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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The totem mystery

Ravindra Kumar, Hindustan Times

It is customary to draw the figure of a human or an animal on the empty space of the wall within religious drawings on occasions such as Holi, Diwali, bhai-duj, karwa-chauth or rakhi to make the picture complete. The figure filling the empty space in this way is called “totem,” which is found described under the “kahuna teachings.” Somehow the teachings were lost by the purohits (ritual observers) over time. The ancient “Mauri” race, which had settled in New Zealand, had contacts with India.

Some of their stories are popular even now, through which the lost connection can be restored.

Kahuna teachings came from the (now lost) “Huna” civilisation that once inhabited the area in-between Australia, New Zealand and Fiji islands. The remains of this highly spiritual civilisation are left as a few islands of which the main ones are in Hawaii.

There have been many misunderstandings about “spiritual partners” in the past. According to writer Long, humans got divided in two parts --man and woman in Huna method.

In China, meeting of Ying and Yan became oneness of high-soul, which has complete balance between male and female elements. Man with three (low, middle and high) souls is born again and again only to unite the two opposite poles, and then become high-soul. It is like the “united whole” of Shiva and Shakti (Ardhanareeshwara).

When low soul qualifies to become middle soul, a vacuum is created at the lower level, which is filled by the “totem.”

First the oneness of male/female elements is achieved at middle-level soul; and then the combination of low-middle-high soul is transferred to high-soul. This principle agrees with Dr. Jung on one side and with various religions on the other.
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Divine ecstasy

MN Kundu, Hindustan Times

“An image of God is an embodiment of divine consciousness of the Omnipresent", explained Sri Ramakrishna, and added, "Stick to the concept of formless Spirit, if you so incline; but never think that this alone is true. God is very much conceivable in images as in formlessness. It is inconvenient to think of the Absolute without form and attributes as you can't think of fire without its colour or burning power." Ramakrishna reconciled to diverse concepts of God and silenced all debates with his direct experience of the Divine. He said, "Truly speaking, God is not even one, as our sense of oneness is dependent on the pluralities of existence which entirely disappear with realisation of the Absolute."

Although God is unknown and unknowable to the finite mind, purified soul free from all earthly attachments can swim in the ocean of infinite Spirit. Best course, therefore, is to give up idle debates and plunge deeper to live in divine ecstasy.

By virtue of unbearable yearning, Ramakrishna experienced the Absolute in temple-goddess Kali, the cosmic principle of prana or life-force through which the Absolute manifests. Subsequently, he experimented God-realisation through all major religions and found all of them lead to identical destination through different routes. So he proclaimed that God is infinite, and innumerable are the ways to attain Him. It is extremely foolish to be fanatic and claim superiority of one over the other.

One's aim of life is God-realisation, for which one must develop intense aspiration and unconditional love for God, manifested in all creatures, along with non-attachment to the gravitational pull of sex and wealth.

Constant prayers for divine grace and surrender to the Almighty enable one to surrender the sense-bound ego, the nucleus of bonded self in delusive reality.

He made the profound spiritual path simple and devoid of dogmatism to become universally acceptable. The essential unity in apparently diverse spiritual teachings offered in various forms from various perspectives constituted the keynote of his cosmic symphony.
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