How to attain self realization

How to attain self realization

What does it mean to attain self-realization? How do you attain self-realization? How do you know yourself?

Self-realization can be a complex topic for most of us and may seem like something deeply spiritual. However, each one of us has the potential for self-actualization, granted we meet certain considerations. Here we are going to take a look at how you can better control of your life and attain enlightenment in the most practical way.

“By becoming self-aware, you gain ownership of reality; in becoming real, you become the master of both inner and outer life.”
– Deepak Chopra

Chances are, you’re busy hustling between the 40 hours a week you need to work, the family you need to provide for, and the bills that need to be paid.

As the years pass by, you’ve begun to feel the burnout from all the needs and expectations required of you. You don’t feel like you are in control over your own life. In fact, it feels like the circumstances in your life are controlling you.

What if there was a way for you to be able to have better control of your life and create all the positive changes you’ve been aching for?

This can be done through self-realization.

You’ve probably heard of this concept before, but you’re not really sure what it really is or how it can help you.

I’m going to dive into what exactly self-realization is and the exact steps you can take to attain it for yourself. Read on if you want to learn how to unlock your potential and find a way to decrease your stress and anxiety, and gain crystal clear clarity about who you are and what you’re capable of.

“Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread.” – Richard Wright

What Is Self-Realization?

Self-realization has a few big definitions. In the Western world, it’s generally defined as the activation of one’s full potential of talents and abilities.

How Psychologists Define Self-Realization

Humanistic psychology also follows a similar train of thought about self-realization.

Psychologist Abraham Maslow has named people he considered to have reached self-realization such as Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, and Eleanor Roosevelt to name a few. His famous hierarchy of needs theory states in order to achieve self-realization (or in this case, Maslow uses the term “self-actualization”),[1] one needs to have a certain set of needs met before achieving it:[2]

How to attain self realization

For example, self-realization cannot be attained if you are struggling financially and too caught up in worrying about how to pay for the rent and provide food for your family. Unfortunately, this is usually the case for many people, which leaves little opportunity for them to maximize their abilities.

How Religions Define Self-Realization

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” – Marianne Williamson

In religions, the concept of self-realization is taken from a different perspective altogether. Connecting with your truest self has a lot to do with transcending your own mind and body. This self is often considered as an eternal being that is not confined to the physical space that your mind and body take up. Many recognize this part of yourself as the soul.

To put all of these definitions together, self-realization is ultimately learning the answer to the foundational question,

“Who am I?”

The answer lies from understanding that you are not your emotions or your thoughts. Who you really are is not even your body or your mind. These are all things you as a self-experience, but they are not you.

And when you are too caught up in these things that are not yours, that’s when you fall victim to and get stuck in your negative experiences such as stress, anxiety, and fear.

While your thoughts, feelings, and physical body always change, you do not.

I know this concept can be a bit confusing to understand, so here’s a great video that explores who you really are explained by Prince EA. It was a video made in response to a bizarre interview session with Comedian Jim Carrey at the red carpet interview at the 2017 New York Fashion Week.

Why Self-Realization Matters to You

“Your own Self-Realization is the greatest service you can render the world.”
– Ramana Maharshi

How often are you distracted, lost in your thoughts, or overwhelmed by difficult emotions?

Being in the present is more difficult than ever with the technology today. People are often buried in their smartphones or laptops while others around are craving their attention.

Most people spend so little time in the present. They’re usually either hurt and having trouble letting go of their past, or busy worrying about their futures:[3]

How to attain self realization

Rather than being controlled by your emotions, you can now use your observations about them during the experience to learn how to effectively handle things like fear, anxiety, and stress. Self-realization helps you do this by giving you the skill of letting go of debilitating feelings and taking hold of the empowering ones instead.

2. Improved focus and concentration.

Guided by your own inner goals and values, self-realization helps you easily identify when you are entering into distractions and eliminate them. By getting rid of the meaningless things in your life, you stay committed to what matters most and you begin to see real results as you reach your fullest potential.

3. Increased confidence, self-awareness, and self-esteem.

“Without self-awareness, we are as babies in the cradles.” – Virginia Woolf

By being connected deeply to your truest self, attaining self-realization frees you from any insecurities, worries, and a low sense of self-worth that you feel tangled up in by helping you really grasp the truth that you are not defined by them.

4. Becoming more accepting of yourself and of other people.

You are able to be more authentic and express emotions freely and clearly. As a result, you are able to form deeper relationships and spend more time connecting with people rather than trying to impress them.

