(Deeksha) - Section A – Article #16
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I have heard a lot about the idea of enlightenment. What is it really?
Is enlightenment really possible in this day and age?
A. Simply stated, enlightenment is the dissolution of the sense of a
fixed, separate self. Once we realize that our concept of the self is
an illusion, we become capable of experiencing ourselves as a flow of
consciousness that is no longer subject to the limits and conditioning
of the mind. And yes, it is possible in this day and age.
Q. Why is that?
A. It has to do with an evolutionary cycle for humanity and the Earth.
We are moving out of a Kali Yuga, an age of darkness and chaos, into
a Satya Yuga, an age of awakening into light. This transition began in
the year 2003 AD, and will reach a ‘critical mass’ by the
end of the year 2012 AD.
Q. How can Bhagavan claim to simply give enlightenment to people?
A. Many people associate enlightenment with extraordinary effort, struggle,
discipline, and asceticism – resulting from a total renunciation
of the world and complete dedication to the spiritual path. Nothing can
be further from the truth. Enlightenment cannot be achieved through effort,
no matter how hard you try. In fact, these efforts themselves can become
our greatest obstacle! It is would be like trying to pull yourself out
of quicksand by tugging at your own hair. Most Indian traditions teach
that enlightenment can only be given as a gift of grace. In this case,
the grace is a product of a neurobiological change in the brain.
Q. How does this neurobiological shift happen?
A. It happens through means of a transfer of energy known as the ‘deeksha’,
which is programmed by Bhagavan and Amma to re-pattern the structure
and physiology of the brain. Once this process completes itself, a person
finds himself or herself in a permanent state of enlightenment. This
is not necessarily a mystical state, but simply a state of experiencing
reality as it is, without the limiting filters and conditioning of the
Q. Would I have to give up my present lifestyle if I were to become enlightened?
A. Only if you want to. You do not have to go vegetate in a cave somewhere,
unless you feel like it. Bhagavan emphasizes that enlightenment is a
very natural state, and that a person would if anything become much more
functional, joyful, loving, and efficient in every aspect of life.
Q. Do I have to change my religion in order to come to the Golden City?
A. Religion has nothing to do with enlightenment, nor even spirituality.
It is a purely neurobiological phenomenon. Once enlightened, your guiding
light will come from within yourself, and you will reconnect with the
essence within whatever religion or spiritual tradition you belong to
or don’t belong to.
Q. I have heard that enlightenment is a gift. Why do you then charge
money for this, and why so much?
A. Yes, enlightenment is a gift, just as money is a gift. The money goes
almost entirely towards the upkeep and maintenance of the campuses, and
towards the construction of the Oneness Temple and associated buildings.
All the members of Oneness University, including Amma and Bhagavan, live
an extremely simple lifestyle.
Q. How long will it take to become enlightened?
A. It depends on many factors, including the state of your chakras and
nadis, your childhood conditioning, your fears and resistance to change,
your concepts of God, and your karmic destiny. Some people have become
enlightened with just one deeksha, others require a much longer period
of time. Bhagavan says that everyone, as long as they are in a human
body, WILL become enlightened.
Q. What about people who have died?
A. Once the mass enlightenment takes place, they too will become enlightened,
Q. How can you promise enlightenment in such a short time, when so many
of us have been struggling for lifetimes without coming an inch closer
A. It is not so short a time. Humanity has been on the path for a very
We have now entered the Golden Age, and new energies are available to
humanity that was not available before. Bhagavan says that we have already
done our sadhana. Now is the time to complete this journey as a human
Q. Is enlightenment the end of our spiritual journey? What comes afterwards?
A. No, it is like stepping through a doorway into a new world, but the
journey is without limits! The journey is just beginning.
Q. How will I know when I become enlightened?
A. You will know you are enlightened when you are no longer trying to
become enlightened. Suffering is essentially the resistance to experiencing
reality as it is. Once enlightened you will no longer be forever seeking
to change, deny, defend, or deify your experience of reality. You will
naturally experience the present moment for what it is.
Q. What does enlightenment look like?
A. Bhagavan speaks of enlightenment as making a hole in the wall of your
mind. For some people it may take a little longer than for others.
For some people it may be a tiny crack at first, while for others the
entire wall may collapse at once. Regardless of how it happens, once
you experience the hole in the wall, you can walk through the hole into
a different perception of reality. Our senses become much more acute.
