Monday, April 21, 2014
(Intro comment by Sam--from ND Highlights)
Better than Eckhart Tolle, Better than Osho!
Eckhart Tolle and Osho and many other authors, spiritual teachers and gurus are profoundly important, helpful and illuminating but Colin Drake is something else….he’s significantly better at explaining spiritual awakening and how to effect enlightenment and maintain it permanently. Colin Gives the essential facts and tries not to befuddle the reader. He is very experienced with years and years of direct experience of being on the spiritual path and also crucially of enlightenment itself.
This book is very important – if you are on the spiritual path then your days of seeking are over. You’ve arrived at journeys end. This book explains everything you need to know calmly, gently and without mystical gobbledegook to become aware of your true self.
Enlightenment in one easy read is very possible!
Here is Colin’s latest article:
Joy Without a Cause
“I tell you naught for your comfort,
Yea, not for your desire,
Save that the sky grows darker yet
And the sea rises higher.
Night shall be thrice night over you,
And heaven an iron cope.
Do you have joy without a cause,
Yea, faith without a hope?
G.K. Chesterton “The Ballad of The White Horse’
John Wren Lewis describes ‘Joy Without a Cause’ as the name of God, or at least that is how he experiences God. Further the ‘Causeless Cause’ is described by Theosophists as ‘An Omnipresent, Eternal, Boundless, and Immutable Principle…’ Divya Jivan, a Vedantist of the Sivananda lineage states that‘ the Absolute is not related to anything. It is the causeless cause of all things; it is beginningless and endless, unlimited.’
Pure Awareness (Consciousness at rest) is this Omnipresent, Eternal, Boundless, Unlimited Principle (Presence) and thus can be defined as the ‘Causeless Cause’. When one discovers that, at the deepest level, one is this Pure Awareness and fully identifies with (and as) That, then one is suffused with perfect peace for This is always still, effortless, pure, silent and serene. All of this is easily realized by directly investigating one’s moment-to-moment experience and the format for this is given in the appendix.
This initial realization and the cultivation of this is the first stage of The Bodhisattva Path, of Mahayana Buddhism which they call ‘joyful’:
This stage is reached automatically once one has realized, and identified with, the deeper level of pure awareness. This creates great compassion and joy: ‘Governed by compassion to liberate living beings completely, and always abiding in joy is called the first’ (1.4cd, 5ab).One is now truly a bodhisattva and cannot fall back, provided one does not re-identify as an individual self:
Because he has attained this, he is addressed by the very name Bodhisattva …. all paths to lower births have ceased …. all grounds of ordinary beings are exhausted (1.5cd, 7abc).
Once true self-discovery has taken place, and we experience the peace and joy of this, then all that is required is to cultivate this by further investigation whenever we revert to misidentification of ourselves as a separate object. This is easily recognized for it always will (eventually) produce mental suffering which can be used as a wake-up call to the fact that misidentification has taken place.
This joy and peace is ‘the happiness that needs nothing’ described in an earlier article. Indeed this happiness is the ‘joy without a cause’, being ‘without a cause’ for it needs nothing to manifest but just wells up from the realization of no separation.
This joy has many facets including:
The relief that is engendered by realizing that no separate individual self exists (anatta) resulting in the dissolution of all burdens pertaining to the non-existent ‘me me me’ … enlightenment in the literal sense of the word.
The appreciation that occurs when the world is encountered directly and not through the filter of ‘self’ (grasping, concern, promotion, aggrandizement, interest, security, etc…), for it is found to be much brighter, more alive, friendlier, and less threatening than when encountered from separation.
The peace that is an attribute of the Pure Awareness that we already are, and the realization that this is unaffected by any ‘thing’. For all things are manifestations of Cosmic Energy, movements in Consciousness and all movements arise from, abide in , and subside back into stillness. Thus everything comes and goes in Pure awareness (Consciousness at rest) leaving it totally unchanged.
The joy of embodiment, see earlier article of this name, that is the joy of using the body/mind as an instrument (of Consciousness) for sensing, contemplating, experiencing, engaging with and acting in the world.
The compassion that arises from realizing that we, and all beings, are manifestations of the same essence and that there is truly no separation between us. This combined with realizing that all are equally valid instruments of the Absolute entails honouring all life.
The utter relaxation that occurs with the realization that there is nothing (in terms of enlightenment) to achieve, find, or acquire – as you already are That … Pure Awareness.
The fearlessness that results from this realization … as all existential angst vanishes. This is not the natural caution which results from, and causes us to avoid, real danger – but the unnecessary fear caused by misidentification and its resulting self-image (which appears to need protection), fear of the future and that caused by dwelling on the past.
