Dear readers, this post on expanding our consciousness is an extension of the last series of three posts on Super Consciousness. Apart from raising our levels, we must also try to expand our consciousness to wider horizons. If you recall, so far we have discussed the progression of a soul from throat chakra, vishuddha chakra to the crown chakra, the center of Super Consciousness, our Atma. Now we are going to discuss broadly the remaining chakras, our energy centres thus completing the whole cycle of ascent of a Soul..
On the night of 22nd Jan, I was endowed with a life altering experience during meditation. The meditation was dynamic, elucidating and it increased my awareness and widened my consciousness to a large extent. Prior to this unexpected experience, I was desperate and was trying to sleep on time so that I could be energized in the morning and make a sketch of my next post. So I quickly sat down to meditate in my room thus bringing an end to my normal day. As I was even preparing, I saw that I was overflowing with abundant love and peace and was unable to contain myself. As I was soaked in peace and complete relaxation of mind and body, I could hardly keep my eyes open by then. I saw myself covered by a blanket of godly love on a pleasant and chilly night. Impatient to connect to my inner source, I immediately began my meditation by saying a prayer. The power of love and peace in me was so urgent that no time was lost and I began to connect and then…..
Sublime thoughts and feelings were coming in my mind and I saw myself praying for the salvation and upliftment of those souls who have faith in God and have a desire to evolve themselves. I prayed to God that His children who are making an effort sincerely should be blessed with triumph and success. I requested God to give them His love and peace and that they too realize Him and become free from all shackles of bondage. May his children also do tapasya, penance and search out and see God in the form they desire since God appears in any form depending on the kind of devotion and faith placed in him. I became somber at this point when a spontaneous request flowed from my heart in that hour of devotion, “God, please give them what you have given me; dear God please bless them with your Divine Presence in their hearts.”
With peace falling gently all over me and touching every pore of my being, I retired in bed longing for a quick transition from the state of wakefulness to restful peace in the form of sleep. I was certain that sleep will not evade me tonight and I shall wake up at the crack of the day when the first bird greets me near my window. As soon as I closed my eyes to sleep, almost instantly my body became very loose and I disconnected with the chord that attaches the soul with the physical body. I reached a different plane instead. I happened to see a galore of white Light in full beam before my closed eyes. It was milky white in colour and it felt so light then, so very pure in its divine presence. I was enclosed and fully covered by this white Light and was absolutely dazzled by its brightness and luminosity. Prior to this time, I had not seen such a bright dazzling Light during meditation or otherwise too. I was seeing only this white Light present around me and nothing else for a few fleeting moments. And then the sight of Light quickly vanished when it was replaced into divine visions.
The vision that I had was this…
Before my inner eye, I saw myself walking upward on a path with Param Pujya, His Holiness Mahavatar Babaji. We were marching ahead with very quick steps. I was not holding his hand as we stood there. It felt as though now I was like a child who in enthusiasm and sheer joy wishes to walk all by himself. I saw Babaji keeping an eye over me standing in a corner while I took strides and was almost running up with great anticipation. Later, Babaji began to walk ahead of me and I was trying to walk up fast to keep pace with him. On our way, there was a cluster of white clouds, but we walked past them. We did not stop and were walking upwards until we reached the regions of ether and space in the celestial skies. I observed that there were no gross particles around us, therefore the movements were rapid. Everything was so light, very, very light. We both were as if flying in the upper space till we reached the skies and my thoughts were crystal clear during this time. We reached the uppermost levels of the sky very quickly. And all that I am describing here was awesome and truly incredible!
The place that we reached now was filled with bright golden Light. The tremendous rays were looking exactly like the rays of the Sun but were golden in colour, they were brilliant. They were present in every space possible and were immensely dazzling. A few of these golden rays started falling over my face and then entered my eyes, in the corners, below the eyelids, around the eye ball and behind the eyeballs.…. I saw them reaching in the right eye and I felt the warm sensation and tingling. They were tender and very soothing. Somehow the brightness of the Light was so glaring that I contracted and squished my eyes since I had never seen so much Light before, and that of this intensity and luminosity. I turned to Babaji who was standing on my left side and told him, “Even if I burn off or die here, I will not go down again. I will never ever again go on the Earth and I will stay here forever.” As I was speaking these words, I was simultaneously exerting all my force into my soles so that I could stand there firmly and not budge under the Light of many Suns!!
