“Hindu” is said to be the oldest religion on the planet. As an avid student of the 5000 year old plus Bhagavad-Gita (Hindu Bible), let me quote the verse around which the entire Bhagavad-Gita is premised:
“The Vades’ concern are with the three gunas (forces of Nature). Be without the three gunas, O Arjuna, (you, me) freed from duality, ever firm in purity, independent of possessions, possessed of the Self.” : b.g. ch 2 v 45.
The three gunas represent the three forces of Nature: creation, maintenance, and dissolution of the material world, collectively termed, evolution. They represent ’cause and effect’, ‘action and reaction’, responsible for the material world entanglement and its adversities; the re-incarnations visited upon each soul by way of Cosmic-Self or Christ-within, ignorance. In other words, while the five senses are sources of great joy, they’re also sources of great sin and suffering.
Considering the mountains of accumulated sin from these many incarnations, can we just imagine the memory work involved should we have to submit a “sin-statement” of past lives to God. Now the mind boggles!
Thankfully, the above verse prescribes the secret method of Enlightenment, of “debt repayment”, soul dis-entanglement, of becoming transcendental, thereby gaining the kingdom of heaven, or bliss-consciousness, effortlessly.
Similar verses from the Bible pertaining to soul dis-entanglement from the material world, are:
“And I, if I be lifted up from this earth shall draw all men unto me”. John 12.32
“Where I go you cannot come, but I go to prepare a place for you”. John 13.36
In the latter two scriptures, note the emphasis on the two “I”s :
And I (inner Christ), if I (finite mind) be lifted from this earth (conditioning / addictions), shall draw all men (divine assistance / love manifestation) unto me (live awakening or divine consciousness).
Where I (Christ) go you (material world / ego / duality) cannot come, but I (crucified ego/ “Jesus”) go to prepare (integration of past karma) a place (level of purified consciousness) for you (experiential Christ)”: John 13.36 and 14.2-4
Similar to “be without the three gunas” in the Bhagavad-Gita, the previous two scriptures are advocating the same necessity of meditation: that lower-self “I” be raised by Higher Self “I” leading to integration / purification of our less than noble past into knowing Cosmically – Present Moment awareness – where all past karma becomes neutralized. And, like a line drawn in water as opposed to stone, new impressions on the mind / senses fail to cling for future re-enactment, fail to register as future desire-seeds; thus is dis-entanglement, and the soul’s Nobler purpose of eternal freedom, achieved.
For the duration of meditation, these inner journeys are about ego Crucifixion and surrendering our “material / earth” identity, and nothing else whatsoever: we’re not looking FOR something. An intuitive understanding that we each have varying amounts of personal “sin” baggage from this and former lives in need of purification; but which purification is impossible to our lower-self “earth” identity, to perform.
Transcendence and Altered State of Consciousness
While there are many such wisdom-laden scriptures in the Bible and elsewhere, and we all have our favorites, amazingly, none of these wonderful scriptures actually provide DIRECT experience of “Father’s house”, Christ-Presence, or the Transcendent.
“Readings” indeed feed the mind beautifully; and this is important, for the brain needs to assimilate scriptural language-information, familiarize in words which will later blossom into wiser understanding, thereby make choices on moral / societal issues based on in-formed wisdom. But surface mind intellectual discrimination is only half the picture.
While the conscious mind thrives on facts, figures and analogies, (that’s its job) fulfillment of the Heart transcendentally can only be achieved by entering an altered state of consciousness, know transcendental nature. Such, alone, facilitates soul dis-entanglement and direct experience of divine Love.
To achieve transcendental status within consciousness, the challenge of stilling the thought-racing conscious mind is indeed great. But soul dis-entanglement from the forces of Nature, ‘the three gunas’, is our priority purpose in life, and a challenge easily doable by all, as we shall see.
The above scriptures are exciting in that they offer ALL souls who undertake the activity of transcending, the opportunity of direct Joy. All the above scriptures are unambiguous in their calling to personal “transcendence”, to rise above past, present, future material entanglement, by way of transformational meditation.
Inherent in the above verse “I (Jesus / process) go before you to prepare a place for you” is: that our own inner Christ will work His divine magic and that we’ll be Present in full spiritual attire — White Garb / Direct Joy — at the Wedding Banquet; after all, we did receive an invite at birth! This is totally true, BUT, there is also participatory / preparatory chores to be carried-out on OUR part. Christ cannot be engaged in sin-purification while the ego simultaneously is engaged in soul-destroying sense-gratification. Think about it: soul cannot know Pure Love through soiled consciousness.
