HOME | Kundalini | Divine Experiences | Karma | Q & A | Glossary | e-Yoga | | About me | Contact me

TheKundaliniYoga.Org
Happiness is our nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside - Ramana Maharshi
Q & A: How desires work? Desires are obstacle in the path to God
 
One more thing I would like to understand is that I have heard that if you desire something the universe conspires to work together in getting your desires fulfilled. I have experience of my desires being fulfilled but they take forever and till that time I have completely lost confidence in achieving that what I have wished for. I understand that my desires and the universe's plan for me may not be aligned (we both may not be in sync with each other) but I want to try and understand how to be aligned with the universe or the source. Also you said that always remember the ultimate goal and that desires are obstacles in achieving the goal. But I think the entire process of achieving each and every desire is a mini goal and is necessary for the journey towards the ultimate goal. I think from my personal experience every time I have desired something I have learnt a new way of looking at life which is helpful in preparing towards achieving the ultimate goal. I know every man's ultimate goal should be to attain GOD and I agree with you that one should be aware of GOD in every moment. I could not understand one thing you said is to ignore the experience. I know in a way ignoring the experiences will surely help one make unbiased decision but what are other reasons for ignoring the experiences. Now I am trying a different thing, I meditate on my breath and ask Mother Shakti to flow through me and connect me to the Source (Her). I read Lalita Sahasranam every day or atleast put the audio and listen to it for half an hour, this has really helped me in my spiritual path.

Lalita (Name changed), USA

Read first part of this topic at Unfulfilled desires: How can one be happy and attain higher self or God?


Tri-gunas (Raja, Sattva, Tamo) give birth to Desires, Thoughts and Actions.

1) "universe conspires to work together in getting your desires fulfilled"

Here is how every individual’s life evolves in my view:

Tri-gunas (Raja, Sattva, Tamo) give birth to Desires, Thoughts and Actions. Thoughts and Actions are called Karma. This Karma (Thoughts and Actions) come back and feed the Trigunas - generating collection of future (and continuing) Trigunas by increasing or reducing respective percentage of each Guna depending on the type of each thought and karma. This is seemingly an unending cycle, therefore the process of birth and death continues infinitely (until the salvation or mukti)

Now, since the desires are product of individual's triguna's, in my view, there is no relationship of person's desires and any external (cosmic) factor in order to fulfill those desires specifically when the ONLY objective is to fulfill the desires themselves and nothing more. Therefore, I do not feel the "universe conspires to work together in getting our desires fulfilled" …until a certain point which I have detailed below in #2. In my view, every individual is the creator of his/her future desires and events. At the same time, the current life (desires and most of the events in current life) are almost pre-decided by their past karma.

Kundalini works to to align with desires and will work to fulfill the desires

2) "I think the entire process of achieving each and every desire is a mini goal and is necessary for the journey towards the ultimate goal."

This is very true. And this is where the ultimate shakti (I call it cosmic power or kundalini within an individual) works to try to align with the desires and will work to fulfill the desires and to eliminate the guna behind each desire...very very slowly. This is when the energy field of human is aligned to the energy field of the universe. Technically the human energy field is a part of the universal energy field. Human energy field is the same as principal universal energy field. That is where they call "Aham Brahmasmi - is a Sanskrit sutra whose English translation is "the core of my being is the ultimate reality, the root and ground of the universe, the source of all that exists." or "Atman (self) is Brahman" or "I am Brahman".

This can happen only when the individual has a Guru and/or his/her kundalini is awakened. But again, awakened kundalini is not solution for every desire and karma. Every person must walk the path of karma and its consequences. God (kundalini) may help ONLY when the desires (and the material problems or material happiness like wealth etc) in the life are obstacles in the path towards the ultimate goal and when the person realizes this fact and when person is trying to get away from these desires and when the person’s past karma and current triguna’s are prohibiting him/her from progressing on his/her path towards the God. Very complex..Isn’t it?

All this is theoretical...Therefore, let us look at the real life where every individual is absolutely tangled in the web of trigunas, thoughts, action and the desires.

In simple words: Consider desires as a "LAKE of MUD" and almost every individual is standing very deep in this mud...Getting out of the mud is almost impossible for any individual because we ourselves are neck deep..Therefore, the need for help from external factors (Shakti). This help arrives ONLY when the person has desire to come out of the mud. To say it the other way - the help does not arrive until the individual is enjoying the mud (desiring the desire’s fulfillment)

Which is the point where the help starts arriving (your point above – when does the "universe conspires to work together in getting your desires fulfilled")?

