Power of thought

Every thought creates a universal vibration

 

Every thought produces a vibration in the universe. The energy of the vibration produced increases as the intensity of the thought increases. These vibrations have power. They can change their surroundings and ultimately make the world a much better place.

Have you noticed that when you enter into a room where there has been a fight or argument, you can ‘sense’ the tension in the air? Have you ever been in a place where you have had an eerie or uncomfortable feeling? We have all felt this some time or the other. It is natural for us to be able to sense vibrations.

Similarly, there must have been times when you have gone to a holy place where many come to pray or meditate and sensed a powerful feeling of love, peace, serenity and safety.

All of this shows that the ripples or vibrations produced by thought and intense awareness have an impact on their surroundings and produce vibrations that over time are absorbed in the place. The place then retains the energy of the vibrations.

Thought is powerful. So are its byproducts – words and deeds. A nice word can and does have a powerful impact on its recipient.

A word filled with love, kindness and compassion can create a powerful vibration of goodness that if powerful enough can change the way people around think. The power of mantras has been known for thousands of years.

A selfless deed to serve someone else can set a very powerful example and permanently change the person helped by giving them a taste of love and compassion. An act of love or kindness makes both the giver and receiver experience a feeling of goodness and love.

Using thoughts, words and deeds – you can change the world!

Our planet today has a lot of negative energy that is manifested in the form of wars, violence, crimes, prejudices among other things. But that can change.

If enough people just stop what they’re doing for just a few moments every day and send out positive energy in the form of a prayer or mantra for love and peace into the universe. Let this positivity be guided specifically towards our planet Earth. This will begin the creation of a matrix of positive energy and vibrations.

If everybody just makes it a point to close their eyes for a few minutes and imagine our planet Earth floating in space. Imagine all the billions of people, animals and plants on Earth and just send a thought or word of love. After this, smile at the Earth and wait for the response – you will feel the Earth smile back. If you do not feel the response immediately, don’t worry. It will eventually come over time.

Soon the negative vibrations will be replaced by positive ones and this will be the beginning of a new era of positivity. Try it. Once a day for a few minutes to start with. It will make you feel great. If enough people do this, we will all change for the better and the Earth will change too.

The Godhead is Om

OM is a holy sound which is not only a chant, but it is a template of cosmic energy that when applied to our bodies by simple sounds actually generates a flow of cosmic energy from the lower chakras to the upper chakras and initiates a process of energy flow that stimulates spiritual evolution.

The holy sound of OM is a combination of three letters A-U-M and these three sounds symbolize the Divine Energy or Shakti. But that is not all. There are many very interesting aspects of these syllables that can be experienced by you right now.

Sit back and relax a moment and take a deep breath. Now say ‘Ahhh’ in a normal voice – neither a shout nor a whisper – but just kind of like if you were singing ‘Ahhh’ – the musical note. You will feel something in your gut region as you chant this. A kind of tingling sensation. Feel it?

Now the next sound U (oo). Take a deep breath and say, “Ooo” rhyming with ‘too’. Where do you feel the tingling sensation now? Feel it. You will feel a sensation in your chest area.

Now for the final sound M.

Take a deep breath and make a humming sound of ‘Mmm’. Where do you feel the sensation now? In the head area? You are on the right track.

Try this a few times and experiment. Now for the combination. Combine the three sounds and say ‘Om’ or ‘Aum’. Notice the sensation. It begins in the gut area, moves to the chest area and finally into the head area. This is the Shakti that is flowing from the lower chakras to the higher ones. This is the direction of the Shakti flow that causes spiritual growth.

But there is something about this experiment that is even more interesting. In the Hindu tradition, the Trimurti is the Divine Godhead that comprises of Brahma (Creator), Vishnu (Preserver) and Shiva (Destroyer or Transformer). The three sounds that you just experimented with are also representations of these three gods. The ‘A’ is Brahma the ‘U’ is Vishnu and the ‘M’ is Shiva.

The gut is the region which naturally resonates with the ‘A’ sound. This is also the symbolic region of Brahma, the Creator. Think about it. The gut is the place of creation. Babies gestate in the womb, food is digested in the stomach from where new energy is created.

The chest is the region which naturally resonates with the ‘U’ sound. This is the symbolic region of Vishnu, the Preserver. Life is preserved generally through the chest region. This is where the oxygen is stored in the lungs, this is where the blood is circulated throughout the body. These are the main aspects of preservation of life.

