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Lesson 274 - What's the End Game in Yoga? (Audio)
Date: Fri Sep 9, 2005 12:56 pm
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Q: I have a question for you. Inner silence as you mention has been really
increasing over time throughout much of the day. I can remember a few years
back when I would notice inner silence occasionally during the day and
realized that it was a direct result of meditation efforts. It is such a
nice realization. Now as a result of daily AYP, inner silence takes on a
much greater part of my day. It is not a constant state yet (as I hope to
attain) but significant none the less.
There is also increasing ecstatic conductivity. All I have to do is stop and
notice and it is there. When I am inactive, I do not have to take notice. It
is very apparent.
I am wondering what is next. I am sure that I have made significant progress
and that alone should be enough to satisfy the fruits of my labor. I know
however that that is not the end-all of the journey. I know that there is
much more to accomplish. I can't recall reading anywhere in the lessons -
what happens next. Obviously, with SRF one of the major milestones is
penetrating the star, which is seen at the ajna.
This seems to me to be a common thread to most paths, although it is usually
kept in secret. I have seen the star depicted in many medieval paintings and
wood carvings in Europe. It is also sitting on top of the pyramid on the
back of the dollar bill. You answered a question early on in the original
And I do recall your response that we should not be concerned with that - at
Is this a part of AYP? Is this years away? Lifetimes away? I understand that
it is different for everyone and what their past lives and current life
karma dictates. Perhaps you could expound.
A: Your rise of inner silence is beautiful, and the truest sign of spiritual
progress and rising freedom.
As for what is next once inner silence and ecstatic conductivity are coming
up, it is a long drawn-out joining of these two, played out as much in our
daily activity as in our practices. This gives rise to the "child" of the
union, as it were, called "jivan mukti," or "christ consciousness." This is
the end game of yoga, and corresponds to what I call "outpouring divine
love." It means we increasingly see the world as our own self and act
accordingly -- "doing unto others" in service. That, in turn, accelerates
our advancement into unity, which is another word for jivan mukti or christ
So, I do not see the next step as an exit strategy out through the ajna
star, crown or other portal, though, as we advance, we naturally become more
familiar with the characteristics and benefits of these in relation to earth
life. No doubt we will make the trip out naturally enough when we leave this
place. But what's the hurry? There is so much to do here.
Of course, I am speaking from preference, my own point of view. AYP is for
moksha, which is spiritual liberation in this life. From there, it is up to
the person's preferences. If it is in your heart to travel the far reaches
of inner space while still in this body, then you can do that if you wish.
If you want to serve others here on earth, you can do that. You can do both,
if you want. It is your choice. That is what moksha is about -- real freedom
-- and you can't make a wrong choice in that condition. The cosmos is your
oyster, and your choices and the divine flow of life will become synonymous.
In my case, the orientation is toward service, making all this known in
writing. That is my karma, and there is no escaping it -- not that I would
want to. It is very fulfilling work, and I can't think of anything else I'd
rather be doing, including "exiting the scene" beyond the union of samadhi
and daily activity in service. So, for me, the enlightenment is right here.
For you, it will be where the innermost desires of your heart lead you. It
is your choice.
By the way, neuro-biologically speaking, the jivan mukti/christ stage
corresponds with the union of inner silence and ecstatic conductivity
evolving up from everywhere in the body, reaching maturity in the head, and
then migrating back down into the heart where the spiritual rebirth occurs.
So the heart is where we will end up with all this. The heart is the final
home of our enlightenment in this body, with the neuro-biology of the whole
body supporting that. There is much to do in setting the stage for this
final outcome, and that is what AYP is about.
Can it all happen in this life, or will it be in some future one? It depends
on the condition of our nervous system in this moment, and on what we do
right now. Whatever we accomplish now, we will continue to build on in this
life and beyond. So it is always about what we do now. In every minute we
have the power of spiritual transformation in our hands. All we have to do
is use it.
A very good question, and I hope I did it justice.
The guru is in you.
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