Learn to Surf the Waves by Mastering Self


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I love the idea of riding the waves. The ocean is a powerful entity, but the joy of the surfer is learning how to ride the waves, come high, and come low. You know the surfer cannot dominate the ocean, the ocean is too powerful. So what does the surfer do? The surfer tries to work with the ocean, to understand the ocean and try to keep that board being held by the ocean. So the surfer has to master himself, he has to learn how to focus well so he does not become a victim. He has to learn how to understand. Many times he is going to sink, but that would not discourage him: “I need to understand a little more.” So he understands how to focus, how to develop confidence and how to work with the ocean; moving the board, moving his weight, balancing his energy, staying focused.

When he has learned to master himself, he will be flowing with the ocean. He will be in complete surrender, he will become the ocean, he and the ocean will not be different; he will feel he is flowing with the ocean, the ocean is carrying him. So in the height of the surfer’s experience, he is flowing with the ocean. He has not conquered the ocean, he has mastered himself and he has learned now how to adjust himself harmoniously, every time the ocean changes. He is completely surrendered to the energy of the ocean by harmonizing himself with it, by mastering himself.

So he is being carried by the ocean. He has the idea that “the ocean is the power not me. The ocean is carrying me with its force.” When the ocean produces the big wave he is happy, he is being carried high up, and when the ocean brings him down into the lowest, he goes down and coasts in the lowest. He enjoys. So he rides the wave however the wave flows.

Manage your energies during the ups and downs

How does that apply to you in riding the waves of life? When you meet the high moments, what do you do? You develop powerful energies, you reserve your energies, you observe how you play with that. You do not become proud; you do not become full of ego. You have great respect, you are happy and you are using the rewards of this for the times when the waves will be low so that you will not lose your joy. And as life changes, as life challenges you, you look for the new skills. “The water does not have as much power now to hold me, so what do I do? How do I generate now? How do I work with this low phase?” So you try to understand and use all the reserve of energy you have now to work with this situation. You use the low moments now, to work with it and build even more energy. You learn how to work with this phase until you are in complete harmony with the vicissitudes of life, the ups and downs. When there is a dark period and you cannot do anything, because there is not so much Light, you go within and you build your energies. You let your inner Light guide you. Learning to work in harmony with life is exciting.

Excerpt of talk by Sri Vasudeva, for more go to  www. blue-star.org

Transcendent and Immanent Qualities of Consciousness


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The beauty of what lies within you as your very essence, is that it created the entire Universe and is totally involved in its creation. It is manifesting in everything created. It is totally immersed and involved and identified with its creation, and yet stays apart. What is it that can be a part of everything and yet be apart from everything? That is how powerful consciousness is. It has the power to identify and be in and exist with everything, and yet be apart from it. So we say that it is immanent, it is involved, and it is transcendental, it is beyond.

The goal is to able to see that immanent nature of this consciousness, that it is inside of everything and can identify with everything, and to be able to understand its transcendental nature, which is to come back and look and experience its apartness. This is how it manifests in the whole Universe – it is totally involved in the creation, immanent, and totally transcendental, beyond – and the same is reflected within our being. There is transcendence within us and there is immanence within us.

Excerpt of talk by Sri Vasudeva, for more go to  www. blue-star.org

Recognize the Dream-like Nature of Life


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If you observe very carefully, you are held in an experience that is much like a dream. The wise say that this experience of waking life is just a longer dream, which means we are actually sleeping in the consciousness, because we know that dreams happen when we are sleeping. Is it true that we are held in an illusion, and what we are experiencing as reality isn’t so? That there is a greater reality than what we are experiencing? Is there?

Let us hold that thought for a moment, that what we are experiencing as reality with our human senses is not absolute reality; it is dream-like. Just think for a moment. What have you seen as you look in the mirror every day? You have seen your physical body change. If you look at life very carefully, there is a birth and death every day, you will see the constant change in everything around you. When we go to sleep and have this experience of a dream, why do we call it a “dream”? Because when we wake up, we realize that it was only in the mind and our perception of the dream changed. So every day, you are watching how that which you hold as a reality is ever changing.

Excerpt of talk by Sri Vasudeva, for more go to  www. blue-star.org

Meditation: Observe Without Identifying With Change


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In this meditation, we are going to centre in that inner posture, that holds us in the witness consciousness, observing mode, without judgement, without labelling, without like and dislike. Just learn to observe. The only aspect that does not change is that witness conscious aspect of being, where you observe all that changes; mind changes, emotion changes, body changes. Observe everything from that centre of being, where you do not identify with the change. The goal is not to identify with the change, just to observe the change from that centre of peacefulness.

The goal is to observe how we quickly identify with change. A thought comes, and we become carried away by it. An emotion comes, and we get carried away by it. The body’s vitality changes, and we become carried away by it. Is it possible that we can observe everything without being carried away, without losing that centre of consciousness where we are constantly in present moment observation?

A good practice here, as you stay observing without judgement, is to focus on your breathing – breath awareness. Just allow the breath to gracefully and naturally flow as you breathe out completely and breathe in deeply. A rhythmic breath allows us to become more peaceful, more stable in the consciousness. Observe the human experience.

Observe the physical body without judgement. Observe how the belly breathes when you relax the belly. Observe how the chest opens up as you fill the lungs. Observe how the shoulders move to allow for a deeper breath. Observe how the breath flows out as you push the breath out completely. Just observe, and in a very natural way, breathe.

Clear the mind of thoughts that you will stay fully in the present moment, observing that mental experience of being. If a thought comes, gently push it away. If many thoughts come, take a remote view; allow them to come, allow them to go. Just witness them. And learn how to observe the human experience. If emotions come, again observe them, do not be carried away by them, and come into a place of equanimous being; just observing the duality from that space of acceptance and lovingness. Sustain that awareness. That is learning how to go deeper into the reality.

Excerpt of guided meditation by Sri Vasudeva, for more go to  www. blue-star.org

Witnessing Can Take us to the Rapturous “I”


Magnolia_Close_600.jpgIn the Māyā, we have this identity of Self but it is an ego identity, not true Self. And this ego has to be transcended as it were, because we need to come back to the experience of true Self. The ego will still exist though in the experience of true Self because once you have a form, the identity of the form is there and that is the ego. We have an energetic form on the inside and we have a physical form, so we have an energetic ego and we have a physical ego.

We have a causal ego with all the karmas that are sleeping in the causal body; we have a subtle ego in the dream state – the dream is the mind state – and; we have the gross ego or that of the waker, the physical body. So we have the three states of consciousness; the waking, the dreaming, the deep sleeping. And we have spoken about that fourth state, the turiya. In all of these experiences, we have an ego at play, and this ego has to undergo a transformation in the evolutionary process obviously.

It requires witnessing, the posture of the sākśī, and it has to move from the waker, through the dreamer in the mind, beyond the deep sleep, into that fourth state of witnessing. Can you be excited about that? Can you be excited that in focusing on beingness, you can really see the journey? But if you are caught, if you become the doer, you cannot. So you need to be in the beingness observance. And there it is the “I am”; not the “I am the doer,” but just the “I am,” just coming more into “I am.” So when you think of “satchidānanda,” “sat chit” is just that pure consciousness state where just the “I” exists in its pure being, and the “ānanda is like the “ābhoga”; it is the joy, the rapture. So when we say, “satchidānandoham,” that is what we are saying; we are that sākśī that is in bliss. Satchidānandoham. Satchidānandoham. That is the same turīyā bhoga, the rapturous experience of the “I” in freedom.

For more details on the practise listen to Sri Vasudeva on Day 33 Forty days 2017. The full talk and meditation is available for a few days here.  To download a personal copy go to  www. blue-star.org

Meditation on the Guru Principle


2s6x8d.jpgIn our meditation today, let us give attention to that marvellous power that lies at the centre of the eyebrow. Breathe into it and breathe out from it. And begin to honour the Guru principle, that power we see alive in the Masters; that incredible power of wisdom, of detachment, of unity with the Divine, of being the instrument. Centre yourself in that Guru tattva, bowing to all Masters, and to the Supreme Master within you. That is where the power is to wake up from the dream fully.

If you want to invoke the mantra of the Guru, the eternal Guru, the cosmic Guru; Om Guru Om Guru Om Guru Om. ‘Gu‘ stands for darkness, and ‘Ru‘ for the light. ‘Gu‘ is the darkness of ignorance, and ‘Ru‘ is the light of Divine Consciousness. And hold that focus.

If you can feel the stirrings of the energy, then let it bring you into a space where you can become one with the Guru Power. Allow it to come into your space. Observe what happens to the mind when you are centered there. The mind has the tendency to come into quietness – manas gets a chance to rest. Honour the silence there, and the goal would be to surrender to the wisdom, to the power, to the presence that emerges in the space.

Bring all of you to the brow

Bring all of you to the brow, so the centre of the perineum should be connected to the brow, the sacral area connected to the brow, navel area connected to the brow, heart area connected to the brow, throat area connected to the brow. So you breathe from the root right up to the brow, and from the brow right down to the root. And this is how you get every chakra connecting to the brow, serving the brow. So this is where you make your true Guru offering, with every level of your being.

