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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Centering in Spirit

According to the late and great Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh, India, the following chart above exemplifies the human experience and even the experience of other creatures and beings. For the most part, living beings identify themselves at the material level and all concepts of self revolve around material possessions and material powers and skills. However, Swami Sivananda says that there are three universes in which human beings live - the physical universe, the astral universe and the causal universe. The physical universe is what we can physically touch, like a rock or a tree or a car or a table. The astral universe is that of emotions. These too are temporal. Also, the causal universe is the universe of pure ideas. So, as you think, you are navigating the Causal Universe. However, says Swami Sivananda, the living being (e.g. the human being) is actually beyond all three of these universes - the human being is actually Spirit with three layers or coverings that must be shed. When you peel an orange, beneath the rough outer skin is the orange itself. Beneath the physical, astral, and causal bodies of the human being is the true self. This is what Sivananda calls Atman, or Individual Spirit. To understand this, you must meditate. The easiest meditation technique is called OM. This sound actually comes from three letters - "AUM" - each letter representing a universe. So, as you move from A to U to M in sound, you are actually taking a journey inward to your true self. You are letting go of your body, your emotions, and even your mind. You are experiencing being itself. This is the timeless and eternal aspect of life - pure being - attained by meditating on OM. On the flip side, one can also attain the experience of the true self through love and selfless giving. By caring about others unconditionally, one can also transcend material, emotional, and mental attachment. OM is the direct path to self-realization, enlightenment, freedom, and all that is experienced in True Being. The concept of True and Timeless Being is called God in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Deism. The concept of True and Timeless Being is called Moksha among Yogis and Meditation Masters. The concept of True and Timeless Being is called Nirvana among Jains and Buddhists. OM and Amen. Namaste. 

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