Magazine. She currently lives in Virginia Beach with her husband, John, whom she met when he was a student at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, along with their two dogs, Odin & Serena, and two cats, Lily & Chance.

Dr. Tony Nader: Wholeness

Dr. Tony Nader: Wholeness

Brief transcript:

Wholeness is from the simple definition, it is everything. Whole, it is holy, there is a holy value, which is holistic. There is wholeness, everything… puts everything together. There are different levels of wholeness, you have the whole is more than the sum of its parts. You get an entity, which is made out of elements. These elements constitute values of that entity. But, you don’t appreciate that entity until you see more than the parts, and you see how the parts come together to form something that is a human being, that is a flower, that is… music or a symphony whatever it is there is a wholeness in that reality.

When we talk about real wholeness it is the wholeness of everything in life, which means when we put all the parts of life together what do we get? When we put the trees with the flowers, with the human beings, with the buildings, with the animals, with the galaxies, with the entire planetary systems and stars and with the details of the people and societies and life as a whole we get the grand wholeness of existence. That is life itself… So it is a way of seeing the totality of life the wholeness of life beyond its specificities.

Dr. Tony Nader: Wholeness and Parts


Dr. Tony Nader: Wholeness and Parts

Brief Transcript:

For one individual to be able to live Wholeness, which means Totality, and that is the basis of being able to live perfection in life. One has to have ones awareness able to fathom parts… small parts, big parts and the Whole together and the Infinity together. And therefore it is part of the nature of the reality of perfection of Wholeness that the individual must have the freedom to think and to decide that there is a point, there are many points, there is wholeness, there is a bigger wholeness, there is Totality, there is Infinity, there is Absolute.

All of these values are open to individual awareness, and that is the nature of reality, it is part of what reality is, its nature. So, it is not like a trick that you are allowed to go here and there, but it is part of the deal, part of the equation. You want wholeness, you want perfection, you want fullness, you want infinite freedom, that is part of what makes the individual feel blissful and holy.

How Knowledge Can Be Lost Over Time – Dr. Tony Nader

How knowledge can be lost over time

Brief Transcript:

It is the nature of life and individual life to have freedom of choice, and decision making. And, with time the feeling of everything is going well, it is all fine, everything is okay leads to lack of practice of technology that allows the individual to remain in touch with their deep self. Therefore gradually one looses the connection to the source. It is like a river flowing and as it flows far, and far it can loose its connection to the source by having some branches here and there, go here and there, and then it can become stale and looses its energy, strength and flow, and therefore suddenly go away from the original purpose of life.

So, human choice and ability to choose with time allows the individual to choose one thing or the other. People can choose something that can create life which is not as ideal, and therefore they can try it, it is part of the curiosity and the natural aspect of human life and then gradually with time one forgets the importance of the knowledge that allows life to be lived on this level.

How Veda in the Physiology Applies to Each of Us ~ Dr. Tony Nader

How Veda in the Physiology Applies to Each of Us

Brief Transcript:

If we have to say what one would take as a whole from this whole Veda in the Physiology. What one would kind of at the end of the day say, “why is it interesting, what does it do to me? How much more I can feel I understand something knowing that this is the case, that Veda is physiology?”

One aspect, which is very important is that the connection between the abstract and the concrete, between the subjective and the objective. That ultimately they are the same. That the physical is truly nothing but the non-physical consciousness. That matter is actually itself an expression of intelligence, an expression of the dynamics of intelligence. That the creator is in his creation, that we as human beings have the structure and mechanism that allow us to experience Totality, Infinity, Pure Being… to shake hands with God to commune with the divine because we are structured in the actual form and structure of the will of god, if you like to go into religious terms. Or, we are the embodiment of the Totality of the Unified Field of the laws of nature and that a human being contains the total universe in fact truly in her or in him…

Veda Is the Sound of Natural Law – Dr. Tony Nader


Veda Is the Sound of Natural Law – Dr. Tony Nader

Brief Transcript:

It so happens that there is a knowledge in India, which comes from a very subjective knowledge, which means it is a knowledge based on cognition not on scientific research or experimentation. And that is what is called Veda. The term Veda means knowledge… it is a name, just knowledge. Like you say knowledge in English, in Sanskrit you call it Veda. It is a science, its knowledge, it just means knowledge… knowledge of natural law, knowledge of the laws of life of, of nature, of how nature is built. But, if you take the books of Veda and start reading them, you can’t understand anything when you translate it. If you read the actual text books of the Veda, it doesn’t make sense if you translate them and they look really, kind of unusually unexplainable. For years and years, thousands of years people were trying to explain why it is so important that so many generations of pandits (we call them pandits, which are the vedic people that who have been reciting these vedic sounds) they keep teaching them to their children, and then their children to their children, and it comes to us as a knowledge, which in today’s life is incomprehensible on the level of its translation. There are many theories, many explanations, but its always kind of splitting hair and going around the topic to try to understand what it is.

