FAQs On Spirituality and Self

There are many different points of views across different spiritual traditions regarding all of life, death and beyond, especially about the Self. Here are some ways to discover our inner truth based on self-introspection and deciding what feels right to you.

1. SELF CONCEPT: Is Spirituality about being Selfish or Self-centred (focusing on yourself and immediate needs) or is it about being Selfless and being a Martyr (sacrificing yourself for others)?

While some religions in the past have glorified selflessness and giving up your life for welfare of others, a few modern spiritual leaders have introduced the idea of being selfish and self-centered by putting yourself first and above all. Finding the balance between these two extreme views can feel hard to most of us.

However, the concept of Self or our True Self is all inclusive, in the sense that we care for ourself, as well as others when needed and as far as possible, while being aware that our inner consciousness can indeed expand and include in its welfare, ourself, our close family and mates, as well as our expanded universe or all that is as we learn, grow and evolve spiritually. As we learn more in our soul’s journey our idea about who we are can transform from personal or limited physicality to universal consciousness. This is however easier to appreciate intelectually than to experience holistically and most of us are still learning to heal ourself and our near ones while parallelly working on planetary and universal healing.

2. WORLD CONCEPT: Is Spirituality about being Otherworldly and disconnected from earth to the point of letting go of all things, or is it about being Worldly wise and focusing on law of attraction to have as much pleasure, wealth or success as possible?

A lot of people have wondered if our world is illusion and if there is another world which is more ‘true’ than this one over here. As such countless people believed in heaven, other-worlds, faerylands, higher dimensions where we are directly in touch wih Truth. On the opposite spectrum are people who believe in the world alone, and that whatever we have to experience happens on earth itself and because we live only once, we have to achieve as much success, fame, prosperity, enjoyment or pleasure as we can before we die. Both point of views can be hard to reconcile for most of us.

At the same time there is a new wave of realization that describes this world as well as other-worlds, as a direct manifestation of our own choices and consciousness levels. We create our universe, our heaven or hell, our life or afterlife and our next level of reality according to this point of view, and not necessarily consciously as our subconscious patterns are likely to be overwhelming. The more we meditate the more we connect with the Source of all there is and become conscious to willingly manifest or attract all our realities both worldly and other-worldly with awareness.

3. SENSITIVITY: Is Spirituality about losing all your sensitivity and being totally unaffected by anything or anyone, or is it about being super-sensitive and getting affected by everything and everyone to the point you cannot take it?

On one hand spiritual meditators say that they are detached from the world and from all thoughts, and connected with deep inner peace and bliss only, and on the other hand we have empaths and healers who can feel, sense and channel energies of people next to them or very far away, or of the planet or other beings, even if it hurts. Many of us try to walk the fine line between being detached from others and being connected with others at an emotional and heart level.

A new perscpective is that we are deeply interconnected with all beings as we are One with all and even as we feel like we are separate souls, we are all part of the One Soul or True Self. Therefore while we can feel intense emotions of others, channel energies and be able to see and feel the situations of other people, past, present or future and even other beings, we can also heal them and ourself simultaneously. As we feel the pain and suffering of others we also have the power to heal the pain and as we send healing so does a part of us receive it because the universe is within. The peace and bliss experienced as a result is the real key to liberation, instead of through detaching from everyone and being unconcerned about others.

4. YOGA: Is Spiritual Meditation about breathing techniques and exercises of the body or is it about concentration and mind?

Some spiritual churches and communities advocate concentrating or’meditating upon’ special holy words or specific images as the way to develop spiritually. Others believe in guided meditation or creative visualization for healing and manifesting a desired life, regardless of religion. At the same time there is a belief that meditation is about breathing exercises or focusing upon breath through ‘Pranayama’ , or observing our physical postures, physical exercises or ‘Hatha Yoga’ which is generally equated with Yoga, or ‘Raja yoga’ which is focused on ‘third-eye’ awakening.

