Guru

“the guru is the path..”-siva sutras

a guru joins a diciple into his spiritual family thus imparting his own spiritual accomplishment onto his student. this is very valuable but unnecessary.  all is the one spirit and so anyone can reach attainment through effort and the shrinking of the ego.

a guru imparts spiritual light and a cleared path to realization.

this should not be seen as a bad thing. it is very simple and are propelled into spiritual awakening very fast. the guru is not a master, they are a servent, you obey them so they can service you by teaching you. accepting a guru is like falling in love, they are here to help. they spiritually filter the vibrations of the world. the more enlightened masters are in one place, the nicer the world will become.

“The Guru is one who dispels ignorance. One who dispels the darkness of ignorance and stands before us as a luminous sun of knowledge is Guru, and it is God Himself, finally, that appears before us as a human Guru. As a Guru, God shall teach us the necessary spiritual lessons as and when they are needed for our higher evolution, and He may take any form that He requires. God takes infinite forms, and the infinite forms may be our Gurus. This fact is very beautifully portrayed in that immortal anecdote of the conversation between sage Dattatreya and King Yadu, as delineated in the scripture, Srimad Bhagavata. The great Dattatreya recounts several Gurus of his. He does not say that any particular human being alone is his Guru. He went on recounting and came to 24 Gurus in number. He said, “All these are my Gurus”, and all Gurus were not necessarily human. That was the special feature which Dattatreya emphasised in his teachings to King Yadu. There were even animals; there was even a bee; there were inanimate things like earth, water, fire, air and so on. In short, everything was a Guru to sage Dattatreya.”   -Guru Purnima

their are gurus in most traditions but gurus are hard to find, and fakers still pop up trying to make you pay for service.

but you can reach attainment by yourself, anyone can its quite easy once you know how, but many people keep getting caught up in paradox and contradictions caused by the illusionary mind.

thats why i made Ajah dharma and its manual, its how to attain god-realization.

i don’t want people to have to go through the years of searching for truth. i had no guru to devote myself, so i spoke with all the spiritual masters i could find and read for years, i hit some very bad places in that time. then i woke up.

i remember the Bible says “i was blind,& now i see”

but at any rate a guru is invaluable.

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the aquarian age

The Aquarian Age
“The time has come not to search for God, but to be God. Time is not to worship God, but to trust and dwell in the working God.” ~Yogi Bhajan
The Aquarian Age is dawning. The final cusp ends on November 11, 2011. There are many dimensions to the radical shift of this Age. People everywhere are talking about it, making predictions or debunking it. Some sense the shift as a cataclysm or end of the world, others as a new beginning, and still others as a time of uncertainty and unpredictability.
We have always experienced change, but rarely with this intensity and speed and never with this scope and vastness. This change is radical, not incremental. It is a simultaneous change in both outer and inner worlds. The mind is changing its sensitivity, its basic frequency and functioning. Our lifestyle is changing its sense of time, space, relatedness, and relevancy.
Five Sutras for the Aquarian Age by Yogi Bhajan
1. Recognize that the other person is you.
2. There is a way through every block.
3. When the time is on you, start, and the pressure will be off.
4. Understand through compassion or you will misunderstand the times.
5. Vibrate the Cosmos. The Cosmos shall clear the path.
PISCEAN TO AQUARIAN AGE
In the Piscean Age that we are leaving behind, it was a central and even sacred task to find and gain access to the right information. The motto of the age was “to be or not to be.” Learn, grow, and become something. Great knowledge about human potential was guarded by secrecy and layers of initiations. The Piscean Age was dominated by machines and hierarchies. As the Aquarian Age dawns, the old defenses and manipulations based on hiding and controlling access to information will no longer work.
The new Aquarian Age is ruled by awareness, information, and energy. In the Aquarian Age there are no secrets! Information is available. Finding it is not the central task any longer. In this Age, the motto is “be to be.” Real value will come from truth embodied in practical actions and in the internal caliber and qualities of your mind and heart. The greatest power will be your Word – your consciously projected words.
“The time has come of self-value. And the question is not: ‘To be or not to be;’ the statement is: ‘To be to be. I am, I am.’ The time has come not to search for God, but to be G.O.D.” ~Yogi Bhajan