I honour you, O Cosmic Guru, O Guru tattva, with every level of my being; with my body, with my vitality, with my heart, with my silence. I bow to you completely, within me.

So all the prāṇas are given to the Guru. The mind and senses become absorbed in Guru. This is meditation in Guru.

Guru Gita says, “mokṣa-mūlaṁ guroḥ kṛpā.” When you get the blessing of the brow chakra, guroḥ kṛpā, the blessing of the Guru tattva, the freedom will come.

Let the Guru manifest in the entire being

And now let us bring the Guru to the heart. Let us fill the heart with the love that comes from the Guru tattva; Guru manifesting as love in the heart, Guru manifesting as vitality in the gut, the energy that courses through the physical body, the Guru power through the body, and Guru energy manifesting in the space around, through the root into the space around. Let us fill the space with Guru tattva. Let the Guru power unite us all.

Om Guru Om Guru Om Guru Om. 

The liberating power in the Māyā – the Guru tattva, the Guru Shakti.

May we be protected together, Guru tattva and disciple; Om saha nāvavatu.

May we be nourished together; Om saha nau bhunaktu. 

May we be strengthened together; Saha vīryaṁ karavāvahai.

May our knowledge be full of light; Tejasvi nāvadhītam astu.

And may we always remain in unity, despite our diversity; Mā vidviṣāvahai

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.

Peace, Peace, Peace.

Sri Vasudeva Day 31 Forty days 2017. For full talk and meditation go to  www. blue-star.org

Meditation for Inner Freedom


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Begin to quiet the mind, so that we can observe our Self as being different to the body. Let us move away body-conscious thoughts, observing the body, but not identifying with it as our reality.

There is chakra awareness within you along the spine; there is prāṇa awareness with the breath, and; there is awareness of attention and intention. In the subtle world, your intention can create your reality, your perception. Your mind can create your reality. Begin to observe that space.

Stay with the moving breath. Open the belly and the chest to breathe, and breathe more completely, with attention along the spine. From the base of the spine, perineum area, take your attention along the spine as you breathe right to the back of the neck in the medulla area. And as you go to the medulla area, focus on the third eye. You are coming into subtle body awareness when you do that.

Protect the mind from being caught up in thoughts, beliefs, ideas, expectations, and impatience. Stay completely alert. Do not fall into sleep when you come in this space and try to retire the mind. You can do that by focusing on the third eye.

Whichever area along the spine feels burdened or challenged, take your attention there, still holding that mental power of the third eye. Focus on whichever chakra feels unbalanced.

The goal is not to be caught in the subtle dreams of the mind, nor to fall into the deep sleep, but to try to be fully aware.  This is how you learn to master the subtle world. It needs Rudra ( third eye) power to manage it; Guru power. Kuṇḍalinī brings it to us.

Sri Vasudeva Day 30 Forty days 2017. For full talk and meditation go to  www. blue-star.org

Meditation on the Subtle Energy Space


pexels-photo-132344.jpegBreathe down to the root, and then breathe with attention up the spine, giving attention to every area where the senses are connected: root chakra and smell; sacral chakra and taste; navel chakra and light, seeing; heart chakra and touch, feeling; throat chakra and space, ākāsh, and; then the mind, centre of the eyebrows. So let the breath revitalize every area that you can see it clearly.

Now an important point is to observe whether the prāṇa is energizing you, whether you are becoming aware of these areas of the senses, and whether you are having an even breath. Go to that place where the breath can be more even, where the prāṇa can be more steady, and begin to revitalize those areas, regulate the prāṇa, and begin to observe what happens to the mind when you do.

Keenly observe whatever thoughts are arising in the mind; they are coming from the chitta, the memory store. Learn to develop a relationship of the manas with every area: mind with throat; mind with heart; mind with gut; mind with sacral area; mind with root. And observe what thoughts enter the play; that will give you an idea of where you need to work more.  Sri Vasudeva Day 25 Forty days 2017. For full talk and meditation go to  www. blue-star.org

Meditation on the Prana


free-incense-sticks-450x334-1.pngThe  spinal column is sacred; therein lies the fire of Kuṇḍalinī, burning Her way through the karmas that we have created.

If you want to bring energy to your hands, go to the heart. If you want to bring prāṇa to the gut, go to the centre of the gut. You want to go to the throat and bring Her to the throat, or brow and brain. So begin to explore. You are in a field of grace; this is the space of the Masters. The Masters’ energy is in this space, the guru tattva is in this space, your guru power is in this space.

Now there should be greater awareness of the entire spinal column. And you can subtly breathe up the column from the root to the brow, and breathe down the column, and that is how you traverse the sushumna nadi.

You stay in the practice until She becomes more and more visible in your space. Do not be impatient, do not give up. Give her a charming call, a child calling out lovingly to its Mother, “Please come Mother, I need you. Teach me, guide me, work with me. I am Yours Mother. Be my Guru, be my teacher. Nourish me, protect me, strengthen me.” Sri Vasudeva Day 24 Forty days 2017. For full talk and meditation go to  www. blue-star.org

Liberating Meditation on the Chakras, Elements & Senses


spring-pistil-wood-flower-99574.jpegBegin to observe the power that you have in the play, you have mental power in the play. Clear the mental field, observing its potential power in the silence. And the centre of that mental power can be experienced in the brain by focusing at the centre of the eyebrows…

Let us visit the field of the senses, the consciousness of the horses in the hold of the manas and the prāṇa. Go to the throat, and it is related to hearing and sound; gross sound and subtle sound. So focus on hearing the silence. If any mantric sound comes up, just listen to them. Any sound that comes, no judgement, just observing the experience. If any subtle sound appears, just listen without being attached….

Regulate the breath because you want the prāṇas to be steady, stable. You want to enjoy that feeling of love that inspires touch, and the field of a body that is sensitive to touch, and the relationship of your being touching the earth, touching the space in a subtle way.

Breathe the prāṇa into the gut….recharge the nervous system of the gut. And begin to feel that gut power that comes, that fire in the gut. The fire of vitality that can shine in the body with the tejas, that energetic shine that lights up everything. This influences perception; our experience of colours and forms, fire and light, gross and subtle…..

With appreciation for the core vital area of the body, go down to the sacral chakra. It is associated with the sense of taste and the experience of the sexual power in the subtle dimension. So when you breathe the prāṇa there, you will begin to feel it is an energy that is beyond gender. It drives gender and that generative power in procreation. But it is beyond gender; it drives the sexual consciousness. Harmonize with it; no fear. In the subtle mode, you can take it to every part of you; it can revitalize your being.

Then go right down to the perineum area and that is where you get a hold on the physicality, and the earth consciousness, and the sense of smell. Welcome that experience, learn to enjoy your physicality, it is an energy play. The sense of smell is both gross and subtle. Feel the body’s connection to the earth’s field…

That which is really the evolutionary power behind your seeking, That is the doer. And the prayer would be that Cosmic Doer, the true doer, will manifest more and more in your consciousness. Sri Vasudeva Day 23 Forty days 2017. For full talk and meditation go to  www. blue-star.org

The Divine is Playing In and Through us


pexels-photo-369433.jpegIn the last week I’ve been trying to show you how the Divine has blissfully entered a play with itself.  It is playing with itself, contracting its consciousness through what is called Maya and the Divine is playing in an ignorant version of itself.  So who is playing?  The Divine is playing in and through us, not that we are playing in our ignorance.  It is the Divine that is playing in and through us and it’s blissfully playing .  So underneath this consciousness that we’re experiencing as Self is a blissful part of being, Consciousness, that is in play.

But you’re not going to realize that in your ordinary consciousness.  We don’t even think we are divine in our ordinary consciousness but we are divine.  It is the Divine that is becoming human.  It is the Divine that is human but yet we think we are not divine.

And I tried to show you that this is an energetic play.  It is a play based on subtle energies.  And that Consciousness has been veiled in steps such that we have a mental part of us in the contraction; and then our Consciousness has been veiled at different levels to give us a relationship with the elements of Nature and a play of the senses.  So the mind, which is the manas part of the mind, it is in play with the senses.  But of course the ego that is there in mental operation – the ego only appears in mental operation and it only appears in the contraction.  If the consciousness is expanded infinitely, the ego loses its separation.

So the magic of the Maya is that we feel lost even though there is infinite consciousness in our being.  so if we are able to understand this play, the understanding can help us to work through this play.  There is no perishing in this play because the Divine is playing with its immortal Self.  How can it perish?  Perishing is only in the mind.  It’s not in the Reality.   Sri Vasudeva Day 22 Forty days 2017. For full talk and meditation go to  www. blue-star.org

Spiritual Awakening & the Energy Channels


 

5060735a4f04551d9000658de3d0eb46.jpgThere are two channels one connected to the left nostril which is the ida nadi, and then you have the pingala nadi which is connected to the right nostril. The left nostril is related to the mental sphere, and the right nostril to the solar power or the vital power in the physical. Those two subtle or pranic energies that we breathe into the body – one is heating and one is cooling– are both necessary for the vital functioning of the body.