And, it is really, I think, for the first time in known history that somebody, who is Maharishi (in fact) came and said Veda we shouldn’t look at in terms of the meaning.

Dr John Hagelin The Core Of Nature Interview by Iain McNay Pt 1 – 6

MANUAL FOR A PERFECT GOVERNMENT
For the last quarter century, Dr. Hagelin has led an international investigation into the nature and origin of consciousness, including higher states of human consciousness. In his seminal book, Manual for a Perfect Government (now in its second printing), Dr. Hagelin shows how, through educational programs that develop human consciousness, and through policies and programs that effectively harness the laws of nature, it is possible to solve and to prevent acute social problems, and to profoundly enhance governmental achievements.
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“Governments everywhere are in crisis—torn by conflicting interests and facing seemingly intractable challenges. This is because governmental theory and policy are rooted in obsolete 19th century principles, not in a comprehensive scientific understanding of how Nature functions.

“Today’s unified quantum field theories reveal the ultimate unity underlying all life, confirming the timeless wisdom of the ages. This unified reality and its applied technologies, from both modern science and the ancient Vedic science of consciousness reformulated and systematized by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, promote an ideal, problem-free administration in which myriad tendencies in society are managed with the same skill and efficiency with which Nature governs the vast universe.

“The problems of our age are human problems. Crime, terrorism, drug dependency, even pollution result from failure to comprehend life’s essential unity. The only way we can overcome these problems is through the expansion of consciousness—education that actualizes the full potential of the brain. With maximally expanded consciousness, individuals naturally behave in their own best long-term interests while simultaneously promoting the interests of society as a whole—action fully aligned with natural law.

“We now possess a profound and scientific understanding of natural law that can bring peace to the world, and at last fulfill the dreams of America’s Founders—a self-governing nation, where all citizens naturally respect and promote each other’s rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

—Dr. John Hagelin

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When we violate the laws of nature then we suffer ~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Transcript of Satsang with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

Q: What is the significance of Arghya (offering water to the sun)?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Water is symbol of love. In fact, in Sanskrit, it is synonymous to love. ‘Apa’ means water and it also means love. That is why, someone very close to you, what do you call them? Apta – means very dear. Apa and Apta are very close. So, giving water is not important, feeling the connection with the sun is important.

What people used to do was they used to hold water in their hands and let the water leak out of the hand slowly, and for that much time they used to do sun gazing. You look at the sun, gaze and allow the water to seep down. So you need to know timings – It will take a couple of minutes, maybe two or three minutes for the water to leak out. Till that time, you gaze at the sun and let the water leak out and you will see that your body gets energized. That was the technique behind it. Not just giving water to the sun like that, it will not work.

Q: Guruji, you had said that this universe was created by the union of Prakriti (nature) and Paramatma (Supreme Being/God). So going back to the Paramatma, who is Poorna Anand (supreme and absolute bliss) how did this sankalpa (thought/intention) arise in Him?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Yes, it is there in the Upanishads that earlier there was only Paramatma and He felt that He was alone, and He wanted to become many, so He became many. The intention happened on its own ‘ekoham bahusyama’. Sankalpa is not a deviation. It is not considered as a deviation. When a seeker (sadhak) transcends from the small mind to the Big Mind, then he considers sankalpa as a hindrance. But from the point of view of the Big Mind, it is a step to go further. So if you think why did sankalpa arise in the Paramatma, He should remain unwavering (nirvikalpa) – this is not so. Sankalpa is also Paramatma, nirvikalpa is also Him and vikalpa is also Him. Like in an ocean, waves arise on their own, in Paramatma, a thought arose to become many, so He became many. Different types of nature, different types of people and different types of intelligence were created.

Day before yesterday, I was watching a National Geographic documentary on the creation of Earth. It said that about 400 billion years ago, there was only gas. Gas started spinning and fire erupted. Then from fire, water arose and then the Earth was formed. I suddenly realized, ‘Oh this has been said in the Vedas! What new have they said?

