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Now Hear This

Hari OM
Application - that is what 'Workings-days' are about!

The Mukundamala of King Kulashekhara is the focus, currently, as we seek to raise our devotion.

In the tradition of Sanatana Dharma, it is understood that the jiiva must return as many times to a manifest life as it takes to Realise its True Nature. Why it is that the Universal Consciousness splintered into many separate 'beams' is left for much higher thinking. All we know at the moment is that we are born, and that birth itself is something of a trauma albeit we have no memory of it. What is more, as the Eternal Consciousness, we also forget ourselves and become the small, individuals who are trapped in the cycle of birth and death. We are tested and retested to see whether we can clamber our way back into the Higher Level of Existence. Part of that learning is to follow a spiritual path.

he laekaZz&[ut àsUitmr[VyaxeiíikTsaimma<
yaeg}aSsmudahriNt munyae ya< ya}vLKyady>,
tTpIt< prmaE;x< ivtnute invaR[maTyiNtkm!.18.
He lokaash-shRnuta prasuuti-marana-vyaadhesh-hikitsaam-imaam
Yogajnaas-samudaahranti munayo yaam yaajnavalkyaadayaH,
Antar-jyotir-ameyam-ekam-emRtam kRshnaakhyam-aapiiyataam
Tatpiitam param-aushadham vitanute nirvaanam-aatyantikam ||18||
O worldly ones, please listen to this 'treatment' (medicine) for the disease of life and death.
Contemplative Masters like Yajnaavalkya who knew the Truth declare this.
Drink the nectarine, Supreme Medicine knowns as Krishna who is the inner light of Consciousness.
Having drunk this, the Supreme Medicine, Eternal Liberation is granted!

The Sanskrit for word is 'loka', therefore to be of the world is to be 'lokaaH'. The root verb is 'lok' (pron: 'loak' as in 'soak'). It means 'to see'. In English, the word is 'look'.

We who look can frequently forget to listen (shRnu). We are inclined to believe only what is seen and question any who ask us to 'see beyond' the physical. If we truly desire to be free of the strife that is life, however, and reside in our Highest state of Being, then we must indeed look beyond. Here, our guide advises us to take the 'medicine' that comes in the form of Krishna. However, we could equally drink of the nectar of the teachings of Sri Ram, or Yeshu, or the Buddha… the import of the treatment is not the name of the medicine, but that we look to that which is Higher and Nobler than ourselves. We can do this by following the example of those who took the medicine before us and were able to declare healing, such as the great saints and sages.

In all spiritual philosophical traditions, the Masters declare that we must move out of our ego state and reach for 'the light'. It is really that words fail in the description, but we do what we can!  The Supreme Self, Universal Consciousness, is the light which burns within us and in reconnecting with that, we can attain moksha (liberation), the place of nirvana (extinguished ignorance).

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