All of the above stem from realizing (that we are) Pure Awareness – the ‘Causeless Cause’, and as This is causeless then so is the joy that comes from this realization – truly ‘Joy Without a Cause’! This also leads to ‘faith without a hope’ where the faith is the ‘knowing’ that is the result of this realization, requiring no hope for Pure Awareness ‘needs nothing’ … as does the happiness resulting from this.
I feel that much of what is said in the above article applies directly to Kundalini, especially when it arrives in the form of bliss consciousness. This is the pure form
of "causeless joy." One need not be burdened with the intellectual dissection of this state to experience it in full. When Kundalini ecstasy (or perhaps gentle bliss) arrives, one does not know its actual source (other than Ultimate Reality) or cause--one simply accepts the arrival with gratitude, and offers it up as a form of devotion to all of humanity, or even better, to "all sentient beings." One then renews one's vow to serve the world to the best of one's ability, with whatever gifts
have been given.
Sometimes the bliss currents seem to go away, leaving one to cope as best one can with a "dry spell," a time when nothing seems to be happening. Then--of a sudden--they unexpectedly return and one is grateful for this divine favor.
This happened to me today (written April 20). I was convinced that the "inner beloved" had permanently disappeared, when, voila!, there it was again this morning--delightful sensation in hands, arms, ears, and, finally, lower chakras as well. Indeed, this was a return of my familiar "joy without cause," a prize indeed.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Nan Merrill was best friends with Patricia Lay-Dorsey, to whom this blog is dedicated. Nan, a devoted Christian, translated the book of Psalms to make it less militant, less patriarchal, and more infused with divine feminine energy. Her translation contains much wisdom and offers a guide to divine connection freed from the ancient patriarchal traditions and vocabulary. The full collection is called "Psalms for Praying." It is quite beautiful.
Nan also published a monthly newsletter called "Friends of Silence," which she distributed to thousands of subscribers free. "Friends of Silence" always contained wonderful quotations from various authors around the world.
HAPPY EASTER TO ALL--MAY YOUR DAY BE FILLED WITH JOY AND CREATIVITY AND PEACE AND THE RESURRECTION OF ALL THAT IS BEST WITHIN YOU!
Blessed are those
who walk hand in hand
who stand beside virtue,
who sit in the seat of truth.
For their delight is in the Spirit of Love,
and in Love's heart they dwell
day and night.
They are like trees planted by
streams of water,
that yield fruit in due season,
and their leaves flourish;
and in all that they do, they give life.
The unloving are not so;
they are like dandelions which
the wind blows away.
Turning from the Heart of Love
they will know suffering and pain.
They will be isolated from wisdom;
for Love knows the way of truth,
the way of ignorance shall perish
as Love's penetrating Light
breaks through hearts
filled with illusions:
forgiveness is the way.
Trans: Nan Merrill
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Andrew Harvey is, to my mind, one of the wisest, most perceptive, most enlightened beings on the planet today. This interview on YouTube offers a brilliant distillation of the revelations he has undergone over a long and rich life on this earth. I consider it a treasure and feel it is a "must view." Do watch it and deepen your own understanding of who we are, what we must do at this critical time in history, and what a true mystic is. You will not be disappointed. This is a "must see."
Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmHQNGBxtvE to experience this remarkable discussion.
Published on Oct 13, 2012
Andrew Harvey 'The Death And The Birth' Interview by Iain McNay
Author of 30 books including 'Hidden Journey,' 'The Hope,' and his forthcoming book 'Radical Passion' talks about his life, his awakenings, his 'dark nights' and his work these days encouraging people to explore and engage in Sacred Activism. Talks about his time with Mother Meera, the importance of shadow work, and how as a human race we are right on edge of death, but also a new birth.
'Compassion in Action is the marriage of practical action and spiritual wisdom to create a holy force capable of transforming our world crisis and preserving our planet.'
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Where the Soul Is
Finding the Place You Belong
by Madisyn Taylor (from Daily Om)
There will likely be times in your life when your soul evolves more quickly than your circumstances.
There will likely be times in your life when your soul evolves more quickly than your circumstances. Your subconscious mind may be ready to move forward long before you recognize that you are destined to embrace a new way of life. Your soul intuitively understands that changing habitats can be a vital part of the growth process and that there may be one part of you that is eager to move to another home, another state, or another plane of existence. But the ties that bind you to your current mode of being can make moving into this next stage of your life more challenging than it has to be. If you find it difficult to move on, consider that just as people in your life may come and go, your role in others‚ lives may also be temporary. And many of the conditions that at first seemed favorable served you for a short time. When you are ready to match your situation to your soul, you will find that you feel a new sense of harmony and increasingly connected to the ebb and flow of th!
