Spiritual Yoga

This is a write up of the talk given by Prashant Shah (http://spiritual-living.in) in London on 14 April 2013, at the Discovery Day Program by Solar Events.

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Prashant’s talk in London

Yoga has been introduced in the western world as a technique for reducing our stress and improving our health. However, the traditional purpose of Yoga is to develop our spiritual life. Here we explore this ‘spiritual side’ of Yoga. First we explain the nature of the inner life and the spiritual quest; and then we show how spiritual yoga can help you in accomplishing the spiritual goal.

The Inner Life

We are born on earth with a mind that directs our attention outward towards things. Hence, we do not see the inner life and we seek our satisfaction from the outside — through the ‘things’ of the outer world. Thus, we chase comforts, pleasures and possessions in the outer world.

We pursue these things thinking that by having them we shall get the deeper satisfaction that we really want. However, when we achieve something, we do get some superficial satisfaction, which lasts for a short time. However, soon thereafter we again become dissatisfied and start to chase something else. In this way the chase goes on and on. It does not strike us that we are looking for our satisfaction in the wrong places!

Yoga considers our mind and body as instruments through which we function on earth. They are like our possessions – our house or car. Hence, by satisfying the desires in the mind and body, we can only get some superficial and temporary satisfaction. If we want deeper and lasting satisfaction, then we have to also satisfy something that is truly deeper and lasting! That something deeper or lasting is the soul or spirit.

When we satisfy our spiritual being, spiritual qualities begin to arise in our inner life. And as we organise these qualities in our nature, we develop spiritually. Let us tray and understand this development in terms of the two levels of our consciousness.

The two levels of consciousness

Throughout our life on earth two levels of consciousness (the ordinary and the higher level) are reflected in our mind. The ordinary level reflects the desires in our mind and body; and the higher level reflects the impulses got from our soul and the over-soul or God.

When we function at the ORDINARY level, we are attached to our mind and body. Then we experience ourselves as a ‘mental-self’, which is simply a self in the mind. This mental-self causes us to live mainly to satisfy the desires in our mind and body. So, we keep on looking for comforts, pleasures, possessions and recognition in the outer world: We want to own a posh house; we want to eat tasty food; and we measure our success by how well we stack up against others.

In society we experience the ordinary level as our ‘GROUP IDENTITY’. When we serve this group identity, we move beyond the boundaries of our personal selfishness and try to include the feeling of others in our group. In this way we identify with our family members, with our work associates, with the followers of our religion, and with the people of our community. The group identity enlarges our concern, and that causes us to think that we are serving the higher consciousness. That can happen sometimes, but more often the group identity merely replaces our personal selfishness. And sometimes the group identity can make us behave in ways that are more degrading than mere selfishness (as in terrorism).

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What happens when we can function at the HIGHER level? It awakens our ‘sense of unity’ and the ‘voice of our conscience’. The experience of UNITY makes us feel that as human beings we are like children of the same father. Thus, we feel kindness towards others; we cannot be cruel or insensitive towards them; and we cannot solve our problems by making them someone else’s problems. Even the idea of competition makes us uncomfortable. So we try to replace it with feelings of cooperation and coexistence.

The voice of our CONSCIENCE is the silent voice from the heart. It enables us to recognise the right and the wrong in all matters concerning life; it causes us to refine the values and motives that guide our thoughts and actions in the world. When we try to follow this voice, a truth-sense develops within us.

The process of spiritual growth

Both the ordinary and the higher levels of our consciousness are always reflected in our mind. However, initially we mainly function at the ordinary level. That is, we serve the mental-self. And the mental-self in turn keeps us preoccupied with physical activity and egoistic pursuits.

Our spiritual being also has its presence inside our mind through the higher level of consciousness. However, we give so little attention to it that in most of us it has become something vague, hesitant or far removed. As a result we do not feel united; our ‘truth sense’ is weak; and we do not perceive any deeper purpose to our life.

The practice of Yoga seeks to REVERSE this situation. And it does that by changing our ‘point of view’! Instead of looking upon everything from the ordinary level, and giving an ordinary meaning to higher things, Yoga makes us look upon everything from the higher level. It changes the ‘level’ of our perception. It changes ‘from where’ we see or ‘what depth’ we see from.

Gradually we begin to see everything as a part of a much LARGER PICTURE: We can situate everything correctly or find the proper place for each thing; we can look deeper into the happenings in our life and in the world; and we can recognise the true motives behind the actions of people and the world movements. The result is that we are not easily deceived by outer appearances.

The method of Spiritual Yoga

The term Yoga is a common noun that means joining or union. In the beginning our mind is joined with the ordinary consciousness. In Spiritual Yoga we change this. We begin to detach it from the ordinary level and attach it to the higher level. And as we do that, spiritual qualities get organised in our mind.

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The KEY idea of Spiritual Yoga is that wisdom and the higher values of life arise naturally in our mind when we are responsive to the higher consciousness. Thus, wisdom is not the result of developing our ordinary consciousness, as in modern education! It is the result of disciplining the mind and making it responsive to the higher consciousness. Then, instead of being led by the desires and tendencies of our mind and body, we shall be guided by the wisdom of our spiritual being.

The idea of unity in Yoga is similar to the ‘oneness’ that develops between a horse and its rider. However, the oneness has to be such that the will of the rider prevails! When the rider wants to go somewhere, the horse should also want to take him there. The horse should not protest or assert its independence and wander away.

The technique

We begin the practice spiritual yoga by learning to concentrate. What does that do? It brings together all the scattered forces of our attention under a higher will. It is like bringing the different chieftains under a ‘central leadership’. Gradually all the forces inside the mind are made to acknowledge the presence of the higher will and adjust themselves accordingly. When that happens, we can concentrate on our tasks without distraction; we can change our mental habits; and we can remake our values on the basis of a higher principle.

In Yoga we practice concentration by giving the mind something to hold on to, like a mantra. Then, in our task is to simply try to confine our attention to the mantra. The natural tendency of the mind is to drift onto other thoughts, particularly to thoughts of pending matters and personal concerns. So, our attention will stray onto other thoughts. However, when we find that our attention has strayed, we must continue the practice by simply returning it to our chosen theme, the mantra. The act of persistently returning our attention to the chosen theme makes all the difference: Gradually all the forces inside our mind will accept the leadership of the higher consciousness and adjust themselves to it.

Is Spiritual Yoga theistic or atheistic?

Let us consider these two different points of view. The atheistic view regards God as an imaginary concept or a belief. On the other hand the theistic view uses the ‘God idea’ to perceive the spiritual presence that exists behind all things and happenings. In the theistic view we learn to relate with the spiritual presence and try to make it a reality in our life.

It should be evident that Spiritual Yoga is a theistic pursuit. Here a personal (self-made) God is used to bring about a deliberate shift in consciousness – from the ordinary level to the higher level. When the higher consciousness gets organised in the mind, we become intuitive and begin to live at a higher level. It totally changes how we regard ourselves and the outer world. Then, instead of perceiving ourselves as a personality that has arisen out of a mind and body, we begin to see ourselves as a spiritual being that is temporarily functioning on earth through the instruments of a mind and body. Thus, it opens up the truly mystical dimension of our life.

The author is a spiritual guide for aspirants of Mantra Yoga. To know more, read the author’s book: Solving the Problems of Life’; click here: http://a.co/fDEjbYR. And for the book ‘The Art of Awakening the Soul’ the URL is http://a.co/jfAc1bf

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Advanced Workshops

By Prashant S. Shah, http://www.spiritual-living.in

Contents:

  1. The Cosmos according to Occult Philosophy
  2. The Cosmic Cycle and the Sign of Our Times
  3. The Way of the Mystic
  4. How to Recognise a Sage?
  5. The Hidden Side of Spiritual Practice
  6. EKS: A Growth and Success Strategy

 

SpiritualStars
Participants in New York, 2011

1. The Cosmos according to Occult Philosophy

This workshop gives you an insight into the place of the human being in the cosmos. Here, the human being is a microcosm, a miniature of the cosmos; and the growth of the human being is related to the development of the inner bodies and faculties on the interior planes of the cosmos.

The questions for the workshop are: What is the spiritual purpose of our human life on earth? What are the inner worlds? What is the correspondence between the inner worlds and our subtle bodies? What remains of us after death? How do we grow on the inner planes? What is the cosmos in occult philosophy? What is the law of correspondence? What is the place of ‘the occult’ in spiritual life? What is the nature of occult experiences?

CONTENTS

  • How Charles Darwin made a monkey out of us. The evolution of consciousness. The four stages in the evolution of life in the cosmos.
  • The occult constitution of the human being. The inner planes and how we function on them. What develops as we grow spiritually?
  • Occult cosmology: Placing a human being in the cosmos. Microcosm as the little world. Using astrology to illustrate the law of correspondence.
  • The place of ‘the occult’ in spiritual life. Understanding occult experiences.

Some Opinions Received:

  1. An excellent exposition with many sets of examples symbols and charts. Paul Czkevianianc, paulc@questpartnersllc.com
  2. (It was) a great course, but there is lots to digest. Very insightful. It gets better and better each time I do this course. Elizabeth, aleliz@aol.com
  3. Prashant’s physical presence and his simple way of saying it wins my trust. The course answered many questions and raised many more! David, davyc67@yahoo.com
  4. This course was an eye-opener. The discussion was very profound and subtle. I enjoyed the discussion on the correspondence between the planets and the emotional energies the most. Carmen, cla516@aol.com
  5. Everything was very clear. You have retained the flavour of ancient things while making them accessible to the modern mind. Frank, nyudonne@aol.com
  6. (This course was) very interesting. I pointed out the gaps in my practice. When you say these things they seem to be so simple, but when we do the practice we find it is a lot harder. Ludy, ludy_mr@hotmail.com

 

2. The Cosmic Cycle and the Sign of Our Times

Modern humanity, in the age of science, has made a lot of progress; we all can see it. However, we don’t see what humanity has lost in the process of making this progress. In this workshop we begin by showing this. We evaluate the progress in the modern world from the point of view of the spiritual purpose of human life. The aim is not to be critical of modern developments, but to make you aware of the nature of the challenge that is coming in the near future.

In particular, we show that the world is on the brink of a change in consciousness; and we, as human beings, can either participate in making the changes in ourselves and in society, or we can resist these changes. Further, to participate in these changes we have to prepare ourselves, since the new era demands ‘higher level’ solutions of a different kind. The message of this workshop will be most valuable to people who wish to serve as spiritual workers for the new era.

