Verse from the Veda for Good Karma

Recently, the Rgvedaschool revised the dates of the yugas, or ages of humanity on the earth. There are four ages where the mentality and spirituality of mortal beings rises and falls on the earth. It is associated with axial precession, the 26,000-year cycle where the earth is spinning like a top about to topple over as it revolves around the sun. The length of the cycle changes over time as the current cycle is closer to 25, 772 years. The earth spins in a circle once a day, but the force of gravity causes the earth to wobble, and the wobble causes the star field to slowly change over time. The pole star will become Gamma Cephei in a thousand years from now, and we will slowly cycle though the twelve constellations of the zodiac, each lasting about 2,167 years. We are currently transitioning from Pisces to the age of Aquarius.

The Veda is quite specific as to the length of each yuga. The Kaliyuga lasts 1,200 years, Dvaparayuga 2,400 years, Tretayuga 3,600 years, Satyayuga 4800 years. There is a rising and falling of each yuga, so it totals 24,000 years. So, what is the deal? It must have been the length of the cycle at some time, but since it is now almost 2,000 years longer, the school readjusted the dates to be in agreement. I have no idea how accurate the calculations are, but I lean towards it being more accurate than other versions I have seen. If anyone has better information on this, please let me know.

Earthlings have been suffering in the Kaliyuga for the past 3,000 years, the worst of times where people quarrel and fight, but luckily, slowly transitioning into the second age called Dvaparayuga. In Sanskrit, dva means two, para means different, yuga means age, so we are now in the dawn of the age where things will be different. During Tretayuga people will treat others kindly. They will be helpful and peaceful, and care for others as family. Satyayuga is called the Golden Age of Humanity and people will follow the Golden Rule of compassion for all creatures that grasp for the breath and cry. Yes, but that will be many thousands of years.

According to the school’s new calculations Dvaparayuga began a couple of hundred years ago in 1800. The yugas have a dawn and dusk of 10 percent each, so the dawn of Dvaparayuga is 260 years. The age where people will become kinder on the earth will officially kick in on 2060 and last for 2,600 years., and after that, life will get better. Yes, but in the meantime, here is a mantra for the action to overcome suffering now.

Be around very affectionate faithful people who accomplish wonderful deeds and harvest the consequence of their actions. Karma is the action and the result, and good karma to chant AH in the fourth note of the scale and draw in to bind to attain delight and great power for great deeds.

Lizard with Rocks on the Ground

Verse from the Veda to be Similar to a Holy Child

There is no doubt Vladimir Putin is visibly the evilest person alive today. He seems to relish killing civilians, especially babies and children. He has his military bomb businesses, apartment buildings, schools, kindergartens, hospitals, and recently, a theater sheltering a thousand women and children. I guess 300 innocent women and children were killed in that attack. They bombed a maternity ward and children’s hospital. He has fired his supersonic missiles from a thousand miles away to destroy structures and kill people just trying to live. Even people waiting in bread lines or trying to flee via ‘safe’ corridors are shot. About 4 million people have fled the country with little more than a suitcase and are now living as refugees. The many millions of Ukrainians who cannot get out are living in basements and shelters with little heat, electricity, water, and food, with a constant threat of bombardment. 

The Holy Religion of Heaven says no war, no killing. It says compassion for any creature that grasps for the breath and cries. Christianity, Islam and every other religion upon the earth fails to support that position, but I think, any religion claiming allegiance to the Divine Word, should. The Russian Orthodox Church is an unholy religious organization with 80 million supporters and claims allegiance to the devil, yes, the devil. 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, “A devil is the personification of evil as it is conceived in various cultures and religious traditions… seen as the objectification of a hostile and destructive force. It occurs historically in many contexts and cultures, and is given many different names – Satan, Lucifer, Beelzebub, Mephistopheles, Iblis – and attributes: It is portrayed as blue, black, or red; it is portrayed as having horns on its head, and without horns, and so on.” 

Christians believe the devil to be a fallen angel who rebelled against God and was condemned to hell, but is able to influence and terrorize people. Hell is often depicted as a fiery, painful realm located somewhere under the ground where unholy people go after death to be tortured endlessly for their many abhorrent acts during life upon the earth.   

