20 rules for achieving enlightenment

 

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Aadishri lists out 20 rules that help a person achieve enlightenment

1. Believe that God is One.

2. Worship only that one Lord with non-destructive love and non-destructive devotion. Surrender the fruits of all your actions and dedicate what you consume to that one God and do all actions in His name. That will make all your actions sacred.

3. The Lord is present in all beings-animate and inanimate.

4. The devotee who worships this one Lord without any attachment has nothing to fear.

5. Always be happy with what you have and ask for forgiveness for     any acts that you may have committed-knowingly or unknowingly that maybe sinful.

6. The hunger for food is necessary to keep the body alive but other appetites such as lust, Ego and greed are sins.

7. Give 10% of your income in the service of the Lord (in the house of Lord), give 10% to good deeds and spend 10% of your time in the remembrance of the Lord or doing actions for the Lord.

8. Always help someone who is genuinely in need of money or other type of help.

9.  All evil actions and all sin germinate first in the mind. If the mind is purified then only will wrong actions be stopped.

10. One word of truth that brings peace is better than a thousand words of false sweet sounding explanations.

11. Focus on the Present and not on the past or future since we have  the power only to construct the present moment.

12. Never think that anything is impossible for the soul. If there is any greatest sin in the world, it is this thought -“I am disabled (weak) or     the other is disabled (weak).”

13. The one who reaches enlightenment never craves for any  worldly object. Check yourself on this yardstick.
14. The one who desire to be free must be ready to do the work of a thousand life-times in this one life.

15. Those great souls that after getting enlightenment, help others achieve the same goal are superior to those who remain quiet and simply live a pure life.

16. Tough times are the ones that make us introspect.  Worldly shocks are the ones that wake us up from a sensuous sleep. Failure/ betrayal in worldly life is what propels the individual to find his true self.

17. So friends wake up to the reality of these words. Stop the idol worship or praying to deities and stone statutes worshiping since the true Lord lies within you as your imperishable soul. Material nature has no power in front of your soul. The three worlds lie beneath your feet. Don’t fear, nothing can destroy your immortal spirit, so awaken to it. The way to cross the world of illusion is Surat-Shabd Yoga. Practice Surat-Shabd Yoga to awaken to your real self. This way you will make real progress. The ones who hesitate will fall behind and the ones who don’t lose courage will find success.

18. Develop your wisdom and tame your mind. Once that is done you have an immensely powerful tool at your command. You will quickly achieve results after that.

19. There is no-one in this world who is immortal, whether a great man or an ordinary man. A great man will also die and an ordinary man will also die.  Time is limited. Spend it first in finding the truth and in discovering your true self,. Only after that spend it on other pursuits.

20. Be faithful to God and follow all the rules of God only then you will be alive. Once you developed your spiritual strength then you can spend part of your life in this materialistic world.

What is the role of music and sound in meditation and can we use sound to rise in the spiritual path?

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The universe is nothing but a vibration. This is has been known by the enlightenment people of the world since time immemorial. This fact has now also been confirmed by science. As science explores the atom and goes inside it, it finds that what lies underneath is nothing but vibrations of different frequencies.

There is no solid matter. Only vibrations of different frequencies that combine to create the physical universe.

Our bodies too are made of nothing but vibrations.
Since everything is made of vibration or sound, it is obvious that we with concentration focus on particular sounds we will be able to hear them.

The Holy Bible says that in the beginning there was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.

What is the word? It is nothing but God himself, taking physical form. It is nothing but the cosmic vibration that was sent by the creator to create everything.

Thus we come from the Lord through the means of vibrations or sound. The Lord creates through a series of five steps (from the causal to the physical) and each of those steps has vibrations of different frequencies. When we sit in meditation and we stop flowing outward through the senses and we stop getting distracted by our thoughts, we will start hearing the inner sounds.

