पूर्णस्य पूर्णमादाय पूर्णमेवावशिष्यते ॥
oḿ pūrṇam adaḥ pūrṇam idaḿ pūrṇāt pūrṇam udacyate
pūrṇasya pūrṇam ādāya pūrṇam evāvaśiṣyate
OM. That is full and this is full.
From fullness comes the fullness.
Take fullness away from fullness,
and fullness will surely remain.
OM. That is purnam (full of Divine consciousness) and this is purnam. You are full and I am full. This is Divine and that is Divine. This is perfect and that is perfect. From that, which is full, Divine and perfect, only something that is full, Divine and perfect can be manifested. Fullness always remains full, Divine and perfect. If you take a little bit of fullness away from the fullness, it will still remain full. Divine. And perfect.
That is the secret of life.
This mysterious verse, which is holding a deep meaning of understanding the true nature of this world and the true nature of ourselves, comes from Isha Upanishad. Mahatma Gandhi had said once so beautifully, that even if all the Vedas would disappear from this planet, but only this verse would stay, it would be sufficient enough.
Consciousness is full, Divine and perfect.
When we realize that all is pervaded by this Divine consciousness and we acknowledge its presence in everybody and everything, that’s when we start to live a truly enlightened life. When we accept everything that comes as perfect, and when we accept everything that we lose as perfect, we start to truly live in the present moment, in the heart. We become whole.
This Divine ability to embrace the fullness of life, to nurture a heart connection with reality, the way it is, recognizing the fullness and the Divinity in every object, person and situation that we meet, lies deep within our hearts. It’s our true nature. We were not created to worry about small things, nurture our small fears or fall a prey to our small desires. We were created to love life in its multitude of forms and to enjoy the eternal interaction between our soul and Divine, no matter which shape does it take at the moment.
But we were also given the mind.
The mind’s sole purpose is to differentiate, to make a distinction, to split and categorize things. This ability to differentiate plays an essential role, when living in a society, and allows us to communicate clearly. Thus, the mind can be a very good servant of Higher Consciousness. The problems start, when the servant wants to become the master.
That’s when we start to focus only on differentiating and lose our ability to perceive the reality as whole.
Krishna put it nicely in Bhagavad Gita:
Controlled mind is your best friend. Uncontrolled mind is your worst enemy.
The intuition is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.
– Albert Einstein
When in meditation we sometimes get a glimpse of perceiving the reality from the heart, it feels so natural. When you enter heart consciousness, it seems so weird, how could you ever lower your consciousness to the state of forgetfulness of this true nature of yours! It is a very deep experience, and when nurtured daily, through a mantra or meditation practice, it transforms our life completely. Firstly it opens the eyes of our heart. Then the light of our heart changes the reality around us.
From that perspective everything looks perfect and our intuition enlightens us in meditation also about the deeper purpose of everything that may seem “not alright” for the mind. We realize the secret Divinity and perfection hidden in every obstacle, and this very recognition melts the obstacle away. And it seems so natural and right!
But if this state of seeing the perfection and Divinity in everything around us, seems so natural, and comes so easily, when we are in meditation, why then we keep forgetting about it over and over again, and fall constantly into mind consciousness, preferring the advices of servant mind, rather to listen to the wisdom of the King Soul?
Yesterday, after Atma Kriya Yoga course, I was reading Philokalia a little, and “by accident” I came exactly across this wonderful verse, written by Saint Gregory of Sinai, explaining it all:
What is this “single”, Divine memory?
It is our natural state of being. When we are in the present moment in the absence of thoughts and judgement, with the mind deeply immersed in the heart, we perceive the reality the way it is. And once all the obstacles are removed from our mind, we can see clearly: and we realize that everything truly is Divine, full and perfect. “Blessed are the pure in the heart, for they shall see God.”
Yet, because most of us have grown up in the society which “glorifies the servant and has forgotten about the Gift”, since childhood we are so deeply immersed in mind-consciousness, that we simply forgotten to nurture daily our soul-consciousness. Every single day we feed our minds with all kinds of information, but rarely do we remember to feed our souls and hearts with pure presence, which can be found in meditation. Thus we become the servants of the mind, we “fall a prey to its own forces” and get lost in the mind’s labyrinth – because we forget to listen to this silent voice of our Inner Guide.
It’s not about condemnation of the mind. Mind is also a part of the Divine and has its perfect place in creation. Yet, when the mind’s forces are not enlightened by the Soul’s wisdom, neither guided by Higher Consciousness, mind gets confused and lost. I often compare a mind to a faithful dog. I don’t know if you ever noticed, that when dogs are walking on a leash, they usually pull. The leash is never lose. Why is that so? Because a dog enjoys the feeling of connection to its owner. If the dog’s owner forgets about taking care of it, doesn’t feed it regularly, and does not show it love, the dog very quickly becomes sad, and can even become aggressive.
Same is with the mind. When the mind has a strong soul-connection, when it is centered in the heart and regularly fed with positive vibrations, it can be your best companion. But when the mind loses the connection with Higher Consciousness, that’s when the problems start.
True spirituality makes us whole again.
It is never about making things more complicated – it is about simplifying them. It is about reconnecting. It is about stilling the mind, and connecting it to the heart and the soul. That is what Atma Kriya Yoga does on the deepest possible level. It does not only reconnect our mind with the Divine, but it reconnects each of our energy channels and each of our chakras to Higher Consciousness, transforming us thus on a very deep level. It works on a level far deeper than the mind, making the change lasting and effortless. It releases the energy of our soul, shakti, to work on its own, so our consciousness can be purified, and so our body, mind and soul can become a Whole again – so our whole being can become purnam.
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