When the wise and loving elder affectionately called Dadi Janki was asked- what do you love the most. She replied: ME!!! As a student and teacher of Raja Yoga Meditation she was the embodiment of radiance and love and contentment. She embodied the satisfaction of a soul stabilized on its own form.
What is the secret behind her ultimate contentment? The secret is this :Souls can only be content when they are stable in their eternal form of light, peace, love, bliss, wisdom, truth, and joy. This is true happiness…it is true because it is eternal. Because the soul is eternal, it is only fulfilled by that which is also eternal. Temporary fixes will not do.
Contentment is the crown jewel of all the other virtues. In other words, contentment is the end result of the study and practice of concentrating on the awareness of being a soul and seeing others as souls. Complete fulfillment is experienced when the soul experiences it’s own self-respect and love and experiences love and respect from the Divine Beloved. This means that I , the soul, can be content even knowing my own present weaknesses. True contentment is when I base my contentment upon what is eternal and on the love I receive in my eternal connection with the One. Step by step we build our own self-respect based upon this stable and eternal foundation.
When a soul doesn’t accept herself, she seeks approval from others (this is like being a beggar-always needing praise and assurance). One’s life is lived through the eyes and opinions of others. This results in a rollercoaster of fluctuation and uneasiness caused by the internal pressure of expectation.
Be gentle and patient with yourself so that you don’t slide back to square one. While aiming for the highest, accept where you are at and notice how far you have come!!! Don’t reject yourself when you Slip Up!!! Don’t put yourself down or overreact to yourself~~~
Make sure your sense of self, your identity is not based on what you DO. Remember you are an eternal being, vast, infinite, great, loving. To enhance this awareness, start the day with soul consciousness for this will set the tone on the day. Soul Consciousness means the soul becomes conscious of its own inner powers. When my awareness is based in soul consciousness, God can influence me and use me. My positive qualities and powers are also influencing me. I am not subject to the influence of others or the surrounding atmosphere.
There is success where there is determination. Be determined to remain content with yourself and make everyone else content too. Then your original sweetness will shine through and you will be known as a soul who is a Jewel of Contentment.
The late, great Dadi Janki has been and still is a mentor for thousands, if not hundreds of thousands. She created “The Call of the Time” dialogues and retreats to serve the movers and shakers of the world. She has inspired people in the field of world service who also maintained a spiritual dimension to their lives and work. Since the first dialogues began in 1998 in Oxford, UK, Dadi Janki and the cadre of those she became a spiritual resource for, were looking at this basic question: What is the call of this time for you? Now in 2020, this question is even more pertinent, whether you are navigating world issues or the challenges of your own life and assisting others to do the same.
Dadi Janki was deeply touched by the community of souls that had emerged and considered each one to be a spiritual friend. Her love for them evoked a feeling of special care and concern for what they each faced in their field of service. She shared her thoughts and insights on the inner state of being they would need to maintain in order to address the outer conditions in the world. Her consistent message to those spiritual friends was to pay attention to the quality of the thoughts in your mind and create spaces of silence in which to slow down your thoughts and bring the most elevated of them into life.
The following is a short letter written by Dadi that shares a universal message for anyone with the intention of creating a positive influence upon our world.
“In order to serve in the world at this time, we need a mind that is qualified to serve. Our thoughts, words, and actions should be aligned with the values we want to bring into the world to strengthen a foundation that seems to be falling apart. However, when many people turn inward and look for strength and power, the state of their own mind weakens their resolve to serve. What do they see?
Thoughts are like ants. They can create havoc for us, if we are not careful. Ants follow each other like an army. If one comes, then a whole troop follows. And they line themselves up is such a way that it looks like an invasion. In the same way, one wasteful or negative thought has the power to form an army and create a pattern of thinking that can defeat the soul. So observe the spiral of your thoughts. Is it an upward spiral, or a downward spiral?
Take care of the pattern of your thoughts. It takes one second for thoughts to be positive and one second for thoughts to be negative. And it takes one determined thought to transform a negative thought into a positive one.
Serving others is to offer them the gift of your elevated thoughts.“
Is it possible there is one way to free yourself from the world of emotional pain, sorrow, fear, and regret? Sure, you might be thinking, and how much does it cost, and how long will I need to try it, and for how long will it work?
