Dec 1, 2013
We are all, but
of eternal wind,
goes! — nowhere
nor comes herein.
Sun 'n rays
from, of, in
all stays! one;
The Self! One.
Unborn! drop in the sea
always! one: never alone
neither comes, nor! gone
an illusion! are you — me.
Posted by Fakeer Ishavardas at 1:44 PM
Nov 20, 2013
YOGA OF JESUS : (Cracking The Code of the Mystic Teachings of Christ) - BOOK REVIEW by Lee and Steven Hager
“ Many Christians would be confused by a book that claims to “crack the code of the mystic teachings of Christ,” especially a book written by someone outside the Christian faith. After all, Christianity has claimed to hold the key to understanding Jesus’ words for hundreds of years. And yet, somewhere between thirty and forty thousand separate Christian denominations accept the Bible as their sacred text, yet so vehemently disagree on the interpretation, doctrines, rules and values it contains, they find it nearly impossible to tolerate one another. Why would that be? Ishavardas convincingly argues that Christians misunderstand Jesus’ words for one extremely pertinent reason: instead of experiencing the Divine for themselves as Jesus instructed them, the majority of his disciples believed they could follow his outer example rather than experiencing their own inner spiritual rebirth.
As Ishavardas explains, “Gnosis or the Divine Knowledge…is of a deeply personal inner experience…an indescribable, an indefinable enosis (unity) in Spirit and in Life-Essence.” This is why reading, hearing or intellectually understanding a truth does not ‘change’ us. We must personally experience it, and thus ‘become’ that truth. In this case, to know the truth that can set us free, we must each experience the Divine directly. Some may believe that the subject of is confined to the so-called Gnostic gospels; Ishavardas instead explains Jesus’ Gnostic teachings using quotes taken directly from the New Testament.
For those willing to experience gnosis (and as Ishavardas explains, gnosis is open to all of us) two things become instantly clear: All is One, and the duality perceived in this world is mere illusion. As the book reveals, the Oneness of all things and the illusory nature of the material world is not only substantiated by mystics, but is also supported by quantum research. Although Christian teachings do claim a union between Jesus, Jesus’ followers, God and Spirit, the author points out that saying the words has not changed the fact that most Christians deny Jesus’ testimony by continuing to cling to the duality of this world.
Obviously, this book was written for those who are ready to let go of the ‘isms’ that have enslaved us and experience the Divine directly, as Jesus did. Ishavardas states that Jesus offered ‘hard truths’ to his followers, but they were hard only in the sense that they were meant to destroy our comfortable illusions. If we’re ready for that, those truths lead to freedom. The author pulls no punches as he explains how gnosis shifts us far from the accepted version of Jesus’ teaching. He explains that the ‘free mystic’ is open to “‘knowing’ through gnosis all truth, no matter how far removed from what appears to be rational to the brain…free of all isms and intellectually gained ‘knowledge.” For a free mystic, “the only scripture worth following is within…There is no scripture greater than Self-Realization.”
Although we live across the globe from Fakeer Ishavardas, we have had the privilege of ‘knowing’ him for some time via his Tweets: @freemystics108. Since his Tweets convey an unswerving love of truth and a deep understanding of gnosis that is shared by few, we were thrilled to discover that he had written “Yoga of Jesus” : Cracking the Code of the Mystic Teachings of Christ. We were not disappointed. “
Lee and Steven Hager are both freethinkers and “ Authors of several books exploring the synergy of science and spirituality, gnosis, the perennial philosophy and our innate Oneness within Divine Love.”
The book YOGA OF JESUS (Cracking The Code of the Mystic Teachings of Christ)written by FAKEER ISHAVARDAS is available on KINDLE at — http://amazon.com/author/fakeer-ishavardas
Posted by Fakeer Ishavardas at 12:21 PM
Nov 7, 2013
“Dogs never bite me. Just humans.” — Marilyn Monroe
A deep gentleness embraces me every time I think of my dogs, long gone and an odd one yet here. Oft times a deep sadness, when I remember humans: living, dead or just not there.
