The Yoga of Imperishable Brahman

om_store_costa_rica-221221024In the eighth discourse of the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna explains to Arjuna that it is the single-minded devotion of our heart through which we attain God-knowing and end the cycle of birth and death. Love is at the heart of knowing God; through loving we experience God.

Arjuna asks about various terms used by Krishna such as the Supreme Being. Krishna tells him that the Supreme Being, or Brahman, is beyond what is manifest and unmanifest. It is the makeup of everything including our human bodies. By embracing Brahman fully and completely we move beyond this world of pain and suffering, of good and bad, and attain eternal blessedness. Self-control is a big part of this. By controlling senses and withdrawing senses from outside objects we attune to God more fully.

Krishna also explains that at the point of death whatever is on one’s mind is where we are led. If our thoughts are occupied by a specific theme, that will be where our thinking is at the time of death. That is why it is important to cultivate thoughts of love all of our lives. By repeating Om in meditation, one invokes the Lord.

Some people believe that no matter how you live your life if you have God on your mind at the time of death you will be let into ‘heaven’. I’m not a believer in heaven per se, I believe that spirit is everywhere around us. I think that this discourse for me is saying it’s best to live your life in a way that is aligned with love. When we experience love in all situations, for all beings, when love is the unwavering theme of life, perhaps reincarnation stops. Maybe we become teaching souls. Maybe we become guides. I don’t really know. But I do believe in spirit  and I do believe in reincarnation. I don’t claim to have all the answers, but I really think we can’t go wrong with love.

What does this discourse mean to you? What are your thoughts around reincarnation? I’d love to hear from you!

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I sent you a rowboat

I’m sure that many of you have heard this story before:

A very religious man was once caught in rising floodwaters. He climbed onto the roof of his house and trusted God to rescue him. A neighbour came by in a canoe and said, “The waters will soon be above your house. Hop in and we’ll paddle to safety.”

“No thanks” replied the religious man. “I’ve prayed to God and I’m sure he will save me”

A short time later the police came by in a boat. “The waters will soon be above your house. Hop in and we’ll take you to safety.”

“No thanks” replied the religious man. “I’ve prayed to God and I’m sure he will save me”

A little time later a rescue services helicopter hovered overhead, let down a rope ladder and said. “The waters will soon be above your house. Climb the ladder and we’ll fly you to safety.”

“No thanks” replied the religious man. “I’ve prayed to God and I’m sure he will save me”

All this time the floodwaters continued to rise, until soon they reached above the roof and the religious man drowned. When he arrived at heaven he demanded an audience with God. Ushered into God’s throne room he said, “Lord, why am I here in heaven? I prayed for you to save me, I trusted you to save me from that flood.”

“Yes you did my child” replied the Lord. “And I sent you a canoe, a boat and a helicopter. But you never got in.”

Last night while talking with my parents I was telling them that my osteopath wants to be tested for compatibility to donate a kidney to me. It’s a very overwhelming feeling to have not one, but 10 people offer to be tested for compatibility. My mom gave me a look with raised eyebrows and said “and you say you’ve lost faith? It’s like to story with ‘I sent you a rowboat'”. Suddenly it dawns on me. I’m that guy! I didn’t get healing the way I wanted it, but I’m being offered this indescribable gift from several people that want me to be healthy and live a long life. These people are all offering me rowboats. And instead of thanking God for putting this circle of friends and family in my life I feel pissed off that I have to ask for such a huge gift. That’s not to say I’m not incredibly, overwhelmingly thankful to them. I am, believe me. I’ve just had my focus off a bit when it comes to faith and God.

I see it now and I feel full once again.
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