CONTENTS

  • Introduction: The two basic levels of human consciousness; the cosmic cycle; understanding the ‘men of antiquity’; why the present time is called the Dark Age.
  • Spirituality lost: What makes an idea sacred or profane; what is more important, knowing the whole or knowing the parts? Uniformity as the opposite of unity; the false supremacy of reason.
  • Counter spirituality: The decay of religions; confusing the super-conscious with the subconscious; mistaking the occult for the spiritual; the mushrooming growth of pseudo-cults.
  • The New Age: The ending of an era; how to participate in the coming of the new era; towards a change in consciousness; some expected changes in society.

This program is based on the speaker’s book: The Crisis of Modern Humanity.

Some Opinions received:

This was the most vibrant of all the teaching I experienced this time around. It felt as if you reached me directly with no filters. It helped to bolster my optimism about what is coming. I am thankful to be in a state to receive this powerful message. Frank, nyudonne@aol.com.

 

3. The Way of the Mystic

Behind the superficial existence of a leaf there is a greater existence of the tree. In the same way, behind your individual and personal consciousness there is the greater consciousness of the soul and the over-soul.

Here first, you install a presence of the greater consciousness in your mind. Next, you involve it in your affairs. It will develop your ‘truth sense’ and give you the guidance you need. Then you will not be easily misled by the tendencies and wishes in your mind, or be deceived by the people in your environment.

Contents:

  • The basics of mysticism: the relationship between your personal consciousness and the God consciousness
  • The technique of mysticism: making a personal God and learning to attune with it
  • Devotional exercise: making God a reality in your life; living for God’s sake; stages in the awakening
  • The levels in the practice; the doctrine of the mystics

Duration: 8 hours

To know more, read the book: ‘The Art of Awakening the Soul’ by Prashant S. Shah. The URL is http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AXI9BRW/

Some Opinions received:

  1. This workshop has reinforced my spiritual practice. Now I turn to the Deity often. It has led me to see things from a totally new perspective. Frank, nyudonne@aol.com.
  2. This is my favourite course. It has really made me go for it. I could rename it as ‘mysticism for practitioners’. Ferdinand, seibert@hotmail.com
  3. I have taken this course several times and it has become a major basis of my spiritual practice. Bob, boblester@hotmail.com

 

4. The Hidden Side of Spiritual Practice (Sadhana)

Spiritual practice is not about worshipping Gods, performing rituals; or following some moral precepts. The main aim is to clear the impurities from the mind so that you can mirror the calm, intelligent and balanced state of the higher consciousness.

In this task the techniques of concentration, prayer, meditation, breath control, gazing, etc. can only help you to an extent. To have a real breakthrough you have to overcome the forces inside your nature that RESIST the ways of the higher consciousness. Here you do not work to learn new things. Instead, you work to unlearn many things and to break away from the mindset that binds you to the lower consciousness.

In this workshop first you understand the psychological side of spiritual growth. Next, you observe the mental tendencies that seem to obstruct your spiritual awareness. Then, you learn to overcome these tendencies and clear up the faults in your perceptions. When this work is done you will be able to see yourself, the people and the situations of life better. You will not merely see things as they show themselves, but you will see them as they really are.

Contents

  • Introduction: The nature of spiritual quest; quantum learning; place of purification in spiritual life.
  • Working with emotions: Observing the emotions; balancing your perceptions; emotions in relationships.
  • Working with thoughts: The outer mind and its deceptions; introspection and disillusioning.
  • Cleaning the subconscious: The conflicts inside the mind; breaking habits; releasing suppressed emotions; overcoming the mental-self; towards direct awareness.

Some Opinions Received:

  1. This is a great course that makes us aware of where we really are and where we can get to. It has made me aware and watchful of many things. It has removed so many of my illusions! Elizabeth, aleliz@aol.com
  2. (It was) an extraordinary course with a superb presentation. The need to control the emotions instead of justifying them impressed me the most. Some of the exercises were remarkable and I can see some positive changes in me. Carmen, cla516@aol.com
  3. This course was AA++. There is an immediacy about it — a direct connection, like being plugged into a live source of energy. Frank, nyudonne@aol.com
  4. (This course was) very interesting. I pointed out the gaps in my practice. When you say these things they seem to be so simple, but when we do the practice we find it is a lot harder. Ludy, ludy_mr@hotmail.com

 

5. EKS: A Growth and Success Strategy

EKS is a ‘holistic approach’ to managing your affairs in an ‘open system’. It shows you how you should conduct yourself so that you can have sure growth and remain always wanted. The method was originally devised by Wolfgang Mewes of Frankfurt. It consists of a simultaneous application of the energy laws, cybernetic control and a benevolent strategy. An outline of our presentation of EKS is given under ‘TALKS’. Click here https://darshanacentre.wordpress.com/2016/01/28/inspiring-talks/

The Course Contents

Part-1: The Basic EKS

Session-1: Introducing Cybernetics and Systems Thinking.

Session-2: Using Strategy and the Energy Laws: Growth, concentration and gap behaviour.

Session-3: Energy Laws continued: Developing into the depth; bottleneck orientation; settling on a target group.

Session-4: Leaning to value of intangible assets; centralised versus cybernetic control; deciding your growth strategy.

Part-2: Advanced Applications of EKS

Session-5: The hierarchy of problems; Specialization; The growth spiral.

Session-6: Socially oriented specialization; finding your social basic-task; demarcating your target group.

Session-7: Locating the bottleneck; having outward looking behaviour; motivation through feedback.

Session-8: An overview of EKS strategy and problems solving.

DURATION: Each session is of two hours. The total duration of Part-1 and Part-2 is 16 hours.

About the Program:

This course was originally devised by Prashant Shah to assist students of the ‘Advanced Management Diploma Program on Energo-Cybernetic-Strategy’ (called EKS), which was then conducted jointly by the Baroda Productivity Council and Mewes Systems of Frankfurt, Germany.

Over the years he has conducted this program for many groups in India and USA. He uses this EKS method to help people solve their personal, professional and business problems. This method is very striking, simple to understand, and easy to use. The best part, however, is that if you follow it consistently, it always works.

What Our Participants Say:

  1. You got all of us charged up. Now we use ‘bottleneck’, ‘concentration’, ‘gap’, ‘feedback’, etc. in our routine discussions. We look forward to having a refresher program when you visit next year. (Asheem Aggarwal, Chief Guru, New York).
  2. I took your workshop only because a friend had recommended it very strongly. I expected to get some up-to-date ideas. However, I was totally amazed. This is a totally new way of looking at the issues of growth and success. Your presentation was very clear and enjoyable. The catchy words that you use make these difficult concepts easy to grasp. I’m happy I took this course. (KS, Management Consultant, Bombay).
  3. This systems approach to management makes the issues of our business extremely clear. The program was much superior to the other (management) programs that we’ve had. It has really boosted our confidence. (N. C. Mehta, CEO, Bell Ceramics, Baroda).
  4. Your course was very insightful. In many places it consisted in simply putting already known, but disparate concepts, in one cohesive framework… It has opened my eyes to the fact that things happen of their own, and more often we are facilitators to a process that is happening with or without us! (A.H., Partner in financial business, New York).
  5. Your words are now engraved in my mind: “Develop your unique strength, grow into the gap between others, find superior solutions to the problems of your target group, and concentrate your efforts on removing the bottleneck.” Truly, I feel very confident. Thank you very much. (NMD, Works Manager, Bombay.)

 

Introductory (Spiritual) Workshops

SpiritualStars
Participants in New York, 2011

Conducted by Prashant S. Shah, http://www.spiritual-living.in

Contents:

  1. Understanding Karma and Destiny
  2. Concentration and Mind Training
  3. The Art of Succeeding with People
  4. Restore your Health Naturally
  5. Living by intuition
  6. The Spiritual Tradition of the Ancient Hindus
  7. The Biochemic Way to Health
  8. How to Recognise a Sage?

 

1. Understanding Karma and Destiny

People often ask: “Why are we born in a particular country or family? Why are some people healthy, rich or successful whereas some others are handicapped, poor or unfortunate? Why do we easily forge bonds with some people and find it so difficult to get on with some others? Why do some of us have an easy life while others have to struggle all the way?”

You can understand many such things by considering the Law of Karma. The law tells us that much of the destiny we experience today is the result of what we had done in the past; that we have all along been shaping our destiny, but earlier we were not aware of the process. In this workshop you understand the law of karma and how to use it to remove the unnecessary suffering from your life.

When you are ignorant of this law you make mistakes that violate the law. Then you suffer the consequences. As you develop some awareness of the law you conduct yourself better. Then you make fewer violations, and it reduces your suffering and helplessness. When you acquire mastery over this law you become the CAPTAIN of your ship. Then you can steer around the obstacles in your life and become a source of happiness to yourself.

The discussion is directed to the questions: What are the causes behind the events of my life? Is there natural justice or do I have to fight for my rights in society? When I faced with different choices, what criteria will guide me in making the correct choice? How can I learn to live a happy, meaningful and a fulfilling life?

Contents

  • Law of cause and effect. The necessity of making the correct choice.
  • Justice and the law of exchange. The moral law, laws of nature and man-made laws.
  • Predestination and free will. Karma in public life. Karma and the art of living.
  • Karma in relationships; nature’s memory; karma and reincarnation; the law of providence

Some Opinions received:

  1. I see some karmic debts that I have to repay and I’m going to set right some balances. Frank, nyudonne@aol.com.
  2. This course has great wisdom. It’s very well organised and you explained these very subtle issues in a very simple and interesting manner. Ludy, Ludy_mr@hotmail.com
  3. Excellent – I understand that we are not here to move around as an unwinding doll. There is a cause and effect for everything and we how we play always makes the difference. Carmen, cla516@aol.com
  4. This is my favourite course. I’ve done it again and will do it again in the future. It has put my whole life in perspective, and now I understand how to give direction to my life. David, davyc67@yahoo.com
  5. Each time I do this course I hear it from a different angle and so it has grown to be much more valuable. Bob, boblester@hotmail.com
  6. This course shows how our current thoughts and actions create our destiny. Hence, we can overcome anxiety of the future by exercising control over our present actions. The course is deep and profoundly transforming. Madanda, mgmachayya @hotmail.com

 

2. Concentration and Mind Training

The fine art of succeeding with yourself

In this workshop you learn the art of concentration and use it to develop your inner life. The inner life is important since your happiness and well-being depends more on your thoughts and emotions, and less on your external circumstances.

First, you learn to concentrate and take control over your attention. Next, you become aware of the influence of thoughts and emotions in your life. Then you exercise your control over the negative thoughts and emotions that occupy your mind. It will develop your ability to think clearly, to understand things better, and to be more focused on whatever you do.