I have cried as much over the demise of dogs as after the death of humans — the latter mostly dead, while living. Or might as well be. Dogs are our fellow animal siblings that never stop loving us; unlike brute human droppings — some beastly relatives, erstwhile friends and many a ungodly people — who, live on and even take to graves the love that they could not give us while alive.
“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.” — Mark Twain
From a child of 9 years to the present mature age, our family has always had dogs. My first dog, Ruby, was a real lady. So devout, a sigh comes in my heart, now! tears well up, with a held-up shout. She had to be put to sleep once her breast cancer became unbearable for us, though on her part she never so much as let out a whimper. The pill to put her to sleep was mixed with sugarcane candy. I was just a teenager then, but unable to bear the thought of her dying alone, I came back into her room, and caressed her forehead as she gave up her ghost.
Just a few days back, our next door neighbor, who’s my age, reminded me how, heartbroken, we did not eat well for days after Ruby passed away. This he told me recently, when he came over when my 2 year old pug, Johnny, died in the night; with no known cause. Perhaps he was bitten by a poisonous creature. Before this, a month or so ago, my 12 year old Pomeranian, Yogi, to whom Johnny was deeply attached, had died. And, a few months before that Sufi, who was Yogi’s sibling. This year, along with these 3 of my dear siblings, my mother too passed away. I recited the same prayers over them,as I did for my mom.
“But last night I started really missing my dog. It’s very odd, ‘cause I don’t have a dog.” — Bono
Johnny would start barking the moment I so much as stirred in my bed on the first floor of our home. I cannot fathom how he could sense the moment of my coming awake, as many a times I had not even kept my feet on the ground. Maybe he could sense the shift of air or something, I would never know. Deeply attached to me, he would climb on to my lap and fiercely guard his throne lest the now dear deceased Yogi or my present Pomeranian, Sat came over to say hello to me.
Rocky, the grouchy Pomeranian with an atrophied leg, that lived on after Ruby, died silently during the day; under the bed my father slept in. I was not there to witness his death. We suspect he had something afflicting his tummy, which we could not diagnose. Only indication of it was that whenever I tried to pick him up, he would growl, making a biting gesture. Then, only a child, I did not like his doing so and getting pissed off, had even lashed out at him. As I did at Sherry, a mixed-breed Pomeranian before him; who too did not like being cuddled by me. But in a moment both would promptly forgive my trespass. I have never been forgiven so kindly by any human I know; except for my parents of course — both now deceased.
“The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants.” — Johnny Depp
Yet, it’s the height of human ignorance that in some countries dogs are kept in horrible conditions; then, killed and served as a delicacy to savor. And we wonder and wail aloud as to why karma bites us on the ass! Unable to feel the pain of ‘lower’ animals, especially of loving creatures like dogs, a large chunk of our society remains bestial — no better than our stone-age predecessors.
I am reminded of my most gentle pet, Raxy; who, unable to bear the loss of my father, passed away a few days after him. I sensed, knew it before hand that he would. In many ways dogs are more human than us, beasts.
Perhaps dogs remind us of our pristine years, of childhood, when everything was simple and straightforward. As we grow older the first thing that is taken away is our innocence. Our dogs always possess it, never losing it as years add on. They don’t complain, satisfied with whatever little or much that we bestow upon them; unlike us humans, who, hanker after newer, never ending wants and wishes. Always happy to see us, loving us unconditionally, dogs force us into a re-think; making us more humane humans. Teaching us human values that we, in the normal course of a troubled and a tortured living, trample upon in our daily lives. The unbounded love our dogs shower upon us, maybe turn us more spiritual than do all religions and isms put together. Making even the most skeptical amongst us to almost believe in God, in this god-forsaken world.
“The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man’s.” — Mark Twain.
Posted by Fakeer Ishavardas at 12:29 PM
Oct 14, 2013
To call you, You!
or call you, One
is saying, more!
Lord! is untrue
What Is: is you
‘em, me - You!
in our dark,
going, go not
less or more
in day, bark,
yet! little light
Posted by Fakeer Ishavardas at 3:15 PM
Sep 27, 2013
Are we really different from other life-forms?
