H.G. Matsyavatar Das

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Winning the Shadow - Part I

I would like to offer the following reflection, divided into some topics.
" Spiritual Cosmology".
In the spiritual world,
Paravyoma, all living beings are perfect.
The highest heaven coincides with the abode of Vishnu,
Vishnu paramam padam, which manifests the highest perfection.
Gradually descending from the highest spiritual dimension, we can reach the boundary of the Vaikuntha planets, the abode of the creatures without conditionings. Their desires are perfect, as long as they continue to desire in a pure way. The perfection of desire coincides with the freedom to desire. At the same time, it is just the free will that favors the potential risk of falling from that dimension, but an attempt to explain this phenomenon with the rational mind will bear no fruit, because the mind is the instrument of
prakriti that can not contemplate or grasp the spiritual dimension (purusha).
Descending to the lower heavenly planets, one can find the
Siddha Loka, where the living creatures are endowed with special siddhis or perfect capacities. The inhabitants of these planets are perfectly intelligent beings: beautiful, strong, gifted with special talents; each one vibrates with a characteristic virtue, as if it were a ray [of the sun] of Vishnu.
From the lowest heavenly planets, the living beings can easily fall to the median planets like the earth, Bhumidevi, where the human beings temporarily stay. Conversely there are people from the median planets like the Earth are to be reborn on the heavenly planets, lower or higher, but yet they can not be defined as freed
Jivas as these living beings still have residues of the material attachments and are still identified with the contents of their psyche. Finding themselves in such a condition, they can not reach the dimension sat-cit-ananda-vigraha of Vaikuntha.
"Envy: a major cause of the fall."
The overview that I have offered is to introduce a fundamental concept: it is envy that most oppresses and plunges the consciousness into the lower states of being. Even in the biblical tradition and in the three derivative traditions of monotheism of the Middle East, Lucifer, the brightest angel, falls from his position out of envy towards God. As Krishna states in Bhagavad-gita, among the five categories of
anartha, envy is the most dangerous. Dante in The Divine Comedy identifies lust, anger and greed (which envy is an immediate derivative) as the three doors that bring to hell. One must never indulge, never cross the threshold of these three gates of hell, even when the entry appears gold, large, inviting and studded with diamonds.
What mostly prevents a conditioned psyche from getting back on the upper heavenly planets? We'll find the answer to this question in the second part of the article.

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