Song to the Ishvara

OM! Oh lord of all, to which all things are the effect. The ruler of all that is, has been and will ever be. The keeper of the steady thought and sustainer of all. To which the sun bows, to which the moon bows. To which the stars sing praises. To which the clouds carry, from which the rains fall. Blessed above all. Keeper of the steady thought. To that I sing praises. To that I feel bliss. Oh Lord to which the breath of life is granted. Out of which all winds blow. The keeper of light. The dweller of darkness. To the one who knows no direction. To the one who from which comes all direction. May you be known in all those directions. Out of which came from you! May ignorance be taken from the eyes of the world. May the light of your steady thought illuminate the hearts of this world. In your steady thought, grant us the path to illumination. Grant us access to your chambers. If our hearts and thoughts are right. If not, pull us in your direction.

OM! Slowly, slowly we make progress toward union with you. Slowly, slowly we come to know you. Guide us in the right path. Show us the answers to our questions. remove the stumbling blocks from our path. Remove our hands from our eyes. Let us know your infinite glory.

OM! Let us speak your divine name. May it be imprinted upon our minds. May it be imprinted upon our hearts! Let fear not overcome us. Let us not know any other path. Let us see the truth among the lies. Grant us the vision to see things as they really are. Reality hides within you and only you. Make our days moderately bright. Our nights moderately dark. Illuminate the inside and the outside in equal measure. Let us not be hot or cold. But let us dwell always in you. Oh holder of the steady thought. Allow us to shine your light into this world. Let us follow your example always. Do not allow us to fall victim to the false. Let us forever know out place in the light of truth. Let us not know too much this way or that way. But let us find balance and harmony. Within and without all things, let us find your balance and harmony. To the one who dwells in all things I sent my praises. Let me keep a constant and steady watch to you. May my mind not falter. May my body be strong. May my eyes and heart know you. May my mouths and my heart know you. May my smell and hearing know you in my heart. May I return to you. To your everlasting abode. Let me know my place among men. Let me know myself as I am. I am not this, I am all things. I am not this world, I am all worlds. I am not this body, I am all bodies. I am not this life. I am certainly all lives. Praise be to that!

Holding yourself back

Today’s card: Eight of Swords

For the chariot card, I mentioned that the energy was all about not being afraid to move forward, well this card is all about confronting that fear. The first thing that comes to mind is a quote by the Butthole Surfers: “It is better to regret something you did, than something you didn’t do.” Basically, if you think of things the right way, it is always better to take action and move while you are learning and progressing, rather than standing in one place and retarding your growth. Movement through life is key, otherwise you are wasting your here on this earth.

In the past I have been guilty many times of not moving; I was scared to put myself out there. I always thought of it through the analogy of floating down a river:

I am going down the river in a raft and I can hear around the river bend what sounds like a waterfall. I am afraid to go any farther, and out of fear I grab onto a branch on the side of the river and hold on. The current is moving fast and it takes a lot of effort to hold on and not get swept away by the current. Other people are floating by, and some of them I yell out to, warning them of the danger of going down the river. There are some who are also scared and they join me in holding onto a branch or whatever they can get a hold of on the side of the river. I am able to hold on for a very ling time, but eventually I start to grow tired so I have to let go. After I do, the river takes me around the dreaded bend and I come to find out there was no waterfall but simply a small rapids that I easily navigate. Farther down the river I discover that the water and surrounding landscape is calm and serene. There was more to fear about just sitting there, more danger holding on then there was in just letting go.

It does not seem like it when you are holding on, but it is harder to hold on and resist the current, to stay in one place, than it is to just face the fear and go with the flow. When you get stuck in once place, whether it is voluntary or by circumstances seemingly beyond your control, it can make you feel overwhelmed and unsure about yourself and your abilities. This, in turn will affect everything that you do. It makes everything feel like a chore, a burden to escape from. This is because all of your energy is being spent just trying to hold on. Once you let go, there is no need to feel that way anymore because all of your energy becomes available to you once again. The burden of holding on and fighting the current lifts from you and you are able to act without feeling like there is something constantly holding you back.

