A Rolling Stone
A WANDERING SEEKER SAW A DERVISH IN A REST-HOUSE AND SAID TO HIM, 'I HAVE BEEN IN A HUNDRED CLIMES AND HAVE HEARD THE TEACHINGS OF A MULTITUDE OF MENTORS. I HAVE LEARNT HOW TO DECIDE WHEN A TEACHER IS NOT A SPIRITUAL MAN. I CANNOT TELL A GENUINE GUIDE, OR HOW TO FIND ONE, BUT HALF THE WORK COMPLETED IS BETTER THAN NOTHING.'
THE DERVISH RENT HIS GARMENTS AND SAID, 'MISERABLE MAN! BECOMING AN EXPERT ON THE USELESS IS LIKE BEING ABLE TO DETECT ROTTEN APPLES WITHOUT LEARNING THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SOUND ONES.
'BUT THERE IS A STILL WORSE POSSIBILITY BEFORE YOU. BEWARE THAT YOU DO NOT BECOME LIKE THE DOCTOR IN THE STORY.
'IN ORDER TO TEST A PHYSICIAN'S KNOWLEDGE, A CERTAIN KING SENT SEVERAL HEALTHY PEOPLE TO BE EXAMINED BY HIM. TO EACH THE DOCTOR GAVE MEDICINE. WHEN THE KING SUMMONED HIM AND CHARGED HIM WITH THIS DECEIT, THE LEECH ANSWERED, 'GREAT KING! I HAD FOR SO LONG SEEN NOBODY BUT THE AILING THAT I HAD BEGUN TO IMAGINE THAT EVERYONE WAS ILL AND MISTOOK THE BRIGHT EYES OF GOOD HEALTH FOR THE SIGNS OF FEVER!' '
EXISTENCE IS A DIALECTICS. IT DEPENDS ON POLAR OPPOSITES: man/woman, yin/yang, life/death, daylight. But the basic polarity in all the polarities is that of positive and negative. Only positive cannot exist, neither can the negative exist alone. They depend on each other. They are opposites and yet not opposites.
If you understand this, you have a great key in your hands: they are opposites and yet complement Aries, because they cannot exist without the other. The other feeds them -- negates them and feeds them. And the whole existence progresses. moves, flows, because of these two polar banks. No river can flow without these two banks.
Everything is divided into these polar opposites. They attract each other, they repel each other. Just like man and woman: they are attracted to each other and they are repelled by each other; they want to come close and they resist; they love and they hate -- and it is all together. You cannot separate them. You cannot separate love and hate because you cannot separate the positive and the negative. At the most, you can emphasize one more than the other -- that's all.
Just the other day, Yoga Chinmaya has asked a question: 'Why does man have two eyes, two ears, two lungs, two kidneys, two hands, two feet -- why two?' Because of the polarity. Your one kidney is male, your other kidney is female. Your one hemisphere of the mind is male, your other hemisphere is female. You cannot exist without this polarity. Your body will disappear. There is a constant opposition between the poles, and attraction.
One of the greatest discoveries of modern psychology is that no man is just man alone, and no woman is woman alone either. Every man has a woman within him, and every woman has a man within her.
This polarity is a must.
The mind is also
divided in two parts: the left hemisphere of the mind is male, the right
hemisphere of the mind is female. I am saying this so that I can explain to you
why there is such a phenomenon as Zen-and-Sufism -- they are polar opposites.
Zen is the path of VIA NEGATIVA; it is basically male-oriented. It is the path
of intelligence, meditation, awareness. Sufism is the path of VIA POSITIVA; it
is feminine. It is the path of love, affirmation.
The Buddhist moves by negating: This is not the truth, that is not the truth -- NETI, NETI -- neither this nor that, says Sosan. Go on negating, eliminating. When you have eliminated all, that which remains and cannot be eliminated any more is the truth.
Sufism is based on
positivity: Don't negate, don't use no, say yes. And don't search in a negative
way; move in an absolutely positive way. Don't think of the wrong, think of the
right. Don't think of illness, think of health. Don't think of thorns, think of
flowers. Don't think of ugliness, misery, think of beauty and joy.
Both are there. And you cannot use both together -- you will go mad if you use both together. That's really what happens when a man goes mad. He starts using both his polarities and both those polarities go on negating each other. That's why he becomes paralyzed in his intelligence. One has to use one; the other will be there but as a shadow, just complementary to it.
In Zen you use no, and, slowly slowly, all that is meaningless is cut from the very roots. But the meaning remains, because meaning cannot be cut. The significance remains; that is impos-sible to destroy, it is indestructible. So there is no problem! People who follow Zen reach. They reach to health by eliminating diseases. That is their way.
The Sufi way is just the opposite: it moves through the positive, through health, through yes-saying. And, slowly slowly, it arrives at the same goal. And, in a way, the path of the Sufi is more full of joy, more full of songs, because it flows through the valleys and mountains of love.
Zen flows through a desert land. The desert also has its own beauty -- the silence of it, the vastness of it, the purity of its air -- the desert has its own beauty! If you are a lover of the desert, don't be worried about it. People have reached through the desert to the ultimate. But if you are not, then there is no need to torture yourself in the desert. There are green valleys too.
Sufism moves through green valleys. Now this too is very strange, but this is how the mind functions: Sufism was born in a desert; Zen was born in a green valley. Maybe that's why it happened so. The people who live in a desert can't choose the path of Zen. They are already in a desert, tired of the desert. Outside is the expanse of desert and desert alone. They would not like to choose the inner desert too; otherwise, the polarity will be lost. Outside is desert, inside they have to create a green valley of love, of positivity. That will make things balanced. That will help the dialectical process.
Sufis talk about love, of paradise, of the garden of paradise. They think of God as the Beloved. They talk about wine; wine is their symbol. They talk about drunkenness; they are drunkards, drunkards of the divine. They abandon themselves in dance and song. They feast, they celebrate. That seems absolutely logical. Enough of the desert -- they have to balance it by an inner garden.
Buddhism was born on
the banks of the Ganges, one of the most fertile lands in the world, one of the
most beautiful, in the shadows of the
You cannot imagine Rumi not dancing. If Rumi is anything at all, he is nothing but a dance. He attained to his first samadhi by dancing continuously for thirty-six hours. He danced and danced and his ecstasy was such that hundreds of people started dancing. He created such a field of ecstasy that whosoever came to watch what had happened to him started dancing. By the time he reached his ultimate samadhi, thousands of people were dancing around him. That's how he attained. He fell on the ground for hours in utter drunkenness -- just like a drunkard! When he opened his eyes, he had seen the other world, he had brought the beyond with him.
Buddha attained to his ultimate samadhi sitting silently doing nothing -- so utterly silent that you could have thought that there was no man but just a marble statue. It is not just a coincidence that Buddha's statues were the first to be made, it started with Buddha's statues. His statues were the first, then others' statues followed. He was so statue-like. In his silence, sitting under the Bodhi Tree, he must have looked like a piece of marble: cool, white, still. The white marble became a metaphor for Buddha.
But you cannot make a statue of Rumi, because he is never for two consecutive moments in the same posture. If you want to make a statue of Rumi, you will have to make a statue of a fountain, or a willow in a strong wind. Impossible to make a statue of Rumi.
Buddha lived, was
Sufism's emphasis is on the positive. And I am talking about both Zen and Sufi. You have to choose. The choice should not be from the head; the choice should be from your totality. Feel both. Feel Sufi dancing, and feel vipassana. And whatsoever fits with you and when something fits, you will know. There will be no need to ask anybody, because it fits SO absolutely -- that it is meant for you and you are meant for it -- suddenly everything falls in tune, a great harmony arises.
Don't decide from the head, because then you can move in a wrong direction. Allow it to be decided by your total being. Feel all the possibilities -- that's why I am making all that is possible available to you, so everybody can find what suits him. Then that is your path.
And never impose your path on anybody else, never, because that may not be the path for the other. Share your joy, but never try to convert anybody to your principle. Share your experience, but never become a missionary. The word 'missionary' is dirty. Make your heart available -- if somebody wants to choose, let him choose, but don't in any way, not even indirectly, try to convert him to your doctrine.
