|"Gratitude is one of the elixers of Life." - Guru Swami G|
|"Gratitude is one of the elixers of Life." - Guru Swami G|
Practices should be done with Full Attention rather than like a parrot or a record that
is mindlessly droning a tone. It affords no help to simply have the droning sound of
OM That I AM going on like a background noise.. One does OM That I Am from the
Heart within Full Awareness....
Keep the Balanced Breath fully in place... not simply ok am going to be aware of
breathing... Yep i'm breathing so good enough.. hahahahahahah
All of these practices or coming back to the Mantra are done with the mind immersed
and the attention immersed within it... This is HOW it breaks through mind - it doesn't
touch mind when done as a mindless drone like an afterthought...
Sitting in Quietude means BE STILL... One Fully RESTS in the Heart... Allows the
colors to be FELT within the Heart.. Allows the Sounds to resonate within the Heart..
Allows the natural Bliss to come forward within the Heart... Allows the drama of
mind play About what is being seen to die away... QUIETUDE.... STILL... ONLY THE
BREATH IS MOVING.. ALL ELSE IS STILL .... QUIET .... REVERANT... SACRED... IS....
Enjoy this moment FULLY.... FEEL this Breath .... Smell the Fragrance...
BE the Puja and offering...
OM Shanti Shanti Shanti OM
At The Guardian, Eileen Barker argues that "In popular parlance, a cult is a religion I don't like; ... it is a group or movement of which I disapprove."
No one is likely to say that they themselves belong to a cult – what makes it a cult is that other people call it a cult. We know it's bad and wrong, but we don't know exactly what it is that is bad or wrong.
Certainly some people use the word "cult" that way. There are cult information websites that list Buddhism as a cult. But surely there are religious groups that are abusive and controlling, and others that are healing and sustaining. And many many are capable of being all of those.
Psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton wrote that cults have these three characteristics:
Meanings of the word "cult":
Many common religious terms lack a generally accepted, single, current definition. This leads to confusion over the meanings of certain religious terms, such as Christian, cult hell, heaven, occult, Paganism, salvation, Witch, Witchcraft, Unitarian, Universalist, Voodoo, etc. A reader must often look at the context in which the word is used in order to guess at the intent of the writer.
In the newsgroup alt.usage.english, terms like this one are often called "skunk words." They have diverse meanings to different people. They have so many meanings that they often cause misunderstandings wherever they are used. Unfortunately, most people do not know this, and naturally assume that the meaning that they have been taught is the universally accepted definition of the term.
Utter confusion reigns when an author is using one definition of "Unitarian," while a reader assumes the other meaning. Misunderstandings also happen when an author assumes that both definitions refer to the same organization or belief.
One of the most confusing and dangerous religious term is "Cult". The word is derived from the French word "culte" which came from Latin noun "cultus." The latter is related to the Latin verb "colere" which means "to worship or give reverence to a deity." Thus, in its original meaning, the term "cult" can be applied to any group of religious believers: Southern Baptists, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Roman Catholics, Hindus or Muslims. However, the term has since been assigned at least eight new and very different meanings. The original meaning of "cult" remains positive; more recent definitions are neutral, negative, or extremely negative:
What Is the Nature of Guru Protocol?
Guru protocol, as outlined in the Kularnava Tantra and Guru Gita, defines Guru protocol and can be understood in three parts: devotional acts, codes of harmony and prohibitions:
[From an email exchange on January 6, 2008 11:14 AM]
Subject: Question To Guruji from Don about Lineage
- Namaste and Great Day -
* Where might I read most specifically about Guru Swami-G's lineage?
- My path has been eclectic - my Guru's none that would be recognized. Lineage: Esoteric Christian - Tantric - Shavite (one of the 10 dasnami traditions, this is one of the oldest traditions in India). What is it you are specifically looking for?
* I am trying to get a clearer picture of the function of "lineage," as you spoke of in your videos. Particularly that a Sat Guru is "commissioned" to be able to help others from a "lineage." And, without being "commissioned by a lineage" the Guru would not be able to help others.
- OK - there is a bit of confusion then. I have said to those who start with the litany of "you are self appointed" that No, i had a Guru that indeed pronounced the state of Realization here. His background was he was taught by 3 Tantric Masters and he himself was also a Tantric, although for him Realization came through Poonjaji, as he was Ripe through his former practices so there was but a thread to be cut. His father was a Realized Being as well.
