The challenge of Kali Yuga is that you are led to believe Kali Yuga does not touch you, but instead, is about everyone and everything other than you and the select few with whom you see eye to eye.
Most of your karma is in your mind and in your heart. It is a trance, a mirage, an illusion. To live better, you must look deeper, deeper, and ever deeper.
I am here… I can help you with that… if only you are willing to look beyond your current identity.
Look inside. Your potential is infinite.
Jai Śiva Śaṅkara
Hello Brahmarshi, it has been a while since writing last, but I have continued to follow and pray for your guidance and keep your teachings close to my heart. For me, I have to say, I feel more vulnerable to my karmic tendencies and aware of Kali Yuga more than ever. When you honestly try to move ahead in life or grow into a person of more unity with God, it is then that you realize that you are not really calling the shots. My life is so full of my karma, the karma of those I hold close to me, and the karma and projection from others that know me and hold opinions of me. On top of all that we live in this time of Kali Yuga which seems to support the Denisity of karmic energy we live in. I am moving forward, and although my sentiment so far may not reflect, but I am an extremely lucky and blessed man with a beautiful wife and 1 year old daughter, and supportive family. But, am I the master of my destiny? It is tough to say yes. The stumbling blocks seem mostly self imposed. I also feel the pull an influence of a greater group consciousness that definitely has an impact as well. I know you are there in Mount Soma, but I am here in New Bedford, MA and be it karma or Kali Yuga that is not going to change. Really it’s not. The karma is thick and it seems as though that’s just how life is. Thanks for listening. Erik
Meditate regularly. Come to visit me if/when you can. Read the blogs carefully and reflect.
All is well.
No matter how many times I hear this message, every time it is relevant. Although I get it conceptually and can name examples every day, the illusion catches me again and again… Of course it is still easier to see others falling for the illusion again and again 🙂 — but then I know just have again as well! Thank you for all the reminders.
Aha, I just came across this quote:
“Don’t mix up that which is habitual with that which is natural.” – Gandhi
It speaks to both the elusive nature of distinguishing between the two, and the value of the distinction.
How do we SO EASILY mistake the habitual for the natural? Just because we’ve rationalized whatever is familiar so that the world around us (through our distorted view) can seem to make sense? But we are limited by our (lack of) understanding. Still, our assumptions frame the reality we experience, like a self-fulfilling prophecy. I guess this is the psychological and cultural aspect of things, though there are other angles… like it being the age of Kali Yuga. Hmm. It is interesting how our consciousness (and its evolutionary state) and the nature of the times are so interconnected. In a way, they are the micro- and macroscopic aspects of the same thing. But they also influence each other like two separate operators. (Right?)
I’m still baffled by how easily the distinction between illusion and reality seems obvious but is missed. I suppose as soon as I say “Oh, I get it!” I have lost it. Ha! Does it get easier as we progress, or sometimes harder when the distinctions are finer? I suppose it becomes less mental/conceptual and more physiological… so less habitual and more natural?
Erik: Since it has been a few days since your last comment, I don’t even know if you will read this. I hope you do.
My comment is both a thank you and a humble sharing of sorts. First, thank you for your clearly heartfelt sentiments and for how clearly and concisely your share them. Many of the points you make seem to be a reflection of my own experience.
I too am a distance from Mt. Soma. Geographically our distance is the same. I live in Plymouth, MA. More importantly though, I never seem to know how far I am from Mt. Soma spiritually. It feels like a great distance. Ironically, my reality is that I am in a position where I can go fairly often, and yet I hardly ever do. Although, no one has influenced me more in my life than Brahmarshi and nothing has more meaning for me than his teachings.
I have been a student off and on for over 10 years now. However, for over 50 years, I have been addicted to my illusions and my sanskara. This in the form of betrayal resulting in a strong reluctance to trust, especially spiritual leaders.
Kali Yuga, projections or karma, what I call it doesn’t seem to matter. I think what matters for both of us is exactly what Brahmarshi says read, reflect and meditate. And at least for me…trust. If you ever feel like talking in MA I am glad to listen. Again, thank you so much for sharing your feelings.
Well said Joy Anna,
I will take your questions to be rhetorical.
Your insights and prospectives are good.
Just wanted to thank Bill for his kind response. I guess my sentiment is more or less that the world around us, by in large, is so invested in the “illusion”. My exposure to Brahmarshi’s teachings and energy has opened up my heart and mind to a greater awareness. While my self awareness has evolved, I have to say that the karma and samskaras seem to remain. How I interact with that aspect of myself and move through my life’s karma has been an aspect of personal growth that I have felt great help from Brahmarshi in experiencing. My thoughts are with the concept of Kali Yuga and the influence of group consciousness, world consciousness, work consciousness, family consciousness, self consciousness, you get the picture. I don’t know about you guys, but my “world” is not currently very supportive to a Vedic understanding of spiritual growth and evolution, of any understanding of spiritual growth really. I mean mediation is something a few people have tried at yoga class. It’s just tough, I mean even from a Christian approach, monks have been meditating for centuries, centering prayer they may call it, but in reality most Christians don’t really have any idea. To sum it all up Kali Yuga — The age of ignorance — myself included. I guess I should be saying myself especially. All that being said, “All is well” and life is beautiful. Thanks again Brahmarshi.