In this workshop you learn to:

  • Concentrate the mind through chanting
  • Use concentration in everyday life
  • Develop your will-power through steady gazing
  • Deal with negative thoughts
  • Use thought power
  • Overcome negative emotions

This program is conducted in 8 hours (4 sessions of 2 hours each). If you need assistance in implementing these ideas, kindly read Mind-Training and Meditation under ‘Correspondence Courses’. We also have an interesting book on the subject: ‘Solving the Problems of Life’ by Prashant S. Shah; the URL is http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0176HQSOG. https://www.amazon.com/Solving-Problems-Life-Spiritual-Seekers/dp/1518786650/

Some Opinions received:

  1. Shah is a cheerful teacher who shares his knowledge in a light hearted and easy-to-learn manner. I highly recommend his sessions. Edrina Rush, edrina.rush@yahoo.com
  2. Shah is a true master of his teachings. You have to see to believe. Yvette Koshab
  3. I’m very happy with the delivery and content of this workshop. I got a lot of benefit from doing this workshop. Shawn Edwards, shawnallison@hotmail.com
  4. The topic was difficult, but it was delivered very simply and very well. Tokes Coker, tokeskoker@handsoflight.co.uk
  5. I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop and recommend it highly for life enhancement. Jessica Hothersall, jessicahothersall@btinternet.com
  6. This course on spiritual yoga was actually what I was seeking for furthering my spiritual journey. Now I’m really looking forward to the advanced course. Beryl Ross, brosscotton@hotmail.com
  7. Shah is the real deal. He is precise and has crystal clear clarity of thought. It is a great program for those who are ready for it. Marcus Ubl, Marcus.ubl@gamil.com
  8. The speaker was very clear and concise. I think I will be able to use these practices to bring changes in my life. Please organise other workshops with this speaker. Sri Spencer, stars659@yahoo.co.uk
  9. This was the best speaker. Dr. Shah puts over complex ideas in an interesting way that allows them to be easily grasped. Linda Camping, l.camping@btinternet.com
  10. I was surprised at how useful the course content was. The whole concept of dealing with thoughts and emotions was mind-blowing. Shana, darshana@entrevo.com
  11. This course made me appreciate many things that I used to take for granted. Elizabeth, aleliz@aol.com
  12. Now I have a clear focus — yoga is for achieving something greater than the ambitions of the mind and body. It is like going beyond the mind. Ludy, ludy_mr@hotmail.com
  13. I understood the importance of withdrawing from the outer noise and focusing on my inner life. I think now I know how to put my inner things in order. Carmen, cla516@aol.com
  14. You’ve given us a very refreshing and unusual insight into Yoga. I’m eager to put all this wisdom into practice. David, davyc67@yahoo.com
  15. This time (third) it was a relearning experience. It has inspired me to renew my commitment to my practice. Bob, boblester@hotmail.com

 

3. The Art of Succeeding with People

Learning Interpersonal Skills

Most of our life is an INTERDEPENDENT reality. We have to work with people, live with people and deal with people. At work we work with partners, in teams and with associates. Very often our situation is that we share responsibility with others, but we don’t have the authority to direct them. Hence, if we are not skilful, we experience many difficulties in getting things done through others. The saying is: “The people problems are the worst!

Skill in dealing with people is very valuable for everyone in society — for a businessman, a professional, a colleague, a housewife, and a member of any group in society. This ability becomes increasingly important as we occupy the higher positions in the social system. Businessman J. D. Rockefeller once said: “I will pay more for that ability (to succeed with people) than for any other under the sun.”

In this workshop you learn the art of dealing with people effectively to generate win-win solutions. Further, you learn to leverage your skills such that the rewards are much greater than the effort. The guidelines are easy to understand, but they will make a BIG DIFFERENCE in your relationships at work and in your personal life only when you apply them consistently.

Contents:

  • The importance of interpersonal skills
  • The psychology of the other person
  • The art of negotiation
  • Man and woman relationships
  • The win-win option
  • The stages in maturity
  • Teamwork

Some Opinions received:

  1. This was the best course. I got the most from it. It really answered the questions that have been puzzling me for years. This workshop was practical, useful and a lot of fun. (Robert Leyster of Lester Watson Inc. New York. boblyster@hotmail.com
  2. I’ve stopped wanting people around me to change to fit to what I want. Now I try to see what they want of me. I also see the importance of giving space to other people to be as they want to be. Frank, nyudonne@aol.com.
  3. This workshop goes far beyond the obvious. I’ve learnt to be more tolerant, tending and caring. Elizabeth, aleliz@aol.com
  4. This course was really empowering. All my faults in dealing with others have become obvious. Now I’m going to change some things. Carmen, cla516@aol.com
  5. This is the second time I’ve done this course and I am glad to say that it has really helped me in fine tuning my ability in deal with people. It has made me much more effective. David, davyc67@yahoo.com
  6. You really tied up these things very well. I’ve been reading this (self-help) stuff for a long time, but your course has cleared up most of my doubts. The ideas are very clear now and I feel confident that I can get them to work. (N. C. Mehta, CEO, Bell Ceramics, Baroda).
  7. I like your style of presentation — very direct, precise and to the point. You made these very complicated and confusing things seem very simple. I really enjoyed both of your programs. However, I wish I could have you convey this message to my boss! (KYA, New York)
  8. I found this course to be very revealing. I’ve read many psychology books, but the understanding that you provided here was very clear. I felt you were speaking directly to me and addressing my issues. (S. Gopalkrishana, Plant Superintendent, Baroda)

 

4. Restore your Health Naturally

A Simple Solution to your Health Problems

Your health depends mainly on you; on your lifestyle, diet and eating habits. However, these days you are given to believe that your health depends mainly on doctors and the health care system. Thus, you have become very dependent on the medical profession. And at the same time the health care system has become very expensive, highly specialised and too technical for your comprehension. So you naturally feel vulnerable, helpless, and confused.

However, there are alternatives; they always existed! Your health is not something that depends on the progress of modern science. There are much simpler ways. They talk in terms reducing the toxaemia in the body and strengthening its vital force. Here we you learn to use these alternatives. Believe it or not here you will learn how to detox your body and restore your vital force naturally – WITHOUT depending on medicines or the medical profession.

Contents:

  • Holistic healing: healing vs. curing; health in terms of the vital force; how toxaemia develops;
  • Simple ways to detox the body: Diet, nutrition and eating habits; fasting and the healing crisis
  • Water therapy; cleansing diets; and the ‘no breakfast’ plan
  • Healing the body by changing the consciousness; correcting emotional disorders

Duration: 8 hours

The workshop is based on Prashant’s book ‘Healing without Drugs’ and ‘How to Restore your Health Naturally’.

Some Opinions Received:

  1. (It was) a very interesting presentation; a most welcome and rare insight into the science of health and healing. I say it is A++. Elizabeth, aleliz@aol.com
  2. I’ve read of the concept of toxins before, but now I really understand its implications on my health and recovery. David, davyc67@yahoo.com
  3. The effect of not eating the right kind of food and the consequences of increase in the toxin level in the cells was very well explained. This certainly becomes more important in old age. Carmen, cla516@aol.com
  4. (It was) a superb discussion — very practical and accessible. Frank, nyudonne@aol.com
  5. Both the book and the course presentation were very good. However, the presentation filled in many gaps that arose when I read the book. Now the ideas have become very clear and more workable. Ludy, ludy_mr@hotmail.com

 

5. Living by Intuition

Intuition is the guiding voice of the soul. When we listen to our intuition, our life becomes more interesting; we see a purpose to everything; and we feel a sense of wonder. Although everyone is intuitive to an extent, this ability can be greatly enhanced by doing some spiritual practices.

The basic step for becoming intuitive is to shift the focus of our life from our ordinary nature, which is governed by mental preferences, to our higher nature, which sees the ways of the soul. Once we get into a condition where we can spontaneously call for intuition, we can allow it to guide our actions and give a deeper meaning and purpose to our life.

Contents:

  • Installing the spiritual seed; creating the necessary mental space; some preparation & results
  • Considering intuition as coming from a higher intelligence; how to make your intuition reliable
  • Purifying the mind and correcting the disturbances arising from the mental-self
  • The place of self-consciousness & intuition in occult philosophy

 

6. The Spiritual Tradition of the Ancient Hindus

Traditional wisdom is concerned the knowledge of the higher worlds and its attainment; and insight into the higher purpose of human existence. This knowledge was originally uncovered through the higher faculties that were developed by the ancient Sages. They passed down this knowledge through a tradition, and the people know of it as doctrines, beliefs and practices.

The past century has seen explosive developments based on a materialistic attitude. Correspondingly, the interest in pursuing the spiritual goal of life has become lost. The light of the spiritual heritage in humanity has become dim, and it may become lost to future generations. However, what was so great about this heritage that it had been fancied by many great men through the centuries? Here we show the tradition of the men of antiquity that prevailed in ancient India.

Contents:

  • Introducing the law of karma; whatever happens is justice
  • Dharma; freedom and contentment got by practising dharma
  • The modern world as seen through traditional eyes
  • Marriages modern and traditional; the method of traditional learning

 

7. The Biochemic Way to Health

In the 18th century, Dr. Schuessler analysed the ashes of the human body and found the presence of twelve mineral salts in them. He called them the ‘biochemic tissue salts’ and showed their value in the healthy functioning of the body. Whenever a deficiency of any of these salts arises in the body tissues, certain typical symptoms arise. You can use these symptoms to identify the specific tissue salt deficiency. Then all you have to do is to supplement the tissue-salt in a dynamic form (6X potency), and the body will on its own find its way to return to natural health.

Here you learn how to use the book: The Biochemic Prescriber for finding your remedy. You can treat common everyday ailments and simple constitutional disorders with these Biochemic Tissue Salts. The method is simple and safe. You can use it to help yourself, your family and your friends and overcome your helplessness in health matters.

Contents:

  • The principles of Biochemic Remedies and Holistic Healing
  • The functional disorders of the body, and their relationship with the ‘biochemic remedies’
  • Treating constitutional disorders and some everyday ailments with the Biochemic Tissue-salts

Duration: 4 hours

The discussion is based on Prashant’s book: “The Biochemic Prescriber, https://www.amazon.Duration: 8 hours

 

8. How to Recognise a Sage?

This course is based on wisdom of the book: Tao Te Ching. The Tao is a universal awareness that underlies all things. Hence, by aligning your ways with the way of the Tao you can attain inner freedom, transcendental peace, and deep contentment in your life. However, the Tao is very subtle. It can only be grasped with a mind that is without personal motives. So, how can you pursue the Tao?

Master Lao Tzu gives the clues: First, follow the law of heaven and purify your motives. Next, find a Sage, a living master. Then, track the ways of the Sage, for the Sage naturally follows the Tao. However, there is a difficulty since the Sage does not show himself in society. So, how can you recognise the Sage? Here we address this issue.