This means simply that when my Guru saw that, indeed, all had fallen away into Realization he commissioned me to be a Guru by directly saying "it is now time for you to be a Guru". This was not an idea that i had - it was his admonition. He didn't appear in a dream nor was it that i simply decided "gee, being a guru would be nice". OThere is a danger when one doesn't have a Sat Guru that when the first taste of Bliss or oneness arises that they will *think* they have attained and then they self-appoint themselves as gurus. And yet they are still themselves in the midst of the journey. Then you have the blind leading the blind. Now maybe they are very charismatic and have a lot of shakti but this is no indicator of having the wisdom to be a Guru. People confuse this. Guruji always said that the only true Tantric is the Realized 0-ne. ahahahahahahahaah
* I was wanting to know how you see your lineage and what lineage you were commissioned by to do the important work you do.
- The Lineage of having walked the path from start to completion. The Lineage of Realized Masters - as far as the externals of lineages, they are only indicators of perhaps what type of leanings that the practices will take. Some lineages have become so bogged down in dogmas that they have lost the lifeblood. When speaking of lineage it simply means that there was guidance along the way - although for most of my life it was the Inner Mystics Path - traversing the dark night of the soul and much inner soul searching etc. That came under the heading of the Esoteric Christian Order- Walking the path of Christ.
* As I and others have shared, I have so needed one-to-one instruction and guidance by someone who has traveled this path.
- Indeed, only one that has actually walked it from start to finish can understand and write the map of it. It can't be given by one with theory and no practical knowledge. No lineage by itself is going to help. One HAS to have a Master in place that has Mastered their own journey rather than a set of dogmatic rules and practices. Am not speaking of dead lineages of pomp and circumstance. Am speaking of the Lineage of Realized Masters no matter what the tradition they passed through.
* When you mentioned the "tantra" tradition as one that does this,I felt something deep inside of me click into place. You so clearly do that, so I was wondering if your lineage was that of "tantra" or included that.
- Tantra is the art of using All of life as practice. This is a tantric type of path - yes. But tantra has gotten such a bad name in being touted as finding liberation through sex. Or in india, as being somehow mixed up with doing black magic. Neither of these is correct. And so have not used the name tantra too often as it brings more confusion than not sometimes.
* I am sorting out, in a most productive way, so much confusion the past two weeks with my brief connection to you and your teaching, and this is just one of the many things that have confused me when reading and studying with other teachers who claim a lineage.
- Ok - well there is lineage as far as a tradition and school is concerned. And this can become a dead thing - when you have those who are caught up within dogmas - practices by rote etc. that simply keep one in a spin of creating and exchanging one conditioning for another. So am not speaking of this type of being commissioned. hahahahahahah Nor this type of lineage.
* When you study with a Guru do you, as a student, therefore, become a part of or belong to the Guru's lineage?
- One becomes their Guru - yes. Their background becomes in a sense your background. Would say a lineage is a way of seeing - as lineage comes out of a Sat Guru's or Masters pointings. Unfortunately when there is not a Sat Guru or Master in place that remains Fluid then the tradition may become cold rather than Enlivened.
* Can you have more than one lineage (seems to me most people, especially in the West are eclectic but none I have met ever attained Realization)?
- In the case here i had a number of initiations and have belonged to a number of traditions BUT each was walked on it's own merits only for a time. In other words i wasn't mixing them all at once. I didn't have numerous teachers trying to juggle them at one time. It was a succession of Teachers - paths - and teachings - one by one. <ul><li>1. Esoteric Christian Path - Holy Order of Mans</li><li> 2. Bhakti path - no formal initiation but was instrumental in development </li><li>3. Buddhist - initiate name Karma Sonam Wangmo - Karma Kagyu path (this was really simply a connection with past life tradition) there was remembrence of doing Chod practices in former life and this was a conscious seeing. hahahahahaha nothing is lost from lifetime to lifetime when it comes to spiritual endeavors. </li><li>4. Sri Rajiv instruction into Tantric and blowing out all conditionings. Commissioned to be a Guru. </li><li>5. Sundar Puri - aiding in his passing - also he pointed for this one to give to those in the west (this is also having to do with past life- one could say tying up lose ends hahahahahahah). He really pushed for the taking of Sannyas in this tradition as it has to do with Kundalini.</li><li> 6. Ushered into Sannyas - after Realization. Into this old tradition and lineage of Shavism. For whatever reason this was the way it unfolded.
* Does the lineage only matter if a person becomes a Guru, versus Realization?
