I have been receiving lots of comments and opinions regarding my coronavirus podcasts and blogs. I must say that I respect every comment I have received so far. They have been thoughtful, well written, sincere, and educated. A number of health care professionals have commented and it is interesting to note that even among them opinions varied widely.
I did post the first one, however please forgive me, but I am not going to post them all and here is why: The purpose of the blogs and podcasts regarding the virus goes deeper than just the opinions and perspectives. I do not want the forest to be lost to the trees. My point is about the application of the knowledge I offer (paradigm identity, etc.) to life, particularly when the issues are emotionally charged.
You see, I have witnessed through the years that many people love the spiritual depth of my teachings until emotions and identities get threatened. It is easy to be deep and spiritual when everything is rosy, but what about when it really matters. How do we behave then?
Spirituality is about expanded awareness. Spirituality is the vessel that holds all perspectives, paradigms, emotions, and thoughts in wisdom and insight. This of course applies not only to the Coronavirus, but to everything, for example: the border wall, economics, sexuality, politics, religion, race relations, personal and interpersonal relationships etc.
I believe Buddha called it ‘the middle way’. But as with all deep spiritual teachings, how people interpret ‘the middle way’ is all over the place, diverse and more often confused than understood.
Here is another quote for you: “The only true knowing is knowing that you know nothing.” Wisdom lies in the transcendental field of ‘no-thing-ness’. Yet most are very uncomfortable with that when it matters most. Instead we grasp at the straws of thingness and insist it is “the truth”.
How about, “paradox is the nature of existence”—simultaneously valid yet contradictory realities. At one point I encourage you to ‘take a stand’. At another point, I say we know nothing. To understand this, think “reality continuum”. Are we One, or are we separate? Wisdom is the integration of polar opposites. It is the field of extremes in conflict and contradiction held in the equanimity of balance and harmony… passion and dispassion together simultaneously. Opinions not held in the context of wisdom cause narrow vision, judgement, anger, hatred, and all this world’s problems.
So again I say that I was impressed by the mature manner in which the comments and opinions were expressed. I am not saying that the makers of those points were wrong or out of balance… not at all. In fact, I respect those people for ‘taking a stand’. Yet in the context of purpose of my blogs, podcasts, teachings, and my very life, those comments, I fear, would take us off point. Therefore, I will not be posting them as they may serve to only cloud the points I try over and over again to make about the nature of true spirituality.
Ok, Ok, Yes I agree that knowledge and practice of knowledge such as mantras, japa, meditation, pujas, havens, etc. is of great value in that they refine the physiology, culture the heart, and thereby evolve us. 🧚♀️
But I am talking about intellectual understanding here and, even more importantly, the integration of that knowledge into your behavior. In my podcasts for example, so many listened to the podcasts on paradigm identity, reality continuum, and mapping and some felt confident that they knew all about it. You may have even found the topic boring since you had already heard about it. But then in the podcasts about the enlightened city and coronavirus you do well to ask yourself if you thought and felt along the lines of those principles or just fell back on your old paradigm identity and evaluated everything based upon that identity. For example, was the notion of positive attracts negative just not acceptible by your paradigm identity? How about the notion of mapping an enlightened city onto a nation? Or how about different perspectives on the coronavirus? In my conversations with people, I have seen how few are able to do look beyond their paradigm identity. 👁
Also in daily life in general, how many behave with wisdom and reflection? How many still act instinctively and spontaneously based upon their emotional and psychological programming? In particular when life becomes challenging, how many behave not in accord with their inner wisdom but rather upon the rakshasa value that dwells within—perhaps anger, judgement or even hatred? Suddenly ones true spiritual level comes into question. Yes? 😡
Keep in mind that knowing all about spirituality is a good beginning often mistaken for the goal. If you choose to white knuckle onto your judgements and hostilities, they will, of course, stay with you longer. Expansion of awareness, of consciousness, is no simplistic task. It is the journey of the true hero. There is no way around that. Attacking anything you do not feel one with is not the path to unity. Learn to under-stand and not over-stand. Humility is the flip side of wisdom. I have said all these things before. But every indidvidual does well of take a step back and observe their own behavior. How quickly the peace and love attitude morphs into antifa. 🤯
Please keep in mind that this is Kali Yuga—the age when the rakshasas dwell within the hearts and minds of the people. It is not so hard to believe that about other people. But the most important person to know and work with in that regard is yourself. 😱
We just posted another podcast called Coronavirus: Taking a stand. It would be a good exercise to explore where you go with it in light of what has been said here. You can access that podcast by clicking here. 🙏
The paradigm with which a person is identified is like a rubberband. With new insights, the paradigm can be stretched, and though the stretching may feel very good, the rubberband-like identity springs right back to where it was. Through the years it has astounded me to witness how adamant people are about their paradigm identities. So many times people have come up to me, after one of my lectures thrilled them, to say they have been looking for those teachings their whole life and that they would never miss another lecture or class. Then they walk out the lecture hall door, snap back into their old paradigm identity, never to be seen again!