Truthfully, hell is not an afterlife state, but a condition upon the earth. Not everywhere on the earth, but many areas due to extreme weather, hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, fires, and of course, war. It is hell on earth for many millions of people on the earth today, and currently the most hellish place I see on the news is Ukraine, and the immoral mortal being responsible for that is the detestable Dictator Vladimir Putin, the personification of evil. Anyone or group supporting his evil, such as the Russian Orthodox Church, is demonic, and best to quit and get away. Here is a way to change. 

To welcome the day, awaken and chant before dawn, wherever the Holy Children reside they faithfully waken early every day to recite prayers on behalf of the sleeping and unholy, and are perfectly happy to.

Lizard with Rocks on the Ground

Illustration of the Devil on folio 290 recto of the Codex Gigas, dating to the early thirteenth century. 

Verse from the Veda to Know Well-being

It was back in the 1960s that I first read Paramahansa Yogananda’s book Autobiography of a Yogi, and no doubt, considered it one of the greatest books ever written. Then, in the 1990s I facilitated a book club, where the only book considered was Autobiography of a Yogi. We started at the beginning of the book and read a sentence or paragraph for inspiration and discussion. We met once a month for a couple of years and possibly covered the first four pages.

I remember very little of the book, so I dug out a copy and researched a little on the internet. I remembered Yogananda’s guru was Sri Yukteswar whose guru was Lahiri Mahasaya, but did not remember anything about Babaji. It is claimed by some that in 1953, Babaji said he was born in 203 in a coastal village now known as Parangipettai, in the Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu, Chola Kingdom. Yogananda said he met him, and even said that Jesus Christ went to India and conferred with Babaji.

One of Babaji’s gurus is said to be Agastya Maitravaruni, a highly revered sage from ancient times. Agastya is one of the rishis, sages, associated with the Rigveda. He composed Hymns 165 to 191 of the First Mandala. The spiritual text was likely written down in Sanskrit around 1500 BC, and the lineage of rishis associated with it, such as Agastya, had likely ended by 3000 BC.

In the autobiography, Yogananda said, “The Mahavatar (Babaji) is in constant communion with Christ; together they send out vibrations of redemption, and have planned the spiritual technique of salvation for this age. The work of these two fully-illumined masters–one with the body, and one without it–is to inspire the nations to forsake suicidal wars, race hatreds, religious sectarianism, and the boomerang-evils of materialism.”

At this point, the credibility of Yogananda, his guru, his guru, and a handful of others declines. I know the claim is that Babaji mastered Kriya Yoga and the technique to generate a new body, and with that, hide away in a cave in the mountains for thousands of years. What does he do all day? I think a new body full of energy would be great for serving people and creatures in the valley. Yes, if he is so enlightened, he should come down and inspire us to forsake war, racial hatred, religious sectarianism, and many other evils as well. Come down and show us the way. Come down and show us the way. Come down and show us the way.

To promote peace in the world today, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the President of Ukraine said, “If you want to be a Leader of the World be a Leader of Peace.” If you want to be that person, fill the belly with the Holy Air and hold still and master the Holy Way. Here is a mantra from Agastya to consider.

The desire to destroy is powerful in people but to need power to destroy the bind to become empty for the love of heaven to fill. The air has a way of curing people, and to gain a wealth to hold like an intimate friend come to know well-being, arise bright and cheerful with the love of heaven to serve people to know a new way to love.

Rgvedaschool Winter Ground

The Maharishi (Great Sage) Agastya

Verse from the Veda to become Divine

Such a horrible situation in Ukraine, a peaceful country, its citizens fleeing to a neighboring country while another very large and aggressive neighbor is bombing, firing missiles at schools, hospitals, apartment complexes, buildings, whatever. About a million people have left home with little more than the clothes on their back and a suitcase. I have heard that up to 2,000 innocent civilians have already been killed. A horrendous situation indeed, and I think it is going to get worse. I fear that the beautiful cities in Ukraine are going to be reduced to rubble in the same way as the beautiful cities of Aleppo and Idlib were in Syria. I fear the Russian army will destroy the country, and those who have fled will have nothing to return for. There are many small counties in the neiborhood that should rightly be concerned, and they are. In fact, just about the whole world is worried, and has condemned the Russian actions. 

