JoJo Rabbit and God – A contemplation on non-duality in the modern world.

I apologize in advance for anyone that this may offend. It is not my usual approach to writing here, but it is at the forefront of my mind.

In an effort to continue the weekly postings on Mystical Tidbits and the evolution of Durga Ma’s work, I found myself in a pickle. She had the gift of the shastras. Every morning Durga Ma would study scripture, translate sanskrit and write commentary that became the wealth of knowledge that you find here.

My gifts are, well… unusual and undecided at this point. But we do share the sincere desire for people to become inspired to act, to wake-up, and to seek Truth. I want to write about the beauty and glory of Truth, but sometimes that comes in a less than desirable package. So here we go…

Yesterday I went with some friends to see JoJo Rabbit. Probably not what most people expect a yogi to do, but I love a good film and a controversial topic to sink my teeth into for contemplation.

All is THAT. download

This is the aim of the yogi. To realize, to make real the truth that there is none other in existence than One/God/Truth/Divine through the process of unbecoming everything else to the final dawning of pure consciousness. We give our lives and efforts to the path of Self-Realization for the purpose of liberation from suffering and ultimately, the suffering of the world.

So sitting in a theatre watching real documented footage of people pining to touch Adolf Hitler was a challenge. The heart is a fickle thing, just like the mind, and just like the human self. It’s a lot easier to move into a transcended state of consciousness when I am alone, or with people I get along with, or while teaching. But how does enlightenment stack up when we are face to face with a phenomenon like Adlof Hitler?

There is a reason yogi’s go to caves and live in solitude. That is not my path this time around, so here I am in the world… seeking Truth with unceasing devotion and increasing fervor, while in a movie theatre watching a young boy in Nazi Germany negotiating a very real situation.

You should know that everything becomes a contemplation of Truth in my world, and on my way home I found myself swept away reflecting on the condition of our modern world in relationship to the striking similarities of those in JoJo Rabbit.

I can’t help but think of my own child, nearly 8 years old, and other children… leading ultimately to the world which, in a not so distant past was in the middle of WWII. I thought of the coincidence that this film is out now, during an administration that is arguably in place through the efforts of preying on people’s fear. We live in a world that is at war with itself on more than one level, fueled largely by the fear of what we do not know and do not understand, and are too afraid to confront honestly.

But perhaps the most significant thought which arose, is that it takes something as catastrophic as the Holocaust to awaken the human heart. While only a few decades to forget, and for some to deny all together.

More often than not it is the pain of suffering, and the loss of all hope that brings a human to the level of humility needed to finally open to real love. A fundamental desire of the human experience, and a necessity for survival that seems to persist in the modern world more as a threat than as an accessible reality.

By this point in my contemplation the tears were streaming uncontrollably and I felt the overwhelming suffering that is our collective ignorance. Between the sobs I looked for a way out that would satisfy the mind’s desire to confirm that all is THAT, and to release me from the grip of witnessing the power of fear. Fear for my son, for the world, for my self,  of being gobbled up in the illusion of feeling powerless, peppered with unwillingness to do differently, to do better.

But it didn’t come. Because the mind can’t give you freedom. True freedom comes from the heart.

Rumi wrote, “keep breaking your heart until, finally, it breaks completely open.”

Truth sometimes comes in a tear-drenched, snot-filled realization that our greatest power is in our capacity to love. Our ability to remain vulnerable to an exploration of self, without the premature transcendence into the “thought” that everything is perfect just as it is. That pivotal point where we give up out of cowardice or misunderstanding and pretend that it’s ok. We must go beyond the limits of where we feel comfortable and be willing to dip into a deeper reservoir of our reality.

What is waiting in the darkest recesses of the heart? Truth.

Everything is THAT, pure and perfect omnipotent one-ness of Divinity.

What is required of us to embody that reality is the dedication and commitment to realizing it. We do better by being willing to encounter ourselves with self-honesty, and others with less judgement and more acceptance. We exercise our power by choosing not to empower fear, or to condone violence as an excuse for it.

Durga Ma told me (on more than one occasion)

“The greatest gift you can give the world is your own awakening.”