- hahahahaha It only matters to those in the world that have a bookish mentality. It is only another way to *classify and to box in a way of thinking*. The world wants a way to define and catagorize but really the path is about breaking free of all of this. Simply what is meant by all of this is that one needs to have a Realized Master or Guru in place to aide in ones journey or else one has simply a blind man bumping through the night. Without having the Gurus and Mentors in place that were there at the right time this one would still be wandering around in no-mans land chasing phenomena and having ideas about what it should be versus being able to break through to the Reality. It is only a Realized Master that can understand and stabalize one that is having the conditioned mind broken apart and dismantling, pulling one towards Realization. ONLY 0-ne that rests in Realization understands whether or not it is Realization or just another passing stage along the way. The one traversing these stages can get to a passing stage where there is Bliss and oneness and may mistake it to be Realization. This is where it is Paramount to have in place a Guide and Mentor that KNOWS the path - the way - from start to finish.
* Thank you for your follow up question.
- You are most welcome The journey here was long and colorful - hahahaahahah it was like tying up lose ends from lifetimes of practices and coming out the other side Free of them. O-ne enters into the Tradition and Lineage of Lineage Holders - those who speak from the Fluidity of Crazy Wisdom or Direct and Penetrating Knowing that carries the Transmission of Stillness Directly. It does no good to be locked into a *tradition* or even a *lineage* when it has been reduced to dogmas and dead practices.
This is not something that one aspires to - it isn't about powers, as those come along the way and may be huge traps of ego. One bypasses these and does not waste the time to continue to develop them.
Yes, sure, they make an appearance for a time. But NO power brings Realization. NO power equates with long-lasting spiritual Knowing. These are only interesting to those who are looking for a way to establish ego and all powers have only to do with transient realm dynamics.
In my case i was a seeker from a young age - there was no specific urge to want to become a Guru. I entered an Esoteric Christian Order at the age of 18 and received Shaktipat which awakened Kundalini fully. For some days was in a Samadhi state and was seeing auras etc. I went forward for a number of years of inner search. My path turned out to be quite eclectic in nature.
Bhakti - Mystic - Shavite, but always through Kundalini. The Kundalini was strong and at times there was a feeling that spontaneous combustion was just around the corner.
Lot's of phenomena - Lights - Strong Visions - Powers came and went. None of this is what is of value - (with the exception of seeing my past life and how it was drawing in certain experiences within this lifetime to be passed through). This gave a footing for deeper growth and a starting point for deep contemplation which cut through a number of roots.
I suffered for years and looked for help and there was nothing to be found - there was a lot of theory out there and yes some yoga classes being taught by sihk persuasions but none of these had a clue as to what to do with an actual Kundalini awakening that was in full motion.
As the universe would have it - i went to India and my Guru's appeared. I had two and both were instrumental in aiding to break through the last of the bonds and bondage of ignorance and illusions. My Guru was a Tantric - a Sat Guru and when He saw that this one had come to completion He commissioned me to go forth as a Sat Guru.
I also had another Guru - Sundar-Puri. He was a Naga Baba Shavite and He also recognized where the Consciousness was and also commissioned this one to work with the foreigners to aide them in their journey's. He also was adamant about my taking Sannyas. And son this was done as well.
I tried to get out of being a Guru because once you are ready for it you Understand the Karmic undertaking. It is a huge responsibility and nothing that is taken lightly. I went to Bhadrinath and a Sadhu living in a cave there came to me 3 times requesting that i be his Guru. So this was my first Sadhaka, as after the 3rd request one accepts.
I have also followed and stuck to my Guru's admonitions and do not charge a fee but leave this to donations. Also i do what is possible to speak on what Tantra Is versus what is being peddled in the west as better sex (arghhh). I say Tantra is a Full Heart On and not a bigger hard on.
One would do this for some type of ego aggrandizement. I live in a studio apartment. Am up at 6 AM working with Sadhakas over the net - in person - on the phone up till midnight daily. No one is here waiting on me. I don't do Satsang shows - or sell retreats. Yes, i say i'm a Sat Guru a Spiritual Teacher - one that has gone the Whole of the journey from fear and suffering to the completion, wherein all of this has dissolved as if it had never been. This is simply the truth of the matter.
This is not a boast as there is no pretension in the Ground of Being. One enters, rather, a most Ordinary Simplicity. All have the SAME Divine Essence of Being - none have more or less than another. The difference is simply that i no longer have the coverings in place which keep the me-story and saga in motion. That ended.
