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By michael ortega 8 years 11 months ago

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"Siddhi, often referred to as mystical or magical power, basically means "accomplishment"...The siddhis have tremendous potential for practical application in healing and other modes of human service."
-Thomas Cleary

Siddhis are typically thought of as supernatural powers in yogic lore; however the primary meaning, as stated above, is accomplishment, and the one who accomplishes is considered a Siddha. This accomplishment is brought about through spiritual practice or sadhana and/or by the Grace of a Siddha who has already attained it. That other powers might be evident is usually incidental and they are not the point; these powers are the play, or grace of Realization in the field of action. The primary Siddhi is when you sit in the presence of a Master and can feel that attainment; it profoundly touches you, and it manipulates the pranic system of the body-mind. This experiential result defines a true Master, or Siddha.

David Spero is one who has obtained the Siddhi of Mahaprana Shakti, or the cosmic life-force. I believe that this is an incredibly rare thing anywhere, especially here in the West. The more I scan different yogic scriptures such as Kashmir Shaivism, Kaulachara Shaktism, Vaisnavism and other sources, the more I realize that the nature of the way David transmits and teaches is completely in accord with what these traditions indicate characterizes the nature of a true Siddha. Diksha or Shaktipat are an initiation into authentic yogic reality. This Siddhi is the proof of the possibility of attainment and the taste of it. Of course, I don't presume that David Spero is specifically seeking to be found as legitimate within the context of these scriptures, but he does suggest that one study them, so as to corroborate and aid us in understanding the correct context by which to approach him.

Without always saying it explicitly, the scriptures describe the importance of Initiation. That it is not explicit, suggests that we are in the domain of the esoteric. It is a secret, albeit an open one, that the true Master initiates through conferring shaktipat. This initiation awakens the disciple into the vast potentialities of the Bliss of Awakening. Shakti is not something to merely get high on, though; it points to and enlarges the Self into the ultimate Reality of Transcendental Consciousness. It is said that a Guru points the way. They teach and instruct us in the ways of the technologies of ecstasy (to borrow from Georg Feuerstein). The Avatars go further, by initiating and ushering us into Bliss and Divine Love. They open your mouth and shove the nectar into the soul, so that it might remember the Truth of the Divine. Avatars give endlessly, effortlessly and the only thing they ask for in return is that we taste and know the Truth. A person might study scriptures for years, sit for years, but unless that taste has happened, unless that Bliss is known, sadhana might never bear fruit. 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. Parvati asks Shiva for instruction into the nature of Ultimate Reality, and Shiva answers.

" 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

Through imbibing the Shakti we can be initiated into this Reality. It plunges us into Ultimate Reality, or Consciousness. The Siddhi of David Spero activates an ever-deepening course. So, Initiation should not be underestimated. For this reason we fix our attention on the Teacher.

"For I am the goal
And the means,
The prosperity and the freedom
From all sorrows
For the Jnana Yogi
Nothing further beyond me
Need concern the vidvat-sannyasin"

and

"Oh Uddhava, know yourself
To be ready for this experience.
Once it is gained
Surrender it ~ and it's knowledge ~ to me
and worship me with devotion."

-Sri Krishna
from the Uddhava Gita, of the Bhagavata Purana

The Siddhi of accomplishment indicates that the Master is the goal and the means. What is shared is this Siddhi. The Siddhi of accomplishment is like a raft, or a rushing river that brings us to the destination. You surrender to the river completely and let it carry you all the way. Of course, effort is required, but the right effort, or correct effort is surrender. We allow ourselves to be carried and transformed; if we were to fight the current, exhaustion might ensue.

Siddhi awakens devotion in us. I used to think that a person is usually a devotional type to begin with, or a Jnani, or a Karma-yogin. You are naturally, constitutionally predisposed to one or the other of these approaches. It was only after I encountered rare Masters that I realized that, through initiation, devotion is produced. Of course these propensities are probably latent, but a Master can, through his/her Siddhi, awaken these potentialities in us. This could be said to be another definition of Siddhi - the power to Awaken. Siddhi also means power. The accomplishment of the Master is simultaneously that power which transmits and awakens Consciousness. I have found myself awakened into profound states of Devotion, Bliss and Self-Abiding Calmness by sitting in David's presence, as have so many others. I have found the same situation with David that I have read about with people who sat with famous Masters. Many described going to the Master with their heads filled with questions, only to take a seat in their presence and have them fall away in the radiant field of his/her Bliss.

This has definitely been my experience.

Salutations to David Spero!