In our Vedic knowledge, it is said in the form of shloka – In the space, first there was air, from the air fire arose, from fire water, and from water earth was created. The idea behind giving water to fire is that we go back to ourselves. From water to fire, fire to air and then, we do pranayama after giving arghya to the sun – we go to the air element. From the air we go to the space and then sit in meditation. All these are different types of stories; examining them more deeply reveals something new.

Q: It is said that we should not keep the photographs of our deceased parents along with the pictures of the gods and goddesses whom we worship. Some people also say that we should not even hang the photographs of deceased parents on the walls of our home. Is it true?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
No, there is no problem with it. You can keep the photographs of your departed parents along with the pictures of god, it is fine. If it is a sanyasi, even his picture can be placed with that of God, even when he is alive. If he is leading a grihastha (married) life, then we do not keep his photograph, such is the practice.

Q: Guruji, please explain the reason for suffering?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Okay, suppose I tell you, you should eat five masala dosa tonight, what will happen to you? Suppose you are force fed five masala dosa or 20 pooris, what will happen to you? First of all, you will suffer. Tonight you cannot sleep, right? It will create headache, stomach ache and then all types of aches.

Firstly, when we violate the laws of nature, then we suffer. Second, ignorance – if you don’t know what you are eating and you eat some wrong things, then also you will suffer, right? Third is, if you have violated some laws at some time in the past, in the previous life, that also can bring some karma. So karmaja, agyanaja, and pragyaparadh; three things bring suffering. How to remove the ignorance? Through knowledge and understanding; Asking questions like you are doing.

Q: How to forgive truly?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Truly? Is there any false forgiveness?
I don’t know false forgiveness. I know only true forgiveness. Forgive means forgive, that’s it. Gone is gone, people did mistakes, finished. Move on.

You know why something comes back is because of your attachment to some pleasure. That is not the other’s mistake. Suppose you had some pleasure, someone had given you some pleasure, and then they have cheated you or they did a mistake, you can forgive that mistake, but what comes back is your craving for pleasure. When you see that it is just an illusion, you become more centered.

Q: What is special in 2012?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: You know for us every day is special, every year is special. According to the Hindu calendar, the next year is called ‘nanda’. ‘Nanda’ means happiness. The year of ‘Ananda’.

The past year which ends on March 23rd, is called ‘khara’. ‘Khara’ means for sure, certainty. Before that, it was the year of uncertainty and this year is of certainty, surety. Next year is happiness.

Q: Does the soul experience happiness and sorrow, or the mind experiences it?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Only the mind experiences. All the experiences are of the mind. The experience of the soul is also at the level of the mind. When the mind is calm, then the soul is experienced. The soul is an embodiment of joy. Mind experiences sorrow. When the mind dissolves, then joy is experienced.

Q: Where is the boundary for the mind and soul? Until where is the mind, from where does the soul start?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
Like there are waves and the ocean. Just as there are waves in the ocean, mind is in the soul. So the mind is not a different entity. It is the wave of the ocean. It comes up a little bit and then calms down, again comes up and then calms down.

Q: Guruji, why do some people have to suffer throughout their life? Some people are born in slum areas and keep suffering, whereas some are born in good homes and lead a comfortable, happy life? I want to know. I see others, as well as myself, suffering.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Are you suffering? Tell me if it is your suffering or others’ suffering. Ans – I am suffering too. You too? But you are smiling! Looking at your face, it doesn’t seem that you are in great suffering! Only this is needed! When you are doing sadhana, don’t you see a smile on your face? You smile in difficult times also, that is life.
Every difficulty comes to go away. It goes as soon as it comes. No problem stays forever. It comes and goes.

Q: Guruji, is there rebirth?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
Absolutely!

Q: Guruji, what should I do to become your favorite disciple?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Just keep doing whatever you are doing, you are already my favorite! Do seva, sadhana, keep coming to satsang, become a teacher. Do good to others.
My disciple itself means my favorite. There is nothing like favorite disciple and non-favorite disciple, okay?

Does the Unified Field have a Creator? – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

1. Dr. Hagelin: Maharishi, we have a question from the field of religion that I think is very interesting. It says: Maharishi, I am a religion writer and I have a question about God. Maharishi speaks about the Unified Field as being a field of infinite silence and infinite dynamism. My question is, Does the Unified Field itself have a Creator? Or is it God?

2. The Unfied Field is nitya and apaurusheya. Nitya means eternal, and apaurusheya means not made by anyone. Unified Field is a self-sustained, eternal reality endowed with all the values of silence and all the values of dynamism.