Contents:

  • Who is a Sage? How does he behave? What are his guiding principles?
  • Why does the Sage value things differently? What is his true attainment?
  • What strategies does the Sage adopt? How are his ways different from the ways of ordinary people?

Some Opinions Received:

The old Tao translations I own come nowhere near this exposition. This is seamlessly connected with the rest of the teaching I have been privileged to attend. Frank, nyudonne@aol.com.

 

A Pilgrimage Into the Higher Worlds

Copyright © 2010, Prashant S. Shah; http://www.spiritual-living.in

Our mind directs our attention outward, towards things in the external world. Hence, we do not see interior world or understand the realities of inner life. And as a result we are confused about what we have come to do on earth. To understand the deeper purpose of our life and the mystery of the interior worlds, we have to journey into our interior, into the deeper realms of our own consciousness. What happens when we undertake this journey?

CONTENTS:

  1. What is our condition at the beginning?
  2. How can we get control over our attention?
  3. What is the subconscious?
  4. What do we see in the subconscious?
  5. What happens when these entities are overcome?
  6. What is spiritual awakening?
  7. What is the main purpose of the separate awareness?
  8. What happens when our awareness goes beyond the mind?

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1. What is our condition at the beginning?

We begin our journey by withdrawing our attention from outer things and directing it inward, towards our interior. At first this is very difficult to do. Our mind is like a restless monkey. It continuously distracts us with outer things. As a result our attention keeps on jumping from one subject to another. In this condition our awareness is superficial since we cannot dwell long enough on anything to really understand it. Our attention is continuously distracted by the hopes, expectations, cravings, aversions and fears in the mind.

2. How can we get control over our attention?

We change all this by learning to concentrate. The practice of concentration brings together all the scattered forces of our attention and integrates them with our will. And that develops our power of intention.

As our concentration improves we get better control over our attention. Then we can begin to exercise our control over the thoughts and emotions that dwell in our mind. We can accept the thoughts and emotions that we want and reject the thoughts and emotions that we do not want. Whatever we reject cannot hold on in our mind. With this practice we can remove many distracting thoughts and disturbing emotions from our mind.

Gradually we get concentrated at will. Our mind becomes calm and alert. We can dwell for a longer period on any thought and observe it carefully. Further, we can begin to look into the mind-set of ourselves and anything.

What happens when we can observe our mind-set? We can see the habits and tendencies that decide our behaviour. We see how the forces inside our mind decide how we think, feel and believe. Now we know that before we can perceive things truly we must become sufficiently free from the influence of the habits and tendencies generated by our mind-set. If we are not sufficiently free, the habits and tendencies will generate illusions that deceive us.

So we try to change these habits and tendencies through the force of intention. However, initially we succeed in only making some superficial or cosmetic changes. This happens because the forces at the surface of the mind are rooted in the subconscious, where we do not see clearly. Hence, we are unable to use our will power effectively in this region. We can change some things, but we are unable to uproot them.

3. What is the subconscious?

The subconscious is a dark region of our mind. It is called ‘dark’ because it is filled with forces that we cannot observe clearly from the surface mind.

Thus, when we take a superficial view of our nature, we cannot understand the complexity of the task. We cannot know how our thoughts, emotions and desires connect up inside the mind to keep their hold on our nature. We cannot see the forces that have developed our mind-set. We find it easier to assume that we are just made like that. And that attitude allows the forces in our subconscious to have a ‘free play’. They resist change and decide our behaviour, urges and philosophies!

However, once the power of our concentration is sufficient, we can take the light of our awareness and the power of our will into the subconscious. Then we can observe and act upon these forces.

4. What do we see in the subconscious?

The subconscious is filled with our hidden desires and suppressed emotions. These forces are involved with us, and hence we indulge in them from time to time and justify having them. And that further empowers these forces.

To change a small tendency may seem to be a simple task from the surface mind. However when we can see working of the forces in the subconscious we begin to appreciate the complexity of it all. We see the connections, associations and alliances the force has made in the subconscious.

Once our concentration is sufficient, we get the power to withhold our attention from thoughts and emotions. And we can use this power to entangle the web of forces in our subconscious.

We begin by observing these forces disinterestedly, without getting swayed by them. What do we see? We see the ‘entities’ or parasites that dwell within us. We see how they feed on our attention and the hold they have over our vital urges, inclinations, imagination and mind-set. When we can see this clearly, we can begin to exercise our control over them.

To control these forces, first we have to isolate them. We must find their connections in our mind and disconnect them. It will reduce their power. Initially these entities live like lions inside our subconscious. But as we reduce their power they become like mice. We cannot throw out the lions, but we can close up the mouse holes. Then these entities lose their power to move us by their suggestions; they cannot decide our behaviour or to make us dance to their tune.

However, these entities will not give in without putting up a fight. They may try to seduce us into believing that a life without indulging in them will be dull, dry and uninteresting. If we get taken in by such suggestions, we once again begin to entertain the related thoughts and emotions and give them power. Then these entities get the right to continue or persist. It is expected that there will be many battles inside the mind and for some time we have to endure the struggle.

5. What happens when these entities are overcome?

When we overcome some of the entities in our subconscious, it adds power to our will. Then it becomes easier for us to overcome other deep rooted entities within our nature. The process must continue until we have overcome all the contradictory forces inside our subconscious.

What happens when we overcome these entities? Then our internal conflicts, aversions and reactions disappear. The forces in the subconscious do not project illusions that deceive us and scatter our force. There is no wish or fear projection to disturb our perceptions. The light of our intellect will pass through the subconscious and allow us to see things as they really are, without adding to or subtracting from them.

In the earlier stages of our spiritual practice we had to make an effort to concentrate. Now our attention is free from the blind forces in the subconscious. Hence, the effort ceases. We can get into the concentrated state ‘at will’. Gradually our mind stays in the concentrated state.

6. What is spiritual awakening?

The concentrated state gradually develops a ‘Separate Awareness’ within us. Something separates within our consciousness and we can mirror it. Through it we become aware of everything from a wide and multidimensional point of view.

Initially the ‘separate awareness’ remains in the background and we can only access it by concentrating upon it. We use it to clarify our thoughts and get intuitive directions in our life situations. However, the intuition in the early stages comes to us in flashes or pieces. Then, we try to put the pieces together logically. However, in this attempt we often make the mistake of filling in with our preconceptions.

Our intuition becomes more reliable as we learn to function with the separate awareness and depend less on our mental inferences.

7. What is the main purpose of the separate awareness?

The separate awareness greatly enlarges the field of our knowledge and action. It allows us to observe the ‘mind of things’. We can perceive the inner quality and hidden motives. We can also act upon the balance of forces on the inner plane and influence the events that are trying to happen.

However, the true purpose of the separate awareness is not to get lost in the phenomena of the outer life, but to attune all the forces within our nature with the ways of the higher consciousness. This process lifts the state of our being and changes how we function inside.

8. What happens when our awareness goes beyond the mind?

As we progress spiritually our awareness begins to recede inward. It makes us more conscious of the interior world. Gradually subtle faculties arise and we can consciously travel in the interior worlds. The journey passes though many stations. At every station a new mystery is revealed, and our consciousness becomes more integrated and is less bound to our person.

At a certain point in the journey something turns over within our consciousness and we begin to see from behind the veil. Now we do not merely reflect the separate awareness, but are able to awaken in it. We find that this consciousness is a whole and complete, and that it is not limited by our personal nature in any way. Now the automatic subconscious processes of our mind get discontinued. Earlier we were led by social values and mental-inferences. Now we do not require them to function. We can draw contentment from the inner life and are not obliged to seek it through things of the outer world.

Spiritual Alchemy through Yoga

Adapted from the book ‘The Art of Awakening the Soul’ © 2011, Prashant S. Shah; http://www.spiritual-living.in

Alchemy is the process of transforming Lead, your ordinary nature, into Gold, a spiritual being. How is this process accomplished through Yoga? Does it unveil the mysteries of the cosmos? Here we explain this process in terms of your growth in consciousness. It will also help you understand the Hermetic Wisdom and the Emerald Tablet.

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CONTENTS:

  1. The world as consciousness
  2. Our personal consciousness
  3. The human situation
  4. What is Bondage?
  5. What is Separation?
  6. What is Purification?
  7. The Alchemical Marriage

1. The world as consciousness

Consciousness is the basic stuff and the creative essence of the universe. Movement of consciousness has created the universe and all that is in it. The same consciousness that manifests as the universe is also the Self, the spiritual essence, of every individual being that arises in it. Hence, the metaphysical structure of the world is like a ‘woven fabric’, wherein the subject consciousness (the essence) is the vertical thread, and object consciousness (the substance) is the horizontal thread.

Since consciousness is everywhere, everything in the cosmos can be known. The consciousness in one form can connect with consciousness in another form and come to know things from inside out. This is direct knowing.

However, in human beings consciousness is identified with the mind and body. Due to this identification the power of pure consciousness (the Self) is reduced to a ‘level of perception’ in the human mind. The particular level of perception would depend on what the consciousness is attached to or associated with, and on its conditioning in the individual. Hence, the human mind can only know things INDIRECTLY, through inference and interpretation. This semi-conscious and roundabout way of figuring things out is called ‘mental knowledge’.

Alchemy speaks of purifying Lead and transforming it into gold. In the spiritual context, it is the process of changing the consciousness from being a narrow and inferring mental-consciousness, to becoming a wider and directly aware consciousness of the Self.

2. Our personal consciousness

When consciousness identifies with our body, we experience physical fears and sensual desires. When it identifies with our mind, we experience its tendencies, beliefs and conditioning. All these things put their limitations on consciousness. They cloud the transparency of pure consciousness in our Nature. Hence, we do not experience the world with a pure consciousness, but with a personal consciousness.

The personal consciousness generates a duplicate-self, called the mental-self. It creates a personal world from our thoughts and emotions and keeps us constantly engaged with them. So, we think in terms of ‘me’, ‘my story’, ‘my likes’, ‘my fears’, ‘my desires’, ‘my way’, and ‘my possessions’.

3. The human situation

When we look deep into ourselves, into our subjective experience we find two parts of our being: One part is a consciousness that is totally calm. It quietly sees and observes. We call it our Soul. The other part is a consciousness that is active. It thinks and does. We call it our Nature.

In the beginning of our spiritual quest these two parts of our being seem to be separate; they stand apart. The ‘observer consciousness’ is always calm and reflective, whereas the ‘doer consciousness’ is always restless and doing something.

We can understand the process of our growth in consciousness by relating these two parts of our being.