Yes, there are good people who live under good governments who treat their citizens pretty well, and it seems that they have united in their condemnation of Russia and its disgruntled dictator Vladimir Putin. It is very disheartening to hear neo-Nazis like Donald Trump, Pompeo, and Tucker supporting Putin, a person who jails and poisons his critics, and in past wars, deliberately targeted innocent people. There is nothing uplifting or spiritual about these people, so ungodly I do not know how they put up with themselves. 

A few days ago, Pat Robertson, the Christian media mogul returned to “The 700 Club” a show he hosted for 55 years on the Christian Broadcasting Network. In his return, he claimed that Putin was simply following God’s wishes when he invaded Ukraine – to fulfill a biblical prophecy. Oh, my God, where does Pat get his crazy ideas? I wish is his retirement, he come to know the loving caring God that wants all people and creatures to live in peace upon the earth. 

The Rigveda says that people are much like cows in the pasture, the best of people are like that, but the worst are more viscous than animals as they kill their own kind. I think most people believe they are more advanced, more intelligent and spiritual, a higher evolutionary being than animals, but I wonder. 

For those to rise above, the Holy Doctrine is compassion for all breathing creatures that cry. Be a peaceful caring person, consume a vegetarian diet and enjoy watching and listening to the creatures of the land, water, and air, and if one is suffering, care for them. It does not matter if they have two feet, four feet, or no feet and speak in a language you do not understand, treat them kindly so all can enjoy life upon the earth. Such is the doctrine of peace for the whole of the earth and here is a mantra to consider. 

To become blameless and divine God and Goddess sit in the lap and sow good things to all. Supreme Being is auspicious to watch over everything and a sage is similar to care for all of the earth. 

Rgvedaschool Winter Ground

Peace in the World

Verse from the Veda about Helping Others

In the United States., the right is wrong, the Christian Right is wrong, the right wing of the Republican Party is wrong, the far-right neo-Nazi Party, white supremacists and other right-wing hate groups are wrong, wrong, and wrong. There seems to be a plethora of unholy people doing what they think is right but is wrong. They are wrong is right all right, and the wrong today want the world to know they are wrong, so they are loud and threatening. They are wrong because they do not listen to real news, and they believe any wrong or hateful words right-wing ministers, internet tricksters, or politicians tell them. Most who claim membership in the Republican un-American Party are dumb and dangerous, and still believe President Biden did not win the 2020 election when he had the largest winning majority of any Presidential election. Most claiming membership in that party think violence might be necessary to overthrow the government, and alarmingly but not surprising, they now claim its deadly attempt to overthrow the government of the United States on January 6, 2021 is normal political discourse. Not every Republican member of the House or Senate was involved in the deadly insurrection, only certain ones. Those who were not involved and not speaking up about those who were are not untarnished. By not speaking, they bear much the same guilt. Hateful words caused dumb and dangerous people to do dangerous deeds, yes, but hateful words are the cause. I suggest trying something different, how about trying loving caring words?

The same dumb and dangerous crowd is now in Canada, truckers clogging the city streets of Ottawa and blocking bridges to and from the United States. In the downtown Ottawa where many people live, the disrespectful truckers are blowing loud horns day and night. People working downtown cannot work and people trying to sleep at night cannot sleep, but the truckers do not think of others. They are protesting the Covid vaccine, mask mandates, when many places are beginning to wave the restrictions. It is only because of the unvaccinated, and people who do not want to wear masks that the pandemic has lasted so long and killed so many people. For a while now, it is mostly the unvaccinated and those who do not wear masks that are finding themselves in hospitals and dying of Covid. They are a dumb and dangerous crowd and best not hanging around with them.

There is no religious exemption to the vaccine, or wearing a mask, because both protect the person and others, and such is the religious position. Do no harm to any creature that grasps for the breath and cries. Care for others with the compassion of a loving mother. The righteous do not lie, cheat, steal, or disrupt the welfare of others, and there is more, so here is a mantra about that.

Do not abandon the promise to help others no matter what, and adherents do not kill, harm, or become angry to regret.