Babaji gave me an enigmatic smile. I reiterated that I will not go down now from this level. Even while I was saying this, like a spike plunging downwards, I went down but instantly bounced back with full force and stood firmly on my legs once again. I looked upto Babaji for his reaction and waited anxiously. We both stood there for a few fleeting moments in the same state when all of a sudden he notified me, “Na, na, we cannot stay here any longer. You are not permitted. You have only this much punyas, good karmas and you cannot stay here any longer.” So we quickly rushed down and as we came just a level below this celestial sky, we came to the sky of the deities, the sixth sky. The Light at this level was was not very intense and it was very pale blue in colour, almost white in colour. I saw a few rays of light scattering around in that place and it is here that I saw a huge black Shivlinga which aroused feelings of devotion in me. At this juncture, Babaji questioned me, “Do you remember this?” I answered in the negative. “You have seen it, try to recall,” he prompted. I tried my best but could not recall when I saw the black Shivlinga. As my memory did not respond therefore, Babaji stimulated my memory as he opened an utterly unknown page of my past. Now this was quite startling as well intriguing as things began to unfold one by one.
With great composure and serenity in his eyes, he began telling me, “When you were one and a half years old, one day when you were in your mother’s lap, you had the same vision of a black Shivlinga to which you made a heart filled prayer and pleaded, “God, may I never again sleep in the lap of ignorance”.
With Babaji’s limitless grace and boundless mercy, I could recall this incident quite vividly during the latter part of my meditation. I recollected that it was afternoon time and we were then living in a joint family and I was lying in my mother’s lap and she was putting me to sleep. Along with putting me to sleep, she was also talking to some members of the family after completing her morning chores. I could also recollect how noisy it was then and what I was hearing was complete cacophony to my ears. Instead of that, I wished to hear something nice and good words that could raise my consciousness. I felt much suffocated living in an environment that was so grim and dark. All along I was refraining and I resisted the waves of ignorance being bombarded at me in early childhood. That day I could see all this clearly when I regressed into my early childhood.
If a soul defends strongly even when he or she is very young in age and resists accepting the ignorance of people around him or her, then they overcome it by rejecting it mentally. Some souls who are in a dream state, they initially resist and after a few attempts give up because the ignorance of all the people around them is overwhelming and too powerful to combat. From here on, such souls begin to accept and absorb the darkness which is so prevalent in this world. In this way, the layers of darkness keep piling one after the other in our mind if we do not reject it out rightly.
Now for the sadhak, to remove the ignorance of many incarnations, first of all the earthly desires embedded in the muladhar chakra, the base chakra and swadhisthan chakra should be purified of past karmas. This area is the seat of earthly ties and survival instincts. The passage between the lowermost chakra the muladhar chakra uptil navel is the place of earthly attachments. Majority of people live below the navel in lower consciousness. By nature, the human being does not assess himself instead, he judges others harshly. But when he begins self assessment, he begins to rise and reaches the point of navel from the centres lying at the base. As mentioned in earlier posts, Manipur or solar plexus is the seat of aspiration, the seat of fire as well as power. If we move up gradually in our consciousness and reach this center, we begin to aspire and raise ourselves from lower consciousness to higher awareness.
The navel is the cross point, a bridge in the body. Once the Kundalini Shakti is awakened, glimpses of lost memory of divinity is awakened and a new journey starts from this point. Please refer article on Kundalini Shakti, where explanation about smriti and vismriti is given.
Heart Chakra or Anahat Chakra is the seat of love, forgiveness, compassion and mercy. As the seeker progresses and moves up, his heart chakra opens. First of all, he learns forgiveness. Refined feelings of love, gratitude, mercy, compassion develop thereafter. After forgiving all the people of this as well as other lives, pure love originates in the heart. Forgiveness comes only after we realize our own mistakes and the harm caused to others voluntarily or involuntarily. Empathy generates forgiveness. The sadhak now lives and operates from this level of consciousness if he keeps progressing by adopting various spiritual practices. Sadly, people mostly live on very basic level of existence and do not make efforts or strive hard to raise their consciousness from very gross to spiritual.
