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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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The ‘what is’ of the manifest is akin to the reflection in the rear-view mirror. One may use it to notice (and release) the consciousness that brought us here; it is of absolutely no use for where to go from here.

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Consciousness flows through unique “portals” to express itSelf… and yet, if the unique portal becomes an identity, then it’s no longer a stream of Consciousness. It is a manufactured (illusory) entity in separation, and thereby, suffering. For now there is an “it,” introducing resistance to the flow, cutting “it-self” off from the power of Self, Source, Life… Love.

Waking up to, and abiding in Oneness requires discerning the difference between “a unique portal of Consciousness” — which is the unique way in which Consciousness flows through to blossom, and “a unique view of the world” — which is a vantage point for viewing and evaluating an outer reality, generating a separate perspective. Abiding in Oneness requires discerning between uniqueness and separateness. Between unique expression (of the in-to-the-out, so to speak) and separate perspective (an evaluation of the out).  (more…)

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Teaching and learning are about improving the “human imperfections” in (an identity you believe to be) “yourself.” Guidance and waking up are about revealing the (already always) “divine perfection” as Self! One is about more and better, the other is about less and what is. One is adding and augmentation, the other is editing and release. One builds skills, information, knowledge and wisdom, the other allows revelation, repose and abiding in what already is (known). One sharpens and exercises the mind, the other stills and channels it. One constructs an identity/personality, the other dissolves (integrates) it. One is about gaining things to ultimately have nothing, the other is about losing things to ultimately have everything.

Discerning these apart is the difference between adapting in a challenging and changing world, and liberation from the belief that it exists outside of Self. It’s the difference between being reactive to (perceiving, fighting, resisting, changing, improving) an outer reality, and realizing One-Self as a creative channel for its appearance. It’s the difference between becoming smarter or wiser, and waking up to and being who You are.

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If you need something
You cannot choose it
If you’re attracted to something
You cannot choose it
If you’re compelled by something
You cannot choose it
If you’re driven to something
You cannot choose it 

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A lens of hatred will see hatred where there is Love.
A lens of cynicism will see manipulations where there is expansion.
A lens of “healthy skepticism” will see platitudes where there is sincerity.
A lens of self-protection will see risk where there is possibility.
A lens of defensiveness will see offence where there is clarity.
A lens of doubt will see rejection where there is openness.
A lens of faith-less-ness will see betrayal where there is freedom.
A lens of lack will see loss where there is limitlessness.
A lens of victimhood will see blame where there is support.
A lens of mortality will see death where there is eternity.
A lens of rationality will see the usual where there is a miracle. 

And each lens will fool you into believing you’ve been intelligent.

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Apathy = I care how you feel, and the only way I believe I can survive is to block off the fullness of my caring, so I appear to not care how you feel.

Antipathy = I care how you feel, and the fullness of my feeling is so threatening to my survival, that I must counter and attack you instead.

Sympathy = I care how you feel, and I must show and express it a fair bit to cope with the fullness of my caring.

Empathy = I care how you feel, and I must feel all your feelings to process the fullness of my caring and be there for you.

Compassion = I care how you feel, and I see and understand how you feel, and I am here to assist you in case you wish to shift how you feel.

Self/Love = I care how you feel, I see how you feel, and I know you as the powerful creator of your feelings, in which I as “me” don’t figure at all. In honor of your inherent freedom and power, I am here to observe with total, unyielding focus, the powerful Self that you are. If I am to assist in any manifest way, it will spontaneously arise without any concept of a “me” “doing” anything for a separate “you.”

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