Rgvedaschool Winter Ground

Woman offering water to a traveler

Verse from the Veda about Doing the Work

In the previous post, I wrote about the Sacred Action of circumambulating Mount Kailash in Western Tibet. Walking the 32 miles at an altitude of 16,500 feet, where the oxygen level is half the oxygen at sea level is difficult for people not accustomed to the altitude. Full body prostrations around the mountain must be an incredibly difficult feat, although countless devotees accomplish that, some every year. There is plenty of flat rocky ground for travelling, but the mountain passes are two thousand feet higher. There is even less oxygen at that height, and it can be very cold and icy on the switchbacks leading up the mountain path. Prostrating upward is one thing, but coming down on a slippery rocky surface is slow and dangerous. It can take 3 weeks and longer to complete the Sacred Circle around the mountain, but devotees are rewarded by the elimination of obstructions on the path to good fortune.

The determination of those people is the determination is takes to overcome suffering on the earth. The Holy Teaching is to begin each day with prostrations, so if you are not doing that, you are not on the Holy Path leading to the highest on the highest mountain. People are given free will on the earth to do whatever makes them happy, so do what makes you happy, just do not harm any creature that grasps for the breath and cries. That is the moral teaching to master, but to attain the heavenly state, you must master the exercises, and one is full body prostrations.

Prostrations are a wonderful exercise because of working all parts of the body, and it does not take long to begin breathing hard and sweating. Great for a devotee, and according to the Holy Teaching, there is a promise of the elimination of obstructions to future happiness. Prostrations are the recommended exercise by the Architect of the human body, and I recommend trusting the one who knows as no one else. I start each day with prostrations. I look forward to it, and never miss a day. I feel better and think clearer after, and that makes me happy. I have missed days in the past for one reason or another but it is certainly not my desire.

The heavenly state is something that those of the earthly state must work on. No one is born divine, everyone is born a mortal on the earth of two mortal parents, but through effort, becomes divine. Here are words to cherish from your Maker to become a virtuous friend.

I like a friend to do the work to become virtuous, but serve nectar promptly to enjoy with the lessons.

Rgvedaschool Winter Ground

Prostrating Mount Kailash

Verse from the Veda about Determination

Mount Kailash is holy to two of the top four religions in the world, along with the Jain and Bon religions. Buddhists and Hindus circumambulate the mountain clockwise, and Jains and Bons counter-clockwise. Mount Kailash is located in Tibet, about 400 miles northwest of Mount Everest located between Tibet and Nepal.

Many who climb Mount Everest see it as a spiritual activity, and it is, but even more so are those circumambulating Mount Kailash. Thousands of devotees from India, Nepal, and Tibet travel to the mountain yearly to walk or prostrate around. Coming from other parts of the world, devotees will meet in Lhasa, the Holy City in Tibet, with those setting out to climb Mount Everest.

Devotees will spend a few days in Lhasa to acclimatize to the altitude. From there enjoy plenty of stark but beautiful scenery on a 900 mile 4-day car journey to reach the base of Mount Kailash at 16,400 feet. At that height there is a little over half the oxygen at sea level so strenuous exercise is difficult for those unaccustomed to the altitude.

The path around Mount Kailash is 32 miles and can be very cold. The hardiest of devotees accustomed to the altitude can make the walk in a single day. Circumambulating Mount Kailash is a spiritual activity said to bring about good fortune. Whether it does, I do not know, but if someone prostrates around the mountain it should. And get this, full body prostrations are fully approved by the architect of the human body, who says beginning each day with ninety-nine prostrations helps release obstructions for people. To release obstructions is certainly a positive step on the path to good fortune.

To stretch out on the ground in prostration every couple of steps around the mountain takes 2-3 weeks. Those who do that need to carry blankets and other provisions with them since they sleep alongside the path, Some of the faithful are with family or part of a group where the youngest or strongest carry the belongings of the weak or elderly. No matter how prostrations are performed, circumambulating the mountain seems like an impossible task. To me, it must take superhuman determination. I start each day with prostrations, but cannot conceive of prostrating 32 miles. After 15 minutes my breathing is hard and I need a pillow under tender knees, but there, the ground is hard, rocky, in certain places cold and icy, and brutal on the hands and knees.