THE CHARACTER OF THE AQUARIAN AGE
• Intellect is not enough. We need a new relationship to intuition, emotion, and instinct.
• Information is not enough. Neither is knowledge. We need wisdom.
• Learning is not enough. We must learn how to learn.
• Complexity is increasing as is our need to deal with it.
• This is an age of paradox – more global and more individual with fewer boundaries and more demand for political separations.
• Everything is faster and we have less time. We need far more love and unity for we have more fear and tremendous insecurity.
• We require a reconciliation and integration of the spiritual side of life with the technological and material sides – a spiritual fitness to sense values and meaning.
• There is no isolation. Each action we take must be considered ecologically and globally because each person does affect, directly or indirectly, vast networks of people and other living beings and places.
• Change and learning is continuous and life-long. We must maintain mental, emotional, and physical flexibility.
• Stamina and constant peak performance are the common benchmarks to evaluate all people and their work, and the need is to go inward and regenerate.

MAHAVAAKYAS (Great Utterances)

AHAM BRAHMAASMI
I AM GOD (From the Brihadaaranyaka Upanishad)

AYAMAATMAA BRAHMA
THE SOUL IS GOD (From the Maandokya Upanishad)

PRAGNAANAM BRAHMA
GOD IS PURE CONSCIOUSNESS (From the Taitireeya Upanishad)

TAT TVAMASI
THAT THOU ART (From the Chaandogya Upanishad)

the five evils & the five virtues

…………THE FIVE EGO POWERS………
the five major weaknesses of the human personality at variance with its spiritual essence. The common evils far exceed five in number, but five came to be identified because of the obstruction they tend to cause in man’s pursuit of the moral and spiritual path. The group of five evils comprises of
lust,
rage,
greed,
Attachment
Pride
to Weaken the Egos hold on us we must weaken it first by avoiding these emotions that only arise from illusionary seperation created by the ego-mind.

….THE FIVE WEAPONS AGAINST EGO…..
as the ego quiets and the noise of racing thought is subdued we solidify our spirits prominence over the false mind by using the five weapons of virtue
Truth
Compassion
Contentment
Humility
Love
armed with these virtuous qualities one becomes perfect.

holidays

THE WHEEL OF THE YEAR & IT’S 8 ETERNAL HOLIDAYS
these holidays are the cycles naturally existant with in God, but any additional holidays are acceptable for truely everyday is a day to celebrate.

Samhain
Samhain is one of the four “greater Sabbats”. It is generally observed on October 31 in the Northern Hemisphere, starting at sundown. Samhain is considered by some as a time to celebrate the lives of those who have passed on, and it often involves paying respect to ancestors, family members, elders of the faith, friends, pets and other loved ones who have died. In some rituals the spirits of the departed are invited to attend the festivities. It is seen as a festival of darkness, which is balanced at the opposite point of the wheel by the spring festival of Beltane, which is celebrated as a festival of light and fertility.
Yule
In most traditions, Yule is celebrated as the rebirth of the Great God, who is viewed as the newborn solstice sun. The method of gathering for this sabbat varies by group or individual practitioner. Some have private ceremonies at home, while others hold Group celebrations. the Winter solstice.

Imbolc
Imbolc or Candlemas, is one of four “fire festivals” of the Wheel of the Year. Imbolc is the traditional time for initiations. Imbolc is strongly associated with the Divine Mother.
Also Imbolc is considered a traditional time for rededication and pledges for the coming year.

