October 2017, Kanha Shanti Vanam
Tuesday, 24 October: morning session, cont.
The concept of God and Godly qualities
Daaji continued on in the morning talk after the group meditation by saying, “Babuji say to fix our goal to be one with God. I would like to touch a bit upon this concept of God. As I mentioned earlier, when mergence with the Divine happens, it is not that one is destroyed and the other prevails. When we are imbibing Godly qualities, it means there is some sort of qualitative resonance between my self and my higher Self; between my self and the Master; between my self and God. We remain who we are, while qualitatively becoming Godly in nature.
“What are Godly qualities? There are three that are usually described – one is omnipotence (all powerful), the second is omniscience (knower of all things), and the third is omnipresence (one who is everywhere). It is like my earlier example of the mother moving at the speed of light – she will be everywhere simultaneously. But the omnipresence of God is different from the omnipresence of the mother, as she will take advantage of it to correct others! While God is everywhere, He hides himself so much that we don’t even feel Him. Anonymity.
“Let’s understand omniscience. Imagine for a moment that your husband or wife knows everything about you. Maybe they would take advantage of you. But God doesn’t take advantage, though He knows everything. So with the few things you know about others, do you take advantage of them by judging or criticising? At the human level we tend to take advantage of our knowledge of others, so omniscience is also corrupted when it touches our human consciousness.
“What about omnipotence? The same concept applies. What if we were to have complete power to do whatever we wish to anyone else? We have to be able to tolerate anything and let it be – give the ultimate freedom. That’s why God doesn’t interfere in anything that we do.
“Every responsibility, the credit for our successes, and the blame for our failures is upon us. There is no point blaming God. Though He has these three great qualities, He does not interfere in our lives, because He knows that the potency He has given us will sprout one day. One day it will unfold and become real.
“The fourth quality I admire is His creativity. He has created the world the way it is, set it in motion with certain rules and regulations, and it goes on automatically. So the things we do in life should also create a certain automatic momentum – in what we do, what we think, and what we try to become and un-become.
“Generously distribute the creativity that we have. For example, a musician can share his lovely music to make the world a happier place. Imagine if a great musician refuses to play, what a loss it would be to the world, or if a painter refuses to paint, or a poet refuses to write poems. What would happen to the world if all this creativity were to disappear?
“What is our creativity as abhyasis? I am not talking about the human level, but instead something between angelic and human. We may not be completely angels, but we have some role to play in this world. When you have a superb condition inside after each meditation, consciously try to distribute it until such a time comes when it radiates automatically. Flowers don’t have to make conscious efforts for bees or butterflies to come to them. Even when there is no being to admire the flower, it still radiates fragrance. Even if you are a sinner, you will still receive the fragrance. That is naturalness.”
Maxim 4 – Simplify your life so as to be identical with Nature.
Daaji read out Babuji’s commentary on Maxim 4. While reading, he also gave some explanations and clarifications. Referring to the second paragraph of the commentary, he said:
“Babuji says, ‘Being entangled in these knots, man assumes a form that reflects grossness at the very surface. The external atmosphere and environment also affect it, putting it to actions and counteractions, which bring it from bad to worse, and simplicity gets enshrouded within it. All these combined together form a snare that keeps man entrapped in it.’ Look at this statement: ‘The external atmosphere and environment also affect it’. Babuji said this in the 1940s, and this is exactly what Dr Lipton and others are now discussing in the field of Epigenetics.”
After the commentary, he shared some more thoughts:
“So this maxim says, ‘Simplify your life so as to be identical with Nature.’ People used to joke when we would use the air conditioner in summer, that we were going away from nature. They did the same about using heaters in winter.
There is a story about one gentleman, who decided to wear just a lunghi and climb to the top of a tree.
Passers by used to ask, ‘What are you doing up there, dear friend? You are such a philosopher, so why are you wasting your life up a tree like a monkey?’
He replied,’ No, no! I have to be in tune with nature, with high thinking! Only at the top of the tree can I have high thoughts.’
People have such funny ideas about nature, which is all around us. Anyway, Babuji is not talking about that nature. He is talking about our Original Nature. What was our Original Nature? What were we before we were sent into this adventure?
Our Original Nature
“When we read the chapter by Lalaji Saheb on ‘Creation and Destruction by Sound’ in Truth Eternal, he describes this very aptly. He says, ‘There was indescribable and indefinable darkness surrounded by darkness,’ darkness all around. Space was full of darkness. This is obvious – it doesn’t need spiritual vision to see it. Imagine if you were to remove all the galaxies, stars and planets from space. Would there be light? It would all be empty space in total darkness.
“Babuji described this from his vision as the state of perfect balance, and when that balance was compromised because of the will to create, then the creation started. My point is this: the nature of our Original Nature is absolute balance. There is nothing much to describe.
That is what we have to be. This balance is possible only when we remain centripetal, always moving towards the Centre, not continuing to go downwards. The downward movement needs to be checked.
“As an example, one of the Indian goddesses, Mother Kali, is considered to be the mother of all. She has been depicted as absolutely dark and she is worshipped like that – original darkness. Thus we see here the Hindu idea of Kali symbolically reflecting the Original Nature of things at the time of Creation.
“Babuji also puts it a bit differently: it was this Nature that became the cause when it mingled with Purusha, with God, and thus creation set in. The Original Nature, Prakriti, the female principle was already there. Then the masculine, Purusha, came into being and creation was the result of their intermingling.
Nurturing the feminine qualities
“So returning to that Original Nature is again about nurturing feminine qualities in us. The most important feminine quality is receptivity. The energy flow in the feminine is constantly going inwards. The masculine energy is different. When the current started descending from above, there were both the positive and the negative, Purusha and Prakriti, the male and female currents. Without this polarity, the currents of creation could not have gone forward, and the flow that was created by this burst is still continuing. The creation has not stopped. The creation of souls still continues. Imagine the billions of souls that have been created at various moments. Will their vibratory patterns be the same? Will the patterns be the same for souls created millions of years ago and those created now? Will they have the same potency?
“Another way of looking at it is like this: if you meet someone whose soul has come 100 years after yours, will you be able to resonate with them at an energy level? It is just a question, and I am not postulating anything, but the souls that emerge at the same time will have almost the same vibratory pattern. Let’s call them twin souls. Are those souls able to be together more easily without fighting, and always being loving towards each other? Actually that would be a very limited view of looking at this concept of twin souls. It is a human concept. If we are able to develop a perfect loving nature, then that will resonate with every other being across the full spectrum. But for twin souls that were created at the same moment, it will be very easy to fall in love. What do they call them? Soul mates.
Returning to the Centre
“So this is a little of how the Original Darkness then manifested at the time of creation. Wherever there are stars, we see brightness; brightness is a created thing. Babuji describes how we form the network of our own creation, our individual existence. He also describes how we go inwards through this meditation practice. He speaks about the original current going outward, the first kshobha going outwards from the Centre. When we miss that original balance, and our thoughts start turning inwards, it is an opposite trend. In meditation, we are going inwards towards the Centre. We also fold our limbs so that they contract inwards, instead of expanding outwards. Try to meditate with your limbs stretched out! You can’t. The meditative state is totally different – there is an enormous state of absorbency inside. You are absolutely focused inside. You are trying to achieve that perfect balance, and that is only possible when you sit properly with the right attitude.
“This aspect Babuji has described very nicely in Maxim 1, but it is also worth mentioning here because our journey is going back towards the Origin. This is possible only when we dissolve our individual network. The Godly plan is not that – it is to go on continuously expanding. Our plan is to take an exit and return with greater potency to the Centre.”
To be continued …