Testing Your Chakras

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Why not?

The questionnaire consists of 56 questions, to which you can answer “not at all” through “definitely.” Try to be as honest as possible about yourself, as this will get you the most accurate results.

Next to a list indicating whether each chakra is under-active, open or over-active, the test results consist of a graph displaying the activity of each chakra.

I’ll add an update when I get the chance to do the test. If you take it, please let us know in comments how it turned out….

UPDATE: Here’s how my test came out:

Root: open (56%)
Sacral: under-active (13%)
Navel: under-active (-6%)
Heart: over-active (69%)
Throat: open (44%)
Third Eye: open (50%)
Crown: over-active (75%)

And here’s a link that describes each chakra.

Check it out for yourself….

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Spending Time with Ramana Maharshi

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…at his free downloads page….

A little background on this modern Indian sage:

Throughout the history of mankind spiritual giants have appeared on very rare ocassions to exemplify the Highest Truth, guiding followers by their conduct in every moment of their lives; Sri Ramana Maharshi was such a giant. Unique in our time, He perfectly embodied the ultimate truth of Self-realisation, or complete immersion in God.

Known as the Sage of Arunachala, He spoke and wrote very little. He preferred to communicate through the power of overwhelming Silence, a silence so deep and powerful that it stilled the minds of ardent seekers who were attracted to Him from all over the world.

His highest teaching of ‘Self-enquiry’ was understood in the infinite silence of his presence. Through this silence, countless numbers of devotees and visitors experienced the pure bliss of True Being. That same experience of perfect peace is still available to sincere souls who turn to him and practice his teachings with devotion.

This act of perfect grace can be experienced anywhere, but it is especially palpable at the foot of the holy Arunachala Hill, a hill that has attracted saints and sages for thousands of years. The Maharshi’s teaching of ‘Self-enquiry’ (Pure Advaita) is simplicity itself, requiring no outward formalities, no outer change of life, only a simple change in ‘point of view’ and a sustained effort on the part of the seeker. The goal is no heaven after death or a faraway ideal, but rather the removal of the ignorance that prevents us from knowing that we are eternally One with our Source, the Supreme Self, or God. It is an experience than can be had NOW! All that is required is a sincere effort, which earns us the necessary grace.

On his deathbed the Maharshi told his grieving devotees, “You say I am going away, but where can I go? I am always here. You give too much importance to the body.” His promise of a ‘continued presence’ is daily being experienced by numerous devotees from around the world, and it is that experience of ‘continued presence’ that has inspired many to devote themselves to the path of peace and love.

Devotees are not required to give up their current faith in God (however perceived) and practices of devotion or worship, in fact they are encouraged to continue in them as long as benefit is perceived. Self-enquiry does not require the seeker to leave home, job, family or anything else. Progress depends only upon effort and nothing else and help in Sadhana (Spiritual effort) is always available.

While I’ve managed to extract myself from a strict Advaita (non-dual) philosophical straightjacket (now preferring the Buddha’s teachings as preserved in the Sutta Pitaka of the Pali Canon), I still have a soft spot for Ramana, who was the epitome of simplicity in a life filled with silence. Spending time with him would have to be a spiritual boon, well worth seeking.

The Life of Apollonius

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Here’s an interesting personage who gets little publicity these days, but whose life strangely mirrors the Jesus story told in the Bible — from the Editorial Notation:

What you are about to read in the following selections are extracts from the complete work, which should be available in any major library. The work concerns the life of the philosopher-sage Apollonius of Tyana, as recorded by his “disciple” Damis, who followed him in his journeys across the ancient world. One truly wonders why this work has not received the attention that it deserves, and the reasons for this are partly covered by the introduction which was prepared by the translator FC Conybeare in about 1912. This article by Conybeare also provides the historical context concerning the matter of the resource materials available to Philostratus, who put together the original work over one hundred years after Apllonius lived.

To my mind, the reasons that this work has been so obviously “suppressed” by the learned Christian classicists of yester-years is simply that works and actions of Apollonius are clearly more than just “another” philosopher of the Ancient Greek world. He is constantly referred to as a “philosopher-sage” and the distinction is one of great note.

Consequently, the parallel between the life of Apollonius of Tyana and the life of Jesus Christ cannot be mistaken. Both lived in the same era, and both performed “works” and “miracles”. For those with a truly open mind, there is much to find enlightening in the parallel themes expressed in the record of the life of these two men.

