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 Journey Into the Higher Worlds

A Pilgrimage into the Cosmos Within

Copyright © 2011-18, Prashant S. Shah; http://www.spiritual-living.in

We are born with a mind that directs our attention outward, towards things in the external world. Hence, we do not see the interior world or understand the realities of inner life. Thus, we are easily confused about the true purpose of our life on earth or what we have come here to achieve.

To understand such things in a spiritual context, we have to take a journey into our interior; into the deeper realms of our own consciousness. What do we find?

Here we show what happens when we undertake to journey into our interior, into the deeper realms of the cosmos within.

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CONTENTS:

  1. Our condition at the beginning
  2. Taking control of our attention
  3. The problem with the subconscious
  4. What we see in the subconscious
  5. The inner battle
  6. After victory
  7. The separate awareness
  8. The purpose of the separate awareness
  9. Awareness beyond the mind

We are born with a mind that directs our attention outward, towards things in the external world. Hence, we do not see the interior world or understand the realities of inner life. Thus, we are easily confused about the true purpose of our life on earth or what we have come here to achieve.

To understand such things in a spiritual context, we have to take a journey into our interior; into the deeper realms of our own consciousness. What do we find?

Here we show what happens when we undertake to journey into our interior, into the deeper realms of the cosmos within.

1. Our condition at the beginning

Before we start to journey within we gave all our attention to outer things. To begin our journey we have to withdraw some of the attention we give to outer things and direct it inward, into our interior.

At first this is very difficult to do. Our mind behaves like a restless monkey, hopping from one thing to another. It continuously distracts us with its fascination for outer things. So our attention continuously keeps on jumping. Then we cannot dwell on any one thing long enough to really understand it. Thus, our observations are superficial and our understanding is shallow. Our mind it totally caught up with personal thoughts. We only think of pending matters, our hopes and expectations, our cravings and aversions, and our fears or troubles.

2. Taking control of our attention

We change this wandering tendency of the mind by practicing concentration. Earlier our mind was like a ‘wild horse’, constantly resisting and distracting. But as our concentration improves, this wild horse is tamed. It is willing to take us where we want to go.

Earlier the mind resisted our will, but when it is tamed, it begins to listen to us. Then our attention follows our will. The practice of concentration brings together all the scattered forces of our attention under the central leadership of our will. The forces inside our mind adjust themselves and get integrated under our will. And that strengthens our will power.

We can use this stronger will power to control the thoughts and emotions that frequently occupy our mind. We have to consciously accept the thoughts and emotions that we want, and reject the thoughts and emotions that we don’t want. What we have rejected cannot keep its hold in our mind. We can use this method to remove the distracting thoughts and disturbing emotions from our mind. It will make our mind calm and alert.

When the mind is calm and alert we can observe its contents – the thoughts, emotions and mindset. We can see our habits and tendencies, and how they compel our behaviour. We see how they dominate, thinking, feelings and beliefs. However, once our will power is strong, we can change this situation. We can begin to free our mind from the compulsions created by the habits and tendencies.

What happens when we try to change or re-set our habits and tendencies? We succeed in only making some superficial or cosmetic changes, and the changes are usually not long lasting. When we relax our control the habits and tendencies tend to return. This happens because our habits and tendencies are rooted in the subconscious, whereas our will-power is mainly effective in the conscious portion of the mind.

3. The problem with the subconscious

The subconscious is a dark region of our mind. It is called ‘dark’ because here we cannot see things clearly. We cannot observe the working of the forces in this region. We can see things clearly at the surface, in the conscious mind; but we do not see the forces that supply to them from below, from the subconscious.

As a result you cannot observe the forces in the subconscious. We do not see how the thoughts, emotions and desires connect up within our mind to keep their hold in our nature.

So we find it difficult to uproot even a small habit or tendency of our nature. Then we give the habit or tendency to continue, or we take a compromising approach and settle for some small adjustments.

However, once the power of our concentration is sufficient, we can get the power to take the ‘light of our awareness’ into the subconscious. Then we can observe the forces there.

4. What we see in the subconscious

The subconscious carries the hidden contents of our mind. Our suppressed desires and emotions thrive here. Every now and then these forces break out into our conscious mind and make us indulge them. Further, to ensure that they get a safe re-entry they cause us to JUSTIFY having them.

Our will power can only control the thoughts and emotions in the conscious mind. But our habits and tendencies are supplied from the subconscious. So we can put out tendency from the conscious mind, but we cannot uproot it so that it won’t return.

