With None to Come

All those years of people riding
Up natures track of dreams
Countless generations in one gene
But the train is running out of rail and steam

All those imprints, all those Souls
All the good, and all the mean
All those miles of trials
All those pieces made me

They are the reason
They delivered me
Away from the blood
They made me see

I am their child
With none to come
Their last son on
The family tree

The last setting son
The limb is done
The bud has bloomed
It all ends with me

I will end the code
Throw away the key
No more tears or cheers
I will happily set them free

For the line is done
But my day not gone
I will enjoy this last run
A complete life was meant to be

I’m honored by your sacrifice
Rest assured it was not in vain
Contentment dissolves the stain
Which delivers us from anymore pain

Prayer vs. Blessings

Everyone is familiar with prayer, and it’s one of the more popular attributes of today’s religions. Out of a sense of belonging, self-preservation, and convenience we gather concepts that suit our personal agenda. Unfortunately, this act usually bleeds over into the way we pray and see God, thus avoiding deeper issues. Denial is the foundation of the lazy religious negotiator as they navigate through life, and prayer is one of their tools. Causing an avoidance to prayer for many people, and I am one. God is leveraged out in so many different directions these days, hardly anyone is looking for the truth or at their own issues. Thank goodness for networking sites like this where we can find like minded people making a positive effort.

Prayer looses its power or purpose when judgments or personal ideologies surface in the process, which negate what little good comes from them. Selfless prayer is a rare commodity today, and few understand the value of the humble servant. True selfless prayer does help in life, when it’s done with sincerity and not with judgment, or as a prop for the ego. Passing on good thoughts might not help much, however empathy with sincerity is the best you can do in a lot of circumstances. Thoughts have a subtle power to them, and although they may not change anything on the outside, they can help people deal with the tragedy on the inside.

My teacher used Blessings as a replacement to prayer, and I think its philosophy and benefits help the one who is blessing as well as the blessed, helps them to see things differently by not using a third independent fabricated persona that rules over us.

The idea behind blessings is that life happens, sometimes sh*t happens, and there’s not much you can do about it, besides sending some good blessings their way, to help them and yourself in dealing with this crisis.

I’ve added a few words to the blessings, but for the most part they are the words of Vethathiri Maharishi.

Picture the people in your mind and say, “you are blessed with God’s Divine power, you are blessed by the divine. You will live a long life, good health, prosperity, happiness, wisdom and peace, by the grace of the Divine. You are protected by the Divine in all your activities, day and night in all places.” Repeat as often as you think is necessary, and notice that it is done by the first person, instead of asking for an external favor, one is directly delivering the blessing through them. We forget that the Divine is within us and this reaffirms this fact, that we are that, an extension of that, and our natural right, so we should activate it and act accordingly. It forces us to stop thinking of God as something external that we need to shore down.

Global blessing: “May the rains fall timely and sufficiently along all parts of the world, so that good grains, fruits, and vegetables grow abundantly to the satisfaction of all living beings, by the grace of the Divine.”

“May the leaders of all nations enjoy spiritual progress and do good services for humanity, by the grace of the Divine.”

“The whole world may enjoy prosperity, happiness, wisdom and peace, by the grace of the Divine.”

I would bless everything around me after every mediation. Family, friends, my animals, my properties, vehicles, enemies (if any) and business associates.

I would picture myself walking around and inside my home, as well as the family home, the rental properties, or any business, and in seeing the inhabitants I would bless them as I go. “You are blessed by the Divine (Vazhga Valamudan), you are all protected by the Divine in all your activities day and night in all places.

I would picture the animals in my mind and say: “You are protected by the divine in all your activities day and night in all places. You will live long, healthy, happy, peaceful lives by the grace of the Divine.”

Picture your vehicle, or do it when your in the vehicle. “This vehicle and its precious cargo is protected by the Divine in all of its journeys, day and night in all places, by the grace of the Divine.”

I think for a lot of spiritualists prayer has lost its luster, however blessings is a good replacement especially if you feel inclined to do something. These boiler plate ones are a good start if your looking for something spiritual to add to your path.

Earnestness to Enlightenment

Earnestness leads to Enlightenment like it dose to any skill in life. The earnestness is all the intense interest, research, understanding, and determination it takes to get there. It’s the effort applied when reaching for a distant goal. When most people think of enlightenment they think of it as a long distance off, or it happens naturally without effort. This is a confusing point for some, because of the nature of Self-realization. Which happens during a state of surrendering or effortlessly being, but it also follows a long effortful journey to get to that point. Everyone will have different time frames due to the varying degrees of interest and ingrained dogmas, or predispositions that stagnate growth. Nonetheless, by getting an idea of how much earnestness is required you get a feel for what it takes, and you can compare it to your own accomplishments. It will also help in instilling confidence in the practitioner, knowing that they had a similar experience in earnestness, that sustained desire to understand something totally. Enlightenment talk here is returning home to Eternity, and realizing your true identity first hand. You’re really going in full circle, back through the same direction or door from whence you came.