This sound in Yoga is called Anahat Naada. Anahat Naada is that sound that has not been created by any physical means. This is the inner sound of creation and if we focus on it we are taken into the inner journey. This sound will dissolve into the next inner sound till we cross the five Brahmas and finally reach Satlok.

Meditation is a practice that tries to achieve this. This is in fact called Surat-Shabd Yoga. Surat means the soul and Shabd means the inner sound that the Surat (soul) focuses on.

Shabd (or Nada-Brahman) is a spiritual musical sound that can be heard during meditation and is believed to have a transformative power. This belief in the spiritual nature of both the inner spiritual sounds of meditation and physical outer sound of Mantra and chanting is a common one throughout India today. Both kinds of sounds have a special power for the spiritual traveler.
Part of the power of sound arises from its ability to create a form of continuous awareness which is a necessary component in the practice of almost all meditative traditions. Buddhist and Hindu practitioners struggle with concentration exercises to focus on some object such as the breath to create this continuous awareness in order to bring about shamatha or Samadhi. But the inner sounds of Shabd and the outer practices of kirtan, mantra provide a less rigorous, alternative method of creating this kind of continuous awareness as practitioners immerse themselves in continuous and unbroken waves of sound.
The emphasis on inner spiritual sounds or a “current of sound” is seen especially in the Sant Mat. The view that the universe contains waves or currents that can be perceived as sound which move between the two poles of existence is a common theme in the Shabd Yoga traditions. The first pole is in the higher spiritual planes of being where the templates for all life forms and the templates that define the basic order of the material world are said to exist. The second and opposite pole is manifestation, and the physical world as we normally perceive it.
These traditions claim that on one hand there is a flow of creative energy or spirit issuing from the first pole that is responsible for the material order and evolution we see around us. The consciousness present in life forms is said to depend on this outward expanding spiritual flow. In this world view, the universe is being constantly created or recreated, and refreshed or renewed by this outward flow.
On the other hand there is also said to be a returning flow which reverses creation, and draws or carries the traveler back from the second pole or material world to his or her origins in the spiritual realms. The salient point of this discussion lies in the fact that the spiritual traveler who can perceive these returning currents of sound can learn to catch the returning wave, and ride it back to higher planes of being. This is the reason for our interest in these sound currents. They serve both as the mechanism of travel, and a compass orienting the traveler pointing the way through the psychic planes and into the spiritual planes.
The ability to tune the soul to perceive the sounds of Shabd must come first, and the ability to catch them, and metaphorically ride them is a more advanced stage. The advanced stage involves transitioning from immersion in a single “lower” sound associated with a psychic state represented by, for instance, the sound of drums or thunder to the higher sounds of flutes, violins, or vinas which are associated with different heavenly or spiritual worlds.
Surat Shabd Meditation, the Yoga of the Sound Current. ‘Shabd’ is based on an ancient Sanskrit word for divine or cosmic Sound: heavenly music. For thousands of years, human beings around the world have been tuning into a Sound which comes from beyond the stars. For the practitioners of the Yoga of Sound, this heavenly music is also a means of transportation. By becoming one with the Holy Stream of Sound, souls during their meditation practice may find themselves ascending in spirit toward the place where the Sound emanates. This Sound connects all souls of the universe to the Timeless (akal) realm of the Great Spirit (Sach Khand).
Music on the other hand is IMITATING, MIMICKING higher spiritual sounds, bringing some aspect of the Music of Heaven to the physical world. Tibetan bells and bowls do this very effectively. The inventor of the Sitar, the most well-known instrument of Indian classical music, said that it was his attempt to “capture the music of the Spirit in terms of the physical world.” As beautiful as the sitar is, the Real Sound is far more glorious than any sound or outer music of this world.