When we breathe just through two nostrils as we normally do, we are held more in body consciousness, more in the mortality. When you become spiritually awakened, you begin to find that another way of breathing happens,  you can feel that an energy is rising from the bottom along the middle of the spine (along the sushumna nadi), coming upwards in the breath.

When this sushumna becomes active a whole new experience begins; body consciousness is still there on the periphery, but you are beginning to feel that an energy is coming up the spine and going along the spine right up to the centre of the eyebrows. And that is the way you can come into your immortal body, your body of light, your body of subtle energy. You can come into that body more with that breathing.

Intention drives prāṇa

In the meditation, the way you breathe will change as your spiritual consciousness wakes up. You are going to breathe less with the nostrils and more with that inner breath, and the physical breath will start to slow down and you will feel the chakra points within you. Not only that, and think about this, when you think of extending that energy that you feel throughout the body, then you will find that you can breathe even to the thumb. When you breathe in and you come into the prāṇa body, these 72,000 nadis will begin to open up and you will feel that you can breathe to every part of your body with the prāṇa, because the energy that you are breathing in will flow now to the entire body through these subtle energy centres. So you will feel that you are a body breathing energetically, and that can become amazing.

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Hello everyone, I took a little break from posting as my body was a little under the weather. I’ve adjusted my schedule and given myself a chance to rejuvenate and now I’m ready for us rejoin Sri Vasudeva’s 40 day retreat. This  excerpt is from today’s talk day 20.

 

 

Meditation on Subtle Body


wild-flowers-flowers-plant-macro-40797.jpegLet us bring the attention into the present moment. The goal is to come into awareness of our subtle Self, our energy being that lies within the gross body, and to really wake up to that identity that we have of subtle being.

“Focus on the breath,”  observing how in the breath there is body identity, the breather, breathing in the air and breathing out. Observe that human breathing. Open up your awareness to really observe how the body breathes. Hold the possibility of an energy identity in us, driving that breath, prana and apana.

Stay in breath awareness. Be conscious of the entire out breath, from the moment you begin to push the breath out with your intention, until the out breath is complete. Then pause for a moment and bring the in breath in. Follow that movement of breathing in and breathing out, but in an expanded view.

Stay completely aware of the spinal column and the brain, because you are observing now to wake up in the subtle body, that you can be constantly aware of the Kundalini energy, that evolutionary energy that is working within you. No expectations, no belief system is required because it is already existing within you. It is just that intention to see what we are not seeing.

Keep the focus on bindu awareness

Stay with the breath awareness and focus on that bindu centre between the eyebrows. Each time you breathe out, take your attention down the spinal column, right down to the root of the spine, and as you breathe in, up the spinal column, right up to the back of the neck and centre of the eyebrows. Keep the focus on that bindu awareness because by doing that, you will come into that silent space beyond thoughts.

Stay in the rhythm of the breath. Stay in the energy of the breath as you open up the belly, as you open up the chest, as you breathe with bindu awareness, and observe the experience of total being.

We are following an awakening process. “I want to wake up in this Maya. I want to experience more of who I am.” Hold this intention. Just work the breath intuitively until you begin to feel that the breath has a life of its own. It is energy. Observe what it is doing to the mind, what it is doing to the bindu, what it is doing to the emotional being, the heart, and what it is doing to the vital energy of the body.

Stay with a graceful breath, a gentle breath, a conscious breath, with the longing of the heart to wake up to more of what we are.  Sri Vasudeva Day 14 Forty days 2017. For full talk and meditation go to  www. blue-star.org

 

Jump Beyond the Intellect


What is it that cannot be perceived but which if you perceive, all will be known or perceived? What is the power behind the eyes? What is the power behind the voice? What is the power behind the mind? What is the power behind the emotion? What is it that is there, that is operating within you, but which you are not perceiving? Or rather, it is in your experience, but not in your perception.

You are using the mind obviously, and you are having a mental experience, but you cannot see the mind apart from who you are. You cannot see that that which you are, is the one that is operating the mind. So there has to be a switch in perception. There has to be a shift in seeing, a shift in consciousness, and that is what we are seeking, a shift in perception. How do we get that?

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Those of you who can see two forms in the same picture have to disengage from one to see the other. When we begin this disengagement from the senses, if we can, it allows us to engage in another way of seeing. That is why we spoke about dispassion yesterday and vairagya, detaching. Patanjali called it pratyahara. It is a withdrawal of the energy and attention from the senses. That is quite a challenging task, so in the meditation we need to change the way we are perceiving.

It cannot be known by the mind, but That which gives the mind the power to think. Mind has to humble, because it is outside of the intellectual grasping. You are seeking That which can only be had by direct perception, so you need to make the jump beyond the intellect. Now you can understand why Zen Masters empty the mind completely; no label, no image, no thought, because no thought can capture it, no image can capture it. They clear the mind and  hold the mind vacant, moving away from every label, every thought, with humility to That which is beyond, that the truth will reveal itself in the being. Sri Vasudeva Day 13 Forty days 2017. For full talk and meditation go to  www. blue-star.org

Be a Wise Seeker


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Even as we are involved in the Māyā, the prayer should constantly be there, whether it is verbalized or not. “Let me see more, let me understand more, I want wisdom in this play.”

So we should have that unceasing desire, we should keep the company of those who are more evolved on the journey, and we should keep friends with the discriminating power, the intellect, using the intellect in the light. The prayer of the Gayatri is to use the intellect in the light, not just in the play of the senses, not just in the seeking and finding in the material world, but we should open up to the intellect to ask, “Who am I? Bring light to my reasoning power that I can search for who am I in this play.” We need that discriminating power that constantly reminds us of the changing nature of the world, and the need to seek for That which is unchanging. We need that, vivek it is called; that discriminating power.

That discriminating power should help us to disengage more and more from the pull of the Māyā, and that is vairagya; we want that dispassion, that ability to detach from the play. We need vivek and vairagya in the play. You pray for that every morning in the Guru Gita. You are chanting the Guru Gita every day (the Guru Gita is like a wish fulfilling tree, it says in one verse) to cleanse the mind of the worldly impurities and to make those good dreams come true.

The seeking is important. In the seeking, we will find. So be a wise seeker and seek after that which is real, not unreal. “Lay your treasures in Heaven, not on earth, for where your treasure is, there your heart will be;” the words of the Christ.

So this is Day 12. “Seek and ye shall find. Knock and it shall be opened to you.”

Be careful of what you think of. Keep the company of the wise. Develop the qualities of vivek and vairagya, discrimination as to what is unreal and the possibility of what is real, and detachment from the world that pulls us in the Maya. Be a wise seeker.

Sri Vasudeva Day 12 Forty days 2017. For full talk and meditation go to  www. blue-star.org

Universal Versus Individual Self


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In that experience of Paramatma, of Higher Self, there is omnipotence. You do not feel that you are lacking power when you go there; you feel that you are connected to the source of all power in your being. The contrast will be that if you identify with the senses, you feel limited power. When you identify with the ego, the ahamkāra that is connected to the senses, you feel limited power. And that is a challenge in the human experience; when we find our power is limited, we can only do so much. Then the thirst is there, the desire is there to go back to that unlimited power, which is there in potential in the consciousness. But we have to merge back; we have to go back to make that connection with the higher consciousness to feel that experience of omnipotence.

In that Universal Being, there is also the experience of omniscience; that we know everything, we feel that we are connected to That which knows everything. The more you go into that experience in the consciousness of omniscience, you begin to not feel that you are lacking in knowledge. You develop the intuitive faculty that when you want to know something, you know that it is going to come from inside of you. You trust in that intuitive power opening up inside of you, so there is less dependence on the intellect. So that universal experience is all-knowing, omniscient.

I also told you that there is the experience of a different kind of joy in that, a bliss of the freedom experience in the consciousness; the ananda experience is there in that universal consciousness. And the all-pervasive nature that is there gives us the idea of freedom in the consciousness, not bound by end and beginning and causation. So we have this feeling of freedom. Of course that brings with it also the timeless experience; that we are not caught in the beginning and end of things. We begin to experience timelessness in the consciousness.

The contrast is that when we get caught in the individuality, then we are dependent on the intellect for knowledge. Māyā veils us in the thinking that we do not know; it brings the experience of ignorance. Mergence in the universal brings the idea that, “It is going to come to me. My Self within knows all.” Of course you know the wonderful saying, “He who thinks he knows, knows not” – that  is intellectual –  “and  he who knows that he knows not” –  in  the intellect – “truly knows.” Because then he knows he is connected to the source of all knowledge and in this individuality, he cannot know everything. So, “He who knows that he knows not, truly knows,” that is the experience of the intuitive faculty that, “Something bigger than me knows everything, I only have to tune into that.”

Sri Vasudeva Day 10 Forty days 2017. For full talk and meditation go to  www. blue-star.org

Seek the Eyes of Wisdom


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Observe what the pause in the breath does; the pause at the end of the in-breath, the pause at the end of the out-breath.  It can hold you in a place of no beginning, no end. It can hold you in a place of timelessness. Your true Self is boundless and free.

O Creator of Maya, I seek the eyes of wisdom that I may understand your play. I seek the vision of the third eye.”

