Michael Mamas Blog

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“Inner Grit” What It Is and Is Not

my unedited personal notes:

Opening: 

Next week an invaluable podcast series on the five Tanmatras [i.e. The Five Divine Currents] begins.  Powerful, compelling, deeply personal yet universal.  I encourage you to join us.

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not ego, not childhood wounds cloaked as one’s ‘truth’.  not perspective, bias, or beliefs

Real ‘inner grit’ comes from the transcendent.  the witness, the Shiva value. Yet positive attracts negative.  Being that in kali yuga attracts negativity, judgement, resentment, projection, misunderstanding, jealousy, anger, etc.  and that will come not just from strangers but from those closest to you.  The other option is low profile, like the Mona Lisa smile.  So, some choose to speak from that place openly while others prefer to hide it.  The choice is theirs but the decision comes from a spontaneous place called their own true nature.  Either way one has little choice in which they live…  and the process of living it is not clear cut.  It is awkward and difficult as one integrates the ‘house of mud’ of the superficial self, with the awakening process to one’s inner Divinity… the undefinable, ungraspable field of Perfection… The silent, unbiased, unopinionated Shiva value within.  From there, commitment is infinitely solid, yet paradoxically not black and white. 

Cultured life vs behavioral modification

Spiritual growth is not about outward appearance.  it is an evolutionary process.  though there are phase transitions along the way, it is essentially gradual with no surface displays of progress.  It is natural, like the growth of a tree or the rising of the sun.  So, it is common to put on ‘behavior airs’ to convince one’s self and others that they have spiritually ‘advanced’.  Are the changes rooted in subconscious chit or genuinely from within a stronger connection with the transcendent?  That is not so easy for one to tell for sure.  Yet the desperation to want confirmation compels many to modify their behavior in an attempt to convince themselves and others of their progress. 

The following is a lovely note from one of my long-term students reflecting the truth of the genuine process of spiritual development… humble, uncertain or even confused on the surface, yet life changing, solid and profound: 

Dear Michaelji,

I could not write a good ‘about me’ page for my blog. Then yesterday I wrote one that [my husband] also liked. I was wondering if it sounds correct to you? It has been my experience.

About Me:

From a young age, I started to define myself through others. I would/and still do want others to validate me and my existence. While growing up, I could not find a clear mirror, not from my family, friends, or teachers. I didn’t always receive a positive reflection when I was myself. I learned that I was much more accepted if I mirrored others instead of them mirroring me. Although superficial, I finally had connections with people. However, over time, I forgot that I existed at all. 

Then, in my early 30’s, I met my teacher. The first day of class I walked into the room to the cleanest mirror I had ever experienced. Because the reflection was so clear, I could barely hold back my tears. All day, I felt a burst of emotion move through my body. I was too embarrassed about crying around a bunch of strangers. Because of this, I ran to my car after class, drove home, ran inside my apartment while avoiding all my neighbors, and shut my door. I let out years and years of a false sense of myself. I did not stop crying until I woke up the next day. 

Over time, I have realized that I have karma, and people look at me through this karma. Somehow, my teacher could see me outside of my karma, and in return, I developed a sense of myself. Not immediately, but over time, I developed a reference frame outside of the world reflection. I call this my inner grit. When I feel myself reaching out there for answers and validation, I return to this place of uncomfortableness and stay with it until it disappears. It is not fun or easy, so I call it “inner grit.” 

This blog is about what I find during my explorations. In the past, I would have been too afraid of what others thought to speak out. But now, if what I say is ridiculed, questioned, or picked apart, I know I have a place to go that will transcend it all. Once I stop wanting to be heard, I will be heard. This is how I feel life works, and my inner grit will get me there.

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“If you don’t like your personality, you better change it now because after you are enlightened, you won’t care.’”

    attributed to Swami Muktananda

“Failure will never stand in the way of success if you learn from it.”
HANK AARON

“graveyards are full of indispensable people”

anonymous

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
RALPH WALDO EMERSON
“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.”
HENRY DAVID THOREAU

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Paradise Lost? Found? & The Animal Kingdom

Parvati, Lakshmi, Saraswati explained

mantra for COVID, etc. 

the world is waking up…

Animals in the Veda.

my unedited personal notes:

Opening: 

Turning Point agenda

link to mantra for Covid etc.: 

http://www.michaelmamas.net/?s=vashishtha+mantra

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Fun Riddle:  are animals in the veda or is the veda in animals?

personified correlates vs structural correlates

Where Modern Mentality got lost

“graveyards are full of indispensable people”

anonymous

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
RALPH WALDO EMERSON

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Beautiful Veda: Karma Mimansa Finding Your “Groove”

my unedited personal notes:

Opening:  

Happy Easter, Christ Resurrection, What does Supernatural mean?