When people don’t have a strong sense of their own self, they get easily swayed to live life the way other people tell them to live it.

The truth of this has been shown through Bronnie Ware’s famous work, which has shown that one of the top regrets of people who are dying was:[4]

“I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”

There can be tons of pressure whether it’s from work, society, and even friends and family for you to be a certain way. Maybe your rough upbringing instilled a strong need for other’s approval in you so you do what others expect of you. Maybe you’ve stopped trusting people because of your struggles with letting go of the thoughts and experiences that hurt you.

Whatever the situation, self-realization gives you the safe space you need to heal and grow.

“Often, it’s not about becoming a new person, but becoming the person you were meant to be, and already are, but don’t know how to be.” – Heath L. Buckmaster

How to Start Developing and Attaining Self-Realization

1. Start Meditating Regularly

Aside from all the scientific evidence that shows the health benefits of meditation, it is also a prime way to attain self-realization.

One of my favorite apps that guide you through meditation is Headspace.

I particularly love this app because it is very straightforward without all the woo-woo types of things you normally associate with meditation. It does a great job of demystifying what meditation really is and how it can benefit you in achieving self-realization.

Here’s a great explanation of what meditation does for you:

You can get the basic meditation guidance for free or pay for a premium version for access to more specific meditations that improve things like self-esteem, creativity, and relationships.

In case you don’t want to download the app, here is the simple meditation practice you can do right now:

1. Sit comfortably on a chair.
2. Start by leaving your eyes open with a relaxed soft focus.
3. Take about a minute to take deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.
4. After a few deep breaths, gently close your eyes while you are breathing out.
5. Resume normal breathing.
6. Take a moment to pause and enjoy being present in the moment with having nothing to do, nowhere to go, nothing to check.
7. Take a moment to feel the pressure of your body on the chair beneath you, the feet on the floor and the hands and the arms just resting on the legs.
8. Gently bring the focus back to your breathing.
9. As you sit there beginning to notice the breath and the body with its rising and falling sensation, don’t try and stop your thoughts. Simply allow them to just come and go.
10. At this point, the only thing you need to do is when you’ve realized your mind has wandered, gently bring the focus back to your breath again.
11. Gently bring the attention back to your body, back to that feeling of contact to your chair and the space around you and when ready, gently open your eyes again.

How to attain self realization

When it comes to self-realization, then the picture of an ascetic sitting in deep meditation comes to mind. Which is sitting in the Himalayan tendons. Self realization is a mind science achievement. It is an inner engineering. It can be achieved wherever you are. It is explained in very simple words, without using much esoteric language.

It is the internal change that deepens your perception, a dimensional change in your life, your work and the way you see that world. It is an intensive program of personal development and establishes the possibility of exploring higher dimensions of life, in addition to optimizing health and success. It is the goal of Spiritual practice.

How much time do you give yourself? You would think that you give everything to yourself. You spend all day thinking about worldly things. Do you ever try to assimilate yourself?

Self realization is a result of regular practice to involve with your soul. To feel your existence. There are various practices to attain self realization. Different theories are given by different Eastern and western world. No matter how defined, self realization cannot be two.

The Western World Theory

According to Western belief, self-actualization is an internal drive to develop full potential. The ability that can be directed towards creativity, spiritual knowledge, discovery of wisdom, or willingness to contribute to society.

Self-actualization is related to the concept of self-determination, both built on the assumption that an individual’s greatest need is to realize her or his own maximum potential. As per western world assumption, it is activation of one’s full potential of talents and abilities.

The Eastern world Theory

In the eastern world, especially in India, where various religions exist i.e. Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism etc. Self-realization is more than a psychological and philosophical subject. It is the highest goal of spiritual practice. In Hinduism, It is the way to get connected with God. As per Buddhism, It is the state of attainment of wisdom.

As per Kabir Das Ji. One can get the whole cosmic knowledge by sitting in a state of meditation.

Self realization is considered the gateway to salvation, liberation / freedom from rebirth. This state is attained when the Kundalini force reaches the crown of the head through the Sahasrara Chakra.

Self means your eternal being which is considered as soul. Being in present, being in now is very difficult especially in this age of technology. Most of the time we spend on the mobile phone. Our mind remains distracted in various things. A lot of waste thought surrounds us every time. So self-realization is very difficult to attain.