On the next day after the last post was published, I was taking some time off to rest and was going through the post mentally once more in order to absorb it. The last series of three posts on Super Consciousness have been a phenomenal effort because so much of energy and time has gone in its conception, conceptualization and arranging them in a definite order. It is sometimes difficult for me to say certain things or explain to others my spiritual experiences because words often fail me. Many a times, the inner experience is so wonderful that one would not like to dilute it by translating them in words.
Well, at that time I was also wondering do I have to tell so much about my experiences to others? Is it not enough? Why should I not write a post that is about other saints and great illumined souls instead? Why me?
(Gangotri temple in the Himalayas, the source of river Ganga, visited in 2009)
(The view opposite the temple, the other bank of river Ganga after it just starts to flow)
As I was brooding over this, I again fell in a trance that afternoon and got disconnected with the physical body. In the transcendental stage, I saw a thick forest and a big river was flowing in a zigzag manner with a gush and a roar. I reached the Himalayas and saw Gangotri and the white temple there and I also saw the thick foliage of evergreen trees on the nearby mountains. A voice began to talk to me telepathically, “I am Ganga, my sacred waters give life to millions. Many years ago, when I used to flow, there were such lovely, beautiful dense forests growing where ever I flowed on my path. Today, there are no forests and green jungles, but only concrete buildings. Uptil Haridwar, my water is still clean but after that it becomes despoiled. Do you know why? I replied, “No, I don’t know Ma.” She replied, “That’s because my water does not flow freely from there on, it becomes stagnant.”
I did namaskar to Ma Gange and tried to solve the riddle. Why did Ma Ganga tell me all this? What am I to do with this information. Am I not clean yet? These thoughts ran across my mind immediately. As I was struggling with myself…..
Just then I saw a small white temple which had a spacious room with white walls. Inside the room was a big white idol of Lord Vishnu holding the conch shell, shankh and a mace in one hand and in another sudarshan chakra wearing a garland of white lilies and a few red roses. There was a beam of white Light filtering in the temple from the left corner of a roof and the slanting light rays were falling on the idol of Lord Vishnu thus making the visual so sacred and wonderful. It gave me immense joy to see such a holy scene before my blessed eyes. This was the first time I had a darshan of Vishnu Bhagwan. I felt extremely fortunate because Vishnu Sahastranaam is my favourite tribute to Lord Krishna.
I tried to connect these two visions occurring one after the other quickly but could not gather anything. My curiosity was immediately satisfied when in an instant the idol of Lord Vishnu vanished and in its place I saw Mahavatar Babaji standing there in his usual appearance. I was stupefied at the turn of events and the variety of scenes rolling out before my eyes like a slide show on the computer screen. Comprehending my problem, Babaji said, “Start the next post now. One’s Consciousness need not only be raised, it should also be widened and expanded.” He gave me a few examples of attachment, anger and greed that some people possess around me and showed me the harmful effects these vices have over their lives. A kind of snapshot ran through my mind and I instantly got a glimpse of the next post.
“Do you remember the post of Super Consciousness-I in which I had told you that there are many Himalayan Yogis meditating and doing tapas in the caves out there?” he asked me.
I got my answer.
One day, in the morning when I was contemplating about this post, my mind got connected with one such ascetic living in the cave of Uttaranchal. He told me that he has been meditating there since the past thirteen years and has not come out of the cave ever since. The requirement of the sunshine is fulfilled by some Yogic Kriya and he is atoning his bad karmas of unkindness, ego and arrogance. He told me that-
“Attachment of a sadhu is worse than that of a householder. The sannyasi or sadhu has an ego which is undetectable by him and others as well and such a person has severe attachment to his monastery, disciples and his position. It takes a lot for them to accept that humility is superior to monk hood and that accepting other people and their views is a virtue.”
He himself had been arrogant and harsh when he was living in the normal world and with great difficulty has accepted his mistakes. Mahavatar Babaji’s supple guidance and unconditional love has changed him forever and he has realized the importance of unconditional love for all beings.
“Those who are practicing Yoga, Pranayaam or Kriya must try to look deeper inside themselves and seek Guru’s guidance in scraping off hidden subtle ego lurking inside them,” said he in conclusion.
I must admit that I am lucky for this timely advice from an ascetic sitting miles away whose advice I shall always remember and follow.
Today is 30.01.11, 5.00 pm.
