Planet Earth Posted in: Social, What are we doing here?

According to Vedic thought, planet Earth is located in the midway planetary system (Bhu-loka), and our present time is near the beginning of Kali Yuga, the last of the four cyclic ages.

Planet Earth, as a middle level planet, is not typically a place where enlightened beings tend to take birth. Compared to the other three yugas, Kali Yuga is characterised as the age of least enlightenment. … read more

Precious Time (song lyric with analysis) Posted in: What are we doing here?

The lyric of this song is a bit of a rant against what I consider the dumbed-down values and social expectations placed upon us by government/corporations in 2012 UK society (perhaps this is a global trend?) – together with my observation that generations presently growing up do not realise that just a few decades ago ideas like sending small babies to daycare so mum can hurry back to the work place, or the necessity of both partners working just to make ends meet would have seemed outrageous. … read more

My Part Of Me (song lyric with analysis) Posted in: One And Different, What are we doing here?

The lyric of my song is an imagined conversation between God and a soul, loosely based on the two-bird-in-a-tree analogy found in the Muṇḍaka Upaniṣad … but presented strictly in terms of my own understanding 🙂

Free listen/download of song at
http://www.songsofdave.com/song-details.php?id=262

Verse 1
So if you want me
Know where to look
Find my number
It’s in the book

‘So’ to convey this is not the beginning of the dialogue, ‘Know’ intended as both suggestion and acknowledgement. … read more

Let’s Use The Correct Word Posted in: What are we doing here?

I am not dismisive of being in ‘love’, or the associated euphoric feelings.

My proposal is that love is simply the wrong word. The correct word is ‘infatuation’. Sorry … I know it doesn’t sound so lofty 🙂

And that love is not a feeling or state of being … rather a giving; a caring; a doing … always a conscious choice. … read more

Little To Do With Spiritual Awareness Posted in: What are we doing here?

In my opinion religion and faith often have very little to do with spiritual awareness. In most cases they have more to do with devotion, love, dependency, belonging, etc.

I am certainly not suggesting such things are not wonderful and desireable, but just that they don’t automatically translate to spiritual awareness. And in some cases produce just the opposite!

What do I mean by spiritual awareness? … read more

The Right Questions Posted in: Divine Expression, What are we doing here?

Assuming our divinity, it doesn’t seem logical to me that self realisation should be a mysterious process. A process of uncertainty, a process requiring faith/belief in something not known to be true. Not known if we are honest 😉

Neither does it seem reasonable to me that we could be surrounded by universal laws that if transgressed reward punishment regardless of those laws being known or not to us. … read more

Imagine Religion Without Judgementalism Posted in: Divine Expression, The Self Divine, What are we doing here?

… there would be no prescription/judgement of

  • wrong or right
  • what we should or must do
  • the goal of life
  • the lessons to be learned

… scary or liberating?

I propose that whatever way we choose to express our divinity, that always perfectly fulfills our purpose.

… crazy or profound?

Let me put it another way. It is the choosing more than what we choose that expresses our divinity. … read more

Real Life Posted in: Divine Expression, The Role-play Game, What are we doing here?

What I mean by ‘real life’ is our living in ways fully consistent with who we are at the most fundemental level.

Consider a life experienced in a dream: It seems very real while asleep, but upon waking we realise it is not our real life. Even though the range of emotions experienced while sleeping are tangible, perhaps just as tangible as those experienced in our waking life (for example, we may cry and feel sorrow intensely, or feel the ecstasy of being in love), still we readily step back from our dream … which, after all, is only a dream. … read more

Suspension of Disbelief Posted in: The Role-play Game, What are we doing here?

We human beings seem to have an extraordinary ability to suspend disbelief. Especially when it serves our enjoyment.

For example, whenever we watch a film we suspend our awareness that the film is not real … that we are in fact watching actors represented by coloured pixels on a screen. We suspend disbelief in order to enter into and identify with what’s going on. … read more

The Who and Why Posted in: The Self Divine, What are we doing here?

Who are you, and why?

Typical answers to this question might include:

  • I am a human being
  • I am a man/woman
  • I am a « name of your profession here »
  • I am a soul
  • I am a soul in a human body

A Hare Krishna answer would probably be I am servant of the servant of the servant … I know because I was one! … read more