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Amma:   Consciousness is always present in us— now, in the present moment—-but we may not be aware of it.  In fact, only the present moment is real.  But to experience this, we need a new vision, a new eye and even a new body. 

Questioner:   A new body?  What do You mean by that?

Amma:    It does not mean that the body that you have will disappear.  It will look the same, but it will undergo a subtle change, a transformation.  Because only then can it contain the ever-expanding consciousness.

Questioner:   What do you mean by expanding consciousness?  The Upanishads declare that the Absolute is purnam [ ever-full ].   the Upanishads sayd, ” purnamada purnamidam….” [ this is the whole, that is the whole…” ], so I don’t understand how the already-prefect consciousness can grow?

Amma:   That is very true.  However, on the individual or physical plane, the spiritual aspirant goes through an experience of expanding consciousness.  The total Shakti [ divine energy ], of course, is unchangeable. Though from the Vedantic [ pertaining to the Hindu spiritual journey, for  the individual there is one such so-called journey, for the individual there is one such so-called journey toward the state of perfection.  Once you attain the Goal, you will also realize that the whole process, including the journey, was unreal, because you were always there, in that state, never away from it.   Until the final realization occurs, there is an expansion of awareness and consciousness depending on the progress of the sadhak [spiritual aspirant ].

For example, what happens when you draw water from a well?  The well is immediately replenished by the water from the spring beneath it.  The spring will keep on filling the well.   The more water you draw, the more water comes from the spring.  so you could say that the water is the well keeps growing.  The spring is never-ending source.  The well is full, and it remains full because it is eternally connected to the spring.  So you could say that the water in the well keeps growing.  The spring is a never-ending source.   The well is full, and it remains full because it is eternally connected to the spring.   The well keeps on becoming perfect.  It keeps expanding.

Questioner:  (after a thoughtful silence)   It’s very vivid, but still sounds complicated.

Amma:  Yes, the mind will not understand it.  Amma knows that.  The easiest is the most difficult.  The simplest remains the most complex.  And the closest seems to be the farthest.  It will continue to be a puzzle until your realize the Self.  That is why the Rishis [ ancient Seers ] describe the Atman as “farther than the farthest and nearer than the nearest.”

Children, the human body is a very limited instrument.  However, like the well, once we are connected to the eternal source of the shakti, our consciousness will keep expanding within us.  Once the state of ultimate samadhi [ natural state of abidance ]  is reached, the connection between the body and the mind, between God and the world, will start functioning in perfect harmony.  Thus, there is no growth, nothing.  You remain one with the infinite ocean of consciousness. 

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The “Flower Garland Sutra” describes the  universe as a net of  diamonds that exists in three- dimensional space  and in the fourth  dimension of time. It goes backward and forward in  time. Every diamond  in this net is multifaceted and reflects every other diamond in the net.  When you see one diamond, you actually see every other diamond in the  net. You see the whole thing. Nothing is left out of the picture. When  you touch one diamond, you’ve touched every diamond in the net. It’s  incomprehensible that each thing contains every other thing, that  there’s a mutual identity and causality, that each thing contains the  totality of the universe. But that’s the nature of reality.

John Daido Loori, “Straight Ahead” (Winter 1999)

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ceiling of the Taj Maha

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee from Working with Oneness

“I am by nature a spiritual traditionalist. My journey has taken me down the ancient path of the mystic, and although it has been a solitary journey, from the alone the Alone, I have walked in the footsteps of those who have gone before. In the writing of the Sufi masters I have found guidance and reassurance, knowing that they have mapped out the stages of the heart, the mystery of the heart’s awakening to the divine presence. “New Age” spiritual teachings held little interest for me. Therefore, I was surprised to find in January 2000 a new energy arriving unannounced, an energy that carried with it promises and ideals that extended beyond my own spiritual horizons.

At first i thought that his energy was just the next step in my own journey. But it soon made known to me that it was not personal, but belonged to a whole new beginning. With power and speed it swept aways years of spiritual conditioning, and brought with it a quality of fun and pure joy that I knew I had always been waiting for. Mercilessly, laughingly, it began to change my life, my way of thinking, my way of relating. This energy is alive, demanding change and needing to be lived in the midst of life. And it has a quality of oneness that brings with it a stamp of divine presence.

