The River of Existence

A man who doesn’t know how to swim falls into a river. He looks around for somemeans to remain afloat to stop being washed away by the strong current of rapidity flowing water. In his desperate attempt to keep alive, he catches hold of anything that comes his way — a log of wood, floating straw, twigs — anything at all. Holding tightly onto these support he survives, but strong current is carrying him swiftly, along with his supports, towards an unforseen danger — the great waterfall.

He doesn’t know that a waterfall lies ahead. Will he survive this hazard or will he get trapped in the underwater weeds, or hit his head against a rock, and drown? What if some unseen danger is lurking in the deep water far below; a crocodile or something as menacing?

It would be wise for him to try and get out of the river before reaching the fall, instead of complacently accepting his present situation. He needs to look around now for a rock to get hold of so he could jump to the safety of the river bank. Or grab an overhanging branch. He could then happily return home.

We, like that unfortunate man, have fallen into this great river of existence. The laws of karma and transmigration are the strong influences that help this river flow constantly. We cannot swim against the forces of these influences and are being carried swiftly and surely towards the Great Fall by their strong currents. The Great Fall is the great wheel of 8,400,000 species through which these laws could take us before we again qualify for a precious human birth.

We too are only partly aware of our situation. We might know that we must be saved but how and from what? Do we still cling onto our relations, possessions and achievements, positions in society, the rites and rituals of our respective religions and so on, hoping they will help us? These ‘supports’ are helpless against the strong currents that are carrying us. If we do not try to find a way out now, while we still have time, we shall soon reach the Great Fall of 84, the end of our existence in the human form. All chances of grabbing that ‘strong sturdy rock’, or ‘overhanging branch’ could be lost for a long time. Will we surface in the human form again, or will we become trapped in some lower form of existence for a long time?

The Lord, through his immense grace, always sends guides in the human form to whom people can talk and understand when he explains the means to salvation. If we listened, the loving guide will make us aware of our situation: we are warned against the great dangers that lie ahead if we do not take appropriate measures to save ourselves. The guide reveals the path back home: how to adjust our lifestyles so we don’t add to our burden of karma and the correct method of meditation that facilitates our deliverance.

These are guides up and down the riverbank. Our guide will reach out for us and hold on to our arm with a firm grip. He will be forever by our side and will never leave or even loosen his grip until we are safely on firm ground, ready to be taken to the loving embrace of the Lord. All we need to do is to trust and obey him.

Our Home

As phenomena go, there is one that stands out as being truly amazing and at the same time largely underrated — almost to the degree of being taken for granted. It is that special sense of serenity and security, that feeling of tranquility and happiness that is experienced when we find ourselves at that particular place which we identify as our place of residence — our home.

Whether it is a fortified luxurious bungalow that we live in, or a simple thatched hut, that feeling of peace and refuge we experience when we come home, while perhaps subtle, is also unmistakable. And also quit universal, for it can be observed not just in humans, but in many animals as well — particularly those that instinctively dwell in one place, even temporarily. Their very behavior within the space they choose as their ‘home’ is somehow different; less agitated, less aggressive — more relaxed.

What is it that lies at the heart of this phenomenon? To what can we attribute that sense of peace and tranquility, albeit short-lived? If we can somehow comprehend the cause of this effect, we would be on the threshold of understanding how to achieve a greater, and perhaps even the ultimate level of peace and tranquility — that which is eternal in nature.

The secret lies in blatant view for some. They are the special few of our species that have not only grasped the essence of this phenomenon, but have actually mastered it, attaining that degree of inner serenity and harmony known as perfection. They are referred to by many titles, including mystic and saint, but they refrain from wearing such labels, preferring simply to take on the roles of teacher, guide and above all, friend.

So it is that these Masters, or rather, these Masters of perfection, hold the answer to that prize which every man seeks — true happiness. The release that all men crave for, knowingly or unknowingly, from the tempest of agitation, restlessness and insecurity. And that answer is contained within the teachings of every perfect Master without exception.