Moving on can be defined in numerous ways. Your forward momentum may take you from your current locale to a place you instinctively know will be more nurturing, comfortable, and spiritually enriching. Once you arrive, your misgivings will vanish, and you will know that you have found a sanctuary. Similarly, subtle changes in your values, goals, or emotional needs can motivate you to distance yourself from one group of people in order to reassociate yourself with individuals that are better able to support you. For example, this could mean moving away from your birth family in order to find your energetic or spiritual family. The route you need to travel may not always be clear; you may feel inspired to change yet be unsure as to why or how. Clarity may come in the form of a question if you are willing to seriously ask yourself where your soul is trying to take you.
In a way, moving from one point to another when you feel strongly driven to do so is a way of bringing your spiritual and earthly energies together. It is a two-step process that involves not only letting go but also reconnecting. You will know you have found your destination, physical or otherwise, when you feel in your heart that you have been reborn into a life that is just the right shape, size, and composition.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
If the red slayer think he slays,
Or if the slain think he is slain,
They know not well the subtle ways
I keep, and pass, and turn again.
Far or forgot to me is near;
Shadow and sunlight are the same;
The vanished gods to me appear;
And one to me are shame and fame.
They reckon ill who leave me out;
When me they fly, I am the wings;
I am the doubter and the doubt,
I am the hymn the Brahmin sings.
The strong gods pine for my abode,
And pine in vain the sacred Seven;
But thou, meek lover of the good!
Find me, and turn thy back on heaven.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Note: This powerful poem by Emerson shows how he was one of the first to introduce Eastern thought into the Western consciousness. At first, the ideas may seem unclear to the Western mind, which insists on reality as a scheme of opposites. Yet, in this poem, the speaker demonstrates that in the ultimate realms, all opposites are reconciled (for Brahma is all that is)--and that even the "great ones" who strive for enlightenment will not reach their goal, for that is reserved for the "meek lover of the good", rather than the exalted ones.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Stephanie Anderson Ladd, who is offering this E-Course, is a friend of mine and I recommend her and her work highly. She has done extensive research into the Goddess in her various forms, and also has published a beautiful book on the various forms of the Goddess. Here is her latest offering, which will I am sure be exciting and beneficial.
Here is the information as I received it. And--when she mentions the free Your Sacred Pleasure Map, you cannot get it by simply pressing "here" (this is a reprint of original site), so I suggest you send a request to her at the address at the bottom. Perhaps you can see Diva Carla on Youtube as well.
Enroll now in a modern mystery school where you will learn how the archetypal wisdom of ancient goddesses has meaning for you today!
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What Can You Expect From the E-Course on Inanna?
Inanna is a a goddess archetype who predated Aphrodite/Venus and who shows us how to love ourselves whole-heartedly, reclaim our sacred sexuality, transform our wounds, and stand in our power as feminine beings.
Sumerian Goddess and Queen of Heaven and Earth
Like Persephone and Psyche, Inanna travels to the Underworld and back. She shows us the initiatory process of shedding the old skin, the ego trappings, the false Self, and recovering the authentic Self, who rises to the occasion of her full Being. We will be exploring aspects of our own shadow, making shadow boxes of our discarded and reclaimed parts, as well as exploring what it means to truly let go, including the ultimate letting go: orgasm.
As part of this e-course, special guest Diva Carla, will be joining us for the Full Moon Video Spreecast to talk about The Wisdom of Orgasm. Diva Carla helps women discover the pleasure and sacredness of their sexuality, aspects of the feminine that have been split off under the patriarchy. In the spirit of Inanna, we will explore what it means to own our sexuality as women, and to release our full sexual potential, freeing us to be creative, whole human beings bringing the fullness of our gifts and talents to life.
And, as a special gift to you as well as a teaser for what to expect from our Full Moon conversation, Diva Carla is offering a free course called Your Sacred Pleasure Map, which includes 5 You Tube videos and 5 home play assignments that will get you started on the path to more pleasure and intimacy. This course introduces a woman's pleasure anatomy, the spirituality of sex, and how to get to know your body through practice, taught from the perspective of women’s self-pleasure.
Click here to download the free course: Your Sacred Pleasure Map
Join us for Inanna as well as the other goddess archetypes (Artemis and Cerridwyn) we will be exploring in 2014. With each course you will receive an e-book, videos, audios, discussions with guest artists and surprises as we circle the year together. This e-course can be done at home on your own time. You may take one or all of these New Moon courses. You will also be welcomed to join the Goddess Temple Facebook group to share your thoughts, feelings, and creations throughout the year.
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Friday, April 11, 2014
Searching for the Dharma
You've traveled up ten thousand steps in search of the Dharma.