Your experience, your sharing of the experience, is beautiful -- it is your love, it is your compassion. But your principle, your doctrine, your path, is dangerous. It may not be the other's path. And when I am saying 'the other', I don't mean the stranger -- it may be your child, it may be your wife, it may be your husband, it may be your brother. 'The other' includes ALL others -- even your child whom you have carried in your womb for nine months, who is your bone and your blood and your marrow, who has pulsated with you for nine months, but still he will have to live his own life. He comes through you, but he is not you. He has his own indi-viduality. He has to bloom in his own way. Make available all that you have experienced, all that is good and all that is bad; make your whole life open to the child, but never indoctrinate him. Never try to make him a Christian or a Hindu or a Mohammedan. Help him to move according to HIS nature. And nobody knows what is going to bloom in him. Just help him so he grows, becomes stronger. That is love.
When you start indoctrinating, that is not love, that is hate. You are afraid, you are possessive, you are ambitious, you are egoistic
You want to dominate the other through your doctrine. You want to kill the spirit of the other. You may think that you are helping, but you are not helping -- you are hindering the growth. You are only crippling the other. He will never be able to forgive you.
That's why children are never able to forgive their parents -- they have been indoctrinated, something has been forced on them. It is a kind of rape, and the worst kind: you have raped their consciousness. You have violated one of the MOST fundamental laws of life. You have interfered with their freedom. And the greatest freedom is the freedom to grow towards God, and everybody has to grow in his own way.
The rose has to offer its fragrance, and so does the marigold. The marigold need not become a rose, it cannot. The marigold has to bloom in its own way; it has to offer itself. That offering will be accepted -- only that offering is accepted which comes from your innermost core, which has roots in you.
So Zen or Sufi, you have to feel. And there is no hurry. Go on feeling. One day, suddenly, everything falls in tune, everything comes together, and the vision opens.
A WANDERING SEEKER SAW A DERVISH IN A REST-HOUSE AND SAID TO HIM, 'I HAVE BEEN IN A HUNDRED CLIMES AND HEARD THE TEACHINGS OF A MULTITUDE OF MENTORS. I HAVE LEARNT HOW TO DECIDE WHEN A TEACHER IS NOT A SPIRITUAL MAN. I CANNOT TELL A GENUINE GUIDE, OR HOW TO FIND ONE, BUT HALF THE WORK COMPLETED IS BETTER THAN NOTHING.'
THE MAN MUST HAVE BEEN deeply rooted in negativity, in negation. He could have easily become a follower of Buddha, but not a Sufi. He had a philosophic bent of mind. Doubt was his style, skepticism was his system of thought. That is not the way of the Sufi.
Each word of the story has to be understood, because these are not just stories but payables. You cannot change a single word. If you do you will change the whole texture, the whole flavor, the whole meaning of the story.
Sufis use these stories in such a way that they have many meanings. They can be understood on many levels.
A WANDERING SEEKER
A seeker is always a wanderer. Those who
really want to seek remain with a Master, they don't wander. The one who goes
on wandering is curious, greedy. He wants to know as much as he can. Hence, he
cannot stay with one Master. And these things are such that unless you stay
with one Master, in deep intimacy, with great love, you will not grow roots.
You will be a rolling stone which gathers no moss. You can go ON rolling and
rolling for ever, but you will not be enriched by your wanderings. In fact, the
more you wander, the more impoverished you will become because life is wasted,
time is wasted.
This is not the way of SAT SANG. Sufism depends very much on the intimacy with the Master. If you go on transplanting a tree from one place to another place continuously, you will kill the tree. When will it grow its roots? You have to leave it in one soil for a long enough time. If it is a seasonal flower, it's okay; it comes within weeks, and then it is gone within weeks. But if it is a cedar of Lebanon which has to live for thousands of years and which has to rise high in the sky and whisper with the clouds, then transplanting it again and again is harmful, is killing it. It is murderous.
And the soul is a cedar of Lebanon. It is not a seasonal flower. A Master is a soil. You have to become grounded in the Master. You have to spread your roots into his being, only then will you be nourished. That's what sat sang is.
If you go on
wandering, you may gather much information, you may become very knowledgeable,
obviously, but you will remain as ignorant as ever. Maybe more so, because now
you will become egoistic too. You will think 'I know' -- and you
don't know! You have gathered unnecessary baggage. You will become more and more
burdened, stuffed. But this is not real growth. Real growth is totally
different. It needs time, waiting, patience, love, intimacy, trust.
Sat sang is approaching a new birth. Being silenced. Hearing silence. Listening behind the words and forgetting them. Doing nothing, and being interior. Deeper than all expression. That is sat sang. And Sufism depends on sat sang. It depends on the intimacy with the Master. One sits with the Master, deep in the night, in the silence of the night. The Master may not speak at all, or may speak one word or two. One simply sits with the Master, feeling his presence, absorbing his presence, becoming part of his energy field. Breathing with him, pulsating with him, slowly slowly, the ego dissolves. One never comes to know when it dissolved. No overt effort is made to dissolve it. It dissolves of its own accord, just as the sun rises and the snow starts melting.
If you come to the Master, the sun has started rising. You need not do much; you are not required to do much. The magic of the presence of the Master will do. All that is needed on the part of the disciple is great trust, surrender.
A WANDERING SEEKER
must have been a curious man, a superfluous seeker. Goes on wandering, goes on knocking from one door to another, is a beggar. Never gathers enough courage and patience to stick to one place, hence remains rootless.
A WANDERING SEEKER SAW A DERVISH IN A REST-HOUSE
A dervish is one who is drunk with God. You can see from his eyes: they are red with the wine of God. You can see from the way he walks. You can SEE in a thousand and one ways that he is not just in the body -- in the body, of course, but somewhere else too. He is not only the body, but more than the body, more than the sum total of his body and mind. You can feel the presence of the beyond very alive in him, almost tangible, visible to those who have eyes to see. You can see the dancing energy around him! He has bloomed -- you can smell the fragrance, his delicateness, and the sweetness of his milieu. His vise is that of wine.
You will never find
that with a Zen Master. The vise is totally different, because the Zen Master
has achieved through the negative. He cannot be drunk. He is fully alert and
aware. You will find a very sharp sword in a Zen Master, ready to cut you in
one blow. A Zen Master is sharp! sharp because of his awareness.
A Sufi Master is drunk, soft, a shower of love. You will find with a Zen Master great compassion, but not love. Compassion because of his awareness, because of his enlightenment. But the Sufi is full of love. His God is love. For the Zen Master there is no God -- there is only utter nothingness. For the Sufi there is nothing else but God -- he breathes God, he eats God, he drinks God, he lives in God like a fish lives in the ocean. How can remain undrunk? You can see in the way he walks, the way sits, that he is completely drunk.
It is not accidental
that wine became one of the most significant metaphors of Sufism. Oman Khayyam
is a Sufi Master -- totally misunderstood by the West, because the translators,
particularly Fitzgerald, took every word of Omar Khayyam literally. And they
are metaphors! they are not literal. When Omar Khayyam talks about 'the woman'
he is talking about the God, because Sufis think of
Hindus also think of God as woman sometimes, but always as 'the Mother'. Sufis think of the woman as the beloved. When the woman is your mother, the relationship is of respect, not really of love. When the woman is your mother, you are full of reverence, but not full of love. When the woman is your beloved, it is a totally different relationship. Sufis are the only people on the earth who have been daring enough to call God 'the Beloved'.
And when Sufis talk about wine, they are talking of the love of God that flows into you if you allow, if you are ready to receive the gift. If you are in a let-go, it comes -- it comes absolutely, it comes certainly. If it is not coming, that only shows that your doors are closed.
One learns, living with a Master, how to open one's doors. It is not a question of learning knowledge: it is a question of learning a different kind of being -- an open being, not a closed being.
A WANDERING SEEKER SAW A DERVISH IN A REST-HOUSE
This word 'rest-house' is also significant,
because one who is drunk with God is at home, he is at rest. He knows what rest
is; nobody else knows.