4. What is Bondage?

At first the two parts of our being seem to stand apart. The Soul observes the activity of our Nature and quietly mirrors its actions in the pure consciousness of its being. The Nature or the doer consciousness, on the other hand, acts out of its own impulse, not caring about the will of the seer, the Soul. Thus, our Nature dominates, and the Soul has no say in the decisions and actions of our Nature.

On careful observation we find that these two parts of our consciousness are connected. The Soul observes the decisions and actions of our Nature, but it is unable to accept all them. But since the Soul is still passive it has to endure what it cannot accept. Thus, the Soul considers its association with our Nature as bondage.

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5. What is Separation?

On further observation we find that although our Nature can act out of its own impulse, to carry on in this way it needs the acceptance of the soul. When the Soul was passive, our Nature took this acceptance automatically. However, once the Soul is awake, it can refuse to grant acceptance.

So, when our Nature acts according to the wishes of the Soul, the Soul accepts all the actions of our Nature. It does this by mirroring them in the pure consciousness of its being. However, when Nature acts against the wishes of the Soul, the Soul can withhold its acceptance. It does this by refusing to mirror the actions of our Nature.

The Soul is an independent consciousness that lives in the spiritual world. When we identify with the Soul, we can separate ourselves from our Nature. Then the contents (thoughts, desires and emotions) of our mind become like objects; we can look upon them as separate things and stand back from them. Then we remain unaffected by them and their actions. In this condition we are liberated from bondage to our mental existence. We have a mind and body, but we remain independent of the mind and body.

6. What is Purification?

The Soul is an independent consciousness, whereas our Nature is a derived consciousness – it arises from the Soul and depends upon it for its sustenance. The Soul has power over Nature and it can exercise the power.

The Soul sees the actions of our Nature and quietly mirrors them in its consciousness. By mirroring them it sanctions them. However, once the Soul is awake in our life, it can also refuse to mirror the actions of our Nature that it does not approve. When the Soul disapproves, our Nature has to change its ways to get the sanction from the Soul. Hence, the seeing of the Soul is like giving a command to our Nature.

To experience the Soul consciousness we have to find something within us that is independent of the continuously changing thoughts and forms of life. Having found this consciousness, we have to identify with it. Then we can know the right movement; we can know what the Soul wants our Nature to do. Then further, by approving or disapproving the actions of our Nature, we can purify it.

7. The Alchemical Marriage

Alchemy uses the alternate movements of ‘separation’ and ‘purification’ to know and change the habits, tendencies and conditioning of our Nature. As our Nature gets purified we overcome the contradictory energies and divisions within our consciousness. Then the Soul and our Nature begin to dance to one tune; our Nature acts according to the wishes of the Soul; and the Soul accepts all the actions performed by our Nature. This is the Alchemical Marriage or ‘MATING’ in consciousness.

This mating gives birth to a new consciousness in our being, which is undivided and totally different from the earlier ‘mental consciousness’. It is neither subjective nor objective, but something all inclusive and beyond. This consciousness holds the key to the mysteries of the cosmos.

The Purpose of Our Life

© 2010-18, Prashant S. Shah, http://www.spiritual-living.in

There is a spiritual presence that stands behind the activity of our mind. It oversees our activities and understands us deeply. It also oversees the people and happenings in the world. Although this spiritual presence remains a mystery to us, we can learn to relate with it and bring it forward in our life. That is the spiritual purpose of our life.

Thus, our true purpose in life is not concerned with improving the living standards or achieving power in society. Such things can only have some contingent value. The real thing is the kind of person we are becoming and the extent to which we are able to involve the spiritual presence in our life.

Here the ‘spiritual presence’ is called a higher-level consciousness. We contrast it with our ordinary (mental) consciousness; and then we show what happens when the higher consciousness begins to awaken in our inner life.

We also address the issues of finding our purpose in life and the conditions of the world in which we have to do it.

Contents:

  • The two levels of consciousness
  • The process of spiritual growth
  • The spiritual purpose of our life
  • The coming of the New Era
  • How can I participate?
  • On promoting a Spiritual Mission

The two levels of our consciousness

Throughout our life on earth our mind reflects two levels of consciousness (the ordinary and the higher level). The ordinary level mainly reflects the desires in our mind and body; and the higher level reflects the impulses got from our soul and the over-soul or God.

HigherOrdinaryNatureWhen we function at the ORDINARY level, we are attached to our mind and body. We experience ourselves as a ‘mental-self’, which is simply a self of the mind. This mental-self causes us to live mainly to satisfy the desires in our mind and body. Hence, we keep looking for comforts, pleasures, possessions and recognition in the outer world. We want to own a posh house; we want to eat tasty food; and we measure our success by how well we stack up against others.

In society, at the ordinary level we experience our ‘GROUP IDENTITY’. When we serve the group identity, we move beyond the boundaries of our personal selfishness and include the feeling of others in our group. In this way we identify with our family members, with our work associates, with the followers of our religion, and with the people of our community. Thus, the group identity enlarges our concern, and that causes us to think that we are serving the higher consciousness. That can happen sometimes, but more often the group identity merely replaces our personal selfishness. And the group identity can also make us behave in ways that are more degrading than mere selfishness (as in terrorism).

What happens when we can function at the HIGHER level? Then we experience a ‘sense of unity’ and we hear the ‘voice of our conscience’. The sense of UNITY makes us feel that as human beings we are like children of the same father. Thus, we feel kindness towards others; we cannot be cruel or insensitive towards them; and we cannot solve our problems by making them someone else’s problems. Even the idea of competition makes us uncomfortable. So we try to replace it with the feeling of cooperation and coexistence. The voice of our conscience on the other hand gives direction our motives. We learn to live a disinterested life and serve a higher purpose in whatever we do.

The Process of Spiritual Growth

Both the ordinary and the higher level of consciousness are always reflected in our mind. However, initially we function mainly at the ordinary level. That is, we serve the mental-self. It simply keeps us preoccupied with physical activity and egoistic pursuits.

Our spiritual being also shows its presence by mirroring a higher level consciousness in our mind. However, we give it so little attention that it has become something vague, hesitant and far removed. The result is that we do not experience the ‘unity principle’; our ‘truth sense’ is weak; and we cannot perceive any ‘deeper purpose’ to our life.

To grow spiritually, we have to REVERSE this situation. We can do that by simply changing our ‘point of view’. Instead of looking upon everything from the ordinary level, and giving an ordinary meaning to higher things, we have to begin to look upon everything from the higher level, and try to give a greater significance to higher things. When we can do it sufficiently, it changes our ‘level’ our perception. It changes ‘from where’ we see and ‘from what depth’ we see.

Gradually we see everything as a part of a much LARGER PICTURE: We are able to situate everything correctly; we can find the proper place for each thing; we can look for a deeper meaning into the happenings in our life and in the world; and we can recognise the true motives behind the actions of people and happenings. As a result we are not easily deceived by outer appearances.

The Spiritual Purpose of our life

When we function mainly with the ordinary consciousness, we only hear the voice of our mental-self. It says: “Play it safe and do as others are doing. Don’t try to be insightful or take unnecessary risks — you may have to face rejection or failure.” But when we follow the ordinary consciousness we live as a pretender or worse, as a commuter — someone who has to get up every morning with the crowd and do the job just to earn the money to pay the bills. We may live comfortably, be able to pay our bills on time, and do everything by the book. But after doing all this we still feel that such a life is not really worth living. We cannot feel enthusiastic about living in this way.

PrintWhen we can mirror the higher consciousness in our mind we intuitively sense the deeper purpose of our life. We feel happy to know that there is much more to our life than being a commuter. We feel that there is some deeper purpose for which we have come to earth, and we want to find it and serve it. Unless we do this we cannot be at peace with ourselves or feel fulfilled. So, we ask: “What is the deeper purpose of my life? What is my mission? What is the work I have come to do?”

Most people think of finding life’s work in terms of career choices. However, truly speaking it is more like involving the higher consciousness in the work we do. The task is to simply make our mind receptive to the higher consciousness so that we can allow it to guide our actions and reorganise our inner-life. This task is complex and each one of us has to find our answers, not intellectually, but by actually living our life. First, we have to find the answers to our ‘proximate issues’. Only thereafter we can look into the ultimate issues.

When people begin to pursue a spiritual goal they often ask: “What happens if my practice is not successful?” They are looking for some tangible result – perhaps for some psychic power. However, if the task is to simply serve a higher consciousness then achieving some tangible result becomes a non-issue. The effort itself becomes sacred; and the work itself becomes a privilege. Failure or success is only a mental judgement that you make against some expectation; and perhaps your failure is not pursuing what you have come here on earth to do!

The Coming of the New Era

In the book ‘The Crisis of Modern Humanity’ we explained the concept of Cosmic Cycle and showed the ‘Signs of Our Times’. We showed the modern trend is to falsify spirituality by making it seem ordinary or psychological; that this trend is expected to continue until a ‘critical point’ is reached. Then a radical change in orientation is expected. This change would transform the conditions and purposes with which people live on earth. Something similar has also been declared by many visionaries over the past century. We return to this discussion because the critical point is close. Our purpose is not to frighten our readers, but to help them prepare themselves for a smooth transition into the new era. We expect that the fear based systems of the mental-consciousness will be replaced in the next era by systems based on the higher-level consciousness.

CrisisBkTo be able to participate in the making of the new era, we have to cultivate spiritual qualities in our inner life. We cannot allow fear, selfishness, greed and falsehood to motivate us. The extent of our difficulty will depend on the traits we have developed so far and on how enthusiastic we are in making the necessary changes. Thus, the difficulties we may have to experience will not be caused by the new era; they will arise due to our attachment to the ways of the ordinary-level consciousness (or the modern life-style).

Today all kinds of practices have sprung up under the banner of ‘New Age Practices’. To name a few, you have past-life regression therapy, psychoanalysis, tantric rituals, scientology, pyramid therapy, magic and elaborate ritual practices. Many shops have arisen to sell the ‘New Age Products’ and there are numerous ‘New Age Gurus’ who market their ‘brand’ of spirituality. The symbols and techniques that were once used to prepare a person for spiritual living have today been hijacked. People now use them with the opposite purpose – to pursue their egoistic and mundane goals. The title of ‘New Age’ has also become a brand for generating business opportunities!

Much of the ‘New Age Information’ is propagated through the internet. Much of it is cleverly distorted and adapted to promote commercial interests or to gain cheap popularity. People sometimes ask: “Why do you hold that true spirituality cannot become popular with the masses?” Popularity requires a wide base; and the masses, particularly in our modern times, are most uncomprehending. Hence, if something has to be made popular, it has to be brought down to the level of comprehension of the masses. On the other hand spirituality seeks to lift up their level in consciousness. And that naturally makes true spirituality unpopular with the masses.

