Meeting Hanuman. Meeting Love

“…you don’t want to be a sannyasin, you just want to be happy.”


Little did I know at the time, these words would have an affect on me that only months later I would begin to notice.

But, let’s not jump to end.  As with many stories it’s best to start at the beginning:

I didn’t know what to expect or why I was so excited about the idea of the event—being that I didn’t know who the speaker was or what the topic was about—the only thing I heard was the Krishna Das was suppose to be there (even though his name was not on the event flyer).  And being that many hours of my life have been spent listening to his music I thought it would be worth the attempt to show up,  although I was skeptical of that information.
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Forget about Awakening-Love yourself

Questioner: Good morning my friend. I pray all is well. All good here, though I must admit I’ve been finding myself, once again, on the verge of spiritual despair. I’m still longing for that Truth to be a direct experience- not something read in some book.

Agnisattva: You are not looking for an experience, you are simply looking for happiness. To be happy, you most begin to be happy with yourself. To not hate yourself or to try to run away from yourself , but to make peace with yourself. Spiritual experience are meaningless cause that’s not what’s being searched for. If an experience happened and you were still miserable, you wouldn’t even care for it. Continue reading “Forget about Awakening-Love yourself”

Life Without Meaning

Life has no meaning

When we hear this phrase, what passes through our minds? We usually do not like to hear these sorts of statements. These statements are usually uttered by people who have reached the lowest points in their lives, or by someone who just has an overall negative view of life. We equate such utterances with depression, because in truth the idea of a meaningless life frightens us.  Which is why we spend so much time and energy looking for meaning in our lives. Friends, work, parties, anything to give us a sense of meaning and purpose.  But as we all soon discover, there is a point where none of it seems to work anymore. Continue reading “Life Without Meaning”

Running from the Gallows

Questioner: Hello, what is your schedule tomorrow? Would it be possible to meet?

 

Agnisattva: Yes, we can meet, let’s schedule a time.

 

*After times have been agreed upon *

 

Questioner: Unfortunately something came up, but let’s stay in touch.

 

Agnisattva: No worries. Blessing to you

 

*Another Day*

 

Questioner: Namaste my friend. I pray all is well. Are you busy today?

 

Agnisattva: All should be pretty clear today. Continue reading “Running from the Gallows”

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”

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”