In I905, Albert Einstein declared that there is no absolute rest, and since then there has been none. Albert Einstein is right: as far as the outer world is concerned, there is no absolute rest. Things are always moving, even things which seem to be static are moving. Even the wall of your house is in a constant turmoil, in a chaos. All is change! Nothing abides and remains the same, not even the
You may be surprised
to know that the
Either a thing goes on growing upwards or it starts falling downwards, but change is the only thing that never changes. And Albert Einstein is true about the outside world, but he does not know anything about the inner. If he had known anything of the inner, he could not have said this, that there is no absolute rest -- there IS!
It is not there outside: it is in the heart, in the deepest core of your being. I KNOW it! I am in it. You can also know it. And the man is only fulfilled when he comes to know about the absolute rest in himself. Call it soul, call it God, call it Nirvana, or what you will, but there is a point, at the deepest, at the ultimate core of your being -- that point is the center of the cyclone. There is rest.
These Sufi stories are metaphorical. The dervish is at the rest house and the seeker is a wandering seeker. The seeker is searching, the dervish has arrived. He is a SIDDHA -- he has arrived. There is nowhere to go. He has come home! He is at home.
A WANDERING SEEKER SAW A DERVISH IN A REST-HOUSE AND SAID TO HIM, 'I HAVE BEEN IN A HUNDRED CLIMES AND HEARD THE TEACHINGS OF A MULTITUDE OF MENTORS.'
REMEMBER, ONE MASTER IS ENOUGH, and one thousand and one mentors are not enough. Mentors are teachers, tutors they are. A Master is not a teacher, he is not a mentor, he is not a tutor. The function of the Master is that of creating an infection -- it is not a teaching, it is an infection. He does not teach you a certain thing. He simply creates an energy field around you, surrounds you, and in that surrounding energy something starts responding from within you. That is intuition. The teacher depends on tuition, he teaches you. The Master depends on intuition.
He creates a situation. In that situation, something that was not functioning before in you starts functioning, that's all. But he does not give you anything. He is a catalytic agent. He gives you only that which you had already, and from the very beginning, but you had become unaware of it, you had forgotten about it. He reminds you. He provokes something in you which is asleep. He digs a well in you -- but the water is yours! He breaks, blasts, rocks within you, but that which comes welling up is yours, authentically yours. He gives you your own being.
The seeker said to the dervish:
'I HAVE BEEN IN A HUNDRED CLIMES AND HEARD THE TEACHINGS OF A MULTITUDE OF MENTORS.'
He has been moving from one door to another, he has been like a beggar with a begging bowl, asking for truth, searching for truth. He has learnt much. He knows many doctrines, scriptures. He has become very very efficient in philosophizing. He says:
'I HEARD THE
TEACHINGS OF A MULTITUDE OF MENTORS. I HAVE LEARNT HOW TO DECIDE WHEN A TEACHER
IS NOT A SPIRITUAL MAN.'
And all that he has learnt is doubt. All that he has learnt is a negative kind of mentality. All that he has learnt is worthless as far as Sufism is concerned. He has learnt how to know that a certain man is not a really spiritual man. He has learnt to detect the illness. He has learnt criticism. He has become critical.
That's what happens to a knowledgeable man: he becomes critical. And that is NOT the way to reach God. One has to become loving. To be critical is basically rooted in hatred, in antagonism. To be critical is part of your destructiveness.
Now, this man has moved, wandered, listened, learnt many things, and the total result is that he has only become capable of deciding when a certain Master is NOT really spiritual. What kind of richness is this? How are you going to be enriched by it? But this is what happens.
Unless you live with a Master long enough, you will learn the negative. The negative is on the surface. The positive is at the core. The negative can be on the surface because it has no value. The positive is a treasure. If you go to a Master and only listen to what he says and not to what he is, you will not know the positivity of it.
That's what happened to this man. This calamity happens to
'I HAVE BEEN IN A HUNDRED CLIMES AND HEARD THE TEACHINGS OF A MULTITUDE OF MENTORS. I HAVE LEARNT HOW TO DECIDE WHEN A TEACHER IS NOT A SPIRITUAL MAN. I CANNOT TELL A GENUINE GUIDE, OR HOW TO FIND ONE, BUT HAT THE WORK COMPLETED IS BETTER THAN NOTHING.'
He is consoling himself. There is a famous statement of Friedrich Nietzsche. He was a madman, but sometimes mad people say beautiful things: sometimes they have glimpses of truth. He says: It is better not to know at all than to know in a half-hearted way -- better to know not at all than to know A part. Better to know not at all than half know. Why? The ordinary logic will say: It is better to know at least something than not to know at all. That is not so.
To know the useless will create great sadness in you, hopelessness in you, meaninglessness in you. To know the negative will dry you of all life and life's juices. You will start freezing. You will become cold. You will become unloving. You will start losing all hope. You will be in despair, in anguish. And that's what has happened to many people.
For example, Sigmund Freud -- he knew only the negative. He knew what is wrong with the mind of man, but he was never aware about anything that can be right. He depended on the negative side. He became very very expert on all kinds of illnesses of the mind -- abnormalities, perversions, diseases, neuroses, psychoses, and all that. But he completely forgot that there have been Buddhas too. In fact, slowly slowly, the more he became accustomed to the abnormal, the perverted, the ill, the unhealthy, the more he started suspecting whether Buddhas can even exist. He started suspecting Jesus. Not only that: psychoanalysts have written books, treatises, proving that Jesus is neurotic. They have not worked so hard on Buddha, but if they work, the same will be the case with Buddha. Maybe they will use some other word for him -- 'repressed'. If they think about Ramakrishna, they will say 'hysterical'. And the same they will say about Mohammed -- 'neurotic', 'crazy'.
Why is Jesus neurotic? Because he talks with God. He is neurotic because he hears voices in the sky. He is neurotic because he feels something which we cannot see, only he can see. We cannot trust him, because whatsoever HE feels, he cannot prove objectively. He must be mad.
Just think of the implications of what Freud is saying. Health is impossible, health is suspect. A healthy, whole, holy man is suspect. Not only suspect -- condemned. Then what is left? Then the whole of humanity has to live in despair, without hope.
And that's what Freud says, that there is no hope for man, that at the most man can endure but cannot enjoy. In fact, he himself never enjoyed -- he endured life. He himself was neurotic in many ways. He was very much afraid of death; he had many phobias. He was a very angry person, so much so that when he would get into a rage he would fall on the floor in a swoon. He was SO afraid of death that even a mention of death was enough to make him tremble. And he was so ambitious and so political that he was continuously afraid of others conspiring against him. He was a paranoid. He destroyed many of his disciples because of suspicion, because he was not able to tolerate anybody coming closer to him -- closer in the sense of intelligence, understanding. He wanted only slaves. And whenever there was an intelligent disciple -- and there were people like Jung, Adler and others -- the only way for them was to escape from the master. His presence was not nourishing but poisoning. And this man goes on giving judgments on Buddha and Lao Tzu and Zarathustra and Jesus and Mohammed. And these are the few people who were really healthy.
Just think of one thing: if illness exists, that is proof enough that health is also possible -- at least possible. If darkness is there, light is possible. And if death is there, life is possible. In fact, how can death be if there is no life? How will you decide that somebody is ill if there is no health? If there is no Buddha in the world, how will you decide who is mad? Then everybody is mad! Maybe DIFFERENT kinds of madness, but everybody is mad.
Freud became very
skillful about the negative, an expert about illness and disease. Naturally,
his experience was such that he had to deny -- he never came across a Buddha.
That is not the way you come across a Buddha. Buddha will not come to Freud for
psychoanalysis. For forty years he was only analyzing ill people suffering from
a thousand and one kinds of mind projections, phobias. Naturally, forty years
watching, listening to people's dreams and phobias and fears and split people
and schizophrenic and hysterical -- naturally, after forty years if he decides
that 'I have never seen a single healthy person' in a way it is
right. He HAS never seen a single healthy person. And forty years is enough
time: he has watched thousands of people. But he has forgotten one thing: that
a Buddha is not going to come and lie down on his couch and talk about his
dreams, because in fact he has no dreams!
It happened once:
A man was brought to me who is a well-known psychic. His capacity to read people's thoughts is immense. Just sitting in front of you for a few moments, he will become silent and concentrate and he will start saying what thoughts are moving in your mind.
