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Friday, April 20, 2012

CONCENTRATION


People think that concentration is only a mental ability, by which you focus your mind on an object. But this not the whole story. Concentration involves not only your mind but also your physical, etheric, emotional, mental and spiritual energies. When all  these energies are focused on an object , you are in a state of concentration.

It is very strange but true that the majority of people does  not have any object of interest where the weight of their life is concentrated. The majority of people does not have an object of concentration, and their attention is scattered. Such people do not have any life focus; every day, every month, and every year they change their focus from one object to another, from one part of the body to another.

Dedication is concentration
Devotion is concentration
Enthusiasm is concentration
Faith, in its real meaning, is a concentrated enthusiasm plus the awareness of the future achievements.
A promise is a form of concentration
Consistency and stability are forms of concentration
Endurance is form of concentration
Nobility is concentration.
Another form of concentration is self – denial.
Heroism is concentration.

Enemies of concentration
The greatest enemy of concentration is doubt
Another enemy of concentration is the control of the past upon you.
Another enemy of concentration is cleavages found in your nature.
Another enemy of concentration is disturbance in space or in the environment
Guilt feelings destroy your concentration.
Another enemy of concentration is imitation of the ways of our adversaries.
Another hindrance on the path of concentration is emotional hang ups or traps.


How can we help our concentration?
Dedicate your self to a creative project, which will help humanity to free itself from all dangers.
Do everything you do with all your heart

Success = integrity + level of target / self-interest

Saturday, April 14, 2012

SCHADENFREUDE

There’s an emotion, a very common emotion, for which there’s no word in English (other than perhaps the extremely obscure epicaricacy), an emotion that is all about taking pleasure in others’ misfortune or suffering.

This may not be the kind of emotion that we readily admit to having, but who among us hasn’t felt it, and sometimes also acted as if they were not feeling it?

When those who have done us harm or committed a crime are clearly suffering, we may feel justified in taking pleasure at their downfall and might even do so publicly, but at other times we may feel the same kind of pleasure when certain suffering others clearly have done nothing disturbing or harmful to us, in which case we ordinarily are not inclined to show our pleasure publicly or even privately (or even to admit it to ourselves).

German has a word for this emotion: Schadenfreude. This translates as harm-joy. Many other languages have a word for it, but not English. We have phrases that hover around or hint at it, phrases that convey some of the feeling of it, but without the overt pleasure, as if we’re embarrassed to admit that it actually feels good.

For example, we may say, “he had it coming” or “I hope she suffers” or “it was just a matter of time before he fell” — these all perhaps hinting at a certain satisfaction we might feel upon seeing someone take a spill or go downhill, but not coming very close to indicating any real pleasure.

But Schadenfreude with a stiff upper lip or impassive countenance is still Schadenfreude. 

Emotional Literacy

Unjustified Schadenfreude may be our most ubiquitous guilty pleasure, more often than not springing (unlike arguably justified Schadenfreude) from envy, an envy that pleasantly dissipates (leaving only a dark stain in the backcorners of our psyche) when we spot the fall or demise of the envied other.

The tabloids on sale at most checkout counters provide an instant Schadenfreude high — movie stars without any makeup, movie stars messing up royally, movie stars down in the dump, their travails and

photos inviting us to look upon them where they are not just like us, but worse. Their fall is our rise, leavening us with tiny bursts of satisfaction and secret yumminess, like a chocolate bar downed in the mid-afternoon
whilst watching a soap opera. It’s a vicarious shamefest; we’re close to the shame, but not that close, so that we can see it and feel it without having it contract or shrink or expose us.

How quietly yet pointedly delicious it is to be on the other side of the glass. Someone else’s fall amplifies the fact that we have not yet thus fallen; thus does Schadenfreude give us a little hit of immunity, which in itself provides a small but noticeable shot of pleasure. A cheap and easily accessible buzz.

Much of Schadenfreude’s ancestry lies in the triumph we felt — and this goes back a long way — when the overcoming or downfall of others improved our lives in some way (and the better this felt, the more fully we’d participate in it). This can also be seen developmentally, when young children exult over getting something that another child clearly wants.

Being higher up on the food chain can be a high, despite the cost. As we get older and more cognitively sophisticated, our capacity for Schadenfreude deepens. Although we may still be driven by a certain core competitiveness and a corresponding envy, now we can bring in finer and finer distinctions as to what constitutes a fall in others, as well as dragging into the mix such potent ingredients as the ability to shame others. And if we ourselves can be shamed relatively easily, we may seek ROBERT AUGUSTUS  MASTERS to escape the raw feeling of such shame not only through attacking others — or ourselves — but also through honing our capacity for Schadenfreude.

Our sense of justice and our Schadenfreude leanings are directly related. If we feel that others have behaved unjustly, we’re more likely to feel some Schadendfreude toward them than if we knew they had not thus behaved. The enormous coverage given celebrity failings is largely fed by a powerfully pervasive cultural Schadenfreude. In this, major “news” networks are simply the Jerry Springer Show in polite drag, pandering as they do to the very same appetites of “less civilized” broadcasts.

