perspectives blog

If you are not seriously engaged in exploring the questions below about God, Self, The World, The Cosmos, and Consciousness, what are you doing? It’s okay to say because anything you come up with is just what you have to row past before waves of real inquiry wash up against your mind. It takes an open and sincere heart to attract them and an indefatigable intent to take them on. Just row your boat out a short ways from the dock. You will be surprised at what is possible.

Most people are afraid of being on their own. We hold on to personal identities, programmed beliefs and practices, and institutional thought structures because we are afraid of Infinity. The dock is safer than the sea.  It’s safe to approach these questions from inside the mind because whatever answers you come up with remain in the mind. You trade one mental structure for another and call it understanding. “Hi, Honey, I’m home. What’s for dinner?”

Human consciousness is awareness capable of entertaining a sense of self and maintaining a strategy for living in the world. How far such a being is willing to ride out to sea on waves of real questions is one of the deep mysteries of existence.

  1. GOD

What is the Supreme Godhead and how shall I name it? Does this Supreme Godhead have form or is it pure spirit, the unformed Absolute?

  1. SELF

Who am I? What is Self? What does the guru know? What is my soul and how shall I relate to it? How does my soul relate to God? Do I have free will? Does God’s will run everything?

  1. THE WORLD

What is the nature of the world I live in from day to day in time? Objective fact or perception? What drives the activity of the world? What should I do? Why do human beings suffer? What happens at death? What’s it all for? Where does all the energy come from? What is there to live for besides pleasure, power, and wealth? What is love?

  1. THE COSMOS

What is the cosmos? Why is it here? What do cosmic beings do? Are “the gods” real? Why can’t I see them? How do I fit into the big picture? Who or what is running the show? What does it mean to be infinite?

  1. CONSCIOUSNESS

What is consciousness? Is consciousness different from intelligence? What is the mind? How is it different from self? What are “higher states of consciousness?” How does consciousness relate to the Absolute? What is unbounded consciousness?

 

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If we only knew what the important choices were: school or work; him or her; this job or that one; artificial intelligence or divine intelligence? This last one is not so obvious because for the most part the idea of turning over your life to divine intelligence doesn’t carry far in the mass consciousness, which includes the major religious institutions of the world. What you know about God comes directly from God, and you have a choice now, as I see it, for not only yourself but for the whole human race. And that question is this: would you rather turn the human race over to the divine intelligence or to bio/artificial intelligence and the cyborg humanity of an unenlightened future planting a flag on Mars? Where does a cyborg humanity fit into the cosmic order? How we choose to live our current lives and our lives to come, especially in how deeply we make ourselves available to love, makes a difference. Now while you are in human existence, wake up and look around. These choices are real.

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It is impossible to write coherently on Osho. The mind becomes confounded when approaching him. The only truth one can render upon him is that all of what is said about him, either by sannyasins or by detractors, is a lie. Nothing said can touch what Osho is, and yet words flow forth from all who seriously look into his eyes and look into his words and look into his activities. Many, many useless words, and yet the appeal to his mystery is like diving into the flame of love, knowing that death is the only outcome. They have come by the millions and died for their love of him. Can anyone possibly understand that? If he is a fraud, then the whole universe is a fraud and there is no God.

Or understand the efforts of his devotee lieutenants to take over a portion of Oregon in the 1980s to set up a community for sannyasins to engage in their ecstasy-generating meditations and live together as an advanced human civilization. Watch the Netflix six-hour film Wild Wild Country. Get engaged on both sides! Shake your fist! Wring all the judgments out of your mind; then go onto the website and see the legacy Osho has left behind. And yes, I believe the American government poisoned him. Such a man and the reality he represents, especially at this time in the history of humanity, presents a greater danger than terrorist bombings. Jesus was murdered for the same reason; Mohammed took up arms in his time in order not to be murdered. These men questioned the reality of their worlds, not just the politics. What has changed in thousands of years of human madness and its search for answers? Someone had the balls to say the truth! Look around at all the institutions that control our thinking and our activities. There is no such thing as political freedom. Don’t be fooled. Osho spent his life saying the things that get people killed if those words take on great influence, as Osho’s words did.

Now that he is dead, he is a safe undertaking. No one will follow you into dark alleys. If you end up looking over your shoulders, it will be to see your family and friends inside the barriers they hide behind rather than face the unbounded ocean of being. His legacy is massive. All that he has left behind is alive and well and massively transforming. Osho was a speaker. He spoke eternity. He spoke eternity for thousands of hours. Those talks have been turned into printed books, audiobooks, and videos. Go to the home website. Sign up for newsletters. Become a member. Listen to talks. Acquire and use the Osho Zen Tarot and the Osho Transformation Tarot. Get the physical decks or get the phone apps and use them. Practice the dynamic meditations. Get the music. Dance in the light. Get to know your ecstatic self. Learn their truths. Go on the many websites devoted to him. Feel the praise and the rage. Go on Amazon for print books and audiobooks. Best books to get: The Book of Secrets and Tantra; best audiobook: The Path of Love. My best recommendation is to listen to audiobooks. His English is accented but clear and understandable. He was a college professor before he cut loose from that scene, so he is very educated. He knows a thing or two about saints and sages, ancient and contemporary, history and contemporary politics; he knows scriptures from all religions. He doesn’t hold anything back.

And then when you are done with all of that, get over to Pune, India, southeast of Mumbai, and throw yourself into the fire. Want quick radical change? Go there.

