Thursday, August 14, 2008

Exploring the frontiers of consciousness

An article from spiritual tree

Spirituality in concise # 8

The mystic lived on a mountain top. The scholar had great difficulty in climbing the mountain. As soon as the question was asked, the master handed the academic a delicious peach. When it had been eaten by the scholar, the master asked whether he would like another. The scholar ate the second peach. Then the mystic asked: "Are you interested in where this peach was grown?" "No," said the scholar.

That is your answer about my system, said the master.

Now very few people try to explore the frontiers of their consciousness. Their pleasure-seeking passion never permits them to sit quietly, wrote Soren Kierkegaard. Despite being a religious writer, he revolted against traditional religiosity. Agreeing with what Kierkegaard thought, William James, the father of paranormal psychology opined that religion was like a thin verbal oil slick floating atop the deep ocean of mysticism.

Mysticism is the purest form of psyche where the consciousness is not even aware of its existence. It is a non-physical connectivity with the superior cosmic intelligence. It is a flight of alone to the alone. The most beautiful experience we can have is that of the mysterious. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead, wrote Albert Einstein. The tragedy is that technology has replaced mysticism from all spheres of life.

Technology, by offering us material benefits, has erased transcendence and mysticism from our lives. We are becoming spiritually bankrupt. Since mysticism is a kind of spontaneous revelation, it is always solo. The result is that mystics are always looked upon as outsiders and marginalized by society. Mystics also never make an effort to organize themselves and release a manifesto for the media. It is a silent revolution, where the transformation takes place only in an individual soul. One can never achieve this transformation by proxy.

Any event is interpreted on the basis of cause and effect theory. For the mystic, however, we find that an inexplicable law is working which has nothing to do with the theories or teachings we have evolved.

What is mysticism? Is it a call of the beyond? A message from nowhere or just a state of `no mind', which defies definition? Maybe it's a free zone which has nothing to do with codified religions. Ramakrishna Paramhans was a unique mystic. Everyday, taking flowers and Bel leaves in hand, he would touch his own head, chest, in fact the whole body including the feet and then offer them at Kali's feet. At other times, with eyes and chest flushed, he would move like a drunkard, with tottering steps from his seat to the throne of the Goddess, touch her chin as a sign of endearment and begin to sing, talk or even dance. Similarly, Lal Ded, the Kashmir poet, left her home and took to the life of a wandering recluse living in caves, going about in a semi-nude state.

Mysticism is the strength of primordial psychology. It's better called ontology ^ the science of self. It is a science and journey of human becoming from being. Technology is still a toddler and yet technology quite isomorphically makes tall claims that finally it will surpass cosmic laws. Technology has destroyed transcendence from our reality-map with no concern about the existence of a higher reality, the one that's with neither beginning nor end.


Neeraj Gupta


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

You are Special

Spirituality in concise # 7

Ever thought who we are? Not asking your name or designation but the true self. Ever thought we are special to our self than to none or many others!! Ever thought why we have so many or none friends!! Ever thought of many of us will still go on reading this post even though they think it’s just a blog, a stupid time pass.

Well! Well! Well!!! You are not in an interview or question hour session. And even if you think the same way, then, one question at a time because we are not computers. Well, let me tell you something, nothing is special!!! It’s just a way of ours to make the thing special. Looking for examples…here it goes,

Newton, yes, Isaac Newton was no special guy! But when an apple struck his head, he thought “why it struck me” and then he started a sage search for the reason. And hence he discovered what we say Gravity. None other than the great Swami Vivekanand, one of the finest and first Indian who highlighted the great Indian Tradition and Ethics, was also told the same by his guru Swami Dayanand Saraswati that there is no special things since everything is within you.

We are living in the memories of past for the happenings of future, yet, forgets that we are the present. We remember our old days of college that we enjoyed in hostel, bunking the classes; of school, singing / listening the prayers while shivering on an odd foggy and chilly day, even getting punished for not doing the homework. We fear the failure lest it’s a success because we don’t have the self confidence most of the time. We fear the dark lest there is light because we know where we are wrong and is not accepting it. We, always, wish a happy future but we live a sad present.

WE are special indeed in someway, yet many of don’t realize it. And now a Billon Dollar question, Why? We are not discovering our self, our true divinity. One day, we by the help of our guru, will get to know our self. And that day, our motive to come to this world will be in front of us. That day we will be the god’s souls.


Neeraj Gupta

Friday, August 1, 2008


Spirituality in concise # 6

A blessing is “a circle of light drawn around a person to protect, heal and strengthen. ...when a blessing is invoked, a window opens in eternal time.” You may confer a blessing with a silent prayer or a spoken or written wish. But there are other ways. When, with awareness, you honour another, express admiration or give a gift, you share a blessing. In a sincere greeting, when encouraging and complimenting someone, through small acts for the environment, you participate in the act of blessing.

May there always be work for your hands to do. May your purse always hold a coin or two. May the sun always shine upon your window-pane. May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain. May the hand of a friend always be near to you, and May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

May you have warm words on a cold evening, A full moon on a dark night, And the road downhill all the way to your door.” There is also gentle humour: “If God sends you down a stony path, may he give you strong shoes.”

The true beauty of blessing is how it affects everything — by the fact that we live, we are blessed; we have the power to bless others and they reflect love back to us. In the very act of blessing we are blessed.

the human heart always longs for a state of wholeness, that place where everything comes together, so to bless someone is to call some of that wholeness upon that person right now. As the ending of this blessing for solitude says: “May you learn to see your self, With the same delight, pride and expectation, with which God sees you in every moment”

Neeraj Gupta