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”

Cycle of Birth and Death

Reincarnation is a common belief in Eastern philosophy that is becoming more and more accepted within the Western world. Is there any validity to such a belief?

Somehow we find ourselves living in a world, we find ourselves having a particular body in a particular culture, living among countless other beings.  Some we know, most we do not.  We look up in at the sky and realize that this universe is wider and more vast than we ever even imaged, and in the midst of all that a question arises within the being; “why am I here?”  The fact of the matter is that all of the philosophies that has been spewed out throughout the centuries are geared at one thing and one thing only; trying to help justify why “I” exist.  We need a justification for the simple reason that humans do not feel connected to life, we do not intrinsically feel one with life, but feel that somehow “I” have been thrown into this thing called life and now “I” need to either figure out what it is or why “I” am here.  No other creature on this planet needs a justification for its existence but humans.   Continue reading “Cycle of Birth and Death”

The Projected Universe

It is commonly said that this world is merely a projection of the mind, that the entire manifest universe is simply a projection. Is there any validity in such a statement?

Any answer given to such questions, unless verified via direct experience, is simply going to fall within the category of belief and doctrine.  When looking at the world through the limited vehicle that is a human body, there will always be information and understandings that are simply out of reach from where our current level of evolution (from the perspective of a species as a whole) has reached.  We simply our not yet equipped to comprehend certain aspects of our universe, and although as a collective species we have made tremendous strides within the field of understanding the manifest universe, its origins and our place in it as creators still lies at the end of where our human intellect can comprehend. Continue reading “The Projected Universe”

Be Still and Know

Be still, and know that I am God. ~Psalm 46:10

 

God is not known in action, although it is in action where He is manifested.

God is not known in the world, although it is in the world where He plays.

God is not known in another, although it is in another that He is seen.

God is not found in books or scriptures, although it is these very books and scriptures that inspire our search for Him.

God need not be found, because God is the One that is looking. Continue reading “Be Still and Know”

The Initiation of the Staff

The staff is not just a commodity, or an aspect of a costume, the staff is the expression of the ascension into the hall of God-hood.  Ascension into the summit of one’s own very self.  To carry the staff without this “initiation” is to simply be mimicking the ancient masters without ever really looking into what it was they were doing.  The outer representation is not always a direct mirror to the inner realm of “Self.”

moses_red_seaInitiation into “the staff” is an initiation that is bestowed upon the individual by “God Himself.” Continue reading “The Initiation of the Staff”

The Witness of Fear

Questioner: This moment , I find myself in the park , quiet day. Then , there is this feeling of being overwhelmed with fear , as if being in a dream , knowing it’s a dream , yet unable to awaken from it. Does this experience point to anything of importance?


Agnisattva: To truly allow ourselves to be just here, to truly allow ourselves to be just now, will always be fearful to that which is unreal. Yet, this fear, no matter how overwhelming it may be, is this very fear not also something that is witnessed? That which is aware of this very fear, is that awareness itself fearful?


That which is aware of its inability to awaken from the dream is that which is unable to. The one seeking awakening is not the one that will awaken.  For to “awaken” is to see this inner voice for what it is: a mere thought. Continue reading “The Witness of Fear”

Motivation and the Self

Questioner: How do you motivate yourself to do activities like study/ working out etc? These matter less and less for me so I have a hard time having any reason to do them anymore.

Agnisattva:  In the highest conception, “you” never do or have done anything.  All activities, from the most grand and dynamic to the most simple and mundane have all been done before the Presence that “you are.”  

Yet, as Lord Krishna speaks in the Gita:

“…there is no work prescribed for Me within all the three planetary systems. Nor am I in want of anything, nor have I need to obtain anything—and yet I am engaged in work.”  

What is important to keep in mind is that the Self that you are is in no need of motivation or encouragement: such need is for the body-mind only.   Continue reading “Motivation and the Self”

Vision of a Sage

It was many moons ago, the exact date, the exact year I can no longer recall.  Yet, with such moments time truly does not factor in.  When we step into Sacred Time itself, how can our mere mortal calculation capture it?  How can that which is time bound capture that which is infinity itself?

My room, a small modest abode.  Not modest in an attempt to be humble.  Modest for lack of space to be luxurious.  

Was it a dream, or did I see it in reality?  

Such questions the mind will throw.  Yet, is not our waking world unreal for our dream family? Continue reading “Vision of a Sage”