There are many shades of Schadenfreude, ranging from malicious delight to sweet revenge to eruditely smiling contempt, but all involve an absence of compassion, coupled with an us-versus-them mentality. As such, Schadenfreude works against forgiveness, and how could it not, given how it dehumanizes the offending or fallen other?

Also, in the sense that it is a spectator sport — just think of Romans packed into the amphitheater for a day of rousingly entertaining bloodshed — Schadenfreude keeps us psychoemotionally separate from the downfall that’s providing us with pleasure. Thus does it disconnect us, even as it connects us to others who are also enjoying observing the same downfall.

Schadenfreude can be brought into clearer focus by examining its opposite, mudita (a Pali and Sanskrit Buddhist term), which basically means sympathetic/appreciative joy — the pleasure we take in others’ successes and achievements.

Many of us know this emotion in its purest form through the joy we feel over our children’s breakthroughs and triumphs, so long as we are not caught in living through their successes (which of course often means overemphasizing their doing well, thereby bringing unnecessary and often injurious pressure to them). Mudita has an open heart; Emotional Literacy.

Schadenfreude does not. Mudita does not lose touch with the humanity of others; Schadenfreude does. So what can we do about our Schadenfreude? First of all, become sufficiently aware of it so that you can name it as soon as it arises in you. Then bring your full attention into the actual feeling of your Schadenfreude.

Notice the contraction in its expansiveness; notice its overlap with other emotions; notice its texture, color, directionality, depth, intensity, and so on. Study it closely, getting intimate with it to the point where its arising
is just one more opportunity to deepen both your self-knowledge and your relationship with others. Instead of merely judging or dissociating from your Schadenfreude, have compassion for it and for the you who tends to indulge in it.

Everyone has some Schadenfreude; all we need do is see it for what it is, and not allow it to sit in the driver’s seat. Don’t worry about getting rid of it; rather, let it sit in the backseat, giving it some quality playtime with mudita.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Effect of the Author on books of Spirituality

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Spiritual effect depending on the Authors

When we did spiritual research into this topic, we divided all authors in four generic categories. The categories were:

Benefit of the book at the level of spiritual energy of the book

The first findings are related to the total effective spiritual energy in the book and we measured this with respect to the spiritual energy in the words themselves, in the sound of the words and the spiritual energy generated due to the effect of the author’s spiritual level on the words and their sound.

This table provides subtle readings that encompass all books in general depending on the type of author



Footnotes:
In the column we have combined two categories of authors as they are similar with regards to their effect on the spiritual benefit of the book, i.e.
A spiritually average author of a book on a general topic
A spiritually average author of a spiritual book

Energy in the words (shabdashakti): As per the spiritual rule, ‘touch, taste, form, sound, smell and energy always co- exist’, each word carries with it its own spiritual energy. The total energy in the publication depends on the words used.

Energy in the sound (naadshakti): Again as per the above spiritual rule the sound also carries its own spiritual energy.

The process of gaining knowledge to write the book


Footnotes:



Important note: We did not take a subtle reading of a book to represent this category as it is similar to the next column i.e. ‘A spiritually average author of a spiritual book’. In most of the cases where an average person is writing a spiritual book below the spiritual level of a Saint, he will be invariably be influenced by some entity. This could be a lower positive entity or he will be affected or possessed by a ghost (demon, devil, negative energy, etc.). Whatever the entity the likelihood of it being tainted by negative black energy is high. Sometimes ghosts may give right information but coat the knowledge with black energy.

In almost all cases where a fake Guru is writing a spiritual book, he will be invariably affected or possessed by a higher level ghost (demon, devil, negative energy, etc.) as he or she is a conduit to misleading seekers en masse.

A Saint at the spiritual level of 70% would be able to imbibe 30% of the Absolute Truth into His writing. A Saint at the 100% spiritual level would be able to imbibe 100% Absolute Truth. This is why we look at it as per the maximum possible Absolute Truth that is capable of being captured and disseminated in word form. Finally Absolute Truth can only be fully disseminated if one goes beyond the written word.

Subtle reading of the book on Spirituality written by a spiritually average person

The following is the subtle reading by Priyanka about what she saw in the spiritual dimension when she saw the book written by a spiritually average person.


The process of getting knowledge and writing of the book on Spirituality by a spiritually average person:

On average the following are the reasons why an average person is able to get thoughts to write a book.


This means that when a spiritually average person attempts to write a book on Spirituality, on average in 70% of the cases he will also be affected / influenced by negative energies or some minor good subtle energies.


When a spiritually average person writes a book on Spirituality, the author himself is lost in the Great Illusion or Maya. He has an active imagination to spice up the book and the plot etc. That is why there is very little sattviktaa. All this type of writing has predominantly the influence of thoughts of Maya or the Great Illusion. They think all the thoughts they have in writing the book is one big leap of the intellect.