Asking these kinds of questions comes from the present state of the human condition: materially-minded, limited, and trapped in a world with many issues and lots of false, expensive claims.
This state is very familiar to all of us-as a matter of fact, most of humanity is immersed in what I have recognized after much meditation and then in a flash ( inspired by a great teacher) that the world of sorrow is all around, but we have a choice, to live in it or not!
Once you recognize how it is being created inside of you, you have the creative option to design your escape plan and get in touch with the inner world of happiness. First step is to recognize and remove yourself from the world of sorrow, second step – have a plan that you use to redirect your attention to the rediscovery and revival of the world of happiness within you. You are not alone. Others are also involved in this practice! It is not a process, rather it is a practice-that you will enjoy. You are replacing a very old habit with a new habit. You will have experiences when you practice. Then you will be your own authority!!!
But back to the first step of recognizing how you have been immersed in the world of sorrow, like a fish immersed in an ocean. The fish may not truly appreciate the ocean until it jumps out for a moment. For the fish, the ocean is essential, but for us this ocean of sorrow is non-essential, it is a choice. To jump out takes the courage to recognize it first of all and see how it has become part of me and my patterns of perception!
The world of sorrow is created every day by many minds and many hearts feeling stuck in their past words, reactions, choices, and actions. Locked into a familiar-comfortably uncomfortable- state of consciousness, limited by what is known, by what is seen, heard, tasted, smelled, and felt through the domain of the five senses. Relief from this state of affairs is occasional and temporary-perhaps a good meal with friends, a beautiful sunset, a shared bottle of wine, a good night’s sleep. And then the same old, same old thoughts are back on the screen of your mind, immediately as you awaken each morning. The cravings, the longings, the compulsive behaviors, the should haves, the wish I could have, the when will it happen….the dread, the news, the deadening routine… sound familiar?
To take the first step out of this world requires courage. Not every one will take that first step. But for the willing, with that step, a 1,000 boons become available. A new path of light opens up to the seeker and the pen to write your own destiny is at your fingertips. The world of happiness stands just on the other side, as one awakens from the deep, addictive sleep of the world of sorrow. Besides courage, you must also invoke determination.
Take a deep breath right now and feel inside for these two qualities: COURAGE & DETERMINATION. Go beyond any doubts coming from within or without. Go deeper. Invoke the power of Courage, and the power of determination!!! Take your mind out of the mud of regrets and the fears about repeating them…take the insightful lessons of the past with you, but not the negative feelings associated with the situations. The situations are over…Done. With courage and determination you are armed to create the future. Don’t let the past define your future or define your character, either!
Clear the past and create your future!
It is a new day. How will it be different? What do I do if the old thoughts and feelings creep back in, in a moment? First off, do not be surprised or caught off-guard, be aware, have a plan! Think of this challenge of shifting out of the old world of sorrow and invoking the divine virtue of happiness as a game. While playing a game, there is usually lots of enthusiasm and effort to win. Knowing the rules of the game is essential for success. Breaking a rule will disqualify even the most skilled players. Remember one of the rules of this game is not to waste a lot of time tolerating your old thoughts and feelings…i.e. tolerating and creating sorrow through your own thought patterns. First check to see what happened that triggered the wave of the old…the wave of sorrow. Identify your “Achilles heel”, i.e. the weak points in your being, the tears in the emotional or mental makeup that have been created by traumas and dramas of your past. Catch yourself, before responding in an old, habitual way! If you didn’t respond outwardly, but you felt yourself hit by the familiar arrow (which could be one of your own recurring, destructive, negative, wasteful thoughts or someone else’s) have a backup up thought to replace it. For example, go beyond the human dilemma, by reminding yourself who you really are! I am a peaceful, loving soul. I can choose to have self-respect and focus of what is true and good for the soul.
This is one of the major rules (truths) of this game called Life…. I am more than meets the eye…I am in fact, incognito…I am an eternal point of light, of consciousness…and the essence of my nature is that of peace and love. In fact, the truth is: I am a peaceful soul. My original and eternal nature is love and joy. Are you willing to play? Can you feel that this is true?