Somebody brought him to me and he wanted to read my mind. I said, 'Okay, you read.' Half an hour passed and then he opened his eyes and he said, 'But there is nothing! -- what can I do?' 'You read nothing?'
A Buddha has no dreams. A Buddha has no thoughts. A Buddha does not exist as an ego, so how can he be afraid? Even of death he is not afraid. There is no question of death. He has already died -- died as an ego, and now there is only the immortality, the eternity, the timelessness.
For what will Buddha
Listening to people's miseries day in, day out, they are losing all hope. A Buddha can give them hope again. A Buddha can help them to be ecstatic again. They have lived with agony too much. Do you know that psychoanalysts commit suicide more than any other profession, almost double? And psychoanalysts go mad more than any other profession, almost double. This should not be so! A psychoanalyst should not commit suicide and should not go mad. But they go mad more and they commit suicide more.
But I understand. I have all compassion for them. Their whole life's work is such -- agony and agony and agony -- seeing people's wounds in the soul and the pus oozing day in, day out, they live in a kind of hell.
I have heard:
One psychoanalyst died. He had a ticket for heaven, but he went to hell. The Devil was surprised. He said, 'But you have a ticket for heaven -- why have you come here?'
He said, 'I am a psychoanalyst. I have to get accustomed slowly slowly. Heaven will be too much right now. I will not be able to BELIEVE in it. First let me live in hell for a few days, let me get accustomed to better things.'
A psychoanalyst lives in a far worse state than hell. Naturally, he becomes blind to the healthy side. But there are good signs on the horizon: new ways of psychology are evolving. What Freud has done, Assagioli is undoing. What Freudian psycho-analysis has done, holistic psychology, humanistic psycho-logical trends, are undoing. Good signs!
But it happens if you go on collecting knowledge WITHOUT becoming more and more rooted in the being, you will become despair itself, you will be anguish itself.
The man said:
'I HAVE I LEARNT HOW TO DECIDE WHEN A TEACHER IS NOT A SPIRITUAL MAN. I CANNOT TELL A GENUINE GUIDE, OR HOW TO FIND ONE, BUT HALF THE WORK COMPLETED IS BETTER THAN NOTHING.'
That is not so. Just
to become skillful in the negative, skillful in doubting, skillful about the
wrong side of things, skillful and expert about thorns, is not going to help in
any way to know about flowers. You can know as much as you want about thorns,
but that will not help you to know anything about the flowers. In fact, if you
know too much you will start disbelieving flowers. Even if they bloom, you will
think they are imaginary. That's what Freud says: Buddha is imagining that he
has attained -- because there is no attainment!
I can understand why it happens. And if you also understand, it will help you tremendously.
Lulu Zezas, the
'Why don't you have them stretched?' suggested Lulu.
in',' replied the rancher. 'These boots are too tight and that's the
way they're going to stay. Every morning I gotta get up and round up all the
cattle that busted out during the night, and mend the fences they tear down,
and watch my ranch blowing away in the dust, and then spend the evening
listening to my wife nag me about moving to the city. When I get ready for bed
and pull these tight boots off, that's the only real pleasure I get all
The negative person becomes enclosed in a prison, and the only pleasure he gets sometimes is to forget all about it. He goes and drinks too much -- and the boots are off, those tight boots. Or in sex -- somewhere where he can lose himself and his tightness. That is his only pleasure in life: whenever he can forget himself.
Now, this is stupid, because there are ways you can forget yourself for ever. Sufism is one of the ways -- you can drown yourself for ever. There is no need to search for drugs. Sufism gives you the ultimate drug: God himself. Once the ego is gone for ever, there is no pain, no agony, no suffering, no hell.
This is the way Ramana Maharshi experienced the sudden opening into ultimate consciousness, in which his individual identity was almost entirely lost. A family relation had died, and young Ramana decided to explore directly the experience of death. His motive stemmed more from curiosity than any feeling of bereavement. Ramana removed all his clothes, lay on the floor of his room, and with tremendous intensity, imagined his body dead. He closed his eyes, simulating the state of deep sleep. Suddenly there flashed into view, timeless and complete, the primal awareness that lies at the source of our being, the ultimate consciousness that is the source of being itself. And when he opened his eyes, he was totally a different man.
Somebody had died, a relation. Ramana was only seventeen. He was not a very
extraordinary student or anything -- nothing special about him, except one
thing and that was his deep sleep. So deep was his sleep that it was almost
impossible to wake him up. The family was tired. You could go on shouting,
pulling him from the bed. And sometimes the sleep used to come any time of
the day -- he might fall asleep in the school, and the children had to carry
him back to his home. That was his only speciality. Other children would be
playing and he would fall asleep on the ground, and they would poke, and they
would pummel and they would beat him, and he would not be there at all. And
they would have to carry him home.
That was his only speciality, but of great significance, because deep sleep is very close to samadhi, just the threshold of samadhi. That has been my speciality too.
It was almost a problem in my college in university -- because I would fall asleep. My teachers were very angry, because who wants somebody falling asleep? And I was a student of philosophy, and there were not many people because very few people go to study philosophy. In my MA class we were only three students, Sol would be sleeping just in front of the teacher. And he would come and shake me up.
Sometimes it would happen that I would be the only person, the other two had not come. And just looking at me he would say, 'Finished! You go home. And I will go home, I can sleep myself. What is the point?'
Deep sleep is the threshold. That's why this incident was possible. Somebody died; Ramana was only seventeen and he thought, 'What is death? Let me experience it.' He threw his clothes, simulated death, fell on the floor. He had seen the relative lying on the floor; so just the same way he fell on the floor, closed his eyes, and started thinking, 'I am dying, I am dying, I am dying.'
And he died! The ego disappeared. And here the ego disappeared and there God appeared -- the primal awareness. And when he opened his eyes he was no more the same person. He left the home, immediately, without saying anything to anybody. It was not a renunciation. He simply left the home because there was no point. It was not that he was against the world or anything. There was no point any more. He went out and NEVER came back. The mother searched for him for years; finally, after ten years, she found him in Arunachal in a mountain cave. But he was a totally different man. And the mother asked him, 'Why didn't you inform me?'
And he said, 'But the thought never came to me. In fact, thoughts have stopped coming to me. I sit and sit and days pass, and there are no thoughts coming. Good that you have come! Live with me. '
This primal awareness is God, thoughtless awareness is God. This is the wine Sufis talk about, and once you have drunk of this wine, nothing else is needed for you to forget yourself -- because you are no more, there is no need to forget.
THE DERVISH RENT HIS GARMENTS AND SAID, 'MISERABLE MAN! BECOMING AN EXPERT ON THE USELESS IS LIKE BEING ABLE TO DETECT ROTTEN APPLES WITHOUT LEARNING THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SOUND ONES.'
RENDING THE GARMENTS is a Sufi expression. In fact, Sufis do that. They are so passionately in love with humanity that when they see that you are trapped in a kind of misery unnecessarily they become so concerned, they become so anxious for you, yes, they rend their garments.
'Also Because SUF means wool and more, the integration symbolised by the threads of wool, symbolising the thread of connection of the Antakarana between the crown chakra and the soul, turned into a garment, an integrated human being, an enlightened human being. The rending of the garment symbolises the breaking of the energy of enlightenment caused by what the man has said, ''One Blockage, and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart.' From the Enlightened mind of Sosan.'
The Dervish is saying, 'You are Blocked', 'You are not Enlightened' and therefore everything you say is one sided, predjudiced and plain wrong!!' Energy Enhancement Satchidanand
THE DERVISH RENT HIS GARMENTS AND SAID, 'MISERABLE MAN!'
And this is how
misery is created. It is doubt, it is negativity, that creates misery. It is
entrust that creates misery. The root cause of all misery is there.
'BECOMING AN EXPERT ON THE USELESS IS LIKE BEING ABLE TO DETECT ROTTEN APPLES WITHOUT LEARNING THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SOUND ONES.'