Vernal Equinox
The vernal equinox, often called Ostara, is celebrated in the Northern hemisphere around March 21 and in the Southern hemisphere around September 23, depending upon the specific timing of the equinox. Among the sabbats, it is preceded by Imbolc and followed by Beltane.
In terms of theology, this festival is characterized by the rejoining of Mother and the young god, who spent the winter months in death. Other variations include the young God regaining strength in his youth after being born at Yule, and the Goddess returning to her Maiden aspect.

Beltane
Beltane is one of the four “fire festivals” or “greater sabbats”. Although the holiday may use features of the Gaelic Bealtaine, such as the bonfire, it bears more relation to the Germanic May Day festival, both in its significance (focusing on fertility) and its rituals (such as maypole dancing). Some Wiccans celebrate ‘High Beltaine’ by enacting a ritual union of the May Lord and Lady.

Midsummer
Midsummer is one of the four solar holidays, and is considered the turning point at which summer reaches its height and the sun shines longest. Among the sabbats, Midsummer is preceded by Beltane, and followed by Lammas or Lughnasadh.

Lammas
Lammas or Lughnasadh is the first of the three autumn harvest festivals, the other two being the Autumn equinox (or Mabon) and Samhain.
The name Lammas (contraction of Loaf-mass) suggests feast of thanksgiving for grain and bread, which symbolizes the first fruits of the harvest.

Mabon
The holiday of Autumn Equinox, Harvest Home, Mabon, the Feast of the Ingathering is a ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth and a recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Goddess and the God during the winter months. In the northern hemisphere this equinox occurs anywhere from September 21 to 24. In the southern hemisphere, the autumn equinox occurs anywhere from March 20–23. Among the sabbats, it is the second of the three pagan harvest festivals, preceded by Lammas / Lughnasadh and followed by Samhain.

Rituals

Ritual
rituals in Ajah Dharma can run from traditional to complete informality.
In other words you should make them special in your own way.
The Shiva sutras state
“what is perceived, as external is truly internal.”
one regular part of Ajah ritual is promoting joy&love to all involved..

Group practices, include rituals, festivities,initiations, etc. The purposes of this practice are the initiation of novices, the expansion of consciousness and expression of the bliss already attained as participants become more and more advanced.
The key to the effectiveness of group practice is held to reside in the harmony of minds and hearts of the participants. When a compatible spiritual group is created, it can greatly accelerate the spiritual evolution of its members. It is said that such a group can enter a state of oneness and universal consciousness without effort.This is explained by the notion of reflection (pratibimba), a process of unification, an effortless overflow of spiritual energy.
Ganja ritual
ganja (from the Sanskrit word Ganjika, used in ancient India), is a spiritual act, often accompanied by scriptural study; it is a sacrament that cleans the body and mind, heals the soul, exalts the consciousness, facilitates peacefulness, brings pleasure, and brings us closer to God, or one should say realise unity further. They often burn the herb when in need of insight from Ajah. The herb is the most sacred form of the mother (matter) when it is burned it and the solid matter transforms into smoke it symbolizes how though material birth we reach spiritual liberation. Personal consumption for religious purposes is a valid reason for partaking in the smoking of ganja. It is not being abused using it in this way, and to the Ajah is not seen as intoxicating but enlivening, as it is a gift from the mother-earth given to us to nurse the spirit.
In Hindu mythology shakti(matter) sees her husband(Shiva/consciousness) suffering and gives him ganja to eat and smoke. Once taken Shiva fell into deep meditation….

The ritual goes as such;
1.the bowl is packed/the joint rolled,
2. the honored (usually the most deserving) says a mantric-prayer and takes the first hit,
3.the mantric -prayer “ommm Shiva shankara hari hari ganja” it means Shiva the joy giver grant us infinity from the ganja..
4. and the the sacrament is smoked.