Events start to unfold and present opportunities to you. Using the power of discernment we are able to figure out the right path down the river. You are able to do the work to navigate the river of life without the burden of holding yourself back. Once you are moving all things become possible for you. There are many ways to hold on: Drugs, drinking, dead end jobs, through supposed friends, lovers who are not right but to which you cling. There are many ways to hold on, but the catalyst for all inaction is always the same: FEAR. Put the fear away and stop holding yourself back! Quickly you will discover that the river current is your friend and not an enemy.

Concentration

Here we are again with the beloved chariot! Out of all the card, I think that The Chariot is the most expressive of this year so far. For me, it has been all about control and balance. About not getting caught up in moments and about movement through the power of will.

Will-power is the force created by conquering the impulse of desire. As with all things that can be conquered, this too will put up a fight. Any time you push against something, it’s natural tendency is to push back. But the more force you are able to apply through will power and determination, the more you are able to control and the more you are able to move.

The Chariot represents the conglomeration of all the forces that are available to us, brought under control and used as one would use an instrument to play music. The stronger and more powerful the rider of the chariot, the stronger the chariot itself. The weaker the rider, the more dangerous the chariot. Keeping control of the body, the mind, and the resulting sensory world is the key to successfully navigating this life. This control is achieved through the practice of intense concentration.

This intense concentration is known as meditation, similar to the word mediation. The power that comes from this meditation is the tool that builds the chariot and that is discrimination. Discrimination is the ability to tell the right from the wrong. This produced duality apparent, and is not the reality but simply a tool for correct action to be done. Correct action (dharma) is the reason the world exists. Nothing more. For reality is one, but appears to be dial in order, or as a result of, motion. “In order” is dharma, “as a result of” is karma.

Through the realization of one the other vanishes. Eventually they both disappear. The chariot of our bodies is the action temple. Tools created over millions of years on this planet in order that intelligence and consciousness can peek into this world. That is a great secret. We are ll the bodies of the lord manifesting through our instruments the music of bliss. Everything else is an illusion.

By intense concentration this all came into being. Remember? For you are the concentrator of all of this! Know this and gain control over your creation. Bring light, love and happiness into this world. May we all come closer to the realization of the ultimate truth… That all is one and we are all the same One viewed from different angles. Do not forget this. Keep my mind steady on this, and everything will flow as it is supposed to. Bliss.

The Journey

For today’s card I received the ‘Eight of Cups’. At first I don’t know what to make of this card. I have been getting it often so there has to be some sort of deeper meaning than the negative sounding words of “material gain abandoned”. Overall this seems to be a card of moving on.

Even if you have worked for a lot and have gained much, there comes a time when you must let it all go and just move on. This card can represent both external and internal change, but I see it’s message personally as pointing more toward the internal.

The night before last, I had a dream that I was fighting with myself (yes, physically in a fight with myself!) over something that had to do with my old job which was a dead-end job in an office where I was not happy. In the dream I was able to overcome myself and gain the upper-hand, but when I woke up I knew that this was some sort of sign that I needed to move on past this ‘old’ life and into my new one. This dream reflected an internal struggle that I was having on a sub-conscious level; between the old self and the new self that I was trying to become.

It is not easy to move forward sometimes, even if you really want to because your body and more importantly, your mind, will still be ‘stuck’ so to speak in the old patterns that your sub-conscious is still acting out. The journey is especially hard to obtain when it’s value is high or when the searching and direction being sought is of a spiritual nature. Just imagine how hard it is to abandon something physical that you have worked hard on, not think about how this is done on a massive, all encompassing scale when you proceed on a spiritual quest. Getting this card at a point in life when I am trying to move forward and beyond the old is actually a good sign.

I see this card as being a voluntary version of the forced energy of change found in ‘The Tower’. With the tower, material things are taken away from you in a cataclysm, whereas with the eight of cups, the energy is solemn but the ‘loss’ is voluntary. Nothing is forcing this man to leave his work behind. This is a more powerful card spiritually because it shows a willingness to accept material losses in order to continue on a spiritual journey. There is a recognition here that the material has little value when it is compared with the value of the spiritual. When the mind concerns itself with spiritual matters, the material world melts away and one sees that there was nothing there of value to begin with. The material value is just an illusion.