3. Within the mass of unmanifest, eternal, uncreated reality, all possibilities are lively. That is why we say Almighty. It is shruti, smriti, and purana. It’s unmanifest, total reality–light of God.

4. There is no creator of it, no sustainer of it, no inducer of it. It is its own scientist; it is its own technology. It is on its own total knowledge; it is on its own total action. It is a field of all possibility, and that is what the word means: light of God

5. Veda is not anybody’s creation, it is its own voice, its own memory. This is that light of God, not created by anyone.

6. One reveres Mohammed or Christ or Buddha, but the light of God is on its own, uncreated by anyone.

7. The Light of God is not human imagination. When it comes in human imagination, then it ceases to be human imagination-then it is God’s imagination, it’s the light of God.

8. Aham Brahmasmi, Ayam Atma Brahma, all these beautiful exhortations are not manmade. Man may participate into that existing value and be honored with that.

9. The science, the scientist, technology and the technologist, they are all one. And its characteristic is unmanifest, all possibility, invincibility. To unfold that is the purpose of education

Emptiness is the Potential of Everything – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Emptiness is the Potential of Everything, explains Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Transcendental Meditation is the direct means to realize this truth. http://www.tm.org

Who Was Confucius and Why Does it Matter ? ~ Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D

Confucius was born in the 6th Century B.C.E. in the small state of Lu, located in the present Shantung peninsula. He lived during the Chou Dynasty at a point when the central authority of the dynasty was being challenged by the growth of increasingly powerful states attempting to challenge the power of the central government. Confucius himself was a member of what was referred to as the ju, a class of people primarily occupied with the study of writing from the earliest generations of the Chou period, the writings that become known as the ching or Classics, numbering five or six, but accruing additional numbers with the passage of time. So Confucius was essentially a scholar of his time.

Confucius can be understood in his historic context. That context is the slow disintegration of the stability and order of the political order of his day. His focus is upon a series of writings that described the harmonious ways of the generations before him and even further in the past, a time when sages, sheng, brought their wisdom to the governing of the world. For Confucius the Classics were the documentation that when sages governed, the world was ordered. This concept of order was defined largely in terms of a moral code of humaneness, the concept of jen, goodness, exercised by the sage rulers toward their subjects and in turn became the governing principle for all people in society.

The contrast between what Confucius read of the records of the ancients and his own age was stark. As a result Confucius sought to bring the ways of the ancients to his own generation. For many years he traveled from state to state, often at great personal risk, to attempt to inculcate the teachings of moral goodness to the rulers of the various states

In this endeavor he was a remarkable failure! No ruler was interested in a teaching of moral goodness. Is it any different today? What a surprise, such rulers were only interested in strategies to guarantee their own sustaining power and authority! Finally with no measurable success, Confucius retired to his home state and gathered increasing numbers of students around him, teaching the moral principles of the ancient sages. The formal biography ends with his role as a teacher, but his influence began with his role as a teacher.

And what was the nature of these teachings? He stressed the need to learn, hsüeh, to engage in study of the Classics and the ways of the ancient sages. His hope was that through these teachings the world would be brought back to a state of harmony and order and all society would live at peace. What were the underlying features of these teaching? The focus was upon the cultivation of a moral self, self defined in terms goodness, caring, compassion, altruism and benevolence. There are many specific teachings corresponding to these various ideas but when Confucius was asked by his disciples whether there was not one principle idea running through his teaching, he answered by saying that the “single thread” of his teachings could best be described by the term shu, most frequently translated as reciprocity.

The term reciprocity is central to Confucian teachings. The Chinese character is composed of two parts: one part means “to be like,” the second part means “heart” or “mind.” Taken together the character means literally “like-hearted” or “like-minded,” suggesting one shows care to another. It could be expressed by our word sympathy, but sympathy suggests condescension of attitude and that is not implied. Our word empathy, however, strikes at the quintessential meaning. So reciprocity is empathy. But Confucius himself goes on to define the term in a sentence sounding remarkably familiar to our Western ears: “Do not do to others what you would not have them do to you.” Confucian teaching is articulated in no more basic moral axiom then this statement and it remains foundational throughout the history of the Confucian tradition.

Why does it matter who Confucius was? To answer this question we need to understand that in the centuries following Confucus’ death, his teaching rose to a position of greater and greater prominence in two spheres. Confucian teachings became the official ideology of the Chinese state, a position it held with virtually no break until into the 20th century. On the individual level, Confucian teachings became the central focus of individual learning and moral cultivation, the goal to become a moral person modeled upon the sages of antiquity.