Food blessing
when food is blessed it is given to god, and we feed god by eating. Food blessed feeds the inner divine as well as the outer divine… all food left unblessed and knowingly consumed only feeds the body, and is said to be consuming sin.
To bless a meal focus on the food as God.
Say a mantric-prayer “om annam Brahma, bishor bhokta debo jenadanahi awaem gyantwa
to yo bhunkt ann doshorn lipyate.”
it means the food that sustains god, is god, all is god.
Gayatri mantra
the holiest mantra from the Vedas. The Gayatri Mantra has been revered for thousands of years by both Hindus and Buddhists alike.. It is called “The Mantra of Spiritual Light.” It heals the body, feeds the Spirit and illumines the Intellect.
It should be pronounced very clearly with pure love and intent..

“OM BHUR BHUVAHA SWAHA
OM TAT SAVITUR VARENYAM BHARGHO
DEVASYA DHIMAHI DHIYO YONAHA PRACHODAYAT”.

“May we meditate on the glory of that absolute Being who is this universe; may it inspire and enlighten our minds.”

Prayer
In Ajah Dharma daily morning and night time prayers are implimented
and should be encouranged.
First wash up and brush your teeth.
Then return to your alter.
Focus all you attention on the deity or on the emptiness of god.
Then say the Gayatri mantra followed by your mourning or nightly prayer..

Morning prayer:
1) Focus on the all-pervadeing supreme soul, connect with god
2)recite the gayatri mantra
3)say:
May all beings have happiness and its causes, (Love)
May all beings be freed from suffering and its causes; (Compassion)
May all beings constantly dwell in joy transcending sorrow; (Joy)
May all beings dwell in equal love for those both close and distant. (Equanimity)
By this virtue may I quickly
Attain the supreme state,
And then may I lead every being,
without exception, into that state.
May the most precious and supreme Lord
awaken my mind, as sure as the sun shines
way up in the sky, the truth is ill never die
ommm…..
4)recite gayatri mantra
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Night-time Prayer:
1)connect with God
2)recite gayatri mantra
3)say: ommm… to the supreme self I pray, I and I lay down to rest,
but how dear lord can I choose when to sleep when it is your will when to sleep, how can I sleep when the minds of lovers are sore vexed by the illusion.
May all beings be filled with joy and peace.
May all beings everywhere,
The strong and the weak,
The great and the small,
The mean and the powerful,
The short and the long,
the subtle and the gross:
—————-
om to the supreme self, formless and great
I now enter the realm of dreams.
Weave now, if You will, a web of protective light around me.
Guard my sleeping form & Watch over me
Until the sun once again
Rules the Earth.
O Gracious One-soul,
Be with me through the night.
4)recite the gayatri mantra
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Formal Rituals
temples, families, married individuals, children, all can create and employ formal rituals, to enliven our life and mark special occasions.
In this ritual-format, it is done in a group, or alone. And participation is expected.
A good example of a formal-ritual;
a catholic mass
a wedding ceremony
a baptism
a wiccan rite
a Hindu pooja
an group prayer
ETC.

Devotional expression & Diefication
when we enter a divine state and just want to sing & dance and love it is a devotional expression in which love of mighty god within influences all we do. This is a sacred act in Ajah Dharma.
this extends to the Diefication ritual in which you worship somethig, a fountain,a river, atemple, a teacher,etc.. since everything is God and all is sacred, anything can be diefied and called God.
om jai ma!

Keeping an Alter.
altars generally contain pictures or statues of gods and goddesses.
There is usually a space to put the offering bowl (tray with worship offerings). Anything put in an offering bowl to god is instantly and completely spiritualized.
altars may be erected in temples or in private homes. altar is typically a piece of furniture, such as a table or chest, upon which ajah places several symbolic and functional items for the purpose of worshiping God the absolute,performing ritual, and/or saying chants and prayers. Upon the altar typically rests a cloth, used to protect the surface from damage by candle wax, spilled liquid, or dust from burnt incense. This cloth is often adorned by a spiritual symbol.
A place is set up in front of the alter as a personal meditation spot.

life liveing

LIVE LIVEING
Ajah chooses a positive (affirmative) approach: instead of prescribing self-limitations and condemning various actions, it embraces such actions in a spiritual light. Thus, sexuality, love, social life and artistic pursuits are considered vectors of spiritual evolution. The main focus in Ajah is on practical methods for attaining enlightenment. Whatever is pleasant and positive can be integrated in its practice.

