Tuesday, October 20, 2009

There's no Time like the Present and no Other Time at All

Dog Poet Transmitting.......

My experiences with the universe have proven to me that it is the product of consciousness. It’s also proven to me that what people know and don’t know is determined by their level of consciousness. Think of the levels in a video game and you are close. People are at any particular level because of the meaning they give to their surroundings and their magnetic attachments to the things they have identified. There’s a general reality that permeates each level and there are the individual realities that work under that umbrella.

Going down, matter becomes increasingly denser. Going up, matter becomes increasingly less dense. Confinement is in one direction and freedom is in the other. It’s not really up and down though. We’re using these terms for the purpose of description. When people want to argue about things it is usually the terms that they latch on to. When people want to understand, they work with the terms to assist in their conclusions. Pressure creates heat. You might consider words like ‘heat’ and ‘bondage’ as two characteristics of the classic view of Hell. We have heard that yogis are fond of the high Himalayas. Think about it.

The cities of the world are compressions of humanity and you can even see the smoke and steam rising up from the manholes and grates as if some great fire lurked beneath (grin). The cities are infernos of industry as well as disasters waiting to happen. Illuminated souls have been known to go in and out of densely populated areas but they are more likely to avoid them whenever possible. A casual study of exothermic and endothermic reactions will apply across the board to everything that’s been said here so far... unless you want to argue about terms. If you are inclined to use terms for the purpose of understanding then you can keep going. Eventually we would get to a place where there are no terms. Terms are not absolute.

One of the main difficulties with embracing the concept of a living, conscious divine presence is due to the inability to define it. Certain minds cannot accept this limitation. In a way they believe themselves to be God. They are helpless in so many ways and at the mercy of so many things but arrogance and self-primacy are not to be dissuaded by any argument that does not conform to what they set out to prove in the first place.

Actually you are God, as much as you allow yourself to be. The guidelines to the proper behavior are all around and you even have a selection of modalities. You want one God as be all and end all? You got that. You want many Gods as attributes, archetypes et al? You got that. Do you prefer the masculine, the feminine or that place where they are one? You got that. You want a God without personality? You got that. You want God with a personality? You got that. Do you want God as a consuming fire or one with horns to satisfy every material desire? You got that too. In most cases you have a formally established game plane, itinerary and road map and all you have to do is follow it. That’s the point where you begin to wrestle with your doubts and degrees of commitment.

The same consciousness is behind every one of these patterns of awakening. Unfortunately for the aspirant it is not a walk in the park. Other things may be a walk in the park and you can see that by the crowds engaged in them. This is also why it is easier to pretend to be doing it than to actually be doing it and why hypocrisy is its greatest by product. You get tested all the way until all that you imagined you were is no longer. Most people do not take affectionately to the dissolution of their false self. They prefer that it be accommodated in the process and that’s not going to happen. One has to be possessed of a relentless intensity and that’s generally acquired at the point when the realization dawns that there is nothing worth having otherwise. Sooner or later the world is going to pound all of the other passions out of you and destroy every possibility of attachment to your temporary surroundings anyway. We all get there, sooner or later.

This is one of the best of times to aspire and one of the most difficult periods to do it in. Because of the latter there are serious bonus points to be accrued. There’s also a large bounty of grace that’s been activated for the occasion. You are also going to be advantaged by all sorts of weird occurrences that ‘should’ tip you off that something different is happening these days. Look at one of the things that scientists are running into.

If you had the benefit of being able to access periods of history that have now vanished from the ordinary areas of human recall, you would see that the same thing happens over and over. Sure, the particular dramas may differ and the costumes and scenery might change but it’s the same thing, over and over. The lessons are always the same too. You could well wonder why a divine consciousness, capable of anything, would put us through this. Why are we engaged in and surrounded by so much suffering? What’s the point?

First off, we do not live and die in a single lifetime. We got where we are as the result of choices and intentions. Furthermore, Planet Earth is only one of a great many possible locations. This is the place where particular things happen. This is a stage set for particular dramas. It’s always under construction for the next demonstration. The question is not; why are we here? The proper question is; how do we get there? Both questions are valid though. You got here because you agreed to come here. You get ‘there’ by putting your energy and attention on it. You aspire. It doesn’t matter what direction you choose to go in, you will have help all the way and that includes the darkest regions you can’t even imagine.