Just the other night I was reading about a philosopher. He writes:
'I used to wonder why a rotten apple placed in a barrel of sound apples would make the sound apples rotten, while a sound apple placed in a barrel of rotten apples would NOT make all the rotten apples sound. I also wondered why a man infected with smallpox, when turned loose in a gathering of sound people, would by his mere presence make many of the sound people sick, while a sound man walking through a hospital of sick people would not by his mere presence make the sick people well.
In other words, I wondered why God, if he were a good God, had made a universe in which soundness and health seemed futile, and rottenness and sickness seemed contagious.
But one day I stopped wondering and examined the so-called sound apple, and I found it was NOT sound. Oh, I knew the grocer would contradict me, he would see no defect. He might even sue me for slander if I persisted in spreading the report that he was selling apples that were not perfect. But if he pressed me for proof, I could prove it. I would ask him to look beyond the apple to the stem. There, in the most vital, the most crucial spot of all, he would find the mortal wound that I refer to. He would find that the apple had been torn away from its parent vine, it had been hopelessly separated from its source of life.
When I discovered this, I learnt one of the truest facts of life: that nothing, whether it be fruit or vegetable or man, when separated from its source of life is sound!'
All are ill -- because all are separated from the source of life. And unless you join yourself with the source of life again, you will not be healthy. Only in God is health and wholeness and holiness. Only the presence of God heals. But we have forgotten completely about God. We have started living on our own, as if a tree has forgotten about its roots and has started living in the branches -- it is going to die, it will become ill.
That's why the whole of humanity is ill. And Freud and company are right about ninety-nine point nine percent of people: people are ill! They are no more connected with the source of life. But that point one percent is the hope. There are people who are connected with life.
And I would like to
say to this philosopher: there are people whose health is contagious. When a
Buddha moves, his very movement heals people.
That is the meaning of the miracles of Jesus -- the miracles that he heals blind people and suddenly eyes are there, and he heals the deaf and dumb and they start listening and tallying, and he heals the crippled and they are no more crippled. These are payables. It is not about the physical crippledness: it is something about the spiritual crippledness. And whenever a man of God moves, or people who are fortunate come and live in the company of a man of God, they ARE healed, spiritually healed. Their spiritual wounds start disappearing, they again start growing roots. And soon the roots find the sources of life, the waters of life, and all is green again, and all is blooming again. And the spring has come, and the celebration.
That celebration is Sufism.
The dervish said:
'BUT THERE IS A STILL WORSE POSSIBILITY BEFORE YOU. BEWARE THAT YOU DO NOT BECOME LIKE THE DOCTOR IN THE STORY.
'IN ORDER TO TEST A PHYSICIAN'S KNOWLEDGE, A CERTAIN KING SENT SEVERAL HEALTHY PEOPLE TO BE EXAMINED BY HIM. TO EACH THE DOCTOR GAVE MEDICINE. WHEN THE KING SUMMONED HIM AND CHARGED HIM WITH THIS DECEIT, THE LEECH ANSWERED, 'GREAT KING! I HAD FOR SO LONG SEEN NOBODY BUT THE AILING THAT I HAD BEGUN TO IMAGINE THAT EVERYONE WAS ILL AND MISTOOK THE BRIGHT EYES OF GOOD HEALTH FOR THE SIGNS OF FEVER!''
RAMAKRISHNA FALLING UNCONSCIOUS is a sign of great health, but the psychologist will say he has fallen into a kind of hysterical fit. And the hysterical fit and Ramakrishna's going into unconsciousness look alike from the outside. From the inside they are not alike.
Ramakrishna has moved from the small tiny consciousness to the primal consciousness. He is no more there as an 'I', as an individual. He is there as the source, as the goal. He is there as existence itself. He is one with the whole. When somebody falls into a fit, into a hysterical fit, he loses the consciousness that he has but he does not attain any other consciousness. From the outside it is the same.
If you see Buddha asleep and somebody else asleep, from the outside what difference are you going to see? They will look alike. But they are not. The other person who is asleep by the side of Buddha is deep in dreams, and Buddha's awareness burns bright as ever. As it is in the day, so it is in the night. There is no change. But from the outside it is the same.
When somebody dies and Buddha dies, what is the difference? Difference is from the inside; it is an inside story. Unless you are a Buddha you will never know it, because how can you know the inside of a Buddha without becoming a Buddha yourself? That is the only way to be an insider.
When Buddha dies, nothing dies. There is no clinging to life, there is no problem. Buddha simply slips out of the body -- just as you change your clothes, exactly like that. Do you think each time you change your clothes that you are dying? Exactly like that Buddha slips out of the old clothes, slips out of the cage, and his soul is free and the whole sky is available. He is utterly thrilled. He is blissful in his death, because his death is not an end but really a new birth. He is moving into a far greater life than there was before it. It is from life to more life.
When you die you are moving from life to no life. From the outside it is all the same. From the inside it is not.
This story is beautiful:
'IN ORDER TO TEST A PHYSICIAN'S KNOWLEDGE, A CERTAIN KING SENT SEVERAL HEALTHY PEOPLE TO BE EXAMINED BY HIM.'
Strange this king must have been. But this is the way, this is the Eastern way to judge. The real doctor is not one who knows what disease is: the real doctor is one who knows what health is. Disease even quacks can know. Disease is not such a great phenomenon; it is on the surface. Anybody can learn about it. But health is very deep; it is not easily available. Only a wise physician knows what health is about.
Do you know? In ancient China this was a rule: that the physician was paid not for curing illness but for keeping people healthy. People had their own private physicians, just as they have now. But the physician was paid I this client did not fall ill. Each year the client would pay the physician because he had not been ill. Now we pay the physician when we are ill and he cures us. This is a totally different thing. The Chinese idea was far superior.
And our idea is dangerous too, because to pay the physician when you are ill and he cures you makes him interested in your illness, his investment becomes in your illness. He wants you to be ill so that he can cure you. The Chinese idea is far superior. His investment SHOULD be in your health, not in your disease, so he remains concerned that you should not fall ill -- because if a person falls ill he will not pay. The physician has to cure him without any fee; that is his responsibility. It is his fault!What was he doing the whole year?
And the Chinese have remained one of the healthiest races in the world, particularly in the past. Sooner or later this is going to be the case again. In Soviet Russia they are thing about it, to make it a rule: the physician has to be paid only when you remain healthy -- for the health.
'IN ORDER TO TEST A PHYSICIAN'S KNOWLEDGE, A CERTAIN KING SENT SEVERAL HEALTHY PEOPLE TO BE EXAMINED BY HIM.'
As if a Buddha is sent to Sigmund Freud. Sigmund Freud will prescribe whatsoever he has been prescribing to others. He will talk about repression and he will talk about paranoia and he will talk about this and that -- then he has failed. Then he is not yet aware of what he is doing. Only confronting a Buddha can Ben the test for Sigmund Freud. If he can declare Buddha healthy, then he knows something about health. But how can you recognize a Buddha if you are not a Buddha yourself?
'TO EACH THE DOCTOR GAVE MEDICINE.'
When you go to the doctor, he has to find something or other wrong. Try it: when you are feeling perfectly healthy, go to a doctor and he will make you feel very unhealthy. He will find a thousand and one things wrong with you. His investment is there. But this is cheating.
'TO EACH THE DOCTOR GAVE MEDICINE. WHEN THE KING SUMMONED HIM AND CHARGED HIM WITH THIS DECEIT, THE LEECH ANSWERED, 'GREAT KING! I HAD FOR SO LONG SEEN NOBODY BUT THE AILING THAT I HAD BEGUN TO IMAGINE THAT EVERYONE WAS ILL AND MISTOOK THE BRIGHT EYES OF GOOD HEALTH FOR THE SIGNS OF FEVER!''
This happens every
day. When you are dancing here and an outsider comes and watches you dancing,
he thinks, 'These people have gone mad. What is happening?'
That's why it is very difficult to find a sympathetic journalist, very difficult -- because he comes for one or two days and he looks around and he sees all kinds of things which he has never seen anywhere. He becomes worried. He has his prejudices that these are the things only mad people do. How can sane people do these things? So this is a mad place. When he sees you SO happy, he cant lot believe it, because happiness is impossible. Then you must be hypnotized; somebody has hypnotized you. That's why you are feeling happy -- this is a hallucination. You have fallen into an illusion.