The ‘inner’ view of meditation as a way of self-realization and being aware of ‘Who I Am’, or ‘I Am’ consciousness is quite different. In this point of view meditation is not about focusing on anything outside, such as words, music, images, physical sensations, mudras, eye gazing, postures, exercises, energy work or breath.  Those are various other yogas, whereas meditation is about observing your True Self ‘Within’, not limited to your physicality, mind or breath, but an ‘inner consciousness ‘ which is beyond body and mind. It is a receptive state of openness through which truth can be channeled or realized without making our mind focus on a specific object or activity. If we do begin with focusing on breath, physical action or mental activity or any specific visualization we have to let go of that and focus on simply ‘being with ourself.’

5. GOD: Is Spirituality about relating with a separate being called God above, or is it about being nice and cordial to everyone and living in harmony with outside world?

The traditional ‘theistic’ ideology that there is superior being called ‘God’ who is all-powerful beyond us, and above all of creation has dominated for millenia. We are taught by these systems that spirituality is all about devotional worship of ‘God’ and that belief in ‘God’ will lead us to heaven. We are asked to relate less with the world and more with ‘God’. On the other hand we have also been taught that we must be good to others and live our life in harmony with other people so that we have a good relationship with the world. Atheistic views on the other hand are solely ‘world’ focused with no idea about God or any superior invisible being.

The new understanding of God as not a deity to be worshipped but our True Self to be realized as our own Higher Consciousness, a Higher State of Being that is within all of us Right Now is emerging through Self Realization. The basis of this rationality is that we have all emerged from the same One and therefore contain the essence or energy within and never separate from the Source. In this sense, we need not die to be with God ‘above’ in ‘heaven’ or because God within us here and now, embodied and living as all of us and awaiting realization and awakening. We can be of loving service to the universe until our last breath and therefore unite with God while alive in whichever way we can by knowing Who We Are and Being One with Our True Self.

6. STRESS: Is spirituality about avoiding stress and responsibilities by closing our eyes or is it about taking a lot of stress and solving problems with our physical or mental efforts?

The belief that spirituality is about closing our eyes and isolating ourself from the world like an ascetic or monk is an age-old one. Some people even develop a latent anger or hate towards the world and avoid any responsibility whatsoever for their own family, society, or other creatures in an attempt to be spiritually higher or ‘holier’. At the other end of the spectrum, we have people who are highly stressed out trying to live for others, serving their families at the expense of their own health, working hard for serving corporate machinery and striving through our physical efforts or mental work to solve problems. Are they the real spiritual heroes who work out there and keep our systems going?

Spirituality as inner work, which is not stressful but a state of relaxed self-awareness and inner-transformation is now in practice. We try to neither isolate ourself through cutting off from family, friends and society and being ‘superior’, or get overworked in striving for the good of others while being stressed and drained ourself. Through our inner peace and inner joy, we discover why we are here in the world, we discover our inner source of unconditional love and kindness which is not something to ‘expect’ from the world, but to ‘accept’ within your heart to share, expand and grow in loving consciousness all our life. As we share our own inner treasure of love, peace and joy, we can relax, destress and be aware that we manifest our universe and that all beings are interconnected through our inner-self.

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Positive Movie: Samadhi (Part1 – Maya, The Illusion of the Self)

We all love movies but there are only a few that have managed to enlighten and draw attention, not to the outer world of crime, glamour and superstition that we are so used to in commercial cinema, but to the inner world of the Self.

For the beginner on the path of self-realization, this is one movie we highly recommend. Even for many of us on the spiritual path, who believe we have achieved spiritual success, this film helps in discovering true spirituality which is not about spiritual style but discovering the essence of our inner self.

Samadhi Part 1 (Maya the Illusion of the Self) is the first installment of a series of films exploring Samadhi. You can purchase a high definition copy of the film for download to your computer here: http://www.innerworldsmovie.com/index… Samadhi Part 2 “It’s Not What You Think” will be coming soon.