As you breathe into the centre of the eyebrows, as you focus on the brain, let your prayer be to see with the eyes of the wise.

“Let me see the play of your Maya.

Let me see the sport of your Maya, O Creator of Maya. I seek liberation in this play.” 

Asato Mā Sad Gamaya

Tamaso Mā Jyotir Gamaya

Mrityor Mā Amritam Gamaya

Show me the real; take away the unreal from my eyes. Remove the darkness that enshrouds me; let me see the Light. Lead me to immortal consciousness, and take away the consciousness of death.

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti. 

Peace, Peace, Peace.

Sri Vasudeva Day 8 Forty days 2017. For full talk and meditation go to  www. blue-star.org

Ananda – the Bliss of the Self


pexels-photo-87232.jpegNotice how the ordinary pleasures are time based; there is a beginning and an end to the pleasure. You can only drink so much, you can only eat so much, you can only take so much substance. You have to go back for it again and again and again. However this ananda never ends. There is no beginning and end to it. It is ever new; it is joy ever new. This is why you can see mystics and yogis so happy in themselves, needing nothing. They may wear very little, but their faces shine with joy. They are not caught up in all the pleasure seeking. There is something else that excites them, that fulfills that need for pleasure.

Would you know it? It is there in the Self. When you capture it, you will never be excited about just the ordinary pleasure anymore. You will enjoy all the pleasures of the world for what they are, but never get caught in them. When they disappear, your joy does not disappear. When they appear, your joy is not increased. Your joy remains ever new. That ever new experience of bliss is in the Self. It is called ananda. Seek it! The more you come into that consciousness of freedom, moving away from the limitation and experiencing that expansive part of you, the more you are coming into anandaSri Vasudeva Day 6 Forty days 2017. For full talk and meditation go to  www. blue-star.org

Enter the Space of Freedom beyond Limitations


pexels-photo-349451.jpegWhen you sit to meditate, are you caught in the thought and the idea, or are you observing a deeper space from where you can see clearly the thoughts and ideas that are coming up in the mind, and you do not identify with them? You are not caught or carried away by them? When that happens, there is a greater peace that you feel in your inner being, because the mind is a burden, thinking is a burden, and you only appreciate that when the mind stops thinking; not suppressed in the silence, but naturally the thought stops. “Wow, how free I am!” That is why you have such a beautiful experience in deep sleep; because the mind is completely absent, inactive. You get up from a deep sleep and you say, “Oh my God, this is so good”; mind has disappeared. If in your waking and conscious experience, you can let the mind disappear, think of what you will experience in that space. That is the space of freedom.

Sri Vasudeva Day 5 Forty days 2017. For full talk and meditation go to  www. blue-star.org

Pathway to Observer-ship


pexels-photo-106132.jpeg We are conscious beings. We are conscious of mind, we are conscious of emotion, we are conscious of physicality, we are conscious of the world around us. But, “How conscious are we?” We are so tied up with the senses that all we are conscious of is what relates to the senses. And for some of us, it is more difficult to be conscious of our own thoughts as separate from who we really are. In other words, we are our thoughts. We pride ourselves in how we think. For some of us, it is our emotion; we are emotional. We say we are emotional, and we pride ourselves by the emotions we produce. And for some of us, it is the physicality; we take pride as we identify with our physicality. So the consciousness is very much identified with mind, with emotion, with physical body, with intentions, and that is how we largely define ourselves.

But can we go a step further to define ourselves not by any of these, but by That which is the source of all of these? The invitation then is to come to a deeper place inside where you can really experience consciousness as separate from the phenomenon, from the other; One without a second.

Consciousness is totally involved in the creation, immanent, and totally transcendental, beyond – and the same is reflected within our being. There is transcendence within us and there is immanence within us.

Initially, when you begin to observe when you are doing something, you may think that you do not enjoy it with the excitement as when you totally identify with it. But the more conscious you become and the more you centre in that transcendental space, and really knowing it, and realizing its nature, then you do not lose it when you identify. That is the place of enlightenment; to be in that transcendental consciousness and never lose it, even in the fullness of engagement.

Sri Vasudeva Day 3 Forty days 2017. For full talk go to www. blue-star.org

Self – Discovery is in the Inner Space


pexels-photo-205717.jpegMāyā is happening in our consciousness, but it is difficult to appreciate what consciousness really is. The whole object of the spiritual journey is to really understand consciousness.

The jump has to be made from the physical to the subtle. That is where spiritual awakening comes in, and that is where the Guru comes in; the one who knows.

To really appreciate what consciousness is, we have a little homework to do. We need to really explore the inner space. Do you really think you understand what consciousness is? Because if you do, you will be experiencing your subtle nature that is co-existing with the physical, that is supporting the physical, that is driving the physical, that is behind the physical, that is the light in the body; just as electricity lights up the bulb. So the self-discovery is outside the realm of the physical; it is in the meditation process and it is in the self-inquiry, the “Who am I?” and going deeper than the body, shifting from the body, and going to the depth of the mind, and going to the depth of the emotional being and the vital being. That is where the experience of consciousness will come.

You could sit down in the physical posture and try to perfect the physical posture, but you are not going to find it. You can go through all the intellectual thought using the mind, and you will not find it. You can explore all the emotions, and you will not find it. Because it is ‘that’ which gives rise to the thought, ‘that’ which gives rise to the emotions. So we need to go to the very source of being to experience what true consciousness is. It is not a product of thought, it is not a product of emotion, and it is certainly not physical. “That thou art. That which created the Universe is within you. It is subtle. It is the subtle essence of all. Know that and you will know everything.”  Sri Vasudeva Day 2 Forty days 2017. For full talk go to www. blue-star.org

 

Contemplate the Temporary Nature of Life


pexels-photo-95684.jpegThings disappear around you: people, the body, pets, plants, go back to nature.  What do you call a changing experience, if not dream-like? So why do we give so much attention to what is changing around us, as the reality?

Why is it that we do not contemplate the temporary nature of life around us? It is so changing, it is so unpredictable. That is the Maya;  we are held in this false reality. We are so gripped by it that we do not even think.

When things around you don’t working out, or when you feel that you are not happy even though you get all the things that you want, do you see the false nature? That which you thought would make you happy doesn’t anymore. The achievement that you thought would fulfill you, didn’t.  It is innate to our being to search for that which is real. That is why we say we are on an evolutionary journey; waking up is our destiny.

I am inviting you to observe the dream-like nature of life, its transitory nature, and let your desire be strong to wake up to that which you really are; your reality. Hold that desire strongly that you may wake up to that which is real, and let that beautiful prayer from the Upanishad resonate within your being.

Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya; Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya; Mrtyor Maa Amrtam Gamaya; Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.” Lead me from the illusion of the unreal to the real, may the veiling power be removed so the Light may be revealed, lead me from the idea that I die to the consciousness of my immortality. Sri Vasudeva Day 1 Forty Days 2017

Open up to Being


“There is no place to go, there is only opening up to be all that you are.”
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Love is the Way


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Be a disciple of Love.

Be an instrument of Love.

Be an agent of Love.

Experience the limitless power of your inner being.

Love is the way to freedom.

Sri Vasudeva

You might enjoy reading my article on the experience of having Sri Vasudeva as a Guide. It’s posted on the Blue Star blog.

Aspire to a Shift in Consciousness


pexels-photo-206756.jpegLet us hold the intention of transforming the inner space, trying to rise above the human consciousness, to experience more and more of our spiritual nature. We need to be patient with this, as we have had life times of conditioning that hold us in the grasp of material thinking. To transform this consciousness it takes a shift. Let us aspire to shift the consciousness. It is simply an awakening, nothing else but an awakening more and more to our true nature. And the more we come together and do this; the shift will become easier for us as individuals. Sri Vasudeva

Join in 40 Days of Retreat


You are invited to participate in 40 days of retreat starting March 25th and led by Sri Vasudeva. We have been exploring his teachings for the past few weeks so you already know who he is. The theme of these 40 days will be “Lifting Maya’s veil – a guide to Self Transformation.” You can listen to the free meditations and talks in preparation for these days on sound cloud.

On the night of March 25th there will be a satsang at 6:00pm EST to launch us into the 40 days. Sri Vasudeva will introduce the theme, and a little about how he will explore it in the days ahead. Plus I think he will share in satsang, some of his experiences during the 40 days of 1978 when he entered the start of an amazing experience which left him in a state of inner freedom and bliss. There will also be powerful chanting which can be an entry way into the sacred space within. You can read more about that here.

On March 26th and every day until May 4th we start the day with a beautiful Sanskrit chant called the Guru Gita at 5:15 am EST, which is a hymn talking about the role of the outer spiritual guide and the waking up of our inner guide. Even if you don’t know the song, the vibration of the chanting can awaken subtle energies.

Then there is an inspirational talk and guided meditation at 6:15 am where he will give details about the self transformation process. I hope that we will discuss this talk here,  how we could live the concepts and ideas and may be we could help each other with the challenges in doing so. Transcripts of this talk and meditation will be available on the website of Sri Vasudeva’s organization www.blue-star.org

Then there is a silent meditation from noon till 12:30pm. There is another silent half hour meditation at 6:00pm. While these will not be streamed I am telling you about it so that you can tune in, if only for a moment, by simply thinking about it and taking a pause in your day.

