The Open Heart will Recognise God

An open heart

About the middle of April, as I went up to bed to sleep. I was sitting on the bed and I communed with the Higher Self. A random question arose in my mind as to why God is not recognised when He takes on an earthly body. The answer was instantaneous, I was told that those whose hearts are opened will recognise God. As I pondered on this, I was told that, when your heart is open you will always recognise God in whatever shape, or form He chooses (there is no gender). God can take any name, or form.  If your heart is open then you will recognise Him.

Meeting God in India

I remembered an incident many years ago, when Swami (my Guru, God and Guide), told me in my meditation, that I should go round South India and that He was coming with me. Ranjana and I took the train, and when we entered the border of Kerala state (where my parents grew up), the train stopped at the first station in Kerala, called Palghat. I heard a blind lady singing a song in my native language (Malayalam). Although, I wasn’t fluent in Malayalam, I understood what was being sung. My heart opened and tears flowed. I knew I was in the presence of God, but all I saw was this blind old lady. My wife found me crying and wondered what was happening to me. I remember feeling confused and looked for any signs that this blind old lady was Swami, to confirm my feelings. Two weeks later, when I was back in England, I had a dream where Swami showed me that he was that blind old lady.

Houseboat Kerala (Image by alleppeyhouseboatclub from Pixabay)

God is all-pervasive. It is based on this that the Veda declares, Sarvatah Pani Padam Tat Sarvathokshi Siromukham,Sarvatah Srutimalloke Sarvamavritya Thishtathi (with His hands, feet, eyes, head, mouth, and ears pervading everything, God permeates the entire universe). You may hoodwink anyone, but not God. He is always watching you. He is the eternal witness. He is present in you, just as the power of vision resides in your eye. Not even a blade of grass can move without His Will.

Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai (Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 32)

Aren’t two sparrows sold for a small coin? But not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father knowing about it already.

Matthew 10:29 (Common English Bible)

Sparrows

Covid-19

I realise that everything is ordained by God and that there is no coincidence. Take the present situation with the corona virus (covid-19) happening now. It is here to transform people’s perception. The virus has brought out the fear in people and in the leaders in many countries. The decision makers are trying to control the virus, perhaps they believe by using a vaccine they will control the spread of the virus. Unfortunately, whatever their beliefs are, or whatever conclusion science has come to, it does not take away the fear, or the fact that this is a chance for us to grow and gain wisdom. I believe that people are given the opportunity to become aware that everything is happening for their own spiritual evolvement. I know that the leaders of this country mean well, taking into account the scientific knowledge available at present, to make their decisions. There will come a time, when they will realise that no amount of control on their part will change the inexorable will of Nature (God) and what’s ordained. God, will always prevail.

Unconditional Love

The majority of people are concerned with their self and there are very few who are concerned about the welfare of others. This corona virus is an agent of nature forcing people to transform. It is a transformative agent of Nature, to make people become more loving and giving to each other. Those who have been transformed will be of benefit and service to society, giving to others unconditionally. For some, it is a time of pain as they lose their loved ones. Sadness arises as a human condition, because of our attachment to our families and friends. It is a means of experiencing life and all the lessons life has to give. How do you gain you wisdom without experience?

However, no one dies, only their bodies cease to exist. We are not the body. The body is an apparel we require, to experience this plane of consciousness. It is temporary. The people who have passed on have moved to a different level of consciousness and may have completed whatever they have come to do, or learn. So, when we cry, who are we crying for? The answer is, we weep for ourselves, because the entity we knew does not exist physically anymore and we won’t be able to communicate with that individual on a physical level. However, they still exist for us, as we still have our memories of them. It is best to accept that they have left this plane of existence, but with the consolation and gratitude, for the memories they gave us. The experiences gives us the opportunity to learn our lessons and gain our wisdom. This will open our hearts.

DEATH

Dead Tree

Most people fear death and many of their decisions are tainted by this fear. What is death? We are told that Death is the permanent cessation of all biological functions. In other words, we are told that we are the body, a popular belief. The Truth is, we are not the body. The body is a vessel that contains the Soul/ Atma that enables us to experience life on Earth to gain wisdom, to attain the highest level of consciousness (i.e. God Consciousness). The death, is the death of the body/vessel that like all things on this Earth, degrades over time, as the body is temporary. You cannot die. What is this ‘You’? You are the Soul or the Atma which cannot die. You reside in the body until the time comes for the body to die. You are then reincarnated in another body till you gain wisdom and achieve Moksha (freedom from the cycle of birth and death).