So many long days in the archives, copying, copying.
The gravity of the Tang and the profundity of the Sung
make heavy baggage.
Here! I've picked you a bunch of wildflowers.
Their meaning is the same
but they're much easier to carry.
~ Xu Yun ~
(Empty Cloud: The Autobiography of the Chinese Zen Master,
Trans. Charles Luck, ed. by Richard Hunn)
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Devoured by Love
The hunger of the soul
for holy sustenance
It is a like a ravening beast
that will gnaw your heart
until you faint
a great tree of light
that will plunge
its invisible roots
and suck out
as you groan
then make of you
a swooping falcon,
predator and prey,
wondering what you
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
The Ultimate Authority
Using Our Own Minds
by Madisyn Taylor (of the Daily Om)
Input from experts is valuable but our own sense of the truth is ultimately the most important.
To a certain degree, we rely on other people‚s accounts of reality to inform us of the nature of the universe. For example, we can‚t all be molecular physicists, but we can benefit from taking their findings to heart. In the same way, we often look to teachers, various leaders, and gurus to tell us about the path to enlightenment and the nature of the realm of spirit. While this input from experts is undeniably valuable, our own sense of the truth is ultimately the most important piece in processing the information we take in from external sources. In the end, we are the authorities in our own lives, and we have the final say on whether something generally held as true is true for us.
We need only take a brief look at history to remember that the religious, scientific, and political establishments that ruled the day were all wrong about something at some point in time. This is the beauty of learning, experiencing, and evolving. While we sometimes wish we could just let someone else decide for us what is real and true, this is clearly not a viable option. The good news in all this is that we can confidently devote ourselves to making up our own minds about reality, taking everything that is handed to us as truth with a grain of salt.
This does not mean that we discount the information we receive from outside sources. It simply means that we are vigilant enough to question it before we decide whether or not we agree with it. All the information we receive is useful in the process of helping us make up our own minds. As we allow ourselves to sit with the things we learn, measuring them alongside our own inner sense of the truth and our own experiences, we find that making up our minds is a joyful process of integration that grows us into stronger, smarter, more engaged human beings.
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
I wished for death often
but now that I am at its door
I have changed my mind about the world.
It should go on; it is beautiful,
even as a dream, filled with water and seed,
plants and animals, others like myself,
ships and buildings and messages
filling the air -- a beauty,
if ever I have seen one.
In the next world, should I remember
this one, I will praise it
~ David Ignatow ~
Monday, April 07, 2014
The word vimana appears often in ancient Hindu literature. It can refer to several things, including a palace or even a flying aircraft. There are depictions of various kinds of "vimanas" in the ancient literature, including the Mabarata. There are even instructions for building them.
Given the current interest in UFO's, it is interesting to discover these references in ancient literature and to speculate on their implications. Some depictions even show what appear to be opposing airships waging combat against one another.
Did the ancients actually construct and fly in these aircraft? If so, their civilization was far more technically advanced than we have supposed. Did similar air ships arrive on earth from other planets or regions of outer space to help humanity advance? Some speculate that this was the case, and point to various images of apparent "space travelers" to prove their case.
Interest in alien visitors has now moved from the pages of the "National Enquirer" to contemporary mainstream television. Interest is running quite high, and various experts with impeccable credentials are coming forth with evidence (of sightings) that seem undeniable. Such authoritative spokespersons include astronauts, highly placed former employees of aerospace programs, and certified commercial pilots. No one knows exactly what these unidentified vessels are, where they come from, or why they are here. Some seem to be benign on contact (offering healing of physical wounds, for example) and some seem less benign (leaving the recipient of close contact with radiation sickness and lingering illness).
At present, the question of UFO's and alien visitors is a hot topic, one much in the consciousness of the ordinary citizen worldwide. Those of us who have lived over a long span have seen such topics as gender issues, feminism, Kundalini yoga, and alternate health approaches move from the realm of the esoteric to the forefront of popular media. Change does occur. We should be prepared for even more change to come into our psychic space, and to arrive ever more quickly.
I suspect that very soon we will see such changes as widespread communication through mental telepathy, teleportation, bilocation, instant energetic healing, and accelerating Kundalini awakenings, to name a few. We are now in a new age, and expansion of consciousness is all about us. Those who have already undergone Kundalini awakening are the forerunners of the new era, and what earlier seemed strange is becoming ever more familiar.