It can not be attained too early. It needs to practice for long, maybe whole life too.

What are the benefits of self realization?

It can not be attained too early. It needs to practice for long, maybe whole life. But still if you are on the path of self realization you can attain unexpected benefits.

  1. State of parity

You learn to control your emotions with a self-Realization. You achieve parity status. That is, you are in a situation of equality in every situation. Do not jump in a little bit of happiness and do not break in any amount of sorrow. You learn to handle things like experience, anxiety, stress effectively.

2. Unconditional Love

By self-realization, you feel connected with the people and everything. You learn to unconditional love. You come to know that God and you are not separate. You feel connected with supernatural power. You realize that supreme power and feel the existence in everything.

3. increased Self Confidence

You become boosted internally. you get more confidence and become more self-esteemed. You become more aware. Self-realization make you free from all kind of insecurity and worries.

4. More Focused

You become more focused and more eccentric. You avoid distractions. You get rid of unnecessary things and thoughts. You become focused on what matters most and get the real results.

5. More Accepting

It develops accepting nature developed in you. You learn to accept, which helps you to make real relations and you become more authentic.

6. Internal Happiness

The key to internal happiness is meditation and self-realization. Worldly things cant give you real happiness. You always seek a reason to be happy. I will be happy if this is done. You wish a Car and think that if it will be attained, I will be happy. You get it but that happiness was temporary. Soon you again is to seek a new reason to become happy. Self-realization gives to permanent and real happiness, a fulfillment which comes from inside.

How to attain Self-Realization?

Self-realization is a process of self-healing. You become healed. You need not for others approval. Normally we seek our happiness in others. We seek the reason to be happy. And finally, become hurtled. You feel free from all worldly hurdles.

Meditation is the only way to get a self-Actualization. However various masters have branded it in their own way and have given the process a different type of fashionable name. But the main thing is to make your mind thoughtless. You have to achieve a state of no mind.

vandanā korite mui kato shakti dhori; tamo-buddhi-doshe mui dambha mātra kori

13th October, 2014. Gurgaon

How to attain self realization

Q: How can I attain self realisation ? I know I am a spirit soul but I still act all the time as a material bodily?
Answer : Srila Prabhupada teaches us a very scientific and practical way to attain self realisation in the purport to the below verse.

You should always know that this cosmic manifestation is created, maintained and annihilated by the will of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Consequently, everything within this cosmic manifestation is under the control of the Lord. To be enlightened by this perfect knowledge, one should always engage himself in the devotional service of the Lord.
(SB 4.29.79)

Prabhupada writes in his purport :
Self-realization, understanding oneself as Brahman, or spirit soul, is very difficult in the material condition. However, if we accept the devotional service of the Lord, the Lord will gradually reveal Himself. In this way the progressive devotee will gradually realize his spiritual position. We cannot see anything in the darkness of night, not even our own selves, but when there is sunshine we can see not only the sun but everything within the world as well. Lord Kṛṣṇa explains in the Seventh Chapter of the Bhagavad-gītā (7.1):

mayy āsakta-manāḥ pārtha
yogaṁ yuñjan mad-āśrayaḥ
asaṁśayaṁ samagraṁ māṁ
yathā jñāsyasi tac chṛṇu

“Now hear, O son of Pṛthā [Arjuna], how by practicing yoga in full consciousness of Me, with mind attached to Me, you can know Me in full, free from doubt.”

When we engage ourselves in the devotional service of the Lord to become Kṛṣṇa conscious, we understand not only Kṛṣṇa but everything related to Kṛṣṇa. In other words, through Kṛṣṇa consciousness we can understand not only Kṛṣṇa and the cosmic manifestation but also our constitutional position. In Kṛṣṇa consciousness we can understand that the entire material creation is created by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, maintained by Him, annihilated by Him and absorbed in Him. We are also part and parcel of the Lord. Everything is under the control of the Lord, and therefore our only duty is to surrender unto the Supreme and engage in His transcendental loving service.

Q: Can a soul get liberated while still being in this material body ?
Answer : Sure, provided that he wishes for the same.