At 3:00pm there is the opportunity to join in Sacred Conversation as the morning talk and meditation is discussed and practical tips are shared on how these spiritual concepts can be implemented in daily life. You can have your questions answered too by sending them in via the contact info on the Blue Star website. You can also post comments and questions here on the blog so we can have lively sacred conversations going on here too.

We end the day with a Sanskrit evening chant at 8:00 pm called the Shiva Mahimna Stotram and the Shiv Manas puja ending with a silent meditation. The beauty of the Sanskrit is the effect on the chakras.

Lets participate in some or all of the spiritual discipline during these 40 days as together we make strides on our spiritual journey. 16864734_1353612277994512_7347639737419263776_n.jpg

All of Life is Energy


images.jpegIn the consciousness space, in that space of being, in that space of awareness; energy creates the drama that we call existence. All the thought forms, the emotional forms, the vital forms, even the physical forms, are energy at different levels of vibration, gross and subtle. So today, we look at the energy play in the consciousness. 

If we are a spark of the Infinite, if we carry in us the consciousness of immortality, if we have within us unlimited potential in being, if we have the power of intention to tap into energies from within us and manifest them on the outside, what does it say? It says, that we are in contact with an energy field in our infinite being, and we are able to manifest from that unlimited potential. All of what we are seeing, all of what we are projecting into the space,  everything is energy based. Everything that is created has a life period, and then ultimately it will be dissolved. It is time based, and it is also energy based.  Sri Vasudeva

Steps to Intuitive Learning


Intuition is that ability to open up the space to the Universe communicating with us through so many Beings. The Divine has instruments everywhere. All we need to do is open up the field, and all the information we can ever need and want will come to us. That is intuitive learning.

But it requires tremendous humility of the intellect. Because the tendency in all of us, with the ego, is to think that “we know.” So I love that statement, “He who knows that he knows not, really knows.” Then that is a platform for learning, that is a platform for intuitive awareness. And he who thinks he knows, really has closed the field, knows not.

Orchids-in-their-Natural-Environment-900x581.jpgSo where are you? Are you open in every moment, to every instrument, to learn from an ant, to learn from a fly, to learn from a bird, to learn from human beings who we consider ignorant and uneducated? We can learn from everybody. The moment we begin to respect every being in the Universe, and to realize they can teach us, we have become a true student of life. Open your space to intuitive wisdom, to intuitive learning, and you will realize that information is always available from the Universe. 

We are in a time period now, where there is an amazing store of information about spirituality, about consciousness development. Just open your mind, create a genuine desire, and you will see how much information will come towards you. It is in the field!

So be intuitively receptive, and you will be nourished from the information field. Do not embrace poverty in terms of knowledge. There is an ocean of knowledge in the Universe. Open your vessels and you will be filled to your maximum!  Sri Vasudeva

Tuning into the Universal Mind


When I go into any space where there are people, I am excited about the opportunity to learn so much from all these minds gathered there. I am excited about tuning in to that space before I begin to converse, I can pick up a lot of information about what the space already has. Simply tuning in with the idea that there is so much to learn, happy with what I know, but knowing that I don’t know the All, and opening up my field to learn. I can learn from anyone, everyone! So I am humble to learn. My field is always open. That is how we can begin to pick up from that Universal mind. Sri Vasudeva

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Accessing the Universal Mind


Intuition, or inner learning, is a way of accessing a universal store of information that is Unknown.jpegheld in a Universal Mind and it is accessible to us all! When someone makes a discovery, they think in their little minds that they have made the discovery. It could have been an idea already floating in the space, and they picked it up. It came through them. Well, of course, they did make a discovery, but does it belong to someone? The idea was already there in the Universe, it was already in the space, they were just open to picking it up. So all information is there in this Infinite Mind that contains all minds.

In our ignorance we are unable to access this space. It requires a very keen intellect. But the tendency is to get caught up in our intellect and think that we know. The moment you think you know, you close off this field. Of course, if you think you know so much, there is much more to know if the ego continues to stay open. You know so much within your experience, but you can open to learn so much more.

When we come into a space, we think we know, so we are going to present what we know into the space. We do not think for a moment that the space is full of information, and if we just become open to the space, we can become humbled to know how much information is there. Sri Vasudeva

Possibility of Tapping into Unlimited Information


It is possible to develop the amazing power of focused attention, focused awareness, and to bring all of our resources to bear in that focus.

We have the power in the consciousness to access an unlimited store of information but we are ignorant about this. We rack our brains trying to figure out things, when we can open the field and access any information we want, if only we know this secret. Our soul knows how, but we have forgotten!

I remember when we had no internet, we had to go into many books to research research_library2 (1).jpginformation. Of course, the library that we had access to was limited. Today, we can just go on an internet browser, type in any subject we want, and we find loads and loads of information, endless as it were. So much information, from so many people on the internet, freely given. Amazing isn’t it? I would have never believed that in my time of study at university, but look at what is there. Is it possible that there is a source of  information of the mind, where we can access all the information we need? Yes, there is! More on how to access this information tomorrow. Sri Vasudeva

 

The Power of Focused Awareness


As a young person I was fascinated with the way a lens and sunlight can burn a newspaper without lighting a match. I would take this piece of glass, put it over the newspaper, bring it into focus,  keep it there long enough, then see a bright little point as the paper starts to burn.  This lens had the power of focusing the rays of light, creating a flame. When it focused those scattered particles of light into one focal point on the newspaper, it created such heat with the rays of light, that it burned the paper.

When we bring our awareness to one point, can you imagine the power that it has? Let us say you have a diseased organ in the body, and you bring your focus there and you keep an image of a healthy organ. You keep that positive thought “this organ is going to be transformed.” In your mind, with image and thought and the power of belief, it is going to happen. 

You apply that focus, staying with it, one thought, no other thought, no conflict,  even if there is conflict, it is easy to push away, that is training. Bring that point of focus continuously, “I am healed. I am healed.” Say it enough times that you believe it, “I am healed.” Keep the image there, “I am healed.” Do you know what is happening with the body when you do that with total focused awareness? If your belief is strong, if your focus is strong, the cells begin the regenerate. Then you see the marvellous power of focused attention.

If you apply it to another person and you think, “I am holding this person in the Light. May they continue to grow in love and peace.” And you hold that. Do you know what power you are extending to them? If you keep that thought and image strongly, do you know how much you are uplifting them? 

 

Practises to develop focused awareness

15747817_1654929434533346_7887573456716839793_n.jpgHow do you develop focused awareness? You can begin with simple practises like observing and just staying with the breath. It is an easy practise because a rhythmical breath, a full breath, relaxes you; brings more stability in the inner space; releases stress. So it is a wonderful focusing tool. Just begin to do breath awareness and after a while, you will be amazed at the kind of focused awareness you will develop.

Or, you can use a sacred word like a mantra, and you begin to repeat the mantra together with the breath. Open the space of the mantra into full zoom, so you can feel that this mantra is being said in an infinite space of peace, in love. Just begin the practise of holding this one thought in the consciousness, in this open field that is peaceful, with the breath that relaxes you. With this practise, you will develop a great sense of focus. Sri Vasudeva

Developing Focused Awareness


As we consider this subject of conditioning this consciousness that we have in the human experience, we need to develop certain life skills for the game of life. Skills that will help us to meet this challenge with courage, determination, confidence and with excitement! When we are well equipped for any challenge, how do we feel?  We feel excited to explore, to manage, to experience and to be on top of things!

Today we look at one of those critical life skills: developing focused awareness. How do I keep my attention on what I am doing with my total being, meeting a situation, with everything that I have; and in doing this, not losing my awareness of the totality, not losing my awareness of the full potential of being?

Digital-Camera-Photo-Taking.jpgMany of us fear that when we narrow the view in the consciousness, we lose the rest. Actually we don’t. We are the rest! We have just narrowed the view with our remarkable ability to zoom. When a camera is zooming, does it lose its ability to get back to the totality in a moment, to full zoom? We trust the camera to move quickly – zoom, zoom, zoom,  getting into the detail, or getting the overview. We have that ability with the consciousness to zoom into detail.

Seeing the whole in the detail

There is magic because when we zoom, we can amplify into microscopic detail. When we come into a situation, we can open it up; we can look clearly; and we can see into the infinite microscopic world. Amazing! Even in the detail, we begin to see the whole.

When I zoom the consciousness, into that amplification; “Wow, I can see infinity in that person! I can grab infinity in this moment! I can look into that flower and I can see a whole Universe!” We begin to see the whole even in the tiniest particle.  If we can look into an atom with the right equipment, wouldn’t we see a whole solar system? Wouldn’t we see the Universe? Do we really lose anything, or do we gain when we narrow the focus?

Fine-tune the focus

When we are in that zoom mode, when we take our focus into anything, don’t we have our full resources at our disposal: the power of the mind; the power of vitality; the power of emotion in the zoom? Can’t we bring all our resources into that point of focus, meeting whatever challenge we have, with the ability to open up the zoom at anytime?

