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The chakra (energy center) at our throats is called Vishuddhi. The word shuddh means pure, and so vishuddhi has something to do with purification — the alchemy of the conditioned to re/turn it into the essential.

The allegory of Shiva holding the blue poison in his throat as that is what first arose at the Gods’ attempt at samudra manthan — churning the ocean to extract amrita (nectar) — is symbolic of the realization that before we can access the nectar, before we can speak Truth, we must purify (alchemize) the “poison” (illusion) of story and experience. (The term “before” must not be read as conditionality; it can well imply “simultaneous” when in total awareness.) We must practice holding this poison in active stillness, as Shiva — as the void, as the emptiness, as Silence. Not as repression, but in active observation within the expansive, all-embracing emptiness of Self. (If one is shooting off arising and passing thoughts and intellectualized philosophy as “truth” or “honesty,” one can be sure this is the unexamined, unprocessed poison of mental/emotional conditioning spouting forth.)

Sound is everything. It is the beginning of Creation, the movement of the unmanifest as the manifest. So whether we say, Om, or “before God there was the Word,” or Big Bang, or simply that a baby is “here” if it cries upon birth, we’re pointing to the same essential awareness. And there’s also the saying, “finding one’s voice in the world,” as a stand-in for Self actualization.
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Seeing the ego for what it is, is never about rejecting it or getting rid of it, for only the ego would reject anything, including itself 🙂 Love allows everything. Love recognizes everything as its emanation, including the mirage that is the ego. Seeing the ego is about seeing through all its shenanigans, and allowing them to just be, offering them nothing but Presence — total, unconditional acceptance, with zero engagement or validation. 🙂 Just as a loving Parent sees through the little one’s obvious mischief, and has a good laugh! And in such Light/ness, the ego and its finite expressions are naturally embraced and integrated ‘back’ into the infinite Self… allowed to dissolve, like every wave unfailingly does, ‘back’ into the Ocean.

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Time and suffering are the same thing. All suffering is rooted in time. Take away time, take away past and future, and there is no suffering. To live beyond time is to be solely in the Now: to never use hi/story of even a moment ago, or projection or expectation of even a moment later, as shields to not show up fully and wholly in the Now.

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The Sadhaarani Geeti of Dhrupad Music (like most essential aspects of Dhrupad), is a powerful metaphor for (and aspect/expression of) a Self realized life. While the word ‘sadhaarani’ may be translated as ‘ordinary’ or ‘usual,’ the essence of the word here is ‘natural.’ ‘Natural’ implies free of affectation, embellishment, stylization, habit patterns… and free also of meaning-making and imposed/contrived personal emotional content, even. Where ‘natural’ is pure, sattvik, devoid of personalization/ego. And so, ‘natural’ not in the commonly held your-truth-my-truth-sense, but as unique expression of universal Truth. As such, the ‘Dhruva’ (North Star) portion of the word Dhru(va)pad(a) stands for the universality of the singing, easily confused as ‘fixedness’ or ‘regimentation’ when one cannot yet see how the way at once contains within it, the uniqueness of each voice. Once one discerns the difference between ‘unique’ and ‘personal’ (that in which there is active a personality/ego), there is immediate clarity on what Sadhaarani Geeti (natural singing) is, and how it is the sounded aspect/expression of Sadhaarani Jeevan (natural living). The Sadhaarani Geeti way (tantra) allows the body to be realized as an instrument (yantra) for generating pure/ Love vibration (mantra)… in a state of Yog (Union) with All That Is.

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All feedback, whether “positive” or “negative” is always and only about the person giving it, not about the person/ situation/ event receiving it, and as such, it is ALWAYS valid, as it is their unarguable, indisputable experience! (All experience is valid and all experience is illusory, with ‘valid’ not to be confused with ‘true’ 🙂) Once we see this in no uncertain terms, it becomes easy to fully listen and receive all feedback without “taking it personally.” Which means, since every bit of what is said is about the person saying it and their completely valid experience, it need not be about us (the person/identity) at all. Paradoxically, if we hasten to fix or change something on our end driven by the feedback, it is a form of avoiding truly listening… and it is likely to be just a reaction to another’s projection (–our reaction actually arising from something not yet integrated within us–), instead of a truly realized and integrated shift for universal good.  (more…)

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Any offering is sattvik only when ‘you’ (the identity, the doer) disappears from it. (There is no Seva if there’s a ‘you’ doing seva; there’s no Love if there’s a ‘you’ loving; there’s no Music if there’s a ‘you’ doing music…and so on.) Paradoxically, it is in the sustained disappearance of ‘me’ that the ‘I am’ realization can simply and spontaneously happen. When there is no ‘you’ doing anything, it can be seen that there is only You (doing everything) 🙂

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In moments of intense adversity and intense caring, there is no mind or thought to action. All thought is for the armchair, about situations we are not directly experiencing.

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