Sadhu in New York

A man of little regard, a jivq, an incarnation of mother-nature thumbed a ride to New York,,, He lived on those new York streets and saw siddha’ that fabled truth of reality..
The self is free of any and all limiting adjunct or qualities. If it is describable it is limited, if it is limited it is not the self which is by nature infinite consciousness..

Always is the truth infinite and beyond words…

new sadhus

sādhu (tranlation;”good man,or holy man”) denotes an ascetic, wandering monk. Although the vast majority of sādhus are yogīs, not all yogīs are sādhus. The sādhu is solely dedicated to achieving liberation or otherwise spiritual perfection while here & now on Earth through constant meditation and contemplation of God-Consciousness. Sādhus often wear saffron-colored clothing, symbolizing their descision to outwardly manifest their inherent divinity, that is naturally within all aspects or “incarnations” of Mother-Nature…

spiritual enlightenment(‘to know whats up’) has always been the highest goal in life, the one thing that gives it meaning and purpose.
Moreover, enlightenment is a state of natural, pure, & Godly being that is attainable for everybody.
The average individual, however, would need many incarnations to become enlightened, to see God, to become one with the Absolute, to merge one’s mind with Cosmic Consciousness — in short, to become God.
“there are no enlightened individuals, only enlightened qualities”
– Chan buddhist Master, speaking about how ‘enlightenment is simply manifesting your own inherent nature.’

But since time immemorial shortcuts have been available for people wanting to become enlightened in this life rather than the next.
Those who follow the fast track, mostly men, are the sadhus, the ‘holy men’ of India, & soon perhaps the rest of the world…

For thousands of years they have been around.shamans & mystics with no formal backing from a particular organization
Organised in various sects, they passed on the wisdom of old, the method of yoga, that is ‘yoking’ soul and Soul together.

Usually they live by themselves, on the fringes of society, and spend their days in devotion, & deep mystic practices were sadhus pursue communion with, identity with, or conscious awareness of an ultimate reality, divinity, spiritual truth, or otherwise called GOD through direct experience, intuition, instinct or insight. Sadhana(or spiritual practice) usually centers on practices intended to nurture those experiences.

Some perform magical rituals to make contact with the gods, others practise intense forms of yoga and meditation to increase their spiritual powers and acquire mystical knowledge.
Certainly, not all sadhus are enlightened. But believers regard them all as holy anyway, if only because of their radical commitment. And successful sadhus are even worshipped as ‘gods on earth’.
Believers only have to ‘behold’ a sadhu — as a kind of living idol — to receive a spark of his spiritual energy. They give donations to the sadhus — regarded as offerings to the gods — and get their blessing in return. Thus, since time immemorial, has Indian society been organised to support the holy men, for they are not supposed to work…

in the West from the 60’s onward many disenfranchised youth gained alot of interest in sadhus, hinduism, yoga, buddhism, & taoism…
or otherwise just philosophy after all
“Love is my religion”-Ziggy Marley
many chose to go to india and become traditional sadhus with an upsurge of interest in the ‘mystic East’ mirroring a growing discontent with the ‘materialistic West’, scores of young Westerners went to India searching for the meaning of life and often finding a guru.
Many became disciples of famous, international gurus such as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Bhagwan Rajneesh, and Saï Baba, but others chose the more individualistic path of the sadhu and committed themselves to the hardships of the ascetic life.

no matter which dogma you adopt(yoga, hindu, buddhist, taoist,new age, mystic forms of wicca, christianity, islam, etc) to better understand the unspeakable truth… the Sadhu life is an appropriate path for those who wish to become liberated from relative existence and live in the vivid realisation of non-dual unity with Jah.

After a short 50 years in the american mainstream many young people are takeing up yogic practice with zeal, it(and others of course) has become a popular religion in america, now many americans want to take up sannyasa(monkhood) and focus solely on the pursuit of “enlightenment” or self-realization…

people who wish to adopt this path must be ready determined and full of conviction… but most of all one must have Vairāgya. Vairāgya;is a Sanskrit term that roughly translates as dispassion, detachment, or renunciation, in particular renunciation from the pains and pleasures in the material world (Maya)…otherwords the falling away of material desires and attachments and a desire to leave the world behind.
Although the Sadhu path is open to absolutely anyone, rules are thought of to give guidelines on how to transform the mind from a human to a living Deity. This often includes studying under a Guru for many years(in most traditions the Guru is a lifetime commintment like getting married), study of many sacred texts until you are fluent in religious concepts & ideas, vigorous physical & mental training. & of course constant meditation…

different Gurus teach different methods to reach yoga(union with God) however the goal is the same which is release from worldly existence.

the sadhu starts with one final descision, to be free, or to keep going.

