Tuesday, 29 December 2015

DROP YOUR FEAR OF DOING THE WRONG THING WHEN YOU CHANT OR RECITE



One curious fact about the requests handled on this blog site is the huge number of emails along the lines of "Is it alright to..." or "I'm worried that God will be angry if..." and this has become so prevalent it is almost like a modern disease!

Was it always so? Did people always have such a lack of confidence in God, such a warped view of the Divine that they think they will be severely punished for chanting texts incorrectly, without "permission"? In this age, I fear it may be so. It is hard for an old man like me to look back in the past to see if I, too, had that sort of worry that I would say and do the wrong thing... desecrating inadvertedly a holy text or scripture. Perhaps I did, many years ago.

When your mind, body and spirit are riddled with impurities, and you finally get to a point of wanting to do something about it, then all sorts of fears naturally arise. You feel in a secret kind of a way unclean, not worthy of reciting or practising, but there is also an impulse that drives you on. So what soul be the easiest decision to make ... "I shall turn my soul back to God", rapidly and almost from the outset gets tied up in knots.

We also at the start tend to approach this kind of intention rather like a New Years Resolution, a decision to get fit and lose weight, say. We want results fast, we have an unrealistic expectation that a few minutes of japa or chanting or sitting quietly is going to solve all our problems. Instead, up comes the fear we are doing "it" wrongly, we lose hope and it all tails away, and next comes the belief "ah well, I'm too wordly anyway..."

Now just remember that your idea of God will be made up of your own mental projections, which tend to be impure. The Divine light is hidden behind many, many veils, and when we start off, our image of the Divine can be a sort of false cardboard image of a terrifying judge, angry, looking for each and every infraction, just waiting to punish you for your misdeeds. You may pay lip-service to God being in fact built of pure Love, but somehow the thought of a merciful, understanding, compassionate Divine presence slips away from you.

So please understand that one of the very first tasks in sadhana is to have courage. You need courage to confront all the false mental projections you have built up of a punishing deity.

Along with courage, comes determination, and wisdom. All three are needed so that you can ultimately stand on your own two feet in sadhana, forge your own unique path to God, and sing your very own soul's song. That is what God wants from you - your song, not anyone else's.

The way to a more spiritual life is actually much easier at first than you think, if you stick at it. The difficult tests lie ahead, when you have begun to build up an inner strength and determination. All this takes time, but few in this modern age understand how time actually works. 

Do not lose heart, either. A humble and contrite heart is all you need to approach your Divine Mother and Father. You do not have to pretend about this, or put on a great show of being a sinner etc etc and then carrying on what you normally do.

There maybe someone out there who needs to hear these words, and decides to follow the Divine light, however dim or faint the rays seem. This rare person will be impelled, will be led to sadhana in a gentle but certain way. There is always a path before you leading to higher awareness. we all have a certain inner beacon, a sort of homing instinct to get back to our source. 

Don't be lazy, too, or helpless. Above all: do not be a coward in sadhana. Set out and stick to your determination. Read the 50 sankalpas to spiritual success posted in October 2015. Go forward! Go forward! God will unfailingly help you, each and every time! 


Friday, 25 December 2015

A DIVINE MOTHER PRAYER TO RECITE EVERY DAY



This Christmas Day 2015, a day of peace on earth in the west, when the incessant traffic is finally stilled, and when people of faith of all religions turn to thank God for the constant birth of goodness and love on this troubled planet of ours.

My solitary day has been spent so far in prayer and meditation, but I wanted to share for all lovers of Divine Mother in whatever form you worship, a beautiful prayer composed by the great Swami Sivananda. He wrote, or more accurately dictated, prolifically. Like Ramakrishna and Vivekananda before him, he was a great universalist, worshipping God in 1000 forms. What a wonderful saint and teacher he was!

Anyway, onto the prayer. For those who this is intended for, you will find these words absolutely begging to be spoken from your heart and lips. Make it a daily habit to pray these words, translate them into your own mother tongue... Whatever makes them easy and natural to say. But say them softly, when you and the Divine are alone together.