These are logical conclusions for him, because he comes with a prejudice. And people have prejudices AND prejudices, layers upon layers of prejudices. That's why it is VERY difficult to make them understand. They have always been misunderstanding people like me and their work. And the reason is what the doctor says:
'GREAT KING! I HAD FOR SO LONG SEEN NOBODY BUT THE AILING THAT I HAD BEGUN TO IMAGINE THAT EVERYONE WAS ILL AND MISTOOK THE BRIGHT EYES OF GOOD HEALTH FOR THE SIGNS OF FEVER!'
The dervish said to the seeker, 'You have fallen into the first trap of being negative. Now there is a worse possibility for you -- don't become like this doctor! You say, 'I can know who is not spiritual.' This is the first step. The second step will be a logical conclusion. Slowly slowly, seeing everybody as NOT spiritual, the natural conclusion will arise that there is NOBODY who is spiritual -- all are fake, all are pseudo, deceivers, hypocrites, charlatans.
'If that decision is taken you are doomed, because then there is no hope. Because when you say NOBODY IS spiritual, you have denied your own possibility of becoming spiritual. When you say, 'NO Buddha has ever existed,' you have cut your whole future. If you say there has never been any flowering in the world, then, of course, how can you allow you self to flower? That is a worse possibility.'
The dervish is right. Remember these two things from this story. One: look positively -- rather than finding who is not spiritual try to find who IS spiritual. Rather than looking for thorns, look for roses. And rather than looking for the darkness, look for the stars; rather than looking for diseases, look for health. Always move positively. Then there is a possibility that out of a hundred you may be able to find that one, that oasis in the desert. And with that oasis your life will be transformed. That is your Master. Being with him you will also become an oasis.
Sufism is the path of VIA POSITIVA. Zen transcends mind through the negative; Sufism transcends mind through the positive. Both transcend mind, both go beyond it, so both reach to the same goal.
But, let me repeat, Zen moves through a desert land; Sufism moves into dark, shadowy, but green flowering valleys. You choose! but not from the head. Feel pulsate with both. And wherever you feel that your inner music starts flowing, then that is it. You have found your key.
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SHAKTIPAT is the transmission of energy to Introduce a good Student to
High Intensity Kundalini Energy.
'SATCHI PROVED THIS TO ME IN THE FIRST FIVE MINUTES OF OUR FIRST MEDITATION, BY PUTTING MY BACK AND TOP OF THE HEAD IN THE RIGHT POSTURE. I IMMEDIATELY FELT A FLOW OF ENERGY GOING UP MY SPINE.'
EE Stage 1, - Meditation
The basic concept is that if you are in the right posture then energy will flow through you from the universe to the centre of the earth. Satchi proved this to me in the first five minutes of our first meditation, by putting my back and top of the head in the right posture. I immediately felt a flow of energy going up my spine.
What stops the energy flowing to its full potential are energy blockages in the body, for example pains you know about, but also other area where you cannot feel energy flowing, and where negative emotions have attached themselves to your body. The blockages are removed essentially by grounding them, using the macrocosmic energy orbit, with stronger methods available.
Over the seven stages of Energy Enhancement we were taught to expand the meditation to increase the energy; to identify and remove blockages, and to put a protection around us so that the energy is not removed, consciously or not by other people.
'I FEEL THAT I HAVE BEEN GIVEN SOME SECRET KNOWLEDGE, WHICH WAS ONLY GIVEN TO THE INITIATED, OR HIDDEN AMONG A LOT OF UNNECESSARY SUB TECHNIQUES IN OTHER DISCIPLINES.'
Energy Enhancement Stage One: Finding the energy column in the spine. As I have indicated above I immediately felt the energy going up my spine, and an increase in my energy at the end of the meditation.
'WITH EACH BLOCKAGE REMOVED I FELT MORE ENERGY FLOWING AND MORE ENERGETIC'
Energy Enhancement Stage Two: is to expand the energy circulation to the around the body, similar to the Taoist Microcosmic orbit, and techniques to identify and to remove blockages. I felt that my energy increased, and I identified some areas where the energy did not flow. Some of these I was able to remove, but others seemed more attached. With each blockage removed I felt more energy flowing and more energetic.
With Energy Enhancement we learn how to access Incredibly Intense External Kundalini Energies which power our Enlightenment. Then we experiences these Amazing Energy Increases FOR OURSELVES.
'I FELT HOT IN MY SPINE, SOME OF MY BLOCKAGES WERE BURNED AND REMOVED, AND AGAIN AT THE END OF THE MEDITATION I FELT A HIGHER LEVEL OF ENERGY.'
Energy Enhancement Stage Three is to expand the energy orbit to the centre of the earth, and to ground and burn up blockages. Blockages can be grounded and burned, and you do not have to relive traumas or even remember the source of traumas. I felt hot in my spine, some of my blockages were burned and removed, and again at the end of the meditation I felt a higher level of energy.
'ONCE THIS STAGE WAS REACHED I HAD TREMENDOUS ENERGY'
Energy Enhancement Stage Four is to expand the meditation to include energy from above from the central sun, the macrocosmic orbit. Previously Satchi had psychically seen, identified and removed a blockage that he saw at the top of my head that he felt reduced my energy level by 30%. This was in fact the exact figure that my homeopathic therapist had told me from his Vega test, about two weeks before. However I developed a headache during this stage, which disappeared when I had transmuted 2 more blockages by myself in the meditation.
Once this stage was reached I had tremendous energy. However, I went for a walk in the town and when I came back most of my energy had disappeared, as apparently high energy does get sucked up people with low energy unless you protect yourself.
Energy Enhancement Stage 6 gives the technique for protecting you from this loss of energy from other people. It also enhances the energy you can build into yourself
'I ALREADY HAD A SIMPLER TECHNIQUE THAT WAS TAUGHT BY BANDLER IN NLP, BUT THE ENERGY ENHANCEMENT TECHNIQUE IS MORE POWERFUL.'
Energy Enhancement Stage 5 is a technique for evaluating the quality of food before you eat it, by quickly mediating on its energy effect. Eating foods contaminated with pesticides is the quickest way to reduce your energy, and this technique allows you to see what effect a particular food will have on you,
which is extremely useful if you eat out a lot like me, and also helps check organic vegetables. I was surprised when I came that Satchi and Devi do not eat exclusively organic labelled foodstuff or wine, as with this technique you can check for yourself how good it is. I already had a simpler technique that was taught by Bandler in NLP, but the Energy Enhancement technique is more powerful.
'LINDA, THE RESIDENTIAL TRAINEE HERE IN SPAIN, FOUND TREMENDOUS BLOCKAGES, ALL THE WAY DOWN HER SPINE, WHICH SHE REMOVED USING THIS TECHNIQUE.'
Energy Enhancement Stage 7, the last stage, is concerned with maintaining the auras, and identifying and removing blockages in the physical, emotional and mental auras. I did not find anything in my aura but Linda, the residential trainee here for a while, found a tremendous blockages, all the way down her
spine, which she removed using this technique.
Each higher stage replaces and includes elements of the previous; so that when I get home my meditation will be at stage seven (with stage 5 for testing food).
'DEVI EXPLAINED THAT THE EE YOGA IS DESIGNED SO THAT IT HAS THE MAXIMUM ENERGY BENEFIT, MAKING THE BODY FLEXIBLE AND STRONG, SPENDING THE LEAST ENERGY POSSIBLE WITHOUT PUSHING, SO THE BODY DOES NOT SECRETE ADRENALINE, WHICH IS A KIND OF TOXIN FOR THE BODY.'
Energy Enhancement Yoga
The second leg of Energy enhancement is Yoga.
I FEEL EE YOGA IS VERY EFFECTIVE; MY POSTURE HAS IMPROVED .. AT THE END OF AN EE YOGA SESSION I FEEL THE SAME LEVEL OF ENERGY AS WITH 90 MINUTES OF ASHTANGA YOGA.