The head is the region which naturally resonates with the ‘M’ sound. This is the symbolic region of Shiva, the Transformer. Along with Destroyer, Shiva is also considered as Transformer. It is through him that the souls evolve or transform into a higher form eventually. The head is the place of transformation. The Third Eye or the Ajna chakra and the Crown chakra are seated in the head. The spiritual energy that travels from the gut into the chest is finally processed in the head region and this is where our consciousness is transformed gradually into the higher spiritual planes

Shiva is more commonly referred to as the ‘Destroyer’. However, he is also called the Transformer. They are connected. When a seed is planted into the soil and grows into a plant, the seed has been transformed into something greater or higher and in the process, the seed is ‘destroyed’ in a sense. When darkness is destroyed, it is transformed to light. When evil is destroyed, it is transformed into love – a higher frequency of consciousness.

So OM is a Divine sound that is a combination of sounds which symbolize the Godhead and also can be practically tested and experienced as a way of transmuting the core base energy into preservative and then ultimately transformative energy that leads to spiritual evolution and awareness of the higher planes of consciousness.

Multiplying wealth, creativity and love

Multiplying wealth through the parable of talents

Being fruitful and multiplying wealth

Multiplying wealth is God’s command. But so is multiplying creativity and love.

According to the Bible the first command God gave humans was to ‘be fruitful and multiply’ (Genesis 1:28). While this could be taken as a command to populate the planet, it has much deeper meaning that is as relevant today as it was then.

Jesus Christ taught lessons using stories or parables. One of these – the Parable of the Talents  (Matthew 25:14-30) is about ‘being fruitful and multiplying’ but in a very different way.

Parable of the Talents – a gist

It is about an employer who is about to go away for some time. Before he does, he gives three servants – lets call them A, B and C some talents (coins). A gets 5 coins, B gets 2 coins and C gets 1 coin.

When the employer returns some time later, he asks A, B and C to account for how well they managed the money they were left as stewards for. How much did they multiply wealth?

A has made 5 coins grow to 10, B made 2 coins grow to 4, but C took 1 coin, buried it and returned it to his master.

The master is furious! He abuses C and takes away the money from him and gives it to A. ‘You could have at least put the money in the bank and earned deposit,’ says the master to C.

Then Jesus goes on to say that those that multiply wealth will get more and those that do not will lose even what they do have.

Lesson on investing?

Instead of letting money stagnate through hoarding and hiding it should be invested and circulated.

But the power of this parable goes way beyond multiplying wealth. For this goes to the very first command God gave humanity – ‘be fruitful and multiply’. Let us take a closer look at this and its importance for our world today.

Multiplying wealth – material, spiritual and creative to make a better world

God has given each and every one of us certain gifts. Some may be writers, musicians, artists, leaders, healers, speakers, caregivers and so on. God gave us all various ‘talents’ or ‘creative seeds’. These should be multiplied and grown, not buried in the sand. Using these to help enrich our world is how we make them grow. Multiplying wealth is not only about multiplying material wealth.

But it goes even further that this. What is the biggest gift or virtue that God gives us? It is the capacity to love. Through love come the other virtues of peace, joy, happiness, bliss, and contentment.

If we apply the parable of talents in our daily lives, then we need to use the gifts that God has given us (including the gift of love) and multiply them. If you are loved by God (which we all are, even if we don’t realise it) then we need to make that love grow and multiply just as the first servant did. We need to make sure that the love God has given us is put to use and spread to others and not buried inside the depths of our own self-centredness.

Love is a resource, an asset!

To use the investment analogy – love is a resource, an asset, a gift that we have along with our other creative talents or skills. This asset has to grow in order for us to live bountiful lives. It can only grow by circulation and not by stagnation.

When you help something grow you get more rewards or ‘fruit’.

In the parable, it is multiplying wealth. In our own lives, it could be money, skills, love or blessings. These things come to us only when we take the risk of taking a chance.

We may think we are preserving something by hiding it away or being overprotective but we are doing the opposite. By hiding something away that can bring value to the world, we are inadvertently destroying it.

The greatest risk is not taking any

Ships may be safe in the harbour, but that is not what ships were built for.

We may feel we are safe by suppressing our own creative skills, procrastinating or by being indifferent to others, but that is not what we came to Earth for.

So don’t waste time. Be like the first servant. Use your gifts, improve the world, spread love and compassion to all you encounter. Multiply wealth whether it is material wealth, spiritual wealth or creative wealth. Today’s world has its share of problems but it also has its share of wonder. By nurturing and growing our talents, we can bring more love, peace and creativity to our world.

Spiritual voyagers of eternity

We are spiritual beings encased in physical bodies. We are not human beings who have occasional spiritual experiences, but rather we are spiritual beings who have occasional human experiences.

