If you can pitch your tent on the event horizon of the cosmic “I”, the “black hole,” the roiling waters of pure existence always bursting forth into creation; those primal waters emerging from their unknown source into your consciousness, moving in and out like a tide, teaching you about what it is, sometimes grabbing you out of your mist-saturated tent and carrying you into unfathomable vistas of existence; here, this, you, knowing with infinite knowing . . . learning how to travel on and beyond.
What do we think about from day to day, alas, from moment to moment? The younger we are the greater the co-opting of our thoughts by sex, greed, the coveting of things we do not have, and the myriad of intoxicating sensations we crave. In this mode of thinking, we have barely lifted our heads above animal instincts. Two dogs doing it in the parking lot. My body is who I am.
Waves of spiritual knowledge and transcendence rarely make inroads into these streams of thinking. Unfortunately, most human beings, regardless of their age, have yet to rise above this kind of existence. Even those who have aspired to a life of spiritual awakening often slip off to the side and lay down the challenges of higher consciousness in favor of comfortable living, believing that a stress-free life buoyed up by a collection of acceptable beliefs is the goal of human aspiration. These high vibrational sleepwalkers are as much asleep in their complacency as those whose noses are still sniffing the ground.
The stark reality of things is that human beings are not here for sensory gratification or building intellectual interpretations of how things are. From outside the cocoons of our personal living, waves of absolute knowing move through the cosmos as the most impenetrable of mysteries taking with them those awakened souls who have prepared their inner landscapes for the shedding of their thought-cocoons and facing the unknown. Eventually these transcendental waters will inundate the earth bringing to an end the sad story of humanity. Evolution is a tide that does not fall, and only mighty ships will be able to sail these seas. One needs to be awake to have a chance. Building such an ark for transcendence is why we exist. You might have figured it out by now that it’s just you and the divine intelligence at work to prepare for what is to come. Even if you cannot hear it, there is a cosmic clock in the cosmos and it is ticking.
This episode of The Invisible Room Podcast is about getting our priorities straight and checking out designs for transforming a thought stream into an ark suitable for riding the waves of transcendence into the unknown.
In the middle of this recording, an electromagnetic signal disrupted my equipment, the effect of which is a word gap at around the 15-minute point. The hum that came in with it dissipates within a few seconds. A mystery!
No matter where we turn in the media or in school or in church or in the laboratories of pharmaceutical companies, or hospitals that specialize in unpleasant ways to depart this earth, the message is constantly transmitted to us that we will die or fall sick or suffer in some way that says death must be avoided at all costs. To die is to cease to exist. They trade on that belief.
Big corporations make big money on fear of death. Our economy would probably collapse were sickness to go into abeyance and this fear fade away. Our whole collective life as human beings is based on fear and ignorance. We die from fear of death. A useful definition of death might be ignorance of eternal life. Fear of death arises out of a lack of knowledge about how things are structured behind the veils. Life as we live it is based upon our not knowing 99% of what is there. That ignorance we take for granted and call it the real world. We even give it a name–Earth.
While still incarnate in a human body, eternal life is a piece of knowledge that arises out of an inner experience, a transformative contact with a Truth that can be neither defined nor denied. No enlightenment is required for this knowledge, just a brushing up against it. Affirmation of one’s faith in an open and sincere heart will remove all doubt about life being an eternal process within which our hearts and souls move as waves of divine love. Knowing this is life eternal.
I speak about this in greater depth and from many viewpoints in the audio. Cultivating the ability to shift into many different viewpoints is how you sign up. Getting your head out of your ongoing personal struggles for a few moments daily is a way to sign up. Realizing that everything you hear in the collective consciousness is a lie is a way to sign up.
Knowing Truth is a very intimate experience. It’s not something you can tell others about. You just twirl your toe in the sand and look up and know.
“Only rare individuals have the strength to take a large immediate plunge straight into the sea of the Divine Inﬁnity. Some therefore must choose as a starting point a concentration in thought or contemplation or the mind’s one-pointedness to ﬁnd the eternal reality of the Self in them.” –Sri Aurobindo The Synthesis of Yoga
All forms of the divine, whether they originate in the history of the race, or in the deep imagination of a culture, or from the swirl of ideas in the wash of time—all so consecrated forms are gestures of the one Absolute Spirit, impulses of the Infinite Intelligence toward the awaking of that single individual who has turned head and heart in the direction of that truth. All other considerations aside, the seeker of God receives what he or she needs in the way of ascending to the path of truth, from which, through the faith and longing in the heart, there is no return, only eternal unfoldment.
