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Born Chinmoy Kumar Ghose in the small village of Shakpura in East Bengal (now Bangladesh) in 1931, Sri Chinmoy was the youngest of seven children. In 1944, after both his parents had passed away, 12 year-old Chinmoy entered the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, a spiritual community near Pondicherry in South India. Here he spent the next 20 years in spiritual practice - including long hours of meditation, practising athletics, writing poetry, essays and spiritual songs.

Sri Chinmoy sees aspiration - the heart's ceaseless yearning for ever higher and deeper realities - as the spiritual force behind all great advances in religion, culture, sports and science. By living in the heart and aspiring for continual self-transcendence, men and women can bring forward the best in themselves and find their path to true satisfaction. In his words: 'Our goal is to go from bright to brighter to brightest, from high to higher to highest. And even in the highest, there is no end to our progress, for God Himself is inside each of us and God at every moment is transcending His own Reality'.

Sri Chinmoy entered Mahasamadhi - the mystic process through which spiritual Masters leave the body, on the morning of 11 October 2007

– Indian poet (1931 – 2007)

The Dispassion of Ram

Sri Ram SmallAs we progress on the path leading to Self-Realization, or Moksha, there is a common point that is encountered, exemplified by Ram, known as "the dispassion of Ram" as recorded in the Yoga Vashista. Ram is an incarnation of Vishnu who came to show us what to expect on the path to Moksha, and beyond.

Our story begins when Ram is about 16 years old and has just returned from traveling around his father's kingdom. He sinks into a deep depression because he has realized the futility of life in the universe. He has realized that this universe is not at all real, it is just a mirage or illusion, so what is the purpose of continuing to live in this illusory place? 

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Joseph Hills, Potomac, MD , May 24, 2016 at 11:04 PM | Reply
Dear Visvamitra:

Is thought beyond karma? More specifically, is an individual thought beyond karma? It is created somewhere, but it does not seem to be created by the individual. Isn't one's thought, one's will, one's awareness, all activity, even yagyas, all part of karma?

You have said, more or less, that karma builds after some time of disharmonic actions. Can the first such action be anything other than random? An ultimately, is not any "subsequent" moment anything other than all possibilities expressing itself. If the nature of Reality being infinite means that the awareness of any one Moment is nothing other than a random experience of any one aspect of Reality, understood by the bound mind as a logical and sequential result of cause and effect, how can it be said that an individual chooses or creates? When all simply Is, what is to be done?

I see not where I create a thought, only that the thought or choice is in my awareness when it is in my awareness. So until awareness expands beyond myself, I am helpless. There is no doing, only, what is.

So much talk about doing this and doing that all the time. "Do this or you will suffer..." - but is there really any "averting what has not yet come"? Is such action not simply another aspect of what is?

Yes, to the individual, lost and struggling, "take this action and you will find your way", that is appropriate. But where is the counsel for acceptance? Isn't that the most important truth for the individual bound by limited awareness?
Sri Visvamitra, Cedar Crest, NM, United States , May 24, 2016 at 11:05 PM | Reply
Dear Joseph,

Thought can arise in the mind from 2 sources: 1) Karma and 2) An impulse of the Divine.

Karma is the prime source of thoughts in the mind, from the unwinding of karma or stress during meditation, to thoughts about the past or future. Any thought that is not perfectly in alignment with the present moment would most likely be sourced in karma. The individual can also create a thought. This is the value of a human life, we have the unique ability to create thoughts; we can think a thought. So for example if we meditate and think the mantra, we are creating a thought, a very pure vibration that is not spawned by our karma. This is why meditation can take us beyond our karma to Moksha. The same for yajna, precise thoughts that actually create devas that will ultimately shield us from our karma. We may have a predisposition to meditate from past life karma but the act in this life is a choice we take that literally changes our destiny. Karma is like a wind that blows and it is easy to go with that wind and difficult to oppose it, but we can oppose it. For some, the act of meditation is in direct opposition to the wind, for others the wind is at their back.

The first act of karma would not be random, it would be an action that is literally a mistake. As human beings we have independent free will. Karma creates boundaries that limit our free will. So the first act of karma would be taken by free will with no limitations. The second act would have some boundary imposed by the first act, and so on.
By now, over 150 trillion years into this universe's life, we have all lived countless lifetimes and created mountain ranges of karma. Now, in this life we discover the only way out of this spiraling into the abyss of ignorance is to transcend. We must use the tiny fragment of free left to decide to do something that will allow escape from the web of karma.

Until one transcends and expands awareness, one is hopelessly trapped in the maze of karma. But if we can expand awareness to unbounded awareness, literally to the limits of the universe, which seems infinite and unbounded because we are inside of it, then we have freedom, we have expanded beyond a point value and karma has no place to come to roost. As Maharishi once said, when we achieve Moksha or Cosmic Consciousness, the karma cannot find the individual, "the letter is returned to sender."

Then what happens? Do all thoughts cease to come in the mind? Essentially yes. Only thoughts that are the need of the time will arise; these are the thoughts of the Divine.

Averting what is yet to come is the purpose of yajna. And there are two types of yajna: 1) yajnas that provide a band aid to protect from some specific karma that is likely to come into the life and 2) yajnas that create a permanent shield from all future karma. To have the intelligence and free will necessary to elect to perform yajnas of type 1 is very good and these yajnas will definitely smooth out the bumps in the road, if one continually performs them. But if one is sincere about achieving Moksha, then type 2 becomes a possibility. This type is a gift of the Divine that is waiting for everyone, when we have the clarity to claim it. Then our destiny truly changes and all struggling ceases.

Jai Guru Dev,
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