It is admitted that the people who live by selfishness, greed, sensuality, corruption and falsehood will certainly find it difficult to function in the new era. Their personal value system will collapse and they may not be able to adapt themselves to the new (higher) value system. Hence, they may fall out.

However, there are many persons who are willing to accept the terms of the new era. They want to participate in the change that is happening without getting disoriented. Here we address them. When the critical point is reached, each one of us has to make a DECISIVE CHOICE. Either we go along with the spirit of the New Era (by overcoming the obstructions caused by our lower nature and our attachment to the ordinary life) or we continue to live according to the ordinary-level consciousness. If we choose the former, we catch the flow and get lifted. If we ignore this choice, we fall out or face rejection.

How can I Participate?

Many spiritual seekers ask this question in one way or another. They really want to know how they can actively participate in preparing for the new era. Here we attempt to reply.

The ordinary-level consciousness that dominates the modern world today is expected to become dysfunctional in the new era. When a person works with the ordinary level consciousness without the higher–level influence, he or she becomes selfish and cunning. It dehumanises the social life; mechanises the work; and generates monstrous growths in society in the form of insanity, cruelty, corruption, and vulgar entertainment. These monsters do not arise from the ordinary-level consciousness; they arise from below after the human being is cut off from the higher-level influence. Without the spiritual influence of the higher consciousness the person can be easily swayed by sub-human influences, which arise from the neither worlds. Accordingly, the strange and new things that have arisen in the modern society were not totally unexpected. They only show the decay in spirit, the decay in thought, and the decay in public life — at least from the spiritual point-of-view.

Each person has to begin by reversing this trend within ourselves. Then we have to extend ‘our presence’ in the society we are involved with.

The KEY idea of Spirituality is that wisdom and the higher values of life arise naturally in the mind when we make it responsive to a higher or spiritual consciousness. Thus, wisdom is not the result of developing the ordinary consciousness, as in modern education! It is the result of disciplining the mind and making it responsive to the ways of the higher consciousness. No amount of supervision or legislature can curb personal and social evils. It can only be brought about by involving the higher consciousness in the individual and in public life. We learn to do it by serving the higher consciousness and by not remaining indifferent to it. The higher consciousness will lift our thinking, our values and our inner worth. It will reorganise our nature, and then we can use our presence to re-organise the social systems we are involved with. In this way we can participate in establishing the higher consciousness in humanity.

On Promoting a Spiritual Mission

The primary aim of any mission is to spread its message so that it can REACH the people who are capable of using it. The auxiliary aim is to provide a ‘support service’ to those who want to IMPLEMENT the message in their life.

However, for a mission to remain genuine, it has to also employ means that are in harmony with its aim. And that raises the question of motivation: “Should the mission be run as a business for profit or as a non-profit (not non-profitable) organisation?

What is the difference? When a business gets focused on generating profits, it attract profiteers and people who side-track the organisation onto selling. A non-profit organisation, on the other hand, can focus on providing genuine value without indulging in false promises or deceptions just to improve the numbers. Such an organisation will lack the means (money) to carry out its mission, but it should not change its ways to find the money. You have to allow the higher consciousness to do what is necessary.

What are the implications? You have to invite people who want to ‘serve the cause’ and not encourage those who come with the ulterior aim of using the opportunity to grow their business. The people should be shown the qualitative benefits and not the quantitative (financial) rewards. If they lack the motivation, don’t encourage them to join. If you involve people with ulterior motives, many contradictions will arise and people will justify the means employed.

 

Courses for Spiritual Awakening

A Brochure describing the Spiritual Courses conducted through the Internet by Darshana Centre. Here you will get personal attention.

Contents

Introducing the inner life

The Courses:

1: Mind Training & Meditation

2: Mantra Yoga

3: Yoga-Mysticism

4: Advanced Spiritual Practice

Advantages of learning through Correspondence

About Darshana Centre

An Invitation

Guidelines for Admission

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Introducing the Inner Life

We are born on earth with a mind that directs our attention outward towards things. Hence, we do not see the inner life and we seek our satisfaction from the outside — by having things of the outer world. Thus, we chase comforts, pleasures and possessions in our life.

We pursue these things thinking that by having them we shall get the deeper satisfaction that we really want. However, these things only give us some superficial satisfaction for a short time. Then we again become dissatisfied and start to chase something else. In this way the chase goes on.

However, our mind and body are only the instruments through which we function on earth. They are our possessions, like our house or car. Hence, by satisfying the desires in our mind and body we cannot get the deeper and lasting satisfaction that we really want. To have the deeper and lasting satisfaction, we have to satisfy something that is truly deeper and lasting!

The true satisfaction arises in our life when we develop spiritual qualities in our inner life. These qualities will transform the values and motives with which we live and act; and ultimately they lead us to experience our spiritual being.

On the Correspondence Courses

The spiritual practice is organised into four courses as follows:

Course-1 is preparatory. It will develop your concentration and overcome the wandering tendency of your mind. Then you become adequate for the spiritual pursuit.
Course-2 is the foundation course. It will set your spiritual practice and get you on the spiritual path. Course-3 teaches you have to develop your direct access to the higher consciousness. Then, instead of being led blindly by your desires and tendencies, you have guidance through intuition.
Course-4 prepares you to clear the faults in your perception that are due to the subjective nature of your mind. It will help you in overcoming the obstacles that arise on the spiritual path.

Course-1: Mind Training & Meditation

You learn to concentrate your mind and gain control over your attention. Then you use it to clear up the negative thoughts and negative emotions that disturb your inner life. This is important since your happiness and well-being depends more on how you handle these thoughts and emotions, and less on your external circumstances.

The practice of concentration will develop an alert, calm, and cooperative mind. It will enable you to think clearly, to understand things better, and to become more capable in whatever you do.

Contents:

  1. Basic Meditation
  2. Concentration in the everyday life
  3. Developing the Will Power
  4. Using Thought Power
  5. Mastering your thoughts
  6. Overcoming Negative Emotions

Course-2: Mantra Yoga

Here you learn to meditate with a mantra. Then you use the mantra to organise your inner life. The mantra technique is a unique heritage that has been passed down through a line of Masters.

Any mantra can be used as a seed for doing concentration practice, but when you want to use it to get onto the spiritual path you should take the mantra from someone who has awakened it within himself. You can light a fire by rubbing stones, but it is much easier to light a fire with fire.

Mantra Yoga is a complete spiritual practice. Once you are settled with the mantra, a spiritual presence will arise in your mind. It will assist you and guide you at every stage on the spiritual path.

Contents:

  1. Reciting a mantra (Jap)
  2. Meditating with a mantra (Dharna)
  3. The mantra practice in everyday life
  4. Opening the spiritual path

Course-3: Yoga-Mysticism

Just as behind the superficial existence of a leaf there is a greater existence of the tree, so also behind our individual and personal consciousness there is the ‘greater consciousness’ of the soul and the over-soul.

In this course you learn to install a presence of the greater consciousness in your mind and involve it in your affairs. Then, instead of being guided by your egoistic tendencies or the desires in the mind and body, you will be guided by the prompting of a higher consciousness.

Contents:

  1. Steady Gazing (Tratak)
  2. Installing a personal God
  3. Tantric Yoga
  4. Contemplation
  5. Devotional Meditation
  6. Living for God’s sake

Course-4: Advanced Spiritual Practice

The spiritual pursuit is not about worshipping Gods, performing rituals or following some moral precepts. The main aim is to clear the impurities from your mind so that you can clearly mirror the calm, intelligent and balanced state of the higher consciousness.

In accomplishing this task, the objective techniques like concentration, prayer, meditation and yoga-asana can only help you to an extent. To have a breakthrough you have to overcome the forces within your nature that resist the higher consciousness! This work is more of unlearning your mental tendencies and less of learning new things.

In this course first you understand the psychological processes that are behind spiritual growth. Next, you observe the mental tendencies that obstruct your spiritual awareness. Then, you try to overcome these tendencies and clear the faults in your perceptions. It will enable you to see yourself, others and situations of life not as they show themselves, but as they really are.

Contents:

  1. The nature of the inner work
  2. Deflating the emotions
  3. The outer mind and its deceptions
  4. Self-observation and disillusioning
  5. Overcoming subconscious tendencies
  6. Awareness beyond the outer mind

Advantages of learning through Correspondence

Some people wonder how you can learn spiritual practice through a correspondence course. Hence, it calls for some explanation.

You do not grow spiritually by learning some philosophy or by following a belief system. To grow, you have to do spiritual practice under the supervision of a spiritual person. In our courses you learn the necessary philosophy and then you do the practices for implementing it into your life. In this way you build your inner life.

Our basic instruction is given to you through lessons. You study a lesson and do the given practices for a period of time. Then, you answer the questions of the lesson and mail it to us. The issues will become clear to you when you try to make out your answers AFTER doing the practises. On our part, we read your answers and give you appropriate feedback. Then, we give you the next lesson. We maintain your file and monitor your progress.

These courses are practical. Hence, you are only given the concepts and information that you need to do the practices properly. The practices will actually develop the skills and capacities that are necessary to build your inner life. On our part we ensure that you do not skip the necessary steps; for the spiritual practice is a sure process only when it is taken as a whole and not in parts.

We administer information to you in a stepwise manner so that you can accomplish the difficult things by taking small and convenient steps. You can also have your personal difficulties resolved as you go along. Further, you learn all this at your pace and have the convenience of doing it at your home. Further, you do the practice in your environment, where you will be really tested. In addition, we have a provision for a meeting with you in person or through the internet.

About Darshana Centre

Darshana Centre has been conducting these spiritual courses through correspondence since 1988. The courses are practical, practise based, and without pursuing any religious agenda. You are given personal attention and the help that you need to implement the spiritual message.

The courses have been devised and conducted by PRASHANT SHAH. He was educated in Chemistry at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (BS), and University of California, (MS & PhC), and initiated into Mantra Yoga by Shri Nyaya Sharma — a Master of Shiva-Tantra-Yoga.

About Prashant Shah: He is an author, counsellor and a spiritual guide. He also conducts ‘Spiritual Awareness WORKSHOPS’ in India, USA and UK. He writes and speaks clearly, in simple language, and from personal experience. He is the AUTHOR of the books: The Crisis of Modern Humanity (1976); The Essence of Hindu Astrology (1987); The Art of awakening the Soul (2011); Healing without Drugs (2014) Solving the Problems of Life (2015). The books are available from the Amazon bookstore.

An Invitation

Dear Reader,

After carefully reading this BROCHURE, think it over. Do you feel there is some deep mystery underlying your existence and that unless you uncover this mystery you cannot feel satisfied? Are you willing to give up some superficial things in the outer life so that some deeper satisfaction can arise from within you? Will you be able to invest a half-hour every morning and evening for doing your spiritual practice?

