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By michael ortega 8 years 9 months ago

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In one of the latest videos that David posted to YouTube, which is entitled 'Tantra, Kundlini Shakti, Alchemy.' David said:

" Shakti is like a magnet to restful silence. Shakti will emerge out of empty Shiva, quiet Shiva, relaxed Shiva; so what we're looking for is the marriage of Shiva and Shakti. We want to feel how they interpenetrate, we want to feel our own Being making love to Itself, which is the highest form of Tantra. It is what all Tantra points to; the inner alchemical transformation, whereby the energy within your own Being makes love to Itself."

In an earlier blog, I wrote that:

"The true Master introduces you into the highest potentialities of Consciousness so that you might know that the one who asks a question inwardly is the one who answers it--that you are That. There is a masculine and feminine alchemy to this process. In the Tantric scriptures this is often symbolized by Shiva and Parvati, or Shakti. Parvati asks Shiva for instruction and Initiation into the nature of Ultimate Reality, and Shiva answers."

This entire dialogue takes place in our own Consciousness. Just as the dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna takes place in our own Consciousness. Between the Higher Self and the lower sense of identity, or between Silence and Energy. Osho speculated that the entire dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna took place in an instant; that no words were exchanged, that perhaps Krishna looked at Arjuna and this entire teaching took place with that look. It seems that these stories are all metaphors for what is actually happening in Consciousness, when Consciousness becomes subtle enough to notice, or allow for the possibility that this can happen; then it can begin making love to Itself. Silence and Energy come together like the male and female deities in Tantric embrace. All of these stories, and images are emblematic signs of actual esoteric events within Consciousness as it becomes more and more refined in meditation.

" The Self, which is present in every form and is self-luminous, does both the questioning and answering itself as if by dividing itself into questioner and the answerer itself, both being itself at the same time."
-Abhinavagupta ( quote taken from 'Kashmir Shaivism', The Central Philosophy of Tantrism, by Kamalakar Mishra, 1999

Thus every event, all spiritual awakening, all understanding, all Transmission from the Teacher takes place in Consciousess. The logical mind may be employed, but always within the context of Consciousness, of the silence of Shiva and the pulsating Shakti. This is where the true communication resides, in Being-Consciousness- Bliss, known in sanskrit as Satchitananda. This is actually outside of the time of cause and effect and logic, it is non-linear, acausal, atemporal. It is samadhi,

Here is a quote from the Wikipedia page on samadhi, which you all might find interesting -if you have not yet read it.