Preparatory work simply means set-aside periods of each day where, rather than reciting and digesting volumes of egoistic chatter feed-needs, thereby weave even more web-snares that further entangle the soul, we come into transcendental silence or ego-less communion with the Divine. This is soul “hearing / knowing” its own Silence nature through a faith-filled mind / heart. When the lake is calm the moon reflects (Bliss).
Awakening Inner Spiritual Mechanisms
The term “Jesus” esoterically means “process”, or Way, to inner Christ. In scripture “I”-“Jesus” is always referring to the process of Enlightenment in Christ. Knowing this we can see clearly the need for some conscious preparatory work, some unifying method which engages our inner spiritual mechanisms into awakening, at a practical level.
In other words, “Jesus”, or mantra meditation, prepares the consciousness for the coming, or direct realization, of our Transcendent Savior, Christ within: saving our soul from the accumulations of past, present and future sin / karma. Meditation, being wordless and non-verbal communication, is the most potent form of prayer / union, we can engage in.
To make the above scriptures Heart experiential, a practical functioning “savior”, or mantra is used. The mantra functions as a vibrational sound to awaken our purpose-designed spiritual mechanisms, the endocrine system. The mantra essentially is a thought, a meaningless word or sound, which, through its calming vibratory effect, stills the conscious mind naturally. Eventually in meditation the mind transcends the mantra, (for some it’s the moment the eyes are closed, others, a few minutes or longer) to arrive at the Source of thought, the Unconscious or Infinite Being. This ‘thought’, of course, is one which we do not think ABOUT – but HEAR through the inner hearing sense.
The Bible, as we know, is symbolism presentation of “the Way”. By internalizing scriptural “Jesus” as a personal process of inward meditation, we eternalize Christ within as our daily living Heart consciousness.
GONG GONG GONG GONG ….
Assume, for example, we’re listening through our normal decibel levels to a single repetitive GONG. Now, if this GONG sound were reduced to even quieter levels: GONG GONG GONG …. until we couldn’t hear GONG through our normal outer hearing capacity, we could say that it has gone out of gross perceptible range. But were we to continue “hearing” GONG within, thus the inner hearing perception would carry on to even deeper, subtler levels of experiencing. Thus the conscious mind is brought to the Source of thought, to eventually transcend the subtlest GONG. Here the awareness slips into Transcendental nature, and mind, freed from duality, experiences, becomes as unbounded bliss. Mind is no longer an individual finite mind, rather has gained Cosmic Mind status (all-encompassing). Think raindrop merging with ocean.
This is the method implied in the above scriptures, of directly experiencing inner Christ – Bliss — either at home, work or while traveling. It’s that simple, and that challenging. Page 291, ch 14 of ‘Transforming your life’, deals in more detail with this practice technique. (Details at end of post.) Concentration / contemplation
Can I say, “transcendence” meditation as mentioned here is not about developing concentration or contemplation per-se. Concentration techniques, while beneficial, retain the mind specifically on the surface level of the pond, while contemplation deals with encompassing the whole pond. Transcendence meditation, on the other hand, explores the depths of the pond, of consciousness.
The ability of concentration lies not in its practice as such, rather in the development of happiness or contentment consciousness. Like an arrow drawn fully back on a taut bow-string, the intellect reaches its maximum potential for action, creativity, develops sharpness of mind and inner contentment. Regular meditation brings about resolute intellect: ability to place the full mind on a subject at any given moment and be filled with insightful information on that topic. Known as: ‘consciousness-based knowledge’ or consciousness development’ this, I feel, is the way forward to neutralizing the consciousness of humanity, fulfilling global peace-filled societies.
“In my Father’s house are many rooms / dwelling places, but I go to prepare a place for you“ John 14.2-4.
Synonymous with literal scripture, this, and the next quotation, seem to be stating the obvious: ‘many levels of love and peace etc. in heaven’. But, here again, note the emphasis on the two “I”s. Here the meanings are totally reversed, more profound and practical. “Many rooms, dwelling places, mansions, in my father’s house” are essentially many levels of generational karma in need of integration. Many levels of previous incarnations of ‘unconscious soul living’ to be made conscious. Many levels of fixed ideologies to be peace-harmonized into Christ-consciousness, hence: I go (“Jesus”/ process, lower-self unto Crucifixion) to prepare a place (state of Love consciousness — Resurrection) for you (unto the soul).
“I would not tell you this if it were not so” John 14:2-4 (New Testament Good News edition 1976).
