Monday, April 28, 2008


Suffering is not in the situation, in the fact, but in the perception of the fact.

There is a common belief in the world today that we can transform a situation by changing it. That is called situation content. We think by transforming the content that we are going to be happy with it. But in reality the situation has nothing to do with your happiness or your sadness. It is in the way you look at the situation--the way you perceive the situation.

Very often when something has happened which you did not expect, which you don't like or appreciate, the situation has long passed but you still carry the situation inside of you. You are constantly questioning the situation with, "Why? Why did this happen to me? What could I have done differently?" And you try to offer many explanations as to why it happened to you.

You see, the suffering is not caused from the situation itself, but in the way you are questioning the situation, in your inability to accept the situation, and all the reasons you think this happened to you. It is impossible in the current state of the world, and with all the karma, that one can become completely free of all problems. Problems are bound to be there, for anybody and everybody--whether they be rich or poor, educated or uneducated, or of any class or location.

Problems can be there but there is no reason for one to suffer, because the situation--the problem--intrinsically does not contain any suffering. When you reach a level of consciousness where you can accept situations in life fully, by being alive to the situation, no matter what the situation is, you will be happy. Diksha can help you reach that level.

Jesus Christ felt enormous love and compassion because his brain was wired differently. The Buddha was in the state of immense peace and tranquility because his brain was wired differently. If you want to feel that peace, if you want to feel that love, it's possible when the changes happen in the physical, gray matter of your own brain. When your brain is wired differently, then it's possible for you to experience that love and peace. That's what diksha does.

There is not too much to explain about diksha because it is not a technique. Bhagavan and Amma have not only given us the experience of enlightenment, but also have given us the capacity to give this experience to others through diksha. It is an act of Grace. When diksha is given, there is a neurobiological transformation which leads to love, peace, bliss--whatever you are really looking for, including an end to suffering.

Enlightenment, or whatever you want to call that state, is not a psychological process. It's a biological process. If it were a psychological process then surely by practicing a technique it would be possible to achieve. Since it's not a psychological process, it would be impossible to get there by using a teaching or a technique.

There is no singular definition of enlightenment, but the way we understand enlightenment is that it is a state where all suffering has ended--all psychological suffering, and all existential suffering. You live your life with no more sense of isolation. You feel a part of everything; you feel everything is a part of you. There is the experience of connectedness, and you don't feel separated from others. So when we speak of enlightenment, we talk of this experience where all division has ended inside, where the sense of separate existence is gone.
It is this enlightenment, through diksha, that Amma and Bhagavan are trying to bring to people. When diksha is given, you will find whatever it is that you have been seeking.
by Anandagirlji

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Contemplative Questions

Here is a set of questions that would provoke you and put you through some soul searching. They are not about religion nor about ethics. They are merely about you.

They are not meant to serve as solutions nor are they meant to lead you anywhere. These questions are meant to serve as tools to discovering yourself.

1) Do you perceive the Presence of a benevolent force guiding, protecting and shaping your life? What name do you give that Presence? When did you best feel this Presence?

2) What is your opinion of God? Is your opinion drawn from religion, books, parents and or your personal experience of life?

3) Do you pray? Do they get answered? How often?

4) Do you think it is possible to relate to the Divine? What relationship would you opt?

5) Here is a story for you - Two fierce enemies once did a penance to placate god and receive boons vying with each other. God appeared to the first man and asked what he wanted. He said "give me twice of whatever you give my enemy". Then God appeared to the second one. Even before God could say anything he asked, "God, would you please tell me what my enemy asked for? On knowing his prayer request, he said, "then God, blind me in one eye."
Now what would you wish for yourself, your best friend and your worst enemy if God gave you a chance?

6) Have you ever experienced a coincidence or chance that seems to have involved so many people and factors that you can't stop wondering if a mastermind was behind this operation? If yes, do you savour the experience often and have you shared it with someone close to you?