The Truth

That being the case, why are people so afraid of death? The first is the belief, that they are the body. So that with death they will cease to exist. The second is the fear of pain, which people believe will accompany the death experience. The other reason is attachment and desire (fearing separation from their loved ones and property). All these reasons are due to belief systems that reside within the mind. These beliefs exist because of ignorance. The Truth is found beyond the mind. As long as one has the belief that you are the body, or mind, you will suffer. The consequence of this ignorance are fear and confusion. The Truth is, you are part of God. The whole of the foundation of life is based on God.

Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

“The Lord is the unseen foundation on which your life is built. He is the source, sustenance and strength. Without His will, no leaf can turn, no blade of grass can quiver. What firmer foundation can you desire than this? Once you know that the Lord, the Omnipotent Power, is the mainspring of your life, there will be no fear any more. When you suspect the strength of the foundation of a house, you are afraid to enter it; when you suspect the skill of the manufacturer, you are nervous to ride in the car. Bhishma and other Bhakthas (devotees) as well as Sankara (Adi Sankara) and other Jnanis (sages), knew that the Lord is the Aadhaara (foundation), and so they had no fear at all. But that faith has not taken root in man today and so, this has become an age of Fear and Anxiety, of Ashanti (no peace).”

Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba  Sanatana Sarathi magazine  May 1995

Musings on LIFE (part four)

In Sanskrit, the whole of creation is known as Prakriti which is nature. Nature is the physical presence of ‘The One’ – ‘God’. I will use the term ‘The One’ instead of ‘God’ in this blog. Nowadays, the term ‘God’ has negative associations, and sometimes it is linked to superstition or foolishness.

The Original Desire

Milky Way Space from Pixabay

I mentioned in a previous blog that ‘The One’ separated ITSELF from itself to love Itself. This is the original desire. All of creation arose from this desire to love. All of creation is Love. All of humanity is an embodiment of this love. Life is a journey back to ‘The One’. To be on this plane of existence on Earth you have Grace from ‘The One’. Only on Earth do you get the opportunity to advance to become divinity and merge with ‘The One’. The Earth is the ‘Garden of Eden’ where humanity was placed. Other beings in the Universe pray for this opportunity.

Gaining Wisdom

Life is a gift from ‘The One’. So, make good use of your life. Your life is a long journey to accrue wisdom, from your experiences in this world. The journey is a succession of lives, that maybe hundreds or thousands in number, depending on how much wisdom you gather and how aware you become.

Kundalini

Cobra

As you gain wisdom, a time will come when you are sufficiently mature for the Kundalini to express itself. The Kundalini is the power of ‘The One’ which resides in the base of your spine. It is sometimes symbolised as a serpent of light. This is because it moves up the spine in a zigzag manner just like a snake. This power of ‘The One’ is in everyone. But, it lies dormant till ‘The One’ awakens it within you once you are ‘ripe’. The Kundalini will clear all false beliefs from your mind and eliminate the toxins in your body. Previous diseases may surface for a time to clear from the body. You will also be guided to change your diet and take on new positive habits. Eventually, your awareness will grow until you become aware of the Truth, that you are ‘The One’. This is Self-Realisation.

Musings on LIFE (part three)

Lately, there has been a furore in the media about the fires in the Amazon. The media states that the Amazon covers 2.1 million square miles and produces 20% of the global oxygen, it is referred to as the “lungs of the planet”, and it is being destroyed. The media points the blame at the South American countries, forgetting, that in the west most of our forests were destroyed centuries ago and we are relying on oxygen produced by forests in other countries. Fortunately, there are no boundaries on the globe to physically limit oxygen within the producing area. It would be a shock if other countries charged us for using their oxygen, since we destroyed most of our forests in pursuit of industrialisation in the West. Now these countries are doing exactly the same thing we did, in pursuit of their own expansion. In fact, we are accomplices in the destruction of their forests.

Forest fire Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

The Cost of Desire

The desire for meat and other ‘profitable’ products, especially from the West, is one of the main reasons why countries are willing to destroy their own forests. There is a huge market for products that voracious consumers in the West desire. Greenpeace suggests that we could replace some of the meat and dairy in our food with plant-based alternatives. A more sustainable approach to farming, means we can produce enough food for everyone, improve our health, and look after our planet as well. They also state that the UK imports huge quantities of soya. Globally, some 90% of soya is used to feed animals, including cows, pigs and chickens. 1

Can We Change our Behaviour?