So this experience became a reminder of personal revelation and the importance of remaining available to the infinite manifestations of love (which sometimes is nothing more than fear parading as a boundary of our true potential), as well as a personal recommendation for a tremendous film. A captivating journey, which, I think beautifully captured the essence of the human heart to rescue us from the perils of our own misunderstanding. The world is inherently unstable by nature and constantly reinventing itself in the reflection of the inhabitants who best capture our attention, so we should take great care in where we place ours.

It also served as a reminder of why I continue my practice and my work. We are far from free and all we have is time, so the question is… how will you spend yours?

With Love,

Anandi

1008 Pranams to Durga Ma and all the Masters who have gone before in the quest of Knowledge and Truth, who have left a blazing trail to follow. My many heartfelt thanks to you who read this all the way through an entertained my otherwise child-like fascination of finding Truth through experiencing life in the world.

My deepest heartfelt gratitude to Taika Waititi and all of the people and efforts that brought this film to life. It was an important act of courage and an incredible use of creative vision and skill, blended with the perfect amount of levity to an otherwise heavy subject. May we all learn from the grace of those who are willing to confront the dimensions of humanity that threaten freedom when left unattended.

 

 

 

The Divine & the Demonic, Bhagavad Gita, Ch 16, Vs 1 – 5

Heaven

 Because the Divine has already been given much attention, this chapter focuses mostly on the Demonic. Though it begins and ends with Divine characteristics, it addresses the outcomes of both. 


The Divine

1 – 3
The Blessed Lord spoke:
Fearless, pure-hearted, steadfast and firm in the knowledge and practice of uniting (yoga); generous, self-restrained, sacrificing, studying the scriptures and the self, observing austerities (tapas), sincere; 
non-injurious, truthful, free of anger, renounced, peaceful, non-slanderous; compassionate toward all beings, non-covetous, gentle, modest, dependable; vigorous, patient, content, pure, and free of malice and vanity. These are the characteristics of those endowed with Divine qualities.

Fearless (abhaya, ‘no fear’) also means safe and secure. For those of you who practice Surrender Meditation, your surrender is compromised when you do not feel safe and secure. Without this security there is always the possibility of interruption. At some level, you know this and will restrain your surrender, even subconsciously. Hence the need for complete privacy during surrender sadhana.

Self-restrained (dama) means self-controlled, and also, ‘home’. You need a place to live that is home to you, where you are alone and feel safe from interruptions in order to practice non-static meditation. Outside of your meditation however, self-control, the ability to restrain from actions that are inappropriate, will save you from violations of ahimsa (non-injury) that would otherwise impair your progress. This is difficult if you don’t have a meditation practice that is completely private and allows for the purification of such impulses.

Outside your meditation room you must always be mindful of ahimsa, non-violence of any kind. This requires a degree of self-control that will keep you safe from losing ground. This first universal spiritual principle is the most important principle of all and qualifies the remaining nine. Violating it restricts your progress and can even stop it completely.

Sacrificing is the act of surrendering yourself to Absolute God in meditation and accepting what God brings.

Study of the scriptures and the Self is the practice of self-honest self-study and mindfulness, as well as the study of Yoga scriptures, where you can monitor your progress. Studying the self will lead to the study of the Self and Self Realization. The study of yogic scriptures will lead you to mastery, independent freedom and liberation. 

Observing tapas (‘to melt or burn’) refers to the process of purification by fire (energy). You do not stop this purification process that is brought on by the practice of surrender Yoga. You may find yourself witnessing it, you may even want it to go away, or you may find it fascinating, but you don’t interfere with it. 

Free of Anger. Anger is thought to be a destructive emotion. But we know that suppression of emotions is harmful, so how do we manage this? In Surrender Meditation, we are securely private and we don’t worry about this; it is taken care of by the meditation. In Life however, in our normal state we must be self-controlled and able to not react in anger. We do this by observing our feelings and reactions.

This little trick of observing will cause a separation between you and the anger, and put you in a position of extreme power. By observing the anger, you curtail the compulsion to act on it — because it is impossible to be what you observe. Thus suppression is avoided, you have not violated ahimsa (non-violence), and both the other guy and your own progress are safe.  

