Monthly Archives: March 2007

Contemplations on Faith in India

In India the spirit and the intellect are considered separate; here it is believed that our thoughts areshadu small2 simply the stairs to reach the terrace of truth, but instead we stop on the stairs and say “this is truth”. We can start searching for right things by knowing right things in our heart. In the pure heart there is no attachment to thought, thus it is impossible to know hurt. It is the egos attachment to our thoughts (to having things Be a certain way) that creates hurt. Yet we think low thoughts, believethem as truth and live in the reality which is self-created through these low frequency mental thoughts.

Words spoken by Swamiji, to know truth of the Great One, silence the mind and open to truth residing within the heart. “The existence of God is beyond reasoning and logic. Reasoning can get you to the edge of the mind, but reason will not make you experience God. Intelligence can select the path one will take on their spiritual journey, yet to see TRUTH, one needs to simply accept in FAITH beyond logic and reason.”

The presumption that God (or Source Energy)is NOT here, is simply an assumption based on logic. It is our convictions that accept the logic of our mind as our truth, and therefore it is the only truth which we see in our lives.

As we become full with our own thoughts, the ego transcends- it is then that one looses hearing of universal truth. Once full, our head stops the inward flow of other possibilities. Keep an open mind. It is important to be flexible through the ability to change our thoughts and decisions. Thought is a neutral tool, simply an instrument.

The swamis last words were spoken of unity within the world “In a global sense, human beings cannot be united at the ‘thought’ level as every head has different thoughts. It is through the voice of the heart that connection truly occurs.”

Humbly, Swamiji closed his modest talk. Gratitude for sharing his teachings was met with “I am only an instrument of thy Truth. You deserve this.

sun smallAnd with a meeting of his palms in the common greeting of Namaste: translated  – I honor the spirit in you. I honor the same spirit residing in me also. We are but one. The divine in me greats the divine in you.

For more musings on my India experiences, please check out the Spring 2007 issue of the online magazine Mirth and Reverence

For a colleagues experiences in both Tibet and India, please visit the following blog.

Night Time Rituals in Varanasi

Ganga Aarti Rituals: Each night along the Ghats, closing prayer rituals gather crowds of thousands. Sacred ways of ancient times are practiced still today. Priests are trained for years in the ancient ceremony of fire rituals, chanting powerful Vedic mantras; they create sacred offerings over camphor lit fires. The chanting fills my ears. I am transfixed, drawn into the mystical vibrations of the meditation. The ceremony of smoke and fire light up the darkness, seen from our row boat view of the docks.

varanasi night smallOur own ritual begins “Leave your burdens of life at the river. The ganga can absorb all sorrow. Carry a lighter load on your shoulders- the river will lighten your spirit.” We offer our own prayers to the ganga through intentions placed on marigold petals and a candle housed in a leaf-cup, which we set aflame, left free to drift away on the ganga, lighting up the dark river and lightening our shoulders.sadhu small

Through ritual offerings and chanting of mantras to the gods, it is then that God is awakened and asks Å“WHO is remembering me?” The greatest prayer is not on small superficial things like more money or a new car, but higher attainments, “Lord give me the power to do good. Give me the right brain to do good, to be enlightened.” THIS is the prayer…

offerings smallRituals are meant to generate the energy from within, a focusing of the mind. A purification of the body, the personality, the environment; creating the means for a pure life. Ceremonial practices evoke the soul to open into universal truth and love. Elevating man to the very divinity we recognize in GOD. Through meditation, prayer and ritual we remember that the divinity, that which we seek outside of ourselves, that which we seek in God, actually resides within -within our own hearts.

A contemplation by Swamiji on Karma Kanda…Even here, the power of intention is spoken of.“To KNOW why one is doing all things, one must have faith in the self, without faith, without the reason, all things are dead. All that is visible in the world is an expression of God. Have faith. Why turn our back towards God and our face towards the world? Turn around. See with right eyes. God is everywhere.”

View some photos of Vanarasi click here.