As mentioned earlier, to understand Christ's resurrection, we have to understand that we are not just physical bodies. The real person is LIVING in this body as the life energy and will leave the body at the end. Once we recognize our non-physical nature, then the Christ's Resurrection makes complete sense!!
Once the body falls, our identity becomes our subtle body which is indestructible!
Personal relationship with God: Bible preaches primarily a path of devotion and places a lot of emphasis on the personal relationship with God! God is the solution to life!! We need to engage in a conversation with God, toss our problems to higher powers than always trying to figure out the solutions with our minds! This is called surrender and stops the mental chatter significantly. A new wisdom dawns at that point.
Mind prevents miracles by asking questions on a continuous basis. Faith allows miracles to happen. and allows the greater forces in the universe to lend their assistance to us. That would be "living in spirit" and not "living in body"! Bible refers multiple times to the body as a "corruption".. Unfortunately, we live in a faithless society. For want of faith in God, we have to put our faith in money and expect money to solve all problems
“The kingdom of the god is within you” is a powerful statement. So we have to go within to find the kingdom...but we always search the kingdom outside the body. God is the life energy in us.. How to contact the God who is hidden within us? Jesus did say “ I and my Father are One” ..He ofcouse was not referring to his body. That means Godliness is hidden within each and every one of us. But this is not obvious to us because of our identification with the body...and we suffer for the body. .and hence transcending the body/mind is the goal.
Yes, the pineal gland has a retina, cornea and lens! hence it can very well be called as an eye!
We talked about the pine-cone shaped pineal gland and couple of videos referring to it as the "seat of the soul".
Please do RSVP for our upcoming meetup on April 1st is https://goo.gl/bwyqBR , if you plan to come . The agenda & other details are below.
Suffering is the nature of the world; whether physically, psychologically, emotionally, we all suffer on a daily, hourly basis :) Unfortunately, this is true for everyone, the rich and poor alike! The National Science Foundation published an article regarding research about human thoughts per day , 80% of which are negative :) According to the research, the average person has about 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day. Of those, 80% are apparently negative.
We talked in our earlier posts on how our thoughts influence us and no lasting transformation is possible without changing of thoughts! The mantras/holy sounds help us change our thoughts and hence act as powerful catalysts for change.
One of the topics for our discussion next week is “Why do we worship God?”. As we quoted earlier, according to Gita (7:16), “Four types of people seek Me – the distressed, the seekers of Knowledge, Wealth seekers and the men of wisdom.”. Some of the key life issues we touched are relationship, wealth and healing with relevant mantras for the first two, namely KLEEM and SHREEM BRZEE. You may refer to our blog posts for details of such information.
The Communion / The Last Supper:
According to Bible, The Last Supper is the final meal on a Thursday night that Jesus shared with his disciples in Jerusalem before his crucifixion on Friday. During the meal, Jesus predicted that one of his Apostles would betray him. Judas was specifically identified as the traitor. In the course of the Last Supper, Jesus breaks some bread, says a prayer, and hands the pieces of bread to his disciples, saying "this is my body." He then takes a cup of wine, offers another prayer, and hands it around, saying "this is my blood of the everlasting covenant..."
Portrayal of bread as the body and wine as the blood signifies the flesh and blood existence of our own bodies. Breaking of the bread has to be understood in terms of getting out of our own intense identification with the body (thus forgetting our true nature). Christ's resurrection three days after crucifixion (on Easter Sunday) signifies the fact that soul is indestructible and even after the body falls, our astral/subtle bodies remain. For souls, who are not under the bondage of sin (karma), this is the beginning of a new life (though death is not a pre-requisite for it, as evidenced in the life of several living masters). Such states are mentioned in various names in various traditions like for example, as Salvation, Moksha (Liberation/Freedom), Nirvana (state of emptiness), etc.
In our previous posts, we discussed about third-eye (mentioned in vedic texts as the seat of the mystical powers) identifying its location as the pine-cone shaped (or eye shaped) Pineal Gland. This is also referred to as the “seat of the soul” in ancient texts.
In Vatican, the center of the Roman Catholic Church, one of the largest statues is the statue of a pine-cone, 4 meters in high with two peacocks on either side ( see below).
Genesis 32:30 : Jacob named the place Peniel (which means "face of God"), for he said, "I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been spared."
Easter Sunday Thoughts -1 : christian trinity, Holy Spirit, sin and Fruit of knowledge (Sunday, April 1st)
Just realized that April 1st is Easter Sunday. Besides the Easter bunny and egg-hunt, it would be profitable to discuss some key aspects Christ’s resurrection and its meaning to us. Jesus was crucified on Good Friday but rose from the grave, three days later, on Easter Sunday, to appear before his disciples, multiple times.
