Seeing God! The Easier Way!

Susie and Miracle
Susie and Miracle!

In response to my last post, Is Eating Eggs an act of Himsa, Susie shared the above beautiful picture. and wrote:

I am glad you acknowledged that hens lay eggs because of nature, and if they are unfertilized they do not contain a life.  I agree factory farming is cruel and inhumane and should be abolished.  I just wish you would have added the option of eating eggs from free range organic hens from a local farm or family backyard.  My hens life a peaceful, loved life, eating organic grains, free roaming, safe from predators; and honor us with delicious eggs.
Bless you
Susie

Susie, I agree. I see nothing wrong with eating and enjoying unfertilized eggs from a local farm or family backyard where hens lived a loved life as long as they are not subjected to cruelty or killing after they stop giving eggs.
Your hen looks so healthy, beautiful, and loved. I am sure she blesses you daily.
The blessings from animals are more powerful than from humans.

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“God gave them the eyes to see but, to see, they closed their eyes!”

Seeing God! The Easier Way!

Such beautiful flowers
Wow! said a man
How beautiful must be the source
Finding it was his plan.

He was a seeker
He searched for hours

Searched in leaves and branches
Smashed all the flowers.

He dug deeper 
dug out the roots
Finding only dirt and rocks 

 Angrily, he stamped his boots

 Knowing that
he would never know
He felt very sad
depressed and low

The Easier Way

God is all
Within and without
The only thing  I can say
without any doubt

Within is the Formless
Silent and Unseen
 Not really sure though
what I mean

Outside is my favourite
Easy to see and touch
Just have to look closely
It doesn’t require much

Look at a baby’s smile
Look again closely
It’s Her
The Divine Mother Holy!

Over and over
come to you the helping hands
Look again closely
 Beside you, always He stands

He is your beloved
He is your friend
He is your child
A love, without an end

See Him in your parents
Don’t leave them standing cold
More apparent He becomes
When they grow old

Never question
Where? Where?
Just look closely
It’s Him only, everywhere

There is a reason
the Sun remains far away 
Honour His presence
It’s only Him, each ray!

“Searching for God is denying God”

namaste

 

Is Eating Eggs an Act of Himsa?

 Himsa means violence, and ahimsa means non-violence.

Ahimsa is the 1st principle of yoga. It teaches us to not commit unnecessary violence. Hurting or killing animals for our own gratification is an act of unnecessary violence. Some animals kill other animals for survival, but the humans don’t need to. The nature has provided us with abundance of fruits, vegetables, grains, and nuts etc. for our nutritional needs. Some may argue that killing plants is also an act of violence. It is true, but it is necessary. Our bodies need food for survival and the plant kingdom provides it. The yoga teaches us to honour the plant kingdom and take from it only what is necessary, and not to hurt or destroy it unnecessarily. 

The hens give eggs, even without mating. The eggs which you purchase in grocery stores are not fertilized, unless indicated otherwise. Since those eggs don’t have the potential life in them, eating them is not a direct act of violence.

The eggs which a hen gives after mating with a rooster may be fertilized, and because of the potential life in them it is better not to eat them.

However, by eating even the unfertilized eggs you are encouraging and supporting an act of violence. Chickens, which include hens and roosters, live a very painful life and are subjected to a lot of cruelty. Below is a video that shows chicken cruelty in the meat industry. Chickens in the egg industry also face the similar cruelty. Whether it is  unethical o to eat eggs produced in the egg industry could perhaps be argued, but after watching this video if we can still eat meat, I wonder if we can call ourselves loving and compassionate.

Warning: This video contains violence and cruelty, and may not be suitable for everyone.

Chicken cruelty in meat industry

 

 

After I posted the above, Susie wrote:

I am glad you acknowledged that hens lay eggs because of nature, and if they are unfertilized they do not contain a life.  I agree factory farming is cruel and inhumane and should be abolished.  I just wish you would have added the option of eating eggs from free range organic hens from a local farm or family backyard.  My hens life a peaceful, loved life, eating organic grains, free roaming, safe from predators; and honor us with delicious eggs.

Bless you
Susie

I agree. I see nothing wrong with eating unfertilized eggs from a local farm or family backyard where hens lived a loved life as long as they are not subjected to cruelty or killing after they stop giving eggs. 