"Samadhi is the main subject of the first part of the Yoga Sutras called Samadhi-pada. According to Vyasa, a major figure in Hinduism and one of the traditional authors of the Mahabharata, "yoga is samadhi." This is generally interpreted to mean that Samadhi is a state of complete control (samadhana) over the functions and distractions of consciousness.
Samadhi is described in different ways within Hinduism such as the state of being aware of one’s Existence without thinking, in a state of undifferentiated “Beingness" or as an altered state of consciousness that is characterized by bliss (ananda) and joy (sukha).
Furthermore, samadhi has been categorised as:
Laya Samadhi
Savikalpa Samadhi
Nirvikalpa Samadhi
Sahaja Samadhi
Laya Samadhi is a latent ("laya"), potential level of samadhi. It begins in deep meditation or trance—even with movement, such as dancing. This kind of samadhi is a state of joy, deep and general well-being, and peaceful meditation.
Savikalpa Samadhi refers to the initial temporary state of full-valued samadhi. The conscious mind is still active, as is the kalpa, meaning imagination. One should compare this meaning to that of sankalpa, which is "wish." Kalpa takes on a different, but related, meaning to sankalpa because one must use imagination or consciousness (kalpa) to envision a wish or desire (sankalpa). Conversely, vikalpa means "against imagination." At this final level of samadhi, the mind has become quiet and given up its desires and attendant. Vikalpa leads to the Truth, releasing one from any binds of mind (which are mostly imaginations). In Savikalpa Samadhi, we get the taste of Bliss and Beingness, but are still attached to our erroneous identification with the body as well as to our numerous worldly attractions.
Nirvikalpa Samadhi is the highest transcendent state of consciousness. In this state there is no longer mind, duality, or subject-object relationship or experience. [3] Upon entering Nirvikalpa Samadhi, the differences we saw before have faded and we can see everything as one. In this condition nothing but pure Awareness remains and nothing is missing to take away from Wholeness and Perfection.
Entering samadhi in the beginning takes effort and holding on to a state of samadhi takes even more effort. The beginning stages of samadhi (Laya and Savikalpa Samadhi) are only temporary. By "effort" it is not meant that the mind has to work more. Instead, it means work to control the mind and release the self. Note that normal levels of meditation (mostly the lower levels) can be held automatically, as in "being in the state of meditation" rather than overtly "meditating." The ability to obtain positive results from meditation is much more difficult than simply meditating. It is recommended to find a qualified spiritual master (guru or yogi) who can teach a meditator about the workings of the mind.
Samadhi is the only stable unchanging reality; all else is ever-changing and does not bring everlasting peace or happiness.
Staying in Nirvikalpa Samadhi is effortless but even from this condition one must eventually return to ego-consciousness. Otherwise, this highest level of Samadhi leads to Nirvana, which means total Unity and the logical end of individual identity (and also death of the body). However, it is entirely possible to stay in Nirvikalpa Samadhi and yet be fully functional in this world. This condition is known as Sahaja Nirvikalpa Samadhi or Sahaja Samadhi. Only the truly Enlightened can be and remain spontaneously free.
In Nirvikalpa Samadhi, all attachment to the material world is dissolved. All awareness is withdrawn step by step from the physical, astral and causal bodies until self-realization or oneness with the soul is achieved. During this process, breathing ceases and the heart stops beating[citation needed]. Aware and fully conscious oneness with soul is then achieved in a most loving way, and all cells of the physical body are flooded with the Ocean of Divine Love and Divine Bliss for any period of duration—hours, days, weeks, until the individual shifts his awareness from the soul back to the physical body. Being fully functional in this world, his awareness stays in connection with the Divine. But some "strange" conditions accompany this state—better health (the body is sustained by Divine Grace), better feelings (even for other people who may contact the body which the enlightened soul has reidentified with) and various miraculous happenings may occur in connection with the Enlightened one.
[edit]In Bhakti
The Vaishnava Bhakti Schools of Yoga define Samadhi as "complete absorption into the object of one's love (Krishna)." Rather than thinking of "nothing," true samadhi is said to be achieved only when one has pure, unmotivated love of God. Thus samadhi can be entered into through meditation on the personal form of God, even while performing daily activities a practitioner can strive for full samadhi.
"Anyone who is thinking of Krsna always within himself, he is first-class yogi." If you want perfection in yoga system, don't be satisfied only by practicing a course of asana. You have to go further. Actually, the perfection of yoga system means when you are in samadhi, always thinking of the Visnu form of the Lord within your heart, without being disturbed... Controlling all the senses and the mind. You have to control the mind, control the senses, and concentrate everything on the form of Vishnu. That is called perfection of yoga" - A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada [4]
"Meditation means to absorb your mind in the Supreme Personality of Godhead. That is meditation, real meditation. In all the standard scriptures and in yoga practice formula, the whole aim is to concentrate one's mind in the Supreme Personality of Godhead. That is called samadhi, samadhi, ecstasy. So that ecstasy is immediately brought by this chanting process. You begin chanting and hear for the few seconds or few minutes: you immediately become on the platform of ecstasy." - A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada [5]"

Here is the link to that page, as well as to Satchitananda.




By paul 8 years 10 months ago

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David's second interview with Reena from SoulAlert.com took place recently and I posted more about it in the forum. I loved this interview and while discussing it with David, he told us that the very last thing he said right before the interview ended was the most profound moment of the entire discussion.

You can listen to the interview here or read comments from other Friends in the forums.

By paul 8 years 10 months ago

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David's full quote on page 13 of his book, Beyond the Place of Laughter and Tears in the Land of Devotion is:
"There is a kind of spiritual madness that is known only by the greatest Lovers of mankind. For, them, the accomplishments of worldly life are like toys in the playpens of children."

I was reading David's book prior to the September 22nd event at the San Fransisco Zen Center and that quote it touched me deep down inside.

After considering the quote for a few moments I realized two things:
1) I am profoundly caught in the daily demands, temptations, delights and terrors we call life.

2) David's heroic spiritual strength is unfathomable not only because he has cut though the phantasmagorical display of his own life to find the Truth, but, I believe, because he also freely gives the power for us to do the same (have we the courage to accept that power).

In those reflective moments, I saw the thick illusion of my life and all its contents as a heavy "crowding in" of stuff into the space of my mind. In the middle of all this crowding was a spot or thread or doorway of empty vastness (hard to explain really). This empty vastness was a "punching though" of the crowded room of my mind by David's Luminous Consciousness. This luminous empty spot had kind of an easy "falling intoness" quality which was activated simply by placing my attention on that empty area. It was a lifeline in the midst of a stormy and chaotic ocean.

It was all very subtle but had a powerful effect. I've been considering that quote all day as I'm working away earning a living trying to accomplish something in this world. Life is demanding and loud but thinking about my accomplishments as "toys in the playpens of children" has reminded me of what is really important and as I did this remembering I noticed, stronger and stronger, that my heart had been aching to see David again.


By michael ortega 8 years 10 months ago

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There are some images I wanted to post with this text but was unable to, so you may look them up online, or go to the link below from wikipedia, which contains the image I am referring to below.