“the journey of a thousand miles starts with one step…”-Lao Tzu
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Modern sadhus often travel, mix with all kinds of company, genuinely practice everyday until the mind is purified by ignorance.
The Modern Sadhu is remains unseen often, or is seen as a town madman, as Modern Sadhus emmulate mystics of other traditions honoring them by wearin saffron robes, dreadlocks( called Jati), rasta hats,or wear almost nothing until they look like a street urchin. sometimes they act like they are the king of all reality, & othertimes they act like they are nothing but a poor begger.
modern sadhus carry a medicine Bag with them for all their high vibrational objects “on loan” from God. as well as various herbs and medicines used in spiritual practice…

they often keep sacred texts such as the Bhagavad Gita, the Atma Bodha, the Avadhuta Gita, or the Hua hu Ching.

they often keep divine images of favored deities and images/symbols.

the modern Sadhu often keeps handy;
a begging bowl or cup for spareing change
bug spray
lighters
a peace pipe
a blanket
flashlight
notebook(s)
shoes(for going inside places, not everyone lets a barefoot vagrent walk in, even a living deity)
wallet(with ID, and solsitation materials, as well as contact numbers)

phone ( if Mother-Nature has blessed you with a phone in this here & now then appretiate this gift)

sometimes a staff

Living as a sadhu is a difficult lifestyle. Sadhus are considered to be dead unto themselves. they sometimes attend their own funeral before following a guru for many years, serving him by doing menial tasks until acquiring the necessary experience to leave his leadership.The ruggedness of the sadhu life deters many from following the sadhu path. Such practices as the obligatory early morning bath in the cold mountains require a detachment from common luxuries. After the bath, sadhus gather around the dhuni, or holy fireplace, and begin with their prayers and meditation for the day.

Some sadhus dispense blessings to the local community, remove evil eyes or bless a marriage. They are a walking reminder to the average Hindu of Divinity. They are generally allowed free passage on the trains and are a close-knit organization.

sadhus are starting to appear in all parts of the world with such free information many take up sannyas while never seeing india.
“where ever you are there you are.” says one american neo-sadhu
many “american” Sadhus blend in to mainstream society as diehard Hippies or broke stoners, but there choice to live apart from society has recreated the sadhu ideal in the west, as with all new religious trends it will definately have a effect.

one effect is that almost all american sadhus are more intellectually bent than there indian counterparts, focusing on Jnana(wisdom) instead of Tapas(inner purifications).
many also do not have Gurus, unlike in india were most ascetics are initiated by a teacher. but even this is changeing as many yogis realize Cosmic Consciousness they are in turn “retiring” into Gurus who are teaching the second generations of these Modern Sadhus…
The goal of Sadhu is to be one with God. For the Sadhu there is concentration on the breath & the remembrance of God through the recitation of the name of God.
Jai Ma.

Goethe: Aphorisms on Nature

NATURE! We are surrounded and embraced by her: powerless to separate ourselves from her, and powerless to penetrate beyond her.

Without asking, or warning, she snatches us up into her circling dance, and whirls us on until we are tired, and drop from her arms.

She is ever shaping new forms: what is, has never yet been; what has been, comes not again. Everything is new, and yet nought but the old.

We live in her midst and know her not. She is incessantly speaking to us, but betrays not her secret. We constantly act upon her, and yet have no power over her.

The one thing she seems to aim at is Individuality; yet she cares nothing for individuals. She is always building up and destroying; but her workshop is inaccessible.

Her life is in her children; but where is the mother? She is the only artist; working-up the most uniform material into utter opposites; arriving, without a trace of effort, at perfection, at the most exact precision, though always veiled under a certain softness.

Each of her works has an essence of its own; each of her phenomena a special characterisation: and yet their diversity is in unity.

She performs a play; we know not whether she sees it herself, and yet she acts for us, the lookers-on.