You might think of yourself as a surfer caught in the fury of a powerful wave or a diver who has lost touch with up and down. This happens. Reading this you may imagine that you would easily know which way was up and down in the water but survivors of these conditions will tell you that it can happen that you do not. Life can be very tricky in the same way. I speak from personal experience in this regard. Without a guide you are going to get lost and you will not know up from down.

I know of one technique that I could say would serve in most cases. Ask deeply and sincerely for help and then go about your business. Ask repeatedly. Ask as often as you can remember to ask so that it becomes second nature. Reach as if you were already in the water and did not know up from down and convince yourself that despite what your mind tells you, this is so. Ask persistently. Be exceedingly troublesome. Bang on the door as often as you can remember to. I assure you that there is an intelligence that is aware of your efforts and which has the power and capability to accomplish anything with no limitations at all. The limitations which exist are in your mind and the result of the conditioning you have subjected it to. Recondition it.

If the one you seek is not calling you then you had better make the call; Yes? It comes down to what’s important to you. This is important to me. I serve my own interests by constantly writing about it because it is a personal reminder. You have to assure yourself that something is at your side or living within. Have you gained any lasting satisfaction from anything? What makes you think that anyone who has anything has gained it either? What they have is the real evidence that they have not and all that remains for them is to present the front that they have gained it. This is the mystique of those who lure the unwary. Misery loves company.

Strive hard. As hard as you may strive it will not be enough because you will have to let go, give up and surrender completely in the end. Ordinary death is a mimicking of what it is better to accomplish while still alive. While you are in the world your single duty is to constantly celebrate and remember the presence of the divine. It has to enter into everything you do. It has to be the objective of every thought feeling and action. The most mundane event should have cosmic significance. You must burn with intensity. Don’t settle for the ordinary madness of what is exampled all around you. Go divinely mad. Press inward. Demand an audience. Make a ruckus so that you must be attended to. Imagine yourself as a child in a crib that will not stop crying. Surely the mother will come.

That should do for the moment. That should do for any and all your moments.

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Anonymous said...

Thank you, Les....

Rebel 4E said...

Hi les and all..
I was reminded of a favourite poem whilst reading your latest imspirational post..

"One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.

In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there was one only.

This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints, so I said to the Lord,

“You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there has only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”

The Lord replied, “The years when you have seen only one set of footprints, my child, is when I carried you.”


Anonymous said...

"Make the divine your lover" you said.

Thank you very much for this post.


Rebel 4E said...

"The most mundane event should have cosmic significance. You must burn with intensity. Don’t settle for the ordinary madness of what is exampled all around you"

A song I would like to share with you...

Lamb - Bonfire

'Have you ever wondered why those days exist
When life just seems to be the conspiracy against you
I don`t know where the answers lie
But I try not to get hung up on the questions'

I'm burning like a good bonfire
In whatever I do
I burn like a good bonfire
And I know I`ll come through

'The time is long overdue for a house clearing of the soul
We all get so complicated in our lives
When walking just walk, when sitting just sit when being just be
Above all don`t stray from your chosen path'

'Burn like a good bonfire
In whatever you do
Burn like a good bonfire
And I know you`ll come through'


Peace (-___-)

Ben There said...

Coming from someone who, at the moment, is having a difficult time determining up from down...thank you. This one shines.

Anonymous said...

Srila Prabhupada - “This material world is created by the dreaming of Maha-Vishnu. The real factual platform is the spiritual world, but when the spirit soul wants to imitate the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he is put into this dreamland of material creation.”
(Purport to Srimad Bhagavatam. 4.29.83)

The dream condition and our dream identity (material body)(nitya-baddha) will then disappear and we will find ourselves in our natural position as nitya-siddha (spiritual body), just like a person who is dreaming wakes up on his own bed. Actually, he is always on his own bed, even in the dream. Similarly, we are always in Goloka (God's home) even when we ‘dream’ or ‘think’ we are in the material creation.