It is quite likely that the reason that this work has been so conveniently “buried” by the Christian classicists is that the contemporary “doctrine” of Christianity is often exclusive of alternate aspects, and will rarely permit any corroborative substantiations of the nature of the Christian God from a source external to the bible.

This attitude to my mind is not wholesome, or one of openness, and as such is classified by myself as restrictive, and not conducive to any proper form of lateral thinking concerning the Being whom the standard Christian doctrine clearly espouse as being Infinite and Wise.

On the one hand the life of Apollonius of Tyana provides the student of life with an account of how a man may be seen to be “more” than just a philosopher, and on the other hand it provides an account as to how such a man deals with, and approaches the understanding of, the nature of nature.

The full volume may be worth tracking down… as if I don’t have enough reading in front of me. A few years ago I read a small biography of Apollonius, and was struck by the parallels with his contemporary, Jesus Christ. Both, in a way, have had their teachings and histories suppressed ever since.

Second Coming

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I’m excited to have received an Amazon.com gift certificate (thanks, Hawk!), which I put toward the beautiful new Paramhansa Yogananda box set called The Second Coming of Christ.

To whet my appetite, I’m extracting some quotes from the book’s introduction, written by the Paramhansa himself:

There is a distinguishing difference of meaning between Jesus and Christ. His given name was Jesus; his honorific title was “Christ.” In his little human body called Jesus was born the vast Christ Consciousness, the omniscient Intelligence of God omnipresent in every part and particle of creation. This Consciousness is the “only begotten Son of God,” so designated because it is the sole perfect reflection in creation of the Transcendental Absolute, Spirit or God the Father.

It was of that Infinite Consciousness, replete with the love and bliss of God, that Saint John spoke when he said: “As many as received him [the Christ Consciousness], to them gave he power to become the sons of God.” Thus according to Jesus’ own teaching as recorded by his most highly advanced apostle, John, all souls who become united with Christ Consciousness by intuitive Self-realization are rightly called sons of God….

In these pages I offer to the world an intuitionally perceived spiritual interpretation of the words spoken by Jesus, truths received through actual communion with Christ Consciousness. They will be found to be universally true if they are studied conscientiously and meditated upon with soul-awakened intuitive perception. They reveal the perfect unity that exists among the revelations of the Christian Bible, the Bhagavad Gita of India, and all other time-tested true scriptures.

The saviors of the world do not come to foster inimical doctrinal divisions; their teachings should not be used toward that end. It is something of a misnomer even to refer to the New Testament as the “Christian” Bible, for it does not belong exclusively to any one sect. Truth is meant for the blessing and upliftment of the entire human race. As the Christ Consciousness is universal, so does Jesus Christ belong to all….

It is an erroneous assumption of limited minds that great ones such as Jesus, Krishna, and other divine incarnations are gone from the earth when they are no longer visible to human sight. This is not so. When a liberated master has dissolved his body in Spirit, and yet manifests in form to receptive devotees (as Jesus has appeared throughout the centuries since his passing, such as to Saint Francis, Saint Teresa, and many others of East and West), it means he has an ongoing role to play in the destiny of the world. Even when masters have completed the specific role for which they took on a physical incarnation, it is the divinely ordained task of some to look after the welfare of humanity and assist in guiding its progress. Jesus Christ is very much alive and active today. In Spirit and occasionally taking on a flesh-and-blood form, he is working unseen by the masses for the regeneration of the world. With his all-embracing love, Jesus is not content merely to enjoy his blissful consciousness in Heaven. He is deeply concerned for mankind and wishes to give his followers the means to attain the divine freedom of entry into God’s Infinite Kingdom….

In all my years of reading spiritual literature, I can honestly say that I’ve never come across a sweeter, more inspiring presence than Yogananda’s. And the fact that he reaches back into my own spiritual heritage to show that Jesus Christ was onto something — well, this is a boon, and a reason to keep digging.

I can’t recommend him highly enough, and his Autobiography of a Yogi is the place to start….

More Kashmir Saivism

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Siva….

In keeping with my recent interest in the Trika Philosophy of Kashmir Saivism, I thought I’d provide a link to a discussion of the 36 Tattvas, which:

…(D)escribe step-by-step how Supreme Consciousness makes itself appear to itself as limited consciousness stuck in a unconscious world and universe, and thus gets to experience the limited, conditional joys and sorrows of earthly existence, and then describes in a reverse step-by-step process, how that Supreme Consciousness then reveals its own true nature to itself, and thus experiences the outrageous joys of spiritual liberation.

Interesting stuff… and I maintain that reading about it beats getting saturated by the daily news.