Four virtues and four methods
28th of January, 2008 - 18:58
The Buddha had some wise insights into the means for getting to know another thoroughly. While the text that inspired this blog entry is more of a chapter in general wisdom of life, the principles certainly apply in examining a prospective guru --- which has been the subject of many a discussion.
As for the misleading note
27th of January, 2008 - 9:34
My earlier note on misleading in the "Knocking on the Cocoon" entry led some to wonder what exactly I meant with that. Let's let that be clarified.
On the Siksa-guru Principle
26th of January, 2008 - 17:22
Some readers have wondered as to why one might accept a siksa-guru while the diksa-guru is still present. There are also a number of other considerations that are in place on the under-explored theme of the siksa-guru.
The Aparadha Issue
24th of January, 2008 - 15:37
With themes such as have been brought up in the last two blogs, the age-old issue of aparadha again raises its hoods. Let me clarify my position on this. First, I would like to acknowledge that I have read all the scriptural references on Vaisnava-aparadha as well as most, and have given due thought to them. When I write as I write, I write with knowledge of the said principles, making the choices that I believe are proper, truthful and righteous. I realize that not everyone may agree with my judgment calls.
TBI - Part 2 - Looking at the foundations
24th of January, 2008 - 11:40
I had initially thought of being much more reserved in over the depth in which I'd be writing of all this. However, as I realize there is nothing for me to lose in being more open, let's hear the full story. It'll certainly help people get an idea of where I'm at, and also learn of the route I've had to take. Writing is also a good form of processing the experience to ensure the removal of repressions from the subconscious. These entries seem to be becoming a bit elongated; I write as it comes. Read if you will, don't if you won't. Let's travel back in time to last spring...
The Babaji Incident - Part 1 - What blew it all
21st of January, 2008 - 14:42
Some were wondering about the details of my abruptly concluded stay with the babaji during Niyama-seva and a bit beyond. I was more than brief in my note after moving back to my own precious peace, after all. As I noted, the experience left me with many lessons in life. I have edited the earlier blog entry to remove references that would identify him by name to give me space to write more freely of the experiences, of which many may find something to learn. This is the first write-up in what I surmise will be an interesting series.
Application for 180 days of jail
18th of January, 2008 - 16:56
This is a translation of my letter of refusal from military and civil service sent to the Finnish civil service authority, should it be of interest.
Knocking on the Cocoon
17th of January, 2008 - 5:56
"Little late. You already misled many..." --- said the anonymous commentator on an earlier blog entry.
17th of January, 2008 - 5:31
Some of you have been missing philosophical writings. Here goes: Unity and difference of Atman and Brahman, doctrinal trouble with different strata of philosophy fused into a single doctrine, and God's creation of the chicken and the egg.
The Bodhisattva's Cocoon
16th of January, 2008 - 5:16
Some may have wanted to take a peek into my psyche for insight into the fundamental reasons of my present direction into solitude, the underlying impetus of my turn from the dim limelights of outreach. What has made the once almost all-permeating wish to help others subside? Is the bodhisattva now staring at the navel of his own fat belly?
About Sahajiyas, Ogres and Other Ominousities
2nd of January, 2008 - 15:46
This blog is here to clarify my views on sahajiyas, orthodoxies, ogres, blue flamingos and any number of other such subjects and entities people might be wondering about.
Difference between ISKCON and Gaudiya
2nd of January, 2008 - 11:03
Excerpt from correspondence.
Websites future - Input sought
1st of January, 2008 - 5:33
As a careful reader will have noticed, by sometime in the summer I will be dropping out of the GV internet scene altogether (occasional e-mails aside.) It is unlikely that I am to return, this transition off the world of internet has been a long time coming and is now nearing its definite final phase. Your input is sought.
Knocking on the Cocoon
Posted: 17th of January, 2008 - 5:56
Yesterday I wrote a blog, The Bodhisattva's Cocoon, detailing reasons for my withdrawing into solitary practice.
Today's e-mail brought in a comment from Anonymous: "Little late. You already misled many..."
Truth there is in his words, there's no denying that. Blind man sees the truth in a blind man's response, alas the irony of that.
Little late is fortunately much better than a lot late. Of course, some among the blind companions realized the folly on the way and turned back, and again some of them fell into their self-discovered ditches in the route of their return from nowhere to nowhere, and of course for that I am also indirectly responsible.
Fortunately no effort is wholly in vain, and many fellow men and ladies also found good routes to places where they'd one day find eyes to see. It was not that I ever meant to be the sole beacon, only the blindest of the blind would have assumed such.
While some embarked on a journey with the blind man, I know not of a single one who would have walked alongside to where he is now. And I'm not in a ditch yet! People then neither know where I am, nor where my route leads, and may that remain so. Far be it from me to call for anyone to partake of my inner quest.
I cannot say whether the Anonymous of sparse words means to say that I have misled people by not, for example, serving them with the doctrines of ISKCON, Gaudiya Math, or of any other contemporary sect of choice. If that were the case, then I would consider the proposal laughable and preposterous. The principle of my sentiment applies universally to all paths, and blind men remain blind regardless of the route they supposedly lead you onwards on.
Truth is not that which is written, truth is that which is seen and experienced within. The seer of truth will guide the seeker to the oasis of divine gnosis. All aside that are but potential indicators. The truths of the scriptures and the truths of the traditions convey meaning through direct fusion with the experiential core of the consciousness; otherwise, even the best of theories consists of only so many words written.
How many times can a man apologize, and do the incrementing apologies add to their value? Again I extend my heartfelt apologies to everyone adversely affected, and I pray that the clouds of bitter bile will eventually subside from the heart-skies of those harboring ill feeling. May that conclude my reflections and mortifications for now, be there good will and peace for