Scripture

In Ajah Dharma all scripture is significant, however emphasis is placed on
*the Avadhuta Gita*
*the Bhagavad Gita*
*the siva sutras*

the Vedas
the Upanishads
the Sutras
the new testament of Jesus the Christ
the Gnostic gosples
books written by saints&Gurus
and any additional text you find enlightening.

Saints

the Ajah believes Sainthood can be achieved only during a lifetime.
If one is canonized after death it is because they were a saint during life.
Saints come from all over the world, & from every religion.
You should seek to be like them whom make angels out of themselves.

Physical practices

Ajah puts a special emphasis on the physical body in spiritual practice “as a vessel of the Supreme” and, as such, not an obstacle tortured in ascetic practices.
Repeated submergence into the state of non-duality is supposed to induce secondary effects on the physical body due to the activity of the spiritual energy (Shakti) and may be called tantric body alchemy.Starting from the expanded consciousness of the self (atman), the body (and in the end, the exterior reality too) is infused with the experience of non-duality
The non-dual, experienced initially only in consciousness, is extended to the whole body. The adept will discover the power (siddhi) of identification with the Universal Consciousness experienced in the physical body, generated spontaneously, without any effort (formal meditation, postures – asana, concentration Dharana and other forms of exertion in yoga). This process is described as the descent of the energy of the non-dual consciousness into the physical. Then consciousness manifests as a free force, entering the senses and producing extroverted samādhi. At this point, consciousness, mind, senses and physical body are “dissolved” into oneness, expanded into the spiritual light of consciousness.
As a consequence, any perception of the exterior reality becomes nondual. It becomes possible to live submerged in a continuous state of union with Shiva even while performing regular day to day activities. This form of extroverted, all inclusive samādhi is the pinnacle of spiritual evolution. The Ajah-yogi experiences everything as pure light and ecstasy (cit-ananda) and does not feel any difference between interior and exterior any more.

Long natural hair (normally Dreadlocks)

one should not cut the hair on top of ones head, the only time one should cut ones hair is at the end of harsh turmoil in which a new chapter of life has dawned. The hair is wisdom as it keeps the subtle energies inside the body. We wear locks as an expression of inner spirituality and to emphasize of our identity. In our faith we must remain “whole”.also locks are sacred as they are considered to be a religious practice and an expression of their disregard for profane vanity, as well as a symbol of their spiritual understanding that physical appearances are unimportant. The public symbol of matted hair is re-created each time an individual goes through these unique experiences. In almost all myths about Shiva and his flowing locks, there is a continual interplay of extreme asceticism and virile potency, which link the elements of destruction and creation, whereas the full head of matted hair symbolizes the control of power.

“The long-haired one endures fire, the long-haired one endures poison, the long-haired one endures both worlds. The long-haired one is said to gaze full on heaven, the long-haired one is said to be that light … Of us, you mortals, only our bodies do you behold. …For him has the Lord of life churned and pounded the unbendable, when the long-haired one, in Rudra’s company, drank from the poison cup”
(The Keshin Hymn, Rig-veda 10.136)

Positive Attitude to Life
a mind frame that a Ajah has to accept and practise. It is to have a “positive, buoyant and optimistic” attitude to life and the future. Always be – in “high spirits”, “ever progressive”, “always cheerful”, etc are some other terms used to describe this phrase.
The Ajah believe in the Will of God and that God is without enemies and is always merciful. Hence acceptance of it’s Will is in the interest of and for the benefit of His Creation, even if at times one suffers severe hardship.
This attitude of positiveity is to allow one to sail through the ups and downs of life with as little harm as possible to the individual.
To join and help others in their hour of need is to be a saint.
Lax-to-Strict Vegetarianism

the best diet is a karmically good diet, you should avoid meat if possible but if you cannot manage this say a prayer to the mother for the animal and stick to fish or poultry. As a simple rule avoid eating meat to please the tongue

Red meat should be avoided at all times as it is like a humans flesh, as well as any unseemly meat which is meat killed so you personally could eat it.