A few months after this energy awoke me with it demanding intensity, I visited an old friend in London, a seventy year old woman whose clarity , humor and down to earth spiritual wisdom i have valued. I told her about this energy, and she said that she had also experienced it, and see the effect it had on people in her meditation group: how it brought things to the light which had long been kept hidden, ad had a clear personal quality. Then i began to see this energy arriving in the dreams and visions of other friends, expressing a new image of divine oneness that is now alive in the world. One friend had a dream in which she was part of a membrane of light and love that covered the whole world. One friend had a dream in which she was part of a membrane of light and love that covered the whole world. . .Another friend dreamed of the earth, “and around the earth is a beautiful web of light, and everything is in movement, like little stars and suns. I was fascinated by the harmony within everything–so few collisions.”

” One friend had a vision in which he saw “a gigantic golden grid composed of either circles or octagons, each circle perfectly melded into the next. I knew that this had just come into being, as a whole, or as a part of a whole. I had just been created, and was awesomely powerful.”

Another friend describes a similar picture she was shown in meditation: ” I saw a nearly round golden net against a total blackness. It was made of extremely fine gold wire, and the threads which went to the center where at some points folded or bent into Arabic writing which i could not read. But somehow I knew that i had to do with the aspects of God. The center was an empty circle or octagon. The threads that crossed the spokes where without writing. Only the spokes carried the aspects. . .

These dreams and visions all carry a quality of light and wholeness, and an energy that is alive with the oneness of divine presence. And they have the sense of something coming into being, arriving at the threshold of consciousness. Mystics have always worked at the threshold of consciousness, where new life comes from the unformed and uncreated into manifestation. Lovers are familiar with the unknowable vastness, the infinite ocean from where love flows into the world. It is here, at the borders of the beyond, that changes first take place, and it is here that this new energy is now dynamically alive, flowing down into creation.”

This energy brings with it the promise of a new future, a future born not from the past but from the eternal moment. And it carries the joy of life, unpolluted and unconditioned. It is impersonal and powerful, and needs to be lived. Only through being lived can it be brought into the world. It requires our full attention and participation; otherwise its promise will not come to fruition. It is very fluid and organic, and has the capacity to change very rapidly, to adapt itself while staying true to its essential nature. And yet because it has not yet reached the plane of manifestation, it has little form, is hardly visible.

Everything that is created comes from the inner worlds. The energy of life flows from the uncreated emptiness out into the planes of manifestation. This is why events first constellate on the inner planes. As the energy of life comes into manifestation, it becomes more visible. At first it takes form as a pattern of energy, a fluid, dynamically flowing reality out of which the primal oneness of creation begins to differentiated itself. This is the archetypal dimension where undifferentiated energy constellates into the forms behind the physical world. Finally the energy of creation enters the physical plane and becomes part of the world of the senses, at which time it becomes fixed into matter, into a physical form or event. Once energy become embodied, takes form on the physical plane, it is fixed and more difficult to work with; it requires more effort to change. On the inner planes one can move energy through conscious attention, while on the physical plane change often involves laborious effort. . .

The future is here and waiting to be lived, and it carries the stamp of divine oneness. The energy that is needed to change everything has arrived, and although it has not yet come into manifestation, we can work with it. The energy of divine oneness is not separate from us, and individual consciousness has the capacity to become directly attuned to it. Through conscious attention we can work with this energy as it comes into manifestation.”

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Ceiling of the Taj Maha, weaving

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee from Working with Oneness

“I am by nature a spiritual traditionalist. My journey has taken me down the ancient path of the mystic, and although it has been a solitary journey, from the alone the Alone, I have walked in the footsteps of those who have gone before. In the writing of the Sufi masters I have found guidance and reassurance, knowing that they have mapped out the stages of the heart, the mystery of the heart’s awakening to the divine presence. “New Age” spiritual teachings held little interest for me. Therefore, I was surprised to find in January 2000 a new energy arriving unannounced, an energy that carried with it promises and ideals that extended beyond my own spiritual horizons.

At first i thought that his energy was just the next step in my own journey. But it soon made known to me that it was not personal, but belonged to a whole new beginning. With power and speed it swept aways years of spiritual conditioning, and brought with it a quality of fun and pure joy that I knew I had always been waiting for. Mercilessly, laughingly, it began to change my life, my way of thinking, my way of relating. This energy is alive, demanding change and needing to be lived in the midst of life. And it has a quality of oneness that brings with it a stamp of divine presence.

