Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Integration

One's whole life should be their spirituality.  The various props, be they atmosphere, semantics, or inner rumination should be meaningless.  Often, when people talk about integration of spirituality with life, they do so by suggesting that one bring props into their activities (i.e. say your deity name/mantra while working,  keep your attention inward etc. ).  However, these instructions can and often do work against integration, because they reinforce a reflective quality.   This reflective quality always contains a dualism and results in a person being self conscious.  When reflectiveness and self consciousness are present, then subtle arrogance and pretentiousness creeps in.   Regardless of if we are talking pure awareness or a Devata, there needs to come a point of deep trust and letting go.   By all means, one should do their sadhana, but then after, just move naturally.  If something truly IS then it need not be affirmed, and if it's not, then no amount of grasping will make it so.  Trust is also about trusting one's motives, if one's motives are pure, then one need not continuously "check" oneself.   Moreover, when motives are pure, then there is a humility that one trusts will inform when something does requires reflection.  To move in true integration with awareness or a devata means that one doesn't even know they are doing it.  The moment its known it looses its innocence and spontaneity.   One can never own it, one can never be integrated and special.   To give up the need to know or possess allows one to be effortless.  When we give all of ourselves in our sadhana, then it is easy to move naturally in life, with joy and humor.  When truly placing one's heart into the uncompromising stream of Reality (and letting it be what it is, not what I want it to be or think it should be), then there is an almost cathartic effect to life after, whereby it is all just play.  Then if aspects of our sadhana do arise in our life, they are no longer props, but mudras or powerful lightening like snapshots in the landscape of time/space.  

Monday, September 11, 2017

Aghora Ethics

The stories of Aghora masters are ripe with tales of unconventional,wild and fickle behavior.  Indeed, even the means of puja or blessings given by these masters deviate from the norms.  Many a time, even a swift beating was the delivery system of grace.  However, people of wisdom know that there are different elements in how the world is perceived; namely, how things are and how things appear to be.  Most people not only fall into the latter category of perception, but are not even that well equipped doing that.  Therefore, it is important to understand that the descriptions of various master Aghoris comes from on-lookers, and that these masters did not define themselves into any role.  In fact, these masters were simply in the natural state, which is wholly uncontrived lacking even the stain of piety.  Without the burden of conventional sentimentality born of attachment and identification, these masters were free to strike at the heart of matters (which to an outsider may look crude or aggressive).  Because the natural state in these masters is non-reflective, and because they've attained integrity with their Ishta (usually a fierce manifestation), their behavior may also be a spontaneous expression of that.  Those that simply act the role of a wild eccentric (or have any self consciousness towards appearance) are not true aghora masters.  However, for those not firmly in the natural state of uncontrived awareness, there are still valuable lessons and sadhanas that can be applied from regarding these master's path.  For many, and especially for many in spirituality, there is a tendency to show the "good" and to hide what they consider "dark".  The level of phoniness and pretentiousness reach all time highs where spirituality is concerned.   To take as part of one's path, the reversal of presentation is a profound sadhana especially in a time when people can only see appearances and not substance.  This means that one hides their spiritual attributes while still acting upon them (thereby not getting any "credit" or affirming means of identifying with them).  In terms of external behavior, the sadhana is not a license to act in ways that harm others (as one's ultimate energy of behavior is informed by the inner quality), but rather is unconcerned with how it appears.  If one normally cusses , farts, and jokes, then this behavior isn't modified in "spiritual company" (excepting one's Guru) or as a means to view oneself as more spiritual.  If one naturally is just a glazed eye sort who speak in low spiritual voice all the time, then sabotage yourself.  To move in the noblest intentions while consistently sabotaging oneself is a pure art form.  To move people spiritually while not even in a spiritual context is pure spirituality.