“A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty… The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self…We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive”. — (Albert Einstein, 1954)
Physicist, engineer, one of the greatest inventors and a practicing vegetarian, Nikola Tesla (1846-1943) pointed out that “On general principles the raising of cattle as a means of providing food is objectionable.. Many races living almost exclusively on vegetables are of superior physique and strength.. every effort should be made to stop the wanton, cruel slaughter of animals, which must be destructive to our morals”.
Plainly and simply, at least as far as past and present gurus, yogis, free mystics and enlightened beings of India such as — Buddha, Mahavira, Rama, Krishna, Saint Kabir, Guru Nanak, Vivekananda — or a striving perfectionist like Gandhi are concerned, the quest for The Ultimate Truth or God, is futile without a vegetarian lifestyle. That’s how these great but humble people lived in the East.
“(Vegetarianism has a) powerful influence upon the mind and its action, as well as upon the health and vigor of the body. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages”. — (Thomas Edison)
In the Christian tradition, as well, Saint Matthew and Saint John (who are historical narrators of The Gospels) were, not without a reason, vegetarians. So, also, were Saint MartÃn de Porres, Saint Richard, Saint John de Brito, Saint Angela de Merici, Saint Francis of Paola, Saint Hilarion, Saint John Chrysostom, Saint Catherine of Siena, and Saint Francis of Assisi. One might ask, would they have been the pure vegetarians they were, if they believed Christianity allowed the killing of innocent animals simply to cater to their taste buds? Some past and modern-day scholars contend that Jesus belonged to theEssenes, a Jewish sect of prehistoric times; which considered spiritually indefensible and illegal to sacrifice animals or partaking of non-vegetarian food.
The Laws of Manu, one of the sacred texts of Hinduism, states that“Without the killing of living beings, meat cannot be made available, and since killing is contrary to the principles of AHINSA (Non-Violence), one must give up eating meat”.
Why did Sufi Saints, such as Rabia Basri, Ibn Arabi, Al Ghazali, Nizamudin Aulia, Moinyundin Chisti, Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, and other such gentle souls from meat-eating Islamic backgrounds, live a humble, vegetarian life in their quest for God? For what reason are Jewish spiritualists like Rabbi David Cohen, Rabbi She’ar Y Cohen, and Nobel Laureate Shmuel Yosef Afgnon vegetarians? How many of us know that Martin Luther, the German Church reformer and founder of Protestantism, was a vegetarian?
And what is it that made Confucius a vegetarian?
Perhaps the words of the Buddha offer a clue to the connection between spirituality and vegetarianism:
“’Why is it that the Thus Come One does not allow eating meat?’ The Buddha replied, ‘It is because meat-eating cuts off the seeds of great compassion”.
It is no secret that ancient yogis, as also modern day scientists, uphold the idea that all existence is One Indivisible Reality. Mystics arrive at this conclusion by a route similar to, but more circuitous, than the one followed by the scientific fraternity. Their search is within, while the scientists’ is in the external world. For the spiritualist, the search for The End Reality or God, is deeply personal; for the scientist, it is integrally impersonal. Yet, somehow, modern-day science and ancient mystic traditions have arrived at the same conclusion. It is that this world, as perceived from its deepest ground, is but One Inseparable Whole in The Ultimate Reality. Quantum Physics and Enlightened Mystics agree on this point.
The Sacredness of All Life
“ There is no kind of framework within which we can find consciousness in the plural; this is simply something we construct because of the temporal plurality of individuals, but it is a false construction”. — (Erwin Schrodinger, 1933 Nobel Prize Physicist)
“I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard MATTER AS DERIVATIVE FROM CONSCIOUSNESS”. — (Max Planck, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1918)
Much in a similar vein and wisdom, Nikola Tesla seconded this scientific opinion of Planck, In fact, he theorized that:
One day humanity would learn to sustain itself directly by making use of the universal energy field.
Yet, some scientists, even now, view the oneness in nature as an insentient phenomenon. Spiritualists, however, see it as One Life that is sentient and alive in all phenomena. Today, scientists tend to see all life as some molecular nothing, spiritualists view everything as awash with life. A further difference, moreover, is that, while scientists have only now started seeing the oneness and unity of everything that is, free mystics have seen it since the beginning of time. At least, this is true of Indian yogis.
