Be Like a Flower


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We’re all striving to create a better world and one of the best ways of doing it is simply the way a beautiful flower influences its environment. Why are you drawn to a little flower in a garden? You’re attracted to its fragrance and its beauty. A flower doesn’t say anything to you directly, yet it draws everyone to its beauty and it can transform its environment. Its mere presence changes the environment. If you take the lesson of a simple flower, you can see how you too can be a positive influence on your environment simply without saying anything. Sometimes too much speech is unnecessary, because after a while, people don’t hear it anymore. They automatically tune out. Through the fragrance and the beauty of your divine Self, can you influence the environment in a very positive way? Sri Vasudeva

Changeless reality…


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Change is part of your experience, it is not your reality. Sri Vasudeva

 

The Path of Maha Yoga


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Karma yoga defines a path for us to freedom by learning to be unselfish. It is easy to say but not easy to do. It requires a transformation in the consciousness and the gift of Mahayoga is that it allows that energy to carry you, to allow this to happen. I cannot say that I did this on my own; to come into that space where I can be carried. It is the blessing of the Master and the blessing of the Supreme Energy working in and through me that has brought me there. So when I sing, I am carried. When I speak, I am carried. When I work, I am carried. When I am in my gym, I am carried. When I breathe, I am carried. When I think, I am carried. Why do you want the burden of doer-ship, when it is so easy to be carried? That is the path of Mahayoga. Sri Vasudeva

Where is the Sacred?


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Within us, in the depth of our Being, is the meeting place with the Divine.                         Sri Vasudeva

Look Ahead to the Day with Gratitude


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Give thanks to the Masters of the light. We meet the Supreme One through them on our journey. Sri Vasudeva

 

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

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

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