Posting the last and the most important part of this article. Just got up from another dynamic meditation a while ago. I was waiting impatiently for the translation and explanation of Bhagwad Geeta’s verse 1 chapter 15 to come to me in meditation since a reader has asked me to explain it some days back. Well, just very few hours ago, I was praying unremittingly for the interpretation of this particular verse as indeed it is complicated and the meaning is difficult to understand. I requested God to explain the verse as different people interpret it differently and one gets to understand just a part of the shloka and not the full thing.
As I was praying I had a vision of Lake Mansarovar and sacred Mountain Kailash and I saw its highest tip. Mt. Kailash heard my prayer, acknowledging that I was waiting for God’s response to write this post. It began to communicate with me and said that I am a blessed soul because God has heard my prayer. I should now raise my consciousness further up from the tip of the Kailash Mountain and connect to the Highest skies and highest source-God. I also saw a Shree Yantra, a pyramid which I have and is a perfect representative and replica of Mount Kailash. One should meditate with this yantra if possible. Today I meditated keeping this yantra with me as I was having difficulty in concentrating. Eventually I was able to connect and all of a sudden the answers to all my inquiry began to flow unrestrained! I only had to contain and absorb it. I heard God speaking inside me and the Voice began to explain to me the sacred knowledge hidden within this verse in Bhagwad Geeta in the sacred hour. The Voice of God said-
“Bhagwad Geeta originated during the time of warfare and bloodshed when Arjun’s heart was filled with remorse and compassion as he did not want to kill anyone. He detested bloodshed and completely surrendered to God in spite of knowing that victory was his without any doubt because Krishna was with them. God was very pleased with Arjuna and responded and spoke to him through Krishna. Krishna became the medium through which God gave the eternal, shashwat knowledge to Arjuna. God responds unconditionally to sincere prayers and pure hearts.
The world or sansara that we live in and see around us is eternal and the ignorance of man is also primitive and eternal since the first man was born many, many centuries ago. The physical world is temporary and illusory, it is like a bubble in an ocean. The ocean is the Universal Self or God. God is eternal, limitless and infinite.
We are born here many times and every time we come here, we are in a state of dream or sleep. When we dream, we are in delusion. Delusion can be broken when we attain knowledge of Self with self realization. For that we must go to an enlightened Guru who breaks our delusion and gives us the eternal knowledge of Self. The Vedas contain the knowledge of eternal Self. The knowledge of Self is also eternal like the world or sansara. We must acquire this knowledge.
The Guru takes mercy on us and shows us many of our important past incarnations that we have lived so far as a proof that indeed we have lived so many lives only dreaming and did not know the Truth.
With constant help and guidance of the Guru, each and every cell of our brain is illumined with continuous spiritual practices and master’s touch over a good period of time. Normally, humans use very little portion of the brain in a life time. As the dormant memory cells are recharged, we can do past life regression. We get over with our very old, unwanted tendencies and habits, thereby the memory of our Soul is kindled. Eventually as we progress on our path, we get enlightenment of the Soul once all the dormant cells are functional and used optimally after recharging them with Divine energy in the form of Light.
Sadly, the ignorant man’s brain is shut as the nerve cells are clogged with ignorance and dark particles. For the enlightened, God is eternal and always present while for the ignorant, the power of God is unknown and false power of self or ego is always prevalent. This is the main difference between the two categories of people- gyani, agyni
The analogy of a Banyan Tree is used as a metaphor to explain this. It can be explained on two levels- body and mind. First on body level- the parts of a Banyan Tree can be compared to that of our body. The roots of the tree are the parts that hold it firmly to the ground. They are like our feet holding us firmly on the ground. The legs and trunk of the body are comparable to the trunk of the tree. Our hands are compared to the branches. The canopy of the tree is the head of a human body and the roots dangling from the canopy are our matted hair.
On the second and higher level, we compare the upper part of the tree to the upper part of our body- the human brain. As explained just a little while ago that the canopy of the tree looks similar to the brain of a man. It is similar in shape and anatomy. The leaves of the Banyan Tree are like the cells of the brain and the veins in the leaves are the nadis or veins in our body.