Osho is not safe. He requires of his sannyasins that they give up absolutely everything they believe in, all in the name of undefined existence. Pure existence itself bursts out of his eyes. Nothing he does or says can be contained by the totality of his being. How deeply etched into your consciousness are the boundaries of your life? He will crush them. There is no sober way to approach Osho.

YouTube videos are now overflowing with commercials, so I will leave you with two links:

The Osho Home Page with everything in it.

My Realization, Osho’s narrative of his personal awakening with text (90 min)

Don’t forget to the photos below. Beautiful darshan flows from all the images.

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How can we ever know the nature of the womb until we emerge from it into a space where we can turn around and see. Awakenings in the spirit always include a place of living gestations out of which we emerge into an unfamiliar environment: infinity this way, infinity that way; new knowings to wrap around my awareness so I can move forward, understand more, take my place in a new reality. The soul is always in a process of childbirth. The courage to step out of the familiar into the unfamiliar and seek new protection, new forms of knowing as a vehicle for further awakening, puzzles the will that eventually realizes it cannot find viability without the guidance of great beings of the cosmos. Such is the story of this episode.

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Everything on The Invisible Room Search for Enlightenment Podcast and on the website is designed to do two things: first, to infuse in listeners and readers the certitude that God is real; and second, to open doors so that one might experience dramatic shifts in point of view from the human experience to the point of view of God, the divine self, the absolute, your invisible room. Both of these transformations are possible. Divine intent, of course, determines everything.

I have made two uses of the Fire of Life Oracle on this site. I use them on “The Sweet Voice of Prayer” audio for the purpose of making deep openings in the heart so that the listener’s voice of prayer might arise. Embracing these deep currents of the heart will bring one closer to the original fire of love, the silent mystery behind the veil that cannot be lifted. Standing before that veil, one simply knows; one simply bows down. Listening to  04 Flame of Love Initiation will go a long way to opening up one’s psyche to these levels of love divine.

The second use I make of these prayers is an oracle, a strategy for making a deep plunge into the ocean of being and adopting the viewpoint of the divine itself as it seeks to merge with its human lover. The lyrical expressions are the voices of human longing as it feels the divine presence. The commentaries take you right into the infinite. They are the voice of the divine without any expected qualifications of what that voice or being might be. There is deep understanding in the commentaries, but the viewpoint itself is nothingness, the divine, the unformed spirit. Ultimately it is you.

Instructions for its use as an oracle and demonstrations of how they sound when read are given on the audio for this episode.

The Invisible Room Fire of Life Oracle

The Sweet Voice of Prayer

The Invisible Room Self-Awakening Process 

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We can hardly make progress in our desire to awake without having some fundamental understanding of reality as it is structured in our consciousness. Here is a workable model: We exist as unique, individual psyches within a vast cosmos, about which scientists of our time have given us jaw-dropping explanations; we exist also in an inner reality of many planes of existence outside the thinking mind; and indeed behind all veils lies the transcendental absolute, inner and outer. We exist as individuals, we exist as particles of life in the evolving cosmos, and we exist as the divine source of everything. I am that, you are that, all this is that. In this episode, we touch each of these components of our existence. We look at potential futures of humanity and ask a very interesting question for the soul: Mars or Nirvana? Who chooses? What a mystery to explore possible human destinies! Another choice: artificial intelligence or revelation arising out of the higher mind? Beyond that lies the mystery of existence itself. Get involved! The episode concludes with a passage from Sri Aurobindo’s The Synthesis of Yoga. Though it we seek to activate the gifts of higher mind intelligence: intuition, inspiration, and revelation. Join in. Enjoy the ride.

“For there is yet a third intensely close and personal aspect of the Master of Works which is a key to his sublimest hidden mystery and ecstasy; for he detaches from the secret of the hidden Transcendence and the ambiguous display of the cosmic Movement an individual Power of the Divine that can mediate between the two and bridge our passage from the one to the other. In this aspect the transcendent and universal person of the Divine conforms itself to our individualised personality and accepts a personal relation with us, at once identified with us as our supreme Self and yet close and different as our Master, Friend, Lover, Teacher, our Father and our Mother, our Playmate in the great world-game who has disguised himself throughout as friend and enemy, helper and opponent and, in all relations and in all workings that affect us, has led our steps towards our perfection and our release. It is through this more personal manifestation that we are admitted to some possibility of the complete transcendental experience; for in him we meet the One not merely in a liberated calm and peace, not merely with a passive or active submission in our works or through the mystery of union with a universal Knowledge and Power filling and guiding us, but with an ecstasy of divine Love and divine Delight that shoots up beyond silent Witness and active World-Power to some positive divination of a greater beatific secret. For it is not so much knowledge leading to some ineffable Absolute, not so much works lifting us beyond world-process to the originating supreme Knower and Master, but rather this thing most intimate to us, yet at present most obscure, which keeps for us wrapped in its passionate veil the deep and rapturous secret of the transcendent Godhead and some absolute positiveness of its perfect Being, its all-concentrating Bliss, its mystic Ananda.”

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The images and words here exist primarily to delight the soul. There are personal stories, pictures of great beings who have given themselves to humanity for its uplifting, and even the final couple of minutes of a unique 1950s Sci-Fi movie, words that will stay with you if you enter into its consciousness. A good time will be had by all.  

Portraits of Cosmic Consciousness Gallery 1

Portraits of Cosmic Consciousness Gallery 2

Video Narratives of Cosmic Consciousness

The Final Words of the Incredible Shrinking Man