Fundamentally, they explain that the reason for that feeling of relative tranquility when we are at home is because of a natural tendency or attraction towards what we perceive as ‘the place we belong’, or rather ‘the place we come from’ — our origin. And thus, we experience a degree of satisfaction or happiness relative to the degree of ‘belonging’ we perceive for any place that we take as our home.

In fact, this natural tendency exists everywhere in creation — even at the level of the elements. Observation reveals that many physical elements are to some degree in a state of ‘distress’ — unstable, volatile and with the propensity to return to their origins — that source from which the element originated and the only state where it can exist in an inert, ‘peaceful’ condition permanently. And the Masters teach man that this principle applies to everything in creation, including even the physical body, which is the basis for that familiar expression: “ashes to ashes, dust to dust”.

But beyond this tenet, the Masters hold forth one additional profound truth. One simple fact that is obvious and undeniable, yet ironically incomprehensible to most men. And it is that what we perceive as our home is, in fact, not so. In reality, this physical world is not our true origin, it is merely the source of that temporary outer skin we adorn; that material covering which we will certainly shed before very long — our physical body.

This revelation explains why that peaceful feeling we experience in our physical home still leaves a lot to be desired, both in terms of degree and permanence. And it compels us to consider where our true home really is — rather what it is, for once something is beyond the realm of the physical, it no longer makes sense to speak of location, but rather, of state or condition.

And that state, say Masters, is a state of consciousness. It is neither the abode of our temporary physical existence, nor even of our intellectual aspect, the mind. In fact, it is the abode of that part of us which was never created and can never destroyed; our true essence — the soul. And that ultimate home is more than just an abode, it is also our Origin and Source.

Nirvana, Sahaj, Heaven, Sach Khand — all simply different names for the same thing — that state of consciousness from which we originated. Different terminologies, but one common concept — our ultimate home. And the only home that can give us ultimate peace, ultimate tranquility, and thus, ultimate happiness. The question remains, how does man attain that rear state?

While the Masters possess the complete answer, they know that the best teacher is personal experience. So their technique is to whet the appetite — to stimulate man seek his own true source, and then to show the way — to teach man how to utilize his full potential, and finally to allow man to walk the path of inner discovery himself — walking by his side, as his friend and guide.

Just as every river is inexorably drawn to the ocean by the force of its liquid essence, so does the essence of man draw him inevitably to his true spiritual Home, once the Master has shown him the way to release his karmic barriers. And it is the force of that essence, the affinity of the spirit for its Source which accomplishes the task of carrying us to our true Home. That force which defines the very character of our essence, as well as the nature of our Source itself. It is nothing less than the power called love.

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightment

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have”. – Eckhart Tolle

The Power of Now is taken from Tolle's response to questions put to him during seminars, meditation classes and private counseling sessions. He speaks in terms of reaching word “enlightenment

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

Eckhart Tolle is a contemporary spiritual teacher not aligned with any particular religion or spiritual path. Although he has been influenced by Buddhism, Christianity and Hinduism, his writings are predominantly based on his own personal experience. His first book, The Power of Now, published in 1997, has sold over 2 million copies and been translated into 17 languages.

Tolle was born in Germany and trained as a philosopher and research scholar at Cambridge University in England. When he was 29, he had a spiritual transformation that pulled him out of a severe depression and changed the course of his life. He spent the next ten years reading spiritual literature and studying with various modern spiritual teachers.

A strength of this book is that it combines eastern mystical practices with western psychology, science and philosophy to describe the process of spiritual transformation. Tolle’s main message is that we are not our “egoic” mind, Through the discipline of observing our mind, rather than being identified with it, we can remove much of our psychological suffering. We must stop “compulsive thinking”, a condition of “incessant mental noise”. By surrendering to the present moment we will find freedom, joy and what he terms “authentic human power”. In the present moment, in inner silence, we have access to our inner self. This inner experience revels that we are already complete and perfect.