You cannot be what you can see.

Renounced means essentially the same thing as sacrifice. What you are renouncing is your body, feelings and mind and the use of your will. You sacrifice these to Absolute God in meditation. Renouncing the role of the doer of action in this way, during this time, you accept whatever happens (or doesn’t happen). 

The Demonic

4
Deceit, arrogance, conceit, anger, harshness and ignorance, are qualities the Demonic possess.

Destination: Heaven or Hell

5
Divine qualities lead to liberation, whereas Demonic qualities lead to bondage. Do not worry, Arjuna, for you are born with divine virtues.

We said earlier that Arjuna represents you, so you are also being reassured.

  • Bondage – the state of being a slave
  • Liberation – freedom, including freedom from compulsory rebirths
Jesus and Krishna in heaven
Jesus & Krishna

We in the west have had it very good compared to most people on this planet. Those of you who have had it easy (are educated and not starving or enduring tortures) may opt for returning, believing that you have some control over your next life. So getting free of rebirth may not be of interest to you. But you should think again, and read other chapters, such as chapter fourteen, and clear this up for yourself.

If you insist on believing that you can control the nature of your next life, yes you can, but probably not the way you think. Your control over your future relies solely on your ability and willingness now, in this lifetime, to master the qualities of the Divine as mentioned in this and other chapters, by mastering the ten universal spiritual principles (Ten Keys to Success).

This chapter tells us what we need to know. It clearly says, Divine qualities lead to liberation (you are free), and Demonic qualities lead to bondage (you are a slave). It’s your choice. Saying “I don’t believe in this” is not going to change it.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one that you really are),
Durga Ma
durgama.com

The Fast Track

Surrender Meditation

Shaktipat Kundalini Yoga
Spontaneous Experiential Meditation

Slip into a natural state of meditation with ease. Experience the relief of reaching a true meditative state without any effort and without using your will.

Receive shaktipat and become initiated into the original meditation of ancient masters from which meditation techniques were eventually derived.

Increase your knowledge base and begin Shaktipat Kundalini Yoga, Surrender Meditation. Though correct knowledge you will increase your progress by a thousand times, and bring about even deeper meditation and amazing experiences.

Shaktipat Intensives with Durga Ma are held in Phoenix, Arizona


Make a Difference

Have a Positive Impact on the World

Become a Spiritual Leader

Spiritual Leadership will take you where you want to go while you advance and improve your life. In the process, you will influence the advancement of everyone on Earth, and even the Earth itself.

Spiritual Leadership is not a replacement for anything you may already be doing, but will augment any spiritual avenues you already travel, and open up new vistas.

If you would like to know more about this program, please contact me at durgama.com/contact 

Helping you advance spiritually is my mission.
Saving the world is the result of our success.
Durga Ma

He who hesitates is lost.
Swift and resolute action leads to success.
Self-doubt is a prelude to disaster.
Joseph Addison


“Every step you take pulls every one of us with you.”

The Whole World Is One Family


What You Do Affects the World – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 12, Vs 15

Love the World

The Bhagavad Gita appears in the story of the Mahabharata. It is a conversation between Lord Krishna and his devotee and childhood friend, Arjuna. Listening in, we receive the teachings of Lord Krishna as He relates them to Arjuna.


Improve Yourself and Improve the World

Lord Krishna is speaking:

15
One who does not afflict the world, and who is not afflicted by the world, who is free of like and dislike, fear and distress, is dear to Me.

Love the World

Alternate translation:
One who is not involved with like and dislike suffers no fear or sorrow. Thus unafflicted, one does not afflict the world. 

Antithesis:
One who is intent on acquiring what they like and avoiding what they don’t like, is subject to fear and loss, thus afflicing the whole world and everyone in it.

What we do affects everyone, and what others do affects us. We don’t like to go down this road because it means responsibility, and we are trying to get out from under that burden. But we are just going to have to bite the bullet on this one, and accept it. There is nothing you can do about being connected with everyone, but you can do something about the effects.