This card also shows that this is just the beginning of the journey. Often, it is easy for me to get caught up in the day to day dealings and to imagine to myself that I am progressing faster than I really am, and that I have gone farther than I really have. This card is much like ‘The Fool’ in this case, just starting to commence the journey whereas a card like ‘The World’ or a number 10 card would show the nearing towards, or the straight completion of a journey.

It is important to keep in mind that I am not taking any shortcuts because in the end they will get you nowhere. The journey I am on is a long one and I am merely at the mercy of the goal of the universe. Nothing more nothing less. I am not a part of the whole, but the whole itself. All things shall be love to me, but it will take time to get to the truth, to gain wisdom out of knowledge. The last thing to remind myself is not to give up hope. Do not abandon your progress in spiritual matters, but leave behind all of the material boons. Do not lose hope for in time all goals are certain to be reached!

The Star

Today’s card is The Star – A very powerful and important card that shows hope for the future and gives inspiration for the present. This time in my life is full of this awaiting future expansion and blessings but it is also a time of fear for me because the future is not certain.

There are many people in this world who put security at the top most desire but those people never get to see their true self because of their fear of the unknown. For me, it is always important to not become complacent and to keep moving. Over the years, working at the office I was working at provided me with a secure income and allowed me to become lazy. I was stagnant for many of those years and I wasted a lot of time sitting still, when I could have been moving forward with my life. No one/nothing is to blame for this but me, myself and I.

Now days, I have become less afraid of taking leaps into the unknown, but I am still, from time to time, afraid to move forward. The unknown is just such a monster if you let it become that. The longer you wait, the more menacing the fear becomes. But that monster can be eliminated in an instance if you want it to for it is nothing but yourself. Only you can hold yourself back.

The Star is a card that shows one foot in the world and the other foot in another. That is because this card shows the method of great blessings being given to this world, the practical, shown by the foot on the earth. It also represents inspiration, the source of which comes from the sub-conscious mind shown by the foot in the water.

The blessings are being poured into both worlds, but often we can only see one or the other at one time. This card shows us both simultaneously and also explains through its imagery the interaction between these two worlds when things are harmonious.

A good illustration of the parallels between these two worlds is shown in the stars themselves. When it is day time, everything is bright and illuminated but the stars are not able to be seen. On the other hand when darkness falls, the world appears dark and scary; monsters come out during the night time. Even though the world becomes a scary place, when you look up you see the stars are shining (along with the moon). So this shows a parallel in that when we look inside, things may be dark and scary, but only by looking within can we connect with the universal, whereas when we look to the outside world, it may be comforting, but by doing so we loose part of our connection to the whole.

The star card shows us that the blessings flow into both worlds, the inside world and the external world. This flow comes not from either of these worlds but from a third place; the true self. The Atman is this true self, the perceiver of both worlds. This is the pure, universal intelligence that is above all things.

Freedom

Ace of Swords! Getting this card for today tells me that I am moving forward on my path, physically as well as mentally and spiritually through the actions I perform in this world. Actually it is not just this card, but many other things in my life that are happening right now that lead me to this conclusion. The Ace of Swords (Ace of Spades!, Ace of Spades! – See _Motorhead_) is merely a sign that I am on the right track and I appreciate the message.

There is a little bit of a catch twenty-two in that action binds you to this world, but at the same time action – the same action that binds effect to cause, can also be used to separate the cause from the effect. In-fact, this action is required for this separation to occur! This may seem strange, but it actually makes sense if you are looking at things from a truthful and ultimate perspective.

There is one action that leads to total freedom from all other action, namely the act of liberation. That is a great secrete of this world: this is the chance to re-unite with the Almighty One. As a human on this planet, nothing else is able to do this except for us in this life. That is why this world is so important; it is the only chance to be re-united with the Creator.

All of the plants and the animals. All of the trees and the rocks. All of the laws of physics, the shining of the Sun, the reflection of the Moon. All of the stars in the sky, all of the people on this planet. All of the things that exist are all here to support and flow through and towards this single and ultimate goal. To realize union with the divine.

This union happens very rarely, or so it seems. But it is sure to happen to every single person on this planet, both past, present, future and beyond. This is very sure to me and it is a fact that eventually, although actually just a blink of an eye, everything will be re-united with the Almighty One. This is sure because, in reality, we are already united with it. We are the Creator. For there is nothing but the Creator. The very idea that we are separate from it is a mere hallucination.

