Karma vs Dharma

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There is another way of seeing the dynamics of karma and dharma. To recap, karma is action, energy. It is doing. The devata do and this creates experiences for us, the experiencers. Our experiences are then processed and digested. If we resist or grasp or otherwise get in the way of the smooth flow of action, we create residues of incomplete action. This is often what people call karma. Most people are identified with their sense of personal me. This ego-sense lays claim to doing as mine. It grasps at events to say I am, I did, I think, and … Continue Reading…

Waking it All

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As we’ve been rising out of a dark age, we’re also rising out of a time of constrained spirituality. Spirituality became divorced from the world and separated from the dominant world-view, science. Science came to dismiss the degraded spirituality as myth, while spirituality demonized the world along with success, wealth, and desire. As spirituality is being revived, it’s coming through the filter of masculine dominance. There is a raw focus on Shiva, pure consciousness, the detached observer, and the intellect. While there is great benefit in these values, they’re not complete or balanced. We’ve left out the Divine feminine, the … Continue Reading…

Truth, Brahman and Parabrahman

From a discussion on-line on the concept of truth I thought worth sharing. Not as organized as an article. Edited slightly for context. I’d suggest that expecting there to be one truth that is universally true is false. Reality is different in different stages of development. Everything is material is quite true for some people. This is more honest than someone saying the world is an illusion philosophically when they experience it as real. Absolute and Relative, 2 faces of one reality is another truth that arises when consciousness becomes conscious within. One reality that shows many faces is another … Continue Reading…

Purest Divinity

First, lets explore what I mean by pure Divinity here. This is beyond form, beyond vibration, beyond silent being, beyond consciousness, and beyond Brahman. It is Divinity in its purity, unconstrained and uncreated. We can consider our experience of consciousness for comparison. We can explore the layers and dynamics of consciousness and consciousness aware of itself globally and at every point. But pure consciousness is just that: consciousness, quietly alert in its own nature. Pure Divinity is similar but deeper – beyond all forms and phenomena yet bathing everything in its presence. How we come to know it is by … Continue Reading…

The Mahavidya Interview

Rick Archer recently interviewed Kavitha Chinnaiyan, M.D. on Buddha at the Gas Pump. The conversation revolved primarily around her first book, Shakti Rising: Embracing Shadow and Light on the Goddess Path to Wholeness The interview opened with a short discussion on Direct vs Progressive, the topic of last fall’s SAND panel I was on. I found Kavitha’s approach sensible. Not sure why she was using a Buddhist term, but it seems a popular framing these days. The 10 Mahavidya (great knowledge) are from Tantra and embodied by 10 goddesses. Key to understand is that the gods are embodiments of features … Continue Reading…

Balanced Enlightenment

Well-established Self Realization (Cosmic Consciousness) is known as Sat Chit Ananda or Absolute Bliss Consciousness. Why? Because those are the key markers of the state: Established in the absolute, established in Self (consciousness), and established bliss. When the noise of the emotional and mental layers are purified enough, then both consciousness and bliss can shine through in our normal experience. In a lot of the talk you hear today about enlightenment, bliss is missing. This shows there has not been enough clean-up yet or it’s not yet fully established. Sometimes, the shift itself has not happened, even if they’re clearly … Continue Reading…

Shiva’s Inertia

From a Brahman perspective, the world was never created in the first place. And yet here it is, appearing to the senses. As we shift into ParaBrahman and notice the Divine Shaktis, we can gain the sense of creation as a tapestry of consciousness. It’s created as a kind of after-image of the threads (shaktis) of Divinity. Consciousness tries to mimic Divinity. From that perspective alone, it seems a little pointless. Divinity is fully self-aware and profoundly networked. Why would consciousness try to make an appearance out of that? Here we can explore the nature of Shiva. Shiva is known … Continue Reading…

Energetic Embodiment

In some teachings, the kundalini or energy process dominates. It is seen that awakening kundalini  opens and rises, leading to awakening. They may prescribe techniques to encourage or even push the energy along. This can be quite hazardous and can make the process much rougher. However, the deeper problem with a kundalini emphasis is that kundalini is not causal. It is the energetic process that results from the process in consciousness and will unfold in the body naturally when it is ready. I explored some of the variations in the energy process here. In a similar way, some teachings align the post-awakening … Continue Reading…

The Crown

In a discussion back on Understanding Shakti in Awakening, a few points come up that I thought worth highlighting. Firstly, as I’ve mentioned before, kundalini is not causal. It is an effect of the process. From the Kundalini Vidya perspective, the energetic process is run by the crown chakra. We tend to notice this less as sensorial effects in other areas are more obvious than subtle impulses of vayus (air or prana). People describe the awakening process as driven by grace. More deeply we could say grace is Brahman. That expresses in part through the functions of the crown chakra. … Continue Reading…

The Third Aspect

I’ve spoken a fair bit about the dynamics of consciousness and the Shiva and Shakti or male and female aspects of unfolding enlightenment. But as I’ve also frequently described, self-aware consciousness has 3 aspects – the observer, the process of observation and the object. There is a third aspect. From a somewhat Christian perspective, we might say father, mother, and child. R. Buckminster Fuller spoke of action, reaction, and resultant. The third aspect here is the effect or consequence. The consequence of the interaction of Shiva and Shakti is creation. The consequence of them awakening within is fully embodied enlightenment … Continue Reading…