What we do affects everyone, and what others do affects us.  

The New American Dream

It is popular these days, even trendy, to buy only the things that provide convenience and do everything for us. This has unfortunately spilled over into the spiritual community. It is the new American Dream of the spiritually inclined. We want to go to someone who will give us an experience so that we don’t have to do anything or bother with learning anything. We’re done. Now maybe we will become teachers ourselves, and make a little extra money, or maybe even a lot of money. Surely you can see the contradiction here:

Teach with a blank board

Teachers who haven’t learned have nothing to teach.

Also, teachers who have not had considerable experience cannot give you an experience that will be useful to you. Any genuine teacher who has experienced what they teach in their own practice, is not going to sell experiences, paid or free. Although they may have the ability to do this, they will not use it. It will be up to you to be sincerely seeking God/Truth, to be willing to be taught and completely open to this teacher. You must be willing to take a chance. Truth does not come to the faint of heart, the spiritual coward, or to one who avoids learning and practice.

Spiritual development is like anything else:
If you want to advance spiritually and improve your life, you must acquire correct knowledge and put it into practice.

Chasing the American Dream is a losing battle. Few ever find it. Most find its opposite, even when it looks good from the outside. You have gone through many lifetimes by now, so how can you expect that advancement will be instantaneous?

If you just keep doing the same thing over and over again, all you can expect is the same thing.

After all this time, it is preposterous to think that you can suddenly do everything in one fell swoop. If you are trying to jump the gun by finding some spiritual charismatic who will give you an experience, you are not making progress. By not making progress, you are afflicting the entire world and beyond. You are not only not helping yourself, but you are holding everyone else back.

Improving and advancing yourself and your life cannot succeed without spiritual improvement and advancement.

Many years ago, I heard a fellow talk on this subject (he was a very funny guy). He referred to this false dream of happiness as “eat, sleep, mate and defend.” He was saying that this applies to everyone who isn’t sincerely seeking with the willingness to learn, and to practice what is learned. Yet people continue to struggle to get what they want and avoid what they don’t want. They are always in a state of fear, loss, stress and distress. This is a constant in most people’s lives.

Rising above this should be of interest to everyone, but alas, everyone seems to be looking for someone to do it for them. So they continue to eat, sleep, mate and defend, accepting what they shouldn’t and not accepting what they should. They lie to themselves with constant denial saying they are happy when it is obvious (to everyone else) that they are not. Everyone else criticizes them behind their backs while their own suffering continues disguised as happiness. And neither they nor the world are benefited. 

This is a sad state of affairs, especially when the remedy for all this suffering is so simple

Desire fulfilled

As long as you are invested in what comes your way, you are susceptible to misery and suffering. But in a state of equanimity you experience contentment instead, and you not only benefit yourself, you benefit the entire world and everyone in it. 

The whole world is one family.

The key to accomplishing this contented state is in the words, “free of like and dislike.” Whatever the object of like or dislike may be, it boils down to desire: If you like it, you probably want it (or want to keep it); if you don’t like it, this amounts to a negative desire to not have it (or keep it). It doesn’t matter if the desire is for a person, a thing, a thought, a feeling or a sensation. It applies everywhere. 

This doesn’t necessarily mean that we won’t experience like and dislike, fear and anxiety. But through meditation practiced correctly, we will find that the things that produce these states don’t matter so much anymore, and the rug will be pulled right out from underneath them. Their effects will gradually be mitigated until we become unmoved by them altogether. Finally, we will experience genuine happiness and fulfillment. Understood in this way, the obvious conclusion is…

It is not the desire that is the problem, but your attachment to it.

Desire fulfilledYou get attached to your desires because you think that fulfilling them will bring you happiness. This was Arjuna’s position in chapter one, and what Lord Krishna is spending another seventeen chapters trying to correct. This kind of happiness never lasts. It keeps you locked in a cycle of constantly trying to fulfill desires in order to be happy, and you remain stressed and overburdened. Here are some ideas for you to contemplate that may be helpful to you in letting these attachments go:   

Desire is an affirmation of lack.