SIVANANDA'S PRAYER TO DIVINE MOTHER

Oh adorable Mother of love and compassion!
Thou art the Heart of my heart;
Thou art the Life of my life;
Thou art the Light of this world.

I am Thy child, O Mother dear!
I think and sing of Thee alone;
I weep and pray to Thee alone;
I behold Thee in every form.

Thou art the source of life and light;
Thou art the light of my eyes;
Thou art the Shakti of Lord Shiva;
Thou art Lakshmi and Sarasvati.

I take my refuge in Thee alone;
Thou art my Mother dear;
Where else can I seek shelter
When I am in trouble and distress?

I find solace when I sing Thy name;
I get peace when I think of Thee;
I get power when I remember Thee;
I find joy in Thy radiant smile.

This path is thorny and slippery, O Mother!
I tumble and fall down at every step.
When I cry out to Thee... Lift me up.

I feel Thygrace and gentle touch.
Remove my veil and show Thy form, Mother!
Take me to Thy bosom and remove all obstacles.
Make me fearless and desireless;
Let me abide in Thee for ever and ever!

Monday, 14 December 2015

THE COMING AGE




What truly wonderful beings we are, what truly wonderful things are around us, some hidden, some clear to all! We are surrounded by goodness and the awesome power of love. This is no abstract word you write on a greetings card, but in fact the strongest force in the universe. Nothing can withstand love, because this is the unadorned power of the Divine realms, it is the language of God. 

We live in an unprecedented time in Earth's evolution, a time of enormous evolutionary changes, hardly sensed by most of the population, but if you even have a hint of deeper sight, you will know it and feel it. And many masters, many teachers have told us to be alive, aware, connected to the Divine at this point in Earth's history. 

Yet when we look out at all the world, at the cruelties, barbarism, greed and pollution that is there wherever our gaze rests, it is easy to dismiss this sense of impending beauty and transformation and just think that evil is triumphant, goodness betrayed and twisted at every turn of events. 

so, from one viewpoint, all glimmers with golden promise and a secret quickening of the spiritual heart. From another, all is dismay, bondage, and oppression. mankind as never before has the ability to destroy himself and most of life on this planet, and seems bent on doing just that.

The true start in my own spiritual journey, probably years before most of you were born, began with a study of all sorts of movements which described a coming age very different from the one we live in. This was not just in western culture, but in Vedic teachings as well - both Maharishi and Yogananda were firm proponents of great times to come. Sivananda's great enlightened disciple Chidananda said similar things, that we were living in a particular time where spirituality would flower, where this time could allow deep unfolding in all of us, if we apply ourselves.

But for me, real life got in the way after early years as a meditation teacher, and this dull grey blanket descended, almost snuffing out the bright of light I had when in my early 20s. But lately, 40 years on, that sense that we are at a tremendous threshold, a turning point, has resurfaced.

There is no apparent outward reason for this. In fact since those idealistic days now 40 years ago, much that is bad has spread across the globe. The list is long: we failed to stop wars. The fall of Communism and its rigid regimes soon brought an entirely new threat - the current savage clash of cultures centred on instability in the Middle East, matched against the rise of a western culture that was at times so vacuous, so greedy and senseless and ultimately so brutal that it takes the breath away. We could never have thought up the internet, yet when it appeared this wonderful tool  brought not harmony and goodness but a further wave of evil, cheating, and scamming across the globe. Pethaps saddest of all:  the greater personal freedoms won in the twentieth century has become a sort of excuse for self indulgence, vanity, egotism, and lack of care for your neighbour.

Nevertheless... a tide is rising. 

Which brings me to the words of the great Bulgarian Master Peter Deunov, about whom I've written many times on this blog. I had no idea he had given the prophecy given below, not long before his death, which is copied below from the internet, until a week or so ago. 

