Transcendent and Immanent Qualities of Consciousness


Yellow-Bright-Blossom-Tulip-Floral-Spring-Natural-690320.jpg

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


macedonia-1951990_960_720.jpg

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: 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: Observe Without Identifying With Change


dragonfly-540839_960_720.jpg

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


flowers-buttercups-flowering-petals.jpg

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 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

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