Friday, April 04, 2014
Scraps of Moon
Scraps of moon
bobbing discarded on broken water
Here she seems to be talking to herself about
the shape of a life:
All which, because it was
flame and song and granted us
joy, we thought we'd do, be, revisit,
turns out to have been what it was
that once, only; every invitation
did not begin
a series, a build-up: the marvelous
did not happen in our lives, our stories
are not drab with its absence: but don't
expect to return for more. Whatever more
there will be will be
unique as those were unique. Try
to acknowledge the next
song in its body-halo of flames as utterly
present, as now or never.
~ Denise Levertov ~
(image from internet)
(The Great Unknowing)
Thursday, April 03, 2014
Shaking the Tree
Vine and branch we’re connected in this world
of sound and echo, figure and shadow, the leaves
contingent, roots pushing against earth. An apple
belongs to itself, to stem and tree, to air
that claims it, then ground. Connections
balance, each motion changes another. Precarious,
hanging together, we don’t know what our lives
support, and we touch in the least shift of breathing.
Each holy thing is borrowed. Everything depends.
~ Jeanne Lohmann ~
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Arunachala is considered to be one of the world's most sacred mountains. Many pilgrims come annually to enjoy the vibrations of the setting and often to do a sacred circumnavigation of the base of the mountain.
The following article was posted on ND Highlights today:
by Katya Osborne
What is it about Arunachala that attracts some people to the point
of obsession? There are some who, once ensnared, find it almost
impossible to leave; there are others who pass by and barely notice it.
You drive along the main road in either direction and the countryside
is more or less littered with hills of a similar size and configuration.
Why should this pile of earth and rocks be in any way different? Yet
different it most assuredly is. None of the other prominences has the
power, presence, or sheer personality and exuberance of Arunachala.
Even Bhagavan, if he could be said to be attached to anything, was
attached to this place. On the face of it, it is an inexplicable mystery;
yet it is nonetheless a fact and therefore worth trying to explain.
In the myths of antiquity, Arunachala was acknowledged to be the
incarnation of Lord Siva on earth as the Lord of Fire. Physically it is a
hill, or small mountain, some 2,668 feet above sea level, of apparently
unremarkable rocks physically indistinguishable from any others in
this landscape of scattered hills dotted about on the hot plains.
Bhagavan treated Arunachala as a living manifestation of God, and as
such it is hard to describe. A person cannot be truly conjured up by a
catalogue of physical details, and yet any other sort of description is
even harder to arrive at. To those who are in tune with it, Arunachala
is a microcosm of the world. Its signature on the landscape is so
powerful that is seems to distort one’s inner compass; no hill this, but
an overwhelming presence that makes everything else around seem
shadowy and unreal. It also acts like a prism to intensify all the senses
and emotions. Colours seem brighter; the taste of food is sharper; the
very act of breathing is not just the drawing in of whatever comprises
the local atmosphere, rather it is an effervescent inhalation of
invigorating power. Every sensation seems to be keener; love is stronger,
but then so too is hate. Having heightened senses works both ways,
which is why people come to Arunachala. They hope for release and
enlightenment, but the corollary is that all one’s negative aspects are
also highlighted. They can be dealt with or given in to, according to
the personal application of the individual. People who resonate with
the Hill have a unique opportunity to deal with all the troublesome
facets of their characters, to recognise them and try to eliminate them;
they also have the possibility of elevating their least desirable qualities
and this can happen so slyly that it almost goes unnoticed. Small
skirmishes can become major wars and a mild interest in one’s
neighbours can become malicious gossip. In the same spirit, a lack of
interest in personal possessions can become genuine renunciation and
ordinary thoughtfulness can transmogrify into true spirituality.
It is a mistake to suppose that everything within the ambit of the
Hill is benign. People have been robbed, raped, and have even died on
the Hill. Others have lived there as renunciates, untroubled in a cave
for years. Still others have carried on a life-long love affair with it.
Whatever happens in the world at large also happens on or around the
Hill…but more so.
~ ~ ~
Read the full article at https://s3.amazonaws.com/ramanafiles/mountainpath/2005%20II%20April.pdf
The following passages particularly interested me:
It also acts like a prism to intensify all the senses
and emotions. Colours seem brighter; the taste of food is sharper; the
very act of breathing is not just the drawing in of whatever comprises
the local atmosphere, rather it is an effervescent inhalation of
invigorating power. Every sensation seems to be keener; love is stronger,
but then so too is hate. Having heightened senses works both ways...
Here is what another reviewer wrote about Arunachala:
This is one of the oldest and most holy mountains in all of India. The stories about it date back to the oldest Hindu Scriptures, the Rig Veda. Sadhus have come here for three thousand years, to be with Arunachala. One major spiritual teacher, Ramana Maharshi lived and taught here from 1896 to 1950, and his ashram remains open to visitors to this day. Many people come for a holy walk around Arunachala. It is 14 km. On full moon nights one million people or more may come here from all over South India to walk pradakshina around Arunachala. The big temple, Arunachaleswara Temple, is one of the biggest Hindu temples in all of India. Its roots are 2000 years old. Some people come to visit and never leave. Some people think it is just another dusty South Indian city. Find out for yourself.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
You take a final step and, look, suddenly
You're there. You've arrived
At the one place all your drudgery was aimed for:
This common ground
Where you stretch out, pressing your cheek to sandstone.