I will leave you to ponder his words. Read them carefully. Now he wrote or spoke all this in the 1940s, and there have been other prophecies from other teachers. There is no point in scaring yourself but the message is simple: do spiritual discipline! Turn your life to good before it is too late. There is a story of a man who one day came running to the Master's house and begged an interview. This man had spent most of his life wavering between a very worldly life and a bit of spirituality. He never got to see Peter Deunov. Instead, the Master sent a quiet message: "Tell him, the concert is already over." He missed the opportunity to turn his life to better purposes. Do not you be like him. 

The Age to come

During the passage of time, the consciousness of man traversed a very long period of obscurity. This phase which the Hindus call "Kali Yuga", is on the verge of ending. We find ourselves today at the frontier between two epochs: that of Kali Yuga and that of the New Era that we are entering. A gradual improvement is already occurring in the thoughts, sentiments and acts of humans, but everybody will soon be subjugated to divine Fire, that will purify and prepare them in regards to the New Era. Thus man will raise himself to a superior degree of consciousness, indispensable to his entrance to the New Life. That is what one understands by "Ascension". 

Some decades will pass before this Fire will come, that will transform the world by bringing it a new moral. This immense wave comes from cosmic space and will inundate the entire earth. All those that attempt to oppose it will be carried off and transferred elsewhere.  Although the inhabitants of this planet do not all find themselves at the same degree of evolution, the new wave will be felt by each one of us. And this transformation will not only touch the Earth, but the ensemble of the entire Cosmos. The best and only thing that man can do now is to turn towards God and improve himself consciously, to elevate his vibratory level, so as to find himself in harmony with the powerful wave that will soon submerge him.

The Fire of which I speak, that accompanies the new conditions offered to our planet, will rejuvenate, purify, reconstruct everything: the matter will be refined, your hearts will be liberated from anguish, troubles, incertitude, and they will become luminous; everything will be improved, elevated; the thoughts, sentiments and negative acts will be consumed and destroyed.

Your present life is a slavery, a heavy prison. Understand your situation and liberate yourself from it. I tell you this: exit from your prison! It is really sorry to see so much misleading, so much suffering, so much incapacity to understand where one's true happiness lies. Everything that is around you will soon collapse and disappear.

Nothing will be left of this civilization nor its perversity; the entire earth will be shaken and no trace will be left of this erroneous culture that maintains men under the yoke of ignorance. Earthquakes are not only mechanical phenomen, their goal is also to awaken the intellect and the heart of humans, so that they liberate themselves from their errors and their follies and that they understand that they are not the only ones in the universe.

Our solar system is now traversing a region of the Cosmos where a constellation that was destroyed left its mark, its dust. This crossing of a contaminated space is a source of poisoning, not only for the inhabitants of the earth, but for all the inhabitants of the other planets of our galaxy. Only the suns are not affected by the influence of this hostile environment. This region is called "the thirteenth zone"; one also calls it "the zone of contradictions".

Our planet was enclosed in this region for thousands of years, but finally we are approaching the exit of this space of darkness and we are on the point of attaining a more spiritual region, where more evolved beings live.

The earth is now following an ascending movement and everyone should force themselves to harmonize with the currents of the ascension. Those who refuse to subjugate themselves to this orientation will lose the advantage of good conditions that are offered in the future to elevate themselves. They will remain behind in evolution and must wait tens of millions of years for the coming of a new ascending wave.  The earth, the solar system, the universe, all are being put in a new direction under the impulsion of Love.

 Most of you still consider Love as a derisory force, but in reality, it is the greatest of all forces! Money and power continue to be venerated as if the course of your life depended upon it. In the future, all will be subjugated to Love and all will serve it.

But it is through suffering and difficulties that the consciousness of man will be awakened. The terrible predictions of the prophet Daniel written in the bible relate to the epoch that is opening. There will be floods, hurricanes, gigantic fires and earthquakes that will sweep away everything. Blood will flow in abundance. There will be revolutions; terrible explosions will resound in numerous regions of the earth. 

There where there is earth, water will come, and there where there is water, earth will come.
God is Love; yet we are dealing here with a chastisement, a reply by Nature against the crimes perpetrated by man since the night of time against his Mother; the Earth. After these sufferings, those that will be saved, the elite, will know the Golden Age, harmony and unlimited beauty.