Maharishi Patanjali said it so well: The Chit (storehouse of impressions) is as if etched in stone. The resultant paradigm is fixed and inflexible. Yet as one evolves, one becomes more flexible and can align with the paradigm that best serves the moment. To truly embrace the Ancient Secrets of the Masters is to become flexible—to easily embrace other paradigms.
Ancient paradigms involved the principle of mapping in very profound ways. Havans and pPujas are based upon the principle. Ancient technologies apply the principle. Mount Soma is built upon the mapping principle of how a city/community can be constructed in a manner to map onto the country. To heal the country is to build and operate that community.
It has been remarkable to experience how powerful that technology, the mapping, is. To build Mount Soma, we followed the ancient vastu guidelines and anyone at Mount Soma who follows the news can see how powerful that connection is. As Mount Soma flourishes, the country will flourish. This is what the ancients taught and it is what we are in the process of accomplishing.
To learn more about about the Ancient Secrets, please join us in the podcast series, Ancient Secrets Revealed, by clicking here.
A dear friend sent the following to me just yesterday and felt I should post something about it ASAP. I have edited it only to remove names in order to protect their confidentiality:
“My father told me about brainwashing techniques from his days in the military. If you were to read down a checklist, there would be a lot of things checked off that apply to cult activities we have been confronted by in recent days. For example, separate people from their normally trusted people, create breaches in all of their supportive or close relationships, talk to them unceasingly with the ideas you want them to believe, Praise them regularly, make them feel special…Make the authority, the enemy, so any super that was there will be undermined. Yeah. It’s a whole process. Pretty creepy stuff.”
I have discussed this sort of thing in my classes a number of times through the years. I must admit that in India I met such a group and their leader. They can at first be remarkably enticing, fascinating, and alluring. At first, I wanted to hear more. But at some point early on, like a flash out of the darkness, it is as if I woke up and saw so plainly what was going on. The mind control that happens creeps in seemingly harmlessly. The techniques are powerful, yet subtle and seemingly so beneficial. In fact, they are seemingly lifes panacea… the cure all for humanity.
I have told the story of ‘mystical manipulators’ who would do miraculous ‘healings’ that changed peoples lives and seemed to immediately lift them to higher states of consciousness. The manipulations can have incredibly compelling and hallucinatory effects. People see colors, have feelings of euphoria, see God everywhere, and believe they have just been given Gods greatest gift. We may wonder how anyone of any psychological stability could be manipulated and taken in so easily. It can happen seemingly unnoticed and feel like what you have been looking for.
There is of course, such a thing as spiritual growth and even enlightenment. I remember back in the 70s when I was giving a talk about it, a guy jumped up and said he knew exactly what I was talking about and it happened to him when on one of his LSD trips. There are a myriad of ways cults induce such beliefs and feelings into their followers. Just like the guy on LSD, they think they just became enlightened!
It is important to realize that these leaders are usually not intentionally malevolent. In fact they too have been intoxicated with the very things they offer. They truly believe the things they promote are good. A powerful collusion exists with them and within their group.
Often the potential followers are coerced into believing that their current mentors are wrong, foolish, misguided, or even ill intended, etc. They are thusly segregated from their previous support group. They become convinced that their previous bonds are, in fact, their enemies.
Interestingly enough, people outside those groups when they pass by them on the street often easily and obviously see and feel the cultish ‘vibe’ and are instantly off put by those groups. They see the group followers tagging along behind the leader, hanging onto the words of his alleged sermons from God.
I have in the past mentioned how they offer ‘instant enlightenment’ or ‘enlightenment in 30 days’.
Commonly, the leader is highly charismatic, a ‘smooth operator’, loving, kind and seemingly nonaggressive, attentive, innocent, and harmless. They shower their followers and potential followers with praise, telling them what they want to hear. Perhaps, for example, telling them they are already one of the ‘enlightened few’ or if not, then they are soon to be if they just follow his lead.
The leaders often present themselves as ‘Gods messenger’. They claim to speak with God and offer their followers Gods personal messages to them. They offer to teach the followers how they too can talk with God. Those not taken in by such leaders often immediately see the masks and overlays those leaders are living. Certainly, their sugar coated behavior is not what spiritual attainment means.