Srila Prabhupada - "So to go to Krishna(God) means you will have to acquire your original, spiritual body. The spiritual body is already there, but we are now covered by this material body".

When one is Krishna(God)
conscious enough to awaken the memory of their svarupa or nitya-siddha(spiritual) bodily relationship with Krishna, the billion or so life times ‘dreaming’ in the maha-tattva(material world) will be no more than a moment. In fact it will be as if they never left.

Anonymous said...

We are not the Creator; we are not the Owner or Controller, we are not the Doer or even the Knower. All that is done for us by our eternal Friend. We can be, at best, cooperators or at worst, rebels without a cause. That way leads further down into Stygian darkness, while accepting our helplessness and dependence leads up towards the light. Or out into darkness, in towards the light, take your pick of terminology.

Semantics and terminology, epistemology and ontology are far more than fancy two-dollar words; they are embedded in our views of reality as deeply as the salt in the earth, and perform the same function. They give our experience its savor. Without taste there is no reason to go on living, but most people's taste has become perverted by false values, a bass-ackwards borrowed ontology. What gives meaning its significance? The same thing that gives being its existence. The deep study of ontology is not an elective; it is the main course of study for enlightenment.

"The human society, at the present moment, is not in the darkness of oblivion. It has made rapid progress in the field of material comforts of life, education and economic development of the entire world. But it suffers a pin-prick somewhere in the social body at large and therefore there is large scale quarrel even on less important issues. Therefore there is the want of the clue as to how they can become one in peace, friendship and prosperity by the common cause. Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam will fill up this gap by ontological aspect of human education. It is therefore a cultural presentation for re-spiritualisation of the entire human society. Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam should be introduced also in the schools and colleges as it is recommended by the great student devotee Prahlad Maharaj in order to change the demoniac face of society." --Śrīla Prabhupāda

You can study Śrīla Prabhupāda's translation of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam in the Vedic library on our website.

Frostwolf said...

Dude, you are in touch with SOMETHING. As I read these words, I feel the fire of the space between the sounds, imagine there to be a prismatic shifting back-and-forth between white and the rainbow, Obatala to Oxumare and back again.

I've been wanting to post and have started to a couple of times, but when I got way into it and saw I was just getting logorrheic, I realized I didn't have anything to add. Wish I did, but you're saying a lot of what I'm experiencing.

"Who is this flower above me?
What is the work, the joy, the wholeness, the love of this God?
I would know myself, love myself, and be responsible for myself in all my parts." (My variation on the Flower Prayer from the Feri Tradition.)

Sometimes it's really hard to stay on the path of aspiration. I get lonesome, but I also know I can't go back. There just isn't enough sugar out there to sate this compulsive glutton. Taking a pause helps when prepositions get all besmushed and intertwixted.

Dammerung said...

This rural chauvinism really upsets. I'm a native born Angelino, and one of my favorite places is the Valley. I don't know what you're on about, but like anywhere else, there are vapid superficial morons in the Valley but also deeply intelligent and enlightened folk as well. There are just as many opportunities to buy fresh local food in LA as anywhere else believe it or not. There are just as many family-run hole-in-the-wall ethnic restaurants. Just as many tiny, overlooked churches preaching a message of tolerance and peace.

Don't judge the metropolis by its worst residents and I won't judge rural areas by their most backwards, uneducated, toothless knuckle-draggers.

Anonymous said...

You can be very silly! I cry for reasons mother gets sick of, but I see the point. I like the divine camped out in a holding pattern, but terms they are. I have to say I heard once you can ask for the lord to show you that your loved. Not with other people or by way of anwering worldly problems but in the heart and mind. That the divine is and will be a little brigde over the cosmic stream. Or a glass of cool water on the path. You spelled it out well. If we ask for god like things we should be ready to act in such manor too. The guide isnt testing for terms or means to the godness but the intention. Its not a game or a quest but a right.
Thanks Les. Over the past few weeks life as been flipping and turning with great fun and wonder. You are the source of much of this. I can say with all fairness and truth I have work hard at your suggestions and I smile much, much more. Now my worldly frame is coming apart but my heart and soul are growing greatly.
When I was a kid I talk with oneness and later thought it too silly to continue. Boy was I wrong!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Dammerung you are either not very bright or your reading skills are poor. You don't seem to understand the terms and so you're not going to understand. Fer sure.