Mystical realities begin to interpenetrate the ordinary realities of
our daily lives. As we dissolve the sense of separateness that has kept
us walled off from the rest of the universe, the entire universe can
move and flow through us! But this must be experienced directly!
Will I be able to perform miracles when I become enlightened?
A. All life will become a miracle when you release the rigid conditioning
of the human mind. What you call miracles then become the normal experience
Q. Will I be able to do my ordinary work when I become enlightened?
A. You will not be plucked out of the world. You will continue to live
your life, do your work, and engage in your relationships. As you become
more present with each moment, each ordinary moment will become an extraordinary
Q. Will my relationships change when I become enlightened, and how?
A. You will discover that what you have called love was simply the survival
needs of a neurotic self. You will begin to experience unconditional
love and limitless joy in all your relationships, including your relationship
Q. Is mass enlightenment really possible, or is this wishful thinking?
A. The idea of mass enlightenment is based on natural law. Whether you
call it the ‘hundredth monkey phenomenon’ or the law of ‘entrainment’,
the idea is that when you have a certain number of people holding a ‘higher’ state
of consciousness, what we call a ‘critical mass’, the mass
consciousness automatically comes into resonance with it.
Q. What is a morphogenetic field?
A. A ‘morphogenetic field’ is a term coined by biologist
Rupert Sheldrake to represent a field of consciousness specific to a
given species. The more members of a species that exhibit a certain trait,
or vibrate to a certain consciousness, the easier it becomes for all
the other members of that species to ‘entrain’ with that
trait or consciousness!
Q. Will I be able to heal people when I become enlightened?
A. What often happens is that your chakras and nadis become activated
upon getting enlightened, which in turn activates the capacity for healing
the body as well as emotional patterns from the past. The capacity for
healing increases even more once you become God-realized.
Q. Do you find that synchronicities in your life increase once you become
A. Once you become enlightened, you are no longer trying to run your
life from your limited perceptions of life and reality. You find that
the entire universe moves through you. Synchronicities become a way of
life, opportunities come your way with seemingly little effort, and life
becomes spontaneous and easy.
Q. It seems that enlightenment is generally an Eastern concept. Is it
the same as becoming one with God?
A. It is a difference in emphasis. You can be enlightened without being
God-realized. You can also be God-realized without being enlightened.
But when the two go together, then you truly have the grace, power, and
splendour of divine consciousness radiating through everything you are
Q. I keep hearing that Amma and Bhagavan are avatars. What is an avatar?
A. An avatar is a descent of divine consciousness, and can take many
forms for many different purposes in order to accelerate the process
of human evolution. We are at a time now as we enter the Golden Age when
we preparing to transcend our current level of dualistic consciousness.
Amma and Bhagavan are here with the specific mission to help humanity
along this path.
Q. What happens during the process offered by Oneness University?
A. You enter a fairly intense process of self-examination called “samskara
shuddhi” during which you are offered the opportunity to see yourself
from many facets, including the deep, dark and ugly. You see and clear
your emotional issues, your negative conditioning and childhood patterns,
and let go of the fixed ideas that have held you in suffering for so
long. You then move along into a process of emptying, through which you
see “through” the self, and thereby free yourself from the
self. From this new state of being, one is prepared for the final phase
of the 21-day process, which is the Divine Descent.
Q. I have experienced states of enlightenment before. What makes this
A. Perhaps it is not so different in some ways. The morphogenetic field
of enlightenment is sweeping the planet, and many who have never been
exposed to these states are spontaneously beginning to experience them
all over the world. What many people experience with the deekshas, however,
are not just occasional peak experiences but a neurobiological change
in the brain, leading to a permanent state of enlightenment.
Q. What is this dark night of the soul we hear so much about? It feels
a bit frightening to me.
A. When we bring more light into the body, there is a corresponding emotional
and biological reaction. Old barriers, physical blocks, and emotional
patterns come to the surface in order to be released. The dark night
of the soul represents a cleansing of the personal unconscious in preparation
for a deeper descent of light, and is usually considered as a prerequisite
for the deeper stages of mastery. Jesus experienced this dark night of
the soul prior to his public mission as he ‘wrestled with Satan’ in
the wilderness. Buddha also experienced this during his process of enlightenment
as he fought the ‘temptations of Mara’. It is only frightening
as long as we are afraid to die. Once we realize that there is no ‘self’ left
to die, a new dawn can begin.