What did you want
To be? You'll remember soon. You feel like tinder
Under a burning glass,
A luminous point of change. The sky is pulsing
Against the cracked horizon,
Holding it firm till the arrival of stars
In time with your heartbeats.
Like wind etching rock, you've made a lasting impression
On the self you were
By having come all this way through all this welter
Under your own power,
Though your traces on a map would make an unpromising
What have you learned so far? You'll find out later,
Telling it haltingly
Like a dream, that lost traveler's dream
Under the last hill
Where through the night you'll take your time out of mind
To unburden yourself
Of elements along elementary paths
By the break of morning.
You've earned this worn-down, hard, incredible sight
Called Here and Now.
Now, what you make of it means everything,
Means starting over:
The life in your hands is neither here nor there
But getting there,
So you're standing again and breathing, beginning another
Journey without regret
Forever, being your own unpeaceable kingdom,
The end of endings.
~ David Wagoner ~
(In Broken Country)
Monday, March 31, 2014
"I want to come back
as the disabled child
of someone like Vladimir Putin
to awaken his heart of compassion.
"Then I'll be reborn
as a maybe extinct species -
like an ivory billed woodpecker;
I'll fly to Washington
or wherever I want
to bring the good news of our return.
"Or maybe I'll just be
a breath of wind touching
the world with hope and healing."
This is what Sue said.
she hears the cries of the world.
Om Tara tutare ture swaha!
- Larry Robinson
(image from internet)
Friday, March 28, 2014
Modern Science and Ancient Wisdom--continued
I won't pursue this too long, but I do want to add that when I mentioned the apparent similarities in recent discoveries in quantum physics and ancient Eastern wisdom literature, I was thinking more or less specifically of the text named the "Spanda Karikas" (with its commentary the "Spanda Nirnaya"--the English title is "The Yoga of Vibration and Divine Inspiration" in case anyone wants to locate it.)
My translation is the Jaideva Singh (from the State U. of N. Y. Press) with an intro by Paul E. Muller-Ortega. And I realize that much of my grasp (however limited) of this work is based on his (to me) most masterful introductory comments.
Here are some that stand out, and seem to me to be associated with several of the concepts presented in "The Field" by Lynn McTaggart (which, along with other books written for the lay audience, I must rely on for my scattered knowledge of what may be coming up in current concepts of field theory).
"Long before the discoveries of modern physics, the Shaivite concept of spanda intimates a view of reality as composed of a vibratory web of infinite complexity."
(Muller-Ortega continues going into the metaphysical implications....most physics hasn't reached this point yet):
"Moreover, the Shaivite tradition suggests to us a unifying continuity between our physical reality, the activities of sense perception, and all forms of interior awareness. All of these are seen as phenomenal manifestations of the ultimate consciousness, enmeshed in a complex vibratory matrix."
Muller once more summarizes the text:
"Employing a variety of metaphors, the tradition often glosses the spanda by the term sphurra, the scintillating pulse of the supreme light which continuously trembles with its own incandescence. In sonic terms the spanda is glossed as the nada, the subtle but powerful resonance that echoes through the supreme silence...."
(Now, more extension into metaphysics): "The supreme spanda releases a vibrating spectrum of energies that originate within the supreme (anuttara). As the infinitely fast vibration of the supreme systematically coalesces and condenses into progressively slower and thicker vibrations, tnagible perceptible forms emerge from the void and formlessness of the ultimate consciousness. These apparently solid appearances are called "cognitions" (puramasa) and they are complex and sustained interference patterns which arise in the intermerging cross-swirl of energies created by the interaction of the vibratory consciousness with itself." (Is this the Buddhist "emptiness is form, form is emptiness?")
Admittedly, these are difficult concepts to grasp. But we can glean what is more or less the gist of such profound and even abstruse comments:
l. What some call God is here called "the supreme."
2. The supreme vibrates first in an "infinitely fast vibration" in a setting void of forms.
3. Gradually it slows and as it does so forms begin to emerge.
4. These become "apparently" solid entities. They arise from "interference patterns" created by the interaction of vibratory consciousness with itself.
Some of these insights have come down to us through various channels and perhaps are not that strange to us. Thus, it is often posited that matter is frozen energy. That is to say, matter vibrates at a much slower rate than other "energies" such as subatomic particles, which are so fast in their vibratory action that we can barely detect them (if at all).