And you know how we can play with the zoom, we bring it to one focus, “Is it good?”  bring it to another focus, then change it to a bigger focus, “Is it better? Let me go back, let me fine-tune, let me find the exact setting.” We human beings have that power in the consciousness: the power of focused awareness; the power of zoom; the power to go into detail and to find our Universe there as well; and, the power to bring all the resources we have into any point of the zoom. If we have that incredible power, shouldn’t we be excited about using it? If you have a phenomenal camera with such amplification and zoom and high quality, wouldn’t you be excited about using it? That is what you have!                          Sri Vasudeva

Conditioning for Fluctuating Energies


When we go out into our world, meeting with fluctuating energies, challenging thoughts and ego energies in a space, how do we condition our Being to meet with these various challenges? A ritual in the morning of preparing ourself for the challenges of a new day is needed. Any form of meditation where we condition the consciousness is important in those moments. So condition your body, prepare your body, and prepare your consciousness for a new day.

Stay aware throughout the day

Throughout the day, let us keep that awareness of protecting our consciousness, protecting that sacred space inside. Whilst we are engaged in daily activities, let us stay in the awareness of our inner space. It is our space! Let us stay in the strength that we gained from our morning ritual. We can keep refreshing it on the go, because we have so many idle moments. Look for the thought wasters, those thoughts that sap our energy away! And when you notice them, begin to recognize their lack of value. Choose the thoughts that will keep you at a high level of energy.

Importance of an evening ritual

If you think that the morning ritual was important, you will agree that an evening ritual is also important! How we go into our restfulness is extremely important! I like to think that what we go to bed with, is what we are going to wake up to. If we go to bed with a worrisome mind and scattered energies, what is going to happen to our sleep? And how are we going to wake up in the morning? A lot of us look at the television or other devices then our thoughts are scattered and we jump into bed to rest with all those thoughts.

Don’t you think it is important to cleanse the mind and go to sleep in a space of restfulness, resting in the consciousness of the Universe, resting in a space of deep peace, in a space where we have faith that “I am taken care of” and resting in that promise of waking up to a new day that will be bright, full of light, with the hope of learning and growing and being a blessing to the world! So an evening ritual is also important.

If we are going to condition our consciousness, we need to look at our morning ritual. We need to look at the consciousness space throughout our day, and we need to look at our night ritual, before we put this body to sleep. Then we will be amazed at how we can maintain a phenomenal consciousness throughout the entire day!

Now if you reflect on what I have just said, you will see how many weak spaces you have in your structure. It is natural. But let us arm ourselves! Let us condition ourselves for every day, for every moment! In the same way rest in a conditioned space, in a protected space, in the space where we can hold our universe in peace, in love, feeling the total security that we are taken care of, conditioning the consciousness for the ultimate sport in the game of life. Sri Vasudeva

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Importance of Conditioning


Today, let us look at conditioning the consciousness space to meet with the challenges of daily life with the objective of evolving in the consciousness. But how do we condition our Being to meet with this goal?

Do you think that conditioning is important? We may condition our physical body if we are going on a tough trip, like climbing a mountain, or swimming in a competition. To meet various challenges in our daily life, we may need to physically condition the body, to meet with the challenge. Do we have to condition our consciousness to meet with the challenges of daily life? If we are conditioning the physical body for a journey then we do a specific set of exercises that will tone the body up, that will harden the body, and prepare it for the task ahead.

So when we go out into a world, meeting with fluctuating energies, and challenging thoughts and ego energies in a space, how do we condition our Being to meet with these various challenges?  Do you think that conditioning is necessary? I certainly think so. Because if you enter a challenging space in vulnerability, in lack of preparation what is likely to happen? If a sports person enters a competition without sufficient training, what is likely to happen?

 Is there a ritual that we should use to condition our being as we begin our day? Wouldn’t you say that when we wake up in the morning it is a vulnerable time? We have just woken up from a space where we went into a deep sleep so we have to refresh the inner space! Hopefully we get up in a safe space, a known space, so there is no challenge there. But we have to think of our day ahead, it can be a challenging day, it can be an easy or restful day. So we need to meet our day from the best inner space. Sri Vasudeva

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Readiness for the Game of Life


mp900431269.jpgWe need to come into unity consciousness and then personal integrity will be strong, then we are ready for the game of life. It is important to understand we are always in this personal space which can be huge if we are in the hub. Then we can see every part of the space and everything appears in slow motion. Can you imagine in a sport if the player is well centered, remembering everything, “The manager is with me, the captain is with me, every player is with me, I just have to be aware. So I can feel the spirit of the manager. I can feel the intelligence of the captain, I can feel the emotion of every player. I can feel the spirit of all the stakeholders in this sport” and every player is carrying the consciousness of the all! 

Then the game becomes exciting. There is no poverty consciousness, there is no lacking. There is integrity within and manifested on the outer. Every player is fully spirited, carrying the consciousness of the whole. He or she vibrates with the manager, with the captain, with every player, and knows exactly what is expected of each. So when you are operating in this field of life, in the collective space, you need to remember that personal integrity. Intellect has to be used keenly when it is required, emotions to be used appropriately, vitality is to be sustained, physical body ought to be travel-worthy, respected and ego needs to be nourished by the whole team. Then it becomes really exciting!

I hope this is not just a story. I hope that you can actually be excited as I am, because this is the space I live in! But these models give me an idea of looking at it with excitement! No hierarchy in the inner space: I respect my body, I love my body, I love my emotional being, I love my vital being, I love my intellect and I am in the hub. I will allow each one to come in when it is necessary, and let the others rest on the bench waiting to come in but totally involved and invested in the play. Life is a marvellous play! Sri Vasudeva

 

Equality in the Inner Space


wooden_wheel_194628.jpg               We tend to think in terms of spatial existence and linearity: that one thing is here and then it is displaced, so another one takes its place, there is a linear distance between them. 

But let us consider for a moment, a wheel. Can you observe that in a wheel there is a part that doesn’t move at all? It is changeless, it is fixed,  while every other part is moving. For that wheel to function, the hub or the centre of the wheel, has to stay in connection with all the outer parts for it to operate as one unit. But in that hub there is a changeless nature. The hub is centred and everything spins around it. Now that hub does not have a linear existence. It is always in the same place and it is supporting every part of the wheel. In fact every part of the wheel is connected to that hub. 

Now, which part is unimportant? Every part of the wheel is like a link in a chain so every part is essential. If we were to compare that to the components on the inner field – intellect, ego, vitality, emotion, body – they are all connected to the same Source! Every one of them! Where does the intellect get its power from? Where does the emotion get its power from? Where does the body get its power from, as a unit, every cell, every atom? You will see that every one of these components are fed from that hub, that we call “the Source of consciousness,” or “the Source.”

So no one is superior to the other, they all have a connection to the Source, and what is required is for each one to realize how important the other is, not thinking one is higher, one is lower, no hierarchy. It’s like the wheel. How can you have hierarchy in a circle? If you have a meeting and everybody is in a circle, who is at the head? When you have a rectangular table, you have a head and you have a tail, as it were, but in a round setting, each is a head.

So if you were to look at this inner play field, each one is important! Without the body, without emotions, without the intellect, we don’t have a perfect team. And so do not think in terms of linearity, do not think in terms of spatial existence, but think, “When my intellect comes in, it is coming from the Source. When my emotions come in, they are coming from the Source. When my body is featured, it exists in the Source. When my vitality comes in, it is coming from the Source. When my ego comes in, it comes from the Source.” And the Source is the changeless consciousness. Sri Vasudeva

 

Integrity in the Game of Life


Peace Garden.jpgWe often talk about the “the game of life”. So we continue a little further in looking at this play. You will agree with me that the “field” is consciousness, the source of all possibilities, that is the field that we are playing in.

Can we look at the possibility of a personal field, the field in which we operate in, the inner space; and the collective field of the consciousness, the space that is outside of our personal space? So we have two fields in which we play and both contain all possibilities because both are the consciousness field. We have an inner field that is personal and private to us. And we have a collective field, the external, that we play the game of life in, where we interact with other conscious beings in the field of life.

Yesterday, we were considering the play in the inner field, the personal field. We can call that “the training field,” it’s a field that we are in every moment. I have often remarked that you can be in the midst of a crowd and still be alone, if you are very conscious of your personal field and how huge it is, and how it contains all possibilities.

In fact when all the players that we identified yesterday in the personal field are working together in harmony, how do we call that? Personal integrity – when all the intentions are noble and this team on the inner space is working together in perfect balance, harmony, helping each other, supporting each other, understanding each other, respecting each other, really team playing. Intellect, ego, emotional being, vital being, physical body; the whole team is vibrating with one energy, one goal, which is the noble intention.

Then we have what is called personal integrity, that is strength. Integrity means “whole.” So we are united in the inner space. How does it feel when all these players come together very powerfully in the inner space? You can well understand what happens in an actual game of sport when every player is working in harmony with the whole, very united, full of noble purpose, respecting each other, supporting each other, conscious of each other, and realizing too that each player has a skill and a role that is important in the space. We need that kind of unity consciousness on the inside. Sri Vasudeva

Sharpening the Intellect


imagesIntellect is an important function. It has the power to discriminate, to decide “I don’t want this, but I want this, this is more valuable to me.” It has that power in every moment. It has the power to analyze: “Why don’t I want this? Why do I want this?” So it can be sure about what it wants. It has the power to reflect: “I made this decision before, should I stay with it? Or should I improve it?”  There is the power to introspect: “Let me observe how we have played so far. Let me see if I need to change tactics a little bit.”