Such a form is Lord Shiva. Worshipped for thousands of years through art, stories, chants, mantras, sutras, ceremony, pilgrimage, and face-on-the-floor surrender, this form of God is a doorway into the infinite for any individual willing to walk through it. Shiva brings his own gifts to the heart he floods with illumination. Divinity specific to this form is a storehouse of revelation. Satchitananda is his home. His earthly abode is atop Mt. Kailas in western Tibet. I know. I have visited the sacred mountain and circumambulated its base. I have touched the north face with mortal hands and have ridden the wave of inner transformation that has led me to this moment. Lord Shiva knows me and I Him. He is the essence of meditation, which is a dive into infinite silence, into consciousness without a thought, into existence before consciousness. I have meditated tens of thousands of hours at his feet. To know Shiva is to be awake to the Absolute. His image is fierce because making the inward turn takes courage that can only deity can provide. Cutting through the waves of infinity is serious business. Shiva is also infinite intelligence. His dance covers the entire cosmos. And, yes, too, “I am Shiva! Lord of Death!”. Om namah Shivia Om namah ShiviaOm namah Shivia
Caution is always advised when moving in the direction of the Infinite. A deity worshipped with an open and sincere heart acts as much as a protector as a revealer. On your own is not a safe passage; often the infinite roars like a giant waterfall getting louder as one clutches helplessly to one’s raft. What to do? A steady ascending passage is the gift of the Divine through the chosen deity. Such a deity is not a savior, but the divine uplift inherent in the spirit woven into the mind and heart of the awakening soul. The sadguru will bring the deity to life. Your Higher Self will guide you in its use.
The chant presented here is called the Shiva Gayatri. Gayatri is a rhythm, one of the most ancient rhythms of awakening in the human race. It was the most used by the ancient seers of the Rig Veda. All Gayatri mantras today use that rhythm and several key words. I have underlined those key words in the text below. The original Gayatri Mantra was an offering to the Solar Lord of this system and is the oldest known mantra in existence. It has been rendered today by many devotional singers. Devi Premal has recorded many Hindu devotional chants, the most beloved of which, I believe, is the original Gayatri Mantra. This audio is of me chanting the Shiva Gayatri for ten minutes:
Om Tatpurushaya Vidmahe
Tanno Rudrah Prachodayat
Om, Let me meditate on the great Purusha,
Oh, greatest God, give me higher intellect,
And let God Rudra illuminate my mind
Purusha = the divine self, the invisible room, the indefinable;
Rudra = an ancient name for Shiva
The advantage of taking up a form of worship from outside of one’s home culture is that you can consciously determine how much of the cultural overlay you wish to participate in. The question is how much “debris” do you wish to row your evolutionary boat through on the way to infinity, where all forms burn up in the fire of life? In the privacy of my heart, I can feel the divinity of Jesus, but I would not proclaim that feeling to any others in my world without risking being defined in a way that I know I am not. Think of the mantra above as a tool, one of many possible tools, in this metaphor as an oar; think of the boat as your personal self; think of the river as the evolutionary movement in which your boat moves. When your boat begins moving on its own inexorably toward the goal, no need for the oar. Eventually no need for the boat. I believe in keeping it simple. Feel what it is. Touch the mystery of existence. Touch the mystery of you. The image above is my worship for you to see. The image below is my inner journey for you to see.
Sri Anandamayi Ma was born knowing she was in union with God. She grew up knowing she was in union with God. Eventually everyone around her knew she was in union with God. During much of her early life, she would go into samadhi for hours or days at a time. She told others she was never born as her body though her physical presence (1896-1982) was a response, as she said, for a renewal of divine love in a world lost in its materiality. Ma did not leave a body of teachings; in fact, most of her recorded voice consists of answering questions during satsang sessions or chanting mantras in divine ecstasy. The videos below contain these elements of her darshan. The first is a semi-traditional documentary giving some of the ordinary facts of her life; in this video the shakti builds dramatically. The other two videos are almost purely divine energy. Most of the darshan comes through the images of her; some comes through the exquisite singing; the rest comes from one’s own divine source. Don’t forget to enjoy the portrait gallery of images of Ma. Divine shakti is what it is, what you and I are; there is nothing else. Best recommendation is to listen to all three in one sitting. About 45 minutes.
To be awake is to know the truth of how things are. To be fully awake is to know how things are from the viewpoint of your invisible room. The statements in this quick assessment are not intended for the mind to understand. They are directed to the psyche, the soul, to see where it stands in its evolution. Is it ready to turn its attention directly to spirit? In listening to these statements, you just let them in. After each statement, there will be a few seconds of silence. At the end, knowing will be present independent of the things you know. This knowing is what we cultivate when we enter the invisible room. To be awake begins with the original knowing. The mystery of knowing is the mystery of existence.
From within the invisible room, we make our first deep excursion into the reality field. Through invocations and cognitions of the original condition emerging out of itself, we can come into the presence of the living love flame. The living love flame shines through all things, animate or inanimate, but it shines most brightly through the lives of those who have sought out the source of light and love deep within the heart and have learned to feel its presence as a daily experience. This initiation opens doors in the heart that will never be closed again.