All of this seems to me to have a bearing on Kundalini, strange as that may seem. I believe that when we go into altered states such that we can experience inner bliss, we are (literally) vibrating at a higher rate than our "norm." When we return to familiar consciousness, we are moving back into our regular, lower rate of vibration.
The majority of people continue to vibrate at the slower level, and are not aware of the possibilities of "higher vibration consciousness." Kundalini (and perhaps other varieties of altered consciousness) take us into a higher vibrational state--and this state of enhanced vibration is what the next stage of human evolution is all about.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Note: The following is the draft of an essay I have contemplated for many years. As far as I can determine, most contemporary scientists are unaware of the interesting parallels I present here.
Did ancient wise men know what present day science is just now discovering?
As I hear of the many exciting breakthroughs coming forth from the field of astrophysics today, I am struck by the many parallels with ancient cosmology, particularly as these are set forth by the ancient rishis (wise men of India) and Hindu philosophy.
Here are some of the similarities:
The Big Bang--Recent discoveries at the Hadron Collider appear to prove what before was merely a theory--that the universe began with a "Big Bang" and is constantly expanding. Some scientists also posit (unprovable) that the universe will also reach an end point and at that moment shrink to its original minute size and so cease to exist.
The Rishis (ancient "channelers" of divine knowledge) affirmed much the same notion, but one expressed in metaphor. They held that the many universes come into being and then are terminated when "Brahma opens his eye, then closes it again." (Brahma was held to be the supreme god, the ultimate creator and destroyer of the cosmos.)
Just think, Vishnu sleeps in the cosmic ocean, and the lotus of the universe grows from his navel. On the lotus sits Brahma, the creator. Brahma opens his eyes, and a world comes into being, governed by an Indra. Brahma closes his eyes, and a world goes out of being. The life of a Brahma is 432,000 years. When he dies, the lotus goes back, and another lotus is formed, and another Brahma. Then think of the galaxies beyond galaxies in infinite space, each a lotus, with a Brahma sitting on it, opening his eyes, closing his eyes.
JOSEPH CAMPBELL, The Power of Myths
Vibration and Maya
Contemporary science tells us that nothing we perceive as material reality actually exists as we see it--all is vibration masquerading as things. Vibration alone is real. Most of what we think we see is in fact empty space,
Hindu philosophy likewise asserts that only Maya exists, not the items that appear to occupy our field of vision. Maya is the "veil" that covers the universe, shielding things as they are from accurate perception and leading us to mistake "seeming" for "reality."
To understand this it is important to know that everything is energy. Science, through Quantum Physics, is showing us that everything in our universe is energy.
When we go down on a sub-atomic level we do not find matter, but pure energy. Some called this the unified field or the matrix. Others talk about pure potentiality - all being energy.
According to string theory, absolutely everything in the universe—all of the particles that make up matter and forces—is comprised of tiny vibrating fundamental strings. Moreover, every one of these strings is identical. The only difference between one string and another, whether it's a heavy particle that is part of an atom or a massless particle that carries light, is its resonant pattern, or how it vibrates.
“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”
― Nikola Tesla
Physicists now use a class of theories called quantum field theories, or QFTs, which were first postulated in the late 1920s and developed over the following decades. QFTs are intriguing, but they take some getting used to. To start, let’s think only about electrons. Everywhere in the universe there is a field called the electron field. A physical electron isn’t the field, but rather a localized vibration in the field. In fact, every electron in the universe is a similar localized vibration of that single field.
Electrons aren’t the only particles to consist of localized vibrations of a field; all particles do. There is a photon field, an up quark field, a gluon field, a muon field; indeed there is a field for every known particle. And, for all of them, the thing that we visualize as a particle is just a localized vibration of that field.
The Matter of Curved Space
Modern physics states that at some point a slight curvature of space occurred, allowing space/time as we are familiar with it to come into being.
Likewise, ancient Hindu thought posits a "bending" of the vibratory field, resulting in the
universe as we experience it.
Einstein's theory of general relativity describes space as curved, with the "curved space" being the four-dimensional space-time conceived of by Minowski. The curvature of space results in the effects of gravity.
The Franklin Institute
The Universe as Constant Motion
As we know, all contemporary theory posits a universe that is in constant motion--for all is composed of subatomic particles that constantly dance about in what we term space. Likewise, in ancient Hindu theory, the same notion of a constantly changing, forever vibrating universe is expressed through the symbol of Shiva--the great creator/destroyer--who ever dances to keep the world alive.