Chanting is a tool they misuse to induce hallucinatory states of happiness and health. Often, they promote chanting as their primary tool of spiritual growth. The followers are indoctrinated into reaching to live ‘outside of their bodies’ in a mirage of heaven above. It creates unity and loyalty within the group and to the leader. They come to believe that nobody else knows or understands God. Enraptured euphoria is the common enticement.
This is very spooky stuff. We all do well to be very careful in our lives. As Adi Shankara said, the spiritual path is the path of discernment. Things need to make sense. As is said, things that seem too good to be true, are just that. Flashy experiences and promises of quick enlightenment can be very tempting but are to be avoided. The spiritual path is wisely likened to traversing a razors edge or passing through the eye of a needle. Think, think, think. Proceed wisely with your life.
There are many online links discussing this. Here is one example:
Everything maps onto everything else. To look out over the night sky is to look out to the entire universe. Yet it revolves around a single point—the pole star (north star). Taking a closer look, the handle of the seven-starred big dipper points to the pole star. As the seasons change, the dipper rotates 360 degrees around the pole star. The dipper’s new position in each of the four seasons creates the swastika shape (andthe cross of Christianity) with the center, the pole star, being the heart and soul of the universe. This maps onto (correlates with) the central core of each and every individual.
The Rishi value (the central core, the Knower, you) is the finest fabric of the soul, your essence. The Rishis can be sensed above the head. However, if the relationship with that is not healthy, it can be a terrible distraction. More importantly the Rishi quality can be experienced deep within your being, the soul, the Jiva. The Rishis then, are the laws of nature (Dharma) that are the most refined quality of nature that comprises the Jiva (individual soul). So it is through the Rishis within that the depth of the Self–and through that, God–are known.
Our lives revolve around that one point, the essence of our being, the depth of our soul, the Jiva. Like a two-sided coin, the Jiva is the deepest aspect of our being still in relative existence. The other side of that coin is called the Atman, the (Bindu) point gateway to the Absolute Transcendental Source of all that is, i.e. God. To access the Divine is to know God through the Jiva. That is the meaning of “the kingdom of heaven dwells within.” The totality of existence dwells within you. As said in the Bhagavad Gita, all the Gods dwell within you.
Yet it is the syndrome of humanity that people look outside of themselves to find God. The mapping is that God dwells outside of us, over our heads and above. Though that mapping has validity, it leads so many astray. Such echoes of Truth, perceived as Truth, hold Truth at bay. It becomes an enticing astral level of spirituality. Worship of God then, so easily goes out of balance and becomes a life-consuming, intoxicating distraction. Indeed, the longing for God often reaches outside ourselves. Yet as the Gita and the Bible both say, the kingdom of heaven dwells within.
To find God is to refine and strengthen our experience of the Jiva, the Rishi value, the Self. It is an inward process, not an outward one. It is, of course, fine and feels nurturing, healing, and fantastic to sing the praise of God as outside and above us, but the evolutionary process is in the opposite direction, namely within. Over-emphasis of the outward direction then pulls us away from the God we feel we are reaching toward. To outwardly sing the praises of God on a Sunday afternoon in your church or temple is wonderful and is one thing. To turn it into your daily practice is quite another. God is actually revealed by the Self, to the Self, and through the Self, i.e. the Jiva.
This is why it is taught that we repeat Mantras silently. This directs the awareness to and through the Jiva, the Rishi value. Within the depth of our being, we already are One with God. We already know the Rishis. We can all sense that to some degree, though may say it in different ways. So when a Mantra is repeated silently, even if the pronunciation, rhythm, etc. are not exact, the deep physiology with the Jiva corrects it.
It is said in the Shastras that ten rules of proper pronunciation must be followed to prevent any distortion to be driven into the physiology. In fact, the Vedangas are said to be dedicated to that topic. To sing the praises of God on occasion is beautiful and fine but the actual regular daily practice is to be done silently. Also, it is best to leave the outward recitation to trained Pandits and those raised with proper enunciation. In fact, to hear Westerners try to speak out Sanskrit words can have a coarse feel to it. That is why in the temple, it is best to listen to those whose physiologies and dictions have been cultured from childhood to pronounce Vedic recitations properly. Yet at the same time, reaching outward for God can fill the heart and feel so nurturing and alluring… echoes of Truth holding Truth at bay. The path to God is indeed elusive and subtle, like traversing the razor’s edge, or passing through the eye of the needle.
We see in most every religion the reaching outside of ourselves for the Divine. Some call it being born again. Some call it attaining enlightenment, Bhakti, or Nirvana. Some say through that, God walks with them and talks with them and heals their body, mind, and life. They say they are saved. Unchecked, it hooks, intoxicates, and becomes the source of fanaticism foundational to so many religious practices.