Having undergone austerities and penances at Kapilāśrama, King Prācīnabarhi attained full liberation from all material designations. He constantly engaged in the transcendental loving service of the Lord and attained a spiritual position qualitatively equal to that of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. (SB 4.29.81)

Srila Prabhupada writes in the purport of the above verse :
There is special significance in the words tat-sāmyatām agāt. The King attained the position of possessing the same status or the same form as that of the Lord. This definitely proves that the Supreme Personality of Godhead is always a person. In His impersonal feature, He is the rays of His transcendental body. When a living entity attains spiritual perfection, he also attains the same type of body, known as sac-cid-ānanda-vigraha [Bs. 5.1]. This spiritual body never mixes with the material elements. Although in conditional life the living entity is surrounded by material elements (earth, water, fire, air, sky, mind, intelligence and ego), he remains always aloof from them. In other words, the living entity can be liberated from the material condition at any moment, provided that he wishes to do so. The material environment is called māyā. According to Kṛṣṇa:

daivī hy eṣā guṇa-mayī
mama māyā duratyayā
mām eva ye prapadyante
māyām etāṁ taranti te

“This divine energy of Mine, consisting of the three modes of material nature, is difficult to overcome. But those who have surrendered unto Me can easily cross beyond it.” (Bg. 7.14)

As soon as the living entity engages in the transcendental loving service of the Lord, he immediately attains freedom from all material conditions (sa guṇān samatītyaitān brahma-bhūyāya kalpate [Bg. 14.26]). In the material state the living entity is on the jīva-bhūta platform, but when he renders devotional service to the Lord, he is elevated to the brahma-bhūta platform. On the brahma-bhūta platform the living entity is liberated from material bondage, and he engages in the service of the Lord. In this verse the word dhīra is sometimes read as vīra. Actually there is not very much difference. The word dhīra means “sober,” and vīra means “hero.” One who is struggling against māyā is a hero, and one who is sober enough to understand his position is a dhīra. Without becoming sober or heroic, one cannot attain spiritual salvation.

Q: What is the jīva-bhūta explained above ?
Answer: Such is the transcendental knowledge given to us by Srila Prabhupada in his books that the title Bhaktivedanta is so very apt, all the knowledge is there in his books.

The five sense objects, the five sense organs, the five knowledge-acquiring senses and the mind are the sixteen material expansions. These combine with the living entity and are influenced by the three modes of material nature. Thus the existence of the conditioned soul is understood. (SB 4.29.74)

Srila Prabhupada explains it in the purport of the above verse
Here it is also explained that the living entity comes in contact with the sixteen material elements and is influenced by the three modes of material nature. The living entity and this combination of elements combine to form what is called jīva-bhūta, the conditioned soul that struggles hard within material nature.

All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

How to attain self realization

Paths to the truth can primarily be divided into just two, one is the path of surrender and the other is the path of action.


There are many paths to the truth. They can primarily be divided into just two:

One is the path of surrender. The other is the path of action.

On the path of surrender, one surrenders to the true guru and gains understanding of the true self, how everything in this world is going on, and how everything is happening of its own accord. He then loses his ego. And the moment the ego goes, truth manifests; call it by whichever name – God, Self, Witness, Nature, Allah, Impersonal I, etc.

The path of action consists of various activities such as karma, meditation, self-inquiry. Being aware of your actions or deeds and consciously improving them is the path of karma. Meditation or the path of dhyana is where exercises are undertaken for consciousness to return unto itself. Questioning who you really are takes you on the path of self-inquiry.

The first path is the way of the kitten. Look how a kitten does not have to cling to the cat. The cat picks it up and takes it wherever it has to go. The second path is the way of the monkey. Look at how a baby monkey clings to the mother monkey. It is an effort always.

What you have to understand is that you do not have to decide which path is best for you. Whatever your mind likes the best may not be the best path for you. It is like asking a thief how he would like to be captured. The mind has to go. Let the decision happen automatically.

Do you know who you really are? Are you really John or is your name John?

Your name is considered to be your identity! But didn’t your friends in school call you Johnny or Jo? Your parents have their own ways of expressing their love and so will your wife. You can also change your name to Jack by legal process if you like. Does changing your name change you as well? Do you lose your existence by changing your name? No!

Then who are you in reality?

Let’s look at it from another angle. You say, ‘My head,’ ‘My body,’ ‘My feet,’ ‘My eyes,’ ‘My ears.’ You don’t say, ‘I am head,’ ‘I am body,’ etc. This means that all your body parts fall under ‘My.’ Similarly, you say, ‘My watch,’ ‘My eyeglasses,’ ‘My house,’ ‘My car,’ you don’t say ‘I am watch,’ ‘I am eyeglasses,’ etc., which means that all your belongings also go under ‘My.’ So then who is the owner of everything that comes under ‘My’? Keeping all the items that fall under “my” aside, you are only left with the owner – “I”. That “I” is precisely what you need to realize and that is Self Realization.