Incessant life, development, and movement are in her, but she advances not. She changes for ever and ever, and rests not a moment. Quietude is inconceivable to her, and she has laid her curse upon rest. She is firm. Her steps are measured, her exceptions rare, her laws unchangeable.

She has always thought and always thinks; though not as a man, but as Nature. She broods over an all-comprehending idea, which no searching can find out.

Mankind dwell in her and she in them. With all men she plays a game for love, and rejoices the more they win. With many, her moves are so hidden, that the game is over before they know it.

That which is most unnatural is still Nature; the stupidest philistinism has a touch of her genius. Whoso cannot see her everywhere, sees her nowhere rightly.

She loves herself, and her innumberable eyes and affections are fixed upon herself. She has divided herself that she may be her own delight. She causes an endless succession of new capacities for enjoyment to spring up, that her insatiable sympathy may be assuaged.

She rejoices in illusion. Whoso destroys it in himself and others, him she punishes with the sternest tyranny. Whoso follows her in faith, him she takes as a child to her bosom.

Her children are numberless. To none is she altogether miserly; but she has her favourites, on whom she squanders much, and for whom she makes great sacrifices. Over greatness she spreads her shield.

She tosses her creatures out of nothingness, and tells them not whence they came, nor whither they go. It is their business to run, she knows the road.

Her mechanism has few springs — but they never wear out, are always active and manifold.

The spectacle of Nature is always new, for she is always renewing the spectators. Life is her most exquisite invention; and death is her expert contrivance to get plenty of life.

She wraps man in darkness, and makes him for ever long for light. She creates him dependent upon the earth, dull and heavy; and yet is always shaking him until he attempts to soar above it.

She creates needs because she loves action. Wondrous! that she produces all this action so easily. Every need is a benefit, swiftly satisfied, swiftly renewed.— Every fresh want is a new source of pleasure, but she soon reaches an equilibrium.

Every instant she commences an immense journey, and every instant she has reached her goal.

She is vanity of vanities; but not to us, to whom she has made herself of the greatest importance. She allows every child to play tricks with her; every fool to have judgment upon her; thousands to walk stupidly over her and see nothing; and takes her pleasure and finds her account in them all.

We obey her laws even when we rebel against them; we work with her even when we desire to work against her.

She makes every gift a benefit by causing us to want it. She delays, that we may desire her; she hastens, that we may not weary of her.

She has neither language nor discourse; but she creates tongues and hearts, by which she feels and speaks.

Her crown is love. Through love alone dare we come near her. She separates all existences, and all tend to intermingle. She has isolated all things in order that all may approach one another. She holds a couple of draughts from the cup of love to be fair payment for the pains of a lifetime.

She is all things. She rewards herself and punishes herself; is her own joy and her own misery. She is rough and tender, lovely and hateful, powerless and omnipotent. She is an eternal present. Past and future are unknown to her. The present is her eternity. She is beneficient. I praise her and all her works. She is silent and wise.

No explanation is wrung from her; no present won from her, which she does not give freely. She is cunning, but for good ends; and it is best not to notice her tricks.

She is complete, but never finished. As she works now, so can she always work. Everyone sees her in his own fashion. She hides under a thousand names and phrases, and is always the same. She has brought me here and will also lead me away. I trust her. She may scold me, but she will not hate her work. It was not I who spoke of her. No! What is false and what is true, she has spoken it all. The fault, the merit, is all hers.

So far Goethe.

When my friend, the Editor of NATURE, asked me to write an opening article for his first number, there came into my mind this wonderful rhapsody on “Nature,” which has been a delight to me from my youth up. It seemed to me that no more fitting preface could be put before a Journal, which aims to mirror the progress of that fashioning by Nature of a picture of herself, in the mind of man, which we call the progress of science.

A translation, to be worth anything, should reproduce the words, the sense, and the form of the original. But when that original is Goethe’s, it is hard indeed to obtain this ideal; harder still, perhaps, to know whether one has reached it, or only added another to the long list of those who have tried to put the great German poet into English, and failed.

Supposing, however, that critical judges are satisfied with the translation as such, there lies beyond them the chance of another reckoning with the British public, who dislike what they call “Pantheism ” almost as much as I do, and who will certainly find this essay of the poet’s terribly Pantheistic. In fact, Goethe himself almost admits that it is so. In a curious explanatory letter, addressed to Chancellor von Muller, under date May 26th, 1828, he writes:

“This essay was sent to me a short time ago from amongst the papers of the ever-honoured Duchess Anna Amelia; it is written by a well-known hand, of which I was accustomed to avail myself in my affairs, in the year 1780, or thereabouts.