By Abha 9 years 2 days ago

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6/21/09 It's been 6 days since the San Francisco Intensive and I've started seeing some changes. Going back to when I started seeing David again in February, he had allowed me into a womb-like environment where all was provided; Light, Love and Shakti. In that space, I was able to be completely vulnerable in order to fully take in the Immensity of That Bliss. All the while, of course, I felt very dependent on the physical proximity of David. When David moved North in May, I experienced separation anxiety, though part of me knew David would always be there. In a way, I felt as if I was still in the womb, really unable to fully breathe on my own. It was a painful 35 days. On June 14, I flew up to SF for the Intensive. David talked of owning your energy and experiences that you have at home, as your own. After I returned home, over the next week, online David told us to look at our own being, separate from anyone else and notice how big the "I" is, how vast It is. As I did that, I was surprised, that the "I", did feel vast. Slowly over the next few days I began to realize that David had somehow taken me out of the womb, without me realizing it and was saying, "Look how you can breathe on your own!" Tonight as I started to meditate and felt the Love Light and Shakti, I thought of David and how wonderful it was to sit with him in San Francisco. I realized that the love I have for David no longer has in it, that fear of separation. I want to be with David physically, whenever possible, but when I'm not with him physically, I no longer feel like something is missing.

By ocean 9 years 5 days ago

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Meeting David on the web was a coincidence, which was described in "My Story" section. However, coincidences keep happening. Since meeting David, a desire to meet him in person, and attend an intensive, arised. It did not come from underestimating the amazing internet meetings, but simply from love and longings to the teacher.
As an Israeli, I have never been to USA. It is quite a costy long travel, and for spiritual seeking, I preferred travelling to eastern Asia countries.
However, only few months after meeting David, some unexpected circumstances in my life required arriving to USA in the summer, and more specifically to San Francisco, exactly where David's teachings take place. I can't express how grateful I am for that. I don't want to interpret life events through the biased mind, but I do feel the presence of some directed force (as opposed to the usual assumption of randomness), or what Guerdjieff called "C-influence". These phenomena are not new, but became more prominent since being with David.

By michael ortega 9 years 5 days ago

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It was a hard thing to undo this knot.
The rainbow shines, but only in the thought
Of Him that looks. Yet not in that alone,
For who makes rainbows by invention?

And many standing round a waterfall
See one bow each, yet not the same to all,
But each a hands breath further than the next.
The sun on falling waters writes the text
Which yet is in the eye or in the thought.
It was a hard thing to undo this knot.

-Gerard Manley Hopkins

As I witness and receive this Sun that emanates as David Spero, the saturation grows deeper and deeper. I realize that there is a holographic dimension to Transmission. One flash of Shakti Light encapsulates the Infinite. As much or as little as I may be capable of absorbing, there replicated in my consciousness is the complete rainbow, and the Sun as Giver and the eye that's sees it, rotating in the Heart.

"Infinite is, indeed my wealth of which nothing is mine."
-King Janaka
from The Mahabarata

By ari.meyer 9 years 1 week ago

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The shakti affects people in so many different ways, and it can change dramatically from experience to experience. On this particular evening satsang with David, I experienced a very soft, diffuse, quieting energy. However, once I left and began walking up the hill to catch the bus home, the intoxication really overwhelmed me. This beautiful oneness with all things swept over me, and I was light as a feather. Such profound peace! I kept walking way past my bus stop, just basking in the bliss.

I got home, and my energy soon shifted. I was supercharged, and started cleaning up my mess of a room. I went back to my computer and resumed coding, all the while reveling in the intoxication. Every few minutes I had to pause and savor the bliss and peace. At the same time I felt invigorated with a lust for life that I hadn't really felt for many years. I was brimming with positivity, hope, and sheer joy! I felt really excited to go back to the day-to-day work process, which, while I enjoyed my career, had felt so stale for so long.

I have always been amazed by young children, how they're so full of energy and just (often literally) throw themselves into the whatever ridiculous game they're playing. There's no reservation; no hesitation. When they fall down, they might cry a bit, but soon the pain is forgotten and they're laughing with abandon again. They're so unencumbered by the weight of the world that we adults seem to carry as a permanent burden. I sometimes even feel envious of them -- how they can be so happy in the moment. That night after satsang, I felt something like that -- ready to dive headlong back into worldly experience!

The next morning, after peacefully falling asleep late the night before, I awoke to a terrible migraine headache. "I can't f---ing believe this!" I exclaimed. "Not after last night!!??" But I refused to let it keep me down, and willed myself to focus all of my attention on the bliss I felt after satsang. I took some time to breathe through it, bringing David and the Bliss to my consciousness. Eventually, several hours later, the migraine subsided and I resumed my work gradually. I felt happy, though, that I didn't give in to the pain and allow it to completely knock me into a depressing state of attention.

The harsh truth is that this life is not always going to be easy, and will throw you curve balls that can really derail you. One moment you're high as a kite, and the next moment the world is crushing you. But we've been blessed to have actually experienced at least a bit of the Divine Perfection by the grace of the Guru -- it's not just a philosophy that will abandon us the moment Life tests us. And so the next time we get beaten down, if we don't take the pain and calamities too seriously, maybe we can pick ourselves up and laugh at ourselves, welcoming the next moment with joy.

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