There are aspects in this film that rely on your understanding of concepts such as the primordial spiral, the logos, akasha, kundalini which can be found in the film “Inner Worlds Outer Worlds”. This can be watched for free at www.innerworldsmovie.com

Meanwhile you can watch the free youtube version of this entire first part of Samadhi here:

Brain/ Mind/Consciousness-‘Knowing The Knower’

Is human consciousness all about our brain and neurons? Or could there be something deeper to it?

There is no evidence existing which necessarily proves neural activities are the CAUSE of consciousness. Though they indicate CORRELATIONS only, in fact perceptual studies have accumulated plenty of evidences which disproves CAUSATION by brain.

Take for instance, the famous claim by John Searle, Slusser Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley: that neural activity and conscious experience stand in the same relationship as molecules of H2O to water, with its properties of wetness, coldness, shininess and so on. The analogy fails as the level at which water can be seen as molecules, on the one hand, and as wet, shiny, cold stuff on the other, are intended to correspond to different “levels” at which we are conscious of it. But the existence of levels of experience or of description presupposes consciousness. Water does not intrinsically have these levels. We cannot therefore conclude that when we see what seem to be neural correlates of consciousness that we are seeing consciousness itself.

While neural activity of a certain kind is a necessary condition for every manifestation of consciousness, from the lightest sensation to the most exquisitely constructed sense of self, it is neither a sufficient condition of it, nor, still less, is it identical with it. If it were identical, then we would be left with the insuperable problem of explaining how intracranial nerve impulses, which are material events, could “reach out” to extra-cranial objects in order to be “of” or “about” them. Straightforward physical causation explains how light from an object brings about events in the visual cortex. No such explanation is available as to how those neural events are “about” the physical object. Biophysical science explains how the light gets in but not how the gaze looks out.

Many features of ordinary consciousness also resist neurological explanation. Take the unity of consciousness. I can relate things I experience at a given time (the pressure of the seat on my bottom, the sound of traffic, my thoughts) to one another as elements of a single moment. Researchers have attempted to explain this unity  by invoking Quantum coherence however this fails  because they assume that an objective unity or uniformity of nerve impulses would be subjectively available, which, of course, it won’t be. Even less would this explain the unification of entities that are, at the same time, experienced as distinct. My sensory field is a many-layered whole that also maintains its multiplicity. There is nothing in the convergence or coherence of neural pathways that gives us this “merging without mushing”, this ability to see things as both whole and separate.

Here are also problems with notions of the self, with the initiation of action, and with free will. Science begins when we escape our first-person subjective experience. Thus, measurement takes us further from experience and the phenomena of subjective consciousness to a realm where things are described in abstract but quantitative terms. To do its work, physical science has to discard “secondary qualities”, such as color, warmth or cold, taste – in short, the basic contents of consciousness. For the physicist then, light is not in itself bright or colorful, it is a mixture of vibrations in an electromagnetic field of different frequencies. The material world, far from being the noisy, colorful, smelly place we live in, is colorless, silent, full of odorless molecules, atoms, particles, whose nature and behavior is best described mathematically. In short, physical science is about the marginalization, or even the disappearance, of phenomenal appearance, the redness of red wine or the smell of a smelly dog.

Consciousness, on the other hand, is all about phenomenal appearances. As science moves from appearances and toward quantities that do not themselves have the kinds of manifestation that make up our experiences, an account of consciousness in terms of nerve impulses must be a contradiction in terms. There is nothing in physical science that can explain why a physical object such as a brain should ascribe appearances to material objects that do not intrinsically have them.