The cells in the body have memory ingrained in them called smriti. As we live in this sansara for too long, we forget God and believe the world to be real. This is vismriti or forgetfulness of God. Smriti and vismriti both are in the brain and the memory of God should be revived gradually with the eternal knowledge of Self or Atman with Guru’s guidance. Behind the memory or smriti is God. We must reach uptil here where the memory, smriti of our divinity is re-awakened. At the last stage of evolution, the remembrance of God is real, God is real, God’s personality real, God’s power and existence as real in contrast to the existence of our false ego.
And finally there is one more part of the interpretation of this shloka which when combined with all the explanations before makes it complete and final.
Urdhva mulam adhah shakhamashwatham prahuravyayam I
Chandasi yasya parnani yastam veda sa vedavit II
Ashwattha is the other name of Banyan Tree. Ashwattha means shashwat, that never ends, eternal.
There are two types of men in this world those who know and those who do not know- The gyani and agyani respectively. Majority of people come in this world without knowing who has created them and this world and get completely entangled in the maya jaal, the webmire of maya or delusion. They repeatedly come in this world because of their vasanas or desires for physical world and are therefore called ignorant and compared to an inverted Banyan Tree in this shloka. The falling roots upside down are the roots of ignorance in the inverted tree. They are contrary to what they should be ideally and therefore the tree is shown upside down.
While the wise men, come in this world, they do not get too entangled, go to a guru, take Vedic or esoteric knowledge from him, cut down the branches of their ignorance with an axe of wisdom and are compared with a Banyan Tree which stands firmly on its roots and is absolutely grounded. Those men who have knowledge of God are firmly grounded and do not get swayed by the storms of enticing maya.
In the end, God asked me, “Do you know that there is a Banyan Tree which is more than eight thousand years old? Have you seen it?” I thought for a moment and looked around every where mentally and thought of a few places. Actually I did not know that a tree can live up to eight thousand years, leave alone know one! God enlightened me, “There is one such Banyan Tree, the Boddhi tree in Lumbini under which Gautam Buddha attained Prachand Prakash, intense light. It is the only tree which is so ancient. It is now 8,056.5 years old. Mahavatar Babaji can be compared to this Bodhi tree- so eternal, so timeless and so ancient. Such trees are never uprooted even in the strongest of wind, earthquakes or storms and are always strongly grounded. You are a very blessed soul because you are writing all this about him. Pay your homage and tribute to an ageless, timeless, immortal Soul who has been living for more than 1,800 years to serve my children.”…..
My dear friends, with my ceaseless gratefulness and boundless gratitude and devotion, I wrap up this post with a poem and offer both of them at the lotus feet of our beloved Mahavatar Babaji.
May his fragrance of wisdom, love and knowledge reach every human soul living on this earth!!
(In Haridwar Ganga ghat near Keshwashram in 2009)
Pani Bahata hai, jeevan bahata hai, manushya theharta hai.
Apne andar ki kitab kholo,
Khud ko jano, apne ko pahchano
Kisliye yahan aaye they, kya kar rahe ho?
Dukh kyon sahate ho jab swayam sukh ki khaan ho?
Andar ke taale tumhe jakadte hai,
Unhe guru se chabi lekar kholo,
Ganthe swayam khulti jayaengi
Jab sachcha samarpan karte hai
Samarpan woh sachcha jisme
Bhavnaye tumhari sachchi ho
Man mei tarang sundar uthe to
Ishwar usey sweekar lete hai.
Mai bhi tumhara haath pakad lunga
Yadi tum chahoge
Pakadkar phir kabhi na chodunga
Jab tak dhyeya pura na saadh lo
Ek bar chu kar dekho
Andar kaun hai?
Kya kabhi mahsoos hota hai
Tumse pahele koi mojud hai?
Water flows, life flows but man stagnates.
Open the book which is inside you
Know thyself, recognize your true self
Why did you come here, what are you doing?
Why do you suffer when you are a treasure of happiness?
The shackles inside arrest you
Release these chains with the key from the Master
The knots shall open on their own
When we surrender our self
Surrender that has sincere feelings
Is real and true, and feelings which are true
Are hurriedly accepted by God.
I shall hold your hand
If you so wish
Once I hold, I shall never leave you
Until the goal is met.
For once, glance inside , touch and see
Who is inside you?
Have you ever once felt that
There is already someone present even before you?
Revised and updated on 03-05-19
Revised on 02-02-2020