A dull intellect is one that is pulled by the thoughts and the emotions wherever they go, like a lion being controlled by a mouse.The ego’s intention should be, “How can I make my intellect sharp?  How can I get my discrimination strong? How can I get my powers of analysis strong? How can I make my reflections worthwhile? How can I have a powerful introspection?”

So intellect needs to be sharp, then the mind can be trained easily, and then the emotions can be trained easily and the vitality can be worked to the level it needs to be and then the body can be taken care of. 

That can only happen by learning to stay with “what is” and learning from the experience of “what is.” Even though dull, beginning to use the power you have, so if you reflect now on your life, there is a lot of learning from the experiences that you have. That is the only way the intellect can learn. Of course it can begin to seek in the space for help, for guidance. But it has to stay with “what is” and it has to develop its expertise from experience. Sri Vasudeva

 

Team Players in the Inner Space


In the game of life we need to have the perfect team on the inside if we are to win this game. So consider this scenario within your inner being, and the players in the inner space. 

You need to have a main person on the team, for example, the captain. The captain has to be very watchful – overlooking, understanding the strengths and weaknesses of everyone, and trying to co-ordinate the game as best as possible.

We have several players because we have several different positions in the game. Every player has an important role. And the team of course, needs to work together; otherwise surely the match is not going to be won.

All of this is happening because you have a manager of a team who has a purpose – this game has to be won because there are so many shareholders involved who are supporting this team – so the manager represents all of them. 

Let us say the manager is the ego, the one who identifies with winning the game.  Of course the captain is going to be the intellect. So the captain has the intelligence of the game. He is vested with that role to overlook all the players, keeping a strict eye on them.

Every player is important in the game. There must be respect for each other. If one player decides that this one is too weak and he wants to do the role, and this one is confused and there is no communication, you can imagine what is going to happen. If someone gets emotional in the game and they become caught up in the emotion, they may lose the aspect of team playing. So there must be a lot of respect for each other in the space, for each other’s abilities. There must be powerful communication and there must be a support. If we have a well integrated team, then certainly it’s unbeatable!

The importance of training                                                                                                                But how do we get a team to actually get to that state of great communication, developing skills for each role, and working together as a team? Training no? Can you imagine without training what is going to happen?

Is the Captain in good condition? Is he well informed? Is he in sync with the manager and the shareholders? Is he sharp in his skills to look? Is he in good communication with the manager so sometimes he can get a tip?

Are all the players well informed and have they practised enough that they can manage their roles masterfully? Is the mind and emotional being well trained within you? Is your vital being well trained within you? Is the body well trained to support?

Who is going to do this training? It has to be the manager and the captain working with the team. It has to be the intellect, together with the one who is identified with winning the game – the ego. The intellect and ego, must work together because they are major team players. We need to have the sense of victory. We need to identify with winning the game, that’s the ego. We need to have the skills of the captain, the intellect.

And we need to train the mind excellently! Zero defect. Zero failure. That is what we are looking for. Of course, failure can be an important learning experience, but that’s for the training, not for the match.

Emotional being has to be appropriate; we need emotional intelligence in the space. Vitality has to be sustained, we need to be vital and body needs to be supporting this.

So there we are. How’s your team? What are the team needs? How confident is the ego in the game – the manager and all the shareholders who identify with the winning? How strong is the captain? How confident is the captain?

Taking stock of our team                                                                                                                  How are we going to train these players? When you look in the inner space, certainly our players need a lot of training. It is good when you can assume that they know nothing, so we train them from the basics.

The mind needs to be trained. When you observe the inner space, how scattered is the mind? How fluctuating are the thoughts? How much silence can we generate? How open is the mind? And how is the intellect holding the mind in the discipline of training? Of course ego wants to be confident of winning the game.

How is the emotional being? Is it scattered? Is it full of fear? Is it lonely? Does it have low self esteem? Does it need to shape up? And how is the vitality, the fire, is it high, is it low, is it struggling? How is the physical body supporting? Is it strong? Is it travel-worthy? Is it being managed well?

There we are. We need to really take stock of what is happening to this team inside, and pull this team together, otherwise, what is going to happen in the game? Sri Vasudeva

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Managing the Inner Space


Before I can even begin to create powerful intentions,  I realize that I have to learn to manage the inner space.

I realize the need for staying in the present because the memory can take me back into the past and hope can take me into the future. So I am realizing that the inner space can be influenced by past and future. Now I have to learn how to stay in the present.

So it is a rich space for observation and for learning! I am staying only with “what is.” I am not going to use any kind of belief or theories that do not apply to “what is,”  and I may learn a lot of things about the inner space. Sri Vasudeva

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Exploring the Mind


If I want to create an intention and tap into this energy that I have heard about inside myself, then I need some kind of focus! How strong is my mind in focusing? Can it stay attentive? Hmmm, I have to look at this. I have to look at my attention span!

During my activities there are so many thoughts in the mind! Oh yes, I can worry! I can agonize about the past and worry about tomorrow! I have to understand this mind! And I have to learn how to focus!

What if I don’t have any thoughts in my mind? Can I have no thoughts? What will happen? What can silence do? Can I be silent? Does silence have power? Does it have value? What if I try to be silent? I want to be silent. I am thinking I want to be silent, but thoughts are coming up into my mind! This is not so easy to be silent. I can focus on silence. I can perceive more. I think I can explore this silence. Sri Vasudeva

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Making the Shift


We want to make a shift. We understand the power of this consciousness field. We realize we have to be responsible for our intentions. So how do we begin? There are so many teachings! There are so many teachers! There are so many theories! There are so many possibilities! Where do we begin? How do we choose?

Why don’t we start with “what is” before me? Why am I not present to “what is”? Can “what is” before me, help me to know more? Is it a game of hide and seek, that life is putting everything before me, and I need to begin with “what is”? This seems to make a lot of sense.  I find it to be very practical – stay with “what is,” and explore the possibilities that emerge.

What is the scenario before me? Hmmm – well, I am aware, I am aware of my world. I am aware that my human senses bring information to me: seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching.  I am also aware that I can process this information inside, and make opinions, form judgments!

I can create thoughts: “This is a fellow human being; this is a musical instrument; this is a floor; this is a ceiling.” Then, if I want to remember: “The floor was blue in colour. The ceiling was another shade of blue. What was the colour of the musical instrument? Oh, it was brown. And then the fellow human beings … oh, they are different.” My memory is bringing back images. So I can think and I can imagine.

I can recall – hmmm, that is “what is.” And how do I know the difference between a musical instrument and this box? There is a keyboard there, and a bellows. So it draws air in, and air comes out with a sound. This other box has electronic equipment. It is different. Now, I am using reasoning. So there is reason within me.

And who is asking all these questions! “Who am I? I have a human body. I have a mind. I can think, and I am an “I.” I have an identity! I am male, in human body I am tall. This is the colour of my skin. This is my hair. I have an identity! I am different! So there … I have an identity, I have the power to reason, I have the power to think, I have the power to imagine, I have the power to remember. Hmm, I have a lot of power! Sri Vasudeva

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Identifying Our Life Purpose


In this lifetime we have come with a certain purpose, which can be identified if we look very closely at the talents we have come with, the people who surround us. Somehow, life placed us in certain relationships, with certain talents, with certain challenges.

If you look very carefully, you will begin to see that this is a very intelligent Universe, setting up the exact scenario for us to fulfill our life purpose. If you look carefully at what is before you every day, you will begin to see a purpose emerging. Whether it’s a challenged relationship, whether it’s an inner struggle to be more unselfish, to be more loving, to give up anger, to be more understanding. You will see right before you in the things that you struggle with, you will see a purpose. If you begin to identify that, and to work with it, you may find the Universe very supportive, because it’s based on a plan. We came here with a life plan, with a life purpose.

It’s extremely important to understand our life purpose. Whenever we are focused on that, we begin to feel that some part of us inside is being supported – that the Universe is supporting us in doing this. So as we begin to tap into that unlimited power that we are, we need to identify our purpose. And this purpose must drive the intentions that are able to tap into that unlimited power. Sri Vasudeva

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Self knowledge Reveals Nature of the World


We may think becoming a better person is selfish – in a way it is – but in going within to really know ourselves more, it’s really an unselfish pursuit. In knowing ourselves more, we understand and are able to relate to the world better. So though it may seem selfish because we are giving attention to “us,” as we know ourselves more, we find that pursuit really becomes unselfish, because the more we know ourselves, the more we know others. The more we understand the nature of our own being, the more we understand the nature of the world. Sri Vasudeva

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How Is my Purpose fulfilling me?


Those purposes that are driven by survival needs and the pursuit of power and pleasure, bring a kind of happiness but also bring a lot of pain and misery in the human experience. Because in pursuing those purposes sometimes we do not give attention to the welfare and well-being of others. And once we do that, some part of us will never be fulfilled when we act selfishly.