This hallucination is caused by ignorance of the truth. The ignorance from the truth is what distances us from this realization and from it comes all we see on this planet. Everything we experience in our lives, good or bad comes from this ignorance. The Hindus call this ignorance ‘Maya’, the great magic trick. We are all born into this world through Maya and we are removed from this world through wisdom. By learning to control ourselves, we learn to control the Maya, and eventually we escape the illusion and discover the truth.

Everything is already known to us, we have merely hidden it from ourselves. We must put in the WORK to un-cover that which we have covered. What a glorious world this is when we discover the truth. When we discover that there is no right or wrong, no good or evil, because we see that those things are relative to each other and rely on each other. There is a great bliss that comes from true and utter freedom. There is a great peace that arrives when we understand our true position in this world. Go out and do action not for yourself, not for this world, but for God alone do everything!

Moderation

Last night my wife and I went out to eat at the local sushi place we usually frequent. We have not been there for a while and I think they where pissed off at us for not being there. The last time I went there I think I told them that we had been going to another sushi place which looking back seems like not a great idea. The food was great and Shannon and I didn’t each too much. I have been starting to get carbohydrates back into my diet and yesterday I decided to just start eating bread without worrying about it.

Yesterday, during our walk we where really hungry. We walked kinda late and had not eaten anything up to that point. On the way back we saw the scone shop that is open down the street from our house and decided to check it out. It looked good and smelled even better when we went inside. They server Temple coffee and that’s usually pretty good so I ordered a cup. We also broke down and bought a couple “hand-pies” for lunch and also a maple and bacon scone. After not having bread for a long time (months) it was nice to have a little and it tasted great.

So we had the scone for dessert after the sushi dinner and I enjoyed it very much. After not having any sweets for a very time you discover two things; how much you like sweets and how dangerous they can be. I must have ate the scone too fast because, for the first time in a long time I got heartburn.

I’m really not going to worry about the carbs any longer. I think that it is important to have them in moderation (like not having too many beers) but not to ‘force’ them out of your life. I do, however feel that because of the massive amount of advertising and the basic ‘forcing’ upon us of carb rich foods as well as the fact that carbohydrates can become addicting to many people; that I should still be very weary about eating too many and having it effect my life.

I know that if I can eat the sweets and cakes in moderation, then I will have truly mastered the urge and the desire. Just removing it from your life is not enough, it is there to test you. If you never take the test then you never have a chance to pass. The right way is to neither indulge or abstain completely but to control and moderate the intake to best suit you. That is where the real strength comes in.

Even though I know moderation is the right way, it still takes steps to reach the goal. Removing carbs and going into full keto for many months was the first test. The practice of absence helped me to recognize the amount of influence it had on my life. It is hard to realize fully just how much what you eat effects your mood and personality. With the amount of carbohydrates people take in in this country it is no wonder why there is such a prevalence of anxiety and depression. Instead of subscribing patience anti-depression medicines right off the bat, doctors should be asking their patience what they have been eating. I guarantee that in many cases a simple change of the diet would be just as effective and would cost the patient much less in the long run. Instead, the pharmacies and drug companies make so much money and enslave the people onto horrible drugs!

If we can just maintain self-control then we will never need to be controlled by others. The only way to really be free is to find the freedom in yourself. Unfortunately for some, this requires work and dedication and they are unable to accomplish this task. The ones who cannot control themselves cause the effect of the creation of systems of control that do the work for them but also reap the reward of the work. This is the mythology of the vampire. There is no real blood involved. Blood is a metaphor for energy, life, work. It is all a story of cause and effect.

Mythologies

It is amazing to me the similarities that I have seen between different religions. These similarities also span over the course of 5,000 years. For me, there is no way that there was not some connection between these groups of people who possessed and created these religious myths and stories over the centuries.

Today, for my tarot card, I pulled The Tower. As I was meditation on the meaning of the card the story of the tower of Babel came to mind. This is a common connection to make when using the Ryder Waite deck because of the actual image of a tower on the card and, of course, the name. On earlier sets, the number 14 card shows a tree being hit by lightning. That seems to make more sense to me based on the true meaning of the card and I can understand where the connection would come from as seeing lightening was, and still is, a very memorable and frightening occurrence that most all humans have had.