Our failure to explain consciousness in terms of neural activity inside the brain inside the skull is not due to technical limitations which can be overcome. It is due to the self-contradictory nature of the task, of which the failure to explain “aboutness”, the unity and multiplicity of our awareness, the explicit presence of the past, the initiation of actions, the construction of self are just symptoms. We cannot explain “appearings” using an objective approach that has set aside appearing as unreal and which seeks a reality in mass/energy that neither appears in itself nor has the means to make other items appear. The brain, seen as a physical object, no more has a world of things appearing to it than does any other physical object.

From the Vedic literature, we learn that there is a conscious self that is separate from the  body. Obviously, we are conscious of every single impulse that the senses of our body deals with. There is perfect interaction. So science will question how the self can interact so well with the body if it is not part of the body. And why is consciousness affected when changes are made to the brain? If the self is separate, then consciousness should not be affected. These are the arguments of science, and the Vedic literature offers some very interesting answers. If these arguments are answered, then why not consider an alternative viewpoint, as described in the Vedic literature?

There have been top scientists at such places as the University of Virginia using the strictest standards for documenting and researching particular phenomena. They have been able to demonstrate conclusive findings in over hundreds of test cases with patients who were, according to all known laws of physics, technically in a state of unconsciousness, or in a coma due to a heart attack or accident. The patients, after being brought back to consciousness, explained in detail what procedures had been performed to revive them. They described themselves as floating out of their body, up into the room, looking down and watching the medical procedures the doctors were performing on them. There was no possibility that they could have dreamed this as subsequent tests have shown. This shows that there is a difference between the brain and the mind, and that the mind or consciousness can continue working even though the brain is impaired and hardly functioning at all, as in a comatose state.

In the near-death experience we have the description of what happened to the individuals when they were revived, but what if they had not re-entered their body? What if the patients could not be revived? If they had died, where would they have gone? Or is death simply the end of everything? When someone dies, the relatives may cry and exclaim, “Oh, he is gone, he has left us.” But what is gone? He is lying there, or at least the body is. So if he is gone, then it is that part you have not seen that is gone. So what is it?

WHAT   IS   IT  ?

What is it , which is so difficult  to figure out with the help of mere intellect of academic studies? however it has become one of the major topics of curiosity in the field of modern science today. Is it worth knowing anything else without knowing the knower itself?

Since the beginning of life wisest men have always realized that knowing the knower is the highest form of knowledge in fact the ultimate purpose..let us be conscious about the consciousness itself, let us be on the path of knowing the knower ..Let us REALIZE  SELF…

Five Secrets of Our Soul


Who are we? Why are we here? People have begun to ask these questions now as our intelligence develops as a powerful specie on earth. Here are a few thoughts to help ease our mind and provide deeper perspectives regarding our spiritual truth.

1. We all have a Common Essence: Everything that has a form has also a deep formless energy at the core as being discovered scientifically and understood spiritually for ages. Basic logic would tell us that everything that exists in formation must have emerged from a formless primordial state. This state of energy would be beyond body and mind. This inner peace and thought-free state of being can be found through meditation as our true Self. It is within us all the time.

2. Our Common Inner Self is Infinite in Potential: The inner state of peace and pure consciousness that is the creator energy is simply an infinite potentiality which is capable of taking innumerable forms. It is like a zero that twists into infinity. As the zero state has infinite potential it simultaneously exists in infinite forms right now while being zero at the same time. It manifests as the omniverse with infinite number of beings of infinite variety including our present form.

3. Everything is Energy Changing Form through Innumerable Deaths and Rebirths: We all know energy is neither created, nor destroyed…it only changes form. If we are energy, which we most certainly are, and our true self is the primordial energy of the creator, we have existed in innumerable forms in past, present and future in infinite universes. We are in truth multidimensional beings existing throughout space and time through this self-created illusion of infinity.

4. We Have Forgotten Our Essence for a Purpose: As our true self is our common One soul, infinite and multidimensional it manifests with the help of Ego. Our ego is not necessarily evil. It is a limited self belief to help us stay grounded in one particular reality at a time. In each lifetime we forget who we are and create a new body and a new story to express various potentials, talents, skills, thoughts, and to have various experiences, both good and bad. We encounter various people and creatures and go through various situations that mirror ourself back at us. Through these various egos we learn various aspects of who we are systematically to fulfil our infinite potential step by step.