I have had a mixed relationship with Yoga, for thirty years ever since my Mother who is a Yoga teacher, showed my Brother and I how to do it. I think the way that Satchi explained it - to remove energy blockages, and to practice the yoga by working at the blockages in a posture, relaxing in and between the postures, and releasing and grounding the negative energies using EE techniques in the Yoga - has given me a clear sense of how practicing Yoga in this way has powerful benefits, even if you only concentrate on doing a number of poses well.
Devi explained that the EE Yoga is designed so that it has the maximum energy benefit, making the body flexible and strong, spending the least energy possible without pushing, so the body does not secrete adrenaline, which is a kind of toxin for the body.
I feel EE Yoga is very effective; my posture has improved in the two weeks I have been here, which it has not done when I practiced the ashtanga yoga, and at the same time at the end of an EE Yoga session I feel the same level of energy, as with 90 minutes of Ashtanga yoga.
The EE Yoga includes three part Yogic breathing to raise energy, and chanting, and holding the breath (Pranayama) to raise energy before a meditation.
Not quite a third leg is Energy Enhancement Reiki - which combines traditional Reiki with Applied Kinesiology and EE Techniques, again to remove blockages.
Devi gave us level One Reiki initiation during the course, giving four Initiations, to raise our energy. She also taught Reiki. In the course of the two weeks we had some Reiki from Satchi and Devi on particularly hard energy blockages.
CONCLUSION, 'ENERGY ENHANCEMENT WORKS'
'THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THIS COURSE AND OTHERS IS THAT I SAW AND FELT FROM THE FIRST FIVE MINUTES THAT MY ENERGY WAS ENHANCED'
'ENERGY ENHANCEMENT WORKS, IT BUILDS UP ENERGY IN A WAY THAT NONE OF THE OTHER DISCIPLINES I HAVE ENCOUNTERED HAVE.'
My feeling on the Energy Enhancement is:
· Energy Enhancement works, it builds up my energy in a way that none of the other disciplines I have encountered have.
· It is easy to understand.
· It needs some effort, mainly will power, sometimes to get the meditation going, but it is not as onerous, or complicated, as for example, I found with Mantak Chia Chi Gung.
I feel that I have been given some secret knowledge, which was only given to the initiated, or hidden among a lot of unnecessary sub techniques in other disciplines.
One effect of this is that I can no longer look at other disciplines like Ashtanga Yoga, Transcendental Meditation, NLP, Aikido and Ki Aikido and Mantak Chia and his Chi Gung, in the same light, because they do not contain this learning.
On the other hand I know EE will give me the energy to do things that are more important, particularly in my career as a Change Manager.
The difference between this course and others is that I saw and felt from the first five minutes that my energy was enhanced, although at times because of work on the blockages it went down again, and recovered once the blockages had been removed using the EE techniques.
With other disciplines you have to take it on faith that it will work at some time after practising the discipline or until someone initiates you into a secret known taught only to the selected few. (If indeed it works).
SO BASICALLY I NOW HAVE A CHOICE THAT ONLY I CAN MAKE. I CAN USE THE ENERGY ENHANCEMENT TECHNIQUES AND THE EE YOGA TO INCREASE MY ENERGY LEVEL - WHICH WILL NOT BE ONEROUS, BUT REQUIRES SOME WILL POWER, AT LEAST INITIALLY - AND MY WORLD WILL CHANGE, ALTHOUGH PERHAPS IN UNEXPECTED WAYS, OR I CAN PRETEND THEY DO NOT WORK AND GO BACK TO SLEEP.
I fully intend to come back for level 2 THE REMOVAL OF BLOCKAGES and level 3 THE CREATION OF FANTASTIC RELATIONSHIPS WITH FAMILY, FRIENDS AND WORK
Chakras and Computer Processors
The Brain is made up of what are called in India 'chakras'. Chakras contain various functions, which the total brain uses. Chakras are Parallel processors within the super-computer of the 'normal' human brain which act independently yet in concert, in real-time, to perform the functions of a 'normal' human being. The more these little 'chakras' we can get working, the more our intelligence can expand - exponentially!
Normally each chakra can work in parallel with other chakras, yet independently. To help understand this, imagine three builders. One has the job of carrying bricks. One makes the cement. One lays the bricks and cement. All three work totally independently but at the same time (in parallel). Houses get built quickly when all three work together and continuously communicate to see how they are getting on. Houses get built slowly when only one builder works, when they start doing each other's jobs or the communication breaks down. Then surpluses build up and go to waste, the cement dries up without being used, or nothing arrives making the others idle.
The home computers we use have only one processor, or one chakra. They are a little slow and have no intelligence whatsoever. They work on the GIGO system - garbage in, garbage out! They can not discriminate as to what is important and what is not.
The Functions of the Chakras comprise control of the Body, the Emotions, the Intellect and the Spirit.
The Functions of the Chakras comprise the Unconscious, the Subconscious, the Conscious and the Trans-conscious components of the Total Mind.
Note that the intellect is only one small part of the whole, only one of the seven chakras yet we think that this comprises everything. We get confused when we are destroyed by our emotions because the emotions do not act intellectually. The intellect cannot control them without correct communication.
These components other than the intellect are each independent mechanisms which in most people hardly function at all and almost never together, due mostly to bad communication. Most human beings use only one chakra function at a time and rarely in parallel. The single function very rarely works to its ultimate potential. The various functions work together to different levels in different people.
Chakras and Communication, the Ancient Symbol of the Tower of Babel or Babble
The tower of Babel is the synonym in the Bible for a human being.
In a 'normal' human being every part works and communicates together.
The brain, spine and connection with the Soul, the Antakarana, comprise the tower. Along the spine are the Seven Major Chakras or parallel processors. As I said, these chakras rarely communicate. They rarely work together. The parable goes that because God was afraid that the Tower of Babel would be built so high as to reach heaven, he purposefully created different languages amongst the various people building the tower. Because of the lack of communication the tower never got built to Heaven.
The lack of communication between the chakras, or the people building the Tower, symbolises their lack of integration. Because we are not integrated our psychic bodies will not reach up to heaven. We never managed to contact our Higher Selves. We are not Enlightened.
The Enlightened have built a Tower of communication 'Twixt Heaven and Earth'.
In the Ancient Sanskrit this Tower has been given the name 'The Antakarana'.
It is the psychic wiring, created in mental matter. A thoughtform created dually by the Soul and the aspirant to connect the Crown Chakra through to the Soul and then to the spiritual triad and then the Monad.
Your evolution is the height of your Antakarana.
The Astral plane is not flat. Although most people inhabit the psychic slums in the basement of the astral plane in their dreams, when they go to sleep.
It is the 'Rainbow Bridge' whereby the Higher frequencies of the energy of the Soul are stepped down to that of the Earth, so that the Earth itself can raise its frequencies, can evolve. We have been created to help in this creative act.
These frequencies are stepped down Octave by Octave through each Chakra which are really Way Stations in the Energy System of the Soul. This is the 'Music of the Spheres' of Pythagoras. Because The Enlightened Master Pythagoras was indeed talking of Chakras when talking about the Spheres or the Planets. Each Chakra as it evolves corresponds to one or more of the Planets. This is the secret of Astrology. This is the means whereby the Seven Sacred Suns and the Seven Sacred Constellations in this Sacred Universe affect us.
Each Chakra, when working correctly, acts like a Transformer in an Electrical system to halve the Energy Frequency of God. The frequency drops Chakra by Chakra, 'Station by Station' as said David Bowie, on its way down to this planet because as Gurdjieff said 'Normal Human Beings are transmitters of Cosmic Energy'. And this is the function of Normal Human Beings. Those who are Enlightened. To transmit the Energy of The Soul. Whereby the higher energies of Truth, Prophesy, Intuition and Initiation are sent down towards this Planet.
Where the Higher Energy Frequencies of God create the Higher Energy Thoughtforms towards which the Median of the Masses are moved as they evolve and as the Earth Spirit Evolves.
Because the Energy Transmitted by the Enlightened is used to raise the frequency level of the Earth itself and all the people on it. To transmit the Light of Love down on to this planet of Love. To dissolve the Selfishness of the separated selves, those 'Law of the Jungle' Egos who cannot communicate with The Higher Self. Who think of themselves as Separate. Who think themselves Apart. Who do not know that they too are A Part of the Universe of God Itself. Those who are not connected. Those who have not been touched by God. Those who are not 'Made'.
