Openness & the Art of Exploration


I am going to assume that you have the curiosity to know and that you are willing to investigate more. I am going to assume that you have the strong desire to learn and to grow, so that you are very interested in learning the art of exploration.

One of the powerful qualities of our consciousness is that it is able to look at an experience objectively; even whilst we are experiencing something, there is a part of us that can observe it. But sometimes we become so caught up in the experience that we limit the power of observation to what we want to experience, what we want to know, and we are not fully open to all possibilities. So in critically observing – for our development, for our growth, for our learning – it is important to always be open and not think that we know. We always like to operate with the idea, “I know.” Even if we want to learn a little more, we think we know exactly how to learn that little more. Some of us want to direct our process and even make it happen the way we want to make it happen.

So learn to be open – even though you have a good knowledge of something, it is always extremely important to say, “I am sure that I am not seeing everything” – and to be humble enough to observe the Universe and all the information your Universe is bringing towards you, being completely open to every communication that is coming to you.

Now apply that to yourself; are you open? When you listen, are you continuously open? When somebody is speaking to us, often we are already thinking, concluding and preparing our response. It requires listening; having ideas, but keeping them in suspension, no judgement, no conclusion. Even if ideas are coming and we want to conclude, to hold that space of being completely open.

I love to listen to everyone, trying to see more. Whenever the tendency from the conditioned mind is to make me believe,  I check it and say “No, open up a little more,”  I am always willing to listen to my Universe. And no voice is insignificant. So listen to everyone.         Sri Vasudeva


Where to Focus in a Challenge


In this co-existence, life has given us the opportunity to work in and through relationships to grow in consciousness. How can we do this consciously, instead of being pushed and prodded by life?

Where can we start?… One powerful way is to look for what causes stress inside in relating to our world. Where do the challenges lie?  Workplace? Community? People not making the same choices as ours? People close to us not following spirituality as we do? A habit that needs changing?

When  the world challenges us, then in our meditation, we take all those challenges with us and surely our meditations will not be very good because we did not meet our tests well. In our meditation we can think that we have arrived somewhere but we know where we really are when we are tested.

We need to focus our attention on the impact the challenge has on us rather than blaming  those around us. Focus on the gains that we have made by the test of the relationship.  How have we become stronger?

How many times do we say, “I wish this other person would be more aware, more loving, more responsible, would listen more, more …..” ? We keep giving responsibility to the other to change the relationship, when in fact the Universe is prompting us to be the change that we are wishing for. The lack that we observe in the space need not stress us out or put us into a self-righteous mode of wanting to preach to anybody, the lack could bring compassion from our being to want to serve and to help, to lift the consciousness.  Sri Vasudeva

How to Break Free of Patterns of the Past

How does karma come into the meditation practice? Every thought you create that impacts you in any way, leaves an impression within you, that’s called a samskara.  And those impressions influence the way you think in the future, the way you feel, the way you act.  And so that thought that you created that was impactful has left a consequence within your being that’s going to influence you.  Thoughts with consequences, leave karmas. So karma is action with consequence.

When you are able to shift into the position of instrument to the extent where you feel carried, when you allow the Divine to act in and through you fully, then you are becoming “non doer”, the Divine is doing. You’re only driven by how you feel deeply inside from that divine place of your being. When you become the non doer, then you stop creating the karmas because there is no desire within you unless the divine moves you. And the Divine is now in the play and you, the ego, are not involved in creating the karmas. You will be fulfilling karmas but there are no new desires within you. All you desire is to be carried and to stay in that process of being carried.

So if you want to break all the karmas, you need to get into the consciousness of being carried. Create no new desire, except if the Divine pushes you and you can feel it and you know it’s happening, it’s not you:  “It’s not me Lord but it’s you. I can feel it is You and I’m only doing this because I can feel Your power in and through me doing it.” So there you clear the personal karmas. The idea is inaction in action, where the Divine is leading. That’s inaction in action. That’s the non-doer.

So let’s take this into our meditation. Every thought that is going to arise in the consciousness, every pattern that’s going to come up, even the way that we are going to meditate, is based on the karmic influence from the past. See it anew. See it for what it is and decide whether you want to change that in this moment.  The goal will really be, “Even as I desire to co-create, how do I come into a place where I feel completely carried?  Let the Divine work in and through me. That would be the intention. So let’s observe this karmic influence in our meditation.

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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


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



Protect that Inner Flame of Goodness

The ones who really succeed, the ones who are the great performers, and the ones we remember in the journey of history are those who are disciplined! Disciplined! Focused! Driven by their vision! Never losing it!

This is how we can strengthen the desire for the good. Sri Vasudeva



Remember the Benefits of Nurturing the Good

We need to use discrimination to always remind ourselves in every moment of why we choose to nurture the goodness within. Why am I focused on the good? As we repeat the reasons for our choices, it will continue to energize us to want to stay with it. So we need to refresh our minds every day, refresh our conscious being every day as to why we are doing what we are doing – because it will keep us strong. Sri Vasudeva


Quarantine the doubters

We need to protect ourselves from the doubters and those who say, “Oh, that’s never a possibility, why are you wasting time with that?” Those who tend to pull us down. We need to say … “Okay” … we need to quarantine them and grow stronger. We need to protect ourselves. Sri Vasudeva


Associate with those who are Purpose Driven

How do you grow this little thought of goodness? First we have to give it attention. It has to become visible. The good space, the good ideas need to become important! So even though the dark thoughts still consume you, make the time to give this little flame of goodness importance.

It is like how we take care of children. We know that when they grow, they’ll become our protectors, and they will help us to create our future as we grow older. So we grow the young ones, and make them strong, educate them well. So too, this little flame of spirituality, or goodness, we need to give it attention to grow.

And how do we do that? What do you think happens when we associate with those who have positive energies, those who are centered in meaning and purpose, those who are purpose driven, those who live in a little more light? How does it feel when we come into their presence? Somehow, there is some kind of energetic boost in the presence of those who are centered in meaning and purpose, in goodness. That’s the power of association. Sri Vasudeva


Nurturing the Flame of Goodness

Sometimes people say, “This is a hard journey! Everywhere I look there is a challenge and it seems difficult to come out of these challenges because whenever I aspire towards good, it seems then all the negative things come to me, how can I give attention to the good?” We are so caught up in looking at the negative, that the good becomes insignificant … it becomes the small. We are consumed with the negative, all day negative thinking, worry, misery, all challenges! We are so consumed that we attract negative possibilities towards ourselves, just like a wish-fulfilling tree.

If only we would grow that little flame of goodness. Begin to nurse it every day, like the way we nourish a plant. Protect it from violation. Every day nurture it,  so it becomes stronger and stronger and stronger, because we are giving attention to it and intention to it, and we are making it more powerful. Soon enough, as the goodness begins to grow, it will become as strong as the other thoughts. If we continue to let it grow, it will become stronger than the dark ones! And then, if we make it grow so huge, the dark one appears small now. That which was so big now has become so small – and this good thought that was so small, now is so huge, simply because of attention and intention. Sri Vasudeva