5. We Remember Who We Are Sooner or Later: As the one divine consciousness or creator energy within us feels more and more fulfilled through various forms and incarnations, it begins to develop higher forms of intelligence. In human form we begin to remember that we are the One and we have not only reincarnated once but infinitely to become all there is. All of us begin to see ourselves as various parts of our common self. Thus the world starts to heal with love, respect, peace and kindness to all beings through this divine interconnection.

Ten Fears Transformed Through Self Awareness

In this world everything is created out of our energy. We can choose to resonate love, peace and positive energy right now and life would be nothing but wonderful. Yet in the deep throes of our unconscious mind we might have carried fears for several lifetimes. These fears have all possibility of becoming real unless we transform them through our inner light of truth.

  1. Fear of Losing: All greed, attachment and selfishness was due to our false fear of losing something. Within us is an unlimited source of positive energy  that constantly creates all there is. There is nothing to lose because everything in the world is right now within. See the unlimited universe within you right now.universe-1
  2. Fear of Accepting: We all carry the positive energy of the creator within us. We all are deserving of endless happiness and our life is merely a dance of joy. To accept our highest good is natural when we are attuned to the inner good within us and hidden within everything.flower-213415_960_720
  3. Fear of Love: We hurt ourselves and each others due to fear. Love is the bridge that merges the I and You into one. Our limited egos are dissolved through self awareness and love is all that remains. In truth this is a wonderful experience of awakening. Our separation is illusion. Open yourself to your true nature which is love.heart-462873_960_720
  4. Fear of Being Alone: The depression and loneliness of society has roots in our ignorance of what is within us. We can be supremely self-content and happy right now. Real happiness is not a result of outer things or people. All things and people outside are reflections of the inner self. Be with the inner self and all is healed with real happiness which has no cause except itself.alone
  5. Fear of Failure: Did you know that in truth there is no thing called failure? We always manifest 100% of what we resonate. In life each moment is totally created by us. As such we always succeed in getting whatever it is that we hold in mind. The universal laws totally serve us without any conditions. Nothing stops us from achieving anything at all in this world which is our projection.mind
  6. Fear of Success: More than failure people have feared success. False conditioning was based on imagining that the world is a bad place where evil succeeds. We were jealous or resentful of success of others and also of ourselves due to this misguided perception. Real success is all about being positive which creates all good things. Simply see yourself and everyone as deserving of amazing success by forgiving the past and allowing the positive now in full abundance.pumpkins-1004417_960_720 (1).jpg
  7. Fear of Trust: Unhappiness comes with an expectation of something from others. Trust heals this by helping us realize that everything naturally follows our own karma. Whatever we send returns our way through the illusion of others. The law of nature is absolute and it sets us free through perfect trust. All is well if we are well from within. Automatically positive situations and people surround us when we are positive. Trust yourself.awareness-1052371_960_720.jpg
  8. Fear of Responsibility: We have underestimated our own power at times. The fear of incapability is false. When we awaken to our inner truth we activate this amazing power or Shakti within us that creates not just our life but all life, not just our limited universe but all multidimensional universes. Doing anything is easy if you let go of fear and let your inner god or goddess take over.force.jpg
  9. Fear of Control: Conspiracy theorists would have you believe that the world is controlled by certain beings while we are all victims of evil. In truth all controls of the world are placed by our inner self who is wise and all powerful. We create the world. All the rules of our universe are there to help us arrange our world beautifully. In truth there is no chaos but a natural rhythm within each particle. All is perfect in itself.leaves-1708525_960_720
  10. Fear of Letting Go: Ego or ignorance kept us trapped in our limited experiences from time to time. We felt blocked in our own cage of limited beliefs chosen by us out of fear. We have the choice right now to shed all our limitations and accept our inner unlimited self which is everywhere, in all things and in all beings. This can happen, not by a desire to escape, but very naturally through self awareness. Meditation automatically raises our inner power towards liberation.meditation-1384758_960_720swatiprakash  Swati Prakash is a spiritual author and can be followed on www.amazon.com/author/swatiprakash