And this aspect of Confucian teachings lasted not only into the 20th century but to our own day and presumably into the future. Historically we also witness the spread of Confucian teaching at both levels from China to both Korea and Japan and into South East Asia as well. The entire East Asian and South East Asia spheres have been dominated by Confucian values through out their history. To understand the thought and values of East and South East Asia, particularly in our own day, we simply must understand the teachings of this man Confucius.

But it goes further: to understand why Confucian teachings addressed not only the ideology of the state, but found their true focus upon the learning of the self to create a moral self, we must understand this man Confucius. Why? Is it important to create a moral self in a world not unlike the chaos of the world Confucius himself faced? Are we so very different? Have we travelled so very far from that fundamental necessity of finding the single thread of reciprocity and living by its virtue? Perhaps we all need to return to the simple teachings of Confucius to reacquaint ourselves with the simplest principles of living as a moral person and thereby creating a moral world. The message of Confucius is nothing more than the call to each person to fulfill his or her capacity of goodness, jen, and thereby, one by one, transform the world from what it is, to what can be and ought to be.


Dr. Rodney L. Taylor, Professor of Religious Studies at University of Colorado at Boulder for more than 30 years, received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in East Asian religion. His principle area of specialization is the understanding of Confucianism as a religious tradition both historically and in the modern world where Confucianism can be a voice in the contemporary discussion of religion and spirituality.

His books include: The Religious Dimensions of Confucianism; The Way of Heaven; The Confucian Way of Contemplation; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Confucianism; Confucianism (high school text); The Cultivation of Sagehood as a Religious Goal in Neo-Confucianism; They Shall Not Hurt: Human Suffering and Human Caring (with Dr. Jean Watson); The Holy Book in Comparative Perspective (with Dr. Frederick Denny) and his most recent volume, Confucius, the Analects: The Path of the Sage from Skylight Paths.

Twenty-six centuries after their origination, the principles laid down in the Analects of Confucius still act as the foundation of Chinese philosophy, ethics, society and government, and play a formative role in the development of many Eastern philosophies. In this intriguing look at the ethical and spiritual meaning of the Analects, Rodney L. Taylor, the foremost American researcher of Confucius as a religious and spiritual figure, explains their profound and universal wisdom for our own time. He shows how Confucius advocates learning and self-cultivation to follow the “path of the sage” or “Way of Heaven,” a journey that promises to promote reason, peace and understanding.

Alongside an updated version of the classic translation by Sinologist James Legge, Taylor provides informative and accessible commentary that illuminates the meaning behind selected passages from the Analects and their insights on character development, respect and reverence, and the nature of learning, goodness, truthfulness and righteousness.

The Karmic Law of Return

The Karmic Law of Return

As the blazing fire reduces wood to ashes, similarly, the fire of Self-knowledge reduces Karma to ashes.
~ Bhagavad Gita

Throughout the History of Mankind, many different cultures and belief systems talk about the need to be responsible for our actions. The Kabbalists teach that we are responsible for every event that happens in our lives.

We attract all the events in our lives, through the choices we make daily. Our thoughts and actions are the source for the entire cycle of cause and effect.

The explanation for all the challenging events we face resides in the way we Perceive and the way we treat other Beings in our lives. To treat others differently instead of as equals, not recognizing our state of Oneness and the unity behind all, can be the cause of many of the spiritual illnesses.

This life is likened to a field in which our Karma is the seed.
We harvest what we sow.
No less, no more.

The Individual’s Connection with the Universe of Memories in the Unmanifest – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi


The Indiividual’s Connection with the Universe of Memories in the Unmanifest.

Maharishi explains how to contact to the Transcendental Field or Unmanifest through pure lifestyle and practice of Transcendental Meditation.

What Mother Nature Is Saying About Us ~ Deepak Chopra

Recently the Gallup Organization released its findings about public opinion on global warming. It’s not good news for activists. Fully 48% of respondents believe that the threat of climate change is exaggerated, up from 31% in 1999. In keeping with this wishful thinking, more Americans believe that scientists have greater doubts about climate change (not true) while fewer Americans think that the effects of global warming are already being felt. In sum, you can say that fewer Americans are worried about the environment when it really counts.

You can mark this down to crisis fatigue. We certainly are feeling that about the Gulf oil spill, where a general sense of gloom prevails over viable calls to action. Is the whole planet going to be like that one day, a state of perpetual disaster? Or are we seeing ourselves in Nature’s mirror? If it is the latter — and I think it is — we don’t have to feel so paralyzed (or stick our heads in the sand, which is what the Gallup data comes down to).