So there is no **glory** in being a traditional Guru. The **Glory** is reserved for those who are setting themselves up as World Guru's and want big followings and Stages. I have no stage and won't sell out for money or fame. This is idiocy to do so. There is nothing that the world has which can compare with the Simplicity and Fullness which is Realization.
Just as i was commissioned for this work - Siddhananda was commissioned for this work by myself. Now this was the furthest thing from her desires. But she has gone forward and continues in this work - she entered Realization on the 20th of July and at that point became a full Guru within her own right. Did she aspire to this? NO. Did she seek powers? NO. Is she seeking fame? NO.
As you can see quite clearly, One that is open to giving what may be given freely using the net - is also open to every disgruntled individual and to all their pot-shots and hatreds. It is only compassion that keeps one giving in this manner.
I have continued to work through the path of Kundalini - Shiva - Kali & Ganesh - and have seen remarkable transformations with Sadhakas. Does this equate to a big ego trip? What is there to be egotistical of? One is only *special* in the midst of the journey. Realization pulls the carpet out from any such inclinations as the separate Me (with it's very special powers and knowledge etc) is swallowed up by 0. hahahahahahahahah One enters as St. John of the Cross said rightly - the Unknowing that is beyond all knowledge. And the great Mystery simply IS. And Shiva/Shakti, or Absolute and Transient, are Not Two - Not Two.
As far as mistaken ramblings as to what is here versus not, it can only be said that the world interacts with a persona - and the transient body remains doing what it has done and so the externalized personality is seen by others to remain. OK - but when one looks within (a matter of speech - as no inner versus outer remains) there is no longer a me. It is as if it never was. This consciousness has no words that can be spoken which mundane mind that is within duality may cognise. As all words and values are first constructed by language based upon duality and separation. One gives Knowledge yes, in the flavoring of the societal structure that is being addressed - and a flavor that flows whether from a more Bhakti - or Jnana type of revelation. That is all.
So to summarize, not all who are Guru's set out with an aim to become a Guru. For some of us - it is just the last of the karmic flow playing out. I would be just as happy to be wandering or sitting and watching the dance of leaves in the wind as this brings a Bliss as it is within as well as without as ONE. No separation. This again is hard to express within words.
A street sweeper has just as much of the Ground of Being as does a Sat Guru. There are no formal entrapments here that people must sit lower than the Guru etc. No bowing - No one here doing my bidding. hahahahahahahahahaha People come and we go out for Coffee and Satsang takes place. Very Ordinary. Nothing special here.
Paramhansa Ganga-Puri Kaliuttamananda-Giri, affectionately known as Swami-G, is an Enlightened Master, a Sat-Guru. Swami-G wishes to accept as students (sadhakas) those who are seeking the path of the Mystic - Ones that are ready to go beyond the world's pull.
Here is how she describes her path:
Paths and initiations walked by Swami-G
My path has been highly eclectic - What have found is that Truth or the Divine IS runs like a thread through all traditions - What is important is to break the spell of the ego.
Each path goes towards the same goal only the methodologies may differ as to ways to Surrender within. A Guru uses the methodology at hand to break through the conditioned mind so that one may traverse the subtle realms and even beyond to That Which is ONE without a second.
Path, Self-Realization and the Now
If people ask me what religion I am I say, “All and none.” I am that Unbound Truth that runs like a thread through All religious persuasions.
There have been many Gurus, mentors and teachers along the way. Each in their own way helped this seeker move forward, each lead me closer to the core of Being.
Many aided in releasing the mind of delusion towards greater awareness. The last great Guru, took me from the individualization of ego identification to the implosion which leaves the awareness of the great impersonal core of Being. When dissolving into the Impersonal Brahman or core of Being (which is Absolute) it is not an experience per say, as experience is of mind and form. The last takes you beyond mind and thought into that great pregnant void beyond I AM, which is at the heart and center and from which all creation stems.
As a seeker meditation was done throughout the day, in awareness insights came, there was grasping at straws. I learned relative knowledge which I thought was so spiritually advanced. Meditation deepened, Kundalini kept pulling away at the supports. Finally my Compassionate Guru took the knife of discernment and started slicing and dicing - not a pretty picture - but his compassion was in giving what was needed and not what was wanted (for we want the candy-coated strokes of tell me how great my spiritually advanced understanding is). He told me, “Fool! You know NOTHING!”, and he was right. I sputtered and choked and was mute for two days, but this threw me into a deep self-enquiry that tore the foolishness of conceptualization away.