The Power of Now is taken from Tolle’s response to questions put to him during seminars, meditation classes and private counseling sessions. He speaks in terms of reaching word “enlightenment”. For him “enlightenment” means a state of feeling at one with all Being:

The word enlightenment conjures up the idea of some superhuman accomplishment, and the ego likes to keep it that way, but it is simply your natural state of felt oneness with Being. It is a state of connectedness with something immeasurable and indestructible, something that, almost paradoxically, is essentially you and yet is much greater than you. It is finding your true nature beyond name and form.  inability to feel this connectedness gives rise to the illusion of separation, from yourself and from the world around you. You then perceive yourself, consciously or unconsciously, as an isolated fragment. Fear arises, and conflict within and without becomes the norm.

Instead of using the word “God”, he uses words like the “Unmanifested” or “Being” to refer to “the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death. However, “Being’ is not only beyond but also deep within every form as its innermost invisible and indestructible essence.”

He explains that our greatest obstacle to experiencing this “Being” is our mis-identification with our mind:

Identification with your mind … causes thought to become compulsive. Not to be able to stop thinking is a dreadful affliction, but we don’t realize this because almost everybody is suffering from it, so it is considered normal. This incessant mental noise prevents you from finding that realm of inner stillness that is inseparable from Being.

Tolle believes that suffering is caused by the lack of consciousness that comes from living in the past and the future:

All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry – all forms off — are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness and all forms of non-forgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.

Living in the present moment is the antidote to identification with the ego; it is a “portal” into the “inner body:’ unmanifested reality. He says:

Why is the now the most  precious thing? Firstly, because it is the only thing. It’s all there is. The eternal present is the space within your whole life unfolds, the one factor that remains constant. Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be. Secondly, the Now is the only point that can take you beyond the limited confines of the mind. It is your only point access into the timeless and formless realm of Being.

Tolle recommends developing the habit of watching your mind. This helps disconnect your consciousness from the mind and direct towards the inner spiritual path.

To become conscious of Being, you need to reclaim consciousness from the mind. This is one of the most essential tasks on your spiritual journey. It will free vast amounts of consciousness that previously had been trapped in useless and compulsive thinking. A very effective way of doing this is simply to take the focus of your attention away from thinking and direct it into the body, where Being can be felt in the first instance as the invisible energy field that gives life to what you perceive as the physical body.

Eckhart Tolle is loosely allied with a group of thinkers who believe that the world is undergoing a spiritual movement as part of the next step in human evolution. As he says: You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are!”

Male Domination (Why men dominate women?)

 Why men dominate women?

A Picture Showing Male Domination (Over Female)

Women are the symbol of creation. Men and Women are two wheels of chariot. Women are the source of affection.

All these above statements prove hypocritical notion when the practical aspect comes ahead. Ironically, not only in the backward societies like ours where there is a wide disparity between male and female but even it-in sophisticated societies the very sexist trend can felt in various forms.

Our society has been structured in such a way that women from their early childhood is brainwashed by their surrounding to accept that female sex is inferior to men. So much so, the stereotyped norms of our society has made their psychology so bluntly feeble that they even cannot detect her value of being human being.

As far as the question why men dominate women is concerned, it is needless to reiterate the prejudice values and norms has played instrumental role in assuming the women as only the baby producing machine.

It is the very culture of the society which force the men to think his sex is superior, and are socially allowed to enjoy so called supreme power towards women.

Since the women are deprived from participating in various key segments of social, political and economic activities, among others, their vision and leadership had been largely remained untapped.

Not only these, dominating culture is also indirectly responsible for dying half a women annually in the developing world from complications of pregnancy and better. There are so many burning examples for bringing plight to women, especially in developing world, triggered from dominating culture.

Sexual harassment and violence, offending women in the public places, understanding their efforts, and depriving female from participating in various social development sectors are some of the forms of dominating women.

Until and unless women are empowered through equitable laws, policies and programs that expand education, healthcare and gainful, employment, women will keep on suffering from the dominating culture.

Very confined access to resources than men and lacks of participatory approach in decision making organs, if to name a few, has further aggravated the situation of women with equal rights and greater access to resources, vital social services and opportunities, women can improve quality of lives and those of their families and contribute to the prosperity of their nations and the stability of our turbulent world.