It is understandable, that you may need to sit and contemplate about this and find that sacred awareness that leads you into an experience of who you truly are. With this simple practice, you will build a powerful stage of self-respect that insures meeting life with a sense of security and confidence. This is the missing piece of the puzzle…this is the game changer which gives you a chance to master life. This is where to start. This is the practice. If you become aware of this fact many times throughout your day, I AM A PEACEFUL SOUL, for even a moment or two, you will begin to see and know yourself and see others in a new sweet way! For actually, originally every soul’s original religion is that of Peace and Love!
Everyone is a soul, eternal, originally pure, loving, peaceful, and happy. The game is to get back to this original state of consciousness or awareness. The game is to pay attention to this “rule”; the drill is to practice this awareness frequently to refine your skill at becoming a hero or heroine of your own life. As with anything you practice, it requires repetition. The more practice, the better you get. At first, it feels difficult, because it is new. Or you may think it sounds to simple to be effective. The reason this practice works is because it is based in the truth. It is not an expensive mantra that you will need to pay someone a big chunk of money to receive!
This practice is like turning on a light, flipping a switch. The light is within you…you are the light! You are a soul. You are a peaceful soul. Thinking about the real you will bring your eternal consciousness into the present and create a beautiful future, more beautiful than you may be presently able to imagine!
The practice is called Raja Yoga Meditation. In these days – yoga- has become fashionable and expensive in the west. Raja Yoga is the ancient and original form of the yoga of India. It is the yoga of the mind. It is freely shared. It does require determination and discipline. However it is not difficult. It is shared freely because it is priceless. It will connect you with the deepest truth of yourself and also with the truth of the Highest on High.
“Imbibe this very well and share with others. Wherever you came from, you were pure.” At present no one is pure. With that said, what are the most important questions to ask yourself in life?
Why am I doing this…Am I doing this with love…If not, why?
If we ask ourselves these questions, we are able to check our own blind spots. Best to check the self now when there is the great opportunity to change, rather than at the end of your life when you have run out of time!!!
So fall in love with your own efforts to be the highest version of yourself. You can not be alert to transforming without love…or else your movements become mechanical.
Results are important to note; you must not just be treading uphill. However, some results are very subtle.
How to cultivate this landscape of love which is the essence of every soul? How will I know that I am fully worthy of God’s Love? Let me accept this great challenge to accept my own worthiness and to know and feel love from the Supreme, who truly affirms again and again ~ you are my child, I am yours, and You Are Loved.
Keep yourself open to allow God to love you and allow your heart to feel it. Accepting this Divine love, I receive an enormous lift that gives me power to transform. Along with love from God is the importance of self love and respect.
Be in Love with the Self. Remember you are a unique and special soul. Deeply consider yourself to be a soul (not the body). Dive deep into the qualities of the soul and the treasures that lie within, especially your treasures of peace and love.
The more I’m connected with my Self and experience the truth that I am a soul, the less I want, need or take from anyone else, especially in the form of their praise and acknowledgement or their rejection or defamation. For this, I the soul, need a lot of silence to see the game of the ego and to discern what I am not, from what I truly am. It takes a lot of courage to own our own greatness.
Stop processing and start practicing the kind of awareness which leads to self-realization.
See your journey as a wonderful and interesting game. The game of emerging your original and eternal nature of love will take you beyond the unsustainable emotionality that has come from adopting the norms and standards of a world off kilter.
Play the game of love to create win-win scenes. Create a new standard that understands what is temporary, limited, and illusory from that which is real, eternal and unlimited.
Life, itself, will give you a lot of signals. For example~ any form of discomfort means something needs to be put right. Discomfort shows you what is calling out to be transformed (loved) in any moment.
Ask yourself, what methods do I have to keep me aware that I am a soul who is eternally and originally a being of peace and love?
For many of us, affirmations, times of silent meditation, and journaling are the practices which help me catch myself in order to keep me in touch with truth.
There are many creative self-triggers that can be used to keep your awareness high and your vibration loving, happy, and peaceful. For starters, pay attention not to be influenced by negative vibrations and atmospheres of the outer world. For this, some use doors as triggers…any door that you go through can be a signal to stay alert to carry across that threshold a strong sense of who you are as a loving, peaceful soul, immune to the vibrations that are causing others to be immersed in forms of negativity and sorrow. Instead carry your light of awareness with you, as you walk, consciously, through each door.