The Enlightened exist to bring light into darkness. To dissolve the darkness and this itself is the meaning of the Sanskrit word 'Guru'. A person who dissolves or Transmutes Goo is a GooRoo.
The Light of the Soul
And this is done through the Light of the Soul. Brighter than Ten Thousand Suns it exists alone. Unchangeable. Like Fire it lights everything with which it comes into contact. And once you are lit, you too burn with the Fire of the Soul. Like Prometheus you bring down the Fire of God onto the Earth, for the Benefit of every living being.
Hari OM Tat Sat.
This is Sat Chid Anand.
The Integration of the Chakras I
In the past, normal people, - like Jesus Christ (Christian), Shakyamuni Buddha (The First Buddhist Master), Bodhidharma (The First Zen Master who synthesised the neurological technology of Buddhism and Taoism), Jallaluddin Rumi (A Sufi Master, one of the Mystics of Islam called the Persian Shakespeare. Sufism itself, synthesises Hinduism and Islam.), Mahavir (Jain Master), etc; - through training and a lot of hard work actually got the human mechanism to work as it should. They reached their potential as 'normal' human beings and really impressed the rest of us, even after a thousand years.
As we know, most people function at a very low level only using perhaps 5% of their potential brain power. Most studies of human beings by behaviourists like Pavlov or psychologists like Freud actually point out the mechanical or robotic nature of most people. They never studied a 'normal' human being.
Most of us are 'wolf-children', brought up in a very primitive and one-sided way.
So a study of the various elements of the brain, the chakras, with a proviso that the map is not reality, can be very helpful in elucidating the functions of a normal human being.
An integration of all these functions is necessary so that they can act in parallel. Each function of the brain should work to its limit and is necessary to the super functioning of the whole. One function working alone is very little. Two functions squares the response of the system. With three functions working together the response is cubed!
To be said to have Control of something we must be able to stop it - Similarly with Chakras.
Similarly with FOOD, NEGATIVE EMOTIONS, ATTACHMENT and MIND.
The following Zen story illustrates this integration of the functions:
Tsu Hsia asked the Master
‘What sort of a man is Yen Hui?’
‘For kindness he is a better man than I am.’
‘What about Tsu Kung?’
‘For eloquence he is a better man than I am’
‘For courage he is a better man than I am’
‘For dignity he is a better man than I am’
Tsu Hsia rose from the mat and asked
‘Then why do these four serve you?’
‘Sit down, I will tell you.
Yen Hui can be kind but cannot check the impulse when it will do no good. Tsu Kung can be eloquent but cannot hold his tongue. Tsu Lu can be brave but cannot be cautious. Tsu Chang can be dignified but cannot unbend in company. Even if I have the virtues of all the four men together, I would be unwilling to exchange them for my own. My virtue is the Mastery of the functions. The ability to stop as well as to start each function. That is why they serve me without misgiving.’
Karl Popper, the famous philosopher of science, stated that in order for science to be able to prove a theory, one must be able to perform an experiment, which could potentially disprove that theory.
To have power one must be able to stop the source of that power.
The Master in the story, like all Buddhas, demonstrates his integration of all the functions, real intelligence and not just one-sided functionality. The reason why he is a Master. The message is that the master is not attached to any one talent, any one function, and therefore can stop any function at will. He can stop his mind, his emotions, his spirit or any of the talents above. This is true mastery.
Intellect is not Intelligence
Also, it is important to note that our much-vaunted intellect, though important, is only a small part of the whole, the gestalt. The intellect is only one function of the greater whole. One Chakra amongst seven. It is of great importance to know the intellect is not intelligence.
Intellect is of the mind; it depends on memory, it functions through borrowed knowledge.
All of our educational systems in the world are rooted in intellectual development; hence they all depend on memory. The examinations in our schools, colleges, universities, are not of intelligence. Memory is mechanical. A computer can have a better memory than a man of genius, but the computer has no intelligence.
Intellect is the faculty of knowledge. Intelligence is the faculty of knowing.
Knowledge is always dead; it is information. All of our educational institutions are doing with students exactly what we are doing with our chakra computers, just feeding them more and more information. No computer can answer a question for which it has not already been prepared. Intellect can only answer that which it already knows; it is stale, it is of yesterday.
Intelligence is responsibility, it is a response to a new situation, not out of your past memories but from your present awareness, this very moment. You don’t function as a computer, you don't search for the answer in your memory; rather you simply open your consciousness to the situation with your totality, the gestalt, and allow the spontaneous response, in real time.
Intelligence is response - ability; the ability to respond. The response is going to surprise even you, because it is so new - you are not repeating anything from the past.
There has been a perennial conflict between intelligence and intellect. The man of intellect thinks the he is intelligent because he knows so much. He has accumulated a great heritage of knowledge; he is burdened with all kinds of information, which he cannot get rid of. He does not have the possibility of being able at will to lay down his burden, to stop the fears of the past, the worries of the future, his life programming given to him by his reaction to his parents. Because he wants their attention. Because he wants their Love. Because he wants their Energy he programs himself as a child with selfish strategies to obtain all these things. In this way is created Selfishness and the thoughtform of 'The Law of the Jungle' - Kill or be Killed. In this way is programmed selfishness. The whole of our lives can be destroyed by adherence to this thoughtform and the strategies we program ourselves to use in this selfishness. These hopeless, destructive strategies are depicted on three parallel levels by Eric Berne of 'Transactional Analysis' fame who wrote 'The Games People Play.'
The man of real intelligence is innocent; he functions from moment to moment. His functioning has a freshness and beauty but to find intelligence one has to go beyond the intellect.
The intellect is just one function in one Chakra. It works better when it is integrated with the whole. With all Seven Chakras functioning perfectly together. The movement of the body as in the martial arts or in dancing. The emotions as in will power or love. Every improvement of each function. The ability to stop any function at will. Each step towards functional integration adds to our total intelligence. To our Wisdom.
In the ancient texts the mind is likened to a mad monkey which leaps here and there, totally out of control. Our painful memories which we cannot get rid of are the problem; our worries and cares; each negative and uncontrolled thought causes a part of our mental capacity to be blocked.
'And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.'
In a computer, what happens when it has too many programs running at one time? - It slows the whole thing down tremendously. It eventually locks up.
It is the same thing with thoughts. The mind's capacity is used up by useless fears and negative thinking. It eventually locks up.
Pressing the 'Mind Off' Button
The same thing happens in the human brain as in computers. If we cannot press the ‘OFF’ button. If we cannot consciously purge the useless programs which slow down the conscious and unconscious mind, then eventually the brain gets clogged up.
It stops in a nervous breakdown. Various types of mental breakdown are endemic in our modern high-pressure society. Most of us have seen some of the symptoms within ourselves at some time in our life. The statistics say that 30% of us will have at least one nervous breakdown in our lives.
The same Energy Enhancement techniques which act as a fast for the mind to expel the ancient long running useless programs and programming, also act to integrate all the functions within the brain giving an exponential increase in Brain Power and awareness. They are simple and of ancient origin.
1. The Understanding of Ancient symbols
The meaning of Ancient Symbols, The Taoist Yin/Yang, The Staff of Aescepulus, The Squaring of the circle, The Worm Ourobouros, The Cross, The Cross of Lorraine, The myths of Hercules, the myth of Arthur and the Knights of the Round (Ourobouros) Table and more! - As guided meditations sent down to us by Masters of the past. Decoded in Energy Enhancement techniques.
2. The natural sequence of Integration of the Chakras -Relating this to information contained within the Ancient Symbol - Seal of Solomon.
I develop the exposition of the working of these higher chakras through Kundalini Energy, whose functions get more powerful the higher they go, and the correct sequence of their awakening. The Three Initiation towards Enlightenment!
2. The functions of the Mind - The Chakras.
Following on from our last chapter, about the functions of the mind as chakras and the exponential improvement in intelligence as each function is improved and the blockages between them are removed, this will be an exposition of the three lower functions and the General Blockages which everyone will experience. The Relationship between the functioning of the chakras and the 10 Stages of Human Evolution.
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