“I do not exactly remember having written these reflections, but they very well agree with the ideas which had at that time become developed in my mind. I might term the degree of insight which I had then attained, a comparative one, which was trying to express its tendency towards a not yet attained superlative.

“There is an obvious inclination to a sort of Pantheism, to the conception of an unfathomable, unconditional, humorously self-contradictory Being, underlying the phenomena of Nature; and it may pass as a jest, with a bitter truth in it.”

Goethe says, that about the date of this composition of “Nature ” he was chiefly occupied with comparative anatomy; and, in 1786, gave himself incredible trouble to get other people to take an interest in his discovery, that man has a intermaxillary bone. After that he went on to the metamorphosis of plants, and to the theory of the skull; and, at length, had the pleasure of seeing his work taken up by German naturalists. The letter ends thus:—

“If we consider the high achievements by which all the phenomena of Nature have been gradually linked together in the human mind; and then, once more, thoughtfully peruse the above essay, from which we started, we shall, not without a smile, compare that comparative, as I called it, with the superlative which we have now reached, and rejoice in the progress of fifty years.”

Forty years have passed since these words were written, and we look again, “not without a smile, ” on Goethe’s superlative. But the road which led from his comparative to his superlative, has been diligently followed, until the notions which represented Goethe’s superlative are now the commonplaces of science — and we have super-superlative of our own.

When another half-century has passed, curious readers of the back numbers of NATURE will probably look on our best, “not without a smile;” and, it may be, that long after the theories of the philosophers whose achievements are recorded in these pages, are obsolete, the vision of the poet will remain as a truthful and efficient symbol of the wonder and the mystery of Nature.

some poems

I hear and behold God in every object…

I hear and behold God in every object…
Why should I wish to see God better than this day?
I see something of God each hour of the twenty four,
and each moment then,
In the faces of men and women I see God, and in my own face in the glass.
I find letters from God dropped in the street – and every one is signed by God’s name,
And I leave them where they are, for I know that others will punctually come forever and ever.
Walt Whitman (1860)]

A vast similitude interlocks all,
All spheres, grown, ungrown, small, large, suns, moons, planets, comets, asteroids,
All distances, however wide,
All distances of time – all inanimate forms,
All Souls – all living bodies, though they be ever so different, or in different worlds,
All gaseous, watery, vegetable, mineral processes – the fishes, the brutes,
All men and women – me also,
All nations, colors, barbarisms, civilizations, languages,
All identities that have existed, or may exist, on this globe or any globe,
All lives and deaths – all of past, present and future,
This vast similitude spans them, and always has spanned, and shall forever span them, and compactly hold them.
[Leaves of Grass 12]

The soul . . feels herself bird, flower, living water, light …

… … …. . the soul dives
into the joyful beauty of this graceful world,
and feels herself bird, flower, living water, light;
she takes on your robe, primal purity,
and rests, silently, in God.
[Le Bernica (1862)].

The silent stars, interlacing their fires,
ever surging out of endless space,
sparkled like a hail of gold on the waves,
or soared back to swim in the divine ocean . .

Oh nights of my native sky, perfumes of green hills,
dark leaves filled by long, vague sighs,
And you, suns, burning in your celestial steppes,
and you, waves which sing and die away! …

Ecstasy of the senses, magnetic vertigos,
where I whirled, free of fear, thought or words! . .

Nature! Tranquil and immense beauty,
majestic abyss where sacred oblivion sleeps,
why did you not immerse me in your immortal peace?
[Ultra coelos (1862)]

Nature laughs at human suffering,
contemplating only her own grandeur,
she gives to all her sovereign power,
keeping her calm splendour for herself.
[La fontaine aux lianes (1862)]

Friday; June 14th, 2013

the prophets & saints were talking about SOMETHING, just because our tiny itty bitty brain cant handle the Truth does’nt mean its there…
God, energy, life, Tao, Luck, Higher Self, whatever name ya give it….