Sitting on the banks of the Ganges suddenly the last great fear arose — terror — was it total annihilation or possession that was a step away? Exhausted, with the acceptance that this seeker had done all that it was possible to do, left only one option - to surrender within the impending doom which had engulfed every cell with the terror of its demise. In that moment beyond time, the world and all its belief~ God; ‘me’; the nature of existence; the seeking; the clinging; desires; aversions — shattered. Mind and its holdings were stripped bare, it died to the past and all its plays of suffering self; the separate ‘me’ was at an end. Nothing remaining to hold. Nothing remaining to be desired. Nothing remaining to fight against. Death is no more. Past is no more. Future is no more. ‘Me’ is no more. Only eternal life that One essence of fill potentiality IS.
You find that the essence, the seed of life is eternal, that you as personality are a wisp in the wind. In fact in that moment, you do not exist. It is a great humbling experience. All that exists is the formless constant, that Perfect IS.
When the One or ‘0’ is entered into frilly there is no longer the seeking for connection for it is the Reality and it is rested in completely. Yet you cannot even say that there is the connection for there is at that point, no duality that remains on any level.
The eyes continue to see diversity but they are not deluded by a mind of division, there is simply that which IS. (One)
Pure Awareness remains, not logical linear thought, which builds stone upon stone of constructed images, held together by the glue of mental ramblings of past ‘if onlys’, and future ‘what ifs’. This cannot even be imagined until it becomes your reality.
You enter the flow of life - Being simply Truth, Consciousness and Bliss, clear of all past preconceived notions and illusions created by the forms’ experience. There is no longer a feeling of “I am this form” but rather, the Universe is consciousness moving. There is no “I” separate from consciousness. Only consciousness beyond the form remains - ever conscious of the One and knowing the many to be only seeming aspects of the One. There is no longer any concept of separation nor judging nor categorizing. It becomes pure, undiluted experience beyond minds’ colorations.
It is spontaneity that remains, a spontaneity that isn’t caught up with the worldly things, nor based on knee jerk reactions. There is no driving self image. No stagnation of a me self. No doership, no one doing. What needs to occur does, the body goes through the actions. There is simply Peace, not one resting in peace, not one looking for peace, not one attempting to create peace, it simply IS.
One is fully grounded and yet there is no attachment to actions - they flow, they are momentary, emotions are momentary. When that moment is over there is no residual fallout being clung to, to bring into fruition the bitterness of suffering. A body is seen - yes, pain is felt, but it is not myself (- it is pain belonging to the body which has no substance (empty in nature) and not the Self This may only be directly Known and cannot be manufactured by the logical mundane mind process).
How can one be fully human and yet look within and no longer find anything that can be called a ‘me story’? It is a paradox but is quite natural.. .this cannot be explained or learned or given by any intellectual dialogue - it can only become the Living Reality immersed in the Absolute Primal Purity of IS and yet one is fully human. It is impossible to explain how this is, it is just the fullness of life as it is that remains.
There is simply a seeing manifestation as it rises from that silence and void into seeming patterns which rise and fall due to the Conscious movement which is created by the mass mind - the grand illusive play called ‘Maya’. Being at that point, beyond the illusions, you see it as just the ever-expanding dream called ‘life’. There is no longer death nor life.. .for you have ever been that which is beyond both these seeming aspects.
A Realized One lives fully in the moment, there is nowhere else to go and why would there be a need to? Suffering is at an end no matter where one is or what is going on in the external world, there is a center of Peace, that ~unmoving eye that has not one minute of bondage no matter what is raging around it.
As the spirit moves so moves the emptiness of Being, Being as simply simplicity that which you are at the core beyond the ego self-identification.
In Realization, mind can be equated with a tool of the divisionary experience - the mind can, and does, remain for some as nothing other than a bit of flotsam that floats on the sea of consciousness yet does not binder the purity of the sea or its vast nature ~f clarity.
Some will look and challenge (this unknown Reality) by saying who is speaking? The ‘me’ (which others relate to) is likened to a wisp of fragrance without solid moorings. ..aware of mind yet not contained by mind.., it is neither one nor another.. .it is at once the whole of creation and yet forever separate and distinct.. .it is something most wonderful and yet it is totally natural...there is simply a flow and a dance that remains.
Seeing others’ continued suffering, one is moved to speak the truth that Realization is not a myth. One stands their ground amid the cacophony of nay-sayers. That of what I speak is here a living reality.