In other words, If there were not these levels of fixed falsities, ideologies, karmic rooting … many rooms / dwelling places, mansions (mindsets) of previous incarnations, in my father’s house / kingdom, then, lower-self I (ego / son of man), would be incapable of revealing such Higher Self wisdom, understanding. As such, I, / son of man, ego, go for Crucifixion, and come back renewed, transformed as Son of God consciousness, as the living Christ presence. Thus is lower-self redeemed unto Myself — becoming the Christ within OUR heart consciousness, NOW.
Love, or Cosmic nature, needs to be cultured into our physiology, otherwise we fail to perceive, discern, transcendentally, fail to soul function divinely through Spirit-Love.
If soul is not growing, developing, in Love consciousness, thus we’re not “knowing” through direct perception. How then can we say we “know” Christ if we don’t “experience” Christ AS OUR consciousness?
In the absence of direct experiencing, biblical words and rituals can amount merely to popular sound bites and “performances” to appease the paradisiacal mind. Ego is expert at playing tricks; fooling us to thinking we’re making progress in mind expansion, love, or material world dis-entanglement. While manna to the ego, such can lead to a “loveless “or intellectual spirituality. Ego saying: you may have all the honey-pots in the forest but not this Inner Christ Pot, for such which will make you wise, thus heralding the demise of this grand illusion of mine!
Propelling force of ego
Due to inability to perceive, discern divinely, the non-threatening route is always the chosen route of ego (wide gate rather than narrow gate). The propelling fuel of ego is fear which octanes increase through spiritual ignorance. In this regard, ego detests inner silence and transcendence for such bring severance of its fuel-line through revealing its false persona, its non-reality status.
Isn’t it wonderful to know, through stilling the conscious mind in meditation, “be without the three gunas” in the Bhagavad-Gita “and I, if I be lifted up”, in the Bible, that, we’ve actually won this battle over fear / duality – death, illusion. With infusion of Bliss into the mind, wordless ‘meditation’ is partaking of eternal divine nature: consciousness becoming exposed unto Cosmic Self, or, Soul becoming Christ realized. To the dominant ego, such experience is as a dry lake to a fish: drought and demise; to the Realized Soul, Victory in Christ.
Ego can only bear false witness, exist as untruth or illusion. Conversely, Christ is already present within as Truth but which needs realization: Christ knows “only” revelation through the Cosmically-quickened soul. Christ works THROUGH us now, not TO us at some later date. When ego Crucifixion is achieved, either by many incarnations, or many meditation sessions in this incarnation, when the consciousness attains transcendental status in proportion to daily purification, thus, the Promises of Christ-Nature are revealed unto our Awakening soul.
And, while there are “many mansions” or, fixed soul-destroying mindsets and false glorifications to be traversed and healed before coming upon this Purest, tolerable Love state, thankfully, in meditation, this miracle-performing work is carried out through our own indwelling Chris, as in, “Not I (ego / “earth” identity) who do the healing (perfecting, making whole), but my Father (Transcendent Power / Christ) which (State) is in heaven” (Unity Consciousness).
As Potential in bliss-consciousness is limitless, thus a limitless Consciousness is required to perceive divinely. And while former conditioning will surface from the suppressed aspect of mind (sub consciousness), conscious integration of this suppressed energy is necessary to be faced, but this facing will be through Higher understanding, Freed Will, through new Self-revealing levels of Kingdom strengths. Qualities which heretofore were non-realized healing aspects of our own inner Christ nature, will raise “our human” limitations, perceived frailties from the mire of sin and addiction. Once “awakening” commences, an invincible conviction of Reality takes root and our spiritual progress is unstoppable, the target becomes something you can’t miss.
And, when we consider that “our Father” is always in Heaven, and that we’re made in His image and likeness, our spiritual status thus is not limited to this earthly or star-planetary universe plane. But because this earth plane is the plane onto which the soul chose to incarnate, it is the launch-site from which our further and greater evolution is progressed. Whether in Form or Spirit, Atom or Star, we’ll still be the eternal experiencing “I” consciousness, for such cognition in, is what we came to birth consciously on Earth.
Living the Christ “cosmic birth” through our spiritual mechanisms represents cessation of the never-ending cycle of human / karmic re-births, of “time” re-cyclings, in whichever form that “body” takes. Remember, even Stars, with their enormous life-spans running into multiple thousands of centuries per incarnation, are governed by “the three gunas”, evolution. Transcendence therefore takes the consciousness beyond the Vedes, beyond the laws of Nature, beyond time, space and causation. My book: Transforming Your Life – How to Be All That You Can Be, deals more comprehensively with this subject matter, with instruction on the mantra meditation technique.