Living in the Awareness of Peace

light is hereWhat is a soul?  Many talk about ‘soul’, but few have truly understood what a soul is, what powers it contains, where it comes from, or how to live in a soul conscious way, rather than in a body conscious way.

George Washington Carver, a deeply spiritual man, was quoted as saying in The Man Who Talks With the Flowers,  that:

“The eye is the window to the soul.  The soul cannot be measured out.  The soul is infinite.  I am not trying to describe the soul, but the soul is all we have that is worth living for–all that we are.  You take that away and we become worse than the beasts in the field.”  

Who remembers the true divine nature of the soul? What teacher can introduce humans to themselves as eternal beings of light? Who holds the key for us to our freedom from limited body consciousness that keeps humans prisoners of the limited? Truly the one teacher that has all the wisdom and knowledge of the core, innate, nature and perfection of the human soul is the Divine Director of Life~the One who is called by many names in many cultures. I’ve come to know so much about my own nature through this One who has used the channel of the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University in Rajasthan, India to spread the teachings of the soul far and wide in India and abroad.  Here is a taste of how that One speaks of the true nature of His-Her Children:

“The soul is a very subtle aspect that has to be understood.  Souls are extremely subtle and imperishable. Neither a soul nor his part can be destroyed.  It is very difficult for those with gross (purely material) intellects to understand these things. This is why the Supreme Soul, the One who belongs to all Souls, comes at this time and makes you realize this”. {Murli, 5/29/2015}

The Murli is the precious guidance which is the basis of the teachings of the Brahma Kumaris as spoken through Prajapita Brahma from the mind and heart of the Incorporeal Supreme Soul.  This began in a small part of India called Karachi in the early 1930’s, before the partition of Pakistan, and continues to this day on Mt. Abu in Rajasthan, India.

The murli tunes one into the wavelength of the Creator’s Mind.  As one thinks about the murli and remembers the Almighty, one’s subconscious is cleared, day by day, moment by moment, drop by drop and the soul comes into awareness of the Self and its most dearly Beloved Mother Father.

 The subconscious (sanskaras) is full of old patterns, our deepest images and impressions, ingrained habits, belief systems, and conditionings from many lives. What you may not know is that all of this is recorded within your soul. Also within your soul is the faculty of  the intellect or conscience~ the part of you that can discern right from wrong.  The intellect can  give direction to your mind and subconscious and absorb truth, power, and values from the greatest of all souls, the Supreme Soul, through a method of remembrance practiced and taught by Raja Yogis.  The intellect becomes divine through the practice of this method of connecting with the Highest on High. The mind is also a faculty of the soul and is contained within the soul. The mind’s main function is to generate thoughts but decision making and judgement and discernment are the tasks of the intellect.  During the course of your incarnations, your intellect has grown weaker and weaker and has taken a “back seat” to your mind.

This has resulted in the state of the mind today: overwhelmed, burdened, and often out of control.  Your mind was not designed to make decisions: it is a thought-generator.  That’s what it does best; however, it must be guided to focus on worthwhile things and trained from its present “monkey-like state” back into partnership with your intellect. For the role of discernment belongs to your intellect. 

It is your intellect which has the capacity to discern which thoughts are valuable, worthy, and to be acted upon and which are not.  Your intellect can be awakened through this wonderful form of meditation/remembrance which the Brahma Kumaris teach and practice~ called Raja Yoga Meditation. 

Each soul contains all this and more!  Along with the volumes of  recorded impressions, stored over lifetimes of experiences, you, the soul, also contain knowledge. Nonetheless, you, the soul, do not take up an iota of space.  You, the soul are bodiless.  Therefore you must take a body on loan in order to play your various roles/parts upon the earth.  Sadly, today, most of us have come to identify more with our temporary ‘costume’ than with the eternal, unlimited  true nature of the self.

Because you, the soul are subtle and invisible, you and the rest of us have literally lost “sight” of it and have come to consider our identity as limited, material beings of flesh, blood, and bone.

Raja Yoga Meditation is the divine art of giving power back to the intellect, so it may responsibly and lovingly guide the wildness of the mind into peacefully churning true, powerful thoughts about the soul, the universe, and the Supreme Soul.

For example: what is the simplest, truest statement that can be churned about the nature of you, the soul?  What quality, most lacking in the mind, is, in fact, the core quality of you and every soul?

The answer, may come as a surprise!  PEACE.   Peace is our true, natural and original state.  Peace lives deep within each and every soul.

Raja Yoga is the method of turning your attention inward to the center of your forehead, where YOU, the living soul sits, as the driver of your vehicle, the body.

Feel into this space, to know your true nature. Turn away from all other thoughts for just a minute.  What are you feeling?  Do you recognise your self as Peaceful? Loving? Powerful? Blissful?

All of these states are aspects of you, the invisible, eternal being.  This is where you’ll find the peace and love and power and bliss that you have been seeking outside in the world of change!  It’s all within you.  No wonder you wish to experience it again.

Peace and serenity are often the first states we experience, when we go within.  Experiment with this thought:  Om Shanti which means”I am a peaceful soul”.

Repeat it again, quietly, confidently. OM SHANTI.  Say it  from the depth of your being.  Feel the unchanging reality behind it.

Feel that you are a peaceful soul.

As your awareness of your Original State of Peace increases, it begins to color the atmosphere around you. Everything becomes touched by your peace.

This peace leads us deeper into a place of silence.  Within this silence, so much exists!  The answers you seek can be found within this silence.

The question of “who am I?” is realized as we sit with it each day.

“Since the soul can not be seen with the physical eyes, it must be realized.”                                                                          (Murli)

This practice will change the way you see yourself.  As you meditate deeply on the thought that you are a peaceful soul, your consciousness opens the channel allowing peace to flow into your thoughts, words, and deeds.   You will begin to see yourself as a spiritual being interacting with the physical world.

Your state of peace will begin to affect the world around you, rather than the other way around!  Peace is contagious. As you emanate the quality of peace, many around you will also be inspired to experience peace within.

There is a “time for everything” and “everything has its time”.  Both in the physical realm as well as in our spiritual endeavors, “timing is everything”.

Are there times when meditation and self- inquiry are most fruitful?

Yes, it is well known and  understood by yogis and avid mediators that the early morning hours from 2 to 5 a.m. are the sweetest for revealing the Self and its connection with the Divine.

This is the best (but not only) time for receiving nourishment and power from the Ocean of Peace.  Sunset from 6:30pm to 7:30pm is another potent time.  Spending time right before sleep connecting with your peaceful core is also very valuable to insure deep, peaceful rest.

 You may enjoy the guided meditations on the websites listed below, at Raja Yoga Centers across the world, and even right here on Kauai,  in Kilauea.

If you live on Kauai or are visiting and would like to experience meditating in a deeply peaceful atmosphere, please call ahead for directions and times.

Thank You ~ 808-639-9436

Blessings of Peace,

Shivalaya

You will find very sweet, powerfully guided meditations at

http://www.just-a-minute.org

Youtube://AnthonyStrano linkoflife.com

http://www.ariellehecht.com/spiritualnourishment

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