Remember this is a game of consciousness, stay light, play to win and help others win too. The new world we are creating is full of happy, loving souls who are currently trapped in this old world and often do not even realize it; they, too, can only thrive in the light of love!
Another method for remaining self-aware or soul-conscious, is to check and see what are the EXTRAS I’m carrying around in my head? Extras = baggage that weighs me down and takes me away from the awareness of my loving, peaceful self. Extras = reacting rather than responding, saying too much, thinking too much, being opinionated, being influenced by past experiences, associations, and memories.
Remember when you clear the past, you create the future! Again, think “game”~ this is a game of retraining the mind. Stay loving, be peaceful.
Many of us, try to create an external comfort zone and surround ourselves with only things we can manage easily. This is very limiting and actually a form of laziness. When we try to live out of our own comforts, we are living according to the games that the ego likes to play-our spiritual love is then comprised; we become careless and lose our alignment with truth.
What to do? This is a game of expanding our consciousness of true love and true peace. So we go deeper into our own spirituality, our inner sanctuary of peace. This is called living from the inside out, rather than the outside in. When I’m truly comfortable on the inside, I make peace with everything. Situations become more co-operative and true love and contentment can arise.
For this to become my stable state of consciousness, I must develop great familiarity with my inner world, my inner spirituality, my inner resources of peace and love. For this, I must turn to the Source when my own resources seem to be running low.
The Benevolent One is always available. Many souls have found that through a simple and profound practice of meditation called Raja Yoga or Remembrance, they can fill up with Universal Love and Light and Peace and be a powerful influencer in their own families, workplaces, and communities. As one remembers this Light and follows it constantly, one becomes not only a transformer of the self, but a transformer of the world.
This is a practice freely shared with all. It is truly user-friendly. To learn more, checkout:
The Divine Gardner says, ‘become a fragrant flower‘. There are many kinds of flowers- there is the rose, then there is also the flower that has no beauty or smell that grows in the wild.
A garden is small, He says, a jungle is large. The garden is carefully tended to by the gardener. It has beautiful flowers that spread their fragrance everywhere, they bring happiness to those who see them. A garden is free from thorns because thorns bring sorrow, flowers bring happiness.
Am I a fragrant flower?
Fragrance comes from purity – in thought, word, action and intent. Where there is purity, there is happiness, contentment, peace. Why? Because I am successful. People think success is dependent on others liking me or what I do. Actually, the Divine Friend says, success is based on intent. If your intention is pure, you are already successful. Then, the fragrance of those qualities spreads far and wide without me having to do anything. It is indeed like a flower in the garden that radiates beauty and fragrance automatically..it is not an effort, it is part of its nature.
As I become purer, my happiness and contentment increase. Purity comes from remembering who I am and Whom I belong to, in other words, it comes from remembrance. When I forget who I am and fall into the trap of body consciousness, I become contaminated with all kinds of traits – comparison with others, jealousy, hustling, one-upmanship, desire to win and be right all the time, etc. When I am consumed by these emotions, I live my life in fear rather than in peace and contentment. My mind becomes toxic and toxins don’t release a fragrance as much as they release a stink.
Don’t be a thorn, says our Divine Friend.
A bad smell brings unhappiness and discomfort to people around- they hold their noses and try to get away as far and as quickly as possible. On the other hand, when I am content, when I am happy and peaceful, it lightens the mood for everyone. Even if a person might be feeling low, when a good natured, contented person walks in, they make everyone else feel better.
The good news, the Divine Friend says, is that you are a fragrant flower, fragrance is part of your nature…you just forgot who you are.
It is not something I have to learn, it is not a muscle I have to grow…it is who I am innately. All I have to do is remember…not just in the morning but throughout the day as I am walking, talking, moving around. I, am a peaceful soul. I, am a loveful soul. I, am a child of God. Then, along with remembering, let me follow that up with being in that awareness. What does peace feel like, look like? What does being loveful mean? Let me touch base with my own truth, let me step into my reality rather than simply contemplate it.
This is who I am, a fragrant flower. Now let me remain in that awareness.
This is a beautiful meditation created by the Late Anthony Strano, a senior pracitioner of Raja Yoga Meditation. It is called the Positive Mind Meditation. Look for it on Youtube.