And when our purpose is to become better, to know ourselves more, to live more in the light of understanding and love and wisdom, we find that some deeper part of us is fulfilled by doing this. And when we try to make our world a better place – to co-create spaces of love and harmony and peace – we find that a quality of happiness emerges in our being that fulfills us. So we should be very observant as to where our purpose is coming from. Is it selfish? Is it unselfish? Sri Vasudeva

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What is Driving our Purpose?


As we seek to tap into that unlimited power within us we need to be purpose driven. When  we have a meaningful purpose, then it’s easy to drive any desire, any intention in the human experience, so it’s important to have purpose. If we do not have any purpose, then we find that the drive is not there; life is meaningless.

We need to observe what this purpose is all about. If we are finding that there is some purpose that is within us, we need to explore where this purpose is being driven from. Where is it coming from within us? Is it based on survival? Is it based on the pursuit of personal power? Is it based on the pursuit of selfish pleasure? Is it based on trying to accumulate more, so we never have needs, to the extent where we do not care about others as we do this? What is our purpose? If we observe carefully, is that purpose based on being a better person, improving who we are, knowing who we are, and helping our world to be a better place? Sri Vasudeva

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Make a Positive Impact


How do we tap into this power inside to impact our world positively, so that we can create a world of peace, love, and harmony? Of course, you will agree with me that’s a better world, that’s the world we are all seeking, whether we know it or not. Even those who are in a negative bent, they are seeking the same, but they don’t know it. They feel that by destructive means they are going to have power and happiness and freedom. But, no, no, destruction is never the answer!   

So as we tap into this unlimited potential, we need to be benevolent. We need to be kind towards our world. We need to be well intentioned to our world and then all the forces of the Light will support us. The entire Universe will support us.   

We can be destructive in very visible ways and very subtle ways. In the way we defame others, in the way we insult others, in the way we make them inferior, in the way that we take their power away; these are very subtle ways and sometimes we don’t see it.  Of course we do it in very visible ways too by hurting someone physically. When you are destructive pain is eventually going to come. Whenever we create hurt and harm in the human experience it’s going to come back to us. In harming another, we are harming a part of ourselves. So in tapping into “that potential that we are,” and experiencing a higher power, that we use it for the good of our world, it is extremely important to be aware of this. Sri Vasudeva

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In Essence we are One


We have been speaking about the greatness of our inner being – that we are all great. We all have unlimited potential in our being. And I say “unlimited,” because we really do not know the vast potential of the inner space that is called “consciousness.” The space from where the Universe emerged, the space that continues to support this entire Universe. And you see consciousness abounds this Universe; it’s everywhere. This is a conscious Universe.

This consciousness is also imbued with intelligence; it has the power of intelligence. And every life form has the experience of “identity.” But underlying all those separate identities is an essential unity that makes us all one. We may appear to be different in the external parts of this form, but on the internal, in our essence, we are all one – absolutely one. Sri Vasudeva

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Celebrated & Lowly have the Same Tools


What is there, in this amazing space of consciousness? How can some people achieve so much? Olympians, great musicians, artists, what makes them different to us? We are all the same! From the saint, the celebrated ones in our world, to the seemingly lowest, we are all the same! No one is greater! We are all blessed with the same tools. Sri Vasudeva

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Meditation: Centre in the Consciousness


butterfly-insect-wing-wildlife-87039.jpegLet us give attention to the consciousness space. How do you do that? It may sound simple, but actually it is very profound. The consciousness space is that centre of being in which the ego operates, the sense of “I,” and it is that centre of conscious experience. It is that centre of pure awareness within you in which you are experiencing the elements of nature, the movement of the mind, the movement of emotion.

In that centre of being you have a consciousness of Self, you have a consciousness of the elements, and then you have a consciousness of the subtle reality of mind and emotion and intention. Centre in that experience of “I exist.” Not that you are the thinker, that’s a role. Not that you are the one who is feeling, that’s a role. Not the body, that’s another role. But that very centre of being where the “I” plays in the consciousness, assuming all these different roles.

The goal in the play is to stay beyond the roles that you play; to get to that centre where you can observe every role without being caught in it, identified with it as your only reality. Centering in the consciousness space means centering in the “I” experience, but beyond every role; beyond the thinker, beyond the one that feels, beyond that vital person that drives the body, and beyond the body.

This is an experience that comes with grace, as you open up to grace. You cannot have this experience just by wanting it, but by opening up your being with humility and with a sincere desire to manifest the all of you. Surrendering to that inner process of transformation, that inner space will open up to you. It cannot be had by the one that plays with the ego or is caught in the ego.

Excerpt of guided meditation by Sri Vasudeva, for more go to  www. blue-star.org

Meditation to Untie the Granthis


6254942d4373841981d366f44d707e0c.jpgThis spiritual journey to our true power is a journey of stages.  In the Yogic wisdom, these stages are called Granthis, or knots.  There are three stages. Read more about them in this post. This is a meditation to untie these knots.

The goal is to work with Kuṇḍalinī to untie the knots. If you have several knots operating at the same time, then you can work all of them: breathing into the mūlādhāra; maṇipūra at the navel; anāhata at the heart; into the throat; up to the eyebrows. So you have the awareness of the entire spine if you are working all of them.

Observe what kind of kriyā is happening, cleansing, and follow the Kuṇḍalinī where She is in cleansing mode, in the kriyā mode. You will see the marvel of the journey, that you are not alone in this journey; you are guided. The knots will appear before you.

Remember, work in a collaborative way with Her. Do not run away with the ego. Stay with Her wherever She is working. You are trying to break free from the tamasic quality of the Māyā, the strong veiling quality. Stay vigilant, aware…and the promise is that as you go deeper, the Ananda Shakti will come; you will be engaged in that blissful energy of the play.

Really observe the breath and the prāṇayama experience of extending the breath in the ujjai. Restlessness should disappear; more calmness should come at every level. Revitalization should be happening.

For some of you, if praying comes naturally to you, then use it. If mantras come naturally to you, use it. If you cannot yet free the mind, engage it. Do not try to go where She is not taking you. When you go to where She wants to engage you, everything will happen easier.

Remember the goal is to free the consciousness, so do not limit the consciousness in any way; in beliefs, expectations, impatience…no.

Be in gratitude. Observe how She protects you from the thoughts you do not need. She nourishes you through the prāṇa. She strengthens you that you feel more vital. She lights up the inner space with deeper understanding. And She gives you the vision that She is everywhere. This is what this mantra says.

May we be protected together, may we be nourished together, may we achieve strength together, may my knowledge be full of light, and may I see you everywhere; no separation, no differences, only unity of being. 

Sri Vasudeva Day 27 Forty days 2017. For full talk and meditation go to  www. blue-star.org

Freedom Comes by Cleaning the Kārmas


4a37becb7ebed004b139033d86177aba_free-flower-photo-free-flower-pics_1600-1000.jpegIn the usual experience that we are having, the normal human experience, we have waking, dreaming and deep sleeping. But as the “I,” the ego, evolves in the consciousness, it is going to experience this waking and this dreaming with more consciousness. So as you do your sādhana, you will find that you become more conscious in the waking state. You become more conscious in the dream state as well; you are repeating mantras, you are meditating, you are having spiritual conversations. The “I” or the ego continues to evolve in these experiences of waking and dreaming, so what is stored in the subtle energy body is being refined, upgraded, updated.

It is those kārmas that are stored in that causal body where we go to deep sleep, that keep us tied to the play. As those kārmas arise from deep within and begin to feature in the play, they become prārabdha kārmas and they pull us in the play again and again. So even when the body leaves, those kārmas are still there. And they are associated with the elements, with the senses, with the ego, and these unresolved kārmas bring us back into rebirth.

The process of spiritual discipline or the process of consciousness transformation or evolution in consciousness helps us to break away from the bondage of all those kārmas. And as we begin to clear the kārmic space – this can be done of course through consciousness exploration, consciousness expansion, using the intellect and the awakened Kuṇḍalinī operating – the “I” begins to evolve. As chakras open up more, the “I” begins to evolve and the way we operate in the waking state, the dream state and even the deep sleep state will change; more of a witness will emerge in the space. We will start witnessing actions in the gross space, in the subtle space, and even as we go to deep sleep. We go to the deep sleep differently, with more consciousness, and we wake up with more consciousness. So we do not feel that when we wake up, we have gone into such a limited state. We go in the deep sleep more consciously and we wake up more consciously.

And finally as the soul evolves, the ego will get into a state where it will identify more with its Higher Self, and experience more of the detachment and witnessing in the play without losing engagement. It will become more conscious in the play. Then with Grace, it will jump or leap into the fourth state of consciousness, which is that rapturous witness of all the states. It will become this rapturous witness, held together with the Divine in the dreaming, in the waking, in the deep sleeping. That is the turīya state; that is the state of freedom that  we are seeking. So it comes with cleaning the kārmas, breaking free of the kārmas in the play. Sri Vasudeva Day 26 Forty days 2017. For full talk and meditation go to  www. blue-star.org