As active human beings in the world, we need to know many things; indeed, there seems to be no end of things to know in order to succeed in life. Those whose lives are based on a dearth of worldly knowledge live contracted lives. We see this all around in every country, including “rich” countries. These people only the heart can help, and as we all know, there is a dearth of heart in the world. Life continues like this within the thinking mind indefinitely unless there is some intervention.
There is another way of knowing reality, which I call in this episode direct cognition of the mysteries of existence. Knowledge of the invisible room, the absolute spirit, the original condition–this knowledge is a fundamental knowledge for integrating the human experience into the flow of life in the cosmos. In this episode, I delve deeply into this kind of knowing for those whom I refer to as “long distance thinkers,” those whose thought streams have escaped the delusions of the mass consciousness. The problems of the world will always be there absent direct knowledge of the absolute spirit. Many do their part to help from where they know these deeper things. This episode is expressly dedicated to the long distance thinkers of the world, whether they hear these particular words or not.
It is a rare breed of human being, almost as rare as the snow leopard, who aligns his or her life with the silent waves of spirit that arise eternally out of the unknown. These waves, of course, are the divine intelligence manifesting the cosmos out its deep mystery. By the time those streams of divine intelligence coalesce into you and me, we have forgotten the source of all that we know and see, and therefore wander the landscape of our personal living lost to the knowledge, which when discovered, creates an unassailable foundation to the awesome fact of one’s existence.
Who wishes to hear the secrets of existence transmitted directly into one’s consciousness? Surely, the divine intelligence will find a way into the psyche of one who wishes to know life in this way. The internal hearing which brings knowledge of the infinite does not arise out of books, though the reading of certain texts can stimulate the spirit to rise and touch our conscious knowing. That which is known as reality rises out of the ocean of being and reaches human consciousness through the internal sense of “hearing,” which means direct knowing.
The ancient seers of India called this hearing of reality shruti. For millennia the Sanskrit term shruti has meant two things: direct cognition of reality through hearing, and the written texts that represent those cognitions, the most prominent of which are the Upanishads. The most famous commentary on the Upanishads is the Brahma Sutras by Shankara, whose stated purpose was to integrate the disparate, aspected angles taken on reality by the seers who composed the Upanishads over centuries into the irreducible singularity of Brahman.
Historically, these ancient seers have been seen as the cognizers of the ultimate reality, the thing finally to be settled upon as the beyond-which-there-is-nothing-more-to-be-or-know, the final texts of which revelations have been designated forever as that. These texts, however, were not meant to designate finality. Texts themselves are forever separate from the gaze of the seers, which has never been available to the gaze of history. The ancient texts and teachings were not records of cognitions to be passed on to posterity; they were and are tools used by Shankara and others today to awaken their disciples into superconscious states in order that they might participate in events eternally occurring in the primordial substrates of the cosmos. Those seers were then and are now hybrid beings, human beings transformed into cosmic seers through the agency of a vanguard of unmanifested seed urges (cosmic DNA) sweeping into this plane of existence from otherwhere, probing particular human beings in order to see if those lives can be adapted to their particular impulses of the primordial urge.
Today many more waves of these quantum beings, each a unique matrix of the divine “scrum,” are again entering human consciousness, evaluating the spiritual states of particular individuals, calling upon many to embark upon an advanced track in human evolution, a track successfully established (ropes laid) thousands of years ago by the ancient seers, and offering their seed vibrations as inexhaustible creation material for those who wish to project their unique existence into the beyond.
In the blood and soil of the Earth today, divinely fired creator beings are being generated as probes into these higher planes of existence. Through the cognitions of ancient and modern seers, the evolution of the human race is now directly linked into the eternal evolution of the cosmos and responds directly to the quivering waves of divine mystery that move existence forward in the unknown.
Whisperings are occurring now in the corridors of eternity. To hear the whisperings embedded in the words written here is shruti today. What you hear in this way is what you know.
I consider The Invisible Room Podcast to be shruti today. What arises in me out of the unknown finds passage into the world through the agency of my thinking mind and the technology of the day. The audios are spontaneous and lack the smooth literary structures of the magnificent “shruti” that are the apex of Vedic literature. The true value of what transpires in the spoken material of the podcast is the stimulating effect it might have on the psyches of those who have turned to listen, true listening, of course, being the listening to the waves of mystery rising from deep within their personal knowing.
On the deepest levels of knowing, true shruti never arises out of the original self-existent condition, and those who cognize pristinely at this level of interior penetration, who know this whispering for what it is, move on into an eternity which has no-thing by which to know the nature of its journey:
A whisper swirls itself into an ear to hear what it is saying.
Why talk about the subject that nobody will ever understand and only rarely accept? Death is an event everybody seeks to avoid. Civilization as a whole seeks to avoid it; medical science seeks to banish it. Do you choose to march in that mass fear and ignorance? Or do you choose to turn around and approach death as a knowledge that will bring infinite intelligence to bear on how you live your life? That turning is what this episode seeks to accomplish for those who enter their invisible rooms and know the reality at the core of all things.