The commentary is beautiful. I would suggest you listen and view the video once before you actually sit down to meditate. The shining star on the forehead, is I the Soul. I the Soul is the being that drives this Car the body.
Greetings of Love and Blessings on this auspicious occasion of Rakshabandan which has given me the golden opportunity to be witnessed by all of you as I express my gratitude to the One on High for leading my heart Home to Him and the Family of souls that make up the Brahma Kumari World Spiritual University where I am a student, teacher and family member since 2011.
I am most grateful to the One who has found me and restored faith and self-respect within me as an eternal being of Light.
I am most grateful for His teachings which have revealed to me the great joy and power of being introverted, inner directed, peaceful, and tolerant while living in a world that at present exemplifies many of the opposite qualities.
This path of knowledge, meditation, and service is teaching me to embody my eternal and original attributes of Love, Peace, and Stillness as well as Joy and Enthusiasm.
This path has taught me how to hold myself in the Company of the
Highest on High to be under His Canopy of Love and Power and how
to bring others into that elevated company as well, through sharing the practice of Raja Yoga Meditation which I do on a daily basis.
This path has shown me how to be an effective helper by uniting in my consciousness with His Supremely Pure Radiance in order to be purified,myself, as well as helping in His Task of sanctifying the entire world and every soul in it.
Through this path, He has become not only my loving Mother, protective Father, ever-faithful Friend and Beloved Companion, but also the Guide and Teacher who shows me, as I pay attention, success at every step.
The Father has extended His Hand to me as I lend a hand to my brothers and sisters. He is the Magnet pulling us Home.
He has instilled within me the pure thought to be so stable in my
awareness of Being His Instrument that there is no room for me,me,me or mine, mine, mine. This is the sacrifice that liberates I, the Soul into its unlimited capacities.
For all this and so much more, I am eternally Grateful and Faithful
Do you remember the Rolling Stones’ song: “Time is On My Side”? This article has been written about that kind of time, the kind of time that is truly on your side…on the side of humanity, on the side of progress after a long time of stagnancy and degradation. Strong words, for sure, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you hear yourself questioning the previous statement about these times and how time could possibly be on your side, at this time when the globe is experiencing and witnessing a time of one natural disaster after the next, of pandemic, of brutality, of inhumanity towards another’s human life, compounded by continued human atrocities to nature. Many of the scenes that are playing out at this time are creating a sorrowful darkness for our people and the world of nature. This piece wasn’t written to dwell upon the sorrows of our world, yet they cannot and should not be denied. Rather my purpose in writing this is to alert you and uplift you and explain how time is of the essence and time really is on your side!
Most of us are very familiar, although often uncomfortable with chronological time, as there never seems to be enough of it; and it seems to be speeding up everyday. This type of fleeting time, which we measure through clocks, watches, and calendars is governed by the Greek god, Chronos who is god of time, god of death, and the god of material consciousness. As you can see, Chronos governs the 3D world where time doesn’t always seem to be on our side!
But wait, there is another god of time, and his name is Kairos. This Greek governs a very different kind of time; he gives us a different senseof time. In Kairos Time, one qualifies time in terms of events that make a deep impact on the quality of life. For example, there are moments in everyone’s life which prove to be highly influential and even life changing. They may only take moments to transpire (in chronological time) and yet they have the power to change the entire direction of your life, in a matter of minutes!
Kairos Time gives meaning to life that is far beyond ordinary chronological existence. Some of those key Kairos moments are ‘enlightenments’, but some are also traumas. It is as though ‘time stands still’ in those moments. These types of events change you so totally that you can never go back to what you were before. The experience of Kairos Time creates new responses, clearer understandings and offer us important, defining, moments in our lives.
However, in order to truly change and evolve there has to be a force operating in time that rejuvenates everything and everyone; that force has to operate on life, physically, mentally, socially, financially, and spiritually in every possible way. What is needed is a force that can reverse the effect of time! The force we are talking about is an extremely, powerful, force which carries the state of the world and the states of people from the very bottom to the very top, from its lowest ebb back to its original, purest and highest condition.
In India, a name for God is Mahakaal which means the Great Time. Maha(great)kaal(time) has the power reverse the effects of time. Referring back to Mother India for another interesting point-the time, we are in right now, is called the Confluence Age. A confluence is known to come between two things; in this case …we are an exceptional, though short period of time that has come between two very long periods of time. The confluence that is now occurring is between the darkest of times and the coming or the advent of the brightest of times.