Q. You are now talking about the descent of divine beings into your body.
What does this have to with enlightenment? Is this the same as channelling?
A. This process of divine descent is being offered here at Golden City
as a prelude to God-realization. It is not the same as enlightenment.
Enlightenment is the emptying out of the sense of ‘self’.
The divine descent is the process of becoming a vehicle for divine personalities,
such as Christ, Maitreya, Kalki, or Mahdi, whose presence within you
gradually increases according to your intent and desire for planetary
service. This divine descent can begin as a form of ‘channelling’,
in which ‘you’ are still separate from the divine beings
that come through you, but over time you actually become the embodied
manifestation of these primordial energies. Perhaps the most famous example
of this is the process through which Jesus received the baptism of John,
and received the divine descent of the ‘holy spirit’ in the
form of a dove. From that point on he became Jesus Christ.
Q. How do I know that this ‘induction’ is not a form of possession?
A. Possession is an uninvited and unwanted intrusion of energy, generally
detrimental to the person’s experiences of life, work, and relationships.
The induction is a freely chosen process where the highest aspects of
divinity merge with your inner being as an expression of your desire
to serve humanity. It brings out the fullness of human potential, and
can often reveal a brilliance, power, and potency in a person’s
life and influence that did not exist before.
Q. You say that mass enlightenment will take place by 2012. Does this
have something to do with the Mayan calendar?
A. The Mayan calendar does refer to 2012 as the ending of linear time,
and the beginning of a new phase of experience for all creation. The
Hindus also refer to this same time period as a critical moment for our
collective transition into the next Golden Age. The two systems coincide,
along with the visions of many people throughout the world, who have
seen something new and exciting emerge on the planet around this time.
Q. Does karma play a role in becoming enlightened? What happens to karma
when you become enlightened?
A. Your personal karma is certainly a factor in bringing you to the doorway.
Once you are at the threshold of enlightenment, however, only grace can
take you through the doorway. And once the self is gone, so is your karma.
There is still a measure of ‘national’ karma or ‘human’ karma
that remains, but your ‘personal’ karma disappears along
Q. I have heard of enlightened beings who did not have a guru. How can
you say that a guru must give it to you?
A. The guru does not have to be in physical form. He could be a divine
being or even your own antaryamin. For most people, however, it is easier
to trust and relate to someone who is incarnate in a physical body. The
fact remains that it is a gift of grace, and must be given to you. It
is like trying to escape from the prison of the mind using only the tools
of the mind. The key is on the other side!
Q. Can I expect to be enlightened when I come to do an enlightenment
process at Golden City?
A. Let go of all expectations. You cannot achieve enlightenment through
your own efforts no matter how hard you try. And if it is your time,
you will be enabled to receive this gift no matter how hard you think
you can resist! All you can do is to open your heart and say ‘yes’ to
the experience. Let the deekshas do the rest. The universe will respond
in perfect timing!
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Everything that you choose to recognize as yourself
becomes a gift that is a doorway to liberation. This does not mean that
you need to work on yourself for the next 10 years when things are finally
clear enough in your life and consciousness . . . then you decide to
choose oneness and seeing everything as yourself. NO. Choose this now.
It is available to you as long as your belief systems take a vacation.
There is no future. There is only right now and allowing yourself to
be one with what you are experiencing and feeling is at first mechanical
and then after faith sets in, it is easy. It is actualization and not
realization that works. Oneness is not an experience as much as a knowing
that this is all my body. Getting caught inside of looking for the oneness
experience is the trap of the mind to not opening to oneness.
Trying to choose anything from the mind and from
your comparison mode is a form of suffering. Choice only exists the moment
it needs to be made. All analysis causes one to touch their own pain
body and contract into illusion.
Affirmations work. Is that true? Trying to change
things by forcing them to be something they are not is called manipulations.
Has it ever worked? . . . or has it just moved around the suffering
to another part of your life. Exchanging one suffering for another.Love
is the answer to everything.Let darkness consume you. If you defend
yourself against it, you immediately become a victim. Victim consciousness
is a state of duality. Stop defending yourself against anything. All
protection . . . All psychic protection . . . All protection is declaring
that you are a victim. It is a lie.
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