Harmonic overtone chanting (the singing of two or more notes at the same time!) is a vocal technique used in Mongolia, Tuva, Laos, and other Asian countries. The human voice is transformed into a sonic rainbow of tones and overtones making the voice resemble the Music of the Spheres. In India, many have verbalized the Sound of the universe as “AAAAAUUUUUMMMMM,” the OM chant. In Tibet, Buddhist monks created an otherworldly form of chant — their attempt to reproduce audibly something of the inner sounds they heard during their meditations. The various Christian, Sethian (Jewish), Hermetic, and other Gnostic schools of Egypt also devised forms of chant that they perceived as verbally mimicking/expressing the Real Name of God that otherwise is hidden in the silence of the soul. They chanted various combinations of vowels and have included them in their prayers: “I praise You. I call your Name that is hidden within me: A O EE O EE OOOOOOOIIIIIOOOOOO OOOOOOUUUUUU UUUUUUUUU UUUUUUUO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.”
The Gnostic Gospels are filled with many examples of chant and names of God that were used by Egyptian mystics and monks during meditation practice to explore the Kingdom of the Heavens within, the Wonders of Inner Space. These ancient texts provide many examples of souls ascending in spirit through various heavenly realms on their way back to “The Eighth,” the heavenly state or realm of Ultimate Reality where the Nameless God resides, beyond all the veils of Light, Sound, and illusion.
Whether it’s drumming, Russian Orthodox or Coptic chant, or Gregorian plain-chant, an Indian classical raga or bagpipes, for millennia humans have been echoing various aspects of this Song of Creation. “For in the beginning of the times so did we all share in the Holy Stream of Sound that gave birth to all creation.”
Across the many centuries and around the world, mystics, in the scriptures they left behind, recorded some of their experiences with inner Sound, the heavenly Music that comes from beyond the silence. Encountering the Sound Current might be as subtle as hearing a faint tone or hum in meditation or as blissful as becoming one with a cosmic symphony on a higher plane of existence — an experience beyond what earthly language is capable of truly conveying.
“Listening to the inner Sound brings the heart into a position of acute inner awareness. It is not that the inner Sound has some magical property. Rather, it is that bringing of the alert mind, bringing openness and receptivity to Sound, is symbolic of the presence of Ultimate Truth. The Sound is always there. We don’t have to create it. It is featureless. It is ever present. So it is a good symbol for Ultimate Reality itself.”
God said – Open your ears and I shall speak to you. Give Me yourself, so that I may also give you Myself.”
“God so wishes us to return to Him that He keeps calling to us again and again to approach Him. It is due to His sweet holy Voice that our soul is lost in ecstasy and surrenders totally to His will”.
In Sant mat it is said, “People have to use the sound for returning their own home.”  Aadi Shri Arun says- Shabd meditation, is the one in which one should focus on the Inner Light and Sound. There are five sounds to focus on in turn while meditating – Bell & conch, Taal-drumbeats, Sarangi, Flute and Veena.” These five sounds are the five levels of creation and if the seeker hears them then he knows that he has reached to that level of creation. On crossing all of them the seeker finds himself in Sach-Khand, the abode of the indestructible.