Just so that we build knowledge in a cohesive and complementing way, I am providing some comparisons below to Eastern philosophy for better appreciation of key Christian concepts. Please feel to correct if you feel differently.
Astral Body: (and resurrection)
Per Vedantic philosophy, a human being has an astral body with multiple layers (also called subtle body), besides the gross/physical body. When human body falls, the astral body remains. You may read up more here. The soul/Self lives in the body and remains even after the physical body is disintegrated because it cannot be destroyed. There are many cases of enlightened masters reappearing in the East.. So this is not something difficult to understand.
Concept of sin: It could be a little challenge to understand the concept of “sin” in Christianity, and every person as “sinner” from an Eastern philosophical perspective, but if you equate Sin=Karma, it would be a lot less difficult! Every person is under the bondage of Karma, and annihilation of Karma is a key requirement for getting out of the cycle of rebirths. Jesus came to carry the “sins” of the world, for redeeming the world! So the sins need to removed for redemption! Now the concept of sin makes a lot more sense!
The Fruit of Knowledge:
Adam and Eve fell from Garden of Eden because they ate the “fruit of knowledge”. Knowledge is always considered inferior in Eastern wisdom. The ancient seers always “knew” and their knowledge came through mystical experiences which are later scribed in books. Hence the books are often considered as secondary sources of knowledge and the focus is to “experience” the divinity oneself .
The Christian Trinity: The Father (God), Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit.
The usage of terms the Father and the Son are somewhat easy understand in terms of the ultimate consciousness called God and the individual consciousness (called son) in each one of us. In the East, the ultimate consciousness of God has two aspects, namely Father and Mother.. Union of the individual and the universal is the Advaita (only one).. In Bible, Jesus does say, “I and my Father are one!”, though that is not the mainstream teaching.
Now the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit (also called Holy Ghost) is a slightly different principle and is a little tricky to understand. Jesus attributed all his miracles to Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit often comes as “wind” (hence the term, holy Ghost).. In the modern days, two people who have spoken on Holy spirit are Benny Hinn and Oral Robertson and the Bible itself provides limited details.
In the East, the term Prana (or breath in simplest terms ) is often used by saints to create “live” idols by infusing “prana”……It is actually called “prana pratishta. …very similar to God “blew the air” to create Adam (“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being). Holy spirit is the breath of God! As mentioned in the article, the original Hebrew word used is (Ruach – meaning air which is the same word for breath).. Here is the quote “ We almost get a little spooky talking about the Holy Ghost, but the Hebrew word behind spirit is ruach, and it means "air in motion." It is the same word for "breath." It also means "life." By resemblance to breath and air in motion, it means "spirit." That’s where we get the translation".
With ref to our interest in spiritual healing, there is a Board certified doctor named Dr. Mitchell Gibson who can look at a person's aura for treating.. Dr. Gibson was actually named multiple times among the the best doctors in America.
Mitchell Gibson Quick Facts
Main Areas: spiritual growth, enlightenment, spirit disturbances, spirit attachment removal, psychiatry,
Best Sellers: Your Immortal Body of Light, The Miracle Prayer, Signs of Mental Illness, Words of Power for Healing, The Secrets of Spiritual Healing
Career Focus: Spiritual Teacher, Speaker, Clairvoyant
Affiliation: Tybro Publications
Mitchell Earl Gibson MD
"The Spirit Doctor"
Dr. Mitchell Gibson is one of the world's leading authorities on the interface of science, the human soul, and the frontiers of human consciousness. He is a board-certified forensic psychiatrist, author and spiritual teacher.
He has delivered addresses to many of the world's largest conferences related to science and consciousness. These include, The International Science and Consciousness Conference, The Sivananda Ashram Annual Symposium, International Institute of Integral Human Sciences, The SSGRR-IT Conference on Advances in Electronic Medicine in Italy, The Southeast Regional Unity Ministers Conference, The Northwest Astrological Association, The American Federation of Astrologers and many others.
Dr. Gibson was born in Pinehurst, North Carolina on August 24, 1959. He was born to William James and Mary Magdalene Gibson. One of five children, Gibson's parent's separated when he was 5 years old and he grew up in Ellerbe North Carolina; a small farming community near Pinehurst.
Gibson excelled in academics and received a full scholarship to Florida A&M University. He majored in Premedical Science and graduated at the top of his pre med class, magna cum laude.
Dr. Gibson received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then completed his residency training at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. During his last year of residency he served as Chief Resident in Psychiatry and received the Albert Einstein Foundation Research Award for his work in Sleep Disorders.
