Sunday, January 28, 2018

Shudra (Part 4.)

In the third post of this series dedicated to the Shudra, the lowest rung of the Indian caste system, I quoted Upasani Maharaj;

Now look at the qualities presented the Shudra. He does not generally play any part in the good or bad affairs of the world. He just works for the bare necessities of life. He has not much impression of pleasure and pain. Except for self-protection he has hardly any desires. He hardly evinces any egoistic attitude. He has a tendency to behave in accordance with the formula, ‘Be as it may.’ Desires and anger hardly affect him. He has no particular form of conduct or any thought.” The Talks of Sadguru Upasani Maharaja, Volume 1, Part A, page 33

He then went on to explain;

In the good old days these were the qualities presented by Shudras and Shudras should be like that. It is in this form of Shudra that Bliss evolved as the first stage of the human form. We know that Shudra means Satchitananda. It is this Shudratva that is useful for the Brahma Sanskara to become a Brahmana.” – Ibid.

The good old days…” When Upasani Maharaj speaks about the good old days, he is speaking about a time many hundreds, if not thousands, of years ago. And this is important because the qualities he attributes to the state of consciousness called Shudra (Shudratva) has none of the negative qualities implied in the remnants of the caste system as it is found in the much more recent 20th and 21st centuries, i.e. mental illness and deficiency, etc. 

Satchidananda means Infinite knowledge, Infinite power, and Infinite bliss. These are the qualities of God as Creator—Brahma, and Brahma Sanskaras refers to the impressions of, in this case, Infinite bliss, which can be experienced—can be manifested— in the human form, i.e. in state of God (Self) realization. He underscores this point in the following statement;

It brings forth one important point, that the human life—the form of the human being—is not born for worldly pleasures, or to deal with the affairs of the world.” – Ibid.

Once again, the consistent message of all the Perfect Ones, that creation exists wholly and solely for the evolution and involution of consciousness to realize God (Self).

A thousand times I have looked and a thousand times I have ascertained that the universe and all its concerns are truly nothing into nothing.” – Hafez

Over and over again, the Masters are always reminding us of the meaning of our state in the process of God-realization. God-realization implies consciousness and consciousness is acquired through the processes that unfold in creation—the dream state of God.

To come to the human state is to descend from the original; it is also called Sansara (the word literally means slipping down) and is commonly taken to mean worldly life. To become a human thus is coming down; but it does not mean that we should get engrossed in the affairs of the world and thus cause oneself to suffer for births on end. Having descended, to try for and attain the Bliss once again (consciously) is to ascend.” The Talks of Sadguru Upasani Maharaja, Volume 1, Part A, page 34

And so, how should one try to live in the world—in the human form—in the state of the dream? So any answers have been given;

Be in the world, but not of it.”

Trust in God but tie your camel first!

Don’t worry, be happy!

Gurdjieff once said; “He who is really serious takes nothing seriously; he who takes everything seriously cannot be very serious!”

(To be continued.)

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