Faith in God – AADISHRI ARUN

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Faith in God is a prerequisite for a happy life. Why is this so? And why do people have a problem with faith? Human beings tend to only believe in what they can see, taste, hear, smell, or feel; it’s limited to the five senses. We sit in a chair and believe that it will hold us because we can feel the chair through our five senses. We are ready to fly in airplanes even when we don’t fully understand how they work, and even if we don’t know the pilot, but we trust that everything will be okay. This is because we can see that the airplane works. We can see it flying-taking off and landing and we have the experience of other people to bank upon that it is safe to fly. That is also faith, but a faith that has been verified by our five senses.
What if I asked you to sit in a chair you can’t see? Or what if the chair was missing one of its legs and was falling over? You wouldn’t sit in a chair like that with human faith. Would you fly in a plane if you could see that the engine was falling off or the tires were flat? Your senses would forbid it.
This is where the problem lies with respect to having faith in God. God is unseen and his hand, although everywhere, cannot be seen by our limited five senses. You haven’t seen God or the devil. You haven’t seen heaven or hell. You haven’t seen a situation where your sins had been taken away, therefore, you wouldn’t know what you would look like if your sins were taken away. This is why we have no faith in God. He hasn’t been verified by our five senses.
Not only that, as humans, we are constantly being told about our own infallibility. We are told to promote ourselves at the cost of others. The fact is that in modern life we have been told that we are individually responsible for our life. We are told that the results we get are because of our efforts and our own competence and that we are solely responsible for the success and failures of our life. We are told that there is no need to depend on God or even to believe in him since we are in charge of our life.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Our actions may lead to our results but even a cursory examination of life tells us that there is more to our life than simply our efforts. We live as part of a system that is highly complex. From the universe to the solar system, to the planet, to the bio-sphere-we are helplessly dependent on the goodwill and the smooth functioning of things that we simply have no idea about. We may be living a luxurious life due to our efforts and our intelligence but what about the oxygen we breath? Have we created it? Could we live even for a moment without it? And the water and the temperature of the place we stay? What if it was all different? Could we survive by our efforts or intelligence? To think that we are separate and independent of this highly complex system that we see around us is simply a foolishness. This system is so precise that scientists marvel at it. They say that if the laws of physics were even 0.000001% different from what they are, life would not exist!
Thus there is strong evidence that we are part of a system that has been designed and is maintained by a conscious, intelligent entity. The conscious and intelligent entity is usually called God!
That leads us to an inescapable conclusion. If our universe is a conscious act of creation then it follows logically that this creation must be having a purpose and the Creator must be having a plan behind this creation. Please note that I am not making a religious argument here. I am simply making a logical argument for the existence of this universe where we all live.
This we are all part of the Creator’s plan. We may not know our ultimate purpose but logic tells us that it must exist.
Logic also tells us that the creator should be nudging us towards our ultimate purpose and that he knows better than us about what we are supposed to become.
This belief-in the Creator and his grand plan- my friends is called Faith!
Without this faith it is impossible to connect to God, so our relationship with the Lord is dependent on it. Faith is what brings the things God has provided for us from the spiritual realm into the physical realm since we start doing what God intends for us rather than what we intend for ourselves. Our faith is the victory that enables us to overcome the world. Everything the Lord does for us is accessed through faith.
What if someone doesn’t have faith? He will still live no doubt. He will a passenger on the ship of life, experiencing whatever is owed to him but he will never be able to progress towards God and realization since he doesn’t believe in it or desire it.
What does God do with those who don’t believe in God? God simply lets them be a part of creation. After-all there are many parts of creation that simply exist and do nothing else. Like stones, rocks and mountains!
So if you want to reach your highest potential and be the best you can ever be, then you must have faith in the Creator and aspire to reach him. You must develop that Faith even though your five senses don’t see God..