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During his residency, Dr. Gibson began having a series of extraordinary experiences that awakened him to the realities of the spiritual world. He visited Sri Matajhi Indira Devi in Pune India in August 1994 in an attempt to get answers that would help him understand these experiences. "Ma", as she liked to be called, initiated Gibson into the mysteries of the Holy Mother and the Goddess Lakshmi. These experiences profoundly influenced his practice of medicine and psychiatry.
Dr. Mitchell Gibson has the rare distinction of being the only physician to win the highest award ever granted by the American Federation of Astrologers, the prestigious B.F. Sims Pounds Jr. Award. Dr. Gibson was granted this award twice for his work in astrology, clairvoyance, and spiritual research.
Dr. Gibson uses his clairvoyant and spiritual gifts to work with a select group of clients. He has retired from the traditional practice of psychiatry and has devoted his time to writing, teaching and spiritual research. He now works full time helping these clients free themselves from spiritual disturbances.
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Happy Sunday..The Daylight savings time has started, and it is already 10AM!
For our meeting on April 1st, this is what we are planning. Someone suggested the topic “ Why do we worship God?!” . Couple of other topics would be:
-Sikh religious basics -15 min
-Reiki & Healing - 15 min
We will continue to talk about brain specifically this time about “Third-eye (or mid-brain)” .
Faith is blind ... The "I believe...." or "I trust..." approach doesn't really look for reasoning! We use our reason and logic as much as possible but after some time the reason itself becomes unreasonable and logic, illogical. At that time, we may have to throw them overboard! It just becomes "I trust" or " I believe" and then you go about looking forscientific facts to substantiate what you trust, so that it can be explained in more acceptable scientific language!
To develop faith, the English aphorism "Fake it till you make it" may be applicable ! You fake faith and eventually you get it! Without faith, miracles don't happen.. The "doubting thomases" of the world haven't done much! Gita (4:40) says about faithless people " samshayatma vinashyati" meaning "Those who are constantly in doubt, are ruined. " We have to put our faith somewhere!
Now more about the third-eye or its corresponding physical location, pineal gland! (see picture above)
We will continue to talk about brain specifically this time about “Third-eye (or mid-brain)” . Most of you might have already heard it …but hey, these days when even kids are demonstrating cool third-eye powers, and adults are standing in awe! Not sure what science say about these things!
"If you have a head, you have a third-eye " ...Ma Yoga Mata
(Just pay attention to the last part when she is wishing for a lego and it comes true!)
Nicola Farmer teaches them to awaken these abilities from her home school located in Essex, England. Seeing the children run around, read books, and play games while blindfolded reminded me of the X-Men Academy.
Two of her students, Sonny and Lucy, spoke with me about their unique abilities.
Lucy told me anyone can learn how to do what she does, saying the "light" within her guides her sight.
The pineal gland is the literal third eye!
Let's hope that one day, our third-eye powers also would be awakened!
The yogic third-eye corresponds to the PINEAL GLAND in the middle of the brain and it doesn’t work based on logic 😊. The good news is that it doesn't ask the why, how, what questions! Once we activate the third-eye, and bring any wish to it, it becomes automatically manifested! How cool is that 😊
Most of us know the point between the eyebrows (also called brow-chakra or Ajna chakra) and it actually corresponds to the third-eye in the middle of the brain!...
Someone also mentioned about the great saint named Kabir... We all know about him in schools via "Kabir ke dohe" ..the two-liners with great meaning..
Kabir was a staunch advocate of the formless nature of God.
Happened to remember reading (long back) about this amazing lady named Radha Ma from Arunachala. In the mostly male-dominated "non-dual" world, her teachings are pretty refreshing. She used to call her meetings fun satsangs (fun-sangs) ...Here is a quick video about how she addresses the question on non-dual inquiry..
Loved the part where she says one needs surrender to be successful in the non-dual path, which otherwise would become dry and lifeless, very quickly.
Saturn is all about doling out karma and teaching us the lessons we need to learn. Often, these lessons can be painful and arduous to navigate through.
Here is a quote " Saturn is generally considered to be a punisher and the malefic planet, but that is only looking at Saturn in a negative perspective. He is a great teacher. Unless you are given hardships in your life, you are not going to learn. If life is very smooth, [like] a bed of roses, nobody is going to even reflect on what life is. They will lie down on the beach with a beer bottle or something. That's what happens for most of the people who are wealthy. They never even think about it. Saturn gives an opportunity for the soul to evolve.”