Let us see what happens when we try to uproot a small tendency or habit. We use the will-power to knock it off from the surface. But it has not gone. It is only hiding below in the subconscious. And from time to time it will surge up into the conscious mind and show itself.

When our concentration is strong, we can take the light of our awareness into the subconscious. Then we can observe the contents disinterestedly, without getting swayed by them. Then we see that our tendencies have friends. They have made connections, associations and alliances with other forces in the subconscious. So, we are not dealing with just one thing, we are dealing with a whole web of forces. This web allows even a small and insignificant habit to resist our effort to change. So what seemed to be simple task, actually turns out to be rather complex.

The habits and tendencies in our nature are like ‘entities’ that have a parasite like existence. They feed on our attention by keeping a hold over our vital urges, inclinations, imagination and mindset. We have to see this clearly first before we can uproot a tendency or habit.

5. The inner battle

Before we can uproot these forces we must weaken them. We have to find their connections in our mind and disconnect them. We have to develop an aversion to them.

Once a tendency has been isolated, its power is reduced. So initially the entity was like a lion, but after we cut its connections it becomes like mouse. We cannot throw out the lion, but we can certainly close up the mouse hole.

When the entity loses their power it cannot move us with its suggestions; it cannot decide our behaviour; and it cannot make us dance to its tune.

However, the entity won’t leave without putting up a fight. It may try to seduce us into believing that a life without indulging it will be dull, dry and uninteresting. Then if we get taken in by such suggestions, we give it the right to continue or persist. Then once again it will dominate our awareness and create problems for us.

It is expected that there will be many battles inside the mind, and for some time we may have to struggle. However, if we succeed in uprooting a tendency, it will also change the behaviour, urges, beliefs and philosophy that were built around it.

6. After victory

The entities in our subconscious do not have a power of their own. They merely borrow their power from our will power. Hence, when we overcome a habit or tendency, the power returns to our will and makes it stronger. And with a stronger will it becomes easier for us to overcome other habits and tendencies.

We have to continue this process until all the contradictory forces within our nature have been overcome. When we overcome the unwanted habits and tendencies, the resistance within our nature disappears. Our internal conflicts, aversions and reactions also disappear.

Earlier the forces in the subconscious would project illusions and temptations to deceive us and scatter our force. But after we have cleared these entities there is no wish or fear projection. Hence, our perceptions remain undistorted. The light of our intellect can pass right through the subconscious. We can see everything clearly. We see them as they really are, without adding anything to them or subtracting anything 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 binding influences in the subconscious. Hence, we do not have to make the extra effort to concentrate. Our concentration is ‘at will’. We simply focus our mind on anything and our attention gets concentrated around it.

7. The separate awareness

When we keep the mind in a concentrated state for some time, a ‘Separate Awareness’ arises in it. Something separates within our consciousness; and it is observing everything clearly and not affected by what it sees. We can mirror this awareness and become aware of everything from this calm, wide, and multidimensional point of view.

Initially the ‘separate awareness’ remains in the background. So we have to concentrate upon it to access it. We can use it to clarify our thoughts and get intuitive directions in life matters. However the intuition comes in pieces, and we use logic to put it together. But this makes the intuition a mixed truth. However, we can still use the intuition to become less dependent on mental inferences.

8. The purpose of the separate awareness

The separate awareness greatly enlarges our field of knowledge and action. We can use it to look into the ‘mind of things’ and know the inner qualities and hidden motives in anything.

Gradually our will gets transferred on to the separate awareness. Then we can also act on the forces of the inner planes and influence the happenings on the material plane.

However, the true use of the separate awareness is not in making some things happen, but in integrating the forces within our own consciousness. It changes the state of our consciousness and how we function within.

9. Awareness beyond the mind

As we go further in our journey our awareness begins to recede inward. We become more conscious of our interior. Gradually the interior worlds also become objective, like external things.

Still further, subtle faculties begin to arise in us. We can awaken in our dreams and travel consciously in the interior worlds.

Gradually the light of our awareness become bright and we can carry this greater light into the interior worlds. It makes us aware of so many things that we could not know of earlier.

As our consciousness gets more integrated, our attachment to things reduces. At a certain stage in the process something turns over within our consciousness. We do not merely reflect the separate awareness in the mind, but we awaken in it. The inner veil in consciousness is lifted, and so we can become directly aware of things without going through the round about process of inference. Even the automatic subconscious processes that were going on in the mind get discontinued.

Earlier we were led by social values and mental-inferences of right or wrong. Now we see such things as ignorant mental inferences that disturb the living expression of truth. Hence, we reject them; we do not need them to function any more. We can draw our contentment directly from the inner life, and hence we do not feel obliged to seek it through people and things of the outer world.