The South American countries are doing what we have done before, so instead of asking them to stop burning their forests, isn’t it better to stop giving them a reason for doing it. We could change our behaviour and stop using those products, become vegetarians, or if that is too difficult, eat less meat. Some of our children in the West do not even know where meat comes from. In their ignorance they believe it appears in supermarkets in packets. They don’t realise that animals are killed for it. It is also cruel to animals to slaughter them in order to consume them. Most of the Western, or advanced countries have a duty to make a positive impact in this world by shunning cruelty to animals. In 2018, the G7 countries represent 58% of the global net wealth and worth over $300 trillion and yet they offered a paltry $20 million to combat fires in the amazon 2 . Their greed and ego stop them from being a positive force in the face of this opportunity.

We have pets but we don’t consider killing them for food.  It is said that a dog is a man’s best friend. However, today people have gone overboard with their attention to their pets. Some dogs are fed very expensive food, while millions are starving in other countries. Some of these pets are even clothed. Pets have become like the owner’s child, especially in the way that they are cosseted. This is true in the West and to some extent in
westernised cities in the East . In the East, a dog is considered unclean and never let into the house. Their duty is to guard the home. They are definitely not allowed on the bed and neither is it considered normal, to let them sleep with you in bed.

Maybe, it is time to become aware that everything we desire has consequences and that there is a cost… like the Amazon fires.

Image by Ria Sopala from Pixabay 

1 https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/challenges/soya/

2 http://amazonwatch.org/news/2019/0830-why-its-been-so-lucrative-to-destroy-the-amazon-rainforest

Musings on LIFE (part two)

There is only one. Many years ago, my Teacher Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba gave me an experience of Self-Realisation. I realised I am Atma (Self/Soul) and part of Paramatma. There is no ‘seven billion atmas’, there is only one. It is a paradox. It is the mind that creates the seven billion. The analogy of the hologram explains the paradox. The bit in a hologram contains the whole. You can take away any number of bits from the whole, it remains always whole. The reason we think the way we do is because in the physical world, physical matter becomes less if something is taken away from it. A drop taken away from the ocean becomes a drop less. This is not true in consciousness.

We are One

We are all one, my Teacher says,
“…See in Me yourself, for I see Myself in you all. You are My life, My breath My soul. You are My forms, all. When I love you I love Myself; when you love yourselves, you love Me. I have separated Myself from Myself so that I may love Myself. My beloved ones, you are MY own self.” Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

The Wisdom of the Upanishads

The Upanishads which are part of the Vedas (are primary texts of ancient Hinduism) where a divine mantra states in Sanskrit:

“Om Puurnnam-Adah Puurnnam-Idam Puurnnaat-Purnnam-Udacyate Puurnnashya Puurnnam-Aadaaya Puurnnam-Eva-Avashissyate Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih.”

It means, THAT is full/complete, and THIS is full/complete. From THAT comes THIS and if THIS is removed from THAT.  THAT remains full/complete or, ever full”. The meaning of this mantra explains the holographic nature of reality. THAT (Brahman/TRUTH) is the one consciousness and THIS (LOVE) is creation. Creation (LOVE) comes from (Brahman/TRUTH). The absolute Truth is within oneself. The world outside is a relative truth. However, most people look outside themselves and identify it as real. Therefore, they seek their happiness from the objects in the world. When their desires are not fulfilled, they become unhappy. True happiness is their connection to God (Love & Truth) within them. As long as they look outside for happiness, it won’t be fulfilled.

The Search for Happiness

Soaring Eagle Seeking

You can observe this behaviour in people looking for happiness in the world, thinking that the external objects in the world will fulfill their desires and give them happiness. Unfortunately, instead of happiness people suffer because their desires are unfulfilled. People follow the wrong role models, who are themselves confused and create negative behaviour. This confused behaviour is adopted by people who consider themselves followers. An example would be Michael Jackson singing the song called ‘Bad’. He was traumatised, confused, and angry with the world. The lyrics go on to say, “I’m bad”, exhorting his followers, mostly young impressionable youths to think that, “I am bad” is a good thing. This idea compromises personal values, sowing seeds of confusion and dissension.

However, he is not the only one. There are other so-called celebrities in industries like clothing and retail. Where once people took pride in the clothes they wore, now they go about in torn jeans to look fashionable. How ridiculous can you get? Some have gone to extremes, where their pant legs are supported by a few threads, looking disintegrated. They look like paupers who can’t afford new clothes but, they pay an exorbitant price for these torn clothes. Followers of fashion, also wear clothes that cover strategic parts of their anatomies, like a peep show. They have become body conscious, parading their bodies to seek attention.

