The Teachings of the Immortal, Lord Lakulisha,
Twenty-Eighth Incarnation of Lord Shiva.
Regarding the Sutras Concerning Insult
I believe that these practices are useful to some people and not to others.
For the strong young men of casts of entitlement and privilege, these teachings offered the opportunity to rise above pride and ego. For those of us whose personal history is littered with pain and struggle, I believe that they are potentially dangerous if carried to extremes (we humans have a propensity for extremes).
I reached this conclusion only this morning. A feeling of gratitude for a lovely morning that had previously seemed unlikely, had filled me, and I spoke my gratitude to Lakulisha and Divine Mother and felt their presence surround me. The result of this was that the inner debate I had been carrying on about these sutras was immediately resolved.
I have read and been taught much about this path, and have deliberated a great deal about these particular teachings. This has often left me with a sense of failure, but the one thing that has always trumped it has been what happens in the presence of Lakulisha and Divine Mother. Their presence is always warm simple beauty and profound Love, never abuse, humiliation or karmic concerns. Knowledge and study do not hold a candle to this Love. It is not a ‘feeling‘ in the emotional sense, and it is not mind. It is God. Study, translating mystical texts, and the blessings of oral teachings cannot touch the experience of the presence of God. Everything else is only a means of reaching this happy state.
The presence of Lakulisha is something I know from previous experience. I can recapture this experience by recalling it, and again find myself in His presence. I know the difference between this Love and emotions or mind: there is not even a small similarity. Lakulisha’s presence is never of the harsh quality of the customary translations and interpretations of His sutras. Either we are all translating them incorrectly, or we are understanding them incorrectly, and/or they are not meant for everyone.
The approach of setting people up to acquire their good karma is not for me—it is not for me to instigate. As I said before, “life will oblige” and provide plenty of opportunities. It is up to each of us individually to either accept these opportunities or not. We do the best we can at the time.
It does not seem to be generally understood that these teachings are beginning teachings for those who would become yogis. I don’t mean beginners on the spiritual path, but beginning yogis and yoginis, those men and women who have attained union, which begins with sun-moon union (ha-tha yoga).
Does this mean that anyone who has not attained this union is a failure? No. But it does imply that these teachings may not be useful to anyone not wishing to become a yogi or a yogini. However, I do believe that, with correct understanding of the Principle behind them, they can be successfully applied by anyone who understands and faithfully practices ahimsa (harmlessness).* They are, after all, techniques.
When others abuse you, your karma will evaporate
to the same degree that you are treated badly
if you don’t cancel the opportunity
by defending yourself, making excuses or blaming.
In other words, to the degree another person creates their own bad karma by abusing you, to that same degree, your own karma is being burned up. This amounts to merit. This is why this practice is considered a tapas (‘to burn’), and why tapas is translated as “penance” in these sutras.
When one is engaging the will outside of the meditation room, these techniques make sense during this time. This is the time the practices taught in these sutras were meant to be practiced. But the time eventually comes when surrender has no walls, there is no ‘meditation room’. So what happens to these teachings on insult and acquiring merit when that day comes? The spontaneous application of the Principle will arise according to the will of God, as one goes on with sadhana until it is completed.
* Ahimsa – This reference is to the first yama of the “Ten Keys to Success”.
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Next week we will briefly discuss and clarify some of the practices mentioned in the Pashupat Sutras. And later…..
Enlightenment and Ego, Part 1
Enlightenment and Ego, Part 2
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Lakulisha and Divine Mother send you their love.
Jaya Bhagavan (Victory to God!),
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