Spiritual growth takes a lot of energy. The yogi is trying to conserve energy, create more energy, and direct life force towards higher goals. Meditation can make us much more efficient. The time we devote to meditation is paid back many times over. The importance of being aware enough to see what is really going on can’t be overstated. A lot of time and effort can be squandered when viewing reality from a diminished perspective.
STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN
SHAKTI AND SHIVA — Myth explaining KOSHAS (5 sheaths of Being)
Individual consciousness and cosmic consciousness are one, separated by subjectivity. Humans have evolved to be capable of understanding beyond sensory perception for spiritual growth.
Consciousness is purusa, unchanging. In order to exist as a material life form it must combine with matter that is always changing, prakriti. This is a paradox. The Hindu yogic tradition uses the MYTH of SHIVA and SHAKTI to explain.
Each of us is reading this page, a manifestation of the physical plane, with our eyes that exist at a frequency within the range of vibration that comprises the physical plane. The life force energy that animates the physical body and the mental body exists at a higher frequency. Thought, assimilating this stimulus, at yet an even finer vibrational level. The unacknowledged natural wisdom that coordinates these functions vibrates at an even higher frequency.
Consisting of a different frequency from the physical senses, the finer wave lengths comprising our ‘Being’ can’t be perceived with those physical sense organs. At an even higher frequency is the sensation of ‘Being’, the joy of existing right next to and feeling the presence of all that is Divine. The Divine is our SELF.
The ‘light’ of Self shines through these concentric layers of ‘Being’ producing the hologram others consider you.
It is human nature to pretend we have a strong handle on reality, but truly there is much more going on than what can be seen in the material world. Often, our rigidly held outlook limits our ability to see beyond preconceived notions. In yoga everything is divided in two, purusa and prakriti. Everything we feel, experience and see is real, including our dreams, ideas and fantasies. That which has always been, purusa, is unchanging and will always be. That is the observer in each of us that even watches our mind think. Everything else is prakriti, impermanent and always in a state of change.
Yoga recognizes our physical body, but also recognizes other bodies, or koshas, occupying the same space as the physical body.
There are five koshas:
1) A physical body comprised of matter.
2) A prana (energy) body. Prana is the Sanskrit word for ‘life force’ that animates all physical and mental activity.
3) A mental body.
4) A knowledge body (knowing beyond sensory perception).
5) An omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient body called the bliss body.
Prana, the life force energy, rides the breath.
Nepal is a wonderfully beautiful and spiritual country. Every time you look around, the beauty is so varied and overwhelming. The people of the countryside live so simply, with such joy. While they may not have the options we take for granted, they share a much greater portion of themselves with their divine presence and joy of being is clearly a large part of their lives. May I use their example to enrich my appreciation.
Although I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death,
I fear no evil.
A rod and staff comfort me.
I’m led to green pastures,
allowed to lay down beside still waters.
A place is made for me among my enemies.
Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me
for all of the days of my life
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None of us is perfect. The activities and understandings revealed in the text offer healing and help to all who employ them. They are universal. Understand ‘EVERYTHING’ as this is your true birthright as well as your duty.
I personally feel I’m only a tool used to facilitate the dissemination of this teaching—so I can discuss its beauty, clarity, and effectiveness. Learn your reason for being and the pleasure of realizing your complete self—by sharing this knowledge that will expand possibility exponentially for you, those you love, and all humankind.
We’re all in this together—a field of humanity—where what happens anywhere affects everything everywhere.
You are being summoned— READ THIS BOOK!
A simple elegant proof of realms beyond the physical universe:
Einstein postulated the speed of light as the constant ultimate.
In a moment, anyone can prove the speed of thought faster.