It is like the story of the ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’. Where the king was looking for clothes which no one had, to be special. A couple of scammers persuaded the king that the clothes they supplied were so fine, that it was almost invisible. They persuaded the king to wear these invisible clothes in public. The king paraded in public to show his beautiful clothes to his subjects. The king was made aware that he was actually naked, by a young child who shouted out the truth. The child was not inhibited or conditioned like the adults, who were afraid to voice their opinions.

Until people stop identifying with the objective world, they will keep suffering. When they realise that they are not the body, or their title, or occupation and become AWARE, that they are ‘Love and Truth’, their suffering will stop.

Musings on LIFE (part one)

When you ask yourself the question, WHO AM I?

When you ask yourself the question, WHO AM I? Do you identify yourself with the Body, your Job, your Race, or your Religion? If you do, you support divisiveness. If you see differences, then you create divisions, which are the harbingers of war. Most people would find the answer, “YOU ARE GOD” very difficult. Most people whether they are Christians, Muslims, or Jews, all over the world would find this concept difficult to accept and they would even consider it blasphemous. Even though Jesus announced that he was “one with the Father” from his own experience. It did not seem to apparent to most Christians, that if it was true for him, it is also true for them. Perhaps, it did occur to them, but no one dared to claim that they are God. History has shown that the so-called leaders want to keep their power and authority. They get very cross with those who defy them, as Jesus can prove when he was put on the cross, literally. You can only know this Truth from your own experience. The Truth is, you are God, as Jesus attested. This is also known as Self-Realisation. So, when people say that they are Self-Realised, do they understand that they are saying that they are GOD?

The Tree is ONE, it has many branches and leaves, they are not separate from the ONE Tree

Unity and Peace

Even in these more enlightened days, if you defy those in authority, you can still be crucified financially and socially, and suffer. Whether it is religion, or science, you will be going against their belief systems, or should I say, rattling their cages. Their belief systems are the cages they built. They have invested a lot of energy keeping their belief systems intact. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, all recognise Abraham as their first prophet. All of these religions come from the same source. They all agree that God is nameless and formless and give it different names Yahweh, Allah and Almighty God. Even then, they quarrel amongst themselves, stating that theirs is the True God. How can this be, if it is the same Source? It is the leaders who interpret it differently and foist it onto their followers, which creates differences. There is a growing trend for fundamentalism, creating dissensions and divisions within their own religion. The problem is, so long as we see differences among us, there cannot be peace. We have to look for similarities and create unity, for peace to reign in the world.

Nature Matters

I got up this morning with the bird songs, the rays of the sun on my face and felt a joy within me. I remember my spiritual teacher (Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai) saying that Nature is the physical manifestation of God. He also said that Nature is your teacher. The joy you experience within you is the connection to God that is Nature. God is Love and Truth.

Nature’s Love

The Sanskrit word Prakriti means Nature, which is the whole expanding Universe. My first experience of communing with Nature happened nearly thirty years ago. It was at lunch break during a spiritual course I was attending at Tekel’s park in Camberley,Surrey. I leaned against one of the redwood trees and meditated and was surprised to feel myself being hugged by a masculine energy with love. It felt good and my perception of Nature changed, and I saw it from a different perspective. Previously, Nature was part of the background for me and now it was something, I could commune with and feel the love of God. The indwelling divinity within that Tree and all of Nature.

Redwood Tree in Newforest National Park

The Word ‘God’

The word ‘God’ has such bad press now, that people are even ashamed of using it. Scientists believe that a rigorous scientific method will ensure the reliability of their hypothesis from accumulated data and experiments. Science perceives religion and faith as a threat to the scientific method, which they feel should be resisted. So, the word God is being seen more and more as mere superstition or foolishness.

There are differences of opinions among the scientific community. A scientific genius, Albert Einstein, stated in 1954, “I cannot prove to you that there is no personal God, but if I were to speak of him, I would be a liar.… My God created laws that take care of that. His universe is not ruled by wishful thinking but by immutable laws” (Hermanns, William (1983) P 132). However, on the other hand you have Richard Dawkins, who wrote the bestseller, ‘The God Delusion’ in which he contends, “that a supernatural creator almost certainly does not exist and that belief in a personal god qualifies as a delusion”. Here you can see how a great genius like Albert Einstein had an open mind and saw God in the ‘harmony of the cosmos’, while the egotistical Richard Dawkins emphatically states that ‘God is a delusion’.

When the time is right and you have an open mind, you don’t have to be a scientific genius to know the TRUTH that God exists. That will be shown to you when you are ready.