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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? How does it unveil the mysteries of the cosmos?

Here we explain this process in terms of our growth in consciousness. It will also give an insight into esoteric doctrines like the Hermetic Wisdom and the Emerald Tablet.

CONTENTS:

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

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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 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 depends on what our 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 transforming 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 the mind, we experience its tendencies, beliefs and conditioning. All these things put their limitations on our consciousness. They cloud the transparency of pure consciousness in our Nature. Hence, we do not experience the world with a pure consciousness, but we experience it with a personal consciousness.

The personal consciousness generates a duplicate-self, called the mental-self. This mental-self creates a personal world from our thoughts and emotions, and it keeps us constantly engaged with them. As a result 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, instead of at the world, we can identify two parts of our being: One part is a consciousness that is totally calm. It sees and observes. We call it our Soul. The other part is a consciousness that is active and always doing something. It thinks and acts. We call it our Nature.

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

The Soul quietly observes the activity of our Nature and mirrors it in its own consciousness. The Nature or the doer consciousness, on the other hand, acts out of its own impulse, not caring about the will of the observer, the Soul. Hence, our Nature dominates, and the Soul has no say in the decisions and actions of our Nature.

Although these two parts of our being seem to be unrelated, there is a connection. The Soul observes the decisions and actions of our Nature, but it is unable to accept all of them. However, since the Soul is in a passive condition, it has to endure what it cannot accept. Hence, the association of Soul with our Nature is bondage for the Soul.

5. The Separation

On deeper 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, Nature took this acceptance automatically. However, once the Soul is awake, it can refuse to grant its acceptance.

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 these actions in its consciousness. 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 ourselves 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 things within us, but separate from us; we can remain unaffected by them. When we exercise this option, we are liberated from our bondage to a purely mental existence. We have a mind and body, but we experience ourselves as separate from them.

6. What is Purification?

The Soul is an independent consciousness, whereas our Nature is a derived consciousness; it is formed in nature, but derived from impressions carried by the soul. Hence, our Nature arises out of the Soul and depends on 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, when our Nature acts out of its own impulse, the Soul can also refuse to mirror its actions. Then our Nature has to change its ways. Thus, the seeing of the Soul acts as a command for 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. Once we find 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, through a process of approving or disapproving the actions of our Nature, we can purify it and make it transparent to the Soul.

7. The Al-chemical 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 famous alchemical marriage or ‘MATING’ in consciousness.

From this mating a new consciousness is born, which is undivided and totally different from our 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 actions and understands us deeply. It also oversees the actions of people and the happenings in the world.

Although the nature of this spiritual presence is a mystery for us, we can learn to relate with it and bring it forward in our life. That is the spiritual purpose of our life.

Thus, the true purpose of our life is not concerned with improving our living standards or increasing our power in society. Such things can only have a passing value. It is concerned with the kind of person we are becoming and the extent to which we are able to involve the spiritual presence in our life.

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

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

The two levels of our consciousness

There is mortal part of us, the mental-self, which is running our outer life today. It is selfish and self-centered, and we all know it. However, there is also an immortal part of us, a soul, which gives us our sense of conscience and the feeling of unity. These two parts are like two beings within us. Both of them are represented in our mind, but individually they function at two separate levels of consciousness.

We can understand the two levels of our consciousness by COMPARING our life to the life of a tree: A tree has a trunk and leaves. The leaves come and go according to the seasons, but the trunk sustains for longer. Further, the consciousness in the leaf is essentially the same as the consciousness in the trunk. However, when the consciousness is confined to a part, the powers of consciousness are contracted. Then the consciousness in the part experiences itself as an individual with interests that are separate from the whole. Thus, the leaf experiences the burning in summer, the chill in winter, and the fear of extinction in the fall season; but the trunk does not experience this fear. It grows over the years.

In the same way, our perception and insight into life depend on how we regard and consider ourselves. If we consider ourselves to be just a body with a mind, we experience ourselves as separate individuals with selfish interests. The consciousness in us gets confined to our mind and body. And we live mainly to satisfy the desires in our mind and body. Thus we think in terms of comforts, sensual thrills, money and prestige.

However, when we consider our identity as a soul, the in-dweller, we regard our mind and body as our possessions, like our car or house. Then our consciousness expands, and we can experience spiritual qualities and the higher values of life; we regard the forms of life and the conditions we are passing through as something temporary, like the leaves that come and go.