“He who sees that the Lord of All is ever the same in all that is— immortal in the field of mortality—he sees the truth. And when a man sees that the God in himself is the same God in all that is, he hurts not himself by hurting others. Then he goes, indeed, to the highest path.”. — (Bhagwad Gita)
Somewhere in the depth of their mind and soul, great thinkers know the truthfulness and sagacity of this basic, fundamental and primordial spiritual and mystic concept. From Socrates to Plato, Hesiod to Horace, Pythagoras to Leonardo da Vinci, Voltaire to Vincent Van Gogh, Plutarch to Plotinus, Virgil to William Blake, Leo Tolstoy to George Bernard Shaw, Milton to Shelly, Abraham Lincoln to Nobel Laureate Poet Rabindranath Tagore: all these high and mighty creators, remaining humble in their humanity, both postulated and followed a vegetarian diet for a healthy, wealthy, and wise life.
“What is virtuous conduct? It is never destroying life, for killing leads to every other sin”. — (Thirukural, 2-3 BC)
In India, millions follow such a diktat. At the same time, of course, many millions in the world, including Indians, do not. Most adherents of the Abrahamic faiths, Christianity, Judaism and Islam, find it sanctioned by tradition, acceptable to conscience by their followers, and, in some cases, even an act of holy sacrifice, to mercilessly butcher and eat anything that dares to move—except, of course, for a pig here or a crow there. In Korea and China, dogs—beloved pets in much of the world—are considered a delicacy to be skinned alive, salivated over, and savored.
It is interesting to note that a number of renowned scientists have been vegetarians. They include Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Benjamin Franklin, and, as mentioned earlier, Nikola Tesla.
Albert Einstein said:
“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet”.
Such “religious” respect for all life is inherent in every sensitized human being, whether agnostic or even an atheist. Einstein, perhaps the greatest scientist humankind has ever known, was no believer in God, but godliness permeated his beautiful soul. His view on the sacredness of all life was more than seconded by the theologian and Nobel Prize winner, Albert Schweitzer.
Leonardo da Vinci declared: “One day the world will look upon research upon animals as it now looks upon research on human beings”.
And Leo Tolstoy was of the view that “A human can be healthy without killing animals for food. Therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite”.
Other well-known citizens of the world who were vegetarians include Franz Kafka, Sir Edwin Arnold, Charlotte Bronte, Henry David Thoreau, R.W. Emerson, Nobel Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer, humorist Mark Twain, H.G. Wells, industrialist Henry Ford, and the late Steve Jobs. Today, along with numerous Hollywood celebrities, these luminaries are joined by many kindred souls who, for reasons of humanity and humaneness, are also pursuing a vegetarian lifestyle. Examples include Dr. Abdul Kalam (Ex-President and Nuclear Scientist of India), Paul McCartney, Reshma (Muslim Pakistani Folk Singer), Amitabh Bachchan, and world-class athletes Carl Lewis and Mike Tyson.
Yet, meat eating does not stop. We continue with our mayhem. Westerners have their scriptures to quote to continue doing what they have been doing over thousands of years. And millions of non-vegetarian Buddhists and other Easterners do not even have their scriptures to support them — yet, cannot stop themselves.
“The thinking man must oppose all cruel customs, no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo. When we have a choice, we must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another, even the lowliest creature; but to do so is to renounce our manhood and shoulder a guilt which nothing justifies”. — (Albert Schweitzer)
It is true, of course. that some people are becoming vegetarians or vegans for health reasons. In fact, medical science is today providing more than enough data to encourage even “non-spiritual” people to give up their meat-based diets in favor of the benefits that accrue to a vegetarian lifestyle.
Spiritual people, however, need no scientific evidence to follow a vegetarian diet. For anyone who knows the “Oneness of All That Is” as his or her own life and soul “stuff”, adopting a vegetarian diet is not an option. It’s a sine qua non.
“Only the animal-killer cannot relish the message of The Absolute Truth”. It is thus emphasized in Srimad Bhagvtam.
“For as long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings, he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love”.— (Pythagoras)
Sadly, however,it’s a fact of life that there’s no one holy cow for both the elitist whole and the hoi polloi.
Born a a beast, we remain brutes.
Posted by Fakeer Ishavardas at 6:06 PM