Anonymous said...

Les wrote: "There’s also a large bounty of grace that’s been activated for the occasion. You are also going to be advantaged by all sorts of weird occurrences that ‘should’ tip you off that something different is happening these days"

I had proof of this today. I've been worried about a friend who is ill. Not being sure how to help, I just asked that he would receive what was needed.I not only got a response, but I was given the opportunity to deliver the assistance. Good thing I was paying attention. :)


Unknown said...

Very inspirational Les. This post was great. Just like the other commentators here, this is exactly where I am at the moment, exactly what can inspire me. Wow. I am in awe. I'm gonna read this one again and let it sink in some. Thanks. pond owl

Anonymous said...

I find myself having to read everything in my quest to find the truth. The only problem with this is that sometimes I think I've figured everything out then I'll read something else and KNOW that I haven't figured out much of anything. I know it is all about the journey but there is something about me that wants to figure everything out--to be able to sort the lies from the truth. I know that most of what I have believed in all of my life has been false. For a while, the thought of that felt crushing but it did not kill me or make me depressed--it made me determined to find what is real in my life. I am open to finding what is real but I want that information like yesterday. I have to learn patience. I have to trust that I will be ok.

So obviously, going divinely mad is no problem for me. LOL!


Visible said...

There's a new Smoking Mirrors up-

The Hour is Coming Round as Surely it Must.

Unknown said...

Just listened to the second half of your radio show last night. I am attracted to things hidden and nebulous so I love getting a peek into the mysteries of the universe via Les Visible. Great job. :) pond owl

Anonymous said...

Such an example of grace to be visited by Bhakti-sarvabhauma Śrī Gaurahari Dāsānudās Bābājī, whose service to HDG Srila Prabhupada is surely renowned throughout the universes!
The gift of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta to the Western world is among the most wonderful treasures of the twentieth century, or any century.
To be in service with HDG Srila Prabhupada in fulfilling this mission is very sweet to even a lowly one such as me.
It is very difficult for me to express how humbled I feel.

Jai Sri Radha! Jai Sri Krishna!


Anonymous said...

Les and friends -
Speaking of "No Other Time At All"....
I think you will find this recent article from UK MSM spectacularly hilarious.
Leading European and Japanese physicists are concerned that the CERN Collider will create a time-warp because the "God Particle" DOES NOT WANT TO BE FOUND.
Anyway I think this 'research' is moronic, tryin to find the "missing mass", "dark matter", "the big bang", create "miniature black holes", "god particles", and so on with their overblown science-fair chemistry-sets.
Good for hours of LOL!



Unknown said...

Thanks Les,

This brings to my mind, that the gig is to raise divinity from the dust, and that this can only happen in the here and now!

Once divinity raises above the first concealments, the King's name changes to: "come and see that the Lord tastes good!"

Anonymous said...

I thought they already achieved this
nano big bang back in early 2000 something using the RHIC at Brookhaven, Upton, N.Y.
Despite scientists concerns this might cause "perturbations of the universe."

Mary Jane said...

Write on time, too.... as usual, Les

This particular post rings an exceedingly clear bell

... seems to be the case practically every chime I'm hear

but that's probably because the smoke's begining to clear after 20 odd years of quitting

even the cigarettes and pipes are gradually loosing their appeal

I'm ..(bigword).. so thankfull

Also for your sharing your mental push-ups and Man! what a six-pack!

Vegan Well said...

we are never alone, never. if feeling and believing we are serves in some manner, so be it, but we are never alone. mind games.

intensity of living will assure that we help others realize this just by the fire of that heat, the pounding of y/our hearts, the fury of y/our compassion.

I thank you dog poet with all my heart and sacred breath for all you are and all you do.

the dogs are thanking you too.



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