The Confluence Age is the only time in our history when we have the possibility to elevate, to evolve, to ascend i.e. it is the only time that we have the force of Mahakaal, the Great Time supporting us to make a leap of consciousness to right all wrongs and to settle all karmic accounts, both individually and collectively. The importance of this time is paramount! Many souls are tuning in to the enormous potential for greatness that is now present.
It is an epic time of both destruction and creation. It is the peak of destruction which will create the pure opening into another age, an age of beauty, harmony, and prosperity, the true heaven on earth.
However, in order for heaven on earth to be established, we must let go of everything of this old world. The destruction of the old is imminent, for without the complete culmination of the old age, the new age can’t be born.
Life and death, light and darkness, traumas and enlightenment, the natural cycle of life, devolution and evolution, the comings and goings of unprecedented events, it is all upon the stage at this time. Trust in the greatness of this time, let go of the known shore, let go of your fears, especially the fear of death, for it is the time for complete renewal, the time for the reset button which comes after death. Keep your thoughts with the Great Force that is fully reversing the effects of time and bringing in a bountiful age when the earth and all souls are made new once again.
If this article has peaked your interest in some way or raised questions and you would like more information about the times we are in and this concept of the Confluence Age-feel free to contact me at 808-639-9436 to set up a time to share.
“If you want an easy method for self-transformation, one that brings results, consider self-realization. Self-realization leads to self-transformation, naturally.
What do I need to realize…you may be thinking. Here is what we all need to realise. We are souls, separate from the body. We are children of God, with an originally divine nature of peace and love.
Self-realization BEGINS when our understanding of this BECOMES AN EXPERIENCE. Then it is as if the soul awakens. Truth is awakened. At this point it is no longer about changing ourselves. Instead, we undergo a metamorphosis, in which the soul’s latent beauty simply begins to take over, like a caterpillar becoming a butterfly.
Our original character, our eternal character of virtue and greatness begins to assert itself. To focus our efforts on evoking something lovely, rather than transforming something dreadful, is known as easy effort.
Truly, there is no need to judge ourselves harshly, criticizing ourselves for every mistake. The power to create all the changes we desire lies in the truth of who we are.
We just need to reach that truth and coax it back into being. This will dislodge and replace much of what we otherwise would spend a lot of time trying to change.
All the right thoughts and good feelings you would like for yourself and others already exist within you.
Do you have this faith?
Developing this faith is the real work of those of us on a spiritual path.
Realizing and accepting the highest truth about ourselves is the foundation of spiritual greatness.
It is easy to construct the part of the building that is above ground.
The real work lies in creating the foundation.
There is a gift for you when you do this.
It is called pure pride.
DEVELOPING PURE PRIDE
Pure pride is not ego.
Ego develops from identifying too strongly with the roles we play in the drama of life. Ego weakens truth: we become overly sensitive to other peoples’ opinions and are easily offended. Ego makes us judgmental: it runs an often unconscious mental tape of comments, criticisms, and corrections which distances us from others. If nothing keeps the ego in check, the heart begins to harden, making us more and more selective and prejudiced, closing us off from people and life.
Pure pride, on the other hand, is the result of exploring our spiritual heritage. It is based on the experience of being a soul, a child of God. As peace and love flow from the Supreme to us, souls, His children, the flame of pure pride is re-ignited.
When we operate from pure pride, well-being is internally generated and a new sense of inner security and comfort allows us to be more relaxed in life. We are no longer so easily affected by the moods and opinions of others. There is less effort in being with each other. We find ourselves naturally opening to people, able to accept them as they are, genuinely interested in their well-being. There are feelings of compassion and it is easy to come close. We also become gentle.
When such feelings are again experienced by the heart, and not just simply understood by the head. our values begin to clarify and reaffirm themselves automatically. We are able to discern right from wrong and actually do what is right.
We become free from external influences and behave in a way that reflects the best in us; we are true to the highest truth within.
Pure pride is an experience of self-respect, to a degree that we would, before, never even have imagined possible.
Text borrowed from Spiritual Greatness, a book by the late, great Dadi Janki~Thank you, Dadi!