For centuries, human beings looked at Nature as basically a source of endless abundance. The Bible told the Judeo-Christian world that God had provided this outpouring out of love for his children. An ethical standard was built in, too. We were supposed to be the stewards of Nature, taking care of it as it provided for us. What did this say about human nature? That we were the favored species in Creation, that all other creatures were lesser, and that we had every reason to be optimistic about the future. Nature, like God, was infinite in its ability to sustain us.

Today all those beliefs have been seriously eroded. Few people seriously connect the ecology with a divine creation. The ecology is a vast system governed by finite laws. Rather than acting as stewards, we ruthlessly plunder the limited resources that remain. Even the threat of outright catastrophe doesn’t cause us to change our ways. Yet as we grab more and more from the feast table, people are not in a festive mood. They feel quite depressed and anxious about Nature. (In relation to the Gulf oil spill, for example, about half of Americans believe that the affected beaches will never return to their former clean state, while almost 60% believe that the damaged animal populations will never return to their old numbers.) Clearly, the present state of belief can’t be endured forever — neverending gloom can only lead to more numbness, denial, and helplessness.

The question, then, is whether a new set of beliefs about Nature can emerge? The old religious-based values are not going to return. The only answer is to look in the mirror again and see who we really are. If we don’t act like privileged children of God or helpless gluttons on a desperate feeding frenzy, human beings will always be creative. Creative enough to pursue the next great innovation. We are also capable of empathy, bonded at a basic level, gifted with foreknowledge of the future, and imbued with love of the natural world. Seeing those things in the mirror isn’t hard. But will these positive qualities amount to a new belief system?

Until that question is answered, halfway measures will prove futile. Recycling, alternative energy sources, and reduced carbon footprints are catching on, but gradually and generally only in the developed world. Even there, political resistance is firmly entrenched. There are too many corporations who won’t sacrifice today’s profits to save the planet in decades to come, and too many citizens with comfortable lifestyles they want to protect, whatever may happen to the next generation. With that in mind, many environmental scientists have privately decided that climate change is inevitable. Rather than trying to stop it and meeting with failure, it’s wiser, they believe, to start adapting to a more crowded, polluted, grossly imbalanced ecosystem.

Let’s accept this stark view if we must, using it not for defeatism but as motivation. Bad news has given rise to sudden leaps of creativity before. Our new belief system has to begin there. If we look into the mirror and see endless creativity, that gives rise to new optimism. But more than that, it gives us a reason to educate as much of the world’s population as possible. More brains means more chances of finding a solution. Instead of seeing China and India as rivals, we need to see them as a great source for new creative minds.

That adds the element of bonding. We are all in this together; therefore, wars and nationalism are luxuries we can no longer afford. The new belief system would then encourage us to put maximum funds into research and development to find technologies that can accomplish global results, such as removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and cleaning up the world’s oceans.

Some might say that such a belief system is already being born — I think they’re right — but that there’s not enough time left and not enough willpower to accomplish global tasks. If that’s true, it’s because the last element of the new belief system is lacking: a sense of the sacred. In the past, when human beings looked in the mirror of Nature, they saw God as sacred, or not, but never themselves as sacred. But there is no conception of the future that will sustain us until we realize that sacredness is either human or it is nonexistent.

I realize that this notion runs counter to what people now see in the mirror. They see the image of despoilers; they fear that humanity is a cancer spreading across the planet, endangering the existence of all other creatures. But at the same time we are masters of our own evolution. The essence of humanity lies there. We define ourselves, and since the fund of the world’s wisdom traditions is rich in experiences of higher evolution — by which I mean genuine experiences of God consciousness and unity with the divine –only by making an evolutionary leap can we sustain ourselves. The material aspect of climate change is secondary. Our perception of ourselves is primary. We must stop adding secular sins to our roster of bad deeds and start adding secular spirituality. It’s a funny phrase, but secular spirituality simply means being spiritual in oneself, without the need for external dogmas and organized faiths.

In the sacredness of the self is the redemption of the world, both as an ecosystem and as a home for human aspirations. There are many paths to achieve such a sense of the sacred. This space is too small for me to outline them. I only wanted to show that we aren’t living in an either/or situation. It’s not either God or giving up on ourselves. Finding God within ourselves offers a new way. Every step on that path reduces our destructive effect on Nature and brings us closer to loving union with her.

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