A Realized one is fortunate to be living within Peace. It is this joy of possibility for everyone that Realized Beings, no matter their station in life, wish to share. Life — love — wisdom — compassion — faith and knowing are paramount. One comes to the point of living AS love, not getting love, not being a me that is giving love, but as the moving dynamic of love and life.
My path is not to have long term devotees, but to see them progress to natural Jnana, which is Guru or Self. Liberation is the end of clinging to Guru and then a motion to simply become another light within the world. There is only One light, One Guru, One Essence called God or Source or Self.
May mankind move forward to Inner Peace which manifests as outer peace in the world.
Vilina: Namaste. I was wondering if you could explain a little bit more what it means to hold the center for the ashram and also, what is a root Guru?
Guru G: Holding the center means that the Guru has got to remain in balance and hold that Absolute primary 'IS' without motion. It can't be getting pulled out into mind and pulled out into the drama of the transient where the Absolute starts taking a back seat. So the Guru has to hold and keep that energy up so the transmission can be really clear and very, very strong. And if the Guru's physical body starts getting worn down and really tired out, then simply not as much of a transmission occurs because the body is taking energy to repair itself and come back on alignment. So it's important that the Guru try to remain in good physical health and without a lot of external drama's on their plate that they're having to forge through, and the more they are cleared up, the more that the full transmission that is available to the sadhakas can be used in a beneficial manner. So that's part of what it is to hold the center. They have to hold the path in place and makes sure the path continues to unfold in a beneficial way rather than you going off in some sideline direction where there will be a lot of dead ends encountered. So we don't want any dead ends, we want this to remain a living teaching.
A root Guru, you usually hear a root Guru in Tibetan traditions. It means when you have a primary Guru and your primary Guru is one you always come to, the one that is directing your path. If they see that you can get something elsewhere they will send you to another Guru or another place for another teaching, for a time, that might be beneficial to you. Such as here, I've sent some people to take Vipassana. It doesn't mean that I'm saying, "leave and be with Vipassana the rest of your life." You're being sent there for a time, and I say when you're there, respect what's there and give your full attention there, but don't forget that your Guru is here. So that's what a root Guru is, versus where you may be going somewhere to learn something with a secondary Guru. Sometimes we might see that you will be benefited somewhere with something else for a time, like one of the students, I put them under Sage Dharma's care for a time because I thought they might be able to relate with him better. So that's putting someone somewhere in a secondary thing that might be beneficial for that for a time. Doesn't mean that you're no longer overseeing them, you are. I've sent some students to listen to Gangaji because I think that she can be very beneficial, and there might be something that she is saying that might be of benefit to that person at that time. They may be able to relate to that type of teaching and it might be easier for them there and beneficial. So you have a primary Guru, your root Guru, that's there that you really get your main feeding from and you may have another person that the Guru feels might be advantageous or another place you might be that would be advantageous for your journey at that time, for a short time, that's all.
Vilina: That makes so much sense and is so not known and misunderstood, I think, in the west. Because what you're saying GuruG, obviously, is much different than someone being on a path and then doing whatever they want to do and seeing whoever they want to see and stirring up a lot of confusion.
Guru G: When I talk about a root Guru, I mean the main Guru is giving the direction to go and how long to be there and they are overseeing that. It doesn't mean 'oh I'm adopting this one, and this is my main Guru, but I want to go here and there and there and there, and then you wind up getting into confusion. So that's not what's being talked about. That's not the spiritual shopping, pick and choose mentality. That's not what it is. So it's very guided, very directed for specific purposes.
Dangerous Friend: "Without the vajra master, there is no Vajrayana."
- this is true --- without the Vajra Master there are just words in the wind...
Dangerous Friend: Vajra relationship is regarded as making enlightenment, at some point, in some lifetime, inevitable. That is why vajra realtionship becomes the foundation of a commitment that is more than lifelong.
- The Guru makes a commitment to getting you to Realization no matter how many lifetimes it takes...
Dangerous Friend: The relationship between vajra master and vajra student should be the most important relationship in one's life as a spiritual aspirant. This is the only relationship we can have which ultimately leads to enlightenment. For a Vajrayana student, it is more important than this one life.
- This is true and why there are so many cautions about chasing after relationships that are going to be jealous of the path and determined to pull you away...
Dangerous Friend: Vajra masters challenge their students to be conscious of their tendency to prioritize or take refuge in passing mind-moments, the ever-changing contents of mind, as contrasted with the unchanging nature of Mind.