The Invisible Room Podcast is about generating a psychic motion inside the mind that carries listeners through the many mental, emotional, and physical layers of our existence to come upon a reality of pure spirit, the divine self, Atman, Nirvana, the Buddha-nature, or God if you wish, or the invisible room, the real place, the truth place, the center of the maelstrom. That passage is, to my mind, the truth of our human existence, the thing we do when we wake up from the insistent story-telling of the mass consciousness and the dark resistance put up against those who seek to step outside the well-guarded norms of social, religious, and political beliefs. Something inside us is real! Locating that reality in how we live our confused and tortured lives is the challenge of existence, for beneath even the simplest quotidian activities, there is an inherent anxiety about the place we occupy in the universe and the astonishing lack of knowledge of who we are as human beings and where we are going as our lives unfold, not to mention the destiny of the race. You stand alone and the more awake you are, the more alone you are. The unknown is unrelenting in its power to generate existential anxiety.
Deeper still is the anxiety that arises out of the structure of human consciousness, which creates a separation between an inner knowing being and an outer world that is existentially experienced as a not-self reality, something alien, and something inherently dangerous. The anxiety generated by that gap is the stuff of human living, and the challenge of religious and spiritual dominions is to overcome that crisis either through a radical restructuring of our consciousness (e.g., Advaita Vedanta and Zen Buddhism) or through a compensation for the alien other by creating out of it a particular loving other, a saint, savior, deity, guru, or God that will make it all okay (all other religion).
Regardless of whether one is religious or not, every human being faces from moment to moment these crises of the unknown and the unknowable as an ongoing anxiety out of which all other anxieties arise. For most human beings this anxiety is a deadening hum arising out of the infinite.
So how to deal with this anxiety in this podcast and in the awakenings represented in the stories, images, and darshan pages on the website? And who are these people anyway? What appears here are some gestures for moving forward with that kind of knowledge. Take it as it is. Being awake means taking responsibility for the situation you are in, which manifests in the intense longings that arise in the heart, mind, and body, urging you to do something, even if the person next to you has no idea.
Tuning in to the one real voice inside of us is the only chance we have for approaching this anxiety with courage.
If you want to define this anxiety as arising from separation from God, feel free. In the west, it’s the norm. The exile of Adam and Eve from Eden for committing a crime against God is the dominant story in western consciousness. This story has turned western civilization into a morality play of crime, punishment, and redemption, which is being acted out behind every door in every home and office, and in every public forum, including in, especially, the mass media. The Old Testament is the life of separation-from-God anxiety lived by the guilty descendants of Adam and Eve, struggling from generation to generation on the way to some undefined redemption, or acceptance of the simple belief that being Jewish is enough. The New Testament represents the opportunity to live life free of that anxiety by inviting in Jesus to pay the fine arising from our de facto guilt, paving the way to an anxiety free afterlife. The question here, of course, is whether the real Jesus can be freed from imprisonment in the dungeons of the mass consciousness to affect personal redemption, not to mention the mass uplifting of believers into his eternal presence in an afterlife. Two thousand years of absence and counting. The same is true for Mohammad and Moses within their respective cultures. The overall failure of western and eastern religions to alleviate human ignorance and suffering after thousands of years of applying that “software,” to human pain and longing should be apparent to anyone willing to look up and assess. From within those institutions, however, no self-diagnostics are allowed. Self and other remains self and other, unredeemed and still looking. Perhaps nature has a plan. Perhaps God has a plan. Perhaps there are better odds here than drawing to an inside strait.
Tuning in to the one real voice inside of us is the only chance we have for approaching this anxiety with courage.
The longing to return to God is always there. It may manifest in many different modes familiar to us as human beings. Any desire to create, whether it be a physical object, or a mental idea, or a garden of feelings, they all point back to the source of their creation. But now, as we awake, we can actually sense a path back the way we came, what we knew before darkness fell into our knowing, how the things we love are always a reminder of the absolute bliss consciousness which is always there and to which we can ascend were we to apply an intent and purpose.
Episode 59 engages listeners in a process of lifting the dense mind out of its struggle with existence, passing through the higher mental faculties of revelation, inspiration and intuition, into faculties of transcendental knowledge and bliss. It is possible to experience these things here and now. We can always go there given the right intent, the right angle, and the right conditions. In this episode I hope to provide all three. The material below will guide you as you listen. Here you are. Give it a try. No promises. Tune in, energize, and ascend! Or just kick back and enjoy the ride!
selecting text or activity
generating shakti (energy)
establishing sense of purpose
establishing a sense of continuing
Expected results: knowledge of transcendence; recognition of the independence of transcendental consciousness from the mind; the inspiration to explore higher states of consciousness; activation of higher mind faculties
Aurobindo text one:
“The method we have to pursue, then, is to put our whole conscious being into relation and contact with the Divine and to call Him in to transform our entire being into His. Thus in a sense God Himself, the real Person in us, becomes the sadhaka (the perfection) of the sadhana (the practice) as well as the Master of the Yoga by whom the lower personality is used as the centre of a divine transﬁguration and the instrument of its own perfection.”
