European Teacher's Retreat - GRC Oxford - Sovereign Together
We are exploring deep aspects of what is means to be sovereigns together at this time – to come together in harmony and unity. The questions below were created by the European Teachers. They were broken up into small groups of 4 and shared on 2 questions: What is your understanding and personal experience of being a sovereign at this time?
Then in small groups, after their churnings they were asked to create one question they felt was important to consider as we are endeavor to work together in harmony and unity.
Questions for reflection on what is needed to be sovereign together at this time?
- Even though each one of us is good individually, what is missing link, that doesn't let us come together, so that we can become a rosary?
- There is a lot of enthusiasm, but this sometimes fluctuates when we are in a gathering. What can we do to keep the enthusiasm constant?
- It is painful to bow, bow, die, die, learn, learn. How can increase trust in myself to do this to become a sovereign?
- What does it mean to consider the weaknesses of others as your own?
- What is the main dharna or virtue needed to become a self sovereign?
- What is needed to create a deep sense of equality in a gathering?
- What does it mean to facilitate a real, deep relationship with Baba for someone else?
- What is the best method to bring out everyone's speciality and work efficiently?
- What can I do to create a sense of belonging for myself and the gathering?
- Sometimes there is fear of our ego, fear when we ascend – how to overcome this so that we don't spoil our dharna?
- How can we help others without causing pain and without being critical? How to put right what is being spoilt?
- We collect energy and consume energy – especially in a gathering. What is the method to keep our energy constant?
Dadi Janki then joined us and shared her reflections:
The main thing is that, it is very easy to tell others what they have to do, but it is hard for us to hear what we have to do. People don't really have the strength to hear about their own weakness.
It is love that heals us. There is motherly love and there is friendly love, but love will only be used when there is spiritual love as well. It is this that brings about spiritual equality.
The practice of soul consciousness is not so natural, and because of this, we do not have God's power filled in us. This is why transformation is not happening. Through soul consciousness you get power to understand yourself. Through the connection with Baba you get the power to change yourself. And through the awareness of time you get the power to change now. Don't think about changing others; think about changing yourself. I have a feeling of motherly love, friendly love, Godly love, and good wishes. Who draws these good wishes and pure feelings from me? You can draw these no matter where you are in the world.
I need to have pure feelings and good wishes for my own effort. Go into the depth of what is effort. The One who is inspiring you to make this effort will swim in front of your eyes. You need internal cleanliness for this. This give and take between yourself and Baba makes you move forward.
If I think of my past or the past of others -- even from this morning or yesterday -- then I am not able to think about what is happening now. If I think of the weakness of others, then I won't draw strength. If I worry, then I am not a "full caste Brahmin."
Don't look at the past. Don't look at others or allow anything to interfere with your thoughts. Let nothing enter your mind because it will cause fear. If you let fear enter, it will interfere.
Stay in the experience of the subtle region. It is very, very subtle. Nothing can happen without honesty and love. Awareness, attitude, and vision make the atmosphere powerful. It happens naturally.
Many tasks are accomplished, because of your pure thoughts. In your thought patterns there should be the inculcation of knowledge. Look at the quality of your thoughts. Ask, "Is the pattern of my thinking the same as Baba's? Am I comparing myself with others?" Look at the quality of Baba's thoughts, and make your thoughts elevated. Then the qualifications that you need will come automatically.
I live in a Peace Palace, like Buckingham Palace. No one can come in without my permission. My two security guards are pure thoughts and determined thoughts. There should be reality and royalty in my personality. The intellect should be clean and my line with Baba should be clear, so I can catch the signals from Him.
Take everything with a good feeling. Whatever another wants to say, it is my chance to bow, to die. These things are extremely subtle --- not superficial. Pay attention. Be soul conscious. Baba is giving love, but we have to draw God's love. Blockages and bondages get in the way of our drawing God's love.
If the heart has been hurt, it needs healing. Some people have a very delicate heart. Many have the habit of having headaches or heartaches. How is my "spiritual circulation"? See to what extent the mind and the body are working together. Check if there is any blockage anywhere. Check if there is any tumor inside. With Baba's connection and relationship our blockages will be removed.
If you work according to your past – that is if you work in the same way as you have in the past -- it means your sanskars have not changed. If you are constantly thinking about what you just did this morning, or what you have to do tomorrow, you are not valuing the present. This is a big transformation to bring: to take benefit from the present in the present. With your mind and intellect you accumulate energy. The one who thinks about the past, doesn't have energy. If you don't have the strength to finish what happened in the past, you won't have energy for the future.
When we have strength and courage, we receive Baba's help. With Baba's help all eight powers come. Many ask me where my energy comes from. I have a high income from Baba, and I have a low expenditure of energy. I donate energy and receive energy from that donation. This is how I accumulate energy. Your energy should work like this.
You need a good connection with the "son." The children of the Sun should feel that they are receiving energy. We need a whole rosary of light. Keep the Ganges of Love flowing. Have a lot of faith in each other. Don't waste your time in what you hear from here and there. Have no doubts in the self or in others.
I have faith in everyone. I don't let go of faith. This faith will work. If I stop having faith in others, it means I let go of faith in myself, and my faith in Baba breaks. Keep faith in the self, in Baba and in the drama. Baba tells us to be carefree because He is there for us. This requires faith. Faith is the basis for attaining success in effort. Do not fluctuate.
Baba gives us the blessing of remaining constantly happy. I am being sustained with blessings and also sustaining others with blessings.