Causes of Worry and Cure -Ishwar Putra Arun

hjWorry, feeling uneasy or troubled, seems to plague multitudes of people in our world today. It’s human nature to be concerned about the bad situations in our world and in our personal lives, but if we’re not careful, the devil will cause us to worry beyond what’s reasonable.
Worry is like a rocking chair—it’s always in motion but it never gets you anywhere. So why do we struggle with it? And what good does it do? Worry is the opposite of faith, and it steals our peace, physically wears us out, and can even make us sick. When we worry, we torment ourselves—we’re doing the devil’s job for him! Worry is caused by not trusting God to take care of the various situations in our lives. Too often we trust our own abilities, believing that we can figure out how to take care of our own problems. Yet sometimes, after all our worry and effort to go it alone, we come up short, unable to bring about suitable solutions.
“ Worry is like a rocking chair—it’s always in motion but it never gets you anywhere. ”
The only way to have victory in our lives is to play by God’s rules, and He says we must quit worrying if we want to have peace. So when things come our way that cause us to be concerned, we need God’s help. How do we get it? Bible, I Peter 5:6-7  lists two important steps: (1) Humble yourselves, and (2) Cast your care on Him.
That seems pretty clear and simple, yet some continue struggling because they’re too bull-headed to ask for help. But the humble get the help. So if your way isn’t working, why not try God’s way? All of us would be better off if we’d learn to lean on God and ask for His help. But as long as we try to do everything ourselves, God will let us. He won’t take care of our problems and worries—our cares—until we turn loose of them and give them to Him. Either we’re going to do it or God’s going to do it, but both of us aren’t going to. Now, casting your care doesn’t mean you can be irresponsible. God won’t do for you what you can do yourself. You must do what you can do, and then trust God to do what you can’t. When we humble ourselves and ask for His help, then He’s able to release His power in our situations. It’s only then that we can really enjoy life.
The important thing to understand is that there are some things about our situation or problem that we can do something about and there are some things that we can’t control about our situation. Our wisdom would be in knowing the difference. We must know when to push hard with our effort and when to let go and depend on God.
The fact is that we can’t see the grand picture and what is best for us (ultimate good) while God can. We may think that we know what is best for us, but in God’s vision for us, it may not be. So after giving our best shot to achieve our goal, we should let the final results depend on God.

So the cure for worry is humbling ourselves before God, casting our cares on Him, and trusting Him. Instead of making ourselves miserable trying to figure everything out on our own, God wants us to place our trust in Him and enter into His rest, totally abandoning ourselves to His care. I know that when we are able to believe and say, “God, I trust You,” it will literally change our lives. Bible, Psalm 37:3 says, Trust…in the Lord and do good…. God didn’t create us to worry about helping ourselves all the time. He wants us to sow good seed by reaching out to help others. When we simply trust God and get busy doing the good things we know to do, then He’ll bring a harvest of blessings into our lives and meet our needs.

You Are Not Alone!

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To the seeker and a lover of God, I have a heartening message. You are not alone.  And the person that looks after you is God Himself! This may sound farfetched since we face so many difficulties in life that it is easy to doubt the benediction of God. Everyone has storms and difficulties in their lives But God will never leave His seeker.

God acts in many ways to help you. Sometimes God will calm the storms in your life.  Other times He may act like an anchor that you can tie yourself to and at other times, God may offer Himself as shelter so that you can weather the storm in His protection and under His wings.  God chooses what to do out of His divine wisdom and according to His divine plan and we must trust that since rest assured, as the Scriptures say, He will never leave you.  The scriptures do not promise an easy life living as a God’s seeker, but it does promise that you will never be alone.

The scriptures advice that, you must keep your lives free from the love of excess money and be content with what you have. The scriptures also say-Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified for the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. The scriptures further re-enforce this point by saying that- God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

The most common theme in God’s teachings is that – Not to fear and to be of good courage.  If you are currently enduring trials, storms and tribulations and you would like to be prayed with and prayed for, I am available to help.

The Bible is full of stories of men and women who endured hardships, sorrow, anguish and disappointment.  Daniel found himself in a den of lions, Joseph was betrayed by members of his own family, his own brothers threw him into a well, and then sold him as a slave to a passing caravan.  Then there is the story of Job, who lost his fortune, his lands, his family and then endured challenging physical hardships.  Everyone faces points of trial and crisis, where we feel crunched, pinched and abandoned by various circumstances.

Some people turn mean-spirited, resentful and throw out blame toward others for their circumstances.  But believers in God and His son, who have the Holy Spirit, know how to immediately turn to God for hope, comfort, guidance and peace when serious troubles come knocking on our doors.  How we choose to respond to trials, hardships and troubles affects God’s blessings on our lives.

If you think that your troubles are out of God’s reach.  Or if you think that the person that you are praying for is beyond hope.  You are wrong. God is as dependable as a rock and he will never let down His seeker.