Please don’t entertain unnecessary doubt, suspicion or fear regarding the spiritual life. In this pursuit you do not lose anything; you only get rid of what is unwanted. Your object in taking these Courses should not be to ‘have more’ externally, but to ‘be more’ internally.

In these Courses you will learn to control your attention; to stabilise your emotions; to develop your insight; and to clear your perceptions. Further, you do the practices in your existing situation and not in some artificial set-up. And during this time we shall provide you with the instruction and guidance that you need to accomplish these things.

If you have been doing some kind of spiritual practice for some time, but you still feel the need for personal attention, then these Courses are for you.

Sincerely,

Prashant

Guidelines for Admission

  1. Some REQUIREMENTS that make you eligible to take these courses:
  2. You should believe in the existence of an intelligence and power that is higher and greater than the human mind.
  3. You should not be deeply committed to any particular religious group or institution.
  4. You should have sufficient comprehension of English language to be able to comprehend our lessons and correspond with us.
  5. You should be able to provide sufficient free time and energy for doing your daily spiritual practice. The main aim of these courses is to help you in implementing the spiritual message.
  6. You should make your application in the APPLICATION FORM that is given on our site. Fill in all the details and email it to us. We shall read it and inform you if we think the Course will be suitable for you. Then you can pay the fees and take the admission.
  7. Upon admission you will receive our instructions through LESSONS. Our next lesson will be sent to you only after you have completed the answers of the previous lesson. You can also send your personal query along with your answers. We shall help you in sorting out your personal difficulties.
  8. Each course entitles you to one PERSONAL CONFERENCE. You can ask for the personal conference anytime upon completing the third lesson. There are two options. You can arrange to visit us at Baroda with prior appointment or we can discuss on the Internet through Skype. You aim should be to seek clarifications or sort out your personal difficulties.
  9. Each Course is to be completed within 12 months. If you are unable to complete the set of Lessons of the Course within that time, you have to make an application to continue and send a CONTINUATION FEE of Rs. 600 or US $ 10.
  10. In these Courses the instruction you receive will be one on one. You will get individual attention. We shall keep your correspondence confidential and on your part you must also not to disclose, publish or distribute our lessons, instructions or replies. In addition, we require you, our student, not to become a personal guide (guru) in spiritual matters. The purpose is not commercial, but to avoid spoiling it for others. This factor is incorporated as a “SECRECY CLAUSE” in our Application Form. It requires you to keep your spiritual practice private and to treat our correspondence as confidential.

The application form is given on our site http://www.spiritual-living.in under the tab of ‘Correspondence Courses’

Living by Intuition

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© June 2016, Prashant S. Shah, http://spiritual-living.in

Intuition is the guiding voice of the soul. When we listen to our intuition, our life becomes more interesting; we see a purpose to everything; and we feel a sense of wonder. Although everyone is intuitive to an extent, this ability can be greatly enhanced by doing some spiritual practices.

The basic step for becoming intuitive is to shift the focus of our life from our ordinary nature, which is governed by mental preferences, to our higher nature, which sees the ways of the soul. Once we get into a condition where we can spontaneously call for intuition, we can allow intuition to guide our actions. It will continuously amaze us and satisfy our deeper aspirations.

In this article first we characterize the two natures within our being that we call – the higher nature and the ordinary nature. Then we learn to implant a seed of the higher nature in our mind and begin to nurture it. It will show us the ‘inner work’ that we have to do to grow spiritually and live a more fulfilling life.

Contents:

  • Our higher nature and our ordinary nature
  • Installing the spiritual seed
  • Creating mental space
  • Preparatory exercises
  • The Practice
  • The steps
  • Some suggestions
  • Some results

Our Higher Nature and our Ordinary Nature

Sensual pleasures, self-preservation, and the survival instinct are the driving forces of our ordinary nature. When we follow them we become egoistic and selfish. On the other hand unity, dharma and kindness are the qualities of our higher nature. When we follow these qualities, we become ethical, kind, and act with a ‘sense of conscience’. Both these natures are active throughout our life and they are mirrored in the mind.

However, before we begin our spiritual pursuit we are largely guided by our ordinary nature. As a result our ordinary nature totally dominates our thinking today. At the same time we give very little attention to the aspirations of our higher nature. Hence, it is starved. And as a result it has become quiet and hesitant.HigherOrdinaryNatureThe aim of every spiritual practice is to reverse this situation in our mind. We have to quieten our ordinary nature and bring forward the higher nature in the mind. How can we do it? We can do it by simply withdrawing the attention we spontaneously give to our ordinary nature and its activities, and begin to give it to our higher nature. That’s it. Admitted there will be a lot of going back and forth, but if we persist with this task we can make the higher nature the default program in our mind.

Installing the Spiritual Seed

To begin our spiritual journey we have to plant a spiritual seed in our mind. We can do it by saying to ourselves (daily) as follows:

I am essentially a spiritual being;
I believe that there is a spiritual intelligence that is looking over my life; and
I am going to receive guidance and love from it.”

As you nurture this seed with your attention, it will sprout. Then your soul or the inner being will become active in your life. Then intuition and spiritual qualities will begin to arise in your mind naturally.

Creating Mental Space

The next step in our spiritual pursuit is to make space in the mind so that our higher nature can arise in it easily. Here are some things you can do:

  • Daily take a long walk alone or walk with someone who has friendly vibes.
  • In the evenings, avoid externalizing yourself by taking or making telephone calls or socializing.
  • Read story books regularly and reduce reading magazines and newspapers.
  • Always prefer reading and thinking to passively watching the TV (Don’t allow your attention to become passive).
  • Play with someone. You can do it with animals, with children and also with adults.
  • Daily do some work just for fun and not for earning money or getting favors.
  • Daily sit for some time near a window and just watch what is going on without being judgmental (without labeling anything as good or bad).

As you do such practices your mental habit will change. Your mind will begin to slow down; it will become calmer and at ease. It will not be like that when you are overbooked, juggling too many things at one time, or constantly playing the ‘catch-up’ game. When you rush, you simply miss the subtle insight and the healing touch that comes from your higher nature, the soul. The soul is the basis of your intuition, your joy your purpose of living. And so, if you want to live a meaningful, joyful and intuitive life you have to involve the soul in your everyday life. Let’s begin to do it.

Preparatory Exercises

a) Take Mini Breaks

Take a mini break of about 20 minutes every day to spend time with yourself. During that time you can do anything that is not ‘work related’. You should also avoid reading the news or your emails during this time since such things keep the mind occupied with personal thoughts.

b) Create some ‘sacred space’ at home

Begin by making your room clean, organised and well arranged. If you leave this space disorganized and cluttered for days, it will become a source of disturbance or negative energy in your life. So mark out some time for clearing up the mess and arranging everything properly on a regular basis. Let’s say, you will do it on Saturday morning.

c) Keep a sacred spot

Put your favorite object, photo and or talisman in your sacred place. It may be a religious icon, the photo of a saint or master, or simply a rosary – anything that lifts your spirits. Then daily make some offering to it. It may be a fresh flower, the light of a candle, or the smoke of an incense stick. Further, chant a mantra or say a prayer to charge your sacred place with vibrations of peace and tranquility. Then when you sit in this place, it will immediately put you into a receptive mood.

The Practice

  1.  In the morning, sit quietly in your sacred spot and think you are in the presence of your guiding spirit (like a master or your soul). Then some questions on what is to come during the day will come into your mind. Verbalize them and put them one at a time before to your guiding spirit. Then ask for guidance. Something will come – now or later on.
  2. During the day, pay keen attention to the world around you. At every point of choice or interpretation, don’t get to it by yourself. Instead, refer it to your guiding spirit. It will send an image into your mind which will show the matter in a different light. Persist in this practice and you will come out of the ordinary world and experience into an extraordinary one – wherein the old rules of the ego don’t apply. It will relieve you.
  3.  In the evening, mentally speak to your guiding spirit. Speak just as you would speak to a dear friend. Tell what happened and what you are thinking of doing next. Then once again ask for approval or guidance.

The Steps

  • Open yourself to intuitive guidance daily
  • Expect intuitive guidance in all matters concerning your life
  • Once you get the intuitive idea or feeling, trust it and put your reliance on it
  • Then begin to act on the intuition instead of postponing the action.

In the beginning your intuition will not be clear. It happens to everyone. It is due to mental restlessness or your egoistic considerations. However, when you act on the little intuition you have received, it will be easier to receive more of it. As you persist with these exercises the balance will change in your mind and suddenly you will find that your intuition has become more reliable.

Some Suggestions

  • You have to ask for intuition. It usually doesn’t happen by itself. You have to value it. You have to want it above all things. Then it comes.
  • When you live by intuition, being right is not the goal; being sensitive to the truth or the higher nature is the goal. Some misunderstandings and misinterpretations will arise. Consider them to be a part of your development process.
  • Try to share your intuitive insights with people who are supportive. Don’t show off. Do it to reinforce this new habit.
  • When you use intuition, you don’t try to do everything by yourself. You only focus on doing your part and the invisible helpers will bring others to collaborate with you. You have to observe this.
  • Regard your intuitive message as a directive from the boss. Try to follow it even when it inconveniences you or upsets your personal plans. Consider your success as following your intuition.
  • Use intuition to inject a sense of wonder in your life. So, when the phone rings, mentally ask who is calling? When you need to park, mentally ask where is the space kept for you? When you receive mail, mentally ask what is the content? When you meet someone, mentally ask what is the person up to? When you go for a feast, mentally ask what is on the menu?
  • Always show gratitude for receiving the intuition. Verbalize it when you sit in your sacred place. Before going to sleep you can think of something good that happened during the day. Take the opportunity (and every opportunity) to thank your guiding spirit for its support. It will enliven your intimacy with your guiding spirit.
  • Daily use your connection with the guiding spirit to send a smile to the people you are connected with. It will overcome your indifference to people and events.

Some results

Living by intuition is simply listening to our heart or the higher nature before we decide or act. What happens when we do that? We get a direction or clue for searching the truth in any real-life situation.

The insight got through intuition comes from a higher level intelligence. Hence, will be more reliable and balanced than what we can get through mere rational inference. However, initially we can get intuition only in ‘flashes’ or pieces. So, we have to put the pieces together through mental inference! This becomes the source of our mistakes. However, as our intuition develops the pieces become larger; and they fit better into the greater picture.

There is a lot of inner work that has to be done before intuition can become a fact in our life. However, as we do this work, it will totally change how we make our decisions or interpret the happenings of life. Gradually a ‘truth sense’ will arise, which will point out the difference between what is true and what is false; between what is real and what is imaginary; and between what is valuable and what is worthless in all real-life situations.

