Our Father

The Christian Prayer, “The Lord’s Prayer,” begins with the words:

“Our Father” 

Within these first two words, not only is our relationship with the God given, but also our relationship with our fellow Human brothers and sisters clearly stated.  For what is a Father?  Or, on a broader level, what is a parent?  The word can be defined purely in its material sense as someone who has given birth to us in which we share a part of their genetic makeup.  But of course, as anyone who has been raised with those who were not their biological parents will tell you, a parent is much much more than simply a vehicle from which we have acquired half of our genetic makeup.   A parent represents guardianship.  A parent represents unconditional love.  A parent personifies the true meaning of what it means to be selfless, to be without ego.  For to place another before themselves, namely their children, and literally do whatever it is in their power to insure that their child not only has a good life, but an even better life than they themselves have had, is as close to a human representation of egoless as you can possibly imagine.    Continue reading “Our Father”

Complete Unification with the Absolute

I am not the mind, the intellect, the ego or the memory,

I am not the ears, the skin, the nose or the eyes,

I am not space, not earth, not fire, water or wind,

I am the form of consciousness and bliss,

I am the eternal Shiva…

 

I have no fear of death, no caste or creed,

I have no father, no mother, for I was never born,

I am not a relative, nor a friend, nor a teacher nor a student,

I am the form of consciousness and bliss,

I am the eternal Shiva…

 

I am devoid of duality, my form is formlessness,

I exist everywhere, pervading all senses,

I am neither attached, neither free nor captive,

I am the form of consciousness and bliss,

I am the eternal Shiva…

(Excerpts from The Nirvana shatkam of Adi Shankara)

 

The legend speaks that when the young Adi Shankara was looking for someone who would guide him to full realization with the Absolute Universal Divine Principle he met someone while wandering in the woods.  He did not recognize the person he met, only that he was of advanced age and very dignified.  The older man seeing the young boy inquire as to the purpose of his journey and asked to know who he was.  The legend goes that upon hearing the question, Adi Shankara responded with what is now known as the Nirvana Shatkam.  Being deeply impressed with the young boy’s answer, the older man (who was to become Adi Shankara revered guru) took him under his wing and guided him towards complete unification with the Absolute.    Continue reading “Complete Unification with the Absolute”

The Path of Inner Renunciation

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. ~Jesus of Nazareth in the Gospel according to Saint Matthew 6:33~

This beautiful verse from the Gospels encapsulate the essence of what renunciation, of what it means to be on the spiritual path with one’s entire being truly is.  The search for God, the search for Truth (or whichever word one wishes to substitute in) is one that requires one pointed focus and determination.  It is understood that when our lives are properly organized, namely, when God is the sole focus and goal of our lives, everything else that we may need to achieve this goal will also come on to us.   Continue reading “The Path of Inner Renunciation”

The Thinker

Where do the thoughts come from?  It just takes a few moments of silence to realize that you have never been thinking your thoughts. They simply appear and then they simply disappear. You can be sitting waiting for the bus and all of a sudden the thought, “I want pizza” simply arises.  Can you really claim that you were thinking that thought?  No.  It just sprouted up.  What happens next is that you began to engage with the thought.  And this is what thinking is.  Thinking is not in the thoughts that come and go but thinking is what happens when you begin to engage and play with the thoughts that come and go.  All of a sudden this thought about wanting pizza appears and before you know it you took that thought and began to plan, fantasize and imagine where you will go to get pizza or what kind you would like until you were off on a seemingly endless flow.   Continue reading “The Thinker”