Saturday, December 30, 2017

Shudra (Part 2.)

From the Truth perspective of the God Realized masters, all life and all creation has but one objective and one purpose and that is to evolve and involve consciousness so that the eternal infinite soul can realize its eternal infinite reality. The process is not as difficult to understand as many have made it out be. Consciousness evolves through numerous forms from gaseous to stone, stone to vegetable, insects to reptiles, etc. until it reaches the final form, the human form.

Creation is characterized by duality, every light has its shadow, every knowing has its unknowing, every pain has its pleasure, every face has two eyes, every left has its right.  By experiencing an almost endless array of opposites the dust that covers the mirror of consciousness, what Meher Baba calls sanskaras, is loosened and ultimately removed.

Attainment of the human form marks the achievement of full consciousness, but that consciousness needs to be wiped clean of the dust of its journey through evolution. Numerous lifetimes in the human form—the process of reincarnation—loosens the dust from the mirror sufficiently to allow the process of involution to then remove that dust so that the eternal and infinite soul can see and then merge with its own eternal infinite reality.

If we have to come back, we cannot stop it. We are in a train, the train is going somewhere. All we can do is to pass the time in the train diferently…”The Fourth Way, by P.D. Ouspensky, final sentence, page 437
Meher Baba tells us that the end—union with God—union with Self—is assured for each and every soul in creation. But if we are not driving the train, is there a best and most expedient way to pass our time while on the train?

Meher Baba was very clear on this point, He said, “Don’t worry, be happy!” The Lord wants us, each and every one of us, to be happy, but this happiness is something other than the endless pendulums of pleasure and pain we experience in life.

Time revolves in endless cycles of yugas. There are four yugas. We are not experiencing the end of the fourth yuga in the cycle. Like the seasons, yugas do not change all at once—a day in late summer that feels like fall—eventually those days come more often, summer wains and eventually gives way to the new season.

We are now in that transitional period between the end of Kali Yuga and Satya Yuga. Satya is a golden age; souls born in Satya are totally oriented to the light; spirituality is natural and there is no need for austerities, penances, or yogic practices.

But as the cycle of yugas continues, more shadows appear and techniques and teachings become more necessary. The Indian caste system can be traced back to the transition between the third and fourth yugas of the cycle—Dwapara and Kali—though it may have existed before then… 

References to the Indian caste system can be found in the Bhagavad Gita—the source of the teachings of Krishna who lived in the transitional time between Dwapara and Kali. Kali is generally understood to have begun around 3102 BC. So, the Indian caste system’s origin is at least 5,000 years ago. Using Ouspensky’s analogy of the train, the purpose of the Indian caste system is to assist embodied souls to best use their time on the train.

It is my understanding that the choice of actions while on the train has more affect on the ‘happiness index’ of the individual than on the overall time of the individual’s journey—in the sense that the journey can be slowed but not sped up. To speed up the journey requires the grace of the Avatar or a Perfect Master.

The following series of posts are on a talk collected under the common title of The Glory of Faith The Talks of Sadguru Upasani Maharaja, Volume 1, Part A. They focus on, what for many readers may find a very uncomfortable subject, the Vedic class system and the lowest rung of that system, the class called Shudra…

In the opening statement of His talk, Upasani Maharaj tell us that human form represents the crowning creation of evolutionary consciousness that began with stone form and evolved through the mineral, vegetable, worm, fish, bird, reptile, and animal forms. He then goes on to say that of the human form represented by the Brahman class represents the highest stage in human evolution and the Shudra class represents the lowest, or the first, stage in human evolution.

It is the human form alone that is capable of understanding—knowing—attaining—enjoying the Original state—the Brahma; that is the reason for the creation of the human form.

“Since the visible human form is the natural outcome of the formless invisible Brahma, the first stage of that form is bound to be of the highest importance; this primary—original—human state has to be given some name for the purpose of identification, and hence the name explaining the natural state of Brahma was chosen for it, and that epithet is Shudra.

“I have told times out of numbers that names are given in accordance with the qualities presented by the subject. It is on this principle that the epithet Shudra was chosen to name the primary human form. I will now tell you what is the real—the subtle—meaning of the word Shudra.”The Talks of Sadguru Upasani Maharaja, Volume 1, Part A, pages 32-33

(To be continued.)

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