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This episode includes two twelve minute chants, the audios of which are available below: the first is the original Sanskrit version; the second is an English rendering prepared by me using the original translations. The show notes offer an explanation of the value of those chants and how they connect with the work of this podcast and website.

The Lord Krishna and Maha-Vishnu Exultation Page is directed toward opening the deeper regions of one’s heart and connecting one with Krishna on all planes of existence, all of which intersect the earth. The greatest value of incarnating as a human being is that all dimensions of existence, personal and cosmic, intersect with human consciousness. Human incarnation is the most cherished form of existence within the universe for that reason. A human being fully flowered is the creation for which all the universe awaits. Krishna is lord of all dimensions of existence, within, outward, and beyond, where there are no names or forms. To know Lord Krishna is to invite in unfathomable knowledge, bliss, and divine consciousness. All passageways into the beyond come through Lord Krishna.

On this page, you will have access to all the Krishna material on The Invisible Room for Exploring the Unknown website. These include two particular audios of the podcast: “Ep 45 Krishna’s Flute and Love’s Stand as it Disappears into the Infinite” and “Ep 65 A Conversation with Lord Krishna.” Other materials include bibliographical listings of books about Lord Krishna, and texts of chants which I have recorded for this episode.

The material recorded for this episode is taken from the Sri Brahma-Samhita, translated into English and commented upon by His Divine Grace Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Gosvami Thakura. This text is profound and very advanced. It would take lifetimes of engagement just to open some of the doors that resonate in this text. I have adapted a few stanzas for my personal work, some of which I am sharing with listeners of this podcast. The English translation of these verses is mine based upon the translated material provided by His Divine Grace. I have used this English wording in order to provide a greater connection with the language of this podcast and to make possible a more rhythmic measure for accessing the Krishna viewpoints imbedded in the material. In my renderings, nothing has been lost.

The audios using the Sri Brahma-Samhita material are useful for cracking, indeed smashing, through the indoctrinated mind, for spreading one’s consciousness into other planes of existence, and for attracting cosmic beings to assist in advancing one’s spiritual evolution. Fully engaging this material is not for the faint of heart. Only the committed will make progress in pushing aside the intense resistance to the passage of this energy from the absolute spirit into one’s consciousness. This resistance is part of one’s experience of these verses. Feel it; resistance is both important and necessary. For fullest effects, these verses would be chanted along with the recording and eventually chanted without the recording, when the divine energy will have become fully established within one’s psyche. Imagine it! Simply chanting along with the text would provide a powerful, ecstatic cry to the universe that you are available for greater spiritual advancement. Not that one should underestimate the value of just listening!

The background music is A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabupada chanting the Sri Brahma-Samhita.

Each verse of these chants takes a particular viewpoint of knowing Lord Krishna. Establishing the vibrations of each of these viewpoints within one’s consciousness would make possible the opening of many thousands more viewpoints for many lifetimes beyond this one. A Krishna lifetime is a particular existence with a particular matrix of ecstatic self-knowing as a life core for individual living. The revelation of the statements made here comes only with chanting, not thinking or studying. Thus is Lord Krishna.

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Chant One: The Sanskrit version (12 min)

ishvara paramah krishna

sachchidananda vigraha

anadir adir govinda

sarva-karana-karanam (1)

 

evam jyotir-mayo devah

sat-anandah parat parah

atmaramasy tasyasti

prakritya na samagamah (6)

 

praty-andam evam ekamshad

ekamshad vishati svayam

sahasra-murdha vishvatma

maha-vishnu sanatanah (14)

 

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Chant Two: The English version (12 min)

Krishna is Lord Supreme.

There is nothing beyond Lord Krishna.

Mental or material, in this world or another,

He is consciousness-bliss-absolute.

He is the uncreated source of all things,

Infinite, unbounded, the cause of all causes.

Through Krishna, all things are put into motion,

Sustained, and destroyed.

Thus is Lord Krishna. (1)

 

In his transcendental state,

Lord Krishna exists within himself as pure ecstasy,

Absolute bliss supreme.

Krishna unto Himself is all transcendental knowing,

No consciousness, no mind, no source of anything.

Within the infinite planes of existence,

There are no created realms within his notice.

Thus is Lord Krishna! (6)

 

Krishna, the divine source of all things,

Is in fact Maha-Vishnu,

Who enters into each of His creations as Himself,

As thousand-headed upon thousand-headed Vishnu,

Each head the Supersoul of its universe.

Each universe unto itself is Vishnu;

All of it is Maha-Vishnu,

Maha-Vishnu eternal.

Thus is Lord Krishna! (14)

 

Important Texts About Krishna

The Bhagavad-Gita translated and commentary by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabupada

Krishna The Supreme Personality of Godhead by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabupada

The Bhagavad-Gita (chapters 1-6) translated and commentary by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

The Bhagavad-Gita translated and commentary by Stephen Mitchell

The Complete Life of Krishna by Vanamali

 

Podcast Audios of Lord Krishna

Ep 45 Krishna’s Flute and Love’s Stand as it Disappears into the Infinite

Ep 65 A Conversation with Lord Krishna

 

Spiritual-Awakening

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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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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“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.

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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 Shivia  Om namah Shivia

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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

Mahadevaya Dhimahi

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

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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.

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The Invisible Room, your divine Self, is infinitely deep. You and I exist on an infinitesimal wave of its knowing, learning to locate and accept that infinity when it decides that it is time for us to know, one person at a time, through the eons, and hopefully one day the race as a whole. It’s not an easy acknowledgement to make when we have been programmed to see the world through the darkened lens of the rational mind. But here we are.

These four audios were created for deep penetration outside the veils that shelter us from infinity. Our desire to know arises directly out of infinity, and if you want to travel into the deep mystery right off, these instruments will point you in directions you never heard of.

The Sweet Voice of Prayer

Keys for Travel into the Deep Mystery

The Deep Mystery Guided Meditation

Enlightenment and Naught