“The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named is not the eternal name
The nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth
The named is the mother of all things(God)” – Tao Te Ching

all religions at there core share the same truth, on that note all philosophies, even atheistic or empirical models of thought are just more methods to reach the truth…

there is one truth, or it would Not be the Truth….

“Truth is one, sages call it by many names” – Rig-Veda
“hath we all not one father?” -book of Malachi
“84,ooo(infinite symbolic number) paths to enlightenment”- the Buddha
“there is no religion; higher than the truth” – madam Blavatsky
“all is true, nothing is false” – Thelmea

God as described in monism… is that there is only the one true God, the whole absolute…
duelist, monotheist for example; believe in a God separate & above nature…

both are true from different points of veiw, monism leads to transcendence, while duality leads to immanence

Dualist say “there is nothing equal to God”,
the monist says “there IS nothing to equal God”

dualist say; “it is blasphemy to say ‘i am God’ ”
monist say; “it is blasphemy to say ‘i am Not God’ ”

sometimes a monist speaks as though there is duality in reality, this is to avoid unnecessary conflict…
a great Sufi Saint(mystic islam) once proclaimed ” under these garments there is nothing but Allah”
they killed him as a heretic.

God being ever expanding, all encompassing life of all, the substratum revealed after the negation of all things, complete & full, could never fit into any form, God being without form or even formlessness has no face, eyes, ears, hands, feet, or anything else, yet comprises them all utterly & completely giving them all life

after realizing God as all things, realize the self as God and merge forever into God…
thus does the body live out the rest of its days as the embodiment of God, bliss, and revelation…

& Jesus said “Me & my father are one.”

trends in new spirituality

people have been practicing spirituality to free the mind from self-imposed limitations forever now… and it never stpped, there was no break in religions, they always keep pushing forward developing new characteristics…
we can see how american religions developed; hebrews+pagans=catholics-pope=protestant…protestant+americas=JW,Mormons, baptists, Rastas, mystic christians, etc, etc…

now like always religions are changing with the seasons. so it seems our current time harbors spirituality on par with ancient Greece, or India…
lets look at the common beliefs & practices of these newlly emerging spiritualities;

Monism- Many people are starting to consider God as an abstract entity in which all resides in & originates from

Pantheism- developing especially amoung dedicated neo-pagans is the idea that every deity represents an element or “thing”

non-duality- popular in circles that prize eastern spirituality, is Monism taken a step further, mystical monism, the striving towards a monistic state of consciousness, or one-ness with God…

Alters- made popular through Wicca, the practice of erecting a temple by starting home alters or outside alters, they serve as a focal point and houses ritual items

do it yourself Rituals- most people dont beleive that rituals must be performed exactly as instucted so most people just make up there own, sometimes only a few hours before…

Ganja- people like Ganja, they treat it like sacrament like rastas do as a way to make it spiritual

the law of attraction- like attracts like, thoughts attract what you are thinking..

Ancient alien theories- the idea that many of the deities mankind cherishes are actually based on aleins who visited earth in the distant past

meditation- nearlly all religions encourage meditation of some kind, however most new religions teach buddhist or hindu meditations

God as a male/female duality- many people use two deities to represent God the immanent & God the transcendent, also most people understand that GOD has no gender.

namelessness- God has no name other than what people give’em

mysticsism- the idea that anyone can have direct communion with the creator without an intermediary…

human divinity- the idea that in some way the human person is divine, “children of God”

Anamism- the idea that all things are consciouss, inanimate or animate.

Magic- a belief in magic(k), as well as the healing power of prayer

reincarnation- many accept the idea that consciousness lives many lives.

wise words from some wise masters

“let us be silent for so are the gods” –
Pagan wisdom

“Listening not to me but to the Logos,
it is wise to agree that all things are one.”
Heraclitus

“Oneness is like the clear blue sky–everything arises, unfolds, and subsides within its all-compassion. Oneness is our real Self. Everything is an aspect of Oneness. Our quest to know this comes from Oneness.”
Abhinavagupta (Kashmr Saivism)

“Being without passion, behold the source! Being with passion, behold the flow! The two are one–born of the same root, differently named when they appear. Both may be called mystery. Going from mystery to deeper mystery, enter the secret of life!”

Lao Tzu

“Pantheists are ‘monists’…they believe that there is only one Being, and that all other forms of reality are either modes (or appearances) of it or identical with it.”
H. P. Owen

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