Effect of reading a book on Spirituality written by a fake spiritual guide:

The following is what Priyanka saw in the spiritual dimension when she took a subtle reading of the book written by a fake spiritual guide.



The process of getting knowledge and writing of the book on Spirituality by a fake spiritual guide:

The spiritual level of fake spiritual guides is around just the 50% mark. Hence they have very limited knowledge and actual firsthand experience of Spirituality. Due some past birth or present birth spiritual practice they may have acquired spiritual level. However they also have an intense desire for fame and fortune. This is capitalised upon by higher level ghosts who possess them. The higher level ghosts provide the fake spiritual guide with their supernatural powers and talents. It is easier for higher level ghosts to get their negative spiritual work done through a person at a higher spiritual level but who has ego. This in turn woos the average person and gives the fake spiritual guide a big following. The spiritually average person would not be able to perceive the difference between real spiritual guides and fake spiritual guides.

Both these factors result in them having high ego like a spiritually average person. Because of this ego and their siddhis and their mass following, it becomes easy and conducive for subtle sorcerers (maantriks) to have control over them and act through them. In fact it is the maantrik only who gets every action done through them and the fake guide is a puppet in the maantrik’s hand.



This black cloud represents the interference by maantriks in the thoughts coming from God at the unmanifest principle level itself. Because of the high ego in fake spiritual guides or Saints they do not get any help from God. As the source of the knowledge is from subtle sorcerers the knowledge is coated in subtle black energy. So even before a fake Spiritual Guide or Saint begins to write anything, black energy is spread around him because of the source of the knowledge and the subtle sorcerers (maantriks) possessing them. When a person reads the book written by a fake spiritual guide he too is affected by this black energy. Unfortunately the average person does not have the subtle ability to understand that he is being affected by this black energy. The average reader would read purely at a psychological level and hence be attracted to the fancy writing and sometimes end up being loyal to the teachings in the book and any further books by the fake spiritual guide.

In fact when 5 seekers were asked to visit this author’s website and take a subtle reading, the seekers had experiences of nausea, headache, not feeling like looking at the author’s picture. Also the colour black was liberally used in the website and his product lines. Black is actually a colour that is highly taamasik and is the colour of choice of ghosts for transmitting black energy.

Effect of reading a book on Spirituality written by a Saint:



Saints have the capacity to access divine knowledge from the Universal Mind and Intellect on the basis of their spiritual practice (saadhanaa) itself. They convey this knowledge to the average person through books. Saints do not have any worldly perspective behind writing a book on the knowledge that they have attained like attaining fame or earning money. Also they do not have the doership that Their book will change the world. They do so as Their spiritual practice as per God’s wish and because of Their spiritual love for humanity. This is so that people who want to progress spiritually have a roadmap for their spiritual practice so as to attain the final goal of God-realisation. Saints write books based on the basic spiritual purpose of life, i.e. to complete one’s destiny and attain God realisation. This is their only objective. All proceeds from books sold are used to help people grow spiritually. Thus they are in total alignment with God’s objective. Their books are never about how to succeed in the Great Illusion (Maayaa) but rather how to transcend one’s attachment to it.

As a result of this books by Saints are only popular with seekers of God. They never become best sellers.



The process of getting knowledge and the writing of the book on Spirituality by a Saint:


When books are written by Saints everything that is written is Their own firsthand spiritual experience. As they write from personal experience, i.e. they have gone to that evolved state of feeling Bliss or Serenity – that is why there is a lot of unmanifest Divine Consciousness (Chaitanya) in it. So when they use a spiritual term it is not just an intellectual exercise but something that they have experienced. Now from such a book Divine Consciousness is transmitted and there is Divine Resolve (Sankalp) and hence one experiences serenity while reading it. True Saints don’t need a medium like a subtle entity to get information.

The reader benefits at a spiritual level from the knowledge from the perspective of attaining his basic spiritual purpose in life. Spiritual healing also happens when reading books authored or compiled by Saints.

Summary:

Books on Spirituality are always targeted by negative energy when they are being written. The author’s thoughts are invariably influenced by subtle energies. If the author does not have a strong basis of spiritual practice he cannot fend off negative energies influencing the thought process. In fact he would not even know he was being influenced.

Authors of a lower spiritual level due to their ego and desire for fame act as beacon’s for ghosts (demons, devils, negative energies etc.) to act through them.

God does not help authors who do not do spiritual practice from God-realisation perspective. Nor do spiritually evolved beings in the subtle help as they are guided by God’s wish. So what is left are negative energies from the spiritual dimension that have a field day with authors of a lower spiritual level.

Unfortunately it is the readers that bear the brunt. Books written by people of a lower spiritual level and by fake Spiritual Guides/Saints basically lead the readers in getting more entrapped in worldly attachments and Maya. Along with this they also emit black energy which results in long-term problems for the reader.

Only books written by Saints and Gurus are beneficial for our spiritual growth. These are the only books that stand the test of time through the millennia. Please refer to article on 'Who is a Saint' and 'Who is a Guru'.