Ultimately we shall perceive the action of a higher consciousness behind all the happenings of life. Then we know that the world is in safe hands; and we will be able to serve our purpose in life with grace and ease.

To know more, click on to our page on Yoga-Mysticism

 

The Magic of Quantum Learning

SummitCopyright © 2018, Prashant S. Shah; http://www.spiritual-living.in

When we look at the world we do not see it factually like a camera picture. We see it through the lens of our MENTAL MODELS. We use these models to grasp things mentally; to interpret the happenings in the world; and to give meaning to our experiences.

However, the mental models have arisen from our personal experiences, beliefs and assumptions. Hence, what they show us is not objective or true. It is subjective and prejudiced.

When the problem situations of our life arise due to faults in our mental models, we get into stuck situations or our problems keep on repeating. We cannot get out of such situations without first correcting the faults in our mental models. Only after correcting these faults we can generate true solutions and get results we want.

Here we illustrate the role played by our mental models by considering three kinds of learning: No Learning; Ordinary Learning; and Spiritual or Quantum Learning.

CONTENTS:

  • How our mind works
  • The role of our Mental Models
  • The no-learning habit
  • Ordinary learning
  • Quantum or spiritual learning
  • The place of purification in spiritual life

How our mind works

When we look at the world we do not see it factually like a camera picture. Our mind receives only some impressions of the object and forms a ‘mental image’ of it. The mental image is usually incomplete. So the mind completes it by filling in the missing elements from our memory. This ‘filling in’ is the first source of error.

Next, we do not register this ‘completed image’ into our memory. We interpret the mental image with the help of our mental models. Our mental models are the stored assumptions, concepts and beliefs in our mind. Thus, what we register in our memory is not the original mental impression of the object or situation, but our ‘psychological remake’ of it. This is the second source of error.

The role played by our mental models

Our mind makes ‘mental models’ out of the storehouse of assumptions, concepts and beliefs in our mind. We use these mental models to grasp things mentally; to interpret the happenings in the world; and to give meaning to our experiences.

However, our mental models themselves are made from our personal interpretations. Hence, our perceptions with them are subjective and prejudiced. They show things as we imagine them to be and not as they really are.

When our mental models are faulty, we cannot generate true solutions. We can correct apparent problems but the deeper roots of the problems remain. Sooner or later they drive us into stuck situations or our problems keep on repeating. Hence, we have to correct the faults in our mental models. This is also the inner-work of ‘purification’ in any spiritual pursuits.

Here we show this need by discussing three kinds of learning: No Learning; Ordinary Learning; and Spiritual or Quantum Learning.

The no-learning habit:

In the normal process we learn through feedback. We are using feedback when our present action utilises our past experience. That is, what we do now is done after considering what happened the last time it was done. In this way we correct our mistakes and make improvements.

What happens when we DISREGARD the feedback on our actions? We repeat our actions without regard to the result. We may justify our actions by saying: “I’m like this” or “This is how I do things”. However, when we act like that we are not being intelligent; our actions are inappropriate to the existing situation; and we do not learn from past experience. Some people say: “If you don’t succeed, try and try again”. However, it would be more appropriate to say: “If you don’t succeed, try something DIFFERENT”.

People with the no-learning habit make recommendations without trying to understand the issues or situation; they make prescriptions without trying to diagnose the problem; and they reply without really listening to the question.

In most of us the ‘no learning habit’ continues in some form or another. That happens because it takes a lot of effort to be thoughtful and act intelligently.

Ordinary learning:

When we use the feedback on our actions, we improve our performance; we learn from our experiences; we can act intelligently; and we do not repeat our mistakes. This is method of ordinary learning taught in our schools.

However, this method has one big limitation. If we are searching for the solution in the wrong places, then our feedback and logic will not guide us to the solution. They actually become irrelevant. Hence, the method of ordinary learning cannot be used to ALTER the direction of our search.

Example: If a mistake or an error has arisen due to a fault in our perception, then we cannot correct it with logic. Our perception comes first; it sets the direction for our search — where we look. Subsequently we use logic to organise our thoughts around the perception. So, when our perception itself is faulty, we look for solutions in the wrong places, where they do not exist. Hence, we cannot find them. We can deceive ourselves further by concluding that the problems cannot be solved.

There is an interesting Zen STORY on this point: A monk is searching for a needle. Some people join him in the search. Then someone asks the monk, “Where exactly did you drop the needle?” The monk replies: “I dropped it over there”, pointing to a spot in a distance. Then the person remarks: “You should be looking there; why are you looking for it here?” To which the monk says: “I am looking for it here because the light (lamp post) is here”. This story illustrates how we individually and collectively look for our solutions. We look for them in the places that we are familiar with, or in places where we expect to find them. But what happens if the solution lies in a different place? Then we cannot find it through experimentation, feedback, or logic.

To put it differently, when a mistake in our perception is due to a fault in our mental models (that is in our attitudes, assumptions and beliefs), then we cannot use ordinary learning to correct it. Ordinary learning can only help us in correcting a mistake when the causes are on the ‘object side’ – that is on the outside, as in others. It cannot help us in correcting the mistakes when the causes are on the ‘subject side’ – that is within us, as in our perception. When a fault lies in our mental models, the ‘mistake factor’ is within us. Then ordinary learning cannot help us. We can only use it to make some small superficial improvements, like increasing our efficiency.

Whenever we get into stuck situations or when our problems keep on repeating, we must understand that the root of the cause lies within us, in our mindset. Hence, we cannot solve the problem or situation by trying harder in the same direction. We have to scrutinize our mental models and find the fault there. Next we have to correct it. That will radically alter the direction of our search. However, if we ignore the mental models, we continue to work with the wrong assumptions. It is like looking for our solutions in the wrong places!

Quantum or spiritual learning:

To solve repeating problems or to get out of stuck situations, we have to scrutinise our mental models. We can do it by trying to VALIDATE our assumptions, attitudes and beliefs. It will show us the part of the cause that lies within us. First we have to correct this cause. Then we can to solve the problems that arise on the outside.

Our mental models subconsciously dictate our choices. Hence, by correcting the faults in our mental models, we also clear our perceptions. It alters the ‘lens’ through which we see the world. It changes our experience of the world, our assumptions, and how we regard everything. It re-orients our mind and enables us to look for solutions in the right places. Once we have the right direction, we can use ordinary learning to make our actions result oriented and improve our performance.

Spiritual learning is not limited to correcting the mental models. We scrutinise the entire ‘subjective nature’ of the mind through which we see the world. It raises the ‘quantum level’ of our insight – from where we see. Then we can see clearly; correctly diagnose the cause the problems and generate truly lasting solutions.

The place of purification in spiritual life

In spiritual life we talk of growth in terms of clearing the ‘impurities’ from the mind. These impurities are our personal thoughts, obsessive desires and negative emotions. They create a fog in the mind that obstructs our perception through a higher faculty. Hence, we cannot recognise the true nature of things.

Purification clears this fog. Then we can see things clearly, without distortions; we can situate everything properly; we can know the right place and right order for everything.

The problems that we experience in life, individually and collectively, arise due to the faults in our mental models. The apparent causes of the problems are in the existing situations, but their deeper roots lie within us. So, we cannot generate lasting solutions by merely attending to the apparent causes. Sooner or later we have to deal with roots. To get to the roots we have to look with the right attitude and in the right places.

However, there is a LAZY SIDE to all of us that does not want to make the effort to change our ways. Hence, we keep on searching for external solutions to our problems. Hence, our problems keep on returning. It is similar to what happens when we take ‘a pill’ to solve the health problems that arises due to our faulty eating habits.

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Most of us do not want to accept the responsibility for what happens in our life. We’d rather blame our fate or the circumstances; or we hope that the problems will simply disappear in time. Unfortunately the faults in our mental models do not autocorrect. So we keep getting into stuck situations and our problems keep on repeating. If we want a different outcome, we have to undertake purification. If we keep on postponing this task, we can wait for a lifetime.

If you want to implement the ideas contained in this article, please read our Course-4: Advanced Spiritual Practice (Sadhana) under the tab of ‘Correspondence Courses’ on our site http://www.spiritual-living.in

 

The Amazing Results with Mantra Yoga

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Each person is separate on the physical plane, but all of us are continuously interacting on the inner planes of the cosmos. So, when you think about someone, you not only connect up with the image of the person in your mind, you can go deeper and CONNECT UP the thoughts and feelings of that person and experience him. In this way all of us are continuously sending and receiving vibrations from others.

How do we perceive another person on the inner plane? Each person carries an overall or PERSONAL VIBRATION, and on the inner plane we can experience this vibration and know its affinity to the vibration that we carry. The personal vibration a person has is characteristic of their mindset, their conditioning, the organization of their consciousness and the individual capacities they have developed. They carry this vibration in their personal atmosphere, and this vibration has an effect on everyone and everything that they come across. In this way people put their impressions on things, and the impressions pass on further through a ripple effect.

We can also know the QUALITY of the vibration a person carries from the way in which they live, think; respond to others and their environment; and from the sort of things that absorbs their interest and attention.

The personal vibration decides a person’s inclination – the particular way in which they do things. It draws them into certain kinds of situations and conditions in life. For this reason it is said that people subconsciously choose their lucks and misfortunes long before they experience them. Further, if they continue to do things in the same way, they connect with the same kind of persons and get the same kind of results in life. However, if they mature through these experiences, it changes the quality of their personal vibration, and accordingly they connect with different kinds of persons and experience different situations and results.

What happens when your personal vibration changes? It changes how you are organised within. As a result you begin to perceive everything differently. And that alters the mental models that you use to interpret everything. When you see things differently, you begin to do things differently. And how you do things influences upon the luck and events of your life.

Thus, the fundamental changes in your nature or life are accompanied by a change in the inner vibration your carry. In the natural course this change happens gradually, over a long period of time. However, through Mantra Yoga you can accelerate the change and do it deliberately. You do it by nurturing a living vibration that can make the necessary alterations in the overall vibration that you carry. The new vibration develops a truth sense in you, and you can use it to guide your perceptions and actions in the situations of life.

The practice of Mantra Yoga develops a separate awareness in you, which reflects the voice of your conscience and mirrors the ways of a higher consciousness. Then you can grow spiritually by trying to follow the inner directions. You have to overcome all the resistance in your nature that arises as you try to do that. You have to continue the practice for some time until the new vibration becomes the basis of your perceptions and actions. It will bring about a change in your consciousness. Then instead of mirroring the higher consciousness, you can function with it. Then instead of searching for the light of truth in darkness, you can intuitively know what is true and how true it is.

We have a course on Mantra Yoga. Look under the tab of Correspondence Courses