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By michael ortega 7 years 9 months ago

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Along the lines of my previous post, 'Converting Everything into Bliss,' I would like to bring up the concept of Tapasya, or Tapas, which is sanskrit for "heat" -for those who aren't familiar with this word. Tapas is, along with David's Transmission, the way to convert everything into bliss.

In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says:
"Physical sensations, truly, Arjuna,
Causing cold, heat, pleasure, or pain,
Come and go and are impermanent.
So manage to endure them, Arjuna"

The great Siddha Swami Muktananda said: "The word tapas literally means "heating." A person performs austerities in order to heat the senses, to control them, to make them his slaves rather than being enslaved by them."
"Endurance is the power to tolerate anything. No matter what pain you come across, digest it with joy. Accept it not under compulsion, but with great pleasure. Tolerate heat and cold, pain and pleasure. When it is cold, do not feel too cold; when it is hot, do not feel too hot. When there is pain, do not suffer too much; when there is pleasure, do not enjoy it too much. If you are able to remain uninvolved with these pairs of opposites, then you have the power of endurance."
"If you learn how to endure these things, then you will be able to remain calm and happy even in the worst difficulties..
Endurance and willingness to undergo tapasya are the signs of a seeker. In the Bhagavad Gita the Lord says, " Only he is a yogi who remains steady in both pain and pleasure." Therefore practice these qualities." - from the article, 'Tapasya is Positive Force,' Darshan monthly journal by the Syda Foundation. Issue 151, 1999.

There is the tapas of meditation, both when we are with David, and especially when we are away. What is that tapas? Well, it can be many things, but most fundamentally it concerns the arising of thought. Having paid particular attention to how thought operates in meditation, I notice how thought is predisposed to assess, comment on and hold a position relative to what's occurring during meditation. Thought is an interloper, and initially I felt acutely aware that this was hindering, or preventing absorption at different times, but then I realized that no one thought matters, that it's all a mirage, and though thought will continue however it does, I can afford to relax the self-contraction.
Recently, a friend shared with me that a sadhaka (spiritual practitioner) living in an ashram, whose sadhana was to always be working in the kitchen and continually washing dishes, always seemed happy, and my friend noticed this and thought to himself, "This guy must know something." When he approached the man and asked him if he could share anything with him, the man said, "O.k., you want to know something?... There is not ONE thought we can have that is NOT Shiva." I found this to be a remarkable answer. This is also tapas, and a means to converting everything to bliss, because, of course, Shiva IS Bliss. The fire of dwelling in difficult situations invites us to see everything as Shiva, all thoughts as Shiva,and this, in turn, creates friction, heat and endurance. Imagine any situation you don't enjoy that is a regular part of your daily life and apply this formula.
If your ready for some serious Guru Yoga, you can see everything as David, every thought as David. I have done this, and I can tell you, while it may get surreal at times, it is a powerful practice. I almost literally started to see David in every car, every person who walked by me, all day long. This was not a benign practice, but it is the nature of spiritual practice to produce this alchemical heat.
Sometimes, during talks, David will stir up the energy, by going into a crazy wisdom bhava, and speaks in ways, and about subjects that definitely push buttons. Many have noticed that the Transmission of the Shakti sometimes swells to a great intensity during these moments. This can be the moment of great heat. Sending us away stirred up and reeling, is what the Guru does. He/She tells us to go scrub toilets, insults us, ignores us, and in doing so that fire begins to heat up. If we misunderstand and run away, we might have missed an opportunity that might not present it self so gracefully in the future. The next time it might manifest in our lives in ways that are much more dramatic and difficult to digest. Doing Tapas with the Grace of the Guru can mitigate lessons being learned in much harder ways. The great Siddha Bhagavan Nityananda said something to the effect that, situations will just keep repeating until the lesson is learned. This is why tapas, as part of spiritual sadhana, is so important. Intentionally engaging with those situations, accelerating the lessons, digesting the tensions, turning up the heat, and cooking your little self, so that you are not the mere plaything of samsara anymore.
... And then when you are good and cooked, and the middle is not pink anymore, at some unpredictable moment... the Guru will eat you!

He who dwells in the fire,
he who dwells in the heart,
he who dwells in the sun,
he is One.
who knows this
...verily attains
the Oneness of the One.
-KAIVALYA UPANISHAD

Namaste

By ocean 7 years 9 months ago

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Yesterday's broadcast was a Nectar to my being.
Soon after the meeting had started, I was inebriated with Bliss.
Laughter came out of this cosmic joke called Life. I can't stop laughing even now!
(luckily I don't have to be at a funeral)
There was no remnant of mind to ask for more.
It was nothing but pure joy, a feast in Heaven.