A desire affirms that you do not have the thing you want and keeps it at bay.

When you can give it up, it will come to you.

There is always more.

If you are ready to get behind this idea and put it to work for yourself (and the rest of us), please read the message below. The pilot of this voyage is Anandi, a long time student of mine.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma
durgama.com

Are You a Spiritual Leader in Hiding?

How would you know?  

  • Deep down you feel that your life has a purpose, but you struggle with the energy to take action.
  • You get inspired at the possibility of fulfilling your desire to be a spiritual leader, but struggle with implementing and acting on it.
  • You see your relationships as catalysts for mutually beneficial growth, but feel a lack of support and fulfillment while being emotionally drained.
  • You know that you are meant to have a positive impact in the world in a big way, but aren’t sure how to do that sustainably while maintaining your current responsibilities.

The good news is, it’s not difficult to change all of this. In fact, it’s easy and takes little effort. The bad news is, no one can do it for you. This is your voyage, your life, and you are responsible for it…..but you don’t have to do it alone.

So now you know…

You are a spiritual leader in hiding and you have a very important life purpose that will have an impact on the world. 

That purpose is full of joy, abundance and fulfillment, and is literally waiting for you…

Want to know the next step and how to make it sustainable?

Schedule a Complimentary Discovery Session

We are a new generation of Spiritual Leaders who recognize that abundance, fulfillment and joy are our true nature, and want to have an impact in the world.

IMG_7137
Anandi

In a world that is plagued with stress and overwhelm, the responsibilities and the influence of to-do and should-do is often louder than the call of our true life purpose.

We are a community of knowledge in action. We live in the world discovering and fulfilling our unique life purpose as a demonstration that our true nature is not only available, but sustainable

Are you ready to take the leap and realize your full potential?

Schedule your complimentary discovery session with Anandi and determine together if this program will get you where you want to go, and remove obstacles between the life you have and the life you want.

Spiritual Leadership Voyager is a 3-month transformational program led by Anandi. Using the power of meditation to awaken and realize your life purpose, you will reduce stress and increase your enjoyment of everyday life while relieving pain and generating more energy to do the things that you want to do.

In a world that moves toward constant overwhelm, this is an opportunity to put the knowledge of meditation into action to catapult your personal and spiritual growth into it’s mastery. During your Voyage, you will be fully supported in integrating what you learn as you go, without the effort you would expect.

  • Discover and live your life purpose
  • Make an impact in the world
  • Stop energy leaks and overwhelm
  • Experience life as a celebration of joy, abundance, and fulfillment

We know that our true nature is abundance and that competition is irrelevant. There is more than enough for everyone without needing to take from, or harm, another.

We are people who are committed to fully realizing our true nature of joy, abundanceand fulfillment and then living in the world with that knowledge in action. Aligned with this truth in everyday life we become the leaders who exemplify that possibility of sustainable joy, abundance and fulfillment in our own individual expression. 

Successful transformation and growth is seated in wisdom.

The difference between knowledge and wisdom is action.

Are you ready to take action to be the Spiritual Leader you were born to be?

“I can hardly believe my luck! Here I am, doing one of the most effortless things I’ve ever done and finding the keys to change my previous, not-so-good luck. ‘No pain, no gain’ is fast becoming a distant memory.”  —  Sue, student, Phoenix, AZ

Read More about the program

Questions? Want to know more? Schedule a complimentary discovery session with Anandi:

anandibhagavan@gmail.com

or

Call 860-899-4429

Spiritual Leadership Voyger

12 Weekly Teachings

Self-Emergence Private Session

Experiments & Tools

3 Live Workshops

Private Group on FaceBook

Special Bonus Retreat for Participants

Bonus Retreat at Nature’s Gate

A magical 80-acre spiritual respite for supporting conscious evolution for the new generation of spiritual leaders.

Meditations, relaxation, contemplation, creative integration, reflection, healing and renewal.

Read “Paradise on Earth” to see what your participation in this Voyage can lead to, and get a sense of how it works. — Durga Ma

Every step you take pulls every one of us with you.

Details

Contact Anandi