Thursday, May 8, 2008

Words of Nectar: Sri Amma Bhagavan

Life is characterized by three experiences: pleasure, happiness and peace. While pleasure is an experience limited to mere material and emotional fulfillment, happiness arises from a sense of contribution and service.
However, only a few people have graduated to the level of happiness through service and contribution. What mankind has seldom known is the vast experience of peace that arises from an awakening into Oneness. It is unconditional in nature.Only such an experience of peace, free of any equal or opposites, could put an end to all human suffering. It could only come from a benediction.
Happy individuals create happy families and happy societies while unhappy individuals create unhappy families and societies. Happiness is the natural expression of Oneness within an individual, which in turn spreads across all of society.
Ancient Indian thought refers to the four purusharthas: artha, kama, dharma, moksha. Every form of activity in an ancient Vedic society was connected to this core objective of spiritual awakening or liberation. A man created wealth, fulfilled his desires, and contributed to social development only to achieve the final goal of liberation. The underlying web of his existence was qualified and defined by this vision.
Over time, spirituality has been alienated from mainstream activity. It should be the underlying fabric of our existence. Oneness is the unlearning or dissolution of all conceptual walls that make us divisive human beings. A true spiritual awakening is one in which every aspect of our life would be suffused with joy and love, where work is enjoyment and not drudgery.
Division of every kind, be it religious, national, racial or cultural, is ultimately sourced in the inherent sense of separation. Since this illusory sense of separation has its roots in a neurobiological condition, no amount of active effort on our part could ever undo this situation. The Oneness programmes facilitate this shift from separation to Oneness through a powerful divine intervention, made possible by the phenomenon of the Oneness Deeksha or Blessing.
The dawn of the golden age is the single most explosive fact of our times. We have a destiny to create, a state of consciousness that is Oneness with all that is.
The Oneness Blessing or Oneness Deeksha is known to affect the neurobiology of the brain thus facilitating a shift in consciousness. This shift has farreaching effects, not restricted merely to the realms of the transcendental alone but also the material and psychological dimensions of life. There are numerous experiences of people having shifted from beta to theta as well as delta states of consciousness in a single episode of receiving of the Oneness Blessing. The guru’s sankalpa or intent makes it possible for many thousands to be initiated as Oneness Deeksha-givers all over the world that distinguishes this movement as a people’s movement in every sense, wherein people work to transform themselves and others.
A neuroscientist expresses enlightenment by shutting down the parietal lobes, a psychologist by loss of the sense of self, a philosopher by transcending the sense of separation and a mystic by recognizing reality as it is. A spiritual person experiences enlightenment by achieving Unity Conscience.

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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?