“There are two divisions of time that you need to be aware of about Saturn. One is the Saturn Dasa. if you ask, the astrologer will tell you whether you are running Saturn Dasa. which is a long period of being, 19 or 20 years of time. It will be a very, very troublesome period when you will go through life with great difficulties. That's one time. Then everyone also goes through the seven-and-a-half years of Saturn, when Saturn stays for two-and-a-half years in each zodiac.”
That’s a lot of years of hardship and learning. There are some calculators online that can tell you when this may happen, and some are easier to understand than others.
However, there is a happy ending. “Once you are out of that, then you will be prepared for a good life,”
Look forward to seeing you all for the meetup tomorrow. Thanks to Monica for hosting the event. Appreciate if you could return the books borrowed for further circulation. Thank you.
RSVP link: https://goo.gl/7ejkXS (we have only limited spots at our new location..Kindly RSVP , if you plan to come.Thank you.)
Since several people joined us since our last meeting, let me summarize the highlights of discussion we had on the above topics, in preparation for the meetup tomorrow..
Astrology: 30 min (Aparna will talk to us on Astrology)
Can planets influence our lives? It is hard to believe so using a rational mind. There is lot of wisdom in astrology that we don't want to miss.
It is a study of time and may explain why we undergo certain experiences in certain periods of life.
J.P. Morgan says " “Millionaires don’t need astrology, billionaires do”. Many successful people had their own astrologers. In India, Vedic astrology is considered as a science, by
supreme court judgement . But not so in the west. The most dreaded planet in astrology is Saturn, whose impact often results in some amount of humbling experiences, all for good though!
(On a lighter note, per western astrology, the Saturn just entered Capricorn in December :) Typically, Saturn stays for 2.5 years in one sign. If you are a Capricorn, you may watch your life and observe the difference!)
In vedic astrology, every planet has a "being" associated with it! They are considered conscious beings !! (like any one of us :)) For example, in India, it is not uncommon to see a temple dedicated to Saturn (Shaneeswaran) and offering worship for Saturn remediation. (not a recommendation ; just a mention)
Shreem Brzee -The Wealth Mantra - 5 min (Our March Special)
Let us not miss this knowledge. This is the wealth mantra making its rounds in internet, with lots of testimonials. .Shreem is the power sound for the Goddess of wealth, and Brzee is the sound revealed to its author. Spiritual people are generally poor, unfortunately. This mantra is supposed to be the spiritual solution. Check out this link and other related videos
Spirituality and money are generally considered opposites, but the realities of modern-day life are different. In the land of "Almighty Dollar", preaching impractical ethics and asceticism does not fly.. The God is rich and owns the world!
urdhva-moolam adhaḥ-shakham (Gita: 15:1) - this human body " this tree that has its roots upward and its branches down" ...we need to nourish the brain ...and mantras provide a way.
From a scientific perspective, certain mantras/sacred sounds can activate parts of brain and change the way we think; and transformation is often achieved by changing our thoughts. Mantras were never analyzed how they work; they were mostly taken as a pill...Shreem Brzee, the way its author describes it, is considered as the mantra to put the money back in the hands of spiritual people.
We examined some books and individuals like Oprah, Richard Branson etc to analyze billionaire minds and validate that people change destinies by changing their thoughts.
See more details in our blog The sanskrit quote, "Yad bhavam, thad bhavathi" -- You become, what you believe may be appropriate here.
Topic of our Discussion : Form and Formless Worship of God : 45 min
This is a big one! How can God be confined to a form is the normal argument in most cases. Worship of gods and goddesses are prevalent in India (and in ancient Egypt ) - besides the Advaita - or the non-dual aspect, where the individual consciousness ir merged with Universal consciousness (God)
Mythologically, in India, there are 330 million mythological Devas/ Devatas (the bright beings)...which are often mis-translated as "gods" in English for lack of an equivalent word. The devotees typically believe that these beings have god-like powers and can grant them whatever they want in life! and it is easier to get results by worshipping a god with a form! So why worship a formless god!
check out this article: The Indian temple Steve Jobs advised Mark Zuckerberg to visit
To strike a contrast, in Buddhism (being agnostic), there is no God and there is no Soul !! Buddha does however mention "shoonya" which is often mis-translated as "nothingness" which is "attained in "nirvana"! This shoonya is often compared to state of enlightenment (or self-realization) in other oriental religions.
For fun, check this video from Osho Rajneesh below: "For Thirty-two Years I Have Been Absolutely Nothing" ..(if you can take it!)
Ultimately, spirituality is experiential...doesn't really matter what specific concepts of God we have in our "mind"...If we look at our own lives, we see that "the concepts of God" of have been changing over the years!
Please do send in your thoughts and comments or any books /passages/videos that inspired you.. We are all learning....Let's nourish each other with great , noble and inspiring thoughts!