With meditation and the Advanced Techniques, the experience of the Jiva (the Rishi value) is refined and strengthened. It does not promise instant enlightenment. Human evolution is a cultivation, not an detonation. Steady hand on the rudder. Staying on the path with distraction-free rationality is the key. The brain has two aspects… loving heart (Bhakti) and rational mind (Gyana). As illustrated in the Gita, true Bhakti comes once Gyana is solid. Know your Jiva through the Rishi value. Know God through your Jiva. JivoDevaha means the two sides of the one coin: Jiva (the Self, i.e. the Rishi value) and the Atman (Deva, God).
We are but tiny ships navigating the winds and waves of Karma on the ocean of existence. The Law of Karma is the law that determines for every action, there is an equal, but opposite, reaction. What goes around comes around. As you sow, so shall ye reap. Most believe their Karma is acting upon them from outside. Most fancy their thoughts and emotions to be their own. Yet most of people’s Karma is between their ears and in their hearts, setting their sails in whatever direction it does.
Facts are just dots on a page. How people’s hearts and minds connect those dots determines their image of others—of the world. Anything can be and is justified with the intellect. Anything can be and is justified with the emotions. Karma weaves the webs people call life. Karma weaves the webs people call truth. Karma weaves the webs people call justice. Though Karma is God’s Will, Karma is only half of God’s Will.
The other half is accessible to the extent that people’s hearts and minds are free from Karma. Some call it the Divine Spark within. Some call it the Transcendent. Some call it the Kingdom of Heaven.
It is not enough to think you are free. It is not enough to feel you are free. It is usually just people’s Karma that makes them think and feel they are free.
To find that place of Divine and True Freedom is to transcend this world of Karma. Divinity lies beyond thoughts and emotions. Yet, Divinity is the source of thoughts and emotions that emerge unaltered or altered by the winds and waves of Karma.
Projections of inner negativity (conviction, anger, judgement, fear, etc.) are the waves and winds of karmic currents that direct and twist the fate of people’s thoughts and emotions.
Divinity and Karma are the two aspects of God’s Will which entwine to form the world… through people and by people, and therein act upon people.
Jyotish charts are the complex maps of Karma. The world’s karmic map has, of late, shown severe winds and churning waves. But the time is coming when people will live from a place within, beyond the touch of Karma. The time is coming when people can walk through the world of Karma, but not lose Themselves to Karma. The time is coming when people will be established in the silent Divine Depth of the ocean of existence. True peace, harmony, love, and freedom lie beyond the choppy waves of karmic existence that most call life. Looking to the surface to find the Divine, though common and understandable, is an emotional fantasy. Divinity, though permeating the surface, dwells deeper. Thoughts and emotions are, at best, echoes of Truth which, held too tightly, hold Truth at bay.
It is up to the individual to transcend: to access the depth within. to be “without the three Gunas”, called karmic life, and “take the mind to infinity” as Krishna declared in the Bhagavad Gita. to no longer lose one’s self to the maze of karmic thoughts and emotions. to no longer behave as dictated by Karma’s polarizing convictions of good and bad. to stop reaching to emotional images of God as a substitute for the true Divinity of God. The time is coming to know thy true Self.
It is called wisdom. It is called maturity. It is called Divine. It is called Good Will toward all.
It is so very uplifting and beautiful when the temple is filled with people chanting. It permeates the temple and cultures the heart with an exquisite feeling of sublime spirituality and devotion to God. It is nice that some of the Mount Soma residents have been exploring and enjoying chanting. Like many things, whether or not one chooses to chant is certainly a personal choice, but if done wisely it can be beneficial. Like everything, it boils down to ‘healthy relationship with’. I recently discussed chanting with Pandit Prasad and we offer the following:
The healing benefits of chanting can be particularly enjoyed if there are psychological, energetic, or emotional blocks. Clearing such blocks through chanting can, of course, be highly beneficial and open the physiology and energy system with numerous benefits possible. Some find such benefits through other pathways… for example, dance, singing, various forms of yoga or healing, personal relationships, etc.
When people are meditating regularly for a long period of time, impurities can get stirred up as they clear out of the physiology. Things like chanting, exercise, etc. can help clear them and the resultant experiences can then be quite desirable, even dramatic. Of course, that is an individual matter. Some will take to and derive benefit from one thing. Others will take to another based upon physiological needs and personal affinities.
At times, the result of adding exercise, chanting, or diet change can be truly dramatic. We just need to keep them in the context of the nature and structure of life and existence, such as we have discussed in the school. In our enthusiasm, when we start a new practice, it is best to not go overboard. Of course, such enthusiasm is understandable, though it is always best when we come back into balance.