“If one realizes his own Self, then he himself is an Absolute Supreme Soul (Parmatma).”

Realization of “I” through the Spiritual Master

Just as a goldsmith is required to separate gold from other metals, a Spiritual Master (Gnani Purush) is required to attain Self Realization. With the grace of the Spiritual Master (Gnani Purush), it is possible to achieve this Self Realization via a scientific process called Gnan Vidhi.

Gnan Vidhi – A Scientific Process of Self Realization

Gnan Vidhi is a 2 hour process of Self Realization in the unique path of Akram Vignan. The first 48 minutes is where the Spiritual Master calls out sentences known as “bhed vignan” (science of separation), the seeker repeats these sentences. This process of Self Realization separates the Self and the non-Self. It is then, followed by an explanation of “5 Agnas” (5 cardinal principles) through practical examples. “5 Agnas” will nurture and protect the experience of the Soul along with living your life with equanimity and harmony.

Gnan Vidhi(process of Self Realization) has to be attended in person. Would you use a picture of a candle to light another candle? No! You would use a light candle. In the same way, in order to experience the True Self, you need to be in the direct presence of a Spiritual Master (Gnani Purush).

Gnan Vidhi (process of Self Realization) is an experiential process that is available to all who are over 18 years old. This process is a priceless gift given freely to all. There is no charge of any kind. There is no need to change your present religion or guru; the teachings of the Spiritual Master (Gnani Purush) are relevant to all irrespective of religion, gender or social status.

Humility and an open heart are all you need to receive this invaluable experience.

Lifetime opportunity to learn the greatest knowledge in the path of self-realization – Sri Vidhya.

It is the ultimate knowledge of the self, the cosmos and the creator.

Guru is the ONLY light who can guide us through it.

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How to attain self realization

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How to attain self realization

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Self realization is one of the most important purpose in our life. There are more paths available for that. Sri Vidhya is one othe most valuable, purest and highest mode of attaining the self realization and merging with Brahmam.

How to attain self realization

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For any spiritual practice, the body of the practitioner (upasaka) has to be strong and conducive for rigorous routines and extensive periods of meditation. To ensure the body’s disposition is strong and balanced, a Sri Vidhya upasaka, especially one who follows the Samayachara marga, starts with strengthening his Muladhara Chakra (Root Chakra).

Sri Bala

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Sri Vidhya

Sri Vidhya is the most ancient science that imparts the Knowledge of the Self.
‘Sri’ refers to Maha Lakshmi and also means wealth and anything auspicious. Sri Vidhya imparts every iota of knowledge about the cosmos, and eventually takes the upasaka to the state of realizing that he is the cosmos and the Devi or the cosmos is in him. Once the upasaka is initiated into Sri Vidhya, he needs the Guru’s intervention in his life.

Khadgathi Pancha Dasa Mala

Khadgathi pancha dasa mala is a parayanam method reciting specific Khadgamala based on that day’s thithi.

Our Guru initiated the Khadgamala to a set of Athma Vidhya members. The members do the parayanam regularly. Khadgamala is one of the best ways to travel in the path of Sri Vidhya. It poses interesting challenges and the results are splendid.

Liberation is freedom from all suffering: mental, physical, and from external circumstances. The one that is bound and therefore suffers from bondage, is the one that seeks liberation. This one is the ego. This ego is released through liberation. The true, eternal Self (pure Soul, atma) itself is the state of liberation.

Ego is bound by ignorance. When ignorance is removed, the ego is liberated. When you attain the Real knowledge (Gnan) through Gnan vidhi (ceremony of Self-Realization) from the Gnani Purush, ignorance will be lifted and the ego will be liberated.

Akram Vignan is the quick elevator path to Self Realization, in which Self Realization can be attained in one hour versus the longer kramic path to Self Realization.

One only needs to understand this world as it is and after that one do not even have to memorize anything. Understand it just once. How has it come into existence? Who is God? Who is running this world? What all this is about. What is our Real form? Knowing the answers to all these, the puzzles will be solved forever.

Akram Vignan is the Science which draws an exact line of demarcation between that which is You and that which is not yours; the Real and the relative. It clearly defines their properties and characteristics.