The image I am referring you to is of Vishnu resting on Ananta-Shesa, with Laxshmi massaging his "lotus feet". Most specifically, I am drawing your attention to "Adi-shesha, the king of all nagas one of the primal beings of creation, and according to the Bhagavata Purana, an avatar of the Supreme God known as Sankarshan. In the Puranas, Shesha is said to hold all the planets of the Universe on his hoods and to constantly sing the glories of Vishnu from all his mouths. He is sometimes referred to as "Ananta-Shesha" which means "Endless Shesha" and as "Adishesha", which means First snake."
-Quote taken from wikipedia page on Shesha (see link above)

It is this multi-headed serpent rising up out of, or behind the head of Vishnu, or Buddha, or Patanjali, that reminds me of the revelation of David's True Form, or Darshan when he sits with us. I felt this reality of Revealing, and Recognition on tuesday night meditation with David. For me, Recognition is involuntary, like a flower recognizing the sun and automatically opening to it. Adi-shesha is David revealing That Ultimate, Transcendental and fundamentally, immanent Reality of Consciousness in unbounded glory.

I have a small statue at home, of Buddha sitting on Adi-Shesha's coils( probably taken from the protoype image of Patanjali sitting in this manner) and Shesha is rising up behind and over him. When I contemplated this icon, I felt that this was what I was experiencing during a recent meditation. For me, it was an awakening, a real Recognition, that previously I had not fully had. I felt David's gift of Revealing to be like the arrival and opening up of Adi-Shesa, the full manifestation of the Kundalini-Shakti. The gift of Revealing provides the sacred occasion of Recognition, and this reciprocal process is Transmission of the most primal Reality of the Divine, rooted in the most primordial tradition, which is what the nagas are representing, and Adi-Shesha is the king of the nagas. I don't know how else to explain it. I perceived this magnificent form to be the Esoteric Reality of what he is offering/sharing. Paradoxically, it is not actually seen with the physical eyes, but rather, It is recognized, felt, understood, known, and perhaps, seen on the inner planes. Darshan is a true unveiling, a Revealing and an opportunity for Recognition, of That which is Revealed. Ananta-Shesha is that indication, that primordial sign of Revealing, that the true most primordial Darshan is now fully manifesting.

Interestingly, Shesha is also said to be the son of vision(1). Again,this suggests Recognition as the offspring of Revealing, that which bestows vision, or Seeing. Patanjali is said to be an Incarnation of Ananta-Shesha. He incarnated as a man
in order to reveal that which is the remainder(another definition of Shesha), or that which remains, The Self unmoved, when the vrittis, the modifications, or whirls of consciousness subside. It is then that The Great Shining One, Ananta-Shesha, the kundalini-shakti, Reveals Itself. This Revelation-Revealing, when bestowed by a Master, is Transmission, Initiation, shaktipat and produces many wonderful Bhavas or Divine Moods of Recognition; Bliss, Ecstasy, Bhakti/Devotion all can arise in this Sahaja-Samadhi of the Great Shining One who is flashing Ultimate Reality. Ananta Shesha is a symbol, but more than that, He is an actual Esoteric Reality that actually occurs in Recognition.


1. From Alain Danielou's 'Hindu Polytheism', pg. 163

By michael ortega 8 years 11 months ago

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"You can drink with the Devil, but you must use holy cunning and leave him to pay for the bill."
-G.I. Gurdjieff

During David's recent Intensive in San Francisco, the moods, or bhava's during various sessions seemed very different, and I'm sure it was different for everyone. For me, the first meditation session was like deep sleep, or relaxation. I was being removed from the picture, so the Shakti could work through "me." During the next session, there was a huge infusion of Light/prana wafting down through the top of my head in no pattern and there was tremendous bliss and santosha. Then, afterwards during David's talk, he quickly changed from a sattvic bhava to a more fierce one, and he instructed us in the fierce fire of Tantric energy, where all aspects of existence are Divinized - even fierce states. There is a Divine Wrath that dispels confusion, or even the tamas/inertia of too much sattva/equanimity. During this time, I felt an intense transmission of powerful Shakti radiating in the space, as if exhorting us to use all means necessary to undermine ego. David spoke of Lions getting together just before the hunt and roaring together, to get each other fired up and in the spirit where killing is permissible, and this was clearly suggesting we do the same as we go out and hunt the fast deer of Ego, which will attempt to outmaneuver primal consciousness at every step. He spoke of doing whatever it takes to trick ourselves, invoking whatever might work to that end, and that in that domain of ego, morality is absent, and that by whatever means necessary is the order of the day ( of course, this needs to be understood with discrimination and in this specific context). This was useful and necessary to rattle our little cages of sattvic bliss that The Divine Mother as David sensed we had become complacent within, and it was energetically enlivening and inspiring. I was left reeling and felt the full force of the Kali in her scrimtar brandishing, ego-decapitating, fire-filled aspect!

MahaKali or Devi Gayatri

Om Adyayai vidhmahe
Paramesvaryai dhimahi
Tanno Kali pracodayat

May we realise the Primordial Energy. Let us meditate on that Paramesvari, the partner of Siva. May that Goddess Kali illumine us!