Further, the focus of our life shifts from outer growth to inner growth. Just as the trunk of a tree grows as it passes through the seasons, our inner life also matures as we assimilate our varied experiences from our existence on earth. Thus, the experiences of our mortal life mature the seeds of our immortal life. What we develop within us, stays with us; and we experience it as the STATE of our consciousness.

The Process of Spiritual Growth

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

Our soul also has its influence in our mind. However, we give it so little attention that it seems to be 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.

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To grow spiritually, we 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 spiritual significance to higher things. When we can do that sufficiently, it will change the ‘level’ of our perceptions. It will change ‘from where’ we see and ‘from what depth’ we see.

Gradually we can see everything as a part of a much LARGER PICTURE: Then we can situate everything correctly; we can put each thing into its proper place; we can look at the significance of what is happening; and we can also know the motives that are involved. 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 unnecessary difficulties, 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 enough 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.

On the other hand, when we can mirror the higher consciousness in our mind we can sense the deeper purpose to our life. We feel happy to know that there is more to our life than being a commuter. We feel that there is a deeper purpose for which we have come to earth. Hence, we want to find it and serve it. And 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, it is more like involving the higher consciousness in the work we do. The task is to make our mind receptive to the higher consciousness and allow it to guide our actions and reorganize our inner-life. This task is complex and each one of us has to find our own answers, not intellectually, but by actually living our life. We do it in two parts. First we look for answers to our ‘proximate issues’. And after we have done that we can ask questions relating to life issues.

When people begin their spiritual practice they often ask: “What happens if my practice is not successful?” Evidently they are looking for some tangible result –like mental or psychic power. However, if our task is to simply serve the higher consciousness, then the issue of 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 we make against some expectation. In the true sense our failure is not pursuing what we have come here on earth to do!

The Coming of the New Era

ShivNeonIn the book ‘The Crisis of Modern Humanity’ we explained the concept of Cosmic Cycle and showed the significance of our times by describing the ‘Signs of Our Times’. In particular, we showed the modern trend is to generate a false spirituality by making it rational or psychological. This trend is expected to continue until a ‘critical point’ is reached, when a radical change in orientation can be 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 near. Our purpose is not to scare our readers, but to prepare them for a smooth transition into the new era. We expect that ‘fear based systems’ of our times will be replaced in the next era by systems based on a higher-level consciousness.

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

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 worship, scientology, pyramid therapy, ceremonial magic and elaborate ritual practices. Many shops have arisen to sell ‘New Age Products’ and numerous ‘New Age Gurus’ have come in to market their ‘brand’ of spirituality. The symbols and techniques that were used to prepare a person for spiritual living have been hijacked today. People now use them with the opposite intent – 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. It is cleverly adapted to promote commercial interests and gain cheap popularity. People sometimes ask: “Why true spirituality cannot become popular with the masses?” The answer is simple. 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 also to be brought down to the level of comprehension of the masses. On the other hand spirituality seeks to lift up the person, so that he or she can become adequate for higher knowledge. But lifting the level of our comprehension is something each one of us has to do for ourselves. It is not something that someone else can do for us. Hence, it is expected that true spirituality will remain unpopular with the masses.

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 find it difficult to adjust to the new higher-value system. Hence, they may fall out.

However, there are many persons who accept the terms of the new era. They want to participate in the change that is happening without getting disoriented. Here we address them here.

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 our preoccupation with our lower nature and our attachments to the ordinary life) or we continue to live according to the norms of the ordinary life. If we choose the former, we can catch the truth in life and get lifted. If we ignore this choice, we can fall out or face rejection.

How can I Participate?

Many spiritual seekers have asked this question in one way or another. What they really want to know is how they can actively participate in preparing for the new era. Here we indicate the way.

The ordinary-level consciousness dominates the modern world today. However, it may become dysfunctional in the new era. When a person works with the ordinary level consciousness without any higher influence, he or she becomes selfish and cunning. The ordinary consciousness dehumanizes the social life; mechanizes 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 the sub-human levels after the human being has been cut off from the higher-level influence. Without the spiritual influence of the higher consciousness a person can be easily swayed by sub-human influences that arise from the nether worlds.

Many strange and new things are arising in the modern world in the name of liberal and democratic values. They are not unexpected. They only show the decay in spirit, the decay in thought, and the decay in public life — at least from the spiritual or traditional point-of-view.

Each person has to reverse this trend within themselves. Then they can extend ‘their presence’ to the society they 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 never the result of developing the ordinary consciousness, which is what is wrongly attempted through modern education! Wisdom is the result of disciplining the mind and making it responsive to 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 can do it by serving the higher consciousness; and it won’t happen when we remain indifferent to it.

