Monday, April 23, 2012
Sadhana is the spiritual disciplines given to the sadhak and is the means of gaining integrity with Guru, Ishta, and ones True Nature. Sadhana is often translated as "spiritual practice", but the word "practice" doesn't really resonate with the imminence and immediacy of each "event" (practice implies doing something for some future "event"). There are several factors that go into making a powerful sadhana, but the "who" factors are always more important than the "what" factors. People don't like to deal with the "who" factors because everything becomes Real and they become accountable. It is a confrontation in many ways and that makes people uncomfortable. The common impulse is to deal in less controversial "whats" like "that mantra is really great", "that Tantric text is awesome", or "that Deity (picture) sure is great". If someone is dead, then they can become a safe "what" also, "gee that old dead saint sure is great". But the "who's" are where the action is, and one can't hide behind the proximity of the "what". In the living tradition, there should be no difference between the "who" and the "what".
It seems sort of (sadly) typical that one encounters a spiritual discipline like a three year old child. Someone once told me that they tried the worship of Krishna, tried Buddhism, and tried a bunch of other things, but "none of them worked". I told that there was a common element in that equation and maybe the problem wasn't with those "paths". A good sadhak will get results from any spiritual endeavor because they will throw all of themselves into it, while a typical moron will not get any result even if they are given the most powerful mantra from the mouth of the greatest Guru. A pranam mantra in the heart of a true sadhak is powerful and the universe shakes, while a bija mantra in the mouth of a idiot is powerless. Who beats what, and not all 'who's" (in whoville) are equal. People throw about all kinds of words and lay down the campy wisdom speak, but when push comes to shove they often reveal themselves. Time is either a redeemer or a revealer.
The sadhana will ultimately be what one puts into it. If you are tired and insincere, then your sadhana will lack intensity. It is not a deficiency of the sadhana, it is time to question one’s heart. Certain sentiments one of sincerity cannot and will never relate too. One should never come out of sadhana the same being that they went into it. There is always more to give of yourself and there is always a greater depth. Real sadhaks get nervous feelings before sadhana...everyday! It is the type of nervous one would get before a big event/encounter, and the sadhana should be a big event. People don't feel this because they think they have time, but your going to be dead fairly soon. Then your going to flop around like a fish out of water when your identity (you) gets crushed. A clever slogan or sly manipulation at this point is meaningless. One is left with the (uncontrived) substance that is not under the control of thought. Unless a sadhana hits upon the substantive nature (substance in terms of reality which in a way is insubstantial), then anything "gathered" is just more food for Death. Please understand that there will be no choices. Now is the time of choice, and one can choose to go all out or one can be a typical lukewarm fetishist who never fully commits. There are actualities, and it is actualities that should be the primary interest of the sadhak. One announces clearly what they are made of in every sadhana. This is KNOWN. One may think that its all a personal secret in their personal little box that "sadhana" is a part of. But when you enter a serious path then "Being"/”Reality” takes note. When one is serious, then the subtle realms are influenced, and something responds without doubt. An uncompromising sincerity is like a thorn in the side of creation, and it cannot be ignored. If one is really bold and persistent, then one may face some irritants. If one does encounter challenge then take it as a compliment and a potential source of power.
One should seek a integrity with the living source which reveals the primordial source. This is a bit of a discomfort because people can only assume that other people are (neurotically) reflective in the way that they are (so make assumptions). However, in encountering a “mirror” nakedly, one may encounter their true nature. One must admit that it is a slight embarrassment to the snark culture as well as an actual embarrassment to ones self deceptions to see the highest as mudra in another. However, to not be able to do so reveals that one is not capable of seeing it within themselves and harbours serious doubts about their own nature. It is the danger that the ego/self senses which makes it draw back. Let just deal with "the Goddess" (I like her) and those photos and murthis....lets say "namaste" and "jai ma" and wish people "blessings". Much nicer then an actual encounter which gives those words meaning. And one may have to deal with other words...less nice words! A good sadhak is a challenge to the Guru because they are always giving more and stripping bare, and this means there must be a response. These are not matters of choice. The Guru doesn't say "I will give love and blessings to Frank today and Betty tomorrow". The substance of what Frank or Betty puts forth makes that choiceless determination. Love is irresistible and is the easiest path. Most are not open enough to be truly touched by love, but the irony is that it is effortlessly one own birth right. . So why not see? As an experiment, one can just open up and be willing to experience, and in that openness challenge Reality. A true sadhak is always a challenge to a Guru (Ishta, Reality) from heart. One should always push the depths. Be willing to see how heart breaking a love can be. How intense the fire can get. Be willing to die. One must be willing to die! To die into... There is so much to what can take place, but people are self limiting. Why? What is there to loose? We only have a short time in this precious life…don’t waste opportunity.