A few months after this energy awoke me with it demanding intensity, I visited an old friend in London, a seventy year old woman whose clarity , humor and down to earth spiritual wisdom i have valued. I told her about this energy, and she said that she had also experienced it, and see the effect it had on people in her meditation group: how it brought things to the light which had long been kept hidden, ad had a clear personal quality. Then i began to see this energy arriving in the dreams and visions of other friends, expressing a new image of divine oneness that is now alive in the world. One friend had a dream in which she was part of a membrane of light and love that covered the whole world. One friend had a dream in which she was part of a membrane of light and love that covered the whole world. . .Another friend dreamed of the earth, “and around the earth is a beautiful web of light, and everything is in movement, like little stars and suns. I was fascinated by the harmony within everything–so few collisions.”

” One friend had a vision in which he saw “a gigantic golden grid composed of either circles or octagons, each circle perfectly melded into the next. I knew that this had just come into being, as a whole, or as a part of a whole. I had just been created, and was awesomely powerful.”

Another friend describes a similar picture she was shown in meditation: ” I saw a nearly round golden net against a total blackness. It was made of extremely fine gold wire, and the threads which went to the center where at some points folded or bent into Arabic writing which i could not read. But somehow I knew that i had to do with the aspects of God. The center was an empty circle or octagon. The threads that crossed the spokes where without writing. Only the spokes carried the aspects. . .

These dreams and visions all carry a quality of light and wholeness, and an energy that is alive with the oneness of divine presence. And they have the sense of something coming into being, arriving at the threshold of consciousness. Mystics have always worked at the threshold of consciousness, where new life comes from the unformed and uncreated into manifestation. Lovers are familiar with the unknowable vastness, the infinite ocean from where love flows into the world. It is here, at the borders of the beyond, that changes first take place, and it is here that this new energy is now dynamically alive, flowing down into creation.”

This energy brings with it the promise of a new future, a future born not from the past but from the eternal moment. And it carries the joy of life, unpolluted and unconditioned. It is impersonal and powerful, and needs to be lived. Only through being lived can it be brought into the world. It requires our full attention and participation; otherwise its promise will not come to fruition. It is very fluid and organic, and has the capacity to change very rapidly, to adapt itself while staying true to its essential nature. And yet because it has not yet reached the plane of manifestation, it has little form, is hardly visible.

Everything that is created comes from the inner worlds. The energy of life flows from the uncreated emptiness out into the planes of manifestation. This is why events first constellate on the inner planes. As the energy of life comes into manifestation, it becomes more visible. At first it takes form as a pattern of energy, a fluid, dynamically flowing reality out of which the primal oneness of creation begins to differentiated itself. This is the archetypal dimension where undifferentiated energy constellates into the forms behind the physical world. Finally the energy of creation enters the physical plane and becomes part of the world of the senses, at which time it becomes fixed into matter, into a physical form or event. Once energy become embodied, takes form on the physical plane, it is fixed and more difficult to work with; it requires more effort to change. On the inner planes one can move energy through conscious attention, while on the physical plane change often involves laborious effort. . .

The future is here and waiting to be lived, and it carries the stamp of divine oneness. The energy that is needed to change everything has arrived, and although it has not yet come into manifestation, we can work with it. The energy of divine oneness is not separate from us, and individual consciousness has the capacity to become directly attuned to it. Through conscious attention we can work with this energy as it comes into manifestation.”

The Substance of Sirr

” At the core of creation is an axis of light and love. Within this axis of love stands the Friends of God (Amma) fully merged into the Mother Divine.”

The axis of love spins at a very high frequency, and the children of the God are dynamically attunded to this spinning. Through their spinning, a web of light and love is spin into the world. In this way, the axis of love creates a web through out the world, throughout all the levels of creation. Through this web of light the world is sustained by a direct access to love that is not distored by the patterns of illusion. Loved is present throughout all of creation; it is the substance of every atom. Yet this substance of love does not know its own meaning or potential, it is not charged wtith divine consciouness.

Love that is charged with divine consciousness has the potential to awaken humanity to its real nature and purpose. The Friends of God are here in service to this work. They have the ability to infuse a quality of divine consciousness, sirr, into the web of light where it is needed. This is why “transmission” or” sucession”( the conncection from teacher to teacher) is so important. Through this lived link the energy of divine consciousness, sirr, is given. Without this link the energy of sirr remains on the inner planes and does not penetrate through all the levels.