First, it [the representation of Shiva dancing] is seen as the image of his rhythmic play which is the source of all movement within the universe. This is represented by the circular or elliptical frame surrounding the Lord. (Wikipedia)
(Image from Hubble Site)
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Remembering the Big Bang
Before everything flew apart, separated,
It all happened at once. Spring ice storms
And summer thunderheads. Dead of winter
Gray ground and mockingbirds high
In the redwoods telling everyone their song
Was wonderful, worth stealing. Time was
Compact, pressed tight so that birth and death
Overlapped and, at any moment, love happened over and over.
Inside there was no outside. The day
Your mother threw your brother down
The backstairs isn't separate
From the afternoon, there on a Welsh back road
You, your sister and mother
Laughed beyond reason, parked
beside an ivy-covered wall, turning
Blood red in the Fall.
Together then, those days in a sterile courtroom,
Bored under bright lights, the ice-fringed stream
The hoary mastodon crossed, pursued by ourselves,
Our ancestors, summer Sonoran nights, cicadas buzzing
Making sleep a dream.
Before the Big Bang, everything was
Holy and secular,
A story and a history
No different from one telling or another,
Spoken or sung.
- Rebecca del Rio
(image from internet)
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Inflationary models predict that the rapid expansion that occurred directly after The Big Bang would have created certain noticeable patterns in the cosmos called “gravitational waves,” whose existence having been observed in 1993 resulted in that year’s Nobel prize. Plait explains:
We don’t see the waves themselves, but we can detect the effect they had on light coming from the early Universe. The waves would polarize the light, in a sense aligning the waves of light in certain ways. There are many different ways light can be polarized, but gravitational waves left over from inflation would do so in a very specific way (called B mode polarization, which twists and curls the direction of the polarization; see the image at the top of this post). Finding this kind of polarization in the light leftover from the fires of the Big Bang would be clear evidence of gravitational waves… and it was precisely this type of polarization that was finally detected by a telescope called BICEP2 (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization), located in Antarctica.
This video of BICEP2 project co-lead Professor Chao-Lin Kuo delivering the news to inflationary theory founder Professor Andrei Linde that his theory has just been proven is quite entertaining to watch:
This is kind of heady, inside-baseball stuff that physics PhDs are more qualified to discuss, but the BBC has several articles on the topic that help to unpack it in lay terms, such as this one:
From that article:
It’s an “add on” to BBT (Big Bang Theory). It proposes that about a trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second after our observable Universe got going, it went through a super-rapid expansion, taking an infinitesimally small patch of space to something about the size of a marble, before then continuing to coast outwards. (Note: space may open up faster than light, but nothing in it is moving faster than light). One of the pioneers of inflationary theory, the American Alan Guth, describes inflation “as sort of the bang in the Big Bang”. And it fixes some puzzling aspects in BBT. For example, it explains why the Universe looks so smooth on the largest scales. Inflation would have stretched away any unevenness. It also explains the structure we see in the Universe – all those galaxies and clusters of galaxies. The random quantum fluctuations that existed before inflation would have been amplified to provide the seeds for everything that came after.
While contemplating all of these questions, I find it impossible not to consider the question of what existed prior to The Big Bang. I’ve long thought it was just nothing, a pure void, what the French would call “nul,” but Einstein might have scoffed at me, saying it’s it’s a nonsensical question. One article I read compared it to asking, “What’s farther north than the North Pole?”
The shortest answers to the question of what existed before The Big Bang may either be that we simply don’t know, or else that the question cannot be meaningfully answered because our notion of time only started with The Big Bang. Prior to that event, there was simply an unmanifest singularity, a sort of void potentiality that had yet to spring into physical existence.
Sound familiar, that?
Another well-formed overview of this topic can be found in this 2013 piece on the BBC by physicist and science writer Matthew Francis:
First of all, the language we use to describe what we know and don’t know can sometimes be muddy. For instance, the Universe may be defined as all that exists in a physical sense, but we can only observe part of that. Nobody sensible thinks the observable Universe is all there is, though. Galaxies in every direction seem similar to each other; there’s no evident special direction in space, meaning that the Universe doesn’t have an edge (or a centre). In other words, if we were to instantaneously relocate to a galaxy far, far away, we’d see a cosmos very similar to the one we observe from Earth, and it would have an effective radius of 46 billion light-years. We can’t see beyond that radius, wherever we’re located.
To be honest, this is really a bit much for my primitive musician brain to grasp. Near the end of my research, I came across this interview with superstar astrophysicist Neil deGrasse-Tyson that cleared everything up for me. The video playback has been noticeably slowed down, which has created the fascinating and amusing effect of making him sound like he’s having a sort of nondual acid trip:
(image from Hubble site)