How much effort is necessary to realize your true identity? Well, how much effort do you need in order to become an expert at something like a trade, craft or profession. Do you play a sport or instrument with ease, like the instrument or equipment was a pure extension of your intention, and on a good day you’re as close to perfection as you can get. To be able to get to that level takes plenty of earnestness, and at that level the same feelings hold true of effortlessly doing it, without employing the mind. This is a state of “Witnessing” which is based in knowledge and matures with practice, produces your best performance. When you get extremely interested and determined to be good at something, you really can’t leave it alone until you master it. And, once you arrive at that easy stage of a master, then you’re so confident in your skill it that happens naturally and spontaneously without thinking, never doubting your ability. Similarly, mastering the art of spirituality takes this type of seriousness until it becomes effortless, and a natural part of your daily existence. Always working on yourself until you don’t know anything else, or any other way of living. It’s a natural part of you, and an on going process that eventually dominates everything else, deeming them ineffective to your pursuit. You don’t have to think about purposely doing it anymore, since you live and breath it now, and if you have no intention of stopping, then only one thing can happen, you find and see Eternal PERFECTION.

Waiting for Enlightenment without making the effort just doesn’t work, but maybe once in a millennium someone stumbles onto it, gets close, or touches it through meltdowns, drugs, epiphanies, or near death experiences. These are unusual circumstances that do provide spiritual experiences, however, rarely does it bring about the complete Self-realization that we’re looking for, and there is no settling for less. Nothing in life comes easy as you know and this is no different from that, all the failures and successes on the path are a necessary part of the journey. Obviously no one can do that for you, so you have to find your own inner desire, your leader, your teacher, and let pure reasoning guide you through.

Contemplation and meditation seems to be the path for all, because even though the vehicles arrive from all directions, from different levels and although they are filled with different spiritual fuels, they all end up taking the same path. Introspection and pure being by surrendering control turns out to be the sincere earnestness that’s required. Waiting in thoughtless being for the metaphorical door to open, is the waiting area for all, and we all end up knocking at the same door. The Source has but one door, which is the white of consciousness, and all paths are united when approaching that door, and your persistence at remaining there, opens it. How much do you want it? Are you willing to sacrifice everything, including your personal life for that goal? If you are earnest and steadfast to your goal, it won’t take that long, but few will be, most will wander off, enticed by the world of senses. If you are 100% committed on all fronts, it will be similar to getting a degree, of about two to four years after reaching your round the clock commitment.

“The Witness State”

The Witness is the thoughtless observer within us, or a state of being in consciousness that is purely witnessing life take place without contemplating differences. A state of complete acceptance without personal predispositions that alter the event, find fault, take credit or judge. Reactions are present but not with any forethought or designs on the outcome, going with the flow in a thoughtless state of observing, which consequently is minus the doer or ego. The Witness is the Soul’s first contact in consciousness, the birth state of being, before the mind developed with a personality causing the Doer to step into the picture. The Soul, Self, or Awareness is the Watcher of all, and on its own sees nothing but Eternity and God, but when the Watcher is attached to consciousness it turns into the Witness of the world. Then the witness eventually turns into the Doer after staking claim in the world as an independent thinker, so the mislead mind is the doer, and the witness is consciousness without thinking, and the pure Watcher is Reality without the witness. Cultivating the pure Witness back into the forefront of your life is the purpose of meditations and a very important step for the Spiritual Seeker.

Reclaiming that universal witness that exists in all living creatures, can be done during active times and inactive times. These different states of witnessing are both relatively hard to master, however well worth the effort, and the inactive Witness is the most important part of spirituality. Meditation techniques are geared towards different states of witnessing, and the experiences that follow are milestones on the spiritual path. Any activity in life can be done by remaining in the moment as the Witness, and this is a good step in garnering control of the mind by falling back into the Witness, keeps the mind at bay. There are different types of mind decoys available for meditating, which help in keeping the mind targeted on something repetitious as you slip behind into deeper states of witnessing. Many spiritual experiences happen within these different layers, but experiences in the “Samadhi State” are on a deeper level yet, which can change your outlook or understanding on life and
God. In all cases, besides the finale awakening, the experiences are an
indication of transitional periods in spiritually, which can be good or
scary, and usually untranslatable.

The spiritual process through meditation delivers emotional stability and balance into ones life, and it can also help you control the direction of your mind. The constant redirection towards spiritual techniques or being the Witness, strengthens your control over the mind, allowing you to guide it and find the advance stages of thoughtless meditating. The pure Witness of this basic formless life force (consciousness) within, is the last meditating stage before one slips into the “Samadhi State”, which is beyond observing. It can be a long process, depending of course on your determination, but keeping the mind in silent repose is the key cornerstone to Enlightenment or Self-realization. For then, there is no way to go but further in, now that the world is rendered useless, discarded as the primary attention getter you cast your moorings aside for a new focus on the Eternal God.