“The world is as you are, live unbounded awareness” – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
This well known phrase, and one I have been guided by for many years, is a one sentence formula for living Totality, Brahman. First, we see the world as we are; all of our accomplishments, desires, and challenges. Each of these exist because this is who we are. Nothing happens to us, unbidden – all of it is karma, the results of both our long past and recent thoughts and actions returning to us.
Unfortunately karma is often seen as veering negative, though this is due to the broad distortions of our Kali Yuga, our eon, and not an accurate reflection of the neutral and loving Cosmic intentions of the mechanism of karma, “As you sow, so shall you reap”. It would be unthinkable to exist in a Cosmos which did not operate this way! No human evolution would be possible.
If we live in a big house, or a small one, if people are friendly with us, or angry at us, if we have enough, or if we never have enough, this is the life we have solely created through our karma. Whether it is a chaotic sphere of limitations, or a vast ocean of ripening possibilities, it is our starting point from now.
Maharishi next says, “live unbounded awareness”. Where? How?
The closest we seem to get to reaching this ideal in the material world is by our voyeuristic satellite journeys through the solar system and beyond. Fair enough, and certainly inspiring, though finding the practical, transformative value for each of these expensive and intricate excursions takes some searching. In any case such endeavors, and similar, are not a solution to the question of how to live unbounded awareness in every thought and action.
Obviously the easiest place to find unbounded awareness is at the source of awareness, where it retains its unbound status, prior to manifesting into karmic boundaries; within ourselves. This is certainly not a new idea, though as we delight ourselves with an ever more data-filled, and intricate world of ceaseless activities, it becomes easy to forget that we can change our reality simply by radically changing our perspective; meditate and transcend.
OK, case closed. 🙂 Now, we fast-forward several years or decades of sadhana (spiritual purification), to a point where there is cosmic clarity, perception, and success, inside and out. Thinking, acting, and living Cosmic life. Although our life is truly an infinite canvas at this point, there is no choice, really, on how to proceed.
Let me explain: Living Brahman, we are technically at a point of all possibilities; past karma is resolved and we are free from any negative influences. However, we always use the infinite choices before us, at any point in time, the choice made, the action taken, the words spoken or withheld, naturally and seamlessly, to further our Cosmic existence.
We always act with good intention, and the Cosmos’s good intention – they become the same thing. Every action is guided so easily and calmly by Cosmic intention. We continue to act from our own free will, according to our preferences, according to the sum total of this incarnation on earth. We live as Cosmic citizens first, earth citizens second.
Not as aliens, or in judgment, but simply because every cell in our body, creating organs, blood, muscle and bone, has woken up to its cosmic value and intelligence.
This then builds life from the ground up in every fraction of a picosecond (one-trillionth of a second), to put it crudely, and we exist as both inheritors of all the Cosmos has to offer and forever in such a place of abundance, dignity, and strength.
Because of this profound integration with Cosmic energy, we can accomplish anything. Obviously not alone. In fact we discover there is an endless and deeply pervasive population of Divinity, so structured as to assist with any task. Unlike the lack of resources we have all experienced on planet earth, such poverty is unknown with regards to Divine assistance.
We must only know enough to be recognized by Mother Divine, the source of the source, and then, energetically prostrating ourselves, ask for everything. 🙂 Our humble service results, with inevitable success, no matter how grand and vast the transformation. The bigger the better.
Cosmic life for all is the timeless goal. To quote the loved and recently lost chef and foodie author, Tony Bourdain, “Shouldn’t you be doing something?…” 🙂
~ Jai Guru Dev ~