After that, I watched the 8-part series of David and Swami G.
It was AWESOME, full with Shakti and Love. I'm sure that even the cute dog sitting there got blissed out :)
When one feels the hearts of those beautiful Masters, all one wishes it to relinquish the mundane
and transform into a beautiful being like them.

Don't miss it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAzAwgsytWk

:)

By Cristiana 7 years 10 months ago

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Namaste from Portugal :)!
A month or two ago I came across David in youtube. Watching one video after another my heart immediately felt this was not just another piece of a puzzle that my mind has been collecting to desperately try to unravel this great mystery that sustains all life. Immediately I felt that David was myself, my very own Self, inviting my mind to let go of all burdens, to let myself float, unhindered, with no maps, nothing more to collect...
The contact was made, a couple of emails exchanged but somehow my intellect was resisting to come closer, to attend the online live meditations that my heart was so eager to experience. My mind was just so very exhausted of so much intense spiritual search and overwhelming life changing experiences and all kinds of phenomena ever since my late teens and especially more recently... all of me just could not handle this overwhelming burning desire for the Absolute anymore... I was just afraid to fall into more mind traps of my own making... But the Heart brought me here and the blazing Fire keeps conducting me in ways that I can not comprehend...
This wednesday was my third participation in the live webcasts, these amazingly generous offerings of David's. I am so very blessed to be here, in the sweet company of each One of you, engulfed in the glorious radiance of David's liberating Love.

Natural and spontaneous meditation is occurring, David's Presence as my Self guiding me through all the time, His/Her/Its Voice encouraging me to not fear Silence, the Silence that sings a Song never heard before...

Today I was meditating with this little girl, feeling David meditating us both, and something so simple but so incredibly beautiful happened, it just hit me: there really is nothing to do or understand or achieve - and That is the real simple truth! Feeling this little girl right across me being so open and so present in such innocence inside my heart, just TRUSTING, really shook me up with such tenderness...

Thank you, David. Truth is Love...and Love is the innocent heart flying free... not "knowing" but LOVING EVERYTHING!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjHvJE1XU7E

By paul 7 years 10 months ago

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Last night's (Wednesday Jan 20, 2010) online meditation with David was, as always, extremely powerful and blissful. I quickly dropped into a deep mediation to the point that I was "barely aware" that I was "barley aware".

Towards the end of the event I was a "goner". Around 8:07 PM I came out of meditation to see that the event was over! It was as if I was in a room full of mediators and everyone got up and left me still sitting on the floor only to "wake up" to an empty room.

My first thought was, "Where did everybody go?" Then, "What time is it?" Then, "Wow, I was off the planet."

Today I feel residual Bliss waves going though my mind and body. We must be the luckiest people on Earth to be able to enjoy this kind of Grace.

Thank you David.

Namaste.

By Abha 7 years 10 months ago

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David has held 4 events this week. Below is my experience of those 4 events.
Tuesday's 1 and 1 half hour meditation event was Divine Love, moving in and through my body/mind bringing with it the ecstasy of the Shakti energy and leaving me saturated in bliss.
Sitting in Wednesday's 1 hour meditation event, there was an intense blast of Light energy that expanded or dissolved my body/mind into a sense of expanded freedom, to the extent that I was not able "find" my body or mind until after the broadcast. In other words, I was being held transfixed, in the Light field without any thoughts or bodily reference.
In Friday's one and a half hour meditation event, the most ecstatic and blissful shakti energy was followed by an emergence of Light energy that again stretched or dissolved my body/mind into the expanse of Light so that again, it wasn't until after the end of the event that I could reference my mind or body.
On Saturday's 5 hour event, by the 4th hour, the whole room of people were so expanded that there was a very real sense that the "we" (group) had become "one" heart/mind "being" in a primal relaxation that you might attribute to a flock of birds flying organically synchronized in the same direction. We sat for a few hours in this perfect oneness and bliss and then each of us carried it home. After that event, I realized that, through the week, I had been so expanded and energized that I now was feeling a bit vulnerable, shifted out of my comfortable mode of being, into a fuller self, that I would have to let "settle", coalesce into the "new" me. Today, feeling more settled, I found that in meditation, I was immediately carried into bliss, not as intensely as during the week's events, but the bliss was close at hand. The day's activities have flowed with that bliss awareness still in the background.
David links us to the Source with such tenderness and Love, that one experiences being carried down this river of Divine Love, effortlessly, by the Divine Mother.

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