In connection with the tower of Babel story, I started to think about the fact that there are so many of these myths from all different cultures but many of them have the same topics, the same mythology only written with different symbols. Although, to the ordinary interpretation the stories may seem vastly different the reality is that the stories are so similar that it cannot be coincidental.

What occurred to me was that the tower of Babel myth was attempting to explain the ‘scattering’ of the peoples across the earth and the resulting language difference that resulted. Language is just like myth in that it clothes thoughts and ideas using symbolism in order to facilitate the communication of that idea. So, according to this interpretation, the languages or ‘tongues’ mentioned in the story could be construed as the myths and stories themselves. That would turn the tower of Babel story into one that describes the movement of symbols throughout the myths. With one untied mythology, man was too powerful and, so to speak: “knew too much”. So it was made apparent to the people that they where all saying different things, even though they where actually saying the same thing. This is a form of Maya used to make this happen. The people became ignorant of what the other was saying and saw difference where there was none.

As a side note, this manifestation of apparent difference, illusion, Maya is the exact thing that the government is using in this age to control the masses. All of this naming of groups creates definitive and definable positions which can be used to produce action among the population. One should always be on the lookout for this trickery. I wrote a little about this in yesterdays post.

Now what all of this says about the actual tarot for my day, I have a feeling there is little of use here. But as far as thinking broadly, it really makes for some interesting meditation. Today I was also reading some stories out of the Bhagavata Purana and there where so many stories and myths that I can see paralleled in other religions. Especially Christianity, which is the religion of my parents and of which I was raised. All in all Christianity is a wonderful religion; it is the religion of love and peace on this earth and for that it is one of the most noble. However, in my day to day run in’s with people, I have found it to be a religion mostly hijacked by personal interests and social moires. It has also been highly used in the political sphere which makes the surface appear tarnished to me. There are many people that are pure God lovers and righteous people and Jesus is a very important prophet of God.

No matter what you believe. No matter what religion you serve. Even if you support no religions whatsoever. May we all keep in mind that the differences are only apparent and if you want to see the truth look within yourself. You will find that all the things that you think are external are actually internal, you will also discover that there is no difference. Everything is united and the same, it is only through the trick of Maya, the ignorance that we have placed upon ourselves and have the power to remove, that makes us think that we are different. Do not fall for the trick, know that love is the only thing that exists because we are all in divine union all the time. All we have to do is realize it.

The Golden Rule

This morning I was feeling a little scatter brained. I think it started when, first thing when I woke up, I got on Google news from my phone. I don’t know why I did it, I just thought that maybe there was something interesting that had happened last night or something that I would find if I browsed the headlines. Of course the only thing anyone can talk about is Trump and his policies. The man has been in office for less than two weeks and he is already getting more attention then the Republicans ever gave to Obama. So this is what started my day off, and it really put me in a little bit of a ‘bad’ mood.

I don’t know if you could call it a bad mood per say. Maybe more of a; got my mind running and thinking about this topic. When I was younger, I used to get wrapped up in politics and would make a lot out of the races and elections. I thought it was a good idea to ponder the policies and argue the topics. But as I grew older I started to see that it is all a ruse, a trick. All of this doesn’t matter, it is all just there to control people and ‘make’ them do things.

Some of this control comes from the top; from the federal or (to a much lesser extent) the state government. There is a lot that comes from big corporations which have interests. No one in their right mind should be thinking that these entities are not acting in their own best interest. There are people however, who fall for this propaganda and will act in accordance with the masses. The thought of the masses prevail in this trickery. And because they are reacting to something that they were told, they are acting in the best interest of the entity who told them such and such thing was right or wrong. The masses think that they are acting in their own interest, but they are being manipulated into acting in the interest of the larger entity when the case suits the entities for the masses to act.

This whole thing is very apparent to me and it is hard for me to imagine now, falling for this type of trick. However, I do think back to when I was young, and there are A LOT of young people who are protesting and ‘re-acting’ to these new stories and policies, and I think about how I fell for the same exact thing myself and thought nothing of it. There is really something to be said about experience and discernment that shows they are very powerful but also illusive things to obtain. It is all about the perspective that you hold which gives you a view of what you think it reality. All in all it is just the perspective and not the objective truth because there really is no such thing as the objective truth. So the things that you are often fighting for or against are not really real at all. Herein is the secret of perception.