Jesus and the Veda

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Exquisite Structure of Vedic Knowledge: 

How to Become Great

Upangas, Samskruthi, Sampradaya

How to remain sane in an insane world…

Samskruthi – Culture 

Sampradaya- Tradition. 

Upangas/Vedangas

Nyaya/Shiksha

Karma Mimansa/Chhandas

Vedanta/Jyotish

Embodiment/Sound

healthy value systems endangered:

buckaroo bonzai syndrome vs. staying in your lane

diet, exercise, play musical instrument, be good at a sport, social media, internet, make money, liberal/conservative, global warming, covid, nuclear war, sitting, judgements, easy money, sex, short attention spans, looking good, popular, nice body, pretty, smart, clever, street wise, spam mail, electric lives, comparing yourself to others, grass is always greener on the other side of the fence

YouTube, TikTok, social media pressures, wide receiver in half back body

dharma

focused yet unbounded awareness vs. narrow minded, oblivious

who are you?

If it was easy, everyone would be doing it”

        Anonymous

“Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.”
VICTOR HUGO
”I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.“ SOCRATES  
“Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out.” ROBERT COLLIER  

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Stable Flexible Mind: No Limits

my unedited personal notes:

Freedom and the Veda

Natural vs. Indoctrinated

Healthy Insights in a Conflicted Paradoxical World

Opening Thoughts: probiotics, Kefir

alignment with natural law vs indoctrination

the human condition

the earth will soon reveal her treasures… 

Salem witches, flat earth, ufo, Antarctica and more

Miracles

Beyond Intrenched Perspectives

The Mind Unchained

 admiral Byrd

the world is not as we were lead to believe

mass manipulation

entrenched perspectives

Infinite flexibility, infinite stability….  flexibly fixed

fixed, one pointed, paradoxical mind, life nature healthy mind paradoxical world

how able are you to shift your perspective?  how easy is it for you to admit when you were mistaken?

right technique, wrong yuga

state department assistant to sec of state said confidentially: ‘if you think you have any idea of what is really going on, you are totally confused”

”I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.“
SOCRATES   “Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out.” ROBERT COLLIER

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Cosmic Joke, Liberation & Afterlife 2

my unedited personal notes:

Opening Thoughts: The Supreme Court, Ancient Egypts Right and Left Hands

 Insight vs. Projection, Celestial vs. Astral, Free Will vs. Predetermination

I will respond to the following two comments:  

Hello Michaelji,

 I’ve been thinking about the afterlife a lot in the past couple of years, since I’m getting older and the body is beginning to fall apart. It just seems to do that, no matter how clean or wholistic a life you’ve led. Now I wish I’d had more ice cream. Question is, do we have any control where we go after we leave the body? Many NDE’ers go directly to the void and bypass the astral altogether. To me that seems to be the better option, I don’t quite trust the astral characters. Also wondering what you think of people who practice out of body trips on purpose, not near death experiences? Sounds a bit risky to me. Thank you, I really enjoyed this podcast.

Hello Michael,

Is it alright if I ask you a question? I have been having experiences where I can see how I am projecting onto people and things. I realized the other day in traffic as I looked at a McDonald’s that I had even been projecting onto how I had always seen McDonald’s. It was like a light film of my own perception that had nothing to do with the franchise. I wrote about it in a blog. But since I have put it down in words, I have had a pit in my stomach. The pit is a feeling that nothing I feel is real. So every time I feel something, I don’t know if it is real. I am now questioning everything I feel. I know it is about relationship with, but it goes into my belief that what I feel is not valid. I know I need to figure this out on my own, and I know other people don’t have my conditioning around what they feel. But how do you move forward when nothing makes sense?

Thank you! Great Podcasts

It doesn’t matter and it matters a lot…  when the anchor is strong, one feels deeper without the ship toppling

“You can’t have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time.”
CHARLES KETTERING  
“All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.”
FRANK HERBERT

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