- Yes the Guru keeps throwing you back into the practices that will Still the mind... The drama is to take a back seat....
Dangerous Friend: Unifying with the mind of the vajra master is the fruit of the practice of guru yoga, which is the essential practice of Vajrayana. The coming together of teacher and student at this level is called vajra relationship or vajra commitment.
- Eventually the student is dissolved into the Master hence Realization.
Dangerous Friend: The preparation for vajra commitment would have a great deal to do with gaining an understanding of its principle and function and taking responsibility for oneself as a person who is able to make promises and keep them.
- Yes -- to take Diksha and then to walk away is a grave error. The path requires Dedication, Integrity and Honesty ... When you enter into a commitment then one Should by All means follow through...
Dangerous Friend: What should be most striking to the authentic Vajrayana student is that, out of all the teachers of all times, it is this particular teacher who has manifested in the student's life right now. This is the teacher whom the student has had the karmic fortune to meet. This is the ground for the vajra commitment.
- There are opportunities that come -- it is up to the Sadhaka to Understand and to Cherish and keep Sacred this bond --- as this opportunity is not to be found but rarely....
Dangerous Friend: Our commitment closes off doors to the past; it calls into question every kind of non-Buddhist refuge and serves to sever one's commitment to other conceptual allegiances, whether religious, philosophical, psychological or politicaL. The point is, that in taking refuge, we are saying that from now on this will be our context, this will be the overarching paradigm, the pattern that contains all patterns. The heart of the vajra commitment is simply being prepared to do anything.
- The Primary life focus should be the path in order to enter Realization.. The primary goal of Tantric practice is to experience the relationship between form and emptiness as non-duality. The idea of form gets swallowed up and simply the Consciousness of Ground of Being remains...
Dangerous Friend: Devotion to the teacher is the core of all our practices. Without devotion there can be no vajra relationship, because vajra commitment requires letting go of one's rationale and entering into a relationship of complete reliance on the enlightened nature of the vajra master. What makes devotion possible is trusting oneself to keep one's vows, which in turn makes one a dependable focus for others. Authentic devotion is empowering because it frees us from confusion and doubt. Devotion arises from trust...trust at a very deep level. Trust in the lineage of the guru, trust in the commitment, dedication and realization of the guru. Trust in the guru's desire for the disciple's realization.
- This is why you cannot come in clinging to a past Guru in devotion while not fully Surrendering here and expect that the practices are going to allow Grace to manifest.... When you come in and say i don't trust you but am willing to see what I'm going to get from the practices then the mego is effectively closing the door to receive anything... You cannot keep allegiance elsewhere in devotion and then want to come and Test this Guru with your mego to see if it's going to get something or not.. When there is not Faith and Trust in Surrender then YOU and You alone have closed the door fully on Grace... You can't Cheat Guru's Grace.
Dangerous Friend: Devotion to the guru and the lineage is the high-octane fuel in the engine of practice. - This is True..
Dangerous Friend: The end of the path is reached solely through devotion.
- This and Surrender --- Devotion to the Practices .. Devotion to the Path --- Devotion to Vajra Master
Dangerous Friend: The student must maintain 'pure vision' - viewing the vajra master as continuously acting for the benefit of beings, and regarding all of his or her behavior as manifestations of unceasing enlightened activity.
- Indeed --- this is needed...
Dangerous Friend: In Vajrayana, the emphasis is on an inner commitment, not an outer one: one uses one's awareness of the teacher from moment to moment. Seeing the teacher continuously as a buddha. Seeing everyone, including oneself as a buddha
- Eyes must remain on Truth ...
Dangerous Friend: Vajrayana practice is the Middle Way. It refuses both the spiritual suicide of "rational control" on one hand or "mindless surrender" on the other. The Vajrayana practitioner must stand on shifting ground - we have ceased to be the person we once were, but we have not yet become the person we aspire to be.
- One Surrenders into the Practices --- the Sadhaka remains on shifting ground as every time the ego get's comfy Guru is there to pull out the rug... Ego that gets comfortable isn't being swept away it's rather being supported...
Dangerous Friend: Once we perceive the small space of our habitual mind, we begin to long for the open vastness we have glimpsed in the eyes of the teacher. We begin to understand that in giving up the dubious freedom of following our dualistic rationale, we are in fact losing nothing and gaining the possibility of everything.
- This is True...
Dangerous Friend: As for the vajra master, there is nothing more significant that one human being can do for another.
