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.
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
Even when we have managed to look up from our life stories and acknowledged the divine, have responded to the call from deep within to move forward in alignment with the divine will, there are the day-to-day movements within the karmic flux that are forever threatening to shunt us off into wayward paths of self-gratification and heroic charges into the saga of the collective consciousness as it lumbers along oblivious of what you know and what you are trying to keep alive in your psyche. How to keep that conversation with God in the foreground of your inner landscape? Sacred texts are always about something, but they are also the signal to the great beyond that you are ready to receive wider channels of the divine presence. This Conversation with Krishna wreaks havoc with the thinking mind, which is given an opportunity to bow down. When we finally bow down for keeps, the Lord is fully present in all that we do.
“A man exists on his own but for the abiding intent of the unknown at his back.”
“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.
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 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.
The mind always wants to know, but in the case of the Invisible Room, the mind has no dominion. Nevertheless, we live and move through the world with the mind pushing us here and there without any regard to the immanent and transcendent presence of the Invisible Room, God, the Absolute, Brahman, the Ultimate of What Is. These pages recognize the mind’s desire to know and my desire to help anyone who wishes to saturate his or her mind with the divine essence. Besides, the divine essence of knowledge is joy, ananda, bliss. So, take a deep breath and dive in.
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)