It is when the individual starts developing desire to get out of mud of "desires". This is the point where the individual understands that "desires" are the poison and he/she needs to get of those to achieve the true bliss. This is the point where "universe starts to conspires to work together in getting your desires fulfilled" and to take you out of the mud slowly. This also means, if someone is trying to align themselves with the Shakti with the objective to fulfill the desires themselves - the external help (or help deep within) is not possible. And this is the case of an average individual…therefore, average individual is not perfectly aligned with the Shakti to eliminate the desires …simply because their objective itself is to fulfil the desires and effectively generate more desires.

Please note: It is extremely slow process for an individual to move to higher plane. Most of the times desires will feed to more desires and if Tamo gun and Rajo gun increase, the person keeps mowing towards the lower planes in the life, this and future one (the deeper he goes in the mud).

How life proceeds to the higher plane - travel from Tamo gun to Satva gun

3) "I have desired something I have learnt a new way of looking at life which is helpful in preparing towards achieving the ultimate goal"

This is sign of a learning individual and exactly this way the life proceeds to the higher plane – material or spiritual (satstd-vivek-buddhi helps individual to choose between right and wrong and in turn helping that individual gat away from the bad and towards the good – travel from Tamo gun to Satva gun.)

Ignore the experience in the spiritual path

4) "I could not understand one thing you said is to ignore the experience. I know in a way ignoring the experiences will surely help one make unbiased decision but what are other reasons for ignoring the experiences."

The divine experiences one gets during the journey to the God are just the signs on the road to the supreme-consciousness or the ultimate bliss. They are not the Goal in themselves. So don’t give too much of value to the experiences and try to ignore them if you can – because there is much bigger battle and things to achieve beyond these experiences.

At the same time, I agree this is not practically possible for a traveler of the path to God...but the reason I say this is this is the ultimate truth every traveler realizes when the individual can clearly see the path towards the God (not necessary that they are close to the God...but I am talking only about the understanding the concept of the God). Is it not good to know this before that realization comes? Experiences do help an individual to stay confirmed on the path..and should not be underestimated for a traveler for whom it is hard to see beyond a particular distance (simply because they haven’t understood or haven’t taken efforts to understand the total concept of the Shakti)...Ignoring happens only in the "relatively" advanced stage, and obviously because the sadhak realizes much bigger battle stands before him beyond this point.

Staying connected to your inner awareness is the key to success.

5) "Now I am trying a different thing, I meditate on my breath and ask Mother Shakti to flow through me and connect me to the Source(Her). I read Lalita Sahasranam every day or atleast put the audio and listen to it for half an hour, this has really helped me in my spiritual path."

Perfect… You should do everything that helps you stay connected to the ultimate Shakti - Bliss. What exactly you do doesn’t matter. That is why they say there are millions of paths to the God, which path you choose depends on individual’s choice. Some are easy some are hard paths..but they all take you to the God. Staying connected to your inner awareness is the key to success....whenever it might come. In Bhagvad Gita, Lord Krishna tells Arjuna - the path of the inner awareness is the path that the God loves (I guess its shloka 46...). In my view "awareness of staying connected to the Shakti" is the 2nd best path after the Bhakti yoga. God loves the Bhakti yogi’s the most and their place in the world of God is the ultimate. Bhakti yoga is the supreme....

Thank you.
Mahendra Joshi

Ask a Question       Q&A Home page     Most Recent Q&A
 


 
Q & A: How desires work? Desires are obstacle in the path to God Topics: God and Desires, Attachments
 
  

 Divine Thoughts for Seekers: 

   Subscribe for eYoga

Yoga is an exact science. It aims at the harmonious development of body, mind and soul. Everyone should follow one Yoga as their primary Yoga (based on their character). Then we must combine Karma Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Gyan Yoga. This “Yoga Synthesis” will lead one to the God.
    
 HOME | Kundalini | Divine Experiences | Karma | Q & A | Glossary | e-Yoga | | About me | Contact me
TheKundaliniYoga.Org
Kundalini Yoga is also known by the names: Siddha Yoga, Sahaj Yoga, Shaktipat Yoga, Maha Yoga, Shakti Yoga or Kriya Yoga