Our bodies are born, our bodies die; but we our selves do neither. We are voyagers of eternity created to learn and experience, to assimilate, to absorb, to observe and ultimately to know.

Once we realise these things, we will be free from the chains that bind us to continue in this unending journey of discovery in the form of flesh. But self-realisation is not the end of discovery, it is just the beginning, for without the enslavement in the flesh; we are free to soar through the innumerable worlds and innumerable planes of existence as freely as the light that shines forth from the countless suns.

Let there be spaces in your togetherness

Lebanese poet-philosopher Khalil Gibran, in ‘The Prophet’ has beautiful advice in reference to detachment in relationships:

“Let there be spaces in your togetherness, and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love. Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your soul. Sing and dance together but let each one be alone. Stand together yet not too near together, for the pillars of a temple stand apart and the oak tree and cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.”

You are Godstuff

 

Published in the Inner Voice column of Hindustan Times March 4, 2008)

(slightly edited version was printed in the newspaper due to space constraints)

The ancient wisdom of the ages is this – you are a drop of the ocean called God. However, most have not realized this truth. “The Kingdom of God is within you,” says the Lord Jesus Christ in Luke 17:21 and this is so. Think of this truth. When the creation of the Cosmos took place, the raw materials had to come from somewhere. So where did they come from? Even if you believe in the Big Bang theory that the Cosmos was condensed into a tiny ball of energy that just exploded one fine day and continued to expand until the present cosmic setup, the basic elements of the cosmos had to come from somewhere. It is too simplistic to say that they “just came” out of nowhere. The basic building blocks of the entire Universe are the same three sub-atomic particles – protons, neutrons and electrons. There is absolutely no difference between the protons, neutrons and electrons in you and in the paper that you are reading and the chair that you are seated on. They are the same. There is fundamentally no difference between you, your car, your house, your best friend and your worst enemy when it comes to the basic building blocks that make you. This is important to note because it immediately makes you feel the ‘oneness’ of all things throughout the Cosmos.

So, the Creative power that made the entire Cosmos had to have used ‘itself’ as the basic ‘stuff’ that made the protons, neutrons and electrons as well as the almost unimaginable energy that goes into every single atom of creation. So not only are we (as the late astronomer Carl Sagan loved to say) ‘starstuff’, but we are all ‘Godstuff’ that has been mixed and matched in different permutations and combinations and is made to interact with each other amidst the delusion that we are actually separate. We are as separate as the individual drops in the ocean – which still retain their existence in some stretch of imagination, but at the same time, have merged with the larger entity called ocean. They still exist, but now as a part of a larger more powerful being. Like the cells in your bodies are individual beings in their own sense – they have a fixed boundary or body, they are born, they reproduce, they absorb oxygen (so they breathe in a sense) and then they die. They may even have consciousness, but miniscule compared to the consciousness of a human being. Yet, our physical bodies are nothing more than a conglomerate of trillions of cells. So are we the single body or the sum total of trillions of cells?

Extending this thought to the next level – our souls are like the cells that make up the body of God. We are drops of the ocean of God and are one with God whether we recognize this or not. But we are blessed. It is possible through meditation for our consciousness to become one with the cosmic consciousness. Just like the sound of the sea lays hidden inside every sea shell, the vibration of God’s kingdom is hidden within every soul just waiting to be found. It can be found by tuning into it. So the drop can still have its existence in consciousness, but at the same time can draw on the wisdom and experience of the grand ocean and be one with it at the same time. When this happens, we will realize the truth that we are not separate beings in isolation, but parts of the creator of the entire cosmos and since we ALL are parts of the Creator, and like drops of the cosmic ocean, therefore we are all ONE.

Prayer Power

 

(published in Inner Voice column, page 13, Hindustan Times, October 24, 2007)

(published in slightly edited form in the newspaper due to space constraints)

There is a lot of power in thoughts and prayers. Thoughts are a form of energy and therefore real. Prayer is a form of communication with the Infinite source of all energy, or God; through our thoughts. Thoughts are like seeds which require nourishment to grow into fruit-bearing trees. The nourishment of thoughts is in the form of affirmation, concentration and attention. Prayer need not necessarily involve the usage of pious phrases.

Normal Vincent Peale describes a three-fold approach in his best selling book, ‘The power of positive thinking’ – (1) prayerise, (2) picturise and (3) actualise. The first step involves simply thinking and talking to God informally, which is prayer. The next step is picturising or visualising it mentally. Create in your mind an image of the desired result: a healed love one, a more prosperous life, a happy marital life, a more healthy or confident self. Whatever you seek, pray to God and then visualise it to be so and then just say to God, “I have put it in Your hands, Lord.” After this, the actualisation will come in time either by the desired result or guidance.