As a result of this exact demarcation, the result is immediate and experiential. In the Kramic marg, this line of demarcation is not clearly defined, and therefore, it is very difficult to reach the goal. Once this distinction is made, the Real will never be relative and the relative will never become Real. Unless they are separated, they cannot stay within their own natures.

The worldly life means to go away from your Real nature. Liberation means to come to your Real nature. Self Realization awakens you to your real, eternal Self.

During Gnan Vidhi, the Gnani severs the ropes of ignorance that have kept you bound for infinite lives. You will then immediately realize that you are free. You should experience the awareness that your true Self is absolutely free.

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“You learn to remain
un-attached to thoughts
by first watching
how attention attaches
to a thought
in the first place.

You can become aware
of that action of attachment.

It is very subtle
and very fast
but if you are fully present
in this moment
you can watch it happen.

The thought arises
and then there is a
knee jerk action
of grabbing that thought,
of contracting attention
into that thought.

Attention is free,
the thought arises
and then it binds itself
to that thought,
it takes on the identity
of that thought.

Attention is no longer attention,
free and boundless,
it has contracted
into a something
separate from everything else.

It is a feeling
of stress.

By becoming aware
of this action
of attaching to thoughts,
you can learn to
let go of that action.

You do not repress it,
you simply let it go.

You are present enough
to remain as attention
instead of allowing that knee-jerk
reaction to happen.

It’s like the telephone ringing.

The phone rings
and automatically
you answer the phone.

There is an unconscious
reaction that says that is
what you are supposed to do.

But you can simply
remain sitting
while the telephone rings
and eventually
it will stop ringing.

At first there maybe that pull
to answer the phone
but with practice,
you learn to let that go.

In the same way,
the thought arises
and you let it go.
That action of attention
attaching to the thought
need not happen.

In this you can learn to
simply rest in a state
of un-attachment.

Everything arises
and disappears
in attention itself
without affecting
attention in any way.

Attention remains
and in perfect peace.

This technique in itself
is a way to self realization.

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How To Attain A Total and Absolute Level of Fearlessness

How to attain self realization

Question for Babaji:

Babaji, I find the world over that even people on a spiritual path of one kind or another, still try and please others in the name of so-called unconditional love. I observe that many continue to be afraid of offending their friends and families, even when this servility on their part leads to a total compromising of their deepest truth, love, and integrity.

Sometimes, a spiritual aspirant walks their talk in one area of their life, while they continue to sacrifice their integrity in the name of keeping the peace, which shows a total lack of courage.

I find that few people will speak their truth in a crowd, particularly if their expression of integrity is in conflict with the views of the mob. We are past December of 2012, and yes people are waking up and great miracles of conscious connection are occurring, but this lack of courage that I am pointing out, here now, continues to be chronic and widespread. How can we shift out of this fear of being and embracing who we are, or of loving others through having to say no to them, or even at times oppose the views or behavior of the people we love?

Babaji speaks:

In esoteric wisdom you are often taught about the path of the peaceful warrior, the spiritual warrior. It is imperative for human beings now to take responsibility for their lives, their words, their deeds, and their co-creations. The ability to respond from conscious-centered awareness comes from keeping a part of your attentive consciousness in the center of your being which is empty, silent, and in the unmanifest realm.

Once you have accessed this state and become firmly anchored in it, you no longer have to worry about when to speak and when to be quiet, when to fight the good fight and when to harmonize with others through gentle silence or peaceful discussion. In each moment of now, you just calmly or forcefully, as the case may be, follow your inner guidance and wisdom, and you will not be afraid of the opinion of others or offending others, or trying to please or manipulate them into your way of being or thinking.

Clinging to the Past: Fear, Stress, Worry

Q: I feel that so many of us, even the so-called spiritually enlightened, are clinging to the past, to the sorrow and sadness of the past.

Babaji: I observe that most of humanity is feeling a vast amount of fear, stress, and worry in this ending of the Kali Yuga, which involves tremendous change. I encapsulate the energy that triggers deep courage in your hearts and minds, here now, in these words as I speak them to you. You cannot cross the bridge of fire and water and endure the storms of accelerated transformation without inculcating deep fearlessness in your mind, body, and soul.

Your Atma (soul) is essentially fearless.

Move forward as a spiritual warrior with peace and love and find the energy to speak your truth with courage and to be silent when necessary, with an equal amount of bravery and single-pointedness.