It is a huge inspiration to me to know people accomplish such an amazing feat. When I think of their determination and devotion gives me strength. Every so often, I get mad at the feeble effort I put forth in perfecting the techniques, and frustrated in the slow progress, but when I think of all the tiny steps the faithful must tread around the Sacred Mountain, gives me hope. May good fortune and happiness come to all who walk or prostrate around Mount Kailash.

Since days of old, the substance to grasp for to live or cling to and not release is forever, and to become wise and illustrious grasp for strongly to get in for the strength to sustain, strength of determination is the action to be in the hands of the Lord.

Rgvedaschool Winter Ground

Mount Kailash, North Side

Verse from the Veda about the Sun

Hallelujah, a sun is born today. Happy Solstice to everyone. A gracious loving sun that shines brightly upon everyone without exception is reborn today. Many people like myself, feel depressed with a lack of sunshine, and particularly at this time of the year when sunlight is limited. The days here are short and cold, and the nights are longer and colder, so yes, this is a most delightful occasion, and everyday for the next half year, people like me will experience more light and happiness, and such is the hope for all people of the earth.

Light travels at 186,000 miles per second and it takes about 8 minutes and 20 seconds for sunlight to reach the earth. The circumference of the earth is about 28,000 miles, so light can travel around the earth over 6 times per second. A light year is the distance light travels in a year, about six-trillion miles. The moon is so close to the earth that sunlight bouncing off it arrives on earth 1.3 seconds later. The light from the sun takes about 8 minutes and 20 seconds to reach the earth. The closest sun to our sun is Proxima Centauri, and it takes light about 4.2 light years to reach the earth. Our sun is located in the Milky Way galaxy which is so expansive that it takes light about 26,000 light years to reach earth from the center of the galaxy.

Who knows how many inhabited planets exist in the Milky Way, it could be in the millions, and there are billions of galaxies in the universe. The size of the universe is incomprehensible, but get this, all living creatures everywhere receive the breath and light with blessings to prosper from the one who creates it all. Here is a mantra to consider.

Surya, the sun, is extremely hot and bright and light is unsurpassed in speed and filling and holding still with the source of illumination is the way to become radiant and beautiful in the realm.

Lizard with Rocks on the Ground

Surya, the Sun and Seven Colors

Verse from the Veda about the Fruit of Knowledge

I have been considering the truthfulness of the Bible, the Holy Text of Christianity, and Christianity, the most popular religion in the world today. In the last post, I claimed that the Bible is wrong on its creation story and dangerous in saying humans have dominion over the creatures of the land, air, and water. Since the Holy Teaching of heaven is compassion for all creatures that grasp for the breath and cry, harming those of the land, air, and water is wrong. Christians claim the commandment of do not kill refers to a human murdering another human, but even that is confusing because in war or in defense of the religion, killing another is praised. Christianity is not the only earthly religion to hold that philosophy and it is wrong and extremely dangerous.

The next major ungodly and dangerous story in the Bible is where woman was formed from a rib of man to be a helpmate to man. Now we know that is not true because of knowing the creation story and it not making sense, because male and female are necessary for creation to continue.

In the Garden of Eden story the woman eats the fruit of knowledge and is condemned by God to greater suffering during childbirth and servitude to man is especially dangerous and ungodly, and that ugly situation plays out every day. Around the world the most discriminated population are women. Even people most discriminated against discriminate against women. I do not think it matters where women live in the world they are seen as inferior to man. Women are subject to discrimination in the Christian Religion and most other earthly religions as well, whereas in the Holy Religion of heaven, the Veda, men and women are equal. If you do not see at least an equal number of women to men in positions of authority in the religion you follow, quit. The Holy Religion is equality for all, it does not matter the persons sex, sexual preference, race, age, religion, rich, poor, whatever. If you see discrimination of any sort, turn away and quit.

The eating of the fruit of knowledge of good and evil is an old story that appeared in the Rigveda a thousand years before the Bible, but the greater suffering and servitude to man is unique to the Bible. It is troubling, and the other thing troubling about the story is that God is portrayed as angry, vindictive, and deliberately causes greater suffering in people. That is definitely not the God of love that cares for everyone every moment of their lives.

Since the Holy Teaching of heaven is compassion for all, the Bible has clearly diverged from the truth, but it is truly astounding how far it has diverged. I am not going to read any more of the Bible.