Peale gives a glorious example of how we can spread love and goodwill throughout our daily lives. Just say a little prayer for anyone that you see. These are called flash prayers “shot” out towards people. Just send out thoughts of love and goodwill. There have been cases where the recipients of such prayer “shots” could feel a physical manifestation of the energy.

The world can be a lot happier if we all just continuously “shoot” each other with prayers of love and goodwill. Let us “shoot” out positive thoughts towards one and other. We could try to replace our hatred and anger filled thoughts with thoughts of love and goodwill. Just mentally send out peaceful and love filled thoughts of goodwill towards everyone that you see and they will feel it as well.

The energies around the whole world will change if everyone starts to do this. These energies are very powerful and the results will be seen and felt. But constant prayers are needed. Even prayers take time to be answered. Just be patient and have faith.

Prayer and positive thinking is also a very useful technique in creating a more confident and success filled life. Thoughts of success often attract success. Thoughts of failure often attract failure. Energy is like a magnet. It attracts. Positive energy attracts positive results.

Positive affirmations, especially at night time before bedtime is a very important tool to attract positive results. The age old tradition of prayer before sleeping is so that the positive thoughts and prayers can sink into the subconscious mind during sleep.

Avoid all forms of negativity. Nip it in the mental bud. One can not stop negative thoughts from entering, but one can kick them out as soon as they enter. Positive thoughts can repel negative ones from establishing themselves in the mind.

Many of the world’s problems can be solved if there is more prayer energy generated. This energy will increase when we add prayer into our consciousness and make it a part of our daily life. Talk to God either verbally, mentally or even in written form. Yes, write a note to God. Every day use flash prayers to increase the overall consciousness of peace and goodwill and soon if more people do it, we will transform into a much better, safer and peaceful world.

Still the mind and see the light

(published in The Speaking Tree column, The Times of India October 19, 2006)

Stillness of mind is necessary for us to realise who we really are. “Be still and know that I am God”, says Psalm 46:10, a clear advice in the Bible by the Lord to meditate.

When a stone is dropped into a pond of water, it creates ripples, which prevent a person from seeing his own reflection in the pond.

It is only when the ripples subside and the water is still that you can see your own reflection. Our consciousness is like the pond; if thoughts enter into our mind, they create ripples in our consciousness and these ripples prevent us from seeing our own self in the pond of our consciousness.

Stubborn thoughts need to be stopped if true knowledge of Self is to be gained. This must happen smoothly. A thought is like a fire, which is fuelled by attention.

By not paying attention to a stubborn thought, it can be made to pass through the mind unattended. Do not try to wrestle with your unwanted thoughts. Wrestling with them is giving attention to them.

A person can only truly concentrate on one thing at a time. Focusing on our own breath is a good way to divert attention away from stray thoughts.

Breathe in deeply through your nose and while breathing in, pay attention to your breath. Hold the breath inside you for just a few seconds, maybe five or six seconds, and exhale slowly paying attention to your breath as you exhale.

This technique will relax you as well as help in stilling the mind. After repeating this exercise about 10 times, say the word, ‘Om’, ‘Amen’ or ‘Amin’ — depending on your choice, they basically all refer to the creative word of God — three times.

Now focus your attention to the point between the eyebrows about one inch above the eyebrow level. This is the centre of Christ Consciousness, which is called the Kutastha Centre by Paramahansa Yogananda.

In the Bible this place is mentioned by Christ when he says in Matthew 6:22: “The light of the body is the eye: If therefore thy eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light”.

The idea is to concentrate on this point without thinking or allowing thoughts to enter the mind. True meditation is the complete stillness of mind.

Though thinking about God is a good thing and can be helpful in raising the levels of positive energy around you, while meditating try not to think of anything — not even God. Remember what the Bible says, “Be still and know that I am God”.

Knowing something does not come by thinking about it, but by realising and experiencing it. When the mind is stilled completely and concentration and attention is at the Kutastha Centre, then gradually, the veil separating your own awareness from cosmic awareness is pierced.

A feeling of complete relaxation and tranquillity is soon followed by joyous bliss that is all-pervading. When the eye is single — the single eye of intuition or the Kutastha Centre becomes the focus of attention — then the body shall be full of light.

When the attention is focused like a magnifying glass at the Kutastha Centre, the eye of intuition will see the divine light of God and the body shall be bathed by the Divine and Glorious light.

It is a wonderful feeling to still the mind and see your own true blissful self in the reflection of your own pond of consciousness. Seek God within you now.