- Guru gives what may be given... to aide humanity to come out of suffering and to climb down from the karmic wheel....
In this ashram seekers come and seek Wisdom and ask questions and have the opportunity to get answers from Guru Swami G. The prime focus here is This Path, the Practices, and Guidance from Guru Swami G that breaks through the ego (conditioned mind), not support ego. One needs to be strong and stable for this to occur.
This is NOT THERAPY and is NOT A SUPPORT GROUP. If one is looking for psychological help, a cure for physical or psychological problems or a support group actvity, this is not the place and one will be asked to leave and encouraged to seek the appropriate psychological and/or physical help to create and maintain stability in their lives.
For those seeking to find out more about this path, the procedure is to first join the Chat Group: Asking_the_Sadhakas_of_Swami-G . It is here that you are able to interact with the students and sadhakas of Guru G and ask them about Swami-G and the path that is offered here. This is an opportunity for new joins that are not firmly ready for this path and still are doing practices elsewhere to find out what is offered here. Part of walking this path is being open - the questions you have may be of value to others - so all emails are subject to being posted as a way of helping other.
During that time I promised that whatever knowledge I gleaned would be shared most openly. So here we go on the great kundalini adventure from hell to heaven and the path through consciousness. - Guru Swami G
The Guru is the ship that ferries one across the waters ---- but in order for this to take place the sadhakas have to actually get on the ship. There is so much misunderstanding in place by people coming into this Online Ashram.
Guru is the ship and practices are the oars --- but it takes the Sadhaka to follow the map and directions of pointings and to use the oars of the pratices to move forward. One can sit in the ship and go nowhere when you are expecting the ship to have automatic oar rowing, or if you only use one oar all that will happen is the Sadhaka will go in circles.
If Gurus could hand Realization to Sadhakas like an object then anyone that has ever gone to a Guru would be Enlightened.... but that is not the case.... Realization and Enlightenment have been a very rare happening --- but here things are breaking apart and there has and continues to be unlike anything in history to date.... Sage after Sage is coming into the world --- and more are ready to explode onto the scene. This is an exciting event in history.
If a Guru in past history had only one or two that entered Realization then their life mission was a success and a Blessing to humanity... So HOW in the world can people get the idea that any Guru is responsible for your progress or that Realization may be assured to any? Realization happens by GRACE.
ON Resistance --- in working with Energy a resistance in the wire and Heat Builds --- So when there is heavy resistance a heating up takes place heating of the emotions or energies felt in the form....
Energy travels the path of least resistance... So you want to move forward then Surrender and Understand that what is being given in the way of Practices When done From the Heart in All Love and Respect moves one forward Rapidly....
To build up resistance to the Guru and to the pointings only serves to Heat up the situation and block the flow of energy.... Got It ? This blocks the Grace that could be coming through....
If one does the practices grudgingly and not from within a Heart of Loving Acceptance of knowing that Grace is in motion – then simply you are by your own hand bringing **stagnation*** and stopping the flow of Grace which could be in place....
Guru is linking into the energy system and consciousness to allow it an opportunity to come more into sync with the Gurus Stillness andAwareness... When a Sadhaka has a resistance to this then NO GURU will overpower any Sadhaka as the Sadhaka's free will of keeping ego alive will effectively keep a barrier in place that the Guru will not cross....
There are some who may do the practices fully with as open of a heart as possible but they may have another lifetime to go to break down all the conditionings of mind. In these cases they will pick up where they left off and continue forward to Realization in the next life. Many times it is much easier to get a very simplistic uneducated man to Realization than it is to get a scholar there --- Why?
Because the simple man may be more accepting of what is given openly than the highly educated man that is a sceptic or comes in with much book learning that has to all be stripped bare before moving forward...
It is easier to Surrender when one KNOWS they know nothing versus when they think they know more than what they do... Like the saying goes a little knowledge is a dangerous thing..... Come in Humility and be like a sponge that is overjoyed at gaining the water which will change it's dry barren state into that of being pregnant and full of the living waters of Life....
A Sadhaka is responsible for their life --- a Guru is in place to aide you in moving forward in a beneficial way....
What a Guru cannot do is to live your life for you... You make your choices and you must live with the outcomes of your actions... Every choice you make opens doors and closes doors... Every action brings a set of potential happenings and all of this remains in the harmony or within disharmony in the transient world...
Guru's and Sages offer the best that may be given ---
The Pearl of Great Price Whether it is opened up to or fought against (by keeping in ego first) is up to the seeker....