Dog Poet Transmitting.......
“I believe it's our loss of connection with our instinctual side that prevents us from being effective pack leaders for our dogs. Perhaps it's also why we also seem to be failing at being positive guardians of our planet.”
We seek to address a critical item today which is as much personal as it is general. We will use the words of Paramahansa Yogananda as a guide, both for what is right and what is effective. I will also add the word, 'appropriate'. I am not Yogananda but I take the justification for some amount of my actions from what I have heard concerning what is acceptable in the push and pull; the coming and going of interplay in virtual space.
Sir, what should I do to find God? A student asked. The Master said:
“During every little period of leisure, plunge your mind into the infinite thought of him. Talk to him intimately; He is the nearest of the near, the dearest of the dear. Love him as a miser loves money, an ardent man loves his sweetheart, as a drowning person loves breath. When you yearn for God with intensity, He will come to you.”
“Some persons think that unless a devote undergoes great trials, he is not a saint. Others assert that a man of God-realization should be free from all suffering,” the Master said during a lecture.
“The life of each master follows a certain unseen pattern. St. Francis was afflicted with diseases; the fully emancipated Christ allowed himself to be crucified. Other great personages, such as Thomas Aquinas and Lahiri Mahasaya, passed their days without tremendous stress or tragedy. Saints attain salvation from backgrounds vastly different.. True sages demonstrate, regardless of external conditions, they are able to reflect the Divine Image within them. They play whatever role God wills, whether or not it conforms to public opinion.”
Doesn't the Lord shower his grace more abundantly on certain men than on others?” a student inquired. Paramahansaji answered: “God chooses those who choose him,.”
“Sir,” a disciple asked, “how is it that some masters seem to know more than other masters?” “All who are fully liberated are equal in wisdom,” Paramahansaji replied. “They understand everything, but seldom reveal their knowledge. To please God they play the role He has assigned them. If they seem to blunder, it is because such conduct is part of their human role. Inwardly they are unaffected by the relativities and contrasts of Maya.”
One day the Master told the disciples about a saint who fell from the highest path by public exhibition of miraculous powers. “He soon realized his mistake,” Paramahansaji said, “and returned to his disciples. At the end of his life he died as a fully liberated soul.”
“Sire, how did he rise again so quickly?” a devotee inquired. “Isn't the karmic punishment more severe for a man who falls from a state of high advancement than for an ordinary person who acts wrongly in sheer ignorance? It seems strange that the Indian saint did not have to wait a long time for final liberation.” Smilingly the Master shook his head. “God is no tyrant.” he said. “If a man was accustomed to a diet of ambrosia, he would be unhappy at having to eat stale cheese. If he cried brokenheartedly for ambrosia again, God wouldn't refuse him.”
A student deplored the fact that reports of evil in the world were usually predominant in the newspapers. “Evil spreads with the wind.” the Master said, “truth is able to travel against the wind.”
“How could God, the Unmanifested Absolute, appear in visible form to a devotee?” a man asked. The Master said, “If you doubt you won't see, and if you see, you won't doubt.”
“Do not think that you can comprehend the Infinite Lord by reason. Reason can grasp only the cause-effect principle that pertains to the phenomenal worlds. Reason is powerless to understand transcendental truth and the nature of the Causeless Absolute. “Man's highest faculty is not reason but intuition: apprehension of knowledge derived immediately and spontaneously from the soul, not from the fallible agency of the senses or of reason.”
Far too many of us are hamstrung by orthodoxy. We tell ourselves that such and such a person, so defined as a type, must meet particular specifications of behavior and appear a certain way, according to some accepted template. This is very often not true and those who present themselves within the framework of these templates, not infrequently, fail in spectacular fashion; especially in times like the one we are in. The historical record is filled with examples of God using the mad and social misfits. It is not the appearance of good character that counts with the almighty. What counts is the level of intensity of ones desire to discover the one and one's ability to risk all of the things that the more traditional hold on to ...because the rewards they are seeking are dispensed here. That is a fools errand.
I have often insisted that people take what is useful to them here and discard the rest. Don't over analyze. If something 'feels' authentic, exercise it and see. If it is real it will manifest, if you are real. I've run into some amount of criticism for acknowledging my invisible friends. However, the proof that I have them has been amply demonstrated in my life any number of times. The circumstance of my acquittal some years ago could ONLY have been achieved through divine agency. When I fell some months ago, I should have been dead, given the force with which my head hit the concrete from such a height. I did not even have a concussion. I can also point out all of the times when things have worked out against impossible odds. Skeptics can think what they wish. I was and am present and they are not. I do not mention my invisible friends to set some kind of favored or special status to myself. I mention them to encourage others to seek the same relationships. Certainly there are negative forces out there with subtle and clever capacities BUT... what does the advice one receives result in?
We are all unique creations. God does not make any two of us the same. It can seem so sometimes when so many people share common tastes and an attraction for material things but we are all different. For some of us, receiving information and advice from certain quarters is difficult due to personality issues. Personally, I do not let this be a factor. I will take good advice from just about any source.
I am a seeker of higher states and the companionship of luminous entities. I am a student and a seeker, like yourselves. I am on a journey, as are you. I seek to point out things of interest and items of importance that I have found important and that possibly may be important to others. I make no claims about title and stations and have gone to absurd lengths to defeat the conferring of unearned status upon myself. The lengths I have gone to have seriously estranged me from some. It could well be that I could have handled things better or differently but it was what it was and it is what it is. I don't look back, nor do I agonize about what I shoulda, coulda done.
The record of people with invisible friends is large. Some don't talk about it but they have them. Some do talk about it. Job descriptions differ. It should be stated here as a hard and enduring fact; if you seek to serve the ineffable, you WILL be given the opportunity. Those seeking glamour and personal importance are going to learn lasting and telling lessons.
Some of us move with relative ease through the twists and turns of our existence; no drama of demonstration is required of them. Some of us, on the other hand, make waves. Some of us cause disturbances. Some of us have some level of control over this and some of us have none at all. We are all playing a part. You may not like an amount of the actors you witness. Sometimes that is easy to understand but we all owe most everyone some amount of gratitude for doing it so that we can learn from the observation of the consequences of their courses.
We are all guided and we are guided by that which corresponds to the direction we have taken. Some of us are getting bad advice and some of us are getting good advice. Some of us are listening and some of us are not listening. This is why, for myself, I pray often. I seek good counsel and I have a single directive; find the ineffable and... I KNOW that loving the ineffable and keeping the ineffable uppermost in the consciousness will militate against all kinds of errors in the process. There is a reason that the exhortation to love the ineffable is the 'greatest commandment'. A relationship is established and it moves at the speed of your love. Want to move faster? Love more. The almighty judges you by the quality and direction of your heart, not by your mistakes, which we all make, possibly more often than we think we do. We are measured by our love and by the zeal we bring to the acts of pursuing self discovery and performing devotional service. We are not measured and judged according to the arbitrary standards of the world. The world rewards and applauds certain things and the ineffable does so also. They are very much not the same things.
♫ Shining Light ♫
'Shining Light' will feature on a forthcoming Visible album, sometime in 2015
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Spiritual Survival in a Temporal World
- 'An Exploration Toward the Ineffable'
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