You should never want your body to be a cemetery, were dead things reside….
Purity and impurity

Actions or objects are not seen impure in themselves, rather the attitude is the determinant factor. Spiritual ignorance is the only impurity and knowledge is pure. As long as one is identified with the supreme consciousness, there is nothing impure. The adept is unaffected by any external impurity and makes use of what is reprehensible to attain transcendence.

Nature-oriented
Nature and the environment is a central theme in Ajah Dharma. Living with respect to the land and its many components is showing one’s respect for Ajah. Living off of the land means food is produced organically and agricultural practices are implemented safely, causing no damage to the land. Alcohol and red meat is forbidden and for the most part One lead a vegetarian lifestyle. The idea behind the practice is vegetables come from the Mother (earth), and the earth produces good things. Fruits are thought of in the same way. Things made from natural roots and herbs are an acceptable part to the diet. It should be noted that one should not were leather either, theirs a saying “one who wears shoe leather walks on death”
The most preferable method of getting food is through one’s own plantation or garden. This idea is the most environmentally sound way of farming and producing food. The return of this process is doing the least damage to the land. Its objectives are to live a healthy lifestyle. Often the desire to live ‘naturally’ is unfeasible because of Western societies wants and desires, but Ajah strive to live this way.

Meditation
meditation is Yoga which means “union with God”, meditation and deep introspection is the way to enlightenment. For this reason all Ajah are obligated to make meditation a regular part of their lifestyle and daily routine.
meditation is easy
Forget the past;
Drop thoughts of the future
Experience only the present moment.
Tune out anything that is impermenent.
All you have left is the I AM.
At its core, meditation is about touching the spiritual essence that exists within us all. Experiencing the joy of this essence has been called enlightenment, nirvana, or even rebirth, and reflects a deep understanding within us. The spiritual essence is not something that we create through meditation. It is already there, deep within, behind all the barriers, patiently waiting for us to recognize it. One does not have to be religious or even interested in religion to find value in it. Becoming more aware of your self and realizing your spiritual nature is something that transcends religion. Anyone who has explored meditation knows that it is simply a path that leads to a new, more expansive way of seeing the world around us. Yogas of all types are spiritually good for one and should be practiced freely. They are all encouraged and learned in Ajah Dharma
There are five types of yogas
Bhakti yoga- devotional worship
Karma yoga- practicing good deeds
Jnana yoga- the yoga of knowledge , knowing the I AM.
Raja yoga- the yoga of concentration.
Tantra yoga- the yoga of energy manipulation.
The first phase of development is linked to the attainment of a state of non-duality described as an “absorption into the spiritual heart”, samadhi or experiencing the “uncreated light” of consciousness (prakāśa).

 

the Jewels and codes

the jewels of Ajah Dharma
peace & love
truth
moderation
equality
humility
cleanliness
contentment
simplicity
self-discipline & study
surrender to the emptiness of God.

This is the creed of Ajah Dharma it is “the big ten” that we should all observe regardless of belief..

Buddha’s four noble truths
1. Ordinary life brings suffering.
2. The origin of suffering is attachment (to ego-identity)
The cessation of suffering is attainable.
To end suffering follow the Dharma path
the eight limbs, or steps to yoga, are as follows:
Yama :Universal morality
Niyama :Personal observances
Asanas :Body postures
Pranayama :Breathing exercises, and control of prana
Pratyahara :Control of the senses
Dharana :Concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness
Dhyana :Devotion, Meditation on the Divine
Samadhi :Union with the Divine

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