The Holy Teaching is the Golden Rule; compassion for all creatures that grasp for the breath and cry, and that includes all the animals, birds, and fish that people kill and eat. Be a peaceful caring person, consume a vegetarian diet, and care for all creatures. It does not matter if the creature has two feet and walks upright, walks on four feet or has no feet, and speaks in a language you understand or not, treat them kindly so all can enjoy life upon the earth. Such is the doctrine of compassion for the whole of the universe. Here are two of the four mantras about eating the fruit of knowledge.

Two birds are bound together as sharing friends and take refuge in the same tree, one of the two eats the sweet fruit and the other clearly watches out of respect.

A steady mind feeds on the sweetness in the tree that enters the bottom for the top, they say the fruit is sweet, and the one who eats of knows Holy Father and Mother and right from wrong.

Lizard with Rocks on the Ground

Man and Woman

Verse from the Veda to Bring Light to You

If you are happy with the religion you believe in, if you like the people associated with it, if you like going to a church, synagogue, temple, or other structure to worship, that is great since the Holy Teaching is to be happy on the earth and not harm anyone. Most religions help in feeding the hungry and providing comfort to the destitute and you can be happy about that since the Holy Teaching is to become enlightened and know the best way to care for the hungry and destitute. Be happy on the earth, but if your interest is eternal happiness with friends, family, and others of the faith in heaven after death, the truth is imperative.

In my last post, I used truthfulness as a way to appraise the earthly religions. If a religion is untruthful about things that can be proven or shown most likely, then it is likely untruthful about things impossible to prove. I used what happens after death as an example, and because the five senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch are connected to the body, and at death the body dies, after death you have nothing to experience everlasting happiness in heaven or the torment of hell. No senses mean no experience in the afterlife; it will be blank. Even when a living person with all their senses passes out, loses consciousness there is no remembrance, it is blank. The only thing a sleeping person remembers is dreams. Because of that, religions that posit repeated life upon the earth are likely truthful. The Veda embraces that position and says that one is in the hands of the Lord, Brahma, in the in-between state, but of course, no one feels anything or remembers anything. The spirit floats in the ether unconscious until drawn back to consciousness with the breath at childbirth.

The text associated with Christianity is called the Holy Bible, and though it is widely considered truthful, it contains little truth. The first three words of the first chapter of many of the English translations are, “In the beginning.” That is fine, but it goes down from there. God did not create the universe. In the event called viraj Brahma split into God and Goddess, and that creates and populates the universe. The time the universe begins until its dissolution is called a Day of Brahma, calculated to be about 43 billion year. The universe is currently about 14 billion years old, so there is lots of time to enjoy. The earth is about 3 billion years old, and humans began evolving from apes about 4 million years ago. About 300,000 years ago, Homo sapiens, modern humans evolved. Such is evolution on this planet, and being born as a human is not a given, for the unholy being born as an animal is appropriate, but I am not the judge. You can be born again on this planet or on some other planet in a distant part of the galaxy, and vital to know, the Sacred Knowledge is the same everywhere. It is interesting that a debate exists between creation and evolution, since evolution is continuous creation.

No use splitting hairs about the Biblical version of how plants and animals came to populate the earth with the scientific version, but over the course of many thousands of years, humans evolved from apes. Even today, a human will occasionally be born with a tail as a reminder of our animal nature. We have evolved from apes and never given dominion over apes or any other creature on the planet. The Holy Teaching is the Golden Rule; compassion for all creatures that grasp for the breath and cry, and that includes all the animals, birds, and fish that people hunt and eat. Be a peaceful caring person, consume a vegetarian diet, and care for all creatures. It does not matter if the creature has two feet and walks upright, walks on four feet or has no feet, and speaks in a language you understand or not, treat them kindly so all can enjoy life upon the earth. Such is the doctrine of peace for the whole of the universe and here is a mantra to consider.

The abode of the Divine Absolute is vast oneness until splitting into the Divine Parents, and with that, desire came with a partner to love. To be eternally joyful for that, for today from the darkness the glimmering and radiant rays of the dawn bring light to you.

Lizard with Rocks on the Ground

The Two Divine Forces of Brahma