7 Ways to Transform Anything Negative to Positive

When anything negative presents itself you need not react with stress, anger, frustration, worry, guilt, fear or escapism. While you might think that these reactions are natural, truth is that by our true nature we are powerful, positive, calm and self-content from deep within. Here is how you self-realized people handle negative energy or situations:

  1. Stress to Peace: No matter what the magnitude or severity of the life situation you are faced with, breathe! Allow yourself to be in the present moment which is NOW instead of staying in the energy of what just happened. Right now is the moment of transformation. Do not think or say that something negative is happening right now because it is not. ‘NOW’ is a state of meditation where there is only peace and inner silence. Tune into it. This is the first and most important step to transformation.meditating-1170645_960_720
  2. Anger to Forgiveness: This is not the time to find who is to blame. Whether or not someone takes responsibility for what happened, you can now take responsibility of how you handle this moment. Whether or not someone learns a lesson, your responsibility is for what you learn. Wanting to punish someone, return them the negative energy or harm them back is unwise because this will only drain your energy out and create negativity within you. This moment is precious and only with peace, love and forgiveness can you ensure that you focus on what matters – the highest good. Whether or not someone feels sorry, let go, forgive and be free.beauty-655958_960_720.jpg
  3. Frustration to Gratitude: Instead of saying ‘Why me?’ say ‘Wow me!’ You were chosen by the universe within you to handle this because you are capable of it.You are indeed amazing and your powers are infinite. To see the truth of this statement is to know yourself.  This experience is leaving you richer and wiser than ever before. This is an opportunity and a gift. Feel thankful that you have what it takes. gift-444518_960_720
  4. Worry to Trust: You might be wondering if things will get better, but the truth is things are better right now, regardless of how they appear to be. All possibilities and probabilities exist within you right now. In an alternate universe the perfect and most positive alternate reality exists right now and you can draw that towards you through trust. Imagine that things are absolutely alright now, be totally sure that all is well, feel the positive situation so deeply that it is impossible for it not to happen. The law of nature is that what you believe becomes real right now, trust it perfectly!human-1177413_960_720
  5. Guilt to Self-Love: You are not the same person you thought you were a moment ago. Your awareness levels are infinitely greater than ever. The past you may have made mistakes, but the present you has learned from them and loves you for your mistakes. No matter what you did, it was the past you and not the present you. To love who you are right now is the only thing you need to do. Everything rearranges itself around you, even the entire universe, because you are love and you transform everything.face-66317_960_720
  6. Fear to Acceptance: When you are afraid of something you try to run away from it, yet it chases you constantly, because it is only a part of you that you were running away from. The universe is within you and everything as well as everyone is within in a very real way. Do not be afraid of yourself because you are truth and there is no escaping you. No matter how great the negative energy, when it touches you it transforms to love and light because that is what you are. Embrace and transform everything now.rainbow
  7. Escapism to Awareness: Ignoring a problem will not change anything, going on a shopping spree will not help you escape the reality, going on a trip or movies or drugs will not be of consequence either. The more you avoid this transformation the more you will increase the gap between your real self and your outer self. The moment of truth is right now. If not now then when? And remember the only thing transforming is your awareness of who you are. There is no God or Devil, demon or angel controlling your life or controlling the world. It is only you everywhere in everything. If not you then who? You are not your physical or limited self. Know Thyself!ascension-1568162_960_720Swati Prakash is a spiritual author and can be followed on www.amazon.com/author/swatiprakashswatiprakash

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