Aurobindo text two:
“The terminology of Yoga recognises besides the status of our physical and vital being, termed the gross body and doubly composed of the food sheath and the vital vehicle, besides the status of our mental being, termed the subtle body and singly composed of the mind sheath or mental vehicle, a third, supreme and divine status of supra-mental being, termed the causal body and composed of a fourth and a ﬁfth vehicle which are described as those of knowledge and bliss.
But this knowledge is not a systematised result of mental questionings and reasonings, not a temporary arrangement of conclusions and opinions in the terms of the highest probability, but rather a pure self-existent and self-luminous Truth.
And this bliss is not a supreme pleasure of the heart and sensations with the experience of pain and sorrow as its background, but a delight also self-existent and independent of objects and particular experiences, a self-delight which is the very nature, the very stuff, as it were, of a transcendent and inﬁnite existence.
Do such psychological conceptions correspond to anything real and possible? All Yoga asserts them as its ultimate experience and supreme aim. They form the governing principles of our highest possible state of consciousness, our widest possible range of existence. There is, we say, a harmony of supreme faculties, corresponding roughly to the psychological faculties of revelation, inspiration and intuition, yet acting not in the intuitive reason or the divine mind, but on a still higher plane, which see Truth directly face to face, or rather live in the truth of things both universal and transcendent and are its formulation and luminous activity. And these faculties are the light of a conscious existence superseding the egoistic and itself both cosmic and transcendent, the nature of which is Bliss. These are obviously divine and, as man is at present apparently constituted, superhuman states of consciousness and activity.
A trinity of transcendent existence, self-awareness and self-delight is, indeed, the metaphysical description of the supreme Atman, the self-formulation, to our awakened knowledge, of the Unknowable whether conceived as a pure Impersonality or as a cosmic Personality manifesting the universe. But in Yoga they are regarded also in their psychological aspects as states of subjective existence to which our waking consciousness is now alien, but which dwell in us in a superconscious plane and to which, therefore, we may always ascend.”
Read the first section entitled The Conditions of the Synthesis (50 pages. — use technique above; get there on your own)
Read entire book as sadhana (practice every day)
Change your name and move to India (just kidding)
Elements of a Spiritual Practice (sadhana)
A) Deep meditation; ideas, beliefs, and texts that reference reality, the absolute spirit, the shores of the unknown; read it or listen to it and experience it; (rishi)
B) Images, music, mantras, techniques, or things rhythmic, like chants and drumming, that stir the energy of the cosmos; shakti, the divine mother, the holy spirit; feel it and experience it; (devata)
C) A stance for engaging the mass consciousness without being weighed down by it; a stance that protects your heart, becoming a warrior; becoming a voice for truth; being true to yourself; ready to die for it (chhandas)
D) A sadhana, a practice (using elements 1-3), a showing to God of your commitment; generating more light day by day; opening your heart to other dimensions of reality; inviting in the higher beings to facilitate your efforts to create; becoming a long distance seeker; all in for fully awake; getting noticed (bhakti)
Once we get out of the legalistic and politically-driven questions about what is true, the question of how do we know what we know swims into view. The lower mind, the vibration of mind through which we perceive and understand the world, the mind of the mass consciousness, gives us very limited knowledge about what reality is. To live exclusively out of the lower mind is to life in the fake-reality. Knowledge generated out of the higher mind reveals much more about the nature of the universe as a spiritual event and brings us into closer contact with the divine intelligence that governs all things in the cosmos, including you and me specifically.
This episode is highly influenced by my readings of Sri Aurobindo, especially The Life Divine, which is a breathtaking but challenging opus of spiritual knowledge composed over an entire lifetime. A visit to the Sri Aurobindo Darshan Page would be a supportive experience to this audio, which is about how the higher mind experiences eventually lead us to coming under the influence of the Supermind, as Sri Aurobindo refers to the divine intelligence running the universe.
Imagine what it would be like to come to a vast clear space in your life where the most fundamental questions about life come out of the fog of the mass consciousness and assail your thinking until you are willing to take them on for real! Is there a God? Is there life after death? Does love endure? Who am I? What am I doing here? All of these questions and many more are buried in the insanity we call life on planet earth and await our discovery of them. These questions open doors, they beg for us to awaken into the truth of our existence, never mind the allure of the world and the lies we tell when we cannot accept our addiction to it. Earth, the universe, spirit, and the unknown. If we try to put it all together in the mind, we fail; but listen to the longings that urgently inform the heart that revelations are available, then much is possible. Listen here to two versions of enlightenment: one from Paramahansa Yogananda; the other from Franklin Merrell-Wolff. This episode is about arousing that desire to exist for real. Without that longing that will not be assuaged by anything but truth, the body bag at the end might as well be good enough.