Thus keep your peace and your faith when the time comes for suffering and terror, because it is written that not a hair will fall from the head of the just. Don't be discouraged, simply follow your work of personal perfection. You have no idea of the grandiose future that awaits you. A New Earth will soon see day.

In a few decades the work will be less exacting, and each one will have the time to consecrate spiritual, intellectual and artistic activities. The question of rapport between man and woman will be finally resolved in harmony; each one having the possibility of following their aspirations.

The relations of couples will be founded on reciprocal respect and esteem. Humans will voyage through the different planes of space and breakthrough intergalactic space. They will study their functioning and will rapidly be able to know the Divine World, to fusion with the Head of the Universe.

The New Era is that of the sixth race. Your predestination is to prepare yourself for it, to welcome it and to live it. The sixth race will build itself around the idea of Fraternity. There will be no more conflicts of personal interests; the single aspiration of each one will be to conform himself to the Law of Love. The sixth race will be that of Love.

The earth will remain a terrain favourable to struggle, but the forces of darkness will retreat and the earth will be liberated from them. Humans seeing that there is no other path will engage themselves to the path of the New Life, that of salvation. In their senseless pride, some will, to the end hope to continue on earth a life that the Divine Order condemns, but each one will finish by understanding that the direction of the world doesn't belong to them.

A new culture will see the light of day, it will rest on three principal foundations: the elevation of woman, the elevation of the meek and humble, and the protection of the rights of man. The light, the good, and justice will triumph; it is just a question of time.

The earth will soon be swept by extraordinary rapid waves of Cosmic Electricity. A few decades from now beings who are bad and lead others astray will not be able to support their intensity. They will thus be absorbed by Cosmic Fire that will consume the bad that they possess. Then they will repent because it is written that "each flesh shall glorify God".  Our mother, the earth, will get rid of men that don't accept the New Life. She will reject them like damaged fruit.

They will soon not be able to reincarnate on this planet; criminals included. Only those that possess Love in them will remain. There is not any place on earth that is not dirtied with human or animal blood; she must therefore submit to a purification. And it is for this that certain continents will be immersed while others will surface. Men do not suspect to what dangers they are menaced by.

They continue to pursue futile objectives and to seek pleasure. On the contrary those of the sixth race will be conscious of the dignity of their role and respectful of each one's liberty. They will nourish themselves exclusively from products of the vegetal realm. Their ideas will have the power to circulate freely as the air and light of our days.The words "If you are not born again." apply to the sixth race.

After the Tribulations, men will cease to sin and will find again the path of virtue. The climate of our planet will be moderated everywhere and brutal variations will no longer exist. The air will once again become pure, the same for water. The parasites will disappear. Men will remember their previous incarnations and they will feel the pleasure of noticing that they are finally liberated from their previous condition.

In the same manner that one gets rid of the parasites and dead leaves on the vine, so act the evolved Beings to prepare men to serve the God of Love. They give to them good conditions to grow and to develop themselves, and to those that want to listen to them, they say: "Do not be afraid! Still a little more time and everything will be all right; you are on the good path. May he that wants to enter in the New Culture study, consciously work and prepare."

Thanks to the idea of Fraternity, the earth will become a blessed place, and that will not wait. But before, great sufferings will be sent to awaken the consciousness. Sins accumulated for thousands of years must be redeemed. The ardent wave emanating from On High will contribute in liquidating the karma of peoples.  The liberation can no longer be postponed. Humanity must prepare itself for great trials that are inescapable and are coming to bring an end to egoism.Under the earth, something extraordinary is preparing itself. A revolution that is grandiose and completely inconceivable will manifest itself soon in nature. God has decided to redress the earth, and He will do it! It is the end of an epoch; a new order will substitute the old, an order in which Love will reign on earth." 

Peter Deunov- Propos on the Future 1944 Adaptation: Olivier de Rouvroy - September 2003