The higher consciousness lifts our thinking, our values, and our inner worth. It will reorganize our nature, and make us responsive to higher things. Then we can use our presence to re-organised 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 secondary aim is to provide a ‘support services’ 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 like a ‘business for profit’ or as a non-profit (not non-profitable) service organisation?

What is the difference? When a business is focuses on generating profits, it attract profiteers and people who side-track the organisation onto selling. A non-profit service organisation, on the other hand, can focus on providing genuine value without indulging in seductive claims and deceptions just to improve their numbers. Such an organisation will lack the means (money) to carry out its mission, but it should not change its ways just to get more money.

What are the implications? You invite people who really want to ‘serve the cause’ and not encourage people who come in with the ulterior aim of using the opportunity to grow their personal business. The people have to be attracted with qualitative benefits and not with quantitative (financial) rewards. If they lack the motivation, it is better that they don’t join.

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A Brochure for Correspondence Courses

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

Criteria 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 makes you adequate for the spiritual pursuit. Here you develop the power of concentration and use it to overcome the disturbance from thoughts and emotions.
Course-2 is the foundation course. It is designed to get you on the spiritual path.
Course-3 teaches you how to access to the higher consciousness. Then, instead of being led blindly by your desires and tendencies, you will be guidance a higher intelligence.
Course-4 helps you in understanding the subjective nature of your mind and in clearing the faults in your perception. Thereby you overcome the obstacles that usually arise on the spiritual path.

Course-1: Mind Training & Meditation

Lessons:

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

Course-2: Mantra Yoga

Lessons:

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

Course-3: Yoga-Mysticism

Lessons:

  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

Lessons:

  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 someone can learn to do 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. You grow by doing your spiritual practice under the supervision of a Guru.

Our basic instruction is given through lessons. You study a lesson and do the practise for a period of time. Then, you answer the questions of the lesson and email it to us. The issues usually become clearer to you when you make out your answers AFTER doing the practise. 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 information you need to do the practices properly. As you do the practices you will actually develop the skills and capacities that are necessary to build your inner life. 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.

We administer information to you in a stepwise manner so that you can accomplish difficult things by taking small and convenient steps. You can also have your personal difficulties solved as you go along. Further, you can learn at your pace, in the convenience of your home, and practice in your environment. In addition, we have a provision for a personal meeting with our students. You can visit us or meet 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 get personal attention and the help you need to implement the mystic philosophy.

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 Biochemic Prescriber (2016) and How to Restore your Health Naturally (2017).  These books are available from the Amazon and Kindle online bookstores.

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?

If you are thinking of taking these Courses mainly because you wish to develop some ‘psychic powers’ (something that will give you importance or an unfair advantage over others), please DON’T. The true spiritual powers won’t arise in any measure before you have changed your motives and point of view. Your object in taking these Courses should not be to ‘have more’ externally, but to ‘be more’ internally.

However, if you sincerely want to grow spiritually, then here is an opportunity that you should not miss. You will have the guidance that you need. You will use methods that have worked under the conditions of the modern world.

Please don’t entertain unnecessary doubt, suspicion or fear regarding spiritual development. Here you do not lose; you only get rid of the unwanted. If you have been doing spiritual practice, but you still feel the need for personal guidance, then also these Courses are for you.

Sincerely,

Prashant

Criteria 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. Our lessons and correspondence is in English. Hence, you should have sufficient comprehension of English language to be able correspond with us.
  5. You should have sufficient free time and energy for doing your daily spiritual practice. The courses mainly help you in implementing the spiritual message.
  6. You need to make your application in the APPLICATION FORM that is given on our site. Just fill in all the details and email it to us. We shall read it and inform you if we think our Course are 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 queries along with your answers. We shall try to help you in sorting out your personal difficulties.
  8. Each course entitles you to one PERSONAL CONFERENCE/MEETING. You can ask for it anytime upon completing the third lesson. You have two options. Either you visit us at Baroda with a prior appointment or we can discuss on the Internet through WhatsApp or Skype. You aim should be to seek clarifications or to sort out your personal difficulties.
  9. Each Course is to be completed within one year or 12 months. If you are unable to complete the set of Lessons of the Course within that time, you have to send a CONTINUATION FEE of Rs. 700 or US $ 10 to continue.
  10. In these Courses you will receive one-on-one instructions. You will get the necessary 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.
  11. In addition, we require you, our student, not to become a personal guide (guru) in spiritual matters. The purpose is not commercial, but you need to lie low and not arrive before you are ready. 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 on our site http://www.spiritual-living.in under the tab ‘Correspondence Courses’. Please download it and use it.

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