My morning was drenched in the thought of all this from the moment I set my eyes on the burden of the news headlines. “Protesters at JFK Airport” – All these news headlines, stories and pictures that are there to grab your attention and make you have a reaction. It is like the little child making fun of the other child because he or she wants to get a reaction out of the kid. It is the same thing with the news and with politics and all of those temporal things. On the schoolyard, if you don’t give the bully a reaction then the bully becomes board with you (or even afraid of you; why is this person so different from the rest?) and will end up moving to the next victim and leave you in peace. This is the right way to respond to all of this, no response.

I have no view on this topic one way or another and for good reason; you only think that you know about the topic but that knowledge is not real, it comes from someone else telling you that such and such is true. How many of the people marching in the streets so quickly have even read the law. None! They have been told that this is bad from an early age and they are defending their beliefs. But the beliefs are not really theirs! They are a set of thoughts that have been planted in their heads. Ask yourself this: Why, if I support gay rights, am I considered ‘left’ on the political spectrum? There is really no such thing as left and right. The reality is that everyone had a unique view and it will never fall completely right or completely left. That is ridiculous. The whole idea of left and right is ridiculous. They are thoughts that have been put into your heads by the government so they can control the masses easier.

The real trick here, the ultimate mission is the government making you certain that if it was not for them, bad things would happen. The goal is to make you think that you ‘need’ the government. Once they have you locked in, they will control you and use you for their own ends. At any time of their choosing, they can activate the right or the left by sending out certain decrees or signing certain policies. But all of this action is not true action, it is a reaction to the activation of the masses. If everyone got along with each other, they might start to figure out that the government is just a burden and suppose it is not needed. No, the only logical thing is to acknowledge that the government has its own priorities first. They make bad things happen and then want more money to fix the bad things. That money goes into more self interest. It is always the case.

My view, my perspective is that we do not need government at all. At any level because of this self interest that is evident. The only person who can, in reality, control you is yourself. Everything else is a trick. Once you realize that you are your own master, that is the only time that you can love others as you love yourself. Do unto others as you would have done to you… The golden rule.

The Universal Mother

It is written that the greatest form that the almighty Brahman can take in your mind is that of the Great Mother. If you have the love for the lord equal to that of your ideal mother, than you will have the greatest relationship that one can have with the Lord in the dualistic view.

Vivekananda says: “The Shaktas worship the Universal Energy as Mother; it is the sweetest name they know. The mother is the highest ideal of womanhood in India. When God is worshiped as Mother, the Hindus call such worship the “right-hand” way; and it leads to spirituality but never to material prosperity.”

The above quote is remarkable in that it shines light on some very important aspects of God worship. In our minds there are and have always been a mother and a father. In most cases, the father is representational of the harsh and punishing aspect while the mother is the archetype of the loving and giving aspect. By worshiping the universal cause as the ideal Mother, we are moving towards the path of love and connection such as we have with our maternal mother from the viewpoint of a child. This is a great and powerful love, the most powerful of all the loves that are out there (save maybe the creative love force that produces life).

Shinning that love to the universal Mother we are able to view the personal God as a great loving entity. In this way we are entitled, as a child is, to the love of his mother and she will give forth such a love to her child that is unconditional if it is her own. This is the greatest relationship that one can have with the universal from a dualistic standpoint because this is the greatest love that exists in the material world. The love that a mother has for her children has been witnessed to be so mighty that she will give her life. There is nothing that a mother would not do to protect and care for her children and that is a wonderful thing in this world.

The father is the provider. He is all about business and providing for the family and, in his archetypal form, gives to his family through the providing of material security and wealth. To worship God in the fathers form is to bring about those blessings of material wealth, but it also is dealing with fire in that the father is not a loving entity as is the mother. The secret here is that the fathers only real purpose is to create conditions that are acceptable and hospitable to the mother so the mother may incubate life and shine love upon the resulting child.

To worship the universal energy as Mother is truly the greatest form in which we can worship God in form. Let us all try to be as children to God, showing love and appreciation and expecting nothing in return. In that state you can be sure that the Divine Mother will pour great spiritual blessings upon you and this world such as a mother on earth pours love unto her beloved child.