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silentgreen

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Conscious Awareness
« on: February 24, 2010, 04:09:58 PM »
Conscious Awareness

To the question, "What is the path to a happy and peaceful life?" Baba spontaneously replied, "Do whatever you like, but do it consciously, with a sense of awareness." The questioner, however, continued, "If You give Me permission to do as I please, then what would You say if I hit somebody's head with a stick?" Baba smiled and replied, "Do it and see. I asked you to perform all actions consciously. Once you become conscious and aware, you will find that your conscience will prevent you form hurting anyone." The evils in society are perpetrated because awareness is absent. All evil actions are the result of unconsciousness. To seekers of truth and bliss Baba gave another fruitful instruction. "If you intend to become spiritual, you must analyze your actions and thoughts each day before you go to bed at night. You must assess the good actions and evil actions and come to a firm resolution not to repeat evil actions anymore." A seeker should try to practice all activities in a state of awareness. This is the most important "abhyasa-yoga" or spiritual practice for the aspirant. Most recurring actions that flow from lust, anger, greed, jealousy and the like manifest only in a state of unawareness. The seeds of these tendencies lie dormant in the subconscious layers of the mind.

--- Baba Lokenath
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Re: Conscious Awareness
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2010, 04:44:15 PM »
Swami Vivekananda said:
Teach yourselves, teach everyone his real nature, call upon the sleeping soul and see how it awakens. Power will come, glory will come, goodness will come, purity will come, and everything that is excellent will come when this sleeping soul is roused to self-conscious activity.

There are two parts in this saying:
- From idleness to activity, but not an activity of the ego.
- The activity should be self-conscious activity;
an activity performed with the awareness of the Self;
or keeping one's attention on the heart, the seat of the Lord (as much as possible);
or an activity done with the remembrance of the Lord; for the sake of the Lord.

Self-conscious activity makes karma a yoga, Karma Yoga.

Sri Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita:
Everything rests upon Me, as pearls are strung on a thread.

Self-conscious activity tries to capture the garland, which is the Lord, knowing itself to be a bead. Karma also becomes Bhakti; which is why it is also able to bring power, glory, goodness and purity as mentioned by Vivekananda, since those are the treasures which comes from the Lord.
Homage to the Universal Being...Om Shanti ... Om Shanti ... Om Shanti ...