The web of light is the highest energy pattern in the world. Humanity cannot take its next step in evolution without it. . . . A current of divine energy, come together both on the inner and outer planes. These currents of energy flow faster and also merge together into oneness. In oneness they do no lose their individual quality, their particular vibration or note. Rather this is amplified, made perceptible and accessible. At the same time each path sings the song of divine oneness. The coming toether of spiritual paths enables His hidden oneness to become more visible and with this will come the knowledge of how oneness works in the world.
Only by recognizing the energy of oneness itself can we learn how to work with it.

From the axis of love, the hearts of the Friends of God, a new quality or frequency of love is being released, given to the world, to help with this work. This is love charged with divine consciousness. Love and knowledge are being brought together in a new way, so that we can have more direct access to the knowledge that we carry within our hearts and souls.

Part of the work of the lovers of God is to weave together the inner and outer worlds so that the inner can become visible, so that what is written in the book of love can become known. The worlds are being woven together with the substance of their hearts, because this is the way lovers perform their work: they give of their own essence. As the worlds are woven together, the knowledge of love and the secrets of oneness can flow more freely unrestricted by the distiction between inner and outer.

The hearts of many different lovers are being linked together, because love flows fastest through the open hearts of lovers of God. When love flows through their hearts, it brings with it the knowledge of oneness. This knowledge is imprinted into their hearts, form where it can come into consciousness. With the knowledge of oneness, comes the work that each one needs to do, and how we can best participate in this miraculous unfloding. As we participate, this knowledge is made acessible to us—the more we participate the more complete the knowledge that is given. This is part of the way oneness works in the world. At the beginning we get just a hint, an intuition. We do not know that this hint is like a seed that contains within it a blueprint of our work. But as we live the hint, as the inner becomes part of our everyday life, the blueprint becomes gradually more accessible, it details more visible. If it is not lived the seed dries up, its potential unrealized, ad the knowledge of oneness fades away.

The combinatin of the inner and the outer brings alive the secrets of life. These secrets are waiting to be lived, to come into being. Through the inner and outer union the child of the future is being born. With union much more energy can flow. So much magic is waiting to happen. The Divine has so many ways to reveal Itself, to help us know we really are and why we are here.”

Llewelllyn Vaughan – Lee

THE FLOW OF LIFE

Life’s natural simplicity has been forgotten. . . It is the simplicity of relating to life as a continual flow rather than relating to a multitude of events that fill our day or years. It is as if we are flowing faster and faster down the river of lie, and as our attention remains focused on the river banks, we see objects, people, situations move past more and more quickly.

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We cannot stop the river, just as we cannot slow down the evoulution of our culture. But we can learn to look at life in a different way. If we see life just from the perspective of the objects on the banks, our life will become an indistinguishabel blur as we try to assimilate everything that is passing us by. But if our attentiion shifts to the flow of the river, to the water that carries us, then a fundamental implicity will retrun. We will realize athat we are part of the natural process of life itself that is always changing and yet retains its essential qualities.

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Looking to the banks of the river, we see the isolated incidents of life the seemingly static objects that pass us by. The faster the flow, the more these seem to change, and the more anxious and insecure we become as we try to hold on to what is passing. Although we are caught in a flow we cannot stop, and even slow down, we try to give ourself an image of stability by keeping our attention on the fixed objects on the river banks. But maybe life is trying to turn our attention elsewhere, to have us realize a different attitude, one that does not define life by distinct objects or fixed events, but by movement itself, by the very dynamic of change.

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Earlier cultures saw life in terms of the chnging seasons, a natural turning of which they were a part. In this continual change everything has its place; even ties of drought or hardship were valued.

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Life is a dynamic process of continual change, and we live at a time in which this change is more and more visible. It is no longer a gentle succession of the seasons. The changes are no longer local, but global. In the West where these chnges are most apparent, they are producing stress rather than joy. Are we just the victims of our own technological success, which has created a monster we can no longer control? Or is it that we are jut looking at life in the wrong way, unable or unwilling to make the shift that will reveal what life is offering us? Perhaps making this shift is as easy as attuning ourselves differently, to the flow of life rather than to fixed objects our our desire. So much of our identity lies in what we possess? To become attuned to the flow of life means to recognize that things are both lost and found. We have the opportunity and responsibility to see life as it is presenting itself to us now—not as an accumulation of desires or goals, but as movement and change. We can regain the simple wonder of life if we relatte to life as a flow of events, as a pattern of continually changing interreltationships. Life then becomes our partner in the great destiny of uncovering our own soul.”

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