As with all new practices, there are certain guidelines we do well to note:
Chanting for some can result in excess emotional indulgence which can turn a person into what is often called a “bliss ninny.” Then they begin to judge another person’s level of enlightenment based upon “bliss ninny” standards. This is common in many religions and social groups. Those who behave in a certain manner are considered more ‘spiritually evolved.’ Of course, we know that another person’s level of consciousness cannot be judged based upon the surface or upon our own personal affinities.
When the heart is overly enlivened (as described in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine), it can distort perception. When blocks are cleared and emotions are excessively indulged, people can blur emotions with enlightenment. That can become an obstacle to true spiritual growth. Getting emotional about union with God can be confused with deeper union which transcends emotions. In such a case, chanting (like other things) can become a distraction that pulls people away from a deeper spiritual path. Discernment can be compromised.
We also do well to remember the elevator analogy: when you have been meditating and evolving rapidly, it is like climbing high in an elevator. If you take a moment to look at the view from that height, it is spectacular. So the inclination can be to stay with that level, be distracted by it, and hesitate to go back to what got you to that level in the first place. As a result, you can cease to continue climbing in the elevator to even higher levels.
It is as if for many years we have been cultivating a beautiful garden with fruit trees, etc. Then, if we pick a fruit and enjoy it, we may think it is the fruit that gave the gift. Actually, of course, the real gift is the cultivation that bore the fruit, not the picking of the fruit. Years of meditation and study make many fruits available, and the physiology of meditators becomes like ripe fruit. Various practices you then employ can pick the wonderful fruits we have been cultivating.
Excess chanting can even create a hypnotic state of euphoria. For that reason, some temples in India do not allow certain groups of people following such a path to even enter the temple. As stated earlier, those hypnotic states can lead a person to believe they are getting enlightened, when actually they are being misled. After spending time in India, many people become acutely aware of all sorts of practices done in the name of spiritual growth, that are more truly forms of mind manipulation. They could be forms of chanting, healing, or various spiritual practices. That is why I like to recommend: “Safety first!”
Bottom line: Like everything else, it is a matter of ‘relationship with’. Better to have a good relationship with a bad thing (i.e., staying away from it), than a bad relationship with a good thing (for example, excessive indulgence in it or emphasis upon it).
Remember that the deepest level of Bhakti transcends emotions. Bhakti is rooted in the transcendental depth of your being. Personally, I most cherish the experience of Bhakti I enjoy in deep meditation. However, I also love listening to, and being swept away by, the feeling evoked when the visitors chant at temple gatherings. When Pandits gather and chant together, it is exquisite.
So, if you enjoy chanting, do so wisely and be sure the Mantras you use, and the amount and ways you use them is done properly. If you are at Mount Soma, it is wise to take advantage of the opportunityto have it monitored. Panditji and I are asking that you allow us to do so. If you would like to chant, please let us know what you would like to do, so Panditji and I can confer with one another and offer our assistance. Then, with our blessings, if you like chanting and feel you are getting benefit from it, ENJOY!
A friend in India emailed me saying that there is a movement in India, saying, “a new concept is fast moving here, that is one earth one religion.”
I responded by saying that religions are 1/2 spiritual and 1/2 cultural. The idea of ONE religion is not correct. There is one central God, worshipped differently in different cultures. Even polytheistic religions recognize that all the Gods are aspects of the One. However, whitewashing the world is not correct. Multinational corporations tried to do that decades ago. It was a huge failure.
Cultural integrity is a good thing. Yet, racism is cultural integrity gone insane. As humanity evolves, religions will honor and respect one another. They will live in harmony and mutual support, not opposition or friction. It will be the laws of Mother Nature that determine which religion flourishes in which part of the world… not the laws of men. The laws of nature differ in different regions of the world. The laws of nature, for example, differ on mountain tops versus desserts. Cultures culture the lives of the people to live in harmony with nature. Mother Nature cultures each culture. When we live in foreign lands, we honor the culture of that land, while maintaining the integrity of our personal lives.
I was born and raised Christian. Yet, I have learned of the tremendous value of Vedic wisdom, knowledge, and technology. All humanity can benefit from those Vedic principles. Similarly, all humanity can benefit from science. But it is not right thinking to believe we must abandon our cultural integrity to benefit from things Vedic or scientific.
There will, and should always be, differing affinities and faiths throughout the world. That is natural and good. Peace, love, and harmony will only arise from Unity in the midst of diversity. We must learn to live together in harmony on all levels of life: family, neighborhood, community, society, nation, continent, and world.