 

 

namaste

 

Are You in Conflict?

” I have been on the spiritual path full time for many years, but I still crave for a more comfortable life. I also would like to get married and have a family. But a part of  me feels guilty for having such worldly desires. I am in conflict. Could you please advise.”

You may feel some comfort in knowing that you are not alone. This is the story of millions.
Anything I write on this blog is never meant to be an advice to anyone but myself. When I say ‘you’, it includes ‘I’. Whatever I write, I don’t see it in terms of right or wrong. It is just my own experience or belief which I am happy to share with you.

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 “A man wanting both, world and God, remains in conflict,
and finds neither”  Saint Kabir

The yogic wisdom says that the life is a dream, and the purpose of the human birth is to wake up from the dream. Living a spiritual life is the way.  However, the spiritual life has been greatly misunderstood.

Since life is a dream, it doesn’t really matter whether you are on a spiritual path, or living a fully worldly life, both mean the same. It doesn’t matter whether you meditate for many hours, or do business. Both are the same, you are just dreaming. Whether you  achieve a lot or you fail, worldly or spiritually, it doesn’t matter. You are just dreaming.  

Though you may have a desire to wake up, but you have become accustomed to dreaming. You prefer dreaming. Waking up scares you. Waking up means losing all that you have accumulated in your dream. Conversely, you have a desire to gain more. 

You want to continue dreaming because it is more comforting . In your dream there are faces and places which you recognize. You call them your own. But when you wake up, there is no body there. You are all alone. In your dream, you are somebody. You feel good about yourself. You feel important. It is only in your dream that you can feel important and, so, you keep dreaming.
So much happens in your dream. People appear from nowhere, and then disappear into nowhere. One moment people laugh, the next moment they cry.  So much drama happens in your dream.  You like drama and, so, you keep dreaming. Even when it is an unpleasant dream, you hope and pray for a better dream.  

So stop pretending to be spiritual. Stop being in conflict. If you want to have the world, go for it whole heartedly. Instead of being spiritual, strive to become a better person. Being a better person is being spiritual.

But if you truly wish to be awake, and dream also, there is a way.

When the world is asleep, yogi is awake” – Bhagvad Gita

Yogi also lives in the world and dreams, but while dreaming he is also awake. Remaining awake while dreaming is a practice. It is a skill, which you can also learn.

This dream is called maha-maya, the greatest illusion. It is very powerful. You cannot overcome maha-maya by negating it. The more you negate it, the more powerful it becomes. Instead, embrace the maha-maya with respect. Celebrate the maha-maya with honour. The most amazing thing about this maha-maya is that even while dreaming, you can watch yourself dreaming, you can be a witness to it, and you can remember that you are dreaming. Even while dreaming, you have the ability to discriminate between good and bad, or right and wrong. This ability is called viveka.

Use your viveka to do the good and right things, but also remember that you are dreaming. Serve others with compassion and self-less intentions, but also remember that it is a dream. Meditate daily, but remember that whatever you experience is only a dream. Even the samadhi is a dream. Strive for success but whether you succeed or fail, remember that it is only a dream.

Your actions performed with viveka and selflessness, together with the continuous remembrance that it is all a dream, would cultivate two great and essential virtues in you, dispassion and non-doership . With time, you will get firmly established in these two virtues, which will give rise to the beauteous innocence in you. 

Just as, only the light can remove the darkness, similarly, only the innocent dispassion can remove the illusion of  maha-maya. 

The Maha-Maya is the Divine energy of the Divine Mother. There are many names given to the Divine Mother. Yogis call her Durga. It is only Durga’s energy  that puts you in a dream, because you desire to dream. And while you are dreaming, Durga watches over you. Durga also gives you the strength, courage, and wisdom to shape your own dream.
You must shape your own dream, but also remember that it is only a dream.

At dawn, when the innocent dispassion shines, it is Durga Herself who awakens you, and as you are waking up, She carries you in her arms, and keeps you closest to Her chest. This is the most precious and sweetest moment. Knowing this, a wise preserves this moment and doesn’t wish to wake up. 

shiva-parvati

Glory to Thee Durga
Glory to Thy play
All begins and ends
with Thy one sway.

namaste